Waiting for Griffey’s arrival….

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Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — And so we begin Day 4 of the Junior Watch, and if Ken Griffey Jr. isn’t officially a Brave by the end of the day, please shoot me.

OK, I guess I should say I don’t mean that literally. You never know what sun and amusement park & strip-mall proliferation might have done to the minds of some Orlandopolis-area gun owners who’d jump at a chance to use a bike-riding Crusading Everyman for target practice.

But you get my point. We need closure, and soon. It’s the first day of full-squad workouts, and all we’re focused on is Ken Griffey Jr. and when he’ll be here, or even when it’ll be announced that he’s a Brave. (Well, that and when Tom Glavine is going to sign, which also is inevitable, from all I’m told.)

The Braves haven’t announced he’s signed or even a “major press conference” today. But there’s still no doubt in my mind that, as we reported yesterday in the AJC, Griffey has decided to be a Brave. A conversation with Chipper Jones 15 minutes ago only underscored that belief.

“All signs are good,” said Chipper, who’s talked to Griffey daily for the past week. “But I’m not going to smile until he’s signed.”

(For the record, Chipper smiled as he said that.)

Again, I’ll say it’s just a matter of time before it’s official. Will it be today? I’d guess so, but not certain. Maybe in an hour, two hours, we will be certain.

Anyway, here’s what Chipper said about his pal and fellow former MVP Griffey, whom he’s talked to at least once a day for the past week about coming to Atlanta, fielding questions from “The Kid” about clubhouse atmosphere, team chemistry, etc.

I said yesterday, after we reported that Griffey had told a person close to him that he’d already decided to be a Brave, I thought Griffey and his agent were delaying the decision out of respect to the Mariners, because they’d told Seattle that they’d get back with them before making any decision, etc.

Griffey was quoted yesterday saying he was still torn between the two teams.\

Chipper was asked today whether he thought Griffey was struggling with his decision.

“I think he feels like he owes Seattle their due respect,” he said. “He said he’d talk to the guys out there.”

Chipper elaborated on the role he’s played in this whole whirlwind negotiation, which began when Griffey contacted a Braves employee last week and asked that he let GM Frank Wren know that Griffey was interested in playing for the Braves and that it wasn’t a fait accompli (as had been reported) that he’d go back to Seattle.

Griffey called Chipper at about the same time, reiterating what he’d said to him many times in recent years.

“I guess he thinks I’ve got some pull over here,” Jones said, smiling. “He’s always wanted to play over here. He loves Bobby [Cox]. Now he’s got his opportunity. Hopefully he’ll be patrolling left field pretty soon.”

Chipper said Griffey could impact the Braves in a couple of positive ways.

“He’d be worth his weight in gold, obviously, on the field,” he said. “But off the field, as well. We’ve got a bunch of up-and-coming outfielders, guys who would be well-served to soak up as much as they can from Junior.”

Also, Jones talked about why Griffey was so interested in playing for the Braves, beyond the logistical aspect of being so close to his family in Orlando and liking the offseason pitching moves the team made and its young talent.

The man that some call “6.” That’s Bobby Cox’s uniform number, and Jones said that with the Big 3 days of Maddux-Glavine-Smoltz behind them, the Braves’ most appealing feature to many free agents these days is the manager.

“Don’t kid yourself,” Jones said. “Yeah, people come here to win. But they come here because of Bobby. They man is as beloved as any manager in baseball. You never hear anyone say a bad word about him. It’s because of Bobby.”

Asked to elaborate on Cox’s enduring popularity among players, Jones said, “He’s like your favorite granddad. If you have two granddads, he’s like your favorite granddad. The one who slips you the beer when you’re 18, or your first chaw of tobacco. He’s like your cool uncle, your favorite granddad.

“He’s won with talent and he’s won without talent. And he will win again.”

If this his Cox’s last season, the Braves just hope that Griffey will help make that happen for the venerable manager he’s wanted to play for for so long.

OTHER MATTERS:

Kelly Johnson and the Braves settled his arb case last night, the 2B settling at $2.825 million, the midpoint between what he’d asked for and what the Braves had offered when they swapped salary figures last month. Only Jeff Francoeur hasn’t settled, and he’s got a couple more days before his schedule arbitration hearing in Phoenix to settle or be prepared to get roasted, in effect, by the Braves’ representative at the hearing, who’ll point out every reason why he doesn’t deserve the $3.95 million salary he asked for (the Braves offered $2.8 mill).

– Tommy Hanson would be in Chipper’s starting rotation, even if that meant having a six-man rotation. Ask me to tell you that story later. Gotta get downstairs right now. Suffice to say, Chipper knows Bobby wouldn’t do a six-man rotation to begin the season, but Chipper would. He said Hanson is that good, and that it’s only a matter of when, not if, that Hanson moves into the No. 1 starter role for the Braves.

OK, time for the first workout. Braves should be wrapping up the annual team meeting they have before the first full-squad practice, one of the only times that Cox addresses them in a traditional pep-talk kind of speech (and I’m told it’s always a seriously motivational thing, believe it or not).

Before we head down to the field, thought I’d leave you with a tune as a nod to Griffey, who said being close to the fam is a big part of why he wanted to play for the Braves. (And if he changes course and signs with Seattle, we’re gonna take down this song and put up something appropriate later today — OK, just kidding. (Well, no, actually I’m not kidding.)

Oh, one other thing: To the guy who said he took Ken Rosenthal, seated to my right, for a Bon Jovi fan (after I said Rosenthal pulled out a Clash CD when he got here while ago). Ken was offended by that suggestion. “Bruce,” said Rosenthal, a Long Island native who’s a big fan of Jersey musician Springsteen, not Bon Jovi. “In fact, I take that as an insult. I take a lot of heat from bloggers, but Bon Jovi? Come on.”

“FAMILY MAN” by Pat Green

I can remember my grandpa when I was five years old

He’d pull me up on his knee

And I remember every story that he ever told

He and my grandma well they would always be

Two southern lovers just kissing on each other so tenderly

And he’d say, all I ever wanted to be was your family man

To work real hard girl and give you everything I can

I just want to be your family man

Tell the children that I’ll always lend a helping hand

I just want to be your family man

Just want to be your family man

Mom and Dad worked real hard to raise us kids

They were always there for me

And it didn’t matter what it was I did

They’ve seen the hard times, the sickness and the hell

It didn’t really take too long

Before they found that money it don’t mean wealth

And he’d say, all I ever wanted to be was your family man

To work real hard girl and give you everything I can

I just want to be your family man

Tell the children that I’ll always lend a helping hand

I just want to be your family man

Just want to be your family man

Last night I had a dream from heaven up above

He taught me how to win her heart and win her love

He said it I was going to love you

then listen to what He said and do it his way

And he’d say, all I ever wanted to be was your family man

To work real hard girl and give you everything I can

I just want to be your family man

Tell the children that I’ll always lend a helping hand

I just want to be your family man

Just want to be your family man

He said you just got to be her family man

Work real hard boy, but live your life according to my plan

You just got to be her family man

Tell the children, tell them exactly who I am

You just got to be her family man

Just got to be her family man

108 comments Add your comment

Josh H

February 18th, 2009
3:17 pm

radoncbravesfan:

Dwight Schrute is a character from the American version of “The Office”….

Michael Scott

February 18th, 2009
3:17 pm

Toby is in HR, which technically means he works for corporate, so he’s really not a part of our family. Also, he’s divorced, so he’s really not a part of his family.

DCBrave

February 18th, 2009
3:17 pm

brent a.-

Not even intriguing. What’s interesting about a guy who’s got prostate cancer?

Big Daddy

February 18th, 2009
3:18 pm

Mike S

February 18th, 2009
3:19 pm

Per MLB trade rumors via Seattle Times, Griffey has taken and passed physicals for both the Braves and the Mariners. The Seattle Times story also says Braves GM Frank Wren expects to hear from Griffey “Shortly”

milesarcher33

February 18th, 2009
3:19 pm

You are all mking too much of this Griffey thing. Does it really make that much of a difference whether Griffey is here or in Seattle? We have great talent and our Starting pitching staff is one of the best in the majors. Our bullpen is solid, our bench strong and our starters way above average.. Should Griffey go to Seattle. I’m confident that moves will be made or talent will rise to make up for some of his anticipated power. (BTW, will anyone guarantee the type of numbers from Griffey that have been floating around the last few days?) Regardless of where Griffey goes, this team will go as far as its pitching takes it. Kudos to the minors who keep on coming up with great talent!!!

Plato

February 18th, 2009
3:19 pm

As much as I want Griffey here, I realize it’s not a make or break thing for the team.

There’s a good side to pretty much everything. What if the player dropped from the active roster to accommodate JR achieved stardom somewhere else? We’d then wish the move had never been made. If he doesn’t come here I’ll be disappointed, but not discouraged. We’ve got a great nucleus and great arms. I’m a firm believer that most things happen for the best. And he IS 40-years-old, his best years long passed.

There’s SO much to be excited about regarding the players we DO have. Lets focus on that; forget the Griffey thing if it doesn’t happen. It was nice to daydream, but when you look at the age and propensity for injury, it’s certainly not something to cry over.

BTW Those of you blaming DOB are IDIOTS. Show me somebody who’s NEVER been wrong and I’ll French kiss your azz!

Bubdylan

February 18th, 2009
3:19 pm

It was me against Raj Patel. -Dwight

“Patel?? … Shiva handed this guy a million dollars and told him ‘Sign the deal,’ he wouldn’t do it…” -Ricky Roma

Anyway…

Mike

February 18th, 2009
3:19 pm

Seattle Times Mariners blog:
As far as I know, nothing has changed. I see no new talks between Griffey and the M’s that would lead me to believe any open negotiations are taking place. Like I said, our source told us this Braves deal had been agreed to, gave us the price parameters and said it would be finalized later in the day. I can’t control the timeline, folks. Sorry, I know you are all impatient to lay this thing to rest. So am I, trust me. I want to get on with covering spring training in a normal way.

Skipper

February 18th, 2009
3:20 pm

I agree with Andy K. (3:13). DOB, whats the 411 on Will Ohman?

Plato

February 18th, 2009
3:23 pm

As much as I want Griffey here, I realize it’s not a make or break thing for the team.

There’s a good side to pretty much everything. What if the player dropped from the active roster to accommodate JR achieved stardom somewhere else? We’d then wish the move had never been made. If he doesn’t come here I’ll be disappointed, but not discouraged. We’ve got a great nucleus and great arms. I’m a firm believer that most things happen for the best. And he IS 40-years-old, his best years long passed.

There’s SO much to be excited about regarding the players we DO have. Lets focus on that; forget the Griffey thing if it doesn’t happen. It was nice to daydream, but when you look at the age and propensity for injury, it’s certainly not something to cry over.

BTW Those of you blaming DOB are IDIOTS. Show me somebody who’s NEVER been wrong, and I’ll French kiss your azz!

bigchiefrg

February 18th, 2009
3:23 pm

DOB, That is a great Chipper quote ‘I own chino and hubby’ …Those are the things that I read this blog for, well that and N8’s rants

Man that starting rotation sure does seem to be getting very crowded just like last year during spring training *OUCH* worrying about how to package the righties (huddy and smoltzie) around the lefties (hampton, glavine, and jo-jo)

Nate in Maine

February 18th, 2009
3:25 pm

I am sick of reading about Griffey coming here. Lets just start to play some baseball. He would be a great addition but he wont make or break our team and if anyone disagrees then let me know. I value your opinion.

GO BRAVES 2009!!!!!!!

Mitchie-san

February 18th, 2009
3:25 pm

Did we finally break the blog???

The Truth

February 18th, 2009
3:25 pm

You had gut feelings on Peavy, Ohman, and Griffey Jr.

So much for your gut feelings…

DCBrave

February 18th, 2009
3:26 pm

Again, this blog is Griffeyly slow to upload today.

THE BEAR

February 18th, 2009
3:26 pm

PTBNL

February 18th, 2009
1:31 pm

I fully agree with your evaluation of Tex in this post. He is a very good hitter but he is not the clutch hitter we are led to believe. I will not be surprised to see the Yankees rue the day they poured out that much money for him. I too remember all those DP’s he hit into while a Brave. And his first six weeks or so were horrendous as we should all remember.

Frankly I am not going to miss him. I honestly believe the Braves wound up with a very good first baseman who will show us a lot this year. I know there are many Angel fans who think their FO screwed up royally in making that deal.

__________________________

DOB–

has job to do. He digs for news and he digs hard many hours a day. He gets next to people who should have an insight into what’s going on and he reports what he learns if he believes it to be accurate. The way I see this Griffey thing he likely got his initial info from Chipper (and maybe one other) about JR and he reported it, believing it to be true. It appears JR just may have resented the news being tipped by Chipper and decided to teach them a lesson not to dig too deeply into his personal decisions before he is ready to divulge them. I couldn’t blame him for that.

Having said that I will think far less of JR. if he lets this change his decision to play for Atlanta. If he had in fact reached that conclusion it must have been for some good reasons. For him now to get angry to the point of changing that decision, just to get even with someone, will come off as very childish and I cannot believe the man will allow that to happen.

He may still sign with Seattle but I hope it is for legitimate reasons. Come to think of it we’ll never really know but we can conject.

DAVID, you are a splendid reporter and I thoroughly enjoy your work. You have shown your people that you know how to build and maintain what is very likely the best sports blog in the country.

Signed: An old retired newspaper man.

Prime Time

February 18th, 2009
3:27 pm

DOB, If Hudson comes back at the end of the season who will be the odd man out of the rotation (Assuming everyone is healthy)?

JOE

February 18th, 2009
3:27 pm

DOB, thank you so much for all you do. I hope all these jerks on here don’t discourage you! Today i got to get a few paragraph response from a Major League Baseball player!! A major leaguer took time out of his schedule to talk to ME!! What other team’s fans can say that?! Living in NY, i’m proud to be a braves fan. Its like a classy alternative to all the snobby yanks, mets, and redsox jerks. The braves are such a classy organization. As fans we should try to act like it!

Dwight Schrute

February 18th, 2009
3:28 pm

If I could menstruate, I wouldn’t have to deal with idiotic calendars anymore. I’d just be able to count down from my previous cycle. Plus, I’d be more in tune with the moon and the tides.

klsfriend

February 18th, 2009
3:28 pm

The Wordpress blog? Pretty stinky. It takes over three minutes to load. And the comments should be arranged most current first in the list. Your techie needs to get up to speed.

BravoMan

February 18th, 2009
3:29 pm

I’ve only seen one rumor saying Griffey’s leaning towards the Ms. No one has confirmed it from either side. T

John

February 18th, 2009
3:29 pm

DOB, I would like to thank you also. Living here in Tucson, the only Brave inside info that I get is from this blog.

Truman Capote

February 18th, 2009
3:30 pm

Peter Gammons of ESPN is reporting:

Ken Griffey has retired.

Bubdylan

February 18th, 2009
3:30 pm

Again, this blog is Griffeyly slow to upload today. -DCBrave

You mean the blog comes up perfect for two seconds and then disappears again into a crawling progress bar?

Fancoeur

February 18th, 2009
3:30 pm

Ha ha, I put the ain’t on purpose so u can reply to me. That’s the first time u reply to me, DOB. FINALLY!

mikey

February 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

nate, i’m also at state right now, i’ve only seen avett bros once, but they were great…love ‘em

Carlton

February 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

My wish is that on the next blog someone will not post “First”…I mean who cares?? At least say something…what are you, 3rd grade? Also, there are a lot of idiots on this blog. I love the people asking questions to players about 2 hours after they’re gone. Way to stay alert.

Truman Capote

February 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

Of course Gammons does think it is 1992

Ed Glennon

February 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

My lineup:
Yunel
Kelly
Chipper
Brian
Diaz
Prado 1B
Anderson
starting pitcher
Jeff

The Goche

February 18th, 2009
3:32 pm

Wow, Jerome has not even mentioned the Braves once. He has no business here. He’s cruisin’ for a bannin’.

Blair

February 18th, 2009
3:32 pm

LMAO at DOB’s last entry. Safe to say that when you rip a practitioner of the literary art, it’s probably wise to at least do it in a variation of English. Good rip DOB.

Pennski

February 18th, 2009
3:32 pm

klsfriend you are an idiot.

It makes the most sense this way, that way you can read from top to bottom, just like a book or a magazine.

DOB, any chance you back on 680?

MinnesotaJacket

February 18th, 2009
3:33 pm

DOB in your opinion are they waiting to announce Glavine’s signing with the hope of announcing wiht that other guy were all waiting on? I thought that could be a possibility was wanting to see what ya thought?

ccrider

February 18th, 2009
3:33 pm

Dave? Have you ever wondered about the lonely existence the bloggers, who make ill informed, negative, hateful remarks to you, about Bobby Cox, Glavine, Franceour and to fellow bloggers, must lead. The majority of scribes love baseball, enjoy the camraderie and the efforts of a reporter who goes way beyond the call of duty. Maybe, we should have a weekly moment of silent blogging for the damned souls whose lives are so empty that their only communication is wailing, tortured rants that make the rest of us sad or mad for their misery!

BravoMan

February 18th, 2009
3:33 pm

Didnt get to finish my last comment…I ment to say no one besides the radio station has said that anything has changed. Chill people.

Mike

February 18th, 2009
3:33 pm

The Wordpress blog? Pretty stinky. It takes over three minutes to load. And the comments should be arranged most current first in the list. Your techie needs to get up to speed.

None of this is true.

MattyRoss

February 18th, 2009
3:34 pm

DOB, how bout year end standings predictions, right now? If you’re off by a game in any division, I’ll call for you to get fired. But go ahead and tell us now when you have no way of knowing everything there is to know but we’re all clamoring for this information. Thanks. PS Music sucks and BBQ makes me vomit. Go Mets.

Dwight Schrute

February 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

My girlfriend and I broke up recently. And I must say, I am relieved. Gives me a chance to sow my wild oats. In the Schrute family, we have a tradition, where when the male has sex with another woman, he is rewarded with a bag of wild oats left on his door step by his parents. You can use these oats to make oatmeal, bread, whatever you want. I don’t care – they’re your oats.

6-4-3

February 18th, 2009
3:35 pm

Bowman implying that it could be some misunderstanding between Griffey and the Organization. From his Blog:

“Rother, you make an excellent point about something that Jr. might not completely understand. The Braves didn’t leak information to the AJC. I’m confident they got information from a reliable source (before you ask, I don’t know who it was). But if Jr. still is skeptical about the possibility that this was a Braves leak, then this might explain why we’re in this extended rain delay.”

Sorry don’t know how to italisize.

Prime Time

February 18th, 2009
3:36 pm

JOE, I’m also a Braves fan from NY. Totally agree with you, it’s great to have the opportunity to speak with MLB players.
Morton seems like a good kid, not ‘young and naive’ like A-rod.

Its Dyaz Not Deeaz

February 18th, 2009
3:37 pm

Hello All! Would Someone Just Report On This Damn Griffy Thing Already?!?!

Dwight Schrute

February 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

It’s good to be paranoid. People need to be more paranoid. Case in point, JFK. If I had been JFK, I would’ve seen all three gunmen. I would’ve pulled out my concealed Luger and fired first. Man in book depository, boom! Grassy knoll, boom! Fake Jackie, boom! Then I shoot myself, so I don’t change history and create a paradox, boom! But right at the last minute I twist out of the way of the bullet. Nice try, history. Better luck next year.

RC

February 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

I think the song that describes this offseason so far is the song from the opening credits of “Malcom in the Middle”. I don’t know the name of it, but the lyrics go, “Yes, no, maybe. I don’t know. Can you repeat the question….”

The Goche

February 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

LOL, MattyRoss at 3:34 is pretty funny.

“Music sucks and BBQ makes me vomit. Go Mets.”

Hilarious

[...] the end of the day or by the time this post is actually posted, Ken Griffey JR, will decide if he wants to play for the Braves or the Mariners.  Maybe he will shock everyone and [...]

i cant take it anymore

February 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

radoncbravesfan…

have you been around the linear accelerator too long? that clown isn’t violating hipaa… much less telling a good joke.

Dwight Schrute

February 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

It appears that the website has become alive. This happens to computers and robots sometimes. Am I scared of a stupid computer? Please. The computer should be scared of me. I have been salesman of the month for 13 of the last 12 months. You heard me right. I did so well last February that Corporate gave me two plaques in lieu of a pay raise.

The Truth

February 18th, 2009
3:39 pm

DUDE! Get better sources dude…

Its Dyaz Not Deeaz

February 18th, 2009
3:39 pm

<~eric in albany’s new name

MattyRoss

February 18th, 2009
3:39 pm

Plato @ 3:23 – Look, no politics might be tough to handle for you, but can we at least agree that offering rimjobs should be taboo?

TommyP

February 18th, 2009
3:39 pm

I was kind of partial to the 2:55PM “sugar plum” retort.

Usually I smile at funny stuff in print but that one made me chuckle. :)

Its Dyaz Not Deeaz

February 18th, 2009
3:40 pm

Wow There Seems To Be A Lot Of Us Braves Fans In The State Of Ny Here On The AJC!

DCBrave

February 18th, 2009
3:40 pm

Bubdylan-

Haha! That adds to the meaning of the word. Here is the definition according to the DCbrave English Dictionary Online:

griffeyly

- adverb

1. unbearable speed of decison making

2. appearing first fast and perfect for two seconds and then disappearing into a crawling pace

- Origin: AJC Atlanta Braves blogs, 2009

THE BEAR

February 18th, 2009
3:41 pm

A word to Charlie Morton.

I was very impressed with your responses today. You seem to have your feet on the ground, know what you want and how to go about it. And you obviously have a good education based on your skill with words.

I hope you have a wonderful career whether with Atlanta or someone else. I do believe you possess the basic skills to succeed in the majors so don’t let your setback this year mess up your confidence. Go to Gwinnett and show the world how you can pitch. You will not be held down for very long, your skills are too much in demand.

AGTFan

February 18th, 2009
3:41 pm

One of the nice things about this blog is if you feel like an idiot, you can come here and see you’re not so bad. I’m not going to get too worked up waiting for an outfielder who’s nearly as old as I am to make up his mind.

Jerry

February 18th, 2009
3:42 pm

DOB – If Huddy is physically able to come back sooner than expected and the pitching staff is holding up well as it’s constituted now, is there any chance that the Braves will hold him out for insurance reasons?

Southern Bones

February 18th, 2009
3:42 pm

Dwight can the woman be from outside the family?

Knuckle Sandwich

February 18th, 2009
3:43 pm

If Jr. is truley angry because this story “leaked” (and this is what I have been reading), he needs to get over it. It just sounds like he’s being childish. DOB, excellent job doing what you do. You break big stories when you feel they are from credible sources and do go out of your way to keep us all informed. You are the best in the business!

TommyP

February 18th, 2009
3:43 pm

Those interested in an active NL only fantasy baseball league for bloggers should email me.

We already have 6-4-3, Renegator and I ready to go.

It’s traditional 4×4 roto scoring and will be a live draft in March. If interested, get back with me at bcnsgood@yahoo.com.

I Wonder How Long You Can Make These AjC Blog Names Boy This Is A Lot Of Letters I Cant Believe It Can Go On This Long... I Ran Out Of Words Before I Ran Out Of Space

February 18th, 2009
3:44 pm

David O'Brien

February 18th, 2009
3:45 pm

Almost forgot to mention: Chipper and the Braves have made some progress toward a multi-year extension. He said a deal isn’t imminent, still work to be done, but he sounded encouraged by the talks they’ve had so far.

Colin

February 18th, 2009
3:45 pm

For those of you interested. Geoff Baker (M’s beat writer) does a live video blog for the Mariners today at 1pm Pacific time. You may learn more news that way (not saying there is any news but a video blog).

Seattletimes.com

tim- braves lifer

February 18th, 2009
3:45 pm

DOB I can tell you that I’ve never known of anyone who covered the Braves with the Zeal you do and for all those haters you should be glad to have DOB instead of some lowlife who doesn’t car
Thanks DOB!!!!!!!!!!!

winthrop09

February 18th, 2009
3:46 pm

RC:

probably the top 3b prospect is chris dominguez from louisville. hes probably a 1st rd pick, but i doubt right now he is top 10 material. my only thing about drafting high school players is that if the organization is targeting 10-11 to be big contenders, then why not go after one of the top pitching prospects if they are available. weve seen lately how a lot of smaller teams have shyed away from top prospects because of the money they ask for, and that could potentially lead to White, Crow, or Gibson falling to us, and i think that if we draft one of them, then two years from now they will be ready to jump into the rotation, and with their low salary, along with the low salaries of jurrjens, and hanson, it could open up salary for lots of other needs. it would also allow us to trade say vazquez, kawakami, or another pitcher, plus could you imagine us having a pitcher like a price or chamberlain to go along with jj, hanson, and maybe lowe and hudson.

Mike in H-Town

February 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

DWIGHT SCHRUTE:

It’s good to be paranoid. People need to be more paranoid. Case in point, JFK. If I had been JFK, I would’ve seen all three gunmen. I would’ve pulled out my concealed Luger and fired first. Man in book depository, boom! Grassy knoll, boom! Fake Jackie, boom! Then I shoot myself, so I don’t change history and create a paradox, boom! But right at the last minute I twist out of the way of the bullet. Nice try, history. Better luck next year.

BEST POST OF ALL-TIME!

brent a.

February 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

DCBrave -

it’s the number 1 news story in Atlanta right now.

Yesterday, it was Griffey, and now, we have morons lambasting DOB because the deal isn’t done.

I am simply noting that we have people getting super-angry over Jr., for no reason, and meanwhile the AJC front page has a story about Clark Howard. It’s interesting what is big news one minute, versus what is big news the next.

Neither is really that big of a deal, for the collective populace. Nonetheless, in light of the Griffey banter, I made a post about clark howard, because it’s getting large attention on this web-site, and here in Atlanta.

Interestingly enough, the AJC is reporting that Howard has already chosen what procedure he will have; while WSB, Howard’s home network, is reporting that he has not decided what procedure he will have.

Sound familiar?

brian schmidt

February 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

Thank you DOB from all of us serving in Iraq. It is nice to be able to hear what is going on in camp when we can’t be there to see it. Are you concerned regarding Junior’s knee. I read Mr. Bradley’s column and he seems less excited. Your thoughts?

UGAFan

February 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

DOB, I appreciate everything you do for this blog. I trust you and your sources — you are the first place I come to get my info about the Braves. (And, also, the occasional talk about REM.)

Do you see Tom Glavine and a corner outfielder as the last two items on Frank Wren’s agenda this offseason? Or, do you think there is a relief pitcher or another player that they are looking at going after?

Brandon O

February 18th, 2009
3:49 pm

I say lets get Garret Anderson and forget about Griffey he’s right we have way to many lefties as it it. Whats is to think about go play for Seattle with that crappy team or the Braves. If it’s that hard go play for Seattle

Kentavo

February 18th, 2009
3:51 pm

Tonight on TBS: “Waiting for Griffey” starring the cast from Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.”

Jim

February 18th, 2009
3:51 pm

Now that KJ and Uggla are signed – do Braves have the $2.5MM difference in ‘09 Salary, and perhaps another player (either a left-hand bat – Blanco – or a pitcher)to get a RH hitting HR threat for 2B? Hate to lose KJ, but Uggla would balance line-up against LHP with little difference in fielding. I think from stats, KJ is slightly better in field, but power difference overcomes that factor. Both seem to have same number of years of club control left. Florida needs LH hitters,

The Azzholes Have Crawled Out From Under Their Rocks

February 18th, 2009
3:52 pm

I’ve got a beef with Dwight Schrute. You see, I definitely believe that Dwight’s ventures are a cancer that gnaws away at the national psyche. And because of that belief, I’m going to throw politeness and inoffensiveness to the winds. In this letter, I’m going to be as rude and crude as I know how, to reinforce the point that closed-minded monomaniacs like Dwight are not born—they are excreted. However unsavory that metaphor may be, I have a dream, a mission, a set path that I would like to travel down. Specifically, my goal is to counteract the subtle, but pervasive, social message that says that the majority of atrabilious chiselers are heroes, if not saints. Of course, sometimes the best course of action will be obvious, sometimes not. Dwight vehemently denies that, of course. But he obviously would because I want my life to count. I want to be part of something significant and lasting. I want to follow through on the critical work that has already begun. I’ve left out many criticisms of Dwight Schrute from this wailing wall of a letter. Nevertheless, I contend that it’s a start—a philosophical space where we can plant a new flag symbolizing all that is wrong with Dwight.

Daniel

February 18th, 2009
3:53 pm

DOB- This has been a crazy day on the blog. Man, I am still holding out hope for some good news on Griffey and Glavine. By the way, I know you are busy but you need to listen to the new M.Ward it is excellent. Also, The Drive-By Truckers are going to be backing up Booker T.

airforcematt

February 18th, 2009
3:53 pm

DOB – thanks for the update on Chippers contract, was wondering if they had even had talks about it, good to hear things are moving along.

McFann O –[zzz]

February 18th, 2009
3:53 pm

Chixlovethebraves2

You’re welcome! Yeah, I gotta be honest, I think I like him better with the beard.

It is more upbeat around these parts lately. Always nice.

Thrillhouse44

February 18th, 2009
3:56 pm

Great news about Chipper’s contract. Good news about Huddy throwing. Let’s go for the trifecta and sign Glavine and The Kid.

CharlieAlphaBravo

February 18th, 2009
3:58 pm

Jesus, this is just like Lord of the Flies. How about everyone relax for a little while. Patience is a virtue. Also, it helps to keep your head from exploding.

Correction:
Turns out, he hasn’t uttered a single original word since he started posting on this blog.ME

Umm…I’m not seeing any Booth quotes there….Deep Throat

Do you realize the contradiction you just made? If you’re suggesting that I don’t find citing Booth quotes original, you’ve hit the nail on the head. Fortunately, this does indicate that he is at least slightly literate.

In other news:
I hereby nominate brAves Sucios’s 1:45 pm comment as the front-runner in this year’s CharlieAlphaBravo’s Annual Comically Ironic Post of the Century Award award. That was comedic gold.

And a final remark:
Scapula? Really?? Couldn’t we just call it a shoulder blade? Ouch, my Patella!

McFann O –[zzz]

February 18th, 2009
3:59 pm

DOB

Good news in your 2:50! Thanks!

DCBrave

February 18th, 2009
4:00 pm

Brent A-

OK. Apology accepted :-)

DAP

February 18th, 2009
4:02 pm

DOB thanks for the info on extension talks for chipper! im very glad to hear thats in the works. if they are talking to him about it, im confident that it is going to happen.

Plato

February 18th, 2009
4:02 pm

If there’s ever an asteroid hurtling toward Earth, don’t count on CNN for email updates. By the time you get the update, you’re a smoldering glob of celestial goo.

Oasisbraves

February 18th, 2009
4:04 pm

So its 4pm on the East coast….seems like if Griffey was going to make a decision today he would have done so by now…what’s he waiting for?

Scalp 'Em Braves

February 18th, 2009
4:05 pm

Waiting on word about Griffey…. Geez, this is like Groundhog Day… Deja Vu all over again, man! Peavey, Smoltz, Furcal, etc. If this one falls through, Frank Wren has to feel like the guy who continually showed up at the church to get married, and the runaway bride wore her track shoes. Again, again, and again.

Can I have a “Play Ball” and a “Halleluah” from the congregation?

AdirondackDave

February 18th, 2009
4:06 pm

Hmmm.. taking forever to refresh the ol’ blog. Great to see that Chipper and Wren and now talking contract extension. Hope they get it done before the season starts or soon thereafter. Also, news on Hudson is frosting on the cake. Can you imagine, if we are still in the race, getting a fresh Hudson back in maybe mid-August. What a difference maker he can be. Still need to get better outfield production though.

ease19

February 18th, 2009
4:07 pm

TommyP

I have always wanted to be in one…How does it work?…ease19@earthlink.net

Thanks

Andrew

February 18th, 2009
4:09 pm

This is getting ridiculous. I have this feeling that Griffey won’t end up a Brave… but we shall see… we shall see.

Novice Ned

February 18th, 2009
4:09 pm

I could have sworn that I read or heard (on 680 this morning) DOB say that Griffey is trying to show repsect for his former club and fans. So why NOT take a day or two to give them a little love, in the form of contemplating returning to Seattle? It’s not like he has never been to a big league camp before and needs to understand how to conduct himself. If anything, he is doing an honorable thing by giving Seattle fans a little hope. If Smoltz says that he is considering returning to the Braves next season, do we want him to turn around the next day and sign with the Tigers or do we want to believe that he actually “misses us”? Allow Griffey to do right by his original fans and stop acting like spoiled baseball brats.

sinking ship

February 18th, 2009
4:09 pm

Chipper considering resigning long term contract with the Braves is great news. that should bring the average age of Braves’ players down to 39

getnathan

February 18th, 2009
4:09 pm

BrandonG

February 18th, 2009
4:09 pm

If Hudson really does return by late August or September (big if, of course), the Braves rotation could get pretty crowded. Especially if Tommy Hanson works his way into the rotation by the fall. With Hudson and Hanson in, who goes to the bullpen? Do you really put Tom Glavine and Kawakami in the bullpen? Injuries and maybe a few disappointing performances could take care of the problem, but what if Glavine is having a decent year and the other four starters are performing about as expected?

I just can’t see Bobby Cox moving Glavine to the bullpen to finish his career if he is pitching well. But, it would also be awfully hard to send Vazquez, Jurrjens or Kawakami to the bullpen if they are pitching as expected.

Steve from OH

February 18th, 2009
4:11 pm

Good news on the Chipper extension talks. Thanks for the tip DOB.

Ritchie from Scotland

February 18th, 2009
4:11 pm

Griffey isn’t really leaning towards the M’s is he? That doesn’t make any sense for him at all.

cvbraves

February 18th, 2009
4:11 pm

DOB: Any chance the delay on Glavine/Griffey signings could be that the Braves haven’t decided on roster moves they would need to make?

getnathan

February 18th, 2009
4:12 pm

Why are some of my comments awaiting moderation? Is anyone else getting that on their comments? Are my comments to controversial? Too close to accurate?! help!

Andrew

February 18th, 2009
4:12 pm

this must be a tougher decision for griffey than i thought…atlanta seems like a much better fit for a lot of reason…any chance tommy glavine and griffey might be holding eachother up? maybe braves want glavine to sign first? or vice versa

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