The end.

Dear friends,

The time has come. After writing about the Braves for 8 seasons, I am closing the blog at the end of the 2014 season.

When I started writing about Braves baseball, I wanted to meet more fans like me. I was tired of the message boards, full of guys who didn’t find value in my point of view because it didn’t match theirs. (As I've learned several times in my life, I rarely fit into anyone’s mold.) Luckily I did find Braves friends, and some have turned into close, real-life friends.

I had low expectations. I’d written a couple of blogs before based on other topics but they didn't gain much of a following. I never guessed I would meet wonderful people, make professional connections with people inside the Braves organization and media outlets, or have so many opportunities for behind-the-scenes sneak peeks. I never imagined the possibility of Braves players recognizing me, hearing my voice on NPR, or having thousands of readers a day. But I was grateful. I am grateful.

Do you remember the song Video Killed the Radio Star? Well, social media killed the blog. Almost all blogs, really, not just mine. When I started Braves Love, many of the things I blogged are things I share on social media today. And everyone is sharing similar things; it’s not unique anymore.

The internet has changed since 2007. How we consume information has changed. And social media has basically made my blog obsolete. People want real time info and stories and photos, not to wait several days after a game to see some not-great pictures that may or may not include their fave Brave.

Thank you all for reading. Thank you Meagan, for inspiring and encouraging me. Thank you Phillip, for volunteering your time and expertise during and after the conversion from blog to website. Thank you Alison and Michelle, for proofreading posts and helping me streamline. There are many others I should thank, but most of all, thank you to those who have shared with me and stuck with me. I’m glad to have met you, and I love you all.

If you would like to contact me in the future, I will still be on Twitter (@BravesLove) or I can be reached at lovemybravos at gmail. I’ll still be watching all the games and cheering for my boys.

Love, and go Braves!
Lauren

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Game Day Pictures: Braves vs Nationals 9-17-2014 and Mets 9-19-2014

Hi Lovvies,

We were eliminated from postseason contention today, so it seems like an appropriate time to post my last gameday post. I hope you enjoy these photos from last week.

Braves vs Nationals - September 17, 2014

Batting practice from right field is a very different point of view.

Batting practice from right field is a very different point of view.

The best closer in baseball

The best closer in baseball

I'll never tire of this pose.

I'll never tire of this pose.

for Jey

for Jey

Love how you can see CoryGearrin's smile even when you can only see part of his face

Love how you can see CoryGearrin's smile even when you can only see part of his face. Also why does MikeMinor have so many things in his pockets?

Mike offered Kimmie one of his butt waters, but Kimmie wanted the other one. ...I have no idea.

Mike offered Kimmie one of his butt waters, but Kimmie wanted the other one. ...I have no idea.

DON'T PUT YOUR MOUTH ON THE BOTTLE

DON'T PUT YOUR MOUTH ON THE BOTTLE

My cousin Catherine took the next four...

hi boys ❤

hi boys ❤

Christian Bethancourt getting ready to warm up Alex Wood

Christian Bethancourt getting ready to warm up Alex Wood

I love Alex Wood's wonky windup

I love Alex Wood's wonky windup

Catherine: "Do they always line up like that?"

Catherine: "Do they always line up like that?"

Yes they do. :) Okay, she handed back the camera now...

I wonder if the baby American flag is Eddie's.

I wonder if the baby American flag is Eddie's.

for Molly

for Molly

Kimmie and Eddie talking to a little girl, probably making her life ❤

Kimmie and Eddie talking to a little girl, probably making her life ❤

JHey's thumb injury

JHey's thumb injury

Freddie's hair

Freddie's hair

Like I said earlier, best closer ever. Praying he can stay healthy and surpass Hoffman and Rivera and the other greats, and I hope he stays in a Braves uniform for his entire career.

Like I said earlier, best closer ever. Praying he can stay healthy and surpass Hoffman and Rivera and the other greats, and I hope he stays in a Braves uniform for his entire career.

Braves win!

Braves win!

 

Braves vs Mets - September 19, 2014

Star Wars Night at the Braves was much like every other Star Wars night at the Braves ever. Players' jumbotron pics were altered to look like Star Wars characters (my favorite photoshop job was sneaky: Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler as Count Dooku), Darth Vader interrupted the Home Depot Tool Race, etc.

I only took one picture that I liked.

Love JHey and Freddie sitting together.

Love JHey and Freddie sitting together.

 

Big announcement coming up at the end of the season. ❤

 

Posted in 2014, Alex Wood, Brandon Beachy, Christian Bethancourt, Craig Kimbrel, Eddie Perez, Freddie Freeman, Game Day Pics, Gavin Floyd, Jason Heyward | Leave a comment

Exclusive: The Glavines receive Aflac’s Duckprints Award

I received an email, which read (in part):

A month ago, former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

On Sept. 8, Glavine will enter a hall of fame of an entirely different sort – one that honors people who have made a difference in the fight against childhood cancer.

Glavine and his wife, Chris, will receive Aflac’s Duckprints Award for their longtime support of Atlanta-based CURE Childhood Cancer, which funds research and supports patients and their families. The Glavines have helped the organization raise $4 million since 2008.

Glavine is deeply passionate about this cause, even taking time during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in Cooperstown, N.Y. to mention CURE Childhood Cancer and how much working with the organization has meant to him.

Within the email was an invitation to interview one of my all time favorite Braves and his wife. Unfortunately I was not able to attend the event, but my colleague Susan was happy to take my place. The remainder of this post is her account of the event, as well as some photos she would like to share. Thank you, Susan!

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The event started with a photo op at the entrance with the Aflac duck. A duck. A real live duck. I have never seen anything like that. It was so calm and let everyone sit next to it and pet it. Talk about incredible.

Ernie Johnson, Jr. emceed the event and did a great job introducing all the guests and talking about CURE. He told the story about Game 6 of the 1995 World Series when Tom Glavine asked his team for just one run and he would take care of the rest. He tied it all together by saying that when it comes to battling childhood cancer it only takes one. One act of kindness. One small gesture. One smile. Just one.

Esme and her dad spoke and told the story of her diagnosis and treatment process at the Aflac Cancer Center. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. As of September 3rd, Esme’s scans are clear and she is cancer free. Incredible.

The Glavines gave a sweet speech and spoke about their involvement with CURE. Tom Glavine was quite humble and gave all the credit to his wife Chris for embracing this cause and simply said he’s along for the ride. My favorite part of their speech is when they mentioned the different ways they get their own kids involved and their son’s hockey teams wear the gold ribbon logo on their helmets.

Tom and Chris Glavine

Tom and Chris Glavine receiving their award

After going through Glavine’s top notch baseball statistics it was time to unveil the footprints on the wall. Ernie said, “that is what you did – this is who you are.”

After the festivities I had a chance to speak briefly with the Glavines to find out more about their involvement with CURE. There were delicious cookies involved. Duckprint cookies.

Tom and Chris Glavine

Tom and Chris Glavine

They told me they recognized how lucky they are that their own children haven’t been diagnosed and they feel strongly about helping all the families who are affected by childhood cancer. Their commitment to raising awareness is truly inspiring.  We chatted for about five minutes and I was blown away by their compassion and dedication to such an important cause. I believe it truly takes just one.

Susan with Tom and Chris Glavine

Susan with Tom and Chris Glavine

Glavine footprints

Glavine footprints

 

Please visit CUREChildhoodCancer.com for more information about their goals and how you can help.

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