Yeah Cledus…devil take them’s what I always say. Curt, I do have the At Bat app as well as Sportacular, not sure if I’m proud of that fact or embarrassed. I like to be notified of what’s going on even if I’m not watching/listening to the game and the later keeps me informed (such a type A thing to do, sigh). My husband and I are doing our Spring song and dance re: mlb.tv. I give him my best puppy dog look and he rolls his eyes. I make subtle hints and he pretends not to hear. I know I could just buy the darn thing and he wouldn’t complain but I’ll feel less guilty as the games click by if he makes the purchase. He always does but I have to give him hell for a while (it’s not codependency if you both acknowledge it right?). I try to remind him how most guys would scoop out their spleen with a spoon to have their lady want to watch a sporting event.
So Curt, how’d it feel to be on the other side of the phone? Do you think it’ll change your hostiness? Nice job! Made us proud. I don’t like the pity after they hung up with you. We hard core Atlanta fans are doing just fine thank you very much! That’s just how fantastic our team is!
I am all on board about Atlanta being a crappy baseball town. Believe me, I’ve sat through all those painful playoff series in the early 2000′s at Turner amidst a sea of Cards fans, Cubs fans, etc. Just horrible. But, isn’t there something to the fact that the best baseball towns have harsh winters and little interest in college sports? I really think there’s a big regional piece to the puzzle.
Other than SEC football, the South is a crap sports region. And that goes from DC to Baltimore, to Charlotte, through to Miami and out to New Orleans. Atlanta has just been targeted by the national media, partly because of the end of the run Braves post-season crowd, and primarily because there is an overt media bias against Atlanta. It goes back to that famous SI “Loser Town” article.
Check out the crowds at any sporting event these days and tell me if the crowds in Atlanta are that much worse. Look at Miami? Horrible sports town. But because of the success of the Dolphins, no one talks about it as a bad sports town.
And Phillies fans were conveniently disguised as empty seats when they were having their great run through the late 90s. Let’s not kid ourselves. I watched a Hawks-Sixers game the other night and no one was there. There are few bullet proof franchises left.
One point that is never discussed, and this might be the ultimate cop out, but the Ted is really big. Most of these newish stadiums are seating 35 to 37k. Not sure what the Phillies little league park holds, but I’ll bet it is nowhere near the 47k Turner Field supports. so we sell 35,000 seats to our games and there are 12,000 empty seats to be mocked. Wrigley holds 10 people. Literally. 10 people.
Never thought about the size of the stadiums…interesting. No wonder we couldn’t get tickets to Wrigley. Question…When a pinch runner comes in and ends up scoring who gets the run scored? I did not remember us getting EOF on waivers. Waivers bring up a whole slew of other questions but I’ll google and strain my brain.
I take it back on Citizens Park. That place holds more than 44k according to attendance records from 2009. They drew 3.6 mill last year which is impressive. But as of 2002 they were pulling in 1.6. Braves that year did 2.6.
Finished the movie. If you want a shirt full of tears, that’s your ticket. Sheesh. I hope it’s a long time before I complain about my life again.
The closer we get to the beginning of the season, the more confident I feel about the Bravos. I guess that’s natural. The Phillies’ pitching being so strong in ST is a puzzle to me, and worrisome. And I just noticed that while we have five tough teams right out of the gate, the Phils are busy with the Nats for six games, the Astros, and some other creampuff I think. Between that and having our pitching order out of whack, and Jurrjens possibly needing a couple starts to get in rhythm, it seems like we’re due for some bumps in the road right up front. But once we get past that, I think we’ll give ‘em a run for their money.
Our fifth series is against the Phillies. Curious to see what shape we’re in when that rolls around.
But mostly I’m thinking about the Wild Card. Go Braves!
Blanton’s having some oblique trouble. Those are a pain. I wonder if it’s harder on a pitcher than a hitter (Chipper’s had to deal with it.) They’re saying Blanton may miss some starts. Nothing definite.
Between Perez’s dead arm (and dead talent), Lidge’s cortizone, and now Blanton’s oblique, gotta feel fortunate only having to deal with a sore shoulder delay from Jair.
Arm injuries to pitchers is the most inelegant element in the whole sport to me. And it’s why these long, expensive pitching contracts are just loco. I don’t wish it on them, but I expect Santana to go down before that contract is over.
Of course, with the success rate of Tommy John, maybe it actually makes more sense to sign a premier pitcher to a long contract, expecting one of those years to be his surgery year, rather than take a chance on losing a year or so of a four year contract. The percentage of lost time being smaller with the longer deal.
Yeah – sorry not to acknowledge the timestamp thing sooner. Not sure what the deal is with that. I’ll investigate. New show will be up in about 30 minutes. It’s a behemoth, so it takes longer to upload it, etc.