Good show. Getting exciting, isn’t it? This offseason has gone by faster than last to me.
Curt, the helium show has to happen. Maybe if the Braves build a three game lead in the East at any point in the season, you should be required to do the Braves whoa-oh-oh-a-oh chant chipmunk style. I’m such a child.
If I get bored enough this summer when school’s out, I think I’m going to record some of the shows into Cakewalk and mess with your interviews. I can do the helium from there.
FYI, Liberty media just sold a holding in JCOM to KDDI for about $3bn. I just noticed this….meaning that Liberty has tons tons tons of cash… meaning that the ratio of how much cash they have to how much they dont care about the Braves…is even more ridonkulus… Just remember…Liberty media is a bunch of bean counters. DO NOT THINK OTHERWIZE….
I’m so tempted to drop everything and scurry on down to Orlando! Damn sense of responsibility. I’m stoked about this season. “If”most of the pieces fall into place it could be an incredible ride.
Anyone who missed the last two comments from the previous message board should take a look…priceless.
Bub – I feel pretty confident about positive outcomes on most of your list as well. My two biggest concerns from your 13 are JJ’s shoulder and Glaus’ shoulder. I grant, these two are not insignificant concerns …
You’re not worried at all about him hitting a wall this season? That’s my only fear with Hanson. The added wear from a full season. But he doesn’t seem to exert a lot of energy in his wind up so I hope that helps.
Regarding Heyward and his height, I guess that is something to think about. Tall guys tend to have joint and back problems, and it isn’t like he is standing at 1st. But I think of how athletic basketball players are now and that game is so physical. You think of someone like Josh Smith and I don’t even worry about injuries for him (queue him breaking his leg), so given that Heyward looks to be pretty stout, I think that bodes well for his health. I just hope they let him play and don’t wrap him in bubble wrap as Kevin Goldstein was saying.
Hello everyone.Welp back from the tropics and can honestly say for 3 days i thought i was in Seattle non stop RAIN ,but made the best off it.
I just got through listening to the show and can totally agree i am busting at the seems for some baseball! I think Nate (blind as a bat at nite) Mclouth will do better this year in the leadoff role. After all eyesight is the number one thing you have to have in the game off baseball. As far as the Johnny Damon signing with Detroit. I would have liked to see him in the Braves uniform but not disappointed at all ,Jason Heyward is a nice piece to fall back on.
I love the bullpen power,power and more power arms gotta love it. It will be interesting to see who emerges for the final bullpen spots,being competive among each other is good. Remember Maddox,Glavine and Smoltz? enough said. I have some worries like anyone else but the one thing i can look at is that they are healthy and just need reps. JJ just needs rest every pitcher has gone through this at some point. Anyway good to be back look forward to opening day GO BRAVES!!
Welcome back MattChu! Took your advice and enjoyed a local collegiate baseball game. Thanks! I guess there is a level of concern for every player not because of a “lack of confidence” rather circumstances outside of their control. Injury, faulty eyewear, hurt feelings…
Surely they’re not REALLY looking at him. Man, what a disaster. No way.
*beer in each hand*
Frank Wren, you better make this go away very quickly. Something definitive. Something like, “So, Frank, is there any truth to you looking into Garret Anderson?” “Oh, hell no. No freaking way. I wouldn’t hire Garret Anderson to clean my pool. We’ll put Bobby out in left field first. Nu-uh. Nope. That’s the stupidest question you could have asked me. Anything else?”
Bub…don’t even repeat trashy tweets like that. I’d rather see Terry P. blow snot out of his naked nostril than GA in a Braves uni. I still remember Hammy watching a game during a show and completely coming unglued when Garrett missed the ball out in LF. Steve and Curt had to talk him off a ledge.
So, let’s say that Heyward starts the year with the club, plays the entire year, and hits .260 with 12 HRs. Strikeouts are not terrible and has a decent amount of walks. Is that a disappointment? I’m as pumped for the Heyward era as anyone, but what are reasonable expectations for Heyward in year 1? I’m clouded at this point. Because I’d be disappointed with those numbers.
Steve, those numbers are reeeeeeeally close to disappointment to me. If you raised it to .275 with those 12 HR’s, and if the second half was a step up from the first half, and if there was game-winning hit or two sprinkled in so I can see that big smile of his brighten the club… in other words, it’s hard to think of it in terms of numbers alone. There’s so much that is non-statistical surrounding a rookie of Heyward’s fame. A good, healthy year indicitive of a continued rise next year, with some exciting moments sprinkled in, and I’ll be satisfied. Especially if the team is winning.
Steve, here’s his fangraph stat page. James and CHONE differ dramatically. It looks like CHONE has him coming up in the middle of the season and doing very close to your scenario above. Bill James has him in position for ROY with .303 and 17 dingers.
I reckon much depends on his reaction the MLB curveballs.
You know, I’m not sure I even know how to read that chart. Why would Bill James project as many homers at the major league level as he’s ever had in a year in the minors? Is that park down there really that huge? I dunno. I think I’m in over my head.
I’m almost more afraid of his numbers being too big this year leaving no where to go. That is probably an unfounded fear but I swear if he hits a homer his first at bat I will dig a hole in my back yard and crawl in. DOB just tweeted that he’s hitting bombs at BP. In other news Diory H. is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Hmm these are good questions ,what would be considered a good starting numbers for a rookie superstar in the making. I would say similiar numbers to Ryan Klesko,Javier Lopez or Chipper rookie seasons would suffice.With his more patient demeanor i would say with much higher walk rates.
What I didn’t put in my made up numbers about Heyward was OBP. Let it be above .325 with 12 – 15 homers and I’ll be happy. I think.
Great Tweet from Buster Olney: Best line of the spring so far: Andrew Jones showed up in great shape, about 25 pounds lighter than last year. And he proclaimed to others, “I am the best CFer you guys have in camp.” To which Joey Cora replied, “You should be. Only pitchers and catchers have reported.”
Day 1 of the ST Heyward era really is off the charts. Between the Coke truck and asst. GM car denting, Bobby saying the ball coming off his bat sounds like Aaron and the BP video with TP throwing behind him. Heady times, people. Heady times.
Steve, I couldn’t agree more or be more excited. I guess we’ll have to calm down at some point as JH becomes more “mortal”. It seems now like a forgone conclusion that he will start the season in the “bigs”.
For me, I am less concerned with Heyward’s numbers (LESS concerned, not completely unconcerned) and more concerned with his progress. Is he making adjustments, is he learning from his mistakes, is he improving as the season goes on. I think a typical cycle is that when pitchers first see hitters, the advantage goes to the batter. Then, with tape and everything, pitchers tend to figure batters out (see Francoeur, Jeff), and the pitchers have the advantage. After that, the good players make adjustments and the bad players don’t. That’s what I want to see, how he adjusts.
I actually can’t remember being this excited about a new Brave. Chipper was exciting, but he came along at heady times for the Braves. Same story for Andruw. McCann and Frenchy sort of took me by surprise. Greg Norton did not.
That’s my two cents. Anyone know how I can watch ST games in Boston? MLBTV doesn’t have them. Bummer.
Seriously, is there a way to watch ST games for us out of towners? Ok…I wasn’t going to tell you guys this cause it’s just plain embarrassing. I have broken out in hives. Literally hives on my face! MUST WATCH BASEBALL! I’m very excited, obviously, about this season and the whole Jay Hey ink is only making me itch!
In other news Hammy, Claire gives me the willies! I only caught the last 20 minutes and have to watch the beginning tomorrow.
Sup Bub! Tuesday night =? It’s a game…are you a winner?
I see your opinions and want to express my two cents.Yes hitters have to make adjustments but do you ever notice the patient,want swing at bad pitches and line drive hitters never have to make as many adjustments as say a Jeff F. or any player who does not have an idea of the strike zone. Diaz could fall in to this category sometimes.I think he will do well just from the fact that most teams didnt want to draft him because he did take more walks than hacks which completely baffles me.That my friends says alot we could be seeing a Wade Boggs approach to the strike zone with Mark Mcguire power(i know i misspelled his last name) I know i am hyping the guy up but why not be excited yes some teams could be this lucky.Yes this team deserves it, time and time again they have tried to do things right and build from within its time for its spoils to rise.The pieces are in place for a few years. P.S. I love being postive!!GO BRAVES!!!!
Hammy, I get home and the hubby is watching it so how can I NOT watch it? The next day I watch the whole thing again. Not ideal but such is life. It pissed me off that they moved it to Tuesdays. I’ve been rewatching last season. So much makes sense in hind sight.
Aaaaaaand…I’m usually not one to complain about uniforms. For instance I like the red church softball uniforms as well as the hats with the old school little “a” (hey , if it was good enough for the Hammer…). But the new hats with the white piping make everyone look like an egg head.
My Homerest Homerism of the Year, let’s get it out of the way:
The Braves will come charging out of the gate and never look back. They’ll be 3 games in front by the end of May. The Phillies will come out flat, but say to themselves “hey, we always start slow.” But by the time they try to put their foot on the gas, Atlanta will be in the throes of an oh-my-goodness-what-do-we-have-here? season, and start playing with the swagger we’ve been missing since the WS sweep by the Yanks (I’m making this up as I go. Stay with me.) A series sweep in Philly by us, where we outscore them 17 to 4 will put a bullet in their confidence that wrecks their team for two months.
Atlanta will be so good we’ll wonder to ourselves how we didn’t see it coming. Chipper, Heyward, Glaus, McCann, and Escobar will all be feared. Getting through McLouth and Prado just to hit the mean part or our order will be a hassle to pitchers. Diaz will sit back and about the time you think you’ve gotten to a soft spot… one mistake pitch, “there it is, BOOM!”
Lowe and Kawakami will have a month or two where they lead the team in ERA, blowing everybody’s mind.
Hanson will win go 12 starts in a row without a loss (9-0 in that stretch). The big winning streak for the team – 11 games – will come early, in late May/ early June.
Saito and Wags will combine for a 1.15 WHIP in the first half. 1.25 in the second half.
Escobar will hit three homers in one game (and get called out on the 3rd one for running the bases backwards, from 3rd base to home)
No no-hitters, but Hanson, Hudson, and Kawakami will all throw 8-inning two-hitters in the same week.
World Series Champions. Beating the Red Sox in 7 games, touted as Best World Series since 1991.
World Series MVP: the rookie, Jason Heyward. World record for XBH’s in playoffs by a rookie.
lol, that would be the flip-floppinest, most wacked out Braves blog ever. The Cynical Homer? I’d have to write one euphoric and one dooms day entry for every day. I have no balance. Would that BE a kind of balance?
You want my Bobby-will-sabotage-us, Dr. Andrews-live-in-our-dugout version of this coming season next? Because I’ll be in the mood for it by tonight.
Tweet by @capitalavenue. “Who the “f” let Jason Heyward have lunch with Jeff Francouer?”. Hilarious!
Gotta love B. Mac http://bit.ly/aTEGsz
Bub, half the blogs I read I think, “that’s what Bub says or that’s how Mr. Dylan thinks.”
Stevie, just to follow up your Nate McLouth numbers, in spite of his dismal 1st-batter-of-the-game OPS (.607), he has an .803 OPS across his career plate appearances when he starts the game at lead-off. (A tad higher than Johnny Damon’s career .794 OPS when starting the game at lead off, by the way).
So I know it seems like throwing an at-bat away, but since that first at-bat is accounted for in the .803, it’s just a DIFFERENT at-bat being lost per game than the one that, say, Damon loses while racking up his .794.
In other words, there’s some at-bat later in the game where Damon gets an out, but Nate gets a hit. Early table setting is important, but late hits aren’t chopped liver.
And these are large sample sizes. The largest available (career).
Nate’s not an ideal lead off guy, but one of his top OPS’s (of any slot that has ample plate appearances) is right there in that lead off spot, so it’s not a disaster.
Just add: and the Braves get a glimpse of the future when Salcedo joins the team for the September call-ups and Escobar moves to third to give Chipper a rest. Starting players and managers begin to uncontrollably wet their pants.
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.)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
*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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bub..what Beethoven are you getting off on? Symphonies? Piano Concertos? Brilliant stuff. When I finally faced up to going back to school, the first class I signed up for was Music Appreciation. I knew there was “Classical” stuff that I liked and stuff I couldn’t stand. A little education helped me learn a lot about the differences.
Beethoven over Brahms, Bach over both. Eddie Perez for next mgr.
Youtube is the only place in the world where you can dial up a 33 minute Beethoven symphony and the observers are threatening to kill each others’ mothers because one guy thinks the conductor’s hair flicks around too much and the other doesn’t. Strange times.
Bach’s “Chaconne” is one of his finest moments. Originally written for harpsichord, right Leah? EP has been learning lots in the off season as a manager..I just hope that he has gotten the experience he needs to be considered a candidate to replace BC.
#7 is a good one. #3 was historical and #6 is great for a doobie and a beer. I didn’t say that.
Actually, Leah, there is banjo in Sandra Mac. It’s the twangy thingy all through “Thy Mercy…” 8)
Tcc, I never had a bit of luck with any doobie. Uncomfortable experience(s). Maybe Beethoven’s 6th is what I was missing. Be right back. (j/k)
Curt, maybe the heaviness is what draws me into Beethoven. Most of the classical stuff which I can’t relate to I end up thinking of as too light and airy (Mozart especially). I’m always just ready for the elevator to stop. I’m sure it’s a deficiency I could overcome if I listened enough to develop my palate.
Why no Eddie? Hater.
I haven’t heard anything on Wagner except that he’s sick. Not a big deal, I wouldn’t think. Let’s save as much of his batteries as we can. He’s ahead of everybody anyways from what I gather.
Hanging out w/head of MLB here in Tokyo and he says Sox didnt resign Saito for age and Wagner cuz he wanted closer spot. Also says two viewd on Kawakami- one is that he settles in after ajustment year- so hes as good or better. But second is that he doestnt have much pitch variety and ML hitters are figuring him out.
Well phooey. Thought I was bringing something new to the table. I also thought Age to Age was the only song that would show on the link. Which, if I’m not mistaken, has no twangy thing. “Thy Mercy…” is a fave!
Cledus…I also raised and showed sheep. Trump card! Oh and played in the band. Those uniforms were super cool. And my hair was a sure turn on after I took off my pretty band hat with the plume sticking straight out.
How about Immortal Beloved? Any of you like that? I am a Gary Oldman fan and a Beethoven fan, so it was a good combo in my eyes. Vivaldi is nice. Personally, I have had to listen to a lot more classical music lately because my daughter is obsessed (OBSESSED) with the Nutcracker. We watch it on TV, we listen to it in the car, there are even times when I have to play the Mouse King (and that’s after the kids are asleep HELLO!).
Anyone know of any good contemporary classical music? I find that if you want to hear good current stuff, you have to buy movie soundtracks.
Hamilton: especially since you have kids, check out “From the Top.” You can find it on NPR.org I’m sure, and probably the Boston area broadcasts it. Lord knows WGBH is the producer. It’s great to listen to “the young people of today” appreciating classical music AND gives you ideas of what’s up currently (I think). I couldn’t see them when they taped at Emory not long ago and it made me sad. I just heard a podcast about a new film about Schumann where Sting and his wife read Schumann’s love letters while the Royal Opera House symphony plays in the background. Here endeth my current smattering of classical shizz.
Immortal Beloved was great. Just a well made film. Great editing. Also a big fan of Dangerous Liasons. Period piece with beautiful music.
As far as the no on Eddie, I just don’t get the sense that he is the guy to lead them to a championship. I might be as wrong on this as I am on everything else, but I want a complete cleansing of all things Bobby. My impression is that Eddie would even be softer on the players than Bobby is, and with the team next year being so young, I want some fire in that seat. The Cox disciples have proven to be a real disaster as head men – Jimy Williams, Ned Yost, Grady Little, et al. Even Freddie Gonzalez has had pretty moderate success with a team that has a lot of young talent. I want to try something new. Or I want them to hire Joe Torre.
The Professional is freakishly good, as is Immortal Beloved. Oldman’s got to have the best range of any actor working. To not just pull off, but absolutely nail Drexel the pimp in True Romance, Beethoven, and the humbly strong Gordon in the Dark Knight, is pretty flabbergasting taken all together.
Curt, maybe you’re right about the Cox replacement needing to be stern. I wonder if Wren will have the hangy downs to make that kind of hire.
Don’t forget Sid in Sid and Nancy. Oldman is top 5 actor of our generation.
Loved the Professional. Everything about it. Immensely rewatchable. True Romance is also one of my favorite movies. Just great throughout – so many good performances. The Christopher Walken/Dennis Hopper scene is phenomenal. Bronson Pinchot is great. Tony Soprano before he was Tony Soprano. Dangerous Liaisons was pretty good, but weren’t both Bill and Ted (from the Excellent Adventure) in it. That lowers any film’s potential.
Anne – thanks for the tip. I will check it out. Right now I am watching my daughter listening to Peter and the Wolf and making my son play all of the parts (except Peter, natch). Very entertaining.
Kid also sticks out like a sore thumb in Branaugh’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” A mix of seasoned British theatre/ film actors, American actors blended in seamlessly (even Denzel Washington’s Shakespearean chops are pretty impressive), and one tanned, lost surfer playing, of all things, the villain. “Like, everybody’s gonna pay my super-wrath, dudes!”
They say Keanu is very hard working, respectful, and gracious during a shoot. Just goes to show you how much that can do for you in life.
It doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m not the baseball-hittin’est genius to ever blow the antlers off a charging moose. If it’s an adjustment he and his dad came up with, it’ll probably work out. Sounds like he’s trading power for hits. Is that the idea? Curt?
Leah i read somewhere cant recall where that chipper did add muscle in the offseason dont know bout the swing. As far as actors Nicholas Cage is the man but when ever i need a laugh i watch Forgetting Sara Marshall LOL! That movie is so funny to me!!!
Raising Arizona for me in the go to laughs department.
Will – we need more inside info stuff like that from the head of MLB/Japan. That was fantastic.
Had crazy-awful stomach flu the past 36 hours. Wow, it sucked. But, I did watch a couple of movies as a result. District 9, absolutely fantastic. Smart, interesting and the plot moved along in unexpected ways for me. Really great. And, 500 Days of Summer. Pretty damn good. Not great. Not the transcendent romantic comedy I’d read it being – but much better than average, pretty smart and very good performances.
I thought District 9 was about the best sci fi film I’ve seen since Blade Runner. My best friend found it “vile and Satanic,” but he only likes movies if he’s the one between us to “discover” it. Anybody got a friend like that? Annoying.
Raising Arizona is my favorite comedy of all time. That’s where my email address came from, if you hadn’t put that together.
Hate to hear about the stomach flu. Get well soon.
Get well soon, Stevie. I like 500 Days of Summer too. Much better than I expected (but I didn’t expect much). I loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Very funny. Superbad was very good, also. I think it was the best Judd Apatow one.
Oh…Steve…that’s terrible. Hope your wife and kids dodge it. Ugh. Sure wish I had MLB network. Those of you who watch On Tuesday HAVE to give tons of details. I’m going to be crazed with anticipation. I’ll miss one ST game on ESPN since I’ll be in the backwoods of my childhood home. Their lucky to have running water much less cable.
I am a little worried about Chipper’s added weight. Isn’t this what Frenchy did at the beginning of his decline? (Granted, Chipper is a lil bit more experienced and talented than Frenchy). Just sayin. It could also be a great thing.
I watched the new movie with Vince Vaughn (Couples Retreat) Its purdy good the funniest part in the movie is with the yoga instructor! If you have not seen it you are truly missing out my stomach hurt for 2 days from laughing so hard!!!!
I do agree Curt ,40 year Old Virgin is imo a classic comedy,i could watch it over and over bout like Forrest Gump on AMC. Speaking of AMC its bout time for North to Alaska and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, they usually make their screening this time of year.
Well sorry i got off subject. There is an article on Chipper at AJC on his new added weight and why he did it. Some how i feel he will carry his new muscle better than Jeff, for one reason Jeff did it for more power Chipper is doing it so he wont feel weak again by seasons end.
Steve – I cant say where this came from exactly, but a certain eye witness of the world baseball classic final game Japan vs. Korea was in the locker room getting it press-ready for after the game. In the 9th inning a certain flame throwing closer with a penchant for pachinko and who got his girlfriend preggo, and whose name rhymes with Pervish, came in to close out the game. But he gives up a game tying dinger. So between the 9th and the 10th, goes to his locker, puts his hand in a big jar of goop, slathers the brim of his cap, goes back and strikes out each batter in the 10th – (although he was a little wild and walked two). One difference between Japan and the MLB, is that in the MLB, the 3rd or 1st baseman puts it on his cap, and when the ball goes round the horn, it gets the business. The Umps are less likely to check a 3rd baseman’s hat/belt.
And Im not alone in this, but can I just say that if the US beats Canada in hockey my ecstasy will be close to that if the Braves were to win the WS. Just below, but close. If they lose, oh well. But I dunno, they have a young team, and hockey is literally a 60 minute sprint where if skills are close, fitness can tip the scales. As can a hot goalie. I was there at the game where Dominic Hasek beat the Canada dream team in Nagano in 1998. With Jaromir Jagr. It is one of the top ten hockey games of all time. I was on about the 10th row. I think this memory is in the back of the minds of the Canadians. They know it can happen. So maybe they are better prepared…or maybe it psyches them out… And the USA has nothing whatsoever to lose. Dangerous. I like it….Anyway, go USA….
Im on a PC so I can be more prolific… at work the other day I cracked open the transcript of the latest Liberty Meeting conference call discussing their financial results. I think I mentioned that Liberty just sold a big investment here in Japan, to the tune of about $3bn US…
which upon reflection I realized didnt really mean they are evil…they sold an investment, big deal. I think what made me comment was that they are now loaded with cash, and still they nickel and dime the Braves. But honestly, its sort of a stretch to make that argument…or at least to connect the two.
So I tried to get further clues as to what they might be thinking. And I got bummed. Looking at their balance sheet, they are actually a pretty crappy company. Even with $3bn in cash, they aren’t what I would call stable. They had over $10bn in goodwill on their BS. Which is a joke. That means they have paid a gazillion dollars for companies, and the price above the market or book price goes on their balance sheet as goodwill. Which means they constantly overpay, for a bunch of shitty telco and media companies, and really they have garbage to show for it. Anyway, in the transcript the president is going through his spiel to investors and after a bunch of platitudes starts going through divisional results. Literally he says “And the Braves, we’re happy with their results, they made it interesting at the end but then didn’t quite make it further. And in our Fixed Line division….”. THATS IT. The Braves are worth a sentence to this guy. I did a little more searching…opening up the PDFs of the past conference calls and searching for the word “Braves” and got…..NOTHING….Except for about 3 years ago when the CFO is gets all jizzed about the tax efficiency of the Braves transaction…..We are so smart, etc.
Didn’t love Couples Retreat. There was some funny parts, but ultimately disappointing. Was also disappointed with 40 y.o. virgin. Was very funny, and I love Steve Carrel, but it got over-hyped for me. Fell apart at the 2/3 mark for me. Don’t know why – love Katherine Keener too.
Knocked Up was great also. In my mind, not as good as Superbad, but still really good. (Didn’t realize it wasn’t a Apatow movie – has all of his buddies in it.) Now that I did some imdb’ing, I realize that the same dude who did Superbad did Adventureland, which was pretty good too. I like that genre of movies like that.
Wilbur – the Liberty Media stuff is really interesting, if not completely depressing. Why own the Braves? Certainly they are not making money off of them. Tax efficiency? Go eff yourselves.
I recently heard about a Washington Wizards fan lamenting about the Salary Cap and how the epic inept owner was touting that they were under the cap and that was a good thing. The fan’s response was basically “Who effing cares? Are you reducing the price of my tickets? Are you making a better product? Congratulations, you are saving your money at the expense of your fans and your team. Rot in hell.”
I feel the same way about Liberty. I know I have brought this up repeatedly, but we need a single owner (or small group of owners a la the Red Sox) who has an identity, a personality, a heart, and some cojones. I am sure that Terry McGuirk’s kids love him, but he is just a figurehead douchebag. (Pause for apologies – I am getting angrier and angrier – I feel like Curt). Liberty Media is a douchecompany. It’s just as bad as being owned by Donald Sterling, but without the luxury of knowing who to curse and who to make voodoo dolls of. Seriously, when was the last time that a team that was owned by a company won anything? I would love to know. Think about all of the recent champions (in any sport) – they all have owners that could stand up there when they were receiving the trophy and take credit for part of the success. The Braves? They have a VP of Marketing with an oversized check. We might as well sponsor the Home Run Derby. (Not sure if that made sense – Did we quit when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!.) The Hawks and the Thrashers have the same problem. The Atlanta Spirit?!? Kill me. We often get left out of the most-tortured sports cities in the U.S. lists, but this whole thing should qualify us. Right?
Sorry for the ramble – I typed this whole thing while my son was screaming “More Peep! More Peep!”
I think we are doing a show tonight. I will let Steve share more details.
Preach it Hammy! It just feels like Atl is the WORST sports city. My husband thinks alot of it has to do with Atlanta being filled with mostly transplants. Not sure if it’s valid but he’s right about most things. I say ABT keeps building a following and we buy the team. If only we had another blogger to draw even more brilliant minds. :).
Will, it’s all good. Just look for my PT bill in the mail. I don’t know if I’m proud or disappointed. I was almost certain guy humor would follow #100. I left that one locked and loaded for you people. *bows to thunderous laughter and applause*. Thankya folks…I’m here all week.
Elated for a new show!
Oh my, how DID we miss #100??? Wow. Two premium “that’s what she saids” left lying on the table. Gettin’ rusty.
Re: Liberty, I’m buoyed a little by the hope that even heartless owners are spending mid-market money. If payroll dips any more and starts to look like a slow drain, I might have to bail before I watch Esco, McCann, Jurrjens, Hanson, and Heyward all go bye-bye without a fight from the front office. But if that worst case vision doesn’t happen, maybe we can still make some nice runs with Frank building the youth. Maybe we’ll be like a Florida that does it right (spends a more reasonable amount). I suspect a legitimate small/ mid-market strategy for finding windows for pennants is forming itself in this psycho salary structure.
Ugh, even I can’t homer this one up. Sell the team.
About to watch some serious hockey! What does a guy do with all those hats from who knows who’s head after a hat trick? I’ve often wondered if a hitter, like Chipper, starts to develope screwy habits when they are constantly pitched junk balls. Can he alter his approach and swing day after day trying to make something out of nothing to his detriment?
Will – freakin’ loved that big jar of goop story! Very, very nice.
Ham – I’m with you about 40 y/o Virgin. I actually dislike the movie. I still think Apatow’s best work was Freaks and Geeks. Spectacular. If you’ve not seen it (it’s a TV series) fire up Netflix and get on it. Really great. And, the first 1/2 of Funny People is by far, imho, the best movie Apatow’s made.
New show tonight. Including 10 minute interviews (from today) with a member of the starting rotation and a member of the bullpen. Big names, people. Big names!
Bub, you are soooo on. My sisters mockingly say my kid’s are going to grow up and be amazed at the taste of food without the aftertaste of hand sanatizer. I swear, you and I are distant cousins.
I liked 40 yo virgin but not as much as Dan in Real Life and while it doesn’t have Steve C. 50 First Dates is one of my Favorites.
Maybe a hint or maybe sound effects. Hockey’s very stressful. I need a hint to distract me. Trying to explain to 9 year old why this game has no fighting. He’s pretty bummed about it. NEW SHOW!!!!! Hint pleeeeeeaaaase!
What happened to Homer? Somebody’s gotta start. I guess I still don’t get how it makes THAT big of a difference. There are so many games and each team has occassional strange 2 game or 4 game series. I can’t wrap my brain around it.
“Somebody’s gotta start. I guess I still don’t get how it makes THAT big of a difference.”
It’s not a big deal by itself. Just like if you see a guy walking down the street with a boot on one foot and a flip flop on the other, he’ll probably be able to get to where he’s going. But it’s a clue about the decisions he’ll make once he gets there.
Okay, anecdote fail.
Really, I don’t think it’s that bad of a decision. He’s starting Huddy 4th because this will give him 5 days rest his first two starts. That’s smart. He’s not starting Jurrjens first because they’re being careful with him. So, next in line is Lowe. I’m just bing Silly with “2011.) Homer lives.
Have a question,how long was Liberty Media suppose to keep the Atlanta Braves before it could be sold? When they do who would be the best candidate? Arthur Blank,Ted Turner or maybe the city of Atlanta ,let the people buy stock. I know its another group but think there would be different results. Never made much sense to me that company that dont even have there home base in Atlanta wanted to buy a Sport Franchise with the recent great history as the Braves wants to tarnish it with there corporate decisions.
NEW SHOW!!! I bet they’re recording it right now. I bet they are talking to someone super cool. I cannot wait! I read somewhere that the MLB at bat 2010 app was going to include spring training games. Any iphone owners have the 411 on that?