12:40 pm March 12, 2009, by David O'Brien
Bravely going forward
March 12th, 20091:50 pm
GARLICK: if it’s just spring training and not worthy of terms like “climactic,” then why are you wasting your time on a braves messageboard on an off-broadcast day? hmmm? i think people care more than they would like to make it look… too cool for school. personally, i’m excited as hell and proud to admit it and that’s why i’m on this dumb message board, because it’s the closes I can get to MY BRAVOS!! GO BRAVES!! GO BRAVES!!
March 12th, 20091:51 pm
March 12th, 20091:52 pm
I remember that happening once to smoltz….getting thrown out on a would-be hit to RF. Don’t remember the year, but it was a while ago. May have been philly or montreal. Think it was on the astro-turf.
1999 had Tae Bo with Billy Banks
2009 has P90X with Tony Horton
Who wins in a fight?
“I threw out a chick from LF at first ”
Well, I threw a chick out for not letting me get to first, and she thought it came out of left field. Is that the same thing?
Anyway, agreed, Brandon. JJ will be fine. Sounds like he’s struggled a little with command on his fastball, but it’s 3 weeks to opening day. He’s not one I worry too much about.
March 12th, 20091:53 pm
Coastal- if you were given the contract that Hewitt was given after the ‘04 run (under our old AD who never had the you-know-whats to fire Chan Gailey), you would have no incentive to create a winning team either. His contract auto-renews at the end of each season to be a 6-year, roughly $6 million deal. In other words, the only way to get rid of him is to either fork over a huge sum of money (which we just gave to Paul Johnson) or have him quit. In other words, he’s not going anywhere for awhile.
March 12th, 20091:54 pm
Not sure if you heard but Josh Hamilton chipped his tooth aon a soda can a few days ago…apparently he was holding the can with his teeth while signing autographs and his tooth cracked and fell out…
Jurrjens single to RF with two out
You “bunny hopped” and threw her out at first? I think it’s a CROW-hop, brotha!
March 12th, 20091:55 pm
Payback for JJ.
Run Heap Run
Ew my boss is back from lunch an hour early. Guess that’s it for my meaningless game following.
March 12th, 20091:56 pm
I never said Hewitt should be fired, I still think he is a good coach, at least he recruits well. And you can’t be awful to take a team to the final four.
Lunatic, Lon would be a great hire for Tech.
March 12th, 20091:57 pm
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No cphizzle. I always thought about throwing the slower girls out if I had the opportunity. I hadn’t played ball for 2 years and my arm was stronger than it ever was. It’s just that when i finally got a chance and did it, i wish i never had done it.
It was one of those instances where people look at you like you’re some kind of jerk. I honestly felt bad. She was a good hitter, just not that fast. Should’ve conceded the hit in a tourney like that and with her getting the hit she had.
March 12th, 20091:58 pm
Hewitt was never a great Coach in my book, he just had great asst. coaches. Can’t believe any Fool for AD would give Hewitt that contact. Believe its 7 million pay off? Wish Rads and etc would pay him off and fire his a@@. Don’t blame people for no going to watch that joke of a team. GT women’s team could beat the Men’s team.
Matt Diaz' dentist
Big Daddy, what do you have against gold teeth?
it is a crow hop dude. we had a guy in high school that had a weird “crow” hop, so starting calling it a bunny hop. Stuck ever since.
March 12th, 20091:59 pm
Thrillhouse, not sure about your question, but between the two programs P90X is the better program for most objectives. But… better than either…. get a personal trainer! lol
18 Wheels of Love
March 12th, 20092:00 pm
Best thing to happen to Prado…because it’ll never happen again.
That’s too funny…
March 12th, 20092:01 pm
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Brandon Jones lines out to shortstop Cristian Guzman.
B:0 S:3 O:2 – David Ross strikes out swinging.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Jair Jurrjens singles on a fly ball to right fielder Austin Kearns.
B:0 S:0 O:3 – Josh Anderson grounds out, shortstop Cristian Guzman to first baseman Nick Johnson.
Tied Jayhawks and the Bears 51-51 Baylor has gone ice and I mean freezing cold.
Coastal–That was big time Luck. Right time at right place.
That was a ballroom-dancing league, I think.
March 12th, 20092:03 pm
Schafer just slashed an opposite-field double down LF line, bounced over short fence for GR double.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Josh Willingham flies out to center fielder Josh Anderson.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Anderson Hernandez grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Casey Kotchman.
B:0 S:0 O:3 – Luke Montz flies out to left fielder Brandon Jones.
March 12th, 20092:04 pm
PTNBL, I think Billy Banks wins in a street fight.
18 Wheels: Very true, your 2 p.m. comment. Very true.
bunny hop in softball, crow hop in baseball
DukeBoy, I am still waiting for UGA to talk to Knight, I just haven’t followed college basketball in the last couple of years to know, but like I said earlier, Hewitt will still be around because of the buy-out cost so high and its probably a moot point to even speculate.
March 12th, 20092:05 pm
Schafer just stole third. That offseason speed work appears to be paying off for him.
Robert from SC
March 12th, 20092:06 pm
Schafer is so much more exciting as a player than Anderson. He makes things happen
Schafer scores on Escobar’s groundout, Braves trailing 2-1 now.
Hey Dave, How about a Whiskeytown song to celebrate Ryan Adam’s wedding Tuesday in Savannah. I saw him and the Cardinals Monday night at the Florida Theatre in Jax. Great show.
Steve from OH
If Schafer keeps stealing bases like this it really marginalizes Anderson…because that’s all he’s really got over Schafer at this point.
March 12th, 20092:08 pm
ya, for now on, bunny-hop in softball, crow-hop for baseball. lol.
Schafer putting pressure on Anderson? Wow, kid is performing.
DOB: Who does it look like is shaping up to become trade bait?? is schafer as fast as anderson? Which, in your gut, do you feel like out the plethora of relievers will we be saying “adios” to here soon?
I wouldn’t know Thrillhouse44. I have never seen either of them actually fight anyone. But I would think that Banks is a good bit younger than Horton. Of course, that may not be so since the recordings I have of Banks are several years old.
March 12th, 20092:09 pm
Ease19, Knight to UGA is a perfect fit. UGA needs a shot of life in its basketball. Too many good recruits going to Tech or going out of state to play ball.
March 12th, 20092:10 pm
Hey DOB, do you happen to know the next game the Braves will have on TV this spring?
Banks does these Boot Camp videos now (or at least more recent than the Tae Bo series) and they are real butt kickers…
March 12th, 20092:11 pm
Has anyone done a comparison to see how Anderson and Schafer have done against good MLB pitchers this Spring?
March 12th, 20092:12 pm
Baylor leads Kansas by two with 6 minutes to play.
March 12th, 20092:13 pm
Schafer makes things happen. I think you can say the same about Josh but maybe with a little less conviction. I’d like to see Schafer win the job but will be content to give Josh a shot if he earns it and only if he earns it. I’m not a big proponent on playing someone over another to a) not start their arb clock and b) b/c someone is out of options. If the guy is ready and can contribute then you play him. Same goes for Hanson. If he is the guy and is ready, yo don’t hold him back until June so you don’t start his clock. I understand the GM side of it but I want players that have been labeled as the future to be given their shot the second they can contribute.
gerald, it looks like the friday after next, according to the braves schedule on their website
Infante two-out single and Prado walk, now a pitching change. RH Jason Bergmann in.
March 12th, 20092:14 pm
Bravely, as you can tell, I’m only mildly watching this, and only because at my job I have to be on the computer all the time, and the ownership doesn’t care if I watch as long as I get my work done.
My interest is only in how specific players look, not the W/L record, which means nothing in Spring Training.
So yes, you can’t use anti-climactic when talking about spring, because wins and losses mean zero compared to how some guys are working on things, and how they’re preparing for the season.
When we get to the season and wins actually mean something, then start using those types of terms.
March 12th, 20092:15 pm
I ♥ Schafer.
Remember people. Schafer’s got options. If the goal was to field the most competitive team we wouldn’t of signed GA or Tommy Glavine so let’s not even think about bringing up Schafer. To tell you the truth we’re in final discussions w/ Jim Edmonds right now, but we’re trying to schedule his DL time around GA and Chipper’s.
March 12th, 20092:16 pm
B. Jones single through right side, drives in tying run…
And KU in trouble against the suddenly hot-again Baylor Bears.
DukeBoy, I know! What a jolt that would be! Felton did a decent enough job cleaning up Harricks mess but has not been able to do much himself in terms of recruiting and Knight would not only fire up the basketball program, but possibly other programs as well? Hard to believe that talent was going to Texas Tech just to play for the Mad Scientist, when the Mad Coach was just down the street…
March 12th, 20092:18 pm
I told u Dave, Kansas is a tad bit overrated. Great season after losing entire starting line up, i will acknowledge that.
March 12th, 20092:19 pm
Ross strikes out with two on to end the inning.
I agree with your last post.
Hard to distinguish between Bobby’s Cox and Bobby’s Belly…Bobby’s Belly, hush with that kind of talk. With DOB’s reputation, it will end up on MLBTR by the end of the day
March 12th, 20092:20 pm
Brandon Jones is really having a nice spring
Mike Gonzalez in to pitch the fifth.
How is Diaz on faceoffs?
March 12th, 20092:21 pm
Ease19, Knight = Instant Credbility, I live just south of Macon and im a fan of the Dawgs in every sport, except basketball. I just lost interest in UGA basketball. I would love to see the General parading the sideline at Stegman with his red sweater.
Yeah, ease19, and it is a good thing that he did a less demanding series before he went to the more demanding ones. It probably would have been good if Horton had done the same. P90X is really too difficult for most people in today’s society to try to do. It would be very discouraging. But it is very difficult (in some ways, impossible) to really meet people’s needs generically (mass tapes). Each person is like a snowflake and has a different mixture of muscle cell types in all the varying muscle groups of the body. These differing muscle cell types affect the amount of resistance each person can do and the amount of reps they can do of any given amount of resistance. That is why I said that the best program is to get a personal trainer.
March 12th, 20092:22 pm
B:0 S:0 O:3 – Luke Montz flies out to left fielder Brandon Jones.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Jordan Schafer hits a ground-rule double (1) on a fly ball to left field.
B:1 S:0 O:0 – With Yunel Escobar batting, Jordan Schafer steals (1) 3rd base.
B:1 S:0 O:1 – Yunel Escobar grounds out, shortstop Cristian Guzman to first baseman Nick Johnson. Jordan Schafer scores.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Casey Kotchman grounds out, first baseman Nick Johnson to pitcher Daniel Cabrera.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Omar Infante singles on a fly ball to right fielder Austin Kearns.
B:4 S:0 O:2 – Martin Prado walks. Omar Infante to 2nd.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Pitcher Change: Jason Bergmann replaces Daniel Cabrera, batting 9th.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Brandon Jones singles on a fly ball to right fielder Austin Kearns. Omar Infante scores. Martin Prado to 3rd.
B:0 S:3 O:3 – David Ross strikes out swinging.
March 12th, 20092:23 pm
Struck out Ian Desmond to start the inning, now Guzman’s up, gets ahead 0-2 after Guzman pulls second pitch foul….
March 12th, 20092:24 pm
Guzman flied out to right
Gets ahead 0-2 on Milledge…
Any idea how hard he’s throwing DOB?
March 12th, 20092:25 pm
gettin’ crunk in south mac-town, boy!
Guzman took next two pitches, then fouled one back. Popped out to 2B to end inning.
March 12th, 20092:26 pm
Should Tech (please please please) fire Hewitt, they need to get Mark Few from Gonzaga.
I get the feeling Mike Brey might be looking for work soon too. But no thanks.
Coastal, Bobby Cremins is no tactical genius and he took a team to the Final Four.
DOB, does Kearns still have a pretty good arm or was that Prado just going in second gear to first? And does Kearns still look like he’s having trouble pushing himself away from the buffet table? (Man, think about the OF the Reds had for a little while — Kearns, Dunn and Wily Mo. All they were missing was some smokin hottie or Jimmy Hart for a manager and they could have been WWE champs)
UH OH, KANSAS is in TROUBLE
Diaz clubbing .364 this spring? Wow, must have a nice slapshot, eh?
I knew that Jones would have a nice spring which is why I didn’t think we needed to sign Anderson but hey more depth you can’t beat that.
March 12th, 20092:27 pm
winterville, he threw a bunch of curveballs. I saw 91 on a fastball, don’t know if he topped that
March 12th, 20092:28 pm
looks like we got ourselves some depth boys you cant ever have enough backups
From everything I’ve seen/heard/read, the key to getting ripped with P90X is the diet. I’m a firm believer that you can’t outwork the kitchen table.
PTBNL, I already have a personal trainer…he is on my Wii Fit…lol! But seriously, you are right. With the Taebo series I end up flailing my arms and legs with no discernible rhythm, the abs ones are pretty good since he really focus’s on your core, but I have really found a great fit (no pun intended) with some of the older Gilad stuff.
March 12th, 20092:30 pm
Tomorrow we’re going to have Schafer catch. It seems like he’s not getting the drift I’m screwing with him moving him all over the OF.
Sorry about the Jayhawks, DOB
March 12th, 20092:31 pm
Well, that’s sure a nice way to secure a good seed and roll into the NCAA tourney, huh? Horrible.
March 12th, 20092:32 pm
Kansas will be fully healed and rested before next Thursday or Friday DOB not a massive loss and let Bill Self teach these kids some more before the tournament that really counts.
March 12th, 20092:33 pm
That kind of thing happens alot in NCAA basketball. Some times the teams are more focused on the real tourney than the conference one. It could be a blessing in the long run.
March 12th, 20092:34 pm
Buddy Carlyle in to pitch for Braves to begin sixth
PTBNL, depending on the type of exercise you do (compared to your fiber type) you can change the composition of your muscles from slow-to fast-twitch and vice-versa.
March 12th, 20092:35 pm
GORKYS HERNANDEZ is in to play CF. They hadn’t even announced that he was brought over today.
March 12th, 20092:36 pm
Great we go from Rockchalk Jayhawk to Erin Andrews who is absolutely beautiful in my book.
By the way, I asked Bobby Cox about first round of cuts, whether they’d be later than usual because Braves are short-handed with WBC commitments. He said they hadn’t even discussed the first cuts yet.
So yes, I think it’ll be later than usual.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Mike Gonzalez replaces Jair Jurrjens, batting 4th, replacing first baseman Casey Kotchman.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Frederick Freeman replaces pitcher Jair Jurrjens, batting 9th, playing first base.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Ian Desmond replaces Jason Bergmann.
B:0 S:3 O:1 – Ian Desmond strikes out swinging.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Cristian Guzman flies out to right fielder Jordan Schafer.
B:0 S:0 O:3 – Lastings Milledge pops out to shortstop Yunel Escobar.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Josh Towers replaces Jason Bergmann, batting 9th.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Frederick Freeman singles on a ground ball to center fielder Lastings Milledge.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Josh Anderson grounds into double play, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to second baseman Anderson Hernandez to first baseman Nick Johnson. Frederick Freeman out at 2nd.
B:0 S:3 O:3 – Jordan Schafer called out on strikes.
March 12th, 20092:37 pm
While I’m happy to have Garret Anderson a Brave (and maybe this one year will allow for further development for Brandon Jones), I hate not seeing Brandon Jones play every day.
Line drive after line drive, quality at-bat after quality at-bat.
Since Jones is an athlete, I seriously suggest the Braves train him all year at…Third Base.
With Francoeur, Schafer and Heyward the future outfield for the Braves, I really think Brandon Jones can add value to the Braves as a 3B/4th outfielder.
Just don’t let him go.
That’s awesome info. I wondered why more athletes didn’t give P90X a try; the plyometrics aspect alone is killer and improves athletic performance on the few athletes I’ve heard used it.
March 12th, 20092:38 pm
DOB: was gonzo only supposed to pitch that one half-inning? he’s okay, right?
March 12th, 20092:40 pm
Another impressive inning for Carlyle, who gave up a hit that barely got past Escobar and got a strikeout to end the inning.
Jeff321 (11:42 am): “MLB network launched in 50 million homes which is the most for any new channel.. ever. So, to say something about “nobody having it” is simply false.”
Jeff321 (12:05 pm): “>’I dont have MLB network at my house so its not in every household.’
“Its in about 45-50% of the households. But, then again, anyone who “really wanted it” would just switch to Directv. (Assuming they have line of sight for a dish and are allowed to have one.)”
http://www.bizofbaseball.com: A statement released from MLB Network said, “MLB Network successfully launched on January 1 in approximately 50 million homes. MLB Network is carried by most major cable and telco providers as well as DirecTV on digital basic or expanded basic. As has been widely reported, MLB Network is not carried [on] a specialized sports tier, but does require customers to subscribe to digital basic cable or the equivalent.”
But some of the approximately 50 million subscribers expecting to see the new channel were met with blank screens, a product of service level requirements, possible hardware issues, and in at least one instance, a local cable company not having digital service up and running by launch time.
The largest factor, for those that may be expecting to have access to MLB Network, revolves around what is deemed to be the “basic” package. A key point for distribution of MLB Network stemmed from negotiations in April of 2007 for MLB’s out of market package, Extra Innings. While Extra Innings was initially going to be granted to DirecTV as a monopoly, eventually the cable consortium of iNDemand was able to broker a deal to continue to gain access to Extra Innings, but it was stipulated by MLB that MLB Network would also have to be carried, and on the basic tier, the most widely available. According to MLB Network, the distribution deal brokered with all carriers is that all must broadcast on the digital basic, or the carrier’s equivalent, a key difference from early reports. Those that have analog service, no matter the carrier, will need to upgrade.
The exception for the lowest level of digital service required for MLBN, at this stage, appears to be DirecTV. MLB Network is on the Choice package and above. Choice is the level just above what DirecTV deems as “Family”, or the lowest level. ESPN, and other sports offerings, are not on the Family level of service.
Thanks DOB I think I had asked about that earlier. And I am sorry about you hawks as well, but silver lining, being a middle seed is not all that bad right? If Kansas is really that good, then they should roll over some of the other less good middle seeds, and not have to worry about a cinderalla type story form some 12/13 seed…
March 12th, 20092:41 pm
Thanks Bravely! I’ll have to check out the schedule…Sweet about Gorkys!
March 12th, 20092:42 pm
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Diory Hernandez replaces center fielder Josh Anderson, batting 1st, playing center field.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Buddy Carlyle replaces Mike Gonzalez, batting 2nd, replacing right fielder Jordan Schafer.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Jason Heyward replaces pitcher Mike Gonzalez, batting 4th, playing right field.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Ryan Zimmerman pops out to shortstop Yunel Escobar.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Nick Johnson grounds out to first baseman Frederick Freeman.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Austin Kearns singles on a ground ball to center fielder Diory Hernandez.
B:0 S:3 O:3 – Josh Willingham strikes out swinging.
March 12th, 20092:43 pm
I have not seen much of Gilad, I will have to look that one up. I don’t really stay on top of these things. I usually tell people who try to bait me into getting into an argument over some DVD that just came out that if the movements are safe and if they get you moving when otherwise you would not be, then certainly do that DVD. These things are so fadish it would take a lot of time to test them all out to see what would be good for whom. If a client needed something from a DVD, and if I did not already know of such a DVD I certainly would do the research to find one that fit their need the best. But if I am working with them, I can usually go through a set of tapes with them and make adjustments to what is prescribed on the tape so as to best meet the need of the client without having to find new ones.
Of course, as you say, I should just point them all to WII fit and all their problems would be solved!
I will say that I have liked some of Gunter Peterson’s offerings. They are pretty easy to adjust to make easier or more challenging.
March 12th, 20092:44 pm
Slugger – I think you will find some argument about Francoeur being part of the “future” outfield. I think that Heyward has already claimed that spot.
March 12th, 20092:45 pm
Bravely going forward: He’s a closer. Why would he pitch more than one inning if he likely won’t pitch more than one inning in the season? He’s okay. Just getting his one inning of work in like usual.
March 12th, 20092:46 pm
ease19 he gets no argument from francouer is THE future of the outfield…proof to come as we journey throughout the season.
March 12th, 20092:48 pm
Francouer has already proven he can hit major league pitching and hit it well. Let’s see if Heyward can play above A ball before we label him as the Future.
March 12th, 20092:49 pm
Ummmm I was not kidding about my Wii…
Gilad is good stuff, he has been around a long time and I really enjoy his work outs. But like you said, it is all about personal preference, what you are trying to accomplish and frankly, bottom line, what works for you.
Brandon Jones just gave the Braves a 3-2 lead by bouncing an RBI single up the middle with two on and two out in the sixth inning.
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