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. 126
    Bubdylan Says:

    “what Curt/Steve/Hammy/Bub etc come up with”


  2. 127
    Princess Leah Says:

    Sorry for the confusion Will. Just trying to give you a hard time about complimenting one of Bub’s comments from our friendly debate.

  3. 128
    Bubdylan Says:

    G’night, Princess. You know that, all arguments aside, I would personally sign five Johnny Damons to please your Highness. :)

  4. 129
    Steve Says:

    MattChu – good luck on that interview! What city, if I may ask?

    Anne – I cannot wait to hear about the lunch. And, seriously, if there’s players or FO types around and you get to talking to any of them, ask if they’d like to be on the show and try to get a cell # or an email address. AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, very exciting about the date. Where do you kids go on dates, these days? Movie? Coffee? Dinner?

    Steve2 – thanks for the kinds words. And you’re right, the Eric Gregg question would have been a damn good one. I’ll keep that in my back pocket for the next guy we get who played then.

    Leah – I loved Damon’s home run numbers in different parks link. Very, very nice stuff.

  5. 130
    Princess Leah Says:

    Yeah… I know Bubdylan. Unfortunately for you I will never let you forget it. And, for the record, Steve and I are right (dude is never wrong).

  6. 131
    Princess Leah Says:

    Thanks Steve and I’m with Will cause sometimes it seems like you’re talking to yourself.

  7. 132
    Steve Says:

    Tcc – you still need to deliver a bunch of details about warming up Steve Martin in the green room of the Atlanta comedy club.

  8. 133
    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, our host, should go by “Captain Steve.”

  9. 134
    Princess Leah Says:

    Capt. Steve! I love it!

  10. 135
    Princess Leah Says:

    Fereaking OUT! Followed the link to DOB’s blog re: a Javy Lopez interview. You guys got a huge shout out from the man! Hunker down ABT…it’s about to get busy.

  11. 136
    Will Says:

    Hello big time- mebbee our fave ESPN! Too bad Curt has a face made for radio!

  12. 137
    Princess Leah Says:

    DOB in regards to Damon…just in case Bub missed it: “And if he helps a team reach the playoffs, will anyone be surprised?”

  13. 138
    Steve Says:

    I miss Lukas, I really do.

  14. 139
    Bubdylan Says:

    It’s true there has been no shortage of Damon-ink by DOB. I would only add “And if he doesn’t help a team reach the playoffs, will anyone be surprised?”

  15. 140
    Bubdylan Says:

    *Not that I don’t yield to DOB’s baseball savvy in general.

  16. 141
    Steve Says:

    The craziness continues. Go check out DOB’s new blog (not the comments section, but the blog itself) that he posted at 2am this morning about Heyward. And scroll about halfway down. Wow.

  17. 142
    Princess Leah Says:

    The picture of ole Javy alone is worth a look. Sigh.

  18. 143
    Hammy Says:

    DOB! What a pimp. Love it love it love it.

  19. 144
    Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!! Says:

    (This is Steve 2)

    I will use my DOB blog monicker to avoid any confusion with “Captain Steve” haha. Curt, yeh I completely know that you guys won’t have the like of Javy on here consistently. That’s what makes it fun though, you don’t know who’s going to pop up and when! In regards to the Eric Gregg question, that’d be great if you could get it out to the next guy from that era because I really can’t recall hearing any ballplayer opening up about that disgrace of an umpire…

    Also, Curt & Steve, I know you guys take what you do very seriously that’s why I loved the interviews. I’m up in Jersey so it’s cool to actually hear a few people talk with the same enthusiasm I do when discussing the Braves. I heard your O’Brien interview from last September and I thought your confidence meters were hesterical. Shamefully they went 1-6 as opposed to 6-1 or 7-0. That was pathetic but I kind of felt that they were out of gas going into the Nationals series….

    Anyway, I particularly like what you guys are doing because I used to do the same thing when I was like 14 or 15. A buddy and I used to go on the website http://www.SwitchBoard.com and you can look up peoples phone numbers. Well we used to find addresses of ball players and then go to the directory assistance page and type in the ball players name and city. We’d then call retired guys and ask them questions about their playing and coaching days and then order pictures from the HOF (They do beautiful B&W photos from any former player, they have several to choose from depending on their popularity..) and then send the photos to the players after we talked with them to have them signed. Pretty cool stuff!

    My personal favorite one was when we called Johnny Sain around 1999. His wife answered and he just seemed to be hanging out around the house and we told her we were just two kids who were big baseball fans. Well Johnny got right on the phone and was talking it up and was extremely friendly. He talked about being a pitching coach for the Braves, he talked about Leo Mazzone, he talked about Bobby and the current team. It seems he played close attention to what they were doing. When I sent him the HOF he sent it back personalized along with about 10 other signed things that he sent from his personal stuff he had! What a great guy…

  20. 145
    Hillbilly Says:

    Another DOB blog defector, here. Great interview. Looks like y’all have a good thing going here. (I wondered where ol’ Bubdylan has been hiding.) I’ll add this place to my “daily list of Braves websites that are eventually going to get me fired. “

  21. 146
    DOB Says:

    #140. Damn straight!

  22. 147
    Anne Says:

    Steve – “kids today” apparently go to dinner and a movie, because that’s what WE kids are doing (Italian, then Avatar in 3-D).

    Re-cap from lunch at the SunTrust Club @ Turner Field, Friday 2/5/2010: Lunch was buffet sandwich-style stuff…nothing to write home about, but hey, it ws free. Don Sutton hosted, and on the dais were: Zane Smith, John Schuerholz, Roger McDowell, Chipper Jones, Tommy Hanson, James Parr and Lee Hyde. (Pitcher-heavy, obviously.) Don interviewed everyone, then Q&A time.

    + Wren wasn’t supposed to be in the room – he had sneaked downstairs to nab food. A fan in the middle of his question to Schuerholz spied him on the steps and called him out. Schuerholz said, “Heeeeeerrrreee’s Frank!” and made him come over to take the question. Nice.
    + I’ve only been in Atlanta since 1994, so I had to rely on the friend I took with me to tell me who Zane Smith was. My bad. I suppose when you’re a Braves pitcher, then along come Smoltz/Maddux/Glavine…you’re bound to be a little forgotten.
    + I think this is more of a reflection on me than on him, but I can’t remember a single thing McDowell said.
    + James Parr was apparently quite the hitter in minor leagues – something about winning a Home Run Derby?? (Maybe HE can be our DH!)
    + Schuerholz and Wren pretty much said that Right Field is Heyward’s to lose, and if he brings it in spring training, the job is his. If they feel he isn’t ready, they won’t bring him up. Simple as that.
    + Someone asked about “the big bat” talk and Damon rumors. Before Schuerholz had time to answer, Sutton pipes up: “In my opinion, Damon’s NOT a big bat.” (hilarious!!)
    + Hilarious comment aside, Sutton likes the sound of his own voice. A lot. He needed to shut up more.
    + Lee Hyde is ADORABLE*. I knew nothing about him, but he spoke fondly of his time at Tech and his life-long love of the Braves and is obviously jazzed to be part of the organization. (*Diaz, don’t fret, you aren’t being replaced, I’m just sayin’.)
    + Chipper talked up (at the request of a fan) his “Buck Commander” web site. I believe my Chipper opinion has been expressed enough over my time here for you all to know that I won’t help him out by putting the link here. You’ll have to make the effort yourself. ‘neck…
    + Chipper was asked
    + Hanson was sweet and refused to admit that McCann is a slob and that no one wants to room with him on the road.

    Yes, I talked up ABT to the people around my table – I got no chance to get anywhere near the Fellas, and I had to get back to this thing I like to call work. (channelling Leah: maybe if I had an ABT t-shirt to wear to stuff like this, I’d market you guys better)

    There was a raffle – I won nothing – though if I HAD won the Omar Infante autographed ball, Leah, I’d have mailed it to you. We all got a swag bag – a Publix Braves recyclable grocery bag, with a big ol’ book o’ coupons to use throughout the season. Here endeth my re-cap.

  23. 148
    Steve Says:

    It’s getting surreal, folks: http://bases.nbcsports.com/2010/02/javy-lopez-on-steroids-i.html.php

    Anne – awesome write up! Thanks for the details. Sounds pretty great. have you not seen Avatar yet? It’s pretty great.

  24. 149
    Tina Says:

    I am not very baseball savvy so can’t talk stats and trades and ERAs and all that (though I can appreciate a good looking player) but I have to send a shout-out to my dear friend Steve and tell him how proud I am of him and the other guys associated with ABT. The hard work and tenacity has really paid off. I love seeing how much attention the Javy interview has garnered and look forward to see where it all goes from here.

  25. 150
    Princess Leah Says:

    Quick Stevie! New show while you’re on the upswing. I’m tempted to start my own podcast…”all things ABT!”. Will you be my first interview? “How DID it feel to be mentioned on two major blogs in one week? Do you think Hammy really IS Spiderman? How is the recent extra press going to affect your CoCaptain Curt (get it?) and his glass a tee tiny bit of liquid perspective on baseball and well, life?”

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