The Atlanta Braves are baseball's best team through the first two weeks of the season. But it's not early-season history the team wants to make. The Braves want to turn more heads late in the year.
"You almost don't want to talk about it because you don't want to jinx it," said catcher Brian McCann. "But, yeah, with the start we've had, we have talked about it, sure. This team, the 2013 Braves — we have a chance to have the biggest collapse in baseball history. It's exciting."
McCann and other Braves know they can't look ahead, however.
"It's only April. We have a lot of games left to win before we start thinking about falling apart," said first baseman Freddie Freeman. "But I promise this team won't let up trying to accomplish a historic letdown."
Late-season and playoff collapses is the franchise calling card of the Atlanta Braves, a team that has won just one World Series despite making the playoffs in 16 of the past 22 years. The 2011 squad missed the postseason completely despite entering September with an 8.5-game lead in the wildcard.
But no Braves team in history has gotten off to a start like this. All the dominoes are being put in place.
"I don't know if we'll enter September with 85 wins and then lose our last 27 in a row to miss the postseason," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "Or maybe we win 120 games and then get swept in the divisional round of the playoffs by an 85-win team that we never lost to during the regular season. I don't know. Either way, I think we have the potential to do something very memorable."