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1987 Topps Ozzie Virgil Jr - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

No matter how bad the Braves play, they are my team. In 1987, I took that even more seriously. than I do now. These days, I have a wife and a daughter and a job and a lot of other interests to distract me from a losing Braves season. That wasn’t true in 1987. In 1987, the Braves still played a lot of games on the west coast, and even on school nights, I would lie awake at night listening to Ernie, Skip and Pete call the games. I’d be up sometimes until 2 in the morning, even when they were playing the equally dreadful Padres.

There was no hope of a division championship. There were no rookie of the year candidates that gave us hope for the future. Sure, Dale Murphy was still the great one, but that was it. The staff was anchored by Zane Smith and Doyle Alexander. Superstar closer Bruce Sutter spent the entire season recovering from his third shoulder surgery.

Here’s how bad the team was in 1987. Ozzie Virgil Jr was one of the best players on the team.

Guess what? The Braves were nowhere near the bottom yet.

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