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MLB Playoffs: Why You Should Root For (Or Against) The Braves

SB Nation MLB editor Jeff Sullivan breaks down the playoff field by providing the casual fan with teams to root for and against. The Braves land in the middle of the pack, faling behind the Giants, who have orange towels:

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Why You Should Root For Them

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Bobby Cox started managing in 1978 and has been in charge with the Braves every year since 1990. He's been one of precious few constants over the past 20 years, and given that I barely remember anything from the 80s and have grown accustomed to seeing Bobby Cox every summer, I see rooting against the Braves as kind of like rooting against your grampa. And if you're older than me and you do remember a lot from the 80s, and the 70s, then rooting against the Braves is kind of like rooting against your step-grampa. Additionally, Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito are among this generation's most underrated shutdown relievers, and neither has ever advanced to the World Series.

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Why You Should Not Root For Them

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Walk around any college campus around 11 o'clock on a Sunday morning and you'll overhear at least a dozen people tell their friends that they're never going to drink ever again. I know Atlanta hasn't actually been to the playoffs since 2005, but I think a lot of us are still kind of hung over. We were forced to drink way too much Braves. Beyond that, you've got your standard reasons - unremarkable crowd support, announced by Chip Caray, fan chant that's so preposterously inappropriate that we've moved past wanting to abolish it in favor of protecting it so that future generations can see how awful we all were.

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Members Of The Last Playoff Team

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Julio Franco
Brian Jordan
John Smoltz

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Playoff team from 2005, or playoff team from 1993?

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Rootability Points: 7.0

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Visit Talking Chop if you'd like to cheer on a sweet little old man in his very last season of managing a team that's defined his life. Or go to McCovey Chronicles if you rooted for Barry Bonds a couple years ago. Tough call, I know.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.