Good show again, guys. We seem to be at best in limbo going into the season..and if the injuries are anywhere like last year there is potential for disaster. At least our lowish expectations are in the right place..room to surprise on the upside. I worry that Chipper plays with a chip on his shoulder this year, pardon the obvious pun, with Smoltz, Glavine, etc. going away, does he just dial it in this year? They better take care of him.
Will – I totally agree. If Chipper is not happy and/or motivated, he could be more likely to dial it in or even miss more games to injury. I think that he has always played through the pain admirably, but he is much older and if he is disillusioned, it could be much harder to soldier on. I don’t think he is a quitter or anything like that, but even subconsciously, he could lose some of that drive.
It’s funny. Last year, the starting rotation was paper thin and one or two breaks away from falling apart. This year, it could be our bats. I agree with Stevie that there is a lot of pressure on Chipper and McCann to produce this year, and if both of them can’t for some reason, it will be a long year.
All of the sudden, Adam Dunn doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. I can’t believe I just said that.
Thanks Ham – A little useless trivia for you, Chipper and I were both born on the same day, April 24, although he is two years younger than me (I was born in 1970, he in 1972). So if my throw from third to first is any indication, we can see where he is headed.
Also, your fans would definitely dial in to “Atlantafootballtalk.com”… A worst-to-playoff season, Jamal doing blow in a bathroom in Buckhead, Dan Reeves vs. Jerry Jones (ok. not really a Falcons issue, but something to talk about)…..certainly worth considering.
I pushed for the football talk, but Steve was threatening to make me do all the heavy lifting on that. I would love to just do an year round Atlanta sport talk and cover the Hawks, Thrashers, UGa, Tech, etc.
As far as Chipper goes, I think he is a pro’s pro. I wish he was a more vocal leader and more demonstrative, but I can’t see him mailing it in. Ever. The real fear I have is just that he is so vital to the team. I think they are 70 games over .500 over the past few years with him in the lineup. That number might be high, but I know it is a drastic difference. They simply can’t replace him. And we all know about his hamstrings. They ruined him putting him in LF. But it is the freakish stuff that really seems to get him now. Remember the thumb/hand issues he had when he fell awkwardly running the bases in Pittsburgh? So we have to make sure he doesn’t get in any rundowns, or slip in the shower, or shoot himself while he’s on a turkey hunt. He has to play 140-150 games for them to even be in the equation.
And NO, NO, NO to Adam Dunn. Here’s a name to ponder………Jim Edmonds. You heard it here first.
Griffey Jr looks stupid, sorry, I redact that… i take the lack of a response as ridicule enough, move along…..I am afraid you guys are probably right that they don’t spend the money on a power hitter but it means we are relying on Frenchy and the youngsters and the risks are significant that they completely suck and nobody watches the Braves this year…Did you get that Email from braves.com? – “Top 10 reasons to buy season tickets in a down economy”..no mention of offense..all pitching…Please. Lets get the guys in marketing to send out some spam, that will get people “lathered”….grrrr.
Also – pretty amazed that Steve/Hammy were wrong on A-Roid. I’m surprised…good call Curt. Maybe not just Giambi, he learned from Clinton & Monica Lewinsky.
I just can’t imagine that Griffey has anything left. He was awful last year. He hit .249. He did hit 18 homers, but that was getting 480 ABs which he won’t come anywhere close to this year platooning with Diaz. He’s going to be 39. I can’t remember the last time he played LF. He also grounded into 13 DPs. Just what the Braves need, more GDPs.
Now I keep pushing this name and no one wants to bite on it. Jim Edmunds. Taking the SD portion out of the equation, he hit .256 and 19 HRs in 250 ABs. Same age, but Edmunds can still play some outfield. He also grounded into 8 DPs.
I’m not a fan of Edmunds at all. I think he fakes a lot of injuries to make plays seem tougher than they are. Some baseball version of the Munchausen Syndrome. But I think he still has more left in the tank than Griffey does.