July 20, 2009

Show #70: Looking Back on the First Half of 2009

Was Maddux under-appreciated?  Will Yunel’s behavior force the Braves’ hand?  Retiring the Frenchy Redemption Tracker.  And our 1st half recap.



65 Responses to “Show #70: Looking Back on the First Half of 2009”

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    Leah Says:

    Fair or foul? It’s poetic for Maddux to be hailed with the rest of the triad. I understand Curt’s point of view but at the same time don’t you think having fellow aces by his side helped each of the three to perform even better? This coming from someone who has never played an organized sport.

  2. 2
    Leah Says:

    Oh and how about that offense last night?

  3. 3
    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, raise your hand if you’re about to get suckered into post season (wild card) hopes again.

    *hangs head, raises hand*

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    Curt Says:

    Leah, I understand what you are saying, but I think it takes away from the greatness of Maddux to simply lump him in the triad. Honestly, the same goes for Glavine and Smoltz. These are three HOF individuals who happened to play together. If they had played apart, I think there would be a greater appreciation for their unique talents, instead of their collective accomplishments. Maddux’s understated personality, and the fact that he fled Atlanta every off season, makes him the easiest of the three to overlook from a fan perspective. It was good to hear that the fans at the game were really there in full support of his recognition. I’ll be curious to see what cap he wears in Cooperstown.

    With that, how the hell did we win one freaking world championship. I’m spitting.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – there’s no “about to” for me – it’s happened. I was “about to” on Sunday. After last night’s drubbing, I’m fully, ridiculously, in.

  6. 6
    Will Says:

    Somebody on the AJC blog wrote “This team is one bat away from the WS” and it got me believing. I’m with Steve on first place. The Phillies lose 2 in a row, we win 2 in a row…it could look completely different. And agree that it is great to be having this discussion…a few weeks ago we were whining that it is over. Pass the spaghetti.

  7. 7
    Leah Says:

    I’m drinking the kool-aid!

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    Steve Says:

    Another GREAT win! The offense keeps rolling. The defense was stellar. Lowe was keeping the ball down, putting together his third straight quality start. I really am drunk on spaghetti and multi-hit games. Winning 5 of the last 6 has got me just giddy. I even feel good about tomorrow night against Lincecum. I know, I know – but won’t we all really feel some great optimism if we can beat him?

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    Anne Says:

    I’m extremely happy but reticent, and that’s after sitting next to Ballpark Frank at trivia tonight. He tried.
    I saw Lincecum all smug in the dugout lookin’ at the game, all, “I wanna hold him down and Flo-bee his hair” smug. Mall Rat smug-lookin’. Physics be damned. We can take him. THAT will get me on board. Go Braves!

  10. 10
    Curt Says:

    I’m telling you, Lincecum is the kid from ‘Dazed and Confused.’ Go watch the movie and check it out when the main kid, Mitch, is playing baseball near the beginning. He’s even a pitcher.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mets Series Redux? We lost to Santana in game 3 and beat everyone else. Lose to Lincecum in game 3 and beat the rest? I’m not conceding, we have a great pitcher ourselves facing him. But if you offered me a 6-2 Mets/Giants haul with losses to Johan and Tiny Tim, I’d take that all day long.

    Our boys are playing some fine baseball. Makes me proud.

  12. 12
    Leah Says:

    Me too Bub! This team looks awesome! I can’t wait to catch some clips on ESPN (if they actually show the Braves). “tiny tim”. Hilarious. Steve, your gonna have a hard time following Curt’s guidlines for tweeting if the Braves play as good tonight. And someone please promise me KJ won’t be replacing Prado this season?

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    Curt Says:

    Leah, hate to say this, but KJ is killing it at Gwinnett. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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    Steve Says:

    I cannot believe that Kelly will replace Prado. Martin has been THE lightning rod for the offense and he doesn’t have any real deficiencies at the plate (he’s stonger against lefties, but no slouch against righties) where Bobby starts thinking platoon (perhaps I underestimate Bobby’s love of the platoon). I think KJ’s good showing in Gwinnett makes him great trade bait for the next 9 days, however.

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    Leah Says:

    Here here Steve! Trade him and get a slugging left fielder. GA can pinch hit. McLouth made me nervous last night grimasing after swinging the bat. Happy he played through the pain and beat the ball to 1st but I feel the need for some extra outfielders.

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    Leah Says:

    And again Curt…thanks for keeping it real buddy.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I hope it takes more than a one-week slump for Cox to replace Prado with KJ. And I’m a big time Kelly Johnson fan (one of the few I think).

    I hope they do something smart with that problem. But I’m not for trading Kelly just yet. Can Prado play third base when Chipper is injured, with KJ at 2B? Anyone?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    p.s. in the above post, it sounds a little like I’m saying Prado is in a slump. I just mean that when the first (inevitable) slump does come…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Fair or foul: The Braves will use Tim Hudson to rest the weary bullpen.

    (I think this would be the most savvy move EVAH. So… I say foul, they won’t do it. :( )

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    I wonder how much Hudson can really help the team. The rotation doesn’t need him. As he’s still in the recovery process, he’ll be somewhat unpredicatable in the pen.

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    Leah Says:

    Allright JJ…it’s go time. I wouldn’t mind Hudson as a middle man or even closer this season so Gonzo and Soriano don’t get tired. Or (knock on wood) in case someone gets hurt. I have to ask. I feel like I’m missing something with all the talk about spaghetti…clarification please?

  22. 22
    Steve Says:

    Bub – do you like Hudson in the pen better than KK? Because if Hudson joins the starting rotation, don’t you think KK goes?

    Leah – toward the end of the last show, Frank said spaghetti instead of confetti and wacky good fun ensued.

  23. 23
    Leah Says:

    How did I miss that? So how bout Yuni Es taking down The Freak!

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    Steve Says:

    Great (and informative) article about Kelly. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090722&content_id=6005140&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl

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    Steve Says:

    Leah, it is insane. The once moribund Braves offense made Lincecum look really ordinary tonight.

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