February 28, 2010

Show #95: Our Interviews with Billy Wagner and Tommy Hanson

Spring Training interviews with Billy Wagner and Tommy Hanson.  Plus, Derek Lowe named Opening Day starter and the mounting praise for Jason Heyward.



213 Responses to “Show #95: Our Interviews with Billy Wagner and Tommy Hanson”

  1. 1
    Bubdylan Says:

    Great job, fellas. Exciting times! I linked you to the MLB board again. Now I’m off to listen to the show.

  2. 2
    Bubdylan Says:

    Drowning in awesomeness. The two most electric pitchers on the team in one show. You dudes are on fire. Good questions and good answers all around. Loved it.


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    MattChu Says:

    Well said, it is a Bobby move. Lowe did need a pick me up a small one. As you all have said it really is not that big of a deal the rotation will change. Which brings up the weather last year it seemed the Braves were in more rain delays than last 3yrs combined. (seemed that way) Just from those 2 interviews i am beaming with more confidence than ever that the Braves are the sleeping giant in NL east and WS champs GO BRAVES!!!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    No waaaaaaay! Cannot wait to listen!

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    Will Says:

    Thanks to Billy and Tommy. Good show.

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    Will Says:

    oh..one thing….thinking that the 12 step music has to change.

    we are not 12 step drunk-a$$ bums any more…we are going to win the WS!!!!

    ok, well we are, but the Braves arent…

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    Will Says:

    bums that is…

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’ve grown fond of that song. I’d miss it. Then again, I’m a drunkass bum. :)

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    Steve Says:

    I’m loving the enthusiasm! I’m glad y’all are as pumped about the interviews as we were. And big props go out to the Braves PR folks who were instrumental.

    And Bub – thanks for linking out about it.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I think the number one sign of the best kind of leader is the one that has no idea of his leadership. I absolutely loved the interviews. I love the humility of Wagner and the confidence in Hanson. So fun to have a team packed with talent and character. Maybe I’m naive but I’m just not concerned about J. Hey. He doesnt seem cocky or presumptuous and I should know right? Afterall, I read his tweets. We’re practically family.

    So excited about tomorrow! If you’re watching the game PLEASE fill the board with details! I’ll refresh and scroll down til my thumbs fall off (hmmmm, erase and reword? Nah! Where’s the fun in that!)!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Due to the distraction of my good as gold yet chatty sister that first sentence doesn’t make sense. What I mean is the most effective influences are often times completely unaware of their position as leader.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Since the rest of you ABTers are too busy to listen I’ll just keep talking. per Rowland’s desk “(An) interesting point Tommy G. made was that putting Hanson between JJ and Huddy takes a little pressure off because those other two figure to regularly go deep into games.”

    Now that argument makes sense to me. I was also wondering if you don’t want your two best pitchers in the 1st and 4th spot in order to spread them out. That way each series would almost always see one of the top two. That’s probably something everyone already knows and I’m just now realizing. Thanks for your patience.

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    Curt Says:

    Leah, the starting rotations for the beginning of the season are often based on where the team is playing as well. Unless you have a clearly defined ace, managers might determine that one guy is better served to open on the road vs another, and as you mention, some guy might be saved to start the home opener, which is honestly a bigger deal, and therefore will be in the 4 spot.

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – per a press release from the Braves (and echoed in the DOB blog) tomorrow’s ST game can be heard on braves.com.

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    Trip Says:

    Great coverage. You’ve managed to edge your way into Braves journalism slowly but surely. Keep it up, and and I think you’ll be a top internet player. Great job with the “fan-based” niche. And if you stick to it and don’t “sellout”, to the team, you’re coverage will go far. Thanks for what you do. Oh, and you got the first audible Wag interview, kudos.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Steve just made my manic Monday manageable. Thanks Steve!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    A+ alliteration, Leah.

    Howdy, Trip. Stick around. You sound valuable.

    *does the Value Dance*

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m a regular Dr. Seuss. 16 hours!!!!!!! By they way…did Wags include Acosta in that list of great guys in the bullpen?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    ‘fraid so… :(

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    Curt Says:

    The game is being aired tomorrow on the MLB Network for those of you who get it.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Thanks Curt…for really, radically, rubbing that in. ARG!

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    Hammy Says:

    Leah – I totally forgot about that and was going to mention it. I am sure that Wags doesn’t want to rock the boat, but it definitely was a case of “one of these things is not like the others”. It’s sort of like him saying “I love comedy. I have always enjoyed the great comedians: Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Carrot Top, Richard Pryor. All the great ones.”

    Who knows, maybe Manny made a deal with the devil. Beyond that, I can’t imagine that anything would make him better.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    He honestly sounded like he was saying “Acosta” under his breath. I almost expected him to cough after. Good ole Wags. Character seems to ooze from his pores…I think it comes with the cowboy hat.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Haha! That’s the funniest Carrot Top has ever been. Nice.

    Love the “one of these things is not like the others” reference. I sent that song to my math professor after I visited his office and his door was covered in pictures of Tolkein, Carroll, MacDonald, Chesterton, Dostoyevsky, and … William Shatner.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Alright…all you married guys tell your wives I said Jake is a freakin’ idiot! I hate it for him when he sees his mistake.
    In other news…really Kate? DWTS? Really? That’s how you’re going to improve your image? Take weeks away from your 100 kids to learn how to dance?

    Go Braves!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Ah, memory lane. Seems like only yesterday.


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    Steve Says:

    Hi Trip – welcome to the board. I echo Bub’s sentiment. And thanks for the kind words. We’re glad you’re enjoying the show.

    Leah – I don’t get the sense that Kate’s kids are really on the top of the list anymore. I think the list looks more like: 1. Agent 2. Publicist 3. Kids

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    Princess Leah Says:

    5 HOURS! I predict Prado hits a homer. Therea it is folks! Has anyone noticed that Daryl Strawberry is on Celebrity Apprentice and that ex Phillies coach who now is a coach for the Indians is on Amazing Race? What the heck’s happening?
    Steve, I’m afraid you’re right. Poor adorable almond eyed dearies.

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    Curt Says:

    Can someone translate Leah’s references for me? I need a decoder ring.

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    Hammy Says:

    Just pick up the latest issue of US Weekly. It will all make sense, Curtis.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    It’s ok Curt. Settle yourself back into the 80’s. For the record, I’ve never watched any form of the apprentice and I only watch Dancing with the Sluts at the end of the season when it’s not a complete waste of time, rather a moderate one. And then I only watch when my husband is no where remotely close to the Tv cause…jeeze Louise!

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    Curt Says:

    Is the A Team still on TV?

    I have to admit, I watch 0 reality TV, and very little big network stuff. I watch A&E, Military Channel, FX, HBO, AMC, etc. Watched what might be my favortie show on TV right now last night. Top Gear. It’s this brilliant, hilarious car show on BBC America. Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. A must see.

    And Leah, my wife loves when I hijack the TV to watch documenatries about WWI on the Military Channel all day Saturdays. It cuts into her Law & Order time.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Oh glorious common ground…love A&E especially their Jane Austen features (waves at Bub). In fact my favorite birthday present ever after jewelry with bling is Band of Brothers. And…while it’s not A&E the husband and I are considering joining Netflix just to watch Mad Men. So we can still be friends but I must repremand you for stealing your wife’s tv time.

    Bum to the er on the probable rain delay.

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    Curt Says:

    Better than the snow delay in Atlanta.

    Band of Brothers is pure genius as is Mad Men and Breaking Bad (AMCs lesser known show). So looking forward to the “Pacific” coming this month on HBO. If it is half of BoBers it will be amazing.

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    Hammy Says:

    I know I a not the first one to the party on this, but you should all give up whatever TV you are currently watching and watch The Wire. Seriously. Curt, stop watching Bridezillas, go to Netflix and watch the Wire. And if you “watched a couple of episodes when it was on”, then start over. It is the best show ever, and that is not hyperbole. Better than Lost, better than the Sopranos, even better than Big Brother 7.

    Seriously. Will, can I get an amen.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    The Wire…noted. Better than Dexter? We love to hate Dexter. So is this game in a rain delay? The reason I ask is I can’t get any sort of audio on Braves.com or At Bat 2010.

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    Hammy Says:

    It is in the 3rd inning, 0-0 (Which Hanson is doing great so far and that the Jay-Hey kid is a complete failure).

    I just dropped $120 for my MLBTV.com pass, with the promise that I could watch the game. Unfortunately, when I get to the last screen before the game, it hangs on me. GRRRRRR. Couldn’t they have ironed out the kinks before today?!? Oh well, if it starts working, I will keep you all posted.

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – the game is happening. Go to braves.com and see the link for “Listen to free Webcast” – it’s below the main picture of Hanson.

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    Hammy Says:

    “Which ‘indicates’ Hanson . . .” – got too excited for the J-Hey joke.

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    Curt Says:

    Ham, come on now dude. I gave watched every episode of every season of the Wire. As it aired. Not the Netflix mess. Keep up. You would love Breaking Bad. Check it out. 3rd season coming soon. AMC

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Two walks, a single, and a stolen base from Heyward’s first ST game. Pitchers are only ahead of MOST hitters. :)

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Boo. Chavez getting slapped around.

  43. 43
    Princess Leah Says:

    Sad…tiny iPhone shows no picture of Hanson or webcast. Still searching. Is J. Hey
    really doing bad. No sarcasm people!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Double Boo. Hit, error, hit. Mets tie it.

    Bobby says the balls coming off bats after Chavez throws a pitch have that “Hank Aaron ring” to them.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    J-hey has earned two walks, a solid single, and a stolen base. That wasn’t sarcasm. He hasn’t made an out all day.

    Meanwhile, the Mets have loaded the bases against “Pirates’ Revenge” Chavez.

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    Curt Says:

    And listening to John Kincaide and Buck Belew call this game makes me long for Bob Rathbun.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    It’s pretty rough, but I dunno if I’d go that far. Although the “let’s stick to our roles” exchange re: Jeff Porter = aw. kward.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Does Chavez have options? 8)

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Life sucks sometimes. Did y’all know that?

  50. 50
    Bubdylan Says:

    “… and to play off the words again, ‘little young’ is coming to the plate.”

    To play off the words again.


  51. 51
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wassa matta, Princess? No broadcast? I’d give you play by play, but I gotta go to Playwriting in about 5 minutes.

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    Curt Says:

    Not sure about his options. I know the Braves had a lot of flexibility with their bullpen because so many guys did have options, even Jo Jo and Acosta.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    If sucktitude for me equals missing a ballgame I guess my life’s pretty good *says as with a pokey out bottom lip*. Bub, can I borrow your computer while you go to class?

  54. 54
    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m getting play by plays from At Bat…just difficult in the carpool line. And it’s snowing…again.

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    Hammy Says:

    I love the enthusiasm for the first spring training game. If we keep up this pace we are all going to have ulcers by mid-season. Who cares – it’s baseball, people. BASEBALL!!!!!

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    Hammy Says:

    And Curtis, sorry for the slight. I thought you had said that you had only watched a couple of episodes. That comment was meant for anyone who saw a few episodes, not just (mistakenly) you.

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    Hammy Says:

    Bub – I don’t know what your textbook is for Playwriting, but you should read Naked Playwriting: The Art, The Craft, And The Life Laid Bare. I forget who wrote it, but it is an awesome book. Not only for playwriting but just for writing in general.

    I imagine that it could make the average person an amazing blogger, especially for a topic that they are passionate about. (cue Leah . . .)

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    Curt Says:

    Resop – instant dividends.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Hammy’s testing my filter…so tempted…but I’ll stick to my guns and holster my Top 10 list. Ok boys and Anne and Theresa and who knows,maybe Kathryn…tell me what ya think. J. Hey seemed to have a fair day. I like the Sammons/Freeman pick off first.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    “I imagine that it could make the average person an amazing blogger, especially for a topic that they are passionate about.”

    So what would it do for a way above average person? Gotta spread the Bub-love.

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    Hammy Says:

    I didn’t want to overplay my hand, but I was hoping that Bub would read it and say “wait, an average person could be an amazing blogger?! What about me?! WHAT ABOUT ME!?!” You and I are on the same wavelength, Leah.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Hammy, we’re using Alan Ayckbourn’s “The Crafty Art of Playmaking.” It’s very informal and conversational. No exercises.

    Love the title of your rec’d book. I’ll have to check it out.

    Our professor’s instructions on the book were “Read it. Use the ideas if you want to. Okay, go write a play.” And I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who even read the book. So, not much instruction per se. Luckily, I’m BRILLIANT.

    We had a reading for my one-act today. A dozen 22 year olds are convinced I’m really going places! I’ll always remember you people.

    Internet addiction’s wreaking havoc on my classwork as it is. My idea for a Braves Blog is so ambitious (you just wouldn’t even believe…) that I’d sink like a stone in school. Thanks for the gratification, but I’ve gotta get myself together. (Same song, next verse.)

  63. 63
    Princess Leah Says:

    Awe dang, sorry I blew Bub’s entrance.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    More set-ups for guy humor? In the middle of the afternoon?

  65. 65
    Bubdylan Says:

    Can’t resist.

    That’s what SHE said!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Over the line? :(

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I have to say: how awesome is it that Jason Heyward took two walks today?

    The national press is running wild with the smashed car business. The local press has just lost their minds, so any grown man, much more (you like that Leah? “Much more” is proper there!) a 20 year old, would have to go into the first ST game at least SLIGHTLY tempted to leeeeeean toward the side of aggression. If it was Frenchy, he’s have struck out on two pitches and corkscrewed himself to China.

    But not our guy. He stands up there with a strike zone the size of a small car and if they can’t get it in there, he ain’t swingin’. Even knowing these early pitchers might be his best chance to make a splash.

    Maturity, thy name is Heyward. “Yes, I’ll have two cool walks, a hot single, and a large stolen base.”

    Love it.

    Chavez? Is that alls you havez? Pffff.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I absolutely am on pins and needles to see that guy swing a bat. One of our friends is at Disney all week. Life just isn’t fair is it. Love the walks, love the running hard and fast to get to 2nd, LOVE stealing third in the first ST game of the year, love love love.

    Bub, the set up was quite unintentional I assure you. Yikes! I have no room to talk though. I half expected to be reprimanded for some of my recent posts that I will NOT point out. I was a bit afraid we might have a Mr. Knightly vs. Emma moment paralleling the scene at the picnic when she “burns” Ms. Bates. Don’t worry about it Curt…way before your time.

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    Hammy Says:

    Not before my time, Leah. I loved that episode of The Hills.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay. Gotta admit the problem, it’s a hard thing to admit.

    Dishes are piled up. Missed Lit class and a Spanish class this week. So far. I’m closing up the lap top and stashing it with my sister till Friday. What a retarded addiction.

    I’ll see you freaks on Friday.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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    Curt Says:

    Don’t feel too bad Leah. Those people are dropping 12k to be at Disney for a week.

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    Danny Says:

    (Late to the party)
    Excellent interviews as usual. Do you think J-Hey will do such interviews before making the team?

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    Curt Says:

    Danny, welcome. Thanks for joining us.

    We are working on it, but I think they are going to keep his time pretty restricted for now. That’s my sense. There is so much hype around him right now that I think they want to control access to him as much as possible.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Thanks Curt but that helps a very little bit. Bub better get some great grades since we’re having to make such a huge sacrifice. Hiya Danny. How are you at puns?

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    Steve Says:

    Hi all. Just got back from Athens seeing our buddy Scott (voice of the intro and outro) in a play at UGA. Damn good. He’s really a stunningly good actor.

    The only player out of options is Melky.

    I, too, loved Heyward’s (I’m not quite committed to J-Hey) walks today. And, the added bonus of every compliment of his game being a criticism of Frenchy’s is just a tremendous gift.

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    Will Says:

    Hammy, Wire good. Amen. Lost is jumping sharks in the 4th dimension, but I love it anyway.

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    Will Says:

    Jam Master Jayward.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I can always tell when Will is on his phone because his sentences are very choppy. Lost is confusing and I don’t like the way it’s going. Hope next week is less forlorn. Hope I can listen to the game today. Maybe then I won’t be so grouchy…it’s for the children!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    They need an “IN/Out” board at the temple. I can’t keep track.

  80. 80
    Princess Leah Says:

    Now I can… Nobody’s in.

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    Curt Says:

    Dear God they can’t call a baseball game. horrible.

    Heyward seems decent though.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Seriously sounds like a little league game. I got chills when J.Hey (sticking with it) hit the double. Can someone tell me why we shouldn’t worry about Chipper? Please? Not much going on there. Go BRAVES!!!

  83. 83
    Steve Says:

    Leah – there is no need to worry about Chipper at this point. This was the first game, he tweaked his swing from the left, it’s all very early. He got in such a long funk last year that it clearly became mental and then he could never recover. This is just one day and he’s got an enormous chip on his shoulder to come back strong this year.

    Heyward told DOB that his nickname has been J-Hey for years now. I guess I better start warming up to it.

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    Anne Says:

    Finally finished the show – have been on the left coast. Steve – good to hear Scott’s doing well @ UGA. Can’t wait to get back to the ATL time zone to listen to preseason games. Go Braves!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Steve, I’m so glad to hear it. Welcome back AnnE! I miss Bub. Someone should tell him it seems kinda mean to “stash” your sister.

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    Hammy Says:

    What about my recommended “the J-Hey Kid” a la Willie Mays (the Say Hey Kid, arguably the best nickname ever). J-Hey seems a little tired. Another nickname I am working on is “Awesome”. Like it.

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    Hammy Says:

    Also, I am loving Lost. I won’t clog up the message board, but maybe Leah, Will and I can find another place to discuss.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    You give me the link and I’ll be there with bells on. How about Fabu-licious for J. Hey? No? Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue? Ok.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Oh no… you guys I have really bad news. Dodgers just signed Garret Anderson to a minor league deal. We’ll miss your lumbering about looking for the ball out in Left Field GA.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

    Go Braves!

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    Princess Leah Says:


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    Steve Says:

    How far GA has fallen.

    Did you see the quote from Chipper about J-Hey? DOB asked him when he thought he’d be up with the big team and Chipper responded, “when’s Opening Day?”

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    Curt Says:

    Did you see the other quote from Chipper?

    “Is there a Hooters in Kissimmee?”


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    Steve Says:

    Just had lunch with the guy that writes capitolavenueclub.com (great and smart blog – you should check it out). He’s a big “new stats” (WORP, VORP, EqA) guy. Anyway, as we were talking about the 2010 team he said his biggest concern was the final utility infield spot. He’s worried that anyone but Brooks Conrad getting it is a mistake. I bring this up because if that’s the biggest roster spot concern in the 2nd week of ST, we’re in pretty nice shape.

    Now let’s see what KK has today!

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    Anonymous Says:

    I’ve got it! We should call KK “Killer”…as in Komono Killer…as in dragon slayer! It just came to me, just sitting hear and it hit me. I know, I’m awesome.
    Curt, I remember you being super concerned about Glaus making the shift to 1st during that really downer “if” show. Are you still concerned about the Trojan making the shift?
    Steve, that’s awesome to hear! I’m really really excited about this season. GO BRAVES!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    That was me and clearly I meant Komodo dragon, so maybe I’m not that awesome. No cross dressing dragons allowed in baseball.

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    Curt Says:

    of course I’m still concerned. I am in the acceptance phase and can live with the fact that it is what it is, but the truth will come once the games start to count. we have been very lucky to have had three really good defensive first basemen over the past few seasons, but there are a number of lefties in this division so he is going to get some action. we will need him to be better than good.

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    Tcc Says:

    Soooo..Conrad had 2 doubles and 2 RBIs today. Steve, I think your friend is feeling better already. Go Braves!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    lol, awesome link, Leah. That’s me. Except I’m older than that.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Sigh, Jo Jo Reyes. Walk. Walk. Run. History of disaster. Bobby raves.

    What do you call the list of people who have impressed Bobby Cox?

    Phone Book.

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    Curt Says:

    Correction, Chinese phone book

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Five of these things is not like the other…

    Garret Anderson


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    Princess Leah Says:

    Really really excited about this season. Ok, I’m going to listen to the “if” show again. I’m setting myself up for a serious plunge to reality. I feel the need to temper my enthusiasm.

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    Steve Says:

    Comment #102 is EXACTLY why we will be in the playoffs this year. Last year, at the end of May, the team was 25 – 25. Not this year. 35 – 15 or better!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    .700 baseball or better, Stevie? I want to see McLouth, Chipper, and Glaus get solid in ST before I can go that far (taking anti-homer medication. Wal Mart $4 plan). But the replacements listed above really are something. It happened so gradually. I had thought it was four, but really you have to count Loaf. If for no other reason than his sour puss.

    Excited about Mike Minor. Having him and Medlen is very comforting, with such a gap until our two headed beast, Vizheran arives. Vizheran. Like it? I’m not sure.


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    Steve Says:

    Tehzcaino, for sure. And you’re damn right, .700 baseball!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Beer + Internet = I just asked a girl to marry me online.

    Spiraling. Spiraling.

    (She knows I’m joking, right?

    I mean, I am joking right?)


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    Bubdylan Says:

    I meant Dr. Pepper, Leah. I’m a pepper. You’re a pepper. She’s a pepper.

    Every time a Heyward swings,
    An angel gets his wings.

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    Princess Leah Says:


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    Bubdylan Says:

    My aching head.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, here’s an informative and thoroughly depressing read.


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    Hammy Says:

    You know, I’ve been thinking about it, and I think that I would like to be a pepper too.

    I gotta say, other than Chavez on Monday, I am very pleased with how ST has been going. Which starter will give up the first run?

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    Steve Says:

    Hammy – you’ve pretty much sealed the deal for Lowe today with that question, haven’t you?

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    Hammy Says:

    Let’s just hope that the answer to that question is “one of our starters has already given up a run and his name is Jo-Jo Reyes,” if you know what I mean.

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    Hammy Says:

    On another note, discuss this:


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    Hammy Says:

    Is it worth the long term control of the Prospect to forego a couple of weeks of awesomeness? Bradley makes a pretty compelling case.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Very good argument. I don’t mind waiting for a couple of weeks if it means we “control” him for an extra year (although I don’t like that term). Would it be anticlimactic for him as a player or would it be a nice break from the media? I really like that picture of him. Is it just me or is his build and form just like Frenchy’s? They look like “brothahs from anothah mothah”.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I don’t mind waiting for a couple of weeks if it means we “control” him for an extra year (although I’m not crazy about that term). Would it be anticlimactic for him as a player or would it maybe be a nice break from the big league hype? I like this picture of him. His build and form look like Frenchy to me. They’re “brothahs from anothah mothah”.

  119. 119
    Princess Leah Says:

    See what happens when I post comments on the message board from my laptop? I’m sticking with my iphone from now on!

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    Steve Says:

    Hammy – I understand that it makes sense in the long run. But, as a fan, it is incredibly off-putting. I get that we are really just rooting for laundry, the guys are in it for the money more than winning (in a lot of cases) and that our owners look at us nothing more than a smart tax-deferment transaction but … if the baseball people determine that Heyward is the best option in right, then can we just, please, start him!?!?! The team’s got to win 35 of their first 50! Do they not realize how satisfying it will be for me when Bub comes back and acknowledges that I was right about that?

  121. 121
    Hammy Says:

    Stevie- The point about getting off to a good start is very valid. Imagine if we hadn’t made such a colossal poop in the first half of last year. Completely different season. I hate that baseball is not just baseball – i totally want to field the most competitive and exciting team every time out (and I also worry about the potential disillusionment for the Prospect). HOWEVER, what’s a few weeks vs. a whole season?

    It’s sort of the classic conundrum. Do you invest in the short-term for longer term success (or as I like to call it “NOT the Texiera trade”)?

    I keep going back and forth, but I keep coming back to the side of play him now. Who knows what the world will look like in 5 years.

  122. 122
    Bubdylan Says:

    I hate the business end of our sport. Hate it, hate it, wish it would die. Even forcing Yunel’s and Tommy’s salary makes my stomach turn.

    That said, I think a decend quasi-mid market strategy for running a ball team really might be to form a strong farm system and just plan on rarely keeping a player more than 6 years. Like a hot college player, except there’s 6 years instead of 4 (or 3, or 2). Supplement your young guys with solid role players you can afford (the Diaz’s, Ryan Church’s of the world) and veterans coming down from their peak years or finding themselves in a weird Free Agent Market or injury risks. Build depth to absorb the lost injury gambles. Hinske. Mitch Jones.

    In other words, what Atlanta is probably already doing. If you can squeeze in one or two hometown discounts or safety signings (McCann, Hudson) and sign maybe one superstar to his first free agent contract (Hanson or Heyward or Jurrjens, anybody dreaming of having more than one of those in Atlanta for his 7th year is drunker than I was last night).

    It’s not like this is a completely cheap way to go. Arbitration years for Yunel, Hanson, Heyward and the like won’t be easy on the ATL wallet.

    Meanwhile, if you have to cut a player loose in his last arbitration year because even his arby dollars are going to be crazy high, that’s when you replenish your farm with a nice trade. Because without a completely solid farm, this will never work.

    As for Hewyard: Right Field. Opening Day. Play Ball.

  123. 123
    Steve Says:

    Bub – the two questions we should really be asking today are:

    1. Did she accept?
    2. Are we invited to the wedding?

  124. 124
    Bubdylan Says:

    1. Yes
    2. You’re all invited to the Mexican border. Bring Your Own Ammo.

  125. 125
    Princess Leah Says:

    The sky is blue. Can everyone agree with me so I can be right…just this once! Despite my confidence in Stevie’s brilliance I want Chipper to get a hit! Play Ball!

  126. 126
    Steve Says:

    Hammy – six up and six down for Lowe. You’re lucky, mister.

  127. 127
    Bubdylan Says:

    Did you guys realize that even if Chipper and Glaus both get hurt at the same time, our line up is better than last year’s first half?


    Not great, but could hold the fort.

  128. 128
    BluesMan Says:

    Hey Steve, Curt, & Hammy:

    I’ve really been enjoying the shows as of late…due to the chaos of life my interaction here has been dormant. Couldn’t be happier w/ how our pitching staff is shaping up. With one exception…Please no Jo-Jo Reyes!!! PLEASE!!!


    P.S.- Did anyone notice that our old ‘friend’ ‘Blind Bill’ Hohn is officiating behind home plate @ today’s game against the Nats??

  129. 129
    Curt Says:

    1. Braves won more ST games last year than any other year in their history. Remember all through the 90s how average they were in ST. I don’t know what it all means other than ST means nothing.

    2. Look at the Lincecum deal and think about the difference in a guy coming up at the beginning of the year or squeezing another year out of him with a later call up. He got called up in May when Russ Ortiz got hurt. So dude was scheduled to make 400k this season or something and comes up for arbitration and the Giants have to poney up $23 mill instead. Think the Braves could withstand a hit like that? It’s horrible and cynical that this is the way it operates, and the Giants are printing money right now, but that’s the business of it all. Think if the Braves had to absorb an extra $11 mill this season into their payroll. Who’s getting cut or traded? Remember, we had to dump a young Kevin Millwood when Maddux accepted arbitration. I’m totally with you that I want the best team out there on day 1 to jump out to a fast start and have us clicking all season long instead of having to wait until June to see Heyward in the lineup, but sadly, I can see the other side too. If you are going to treat a team like a business investment, you are going to lose. And so are the fans. You can’t get into sports franchises with the sole purpose of making money. So few of them do.

    You know guys, candle sticks make a nice wedding gift.

  130. 130
    Curt Says:

    Welcome back BluesMan.

  131. 131
    Steve Says:

    BluesMan – welcome back, indeed. I did see that Hohn would be behind the plate today. That fist bump is still incredibly galling when I think about it. Carroll Rogers had a funny mention about it today saying that she’d never seen a manager thrown out of a ST game, but it could happen today.

  132. 132
    Bubdylan Says:

    Line drive single for Heyward. Steals second. Ho hum.

  133. 133
    Bubdylan Says:

    OH NOES! Heyward gunned down trying to steal thoid.

  134. 134
    Bubdylan Says:

    Saito/ Wagner getting the Chavez treatment.

  135. 135
    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, Freddie…

  136. 136
    Princess Leah Says:

    Poor fella…

  137. 137
    Bubdylan Says:

    Chavez getting the Chavez treatment today.

  138. 138
    Steve Says:

    The Freddie base running blunder is INSANE. And, while it’s early, Chavez is pitching himself out of the bullpen so far.

  139. 139
    Bubdylan Says:

    Blogger, “unbelievable” reminds us that EOF had an awful spring last year.

  140. 140
    Bubdylan Says:

    Postedy post.

  141. 141
    Tcc Says:

    Hammy, I say play him on opening day. Boom! Fast start! Let the next owners resign him.

  142. 142
    Curt Says:

    Here’s to the next owners

  143. 143
    Princess Leah Says:

    Weren’t some of you people really down on Heyward starting opening day just a few weeks ago? It seems like there were many comments similar to this one, “I think JH will be a stretch for the opener…” etc. If there were valid arguments then, are there none now? Also, I know J. Hey is doing great but as Curt, I think, pointed out it’s easy to hit 450′ homers in bp. I definitely want to win and win big this year but I’m pretty sure I’ll want to win just as badly in 2016. I’m a bit grouchy so I may not be thinking clearly.

    I know one thing for shizzle…Prado is having a great ST.

  144. 144
    Princess Leah Says:

    “Chavez got off his mark,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “He’s got a real good arm. He’s got to throw some more strikes.

    He’s got a gift my friends.

  145. 145
    Will Says:

    Conrad he looks effing good, no? What do we think about him?

  146. 146
    Bubdylan Says:

    Princess Leah, I can’t conceive of leaving Heyward down now. And here’s why:

    1. Bobby and Wren have been all over the papers acting unreservedly about how awesome he is. They’ve said repeatedly that if he wins the job, he breaks camp. If suddenly one day, Wren goes “oh crap, I completely forgot we could get an extra year out of him if we delay a little. Wish I hadn’t said all that stuff,” then we have an inept general manager. To back out of that rhetoric now and hold him in AAA would be embarassing for the organization.

    2. Keeping Heyward at a lesser salary for an extra year doesn’t just save Atlanta money, it also keeps money out of Heyward’s pocket. If we want to maintain even a semblance of looking out for our homegrown players, we have to send a message now and again that every penny isn’t hoarded. If Heyward turns into a superstar, I can’t see him here in 7 years anyway. But IF we want to entertain the idea of keeping him and players of his ilk at home, we can’t build a reputation of absolute stinginess. Especially not with this 172 day loophole business. To deprive yourself of a player for half a year a la Hanson 2009 at least shows the give and take, the risk and payoff, in a fair way. But this deal seems like a punch in the gut. The rule shouldn’t even exist. Best not to use it.

    3. This is potentially a magical year for ATL. Spring Training’s got that “feel it in the air” thing going for it even more than usual. And the #1, primo, absolute top dog of all those giddy feelings is Jason Heyward. Subtracting him from even the Chicago and San Fran series could let the air out of the bubble in such a big way. We’re going up against Zambrano, Lily, Dempster, Lincecum, maybe Cain. Offense is going to be hard to come by. Momentum will be at a premium. And Heyward’s got that momentum-causing aura all around him. You think Big Z won’t have his feathers ruffled by one of those crackling laser line drives the rookie can hit?

    Remember the loss to Philly in that awful comeback? First series of the year last year? I have never shed the conviction that it played a top role in our season falling short. Early success is so vital.

    4. You were so wrong about Damon that you should basically concede every point to me for a year.

    It would be lame, lame, lame to hold Heyward out of opening day if he shows he can survive both left handed pitching and major league curve balls in spring training. What a disappointment, and what a public relations hit in the year after we took so many PR hits.

    If he can handle the lefties and Uncle Charlie, let’s put the man in right field.

  147. 147
    Princess Leah Says:

    #2 is my favorite and it scares me. It’s my fave because I don’t want to take money out of J. Hey’s pocket. I hope he has a lovely bride and 2 babies that would rival the cuteness of Matty D.’s angels by then to spend it on. I hate the thought of losing him EVER! I love the Chippers and the McCanns. My least favorite aspect of baseball is all the trade business. I’d rather grow em up in the farm and keep ‘em. I’m ignoring #4 because I don’t want to go all “grouchy and in a bad mood” on your ass.

    Will, I was just thinking the same thing about Brooks Conrad.

  148. 148
    Princess Leah Says:

    Just listened to the beginning of a “Lost” podcast and snooooozeeeeer. It reminded me of what a great job you guys do. You make it seem so easy others who try sound like morons.
    Also, my apologies to Wiley…you’re the Ga Tech season ticket holder with good advice not MattChu. MattChu must have thought I was off my rocker. I figured that out trying to find more “J-Hey won’t be ready but it’s ok” comments to throw in people’s faces. Told y’all I was grouchy.

  149. 149
    Curt Says:

    Bub, I think you are right on a number of fronts. I think he will start in Atlanta. There are ways to avoid handcuffing yourself with salaries. They did it with McCann. They might get killed the next time around with him, but they saved themselves a lot by tying him up early. They will move to do the same with JJ. And then it will be Escobar’s turn. Then Hanson’s. So they have a lot to deal with before they have to worry about Heyward. But these guys are going to be the heart of this team, and they have to commit to them to have any hope of success going forward.

  150. 150
    Bubdylan Says:

    *does the Validation Dance*

  151. 151
    Bubdylan Says:

    “Saito I liked a lot,” Cox said. “He had a good curveball today and two strikeouts. The one ball that went in the gap was a pretty good curveball that got caught up in the wind and got past our outfielders.”

    The man. just. kills me sometimes.

  152. 152
    Bubdylan Says:

    What 80’s pop tune is the following a parody of?

    ” , , , , Richard Pryor”

    Give up?

    Comma comma comma comma, comediaaaaan.
    They come and goooooo
    They come and goooooo eh oh, whoa.

    [I am completely retarded. G’night.]

  153. 153
    hammy Says:

    I am with all of you now. Let the Kid play. And Curt, you are right – why would they have to wait until 2016 (or whenever) to lock him up for the longer term?

    It is hard not to get giddy about ST success, although as Curtis pointed out, we had one of our best ST’s ever last season and look where it got us. I need to see some Glaus success, and Saito/Wagner experiment did not get off to the best start yesterday, to say the least.

    Bub, “completely” is a bit of a stretch. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

  154. 154
    Princess Leah Says:

    Someone I know could have written something like this only better.
    When he has more time…and less beer.

  155. 155
    Bubdylan Says:

    That guy’s more parenthetical than me (and that’s saying something.)

  156. 156
    Bubdylan Says:

    Heyward with his first K (to go with a walk) today. About now he’s getting TP’s first-pitch-is-the-best-one-you’ll-see speech.

  157. 157
    Princess Leah Says:

    Games like that make me nervous. What the heck! I know these games aren’t to be taken seriously but yikes.

  158. 158
    Bubdylan Says:

    Heyward with another walk and another double, though. What’s his OPS tracking at I wonder?

  159. 159
    Princess Leah Says:

    Wow, quiet…thought I’d have some catching up to do but nope. Everybody’s busy. Go Braves!

  160. 160
    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    I was just looking over the contracts, and I think 2010 is the first year of a three-year window Atlanta has for grabbing a championship. I think I’m going to settle into it with that picture in mind. The 2010-2012 Braves. That’s my team.

    We have the following fellas locked up for that window (many of them beyond that window, of course):

    (correct me if I’m wrong on any of these)


    That is a hell of a core to have for three years without contract concerns.

    And for the first two years or those three: McLouth and Kawakami, both of which should be easy enough to hang on to if we really want to, or to replace if we don’t.

    Diaz I figure we can hang on to, hopefully. But I don’t think he’s a lock, right? Wasn’t this his third arby year? Anyway…

    We’ll have work to do every offseason still; closer, set up guy, left field still needs power, 3B if Chipper falters, first base if Glaus & Freeman fail. The nice thing about Chipper is of course the prospect of having his money to spend if he falters and indeed keeps his word.

    2010: Bobby’s Last Year: end of an era
    2011: New Manager’s First Year: beginning of an era
    2012: Heyward enters superstardom. Yunel an allstar. Chipper’s last hurrah. Hanson and Jurrjens enter their peak powers. The team has been playing together for a long time, comfortable, in rhythm. Cy Young returns to Atlanta.

    Somewhere in there is a trip to the World Series, surely.

    And right behind that;

    Here comes the two-headed beast: Tehzcaino!

    *sound of a monster roaring*


  161. 161
    Curt Says:

    I think you add in the big mid-season pickup they make and we are in bidness

  162. 162
    Princess Leah Says:

    Who ya thinkin Curt?

  163. 163
    Princess Leah Says:

    Feel good article about David Ross on Braves website. It’s good to be a Braves Fan people and all is right with the world. I’m gonna book mark this show so I can re-read the comments section when the Braves lose in some dumb a$$ way over the season.

  164. 164
    Princess Leah Says:

    Bub, not sure if you follow @capitalAvenue but he says “Here’s a fact. Jason Heyward’s OPS and his Average plus Secondary Average are both 1.200 right now.”

  165. 165
    Bubdylan (as Homer) Says:

    Thanks for the OPS, Leah!

  166. 166
    Bubdylan Says:

    Okay, this is just a post to erase the homer thingy.

    Go Braves!

  167. 167
    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m here for ya Bub.

  168. 168
    Curt Says:

    Um, um, Nick Markakis

  169. 169
    Curt Says:

    Oh, and big ups on the Falcons signing Dunta Robinson. Huge.

  170. 170
    hammy Says:

    A non-homer’s take on the Kid:

    “Hitters tend to struggle when they first reach the majors because they need to adjust to major league-caliber pitching, especially off-speed offerings. In contrast, rookie hurlers have an advantage, as big league batters usually need time to understand a particular pitcher’s stuff, delivery and tendencies before they have success against him. Heyward has tools galore and a shot at earning a starting job out of Spring Training. The 20-year-old left-handed slugger will hit .280-plus upon arrival because of his superior strike zone judgment (1.47 BB/K rate at Double-A), picture-perfect swing (22.8-percent line drive rate at Double-A), and ability to hit southpaws (.357 v. lefties in career). The power, however, will take longer to develop. Monitor Heyward’s spring performance, but don’t overpay for him in redraft leagues.”

    Granted, this is from a Fantasy Baseball perspective, but it is tempered a little bit.

  171. 171
    Bubdylan Says:

    .280 would trump Griffey Jr’s rookie season. If batting average is your thing.

  172. 172
    Steve Says:

    Listening to the game earlier this afternoon and Jim and Don both said they’d be surprised if Heyward hit LESS than 20 homers this year. I think that may be crazier than the whole sounds like Aaron’s at bats thing.

  173. 173
    Princess Leah Says:

    Curt, ole Don stole your Crash Davis line. I’d make him pay.

  174. 174
    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, that sounds a bit overkill to me, too. Especially at the Ted. I’m thinking more about doubles and hard singles while he’s figuring out the pitching. I was thinking 23+ homers yearly starting around 2012.

  175. 175
    Bubdylan Says:

    McLouth’s batting .100 for the spring.

    Is Schafer not in camp?

  176. 176
    Princess Leah Says:

    Those contacts really did the trick. I almost forgot about Jordan S. Great ? Where is that guy?

  177. 177
    Curt Says:

    ‘The Braves have instructed Schafer to take it easy with his surgically repaired hand and he was held out of hitting drills on Wednesday because of soreness. ‘His hand is weak,’ manager Bobby Cox said. ‘He’s having — not a setback — he’s just sore from starting out again. It’s going to be a process for him just about all spring. We want him to be ready for the season, whatever it takes.’ The fact that Cox didn’t say he wanted him ready for Opening Day likely means that he’ll spend some time in the minors to start out the year.’

  178. 178
    Bubdylan Says:

    Thanks, Curt.

  179. 179
    Princess Leah Says:

    Diggin DOB’s blog entry on Prado. How can you not love that guy? When do the weekly installments of ABT begin? Pray tell?

  180. 180
    Princess Leah Says:

    Cledus! Your best buddy’s on TV!

  181. 181
    Hammy Says:

    Alright, I am sold on Prado. He’s out of the if-list. And Glaus is looking good as well. (. . . don’t get too excited . . . don’t get too excited . . . not going to do it)

  182. 182
    Curt Says:

    wouldn’t be prudent

  183. 183
    Princess Leah Says:

    Good for you Hammy! Smart man. So I guess I need to see the Hurt Locker now. Have you guys seen it?
    Bub, how’s school? Are ya working hard or hardly working?
    Go Braves!

  184. 184
    Bubdylan Says:

    Princess, school is stressful. But Spring Break should allow me to catch up. Of course, I wish I was doing something more sunny for a week, but it’ll beat my last two spring breaks (last year I lost my dog and the year before that I was in the hospital getting a mystery lump scanned.) Maybe by next year I’ll be promoted to taking a week off. And the year after that, a real beach.

    Very, very glad to hear Glaus is coming along, in light of Chipper’s latest ouchy. I wish there was any hope that Bobby would drop him from that third spot if his year gets ugly. Since that’s impossible, my next hope is that Chipper will sit out when he doesn’t feel right, thus limiting the damage to the team. (Love ya, Chipper, and I’m in awe of your skills. But we all get old. I’m doing it as we speak.)

  185. 185
    Bubdylan Says:

    Heyward goes way deep. Nice.

  186. 186
    Bubdylan Says:

    “Dude, that was 450 at least. Detroit writers agreed with that assessment. “Last time I saw a home run hit that far on the roof, Troy Percival retired,” a Tigers writer quipped.”


  187. 187
    Princess Leah Says:

    Bliss…absolute bliss…

  188. 188
    Bubdylan Says:

    Thurston and Conrad fielding like mad men. Hits flying all over the joint. I’d say the energy’s pretty high. Heyward’s monster shot was a natural steroid.

  189. 189
    Bubdylan Says:

    Heyward vs. Dontrelle = Dontrelle chickens out. 5 pitch walk.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I was beginning to think that game would never end. Again, love the offense…that was without Chipper or McCann. I know…ST game, don’t get too excited blah blah blah.

  191. 191
    Bubdylan Says:

    You know what some hotshot stat freak should do? It would make a profitable (adverts) website, I do believe.

    Track all the spring training at-bats between pitchers and hitters who are both projected to make their teams’ 25 man rosters. Call it Major League Projectable Spring Training Statistics or some such. There’s got to be a buck in that.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Go for it Bub. By the way…did somebody skip class today? Just curious.

  193. 193
    Bubdylan Says:

    I did skip. I just got back from seeing my professor. What the – you know my schedule? *cracks blinds and surveys the front parking lot*

  194. 194
    Bubdylan Says:

    So, I’m really trying to slow down on cutting and pasting from DOB, however, now that the AJC is on their blog-a-minute marathon, I think some things ought to be brought here for posterity. So five years from now, we can re-visit Show #95 and re-live the glory of Heywards rise.

    This from Leyland is a real gem:


    Jim Leyland about Heyward’s homer: “I’ve never been one that got excited about the distance. Anything over the fence counts a point. But obviously a young man that size with the strength he has, he looks like a really good-looking young player.

    “I was very impressed with his patience at the plate. That’s what I was impressed with more than anything. He didn’t chase any bad balls.

    “I was impressed with his at-bats. He didn’t even offer at anything unless it was a strike.”

    How unusual is that in a young player?

    “Pujols was the other guy I saw who was like that. That first spring he made the club, Dave Duncan was the guy that wanted him on the team. He said he didn’t see him swing at a bad pitch all spring.”

  195. 195
    Curt Says:

    Leah, to totally change subjects, which shouldn’t be done, but I did see the Hurt Locker. I would give it a solid ‘meh.’ It wasn’t as gritty as I’d hoped, wasn’t as tense as I’d hoped. I think we are going to see a lot of war movies flow from the Iraq/Afghanistan meme, and this might end up being the best of the lot, but I was not blown away, excuse the pun. But neither was I overwhelmed with “Slumdog Millionaire” or “The Wrestler.” It is definitely worth seeing. And it is completely apolitical.

  196. 196
    Curt Says:

    Which is good for a war movie about a war still on going.

  197. 197
    Bubdylan Says:

    I thought it was pretty tense. In that Stanley Kubrick, expansive, it’s too quiet and slow so something horrible’s about to happen sort of way. It’s not edited in super-quick cuts, which to me makes it ten times more suspenseful. A more cerebral tension than, say, the shake-up tension of the Bourne movies (not that I don’t like those).

    If the second five minutes of this clip don’t make you feel tense, Leah, then you’re with Curt. If they do, you’re with me. Don’t be with Curt.


  198. 198
    Will Says:

    Avatar was robbed

  199. 199
    Bubdylan Says:


    What the hell IS this?


    I’ll never be the same.

  200. 200
    Will Says:

    i have their cd…not kidding

  201. 201
    Bubdylan Says:

    No, you don’t! Oh, man, that has got to be the absolute king of all the pop culture offspring of postmodernism. Sam Beckett got nothin’ on these boys. Elvis… doing Zeppelin… in that outfit… in reggae… now I know what marijuana was supposed to do to me.

  202. 202
    Tcc Says:

    I thought the voice sounded like Steve Martin doing Elvis doing Led Z…..Jeez…either way there’s just no accounting for it.

    Back to the matters at hand, folks: I’m so JAZZED about the Bravos, I’m ready to BUST! GO BRAVES!!!

  203. 203
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wang went down. No time-table on return to the mound.

  204. 204
    Bubdylan Says:

    Heyward’s Homer:


  205. 205
    Bubdylan Says:

    A specbeautious take on Hanson from a fantasy fellow:


  206. 206
    Hammy Says:

    I can do one better: I saw them in concert (Dread Zep, that is). I have their cd too. They’re actually more than a gimmick – pretty entertaining.

    I am a little worried about Chipper, but you would have to figure that his timing would be off after readjusting his swing and adding all of that muscle. Hopefully he can get it ironed out.

  207. 207
    Steve Says:

    New show coming tonight. Interview with Martin Gandy of Talking Chop. Lots of spring tranining stuff too.

  208. 208
    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, I’ll admit, I pulled up their version of Kashmir, all ready to laugh at them again, and after a couple minutes, I was like… hey, this sounds pretty nice actually. A nice groove.

    I’m majorly concerned with Chipper. Especially with Infante struggling. I’m glad he’s sitting it out, though. I hope he carries that policy into the season. Give me a role player at 3B hitting 8th instead of a hurt Chipper hitting 3rd every day of the summer.

  209. 209
    Bubdylan Says:

    Hey, Martin Gandy. Cool. I like his stuff. Didn’t know you guys talked.

  210. 210
    Princess Leah Says:

    Me? A stalker? I’m shocked! I do feel the need to tell you Bub, bermuda shorts and cowboy boots? Not a good look. I loved the scene from Hurt Locker and cannot wait to see the whole thing. I also loved Slumdog…in case you all were wondering.
    So fun to read all the tweets and retweets about our kid J-Hey. Thanks for the link Bub…CRAZY HOMER! Both of you. I’ve BEEN worried about Chipper. He seems like the same guy from the end of last season and now the injury (all this from a lady miles away who hasn’t seen him swing a bat this season)?

    Most importantly, Cledus…my azaleas bloomed like crazy in December. Does that mean no pretty Easter pics this year with the kids in front of pretty azalea bushes?

    NEW SHOW! Although it will have to wait until tomorrow. I pruned my 15 feet tall Crepe Myrtle today and I can’t keep my eyes open.

  211. 211
    Princess Leah Says:

    Oh crap, I mispelled Crape.

  212. 212
    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m likewise off to sleepy town. Looking forward to the show tomorrow.

    Leah, I know you’re no stalker. With my cowboy boots I always wear the leather shorts. The tight, hot pink, very short, leather shorts.

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    Curt Says:

    I guess I’m too slow to comprehend the nuances of cerebral tension.
    I will offer that one of my favorite movies in recent years if called The Lives of Others. It is the perfect film. If you can deal with subtitles it’s simply a masterpiece. And Bub, it’s loaded with cerebral tension.

    And Robert Plant himself was a noted Dread Zeppelin fan, and in fact had their music playing before he took stage at a show I saw.

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