June 14, 2009

Show #65: We Sit Down With Kelly Johnson

Yunel’s benching.  Chipper calling out the offense.  And our interview with Kelly Johnson.



35 Responses to “Show #65: We Sit Down With Kelly Johnson”

  1. 1
    Leah Says:

    I’ve been too busy at Mickey’s to listen to the podcast but was wondering if anyone read the interview with J. Schafer. When asked about being sent down to the minors he said he was surprised it didn’t happen sooner. He says it’s all about winning in the majors and it’s not the time to adjust your swing. Maybe he should be GM.

  2. 2
    Steve Says:

    Hey Leah. Yes. I loved the article (it’s at braves.com). My favorite quote was this, “I’m not upset,” Schafer said. “I’m not mad. I understand 100 percent why I’m here. I think once I get playing again and once I get comfortable, I think I can go back up and help the team win this year.” Or as I like to call it, the anti-Francoeur reaction to being sent down.

  3. 3
    4th place is my favorite. Says:

    Kelly should flip a coin before each at bat. Heads = aggressive. Tails = patient. Never, ever, ever be “in between.” The only thing between patient and aggressive is tentative.

  4. 4
    Steve Says:

    Wow. 7 – 2 at the hands of the Reds. Feels like the season is really careening off the tracks.

  5. 5
    Leah Says:

    I miss the days when we hovered around .500. Any trade news? I can’t get service in my hotel so I’m going through ABT withdrawl.

  6. 6
    Steve Says:

    No trade news. But maybe Frenchy’s bases loaded, rally killing DP last night will hasten his departure.

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    Will Says:

    i use to relish logging on to mlb.com and then ABT….now it hurts to much…im starting to actually get work done..

    Guys..this was a great show shame it is wasted on such crappy baseball !!

    C’mon Braves!

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    4th place is my favorite. Says:

    If only Wren’s cold, cold, Glavine-cuttin’ heart would go one more step. Uh… two more steps. No, three. Cox, Fr*nc***r, and Pendleton. Hell, even if they let Pendleton interim, the shake-up alone would…

    Who am I kidding? They just won’t can the legend. They just won’t. Against all logic, they’ll keep his big, tired, non-split-reading butt sitting right there on that bench eating peanuts and rating all performances with laughable superlatives. “Pitched great except for nine or ten he left up in the zone.” “Ball must have hit a rock… or two… and a truck… who parked a truck there? Somebody did, I dunno…*munch, munch*”

    I wish he would have a health concern. You know, just a false alarm. Just enough to get him gone, and then, full recovery. Where’s my dart gun?

    If it weren’t for Brian McCann, I would totally quit this team. Damn you, Brian McCann.

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    Steve Says:

    4th Place – I agreed with you about Bobby unequivocally until the last two nights. This team has hit a new low, these last two nights against Cincy that I think maybe, just maybe, something really big is going to happen. Will it be Bobby? Probably not. But is there a small chance in hell like there hasn’t been in almost 20 years? I really believe so. Maybe they fire Wren, move Bobby to GM and TP to coach … but something’s got to give, because this has gotten painfully bad. And I have to believe they see that.

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    Curt Says:

    This season is officially over. So sayeth me. We are the patsies teams get well on. Losing on a 3-run homer to their pitcher? Your Atlanta Braves.

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    Leah Says:

    Why can’t I find a different team to cheer for? Why? I mean I’ve tried for years and I just can’t. Why is that?

  12. 12
    4th place is my favorite. Says:

    Steve, if they were to grow a serious pair and let Bobby go, though, the players would have to start playing for a new manager in the midst of an absolute sh*storm. Every country music listenin’, grandpa-lovin’, one-game-a-week watchin’ loudmouth who still looks for Andruw’s name in the box score at Hardees would fill up the papers/ local tv with quotes of chicken-fried outrage.

    ESPN and company, already loaded with the Glavine/ Smoltz uproars, would be newly and happily armed with the mother of all flamethrowers – you know they’d love a good “how could they do that to three legends?” story. Seriously, cover of Sports Illustrated: “Shame in the Southland,” a photo of happy, young Smoltz/Glavine/Bobby leaning on the railing juxtaposed with a shadowy mugshot of Wren surrounded by red flames.

    Would the players be literally scared to have fun in a game? Scared to show spirit with their general dead on the battlefield (good grief, I’m drunk on drama) and the number one story for the entire year being Cox’s ousting? And what if they DID play well, they’d have to answer “is the new management style helping?” questions all the live long day. Of course they’d downplay it. Then Eddie Perez or whoever… he’s in a completely goofy spot.

    If you were Wren, would you risk that?

    I’m afraid our best hope is for the season to end without an extension being offered.

    Then it’s Terry Pendleton.

    Go Thrashers.

  13. 13
    4th place is my favorite. Says:

    p.s. The absolutely shrewdest move possible would be for J.S. to let Wren fire and replace Cox, and then fire Wren and resume the GM spot for one year. The public would eat that up. And when J.S. sat down at the table with other GM’s in the offseason… he’d have more respect than ever before.

    Of course, that’s some serious fantasyland right there…

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    Hamilton Says:

    I somehow was disappointed that we won today. Seriously, that is what we always do – look dreadful for the first two and then give us a glimmer of hope with a solid game like today (I love you Tommy Hanson, and that is not sarcasm). We can’t even suck consistently, although we are doing better and better in that area. I am so ready for something monumental to happen. I like all of the scenarios that you guys are throwing out there (except for Bobby as GM – that makes me shudder).

    Gooooooooo Falcons!

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    Anne Says:

    I literally forgot it was a day game and I begged my co-worker who knew the outcome not to say anything. Work done, went to dinner, home in time to see the replay on TV, most of the 8th & 9th innings.
    I agree with you, Hamilton, the win was unexpected and made me feel no better. (OK, except for Matt Diaz, who I keep telling you people is an underused treasure) (schoolgirl crush aside)
    Since I was in a coming-home flurry, answer me this: Chipper falling into the seats in an attempt to catch that foul…tell me he didn’t break a nail or contract the common cold or whatever he does to get himself hurt in myriad ways…

  16. 16
    Curt Says:

    I too have a school girl crush on Matt Diaz

  17. 17
    Anne Says:

    Curt, you’re allowed to mock Steve, but don’t mock me. Not publically anyway.

  18. 18
    Curt Says:

    I’m not mocking you. I think Diaz is great. I think we were all calling for him to be playing when Schafer was up, and certainly now, over the statue that is Garrett Anderson. You are right on, Anne.

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    Will Says:

    KK and McLouth getting down in bean town against 40-26 Boston. Did you spike the Gatorade, Ham?

    GOOO braves….oh, crap…its only the 7th innning….so I may have just cursed them.

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    Anne Says:

    I officially reverse Will’s curse. Meanwhile, can I give a shout-out to Joe Simpson? I so enjoy listening to him, whether he’s with Chip or Boog. Very thoughtful and makes me miss Pete Van Wieren a little less.

  21. 21
    Will Says:

    now 7-2 on GA hit!!!
    Diaz smax a hit, GA to third!!
    two game streak! two game streak!

    aaand…Francoeur ends the inning…ffffffffttt.

  22. 22
    Anne Says:

    Curt, I love it when you get defensive…but now apparently you have to go through me AND Will to get to Matty D.

  23. 23
    Will Says:

    8-2 on GA sac!! Sore eee ahhh NO! and Gonzo close it up nicely…

    officially i care again…lets see how long it lasts…. nice one Braves!

  24. 24
    Leah Says:

    Well damn…I care too. Guess I’ll have to stick with the Braves for another season. We must be the most loyal fans seeing as how they still aren’t at .500…are they?

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    Steve Says:

    We’re such suckers, but I’m totally on the bandwagon again. Two great games in a row. Lowe and JJ coming up. Only 4.5 out. GA seems to be heating up. McLouth seems to be heating up. Man, it’s so much better when we’re winning.

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    Anne Says:

    My statistical mind has a thought to gauge the team “heat up” against the actual Atlanta temperature (here, whether they’re at home or away). That means tomorrow’s game should still be great, but slightly less great than today (like today’s was slightly more great than yesterday). That written, my inner sloth just told my statistical mind to get a life.

  27. 27
    Leah Says:

    Totally off the eternal subject of Braves baseball but has anyone read “Beyond Belief” the story of Josh Hamilton? I just finished it and thought it was very good. If I’m being honest I’ll tell you I cried…three times. It just made me LOVE baseball even more. It helped get me through the Braves recent slump.

  28. 28
    Curt Says:

    our Japanese pitcher can beat your Japanese pitcher.

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    3rd place is not my favorite Says:

    I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care.

    These freaks can not make me care again.



    …. . . I guess I care. I hate this sport.

  30. 30
    BluesMan Says:

    Loved the game tonight…I wasn’t too surprised that we won. Daisuke Matsuzaka (IMO), was always overrated to me…he’s been playing American baseball for how long now…and he’s almost always had command issues. What better offensive support to have so you can get adjusted to the different ball & strike zone…then the help of Beantown’s offense? KK has made adjustments and gotten better like we’ve hoped. He made two mistakes tonight…the wild pitch that advanced Bay to third and the offspeed pitch to Bay that he hung, and Bay rolled it up and smoked it over the Green Monster.

    Props to GA & Nate McClouth for their offense. It’s certainly nice to see GA running the bases wisely. I dunno what to say about KJ or Frenchy…for me personally the jury is still out on both of them (I guess it’s my Bobby Cox influence, Curt…hehe)…I honestly feel like those two could definitely be key players…they just need a spark of some sort offensively. I don’t believe either of them are close to their potential. Hopefully they won’t lose their trade value if and/or when that time comes.

    It’s nice to see how Tommy Hanson is improving and making adjustments in the Show…he certainly seems to have a mind for the game and is smart enough to adjust his strategy in case he gets himself in trouble.

    I LOVE how our rotation has shaped up. Our bullpen looks like it should be fine-tuned by the All-Star break. I think everyone has pretty much agreed on the podcast that if the offense can be consistent and give everyone a good amount of run support…then we should be vying for first place around the 4th of July.

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    Leah Says:

    Can’t blame them for not beating Beckett. Except for Failcouer…feel free to lay blame there.

  32. 32
    Leah Says:

    Wonder what conversation will be like between Chipper and Escobar after the game.

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    Curt Says:

    that is officially my favorite game of the season

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    Steve Says:

    Sooooooo painful. We’ll bash Bobby and Bennett tonight no doubt (and rightfully so) but the defense let us down in this game. Happy Father’s Day! Here’s another season-turning, gut punch for you.

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    BluesMan Says:

    Sadly I missed today’s game. Apparently from what I’ve read on the team’s website I’m glad I missed these last two games. Call me too optimistic…but maybe the fallout after today’s game w/ O’Flaherty, Bobby, & Chipper ejected, the spotty defense, & Bennett’s loss. Chances are we’d be in a better spot in the division race had he not blown the games. He needs to go to AAA. Yesterday. He has done some good for the team this year (not much though)…and it would be better if we send him down so we can get the most out of him.

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