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2006-09-24 15:11
by Bob Timmermann

The Atlanta Braves were eliminated from playoff contention today after losing to Colorado, 9-8 and the Phillies beating the Marlins 10-7.

Atlanta Braves 2006 Playoff Hopes
Born: April 3, 2006
Died: September 24, 2006

The demise of the Braves dynasty was awaited by many baseball fans in the same way that the U.S. government keeps checking on the health of Fidel Castro.

The Braves Dynasty collapsed under the weight of injuries and the inability of the farm system to produce enough pitching to keep the team afloat. The Braves were able to score runs thanks to players like Adam LaRoche, Andruw Jones, and Brian McCann, but their bullpen and starting rotation (which were difficult to discern differences between) dragged them down to the bottom.

The Braves leave a legacy of consecutive playoff appearances dating back to 1991 (they were in the wild card spot when the season was called off in 1994). Visitation will be at Turner Field from September 26 through October 1.

In lieu of flowers, the Braves ask you to give money to the Chief Noc-a-Homa Memorial Fund for the Nonproliferation of Stupid Mascots.

2006-09-24 16:28:47
1.   Greg Brock
I was 13 years old the last time the Braves missed out on the postseason.

Good Lord, that's a long time.

2006-09-24 17:00:47
2.   Greg Brock
It's often random, the memories we have.

I can clearly remember being at a baseball tournament on some military base/military school in San Bernadino in the summer of 1991, eating breakfast, and looking at the Los Angeles Times sports page. The Braves were in first place in the NL West, and I remember thinking "Huh? The Braves? But they stink. They always stink! I guess it's just a matter of time before they fall off."

That was fifteen years ago.

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