August 22, 2010

Show #122: Derrek Lee Joins the Braves

Derrek up, Glaus down.  Chipper critiques TP.  Minor impresses.  And the late inning magic.


 

 

252 Responses to “Show #122: Derrek Lee Joins the Braves”

  1. 1
    Bubdylan Says:

    Scott, great to have you. Hope to hear you more often. You add a lot.

    Good show.

    I don’t know why I can’t get my mood straight toward the Braves. They are winning series after series again. And this time even winning 4-gamers instead of splitting, and that’s not easy. Won their last two series on the road, albeit to the Cubs and Houston. But I just keep waiting for the roof to cave in.

    It’s so weird. My hope meter, after a 5-2 week, has dropped. But I am proud of the team.

    Postseason hope meter: 8

    Division crown hope meter: 3

    One thing I am so excited about I can’t stand it: Mike Minor. His face when he gave up the 2 run homer today, was beyond his years. When I saw his expression, I was like, this isn’t going to be a big deal. He’s not going to be shaken by that at all. And he wasn’t. I love this kid, and love having a lefty in there.

    I’m not saying he’s going to be dominant. But I think he’s going to be extremely valuable and solid for a long time. And I think he’ll be the best 5th starter in baseball next year.

    Foul on swapping KK for Lowe. Derek Lowe is growing on me. The value we’re getting out of the three youngsters goes a long way towards softening the blow of 15 million spent on a .500 pitcher.

    I’m a little concerned that JJ’s and Hanson’s velocity were both down in Chicago, followed by Minor’s being normal, or even up. Watching with fingers crossed both of their next starts.

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    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    Great show! I agree about Lee’s bat waking up. How terrible to play against the Cubs in front of that faithful crowd and then on Lou’s last day. I cannot imagine how difficult. I missed the Chipper interview. I’m gonna have to try and track it down. Sounds very interesting.

    As far as the errors go…a lot of adjustments have been made to the infield. Could that have anything to do with it? Every guy plays a little differently right? Covers the bag a bit differently maybe.

    Finally, WHO KNEW Minor would be so spectacular? I mean that guy slipped under the radar didn’t he. I don’t know that I even heard his name mentioned until he was brought up. We should try to find somebody who will keep up with these guys in the minor’s to let us know who’s coming up…who looks good…who we should NEVER trade. Just saying… :)

    My post season hope meter is 8 until I watch Phillies highlights. Them I’m a 7. Curt, I cannot believe your 3 and 3 prediction! Where’s the love?

  3. 3
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Tonight’s lineup (8:40 pm SportSouth): Infante – 4 Heyward – 9 Prado – 5 Lee – 3 McCann – 2 Hinske – 7 Gonzalez – 6 Ankiel – 8 Hudson – 1

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, gonna channel all my willpower into one spot and skip tonight’s game so I can watch the condensed game tomorrow without knowing who won.

    That’s the way it’s gotta be to start the semester.

    I’ve only ever made it once before, to the condensed game without knowing the score (hey, that rhymed…), and it was the most exciting 15 minutes of my sports life. My heart was pounding with each at bat.

    If you don’t know what it is, mlb.com gives you the concluding pitch of every at bat in the game, and that’s all you get. So if it’s a strike out, you get strike 3. A walk, you get ball four. A homer, you get a homer. It’s baseball so fast I almost had a heart attack.

    But it’s got to be…. GOT TO BE… the baseball for Bub starting tomorrow. This literary criticism bidness is no joke. Taking my advisor as an instructor, gulp.

    If you’re the prayin’ kind, pray that I make it. Braves obsession can cause serious spiraling.

    Sigh, I wanna listen to the game tonight. :(

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I thought tonight was the night you were trying to stay up all night? Maybe tomorrow should be the night you should start only watching the condensed game and tonight should be the “party to end the summer of Bub” night. My kid has Pneumonia and I’ve been clung to and snorted on all day. I deserve an ABT friend on the board tonight. Am I helping?

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    Jimbo! Says:

    I was anticipating a lot hearing a lot of optimism on the show this week!
    Personally I’m feeling really good about the braves right now, 6-0 come on! =P (maybe a bit too optimistic but we are much better than the Rockies/ Marlins)

    - I feel we’ve got the best pitching in baseball our bullpen looks so good and the starting pitching has been just unbelievably good this year (especially finally not having KK in there!)

    - The batting has had me worried all year, but look at the line up now Omar is in there every day Prodo is back and we’ve got Lee rather than Gloss! that’s huge
    where are the week spots?? there are none Mccann is hitting very well lately seems like he’s got the eyes under control
    maybe we’re lacking a bit in Left and Center but we cant expect to have an all star caliber player in every position although we are close now

    -and a very strong bench

    Love listing to the show every week guys keep it up! =)

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Welcome Jimbo! I’m glad you think Mac’s hitting well. I was a little concerned about him the last couple games. Hasn’t been able to get the ball outta the infield. However, I tend to be a bit short sighted and am willing to be wrong.

    I don’t so much like the whole 8:40 start time.

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    Bub Says:

    Welcome, Jimbo. Glad to have you.

    Where’s Cledus, anybody know?

    Mara, I had to stay up LAST night b/c one of my text books was in low supply and I had to beat the crowd to the bookstore at 8am. So, I’m just about to drift off.

    Go Braves!!!

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    Jimbo! Says:

    Alright looking at Mac’s stats looks like I may have been wrong :/ haha
    he had a good July not so much this month

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Wake up BUB! Steve, can ABT invest in a shocking device that shocks the wearer anytime I end up talking to myself on the board? Like yesterday (not that I’m mad cause ya know I know there are lives to be lived). Everyone can take a shift. Hey…everyone can be assigned a series. Hammy should be given double time since he NEVER comments on the board.

    Where IS Cledus? If I kept emails I would know his address but I delete everything.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    haha! That was hilarious! Bub, I sure hope the condensed game shows you Gonzo’s “have a seat” play in the top of the second.

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    Curt Says:

    Astros up 3-2 going to the 9th. Phils have bottom of order due up

  13. 13
    Curt Says:

    Stros scored 2 in the 8th and held on to win 3-2

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    Steve Says:

    Hi Jimbo! Welcome to the board.

    I just see the Astros win as Huddy gives up the homer. Ugh. He has trouble in COL. C’mon boys!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    If Prado can hit a 2 run home run with a still healing pinkie you would think Ankiel, Gonzo and Lee can get a hit or two. Good at bats this game…surely they will start paying off. Go Astros!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Curses on Todd Helton.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I was just about to comment how I wish Ankiel would start hitting the ball! WAHOO!!!

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    Curt Says:

    Was really wanting a big hit from D Lee right there.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    bat was just ripped from Mac’s hands.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Two terrible strike calls. Anybody else worry when Prado grimaces every time he hits the ball?

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    Curt Says:

    He said in an interview that the pinky bothers him on a number of his swings

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    Curt Says:

    Huge hit from the Gonz

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Let’s keep Gonzo. I think I like him.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Why couldn’t Ankiel have homered there? Curt, does Prado’s pain worry you?

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    Curt Says:

    Ah, the neck high fastball. Ankiel’s kryptonite.

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    Curt Says:

    Given how recently he hurt it, no. I would be shocked if he didn’t have some pain. He doesn’t seem quite himself, but it’s better than the alternative. He’ll be fine.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Bobby! Get your rear out there! TERRIBLE UMPIRING!!! Shake it off Jonny.

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    Curt Says:

    Bobby, determined to run Venters squarely into the ground.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    He got shaken up. Gonzalez should not have been on 2nd. So mad at the Umps right now I could spit!

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    Jimbo! Says:

    The Umps want the Rockies to win?!
    Ripping my hair out

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I wish Jonny would have nailed Helton in the melon. ok…not really but I hope he cools off the next two games.

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    Curt Says:

    You knew that was coming.

  33. 33
    Curt Says:

    That blown call haunting us, not the head hunting

  34. 34
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I am seeing red!!!!!! Cannot believe that first pitch was a strike! Seriously, check that umps pockets after the game. Somebody’s paying him.

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    Curt Says:

    Hurts to lose such an important game on a blown call. Oh well. Gotta get back at it tomorrow.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Livid.

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    Jimbo! Says:

    Last couple innings the the strike zone expanded 4inch for the Rockies and did the opposite for the braves im so upset right now oh well
    and yea Mara I was waiting for Bobby to come out on awful call

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Big gigantic elephant poop.

  39. 39
    Mara Wanna Says:

    So mad I can’t sleep.

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    Anne Says:

    I’m so glad I WAS asleep. Go Braves!?

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    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    The Phillies also lost on a blown call. “Tic for Tac” as my sister says.

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    Bub Says:

    Well, that was an agonizing few minutes. Yeah, I did get to see Gonzalez’s “tome asiento” (have a seat). Very funny. The rest of the game: not as funny. :(

    Enjoyed watching the Philly condensed better, as they were ahead when I went to sleep. Philly got robbed big time on that base line call. Didn’t see the bad strikes on our game, as I only get the deciding pitch of each at-bat. Sounds like a good one to’ve missed.

    Seems like a lot of nothing from Lee so far, unless I missed something. It was a decet day from our other two formerly nothing acquisitions, though, so maybe there’s a delayed effect on all our pick ups.

    Go Braves!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Bub, you may also have missed the go ahead run “steal” 2nd in the 8th. He was way out.

  44. 44
    Bub Says:

    No, I saw that one. They also show steals, etc. Any play advancing or terminating a runner. It didn’t look to me like he was “way” out. But I thought he was out.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Maybe he was just out but at the time it felt WAY out.

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    Steve Says:

    Painful one last night. And my faith is Lowe is shaken after last start (which is kind of ridiculous, I know).

    Brad Hawpe just released. Insane how quickly he fell off a cliff. I’m not bringing this up to advocate he get picked up by the Bravos.

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    Anne Says:

    …but if he was, (you opened the door…) you guys could start the Hawpe Meter!

  48. 48
    Bub Says:

    *falls in love*

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    Steve Says:

    Anne – very, very nice.

  50. 50
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oh dear…now you’ve done it.

  51. 51
    Bub Says:

    She’ll be okay. Jodie Foster made it through…

    *cranks van*

  52. 52
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Just remember she has a fella…not to mention an Alan. Proceed with caution.

  53. 53
    Anne Says:

    …and an engagement ring. Did I mention? That’s new. Shhhhhh! Wedding is a ways away, but…

  54. 54
    Mara Wanna Says:

    How wonderful! Congrats! DM a pic for me K?

  55. 55
    Bub Says:

    That’s awesome news, Anne. Multi-mega-congrats!

    I would mention that a certain supposed juggernaut offense is being 2-hit through five innings by a certain 5+ERA pitcher, but I don’t want to jinx it.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Can we please win?

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    Curt Says:

    Rollins just homered with 2 outs in the 9th to tie it.

  58. 58
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I don’t think they run on Ankiel like they just did on Melky.

  59. 59
    Nate Says:

    D. Lowe and Hanson just can’t get any run support these days.

  60. 60
    Nate Says:

    Sutton made that one sound like it went really far. I wondered about Derek in this park.

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    Curt Says:

    It went far.

  62. 62
    Nate Says:

    Please get hot, Alex. Please.

  63. 63
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Thanks DIAZ! Gotta get a couple more. I don’t know much about the ‘stros pen but I’d put my money on the Phills.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I miss Ankiel.

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    Curt Says:

    Not sure I like where this night is headed

  66. 66
    Mara Wanna Says:

    double dawg damn

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    Nate Says:

    Yeah. You know it’s bad when Omar hits into 2 DPs. It feels like we haven’t had a lead in like a week. I know we got all over the Cubs on Sunday, but it just feels like we’re behind all the time now.

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    Nate Says:

    That extra inning game can’t be fun for Philly in the midst of their 24 games in 23 days.

  69. 69
    Curt Says:

    Ridiculous

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    Curt Says:

    More sloppy play. More unearned runs. A .246 batter. Come on

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    So now the Phillies will score and we will go down 123. Anybody else ready to go home?

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    Nate Says:

    Didn’t Mac do that with Wagner recently, too? I couldn’t see this one, but it sounded similar.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m worried about Mac. I think his eyes are a problem again. *que Bub*

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    Nate Says:

    Geez, Braves. Get it together.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Curt, if we get swept in CO I’m holding you personally responsible.

  76. 76
    Curt Says:

    looked like they got crossed up. it was inside and Barmes hacked at it. that game sucked

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m sad tonight but last night was worse.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    This is random but I just finished the book Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger. If you haven’t read it you absolutely must. Looks weird at first glance but trust me. Very special.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Laughing way outloud at the Sillies!

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    Curt Says:

    Yeah. Nice work Stros. Thanks for bailing us out again.

  81. 81
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Poor Ryan Howard. Can’t imagine how difficult it will be to shake off last night.

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    Anne Says:

    Thanks for the congrats, everybody – “Mara” – it’s SHINY! As soon as I find someone with a camera phone, I’ll tweet you, sure. You kids and your modern technology.
    Day game today…c’mon, Braves. You’ve got a day off tomorrow, and then you come home. Give it all you’ve got!

  83. 83
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Dudes…if you ever need to go jewelry shopping ask Anne’s fella for advice. Beautiful. In other news, looks like the boys are hitting today. Always more fun to watch.

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    Curt Says:

    Too late on all those fronts

  85. 85
    Mara Wanna Says:

    JJ’s getting beat up and more sloppy defense is making me nervous.

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    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    Curt…your wife doesn’t have birthdays? She doesn’t like to recognize your anniversary?

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    Jimbo! Says:

    Dear Braves please don’t blow this 10 run lead

  88. 88
    Curt Says:

    No.

    How awful is Peter Moylan? He’s useless.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Must get some runs back. Just for morale sake.

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    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    I remember you guys being in the press box for a game. Was that a special occasion or do you guys do that all the time? How?

    And the audio is working, musta been my laptop. Damn Geek squad!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oh look…Venters. Shocked.

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    Curt Says:

    JJ, that was Steve. It comes with a press pass. We have been lucky enough to get down to Turner Field and into the clubhouse maybe 10 times now. We get them through the Braves PR department. I have been down a couple of times and have not been able to stay to get up to the press box, but being in the clubhouse, and then the dugout during BP, is a pretty amazing experience.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    “Mama, were you alive when Babe Ruth played baseball?”. Yeah…I just got that question.

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    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    I’m sure that costs money and there is a age requirement… Darn. Thanks for the info!

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    Jimbo! Says:

    Hutson, Hanson, Venters and Wagner are all sporting some great beards I love it

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    Curt Says:

    Just run Venters into the ground

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    Curt Says:

    That’s awesome. 2 innings? 2 walks? 2 runs? Thanks Bobby.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m done. Can’t watch.

  99. 99
    Curt Says:

    No cost. Not sure about the age requirement

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    Curt Says:

    Farnsworth?? Braves have lost 6 of 8 games he has appeared in, BTW

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    Curt Says:

    And now I am done. What a complete and total joke.

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    Jimbo! Says:

    any one else want to puke right now?
    and yea why would be bring fransworth in with anything less than a 5 run lead!?

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    Nate Says:

    So frustrating. Are we the Mets?

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    Jimbo! Says:

    I was thinking the same Nate
    GAH! >:/

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    Bub Says:

    Bobby Cox is freaking retarded. I’m glad I tuned in late for this one. I’m nauseated just thinking what it would have been like to see that ending after watching them leading 10-1.

    What a jerk. He literally damages relievers’ careers. I’m glad as hell he’s leaving. I wish he were gone right now. I care nothing at all about the Braves doing well for “Bobby’s Last Year.” I hope they do well, but don’t give one crap about him having a legacy. Get out of town, Bob. Arm-wrecker.

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    Bub Says:

    Seriously, this was the Escobar floptoss to Glaus for me and Bobby Cox. Done with him.

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    Anne Says:

    At a celebratory gathering for ME, I watched the bar TVs…and suddenly today isn’t such a celebratory day. For shame.

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    Curt Says:

    Nonsense Anne. You deserve your celebration.

    And Bub, beyond the crime that is Venters, he left JJ in to get hammered and really had no plan when it all blew up. I know I am prone to hyperbole, but that was quite possibly the most disgraceful thing I have ever seen. He has no clue.

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    Curt Says:

    Look at what JJ has done on the road this year. He’s awful. Get him out of there when he starts to struggle so profoundly. Bring in Martinez. ANYTHING.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    You have GOT to be kidding me.

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    Jimbo! Says:

    Phillies LOSE

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    Curt Says:

    Dodged another bullet – and also blew a chance to gain a game.

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    Steve Says:

    Jimbo! – first and foremost, YES. Phillies lose. It’s my mantra tonight and it’s very successfully bringing down my blood pressure.

    Anne – holy cuss! Congratulations. That is terrific, terrific news.

    I think the ridiculous use of Farnsworth today is important for Bobby. He’s got to bust through his blind devotion to a guy to where he gets to his unreasonable distrust of a guy. Like he did with KK and Chavez. He’s got to be only 2 or 3 more disastrous appearances by Farnsworth away from that point.

    JJ – I’ll be back in the clubhouse/pressbox this coming Tuesday the 31st. Hopefully I’ll get some good interviews and I’ll be tweeting from the pressbox that night as well. If you don’t follow us on Twitter (our account is typically manned by Curt, who does a tremendous job) we’re @atlbaseballtalk.

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    Bub Says:

    lol, Happy beat Halladay. What a sucky week atop the NL East leaderboard. Is New York getting close yet? I don’t want to look.

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    Curt Says:

    Cincy also blew a 10-1 lead today. Beware the NL.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Jays beat the Yanks, angels beat the Rays, Astros over Phillies, Pirates over Cards (thanks to bad 3rd base coaching) and then that other game I can’t stand to mention. Weird baseball day.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Atlanta Braves (Official Site) >> Lowe tired of coming out on short end http://buzztap.com/-q0pj95

    Well bless his pea pickin heart and love his bones…poor fella.

  118. 118
    Curt Says:

    Atlanta Baseball Talk (Official Site) >> Braves fans tired of Lowe losing his starts

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    Anne Says:

    Steve – #113 – I love that you reference Fantastic Mr. Fox like that.

    I looked at the Marlins web site to see if I could find something to look forward to (ie weaknesses for the weekend series…) but I’m not seeing much. They run as hot & cold as we do.

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    Curt Says:

    One warning: the Marlins signed Wes Helms to an extension

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Wed Helms should be intentionally walked every single at bat.

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    Curt Says:

    Astros 4 – Phils 0 in the top of the 4th

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    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    Wed as well as his twin brother Wes.

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    Curt Says:

    4-1 top of the 7th

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    Curt Says:

    how bout them Astros. All that and we gain .5 game. Eat it Phils.

  126. 126
    Anne Says:

    Pardon me while I compose a Thank You Note to the Astros.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I might be in love with the Astros…each and every one. It’s one thing to get swept by the Rockies in CO. A 4 game sweep by the Astros in PA? Completely different bird.

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    Steve Says:

    Mara – well said. As short on self-esteem as we’re feeling as Braves fans right now, how do you think the Phillies fans are feeling. Just thinking about it is making me feel better already.

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    Bub Says:

    “I have to do my job, whatever position I’m given,” Kawakami said Wednesday through his interpreter.

    When asked if he was disappointed, Kawakami said, “No, I’m not disappointed. It’s another important job.”

    Can we please have some take-backs by the pair of you who believe in the face of all contrary evidence that KK has some secret dark side that’s causing ripples behind the scenes? The guy has simply had the classiest reactions possible to questionable treatment by the organization. I mean, not even an “I’m disappointed but it’s okay.” Not even sure Dale Murphy outclasses this guy.

    Just to join the chorus, can’t believe the Phillies got swept at home by the Royless Astros. I mean, if you’re gonna suffer the most agonizing sweep imaginable on the road, they picked the only decent time to do it. Still fuming at C*x, though. I hope Venters isn’t in Dr. Andrews’ office this time next year.

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, that was only one of us. His name ryhmes with Cam.

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    Nate Says:

    Strasburg is going to have Tommy John. That really, really sucks for the Nats and baseball. That poor kid was so hyped.

  132. 132
    Nate Says:

    Significant tear in UCL…

  133. 133
    Curt Says:

    Just heard that. Terrible news.

  134. 134
    Steve Says:

    That really is awful news. Hate it for him and for the Nationals franchise. What a blow.

    Back to the KK thing, it was not only Ham (which I understand, because he’s crazy and actually follows the Marlins) but also Scott last week, who should really know better. Bub – I agree with you. He’s been a class act.

  135. 135
    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    Steve,

    Yea, I follow you guys. I remember we were arguing over whose rally cap caused the Chipper Jones HR in the second game of the season on twitter…

    I’m gunna miss him.

  136. 136
    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    Steve,

    Do you have an email?

  137. 137
    Anne Says:

    Gettin’ ready to head to The Ted. Go Braves!!

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    Kate Says:

    Braves lineup: 1. Infante 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Prado 3B, 4. McCann C, 5. Lee 1B, 6. Hinske LF, 7. Gonzalez SS, 8. Ankiel CF, 9. Hanson P

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    Anne Says:

    Alan’s acting like he’s happy for me, but I think he’s holding back the tears. Marlins BP about over. Go Braves!!

  140. 140
    Anne Says:

    “Biggest Loser” contestants Heba and Ed are the big deal at the park tonight. It’s Fitness Night…which reminds me to get a brat and another beer.

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    Anne Says:

    Geez.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Yikes.

  143. 143
    Anne Says:

    It is literally five degrees cooler now than 8 minutes ago @ first pitch. Creepy.

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    Anne Says:

    Chipper in uniform and with the fellas at the dugout rail. Nice to see.

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    Anne Says:

    Nobody will believe me, but before the game I saw Tommy trot out toward the bullpen and I thought, He doesn’t seem prepared…is he even pitching tonight? Something’s up. Preoccupation with something. His birthday tomorrow…who knows. He needs to shake it or sit the heck down.

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    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    For your season predicting pleasure:

    http://fewproudbrave.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/braves-vs-phillies.png?w=506&h=783

    If the Braves go 18 – 17, the Phillies must go 21 – 14 to tie…

    Optimism.

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    Curt Says:

    What the hell? Get ready to play guys. Come on. Phillies have to go to SD and face Latos and we had a damn day off. Get it together and make a move here

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    Nate Says:

    Good grief.

  149. 149
    Bub Says:

    Hey guys. Just checking in. Class kicking my tail. Something’s kicking Hanson’s tail, I see. I just got here, so I can’t properly complain, but … what the crap?

    I swear, I’m leaning toward hoping we back into the playoffs and just get a taste so that next year we can make a real run. It sounds like the Phils and Braves made a deal with each other to take a little vacation or something. *Avoids multi-millionaire soap box* … I know you’re proud.

    Yeah, I thought Scott (whom I really enjoyed listening to) echoed Pig Meat’s paranoid KK vision (said with a smile). I just don’t see it. It’s ironic to me that in a culture of spoiled athletes, the guy who says all the right things and takes his knocks like a man gets accused of being *secretly* a personality problem to the organization. I mean, it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities, but with all the right-out-loud whiners in MLB, I’ve got nothing but love for a guy who comes here, swears to “put his soul in his pitches,” flops, and then goes right about his business of helping any way he can. He even addressed the “I didn’t come here to be a reliever” remark with what only makes sense as the truth: that he didn’t say that with any feeling. I understood what he meant instantly.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Thanks Curt…always makes me feel better when you’re swearing.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    The Rev warned me. He said, “Ya know Hanson’s gonna have to give up 2 to 5 runs in the first two innings.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Ok…seriously. I need an explanation. Why is this happening?

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    Anne Says:

    Curt, remind us all again: What’s better than losing? I forget.

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    Bub Says:

    Hey, Rev, Tommy can stink late in games, too. Don’t sell ‘im short… :(

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    Bub Says:

    See ya, Bravos. I’d rather do math than this.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    WHY?????? What the hell is happening to Tommy freaking Hanson? I’m about to say very ugly words!

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    Jimbo! Says:

    ah this sucks

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    In the next podcast I expect to hear how the team doesn’t trust Hanson, how they just don’t score runs for him, how he pitches some good and some bad — along the lines of how you dissed KK…

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    So, for next year, who do we need to get besides Ugla and Helms so we don’t have to face them?

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    Bub Says:

    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.

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    Jimbo! Says:

    Hanson is like 5467658 times better than KK

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    Curt Says:

    I’ve been forced into watching the pre-season Falcons game. Snore

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    Bub Says:

    I broke down and bought some White Stripes. Am I young now?

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    Curt Says:

    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.

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, which album?

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    Bub Says:

    TWS. Their Debut. I knew it was rawer, to a fault for some people, but I wanted to start on the first rung. I love it. I’ve played it 3 times today.

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    Bub Says:

    “Steve and I could not have been more supportive of him.”

    True. And earlier in the season, I actually thought you guys thought a little too much of him, as far as his pitching goes.

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    Bub Says:

    I hope Philly wins tonight. I’m tired of the suspense. I want to see what this club does with their asses over the fire.

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    Bub Says:

    Okay, really going. Mood spoiling by the pitch… g’night ABT. Go Falcons.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Why am I still watching this game? I have the PBS documentary “War” waiting on Netflix…why am I not watching that?

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    Curt Says:

    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.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    That’s why…thanks J-Hey.

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    Anne Says:

    It’s no better when you’re back home on your couch. Oh, well, there’s always tomorrow…

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    Steve Says:

    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.

    JJ, my email is: steve@atlantabaseballtalk.com

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    Steve Says:

    Dammit. Phils win.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    According to Sportacular we should win and the Phillies should lose. Although the Phillies shouldn’t have been swept by the Astros and Hanson should never have given up four freaking homers.

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    Anne Says:

    If the boys are gonna play like they did last night, they deserve the loss and have been lucky lucky lucky. That said – will witness another live and in person game tonight. Go Braves!!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Infante – 4 Heyward – 9 Prado – 5 Mccann – 2 Lee – 3 Diaz – 7 Gonzalez – 6 Cabrera – 8 Hudson – 1

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    Anne Says:

    Diaz t-shirt it is, then. Thanks for the line-up.

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    Anne Says:

    A little fall of rain as Marlins BP ends. Go Braves!!

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    Anne Says:

    Braves source who shall remain nameless tells me Jim Powell tells him that Fredi Gonzalez will be our Manager next year. Truth or wild conjecture…dunno.

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    Anne Says:

    “Mara,” Martin is jumpin’ around and stretching particularly for you this evening. I can tell.

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    Anne Says:

    Bullpen gang head toward it: Farnsworth a good 10′ ahead of all of them. Good fences make good neighbors.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    *swoon*

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    Curt Says:

    Phillies 1.5 back and in the clubhouse

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    Anne Says:

    Ugglas has St. Vitus Dance in the batter’s box. Hilarious.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Anne, hope ya brought your umbrella. Obviously, Prado misses me.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Chip drives me crazy. “Line drive” became “sinking line drive caught at the knees”. Sank right along with my heart.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    O Infante! Love the hustle!

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    Anne Says:

    Take a look at Melky’s batting helmet next time he’s up: looks like he got out the gold glitter glue and fancied up the “A.”. In other news: we just batted around. NICE. Go Braves!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Really? He bedazzled his batting helmet?

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    Curt Says:

    Women

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    …are smarter than men. :)

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    Anne Says:

    You tell me – they only show ‘em for so long on the Big Screen.
    Curt – jealousy is unbecoming.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Question Curt…did you just figure out how to reply to tweets? I used to ask questions or make comments all the time and ya know what I got? Nothing! What’s your excuse?

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    Curt Says:

    Apparently its jealousy.

    The honest answer is that the Twitter iPhone app is so much better than plain old Twitter and it’s much easier to find and respond to tweets through it. I promise I will respond to any and all tweets you send me from this point forward

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    There’s that patience we were missing.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Prado bedazzled his shoulders with his bat.

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    Anne Says:

    Why is Lee out and Hinske in…anyone?

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    Steve Says:

    Anne – the TV guys have no idea on why Lee left. I thought that he winced on a swing in his last at bat. But I wasn’t sure.

    Bless this big lead, by the way.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Mild right side strain Anne.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve should broadcast games.

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    Steve Says:

    But he’s expected to play tomorrow (Lee, that is).

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    Steve Says:

    There is a LOT of hugging in the dugout tonight. Great to see.

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    Anne Says:

    A TON of people here tonight. Kids run the bases post-game tonight instead of tomorrow, thanks to the Kutless concert.

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    Steve Says:

    I feel I must address the elephant in the room. We were leading 10 – 1 in CO this past Wednesday. I’m a little worried.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Haha, Steve, the Rev just implied that the game was over and I was very quick to correct him. No need to displease the gods.

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    Curt Says:

    1. We ain’t in CO
    b. Hudson is pitching
    3. It’s the Marlins pen

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    Anne Says:

    McCann out because…

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    Curt Says:

    ….day game tomorrow, probably

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Huddy is fabulous!

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    Anne Says:

    Did they show him waving his cap to the crowd? 1500 SOs AND 13Ks in the same game?!?!! Sweet.

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    Anne Says:

    I’m gonna stop asking about new players – eberybody who comes in does something great.

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    Anne Says:

    Steve, the elephant salesman called…he now has one available.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Don’t hate, Steve.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    #215 I mean be happy for the kid in the first row LF seat who caught Martin’s homer.

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    Steve Says:

    In case you can tune in, I’m going to be on Sports Talk with Richard Cross to talk Braves this Monday, August 30, just after 5:15pm Eastern. The segment will be around 10 minutes. To listen to it live, go to: http://www.sportstalkkrc.com. On the right side of the page is a Listen Live link. I don’t think the segment will be archived, so listening to it live will likely be the only option.

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    Anne Says:

    Holy crap, steve – DRIVE TIME!! That’s awesome. Congrats to you & ABT!

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    Nate Says:

    Steve, that’s huge. I’ll definitely listen to that.

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    Nate Says:

    That didn’t take long. When he’s up we’re done.

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    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    Lowedemort strikes again.

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    Nate Says:

    The Marlins’ announcers make a good point that having Lowe follow Hudson in the rotation is not the smartest of moves. By doing so, you have a very mediocre sinker-baller following a dominant sinker-baller. Notice the Marlins are all over these Lowe pitches after dealing with Hudson last night.

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    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    I like the boo birds.

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    Nate Says:

    28 pitches, 16 of them balls. Come on Derek. Get it together.

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    Nate Says:

    37 pitch first inning.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Anne, did you wear your bikini top to the ballpark again? Put your shirt on before any Braves players have to leave the field due to heart palpitations.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Take Lowe out!

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    Nate Says:

    Fortunately they have some outs in the bottom of the order. This game has Martinez and Farnsworth written all over it.

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    Nate Says:

    4 yrs/ 60 million. Really, Frank? Really? You ever wake up regretting that move. I bet you do.

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    Nate Says:

    1-5. Are we in a playoff race?

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    Nate Says:

    This week feels like the Summer of ’08 Braves.

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    Nate Says:

    All the while, Bobby calmly picks his nose and cleans his ears in the dugout…

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    Steve Says:

    What an ugly start. This weeks feels so different dependent on the outcome of this game. Awful.

    So, I put an incorrect link in last night. The link to the radio station is actually:

    http://www.sportstalkrc.com/

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    This game is poop.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    If we want to win, we are going to have to start hitting the ball…ya know…with the bat. Oh, and stop letting the other team load the bases.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Matty D!

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    Steve Says:

    5 straight balls to start the 9th. C’mon, boys.

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    Steve Says:

    Heaven. Anne – can you breathe?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Yeah baby!!!!!

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    Nate Says:

    There should be a law that Diaz has to play every inning against the Fish. The Marlins’ announcers can’t believe he doesn’t play every game against them either.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Anne may have just ripped off her bikini top.

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    Nate Says:

    Did Anne survive that game tying Matte Diaz homer?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Come on Martin! End it!

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    Nate Says:

    Ball.Game. What a week.

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    Bub Says:

    AWESOME!!! Tuned in just in time.

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    Bub Says:

    I wonder if that’s the first ever walk off homer decided by replay. Anyone know?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oh that was a fun one!

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    Steve Says:

    What a weird and wonderful slow motion win with the replay. And the drama of the ump coming back out, smiling, pointing at Mac and then signaling homer. What a win. If that game 3 in Colorado was possibly the end of the season, then today is possibly the total resurrection of it. Joy, joy, and more joy.

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    Bub Says:

    Steve, good post.

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    Steve Says:

    For those that don’t have the local TV feed, they interviewed Mac after the game. He was asked what he was thinking while standing on 2nd. He said he knew it was a homer because of how it sounded. Said the ball doesn’t sound like that when it hits the yellow pad at the top of the wall. Fascinating stuff. I really have chills about this one.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve, is there no way to listen to the interview later? I have a coffee date. Plus it would be really cool to add to the ABT website.

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    Steve Says:

    Hey Mara – I don’t think so. Unless it gets archived on their website, which remains to be seen.

    New show is coming. Interview with DOB. Great stuff from him. It’ll be up in about an hour.

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