The Atlanta Braves are terrible. They have not won a game in more than a week.

Yet, since they moved southward in 1966, my loyalty has been for better or worse. But the worst part needs to stop soon.

So I keep listening, watching and going as time allows. In fact, there are lessons to be learned even in disappointment.

Aging third baseman Chipper Jones left a game last week with yet another nagging injury. I slapped the steering wheel while hearing the news on my car radio.

During the next inning, broadcaster Jim Powell passed along the report that Chipper had hurt his hip and — using familiar baseball disabled list terminology — “is listed day-to-day.”

Fellow announcer and Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton responded: “Aren’t we all?”

Good point. Take nothing granted and enjoy the day — even when your favorite team is sitting at the bottom of the division standings.

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