Imagine the unbelievable.
Braves one inning away from being swept by the Phillies at home a month removed from sweeping the Phillies in their home park. Down five runs, fans looking back to one year ago, as the Braves lost a huge Wild Card lead to miss the playoffs.
Then they rally. Then here comes our hero.
A five run 9th inning, capped off with a three run homer from future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones. Imagine the unbelievable. In the same weekend where Jones barreled over Phillies catcher Erik Kratz, proving that he may be old, but no one is too old to get ran over by him.
In the same season where Jones beat the Phillies in a similar fashion, three months prior, in extra innings on May 2nd.
Unbelievable? Only if you consider this is Chipper’s last season in Atlanta.
The Braves (75-59) are 6.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East, and are in first place in the NL Wild Card. With the news that Nationals ace, right-hander Stephen Strasburg to make his last start on September 12th @ the New York Mets, the Braves may have a chance, if they play well, to catch up in the division. Despite the
stupidity of removing your best player because of preconceived notions of safety and wellness countdown to shutdown for the Nationals, the Braves must play solid baseball to continue to keep their lead in the Wild Card.