I am worried, very very worried, about 2010. What if just half of the ifs go the other way?
KK is old. And small/underpowered. Hitters could figure him out in his MLB sophmore season. He could unravel.
Lowe comeback- nice to think so. Old. Chip on shoulder about contract, trade issue. Is he ultimately an immature guy hiding that his skills are fading by being petulant about Atlanta management, fans, the weather? Dials it in.
Chipper comeback – nice to think so. Fading skills, overpaid. Infinite stress loop when a realizes about b realizes about a realizes about b….
Glaus comeback – PED. Injuries. Inexperience…
Hudson – old.
Wagner – old.
McCann – explain why last year’s average season has to be an anomoly? Age, knees, eyes, you name it. Average in 2010.
Jurrjens4NLCY: I’m just saying that, possibly, in the past, all the incentives, pro-rated options, etc. were not considered in the equation, to the dollar, as they have been this year. I think they brought all that stuff up to back everyone away from the 95MM dollar figure we all had in our heads. So, not a lie, but a manipulation of the truth.
Last year did you guys say “if Diaz can have a stellar season” or “if Prado can prove himself a position player” (I DO hate you Hammy) or “if Javy can dominate”? I’m willing to be wrong but it just seems easier to predict the negative “ifs” than the positive.
Great show! Someone needs to warn Ballpark Frank that IF I see him in his ABT shirt I will rip it from his person.
Can we just call Glaus The Trojan?
I don’t think we are trying to predict the negative “ifs.” I think we are trying to shine light on what is going on with the team. I know these past two shows have been pessimistic, thanks to Ham, but we are looking at the pieces fo the team and trying to get a feel for what is in front of us. The last year the Braves made the playoffs they used more than 20 rookies that season. I think if we had known that going in we never would have given them any shot. So, you never know. IF glaus has a good year it will be huge. With the potential that is there with this lineup (ifs be damned) it could be really dynamic. We felt that last year. So we will all hope that the glass is full and the front office is filled with geniuses and we tear through the season. But it really is a matter of ifs. Postive or negative, we have no idea.
I feel ya piglet. I thought this show, as opposed to the last one, is very positive. I was just trying to point out, unsuccessfully, that while some of the negative ifs are likely to come to fruition there are positive ifs we won’t even consider. Maybe that makes more sense or maybe not. I’ll play my “I’m a stay at home mom” card now.
I really think that, in my case, a lot of the pessimism comes from over-inflated expectations of what COULD have happened this offseason. I am sure that Eric Hinske is a very nice person and that his mother loves him and that he will do some good things this season, BUT he is not what I had hoped for. On the heels of the Vazquez salary dump, er, TRADE and the Glaus signing, the Hinske deal was a final dud. Maybe if I hadn’t had unrealistic expectations, I wouldn’t be so pessimistic about the moves.
And I am sorry, but I don’t think we are a better team than we were in the second half of last season. We have just as many ifs, but they are just older and iffier now.
Nevertheless, this is all positing. Let’s play baseball, dammit and really see what we are all about.
Nothing more. If you thought you weren’t getting in the HOF before……
Watch also, with Pete Carroll finally decided to return to the NFL, as the house of cards that is the USC football program falls apart under NCAA investigations of Reggie Bush’s $500,000 house and Joe McKnight’s borrowed Range Rover land that program sharp penalties, possibly including vacating a national championship.
Local news “tease” here was “and coming up, Mark McGwire makes a Startling announcement!! I threw up in my mouth on that one. Oh, maybe we were to be startled that he would actually own up to the juice use! Ok, I get it.
So, is he coming clean because he’s seen the error of his ways? Or because he wants a clean(er) slate before starting a new job in mlb? Or is it because he just saw Roberto Alomar not get in the HOF because he blew some spew in the umps mew?
Thanks for the show, guys. I appreciate the thoughts on the ifs. What if they have a great season…..yeah, Baby!!