2:21 pm April 24, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 25th, 20098:06 pm
Tom O’Hawke (7:59 pm): “The  most time-consuming events in the world. (starting with the shortest) 1) the evolution of man
2) getting your car repaired
3) Yankee – Red Sox game”
4) Brian McCann hitting a triple.
April 25th, 2009
The 3 most time-consuming events in the world. (starting with the shortest) 1) the evolution of man
2) getting your car repaired
3) Yankee – Red Sox game
April 25th, 20098:07 pm
Okay, were the homers just flying out of the New Yankee Stadium, or do the Yanks have a pretty good offense and a horrible pitching staff?
Jim …. Sorry man, that went right over my head. Usually, I pick up on that stuff, but not that time. I figured with all your early NY ties, that you must’ve lived in this state. Are you still a NY Giant fan? They’re real popular around here. They train on the Albany State campus.
April 25th, 20098:09 pm
Okay, you’re back.
Braveheart (1:08 pm): “You’re getting so lost in the trees, you’re not seeing the forest.”
Hardly. I’m making a distinction between behavior that directly affects a game and behavior that does not. Not a mystery that Chipper (or any other pro) would react differently to each.
“See the bigger picture point of what I’m saying.”
I see your point — I just think you’re wrong. You’re making a distinction between how Chipper reacts to others’ behavior vice his own, and how he reacts to a “rookie’s” behavior vice another veteran’s. Right? And criticizing him for it. I’m making a distinction between how Chipper reacts to behavior that may affect a game vice other behavior. And I do not think his reaction/nonreaction is inappropriate.
Imo, yours are insignificant distinctions when compared to the critical one of whether the behavior might affect a game. Second, yours are false distinctions — he took on Smoltz, didn’t he? And few outside this blog (and NYC) are harder on Chipper than he is on himself.
“Now, as to the inside being taken away from Vazquez, dude, it was taken away from Volzquez just the same, a guy who doesn’t have the control Vazquez does. Volzquez, in fact, walks almost twice as many batters per 9 innings than Vazquez. Who’s likely to be more harmed than by having the inside taken away? It’s clearly Volquez.”
So it’s okay to tie one of our pitcher’s hands behind his back if we tie the other pitcher’s hand as well?
Tortured logic, my man — different strokes, I guess.
Braveheart (1:13 pm): “Uh, Random, how often do you see the Braves retaliate? Hudson is about the only one who would get his teammate’s backs in that regard. So Escobar didn’t prevent his team since they only have two guys who would retaliate. One is on the DL. The other is in AAA.”
How about that new fella — Valquez? Vasquez? He plunked 6 last year — 75 in his 353 start career. (He averaged over 5/year in NL, and just under 8/year in AL.)
Escobar’s behavior removed the option of retaliation — whether the Braves actually would have or not is a separate discussion.
I’m not surprised upon my return to see people commenting on two teams who dare not speak their names.
I’ll speak their names. The Yankees and Red Sox are a disgrace to the game of baseball. I’m so sick of their bulls%$#.
Let’s face it, it could be 1-0 and they would still be playing. American League baseball is a bunch of ess eighch eye tea.
This is the last straw. I officially hate both of them now.
April 25th, 20098:10 pm
16 – 11 Boston, 8th inning.
Frank from KS
April 25th, 20098:13 pm
This particular Yanks/R.Sox series is in Fenway.
April 25th, 20098:14 pm
“That would be my USC Trojans, adding a 24th Rose Bowl title to their trophy case”
Yes, cabravesfan, we know. That’s how I knew you didn’t mention that you are a USC fan(to me). I would’ve remembered that, thanks to that miserable Rose Bowl Game. I think, though, if they played another 3 quarters, or so, that we would’ve caught you. Seriously, I watched them all year, and they played great. Then, in that first half against your club, they looked like a Pop Warner team.
April 25th, 20098:16 pm
WOW. Pats up on the Giants by two field goals (Lol). ;>)
April 25th, 20098:18 pm
Random … good one @(8:06 & 8:07). I hate to admit I thought that was funny, because you never know when McFann is coming back on. McFann, that was Random, not me.
That’s what the best defense in the country can do to a good team- USC’s defense was really, really good last year…they only gave up 14 touchdowns all year (and scored 66) and 9.0 points per game in the high scoring Pac-10
April 25th, 20098:20 pm
alright- warning to all: gearing up for 49ers rant #3…
April 25th, 20098:23 pm
Uh-oh, everybody stay low.
April 25th, 20098:24 pm
OK, can’t rant because they traded the pick…
April 25th, 20098:25 pm
and now i really have to bail for a while and go run some errands…i’ll be around later if anyone is still here
April 25th, 20098:28 pm
Good by, cabravesfan. Don’t forget beer and cigarettes for the dog.
April 25th, 20098:30 pm
Greg in TN
April 25th, 20098:34 pm
The pitching during the final three at-bats turned in by Derek Lowe after the blown call by Tim Tschida in the home half of the fifth was something to behold. Dickerson, McDonald and Votto struck out on 16 pitches.
It was good seeing the Offensive Assassin launch a long ball in the second and Greg Norton earning his first hit of the season. Now a road trip that looked particularly bad in Pittsburgh and Washington might end with a sweep in Cincinnati and a winning record for the trip.
It’ll be tough losing everybody’s favorite catcher while he gets his eye issues worked out, especially with the Cardinals coming to town to start the homestand. Today was a good sign to be sure, but would love to see some runs on the board tomorrow for Kawakami and again on Monday for JJ.
April 25th, 20098:37 pm
Go Braves! -Ru Paul
You go girl….or guy?
April 25th, 20098:41 pm
“It’ll be tough losing everybody’s favorite catcher while he gets his eye issues worked out, especially with the Cardinals coming to town to start the homestand.”
Greg, it may just be a rumor, but I hear they have McFann on suicide watch.(I’m just kiddin’, young lady) She’s gonna kill me tomorrow.
I must be blind. Everyone that has opined, has said that Tim Tschida blew the call, including you. I thought Yunel held onto the ball too long and the runner was safe. Both on live play and the replay. So far, the only ones that share my opinion are the announcers. The REDS announcers.
April 25th, 20098:43 pm
Frank from KS, “Thank god for the radio (Lol). Have been able to listen to the last two, three games on radio and like the pairing of Jim Powell and Don Sutton.”
Of course, for most of my early life, the only access to baseball has been through radio. If the announcers are actually radio announcers (i.e. they know that their audience cannot see the game) rather than transplanted TV announcers, I would prefer to listen to a baseball game rather than watch one.
The internet looks like it’s going to be the next big thing in the evolution of baseball. You can pick your feeds and you can interact with other fans live during a game.
Who knows, the DOB blog might be the thing that future fans look back on with nostalgia that got them hooked on Braves baseball.
April 25th, 20098:45 pm
“Kelly Johnson and the Braves rocked the Reds for their third straight win” AJC
Kelly Johnson did NOT rock the Reds today. Kelly was again 0-4 and is now batting .212 on the year, yet he continues to be a fan and manager favorite while solid hitting Infante and Prado continue to be benched.
I just don’t understand how many more changes this kid will have. June, July, 2020?
April 25th, 20098:50 pm
TJ –that is exactly what I was thinking. Did Kelly sneak some crack into the reds dugout and get them high because thats the only thing KJ might have rocked today.
April 25th, 20098:52 pm
TJ …. are you kidding me. That’s what the AJC said? Wow, if he has another game like today, he’ll be flirting with Mr. Mendoza.
April 25th, 20098:56 pm
Where dose it say “Kelly Johnson and the Braves rocked the Reds for their third straight win”? All I see is “Escobar, Jones lead Braves over Reds”.
Never mind. I see it now. Wow @ AJC.
April 25th, 20098:59 pm
abwright re: your 8:43 pm
Very true. The internet is amazing, isn’t it? I mean, with MLBTV and all the game feeds that are on-line, it could very well be the the next big thing for us baseball fans, if it isn’t already.
I mean, I can listen to a Georgia radio station while living IN Kansas broadcast a Braves game.
So it’s okay to tie one of our pitcher’s hands behind his back if we tie the other pitcher’s hand as well? Tortured logic, my man — different strokes, I guess. Tortured logic. (RANDOM)
One walks less than 2.4 per 9 for his career. The other walks almost twice that – 4.7 a game for his career. Who’s likely to be hurt more by having the inside taken away from them?
One is a 32 year old veteran in his 12th season. The other is a 25 year old in his second full season. Who’s more likely to be hurt more having the inside taken away?
The 25 year old in his second full season who walks almost 5 a game for his career, had gotten 5 of his first 8 outs via the K, and was showing no hit stuff, but had walked two and hit a batter. Don’t see how taking away a side of the plate from a guy flashing no hit stuff but lack of command is not desirable.
Escobar’s behavior removed the option of retaliation — whether the Braves actually would have or not is a separate discussion. (RANDOM)
Did it really remove retaliation? Didn’t seem so to me this afternoon. Lowe did retaliate this afternoon.
The Braves were in a game that looked like it was gonna be a close one Friday night. The opposing pitcher always has no hit stuff and was flashing that kind of stuff early on. That opposing pitcher, however, is a young, relatively inexperienced pitcher who walks ALOT of batters. That same pitcher was showing lack of command early in the game. By taking away half of the plate from that pitcher, Escobar made that pitcher more hittable, predictable, and made it harder for that pitcher to do something he experiences difficulty with, namely, throwing strikes.
In what looked to be shaping up as a close game, by reacting the way he did, Escobar also took his pitcher off the hook. His pitcher didn’t need to waste putting a runner on base in a close game for the sake of retaliation. They could take away half the plate from the wild, relatively inexperienced pitcher while his ace could retaliate the next day while his team was facing a lesser pitcher where putting a baserunner on wouldn’t be as costly.
So, by “overreacting” the way he did, Escobar got a chance to rally his troops behind him, got to rattle the opposing pitcher, placed the opposing pitcher at a tactical disadvantage as compared to his starting pitcher that game, and got to exact revenge the next day with his ace on the mound against a lesser pitcher.
April 25th, 20099:07 pm
Haha…Nah, I won’t kill you tomorrow…
It’s tough alright…but as long his eye gets fixed this time–and the team plays the way they have in this series–I’m OK with it…sorta. I mean, it stinks that it had to happen…but this is what’s best for him and the team. Heh, no offense (no pun intended) to him, but he wasn’t helping a whole lot with that buck-95 AVG. Was getting painful to watch, I tell ya…
April 25th, 20099:09 pm
The David Ross Acquisition seems huge right now. I think Braves fans are really going to start liking him this week. He may be my favorite member of our top-flight bench right now.
Oh, and that thing about “Kelly Johnson and the Braves rocked the Reds for their third straight win”? Didn’t you guys notice the photo? They only said that because he’s in a “rocking” pose. I mean, come on–it looks like he’s dancing or something…“rocking”…
April 25th, 20099:10 pm
Tom O’Hawke (8:41 pm): “I must be blind. Everyone that has opined, has said that Tim Tschida blew the call, including you. I thought Yunel held onto the ball too long and the runner was safe. Both on live play and the replay. So far, the only ones that share my opinion are the announcers. The REDS announcers.”
You’re right — you are blind.
Best replay angle was from left field which showed both the tag to Chipper’s left and the base to his right. (If I recall, in the replay the shot from home plate, the umpire obscured the actual tag.)
It went kind of like this: slide — slide — tag — slide — slide — “Safe!!!”
And you’re right — Escobar held the ball a little too long (looked like he had some trouble getting it out of his glove). He should’ve got it to Chipper sooner rather than later, so that the runner would be heading back to 2b in case anything went wrong. Like a bad call or something.
(Lest anyone think I’m in love with Chipper, I’ll be first to say that his throw too Escobar was way high, and may have contributed to or directly caused Escobar’s difficulties getting a grip on the ball.)
I’m a little bit confused…did TP take the day off today?
I like ‘im…first backup catcher I’ve had any use for in the past, uh…three years…
April 25th, 20099:12 pm
This particular Yanks/R.Sox series is in Fenway. (FRANK IN KS)
I know. I was watching it. Poorly written post on my part. Last weekend, everyone went nuts about how the New Yankee Stadium was a wind tunnel. What I’m saying is that the more you watch the Yanks, the more you have to question how much the new yankee stadium is to blame. It just looks like they have a great offense and horrible pitching. They’re gonna hit alot of homers and give up alot of homers no matter where they are. Don’t know yet how much we can accuse the new stadium of being a wind tunnel
April 25th, 20099:15 pm
By the way, does anyone have a transcript of what Escobar was screaming at Volquez Friday night?
Frank from KS, 8:59 pm, “The internet is amazing, isn’t it? … I mean, I can listen to a Georgia radio station while living IN Kansas broadcast a Braves game.”
I remember back in the good ole’ days,… you know, last year,… when you had to wait for somebody to update their crawl or web page to find out the latest scores. Now, you can tune into just about anything (except video on Saturdays curse you Fox), and watch what’s going on as it happens.
I realize that the emancipation of all this information is crippling the traditional outlets, like newspapers or stations like TBS, but it is fantastic that us fans can get just about anything we want (or can afford) whenever we want it.
April 25th, 20099:16 pm
Tom O’Hawke Take another look at that throw to Chipper and tag at 3rd. It looked like Chipper applied the tag when the runner’s leg was almost a foot away from the bag. The ump really blew the call.
However, the whole play was ugly from Ross’s throw to Chipper, to Chippers high throw to Yunel, to Yunel’s late toss to Chipper. Sometimes umps punish the pros when their plays are not smooth and reward (i.e. the phantom stepping on 2B, while turning a DP) some that are smooth, but not technically correct.
Also, Chipper rarely barks at the umps and he did to on this play as he knew he nailed the runner.
April 25th, 20099:17 pm
Braveheart-And I’m absolutely certain those were the thoughts running through Yunel’s mind immediately after getting hit by a pitch-”Let’s take the inside away from Volquez and rally my posse behind me.” Right. Dude overreacted just like he has more times than we can even remember for the past three seasons.
Maybe if he also thought “Gee, if I b!tch about this strike the Ump just called against me, he might get p!$$ed”, it would all even out, right?
April 25th, 20099:18 pm
I also am glad they dled McCann. Sometimes players will hurt their teams more by trying to be good team players and trying to play through injuries. McCann will come back even stronger, right McFann? Also Brayan Pena was DFAed today. Wonder if Braves could use him even for minor league depth?
April 25th, 20099:20 pm
Braveheart … man, you and Random have taken this discussion to a whole new level. I bet if Volquez had to join you two, in your discussion, he’d never hit anyone again, for the rest of his career. He might even quit baseball, then join his brother in his kite factory. Gotta love you two. You really get into it!
McFann … Thank you. I like to kid around, but some areas are “sensitive”. I have a bet with my best friend. We do it every year. It’s all about picking the winning teams and individual achievements. I picked McCann to win the National League Average, this year. It’s risky because, as a catcher, he sits every 5 days or so. Then there’s all the dents and dings. I didn’t anticipate him being blind. If I knew, I probably wouldn’t have picked him. Anyway, we need him cured, and back in there!
April 25th, 20099:21 pm
April 25th, 20099:23 pm
TJ (8:45 pm): “‘Kelly Johnson and the Braves rocked the Reds for their third straight win’ AJC
“Kelly Johnson did NOT rock the Reds today. Kelly was again 0-4 and is now batting .212 on the year, yet he continues to be a fan and manager favorite while solid hitting Infante and Prado continue to be benched.”
Well, he got on base and scored twice, struck out only once. He walked, flied out to LF, struck out and grounded out twice to 1B (one of which advanced Norton from 2B to 3B).
I’m for letting him work his way out of his slump against RHPs. (For now.)
Now, if Cox starts him against the next LHP we face (), I’ll join your chorus.
April 25th, 20099:24 pm
OK, got some beer for me, some beer for the dog, what time does the game star…DAMN IT I hate day games!
April 25th, 20099:25 pm
Falcons select William Moore, S, Mizzu. Love the Falcons’ leadership team and how they have rebuilt that franchise.
April 25th, 20099:26 pm
Let’s just hope McCann doesn’t become as blind as Corky’s bat
April 25th, 20099:27 pm
Man…that is a risky thing to bet on. Ya know, the last time he was DL’d (May, 2006), he was leading the league in hitting at the time. Course, when he came back, he couldn’t get enough PA’s to qualify. Hope he cann make it or ya this year–would really hate for you to lose that bet…
I didn’t anticipate him being blind, either. And, OK, we ran a couple errands after finding out that BMac was DL’d for this, and what song comes on the radio in the car? “Double Vision”…
April 25th, 20099:30 pm
Random … I must’ve blown it! The more I read here (opinions), the more I see that it’s me against the world. Well, not everybody. George Grande, Chris Welch (Reds announcers) and Tim Tschida agree with me. As a matter of fact, Tim is probably on the other side now.
You’re not being a “Chipper lover”. Yunel had all day to throw that ball, even if it had super glue on it!
April 25th, 20099:34 pm
Lew, not really saying that was going through his head. It’s just that, for whatever reason, Random has selected me as the one to conduct his daily thought experiment on, so I’m reluctantly obliging after trying my hardest to blow him off all day. Mofo is a persistent bugger though, and I figured after being called out twice, I’d engage
So I just discovered the 49ers traded their 2 and 4 this year for a 1 next year…can’t really complain about that
April 25th, 20099:35 pm
Braveheart (9:12) …. I agree. There are a lot of knee-jerk reactions, right here on this blog. But to label the new Yankee Stadium a “launching pad”, based on 2 or 3 games, was a tad premature, IMO.
April 25th, 20099:38 pm
Hey so who ended up winning that stellar Sox Yanks game?
Braveheart (8:59 pm)
. . .
Who’re you talking about, Yoda Escobar?
I was talking about Yunel.
Tortured logic, my man.
April 25th, 20099:40 pm
Tom O’Hawke, you really watched that replay and came to the conclusion the runner was safe? Dude, what do you see when you watch the Zapruder film, four gunmen with AK-47’s?
cabravesfan Do you think Josh Morgan was used right by Martz? Ithink he was really intimidated by Martz. Do you think he will be a factor this year ? Ithink he could be a real sleeper
Random, better to demonstrate tortured logic rather than none as you are
April 25th, 20099:41 pm
April 25th, 20099:43 pm
northbeach Scott (9:16) …. I agree I missed the call. Even with replays. I guess I was so sure that he was safe, that I really didn’t pay that much attention to the replays. Especially, when the Reds announcers were saying it was a good call. I don’t know why I let you all know how stupid I am. I guess I found that hard to believe (that I could be so wrong). The worst part of this honesty, cabravesfan will be home pretty soon. This will be another strike against me. I believe I already struck out. I hope she gives me 3 outs.
April 25th, 20099:45 pm
My opinion of Mike Martz probably can’t be printed here or in any public forum…I think Morgan could have been better utilized but he actually got really sick right before the season started and lost a bunch of weight, took him a while to get over it. I think he is going to be a very good receiver (he showed flashes of brilliance late last season) and I really like him. I understand that Michael Crabtree was available and it is hard to pass up that kind of talent, but with all the holes the 49ers have, along with the fact they do have Morgan on the roster, I think they would have been better served to get some help on a really shaky O-line (55 sacks is way too many)
Braveheart-Random is persistent? And we’re not? On that one I’ll bid Y’all Nice Denizens a good night.
April 25th, 20099:48 pm
I am already home My big question is- Why on earth would you take the Reds’ announcers word that it was a good call? Of course they would think it was a good call, it went in their favor! Lucky for you I didn’t actually see the play so I cannot comment on your (apparently faulty) opinion…I have no problem with the honesty, however…more men need to be honest
April 25th, 20099:55 pm
cabravesfan I agree that he has great upside and i hope he is a factor this year. Good luck on Niners this year and Go Bravos!
April 25th, 20099:56 pm
Uh-oh, I even drew the attention of the CHIEF. For 2 days, I’m trying to get him to watch this music video. Does he? No! However, go public with my blunder, and he’s all over me. Just for that, you must watch this video. Right, cabravesfan?
give me a minute to find it, though.
Braveheart (9:40 pm) –
I’m sorry — what?
My attention wandered — all I caught was ” “.
PS: Sorry about the repeat — didn’t mean to “call you out” at all, let alone twice.
You seemed to have been in and out today, so with the fast pace of commenting during the game and the pagination and all, I thought you had missed the first one. Just wanted to continue the discussion.
But not ad absurdum. Or ad infinitum.
So let yours (8:59 pm) be the last word.
PPS: Thanks, Lew.
April 25th, 20099:58 pm
It usually helps if you have the link ready
Please check out and opine.
April 25th, 20099:59 pm
Im the best slugger on this team but im only hitting .213. I will promise you ….braves fans that I will do better……..cox is patient with me………..you should also do the same.
For know, I´ll let my glove do the work and not my bat (there is no difference anyway).
Lets go braves……..do the job, cause I just can.
I always wondered what the contract negotiations concerning Garret Anderson between Frank Wren and Scott Boras were like. Through a source close to the negotiations, I have acquired a transcript of such negotiations.
Frank Wren (answering the phone): Hello.
Scott Boras: Hello Frank, It’s Scott.
FW: Oh, hi Scott. I haven”t heard from you since you fleeced us in the Derek Lowe negotiations, how have you been?
SB: Well, I’m still waiting for Manny to sign so I can collect my fat bonus check, but thanks to you and the Yankees, I’m doing just fine.
FW: Good to hear, Scott. What can I do for you today?
SB: Well, Frank, I have a client that you may be interested in.
FW: Well, at this point in the off-season the only thing I’m really looking for is a right-handed power bat that can play acceptable defense in left field. Do you have anything that fits that description?
SB: Not exactly, the player I had in mind doesn’t bat right-handed.
FW: We could still be interested, provided he can hit for power.
SB: And he doesn’t EXACTLY hit for power. Well, he doesn’t hit for power at all, really. He’s kind of washed up and his bat speed is extremely slow.
FW: As long as he play acceptable defense in left field we may still be interested in a platoon partner for Matt Diaz.
SB: He really can’t play acceptable defense anywhere.
FW: Scott, that doesn’t seem like something we’d be interested in, what else can you tell me about him?
SB: Well, he’s 37 years old, so you know he’s got longevity. He played for 15 years with 1 organization and holds most of the records with that organization but they’ve decided not to try to re-sign him, so you know he’s loyal to the team. And he’s only looking for a 1-year deal. Combined with the fact that he plays with the passion of a cinder-block, I think he may be a fit for your organization.
FW: So you’re thinking a 37-year-old whose previous organization of 15 years wasn’t interested in re-signing, who bats left-handed, who plays terrible defense, and who doesn’t hit for power would be a good fit for us?
SB: Well, not necessarily a fit, but you’ve got extra money, and I know how you love to waste it. Just sign this guy.
FW: What’s his name?
SB: Come on, don’t you read the internet? It’s Garret Anderson.
FW: How does 2.5 million sound?
SB: Let me get back to you with my decision, give me and my client 24 hours to talk it over.
FW: Ok, Scott. Talk to you soon.
2 minutes later:
FW (answering the phone): Hello.
SB: Frank, it’s Scott, we’ll take it.
FW: Ok, we’ve got a deal. I’m going to have a heck of a time explaining this one to the fans.
SB: Frank, it’s Atlanta. The fans will think he’s valuable so long as he gets a few RBI’s here and there.
FW: Right you are, Scott. How silly of me to worry about my incompetence.
SB: Take care Frank.
FW: You too, Scott. I look forward to doing business with you in the future.
SB: Not nearly as much as I’m looking forward to it. Maybe next year we can work on a deal that will bring Kevin Millwood back to Atlanta. You know, he’s been working on his batting practice fastball and he’ll be a great asset to every other NL team should you acquire him next year.
FW: We’ll see, Scott. Take it easy.
April 25th, 200910:00 pm
DOB ….. it probably wouldn’t hurt to give you all the info.
Below is a link to a great piece of sound engineering. It is a composite audio/video of song whereby additional tracks were laid in by different singers and musicians from different places around the world. The finished product is tremendous!The song itself is that classic standard “Stand By Me” originally released in 1955 by The Staple Singers and released again in 1961 by the Drifters.This composite version is a real toe tapper. So turn up the speaker volume. Give it a little over a minute before you decide that you don’t like it. That’s when the next artists start to add on.
April 25th, 200910:01 pm
“My opinion of Mike Martz probably can’t be printed here or in any public forum” — cabravesfan
Martz was pretty much a genius during his heyday in St. Louis. Like most coaches, he’s only as good as the talent he has to coach. (and I though Crabtree was a good pick at 10, btw, but you know the Niners better than I do);
Braveheart, it’s already been beaten up, so I’ll just say… I agree with all your theory behind the plunking and its ultimate effect, but you give Yunel way to much credit for his thought process in the whole thing. He got hit, and got mad. That’s about it.
Random, just messing with you. The only reason I was blowing you off was because I know we’re both fully capable of going ’round and ’round with one another for the entire week about it even though we likely agree with each other but won’t admit it, to the great annoyance of all. Just ask Lew. We went at it for a week a year or two ago about Dontrelle Willis, to the great annoyance of all, including each other.
April 25th, 200910:02 pm
Dude, if that was supposed to be funny, it failed miserably.
April 25th, 200910:03 pm
I got link for you Tom, uuuuuummmmhhhhhhhmmmm. Like some mustard on that? From time to time, I has to relieve the link.
Yer funny, Tom. Not funny ha, ha, either.
April 25th, 200910:05 pm
cabravesfan (9:58) …. sometimes I think on the run (unfortunately).
April 25th, 200910:06 pm
northbeach Scott (9:16 pm): “Tom O’Hawke Take another look at that throw to Chipper and tag at 3rd. It looked like Chipper applied the tag when the runner’s leg was almost a foot away from the bag. The ump really blew the call.”
I think Hanigan slid head first.
Otherwise you nailed it in the rest of you comment. Thanks for the analogy.
April 25th, 200910:08 pm
actually a lot of 49er fans really liked the pick, I’m just not one of them.
The big problem I had with Martz was that he did not fit in with the way the 49ers are built. He tried to turn a team built around a running back into a pass happy team, when they had questionable or unproven talent at receiver and JT O’Sullivan at QB (the fact that he felt JTO was the best option at the position said a lot- JTO followed him from whatever rock he crawled out from)…he and Nolan clashed and he clashed even more with Singletary. He couldn’t call a decent play on any of the 49ers goal line attempts from 2 yards out on Monday night against the Cardnials in a game the 49ers should have won. The talent was not the biggest problem. Martz refusing to work with what he had (i.e. a pro bowl running back) was the biggest problem. Note that when Singletary took over the team and demanded they go back to the power run as their feature offense they went 5-2…
Wow, I guess I did have one more 49er rant left in me tonight…sorry!
April 25th, 200910:12 pm
Tom O’Hawke (9:43 pm): “The worst part of this honesty, cabravesfan will be home pretty soon. This will be another strike against me. I believe I already struck out. I hope she gives me 3 outs.”
Three outs? Seems to me that she’d be willing to go to extra innings.
(Not sayin’ that you’d ever reach first, though.)
April 25th, 200910:14 pm
Slingblade …. the only thing I recognized, in your 10:03 post, was “Tom”. Were you talking to me. If so, what are you talking about? You are typing, in a fashion, that is way too intelligent for me. Would you please put that in layman’s terms. That is, if you are talking to me.
April 25th, 200910:15 pm
it’s already been beaten up, so I’ll just say… I agree with all your theory behind the plunking and its ultimate effect, but you give Yunel way to much credit for his thought process in the whole thing. He got hit, and got mad. That’s about it. (MBATL)
I know. Reminds me of this one year I went to Bobby Cremins basketball camp. He brought Kenny Anderson in to speak. Cremins told us all that Kenny was the best ballhandler he’d ever seen and all that jazz. He kept asking Kenny to tell us what kind of ballhandling drills he did to get that kind of handle. No matter how much Kenny kept saying I just played alot of pickup basketball growing up, Cremins kept asking Kenny anyway. It was very awkward. No matter how much the athlete just kept trying to say I’m just that naturally gifted and react to what comes naturally to me, the eggheaded coach kept trying to make it much more than that.
April 25th, 200910:16 pm
Random, by my count Tom O’Hawke actually only has one strike against him (although it is kinda a biggy)- he is a Packers fan. I can overlook the Penn State thing (see: Rose Bowl, 2009) and the reliance on announcers on opposing teams to gadge good calls…
April 25th, 200910:18 pm
PWHjort re: your 9:59 pm
I can’t actually believe you took the time to type that.
April 25th, 200910:19 pm
Looks like the real Kyle Davies pitched in KC today, 5.1IP, 8H, 7ER, 2BB, 2K, 2HRs allowed, vs Detroit this afternoon.
Josh Anderson was 2 for 4 with a triple, SB, 1R, 2RBI. Good going kid. Way to take advantage of the opportunity. Would have liked him in Atlanta, but Schafer looks like the real deal and he’s ready now.
April 25th, 200910:21 pm
The internet looks like it’s going to be the next big thing in the evolution of baseball. You can pick your feeds and you can interact with other fans live during a game (Abwright)
yeah probably gonna be the next big thing in all entertainment, sports, tv, movies, music the whole schmear. the blu ray disc might easily turn into the last actual physical media device. when it ages away, web might deliver most everything to most everybody. I am a hue media freak, and the hardware that goes with them. bad news that Pioneer dropped out of the TV business completely this year. they made the Kuro plasma, the best one piece digital tv ever made bar non, but they can’t make a profit on it with all the cheaper sets out there. tough times.
Good stuff, Braveheart. I played against, and heard from, some pro players at camps too (a little earlier vintage, though), and about all I got from those guys was, “just use your natural talent and be great.” My head and heart said yes, but my skinny 6′ body said no no no. Ha!
Maybe that’s why third string catchers tend to make better MLB managers than HOF sluggers.
April 25th, 200910:23 pm
mbatl, BTW, I loved your 3 point summation of the whole thing earlier in the day.
Man, I learned something tonight. When you make a mistake, don’t go public with it. Prior to this, I had never made a mistake. I thought I had made one once, but I was mistaken.
Phillies lead 6-4 in the 10th over the fish
April 25th, 200910:24 pm
You know, I really like Josh Anderson and am really glad he’s doing well but this season marked the second time he was projected to win the starting center field job with the Braves and was beaten out by someone. That makes me question…something about him. Not sure what because he seems like a really good kid and a decent player but it just makes me wonder if there is something that kept preventing him from getting over that hump…just a thought
April 25th, 200910:26 pm
Frank from KS,
I just copied/pasted it from my source’s email.
northbeach Scott re: your 10:19
Yeah, Mr. Davies just didn’t have it tonight….but it does not mean that tonight was the *Real* Kyle Davies.
He’ll be better in his next start. He’s been pitching some pretty good ball for the Royals.
April 25th, 200910:27 pm
OK y’all I’ve got a very important question- keeping in mind that I have not eaten yet today, do I go for the second beer now or find something to eat and then go for beer #2?
April 25th, 200910:32 pm
Ahhh….from your source’s e-mail eh?
Still…it was quite funny
Kevin Millwood back in a Braves uni, eh? Well…if that happens….the Braves will definately have some decisions to make concerning the starting staff next year. (Lol)
cabravesfan …. What’s the dog say? I’d follow her lead.
BTW, you asked a question before and I don’t remember anybody answering it. The Red Sox won, I believe it was 16-11. They almost called the game, before the end, due to “chair sores” on so many of the fans butts.
April 25th, 200910:33 pm
April 25th, 200910:34 pm
cabravesfan (10:16 pm): “by my count Tom O’Hawke actually only has one strike against him”
Oh, yeah?!? He’s been fouling them off his foot all day.
Your name’s not Tschida, by any chance?
April 25th, 200910:36 pm
I had never made a mistake. I thought I had made one once, but I was mistaken (TOM O’)
yeah, like I used to be conceited but now I’m perfect
April 25th, 200910:37 pm
I would choose to go find something to eat BEFORE beer #2.
April 25th, 200910:39 pm
OK y’all I’ve got a very important question- keeping in mind that I have not eaten yet today, do I go for the second beer now or find something to eat and then go for beer #2? (cabravesfan)
You’re a woman, right? Why are you asking a bunch of men then? We’ll all likely say we don’t like fatties, so don’t eat. We like when girls are drunk. Eating is too sobering when drinking. So, please, go ahead with beer #2 ….. and go for 3, 4, 5, 10 while you’re at it. Just let us know where you’re at, one of us will be kind enough to pick you up after you’ve been drinking all day without eating
Dog’s passed out- opening the second one now
fouling them off would only give him 2 strikes Unless I am forgetting something he’s only got 1 stike in my book
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