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Catching up with Brooks Conrad

Feb 8, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

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While the winter is an awful, awful thing for a baseball fan, it has served one healing purpose for Braves fans: it has allowed us to forget about Brooks Conrad’s follies in the NLDS against the Giants.  In case you wanted to relive it, however — or if you actually want to find reasons not to hate the guy — there’s a nice profile of him in the AJC today.  This part might makes you just want to die, though:

In the first inning of Game 3, Conrad bobbled a double-play ball. Then he dropped a pop-up to right field in the second.

When Posey handcuffed him in the ninth, Conrad’s wife Jessie was in the concourse at Turner Field, taking their 3-year-old son Jaxon to the bathroom. She hadn’t even seen the play. But she heard booing and her heart sank.

“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, please no,’” Jessie said.

The stuff that follows about his teammates and family rallying around him the night of the game is hanky material.

Spring is upon us and it’s time for renewal. And no one could use it more than Conrad.  Here’s hoping that things turn out well for him him in the new year.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Conrad and Jim Joyce need to have lunch.

  2. trevorb06 - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Jessie is now filing for divorce and turning to musicians instead of athletes.

  3. Kevin S. - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Any truth to the rumor that “Brooks was here” was found carved above his locker the next morning?

  4. thelucasjj - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    As a Giant’s fan, I apppreciate what he did to put the Giant’s in position to win the World Series. However I never felt so conflicted as a fan. I jumped when I saw Posey’s hit get through, but before I even landed I felt bad for Conrad.

    If I remember correctly they even made a pitching change after that, so he was on “an island” for a while before action resumed.

  5. nps6724 - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Like some of the players said, the Braves don’t make the playoffs without him. He had a terrible game no doubt, but we were relying on Brooks Conrad as a STARTER in that series. That in and of itself was a problem.

  6. mercyflush - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    One thing should make Braves fans feel better. Brooks Conrad might have single-handedly denied the Phillies a World Series win.

    If he doesn’t make those errors, the Braves have a great shot at winning that series. In that case, the Phillies would have avoided the Giants, and almost definitely beat the Braves and then the Rangers.

    So, thanks Brooks. Jerk.

    • seeingwhatsticks - Feb 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      I understand how the Phils don’t lose to the Giants if the Giants don’t make it to the NLCS, but the Phillies still played the Giants and lost.

      • mercyflush - Feb 8, 2011 at 4:09 PM

        uh, yeah.

  7. veto0525 - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Brooks is awesome and I hope he is a Brave for the next 12 years. His attitude and energy is what all great MLB teams need in the dugout. He also refuses to wear batting gloves which is cool and every now and then has a hog in that stretches his face out that can only be matched by new teammate Dan Uggla. We need ya Brooks, all 162 games plus.

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