I'm not a baseball person but when I do watch the braves, I see something different, not just from the 2006-2009 dark years, but from the 1991-2005 era.
They find ways to win.
But from no particular player. On other teams you usually hear about how there are 1-3 players you have to watch out for. But for the Braves, it could be anyone at any time. One day it's Chipper, another day it's McCann, Hinske, Glaus, Prado or maybe it's Escobar, Cabrera, Conrad, Heywood, Infante, Blanco, or no names like David Ross, Nate McLouth and Matt Diaz. It's like who do you stop? Its not like any of these guys scare you. But that's the beauty of it. They are regular everyday blue collar guys, that are playing like a true team. They've faced adversity due to injury and unproven prospects/talent trying to figure out how it works and a nine game losing streak to drop to 8-14 in last place, destined for another year of mediocrity for a fittingly final season for a washed up Bobby Cox. But the Cigar Smoking Genius had one last trick and got them to negate with a 9 game winning streak, winning nearly every series since that rough start. The only games they've lost were against hot teams and some unlucky breaks, not to meantion a west coast trip early in the season not knowing who the Giants and Padres were let in alternate day night games. But they've played competitive, and they have the best record in the NL, but close behind is the Reds and Padres. The Reds win with Offense, while the Padres do it with Pitching (Defense), yet their opposite is their weakness. But the Braves have balance and do it with clutch hitting and pitching.
Does this sound like what the 2001-2004 NE Patriots used to be? No particular player standing out over another. Just a team effort. Coming through in the Clutch. Billicheck and Brady like Bobby Cox.
And now we have a piece of the Patriots empire on our Football team, and the way the 2010 Draft has gone (picking up depth at key positions), we have see sparks of that for this season.