June 13, 2010

Show #111: The Braves End Road Trip in High Fashion

The 11-game road trip finally ends.  The Braves potential All Stars.  Brooks Conrad. 

 

 

184 Responses to “Show #111: The Braves End Road Trip in High Fashion”

  1. 1
    Jess Says:

    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!

  2. 2
    Zombub Says:

    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.

    Go Braves!

  3. 3
    Zombub Says:

    http://talksportsphilly.com/?p=2027

    Nice props from a philly phellow.

  4. 4
    Mara Wanna Says:

    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.

  5. 5
    Zombub Says:

    Mara, the players aren’t going to break in the Allstar game. They’ll be fine. :)

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Dudes, I’m totally in line at Starbucks in Destin behind Kevin Bacon. Starbucks guy on intercom confirmed it. Of course I have no make up on.

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    Zombub Says:

    Ask him if he was in a movie with a guy who was in a movie with a guy who was in a movie with a guy who….

  8. 8
    Zombub Says:

    Jurrjens roughed up a bit in rehab. :(

    But his velocity topped out at 96 mph in last inning pitched. :)

  9. 9
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I guess getting knocked around during you first rehab start is not totally unacceptable. Does anybody know if they were in Durham? If so I’m very sad.
    Watching my kids night swim is boring.

  10. 10
    Zombub Says:

    Nah, they were in Georgia.

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    Curt Says:

    Thanks for the compliments. It was weird being in the chair.

  12. 12
    Rhino Says:

    Braves looked great against the Twins. Can’t wait to see how they do against another of baseball’s top teams. ESPN power rankings had the Braves at 5 today by public vote

  13. 13
    Steve Says:

    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.

  14. 14
    Anne Says:

    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?

  15. 15
    Danny Says:

    Mara Wanna: I just got it!

    Is it bad to be happy about Nate’s headaches?

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    Curt Says:

    Anne, those stats should count toward his minor league stats.

    Danny, I think it’s a fine line. Obviusly, we are all happy he is out of the lineup – same with Chipper – but i guess we can’t revel in him being hurt. I know where you are coming from though.

  17. 17
    Anne Says:

    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!!

  18. 18
    Mara Wanna Says:

    KK get’s first win tonight…I’m totally calling!

  19. 19
    Anne Says:

    Breaking news…Chipper Jones retiring today. (??????!!!!!!!!!!)

  20. 20
    Steve Says:

    Anne – looks like he will announce that he’s retiring at the end of the season: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2010/06/15/jones-to-announce-hes-likely-leaning-to-retirement-after-2010/

    Wow.

  21. 21
    Mara Wanna Says:

    DOB’s recent tweet.
    Chipper retiring? I haven’t confirmed this, but heard from 2 people that Larry Wayne Jones is set to announce he’s retiring at end of season

  22. 22
    Steve Says:

    And another post from DOB’s blog said that for the rest of this year, he’ll take on a reduced role and that Infante would become the regular 3rd basemen. Double wow.

  23. 23
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I didn’t see that Steve! Are you pulling a Bub? I gotta check that out for myself.

  24. 24
    Anne Says:

    Chipper Jones: Braves batting coach next season??? (that’s conjecture)

  25. 25
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Don’t blow a gasket Bub…

    RT @mlbbowman: After talking w/ Braves mgt. Chipper does not plan to address the media. Believes it’s premature 2 talk potential retirement.

  26. 26
    Curt Says:

    I think I am going to start calling him the Waffler

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    Steve Says:

    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.

  28. 28
    Mara Wanna Says:

    McWaffler is in the 3 hole…per protocol.

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    Zombub Says:

    And what, pray tell, is “pulling a Bub?” Grumble.

  30. 30
    Welcome to Wafflehouse Says:

    Sigh. Chipper. And don’t look now, but ESPN took the ball and ran away with it.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5289293

    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.

  31. 31
    Steve Says:

    For the record, I don’t think this is as big a distraction as it’s being made to be. This should actually put to rest a lot of the speculation that’s been in the air.

    Tweet from the AJC a few minutes ago: Bobby Cox on meeting w Jones: The best I can say is he’s planning on retiring after this year, but we won’t know until he tells you guys.

  32. 32
    Anne Says:

    I’m only distracted by the sweet smell of waffles. …or maybe that’s the funnel cake talkin’.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    “pulling a Bub” is posting something borderline absurd as a joke. However, some of us tha will remain nameless tend to buy hook, line an sinker.

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    Anne Says:

    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

  35. 35
    Anne Says:

    #33 & #34 – “that’s what she said” LITERALLY!!
    Headed to The Ted…Go Braves!!

  36. 36
    Mara Wanna Says:

    So jealous of Anne right now…can’t see straight.

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    Curt Says:

    Anne, are you going tomorrow? I shall be there then.

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    Tcc Says:

    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!

    Go Braves!

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    Tcc Says:

    Rain Delay (equivalent to a West Coast start) = Bedtime before the Bravos come to bat. Daggum it!

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    Show All Says:

    Tedious…

  41. 41
    Anne Says:

    Curt – plannin’ to be here, yes. I might just camp out in the parking lot!

  42. 42
    Bub Says:

    Go Bravos! Beat the Rays! (tomorrow :( )

  43. 43
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m not giving up. We can come back. :)

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    Show All Says:

    Hey, maybe the Braves will give KK no run support and then come back late and win!!! Has that ever happened before??

  45. 45
    Curt Says:

    Not with Price pitching and 4 errors

  46. 46
    Mara Wanna Says:

    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!

  47. 47
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m glad we got all the wrinkles out tonight. Gotta beat ‘em tomorrow.

  48. 48
    BluesMan Says:

    Great show this time. Missed Steve & Hammy…but very glad to hear from Ballpark Frank & Scott.

    Concerning tonight’s game…Hello Chris Resop…GOODBYE Chris Resop.

  49. 49
    Nate Says:

    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!

  50. 50
    Nate Says:

    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.

  51. 51
    Kirk from Hong Kong Says:

    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..

    For a bit of the Glory Days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A10IfZtTbkI

  52. 52
    Curt Says:

    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.

  53. 53
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Losing is not as much fun as winning.

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    Bub Says:

    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.

  55. 55
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I swear by all that is holy if I had money laying around I’d pay Bubdylan to write a Blog.

    Brett Favre was like “damn, Bub, make up your mind.”
    Very funny.

  56. 56
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Tonight’s lineup: Prado – 4 Heyward – 9 Chipper- 5 McCann- 2 Glaus – 3 Hinske – 7 Escobar- 6 Cabrera – 8 Hanson – 1

  57. 57
    Bub Says:

    That’s a winning line up. Tongiht, the Rays will wish they had joined the circus and cleaned elephant caca for a living. We will crush them.

  58. 58
    Bub Says:

    On a note I wish I could avoid, if Chipper retires, I’ll be eating crow for weeks. Good grief will I have misjudged a character. First time I’ve ever done that, too.

  59. 59
    Steve Says:

    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!!

  60. 60
    Steve Says:

    By the way Curtis, I loved this tweet from last night: John Jaso Jingleheinerschmidt. His name is my name too.

  61. 61
    Steve Says:

    Braves put Chris Resop on the disabled list with a strained left oblique and called Jesse Chavez back up from Gwinnett. Wow.

  62. 62
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I like it when we score. It’s…fun.

  63. 63
    Anne Says:

    Scoring is more fun than not scoring. Go Braves!

  64. 64
    Mara Wanna Says:

    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?

  65. 65
    Curt Says:

    Steve, to that point, the organist is playing John Jacob jingleheinerschmidt when Jaso bats. Wonder if he reads my tweets.

  66. 66
    Anne Says:

    Inexplicable reasons: I’m not there. Won’t be back till Friday, so you can stop looking. I will certainly say hello to Alan. Were I dating older married men still…he’d be on my list.

  67. 67
    Anne Says:

    Hinske!!

  68. 68
    Anne Says:

    GREAT pic, Curt! Did the wifey score those tix? (I’m just assumin’ since she did such a great job earlier in the season)

  69. 69
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I hate Curt.

  70. 70
    Curt Says:

    Yeah. The old lady scored the seats again. I’ll give her a hug or something. Slap on the back maybe

  71. 71
    Anne Says:

    At the very least, a fist bump. Nice work, Mrs. Curt.

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    Tcc Says:

    Did you guys see Hinske and McCann do the jumpin’ hip bump in the dugout. They both must have cleared the deck by a good 2 1/2 inches!!

  73. 73
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Damn. Really wanted the shutout. Oh well. Shut it down Jonny!

  74. 74
    Anne Says:

    Wagner would have finished this off. Johnny???

  75. 75
    Curt Says:

    Bub, right on with your prediction. We wore them out tonight. Great fun to be down here. Venters a little shaky but better to do it with a 6 run lead

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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.

    Great game! Go Braves!!

  77. 77
    Steve Says:

    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.

  78. 78
    Mara Wanna Says:

    “Pitches slower than Grandma” beat the Yankees tonight. Does that make us feel better?

  79. 79
    Steve Says:

    Mara – I had that same thought when I saw the score last night. And to answer your question – yes.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Tonight’s lineup: Prado – 4 Conrad – 5 Heyward – 9 McCann – 2 Glaus – 3 Hinske – 7 Escobar – 6 Cabrera – 8 Hudson – 1

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    Bub Says:

    3 up, three grounders. Ohhhh, I’ve got a gooooood feeling about this one! If we win this series, I’m throwing a party. Straight up, I really am.

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    Bub Says:

    Heyward swings at a balls in the dirt a lot. It’s weird, since his eye is so good left to right.

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    Bub Says:

    “After seeming on the verge of announcing his retirement, Chipper Jones(notes) changed course Thursday and said he won’t make a decision until after the season.”

    Geez Louise.

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    Bub Says:

    Heyward.
    :)
    :)
    :)
    :)
    :)

  85. 85
    Will Says:

    Attaboy kid

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    Will Says:

    GLAUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Curt Says:

    Amazing how the fortunes of Glaus and the Braves are so intricately tied right now.

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    Bub Says:

    Curt, it is. In April it was “as Heyward goes, so goes the Braves” and we only won when he produced. Glaus took that over in May and hasn’t given it back.

    Be great to have both hot.

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    Curt Says:

    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.

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    Tcc Says:

    Party at Bub’s house!!!!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    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.

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    Tcc Says:

    Bub, I’ll be there in about 6 hours or so (since I have no idea where you are) and I’m bringing a big bag of Cheetohs and a bottle of Bourbon. See ya!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    To hell with it…Cledus, swing by the beach on your way and pick me up.

  94. 94
    Tcc Says:

    On my way, Princess! Go Braves!

  95. 95
    Steve Says:

    How big was Mac’s throwing out Crawford at 2nd base in the 6th? The game turned right there. Go Braves!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    (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!!!!!

  97. 97
    Bubdylan Says:

    Late Night BRAVES ROCK THE WORLD Post.

  98. 98
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Are we ready to beat up on some Kansas CityPansies? Greinke hasn’t been this year what he was last year has he?

  99. 99
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m not a huge soccer fan but as an American I feel cheated. Also, So. Africa must have enormous Mosquitos.

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    Steve Says:

    Mara – he’s no Cy Young candidate this year. In his last 6 starts his ERA is 5.70, his BA against in .280 and OBP against is .316. His numbers were much better to start the year.

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    Steve Says:

    KK gets Kyle Davies on Sunday. Finally he’s not up against some stud. Remember when it was good if KK went up against an ace last year. Seems like a long, long time ago.

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    Anne Says:

    Did someone say Friday Night Fireworks? Go Braves!!!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    TMI Anne. :)

  104. 104
    Anne Says:

    You funny girl, “Mara!” Diaz ain’t yet back in the line-up…they won’t be MY fireworks…

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    For Anne…
    Come meet Matt Diaz at the New Era Store at 117 Luckie St from 12-1pm tomorrow. Get an autograph and enter to win free tickets!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    RT @mlbbowman: McCann will no longer wear glasses. His chronic dry eye problem has improved since he stopped consuming caffeine.

    No wonder her had a slump. No caffeine? Poor fella.

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    Anne Says:

    I could not bring myself to get that close to Matty D. That, and the restraining order…

    The program says it’s 70s night but the freebies at the gate say it’s Chick fil A Cow night! Nothing like a miniature cow sportin’ a sandwich board to make me happy! Go Braves!!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I love that Martin’s had one at bat and he’s just filthy.

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    Tcc Says:

    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!

    Go Braves!

  110. 110
    Curt Says:

    I get the sense Hinske slides just to get his uni dirty

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    Mario Says:

    Dang it.

  112. 112
    Mario Says:

    How do we let Wags play one year and then quit? Does he need more cash? Pay it!!!

  113. 113
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I agree Mario.
    No prob Cledus and don’t worry about Candy’s number. I’m pretty sure she works there and she’s totally into you. Careful what you say about her though…Bub’s second cousin once removed.

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    Anne Says:

    Great game. Meant to say this earlier, but: Royals 1st Base Coach…Rusty Kuntz. Poor, poor guy.

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    Tcc Says:

    OUCH!!!

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    Tcc Says:

    Yeah, Mara, you were right. Finally got her on the line but she had a previous engagement with her cousin Dewey Decimal. Sounds like some Italian nerd.

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    Steve Says:

    Rusty Kuntz. Wow. http://www.sportsmansdaily.com/Rusty_Kuntz.html

  118. 118
    Mara Wanna Says:

    That is terrible! Didn’t think it was possible to have a name worse than Dick Trickle.

  119. 119
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Hey, and how about that squeeze play! With the bases loaded!

  120. 120
    Bubdylan Says:

    Caffeine is an Ocular Rosacea trigger. Not saying anything, just sayin’….

  121. 121
    Anne Says:

    Gotta give a shout-out to Ballpark Frank, who recommended that I watch Ken Burns’ “Baseball” series. He’s right that the first disc is historical and slow…but this series is just a treat. Go Braves!!

  122. 122
    Bubdylan Says:

    Anne, I’m watching it as we [type]. Disc 2, with Cobb, Johnson, and Wagner is my favorite.

  123. 123
    Anne Says:

    Bub – what a coincidence! The Pony Express just took away Disc 1 back to Netflix. Looking forward to the rest.

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    Anne Says:

    The Phillies/Twins game this afternoon is like a Marx Brothers movie and it’s on the 1st inning. Poor Phils! (nah, not really)

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    Anne Says:

    ^ ONLY the first inning. Silly typing.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Phreaking Phillies can score in their sleep. C’mon, Twins. I know it’s a road game, but…

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I don’t think the Phillies are ever going to lose again.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Omg! Twins tied it up!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Twins are up by 1!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Now… that is just disgusting. Phils down to their last out and hit another damn homerun. And the top of their order will be due up in the bottom of the 11th. This has walk off written all over it.

    C’mon, Twins, do something… sigh … impossible.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m not getting a bit excited about that 11th run the Twins just scored. Not with the top of the order due up for the Phillies.

    But, PLEASE, hang on, Twins. Phils Phrighten me.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, the 12th and 13th runs by the Twins excite me a little. The Phils fans must be in absolute agony.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Phils lose. Howard K’s swinging to end their last scoring threat.

    :)
    :)
    :)

    Now they know how we felt third game of 2009.

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    Curt Says:

    Can’t lose on a day when the NL East goes 0-4.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, we can.

    But we don’t. :)

    Royals, meet.. the Troyals. (worse pun of the decade, and yep, I’m proud)

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    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.

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    Curt Says:

    Satisfying win.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Curt…that comment made me laugh out loud. Satisfying? FANTABULOUSLY SATISFYING!

  139. 139
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt types his comments with his pinky finger raised.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m listeing to the mlb gameday archive of the Phillies’ 9th inning. :)

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    Steve Says:

    Walking out of the Ted tonight there were lots and lots of folks breaking into the chant. And 39K in attendance. For the freaking Royals! Nice vibe going on at the home ballpark these days.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mara, going to see Toy Story 3 tomorrow. Jealous?

    (Phillies have a 5 run lead in the 9th. No way they lose this one….)

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    Steve Says:

    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.

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    Curt Says:

    Does anyone have any Grey Poupon?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Bub, very.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    [passes GP to Curt] Don’t get it on your plaid tie.

    Hey, I just realized I was talking… to Mara about tomorrow.

    Steve, that sounds awesome. Would love to see the crowds pick up and maybe secure us a deadline acquisition.

    Winning run in scoring position with Howard coming up in the bottom of the ninth. Makes me happy to realize he failed twice. :)

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    Curt Says:

    Saw Toy Story 3 today with the oldest kid. Just a wonderful, beautiful film. Really heart warming. Enjoy.

    I was pretty excited about the 39k crowd. It’s funny that I almost fear a mid season acquisition as it might screw the chemistry up on the team.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Passed a place called Maraville today. Who would stay there? Also passed Andrews Institute. Told him you guys said hello.

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    Anne Says:

    I can’t think that far – midseason acquisitions, I mean. I worry about tomorrow. Literally. Because Kawakami is pitching. Oh, well – we won the series, at least.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    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.

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    BluesMan Says:

    GREAT WIN Tonight!!!

    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.

    Peace all! FEAR THE CHOP SHOP!!! Night.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Braves are 38 – 18 when KK doesn’t pitch. Ouch.

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    Anne Says:

    At least he won’t be batting…right?

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    Steve Says:

    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.

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    Anne Says:

    Chip Caray (of all people) just reminded me: Happy Father’s Day, ABT dudes (including Ballpark Frank & Scott) In completely unrelated news, Scott: there’s something you & I need to talk about… ;-)

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    Steve Says:

    Love Prado’s steal. Bobby’s become very, very aggressive. It is heaven.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Happy Father’s Day to the Dads. Bub, TS 3 report?

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, agreed on Bobby’s aggressiveness. Almost makes up for the years of… well, almost.

    2 runs before 1st out recorded. Lol, Davies.

    Go Brave!!!!!

    Mara, leaving at 2:20 for the show.

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    Anne Says:

    Ballpark Frank = he’s what the ladies want.

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    Curt Says:

    After Boyer and Davies, whose next? Macay McBride? Tim Spooneybarger?

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    Anne Says:

    Rey King? (that’s all I can haul out)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    KK sucks.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Get this freaking clown out of the rotation. Sorry, but he just doesn’t have much. I won’t say he’s got nothing. But he don’t have much.

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    Anne Says:

    KK should be permanent LVP (w/McClouth – even though he’s on the DL) even if we win this thing.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yanks have bases loaded, no outs against Santana. Tex up.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Grand Slam Tex. Nice.

    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.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    We gave Kawakami 4.

    He gave the ‘Royals 5.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Poop! I can’t believe Kyle is beating KK.
    #ballparkfrank

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    Anne Says:

    Heh heh…Joe Simpson just said “Rusty Kuntz” on live TV and didn’t get censored.

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    Curt Says:

    Gotta score right now

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    Anne Says:

    They heard you, Curt. GO BRAVES!!!

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    Curt Says:

    And now I want a pony

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    Anne Says:

    I’m pretty sure they can muster up a UNICORN today!!

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    Curt Says:

    How refreshing to have the heart of your lineup filled with guys who can hit, sans Chipster

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    Curt Says:

    Now that was a satisfying win. Gaining more ground on the Mets and Phils in the process. Yippee

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Great game! Great win! Prado is a beast anywhere on the field!
    #ballparkfrankrocks

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Curt! Gotta find a better adj. than “satisfying”.

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    Bub Says:

    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.

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    Will Says:

    best record in NL!

    almost as good as Rankees!

    KILL! KILL! KILL!

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    Curt Says:

    Sublime?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Better.

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    Tcc Says:

    Go Braves!

    Curt, you keep calling ‘em like that and we’ll get you that pony!

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    Tcc Says:

    42-28=.600 Wow.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    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!
    #ballparkfrankisdabomb

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