With a plethora of moves and rumors regarding Nate McLouth, Tom Glavine, Tommy Hanson, Jordan Schafer, and more, I’d like to recap with my new segment: “Week In Review”.
We will begin with Tuesday. Tuesday I started my day by doing what I always do, check the Braves website to see if any new news had come along, and I see “Braves send struggling Schafer to minors.” I was shocked, not because it was improbable but because I had doubts something would get done. Blanco had took over that day and did not do very well. He was 0 – 5, I guess paying a tribute to Jordan, however that night was very spectacular. The Cubs go from throwing a perfect game to a no hitter to a shutout to a dramatic 6 – 5 loss. I was very proud to be a Braves fan living in Chicago.
Wednesday was an even bigger day. I, again, checked The Atlanta Braves Website
and saw that Tom Glavine was released. This time I was shocked because it was improbable. ‘How could the Braves release Tom after all the rehab’ , I thought. Well, earlier this year I learned death comes in threes, and so did Braves moves. That’s right, the release sparked a chain of beneficial moves. First, the Braves had called up RHP Tommy Hanson, and then traded Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorky Hernandez for Pirate All Star center-fielder Nate McLouth. Talk about a big day!!! Derek Lowe pitched a great game but got a no decision as the Braves lost that day.
Now that Wensday is said and done, and the Glavine fiasco is over, I have to say every move help our 2009 playoff chances. Tom is/was/forever will be my favorite southpaw pitcher to ever play in MLB. However Tom, you need to gracefully leave. Do not make the same mistake Smoltz did. Be happy The Braves paid for your rehab, and took a chance on you. Sign with somone else and carry on wuth your stroied HOF career.
Thursday The Braves’ game was disappiontly rain out as I was hoping for the Braves to gain mommentum with a new centerfielder.
Friday morning Mark Bradley of the AJC had ripped Smoltz and Glavine in his two blogs on the Braves section of AJC. It was a reaction to the Glavine fiasco, which I pray dies soon. Friday afternoon Buster Olney said The Braves would be interested in Brad Penny, to which Mark Bowman quickly shot down, letting all Braves fans exhal in relief.
Ok so it wasn’t a full week, but it was a lot to happen in 4 days.