11:58 am March 15, 2009, by David O'Brien
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
March 15th, 20098:34 pm
ccrider, neither the Braves nor the Padres have any plans of trading Kotchman or Gonzalez. The Padres also have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. Both are young affordable gold glove caliber first baseman. They aren’t moving anywhere.
DOC, 20 may be enough to get to 95 RBI, but will depend on if he bats 5 or 6 in lineup. Braves would love 95 RBI for sure, but Im not convinced he can do it. Going to be very interesting year for him, as he is under contract for this year only.
March 15th, 20098:36 pm
Here’s the transcript from Chipper’s press conference in Miami tonight:
Q. What happened?
CHIPPER JONES: I just had a reaggravation of the oblique today. It was a hard decision. I really wanted to play tonight, see if it would loosen up. But you know, it’s to the point where it’s bothering me just sitting around because I know it’s a lot worse than it was first time around in Canada, and I just think I, as well as the brass in Atlanta, think it’s probably better that we get back to Orlando and take care of it in house as quickly as possible.
Q. Realizing this is not the Braves’ physician or your physician, but what is his diagnosis? What did he say in terms of seriousness?
CHIPPER JONES: It’s just a strain of the oblique. It’s something you’re going to have to get off of for four or five days and reevaluate and go from there. This is something you don’t want lingering. If you can take care of it now, I certainly don’t see there being any problems in going forward come April 1st, April 5th, whatever opening day is. But it’s something that’s really bugging me and progressively getting worse.
So it’s important to get it taken care of.
Q. What’s the difference between Canada and now?
CHIPPER JONES: I felt it coming on in Canada, and this was pain. This was cutting off my swing type pain. It was impossible to extend out during BP and really juice the ball in the outer half, I had to cut myself off. Anything middle part of the plate in, I could hit fairly well, but I couldn’t extend on the ball out over the plate, and that’s a problem.
Q. Opening day are you confident you’re going to be all right?
CHIPPER JONES: I hope so, as long as we take care of it now and we don’t come back too soon and have it just linger. This is one of those things that can linger, especially for a switch hitter. I’m no good if I’m not at 100 percent.
Q. Was it hurting you last night, too?
CHIPPER JONES: You know what, last night it didn’t bother me much at all. You know, I had a little bit of a lingering effect from Canada, but it wasn’t anything that really I said I need to sit down. But today it was a couple of the guys saw me grab it after a swing, maybe second to last round in the cage, and they pulled me aside and said, “Don’t mess with this.” It’s worse than it was in Canada.
Q. What do you say to people who are critical of this event because of the risk of injury, guys playing harder than they normally would at this time of year?
CHIPPER JONES: I don’t know that it wouldn’t have happened in Orlando. We’re at the point in spring training where we’re starting to extend numbers of at bats and numbers of innings that we play in spring training, so I’m not going to say that it wouldn’t have happened. When I take an at bat in spring training, I’m no less aggressive than I would have been here because I want to try to get something out of each and every at bat.
I think myself and Dustin Pedroia will tell you that this can happen at any point. I mean, Dustin did his doing extra work, which is stuff we do all day every day in spring training anyway. I’m not a big proponent of blasting the WBC because somebody gets hurt.
Q. Obviously your comments in Toronto, you wanted to stay in and fight through this, so how tough is this?
CHIPPER JONES: It’s very tough to look the guys in the eyes and have to walk out of that clubhouse. We’ve made a lot of good friends here, and we’re having a good time. We feel like we can advance, and knowing that I’m not going to be able to be a part of that is disappointing, but I’ve got to look at the bigger picture.
Q. You’re going back tonight?
CHIPPER JONES: I am.
Q. How much since the original thing have you been able to work on the right handed swing, or has it pretty much been all left handed swings since then?
CHIPPER JONES: Mostly left handed, but there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t do some work right handed. I mean, that’s why I’m surprised today. I mean, I did a lot of work in the cage before batting practice on both sides of the plate, and I felt fine in the batting cage. It was just one little odd swing that I took, and I’m right back to square one.
Q. Did you get a chance to say goodbye to your teammates?
CHIPPER JONES: I did, yeah.
Q. What did they say?
CHIPPER JONES: You know, they were disappointed as much as I was, as we were yesterday when Dustin left. There’s nobody that wants to be out there more than he and I. But unfortunately our bodies haven’t allowed us to do it this time around.
March 15th, 20098:37 pm
Wayne in Utah, both Francoeur and McCann made the jump from AA Mississippi. there you go.
March 15th, 20098:38 pm
Wright just got Escobarred in the headand doesn’t look great. GET HIM OUT!!!
March 15th, 20098:40 pm
For all of you who want to start the season with J. Anderson in CF & send Schafer down, that means G. Anderson in LF, & “Punch ‘n Judy” in RF. Just how many HR’s do you see there, not to mention Schafer has become the straw that stirs the drink for Atlanta’s lineup.
March 15th, 20098:41 pm
DOB, how long would you say it typically takes Chipper to get in the groove? If he takes 10 days off or so, do you think he’ll be ready for the start of the season? I know that’s impossible to tell for sure, but I figured you’d know about how many AB’s Hoss needs to “find his swing”.
A billy goat could do better commentary than Rick Sutcliffe…
March 15th, 20098:43 pm
Just for reference. Chipper’s oblique injury has cropped up in each of the previous four seasons (05-06-07-08). This will be problematic all season long.
March 15th, 20098:44 pm
anders- in case you missed it the USA is a little short on 3rd basemen right now…
March 15th, 20098:46 pm
Shaken, not stirred. Straws are sissy sticks.
I kinda trust the Braves brain trust a tad more than most of the posters on here….except for myself of course
Except for yourself, and …? And…?
On another note, for those ready to ship some OF out because a couple of rooks are having a good week: I’m pretty sure FA signees, such as Garret Anderson, can’t be traded just yet. It’s either FAs or arb cases (or both, maybe) that can’t be moved until later in the regular season. I’m sure somebody can and will look up the rule, LOL.
Epinephrine (5:36 pm): “if you don’t see the difference between the numbers you just reeled off about Lowe, and those of Vazquez, I don’t know what to tell you. One has been below 4 since 2005, every year he has been a starter in the NL. The other has seen his ERA climb and descend significant peaks and valleys. . . . And no, I don’t care to compare their WHIPs. Considering Lowe is a ground ball pitcher, that would be a somewhat silly comparison.”
Whoa, Nelly — please don’t misconstrue. I’m not arguing that Vazquez is better, only that we have as much info about him as we do about Lowe – that is, enough to fairly confidently anticipate what to expect out of each. As confidently as these things allow.
You ask, Why look at WHIP? Well, not to compare Vazquez to Lowe as far as respective ability, but to show that Vazquez has been more consistent over the same time period than his ERA would indicate (about as consistent as Lowe) — and it’s actually a better indicator of pitcher performance than ERA (though also imperfect).
Also, I’m not sure where you get the “3.85″ number from, other than setting an arbitrary line to further your argument. I don’t know anyone else that refers to a 3.85 ceiling and floor.
Well, 400 is no less arbitrary than 385 — don’t be taken in by your familiarity with our base 10 system. In base 7, 400 is 1111; 385 is 1060. Which of these is more arbitrary? (Hint: also neither.)
“As for the “once again”, last season I thought you were foolish in arguing 1) we should bench KJ for Prado, and 2) that trading Brayan Pena would be devastating for Yunel Escobar’s career.”
Nope — I was never down on Kelly. I never said we should bench him for anyone — you’re thinking of someone else.
As for the potential effect of Pena’s abrupt and unjustifiable (I mean – Corky???) release on Escobar — while you’re overstating my case somewhat (”career”??? sheesh), I know what you’re talking about.
Thing is, I was right about that.
March 15th, 20098:48 pm
Hope Chipper doesn’t call Hammy for injury advice…
I look for Hammy to undergo a triple-bypass in May or June, whether he needs it or not.
Not sure who else on here is actually watching the game but that last swing by Chipper sure looked funky. Very tight in the upper body area. He is not extending his upper body or arms at all. (Anders 9:10 last night)
This was cutting off my swing type pain. It was impossible to extend out during BP and really juice the ball in the outer half, I had to cut myself off. Anything middle part of the plate in, I could hit fairly well, but I couldn’t extend on the ball out over the plate, and that’s a problem. (Chipper in Miami tonight)
Sorry folks – He was hurting last night and should have shut it down. I’d bet my life if he was at a normal st game no way he would have stayed in there if he played at all. And then inbp today he probable hurt it more. End the madness that is the WBC.
March 15th, 20098:49 pm
Rick Sutcliff is not a billy goat?
Cabravesfan -I don’t care. Forfeit.
March 15th, 20098:51 pm
coach, any more correct about chipper in your 8:43 post, you would think a veteran would understand some type of off-season training program, when a team such as ours cannot afford our star player to continue to play only 120 games a year.
March 15th, 20098:52 pm
Run Heap Run: “Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I want Hoss on ice until April 5th. Pass the word along, DOB.”
Wont matter where he is. Count on him missing 5-6 games in April, if not the DL.
March 15th, 20098:53 pm
Anders- I suspect you will have to look elsewhere for sympathy
Coach ( Skip and Pete will be missed), The Braves need a power bat, the Padres need young starting pitching and postion players. Things have changed since those statements were made by the Padres, Peavy is openly begging for a trade to the Red Sox or other contenders, they have a young top prospect in Kyle Blanks almost ready and they are going to have to completely rebuild. The money works for both sides and the only thing in the way, logically, is the problems with the Peavy trade lingering!
March 15th, 20098:54 pm
Cabravesfan-More than fair point on your part.
Rob from SC
March 15th, 20098:55 pm
DOB is Boyer a lock to make this team
March 15th, 20098:56 pm
Who are you trying to convince Anders? Everyone knows where you stand on the WBC but that won’t change a thing. It is what it is. No one on this blog can do anything about the WBC and you saying “I told you so” about Chipper isn’t helping anything.
Run Heap Run
March 15th, 20098:57 pm
Wow what a surprise, Anders comes out with a vengeance when he gets word of Chippers injury.
Gamecock Braves – it’s Braves fans of DOB’s blog. I just logged out of FB or I would give you a link.
March 15th, 20098:59 pm
I concur! All Chipper has to say to Bobby is “I’d better sit today Skip.” And Bobby would say,”Don’t let me catch you swinging at anything for a week. In the WBC if you can’t go, you feel like you are letting the team down. THe U.S.A.!
Oh hey Coach, how did you like The Wrestler? I saw you said you were going but didn’t see if you liked it or not.
March 15th, 20099:01 pm
Yeah, let’s turn this on Anders. Grow up fellas.
March 15th, 20099:03 pm
Winterville. Oh yeah, I told you so about Rollins over Jeter too. He just raked a triple.
Hey, that does feel good.
March 15th, 20099:04 pm
Thanks for that transcript, DOB.
March 15th, 20099:05 pm
How bout you grow up and don’t come running here to say “See I was right” when something like this happens. It only serves as self promotion and many don’t care what you have to say on issues dealing with the Braves whether you are right or wrong. You really have to learn to deal with that if you want to come here and converse.
March 15th, 20099:06 pm
Oh wait Gamecock Brave, I’m not logged out, just thought I was.
Here you go – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=53472692450
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed): “Wayne in Utah, both Francoeur and McCann made the jump from AA Mississippi. there you go.”
Well McCann certainly didnt miss AAA, but Im not so ready to say same about Francoeur at this point. Are you?
March 15th, 20099:07 pm
So- Best SS on the Roster is 2-3 with a HR, triple, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI…The Captian is 0-1 with a walk and zero RBI- but i’m sure the captian is struggling because he put all his energy into helping Rollins become a better hitter
March 15th, 20099:08 pm
I suspect the WBC is important for the long-term success of the MLB Network and to the international advertisers of that Network. Hate to say it, but the players can be replaced.
Anybody else watching “Family Guy”? The non sequitur with Conway Twitty has me in tears. That, and Conway ruled.
March 15th, 20099:09 pm
Winterville – Thanks for the blogging lesson. Now I know why no one ever answers me or even mentions me on this blog. And all this time I thought only I could read my posts.
March 15th, 20099:12 pm
I’m as big a Chipper fan as the next guy, but it’s time to move Hicks over to 3rd base in Miss/Gwinnet and to start developing the next 3b for the Braves either via the minors or trading some of this surplus pitching to get an heir apparent. I personally am not interested in seeing us get into a Mike Hampton type situation at 3b.
This lineup has little power and when one of youir main power cogs can’t play but 3/4 of the season and maybe less as time goes on, it’s time to start planning for that day right now when you might have to replace Chipper.
At the same time, maybe it’s time for Chipper to reevaluate his routine to do something to get himself in much better shape with greater flexibility to help cut down on some of these repetitive injuries.
Not saying through him out, just saying it’s time now to make sure you have a plan B in place.
I also would have to give serious consideration as to whether or not he can stay healthy when it comes to a contract extension right now. I’d have to see him stay healthy for at least 2/3rds of a season before offering him a long term deal. If he hurts this much at this age, as his body ages he’s only going to have a much greater chance of injury.
March 15th, 20099:13 pm
Andruw jumped from AA too, didn’t he?
Coach – Great point. I hadn’t heard that before but it sure makes alot of sense. The Network could also show International games during our off season. Excellent perspective.
I’ll read that Newsweek attachment when time permits – Thanks.
Winterville – Look at me. I’m conversing, I’m actaully conversing!!
March 15th, 20099:16 pm
winterville mentioned you anders…
March 15th, 20099:17 pm
No, thank you for the lesson on sarcasm. I really appreciate it. I honestly am not one of the people who minds your presence here most of the time. It is only during times like this where you try and have a look at me moment so everyone can see how smart you are. You need to have more confidence in yourself and realize that you don’t have say the same things over and over and then when it proves true, rub it in everyone’s face. I can’t recall anyone arguing with you in the first place on the WBC issue or Jeter/Rollins for that matter. No one is going to pat you on the back for your comments whether they are true or not. I think you really just want to be liked and you try too hard.
March 15th, 20099:18 pm
Poor Chipper. He was bothered by that oblique injury last year, is there some kind of surgery that would fix the problem one and for all?
This is why I like Wren. He didn’t bow down to Smoltz, and he’s apparantly not bowed down to Chipper either. He knows loyalty don’t mean sh!! if the guy’s warming the bench for 2 or 3 months. If this oblique thing with Jones lingers for awhile, I just don’t see how comfortable Wren will be offering Chipper a gauranteed 3 year contract or whatever the offer will be. Another year of nagging injuries from our 3rd baseman and I have a feeling he won’t be a Brave a year from now.
That Skip and Chip voicemail was too much. Thanks for sharing.
March 15th, 20099:20 pm
12-3 baby! the future is looking good!
March 15th, 20099:22 pm
Run Heap Run, thanks man.
March 15th, 20099:25 pm
TnBrian — I also think Wren will be very cautious now with Chipper’s contract. However, I disagree that another year of nagging injuries (120 games this year) will be his last with the Braves. I see a series of one year plus option(s) based on ABs in his future. Chipper has said many times he wants to finish his career in Atlanta and I believe he will.
No one is going to pat you on the back for your comments whether they are true or not (Winterville)
Why not? Take a moment to answer that honestly – even only to yourself.
March 15th, 20099:26 pm
Because we are on the internet and no one know who you are and you are a Mets fan.
18 Wheels of Love
Anyone else think Randall Simon looks like Tracey Morgan?
March 15th, 20099:27 pm
TnBrian at 9:18, I believe you are right on.
believe Bobby said the competition is “wide open.” Please tell me how you tell Schafer he’s going to Gwinnett? Granted, if Schafer goes 0 for his next 20 there will be a competition re: avg. Bobbys BellyAcher
Hey why don’t we trade G Anderson so they both can play? Oh yeah, that’s right…
March 15th, 20099:28 pm
I am sorta happy for Francoeur and wish he had done the Braves some good before he did that big standoff.
As I stated last year the Braves do not look the same and the days of old are gone.
March 15th, 20099:29 pm
I just want to applaud Anders and winterville for showing us all how to work through things together.
Anders needed a blogging lesson; winterville enthusiastically lent a helping hand. Winterville needed to brush-up on sarcasm. Who was there to save the day? Anders, that’s who.
I’m sobbing uncontrollably, I need to go…
Guys I can see being traded: Buddy Carlyle, James Parr, Martin Prado, Blaine Boyer and Jorge Campillo.
No way it’s a big trade for Swisher or Ludwick.
March 15th, 20099:30 pm
Should be interesting to see how the negotiations go now. If the Braves back off a little I could see Chipper getting his nose out of joint and pulling the plug completely.
March 15th, 20099:32 pm
I can’t see Prado being traded with Chipper’s health. Anybody else you mentioned, I wouldn’t be surprised either.
March 15th, 20099:35 pm
Anders- not sure how or why Chipper’s injury would have any bearing on contract negotiations- it’s not like this is the first time he has gotten hurt…
March 15th, 20099:37 pm
Winterville- So we can boil your 9:26 answer down to that I’m a Mets fan – You know being that we’re all on the internet and we really don’t know any of the others are.
You see- that wasn’t hard. We got right to the root of the issue. That’ll be $250 please.
BTW – Rollins just knocked in another run. I heard on the world wide web by some non Braves fan that I don’t know that he should have played instead of Jeter last night. Just sharin.
March 15th, 20099:38 pm
Don’t insult the billy goat by comparing him to Rick Sutcliffe.
March 15th, 20099:39 pm
Derek Jeter the face of baseball? They are aware that the sport is played in places other then New York, right?
I agree, cabravesfan. Seems as if Anders and others are already assuming this injury is going to be a nagging one that keeps popping up throughout the season. I’d like to see how it plays out before we panic. Of course, if Anders followed that logic, he wouldn’t be able to resurect that post in August, which he loves to do.
Thinking about calling up a floozie and inviting her to flooze.
That felt like a tweet…
See Y’all layer. BTW, just joking winterville and Anders; hell, I reckon I like everybody here…
Cabravesfan -True but it’s never easier when the guy shows up for negotiations on crutches -figuratively speaking of course.
March 15th, 20099:40 pm
Anders- I think most Braves fans would agree that Jimmy Rollins should have played last night…I know I do
Excellent point ease19!
March 15th, 20099:41 pm
Derek Jeter isn’t even the face of the Yankees anymore -where it counts anyway, on the field.
Im sorry to tell you that your wish wont come true.
I dont think he will because he will have a slow start, he needs time to get his wheels as if it was 2007. He might hit better than last year, but just to suggest that he might hit 30 is out of this world, IMO, just MO.
I think he can, he just has to stop believing that he is the cleanup hitter and that has to go for the fence every time out.
i cant take it anymore
March 15th, 20099:43 pm
anders, will you tell us the winning numbers for mega millions this tuesday? oh yeah, you think you could write this paper I’m working on? You seem to know everything and it would be nice if you could help. just post your email, and I’ll send you the topic. I understand if you are busy, because I know your level of credentials and responsibility are really, REALLY high. but seriously, the help on the lotto numbers isn’t too much to ask, is it?
Andruw didn’t jump from AA–I still lived in Richmond at the time, and he was a BIG deal the 17 or something games he played at AAA before he went to Atlanta. Pretty sure I saw one of those games, but I don’t remember it much now.
March 15th, 20099:45 pm
achin belly-if the public is to believe that the competition in center field is wide open then Schafer has made a statement this week. However it is only one week and Anderson needs to answer the call or head on out the door. Plenty of teams start arb clocks if guys are ready so very bad argument when one guy is out performing the other by such a large margin!
March 15th, 20099:47 pm
it’s never easier when the guy shows up for negotiations on crutches -figuratively speaking of course.
I would agree if it was anyone other then Chipper- especially after the PR hit they took with the Smoltz dealings- they will do everything they can to keep Chipper a Brave, injury issues aside
Chipper has continually talked about how we are not a large market team and that we cannot go after the big boys and hamstring our team with an unrealistic contract. Chipper has also been more than willing to rework his contract. I would like to see him retire as a Brave but I am not against letting him walk if he demands a contract that doesn’t represent where he is as a player nearing the end of his career (imagine the pickle the Yankees are in with Jeter! Yowza.) In the end I see Chipper taking a fair deal – that being if he isn’t injured all year.
Careful — yer gonna pull your own oblique, pattin yerself onna back like that.
March 15th, 20099:48 pm
Okay, guys and gals. The Braves are having a superb spring training and there is no need to defend us against anyone, for any reason.
Those who choose to come on here and hype you guys/gals are of no
Let’s enjoy this spring training and the updates DOB is providing and
maybe “believe” until we see something to the opposite.
SKIP we love and miss you Sir you will never be forgotten in ATLANTA.
Bill in VA
Anders, You called it, I agree.
He should have bailed from Toronto. Even that may have been too late. His swings have been gruesome to watch. But it could have happened anywhere, too. I knew that end of last year!
March 15th, 20099:50 pm
Well, I have to go work on the cure for cancer now. I promised I’d get that done over the weekend.
See you folks down the road. Talk amongst yourselves(about me of course).
March 15th, 20099:53 pm
I asked Anders to go out and enjoy his weekend yesterday morning (since he has only 21 days left to enjoy), however it appears that he chose to remain on the blog. Anybody else notice that he is lacking a boy/girl friend to hang with?
March 15th, 20099:54 pm
Adam Dunn would have been nice in LF.
March 15th, 20099:56 pm
Adam Dunn would have been nice at the plate…not in left field (have you seen him “playing” in the outfield? It’s…not pretty)
Good night buddy. See ya the next time something you said ends up being right!
March 15th, 20099:57 pm
March 15th, 20099:58 pm
Anders-I would expect you to solve the national debt in your next endeavor1
How is it, Anders, that you only choose what part of the quote from Chipper you want to hear? I read the interview and immediately thought of your comment last night. Because in the interview Chipper specifically said that the oblique was NOT a problem last night. He even went on to say that it was not even a problem today in the cages. It became a problem during batting practice when he made a particular swing. Breaking your arm to pat your own back can be painful. But you do it often enough I am sure it is no problem for you. Strange thing is… as you mention something about Lew being missing…. you disappear when you have been wrong (many times) and come back as though you never said anything wrong. In this case, a question was asked specifically about last night. Chipper said… not a problem.
March 15th, 200910:00 pm
Cab, I’m fully aware of his defense and would be willing to take the drop off for 40+ HR’s. But really, who would we be comparing his defense to? Diaz and Garrett are the likely platton and the drop off from them would be minimal since they aren’t exactly gold gloves.
March 15th, 200910:02 pm
On another note, for those ready to ship some OF out because a couple of rooks are having a good week: I’m pretty sure FA signees, such as Garret Anderson, can’t be traded just yet. It’s either FAs or arb cases (or both, maybe) that can’t be moved until later in the regular season. I’m sure somebody can and will look up the rule, LOL. Scoots
and…SCOOTs of course. It’s FAs who can’t be traded right away. I’m too lazy to look up the date but it’s somewhere between May 15 and July 1 I believe. Man that hurts so much not to be able to remember that kinda crap anymore. My steel trap is rusting away. They just told me last week that if i get any dumber they are gonna hafta kick me outta Mensa., they’re getting embarassed.
March 15th, 200910:04 pm
Mmmmmmm — “WVBrian“. Sounds nice, huh? Got a certainly understated elegance, don’t you think?
Try it — you’ll like it!
Well love it.
PS: “AdirondackBrian” also seems viable about now.
March 15th, 200910:06 pm
Anders, I almost slipped into thinking of you as a non-troll again. Whew. That was close.
Seriously, if Santana gets ever gets hurt in some way I saw coming, and it occurs to me to run right over to a Mets blog and quote myself, I think I’ll go back to reading the newspaper.
March 15th, 200910:07 pm
18 Wheels- first- I like Dunn..seems like a good guys, has a gorgeous swing, gets on base a lot…but- it is a pretty significant drop off, even from Garrett and Matt (or anyone else the Braves currently have)- it is that bad- but bottom line (and I am sure you are well aware) it was just not cost efficent to sign him
March 15th, 200910:08 pm
GamecockBrave – you’re welcome, but I’m not a man, man.
March 15th, 200910:12 pm
I just wish Anders would show me how to draw that damned oblique so I can teach that Little Moron Bobby’s Belly something. God knows he’s ignorant enough.
March 15th, 200910:13 pm
Anders (9:25 pm): ” ‘No one is going to pat you on the back for your comments whether they are true or not’ (Winterville)
‘Cause you beat ‘em to it!!! L.O.L.
How’s your oblique?
Yeah, too expensive. I still would have chanced it if he was affordable. Above avg in CF and RF would allow me to be OK with Dunn in LF. But alas, it’s all moot.
March 15th, 200910:16 pm
The Braves had better prepare to play most of the season without Chipper. His body just isn’t able to play 150 games anymore and a younger player is a definite need. Maybe Prado is the answer otherwise a trade and upgrade should be the next move.
March 15th, 200910:22 pm
Shamus, your 9:29 wasn’t exactly a bubdylan12:24, but very funny indeed.
Bub, that 12:24 (was it Friday night) will go down with other alphanumeric icons, John 3:16, Bacardi 151, Highway 101, Cherry 2000, well, maybe not that last one but you get the point. Funny stuff.
Though I find it weird, I’m glad Anders hangs out here and I really don’t understand the animosity from some. His posts are entertaining, informative and witty. It is refreshing (sometimes) to look at things without the Braves colored glasses.
dogsbrekky, did you really say antipodean?
March 15th, 200910:23 pm
Looks like Jeter could ground out to 3rd.
Look, I was right (see Jeter comment above)
March 15th, 200910:24 pm
That Engelhardt dude looks like he could hit a ball a long way.
Wow he tattooed that ball…..right again.
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