Wow, another great get, guys. That was a lot of fun to listen to. Second in candid details only to Javy. Loved the Lasorta anecdote.
Hard to decide where to put the inside scoop on Bobby. To be honest, it cemented a couple of things I don’t like about Cox. But the language he used to describe a team of good players sort of self-managing unless something bad came up made me wonder if that might not be a reasonable way to manage good players after all. In other words, while I feel safe in assuming Bobby has been a detriment to the non-great Braves teams, maybe I can cut him some slack on the lack of championships during the run.
… then I recall he’s the latest to confirm the X’s and O’s shortcomings of Sir Bob.
No, he surely stinks. Bob, that is, not Sid.
Encouraging to hear that Sid feels well taken care of alumni-wise. Maybe after Glav’s and Smoltzy’s #’s are retired and Chipper retires, and Bobby… maybe some year soon it will be more greatly understood and more functions and pomp will arise.
Again, great job with the interview. Went after the juicy stuff with great tact.
Loved the interview…both actually. I was hoping you would ask Conrad about his lack of batting gloves. Did he ever wear them? I know he wears them when it’s cold now but has he gone through stints where he tried them and didn’t like them? Could he just not afford them early in his career? Also sad his wife missed the grand slam. Speaking of wives…I really hope that rumor link about the Wertleys isn’t true.
What will be worse for Cleveland sports fans, LeBron going to Miami or watching their former starting rotation in the WS again? Curt, LeBron is definitely a coward. He should never be mentioned in the same sentence as MJ.
As for the Yankees, can we really be that surprised. I assumed Lee and Crawford would be wearing pinstripes in 2011, but it looks like Lee will put his on a little earlier than Carl. I’m with Ham, at least he didn’t go to the Mets or Sillies. I would rather the Braves get Willingham at the deadline. I can’t wrap my head around the thought of the Braves actually having a real clean up hitter (Dunn).
Eric Stangel (Head Writer & Executive Producer) for late Show with David Letterman) Tweeted the following: :”Keeping my two year old daughter up to see the LBJ special. I want her to see the exact moment our society hit rock bottom”
Kate, I don’t really see that this is a great deal at all. Cliff Lee is a top-8 starter in the majors. With life left in his career. He is a proven commodity. Seattle is getting the top prospect from the Yankees farm system, which is one of the thinnest in baseball. The Mariners should demand more. They are dumping him. Hate to go back to it, but the Rangers have two all stars coming out of the Tex trade. Cliff Lee is a player that could make them the clear favorite to win the WS and more importantly the Rays were hot for him and that knocks them back. The Mariners are lessening their demands when they could be increasing them.
Mariners say no thanks. Reds? Rangers? Boy it’s nice to not need pitchers. Curt, do the Yankees really need a farm system? Can’t they just let everyone else develope players and buy them seasoned instead of grow them?
And yes, Esco’s lazy toss to first was enraging. I was somewhat surprised that Bobby didn’t pull him right then. He’s really lucky that Glaus was able to stay in (and by lucky I mean that I would have been even more mad).
You gotta wonder if Frenchy is going to the bench permanently if/when Beltran comes back. If I were Manuel I would leave Pagan in the starting lineup. Frency is the king of killing scoring opportunities.
Bub – I’m with you. My patience is really wearing thin. I never got that wound up last year with his stuff. But tonight, watching that looping, lazy throw to Glaus, followed by Glaus grabbing his wrist in agony – something in me snapped.
After every game, Bobby & Chino hit the showers and argue about Yunel: “That kid just infuriates me, but my shins hurt too much to climb up three steps and pull him from the game. Pass the Pert.” “Cut the boy some slack, Jefe… Can you get my back?”
Maybe he’s depressed since he lost his frosted tips. At this point, Infante should play everyday whether it be in LF, 3B, SS, or CF. I agree with Manuel that having him and Prado 1 and 2 is like having two Polancos. IMO, Heyward should probably hit 5th or 6th when he gets back. Also, why do we need McOut back, and who goes when he’s back? I’m sure McOut is a decent human being, but I would not be upset if he was just cut or traded for a player to be named later.
Catching up on Tweets and that capital guy pointed out Frenchy got 4 outs in 6 pitches. Pulling a Frenchy is anything completely antiproductive. I think yesterday was also the anniversary of his trade wasn’t it?
Steve, that’s uncanny that you snapped then. Me, too. I’d built up a fairly proud resistance to disliking Yunel considering how fickle I am. I’ve spent a lot of words defending him, reminding fans we don’t have any Milton Bradleys or Manny’s or even Hanleys. And reminding myself that Yunel wears everything on his sleeve to the point of it being endearing.
But this week the quote from that NL scout affirming that it really is his reputation now to be petulant with is expressions and body language, and that he thinks he’s better than he is… wore my resistance thin. And that Florida article saying Hanley was “Channeling His Inner Escobar”… and then that play that literally hurt the team by hurting a player… I’m done with him.
Steve, Hammy, and Curt — with the July 31 trade deadline approaching, what trades do you think the Braves should make? Who would, or wouldn’t, you trade?
This is probably just a crazy trade idea, but I wonder if Wren and co. would consider trading Derek Lowe. Even though he’s been pitching very well and the strength of this team is the starting rotation, I also think that clearing his remaining salary would help for the future. I wonder if a Lowe-for-Magglio Ordonez trade might be a possibility. It’d be a money-for-money swap, but it would also be something helpful for both teams.
About that starting pitching of ours, I did some research on the last 15 starts of the Braves, Phils, and Mets, to get a peek at how the starting rotations are trending since ours started to gel.
Over the last 15 starts (3 for each starter): Mets starters have allowed 3 or fewer runs 8 times. Phillies have done it 9 times. Braves have done it 11 times.
Over those same 15 starts, Mets starters have allowed 2 or fewer runs 5 times, Phils 5 times, Braves NINE times. That’s right, 2 or fewer runs given up by Braves starters 9 out of their last 15 outings.
Lastly, adding up all the runs given up by starters over the last 15 starts, Phils have allowed 48, Mets have allowed 48, Braves: 29. Twenty-nine runs allowed by our starters across 15 outings.
Remember when Wren said we’re going back to a Rotation-First philosophy? I think the man’s dream is coming true.