This post is hard for me to write. You see, even though my allegiance to Kentucky sports goes way back, there is another allegiance that may even go farther….the one to the Atlanta Braves. While I, like you, hate baseball, I nevertheless grew up a HUGE fan of the Atlanta Braves. And no, I am not talking about the pretty boy Atlanta Braves, with their Ron Gants and their David Justices and their Terry Pendletons and their Sid Breams. I liked those guys too, but I cut my teeth on the old school, losing all the time Braves. Names like Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Claudell Washington, Rick Mahler, Paul Zuvella, Glenn “Old Mother” Hubbard, Bruce Benedict, Ozzie Virgil and Doyle Alexander. Those were my guys. They loved me and I loved them. Look, I am the guy who in 1989 traded his new Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card to Wayne Hammoc for a Ken Oberkfell Topps card because I though Oberkfell had more upside. Yes the Braves were for me and Skip Carey and Pete Van Weiren were the voices of my youth.
So I had to be saddened by the news this week that WTBS….the Superstation, which existed only to show the Andy Griffith Show, Brady Bunch, Flintstones, Sanford and Son and the Atlanta Braves will no longer be covering Atlanta Braves baseball beginning in 2008. Yes you read that correctly. The new MLB contract will be putting national games on TBS and the network which brought you shows that started on the :05, has now officially turned its back on its roots. It has stared into the face of Steve Bedrosion, Pascual Perez, Zane Smith and Rafeal Ramirez and SPIT….no more Braves, more Yankees-Red Sox. It truly is sickening.
Sure, today an old school Brave, Bruce Sutter, was put into the Hall of Fame. But not every old school Brave was that great. And I ask you the suits at TBS….can you really look Andres Thomas in the face and do this? I think not….