Listening to the show now…if we’re to believe the Braves at-bat announcer, Troy pronounces his name, “Gloss.”
In similar news, I felt very clever theorizing at the game yesterday that the Sox’s JJ Putz probably becomes a real putz if you don’t pronounce his name, “Puts.”
Bub – I just can’t get that wrapped up about the Conrad/Thurston thing. I believe much less about hitting numbers from the Spring than fielding. And Conrad is the better fielder, can play more infield positions, is a switch hitter and the whole 40 man roster is no insignificant piece. All of that said, I think it’s pretty exciting that we’re arguing about the final utility infielder spot. Speaks highly of the team. On an unrelated, I loved your “assassins in the line-up” theory from the last show.
Great to have so many shows lately. Tonight, I really enjoyed ABT’s 5 man rotation. More opinions makes for more ideas…and a more equal balance between pos vs neg remarks. Thanks to BPF and Scott.
Steve, where did you come up with the number of 20 for the O/U on Heywards HR’s this year. Sounds like Vegas. I think that is the perfect no. to look at for him. More than 20 would be impressive, but 15-20, I think is more likely and still a good sign that the best is yet to come.
Oh except that sorry #2 guy. Seriously, what does Prado have to do to get the respect he deserves?
Prado: BA .307 OBP.358 SLG .464
Escobar: BA .299 OBP .377 SLG .436
Infante: BA .305 OBP .361 SLB .389
That’s with Prado not being an everyday player for the first half of the season or so. I know Infante wasn’t either but His numbers are not far off Escobar. I also know Prado isn’t AS good defensively as Escobar but He’s getting better the more time he spends there. Last year he was the unsung hero and I think he’s going to break out this year.
Totally unbiased. I can’t help that he has THE cutest grin. I also think Troy Glaus is just getting warmed up. I think he’s going to start hitting the long ball. AND…I wonder if Heyward wouldn’t have chosen 22 even if 24 had been available. That was a really sweet story. Not that Curt didn’t do a fabulous job telling it or that you all don’t know how to use Topeka but here’s the link http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/messages/chrono/20724993.
I WAS THERE!!! AND I saw Steve, Scott, and Ballpark Frank before the game. I cannot attest as to whether or not Steve’s belly was dancing…but I bet it was. What a great game…made me forget the godawful exhibition games.
The Cubs were being the Cubs right and left…it’s like they excel at the same dumb stuff every year, no matter who the players are. Cases in point: three guys hovering near each other in the outfield and all of them miss the fly ball…and throwing crazy low or crazy high when they had plenty of time to throw on-the-money. Bizarre…but great.
I was sitting near a ton of Cub fans…best moment for me was when the Cubs on 1st AND 2nd were called out and Pinella came out to argue. I’m yelling, “Sit down, the both of you!” and the Cubs fans giving me dirty looks.
Hang on, Hank Aaron throwing the first pitch to Heyward as his catcher – that was awesome. Wait! McClouth’s awesome outfielding was my favorite. No! Hinske’s triple! Uh, I mean, Heyward’s home run was my favorite. GREAT GAME…GO BRAVES!
It was really amazing. I am still hoarse from all the screaming. The Heyward homerun was the most delirious and excited I’ve ever seen Turner Field. Even more so than McCann’s homer off of Clemens in the playoff game against the Astros (it’s the only I can think that even comes close). And for that bottom of the first to unfold like it did after Lowe’s dreadful start. Just euphoric, really.
And the place actually chanted “Let’s go Heyward” every at bat after his first. It was some magical fandom at the Ted. A place that does not see much fan magic.
And yeah, Leah – Prado had a hell of a game. And very aggressive on the base paths (his taking 3rd early in the game). The whole thing was perfection. And the Moylan/Saito/Wagner combo was damn impressive. I’m just so happy right now.
I witnessed IT. I sat in section 134 row 26. I was there!
It simply cannot be described. The scene at the Ted was sheer jubilation. Heyward’s home run: Breathtaking. Every Heyward AB: HeyyyyWarrrrddd. HeyyyyyWarrrrdddd!
I Loved it. The greatest moment of braves baseball i have ever watched live. Simply magical.
I’m going to watch Heyward’s Hizzy Hizzy Homer about thirty more times to wash that terrible, horrible, no good, very bad game out of my brain.
Yankees win the WS and then Duke wins the freaking dance. Oh, the humanity. Is this the price I have to pay for the Crimson Tide’s championship?
Actually, Bama’s last title was snuggled up pretty close to the Braves worst-to-first year. Maybe we’re starting a new run?
With Vizcaino, Teheran, Kimbrel, and Salcedo in the wings, and big money falling off the books in 2013 (Chipper, Lowe, Huddy, right?) – we might be able at least stay as good as we are now for a long time.
Curt, looks like you were right about the Braves selling us a bunch of BS on keeping the payroll the same. I guess Schurholz admitted dumping salary to USA today, and there’s a report we’ve dropped 13% of our payroll? Anyway that’s what I’m hearing.
I love the team, but it’s a shame to think we passed on Cameron & Damon in order to lower the money. And why pretend it’s not happening? I’ll never come to terms with the amount of lying that certain positions in our culture have just decided is okay now.
I don’t dig graphs but maybe someone will think this is cool. I don’t agree with his sentiments on Glaus in the field. I did miss the first inning so maybe that’s why. Did anyone else think he was less than desireable yesterday?
Leah, in the first inning, Glaus bobbled about four easy grounders. Lowe barked at him a little and I saw this morning on the DVR what everyone’s talking about with Glaus giving Lowe the finger slyly against his knee when he went back to his crouch. There’s no official word, but DOB says that reading between the lines he gets the feeling we might see Hinske at 1B sooner than later.
Some of Glaus’s not-appreciated comments, “It’ll either come to me or it won’t. I don’t know. I’ve made a lot of money in baseball already. The games been good to me. We’ll just have to see.”
“SWING AND DRIVE…BELTED RIGHT…WELCOME TO THE SHOW!” Still awesome after 24 hours.
Uck Bub…that’s not what I wanted to hear about Glaus. Although I have to admit, I’ve had days when I wanted to give Lowe the finger too.
“McCann holding at second. Escobar at first. And officially the long awaited beginning of the Jason Heyward Era… is now. Standing ovation at turner field.
Left foot flicking away dirt as he digs a toe hold, and now stands in against Zambrano. Check of the runners and the pitch… *thud* … is a fast ball too high.
One ball and no strikes.
Nate McLouth on deck. 3-3 game in an eventful first inning. Here comes Zambrano *thud* and it’s high and tight. 2 and 0.
Heyward… a torrid early part of March… cooled off a bit later, finished at .305 with one spring homerun and five RBI’s. Carried an on base average over .400, got a very good eye at the plate.
Stretch by Zambrano, here it comes,
(Powell is screaming from the first syllable)
SWING AND A DRIIIIVE!! HIGH AND DEEP TO RIGHT FIEEEEELD!!! IT IS WAAAAAY GONE!!!!!! JAYYYSON HEYWARD WITH A BOMB INTO THE BRAVES BULLPEN!!! IT’S SIX TO THREE ATLANTA… AND THIS STADIUM IS UPSIDE DOWN!!!”
(let’s the crowd noise tell the story for about ten long seconds.)
“Chipper Jones on the field with a bear hug waiting for Heyward, who is mobbed in the dugout. Pure pandamonium at Turner Field.”
Just for that Bub I’m changing my name every comment. Thanks Will especially if you’re lying. It actually makes no sense now that I think about it since they only scored 3 runs on a homer in the 1st but what can I say. I’m generally a trusting person and take what my friends tell me at face value.
“And now Jason Heyward, the heavily publicized rookie outfielder… left handed batter making his debut right here.
Heyward takes a fast ball high.
He’s a huge kid. 6′ 5″, 240. Hits in a bit of a crouch.
Four hits against Zambrano.
Fast ball high. Two and Oh.
And they talk about him being a very disciplined hitter. I mean there’s been a lot of pub. That’s why these fans here have read about it. Uhh… and… I guess in Spring Training, he hit some balls that broke some windows. Car windows.
Here’s the 2-0… drilled in the air. Deep right field. This baaaaallll is gone.
*crowd noise, 15 seconds*
Jason Heyward with a three run homer in his first… big league… at bat. Atlanta leads six to three. A long home run to the bullpen in right center. A drive of about 425 feet. You knew it was gone the minute he hit it. His first major league swing. Boy, oh boy. A roller coaster first inning.”
Don’t pout, princess. You should read the email I sent my best friend on April Fool’s Day. It was a freaking masterpiece, and he NEVER gets got. But I got him.
Highlights: I’ve changed my major to Sports Medicine. I hate English Literature. My English professor even hates English literature. All I want to do the rest of my life is meet famous people. When I shake hands with a famous person, I can feel God.
Note: That Orioles game that Gonzo blew was against the Rays. Soriano pitched a scoreless inning; two hits and a walk, though. So, through one game, Wagner & Saito > Sori & the Gonz. Oh, and Lance Cormier put in 2/3 of an inning for the Rays. There’s a trip down Memory Lane. We’ve come a long way since Lance Cormier.
So, what do people think about Smoltz’s color with Costas on MLB Network tonight for the Sox/Yanks game? I think he’s pretty boring. No voice inflection at all. It’s all kind of monotone. He knows what he’s talking about, but it’s not much fun to listen to.
Agreed on the Jim Powell call. “This stadium is upside down” is not only a phrase I’ve not heard before, but it really does give me chills.
Fell into some tickets for tonight’s game. Bringing my almost 10 year old who, until about a month ago, did not care at all about baseball. Seriously, I’d be like, “hey, you can stay up late and watch the game with me.” “No, Daddy, I’d rather go to bed.” !?!?!?!?!? Anyway, he’s gotten really pumped about the Braves and playing ball recently and we’ll be going tonight. Pretty damned excited about the whole thing.
Steve, that’s awesome. My 9 year old chose to play soccer this Spring instead of baseball. I’m still not over it. Last season I was taking him to the ballpark and he told me to let his coach tell him what to do. He also told me not to cheer so much. I asked him, “You don’t like it when I cheer for you?”. His response, “Mom, it’s practice.”
Found this post on the Cubs board oddly comforting. Maybe most managers just don’t pay that much attention.
“…Assuming of course that Lou even KNOWS this, which I seriously doubt. He’ll probably do something stupid like start Colvin and sit Fukudome (even though Kosuke’s OBP was 1.000 last game) or start Hill (and his .120 average in ST)”
I loved B. Mac on 790 The Zone today saying he’d retire if he were Heyward and that yesterday was the best game he’s played in at Turner Field. Also, been thinking about what Curt said in regards to the Phillies Farm lacking crops. At first that excites me and seems huge but is it as catastrophic as I imagine? I mean they have the funds to go out and pilfer from other teams when the crops are harvested…so to speak.
I feel like Leah tracking this through my phone. Stupid beach Internet access. I can’t respond to everything I want to, but I’ve never been so disappointed to be missing braves games.
That, and I hope that as part of the story certain people tell about Jason Heyward being a role model, which I am all for, is that there is a big chunk of that story dedicated to his parents and their hard work, love for their son, and their commitment to education. I know we have gotten all of that here as Braves fans, but I hope the only part of his story being told to kids isn’t all about athletics. To me, he has such a greater purpose with his upbringing, his parents going to Dartmouth, it would be a shame for it all not to be part of the folklore.
Poor Curt. You need faster thumbs. I’m glad you’re enjoying your vacay. Can you stream the game with At Bat and watch on your tiny screen? If you have a video camera and that TV cord thingy you could point the cam at your iPhone screen and Ta-dah!
I’m sorry Steve, were you trying to say something?
All from stupid soccer practice.
I still think I like this lineup even more with Matty Ice in the 8 hole. Just make it where there really us no easy out at this point, and with Diaz getting on allowing our pitchers to move him over and the top of the lineup allowed to knock him in.
Could Smoltz say one more thing so zealously self-depricating?? I know I’ve said in past that I like him in the booth, but the self-reference, especially in “non-retirement,” is a little tough for me to listen to.
How fun is it not to feel that one run is insurmountable? It’s fun to have genuine, realistic faith in your team even when it’s the bottom of the 8th. And then to have confidence in your closer when your only 1 ahead.
I really enjoyed Smoltz’ comments about pitching with “conviction” and about having your third? pitch/change up ready for when you needed it in a pinch. It cost J.J. when he put a fat one over the plate.
The “bear left” joke was lame, but I laughed anyway. I’ll probably pass it on.
A great game for your man, Princess. The early DP and the hit followed by the hand-clap, firing the team up. You can really sense something about the team. I have my concerns, but if we can catch some breaks, this is gonna be a fun ride.
Thanks Tcc – I had a great time. But it was rough going there in the middle innings. When JJ stopped getting the ball over the plate and the offense disappeared. Ugh. It was brutal. And, while I know this is cheap and easy analysis, I’ll say it anyway … this was the kind of game the team lost the last couple of years. Coming out flat after an offensive explosion in the prior game. But they kept at it. Damn, what a satisfying win. And to take it all in, live, with my nine year old, screaming at the tops of lungs when Chipper hit his homer. Very, very special night for me.
I loved watching tonight’s game although it was a nail-biter…I wonder if the umps were trying to make up for Monday’s blunder call in the OF. The old man has still got it, & Wags slammed that door. I’m looking for the broom to come out…GO BRAVES!!!
Steve, I can’t believe you were tweeting…and I missed it! Hamilton, anytime you want to voice appreciation for Prado is fine with the rest of us (completely erasing the bobble he should have had from memory). Even Chipper gave him his due credit.
Just turned down the opportunity to stage-manage a student concert of “Rent.” It rehearses in September and performs 9/30, 10/1 and 10/2. How cool would that be – all these years later, college kids singin’ those songs. BUT! I think the Braves will need me in the stands instead…don’t you?? GO BRAVES. SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP to start the season!!
Jurrjens4NLCY – Understood. But, let’s keep this between you and I. Don’t want to break my son’s heart and all. And hey, what theatre stuff were you talking about on DOB’s blog the other day? Are you an actor (Hammy and I are ex-actors)?
Princess – that was not me defending Prado on DOB’s blog. I save all that for the show in the form of cheap shots at Hammy.
My news is that the 6 year old got up on a bike without training wheels for the first time. Pretty cool. We bribed him. Apparently he has a price, just like his old man, only more expensive. Be home Saturday.
Ok people. We’ve been talking about it and now it’s time to get serious. The date is Tuesday, June 1. 7:10pm game against the Phillies. Are you in? We need to get a head count to then determine how to move forward on securing tickets. Leah, Me, Curt, Anne, Scott, and Ballpark Frank are in. Are you? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your confirmation. Can’t wait to meet everyone!
Well shucks Tcc. My crew will be there on the 2nd and when I say crew I mean in-laws and everything. I don’t know our schedule or where we are sitting but maybe we can meet long enough to shake hands and put a face with the name. When I say name I mean the real one you tell me and I keep a secret.
Somethings different about Chavez…can’t quite put my finger on it. Oh yea…outs instead of runs =awesome! Really want to win in the 9th. I like how p o’d Glaus was at the end of the 8th. I like to see some passion.
Have you had tornados? We’re trying to decide at what point do we gather our children and head for the bunker. Hoping it passes quickly and quietly. Btw, false alarm…my azaleas are fine. I’m just not very patient.
That’s not going to get it done. Who’s starting for the Gents tomorrow? Zito? I guess we get Lincecum? Be curious to see the last series we took in SF. Has to be long before we only made one trip out there. Go Braves.
Who is this Prado kid? He seems awesome. Clearly the best Brave on the team. HOW COULD YOU GUYS NOT SEE THAT?
And yes, the Kid looked woefully overmatched in the ninth. Troubling. Also troubling is Chipper’s injury. We should have done an over/under on games played for him. I will set the line at 138 – place your bets.
The Chipper injury is very discouraging this early in the season. Just to see, I went back to his game logs last year. He missed 5 games in April in 2009, for what it’s worth. The fact is, he can’t play more than 130 and be effective. He was top 3 on the team in appearances last year (143) and that clearly did not work out. Maybe this isn’t the worst thing so long as Infante/Hinske can pick up the slack.
haha…the loafing wonder. Maybe I’m naive but I feel that’s the difference in this team. I don’t freak out when Chipper’s day to day. Don’t get me wrong, naive yes but not an idiot. I know we need him and we need him healthy but I have enough confidence in the rest of the line up and the rotation it doesn’t devastate me like last year. Oh the difference I feel when Hinske steps to the plate instead of last year’s pinch hitter…i burst into song every time.
Will, Hammy, this weeks episode was fabulous. The Penny/Desmond story is my favorite. Remember when he made her his constant and he called her from the freighter? Beautiful! MY FAVORITE LOST SCENE! I’m still adjusting to Widmore being the good guy and Locke being satan. I like Locke and he looks just like my father…creeps me out.
Hammy, we not good enough for a few days off and a very short plane ride?
The offense is not only not all about Chipper, they had a higher winning % without him last year. Honestly, offensive injuries don’t bother me with this team. The back ups are solid, and we’re not going to be either a powerhouse or punchless by going from Chipper to Infante or from Glaus to Hinske.
Now, if McCann, Escobar, Prado goes down, or if two starting outfielders go down, obviously we’re going to have trouble. But for what the Braves are offensively, our bench has no black hole swingers on it. Diaz, Hinske, Conrad, Infante: 2-3 of these in our every day line up wouldn’t even phase me.
PITCHING injuries are what would kill us. This is very obviously a pitching team first, which I’m fine with. Two of our three first games have been great pitching duels with Jurrjens, Dempster, Hanson, and Wells all being awesome to watch. In the long run, if Wagner stays healthy and Saito performs well, I feel great about an identity as an awesome pitching team: innings 1 through 9 being a pain in the ass for the opposing hitters.
Our offense just has to have enough break-out games to keep Wagner, Moylan, and Meds from being necessary every day. I think we’ll achieve that.
If we can make it to through the end of the first Phillies series, our fifth series overall, without being more than a game or two out of the wild card hunt, I think we can buckle down for a very exciting season.
I would be interested in gauging our wildcard competition sooner rather than later, too. Maybe size it up at the end of that Phils tilt.
“black hole swingers” – Bub, I’m not sure what that means, but I’m sure I wouldn’t let my little kids read that post.
Leah – I’m more worried about the overnight flight and only 10 hours to go until game time. The thought of the team coming out flat and all the sudden having three bad offensive performances in a row, going to 2 – 2. The narrative of the short season changes pretty abruptly in the short term. But I am excited about this lineup and seeing Matty D in there.
Ugggggh. Brutal. I know the guys were tired, but c’mon. We had SO MANY chances to put this away, and we couldn’t get it done. I am very disappointed to be 2-2; I really wanted more. I especially hate to waste such a good performance by Huddy.
I know that it is early, but it hurts all the same.
I am not one to really complain about umpires but the noncall on the interference blows. I dont care if Brian went left,right,up,down it doesnt change the fact Rowand put the bat into him.The umpire said i could read his lips you went that way pointing to his left what if Brian threw left handed? it would have not mattered the bat would have still hit him and broke something!Hope MLB does something.There is just no excuse this man can give to justify his noncall.If i remember correctly Rowand does have a long swing but not to that extreme in that at bat!!The umpire blew the call plain and simple!!!!!!!
Painful, painful loss. And a stomach punch particularly given the strong start. Does it all mean that much? I don’t know. Probably not. Still a small sample size, but it’s certainly time to win the next two.
Leah – that Heyward at-bat in game 3 against the Cubs in the 9th inning (striking out on 3 pitches, the SAME 3 pitches) was the exposing of the big hole in Heyward’s swing. He’ll figure it out. He’s not Frenchy. He’s not Schaffer. He’s much smarter than both of them combined.
Rented & viewed “Up in the Air.” Still processing the heartachy stuff, but the moment between Sam Elliot and George Clooney was pretty sublime, just those two on screen together. Some director needs to spot that and team them up for a whole movie.
And I don’t normally drool over movie women, but that Vera Whatzerface (the girl from The Departed) is killing me. KILLING me.
I love the scene in Departed when Leo’s all sad and weak and she runs her fingures through his curls.
To answer your question Bub from last week…certifiable and doesn’t have a tooth in her head. Not a natural one anyway.
Yeah Bub. gotta make some hay against the Giants when you are getting their 3 and 4 guys. Lincecum looms tomorrow. And you have to figure this is a team that will be in the WC hunt so we need some wins against them, given we will only see them 6 times all year.
My son started little league today. They play 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the same fast pitch league. Hes just practicing now, game next week. Im petrified. At least three kids were hit by pitches. From 5th graders humming it in. Last week we were playing catch, and he still couldnt catch the ball properly. Even after playing pitching machine bball for two years since he was six. Still couldnt catch a pop-up, couldnt catch a ball thrown to him. Suddenly today, magically, he can catch both. Nearly every time. You have never seen a boy so happy. He says, Dad, you have been throwing it at me for two years, and I couldnt catch it. Now I can. I love this game. I used to hate it. Now I love it. – he really said that. We ended up playing catch for an hour after practice. He says dad, instead of a scientist, do you think I can instead be a professional baseball player? Dats my boy.
Leah, soccer was his favorite until we started playing again this spring. Now he claims he hates it. I am sensing a trend.
Soccer is great for little kids though. I coach my kid’s team, and it really helps in their coordination, helps them to learn working with teammates, etc. And when played properly, it really is an elegant sport.
Whatever… I’m ready to see him pick up a bat again. Are we going to see a game today? Is anyone else having a hard time accessing the website? I can only get to it through google which is fine…I don’t mind. Just making sure it’s not a conspiracy.