December 04, 2010

Show #133: Our Interview with Marlins Beat Writer Clark Spencer

Clark Spencer from the Miami Herald joins us to compare and contrast Bobby and Fredi Gonzalez and to discuss the Dan Uggla acquisition.



147 Responses to “Show #133: Our Interview with Marlins Beat Writer Clark Spencer”

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  1. 126
    Bursted Bub Bull Says:

    Ha, the Fletch dialogue is a great touch. +100, as they say in message board world.

  2. 127
    Leah Says:

    Are we happy with Uggla’s deal? I’m a bit behind in the baseball world so sorry if this is old news.

  3. 128
    Bursted Bub Bull Says:

    The deal’s not done yet, Leah. It could drag out.

    The rumor is 5 years, 60 million if that’s what we get done. I’m happy with it. But I understand the concerns of those who wouldn’t like to commit that kind of dough to a brick-handed infielder in his 30’s.

    I have a suspicion we will exceed those numbers and overpay.

  4. 129
    will Says:

    I like Braves getting more serious about locking in good players rather riding on a constant treadmill of high risk experiments.

  5. 130
    will Says:

    rather than….

    no good Engrish glammer

  6. 131
    Steve Says:

    Will, re #128: I agree 100%. While I think 4 years certainly would have been preferable to 5 given his age, it’s not egregious and I’m happy to have that spot in place for years to come.

  7. 132
    Nate Says:

    Falcons. Awesome.

  8. 133
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  9. 134
    Leah Says:

    Sorry to interrupt all the chatter but this kid is amazing!

  10. 135
    Steve Says:

    Leah – pretty amazing video.

    Two unrelated questions for a Monday morning.

    1. I absolutely hate Chip’s “welcome to the show!” call of Heyward’s first homer. To me it sounds inauthentic and more of his trying to sound like a broadcaster instead of just naturally being one. Who’s with me on this?

    2. After a flurry of articles and tweets about an Uggla extension last week, it’s all gone very quiet. Do you think this means they’ve hit a snag?

  11. 136
    will Says:

    steve- (1) that call gave me goosebumps & nearly made me cry so we are tomato/tomato on that one….but i can definitely see and respect your point..especially as a skeptic/cynic…I could see a scenario where Chip prepared for the game…if he hits a homer, I will say “welcome to the show”…if he strikes out I will say “xxxx”..etc…but it sounded pretty spontaneous at the time, as in he had no thinking time..and so what came out was from the heart.
    (2) no idea, hope not.

    And (3) why cant the braves manage this? Whole lotta cheeze but I love it…

  12. 137
    Steve Says:

    Will – re that Falcons clip. I agree 100%. I think it’s the best team marketing campaign I’ve ever seen. And there are a number of other radio spots that are part of the campaign that are terrific as well.

  13. 138
    Steve Says:

    Depressing fact of the day, courtesy of Jayson Stark:

    Just in the span of the first six ground balls hit to him in Game 3 of the NLDS, Braves second baseman Brooks Conrad committed as many errors (three) as Robinson Cano committed all season — in 1,393 innings.

  14. 139
    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, I hate Chip’s call. I was fortunate enough to be on radio when it happened, though, so have zero nostalgia for it, AND I got to hear Jim Powell’s instead “… and this stadium is UPSIDE DOWN!!!” My favorite homerun call of all time, as far as ones I actually heard while it was happening.

    If the Uggla negotiations have hit a snag, I honestly hope Wren holds firm at 5/60. More than that would be crazy. The guys over a Talking Chop put together a pretty convincing article concluding that about 50% of hitters of Uggla’s age, type, and experience fall way, way off in their mid thirties.

    I’m comfortable with 5/60 only because he’ll only be our main hitter for about two years (after that I expect Heyward to be Pujolsing the ball all over the place and Lowe/Chipper’s money to be 20+ million dollars worth of left field power, approximately.

    But more than that, I would rather have the draft picks AND have Uggla performing in a contract year.

    Any hitter who is all power, little average, and no defense is a risk. They’d be crazy to go over 5/60. For that reason, I’m comfortable with hitting a “snag.” Hope Wren is firm.

  15. 140
    will Says:

    The “Rise Up” clip is so cheezygood it should be called Le Royale with Cheeze.

  16. 141
    Steve Says:

    From DOB at 7pm tonight: Uggla and #Braves are still negotiating extension. Wren said it’s been steady progress, no setbacks. But he indicated nothing’s imminent.

  17. 142
    Steve Says:

    New show tomorrow night. Cliff Lee, Diaz, bullpen additions.

  18. 143
    Curt Says:

    I think he says “Welcome to MY show.” Has he ever clarified that he says THE show? Listen to it again, because I swear it sounds like “my show.” Either way, I wasn’t a big fan of the call. I think guys have all of this stuff written down now. Costas started all that with his bloviating.

  19. 144
    Bubdylan Says:

    *looks up “bloviating”*

    Yes, I agree.

    But I would totally have mine prepared. And it would be pun city.

    “Grand SLAM! And the score to this one just got UGGLY, UGGLY, UGGLY!”

    “Back, and back, and HEYWHER’D THAT BASEBALL GO?!!!”

    “Get out of here, ball, and PRADON’T come BACK!!!”

    (okay, the last one made me cry a little…)

  20. 145
    Curt Says:

    “And the Braves have McLouthed there way out of another scoring opportunity here in the 5th.”

  21. 146
    Curt Says:


  22. 147
    Steve Says:

    PRADON’T is really inspired. Nice job, Bub.

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