Thought for the night

There are a lot of teenage Major League Baseball fans right now who were not alive the last time the Atlanta Braves failed to win their division (no one won a division in the 1994 strike season). They would have had to have been born since the fall of 1990 when the Reds went wire-to-wire and topped a Braves team then playing in the National League West, so we are talking about people nearly old enough to drive now. After tonight’s games, the Braves are 11 games behind the Mets in the NL East, and it is just unfathomable at this point that a loaded Mets team has that kind of collapse in it in 2006. Was losing pitching coach Leo Mazzone to Baltimore like someone suddenly changing his or her routine? Was it just finally time for this? It’s still June, but on this June night, suddenly it hits you that there are going to be some high school upperclassmen this fall who might, for the first Gorbachev_and_yeltsinime in their lives, see something they never understood was possible. In their lives it has been like a long-standing justice on the Supreme Court, or a united Germany and the absence of a Cold War between the U.S. and the old USSR, or no Apartheid in South Africa, or the Miami Heat as a basketball franchise. In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee made public his idea for something called a World Wide Web, and they have lived their entire lives with this concept and then reality right here. Communism fell that August. It must be a remarkable concept to a high school teenager about how different life was before the 1991 Major League season, when the Atlanta Braves won a division title and never stopped…and a remarkable concept that the writing is increasingly on the wall about something completely different happening in 2006. The Braves must do something very legendary to keep this part of those people’s lives "normal" for another year.

What do you think?

15 Comments

Brilliantly for the U.S.A., Muntari has buried an unstopable shot into the roof of the net, to give Ghana a deserved 2-0 lead with 8 mins left. They have held on and the U.S.A. and Italy are safe, for today, regardless of the result. A win for the Eagles would certainly place them in an very good position.

The Italy v U.S.A. match will be a huge event in Kaiseslautern in an hours time

http://worldcupreports.mlblogs.com/

I remember where I was when the ball went through Buckner’s legs.

Lets Go Mets!

Kellia

http://byrnesblog.mlblogs.com

AHH YESS….11 GAMES FOR THE BRAVOS!! Attention Phils- Start thinking wild card!
John

http://allthewrightstuff.mlblogs.com/

“It must be a remarkable concept to a high school teenager about how different life was before the 1991 Major League season, when the Atlanta Braves won a division title and never stopped.”

I am now officially a high school junior myself (our last day was yesterday!) and at times you think about how different life was in the not-so-distant past. (Before Google was a verb in our everyday vocabulary.) The early 90’s don’t sound that long ago, but when you put in perspective how different things were, the 15 years that the “Tomahawk Chop” ballclub has won their division feels like forever.

An interesting note: In 1990, the team with the highest payroll? None other than the Kansas City Royals at just under 24 million. This season their payroll is double that! 47 million. Ahhh, inflation.

~Polo

Did everyone get their letter from Commissioner Bud? I did…..

J

http://boogiedownbaseball.mlblogs.com/

Chad,

I’m glad that there isn’t.

http://azdiamondhacks.mlblogs.com/

I wish there was a way to post a comment on every single MLBlog without having to go to each one of their blogs

Read this post and invite everyone to join this will be a fun way to see who everyone would have on their team if they could draft a team.
http://mlblogger.mlblogs.com/my_weblog/2006/06/fantasy_mlb_dra.html

Chad

After watching the first two games of the Mets Phillies series I am convinced more then ever that Manuel has to go. The fact that he is still starting David Bell is reason enough.Thome is long gone there is no reason for him being here NOW!! where is Larry Bowa !!

As the high school teenager who never witnessed the Braves not winning a division title, I must say that I was born in 1990, so I was alive when there was no internet just so you know.
In all reality, yeah, I’ve never known a time when the Braves weren’t the best of the best. It’s weird because this year we literally learned about apartheid in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, the Cold War, even the Gulf War. To me, this stuff took place a long time ago. To many of you, this was all a part of your lives. It is weird, but at the same time, it is kind of cool. To think of life before you were born, it is just weird to imagine.

-A

http://catchingredsox.mlblogs.com

I am feeling a SID BREAM moment!! *tears*

http://theballhawk.mlblogs.com

Mark, I’m only 28. So that means, I didn’t have a life when I was a teenager.. yikes..

That’s the kind of stuff this made me think of as well. Iraq 1 (Bush Sr.) and Iraq 2 (Bush Jr.). Bill Gates. Katie on “Today.” Life since Rodney King and video camera vigilance. OJ. Power Rangers. Cartoon Network. Thome, A-Rod and anyone else near the 500 HR Club.

Oh, and one more thing: Johnny Carson declaring he was leaving the Tonight Show on May 1992…

Mark,

Great post. You put everything into perspective and it only makes you realize how incredible the Braves have been this past decade and a half.

And yes, it has made me think about all this: Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas, the end of the Cosby Show, Murphy Brown, Dan Quayle, Magic Johnson declaring he was HIV-Positive, Magic Johnson in the Barcelona Olympics, En Vogue, “Don’t stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)”, Beverly Hills 90210.. The list goes on and on…

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