1:25 pm February 28, 2009, by David O'Brien
Run Heap Run
February 28th, 20099:26 pm
hahaha I love when Anders “family” comes along with their commentary. Funny stuff.
February 28th, 20099:29 pm
Or Undined (perhaps another word to describe Bulimia?)
Ander's Uncle Luigi
February 28th, 20099:36 pm
Anders, its a very cold here in the basement. Can maybe I borrow your snuggie? Need to keep a the hands free in case I making the pizza.
February 28th, 20099:38 pm
Anders! Where I can put my Mario Lanza records?
February 28th, 20099:45 pm
Let me tell you. I knew Bud Harrelson. And Jose Reyes, he’s a no Bud Harrelson.
Tim Hudson's elbow
February 28th, 20099:55 pm
Why didn’t Francoeur play today?
February 28th, 20099:57 pm
Beer question, Lone Star? ever had it, picked up a six pack for the hell of it. Wanted to know what you thought.
Francouer did play today…
February 28th, 200910:01 pm
Thanks for the blogs DOB. But man, the AJC coverage of spring training hasn’t been much. No pictures (did I miss it because I haven’t yet seen pics of G. Anderson’s press conference), spotty game coverage.
Thank God for the blog at least.
February 28th, 200910:02 pm
I was just reading the Mets’ fans comments on here and was wondering why they were here. Admiration? Do any of you guys adore the Mets so much you lurk on their blogs? Me neither.
The blog is toxic. It’s making me ill. I tried to read it. I really did. You can’t blame me. It’s the blog. It’s full of chemicals. That’s why I cry all the time now. It’s not because I’m an untalented, priviliged, fuss-pot. No it’s the blog’s fault. Waaah! Sob.
February 28th, 200910:09 pm
This is a response to SoWeGa Fanatic. (SoWeGa? Rhyme with Luigi, maybe?)
Why Met fans here. Is a being reminded of story:
Cousin Alphonse get very very drunk. Coming home late, trying to get key in door to his apartment. Is too drunk and drops key. Luigi seeing him sitting under lamp-post. hey Alphonse, what you doing sitting under lamp-post. Alphonse: I drop the key trying to put in door to apartment. Can’t find. So Luigi say: then why you looking here. Alphonse say: Light being better here!
So is explained!
February 28th, 200910:21 pm
SoWeGa Fanatic, is your name Scott? If not, then disregard.
February 28th, 200910:22 pm
Anders (Newman) – So you are here…Can’t fool me!
February 28th, 200910:24 pm
ease19 (7:04 pm): “Why? That makes zero sense…
Come on, now — that makes plenty of sense to plenty of people.
For example, check DOB’s comments about KS cagers beating OK with OK’s big man on the bench.
The greater the challenge, the sweeter the victory.
Unless you think the Braves’ ONLY chance to win the division is for the Mets to lose Santana . . .
February 28th, 200910:25 pm
And if not…As our former president said, “Fool me once….Never get fooled again!”
Seriously going to bed now.
February 28th, 200910:34 pm
kennesawmountainlandis (7:05 pm): “KC, don’t worry about it bro. . . . that’s what small people do. They personally attack those with whom they disagree. It’s a sig of insecurity, and often, a lack of intelligence.”
Judge, if ya don’t know whatcher talkin about, I’d suggest you simply shut up.
And if you can read, you should know by now that you DON’T know whatcher talkin about in this instance.
I clarified it to KC circa 19:40.
(Though I’ve not yet progressed that far in catching up on the comments, so am unsure how he took it.)
Anyhoo, butt out, ncwesty.
February 28th, 200910:37 pm
Ok, I take the bait…What if the (hypothetical) Braves were never to face Santana anyway based upon how the schedule worked out? Probably not gonna happen, but we have done well against the Mets historically so I am not that worried, regardless. Frankly a win is a win, who cares who it is against. I will cite my earlier post saying that Phillies won a World Championship last year…were they complaining that the Braves didn’t have much of a starting rotation?
Now I am going to bed…
February 28th, 200910:39 pm
Jarryd: Francoeur didn’t make the trip. Neither did Chipper, McCann or Josh Anderson..
RIP SKIP, you wrote: “… but man, the AJC coverage of spring training hasn’t been much. No pictures (did I miss it because I haven’t yet seen pics of G. Anderson’s press conference), spotty game coverage.”
Well, glad you appreciate the effort. We’ve had one person down here for the past eight days, or since our columnist and photographer returned to Atlanta. Sign of the times, RIP Skip.
Times are tough, my man. Budgets are very tight. Newsroom staffs are shrinking. Papers are folding every day. The Rocky Mountain News just published its last paper on Friday. The San Francisco Chronicle is in trouble. The Seattle Press-Intelligencer might go under. We’re still covering every day of spring training, unlike some papers.
So to complain about not seeing photos of G. Anderson sitting at a podium at his press conference … well, hey, I respect your opinion, but we’ve got some bigger issues than that, my man. If AP shot the press conference and moved a photo, we used it. If they didn’t, we probably didn’t have a photo.
And as for “spotty game coverage,” it’s the first week of spring training games, RIP Skip. How long have you been following baseball, and when (and where) do you remember there being more game coverage of the first week of games? (Not to mention the fact that this is a longer spring than ever.)
You’ve got a lot of minor leaguers playing the last half of most of these games, many of whom won’t sniff the majors this season. The scores, while important to some fans, mean very little, if anything, to the teams, especially early.
They’re getting prepared for the season, and these games, particularly in the first weeks of spring training, are nothing more than glorified workouts where a score is kept and admission is charged.
I mean, we’re let into the clubhouse during games, to talk to the starting pitcher after he comes out of the game and, in the case of road games, often before he leaves the ballpark (most teams let starting pitchers, and some position players, leave early via their own transportation, before the game’s over).
This is not about writing game stories and “game coverage.” There are a couple of places online where you can get that, if that’s what you want. But between writing features, notebooks and blogs, there isn’t enough time for much “game coverage” even if we wanted to do it. Not this early. Later in spring, when the regulars are playing most of the games, yes, to a greater degree. But not now.
Just to give you some idea how it’s done elsewhere, when we go down to Port St. Lucie, the only writers in the pressbox are usually a couple of us out-of-town beat writers and maybe a guy from a Stuart or Port St. Lucie paper. The 20 or so writers and columnists from NY teams are sitting in the press room, watching the game on TV (if it’s televised) or writing and not watching the game at all.
Personally, I like to watch the game while I’m writing. But actual game coverage, as in accounting for scoring and all as if the game result was the important story of the day? No. When we leave Florida, the results of these games will mean nothing.
February 28th, 200910:42 pm
KC (7:10 pm): “again, I have never ridiculed you personally for disagreeing with me. I don’t get it.
But whatever man.”
KC, every comment I’ve directed at you tonight has been in the spirit of good-natured joshing. (I even changed “Smoltz” to “Schmoles” in one comment specifically to avoid raising your hackles.)
I apologize if it didn’t come across that way — sorry.
February 28th, 200910:46 pm
Along the lines of Jarryd’s complaint..
Why aren’t there any pictures of polar bears on this blog? I bet that in the past week the words “polar bears” do not appear in this blog at all. What kind of reportage is that?
February 28th, 200910:52 pm
Is a big problem at my church. The priests, they all Mets fans. But the nuns – they all rooting for Phillies.
Nuns favorite player: Chaste Utley.
February 28th, 200910:54 pm
Indigo Montoya (7:34 pm): ““Must have been one of my moments of KC’s incoceivability.”
You keep almost using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
I can well understand your concluding that, especially when I spell it that way.
No, it’s an intentional malapropism, poking a little innocent fun at another commenter (whose name will be changed to avoid an emotional confrontation — call him CK), who had earlier written something like “I’m highly improbable. . .”
I suppose you had to be there.
February 28th, 200910:55 pm
Well then, why didn’t Francoeur make the trip today? Too tired? He’s not doing the WBC.
February 28th, 200911:02 pm
I think you about covered it, Dave.
Bubdylan (formerly Indigo Montoya)
February 28th, 200911:05 pm
Random, the whole (unfunny) joke was a riff off your mispelling + Inigo Montoya’s famed line about “inconceivable.” Apparently, you’re not the only joker missing the whole rim, net, and backboard tonight.
Could be the Jack Daniels, which I’ve now decided I’m just not ready for just yet. Is there something I can do with it besides put it in Coke? Too sweet. And no shots, please. Please.
February 28th, 200911:06 pm
10:39 – DOB
Yea, after all it is practice. Some folks just seem to be anxious for the real deal. Me, I just like to watch this promising young talent that’s not quite ready, but close. Watch out NL East.
February 28th, 200911:07 pm
And yes, yes I did just misspell “misspelling.”
February 28th, 200911:14 pm
I put some Jack in grape Kool-Aid one time. Tastes pretty good.
February 28th, 200911:17 pm
You got any lemonade?
Better yet, unsweetened lemon juice — fresh, or “Realemon” reconstituted.
Yeah, the whole Inigo Montoya riff was WAY over my head — musta come from a movie or somethin, huh?
Jack in ginger ale. thats the summer time drink
February 28th, 200911:18 pm
Chop Chop, I’m trying to get LESS sweet than Coke. I’m not sure it matters. I can’t drive to the store. I opened the pantry and peeked in there and unless it goes well with italian bread crumbs or ramen noodles, Coke is as good as I’m gettin’ tonight.
I could probably just sip shots, but there really is a limit to how much shame a guy can live with.
February 28th, 200911:19 pm
I’m a little confused on some Braves critics out there. They say we don’t have the offense, but say we have the makings of one of the best rotations in MLB. These are more than likely the same people that say pitching and defense win championship’s. Of course we Braves fans know first hand all about that, but just confused with their take. I honestly could give a f– what they say, except for a few that make some decent points.
February 28th, 200911:20 pm
” or Nytol” if you like to hallucinate when you drink.
February 28th, 200911:22 pm
Random, I have some RealLime. What do I do with it?
Yes, a movie. “The Princess Bride.” When you’re bored youtube something like “inconceivable inigo montoya” and you’re bound to find it.
Tom Glavine should be great this year. He reminds me of a young Benjamin Button.
February 28th, 200911:24 pm
I had ghought that the game coverage was pretty damned good, considering DOB’s in game blogging during the games and several Denizens doing play by play. We even got some pictures sent by Florida Braves Girl. Blog’s got it covered.
Tim Hudson’s Elbow Because MLB puts restrictions on how many starters a team can bring on road trips/put on the field early on in Spring Training games. so Bobby decides who he wants to see, and who gets to stay at Dark Star to hit/play in a simulated or inter squad game.
February 28th, 200911:26 pm
Howie – sheit. Real young. Maybe he can still paint the coroners. corners
February 28th, 200911:28 pm
I’m talking about the Kool-Aid in the packets, dude. No sugar in it. That way, the power of sugar addition is in your hands.
February 28th, 200911:29 pm
I hear Blaine Boyer is doing real well, money wise. He’s a veritable corn dog millionaire.
February 28th, 200911:31 pm
Has there ever been a Fred Ward film festival?
February 28th, 200911:35 pm
Chop Chop, Oh. I’m retarded.
February 28th, 200911:36 pm
Oh, Anders Uncle, you slay me!
February 28th, 200911:38 pm
Glad you enjoyed the pics. I’m still mystified as to how y’all saw them though.
February 28th, 200911:47 pm
RIP Skip got O’Brien Burrrrned
February 28th, 200911:49 pm
John Mayer on Austin City Limits, surprised at the heavy guitar work on some numbers
February 28th, 200911:51 pm
I got the OBB once…didn’t feel too good. Mine wasn’t as bad as RIP Skip though. After that burning you’d think Dave was Sherman
February 28th, 200911:52 pm
If you want to see something truly kick-in-the-gut hurtful, go to The Rocky’s Web site and watch their 20-minute video on the end of the paper. Got a little dusty here watching that.
I won’t take shots at the Cox clan (that’s the folks who own the AJC, not Bobby and his wife and daughter) – some papers, like the Globe, have a battalion of folks at spring training (Mazz, the chick beat writer, the backup guy, Ryan/Shaughnessy in and out) but they’ve always done that. Honestly, in the 25-plus years I’ve been reading the AJC, either with a copy in hand (no longer, since the cutback of the distribution area) or online, I can’t remember more than a writer and sometimes a columnist (maybe another scribe down there for very brief periods for feature pieces or preview stuff or opponent crap) being at West Palm or now Dark Star.
February 28th, 200911:53 pm
DOB, where are pictures of Garret in his Braves uni? What a discrace you and all of the AJC writers are to not snap a picture and give us what we want! He’s the new face of the franchise for cryin out loud!
Seriously, this blog only gets some of us more amped up than we really should be anyways. Come July, some of us won’t watch another game until late Sep., and that’s just if they’re in the race. Not me, to the disgust of my girlfriend. But hey, she has her purse and talking obsession, so I can have mine.
Steve – John Mayer’s pretty ripped at guitar. He’s really come a long way since “Your Body is a Wonderland.” I’m loving all his jazzy/bluesy music now
February 28th, 200911:56 pm
Whaddaya mean, “G’night, all”?!?!? I was just joking about the Nytol.
What we’ve all forgotten is the simplest solution — branch.
Couple shots of Jack in a tumbler (up to a third full, add water, ice (optional), a couple of sqirts of lime juice to taste, and you’ll be singin “Eureka!!!”
February 28th, 200911:58 pm
Man, that was a close call! My girlfriend just rolled over and saw my last post. She must have missed the last sentence. She gets aggravated when I post this late anyways, but she went back to sleep. She gets on my last nerve, but I do love her to death. I obviously really do love her that much, or I wouldn’t be with for this long, wakeing up to her death breath in the morning!
March 1st, 200912:04 am
Might wanna quit before she starts shoveling the dirt in the grave you dug for yourself, man.
March 1st, 200912:05 am
Spotts, Mayer is the definition of the word GEEK! But, geeks all around the world cheer when they see the women he dates. He’s one of those smart a-nerds that try to be funny, but they just humiliate themselves trying. Oh my bad, you were talking about his music.
March 1st, 200912:08 am
flbravesgirl what pics are you talking about?
March 1st, 200912:09 am
Chop Chop, man, you sound just like her.
March 1st, 200912:16 am
****, man. That ain’t right.
Well I have to say if we signed Griffey, there would be a bunch of pictures everywhere from the press conference. G.A. just isnt a big name like that.
March 1st, 200912:17 am
March 1st, 200912:18 am
March 1st, 200912:29 am
Mitchie, you couldn’t be more right. I really think that Jr. could’ve been a distraction to a team with guys like Francoeur,Kotchman, and even KJ needing to have bounce back years. Now, would I be writing this had Jr. signed with Atl…probably not. But, I still think it’s true regardless. Anderson seems to be like a lot of guys that are already
on the team. Just kind of low key.
My girlfriend is a beautiful sweetheart. We joke with each other all of the time. I just don’t want to sound like some punk.
March 1st, 200912:43 am
Has there ever been a Fred Ward film festival? HOWIE
If there is, I’ll go. For Robert Forster too.
March 1st, 20091:13 am
March 1st, 20091:24 am
200 Japanese photographers following Kawakami and AJC can’t get a picture?
March 1st, 20091:29 am
I’m looking forward to cousin Bobby taking his team back to the playoffs this season!
March 1st, 20091:57 am
Well, if John Mayer was singing “Your Body is a Wonderland” about then girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt …. he just mighta been right. Have mercy!
March 1st, 20092:12 am
went old school tonight. saw a hair band at peachtee tavern.
they played some old ronnie dios songs.
remember “holy diver”
never was a hair band fan but, listening to ‘breaking the law’ BY JUDAS priest was kinda fun.
March 1st, 20092:18 am
my, my – and poke, poke… what larks
March 1st, 20092:32 am
MLB is going to be coming out with a new Iphone app soon that features gamesay audio. Looking forward to that.
Art in TN
March 1st, 20092:44 am
DOB and the AJC give more coverage, in his blog and notebook, than any other paper I have ever read. Stop bitching about the coverage. We have blog play by play for SPRING GAMES!!!!!!! Be happy you dont have to pay 100 bucks or whatever it is for the radio package to get the spring games. Jesus, u just cant make some people happy.
March 1st, 20093:02 am
I completely agree with art. We really are spoiled fans. The radio deAl is only like $12 btw, i had it last yr so i could listen to the spring and half dozen or so regular season day games from the office.
March 1st, 20093:23 am
12 dollars, 1000 dollars whatever. the coverage at the paper is fine. DOB busts his ass. have u read some of the other blogs??
March 1st, 20093:50 am
There’s no reason anyone’s need for unreasonable amounts of baseball should go unsatiated just because it’s March…
This blog is a damn fine resource for Braves spring training coverage and discussion. Hell, there are even player Q&A’s every now and again.
If this just isn’t enough to quench your unending desire for baseball, then surely the MLB Network and a DVR will do the trick. Pony up the extra $5 a month to the cable company and enjoy a 24-hour barrage of baseball coverage and programming.
After all, what’s the worst thing about Ken Burn’s Baseball documentary?? That’s right, it ends… Unlike MLB Network (which incidentally shows Burn’s Baseball as well.
And in case you haven’t heard, Ken Burns will soon release a tenth inning to Baseball. It will cover 1993 to 2008, and it will likely devote an unreasonable amount of time to the Red Sox. Nevertheless, I’m sure it will be an excellent follow-up to the orginal film, and it’s bound to mention the “team of the nineties” a few times.
If all of that is not enough, then… Well… Wait until April. Maybe read a book or something….
March 1st, 20094:58 am
Wow, just saw the highlights of Blake Griffin’s performance tonight, that leap over the scorer’s table after returning from a concussion….
Regarding Johan: Not hard to imagine how much consternation there is coming out of Port St. Lousy over the Santana elbow. Think how Braves Nation felt about the John Smoltz shoulder situation early last season, turned up a notch due to the fact that the Mets don’t really have the equivalent of a healthy Tim Hudson in the rotation (which the Braves did when Smoltz got hurt), and also considering the size of the investment the Mets have in Santana, one of the very best pitchers in baseball.
They’ve still got a talented team and a great back end to the bullpen, but his potential absence, if it’s long-term, could be a crippling blow to the Mets with their otherwise less-than-overwhelming rotation.
March 1st, 20097:18 am
DOB, do you ever sleep?
March 1st, 20097:23 am
Braves media guide lists no stats for him most of the decade.
Hmm, maybe he knew Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn in California.
March 1st, 20097:26 am
March 1st, 20097:45 am
nolie, re your earlier note about Thorman…I must have missed your jam on him back in those days. I’ll admit that I thought he had a chance, even with the Grand-Canyon-sized holes in his swing. Figured he would adjust, eventually, and I had his back in this forum long after it was appropriate, LOL. Oops.
Tomahawkin' Again (like it's 1991)
March 1st, 20098:20 am
DOB, sitting here in Kissimmee waiting for the rain to come through. I have tickets to the game today – still on? With it being spring training and the Phils having to drive over from Clearwater, different rain-out rules apply for spring training than the regular season?
March 1st, 20098:31 am
You asked in the last blog if I got any autographs.
I doubt you’ll see this; but, the answer is, “I didn’t try”.
But, autographs are and were very available at Spring Training games.
In fact, you really see an abundance of patience, IMO, from some of the players, willing to stand for several pictures, etc.
I watched as Adam LaRoche stood for multiple pictures with a contingent from a group home. After the first picture (which took a while), the leader of the group said, “one more”, and you could see the first little look of surprise from LaRoche, followed by a quick change in expression that said, “sure, go ahead”. This went on for 3 or 4 shots.
March 1st, 20098:32 am
ease19 (10:37 pm): “Ok, I take the bait…What if the (hypothetical) Braves were never to face Santana anyway based upon how the schedule worked out?”
Don’t be misled by my one example — I wasn’t talking merely about head to head with Santana, or even with the Mets.
And I wasn’t sayin that victory (any victory) isn’t sweet — only that the tougher yer opponents, the sweeter it is.
Yer correct — the Fillies got braggin rights and are indeed not complainin.
But think how much more braggin they’d be doin if they had bested a fully loaded, fully healthy Red Sox team in the WS (rather than a bunch of “upstarts”) without the benefit of some controversial calls and rulings.
March 1st, 20098:34 am
I’m glad that Mets fan in Atlanta showed up yesterday to remind us just how little he knows about the Braves.
March 1st, 20098:43 am
So, I guess you, Frank, and Bobby gave up to soon. Thorman .857 for the Brewers. You’re fired.
7 is the answer to your next question.
March 1st, 20098:48 am
Finally March….the Madness is around the corner and regulars going longer in games will be here soon.
Used to read Ringolsby quite often. Loved that paper.
DOB: Where do you see the fate of print newspapers in 2-5 years?
How about inserting Hanson as our 5th starter and making TG our top lefty reliever? I mean, he is older than last season and with a surgery in his arm. What are the chances of him making more than 20 starts? what are the odds of him making more than 25? What are the odds of him pitching more than 150 innings?
Instead, he can help us a ton in the pen since he is a veteran.
Maybe braves can make than kind of move if TG shows any signs that he is not gonna make it through the season or that he aint gonna pitch more than 4 or 5 innings per outing.
I know some are gonna say that being a reliever is more stress than being a starter, but being a lefty specialist maybe is not as stressful, I even think its better for an old arm.
March 1st, 20098:50 am
Oh yeah…anyone have any recommendations on baseball magazines (preseason)?
March 1st, 20098:51 am
Doc: Isn’t Glavine better vs. righties?????
March 1st, 20099:02 am
I really dont know the answer to that question………just a thought, I have not done much homework about it.
March 1st, 20099:08 am
Doc Holiday (8:48 am): “How about inserting Hanson as our 5th starter and making TG our top lefty reliever?”
It shouldn’t screw up his incentives, which to my understanding are not based on IPs but rather on roster time.
I’m sure Glavine would resist it, based on a combination of pride, self-worth, self-perception, etc.
MY main hesitation would be that it might be a humongous waste of talent — assuming he can still get RHs out.
As far as conserving his innings, that would probably come anyway as a natural consequence of his bein the 5th SP. Bear in mind that the rest of the rotation will have made two starts each prior to his first. I would expect him to continue to being skipped intermittently throughout the season — that would relieve some IP stress.
But like I said earlier — interesting. (But then they wouldn’t have ANY LH starters at all. Does that matter?
North Georgia Wisdom
March 1st, 20099:12 am
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hahaha im a dumb!
March 1st, 20099:22 am
March 1st, 20099:28 am
we need 100 comets par page dob is a dumb
March 1st, 20099:29 am
Having fun, NGW?
March 1st, 20099:33 am
I was reading Mark Bowman’s blog and was amused by one of the poster’s wit.
Mark had mentioned that Andruw had been to bat 5 times (at the time of posting) and had struck out all 5 times. Some were commenting on Andruw’s decline and one guy said, “It would seem the outfielders that the Braves avoided signing this summer included the Dunn brothers, Adam, and Completely.”
Lefties rake Glavine nowadays.
March 1st, 20099:55 am
Gonna rain here today, Braves hitting in the covered batting cages. Ed Mangan thinks they’ll get it in, but possible we could have delay.
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