1:30 pm March 31, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 31st, 20099:51 pm
So those living in the Atlanta metro area, how bad is the pollen? Covering everything yet, or did all the rain help?
shrimp sandwitches are good in the morning with peanut butter and puddin
18 Wheels of Love
March 31st, 20099:53 pm
My daily breakfast….peanut butter and turkey bacon on an english muffin. Best ever.
Cox said he really thinks Soriano still has a chance to make the roster, to show he’s ready. Thursday will go a long way in determining that, I guess….
March 31st, 20099:54 pm
will the real slim shady puhlease stand up
March 31st, 20099:55 pm
DOB, how has Gregor Blanco’s attitude been? He has to know by now that he hasn’t won the CF job(rarely plays, and when he does, it’s like an at-bat or two).
March 31st, 20099:56 pm
The pollen is beyond covering everything. The only thing the rain has done is make sure there are yellow marks on the edge of the road. My dog’s black fur looked green when I got home yesterday.
We eat shrimp sandwiches for lunch or dinner in the lowcountry, not breakfast. But we do eat shrimp & grits for breakfast or dinner.
DOB, I think even the blogsters are tiring of ST. Notice how many have drifted away tonight. Or, maybe they have tired fingers and are saving them for the Phillie series?
March 31st, 20099:57 pm
DOB, the pollen invasion has started. The rain briefly delayed the attack, but did not stop it.
March 31st, 20099:58 pm
I think I have read on here that you like Johnny Flynn, pardon if i don’t remember correctly. Anyways, I don’t know if you ever check out Blogotheque, but they have a takeaway show of his http://www.blogotheque.net/Johnny-Flynn,4703
I think the rain made it worse…when I went out to feed Beggar Ben after a light drizzle, the deck was really green.
OK, so we’re not really in metro Atlanta, I don’t think…but still…
March 31st, 20099:59 pm
The 7 inches we got here this weekend washed pollen dirt, trees, etc. away…with another 10 inches forcast! Oh, my! I hope the opener isn’t rained out!
in fact i had that this morning, the fudge didnt gel right and kinda looked like puddin. lol and left over shrimp from a benefit for a 2 month old baby with a bad aortic valve in boston hospital. little luke sigmon could use a prayer or too. less than 3 months old and already 2 open heart surgerys, his gdad went to unc as the center back in 81-85. was a pretty good pitcher in high school as well teammate of bryan harveys
Da powwen willy int dat bad.
March 31st, 200910:01 pm
Lowcountry food is the best. Peninsula Grill Sat. night! Banana pudding time!
March 31st, 200910:05 pm
18 Wheels of Love-Are you in Charleston,SC?
March 31st, 200910:06 pm
“you’re posts from the other night with the “Coxian nicknames” were great.” – RomanGal
Thanks. I’d bold your name too but I haven’t learned that one yet.
March 31st, 200910:08 pm
sumtimes bad grammar makes you look twix or is that twice
Murrell's Inlet Sat Night
March 31st, 200910:11 pm
Good for the taste buds… not sure about the rest
March 31st, 200910:13 pm
“Da powwen willy int dat bad.” – (Couch Tater)
You made me laugh, so hard, I needed some tissues.
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March 31st, 200910:15 pm
(strong)words to be bolded(/strong)
replace the parentheses with greater-than and less-than signs
March 31st, 200910:18 pm
football center you bet
I was popular as Hell when I posted as two raving sycophants who couldn’t get their noses out of Bobby’s butt. Not really much fun to do that. By the way, how many games DOES Glass Bubble Boy miss over the next 3 years??–He ain’t even seeing year 4. He will have a collision with the machine that lays the foul lines or will actually get “pepper” blown in his eyes where it says “No Pepper.”
nolie, you mean like… WHAM! ?
March 31st, 200910:20 pm
March 31st, 200910:21 pm
You’ll have to excuse the man… he was born ignorant, and hasn’t learned since. Take pity, all of us – but for the grace of the higher-ups, so go all of us.
March 31st, 200910:25 pm
i think it said he vested if he averaged 127 games a year. pretty fair, gives him 105 games he can miss
March 31st, 200910:26 pm
Great, Great news about Chipper!! Now he can roll right into being Bobby’s replacement.
March 31st, 200910:29 pm
I hate to admit this, but the last part of Lou Vales’, 10:18 post, actually made me chuckle. I still think he should be locked up, though.
I really wish all you computer nerds, would stop showing off!!!
Can we call corky?
March 31st, 200910:33 pm
Can Mike Gonzalez catch?….cuz he sure as hell cant pitch…no less close.
March 31st, 200910:36 pm
de nada guys. 17 extra strokes just to bold a 4-8 stroke name is too much effort for me, no disrespect intended but like several others I capitalize ‘em.
March 31st, 200910:38 pm
MFin04, man, you may be right, and I know we both hope you’re wrong, but would you relax! Wait until the regular season starts. It’s only a few days away. This means nothing, especially for a guy like Gonzo.
Tom, not showing off, just trying to get a little blog bling.
O.K. that was showing off.
March 31st, 200910:40 pm
o.k. I don’t know how I emboldened (sic) that last sentence
March 31st, 200910:41 pm
f.n.hale, it’s just that I keep eating my heart out, with jealousy.
Things to do today:
Check on Chippers contract.
Have some of that soul food like 18wheels had.
Ignore Mets and Marlins fans on the blog.
Everyone needs to stop on the whole Gonzo being ready….crap. He has sucked almost every single outing that he has pitched against MLB hitters. Time to find a new closer. Hanson might need to be promoted to closer. Cuz if we cant close games we are in trouble. We have very little power in our lineup and need our bullpen to come in strong after the starters leave.
March 31st, 200910:42 pm
Just out of curiosity, who would you lock me up with?? You allow to run free a group of journalists who believe ONE!!!!!!!! World Series Championship parlayed out of 14 opportunities is some Badge of Honor on a par with John Wooden’s UCLA teams or the Boston Celtics or the Montreal Canadiens or The Bud Wilkinson Oklahama Sooners.
Imagine having the greatest trio of pitchers at one time on a big league roster, imagine having the 2nd greatest switch hitter of all time AND MOST importantly imagine playing in a Division where in 10 of those 14 years you almost had a gimme to the playoffs. A division with the Marlins, Expos/Nationals. a woefully run Mets–So CONGRATULATIONS You Owned the PHiladelphia Phillies for a long time.
March 31st, 200910:44 pm
Tom, I’m with Nolie. It’s a lot of dang trouble but every once in a blue moon you want to use it, course by the time I want to use it I will have forgotten how.
March 31st, 200910:45 pm
@10:41 – glass 100% empty, microbes looking about in the bottom of it for signs of sustenance
It’s not supposed to rain next Friday is it?? I’ve already got my tickets!!
It shall not rain. I will it to be so!
March 31st, 200910:46 pm
Damn thought you were never comming back….
Whats the problem,great success in business lost his bouty,no air time,tired of kicking the dog ???
Tater, there are no Marlin fans. Only Mets fans in drag.
March 31st, 200910:49 pm
Someone here’s wasting pixels as if there was no end. I wonder if they realize the the scale of the pixel famine N Korea. Sobering thought?
March 31st, 200910:50 pm
Couch Tater, re: 10:41 post, BITE ME! (for the construction, not the content) … I really don’t have to add one of those lol, do I?
March 31st, 200910:56 pm
wow….way to be a baby, Jay Cutler
March 31st, 200910:57 pm
“Just out of curiosity, who would you lock me up with??” (Lou Vales -10:42)
I’m not sure how the rest of this site feels, but it would bring a smile to my face if you were sharing a cell, with a life insurance salesman.
MFin04, of for the love of all that is holy… dude, you are assigning WAAAAAY too much weight to spring training for a closer. The guy has converted something like 45 or his last 47 save opps. Give it a rest. If you’re convinced that you’re right about him, I’ll take that bet.
March 31st, 200910:59 pm
As the name implies, I’m no computer guy. Heck that’s too much work. Study this: a quiz will be during our games in October.
March 31st, 200911:00 pm
f.n.hale (10:44) So would I, man, so would I.
March 31st, 200911:01 pm
His stats this spring…combined with the train wreck he had in Sept. are a cause for concern. 2 bs and 3 losses in Sept….with a +5 era is not what u want from a closer. There has been little good so far this spring. Its not like he is just going to turn it on when the regular season comes around. It just doesnt work that way.
Hartford, Prudential, Met and all the others are in trouble due to variable annuity exposure. Don’t worry. No factor on the baseball season. Just ask Scott Boras and Will Ohman.
Eric from MO
March 31st, 200911:03 pm
Mfin you need to get it through your thick head that ST dont mean anything to a guy on the roster, especially a closer. Think about when a closer comes in the game is on line and adrenaline is pumping. In ST there is no adrenaline. He may not be fine but I say there is a better chance he converts his first 10 save opportunities than blow 3 of his first 10.
March 31st, 200911:13 pm
Couch Tater (10:59), thanks a lot, fellow Braves fan. I saved the site. I’ll definitely check it out (when I’m more lucid). I always want to learn more about this contraption. I think they may be around for a while.
KC, Eric, forget it with MFinn04. I tried to calm him down, but to no avail. I just hope he doesn’t have a breakdown before the season starts.
mets fan in atlanta
March 31st, 200911:14 pm
See Braves fans, you can’t have it both ways. One minute you’re raving about how great Schafer has played, the BUC, Kawakami, etc., but as soon as someone brings up valid points about some of your other players, its “well these games don’t count.” Either you evaluate or you don’t. The way i see it, now the lineups are for real, now the bullpens are for real (almost), so if you can’t go on what happens this week, why in the world would you go with what was happening when guys wearing number 80-something were pitching????
Here’s the mets pitching line from tonight–looks pretty serious to me.
J Maine (W,1-1) 5 2-3 6 2 2 1 3 1
P Feliciano 1-3 0 0 0 0 1 0
S Green 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
J Putz 2-3 0 0 0 0 2 0
D O’Day 1-3 1 0 0 0 1 0
F Rodriguez 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Against a full Marlins lineup, i’ll take that every day.
March 31st, 200911:16 pm
Do you really think we are in a financial crisis ?????
Don’t about you guys but I would like to here moore…
March 31st, 200911:21 pm
MFin04, yeah, see what you did? You start getting negative and then some Muttfan creeps onto the site. He pounces all over your/our fears. Either take some valium and go to bed, or start blogging more positively.
March 31st, 200911:26 pm
Lou Vales & Anders should combine to make one blog supervillain: Lou Vanders…. armed with a chalk board and steel fingernails… maybe some throwing stars made of gold coins…
“He’s going for his credentials! Shield your eyes!”
“UUUUGGHHH! Too late! I’m staggered! And apparently I’ve no money for sports, either!!”
March 31st, 200911:27 pm
Mets fan in atlanta tell me on which blog i have raved about ST stats. I havent once. Go find one time.
March 31st, 200911:29 pm
Is that bad boy TONY D. bothering you anymore?
I’ve raved about ST stats
Records since March 20:
Records since March 26:
Braves: 2-4 (actually 2-7 in last 9)
mets fan in atlanta
You are right that mets line up dose look pretty serious….
March 31st, 200911:31 pm
“Against a full Marlins lineup, i’ll take that every day.” -MetsFanWhoCan’tFindMetsBlog
Spring Training games don’t count, yo.
BTW Maines ERA for ST is 6.85, but because that is not supportive of the Mutts fan’s point he conveniently forgot to mention it. But of course ST games don’t count much, bit that would refute his whole argument so that is conveniently forgotten as well.
Looking forward to competing in real competition in the NL East from April 5th.
ROTF@11:26… I can see that
March 31st, 200911:32 pm
Mets fan in Atlanta:
Some of us have been concerned about the bullpen for most of the Spring, so don’t assume that a few people who are “all sunshine all the time” represent all the Braves fans who read this blog.
Like how I capitalized the proper nouns in your name? Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
March 31st, 200911:34 pm
ATLANTA BRAVES fans quake in their sneakers as the mighty METS reel off win after ST win as pointed out by MET IN ATLANTA. Oh my!!!! Let’s mail in the season now.
March 31st, 200911:36 pm
There are plenty of ‘Braves fans’ here with half-empty beer glasses… or glasses of something at least similar to their eyes.
If DOB is still interested in a pollen story, I would report that I was shooting hoops earlier this eve and whenever there’s rain I always do my best to avoid the mud that forms (due to the dirt becoming wet and thus forming mud which is like moist dirt for anybody who didn’t know, anybody?) off to the right of the basket. Not surprisingly I missed a shot and the ball rolled off to the right and bounced into a nice big yellow puddle.
I can’t wait for the Braves to beat the $%@* out of the Phillies on Sunday.
I can wait for this virus, which is sure to destroy my computer any second now, to destroy my computer. Let’s hope it only infects computers owned by Mets fans.
Oh, how clever.
Is that bad boy TONY D. bothering you anymore?” (richbrave)
That butthead only (fortunately) had one post, that I know of. I think McFANN is intelligent enough, to not pay any attention to a moron. And, she said goodnight around 10:00.
March 31st, 200911:37 pm
MLB Trade Rumors is saying Phillies are looking at Andruw Jones.
Who said this was an ALL POSITIVE BRAVES BLOG? Just be realistic…that all I asked. Gonzalez has been sub-par all Spring…hope he snaps out of it…but there are no signs so far that he will. Also as soon as Schafer wins the job…he goes into the tank…interesting. As soon as Chipper gets his extension…what does he do…crap 3-run homer…well good for Chipper he deserves it. Now he can relax and play ball.
March 31st, 200911:38 pm
spotts, ST stats and Whooo! Go Braves!
E-e-eh-h-h!!! Wrong. Thank you for playing.
March 31st, 200911:40 pm
For those with no memory whatsoever:
2006 – Time-Warner, trying to sell and fading
2007 – Time-Warner, in contract to sell, and virtually frozen (see Atlanta Spirit budgeting)
2008 – Liberty, trying to get a handle on a huge new asset
2009 – Liberty – and they hopefully know enough now how to see we can compete in the league for their future sale of the franchise & potential profit
P.S. – I’m more worried about the Marlins, Nationals, and Phillies then the Mets.
Whooo! Go Braves indeed!
March 31st, 200911:41 pm
The Madeleine Haze a band you can check out at
did you not see the explanation on bolding at the top of this page-7-? Delete and italic work the same way. Or are you referring to something else?
March 31st, 200911:42 pm
Oohhh, Mets fans!!!! I didn’t even see you up there and yet I took a shot at you anyway. What are the odds?
Doesn’t the fact that we took 11 of 18 from you last year in a season where we only won 72 games give you any pause?
Bring it on!
March 31st, 200911:44 pm
Don’t sell us short Mitchell, it was 12 out of 18.
anyone know where the braves rank in spring training homeruns?
March 31st, 200911:46 pm
Mitchell – When talking smack, it’s probably not best to bring up that we won 72 games last year
March 31st, 200911:47 pm
MFin04: “Its not like he is just going to turn it on when the regular season comes around. It just doesnt work that way.”
Respectfully, that is what you call a counter-factual argument. It DOES frequently work that way with veteran players. Most especially, closers.
March 31st, 200911:48 pm
Eric from MO: I just looked back at a couple blogs and you’re right, you have been a pretty staunch defender that spring training doesn’t mean anything. Then I found this on May 22:
“I dont know why you dont understand my statement about Anderson. He isnt going to make the team. Schafer’s BA is a 100 points higher, and OBP is 120 points higher. Expect to see Anderson to be traded in the next week or two.”
I don’t know whether to give you props or call you out for using spring training stats to (correctly) predict the future. Whether it was a good future for the Braves remains to be seen.
I’m pretending to be a Nats fan:
“Oooooooooooh, Braves fans! Doesn’t the fact that we took 12 of 18 from you last year in a season where we only won 59 games give you any pause?
Bring it on!”
March 31st, 200911:53 pm
I don’t even care. We still beat Santana three times. We own them no matter what.
But I suppose you’re right, let’s leave last to the past. The time is now. Oh yes.
And by the way Winterville, I’m pretty sure it was 11. 10 wins would still be good enough for me.
March 31st, 200911:54 pm
I think I’m going to be one of the few to say this: a multiyear contract at – what? – $13 million a year for Chipper is over the top.
Chipper’s averaging 130 games a year, he’s in late 30s and who knows if his body will hold up at all. Yes, Chipper’s an extraordinary talent; yes, he’s gotten better with experience, at the plate and in the field; yes, he’s got leadership ability, but for the Braves, it’s a lot of money to throw at a 3B who’s moving into the twilight of his career.
Don’t know enough about Brandon Hicks to say if he could transition to 3B. Had hoped that management would be agressive in finding a successor to Chipper sooner.
Having said that, I do hope that Chipper proves me wrong.
Okay, you game me pause. Now, what do I do with it? I try to throw it away, but I always hesitate….
March 31st, 200911:55 pm
You GAVE me pause… not “game”.
March 31st, 200911:56 pm
Who’s side are you on Chop Chop?
Ir-regahd-less, I’m outta here.
MFin04: “Also as soon as Schafer wins the job…he goes into the tank…interesting.
Wow dude… he goes 2 games without a hit, and you’re jumping around like Jim Kramer yelling “SELL!!!! your Jordan Schafer stock”.
Don’t ever invest in the stock market man… you could invest in nothing but Wal-Mart, Coke, and Google, and you’d still burst a blood vessel in your brain within minutes.
Our modus operandi in a nutshell:
When the team is winning in spring training:
“We’re going to be awesome this year. Everything is going well.”
When the team is losing in spring training:
“Oh, it’s no big deal. It’s just spring training.”
When this team wins a regular season game:
“The Mets lost tonight? Where’s Anders? That’s what I thought! HAHAHAHA!”
When this team loses a regular season game in a predictable way:
“What the hell was Bobby thinking? Francoeur’s killing us. Flat-out KILLING us! Send him down to the minors and leave him there this time! Dammit!”
The hilarious thing is that there will be a fresh crop of knee-jerk optimists and pessimists this year. After all, isn’t that really what the spring is all about? It is a time for renewal.
And yes, i know you took the season series from us. I was there for every game when we were swept in 4 games in Atlanta. However, thankfully that was the end of Willie Randolph shortly thereafter. I was at almost every Met game played at Turner Field. My friend (who is a Braves fan) that was with me that day still laughs at me for getting so pissed off when Kelly Johnson hit that grand slam.
I made the point last year that the Braves only got excited when the Mets were in town last year. I went to games all season (how many of you remember that i’ve been a Braves season ticket holder for about 5 years running??) and the only ones that have any kind of atmosphere were the Met games. Part of that had to do with the Red Sox not coming to Turner at all last season, or the Yankees. Regardless, the Braves really got it up for the Mets and you could feel it in the stands. Conversely, when the Phillies were in town, it felt like a Pirates game. I brought my dad to two of the Phillies games during that crucial sweep they put on the Braves, and even he said it seemed weak (and he is a Braves fan through and through).
I think this season Manuel may put a little emphasis on these division games, unlike Randolph ever seemed to do. I hope so anyway, i hate leaving Turner Field after a mets loss.
March 31st, 200911:57 pm
Mfin is officially a moron. He is more worried of the Nationals than the Mets. No need to ever comment on his comments anymore.
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