11:53 am March 1, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 1st, 20091:46 pm
Josh Anderson CAN FLY. Just hit a standup triple to the R-C gap, to the wall.
Run Heap Run
….the Nats were cheating?
LOL spotts, that’s scary huh?
I think Bowden was skimming the signing bonus of the out-of US players, taking advantage of them.
Triple Josh Anderson
Escobar comes to bat with runner on third and none out.
Last year, there was a decent chance Braves wouldn’t have gotten him in…. Let’s see what happens.
Kotchman? I thought Freeman was playing first base.
March 1st, 20091:48 pm
David isn’t he by far the fastest on the team?
March 1st, 20091:49 pm
Sac Fly for Escobar. Executing in those spots is a big key to the season.
Steve from OH
March 1st, 20091:51 pm
Lew–it’s up to the mid-20’s here in Ohio! Things are looking up…
Speaking of Mike Patton (from Faith No More), I think his collaboration with the Dillinger Escape Plan back around 2002 (leading to the EP “Irony Is a Dead Scene”) is some of the best stuff I’ve heard from Dillinger.
Black Lips’ new album “200MillionThousand” is growing on me.
March 1st, 20091:52 pm
Who’s pitching for the Phillies?
Hey DOB, it’s snowing in Atlanta.
Brett Myers started the game.
March 1st, 20091:53 pm
You follks up north will get a kick out of this pic posted on the birmingham news site –
Reyes 25 strikes in 46 pitches.
Oh boy! Can’t wait to see them! The unfinished portrait was something else–the finished one’s gonna be really good!
Dude…these are the biggest snow flakes I’ve ever seen. What was great was driving through the snow listening to Surfin’ USA.
DOB, until you start posting some Dokken lyrics I will always consider you a music snob! (Just kidding)
March 1st, 20091:55 pm
How did Reyes look. Were many ball hit hard
March 1st, 20091:57 pm
Solid outing by Reyes (two hits, one walk in three innings) and a clean fourth inning by O’Flaherty.
Saw ZOSO, the Led Zeppelin tribute band, last night in Richmond( I can hear all you music aficionados saying damn if I would see a tribute band). I had heard rave after rave about them. Let me say if you haven’t seen them trust me you can surely see worse acts. A lot worse. Extremely talented musicians that could, by all accounts, do their own thing but I guess they have a good gig and perhaps nobody lyrically inclined to sustain a new band.
Folks the $12.50 I paid was peanuts. They are worth more than that. The highlight songs for me were the very underrated Ten Years Gone, No Quarter, Moby Dick, When The Levee Breaks, and Stairway. The synthesizer on No Quarter and the drum solo on Moby Dick were worth $12.50 alone. Frankly, I have seen Zeppelin maybe 5 times but never have I heard Zeppelin play Stairway like Zoso played it. I won’t say flawless but you would have had a hard time finding one. 2:15 minute concert non-stop, no filler action in a superb acoustic setting at The National. Next up Isbell and teh 400 Units there.
Has Morton started throwing again? Is there any schedule for him to appear in an exhibition game?
Bravely going forward
March 1st, 20091:58 pm
hasn’t jo jo looked pretty good so far this spring?
Not a single flake yet here in the mountains
March 1st, 20092:00 pm
Maybe they’ll find some gloom and doom in there during his Monday MRI, but Johan Santana says he feels fine after a 31-pitch bullpen session today.
March 1st, 20092:01 pm
Does anyone know anything about the new (coming soon) MLB Iphone app? It’s supposed to feature Gameday audio, but I’m wondering if that will be included in the price of the app. I don’t want want to order and pay for Gameday Audio now before that app comes out… and then have to turn around and basically pay for it AGAIN when the app comes out, if I want to hear it on my phone.
If Gameday Audio is going to be included in the price of the app, I’m going to just want and order that app when it comes out.
March 1st, 20092:02 pm
The Harlem Globetrotters just did a little exhibition behind home plate between innings. Seriously. Dudes are still cool….
Now, Peter Moylan is warming up…
Infante moved to center, Heyward from LF to RF, Anderson from CF to LF
March 1st, 20092:03 pm
does jojo have options left?
March 1st, 20092:04 pm
These Philly announcers suck
Why the hell is Infante in center and Anderson in left? Makes very little sense.
Giles singled hard up the middle off of Moylan’s glove to lead off the inning.
DOB still Anderson over Schafer
Has McCann taken many pitches? I know that’s kind of a dumb Q, but I’m just curious.
N Nine (eta35)
March 1st, 20092:05 pm
welcome back peter moylan!!!!! We sorely missed you! oy oy oy
March 1st, 20092:06 pm
Razzle I’m in the mountains of northeast AL and this was our view about 4 hours ago – http://i43.tinypic.com/14ecshh.jpg
It’s almost all gone now, it snowed hard off and on for several hours this morning but the wind is blowing really hard and the ground is warm so not much of it stuck around. It was actually central alabama who got the most snow on the ground this time.
Moylan gets ahead 0-2 to Jason Donald, then misses inside.
Fly to deep center, Infante nice running catch. Runner doesn’t advance.
March 1st, 20092:07 pm
Carlos Ruis flies to right, brings up Rollins with two out and Giles still at first
Francouer is now batting 0.100 for the spring. Is there any reason to hope that this is just too small a sample to be significant? Is he starting to press?
Global Warming Nonbeliever
Geez, we here in Georgia could use some of that man-made global warming about now.
March 1st, 20092:08 pm
I’ve missed him so freakin’ much. I wish I could be watching this game
Better for the Braves:
A season-ending injury for Johan Santana
A season-ending injury for Jeff Francoeur?
Giles just stole second base again, on first pitch from Moylan to Rollins.
Rollins then punches a hit through left side of infield, Giles races around and slides in ahead of throw, which is also a bit off target allowing runner to advance to second (E7, but Rollins gets RBI)
March 1st, 20092:09 pm
how does moylan look
Never mind, I found the answer to my question. The iphone/mobile MLB app will be completely separate from a standard Gameday Audio purchase. If you buy Gameday Audio now, you’ll still have to pay full price for the mobile app. So if you get the MLB app mainly for the ability to listen to Gameday Audio, but want to listen on your computer as well… you’ll basically have to pay for the same thing twice.
I assume Infante is in center because that will be a position he will be asked to play at times this year when he subs for Anderson or Schafer.
March 1st, 20092:10 pm
Is anyone besides DOB actually watching this game? Because the Phillies announcers are whacked. They’re talking about hummingbirds and other unrelated crap!
I would like to know how McCann’s throws have been to second base on the two steals.
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March 1st, 20092:12 pm
RHR – looking at Cohutta Mtn out the window… clouds, still no snow… radar is untruthful at this moment
March 1st, 20092:13 pm
If anderson did lead off for us, or any center fielder for that matter, wouldnt that mean one of our more proven hitters would have to hit 8th? as in 1 anderson 2 escobar 3 chipper 4 bmac 5 g anderson 6 francoeur 7 kotchman/johnson 8 kotchman/johnson. I just dont think its worth it
DOB how did Moylan look
March 1st, 20092:14 pm
Heyward just singled to right with one out
It sounds like Heyward has professional at-bats
March 1st, 20092:15 pm
If you are planning to purchase the upcoming MLB Iphone app (which may be available for any mobile phone), it’s probably not worth buying Gameday Audio now. The app, which will be available April 2nd, will allow you to listen to home or away feed for each game with no blackout restrictions. If you buy Gameday Audio now, and then buy that app, you’ll essentially be paying for the same thing twice. Sure, the app also includes scores and updates… but you can easily get that from other sources on your phone.
Anderson showing he wants the CF job
March 1st, 20092:16 pm
Neither AJ nor JF shows signs of recovery so far 4 games into ST: average of .111 and .100, respectively. Hopefully it’s just too early.
Robert I suggest a google image search for wondering how moylan looks
March 1st, 20092:17 pm
I meant how his pitching looked
March 1st, 20092:18 pm
Woogidy, gonna join us again for opening day viewing party this year?
will … So, you’d rather have an unproven hitter batting 8th? Why? I’d much rather have a good 1 – 8 than a good 1 – 7.
Gotta be awfully encouraging for Moylan, just 9-1/2 months after TJ surgery, to pitch like that. He looked good, pretty much like the old Moylan, near as I could tell.
March 1st, 20092:19 pm
Enjoy your stuff as such for music commentary and selection as ball. Question – Why do you still buy so many cd’s? I haven’t bought a cd since I got an iPod.
March 1st, 20092:20 pm
DCBrave – JF has not struck out yet, so I would say there is no comparison, despite the average
“Shop elsewhere for hummingbird nets” – Phillies Announcers.
March 1st, 20092:21 pm
I’ve heard that when pitchers come back early from TJ they are the ones that usually have problems. Any worries about Moylan?
Folks, hold your breath while we get a full understanding how Johan’s elbow tests go 2morrow. Big news in the spring.
KC any sympathy? JK
March 1st, 20092:22 pm
iTunes does not sell songs in lossless format… over 50% of my iTunes’ almost 10k songs are encoded in that… maybe DOB can tell the difference as well, yes?
March 1st, 20092:23 pm
Mayberry reached on E5 (Chipper) to lead off sixth. Chipper fielded it on line, but not cleanly, dropped it before could throw.
Mayberry steals second with Ridgway pitching, and Howard walks.
Runners on first and second for Jenkins with none out
Will, the 8th place hitter still gets to hit. Does KJ or Kotchman deserve to hit 8th? Of course not… but that goes to show the depth of this lineup. No, there are no 30-40 homerun hitters here, but (assuming Francoeur bounces back), you’ve got solid hitters all the way up and down the order.
If Anderson can reach base at a good clip, and can do it vs. lefties as well as righties… then his speed makes him a FAR better fit for the leadoff role than anyone else on this team. And it allows Escobar to hit 2nd, where God intended him to hit. For that matter, I don’t think we have have another prototypical #2 hitter on this team. Escobar’s the guy you want hitting 2nd. Anderson leading off allows him to do that.
that’s why I only listed average, which is a comparison. As to JF, swinging on first pitch hasn’t changed much, which leads to all the groundouts albeit he has shown more patience. As I said, hopefully he’s catch up soon.
I hope Moylan isn’t being antsy and coming back too early. We can’t afford to lose him for the year again.
March 1st, 20092:24 pm
N Nine (eta35), I’m stopping by the Hallmark store later, just in case.
March 1st, 20092:25 pm
KC, you’re right about Esco, he’s close to a perfect number 2.
March 1st, 20092:26 pm
Folks when you come back from Tommy John, you begin throwing a long time before you’re MLB ready. Tim Hudson has already started his throwing program, though it is just playing catch at this point, and he had TJ 6 months ago. Just because he’s throwing doesn’t present any cause for concern. If he’s throwing at 100%, that’d certainly be cause for concern, but he isn’t.
RBP, I agree. Hope he isn’t rushing it. But usually Bobby Cox is pretty good about that sort of thing. He’s cautious with guys returning from injuries. Whenever someone that’s healing up says “I’m ready”, he always says “great, take another day”. So hopefully, Moylan pitching is a sign that he really is ready. I’m sure the if team doctors didn’t think it was a good idea, he wouldn’t be pitching.
March 1st, 20092:27 pm
Article on Lowe at Yahoo! mlb sports.
johnson batting lead off allows him to do that too. Nothing anderson has done has shown that he has any kind of batting eye. You cant steal first.
March 1st, 20092:28 pm
GEEEZ…tell them to go easy on Moylan! Damn if he and Soriano aren’t keys to this team. That’s a very good sign, but I wouldn’t have minded if it were another couple of weeks before he faced other teams.
Giles was a pothead? Huh, well I do remember him acting like a 8 year old high on sugar a couple of times in the dugout. I remember the camera catching Chipper rolling his eyes after Giles trying to joke around with him on one of those hot summer day games. I liked him though
Is a perfect #2 one that doesn’t require any wiping?
I understand you start throwing before you come back, but if he is going too hard it’s not good for us or his elbow.
18 Wheels of Love
March 1st, 20092:29 pm
Isn’t this game at Dark Star? The mlb feed sure does sound like there are a lot of Philly fans there.
Chop Chop, Touche good sir.
Why would he even be in the game if he wasnt going to throw 100%? If he is not ready to go full throtle it seems he would just be throwing in the bullpen. DOB also said that he looked like the old Moylan. That doesnt suggest that he is throwing easy.
Ridgway gives up a sac fly, then a two-run double to RF that puts Phils up 3-2
March 1st, 20092:30 pm
chop chop – That’s sick, disgusting, and quite amusing as well!
chop chop, too funny
Gotta go down and talk to Reyes and hopefully Moylan will be in there, too
March 1st, 20092:31 pm
has anybody seen batting stance guy’s attempt at the Braves?
March 1st, 20092:32 pm
Chop Chop, you’re my new favorite.
Can anybody take DOB’s chair, I mean call play by play
March 1st, 20092:34 pm
Brian’s inability to throw out baserunners is going to be exposed this year. That is the message the Phillies are sending right off the bat. Instead of working on his hitting, which is excellent, he should have spent the winter developing an effective throw to second. Without it, every walk and every single will put a runner in scoring position as they will all run, run, run.
Ridgeway is tanking. It is now 3-2 and the bases are loaded with only 1 out.
Carlos Ruiz just hit a 2 run single, score is now 5-2. Runners at the corners still only one out.
March 1st, 20092:35 pm
Dack Jerrick: Brian McCann spent all off-season working on his defense, specifically his throw down to second. So, he sort of took your advice. Though the timing doesn’t quite line up.
March 1st, 20092:36 pm
KU up 18 on Mizz in the first half.
RBP, I’ve seen them… seems like an utter waste of time to me, him doing that I mean.
March 1st, 20092:37 pm
FYI, McCann did work on his defense over the winter.
Without it, every walk and every single will put a runner in scoring position as they will all run, run, run.
Not true, buddy. Not true.
March 1st, 20092:38 pm
Bruntlet just hit Ruiz in the leg. Runners at the corners, 2 out. Ridgeway is out of the game.
yeah, he’s really quite distant on a couple, but their pretty entertaining.
Did Bobby Cox really need to get another look at Ridgeway? WTF is this guy even doing in camp?
March 1st, 20092:39 pm
KC, will do. Although, I didn’t make last years, I had just bought a new 46″ TV and decided to watch it at home. Where to? Hudson Grille perimeter? or Jocks and Jills Galleria? Oh, and RAZZLE, agree with you on that. I’ve got to get the CD. If you have a speaker system, you can definitely tell the difference. It’s like night and day to me.
I BSG nailed most of the Braves’ batting stances.
Global Warming Nonbeliever – Don’t presume to understand the complex dynamics of regional weather systems operating in the grand scheme of the “global climate.” The mid-latitudes will experience the least amount of initial change whenever the climate shifts. High latitudes are the first areas of Earth that will change in response to climate stimuli. Have you heard about melting Alaskan permafrost, the increased sea ice off the coast of Antarctica, or the thawing tundras of Siberia?
A good rule of thumb in terms of climate change is that weather will become more erratic due to increasing longwave radiation being trapped closer to Earth. This doesn’t mean that temperatures will go up everywhere at the same rate. No one really understands what the longterm consequences of the giant chemistry experiment that human civiilization is conducting on Earth will lead to. The real issue is NOT what will happen in the next 100 years, but what will happen over the next 5000 years as the atmosphere adapts to human-induced change.
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