September 14, 2009

Show #79: We Sit Down with Dale Murphy

Dale discusses playing for Bobby, Joe Torre, and Ted Turner, Chipper’s current struggles, his MVPs, and much more.



106 Responses to “Show #79: We Sit Down with Dale Murphy”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, I only listened to a few minutes tonight, cuz I’ve GOT to go to bed (you wouldn’t believe how exhausted I am), but I can tell already it’s a great interview.

    Can’t wait to hear the rest. You have nerves of steel, dude.

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    Tina Says:

    Huge coup for atlantabaseballtalk!! I found the interview to be entertaining and informative. Steve obviously did his homework, prior to the interview. Go Braves!

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    Curt Says:

    Steve, great job. I’m so jealous. What a class act Dale Murphy is. As I always say when the naysayers remind us that there isn’t a wing of the Hall of Fame for nice guys, yes, but shouldn’t there be?

    It was a joy to listen to.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    He’s probably the greatest CF in the team’s history. Would anyone take Andruw over him?

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    Leah Says:

    Steve is ‘da bomb! Great job!

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    P. W. Hjort Says:

    Great show, guys. I agree that I’d rather have draft picks than Soriano or Gonzalez.

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    BluesMan Says:

    Great show, it’s so cool you got a chance to interview our #3. If only I had met him when he was in town with the AA club. Aargh!!!! Still though…I enjoyed the show.

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    Lauren T. Says:

    Thanks for the interview, and thanks for not cutting the part about his service as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He’s done a lot of good on and off the field, and all the missionaries he helped guide will never forget him. 🙂

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    Marie Says:

    I’ve always loved Dale Murphy…listened to many interviews and this was the greatest interview I’ve heard!! Great job!!

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    Will Says:

    I enjoyed the interview…nice on Steve!

    I am enjoying the beat down of the Mets…nice one Braves!

    Keeping the DREAM ALIVE!!!!

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    Tcc Says:

    5-0. My hope meter now is 7.38. Ever the optimist..

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    Steve Says:

    Lauren T and Marie (not a bad name for a band, by the way) – welcome to the board. And thanks to everyone for the kind words.

    Tcc – my hope meter is not that high, but another fantastic win tonight. How good has the pitching been the past week+? Just ridiculous, really. Hanson did a lot for his ROY bid tonight.

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    Will Says:

    Prize for best slogan for cheering Braves rest of year….

    Just Hit the Snooze Button – Keep The Dream Going!!!

    Hope Floats!!!

    & for Bub….

    Theres a Tear in My Beer but I still Cheer!

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    Hammy Says:

    I Might Be a Dope, But I Got (a little) Hope

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Majorly bummed that I’ve come to the must-go-to-sleep-now hour again without time to listen to Dale.

    But after reading the comments I know it’ll be a treat when I get to it.

    G’night ABT’ers.

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    Leah Says:

    Bub, everyone’s thinking it so I’m just going to say it. Are you cheating on us? Will, time to lay off the sushi…mercury overload.

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    Will Says:

    are you saying my IQ has been reduced by mercury and so I still have hope? Mercury has addled my brain?

    Nooooo…it is the simply math the it is.

    the bravos are behind by 5 games in the wildcard – 7.5 behind the Phillies in the division

    18 games left….they could easily SWEEP each team in the next few series’

    Philllies…we can own them if offense stays bout that opening series this year?


    Nats…Marion Barry is their team mascot

    ok lets get real statistically, we will drop 5 of 18… but that is .700 baseball…entirely dooable..

    we have the starting pitching and now our boys McClouth, Prado, Diaz, Laroche, Escobar, Anderson…all rocking. These guys are solid.


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    Hammy Says:

    It is with slight regret that I must ask “Don’t you mean ‘Cum’ on feel the Noise, Will?” Not trying to be dirty; just accurate.

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    Will Says:

    of course, problem is if colorado, SF or FLA plays .600 baseball we wont make it…

    this is totally off the cuff…i say we have a 2 in 5 chance at the wildcard…and 1 in 3 chance at the division..simply because the Phils could choke, it has happened

    which means 3 in 5 chance we dont make the wildcard and 2 in 3 chance no dice on the division…so mercury or no mercury, our chances are slim…..

    still fun to cheer!!!!!!!!!!!! cmon!!!

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    Will Says:

    Hammy is right…he has the concert T-shirt so he would know…

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    Curt Says:

    I was told there would be no math.

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    Leah Says:

    Cannot do it Will. I jumped in with both feet three weeks ago with a 5 and a week later could not watch MLB, ESPN, read ABT comments or anything else with initials having anything to do with baseball. I would love a huge comeback but my heart cannot handle hoping. I still can’t look at the standings because it pisses me off to see how close we are and remember blown saves due to letting Ryan Howard face a right handed pitcher. Or the many games Frenchy, JS, and KJ played while Prado and Diaz were benched.

    On a happier note I think we should give an award to the funniest comment of the season. My favorites are as follows (in no particular order): Hammy’s definition of a “French Kiss”, Bub’s visual aid for the Fetal Position, and Curt’s tweet about waking and spanking his children if the Braves don’t score. Of course I copied that tweet on the comment feed so Curt, if you win feel free to thank me in your acceptance speech.

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    Curt Says:

    I would like to thank all the little people. The little red bottomed people.

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    Kathryn Says:

    Wow I take a break from the Braves and they go and win 6 of 7 after being swept by the Reds. It’s like Joe Simpson said a couple of weeks ago “these braves are just good enough to break your heart.”

    Here’s an article on Bobby managing in 2010.

    Who is his replacement if he decides to retire?

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    Wiley Says:

    I dont think we need one. He will come back. He always does.

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    Will Says:

    Leah & Kathryn – I hear ya. I’m disappointed too but you gotta have faith. aka I have no other life besides ABT. Have you ever tried watching sumo?

    Manager 2010 – I nominate Curtis Gill, if he can spare time from his little-league duties.

    Seriously tho – I like the idea somebody floated that Chipper should eventually do it. Not sure how clever and tactical he is…he might surprise us cuz you cant be a dummy and make all the hitting adjustments he has to make…but certainly the guts, integrity, the player respect would all be there.

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    Curt Says:

    I think you will see a Bobby Cox disciple replace him. The players will lobby for one of their own and management will look for a smooth transition. My bet right now is TP. I think Freddie Gonzalez stays in Miami hoping that the new stadium will bring an infusion of cash to round out his solid team. I’m hoping that TP brings his fire to the role, instead of just carrying the torch for Bobby, and molds the team into a hungry, aggressive unit. The team’s offensive numbers while he has been in charge have been above average, despite what I or many other people might believe to be the truth. I am not jumping up and down about it, but I think it could be worse. TP also played for Whitey Herzog, and that wouldn’t be a bad influence to add to the mix.

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    Tcc Says:

    I don’t think this organization would make a radical change in replacing BC. TP has been hanging around waiting for his shot, so I say give it to him and let’s see what happens. With today’s athletes, I don’t think you can blame the batting coach for an individual player’s slump. They’re ready to take advice from the paper boy if they think it might work! Give TP the chance.

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    Tcc Says:

    + 1 on the Churchy Redemption Tracker!

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    Steve Says:

    How can Greg Norton be at the plate?!?!?! I mean, c’mon!

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    Tcc Says:

    Steve, in the BC regime, you don’t just have a bad at bat or a bad game. You have a bad season! Then we’ll see…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, no way, doll. My JSU tangle is straight legit. Spanish teacher that can’t speak English. I’ve moved apartments twice. And possibly fallen in love. So, no. I promise. This is the only Bravos I catch.

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    Leah Says:

    Great win although I didn’t stay up to watch it. When Gonzo gave up the homer I’ll admit I gave up the game. Bub, that’s awesome…the possibly falling in love part not the Spanish teacher who can’t speak English part. Btw, your not falling for your Spanish teacher are you?

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    Will Says:

    The only thing better than learning Spanish right now is learning Chinese. Fall in love with a Chinese Spanish teacher and you will be set for life.

    Let’s not stray from what’s important. STAY ON TARGET!!…this is the Dale Murphy show for gosh sakes. We need to cheer the Braves as they make this miraculous run for the post season.

    Top 10 Songs for getting the Braves into the Postseason

    Come on Feel the Noize- Quiet Riot (the clean version)
    You Gotta Have Faith – George Michael (the dirty version)
    Its a Thin Line, Between Love and Hate – The Pretenders
    The Acid Song – Louden Wainwright (as in, I must be on, to expect playoffs…)
    We Will Rock You – Queen (somebody quoted it a few weeks ago….)
    Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley (im caught in a trap..I cant walk out…)
    Remedy – Black Crowes (Atlanta band, plus Chipper/we need one..)
    Tandem – Halcali ( for KK
    Please, please, please, let me get what I want – The Smiths (lord knows it would be the second time…)
    18 Wheels of Love – Drive By Truckers (for Bub)

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    Curt Says:

    Will, for you:

    Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx

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    Steve Says:

    Heading over to the Twitter account to tweet live from the press box. Got some good stuff from KK and his interpreter in the clubhouse this afternoon (we’ll post it with Sunday’s show). And, lined up both Chip Carey and Jerome Jurenovich for the near future.

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    Will Says:

    For Curt:
    Every day is Like Sunday – Morrissey. And something by Kanye West…

    For Steve:
    Keep On Rockin in the Free World – Niel Young. because the shows keep on rocking

    I cant think of one for Ham…

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    Will Says:

    Im curious, can anybody remember where we were in 1991 at 17 games left? (or thereabouts)

    As in was it a constant back and forth trading the lead between us and LA or did we come from behind?

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    Steve Says:

    The press cafeteria gets pretty star studded during a rain delay. Here’s who I just saw: Brian Jordan, Lemke, Keith Hernandez (here with the Mets broadcast team) Boog, Terry Mcguirk, Fred Hickman, Jerome J, and, last but not least, the guy that does the between innings contest stuff at the stadium.

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    Tcc Says:

    Steve shmoozing with the Stars…will he forget the little people? BTW, Steve, who’s taller, Jerome J or Chip C?

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    Steve Says:

    Jerome is like 8 and half feet tall. It’s not even close.

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    Leah Says:

    Lovin the tweets Steve…keep ’em coming!

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    Tcc Says:

    Steve, if you get the chance, after the game could you get me an autograph from TP saying: Thanks Tcc for being such a fantastic, loyal fan, signed, Terry (soon to be the next Braves Mgr) Pendleton. It would mean a lot to me!!! Kidding, of course. We envy you.

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    Tcc Says:

    Yuney Esco was safe…

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    Leah Says:

    Fo’ shizzle Tcc.

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    Anne Says:

    Steve – tell us true: Boog came to the press cafeteria for seconds if not thirds…or just grazed the entire time. Right?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Will, I love it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    The Braves have won 7 mother freaking games in a row??????????

    They have the best run differential in the whole wild card race?

    Why, why, why did I just click to ESPN? Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

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    Will Says:

    This is like the playoffs already…every game counts!

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    Curt Says:

    Will, Imma let you finish, but Bubdylan had the best post this year.

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    Leah Says:

    Will, please remove all sharp objects from your place of dwelling before the weekend begins. Curt, are you referring to fetal position post or “I Want to Kiss You All Over”. Both hilarious.

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    Will Says:

    Since when did posting become a contest? That takes the fun out of it…c’mon.

    We have a 5 day weekend in Japan…no shizzle.

    That gives me plenty of time to finish whittling my Curt doll….

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    Will Says:

    If we make the playoffs you all owe me beers at the ABT barbecue next season. Hint hint.

    If we don’t, I will donate $100 to a charity of Curt’s choice!

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    Tcc Says:

    Did someone say Barbecue???

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    Leah Says:


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    Steve Says:

    If we make it to the playoffs, Curt is going to give us each $100. The 7 in a row is just unbelievable. And there are really star-studded pitching match-ups this weekend. I refuse to get all wound up like I did last time the Phillies came to town for a weekend series, but, c’mon, let’s keep on winning!

    Anne – it is not exactly a health club up there in the cafeteria. The soft serve yogurt machine (with toppings) and the Coke fountain maching are both free. People are not going back for seconds and thirds at the salad bar, I’ll tell ya.

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    Curt Says:

    People are missing my Kanye West – VMA gaff – joke. And I will gladly give everyone $100 should we make the playoffs.

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    Leah Says:

    Ohhhh…I get it. I thought I was missing something. You may have just damaged your career. Time and Will’s ability to forgive will tell.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    If we win 10 straight, I’m going to tune in a game.

    Please, please don’t let that happen.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    So, are we playing good ball? What’s going on? Low-scoring? High-scoring? I saw somebody brag on Tommy. How’s Javy? JJ? That other guy? Is Hudson looking like something for next year?

    McCann out of his slump? McLouth? Okay, nobody need answer all that, but can I get some random happy info to go with the happy record?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Doll Says:

    Watch tonight and chat with us. McCann is definitely out of his slump. I LOVE watching McLouth play right now and if I’m not mistaken Frenchy’s batting average is better than Chipper’s. There’s the bait to wet your appetite. If your new lady friend doesn’t understand your need for the Braves it just won’t work. Unless she’s totally awesome and then baseball be damned.

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    Tcc Says:

    Huddy looking good!

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    Kathryn Says:

    The current 7 game win streak is the longest for the Braves since 2006. They are 10 games over .500 for the first time since May 2007.

    I almost forgot how bad they were the last few years until I read these stats.

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    Tcc Says:

    Escobar benched!!

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    Doll Says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Meadow’s the man. Why is YEs benched?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Thanks for the updates, Leah & Tcc. I actually did put back enough free time to watch tonight, but the second I called of the books my brain and body slumped fover begging for an early bed.

    I will get in here for a game chat before the season is up, I hope. But tonight it’s catch-up sleep.

    I just peeked at the score and I thought my eye was about to start twitching. Maybe I’m just not strong enough for the Braves…

    (Oh, and the lady you speak of is sleeping already. She’s worse than I am…)

    (Gosh, it’s Friday, too, isn’t it? I should have stayed in school the first time.)

    G’night, ABT’ers. Cheer some for me.

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    Tcc Says:

    Escobar was benched by BC for loafing on the way to 1st base..throw was bad and Yuney could have been safe. Due to time constraints we now move ahead in the action. BC needs to be benched for letting Huddy pitch to Howard! Big mistake!!

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    Doll Says:

    I’m with Curt’s opinion. Let’s walk RH…everytime! Especially when men are on base.

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    Will Says:

    I guess you don’t walk Howard then, putting Francisco on 2b, but jeez, that was a poke in the eye. For the third time this year…

    Game aint over…

    Curt and I just be playin. The joke sailed right over my head – now it all makes sense.

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    Will Says:

    Doll & Tcc- I hadn’t refreshed the browser, didn’t see your posts. I was trying to figure out the BC logic more than anything. Maybe he is forgetting things? Im only 39 and I sometimes forget how I got home the night before…

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    Tcc Says:


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    Tcc Says:

    Please…I need the smart people on here to tell me Why we pitch to Howard!!

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    Albert Einstein Says:

    No f*cking clue.

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    Doll Says:

    Thanks Ump…that helps. Wow Will, sounds like you have fun in that far far away land.

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    Leah Says:

    Ok “Doll” was cute the first time but now it’s annoying. Hopefully my multipersonalitied login name will remember it’s medication from now on.

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    Curt Says:

    So I’m at Sesame Street Live tonight following the game on my phone and jumped on when we were up 1-0. I was talking with a friend who was with us and jokingly said, “You know, whenever I jump on to check the score, they always seems to give up runs right after I check. Watch, Utley will hit a 2-run homer right here.”

    No, it took one batter for Howard to do it. I just am beside myself with the idea that you let Howard hit 2 more homers against you. I just don’t get it. It’s disgraceful.

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    Leah Says:

    I know it loaded the bases which is not good but it just makes me feel better that Ronny got hit and that it hurt. Does that make me a bad sport?

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    Tcc Says:

    Leah, you are not a bad sport. You may be a poor judge of who to pull for in MLB..but you are not a bad sport, at all.

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    Will Says:

    Leah/Doll Curt Bub Steve Ham Tcc Mom, Dad, Wifey, Kids – been nice knowing you.

    Takes dull butter knife, commits hara kiri on kitchen floor…

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    Leah Says:

    Been real Will.

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    Tcc Says:

    Don’t do it, Will..they ain’t worth it..

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    Tcc Says:


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    Tcc Says:

    Hey! Boise St. is playing..

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    Leah Says:

    Done. Night all. Btw…Bub went to bed at 7:48 Alabama time…just sayin.

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    Anne Says:

    Watching a game real-time on TV for the first time since September 1st. Hope I picked a good night. Go Braves!!

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    Anne Says:

    Thank you, Martin Prado.

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    Tcc Says:

    Anne, I hope you picked a good night too! Last nights game had an “end of the season” feel to it. A win would pull my hope meter out of the dirt..

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    Anne Says:

    Note to Melanie Oudin’s agent: please coach her to say she LOVES baseball and she LOVES the Braves if she’s going to be in the TV booth during show. For god’s sake. “I haven’t been to a baseball game since 3rd grade” is NOT a good answer. Thank you, Joe Simpson, for kicking her off the air.

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    Curt Says:

    Between she and Ron Gant, that might have been the worst in-booth interview ever.

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    Tcc Says:

    Ah, the interview..I missed it. I like listening to the radio crew while watching the game on TV.

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    Anne Says:

    Since I haven’t fallen over myself over Matt Diaz in quite some time…holy crap I’m happy he’s given us insurance that we might need later. I DID pick the right game to watch.

    Curt – Amen to no love for Gant. Boog? Boog?? Dear god, Boog???

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    Tcc Says:

    Something wrong with Boog?

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    Anne Says:

    Doubtful. He has gigs with other networks and we probably just lucked out that Chip Caray was scheduled for radio and couldn’t sub in.
    Speaking of which, I still miss Skip…and Pete.

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    Tcc Says:

    Chip not on the radio, thankfully. I miss Pete too.

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    Anne Says:

    Since when has Moylan been David Ortiz’s creepy white twin??

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    Tcc Says:

    Hey’s a suggestion for an ABT interview: How about Matthew Kaminski, the ball park organist?

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    Tcc Says:

    You gotta hand it to Bobby Cox. He ain’t scared of Ryan Howard. Even if it kills us.

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    Curt Says:

    It kills us. And anyone who offers that we need to keep Soriano around needs to be punched in the balls.

    Chip Carey is scheduled for two weeks from now.

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    Tcc Says:

    Anne, This game’s for YOU!

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    Anne Says:

    Thanks, Tcc. G’night, Braves fans.

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    Will Says:

    Just looked at…nice. Except 4 in the 9th. Yesterday felt like the end of the season, agree 100%. We looked out-classed. But being a good team, they snapped back- one day at a time.

    Hanson pitching tomorrow, then the Mets, then we fillet the Fish, swat the Nats….etc. Its getting harder to be carelessly optimistic but it ain’t over. 4 out is better than 8. Yoda said that, I think.

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    Leah Says:

    It doesn’t help that the Braves have the best record for the last 10 games amongst the teams in the WC.

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    Mark Says:

    Very good interview!

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    Steve Says:

    Show’s done – check it out new in an hour two.

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    Pitching Academy Says:

    Dale Murphy lives close by me here in Utah. I’ve enjoyed watching him coach his boys for the last 5 years in Little League. What a great example he has set for all athletes who wish to play professional sports and stay grounded.

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    Robert Carey Says:

    Thanks your for help. Saying and doing are two things8)

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