12:53 pm March 27, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 27th, 200912:55 pm
March 27th, 200912:58 pm
—– OPENING DAY VIEWING PARTY ——
Sun. April 5th, 7:45 pm
Jocks and Jills at Galleria Mall (N. 285 & I-75)
March 27th, 20091:00 pm
Tejada gets probation for misleading Congress.
And is there any way to sentence members of Congress (members of BOTH parties) to probation for criminal mismanagement of the country? The Whitehouse as well. Bush and so far, Obama too. With a few exceptions, the whole lot of them are botch artists.
Is it safe to say they have better things to worry about right now? Forget about baseball and do job you were elected to do!
I am getting a little sick of Soriano. It is always something. The Braves have had some pretty bad luck with back-end relievers. They have brought in some excellent arms, but something always seems to go wrong, usually major injury.
March 27th, 20091:01 pm
>I’m looking at getting the mlb.tv package. I know a bunch of folks on here have been using it this spring. How is the 400k feed?
The 400K feed sucks. (I watch it in a small window because the full screen is unacceptable.) Once the regular season starts, you choose from something like 400, 800, 1.1, 2, 3 Megs. (I was perfectly happy last year with the 1.1 feed. The higher ones are new this year.)
March 27th, 20091:02 pm
Hold your horses, young man. I will be down to change you as soon as I finish with this trick. Stop your grunting and leave those nice people on DOB’s Blog alone. Also, stop with your fecal humor my little do-do.
March 27th, 20091:08 pm
Granderson grounded out on 79-mph fastball for first out
Game is on SportSouth as well today for those that don’t get MLBTV
March 27th, 20091:09 pm
Well, its about time Soriano had something to say! Now, that wasn’t very hard, eh. So, now all you need to do is get out there and pitch.
Great blog, DOB. I’m pulling for your Jayhawks, mainly cause you’re a lot more fun in a good mood.
I’m so pumped for this season! It sounds like Chipper needs to become a hitting coach, once his playing days are over.
Fooled Rhymes on a 71-mph pitch to strike him out
Does 79-mph really qualify as a fastball? Not complaining, just curious…
March 27th, 20091:10 pm
cabravesfan: More like a “straightball”
March 27th, 20091:11 pm
Magglio 6-3 to end inning, 1-2-3
dogsbrekky (Dook lose again)
Kansas will win easily tonight Dobi One Knobi
UNC for the title..
Glavine is too good even at 80mph
March 27th, 20091:12 pm
BlawgDawg’s Wife Ok, I’m in a corner now and will fess up. Her name is McFann, her blogging skill was just too much for me to resist and I fell under her spell……
March 27th, 20091:13 pm
Josh A in LF.. They really want to give him a chance to show something positive it seems like, one way or another.
March 27th, 20091:14 pm
My son’s pitching coach says that with proper mechanics anyone can throw a ball over 80 miles an hour
How much of the Glavine signing do you think was backlash from the Smoltz deal, and not wanting to let both of them go? Because despite starting his arbitration clock early, it sure seems like Hanson would have made for a better fifth starter.
March 27th, 20091:15 pm
Tommy Glavine looks in considerably better condition than last year. Looks to me like he is at least 10 pounds lighter. Have you heard anything?
March 27th, 20091:16 pm
glorydays – but can they locate it on a pinpoint and do the same with their changeup which looks like a fastball
DOB Is is true that all things being equal (i.e.cash) that Ohman prefers not to return to the Braves or is that a Blog sh*t call?
You have to love Glavine. So far this spring, and last year pre-injury, he has pitched very well despite the fact that his fastball is slower than some pitchers’ change-ups.
DOB good luck to your Jayhawks tonight, I hope they pull it out.
I have less confidence in my Arizona Wildcats against Louisville, but the Cats weren’t even supposed to be in the tourney much less a 16 team, so I can’t complain.
March 27th, 20091:18 pm
Good luck to Michigan State tonight.
My son (left handed) does well just to keep it from hitting the backstop
Hell, there’s no reason to blog with this game on my TV.
BlawgDawg, it is? I don’t see anything but Hockey hooligans playing.
March 27th, 20091:19 pm
still a little bitter after Duke’s loss last night…a great outing from Tommy G could make the day better.
March 27th, 20091:20 pm
i dont believe that.
Will Billy Gillespie stay or will he go? If he stays there will be trouble,if he blows it will be double. (I made that up)
March 27th, 20091:21 pm
I wonder if Soriano was talking to “wilymo” when reporters came up to him?
Has anyone noticed – with all this furore about Frenchie’s slugging, Kelly hasnt homered this spring. I know he isnt a power threat but when Josh Anderson and Diaz are hitting homers one would think he would have hit one out.
glorydays, the better question is if Calhoun will retire. Gillespie, if he isn’t done this year, will be done next year.
Calhoun, on the other hand, could decide to step down, rather than go through an investigation.
March 27th, 20091:22 pm
can someone keep me up to date on the game, im at work
Found the game! COOL!
March 27th, 20091:24 pm
glavine playing soft-toss out there
Couple of hits in this innings, including Inge’s one-out single to left to put runners at first and second with one out
March 27th, 20091:25 pm
Let me try this again since I keep getting a “broken link” page. Channel 649 on DirecTV, pretty sure it’s SportSouth, but maybe it’s FSN South
March 27th, 20091:27 pm
Ok, nevermind TnBrian, you got it. Unfortunatly I had to come back to work (not much work going on obviously but…) so I can’t see the game. I’m recording it on the DVR to watch later, but would much appreciate updates from anyone who cares to share.
Ew McFann is a child. Don’t be creepy. lol…but not really…
Thanks for the updates for us cubicle rats.
Then, you’re in luck. At his age, he’s on the same development track as every LHP who has ever played MLB, LOL.
March 27th, 20091:28 pm
You keep quoting Tom Waits and I’ll keep coming back. The lyrics are a nice touch. Cheers from Kansas.
I didn’t believe that 80 MPH thing myself at first, but I am becoming a believer
N Nine (eta Nine)
Il Cattivo ___
I wouldn’t put too much into the powerless Frenchy. He’s clearly focused on the basics of hitting. Remember last spring he was thinking power, and that’s what got him in trouble.
Please say your kidding RHR….if not, I apologize profusely for my attempted humor, that would be creepy
March 27th, 20091:30 pm
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Verlander has allowed nothing in two innings against the Bravos
Since I have now seen Tom Glavine pitch a half-inning, I believe that we will win it all. I was wavering a little bit with these recent losses, but seeing those 79-mph fastballs has renewed my faith.
Uh oh. McCann just got punked by Verlander. My faith is shattered. Let’s see what Francoeur will do. A groundout. He obviously has no chance this year. Infante flies out to Ordonez.
Last place is looking pretty good right now.
March 27th, 20091:31 pm
N Nine (eta Nine)
Yes, but I was talking about Kelly!
March 27th, 20091:32 pm
Within reason the 80 MPH thing is right. You have to be somewhat athletic, but most people can throw 80 with correct mechanics.
Gary Marx, always good to hear the Sunflower State’s represented out there.
March 27th, 20091:34 pm
Being able to throw 80 mph and “pitch” 80 mph are two things entirely.
Yay! The return of Anders mom!
March 27th, 20091:35 pm
:lol BD yes I was kidding.
How;s Glav looking.
DOB: If he decides he can’t cut it, who will take the 5th spot?
March 27th, 20091:36 pm
Glavine just struck out Verlander. I’m back on the wagon.
Joe seems to think Blanco can steal bases well. Where’s Pete? I bet he knows Blanco can’t steal well. Granderson flies out to Frenchy. Busta Rhymes grounds out to second. Nice to see Busta in the lineup. Braves win the World Series. Time for a commercial.
Glavine’s now pitched six scoreless innings in his two starts, folks.
And has gotten through three today in under 40 pitches
March 27th, 20091:37 pm
Glavine is changing speeds and baffling Tigers hitters
KJ threw a double play ball away ……
No-one has hit Verlander yet… so snafu
March 27th, 20091:38 pm
Glavine looks very good. He looks comfortable and throwin a lot of offspeed..no surprise there.
Verlander is filthy
March 27th, 20091:39 pm
Oh, yeah. There’s no way most people can control 80 MPH pitches.
Verlander looks bloody good……… 97 mph fasties and nasty hooks
Anderson bunts on…… safe
Josh Anderson puts down a perfect bunt for Braves’ first hit.
Joe says Martin Prado emerged as a “fan favorite” last year because of his hustle. Also, he hit well. Martin promptly pops out.
Josh Anderson lays down a nice bunt for a hit.
Nice bunt single.
March 27th, 20091:40 pm
keylargo, you’re right. Glavine doesn’t look like a 25-year-old, but he doesn’t have near the paunch he had last year.
Hey, Jamie Moyer won 16 games last year with an 81-mph fastball (per fangraphs).
Glavine has given up a couple of solid singles (though nothing really threatening), but 3 IP, 2K’s, 2 hits, 0 walks, is a pretty good beginning. His change has been effective and nobody has (so far) really ripped anything off him. He looks pretty good to me.
The Tigers’ 3-4-5 up in the 4th, so it’ll be interesting to see how Tommy can handle them 2nd time around.
Martin Prado did something very stupid last year. He slid head first into first base. And broke his thumb. That pissed me off, you don’t slide head first into first base.
Jimmy Williams – thank you for your work teaching Braves pitchers to bunt.
March 27th, 20091:41 pm
Glavein sac bunt, JA on 2nd……. 2 out 0-0 bottom 3rd
Ha, loved the hustle by Glavine on his sacrifice bunt! Just kidding, when you’re Tom Glavine you don’t have to hustle in Spring Training.
Glavine sac bunt
Young pitchers could learn a lot today, watching Glavine succeed with nothing harder than 80 mph and also put down a nice sac bunt.
those softy dookies sure looked good last night
Anderson will be the CF because his options are out, I believe. He’s fast but his OBP won’t cut it, right DOB?
March 27th, 20091:42 pm
Blanco up as our lead off hitter
All we need is Schafer in this game to see ‘em all at once
March 27th, 20091:43 pm
A bunt to end a no-hitter, he’s getting drilled next time up. (Joking of course) Who was the dummy a few years ago that got so upset about that, I think it was someone with the Diamondbacks maybe?
March 27th, 20091:44 pm
Blanco draws a two-out walk, brings up Kelly J with runners at 1st and 2nd
And he pops out to shallow RF
TnBrian, Mark Bowman wrote in his blog today that they’re exploring trading Anderson right now.
Bowman wouldn’t write something like that if it wasn’t true.
BlawgDawg you’re such a sweetie. All is forgiven, McFann is a great blogger and sweetheart, so I know no funny business is going on. Besides, I threw up a little bit in my mouth thinking about flirting with creepy Uncle BB5795. Toodeloo!
Glavine up in a bunting situation and puts down a nice bunt. Tom looks like a high school P.E. coach. He’s got that wiry, sunburnt leather skin thing going on. Blanco is up. He’s got a stupid beard. He should be embarrassed. Josh Anderson is dancing around at second as if to say, “Don’t cut me, Bobby.” Joe Simpson says Blanco’s OBP might go up if he cuts down on strikeouts. Verlander walks Blanco. I guess Blanco could walk more. That would also increase his OBP. Kelly Johnson fails us all by popping out to shallow right.
Glavine is giving me hope that I can pick up a ball and be a successful major league pitcher!
March 27th, 20091:45 pm
Thanks for the updates. What can I do to keep my mood swings under control like you seem to do?
Is he really maxing out at 80?
March 27th, 20091:47 pm
mbatl – that is exactly where I see Glavine slimmer. He did have a belly last year but looks about like he did in the 90’s now.
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
Josh Anderson’s bunt was text book. I’m impressed.
Glavine looks like….well, Glavine.
Yeah even Joe Simpson was excited to spot 80 on the radar gun.
March 27th, 20091:48 pm
“Bowman wouldn’t write something like that if it wasn’t true.”
Yeah, that never happens.
Ken Griffey, Jr.
LOL, You didn’t want anything to do with that old Uncle BB character anyway, didn’t you hear he’s an ex-con?
Ritchie from Scotland
Diaz is a legend, seems like a great bloke hope he has a great year.
Matt Diaz interview, he looks great, so thin
forget speed folks, pitching speed doesnt matter……. number of outs
per innings without scoring does
Glavine 6 innings = 0 runs
plus he is facing the best Tigers hitters today
March 27th, 20091:49 pm
Cabrera ks, 3 ks for Glavine
Matty Diaz is endorsing P-90X. They gotta love that.
March 27th, 20091:50 pm
Guillen double to left, Inge up.
Guillen double off an off speed pitch
2 out, top 4th
March 27th, 20091:52 pm
Inge 5-3 to end inning
How can you tell?
5-3 for 3 outs.
how can you tell Glavine’s off speed stuff from his fastball?
March 27th, 20091:53 pm
I’ve always been a fan of the blog because of the baseball news, but I have recently started taking you up on some of your music recommendations. I know you are a big Tom Waits fan and I was wondering if you could recommend to me a couple of his CD’s. I have been listening to the Frank’s Wild Years album and while I find some of the songs really odd I like the majority of the songs of the album.
They’re talking to Diaz. He’s in good shape. Very skinny. Probably stopped juicing. Someone called me while the interview was going on. Glavine is pitching well. Girlfriend won’t get off phone. Commercials are on. Ordering World Series tickets online.
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