Atlanta Braves fans have been fortunate the past 20+ years. Except for a few lean seasons, there has been high-quality, exciting baseball, at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium and Turner Field. So how excited are you for the 2014 season and where would your rank your excitement on a one to ten scale?
I’m excited about the upcoming season, but my excitement is not a ten. Those of us who lived through the early to mid ’90s experienced what a ten feels like and this upcoming season is not a ten on the excitement meter.
So is it a nine? No, I don’t think it is a nine, either. No new stadium this season and no blockbuster off-season trades or free agent signings to get excited about.
I do think the upcoming season registers a solid eight on the excitement meter and that is pretty darn good. The Braves have an exciting young corps of players to watch develop and most of all, I think the battle for the Eastern Division championship with the Washington Nationals could be epic.
The Nationals are easy to dislike with their “Nattitude” slogan and their nouveau riche status. They shelved Strasburg at the end of the 2012 season and the ensuing playoffs like they expect to be there every season for the next ten years, even though they have never won anything. They’ve got outfielder Jayson Werth, who looks like an escapee from the Manson family, and who disrespected the Braves before last season. The are from Washington D.C. and their most prominent fans are politicians…need I say more?
Besides the battle with the Nationals, the story line I am most excited about this season is seeing how Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton bounce back from their awful seasons (we Americans always love seeing players bounce back from adversity almost as much as we enjoy seeing them go down the drain) and it will be very intriguing to see how Fredi Gonzalez and the Braves organization handles the situation if they don’t bounce back.
What is your excitement meter heading into 2014 and what are you looking forward to this season?
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