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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

THT: Studeman: Terrible news

I want to let all of THT’s readers know that one of our most prolific writers and favorite people, John Brattain, just passed away.

Many of us got to know John through the Baseball Think Factory, where his good humor was always on display. John joined the THT writing team more than four years ago, and he further honed his extraordinary wit, humanity and sense of fun every week on our site (and elsewhere). For a while, he even contributed twice a week. He was one of the people who made THT a truly rewarding experience for all of us.

John is survived by a wife and two teenage daughters. As information about his service becomes available, we’ll pass it along.

EDIT: What awful news. John has been a frequent visitor to this site from just about day one. All of us here very much enjoyed his good humor and wisdom. Like many of you, I’m sure, he and I shared quite a few emails and exchanges. He was always a very funny and classy gentleman, even when he disagreed with you. He will certainly be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. As much as we’ll miss him, their loss certainly is a more difficult burden.—Best Regards, Jim


Just some of the bloggers that John touched…

Baseball Loses A Great Writer And Humanity A Great Person (Lisa Gray)

Goodbye Bones (Matthew/Lookout Landing)

Baseball Writer John Brattain Passed Away (Rince/Bluebird Banter)

BDD Loses One of Its Own…Farewell to Our Good Friend John Brattain (Joe Hamrahi)

John Brattain

A Death In The Family (Cliff Corcoran)

A Sad Day for Hardball Times, Baseball Fans

Death in the Blogging Family (David Pinto)

Good night, funnyman (Peter Collodoro)

The World is Less Funny (Dave Cameron)

In Honor of John Brattain (Bill Baer)

Best Regards, John: John Brattain – 1965-2009 (Maury Brown)

RIP John Brattain (Jona Keri)

John Brattain, 1965-2009 (Neil deMause)

BP Family Loses One of Its Own (Baseball Prospectus)

Best Regards (Larry Mahnken)

To John Brattain ... (Neate Sager)

RIP John Brattain (Pat Lackey)

John Brattain, 1965-2009: Best Regards (Rob Iracane)

John Brattain: I considered him a valuable colleague (Rob Neyer)

A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Away. . . (John’s wonderful Designated Hitter bit for The Baseball Analysts)

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   101. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:07 PM (#3113349)
I first "knew" John as the joke guy

Same here, but every once in a while he'd give a long, serious post - and those were always fantastic. Some of the most thoughtful stuff on the site.
   102. The Good Face Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:08 PM (#3113350)
Very sad news... My sincere condolences to his loved ones.
   103. Steve Treder Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3113352)
Our last THT email exchange was on Friday. In part, here's what John said:

If I die, I want Steve Treder to know that I love him and always have. :-b...

Once my heart is fixed hopefully that feeling will pass.


Damn I wish the feeling had passed.

I don't know that there's ever been anyone I've never met in person whom I feel I knew as well, and liked as much, as John.
   104. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3113353)
The funniest man on BTF (and that's saying something). It's difficult to convey warmth and personality through the impersonal medium of the Interwebs, but John made it seem easy. My best to his family.
   105. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:10 PM (#3113354)
I really feel for his wife, children, siblings, and parents (if still living). It is horrible beyond words to lose someone so suddenly.

His "Best Regards" send-offs were endearing. In the back of my mind, I always contrasted that with the "Cordially, as always" used by infamous rec.sport.baseball troll Roger Maynard.
   106. Jefferson Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:11 PM (#3113358)
I'm speechless. Rest in peace, John.
   107. phredbird Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:11 PM (#3113359)
just saw this. my condolences.
   108. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:13 PM (#3113361)
Dammit. Condolences to his family.
   109. HowardMegdal Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:14 PM (#3113363)
His piece about the Yankees just came up on a radio program and I made the point that, although I disagreed with him, the fact that John Brattain felt a certain way made me want to reconsider. That is the way I always felt reading John Brattain-his opinion mattered to me. I never had the chance to meet him, but I will miss him very much. One of the very best writers we had. My condolences to his family, of course.
   110. Boogie Nights Powell Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:15 PM (#3113365)
I always enjoyed John's articles and posts. Very, very sad news.
   111. phredbird Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:15 PM (#3113366)
does baseball chick have a picture of him?
   112. studes Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:16 PM (#3113368)
In an email exchange, John once called me the "Captain Kirk" of THT. So I called him our Bones McCoy. He liked it so much, he used it here.

One of our running jokes in the THT email list was that John was in charge of initiating new members of the group. After announcing a new member late last week, John's response was this:

Lesse...catheter--check, bris knife--check, goat--check, laxatives and Viagra--check.

O.K. tie 'im up, hose 'im down, make sure he's got on the fiberglass pink Depends and let's do this thing!

Best Regards

John


That was his last email on the THT list.

I will deeply miss the man.
   113. O Tempura, O Morays ('Spos) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:17 PM (#3113370)
RIP
   114. phredbird Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:17 PM (#3113371)
sorry, i was too stunned to actually click to the link at THT. didn't realize there was a photo there ...
   115. Powderhorn™, arrogant local sailing champion Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:19 PM (#3113373)
Wow. As I read the first few posts, I was hoping this was just someone's really asinine joke, but now the shock has set in, and I can barely type this. From everything of his that I read, he was very bright, passionate about baseball and life, and funny. My condolences to his family. Clearly, this is JP's fault. I have my fingers crossed that St. Peter likes puns. Best regards, John.
   116. Mike Green Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:19 PM (#3113374)
Thanks for #113, studes.
   117. ?Donde esta Dagoberto Campaneris? Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:19 PM (#3113375)
Heaven needed a stats-guy with a great sense of humor. Unfortunately their Rule V picks are a little more serious than most. I'd root for him to get cut from their 25 man roster, but that Nomar thread proves there is little chance of that.

All my best to you and yours John. It seems we've all lost a great one.

Best Regards to one who deserved them.
   118. Marc Sully's not booin'. He's Youkin'. Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:20 PM (#3113376)
Just want to add my condolences. I always enjoyed reading John. This is sad, shocking...damn.
   119. Crashburn Alley Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:21 PM (#3113378)
Wow. As I read the first few posts, I was hoping this was just someone's really asinine joke


I felt the same way. From what I could gather in our e-mail exchange over the last few days, he didn't seem at all worried about it.

The last thing John wrote to me:

Wait 'til you hit 40--it's lots of fun being able to remember a theme song from a cartoon you watched when you were six (and lasted for all of one season) but can't remember what the hell you were looking for when you walked into the living-room even though somebody asked you to get it not ten seconds before.
   120. Steve Treder Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:22 PM (#3113379)
So I called him our Bones McCoy.

What was it he wrote? Something like, "Dammit, Studes, I'm a hack writer, not a magician!"

Lord he was funny. And smart, and amazingly prolific.
   121. Avoid Running At All Times- S. Paige Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:22 PM (#3113380)
So sad. My condolences to his family and friends.
   122. Gamingboy Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:22 PM (#3113381)
Ah, this sucks... Bones McCoy always seemed to think about what he was gonna say and it always was insightful and entertaining.

Rest in Peace, John. You'll be missed.
   123. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:22 PM (#3113382)
First and foremost this is terrible for his family and I feel really bad for them. From the BTF perspective though it's just unbelieveable to think that I'll never see some silly comment signed "Best regards, John" again. His posts were so much a regular part of this site that I can't imagine the idea of never having them around again. I don't know him personally, never had any conversation with him, but he always seemed like a really great guy who would never take life too seriously.
   124. Old Matt Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:23 PM (#3113383)
Don't post around here as much as I used to, but John was one of the reasons why I enjoyed BTF so much. He could make anyone laugh and that's a hard trait to match.

RIP.
   125. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:24 PM (#3113384)
RIP. Will the local contingent here have a meetup for his funeral?
   126. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:24 PM (#3113385)
Holy crap, that is terrible. One of my favorite posters.

The lack of David Samson jokes in the Marlins stadium thread should have been my first clue something was terribly, terribly wrong.

Best regards John, wherever you are.
   127. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:25 PM (#3113386)
I don't know that there's ever been anyone I've never met in person whom I feel I knew as well, and liked as much, as John.


Yep. The man always went out of his way to be engaging in all of his posts here without being combative. Always sincere, too. You would have to have a flinty heart not to have liked John.
   128. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:25 PM (#3113387)
One of the funniest posters around. He will be missed.
   129. Tanto Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:26 PM (#3113388)
De-lurking to say:

:(
   130. MY PAIN IS NOT A HOLIDAY (CoB). Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:26 PM (#3113389)
wow.

just wow.

this is really terrible.

my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

what a bummer.
   131. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:28 PM (#3113392)
Thanks for sharing some of your stories about John, for someone like me who barely knows of him, I only knew of him through THT, and some of the posts I've read. It looks like he touched a lot of people here. RIP.
   132. Traderdave Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:28 PM (#3113394)
Best regards John, wherever you are.


He's in a box seat for Game 7 of the Expos First World Championship.
   133. HGM Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:28 PM (#3113395)
This is really sad. I loved his articles and his posts here. Condolences to his family and friends :(
   134. Lassus Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:29 PM (#3113396)
Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong

Best regards -

Timothy
   135. Jack Sommers Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:30 PM (#3113400)
I did not know John, however always enjoyed his writing and his humor. I am deeply touched and saddened by the outpouring of emotion and grief from those that knew him. My condolences to his family, and to all of you who were his friends. Peace.
   136. 185/456(GGC) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:32 PM (#3113402)
Some folks mentioned Pappas. I never interacted with Doug. This reminds me more of last winter when Dick Thompson passed away.
   137. Floyd Thursby Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:35 PM (#3113407)
I'll always remember MLBtalk, and I was glad that he became a regular poster here when that site became defunct. Awful news. Best regards in the afterlife, John.
   138. Mefisto Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:37 PM (#3113409)
This is terrible news. My deepest sympathy to the family. I know I'll miss John greatly.
   139. Mattbert Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:37 PM (#3113410)
Well, crap.
   140. JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:38 PM (#3113411)
Just horrible news. He was a great contributor both here and at THT, and a phenomenal guy to boot.

My deepest condolences to his family.

As Dave mentioned with the THT initiations, I guess he gets to initiate us all when our day comes to join him. I wish I would have gotten the chance to meet him.
   141. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:38 PM (#3113412)
I guess John really, really didn't want to see the Jays pitching staff this year.


RB in NYC wins the John Brattain Memorial Award.

Also, to piggyback on another comment from page one, we're seeing an eerily high mortality rate among those who rail against public-financed stadia.

I know, I know. Small sample size.

Condolences. Didn't know John, but he always seemed thoughtful and cheery when posting. Always had a fresh take at THT, too.
   142. Busted Flush Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:38 PM (#3113413)
What terrible, terrible news. Like most, I never met John, but I always enjoyed his sense of humor and his insights.

My condolences and best wishes to his friends and family.
   143. Steve Treder Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:40 PM (#3113415)
I guess he gets to initiate us all when our day comes to join him.

If that isn't motivation to live as long as humanly possible, I don't know what is ...
   144. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:40 PM (#3113416)
This is horrible news. my sincere condolences.
   145. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:41 PM (#3113417)
Miko in the Lounge posted this. Lots of great JB threads, but this is one that I might show to a stranger who wants to know more about that man.
   146. Zach Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:41 PM (#3113418)
Oh, no. I'd like to say something funny or original in his honor, but I'm just too shocked.

Best regards, John.
   147. Gambling Rent Czar Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:43 PM (#3113419)
He has my dream job; he is everything that this world says we should aspire to: good looks, being athletic, wealthy, famous and having a really cool, fun job.

Why do I feel sorry for him?

I, for one, do not subscribe to what folks say is important because if being rich, gorgeous and important is all that is required for true happiness then why are there so many divorces in Hollywood with stories of drug and alcohol abuse, therapists, mental and emotional breakdowns and the like?

But I digress

missing you already John.

rip.
   148. Swedish Chef Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:46 PM (#3113420)
Horrible news. Condoleances to all.
   149. booond Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:46 PM (#3113421)
Terrible News is an understatement. My thoughts are with his family.
   150. EddieA Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:47 PM (#3113423)
I am crying, literally. He was one of my favorite writers.
   151. Alex Vila Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:49 PM (#3113424)
Oh Jesus. I am incredibly sorry to hear this. This is terrible. I am going to miss him very much.
   152. Juan V Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:54 PM (#3113425)
Man... shocking news.
   153. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:55 PM (#3113426)
terrible news. the man was an institution around here and will be missed. condolences to the family.
   154. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:56 PM (#3113427)
As long as we're posting bad news -- and not to take away the spotlight from John -- I don't know if anybody is aware that another longtime (though much less prolific) member here, Steve Grant, also passed away this month.
   155. Transmission Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:56 PM (#3113428)
I also was a big fan of his class, humor, knowledge and fine writing. Never met ya, never interacted with ya, but miss ya, John.
   156. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:57 PM (#3113429)
He always struck me as the type of guy that I personally never found all that funny, but I always really appreciated his attempts at humor, if that makes sense. I laughed more at the fact that he was trying to make people laugh than at the jokes themselves. Lighthearted guys like that are good guys to have around. I'm sure we'll all miss him a lot.

That does make sense, and I agree with it. But he was always so well-meaning and self-effacing that it didn't matter if any one joke was particularly funny or not. And his serious posts, as others have reflected, were uniformly excellent.
   157. rr Posted: March 24, 2009 at 09:57 PM (#3113431)
Steve Grant, also passed away this month


Did he have a handle I might know?
   158. Steve Treder Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:00 PM (#3113433)
I don't know whether John was a SABR member or not, but in any case, those of us who gather in DC this summer must absolutely, positively hoist the refreshing beverage of our choice (I know what John's would be) together in memory and celebration of what a warm and unique long-distance friend he was.
   159. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:01 PM (#3113434)
Did he have a handle I might know?
Steve was most recently Hal Chase Headley Lamarr Hoyt Wilhelm, but he always had ACE1242 in his handle. He didn't post as much as some, but he lurked here all the time; he posted more in the lounge than this side of BTF, and he goes back to the old rsb days. He was at a few New York BTF meetups.
   160. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:01 PM (#3113435)
RIP.
   161. Alex Vila Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:02 PM (#3113436)
Can anyone find the Top Ten list this refers to.


I have it:
Top 10 ways you know that you're too much into sabermetrics:

10. You don't care if your kid gets A's B's or C's on his report card, you just want to know how high he is above the class average.
9. When your wife asks "So....how was it?" You reply: "Don't know--too small a sample size."
8. You dismiss your kid's terrific report card as a "career semester."
7. When making a decision, you ask yourself "What would Bill James do?"
6. When cut off in traffic, you don't yell: "YOU S.O.B!!" You yell: "YOU E.I.B!!!"
5. You've tried to adopt Jeremy Giambi.
4. You think chicks are turned on by your BP 2003 tee-shirt.
3. Your wife doesn't threaten you with walking out. She threatens you with striking out, grounding out, or flying out.
2. You've sent a Valentine to Derek Zumsteg.
1. Your idea of sexy lingerie for your wife is a red plaid flannel shirt.
   162. Justin T Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:02 PM (#3113437)
Also, tomorrow everyone should sign all their posts

Best Regards,

(Insert name/handle)
   163. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:02 PM (#3113438)
That does make sense, and I agree with it. But he was always so well-meaning and self-effacing that it didn't matter if any one joke was particularly funny or not.


He was a punster, so you wound up groaning instead of laughing out load in regard to many of his posts. IOW, he was an expert at them.
   164. Ray (CTL) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:03 PM (#3113439)
Steve Grant, also passed away this month

Did he have a handle I might know?


Shockingly, he posted under the name Steve Grant.

I wasn't aware that Steve had passed away, so I send my condolences to his family as well. Steve was a longtime poster at rsbb and I met him at the same pizza feed that I met Doug Pappas. Nice guy, both in person and on the internet.
   165. rr Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:04 PM (#3113440)
ACE1242


I remember him. Condolences to his loved ones as well.
   166. rr Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:08 PM (#3113441)
John Brattain: Both Nieporent and RETARDO liked him. What else do you need to know?
   167. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:10 PM (#3113442)
Yeah, this is just awful.

I always hoped to meet John IRL because I had a great David Samson story to tell him. And also because he obviously would have been a great person to get to know. My loss.

Condolences to his family and everyone else who knew him well.
   168. zenbitz Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:11 PM (#3113443)
I am pretty sure Novitsky got to him. Good bye, John, thanks for keeping it real.
   169. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:14 PM (#3113444)
As long as we're posting bad news -- and not to take away the spotlight from John -- I don't know if anybody is aware that another longtime (though much less prolific) member here, Steve Grant, also passed away this month.

Thanks for passing that along, David. Steve was a real good guy, and a more prolific poster on RSBB than he was here. He lived in Jersey City when I lived in Hoboken, and although we never met, we'd discuss the local news from time to time. A real shame to lose him.
   170. Autobahn Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:15 PM (#3113447)
He will be missed
   171. SG Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:18 PM (#3113448)
RIP John. He was one of my favorite posters here and just seemed like a good guy even though I never met him.

My condolences to his family and friends.
   172. Foster Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:18 PM (#3113449)
Geuninely sorry to hear this. A class act in an often classless medium.
   173. Pete Toms Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:19 PM (#3113450)
I always felt some kinship with John because of nationality. There aren't a lot of us Canadians in our little fraternity (was he born in Canada? I know he was living in Sprigbrook ON, or at least he was a few years ago). John was very generous and encouraging towards me when I started blogging. I knew he had had health problems (and IIRC survived a very serious auto accident) but nonetheless....

Sad, sad, sad.
   174. Guapo Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:19 PM (#3113451)
Just wanted to add my condolences as well. You could tell from reading his postings and articles that John was one hell of a guy in real life. I'll be thinking of his family.
   175. Maury Brown Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM (#3113453)
Some more details on John that some might not have known about. He had been fighting off his body's desire to kill him for some time. His signature that read, "Evading Natural Selection Since 1965" was no fluke.

For all his incredibly acerbic wit, he was incredibly compassionate and a man after God's own heart. Just ran the sad obit (been having a heck of a time writing it through the admitted tears):

Best Regards, John: John Brattain – 1965-2009
Finally, he was a great source of support, and had an incredible spiritual side that few knew of. After my youngest son was diagnosed as being "classic" autistic, John wrote the following:

If I might suggest a little reading--I find God's reply to Job in Job 38-42 reassuring in that it reminds me that even though we suffer He is still very much in control and as James 5:11 states: "As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy."

I think John took that to heart in his own battle with our failing vessel called a body. His spirit, however, never wavered.

He always lovingly referred to me as the Hell’s Angel, one-part take on my goatee, and another on the spiritual side. I will miss him greatly, and the world is worse today due to his passing, yet incredibly blessed to have had him for as long as it did.
   176. Ray (CTL) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM (#3113454)
I always felt some kinship with John because of nationality. There aren't a lot of us Canadians in our little fraternity


Really? It's my impression that you lovable Canadians are all over this site.
   177. galaxieboi Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM (#3113455)
Anyone else think John might take this opportunity to stop by and haunt Dave Samson a little on his way upstairs?
   178. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM (#3113456)
Super perfundo JB.

Sad day, to say the least.
   179. Pete Toms Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM (#3113457)
typo - Springbrook ON
   180. NJ in NJ Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:21 PM (#3113458)
Wow, terrible news, I saw the link on Gleeman's facebook page and at first didn't realize he was THE Best Regards guy. Like many of you have already commented, I did not know the guy, but he will be missed.
   181. Run Joe Run Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:21 PM (#3113459)
Very sorry to hear of the loss of a truly important part of the BTF community. My prayers for his family

Best regards,

Victor
   182. SuperGrover Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:22 PM (#3113460)
I rarely post here but lurk often and I echo many of the sentiments shared on this thread. John was always funny, polite, and seemed to be the kind of guy you'd like to play hooky from work to catch a day game with.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
   183. Kiko Sakata Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:23 PM (#3113461)
Best Regards, John
   184. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:24 PM (#3113462)
Horrible news. John will be missed.

Deepest condolences to his family.
   185. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:24 PM (#3113463)
I hate to hear this. Just hate it. John was such a tenured and well-liked presence here that I was always a little star-struck whenever he followed-up something I posted. I can't not chime in: Best regards, John.
   186. GotowarMissAgnes Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:24 PM (#3113464)
Like many, I never met John, but found his writing and comments to be wonderfully enlightening and entertaining. What a great loss. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
   187. Obama Bomaye Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:26 PM (#3113465)
What was wrong with him? A few poster have hinted at things, about his body betraying him and chronic pain, but what was the actual problem (if someone wants to share). Was that related to the heart problem?
   188. Jonah Keri Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:26 PM (#3113467)
Terrible, heart-wrenching news. This is the first time I've ever been inspired to write a memorial piece in anyone's honor. It doesn't begin to do justice to John's writing talent or kind heart.

It does make me smile, though, thinking about our first correspondences over our beloved, sad-sack Expos, a decade ago:

http://jonahkeri.com/2009/03/24/rip-john-brattain/

We miss you already, John.
   189. Adam M Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:28 PM (#3113468)
Best Regards, John

BTF won't be the same without you.
   190. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:28 PM (#3113469)
What was wrong with him? A few poster have hinted at things, about his body betraying him and chronic pain, but what was the actual problem (if someone wants to share). Was that related to the heart problem?

Voodoo curse that a certain J. Loria -- no, that's too obvious, Jeffrey L. -- put on him.

(Hey, if it gets Loria strung up by a bunch of angry bereft Primates, I'm sure John would have wanted it that way, not that I'm suggesting anything...)
   191. NJ in NJ Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:28 PM (#3113470)
Steve was most recently Hal Chase Headley Lamarr Hoyt Wilhelm, but he always had ACE1242 in his handle. He didn't post as much as some, but he lurked here all the time; he posted more in the lounge than this side of BTF, and he goes back to the old rsb days. He was at a few New York BTF meetups

Wow. I do remember him from quite a few Yankee threads, again, terrible news. The web is such a strange place where people who are, essentially, a part of our everyday lives can be taken from us and we don't necessarily know that they are gone.
   192. Guapo Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:28 PM (#3113472)
Here are a couple of blog entries of his from earlier this month:

As you’ve no doubt noticed, my contributions here and at THT are down. I’m sorry about that--I have been dinged with a health issue regarding my heart and it’s--barring a miracle--going to require surgery and likely quite soon. Between my energy level being almost nil coupled with my body adjusting to shots of nitro and a steady diet of beta blockers even getting out of bed is a chore some days (daze?).

Nitro is what I like to call “instant hangover”--one spray, wait one minute and feel like Andrew Stoeten and Dustin Parkes after a night of merry-making.

Nasty, nasty stuff.

Hopefully, all I’ll require is an angioplasty but there does loom the chance of bypass surgery--if it’s the latter I have no idea how long I’ll need to get back in earnest. If it’s the former it should be pretty straightforward. I’ve kept myself in good shape with good personal habits and I have supernatural recuperative powers and will not need much down time.

No, I'm not getting old--now shut up and either pull my finger or get off my lawn!

Regardless, I don’t think my life is in danger and cannot













(had you going--didn't I?)

...wait for the energy bounce back after my body has recovered from the shock of surgery. I expect to cover the baseball season as cantankerously and petulantly as always. In the meantime, I’m going to keep writing as much as my energy level and personal feelings of grievance and indignation will allow so consider yourselves forewarned.

Best Regards

John


I was genuinely touched with the show of support regarding my recent medical issues--thanks for the notes and mentions offering their best wishes. I met with the surgeon on Friday and says I should be in the O.R. in the next 2-4 weeks (although they haven’t given me a day and time yet). He seemed fairly confident that all I will need is an angioplasty but he can’t know that for a certainty until they get inside and have a look around.

Bottom line--I don’t expect to be down long; on the small chance that things to terribly awry I have made my wishes known that I want the surgeon to approach things “Mythbusters” style and do whatever it takes to blow me up. I’ve taken in a lot of nitro and don’t want it to go to waste.

If I gotta go…I wanna go out with a bang!

Best Regards

John
   193. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:29 PM (#3113473)
I'm not a frequent poster and have only had a couple of interactions with John here on BTF. Still, I'd like to chime in to show how he's affected even peripheral members around here like me.

As a longtime BTF member, I've read more of John's words than could possibly be safe. And, despite some disagreements with him, I've greatly enjoyed his presence. Whether opining here or at THT, John always managed to imbue what he wrote with both a warmth towards humanity and a slight eyeroll at our foolishness. He truly was pun of a kind, able to balance the serious with the silly (which he had a remarkable ability to find just about everywhere). He will truly be missed as one of BTF's most pure(ile) hearted members. My condolences.
   194. 185/456(GGC) Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:29 PM (#3113474)
ACE1242


I think that I met ACE this summer. Was he at the Yankees' A's game right after the ASG?
   195. Dan Szymborski Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:30 PM (#3113475)
Steve was most recently Hal Chase Headley Lamarr Hoyt Wilhelm, but he always had ACE1242 in his handle. He didn't post as much as some, but he lurked here all the time; he posted more in the lounge than this side of BTF, and he goes back to the old rsb days. He was at a few New York BTF meetups.

Whoa, I had no idea that was Steve Grant or that Steve had passed away also.
   196. galaxieboi Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:31 PM (#3113477)
Thanks for the link, Jonah.
   197. K. Andrew Smith Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:31 PM (#3113479)
RIP John.
   198. Rodder Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:32 PM (#3113480)
He is a gentleman who will be missed.
Prayers of God's comfort to his wife and family.
   199. Dan Evensen Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:32 PM (#3113481)
Absolutely horrible news. My condolences to his family.

As has already been said: Best regards, John. I'm going to miss you.
   200. Latnam's first name is Bob Lemon's middle name Posted: March 24, 2009 at 10:33 PM (#3113482)
I feel awful. I always looked forwards to his comments/columns. Crap.
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