March 31, 2010

Show #100: An Atlanta Baseball Talk Retrospective

Hammy, Curt, Scott, Frank, and I discuss the behind the scenes of the first 100 shows.



59 Responses to “Show #100: An Atlanta Baseball Talk Retrospective”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Awesome show. I laughed a lot. Got a real appreciation for the work and the spirit behind the podcast. It was fun to hear the developments from your perspectives to compare with mine. Because I had no idea you guys were as “inside” as you were until I heard the Glavine interview. Now I know you had no idea until then, either.

    On the one current issued stabbed at at the end, I’ll add that I’m for Thurston. But if they swap him and Conrad on the 40, does that mean we risk losing Conrad like we “lost” Acosta? Wouldn’t want that. But Thurston seems a little more solid, less streaky.

    Go Braves!

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    Anonymous Says:

    CAC just reported Tommy Hanson will miss entire 2010 with Tommy John surgery and Jason Heyward will start in the minors with shin splits getting worse

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    Princess Leah Says:

    *WARNING* I broke out the newly refurbished dinasour lap top and am on my third cup of coffee so this comment will be long and rammbley, at least a three thumb stroker on the ole iphone. I even took notes! “He was almost a man” referring to the college freshman cracked me up Hammy. And then later “He (Glavine) was hanging out with Will Schafer.” Speaking of cracking up I have to see the old logo as well as hear the interview of drunk Frank Wren. Is that interview still up?
    I totally remember Curt’s car dying and thought maybe you guys were being sarcastic about obtaining press passes and it was all a joke. It seemed like SUCH a big unbelievable accomplishment I thought maybe it wasn’t even real. I was just wondering when’s Hammy’s turn to wear the press pass? Sounds like he needs to move back to the ATL.
    Steve, freakin LOVE the Murph’s pocket call! Hilarious! Honestly, how long DID you listen to his pants? Did it sound like “boom chick-a wow wow (wow wow to be sung like electric guitar)”? Another really funny line was in regards to mormanism, “Anything for the show.”
    1200 downloads on the Javy Interview! I had no idea. That’s amazing and makes me want to go back and make sure I didn’t post any stupid comments after that show. I remember in the beginning of that interview Steve, the first time you said Javy’s name it was like for a millisecond you paused and thought “holy crap, I just said his name.” Since I can only imagine all the work that goes into this little podcast I like to get a sense of the payoff for you guys. I think the DOB interview was so effortless because the Javy interview validated you guys in his mind and made you credible to the baseball world.

    I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, you have to thank your wives for me. Life is busy and I’m not sure how I’d feel about my husband taking on such a huge extra curricular activity. I love that you’re never trying to sell something but I kinda wish you had sponsers so you could quit your day jobs. I could be Baseball Frank’s “bug”. Before last season I didn’t pay much attention to the Minor Leagues and this is my first Spring Training to really pay attention (hangs head in shame). I’ve learned so much about baseball from you guys (message board attenders included *Bub wave*) and continue to learn each week. It must seem like I have no life for the amount of comments from “Princess Leah” but I LOVE Braves baseball and I am all alone amongst a bunch of Yankee and Phillies fans. Hammy’s comments at the end of the show (he may have been a little teary) ring true to me as well.
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! I would “Knight” you all if I could.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I might shoot “anonymous” in the foot if I ever meet him/her.

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – thanks for all of the kind words. Your appreciation of the show and participation on the board mean a tremendous amount to me. Seriously.

    The fake Frank Wren show is #45. Here’s a link:

    I’ll see what I can about posting the old logo.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    So, Bobby Cox credits Heyward just showing up and taking patient at bats with transforming the team. Now we lead the majors in OBP & Walks (ST).

    That’s really nice on J-Hey’s part, but it’s a little disturbing to have it confirmed that the Braves have not had patience at the plate as part of their team game plan for some years. It’s just been left up to the individual hitters.

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    Hammy Says:

    Just for the record, there were some people who liked the Frank show. Just saying.

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    Curt Says:

    And more disturbing that it took a 20 year old Double A guy to be the impetus for that shift in philosophy, not Chipper or McCann, or TP….

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Bubdylan’s Magical Patience Approach Formula:

    (The following is hogwash. Read it if you’re bored. You were warned.)

    First, identify which players in the line up that have the best natural ability to react to pitches properly. The players that take balls because they see that they’re balls, and swing at strikes because they see they’re strikes.

    This eliminates Matty D, who guesses and sabotages pitchers (no complaint by me. I love it.) Who else does it eliminate? I really don’t know. Frenchy for sure, but he’s gone.

    But the point is to find the 4 players -half the line up – that can do it like Chipper (TWSS.) For us; Chipper, Heyward, McCann, Prado, maybe? Anyway, figure out who they are.

    Call them: your Fab 4. If they’re all at the top of the line up, you’ll need to move one down or designate a 5th hitter. Okay, so Fab Five. Stay with me.

    Here’s what the Fab Five Do:

    First, above all, they try and work counts. They take pitches. They wait. Lots of walks, deep counts. They do what Jason Heyward has everybody doing.


    At the beginning of each inning, two of the Fab Five are designated “Assassins”. Yeah, assassins. They lean toward swinging at the first pitch. Chosen at random, this tendency will be completely unscoutable and unpredictable. No pitcher can relax into grooving a first pitch just to get ahead because there’s nothing chartable to say who’s going to knock it to Kingdom Come. But they can’t throw outside the zone, either, because the team is patient in general.

    The other 3 hitters? The non-Fabs? Well, they just do whatever. They work on their individual games as needs be. This further obscures the scoutability of the machine. Also, hitters can swap in and out of the two categories in order to break slumps, mix it up, etc.

    Ta dah. World Champions.

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    Hong Kong Fan Says:

    Congrats on show #100 fellas. Hammy, Curt, Steve, the hard work is paying off and I can’t thank you enough. The most interesting part about show 100 was that you guys have had a lot good breaks to get where you are. Don’t sell yourselves short. You sound every bit as good as DOB. Keep up the great work!

    My family is from Atlanta but I’ve been living in Hong Kong now for the last three years. I’ve been watching the braves since the late 80’s (I’m 27) and you guys provide my Braves fix out here in Asia. My brother and I do an international recap call once a week of the podcast. I only wish the season was year round!!

    And finally…I coach a Chinese Little League team out here and I’m slowly converting them from Yankees and Red Sox fans to Braves fans. Most of the kids have grown up playing cricket and soccer. Hopefully Kawakami can help us turn the corner! If only the team can stay healthy this year…

    Can’t wait for the next 100 shows! Go Braves!!!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    ABT’s gone global! I know Will’s in Japan but it sounds like he’s practically family and therefore doesn’t count. Plus he’s not trying to brainwash little Asians for the cause.

    Bub, thanks for the reading material. I’m often wondering about the thought process that goes into a line up. I’m pretty clear on the obvious points toward a good leadoff hitter and cleanup hitter. I would think it wise to alternate leftys and rightys where possible. Other than that I’m clueless. I also appreciated your novel because I’m out of commission and bored. I had to get shots in my shoulder due to muscle spasms and almost passed out at the doc’s office cause I’m a whimp. My 4yo told the Doc he was fired. Sympathy please…

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I like Frank being frank…very funny. You all, including Scott, sounded very sad on that podcast. It was interesting to hear predictions in hind sight. You guys are pretty smart, most came true.

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    Anne Says:

    Just ripped my tickets out of their lovely books in prep for tomorrow night. Holy crap I look forward to The Ted and to The Boys. Go Braves!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    3 more short, filled with craziness, busy days! Wahoo! The wait is almost over!!!!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Buuuuuuuuuuubdyyyyyyyyyyylaaaaaaaaan! Are you aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiive?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Barely. My dad was flown to B-Ham with THREE aneurysms(sp?), including one one his aortic valve, which ruptured between the MRI and the surgery four hours later – probably on the helicopter. Not a fun night. Thank God for medical science. Unbelievable stuff they can do. The MRI was taken at 4 in the afternoon in Talladega, and by 11:30 pm, he was sewn back up from the surgery in B-ham! They even fixed a herina “while they had him up on the rack.” Crazy. He’s doing well. Doc said one more hour and we’d have lost him. One more freaking hour.

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    The "Bug" Says:

    Just finished listening to the 100th…you guys are great. Sorry, Princess Leah, I AM The “Bug.” Ballpark Frank: a special shout-out to you, for shoutin’ me out. Indeed, I’m certainly a more informed fan now that I’m a regular ABT podcast listener. Curt’s point that interview-ees on the show and all of you are fans, too. Yes, you play(ed) the game or talk on the airwaves…but you’re all fans of the Game first and foremost. I appreciate you, and am happy to be The Bug. Thanks to all of you – and here’s to at least 100 more.

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    Anne Says:

    Bub – you hang in there and know that we’re all thinkin’ ’bout ‘cha. Tell your dad the Braves intend to whup up on some White Sox tonight in his honor.

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    Hammy Says:

    Bub- Sorry to hear about your dad, but I am glad that everything seems to be okay. Hope everything continues to go well.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Oh Bub…mercy me. So glad he’s doing well. Thank God indeed.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I shouldn’t have posted all that here. I blame lack of sleep (and certain email limitations, ahem). But thanks everybody for your warm wishes!

    Go Braves!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Who is pitching for the White Sox tonight? Not Peavy, surely.

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    Curt Says:

    No starters listed anywhere I can see.

    Glad your dad is doing ok. It is the season of miracles.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Hey Bug, don’t be a stranger to the message board. Sometimes us girls need some help. Like just now when I thought I was going to have to knock Bub’s block off, may have needed back up. It’s all good now but if there were to be a next time (which there WON’T!).

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Conrad and Jo Jo get the nods. Well, I’m happy for Conrad, though I was pulling for Thursty.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Oh Jo Jo…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    That’s what she said.

    Actually, I like the move. I think he has a better chance to succeed (read: do okay, eat innings, 4.00 ERA) in the pen. And if it makes him less likely to be our 6th/spot starter, all the better. Here’s hoping this is the mark of the end of those days.

    But that does beg the question, who IS our 6th starter now? Minor? Parr? Some kind of Medlen+Reyes 3+3 tagteam?

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    Princess Leah Says:

    If she said it it wasn’t from a positive…um stand, viewpoint. I cringe everytime his name is announced. I hope your right. He would have been my first choice to go to the minors but maybe I’m basing that more on the last two years than ST.

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    Anne Says:

    Hello from Turner Field! My earlier prediction that “Curt’s Harem” are wearing the number 10, not 2010, on their backs. …and so my predictions begin to fall flat immediately. Go Braves!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Awesome, Anne! Give us some atmosphere.

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    Steve Says:

    Hong Kong Fan – thanks for checking in and for your kind words. Loved hearing about your weekly call with your brother. It’s humbling, really. Thanks again and don’t be a stranger.

    Anne – I second that request! What’s the scene there? Did the place go nuts when Heyward came to bat for the first time? Did Andruw get a warm welcome? And, Bug, thanks for all kind words.

    Bub – Good Lord! Very glad to hear your Dad is ok.

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    Anne Says:

    Not unexpected, but a generally subdued crowd. Heyward got a good but not great welcome. …and then Medlen was allowed to pitch…and it’s been: mediocre.
    Anyone agree with me that Andruw looks skinny(-ier)??

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    Anne Says:

    Brian Jordan just walked by – all by himself – and proceeded to hug all of the ushers and he’s making his way around the stadium doing so. NICE!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Do something Anne! They’re losing! Make a commotion, do the locamotion!

    Did you guys at home hear the commentary in the top of the 8th: Don Sutton, “So you ask, who’s the fifth starter?”
    “Low and inside ball 1.”

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – I have absolutely LOVED Glavine in the booth tonight. He made the underwhemling tandem of Joe and Chip much, much better.

    Anne – “Heyward got a good but not great welcome.” How can that be?!?!? Do you get a sense it’s not a savvy baseball crowd? Just folks there for the “event” of it? (I just described the crowd at almost every home game, by the way.)

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    Tcc Says:

    Bad news: Bravos not looking so good tonight. Good news: It’s still Spring Training and it doesn’t count!! Best news: Bub, sounds like your Dad is stable and in good hands. Is he at the med center associated with UAB? They have a great reputation. Best wishes!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Tcc, thanks! He’s at Trinity Medical. Don’t know much about them, but if his surgeon is as skilled with the knife as he is with talking to families in the lobby, he’s a miracle man. Yes, very stable. Sitting up in bed and talking. It’s a long, slow road from here, but it’s looking great right now.

    What an egg the boys laid, huh? I almost wish that deep fly by Andruw went on out… just to make it a complete deep cleansing or something. Awful, awful, awful.

    Hanson did well.

    And I liked not going into any inning when the three batters flashed up on the screen as COMING UP made me go “well, maybe the next inning.” My confidence isn’t much shaken. But what a complete stinker of a game.

    *spits on the ground*

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    Tcc Says:

    Bub, with some experience in Cardiology i will say that “sitting up in bed and talking” is Way ahead of the Game, given your description of the situation. Again, best wishes.

    As to the Braves, do you think that coming home to “The Ted” takes some adjustments for the the new guys and even to the vets? Seems like a change of locale and venue would have some impact. Sure, there was talk about the lights and all, that will take some getting used to for the new long do you think that adjustment takes?

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    Steve Says:

    Tcc – I think, more than anything, these are the last of the meaningless games and their hearts are not exactly in it. Look at Wagner tonight. Non save situation, lacking in focus – same old story. But, are you worried about Wagner because of tonight? I’m not.

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    Anne Says:

    Watching him live, Wagner seemed to have his stuff, like, every other pitch. I agree, Steve, that it’s lack of focus and non-save situation, so what the heck kind of pitching. …though the returning players must have warned him and the rookies/minor leaguers that The Fans need to be won over moreso than most. Along the same lines, Steve, yeah, more lackluster and not savvy is the problem – this game and typically. I will say I thought it was a nice crowd for first exhibition. 755 Club looked buzzingly busy, viewed from across the way. Nice spread of folks all around the Ted.
    Oh, and my tickets are slightly better than I thought. Still Terrace above the Braves dugout, but the dugout ceiling lettering begins with the Braves symbol, then the sentence, so: (A) Home of the Braves. I’m not directly above the a in Braves, but above the (A)!! Foul ball came one row and four seats to my right…I need to bring a glove and stay alert!

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    Curt Says:

    Wagner will want to wash his last outing from memory as he opens the season. He allowed four runners to reach and a run to score before he’d recorded an out. He gave up a single, walked a batter and hit two others. He got out of the ninth inning having given up two runs on a sacrifice fly and a double play.

    On the bright side, he was hitting 97 mph on the radar gun.

    “Wags just got off the mark a little bit,” manager Bobby Cox said. “He was trying to go in and just missed. But overall he’s had a great spring.”

    Hitting two batters doesn’t really sound like he just missed much of anything. And the Hawks lost.

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    Anne Says:

    Awwww, Bobby. Wags? That’s so everyday. I was hoping for Waggy.

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    Will Says:

    Congrats on how far it has come. And thanks for the shout out to us regular posters, guys. I think I remember Hammy talking about the show at a Christmas-time party at his moms house? 2007? …I forget..that was the first time Hammy pimped the cast and I had no idea he was a fan until then. I checked it out and remember thinking that the show was already quite professional by then – I was impressed. It was still under the old name and a little before Curt was on as a regular. I think it was before the 20th reunion…because during the 20th reunion I had strep throat and could barely function with a 102 degree fever. Anyway, all of you guys thanks for the hard work, because this podcast keeps me in touch with home too…Really means alot. And Im definitely in the group of those who learn a lot more than I can really contribute. Preshiate it.

    Just came back from 4 days in China – around Shanghai. Sort of ironic that a Hong Kong based fan posted. Hello Hong Kong Fan. I couldn’t access from Shanghai. Suppose that the mainland Chinese internet is more tightly controlled. I got but this site was blocked. Clearly you guys are too subversive.

    For the record, I was one of those who loved the fake Frank cast. You have got to get him on…

    hope your dad is OK, Bub.

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    Curt Says:

    Thank god Jo Jo made the team.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    What on EARTH? They ought to be ashamed.

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    Curt Says:

    I can’t wait to read Bobby’s quotes about this game.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Someone please very carefully tell me why not to panic? What is happening? Why do we look like little leaguers?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Because they have completely phoned in the game. They’re putting as much into this game as they did the last 6 games of 2009.

    Except Conrad and Proctor, who understandably are still trying to prove themselves.

    And Jo Jo, who I can’t think would phone it in, considering Proctor is breathing down his neck in a few weeks.

    You don’t have to panic because they’re just not playing. But it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a low down dirty shame to do this to the fans.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, maybe that was a little too much. But the radio guys just said they look “disinterested.” I don’t quite get it, but okay.

    Bobby will say Chavez and Proctor looked great (which they did). And that the team is so ready to get started they don’t have much to give to these throw-away games.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m exhausted. That was less than fun. Bring on the season!

    Bub, got a update for us on Pops?

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    Anne Says:

    I sat through every second of that, live. Jealous???
    Proctor was Great!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, I just got back from a visit. He’s having a hard time breathing as deeply as they want him to. He has Emphysema, which complicates matters. They’re trying to get everything cleared out of him to protect from pneumonia(sp?). Honestly, I don’t have a very good feeling right now. I’ll email you with future updates because I think this could become pretty drawn out and taxing.

    Just one last word on it so everybody doesn’t overestimate my distress. My dad didn’t raise me. Of course I’m worried and it’ll hurt if I lose him, but it’s not in the ballpark with what some of you might be going through if your father were in danger. It was clumsy of me to bring it to the board (you’d think I’d have learned from telling about my dog’s death on DOB’s blog last year). And now I feel like it might hold the baseball talk a little hostage if I keep updating. Thanks to everyone for your supportive posts!


    (and PLEASE not like today and yesterday).

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    Curt Says:

    New show just dropped. Should be up soonish.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I predict Curt predicts less success than Steve.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Predict Curt sucks helium and sings like a chipmunk.
    So, sometimes it makes sense to me to post randomness right before a show. If I could sound like anyone in the history of the world I’d sound like this girl. Clever lyrics and artist of the best concert I ever attended. Check out this video on YouTube:

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    Curt Says:

    Oh ye of little faith

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, I’m freaked out. Leah, “Over the Rhine” is Abigail’s favorite group.

  58. 58
    Bubdylan Says:

    “John Prine would run the FBI”

    And he’s MY favorite songwriter.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I was certain you would have some sort of connection. Or maybe I read About it when I hacked your email accout. Wait, did I say that out loud? Anywho, Trumpet Child=awesome. Trouble=also awesome however it has the potential to give a man happy pants and I will not be held responsible.

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