“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?”

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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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