April 24, 2011

Show #144: The Braves Sweep the Giants

Looking at the significance of the sweep.  Nate improved numbers.  And MLB’s proposed expansion of the playoffs.



119 Responses to “Show #144: The Braves Sweep the Giants”

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  1. 51
    Curt Says:

    Don’t know if anyone else saw this. Fascinating stuff. Thanks Barry


  2. 52
    Anne Says:

    A friend of mine is playing Ty Cobb at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida. Trip highlight: “Having former Major League Baseball Commissioner Faye Vincent watch the show and then talking baseball history with him afterwards.” Though the memory of playing Ty Cobb will hopefully fade soon thereafter.

  3. 53
    Walker Says:

    Actually Bonds did the right thing by not moving in. If he would have moved in that ball gets passed him and goes to the wall. The ball was hit slightly in the gap and Bonds had to run to his left to get to the ball. Since he was playing deep he was able to cut the ball off. If anything he should have been positioned more to his left. It was actually a pretty good throw considering he was throwing across his body and his momentum was going the opposite direction. This is just another attempt to make it seem like Barry Bonds was the worst person on earth. People need to get off his back.

  4. 54
    Walker Says:

    Wow I never really thought of Roger McDowell being a jerk. This story makes him seem real ignorant.


  5. 55
    Leah Says:

    Everybody alright? Nobody got blown away did they?

  6. 56
    Paul Says:

    GREAT win today.

    AWFUL story about Roger McDowell.

  7. 57
    ham Says:

    Blech . . . what a horrible story about Kobe McDowell.

    Disgusting. Everything he might say from this point on as an apology or some sort of attempt to explain it away will be total BS. It was obvious with our interview of him that he wasn’t the nicest guy around, but this takes it to a new level.

    I encourage everyone who watches a game in Atlanta to boo him lustily when he visits the mound.

  8. 58
    ham Says:

    Oh . . .. and GREAT win today.

  9. 59
    Curt Says:

    Not sure you can walk that one back. At least he picked a guy with his kids to act that way in front of.

    Do you fire him? Not to defend Kobe, but this is so much worse than what Kobe did. Not sure a $100k fine is really going to do it.

  10. 60
    Curt Says:

    He apologized for ‘responding to the heckling.’ How about just apologizing.

  11. 61
    Jo-Bu Says:

    Leo is available 🙂

  12. 62
    Eric Says:

    This isn’t even comparable to Kobe. Should be a suspension.

  13. 63
    Nate Says:

    #60, His apology was almost as pathetic as the way he chose to represent the Braves. The whole story really is quite disgusting.

  14. 64
    Nate Says:

    Mark Bradley hit the nail on the head. McDowell’s job could be in a jeopardy. Who knows, though? All we have to compare the situation to is Kobe, and what McDowell did sounds far worse. I guess it all comes down to Bud.

  15. 65
    Steve Says:

    And what Kobe did was to one guy (an adult). And one guy who’s a colleague. Roger’s stuff started with one group, went on to another, included kids and were all to paid visitors. To the people who, to some degree, pay his salary. The hecklers are one thing (because who knows what they really said – although Roger should know better), but weilding the bat at the Dad with the two kids, threatening him and then saying that kids don’t belong at the ballpark??? I think he should be fired. I don’t mean to talk about a guy’s livelihood like this and we all say and do things we regret, but this should lose him his job.

  16. 66
    Nate Says:

    Well said, Steve. I think with their salaries coaches and players are more than compensated to put up with heckling fans.

  17. 67
    Nate Says:

    I’m not saying fans should say some of things I’ve heard at ballparks and arenas, I’m just saying be the bigger man, Roger.

  18. 68
    Curt Says:

    How many times must have he been heckled over his playing career? And this set him off? What could any of these people possibly said to generate this reaction? Something he has never heard before? Crazy. Troubling. Juvenile. You name it.

  19. 69
    Steve Says:

    Eric, re #62, I don’t understand your comment. Are you saying it’s worse than the Kobe thing or not as bad as the Kobe thing?

  20. 70
    Nate Says:

    It really sucks that we’re talking about this instead of the good baseball stuff going on with the Braves right now. Gerrain looked great again. Tommy and JJ each had great starts in SD, and Chipper passed Mantle in RBIs.

    I also didn’t realize Chipper has played about 800 games less than Eddie Murray did in his career. A lot of injuries…

  21. 71
    Steve Says:

    Good point, Nate. The team may really be making their move. With Hanson settling down and JJ looking like he’s back to form and the offense taking off, it could be a great month. Can’t wait for those 6 games in 10 days with the Phillies coming up, soon. Their offense is floundering as ours is finding it’s legs. And it’s almost May, so Uggla will magically starting better (crossing fingers). It’s time to call up Marek and shore up the bullpen, btw.

  22. 72
    Anne Says:

    Just got my season tickets and I think I’ve died and gone to heaven: GOLD Lot parking. Wow. I’ve stepped way up from Orange.

  23. 73
    RON Says:

    I’ve had kids at the ballpark. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. FIRE HIM!!

  24. 74
    RON Says:

    Braves have the pitching to compete with Philly. Will need another bat or two to show up and will need to find some pinch hitting/bench strength.

  25. 75
    Curt Says:

    I wonder what the consensus would be, having read some comments on Carroll Rodgers’ blog today, if this had been Philadelphia’s pitching coach yelling things at families at Turner Field? Or if it were the bullpen coach, or our team ERA was 5.54.

    I know we keep saying this, but it seems like this Cards series is a big one. We have struggled with them the past couple of years. They aren’t too great. Pujols is still not playing like himself. No Wainwright. Really need 2 out of this series. And to be home after that long road trip.

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