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.



359 Responses to “Show #92: We Sit Down with Braves Great, Javy Lopez”

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  1. 101
    Will Says:

    Maybe hammy wears Spiderman underoos, I certainly still do.

    I gotta download Lost on iTunes… forgot it was back.

    Lukas was NOT me…althought you all may think it was..

    There are a few other hockey fans on this board. I bet I am the only one to play hockey at the Omni, in between periods at Flames games. Twice.. and I used to have a stick that Guy Lafleur gave me… and I played in Nagano with a Russian who won 2 gold medals… Yuri Lyapkin. I still have a puck signed by Jaromir Jagr.

    It is pathetic but I have only ever been to one Thrashers game. I watched some games this winter on tv and Kovalchuk is a beast for a fairly small guy. Hes got at least 6 more years….hope he finds a good place.

  2. 102
    Princess Leah Says:

    Ok…seriously. I need baseball. *bangs head against wall repeatedly while children watch in wonder*
    Bub, I’ve seriously found your soulmate. You have to follow @heelsonthefield. She loves baseball and old music. She’s a Yankees fan and blonde but you snag her and we can brain wash her and dye her hair. She’ll never know what hit her.

  3. 103
    Bubdylan Says:

    Last time I brainwashed a soulmate, she snapped out of it in the middle of the night and jumped out the window.

    Thanks for lookin’ out for me, though.

  4. 104
    Bubdylan Says:

    ^ Err, that sounds creepier than anything I meant.

  5. 105
    Princess Leah Says:

    Not letting it go…


  6. 106
    Bubdylan Says:

    No to Damon.


  7. 107
    Steve Says:

    That picture is dirty pool, Bub. And seriously, are you that convinced it would be Diaz traded? I would argue that Melky is more the known commodity and would be more sought after than Diaz.

  8. 108
    Bubdylan Says:

    Ha ha, wasn’t it, though?? No, I would hope it would be Melky and not Matty. I just don’t want Damon. Remember when I did want Uggla and couldn’t let it go and didn’t know why? See, it’ll eventually pass. Mostly I’m just being goofy.

  9. 109
    Princess Leah Says:

    Bubblegum and babies should never be allowed in heated baseball discussions. For real…why would we want anything to do with 24 home runs. Pshh…who needs ‘em right. http://www.turbophoto.com/Free-Stock-Images/Images/Baseball%20Stadium%20Crowd.jpg

  10. 110
    Bubdylan Says:

    Damon isn’t hitting any 24 homers at the Ted. Here’s what a NY homer looks like in a regular stadium.


  11. 111
    Princess Leah Says:

    According to this guy, http://riveraveblues.com/2010/01/how-many-homers-would-johnny-damon-hit-in-other-ballparks-21994/, 7 of Damon’s homers would have stayed in the park at Turner field. So take 7 away. I’m no mathematician but using my calculator that would leave Damon with 17 homers overall. Which, again math is not my thing, means he still had more than any Braves player save B. Mac.

  12. 112
    Bubdylan Says:

    Diaz hit 13 homers in 371 at bats. Damon got his 24 (17 at the Ted) in 550 at bats. Even if you count all Damons homers, Diaz out-OPS’d him .878 to .854. And that’s just comparing Johnny’s numbers to one Brave; namely, the one he would replace in the line-up.

    But 17 homers is a nice number from a reliable lead-off man. Look, I woundn’t just hate it if we got Johnny Damon. It just doesn’t excite me much.

  13. 113
    Bubdylan Says:

    Also, Chipper and McLouth topped 17 homers, yo. La Roche, too, though I understand not counting him.

  14. 114
    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, one more thing. In NY, it isn’t just the short porch. There’s a wind tunnel.


    I dunno if that guy’s configururation (shout out to Midnight Run) looks at that; don’t see how it would. And I don’t know how the wind tunnel plays with J.D.’s particular tendencies, so it might be nothing. But I would bet on it being something.

  15. 115
    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m not pinning for Damon and I wouldn’t want to trade him for Diaz. I DO think he would be, for the right price, a worthy addition. Whew, I’m exhausted.

  16. 116
    Anne Says:

    Laydeez and Gents: tomorrow I will be having lunch at the SunTrust Club @ Turner Field. I have no idea what Braves players will be there (no teasers, I actually don’t know), but being at The Ted when it’s not a game is kind of great. I will provide full details tomorrow evening…wait, I have a date. Some time over the weekend. That’s right. I have a date. Bite me, world.

  17. 117
    MattChu Says:

    AAHHH wish me luck just found out have an interview with post office the 10th.Been waiting on this job to open up for 2yrs!Good luck on your date Anne,O better hope your date does’nt bite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 118
    Will Says:

    110 cracking me up…thx bub

  19. 119
    Steve Says:

    Hey Steve and Curt, thanks again for the Javy interview! I listened to it right when I saw your blog post on DOB’s blog that night. Javy is a class-act and one of my all-time favorites so it was really cool to hear him open up across the board. One thing I was waiting for the whole time was a question about Eric Gregg and the infamous strike zone in the ’97 NLCS. Maybe next time? That’s a shame that that WS berth was stolen from ATL that year!! I personally think that ’97 team was the best of all the 90’s teams due to that they were coming off back-to-back WS appearances. Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz were in their strong primes. Chipper, Javy, Klesko, McGriff, Tucker, Lofton, Blauser… That whole team seemed to just click but Gregg stole the opportunity from them! What a shame…

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks again. And just to let you know you guys gained a fan in me. Again, great job and I look forward to more stuff and talking baseball with all of you this season! I’ll spread the word on DOB’s blog, he’s been putting you guys out there, today he did… I don’t see how any real fan wouldn’t really want to hear stuff like this!

  20. 120
    Princess Leah Says:

    Steve’s right! You guys are getting crazy love from DOB and his readers. Just don’t forget the little people. You know, the fans from the early days that Curt didn’t personally harangue. Don’t let all the smarties who find their way over make fun of stupid chick questions either. Promise?

    Will…whose side are you on anyway?

  21. 121
    Will Says:

    classic show and classic comments section…this one goes in the records.

    was also impressed by how Javy opened up…credit to the interviewers as well, that can swing the whole tone…and Curt you are usually such a…well…ya know

    my memory is fading, but I recall it was the same with the Glavine interview.

    keep em coming!

    Spring is almost here!!!

  22. 122
    Curt Says:

    Thanks Steve, and welcome. We won’t have the likes of Javy Lopez on every week, but we hope to put a show out that is a little different and a little deeper than some of the other stuff out there. We take this very seriously while having fun with it too. It’s been a great experience.

    Leah, all of our fans are our favorite fans.

    Good luck to AnnE and to Matt.

  23. 123
    Will Says:

    and can I just add that it might help to have a Steve 1 and a Steve 2 if the new Steve is here for the long haul….please stay, Steve 2! my creative powers are not as developed as others here…so maybe other suggestions are in order…as to the naming of the Steves.

  24. 124
    Will Says:

    Leah…missed that… sorry but with regards to what side, as in for or against stupid chick questions?

    In my younger days, I always did better with stupid chicks..so I am biased towards letting them hang around.

    And as I can be a fairly stupid guy, Id like to think I’m still welcome. I have absolutely no long term memory for baseball stats and such things. So I am amazed half the time at what Curt/Steve/Hammy/Bub etc come up with…

  25. 125
    Tcc Says:

    Will, I also appreciate the depth of knowledge presented here by the hosts and many of the posters here. My favorite “factoid” is that Jason Heyward is regarded by many to be the No. 1 prospect in the Minor Leagues, and that he will play in the “bigs” this year for “Your Atlanta Braves”! Sweet!

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