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.
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.
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?
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Never maudlin Medlin
James “above” Parr
Give ‘em Hell, Yunel
Chip for da Skip
Martin, shaken but not stirred
Jo Jo a No Go
Circle the Wagners
Huddy Nutty Buddy
Clint “farm raised” Sammons
Matt “roll the ” Diaz
Say Hey, J Hey
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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?
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.
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.”
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!?!
“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.