August 30, 2009

Show #76: Two Series Losses to Close Out August

The Padres and Phillies Series.  Tim Hudson’s return to the rotation.  Troubles in center field.  And a contentious Post Season Hope Meter.



210 Responses to “Show #76: Two Series Losses to Close Out August”

  1. 1
    Will Says:

    im still over 5 maybe 6. they can pull it out…this cast was fairly depressing, tho…and norton blows

    but looking at GA replay…he was hauling ass a pretty long way and snowconed it at a gallop with the walls closing in…i think that one is at least 50/50. maybe Andruw Jones makes that but not everybody

  2. 2
    Hamilton Says:

    Don’t be a GA apologist, Will-Bob. Don’t go there. Nobody wins when you do that.

    Big game tonight. Huddy on the mound. Really need to win a Monday game. Against the Fish no less.

  3. 3
    Leah Says:

    I think this weeks show is my favorite and here’s why (totally imitated Steve there, did you notice?). I loved listening to Hammy’s reaction to GA’s no catch while replaying it in my head. Also, it’s just fun to hear people as passionate about this team as I am discuss their chances or lack there of. I’m bummed about losing the Phillies series but honestly Phillies didn’t play as well as they could have either. Somehow I find that comforting. Maybe I’m grasping at straws.

    Curt, go to your wife as soon as possible and say “Honey, I need a hug.”. Cause clearly you do.
    I usually stay away from the hope meter because I can’t handle the stress but I’ve decided to commit. I’m all in. I think Hudson’s return will light a spark under this team. It may be too little too late and I’m not an 8 but I’m not a 2. Last night I was a -1000 but today after listening to reason I’m a solid 6.

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    Steve Says:

    Defintely a big night. This is two series losses in a row. Even my Hope Meter cannot sustain many more series losses. And it’s time to put an end to the 1st game loss thing. Enough, already. You know they’re getting tight about it as it is. It’s been SEVEN straight series since we won a game 1. I think that KK pitches the game of his life tonight.

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    Leah Says:

    I bet Dos K get’s a no hitter. That’s my prediction.

  6. 6
    Leah Says:

    Oh dear, just noticed the change in the rotation. Thought Steve was kidding. Bball gods, I was kidding…it was a joke…don’t hurt me.

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    Kathryn Says:

    Great show this week guys. Loved the hope meter discussion.

    It’s going to be tough to stop the 1st game loss with Josh Johnson going for the fish tonight. Although KK does seem to pitch better when he is up against the other teams ace.

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    Tcc Says:

    I haven’t had a chance to listen to this weeks episode yet, but will do so tomorrow. I’m sure it will be as entertaining and “cheery” as ever?!? Well. In the meantime I’m going to “Permanent Rally Cap Mode” from now until we clinch a playoff spot!

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    Leah Says:

    I swear BC listens to the podcast. Who’s playing CF? Infante. Who’s on the bench? RG!

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    Tcc Says:

    Nice catch GA..sorry about what I said last night about getting your head stuck in the wall…

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    Tcc Says:


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    Curt Says:

    Yes, thank God Infante sat last night. Wouldn’t want him in there. Didn’t need that game.

    God bless KK. What a trooper. The guy is basically getting demoted if McLouth doesn’t get hurt again, and goes out and throws this game. He needs a cool nickname like Goldar or something. Ultraman. I’ll work on it.

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    Tcc Says:

    Twice K ? sorry, that’s awful.

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    Leah Says:

    Does the term “home field advantage” really apply to the fish. “That stadium’s lonelier than me on prom night”, said the Reverend. And again we see just how brilliant Steve and his predictions really are.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Hey guys. Great, great show. Throw my hat in with Leah on it being a favorite.

    How’s the game going? I swore myself to lay off broadcasts until I catch up my studies, but I gave myself a few posts here at night while I go over flashcards. Are we winning?

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    Curt Says:

    Yeah, the early one was Dos K, but that one is kind of lame. I want him to have some kick ass Japanese super hero name.

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    Bobby Cox Says:

    Wait, so let me get this straight, Infante is better than Gorecki? Are we sure about this? Can we get another 10 game sample size before we rush to a decision? We have time don’t we? What inning is it? C’mon, Smoltzie!!

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    Hammy Says:

    Leah – You’re right! He does listen (to the podcast – nothing else).

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, we won 5-2. Goldar gave up 6 hits and 1 run. Braves didn’t have a hit until the 6th, then Infante had a huge 2 out triple in the 7th to put the Braves up 2-1.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Thanks Curt. Beautiful!

    Heh, Goldar. I used to watch that show.

    Who pitched for the fish? What did Colorado, SF do?

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    Curt Says:

    Johnson and he was blowing doors. He just ran out of gas.

    Both idol

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Wow. We beat Johnson with KK and Cliff Lee with Lowe, and lost the games around those… baseball is weird.

  23. 23
    Curt Says:

    Another stud pitcher taken down by KK

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Tcc, funny… Twice K.

    Hey, since he’s cool under pressure, what about Ice K?

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    Taylor -The Man Says:

    I could not have agreed more with the Gorecki thing this week..thats the kind of player that Vazquez pinch hits for on a good night. I would pretty much mentally prepare for a K (dunno how to put them backwards on the computer, but that would be even more realistic) every time he would step up there. It’s just mind numbingly frustrated how BC act….dude was great through the 90’s throwing out those lineups, but it just seems like the regular lineup gets over managed, and the bullpen only has 3 people in it. My philosophy is put your 8 out there every night unless they are hurt or need ONE day off. Gorecki should have probably have 4 or 5 at bats at this point.

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    Steve Says:

    I freaking love Ice K. Although seeing Goldar used earnestly in a post is funny as hell, too. An embarrassment of riches, really.
    What a tremendous game tonight. Breaking the game 1 curse, overcoming a no-hitter for 5+, taking down their best starter, and, finally, K-Thron (I’m throwing it in the ring) pitching a TREMENDOUS game. 3 measly games back in the Wild Card.

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    Curt Says:

    Space Giants was known as Ambassador Magma in Japan. I know Ambassador Magma doesn’t roll off of the tongue as a nickname, but it’s pretty awesome. Will, we need a kicking Japanese nickname. Did KK have a nickname when he pitched over there? Mr. Happy Throw or something?

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    Will Says:

    Lice K

    he has a habit of scratching before the windup and frequently was seen with Harajuku girls in the off season…him and Dervish


    ill get right on it… I recall RODAK was the badda$$ alien in Space Giants with awful teeth who used to deal pain from his fly spaceship in orbit…Goldar was kind of mincy with tight pants and long har, sort of David Lee Roth.

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    Will Says:

    Ok. According to my in depth research of one colleague at work who is a pretty huge baseball fan, Kenshin Kawakami didn’t have a nickname but was called “Kenshin” by his manager and the fans. This is because Kenshin is a somewhat rare Japanese name. Everybody in Japan associates it with this guy:

    I guess its like being called Rommell or maybe Stonewall. This guy Kenshin Uesugi was called Bishamonten – or “God of War”. Not bad…

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    Curt Says:

    well done Will-son

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    Hammy Says:

    Weren’t Rodak’s minions called the Lugo Men? I am loving this trip down memory lane. Can we call A-Rod “Silvar”?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    10 Points Awarded to Hammy.

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    Steve Says:

    We’ve been working to get a one on one interview with Dale Murphy for the past 6 months and it looks like it has all come together. If everything plays out as it should, the interview will be up this week. I’ll keep you updated. And, if I may impose, please consider places (blogs, message boards, etc.) you’d be willing to get the word out (again, only if you’re comfortable with that kind of shameless plugging – if not, don’t give it another thought). We’re insanely pumped and proud of being able to interview Dale and we want to tell all the Braves fans out there. More to come.

  34. 34
    Leah Says:

    I always mention the show on Fox Sports South Fb feed. This will be an extra special plug. I try to tell them I don’t work for ABT but not sure if they believe me.

  35. 35
    Steve Says:

    Thanks, Leah. It is always appreciated. Now, c’mon Huddy!

  36. 36
    Anne Says:

    Assuming Mr. & Mrs. Huddy are podcast subscribers: I will give a significant donation to the Hudson Family Foundation if Huddy gets a W tonight. C’mon, Tim, I know you can.

  37. 37
    Curt Says:

    Nice article about Hanson and his side kick.

  38. 38
    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, that’s great news re: the Murph. Looking forward to it.

    Go Huddy, Go Braves!

  39. 39
    Will Says:

    further important research for you…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I think this will link to a Matt Diaz interview with MLB Network after last night’s game if y’all haven’t seen it.

    Good stuff. Matt always handles himself well.

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    Leah Says:

    Great interview Matty D! Since he tipped his hat to me in early August he’s been on fire…just sayin. Ice K is my fav and not just cause Bub said it.

    Are we going to get to play ball tonight?

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    Anonymous Says:

    Ice K is my fav

    :) :) :)

    and not just cause Bub said it.

    :( :( :(

  43. 43
    Bubdylan Says:

    Dangit all.

  44. 44
    Leah Says:

    Gwn Braves are beating Durham Bulls. I know you all were curious…I’m here for ya. It feels FUBAR to want the Phillies to win.

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    Will Says:

    Of all of them, I like Ice K the best too.

    A-Rod is Chinpokomon…

    is suppose it helps to know that Chin… means…er….the male organ.

    A-Rod becomes… D*** Pocket Monster…fitting.

    South Park kills me.

    Sorry for the gutter humor, won’t let it happen again.

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    Will Says:

    I suppose it helps, that is.

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    Leah Says:

    Umm…Jo Jo is on the mound. After his team mate hits a grand slam he takes the mound and walks lead off batter. Good ole JoJo.

    Bub, they don’t know your comments are my favorite. I’m trying to be diplomatic. You know how Will get’s his feelings hurt so easily. I lucky Taylor’s still talking to me after I called him a chick and well, you heard Curt in the podcast. Dude needs a hug. I don’t think Steve and Hammy give that guy any attention.

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    Tcc Says:

    Kenshinkomon just called me and wanted to know “is this game gonna ever get started”? He actually speaks English better than he lets on.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Thanks, Leah. Whew.

    Mets and Phils are winning. YAY! (yeah, a strange feeling.)

  50. 50
    Bubdylan Says:

    Frenchy with an RBI, but no hit. Imagine that?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    This is crap, by the way. My Spanish class was cancelled and I was all excited at the excuse to tune in the Braves.

    Better not get rained out.

  52. 52
    Bubdylan Says:

    How can you throw 96+ mph and suck as bad as Pelfrey?

  53. 53
    Bubdylan Says:

    Giants lose!

  54. 54
    Leah Says:

    Does one need an excuse to watch the Braves? Don’t tell my husband.

  55. 55
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, that’s when you tell him, “yeah, you’re my excuse to watch the Braves…”

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    Bubdylan Says:


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    Tcc Says:

    Bub..that sounds like a Ron White quote.

  58. 58
    Bubdylan Says:

    ohhhh, Huddy. :(

  59. 59
    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, Huddy lowered his ERA from 54.00 to 18.00 in one pitch.

  60. 60
    Bubdylan Says:

    Tcc, if I’m ever as acerbic as Ron White, please slap me.

  61. 61
    Tcc Says:

    Do I feel a “Huddy Redemption Tracker” coming on?? Steve, Ham, Curt????

  62. 62
    Leah Says:

    Just turned on the game. What did I miss?

  63. 63
    Tcc Says:

    Huddy walks..Really???

  64. 64
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, Huddy got in some trouble in the first. Couple of doubles, and Cantu knocked them in. Then a DP erased further trouble.

    But he got ‘em 1-2-3 in the second.

  65. 65
    Tcc Says:

    Leah, you missed a loooong rain delay. Currently Braves down 2-1, top of the third.

  66. 66
    Bubdylan Says:

    The Braves scored on a double play by Chipper :( with runners on the corners.

  67. 67
    Bubdylan Says:

    Chipper, you must atone…

  68. 68
    Bubdylan Says:

    Killin’ us, Larry.

    Kil. ling. us.

  69. 69
    Tcc Says:

    Time for a Big Mac Attack!

  70. 70
    Leah Says:

    1) is anyone at this game? 2) what the heck is wrong with Chipper? 3) was there ever a guy uglier than Cantu? 4) silly chick question alert, Why do some players have an extra pair of gloves in their pocket when they come up to bat?

  71. 71
    Bubdylan Says:

    1. 260 people are there. Jake Cook counted them. Seriously. 2. Oldness. 3. Cantu’s daddy. 4. in case they need to challenge the ump to a duel.

  72. 72
    Leah Says:

    #3 is my favorite. Unlike Larry you really came through. Huddy scores on a balk! I love it!

  73. 73
    Tcc Says:

    Huddy scores on a balk???

  74. 74
    Tcc Says:

    And the BMA follows!!!

  75. 75
    Leah Says:

    Big Mac indeed!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Alright, Bravos! Way to get up of the mat.

    Jake Cook really did count the fans for the radio broadcast earlier. Pretty funny. That’s 260 counting the media.

  77. 77
    Bubdylan Says:

    “off the mat…”

  78. 78
    Leah Says:

    Ok guys, hate to be whiney but we need a live chat room. Hate filling the comment feed with all this live chatter.

  79. 79
    Bubdylan Says:

    Reportedly, they’re okay with it. Reportedly.

  80. 80
    Leah Says:

    I’m ok with it but I’m a very selfish being. Come on DP! Rain’s acomin!

  81. 81
    Leah Says:

    I never want to see Cantu’s father. Just saying.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, Simpson: “So the Rockies threaten but they leave two…”

  83. 83
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wait… Simpson? Sutton? Good grief, this is the last beer I will ever, ever drink.

    What’s the man’s name?

  84. 84
    Leah Says:

    Where’d you guys go? I feel so alone. War Damn Eagle Huddy!

  85. 85
    Chopped Liver Says:

    I’m here…

  86. 86
    Leah Says:

    Does your refresh button sometimes not work? STEVE! My refresh button sometimes doesn’t work and Bub needs another beer. Can you get right on that?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I never saw Huddy play in Auburn, but I did see Gabe Gross play.

  88. 88
    Bubdylan Says:

    That’s two out of four innings that went 1-2-3 for Mr. Hudson. ERA rockin’ at a smooooove 4.50 now.

  89. 89
    Leah Says:

    Ok…i’m no pro but Huddy looks FREAKIN AWESOME! Also, seems like 249 of the 260 are Braves fans.

  90. 90
    Bubdylan Says:

    Speaking of refresh buttons, my roommate bought one of those motion-activated air fresheners for the bathroom and the other day it scared me so bad I karate chopped it.

  91. 91
    Bubdylan Says:

    Three hits, two RBI’s for Jason Heyward today, the man just said.

  92. 92
    Leah Says:

    I’m enjoying this season but next season looks alot like Christmas. Bub, I think microwave popcorn, automatic air fresheners and beer should be combined with care. Did Frenchy reach on an error tonight? I know he didn’t walk.

  93. 93
    Bubdylan Says:

    How low will Chipper’s average go? :(

  94. 94
    Bubdylan Says:

    Come on, Garret. Knock one out.

  95. 95
    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, I’m to bed. Go Braves!

  96. 96
    Leah Says:

    I don’t understand…how can he be hitting soooooo poorly and how can BC keep putting him out there?

    “And the crowd goes wild!?”

  97. 97
    Bubdylan Says:

    Ha HAAAAA!!! Moylan!

  98. 98
    Leah Says:

    Wake up bub! Moylan Rock!

  99. 99
    Leah Says:

    Bub…Bub? Tcc? Anyone? Oh well, Go BRAVES! Medlen, you ‘da man. I’m going to be so crabby to my kids in the morning.

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    Will Says:

    Im #100!

    Bub and Leah did all the work…

    nice WIN! GO BRAVES!!

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    Anne Says:

    Guess I’m writin’ a check to Huddy’s Foundation! Very nice.

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    Will Says:

    I just watched the game on replay. What a weird but fun game.
    Good effort from Hudson, McCann uses his glasses for psi-ops, Soriano makes it scary in the 9th, Diaz rules. Chipper sucking huge donkeys…wussupwidat? Needs a few days off, go to a truck pull or a barbecue or something…what does Larry do for fun?

    Anyway, this has been such a fun season…and its going to be a shame to make the playoffs and disappoint Curt.

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    Curt Says:

    I look forward to being disappointed.

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    Leah Says:

    Will, I could not agree more. I hope Churchy feels better so Infante can move to 3rd and give Chip a nice rest on the bench next to BC. Speaking of…he’s been sitting a lot lately. I think the ole man’s knees are bothering him. He was looking at sheets of paper last night. What do you think…stats or caricatures of the players? He seems to be learning. Put Reid in to pinch run for GA which a pinch runner would have won us another game in Philly.

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    Anne Says:

    Chipper goes huntin’ ‘n fishin’ fer fun, don’t he? (I’m taking the high road…beneath me to bring up the past, right??)

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    Curt Says:

    I’m just saying….

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    Steve Says:

    Leah, Bub, everyone: what is it that you’re looking for in terms of posting comments? Or to ask it another way, what is the issue you’re trying to address? Give me all your requirements and I’ll see what we can do … And if there’s something out there that you’d like us to approximate, include a link to it. Thanks. Let’s make this thing better!!!

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    Steve Says:

    Chipper’s out of tonight’s line up, getting a breather. And I’m kinda happy about it. Strange days …

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    Leah Says:

    Well Steve, since you asked, I have no idea. I’m great at coming up with problems and not providing a solution. I don’t usually talk to potentially psycho people online so I don’t have an example. I just know that sometimes when mutiple people are commenting at the same time I may “refresh” my screen but their comments don’t post until after I have posted my comment. For instance, I refreshed twice and waited a few minutes in between attempts before posting #84. #82 and 83 didn’t post until after I submitted #84. Then Bub got his feelings hurt and I had to brag on his humor etc.

    Glad Chip’s getting a break and Bub’s right…baseball feels weird right now.

  110. 110
    Bubdylan Says:

    “Then Bub got his feelings hurt and I had to brag on his humor etc. ”

    Oh, we are so through.

    Steve, I’m satisfied with the comment section. It’s just that, strictly speaking, I’m not usually commenting on the podcast itself, so sometimes I wonder if I’m not throwing off the ABT groove.

    Leah’s the one with the problem. She wants a chat box I think. Remember? Fourth grade?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Resting Chipper is a relief, but not quite all the relief it’s cracked up to be. We all think an automatic out (lately) is coming, but opposing pitchers sure don’t. Against all logic, they still pitch to his reputation. And subtracting him from the line up is going to make most pitcher more comfortable, no matter what the numbers say.

    Go Braves.

    (I’m sure it was obvious, but since I’m off to a three hour class [PLEASE don’t let her hold us that long] I’d better mention that the above venom at Leah is all in fun.)


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    Leah Says:

    See…hurt feelings. Ok here we go. Bub you’re funny…really really funny…always make me laugh…out loud…lol…lmao…whew. Sorry guys. That should do it.

  113. 113
    Leah Says:

    I don’t dislike the current situation I just like chatting live during the game. It makes me feel less like a freak when I’m up at midnight 30 watching a stupid ball game. It’s a little slow at times but so am I.

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    Curt Says:

    Did I mention I would like to apologize to Javy Vazquez and Mrs. Vazquez and all the little Vazqui out there.

    And Leah, to answer a question from much earlier regarding guys having extra batting gloves in their pockets, some guys have sliding gloves they wear when they are running the bases that have more padding. Some guys also have a different glove they wear in the field under their mitt, that also might have more padding. That is the best I can offer.

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    Leah Says:

    I hate Uggla.

    Like I said, Chip on the bench Prado at 3rd.

  116. 116
    Leah Says:

    Umm…please give Prado fluids stat! Dude looks drunk. Please no more headaches for Meadow.

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    Leah Says:

    Larry Freakin Jones!!!!!! Welcome back buddy!!!!!!!

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    Tcc Says:

    Matty Freakin Diaz too!

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    Kathryn Says:

    I’m shocked Norton didn’t come through. He has been so clutch this year.

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    Leah Says:

    Funny Kathryn. I’m bummed they hit Diaz (so on purpose). Bravos were about to bust this game wide open. Come on boys!

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    Tcc Says:

    Norton needs to be sent “Straight to the moon” Surely there is someone who can do better than that!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yes, Moylan!

    That dude is useful.

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    Tcc Says:

    Ginormous inning for the Bravistomen.

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    Marlin Says:

    Has anybody seen Momentum?

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    Marlin Says:

    oh… nevermind…. there he is. The umpire had him.

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    Tcc Says:

    Yeah…he was headed for the exit. Rally caps peeps!

  127. 127
    Leah Says:

    BUB! I needed a laugh in the bottom of the 6th and you were no where to be found. Thanks for being there buddy. Who speaks Spanish anyway.

  128. 128
    Marlin Says:

    Leah, I was shifting my weight from one butt cheek to the other in a 2+ hour class on freaking Education Laws. Ugh.



    Ha HAAHHH!

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    Leah Says:


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    Leah Says:

    Sorry it slipped. ESCOBARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Curt Says:

    i’m sensing a 5. kill me.

  132. 132
    Leah Says:

    Oh Curt. careful there. I just was just checking twitter to see what your thoughts were.

  133. 133
    Bubdylan Says:

    Don’t worry, Curt. Bobby will do the killing. We’re all committable for buying into any club run by that old dude.

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    Bubdylan Says:




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    Leah Says:

    Come on KJ! You owe us!

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    Curt Says:

    Sorry Leah. In a shocking development, Twitter is down.

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    Leah Says:

    Oh…sad. Do you guys think the pitch that hit Diaz was on purpose?

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    Curt Says:

    I was enjoying shots of Diaz regaling Lowe with the story of him hurling F bombs at the Marlins pitcher

  139. 139
    Curt Says:

    And no. No reason to hit him. guy couldn’t find the strike zone.

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    Bubdylan Says:


    I’ve paid my dues…

    time after time…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    There’s gonna be a heartache tonight…
    a heartache tonight, I know…

    (I’ve got a baaaaad feeling right now…)

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    Leah Says:

    No reason to hit him even though he’s hot and Prado…well is dizzy or drunk? Matty sure thought it was on purpose.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Cantu can not.

    2 more, Gonzo. No drama tonight, mi amigo.

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    Curt Says:

    I think he was mad that the guy was out of control. kind of a professional courtesy to not be hitting the bull when you are out there.

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    Leah Says:

    Good call Bub confusing the baseball gods.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well… uh….

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    Leah Says:

    That hurt.

  148. 148
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yes, yes it did. I’m proud of them, though. All except Bobby. He can fall down a big hole.

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    Leah Says:

    Me too. It was a fun game. Are we scared of Penny in SF? Talk amongst yourselves. Must sleep so I don’t give my kids the Diaz stare in the morning. Or drop F-bombs.

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    Curt Says:

    Seriously, does Wes Helms get hits against anyone but the Braves? He kills us.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    G’night, Leah.

    Helm’s Deep. Heh. Get it?

  152. 152
    Bubdylan Says:

    Crap. Freakin’ Rockies just went up 5-2.

    Curt, you and your big fat “Five.” You made the gods angry.

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    Tcc Says:

    Yeah, Bub..but in “Helms Deep” the good guys win. Not tonight though. Dammit.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Dammit, indeed.

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    Curt Says:

    Alright. I’ll keep my optimism to myself from now on. Rat farts.

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    Will Says:

    I mentioned this two games ago, and everyone knows it, but its kinda worth repeating. Norton blows. And it was just pure stupid when Conrad was sent down months ago. This is killing us. Killing us. BC gadda go. Best thing would be we get into the playoffs. We make it to the pennant round, lose. Maybe we win. Bobby can leave on a high note….

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    Leah Says:

    So frustrated today. Mostly that Diaz got hit during the big rally. It seems that all the tools are there just not working at the same time. I keep coming back to Curt’s theory that this team can’t make it to the playoffs because the coach won’t let them. Let’s please win tonight!

  158. 158
    Anne Says:

    I’m blissfully happy that my theater work now takes me away from Braves-watching for the rest of the season, because I don’t think I could bear it. That said, I’m buying season tickets next year. This is me, biting the bullet I’ve avoided for years.

    Also, to tie a bow, the Hudsons have my money now.

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    Leah Says:

    Theater work…very interesting. Good for you and the Hudsons!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Anne, congrats. Though, I can’t imagine you’ll find more comedy or tragedy anywhere else.

    I may be right behind her (metaphorically, of course… literally I’m right behind Leah in my van). It’s getting harder every day to justify this time away from studies, and cold turkey might be my only option. We’ll see. I swear it was easier to quit smoking than quit this friggin’ ballclub.

    Tonight’s my “last” game. If the baseball gods have any mercy on me at all, we’ll lose it so I can begin Abstinence Failure #562 with no hope meter buzzing in my pocket. (Speaking of pocket buzzing, last night in my forever long Ed class, a friend of mine – ever have a friend that thinks the appropriate response to you not answering the phone is to ring it nineteen more times cuz they’re just sure you’re ignoring them for no good reason? – this friend of mine starts buzzing my phone on vibrate non stop… and since my Ed teacher is already a hottie, well…)

    Sorry. I blame Curt. He brough Southpark amongst us. Katie bar the door.

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    Bubdylan Says:





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    Leah Says:

    Bub…you cannot leave! You don’t know the comfort your van is in my rearview mirror. Who will make us laugh in the bottom of the 6th bases loaded 3-2 count? And…I need your prof’s name and number. She must be warned.

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    Anne Says:

    Comedy & Tragedy indeed. What the Braves need is a good stage manager. A true pity…I’m busy.

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    Leah Says:

    Met’s win.

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    Leah Says:

    Kickboxing target for Saturday…check. Greg Norton should no longer be in the Major Leagues. 5 innings from Tommy…not ideal.

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    Wiley Says:

    well that was a bummer

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    Leah Says:

    Curt’s latest tweet, “Bobby Cox couldn’t manage my sock drawer.” Would be funny if my heart wasn’t breaking as if it’s being smashed with a sledge hammer with every single pitch.

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    Curt Says:

    It’s just so painful to watch these games play out. How he expects Medlen, a starter all his life, to be able to pitch out of the pen every day. We have 1 complete game this year, from Vazquez, in a loss. I’m not saying that that is Bobby’s fault, but he has ruined this bullpen again. And ruined this season, again.

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    Leah Says:

    I’m with Bub. We’re in his van driving to a far away land where the margaritas flow and no one’s ever heard of baseball. You called it Curt, months ago when we still had the Frenchy redemption tracker and before the hope meter. BC would ruin this team and he has. Double blast. Now, I need a hug.

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    Will Says:

    I was looking forward to watching the archives of these games but ewwww. Ill pass. Gotta organize my sock drawer instead.

    Big Red machine is 8-2 won last 4….it never gets easier.

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    Will Says:

    Was just looking at my, gulp, actual hope in comment 102….isnt it pretty to think so?
    Name that 20th century writer & novel….

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    For every ML team, there must be at least several blogs. I am sure a major theme of running through the postings on every one of them is how the manager is ruining the club.

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    Curt Says:

    how does Bobby Cox find the time to manage other teams?

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    Steve Says:

    Well, I did something last night that I’ve not done all season. Turned off the game because I couldn’t take it anymore. Also, just didn’t have the will to come here and write about it either. That’s how obscenely awful last night was. Not to state the obvious, but we really need to sweep the Reds.

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    Leah Says:

    Cannot watch tonight. Just can’t do it. My husband made a comment about last night’s 6th inning after watching SC and I about took his head off. I’m not breaking up with the Braves just yet but I do need a break.

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    Anne Says:

    Yeah…listening to dramaturgical lectures about August Strindberg (instead of fretting over the Bravos) seems to be the best choice I’ve made in a while!

    Bobby could go direct Damn Yankees over his winter break.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Hey guys. My internet is wonky. I see I missed a rough game. You guys be good. I’m really up against it this weekend. Thank goodness for the extra off day.

    See you when I can. Go Braves!!!

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    Curt Says:

    Bub has a big beer pong tournament on Saturday afternoon

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    Tcc Says:

    Ryan Church just busted his way into my Top 5 All Time Favorite People.

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    Curt Says:

    Did I mention my Cincinnati Reds podcast coming next season?

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    Tcc Says:

    Sorry Ryan, you just got bumped by Nate.

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    Tcc Says:

    Curt..don’t be a hater. A despairer is ok, but not a hater, K?

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    Curt Says:

    Sorry Tcc, it’s an old joke. I made some comment that if Bobby was the manager next year I was going to become a Reds fan. It was the most random team I could come up with. I’ll never abandon my team.

  184. 184
    Tcc Says:

    No problemo. We’re all on the same side here! ABT has made me a more knowledgeable fan and a more critical one too. I was a BC apologist for a long time. Not anymore. Thanks to you and Steve and Hamilton.

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    Tcc Says:

    geez..happy holiday weekend everyone.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    162 x 3 hours = 486 hours.

    …which equals 20 days.

    Bobby Cox owes me a three week vacation.

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    Curt Says:

    I used to get all fired up when Bobby went out to argue with the umps. Now I think he just looks foolish. Like some old guy telling you to get off of his lawn. And when was the last time the Braves rallied after he got tossed? Isn’t that supposed to inspire the team? They just don’t react anymore.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    He looks completely lost at his craft, Curt. Continuing to re-hire him is just irresponsible.

  189. 189
    Curt Says:

    and yet……

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    Steve Says:

    You look at tonight’s line-up, even without Escobar, and it looks potent. 10 times better than what we were trotting out there in the first third of the season, and yet, here we are, being 1 hit by Kip Wells. Ugly. Painful. And ugly.

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    Leah Says:

    Durham Bulls just clinched 2009 South Division title. Fun to cheer for a winning team. Trying to get over my disappointment and be able to watch the Braves again…trying.

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    Leah Says:

    Player of the game? The Skipper.

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    Tcc Says:

    163 days until Pitchers and Catchers report. Happy Football Season everyone..

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Hey guys. Didn’t even look at the score today. As of now, I still don’t know it. Makes me feel so… alive?

    Here’s a happy song for this sad crowd. Happy Labor Day everybody. Hope you and yours are well.

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    Steve Says:

    1 – 0 Reds, bottom of the 4th. Sorry Bub – it’s killing me one piece at a time and I’m bringing others down with me!

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    Leah Says:

    I’ve been kind of keeping up with the score today which is an improvement. Yesterday I was pretending the Braves didn’t exist. Maybe by Tuesday I can watch a game again.

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    Will Says:

    Men Without Bats….

  198. 198
    Anonymous Says:

    I’m going to slit my wrists NOW before the upcoming depressing podcast forces me to. Men Without Bats. NICE.

  199. 199
    Leah Says:

    Come on new podcast. Balm in gilead.

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    Will Says:

    #200 !!!

  201. 201
    Leah Says:

    Just wanted to make sure we make it to the #200 mark.

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    Steve Says:

    BREAKING NEWS: Hi, everyone. No show tonight. The holiday weekend caught up with all three of us and we’re not recording until tomorrow. The Post Season Hope Meter has to wait…

    Very nice work on hitting 200, by the way! Good job. The 200 and Hudson’s start are about it from this weekend.

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    Leah Says:

    No fair Will…I wanted to be 200. I was a second late.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’ve got the damn (swine?) flu. Dead serious. Freaking non-armpit-sneezing college students.

    By the way, it’s really not so bad, if these (3rd day) symptoms are as bad as it’s going to get.

    Men Without Bats, that’s friggin’ great. Wish I’d thought of it.

    Any other 80’s bands describe our Bravos?

    Van Bailin’?
    The Bat Slop Boys?
    Depress Mode?

    Or how about A-ha (-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaaa-HA!)?

    Billy Idle? Michael Lacksrun?

    Okay, I’m done… be good ABT!!!


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    Bubdylan Says:

    … should have said “Van Failin’…”

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    Steve Says:

    Depress Mode is my favorite. This picture of the McLouth and GA collision with knee firmly planted in crotch ( really sums up the past week for me.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Tonight, introducing: “The Postseason Nope Meter.”


    heh heh… heh… … … *ahem* …

    … heh.

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    Curt Says:

    How about “The Outfield?”

    see, I added that question mark to make it funny.

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    Leah Says:

    Poor Bub. Feel better soon.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Thanks, Leah.

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