September 19, 2010

Show #126: Our Interview with Ernie Johnson

Looking back on the Nats and Mets series and our interview with broadcasting great, Ernie Johnson.



95 Responses to “Show #126: Our Interview with Ernie Johnson”

  1. 1
    Steve Says:

    Cannot recommend our latest blog from Brave in NY more highly. And watch the YouTube video, too. You won’t be disappointed.

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    Will Says:

    Postseason hopemeter 8. 9 for WC and 5 for division.

    love the YT video from Brave in NY.

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    Steve Says:

    Jair Jurrjens tweaked his right knee during a bullpen session Friday night and chose not to inform the Braves of the discomfort until it lingered into Saturday. The 24-year-old right-hander showed some improvement with his mobility Sunday.

    This makes me feel slightly less good about tonight. Arggggghhhhhhhh.

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    Curt Says:

    Jair Jurrjens’ sore knee led the Braves to summon prospect Brandon Beachy to Philadelphia in case he was needed to make his major league debut with an emergency start Monday night against the Phillies.

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    Kate Says:

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

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    Steve Says:

    From DOB: Brandon Beachy will pitch in place of Jair Jurrjens (knee) tonight vs. the Phillies , the Braves announced. It’ll be Beachy’s debut.

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    Ham Says:

    Check out Steve at 5:15pm Eastern this afternoon on Sports Talk with Richard Cross.

    Go Steve!

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Nice show, gentlemen.

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    Jurrjens needs Surgeons Says:

    Easy does it, Beachy’s got it

  10. 10
    Wiley Says:

    that was me up above and no the name was not intentional, i had it back in april when he was hurt.

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    Curt Says:

    Wiley the witchdoctor

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    Bub Says:

    No pressure, Beachy.

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    Bub Says:

    I just noticed ATL has the second best record in the NL.

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    Bub Says:

    MISERABLE freaking double freaking play. WHY am I here with a test tomorrow???

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    Bub Says:


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    Bub Says:

    McCann Double!!!!! One run in!

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    Bub Says:

    Diaz with the hard knock! Men on the corners for nonesco.

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    Bub Says:

    ANnnnnnd, nothing else. The Phillies will respond by scoring 6 runs in the bottom.

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    Steve Says:

    3 innings. 1 run. Nice start for Beachy. Every pitch is so tense. I’m worn out already.

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    Steve Says:

    4 innings. 1 run for Beachy. I just like writing it.

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    Steve Says:

    C’mon Braves. 5 more outs. Score some runs.

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    Curt Says:

    Just soft out after soft out. I just want a hard hit ball

  23. 23
    Curt Says:

    Thank you Troy

  24. 24
    Steve Says:

    I was sure when Troy hit that ball, it was out. Dammit all. I really wanted this one. Hate that errors played such a big part.

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    Curt Says:

    McCann’s shot goes 4 feet higher, Prado’s goes 15 feet to the right. Oh well. Gotta clean it up for Minor

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    Walker Says:

    I agree with curt that Bobby needs to flip flop Heyward and Prado. Yet Bobby insist to keep heyward at 2. We really need to get prado going. McCann needs to step it up too.

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    Will Says:

    Loved, and lost, or so they say.
    When usually its nothing surely you are happy it should be this way?
    I said, no. And then I shot my dog.

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    Will Says:

    That was from the train on my iPhone…sorry for the maudlin outburst. I was just trying to get across how pissed off I am going to be if we get this close and then do nothing…

    I even mis-quoted Morrissey… its:

    Loved, and lost.
    And some may say “When usually its nothing surely you are happy it should be this way?”
    I say, “No.” And then I shot my dog.

    Division hopemeter 0.2

    WC 4.

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    Steve Says:

    In case you missed:

    Diaz tripping Red Man on the field last night. Fantastic.

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    Anne Says:

    Agreed, Steve – especially that it was Diaz, but great even if not.

    Hey, here’s a HILARIOUS e-mail I received from the Braves today: “I want to invite you to join us on Friday, October 1st for a special State of the Team Address with our Vice President and General Manager, Frank Wren. As the Braves prepare for the final home stand against the Phillies, who better to join us than the man who put this talented team together?

    We will be hosting this event at the Turner Field Right Field Patio, located outside the concourse at Section 129. Please remember that you will need a ticket to the game in order to attend this fun event. Food and refreshments will be available starting at 5:35 pm, while the main presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.”

    …yet for free food…hmmm.

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    Thomas Says:

    Just listened to the ernie johnson show , i could have sworn the show was called Atlanta BASEBALL talk not atlanta hawks/nba talk

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    Curt Says:

    Thomas, I understand where you are coming from, but the guy hosts one of the biggest sports shows on TV. We would be remiss to not ask him some nba questions.

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    Schmomas Says:

    i could have sworn the channel was called American BROADcasting Company, but most of the news anchors are men.

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    Curt Says:

    The best part about Diaz last night was the huge cheer he got from the crowd and the golf cap tip he gave in response. One of the videos I saw had the Phillie fans chanting his name. Pretty hilarious.

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    Steve Says:

    Curt – couldn’t agree more. And Diaz trying to hold back his smile after tipping his cap to the crowd. Just terrific.

    As for tonight, I feel like there’s still some possibility in this game.

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    Curt Says:

    That makes one of us.

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    Curt Says:

    I hate the Phillies

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    Schmomas Says:

    Never understood all the Mike Minor hype anyways… 8)

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    Bub Says:

    … uh, me either.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Really wanted a win tonight. Not realistic but still…

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    Steve Says:

    It sucks. It sucks. And it sucks. But, the team did not lie down and die tonight. They showed signs that this thing isn’t over and that we’re going to fight these last few weeks. And Derrek Lee is starting to catch up to the fastball.

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    Curt Says:

    Look at this murderers row the Phils have had to face as they’ve run away with the division:

    For the eighth straight game, an opposing starting pitcher failed to pitch beyond five innings against the Phillies. Add Braves rookie Mike Minor to the esteemed list of Brandon Beachy, Yunesky Maya, Jordan Zimmermann, Jason Marquis, Jorge Sosa, Adalberto Mendez, and Andrew Miller.

    Timing is everything.

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    Kate Says:

    Against the Braves those pitchers would go seven innings and be in position to win.

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    Steve Says:

    Kate – good point.

    The other problem with this series is that the Phillies are better than us. I convinced myself otherwise heading into Monday, but when middle relief is the only part of your team that compares favorably …

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    Bub Says:

    My favorite college football team is the best in the land. It’s a weird transition, going from the cringing, clawing, hope-against-hope feeling of watching your little baseball struggle against the odds to find a window for getting in with the big boys of the NL, knowing that even if they do, at the end of that road is the 250 million dollar Yankees… to watching your team sit atop all the headlines and dominate opponents, building an amazing team on (relatively) equal footing with the other teams in the country.

    I think baseball might be broken.

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    Kate Says:

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

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    Curt Says:

    How many guys does Diaz have to deck to start in front of AnKiel?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    How many double plays does Prado have to hit into before he gets a night off?

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    Curt Says:

    The honeymoon is over, I see

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    Anne Says:

    Why why why is McOut in Left Field? Are Diaz and Hinske and everybody else locked out of the ballpark? I meant to ask last night, but was too disappointed to type. Watching on the big screen at the trivia bar makes losses so much worse.

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    Curt Says:

    Now we know why he never throws. He can’t

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    Steve Says:

    That throw was so brutal. And he didn’t even try to gun it. I mean, WTF?!?!? I suppose it was better than all his non-throws from earlier in the year, but to look like you’re not even trying … Frustrated.

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    Curt Says:

    *Just don’t swept*

    So much for that. And I really don’t care to hear about how close the games were and how we hung in there, blah. We’re beyond moral victories, me thinks.

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    Curt Says:

    GET swept

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    Steve Says:

    It’s not moral victories. It’s looking for an indication that we have anything left in the tank to win 6 or 7 of the remaining 9. And I think this series showed, at least, that they’re not quitting, the bullpen is still amazing and maybe the team can hit when they’re not facing Hamels, Halladay and Oswalt.

    I’m not saying we look like we can make any noise in the playoffs, but I really want to get there to see what kind of magic might happen.

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    Steve Says:

    A great blog from the always great CAC:

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    Anne Says:

    Hadn’t a chance until tonight to listen to the Johnson interview, and my cable being out led me to taking the time. So good, fellas. Could Ernie Johnson have been more affable? Just a delight – great work.
    As disappointed as I am in our boys (the players…not YOU boys), I am looking forward to seeing live baseball again on Monday. I’m a-gonna miss it in the off season. GO Braves!!

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    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    Soooooo…do we think we can hang on to the WC? Who are Padres/ Giants facing? Any news on JJ? Trying to get my baseball bearings back after two weeks in a cloud. Curt, the honeymoon’s not over but Prado needs a rest. I’ll volunteer to nurse him back to health.

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    Steve Says:

    Mara – you scamp.

    Getting your bearings back: The Braves are two up in the WC, the Padres and the Rox are scuffling as bad or worse than we are and yes, I think the WC is very much for the taking. The latest on JJ is that he should be able to go on Sunday, based on the severity of the injury. I’ve seen nothing in the past day or two about any bullpen sessions or anything like that.

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    Steve Says:

    Anne – thanks for the props on the Ernie interview. And he was even MORE affable and gracious off the air. Seriously, a total peach of a guy.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Thanks Steve for the update. Of course my very attentive nursing care would be for the sake of the team. Of course…

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    Steve Says:

    Mara – by the way, don’t know how I had 2 games in my head. The Bravos’ lead in the WC is .5. Sorry.

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    Curt Says:

    Steve, hate to be a stickler, but we are .5 a game up on the Padres right now for the WC. They and the Giants keep flip flopping for the West lead.

    To me the game tonight will be very telling. Facing Zimmerman who has been getting blasted his last 4 starts. Playing in front of maybe 40k fewer fans than were in Philly. But these games mean just as much. Hudson’s going. We have to win this game in a large fashion. A sweep of the Mets and Nats around the debacle in Philly would almost salvage something.

    Losing is so much worse than winning.

    And Anne, to echo Steve, EJ Jr. is a gem.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    STEVE!!!! Easy with my fragile state! So .05…not as good as 2.

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    Steve Says:

    Mara – you’re not only a scamp, but also a math whiz. Sorry about the bad info.

    JJ is a no go on Sunday. I’d put the chances we see him pitch anymore in 2010 at about a little less than zero.

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    Curt Says:

    You guys see this story?

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    Mara Wanna Says:


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    Curt Says:

    Stolen from Bowman:

    Including Zimmerman’s single, opposing pitchers have batted .321 (9-for-28) vs. Braves dating back to Carpenter’s two-hit game on 9/10

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    Curt Says:


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    Curt Says:

    Mark this date down

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    It was a fantastic, magical season.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Except for the 9 game losing streak. And the Pirates’ sweeping us…that was not so magical.

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    Steve Says:

    And the month of September so far (except for the sweep of the Mets). Not so magical either.

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    Curt Says:

    And missing the playoffs again.

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    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    Come on Braves…Make a liar out of Curt! Turn it around today! Give me hope!

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    Mara Wanna WS Win Says:

    I need a moment to brag: my kid had 3 hits (one being a swinging bunt, which means he’s super fast), scored twice and got 2 outs today…one 5-3 and the other 8-4. He was in center which in my humble opinion shows his understanding the importance of getting the lead runner. I love baseball so much more than soccer.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Sounds like DLowe’s bringing it! Back to the good ole days when I’m talking to my self on the ABT message board. Bliss…

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    When did our 1,2,3 hitters completely stop hitting?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Um…also, when did we start to make multiple errors in a row in the same inning? Why do the baseball gods hate us so?

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Oh good. It’s a start anyway.

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    Will Says:

    This is from my brother to me yesterday…encouragement for our playoff hopes!

    The Braves are just plain painful to watch. Losing Chipper and Kris Medlen and trading away Escobar and the sparkplug Gregor Blanco started us downhill. Tim Hudson’s arm is tired. jurrjens is now hurt. It’s pitiful. I watched the game last night-awful…spanked around by the last place Nationals…we suck…and the sad thing is there’s a really good chance we could still make the playoffs. But if we do, we’ll get bounced embarrassingly in the first round

    Sam Montgomery

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Huh…I didn’t know Curt’s name was Sam Montgomery.

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    Kate Says:

    Gregor Blanco was a spark plug for this team?

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    Curt Says:

    Not me. I don’t think we are making the playoffs

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’m trying to figure out how to post the sound a cowbell makes. :)

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    Curt Says:

    I’m trying to post the sound of one hand clapping

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I’ve decided Ankiel should definitely play today.

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    Mara Wanna Says:


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    Mara Wanna Says:

    I type that and he strikes out Dunn. Wish I had typed it two batters earlier.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Here’s a comment to prove I’m not offended when no one’s talking to me.

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    Kate Says:

    Who predicted a 1-5 week?

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    Steve Says:

    Any Brave with AB’s with men in scoring position predicted a 1 – 5 week.

    Ugh. Mara’s son had the best stats of the week.

    New show around 11:30 tonight.

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    Will Says:


    Happy Monday evrbody!

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    Curt Says:

    Does our inability to beat the Nats and Pirates have any impact on us making the playoffs? These are like scrimmages, right?

    A choke of epic proportions. We’ve lost 13 games in the standings in a month and a half. Is EOF hurt? Venters hasn’t gotten anyone out in a month and yet Bobby refuses to bring in another lefthander? Sad close.

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    Mara Wanna Says:

    Don’t we usually implode about this time of year? Again, it was a really fun season.

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