Since I’m choosing to IGNORE the World Series and its inevitable ending…I’m intrigued with the news that Mark McGwire will be the Cardinals hitting coach. I idolized him as a kid – back in the “Bash Brothers” days at the Oakland Coliseum. …and then he broke my heart. He and Canseco both.
He and LaRussa will be all pals-ey again. (like Chipper & LaRoche ?).
*sigh* *sniff* sad. Now what will I look forward to every Monday morning? How to get through the off season? These “occasional” podcasts “periodically” during the off season better be great in number and come often.
My brain understands that a pitcher making x amount of money should start and the one making much less is in the bullpen. However, my heart asks why can’t we just take the guys we have and make use of them where they best serve the team? I was glad you guys finally mentioned McClouth because I love watching that guy play. Maybe it’s just because he came to the team bringing hope and dreams of being a playoff contending team but I think it’s more than that. I love his speed and how he sees the ball from CF (just not when he sees it flying over his head).
Finally, Hammy, please for the love let your wife answer the door for a while. Lest a boyscout come and offer you a tub of popcorn for an absurd amount of money and get a fist to the gut for his trouble.
I freaking love Prado, Diaz, and Escobar. Can’t wait until next year! I feel like the all the stars are lining up and the baseball gods are smiling on the Braves in 2010! I’ll see you all in the ATL for the first playoff game played at the Ted in WAY too long!
Anne – you can come up on stage with us to accept the award – consider it done. Regarding McGwire, while he may be a fine hitting coach (and I think that he and LaRussa have been pal-ing around all those years, just out of the media’s eye), why would you want to deal with all the questions and distractions? It seems they are already uncomfortable about it given that he didn’t attend his own announcement press conference!?!?!?!
One more thing about the severed leg/air guitar thing. So, at this Halloween shop, they were playing “Halloween” themed songs. Except, they were all sung by kids. And the CD included “The Time Warp” from Rocky Horror. And, frankly, I didn’t need to hear a bunch of 8 year olds sing about doing the pelvic thrust.
Okay, I got no love on this sentiment last time, but I’m running it up the flag pole “one more again”:
Who is with me in finding the shows with just “our gang” (like this one) the best ones. I like the guests, and I can’t believe how many top notch interviews ABT has rounded up seemingly at will. I’m also super impressed with how well you guys act as hosts.
BUT, I think you owe it to us to broadcast a full “Just Us” half hour in addition to the great interviews each week. Especially if you’re gonna punk out all winter long while our eyes bleed into the bright white glow of the MLB Trade Rumors site.
Steve will accuse me of not properly heralding the interviews because they are with rich people.
Hammy will say I’m subversively flirting with Leah. [Hi, Leah ]
‘Sup Bub. Have I ever told you I’m 5.5 and weigh 420 lbs? Not to mention my beard and adult acne. I agree about the podcasts with our three favorite hosts. I love the interviews but like them a la cart.
Leah – I’m not worried about Heyward. Stuff happens. Now, if it happens again in the near future, then I start to worry.
Bub – Thanks for the continued lobbying. I know that we were very, very guest heavy at the end of the season. And that was more a result of a bunch of opportunities presenting themselves in a short window as opposed to an intentional move. And we’ll take your request seriously.
I have grown a hugely large lame mustache and I just can’t shave it. It’s SO awful. But I think I’m keeping it forever. I’m serious, it’s bigger than some people’s whole face. The Mario Brothers saw it and said “damn.”
Recreated conversation from work today:
Me: It’s my Friday!
Me: Yes, I’m flying to New York!
Co-Worker: Awesome. Are you going to catch some World Series?
Me: HELL no. I wouldn’t go to Yankee Stadium if Hal Steinbrenner took me to his Skybox, sat me on his lap and fed me hot dogs.
Co-Worker: Wait. What if you had a guarantee that the Yankees would lose?
Me: Well…I DO like hot dogs…
I don’t know if I can be a part of this community any more. Has no one heard of a hankie? You know those white square cotton cloths you fold and keep in your pocket? Or maybe Kleenex you use to catch your boogies and then throw away?
BTW I saw that live on MLB….they showed it for a microsecond. It was almost like subliminal advertising. I was drinking coffee at the time and my involuntary reflex was to stop drinking my coffee. And to laugh. Ooops! Camera 1 switch to Camera 1…
Guys always snort like that playing sports. Baseball, soccer, especially. Football too, but usually back on the bench. You can’t carry around a booger-locker in sports. Opposing team would not only ridicule you, but find some way to use it against you.
CFT? The “F” is making me a little nervous. I may have just fallen in love with tonight’s Phillies fans. “You took steroids” being chanted in unison while ARod was at bat made me very happy. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s new…oh that’s right…no new podcast. Sad.
Howdy! I was afraid I was getting the silent treatment for saying your name screamed something re: snot. For the record…I really think it screams “I’m badass”. Don’t tell Hammy though cause…Hamilton? Not so much.
I like it Bub! I also say show #100 should be special and awesome! Come on boys…you guys don’t have lives outside ABT! And… we (when I say we I mean you) should have ABT t-shirts made so we can advertise. I’d buy one…whose with me! Of course then I will have to watch my language in case a little old church lady desides to join.
CURTIS!!!!!! For shame! I wish I knew Hank but no such luck. I do know a guy named Bub whose hilarious and knows a ton about baseball. Or Will or Tcc (but only if he reveals what Tcc means). Maybe not the 100th episode worthy but it would be a fun interview none the less. I’m great at knowing what I want to happen but no specific ideas how to make it happen.
I’m so sick about the Yankees victory last night. I just knew, deep down, that money-grubbing evil would not prevail and the Yankees would not take it all. And now that Hal has learned the worst lesson possible, I’m just bracing myself for the signing announcements of Holliday and Lackey. Ugh.
Leah – I too want to do something special for the 100th show. Any suggestions? Seriously, what do you have in mind? Anyone on the message board have a close relationship with Hank Aaron? And yes, the shirts/hats/mugs are in the works. I was going to take care of it earlier, but Curt stopped me. It’s totally his fault. I can’t say anymore because of my sense of decorum.
Stevie, haven’t you learned by now that I come up with the problems and you guys find all the solutions? I’ll think on it but I make no promises. I love the idea of a t-shirt, cap (trucker type preferably) and mug!
Tcc, I am a classic country fan, but I haven’t thought about that song since I was a kid. But when I clicked onto ABT and saw there was still “no show,” it made me think of it. So I stuck it in Youtube’s search engine.
That one and “Yesterday’s Wine” were standards in my mom’s station wagon when I was in about the 6th grade.
My cd collection is 90% rock and roll, but I have “essentials” collections for Willie, Waylon, Merle, Tammy, Loretta, etc. Some trivia: a friend of mine told me not long ago that Ray Charles once emphatically pronounced, “George Jones has got soul!” I thought it was an interesting (and true) comment.
Ray Charles was right. I was a R&R guy, drifting towards acoustic stuff when the Rock/Country crossover stuff started happening. “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” “Nashville Skyline Rag” “Flying Burritos Brothers”
From Bowman: There has also been a recent buzz that the Braves may attempt to trade for Pirates closer Matt Capps, who made $2.3 million this past season and has two remaining arbitration-eligible seasons.
Some stats on Capps: 27 saves, 5 blown saves, 5.80 ERA, 10HRs allowed
Why not just bring back Bob Wickman or freaking Chris Reitsma?
We have to shoot higher than that if we are serious about filling that role. How about a package for Heath Bell or Francisco Cordero? Even Trevor Hoffman had 37 saves and a 1.83 ERA. Can we go get him?
Leah – my hope meter is a solid 6 for a game 7. I hope (and trust) that it’s firmly kitchen sink time regarding pitchers and that Charlie will throw anyone and everyone out there if the pitchers start struggling. I also hope that Lidge sees zero action.
The rumors keep flying about Lowe to the Cubs for Milton Bradley. Does Bobby have one last turn around a bad seed miracle in him?
More on the boardgame king (I stole this. Hope it’s accurate. It sounds accurate.)
Dugout confrontation with Indians manager Eric Wedge in spring training before getting traded to the Dodgers.
Slammed a plastic bottle at the feet of a fan in the right-field seats at Dodger Stadium after someone threw it onto the field. Bradley drew a five-game suspension. Also received four-game suspension for tossing a bag of balls onto the field after an ejection.
Feuded with infielder Jeff Kent, accusing him of being a racist, and prompted Dodgers to trade him that winter.
Bitter public disagreement with A’s general manager Billy Beane. After trade to Padres and in thick of pennant race, tore ACL in his right knee when he was spun to the ground by Padres manager Bud Black, who was trying to keep him from umpire Mike Winters. Bradley claimed he had been baited by Winters, who was suspended for the final five days of the regular season.
According to Dallas Morning News, Bradley attempted to confront Royals television announcer Ryan Lefebvre in the press box after a game due to what he believed were unfair comments made on the air. Texas manager Ron Washington and GM Jon Daniels chased after him and stopped Bradley before he got to Lefebvre.
“stable, healthy, enjoyable environment,” That screams Bobby Cox. And Bub…D.Lowe would be GONE! Switch hitter, 100 plus homers. I just remember being very afraid when he stepped up to the plate. I like it. I may eat my words later but I like it right now when he could come cheap. Plus maybe it will relieve Yunel from the pressure of being the least mature player in the clubhouse. That’s gotta be a lot of work and dude’s probably tired.
Ok…first of all, I meant hits not homers (no, I’m not an idiot), and last year wasn’t great. But maybe that was due to the unstable, unhealthy, unenjoyable environment. And Lowe would be gone. Maybe I’m just trade happy and super bored with the lack of news (ahem…and podcast) but it doesn’t sound terrible to me. Of course Curt will chime in and reiturate how terrible it is and add to your reasons why.
Due to my convulsions, cold sweats, and shakes brought on by lack of podcast I was checking out the blogs posted by you guys. Steve, your blog on the service for Skip left me in tears. Hammy’s page being “intentionally blank” makes me wonder if he’s a bit of a slacker.
And we need to get more OK with it, since it’s looking pretty damn inevitable.
The thing with Bradley is he’s not even that big a bat (that’s what she said). He’s only hit over 20HR once. And only 15+ twice. If he was belting out 30 HRs every year I might be inclined to pretend that the headaches won’t be that bad. But I just don’t see it.
Who wants to bet that the Hudson deal is done and they are just waiting for the Series to end to announce it? I am beside myself with excitement about the Scott Proctor signing!!!!! OK, not really, but if he bounces back from surgery, he’s cheap and could be quite solid in the 6th or 7th.
This is the first time I’ve disagreed with everyone on the message board! I don’t just adore Bradley but if he’s in RF and Matty D is in LF and D Lowe is no where to be found…I’m watching him next season and will remind you all with each homer he hits. How the hell did you guys let the Yanks get so far ahead?
Leah, come ON. Milton Flipping Bradley? I mean, this isn’t Sheffield… or even Manny. This is about the worst cancer available anywhere, showing no signs of calming it down.
And does everyone here think Lowe is going to comPLETEly fall apart or something? Jurrjens + Hanson + Lowe + Hudson + Kawakami cost about 31-34 million dollars in total (right?). That’s less than 7 million each. Does that feel better?
If Chipper and Lowe are our worst contracts, we can absorb that.
I believe people can change Bub…and I believe Bobby could handle him. Bobby will lay down the law! Just kidding. I don’t know why unlike the thought. I DONT like Uggla playing second in a Braves uniform. Prado is ‘da man! If GA is yawning and loafing out in LF again I’m becoming a Yankees fan.
Totally thought Bub “I blow snot from my naked nostrils” Dylan made that comment so glad to get it all cleared up. I might be off the grid for a bit…too much work to scroll all…the…way…down on my phone and I rarely get on the computer. And, well there’s no baseball. Btw…the Rev thinks my thoughts on Bradley are just crazy talk. He’s always right which pisses me off.
I’m suprised Scott Boras hasn’t used this technique. Here it is:
1. A player in his contract year plays poorly, but has had success in the past.
2. Right at the beginning of winter, Boras has the player go and get contact lenses (about .0002 power) and announces to the world, “Oh my goshy garsh, I can’t believe this! I can see the ball so clearly now!”
GM’s: *mumble mumble old self mumble mumble imagine if he mumble mumble take a chance*
Boom. 12 Year Contract, 84 Zillion dollars.
HOW has Scottie not thought of this one yet? He’s slipping… and I’m in the wrong bidness.
(BTW and off-topic, but I like to both keep Bub informed and empty my brain. “That old chestnut” means a stale joke that gets told over and over and usually refers to nothing important whatsoever. Example: Austin Powers International Man of Mystery…Dr. Evil: “I never knew my birth parents. There was a car accident. My birth mother was incinerated, and I only survived because her smoking carcass had formed a protective cocoon of slaughtered human effluence. A Belgian man and his fifteen year-old love slave were looting the accident scene, and came across a blood soaked baby, moi. They raised me to be evil. You know, that old chestnut.”)
Cause Nate’s fast and puts the fear of the baseball gods in pitchers when he gets on base. Also, I don’t know that I’d call MG cute. Maybe in a funny looking way. DOB just quoted Wrenn as saying J. Schafer will likely start minor league but those decisions won’t be made official in November. His wrist is healing ahead of schedule.
That’s the latest Twitter update from your local ABT anchor.
This commercial break is not close to over. “I and Love and You” is their best album by far. The song Tin Man is Curt’s theme song. Just kidding. Bub you also need to hear At the Beach, Murder in the City and The Ballad of Love and Hate. Finally, you haven’t experienced The Avett Brother’s until you see them live.
I’m glad that the Huddy thing is done. I was starting to get a little worried. It was feeling like some bad flashback to last year’s off-season.
Now let’s figure out a way to get Lowe out of town and keep Vazquez. I’m still convinced that’s their 1st choice.
The Uggla thing is certainly interesting (so long as Prado stays in place). He’d be a big bat. How many years of service does he have? In other words, when does he become a free agent? And how uggly would he be in left field?
Bub, that’s just CREEPY! I’m glad you’re enjoying The Brothers. They are crazy talented. Btw, I just drove by Bryant Denney Stadium as I atey Milo’s fries. You do live Milo’s right? Every Bama boy loves Milo’s
Haha Steve. I hope Uggla comes to Atlanta just because the jokes would be limitless. I am also worried about Prado and I can’t wait to dump Lowe!
Leah, are they from the South? “talk on things” and a few more of their phrases are pretty downhome. And downhome, conversational language fitted into really edgy, introspective expressions is the songwriting that really, really knocks me out. John Prine et al. (Of course, John’s from Chicago, but whatever…)
From a farm outside of Concord, NC. You must go to a concert. The Cellist is so good he often sounds like a woodwind. “She knows which birds are singin’. And the names of the trees where they’re performin’.”. Yes, very southern.
I’ll check them all out later, I’d better peel myself off this computer and do some school. (Just finished with the ballad of love & hate, powerful stuff, though, metaphysically speaking, a bit screwy. I know, I know…)
Anyways, what a blast to know this band. I’ll buy “I and Love and You” (terrible album name, lol, just awful – but I loved every single song) as soon as I can get my happy little hands on it. Thanks for the link.
Go Braves, and GOOOO DAAAANNNNN UUUUGGGGGLLAAAA!!!
Braves not talking to Dodgers about VazquezShare
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If the Braves determine that they can’t move Derek Lowe, they will have to increase their efforts to move Javier Vazquez. But contrary to a tweet posted by former Reds and Nationals GM Jim Bowden, they aren’t currently talking to the Dodgers about Vazquez.
Vazquez’s contract includes a clause that prevents him from being traded to any of the teams from the West divisions of the American and National Leagues.
In addition, early Friday afternoon a team source said that the Braves and Dodgers aren’t currently in the midst of any trade discussions.
Before moving Vazquez and the $11.5 million that he is owed next year, the Braves will concentrate their efforts on moving Lowe and the $45 million that he is owed over the course of the next three years.
Earlier this week, I mentioned that the Yankees might have some interest in Lowe. But it now appears that they won’t attempt to land the 36-year-old sinkerballer, who went 15-10 with a 4.67 ERA for the Braves this past season.
It now appears the more likely suitors for Lowe would be the Brewers or Angels, a pair of teams looking to add a veteran front-line starter.
But the Angels will first wait to get a better understanding about how much it might take to bring John Lackey back to serve as their ace. If the highly-sought right-hander signs elsewhere, they could gauge the possibility of trading for Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay before turning their sights toward Lowe.
As for the Brewers, there has been some indication that they would be more interested in acquiring Vazquez.
Well, I’ve just finished it. I almost want to say it’s my new favorite album. The little “I and Love and You” essay that’s written in the jacket is a bit much, but the song itself is way more subtle. It’s great from start to finish, really. “She was sick like Audrey Hepburn.” “… and I’m frightened by those who don’t see it.” “… bird in a cage, I broke in and demanded that somebody free it.” “So I’ll scream till I die and … at last all those bad thoughts’ll finally be out.” “… still can’t find how to hold my hands.” “And I know you need me in the next room over, but I’m stuck in here all paralyzed.” “Somethin’ has me … actin’ like someone I don’t wanna be.” (Well, that whole song… every syllable) And every line in “Incomplete and Insecure” (no way, right?) Just to name a few that you haven’t mentioned.
Alright, I’m done spazzing over the Avett Brothers. For a while.
Seriously, do we have a clean-up hitter yet or what?
Sure thing…no problem…(had to google to find out what that meant).
You forgot a favorite:
When nothing is old deserved or respected
And your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected
If you’re loved by someone you’re never rejected
Decide what to be and go be it.
I know you are overwhelmed right now with their general fabulousness but I would be remiss if I didn’t leave you with one final song suggestion…Weight of Lies:
The weight of lies will bring you down
And follow you to every town
Cause nothin happens here
That doesn’t happen there
So when you run make sure you run
To something and not away from
Cause lies don’t need an aero plane
To chase you anywhere
For real Stevie…can we have a podcast soon? I don’t care if half of it is just dead air. I’m DYING here!!!!!!!!! Make Curt read Eeyore quotes or break out the hope meter for how big a bat we get for the Lowemiester. I’ll try not to get too whiney but soon?
Teams that would consider taking on Lowe’s nightmare contract have lost their damn minds. I mean, what is their highest hope, that he will bounce back to being a healthy, medium-good starter for 15 mill a year? And at the risk that he’ll actually get worse? Is the pitching market THAT empty?
Honestly, Atlanta is the contending team he’ll hurt the LEAST, just because they have two premium pitchers for cheap to absorb the funk. Lowe as a respectable #4, that old chestnut. (I tried).
I have kind of a knee jerk reaction to New Grass. I mean, the OLD “new grass” I like a lot: Tony Rice, John Hartford, Sam Bush et al. When it was basically just Old Blue Grass + Marijuana + Bob Dylan. But some of the birdie-finger-to-tradition that flows through some of the new “new grass”… hell, I dunno. It’s a weird vibe. I guess a case-by-case basis is the best ticket.
If I like the other Avett Bros, it will be for their lyricism, which is king for me, and which transcends whatever considerations about style, shtick, & so forth. Right now I’ve got my hands full just reacting to this album. In a good way – a great way,.
(Ironic that I will have to adjust the old Avett Brothers’ looseness to my love of this album’s tight balladry, when for the rest of their fans – according to the reactions I’m finding on the net – are having to do just the opposite.)
Alright, my finger numbness tells me it’s time to hit the sleep button on my stereo and drift this fine day into the aether.
Will do Bub. Heard on my rental car’s satellite radio that if the Braves have any sense they would make a move on Lance Berkman soon (seems like Curt has been singing that tune for a month of Sundays). And if the Astros had any sense they would trade him and start all over. He also said Milton Bradley’s a catch and the Braves should pick him up as well. Just kidding about Bradley. He said dude’s a ticking timebomb. Ahem. *clears throat sheepishly*
Berkman was pretty awful against LHP last year. OBP of .293, batting average of .231 as a RH batter, ouchy. Pretty bad considering our RH deficit. That’s a lot of money to still not have a right handed power bat.
So is he able to put the ball in play at all batting RH? It’s not ALL about the homeruns and, for the record, I would take the 42 homeruns however they came. Just curious…who do you want Bub. Dan Uggla is out of the picture remember.
I’m very upset right now. I have walked through two concourses in the ATL airport twice over the last few days and have not seen one tiny tomahawk. Not one teetiny A. I am painfully aware of the fact that baseball season is over but really? What…is wrong…with this city?!?!?!?
Alright, there were some groovy things about that tune (and I mean that), but I’m a ballads, ballads, and more ballads kind of guy. I have ADHD, so when a song goes that fast, the little squirrels in my noggin start freakin’ out a bit.
Really? Cuz the scoreboard says they won 31 to 24.
(You walked right into that one)
Seriously, though, if you’d seen that first quarter and the intensity Miss. State brought, and the unveiling of their black jerseys, and the crowd… and if you’d seen the number of times Bama went acrobatic crazy to knock away touchdown passes… you wouldn’t say that. Bama played their best game of the year.
Leah, are you in alcohol detox? If so, sorry for all the corona references, yeesh.
Boras on Gonzo always allowing the tying run to at least make it to the plate:
“See, here’s a chart, Mr. Cashman, of all the extra dollars spent at Turner last year on beers while Mike drug the game out to the last dramatic moment. And those subsequent heart attack victims and their families’ dollars flooding Fulton County during Mike’s stint? Those are dollars that could come to New York. So, again, what you are calling a ‘concern’ is just a negative way of regarding future revenues. I’ve adjusted it a little for the $12 beers you sell here, of course.”
“Oh, and here are charts of the pop flies Gonzo hit in the 4 times he has ever had to come to bat himself. You can see that all 4 would be homers in your new stadium. So, Mike brings you offense, too.”
Hey Steve and Curtis (Hamilton, well, how can I know if you still exist), I’m sure many of our cult, ahem, community already know how ABT got started. I, however, do not. How did you three (if there still are three) meet? Whose brain child was this fantastic podcast? How has it evolved? What has been your most exciting moment? Hey, maybe these questions could be answered during a show, you know, if it wouldn’t bore all those lucky enough to be privy to that sorta info.
Not to plug another sports podcast on ABT…but I’m going to, merely because it’s not a direct competitor. Have I plugged “Only a Game” out of Boston? So great. It covers nearly every sport and “sport” you can think of. Bill Littlefield makes me happy, even with his lame rhymes each week. I recommend everyone who hasn’t heard of it, check it out at least once.
Re ABT history…this is how I know it…Curt and Ham and I were born raised grew up in Atlanta and went to the same high school. Steve moved to ATL about 1990-91? and Ham and Steve worked at a theater in Atlanta called Barking Dog.. (?) as both actors and producers (?) Ham left ATL for NYC in 1998? and worked in consulting and then moved to Boston in about 2000? and started his own consulting biz but keeps in touch with all the ATL folks and him and Steve must have just out of the blue decided they love the Braves so much they had to tell the world about it…About a year(18 mo?) ago Ham had a really nice party at his house and we all got together and Ham was “hey guys…check out this thing Steve and I are doing”. Among our friends in ATL Curt and I were only listeners at the time…but since Curt’s baseball brain is very very big…it was natural that they had him on as a guest and then a regular….I am an simpleton/idiot who just watched the Braves on TV all my life because my dad and half-breed relatives can only manage to talk about the Braves, the Dogs, and barbecue. I weave in and out of Atlanta due to my job, and my job has kept me in Japan since 2001. I love ATL, the Braves, and ABT!!
Now is the time for my bi-monthly resolve to ditch my internet addiction and sports obsession and get started with some sort of life. I’ll spare you all the long, weird goodbye. Lord knows I’ll be back unless something better finally happens. Bye, Leah. Be good to the Rev.
After hours of scrolling and a water break for rehydration followed by more scrolling I have come to the “Submit Comment” box. whew. Will, thanks for the history. Really cool. I have learned so much from the podcasts, blogs and message board this season and look forward to the seasons to come.
Funny how Bub gave up his sports obsession days before the Iron Bowl. I guess he needs time to gather his face paint, stock up on beer and learn “Rammer Jammer” in Spanish. Now whose gonna post hilariously entertaining comments so I’m not driven to insanity by mornings of “YO Gaba Gaba” and afternoons of very long middle school basketball games? Huh? WHO?