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Braves, Giants brass apologize to fans

Oct 6, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

I'm sorry

Has this always happened, or is it a new thing?

Braves’ President John Schuerholz and Giants managing partner Larry Baer have each written letters to the fans talking about how much of a bummer it was for the teams to miss the playoffs but, dadgummit, we’re gonna double our efforts and happiness is but a season away.

Actually, they’re not both technically apologies.  Schuerholz’s sounds more like that and, as is clear from the personalized greeting, was sent via email to whoever had signed up to get Braves’ spam. Baer’s letter is more like a hybrid commiseration/introduction with a few bones thrown to the idea that 2011 was not fun. It’s in open letter form, posted at the Giants’ website.

I guess it’s a nice gesture. It’d be better if the Braves’ one contained pics of Fredi Gonzalez getting worked over by a couple of hired goons, but it’s nice enough.  I just kind of wonder what the letter from the Astros or the Twins would look like.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Oct 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    The Astros letter would probably include some references as to how some of their best players have been playing in the postseason for the last few years.

  2. kevbarnett - Oct 6, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    From: Ed Wade <

    Dear Astros fan,

    While this has been another year of disappointment our very own Hunter Pence is in the playoffs! Just think about it a member of our great franchise is playing in the playoffs! Now we all wish it was a player of our own wearing our jersey but hey….we're the Astros. Lets all live vicariously through Hunter and as they say in Philly Lets go eat!

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 6, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      Technically speaking it’s the owner (partner) or team president who should be sending the letter since Ed is the GM. But hey, who’s keeping score :)

    • thefrenchyconnection - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      Wouldn’t the email address be

  3. mplsjoe - Oct 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    The Twins did one of these too. It was a full-page ad in the Star Tribune discussing how, well, things didn’t turn out how we wanted them to do this year. But we had a lot of injuries! (Seriously, I’m pretty sure that was part of it). And hey, how about that Jim Thome! (before we gave him away for cash) And that Liriano no-hitter! (his one good start of the year). And did you know our stadium doesn’t have a roof on it anymore!?

    These all seem pretty patheic to me.

  4. westwoodwarrior8 - Oct 6, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    LOL @ kevbarnett

  5. Bill - Oct 6, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Dear Mets fans,

    On the bright side, Carlos Beltran is also not in the playoffs.


    Fred W.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      Man, you guys are cracking me up today. Well-done.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    From now on, these will ever be known as “Golden Retreiver Apologies”.
    If we ever revert to Cocker Spaniel Apologies, Nixcon would be proud.

  7. amaninwhite - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Apologize for netting their team the # 1/2 draft pick? I don’t think so…

  8. APBA Guy - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Well, the cynical among us have spoken, but I for one would not downplay Baer’s commitment to making AT & T a better place to watch baseball. As for the team itself…

  9. umrguy42 - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Cubs brass just has a ceremonial changing of the numbers to add another year to the “… years and counting since our last WS win” counter :p

  10. xmatt0926x - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    The Giants brass should apologize. How do you let a pitching staff like that go to waste over the likes of Cody Ross and Pat Burrell. I know they won the title last season but they knew that was lightning in a bottle and wouldn’t be repeated. Beltran was a somewhat bold move but I’m talking about a full seasons worth of upgrades.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:17 PM

      In that, you must admit the Phillies brass was a bit smarter: they let go of Pat after the ’08 Championship. At least they made it to the World Series one year later.

  11. natstowngreg - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Still having a bit of trouble getting over the Braves’ collapse, huh?

    Look at the puppy again, and all will be well. Aaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwww…

  12. bigmacmantle - Oct 6, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    In 1981 after the World Series, George Steinbrenner issued a press release apologizing for not winning.

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