Well I have been away from civilization for a few days but it’s good to see the boys get a series win at the twins, driving to Atlanta in a few hours. Hopefully the weather permits some good baseball! Go Braves!
Good job taking the reigns, Curt. Awesome to hear some Ballpark Frank again. Good show all the way around.
Fair to the coolness of the fish tank.
Thumbs up to whoever said the 2nd game of the Twins series was the most important of the year. It’s hard to find a game that marks the transition from the April awfulness to the May goodness, or from there to the late May greatness… but the transition to the Okay, let’s just admit the sky is the limit greatness… was definitely the 2nd game of the Twins series.
Ball Park Frank! You promised to stop in on the message board and I’m holding you to it. Nice show…good job Curtis. I too am relieved when Chipper is not in the lineup. I like seeing him talking to the younger players. I love that he gave Conrad a scouting report right before he hit the Grand Slam to beat the Reds. He can still help this team and will still be the face of the Braves but maybe as a pinch hitter. I know…won’t happen.
My fear of Prado and the like getting hurt absolutely trumps any joy of seeing Braves players in the All Star game. I realize this makes me a bah humbug and I’m ok with that.
Great road trip! Glad for the day off. Excited about this homestand. Go Braves.
Got back from Vegas about an hour ago. Two big sports-related highlights:
1. Watching the US/England World Cup match (yes Curt, I watched every moment of the game) in a packed sports book. Now there’s some cool fan energy. And those Brits can chant so much better than us.
2. By chance walking past the sports book in our hotel on Saturday and catching the last two innings of the Braves game. Damn that squeeze was a thing of beauty.
Curt – congrats on the show. I thought it would be really weird listening with no idea what it was going to be, but you guys didn’t miss a beat.
Girl Question!! So, Jurrjens rehab start made me wonder: when an MLB player goes back to the minors for rehab, do his stats in that game count toward whatever his minor league stats were? I totally get that none of it counts in his MLB stats, but I figure whatever he does or doesn’t do has to record SOMEwhere, right?
Thanks, young Curtis. I waste more grey cells thinking about crap like that. I’ll be at The Ted tonight schweating my (base)balls off. …but think how those poor guys feel down there playin’. Go Braves, and get KK some run support!!
Quite a strange couple of hours. The Braves PR department just sent out a press release stating that Chipper would not be holding a press conference today and that he was not available to the media prior to the game this afternoon.
Just what we wanted to be concentrating on during the Rays series. Why can’t he just stop saying stuff until he’s ready to say something decisive. We’ve all seen this show before. At least Bobby wasn’t Waffled.
Bub – I’m gonna guess that “pulling a Bub” means having a little fun with the Board via misleading hilarity. Like…go to this site and you’ll see Chipper’s press conference live!! http://beedogs.com/index_files/page0008.htm
Rain delay gave me time to finally listen to the show. Good job Curt, Ball Park and Scot. Speaking of the delay..on the radio show a caller asked, with Diaz out, who is the emergency catcher? They said it’s actually Tommy Hanson!! Could that be real?
Chipper as batting coach?? Well that would solve at least two problems!
Oh Brooksy. I always assume serious clutch hits from him but I guess I have to allow him to be human. I wish Melky had made it to 2nd. I’m listening to the game on my phone which means I can’t talk to you fine people AND listen at the same time. I miss my peeps!
As a younger fan, this is a sad day. I will always respect and love CJ for what he was and admire him for what he is doing. My brothers and father are comparing it to being bigger than Ozzie Smith’s retirement (The other 1/2 of fam is from StL), so I hope he gets the fanfare he deserves. For a Cards fan since the 40s, my Dad, to say that to me, it says a lot. (but he has been a closet Braves fan since I started rooting for them.- age 5) Chipper will be respected forever, especially if he ends it on his own terms. My dad doesn’t get on his high horse for many athletes, since he was an olympian (and I will leave it at that for privacy reasons- he kicked a ball for a while), but to hear what he said about CJ was pretty special for me. He went pretty far back in Cards folklore for comparisons. I love this game.GO BRAVES!
Bub, You were upset or annoyed (you did quote it) that I called the offensive performance aganst Ian Kennedy “pathetic”. You did pedict the Braves making the playoffs. My obvious assumption is that pitchers who are better than Ian Kennedy will be pitching at that time (the playoffs), and that is why I called the performance on that day pathetic. I usually don’t defend a post, but a critique of a critique from you, of all people, is amusing. I’m sorry I offended you, but I feel no runs against Ian Kennedy is a sign of bad things to come. I’m sorry if I have offended you, and I’m sure you’ll let me know if a I have. Also, please excuse any grammatical errors. I haven’t taken an English class in over half a decade, nor do I work in a profession that requirea it.
Great show Curt. Looking forward to seeing your TB series predictions come true! Just wrapped up game 1 here in Hong Kong. Now 0-9 for KK.
I think the Chipper Jones news is good. Great to see him taking one for the team yet again. You just don’t find baseball players like that anymore. I would hate to see him become the Cal Ripkin Jr. of the Braves. Although, with a homer and a double in today’s game I do wonder..
Atlanta has a knack for discarding its former sports heroes and it seems Chipper will fall right in that category. He has been a HOFer for us and we should all remember that. I know he has been awful the past couple of years, and I know I have led the charge for him to be replaced with full throated furry, but that should not overshadow his vast contributions to this franchise.
Look at Murphy’s last couple of seasons. Wonder how we might feel had those been in a Braves uniform. How this town embraces Julio Franco and dumps on Tom Glavine is beyond me.
I’m certainly more guilty than anyone, again, but let’s remember the good too. I’ll try and take my own advice when we are finally rid of Bobby.
Nate, the key phrase in your post is “from you of all people.” Taking me seriously is bad for your health. Believe me there is no waffler more waffly than me. Brett Favre was like “damn, Bub, make up your mind.” So, please, just shove aside any fit of passion from me as likely to change in five minutes to the opposite opinion.
This morning’s answer to recent Braves failings:
The Braves escape my wrath (and I’m sure they’re quite relieved) by building up breathing room with my patience. No matter how lame they play on a given day, it’s balanced against what they’ve been showing me recently. There’s not a team in the league whose fans don’t believe they lack the killer instinct to win win win. Realistically, all teams, Yankees, Rays, everybody, puts in poor days at the office. It’s June 16, and the Braves have not lost a series since the 9th of MAY.
They might lose this one, and they might fall out of 1st to the surging Mets. But they are a long, long way from using up the good feelings they’ve built up for me the last month. Just like I was the slowest to come around to loving them again when they turned it on in early May, I will probably be the slowest to get upset if they start to get shakey.
So, that’s the sort of visceral motivation behind anything I say to defend or critique the team. Once they’re on my good side, I can ignore whatever the particulars of this or that loss may be. I’m sure that’s not good for analysis, but it’s good for my sanity, such as remains.
As unfortunate as the outcome was last night, coupled with the errors and the woeful hitting with RISP, the Braves still remained true to their new
AL-like playing personality of being very patient and taking a lot of pitches. They made one of the best pitchers in the AL work very hard last night. Which, for me, mitigates a lot. To Bub’s point earlier, nothing about that game last night really depressed me. It was just one of those games. Except Resop, of course. He REALLY depressed me.
Loved this poem from DOB’s blog earlier in the day:
I have to say that I love KK
He is somehwere below greatness every 5fth day
He makes no excuses,
But always he loses,
Still, I will defend him no matter what you say,
He walks a few,
He gives up a hit or two,
Still, down he will never lay,
People may hate his loses, there are nine,
People may hate his era, way above prime,
Still, He is a decent starter every fifth day.
He MOST CERTAINLY is not suited for the pen,
His margin for error IS ALWAYS razor thin,
Thus, KK MUST REMAIN in the rotation I pray,
He gives up runs in bunches,
But Bobby sticks with him, playing his hunches,
Never from KK shall I stray,
But now the end is sadly near I can feel,
JJ’s hamstring is on the heel,
Now KK will demoted….NO WAY!!
Just found the SunRays channel! Wahoo! I still have to listen to MLB…the sound on this channel gives a new meaning to the word “sucks”. Anne, I’m looking for you. Do something crazy! Tell Allen I said hello. Isn’t that the usher’s name?
Nicest thing about tonight was not being the least bit surprised to find the Braves methodically beating the Tampa Bay Rays.
I don’t know about Hudson’s sinking two-seamer in the sweltering heat tomorrow. I’ve either observed or imagined that heat+humidity brings trouble to Huddy sometimes, but it’s a tough call since he plays in Atlanta after all. But I did notice his awesome performace in Minnesota came in cooler temps.
What an absolute pleasure tonight was. A methodical beating indeed. Do the Rays really look significantly better than the Braves? I don’t think so.
Curt – that’s hilarious about the organist. You’re a genius is really what I took away from that story.
Tcc – LOVED the jumpin’ hip bump thing that Hinske and McCann did. It may have been my favorite part of the game. It speaks to the fun this team is having and the HUGE positive impact Hinske is clearly having on everyone. I love it.
I tell you Bub, being at the game last night, they are a machine. Prado getting on seemingly every time. Glaus knocking in runs. Everyone chipping in. The starting pitching is solid. The bullpen is superb. You look over the entire team and there are only 2 or 3 guys – McLouth, Chavez, Chipper – that you don’t feel completely positive about. It’s hard for me to grapple with after how terrible we have been the past few years.
Amazing we just took 4 of 6 from the Twins and Rays. When we were being swept in St. Louis I’m not sure we ever thought that was possible.
Were I still in Alabama I would crash Bubdylan’s party. What a game. What a series. Loving Braves baseball right now. I also love that we face KC while the Mets face the Yankees. Seems like the Phillies are starting to figure out their woes.
(I had to drive my sister to the lake, but now I’m ready to PARTY DOWN!!!!!)
What a freaking team, huh??? I’m high on Bravesness. Damn, DAMN, what a great run.
Twins have the most home wins in baseball, and the Rays have the most road wins in baseball, on top of being 1st place teams. And we beat BOTH of them at their strongest venue, after losing the 1st game in both series!
What else can you say? This is some awesome, awesome baseball. This isn’t some well-maybe-if-we-keep-this-up-and-such-and-such-comes-true baseball. It’s solid, bonafide, no more waiting, happy right now baseball.
GO FREAKING BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUMMER HAPPY TIME!!!!!
I love that Lowe has as many RBI’s as SO’s. Keep it up dude!
BTW, Mara, thanks for driving home last night. Bub’s party was awesome, I think…kinda blurry. Funny thing, that cute friend of his..was her name Candy? Every time I try to call her I get the County Library…huh!
Wahoo! Great game! I love how this team fights and fights. No way we win that game last year.
I’m having serious troubles with my mlb account. Here’s what’s happening: I’m listening to the game on my phone and all of a sudden it stops and music from my iPod starts playing. I restart the game and it continues to sporadically switch to my iPod (maddening). So I finished my very long 3 mile run and try to watch the game on my phone but it continued to stop. I would push the play button and it would pause again…and again…and again. So I break out the Rev’s mac and try to watch on mlb.tv. I’m watching the game and all of the sudden my iTunes randomly starts playing in addition to the audio and video of mlb. AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! Has this happened to anyone else, ever? Any computer geeks that can come to the rescue?
Bub, I was wondering what Mac’s new caffeine free diet reveals about his condition. Seriously, no wonder he struggled for a bit at the plate. Couldn’t keep his eyes open.
Bub – I know that the Phillies bats are waking up again. But go look at the box score of today’s Phillies game one more time. Soak in the numbers put up by the Phillies bullpen. It will make you feel better.
Anne, the only antidote for an awful Braves pitcher, is an even more awful ex-Braves pitcher. If you weren’t around for the Kyle Davies era… put on a happy face and get ready to meet Kawakami’s first win.
I take it at this point there will be no more ‘Glaus Ceiling’ segments….:) As far as KK goes…He’s pitched better than his record. There’s no real debate amongst us there. There are trolls on the AJC website who think he needs to be traded. I think we should be thankful for KK’s effort & heart in the game. I’ve got two reasons Braves fans should be grateful…Kyle Davies, & Mike Hampton.
Bub- totally agree with your #150. The Braves will CRUSH Davies today. Doesn’t matter what KK does. I predict he gives up 3 runs over 5 innings and gets his first win. He knows he could be LVP tonight if he screws this up today.
I want to be able to cut and paste the wins and losses from yesterday. Go Braves! In unrelated news I think we should “trend” Ballpark Frank until he shows himself on the board. It’s a Twitter thang for those who still reside in the 90′s. And when I say those of you I mean Curt. So until BPF graces us with his wisdom I will end each comment with #ballparkfrank.
Two of KK’s outs in that inning were hard hit. Plus the 2 runs. It’s nauseating. I still think we’ll win, and I like KK’s personality – my favorite on the team, I think – but he’s terrible. With our depth, if he takes the mound as a starter in the second half, much less in 2011, it’s a shame.
That was awesome. I had the Braves on a radio station that kept fading in and out on back roads taking a short cut to Oxford (movie theater). Through the crackling static I could tell Kimbrel loaded the bases with no outs. I had called my aunt (it’s her son I was taking to the movie, so she agreed to do this) and told her to buzz my phone if either team scored.
So, after the radio permanenty faded out with the bases loaded for KC, I just turned it off and waited for the phone to buzz. Talk about a watched pot never boils. I waited, and waited, and waited… the radio finally came in just enough to hear Jim’s excited voice, but I couldn’t tell what he said.
I called my aunt and said “Don’t tell me Kimbrel got out of that jackpot.” She said, yup. Couldn’t believe it.
She buzzed me two minutes before the movie started and let me listen to Wagner’s last two outs and told me NY and PHIL lost. AWESOME win.
Awesome movie, too. More than satisfying, even. Mara, take tissues. You never saw a group of grown man happier to have their eyes hidden by 3D glasses.
Bub, you have a very nice Aunt…and her son has a very kind cousin. Speaking of cousins, the Rev’s cousin swung by today and he’s almost as big a Braves fan as I am. It’s very refreshing chatting Braves baseball with someone almost as insane as me. And, I was able to use the word Brave in scrabble tonight. It was freakin awesome!