Empty Celebration

There is way too much champagne found in major league clubhouses in October.  It has increasingly been said in recent years that the pile-on-the-mound, bubbly-spraying, lap-of-honour running, commemorative-t-shirt-producing events at the end of the season are getting out of hand – there are just too many of them. There’s a big party for winning the…

Turner Field silliness

‘2010 Wild Card Champions’ You’d hope that was part of a comedy skit or some other self-effacing irony, or a tongue-in-cheek nod to the fact that they weren’t champions of anything. Sadly you’d be wrong. At the end of a long row of banners in Turner Field glorying in all their Division titles and sole…

Notes from a Home Opener

I really don’t like the Atlanta Braves. As a Philadelphia Phillies fan I still haven’t entirely rid myself of a simmering resentment for the Braves’ 14-year domination of the National League East. Yet while my distaste runs deep, it doesn’t run as deep as my love for baseball, so the opportunity to be in Atlanta…