Celebrate the Atlanta Braves & the game of baseball through the perspective of a die-hard fan. Braves Enthusiasm will keep you up to date with weekly video progress reports on the team’s performance & I'll provide overall shenanigans in the coverage of los Bravos throughout the season on Tumblr, Facebook, & Twitter (@Castrologist).

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Jobu

4 g*d da*n hits! Come on Braves, we can do much better than yesterday. Have a night off in NYC and then come to the park sluggin’.

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So another baseball season is here. The quest for the World Series begins, and with last year’s unbelievable finish, the great game could be more exciting this year. Here are my predictions on how 2012 shakes out.

NL East - Braves

NL Central - Cardinals

NL West - Dodgers

NL Wildcard 1 - Phillies

NL Wildcard 2 - Marlins

AL East - Yankees

Al Central - Tigers

AL West - Rangers

AL Wildcard 1 - Red Sox

AL Widcard 2 - Angels

ALCS - Rangers vs Tigers

NLCS - Braves vs Phillies

WS - Tigers over Braves

I’ve picked against my Braves.  Maybe that is just the spark the team needs to pull it off.

Here are ESPN’s Experts Picks…very few of those baseball minds think the Braves will do much this year.

Cheers to Opening Day and proving a lot of people wrong this season!

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Braves Enthusiasm returns for the 2012 season, an important one in the history of our franchise. We all know how last season ended but a new one is on the horizon and this team, composed of basically the same players, is out to redeem themselves.

Do the Braves have what it takes to bring Atlanta it’s elusive 2nd World title? Braves Enthusiasm is ready for a great season!

We are here at Roger Dean Stadium ready for the Braves to take on the Miami Marlins. The Marlins could be a force in the NL East. It’s gonna take a great effort by our Braves to outbattle the opposition and get to the Series.

Stay tuned for more Braves Enthusiasm and get ready for the beauty of another MLB season!

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Braves fans and Yankees fans can get along! 

Greetings from spring training. Tomorrow, defending champ Cardinals vs. our Braves. We owe them since without Los Bravos utter disaster last season, they wouldn’t be so damn happy ! No matter…it’s a new season!!

Braves fans and Yankees fans can get along!

Greetings from spring training. Tomorrow, defending champ Cardinals vs. our Braves. We owe them since without Los Bravos utter disaster last season, they wouldn’t be so damn happy ! No matter…it’s a new season!!

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Now THAT was painful. Los Bravos were up 10.5 in the wildcard at one point and blew a 8.5 game lead in three weeks. I really thought this team had what it took to win. I think that in the end there were too many easy outs in our lineup during September, and the pitchers weren’t dominant like the Phillies pitchers were to overcompensate for the lack of hitting. It didn’t help that JJ and Hanson got hurt, but injuries are no excuse.

Prado didn’t hit all season like he is capable of. Heyward didn’t hit all season and in the end, couldn’t be an offensive force for this team. Uggla was terrible for half the season. McCann vanished in September. Lowe was atrocious. Gonzalez was great on defense but lacked consistency offensively. Many Braves had good seasons: Tim Hudson, Freddie Freeman, Chipper Jones when he was out there, and the big three in the bullpen. Dan Uggla’s 36 homers were just what we signed him for. The pitching staff was strong, and the defense was pretty damn good.

Good times were Uggla’s 33 game hitting streak, Michael Bourn and Jose Constanza’s injection of speed to the team, Hudson’s will to win and the bullpen flourishing. These were all highlights of a memorable, exciting, and in the end, disappointing 2011 campaign for the Braves. Everyone on the team left it all on the field, and they were in position for October until “The Disaster” occurred.

I don’t really care to listen to all the talk about how this Braves team choked and were part of one of the biggest collapses in history. That shit is over. The Braves have found painful ways to lose for 20 years, save for the city’s lone championship in 1995. I am not saying we are cursed, but we have had a lot of things go wrong ,and the team is not finishing the job. We need to close the deal, and let’s hope the 2012 season can yield different results for our Atlanta Braves.

It’s a frustrating game, but it’s a fun game.  The 2011 Braves brought us many highs and several lows, and it will take a while for the taste of ”The Disaster” to be washed away. The fun begins again in the spring.

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"Not necessarily a state of shock. Obviously disappointed. There’s a feeling of missed opportunity, but when you look at everybody’s effort inside this clubhouse, it’s easier to swallow because everybody left it out on the field, everybody gave it their best and that’s all we can ask for. I think it’s going to benefit us this offseason in a weird way to not let this happen again next year. Everybody’s going to bust their butts and come back even stronger than we were this year."

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Dan Uggla following the painful ending to the Braves’ 2011 campaign courtesy of David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

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mccann

So it all comes down to the last game of the season. Time to show up, Bravos. Granted, I think the guys have been playing their asses off…the effort and heart are there, but the results are not. 

Last year they gave us a heart attack at the end, and they are doing it to us again. It has been an exciting season. Can we get to the post-season and overcome this tremendous collapse? Hell yes we can. 

Being a Braves fan means enduring misery in pursuit of the dream of a championship. It’s been 16 years of joy and much pain since Marquis Grissom caught the last out in 1995. Enough pain, Braves. Let’s have some good times this fall.

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phanatic

So, Phillies fans have already stenciled their name on the trophy. It’s a very long season folks. So we’re 8 games back in the division and barely hold on to a wildcard lead. Stay positive Braves Enthusiasts. All los Bravos have to do is make the playoffs, and we can go toe to toe with anybody in a post-season series. And with a little luck, Brian McCann and Chipper Jones will be around when it really matters. The team is a tad different with those two in the line-up.

Everybody loves the overgrown fuzzball, the Phillie Phanatic, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news for him, but this is the year of los Bravos. Uggla already with a donkey ball today and now a 25 game hitting streak. Put the foot on the gas, Braves. 

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fred

We gotta get somebody…anybody…and somebody while we’re waiting. I love our team but if a Marlon Byrd, BJ Upton, or Michael Bourn is available, why not? George Constanza played centerfield last night so it’s not like the Braves couldn’t use the help.

It’s been 18 years since the Braves made the historic deal for Fred McGriff. This season no one THAT good is available, but I think we can improve with a deal. I have faith in Braves management that they will make the right call.

Exciting times, Braves fans! How bout that Danny Uggla?!

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"He can start for a ton of teams. The way he handles a game, the way he throws out runners, he can hit, puts together good at-bats it seems like everytime up. The guy’s an animal."

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The injured Brian McCann talking about his back-up David Ross courtesy of David O’ Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

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