August 30, 2010

Show #123: Our Interview with David O’Brien of the AJC

DOB talks about it all:  the late inning magic, Chipper’s injury, the Yunel trade, KK, the starting pitching and much, much more.


 

 

240 Responses to “Show #123: Our Interview with David O’Brien of the AJC”

  1. 1
    Steve Says:

    I can’t stop watching the replay of McCann’s homer and, especially, the home plate celebration. It’s interesting, after hearing DOB talk about Hinske and his leadership on the team, there he is, front and center at home plate, the first one to start jumping up and down.

  2. 2
    Danny Says:

    I needed that comeback. For some reason, it boosted my hope meter much more than the blowout on the previous night.

  3. 3
    Runnin Says:

    Great podcast boys. Best of the year. You should have DOB on more often. He always sounds like he’s hyped up on about a pot of coffee. Man, that guy can talk. And knows the Braves as well as any writer. I’d like a ringside seat if he and Smoltz go mano a mano on any subject.

    And great stuff about the Braves clubhouse chumminess. Hinske is built like a Mac truck. Whatever he says, I follow. How many WS has he been to? Glad to hear that someone is willing to fill that leadership void.

  4. 4
    Steve Says:

    Runnin – thanks for the kind words. It was a fun show to do.

    Danny – I’m with you. That win heartened me so much yesterday. Hopefully to be fortified with a decisive win tonight.

  5. 5
    Ham Says:

    It’s amazing how much a few good swings of the bat can completely rectify a horrible week’s worth of bad swings (and defense, and pitching, and managing, etc.)

    Isn’t it exciting just to be relevant again, much less still in first place?! I know that we have blown some big games, but considering our injuries and our division, every day in first place is an accomplishment.

  6. 6
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Who’s this Ham guy? Anyway, my highschool boyfriend rear-ended my mom one time. It was smart of you to enter a legally binding relationship first. Sure hope DOB’s Lee predictions are on target. Steve, coffee date cancelled so I’ll get to listen to the interview. I know…I’m your favorite. Just don’t tell Bub. He’ll cry.

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    Anne Says:

    Will be at The Ted tonight after a day away…but not my usual play-by-play self. Go Braves!!

  8. 8
    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    Oh sad. Why no play by play?

  9. 9
    Ham Says:

    Mara – I had obligations. Sorry. i am back. I’ll write more. I promise.

  10. 10
    Curt Says:

    Ham had in-laws to cripple

  11. 11
    Nate Says:

    Good show, guys. It is really fun to listen to DOB talk about the Braves. Two of my favorites have been this one and the Spring Training show when y’all had him on.
    My playoff hope meter is about an 8. I honestly think both the Braves and Phillies will make the playoffs. I just hope we win our division and get home filed advantage because our team is not so good on the road. Still a lot of baseball left.

    Does anyone know who’s pitching Thursday? I think it’s Huddy, but I’m not sure.

  12. 12
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Holy crap! Steve’s so awesome!

  13. 13
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Ooo…I’m liking Richard’s camera. How about it ABT? You guys need a podcast video. Or do you guys have faces for radio?

  14. 14
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Nicely done!!!

  15. 15
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I may have changed my min on the video. Now it’s kinda creeping me out. Pretty sure Richard just winked at me.

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    Anne Says:

    Hammy – so, the cool, sweet people my boyfriend’s parents are today…doesn’t stay forever?? Crumb.

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    Anne Says:

    Huddy IS Thursday, Nate. The friend I’m taking called me specifically today all excited about it.

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    Nate Says:

    Awesome. I’ll be there. I love watching Hudson pitch live. He reminds me of a couple of guys we used to have back in the 90′s.

  19. 19
    Nate Says:

    ESPN showed only 2 Venezuelans in their pre-game, Brave montage. I give them a 5 out of 10 because a shot of Martin was not in it. The stadium looks kinda empty…

  20. 20
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Stadium looks WAY empty. Embarrassing. They didn’t mention Prado?

  21. 21
    Hammy Says:

    Proud of our boy, Steve. He made all of look professional. Now let’s see if JJ can follow suit. Getting out of this inning would be a good start.

  22. 22
    Hammy Says:

    all of “us” that is.

    Or all of America.

  23. 23
    Nate Says:

    Mara, he didn’t have a photo or video clip in the montage. I was disappointed.

  24. 24
    Nate Says:

    It’s time for us to start playing Daddy in this division. The Braves are just better.

  25. 25
    Nate Says:

    Settin’ the table. I like it.

  26. 26
    Nate Says:

    That took a horrible hop at the last instant. Tough luck.

  27. 27
    Nate Says:

    Jason hit that ball really, really HARD.

  28. 28
    Steve Says:

    Heyward absolutely crushed it. I get an extra little perverse thrill when Frenchy watches, helpless, as a Heyward homer sails over his headd.

  29. 29
    Nate Says:

    Francouer just got an up close look at why he lost his job…

  30. 30
    Nate Says:

    Wow, Steve, same channel.

  31. 31
    David O'Brien Says:

    Hi folks. Pleasure doing the interview with the fellas. Just wanted to correct myself, when I mentioned Dan Kolb, I meant to say Bob Wickman. My apologies to Kolb, in case this ever got back to him.

    It was Wickman who was thrown under the bus by teammates after he got released. Kolb was actually a good guy, just didn’t have a closer mentality. But Wickman?

    Uh, well….

  32. 32
    Steve Says:

    DOB – thanks for chiming in and setting the record straight.

    Nice to see JJ settle down there, by the way.

  33. 33
    Curt Says:

    It would be nice if Heyward got his power stroke back

  34. 34
    Mara Wanna Says:

    How good does a run against Acosta feel?

  35. 35
    Jimbo! Says:

    I like Brian McCann

  36. 36
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Double blast…had I known DOB was gonna grace us with his virtual presence I would have asked him how awesome he thinks the Avett Brothers are. On a scale from 1 to 1000. I bet he’d say 999.

    In other news…J-Hey is boosting my hope meter.

  37. 37
    Steve Says:

    To check out the radio appearance from this afternoon, go to http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/9254026, and scroll to the 1:13:11 mark.

  38. 38
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Poetry…poor Frenchy.

    Seriously, Steve, nice job today.

  39. 39
    Steve Says:

    Mara – thanks, I appreciate it.

    Great win tonight. Beating up on an inferior pitcher and team like we should. And Heyward and Mac continue to heat up. Ah, what a few days and wins can do.

  40. 40
    Steve Says:

    The Phils are hitless through 5. Losing 2 – 0. C’mon Dodgers.

    MLB Network just did a live look in on the Nats/Marlins game in Florida. My God, there are about 8 people in that stadium tonight. Just crazy.

  41. 41
    Bub Says:

    Braves are 17-11 this month. .607 winning percentage. Who knew?

  42. 42
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Where you been Alicious?

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    Bub Says:

    Schooooool. I can count in Babylonian and Egyptian, yo. If anyone asks you who the hell would base a number system on 60, the answer is the Babylonians would. No wonder that whole tower thing failed.

    Speaking of failed, Halladay loozed.

  44. 44
    Steve Says:

    3 games up. That jump from 2 to 3 feels much more comfortable. And gotta love Halladay taking a loss. And Kendrick is up next for the Phils, which is also hopeful.

  45. 45
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I can’t believe the Phillies didn’t score. What is going on with them?

  46. 46
    Steve Says:

    Howard can’t hit since returning from the DL. Ditto for Utley. Victorino is the only one hitting right now. For all the concern we have about our offense, it certainly has more productive hitters right now than Philly.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Watching “Quick Pitch” on MLB and laughing at Meds. Did anybody else see his little dance after J-Hey’s hay maker over the RF wall? He did a little robot dance to the stadium music as Heyward runs the bases. Another reminder of the fun this team is having. The guys were watching him like he just lost a bet.

  48. 48
    Anne Says:

    Last night’s game was indeed poorly attended…and indeed great. I’ll be back there tonight, this time thumbs at the ready with ridiculous commentary. Yes – my thanks added to DOB for both the interview time and for popping up here in comments. I’ll try to watch my language.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Today’s lineup (7:10 Peachtree TV): Infante 4 Heyward 9 Prado 5 Lee 3 Diaz 7 Gonzalez 6 Cabrera 8 Ross 2 Minor 1

  50. 50
    Steve Says:

    I’m here at the ballpark with a press pass today. There’s a stage set up behind the pitcher’s mound. I’ll try to find out what it’s about. I see Carroll Rogers here in the press box – no DOB on the beat today.

    Heading down to the clubhouse. More later here and on Twitter throughout the day and during the game.

  51. 51
    Nate Says:

    Steve, you’re such a rock star.

  52. 52
    Anne Says:

    Agreed, Nate. Steve has it all.

  53. 53
    Steve Says:

    The stage was for team picture.

  54. 54
    Steve Says:

    Lots of high fives and fist bumps for both McLouth and Glaus here today.

  55. 55
    Anne Says:

    Alan (my Usher) has been saying for the past few days that Glaus will be the pivotal guy for the team going to the playoffs. Each time he says it, I blink, try to keep a straight face, then burst out laughing. My Glaus ceiling is low, but I don’t know what Alan knows that we don’t.

  56. 56
    Curt Says:

    Ah, picture day. My old nemesis.

  57. 57
    Steve Says:

    Right, Curt – I forgot about that. And it sure only made for 15 total minutes in the clubhouse.

  58. 58
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Blast picture day.

  59. 59
    Steve Says:

    By the way – DOB is doing the game tonight. Carroll’s here doing support stuff. Apparently, there’s always two AJC people at each home game.

  60. 60
    Anne Says:

    Steve – most important thing to know about Turner Field tonight: it’s Academy Sports and Outdoors Playing Card Night!! (I can’t wait till the ABT Poker Tournament)

  61. 61
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Sounds to me like the #Braves are listening seriously to trade offers for Troy Glaus. Not sure if anything will happen before Wed. (Sept. 1)

    Why does that make me a little sad? Can’t they trade McLouth instead?

  62. 62
    Steve Says:

    Frenchy batting 4th for the Mets tonight. Code for: Mets have A LOT of injuries.

  63. 63
    Anne Says:

    Steve – my social secretary reports you came by…

  64. 64
    Steve Says:

    Anne – it’s true. I’ll come down a little later to say hi.

  65. 65
    Steve Says:

    I’m sitting behind a guy wearing a MLB.com lanyard who is clearly the person inputting all of the pitch locations, hits, outs, etc. that turns into the information we see on MLB.com’s Gameday. I can’t explain why, but I’m really psyched about it.

  66. 66
    Anne Says:

    Geek! (no, really – that’s cool!)

  67. 67
    Curt Says:

    No, really – geek

  68. 68
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m jealous of you two roaming around the Ted without me.

  69. 69
    Anne Says:

    I’m headed up nearer to Alan after this inning, because A Large Object chose to crowd next to me.

  70. 70
    Steve Says:

    Anne – I’m headed down at the end of the 4th.

  71. 71
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Minor making me nervous.

  72. 72
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I actually thought it would end up worse than just 2 runs.

  73. 73
    Anne Says:

    Steve will tell you: it’s all his fault.

  74. 74
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Does that pitcher know who Nate is?

  75. 75
    Anne Says:

    Heyward makes everything better.

  76. 76
    Nate Says:

    Mets…

  77. 77
    Steve Says:

    Mara, your #74 – very funny.

    I’m not to visit Anne anymore. During the visit, the Mets score two. Back in the press box, the Braves get them back. Clearly, it was ALL her fault. But, I’ll be a gentlemen, take the high road and say that is was only MOSTLY her fault.

  78. 78
    Steve Says:

    Snitker should have sent Heyward on Prado’s single. He should not have sent Prado on the Gonz’s single. Ugh.

  79. 79
    Steve Says:

    Why is Niese still pitching?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve, How does the press box NOT go crazy after a GRAND SLAM!!!! Do they golf clap or anything?

  81. 81
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Wahoo! I love beating up on the Mets!!!

  82. 82
    Steve Says:

    I know Mara, it’s weird. There’s really no reaction what so ever.

  83. 83
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Ach…Nate in CF equals at least a run or two.

  84. 84
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Steve, I will pay you a brand new ABT t-shirt if you will throw your hands up in the air and perform a silent scream the next time the Braves get a hit.

  85. 85
    Anne Says:

    Steve – is there a dress code for the press box? Like, collared shirt, no jeans…stuff like that?

  86. 86
    Nate Says:

    Go Dodgers!

  87. 87
    Anne Says:

    “Mara” you couldn’t see it, But Steve got the Press Box to hold hands, sway, and sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Mesmerizing.

  88. 88
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Good job Steve…so proud.

  89. 89
    Ham Says:

    Wow . . . it’s good to have McOut back.

  90. 90
    Anne Says:

    Shout-out for the Mets first base coach Razor Shines. He’s no Rusty Kuntz, then again…who is?

  91. 91
    Steve Says:

    Mara, there doesn’t seem to be a dress code. It runs from mostly golf shirt and khakis or jeans to a little nicer. But there’s a lot of shirts in need of an iron in here.

  92. 92
    Anne Says:

    Alan tells me that 10/2, aka Bobby Cox Appreciation Night, is sold out AND they have a plan in place for 500 SRO tix to be available day-of. A nice send-off, I think.

  93. 93
    Steve Says:

    Another heartening win, folks. Heyward look unstoppable again. And Derrek Lee looks like he’s starting to catch up to fast balls.

  94. 94
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Thanks for nothing Dodgers.

  95. 95
    Curt Says:

    Freddie Freeman is heading down 85 as we speak

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    Bub Says:

    Braves have allowed the fewest runs in the NL East. By 21!

    And scored the most runs in the NL East. By 36!!

    … and have the best run differential. By 61!!!

    It’s almost as if they’re good.

  97. 97
    Bub Says:

    Freeman get called up, Curt?

  98. 98
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Y yes Bub…he did. I used my manly voice while typing that.

  99. 99
    Mara Wanna Says:

    You know if we play the Rangers in the post season Frenchy’ll kill us

  100. 100
    Nate Says:

    With his 0-2 last night, McOut’s average is now down to .166. Wouldn’t it have been better to call up another outfielder who actually hits. Now we have McOut and Ankiel. Together they almost make a whole baseball player. Now we will see puzzling moves like putting in McLouth instead of Ankiel for defensive purposes., when we all know by now that Ankiel is much better than McOut at CF and Baseball in general. In spite of the third coming of McOut, last night was a very “heartening win”, as V-I-Steve pointed out.

  101. 101
    Nate Says:

    Steve, did you get any insider info on Moylan’s shoulder or Lowe’s elbow? I don’t want Bobby doing to Venter’s shoulder what he has done to Moylan’s shoulder. I mean, doesn’t a shoulder injury on a pitcher scream overuse. I find this troubling for Moylan because he started pitching relatively late in his career. I think he originally came over as a SS before being converted to a reliever. Wasn’t 2007 his first professional season as a pitcher? When I think of shoulder injuries on pitchers I think of guys like Smoltz who throw really hard and pitch forever, not a guy who has only been coming out of the bullpen for a few years.

  102. 102
    Curt Says:

    He was a pitcher in the WBC, which is where he was scouted by the Braves and eventually signed. So as far back as that, he was a reliever. That was 2006. You have to figure to make the Australia team as a reliever he had to have been doing it for some period of time before that.

  103. 103
    Will Says:

    nice job steve…just got around to listening.

    EAT IT mets..

    thats all today.

  104. 104
    Anne Says:

    #99 – “Mara” – go wash your mouth out with soap RIGHT THIS INSTANT!

  105. 105
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Yes Ma’am. Actually I’m just trying to confuse the baseball gods.

  106. 106
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Deadspin still has up the hysterical prank LaRoche played on fellow ex-#Brave Kelly Johnson in Arizona http://bit.ly/b4LQmc

    Funny.

  107. 107
    Anne Says:

    #106 – NICE. Like “The Outfield” song isn’t lame enough… Too bad April Fool’s is just pre-season and they can’t do that at some point in late-season to everybody, every year.

  108. 108
    Steve Says:

    Nate, re your #101 – I don’t have anything about Lowe that wasn’t reported in the AJC or braves.com. I was standing at Lowe’s locker during his impromptu press conference about it where he seemed frustrated/exasperated about the whole thing. Not in a whiny or diva-ish way. Just like a guy who wants to be able to perform and help the team but is limited because of this elbow issue.

    And I didn’t even see Moylan or hear anyone talking about him.

  109. 109
    Kate Says:

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

  110. 110
    Curt Says:

    They can take our lives, but they’ll never take our Freeman

  111. 111
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Curt, Bub is going to wet his pants when he sees that. Good one!

  112. 112
    Steve Says:

    Damn! How extra exciting is tonight’s game all of the sudden with Freeman getting the start?

  113. 113
    Hammy Says:

    Let Freeman ring!

    (Curt’s was better – for a change.)

  114. 114
    Kate Says:

    Phillies won 5-1 today.

  115. 115
    Mara Wanna Says:

    This is a steal…fo’ shizzle!

    http://lists-columbia.sonybmgemail.com/t/7402222/28168386/482907/0/

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    Bub Says:

    Frederick’s STARTING?

    DAMN you, Lit Crit! Looks like I didn’t miss him getting a hit just yet. How’s he looked at the plate?

  117. 117
    Steve Says:

    I understand that it’s the Mets and all, but this offense looks like it can do something.

    Mara – thanks for the link.

  118. 118
    Bub Says:

    Did I miss any gossip? I mean, is Freeman starting some kind of thing? Two slugging 1B and we’re starting the rookie? I love it, but it’s surprising. What an aggressive year for Wren and Bobby: the moves “against” Nate, KK, and Glaus. Starting Heyward out of the gate. Mike Minor’s promotion. It’s Opposite World.

  119. 119
    Steve Says:

    Bub – he’s ripped two hard shots (up the middle and to 3rd) that they made good plays on. But he’s clearly not overmatched in any way.

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    Bub Says:

    Thanks, Steve. I’m giddy. Does he look good at the bag?

  121. 121
    Bub Says:

    Dangit.

  122. 122
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oh yea Bub…he looks VERY good at the plate.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – it’s been pretty basic stuff for him at 1st tonight. No issues to speak of.

  124. 124
    Bub Says:

    Bub is haaaaappy. :)

    Way to go, Freddie. Love it.

  125. 125
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Actually Bub, he looks 12 but that out at 1st just now was pretty sweet.

  126. 126
    Curt Says:

    Bizarro World, we call it

  127. 127
    Bub Says:

    A belated take-back: I swore Heyward was too hurt to keep playing. He obviously wasn’t. Guess I don’t know everything. Just most things.

  128. 128
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Did anyone hear Freddy’s walk up music? Just curious.

  129. 129
    Bub Says:

    I haven’t heard his music. I vote for some Right Said Fred

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39YUXIKrOFk

    Too sexy for my bat, whatcha think about that?

  130. 130
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Good job boys! Sweep tomorrow!

  131. 131
    Mara Wanna Says:

    HAH! You should tell @bravesorganist to play it when an opposing “Fred, Freddy, etc.” comes up to bat.

  132. 132
    Anne Says:

    Freeman’s At-Bat song was what my mom would call “thug music.” I’ve heard it, but can’t place it. GREAT game.

  133. 133
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Morgan’s an a$$. Gabby Sanchez awesome…love the clothesline. That is all.

  134. 134
    Jimbo! Says:

    The braves defense lately is just infuriating my god

  135. 135
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Really baseball gods…really?

    #Rays closer Rafael Soriano named Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month for August – 0.84 ERA/10 saves http://is.gd/eS9Uq

  136. 136
    Kate Says:

    I guess that’s what happens when he doesn’t get overworked pitching in blowout games.

  137. 137
    Curt Says:

    I want to know who Jimbo’s god is. Waiting for him to start hurling lightning bolts at our middle infield

  138. 138
    Curt Says:

    Freaking Phils have tied that game up

  139. 139
    Bub Says:

    Well did, Curt. Well did.

  140. 140
    Bub Says:

    Phils go ahead. Can we ship a pitcher to the Rockies for this inning?

  141. 141
    Bub Says:

    Can we ship a couple outs to Denver? 8 hits in the inning so far and only 1 out.

  142. 142
    Bub Says:

    Heh. Grand slam Philly. 9 run inning.

  143. 143
    Bub Says:

    Yuck. Sigh, 2 game lead and going on the road.

  144. 144
    Curt Says:

    Brother…

    Bub, this Braves game tonight reminded me so much of a typical game 1 post season game for the Braves. Our brilliant starter isn’t perfect, Braves give up some unearned runs, can’t get timely hits, and you lose 4-2. So familiar.

    Great homestand though. Off to FL

  145. 145
    Jimbo! Says:

    haha missed putting a comma in my last comment “,my god”
    but i bet their defense is infuriating God as well, just disgusting
    and FU Phillies :P

  146. 146
    Curt Says:

    Oh, Rockies. So close. Blow more chances to win that game.

  147. 147
    Mara Wanna Says:

    If Gabby Sanchez is going to be suspended I wish it would start tonight.

  148. 148
    Kate Says:

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

  149. 149
    Jimbo! Says:

    Good thing i have plans tonight so I dont have to watch KK suck a giant _____

  150. 150
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Jimbo’s turn to sit in a corner. Braves will win tonight by 3 runs.

  151. 151
    Bub Says:

    Why is KK pitching for the Atlanta Braves????!!!! What did I miss?

  152. 152
    Bub Says:

    I’m furious. Do we have a pitcher hurt?

  153. 153
    Bub Says:

    Kawakami was awful in AAA, was he not? Is there an explanation? I mean, I figured we would be in James Parr territory before we went with this guy. I love him as a person, but I’ll be very surprised if he makes it out of the 5th inning.

  154. 154
    Bub Says:

    Alright… I’m here alone. Back to the books. It’ll be more fun than watching this game.

    What a revolting developmink.

  155. 155
    Mara Wanna Says:

    BUB! Come back…:(

  156. 156
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Lowe has a backache.

  157. 157
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I mean shoulder…or elbow. Anywho, he needs to skip a start. I’ve been busy.

  158. 158
    Mara Wanna Says:

    That is one ugly baseball field.

  159. 159
    Bub Says:

    Hey, Mara. This is going to get really bad. KK’s got nothing. I don’t know what they could have possibly been thinking? Only 2 runs so far, but very lucky not to be more. There going to go off on him soon.

  160. 160
    Bub Says:

    He struck somebody out? I’d bench that batter…

  161. 161
    Mara Wanna Says:

    “His name is DAAAAAN UGGGGGLAAAAAA”. This inning could get ugly real quick. How’s school Professor?

  162. 162
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Blech.

  163. 163
    Bub Says:

    School is freaking hard. First senior English class and it is no joke. 14, yes four. teen. Essays for Lit. Crit. 10 small. 2 big. And both exams are essay.

  164. 164
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m not liking the intentional walk so much. Not quite working out like they’d planned.

  165. 165
    Bub Says:

    This game isn’t gonna come down to this or that strategy. This was a bad idea, sending KK out there at this point.

  166. 166
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Yikes…after 12 years of changing diapers I don’t think I could write one of the small essays. Good luck with the whole lot. Let’s score some runs!

  167. 167
    Bub Says:

    Starting Ankiel against a Lefty? Can I ask why?

  168. 168
    Mara Wanna Says:

    Well look at Troy…all grown up.

  169. 169
    Kate Says:

    Maybe Bobby hates Melky.

  170. 170
    Mara Wanna Says:

    You can ask but really…what’s the point. Doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for this game.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    terrible… terrible times 1000.

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    Bub Says:

    Quote from Glaus about it being hard to get into rhythm without regular at bats in 10…9…8…7…6…

  173. 173
    Bub Says:

    Proctor has a 0.00 ERA. Why haven’t we used him more? 8)

  174. 174
    Mara Wanna Says:

    This game sucks.

  175. 175
    Mara Wanna Says:

    I hate baseball.

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    Bub Says:

    Well, good talking to you. Maybe the boys will get it together. Bad way to start a road trip. Headscratching decision. They really needed to turn their road woes around right here. Just can’t understand what they could have been thinking.

    See ya soon.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I hate Bub’s studies.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    1 is a very small number.

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    Curt Says:

    KK now 0-8 on the road. Good time to work him back into the rotation.

    Oh, and the Miller kid, who we just made look like Sandy Koufax? He’s a bum. First win in a year. Come tomorrow this time we are tied for first.

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    Steve Says:

    Do you think the Braves give KK one more start? I kinda doubt it, given Bobby’s very un-Bobby like quote about him after the game last night. “That’s the worst I’ve ever seen him.” I was taken aback by Bobby’s honesty there.

    Curt – your #144 is so, so true.

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    Curt Says:

    So they have Halladay vs Dave Bush

    we have Johnson vs the road version of JJ

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Afraid.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

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

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    Nate Says:

    KK started last night. Ankiel faced a lefty. Are we still in the playoff hunt? Are we 8 games out or something? Oh, Bobby is still our manager… now it makes sense. This is the same guy who thought pitching Lowe after Hudson was a good idea for the second half. How many of Lowe’s starts have we won in the second half? Logic is not in play folks.

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    Curt Says:

    I’d be more excited if Lee could get a hit. Ankiel, for that matter

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    Nate Says:

    This is the same guy who constantly pitched Maddux and Glavine on back to back days in the playoffs when he had Smoltz to stick between them. There’s a reason we’re 1-14 in the playoffs. Hell, I’m surprised he hasn’t started McOut or Glaus since they’ve been back.

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    Bub Says:

    Oh, Curt. Ye of little faith. I ‘ve Bush over Halladay and Jurrjens over Johnson in a lead pipe cinch.

    Ahhhh. What a good day. Finished ALL my reading for the WHOLE weekend late last night and today until just now. Turn the computer on and the Braves are leading, the Phils are trailing, the Crimson Tide is kicking ass, and MY JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS BEAT OLE MISS BABY!!!!! ON THE ROAD!!! I wonder if we’ll be meeting their bus back on campus. Maybe I’ll get out of the apt. and do something.

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    Curt Says:

    Go Cocks

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    Steve Says:

    The Braves are not only leading, but JJ (ours, not theirs) is getting done in high fashion on the road. With all the pitching woes this week, seeing JJ have an awesome road start is very welcome.

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    Curt Says:

    Phils just scored 2 on a sacrifice fly

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    boo Phillies. Yeah JJ! Go Braves!!!

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    Curt Says:

    That was a great win

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Nice win.

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    Steve Says:

    Great win, indeed. McCann stated it perfectly in his post-game interview when he called it the biggest win of the year. I have to agree.

    So, this really made me laugh. Reading thru DOB’s blog, someone posted the this morning (following a long night, as you can imagine, of KK getting absolutely crucified), this guy wrote, “All of that being said, I think KK filled in nicely for Lowe last night.”

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    Steve Says:

    Not to take pleasure in others’ pain but … it’s the Mets, so what the hell?

    http://deadspin.com/5629806/omar-minaya-flies-coach-gets-heckled

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    Nate Says:

    Steve, I almost can’t believe that’s real, but it’s the Mets. It is real. They are really horrible, and their payroll is 136 M. Awesome win tonight. Bub, I saw the end of the Jacksonville State game. Pretty cool. They got that last TD pass on a 4th down. Insane. Then the 2 point conversion. Great win. You must be pretty pumped after that and JJ’s great performance.

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    Will Says:

    What is the Braves payroll now?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Will, are we including our minor league bench players and our resident Japanese hurler we got just ’cause?

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    Steve Says:

    Will – the numbers vary, but it’s around 90MM.

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    Curt Says:

    So they say. More like 83 actually committed to the team.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    The pressure of HAVING to win every game is exhausting as a fan. I can’t imagine how it feels as a player. Spoke to a Cardinals fan at church today. He has the look of severe disappointment wrapped in misguided hope.

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    Nate Says:

    Yikes.

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    Curt Says:

    At least score some runs against this clown. Make it a game

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    Curt Says:

    Brewers up 3-0 in the 1st

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    Nate Says:

    Come on Brew Crew.

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    Curt Says:

    Come on Braves

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    That sac fly by McLouth is the finest thing I’ve seen in a long while.

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    Bub Says:

    *finishes essay*

    *checks score*

    *vomits*

    Oh, Minor. Why?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Last time I EVER forgo my Sunday afternoon nap for the sake of the Atlanta Braves.

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    Curt Says:

    Sadly, this Pirates series seems ripe for the taking, which means we will be in death matches with them every game.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Sadly, I doubt Morrison will be ready to take on the Phills.

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    Jimbo! Says:

    Ill be at the Pittsburgh game tomorrow watchin Tommyboy Hanson!! :D

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    Steve Says:

    Jimbo- that’s cool. Help the boys out.

    What a day. We parked at the neighborhood pool down 6 – 0, left it tied at 6 and then I got to watch the painful 10th. Let’s win tomorrow and make today go away.

    Reminder – no show tonight. It will be up tomorrow night, same general time frame.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Jimbo, where are you sitting? Could we maybe see you? Im always trying to spot Anne. Sometimes i even get her to wear a silly hat. Nate, remember when you yelled something at a Marlins game and I heard you through the TV mic? Wasn’t that you? One of my fave ABT moments.

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    Nate Says:

    Twas me. I got a lot of great looks from the Marlins’ 12 fans for that one.

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    Jimbo! Says:

    3:30 and i cant get to sleep, look for the really tired fan in the stands thatll be me! haha
    but ill be on the first base line (my brother will be wearing a “Hanson” Jersey that I bought, that turned out to be way too big)
    and Im gonna do my best to get the tomahawk chop going!

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Too bad Bub’s too busy. Y’all could have had late night discussions about sleeplessness. That would be awesome to get the tomahawk chop going! May the force be with you.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Braves 1. Infante 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Prado 3B, 4. Lee 1B, 5. Diaz LF, 6. Gonzalez SS, 7. Ross C, 8. McLouth CF, 9. Hanson P

    Let the foul language begin.

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    Nate Says:

    This Burres guy has a career ERA over 6.00. Come on.

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    Nate Says:

    Curt, I blame that HR on you. Are we really not gonna score any runs on Chris Resop?

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    Nate Says:

    Unbelievable. Why do we suck on the road?

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    Bub Says:

    Mara, Miss St. versus Auburn on Thursday. Time to renew the vows?

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    Bub Says:

    Say what did they say about the Pirates pitcher who had to come in and pitch with Prince Fielder already on 2nd Base?

    The Meek shall inherit the girth.

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    Bub Says:

    Four minutes till I have to get back to Kate Chopin. C’mon, Braves, do something fer me.

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    Bub Says:

    The pitch that Gonzalez just swung at was closer to me than it was to him.

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    Bub Says:

    Alright, I’ll stick it out through this half of the inning since we’re threatening.

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    Bub Says:

    All up to McLouth now. Text book, here I come. Sigh.

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    Nate Says:

    %^&$!

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    Bub Says:

    Alright, well at least I got to grit my teeth for a minute.

    Later.

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    Nate Says:

    If only Mike Minor could face the Braves…

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    Curt Says:

    If only Bobby could manage. I would have rather Ross hit and McCann hit for McLouth. I can’t stand that just because he is up he gets to play. He’s AWFUL.

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    Nate Says:

    Not to mention Diaz against a righty in the 8th.

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    Nate Says:

    We are terrible on the road.

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    Curt Says:

    Deeply disappointed with that effort. Knowing the Phils are getting slapped around. Disgraceful. Shame on Bobby.

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    Nate Says:

    So glad he’s done after this year. So glad. Tommy now 9-11 thanks to our garbage offense. He might be contending for a Cy Young if he were on another team. Sad.

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    Curt Says:

    And the quality of guys you have lost to this weekend, starting with Andrew Miller. It’s a joke.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    The one time a year I want the MSU to lose is when they play Auburn. I’m not half as serious about MSU football as I am about Braves Baseball. And I just like to keep the peace.

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    Will Says:

    as my son and daughter have started saying….. EPIC FAIL

    this road bs stops now.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    5 is less than 1.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Prado needs an off day. He just told me on our post game wrap up phone call. His pinkie hurts.

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