February 21, 2010

Show #94: Things to Look for in Braves’ 2010 Spring Training

Our final thoughts on Johnny Damon and discussing the Braves’ keys to Spring Training.



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  1. 101
    Bubdylan Says:

    Middle relief is so weird how it develops unpredictably. Acquiring and then letting go of Ohman is honestly one of Wren’s moves that makes me think he’s pretty sharp. We were all over him about that, too.

    I wonder if time will tell a similar story about Vazquez. (Not that Wren really wanted to lose him, or that his performance in NY will be a perfect measure of what he could have done here.)

  2. 102
    Steve Says:

    Bub – I love the shameless homer entry! And it’s really all possible. You’ve turned me down once to formally write a blog for us – but the offer is always open. Serioulsy, if you want to talk off-line about it, send me a note: steve@atlantabaseballtalk.com.

    OK, let me preface this by saying I’ve grown kind of anti-Frenchy. That said, WTF is he talking about with this quote, “”The difference for me this year as opposed to last year is that I feel like I have a plan…” I’m sorry, what?!?!? You create conflict with your coaching staff by not being up front prior to your trip to the Rangers hitting coach and you didn’t come back with a plan?!?!? Your whole new and strange to watch on TV batting stance where we were looking directly into both your eyes last Spring was not part of a plan? C’mon Jeff. Don’t be so disengenious. Here’s the full article (you’ll love the HRs prediction as well): http://tinyurl.com/yhcydan

  3. 103
    Princess Leah Says:

    *trying very hard not to beg Bub for a blog…he has his reasons…not even gonna bring it up…not gonna do it…*

    It pains me to admit but after reading DOB’s bit on Diaz today I was wrong about wanting Damon. I want sooooo badly to play in Oct that at times I completely disregard the personal responsibility to the players. Matty D deserves to play a lot. I cannot wait for this season! Hives are gone by the way…I know you all were wondering. Do you think DOB needs a personal assistant? I can fetch a mean cup of coffee.

    Frenchy…well, I’ll use my filter at this point. It still cracks me up that my first comment on this website was in defense of that guy. Am I ever right?

  4. 104
    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, when I get past this next round of tests, let me sit down and try to actually write something. If I think it’s entertaining, I’ll send it to you. I’ll have to go at it from the creativity angle, because if I get within a mile of a sabermatric my brain will turn to mustard.

    I have never seen such a combination of “aw-shucks-ma’am,” hard working good ol’ boy ethics with petulant, arrogant, cluelessness as the wonder that is Jeff Francoeur. There aren’t any words for his presumption in advising Heyward how to handle the spotlight. Heyward’s baseball IQ and emotional maturity are in another galaxy from Frenchy, and the guy can’t even see it. He honestly, deep down in his dumb doofus heart, thinks he is in a position to show anybody the ropes after he’s tripped over every rope he ever met. DAMMIT I want that guy to shut up. I hope he fails to maintain a starting MLB job now, just so the press will stop even asking him questions. What a total nincompoop. Absolutely thrills me that he’s with the Mets because you can not fix the thing that is wrong in that man’s funky little mind.

  5. 105
    Bubdylan Says:

    … I mean, did you guys read the Olney piece about Jeff planning to take Heyward to dinner and tell him how it’s all going to be? Does the man not have parents or kinfolk that can pull him aside?

    27 homeruns he’s predicting. I bet the Mets are thrilled he be coming out of his shoes trying to hit homers in that canyon.

    Compare that to Heyward’s approach to hitting for power: “I want to hit line drives. After that, whatever happens happens.”

    But Frenchy is going to give Heyward advice. SHUT UPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!

  6. 106
    Bubdylan Says:

    Alright. I’m done.

    Got any filters left, Princess?

  7. 107
    Bubdylan Says:

    If you ever fetch DOB a cup of coffee I shall never speak to you again. 🙁

  8. 108
    Princess Leah Says:

    Haha. Tell me you wouldnt tie that man’s shoes for an all expense paid trip to Orlando and a back stage pass to watch our beloved bravos practice.

  9. 109
    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, so now we’re TYING HIS SHOES?? See, this is how it starts.

  10. 110
    Bubdylan Says:

    Stevie, here’s an oldie but goodie. And if you read between the lines, it’s exhibit A in the DOBowman Wars. (I know, we have better things to talk about, but who can resist a tabloid?)


    (This was our lot as Braves fans exactly a year ago. I’d say Jason Heyward driving up auto insurance rates is progress.)

  11. 111
    Bubdylan Says:

    Ouch. Man, clicking on the long trail of blue words in that article lead down an ugly trail. Didn’t know it was like that.

  12. 112
    Bubdylan Says:

    long trail… leads… down a trail… I like the word “trail.”

  13. 113
    Relentless Says:

    Bub, I have a top 10 list of “Reasons Why Bubdylan Needs to Blog”. You just let me know when you’re ready.

  14. 114
    Hammy Says:

    This just in – I AM SO FRIGGIN EXCITED ABOUT THIS SEASON. I cannot read enough about The Jay-Hey Kid (you like that? it’s mine). I find myself reading the Dawsonville Bugler’s take on him, even though they are re-hashing everything that has already been said. What does it sound like when he hits the ball? How big is he? I don’t even mind when DOB spends a little too many words for my comfort describing his physique. Did you all hear that he once ate an aluminum bat while quoting Shakespeare? (I didn’t either, but it wouldn’t surprise me).

    In a related story, I had a couple of drinks with dinner.

  15. 115
    Curt Says:

    To further intoxicate Ham (see what I did there), they are apparently having to put up nets in the outfield to protect cars from blasts from Heyward’s BP swings. He did $3800 worth of damage to the associate GMs car and dented a coke truck 450 feet away.

    In other news, everyone should watch Archer on FX. Very funny. 10 p.m. on Thursday nights.

  16. 116
    Will Says:

    Is Glavine at spring training?

  17. 117
    Will Says:

    As a coach, that is….

  18. 118
    Princess Leah Says:

    Goodnight Will.

  19. 119
    Curt Says:

    Haven’t heard if he is there or not.

  20. 120
    Princess Leah Says:

    Mornin Will…Will? So confusing. Cool breakdown of the team and whose got what. He dashes the Jay Hey (kudo’s Hammy) love but just skip that part. http://bit.ly/9ZN4by

  21. 121
    Will Says:

    its 11:38 PM so its goodnight about now….thx. Ham said it best – I had a few drinks with dinner…so forgive my grammar….re my earlier post, just curious as to whether Glavine is getting involved or if that is for later in the season – or is he in more of a PR/front office type role.

    I love all of the optimism. I recall this year last time we were optimistic too. But this year is more of a – oookay so we were optimistic last year – and then we saw how badly things unravelled in the first half – we realize how wrong we were re Frenchy and broken wristy- and yet despite all that experience of shattered dreams….we are now optimistic. Either we are effing stupid or there is something going on.

  22. 122
    Will Says:

    or 11:58…who checks that…

  23. 123
    Princess Leah Says:

    What’s funny about this article? http://m.mlb.com/news/article/201002268143910/

  24. 124
    hammy Says:

    i give – what’s funny. Cause all I am reading is d*mn the Marlins are good and a little scary.

  25. 125
    Bubdylan Says:

    The photo.

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