April 03, 2010

Show 101: Predictions for the 2010 Braves’ Season

The last 3 roster spots.  The Jason Heyward era.  And our predictions for the 2010 campaign.


 

 

338 Responses to “Show 101: Predictions for the 2010 Braves’ Season”

  1. 1
    Wiley Says:

    Im callin one nlcs appearance before i listen to the show

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    Bubdylan Says:

    What’s with all the people saying they’re okay with this and that because if it doesn’t work out they’ll replace those people with other people.

    Have you folks heard of our manager?

    I am fairly disgusted by the Conrad over Thurston decision and fully expect it to drag out Norton-style if Conrad hits another 0-for-twenty-something pinch-hitting streak. But maybe he won’t do that.

    lol @ “is that a Bobby Cox double?” = became a homerun. Nice.

    You hate Bub? Well…

    I rented Hoosiers tonight. (Really). So, I’m doing my part for Butler.

    Great show. Love the big cast.

  3. 3
    Bubdylan Says:

    Top 2 pitchers: Tommy: 21 wins Hudson: 19 wins.

    Phillies
    Rockies
    Cardinals
    Braves (Wild Card)

    Rays
    Twins
    Angels
    White Sox (Wild Card)

    WS = Braves over Twins. Perfect Symmetry.

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    Curt Says:

    You heard me fighting the fight Bub.

    You gotta love the Butler kid who looks like the All American boy giving the post-game interview with a fat lip.

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    Anne Says:

    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.”

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    Will Says:

    Braves have a shot this year. Nuff sed.

    Prediction – Howard knocks up a Hooters girl via immaculate conception.

    Bring it on!

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    Will Says:

    Heyward that is….duh.

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    Will Says:

    Also, Escobar makes the all star team.

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    Wiley Says:

    I love the Escobar all star pick. I concur. My top 2 pitchers are Jurrjens wiht 19 (he’ll get the run support) and Hanson 17.

    My Playoffs:
    AL East: Yankees
    AL Central: Twins
    AL West: Angels
    AL Wild Card: Rangers

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Cardinals
    NL West: Dodgers
    NL Wild Card: BRAVES

    World Series Matchup: Angels vs Cardinals (Angels win in 6)

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    Steve Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, I agree this is a much better beef to have than “Why are we batting Frenchy #5 already? We should have let Heyward start in RF and used Frenchy’s money to sign Glaus. Mets got a steal on Glaus.

    Speaking of… what did they do to deserve this??:

    Alex Cora, ss
    Luis Castillo, 2b
    David Wright, 3b
    Mike Jacobs, 1b
    Jason Bay, lf
    Gary Matthews Jr., cf
    Jeff Francoeur, rf
    Rod Barajas, c

    Good luck with Josh Johnson.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Remember how pitiful I was saying it was to visit Frenchy’s offseason blog to find it stuffed full of Atlanta references?

    Well, check this out. I went to it again just now and the top thing was a link to an article about Jeff enjoying baseball again. And I thought “okay, that’s nice. He’s moving on.”

    Then I clicked on it. It’s an Atlanta Journal Constitution article.

    I’m obsessed with Frenchy’s obsession with Atlanta. I swear he secretly plans to be a Brave again. You watch. When free agency rolls around:

    “Fraaaaank. Jeff’s on line one again.”

    “Ugh. Uh, tell him I, uh… tell him he can have a minor league deal if he promises to stop calling. No. No. Don’t tell him that. Tell him there’s an Atlanta tv station that picks up Kansas City games.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I hate the Yankees.

    When they started outspending by gobs and gobs (2002?), I was like, well, I guess they’ll just win 100 games a year from now on.

    But then they didn’t spend enough on pitching, so they didn’t do that.

    Well, now they spend enough on pitching, so I guess they’ll win 100 games a year from now on. Ridiculous. They are the only team for which I would ever celebrate an injury (or five).

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    Tcc Says:

    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.

    Go Braves.

    Tcc

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yay, sox. I guess.

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    Steve Says:

    I predict that Glavine throws out the first pitch this afternoon. Thoughts? Does anyone remember who did last season (I don’t)?

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    Anne Says:

    re: 1st pitch: was Javy Lopez last year…or was that the year before? I’m stifling my urge to google it.

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    Hammy Says:

    What’s the lineup for today?

    Melky
    Martin
    Chipper
    Troy
    Brian
    Yunel
    Jason
    Nate (?)
    Derek

    Is that it? Does Diaz get the start? Has this already been announced?

    (By the way, other than the Nate question mark, I really like this lineup.)

    I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS SEASON.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    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.

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    Curt Says:

    Says the unbiased source.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    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.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Crying…literally sitting on my couch watching the kid on the plasma and crying. Will never forget it. Steve, if you did anything less than strip your shirt off and bellydance I’m disappointed.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Loved the shot of his parents hugging random fans around them.

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    hammy Says:

    The kid has arrived. Hell to the yes. What a start! Let’s see what our revamped bullpen can do. GO BRAVES!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Hinske’s a little better than last year’s PH.

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    Tcc Says:

    Tcc’s prediction: If the Braves get 14 runs a game, they are going to be OK. I mean that.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Tcc is brilliant. I mean that.

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    Tcc Says:

    Leah, we’re all feeling brilliant today, huh? I was at work when Heyward made his historic blast, but if I’d seen it I bet I would have been blubbering too.

    Now 16-5..my, oh, my..

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    Princess Leah Says:

    It’s gonna be fun folks? Am I the only one that noticed Prados general fabulousness especially on the base paths?

  30. 30
    Princess Leah Says:

    I mean “fun folks!”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good Golly!

  32. 32
    Miss Molly Says:

    Yes? Bub??

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I hope Steve or Scott post “I was there!” comments when they get home. Anne were you there? It sounded like the crowd was really into it! I love the Heyward chants. I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    haha, nice, Miss Molly.

    Just watched the homer about 57 times. That bat speed is just silly. No wonder he can be so patient. He can crank up the swing pretty late.

    Love that he hit it off Big Z.

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    Curt Says:

    Looks like I picked quite a day to drive to the beach.

    Go Braves

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    Anne Says:

    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!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Thanks for sharing Anne! What a great experience! I might just watch the whole game over again tomorrow. I damn near cried again reading about it on DOB’s blog.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    There’s no crying in baseball.

  39. 39
    Bubdylan Says:

    Butler holding their own so far.

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    Tcc Says:

    Watching the replay on SS now. Bub, just got off the phone with a Braves friend who didn’t see the game and I was trying to tell him about JH’s bat speed. Just about a million miles an hour, I figure.

    Anne, great to hear about your exciting day, it really must have been something. “JASON…HEYWARD…JASON…HEYWARD!”

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    Steve Says:

    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.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Do any of you ever watch A&E’s Intervention? Tonight’s episode was crazy amazing.

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    Tcc Says:

    BubububuButler!

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    Will Says:

    Was there a Braves game?

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    Tcc Says:

    Will, yes, the Braves actually won the World Series tonight in Grand Fashion! Sorry you missed it. It’ll be in the papers tomorrow, no doubt.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Steeeeeeve! I love that the fans were so into it. I hope they keep it up all year with the chanting. So….everyone’s dying to know, did you rip off your shirt and belly dance?

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    Tcc Says:

    Maybe a few less than everyone…

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Cledus! We’ll never find out if you give him an out!

    Btw, Bub, just want to make sure you saw my last comment on the OTR thread. I know how us A.D.D. Types forget about conversations that aren’t right in front of you.

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    Tcc Says:

    Leah, you’re right. I can’t wait to see Stevie on Youtube, shuckin’ the shirt and “Shakin’ Ma Belly!!”

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Butler’s coach looks 12.

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    Wiley Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    What a title game so far! I thought Duke was going to pull away.

    Leah, I saw it. I looked up the songs. Both great.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate Duke.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Wiley, that’s awesome. Certainly sounds magical.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    13 seconds to go. Butler with the ball. Down by one. Somebody shoot me.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I hate Duke.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Cheer up Bub Braves looked awesome!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    And Freeman and Schafer. Gracious. Bad memory.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Talking Chop’s coverage of the homer is awesome, if you haven’t seen it. Several fans’ views/ video cameras.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m hungry.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    This just in…
    At the ATL airport and I have already heard numerous random people talking about @MLB and @JasonHeyward. Baseball fever has hit ATL again!

    Let’s hope so. Also heard the guy calling the Angels/Twins game on ESPN say that homer gave him chills. Hey, what about that crazy flip between the legs by Buehrle? twss

  63. 63
    Will Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SLWzZoDmhg

    I must have watched this clip 20 times today!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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.

    Go Braves!

  65. 65
    Princess Leah Says:

    I was right…I was ri-ight.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    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?

    http://braves.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7282459&topic_id=9070354&c_id=atl

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Dat not graph.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Double Blast! Dell the dinosaur doesn’t copy and paste like my hubby’s mac book. Try this…
    http://capitolavenueclub.com/?p=2432&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CapitolAvenueClub+%28Capitol+Avenue+Club%29&utm_content=Twitter

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Overall, the Braves’ patience improved this spring between the natural tendencies of the new additions and encouragement from Pendleton. ” -Carroll Rogers

    And I thought MY yarn was a stretch.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    “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.

  72. 72
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, dear, the Glaus bit was made up.

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    Anne Says:

    Leah…just so you have it handy the next time you fall for Bub’s shenanigans: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gullible

  74. 74
    Princess Leah Says:

    *hands on hips* Here come Mr. angry eyes! Thanks Anne. I’m as gullible as they come.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Jim Powell’s call was better, to me:

    “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,

    *CRACK*

    (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.”

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    Kathryn Says:

    The call on ESPN was

    “HE HITS A DEEP DRIVE TO RIGHT! WAAAAY BACK! WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUES JASON HEYWARD!”

    Then the crowd noise as he rounds the bases.

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    Will Says:

    i totally fell for Bub’s story on Glaus..

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    Pouting Princess Says:

    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.

    Here’s a sweet story:
    http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/6867372/article-Dreams-do-come-come-true?instance=home_news_left

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Just for kicks, here’s the Cubs’ radio call:

    “And now Jason Heyward, the heavily publicized rookie outfielder… left handed batter making his debut right here.

    *thud*

    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.”

  80. 80
    Bubdylan Says:

    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.

    And I made it completely believable.

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    Wiley Says:

    just heard the orioles announcers on MASN mention Heyward. This kid is gonna be big (I really hope).

  82. 82
    Bubdylan Says:

    Heyward is on a pace to hit 162 homers this year. I’m just sayin’.

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    BluesMan Says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the 100th show & the predictions show…here are my predictions for wins credited to our rotation:
    Hanson: 18
    Jurrjens:17
    Hudson/Lowe: 15
    Kawakami: 14

    I FREAKIN’ loved yesterday’s game…what a shot by Heyward. He’s gonna be the greatest Braves outfielder since Dale Murphy, and he’ll be what Andruw Jones never was for us. Yup, I said it.

    Here’s my prediction for the playoffs this year:
    NL West: Rockies
    NL Central: Cardinals
    NL East: Braves
    NL Wild Card: Dodgers

    AL West: Angels
    AL Central: Twins
    AL East: Yankees
    AL Wild Card: Red Sox

    NLCS: Braves
    ALCS: Yankees

    World Series: BRAVES

    GO BRAVES!!!! FEAR THE CHOP SHOP!!!!
    (I’m drunk on Kool-Aid)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Harold Reynolds on the Dan Patrick show:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/danpatrick/listenlive.player.html?file=http://ht.cdn.turner.com/si/danpatrick/audio/2010/04/06/DP-Hr3_04-06-2010_stream.mp3

    If the link works, Heyward discussion at minute 12.

  85. 85
    Bubdylan Says:

    Today’s Dan Patrick show, hour #3, minute #12 has some Harold Reynolds on Heyward talk. I tried to post the link but ABT ate it. Or it’s sitting in the corner facing the wall, awaiting moderation.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Heh, I just visited the Orioles’ website to see what they were saying about Mike Gonzo blowing the save tonight. And they had a Jason Heyward thread. Unreal.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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.

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    Patron Princess Says:

    Did y’all notice Salty and Kotchman both hit game winners yesterday? Happy for both those guys. I like Salty’s curls.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    KJ & LaRoche off to rough starts. 0 for 5 each. Kelly looks especially bad at the plate.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, why again do we let women post here?

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    Steve Says:

    Ok, good. I thought we might stop at simply putting the fate of the Braves on Heyward’s shoulders. Luckily we’re pushing forward with this …http://tinyurl.com/yby2fru

  92. 92
    Bubdylan Says:

    http://tinyurl.com/yby2fru (clickable, yo)

    See, I’m on record as seeing this coming with the mlb board. And I got roasted for it.

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    Steve Says:

    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.

  94. 94
    Bubdylan Says:

    Heyward’s color. Smoltz’s color. Settle down, Steve.

    (I didn’t hear the Beard’s broadcast.)

  95. 95
    Precocious Princess Says:

    Again on other message boards! Link please…and when I say please I mean now.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    No way. That’s an ugly thread. (not because of me.) Let’s leave that one buried.

    This picture is crackin’ me up:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/danpatrick/blog/105441/index.html

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    Hammy Says:

    i totally bought Bub’s Glaus story and spent about 30 minutes seeing if I could find it on the internet. I was even going to go back and watch the game on MLB.tv when I got home.

    What is that G word again?

  98. 98
    Bubdylan Says:

    Here’s the homerun call:

    http://twaud.io/6LC

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    Protected Princess Says:

    You’re right Bub…that is the best call. I will be listening to it over and over. Hey maybe during my run I’ll just put it on repeat.

    Hammy, dude can write.

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    Steve Says:

    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.

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    Passionate Princess Says:

    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.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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)”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Courtesy of Talking Chop:

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20100407/COL0504/4070355/1287/SPORTS

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    Bubdylan Says:

    By the way, play through that game mentally without Heyward in the line-up so that we can control the money better.

    Big Z calms down. Lowe uncalms. Cubs win. More confidence for the Cubbies in today’s game? It’s not too much of a stretch, really. And with Lincecum/ Zito looming, how important is this Cubs series?

    And without him, the fans are robbed of the most memorable opening day moment in years.

    Heyward Starting In the Bigs: 1
    Heyward Waiting Two Weeks: 0

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    Pliant Princess Says:

    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.

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    Hammy Says:

    This is my favorite clip of the Heyward’s dinger. Gives me chills – I especially love that everyone is standing up for his at bat, before he unloads.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naAKjOQRSIg&feature=related

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    Tcc Says:

    Yeah, I like that one too. Chills ain’t the half of it. My first game will be June 2 vs the #%*illies…I can’t wait!!!!!

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    Curt Says:

    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.

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    Patient Princess Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, great post. Gammons has tried to emphasize that. Hopefully it won’t get lost in the shuffle.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/mlb/index

    That’s Olney, the guy who first mentioned Heyward would be susceptible to getting jammed inside, saying, basically, “uh… nevermind.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    That link doesn’t take you all the way there. You have to click on the video called “Heyward’s Discipline”

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    Proud Princess Says:

    Freakin love the KID! He is NO Jordan Schafer!!!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    What a swing. That was a curve ball, too. So, that’s three questions answered in two games.

    He can hit MLB pitchers (in game).
    He can lay off the pitches supposed to jam him in his “weak spot” (Z’s ball 1 and 2)
    He can hit the breaking pitch.

    Now, hit a lefty and we’re crankin’ up the disco ball.

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    Proud Mary Says:

    Big wheel keep on turning!

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    Curt Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeah, not crazy about the 8-9-1 being McLouth/Pitcher/Melky. That’s kind of a weak spot.

    Beats the heck out of Garret/Kotchman/Frenchy/Pitcher/Kelly, though. With Chipper in a slump and McCann half blind. How did we score at ALL first half last year??

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    Anne Says:

    Back off, Curt. Diaz is mine…lest you forget.

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    Tcc Says:

    “Avery’s Bane” = No run support for J.J.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeah, he could go 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA after this game. That’s as bad as run support can get.

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    Anne Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Sorry, but John Smoltz is the second most self-referencial homey this side of Curt Schilling. He is seriously, seriously interested in his own little world and expects we are, too.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    My sentence sort of collapsed on itself there, didn’t it…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    The lefty carves Heyward up on 3 pitches. Oh well.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Prado's Princess Says:

    I went out for dessert with the bff and returned just in time for the bottom of the 8th. Don’t forget the +1 guy on base.

    Come on Wags!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    WAGS!!! Blowin’ doors off!!

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    Prado's Princess Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Kris Medlen was a great get. Love it, love it, love it. Way to freaking go, Bravos. This was an even better game than the first one if you took out Heyward’s bomb.

    GREAT JOB, BOYS!!! Go Braves!!!

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    Tcc Says:

    Damn, I love this stuff! Blow out win, then a close, come from behind win with #427 from Chipper. Great stuff from Wags. Go Braves!!!!!

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    Curt Says:

    Good to see the old guy can still hit too

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    Tcc Says:

    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.

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    Will Says:

    this is fun…

    i was doing the hands in fingers…lalalalalalala…going into the 8th. couldnt watch. stopped looking at mlb.com and went back to dumping machine tool order data into a spreadsheet…

    an hour later, i come up for air….expecting to see the inevitable…a deflating loss. back to reality..etc.

    instead…SWEET ACTION.

    this is fun.

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    Hammy Says:

    Yes! What a win. I want to change my prediction to 162-0.

    NOW, let’s seal the deal tomorrow. We started out hot against the Phils for 2.5 games last year, and then we had the big blow (twss).

    I agree Wilbur – this is fun.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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.

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    Tcc Says:

    Baseball is a quirky game, huh? Dempster was the dominant pitcher with 9 strike outs and gave up one run.

    J.J. and Medlin are sort of statistically invisible with 4 SO’s, 2 runs, ERA 0.00 while Moylan pitches 1 inning and gets the Win. Wagner “wins” the game and gets a save!

    Just sayin’

    Steve, hope you had a great time!

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    Steve Says:

    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.

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    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    Steve, (try reading with a British accent for added effect.)

    It is my sad duty to report that your rally hat did NOT win the game, for it twas mine.

    http://twitter.com/Few_Proud_Brave/status/11798628246

    There is the proof, again, deeply sorry. Although it must have been a cool moment for your son to see a Chipper Jones HR.

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    BluesMan Says:

    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!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    My man KJ went 3 for 3 with two homers tonight. (Cue Ray Stevens: “They call him the streak…”)

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    Pertly Princess Says:

    DON’T LOOK ETHEL! It was too late…

    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.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Steve, was that you defending Prado on DOB? *wipes away tear of joy*

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    Anne Says:

    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!!

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    Steve Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Just to be clear, I’m not the “Wren’s Mistakes” guy or whatever his name was. Cuz I know you will secretly suspect that, my paranoid princess.

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    Pleased as Punch Princess Says:

    Oooo…”paranoid princess”…I like it. I’ll add it to my list. 🙂 And I was wondering so thanks for clearing that up.

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    Curt Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Congrats on young Knievil’s first ride.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Where were you five years ago? Five years ago, Jason Heyward was fifteen. Isn’t that weird?

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    Prado's Princess Says:

    Curt, that’s awesome! Can he come teach my youngest? Bub, very weird, don’t really want to think about that one thankyou very much. Time for my pills and then my nap.

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    Wiley Says:

    Heyward is 4 years older than I am. Now thats wierd.

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    Steve Says:

    ABT BRAVES GAME GET TOGETHER – HEAR YE HEAR YE

    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 steve@atlantabaseballtalk.com with your confirmation. Can’t wait to meet everyone!

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    Tcc Says:

    Ahhh…I’ll be there the next day, sorry to miss meeting the crew. Don’t buy out all the hot dogs and #22 shirts!

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    Prado's Princess Says:

    Cledus! Can’t you just go one day early?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m thinking about it. When do you need to know by?

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    Uncle.

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    Tcc Says:

    I wish, Princess! Maybe there will be another gathering of ABTers later in the season?

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    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    Steve,

    Yea, I am.
    I was talking about how our show went, we did “West Side Story.” And afterwards met a theatre director for a traveling troupe based in La Grange, IL.

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    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    Prediction? 91 wins and 2nd place, 1 GB. WC.

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Love the name, Leah. 🙂

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    Bubdylan Says:

    My first ever Heywardism:

    Jason Heyward robbed a homer with a knee-high catch at the wall.

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    Ok people! Prado is da bomb!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    YES he IS!

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    Precocious Princess Says:

    Bub, if you knew how difficult it is to change one’s name on one’s iphone before each comment you would have at least pretended to be annoyed.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Glaus is not (thus far).

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Arg…changed computers.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I call a Nate homer.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    /slash ground out.

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    Tcc Says:

    Print Says, yes, we will do a face to face with full name disclosure at a location to be named later..Prado carrying the team tonight. Chipper already hurt?!?

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    Is Wells that good? Can’t figure out what’s wrong with Hanson. Any thoughts?

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    Tcc Says:

    Hey Bub…if our rookie right fielder were offered a trade to Toronto, would he…????

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    Tcc Says:

    Wait for it….

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    I miss the beard.

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    Tcc Says:

    Hasten Jayward???

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    Bubdylan Says:

    HAHAAAAAAH! Tcc, you just became my favorite human.

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    Tcc Says:

    Ok, I quit. Nothing wrong with Hanson, 7 SO’s, 2 runs. Braves bats need to get going.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “I miss the beard.”

    Stop shaving.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, Hanson’s made a couple mistakes. He seems fine. Striking folks out. Just a smudge under his normal gig. He’s given up 3 hits.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Thanks boys…I feel better. So Prado’s not perfect but he is sexy as hell…just sayin.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    well, I feel worse. Tommy’s out of the zone now.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    He didn’t look as confident as normal. I really think it’s the “no beard”. And 178 made me laugh.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    By the way Bub, you never told us about your award.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I got a lovebubble in my heart and it’s name is Eric O’Flaherty.

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    Tcc Says:

    Hey, award? Nice put out.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    My award?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    …boo

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    Tcc Says:

    Omar!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Yeah…you know, the one you won a few years ago and are up for again? Your funny guy award.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, please do my fragile insides a favor and don’t read my posts on that board.

    Good hit, Glaus.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Trouble brewing for Mr. Wells, with Esco & Heyward due up. Anything but a DP, Esco. Come on, guys. Do something beautiful.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    #$%&@!!!! #$&*^! %%$^&&%$###$-$$%^^^&%$!!@!!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    filth and foul. Tell your inards to chill.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Come on JHey…get something started!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I bet they bring in a LHP.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Putting McLouth behind Heyward in the line-up guarantees late-inning LHP. No comprende, Bobby.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    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.

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    Tcc Says:

    2 out of 3 from the Cubs…Go Braves!!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Bad, sad, no fun, boring game.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, that stinks.

    Nice to see Chavez pitch well, and EOF.

    Blah. Get ’em tomorrow.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Oh Cledus…I needed that. Mr. Positive.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    That’s what she said.

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    Tcc Says:

    Good night all, I’m switching to the Weather Channel…

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    Princess Leah Says:

    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.

    Bub, congrats, I’m sure you’ll win. 🙂

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    Tcc Says:

    Just rain here and it’s mostly passed. Have a safe and peaceful night.

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    Steve Says:

    I was stuck on a work call for most of the game to find a 2 run hole and Chipper leaving with an injury. I take my eyes off the team for just a couple of hours ….

    Good signs: EOF, Chavez, Glaus with a couple of hits (we’ll ignore the DP with bases loaded) and Nate with a hit. And Prado is already the team MVP.

    It was jarring to see Heyward so overmatched in the 9th. What is wrong with that kid?!?!?!?

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    Princess Leah Says:

    “Prado is already the team MVP.”
    Yes indeedy!

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    Curt Says:

    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.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Curt cracks me up posting from his iphone.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    uck…I don’t like it over there. Staying where I belong.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Me, too. I think I’m done over there.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Maybe Talking Chop will be my new fling.

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    Well don’t let me ruin your fun. They love you over there.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeah, well, who can brag for that?

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    Hammy Says:

    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.

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    Will Says:

    Ham – at least Lost ruled this week. Just watched it…

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    Hammy Says:

    Indeed, Will-Bob, very, very good. Leah, agree?

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    Steve Says:

    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.

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    Steve Says:

    Check that. Chipper LEAD (!) the team in appearances last year. Followed by McCann, Yunel, and GA.

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    Curt Says:

    Man I miss GA

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    Princess Leah Says:

    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?

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – it’s a very good point about Chipper. And we saw it last year. The offense thrived as Chipper swooned in the second half. The offense is no longer all about Chipper.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I see the Phils get Houston now, followed by another series with the Nats. Extended Spring Training must be nice.

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    DOB’s recent blog has frightened me. Looks like it could be a rough day. However, how awesome if we can take two in SF! We beat the Freak last year…we can do it again!

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    Steve Says:

    “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.

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    I would just like to point out that Steve and I posted our early comments before DOB posted his latest blog entry. Pretty sure he gets most of his material from ABT.

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    Steve Says:

    Absolutely, Leah. It’s kind of embarrassing.

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    Steve, is there money in the budget for me to have an assistant? I think I need one. Flavored creamer, no sugar.

  230. 230
    Steve Says:

    Not only do you need one, you deserve one. I’ll talk to the finance division.

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    Make sure they know I’m kiiiiiiiiiiind of…a big deal. Come on JHey, show those guys what a real giant does with a baseball!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    C’mon, Matty D. It’s your day. Hit ’em hard.

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    Curt Says:

    Disappointed

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    The Trojan has a huge strike zone. Our Braves must be exhausted.

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    I heart Medlen.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I heart games that end.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Ok…question…what would have happened if the Ump had seen the batter interference? Very sad way to lose. Hope they go take all a long nap.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Game #4 = first horrible game of the year.

    Horrible.
    Horrible.
    Horrible.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Have…to…win…tomorrow.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Interference = runner is out.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I vote for instant replay.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    sad

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    Kathryn Says:

    Wow what a stomach punch of a game.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Uh, I may be wrong about the runner being called out for batter interf. Might be the batter called out and the runner sent back. I can’t remember.

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    Tcc Says:

    I hate the loss, any loss, but Prado was brilliant, Medlen pitched his ass off, extra innings and our guys lost. It’s early, folks, lets don’t give up hope yet.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good post, Tcc. I just added up our top three pitchers to see how that went:

    17.1 innings. 4 earned runs. 10 hits. So, there’s something decent.

    This might be a tough road trip after this miserable start. But we’ll rebound. Heyward’s spiral doesn’t surprise or worry me. Let the character-building begin.

    Go Braves.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    *by top three, I mean Hanson, Hudson, Jurrjens.

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    Print Says Leah Says:

    Go Braves.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Arg.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Can. Not. Get. Ov. Er. It.

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    Tcc Says:

    Princess, it’s time to take a deep cleansing breath, let it out slowly….

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    Tcc Says:

    And maybe re check Prado’s stats!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    He is freakin awesome isn’t he. Hammy? I’d like to hear your input on this matter.

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    Hammy Says:

    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 will touch on el Prado on next week’s show.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I actually didn’t get to watch Wags. What happened there? Ya know, besides the obvious.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    He gave up a hit and then a homer.

    Vazquez got blistered tonight. 🙁

    🙂

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Thoughts on Heyward? Is he just anxious or needing to readjust? Should we go ahead and xray his…well everything and make sure nothing’s broken? I may not be able to wait 48 hours for a new show.

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    MattChu Says:

    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!!!!!!!

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    Tcc Says:

    Right! So, BRAVES WIN!! Well, not really. Let’s try again tomorrow…

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    Steve Says:

    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.

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    Curt Says:

    Interference is batter is out, runner goes back. Bub, you’re right there. Lots to cover in the show. Like Bobby always preaches, take 2 of 3 and you’re fine. So let’s take 2 of 3 and move on to SD.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    It would be more polite to send notes about Anne to my email. Just sayin.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Oh my goodness! Funniest comment ever! Anne, I swear I wasn’t referring to you.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Hate to say it, but with Heyward and Melky struggling this bad and the bullpen getting worn down, and the strength of the opponents, my Braves aspirations are in temporary damage control mode:

    Get out of the Giants series 3-3 or 4-2.
    Emerge from the Padres series 5-4 or 4-5.
    Emerge from the Rockies series 6-6
    Emerge from the Phillies series 8-7 or 7-8.

    2 or 3 games behind in the division.
    1 or 2 games behind in the Wild Card.

    Take a breath.
    Start over.

    Teheran was brilliant in his first start in the minors.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I just saw we have an odd off day between the 1st and 2nd Padres game. That might save our tails with the BP.

    I’ll upgrade to: Emerge from the Phillies series 8-7 or 9-7.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, or 9-6, since that’s, you know, possible with math and stuff.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I don’t know about all those numbers but I sure want to win tonight. Someone please kick me off my computer at a decent hour! I must not stay up for the whole game. I just can’t.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    What time are we sending you to bed, girly?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m about five seconds from deciding this Lowe contract is going to keep us hamstrung until 2013.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Midnight…or so. We have a low view of an ace.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    He got 3 grounders last inning, so… it might be a long five seconds.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Well hell…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    15 million dollars.

    4 years.

    Yeah.

    (at least he got out of it.)

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I don’t get this Ump’s strike zone.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Marteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnn…is numero uno!

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    Curt Says:

    Ah, 2009, why must you continue to plague us. Someone get a hit…..

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Back from the beach huh? Seriously, not enjoying he SF series…at all.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I had no problem with this when the pitchers were Dempster Wells, and even Sanchez. But Todd FREAKING WELLEMEYER???? Give me a damn break. This hardly seems necessary.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    At least the wind is unbiased. The kid looked better. And there’s Prado but I’m starting to think he’s a god.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Proud!!!!

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    Tcc Says:

    Jason Heyward…Bless his heart!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Walk, single, homer. Good job, rookie.

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    Tcc Says:

    Just got home from the Clemson Spring Game. Tigers won!!! “D” looking pretty special..

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    Curt Says:

    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.

    Here comes Lowe trying to give it right back.

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    Tcc Says:

    Weather looms tomorrow also…just sayin’

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    Princess Leah Says:

    aaaaahhhhh…already developing ulcers. Great play by Escobar and I’m really glad Glaus is so very tall.

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    Curt Says:

    Tcc, true. Maybe we get lucky and Lincecum gets pulled early after a rain delay

    Huge play by Yuni

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Maybe I’m biased but I would have let Prado swing away.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Make em pay Glaus!!!!

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    Steve Says:

    There you go! I knew Glaus could drive in a run.

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    Steve Says:

    So, seriously. Let’s just win this freaking game tonight. Things would feel much, much better to get a W here tonight.

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    Curt Says:

    How do you let McLouth and Glaus be the ones to beat you? Thank you Giants.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Wait for the Rally, Princess. Then you can sleeeeeeep.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Steve, I’m with you…I feel like we HAVE to win. Bub, fading fast…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    SF defense is ass.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Heyward is the real deal people!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    ok…goodnight ABT. Don’t let em lose!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    G’night, Princess.

    Great job against the lefty, Jason.

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    Curt Says:

    And the child shall lead them…

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    Steve Says:

    BTW, how great is it that KK gets Lincecum, in his first start, no less? Damn, let’s keep that big game KK thing alive tomorrow.

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    Tcc Says:

    “Dragon Slayer”

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    Tcc Says:

    “J Hey pickin’ em up and puttin’ em down” Love it!!

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    Tcc Says:

    Omar!!

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    Curt Says:

    Come on…………………Wagner having to get up in a blow out. Just end it.

    Finally. Good win.

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    Will Says:

    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.

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    Hammy Says:

    Can we call him Willy Mo Japena?

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    Curt Says:

    Good stuff Will. The oldest told me that T Ball was his favorite sport. We’ll see if he feels the same way when we are out on the diamond this summer.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    So jealous of you both. I hope my kid ditches this soccer stuff next year. Soccer’s silly.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Everyone knows he’s awesome now. If only someone had told us last season he was the bomb…

    RT @ajcbraves: Prado is MLB batting leader & first Brave to start season w/ 5 straight multi-hit games since … wait for it … Hank Aaron

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    Curt Says:

    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.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    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.

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    Bill Gates Says:

    Sorry, guys. I got her stopped where I could. I can’t get around google.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Awe Bill…what happened? Didn’t you get my check? Not enough? For the last time…no, my body isn’t an option.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Good for Phil and the fact that he cannot stop kissing his wife.

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    Tcc Says:

    B Mac!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Hey Cledus! How’s it going?

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    Tcc Says:

    Beautiful weekend up here in the hills!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Here, here! Dogwoods and azaleas blooming, blue skies, sunshine…

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    Tcc Says:

    Redbuds looking spectacular! New show tonight?

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I think KK’s done how about done! Cabrera! Have a snow cone!

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    Tcc Says:

    C’mon Omar, C’mon kid!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Bubdylan better show his happy butt in the sandbox soon. I’m not above searching through the kitty litter.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Come on Marteeeeeen.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Oh Glaus…

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    Bill Gates Says:

    That hurted.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    OH, Matty.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    There he is…whew.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    This game turned out to not be so much fun.

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    Curt Says:

    Game one of this series stinging a little more right now.

    Just finished the show. Should be up in an hour or so.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    yeah..new show! It’s like that spray teachers use when kids get a skinned knee. Makes it hurt a little less…for a second.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Jason gets the lefty.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    How fun would it be to come back and win…with all those die hard Giants fans having sat through 4.5 hour rain delay.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Great at bat by J. Hey.

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    Steve Says:

    It’s a long season and I’ll feel much better with a win on Monday but … I REALLY wanted this one tonight. Nice performance by KK.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Is it just me or are we playing in a lot of team’s home opener? Is that fair? I highly doubt it.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Should Bobby have put EOF in instead of Medlen? I mean not in a hind sight is 20/20 way but should have known Medlen was tired way.

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