May 30, 2010

Show #109: The Braves Close In On First Place

The amazing month of May.  McLouth’s struggles.  Heyward vs. Hanson.  And ranking the NL East.


 

 

1,006 Responses to “Show #109: The Braves Close In On First Place”

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    McOut Says:

    Good show guys. I love the Manbeast or Big Red dilemma. I would go Manbeast because he plays everyday and I am on such a Heyward high right now. That said, if Tommy Gun helps us win 2 this week, then he might pull ahead of the Manbeast. I’m very flexible on that topic.
    Big week coming up. Hope the Ted is rockin’ for the struggling Phils. We’re on ESPN Tuesday, so it would be nice to see the ATL folk represent our team well. If I didn’t live 7 hours away I’d be there. I smell a sweep. No Rollins, No Polanco, No Halladay. The Hudson vs. Hamels game should be a great matchup, but I think we got their number this week. LA should be an interesting series. We have both of our young SoCal kids pitching near home plus another Hudson start. I’m going out on a limb and saying KK gets his first win this week. 7-0 this week. Book it.
    I honestly think the Braves are the best team in the NL East. The bullpen is the X-factor. The Braves pen has been SO CLUTCH, minus Chavez. The Phils are very beatable with their pitching, minus Halladay. Confidence is also a key. The team’s collective body language on the field is at an all time high, whereas in April it was at an all time low. Dare I say that even the Hamburglar is starting to come around. I no longer believe he should be made to carry a purse everywhere he goes, nor do I still believe he and KK have play tea parties in the clubhouse like my nieces. GO BRAVES!
    P.S. Where can I find Steve interviewing Big Red?

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    Bub Says:

    Gotta choose Heyward to start a team around. The pitcher without an offense versus batter without a pitcher argument is a wash. There are just as many Jake Peavys and Roy Halladays (pre-Philly) as there are Andrew McCutchens and Texas Arods. So that kind of cancels out. You need both.

    Heyward’s chances of being an absolute superstar, not just the best player on the Braves team, but the very best player in MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL are decent.

    Sorry, but I can’t see Hanson’s odds of becoming the next Halladay as being that great. Some scouts projected him as a #2 pitcher. I think he will be an ace for Atlanta, but he either tips pitches once in a while or… something. I see more in Hanson’s game to suggest sporadic greatness than complete dominance. Good luck finding a scout that projected Heyward as a “pretty good” hitter. Hanson wasn’t the #1 prospect in all of baseball. Heyward was not just the #1, but heralded more than any #1 in recent memory.

    Hanson is very good. But look at what Heyward is doing in his first few months. It’s unfreakingbelievable. 10 jacks already. Leading the LEAGUE in the most telling offensive statistic in the game. And that’s with two mini-slumps and three small injuries. He’s hitting lefties, righties, curves, and fastballs. He’s hitting early and late, pulling and opp-field. He’s got fielders so nervous they’re erroring him onto base. If the season ended today and the Braves enter the playoffs as the Wild Card (which we lead, I think), Heyward is in the top 3 in MVP voting, to say nothing of ROY.

    I look at him and I see Barry Bonds. Pitchers just not even wanting to fool with him.

    More of a face, as Steve said, too. More quotable than Hanson. Plays every day, so gets quoted more often. He’s black, which in our present baseball culture makes him a special commodity.

    Also, consider this: Wren solved our entire rotation problem in one offseason, but he’s been scuffling to find us an outfielder for three years. We’re programmed to consider solid pitching the harder thing to get, but lately solid outfielders are the needle in the haystack. Much less superstar outfielders.

    Heyward all the way.

    You guys calling us the best team in [fill in the blank] are NUTS. We’re playing very well, though.

    Go Braves.

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    McOut Says:

    The mental image of 6’6” Hamburglar, KK, and translator having a tea party at a table meant for 3 year old girls while surrounded by disgusted teammates is still pretty hilarious to me. If only I were a painter….

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    McOut Says:

    I am a little nuts, but I think they’re right up there Bub. Before the season I thought the Cardinals and Phillies were the cream of the NL crop. If we had to play both in a 7 or 5 game series, then I would take us over Philly. I still don’t think we’re better than St. Louis because they have Carpenter and Wainwright, both of whom have owned the Braves of late. None of this talk really maters in June, though, because who knows what teams are gonna be hot when it matters. If you had told me in May or June of 2007 that the Rockies would make the Series, then I would of told you you’re crazy.

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    Jess Says:

    To comment on one of the last comments made, about someone “making their way” out to see one of the rays games. I am actually driving out to Atlanta from New york(gasp, Altanta fan living in New York) to see that entire series so definitely go and join me!

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    Steve Says:

    McOut – the Hanson interview is part of Show #95.

    Jess – that is very, very cool that you’re coming down for the Rays series.

    Bub – why is it so nuts? We were (from a record and offense standpoint) the best team in the NL East in May.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I wouldn’t dare say Braves are better than Phillies this week of all weeks. I think the baseball gods are partial to them and I don’t wanna jinx the next three days. Go Braves!!!!

    I’m pretty sure “I should have a blog Bubdylan” commented about pitchers still afraid of what Chip can do and that it won’t last. They will start going after him.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Today’s lineup: Prado, 4; Heyward, 9; Chipper, 5; McCann, 2; Glaus, 3; Hinske, 7; Escobar, 6; McLouth. 8; Hanson, 1.

    Arg.

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    Anne Says:

    Headed to The Ted – will listen to the podcast on the way. What’s that? You’re all begging for a play-by-play of The Beach Boys post-game concert?? Especially Curt?? You got it!

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    McOut Says:

    Big Thanks and appreciation to all veterans and current service men and women out there. The sacrifices that have been made by others for our current way of life must never be forgotten, and I am very proud to live in a country where they will never be forgotten. God Bless and Go Braves!

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    Anne Says:

    Lotsa parking lot traffic – bodes well for a big crowd. Go Braves!!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    # 10…ditto. I just watched the condensed version of yesterday’s game and I’m still not willing to say anything specific regarding the Braves v. Phillies until after this Wednesday. In the words of the greatest boss, “I’m not superstitious just a little stitious.” I will say they played damn good yesterday. I know it was the Pirates whose pitching is bad but the Bucs had some good defense behind that pitcher. McOut is killing me but he was robbed at least once in RF. Kitchen looked awesome! Pitching out of some serious jams and only one real mistake. I was greatly comforted by his outing. Come on Big Red…be-aggressive…b-e-aggressive!

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    Anne Says:

    White caps today. Me no rikey.

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    McOut Says:

    Still can’t believe I picked 7-0 last night. I was up late doing work and was obviously a little delirious after listening to the show. I think Steve’s more reserved 5-2 is more accurate. Plus Steve’s been right on his predictions 2 weeks in a row. KK gets a win this week. It’s gotta happen. The radio guys said yesterday that he hasn’t gotten a win at the Ted in like a year and 8 days…Yikes. That means he hasn’t won in Atlanta since he faced the Blue Jays version of Roy Halladay. He hasn’t gotten a win period since like last August. He’s been pitching well and is due. He’ll pitch game 2 of LA, so the bats should be awake by then after the long flight out West. Props to the ATL fans for giving him a standing O after yesterdays game. Pretty Cool.

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    McOut Says:

    Tommy cannot walk under mendoza hitting Dobbs in this lineup….

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    Anne Says:

    I can’t take a 9-inning nail-biter!!

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    McOut Says:

    He got lucky. Almost a 20 pitch first inning. I hate Chase Utley.

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    McOut Says:

    I hate Victorino, too.

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    McOut Says:

    CHIPPER!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    That did NOT just happen!

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    McOut Says:

    These guys are crushing balls.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    NICE Hinske!

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    McOut Says:

    Tommy…. c’mon man.

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    McOut Says:

    No out. 32 pitches. 2nd inning. Last start against the Phils he didn’t make it out of the 5th. History may repeat itself. His control has been absent two starts in a row… Really frustrating to listen to after the offense puts up 3.

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    McOut Says:

    Whew… Is Werth hurt too?

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    Anne Says:

    Remember how Lowe used to be the luckiest pitcher in MLB?? Not anymore.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    haha…Anne, tell Prado that I love him.

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    McOut Says:

    4 BB after facing 11 batters….

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    McOut Says:

    Maybe not? gameday has me extremely confused…

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    McOut Says:

    Props to the ump for correcting a bad call. Wow, never thought I’d see the day.

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    Anne Says:

    Reversed call – lovely and amazing.
    Prado says he loves you, too, Leah. Something about beso me mucho…

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    McOut Says:

    Joe Simpson on Chipper’s homer: “The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be, but she’s still got a trot or two left in her.” Thanks Gameday Highlights. Thanks Joe.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    B Mac low flying!

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    McOut Says:

    The Phillies are playing like the April version of the Braves.

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    McOut Says:

    The radio guys are making it sound like Mac is more than a little gimpy…

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    McOut Says:

    ESKY!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I LOVE beating up on the Phils and I love Escobar’s aggressive base running even if he did slide too early.

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    Bub Says:

    What in the WORLD is going ON????

    Go Braves!

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    Bub Says:

    Steve, hell I dunno. Maybe you’re right!

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    McOut Says:

    He’s playing hard. The radio guys have been on a Yunel love fest all day, talking about how he is a big team before self guy, which fans usually say the opposite about him. Also talking about how the fans perception of him is what makes him have that hang dog expression. He’s an emotional guy who has probably been through more hard times in 27 years- being a Cuban defector- than any of us could comprehend.

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    McOut Says:

    When I lived in Memphis I had a unique opportunity in a community outreach program to meet some Cuban defectors living in Memphis. Really sweet people who have been through a lot to get to America and a lot before they got here, which is why I will always give Yunel the benefit of the doubt. It is a completely different culture, and the flair he plays with is part of it.

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    McOut Says:

    Lol, if you think he has flair and is flashy, then I encourage you to get to know a Cuban-born musician. Talk about flair and flash!

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    Steve Says:

    Timely hits, reversed calls, costly errors. I love everything about this game so far.

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    Bub Says:

    If I were the Phillies right now, I would be completely deflated. Fielders giving up 2 unearned runs, and unable to tag Hanson when he was falling apart. Then Cox comes out to argue, gets the rare reverse, Charlie comes out to argue, gets the heave ho. Braves in a do-no-wrong groove, and Phillies must feel like we’ve felt many, many games.

    Lol, on cue, Chipper snags a bullet to save extra bases.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Bubalicious! We’re watching the same game…at the same time! May be the first time this month! If they win today does that mean they have to lose one of the next two? I hope not.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hanson making them look just plain silly. So that pitch did hit the batter. Did the earlier one hit Dobbs? I couldn’t tell even on the replay.

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    McOut Says:

    Does Martin Prado ever not hustle? Watching the highlights, in a 6 run game he still hustles to back up first on Chipper’s Web Gem. I love me some Prado.

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    Bub Says:

    Time to score 3 more runs, Bravos. Keep it coming.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Preach it McOut.

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    McOut Says:

    That would be nice to see Bud, a lot of the guys could still use a 3 or 4 hit game to pull these AVGs out of the cellar.

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    McOut Says:

    Mara, I do have to check myself because last week I wrote Yunel sucks after posting a lineup. I would like to say that was in reference to his on-field play and not him as a person.

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    Bub Says:

    Heya, Princess!

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    Bub Says:

    Weird. All three hitless Braves are left handed, and I think Blanton’s splits are pretty severe.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Everybody having a good Memorial Day?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I still can’t tell one pitch from another. I’m hoping Steve and Co. can teach me a thing or two.

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    McOut Says:

    For some unknown reason Don Sutton’s legs were the topic of conversation turing that last inning. I feel weird. Hopefully they get back to baseball next inning.

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    Curt Says:

    In the words of many a Philly restaurant proprietor, Eat it Fat Joe

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    McOut cannot buy a hit.

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    McOut Says:

    In how games has McOut been outhit by our pitcher? It’s gotta be more than 5 at this point…

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    McOut Says:

    Don Sutton, “If Prado doesn’t get 2 hits he thinks it’s a bad game.” AWESOME!

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    McOut Says:

    Bobby needs to pull a LaRussa and bat McOut 9th.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Anne, it looks like a packed house.

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    Anne Says:

    McOut – did you go see the Redbirds play? Pretty field.

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    Anne Says:

    It’s pretty darned full, that’s for sure. Woman two seats down wearing 5-inch stilettos. Sigh. “Mara” you are NOT allowed to dress up tomorrow. I wanna see ABT t-shirt, ball cap and tennies. Sandals if you must. (same goes for you, too, Frank!)

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    McOut Says:

    Anne, oh yeah. Great place to take in a game. My school’s team got to play there a bit, too. I wasn’t on the team, but I’d go because my roommate was a relief pitcher, and I would jaw at him in the pen from the lawn behind left field. Always a good time…

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    McOut Says:

    Unfortunately I missed the Pujols era, which lasted all of 6 games…

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Anne, I am a prissy pot for sure. However, when it comes to baseball I’m all about comfort and business. Shorts, ABT tee and flip flops fo’ shizzle. I will have my Braves visor at the ready.

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    Anne Says:

    I was only there once for a pre-season negro league commemoration game – Cards vs Injuns.

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    McOut Says:

    Kabuki theatre is now the topic of conversation on the radio….

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    McOut Says:

    Very cool. Great stadium for a minor league team. Great location, too.

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    Bub Says:

    Tommy’s like, “hell I could have done that, Peter…”

    Buckle down, Bravos.

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    McOut Says:

    4 consecutive doubles. YIKES!

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    Anne Says:

    Now would be a good time for a rain shower. Skies doubtful, however. Jonny’ll get ‘em!

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    McOut Says:

    Moylan might have had a better performance had he walked onto the mound, pulled his pants down, and then waddled off the field.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Venters. I got very concerned when Joe starting talking about how the Phillies aren’t hitting and how they’ve been shut out 5 times. SHUT THE HELL UP!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    McOut! That was hilarious!

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    Bub Says:

    Um, this feels ominous.

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    McOut Says:

    Timothy Miller is a MANBEAST! Every time he sings that one I get chills.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Let’s not do that again.

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    McOut Says:

    Braves got a little too comfortable against a good team. You can’t do that against any team, let alone a good team struggling. That never goes well in any sport.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I didn’t think Mac needed his glasses during the day.

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    McOut Says:

    That’s just Glaussy!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    They don’t call him The Trojan for nothing! OK…so maybe I’m the only one who calls him the Trojan.

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    McOut Says:

    Indeed, Troy Glaus is a real boy!

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    McOut Says:

    Greg White with a double!

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    McOut Says:

    Why do you call him the Trojan?

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    Anne Says:

    “Glaus Insurance Sales…may I help you??”

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Troy…

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    McOut Says:

    Hanson 2, McOut 0

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Frank Wren today is Brilliant.

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    McOut Says:

    DUH! Don’t worry, I smacked myself in the head for that one.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hammy calls him something different.

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    Anne Says:

    Nats and Fish are hungry: they’re winning, too.

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    McOut Says:

    Melky has a nine game hitting streak. Just throwing that out there. I wouldn’t bet a penny on McOut ever having a 9 game hitting streak again in his career. McOut batted around .270 with 26 HR and 46 doubles the year before he became a Brave. I think pitchers might have figured him McOut, oooohhhhhh. Wah-Wah.

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    McOut Says:

    What does Hammy call him?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    INFANTE! Good job Johnny!

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    McOut Says:

    Venters me likey.

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    Anne Says:

    Attendance: 42,543

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    hmmmm…I’ll let Bub tell you. I’m a lady. :)

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    42,000+ is fantastic!

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    McOut Says:

    Bub, you still there? Tell me what it rhymes with if you don’t wanna say…

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    McOut Says:

    Yeah, that attendance is awesome!

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    Bub Says:

    heh, I have no idea what she’s talking about. What I call him rhymes with #$&%.

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    McOut Says:

    Hah, I think I’ve called him that a few times too.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    you remember…you had to explain what he meant. McOut, he referred to a different kind of Trojan.

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    Bub Says:

    Heyward 0 for 5 and we score 9 runs. That’s almost the most promising fact of the whole day.

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    Anne Says:

    Chavez. God help us.

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    Bub Says:

    Now we get to see just how bad the Phil’s offensive slump REALLY is. Good grief, an out. They’re in big, big trouble.

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    Curt Says:

    White caps make it look like we are watching some sort of softball league for painters or convicts.

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    McOut Says:

    First place!

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    McOut Says:

    I always enjoy the random Curt comments.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    FIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRSSSSSSTTTTT!!!!! Let’s win tomorrow night too!

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    McOut Says:

    I honestly do believe our pitching staff has more hits than McOut over the past 2 weeks.

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    Anne Says:

    Good: Diaz in uniform w/cast.
    Bad: Diaz w/Satan-like facial hair. Shave it before I hold you down by your good arm and shave it myself!

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    Anne Says:

    Palm trees being set up on stage now…how can this NOT be great??

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    Bub Says:

    Braves just took over the best run differential in the National league at +48.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Man that sounds good. Happy Memorial Day indeed! 16 hours!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Man that sounds good. Happy Memorial Day indeed! Twin-t-8-ow-ers!

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    McOut Says:

    Over the last 2 weeks McOut has 7 hits and the pitching staff has 7 hits. We’re all tied up.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I hate math and posting from a lap top. I work better on my iPhone.

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    Anne Says:

    The Ted is going to make a mint: Beer still flowing and all food stands still open. Nobody should watch The Beach Boys sober.

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    McOut Says:

    I think the radio dudes said the Braves are undefeated when they score 5 runs. When they have the lead after 7 they’re 23-1. Pitching. Pitching. Pitching. Go Braves. Jim Powell also said that we’ve only have lost like 4 games when we only score 4. This is a solid team Wren has put together. Never thought I’d say that back in April.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    McOut…that’s terrible.

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    Curt Says:

    That’s not the beach boys. It’s Mike Love and 6 20-somethings.

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    Anne Says:

    Curt – true. It’s The Beach Boy.

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    McOut Says:

    Hah, I was wondering how many Beach Boys were still in the band. I guess it’s like the Temptations, the Four Tops, and a bunch of other bands from the 60s. At this point, if any of them have more than 2 original members in the band, let alone alive, I’m impressed.

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    Anne Says:

    Homer The Brave is wearing a hawaiian shirt (of course)

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    Anne Says:

    Poor Roadies. Even in the sunshine they wear black.

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    Anne Says:

    I smell lip synch. I’m outta here.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Anne, you have exceptional olfactory senses.

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    Curt Says:

    Some guys went to see Brian Wilson and swore his keyboard wasn’t even plugged in.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hey Curt, how’s the beach?

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    Curt Says:

    Very nice. Litchfield is just south of Myrtle Beach. Great weather – a little hot, but very tolerable – and zero of the cheese from Myrtle. Although we did head up there today and hit the Ripley’s Aquarium, checked out some Putt Putt courses and some water slides. All the glory Myrtle has to offer. Thanks.

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    Curt Says:

    Signs of the Apocalypse: Marlins are selling unused tickets for the perfect game thrown against them.

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    McOut Says:

    I bet they have a lot of those tickets still laying around…

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    McOut Says:

    There’s an article on the AJC site about JJ possibly being back by late June… What happens with Medlen? Also, they have to call up Resop (4-1 w/ 2.something ERA at AAA) soon or let him go… Should be interesting to see what moves are going to be made. My guess would be that both Resop and Medlen will go to the pen. What do you fine folks think?

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    Bub Says:

    Some choice quotes from the Post article on Jeffrey, [and my uberobnoxious reactions in superfly brackets]

    Milwaukee: Jeff Francoeur is done listening to most of the hitting advice he has been receiving. [this is old news, pal]

    The struggling Mets right fielder was told by manager Jerry Manuel during a meeting yesterday that it’s time he tuned out the chatter in his brain. [and the chatter in his mouth, too, Jerry was thinking]

    “I’ve let way too many people into my circle of trust,” Francoeur said before the Mets’ 8-6 loss to the Brewers last night at Miller Park. [let's call it your Circle of Bust.]

    The new plan is for Francoeur to listen exclusively to Manuel and hitting coach Howard Johnson. [...he said in a text message to Rudy Jamarillo]. Entering last night, he was in a 20-for-130 (.154) nosedive dating to the Mets’ 20-inning victory in St. Louis on April 17. [those 25 homers his chattering promised seem less likely]

    “I listened to three people last year [I kept swinging for the moon at pitch-outs, but I did like to listen to them talking]: Jerry, HoJo and [Gary] Sheffield,” Francoeur said. “I’ve got to listen to HoJo and Jerry, and everybody else, I’m not going to be a [jerk] about it, I’ll take their advice and let it go in one ear and out the other. [So, if you have something to tell me, I'll pretend I'm paying attention].

    “Right now I’m up at the plate and I’m thinking about six different things [mmm, taco salads are gooood... I wonder what they're doing in Atlanta right now...my smile hurts, maybe I'll give it the day off], and you can’t hit doing that.” [or anything. you can't hit doing anything, this is my conclusion.]

    “I’ve never been a guy to worry about my average,” Francoeur said. [no sh*t Sherlock] “It will be there at the end, regardless — .260 or .270 or whatever. [I'm betting on "whatever"]

    “But what’s [ticked] me off the last few weeks is I’m not driving the ball. That’s what frustrates me.” [That, and the way I suck at baseball]

    The road back, he said, starts with simplicity. He believes that listening to Manuel and Johnson exclusively will unclutter his mind. [Are two rocks banging against each other called "clutter?"]

    “You’ve got 10 different things going through your head and half of them are probably contradicting each other,” [You said it was six things just one paragraph ago. I guess "taco salad" mutated into Taco and Salad] Francoeur said. “Last year I got in such a great routine and I’ve got to get back to that.” [Yeah, boy, get back to last year's routine, Jeff. See you in the funny papers].

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    Bub Says:

    Teheran tore it up AGAIN! The guy is dominating the way Hanson was dominating the minors.

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    hammy Says:

    McOut – I call him the Jimmy Hat. But these days, I’ll call Troy whatever he likes (except for “nimble”).

    GO BRAVES!!! FIRST PLACE!!!

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    #22=MANBEAST Says:

    Julio Teheran’s stat line since being promoted to High A Ball: 2-0, 0.43 ERA, 21 IP, 1 ER on a HR, 14 H, 28 K, and 4 BB. He turned 19 in January! They must have no hitting on that team because Delgado is 2-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 11 starts. An article on fox sports Braves page mentions that Delgado could find himself in Atlanta by next year. My guess would be that Teheran won’t be far behind. My favorite part of the Delgado story is that the Mets offered him twice as much as the Braves, but he still signed with the Braves because he wanted to wear the tomahawk on his chest. AWESOME!

    Bub, thanks for that Frenchy bit. Pretty funny. Frenchy is a moron. Too many hits to the head playing football. My favorites were “Last year I got in such a great routine”. Really Frenchy, when? and your call on the “whatever” for his batting average. I would bet on the whatever, too. That guy is McOut bad. I wonder if he hits as well as a pitching staff too? We probably should of seen the McOut struggles coming when he only got 1 hit off Spring Training pitching.

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    #22=MANBEAST Says:

    The Jimmy Hat: Wow, that is right there with Hamburglar. Was Hamburglar a Hammy or Curt creation?

  142. 142
    Mara Wanna Says:

    [That, and the way I suck at baseball.]. Hil-freakin-larious!

  143. 143
    Steve Says:

    I’m sure you’ve seen or heard the stat by now, but it bears repeating: Braves have not been in 1st place later than June 1 since 2005!!!!! I am so happy right now. Lots of great posts today. Don’t remember who said it, but I agree that the Braves are riding an uncanny “do no wrong” streak right now and the Phils have got to be pretty deflated adding today’s games to their recent woes. LOVE IT!

    Another great post about our offense today with no contribution from Heyward (and in a nod to Hammy from the show last night, nothing from McLouth either) and still being so successful. Some impressive stuff going on with this team right now.

    McOut – I bet that Medlen goes back to the pen when JJ returns. Regarding Resop, I bet they are trying to trade him. Doesn’t make much sense to put him back in the bullpen since he’s flourishing in a starting role.

  144. 144
    Tcc Says:

    Haven’t had time to listen to the show or read all the posts since. Is tomorrow the day ABT is getting together at the game? I’m going to wednesdays game. Princess, will you be there?

  145. 145
    #22=MANBEAST Says:

    Steve, I’ve done a little name change to see if it gets my former namesake going. Yeah, I think Medlen to the pen is inevitable. It will be interesting to see what they do with Resop. I know he’s been a dud in the past, but maybe they can get something for him, like a shiny new ball, or a new can of dip for Chipper, or a new tattoo for Moylan. I don’t see how he can fit on the big league roster with a full staff and pen, and they have to do something by the next two weeks.

  146. 146
    Ham Says:

    With Resop back, it just means another option in the outfield. I am also dusting off all of my Resop schtick. Good times.

  147. 147
    Steve Says:

    FIRST PLACE!!!!! Did I mention that I’m absolutely drunk on the success in May?

  148. 148
    Tcc Says:

    Game…tomorrow…anybody?

  149. 149
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Cledus, yes the coolest of the cool ABTers will be at tomorrow’s game. My entire family will be in the outfield seats for Wednesday’s game. I would love to have a mini meet and greet before the game on Wednesday. Steve, if you’re not too busy can you maybe shoot Tcc my email address? Is that possible? Sorry to be so criptic but you know…there are crazies out there. Tcc, you might have to email Steve@atlantabaseballtalk.com. I think that’s it.

  150. 150
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Cledus, yes the coolest of the cool ABTers will be at tomorrow’s game. My entire family will be in the outfield seats for Wednesday’s game. I would love to have a mini meet and greet before the game on Wednesday. Steve, if you’re not too busy can you maybe shoot Tcc my email address? Is that possible? Sorry to be so cryptic but you know…there are crazies out there. Tcc, you might have to email Steve@atlantabaseballtalk.com. I think that’s it.

  151. 151
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Damn this stupid slow Internet filled with sucktitude that makes me resubmit comments!

  152. 152
    Tcc Says:

    Mara..I’ve emailed Steve requesting an exchange of info so we can arrange a mini meet. If all else fails, look for me. I’m a 59 yo guy wearing an old blue Braves hat and a brand new JH #22 t shirt!

  153. 153
    #22=MANBEAST Says:

    The Natinals announced at 7pm that Strasburg will start June 8th against the Buccos. By 9pm the Natinals had sold out the game. Wow! Dugout Box seats going for $2,000. Wow!

    Braves actually got a little love from Baseball Tonight. Wow! On a less surprising note, Bobby Valentine is still very annoying. The Mets get more coverage on that show when they’re in last than the Braves do when they’re in first. The Mets suck and get more coverage than the Rays, best team in baseball, ever do. They talk about the Mets staff more than the Rays staff, which at one point had three guys with 5-1 like records and low ERAs. ESPN has completely sold it’s sole to New York and Boston.

  154. 154
    #22=MANBEAST Says:

    I say 5-1 like because I think Price’s record was 6-1 at the time, and Garza and Shields were still at 5-1. Since then Garza and Shields have come back to Earth. Now Shields is 5-3, Price 7-2, and Garza 5-3. Wade Davis, their #5 is 5-4, and Niemann is 5-0. I’m really looking forward to that series. The Rays aren’t playing as well as they once were, and I think the Braves can get ‘em with the series being at the Ted. Plus they got Soriano in the 9th, lol. Soriano has a lot of saves, but believe me, a lot of those saves have been shaky at best. GO BRAVES!

  155. 155
    Bub Says:

    I can’t stop looking at it.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/index.jsp

  156. 156
    Ham Says:

    Bub – Totally. I have done it like five times today. I didn’t realize that we had the best home record in the majors. Holy cr&p. We are good. Seriously.

    Gotta win tomorrow. Gotta keep this going. We can beat Hamels. Hudson is a stud. I LOVE WINNING BASEBALL!

  157. 157
    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Me three! ta-wenty hours! I’m going to wrap Christmas lights around my head like a turban so you guys can see me on ESPN. Don’t worry Steve…I got an extra set buddy!

  158. 158
    Steve Says:

    FIRST PLACE!!!!

    Did anyone hear Mark Bowman on 790am this morning? Sounded like he just woke up. Really uncompelling radio. Wow.

  159. 159
    Anne Says:

    Tcc – sorry I won’t join you at the day game on Wednesday…this “business man” will be working during the “Business Man’s Special.” :-(

  160. 160
    Anne Says:

    NO RAIN. (but if there’s rain, I look forward to a new segment I’ll call: “Beers, Brats and Bull&*@% with Ballpark Frank.”) “Mara” – I hear he’s paying…

  161. 161
    Anne Says:

    in re # 157 – Steve: I’m gonna make her sit next to you.

  162. 162
    Mara Wanna Says:

    SA-WEET!

  163. 163
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Considering how bad our offense was in April and how good Ubaldo Jimenez is, 10-1 with like a 0.78 ERA in 11 starts, I no longer feel as bad about that no-no. Especially considering the garbage line up used for that game. In reality, when you factor the garbage line up and his pitching together, then the no-no is not that surprising to me. I heard on Mike and Mike that he is having the best year a pitcher has ever had in 90 years. My advice to the Braves if they have to face him again is to try to work the pitch count and hope for the bullpen.
    Really really hope the Southern Gentleman, Timmy Hudson, dominates pretty boy Cole Hamels and the Phils tonight. Have fun at the game everybody. I’ll be watching you on ESPN from South Florida. I really hope Hershiser isn’t calling the game because he always finds ways to knock the Braves. I guess that loser is still bitter about 95. I guess being a former Dodger and the Braves and dodgers kind of having a past rivalry might explain it too. Regardless, Orel Hershiser is a loser. That said, GO BRAVES! Anne, you know your job when #22 goes yard tonight.

  164. 164
    Anne Says:

    Formerly Known As: Yes, I do. “MANBEAST!!!!!!” (just to clarify)

  165. 165
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    MANBEAST indeed.

  166. 166
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Tut-tut…looks like rain. :(

  167. 167
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    There’s a nice piece on the AJC site comparing the Braves two months. It’s written by Carroll Rogers, who is subbing for David O’Brien before he goes on the 11 game road trip with our tomahawk clad heroes. Both beat writers do a great job covering the Braves, of which I’m sure all you other fanatics are well aware.

  168. 168
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Steve, you should check the article out, it will ease your worry that there might be some tension between Glavine and the Tommy Gun.

  169. 169
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Jayson Stark, “If the Braves play the way they were supposed to play, they could run away with the division.” This was said in reference to the 20-8 record while being 10th in the league in quality starts and with a struggling Chipper, Mac, and Esky. Buster Olney has been drinking the Braves Kool-Aid, too. Everyone is impressed with what our guys our doing with no JJ and our three perceived top offensive players struggling.

  170. 170
    Anne Says:

    “Mara” – re # 166 – no way – not till after we’re ahead in the 5th.

  171. 171
    BluesMan Says:

    Did any of you guys notice the comment made during the Sunday game? They were talking about the Phillies before they came into town, & (I think it was Glavine) said (I’m paraphrasing): Isn’t it funny that 16 or 17 days ago they got issued a verbal warning by MLB for being accused of stealing signs, & since then their offense has sizzled out?”

    BURN. I think whoever said that has a point.

    1st in the N.L. East…Currently the hottest team in Baseball…FEAR THE CHOP SHOP…GO BRAVES!!!

  172. 172
    Steve Says:

    Yeah – I saw that. Pretty cool to read about it. So, the line up is out. And what we called for in the show this past Sunday is here: 1. Prado 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. Glaus 1B, 5. McCann C, 6. Escobar SS, 7. Infante LF, 8. Cabrera CF, 9. Hudson P

    I’m so stupid, ridiculously excited about tonight.

  173. 173
    Steve Says:

    BluesMan – while I don’t really believe the MLB warning thing, it’s certainly fun to believe that it’s part of the reason. In other words, I don’t just want to destroy the Phillies, I want them to be pathetic, weak cheaters too!

  174. 174
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Oh my god, Infante in LF. I am right there with you on tonight Steve. Maybe Bobby has been listening to the show. It is a good show. One of the highlights of my weekend every time. Maybe Bobby also figured out that McOut has as many hits over the past 2 weeks as the pitching staff. You gotta get O his deserved ABs. I just hope it doesn’t take him to long too get it going again after essentially not playing since Escobar’s been back. Bobby has been O’s Iago over the past month. O has actually hit righties better this year, which means he’s probably an everyday player on most other teams. Love this line up. Did Bobby actually make this line up? I still can’t believe it.

  175. 175
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Awesome, when I went over and reread that post I corrected the wrong “to” to “too”. I’m so excited I can’t think straight: intoxication from good baseball!

  176. 176
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    I don’t remember if it was Olney or Kurkjian, but one of the two said on BBT that JJ’s shoulder is in great shape. The extra rest is probably going to help him in the long run. JJ hitting full stride for last part of season is going to be the bomb. Suck it Phils! Go Braves!

  177. 177
    Steve Says:

    I could not love this article more (because I’m a small person). I love it not only for the obvious Philly-pain reasons, but also because this was the article written about the Braves only a month ago. http://tinyurl.com/2fom8e3

  178. 178
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    “Nate’s the one that hasn’t had an off day in a long time,” Cox said of resting McLouth. “We are not going to rest him very long at all. He’s too good in center. He’s kind of like Andruw [Jones] when Andruw wasn’t hitting like he should. He’ll save you runs.”
    So much for hoping… Comparing his defense to Andruw is so ridiculous it is unbearable. There is no way McOut’s defensive skills belong in the same conversation as Andruw’s. Just when I think Cox has made the most absurd statement in evaluating a player, he comes back with a head scratcher like this. I threw up in my mouth when I read that- just a disgusting observation on Cox’s part. Andruw Jones was a walking a highlight reel. Not only did he make mind-blowing catches, but he threw runners out, too. McOut is a good defensive player, but comparing him to Andruw is mind-numbingly stupid. McOut has 1 gold glove. Didn’t Andruw win like 10 in a row or something. That’s like comparing Yunel Escobar or Rafael Furcal to Ozzie Smith. It just doesn’t make any sense.

  179. 179
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    He isn’t kind of like Andruw Jones. He is nothing like Andruw Jones. That’s the summarized version of the previous post. Sorry for the rant…

  180. 180
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    I can’t wait until the second coming of Reggie Sanders is gone from the team. Actually, that’s an insult to Reggie Sanders. Reggie Sanders had a much better track record than McOut but was given nowhere near as long to struggle because it was painfully obvious that he shouldn’t be on the team. Why doesn’t the same apply for McOut?

  181. 181
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Dontrelle Willis was traded from the Tigers to D’backs. No word on who(m) the Tigers got in return. Maybe we could trade Blow-Blow after all.

  182. 182
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Bub, Curt, Hammy, I’m waiting for y’alls thoughts on Bobby’s comments on McOut and the D-Train trade because you guys are usually much funnier than me on such subjects…

  183. 183
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Yeah…I’m sitting at the Ted. With my ABT homies.

  184. 184
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    TROJAN MAN!

  185. 185
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Mother Nature hates the Braves. Hope y’all brought ponchos or umbrellas.

  186. 186
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Thanks for thinkin of us. We’re huddled up under the overhang. How about that homer!

  187. 187
    Bub Says:

    Shout out to the ABT’ers at the Ted. I’m mad jealous. Sorry it’s spittin’ on you, but glad you got to see a THREE RUN JACK already.

    I SO knew Glaus was going to hit that. I was singing, to the tune of Camptown Races, “Glaus gonna f*** your whole day up… Hamels… Hamels…. Glaus gonna f*** your whole day up, oh da do da day…” and BAM, he did it.

    Fun times.

  188. 188
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    A Phillies fan just tweeted this: “If it does resume, here’s to hoping Jo-Jo Reyes takes the mound.” At least they have a sense of humor.

  189. 189
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Here’s what I think about that homer: Freddie who?

  190. 190
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Anne’s new nickname for McLouth…McBenched. Hilarious!

  191. 191
    BluesMan Says:

    Well it looks like the patron saint of sh*^%y umpires (Bill Hohn) is finally going to be getting a talking to by MLB because of how he threw Oswalt out in the opening game against the Nats. I doubt they’re fire him…but why not demote him to the Minors?

  192. 192
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Bill Hohn hates freedom.

  193. 193
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Playball!!!!

  194. 194
    Bub Says:

    Boy, if we can win this game AND keep Tim in for 6 innings, AND tax their bullpen for 8+ innings, “we’ll be sittin’ in the fabled catbird seat.”

    Points to anyone who can name the movie quote. (Steve, you should know it.)

    MORE STADIUM REPORTS, PLEASE. Show me the dailies.

  195. 195
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Tim Hudson, .300 AVG., 5 game hitting streak. Wasn’t he a CF @ Auburn???

  196. 196
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    That would be Raising Arizona.

  197. 197
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve agrees with McOut. Where was that last pitch to J-Hey? Looking for ground balls from Huddy.

  198. 198
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    BIG TIME HUDDY! BIG TIME!

  199. 199
    Kate Says:

    Is anyone else bummed Bill Hohn shaved his mustache?

  200. 200
    Bub Says:

    TBFKA McOut with the points.

    Basehit MAC!

  201. 201
    Bub Says:

    Kate, I was a little bummed. Some dudes are defined by the stache. He was a good villain.

  202. 202
    Bub Says:

    lol, Castro. Saves Esco’s ass.

  203. 203
    Bub Says:

    Ha HAAA! 5 – 0, I’m so proud for you guys at the park. I hope it keeps up. So awesome.

  204. 204
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    The Braves are 22-0 when they score 5, knock on wood.

  205. 205
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Ruiz with a case of the butterfingers this inning. Saves some classically bad base running and hitting by Esky.

  206. 206
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Wish you were here. Such a fun game!

  207. 207
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Ruiz playing like a Tennessee WR that inning.

  208. 208
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Sorry, Castro is the 3B. Ruiz is the C. My bad.

  209. 209
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Huddy rocks. Trying to convince Ballpark Frank to visit us on the message board. Give him a “hey howdy ho”!

  210. 210
    Curt Says:

    I’m forcing everyone at the beach house to watch the game. I told them it was homework.

  211. 211
    Bub Says:

    Ballpark Frank, you gotta stop in, man!

  212. 212
    Bub Says:

    Okay, somebody write and tell me that woman hit by the bat isn’t from our crew.

  213. 213
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Ow my eye!

  214. 214
    Bub Says:

    lol.

  215. 215
    Curt Says:

    Crowd #? Looks like 27k or so

  216. 216
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Aaron Boone suggesting the Phillies hitters watch Hudson’s approach at the plate: priceless.

  217. 217
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve says 31,000 and since he’s always right I’ll concur.

  218. 218
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Calm down Huddy

  219. 219
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    I don’t know how he didn’t get that call for strike 3 on Howard after the ball that was called strike 2 on Omar last inning. More bad umpiring. Shocking.

  220. 220
    Mara Wanna Says:

    We are chanting Bobby’s name as loud as possible.

  221. 221
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Ballpark Frank I telling me how great Prado is. He must not know about my Meadow love.

  222. 222
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Not even a sure pick off can get MANBEAST out

  223. 223
    Mara Wanna Says:

    How close was that McOut?

  224. 224
    Mara Wanna Says:

    That one almost got us.

  225. 225
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    BMAN!

  226. 226
    Bub Says:

    What a GAME!!!

  227. 227
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    I like how Mac tucked the ball and lowered his shoulder for Ruiz to “eat it”.

  228. 228
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Don’t quite understand why Infante is bunting with a 4-run lead.

  229. 229
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Wow, what was Werth doing on that one? Hinske is so out of breath.

  230. 230
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve and I were the only ones doing the “Let’s go Heyward” chant for the first pitch. Finally the entire stadium got a clue and joined in. So, you’re welcome.

  231. 231
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    This has been a great game. On a less-positive not, Chipper has looked absolutely terrible at the plate. He also got bailed out by Prado’s heady double play after he struggled getting the ball out of his glove and then threw a sinker to second. I guess he did get a walk so Bobby will consider it a good game for him.

  232. 232
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Was Vic safe?

  233. 233
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Why get Wagner up if you’re not gonna put him in to face Utley?

  234. 234
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Right as I submitted that he hit Utley. I am so sick of Bobby’s managing.

  235. 235
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Not to mention it was obvious that Venters didn’t have his best stuff from the start of the inning.

  236. 236
    Tcc Says:

    Wah freakin’ Hoo!!!

  237. 237
    Bub Says:

    Whew.

    Good game! That’s why we have BIL. LY. WAG. NER.

  238. 238
    Tcc Says:

    Addendum to Mara: I stopped by “Play it again Sports” after work and bought an old, used Rawlings glove for 20 bucks. So, I’ll be the nearly 60 yo, guy with an old blue Braves hat and a young #22 shirt on…plus the glove. See ya at the plaza, or somewhere! Go Braves!

  239. 239
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Unbelievable. That was nearly like the 5th(I’ve lost count at this point-could very easily be more)game Bobby’s cost us by way of questionable lineups and bullpen decisions. It’s only June 1. Wake-up and stop letting your undying devotion to players cost us a shot at the postseason, again. Geez. You’d think he’d learn after managing for 25 years. Nope. Same ol’ stubborn Cox. It’s like we see the same 5-15 terribly managed loses/near-loses every year. I can’t wait for a new manager.

  240. 240
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Wagner is the man. Imagine if we had Gonzo or Soriano in that situation…

  241. 241
    Kate Says:

    Jonny V. just wanted Wagner to get a save.

  242. 242
    Show all Says:

    Hey..we won, right? Try to not let that get in the way of your misery.

  243. 243
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    I don’t think it’s misery when one is befuddled by the tying run coming to the plate in a game in which we went into the 9th with a 5 run lead. Maybe I’m alone on that one. Could be…. Don’t worry no misery here, lol. I usually don’t feel miserable over a game. Worse s*** can happen in life. That’s my outlook. Sorry for the ranting. I’ll stop now.

  244. 244
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Note to Cledus: I’ve decided to wear my ABT shirt tomorrow…gotta represent! Great game! Tons of fun hangin with Steve, Anne and BP Frank. Frank? You there?

  245. 245
    Steve Says:

    Mara – I second that. It was absolutely terrific to meet you and to hang out tonight. Have a great time at the park with your family tomorrow. Bring that broom.

  246. 246
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve, did you notice @bravesorganist replied to your tweet? That’s freakin awesome!

  247. 247
    Anne Says:

    We won the series…can’t take that away from us. Sweep, sweep, sweep!!! Finally going to sleep…Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!

  248. 248
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Just got done with work. Love my iphone and the ability to blog at any time. Was I really the only person upset with keeping Venters in in the ninth. Kind of surprised by that. Regardless, 7. N. A. Row. C’mon Hamburglar! Let’s make it a sweep. Puck the Fillies! ESPN replay is on. Timing couldn’t be better. Watching the game again. Surprise! this time I would still take Venters out after the 2nd batter he faced. I guess I’m miserable again, hahhahahaha!

  249. 249
    The Blogger Formerly Known As McOut Says:

    Due to show all’s response to my previous comments about my supposed “Misery” I will begin my transition to the name of Jimmy Caan or Kathy Bates. I like Jimmy Caan more because it leads to the name of “Tollbooth”, which is obviously where Jimmy met his demise in the Godfather saga and is something I come across often in Florida. GO BRAVES!

  250. 250
    Tollbooth Says:

    Puck the Fillies!

  251. 251
    Curt Says:

    Even Troy Glaus knows the ABT addage – “winning is more fun than losing”

    “We’re playing good, we’re winning games,” Glaus said. “That’s always fun.”

  252. 252
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Winning IS more fun than losing. Steve, I just sawed off my friends broom handle so it’s more easily maneuvered. Sucks to be her! Sweeeeeeeep!

    McOut, we were screaming, literally, for Bobby to take Venters out. But, alls well that ends well. Sort of, until next time he makes a bone headed move and we lose.

  253. 253
    Steve Says:

    Leah – I need some Twitter 101 help. I have three questions:
    1. How did the Braves Organist know about the ABT tweet if he doesn’t follow us (I checked, he doesn’t)?
    2. I went to his Twitter feed and saw his tweet that read “@atlbaseballtalk ; – )”. Shouldn’t that have showed up on the ABT feed (maybe not for the general public, but should I see that response?)
    3. How did you know about his tweet?

  254. 254
    Anne Says:

    Anybody see the excuse note on the Braves FB site? You can fill in the blanks and turn it in to your boss since you’re feeling poorly and need to get to the game. Signed by “Dr.” Brian McCann. That Braves front office has some time on their hands…

  255. 255
    Tollbooth Says:

    Random Jimmy Caan quote that applies to the 2008 Braves:
    Showing up every day isn’t enough. There are a lot of guys who show up every day who shouldn’t have showed up at all.

    Good to hear, Mara. I was screaming in my head.

  256. 256
    Tollbooth Says:

    Typical lineup for a RH pitcher. It’s our old nemesis Kyle Kendrick…

  257. 257
    Steve Says:

    And McBenched is back in. Sigh.

  258. 258
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve, I imagine @bravesorganist either has his account set up to show any comment including the words “Braves Organist” or he does a search post game for that phrase. If you follow him all his comments should show up on your feed. Actually it should show up even if you don’t follow him. It showed up on my feed because i follow him.

    McBenched no more:(.

  259. 259
    Mara Wanna Says:

    My people are late. They just don’t get it.

  260. 260
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Dudes on 790 estimate 30,000+ last night post rain delay and everything. Serious crowd last night. I’m bringing about half that to the game today!

  261. 261
    Anne Says:

    “Mara” – re #259 – I hear you! If I could be there when the gates open every time, I would be! What IS their collective problem??

  262. 262
    Mara Wanna Says:

    2 Braves games in 24 hours…peeing my pants.

  263. 263
    Mara Wanna Says:

    People around me in last night’s game weren’t nearly as needy as those around me in today’s game. There are not 31,000 people here.

  264. 264
    Anne Says:

    I so rarely get to listen to the games on radio – loving it. Go Braves!!

  265. 265
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Glaus was robbed right in front of me.

  266. 266
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Lowdemort

  267. 267
    Tollbooth Says:

    Why didn’t McBenched try to throw out their catcher at the plate? Unfortunately McBenched isn’t gonna live up to the new name because of Bobby. He said as much in the same interview where he compared his defensive skills to Andruw.

  268. 268
    Tollbooth Says:

    There’s an article on bleacher report on how our pitching staff is having a better year at the plate than McBenched.

  269. 269
    Tollbooth Says:

    If you don’t want to read the McOut article I’ll save you some time. Pitching staff .184 AVG, McBenched .179. It also mentions that Hinske has as many hits as McTerrible in half as many ABs. He really is BAD.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Jones and Heap are killing me. Kill-ing-me.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    O Infante…I’m so glad you took over for Chipper!

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    Wade Says:

    Why was Chipper benched (i’m not complaining, just curious because ESPN gametracker only shows that Infante replaced him, and not why). Did he hurt himself hitting into a DB and then striking out?

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    Bub Says:

    He tweaked his ability.

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    Wade Says:

    Sorry, that was DP, for Double Play. Also known as a Twin Killing

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    Anne Says:

    Wade: typical hangnail injury, poor guy… (no, not really)

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    Curt Says:

    Could it really be possible that he who is without a name might have actually figured something out? I type this knowing that it means he gets shelled next inning.

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    Wade Says:

    Curt
    You and Jim Powell and every other braves announcer needs to understand a long held baseball adherence to superstition. WHAT ARE YOU DOING!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Damn you Curt if that happens.

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    Tollbooth Says:

    Troy Glaus NL Player of the month for May. Way to go Troy. Who would of thought that in April???

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Cledus says hey y’all.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Ooooooooooooommmmmmaaaarrrrrr!

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    Tollbooth Says:

    Unbelievable.

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    Anne Says:

    Hey, Cledus!!

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    Anne Says:

    C’mon BWags…which is what I assume is about to happen…

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Could you hear the crowd chanting sweep? CRAZY!

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    Curt Says:

    I liked the ‘overrated’ chant.

    Anne, what did you say about Omar replacing Chipper?

    How sweep it is.

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    Anne Says:

    I said that Chipper injured his hangnail and had to leave the game. I may or may not have been joking.

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    Tollbooth Says:

    So proud of our guys.

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    Anne Says:

    “Inflamed ring finger” sounds ominous. Hooters-ominous…

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    Tollbooth Says:

    Can’t wait to hear y’alls take on Chipper Dorn’s inflamed ring finger on this Sunday’s show. I’m already laughing thinking about. Safe travels Bravos. Two very hot teams playing each other this weekend. Should be another great Braves vs Dodgers series. I just looked at the pitching matchups, and on computer screen it looks like we’re in for some close games. GO BRAVES!

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    Wade Says:

    Curt
    Didn’t you say in one of the shows that this year’s Braves didn’t have an 8-0 streak in them? I’d have to go back and listen to be sure.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    That sounds like Curt. :)

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    Wade Says:

    Oh, I think he did, Trabeck

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    Hamward Says:

    I remember Bub claiming that he would do “something” if the Braves won 8 in a row. Something memorable. Bub, save us the trouble og going back through the old shows and remind us what that was.

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    Bub Says:

    Hammy, I can’t remember what I said I would do, but to quote Mr. Griswold, I couldn’t be more surprised if I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet.

    This run by the Braves is pretty awesome.

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    Bub Says:

    I had to go meet with my Spanish Professor at 2:00, and I was never happier to get a call saying she’d be late. She drove up five seconds after Wags got the last out, so I got the ending on radio.

    What a series. Our FOURTH sweep (five if you count Cinci X 2, but I don’t). When’s the last time we swept four teams in the first half?

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    Nate Says:

    Tim Kurkjian said Huddy is the first Braves pitcher to have 9 quality starts out of his first 11. I find that hard to believe when you think of Braves pitchers of past, but I’ll take his word for it because I’m too lazy to look it up. Bleacher Report rated our top 3 prospects as being Teheran, Delgado, and Vizcaino in that order. Freddie Freeman came in 4th and Kimbrel was 5th. Mike Minor was 7th.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m pretty sure Bub agreed to write a bi-weekly blog over the summer. Not sure but that’s what I remember.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Actually bi-weekly doesn’t make sense. How about one blog entry per series…yeah…that’s what he said. NOW I remember!

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    Curt Says:

    Was that 8?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Curt was told there’d be no math.

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    Curt Says:

    When we win 8 in a row it will be a nice thing to worry about. Until then, I probably won’t.

    Bring on the Dodgers

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    Steve Says:

    “He tweaked his ability.” – Fantastic!

    LOVE that the crowd was chanting sweep. Seriously people, when was the last time we had this kind of baseball energy around here. Even in the first half of the aughts when we were winning the division, it was pretty tame around here. I love this run!

    And how about Lowedemort? And eight innings, no less. I’m going to start calling him Derek soon.

    Mara – more description of the crowd and energy, please.

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    Cledus Says:

    Hello Anne and all. Come and listen to my story about..driving to Atlanta and back in one day for a ball game. I got home about 30 minutes ago. Post game ATL traffic was horrible! Left this morning at 7:30. whew!! And all that for what??

    For the pleasure of meeting her Highness, Princess Leah (quite charming), and for the pleasure of seeing Lowe look like a stud pitcher..able to win for once with no run support, and to be able to Sweep the phinkin stillies!

    Oh, and Wags, the amazingly friendly ballpark staff, the very occasional cloud and wisp of a breeze that might have reduced my sunburn from 3rd to 2nd degree.

    My only regret on the day is that I wish I had eaten two Italian sausage dogs instead of just one!

    Go Braves!

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    Cledus Says:

    Steve, I just saw that the Attendance was 26, 309. I have no idea how accurate that is but just eyeballing the crowd it looked like a lot of people for a weekday game. I’m guessing that the possibility of a sweep brought in more local fans. As far as energy, it was very hot and the game was tied at 1 all for much of the game. That’s hard to get people charged up, but when Infante gave us the lead and when Wags came in, there was a great, palpable energy!

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    Ham Says:

    Curtis – check out the streak number, we are there, brother. WE ARE THERE!

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/?tcid=nav_mlb_standings

    and like Bub, I could look at this all day.

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    Cledus Says:

    Funniest musical moment was when the Phillies right fielder came to bat and the organist played the “rice a roni” song. You know…the Ben Francisco treat! Don’t know if that was mentioned earlier. I do know that I suggested last year that you guys interview that organist. I hear he’s a famous jazz musician, right?

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Here ya go…you can experience the last minute and a half from the Rev’s perspective. This is how it was for the entire top of the 9th. When Billy walked what’s his toes (honestly so tired I can’t remember) there was a collective sigh. After the win you can see a few dejected Phillies fans walking up the stairs. Did they really think they could pull out a win? Really? See Steve, no compassion when it comes to baseball.
    ENJOY ABT!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=482ivWB3kL0

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    It’s still a little fuzzy but I hear once it’s approved it will clear up.
    Cledus, so fun putting a face with a name…the real one. And seems like a nice lady friend ya got there. We noticed the “Rice a Roni” as well…pretty clever. The Office theme for Ryan Howard is my absolute favorite.
    Curt, I couldn’t tell what they were chanting at Howard but if I had picked up on “O-ver-rat-ted” I would have joined in fo’ shizzle.

    GREAT SERIES! What do we think about those Dodgers?

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    Will Says:

    yesterday’s paper said 17 out of last 21 and 7 straight…so my superior math skills say it now must be 18 out of last 22 and 8 straight. Curt, if Bobby was not there, it would be 25 out of last 22, right?

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    Nate Says:

    The organist is Matthew Kaminski. He’s a really good jazz organist. In February he released his debut CD “Taking My Time”. I had a feeling he was a jazzer when he played a very solid “A Night in Tunisia” when some guy named Gillespie was batting earlier this year.

    Did anyone see that Jim Joyce cost Armando Galarraga of the Tigers a perfect game tonight with a missed call at first base with two outs in the 9th. Unbelievable. The guy was out by a step too. It wasn’t even that close of a play. Could of been the 3rd perfect game in less than a month.

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    Nate Says:

    Is it possible to reverse the call now. That’s really really terrible. How do you not give a pitcher the benefit of the doubt in that situation even if it’s a close play? What’s worse is that he hesitated before he made the call. Jim Joyce must of been thinking about what he was going to eat after the game or something.

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    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Nate, I did see that. You know Jim Joyce must feel just terrible. It seemed like even the runner was disappointed he wasn’t called out. Just gut wrenching.

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    Tcc Says:

    Hold your horses there, Nate! Are you suggesting MLB should intervene on a disastrous call when they can’t clean up PED’s, can’t see the stupidity of the DH or of giving home field advantage in the biggest series of the year to an exhibition game winner??

    What are you thinking??

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    Tcc Says:

    Mara…I’m exhausted, but still pumped up about the game today! Fun stuff!

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    Nate Says:

    Lol, are you watching BBT, too? I like how Bill Hohn appeared twice in their bad calls of the week segment. The guy is obviously a terrible umpire and should be removed form baseball and soon. He cost the Natinals that game, and he cost us 2 games last year. To top off the bad calls, Hahn had a congratulatory fist bump with the Marlins catcher after one of them.

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    Nate Says:

    Jim Leyland and Bobby Cox are obviously both legends in Major League Baseball, but every time I see their teeth I get ill. Talk about some serious tobacco stains.

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    Nate Says:

    Got to chat with the Crime Dog a little at my gig tonight. I’m sad to report he will be pulling for the Rays over the Braves when the two teams face each other later this month. In spite of that, he is still a very classy, humble individual.

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    Nate Says:

    Tcc, well said sir, well said.

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    Tcc Says:

    And just what “gig” was that, Nate? Shame on the Dog for biting the hand that fed him?

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    Nate Says:

    On Wednesday nights I play a funk gig with a group at this bar/restaurant in Tampa. The most exciting part about it is seeing the Crime Dog. Ronde Barber randomly shows up on occasion, too. Would like to think they come out to hear us play, but, yeah, that’s definitely not true, lol. Not my favorite place I’ve ever played to say the least. I’m just not a fan of places where a bunch of randoms act like their hot to trot and better than others, which, unfortunately, there are a lot of in Tampa. It’s especially annoying when people who are somewhat famous go there and act super down to Earth and are very laid back and humble. But, it’s like my mom told me when I was growing up, “Some people just suck.” That’s some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten, and that’s why I usually just try and ignore those types.

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    Nate Says:

    That’s my biggest fear about my generation. They’ve been warped by watching too much garbage on MTV and VH1: Music Television my @$$.

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    Anne Says:

    re #306 – my second-favorite thing about that link is the L10 next to the Diamondbacks…though they did just play the Dodgers…

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    Anonymous Says:

    How come Sunday’s Dodger’s pitcher is “to be announced? I’m assuming it’s Ely. I’m nervous people! I’m hoping for a split.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I feel badly for Galarraga but my gut aches for Joyce. Stand up reactions all around.

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – I loved the video. Thanks for sharing.

    Cledus – Strangely enough, a friend of mine who writes about jazz just introduced Matthew and I over email this week. If he’s up for it, we will definitely have him on the show this year. By the way, it’s mind-blowing that we’re meeting each other in person! How crazy and wonderful.

    So, my son comes up to me last night and says, “Daddy, I’m worried about the Dodgers.” Now, I think he said that because the Dodgers were good in his spring baseball league, but still … I share his concern. In all honesty, I had very little concern about the Phillies. And if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll split or better. I just hate the cross-country flight, the big emotion of the sweep, they’re good …

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    Steve Says:

    And then I find this tidbit and get more confident:

    Aside from Casey Blake, who is driving the ball and has a nine-game hitting streak, and Matt Kemp, who has a modest eight-game streak but has more than a single hit in only one of those games, all the regulars are in slumps of various degrees.

    James Loney is 2 for 16.

    Russell Martin is 2 for 27.

    Blake DeWitt is 0 for 15.

    Andre Ethier is 1 for 14 since coming off the disabled list.

    Rafael Furcal is only 0 for 7 but has yet to attempt a stolen base since coming off the DL May 25 with a strained hamstring.

    Manny Ramirez is 3 for 26.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    You are so welcome Steve. The little guy gets clingy when things get super loud. A bit hard to cheer with a 40 lb load but we managed.

    Huddy v. Ely on Sunday. His Aunt, Uncle and cousins go to our church. I’ve been shamelessly begging for an autograph. I hope we drive his ERA to 7!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hate it for Galarraga but I love the human aspect of baseball. Maybe I’m a purist but I don’t think I want instant replay. Cue baseball gods…

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    “By the way, it’s mind-blowing that we’re meeting each other in person! How crazy and wonderful.”

    And…you’re welcom. :)

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    *welcome*

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    Bub Says:

    I’m glad the Cardinals caught the Reds so I can start thinking of Cinci as Wild Card competition instead of the Cards. I’m not conceding the division, though I do think the Phils will come roaring back in the 2nd half, but the Wild Card race would be an awesome insurance policy.

    Now, when the Padres sink below the Giants or Dodgers, I’ll be able to look at the standings without my eyebrows twitching.

    Cool vid, Leah.

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    Nate Says:

    Steve, the Dodgers also had a May schedule similar to ours: Pittsburgh, D’Backs, Cubs, Astros. The did win 2/3 from COL twice and swept @ SD once, but to me, it looked like a very tame schedule. The Braves are better than all the teams they won series against. I’m with you man. I think our guys can do better than a split. I love reading about the team chemistry we have and the swagger. I also love hearing about Charlie Manuel calling out his team. Utley and Howard looked really odd just kind of lounging in the dugout in the 9th at Tuesday’s game. Meanwhile Venters is putting all kinds of guys on base, and it looked like both guys were gonna get a chance to hit with a chance to tie the game for their team. You’d think maybe they’d be getting geared up for an AB. Both looked completely indifferent and over the whole thing. I have never seen Braves players do that in any tight game. Kudos to our guys for the focus and effort being shown on the field. Also, the Phillies watching Gran Torino in the clubhouse before yesterdays game instead of maybe trying to get ready to avoid being swept is unbelievable. How do their players even think of doing that with the way they’ve been playing? When we were struggling, all you read about was how hard everyone was working and the extra hours being put in by players and coaches. You never heard about the Braves having movie time before a game. The Phillies players are so arrogant and obviously don’t think much of the Braves. I hope more than ever that we take the division from them.

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    Steve Says:

    Nate – I agree with all of it. Oh man, I’m getting all crazy excited about the game tonight. And then I read this, and it got me even more revved up. Goose bump stuff for me:

    Chipper – ““This is a very, very, very important road trip for us. It is imperative that we go out and play well and get Ws on this particular road trip. LA is just as hot as we are. Arizona is struggling. Then you’ve got Minnesota, which is arguably one of the best teams in the American League, on the road. Come out of this with a winning record, that validates the fact that we’re for real.””

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Nice quote…I want to see Chipper and Mac hit.

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    Bub Says:

    It’s the whole “Braves are legit” thing is happening in perfectly graduating levels:

    Level 1: April. Uh, no.

    Level 2: May, beating poor teams. Mmmm… yawn.

    Level 3: Beating the Reds in a teaser sweep. Yes, maybe, but we required two incredible comebacks and a grand slam off a fielder’s glove. Nice, but who knows.

    Level 4: Beating Florida in a series. Hey, what have we here??

    Level 5: Sweeping the NL Champs, beating them senseless in the first two games, Lowe pitching legit in the third. Almost definitely we are for real. The only thing is, Phillies in its worst slump in years, so… we need…

    Level 6: The Western Swing. This will determine things absolutely in my mind. If the Braves go 6-5 on this trip, I am utterly convinced they are going to the playoffs. And if they go 5-6, I won’t be down on them at all.

    (Level 7 would obviously be regaining their winning ways after their first slump and after Philly catches fire again.)

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Nicely said. I’m more and more excited about how they fare tonight.

  338. 338
    Nate Says:

    June will be like the Braves Mid-Term exam. I think the guys are prepared and should do well. The Rays are not playing very well right now, and I think the Twins just lost the O Dog for a while. As Steve pointed out, the Dodgers are not the great hitting team they were when we saw them last year. I really like our pitching to get us through this weekend still in first. Then we get the D’Backs. Lots of optimism for me right now. My only concern is BMac’s throwing in these upcoming series against the Rays, Twins, and Dodgers.

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    Nate Says:

    I forgot the Lakers and Celtics play in LA tonight. Crowd shouldn’t be much of a factor.

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    Nate Says:

    Mara, I just heard Jim Joyce’s interview where he admitted to missing the call. He was just torn up about it. You can definitely tell that’s going to stick with him for a while. The Tigers handled it very professionally, as well. Props to everyone involved for doing a superb job of damage control. If only every umpire were as classy as Jim Joyce. (Thinking of Bill Hohn and Joe West when I typed that last thought)

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Did you guys see Galarraga (sp?) brought the Tiger’s line up card to Joyce before today’s game? Pure class.

  342. 342
    Nate Says:

    Pretty awesome stuff, I didn’t get to see it, but apparently Joyce teared up when he did. I now have even more respect for Jim Leyland for making that happen. You know that will help Joyce move on.

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    Nate Says:

    The incident may be even better remembered now than if it had been a perfect game, which to me it still is for the way it was handled.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Tonight’s lineup: Prado, 4, Infante, 5; Heyward, 9; McCann, 2; Glaus, 3; Hinske, 7; Escobar, 6; McLouth, 8; Medlen, 1.

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    Curt Says:

    McCann 4th? Can we end that experiment please? Amazing that if it were Glaus, Hinske, McCann I’d be jumping through the roof. He’s got some good protection all around him so they have to pitch to him. That will help.

    Go Braves.

    I have to say, and maybe it is too long coming, but as Bub pointed out this train took some time to get rolling, but it appears this is not longer the 2008/2009 Braves. They are doing things completely different. And that be good.

    P.S. I’m sitting on the porch with the beach wind blowing and sipping a nice cocktail. Even got in 18 with the 6 year old this morning and as we are walking off 18 he says – “I love golf. You’re my best friend.” Good day had by all.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Curt, that is precious!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Curt, that is precious! What your son said not your drinking a cocktail. Although I’m sure your wife finds that precious too.

  348. 348
    Nate Says:

    Galarraga got a Corvette from the Tigers GM! Not too shabby.

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    Bub Says:

    Curt’s son was clearly sneaking sips of the cocktail.

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    Bub Says:

    Accuscore simulator picking the Dodgers with a 65% chance to win. That’s very high for them. Looking at the line ups and pitchers, I don’t understand that at all.

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    Anne Says:

    Curt, your son is especially adorable, if I didn’t tell you that in person. Steve will verify, as I’ve shared my opinion.

    Both sons and cocktails are precious. Even I know that, having no sons.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Don’t you just hate it when your part gets sunburned and you know after the pain will come the terrible itching and then gorilla sized dandruff?

  353. 353
    Nate Says:

    Can’t say that I’ve ever had an issue with that Mara. I always get burned on my back. My girlfriend hates it when that happens because she goes on aloe and then peeler/scratcher duty. I’ve noticed she’s gotten better at pre-burn sunscreen applier duty as a result.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Steve, you made me curious about when I started listening to the podcast…#57. I’m on my second cup of coffee so I can stay up and watch the Bravos so I’m very chatty. Watching a couple episodes of The Office while I wait…”mega desk”.

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    Curt Says:

    Trying to remember when I started listening to it. That might take a little while.

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    Steve Says:

    I love the line-up (although, I’m with you Curt on the whole Mac/Glaus thing. I am fired up!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Maaaaaarrrrtiiiiin! He’s so awesome!

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    Steve Says:

    This is the 8th straight game (back to game 2 of the Marlins series) that we scored at least one run in the 1st inning.

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    Nate Says:

    I hate Andre Ethier.

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    Bub Says:

    Vince Scully makes me happy.

  361. 361
    Nate Says:

    Wow, that’s pretty cool Steve. My guess would be that it has to do with our All Star leadoff hitter.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Prado! Do it again!

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    That was a beautiful pitch.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Little Kris looks very comfortable…12 but comfortable.

  365. 365
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Lakers/Celtics…do we care?

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    Nate Says:

    Mike Minor tonight: 8 IP, 3 H, 11 K, O R. I didn’t know if anyone else was listening to the radio and heard that. If the Bleacher Report article on our top 10 prospects is right with him being 7th best, then I’d say the future is very bright.

  367. 367
    Nate Says:

    I don’t what the guy’s name was who was on the show in March, but I think he might have been wrong about Mike Minor.

  368. 368
    Bub Says:

    Mara, #364 made me laugh.

    I care a little. I want the Celtics to win.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I want the old B. Mac back. How do we make that happen?

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    Bub Says:

    Ocular. Rosacea. :)

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    Bub Says:

    Sigh. Yunel.

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    Nate Says:

    NICE!

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    Bub Says:

    lol, they hadn’t heard of Medlen’s move. Best right handed pick off in the game.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    My goodness…Medlen showing off at Dodger stadium.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Bub, I’ve been wondering if his continued struggles reaffirmed that conclusion in your mind. If ONLY DOB checked his email.

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    Bub Says:

    I wrote him again. It was a bad idea from the beginning. DOB really, REALLY doesn’t care for the Bub. Maybe I’ll write to Carroll.

    Kris Medlen is the shizznit. That kid really has it. Please, Bobby, do the right thing.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    PRADO! Have I mentioned how much I love that guy? I got giddy watching him live.

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    Bub Says:

    Right. Handed. Power. Bat.

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    Nate Says:

    GLAUSSY!

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    In all fairness…he probably gets tons of email………………………GLAUS! ROCKS! Bring back the Glaus ceiling boys!

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    Bub Says:

    Kuroda: If I can just get through Escobar, I get the two pitchers.

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    Bub Says:

    There are details ya don’t know. Trust me. 8)

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    Bub Says:

    Wow. I had already typed “Nate sucks.” Good job, Natey.

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    Nate Says:

    On the Gameday Highlight I saw that Glaus dropped that bomb right on Mannywood. Well done, Mr. Glaus, well done.

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    Nate Says:

    You’ve motivated McOut, Bub. You should start emailing him.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I was momentarily called away…what’d Nate do? Did he…no…couldn’t have. He didn’t actually hit the ball did he?

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    Bub Says:

    I predict Atlanta’s fourth and fifth run coming right up in the top of the 5th. Kuroda not bringing much tonight.

    I FREAKING LOVE THAT THE BRAVES ARE WINNING THIS GAME!!!

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    Bub Says:

    RBI double for Nate, Mara.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    How can Bobby put him back in the pen? HOW IN THE HELL?

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    Bub Says:

    Ahhh, Manny being outy.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    DOUBLE? As in two bagger? Naw…not Nate.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Nice bullpen at Dodger stadium. Very Hollywoodesque.

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    Bub Says:

    I actually have some hope that he won’t. Am I alone? KK was the odd man out when Huddy needed innings last year. Is it a stretch to hope he’ll be the odd man out when Medlen/Minor/My Grandma are poised to outpitch him?

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    The metal folding chairs are very retro. Speaking of retro…Cledus’ lady friend had a fantastic retro new Braves hat that I’ve been coveting ever since yesterday.

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    Bub Says:

    Dear Kuroda:

    HERE COME DA PAIN!!!

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    J-hey is due.

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Alright Heap…NOW!

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    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Mac cannot see a thing.

  399. 399
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Big ole pile of poo.

  400. 400
    Nate Says:

    I agree with Curt and Steve that Squinty McSquinterton does not need to be batting 4th. He isn’t a cleanup hitter even when he can see. Maybe if they invent braille baseballs he will start hitting.

  401. 401
    Bub Says:

    Dang. There went da pain. :(

  402. 402
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I don’t know if Bobby will do what makes sense to the rest of us. He’s made some uncharactaristically good managerial moves this season so…maybe. I wish going to Braves games had come at the end of my vacation instead of the beginning. I’m sad.

  403. 403
    Ham Says:

    I LOVE WINNING BASEBALL!!!!!! I said it. I’m not ashamed.

  404. 404
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I want another Medlen pick off.

  405. 405
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Hammy, have you ever gotten a sunburn on your part that hurt so badly and then itched like hell only to be followed by gorilla sized dandruff?

  406. 406
    Nate Says:

    I don’t see how you can put Medlen back in the pen. He hasn’t had a bad start yet, knock on wood. He attacks the strikezone and is very very good.

  407. 407
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Such a fun game through the 5th. *See baseball gods? Not taking anything for granted.*

  408. 408
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I like this lineup…especially if McBenched is McHitting.

  409. 409
    Nate Says:

    Why does he keep bunting with the pitcher hitting behind him? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  410. 410
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    McFundamentals.

  411. 411
    Nate Says:

    The pitchers still hitting better than McTerrible.

  412. 412
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Ok…I love that the pitchers keep hitting but it’s just embarrassing when they do it behind McOut.

  413. 413
    Nate Says:

    I agree Mara. i would be embarrassed if I were him.

  414. 414
    Bub Says:

    This is the funnest game for some reason. Seems like you all feel the same way. Maybe it’s because it feels like, for the first time all year, we’re playing with house money. Like it would be okay to lose to these hot Dodgers after the effort they put up at home. But they’re still winning. Still dominating, even.

  415. 415
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Hey look…it’s McLoaf!

  416. 416
    Bub Says:

    lol, Loaf. Still sucky after all these months.

  417. 417
    Nate Says:

    Shocking, Loaf flies out to LF.

  418. 418
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Bub, I was preparing myself for a loss. They have to be tired after a long flight last night etc. But they seem dominate…ya know…through the top of the 6th. *winks at da gods*

  419. 419
    Bub Says:

    Damn! Look at Meds go. This is his best performance ever, isn’t it?

  420. 420
    Nate Says:

    Awesome, all three of us ripped Garret Anderson at the same time. Great minds do think alike.

  421. 421
    Steve Says:

    What a great game. More timely hitting and great pitching. Lowe’s best start of the season followed by Medlen’s best start of the season. Really good game so far (that was for you, Mara). How did they give Medlen a hit in the 6th? Some serious home town scoring there.

    Bub – I’d almost bet a bunch of money that Medlen goes back to the pen. KK was not very good coming out of the bullpen last year and has pitched quite well his last 3 starts. AND, we need a long relief guy out there. There’s a hole in the bullpen right now – the team’s just been lucky it’s not been exposed.

    Ahhh, GA – how I don’t miss you.

  422. 422
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    MORE RUNSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  423. 423
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Careful Steve…tread very quietly.

  424. 424
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Hey Steve…I was really wishing for a way to share pics from my fantastic jaunt to the ATL on the board. Any thoughts on how that might be feasable? Bub, any internet savvy suggestions?

  425. 425
    Bub Says:

    “There’s a hole in the bullpen right now – the team’s just been lucky it’s not been exposed”

    Good point, Steve. If that rain delay had lasted 30 more minutes and took Huddy out, we’d have been in sore shape without Meds.

  426. 426
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    O Infante… :)

  427. 427
    Nate Says:

    Why not make Venters the long man? He has starter potential.

  428. 428
    Bub Says:

    If you’ll email them to me, I’ll youtube them wif some mad music. Otherwise, I guess there’s photobucket, but I don’t know how it works. I’m not that netsavvy, actually.

  429. 429
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I paid Chipper’s ring finger $20 bucks to become inflamed.

  430. 430
    Nate Says:

    haha, just got to see the Manny play on Gameday. That’s just classic.

  431. 431
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Ok…I’ll have to send them one at a time and let’s get a head count first. Steve, Anne, BP Frank, and, of course, Cledus…does anybody care if Bub posts pics of you to some groovy tunes? Actually, I have 3 pics total so it will be more like groovy measure.

  432. 432
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Base-es-loa-ded!

  433. 433
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Um…just kidding.

  434. 434
    Curt Says:

    That’s what she said

  435. 435
    Bub Says:

    Kris Medlen has missed the strike zone an average of three times per inning. You know Bobby’s lovin’ that.

  436. 436
    Curt Says:

    Sorry. I got behind. That “TWSS” was for #425

  437. 437
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    lol Curt, how many cocktails?

  438. 438
    Bub Says:

    6 outs away from officially erasing the 9 game losing streak.

    This is truly awesome.

  439. 439
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I love how pissed Hinske gets when he hits a foul ball.

  440. 440
    Bub Says:

    C’mon, McLouth, get your second hit & RBI. Would be huge.

  441. 441
    Nate Says:

    Way to go Yunel.

  442. 442
    Curt Says:

    No game on TV down here. Watching the great Ed Helms on Leno – a grad of the same HS as Will, Ham, and myself.

  443. 443
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Come on Medlen…get it together! Just kidding.

  444. 444
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Wow! Did you know him?

  445. 445
    Nate Says:

    That’s pretty cool Curt. Ed Helms is freakin’ hilarious.

  446. 446
    Curt Says:

    A bit of advice for all you parents, going Putt Putt with 3 2-year-olds and 3 6-year-olds is not for the weary.

  447. 447
    Curt Says:

    No. Didn’t know him. He’s much younger. 4 or 5 years. Kevin from the Office also went to our HS.

  448. 448
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    DOB tweeted “For those wondering, Braves haven’t had a winning streak longer than eight since their 15-gamer back in 2000.” That’s pretty cool…if it can happen cause ya know this game is not over. There are 1.5 innings left to play.

  449. 449
    Bub Says:

    1.5 innings?

  450. 450
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Really? That’s crazy! Is Ed really missing his tooth like in Hangover?

  451. 451
    Nate Says:

    Big fan of Blake DeWitt’s walk to the plate song- if that’s what it’s called.

  452. 452
    Bub Says:

    Good job on damage control, Glaus.

    C’mon, Meds. Shake it off.

  453. 453
    Nate Says:

    Not a big fan of Blake DeWitt after that.

  454. 454
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Very tired Bub despite coffee. Swimming with 6 kids 3 of which can’t swim for 5 hours also not for the weary. Ok…Meds had a good night. Now it’s time to let the other guys have some fun. Bobby, it’s TIME to let the bullpen take over. BOBBY!

  455. 455
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Phew.

  456. 456
    Bub Says:

    Damn. “Bases loaded and I wish I was.” – Skip Caray.

    Medlen not happy about the hook.

    C’mon, Petey. Don’t do that thing you did vs. Philly. :)

  457. 457
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Did Skip really say that or are you saying something that sounds true and I believe but it’s a joke?

  458. 458
    Bub Says:

    To me, Kris was in control and would have been fine. But not a terrible hook.

    C’monnnnn, Petey. Let’s have some DAVE.

  459. 459
    Curt Says:

    Pam Anderson is on now. She is not very bright.

    Leah, don’t know about the tooth. I think that might have been Hollywood magic.

  460. 460
    Bub Says:

    That’s a realy Skip quote, Mara.

  461. 461
    Bub Says:

    *real

  462. 462
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Come on DP!!!!

  463. 463
    Bub Says:

    Uh oh.

  464. 464
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    DAMMMMMMMIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTT!

  465. 465
    Bub Says:

    Medlen can’t be very happy about now. I really didn’t like the hook, did I mention?

  466. 466
    Curt Says:

    Just found Goonies.

  467. 467
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I HATE when you’re right.

  468. 468
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I’m throwing my mother in law’s laptop at my father in law’s flat screen if we lose this game.

  469. 469
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Where the hell is Dave?

  470. 470
    Bub Says:

    That’s two of Pete’s last three outings that have been awful.

    O’Flaherty also coming off a stinker. C’mon, EOF.

    I wish Bobby had left Meds in, did I mention?

  471. 471
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Curt is cracking me up.

  472. 472
    Curt Says:

    Is Ethier the guy you want to see right now?

  473. 473
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    No Bub…I don’t recall…

  474. 474
    Bub Says:

    Don’t fret, Mara. Top of the Braves order coming up in the 9th.

  475. 475
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Can’t watch.

  476. 476
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    covering my eyes…peeking between fingers… What does Moylan say to Meds when he gets in the dugout?

  477. 477
    Bub Says:

    Andre the com-pliant.

    LOOGY POWER!!!!

  478. 478
    Nate Says:

    BIG TIME!

  479. 479
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    haha…whew. Insurance!

  480. 480
    Nate Says:

    Mara, remember what I said about Moylan’s last performance? I think it applies for that one, too.

  481. 481
    Bub Says:

    Wags versus Manny coming up in the bottom of the 9th. This is BASEBALL.

  482. 482
    Bub Says:

    Good start, Mr. Prado.

    Bunt ‘im over, Omar.

  483. 483
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    O Infante…never gets old.

  484. 484
    Bub Says:

    Dammit, bad buntin’.

  485. 485
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Manditory bunt workshop first thing tomorrow morning.

  486. 486
    Bub Says:

    Heyward scuffling.

    C’mon, B-mac.

    Uh oh, Saito’s coming in for the save. Not a good feeling. But it’s the right move.

  487. 487
    Bub Says:

    Sigh. McOcular.

  488. 488
    Bub Says:

    I smell a walk off. I hope that’s just the fried chicken I threw away.

  489. 489
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Bub, can you take some of your eye drop thingys and put them in a little box with HEAP printed in very large letters and overnight it to Dodger Stadium?

  490. 490
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Please no walk off…please be Bub’s leftovers.

  491. 491
    Bub Says:

    Sit, Manny, sit.

  492. 492
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I need one of Curt’s cocktails.

  493. 493
    Bub Says:

    YES! Pop Up Specialisssssssssssssssssst.

    One mo
    to go
    Saito.

  494. 494
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    SAITO!!! One more…pleeeeeeeease!

  495. 495
    Bub Says:

    Strike One, baby!!!

    Nine wins in a row just two strikes away.

  496. 496
    Bub Says:

    STRIKE TWO!!!

    Saito’s hurt. Ugh.

  497. 497
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    oh…no…

  498. 498
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Please be a cramp. Come on Jonny! His name looks funny.

  499. 499
    Bub Says:

    Not good. They need to DL him right away. Road game’s too long to keep a day-to-day guy. Bring up (gulp) Resop.

  500. 500
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Just not PettigReyes.

  501. 501
    Nate Says:

    What happened to Saito? Lost the radio feed. Was it arm or leg?

  502. 502
    Bub Says:

    Sounds like a hammy, Nate.

  503. 503
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Nicely done. NINE! 3 ahead!

  504. 504
    Nate Says:

    Yikes. Venters with a one pitch save. That’s 9.

  505. 505
    Bub Says:

    YES BABY YES!!!! One of the BEST wins of the YEAR.

    I LOVE THE ATLANTA MO FREAKING BRAVES!!!!!!!

    LOVE
    LOVE
    LOVE
    LOVE
    LOVE IT!

    CELEBRATE!!!!!!

    10 GAMES OVER .500 IN EARLY JUNE, BABY!!!

  506. 506
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    First 9 game winning streak in ten years. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This team’s special…magical…way more fun to watch than any stinkin Rays.

  507. 507
    Nate Says:

    Awesome game. Way to go Braves. Great start from Meds. I hope his fam was there to see it. Guy’s a bulldog.

  508. 508
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Tonight was fun ABT peeps. See ya manana *picture little squiggly thingy above first n*

  509. 509
    Bub Says:

    Nate, bulldog is always the term I think of with Kris. It really fits. He comes right at you. And that pick off move to first is just badassed.

    GO BRAVOS!

  510. 510
    Bub Says:

    19 wins in their last 23 games!!!!

  511. 511
    Nate Says:

    I agree, Mara, Rays are playing like poo-poo lately. I like watching the Rays but the Braves are way ahead as my numero uno. I wish we got all the Braves games in TB. Alas, I have to wait for them to play a Florida team to watch.

  512. 512
    Nate Says:

    19 of 23 is unbelievable. Had no idea it was that good, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised with all the series wins and sweeps. I’m liking my original prediction for the week: 7-0. KK will get his first win tomorrow, and then we got H&H over the weekend. Bring It Bravos!

  513. 513
    Nate Says:

    Weird how Manny’s play in left ended up costing them the game… Medlen with the win and the game winner!

  514. 514
    Curt Says:

    I told you they wouldn’t win 8 in a row.

  515. 515
    Nate Says:

    KK is the king of drawing the toughest matchup. I laughed when the radio guys said he should bribe Lowe for his spot in the rotation.

  516. 516
    Steve Says:

    Oh, the drama last night! What a terrific win. So much to feel good about. Moylan, not so much – but a really gutty win. I love that this team is winning them in all kinds of ways. It’s only building more and more confidence. And doing it without Chipper, without Mac hitting. Again, only builds more confidence. 10pm cannot come quickly enough.

  517. 517
    Steve Says:

    Mara – no worries on posting the pics. Do it!

  518. 518
    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    10 pm cannot come quickly enough for me either. Are we worried about Moylan? He seems to struggle for a bit and then be lights out again…right? Or is that wishful thinking? Our bullpen is stretched pretty thin without Saito being hurt.

    Anne? Cledus? I’ll assume Steve’s “ok” goes for himself and BP Frank…they might as well be family.

  519. 519
    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    I mean 9 pm…nanny nanny boo boo, I get the game an hour before you do.

  520. 520
    Steve Says:

    The bullpen is definitely stretched thin. Losing Saito hurts. No doubt about it. And just got to wait and see on Moylan.

    Loved this from DOB’s blog last night:

    For the Frank Wren haters check this out:

    Player A is hitting .295 with 3 homers and 23 rbi
    Player B is hitting .286 with 10 homers and 42 rbi

    Player A is Jason Bay and the mets signed him for 66 million for 4 years while Troy Glaus was signed for 1 year 1.75 million.

  521. 521
    Curt Says:

    Stupid Mets.

  522. 522
    Nate Says:

    Wow, that is crazy on Bay and Glaus. I had no idea Bay is getting that much. The Mets should really clean house in their front office. How does Omar Minaya still have a job? There are some bad salaries on that team. 136 M payroll and they’ll probably finish behind the Marlins. The West Coast starting times are killing me.

  523. 523
    Curt Says:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/joe_lemire/06/03/power-rankings-1/index.html?xid=cnnbin&hpt=Sbin#ixzz0ptT5ugOf

  524. 524
    Nate Says:

    Maybe we do need our bulldog back in the pen. Did you guys see in DOB’s postgame quotes that Meds said he likes coming out of the pen better. That kind of surprised me, but he’s a gamer and wants to play everyday and help the team. Wren really doesn’t have to do too much in free agency with all these great baseball players the organization is drafting and developing. Troy Glaus is turning out to be a fantastic bargain bin signing.

  525. 525
    Nate Says:

    Thanks for the link Curt. Pretty Cool.

  526. 526
    Steve Says:

    Curt. Great link. You know, while it’s certainly sexier to write about Heyward, that opening paragraph could have just as easily been written about Prado and what he and the team have done since he moved to the 1 hole on May 15.

  527. 527
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve is absolutely my favorite host.

  528. 528
    Nate Says:

    Maybe the NL should just let Ubaldo pitch the All-Star game so the Braves have home field advantage in the World Series. Anyone got a lineup for tonight? My guess is the same one we saw last night, but maybe Chipper Dorn will play today. Hats for bats, keep bats warm.

  529. 529
    Nate Says:

    Did anyone see what J.A. Adande’s word to describe the Braves 9-game streak? GLAUSY. Love it.

  530. 530
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Prado 4 Infante 5 Heyward 9 Glaus 3 Escobar 6 Cabrera 7 Ross 2 McLouth 8 Kawakami 1

  531. 531
    Nate Says:

    Thanks Mara.

  532. 532
    Curt Says:

    KK better be on it tonight

  533. 533
    Kate Says:

    Saito to the DL, Kimbrel called up

  534. 534
    Nate Says:

    For how long, Kate?

  535. 535
    Kate Says:

    They put him on the 15 day DL.

    This is from DOB:
    Saito said he wouldn’t have been able to pitch for a “few days,” but Bobby Cox said the trainer told him it’d be more like 10 days. So decision was obvious.

  536. 536
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Car Keys! Since the gulf coast looks like the belly of an oil freighter I might get to take my son to one of the Braves v Rays games. No beach is a bummer but more live baseball is awesome!

  537. 537
    Tcc Says:

    C’mon KK, C’mon kid!

  538. 538
    Nate Says:

    sigh

  539. 539
    Nate Says:

    I am so sick of McOut not even attempting to throw out runners at home. This guy doesn’t know how to play. He bunts with men on with the pitcher hitting behind him. At least make the effort, or let Heyward throw it if you don’t want to.

  540. 540
    Nate Says:

    He did the same thing on Wednesday on a ssharp single with the Phillies catcher running from 2nd. How is he a better at CF than Melky?

  541. 541
    Tcc Says:

    Can’t argue with that, funk meister!

  542. 542
    Tcc Says:

    Or Shafer?

  543. 543
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Cledus, do you care if I publish the picture of you and I at the Ted for all to see?

  544. 544
    Nate Says:

    We stayed in on a Friday so “my lady friend”, as Mara calls them, could watch the Rays and I could listen to the Braves. So far it’s not working out to well for either of us.

  545. 545
    Tcc Says:

    Sure, I don’t think it will scare the children, do you?

    Esco!

  546. 546
    Tcc Says:

    Allright..it’s not like we just gave up 8 runs in 2/3 of an inning, huh? We can do this!

  547. 547
    Nate Says:

    There you go KK.

  548. 548
    Nate Says:

    McOut will probably go yard after I bashed him earlier. He got a double last night after Bub bashed him.

  549. 549
    Curt Says:

    Or he won’t

  550. 550
    Bub Says:

    I’d hate to see the total hits and at-bats figure for McLouth’s combined spring training, April, and May. It’s very few hits out of a lot of at bats, for sure.

    Go Braves!

  551. 551
    Steve Says:

    Nice to see KK settle down in the 3rd. We’ve not really had to scuffle and scratch back much during these 9 games. This will be another character building/confidence building experience for the team.

  552. 552
    Bub Says:

    For those of you who aren’t on radio, Prado’s hitting .368 since he moved to the #1 spot, with the best lead off on base percentage in the game since that time.

  553. 553
    Nate Says:

    They should just start hitting everything at Manny.

  554. 554
    Bub Says:

    That Medlen double to Manny was one of the funniest highlights I’ve ever seen. Like a train wreck in slow motion.

  555. 555
    Nate Says:

    It was classic Manny. When he retires I’m hoping someone puts a highlight reel together of classic Manny outfield disasters.

  556. 556
    Bub Says:

    Yo no creo que Kawakami debe esta en los mayores. El es mierda.

  557. 557
    Will Says:

    KK jipped on that ball call…but got him anyway…go KKKKKK!

  558. 558
    Nate Says:

    I wanna see how good my Spanish is Bub. The first sentence was “I don’t think Kawakami should be in the majors. He is (bleep).” How far off was I?

  559. 559
    Nate Says:

    I was just gonna do the first sentence, but I think I figured out what the last word was.

  560. 560
    Will Says:

    En el Marzo, Bub crea que los Bravos esta de mierda, no? Tente fe, amigo!

  561. 561
    Bub Says:

    Unless we’re both wrong, that’s exactly right.

  562. 562
    Bub Says:

    No, en marzo, yo digo los Bravos estan hermosa! Pero en abril y en mayo, yo digo ellos estan de mierda, si. Yo siempre no tengo razon. :)

  563. 563
    Nate Says:

    Nice. What does “Tente fe” translate into?

  564. 564
    Will Says:

    si, en Abril…de verdad..

  565. 565
    Will Says:

    Have faith…

  566. 566
    Nate Says:

    Okay, now you’ve both lost me.

  567. 567
    Nate Says:

    I see.

  568. 568
    Will Says:

    crappola

  569. 569
    Bub Says:

    I said “no, in April I say the Braves are beautiful. But in April and May I say they are (poop), yes. I always am wrong. (I don’t know past tense yet)

    And Will say, in April, it was true…

  570. 570
    Bub Says:

    Sigh, I messed that up. “no, in March I say the Braves are beautiful…” etc.

  571. 571
    Bub Says:

    The Dodgers are playing with fire by letting that lead just sit there. I doubt it will last the whole game.

  572. 572
    Bub Says:

    Chavez is up. So… nevermind.

  573. 573
    Bub Says:

    Ross!!!!! Un hombre guapo!!!

  574. 574
    Bub Says:

    SHOOT.

  575. 575
    Nate Says:

    Our catchers have 3 bunt hits this year.

  576. 576
    Nate Says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  577. 577
    Bub Says:

    McLouth’s average so bad it’s only dropping a point every other at bat.

  578. 578
    Nate Says:

    Disappointing inning fo’ sho’.

  579. 579
    Nate Says:

    I think McLouth suffers from performance anxiety. That’s why he can’ throw home and bunts with RISP and the pitcher on deck.

  580. 580
    Nate Says:

    *can’t throw home

  581. 581
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    McLouth is 0 for ever.

    Bub, pics coming your way. There are three…count them three. If Anne isn’t happy about it we’ll blame Steve.

  582. 582
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Come on Car Keys!

  583. 583
    Bub Says:

    Send away. You want them youtubed? 15 seconds of fame?

  584. 584
    Bub Says:

    Golden sombrero por el senor Heyward.

  585. 585
    Bub Says:

    Talk about a game by the book. Kershaw and KK both with nearly their exact ERA’s in this game as on their respective seasons.

  586. 586
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    WAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  587. 587
    Bub Says:

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
    COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    I told ‘em that lead wouldn’t hold. :)

  588. 588
    Nate Says:

    Yunel is back baby!

  589. 589
    Bub Says:

    Kershaw knows how Medlen felt yesterday.

  590. 590
    Nate Says:

    Yunel applying the make Manny field it strategy. I like it.

  591. 591
    Nate Says:

    Please no Chavez

  592. 592
    Bub Says:

    No Chavez.
    No Chavez.
    No Chavez.
    No Chavez.

    C’mon, Bobby. No Chavez.

  593. 593
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    I want Kitchen to win as much as I want the Braves to win. Does that make sense? I need chocolate.

  594. 594
    Bub Says:

    Ugh, why not bring in EOF for Ethier???

    Nervous.

  595. 595
    Bub Says:

    It makes sense in a the-way-girls-watch-baseball kind of way. 8)

  596. 596
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    BUB! I hate when your bad predictions come true. You are only allowed to predict good things.

  597. 597
    Bub Says:

    Sigh, Bob not doing his best managing in this game. O’Flaherty was warmed up and Ethier’s the best hitter they’ve got.

    C’mon, EOF. Get Loney Baloney.

  598. 598
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Come on DOUBLE PLAY BALL! Nice job KK.

  599. 599
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Damn.

  600. 600
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Poor KK. Will dude ever get a win?

  601. 601
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    We’ve got work to do.

  602. 602
    Nate Says:

    That really sucks.

  603. 603
    Bub Says:

    Pulling KK a hitter earlier would have been… handy.

    Great pics, Leah. Gimme a day or two and you’ll all be famussssss.

  604. 604
    Nate Says:

    We would of had to score a 5th run anyway. Now we need 6. It’s doable. Just take McOut out.

  605. 605
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Well, it is ALL about me.

  606. 606
    Bub Says:

    2 innings left to overcome a one run deficit in a Kersaw versus KK game is about as good as I’d have hoped for.

    C’mon, Bravos. Maybe Heyward will get a look at a righty before it’s over.

  607. 607
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Come on boys! You can do it!

  608. 608
    Bub Says:

    lol, if McLouth faces Kuo, should be worth a laugh. Kuo hasn’t given up a hit to a lefty all year long. And McLouth hasn’t gotten a hit against a two-legged pitcher all year.

  609. 609
    Bub Says:

    Broooks. Come on, Kid, do something historic.

  610. 610
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    What will happen first…KK gets a win or McSucks gets a hit?

  611. 611
    Bub Says:

    lol @ McSucks. Can’t believe it took that long for me to see that one.

  612. 612
    Bub Says:

    Well, that was quick. I hope Kuo isn’t still pitching when J-Hey comes to the plate in the 9th. 5 K in one night?

  613. 613
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Awe man…I had flash backs of Brooksy doing something special and got my hopes up.

  614. 614
    Nate Says:

    I still can’t believe McSucks gets to start. He is AWFUL. Great. Jesse Chavez. Another player that makes you wonder how he is on a 40 man roster.

  615. 615
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    good ole GA. So gad I don’t have to see him everyday.

  616. 616
    Bub Says:

    Can’t believe we’re on the hook for 6.5 million to McLouth next year. Ugh. Kid has got to get something figured out. .175 batting average in June.

  617. 617
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Come on Bravos! I believe!

  618. 618
    Bub Says:

    lol, is Loaf a defensive replacement????

    LOLOLOLOL!!!!

  619. 619
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    However, if we’re going to lose I hope we lose now…these west coast games are making me sleepy.

  620. 620
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    He’s a big ole boy.

  621. 621
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Do NOT hurt Martin.

  622. 622
    Bub Says:

    dookie.

  623. 623
    Will Says:

    double dookie

  624. 624
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    There goes the streak. Is the kid ok? Bad couple games? What gives?

  625. 625
    Nate Says:

    Rough start to the series for the J-Hey kid.

  626. 626
    Bub Says:

    Ouch. Five strike outs for the kid.

    Well, looks like the series we expected. Two one run games. We put our worst pitcher up against Kershaw and came close.

    9 game losing and winning streaks = symmetry.

    I applaud the Bravos! Go Braves.

    G’night, ABT.

  627. 627
    Nate Says:

    I’d say Honeycutt and Torre had a very good idea of how the pitchers should pitch to him before the series started.

  628. 628
    Mara Wanna Win Says:

    Good game. Let’s win tomorrow night!

  629. 629
    Nate Says:

    Good chance to take the series with Hanson and Hudson. I really hope McOut doesn’t get to start tomorrow. He is absolutely pathetic. How many has he LOB in the past couple weeks- not that it has mattered until tonight. Seriously though, the guy, as Bub pointed out, is hitting .175 and it’s June. I really don’t think his defense is good enough for him to be playing with that average. He needs time to in the minors to figure out how to hit. Frenchy was a much better defensive outfielder, and he got sent down. Other than that the team is playing really really really well. Glad to see Escobar get that big hit. Tough break for KK and EOF. Even Chavez had a good outing. You can’t win ‘em all. ‘Night everybody. USA vs Australia live from South Africa @ 8:30 AM tomorrow. Got the DVR ready to go because I will not be getting up that early.

  630. 630
    Nate Says:

    P.S. I love the CWS. Some of these matchups are really amazing. For example, in one regional you have Bethune-Cookman, with an enrollment of about 2,850, against the University of Florida, with an enrollment of about 51,000. What a game.

  631. 631
    Nate Says:

    Curt must have not been following tonight because “I think McLouth suffers from performance anxiety” didn’t get a “that’s what she said”.

  632. 632
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Too specific…next time say “he suffers from performance anxiety”. I’ve perfected this art.

  633. 633
    Hamward Says:

    That’s what she said.

  634. 634
    Nate Says:

    Lesson learned. Thanks.

  635. 635
    Mara Wanna Says:

    TA-DA!

  636. 636
    Mara Wanna Tan Says:

    I’ve decided to follow Curt’s example and head to the beach next week. I’ll be sitting on a screened in porch with my laptop and margarita.

  637. 637
    Curtson Says:

    Back in the ATL. Finally….. Long trip home. It began at 9:15 and just ended 30 min or so ago. The wife apparently can’t really read the printed out directions in reverse so we added an hour or so to the trip as we went all the way down to Charleston. It was of course my fault. Then she wanted Wendy’s and we went to the busiest and/or slowest Wendy’s on the planet. So that took another hour. Yikes. But we are all back in one piece and had a great time, so that’s the most important part.

    I missed most of the game last night packing and sleeping to endure the ride. The streak had to end sometime. It starts anew tonight.

  638. 638
    Mara Wanna Tan Says:

    Welcome home Curt! Everyone must read DOB’s latest blog entry! Mandatory!

    “I don’t care who’s the best second baseman in the National League,” he said. “I don’t care about that. The only thing I care is if I’ve got the respect of all my teammates, all the people who see me play every day. That’s my All-Star Game.”

    *chills*

  639. 639
    Bub Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXJDnTB7iyI

    There’s a vid of the ABT’ers at the Ted, supplemented with a few AJC pics. Blame Leah for the photo shortage.

  640. 640
    Bub Says:

    Oh, and you might want to watch it pretty quick. Copyright violations abound. Sometimes they leave them alone, sometimes they yank them.

  641. 641
    Nate Says:

    Just read it, Mara. It is definitely a great blog on a great player. The picture of McOut looking up at the sky while the ball bounces behind him pretty much sums up his entire Braves career to date. DOB does some great work. I never enjoy reading the dumb and sometimes racist remarks made by those who are on the ajc blog, though. That’s why I never respond on anything and usually don’t read past what DOB has typed. I don’t know why I made the mistake today.

  642. 642
    Nate Says:

    Nice video Bub. What a happy bunch of Braves fans. Looks like fun was had by all in spite of weather. The picture of Wagner’s arm when he’s throwing is pretty cool. I liked the random glamour shot of Hamels being very elegant with his wife.

  643. 643
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Love the video Bub! Thanks for doing that although you must have forgotten…everything is Steve’s fault.

  644. 644
    Nate Says:

    BIG.RED.TOMMY.GUN.1.HR.

  645. 645
    Anne Says:

    Bub – LOVE the YouTube. Thanks for that. Good to see TCC w/”Mara” too.

  646. 646
    Mara Wanna Tan Says:

    Hey ANNE!!!!

  647. 647
    Anne Says:

    Girls of the ABT Comments section unite!! I’m staying up to watch the whole freaking game tonight…having nothing to do with meeting the boyfriend’s parents tomorrow morning. Some methodist-type church (beware lightning) followed by lunch. Heaven help me. I bought a whole new outfit today. I hope I pass. In ON-topic news: Go Braves!!

  648. 648
    Mara Wanna Tan Says:

    Oh my..new outfit and everything. Does it include stilettos? I hear Methodists love their women in stilettos and low necklines. I never asked how long it took you guys to walk the three miles back to your cars. Hope it was uneventful. Did BP Frank have to carry Steve? Yeah…I knew that would happen.

  649. 649
    Anne Says:

    I’m here to tell you: Ballpark Frank carried Steve, piggy-back style.

    No stilettos, but the shoes are red. WHORE red. Purse and earrings will match.

  650. 650
    Mara Wanna Tan Says:

    My Grandfather always said when a woman was feeling “discontent” at home she would either go out and have an affair or buy a pair of red shoes. He was always happy to see my Grandmother come home with red shoes. Don’t fret. You’re delightful and I’m sure they will love you.

  651. 651
    Mara Wanna Tan Says:

    Bummer, Phillies found their bats.

  652. 652
    Nate Says:

    That or the Padres found reality.

  653. 653
    Mara Wanna Tan Says:

    Anyone know how many Dodger Stadium seats? Hasn’t seemed very full.

  654. 654
    Steve Says:

    The only reason Frank had to carry me was because I was too scared and crying too hard to see. Otherwise, I would have been fine.

  655. 655
    Mara Wanna Tan Says:

    Light weight…afraid of a few flying bullets.

  656. 656
    Steve Says:

    Bub – thanks for the video. Very, very nice. And Tcc – great to put a face to the name!

  657. 657
    Mara Wanna Tan Says:

    My 9 year old is choosing to watch the Braves instead of The Incredibles. My 5 year old called me sweet pea earlier. My boys love their mama. GO BIG RED!

  658. 658
    Steve Says:

    Bub- I just watched the video 2 more times and showed my wife (who loved it as well). All of which to say, I didn’t give it nearly enough props a few minutes ago. Absolutely terrific.

  659. 659
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I re-watched it again as well and I absolutely love the laughter at the end. I just wish there were more shots of me.

  660. 660
    Mara Wanna Says:

    That 3rd out took a lot of pitches.

  661. 661
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Glaus..think May.

  662. 662
    Anne Says:

    Top 5 baseball players I want to hold down and shave: Manny Ramirez, Andrew McCutchen, Jayson Werth, Bobby Jenks (and Jonny Damon, even though he no longer needs it)

  663. 663
    Anne Says:

    I’m pretty sure Jordan Schaffer’s mom is paying McBenched to stand and watch balls fly by.

  664. 664
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Poor McSucks.

  665. 665
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Nicely done.

  666. 666
    Mara Wanna Says:

    You have GOT to be kidding me.

  667. 667
    Nate Says:

    For the series: Dodgers pitchers 2 hits, Braves pitchers 1 hit, McOut 0.

  668. 668
    Curt Says:

    I’ll bet the Braves wished Schafer’s mom was paying him…….

  669. 669
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Nice quote!

  670. 670
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Meadow…how I love you.

  671. 671
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Jason’s gonna jack one outa here.

  672. 672
    Mara Wanna Says:

    …next at bat.

  673. 673
    Anne Says:

    As well you should! Dear god let us score first!

  674. 674
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Anne, how many shots of tequila have you had dear? Dodgers already scored. It’s ok…we know your mind is elsewhere.

  675. 675
    Nate Says:

    My bad, McOut actually got a hit on Thursday, so he’s only getting outhit by one pitching staff. In fairness to the Braves pitchers, he’s had more ABs.

  676. 676
    Mara Wanna Says:

    This game is NOT fun. I’m going to watch Bub’s video again.

  677. 677
    Anne Says:

    Not at 11:01pm they hadn’t scored first.

  678. 678
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hanson is falling apart! Sorry Anne…I must not have refreshed.

  679. 679
    Nate Says:

    This is getting ugly.

  680. 680
    Anne Says:

    I don’t know which part of #678 is best responded, “That’s what she said.” “Hanson is falling apart” or “I must not have refreshed.”

  681. 681
    Bub Says:

    Officially concerned that Tommy is regressing a bit. I half expected a rough outing from him today. It just seems like he labors every game. And also back to wondering if he tips his pitches. It’s remarkable how hittable he’s been even when his full arsenal is catching 4 different spots in the zone.

    Thanks for the thankses. It was fun.

  682. 682
    Mara Wanna Says:

    “tips his pitches”- explanation for the chick.

  683. 683
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I would really like for us to get some runs now. Dodgers have TONS of momentum.

  684. 684
    Nate Says:

    He has a tell on what he’s gonna throw. Either they can see the grip change, or he has a repetitive physical gesture in his delivery for each pitch that tells the batter what pitch he’s gonna throw. It could be anything no matter how small. For example, tilting your head slightly when you’re gonna throw a curve or slider. Not tilting it when throw the fastball. It’s kind of hard for me to explain. It’s like a tell in a poker game. If a guy’s got a good hand he always acts a certain way or has a gesture. When he’s bluffing he’ll smirk or wipe his brow.

  685. 685
    Bub Says:

    Mara, it’s the same as tipping your hand in poker. Sometimes pitchers develop little involuntary mannerisms they do just before a certain pitch, or certain pitches, during the early delivery or even just before the wind, and if a team’s scouts can find it in the video room, they can exploit it.

  686. 686
    Anne Says:

    “Mara,” all those F-bombs I neglected to drop on Tuesday? Hinske just covered me and then some.

  687. 687
    Nate Says:

    A pitcher on my high school rival would raise his glove to different levels in his delivery depending on whether he would throw a fastball or a curve, and we would crush him every time. It’s an unbelievable advantage for a hitter.

  688. 688
    Bub Says:

    I’m getting a little tired of F*** being the go-to word for baseball players getting mad. I mean, every time? That word? Think of the kiddies. It’s not like they save it up for the absolute worst. It’s nightly.

  689. 689
    Anne Says:

    Dodger Stadium capacity is 56,000 (allegedly) if nobody else answered that already…

  690. 690
    Bub Says:

    Anne, if you meant that Hinske made you cuss, then my following comment becomes awkward. I think/thought you meant Hinske went on another spree.

    I guess I’m old.

  691. 691
    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Kids in bed. Now back to business. Thanks for the splaining and Anne, thanks for answering my Dodger Stadium question. Just saw a funny tweet…McLueless. And yes Bub, you are old but we’ve already covered this.

    Here it comes…J-Hey’s homer!

  692. 692
    Mara Wanna Sweep Says:

    Dammit!

  693. 693
    Mara Wanna Says:

    AHHHH… that’s why we’re losing. I switched computers and my name changed. Now, that’s better.

  694. 694
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Has Tommy always worn his hat semi-flat?

  695. 695
    Nate Says:

    Jim Powell: “Manny hasn’t hit much since he got suspended for the fertility pills.”
    Don Sutton: “He hasn’t gotten pregnant either.”

    Nicely done fellas. Nicely done. Thought I might share for those who don’t do the radio thing.

  696. 696
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Just so everyone knows, I can give Bub a hard time about being old since he’s all of 2 years older than I am. He just sounds old.

  697. 697
    Nate Says:

    Almost as good as Jim Powell saying McOut looks like he’s swinging in the dark and commenting that Hinske at least attempted to throw home in the 3rd on Ethier’s sac fly. I’m gathering that Jim Powell isn’t a big McOut fan. In the past Jim’s been equally as puzzled as I’ve been about McOut bunting with men on or RISP with the pitcher behind him. I much prefer Jim Powell to Chip.

  698. 698
    Mara Wanna Says:

    WHAT THE HECK! Heap wasn’t wearing his glasses!

  699. 699
    Nate Says:

    If I’ve learned anything from McOut’s and McCann’s season, it’s that vision is an essential element to hitting and baseball in general. Go figure.

  700. 700
    Mara Wanna Says:

    This game stinks.

  701. 701
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Alright Bub, how long can Tommy go?

  702. 702
    Bub Says:

    I would think Tommy’s okay for this inning if nobody else gets a hit.

  703. 703
    Mara Wanna Says:

    So, any thoughts why Brian didn’t wear his glasses? I’d think that is a bad sign. Like he’s just grasping at straws. NICE PITCH!

  704. 704
    Bub Says:

    Strong ending, Tommy. Way to recover.

  705. 705
    Bub Says:

    Grasping at straws is what I was thinking as well.

  706. 706
    Nate Says:

    If I were Bobby, I might pinch hit for both pitchers in this inning.

  707. 707
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Time to score some runs. I want to hold onto first for a while! Gotta win!

  708. 708
    Bub Says:

    By the way, Ocular Rosacea is one of the easiest manifestations of Rosacea to get under control. 8)

    Yunel’s on for the 6th time in two days.

  709. 709
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Alright Nate…hit it where they ain’t!

  710. 710
    Bub Says:

    I haven’t called anything in a while. I’m calling a hit for McLesslikelythanwinningthelottery

  711. 711
    Mara Wanna Says:

    There must be something we can do…

  712. 712
    Bub Says:

    BOOM.

  713. 713
    Mara Wanna Says:

    BUUUUUUUUUB!!!!!!!!!

  714. 714
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Raw DOG!!!! Keep it going!

  715. 715
    Nate Says:

    Don Sutton: “And that’s hit number 500 in Nate McLouth’s career.”
    Jim Powell: “You’ve been waiting a while to say that, haven’t you?”

    Well done Jim. Well done.

  716. 716
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I love that kid! Ya know the 30 year old one.

  717. 717
    Bub Says:

    Torre with the slow hook. I thought Chad might find trouble this inning. Yay us.

  718. 718
    Nate Says:

    Yes sir. Way to go guys. Let’s get some more.

  719. 719
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Time for Prado power!

  720. 720
    Nate Says:

    Anybody else doing their own private tomahawk chop?

  721. 721
    Bub Says:

    I’m chopping, Nate.

  722. 722
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I like his ERA. Come on Meadow!

  723. 723
    Mara Wanna Says:

    LET HIM SWING!

  724. 724
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I know that’s the right/wise thing to do but I like it when he swings.

  725. 725
    Bub Says:

    YEAH!!!!

  726. 726
    Nate Says:

    My Nana has a rocking recliner with tomahawks sticking out of each side of the top. I know what she’s doing if she’s still up. Many years ago I became a Braves fan sitting in her lap in that chair.

  727. 727
    Mara Wanna Says:

    YYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! O INFANTE!

  728. 728
    Nate Says:

    Awesome. A happy memory yields a happy hit. Way to be O. way to be.

  729. 729
    Curt Says:

    We should play Omar more. I should bring that up sometime.

  730. 730
    Will Says:

    hurt em kid

  731. 731
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Someone might need to walk Troncoso to his car tonight…Billingsly looks pissed.

  732. 732
    Will Says:

    or walk….

  733. 733
    Nate Says:

    Somewhere KK is kicking Chipper’s dog.

  734. 734
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Curt, that made me chuckle.

  735. 735
    Bub Says:

    And McCann strolls to the plate wearing a monocle.

  736. 736
    Mara Wanna Says:

    See…no specs.

  737. 737
    Nate Says:

    I like this guy much more than the two guys we saw out of their pen last night.

  738. 738
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Bub, that made me belly laugh.

  739. 739
    Nate Says:

    Bub, that almost made me take a knee. Hilarious.

  740. 740
    Curt Says:

    Joe Simpson was letting McLouth have it last night or night before when he didn’t throw home. Must have been last night. It was when Furcal scored. Simpson was wondering aloud why if McLouth had no intention of throwing home why he wouldn’t yield to Heyward to let him cut one loose. What did they have to lose making the throw with no one else on base? And the strange thing was that McLouth circled the pop up like he was positioning himself to throw and then didn’t.

  741. 741
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oh my goodness! Did that just happen? It’s like this team has magic!

  742. 742
    Nate Says:

    Manbeast doesn’t see stop signs Snitker.

  743. 743
    Bub Says:

    What have we HERE??

    Go BRAVES!!!! Undefeated when scoring 5 runs!

  744. 744
    Curt Says:

    “The Hey Train?” Awful. Chip, Chip, Chip…..

  745. 745
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I LOVE how Heyward not only ran through the stop sign but almost ran through Snitker. He just saw his life flash before his eyes.

  746. 746
    Nate Says:

    What Russell Martin was thinking when Manbeast was running home and then scoring:
    “Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God. Whew! Still alive.”

  747. 747
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Yeah…Chip’s description almost ruined if for me. Oh no, now it’s sticking.

  748. 748
    Will Says:

    KK can’t buy a 5 run 7th

  749. 749
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oh-no-please-don’t-let-An-dre-be-hurt

  750. 750
    Will Says:

    GALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUS!

  751. 751
    Bub Says:

    The rout is on. Freaking beautiful.

  752. 752
    Nate Says:

    GLAUSY!

  753. 753
    Nate Says:

    SMELL THE GLAUS!

  754. 754
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Wow, baseball IS more fun when you’re winning!

  755. 755
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Do you think B.Mac saw that ball or got lucky?

  756. 756
    Mara Wanna Says:

    That inside corning is very pointy. It must stick out two feet.

  757. 757
    Curt Says:

    For those of you who don’t read Mark Bradley, this is a funny article about the feelings toward Troy Glaus in April. Oh, how the times have changed. (It’s quite short)

    http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2010/06/01/theres-no-glaus-ing-over-what-we-said-in-april-about-troy/

  758. 758
    Tcc Says:

    Hate to be a fair weather poster…NOT! Go Braves!

  759. 759
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hey Cledus!

  760. 760
    Nate Says:

    Curt, I loved that article. Really really funny. Some great stuff from Mark and the fans in that article. I definitely remember how bad his April was. It was BAD. I was having Ken Caminiti flashbacks during Glaus’s April. Now, not so much.

  761. 761
    Mara Wanna Says:

    #757 twss

  762. 762
    Curt Says:

    Think the Braves are disappointed Furcal stayed in LA?

  763. 763
    Curt Says:

    Well played Lera

  764. 764
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hey Steve, did you notice how the fans got the organist to join in a chant that ignited the whole stadium? Pretty cool. They were sharp too.

  765. 765
    Curt Says:

    Surprised there isn’t a bigger crowd for this game.

  766. 766
    Curt Says:

    Where was that one?

  767. 767
    Mara Wanna Says:

    He’s been giving pitchers that call all night! Doesn’t matter. Venters got it covered.

  768. 768
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Do NOT let him go deep.

  769. 769
    Curt Says:

    I’ll bet that Manny Ramirez does not smell good at any given time.

  770. 770
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Does anyone know the story behind Manny being #99? Just curious…kinda weird.

  771. 771
    Tcc Says:

    Venny!!!

  772. 772
    Will Says:

    nice snot blow by Manny !

  773. 773
    Mara Wanna Says:

    NO WILL! Did he blow snot? I missed it.

  774. 774
    Nate Says:

    He’s a big Charlie Sheen fan.

  775. 775
    Tcc Says:

    Curt, there are some canines who would argue that point. Woof!

  776. 776
    Will Says:

    no visible projectile…but definitely a finger to the nostril and a quick toot! he reads ABT!

  777. 777
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Is Curt or Steve tweeting tonight? That one about punching yourself is pretty funny. And yeah…I said that to myself and am now sporting a black eye so thanks!

  778. 778
    Bub Says:

    Oh, no. No knucklers. Just don’t even look at these pitches. We’ll be blind for a week.

  779. 779
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Yikes…check out that ERA.

  780. 780
    Tcc Says:

    C’mon Nate, be a hero!

  781. 781
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I agree Bub…just stand there and see what happens.

  782. 782
    Tcc Says:

    Walk is as good as a hit!

  783. 783
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I have to go to bed soon…no falling asleep in the pew or people will talk.

  784. 784
    Will Says:

    Melk dud

  785. 785
    Tcc Says:

    Melk toast…

  786. 786
    Will Says:

    spoiled Melk…

  787. 787
    Mara Wanna Says:

    If knuckle ballers are so affective why doesn’t everyone throw them?

  788. 788
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Why is Prado doubled over? Please don’t be hurt.

  789. 789
    Nate Says:

    Uh oh…

  790. 790
    Bub Says:

    UGH! Prado hurt. Dammit. I HATE knuckle ballers. They should all be hanged.

  791. 791
    Bub Says:

    lol, Dodgers.

  792. 792
    Bub Says:

    Prado says you throw me a knuckle pitch I’ll get a knuckle hit.

  793. 793
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I hope Martin lays into that catcher if he says one more word. I’m worried about his hand. Anyone else worried?

  794. 794
    Bub Says:

    I’m praying for a double play. I want nothing to do with Heyward watching those pitches.

    Ugh. HBP.

    J-Hey, just… well, hell, hit it out of the yard.

  795. 795
    Bub Says:

    Mara, I’m not too worried.

    Okay, Big Mac, you get a looooong time to focus on these pitches. Hit a grand slam.

  796. 796
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Who invented this stupid art of pitching. Atleast he only saw a few pitches. Mac..just close your eyes and swing.

  797. 797
    Curt Says:

    Me on the tweets. Steve would be tweeting with more exclamation points.

  798. 798
    Will Says:

    attaboy Mac!

  799. 799
    Mara Wanna Says:

    The east coast time stamp is making me sleepy.

  800. 800
    Bub Says:

    Attaboy, Big Mac. 7 run lead.

  801. 801
    Curt Says:

    Will, tell us about the future. Do we win this game? I’m tired.

  802. 802
    Tcc Says:

    And swing hard in case you hit it…and he did…Excellent!

  803. 803
    Mara Wanna Says:

    HEAP! See…I’m slow. tired.

  804. 804
    Will Says:

    Lady Gaga pinch hits in the 9th and hits an 8 run grand slam. Dodgers win.

  805. 805
    Tcc Says:

    Hush your mouth, Will!

  806. 806
    Will Says:

    this is where i usually fast forward to the end on MLB.com….

  807. 807
    Curt Says:

    Nice. Heyward finds the Braves fan in the crowd to throw the ball to.

  808. 808
    Tcc Says:

    Moylan…nice inning..

  809. 809
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Ya know what Curt…Infante should play every day. You should tweet that.

  810. 810
    Nate Says:

    Has anyone ever had a Magic Hat Vinyl Lager? They’re delicious.

  811. 811
    Mara Wanna Says:

    McCann’s losing his hair! I had no idea he was so thin up top.

  812. 812
    Nate Says:

    Another Venezuelan. Another Hit.

  813. 813
    Will Says:

    why no Wags? too big a lead?

  814. 814
    Mara Wanna Says:

    3 up, 3 down

  815. 815
    Tcc Says:

    Nate, I’ve had the Tin Foil Hat Stout..a little bitter but keeps the alien vibes out.

  816. 816
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Dear GA…can you please figure out a way to hit into a double play? Thanks.

  817. 817
    Curt Says:

    Yeah, not often that no one is really stressed about Chipper being out.

    No sense in pitching Wagner here, which almost makes me surprised Bobby didn’t bring him in. Kimbrel needs work though. And this looks forboding.

  818. 818
    Curt Says:

    Wags might pitch just yet

  819. 819
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Brian…it’s because I said you were bald isn’t it. So sorry. Can we please end this?

  820. 820
    Curt Says:

    And he’s up

  821. 821
    Nate Says:

    Does anyone know why we haven’t seen Mike Dunn get a call-up.

  822. 822
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on DP. I can no longer see straight.

  823. 823
    Curt Says:

    Some tough luck for Kimbrel. A K that gets away from McCann and a seeing eye grounder

  824. 824
    Nate Says:

    Is Dunn’s control really worse than Kimbrel’s?

  825. 825
    Nate Says:

    Thanks Curt, I stepped away assuming it was over and figured he was walking guys all over the place, again.

  826. 826
    Mara Wanna Says:

    This is good for Kimbrel. Get the jitters out.

  827. 827
    Will Says:

    that helps.

  828. 828
    Nate Says:

    There you go Craig!

  829. 829
    Tcc Says:

    Melk man delivers..

  830. 830
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Blow it by him kid.

  831. 831
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Curt…give us one “!”

  832. 832
    Curt Says:

    Manny should take longer to get set

  833. 833
    Nate Says:

    His strike:ball is much better this inning than it usually is.

  834. 834
    Will Says:

    Sayonara.

  835. 835
    Mara Wanna Says:

    BRAVES WIN!!!!!!!!!!!! Good night.

  836. 836
    Nate Says:

    Nicely Dunn!

  837. 837
    Bub Says:

    Have a seat, Manny. Add 6 to the ol’ run differential. :)

    Great game, Bravos. Win tomorrow and I will truly get freaky with the baseball love.

  838. 838
    Curt Says:

    Never. I’m allergic to emotions.

  839. 839
    Tcc Says:

    Nice win..no worse than a split and possibly a series win. I’ll take that!

  840. 840
    Nate Says:

    Got Huddy goin’ tomorrow. Are we on @ 4?

  841. 841
    Curt Says:

    3:30

  842. 842
    Curt Says:

    Sorry. That’s pre-game. Game is at 4:10

  843. 843
    Nate Says:

    Timmy Kurkjian called ol’ Chipper the best number 1 pick of all time while Sports Center was indulging in some ATL love. Suck it Strasburg. Prado, Glaus, and THE BENCH were all mentioned as heavy contributors along with you know who: Jason “The Manbeast” Heyward. Thanks Curt. About 2 hrs 30 min to go.

    The segment on Chipper’s signing was pretty cool. Apparently the whole thing took all of 12 hours with no agents involved. Did I mention I hate Scott Boras. BTW, Tex went 0-6 with 5 Ks yesterday, so I don’t think Jason should feel to bad about Friday’s game. He makes a lot less than Big Foot.

  844. 844
    Bub Says:

    A Braves win today would be equal to the Phillies sweep in my mind, if not superior to it. These Dodger pitchers are no joke. And on the road, with no rest.

  845. 845
    Nate Says:

    I agree, Bub. Sweeping Philly was huge for our divisional record and for the team’s confidence, but the Dodgers are as hot as the Braves right now. Both teams are really about the same right now. I would give the edge to the Braves only because of depth and pitching. If JJ comes back and pitches like the previous 2 years, then WOW! I am so excited about our team.

  846. 846
    Nate Says:

    McOut is McBenched today!

  847. 847
    Bub Says:

    What’s the lineup?

  848. 848
    Nate Says:

    1.Prado 2.Infante 3.Heyward 4.McCann 5.Glaus 6.Hinske 7.Escobar 8.Cabrera 9.Huddy
    *Prado is iffy with a sore left hand….

  849. 849
    Bub Says:

    Gracias.

  850. 850
    Nate Says:

    De nada amigo.

  851. 851
    Nate Says:

    Double Bonus: No McBenched and Loaf is starting in LF for Dodgers. No Russell Martin either.

  852. 852
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Just had ate at a Mexican restaurante in Moody, AL. If I don’t live to see the game I hope they win.

  853. 853
    Bub Says:

    lol, Mara.

  854. 854
    Bub Says:

    Might break 1,000 comments this week. Congrats to ABT.

  855. 855
    Mara Wanna Says:

    At the mcwane center. Don’t these people know there’s a game on? I’ll be getting score updates but any details are much appreciated.

  856. 856
    Bub Says:

    Mara, Huddy with a no-hitter so far.

  857. 857
    Bub Says:

    Is the McWane center where Nate went to get his 2010 skills?

  858. 858
    Nate Says:

    The Marlins pen is costing them another game.

  859. 859
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Ha…I’ll try to locate McSucks missing hits and have them shipped to AZ pronto.

  860. 860
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I hope y’all are coming up with something spectacular for comment #1000. 1000! CRAZY!

  861. 861
    Bub Says:

    Infield hit for your boy, Prado to start the game. Infante is up.

  862. 862
    Bub Says:

    Base hit to left for Infante. 2 on, no outs.

  863. 863
    Bub Says:

    Heyward up. Ugh. Two quick swinging strikes. Big man is scuffling.

  864. 864
    Bub Says:

    Works the count full. Good eye, J Hey.

  865. 865
    Bub Says:

    Spoils two more with fouls. Nice, long at bat.

    Fly ball out to right. Prado tags and moves to 3rd. 1st and 3rd with one down. McCann up.

  866. 866
    Bub Says:

    McCann hits into a double play and the Braves spoil the great opportunity.

  867. 867
    Bub Says:

    Furcal flies out for out 1 versus the Hudster.

  868. 868
    Bub Says:

    Carroll grounds out. 2 up, 2 down for Huddy.

  869. 869
    Bub Says:

    Ethier grounds out. 3 up, 3 down for Hudson.

  870. 870
    Nate Says:

    Finally found a station on the Braves affiliates site actually broadcasting the Braves game.

  871. 871
    Bub Says:

    Glaus k’s. 1 out.

  872. 872
    Bub Says:

    hinske walks

  873. 873
    Mara Wanna Says:

    You’re a good man Mr Alicious. Did Is MC wearing glasses? Did he look lost?

  874. 874
    Bub Says:

    Esco hits it solid, but out.

    Melky with a hit. 2 on, 2 out. No score.

  875. 875
    Bub Says:

    No glasses for Mac. Yeah, kind of lost. :(

    2 strikes on Huddy.

  876. 876
    Bub Says:

    Huddy grounds out. 4 stranded baserunners in 2 innings. ‘Course, with Huddy there’s some excuse.

  877. 877
    Mara Wanna Says:

    How does Ely look? Doesn’t sound completely dominate. Are your fingers tired of typing?

  878. 878
    Bub Says:

    Loney grounds out. 1 down in the bottom of the 2nd. 3 ground outs for Huddy thus far, looking good.

  879. 879
    Bub Says:

    I’m on radio, can’t say how Ely looks. But Infante’s hit could have been ruled an error and Prado’s was an infield hit. So we’re not hitting him that hard, except Esco’s out.

    I did some scouting on Ely last night and he doesn’t seem like a pitcher who will end the year as well as he’s started it. But who knows. Lots of wins against poor teams, and his original scouting reports from the minors were #5 starter.

    Then again, his AA numbers were really great.

    Huddy gets a strike out and then Loaf to slow roll for out 3. Some confusion on the field as the umpire lost track of the outs in the inning.

    2 innings over. Zero to Zero. Top of the order coming up.

  880. 880
    Bub Says:

    Prado grounds out.

    Infante with a base hit. Stretches a single into a double. 1 on, 1 out.

  881. 881
    Bub Says:

    Heyward single in Infante! 1 to 0, good guys.

    J Hey on first with 1 out for McCann.

  882. 882
    Nate Says:

    MAN.BEAST.

  883. 883
    Kate Says:

    The Heytrain delivers!

  884. 884
    Bub Says:

    McCann works the count full. Fouls one off. Fouls another off.

    (Not tired, but do let me know when you get where you can watch/listen. :)

    Fouls off another. Long at-bat. Wearing another pitcher down. I like it.

    McCann fouls out. 2 outs. Glaus is up.

  885. 885
    Bub Says:

    Ely’s pitches look high and hittable on gameday.

  886. 886
    Bub Says:

    Glaus grounds out to Furcal. Going to the bottom of the 3rd, Braves 1, Dodgy team 0

  887. 887
    Nate Says:

    I like the Braves.

  888. 888
    Nate Says:

    Thought I might add a couple random obvious ones to help the ABT folks get over 1000.

  889. 889
    Mara Wanna Says:

    #884 made me laugh. Phone is dying and getting dirty looks from Rev and how could you not be tired? Thanks for info.

  890. 890
    Bub Says:

    Strike zone is ass today. Umpires are having a sh*t year. Huddy walks a guy after not getting the strike out call.

    But the Braves throw the runner out stealing 2nd… another bad call, but we’ll take it.

  891. 891
    Bub Says:

    Swinging bunt single for Ely. Dodgers’ first hit. Ely’s first major league hit.

  892. 892
    Bub Says:

    Hudson walks Fookie. 2 on, 2 out.

  893. 893
    Bub Says:

    Huddy falls behind Carroll 2-0, comes back to make it 2-2.

  894. 894
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Huddy!

  895. 895
    Bub Says:

    Carroll grounds out. Huddy’s doing it today. Swinging bunt by the pitcher is the Dodger’s only hit through three.

  896. 896
    Nate Says:

    That strike zone might be retaliation by the ump against Huddy for Huddy giving the ump a look on a strike call when he was batting. Wouldn’t be the first time an ump has done that.

  897. 897
    Bub Says:

    That’s true enough.

    Hinske out on a close bunt hit try.

  898. 898
    Bub Says:

    Yunel stays hot. Solid single. 1 out, Melky up.

  899. 899
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Phone-is-dying

  900. 900
    Bub Says:

    Melky hits it solidly, but out. 2 down, Esco at 1st, Hudson up. Huddy flies out to Loafy.

  901. 901
    Nate Says:

    I’m on gameday too, and a couple of those “balls” were well in the strikezone.

  902. 902
    Bub Says:

    Loney with a 1-out hit. Kemp up.

  903. 903
    Bub Says:

    Philly Padre game coming down to the end. Padres lead 6-5, 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th, runners on 1st and 3rd, it’s all up to Werth…

  904. 904
    Bub Says:

    Werth strikes out. Phils take a loss.

    Meanwhile, Hudson gives up another single. 1st and 2nd with 1 out.

  905. 905
    Bub Says:

    Glaus and Esco combine to fall apart in the infield.

    Bases loaded. 1 out.

  906. 906
    Bub Says:

    Base hit. One run scores. Bases stay loaded, one out.

    Boo these events. Boo them.

  907. 907
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Alright Bub, you can relax now. I won’t be able to read much longer until I’m able to plug my phone in and then I can listen. Although it will probably be over. Go Braves…Go ABT! New show!

  908. 908
    Bub Says:

    YES! Inning saving double play. Huddy with the slow roller working.

    Los Bravos 1
    Los Feos 1

  909. 909
    Nate Says:

    Alright, time for the guys to get that one back and add some.

  910. 910
    Bub Says:

    Prado homerun. Wrist = okay.

  911. 911
    Nate Says:

    MARTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN! Hurt hand be damned, Martin’s gonna have a 2 hit game no matter what.

  912. 912
    Bub Says:

    Hey, isn’t that Ely’s first homer??

  913. 913
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Are you kidding? You’re yankin my chain.

  914. 914
    Bub Says:

    McCANNN!!!

    4 to 1, BRAVOS. 2 RUN HOMAH!

  915. 915
    Nate Says:

    MAC ATTACK! I had a good feeling about he third time through against Ely.

  916. 916
    Bub Says:

    Not kidding.

    Prado homered. Infante grounded out. Heyward walked. McCann homered. 4 to 1.

    :)

  917. 917
    Bub Says:

    Glaus doubles. Still just one out. Ely = clock strikes 12.

  918. 918
    Bub Says:

    Ely gets out without further damage.

    4 to 1, good guys.

    I keep waiting for McLouth to step to the plate and snuff a rally. He’s just not in there anywhere! It’s like Christmas!

  919. 919
    Nate Says:

    I know what you mean Bub. I hope he has been pulled for permanent rest.

  920. 920
    Bub Says:

    Fookie hits a homer. 4-2 Braves. Furcal will be swinging for the fences for a week.

  921. 921
    Bub Says:

    Jamey Carroll with a base knock. Man on 1st, 1 out. Ethier is up. “Play somethin’ in a minor key, Floyd.”

  922. 922
    Bub Says:

    Ugh, a double from Ethier. Men on 2nd and 3rd, one out. Loney up.

  923. 923
    Bub Says:

    Base hit scores 2. Tie game, 4 to 4. Still just one out.

    Fiddlesticks. I think Huddy’s having another early tire-out night. Hope Bobby doesn’t let it last too long.

  924. 924
    Nate Says:

    And Timmy gives all 3 right back….

  925. 925
    Bub Says:

    Scary out #3 to the fence. Loaf up with 2 outs. One runner on base. Please, Tim, don’t give up homers to two former Braves in one day.

  926. 926
    Bub Says:

    Hudson still in the game (batting now… he’s out). Bobby didn’t see what the rest of the world saw. Oh, Bob.

  927. 927
    Nate Says:

    By the look of gameday, every strike is either somewhere in the middle of the plate or up and in. Get the hook Bobby.

  928. 928
    Bub Says:

    Huddy living on fumes, luck, and juju. One more out to get. Fookie.

    Gets the out.

    4 to 4 going to the 7th.

  929. 929
    Nate Says:

    OK, we got through that one. No way he lets Huddy pitch to Ethier, Looney, and Kemp again.

  930. 930
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I now have radio coverage. Thanks Bub…you’ve been a dear.

  931. 931
    Bub Says:

    I simply can not believe Bobby keeps running him out there. Well, it worked last inning, here’s hoping. Ethier just socked that one, but out. The Saito injury is hurting us in this game I expect.

  932. 932
    Bub Says:

    Whew. 4 to 4 heading to the 8th. Way to go, Huddy. Manly game.

    C’mon, offense.

  933. 933
    Bub Says:

    Wow, the bottom of our line up today is Glaus, Escobar, Hinske, and Melky. That’s not too shabby, all things considered.

  934. 934
    Nate Says:

    Time to wake up offense. we need runs.

  935. 935
    Bub Says:

    Uh…

  936. 936
    Nate Says:

    C’mon guys.

  937. 937
    Bub Says:

    Well… I swore if we beat Florida I’d be positive all month. So all I can say about running Huddy out there again in the 8th is… I don’t understand the decision. He seems very tired.

  938. 938
    Bub Says:

    *sigh*

    Single for Kemp to start things. Loaf up.

    *shaking head*

    Bobby with the hook.

  939. 939
    Nate Says:

    Yeah. Venters hasn’t pitched very much at all this series. Hell, Wags hasn’t pitched since Wednesday and could probably pitch 2.

  940. 940
    Nate Says:

    Hudson over 100 pitches on a hot day.

  941. 941
    Nate Says:

    Thank God.

  942. 942
    Bub Says:

    Good job, EOF.

    Moylan in to try and get the righty.

  943. 943
    Nate Says:

    Ok Pete. Let’s try not to let an inherited runner score here for a change.

  944. 944
    Bub Says:

    ALRIGHT, MELKY!!!

    Hope he’s okay.

  945. 945
    Bub Says:

    And Nate says to himself: “uh oh.”

  946. 946
    Nate Says:

    Nicely done. If McOut was out there it would have ended in disaster for sure. Braves, please score more runs.

  947. 947
    Nate Says:

    Broxton’s due for a bad outing.

  948. 948
    Bub Says:

    Conrad is my DADDY!

    Double. Man on 2nd, no outs. Broxton’s one tough Hombre, though. Not getting too happy just yet.

  949. 949
    Nate Says:

    Bobby, WTF? He’s already in scoring position.

  950. 950
    Bub Says:

    Prado K’s. Don’t sweat it, my friend.

    Holy Thievery, Batman! Conrad swipes 3rd!!!! Gotta love this team.

    Get ‘im home, Infante.

  951. 951
    Bub Says:

    Ouch. That hurt. Broxton, though. Waddya gonna do.

    C’mon, Heyward. All up to you.

  952. 952
    Bub Says:

    98 MPH on strike 2 to Heyward. Damn.

  953. 953
    Bub Says:

    99 MPH on that pitch. Fouled out.

  954. 954
    Bub Says:

    I mean fouled out of play.

  955. 955
    Bub Says:

    Heyward works the count full on the big man. Love this kid. Do something, J Hey!!

    Ugh. Not that.

    K’s at 98 MPH. Broxton is a beast.

  956. 956
    Nate Says:

    Venters in GOOD.

  957. 957
    Nate Says:

    The best part is we’ve already seen their best two relievers.

  958. 958
    Nate Says:

    Jesse Chavez + Andre Ethier = Disaster

  959. 959
    Anne Says:

    “Free baseball!” (sorry, I still miss Skip). Back from the depths of potential in-laws and I survived. You know who else will survive?? The Braves!! Go, Melky!

  960. 960
    Nate Says:

    Suddenly I don’t feel so good about this one anymore.

  961. 961
    Nate Says:

    Nice, no Chavez. I feel better again.

  962. 962
    Bub Says:

    Jonny Venters!!!!

  963. 963
    Nate Says:

    Jonny Venters is a STUD.

  964. 964
    Bub Says:

    Nate? McLouth? Why? We don’t care anymore?

  965. 965
    Bub Says:

    All up to Heyward Part II.

    Come on, big guy.

  966. 966
    Bub Says:

    Yuck.

  967. 967
    Nate Says:

    Heyward can’t wait to leave LA.

  968. 968
    Bub Says:

    Thank goodness this isn’t a night game.

  969. 969
    Nate Says:

    Here comes Chavez. Double Yuck.

  970. 970
    Bub Says:

    Chavez? Bobby’s ready to head to the house.

  971. 971
    Nate Says:

    why is this kid on the team?

  972. 972
    Will Says:

    painful….checking this on the train…during morining meeting…now at my desk sipping coffee..please make it stop.

    Just bet a colleague from Phillie that the Braves would end the season ahead of the Phillies. And then immediately Melky struck out with men on second and third…

    He baited me by admitting that they went into an offensive slump after they got caught cheating from the bullpen with binoculars..

  973. 973
    Anne Says:

    Bobby likes the even-steven -ness of the battle with Torre.

  974. 974
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Chavez! Anne, I want details when you have time and it’s not the bottom of the 11th in a tied game. DM me! :)

  975. 975
    Bub Says:

    If Bobby was going to commit game-i-cide by bringing in Chavez, I wish he’d have done it earlier.

  976. 976
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I wonder if all our computers will crash when we hit 1000 comments.

  977. 977
    Anne Says:

    Boooo.

  978. 978
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Poop.

  979. 979
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I miss Saito.

  980. 980
    Bub Says:

    Bobby, Bobby, Bobby. It just… hurts my feelings.

  981. 981
    Nate Says:

    And there goes the game.

  982. 982
    Nate Says:

    I’m with you Bub. It’s like Bobby just threw in the towel. Wags didn’t pitch the entire series. Venters hitting for himself and pitching another inning would have been better than McOut pinch hitting and Chavez pitching. Just really really questionable managing all day.

  983. 983
    Nate Says:

    Again, why is Chavez on the team?

  984. 984
    Bub Says:

    2 one run losses 2 good wins, on the road versus a hot team, even hotter at home, I just can’t be too upset about that.

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    Will Says:

    crap-0-mitey.

    thats what my great uncle who lived in LA used to say…

    Uncle John….he loved the Braves.

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    Kate Says:

    Who predicted 5-2 for the week?

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    Bub Says:

    I’ll give Bobby this much, he certainly seemed hesitant to bring Chavez in until pretty late.

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    Bub Says:

    Postedy post post. I gotta go to the gro store. So I’ll drive the post count for a bit just to be sure we make it before the NEW SHOW.

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    Bub Says:

    Nate McPost

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    Bub Says:

    Post game post.

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    Bub Says:

    Goin’ post-al.

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    Bub Says:

    Poster child.

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    Will Says:

    losing sucks

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    Bub Says:

    Okay, I’m sure I can trust y’all to post 7 more times in the next couple of hours.

    GO BRAVES.

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    Nate Says:

    I like that Sutton called the no-name who just got the game winning hit a career minor leaguer before he got the game winning hit. I don’t know if it was because of karma or the fact that Chavez threw him the most hittable change up in baseball after he’d blown fastballs right by him.

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    Nate Says:

    when is the new show so I can hear you guys make fun of Chipper dorn’s finger, McOut’s performance anxiety, and Chavez’s trash-stash game.

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    Nate Says:

    MVP: Martin Prado for playing through injuries and still having a 3 for 6 day.
    LVP: Our CF, who got out hit this weekend by the Dodgers pitching staff

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    Nate Says:

    I wanted to see what the ajcers were saying at the time of the Chavez demise. DOB literally said, “Chavez coming in. Brace yourselves.”

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    Nate Says:

    Good week, though. Steve called 5-2, so he has been right the past 3 weeks. For the record, I corrected my 7-0 original post with a 5-2 prediction. I hope you guys keep a record on the show of who’s been right. Since I’ve been listening Steve is crushing Curt and Hammy.

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    Will Says:

    Bada bing.

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    Nate Says:

    Nicely done Will. Before this week we weren’t in first. Now we have a 2 game lead and we get to play the D’Bags for 4 games. Escobar had a decent week too. We can’t forget about Troy Glaus going yard 3 times, almost 4, including 2 big ones against the Sillies.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    ABT rocks!

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    Nate Says:

    There’s a rather concerning blog from DOB on Heyward’s nagging thumb injury.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    New show?

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    Hanson + Heyward = World Series Ring Says:

    We should’ve won today after being up 4-1 with Hudson pitching, but a 4-game split against the Dodgers isn’t the worst thing in the world. Plus, we finished the week with a 5-2 record, which is exactly what Steve called for! Nice call, Steve.

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    Steve Says:

    1000+ freaking posts!!! You go, people. New show in about an hour.

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