“Hide the women and children before opening the link.”.
That’s…gonna be tricky. It’s ok. I don’t think I can listen to the show and read that blogpost all in the same day anyway. Does anyone else feel like taking a fist full of muscle relaxers and sleeping for 4 days?
good stuff guys. I was listening while writing “were going to win the next 6 out of 7, remember the end of last year” and Steve then pre-empted me with the same thought…not the 6 out of 7 bit… but to remember how things turned around dramatically last year. Then Curt says no 8 game streak…well fine, maybe no streak, but 6 out of 7, could be…pitching is still phenomenal…gotta think this hitting will turn around. lets not slash our wrists yet. ill take 5 out of 7.
The hitters need to light a fire under their butts. and start playing with a attitude NOT TO BE DENIED OF WINNING! Get fired UP one time GEEEEZ! Lets go Chipper, Nate, Melky, Diaz, Glaus HIT THE FREAKIN BASEBALL , GET ON BASE! Whatever it takes do it.
I know everyone says it won’t happen but how can we be hitting so poorly while the KJs, Kotchmans and Frenchys are power houses since leaving ATL and the firing of TP not even be considered? That makes us look more stupid than any farting around in the field or flailing at the plate. Shame on everybody. Shame on Chipper for not being a leader, shame on B Mac for not stepping up if Chipper’s gonna halfass his role. Shame on Glaus for everything and double shame on Escobar for getting paid seven figures and daydreaming while my heart is crushed. I want one of two things to happen tonight. I either want crystal clear precision type play that makes us proud even if we lose or tough as nails, Devil may care, basestealing, potential brawl leading type play that leaves uniforms so dirty you have to throw them away.
Ok, not shame on everybody. Prado and Heyward are like beams of light in the most dreary of days.
moodyt2 – I agree. It’s been some of the most embarrassing baseball we’ve seen in a long time. And, again, I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation. How does the team lose so much focus and ability to execute. It’s just mind-boggling.
Anne, placed my order last night and cannot wait to get my capped sleeved ladies tee. I went with red…black had potential to make a hot day even hotter on my poor little shoulders. I’ll always wear it with navy shorts lest I look like a Phillies Fan from behind. I’m asking for a mug for Mother’s Day !
Steve, I hate to seem like a slave driver but the Rev and I can’t get either computer to log onto ABT. We keep getting “Cant open socket”. If the show’s computer guru has any suggestions can he email them to me? I haven’t been able to log on for 2 or 3 weeks (not that it’s stopped me with my iPhone…THANK GOODNESS! Haha…right? *silence*).
I hate when I have to suffer watching the games on TV, I have to change the channel when they play like babies. It makes me wanna throw-up. I’m tired of all this half assing around. Chipper seems like he would rather be turkey hunting. He is always hurt, grow some balls and get the job done. HIT BOMBS! STEAL BASES! i cant remember the last base the braves stole. It’s awful! I’m not giving up on the Braves. Are they?
Mara – I’m troubled by this. Although I’m having no problem getting to the site on multiple different computers. Will you post the following information about both your computers: PC or MAC?, which browser? what version of the browser? Thanks.
Let not your heart be troubled Stevie. We’ll figure it out or I’ll be world renown for the strongest thumbs known to man. I’m pretty illiterate with computer stuff but will try to answer your questions. I have a very old Dell with Explorer and a Macbook with Safari and Firefox. For a week or so I could pull up the website through Google. But now I can’t even do that. Bub said on occasion he got the “can’t open socket” message as well but it fixed itself.
“The worst person in the world you ought to blame for a team not hitting is the hitting coach,” Cox said. “We all feel bad. We’re not hitting that bad. It’s just that when we’re not hitting, we’re not getting them in.”
Is there nobody I can hurt? Can I not hurt a Brave? I think I should have a legal right to hurt a Brave. Not badly, but you know those scuba flippers? I should be able to rare back and slap a Brave with one of those. WHACK!
The one note of positivity I’ll try to add is that they actually looked a real baseball team at times last night. That’s an improvement. On the flip side, it feels like the season is already over. So that’s not great.
Change of subject, if possible, to get us off the “we suck” train: I wish I had time to read sports blogs & whatnot, but I don’t. A co-worker shared this with me today. Leo Mazzone’s Blog from 680 The Fan from last week. I like it!
Things I would change if I were the commissioner of baseball:
Apr 21, 2010 — 3:24pm
* Get rid of the DH
* All Star game would not determine home field advantage. Best record would.
* Eliminate QuestTec
* Reduce major league schedule to 154 games so all post season games could be best of seven
* All Saturday and Sunday regular and post season games would be day games so more children could get involved
* Eliminate World Baseball Classic
* No pitch counts on stadium scoreboards
* Have a more balanced schedule
Baseball is the greatest game in the world so don’t take the human element out of it! -Leo
To Leo’s point: “No pitch counts on stadium scoreboards,” do you think that’s so the pitcher himself can’t turn around and see what’s what? I actually like seeing the pitch count totals, but really to guess when a pitcher will get pulled…no other reason.
Anne, I like going to 154 games and expanding the first round. Entirely too much luck involved with 5 game series. ALTHOUGH, that too much luck is all that will keep the Yankees from buying championship after championship.
Now, back to the WE SUCK train. This tidbit from Talking Chop:
… points to exactly what I saw last night. They REALLY did react to scoring those three runs like a bunch of junior high kids. Like they reacted to falling out of the race last year, closing with 6 straight losses. Like they reacted to getting “tired of spring training” this year, closing with two shameful performances in exhibition.
There’s no mystery here, to me. Yeah, the team is short on talent. But not this damn short. They are disfunctional. They have an attitude problem. It’s real, not perceived, not made up because we’re trying to match a team’s performance to some personality. No, it’s true. Too many signs.
The atmosphere in this clubhouse is not disciplined, not sharp, not hard-driving. Are we the only club with this problem? Highly doubtful. But teams with more talent can afford a little mental laziness. We can’t.
“Innings 5, 6 and 7 – 9 consecutive outs, 27 pitches seen.” This isn’t a talent problem (exclusively). This is an attitude problem. They scored three runs. Then they phoned in three innings. Then, surprise, the other team scored four, and they couldn’t dial up another run in press mode.
I hope Wren cleans house of TP and Cox. Bring on 2011.
Atleast we played better last night. Of course we could NOT have played worse. And better’s not gonna cut it but it was less miserable. I agree with whoever said putting Escobar in leadoff was brilliant. His D was better than ever.
Salary of the best team in baseball: $72,847,133.
Average attendance of the best team in baseball: 25,769
“Maddon then stressed running hard in general, pointing to an infield single for Carlos Pena in a recent game that allowed the go-ahead run to score. He said that in addition to mental mistakes, he cannot stand guys not hustling down the line, always wanting to create a reputation as a team that will run hard every time.
‘That’s what I want out of our group. Pretty simple, really.’”
Okay, I’m really finished now. In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe we’ll stay this bad, and I believe we’ll be in the WC race, eventually. But I also believe this team will not be what it could have been. And if Wren goes “in house” for the next manager, I don’t look for it to get suddenly better. It’s a playin-for-grandpa mentality, where the extra effort gets kudos, it’s not what’s demanded.
Now maybe I’ve spewed enough Negativity to erase my early homerism. Here’s to finding a grumpy medium: The Curtdoza line.
The Ryan Howard contract might be helpful to the Braves return to the top. That’s a risky, risky contract. Had no idea until I read up on it. They could expand payroll and hang on to Werth, I guess, which would be a nightmare. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
” In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe we’ll stay this bad, and I believe we’ll be in the WC race, eventually.”
I didn’t realize how disheartened I’ve become until I read that sentence. Really? I so want to believe that. I’ve never been so doubtful of the Braves which means they’ll turn it around real soon. Too bad quidditch is pretend…I could really get behind one of those teams. And if there’s a bad game I’d perform an obliviate charm on myself so I wouldn’t have to remember it.
Re: the Wild Card, I just don’t see the Marlins, Dodgers, Rockies, Cubs and Brewers will pull so far ahead of us that we fall completely out. Not with Jurrjens, Hanson, and Hudson healthy and McCann + Heyward + Prado driving the offense. We have about as many threatening hitters as the other all-pitching-no-hitting teams like the Giants.
I don’t expect to win the WC, but compete for it. Three of McLouth, Escobar, Glaus, Diaz, Chipper, and Melky will just about have to return to their career norms unless we’re going to actually have a historic year of sudden drop offs.
Sorry, he messed up KJ. The whole train wreck is on record.
And the team’s offensive approach is awful. Some of that has to fall on the hitting coach. Two points are glaring:
1. TP’s “first pitch might be your best pitch” spill, which was a mantra before this year.
2. Jason Heyward shows up and it’s like he invented the concept of Plate Discipline. Bobby and TP ADMITTED the team had become more patient only because of Heyward’s example. Do these guys not have bosses? Joe Maddon certainly acts like he’s the boss of his team.
Bobby Cox’s “Pujols is worth 50 million” comment is all over the national media, including the top line on ESPN. Mike and Mike had the quote on their show this morning, too. They just have no idea how easy that man finds it to say the most hyperbolic stuff imaginable.
Heyward: Hank Aaron.
John Smoltz & Glavine last year: lookin’ great.
5 earned runs give up: best outing ever pitched.
Pujols: 50 million.
You’ve finally done it, Bobby. You’ve said something so outlandish you’re on the front page of ESPN, where the news about your player appraisals just hasn’t quite reached.
Bub, all those walks are followed closely by the 8 ks, 8 LOB per game figures. And the atrocious HIDP numbers they have. When they do get hits they are singles with no one on. When the bases are loaded the best they can do is let the pitcher walk a run in. Last night Simpson and Smoltz were actively rooting for the Braves to just get a sac fly out of a bases loaded situation. Is that where we are? Just hoping for a sac fly? What’s the opposite of jaded? Hopeless?
And you stole my playing for grand pa idea. It really is like no one seems to be listening. I envision Escobar getting ‘chewed out’ and having to continue to put his hand to his mouth to hide his smirk.
Curt, the plate discipline graph showed more than earning walks. It showed the best percentage of not swinging specifically at pitches out of the zone. But I hear ya.
Re: grandpa, can we PLEASE get a no-nonsense manager? Doesn’t have to be Ozzie (don’t really care for that) or even Pinella (though I wouldn’t hate having Lou), but somebody who calls a spade a spade. My fantasy is Glavine, but I know that won’t happen.
Though he does have experience managing a major league team. Anyone remember this?
Great, now Jim Powell is spouting the 50 mil Bobby quote about Pujols, again, as if it’s a 100% considered point. Good grief, it WASN’T. It’s just some stuff he said like every day.
lol @ Esco hiding his smirk. I don’t doubt it at all.
Later that night:
“and deen, wheen he wuss e’screeming, he tell me he no gonna take dees playing without no theenking… I wuss put my face down een my hands, jew know? To hide my laughings. I love dees man, dees Bobby man…”
Sorry, i haven’t looked at it. Perhaps I should before I comment……nah.
How about Scoscia (sp?), Madden. I have learned to loathe the term ‘player’s coach.’ translation: no discipline and a cap on how far you can go with your level of success. Cox, Mark Richt, Jim Mora Jr., Bobby Cremins, et al. Atlanta has been pregnant with them. They all can bring in talent, they all have measures of success, they all fail to win the big one. I have honestly come to believe that the only reason the Braves won one WS is because Mike Hargrove is just an incredibly horrible manager. I mean, he lost a WS to Bobby Cox.
The Bobby arguing with the ump scene seems so pathetic and sad. it was so disheartening watching him clearly trying to get tossed and the ump feeling so sorry for him that he just sat there and listened to him. he can’t even inspire his team when he tries to.
Oooooh, thanks Cledus! You reminded me of a stash I forgot about. So, I caught a glimpse of a headline that Wags is anxious about not having pitched lately. I was hoping Bobby was bringing him in the 8th last night. Would that have been stupid? Does he only come in when we’re winning?
CURT!!! I think that’s the best one yet. Do you think we could switch Molina and Cabrera? No one would notice. They look very similar and Cabrera looks like a catcher trying to play outfield anyway so no dif there.
And dang YOU, John Smoltz. Bolting to Boston pulled the trigger on this awful acquisition. Just think, we’d be going through the Smoltz divorce THIS season, BUT, for many millions less. And next year… it’d be over.
How many games do we have to lose before Bobby stands before the press and says, “We suck…and that is all.” is BC waiting too long before pulling starting pitchers? I mean not in hind sight kinda managing but the real kind.
Last night and tonight is too close to call, pulling-pitcher-wise, to me, Leah. I think Curtdoza feels differently about last night.
The in-game management doesn’t seem that terrible to me lately. Just playing terrible, until tonight. Don’t know that we played bad tonight, except Chipper should prob’ly be sitting. Wondering about that DP that could have been turned with better footwork. Would have gotten Lowe out of that mess.
But Lowe has pitched poorly 5 outings in a row. This is really, really bad news.
In regards to pulling the pitchers, to steal a line from Spinal Tap, there’s a fine line between clever and stupid. Bobby, in my humble opinion, always seems to wait just a bit too long to pull his starters. Hudson had clearly lost it last night and probably should have not come out for the 7th. I’m sure Bobby left it up to him, but how many pitchers will pull themselves. Tonight, I don’t know. I would not have let he who is without a name ($) face Molina. I know that’s easy to say now, but that clearly was the point when he had been in there too long. If Moylan comes in and gives up a hit there do I feel like he should have left the starter in? I doubt it. There really only seems to be one guy out there who is strong enought to go deep into a game and that’s Hanson. The rest of them have about 6 innings in them, and yet Bobby always pushes for that one more inning. You have a really good bullpen, last night not withstanding. Use it. Save these games.
Wow. We’re not just in last place. We’re 2.5 games out of 4th place. After only 20 games played.
There aren’t any freaking words for how atomically putrid this feels. What the hell kind of ballteam is this? I feel like Vito Corleone, when he’s telling the funeral guy he’s got to fix up Sonny’s body…. “look at how they massacred my dream…”
If Bobby Cox rang my doorbell and poored a cup of lava over my head, I couldn’t be more burned. What Brad did to Jennifer? It’s nothing. J. Caesar had a friend in Brutus. The Ninth Circle of Hell is Judas, Satan, and Cox making both of them watch this team on TiVo.
I tried to record a Braves game on DVR and it voided the warranty. Goldman Sachs wrote an article condemning Derek Lowe. Scott Boras has a T-Shirt with Lowe’s picture on the front and “Don’t Mess With Me” written on the back.
Tony LaRussa’s speech before playing the Braves: “Okay, everybody, just, you know, whatever, pffffffftttt.”
Zig Ziglar on being a Braves fan: “I’d pretty much commit suicide.”
Ted Turner’s prayer: “Okay, if I start believing in You, will You make them change the name of that damn stadium to something else?”
Joe Thurston: “Sometimes God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”
Jason Heyward’s Calendar: “Days Until Yankee: 2,547″
Johnny Damon’s First Words Every Morning: “Thank ya JESUS!”
Chief Knockahoma: “First the trail of tears, now this…”
Sid Bream: “Tell you about what? Speak-a no English! Speak-a no English!”
Here’s a link to the latest entry of a super brilliant blogger. I’m not just saying that because he fathered my beautiful children. It’s a general look at baseball that I found encouraging. http://tumblr.com/xwf96vzrx
I know this lacks elegance or verbosity, but this really, really sucks. It’s still April! How could the team be this inept and uninspired? I’m just sick about all of this. And I’m getting tired of Leo on 680 acting like there’s nothing wrong here. Are you kidding?!?!?!
Bobby getting into Heyward about his patience makes my blood boil. He has patience with everything else. Can’t he have patience with… someone’s patience?
A patient hitter can always go back the other way a little at the time. But no, we’re gonna pressure the most patient rookie in a decade to snap out of it and start swinging early. And do it in the newspapers, too, Bobby. That won’t help the opposing pitchers any, or put any pressure on the 20 year old being asked to abandon his gameplan in month #1. I can’t believe this is happening.
Curt, I wondered the same thing. Although it IS a very general perspective and he doesn’t even mention the Braves who play a pivotal role in the happiness of his home. He may mention them in the “about” tab…can’t remember. Anywho, thanks for reading and GO BRAVES! Stopping by the store to pick up candy on my way home. Thinking I maybe should have ordered my ABT shirt in a bigger size.
“It’s early, so as far as just facing guys for the first time, or maybe figuring out what their go-to pitch is, or what the strike zone may be like for certain umpires, that’s all going to happen,” Heyward said. “Sometimes they’re going to make [good] pitches.
“Like I said, it is early. There’s going to be an adjustment period. Once you go through it once, and just to get any kind of rhythm that you’re going to have later in the season, you’ll be able to better react.”
Where am I slurring? I’m not feeling okay, no. But I’m not drinking, unfortunately. I’m *this* close to calling it a year on this nightmare, though. Can’t make myself follow the Phillies, even though they’re interesting to me.
Rays, maybe. I’m a DH fan anyway.
I seriously just don’t know how to get behind any team run by Bobby Cox. He’s not the only problem, but he would be enough all by himself.
How does a team in the AL East, with a 72 million dollar payroll, get off to a 16-5 start? SIXTEEN and FIVE! And they’re not winning by small margins, either. Just roasted the A’s again tonight, 10 to 3.
lol, Albert Pujols up with bases loaded, no outs. Poor Jonny.
The Atlanta sports scene is at an unparalleled level of suckitude. How can the Hawks lose that? How can the Braves be this bad?? Why can’t the Falcons play now? Ugggggggghhhhhhhh. I am SO angry!!! Not sad or depressed; flat out angry. Pissed.
Steve, you guys might consider doing something completely different for show #105. I mean… I dunno. I just don’t know how you guys will be able to stand stoking up the energy to talk about this teams “chances” of… anything. And talking about 2011 is obviously out. I don’t envy you. It would be easy if y’all weren’t so professional… but… ugh.
You could talk about this weeks Modern Family which was hilarious. “You should really label those sticks.”.
I hope Chipper sits out. We learned last year if he doesn’t have time to heal up he only gets worse. Put Prado at third and Infante at 2nd. I like Latinos around the horn (at first I phrased that differently but thought better of it). “I’m a good girl I am!”
CABRERA LEADING OFF?????? HEYWARD IN FRONT OF MCLOUTH????? AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGG! THIS TEAM SUCKS BECAUSE THE £*€@!%€ COACHING STAFF IS A BUNCH OF MORONS WITHOUT BRAINCELLS!!! I like Chipper getting time off. Good luck JJ.
The Adam Wainwright – JD Drew trade will go down as the worst in Braves history. Even more so than the Tex trade. I know I have really lamented that trade a lot, but Wainwright is a #1 and will be for a long time. And we got nothing out of it. Drew had a decent year, but nowhere near worth the player we gave up for him. Schuerholz really got taken advantage of at the end of his tenure. Imagine wainwright instead of the nameless one at the top of the rotation with he, Hanson and JJ anchoring our rotation. It would out do the last trio of guys we had, in my opinion.
I hope your right. I hope he gets 4 hits and scores everytime. He doesn’t scream speed to me and sometimes it feels like the Melkys and Troys see more hit-able pitches while the McCanns and Heywards are pitched around. That would make me lose patience at the plate and swing at junk especially if my skipper is telling me I’m too patient. I know noone is hitting great (except Prado) and there is no excuse for that (yeah right) but some are hitting better than Melky.
I’m calling him Bob Cox from here on out. I have lost all sense of affection for the guy.
All eyes on Heyward’s first two pitches in his first three at bats. Way to go, Bob.
I predict fully lifeless baseball from the boys today. A “we know we’re beaten in this one, let’s just start over tomorrow” daze of apathy. Only so much the Matty D’s, McCann’s, and Prado’s of the world can do surrounded by Glaus, Escobar, Chipper, other sour attitudes.
When this team gets tired and worn out, they just punk out. Like last year’s last 6 games. The only way we scratch out a win is if Jurrjens pitches a shut out or one run game, and some ball finds out bat at the perfect time. Or if Heyward goes nuts with the stick.
Score 5+ runs today, Bravos, or kiss one fan goodbye until the allstar break.
1.5 runs per 9 innings pitched this year for Jair. One. Point. Five. Per NINE.
Ways you know the game is a blow out: Jim Powell is taking 5 minutes to talk about how fast Heyward runs around the bases after hitting a homer. And Don Sutton spends 15 minutes agreeing with him. Somehow Emmitt Smith was brought up….
If we can just sweep the Astr… ugh. I can’t even fake it at this point. That said, the Braves are 3 – 0 at Turner when I’m attendance this year and I’ll be at Saturday and Sunday’s games. We will definitely win the series.
Do Ham and I get no credit? I say Steve was responsible for the Glaus Menagerie’s homer, Ham gets “Carry on my Heyward Son’s,” and I’ll take McOut’s. In other news, I have been to 3 Hawks playoff games in the past two years, and they are 0-3.
Steve, if you’re the type who can know you’re being shamelessly manipulated by every facial mannerism, fiddle string, and cliche heartstroke in the cinematic book, and still the freaking tear ducts won’t shut the hell up, like I am, you will cry.
I didn’t think the movie was great, but Sandra’s transformation was solid. And I’m pretty sure I lost a waterdrop or two. Damn ‘em.
Great video of Seth Avett singing “In the Curve”. Dude can play the guitar like nobody’s bidness. Atleast two of you will appreciate it. The rest will appreciate that this comment was not about the Braves.
Bub – I knew that The Blind Side would be cliche and pandering and predictable, etc. But I also figured it would be so over the top charming and fun and heartwarming that I would forgive all of that. I did not find that to be the case. And I barely shed a tear. Which is crazy for me, because I am movie crier. I saw UP last week for the first time and was a mess for a 1/3 of the movie. It literally got to where my kids told me to close my eyes for an upcoming scene because it was going to make my cry. No joke. This is so great not talking about the Braves, by the way.
Steve, I overheard you talking to Bub and I must have my say in the matter (spoken in a British accent). I cant believe you just saw “Up”? I bawled like a baby. I DID shed a tear after The Blind Side during the credits. Looking at the real snapshots was moving and I just love that it took place in the deep south. If you haven’t seen Precious (based on the novel Push by Sapphire) and choose to, make sure you hydrate before hand.
Steve, The Blind Side isn’t a blister on Up’s heel, for certain. Like you, I went into it expecting a glorified ABC Afterschool Special, but it still wasn’t quite enough to get me through without a couple of bored sighs. I felt like the cliche of “if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen the movie” applied for the most part.
The life-with-Ellie montage in Up is one of the most impactful moment in cinema, to me. As wonderful exposition sequences go, I rank it with the pre-opening credits section of Rasing Arizona. Which is to say, highest ranking possible. Most films handle exposition so poorly, I wish they’d just do the Star Wars Information Scroll and get it over with. So I love it when somebody makes it almost the best part of the whole movie.
(The Lord of the Rings Cate Blanchet prologue is another example of doing it right, though I’m not a fanboy of that trilogy.)
This is MUCH better conversation than the team who shall not be named.
Whew…that was close buddy. I think this show’s comments will blow any other’s out of the water. Imagine what it’d be like if we were winning. I hate to bring up baseball but…what do you think our chances are tonight? I can’t watch…got plans.
Bub, short answer is no. Sekou Smith, who now works for the NBA network or something and used to be the Hawks beat writer – and who is really great at his job, had some BRUTAL things to say about the team after Tuesday’s game. Poor coaching, lack of cohesion, lack of team chemistry, etc. Jamal Crawford, who has been invaluable all season, as evident by his recent 6th man of the year award, was totally faded by his teammates upon receiving said reward. Apparently, only Zsa Zsa and Randolph Morris showed up to the award ceremony. Sekou also pointed out that the Bucks are running some very basic rotations to get their guards isolated on our bigs and Woodson has done nothing to counter this. My buddy and I were amazed at how many times the Bucks had wide open 3 pointers. They just move the ball until they get the matchup they want and the Hawks have simply not adjusted.
But given that, they are the #3 seed and so they should have some ability to win one FREAKING game on the road. (1-10 in their last 11).
So some of you may remember right before Spring Training I broke out in hives on my face. Tonight, the first game I’m not able to atleast listen to a portion of and what happens? Hives…in the exact same spots. Maybe I DO need professional help!
Bub, I guess you watched the Lakers game. What a travesty. It’s hard not to root for the OK City, particularly against the Lakers. We were talking about the game on our call last night. I’ll bet Pau Gasol smells bad. All the time.
Bub – I was kidding last night. But now I’m not. We ARE back! OK, I’m still kidding a little. But these last two games, the team at least did what it should – beat up on a crappy team. And today (in person, no less) was just stupid good fun. 10 runs! 15 hits! 4 RBI for Glaus. Glimpses of what could be with this team.
Regarding the question of comments record – this has got to be it. I don’t know that we’ve ever broken 500 before.
I’m listening to the game. I only know we won, nothing else (I was with my dad today). It’s kind of cool. I think I’ll do it all year. Skip the losses and listen to the wins.
You wouldn’t believe how exciting it is, knowing we’ll win, just not knowing which batter it’ll be… and when. How relaxing it is when, for example, they hit into a double play last inning (I’m in the 2nd now) and I know… it doesn’t matter at all! Yay, double play! Who cares!
Hmmm… I wonder who will cause the win on offense… I predict:
Uh oh, better hurry up. “A duck on the pond for Heyward.” I’m gonna say… it’s not Heyward versus the lefty. At least not right here, his first time against Wandy.
So… let’s see… oops. Heyward singles. Ross up. I gotta hurry.
Okay… uh… Ross. I’ll say Ross does something right here. And… Glaus, since in rhymes. I’ll say Glaus and Ross do it up for the Braves.
Wait, one more: mmmmmm…. to heck with it, Jason Heyward.
If anyone tips me off, I’ll be furious. If you have to say something about _______’s big homer or go ahead double or whatever it was, in the next 3 hours, I expect a capitalized SPOILER ALERT. That is fair. I rock the comments section. Without me, you’d have, like, 13 comments.
Maybe Javy will return home in free agency. It’s a shame we don’t have the balls to trade Lowe and pay half his salary, then throw 10 or 11 mill a year at Javy. That’s only a net loss of 3 million or so to trade Lowe for Vazquez. Come ON, Wrenny wren wren!
Yes, it’s medicinal, NORMALLY, lol. I took it for a back injury three years ago, and even when I healed up, I kept filling my Rx. 8) Now I take it if I need to sleep early, which was the case last night to get up early to go see pops.
Only, 20 hours later, I’m still looooooooooooooooopy. Maybe I should have only taken one.
(A man confident in his masculinity can use emoticons all. day. long. You should see me in a pink Izod. *sings “take me on” by A-HA.*)
Hudson with a hit! Is it Hudson? Is he the hero. No, don’t tell me.
Lowe will pitch his best game (fewest earned runs, that is) on Sunday and Braves complete the sweep. In other words, that’s how bad the Astros are.
Being the enormous dork that I am, just watched Iron Man again in prep for 2 coming out next week. What an absolutely enjoyable and substantive superhero flick. Except for the end with how he kills Jebediah – makes zero sense and is pretty lazy.
A very disturbing trend I’m noticing watching Lowe’s last two starts on gameday, and now this one. When Lowe is on, he hits the bottom stripe of the zone with a ton of sinkers. But even that isn’t producing ground outs as consistently as last year. Decent hitters are serving pitches in that spot over the infield’s heads for singles.
And then, when Lowe misses high with that sinker, he’s getting destroyed. Really crushed. I would gusess that 50% or higher of Lowe’s sinkers that don’t hit that bottom stripe, but are in the zone, are hammered. So, it’s like, when his location is perfect, he’s only decent. And when it’s off, he’s terrible.
Will, if you’re swiping slow enough to count your too slow. I have learned that if you watch the screen after you “refresh” it will flash the bottom of the screen. Tap the screen at that exact point in time and it stays toward the bottom which =little scrolling.
You’ve never been more correct. “And now to the… [awkward pause like you're talking to somebody on the phone who gets a beep that interupts their voice] … top of the order brings up [voice becoming frightened] Bourne.”
Lowe getting hit harder. Way to follow up your impossible DP.
Second time it jumped to the bottom – you are right. But first time i had to scrolllllll. then iphone froze…its 4 in the a.m. here. In laws house…. woke up to go to bathroom. Cant get back to sleep…Check on Bravos. Hi everybody! Two in a row . Yahew!
For what it’s worth, I hate the red jerseys. In fact, when I was walking through the mall and saw the game on a TV from afar, the first thought in my mind was “Those burnt orange Astros’ jerseys are terrible.”
We could hit 700 posts if we tried. Who wants to talk about… Jason Hewyard???
Walks: 70 (current pace = 98)
Homers: 37 (yup, I’ve officially lost my mind) (current pace = 49 hrs)
Doubles: 38 (current pace = 21, but some of his homer pace will land over here)
RBI’s: 140 (current pace = 140. Why not?)
That’s nice stuff from the Astros’ fans. Did anyone see Baseball Tonight that night to see what the national reaction was? I don’t remember seeing a move like that from many players, let alone a rookie. Most guys just slam down their helmets.
I didn’t even know about it till I saw that Astros thread.
Somebody needs to be chronicling the great Heyward moments before we lose track.
Opening day homer.
Walk off hit vs. Rox.
Tie homer vs. Phils.
Tip of Cap on robbed homer.
Shaving Cream-Face smiles.
Busting the window & denting other cars in ST.
Hitting the ball back at TP and then dodging the pitch behind him in ST BP.
First ST homer: monster blast off Scherzer.
Those are my favorite 8, I think. Oh, man you know what would be awesome? A YOLA site dedicated to chronicling this. We could link and/or copy-paste articles on his moments and post pictues. If I build the site and give you all passwords, will you take some shifts with me maintaining it? Two week shifts or so?
So I was hanging out with a Cubs fan and a Phillies fan tonight and they started bashin my Braves which pissed me off. It’s one thing for us to knock ‘em around but when fans of other teams do it I get angry. It made me hope they continue this winning streak.
Leah, if you fast forward the condensed game to the 11th minute, you should be able to catch the Heyward cap tip. He actually takes his cap all the way off and raises it to Pence. But you have to keep your eyes on Heyward while the camera is centering on the outfield.
Mara, I’ve never seen a Mexidog, so I’m not sure what I’d be getting into. On the other hand (which is what people used to say instead of “that said”) as much as I love hot dogs of any kind, I only allow myself a few a year, including the ones that I eat at Turner field. So, what’s in ‘em?
Mara, I think you can probably change your name now. I know my clouds have turned to sunshine with this thought. . . . The Braves are due! I mean, we have too many hitters who are capable of hitting 280+ to not have a dramatic upswing soon. I can’t wait to see the other end of this downswing. All of the players I wanted to trade last weekend seem to have already gotten the memo: Glaus, Cabrera, McClouth, and maybe even Lowe. I already had faith in the rest of our underachievers. I also heard that the Yankees went on a 0 for 9 slump last year.
Anne – my kids did run the bases this afternoon. It was awesome. They could not have loved it more and it was cool coming out of the tunnel where the grounds crew dwells. A really terrific deal that the Bravos offer.
And, no love for my 4 – 0 record when attending at the Ted? 4 AND OH!!!!