I am often times very critical of the long MLB season which I feel is simply too drawn out. 162 games just seems like too much for me.
Now, maybe it is because I have a short attention span or maybe it is because the MLB regular season is simply too long, not totally sure.
But I do know that this year started off just like any other, I watch the Braves most nights for the first few weeks before I completely stop. Nothing against Atlanta, but it is just really hard for me (and I know for a lot of others as well) to follow baseball actively all season long.
On the flip side, I have always said that the MLB postseason is also one of my favorites. I truly enjoy watching October baseball, the air is cold, the games are exciting, and there is always a few surprises.
As Atlanta gets set to begin their first playoff game against the Dodgers in Atlanta on October 3rd I started to think, just how likely is it that this is “the year” for the Braves?
This has certainly been a magical year for Atlanta already, winning their first divisional title since 2005 and having multiple long winning streaks throughout the season. Couple that with many great moments of individual performances and dramatic storylines; this has simply been a great year for the Braves.
But still I can’t help but think that if the Braves don’t make it to the World Series that it is still a failure. I understand all of the accomplishments, including the divisional title, but it just seems like the Braves have to win the NL pennant.
For one, the city of Atlanta is dying for a title to celebrate. Every year the Braves make it interesting only to fall short in a very disappointing way. The Braves have one of the greatest fan bases in all of sports and they owe it to their fans to win a World Series.
Now if the Braves were to make it to the World Series and fall short I can’t imagine everyone jumping ship, but if they don’t make it to the World Series and go out again in a disappointing manner there will be a huge uproar in Atlanta.
The Braves have a good group of players that should still be around for a few more years, but at this current time they may have the best team that Atlanta has had in a while.
When they are healthy they have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with. They begin their hunt for a title on Thursday night against the Dodgers who are also a very talented team. Atlanta has the home field advantage in this one and would love nothing more than to grab the first two games at home before traveling across the country for games three and four.
It only gets tougher from there. Should the Braves defeat Los Angeles then there is a very good chance that they will meet up with the Cardinals in the NLDS, who the Braves will be looking to extract some revenge on.
Atlanta is thirsty for a title and the Braves are once again in a position where they have the chance to deliver, let’s just hope that this is indeed “the year” for Atlanta. I can’t imagine the city going through any more torment.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to email@example.com.