Just a really crappy week for the Braves and Braves fans. The latest indignity came as I was writing that Oakland A’s post and needed a link to a story about the Braves collapse in 2011. Enter Google’s auto-fill function:
Part of me wants to fight the specifics here regarding what is and what is not a collapse. Most of me is simply resigned.
The poet Ted Hughes once said “the things that are worst to undergo are best to remember.” Ted Hughes can get bent.
They A’s frittered away the AL West lead, with the Angels clinch coming when it did thanks to the A’s frittering away the game in the ninth inning last night. Now they seem to be frittering away even more stuff: they’re down 4-0 to the Rangers in the first inning of this afternoon’s game.
That’s the worst team in Major League Baseball, of course. Not that the A’s are alone in turning in an unexpectedly poor performance to the Rangers lately. The Braves season effectively ended last weekend when they got swept by the Rangers.
And if this continues, that’s not the only thing the A’s are going to have in common with the Braves.
It’s been an ugly couple of weeks in sports. Let us cleanse the palette with pure wholesomeness:
Barry Bonds in pinstripes. And presumably on nothing more than milk, cookies and the occasional St. Joseph’s aspirin.
On September 5, Ron Washington abruptly resigned from the Texas Rangers. He gave no explanation apart from citing “an off-the-field personal matter.” He just spoke to the press in Dallas and explained why he resigned. Sort of.
Washington said “I was not true to my wife, after 42 years.” He said nothing more as far as explanation. He said “I made a mistake, and I’m embarrassed. More than I’ve ever been in my life.” He added that “when you put yourself in situations, you own it,” and said he apologized to his wife and wanted to apologize “to those I disappointed,” including his players, his coaches, Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers.
He added, “All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding.” He further asked that his privacy be respected. He said the matter was “certainly personal,” and that “we’re trying to put it behind us.” He said “Today I’m at a very low time in my life.” Washington took no questions.
To put it plainly: Ron Washington is not the first and will not be the last person in baseball to cheat on his wife. None, that I am aware of, resigned for it. One has to assume that there is more to this story.