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HBT Weekend Wrap

Sep 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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The last weekend of the regular season brought us all kinds of interestingness:

Three games left, kids. And then the season changes into something different. Something good and valuable and exciting. But something different. I always feel bittersweet about that.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    The board position was impossible to refute; Detwiler to Q8, Checkmate! And the Nationals took another series from the Braves. The white pieces with their curly Ws on their caps looked smug and triumphant. The grey pieces with the A’s on their caps looked sullen, defeated. The man on the high chair could only puff bubbles in frustration from his pipe. Adjusting his robe there was nothing more to do but to collect the pieces and put them away.

    There was one final shot, the Braves would have to take the series from the Phillies to at least guarantee a one game tie breaker. Curse the schedule; The Cardinals would play the ASTROS of all teams! He was not optimistic as he looked at the starting pitchers Atlanta would trot out; how could they have fallen so Lowe? … even his puns weren’t as amusing anymore.

    He pressed a button on his chair, and the large 1995 Braves Championship Team portrait above the fireplace, recessed into the wall to give way to the massive 70″ LED screen. He stood up, holding his pipe to his mouth; there was much to analyze, the Phillies were tuning up for the post-season so they were not going to do Atlanta any favors by filling the lineup with dregs. On the other hand, their starting pitchers were working on pitch counts, so Atlanta would face them 2/3s of each game… tops. The last game may even be a bullpen game. Even if Hamels pitches it wouldn’t be for more than 2 innings, maybe 3 tops… too many variables. He would need a top baseball analyst, an intelligent GM to help him sort this all out. Who to call?

    Pressing the communications button on his chair that activated his microphone he spoke into thin air: “Computer, establish secure comm link with Brad Pitt…

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