#64, Steve, you, Curt, and Ham run a great site. I enjoy listening to and reading all of your opinions. I think I speak for 99% of your audience when I say keep it up and GO BRAVES! We just won the season series against a playoff contender (per the media)s that we started out 1-3 against. Our team is good. we’re talking about improving the bench and getting another arm for the bullpen. most teams have much bigger holes to fill.
Ron, most people consider the middle of the line up the 3-5 spots. Freeman hits 6-7. I would have him hitting 6-7.
Alex Gonzalez has a career OBP of less than .300. Based on A-gon’s career MLB experience and history, I would have Freddie Freeman hitting in front of Gonzalez. Since McLouth has hit well from the 8 spot, I would continue to bat him in that spot.
I appreciate the good dialogue. We started this podcast, because we love talking about the Braves (and we are closet attention hogs). We didn’t even have the comments board in mind way back then. It has been, for me, the best surprise of the whole endeavor – getting to participate in a great dialogue about the Braves with all y’all. We love the debate, we love the point/counter-point, we love it all. We don’t, however, like personal attacks, name-calling, or whatever. My hope is that as we continue to add more listeners and commenters, that we keep the conversation rich and mature.
As far as I’m concerned the only personal attacks I would like to see are mine and Steve’s on Curt during the show.
Alright, getting off my high horse. Need to go take a valium, because I am beginning to think that we can sweep the Phils this weekend.
Despite taking a lot of heat for questioning if Freeman is ready for prime time, I still think he will be an asset in the long run. Good to have Hinske as a backup. Could Prado handle some first? Oh, and sorry for getting PO’d at folks who don’t like a different opinion.
Anyone worried about Conrad? Can he overcome last year’s ending? Will he be getting some field time?
Ron, I don’t think questioning Freeman is off limits. I took heat for doing the same on the show a couple of weeks ago. I think responding to people who disagree with you by questioning their knowledge of baseball is probably where you lost some folks.
Trust me, I am often the voice of the contrarian. We all appreciate, as Ham noted, different views of opinion. That’s part of the beauty of it.
I’m probably not the one to answer the question about Conrad, because I would rather someone else be on the roster. I think his magic is gone. I understand he got a game winning hit the other day, good for him, but I think he has 2 hits this season? Maybe 3? You notice that even when some other guys are getting in the field, he is not. I hope at minimum it stays that way. he is a very popular guy amongst the team, but we don’t need a mascot. We need a guy who can contribute.
Sorry that some of us don’t measure up to the “critical thinking” that Eric has. Eric, the genius, who couldn’t see the humor in referring to Freeman as Freeout or Freeloader (sure you are all too young to remember Freddie the Freeloader on the Jackie Gleason show). No humor equals no fun. So, have fun in listening to Eric compare Freeman’s start to Posey’s start. That in itself, shows a real knowledge of baseball and demonstrates “critical thinking” that an old guy like me will never be able to match. Hope all 20 of your participants enjoy; this clearly is an exclusive group.
One last thought, Bobby was exremely good at getting his bench players into games and getting some at bats so they were ready when he needed them. Fredi appears to have no confidence in Conrad and it does Hicks no good to ride the bench day after day. Braves have a great streak going but when they hit the bumps that come along during every season, there is not much to fall back on after Hinske and Ross. Hope they can find a couple of more good players somewhere. Most teams need 30-35 players to contribute sometime during the season.
Lastly, my biggest wish is that the Braves find new ownership. Liberty Media has Braves management on the ropes; do whatever you want but return the profits that are demanded. Nearly all of the Liberty Media management in Douglas County Colorado are Rockies fans. Go Braves!
Good to see Freeman get a day off; Getting on base so much can be really tiring for someone his age.
Over and Out.
PS: try welcoming new names and maybe everyone can get off to a good start.
What do you all think about the D-Lowe trade talks? (tomahawktalk.com and jon jeyman/si.com). It feels odd to talk about this now given that he just pitched 6 innings of no-hit ball… but then again, it might be the best time to consider it because he’ll have a high trade value. But do we really want to shake things up when we’re on a hot streak?
I agree with Hammy and Curt. One of the reasons I started commenting here is due to the classy nature of the individuals who post. Unlike that uncivil free-for-all blog on the AJC.
As far as knowledge of baseball is concerened, no one on here owns ANY superiority in that department. If they did, they’d be in the game of [professional] baseball and be a helluva lot more humble about thier own opinions and not out here commenting about it. Anyone who’s watched this game (or played it as I and many others have) know that it will humble at exactly the moment you think you’ve got it figured out.
After the series with the Cards I really thought the Braves were going to get stomped this week — I had them winning 1 or 2 from the Brew Crew and only 1 from the Phillies. As it is turning out, we 4-game-swept the Brewers and out-pitched Lee (despite his 16K effort) in the first game of this three-game stand with the Phillies. What a difference a walk-off win can make (last game vs the Cards). Once Danny-boy gets going and Freddie Freeman makes an adjustment or two, it’s going to be nice to see the full potential of this offense.
Man, that was impressive stuff by O-Flare last night. Talk about clutch!