1:30 pm March 31, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 1st, 20099:49 am
Apropos of nothing, I just picked up (and finished) Matt McCarthy’s Odd Man Out, the tale of a former Yale pitcher’s one season in rookie ball in Provo, Utah, before he entered Harvard Medical School. Fun read, and, despite some controversy about minor facts, it has an air of truth around it.
One caveat: if you are a Casey Kotchmann fan, you might want to skip it. His father was the manager of Provo Angels, and he comes across as a decent man but a bit … uh… INSANE, at least at certain times.
April 1st, 20099:50 am
Kentucky, in college basketball, like UNC, Duke, Kansas and UCLA, is like what the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox are to baseball or what Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma, Nebraska are to college football or what the Cowboys and Steelers are in the NFL. Take all the shots you want now while they’ve bottomed out. That’s fine ’cause when they get down, there’s nothing uglier, but when they’re soaring, no one flies higher.
Think about it this way: there is hardly anyone in sports history whose shadow looms larger than Bear Bryant …… Bear Bryant however had to leave Kentucky because he couldn’t stand being overshadowed by Kentucky basketball. That’s how big Kentucky basketball is. Kentucky basketball is bigger than even Bear Bryant. Now, that’s amazing!
Son of Smoltz
April 1st, 20099:52 am
DOB are you talking about Family Automart and Appliance Direct? Those commercials are the two best parts of central Florida…
April 1st, 20099:53 am
(Gibby) April 1st, 2009 9:43 am
DAP- I can’t wait to get the MIB fantasy league going
Why? Are you already in the mood for a whoopin’?
April 1st, 20099:56 am
Just wondering, I pulled up the old blog and it is in all bold type. Easy to read. Is it just me or has the blog gone all bold type?
April 1st, 200910:02 am
DOB…congrats on going all bold on the blog. Good move. Just went to my friend Ron Green Jr.’s blog at Charlotte.com and it is still as regular type so I guess it isn’t me. It was actually a suggestion I sent to AJC sometime back. Guess they are implementing upgrades. Good move.
April 1st, 200910:07 am
running I think Kawakami is gonna be a fan favorite real soon. How about Kawakami’s Kamakazes?
DAP no. that is extremely offensive.
I agree with DAP.
April 1st, 200910:09 am
the blog aint all bold boys…..must be the computer/net
April 1st, 200910:10 am
McFann, i agree, idk why so many people don’t get the meaning of that word. I’m a white American, and I’d be offended for Kenshin if someone did that.
April 1st, 200910:11 am
I was a Josh Anderson supporter during spring training because I felt we knew pretty much what to expect from him.As a Braves fan I will support Schafer and will be rooting for much success.He is the key to the Braves seaon.Great to see Braves rewarded Chipper.
April 1st, 200910:13 am
DOB: Don’t know how you put up with folks like Dawson…maybe, just better to ignore.
Noticed that Josh was 0 for 2 yesterday, but had two walks and stole a base for the Tigers.
On another front saw where the real “Corky”, always great at defense for the Braves, is hitting .355 for the White Sox.
Wish the former Braves all the success in the world, but believe the Braves generally make all the right moves.
Know how busy you are during the game, but greatly appreciate your efforts to keep the bloggers posted on activity when you can. So, wanted to say “thanks” in advance.
Great story on Chipper, BTW, terrific move by the Braves. Just wish they would go ahead and name the CF starter so “whoever” could get past the “wondering” and get on with getting ready for the opener.
METS RULE LOL
April 1st, 200910:15 am
YEAH U BRAVES FANS GOT UR REDNECK THIRD BASEMEN BACK FOR THREE MORE YEARS GOOD FOR U CHIPPER IS OVERRATED AND WOULD RATHER BE THE STAR OF A HUNTING SHOW ON ESPN
April 1st, 200910:18 am
Very intelligent “mets rule” what grade are you in?
April 1st, 200910:19 am
like DOB said…the all caps posts are great, cuz you know you can just ignore them and not miss anything intelligent. i hope that dude knows chipper reads the blog…because he’s bound to get a kick outta it…btw, he already is on a hunting show, and has even released a DVD or two…but thats in the offseason
BT, his paretns are proud to announce he’s almost halfway through kindergarten
April 1st, 200910:21 am
Ease19- While I have had my share of whoopin’s, I have nothing to worry about from your team.
I GO TO QUEENS COLLEGE YOU GEORGIA REDNECKS LOL
April 1st, 200910:24 am
richard dawsonAnd that torrid hitting by Chipper? Done in about 2/3 of a season on average. Pujols is racking up 150+ games per season.
thats not really fair. chipper has played OVER 2/3 of the season every single year since he came up. (2/3 of the season is 108 games, by the way).
i dont know what you think youre adding. everyone is the world knows that chipper’s biggest problem is staying the field. when he is on the field, he is arguably the best hitter in the game. so, he got about $14mil per on his extension. dont you think if he was a guy who still played 150+ games he would have gotten manny ramirez money? i do. your “balance” is unneeded on this blog.
by the way, im hoping for a 2007 type season from chipper, .340 avg, 29 HR, 109 RBI in 135 games.
April 1st, 200910:26 am
DRAG QUEENS COLLEGE? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
chip off the ol block
this is why I’m a Braves fan
April 1st, 200910:27 am
Gosh, Mets Rule LOL, I didn’t know they had a college for that. I assumed you were just born that way.
April 1st, 200910:35 am
Isn’t Queens College like military intelligence? Slightly contradictory?
Dadgum, sorry but I have no idea what you’re talking about. Blog’s not all bold. But that would be a bold move, you’re right.
April 1st, 200910:37 am
Son of Smoltz, I don’t think that’s the store. the lady’s wearing all green pantsuit thing, to match the cheesey graphics. And the guy’s wearing jean shorts with a t-shirt tucked in. It’s a beaut.
April 1st, 200910:38 am
Is it Sunday night yet?
Well I might as well get the fight started…as much as I would like to be optimistic about the upcoming season, I’m afraid that I’ve become jaundiced. What I see is an infield with a 1B that can’t hit a lick…a 2B that can’t field a lick…a SS that’s still got a lot of demons in his head…and a 3B that has more bad obliques than the rest of the team ‘has’ obliques…and a catcher that has to hit balls to the wall in order to make it to second base, can’t get his un-protected body parts behind his pads and doesn’t block in-the-dirt pitches any better than I did when I was in LL. An outfield that hit all of 20 HRs last year and doubt if they’ll top 30 this year…a RF who has somehow lost a half-dozen steps of speed…a CF that I think is gonna have the kind of ‘attitude’ that the Braves won’t put up with very long…a RF that probably wishes he was still in California and another that runs so hot and cold it’s hard to know if he’s on the left or the right…a bullpen that looks about as fra-gee-lay as they did going into last year…and a starting staff that, at least, should earn their money (unlike last year’s when the Braves paid some $30 million to pitchers while not pitching), whether or not they win games will depend on the offense and defense.
Sorry, but given my performance in the NCAA pools, I thought these predictions just might mean we’ve got good chance to win it all this year.
April 1st, 200910:39 am
The more I think about it, the more I think the Braves are going to win the division. Two reasons why: Johan Santana and Cole Hamels.
Elbow sitffness is not something to joke about. If you remember, before Mike Hampton had to get TJ, Tim Hudson, and Soriano, and Moylan, they all complained about elbow stiffness, or soreness. Elbow soreness is rarely something that comes from a sorearm, tired arm, or dead arm. It is usually a precursor to something more serious.
I could be wrong, but I bet Hamels and Santana are on and off the DL all year. Maybe even having to get Tommy John. If you hadn’t noticed, they are about the only quality pitchers on those two staffs. Without them, those teams are about 6-10 games worse. That would definitely open the doors for the Braves.
You’re probably right about him just finishing Kindergarten…that’s why he doesn’t remember all those homers Chipper jacked at Shea in the playoffs. Are there lots of “Queens” at Queens College?
Yeah…I learned what it meant from Hogan’s Heroes…in a way.
April 1st, 200910:40 am
i know we just signed chipper to an extension. but did anyone notice that the marlins released dallas mcphearson? hes got some pretty impressive stats at AAA. the kid strikes out a ton but has some very impressive power, and still gets on base alot.
…make that LF that wishes he were still back there…
April 1st, 200910:44 am
dirtydawg very funny. i was just about to write and tell you how full of inaccuracies our post was until i read the last line.
April 1st, 200910:45 am
Watching Josh Anderson, who’s in the hitting group right now taking BP, and chatting with Adam Everett.
Leyland just walked over and said a few words to Josh. I’m imagining, in that Marlboro rumble of a voice, “Hey, Numblenuts. I hear you’re fast?”
(Actually, Leyland probably doesn’t greet newly arrived players the way he greeted me the first time he met me — the Numblenuts part, that is.)
April 1st, 200910:46 am
By the way, has anybody noticed that there’s a guy in Tampa that would have been that ‘heir-apparent’ we keep talking about for Chipper, but we decided to give up on him, and his ‘drug thing’ before we even saw him play. Seems to me Mr. Aybar would have been an excellent option and we already had him on the payroll.
Let’s get one thing straight–it’s “baloney,” not “bologna.” “Bologna” is elitist and un-American!
DOB, is the appliance guy Asian? We got a jean shorts wearing, appliance store owner over here in Melbourne who seemingly has bought half the local advertising.
Bob Wickman's navel lint
April 1st, 200910:48 am
Get in my belly.
April 1st, 200910:50 am
<dirtydawg willy aybar is not an heir apparent to anybody. he is a good backup/bench player, not an everyday guy. by the way, we have two guys on the braves (prado and infante) who are both arguably better than him.
Way to go, chippper
April 1st, 200910:52 am
>the lady’s wearing all green pantsuit thing
April 1st, 200910:55 am
Wow – the Braves finally got it right. Chipper is the face of the franchise, and sets the example for all others to follow. To allow him to finish his career as a Brave is fantastic. He is still going to have some great years. I’m glad he is available as the unofficial hitting coach as well. Hopefully he is working with Frenchy & will lead him out of his slump.
If you could back up any of your claims with any type of evidence I’d be impressed. You basically ranted a few paragraphs of your own thoughts rather than realistic arguments. Don’t represent Braves fans in such an idiotic way, leave that up to Mets and Phillies fans. In regards to KJ unable to field his position, and Kotchman not able to hit a lick. On the contrary, KJ has developed into an average fielding 2b, after changing his whole career around by switching positions. Kotchman has shown the ability to hit for a very good average by hitting .297 in 2007. Last year was marred by the trade accompanied with his mother’s illness. If you had any indication of such, you would understand why he struggled mightily in the last few months of the season. To top it off, you say “whether or not they win games will depend on the offense and defense” I’ll assume you mean “to win games in baseball, you need to score more runs than the other team offensively, and not let up more runs than you score defensively” Real intelligent comment dude. If your negativity exists within you, just keep it to yourself. This year’s squad is very promising, maybe not realistic to think of having such high expectations, BUT promising and talented nonetheless.
April 1st, 200910:58 am
The green pants suit confirms it. DOB has just witnessed a central Florida staple, Appliance Direct aka Scratch and Dent World. I hope Mr. O’Brien has had a chance to improve his already positive opinion of central Florida by viewing the legendary Family Auto Mart commercials. It is high class indeed. The cultural immersian will then be complete with a trip to the Caylee Anthony house.
April 1st, 200911:02 am
DOB, what’s the latest on David Ross?
April 1st, 200911:05 am
How about Kawakami’s Kows. We already have his icon sitting on the roof.
18 Wheels of Love
April 1st, 200911:08 am
I don’t seem to recall Aybar being the heir apparrant to much of anything, let alone 3B for the Braves.
April 1st, 200911:12 am
No. No cows. Must not. One too many already.
April 1st, 200911:19 am
Kawakami’s Kings, We’ll go to Burger King and get those crowns.
April 1st, 200911:20 am
You can’t talk about the greatest college hoops teams and leave out the Hoosiers…..Indiana is basketball
April 1st, 200911:22 am
BT said earlier that Frank Wren was on 680 earlier saying the CF race is still not over. How can the Braves even justify putting Blanco in CF when Schafer is hitting .360 and Blanco .111, and Schafer is superior defensively. Also Blanco has options. It would be a slap in the face to Schafer to give Blanco the job after Schafer worked so hard. I know he probably can’t say it’s Schafer’s, but why not just announce it already. What’s the big deal to give the kid what he deserves and worked hard for already?
DOB….I’m kinda stumped here. The other AJC blogs are not in bold either. Just yours. I haven’t touched anything on the computer just appeared bold today and frankly it makes all the difference in the world. Really really like it. Not gonna change anything so hope it stays that way.
Thought it was an April Fools kinda thing you were playing on us but apparently not. My computer is probably going to blow up now. Anyway, other things to worry about. Like selling real estate nothing bold about that.
The name of the store you are looking for DOB is Appliance Direct. All there stores in Orlando are green and yellow. The guy in the jean shorts use to use his daughter in the ads and their tagline is “If you paid retail, you paid too much!”
Be happy you only have to deal with that commercial during ST. I deal with it all year.
why not kawakamis ko’s;
you could have all of them black each others eyes before the game to lok like they were knocked out
I like to wear blue jean shorts with a dinner jacket and a tie when i travel around NY state.
Sometimes I drop by METS RULE LOL’s house (he lives with his mother and her 23 cats) and I try to convince him to stop huffing paint thinner, but he never listens. Oh well, he seems to have made it into fashion school so I guess he’s on the right track in life.
April 1st, 200911:23 am
DOB, Leyland greeted you as numblenuts?? Do tell, please.
rob from SC
April 1st, 200911:27 am
There is no way Blanco is our CF is there
April 1st, 200911:28 am
METS RULE LOL— I’m proud to be a Georgia Redneck. I bet I have more fun than you. I’m glad to be just an ordinary guy. How do stand to live in that horrible City of New York? You must love Queens!!!! Go Braves, the Mets suck.
April 1st, 200911:31 am
Love reading your post. I started reading your blogs in the past month. Do you keep this going during the season? New blog every day, away or home games, etc??
April 1st, 200911:36 am
Mets Rule…..two words for ya – New Cars….be careful.
April 1st, 200911:37 am
Hey Dawson, if you can find a better, more objective and informative Braves blog please let us know. Most are run by rabid fans who let their passion for the Braves get in the way of their judgement.
Dave is about as impartial and as professional as it gets, imho. I’ve never gotten the sense that he’s even a Braves fan, but runs a damn good blog, evidenced by all the Mets fans who can’t stay away. The blog would probably be better without them, but their needs on display are cute.
April 1st, 200911:38 am
What about Kawakami’s Kawasaki’s? We could come into Turner Field riding wave runners and wearing life jackets.
April 1st, 200911:39 am
You can’t talk about the greatest college hoops teams and leave out the Hoosiers…..Indiana is basketball —- clay
No doubt about that. My bad. That’s why I hate listing anything. You overlook things.
I should have also added the Braves and the Cardinals to the Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox and Dodgers although I’m not quite sure the Braves are historically as relevant yet as those other teams, but they’re getting there, if for no other reason than their control over the entire Southeast while those other teams control strategic regions like the West Coast, Northeast, Midwest, and New England that are very important to baseball’s well-being.
April 1st, 200911:42 am
Willy Wally…..Cubs? Relevant? When?
April 1st, 2009
Bear Bryant’s shadow didn’t “loom large” until after he left Kentucky and became a legend at Alabama, so don’t suggest that a legend had to leave because Kentucky b-ball was so big. I’m not saying Kentucky basketball isn’t big, because it is; I’m saying Bear left for a better program. (Kentucky football- historically bad)
I would argue that Notre Dame football might not return to what it once was, despite ESPN’s best efforts. They continue to have top recruiting classes and they are still losing. You cant compare ND football and Kentucky bball right now. Maybe after one or two bad years from ND, but not this long stretch.
April 1st, 200911:47 am
Figured it was time to retire the old blog moniker, saltywoody, as it frequently offended. Call it a maturation of sorts. Not that anyone cares.
“As usual, when the first question asked was “How’d you feel,” he responded with, “Sexy,” which has become a tradition, one we’ll probably leave here in Florida.”
I’m just catching up on this blog now and that is just about the best thing I’ve heard all spring. We need that on youtube.
April 1st, 200911:49 am
For the record, Bryant left Kentucky for Texas A&M, not Alabama — he went there after A&M (first season in Tuscaloosa as head coach was 1958).
And there were other issues at work in his departure beyond Kentucky basketball being in the spotlight.
April 1st, 200911:53 am
On that Braves poll on the Ajc/braves page, I’d pick Tommy Hanson if he was a choice.
April 1st, 200912:01 pm
DOB….the “page” button pull down on the top right hand side of the toolbar, it somehow showed large font which makes the page all bold. I changed it back to regular and the bold type went away. FYI….the page reads so much better with the large type. It really isn’t that much larger but the bold type is great. Just passing it on for your viewing pleasure.
April 1st, 200912:02 pm
Enter your comments here
April 1st, 200912:03 pm
That’s what I get for vacuuming the keyboard!
April 1st, 200912:06 pm
Tomahawk210 – relax! It was obvious in listening to Wren that he was just saying that because there’s been no official announcement yet. The guys tried to prod him (and Schafer a bit later) to give something away, but they both danced around the issue as best they could.
Anyone want the U2 presale password? They’ve been selling out in record time acroos the country, and righ now it’s relatively easy to get tickets for the Atlanta show on Oct 6
April 1st, 200912:08 pm
April 1st, 200912:09 pm
How about KK’s K’s?
April 1st, 200912:10 pm
Sorry, just realized that three K’s aren’t nice.
Flamenco the Foot
April 1st, 200912:11 pm
How about Kawakami’s Sake Bombs (doesn’t rhyme, but at least you get to get drunk before the game and dress like a bottle of sake or something). I’ve just recently discovered hot sake and it’s pretty good in my opinion.
numblenuts? I’ve been called numbnuts before, but that’s a new one.
April 1st, 200912:14 pm
DOB Re: your 10:45, thanks for the clarification. If Leyland had said that he heard you were fast, that would just be…weird on a lot of levels.
Woogidy, I would!!!
Didn’t mean to give the wrong impression it seems like Wren said the CF job was just between Anderson and Schaefer so decided trade Anderson which could leave the impression race for CF was over. Then he back tracked slightly probably just to keep from announcing to the public before telling the players. If Bobby says Friday I believe they will wait to Friday before the anointment.
April 1st, 200912:16 pm
Can we address you as Numblenuts now or should we stick with DOB? Since I don’t know how to make the smiley face I will just say I was kidding.
If a group of midgets ne’ little people wanted to support Kwakami, they could be Kenshen’s pensions
April 1st, 200912:17 pm
My brain hurts, brain hurts.
The above may be my worst post of all time
April 1st, 200912:18 pm
U2 presale password is FALCONS and you must use this link. http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0E004279F3408DB2?camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_nyrmanny&did=falcons&brand=tm
April 1st, 200912:20 pm
Flamenco the Foot, welcome to the Sake world. FYI, hot sake is usually of lower quality. The reason they heat it up is that it helps with the aftertaste. The higher quality is usually the cold sake, which can be very good and have little to no aftertaste.
April 1st, 200912:22 pm
No, Braves aren’t interesting in Sheff….
Ross a little better today, Bobby Cox said, but probably won’t make that decision until opening day on whether he’ll be ready. Sammons brought back over to catch today….
McCann doing better, DHing today, will be ready to catch by opening day or sooner.
OK, gonna write new blog now
April 1st, 200912:23 pm
Snowball’s chance: Yes, numblenuts, not numbnuts. Leyland has his own way with things.
Bay Area Steve
no transitions? Give us more than that.
April 1st, 200912:25 pm
You know if we stopped responding to these Idiot Trolls that show up on here, they would eventually stop sitting at home getting off (yes, I mean that to sound as dirty as it can) being the center of attention here and stirring people up. Nothing anyone says back to them is ever going to stop them from being the Idiot, Juvenile Screw Ups that they are. Let them go and get off the old fashioned way, at sites meant for that.
April 1st, 200912:30 pm
Yea I saw some nicer sake (Nigori Genshu?) that is supposed to be served cold, but I have not tried it yet. That will be next on my list.
April 1st, 200912:33 pm
Blawgdawg – you talking about me?
April 1st, 200912:36 pm
Oh, that’s nice. Thanks for the info, Chief.
Anders, you’ve always been cordial, I think he’s talking about your boy #1MetFan and others.
April 1st, 200912:39 pm
Garlick – Not always to be fair, but I try. Thanks.
April 1st, 200912:41 pm
Kawakami’s Tsunamis? They can start the wave.
(Sorry, getting a little punch drunk waiting for opening day.)
April 1st, 200912:43 pm
NO I WILL NOT RELAX! I WANT TO KNOW NOW! Just kidding I live in Chicago so i’m not as fortunate as many of you to be able to hear all the Braves news I would like. This great blog and great Braves fans are my way of getting my Braves news. So thanks to all for making it easy on me to get my Braves fix.
April 1st, 200912:50 pm
Tomahawk210: Agree with you re: cf announcement. Looks like early announcement would let whoever gets the job turn his attention to just playing baseball.
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