I don’t much go in for “WE’RE NUMBER ONE!” fandom. Even when the Braves won the World Series in 1995, the merch I bought was decidedly modest. One “World Series Champs” shirt and then just more logo stuff. Being a sports fan — at least one with a modicum of dignity — requires self-awareness. Your team likely sucked once. It will certainly suck again in the future. Enjoy your moment, but don’t overdo it.
Which is why I love this so much. It’s absolutely perfect:
If they have back-to-back good seasons they can print some up that say “my word, once again we, shockingly, do not suck.”
ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.
O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”
“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.
O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.
He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.
O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.
He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.