August 23, 2009

Show #75: We Sit Down with Chris Dimino of 790theZone

Chris Dimino discusses the post season, the starting rotation, club chemistry, the bullpen, and much more.



207 Responses to “Show #75: We Sit Down with Chris Dimino of 790theZone”

  1. 1
    Steve Says:

    Watching SportsCenter. And John Kruk just said that the NL Wildcard was the Braves’ to lose. Touting our starting pitching and newly found offensive power. I say, “Yes!”

  2. 2
    Juan Suzuki Says:

    I like pod show. The leader’s voice is soothes, but the man called Kirk is shrill into my ears. I am new following team, so sorry in future for slow understanding.

    Who is elderly man of Braves in dugout always look of confuse? Thanks and welcome to the page.

  3. 3
    Juan Suzuki Says:

    John Kruk large with wisdom.

  4. 4
    Taylor -The Man Says:

    I think Medlen has good enough stuff to be a quality starter in 2010 and beyond, but we just have so many quality pitchers. I know it’s supposedly a “good problem” and you can “never have too much pitching”, but I cant help but be sad/frustrated that we’re going to have to give up some of these good arms via trades or free agency.

  5. 5
    Steve Says:

    Taylor – Sure. But think of the “thumper” or “big popper” (in Bobby parlance) that will be patrolling left, right or 1st next year.

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    Taylor -The Man Says:

    Oh Steve, I think about that many times a day. It’s just going to be hard to sign a big name free agent to RF or 1B, when we potentially have Heyward and Freeman on the doorstep. And we know they have been said to be “untouchables” in the trade market…only door left open is LF.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    Taylor and Steve, I don’t think LF is something that needs to be filled. A Church/Diaz platoon will be very good, cheap, and will give Wren a great deal of flexibility. Schaefer will be good in CF. McLouth is fine in RF. When Hayward arrives, McLouth can go to LF and then either Church or Diaz will be traded.

    What to do with 1B while we wait for Freeman is the big question. LaRoche is too good to settle for a 1 year contract, obviously.

    Anyway, Wren did well in the offseason, in a large part because of the deals he couldn’t pull off. I for one am not hoping for some big deal, as it will have to involve trading Vazquez.

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    Taylor -The Man Says:

    I agree Chris, part of my initial observation and then response is that…we dont NEED to fill some gaping hole in our offense anymore. I like Diaz, even his defense, no one gives more effort than Matty, but I dont see Church or GA being around past 2009. I like the prospects of a McLouth/Schafter (provided he’s healthy)/Heyward outfield at some point next year. That would leave CJ/Esco/Prado/??? (wish LaRoche, at least short term until Freeman arrives)/Bmac in the infield. Maybe Freeman could transition to LF or RF, who knows, it has happened before. Freeing up a spot for LaRoche long term. That has the makings of a championship team with the types of pitching that we can throw out there.

    I guess my initial concern is that…if we trade these extra pitchers..what do we even ask for? I doubt we see people being bumped from that mock 2010 lineup that I’m throwing out there. You aren’t going to trade a Vazquez or Lowe for bullpen help.

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    Curt Says:

    Let’s remember that LaRoche is a notorious first half bust. He has been tremendous since he came over, but when he is batting .235 next June, assuming we resign him somehow, I don’t want people going crazy about what a bum he is. I just don’t see him going for a one year deal, when this second half will get him more money and a longer deal elsewhere. He has to know that Freeman is looming and I can’t imagine, even though he seems a perfect fit here, that he wants to go through getting traded by the Braves again.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    Is the big Cuban down in Gwinnet really that bad a glove that we couldn’t use him for a half season/full season before Freeman arrives? The guy can hit.

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    Leah Says:

    Will’s funny. It amazes me how you guys can look at next season. I’m so caught up in this season I can’t handle it. Must be my one track mind. I’ll be honest. I thought they were going to let the fish leave the ATL with 2. Loved watching the win yesterday and was disappointed there is no game tonight but I’m sure the boys need a break. For the sake of the peace of my family I can’t commit to the hope meter. My heart can’t take it.

  12. 12
    Will Says:

    why thanks, but…Juan might be Bub, it’s not me…

  13. 13
    Leah Says:

    That’s so strange. You’re usually the one with multiple personalities. My apologies but at least I didn’t call you a chick like I did Taylor on last weeks feed.

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    Anne Says:

    C in B, break my heart into little bitty pieces why dontcha: “…and then either Church or Diaz will be traded.” Somebody was going to say it, especially since he’s [Diaz is] blipping a tad more on the radar lately. However. No, no, no. No!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, apologies for the Spanish Oriental lameness. I must, must, must drink less beer.

    (But, hey, you beer drinkers, how about the Budweiser Select, eh? I’m a big fan. Not just cuz of the sexy black & red bottles, either. Crisp, yet not too light)

    School starts Wednesday, yoinks. I might be slight. Don’t everyone cry.

    Hey, just one man’s opinion, but I rather miss the Steve/Hammy/Curt shows. (Though, I did enjoy this week’s guest). I really hope that doesn’t sound like a dig, because I appreciate you guys working to bring informative folks and it does lend a certain mini-prestige to the podcast.

    But it’s so much more laid back with just you three (and maybe BP Frank), and the loose comraderie (sp?) is what attracted me to the show to begin with. It never seems like you guys are trying to show off, or one-up the others, or whatever. It’s warmer and fuzzier. I like the warm fuzzy.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    BubGM writes:

    Schafer for a year of Adam Dunn. Would the Nats do that? Throw in Kelly Johnson and get a little more back from Nationals? I don’t think the kid Schafer is going to make it. I really don’t.

    Then sign Laroche three to five years and trade Freeman for a hot 3B prospect to replace Chipper Jones. I know Freeman is our baby, but there’s a replacement for Chipper somewhere that’s somebody else’s baby.

    Trade Vazquez to get some of the money for Dunn and Roachy. Get some hot young relief help for Javy. The kind of hot young relief help that can start on occasion since the rotation will be getting thinner.


    (I know that’s weaker, but look a this line up)

    McLouth (18 homers)
    Prado (8 homers)
    Chipper (15 homers)
    Dunn (32 homers)
    McCann (22 homers)
    LaRoche (27 homers)
    Escobar (14 homers)
    Diaz/Heyward (10-25 homers)

    LOOK at that. LOOK AT IT!!!!

    (World Series rotation: Jurrjens, Hanson, Lowe, Kawakami.

    and beat them to death with our bats.)

    p.s. I have no idea if any of those homerun totals are logical. I’m talking out of my ass. Thanks for listening.

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    Taylor -The Man Says:

    If we could trade Philly or someone for their ballpark..those HR numbers would probably double…at least. haha

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, the hot young relief help is named Neftali Feliz. He now plays for the Rangers. Or Adam Wainwright. He can also start. He now plays for St. Louis. At least we have JD Drew and Mark Texeira anchoring our lineup for years to come.

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    Anne Says:

    Finished the podcast this morning. Really, really great. So great I think I’m e-mailing Chris Dimino to apologize that I rarely listen to The Zone and usually listen to The Fan.

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    Leah Says:

    Time to crush the Fathers. Hope the Braves make them beg for mercy.

  21. 21
    Steve Says:

    Thanks, Anne. Thanks, Bub. How are we losing tonight?!?! C’mon bottom of the 9th!

  22. 22
    Steve Says:

    C in B and Taylor: back to your earlier posts. Now that Schafer is going under the knife, are you still feeling ok about the ’10 outfield? I wasn’t confident about him for next year a couple of days ago. Now I really have my doubts. I’m ok with keeping Diaz/Church for one of the corners, but I still think we need a big ol’ bat in the other.

    And Bub – you madman! Trading Schafer?! I grant you, my confidence level is not too high for him right now, but he’d need to be in a deal for more than a one year rental for me to do it.

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    Leah Says:

    OK. Adam LaRoche is officially forgiven for ruining Mother’s Day 2004 or 2005…can’t remember. And Frank Wren is freaking brilliant! Casey who?

  24. 24
    Steve Says:

    Ugh. Enough with the losing the 1st game. So many men left on base, too. Ugh.

  25. 25
    Chris in Boston Says:

    Steve, I still feel good about Schaefer. He’ll be fully healed well before February and he’s talking about playing in winter ball. He’s going to be fine. The outfield is going to be good. This team is on the cusp of being very strong and next year will be fun.

    We would have won if there was someone on the bench to pinch run for Anderson.

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    Curt Says:

    They had their chances. What is it about Latos? That’s 2 starts in a row he has gotten us, and he came in coming off of two brutal starts. Glad JJ didn’t get the loss. Once again, losing the first game of the series. Must stop doing that. Particularly against the Padres, and especially on a night where you could have gained on everyone.

  27. 27
    Leah Says:

    Would it have been crazy for Bobby to put Gorecki in to pinch run for GA in the 9th? No sarcasm. I honestly don’t know. Sad sad loss.

  28. 28
    Curt Says:

    Gorecki was already running for McCann, but it seems that a pitcher or someone else could have been in running for him. Given that Gorecki was in, you had your replacement outfielder in the game.

  29. 29
    Leah Says:

    I guess I’m confused. I thought that happened in the next inning. Um…Chipper? Any thoughts?

  30. 30
    Chris in Boston Says:

    Of the pitchers, it’s JJ who’s called on to be the pinchrunner. I’m sure if he had not been pitching, he would have been running for Anderson. As it was, the others guys are probably as slow as Anderson and not worth bringing in.

  31. 31
    Bubdylan Says:

    Are Chipper and Lowe together making 25% of the payroll? Good thing they’re in the last year of their contracts. :(

    Sky. Is. Falling.

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    Taylor -The Man Says:

    The Schafer surgery doesn’t scare me very much. I am actually a grad student getting my DPT degree, and I feel like this surgery will be pretty mild compared to what others have gone through and been successful. Surgery might have been avoided if maybe he didnt try to gut it out and gotten proper attention earlier.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    Right, Taylor. It really doesn’t seem like that big a deal. Actually, the fact that he needs surgery makes me feel better about his season. The kid was really hurt; his problems didn’t stem from a lack of talent or so much from an insufficient amount of time in the minors. He may not be Grady Sizemore, but he’s going to be good player.

  34. 34
    Leah Says:

    Steve is always right. He is never wrong. I will never doubt him again…ever! Huddy, where are you?

  35. 35
    Leah Says:

    Oh…and I hate baseball. And let’s hear more chatter about next year. I’m starting to enjoy it.

  36. 36
    Bubdylan Says:

    Next year, no Bobby Cox. I can feel it. “It’s his job as long as he wants it” is Wrenspeak for “… uh, Bobby, I’ve decied you don’t want to manage anymore.”

    Can you FEEL IT??

    Can you?

    Me, either.

  37. 37
    Anne Says:

    Perhaps now is an inappropriate time to bring up…I was always a postseason hope meter 3. Ya lemmings!

  38. 38
    Bubdylan Says:

    Anne, that’s no brag. Three? Why so high?

  39. 39
    Anne Says:

    Touche, Bub. Toosh…freaking…shay. :-(

  40. 40
    Bubdylan Says:

    This is like watching Old Yeller… if Old Yeller had been shot in the knee caps.

  41. 41
    Leah Says:

    Again…thanks for the laugh Bub. I turned it off in the 8th. I’m cutting coupons in complete silence which is better than baseball tonight.

  42. 42
    Curt Says:

    Given that I am the eternal pessimist, I truly believe our season ended tonight.

  43. 43
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, the season ending tonight would be eternal optimism.

    We have to watch this sh*t another month.

  44. 44
    Steve Says:

    Great line, Bub. Yeah, people – my faith is absolutely shaken at this point. I realize that people have been saying the season is over since back in May, but this really feels like the team is careening off the tracks (although, as I write this, in the back of my head I’m thinking – but if we win Thursday and then sweep the Phillies, we’re back in the thick of this thing!). But, I’m not feeling it too strongly right now. Chipper having fallen off the face of the earth and Prado having come back to earth and no McLouth – %!#!@#!&^!#@!

  45. 45
    Leah Says:

    …and McCann looking like he can’t find his glasses so he has a snowball in hell’s chance of finding the ball.

  46. 46
    Leah Says:

    Deafening silence on the comment feed…

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    Bubdylan Says:


  48. 48
    Leah Says:

    *only the sound of thumb sucking while curled up in the fetal position*

  49. 49
    Bubdylan Says:

    The cold wind blows.
    The dark cloud covers the moon.
    The buzzard takes flight.
    The Bobby Cox is pacing, pacing, pacing…

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    Will Says:

    Oh, ye of little faith.
    It is always darkest before the dawn.
    A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
    An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
    some other stuff…

    9-1 stretch…I CAN FEEL IT!!!

    anyone seen my pill bottle…i cant seem to find it

  51. 51
    Bubdylan Says:

    Colorado and Florida lost. Braves winning. I hate baseball.

  52. 52
    Bubdylan Says:

    Where there’s a Will, there’s a way?

  53. 53
    Steve Says:

    It’s insidious, isn’t it? 5 – 0 now and I’m feeling much better about heading into Philly. And Chipper is now 2 for 2. What slump?

  54. 54
    Bubdylan Says:

    Where were you educated, Steve?

  55. 55
    Chris in Boston Says:

    So what was the conclusion from the podcast about Hudson starting? Did Dimino say that meant that Vazquez was gone after this year?

  56. 56
    Bubdylan Says:

    …. jav a seat, Gonzo.

  57. 57
    Bubdylan Says:

    ^ see what I did there? ^

    Okay, I gotta go study some flipping Spanish. When I’m king, Pig Latin will be recognized by universites as a foriegn language.

    Don’t let the bad guys win.

  58. 58
    Bubdylan Says:

    “Universites.” That’s your tax dollars at work, folks.

  59. 59
    Bubdylan Says:

    So, my ever-obsessive brain broke my studies with a probably-needless worry. But, just in case: Steve, you do know I was really wanting to know where you went to school, right? That wasn’t some kind of snarky remark. It’s just that your vocab is pretty smoking.

    Okay, returning you to your regular scheduled schizophrenic (sp?) ballteam…

  60. 60
    Tcc Says:

    End of 5, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!

  61. 61
    Steve Says:

    I could have sworn that this blowout was coming last night. I really did. Sigh. Bub – I went to Umass in Amherst. And where are you? Somewhere in Alabama, right? If you don’t want to say because you fear that Anne will stalk you, I understand.

  62. 62
    Leah Says:

    Is it just me or would GA have scored Tuesday night if he had rounded third then like he did tonight? Insidious indeed. Bub, I didn’t know you were from Alabama? The Reverand is from Bama but he cheers for the Tigers. War Eagle…blah blah blah…

  63. 63
    Tcc Says:

    With todays technology maybe somebody could superimpose Sid Bream’s run from third over GA’s. Who would win (or lose) the race? Guessing GA would beat SB, but by how much??

  64. 64
    Anne Says:

    Steve’s a big meanie. In other news – I don’t even care about the HR. It was good to see Buddy again.

  65. 65
    Tcc Says:

    Buddy and Huddy….trying hard to get excited about their return..

  66. 66
    Leah Says:

    Buddy always makes me nervous. Bub, as long a Matty D is hitting .500 I think you’re safe from Anne. Besides if one of us is a crazy psychopath it’s probably you anyway right?

  67. 67
    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, yeah, at Jacksonville State, in Alabama, where our school system’s motto is “It’s Better than Mississippi.” Yeah, Anne talks to me so much I do get a little worried.

    I guess Umass in Amherst sounds hoity toity enough to spur the occassional polysyllabic bust out.

    Anne, it WAS good to see Buddy, homer be damned.

    Leah, I might be a psychopath, but I ain’t crazy. Was your fella in Auburn in any years between ’92 & 2000? I was there on and off a bunch, bumming around mostly. Was he a BCM’er? If he was, we might know some of the same people.

  68. 68
    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, I read to fast. You said he cheers for the tigers and my mind coupled that with the “where’d you go to school” talk with Steve.

    The brain cells taken out by beer… they do come back, right?

  69. 69
    Bubdylan Says:

    I also typed “to” fast.

  70. 70
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m a serial poster.

  71. 71
    Bubdylan Says:

    … which is better than a cereal poster.

    … and g’night.

    Go Braves. (My hope meter is doing that thing from Iron Giant where he got blown to smithereens and then the parts all started crawling toward each other… stupid sport.)

  72. 72
    Steve Says:

    Tcc – welcome to the board! It’s good to have you.

    Anne, please. I kid, because I love.

    So, can we do this? Can we go 6 – 1 or 5 – 2 in these next 7? Can we actually beat Cliff Lee? Can Chipper put together consecutive games with a hit? Will Matty hit at least .400? One little blow out tonight and I’m all wound up again.

    And Leah – I had that same exact thought about GA rounding the bag at 3rd, looking all fleet of foot as he did. Oh, had we won game 1 against the Pads …

  73. 73
    Leah Says:

    Stupid Friars…who need’s em. Bub, he did not go to Auburn but loves it just the same. My Aunt, Uncle and Cousin went to Jack State. I grew up in MS and have the public edumacation to prove it. I even likes to go to the libary. Im very serious and TOTALLY NOT offended by your comment. I feel like we should know eachother.

  74. 74
    Steve Says:

    Iron Giant is an underrated gem.

  75. 75
    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, it (I.G.) certainly is. And did you know (Leah is about to be too impressed for mere words) that the director, Brad Bird, is also the director of two Pixar gems: The Incredibles and Ratatouille?

    Leah, glad you’re not offended, but of course by “Better than Mississippi,” I was talking about Alabama’s & Mississippi’s perpetual reign at numbers 49 & 50 in U.S. school systems. So… not a serious brag, something like touting Norton as “Better than Corky.”

    I went to a library once, too. Couldn’t find any books, though. It’s all a lie from the Gov’ment.

  76. 76
    Leah Says:

    I would try to express how impressed I am but I have no words Bub. Astounding. Do you mean to tell me Arkansas passed MS and AL? Say it isn’t so! I love how the comments at the beginning of the week are all things Atlanta Braves and tapper off toward a few things Atlanta Braves but most things nonsensical.

    OK…I’m just throwing this out there. I say when the Braves make the post season, this year, next year, 2038, we should all meet in the ATL and go to a game or meet somewhere to watch a game. Surely there’s not more than one or two super psychopaths among us.

  77. 77
    Steve Says:

    Leah – I love it. I’m in!
    Norton should absolutely walk around the clubhouse with a shirt that says, “Better than Corky.”

  78. 78
    Bubdylan Says:

    “Surely there’s not more than one or two super psychopaths among us.”

    Leah, it only takes one.

    I’m in, too. We can all meet at my van.

  79. 79
    Leah Says:

    We should have a t-shirt made for Ole Charlie. Bub, is your van “down by the river”?

  80. 80
    Bubdylan Says:

    Ha, indeed no. I listened to Mr. Farley.

    Was going to make a few more stabs at psycho humor, but the front page news from Cali is too heartbreaking.

    Steve, the shirt image is hilarious. According to DOB (I think), he’s the type who would wear it, a’ la Ohman’s “I’m Still Here” shirt, or whatever it was.

  81. 81
    Bubdylan Says:

    Sorry, folks. Didn’t mean to turn the place so chat-roomy. Child can not stay on task.

  82. 82
    Leah Says:

    Oh Bub, you’re not alone. I do discuss coupon cutting an other wifely woes.

  83. 83
    Leah Says:

    Have to win tonight, we will lose tomorrow night. Play ball!

  84. 84
    Kathryn Says:

    If we get shut down by Pedro my hope meter will be at a -5.

  85. 85 Says:

    That memory-erasing service they do in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”… I want Ryan Howard out of my life, please.

  86. 86 Says:

    We’re losing Hanson to the rain, while they only lose Pedro. Fire Bobby Cox.

  87. 87
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, Name Enter FAIL.

  88. 88
    Tcc Says:

    Steve, thanks for the welcome and howdy to all. Here’s hoping BMac can be our Ryan Howard tonight!

  89. 89
    Curt Says:

    I force my kids to watch Iron Giant. “It’s scary.” Cowards

    And for a second I saw Corky and thought of the kid from ‘Life Goes On’ and even thought that was funnier. Particularly in Norton’s case, because it would be a lie.

  90. 90
    Curt Says:

    Can’t we just walk Howard every time?

    Anyone see that Kazmir is getting traded to the Angels? So much for Steve’s pick.

  91. 91
    Bubdylan Says:

    *whistling the Jeapordy theme*

  92. 92
    Bubdylan Says:

    Selig, can you at least make the umpires wear clown shoes? Give us something.

  93. 93
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, I laughed twice at #89…

  94. 94
    Will Says:

    the movie im thinking about here is groundhog day…

  95. 95
    Tcc Says:

    “Can’t we just walk Howard every time”

    Yeah, that.

  96. 96
    Bubdylan Says:

    I hate to resort to middle school humor, but…

    it’s not really raining. Ryan Howard just sneezed.

  97. 97
    Bubdylan Says:

    Chan Ho Park vs. Greg Norton. When an unstartable force meets an immovable project.

  98. 98
    Hamilton Says:

    I want to kill Ryan Howard and wear his skin as a portal to another dimension.

    If this continues throughout the weekend, you all can count me “in” as one of the psychopaths at our get together. I hope that doesn’t bump out Bub or Leah.

  99. 99
    Bubdylan Says:

    *fetches catfish skinners…*

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    Bubdylan Says:


  101. 101
    Leah Says:

    *rhythmic thumb sucking noises, sigh*. I hate baseball and Ryan Howard’s face is going to be my target at kickboxing tomorrow.

  102. 102
    Curt Says:

    Use Bobby Cox instead

  103. 103
    Leah Says:

    Can’t do it Curt. He’s too old and frail, I might hurt him. I’ll get a better work out with someone who at least has a chance of defending himself. Plus, maybe I’ll put him on the DL.

  104. 104
    Anne Says:

    Thanks for that image, Curt and Leah: Bobby in a kickboxing class. Allow me to add…with Chino. Hope everybody’s done digesting breakfast. Go Braves…

  105. 105
    Bubdylan Says:

    I watch the Braves all summer. There is no image that can disturb my breakfast.

  106. 106
    Steve Says:

    Kathryn – welcome to the board! And I’m with you. Facing Lee tonight coupled with our lackluster performances lately on Sunday night baseball… This could get really ugly, really fast. I’m already hitching my wagon to a four game sweep of the Marlins to turn the season around.
    The psycho humor was spectacular. And Hammy, first your use of math with the hope meter and now quantum physics with the Ryan Howard’s skin and portal travel. Very, very impressive.

  107. 107
    Bubdylan Says:

    Donde el padre de Chipper Jones?

    Hoy mi Bravos el saludo Cliff Lee con feliz la fiesta.

    … is all I got…

  108. 108
    Kathryn Says:

    Thanks Steve

    Maybe Chipper will break out of the slump tonight. It’s got to happen some time Right?

  109. 109
    Leah Says:

    Somebody’s also gotta beat Cliff Lee at some point. Why not Derek Lowe? Right? Right? Anyone?

  110. 110
    Bubdylan Says:

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    Leah Says:

    Bub, I literally cannot stop laughing.

  112. 112
    Bubdylan Says:

    Get OUT OF HERE, LITTLE BALL!!!!!!!!!!!

  113. 113
    Anne Says:

    Bub…for god’s sake!!

    In other news, Dear lord I’m actually having hope in the 4th inning!

  114. 114
    Bubdylan Says:

    Get OUT OF HERE, LITTLE BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  115. 115
    Bubdylan Says:

    Anne’s man doin’ it up. I almost called that one. I really did.

    Leah, I’m glad you got a kick out of it. Believe me, that’s one of the more family friendly ones that came up on my image search. (Don’t go do it. You’ll be sorry.)

  116. 116
    Steve Says:

    Wow, Bub – you “almost” called it. Very impressive.
    But not as impressive as our offense wuppin’ up on this hack, Cliff Lee. I’m stunned at this point.

  117. 117
    Bubdylan Says:

    Thanks, Steve. It’s a gift.

  118. 118
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wait… when did LaRoche leave? And why?

  119. 119
    Bubdylan Says:

    Auuuuuuugh. LaRoche. It’s his hammy. DAMNIT.

  120. 120
    Steve Says:

    Bub – that picture of you is hilarious. And nice brown satin sheets you’ve got there. I always pictured you a little shorter.

  121. 121
    Bubdylan Says:

    Pssshhh. Steve, I’d never let my triceps shrink that low. (Crap, I have two beers open at once….)

  122. 122
    Tcc Says:

    My Main Man Moylan!

  123. 123
    Bubdylan Says:

    Lefties hitting almost three hundred against Moylan. It’s okay, Bobby… Utley and Howard are not very good lefties.

  124. 124
    Tcc Says:

    At least for 0.1 innings…sheesh!

  125. 125
    Bubdylan Says:

    Gun him down, Gonzo. Please.

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    Bubdylan Says:


  127. 127
    Curt Says:

    Thank god we didn’t use lefties against Howard before tonight. Any chance we can redo some of these games?

  128. 128
    Bubdylan Says:

    Mike Gonzalez, don’t take this the wrong way, but:

  129. 129
    Steve Says:

    What a great inning from Gonzo. Wow.

  130. 130
    Tcc Says:

    Jaysus, Patrick and Mary!!

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    Steve Says:

    Quite a video, Bub. That lead singer looked like some crazy mixture of Todd Rundgren and Lily Tomlin. Those ancient references brought to you by my upcoming 41st birthday.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    hah, good call, Steve. Maybe a little Martina Navratilova in there, too.

    Happy Early bday.

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    Will Says:

    or David Carradine (R.I.P.) and Cher…. thx Bub!

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    Leah Says:

    No idea who any of those people are. Well the “Jaysus” guy. I know Him. Happy birthday Steve and GO BRAVES! Any info on LaRoche? I was helping a friend celebrate her b’day…her 31st.

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    Leah Says:

    Um Cher I know. Will was a speedy commentor.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    G’night ABT’ers. Gotta get up early and pay the piper (study) for tonight’s game. But thanks Bravos for making it worth it.

    Go Braves!!!!!!!

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – LaRoche’s hip (not groin as they said in the broadcast).

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, here’s one for you.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, thanks. That song put me right there, man. Right there. I saw the pony.

    If we categorized losses and wins into: regular wins, great wins, pitiful losses, and understandable losses, I would say that our great wins total this season is at least as high as our pitiful losses total. We’ve seen some game efforts to be proud of. Last night is right up there.

    I think the organization is on the rise again. Not thrilled that Bobby is hanging on, but maybe we’ll shed him before the window on this young talent is closed. Or maybe, as has been known to happen from time to time, we’ll put together some great seasons in spite of managerial weakness.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Guys, how would you guess Frank and Bobby honestly feel about Kawakami, compared with what they had in mind when they hired him?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    *Guys and gals, I meant…

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    Curt Says:

    I just have a fear, after talking with Dimino, that the Braves revert to this recent philosophy of rushing guys to the majors, who aren’t ready to perform, in order to save money. I think it cost them this year, and it will cost them in years to come if they continue. If Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward are on this team as starters next year, and if Bobby Cox is still the manager, you are continuing this cycle that has not worked. The teams of the 90s had rookies that sat on the bench and earned their way into the lineup. They didn’t throw AA players out there opening day in hopes of them having break out seasons. They treat this more like a basketball team than a baseball team. I just fear that they go through massive changes in the off season where they dump a bunch of veterans again and have a really young team that can’t compete the whole season.

    Tune in to hear that assessment again in our season wrap-up show.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, your ringtone is “Don’t Worry Be Happy” isn’t it? I knew it.

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    Leah Says:

    Ahem…Bub I was just bragging on how you guys include us chicks. Don’t let it happen again. Actually, I’m used to it. My dad referred to my 3 sisters and I as “guys” all the time.

    I would really love a win tonight. I honestly think Tommy could have beaten Pedro Friday night if it weren’t for the blasted rain delay. I don’t hate that loss but I don’t have a hope meter so to speak. I’m just trying to enjoy playing good ball at this point.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, I had meant the universal “guys,” of course, but wanted to be clearer. :)

    Diaz on Lee:

    ”He made more mistakes than he’s been making,” Diaz said. ”I watched film and he missed five spots in two games. I think he would tell you he didn’t hit his spots tonight.”

    Film student Matty D. I love it. (I know, they all watch film, but…)

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    Curt Says:

    The thing is I always hope for the best, but know that things generally tend to turn out exactly as I expected, save the Braves signing Andruw Jones.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Smash Blanton. Smash him!

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    Leah Says:

    Why has Bobby been sitting in Philly? I don’t dislike it…just curious. Doesn’t he usually stand? Meadow!!!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    He thinks he’s standing up. Nobody has the heart to tell him.

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    Anonymous Says:

    One inning and I’ve already had about enough with these pretentious effers of “broadcasters.” BE more biased?!??!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    7 pitch first inning for Jair. Nicccccccccccce.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mute + Radio, Nony. Works every time.

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    Anonymous Says:

    “Otherworldly tear.” Somebody got themselves a thesaurus. If only I could figure out the high-tech stereo system where I’m housesitting I could put myself out of my own misery…

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    Anne Says:

    Hey, I’M Anonymous! Somebody didn’t pay attention after cleaning up their computer today…

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    Leah Says:

    I’m afraid…someone sing a happy song quick. I hate RH.

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    Leah Says:

    Whew…I’m ok!

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    Steve Says:

    The last few Sunday night ESPN games have felt awful. While a 1-0 lead always helps, things feel better tonight.

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    Leah Says:

    Is it just me or does JJ look awesome through 2. He usually struggles a bit in the very early innings. I’m being very cautious and specific. You guys know how the baseball gods hate me.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    This. is. not. SMASHING!!!!


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    Bubdylan Says:

    No, Leah, I don’t know what you’re talking about. And even if I did, the aseballbay odsgay owknay ouryay oughtsthay. shhhhhh. (-ay)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    sigh. too late.

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    Han Solo Says:

    Leah, we need to talk.

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    Leah Says:

    Not thinking…thinking nothing…whew JJ’s intact. Awe damn. I thought. I mean Blanton I awesome.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, I call Roachy homer right here.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay I call a Gorecki single.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    boo. no more calling. I’m sticking with “almost” calling.

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    Leah Says:

    Shhhhhhhh, they’re reading… quick grab your hat made of foil.

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    Leah Says:

    I hope they keep talking about RH hitting. Please? Can you explain that again? It’s like no one else is playing. Oh good. Let’s hear about Utley.

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    Tcc Says:

    Double play, please!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I actually feel a little better now. I hate dead games where we lead by one. Seems like we always go to sleep and lose late.

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    Tcc Says:


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    Bubdylan Says:

    Tcc, you’re the official Play Asker Person for ABT.

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    Tcc Says:

    Raising my flag…Long may it wave…

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    Tcc Says:

    Ok, I can’t stand it…Chipper goes long!

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    Tcc Says:

    so much for that

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Did the thingy eat my post? Hello?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Hmmmm. Something weird. Steve is banning me for talking too much. G’bye friends, remember meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee……………….

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    Leah Says:

    It was fun while it lasted. Come on JJ. And of course we see Chip was very safe.

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    Tcc Says:

    Come back, Bub..JJ needs you!

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    Taylor -The Man Says:

    so did anyone see that ESPN just put up a stat saying that the braves were 97th in the NL in some category of pitching….i know they don’t like us..but at least make them realistic numbers

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    Tcc Says:

    Now that was brilliant!

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    Leah Says:

    I LOVE that kid!!!!!!!

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    Leah Says:

    Oh good…RH is coming up to bat again. Maybe we can hear more about his approach at the plate, his shoe size and which he prefers, boxers or briefs.

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    Tcc Says:

    I was lost in the ether for a bit there…we need some Braves action..

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    Tcc Says:

    Did GA just get his head stuck in the wall???

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    Leah Says:

    A walk, an error and GA can’t run very fast. Poor JJ.

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    Leah Says:

    Glad the children are sleeping. It’s dangerous in here. F-bombs flying left and right.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Run, Matty, RUN!

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    Leah Says:

    Anne…are you proud? I know you’re proud. Come on boys! Let’s show ‘em how to play small ball.

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    Tcc Says:

    I have a few F bombs for Blanton. I hate him. He should be an unfortunate character in a Cormac McCarthy novel…well, maybe that’s a little strong. Go Braves!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Fee. tull. poe. zihh. shun.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Tcc, maybe Matt Damon’s stab victim in All the Pretty Horses? (He did write that, yes?)

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    Leah Says:

    Phillies are awesome, Ryan Howard can hit the ball, defense is awesome, oh and the Braves are playing too. Maybe I’m just a sore loser.

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    Tcc Says: are right. Leah..don’t give up. Chuck a few more F bombs at the hated Question Marks. I’m working early tomorrow so I’m off to a restless sleep, hoping you guys/gals will pull us through. Go Braves.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Norton? Where’s KJ? Lidge is giving up a .350+ BA against lefties.

    C’mon, Bobby.

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    Leah Says:

    Hope meter? Negative 1000.

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    Steve Says:

    Ending the game on Norton PH. Utterly depressing. I’m just furious right now. NORTON?!?!?!?!? New show up in about an hour.

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    Bubdylan Says:




    Oh well. We’re just 3 out in the WC. Just pretend the Rockies won and we creamed Philly. YEAH! Not THAT’S Fantasy Baseball.

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    Hamilton Says:

    F bomb. F’ing F Bomb. F. F. F. Double F. Garrett Anderson is an F-hole. Bobby Cox couldn’t F himself if you gave him a search dog and some peanut butter (I don’t know what that means). That was F’ing F’ful. FFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    By the way, the slow-loading refresh action I’m getting here in the comment section, I’m guessing is from the maching gunning I’ve given the place this week. I’ll chill on the next one.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, Hammy. That sh*t had me rolling.

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    Curt Says:

    Entourage is pretty funny this week.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – there is no reason to slow down on the comments section. This is great. We broke 200 for the first time ever. We all love what’s happening here. I will talk to our smart guy/producer about replacing this with something that can better handle all of the traffic.

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    Curt Says:

    I take it back. Entourage sucked too.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, you’re pretty damn funny sometimes.

    Steve, roger that. Although, these Braves are gonna cost me a degree, I swear. What’s Spanish for “I haven’t even signed onto Blackboard yet?”

    Looking forward to the show, though I’ll have to crank it up tomorrow night. G’night ABT’ers. Don’t give up yet. (Though that Chipper contract is gonna cost me a fortune in Tums. One thing I’ll give him credit for; this is the kind of series he usually skips when he’s struggling to save a little face. Then again…)

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    popup trailers Says:

    Took me time to read all the comments

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    engraved shot glasses Says:

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