I was 13 years old, living in West Virginia--having been unceremoniously transplanted from my native Georgia at my father's whim just a few years earlier---separated by 500+ miles from my beloved Bravos. Luckily TBS was still showing a winning lineup of The Simpsons reruns, the Braves and then Dinner and a Movie with Paul and Annabell. The year was 2000. We'd all just laughed off the Y2K bug, I paid sixty dollars of my hard earned neighborhood grass mowing money for an EXTREMELY rare copy of Office Space on VHS, and the Braves faced the Cards in the NLDS. In case anyone forgot: we lost. Game one was anything but a pitchers' duel as both were knocked out by the fourth inning. Curious about the matchup?
Ankiel & Maddux.
Oddly, this would basically unravel Ankiel's career as a major league pitcher. Starting tomorrow he will platoon center with The Melkman.
So, is anyone else as scared as I am about the lack of a steady three-everyday-outfielder-situation? I realize you can't always have three Heywards, but we have a glut of outfield talent... and I just wish there had been some way to consolidate that instead of adding to it. Yet another outfielder who can bat about .260 and play average D. Blanco couldn't play center?