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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Redemption of Brooks Conrad

Back in October I wrote about Brooks Conrad, the Atlanta Braves 2nd Baseman, whose errors late in game three of the Divisional playoffs cost the Braves the game a possibly the series ("On the Heartache of Brooks Conrad"). It worked out well for the Giants, who went on to win their first World Series since moving to San Francisco.  At the time there were a number of sports writers (most of whom have never had to work at their jobs with 40,000 fans screaming at them) who wrote Conrad off as past his prime or out of his league. Evidently, it never occurred to them that he simply had a bad day. It happens to everyone if you play long enough.

The good news is is that Conrad is having a great year for the Braves this year ("Braves Infielder Brooks Conrad Looks Back On the Night His Life Almost Fell Apart"). He one of the Braves top subs, he's delivered a number of clutch hits throughout the season (see e.g., "Conrad Sparks Braves Rally To Beat Rockies Thursday, 9-6"), and (most importantly) he's having fun. What a great "ending" to a story that could have turned out a lot worse.

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