Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Definition of Poseur

Fourteen straight division titles, starting with 1991's second-half explosion that saw them erase a 9 1/2-game lead in the NL West. Five league championships between 1991 and 1999 and with them, five trips to the World Series.

A remarkable stretch when you consider the nature of competition in the world of free-agency and big-dollar mercenaries, but it bears closer scrutiny. The proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is championships, World championships.

And here is where the Atlanta Braves run off the rails. The parade of big-named talent that has graced the Braves roster over the last 15 seasons is impressive: Pendleton, McGriff, Glavine, Smoltz, Maddux, Justice, Gant, the Jones'-Andruw and Chipper. But for all of them, the Braves have won the brass ring but once.

One single, solitary and lonely WS Title. In 15 seasons of unparalleled success on the baseball diamond.

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