May 16, 2010

Show #107: The Braves’ Bats Wake Up

Chipper and retirement.  Firing TP, take two.  Lowe’s new pitching approach.  And the resurgence of Troy Glaus.


 

 

471 Responses to “Show #107: The Braves’ Bats Wake Up”

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Good show. Chipper should be PH. Conrad is WAY better fielding at Third and makes plays Chipper just cannot make anymore. He can earn his keep by being the face of the Braves and advisor of the youngsters. It’s like at the family reunion when great grandpa wakes up from his nap and reads, scratch that, tells the kids a story and then goes back to bed. That’s Chipper…he’s grandpa.

    I’m excited to see if our bats show up tonight and if Lowedemort can impliment his brilliance into his pitching. GO BRAVES!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I hate that we get to the point with our icons where all we can do is hope they contribute some because moving them down in the order, benching them, or any other logical move is blocked by their 10-ton egos. I couldn’t believe it when it happened with Jamie Moyer last year. The gentlest gentleman of the game, at age 46 (then), stinking up the rotation for the defending world champs, and even he had to pitch a fit about feeling “betrayed” when he was asked to step aside. Honestly, that’s the most I’ve ever been shocked by a player ego.

    I understand the temptation to feel you still have it in the face of all the evidence. But how can these guys watch it happen over and over again, and see how foolish it looks with other players, and not resolve themselves to avoid that kind of ending at all costs? They like fame, right? They like the roar of the crowd, don’t they? What about the fame that comes with being revered as classy by your fans? Can you imagine how loved Chipper Jones would be if he was saying, right now, “I’ll play any role that is helpful for the team. Bat me 8th, 9th, off the bench, wherever. The way Conrad is flashing the leather, the team needs him until his bat cools.” It would be off the charts. He’d be on the front of ESPN, S.I. for it. “A Different Kind of Player.” “The Toast of the Town.”

    But instead, he’s got to join the uber-long rank and file of every other waning pro baseball player on the planet. Thinks he’s still got more in the tank than he does. Puts the fans and the manager in a tough spot. Just can’t stomach the obvious. A long and brilliant career just isn’t enough to satisfy.

    Well, I hope he produces, because he’s obviously going to be in there.

    Good show.

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    Steve Says:

    I realize I did this a while back, but this time is for real …

    ABT Get Together at the Ted is happening!, June 1st (3 weeks and 1 day). It’s a 7:10 start against the Phillies. I know that the Princess, Anne, Curt and I will be attending. Anyone else going to join us? Please send me a note at steve@atlantabaseballtalk.com so that we can finish up all the planning via email. Thanks.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    WAHOOO! I’ll be wearing my fantastic ABT t-shirt that I love and everyone should have. If you had one you’d love it too!

    I should write commercials.

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    McOut Says:

    I think Infante should play 2nd and Prado 3rd. Chipper is now the weak point in our lineup. Escobar should be allowed time to get it together. I think that management really does view Yunel as the starting SS for the next 5 or more years. That, to me, is the reason they dealt Renteria. Yunel is off to a bad start, and he is getting berated by fans because he does play with a lackadaisical approach 50% of the time. To me, he is the ultimate example of Braves coaches not being able to reach a player with a lot of talent. From the first time he started playing, I think it was 2007, I thought he had potential to be a super star. Something has gone wrong. I blame the coaches, not the guy who escaped Cuba on a raft. I don’t know how they expect to develop raw talent like that Salcedo kid they signed over the winter when they have obviously floundered in Escobar’s development. Escobar will be a great player, but it might have to be with another team. He was our best player last year, and now no one seems to want him on the team. Why is that? He is not the only guy making base running errors or other mental errors. Chipper and Infante have both been picked off second to kill innings this year. Melky forgot to throw to the plate. I’m sure we can come up with a laundry list of fundamental baseball mistakes the Braves have made in under 40 games. It just seems like when Yunel does it he gets more criticism. I don’t get it. I think if the Braves make the playoffs Yunel will be a key figure in them getting there. If you get rid of him and start Infante, then the whole team is weaker. Infante needs to be a fill-in guy. Eventually Chipper is going to get hurt, and Infante will be starting again. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a LF platoon of Hinske/Infante. Melky blows and deserves no more starts. Tim Hudson would be a better option to play OF than Melky. Hudson did play OF at Auburn. Did anyone notice how freely the D’Backs were running on BMac this weekend? They are one of the worst running teams in the league, but they didn’t hesitate to run on the Braves with McCann back there. Nobody got on yesterday, so we don’t know if the same would be true for Ross. When the Rays play the Braves in June, they might set a record for SBs in a game.

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    McOut Says:

    Yunel didn’t play for like 2 weeks, and I think he still got more hits than Chipper this weekend. Could be wrong on that, but I don’t remember Chipper getting a hit Saturday or Sunday. I don’t care if he hit the ball hard. I’m pretty sure an out is an out. Yunel can get walks too, so can a lot of Major Leaguers other than Chipper Jones. The walk has become the new double for the Braves. No wonder they suck at scoring runs when they don’t play the awful teams. All those walks and singles don’t really amount to much.

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    Steve Says:

    “Melky blows and deserves no more starts.” Agreed.

    “When the Rays play the Braves in June, they might set a record for SBs in a game.” Unfortunately, agreed as well. I hadn’t thought about it, but it could be really, really ugly.

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    Curt Says:

    McOut, in no way am I singling Escobar out more than anyone else. In the past, I have defended him to great length. I think he is pivotal to this whole operation, in fact I think the first question that needs to be asked to anyone they consider hiring for this managerial job is ‘how do you handle Escobar?’ I was amazed that they were talking about trading him in the Peavy deal.

    I just think that if he is not producing right now we need to see more of Infante. He should be sat the same as Chipper or any other guy out there not pulling his weight.

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    Ham Says:

    Let’s face it – BC is not a fundamentals type of coach. He doesn’t hammer it home and he doesn’t berate. He essentially expects you to show up and do your job, and if you are a major league player, you should know how to do that. That’s why we all found his public “coaching” of the Kid so unsettling a few weeks back. It is just not like him. But, McOut, like you say (and like Curt has been saying for some time), this team is lousy with evidence of the lack of fundamentals. And I don’t think there is anyone on the team that holds everyone to a higher standard. It will be very interesting to see how the regime changes things next year.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    I missed the memo on how Diaz got wood in his hand (not…oh you know what I mean). Does anyone know the story? Was that something that happened in the offseason?

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    McOut Says:

    Curt, fair enough. I think I got defensive of Yunel in the same way Bub did for McCann last week. Agreed about the new coaching staff next year. I think the Braves should look into hiring a latino head coach, especially given the fact that most of their young prospects are from spanish-speaking countries. Maybe Ozzie Guillen gets fired? He might not be a great fit for a team in a largely-conservative community, but a guy like Ozzie won’t put up with Yunel’s crap. He would also be able to communicate that to Yunel first-hand. Has Omar Vizquel retired yet? I don’t think so, but he’s gotta be close. It doesn’t have to be Omar, but a guy like him would be best. Speaks spanish fluently if not as first language, relatively young, and a guy who is impeccable with fundamentals. IMO, the ability to speak spanish is a must for any major league manager these days. That’s also why I fear Eddie Perez might be the inevitable worst hire in Atlanta sports history, which says a lot.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Congrats to Marteeeen for NL player of the week. You da man Meadow!

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    McOut Says:

    Agreed about Bobby, he expects major leaguers to play like major leaguers, but that isn’t necessarily going to happen when most of your players are closer to 25 than 35.

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    McOut Says:

    Way to go Marteeeeeeen. Same lineup for Braves.

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    McOut Says:

    Bobby obviously doesn’t read blogs if he asked why no one had suggested starting Hinske sooner…. How Bobby didn’t think of it sooner is still the better question, as you guys aptly pointed out in the show. I think it might have been Steve on that one. BTW, great show! I was too busy defending Yunel to say it sooner.

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    Wade Says:

    Quick question- -I can’t see the newest show on Itunes? Has it not been uploaded yet?

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Weird (or wierd? neither looks correct)…I cannot pull it up on iTunes either.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Playball! Anybody else watching or am I gonna be talking to myself?

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    hah…their CF’s BA looks alot like McClouth’s.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Lowedemort strikes again.

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    Curt Says:

    that was quick

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    McOut Says:

    Hamburglar: worst FA signing EVER! This guy SUCKS!

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    O Infante, how we miss you.

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    McOut Says:

    Where was that pitching last inning?

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    McOut Says:

    I bet McOut is glad Hudson’s not pitching, at least his batting average is higher than our SP’s today.

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    McOut Says:

    That a boy McOut. Make me eat my words.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Come on Kid! NOW!!!!!

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    darn

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    MLB is making me very unhappy this season. Sound just quit.

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    McOut Says:

    I wish we had like 6 Infantes. That way, when we they start like this, you can just sub 2/3 of the lineup out. It would be like what Calipari does in basketball games when his teams start out struggling. I used to live in Memphis, and that’s the thing I liked most about him. When a team was struggling he would take them all out.

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    McOut Says:

    Wake up and smell the Hinske!

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    Mara Says:

    That guy should start everyday. I’m glad somebody told BC that.

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    McOut Says:

    Agreed Mara. How was he not playing sooner?

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    McOut Says:

    Escobar looks awful. I feel like a fool for defending him earlier. He appears to have no idea of what he’s going to do when he gets up there. Just hacking. Looks like Melky right now. Escobar needs to turn it around quick!

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    Mara Says:

    How long did Curt say we have to wait before asking for him to be benched?

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    McOut Says:

    I think he might of said a week. With Infante playing so well before he saw the bench, I don’t know if you can wait that long. We might be tied if Infante were playing today.

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    Mara Says:

    I say we WOULD be tied if Infante were starting. Come on Lowedemort!

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    McOut Says:

    That stolen base just got them a run.

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    Mara Says:

    I think Chris Carter has Tourettes. He’s very jerky…bless his heart.

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    Mara Says:

    Bubdylan, how do you say, Martin, I may be in love with your manly self? Let’s bring him home!

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    McOut Says:

    This Prado guy is pretty good.

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    Mara Says:

    Good job Grampa. Did they say why Frenchy’s in the game? Thought he was benched?

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    McOut Says:

    Third inning in a row the Hamburglar has started 3-0 with the leadoff guy. Third inning in a row the leadoff guy has reached.

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    Mara Says:

    Curt, could you please tweet one of the really bad words? Please? Thanks.

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    Mara Says:

    This pitcher can hit…careful…

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    Mara Says:

    Whew…that was very scary.

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    McOut Says:

    Whew, hopefully that’s it for Hamburglar. Decent outing for Hamburglar-pitching standards.

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    McOut Says:

    Hinske a triple short of the cycle….

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    Mara Says:

    Hinske needs a triple next time up. This feels familiar. O Infante…

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    Mara Says:

    I knew that looked familiar.

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    Mara Says:

    I don’t care what Curt says…I want Infante back today!

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    McOut Says:

    Escobar must still think it’s April. They need to do something in the 8th because they’re gonna see K-Rod in the 9th if they’re still losing…

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    Mara Says:

    EOF looks like he’s gagging himself when he licks his fingers. Kinda grosses me out.

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    Jess Says:

    K-Rod is easy to crack, but somebody needs to get infante back in. Now.

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    Mara Says:

    here here Jess. Moylan makes me nervous these days. I used to love to see him come out of the pen but now…I don’t know. A little apprehensive these days about Pete. I would be a terrible manager. You don’t play perfectly you’re riding the pine.

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    McOut Says:

    McCann should spend less time playing Call of Duty and more time practicing throwing to 2nd. Just a thought.

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    Mara Says:

    Need to score some runs…maybe Infante will pinch hit. So help me if he puts in Cabrera…

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    Mara Says:

    Oh Melky…please don’t hit into a DP.

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    McOut Says:

    Uh-oh Mara, here comes you know who….

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    McOut Says:

    That BBBBBBBLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWSSSSSSSSSSS. What is McLouth doing? The infield was playing in.

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    Mara Says:

    That wasn’t how I pictured Prado’s at bat going. Come on Kid!

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    Mara Says:

    I have a feeling I’m about to be very mad at Chipper Jones. Come on Chip!!!!

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    Mara Says:

    We’re getting swept.

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    McOut Says:

    Unbelievable. Are we really gonna be 0-4 against the Mets?

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    McOut Says:

    If this stands we’re like 3-10 against the NL East. Yes I’d say we’ve earned last place in the division. Santana tomorrow. Not good. can’t play Brewers, Astros, and D’Backs every series. These guys have to start hitting good pitching. I don’t think this one is all on Escobar.

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    Mara Says:

    I need cookies.

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    McOut Says:

    I need beer.

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    Curt Says:

    Pretty sad when you can’t expect to get anything from your 3 and 4 hitters. Bobby has to move some guys around again. McCann just looks lost. And Escobar is trying to pull everyting. That double play he hit into. He goes the other way and we are tied. Disappointing evening so far.

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    Curt Says:

    Steve’s tweeting from the game. Hence all the tame, insightful stuff

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    Mara Says:

    Which double play Curt…the first one he hit into or the second? I’ll have to tell Stevie we need swear words when things go terribly wrong. It colors up my Twitter page and makes me feel better.

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    McOut Says:

    Curt, the sad thing is that, with Santana being a lefty, the only change we’ll probably see tomorrow is Hinske going to the bench. Maybe it means Infante plays LF, maybe it means Melky plays LF, who knows? The black hole positioned 3rd and 4th in our order is getting really annoying.

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    Mara Says:

    Ok…so K-Rod’s good but he’s human. Come on T!

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    McOut Says:

    The Escobar problem will get fixed by him turning it around or Infante playing. How do you fix the 3,4 problem with Bobby managing?

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    McOut Says:

    Will we ever see .500?

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    Mara Says:

    Did Escobar look gimpy after stealing 2nd?

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    Mara Says:

    I know it’s not ALL Escobar’s fault and he was very patient during that last at bat but…really hard to watch him not hit. And McCann…what the heck? Sit him too and play Ross (don’t be mad Bub).

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    McOut Says:

    I guess it’s fitting for Hamburglar to finally lose a close, low-scoring game after winning so many blowouts when he gave up 5 or 6. Last place, again….

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    McOut Says:

    Continually having two of your worst hitters hit 3 and 4 is the driving force to this team not making the playoffs. Wouldn’t you of rather seen Hinske in those situations in the 8th than Chipper and Mac. At least Chipper walked a couple times and got to show-off his warning track power. Yeah, Chipper, that’s what a 3 hitter is supposed to do…

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    Curt Says:

    No hits when you needed them. It’s that simple. Your runs were a double and two sack flies and a solo homer. 3 HIDP. That awful 8th. Here you go against the 6th best pitching staff in the NL. And as McOut points out 0-4 against the Mets, 3-10 against the NL East, and we get Santana tomorrow.

    Chipper has 0 power. That sac fly he hit, 3 years ago he buries that ball in the stands. It was a fat pitch. He just doesn’t have the power and Bobby really hurts us with Chipper and McCann crippling the middle of our lineup.

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    Mara Says:

    Reality bites.

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    McOut Says:

    Curt, “No hits when you need them. It’s that simple.” Amen, brother. Escobar used to be the guy in those situations last year but not this year. If Hinske isn’t in the lineup tomorrow, then I’m not listening. I live in Tampa, so I can’t watch. It’s sad that it’s May and I’m already looking forward to the offseason when Cox is gone and we maybe sign Carl Crawford or Werth. If I were Frank Wren I would pay Carl Crawford whatever it takes. The guy is a baseball player, and the Braves don’t appear to have many of those.

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    Steve Says:

    My first loss at Turner Field this season. And this one hurt. Lots of opportunities in the 8th and 9th. Dammit. We really let that one get away. But, I’ll say, aside from the two run inning when Lowe was taking 5 minutes between pitches and looking really out of sorts, it was a solid start from him. 7 innings, 3 runs. I’ll take it. He and Hinske. Good Lord, the baseball must look like a beach ball to him right now.

    First press pass of the season tomorrow. And I just got a note from the PR person saying that Heyward is booked all afternoon with scheduled interviews and will not be available. And, college girls love him.

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    Mara Says:

    Tough break Steve, maybe nexttime. Keep trying though cause how cool would that be?

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    Curt Says:

    So Pujols asked to be moved from his 3 spot, where he has batted every game since 2003, to help shake up the Cards lineup.

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    Curt Says:

    In an effort to further push myself into the category of most hated ABT host, I’m afraid I am not going to make it to ABT day at the park. My family is going on summer vacation during the week of Memorial Day and we will be in SC on June 1. I’m really disappointed that I will not be there and I hope that if we can not reschedule, maybe we can reconvene at another game later in the summer. Hope you guys can mange to have fun at the game without me.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Curt, where are your priorities? I guess that’s ok however, we will curse your name if the Phillies win. So have fun!

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    Steve Says:

    From Mark Bradley blog today. Quote from Chipper from Monday afternoon: “As I sit here today, I can’t say [playing two seasons beyond this] is going to happen.”

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    Curt Says:

    In the face Ham

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    McOut Says:

    Chipper, I can’t say playing beyond tomorrow should happen.
    Braves Best Lineup:
    1. Infante 2B
    2. Prado 3B
    3. Hinske LF
    4. Glaus 1B
    5. Heyward RF
    6. Escobar SS
    7. McCan’t C
    8. McOut CF
    9. P
    *Get Hinske more ABs! Get Infante in the lineup! Prado is the bomb! I still think Heyward is best suited for 5 right now. If Escobar continues to suck, then take him out and put Infante at SS, Prado at 2nd, and Conrad at 3rd batting 7 or 8 behind McCan’t. McCan’t cannot keep blowing it in clutch situations if this team is going to win. I would much rather see Hinske and Glaus hit 3 and 4 than Mac and Chipper- If you had told me in Spring Training that I would think that by May, then I would of told you we’re probably going to finish in last place. McCann and Chipper are offensive and defensive liabilities. It is mid-May, I think we have a pretty good sample size of what kind of year it’s going to be…..

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    McOut Says:

    Kudos to Wren for getting Hinske. Can you imagine how bad we’d be if Hinske wasn’t on the team?

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    Mara Says:

    I love how Fredi handled this. http://ow.ly/1MDkJ

    Nice lineup McOut.

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    McOut Says:

    Hanley’s effort makes Yunel look like Brooks Conrad. I watched parts of the Mets vs Marlins on Saturday and Sunday. Hanley hit a double in one of those games and pretty much walked to 2nd after he got half way around first. It ended up being a relatively close play at 2nd on what should have been a stand up double, which I guess it technically still was. That guy is a total ego-maniac, and my guess is that Yunel suffers from the same disease at times. It has always struck me as being odd when Yunel does this because he’s never hit over 20 HRs, 100 RBIs, or batted .342 in a season like Hanley. Hanley is a great player, but he is obviously a bad mix on that team. I really hope Yunel starts playing more like Prado and less like a poor man’s Hanley Ramirez.

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    McOut Says:

    Mara, I agree with you that Infante should start everyday. We need the dynamic Venezuelan duo at the top of the order. I watched a highlight of Prado’s game winner on Friday. His boy Infante hands him the ball in the dugout, but Infante looks so sad after scoring the winning run because I think he knew it would be his last start for a while with Escobar coming back the next day. After seeing his sadness, I am convinced he wants to play more than anyone except Prado, Hinske, and Heyward. That’s why all 4 should never leave the field unless they cannot physically play.

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    Mara Says:

    I need to hunt down a clip. I wanna see so I can rejooice in another team’s struggles. If BubDylan wasn’t too busy watching the DEVIL Rays (that’s right, I said it) I’d ask him to do it but…*sigh* such is life.

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    Steve Says:

    With the lefty Santana going tonight, does Bobby sit Hinske in favor of Melky? I think it’s a real possiblity. A line up with no Hinske or Infante. I hope I’m wrong. And who’d of thought, by the way, that we’d be so vigorously clamoring for Hinske and Infante on a regular basis.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8077975
    How refreshing would this managing style be?

    Steve, please say it isn’t so. BC can’t sit Hinske.

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    Mara answers the call Says:

    Double dog damn:

    Braves Tonight’s lineup: Prado, 4; Heyward, 9; Chipper, 5; Glaus, 3; McCann, 2; Escobar, 6; Cabrera, 7; McLouth, 8; Medlen,

    I’m not watching.

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    Anne Says:

    If you WERE watching, “Mara,” I will be wearing green. …but I’ll be in sunglasses incognito-like until the sun goes down. 1st base side, Plaza Level above the Braves logo “A” on top of the dugout. AND I’m bringing the boyfriend. (The REAL one, Steve & Ballpark Frank) This is the last thing he wants to do for our anniversary, but I’m bribing him with beer & bratwurst. Who wouldn’t love me?? Oh, and I don’t want to watch, either, but the tickets are paid for. So…GO BRAVES!!

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    Mara Says:

    Of course I’ll watch…I can’t not. I’ll look for you AND the real boyfriend. Have fun and Happy Anniversary. Bratwurst=yum…mexidog=gag me.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Braves Tonight’s lineup: Prado, 4; Heyward, 9; Chipper, 5; Glaus, 3; McCann, 2; Escobar, 6; Cabrera, 7; McLouth, 8; Medlen,”

    Please leave, Bobby Cox. Please go. Get out. Move on. Hit the bricks. Sail on down the line. Split. Beat feet. Take the leap. Jump ship. Blast off. Skip the light fantastic. Go do something else.

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    Anne Says:

    Bub – seeing your name reminds me. Am a month behind in listening to Bob Edwards Weekend podcasts…just heard one with Jakob Dylan today. Your “son” is pretty great. Is it blasphemy to say I like him more than his dad? His real dad…not you.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Anne, Jakob’s got a better voice. And a more pleasing persona (sp?). Dylan’s the Master of the Songwriting Universe, but most ladies don’t care for him. Besides the voice, he’s a jerk. I wrote a paper calling “Like a Rolling Stone” the most hateful #1 song of all time. (I know it isn’t obvious at first glance, but take my word for it. I’m a genius.) But guys forgive Dylan’s arsehole side quicker than women, usually.

    So, no, you’re not blaspheming to like him more. If you call him a better songwriter, I’ll be sending out some prayers of pity for the fellow beside the woman in green.

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    Steve Says:

    Y’all have seen the bad news about our line up. Frenchy is batting 8th for the Mets tonight.

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    McOut Says:

    The linup is Prado, Heyward, Jones, Glaus, McCan’t, Hinske, Yusmell, McOut, Meds. DOB posted it a little while ago. There was a nightmare lineup post earlier on ajc. I like Medlen’s chances tonight against the Mets. The Braves somehow always manage to get Santana.

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    Mara Says:

    Steve, can you give us a teaser about the Hinske interview?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHV0-Zp3eTA&feature=related

    I’m getting the Ken Burns DVD set in a week. Anybody have it/seen it? I’m pretty excited.

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    Curtson Says:

    With New York (19-20) mired in a five-game losing streak, Wilpon met with manager Jerry Manuel, general manager Omar Minaya and assistant general manager John Ricco prior to the opener of this two-game set. Manuel said it was “a good baseball meeting” to discuss “our plan going forward.”

    “I didn’t come here to fire anybody, guys. Sorry,” Wilpon said.

    The Mets went on to win for the second time in nine games, beating the Braves 3-2 on Monday night. New York moved out of last place in the NL East, a half-game ahead of Atlanta (18-20).

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    Curtson Says:

    Can he fire Bobby Cox?

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    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    I wish I could go to the ABT game.

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    Steve Says:

    I saw Omar speaking to Frank Wren, so who knows?

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    Steve Says:

    JJ – I wish you could join us, too.

    Mara – We talk about him hitting like crazy here and then about his past life on different teams.

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    McOut Says:

    The line up I saw on AJC is a fake. How is Melky playing ahead of Hinske and Infante? I just don’t get it.

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    Steve Says:

    A nice 11 pitch first inning for Medlen.

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    McOut Says:

    I’m going against my original plan and listening. I still can’t believe Melky is paying in front of Infante and Hinske. For some reason the Braves manager thinks it’s a good idea to bench 2 of his 3 hitters who are hitting over .300. Maybe he’s on to something. I’m confused.

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    Steve Says:

    The organist got lots of thumbs up throughout the press box for playing Charlie’s Angels theme when Angel Pagan came up. Pretty funny scene in here. An unusual display of emotion.

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    Steve Says:

    Troy absolutely crushed that ball. It got out of here in a hurry.

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    McOut Says:

    GLAUS!

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    Steve Says:

    Unfortunately, Melky has to come up …

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    Mara Says:

    Me too McOut…Can’t believe there’s a crooked number on the board!

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    Steve Says:

    66 pitches for Johan through 3 innings.

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    Mara Says:

    Hinske would have leaned in and gotten hit by that pitch or hit a single with the next one. Mad. Mad. Mad.

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    Mara Says:

    Super cool link Bub. Bub? BUUUUUUUUUB!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m here. Suffering under Lemke play by play. Brutal. Bru. Tull.

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    McOut Says:

    Me too Bub. Me too. He has a deep nerd-like voice. He sounds like my freshman biology teacher doing play by play. Never liked the guy after he stiffed me on an autograph.

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    Mara Says:

    Medlen looks crazy good! How has he been in the bullpen all this time! I swear I could manage this team. Whose with me?

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    McOut Says:

    If someone made a film about the early 90s Braves, the role of Mark Lemke would be played by Rick Moranis.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I no like Ike.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Nothing could be more disgusting that *that*.

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    McOut Says:

    YIKES!

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    Mara Says:

    Changed my mind about Medlen.

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    Steve Says:

    Frenchy! That really hurts. He just snapped an 0 – 20 with that.

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    Mara Says:

    Steve, can you see John and Joe? Just curious.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Nah, Meds is good. Don’t doubt it.

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    Mara Says:

    Don’t look now Bub….(in a hushed voice) you believe.

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    Mara Says:

    mlb.tv is driving me CRAZY!! I keep having to reload.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I believe Meds is good. :)

    Sorry, princess. Don’t believe we’re going anywhere this year. Jurrjens, Lowe, KK, McCann, Chipper, Bobby Cox… that’s a ton to overcome. The Wild Card is a tough get, too, with the whole NL East playing around .500, they’ll slug each other the death. The Nats are for real, and about to get better.

    Meanwhile the bottom of the central division is so, so awful. The Reds should take the WC, or somebody from the West.

    But I do believe Meds is good. And the Braves should be right there next year. Man, I hope we hang on to Ross at all costs.

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    Mara Says:

    Yea…I hear ya.

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    McOut Says:

    Bobby Cox sure can put together a terrible 5-8 in a line up. He’s sick of this hitting crap. What a moron.

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    Mara Says:

    Who was it last year during an ABT show that said Bobby Cox is a genius when managing a great team but a terrible manager with a mediocre team?

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    McOut Says:

    Why would you bench a guy, Hinske, who is arguably the hottest hitter in a baseball to play a guy who can’t hit? Unbelievable.

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    McOut Says:

    I hope Moylan brings it tonight. Good job Meds. Deserved to get a win.

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    McOut Says:

    Yes sir.

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    Steve Says:

    Frency booed LUSTILY at the plate and then cheered WILDLY after hitting into the DP. Pretty great sequence.

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    Mara Says:

    He pulled a Frenchy!

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    McOut Says:

    Here’s your boy Infante, Mara.

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    McOut Says:

    Hopefully that’s it for Santana.

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    Mara Says:

    Well, next time buddy.

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    McOut Says:

    Future Rotation: Hanson, JJ, Medlen, Minor, Teheran. Pretty sick. Vizcaino and Delgado are pretty good, too. Plus, you got Marek and Dunn as relievers, and Chris Masters and Chris Resop are pitching well, too. The Braves have a lot of good, young pitching.

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    Mara Says:

    I still can’t find Anne. Let’s get some runs!!!!

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    McOut Says:

    Maybe Hinske can get in now.

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    Steve Says:

    Now, THAT hurts.

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    Mara Says:

    Oh Mac…

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    McOut Says:

    NICE! Crazy inning.

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    Steve Says:

    Don’t know if it’s translating on TV, but the stadium is really, really fired up. Place went absolutely nuts on that Wagner strikeout.

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    McOut Says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Unbelievable!

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    McOut Says:

    Nice situational hitting wins the game. GO BRAVES!

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    McOut Says:

    That’s why they’re the METS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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    Steve Says:

    We’ll take it.

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    Mara Says:

    I cannot believe we won with a Cabrera at bat. Crazy ending…good win!

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    McOut Says:

    How about Kris Medlen. He needs to stay in the rotation for a while.

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    Hanson+Heyward=World Series Ring Says:

    Melky ≠ LVP!

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    Hanson+Heyward=World Series Ring Says:

    Phewph.

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    Mara Says:

    Bub, did you see (hear) us win? I know we’re not a great team but “IF” McCann and Escobar figure it out it’s possible. I know it’s slim, but it’s possible for us to put together enough wins to at least contend for the WC? You know…if Chipper gets hurt…a lot.

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    Mara Says:

    So, the Marlins shutout the D-backs. Played like a bunch of pros after their skipper handled controversy and dissension with honesty… like a grown up.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Dang, I missed it. Friend called. Gonna go check out the highlights.

    No, I don’t think it looks good for a wild card run. But a quick inventory of my recent conclusions (coughChippercough) should put your mind at ease.

    McCann screaming F*** at the top of his lungs not a favorite moment of the night.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, saw the ending.

    Lol, Mets.

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    Mara Says:

    He pays dearly in the 9th. I’m sure he screamed way more than F***. It would even make a lady like me cringe.

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    McOut Says:

    I like our chances tomorrow against Harang. The Reds are on fire. They had a walk-off win, too. Should be a couple of good games. Hinske should play in both because Harang and Leake are both righties. Absolutely absurd that he didn’t play today. You can play Melky, but you have to sit McOut when you do. That should be a law. Melky’s played a lot of center in his career, and having him and Nate in the lineup is brutal. He puts together these terrible 5-8′s in the order and then we struggle. Those two things are not coincidences. We got lucky. The Mets gave that one away. Can Infante really not play center? He’s pretty fast and generally a solid fielder.

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    Curt Says:

    I looked at stats before the game to see Hinske’s splits against lefties vs. Cabrera’s. Because it is Bobby and his stupid ‘book.’ Hinske has 4 ABs against lefties and is 1-4 with 2 Ks. In 39 ABs, Cabrera has 5 hits. That’s .128. So beyond any other argument, and it has been stated over and over, how the hell is Hinske not in there every game? It’s mathematically brutal. Even against lefties he is so much more a viable option than Melky. Screw getting the guy some playing time.

    I would just like to add, because I am watching SportsCenter right now, I hate Stewart Scott as much or more than any human being who has ever been on TV. He is cartoonishly awful. A hack of epic proportions. ESPN is apt to have some real tool bags on their network but he takes the cake. And the fact that I have been on the phone with him and he is a raging jerk in person. I just can hardly keep my TV on with him on there. He makes Chris Berman look like Walter Cronkite.

    Sorry. He makes me want to punch something.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    You were on the phone with Stewart Scott? You think you can just drop that in with no story? Why were you on the phone witt Stewart Scott, sucka?

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    Curt Says:

    He was a spokesman for this eBay project I managed. It was some college sports memorabilia deal. So he had been hired by eBay to promote this promotion they were having and we were booking him interviews on radio stations across the country. He charged eBay like 100k to do this and then kept switching days he wanted to do it, which the radio stations loved because they were committed to a time and he kept moving it. On top of the fact that no one wanted to talk to him anyway. I mean, it’s Stewart Scott. Who cares? So he finally commits to a day and he is just a tool the whole morning. I’ve been on the phone with plenty of famous people, none as vain as him, except maybe the American Choppers guys. Over the couse of the morning I heard him suggest that when he was doing a piece where he was going through the Jets preseason camps, that he was such a good WR that they contemplated SIGNING HIM. And that he was a peer of Michael Jordan’s. It was truly hysterical. Such a clown.

    Great quote from Medlen about Frenchy:

    “I struggle with those kind of guys,” Medlen said of Francoeur, who snapped an 0-for-20 skid. “He doesn’t really have, like, an approach. He just goes up there hacking. Like Pablo Sandoval in San Francisco, he swings at everything.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol @ Stewart Scott. Wow. I’d never hold it together around dudes like that. Cool story, though.

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    Anne Says:

    “Mara,” just imagine that McCann was actually yelling “Vacuum” for no apparent reason. Does that make it better for your ladylike ears?

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    Mara Says:

    Lol…it wasn’t exactly the language that made me cringe. It was the obvious “there can’t be a God” kinda pain he was in.

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    Steve Says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that quote from Medlen about Frenchy. It’s so validating in so many ways.

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    Mara Says:

    I’m sure everyone has seen this but just in case…could not have hand picked the new face of Braves baseball any better.

    If you want to know why folks think Jason Heyward is special, even beyond his swing,watch this (http://bit.ly/ddrqSi).

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    Mara Says:

    Buster olney’s tweet…gotta give credit.

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    Mara Says:

    At least Hinske’s back in the lineup. Maybe YEs will figure things out. Reds have been winning way too much anyway. Time for them to lose for a while. Go Braves!!!

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    Mara Says:

    Forgot to paste:)
    Tonight’s lineup: Prado, 4; Heyward, 9; Chipper, 5; McCann, 2; Glaus, 3; Hinske, 7; Escobar, 6; McLouth, 8; Kawakami, 1.

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    Steve Says:

    Mara – where did you get a lineup at 2:38 in the afternoon?

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    Bobby's mistress Says:

    Crap.

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    McOut Says:

    This seems to be the line up for us against a righty. If he’s going to platoon Hinske, then it should be Omar playing instead of Melky. Melky should only play to give McLouth rest.

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    Anne Says:

    “Mara,” this will be of no help to you…I’m wearing red today which didn’t even hit me until just now, seeing as we’re playing the…gosh darn it! Hopefully the Braves cap will override.

    In other news…can we possibly beat dem Reds?? I’m a little scared. (go braves)

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    Anne Says:

    Steve – re: Tweet from last night about the organist…that guy goes way out on a limb with some of those tunes, and could go so much farther. “Proud Mary” for Ike Davis, for example…I was really hoping for “I[ke] Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)”

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    Mara Says:

    Take 3. Twitterverse…@Braves

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    Mara Says:

    Finally…I was beginning to think I’d been banned.

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    Mara Says:

    Go Braves! I like that crooked number. KK must be doing something right.

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    Curt Says:

    It’s gotta be the shoes

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    Mara Says:

    Easy Martin…no fits.

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    Mara Says:

    I’m sure this has been discussed on this forum but I can’t remember. Fair or foul…interleague play. Go.

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    Mara Says:

    I missed something…what’s wrong with KK’s foot?

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    Steve Says:

    Mara – KK was getting blisters or something and was trying new shoes. And then didn’t like the ones he wore at the start of the game so he switched to other ones.

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    Mara Says:

    The one’s he ended up with looked a little rough. Must be what makes em so comfy.

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    Mara Says:

    I KNEW that was going to happen…just had a feeling. In other news…Modern Family is stinking funny!

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    Mara Says:

    Nervous in the top of the 8th.

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    Curt Says:

    Nothing’s easy with these guys, and we can’t get the leadoff double in.

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    Mara Says:

    Kitchen Coma Car Keys cannot get a win.

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    Curt Says:

    No he isnt

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    Curt Says:

    or can’t

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    Tcc Says:

    JASON

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    Curt Says:

    that’s better

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    Mara Says:

    I got news for college girls…ALL women love Jason Heyward! WAHOO! That was a great win!

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    Steve Says:

    Spectacular bottom of the 9th. All with 2 outs, no less. Great, great win.

    Mara – you are SO right about Modern Family. Not as funny as Lost, but still good.

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    Mara Says:

    Alright people! How can you NOT want to be at the Ted with fantastic people like me on June 1st? Seriously! Such fun to be had…

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    Tcc Says:

    Or June 2 with me?? C’mon people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together, try and love one another right now!

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    Tcc Says:

    Ahem…sorry, folks…I tend to drift in and out of 1966. Go Braves!

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    Anne Says:

    Great, great game…glad I stayed to the end, though Wagner was very Gonzalez-like there… Too bad he can’t give his earned Win to Kawakami.

    Best big screen moment: “Hinske’s Hillbillies” group of fellas & gals w/banner, dressed in full Hee-Haw Farmer Hayseed hats, one-shoulder-buckled overalls, fishin’ rods and Virginia Reels non-stop.

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    Mara Says:

    Cledus…one day. You can’t come to Atlanta one little tiny day early? Wiley, didn’t you say you’d sit by me so I can monitor your beverage intake? Mr. Alicious, what say you?

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    Anne Says:

    Diaz surgery…whew! “Everything went good,” said Braves manager Bobby Cox prior to Wednesday night’s series opener with the Cincinnati Reds at Turner
    Field. “It’s gonna be a while [until he comes back], at least a month.”

    Dumb Girl Question…and it’s a two-parter: (1) He was in uniform in the dugout on Tuesday but already on the DL. Why not start the DL time clock the following day? (2) …and if it’s going to be a month, why is he on the 15-day DL, not 30-day?

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    McOut Says:

    Didn’t get to watch (listen) to the game last night, but I just watched the highlights of Heyward’s double like 900 times. 20. UNBELIEVABLE. Hudson said they needed to take 3 of 4 from Cincy and Mets. Let’s see it.

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    Curt Says:

    Anne, most of that stuff has to do with bringing guys up and roster spots and all that. It’s a game.

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    Mara Says:

    I don’t want to talk about it.

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    McOut Says:

    Tommy Hanson is throwing awful today. Two not-so-good starts in a row for Big Red. His control is terrible. He is behind in every count to every hitter. Almost 50 pitches, and we’re not even through the 2nd. Offense is going to have to pick him up today.

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    McOut Says:

    I don’t understand why he isn’t more aggressive in the zone like Medlen. He is pitching with a Glavine-like approach without Glavine’s control.

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    McOut Says:

    Jesse Chavez is warming up… Looks like we’re about to be under .500 again.

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    McOut Says:

    He got 2 outs, and now he can’t get anyone out. Unbelievable. What is going on?

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    Steve Says:

    Chavez?!?!?! C’mon Bobby, don’t throw in the towel that fast. This is ugly on Gameday. I can’t imagine it on TV or radio. Damn.

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    McOut Says:

    8 runs… He is done. Here comes Chavez. Wow. Almost doubled his ERA in two starts. What’s the deal? Hamburglar gets better, but now Hanson catches the suck virus that constantly plagues this team. They really are just a .500 team. If you can only play .500 ball against the Reds and Mets, then next month’s schedule is going to eat the Braves alive.

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    Mara Says:

    …not talking…

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    McOut Says:

    Hopefully they can score some runs on Leake.

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    McOut Says:

    Hopefully the offense doesn’t just take the day off now

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    Steve Says:

    Not the most encouraging of 2nd innings. Got to chip away. 8 runs. I really fear the “Hanson scheduled for an MRI” article that may be coming.

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    McOut Says:

    Maybe the Tommy Gun has some distractions at home……..

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    Mara Says:

    Never thought I’d be happy Chavez came into a game. Skip and Joe are struggling to come up with things to talk about.

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    McOut Says:

    Steve, that would be awful. His control was Hamburglaresque today, as was the result.

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    Mara Says:

    Dear fan in the muscle shirt, Shirts that show armpit hair went out with the 80′s…no matter how bit your muscles are.

    Oh good…only 7 to go.

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    McOut Says:

    22 year old Mike Leake just made Grandpa look like a tool. Throwing hard inside and then striking him out. way to be Chipper. way to be.

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    Mara Says:

    And if you insist on wearing said muscle shirt don’t tuck it into your denim shorts and cinch your waste with a belt…K? awesome.

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    Anne Says:

    Guess I picked the right day to…give my tickets to someone else and stay at work!

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    McOut Says:

    Thanks Yunel.

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    Mara Says:

    Hinske and YEs are making me say very bad words.

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    McOut Says:

    Argh! Wish I had skipped this one. That’s it for me. Maybe the Rays will win today.

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    Steve Says:

    Yunel’s DP in the 4th. Brutal.

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    Mara Says:

    I don’t like that Nix fella.

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    Mara Says:

    Despite the homer…I wish Chavez had pitched the 2nd.

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    Steve Says:

    McCann’s DP in the 6th. Brutal.

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    McOut Says:

    OMG! Look what we have here….

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    Mara Says:

    Can not believe this game. J-Hey gave a good effort…good at-bat. “Dum Spiro Spero”!!!!

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    McOut Says:

    Brooks Conrad Walk Off Grand Slam! OMG! OMG! OMG!

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    Tcc Says:

    Unbefreakinleavable!!!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Anne Says:

    Amen, Bub. GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mara Says:

    Bubdylan, you HAVE to tell me you have a tiny spark that believes a little tiny bit!

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    Mara Says:

    Don’t tell but I cried a little in my eyes just now. Not on my face but just a little misty. This team has magic.

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    Curt Says:

    Thank god they pulled Chipper

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    Steve Says:

    How many times over the past few years would the Braves have quit after the 2nd inning, down 8 runs. What a game. What unbelievable momentum heading to Pittsburgh now. I’m really speechless. On a side note, there’s a strange thrill watching that kind of thing unfold on Gameday. Seeing the pitch “in play” but then having to wait to see what happened. What a game!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mara, I looked at the wild card teams ahead of the Braves last night again and there are a lot of teams who have as many question marks (or more) as Atlanta. So, I don’t know if that constitutes a spark or not.

    But I couldn’t feel grumpy at the Braves today even if they were the worst team in the majors. That’s a game you keep with you forever. When we remember Conrad, it’ll be for this moment, like other non-greats that we’ll never forget: Willie Harris and his catch, Bream’s slide, Francisco Cabrera for the same play, Otis Nixon’s catch, etc. To be down exactly three in the bottom of the ninth and hit a grand slam: how often does it happen? And after already scoring the three you need to get in position that same inning? Brooks Conrad’s entire scrappy career glorified in one play today. Amazing.

    And one of the great things about baseball: in the NBA if you’re down 20 with three minutes to play, it’s over. In football, down 21 with 2 minutes, it’s over. But if you’ve got one of the worst offenses in baseball and you’re down 6 with 3 outs left? Game not over. Good day to be a ballfan.

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    Mara Says:

    I love watching J-Hey bear hug Conrad at the end! All you see is his little white bald head. I love how Jason was as excited today with the win as he was yesterday. I freakin love that Chipper was pulled and that Conrad got a scouting report from him before he stepped up to the plate. My phone died when the count was 2-2 and I ran upstairs. By the time I got it plugged in the game had ended and I assumed a DP. Then I saw the score and went beserk. I’ve watched the replay over and over. I guess now I should start supper. Go Braves!!!!

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    Mara Says:

    I need to see you say it Bub…”good day to be a BRAVES fan.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, Mara, Lord help you if you need that from the most neurotic sports fan in the world on a day like this one. But I wouldn’t deny you a warm fuzzy if I can help it: It’s a good day to be a Braves fan.

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    Mara Says:

    And that’s why they call me Princess…:).

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    Mara Says:

    D’yall catch ole Brooksy on SC? So happy for that guy!

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    BluesMan Says:

    I love how our team is playing. I wish we hadn’t split the series w/ the Mets…but I hate Ohio teams w/ a passion (ALL of them, no exceptions). I LOVED that we walked off BOTH games to take the series! The only one I’m concerned about coming around is Escobar. I’m not so worried about the other guys. Lowe is showing signs of improvement as is KK. Medlen is very dependable. He’ll be in our rotation the next time a full-time spot opens up…he’s earned it. It’s also nice to see Chavez right the ship & stop the bleeding. We gotta remember how well our young pen did for us today too.

    IT’S ALWAYS GREAT TO BE A BRAVES FAN!!!!! GO BRAVES!!!

    -BluesMan

    I finally will be going to my first Braves game since the TED opened in ’96. It will be Bobby Cox night when we face off against the Philthies (I think)…Peace everyone!!!

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    Mara Says:

    Hmmm…we are above .500 and 2 back in the wildcard race. Those were the name change rules…dare I do it? I’m only superstitious when it comes to baseball and then I’m super dooper superstitious.

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    Will Says:

    Ding dong. Dinger donger. El salami grande… Conrad es de puta madre!

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    Curt Says:

    In the immortal words of Bull Durham (since you haven’t seen it) – “Never F*&# with a winning streak”

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    Mara Says:

    I’ll see it one day…I promise. So I guess I’m Mara but I’m going to have to find something happy to tack on to it.

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    Mara Says:

    That’s just good stuff…
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100520&content_id=10255330&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl&partnerId=rss_atl

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    Mara Says:

    Wanna have some fun? Listen to the Reds broadcaster calling the game today. He thought Nix caught the ball and said “He caught the ball…oh I’m sorry. Grandslam home run by the pinch hitter Brooks Conrad.” I would hunt him down were I a Reds fan.

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    McOut Says:

    Still can’t believe it. OMG! Brooks Conrad! Three great wins in a row for the team. Keep it up guys. Steve, I agree. Former Braves teams would have called after the 2nd inning. These guys are different. What an exciting home stand, minus Monday and Saturday. I’m glad they were able to pick up Hanson. He deserved it. He’s been nothing short of stellar since he’s been in the big leagues. Today he probably has his worst outing, and the team still won.

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    McOut Says:

    “I’ve been to 2 rodeos and 3 goat roapins’, but I’ve never seen anything like that!” Braves Announcer Joe Simpson on Brooks Conrad’s walk-off grand slam.
    Kind of makes you wonder what they did after they got the rope around the goat. All I can say is that I’m glad I’m not from Oklahoma.

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    McOut Says:

    Maybe instead of “wonder” it’s more like fear to think about….

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    McOut Says:

    I’m thankful I have to listen to it on radio every time I hear they’re commentary on the highlights. The radio guys get pretty blah at times, but nothing can be as painful as Joe Simpson. That Summer of 2008 was brutal when the team absolutely sucked, and you had to endure Joe, too.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Some tool got hold of my bank card number and made three purchases… got caught on the third one. Now, get this: the first two were for 27.99 and 16.99. So I’ve at least temporarily lost 40 something dollars. What a world. At least they didn’t drain my account. What fool risks jail for that kind amount, though?

    Be careful out there. I’m withdrawing my money and putting it in a damn jar under the bed. The world’s gone crazy. I am VERY careful with my card. I’m infuriated. I’m way to freaking poor to be robbed.

    Go Braves.

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    Will Says:

    and if the purchases are for ABT shirt and a coffee mug…gotta be Curtis. Just sayin. He borrowed my Iron Maiden T-shirt in 1987 and I never got it back…my fave one that showed off my muscles and armpits…

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    Will Says:

    sorry bub… people just aint no good

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Thanks, Will. They surely ain’t.

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    Mara Says:

    Awe Bubalicious…sorry to hear that. That happened to us a few years back. The person spent hundreds at an online leather store. Needless to say, immediate red flag. Hope you get your money back.

    Will, sounds like Curt did you a favor.

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    Anne Says:

    “…at an online leather store. Needless to say, immediate red flag.” Bwah hah hah!! What, you didn’t think maybe the Rev bought you a new Coach bag??

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    Steve Says:

    BluesMan – I am very worried about Yunel as well. And, it’s such a travesty as well. Think of how much better this offense would be if he was performing as expected.

    Bub – that SUCKS about your card. I’m sorry. And you’re right about the small purchases. A lot of risk for small stuff.

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    Curt Says:

    I still have Will’s t-shirt and wear it proudly. Run to the Hills.

    Hope they catch the culprit Bub. We had close to $2k stolen out of our account a few years ago, all on purchases like that. The person went to a grocery store and would buy something and get $50 cash back. They did it 20-30 times in a span of a few hours. I had to ask the back officials why no red flags were raised as this person was stealing all this money. Crazy. People suck.

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    Wade Says:

    Anyone see the quotes after the game on DOB’s blog? Chipper’s lead off quote was “Great managerial job to get me and Mac out of the game”.

    Umm. Wow? And yes, yes it was. Because the May 2010 version of chipper grounds into a weak, game ending DP.

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    Mara Says:

    Wade, I could not believe that quote! I hope it helps Bobby see Conrad should be starting. Do you guys think Hinske’s slump has anything to do with being benched after hitting like a madman?

    Anne, so funny you said that…I’ve been begging for a Coach bag for years. Not that kinda store. :)

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    Steve Says:

    YES! http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/photos?gameId=300520115&photoId=636289

    Nice new blog about the game from Brave in NY is up.

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    Cautiously less pessimistic Says:

    I loved Conrad’s sprint around the bases after he realized the ball went out. Also really glad we got our home plate celebration this time.

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    Mara Says:

    Great blog by BinNY. I hope his boss doesn’t read his blog. This picture made me laugh and cringe at the same time.

    http://twitpic.com/1ppxno

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    McOut Says:

    Bub, I’ve been there, too, man. It says a lot about our society that like 4 of us on this blog have gone through similar situations. I feel your pain and am sorry man. “Some people just suck,” possibly the best advice my mom ever gave me.

    Steve- love the picture of Kimbrel and his backpack. That is hilarious.

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    McOut Says:

    Good to see Huddy back in the line up hitting with a higher BA than the 7 and 8 hitter. GO BRAVES!

    Would LaRussa bat Hudson 7?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Wouldn’t normally do this, but here’s the INSIDER article on the Grand Slam. Feel free to delete if you think it should be on the site:

    *******************************

    Brooks Conrad wanted a brief scouting report on Francisco Cordero as he prepared to pinch hit in the ninth inning Thursday. So as the switch-hitter went back to the dugout to get his left-handed equipment after the Reds changed from left-hander Arthur Rhodes to the right-handed Cordero for Conrad’s at-bat, he asked Chipper Jones what to expect.

    Jones gave him a little rundown of Cordero’s stuff, and gave him a simple suggestion: Make him throw strikes, Chipper said. Conrad was absorbed by all this, in this moment. Bases loaded, the Braves down three runs, after being down by six to start the bottom of the ninth, and Conrad wanted to move the inning along.

    He walked to the plate, and home plate umpire Lance Barksdale dusted off home and said something to Conrad that he didn’t immediately understand. Then Ramon Hernandez chimed in, as well: Conrad had forgotten to change his helmet, to bat left-handed.

    “I tossed it over [toward the dugout], and I had to move past that embarrassment,” Conrad said Thursday evening, chuckling over the phone.

    Did he ever; what followed was one of those moments that we’ll remember long after the season.

    What led up to that has been years of work, years of perseverance. Brooks Conrad was an eighth-round pick of the Houston Astros in 2001, and he would have about 4,000 at-bats in the minors before seeing a pitch in the major leagues. He got to know Round Rock, Texas, very well, probably much more than he would’ve liked — he played Double-A there for the Express in 2004, and remained there after the franchise moved up to Triple-A, for 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    Conrad says he never thought about quitting, about finding a new profession. “I love to play the game,” he said. “I wasn’t about to go and do something else. … I never had that attitude.”

    What he hoped for was a better opportunity in another organization, and he signed with the Oakland Athletics before the 2008 season — and for the fourth consecutive year, he hit 20-plus homers in the minors. At age 28, Conrad got his first shot in the big leagues, with the Athletics.

    He signed a minor league contract with the Braves before the 2009 season. “We liked his versatility, and the fact that he was a switch-hitter with power,” recalled Braves GM Frank Wren, through e-mail. “He’s a gamer with a great attitude.”

    As Conrad shifted into a support role for the Braves, he asked questions of others, like Greg Norton, about being a pinch hitter, about how to prepare for a moment that he found himself in on Thursday afternoon, in Turner Field.

    Cordero threw a strike, and Conrad dropped the head of his bat, smashing the ball squarely, toward left field. Off the bat, he thought his long drive had a chance to clear the fence in left field … and then saw Reds left fielder Laynce Nix close on the ball, reach out for it.

    “I thought he caught it,” Conrad said. “I kind of turned.”

    He looked away, and what he did not see was that the ball had glanced off Nix’s glove and bounced over the wall, for a grand slam. Not knowing what had transpired behind him, Conrad lifted his hands over his head with some exasperation — and that was the moment when he saw the fans going crazy, and his teammates running out of the dugout.

    And then Conrad went crazy, too. It was the No. 1 moment in Conrad’s career, for sure, he said. “It’s a really cool feeling to get up there in a pinch-hit situation,” he said, “and make the most of an opportunity like that.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yikes. “I think we ended the game with no outs… may have had one, I can’t remember” – Bobby talking about yesterday’s ending. How could he forget the Heyward at bat in 24 hours??

    Happy Birthday, Bobby. 8)

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    Mara Says:

    Great article on Conrad. Thanks for posting it. Of course, I’d be b*+{hen if it weren’t for the fantastic new multi-page format.

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    Mara Says:

    hehe…is it just me or did Glaus just head to the wrong dugout.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    McCann’s transgressions really piling up this early year.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    (I know, I know…)

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    Mara Says:

    Glaus’ fit was just for you Bub.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Glaus had another fit? I’m on radio. Put Glaus and Escobar in a pouting contest.

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    Mara Says:

    Or in the corner…which ever. Slammed his bat on home plate. These Pirate broadcasters are teeeeeerrible. Does Huddy usually throw this many balls?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    None of these balls Huddy and Cox are complaining about are in the strike zone on gameday.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    No, Huddy’s scuffling, Mara.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Thank the Sweet Lord for grounders. Gutsy call, throwing a change up when the command is struggling.

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    Mara Says:

    Whew…am I crazy or is the visitor’s dugout behind 3rd base? Glaus keeps walking directly toward the 1st base dugout.

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    Mara Says:

    uh…I swear I could call this game better than these two yahoos.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    The Pittsburgh radio guys? I like them. I mean… they’re not excited, but… it’s the Pirates.

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    Mara Says:

    huh…at PNC park visitor’s dugout is 1st base. Is that weird? So Glaus isn’t crazy…I am.

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    Mara Says:

    I don’t know if it’s the radio guys but they’re calling it for MLB.tv.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Pradooooooooooooo. I love that man.

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    Mara Says:

    Careful Bub…he’s mine. Cracks me up when a pitcher is running the bases. Huddy totally ran out of the base line to avoid any sort of contact with 2nd baseman. Makes sense but looks comical like the tiny kid in little league who doesn’t want to get hurt.

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    Mara Says:

    All kinds of rookie love…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good GRIEF! How good is JASON FREAKING HEYWARD?????!!!!!

    It makes my buttocks spasm!

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    Tcc Says:

    Is that kid for real???? Are we dreaming???

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    Bubdylan Says:

    For once we sent the pitcher’s ERA in the other direction. He came in around 3.5 and he’s leaving at 5.30.

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    Tcc Says:

    Bub, I think you just took a tumble off the curb and landed face down in the middle of TMI Ave.

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    Mara Says:

    LOL! Not sure I’ve ever experienced such.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Beat this Pirate bullpen to death and put us in great shape for the series. C’mon, boys, do it up.

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    Mara Says:

    Was that guy their ace or do they have something better?

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    Mara Says:

    I gotta think of something to tack onto my name. “Mara” is boring.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mara, Zach Duke is at the top of their depth chart, but he’s not having a great year, and I don’t think we face him in this series.

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    Mara Says:

    I do NOT miss Ryan Church.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    You could be “Too Mara” or something. Meh, that’s no good.

    A man of constant Mara? This is getting ugly.

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    McOut Says:

    I wish we had the Brewers and Pirates in the NL East.

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    Mara Says:

    “Too Mara” isn’t bad but you’ve done better. I’ll give you time.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mara the Explara? lol, losing it….

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    Mara Says:

    If Yuney doesn’t make something happen this series I’m afraid he never will.

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    Mara Says:

    That was a quickie. Yes, I know…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Not sure Yunel is trying that hard. He might be, cuz he doesn’t look it even when he’s doing great, but… right now I don’t understand not giving Infante at least every other start.

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    Mara Says:

    I agree…Infante should definitely be starting. Mar a comeback Braves will win this game.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    *blank stare*

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    Mara Says:

    Wow…nice catch from Mcclutchen.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I spent all my energies on “Print Says Leah,” which I regard as pure brilliance. So, I’m not sure I’m going deep in the well again.

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    Mario Says:

    Mara Nara?

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    Tcc Says:

    Mara Mara, quite Contrara?

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    Tcc Says:

    Yes to the brilliance, and YES to the “Yer out of here”!!!

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    Mara Says:

    I hope Huddy pitches a complete game.

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    Tcc Says:

    That’s a JACK, MAC!!!!

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    Mara Says:

    Boy that’s good to see. Didn’t the Pirates sweep us last year?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    McCann with the Night Vision! C YA!

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    Mara Says:

    Huddy’s at 90+ pitches? When’d that happen?

  329. 329
    Bubdylan Says:

    A pitch to the Pirates only costs your arm strength half a normal pitch.

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    Tcc Says:

    0.5p x90p = 45p ok.

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    Tcc Says:

    Rock On, Huddy!

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    Mara Says:

    You can do it Timmy. I love how that guys sweats. He must lose gallons of bodily fluid through his sweat glands each outing.

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    Mara Says:

    well poo.

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    Tcc Says:

    Mara, you and Bub need to clean it up, just a tad. GO BRAVES!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good game. Three more hits for the ROOKIE OF THE UNIVERSE. McCann smashes one. Huddy with the heavy rock.

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    Mara Says:

    What? What’d I say? I really mean sweats…I promise! As in dripping from the bill of his hat. Absolutely, completely innocent ABT!!!

  337. 337
    Mara Says:

    Oh, wait, were you talking about poo? I’ll give you #333 that was over the line but the previous comment was to be taken literally.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m fairly sure he’s being scarstasmic.

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    Mara Says:

    oh my heart…you guys HAVE to give me some kinda signal. I’m the poster child for gullible.

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    Mara Says:

    Come on Red Sox…You’re better than this!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, no they’re not.

    The Twins apparently can play a little bit, though. Sheesh. 13-0 and threatening again.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    In other news, the worst team in the NL is beating the best team in the AL. Baseball.

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    Tcc Says:

    It’s a great night to be a Braves fan, huh?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Pretty profitable, if Baltimore can hold on. Florida losing big, Washington losing, Mets losing.

    lol, Pirates. They’ve now scored 108 fewer runs than they’ve allowed. That’s got to be one of the big numbers for first quarter of the season.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, the Pirates post game show. They can NOT get over 1992. Every single time I listen to a Braves/Pirates game on Pirates radio, they talk about it for at least 10 minutes. Right now Van Slyke is giving a talk on it right now. Apparently we were the moment that destroyed their entire city.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Right now, I’m going to bed right now.

  347. 347
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, Van Slyke is going off on how he was telling Bonds to come in a few steps before the Cabrera hit that beat them. Barry wouldn’t listen and the ball dropped in front of him.

  348. 348
    Bubdylan Says:

    Reds won again. They are 7-3 in their last 10. And the Braves are 2 of those 3.

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    Tcc Says:

    Screw Bonds, figuratively, of course.

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    Mara Says:

    Astros beating the Rays…Royals beating the Rockies. Weird.

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    Will Says:

    watching mlb.com….only thru the 1st inning, but Grandpa got an rbi single and speared a hot shot at third base… maybe hes still got it.

    loved how Chip at the opening says “the SURGING Braves”…. whood a thought?

    The obvious one is Mara Wanna….but as we are trying to keep it clean….how bout

    Mara Thong?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    OH MAN! How did I miss Mara Wanna????? *takes off Pun Crown and chucks it disgustedly at Will.”

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    Steve Says:

    What a pleasure of a game. There hasn’t been this kind of one in a while. I could obsess about Yunel, but I won’t right now. Great, great win.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    it is…thanks Will. Keep your crown Bubalicious. You’ll get him next time.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I actually just bought this movie and watched it. This was the WORST movie I have ever seen. So, so bad. If you like that shaking-your-head-and-smiling sensation of a truly awful movie, this might be for you. Starring Debbie Gibson. Yup, THE Debbie Gibson.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa7ck5mcd1o

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I hope you got a great deal on that flick. Look how far Deborah has come from her scrunchie, side ponytail days.

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    McOut Says:

    Bub, where did you find that movie?

  358. 358
    Bubdylan Says:

    Bargain bin at Wal Mart. Where I spend far too many hours per week.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I live Wal-marks.

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    McOut Says:

    Those are the movies that are so bad that you almost have to watch them. I have always loved bad movies. Like really bad. That one might have to be tracked down. The shark jumping out of the ocean biting the aircraft was probably the selling point for me. That movie looks like it makes Lake Placid look like Citizen Cane, if that makes any sense.

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    McOut Says:

    That’s also probably why Roadhouse is one of my favorite movies of all time, and why my dog is thus named Dalton. I tell friends I named him after my mom’s hometown, and they believe me. As if any self-respecting man would name his dog after something like that corny…No, he got his name from a fictional roundhouse-kicking bouncer aptly portrayed by one Patrick Swayze. God bless you Patrick Swayze, wherever you may be. I, for one, will miss you, and all the countless hours of entertainment you gave me. Red Dawn, Point Break, Black Dog, they’re all good. In Point Break you even have the almighty acting trilogy of Swayze, Keanu Reevees, and Gary Busey. Could there be anything in the universe more outstanding than that casting job? There is. Roadhouse. With a script and cast that trumps all B movies. Roadhouse 2 with Jake Busey was nowhere near as good. GO BRAVES!

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    McOut Says:

    “like that corny”… that reads like a line from an after school 80s tv show.

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    McOut Says:

    Has anyone seen Charlie Morton’s ERA and record? Yikes. Does anyone know how Gorkys is doing? If he is struggling, then we might of actually gotten the better half of the McLouth deal.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    What the $%&* is wrong with Es&*^&%bar? I’ve been trying, TRYING, TRYYYING to be patient with him. How long??

  365. 365
    Bubdylan Says:

    I think Gorkys is doing none too great, McOut.

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    McOut Says:

    Melky!

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    Ham Says:

    Melky! Now who’s going to be our LVP this week?

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    McOut Says:

    Yunel is the best LVP candidate at this point for forcing Infante out of the line up.

  369. 369
    Bubdylan Says:

    How is it possible for Chipper, McCann, and Escobar to be dragging the others in the line up down? Crazy. So frustrating seeing that A+ one-two punch followed by deflation so often.

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    McOut Says:

    HINSKE SMASH!

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    Mara Says:

    Loooooooowdemort. And we DO get Dukes tomorrow.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, he’s not that great either. Zach Dukes I mean. Be nice to take care of business tonight, though. Normally don’t say we need a sweep, but a 9 game losing streak calls for some serious reversal. Need a sweep. Interleague coming.

    No, not Roger. We need Cox. Get him out of there.

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    McOut Says:

    Hinske!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Don’t have a great feeling about this game right now.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m afraid Milledge is about to do something early to old man Saito.

  376. 376
    Bubdylan Says:

    Early? lol. I meant ugly.

    Two strikes, though. C’mon, Saito. Don’t take chances on this guy. He’s dangerous.

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    Dud Bylan Says:

    Wassup, Bub? Good game.

  378. 378
    Bubdylan Says:

    Dud! Hey, man! Yeah, it’s a pretty good game. We should be scoring more of these pitchers, thoug.

  379. 379
    Dud Bylan Says:

    You’re right. But, you’re always right. Everything still good with Maggie Gyllenhaal?

  380. 380
    Bubdylan Says:

    Pretty good. She keeps me kind of tired, but I don’t mind. Uh oh, speaking of… gotta go.

  381. 381
    Steve Says:

    Not getting more off of Charlie is very disappointing. Let’s limp through and pull this one out.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    twss

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    Bubdylan Says:

    (ok, that didn’t really work like it did in my head)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Bobby uses Saito too much for maximum effectiveness. It’s not a disaster, but to me, Saito could be great if he was used about a third less.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Ugh. McCutchen up with 2 on. If the Braves get through this one, it’ll be some good luck.

  386. 386
    Bubdylan Says:

    YES!!

    lol, Pirates.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    LEAHHHHH!!!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    C’mon, Mac. Hit a grand slam.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, Pirates.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    C’mon, Glaus. Hit a grand slam.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Sigh.

    Well, at least we got the strike out for an insurance run. 8)

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Hey Bub…had to take Benedryl and fell asleep. Now I’ll be awake for hours…hooray.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Whew…that was close.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    What is up with WAGS? I agree btw about Saito being used too often. Come on Wags…save the drama for yo mama.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Braves win!!!! Let’s sweep tomorrow! Gotta try to sleep so I’m not too crabby tomorrow morning. Plus right now I feel like I’ve been smoking my namesake. Who knows what craziness I might type. In case you didn’t know…this site has no delete button. Once you submit…too late.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Five in a row. Nice.

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    Show all Says:

    Very good win for the Bravos. I saw the lineup and wondered, “what the heck is Cabrera doing in there”? Then he homers..go figure. Bobby is a genius?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Bobby is a genius?”

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mortoch02.shtml

    :)

  399. 399
    Bubdylan Says:

    Click on “Hinske’s Amazing Play” to see my theory that the Braves were on autopilot debunked.

    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/search/media.jsp?game_pk=264447

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    Bubdylan Says:

    If you had to guess, how many instances of three-days-in-a-row has Bobby used the bullpen? Would you believe that between Moylan, Meds, Wagner, Saito, EOF, and Messy Jesse, he’s only done it twice? Moylan once and Saito once. Saito got blistered in his third straight outing, so hopefully that doesn’t get repeated.

    But over all I thought that was pretty good, considering the starters have been leaving the BP plenty of innings to pitch.

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    Curt Says:

    What did I miss?

  402. 402
    Curt Says:

    Turns out the one factor in continuing a winning streak I continue to overlook is Bobby. His lineup today seems dubious at best.

    Prado-4,
    Infante-5,
    Heyward-9
    Glaus-3,
    Escobar-6,
    Cabrera-8,
    Ross-2,
    Clevlen-7,
    Medlen-1

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    McOut Says:

    Wow, worst line up possible for Pittsburgh’s ace. Doesn’t make much sense. I know it’s Pittsburgh, but come on. I wonder if Medlen was as disappointed as I was when he saw the line up. I’ve said it before, the man knows how to put together a terrible looking 5-8 in the order. At least no Chipper and BMac, but Yunel and Melky 5 and 6 seems like automatic rally killers. Hinske should play everyday on the Braves but for some reason he doesn’t. Oh wait, there is a reason he doesn’t play everyday. It’s name is Bobby Cox. Go Braves!

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    McOut Says:

    “Pittsburgh’s ace”- is there really such a thing?

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    McOut Says:

    Does anyone know why Heyward was pulled out of the line up?

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    I think Melky’s about to get hot. I’m calling it right now.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Per DOB
    Just a day off for Heyward, decided to give him the same two-day rest several others are getting (Braves don’t play Monday)

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    Mara Says:

    Is “Lastings” his real name? Does his mother hate him?

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    Mara Wanna Company Says:

    Now MLB.com saying Heyward has a sore left thumb. Nothing serious. And Bobby wanted to rest some of the starters before a 20 game stretch.

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    Mara Wanna Company Says:

    Whew…that was close…come on Meds.

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    Steve Says:

    The line-up does seem crazy, particularly Clevlen for Hinske. Bobby must feel like he’s playing with house money today.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Prado and I aren’t on speaking terms until he gets another hit. Just to notify the masses.

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    Steve Says:

    2 DPs from Prado today! It’s Escobarian from our best hitter.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Nice inning Meds. Why did he not start the year in the bullpen?

  415. 415
    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    I know…not happy with him right now. There is trouble in paradise.

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    Steve Says:

    Really funny stuff from DOB about the less than stellar lineup. This is my favorite: “This just in from Elias Sports Bureau: Board of directors has met and determined that Kris Medlen will be awarded either two wins or no loss today, depending upon outcome.”

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Meds at 58 pitches…how long can he go?

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    I like that Clevlen kid. I was just checking out the Hinske amazing play Bub posted…he really did save yesterday’s game with that play. It seems like Lowedemort can’t right himself once he stumbles and Hinske kept him from falling off the cliff. Awesome play.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    BEEEutiful bunt base hit by our backup catcher.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    We should take bets on who hits .250 first.
    a)Melky
    b)McOut
    c) Escobar
    d) none of the above.

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    McOut Says:

    BoSox are giving Halladay a tough time.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    I LOVE THIS TEAM! Time to give Meds some cushion.

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    McOut Says:

    Nice throw from Melky. Couldn’t see it, but it sounded great.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    My #2 kid says hi.

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    McOut Says:

    I think Escobar could get to .250 first just because he didn’t play for a couple weeks and doesn’t have as many bad ABs to make up. Plus, I think he’s the better hitter of the three.

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    McOut Says:

    Boston now up 7-0 on Phils

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    WE HAVE to win this game. Ross may have jinxed us trying to hand Crosby the ball after getting whatshistoes out at home. Come on Meds. paint the corners.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    #2 kid: “Why’d Bobby pick Jesse?

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Just found out a friend of mine dated Hinske’s brother. Asked her husband if she can get me an autograph. :)

  430. 430
    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    For a little bit I was sitting between my sons watching baseball…every mother’s dream.

  431. 431
    Mara Wanna Says:

    There…maybe that’ll help.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    BUUUUU-UUUUUB…we must plan our schedules better.

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    Curt Says:

    It’s almost as if Bobby just schedules losses into the equation and then if we somehow pull out a win, all the better.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Johnny! Meds had a good outing…can’t complain about that.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Alright dammit…stop swinging like a bunch of sissies!

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    Eric Hinske Says:

    “Here I come to save the day!”

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    My patience is wearing thin for McSloutch.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Esco, get a double right here or I punch your face off. That is all.

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    Escobar Says:

    OWW! Where is face?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    BUUUUB! Where ya been? Nobody’s as chatty as you.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    arg.

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    Lumber Company Says:

    .200, .235, .270, .180, .213, .235, .250. Can’t believe we’re not winning.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Chip…you ok? Talk to me chip.

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    Chipper's Chin Says:

    HA YA!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Seriously…could EOF stick his fingers deeper down his throat?

  446. 446
    Bubdylan Says:

    EOF under 2 ERA. He’s been used a zillion times, too. That’s great stuff. Who in the world predicted that kid would give us two years of A+ value for them dollars? Not me. Ohman 2.0, I guess.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Not Prado’s best game.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Pitch around EVERYBODY till the bases are loaded. C’mon, EOF. Nothing juicy.

  449. 449
    Bubdylan Says:

    OH.
    FLAY.
    HER.
    TEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    whew…now I gotta go. gotta date with my bff. DON’T LET EM LOSE!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I came late, Mara Mara Quite Bizarra. What’s Prado done that was bad?

    No Heyward? Bobby getting tired of success?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Phhhhht. Have a nice time with your Big Freaky Fernando…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Walking Chipper to get to Prado? Dotel don’t get internet?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Haven’t the last two days McCann’s had off been daytime games? Aren’t those the games where his eyes work best? I hope the next manager is… smart and stuff.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good game, Bobby. Nice line up. Glad we really wanted this one. Could have gone to 4 games above .500 for the first time all year. Nah, that wouldn’t be that cool.

    A very damn unnecessary and frustrating loss to a terrible, TERRIBLE Pirates team.

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    McOut Says:

    Thanks Bobby

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    BluesMan Says:

    Hey everyone,
    I hated losing today’s game & avoiding the sweep, I hope we can keep taking series’ on the road, we seem to be fine at home (except against division rivals). Hopefully now that the offense is clicking more, & apart from Escobar; all seems well. It looks like J-Hey’s got a thumb or finger problem…I’d like to see him light up the Fish’s pitching staff. I look forward to this week’s show…Peace all!

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    118 games until Bobby retires Says:

    I’m expecting a good rant from Curt on the podcast about today’s lineup.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Be nice to my BFF…she could take you.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well… somebody needs to.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Haha…careful what you wish for.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Had we won today we’d be 1 game back in WC and 2.5 in division. Why couldn’t BC have atleast kept Hinske in after he HIT A FREAKIN HOMER!

  463. 463
    Curt Says:

    Early show tonight so Ham can watch Lost.

    And yes, I dump on Bobby a tad.

    Show up soon.

  464. 464
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Smart man that Ham.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, here’s the good news:

    We didn’t lose ground on any team in front of us in either race. (Can’t believe I’m discussing this. We’re gonna get killed by Florida, but nevermind, I was saying…) Cincinatti, L.A., and Philly all lost. Kind of weird to think there are only three teams above us between both races.

    Teams behind us, namely the Fish, did gain on us, but all in all, any time you lose a game and the sentiment is more “we could have gained” instead of “now the hole is deepening,” it takes a little sting out.

    We gonna get destroyed during KK’s game in FLA. MUST win the other two. I’d give anything for the our first game pitcher not to be Ketchup Crap-a-Collie. Florida is feeling pretty great right now. Hard to slam the breaks on that momentum without dominant pitching.

    Looking forward to the show.

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    McOut Says:

    Rip him good for all of us Curt. The line up today was like a Spring Training line up, if even that good. What a joke.

  467. 467
    Curt Says:

    Do we try “Mara Mara Why You Buggin”?

    For all you old skool pimps out there.

  468. 468
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I need a translator to understand Curt.
    Ham, Will, the Rev says the light at the heart of the island is an iPad and the last 6 years has been a 6 year long Apple advertisement. Funny guy.

  469. 469
    Bubdylan Says:

    Why are we resting McCann in day games, by the way? He’s batting 70 points higher. I’m sure Bobby has that stat dialed up on his etch-a-sketch.

  470. 470
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Will and Ham are dead to me if they don’t like LOST finale.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hmmm…last 15 minutes not as great as the first 2:15.

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