“I feel terrible. It’s a whole lot to swallow, but I’ll try to do my best to get over it. I feel absolutely terrible right now. I wish I could just dig a hole and go sleep in there.”
     -Braves 2nd baseman Brooks Conrad after yesterday’s game

As a Giants fan I watched the climax of yesterday’s comeback with full-throated hysterical pleasure; but as a former baseball bench warmer I observed the third and final, through-the-legs error of Brooks (never to be confused with Robinson) Conrad with empathic horror.

Conrad came up with Oakland as a 27-year-old rookie in 2008 and has only 229 regular-season lifetime at bats. A third baseman by trade, he was inserted as the Braves’ second baseman a couple of weeks ago after regular second sacker Martin Prado went down with an injury. Conrad’s three errors, which included that most embarrassing of fumbles — a dropped pop-up — gave the Giants the game and a 2-1 edge in the NL Division Series.

Read all about it below. And remember, along with the exorbitant financial and social benefits of playing major league baseball comes the omnipresent possibility that in the blink of an eye your name might forever become associated with failure and humiliation.

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    Conrad also said “What is it, the first hole I dug? Not the first time I dug a hole. I’ll dig a hole. Where are the shovels?”


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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