2:16 pm February 22, 2009, by David O'Brien
February 23rd, 20091:41 am
DOB, tough to leave out actors like Russell Crow, Tom Hanks and Robert Downey Jr.. And I’m sure there are others if I think on it for awhile. Now if they can just start making more great movies with all the talent that’s available. The previews of the 09 season at the end of the Oscars, showed some with potential promise.
February 23rd, 20091:45 am
DOB, how would you rate the Braves team speed this year assuming Anderson starts in center. Without him team speed seems average or below. Do you think Cox will ever alter his philosophy with more situational steals & more hit & runs or still play for the 3 run homer?
Braves Fan 4 Life
February 23rd, 20091:58 am
DOB, what do you think are the expectations the organization has of Casey Kotchman for this season? It seems that if he continues the success he had at the end of last year, he will play a big role in the offense.
February 23rd, 20092:01 am
DOB, tough to leave out actors like Russell Crow, Tom Hanks and Robert Downey Jr.. SINGN
yeah, especially Crowe. Not so sure I rate Viggo in that same company like Dave does.Not that he ain’t good…
February 23rd, 20092:37 am
As I said on the other blog, “yes please and thank you for Garret Anderson. So long Griffey and don’t come back.”
Not that anybody was wondering what I wrote on the other blog or had any idea or cared, I just really wanted to retype it.
But given all this movie talk I feel compelled to reiterate-from my initial Anderson blog post-my desire to never see Hugh Jackman host the Oscars again (it’s for comedians only not unfunny @$$kissers, but clearly all the actors got tired of being the subject of witty and well-timed jokes playing on the perceived characteristics of their public personas… I know, it’s so rough). And enough with Micky Rourke’s comeback tour. It’s getting old. There’s usually a reason people’s careers fall apart, is he really gonna suddenly stop being difficult to work with? Doubt it.
And now that I’ve brought such warm hearted feeling to this spirited discussion of Hollywood’s top actors I must also add that Ryan Gosling might very well be a fine actor but he annoys the blank out of me.
And I’m so glad that the Oscars didn’t bother to show any clips of the actual actors and the movies they appeared in during the presentation of their awards. Contrary to my previous comments, I like a lot of them and missed more of the movies than I wanted to so I’m so glad that they didn’t show any of them (the clips) at a film awards television show honoring films on tv in front of people who might wish to see them as members of the television audience viewers at home. No point I guess. That would have been far too appropriate.
February 23rd, 20092:49 am
And by the way, does anybody else not think the Braves are going to kick some serious @$$ this year.
I don’t care what happens and I certainly don’t know what will happen but this is a damn good team as far as I’m concerned.
Any team that can have a guy like Kelly Johnson drop a ball for the final out in a game that causes the team to lose and then hit a potential 9th inning, game winning double later in the season that bounces over the wall and we lose again has to know that that’s a fluke. The Braves were a better team than their record last year and we’re even better now.
As long as we don’t suck we’ll be alright.
February 23rd, 20093:09 am
MITCHELL Robert Downy Jr has come back strong from much the same self-induced purgatory. Mickey can do it too.
He was at one time the cult hero of many of the young actors of his age like Nic Cage etc. They would go to his sets to watch him work.
His weird look might be his biggst problem at another shot at an Oscar. No question that this role fit his history and his broken up face to a tee. Not always gonna be able to find those looking like he does now.
It’s kinda ironic that he did that picture Johnny Handsome about a disfigured guy who has a chance to get his face fixed. In real life he has done the opposite.
An intense method guy like Brando who has deformed his masculine beauty. Self image problems there for both, no doubt.
I wish him great luck as he was one of my favorites.
February 23rd, 20093:27 am
Braves sign Garrett Anderson, and every fool here is talking Oscars and food.
Braves still need someone to kill LHPs — they’ve taken a giant step backward to any extent that Anderson steals PT from Diaz.
Who’ve they got to face LHPs? Escobar, Francoeur, Diaz, sChip and sMcCann. That did not work at all in 2008. What have the Braves done to improve their TEAM offensive performance against LHPs (aside from David Ross)?????
(In particular, it’s the Braves’ POWER — ie, SLG — that suffers against LHPs.)
February 23rd, 20093:50 am
My bad — 3BMac ain’t even a switch hitter.
February 23rd, 20094:53 am
I heard he going to consider trying it this spring, Random.
February 23rd, 20095:23 am
BA — No way — really?
I’ve always heard you gotta start young with something like that.
Does FannieMac* know about this?
February 23rd, 20095:56 am
DOB….good to finally meet and talk with you yesterday on your way in. Nice to put a voice to the text! Only have a couple more days down here at Dark Star before heading back to New Hampshire and the cold. Do you know when G. Andersaon will be reporting??? Would like to see him before heading back!
February 23rd, 20096:29 am
Abreu is playing LF for the Angels
February 23rd, 20096:48 am
chpr10j, don’t know if it’ll be today or tomorrow when G. Anderson reports. Should know soon, however. Good to meet you yesterday….
Robert, I hadn’t even noticed that Abreu was playing for LF for Angels. So that answers that, I guess.
February 23rd, 20097:00 am
Nolie, I’d definitely put Russell Crowe and Robert Downey Jr. at the top, as well. Guilty of simple oversight while typing quickly as I was fading away last night. No doubt about Crowe and Downey. I know plenty put Hanks up there, too, but I just lean toward the edgier type actors, I guess. I just don’t think that many of Hanks’ performances are ones I’d put up there with the best work of those others that I mentioned and the two you reminded me that I’d left out.
At one time, after Diner and Body Heat, etc., I thought Rourke would be at the top. But he went off the path, to say the least.
February 23rd, 20097:07 am
What % would you give Jordan Schafer of beating out Anderson for the CF job
February 23rd, 20097:08 am
I’d also put Denzel in that top group, for me ahead of Hanks. Denzel’s finest work, like Training Day, American Gangster, The Hurricane, Malcolm X, Glory … those are the kind of performances that put him near the very top of the, say, age 55-and-under acting group.
I think Hanks has done some of his very best work under the radar (The Terminal, such a wonderful yet minimalist performance) and as a producer (Apollo 21, and the HBO show following the soldiers from D-Day to victory in Berlin)
February 23rd, 20097:20 am
And of course Johnny Depp … Benicio Del Toro … Gary Oldman. Damn, I left out a lot of my very favorites from the “generation” as we roughly defined it (55-and-under).
But I’d still have Penn No. 1.
OK, now back to baseball immersion. Headed to ballpark.
February 23rd, 20097:27 am
DOB – If Hanson really impresses, any chance of a 6 man rotation like Chipper had talked about?
February 23rd, 20097:38 am
You have to stick Leonardo Decaprio in that group as well, correct?
February 23rd, 20097:46 am
Can anyone tell me the options for viewing the Braves on TV this year? I am in Alabama but am considered “In Market”.
February 23rd, 20097:52 am
DOB- Does the Anderson aquisition nowmean that b. Jones will be at Gwinnett to start the season? I don’t think that he will be in the mix for center, that should be between Shagfer and J. Anderson, right?
February 23rd, 20098:01 am
Livinin AL , Direct TV MLB package is the only way if don’t get sports south or peachtree TV.
If you are in market a Direct TV package with local channel of Peachtree and the Sports South Direct feeds will give you all of them. Thats the only 2 options I know .
February 23rd, 20098:05 am
Anderson is ok in left, I can live with this. I do want Schafer to win the centerfield job out of spring training. We need his defense now and he can learn the hitting on the job.
February 23rd, 20098:06 am
Finally some Stones lyrics. But if you want to put some Stones lyrics regarding gambling how about Casino Boogie off of Exile? Good pickup with Anderson instead of Junior anyway. Can Hansen live up to the hype, i.e, Savior, returner of Braves to their regal standard regarding pitching?
February 23rd, 20098:10 am
DOB: What assurances can you give that the Anderson deal is really done? How do you know that Anderson isn’t playing us to shill a better deal from the Angels who desperately want him back?
Tech Man in Dawg Country
February 23rd, 20098:15 am
Are we really sure that Garret Anderson is a done deal? There have been just a few too many times this offseason where I get my hopes up and then …
February 23rd, 20098:16 am
I have not posted much for a while. I was spoiled by the first years of the blog when it was easy to read all the posts. Now there are too many posts for the technology. I have a selfish request. I usually read some of the posts but not when they are hundreds. I do look for DOB’s posts though. Is it possible to just put up DOB’s posts or to add a search function to look for specific posts. I realize you are looking for a cure for the present situation but maybe in the future.
I like the pickup .of Anderson. He was a big part of the Angel’s Series win.
February 23rd, 20098:17 am
braves4ever – Thanks for the programming information- I have DISH now, I might have to switch to DIRECT. I do get Sport South.
One other question- Do the comments people make on the blog popup as they are posted on your screen? Comments did on mine the 1st couple of days, now I have to refresh the page to get new commnets.
February 23rd, 20098:20 am
I have to refresh every few minutes.
February 23rd, 20098:21 am
How’s my man CHARLIE MORTON doing?
February 23rd, 20098:25 am
dob did you miss phillip seymore hoffman on your list? also didnt see tom cruise on the list, why not? religious objection/statement or something? heh heh
February 23rd, 20098:26 am
What about Di Caprio? He was great in Revolutionary Road I thought. He’s had movies where he went out on a limb (Basketball Diaries). How could he not be up there?
February 23rd, 20098:28 am
im sick off all this oscar talk. lets talk baseball.
and fyi penn’s best movie was fast times at ridgemont high
February 23rd, 20098:30 am
Liked him in RACING WITH THE MOON.
Doc, I’d put Seymour-Hoffman high on mine, for sure. Another oversight. And I do think DiCaprio has gotten really, after being a pretty boy early on. Damn good in Revolutionary Road.
February 23rd, 20098:33 am
15 years and 272 homers, huh? Wow!!! 18 homers a year!!! Did the deal guarantee him a walker or wheelchair, too? These morons keep desperately signing over the hill material, which ain’t gonna cut it.
February 23rd, 20098:40 am
Exile on Main St., for my money, the finest piece o’ work ever put out by the Stones. I humbly submit that “Happy” might be a suitable selection post-GA signing.
February 23rd, 20098:41 am
Garret Anderson signed for the Braves…for real this time?
I say we need a sequal to ‘Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man’….What was the actors name that played the Marlboro Man?? I loved that movie!
I bet Rourke looks even more hardcore on a Harley these days.
I would have to put a few more actors into the mix – Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi and Lohn Turturro – Hell, even Clooney. …….(Wow, the Cohen Brothers sure know how to pickem)……And i must add in here that i love that Josh Brolin is making a comeback. I have not seen that dude since ‘The Goonies’!!!!!! I think he will become something great.
February 23rd, 20098:45 am
Oh and the French actor who played Leon The Professional, Jean Reno…….that movie totally made me fall in love with Natalie Portman.
February 23rd, 20098:48 am
yeah, i tried to ignore dicapprio until recently. begrudgingly gave in to seeing the titanic until last year. actually enjoyed it out under all the hoopla that went with it. the goddess in that one has grown well from that one too. matured very well hasnt she? classy, with her oscar in hand. maybe the masses didnt get it wrong after all.
want to see garrett in the dotted line before getting up for this one, if he comes through then it will be a very good off season for the braves and you too in spite of the dimwits saying otherwise. looking forward to your reports all season long keeping us idiot fans engaged as well as you do.
btw, i am a kate campbell groupie now. have heard her two more times since eddie’s attic. she has got the emotions of the change in the south along with the mirth and whimsey down pat. stunning body of work. last time was up in sautee. good show, send up a shout to your boy up there for a copy of the show. i am sure he would oblige. really good stuff.
Did Frank Wren really just sign Garet Anderson to a $2-3 mil contract? What the hell is he thinking? A 36 year old lefty bat with average power who has never played in the National League. He is servicable defensively at best. Wow…guess Diaz is jumping up and down about now. Not to mention B. Jones, Shaefer, J. Anderson, and Blanco.
To me this appears to be throwing another couple million or so away just like we have done with Glavine. We have enough options in LF as it is. Dark Star was to be the proving ground for LF. Obviously, Anderson is now the guy there so I guess Diaz will play sparingly.
What would I have done? Glad you asked….I would put Shaefer in CF, Diaz/Anderson in LF and made this the year we give the kids a chance. It’s not like the young guys have no talent. We basically just spent 2 mil on Glavine when he isn’t even needed for the #5 slot.
I have been behind Wren on the last few deals that didn’t work out but I feel he has not helped his ballclub by signing Glavine and Anderson.
Rock on…..and the Oscar goes to—who cares!
February 23rd, 20098:53 am
if you’d like to get in the baseball mood, I suggest listening to Skip’s call when Sid Slid: http://projects.ajc.com/topics/sports/braves/skip-caray/
Garret Anderson? HMMM…
I actually like him better than Griffey at this point in his career.
I still would have prefered Nady, I know Garret is cheaper and we don’t have to trade any prospects, but….
I need some positive spin on the Anderson move.
BTW DOB… you have to check out AC Newman’s cover of Take On Me
JC form UT
February 23rd, 20098:58 am
Who is going to be dropped from the 40 man roster?
February 23rd, 20099:01 am
Garret Anderson. Fine. I never did understand that Griffey thing. The guy is three-day old toast — all brittle and charred and breaking apart. It’ll be a moo point ( as Joey liked to say ), though. I see Vazquez just had to pitch in the silly WBC, which means he’ll hurt his arm or shoulder in mid-season. Man, do i ever miss the Ted Turner days.
February 23rd, 20099:07 am
Red alert! Red alert!Man your battle stations. There’s a 40 man bogey headed at the blog. Attack coming from Eight – fiver- eight.
DOB is locked and loaded on the 40 man roster question. Missiles will be fired unless this question is rescinded.
For God sakes pull back the 40 man roster question and ask something about the Oscars – save us all!
February 23rd, 20099:13 am
Anders, that was hilarious. Well done.
By the way, he’s supposed to be here tomorrow. Team hasn’t announced anything yet.
please defer all 40 man roster questions to tim hudson and not dob, that way we can avoid WW3.
Josh from Columbus
February 23rd, 20099:16 am
I thought DiCaprio was surprisingly good in The Departed.
February 23rd, 20099:17 am
Yea – i think there was enough Youth to let the outfield remain as was….but, then again the youth of the outfield didnt really bring us much last year, so why move forward with that? At least we have some experience out there and again, i love to point out that if anyone does not workout, then we have plenty in the waiting to fill the role. Im not worried….Go Bravos.
mike p in wc
February 23rd, 20099:20 am
Saw Ryan Adams live last night at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ. The performance he and the Cardinals put on was awesome. Their instrumental performance is so tight, and the venue was cool. He attacked the songs so hard vocally, and Neal Casal was awesome on guitar. I have been to about 5-6 of his shows live, and last night by far was the best, including his 5 song encore. I suggest catching one last glimpse of him again, as he has indicated he is hanging it up from music, however true that may be though. He does play down in the Atlanta area toward the end of his tour. Their music is so pure and real.
My pleasure – Speaking of the Oscars I wouldn’t put him in the group you guys have been talking about but what do you think of Kevin Spacey? There something about that guy that makes me watch almost anything he’s done. Not always the big blockbuster movie but usually a good mind excercise.
He’s a guy who always comes across 100% committed to his role.
February 23rd, 20099:23 am
Oh yea – finally watched The Godfather II yesterday…..i must say, i really, honestly gave it the best shot i could. I watched, and the beginning had me intrigued – i was actually going to mention it on here until something happened. I cannot really say what it was, but i suddently realized i was not watching the movie anymore, i had actually either fallen asleep and slept-walked upstairs or i just got up and didnt think about it, but suddenly i was not watching the movie anymore. Its like the movie made me stop watching it.
I dont get it – It just lost me somewhere in the middle, just like the first one did and does. I dont know what it is. the story is excellent, i love it. Maybe it was the screenwritter…? And i still think Michael could have been cast better, i think Deniro would have been a better Michael. Switch out Robert Deniro’s character with Pacino, and you have a differnet movie…one that i could probably beleive.
JUST MY OPINION PEOPLE! But i will say i honestly gave it a shot…..i was let down yet again. damn.
February 23rd, 20099:25 am
Anders, I agree with Spacey. He deserves soo much more credit than he gets. I love every one of his movie…even KPax….
Anders, I agree with Spacey. He deserves soo much more credit than he gets. I love every one of his movies…even KPax….
February 23rd, 20099:26 am
Agreed. I like Spacey as well, especially in American Beauty (obviously).
If Francouer starts out slow is there any chance we could see B. Jones in a platoon in RF? We could have a total platoon in the outfield with Infante being the right handed side of CF?
February 23rd, 20099:28 am
to whoever was complaining about spending $2.5 million on Anderson. do you not realize that the braves spent more than that on infante who is going to be a utility hitter? point being, when you can sign a guy like Anderson for that kind of pocket change it only serves as insurance. the last thing you want to do is rush a guy to the big team to soon (remember devine?). If you start the season with one of the young guys and they don’t pan out then it’s too late to find a replacement, however, if you get Anderson for cheap and he doesn’t work out, then you can promote one of the young guys and still have a very nice pinch hitter to call on late in games. some people seem to act like signing anderson meant they will be forced to leave him in left all season even if he puts up poor numbers. if the dodgers could eat 20+ million dollars when andruw didn’t work out, im pretty sure that the braves could eat less than $3 million if anderson doesn’t.
Remember 3.5 million of glavine’s money is based on incentives that we dont have to pay him if he doesn’t meet them. And if he does meet them all then we will have gotten a steal for $4.5 million. I’ve read that part of Anderson’s money is incentive based as well, so the braves could have saved what? 3 or 4 million by not signing both of them. Who do you proposed they would have gotten for 3 or 4 million that would have been so much better?
Anders (Newman) – The Usual Suspects, Seven, The Life of David Gale, American Beauty…I think a case can be made for Spacey. Good Call!
February 23rd, 20099:30 am
Oh and if you have not seen Swimming With Sharks…a definite must see. The Devil Wears Prada was a total rip of that movie, which is actually when I became a Spacey fan.
February 23rd, 20099:37 am
love the Anderson get. I really do. Like you said, a “professional hitter.”
My actors rank in no particular order:
Leonardo DiCaprio (who i acutally work for)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Benicio Del Toro
Daniel Day Lewis
Chris Cooper (although he’s older than 55)
Denzel (although he’s beginning to play the same role over and over)
Johnny Depp (thoguh he hasn’t done a “serious” role since BRASCO, still fun to watch.)
Robert Downy Jr.
February 23rd, 20099:40 am
Just curious, where does Greg Norton fit in to all this? I assume with Anderson and Diaz in left that he is simply your backup first baseman and pinch hitter? I mean the Braves website doesn’t even have him on the depth chart!
February 23rd, 20099:42 am
I think my “favorite” (in a dimented way) Rourke story is about when he was making 9 1/2 Weeks. He and Kim Bassinger were allegedly not getting along, and Mickey chose to not shower for a very extended period of time. Making the love scenes (and there’s plenty), fairly painful young Kim.
Can’t remember if he was the one who told that story with a smirk on his face, or if she was telling it to somebody during an interview, while describing her disgust for him.
Either way, that’s motivation and anger at it’s finest, to be that spiteful.
February 23rd, 20099:44 am
From Mets camp – Jerry Manuel announced that he’s giving Daniel Murphy a shot at full time in left and will platoon Tatis with Church in right. Have to say I didn’t see that coming although I’m really looking forward to seeing this kid Murphy more. Hearing good things about his swing and great things about his work ethic.
Manuel is still talking up Reyes as the number 3 hitter. I’m not as sure how committed he is to this. Bottom line is Manuel is not afraid to shake things up.
Mets have 10 guys going to the WBC – Yikes! How many Braves are going?
February 23rd, 20099:45 am
Great post at 9:28 lexbrave.
February 23rd, 20099:46 am
For the price, don’t see anything wrong with the GA signing.
Penn is good, just not my favorite. Denzel might be my fave. There are very few movies he does that I don’t like, and many, many, many that I love (Man on Fire, Crimson Tide, Remember the Titans, Philadelphia, Courage Under Fire). Leo is starting to grow on me. The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond, and Catch Me if You Can were all great, and he was great in them.
February 23rd, 20099:47 am
If…it…I…um…No, Random, I didn’t know about that.
Love to talk about it now, but we gotta leave for a few hours. Course, these posts will be gone by then, but I’ll pick the conversation back up. I’ve actually got an int’resting note to add on this subject.
But, can’t get into that now. I’ll be back later!
February 23rd, 20099:48 am
bravojon, maybe dave has a different opinion, but i highly doubt norton’s role has changed (or was ever going to change) any from last year. he’s switch hitting pinch hitter that can be a serviceable backup at 1st or in the outfield.
February 23rd, 20099:49 am
American Beauty was a great movie, and Swimming With Sharks. Back to baseball, Braves land Garret Anderson (for real I hope), and I think he was a better choice than Ken Griffey, Jr. He’s more clutch and had almost .350 BA with RISP last season. just what Braves need.
February 23rd, 20099:50 am
What? No Keanu Reeves on the “best list”?
Do you people know how hard it has been for him to get THAT character down?!?
You know… the one he played in Point Break, Parenthood, The Devil’s Advocate, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Speed, etc…
DOB – what kind of limitations are the Braves gonna put on Hanson in terms of innings pitched this year between the minors and majors
you have to add pacino and deniro to the lists. Deer Hunter, Dog Day Afternoon, Heat, Meet the Parents, Scarface, Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale, Casino, Serpico, etc.
Anders, Braves participants in WBC are Chipper, BMac, and Vasquez (I don’t think I forgot anyone).
February 23rd, 20099:51 am
Hey DOB, just wanted to commend you on…and thank you for…your Braves blog. This coming from an old guy who’s a newspaper-reading traditionalist, who’d gladly read a paper a day (two or three, when available)…but who’s decided to let my 52 week AJC subscription lapse. My AJC habit primarily looks for business and sports information, Braves info in particular…but I honestly can’t justify bellying up the $278.27…since now, via your blog, I’ve got more quality (and timely) in-depth information available to me online…than what the printed daily version of the paper offered me in the first place. I did read with interest that the AJC publisher was writing an open letter to AJC readers yesterday talking about the challenges of profitably publishing a newspaper…and the various imminent changes they’re considering. My suggestion to Mr. Franklin is to take off his rose-colored glasses and recognize that there are far more endemic problems needing to be addressed regarding AJC’s content…and until it’s not slanted toward some unknown demographic…well, he’s got his hands full. Sports and business news is about all that I can count on that’s not biased and slanted to the point that it’s a turn-off when it comes to the AJC. But you are doing an excellent job. Keep up the great work!
I thought “Finding Neverland” was a pretty serious film from Depp, as well at “The Libertine” (that movie was MESSED UP!). It is his role as The Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland” that I will be interested to see.
February 23rd, 20099:52 am
DOB – Do you know if the AJC will have a full-fledged beat writer for the Gwinnett team? Not sure how minor league teams typically get covered.
February 23rd, 20099:53 am
Can Diaz play right field? Can Garret A. play right field if neccessary?
I think that the platoon discussion should also include RF until Jeff shows that he has rebounded into an average outfielder.
February 23rd, 20099:54 am
I would tend to agree with you, in which case I think we might be looking at one of the best benches in the national league. I like Diaz, Prado, Omar, and Norton’s chances of getting a big hit against lefties, and should they be in the starting lineup you can plug in Garrett, Kelly or Norton in against righties in a pinch. Not a bad luxury to have.
DOB, I keep hearing that Schafer has been among the most impressive in camp, but I never hear exactly **how** he’s been impressive. Can you elaborate?
What has been impressive about him?
Also, what are his power projections?
February 23rd, 20099:55 am
Louis Prima – I heard this morning that the last two papers in Philadelphia may be going under. At least one has filed chapter 11 if not both. Times they are a changing – and this bad economy will put it on warp speed.
Ben Franklin must be turning over in his grave.
February 23rd, 20099:56 am
forgot about “finding neverland,” which in my opinion was a pretty forgettable movie. he also did “secret window” or something like that. i love depp as a character actor, but when he plays it straight he can be a little pedestrian by comparison. just my opinion.
February 23rd, 20099:58 am
What’s the deal with Castillo? A lot of Mets are fuming because they did not sign Orlando Hudson, and are not pleased that Castillo will be their 2B.
From what I’ve seen, Castillo has been a Braves killer throughout his career. I cringe when he comes up to bat with runners on base. He’s always gotten key hits against the Braves. So why don’t Mets fans like him?
Steve from OH
I enjoy P. Seymour-Hoffman’s acting as well. I look forward to seeing him play the role of The Penguin in the next Batman movie. Should be pretty doggone good.
February 23rd, 200910:00 am
What is Matt Diaz’s reaction to Garrett Anderson being signed to play LF? DOB, ask Matt and Brandon Jones how they feel aboug GA being signed:)
They may say one thing “politically correct answer” but off the record, probably not happy at all.
February 23rd, 200910:02 am
N8 – I am probably the lone Keanu fan…I think Bill and Ted ruined his career and he has hard a time being taken seriously…I mean Point Break, Speed, Devils Advocate, The Repalcements and of course The Matrix movies…I liked them all.
BTW, love the Garrett Anderson signing. Turns up the heat a bit of the CF competition so we might see who has IT and who doesn’t…
February 23rd, 200910:06 am
February 23rd, 200910:07 am
What a surprise a movie about a Gay man starring an anti-American Communist wins for Best Actor…..Mickey Rourke would have probably won had he been pushing for Prop 8 in the news, chastising Bush and burning USA flags this month
February 23rd, 200910:08 am
“secret window” was terrible. a short distance into the movie, and i had the whole thing figured out. the concept behind the secret window has been done. alot.
February 23rd, 200910:09 am
I still believe Diaz will get significant playing time. He might platoon in CF, who knows? Diaz has too much pop to keep him out of the lineup.
February 23rd, 200910:10 am
DOB: Love country music, but not into any tunes like you folks…like reading the discussions, though.
Maybe, in honor of GM Frank Wren, you can end your blog today with the song “How Do You Like Me Now?” Or, maybe that’s not the title…just a line in the song. Like I say, I’m old and not too swift on song titles, etc.
February 23rd, 200910:11 am
I recently watched Charlie Wilson’s War and Capote. Those two films really opened my eyes to what a great actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is. He did an outstanding job in two completely different roles there.
February 23rd, 200910:12 am
The Not-So-”Secret Window” wasn’t one of his better films. I agree with EarlyinLA that he his “normal” characters can be little more than “normal”.
February 23rd, 200910:13 am
ease19, don’t get me wrong. I dig those shows too, in a nostalgic kind of way. But make no mistake about it, Keanu plays the same “guy” in ALL of his shows.
Had Bill & Ted never exsisted, that would still be the case. Just my opinion.
The Devil’s Advocate is a brilliant movie. But it was a great movie despite Keanu’s prescence, not because of it.
I like Wierd Science, 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But make no mistake about it, I’m not suggesting that Anthony Michael Hall get a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.
Sorry. Told myself, I’d stay out of the non-baseball talk, and find myself getting sucked back in.
I’ll leave it at that. I seem to annoy enough people with my baseball thoughts. That’s enough.
February 23rd, 200910:14 am
Anderson is not coming to the Braves for a straight platoon job. NO way. He is now the LF starter for Atlanta. Make no mistake about that. Diaz will play sparingly and virtually no room for Blanco. Shaefer and Anderson will square off for the CF job. I see Anderson winning that spot due to his speed and lead-off capabilities. Shaefer will most likely start at AAA or as a pinch hitter off the bench.
Glavine & Anderson = $4 mil plus. The braves have spent that money on pretty much insurance as opposed to actually improving their club. Call it “bargains” if you want. Just because they had the money to spend didn’t mean they had to spend it. Certainly things can change at Dark Star due to injury or retirement but $4 mil is a lot to pay when the Braves had insurance in LF and #5 starter already in place with their youth.
getnathan – Castillo showed up out of shape last year and played horribly. His contract makes him untradeable. This year he showed up 17 pounds lighter and had spent the whole off season working out. He even drove two hours a day to work out at the Mets DR dacility rather than closer to his home to let them see how committed he now is. The word up here was that he basically begged Minaya to give him another chance. Not sure Minaya had another option anyway?
Sounds like Castillo has his head on straight but let’s be fair. The guy is not young, has a lot of mileage on him and a history of leg and hip problems. Bad news for someone who makes their living mainly on his legs. We’ll see if he can get back near what he was. Then we need to see if he can sustain it. Most Met fans will believe it when they see it – rightfully so.
That said, the Mets didn’t get much out of 2nd base all of last season so anything they get this year will be a positive. I think if he looks as bad as last year through mid July they will cut bait with him.
As for Hudson he has publicly said he wants to play in NY. Mets over Yankees – that rarely happens. Anyway, he signed a one year deal with the Dodgers. It was reported on the MLB network that the thought was he wanted to revisit his NY possibilities next off season if it doesn’t work out for Castillo or Cano.
February 23rd, 200910:15 am
It was funny watching Anniston stutter all over herself because she was standing right in front of the two of them.
February 23rd, 200910:16 am
an actor i really like who i think is underrated sometimes is will smith.
im pretty sure that diaz is going to get alot of playing time against lefties. it just makes more sense. of course, i guess we cant be sure what bobby will do.
either way, im convinced at this point that josh anderson will be starting in CF, because shafer would have to just blow everyone away , and josh a would have to totally suck it up for it not to happen that way. josh anderson has to be bad enough that the braves want to let him go, because if he doesnt make the team, he goes on waivers, and will be picked up. i dont think blanco has a chance, and the only reason is because he has options. but, we will see blanco again.
weve got a lineup that hits for average, gets on base, has modest power, and pretty good speed. (kinda sounds like the angels…? especially since we have two of their main guys from last year.)
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