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On Brooks Conrad

Written by Paddy McMahon on .

As you probably know, the Braves lost game 3 in heartbreaking fashion. After being no-hit for much of the game, Eric Hinske managed a two-run home run in the bottom of the 8th to put the Braves in the lead; all they needed was three outs to lock down a surprising 2-1 series lead. Instead, they surrendered the tying run. Which, OK, the Braves have won in extras before, and the last time quite recently - hearken down to the post below this for a refresher of Game 2.

But then Brooks Conrad let a grounder off the bat of Buster Posey* go through his legs, and the go-ahead run scored.

*I feel like I've mentioned this before, but...I really had no ill will against Posey until this series. I don't want to say that it's ridiculous that people would vote for Posey for RoY over Heyward, because there is, as always, an argument to be made for Posey. However, I do think that Heyward is the clear choice, and the fact that San Francisco fans seriously believe that Posey is, to quote their chant, better than Heyward makes me really, really dislike Posey. Not only is Heyward better, but he's three years younger. And if you want to say that Posey is more valuable because he's a catcher, then check yoself because he spent nearly a third of his games played at first base, not catcher.

Is that egregiously bad? Yeah. You hate to have that happen to your team. But consider also that Conrad dropped a pop-up earlier in the game that allowed the first run to score. And then his botched double play ball. And then his popped up bunt. And then the fact that his three errors in a game are the most in postseason history.

My point is: at this point, I actively dislike Brooks Conrad. And I know that the general MO of my sabermetric community is to have some degree of compassion and respect for the players. They are, after all, trying their hardest, and have as much, if not more, invested in these games than we as fans do. But...frankly, I don't care. I have scarcely been so furious with a human being as Brooks Conrad upon letting that grounder through. Well...I did come very close to reaching that level when Conrad dropped an easy popup to let the first run of the game score. I don't care that I'm supposed to be compassionate; I don't care that he feels "absolutely terrible" right now. Is that selfish? Yes. Is that hateful? Probably more than I'd like. Is that my entitlement as a fan? I don't want to look at Conrad's WPA right now. I don't want to parse the stats. I want to embrace and proselytize my rancor for all things Conrad. His marginal contributions at the plate are insufficient; this is a man who does not deserve significant major league playing time.

That last sentence was me being diplomatic. Sorry that this whole post is, at best, incoherent. But, and say it with me now, Braves fans: I. HATE. BROOKS. CONRAD.

Moralizing update: As was expected, I feel less strongly about it now than I did yesterday. Removed the whole broken legs bit. Am going to just hope that he doesn't play for the Braves again.


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