September 30, 2012

Show #203: The Braves Make the Postseason and We Celebrate Chipper

Recapping the Wildcard clinching game. Heaping more love on Chipper. And being all in on theĀ  Braves’ postseason chances.



248 Responses to “Show #203: The Braves Make the Postseason and We Celebrate Chipper”

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  1. 26
    Walker Says:

    Not only that but we get two home games as well.

  2. 27
    David Says:

    The best way to have lost the division would’ve been for the Nationals to have won it. I hate that we lost last night, especially the way we lost — getting owned by yet another chump lefty who had a terrible ERA coming into the game.

    Oh well. As deflating as that loss last night was, seeing DOB’s tweets that Friday night’s game is sold out is bringing my spirits back up again. Can’t wait for Friday.

    In the meantime, here’s my guess for what tonight’s lineup will look like:

    1. Johnson, CF
    2. Simmons, SS
    3. Francisco, 3B
    4. Overbay, 1B
    5. Baker, RF
    6. Pastornicky, 2B
    7. Hinske, LF
    8. Boscan, C
    9. Hanson, P

    Actually, I bet that Bourn will start in CF so that he gets some more at-bats.

  3. 28
    David Says:

    Dang! Well I was right with 6 out of 8 position players at least

    1. Bourn CF
    2. Pasto 2B
    3. Simmons SS
    4. Overbay 1B (totally called him batting clean-up!)
    5. Ross C
    6. Francisco 3B
    7. Baker RF
    8. Constanza LF
    9. Hanson P

  4. 29
    Curt Says:

    Wow. That’s like a split squad at Vero Beach lineup. Are we playing the Astros AAA team or ga tech?

    Wonder who all plays tomorrow?

  5. 30
    Steve Says:

    @29 – We’ll definitely see Delgado and Teheran pitch tomorrow night, which is cool.

  6. 31
    bub Says:

    It’s now 27 months since the Blue Jays made the Braves’ day by trading for the talented but troubled Yunel Escobar. Well, it seemed like a brilliant idea at the time. In fact, it even seemed like a brilliant idea as recently as 12 months ago, after Escobar had finished hitting .290 with a .782 OPS and the best on-base percentage (.369) of any shortstop in the whole darned American League. But that was last year. This year? Yikes.

    Guess who has had the worst OPS (.644) of any qualifying AL shortstop? Right you are. Yunel Escobar. And guess who has had the fewest extra-base hits (32) and created the fewest runs in that group? Yep, same guy. But this is one LVP candidacy that’s bigger and uglier than any numbers. Ask the people around this club who grumble that “Yunel Escobar finds a way to do something stupid every game.” Ask the scouts who use words such as “disgusting” to describe his daily lack of focus and commitment. Ask the baseball man who says: “I think he actually enjoys ticking people off with the things he does. He knows he ticks them off, and he does it anyway.” Or ask all the people he offended when he etched a homophobic slur into his eye black — and then acted as if he hadn’t done anything particularly offensive. So what we have here is a guy who has hit the LVP daily double: He’s been a lousy baseball player — and a worse act.


    Sorry, couldn’t resist. Our side of that debate just won all the internets. *spits towards Toronto*. Punk.

  7. 32
    Curt Says:

    #2 on the list? Frenchy.

    Where is the love for Simmons in ROY, Medlen in Comeback Player, and Fredi for MOY? Not that any of them should win those awards, but not listed? Come on.

  8. 33
    bub Says:

    Well, he’s been such a Web Warrior for Kimbrel over the past month that I have to forgive those oversights. Also, not sure if I’d put Fredi on the list, though I agree he’s improved. He started from such a very low place.

  9. 34
    bub Says:

    Stevie, I’m very seriously contemplating picking up Waterworld on blu-ray for 12 bucks. The folks over at High Def Digest say it’s “not that bad,” and I’ve always had a thing for apocalypse flicks and also watery expanse (I might be the only person who counts the water as a top three reason to watch Jaws).

    I’m pretty sure we’re winning this thing come Friday.

  10. 35
    Leah Says:

    Just listened to the podcast and…wowzers! I’m drinking the koolaid with one Han and mixing a batwing basilisk venom cocktail for the baseball gods with the other. Cannot wait for Friday’s game! Curt…dissin’ me twice?

  11. 36
    Frigatedoc Says:

    As pumped as we all are about the post season I still can’t shake this “doom and gloom” feeling I have about Friday night. I don’t even want to watch it. It seems so wierd because for the state and city of Atlanta sports is such a good thing right now with UGA and the Falcons doing so well. I just can’t help to be skeptic and see the light coming down the railroad tracks….

    On a different note. In the show you mentioned about Chipper’s leadership and demenor throughout the 2000’s and how it is now. Of course MOST (ha ha) of us mature as we get older, but I think it is different with Chipper. This is JUST a thought, but do you think that the recent separation from his wife has anything to do with this? I am not trying to get into his personal buisiness, but of course your home life can show up on the field. Please don’t bash me for bringing this up, but it is life. I think he has changed for the better no matter the reason and I am going to miss him.

  12. 37
    bub Says:

    Aww, Princess Leah’s having koolaid with Han. Two Hans? I think I missed an episode.

  13. 38
    Walker Says:

    I wonder if Yunel has some sort of personality disorder. I’m not trying to be funny, I’m serious. I liked the guy when he was here but still I wonder.

  14. 39
    Walker Says:


    I’m with you. It’s to the point where if the Braves lose Friday, I can’t even be mad at them. One game determines your destiny?REALLY? The game of baseball wasn’t made for that.

    But Medlen being our starter still gives me more optimism than doom and gloom.

  15. 40
    Curt Says:

    Yeah, if we get swept by the Pirates and score 3 runs in 3 games or something? The offense is terrible. I’m just hoping for a miracle. Once.

  16. 41
    bub Says:

    I think the rare big, loud crowd at the Ted will do something for the offense. Not worried.

    Like Walker says, though, baseball was never built for a one-game playoff. So if they lose, I can’t say I’ll be down on them. But I do think they’ll win.

  17. 42
    Curt Says:

    Hanson just can’t get out of his own way.

  18. 43
    Curt Says:

    The Pirates are like 16-34 over their past 50. I know we aren’t trying, but neither are they.

  19. 44
    Leah Says:

    That’s what happens when I comment without my glasses. Go Braves!

  20. 45
    Walker Says:

    Joe Simpson and Chip Carey sound so dumb right now . I mean really Dumb.

    If you don’t know anything about sabermetrics then I suggest you not talk about it.

  21. 46
    Curt Says:

    Sterling Marte?

  22. 47
    Curt Says:

    God, he’s awful

  23. 48
    bub Says:

    Now that Hanson sucks permanently, can you guys admit he was a chump when you interviewed him? Cuz I thought he was a chump. 8)

  24. 49
    Curt Says:

    So apparently no one on Twitter has any issue with the Braves sleep walking through these last games. Quite to the contrary. These games mean nothing, apparently. I disagree.

  25. 50
    Frigatedoc Says:

    This is the B team right?

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