January 31, 2010

Show #92: We Sit Down with Braves Great, Javy Lopez

Javy Lopez discusses a wide range of topics including the ’95 Series, the ’96 Series, his relationship with Maddux, and much, much more.



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    Bubdylan Says:

    I loved the description of Mercker’s demeanor in his no-no.

    A very colorful and rare interview with a guy willing to be very real. I thought I was gonna get a tension headache during the steroid part. Enough suspense to do a Hitchcock film.

    I’ll probably listen to the whole thing again. A super interview.

    Corky Miller???? And not even a starter over Sammons????

    So many things to respond to, but I’d better go to bed.

    Javy, if you peek at the comments here, thanks for your time.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Also, I thought it was cool that you guys let him collect his thoughts during long silences. That’s a track I wish more interviewers would take.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    OMG! Such a great interview. You two sound like a couple of kids afterwards and with good reason. Yeah, I’m with Bub (surprise) about the steroid part. You can tell he has to try and pick his words carefully. Sad reality for all the greats from that era. I liked hearing about the importance of team chemistry and the difference it makes to have butts in the seats. Get Javy’s butt back in the dugout and problem solved. Such a great interview! I’m going to tweet about it right now! Thanks guys!

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    Steve Says:

    GREAT job guys! Very intriguing stuff, thanks!!

  5. 5
    Bubdylan Says:

    “… and you know what? BOOM!”

    I love latino peeps.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m sure you’ve all seen this DOB tweet but I would hate for anyone to miss it since it’s stinking hilarious.

    Braves CF Jordan Schafer said he told strapping 245-pound RF prospect Jason Heyward: “Dude, make sure you call for the ball really loud.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    You missed half the quote. Try and keep up. 8)

    “Dude, make sure you call for the ball really loud…. I don’t want nothing to do with running into him. He’s huge.”

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Um…that’s all DOB gave me…in twitterverse. I’m am a bit slow although I was smart enough to figure out the rest of the quote was implied. It must be a women’s intuition thing.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m am…haha. that’s classic see, cause I was talking about being slow? Get it?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, I absolutely love the story of seeing the shadow of the catcher move and tip off the outside pitch for the homer. That’s freaking legendary.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    That’s is okay, Leah. I’m knew what you meant.

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    MattChu Says:

    Thanks for the great interview guys!Javy seemed really upbeat and confident.Toward the end of the conversation about the steriods i would have liked to ask him.Do you think that steriods had any outcome on the 96 series and 97 NLCS i know Eric Gregg was calling strikes 2′ outside the zone but why didnt MLB step in during the series and have a meeting of the minds with the UMPS.More than anything a player does on the field the guys calling the outs and interference calls or not! determines the winner or momentum of the series.O Well just a little vent maybe instant replay will get the rest of the calls right MLB says they get 95% of the calls right I just dont see it though!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    So does Javy’s view on steroids change any minds re: HOF ers? It seems Mr. Lopez feels the player still has to have a high level of talent and that the roids could harm the players ability as well as help it. Just curious.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, it made me feel just a twinge of an impulse of leaning that way.

    But not really. Those it hurt got hurt by cheating. Those it helped got helped by cheating. I hope the voters keep the cheaters out inasmuch as they can. Yes, even if that way approach will allow some to slip through and won’t be a very even kind of justice.

    What Javy’s candid and appreciated story did, though, was make me feel less judgmental towards players who gave in to that pressure. And it also added to my growing conviction that, maybe, in the final analysis, the game wasn’t stretched as far out of proportion by the steroid era as I’ve sometimes thought.

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    MattChu Says:

    Maybe its just me but i feel like through out the nineties that no brave used steriods it was tremendous team work and chemistry (ala javy) I just have a real strong feeling bout that besides look at the teams the braves faced you can make a case for steriod users and all of a sudden the players they bring in (punching judy’s) are power hitters.Paul Oneil,Scott Brosios,Daryl Strawberry(among other things)Charlie Hayes,Jim Lerywitz(sorry),Jason Giambi,A-rod,Andy P.,Those are just the most obvious ones to me,you can look up there stats most of them never had a great season then POOF homeruns skyrocketed batting average goes up 20 to 30% its unreal.Maybe i’m wrong do any of you suspect steriod use by the braves in the 90’s?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Matt, I think it’s virtually certain some 90’s Braves used steroids. If all I had to go on was Javy’s interview, I think we could gather that much.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Hudson on being motivated: “My goal, any time after I’ve signed a contract, is to out-perform the contract. The last thing anybody wants to do is sign a contract and then feel like they’ve let the team or the organization down.

    “At the end of the day, when this contract is up, I hope everybody looks back on it as a bargain for the organization. That’s my goal.”


    Love it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Last comment, for now, on Javy’s interview:

    I have long thought that chemistry and momentum are undervalued. I know people give it some lip service, but I think most people still believe that quality players doing each individual task at the highest level is the key to winning. I know you need both, but I think it’s very possible to over or under perform according to the team’s mood. And crowd noise is huge to that.

    So, it was nice to hear that confirmed by Javy. I think players become bigger than themselves when the home crowd is supportive, and smaller than themselves when the reverse is true; especially in the playoffs when even the best players are nervous and susceptible to confidence issues.

    And I won’t hassle you, Curt, for pulling out the old “maybe we’d have showed up if you hadn’t started tanking the playoffs,” but only cuz you told two funny jokes at the end of the last comment section.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I totally thought about that conversation during the interview. I could almost hear Curt biting his tongue. I think Javy’s care in choosing his words proves he knows players and even played with players who used. Not that he used cause that body is all natural.

    So, how do we fix the whole “lack of butts” problem? All I gots to say is June 1st or 2nd there will be a group of fans making some serious noise.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    “People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball….I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

    Smart fella.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve? Curt? Ham? No comments from you fellas on the day after?

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    Curt Says:

    I was still excited about it all. It was a neat experience to get to spend the time with Javy last night. He was a real gentleman. I was telling people today even if I knew they had no idea who he was, just so I could explain it to them.

    On to the other issue. Someone will need to tell me why my defense of the fan is so reprehensible. I totally agreed with Javy that it stunk when there were empty seats during the playoffs. There is, nor shall there ever be, an excuse for that. I was embarrassed. But attendance during the regular season and attendance during the post season are two completely different issues. If your team is lucky enough to make the playoffs, you should come out in full support to see them. I can’t help but believe that all the first round exits at the beginning of this decade were due to bad crowds. We had homefield in so many of those series only to see the Braves lose the opener in front of a flat crowd. Deplorable.

    Sell out crowds during the season are just not going to happen that often anymore. And it isn’t just in Atlanta. It’s league wide. So for the Braves organization to hold up raising their payroll because of some arbitrary attendance figure is beyond offensive to me. You’re scapegoating the fan base for something for which they shouldn’t be held responsible. And I think it is nothing more than that, a scapegoating tactic so they can justify cutting payroll as opposed to just coming out and saying they are cutting payroll. I’m tired of it.

    The regular season you have to give them a reason to show up. The post season, you’ve given it to them. Bad attendance during the regular season = your fault. Bad attendance during the post season = our fault.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Bad attendance during the regular season = your fault. Bad attendance during the post season = our fault.”

    That’s not a bad argument. I’m still not sore at the front office for holding steady on the payroll, if that’s what it really is, but I’m starting to doubt they’re even being honest about that.

    Frank has now shown himself more than willing to fudge the truth and spin some BS, and like I said before, my opinion of him has tumbled from about a 95% to a 70% in a short time, like a dam that finally broke… err, at least cracked.

    But I still like him as a strategist. Maybe he’ll be around for the next owners…

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I agree Curt. I just remember you and Bub going back and forth with the chicken and the egg thing and thought maybe it came to mind while talking to Javy. Honestly I couldn’t really remember which of you sided with which opinion. How do the other Atlantan teams fare when it comes to fan attendance? I was watching a Canes/Thrashers game and seemed to be quite a few empty seats.

    I bet you guys have been thinking about talking to him all day. I’ve been thinking about it and all I did was listen to him. What a great guy.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    You couldn’t remember which side we were on? And now you’re just all agreeing with Curt willy nilly?

    You know… I’m just not sure you are who I thought you were.

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