Mark, Hanson is 19 – 13 with a 3.24 ERA coming into tonight, and is 23 years old.
KK is a veteran, 8-21, with a 4.17 ERA, and struggling in Gwinnett. I’m with you on a general lack of respect for Kawakami (not by this podcast more than by any other Atlanta media I’ve seen), but they are such different players in terms of both career performance and career potential. It’s hard to pretend they deserve the same level of patience.
I encourage everyone to listen to the KK show again. Aside from avowed Braves hater Ham, Steve and I could not have been more supportive of him. In every conceivable facet. My opinion of him has not changed at all. Nor has it changed of Tommy Hanson.
They’re really great. Great diversity with their songs. White Blood Cells is a really fine album too. And they don’t get too polished. They do pick up a bassist by Elephant, I think, but they are terrific.
Was out all night with the family at Six Flags. But could not believe what I kept seeing on my Blackberry as I checked the score. And now to read the game story and see all the homers given up. I mean, it was so bad that Bobby couldn’t even sugar coat Hanson’s performance. Not the way to start this homestand. Phillies/Padres tied in the 10th. C’mon Padres.