March 05, 2012

Show #173: Braves Spring Training Games Start with a Thud

The expanded Wild Card, 1 hit + 9 home runs = bad start, Minor’s comments, McCann’s extension and Braun’s PED case.



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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good show.

    Darth Maul makes Episode I worth watching, though not by much. Anyway the video-game action sequences in Episode II is as bad as Jar Jar.

    But it’s interesting you’ve read a blog that sets it up to end with 3 & 6, cuz my sister and I made up our own order for a marathon last year and that’s how we ended it as well. Pretty satisfying that way.

    Braun’s probably guilty. Can’t know for sure, but his big speech made me roll my eyes. I thought of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing when she’s in a rage against the lying Claudio: “He is now as valiant as Hercules, that only tells a lie and swears it.” (Speaking of rolling your eyes …)

    McCann’s gone. It’d be crazy for him to turn down both the money and the DH option. And the Braves’d be crazy to spend that much dough on any FA, much less a catcher who can’t be moved around when his knees start crackling.

    Curt, I returned Lives of Others unwatched because stuff came up, and before I could re-queue it Netflix and I had a falling out. But I’m taking a film class (the easy credit that isn’t) and it comes up sometimes. Low angle and high angle shots showing confidence and vulnerability, respectively, are tied to these shots of a Stasi officer first interrogating somebody and then later monitoring agents raiding somebody’s house on the radio. Anyway, I’ll get to it eventually.

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    Curt Says:

    It’s worth the wait

  3. 3
    George Says:

    McCann will be elsewhere. Actually, I’d rather he be a Redsox player than a national league player. I don’t fault him a bit. For him to take the small contract Atlanta would offer him would be an insult to him. Unless Heyward re-explodes this financial issue could be the beginning of real low times for Braves fans. Prior to 1991, the Braves were pretty much the laughingstock of baseball. We can only hope things don’t return to that level.

  4. 4
    Steve Says:

    Here is the Star Wars blog I referred to in the show. Seriously, it worth the long read. Really great stuff. HAM – I expect a full reaction from you.

  5. 5
    ham Says:

    Here is a quick reaction(s) – I will try and give a more full response later.

    FIRST . . . . I love it. Makes total sense, and I am looking forward to taking my kids through this in this order. The only thing that I am going to have to figure out is how I tell my son that there is “no Darth Maul”. He asks me regularly if I know that Darth Maul has a double light saber, and “isn’t that cool?” I may have to insert Ep 1 in after Ep 5, as much as it pains me. (It would, however, absolve me from having to explain what those things are on top of Darth Maul’s head.)

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    Anonymous Says:

    Great show guys. I posted my thoughts on the extra Wild Card topic in the last blog, but I’ll state them again here — not the right way to change the playoffs. I agree with a lot of what y’all said, and while I think that it’ll make for one hell of an exciting game, that’s not the reason you change the entire playoff structure.

    Also, my favorite part of the podcast is when Hammy invents a new word at 22:12: “hungriness.” As in, “I can’t wait to see that new adventure movie, ‘The Hungriness Games.'”

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Just a touch in SW…

    Part of the reason you would be bored by Ep1 where your son might not be is, for you who has seen Ep4, it is a story of what happened, practically a documentary.

    For example, in Ep4, when Luke and Leia were going to swing across the opening on the Death Star, your emotions are heightened because you didn’t know if they would make it…

    In Ep1, when you see the sabotauge of Anikin’s pod racer, you are not “concerned”, because (spoiler alert) you have seen Darth Vader in Ep4 and you know he makes it… So all you are waiting to see is how he did it… No emotional connection…

    Since your son will be in a position of “will he make it” with regards to the pod race, since he has NOT seen DV in Ep4…

    IMHO, that is why most don’t like the prequals… no emotional connection vs. 4, 5 & 6…

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    Steve Says:

    #7 – Let me also add that the dramatic tension in Ep. 1 is set up due to a trade embargo and our main characters spend 75% of the movie trying to get a part for their ship. No one could use a freaking Jedi mind trick to get what they needed!?!?!

  9. 9
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Extra WC:

    “They” also are trying to re-create (every year) the “greatest night in baseball” that we had on the last day of the season last year…

    Also, interestingly enough, should there be a tie between two teams to get into the one-game-play-in (OGPI)… There would be a one-game-playoff (OGPO) to get to the OGPI… Or more interestingly, if there was a three team tie for the two WC spots… Then how do you decide? Do you develop an “NFL-style” tie-breaker system? UGLY!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    In the event of a three-way tie, post-season is cancelled and Pittsburgh is awarded that year’s championship.

    Mark, I don’t think that knowing a character is going to live or die should keep a film from being engaging. Sling Blade telegraphs its ending in the first half hour, but it’s still gripping throughout. Roger Ebert is fond of saying “It’s not where you’re going in a film, but how you get there.”

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    Mark in Memphis Says:


    Telegraphing is different from knowing…

    I know that AS (AKA DV) is going to survive the pod race. I know he is going to win (no other way to get what they need). I know Obi-wan’s metor is going to die. I know Obi-wan is going to live.

    In Ep4, the “fairytale” unfolded and drew you in… In Ep1, the documentary told the history for the folks that had already seen Ep4…

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    Kate Says:

    I’m lost, I’ve never seen Star Wars.

  13. 13
    Steve Says:

    M in M: I can’t tell if you’re really defending Ep 1 or not. Are you? I mean, I guess you can call it a documentary. I’d call it really boring, purporting to be exposition for the rest of the story, but not even reaching that goal.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mark, not to belabour the point, but surely you don’t contend that knowing the live-or-die outcome of a story is the main thing responsible for emotional connection. If nothing else stood against this, every single Greek or Shakespearean tragedy or comedy does. You know going in that Hamlet dies. Lear dies. Macbeth dies. In fact, a sense of inevitability is one of the characteristics of great tragedy. Good luck proving we don’t emotionally connect with Prince Hamlet.

    Or, in say your average Pixar movie, when the hero is in danger, do we ever really think he’s gonna die?

    Or what about the tons of movies that have voice-over narration of the main character looking back. We know he lives. All those movies = no emotional connection?

    (Sorry for such a pedantic post. I tried to think of a less “look ma I’m in college!” way to put it, but failed.)

  15. 15
    Bubdylan Says:

    We won!

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    Steve Says:

    I, on the other hand, cannot be apologetic about my reaction. I’ve really never stopped being angry about how much disappointment I felt after planning an early exit from work with a couple of buddies to go see Phantom Menace. And then, it got all stirred up having to watch it again a couple of weeks ago (after swearing I never would) because my 11 year old really wanted to see it in the theatre in 3D. I could not have disliked it more. Midichlorians? Immaculate conception? Jar Jar? I’m getting all angry just writing this.

  17. 17
    Bubdylan Says:

    This is for you, Steve. It’s funny, but there’s a bit of language and a disturbing image or two. And I do NOT suggest looking into this guy’s other videos.

  18. 18
    Bubdylan Says:

    HEY! I read the article you posted Stevie, and the order he suggests before getting to the Machete Order that you mentioned … that first one is the one we used. I feel all connected and stuff.

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    Steve Says:

    #17 – Bub, that video is terrific. And the end where he asks people to describe the characters in Ep 1 is really brilliant.

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    Curt Says:

    I saw Phantom Menace at midnight on the night of its release. Complete with a guy making Chewbacca sounds throughout. The only redeeming point of the evening.

  21. 21
    Steve Says:

    Per DOB, very exciting pitching tomorrow (Tues.), “The Braves will start Kris Medlen against newest Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, and planned Atlanta relievers include the “O’Ventbrel” trio of Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters and closer Craig Kimbrel in their spring debuts.”

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    Walker Says:

    Either Braun’s telling the truth or he’s an evil lying genius. I’m leaning towards the latter. The idea of someone trying to frame him is crazy.He obviously was tired at the end of the season and decided to take PEDs for the playoffs. He just didn’t think the random testing to choose him. He’s one talented liar.

  23. 23
    Steve Says:

    #22: And that’s the thing. If you don’t believe that it was tampered with (which seems incredibly unlikely) and you don’t believe that the test results were simply wrong (again, very unlikely) then he went up there in his press conference and lied and lied and lied.

  24. 24
    Leah Says:

    Curt, I’m gonna need your wife’s contact information. :)

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    Curt Says:


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