When a player signs a $75.25 million contract, he can afford to purchase plenty. What he can’t buy is peace of mind, nor sympathy from many fans who expect a reasonable amount of production from their team’s big-ticket acquisition.
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Atlanta Braves executives will return to work from their Thanksgiving travels Monday, still thankful for $300 million in public funding for a new stadium but aware that last week’s vote by the Cobb County Commission signaled the start of an unforgiving timetable to get the ballpark built by 2017.