1:12 pm April 4, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
April 5th, 20091:56 am
The day has finally come!!!!!!!!!!!
McFann how does that go again? DGANGBBDAO? phew. Last week showed Mac cann handle a ding or two. He came back quick from that pitch to finger!
You got me on KK. The only uncertain starter for Braves has to be KK. I really don’t know what to expect. Yep, Cya at the Turd house! It’s the place where your Mets choke the most! You have a beautiful new stadium. Lets see if Chipper approves…..
Braveheart I enjoyed your 7:39 solid post. Boog is just fine with me!
When he was still broadcasting, no one was more objective, prepared, and professional than pete Damn right! I loved his detailed diamond notes. His crazy stats were great and meaningful. I am thankful, we had it so good before. Professional indeed.
WooHOO I can’t sleep tonight due to baseball fever!
April 5th, 20092:01 am
N Nine, yes sir! The day is indeed upon us!!!!
Is it just me, or was this the longest off-season since the inception of professional baseball??
April 5th, 20092:06 am
You can put it on the boarrrrd…YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 5th, 20092:11 am
KC The longest ever. EVER. This was an epic offseason. So many emotional roller coaster rides and somehow we turned out Okay! Have fun tomorrow in Cumberland area. Glad Cole decided he’s not ready.
April 5th, 20092:36 am
Is this thing on? Had a post not show up.
April 5th, 20092:38 am
Smell the Glove
When you hit like Manny, you don’t have to worry about defense. But some other free agent sluggers didn’t even sniff the cash they wanted — because a new wave of fielding analysis is changing the way players are valued.
April 5th, 20092:40 am
Baseball’s Next Top Models. Statistical models, that is. Systems for analyzing defensive play are feeding the new rage in the poststeroid era—run prevention. Teams are investing big money not only in slick fielders but also in the advanced metrics that are the game’s last stat frontier
April 5th, 20093:20 am
Interesting stuff. For a long time I placed very little faith in defensive stats. Recently Bill James said in an interview that they were way behind the others as recently as a few years ago, but he also praised the development in the last few years. Says they are still not as reliable but have made huge strides catching up. Thanx for the links.I’m gonna start studying them a bit more.
April 5th, 20096:43 am
Better defense is probably what won Schafer the job in CF. BC mentioned that he would probably struggle at the plate this year but defensively he could “really shag it.”
April 5th, 20097:10 am
Bobby Cox said Lowe was “lights out(heard that before)during spring training and his work ethic is incredible”. This will be Lowe’s third consecutive start against the champs. He says key to game is keeping Rollins off the bases. Lowe, who has gone 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA during his past six regular-season starts against the Phillies, needs to really worry about Howard, dude had double digits HR this spring. BEAST.
Excited to see Schafer’s defense for years to come, and it all starts now.
April 5th, 20097:30 am
DirtyDawg (2:31 pm): “I wonder if Kawi-whathisname’s contract allows them to send him down (out) to AAA?”
Do you call yourself a Braves’ fan?
Then learn the Bravess’ names.
Toots Uncommon, Rex
April 5th, 20097:35 am
PWHjort (11:33 am): “Anthony, who cares about what anyone says on the blog? It was a conversation. Grow up.”
A conversation? With whom — yo’ mammy?
April 5th, 20097:38 am
PWHjort (1:50 pm): “96.1 is broadcasting the games this year in Atlanta. I would assume that’s the flagship, right?”
Who you talkin’ to, jackaxe?
Braveheart, there is one nit to pick on the methodolgy in the data-gathering for the defensive stats. By necessity, there must be a large number of eyes grading each play, since every play of every game is being tracked. Are all those eyes qualified to make the determinations needed for the observation? Are they trained, and is the training rigorous and objective? Will two different observers grading the same player and play always supply the same result? That kind of thing…
It’s just my background and nature to sweat the details of the data, LOL. I’m coming around (a little) to the value of defensive metrics, but, on occasion, I’ll see a value on a player which seems totally opposed to observation; not in a matter of degree (good, but not quite as good), but total (seems good, really bad). That kind of polarity always make me step back a little from a total embracing.
Hank and Me and 715
April 5th, 20097:51 am
They were talking about nicknames for Shaeffer… Well after Saturday’s outing it looks like Kawakami will be known as Kamakazi.
April 5th, 20097:53 am
PWHjort (4:22 pm): “Quit trying to pick a fight, man. I wasn’t complaining, just discussing. It’s a mood point anyway, let it go.”
PWHjort (5:00 pm): “That’s your opinion. I have mine too. Are you done?”
April 5th, 20097:57 am
PWHjort (9:27 pm): “Look for a used left-handed American Tele.”
April 5th, 20098:14 am
It is hard to compare announcers when you reflect back on Skip and Pete.They both were really entertaining.Skip very much also was a fan of the Braves and showed his love in his disgust sometimes,in his humor and his excitement.Pete was quieter,more professional with a more analytical style.When I listen to Braves games now I really miss Pete and Skip.
April 5th, 20098:30 am
Good morning from Philly on the day everything begins to count. Remember what KJ hit this spring? Or Lowe’s strikeout total in Grapefruit League play? Or even Ryan Howard’s spring home-run total? Neither do I. And beginning today, no real need to know. (For the record, I think Howard hit 10 homers. Or so.)
By the way, on the last Saturday of exhibition games, ragged starting pitching was the order of the day in the NL East: Kawakami was horrid, O. Perez walked four and failed to make it out of the first inning, and Hamels gave up two homers and six earned in five innings, including a bomb by ex-Phil Pat Burrell.
April 5th, 20098:35 am
I get the feeling that if Schafer plays in Atlanta as long as Andruw did, people will still be misspelling it Shaeffer/Schaeffer/Shafer as often as they misspelled “Andrew” after a decade with the Braves.
April 5th, 20098:49 am
BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have optioned right-hander Clay Buchholz to Triple-A Pawtucket and placed five players on the 15-day disabled list.
Right-hander John Smoltz (right shoulder surgery), outfielder Mark Kotsay (right elbow), shortstop Julio Lugo (right knee surgery), outfielder Jonathan Van Every (right ankle sprain) and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (right elbow surgery) all went on the DL on Saturday retroactive to March 27.
April 5th, 20098:55 am
Shayphorr is going to be solid.
JasonInFL (Formerly ME)
DOB, get any rest at all? Here’s to opening day! If Chipper can stay healthy for most of the season, the Braves should be in contention all year. Here’s to opening day!
April 5th, 20098:57 am
Jason, we’re well-rested and ready to roll. Or at least ready to finish this coffee….
N Nine, I agree with you: Sheyfer is going to be a good one.
18 Wheels of Love
April 5th, 20099:27 am
Schaeypher’s debut is actually pretty exciting. First time we have had someone in center with long term potential since 1996 and Andrew.
DOB, Gino’s or Pats? Or both?
April 5th, 20099:36 am
Great to see the plans for retiring Maddux’s number and his induction in the Braves’ HOF. Does this mean he gets his own statue, too?
cabravesfan-Sorry you’re so squeamish about visual impairment. You should be. It’s no fun. However, my buddy Thrillhouse has been undergoing some issues in that regard and after sixteen operations on my right eye (ask DOB what I looked like after one last summer), I felt I should let Thrillhouse know what to avoid. Like I said, he doesn’t even need any more problems.
Toinight is zero hour for the 09 season. I’m ready. Go Braves.
April 5th, 20099:38 am
I cannot wait!!! What a nice day to wake up to in Philadelphia, sunny and cool. Even better, I wake up to watching Mighty Ducks winning it all in the Pee Wee championships on TBS. What an amazing omen for this Braves season!
April 5th, 20099:55 am
Good to hear DOB…and I agree, Sheyfer is definitely going to be a good one!
April 5th, 200910:18 am
18 Wheels: Personally, I’m a Tommy DiNic’s guy. Might head across the street to Reading Terminal and get me a DiNic’s roast-pork sandwich for lunch, it not today then tomorrow for sure.
April 5th, 200910:23 am
I would like to see Shea-4 hit leadoff.
April 5th, 200910:25 am
I want to wish Jordan Schafer good luck this season – I sincerely hope that he is successful. I saw him play in Rome in ‘07. In addition, I do hope that Francouer bounces back.
We will know what we have by June 1st. Last year on June 1st, I predicted a .500 ballclub. I was wrong.
I have confidence this will be a better ball club this year. Wren mailed it in last year and it came back to bite him. He earned his money moreso this year.
But we will see….
Wow, a very quiet morning on the blog. I guess everyone is resting up for tonight. I was hoping we could have a big debate on what pitch Lowe should throw first, or which middle relievers should be on the roster for the 2010 playoffs.
For RomanGal that would be Shea-IV
Rob from SC
April 5th, 200910:39 am
I asked this yesterday but I don’t know if you saw this
I am a junior at the University of South Carolina. I am currently a broadcast major, but I am entertaining the switch to print. I was wondering if I could e-mail you for advice. Thanks
April 5th, 200910:47 am
Rob from SC – Have you been following the news regarding the print media of late? Your move would be like deciding to become a horse carriage driver around the turn of the last century.
I’m not in the biz like DOB but I’d think he’d agree.
BTW- Good morning Bravos fans. Rise and shine, today is your day.
April 5th, 200910:54 am
Ah! Here at last!! Was a long off season sometimes…
I agree. He’ll be in there (he better be…)
Hey, maybe we should go over those abbreviations again before the season begins completely, eh? Ha…but the most important to remember is easy: DGANG, Day Game After a Night Game.
Dave…Have a good season…and thanks for all your hard work during Spring Training. Really appreciated all of it…
April 5th, 200910:55 am
Fritz is a good German Shepherd name. If I ever got one, I’d name it Schultz, Klink, or Major Hochstetter.
April 5th, 200910:57 am
DOB- Good morning. Hows the weather? No one does a better Blog than you, and am looking forward to a great season.
April 5th, 200911:01 am
Did anyone hear the results of Joey Devine’s visit to Dr. James Andrews. I ask because Oakland placed him on the 60 DL. That can’t be a good sign. Sounds like Tommy John Surgery.
April 5th, 200911:02 am
McFann-My son trains German Shepherds. He has four-Brutus, Athena, Caesar and Deximus (Dex).
April 5th, 200911:06 am
My dream job is to broadcast baseball games. After that I would like to be a beat writer. The thing I don’t like about broadcast journalism is I have no interest in learning to produce a newscast. Cutting and editing video ect.
April 5th, 200911:07 am
In one word how does it feel this morning now that the season is opon us? haha
April 5th, 200911:09 am
Rob in SC – Is SC big on broadcasting? I know most who want to get into that field up this way go to Syracuse. Lots of broadcasters have come from there.
Good luck to you.
April 5th, 200911:12 am
I am from New Jersey. South Carolina has an excellent broadcast program, and my wife is a grad student in social work. Their social work program is top in the country.
I have no desire to stay in South Carolina. I am willing to relocate where ever needed to find a great job
April 5th, 200911:14 am
Rob- So how did you become a Braves fan?
April 5th, 200911:15 am
That’s cool! They’re smart dogs. I’ve never actually met one, but I’ve read stuff about them.
April 5th, 200911:16 am
The NL east will be a battle of nutrition throughout the season. The Braves have the best and deepest rotation in the division. The Mets and Phillies have the better offensive attack, but the Braves have a good lineup as well. The Phillies and Mets must be concerned with the health of their aces. I have concerns over our bullpen, but I believe Boyer, Moylan, Soriano, and Gonzalez; if healthy should be above average. I am optimistic that this season will be the start of another historic division title run.
April 5th, 200911:19 am
I was born in 1981. My father grew up a diehard Yankees fan and tried his hardest to convert me. When I first started watching baseball in 1989, the Yankees, Braves, and to an extent Mets either sucked or were on the decline. I started watching the Braves on TBS and realized they had an abundance of young talented players like Gant, Glavine, Smoltz ect. I figured I could grow up with those players. I made the right decision.
April 5th, 200911:22 am
I study the history of baseball, especially pre 1930. I honestly believe that was the best time period in baseball history. I study every team. I keep an extensive book and can tell you every player on every team. I love to keep up with the minor league players and can’t recommend enough the BAseball America Prospect Handbook. I am lucky I have such a great wife how encourages my love of baseball.
April 5th, 200911:23 am
I train GS also……just as a hobbie……..I mean ……..I have trained last 2 I have had. Very good dogs……..easy to train.
April 5th, 200911:33 am
Rob- better your a Braves fan than a yankee fan. You’re another testimonial to how the Braves had the sports network empire (TBS) in the palm of their hands and let it slip away.
Oh, how things might be different for the Braves (financially) had they had the vision of growing a sports network back then.
Ritchie from Scotland
April 5th, 200911:39 am
When we are all watching the game tonight take a little time to think of me, starts at 1 am for me so will surely be up till gone 4. Dedication is what you need if you want to be a UK baseball fan.
April 5th, 200911:41 am
I didn’t follow the Braves games back at the Ted the last two days but I did see a blurb about Kawakami not piching well and walking guys. The reason I bring this up was the alarming amount of guys walked in the two games the Mets played at their new park the last two days. It was by both teams. The Red Sox walked 10 guys Friday night -some pitches were questionable imo.It looked to me like the pitchers were really being squeezed, much more so than was being done in Florida just days earlier. Both teams pitchers were looking in quizzingly on some of the calls and the catchers were double pumping throws back like, “wait, you called that a ball?” Same thing yesterday.
Did you guys see any of this in the Braves games, Friday or Saturday? I’m just hoping that we’re not getting an early season crackdown by the umpires on the strike zone.
Or Ritchie you could be like me and move to the States – actually I came here for other reasons, but it has worked out well for baseball.
April 5th, 200911:47 am
Per San Francisco Chronicle, Susan Slusser today:
Reliever Joey Devine was put on the 60-day disabled list to open up one spot, another indication that the team believes Devine’s elbow injury might require season-ending ligament surgery.
Too bad for Joey as he was set for his big break this season. Wish him well, as it was never going to happen for him in Atlanta. A Cox dog house boy.
April 5th, 200911:49 am
Ben, others: Weather is gorgeous here in Philly. Sunny and in the 50s this morning, supposed to get to the low 60s. It’ll be in 50s for game, maybe low 50s. But rain isn’t supposed to move in until midnight or later. Probably a good thing no game scheduled tomorrow here — supposed to rain most of the day.
—— BRAVES OPENING DAY VIEWING PARTY – TONIGHT ——
Open invitation: Opening day viewing party in ATL…
Tonight – 7:45pm
Jocks and Jills @ Galleria Mall (near junction of N.285 & I-75)
Feel free to invite others. You’re welcome to simply show up (you don’t have to touch base beforehand), but if you let me know how many you have coming, we’ll make sure there’s seating for you. Go Braves!
April 5th, 200911:51 am
Anders the strike zone was tight for Kawakami, but not out of line. As you know when a pitcher has poor control, he actually gets progressively worse calls and this did occur. KK just did not have it yesterday. I believe that one of the key reasons the Braves have these exhibitions at the Ted is to help the new roster members get over the first game jitters in their new park. Looks like KK needed it. Glad it did not count.
April 5th, 200911:53 am
Anders, I wasn’t paying close attention to how the strikezone was being called, but didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Kawakami was just all over the place. I think announcers were right… just nervous energy. First time pitching in a new home park would give anyone butterflies, but if you’re coming all the way from Japan…
I certainly hope that’s all it was – pretty much a one-time thing. And I think that’s all there is to it.
Wayne in Utah
Chronicles of Wayne and Logan:
Leaving Las Vegas today for Anaheim (magic kingdom, ready or not, here we come) after a wintery drive yesterday. Had a fun night in Gameworks, (we tied) and looking at the lions at MGM Grand. A good overall day, we ate what we wanted, when we wanted.
With the weather ahead of us today, no doubt the top will be down for all but an hour or so this morning (currently 48 degrees).
We might be able to catch the Braves game tonight, unless we get a better offer.
April 5th, 200911:55 am
KCcheck out my 7:40 post to you last night and reference to the 6:20 post about a Joe Morgan HOF Game for the party tonight.
northbeach scott -Yeah, I think there was a bit of that getting to know you thing going on in the Mets new park too. It seemed almost as if the umpires behind the plate were going through it too. There were like 30 walks or more in two games. Nothing close was called a strike – for either team. Really got silly.
April 5th, 200912:00 pm
Anders, no one let anything slip away where TBS was concerned. The reality was that the rates were steadily slipping, year after year. Didn’t have anything to do with the team, because the ratings decline started long before these last few seasons.
The TV baseball landscape changed. The TBS Braves games were originally so highly rated because it was the only national baseball on TV at the time. But then came the network TV game of the week, the weekly ESPN games… and ultimately, the satellite packages.
At a certain point, TBS execs had to look at and realize that Braves baseball was no longer the ratings beast it once was – or anything close to it. And once TBS and the Braves fell under different ownership, it was an easy call.
Sucks for Braves fans. It was great to have that national coverage, and the revenue and payroll flexibility that came along with it… but that’s life.
April 5th, 200912:08 pm
KC- What I meant was TBS could have become what ESPN is. TBS predated ESPN and was one of the first national(international?) type networks. Certainly in my household up here in NY.
Anyway, it’s a moot point now.
northbeach Scott, good suggestion!! lol Hey… next time though, link to the post!, will ya?!! That was a bit of an Easter egg hunt. =)
April 5th, 200912:17 pm
Carroll Rogers: Replays showed Kelly didn’t catch it.
Lets face it, KJ is weak at 2nd, but love to read how Mark Lemke talks about how good he is. Ive yet to hear Lemke say anything negative about any Brave.
April 5th, 200912:19 pm
Funny thing about Schafer’s name is people can magically spell “Yvonne Strahovski” without any problems but stumble over Jordan’s name all the time. Perhaps if Schafer were blond…ya thats it.
April 5th, 200912:23 pm
David O’Brien: i’d have preferred to know my flight was eliminated so I could have stayed home a few more hours
Set up email/cell phone alerts on Delta web page. Easy to do
April 5th, 200912:29 pm
Two of the most beautiful words in the english language:
April 5th, 200912:39 pm
“Fritz is a good German Shepherd name. If I ever got one, I’d name it Schultz, Klink, or Major Hochstetter.” (McFann)
McFann, you left out Gen. Burkhalter. If it’s a female, Heidi (not much choice there).
April 5th, 200912:42 pm
Braveheart: Thanks for the links. I’ve been looking for info about this and the second article pointed me to http://www.fangraphs.com, which is offering a lot of free content. I was just reading an article about catchers’ defensive abilities, which rated two Braves, Benedict and Crandall, as among the best of all time. Another ex-Brave, Bob Uecker, had the worst year of all time, but that might have been due to Phil Niekro.
They are offering tracking of games and an incredible archive of articles. For instance, there’s a feature about Schafer which projects him to have a so-so year, .270 with 15 HR and 20 SB, but called his defense excellent and said he’s a solid pick now, but a better one for the long run.
Have a good time!
What could be better?
April 5th, 200912:46 pm
I do agree with Rob’s 11:16: “The NL east will be a battle of nutrition throughout the season.” Whichever team’s players can keep from a full plate at the pregame spread should prevail this year. Remember small portions. j/k
April 5th, 200912:47 pm
True…I did leave him out–don’t know why. He’s funny, too. The Major just cracks me up…“Vat is zis man doing here?!” And of course, who doesn’t like Schultzie, eh?
Could also name it Helga or Hilda (Klink’s secretaries) if it’s a girl.
April 5th, 200912:53 pm
Josh B, congratulations on getting the first post. You are amazing. (And by that I mean a complete idiot).
Can’t wait for the Bravos tonight. We are going to rock Meyers.
April 5th, 200912:54 pm
DOB, can you give us your NL east predictions?
April 5th, 200912:58 pm
“Could also name it Helga or Hilda (Klink’s secretaries) if it’s a girl.” (McFann)
That’s the name I wanted. I haven’t seen the show in years. Heidi is what came to me. At least I had the “H” right.
April 5th, 20091:00 pm
Hey, here’s an int’resting stat:
This will be the fourth consecutive season the Braves have opened on the road, and their only wins during this span came in games started by Lowe and Myers.
Looks like we’re in luck tonight!
April 5th, 20091:02 pm
The Braves season preview video (from MLB) on Braves.com says “the [pitching] staff is not as deep as it has been in past years”…
This staff is probably the deepest it’s been since the 90’s.
I also heard a national sports media person (don’t remember the name) saying the Braves outfield didn’t figure to be much better than it was last year. What??? If Francoeur doesn’t bounce back AND Shafer falls on his face this year… if BOTH of those things happen, there’s a chance he could be right. But that seems highly unlikely.
If you look at Anderson’s numbers last year vs. righties, coupled with Diaz’s numbers over the past couple years vs. lefties… and average that out over 570 at-bats, you’ll have .305, 20 HR, 90 RBI. Even if the Braves don’t get quite that much production out of Left, they’re going to get close. Anderson is a nice addition, and the return of a healthy and sharp Matt Diaz is just as big. Left Field is GOING to be a very productive position… night and day from last year.
Also, if you trade the ‘08 version of Francoeur for the ‘07 version (or something even better), that’s like signing a big free agent bat over the winter. And we’ll have to wait and see, but I’m better Shafer will be an offensive upgrade over what they had in Center last year.
This is one of the reason’s why I don’t put any stock in the opinions of national sports media types. They just don’t pay much attention.
April 5th, 20091:03 pm
Had a feeling that’s what you had in mind.
We’ve got all the seasons on DVD. I’ve got a good selection on my iPod, too–love that show!
April 5th, 20091:04 pm
WHAT A GREAT DAY, GO BRAVES!!
I’m at Elon this weekend, and I ran into the father of my former teammate that played with Tommy and Medlen. My teammate’s wedding was in Jan, and his dad told me all the guys came down for his son’s wedding (Tommy, Kris, etc..) Anyways, he told me Paul (my old teammate) was playing SS when Tommy threw his no-no in Mississippi, pretty cool.
Thanks to everyone that voted for Miss Slugger and I at the below link. As a reminder, we’re #4!
April 5th, 20091:06 pm
Bummer that we lost yesterday. I was kind of hoping we would win that game and finish 11 games over .500 for the spring. Who was it… Buster Olney that mentioned the fact that teams that finish 10 games over .500 in the spring usually go on to win their division? Not that it really means anything. Just thought that would have been a nifty benchmark to hit for the spring.
1. Hits the first bomb this year.
2. Steals the first base
3. First Multi-HR game
4. Makes the first error
5. Throws the first CG
6. Has the first save
April 5th, 20091:07 pm
McFann, yeah that was it. My choice, however, would be Schultz or Schultzie. Looking back, my parents should have named me Schultz, because, “I know nothing”.
April 5th, 20091:08 pm
Meant to say I’m BETTING that Schafer will be an offensive upgrade…
April 5th, 20091:11 pm
First Homer – Brian McCann
Steals the first base – Jordan Schafer
First Multi-HR game – Jeff Francoeur
Makes the first error – Kelly Johnson
Throws the first CG – Javier Vazquez
Has the first save – Mike Gonzalez (tonight)
April 5th, 20091:12 pm
I meant attrition
April 5th, 20091:15 pm
April 5th, 20091:17 pm
Aw, now I’m sure you know something.
Gotta run. Be back later. Rob, I hope you’re right about the first homer!
April 5th, 20091:19 pm
FYI, I know you all like College Basketball, word on the street is Sean Miller met with Arizona’s AD this morning, and the meeting is still going, and that people in the Miller camp said if he meets with Arizona, he’s going to leave and go coach there. Terms are $2.2 MM per year for 5-6 years.
Also, Xavier has said if Miller leaves, they would promote from within.
Could be interesting if Calhoun retires, which I’ve heard is a definite possibility, as Miller was considered by many to be Calhoun’s heir apparent.
April 5th, 20091:22 pm
Steve McP – where you from originally then? I want to move to the states at some point, still studying so will look at my options after I finish. Someone keep an eye out for any photography jobs in the area…:)
April 5th, 20091:24 pm
April 5th, 20091:26 pm
Frank from KS
In the words of the most famous ringside announcer…..
“Ahhhhh…let’s get ready to rumbbbbbbblllllllllleeeeeee”
Steve from OH
April 5th, 20091:29 pm
Happy opening day, everyone!
Did anyone else see that the Braves are retiring #31? It’s great to see the Braves honoring one of the classiest players the game has seen. And one of the best, too. I’m grateful that I was able to see him pitch for all those years in Atlanta. Congrats, Mad Dog.
April 5th, 20091:31 pm
Been reading up on prognosticator sheets about the METS. Apparantly most commentators think BELTRAN is the loneliest # out in CF with ghosts playing left and right fields respectively. BU catcher leaves them as cold as ROSS gives them the warm fuzzies.
I see ERIC O’FLAHERTY won out in the three man derby to replace WIL OHMAN. I said he LOOKED good with his form. Now if the pitches are as good we’ll all be sayin’ WIL WHO in no time. GOOD luck E O’F. Go make O’B. proud. And GO BRAVES. 6:30 hours and counting.
April 5th, 20091:40 pm
Glad it’s not gonna be wet up there till after game-time. Rain-outs are really a letdown, specially on opening day. Unless you’re fried to perfection, of course.
I’ve been looking for the international version of the Glen Campbell compendium/magnum-opus boxed-set, for my collection.
Y’all thought I was serious, didn’t you? lol
Brad in MT
April 5th, 20091:45 pm
First Homer – Chipper
Steals the first base – Jordan Schafer
First Multi-HR game – Brian McCann
Makes the first error – Yunel
Throws the first CG – Jair
Has the first save – Mike Gonzalez
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