March 21, 2010

Show #98: Spring Training Interview with David O’Brien of the AJC

DOB discusses McLouth, Heyward, club house chemistry, and his AJC blog.



153 Responses to “Show #98: Spring Training Interview with David O’Brien of the AJC”

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    Princess Leah Says:


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    Bubdylan Says:

    Great show, fellas.

    Awesome news on the clubhouse chemistry. Love Melky as rally point for the Latin guys.

    Go Braves!

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    Will Says:


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    Will Says:

    enjoyed it fellas…wish there was a game on…boo rain delay. Sorry bout Tech, Curtis.

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    Curt Says:

    Nice work guys. That was a really great interview. Great insight from the guy who has more of it than any of us.

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    Curt Says:

    That’s ok Will. I had them losing to OSU anyway.

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    Patrick Says:

    Really enjoyed this show, esp. the stuff on the AJC blog and what’s happening with the AJC (not long for this world, IMHO).
    Whew…DOB oughta consider running for Congress; there’s some folks who would love him for his filibuster skills. That cat can definitely talk…and talk.

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    NJBraveFan Says:

    Really enjoyed DOB. I’m in Phillies land and it’s great to get his insight. Job well done by you guys!! I’ve become a fan of Atlanta Baseball Talk this offseason and look forward each week to a new show! Keep up the good work.

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    pfunkatl Says:

    LOVE DOB and his blog…daily reader and sometime-poster. I look forward to it EVERY day!

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    Danny Says:

    Can’t wait to listen. Glad to have ABT back weekly!

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    BluesMan Says:

    I’m w/ Danny…It’s great to have you guys back on a weekly basis for a new show. I really enjoyed the D.O.B. interview, it’s better (because of how great things are shaping up & team chemistry…etc) in some ways than the last interview you had w/ him. Too bad Curt couldn’t make it on to that one…Are you guys gonna do the predictions show soon, concerning players & the team?

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    Steve Says:

    Patrick, NJBraveFan, pfunkatl, Danny – thanks for the kind words and welcome to the board. It’s good to have you. Keep coming back.

    And BluesMan – thanks to you, too. And yeah, I agree, this was a better interview than the last one. It was one of those that really clicked. Regarding the predictions show, we’ll do that one the weekend of April 3. In fact, we’ll do our 100th show retrospective earlier that week and then the predictions show that weekend.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Y’all didn’t need many questions did you. I sure wish we knew what makes Melky so funny. I just altered my top 10 list.

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    Anne Says:

    Can’t believe I got the show in so soon. REALLY nice work, fellas.
    Bub – agreed on the Melky addition to the Clubhouse.
    Steve – you couldn’t say it on the podcast, clearly, but I, too was torn between wanting to fall completely into the DOB joy and wondering exactly how much sunshine-intake my rear can tolerate.
    My skepticism tends to be a little half-empty rather than half-full, but DOB makes me want to be an optimist! GO BRAVES!!

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    Curt Says:

    BluesMan, thanks for the love.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m really excited about show #100. I don’t know why really…no pressure but I’m stoked!

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    Princess Leah Says:


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    Bubdylan Says:

    Do. Not. Like.


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    Leah Says:

    Bub, I was just gonna say, I take it all back. I don’t ever want any Mets player to do anything good. Ever.

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    Steve Says:

    Don’t get too worried about Frenchy. I’ve only been able to follow a the game a bit on the computer but it sounds like Hanson had some control issues today. Frenchy’s still got a BA in the 100’s. He’ll be no Braves killer this year.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Disappointed. Today felt like a regular season game and I wanted to win. However, it feels like this team doesn’t roll over and take it like beginning of last year. Good game today. Wish we had won.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, I just did not enjoy that at all.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    If Wes Anderson’s signature color palette makes your soul sigh, as it does mine, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is not to be missed. Especially on a nice t.v.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Has anyone ever attended Turner Field’s open house?

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – I agree. Fantastic Mr. Fox was amazingly good. Not just good for a kids movie, but just a damn good movie in general. On a side note, Rushmore is a Top 10 for me.

    Leah – the open house is cool. You go in the 755 Club, the fancy SunTrust club beneath the seats behind homeplate, you peak into the clubhouse (you don’t get to go in), you sit in the dugout, you see all the press boxes. It’s very good.

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    BC Says:

    Great show, ABT, really got my Braves motor revved up! Steve, you’re spot on about DOB’s 2 minute spiel about team chemistry. If that doesn’t get you stoked, your gonna miss the Big Wave! No, Skip, not That wave, don’t worry, bud. GO BRAVES!!

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    Steve Says:

    Hey BC – yeah, I keep replaying that part of the interview in my head these past couple of days and I get all riled up all over again. It’s getting close.

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    Anne Says:

    Season tickets arrived in the mail today. I could see them as I parked my car out front…and maybe I teared up a little. Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Steve Says:

    Anne – where in the stadium are your tickets?

    I cannot believe that Paul Hewitt is meeting with St. Johns. Some actual questioning from the local paper and he runs out of here. Unbelievable.

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    Curt Says:

    Hewitt is saying that there is no way he is going, despite the wishes of every Tech fan.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, Rushmore’s a winner. Love the soundtrack, too.

    “… wish that I knew what I know now… when I was younger…”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, I’m sure somebody attends them or they’d quit having them.

    Hyuck Hyuck Hyuck.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    It may be a mute point Bub, not that all the other comments on here aren’t. Hah! We were going to swing by on the way home but now we all have horrible head colds.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Get it? It’s a pun. Mute as in doesn’t make any sound…cause it’s written not spoken. I like cold medicine.

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    Anne Says:

    Steve: I’m on the 1st base side, Terrace, straight up from the “A” “Braves” in HOME OF THE BRAVES as it’s painted on the dugout. Make sense? As much as I like to watch our guys, I like to watch the opposing team dugout…plus when the fellas hang out at the rail, I can see ‘em then, and from a (ahem) better angle. ;-) TMI?

    Steve & Bub: Neflix coincidentally is sending Fantastic Mr. Fox to my house today. Good things in the mail two days in a row – it doesn’t suck to be me.

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    Steve Says:

    Anne – that’s awesome. Congrats and enjoy them. And post your review of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Great game today. Lovin the long ball.

    Will and Hammy, any Lost thoughts?

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    Curt Says:

    Leah, trust me, they have plenty. I went to high school with them both.

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    Will Says:

    havent seen it…no spoilers!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Man, stick to my studies for one stinking day and the Braves play (apparently) their best game of the spring. Was it as good as it looks in the box score?? Henry David Thoreau can kiss it. Forty pages of a guy sounding like he’s just about to say something.

    94% on Spanish test, though. Highest in the class. Ustedes estan feliz conmigo? (I’m sure that’s wrong. Hopefully none of you know Spanish.)

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Good job Bub! Very happy for you…or with you. Can’t exactly remember since my last Spanish class was 11 years ago. Great game today. Nice to see some extra base hits and did I mention Prado hit a homer? He didn’t hit two like McCann but no muy mal…at all. I’m getting excited for the season to start!!!! Very jealous of Anne and her season tickets.

    Very funny Curt. Will, I want to know what you think after you’ve seen it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    A 3 minute piece on McCann’s eyeballs from ESPN. I just love to see the guy talking. What a great personality.

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    Hammy Says:

    Leah – I thought the last ep was the best of the season. Very satisfying (T.W.S.S.).

    What a game yesterday!! Bring on the real ones! I am convinced even more that Huddy should be our opening day starter.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I agree Hammy. I totally cried during the last scene. Very well done imho.

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    Anne Says:

    Hamilton: I agreed with you then (February 19th) and I’ll agree with you now: “Pitchers & catchers report in…21 minutes. I’m liking Hamilton’s idea, and my money’s on Hanson to start on Opening Day.” I’m never ever right about things but I want to be right about this one. Sorry, D-Lowe.

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    Bubdylan (as Jesse Chavez) Says:


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    Princess Leah Says:

    Maybe this will seal his spot in AAA.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    When I say his I mean Acosta.

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    Curt Says:

    And when you say his you should also mean Chavez, but apparently Chavez is not done just yet.

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    Curt Says:

    RAT FARTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hewitt turned down the St. John’s job…………………………..

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    Tcc Says:

    DOUBLE RAT FARTS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Syracuse out………….

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yes! My bracket is perfect so far.

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    Tcc Says:

    Nice work, Bub, that makes you about 1 out of 4.8 million, right? Let’s all go to opening day, your treat! GO BRAVES!

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    Will Says:

    LOWE USED TO BLOW….. but now he doesnt

    1000 points for each nickname/tag line stupider than these….

    Lost sort of wierded me out… now the “secret” is out…hmmm, kinda anti-climactic

    (sorry to use the L’s name in vain with Heyward…but this is getting hyped like the second coming)

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I don’t think their really dead Will. I think they have to fight to keep the wine bottle corked.
    I like posting comments that make unlosties go huh?

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    Curt Says:

    or why?

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    Curt Says:

    Dave Dental Ross

    That’s the Melky Way

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    Curt Says:

    Is it now mandatory that every basketball player wear the Iverson elbow sleeve?

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Blech…Almost didn’t post this. It has the potential to ruin my night.

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    Tcc Says:

    Never maudlin Medlin
    James “above” Parr
    Give ‘em Hell, Yunel
    Omar Adulte
    Chip for da Skip
    Martin, shaken but not stirred
    McLouth..headed South?
    Jo Jo a No Go
    Circle the Wagners
    Huddy Nutty Buddy
    Clint “farm raised” Sammons
    Got Melky??
    Matt “roll the ” Diaz
    Say Hey, J Hey
    Mac Can
    TaCashi Saito

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Once I saw it was player I ever heard of, my concern level dropped 99%. Not my proudest moment of the day.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Tcc, that was awful. I can’t beat that.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Circle the Wagners” is so terrible I laughed at the pure spectacle.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Carry On My Heyward Son!


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    Steve Says:

    Leah – I think that’s really going to hurt his tryout chances.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Kris Fair-to-Medlen (gotta be southern to understand)
    Fell On McCann
    Yunel’d that fastball!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Heyward’ya Deposit That Ball?


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    Bubdylan Says:

    Jason made the team! Nice.

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    Hammy Says:

    Better Nate than Never

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    Hammy Says:

    Tonight we Di-az men.

    Don’t Glaus over the facts.

    “And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood Chipper . . .”

    The Escobar Life

    The Hey-maker

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood Chipper . . .”

    Game, set, match.

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    Curt Says:

    That’s what she said

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Pretty clever.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Bored Silly Research of the Day: ERA’s of each of our main pitchers’ last three appearances. (3 most recent ST outings)

    Kawakami – 3.14

    Lowe – 3.00

    Hanson – 2.91

    Hudson – 1.20

    Jurrjens – N/A

    The (main) Pen:

    Wags – 6.00 (oh well. 6 K’s in 3 innings. 2 runs)

    Saito – 0.00 (3 innings. 1 hit. 1 walk. 2 k’s.)

    Moylan – 0.00 (3 innings. 4 hits. 4 k’s. 1 walk.)

    Medlen – 1.28 (7 innings. 4 hits. 7 K’s. 2 walks.)

    Jo Jo* – 3.00 (3 innings. 2 hits, 2 bb’s, 1 K.)

    *Just shoot me now.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Nice Bill Shanks quote over at Talking Chop about Vizcaino’s performance versus Detroit’s Low-A boys. 12 batters faced. 12 retired. Sounds like some of the batters looked right silly.

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    Curt Says:

    I notice you left Chavez off your list.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    That’s what the “(main)” was about. I left Proctor & Kimbrel off, too. I really meant to leave off all the maybes, but I couldn’t help putting Jo Jo on there. Because… I hate myself?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I’m such an slacker NCAA fan. I’m tuning into the Northern Iowa game tonight, and it’ll be the first tourney game I’ve watched. In five years or more. And I’m only watching cuz they upset the #1. And because of that one guy’s sideburns. And because John Smoltz’s Michigan State boys can get beaten by the team that beat my other arch fiend’s team.

    Do they have a chance? Don’t these Cinderellas usually get torn up the game after they knock somebody off?

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    Princess Leah Says:

    His seems amazing to me. Is this amazing?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    That’s what she said.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Wait, are the Twins opening a stadium with no roof? That can’t be right. Is there a roof?

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Bub, I WOULD be the one to mess up your Cinderella joke. It was a funny one too. Oh well. Yeah, no roof…which was totally lost on me. I didn’t notice. I was amazed at the increase in ticket sales before opening day. Did that happen in ATL when the Ted was build? Were people packing in the old stadium before the Ted was built? Just curious. So fun to see Heyward on ESPN tonight. They were talking about some potential holes in his swing…any thoughts of concern or is everyone already calculating that into their predictions?

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    Steve Says:

    Very excited that the Heyward mystery is officially over. The FO did the right thing this time. It shows a commitment to winning on day 1 of the season, and that’s always a great message to hear as a fan.

    Leah, regarding Heyward’s swing …. I have no idea. I’ve barely seen any ST games on TV (following them online). But, it’s extremely clear that he has amazing pitch recognition and plate discipline – which will take him very far in year 1 while he closes any holes in that swing.

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    Steve Says:

    BTW, our blogger just posted a new blog with a prediction for manager in ’11 that I’d not heard before but was intriguing.

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    Curt Says:

    Makes it easier to pay Mauer when you have that type of initial support. Guys on the MLB Network were taking bets as to the first snowed out game.

    Leah, to answer your question, when the team moved to the Ted it was a huge deal. You can go here and see attendance numbers:

    but, to save you the trouble, ’97, when they moved into the Ted, was the second highest attendance in their history. Gotta remember that the Braves were coming off back-to-back WS appearances so there was a frenzy. They were the best team in baseball. Plus, people were really excited about seeing how the Olympic stadium was going to look as the Ted.

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    Tcc Says:

    1996. Speaking of recent history, and given the inevitable rain delay, which would you like to see?

    “Dinner and a Movie”?
    “Junkin’ with Val and Dave”?
    “In My Own Words”?

    I’ll take Annabelle….please!

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    Tcc Says:

    Uh, I think Curt is right with ’97. I wasn’t there.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I have a big crush on Val from Val & Dave.

    Torre for manager.

    Or ABP. Anybody but Pendlton.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    NIU/ Mich St. game lookin’ to come down to the end.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Or not. :(

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    Bubdylan Says:

    BTW, Leah, there wasn’t a Cinderella joke. Haven’t quite gotten around to setting up my own TWSS punchlines.

    I was responding to your “His seems amazing to me.”

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    Princess Leah Says:

    OHHHH…I get it. Then, you’re welcome.

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    Nate's mom Says:

    Dats my boy!

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    Will Says:

    Hammy – you soo funny!

    I laughed out loud.

    when is this Tigers game gonna be on…

    I’m forced to watch some back issues of the Daily Show..

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    Curt Says:

    I spoke with Annabelle Gurwitch on the phone a couple of times. She’s a little crazy. Hot and crazy. The way I like my coffee.

    I was actually hoping Bobby would retire a couple of years ago (really? we had no idea), but to coincide with Torre leaving NY, allowing for the perfect segway for him to return to the Braves. stupid Ted Turner.

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, by the way, the NIU guy with the mutton chops is awesome.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    We’re officially making the big dogs a little anxious.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I freakin LOVE that!!! Is our bullpen that shaky? I know Chavez and Acosta are clearly not ideal but with only two spots open surely we can find an upgrade from Jo Jo No Go.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Did you all know:

    2nd halves of last year for Medlen and Moylan:

    Meds: ERA 2.80, WHIP 1.21
    Moylan: ERA 1.00 WHIP 1.16

    If you add that to their ST performances, middle relief looks promising. Plus Proctor at some point. Oh, guys, we’re gonna be badasses in pitching.

  100. 100
    Bubdylan Says:

    We’re going to allow the fewest runs in all of baseball. Mark it down.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Princess, no, our bullpen isn’t shaky at all. There’s always a mid relief guy or two that teams hate to see put in. We’re in great shape. See above regarding Medlen and Moylan.

    Medlen, Moylan, Wags, Saito, EOF, and Proctor will be 6/7 of our bullpen. That is very, very strong. Even if Jo Jo or Chavez fill the 7th spot, he can mop up when we’re way ahead or way behind. That guy is always needed.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Go there and click on the highlight video to the left to see Medlen blow away Manny Ramirez and 3 other Dodgers. As a rookie.

    My Medlen love is growing. The more I look into his stats and highlights, the more I feel I’ve overlooked a tremendous asset.

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    Will Says:

    watching the Phillies game from a few days ago. Bobby V speaking Japanese…McCann hot at the plate and behind the plate. I love how Melky plays – bit of a spaz – but huge heart. What DOB says about him in the clubhouse is maybe also coming out on the field. Do they really need to work on him to change him to “the Braves way” like Bobby V was saying? I dont want careless play…but Me likey Melky.

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    Will Says:

    especially compared to GA…

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m a little surprised “better Nate than never” isn’t in the line up today. Wouldn’t you want to keep that hitting streak alive? Maybe he’ll come in later. So happy to wave good bye to Acosta.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    In other news…Cledus, I don’t think my azaleas are gonna bloom this year. Where the heck am I supposed to place the kids for their Easter pic?

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    Tcc Says:

    Curt, you actually talked to Annabelle???? I’m soooo jealous!

    Princess, what kind of Azaleas are they? Do they normally bloom this early?

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    Curt Says:

    Yeah, she was doing a show for Planet Green that we were doing PR for. Very nice woman. She’s committed to this “Do Not Mail List” cause which is like the do not call list, except being on this one prevents you from getting unwanted catalogs and junk mail. Great idea considering all the trees wasted to produce this stuff. Problem is that the USPS gets paid a ton of money by these companies and can’t afford to lose that revenue now or any other time. So it ain’t happening. On a side note, I was also on the phone with the Postmaster General a few weeks ago. Expect 5 day mail service very soon.

    Perfect day in Atlanta to be at the ball park.

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    Curt Says:

    Big week coming up people. 3 new shows. Can you handle it?

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    Princess Leah Says:

    What kind of Azaleas? The pink kind? I have no idea. I thought they usually bloom by now but maybe Easter’s just really early this year. The main reason for my concern is they bloomed in December crazy things.
    Having settled that, I’m tired of Spring Training. I’m ready for the real deal! I was checking out past ABT shows (needed to be entertained during my weed pulling) and noticed only 20 or so comments for shows from a year ago. My how far you’ve come. Thanks in part to all the Avett, gardening, TBS, TWSS randomness. Speaking of random…I found the best dress at LLBean. It’s red with navy trim! I will own it!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    3 new shows? Hells to the yeas!

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    Bubdylan Says:


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    Tcc Says:

    Somebody call the Coast Guard. I think Bub’s gone off the deep end and needs a rescue diver to pull him out…well, it IS exciting though..3 shows and Real Baseball starts this week!!

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    Tcc Says:

    Leah, if they bloomed in Dec. it may delay their next show. Maybe later this Summer?

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Thanks TCC…bummer. Bub, I watched that movie almost every Saturday. I’d like to say I was little but I was actually in High school. That’s how I roll. BTW…don’t you hate it when you can’t get a song out of your head?

  116. 116
    Bubdylan Says:

    Yikes. Just added up the innings and earned runs allowed by the 7 guys the Mets have used as starters. Santana, Maine, Perez, Pelfrey, Figgy, Nieve, and some other dude.

    88 innings pitched. 62 runs allowed. Nobody’s north of 5.00 ERA. So… it’s us and the Marlins chasing the Phils, then?

  117. 117
    Princess Leah Says:

    Yikes is right. I hate the Mets. The Marlins scare me a little and not just because of their unsightly infielder.

  118. 118
    Bubdylan Says:

    What the hell’s all this about trading Ross??? I’m about to be very grumpy.

    •The Braves have told other clubs that David Ross is available, “possibly in a catcher-for-catcher swap for a younger backup-catcher type.” -MLBTR

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    Tcc Says:

    Sounds like a bad idea to me. Who would you rather have than Ross?

  120. 120
    Bubdylan Says:

    Nobody. Makes absolutely zero sense. I can’t make the rumor make any sense at all unless Ross has requested a trade to somewhere he can play every day. No reason to make a catcher-for-catcher deal when you already have the best back-up catcher there is – what IS that?

    If we get a younger, upside type, how will that help us rest McCann this year?? And if it’s a younger guy who could produce immediately, why would any team swap us that just to get the older guy?

    I smell a rat.

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    Anonymous Says:

    Bub – Loved your Beatles/Heyward post on DOB’s blog … Particularly the One After 909 line. Damn there’s some great songs on Let it Be. Anyway.

    The Ross thing is either nothing or the Braves, given that this is the final year of his contract, are looking to pinch pennies if they can in a catcher for catcher swap, assuming that they won’t re-sign him for the money he might garner at the end of the year. It also means that they have NO faith in Sammons.

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    Will Says:


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    Steve Says:

    121 was me, by the way. So, in a unrelated note, saw How To Train Your Dragon with one of my sons this afternoon. Really great.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Poor Ross. Do guys take things like this personally? I’d get my feelings hurt. Speaking of feelings…very funny post Bubdylan however, don’t go and get swallowed up in DOB’s board or we will have a problem. Remember some of us have very tiny screens and looking at 5 million comments to find one’s friends is borderline miserable. Just don’t forget…”Hell hath no fury.”

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    Will Says:

    Glaus’s defense at 1st. Yeesh. Repeat ten times fast…its just jitters…its just jitters…

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    Will Says:

    re 124 it is “waiting moderation” for an hour…is that because it has unfamiliar internet links and the site is set to block them so you can check that there are no dirty links? thats pretty cool IT…

    …or am I on the black list????

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    Bubdylan Says:

    It was just the one time, honey, I swear, and I didn’t even enjoy it.

  128. 128
    Bubdylan Says:

    Will, hilarious.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Just saw “The Blind Side.” A little on the ABC After School Special end of the things, but I was impressed with Ms. Bullock’s transformation. Normally when the bubbly Meg Ryan/ Doris Day type goes all tough-girl on us, it feels contrived. But she didn’t flinch and I totally bought it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Damn there’s some great songs on Let it Be.”

    Steve, have you tried “Let it Be – Naked?” [pauses for the jokes] I liked it so well that I threw away the original. To me, that’s the real LIB album now. I know that’s blasphemy to some purists, but I think this is the rare occassion where messing with the original was the right thing to do. Especially since it was under the guidance of Paul (and I think George and Ringo are on record as loving it. At least Ringo is. I think.)

    Don’t care for Across the Universe (I know, also blasphemy) or The Long and Winding Road, but the rest of the album ranks very high for me.

    My Top 5

    1. Abbey Road
    2. The White Album (my special version, which deletes a few disasters like No. 9)
    3. Rubber Soul
    4. Let it Be – Naked
    5. Sgt. Pepper (Ugh, feeling a pang of regret for placing Pepper so low, but I’ll… let it be)

  131. 131
    Curt Says:

    Tell me this is the end of the Chavez experiment.

  132. 132
    Princess Leah Says:

    Everybody breathe easy…

    Braves officials were unequivocal in shooting down a Dave Ross internet trade rumor. “That made no sense whatsoever,” GM Frank Wren said.

  133. 133
    Bubdylan Says:

    Chavez = MFIKY’s Revenge.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Bobby does it again. I really hope this is his last year.

    “Proctor was OK. This field is so tough; it’s like lightning on the ground. But he threw good. His arm strength and everything was good again. Chavez was victimized the same way – bunts, the little ground balls… I think he’s thrown better the last two times out. He’s given up a ton of runs, but he’s throwing strikes. … He’s throwing better. Believe it or not, with the stats – if you’re going to look at them, you’d say ‘you’re nuts.’ But he’s throwing much better. He’s in the strike zone better.”

    Because being in the strike zone is the main thing about not giving up runs.

  135. 135
    Princess Leah Says:

    Was Bobby this homeristic (I promise it’s a word, no need to look it up) last Spring Training or is he getting worse with age? I don’t know who I hope fills the last bullpen spot. Not Chavez or Jo Jo…or Proctor. This article made me more excited than ever!

  136. 136
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, there’s an insider article that I could only read a paragraph of suggesting Prado as a good fantasy pick up. It said a break out year for him is a possibility.

  137. 137
    Princess Leah Says:

    How fun would that be! I just love that guy! Speaking of love…where’s that new show we were promised? Allergies aren’t going to let me stay up past midnight.

    Bub, I loved The Blind Side but the book (as usually) was better. And…poor Sandy.

  138. 138
    Tcc Says:

    Bobby as a “Homer” is what gives him his considerable reputation as a “players manager”. He always has their back. That’s why we always hear players say they love playing for him. I’m ok with him not knocking a kid who had a bad day in ST.

    Go Braves!

  139. 139
    Bubdylan Says:

    Tcc, I respect that about Bobby, but you don’t have to sugarcoat to be supportive.


    “________ had a rough one today, but he’s a hard worker and we expect him to bounce back.”

    “Yeah, _______ isn’t finding his groove right now. Some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug, I guess.”

    Telling lies that disrespect the game and insult everyone’s intelligence:

    “I thought his pitches were great. Those last four homers weren’t hit well at all. His fast ball really hit the bats with a lot of zip, you could tell by the sound. Got some unlucky calls on the 6 of the 7 walks. Reminds me of Greg Maddux.”

    “_______ struck out 4 times, but boy, those swings, if they HAD made contact, you’re talking about a whole different outcome.”

  140. 140
    Bubdylan Says:

    Show #99, we sit down with Jesse Chavez

    Stevie: Hi everybody! Jesse’s been kind enough to join me and Curt at Curt’s Atlanta home. How’s it going Jesse?

    Curt: Jesse, spider on your arm, be very still…

    *Chaos and screaming as Curt wails on Chavez’ pitching arm with an Andruw Jones souvenir bat.*

  141. 141
    Steve Says:

    Bub- don’t be so hard on Bobby. He’s just getting the best out of his guys …

    New show will be up shortly.

  142. 142
    Princess Leah Says:

    Steve’s being sarcastic…right? If I were a struggling player I would appreciate the skipper not bashing my performance. However, I would also be mortified by some of his exaggerations and embellishments.

  143. 143
    Bubdylan Says:

    “He’s just getting the best out of his guys …”

    I would like to see the total sample of before and after stats both from players who left Bobby’s leadership and went to other teams, and from guys who left other teams and came here. If Bobby makes the stats better beyond normal trending for player development and aging, I’ll eat my hat.

  144. 144
    Princess Leah Says:

    Re 126…Just got it. I’m a little slower on cold meds

  145. 145
    Wiley Says:

    Hey guys! Despite it taking me a whole day to read up the comment section. I will make a valiant effort to make my presence known. Anyway going to opening day with 17 of my friends and we (me in particular) were curious when BP starts? Also I cant wait for the overly optomistic but pleasing prediction show. Is it this week!?!

  146. 146
    Princess Leah Says:

    Hey Wiley! We’ve missed you! Did you do your homework? Just kidding.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “However, I would also be mortified by some of his exaggerations and embellishments.”

    This is my feeling exactly.

    There are things about Bobby that I love, and I’m not about to go on a bashing spree. Just need to get numb to it, or try to consider it endearing. But I’ve been incredibly diappointed in it this spring. It makes him seem silly and clownish.

    But I’m board for the Bobby’s Last Dance, 100%. I think the effect will be positive on the whole. But I will be very relieved when the new manager is announced and his retirement is completely assured.

  148. 148
    Bubdylan Says:

    New Show’s UP!!!

  149. 149
    Tcc Says:

    Bub, my point about BC is that he is supportive of his players, yeah, maybe to a fault, but I would never characterize him as a liar. He’s a glass (Glaus?) half full guy.

    And don’t eat your hat…it might rain and you’ll need it.

  150. 150
    Bubdylan Says:

    The things he says are grossly overstated, then. If he isn’t lying, what is it? He believes that? He honestly thinks Vazquez is improving? Heaven help us.

  151. 151
    Princess Leah Says:

    WOW! If he’s Talking about Vasquez he’s worse than I thought! Does he feel the need to give former players a boost as well as current players? Imagine what he says about Frenchy! :)

  152. 152
    Bubdylan Says:


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    Princess Leah Says:

    Vasquez…Chavez…same dif. The even sound the same.

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