What did Wren MEAN when he said he would get us a big bat two or three years ago? Why did he say that? He said he’d fix the rotation, and he did. Then he said he’d get us a big bat, and he never did. Was it Troy Glaus? Was that the gleam in Bobby’s eye during the Vazquez(?) press confrence about getting some offense? Now I think that look was supressed laughter.
So ridiculous. I’m not asking for someone elite, but dang, the outfield is so, so bad, and we’re gonna have a daisy fresh rookie at a power spot in the infield. How about Cory Hart? Josh Willingham? Cody Ross? This window of Hanson, Heyward, Jurrjens, Prado, & McCann all being affordable won’t last forever.
PLEASE tell me he isn’t going to let another winter go by without getting a well-above-league-average bat for the middle of the order. No lead off guy and no slugger, how long will this go on?
Leah, I expect the great Heyward is the real one for three reasons:
1. The walk rate. That’s what separates the boys from the men; a guy who is swinging at strikes and not at balls. And on top of that, he got robbed a TON on balls being called strikes. If umpires start to give him a little break (he could help that himself by not acting a fool), he’ll be even better.
2. The great Heyward is the one indicative of his minor league dominance. When he was beasting at the major league level in April, it still never exceeded the predictions.
3. No matter how much potential a rookie hitter shows, it’s still a hard year. But even with his struggles, he put up something crazy like 5 WAR (somebody check me on that), and that was with a busted thumb.
I think he’ll be a beast. But putting the offensive weight of the team on his shoulders would be a bad, bad idea.
I also expect he’ll be an injury risk most of his career. I mean, he has been for all of his minor league career and had assorted injuries as a rookie.
I read an article about colby rasmus being a guy the Braves might go after. might have been DOB that wrote it. apparently he doesn’t get along with LaRussa, and he is a huge Braves fan growing up in Georgia. He has pretty decent numbers, young guy, but it would require a trade, and the article discussed JJ or Prado having to be the jump off point in that deal.
I just picked up the 2-disc version of It’s A Wonderful Life that has a new colorized version on one of the disc. Now, I love B & W films and I’ve cursed at the t.v. plenty over those super-saturated colorized atrocities that flooded the tube in the 80′s and 90′s, HOWEVER, this looks really, really nice.
It isn’t flawless, a few of the colors look suspicious. But I never minded that you could tell something was up in the colorized versions, it was that it was so UGLY, like the films had been exposed to radiation, or they were trying to simulate the worst era of Technicolor.
Anyway, to me, it looks very pleasing. It’ll never replace the B&W, but I think I’ll watch it all the way through in color this year, and I’d have thought that was blasphemy before.