1:35 pm March 25, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 25th, 20098:30 pm
Yes, i live in LA (la verne, claremont, san dimas, pomona area if you’re familiar) and am a TBS byproduct fan.
I loved listening to Vinny announce the home games (road games were televised) with my great grandmother while she played solitaire on her desk in the late 80’s, early 90’s. She always a crush on Vinny.
Ritchie from Scotland
I remember it happening twice in 1996 where somebody stole 2nd, 3rd and home in the same inning. Somebody from the Rockies and an AL team I can’t remember.
Guzman single to left on a 92-mph fastball
18 Wheels of Love
MIke Gonzales should not have any say in his nickname…he is the Cobra.
March 25th, 20098:31 pm
Nice throw Josh. Nice to see Gonzo hitting 92.
Josh Anderson has a terrible arm
Cherokee – i’m not saying other people are wrong to think him the best. Surely like music we all have different opinions on what we like to listen to, I don’t like listening to Vin. No matter how good an announcer he is.
March 25th, 20098:32 pm
Anderson’s weak arm and semi-lackadaisical charge on the ball allowed runner from 1st to 3rd.
Zimmerman singles up middle, goes to second on throw, runners at second and third for Dunn.
Strikes him out.
vintage adam dunn right there with the k
I’ll try to look up the “stealing home” question shortly.
One reason you don’t see many steals of home these days is because virtually all pitchers work from the stretch with a guy on third.
Kawakami was featuring that exaggerated, slow windup with a guy on third. Maybe he’ll pitch from the stretch in that situation when the season starts. If not, we’ll see.
March 25th, 20098:33 pm
2 run double by dukes all tied now
Dukes hit a hanging curveball to left, two-run double.
Gonzales not fooling anyone other than Dunn.
March 25th, 20098:34 pm
Here we go again! Thinking the bullpen is solid, and they are starting to give it up. Although at least the starters should help the pen out more this year.
Yeah I know the area…I am also a TBS byproduct fan (and as a result of 11 year old logic) Listened to Vin do a preseason game on Sunday- I had almost forgotten how wonderful his voice is
Gonzo has given up a few hits, but that’s not really a concern for a closer. A lot of closers suck when they’re not in closer situations. He’s throwing about 92mph, so his velocity his fine. Hopefully, what Gonzo said about his velocity will hold true, and he’ll be back up in the mid-90’s when the bell rings next month.
March 25th, 20098:35 pm
Gonzalez = the pit viper.
March 25th, 20098:36 pm
Gonzales is just to wild at times. He is what you call effectively wild.
wow nick johnson with the steal. Out by half a mile
March 25th, 20098:37 pm
Nobody’s talking about announers dissin their own team, we’re talking about them being very one-sided!
When was the last time anyone saw a catcher lollipop a throw down to 2nd and get the guy by 6 feet?
Lotta folks need to get more serious during working hours, particularly these days, or do you think companys can’t monitor internet usage? Wish the Braves, the country & the President the best, because Lord knows, we all need it. Enjoy the blog, most of the commentary, and any place dedicated to Mr. Cash rates high in my book. We’re getting close to needing some Woody Guthrie. Best to all.
March 25th, 20098:38 pm
Another RBI hit, before runner is thrown out stealing — only the second out, and Gonzo has given up four hits and three runs. Yikes. This ain’t pretty.
Throwing 92 on the gun, not much movement I can see, and hanging curveballs — another of which just got hit up the middle for the fifth hit of the inning.
The hitch in Gonzo’s delivey is that he slows his arm speed on every surve and change up. Really easy to detect and he doesn’t have much command when he slows it down.
March 25th, 20098:39 pm
Dont worry about monitoring at work. I run the servers.
I wouldn’t put much stock in any pitcher tonight.. Last check the wind was blowing SSE @ 20MPH. So, its got to be hanging up pitches too, eh?
Btw, did Infante just dog that play at SS? He sure didn’t exert much effort.
Inning over. Damage done. Concerns raised.
Oh, and Nats ahead 4-3.
Don’t look good for the nats 2nd baseman as he limps down the line
nice to see gonzo is gettin people out……
His fastball looks really flat and evidently easy to time.
Dude running to first just hurt his hammy or achilles.
RLPmetro (thanks for the name props btw),
I understand networks are trying to get the fringe fan. However, there’s nothing more annoying than the HR announcer or the Fox TV crew that shows the bleachers on a flyout. The HR era in baseball is slowly dwindling, the HR announcers should too. And, with more people about to stay home due to the economy, networks should start hiring guys that can paint a baseball game again with their words. Maybe that will bring some of the lost tradition back to the game that was tarnished during the roids era. Seems like that’s what people love most about baseball, its tradition.
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
March 25th, 20098:40 pm
That was an ugly inning from Gonzo. His fastball looked slow, he was up in the zone and all over the place.
Jay212033…I know you aren’t talking about them dissing their teams. I said that when they cover a team that stinks, it’s really up to them to help keep the viewers coming back. If being a homer for the team that is paying them is good for viewership…which it is…then it’s a small price to pay.
Geez, Gameday has completely frozen up after 6 innings.
KC, sure hope your optimism about Gonzo is justified. He just doesn’t seem to have much at all, which is a problem for a, uh, closer.
Rob from SC
Boyer will be the closer by mid season. I am big on Boyer’s talent
Bobby’s Cox, I’m from that same place tho I did live in ATL for awhile. Lasorda was in town last Sat. infact
March 25th, 20098:41 pm
teacher – very interesting article you linked a few pages back. A raft for furniture? LMAO I mean….who ….what…..wow.
DOB, dude, I’m worried about you. That song is about breaking up with a suicidal actress. What the fielder does this have to do with anything? Are you a DJ or a beat writer? Stick to baseball! Can’t you throw up some home videos of Hanson pitching?
Jeff321, how does a wind blowing in from left field “hold up” pitches?
March 25th, 20098:42 pm
haha dibble says “I don’t want to speculate on the injury but normally means a hamstring injury”. Good hire by the nats. Don’t think he is a good replacement for sutton
March 25th, 20098:43 pm
Enough of the John Smoltz updates with his picture on AJC.com sports tonight, he decided that he did not want to be in Atlanta anymore so leave it to the Boston papers to report on his progress.
March 25th, 20098:44 pm
Heyward up. Wind blowing to right. Watch out Melbourne.
March 25th, 20098:45 pm
You can say what you want about Vin Scully being old school, or whatever, but does anyone seriously think he would have talked about Chipper’s “groin” injury? He never would make mistakes like that.
12:45 am in Glasgow and time to hit the hay. Still not on baseball time, i’m having my own spring training. Many many many lates nights to come this summer.
March 25th, 20098:46 pm
David Price, 2-0 with an ERA of 1.08 and the Tampa Rays option him to the minors.
phishing with the braves
DOB, i really enjoy reading your stuff and your opinions of the bravos. but what is the love fest with anderson’s defense all about? i just dont get it….
March 25th, 20098:47 pm
Not sure about Gonzo….just heard the Nats, formerly the Expos, took 12 of 18 from the Braves last year.
It it’s me, you look Anderson and Schafer. We have to have some pop out of our outfield. Period.
DOB, you heading to Bay Hill this weekend?
The Nationals still have all their regulars in.
There’s been a lot of wind from left field on the blog today.
“Heyward up. Wind blowing to right. Watch out Melbourne.”
Watch out Space Shuttle LOL!
I wasn’t referring to HR announcers. I am referring to announcers who are “homers” or schills, so to speak, for the teams that they cover. It is really what they are paid to do these days. Back when there was only a couple games on a week, it was the impartial announcer that was successful. But, with every team having its own network, and fans being able to watch games covered only by their announcers, the announcer who is partisan is the way the industry is going. So it’s kind of pointless to complain about the announcers being one-sided, because you could complain about it every night. You know what I am saying?
March 25th, 20098:48 pm
After a long day at the lab, a bacon pizza, and a few pitchers of Dogfish 60 minute IPA, I found myself at the CD store here in Blacksburg Va. Bought Better than Creation’s Dark. Lovin it.
March 25th, 20098:49 pm
rob dibble is a douche
moylan is pitching now
March 25th, 20098:50 pm
DOB, I was trying by best “homer impression” and making an excuse for Gonzo.
Jeff, you mean “Brighter than Creation’s Dark”, the DBT record? It’s decent, but I prefer Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day, and The Dirty South.
March 25th, 20098:51 pm
did i hear the nats starter say that they’re going to be a contender? haha. lets make moylan the closer if gonzo or soriano cant get the fastball up to the mid 90s range
Moylan is looking pretty good tonight
March 25th, 20098:52 pm
How about Gonza to get lefties, and Moylan as closer?
March 25th, 20098:53 pm
Moylan-Boyer-Medlen will lead the bullpen. Hopefully Gonzalez rights the ship
March 25th, 20098:54 pm
Nice to see the Nats guys finally get around to talking about the game
Moylan’s getting it to 90mph with a lot of movement.
I could see Moylan end up as the closer.
Looks like everyone is off the Gonzo bandwagon…who’s next
moylan’s got wicked mvt. on the sinker and i think it can induce strikeouts
Until he walked the next batter
March 25th, 20098:55 pm
networks should start hiring guys that can paint a baseball game again with their words
Man, I hope Sutton doesn’t see THAT suggestion! Mercy.
Bobby’s, the only thing wrong with that is that TV doesn’t need the loquacious, it needs the succinct. Guys who fill the pauses in the action informatively, not wax eloquently about the grass-sky-geometry.
Radio’s a different story, and it’s difficult to find guys who can do both well. I know most folks here detest Jon Miller for his ESPN work, but the guy is absolutely terrific on radio. Go figure.
Anyway, I’ve been around long enough to have heard some great radio PBP guys, and I’d agree that the best ones can put you right in the stadium. But for TV, I want the guy to say “Here’s the pitch…”, and shut the heck up, LOL.
Was that my only typo? Sweet! Also own Decoration Day, but am still relatively new to the DBT. Also, it’s worth noting that I made that post after listening to the first 3 tracks. Also, watching the game on mlb.tv. Also like twix bars. Also Go Braves.
March 25th, 20098:56 pm
Wonder why Moylan ditched the glasses?
One of the Nats announcers just commented that Moylan throws from… down under. walka walka walka.
Corny joke… can’t believe I never thought of it!
March 25th, 20098:57 pm
Jeff — “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” was one of last year’s best albums, if not the best one of 2008. Terrific album from start to finish. Glad you’re digging it.
naw, i love gonzo and hope he can get it back to the dominating stuff. he belongs as closer and moylan as nasty setup man. but if he can’t throw 95…who knows.
WOW! Moylan’s throwing more filth than G.G. Allin.
March 25th, 20098:58 pm
ncscoots…nice post. I agree whole heartedly.
I was just making sure you’re talking about the DBT record. They’re one of my favorite bands. I highly recommend Southern Rock Opera.
Yeah, my bad- didn’t mean to curse Pete.
Hard to imagine Moylan not being ready to open the season- he looks ready to go
Pete had lasik surgery last year when he was recovering from Tommy John
Josh getting a long look tonight.
March 25th, 20098:59 pm
is this game on tv???
March 25th, 20099:00 pm
The wave…UGHHH…seriously, when is it going to die!
Reckon this is the show me something or go on waivers stage for JA?
March 25th, 20099:01 pm
Thanks for the recommendation. Frankly, I wouldn’t know who they are without DOB’s endorsement.
March 25th, 20099:02 pm
mbatl, well no, seriously man… it’s not really optimism. It’s a statement of fact. It is one of the most common things in baseball for a closer to look bad with you bring him into non-save (or game-on-the-line) situations.
We’ve all seen it a million times. You throw a closer into a laugher just to get him some work, and he gives up more runs in that outing than he will over the next 15 outings. Certainly a spring training outing doesn’t duplicate that adrenaline-fueled environment guys like him thrive on.
Gonzo’s stuff isn’t any different from what it was when he first arrived here, and he was wicked before he went down in early ‘07. He was even pretty good last year coming off the TJ surgery.
As long as he’s in the low 90’s (which is what he’s been at since he got here), he’ll be just fine. I truthfully and honestly don’t thing there’s any reason in the world for concern. Now, if he pitches like this on April 5th, talk to me then. But now? Ahhh.. don’t sweat it.
I just think Schafer has looked better and performed better. Screw options.
Wow- my last comment is lost in cyberspace…
Pete had Lasik surgery while he was recovering from Tommy John
Let’s not push the panic button on Gonzo yet guys- everyone’s entitled to a bad outing or two in spring- there is time for him to get his velocity up. This is probably pretty normal for him (the velocity i mean, not the crappy outing)
March 25th, 20099:03 pm
Beck’s Modern Guilt and the DBT’s Brighter than Creations Dark were the 2 best albums of 2008.
March 25th, 20099:04 pm
“Gonzo’s stuff isn’t any different from what it was when he first arrived here,”
KC, okay, I’ll take your word for it. But for the record, I’m a little concerned about him.
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March 25th, 20099:05 pm
sorry about that. my last 2 posts have vanished so naturally the one I leave blank is the one that shows up
Talked to Gonzalez, who said it was actually his best day of the spring, as far as feeling good. Said his arm felt great and he was happy to just let it go, to throw harder without any problems. Said he just left everything over the plate, but that he can work that out with his remaining outings.
“The results suck, obviously,” he said of his spring. “I’m not proud of the results. But I’m good. My arm feels good. I’m getting close…. It’s getting close to game time.”
Charlie Morton sighting!
is this game on tv?
Charlie Morton is in to pitch the eighth
March 25th, 20099:06 pm
Pete ditched the glasses because he had Lasik surgery last year
March 25th, 20099:07 pm
It’s on MLB Network
Dunn fought off a good down and in pitch for a single
March 25th, 20099:08 pm
RLPmetro: I get what you’re saying.
Scoots: Nice post.
KC, just one other point: these are kinda general numbers, but close: Gonzalez has appeared in about 222 major league games; about 50 of those were save situations. At what point did he decide he couldn’t get amped up except for a save?
Don’t mean to be argumentative (though I guess I am). I’m a little worried about him, though.
Did Morton throw a curveball with Atlanta last season? I don’t remember him throwing one, but I could be misremembering.
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