Who knew there were a ton of good Queen songs not on Greatest Hits? Not me. I downloaded A Day at the Races, News of the World, A Night at the Opera, and Sheer Heart Attack on impulse last week. Some of the best non-radio-hits classic rock I’ve ever heard in my life. I’d probably put it up against the non-radio Rolling Stones stuff. Might even be better.
I totally remember Peaches (and even Oz which was it’s sister store in Buckhead). I bought the vinyl soundtrack to Star Wars at the Peaches in Buckhead. Isn’t that where Justin’s is now? It was right at the curve.
It’s pretty amazing, in hindsight, to look at how not skeptical the media was back then.
It’s easy to blame the players who used steroids, and I certainly think they deserve their share of the blame. They’re the ones who did it, after all. But it was the media and the baseball establishment who fed the steroid culture and grew it in to this hidden-right-under-our-noses monster. It’s all just fascinating to look back on.
Sooooo…. Prado took less money and years from Arizona becauuuuuussssseeeeeee…. what? Is there some tension between Atl and Martin we don’t know about? Or I don’t know about? Not that it’s a big deal now, but… weird.
I think Simmons’ll do fine leading off. I do have the clubhouse concerns if the Uptons 1) alienate themselves due to some incident, or 2) there is some resentment by other players because they receive all the attention or, more importantly, if 3) one of them gets off to an Uggla like slump and Atlanta fans become extremely hostile and resentful due to the loss of Prado.
I think the wisest, calmest influence in the clubhouse is Tim Hudson. I think McCann is fully capable of being the leader in the clubhouse, but I think Hudson is a little more well-spoken, even more so than Chipper.
Strikeouts will definitely be an issue this year; but, on the whole, we have a more explosive offense, an exceptional outfield defense, a very good and potentially great starting rotation – y’all may be surprised by Teheran – (barring injury in the first half), and an exceptional bullpen.
We do lack contact hitters, and have an offense that could show like Yankees last year: out of this world and unbeatable one minute and swinging at air the next. And, a potential weakness defensively at third base (both players), as well as little back up at first if Freddie Freeman gets hurt.
All that being said, “I am stoked to see the season begin.” I think the trade on the whole was an up grade. I, too, was saddened to see Prado leave. Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised that as many Braves fans as there were were as upset to see him leave, as I. But remember, this time last year he was being shopped around for next to nothing…some difference a year makes.
Now, just hope the Uptons at least get off to a good start, that’ll be the biggest hurdle.