As everyone knows fan is short for fanatic, which in most cases can dilute our perception of reality. I think it is good sometimes to step away from the ledge, take the proverbial colored glasses off, and meet reality face to face. With that being said, I want to talk about realistic expectations for this year’s Atlanta Braves.
On my radio show last year, I predicted the Braves to meet the Yankees in the World Series. Was I going out on a limb? I probably was, but I truly believed that it could, and was going to happen. Do I believe that the Bravos could go to the World Series this year? Absolutely!
Now that might not be what happens, but I think it could be in the cards for Atlanta. What is realistic and what should be expected though, is pretty close to the goal of a World Series Championship.
Bringing in the Upton brothers, and getting a healthy pitching staff back, is going to be a key to success for the Braves this year. When improvements are being made to the roster, it creates higher expectations, and with higher expectations comes excitement. Since the Braves went to the playoffs last year, you would think that expectations would be to go further than that.
I think even the most pessimistic Braves fans would tell you that making the playoffs is a must, and should be a certainty. Winning the division is an obtainable goal, but it is not what is most important in my eyes. I believe the Braves must make the playoffs, and win a playoff series.
I’m not talking about just the wild card game; I’m talking about winning a full seven game series. It doesn’t have to be all of them, it just has to be one. Just win one playoff series, and get rid of this awful taste of disappointment that is in the mouth of all of Braves nation.