May 09, 2010

Show #106: The Braves’ Offensive Woes Continue

Should the Braves fire Terry Pendleton?  Wagner’s 400 saves.  McCann’s eyes.  And proposed lineup changes.


 

 

504 Responses to “Show #106: The Braves’ Offensive Woes Continue”

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    McOut Says:

    Great show guys. I have now watched a no hitter on tv and listened to one on the radio thanks to the Rays and Braves. I think the fire TP meter has to be at like 5 for the Braves. I just think there’s no way Bobby will let it happen. We go 3-3 on next stretch. H and H both win. Yovani Gallardo probably has a really good shot at throwing a no no on Wednesday. The Hamburglar will lose, as will KK. Both probably give up homers to KJ. We lose 2 to D’backs at home. I pray Heyward and Yunel are back soon.
    Proposed Lineup:
    1. Infante LF/IF
    2. Prado 2B
    3. Chipper 3B- He won’t be moved unless it’s his call….
    4. McCan’t C- If he can see…….
    5. Heyward RF- Best 5 since Justice
    6. Escobar SS- If people pitch around Heyward it will motivate Yunel to burn ‘em.
    7. Glaus 1B- Mr. Singles gets more RBI opportunities here
    8. McOut/Schafer CF- whenever Schafer is ready it’s his. McOut is annoying. SWING DUFUS!
    9. P- No way Bobby Cox goes against the book and bats a pitcher 9

    *What’s the word on Freeman. Can he play 3rd. I feel like even if he is called up to play off our bench and spot start it could be good for him. When he’s ready. Obviously if he still needs as many ABs as possible he should stay in AAA. I heard he’s been hurt, though. I think we’ll see him in ATL by end of Summer. Maybe sooner rather than later if Glaus starts hitting .190 again…..

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    McOut Says:

    I would consider flip flopping McCan’t C and Heyward in above lineup. Heyward would be nice protection for Chipper Dorn… if he’s healthy. I would like to see the KK and Medlen swap soon, maybe even this week. I also wouldn’t mind seeing what one of our high minors guys could do in a start, and maybe stick the Hamburglar in the pen. Maybe they should send the Hamburglar to a sports psychiatrist like they did with Smoltzie. They could probably find a Japanese-speaking therapist for KK, too. Anything… I pretty much put them in the same category as Blow-Blow: guaranteed to lose if started.

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    McOut Says:

    Did anybody see the look on KK’s face and his body language after his last inning? The guy looked completely defeated. I think he might be done in terms of confidence. He looked like he didn’t understand why he was still being sent out there by Cox. He had the same body language in his last AB, too. I just felt really sorry for the guy… Then I remembered that he is getting paid like 8 million and yelled,”Your supposed to be a Major Leaguer!” at the T.V. set. I’ve been yelling that a lot lately. I think my neighbors are concerned.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    In response to the “maybe TP has been saying all the right things but they’re not listening,” I have to throw in Kelly Johnson again. Kelly did listen, and the advice was very public. The advice was also very bad, and wrecked his patience and rhythm.

    So, I think that in addition to losing the players’ respect, he’s also just bad.

    Re: McCann’s eyes, my right eye has been fuzzing over again. Major blurs this morning. With the baseball gods obviously messing with me as it is (screw the Rays), I swear McCann has this. Nothing from DOB in return, I’m gonna assume it’s the brush off.

    I can’t accept any knock on McCann’s character at this point, and shame on you for calling him selfish knowing only a handful of facts. He’s made a ton of responsible and wise decisions as a player here and has kept the best head on his shoulders in the whole dugout. If McCann actually does have O.R., it’s easy to understand why he didn’t know how to respond to this extemely disappointing development. It comes and it goes. It messes with your head. Can I see that straight? Seems like I can. No maybe that’s fuzzy. And you blink and it’s gone. Blink again and it’s back. Again, I don’t know that he has this, but it’s not black and white.

    Think of the extra work he’s done, how far he’s gone above and beyond to make improvements – while things were going WELL– AND while no contract decision is anywhere in site. Brian McCann trying to get through his baffling eye problem privately, even assuming it’s been an error in judgment, doesn’t merit that strong a language. Weight problem? Worked like hell on it. Defensive problems? Took yoga. Working his tail off. Eye trouble? TWO surgeries. No leadership from Chipper? Timid as he naturally is, he stepped up and gave the talks. Money? See Joe Mauer.

    He isn’t above criticism, but you guys unloaded some major barrels on the guy’s character, which isn’t deserved.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    My Lineup:

    1. Chipper
    2. McLouth
    3. Melky
    4. Pitcher
    5. Diaz
    6. Conrad
    7. Glaus
    8. Hinske
    9. McCann

    Prado and Heyward need to be benched. Tired of all this “hope” sh*t every time they come up to bat. Every pitcher can’t be Jamie Moyer, and when they groove pitches at regular speed, no “trick speed,” if you’ve got Heyward or Prado up there, you can end up with runs. If they think we can sit on this early failure and be guaranteed the kind of laughable season that purges all the demons (and coaches) from this club, they’re crazy. Being a national joke takes concentration. Don’t let up now. Bench the rookie and the 2B before it’s too late.

    And quit taking chances with Kris Medlen. Far too strong a pitcher to be starting games. You can’t win a penant in May, but you can make it much harder to come in dead last. Call up Parr if you need to.

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    Hamfounded Says:

    Bub- upon re-listening to the show – I agree, I was a little hard on McCann. The whole situation is just so frustrating. I think he has good character and is a hard worker, but I can’t believe he put the team’s fortune in jeopardy b/c he was hiding an injury. Certainly you can’t point to any one thing that is causing the atrocities that are happening day in and day out, but Heap’s pride is a part of the problem. I certainly wouldn’t say that he intentionally is sabotaging the Bravos, and his intent is to do the best for the ballclub. BUT the results are obvious. He should at least let the coaches know (if he didn’t already) – let them make the “best” decision for the team. Then again, maybe he doesn’t have faith that the coaches know what the best decision for the team is.

    I really can’t stomach another losing week. Please for the love of Nokahoma, at least split this week.

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    Hamfounded Says:

    Also, Bub. Any way that you could start rooting for the Phillies? You seem to have a special touch. (twss)

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    Steve Says:

    Regarding my unloading on McCann, I stand by it. His actions were indefensibly selfish and misguided as I see it. And, all the more upsetting and shocking exactly because of the things that Bub listed. He IS seemingly the best character/leader guy on the team. So how could he act in such a way? Honestly, I have no idea how it’s not a bigger story.

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    Willhasnofancyniknamelikeyouseothersillys Says:

    The braves sux, Lowe sux, Chppr sux, McCann sux, TP sux, Bobby Sux, Lost sux, the economy sux. Still we tune in every day…

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    Will Says:

    just watched Lost again, as promised…..good on the plot development, action sequences, etc…..(as i said the first time)… but goddd, i had to fast forward thru quite a bit…paaaainfully maudlin stuff. I may downgrade my rating. B-/C+. GO BRAVES!

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    When I listened to the show I was right there with you guys on McCann. I was hurt by his negiligence. But when I read Bub’s slap on the wrist I can see his point also (I know, women). I just think it’s terribly sad that he HAD to go tell somebody. I mean what’s the difference in his day/night BA? .200? Really? I guess if they had ever experienced something like this in the past. Oh wait…THEY DID!!! We all knew he was struggling and we even suspected his eyes were the culprit before he started wearing the glasses again. How daft does a coaching staff have to be. Sure, I think he should have said something weeks ago. I’m sure he would say the same. Hind sight is 20/20.

    Good show! Tonight’s pitcher for the Brewers has a 8+ ERA. Something good will come of tonight’s game. We’ll win or we’ll fix him.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    And…Will, you’re wrong. :)

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    Steve Says:

    Mara – it’s a good point about the coaching staff. How does no one on the staff ask McCann about his eyes, given the past history? I don’t think it removes any of the culpability from McCann, but it is unthinkably crazy on the coaching staff’s part.

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    McOut Says:

    I agree about McCann. Somebody should have known this was going on, or he should have let them know. This is the second year in a row a player has played hurt and ineffectively for a long stretch of time, and everyone’s acted liked no one knew about it: Schafer ’09, McCann ’10. It’s either idiocy on the part of the player or the manager and other coaches. Either way the Braves management looks like they don’t know how to run a team anymore. I don’t get the Kimbrel call up over Dunn, unless Dunn is hurt. I don’t understand how Conrad made the team over Thurston out of Spring, Thurston was hitting like .300 at the time while Conrad only .200, and one could argue Thurston is a better defensive player. Jo-Jo’s continued presence on the team out of Spring is moronic at best. Can anyone remember the last time that guy looked good in an appearance. I am of the mind that Hansom should have began the year in Atlanta last year, as was proven by his rapid success when he got here. When he came up he immediately became our most reliable starter behind Javy and JJ. It was obvious he was better than Lowe and KK. I really don’t think the brain trusts of the organization, in the front office and the dugout, have a firm grasp on who is on their team and what they are capable of… Adroys Vizcaino better be the next Tommy Hanson for the Vazquez trade to make sense. ragardless of what Javy is doing now, he was coming of a great year. We traded our best starter for the Yankees 7th or 8th best hitter. I just don’t understand how this team is run anymore. I will be even more baffled if JJ comes back and Medlen is moved back to the pen instead of KK making the obvious move to the pen. The Hamburglar deal is appearing to be worse than the Hampton deal with each start. At least Hampton gave us a chance to win when he actually played. I wish the Hamburglar would do the honorable thing and fake injury for the rest of the year.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Again, I’m not thrilled with McCann’s choice, I’m just amazed at the willingness to turn to this tone on the guy after the rare personal qualities he’s displayed as a ballplayer. Chalking it up to arrogance and pride when none of his other actions as a Brave fit that bill is rash. I’ve never been embarassed to think of any player we’ve taken to task hearing the podcast before. But I’d hate for McCann to hear such a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately attack on his character at the first evidence that he’s ever done anything this wrongheaded after such a stand-out track record.

    If you feel it’s “indefensibly selfish,” in the light of the two surgeries, the culture of this game, the pressure on his shoulders, and against the backdrop of his flawless character up till this point, you ought to at least frame your criticism with a few disclaimers. If you can’t listen to that podcast and pick up a certain wrongness to the attack, maybe I’m just being too sensitive. But I’ve never heard a ballplayer taken to task, in print or otherwise, and taken the side of the player. And I don’t have any can’t-do-wrong feelings on McCann (hate the way he dodges blocking the plate, by the way.) So, for the first time I find myself entirely uncomfortable with the way a criticism was handled. I can’t help thinking you got carried away in your frustration.

    What a great and valuable player, and all time rarity, character-wise, on the verge of possibly losing his brilliant career before it could blossom, to have such quick and uncareful words added to troubles. All his hopes and dreams as a ballplayer are possibly unravelling, all his aspirations threatened by some eye problem that won’t go away. Can you imagine the sinking feeling? He doesn’t even know what’s going on with it. When my O.R. was at its worst, I thought I was going blind, the progress was so rapid and erratic. It could be a perfect nightmare. (And it could also not be. He might not have these feelings at all. But have you considered it? It’s part of the big pile of facts we don’t know, isn’t it?)

    Add to this that he’s been in constant communication with his eye-doctor. He hasn’t been ignoring it. He’s been trying to address it privately. So, the question isn’t how much better he could have been playing if he’d told Bobby Cox’s confused old ass about it. He told his doctor about it. That’s how you get a medical problem fixed.

    The question is how much better Ross could have helped the team. Probably significantly better. And that’s why I agree it was a mistake.

    But, man what a forgivable mistake, from where I stand. And at least a mistake that should be surrounded by recognition of his outstanding character if its going to hit the airwaves. Not framed by a tone as acerbic as DOB bloggers (and most of even those guys give McCann the benefit of the doubt here, if that tells you anything.) Not on a show as classy as this one. Not in my opinion. But I don’t expect you to agree and I respect your stance. McCann’s not made of putty, I’m sure he can take it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, I’m sort of laughing at myself reading back over my post. I’ve unloaded on enough players without thinking twice. Maybe I do just love McCann. Oh well.

    It’s a nice speech, though, isn’t it? I thought I heard “Glory Hallelujah” while I was reading it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I listened again, and the “beyond that he hasn’t gotten enough credit” remark does qualify as a disclaimer like I was asking for. Beyond that, I’m more infuriated than before.

    It’s just wow, think of some of those barbs directed at you?

    “I’m blind in one eye, but I didn’t want to bring it up…” Damn.

    “I guess he thinks he’s being stoic…” Is that merited? Crap on that, man. That’s mocking him. How does Brain McCann deserve that?

    And imagine somebody reading your quotes in print with the mocking tone Steve gave to McCann’s “voice.” No, man. Over the line, to me.

    You guys honestly act like this is some kind of complete fall from grace or something. His eye is frigged up and he doesn’t know how to handle it. Ridiculous.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    OK PEOPLE! We’re all a little frustrated. One of the reasons I love this forum is because we all care…even when we don’t want to. We can’t help it. One of the reasons I love the podcast week after week is it feels like three friends getting together to talk about baseball and I just get to sit in and listen and learn. I don’t have friends (besides all of you) who care a frickity frick about baseball much less the Braves. When the hosts get together I’m sure being sensitive to a player isn’t on the formost part of their temporal lobe. Especially when we are all clearly sad, disheartened, frustrated…fill in the (blank) preferrably using a really bad dirty word. No, we don’t know what McCann’s been through over the last few weeks and I’m sure it’s been difficult. That difficulty no doubt was heightened by a lack of confidence in the coaching staff. Maybe he thought to himself, “self, why the hell should I tell those guys. So bobby can make me bat leadoff?” Bubalicious, I’m not saying you don’t have a point and Hammy already apologized. I think we can all agree that post #5 is damn funny.

    Now everybody go to your rooms!!!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “I’m not saying you don’t have a point and Hammy already apologized.”

    I’m not asking anybody for an apology. They gave their opinion and I commented on it in the comments section. Steve stood by his stance. I re-listened to the podcast and said more.

    I’ll let it go. I’m not trying to start a big thing. I just felt compelled to defend McCann a bit, admitting I’m being overly sensitive (and hyporcritical) in doing so. It’s not like I’ve done this ever before or am likely to do it again.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “When the hosts get together I’m sure being sensitive to a player isn’t on the formost part of their temporal lobe.”

    And for the first time, that approach got to me a little. That’s all.

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    McOut Says:

    I love McCann, too, Bub, in the same awkward way I love Chipper Dorn and Hanson. That’s why I get frustrated with Chipper and Mac. I will stop calling him Mc Can’t from now on; however, I think Hamburglar is up there with Kung Foo Panda in terms of nicknames for ballplayers, and who can resist calling McClouth McOut?
    Anyway, I think we all expect so much out of B-Mac, and when revelations about his half-blindedness are coupled with his struggles, then it makes it easy to attack him. He is so crucial to this team’s success. They proved last year that they can win while not having Chipper Dorn in full form. They look like a really bad team with a struggling/hurt Escobar, 1/2 blind McCann, hurt J-Hey, and hurt JJ. We can’t really be that surprised that they’re struggling without all of those guys. We can be frustrated with Cox’s lineup moves, though. Not playing Hinske yesterday is clear evidence of his ineptitude. The best Braves teams were always the ones that Bobby could just sit back and watch and not tinker with. How does Conrad get a start off the bench in front of Hinske? I would say starting Diaz or Melky over Hinske is also a mistake. In fairness to Wren, when he acquired Melky he said the guy would be a good 4th outfielder. He never said everyday outfielder, which is what Cox thinks he is for some reason unbeknownst to any rational human being. We got Doug Davis tonight, who is a lefty with a very high ERA. I am worried…
    My Lineup:
    1. Infante SS
    2. Prado 2B
    3. Dorn 3B- If he can play
    4. Glaus 1B
    5. McCann C- I wonder if we might see Ross, though.
    6. Hinske LF- confident he can hit a lefty better than any OFer not named Heyward
    7. Diaz RF- Why Not? Gotta figure he’s due to crush a lefty.
    8. McLouth CF- We will need his glove in this series
    9. Big Red P

    *In fairness to Bobby, trying to make a good lineup out of what we have available is difficult. In fairness to Yunel, Melky needs to be benched for his boneheadedness.

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    McOut Says:

    Using the same lineup in Friday’s debacle that you used in Thursday’s debacle is pretty bad, too. We wouldn’t have even scored Thursday were in not for Zimmerman’s defense, which somehow really impressed Cox based on his post-game quotes. Cox’s final season is starting to remind me a lot of Bobby Bowden’s final season at FSU. His last four or five years are also reminiscent of Fulmer’s last years at UT. All three had a lot of questionable coaching decisions and a lot of post-game interviews that left you scratching your head saying, “Huh, what game was he watching?” and “Does this guy know what he’s doing?”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    McOut, if you’d been longer, you would really see how willing I am to mock players myself. It’s a complete joke that I’m taking this motherly stance with McCann. Can’t excuse or explain it. McCann, to me, just really is that rare and special personality that deserves extreme care by the fans.

    But hell, I don’t know him except from interviews. As Black Francis said, “I’m an idoloter to the t*ts.” I demonize with my left hand and hero-worship with my right. So, just ignore me. :)

    That goes for everyone. Damn team has me in fulltime freak out mode.

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    Hamfounded Says:

    Don’t apologize, Bub. It is good dialogue. I think we are all there with you (the fulltime freak out mode). At least it shows we still care.

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    McOut Says:

    Bub, I hear ya’. I find mocking them is a cathartic process by which I accept them for how bad they truly are. Thus, I use McOut, McCan’t, Melk-Dud, Mr. Singles, Hamburglar, and Dorn, Larry, Limper or Lipper for Chipper. A name for KK is still in the works. I frequently, out of lack of my own creativity, absorb good nicknames I’ve stumbled upon through reading funny blogs on how bad the team really is. I respect your motherly stance, though. BMac is a four time All-Star.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I found this cathartic. Can’t think of a more vivid encapsulaton of baseball’s frustrating side.

    (strong language)

    <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S0CDtEz_Bo

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    Bubdylan Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S0CDtEz_Bo

    There, that’s clickable.

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    Curthlic Says:

    To jump into the fray, I just listened to the show again and I honestly don’t feel like we crossed a line. I think if you look at ABT’s history, our love for McCann has been overt. We are constantly singing his praise, as well we should. He is a once in a lifetime player and we all deeply appreciate that. But what he has done in this current situation is not above criticism. I don’t see that we were impugning his character, but simply questioning his decision making. It was irresponsible at the least to continue playing in his condition. If it had been a wrist or knee could we have criticized him? If it had been Chipper with eye problems and done this would you jump to his defense? In my heart, I think that McCann felt that he was putting the team first by playing through it. I believe that that is the type of guy he is. But in his stoicism, he let his better judgement slip. I am certainly not trying to make light of his problem. I understand the seriousness of it. I had lasik a year and a half ago and I have days where my eye is fuzzy, where it won’t focus properly, where it is red and irritated all day for no reason. It’s a real thing to me. And I can’t imagine if I had a job like his and what rides on his ability to see. It’s troubling to even imagine what he must be thinking about. But that does not excuse a poor decision to continue to play when he physically could not. He’s hurt. And the love that the fans have for him would have allowed them to accept his absence due to his vision problems. Without question. I have no idea if the team kept sending him out there knowing he had this problem and hoping he could get through it. If they did, shame on them. But I don’t take back what we said. And again, if this is Chipper or Glaus with the same problem, Bub you would leading the call for retribution.

    Chipper willingly moved to left field to accomodate the team and promptly tore his hamstring. He direptitiously impacted his future in baseball and probably shortened his career as a result. Yet, everyone craps on him without question. All his injuries, his leadership, and I lead that chorus. Bub, you dump on Smoltz every chance you get. He had 57 arm surgeries, moved back and forth from the bullpen. All for the team. He could have remained a dominant closer, but he saw a need for a starting pitcher and moved back knowing that his arm might explode again. I know you freely admit that you might be acting a tad bit hypocritical here, and I admire your defense of McCann, as noted we all love him, but is there not any part of you that thinks he deserves some criticism for this? I don’t know if it is arrogance or pride or what on his part, I think he believes he is doing it for the team. No one knows except him and his doctors. I hope the glasses work and he is back to form as the best catcher in baseball.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Thanks Bub…that actually made me feel better. I wanna hear somebody go on a rant like that from our team. Anybody!

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    McOut Says:

    We get to see the Moyer/Olsen lineup in action again tonight. Is this really happening again? How is Melky not benched for his mental error, but Yunel is benched more than anyone since Klesko or Andruw. Unbelievable. I will never understand the enigma that is Bobby Cox. I guess we know no what he is w/o 3 HOFers, the manager of a last place team and a moron. I feel sorry for Eric Hinske. That guy is getting benched for 3 guys hitting below .200. I don’t understand it. How is this coaching staff getting away with this crap? IMO, We are quickly becoming the LA Clippers of baseball.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “And again, if this is Chipper or Glaus with the same problem, Bub you would leading the call for retribution”

    My whole entire argument is that McCann is different from Chipper, Glaus, or Smoltz. What is unclear about that?

    “you dump on Smoltz every chance you get.”

    First, if you can conclude Smoltz was a team player, go for it. I waited a long, long time to come to my conclusions about John Smoltz. My distaste for his character was hard won.

    Also, it’s not quite every chance I get. My most recent comment on Smoltz here was how well he came off on the Dan Patrick show.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I have never been more thankful for page divisions in my life!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Look, forget everything I said. Let me restate it with a calmer tone, alright? I’ve been all over the place. And this really will be the end of what I say, no matter what the response is.

    McCann has given us five years of exceptional hard work and put on display one of the top characters in baseball. So much so that he’s at the top of the list of players that non-Brave fans like. Every time you turn around, he’s doing or saying something that makes you proud to have him.

    After five years of that, his first dumb decision is met with the same kind of mocking, belittling criticism that, in my opinion, should be reserved for players you’re “fed up” with. It’s too quick to let these kinds of dogs loose on such an oustanding player’s motivations, character, etc, after he’s shown nothing but near perfection, character-wise, for five years.

    To me, it’s like, if your kid comes home his senior year with his first D after four years of straight A’s, constant honors, school president, etc, and you go off on him to the tune of, “Boy, I guess you thought you were being all ______ or whatever. I had such hopes for you, and now this?” McCann’s got like 50 or 60 A’s and one D. Come on. Also, he’s 26. Remember 26? It’s not the same as 36. To me, it’s a sin to lay it on him that thick, in light of all the facts.

    The End (of my side).

    Go Braves.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    You know, I can’t remember when I crossed the line where I was suddenly willing to be so ungracious to people online. Yuck.

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    Curthlic Says:

    Bub, it’s an honest and thoughtful debate. As I said, it’s great that you feel so strongly for McCann. I think we all do. His contributions have been nothing but exceptional. He is the guy I root for above all others. And perhaps because of that, we expected more. I’m excited that he is getting the issue rectified. I’m ready for him to contribute again.

    Our job is to drive conversation. The McCann story was a big one. It was the first time we had ever even thought about questioning anything he has done. Might be the last. And it might be a microcosm of our frustration with the whole team.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    My sister has been calling KK “Kitchen Comma Car Keys.” I love my sister.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    The hits just keep on coming. From DOB:

    “Not good news on Jurrjens, whose hamstring tightened badly when he was running on field to test it while ago. He went straight to training room and they’re having their pre-series scouting meeting, so still haven’t gotten a chance to talk to Jurrjens or to Cox about the pitching plan, because coaches were meeting right up to the regular scouting meeting.”

    This is really bad. To me, we still don’t have an all-clear on his arm. And we won’t know until his hamstring recovers. Would be just awful to not get him back for another month just to discover his arm is goofed.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    2nd go round made a lot more sense…FYI.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    We can’t say much but our players DO stay awake during games.

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    McOut Says:

    Sounds like JJ might be out for a while….

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    Curthlic Says:

    Is batting .203 against lefties as a team good?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, it’s VERY good.

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    Paper bag over my head Says:

    It’s good for the lefty pitcher.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I think the Braves are just kidding around. They’re messing with us. In the post game after tonight’s game, Chipper’s gonna smile at the camera and say, “get it?”

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    welcome back bub.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    That was a great catch…to state the obvious.

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    McOut Says:

    We got a run!

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    There’s McCann’s D. He found it!

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    Curthlic Says:

    I LOVE MCCANN

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    Curthlic Says:

    Glaus blowing?

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    McOut Says:

    Mr. Singles, “I gotcha single right here, punk!” (Smashes Homer)

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Who’s that giant of a man? I don’t recognize him!

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    Curthlic Says:

    Drop your plow Mac

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I have a new head I want to roll. Arg.

  55. 55
    Curthlic Says:

    Not even close. Terrible call

  56. 56
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Funny tweet Curt. I’m making peach muffins for my son’s State Report tomorrow. Guess which state?

  57. 57
    Paper bag over my head Says:

    Why no argument from Bobby on the play at 3rd. It’s the one thing he’s good at.

  58. 58
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Love me some Prado!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. 59
    McOut Says:

    Prado with a GRANNY! Yes sir!

  60. 60
    McOut Says:

    Brooksie for Dorn…… Hinskie plays 3rd, just sayin….

  61. 61
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Let’s all send Bobby Cox sublinminal messages. “Hinske, hinske, hinske”. He can play 3rd…right?

  62. 62
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Paper Bag, are you Kathryn? There was a great deal of name changing going on and I lost track. I apologize.

  63. 63
    Curthlic Says:

    Yes, he can.

  64. 64
    Bubdylan Says:

    Bobby Cox hearing a subliminal message:

    “Terry, do you hear somebody saying “Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey?”

  65. 65
    McOut Says:

    I think Bobby’s just really locked into having Hinske just be a pinch hitter. He could be like another Infante, though. Conrad seems more like a poor man’s Keith Lockhart. But we are up 7, can’t complain too much. I’m glad they didn’t do what they did against Moyer/Olsen last week. Everyone seems to have somewhat of an approach at the plate. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chipper get a lot of days off when Escobar gets back. Wasn’t Freeman signed as a 3B?

  66. 66
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Tommy’s trying to avoid Braun’s elbow. He’s so polite.

  67. 67
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    He looks hurt.

  68. 68
    McOut Says:

    How tall is Hanson? I just saw the Prado highlight online, and Infante and McOut looked like his little brothers standing next to him LOL

  69. 69
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I don’t know how tall he is but he looks damn good. On-the-field!

  70. 70
    Rev Says:

    I’m right here in the room.

  71. 71
    McOut Says:

    Hanson is the man.

  72. 72
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Lol.

  73. 73
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    How long will Bobby leave him in? Pitching a shutout…pitch count 70 something or other. He’s not at 80 yet is he?

  74. 74
    Blurb Dylan Says:

    That was his 88th pitch, the out pitch to Escobar. Not that I’m tuned into this game.

  75. 75
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Of course not. He’s starting to look tired. Nicely done Cabrera…

  76. 76
    Curthlic Says:

    In other news, Hawks have mailed it in yet again

  77. 77
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Oh dear. Sorry Curt.

  78. 78
    Blurb Dylan Says:

    I really thought the Hawks would lose by more. Didn’t think they’d put up much fight already down 3.

  79. 79
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    If you live close to Atlanta be sure and get your oil changed at Express Oil…TOMORROW!!! May be your only chance for a long while.

  80. 80
    Blurb Dylan Says:

    Express Oil’s “Man of the Year, 2010″ is…. *opening envelope* … Terry Pendleton!

  81. 81
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I think TP may be on payroll.

  82. 82
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I hope Tommy throws a complete shutout.

  83. 83
    Steve Says:

    Mara – was that really your husband making an appearance?

    How unbelievably good does 7 runs feel? I can’t even get my head around it. And 2 homeruns? in one inning, no less?

  84. 84
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I don’t want to be greedy but more hits please!

  85. 85
    Blurb Dylan Says:

    2 of the 3 “Top Performers” on ESPN’s baseball page: Prado and Hanson.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/

  86. 86
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    AND PRADO…with a grandslam. No Steve…that was an imposter. However, I have caught him checking you guys out. I told him he can’t look at the message board and not post a comment. That’s like eavesdropping.

  87. 87
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Come on MAC!

  88. 88
    Somebody Says:

    “However, I have caught him checking you guys out.”

    Glad I let the “peach muffin” comment go.

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    Curthlic Says:

    Not to pick a nit, but 6 hits?

  90. 90
    Curthlic Says:

    And to answer an earlier question, Hanson is probably 6’5″ or so. He’s what we call tall

  91. 91
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I don’t know why but that run means a lot to my psyche.

  92. 92
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Somebody is bad…as I shake with laughter. Nice filter.

  93. 93
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Anybody notice J-Hey has had his batting gloves on for the past two games…in the dugout?

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    Hanson+Heyward=World Series Ring Says:

    “Not to pick a nit, but 6 hits?”

    Would you rather that they swing at pitches out of the strike zone? Don’t forget that there’s also the 8 walks and a hit by pitch. So 15 total baserunners.

  95. 95
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    That would have been an awesome catch. There goes the shut out.

  96. 96
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    That was fun. Let’s do it again tomorrow! Yeah yeah yeah…I here ya.

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    Hanson+Heyward=World Series Ring Says:

    Another fun fact about tonight’s game: Hanson became the first Braves starting pitcher to have a scoreless outing all year. Before tonight, the Braves’ starting pitcher gave up at least one run, earned or unearned, in every game.

    Cleveland and Cincinnati are the only other two MLB teams who haven’t had a scoreless appearance by a starter yet this season.

  98. 98
    McOut Says:

    Hanson is amazing. I am so excited about J-Hey playing tomorrow. Go Braves!
    Lineup: Infante, Prado, Chipper, Glaus, McCann, Heyward, Melky, McLouth, Hudson. I think Heyward is going to give the Braves an extra boost tomorrow for a W. They need to get this one because Gallardo vs Hamburglar is a tough matchup for the Braves.

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    Paper bag over my head Says:

    The 15 million dollar man vs Dallas Braden’s grandma would be a tough matchup for the Braves. It’s hard to win when your starter gives up at least 5 and only pitches 5 innings or less every start.

  100. 100
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    100 wahoooooooooooo!!!!

  101. 101
    Will Says:

    one hundred and first!!!!!!!!

  102. 102
    Bubdylan Says:

    one hundrad and third!!!!!!

    DOH!

  103. 103
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    How fun is it to WANT to watch Sports Center and Baseball Tonight? Very fun! That’s how fun! I know we still suck, dude can’t pitch, Brewers stink at home… I can’t help it. I WANNA SWEEP! Can’t wait to see J-Hey bat. Speaking of…gotta watch ESPN at 7 tonight.

  104. 104
    McOut Says:

    This month will tell us a lot about how bad the Braves really are. They are bad, as April showed us fans quite clearly. Our next opponents are Brewers (2), B’backs (3), Mets (2), Reds (2), @Pirates (3), @Fla (3), Pit(4). None of those teams are currently seated higher than 3rd in their respective divisions. Even a mediocre team should probably win all of those series, even the 2 game series with Cinci and the Mets. In june we get more Phillies, a lond road trip with LAD, D’backs, Twins. Then we’re home for Rays and Royals. Then road for White Sox. Then home for Tigers and Natinals. The Braves should probably try to get hot in May because June is going to be a tough month given the long road trip and interleague play, which the Braves usually do so well in, right? Hey, at least we get the Royals this year. We have a schedule this year, aside from most of May, that could put us well out of it by the All Start break. Time to stay hot Braves- if you can count one game as being hot.

  105. 105
    Bubdylan Says:

    Good post, McOut.

    I look for the Braves’ offense to come alive soon, and put up 4 runs per game. But I also look for Lowe, and especially Kawakami, to continue giving up 4+ runs in starts of about 6 innings. So, all in all, I would expect about a .500 record in those games. Chavez has returned to Spring Training form. Medlen is not available to bridge those short outings by pitchers to Wagner. Moylan’s scuffling a bit. I look to start losing more 6-4 games, instead of 3-2. Unfortunately.

    Where’s Escobar? Does he play for the Braves anymore? Anyone know?

    A line-up that could play .600 ball against those teams, but which they’ll never do:

    1. Infante
    2. Hinske
    3. Prado
    4. Heyward
    5. Ross
    6. Glaus
    7. McLouth
    8. Diaz/Melky

    Who could have conceived that Chipper, McCann, and Escobar would all three flop around like this for a month+?

    The Glaus acquisition reminds me more and more of the Kotsay deal. (Minus Kotsay’s great attitude.) Injured star makes … sort of … a comeback. Numbers aren’t great, but decent production in spurts. Some nice moments. Nothing to stack the team around.

  106. 106
    McOut Says:

    Paper bag, pretty funny post. I would definitely put my money on Braden’s G-Ma vs the Hamburglar, maybe good pitching runs in her family. If the Hamburglar continues to struggle, then the players should make him carry a purse everywhere he goes, even out to the mound. I bet Hamburglar and KK are in the clubhouse having a tea party and combing their dolls hair while they tell stories to each other about each individual doll. That’s what my nieces do, so I imagine those two girls doing the same thing. I imagine the whole thing gets pretty awkward for KK’s translator.

  107. 107
    Bubdylan Says:

    While Jurrjens is on the DL, they need to be MRI’ing the heck out of his right arm. His MPH were down again in the last game before the injury. Just saying. It won’t cost anything (well, okay, MRI’s are pricey, but not in Baseball LaLa Land where these people live), and if he comes back mid summer just to pitch three games and then KABLOOEY, we lose two years instead of one.

  108. 108
    McOut Says:

    Bub, yeah I made the post trying not to think about JJ being out and KK and Hamburglar making regular starts. Esky’s back Saturday. I have a feeling Chipper Dorn will see more time off when Esky gets back:

    1. Infante 2B/LF
    2. Prado 3B/2B
    3. Glaus 1B
    4. Heyward RF
    5. Hinske/Chipper LF/3B
    6. Escobar SS
    7. McCann/Ross C
    8. McOut/Dud CF
    9. P

    If I had to do an everyday lineup. Mac doesn’t look good in middle of the order anymore. Chipper needs to ask to be moved. This lineup would never be used in a million years, but it’s fun to dream.

  109. 109
    McOut Says:

    Bub, I’m with you on JJ’s arm. He has nit thrown well all year. This is not turning out to be JJ’s year. It would be awful to get him back and find out he needs makor shoulder/arm surgery. They really need to figure that out because without him this pitching staff is probably below average ,even with Hanson and Hudson being so solid.

  110. 110
    Bubdylan Says:

    By the way, that homerun swing by Prado last night was a beautiful thing. Perfect swings like that one are what I live for. I’ll never forget the way Kelly’s swing looked on that jack versus Maine in NY. Wasn’t it a GS also?

    Anyway, just watched it again. A perfect swing, perfect crack off the bat. It’s been a long time since baseball made my heart flutter like that. I didn’t know Marteen had developed such a sweet, quiet stroke like that. I believe this kid is working his way into a permanent #2 spot. As in, for years to come.

  111. 111
    McOut Says:

    It would be nice to see Prado stay in the 2 spot for years. It would be nice to see Heyward be a pure 4, and then see Freeman come up and be a good 3. Our future at 2-5 could be Prado, Freeman, J-Hey, Mac, which is not too shabby. A lot of people don’t like Escobar, but I think he can still become a great SS and good 6 hitter. I think this organization needs to establish a good core. That’s what the Phillies have when you look at Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, and Werth. All 5 are around the same age, early to mid 30s, and have been instrumental in their recent success. If you have a lineup like that and a couple great starters and 3 other good pitchers you can compete every year. The Braves core 5 could be Heyward, Freeman, McCann, Prado, and Escobar with JJ, if he’s healthy, and Hanson being the two studs. I’m also excited to see Julio Teheran in Atlanta in a couple years. Teheran, Delgado, and Vizcaino appear to be the heirs to the pitching staff. I would count out Minor or Masters either. There’s a lot of good pitching on the farm. That’s the problem with being a Braves fan now, it seems like our best team is always a year or two away.

  112. 112
    McOut Says:

    Meant to say I wouldn’t count out Minor or Masters either.

  113. 113
    McOut Says:

    I guess I should realize the pitching staff might be in rough shape when all the pitchers I’m excited about can’t drink legally and are in the low minors.

  114. 114
    Bubdylan Says:

    Can’t wait to see Minor. He and Teheran seem like almost sure best to me now. (Minor with a much lower potential, of course, but I can’t see him not making it to the bigs).

    Can’t wait for Minor regardless, cuz it’ll be Pun City in the papers:

    “Minor to Majors”

    “Minor Miracle”

    “Minor Key to Victory”

    “Braves Win Behind Gold Minor”

    “Minor Bigger than Yours”

    “Hicks Picks Liner Off Minor, Saves Braves.”

    Okay… enough of that. But you’ve been warned. When he’s promoted… Katie Bar the Door.

  115. 115
    Fischerking04 Says:

    On the show you guys laughed about how much less pressure Melky is under now that he’s in ATL instead of NY. I couldn’t agree with that any less and the fact that it was kind of laughed at and then moved past I don’t know if you really gave it much thought.

    Sure the media in NY is extremely intense. But Melky was playing in a line up of perennial all stars. He didn’t have to do anything for weeks at a time and the rest of them could put up their typical numbers and no one would notice. Now he is on a team that is struggling offensively from top to bottom. Everything has to be scrutinized (including him) and there is no one to protect anyone in the line up.

    He was brought to this team with expectations. In NY he was way down on the team as far as guys that people expect production from. So I think he has a LOT more to feel pressure about now. And so far he hasn’t been able to produce despite that pressure.

  116. 116
    Bubdylan Says:

    Fischerking04, you make a good point. However, I’d say being a role player in Atlanta when the offense is struggling is almost equal to being a role player in NY with the offense doing well. Look at Javy Vazquez, he’s a role player of sorts, and they’re in first place, and he’s being booed off the field. I know he’s actually costing them games.

    But between Bobby’s lax attitude toward poor performance, and Atlantas dead last place (read: nobody cares), I gotta think the pressure is slightly diminished from NY. It’s not as if he came from NY as a #9 hitter and we’ve had him in the top of the line up (well, Bobby’s had a couple of brain farts, but what’s new?).

    Actually, when I watch Melky play, I see no “I feel pressure” about him at all. I see “Just happy to be here. Pass the cashews.”

  117. 117
    Curthlic Says:

    The point I was making is that there simply isn’t the scrutiny on the Braves that there is on the Yankees. In any fashion. The coverage of the Braves is basically one major paper, a couple of small sports talk radio stations, some local TV, and that’s about it. The coverage in NY is 1000x that. There are professional bloggers following the Yankees. The coverage of the Braves, should this continue, will disappear once football practice starts in Athens and Flowery Branch. ESPN personally carries half of the Yankees games.

    The expectations were pretty low for him. In fact, the main piece of the trade for Vazquez was Vizcaino, not Melky. He was brought in to be a 4th outfielder, not our savior. Even with him playing so poorly, the coverage of that has been pretty limited. He got hammered in NY when he played poorly. Everyone in NY knew who Melky Cabrera was, the only people in Atlanta who know him are Braves fans.

  118. 118
    Steve Says:

    Fischerking04… I don’t know. I guess it depends on what kind of player he is and what kinds of pressure affect him. The one newspaper town that is Atlanta, filled with non-head hunting type columnists, dials down the pressure. And the player’s manager of all player’s manager certainly dials down the pressure. And the small, not so vocal crowds at the Ted dial down the pressure also. That said, you’re right about being very much relied upon on a team that’s not delivering – and continuing to be trotted out there when you’re really scuffling (although that could be said for much of the team). But isn’t that the pressure that all players (should) feel?

  119. 119
    Steve Says:

    In other news – I’m really, really, really worried about JJ and what this means to the team’s fortunes (I know, but I couldn’t think of another word).

    Good to see Medlen get more starts, b/c I think he’s the real deal as a starter, but having to replace JJ? Bad stuff.

    Some guy on DOB’s blog last night, under the moniker In the Know, posted that JJ’s shoulder is injured and he’s going to miss the rest of the season. I realize this guy is more than likely NOT “in the know,” but – what if he is!?!?!?!? I got totally spooked by that post.

  120. 120
    Bubdylan Says:

    JJ missing this season doesn’t bug me too much. With Lowe and KK out there… what’s one more good starter? But my nightmare is that he could have already had whatever sugery could fix him for next April/May. And instead it’ll be next August before he returns. Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens, Meds, Minor/Lowe looks so much better than Hudson, Hanson, Meds, Minor, Lowe.

    (And no, I don’t think KK will begin 2011 as a starter. For whatever reason, he, like McLouth, gets less love from the organization somehow than the other flops.)

  121. 121
    Bubdylan Says:

    p.s. Shoulders worry me even more than elbows. Tommy John is so reliable. Shoulder injuries, not as much, from what I’ve seen (which isn’t much).

  122. 122
    Curthlic Says:

    Agreed. Elbows can be fixed, shoulders lead to dead arms. See Mark Prior

  123. 123
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Post 110…You had me at Prado. I like the thought of Hinske hitting behind Heyward. Please put somebody behind him. Go Braves!!!

  124. 124
    McOut Says:

    Didn’t JJ have shoulder issues before he came to Atlanta? He’s been great, but I think that was one of the negative knocks on him at the time of the Renteria trade. I hope he is alright. If he goes down for good this seasonand possibly next season could be over. Right now, with the upcoming schedule they’ve got, optimism is still hanging around for me. I think if he does return to form we could be a lot better as a result of his injury because it will force KK to the bullpen, but KK to the bullpen will hinge on Medlen having another good outing on the 18th and JJ coming back without any more issues. There would then need to be someone in management smart enough to say, “Hey our team is better with Medlen starting over KK.”
    BUT, The shoulder thing freaked me out when it first happened, and that was a while ago. To me, that issue has never been resolved because he hasn’t really had back to back good outings since the shoulder thing due to the hamstring thing, which sounds just about as good as the shoulder thing right now. This JJ-thing is a mess. I’m with Bub. The absolute nightmare scenario would be him going on like the 30 or 60 day DL for the hammy, and then finding out the shoulder is hurt too once he’s back and can start, which would probably lead to surgery in August or September. surgery that late would probably mean missing significant time missed in 2011. This is a complete disaster scenario that a lot of Braves fans are now playing out in their heads because we all remember Mike Hampton. One thing leads to another thing and then the guy doesn’t play at all for a couple years. It seems to happen with pitchers a lot these days. Remember that Mike Hampton was a Cy Young-caliber pitcher before his limp down injury lane. Alright, enough thinking about that. Go Braves!

  125. 125
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Holy Crap! Bobby must be standing on his head cause he totally flipped the lineup. I like it! Whose been crying for Prado to hit leadoff? Hmmmmmmmm? And Heyward finally at the top! Chip may be as old as Methuselah but teams aren’t going to walk Heyward to get to him. I don’t think.

  126. 126
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    And Hinske starting in LF. Everybody say hello to BC cause I swear he’s a fan of this podcast and forum.

  127. 127
    McOut Says:

    Gregor Blanco is now hitting .290 for the G-Braves and Schafer is up to AA on his rehab stint. At this rate we will could see one or both by June. It’s kind of ironic that we acquired McOut because Blanco and Schafer couldn’t cut it last year playing CF. A year later we might see Schafer and Blanco back in Atlanta because McOut can’t hit anything. It’s the circle of bad outfielders.

  128. 128
    McOut Says:

    what/where is the lineup for tonight?

  129. 129
    McOut Says:

    Just saw the lineup, I like it.

  130. 130
    Curthlic Says:

    I think I would prefer the Hamburglar hit the pen rather than KK. I know Car Keys is 0-12, but he has pitched better than that other guy. He’s giving up 4 runs, not 7.

  131. 131
    Steve Says:

    Here’s the lineup. Pretty exciting. And add Escobar to it this weekend …

    1. Prado 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Chipper 3B; 4. McCann C; 5. Glaus 1B, 6. Hinske LF, 7. Infante SS, 8. McLouth CF, 9. Hudson RH

  132. 132
    Steve Says:

    McOut – not sure about JJ having shoulder problems in Detroit. Any one?

  133. 133
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Switch Infante and Chipper and I’d really like it.

  134. 134
    Curthlic Says:

    Have you met Bobby Cox?

  135. 135
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Everybody talking about Griffey and how it’d be different if he wasn’t batting .208. Can he come sleep in our dugout?

  136. 136
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Dugout=clubhouse.

  137. 137
    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve & McOut, yes to the Jurrjens shoulder discomfort in Detroit. Can’t remember if he missed time or not, but I 100% remember thinking we got duped with a hurt pitcher for Renty, and I worried about him his whole rookie season.

  138. 138
    Bubdylan Says:

    Big surprise, Chipper hits worse than last year and backs out of the retirement talk before even coming out of his slump. I’d like some mad cred for calling this one. I even called the “I talked to my dad and…” part.

    So, next year, Chipper and Lowe team up to suck the team dry.

    Go Braves (2013)

  139. 139
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m officially grumpy. In one fell swoop, we find out a. Chipper’s not a man of his word, and b. Bobby isn’t willing to move him from the #3 spot even when he IS willing to put Heyward up top.

    Line up is awful. Getting Prado and Heyward the most at bats possible is all I like about it. Stubborn to keep Chipper at #3 and dumber that dirt to put McCann at #4 in a night game right now. Better hope Prado gets 3 hits and Heyward knocks him in 3 times.

    Not happy with this team. Not happy at all. What a disheartening freaking development. I wonder if the next manager will hit Chipper #3 no matter what.

    Go Braves.

  140. 140
    McOut Says:

    Curt, I agree about Car Keys starting over the Hamburglar. Realistically- these are the Braves we’re talking about- I see them putting Car Keys out there before said Hamburglar

  141. 141
    McOut Says:

    By “out there” I meant bullpen, therefore, car keys in pen before Hamburglar by Braves logic.

  142. 142
    McOut Says:

    There are only 2 guys hitting below .200 in our lineup! One of them is a P! Go Braves!

  143. 143
    Curthlic Says:

    Break up the Lumber Company

  144. 144
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Anybody watch E:60? So proud to be a Braves fan. Hope we doe something special tonight cause that guy in the number 2 spot deserves it.

  145. 145
    Curthlic Says:

    Bub, I’m with you. Infante should lead off, Prado, Glaus, Heyward, Hinske, McCann, Chipwich, McLouth, Hudson

  146. 146
    Bubdylan Says:

    “It was a true statement,” Jones said. “If I don’t play this game at the level I want to play it at, then I will walk away from it.”

    Most baffling to Jones was he couldn’t blame his decline — including slight dips in homers and RBI — on injuries. He played in 143 games — his high mark since 2003 — and had 488 at-bats. He finished with career-low totals of 18 homers and 71 RBI, down from 22 and 75 in 2008.

    Jones’ hits, runs, homers and RBI have declined two straight years. His 22 errors last season were his highest total since 25 in 2000.

    “I’m not going to stick around and be a role player. I’m not going to play the game just to earn a check. I want to produce. I want to be good. That’s all there is to it.”

  147. 147
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    New ATL lineup: 1. McLouth CF, 2. Prado 2B, 3. Heyward RF, 4. McCann C, 5. Glaus 1B, 6. Hinske LF, 7. Infante SS, 8. Conrad 3B, 9. Hudson RH

    Is that better?

  148. 148
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Switch Infante and McLouth pretty please?

  149. 149
    McOut Says:

    Just watched the Heyward E:60 segment. He’s a pretty amazing person. Definitely my favorite Brave.

  150. 150
    Bubdylan Says:

    If somebody doesn’t get mad with me, I’m going to staple myself in the head thirty times. I’ll do it.

  151. 151
    Curthlic Says:

    Maybe hoping to get McLouth more pitches with Prado behind him, same for the bottom of the lineup? I don’t know. Did Omar run over Bobbys cat?

    Bub, mad about calling out Chipper? I’m all with you my brother.

  152. 152
    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, whew. It’s a heavy duty stapler.

  153. 153
    Paper bag over my head Says:

    I’m not mad about what Chipper said.

  154. 154
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Had you threatened with a nail gun I’d have been right there with ya buddy.

  155. 155
    Paper bag over my groin Says:

    “I’m not going to play the game just to earn a check. I want to produce. I want to be good. That’s all there is to it.”

    When I said that, I meant… something else.

  156. 156
    Paper bag over my groin Says:

    Nice, McCann & Hinske.

  157. 157
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Hinske should play every-freakin-day. I was really hoping Conrad would walk.

  158. 158
    Bubdylan Says:

    Walking the pitcher to load bases = not good.

  159. 159
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Awe Huddy…

  160. 160
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Crystal Bowersox is singing on Fox right now Mr. Alicious.

  161. 161
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    hmmm…not her best work.

  162. 162
    Bubdylan Says:

    There’s a person really named that? Crystal Bowersox? Am I the only one who sees the nickname that MUST have haunted her in high school??

  163. 163
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Bub…no idea what you’re talking about but here’s a link to check out in between innings.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBbEEg9mJzY

  164. 164
    Bubdylan Says:

    Having a hard time hitting Bush.

    (twss)

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    Paper bag over my head Says:

    When did Chipper say he was definitely not retiring after the season? All he said was he feels good mentally and he’s not thinking about retirement right now. His swing feels good and he thinks the results will come. Do you want him to think he’s going to be bad all year? In August if Chipper’s playing as bad or worse than last year and he says he won’t retire, then I’ll be mad at him.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Alright, I’ll back up. I have said that Chipper will not keep his word, and that there’ll be a string of squirming comments that will end with some strained rationalization for him staying, no matter how poorly he performs. So, with today’s article, it just looks too much to me like we are going down that road, and even earlier than expected.

    But you’re right, he didn’t say he definitely wouldn’t. But if that’s not what is being suggested by this context:

    “Those wondering what’s going through Chipper Jones‘ head these days vis-à-vis the retirement possibility he mentioned last fall, well, you can stop wondering for the time being.

    Unlike during last season’s struggles, Chipper says he isn’t thinking retirement these days. He said he’s not thinking about walking away after the 2010 season.”

    But alright, I’ll admit there is room in that language for him to still claim “I’m not saying I won’t retire, I’m just not thinking about it right now.” So I’ll hush about it for now. But more is coming. And by more, I don’t mean more base hits.

    If I’m wrong, I’ll own up.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Glaus with the fancy leather.

    Hey, look at our hitters!

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    Curthlic Says:

    Omar, please send the “Sorry I killed your cat” card to Bobby. We need you in the lineup every day.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Can we trade Escobars?

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    So confused…that wasn’t a homer?

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    Tcc Says:

    Here we go Jason, Here we go!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good at bat. Down 0-2, works the count full. Hits a big foul. Pitcher all goofed up, doesn’t know what he wants to do. I love it. So, this is how the Cardinals feel every 9th at bat.

    Draws the walk. I love that man.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    poop pie

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Look alive, Bobby. Tim loses it fast around 80 pitches sometimes this year.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    coronary inducing bottom of the 5th.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    La BOOM!!

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    The Trojan’s stompin hops!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I wonder if we have the best back-up team in baseball. Infante, Hinske, and Ross are SSSSSSSSSOLID.

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    Tcc Says:

    Let’s keep the coronarys calm, please. Have an aspirin ready if needed. Go Braves!!!!!

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    show all Says:

    Not That calm, Huddrow…throw some strikes!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Glaus now hitting 7 points above his career average. On pace for 20 homers.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Is that like 5 highlight reel defensive plays?? Glaus has two. Conrad with one. Infante. What am I missing?

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    D is crazy tonight! Prado!!!

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    *grabs aspirin*

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    show all Says:

    Steady work.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I LIKE this lineup!

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    show all Says:

    Dear Santa, please for a B Mac Attackackackack!

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    show all Says:

    Thanks, Santa..that works!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Was that the “attackackackack” from the Billy Joel line?

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    show all Says:

    Corny, but yeah.

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    show all Says:

    Feeling much better about myself..and the world around me.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    If Hinske doesn’t start tomorrow I’m shaving my head.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    No, I like it.

    And I like me some Eric Hinske.

    3 players in the line up hitting over 300: Hinske, Heyward, and Prado.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    “Corny, but yeah.” Bubdylan just made a new friend.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    The 4H Club: Heyward, Hinske, Hanson, Hudson.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    That big yellow slide freaks me out.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    How are we beating the crap out of the Brewers? Weird.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    #195 is close to my heart but it leaves out Prado.

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    Steve Says:

    A truly satisfying night. I second Curt’s latest tweet – Glaus has been ridiculous at 1st. Double digit hits. And yeah Bub, really, really hope to see Hinske in there again tomorrow night.

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    McOut Says:

    I hope we see the same lineup tomorrow with the righty. I think Bobby likes the leadoff platoon of Omar/McOut. I don’t know why but he does. Hinske is the bomb. Our best 3-4-5 combo right now would be Heyward-Glaus-Hinske. They should start batting McCann 6.

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    show all Says:

    Ok, Bub, how about the 5H club: Heyward, Hinske, Hanson, Huddrow and…wait for it!! Hrado!

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    Curthlic Says:

    Please instead of Conrad.

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    Curthlic Says:

    Hinske that was.

    Might beckon a return of the Glaus ceiling

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Hrado”

    Leah just made a new friend. :)

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    show all Says:

    How about we put the quietus on this would be rally..

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    What is HAPPENING!!!

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    McOut Says:

    What is up with Peter Moylan?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Rally me no likey.

    Moylan’s been scuffling of late.

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    show all Says:

    Martin!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Nice grab, Prado.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Bubdylan, how do you say “Prado is my favorite Brave” in Spanish? I need to practice.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    You have go to be kidding me!

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    show all Says:

    What???

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Martin Prado es mi Bravo favorito”

    I don’t really know if “Bravo” is right, but it sounds way cool. Bravo favorito.

    Pronounced:

    “Marteen Prado ace me Bravo fah-vo-REE-toe.” Roll your R’s.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Brrrrravo favorrrrrito…got it. I’m going to practice incase I’m ever close enough to yell at him. Does Melky know he has to actually swing to hit the ball? Just checkin.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Fe Fi Fo Funs, I smell more runs.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Marrrtin Prrrrado es mi Brrravo favorrrrrito!

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    Hamfounded Says:

    Bub – if you remember I got soundly ridiculed by Curtis and Steve for saying that Chipper was not going to retire at the end of this season (not saying I called it – I think we were in agreement there).

    God I love seeing Heyward in the 1st inning. Put Infante at the top of the order, keep Hinske in there. Can’t one of those guys play center? Bring in McOuch for defense late in games. Diaz first off the bench. Melky first on the bench. If Bobby somehow keeps this going, then all of a sudden I am only concerned about the starting pitching.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Ham, I remember you said he wouldn’t retire. I’m really just being flip about calling it. Hell, I hope I’m wrong. I hope I’m as wrong as I have been about Glaus.

    Re: Heyward in the first, YOU SAID IT! Feels like the beginning of an era proper now. Please let him stay up there, Bob.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    ok…I need help. Tell me how bad the Brew Crew’s pitchers are.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mike Minor had a great game today.

    1 hit over 6 IP. 8 K’s.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I tole due I smell druns. :)

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    14 hits. I seriously cannot believe that!

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Bub, you got a little something on your lip. Blow your nose…in a hanky please.

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    McOut Says:

    I agree Ham. You can’t justify playing guys who can’t hit .200 over guys who will hit between .280-.300 if played everyday. Heyward should always bat 3rd.
    1. Infante 2. Prado 3. Heyward 4. Glaus 5. McCann 6. Chipper 7. Hinske 8. Escobar 9. P

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I like Saito’s hairscut.

  227. 227
    Bubdylan Says:

    *snnsnsnsnsnsnnsnsttttt*

    Much better.

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    McOut Says:

    Our 2-5 hitters all have 2 hits tonight. When’s the last time that happened?

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    The same dad and little boy have been on the front row two nights in a row. Everytime the camera shows them Dad’s explaining someting and the little boy (3 at the oldest) is listeing intently. So cute!

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    McOut Says:

    Tim Hudson has a higher BA than Melky, McOut, and Diaz.

  231. 231
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I swear I make less mistakes with my iPhone. Computers are overrated.

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    McOut Says:

    haha, so does Brooks Conrad. that trio of outfielders are all really bad. Infante should play CF and Hinske LF. I’m not sure there is a position Infante couldn’t play. he’s probably got a better slider than the Hamburglar.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    A thousand dollars say McLouth hits into a DP.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Woo Hooooo! (I hate money)

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I wish I had taken you up on that bet.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Come on, Heyward. Seal the deal. At least make Bobby look reeeeeeeally bad for keeping you down.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    C’mon, Rossy. Get a hit, Rossy.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    3 up 3 down so I can go to bed.

  239. 239
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Thanks Johnny! Do we dare hope for a sweep? I’ll read your answers tomorrow. Sweet dreams ABT! Wahoooooo!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Man, we kicked a decent team all over the field. Best game in a long time. The hits are great, but the defensive performance, particularly from former stick-in-the-mud Glaus, was as different from the recent Braves as can be.

    Go Braves.

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    McOut Says:

    I think I read somewhere today that the Braves haven’t scored on Gallardo since 2007. I assume we will see the same lineup from the Braves with Gallardo being a righty. The Hamburglar is pitching. No way Braves score more than 4, so I’m gonna say we probably lose, 8-4. I think I predicted 4-5 on this road trip.

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    McOut Says:

    On a positive note, the Brewers swept the D’backs recently, so it could be a good weekend for the Braves when that big bopper Kelly Johnson comes to town.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    TP is Kelly Kryptonite. As soon as he gets close enough to sense him, he’s a goner.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Late.
    Night.
    Victory.
    Post.

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    Hamfounded Says:

    Lost sucked last night. There, I said it.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Hamilton and Will are making me loony! Seriously? What did you want out of last night’s episode that you didn’t get? Evangeline Lilly’s backside cannot be in every episode.

  247. 247
    Will Says:

    Have not seeen it! Will report ASAP…

    good to see the braves hitting..

    TP for manager!

  248. 248
    McOut Says:

    Cox sounds like he’s coming around to the idea of Infante and Hinske playing everyday. That’s reading a lot into his post-game interview, but both players need to play everyday. The lineup is so much better with Omar leading off and Hinske batting 5,6, or 7. Hiske seems to come through at a much higher rate in RBI situations than any other hitter not named Heyward. It sounds like Heyward is gonna stay in the top of the order. I just think Infante-Prado-Heyward-Glaus-McCann-Jones-Hinske-Escobar is the way to go. Omar could play center.

  249. 249
    Curthlic Says:

    If he had enough ABs to qualify, Hinske would be second in the league behind Ethier for ABs per RBI. It’s like 3.2. To your point McOut, he produces. He should play 3rd over Conrad while Chipper is out and let Diaz be in there. And I understand why he isn’t, but why isn’t Heyward our cleanup hitter? He is head and shoulders the most dangerous, powerful, productive guy we have.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Lowe pitches today. It was a fun little streak.

  251. 251
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Hinske starting today=good
    Heyward batting 3rd=good
    Hinske and Infante at the bottom while McLouth hits leadoff=manager fail.

    Playball! Let’s sweep!

  252. 252
    Hamfounded Says:

    Bub, with Lowedemort pitching today, it just means that the score will be 11-10. I’m with the Princess (about baseball) – let’s sweep!

    (I am not with her about Lost – too much to explain in this forum.)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    The Princess and the Ham, God bless your flakey little souls. Gallardo is one nasty hombre. We might get to him for 3 or 4 runs if we bare down, but we’re not going to be the first team to blow him up all year.

    You’re better off hoping Lowe only gives up 3 runs against the Brewers’ quiet bats. And any time that’s your best hope… it’s a good day to have a Spanish Tutorial.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    By the way, “Lowe de Mort” is excellent. It’s a tri-lingual insult. Using Old English/Spanish/Latin, it means “Low, of death”

  255. 255
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, I’ve hardly ever, in 5 years of looking at accuscore, the computer program that simulates 10,000 games between daily opponents, seen a baseball score more lopsided than the 61% chance give to the Brewers today.

    Doesn’t mean much, except that on paper, we should lose pretty badly.

  256. 256
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, I just called somebody flakey. Me. Bubdylan. Called somebody else flakey.

    I’m not actually insane right now, but I’m betting by my 60′s we’re looking at color crayons and drool. Long days at Sunny Dale listening to the Gatlin Brothers and playing Go Fish.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    We’re gonna win!!!! I’m glad to see you guys remember you are in the presence of royalty. We’ll let Will be the tie breaker but Hammy’s wrong.

  258. 258
    Bubdylan Says:

    Princess, Your Highness, Royal Lady of the Interwebz, we’re not winning this game. :)

  259. 259
    Steve Says:

    So Bub – what’s the old english/spanish/latin translation of the “Vol” from Voldemort?

  260. 260
    Curthlic Says:

    I think in any language ‘Lowe’ translates to loser.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Voldemort means “Lord of Evil,” according to whatzerface that wrote the books. I guess “mort” can be evil or death.

    But I’m pretty sure the first meaning of the latin “mort” is death. In any case, “morte” is Italian for death (which I only know because in the Godfather II, some angry Italian says if for emphasis when he’s asking for somebody to be killed). And “mort” is French for death, too, I think. Thus mortuary, mortality, mortal wounds, etc. Blah blah blah.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    So, I guess “Vol” means “Lord.” Which beats me cuz I use it to make my stereo louder.

  263. 263
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    What’s the old English/Spanish/Latin translation for Bubalicious?

  264. 264
    Bubdylan Says:

    It’s a little clumsy translated literally, but it’s something like: “One who’s erotic appeal makes much swooning”

  265. 265
    Bubdylan Says:

    *whose

    Maybe I should stick to one language till I can use it.

  266. 266
    Bubdylan Says:

    Lowe is a mile up in the zone and all over the place on gameday graphic. How’s he look in real life?

  267. 267
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Not bad from my professional (and royal) perspective. I’ve also been on the phone and a little distracted.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Conrad’s defense at 3B makes my eyelashes batty.

  269. 269
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Lowedemort may be the Lord of defense. Nice pick off move.

  270. 270
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m not a realy Conrad believer, bat-wise, but I’ll say this: Brooks Conrad is one of the best baseball names on the team.

    My top 5 names on the club:

    1. Brooks Conrad
    2. Chipper Jones
    3. Tommy Hanson
    4. Joe Thurston
    5. Nate McLouth

    Ouch, of all the batters to get lined in the leg by, Heyward would be the worst, maybe in all MLB.

  271. 271
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Not a bad gameplan J-Hey.

  272. 272
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I love Whiskey.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    What’s the story on Hinske anyway? He was Rookie of the Year once. He’s looking Heywardesque up there.

  274. 274
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wait, did Glaus go 1st-to-home? Troy Glaus?

  275. 275
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, you do know, just in case, not to mention a specific statistic about this game, right?

  276. 276
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Huh? What’d I say? Btw…really glad Hinske’s playing cause I was going to shave my head in protest.

  277. 277
    Bubdylan Says:

    Volume 17 in “never listen to Bub”:

    “It’s actually French, according to JK Rowling. There are varied meanings on the internet for vol de mort, but basically it means: ‘flight from death’, ‘theft of death’ or ‘flight of death’.”

    That’s if you trust Wiki, which is always sketchy, but less sketchy that Bubbi.

  278. 278
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    “Theft of death” makes the most sense. Thanks Professor. Can we study Austen next?

  279. 279
    Bubdylan Says:

    You didn’t say anything yet, but since you’re new to the unwritten rules (read: a woman fan), just checking on you. Don’t say _______ has yet to _____ a _____, under any circumstances. Not that it’s likely to continue, but the more jinxless innings, the better.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Why doesn’t ABT like me? All I get is a blank page. Sad.

  281. 281
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Got it. Whew…scared me. Keep the tips coming. I need all the help I can get.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh well. :(

    Here come da pain.

  283. 283
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    So close. Ye of little faith.

  284. 284
    Bubdylan Says:

    Go defense!

  285. 285
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    A DP should cancel out that run. New rule!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I thought you would give me hell for saying “woman fan.” Now that you didn’t, I feel bad. :( :(

  287. 287
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I mean hit…I’m a woman.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Dammit Bub! I’m the best damn fan you’ve ever seen!

    Better? Im just glad to be allowed in the boy’s club.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Come on Lowedemort…shut it down.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Conrad makes another play that goes by Chipper.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    :)

  292. 292
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Difference in body type between Heyward and Fielder is cracking me up.

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    Curthlic Says:

    Just please don’t use the awful “heyward makes Prince look like a pauper” line that Chip threw out last night. Yeerch

  294. 294
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Not a pauper so much as a pudgy choir boy. Loving the pitch counts in this game.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    If Bobby runs Low, of Death out there in the 7th I’m going to french kiss an empty light socket.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, Heyward. I love you so. 2 strikes down versus the nasty lefty, and crack goes the bat.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Yay Kid!!!! I love his enthusiasm. Bub, the things you come up with. I think we’d definitely call that a Frenchy. Especially if it knocks the wind out of you.

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    Curthlic Says:

    The one thing Prince couldn’t gobble up was that grounder……………..

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    Bubdylan Says:

    All four runs so far gotten with two outs.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    LOL at Curterrific.

  301. 301
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curterrific now?

    Leah = the Annie Savoy of internet baseball.

  302. 302
    Steve Says:

    Timely effing hits!!!! I loved that 7th inning. Really, truly loved it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m not saying this happily or anything, but Heyward is going to injure some pitchers and infielders in his career. The speed of the ball of the bat is crazy. Last time I checked, his homer off Zambrano was the leading speed-off-the-bat of the year.

    He’s got a .333 BABIP, which I have to think is more because grounders have more giddyup than most players. (MLB BABIPs usually around .300)

    He’s gonna break a bone or two. I hope not anybody’s face. :(

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good grief, Conrad.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Never been so thankful for Chipper’s groin. :). Bub, you have to share the super cool names. We’ve talked about this.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I dont have to like it.

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    Steve Says:

    Brooksy!

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    Curtaverage Says:

    How’s that?

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    Bubmagnificent Says:

    That works.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Good hit Chip and nice managing putting in the pinch runner. Can Chip pinch hit the rest of the season? Say that 5 times fast.

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    Anne Says:

    Holy crap…just tuned in to GameDay here at work. Sweep????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes we can!

  312. 312
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I think I fell asleep. I must be dreaming.

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    Bubmagnificent Says:

    lol, Brooksy says I’ll see your single RBI, Chipper and raise it 2RBI’s and double.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Anne, it’s been a fun game. You should definitely check out the highlights. Oh, and Bub called me a “woman fan” so if you could do a little damage control? Thanks.

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    Bubthewomen'slibber Says:

    It never happened. She lies.

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    Anne Says:

    Sheesh. At least he could have chosen “tomato” or “dame” …

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    McOut Says:

    Did Hamburglar pitch today? Hinske and Heyward are the offensive version of Hanson and Hudson. Hasn’t someone mentioned the 4-H Club? They’ve all been good in this series. GO BRAVES! We are about to play a team that got swept by the team we’re sweeping. Two sweeps in a row? You guys need to do more negative shows. I think last week’s show really got the team going. The Hamburglar has been motivated by the new nickname.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I can see LaRussa or Pinella rewarding this line up for the series they played. Showed a lot of heart. Could give them the start until they lose two in a row or something.

    :(

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Curt needs no encouragement in the world of negativity. They all seem very similar when things are bad. I mean come on even Mary Sunshine couldn’t help but change her name. As things get better you’ll see…Eeyore will emerge. McOut…did you see Brooksy homered?

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Come on Wags! Get it together.

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeep! I knew it!

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    McOut Says:

    I did. Reading through some of the posts, it sounds like he had another good defensive game too.

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    Anne Says:

    I now truly look forward to Friday’s game, and not because I’ll see Roche-y, Kelly, and Friday Night Fireworks (…and that’s not a(n) euphemism).

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    Steve Says:

    Exactly as I predicted on the last show: a sweep of the Brewers and we’d score NO LESS than 8 runs in any of the three games.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    SWEEP! Never doubted ‘em!

    Lowedevida?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Who had the 5-4 prediction for the trip? Wasn’t it Ham?

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    Curtatonic Says:

    I will note that this past show or the one before we ended on a Curt POSITIVE note, much to my chagrine. Just because we all sound alike does not mean it is me doing all the dumping. Just most of it.

    Great sweep. And this was no Astros. It was on the road for flip sake. And we beat Gallardo with the Hamburglar on the mound.

    Go Braves (NOW)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Go Braves (NOW)”

    You’re leaving me again, aren’t you, Curt? Well, I’ll be right here a’waitin’.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, now I hate them.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Rockies-complain-Phillies-stole-signs-MLB-issues-warning-051110

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Well, they do need a little extra help. That’s why they get 3 extra homegames this year.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good grief. Our team’s in the news for being propped up by J-Hey.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&page=starting9/100512

  332. 332
    Bubdylan Says:

    Tcc, you’d be proud. I took over a peace plant from my mother’s house when her cat was trying to eat it, found it a spot in the apt that gets a little piece of sun during the day… and six months later, it’s lost the one bloom it had when I took it and it has FOUR proud white blooms coming out. Isn’t that a good number for a peace plant? Seems like most of the ones I see have two or three.

    Anyway… lot’s of peace up dis piece. Word.

  333. 333
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    ‘stros stickin it to the Red Birds! Who swept the ‘stros? That’s right…we did!

  334. 334
    Bubdylan Says:

    Tonight’s starter for the Cards gave up 7 runs to Arizona in 3 innings. I’m just saying.

  335. 335
    show all Says:

    Well, what a nice surprise..I had assumed that the game was another 8:10 start. Got off work and went to the local pub to play tunes with my buds. Left there about 8:30 thinking that the game was just underway. Turned on the radio, and No Braves!!! “Huh!?!” (Bub, like the CC miscall video I have watched many times). Got home, the Braves were up 4-2 and it was already the 7th inning!! Confused, but happy, I settled in and saw BC (the younger) hit his 2 run blast! About then, I realized that the game was an early start and I was watching the replay. Deja freaking Vu, dudes and dudesses! It was like a surprise breakfast in bed!

    I haven’t had the chance to listen to the new show and now I’m wondering if I should just skip it, as the Bravisto Mens are on a streak and the show is probably full of D and G.

    Bub..I guess that’s a Peace Lily and not a Peace Rose. Either way, you are to be commended. Keeping the Peace is always a good thing.

  336. 336
    Bubdylan Says:

    The “show all” button is a bit anticlimactic, isn’t it?

    I guess it’s a Lily. It’s got one white, cupped shaped petal with a large green spikey stick in the middle.

  337. 337
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Sounds like a Lilly to me. New rule: after a great win and before a day off NO LOGIC! :)

  338. 338
    Bubdylan Says:

    My logic shouldn’t bother you. By my logic, there was no way we win today, and we stomped them.

  339. 339
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    We sure did! Wahoooo!

  340. 340
    Bubdylan Says:

    LATE
    NIGHT
    VICTORY
    POST.

  341. 341
    Steve Says:

    Diamondbacks have been swept in their last two series. 6 game losing streak. I’ll just leave that there and let you do what you will with it.

  342. 342
    Steve Says:

    Anne – comment #323, very, very funny.

  343. 343
    Will Says:

    much more fun when we win. as my dad always says, save some runs for next game/series.

    Lost – one one level totally lame, agree with you Ham. there’s a pool of gold light and it is….whatever. On another, kind of enjoyed them being creative/risk taking/myth making. Even though the myths and the mysteries were sort of half-baked. Because it was so out there..I have to say I liked it better than last week. The first scene with the….rock…eeeww. gave me the willies.

    where were we…I hope KK gets a win soon. I haven’t really been able to watch his full games…does his record reflect/not reflect how well he pitches? Remember our concern that he doesn’t have enough pitch variety…that year 2 he gets figured out. Anybody?

  344. 344
    Steve Says:

    Will – KK looks good some innings and not others. He’s been hanging pitches, fat and over the plate. So location has been an issue for him. He’s also seems too fine at times. Not going after hitters. In other words, inconsistent. We saw it last year, especially in that Hallday game, when he was most aggressive and animated on the mound. Haven’t seen that intensity this year.

  345. 345
    Cautiously less pessimistic Says:

    In KK’s defense the Braves have scored a combined 11 runs in his 6 starts this year.

  346. 346
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Astros swept the Cards in St. Louis. How does that happen?

  347. 347
    Steve Says:

    This month:

    Kelly Johnson: 5 for 39 with 13 strikeouts
    Adam LaRoche: 4 for 46 with 12 strikeouts

  348. 348
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    A word that begins with an s and ends with a y with 5 letters in between comes to mind but I’m not saying it. Not until Monday atleast.

  349. 349
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I’m sure y’all saw this http://buzztap.com/-15id8y. I love the last Medlen quote, “…once you get past his weirdness…” . Classic.

  350. 350
    Bubdylan Says:

    I have to admit, the Bobby in a zoot suit story made me crack up. Crazy old *******. I love it.

  351. 351
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I would LOVE to see a pic of that.

  352. 352
    Tcc Says:

    Finally listened to the show tonight. It was easier to listen to after the Braves swept the Brewers! Now with AZ coming to town it would be fantastic to win 2/3. I agree that TP should go if only as a statement that “we see a problem and we’re working on it” as opposed to maintaining the status quo. Won’t happen of course because the bats came alive against the Brews. Catch 22. And speaking of lineups, how about JH in the 3rd spot!! Nothing succeeds like success!

    Curt, was it you that said you wouldn’t want Eddie Perez as the next mgr? True, he has no MLB experience, though he has been managing in the off season. I just like his personality and think he would continue Bobby’s legacy as a “players” mgr. A guy that would keep the team loose. What issues do you have?

    Thanks again to ABT for the show.

  353. 353
    Bubdylan Says:

    ” he would continue Bobby’s legacy as a “players” mgr. A guy that would keep the team loose. What issues do you have?”

    I can’t speak for Curt, but for me, the answer’s in the question. I’m ready for a tougher skipper. If we’re going sans experience, give me Tom Glavine.

  354. 354
    Curthlic Says:

    And I’m with Bub. I have come to hate the term ‘player’s coach.’ To me that translates to a team with no discipline. And personally, I want an end to all things Bobby. None of the current coaches, no disciples. Something completely new.

    But if there were a coach on the staff I would pick right now, I think I would go with McDowell.

  355. 355
    Tcc Says:

    So maybe there’s something to the resolution of “issues” between Braves Mgt and Glavine, with a deal to become Manager? I don’t buy it, but it’s possible. McDowell..I don’t disagree but I don’t see it happening either. Would they go outside the organization?

  356. 356
    Tcc Says:

    Boston answering the Cavs. They look cool, and as time goes by Cleveland will only get more desparate. What will Lebron do?

  357. 357
    Bubdylan Says:

    Tcc, I think you’re asking a very interesting question. For me, Wren’s effectiveness as a GM will largely tilt on this issue. He’s made mostly good decisions. A couple of goofy ones. And even though I took Wren’s side on both the Glavine and Smoltz debacle, I don’t think anyone would argue that he couldn’t be more respectful of players.

    But if Wren’s icy nature pays off in an outside hire for manager, some one who will come in and takes charge, I’ll be pretty happy with him. I would like someone both tough and satistic-savvy. Somebody that knows when a player breaks the lefty-righty trends, etc. But I’d settle for stat-savvy OR tough. Just, please don’t give me another manager that’s neither.

    And if whoever it is moves Chipper Jones down to 7th in the line up (if he doesn’t improve), Wren will be the GM of the epoch.

    Go Braves.

    (And Celtics.)

  358. 358
    Curt Says:

    I might be wrong, but no way in hell is Glavine the next manager of this team. I don’t see that in any cards anywhere. I’m not sure he wants that job. I’m not sure the team is looking at him.

    Needless to say, this will be a massive hire. Deep down I have a fear that the Braves do the easy, careful thing and hire Eddie. To say I would be disappointed with that move would be putting it lightly. He’s not a demonstrative guy. He seems very close with the players and more of a peer than a coach. I don’t want to go from grand dad to buddy buddy.

  359. 359
    Bubdylan Says:

    That dyed blonde lady doing the post game interview with KG; I’m glad to see her there. I wondered, when all these magazine cover women started taking the mic for ESPN, if they’d keep them around when they aged or hire women as unperfect as their men reporters.

    I mean, she’s attractive, but more “faded rose” than these bombshells that’ve been flooding the scene. Restores a little faith in humanity, I guess, but I still like the dudes better for the most part when it comes to sports broadcasting and analysis, except for a couple of them that seem as genuinely versed as the guys.

  360. 360
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    That is one dicey comment. Don’t get me wrong…I agree 100% but…risky.

  361. 361
    Bubdylan Says:

    Looking back over it, I’m not sure I was clear. Lemme make sure:

    1. I like the unperfect blonde lady because I don’t like the job turning into a sideshow of hot (only) women.

    2. I generally like the guys better, especially doing play by play. Men’s voices have an easier time being strong (read: clear, easy to understand during a fast play-call) without being shrill. Between the men and women I see doing sports, the men also do, I’m sorry to say, seem more comfortable and qualified. They navigate the topics better. There are a couple of exceptions. The black lady for – can’t think of which netword – with the raspy voice seems completely on top of it.

    I just would like to think that if they’re going to open those jobs up to women, they’d get the voices, brains, and charismas equal to the job, and not just the closest they can come to that from a line-up of models.

  362. 362
    Bubdylan Says:

    *netword = network

  363. 363
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, I doubt Glavine would be considered. He did manage a half inning for the Braves, though. Was it ’08? The team was having a hard time scoring and he turned it over to Tommy for a half inning. The Braves scored. Do y’all remember?

  364. 364
    Curt Says:

    I don’t.

    In other news, Ned Yost just got made the manager of the Royals today.

  365. 365
    McOut Says:

    Late night post: I would like to see them go outside the organization. Are there clauses that keep them form going after a manager currently under contract somewhere else. If not, then I would go after Joe Maddon. The Rays are about to break up the band due to financial issues, and I think he is unhappy with the level of disinterest in the Rays in Tampa. They have a great team, but the fans don’t act like it. I would also do whatever it takes- offer more money than the Yankees- to sign Carl Crawford. He is a better LF/leadoff option than anyone currently in the Braves organization. IMO, Crawford would be more valuable to the Braves than Werth. If they can’t steal the Ray’s thunder, then I would go after Fredi Gonzalez. The Marlins like Fredi now, but if they finish in last, then he might get canned. No Ned Yost. Please God no Eddie. What about Torre? If things go bad in LA, then he might be looking for new work. I think the Braves are going to have a good pool of candidates to choose from. When you look at the team’s assets- good young players- there’s a lot to appeal to any coach.

  366. 366
    Anne Says:

    I can barely read, as I’ve said before…so I’m not caught up to comments of late – if someone has said this already, I apologize. Just saw that the Diamondbacks are in the midst of a six-game losing streak. We MUST help them keep this streak alive. My new ABT shirt is out and ready to go to the game. Go Braves!!

  367. 367
    Anne Says:

    Ahhh, crap. Steve said it already, post 341. Well, it was worth repeating.

  368. 368
    Curt Says:

    McOut, as far as I know, if a guy is under contract you can’t go after him, unless that team gives you the go-ahead to speak with him. I think you get into tampering if you approach a guy still under contract.

    Carl Crawford would be a great addition to this team, but what is the allure of the Braves right now? My point is that it used to be that simply having the opportunity to play for the Braves was worth several million dollars in and of itself. You knew you were making the playoffs and playing for one of the best teams in baseball. Now, you simply aren’t. Plus, Bobby is retiring, which was another big draw for players. So I think you have guys who now flirt with Atlanta just to squeeze more money out of other teams. See – Tex, Burnett, Damon, Griffey Jr, whoever. They offered Tex a ton of money and he turned it down. Over $100 million. And you end up having to overpay for guys like the nameless one and KK to bring them in.

    If the Marlins don’t make a serious push toward the playoffs I think Fredi is gone. They move into their new stadium soon and they will want it to be with a fresh start if he can’t get them rolling. Where has a Bobby Cox disciple proven to be the guy? Jimy Williams, Grady Little, Yost, Gonzalez, all these guys have had some success, but nothing grand enough to make me believe we should go that route. I would love Joe Torre back here. I’ve said it before. There is no doubt that this team has a bright future with all their young talent. They key is finding the guy to harness it all. I just still have the vision of Eddie Perez sitting in the dugout next season with virtually the same coaching staff intact. He would be cheap and easy.

  369. 369
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    ” He would be cheap and easy.”. twss

  370. 370
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Today’s lineup will be very telling…I’m nervous. Did BC learn a thing from the Brewers sweep? Btw Brewers is fun to type on an iPhone. So is werth. Cold meeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhddddddsssss…

  371. 371
    McOut Says:

    Curt, I agree about the Braves inability to lure big talent to Atlanta. When they used to go far in the postseason, there seemed to always be a big offseason addition. I think they could get Werth or Crwaford because the Yankees won’t sign both. I see them going after Crawford more, though, just because of what he gives a team. I just think with Wags retiring, that number 13 is going to need a new owner next year.
    Wren has to outbid the Yankees and the Red Sox for those players, which I don’t know that he’s actually outbid anyone for any of those players we missed out on. He seems to want the opportunity to counter-offer on guys, and it never happens. Let’s be honest, you get an offer from the Braves and it’s decent. Then the Red Sox or Yankees offer you a little more. Who do you sign with? Crawford is a real All-Star, unlike McOut, and you’ve got to throw the big cheese at him. He’s best friends with Sabbathia, which is a BIG reason he probably ends up a Yankee. Werth would be a nice consolation prize, though. I don’t know that the Yankees could add Crawford, Cliff Lee, and Werth in the same offseason given what they already pay for their current roster. If they do, then baseball is completely warped. If the Braves don’t get either Crawford or Werth, then I really question Wren’s effectiveness as a GM. You have to be able to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox in the offseason if you want to face them in the postseason.
    The Braves need another OF bat, and two big ones will be in the market next year. The Braves might be a tough sell to those players for Wren, but it’s still a sell he has to make as the GM. I guess it’s pretty obvious that when I watch the Rays I fantasize about Maddon and Crawford wearing Braves uniforms. I guess it’s only in my dreams. It’s amazing what a good coach and leadoff hitter can do for a team.

  372. 372
    McOut Says:

    I do realize Crawford usually bats second for the Ray’s, but I think he would be the leadoff hitter were he on the Braves. Until Schafer actually produces at the Major League level, I don’t believe he can bat leadoff for a playoff team. I understand the kid was hurt last year, but he really has proved nothing at the plate. People seem to be think Schafer is the next big thing, and I just don’t buy it.

  373. 373
    McOut Says:

    Pretty excited to see Celtics vs. Magic rather than LeBron vs Magic. LeBron put up a triple double on the road and the Cavs still couldn’t win. The Celtics and Magic are both really good TEAMS and don’t rely on one player.

  374. 374
    McOut Says:

    we face a righty tonight:
    1. Prado
    2. Heyward
    3. Chipper
    4. Glaus
    5. McCann
    6. Hinske
    7. Infante
    8. McOut
    9. P
    *We almost saw this lineup Tuesday, but guess who was too hurt to play? Let’s see if Bobby still remembers Hinske is on the team after an off-day. If Melky plays Bobby might make this grown man cry.

  375. 375
    Curt Says:

    There was a joke in Chicago when Kerry Wood first came up and was blowing doors that went something like “Kerry Wood, the next great Braves starting pitcher.”. I don’t think people make those jokes and refer to the Braves anymore.

    I just thought this would be the year they made a splash. If it comes in 2011, so be it. JUST DO SOMETHING.

  376. 376
    McOut Says:

    Curt, great point. Very succinct, I might add.

  377. 377
    Curt Says:

    That’s what she said

  378. 378
    McOut Says:

    Awesome.

  379. 379
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Twss. :)

  380. 380
    Bubdylan Says:

    Here, I’ll give you the easiest one of the day. And this one’s as true in either sense:

    Chipper in the 3 hole is bad news.

  381. 381
    Bubdylan Says:

    http://www.talkingchop.com/2010/5/14/1472272/braves-promote-top-pitching

    That’s some of the best news of the year. My giddiness over Teheran is growing by the week.

  382. 382
    Steve Says:

    Curt – the Braves did make a big splash. It was last year and his name is Derek Lowe.

    I will be really bummed if Melky is in there over Hinske. Putting aside the Melky/Hinske debate, I agree with McOut and that’s the lineup we see. Should be posted pretty soon.

  383. 383
    Bubdylan Says:

    Forbes Magazine finds us the 2nd Most Miserable Sports City.

    No. 2 Atlanta
    Teams: Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Thrashers, Flames
    Championship round losses: 5
    Semifinal round losses: 9
    Total seasons/championships: 147/1
    Years since last title: 15
    Teams lost: Flames

    The Braves have parlayed 11 trips to the National League Championship Series into just one World Series title. And don’t forget the Hawks: 25 playoff teams since 1968 without a single trip to the NBA finals.

  384. 384
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Braves: 1. Prado 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. McCann C, 5. Glaus 1B, 6. Hinske LF, 7. Infante SS, 8. McLouth CF, 9. Kawakami P

    I have a mother/daughter date supporting the local arts tonight…two birds one stone. Don’t let ‘em lose!

  385. 385
    Bubdylan Says:

    I hate to admit it, but that’s a good looking line up.

  386. 386
    McOut Says:

    Bub, I’m with you on Teheran. I hope they hang on to him and Delgado. Maybe we see Teheran next year?…. Didn’t Hanson end one year at A, then skipped AA to AAA for the start of 2009? Then it was Atlanta by Summer 2009. It will be fun to see how Teheran and Delgado move along. Will they be the 2011 or 2012 version of Hanson/Meds?

  387. 387
    McOut Says:

    What’s going to happen when Escobar is back Saturday? Will Cox keep Hinske and Infante in the lineup? I wouldn’t mind seeing Infante in CF and Hinske staying in LF.
    1.Prado 2.Heyward 3.Jones 4.McCann 5.Glaus 6. Hinske 7.Escobar 8. Infante 9.P

  388. 388
    McOut Says:

    Carroll Rogers tweeted at least 3 more weeks for JJ then rehab. I guess that means more than 30 games.

  389. 389
    Matt Diaz Says:

    Just finished BP…would love to know who the hot chick in Section 111 with the ABT shirt on is. She looks like she still loves me even if I’m not hitting well.

  390. 390
    Anne Says:

    Oh, Matty…you rogue, you. Now quit chatting with TP and take a few more swings! Go Braves!!

  391. 391
    Coma Car Keys Says:

    Location, location, location.

  392. 392
    Bubdylan Says:

    Expertly done, Anne.

  393. 393
    Anne Says:

    I have no doubt that was a recreation of his internal monologue, Bub.
    Time for another cold one.

  394. 394
    Tcc Says:

    Location, location, location.

    That’s what she said…

  395. 395
    Coma Car Keys Says:

    Cledus…I’m afraid we have corrupted you. Although that was dang funny. What’s happening? Can’t watch. Depending on you people…

  396. 396
    Curt Says:

    Error in the first led to an unearned run for them. Omar just got picked off of second to end our threat in the 3rd. 1-0 D-Backs in top 4th

  397. 397
    Leah Says:

    Gotta remember to change my name back.

  398. 398
    Leah Says:

    Beatrice and Benedick were tricked into confessing unabshed love and affection. Hero was proven to be alive and well (which didn’t piss off Claudio one bit…never seizes to amaze me) and cleared of all slander. Now on to baseball. Thx Curt for the update. Have we looked silly or are we holding up pretty good? I do hate it when we look silly.

  399. 399
    Leah Says:

    2 seems attainable…4 insurmountable.

  400. 400
    ϸ Says:

    Let’s get the bats going, fellers!

  401. 401
    Leah Says:

    So maybe insurmountable is a little dramatic.

  402. 402
    Þ Says:

    Infante needs to be in the lineup everyday. Somehow.

  403. 403
    Leah Says:

    Yeah p…and McClouth out of it. This time last year I never wanted to see Jordan’s sleepy eyes again. Now I wouldn’t mind a bit. Good crowd at the Ted. Quiet but numerous.

  404. 404
    Leah Says:

    Come on Wayne!

  405. 405
    Leah Says:

    And…we’re back.

  406. 406
    Leah Says:

    Come on boys! Get yur butts in that bullpen!

  407. 407
    Hamfounded Says:

    Mara – we need you back. This “Leah” person is bad news.

  408. 408
    Mara answers the call Says:

    You do know Mara is the godess of death right? Just want everyone to be aware of the sacrifice.

  409. 409
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Come on Glaus…Rochey’s watchin.

  410. 410
    Þ Says:

    Dammit

  411. 411
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Now we’re talkin! Rain rain go away…PLEASE!

  412. 412
    Hamfounded Says:

    Rally caps: ON.

  413. 413
    Þ Says:

    Here’s hoping…

  414. 414
    Þ Says:

    That was Nate, right? Really? Nate? Gotta have him in the lineup everyday!!!

  415. 415
    Hamfounded Says:

    NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaTTTTTTE. (That was an attempt at saying Nate as the tomahawk chant.) WooHoo!

  416. 416
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Like I said…everyday and Jordan who?

  417. 417
    Ham Says:

    just wanted to change my name, for the record. It means the goddess of pork.

  418. 418
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Never been so happy and so pissed all at the same time. MLB.tv giving me fits. I missed Nate’s homer. Will have to watch the highlight later but still! Damn you MLB.tv!

  419. 419
    Ham Says:

    Mara – I am right there with you. this is the third time this week that there has been extended outages.

  420. 420
    Mara answers the call Says:

    The wave should be illegal.

  421. 421
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Settle down Saito…

  422. 422
    Þ Says:

    Saito settled!

  423. 423
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Homer Heyward!

  424. 424
    Þ Says:

    B Mac in the gap!

  425. 425
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Nice pitch to strike out KJ.

  426. 426
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Dammit!!!!!!

  427. 427
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Please hit into a DP.

  428. 428
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Is Wags tired or just off?

  429. 429
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Ok…I know bunting makes sense…but Melky?

  430. 430
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Well, that works. Prado…I believe buddy! Yo es mi Bravo Favor…something!

  431. 431
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Well, that works. Prado…I believe buddy! Esta es mi Bravo Favor…something! Where is Bub when I need him!

  432. 432
    Ham Says:

    PRAAAAAAADDDDDDOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  433. 433
    Mara answers the call Says:

    There is a proud Mama in Venezuela. I freakin LOVE that man!!!!! Great game. Great win. GO BRAVES!!!

  434. 434
    Anne Says:

    Holy crap that was awesome. SO GLAD I stayed for Friday Night Fireworks!! GO Braves!!!!!

  435. 435
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Ham…you got some sad friends tonight?

  436. 436
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Hey AnnE, can you get Prado’s autograph for me? That’d be great thanks.

  437. 437
    McOut Says:

    4 in a row. Chance to be .500 with Big Red on the mound tomorrow. Keep Hinske and Infante in the lineup, and GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!

  438. 438
    Mara answers the call Says:

    I still can’t believe McLouth hit a homer. Can. Not. Be. Lieve. It.

  439. 439
    Þ Says:

    You mean MClout? Dude can hit it a ton!

  440. 440
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, no way Claudio feels pissed in that situation. He slandered and humiliated Hero on her wedding day. And the fake death wasn’t even her idea. What’s he gonna say; how dare you? Add to that the happiness of finding out his dead love lives?? Willie got that one right. Maybe Anne can break the tie, though. Aren’t you a theatre person, Anne.

    Speaking of which, sister was in her first college play tonight, and was VERY convincing as Confused Stone #2. Leah, I might shoot you a pic of her in wacky garb. Awesome night.

    So I missed the game. Box score tells me I’d have made a pessimistic fool of myself the first few innings, so I guess it’s just as well. :)

  441. 441
    Jurrjens needs Surgeons Says:

    Jurrjens. Say it aint so.

  442. 442
    Anne Says:

    I AM a theater person, Bub. I gotta go with Willy Shakes.

  443. 443
    Mara answers the call Says:

    Bub, I would expect you to side with Bill, he’s old and dead, can’t defend himself. But Anne, girl power and whatnot …I’m just saying if I were Claudio I’d be shocked, ecstatic, confused, then livid. I’d get over it but seriously? Poor guy went through a funeral and everything. That’s cold.

  444. 444
    Anne Says:

    Everybody’s wearing masks at the end…what does THAT tell you?

    Speaking of masks: creepiest costume @ game last night – a dude with a “Halloween” mask, holding a sign whenever Heyward came to bat: “Fear Jason” Coolest costume: 3-4 guys up where McCann’s Cans usually hang out – but these guys were dressed like geisha from the Mikado especially for Kawakami.

  445. 445
    hammy Says:

    Mara – folks are much happier about the Celtics than sad about the Bruins, although there are a bunch of extras from Gone, Baby, Gone with teahs in their beahs.

    (You guys remember Princess Leah? What an albatross. I like the goddess of death much more. Just saying.)

  446. 446
    Mara answers the call Says:

    I was tiring of the fame and the crazy schedule anyway. And wearing all those diamonds? Exhausting!

  447. 447
    Bubdylan Says:

    “I’d be shocked, ecstatic, confused, then livid.”

    I’d be humbled.

    (I always choose humility when I can. It’s one of my greatest characteristics.)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “bunch of extras from Gone, Baby, Gone with teahs in their beahs.”

    I love it. Really funny.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    “Silence is loud, humility is so proud. Nothing is innocent now.” OTR

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Get your tongue out of my mouth cuz I’m kissing you g’bye.” -RYSTVNS

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    “I’m bailin on my life
    Cause I’m wailing on my life
    So please just gimme a kiss
    Well I know you’re waiting for a ring
    Ease up little lady, see, I’m not promising anything”
    TAB

    Not the way the Rev won my heart.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Chipper should be riding the pine today instead of Infante. Glad Hinske’s starting and glad Heyward’s in the 2 hole.

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    Anne Says:

    Headed to The Ted. No whammies, no whammies, no whammies. Go, Braves!

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    McOut Says:

    Bummed-out to see Infante out of the lineup. Fired-up about Big Red pitching tonight. GO BRAVES! .500, let’s get it!

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    Anne Says:

    Hello from The Ted. Three little boys in front of me – I’ll have to watch my language. This promises to be awesome.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Anne, don’t watch your language. It’s good to teach ‘em while their young.

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    McOut Says:

    I guess Kimbrel is the new Mark Wohlers.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    I liked last night better.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Anne, I always try to find you on TV. Can you please take part in some obnoxious behavior so I may spot you?

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    McOut Says:

    I know Kimbrel only gave up one run, but he had a strike/ball ratio of 2/3. He didn’t look good in Philadelphia either. Is there really no one with control in the minors that can take this kid’s place.

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    McOut Says:

    This game is pretty disappointing. They’re not playing well at all. I don’t know if they’re tired or what. They had an off day Thursday, and this is one of the worst teams in baseball.

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    Mara's Main Squeeze Says:

    yeah…I’m with McOut. I say re-sit Escobar and bring in Infante.

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    McOut Says:

    Rodrigo Lopez- Another pitcher I’ve never heard, whom the Braves made look like an ace.
    Cox postgame: “Lopez was outstanding tonight. We had some bad breaks. Hit the ball on the nose but right at ‘em.” “Tommy pitched well. We just had some bad luck with some balls dropping in holes.”

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    Mara Says:

    When was I Mara’s Main Squeeze and why? I haven’t been able to log on to ABT on this computer in for-e-ver.

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    McOut Says:

    Kelly Johnson is crushing the Braves.

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    McOut Says:

    Jesse Chavez is awful. The Rays definitely got the better end of that deal. Soriano has been shaky, but he is definitely better than Jesse Chavez. I guess Bobby thought 5-1 was insurmountable. That’s the only reason to explain Kimbrel and Chavez pitching. I’m pretty sure Moylan didn’t pitch last night.

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    Mara Says:

    Sad.

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    McOut Says:

    Wow, Anne, I’m sorry you had to be there for that.

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    Anne Says:

    Thanks, McOut. On the bright side, I left when we were only losing 5-1.

    Leah…I mean, Mara – every obnoxious behavior I think of would lose me my seats!

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    Anne Says:

    Oh, and Matty and his thumb make me sad. In a kind of McCann sad way. The press release reads like he could have taken care of the problem in the off season. Sounded horribly familiar.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Do any of the players care about this team? Jeesh! Anne, could you wear a funny hat? Something tall and bright.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Bub. Dyl. An. Are you watching stone #2 again this evening? She was jipped by the way. She was way more convncing than stone #1. Seriously, very cute pic

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    Curt Says:

    Iron Man 2, not as good as the first, but very entertaining.

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    Will Says:

    Curt – the illustrious newspaper which i still habitually take since it was the only thing in English 20 years ago when I first came here…and now which we normally line our puppy’s pee area… is the Japan Times.

    Page 16, or page 2 of sports says “Hawks fire Woodson”.

    So sorry for your loss.

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    Curt Says:

    HA. Addition by subtraction Will-san

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    If Escobar is hitless today will BC start Infante tomorrow?

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    McOut Says:

    I like Glaus and Hinske hitting back to back.

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    Tcc Says:

    This team could be scary good…

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    McOut Says:

    Hudson’s a better hitter than Melky.

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    McOut Says:

    The D’Backs bullpen is awful. I was hoping we might get a chance to take some swings at Blaine Boyer this weekend, but it turns out his pen-mates are just as bad.

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    McOut Says:

    Apologies to Troy Glaus for ripping him constantly. The guy’s pretty good right now.

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    McOut Says:

    Nice, here comes Blaine Boyer.

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    Tcc Says:

    13-1 Dayum!

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    McOut Says:

    The Melk Dud delivers a nice DP. Never before has pinch-hitting for the pitcher weakened a team.

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    McOut Says:

    The Reds are on fire right now. I wish we could have caught them earlier in the season- should be a good series. I think the Mets might be in last now. Hello 4th place.

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    McOut Says:

    When Cole Gillespie came up the organ player played “A Night in Tunisia” by John “Dizzy” Gillespie. That’s pretty awesome.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    I’m gonna watch that one in it’s entirety. Looks like a goodie!

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    Tcc Says:

    Big game for Prado, Mara…nice work there!

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    I swear May is busier than Dec…finally getting to watch the game. And…since this is the end of the board before a new show I will feel free to comment as if it were live. Won’t that be fun?

    In other news…anybody else worried about Mr. Alicious? He’s lost!

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Huddy strikes out three…Prado leads off with a homer.. I’m calling it right now…we win this ballgame. That’s right, I said it…

  491. 491
    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Oh dear…they got a run back. That cuts our lead in HALF! I’m a little nervous…

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    Mara Sadiehard Says:

    Huddy looks amazing…ON THE FIELD!

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Whew…almost forgot to change my name back. That was close. Coulda been bad if we lose this game.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Huddy with the double! I love it!

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxHHMEEKsFA

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    WOW…Glaus/Hinske with the 1/2 punch! Hinske’s homer was pretty, he does have power…who’da thunk it?

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    Curt Says:

    New show up soon

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Oh good! It’s good to see YEs getting a hit. Is it just me or is Adam LaRoche even more spacey than usual? Isn’t it fundamentally wrong to stand in the base path?

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    For 1/2 of an inning I’m a Brewers fan. Come on HOPS! You can do it!

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    Steve Says:

    500, baby! Sorry for the absence this weekend. Crazy family stuff all weekend long. New show will be up shortly.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Martin Prado is crazy!!!!! This is a great game! Hope we win.

    Steve, welcome back. I swear May kills me every year.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    If I hear one more time “tough luck for Chipper” “that ball was scorched right at (blank)” “unfortunate for Chipper” I will scream.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    If we don’t hit tomorrow I will be very unhappy. Saving the show for tomorrow for my run.

    Go Braves!!!

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    BC putting Cabrera in to face Boyer in the 8th was an act of pity.

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