Rating Braves Excitement Meter

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Jayson Werth

Atlanta Braves fans have been fortunate the past 20+ years.  Except for a few lean seasons, there has been high-quality, exciting baseball, at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium and Turner Field.  So how excited are you for the 2014 season and where would your rank your excitement on a one to ten scale?

I’m excited about the upcoming season, but my excitement is not a ten.  Those of us who lived through the early to mid ’90s experienced what a ten feels like and this upcoming season is not a ten on the excitement meter.

So is it a nine?  No, I don’t think it is a nine, either.  No new stadium this season and no blockbuster off-season trades or free agent signings to get excited about.

I do think the upcoming season registers a solid eight on the excitement meter and that is pretty darn good.  The Braves have an exciting young corps of players to watch develop and most of all, I think the battle for the Eastern Division championship with the Washington Nationals could be epic.

The Nationals are easy to dislike with their “Nattitude” slogan and their nouveau riche status.  They shelved Strasburg at the end of the 2012 season and the ensuing playoffs like they expect to be there every season for the next ten years, even though they have never won anything.  They’ve got outfielder Jayson Werth, who looks like an escapee from the Manson family, and who disrespected the Braves before last season.  The are from Washington D.C. and their most prominent fans are politicians…need I say more?

Besides the battle with the Nationals, the story line I am most excited about this season is seeing how Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton bounce back from their awful seasons (we Americans always love seeing players bounce back from adversity almost as much as we enjoy seeing them go down the drain) and it will be very intriguing to see how Fredi Gonzalez and the Braves organization handles the situation if they don’t bounce back.

What is your excitement meter heading into 2014 and what are you looking forward to this season?

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NorthAlabamaGM
NorthAlabamaGM
If I were more confident in Beachy being at full health, I would consider this a 10. I am anxious to see how these new rich kids perform this season knowing they are set for life if they are wise with their new foun dprosperity. This is probabaly an 8 bordering on a 10 or a 6. The fact that the front office didn’t do anything stupid this offseason has me excited. If Heyward is somewhere between his rookie season and and what he did in the leadoff spot last year, this will become a 10 very quick. If BJ… Read more »
C.J. Smith
C.J. Smith
I’m going to say an 8 as well. Realistically, you can’t really expect CJ to have the same numbers as last season. I would love to see it though. I’ve almost given up on Uggla after a 3 season slump but one would expect BJ Upton would have to be better than last year. I think the stats from the 3 outfielders are only going to go up. Braves won the East last year with the outfield def playing below what was expected. Improve on that this year and I say one can get pretty excited. I just do not… Read more »
Mike Crowe
Mike Crowe

I can see BJ having another season like 2013, why not. Ugla has certainly been proof it happens. Even at his best BJ was an average player and now he’s older, richer, and still BJ Upton. He’s going to have to prove himself to convince me.

Mike Crowe
Mike Crowe
I’d give it a seven, only because the Braves are defending champs, the front office seems to have awakened and locked up most of the players that matter, or in the process of doing so, and there is the pitching. But then there is Washington, perhaps, Fredi not knowing how to finish a season, BJ and Ugly, and another stupid free agent signing surely awaits in the wings – remember, there is a track record going on here. So yeah, I’ll go fifty-fifty that we make the post season, but this team is a long way from being as heart… Read more »
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