2:21 pm April 24, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 25th, 200910:40 pm
Random … It’s bad enough that we have this big thing between us, called the United States of America, and you’re not helping matters.
nolie, not bad, man, not bad.
Braveheart, sadly I am at home…no need to come and get me
Frank from KS
April 25th, 200910:41 pm
That was me that asked about the R.Sox/Yanks game earlier. The Fox station here went to severe weather coverage as we had tornado watch/warnings all over this part of the state so I didn’t get to see the end of the Boston massacre. (Lol)
cabravesfan …. don’t forget, you hold the only “official” book.
I’m not trying to overreact to the Brian McCann eye infection; but I’m a Creighton Alum, and we had a point guard about 4-5 years ago who developed an eye infection (Tyler McKinney, I think), and he ended up missing the entire season trying to get it cleared up. He had to put special eye drops in his eye something like every 2-3 hours 24/7 and for a while he thought he was going to lose his sight.
Thank goodness Wren picked up David Ross….could you imagine the platoon of Corky Miller/Clint Sammons for this entire year?
April 25th, 200910:42 pm
Well, well, well… lookie here. Marlins are down 6-4 in the 10th inning, on their way to 5th consecutive loss. Their bullpen is failing them. Braves will be 2 games back.
The Mets and Phillies have starting pitching problems. The Marlins have bullpen problems (and probably some other weaknesses, as well).
I like the Braves chances PROVIDED we can get McCann’s eyesight completely taken care of and get him back in the lineup at 100%.
Tom O’Hawke, what we have here is a prime of example of groupthink. He was actually safe. The call was right. This blog just won’t admit it. I’ve re-watched it several times. I’ve got your back my fr…. oh… THAT play? The Chipper tag? No, he was out, clearly. Didn’t you see the replay?
All of those clamoring for Peachtree TV, lemme tell you that when the Braves aren’t on, you’re not missing anything, although Naomi Watts is looking damn good right now on Peachtree in an otherwise dreadful King Kong movie
April 25th, 200910:44 pm
Looks like the Mets and Phils are both playing better, too. I expect this to be a four-team fight all season.
Frank from KS …..it’s funny how you only remember what you want to.
April 25th, 2009
Hey so who ended up winning that stellar Sox Yanks game?
April 25th, 200910:45 pm
PWHjort, that 9:59 was actually funny! Not sure if Boras would actually tell the truth about a guy he trying to sell to you though. Maybe we should cut Garret some slack for now since injuries do happen and not every player can not only switch teams, but switch leagues and automatically turn it on. Lets give him some time and see before we bury him in April.
April 25th, 200910:46 pm
Of course it is the only one that counts…since I seem to be the only female on the blog at the moment (apologies if that is not true) and we all know that men’s opinions don’t actually matter
April 25th, 200910:48 pm
Saw Pride and Glory today. Ed Norton tried his darnedest to save that movie, but, unfortunately, there was only so much he could do. It’s about time to ban Colin Farrell from starring in any more movies. Hate doing that to an Irish lad, but it’s time, he’s had his chances, it ain’t working.
Sorry, I didn’t see her ask about it too.
Good movie altho a very sad ending. I was kinda pulling for her and the big ape and yeah, Naomi Watts is VERY good in it.
April 25th, 200910:49 pm
Ted 10:41 ….. I remember when McCann first was experiencing problems, with his eye. One of the possibilities was an infection. I believe that was ruled out. At least, I hope so. I would hate to see him undergo Lasik corrective surgery, if there was nothing to correct.
It’s always so much fun when my f*ing computer randomly kicks me off the internet…
Thanks for the Yanks/Sox final Tom
I’ll say one thing, though:
Brad Lidge is pitching like horse****.
April 25th, 200910:53 pm
If cabravesfan looks anything like Erin Andrews or my honey Shania Twain, I’d like her…sober OR drunk…(Lol).
April 25th, 200910:55 pm
Bubdylan …. I gotta admit, you had me going for a few seconds. I’m like, wow, Bubdylan says I’m right! I should know by now, your posts are rarely serious. Boy, I hate all that kiddin’ around!
Hate doing that to an Irish lad, but it’s time, he’s had his chances, it ain’t working (BRAVEHEART)
With that moniker I figgered you for a Scotsman.
April 25th, 200910:56 pm
I have a feeling that if things keep going like they are come July which is solid starting pitching, good pen, and inconsistant offense, that Wren will look at Prince Fielder. Brewers will probably be sellers and may want to load up on a few prospects after the Sabathia trade last year. Kotchman, Prado, and a minor league pitcher might work. That’s not a crazy thought at all.
I’d hate to see Prado go, but a talent like his won’t be overlooked by other teams. KJ is probably here to stay. Imagine Fielder in between Chipper and McCann. Definitely be favorites in the division, I’d think.
Frank from KS-
well, I have blue eyes…:) and I can expain the infield fly rule, what exactly a balk is and the difference between a “Tampa 2″ defense and a straight up man to man…does that count for anything?
Chop Chop, a 4-way race is what I expected all along heading into the season. Or at least a 3-way race.
But IF the Braves can get McCann healthy soon, and Kawakami settles in… I like the Braves’ chances a bit more than the other guys. Again though, McCann MUST be healthy, and it will certainly help if Kawakami settles and shows the consistent control he’s displayed throughout his career.
April 25th, 200910:57 pm
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April 25th, 200910:58 pm
wow, don’t know how that happened…sorry!
April 25th, 200910:59 pm
I won’t like our chances until we win it, KC.
April 25th, 200911:01 pm
nice to see the Jazz putting up a fight against the f*ing lakers…ugh
I could see your idea happening and who knows, maybe the Rangers fall out of the race in the A.L. West and the Braves might end up trading for you know who. :>)
April 25th, 200911:04 pm
In response…..it might.
Friggin’ Gamecast makes you watch a commercial now. Gamecast, a glorified scoreboard. If it’s not even real video, I shouldn’t have to watch a real commercial, just a crude graphic of a bar of soap coming toward me and a dollar bill going back the other way or something.
April 25th, 200911:06 pm
Tom O’Hawke (10:40 pm): “It’s bad enough that we have this big thing between us, called the United States of America, and you’re not helping matters.”
I got you extra innings, man; clarified the count; and made you look pretty darn good (if only by comparison to me).
What more would you ask from a wing man?
Oh Chop Chop, you’re my cynical anti-hero hero. I picture you with a cowhide poncho and a cigar.
TnBrian, the thought of Wren pursuing Prince Fielder isn’t crazy at all. Like you said, they’re probably going to be sellers at the deadline and would like to re-load their farm while dumping payroll. Here’s some things to consider, though:
Prince Fielder makes 6.5 M in 2009 and 10.5 M in 2010 with a monster final arbitration year in 2011 before he becomes a free agent. Just consider how it’d affect payroll.
If they’re dumping payroll they’d probably rather just go with Joe Koshansky or Scott Thorman at 1B rather than taking on Kotchman’s arbitration years. I mean, trading Fielder means punting on the season so 1B wouldn’t be an immediate need for them.
Even if they were in the market for Kotchman, it’d take Heyward along with Kotchman and Prado to get Fielder. He wouldn’t come cheap.
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….I just don’t understand how many more changes this kid will have. June, July, 2020?
Tell it to 2008 Francoeur.
Johnson is still providing walks and power. You gotta deal with this stuff to get to his hot streaks. Still better than Infante and his god-awful .305 OBP.
April 25th, 200911:07 pm
Enter your comments here —- cabravesfan
May I offer a theory? I believe it might have been following your dog’s advice, and had that 2nd beer on an empty tummy. Please eat something, before #3.
Still better than Infante and his god-awful .305 OBP
CAREER OBP. Not a small sample size thing.
April 25th, 200911:08 pm
Didn’t get to see today’s game…great to see that at least one more of our new pitching staff has the cajones to send return messages. Thanks Mr. Lowe, you-da’-man. As for trades, I’d package GA and Kotchman (definitely not Prado) for Prince -even if we have to pay some of GA’s salary. Then if Dusty Baker’s so fond of KJ, how about a straight, one-for-one deal for Brian Phillips. The guy’s not gonna stay in that funk much longer and he’s ten-times the defensive 2Baseman than Kelly – gotta Golden Glove last year.
April 25th, 200911:09 pm
I’m just gonna call Infante 305 from now so that guy can quit reminding us of his .305 OBP
April 25th, 200911:10 pm
My idea of the perfect date is the Super Bowl (or Game 7 of the World Series) and I would love to rent an RV and hit a game at every major league park in the country…am I getting warmer?
DirtyDawg. Garret Anderson has zero trade value.
I’m my own hero, Bub. It’s cool.
“Please eat something, before #3.” Tom O’Hawke
Actually, most people eat something before #2.
April 25th, 200911:11 pm
Random 11:06 … Let me try to absorb that what you just said. Maybe, I can forgive you. But first, I have to understand you. ha,ha
And I’ll call Johnson “pop up” so some here can finally stopping talking about that dropped pop fly in early June last year.
It’s the touch mouse on my computer…for once the dog is innocent.
and I just finished my totally healthy dinner of french bread pizza so I am ready for beer #3 as soon as I finish #2
S’alright, Chop, I was only distracting you so I could steal your potty joke.
April 25th, 200911:12 pm
Tom O’Hawke, that video was really good. Thanks….
Finally saw the Recession in South Park episode of South Park tonight. Hilarious. What a great show, still, after all these years….
April 25th, 200911:13 pm
When he gets well and if we pay the salary, you never know…even though you’re probably right – and maybe one of those pitchers your talking about. And it’s Brandon Phillips…Brian Phillips played high school ball for Osborn in Cobb County in the 60’s. Sorry about that.
The Infantetards don’t like to here facts about how bad he’s been as a hitter in his career. It’s like football, where the bench guys become more popular than struggling player until they come in and do worse.
April 25th, 200911:14 pm
Bubdylan … Women do things differently. Everything at once, and then they add them up.
April 25th, 200911:15 pm
April 25th, 200911:16 pm
And I’ll call Johnson “pop up” so some here can finally stopping talking about that dropped pop fly in early June last year. (NAME)
I’d prefer if you called him fumble fingers, or finger muffs (Chasing Amy reference)
Uh oh, cabravesfan… it’s like our hands touched…
April 25th, 200911:17 pm
apparently all it takes for our fearless leader to watch your video is for you to exhibit poor judgement you should take that approach more often
Uh… scratch that. I got lost.
April 25th, 200911:18 pm
Just checking scoreboards…saw that RedBirds won and Boyer pitched a solid inning. He cut his ERA in 1/2 in 1 inning. Amazing. Hope he does well.
was it good for you?
Steve from OH
DOB, I saw that one too. “From now on, buy only the bare essentials–bread, and water. And margaritas. Yea, margaritas.”
April 25th, 200911:19 pm
Don’t turn on SportSouth right now – I predict Frenchy is about to hit into a first inning double play.
April 25th, 200911:21 pm
cabravesfan 11:11 …. Wow, what are the odds. 3,000 miles apart, 3 time zones and I’m just opening my 3rd beer. Bubdylan may have something, less romantical, to say about this.
cabravesfan, as cyberconnections founded on bathroom jokes go, it was top notch.
PWHjort, what does Kotchman make in 2010? I’m not 100% sure what he’s making this year, but he’s a gold glove kinda 1st baseman and is solid hitter, so if he’s making $2-3M a year, that might sound good to them. He’s still young too. I get what you’re saying, and it might take more than Kotchman,Prado, and say, Rohrbough, but ya never know. Man, he’d be nice to have, for sure.
Frank, Andruw coming back wouldn’t happen. At least, I don’t think it would. The OF is set, other than LF, but Heyward is at least 2 years away and that’s his spot. Plus you have Diaz and Anderson there.
Hey Tom, i meant to ask earlier- what part of NY state are you in?
April 25th, 200911:22 pm
cabravesfan re: your 11:10 pm
I think my idea of A perfect date for two baseball fans would be in Wrigley field for a day game between the Braves and Cubs.
Ya can’t get more intimate or romantic than Wrigley….with all due respect to Turner Field.
April 25th, 200911:23 pm
I would love that! Never been to Wrigley…it’s on my list
Coach (2010 or bust)
ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski article written today:
Randy Johnson quote:
“I used to throw 135-140 [pitch counts] in the major leagues,” he says. “So when I see someone coming out after 100 pitches, I kind of laugh, you know.”
I could not agree more.
April 25th, 200911:24 pm
DOB, I’m glad you liked it. With your wide variety of musical tastes, I figured you would. It really grew on me. The more I watched it, the more I liked it. It’s a very unique piece.
April 25th, 200911:29 pm
Yesterday, I said the pitching could only carry the team so far, and that hitting had to kick in pronto. And right on schedule, HR’s fly out of the GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK. Cool. Keep those hitting and pitching shoes on and sweep the REDS. Lets bring home a winning road trip.
cabravesfan 11:17 …… Yes, I was thinking that very same thing. The next time I need to get Dave’s attention, just simply look like a jerk to everyone else. Hey, whatever works, right?
April 25th, 200911:31 pm
Braves are looking sharp three straight sweep sweep! I know this is the Braves blog but does anyone know what kind of black bracelet matthew stafford wears?
Coach, what exactly are your arguments for ignoring pitch counts, other than “it’s stupid” and “Randy Johnson and Bob Gibson threw all those innings that one time?” It is very easy to set up straw men by putting foward the few successful examples of pitchers who have managed to survive that kind of overuse…
April 25th, 200911:32 pm
Saw some of the early installments of ‘BREAKING BAD.” Cool series. Keep missing the more recent ones however. DOB still likes it I presume.
April 25th, 200911:33 pm
I’m going to file that one away for when I need DOB for something…
Well….maybe not with Andruw…but IMO, it’s kinda neat to think about tho. Maybe Brandon Jones might become a Ron Gant-type OF they Braves desparately need. Average, 30+ HR’s or so, and 90-100 RBI-type player….a difference maker of some sort.
April 25th, 200911:35 pm
*bangs three power chords on the piano*
…. love….. exciting and new….
come aboard….. we’re expecting youuuuuuuuuuuu….
and love…. life’s sweetest reward….. let it flow….
it flows back to youuuuuuuuuuuu…. The LOVE BOAT….
April 25th, 200911:38 pm
Oh, and here is some really good reasearch from Joe Posnanski via FJM (RIP):
And I quote “In one of Joe Posnanski’s most recent blogs, he talked about the average length of starts over the last 50 years, and how it really hasn’t gone down that much. Here’s his table:
1956: 6.41 innings per start.
1963: 6.50 innings per start.
1968: 6.66 innings per start.
1971: 6.60 innings per start.
1977: 6.30 innings per start.
1980: 6.33 innings per start.
1985: 6.22 innings per start.
1990: 6.06 innings per start.
1995: 5.90 innings per start.
1998: 6.06 innings per start.
2001: 5.92 innings per start.
2004: 5.86 innings per start.
2008: 5.85 innings per start.
50 years, two fewer outs a game.“
April 25th, 200911:40 pm
cabravesfan … I live in what’s called around here, the Capital District (Albany, Troy & Schenectady). Albany is where I reside.
You don’t have to do, what I had to do, to get Dave’s attention. Just mention that you’re a 30 year old, blue-eyed, half Swedish single woman, that loves sports, and I’m betting he’ll respond so fast, it’ll make your head spin.
April 25th, 200911:42 pm
It’s always useful to point to Hall of Fame starting pitchers as the best examples of an average big-league starter.
Should Bobby Cox allow Jo-Jo Reyes to throw 130 pitches in six innings just to get six innings out of his starter? Sure. Why not? Jo-Jo would probably walk four guys in a row (or give up 16 HR) over the last sixteen pitches, but at least he’d keep that bullpen fresh.
April 25th, 200911:45 pm
TnBrian (11:21 pm): “PWHjort, what does Kotchman make in 2010? I’m not 100% sure what he’s making this year, but he’s a gold glove kinda 1st baseman and is solid hitter, so if he’s making $2-3M a year, that might sound good to them. He’s still young too.”
I believe Kotchman’s under contract only thru 2009 at $2.885M. Braves and he avoided arbitration this year, but he’ll be arb eligible again next.
Not sure when he’s FA eligible — he’s currently got a little over 3 years ML service. After 2011, probably. Maybe after 2010.
Run heap run
Lmfao @ bubdylAn u never fail to crack me up. Well done sir.
April 25th, 200911:47 pm
Bubdylan 11:35 ….. My first reaction was to laugh at that post. Then, I started to get scared. Does he really remember the lyrics to “The Love Boat” theme. Please, please tell me you just googled that up.
April 25th, 200911:48 pm
Albany is beautiful…nice town:) (my mom grew up in syracuse, and I have family on long island- the reason why I asked)
I’m not quite half Swedish, but I will keep that in mind, although I hope DOB isn’t that easy
April 25th, 200911:51 pm
Run heap run, thanks.
Tom O’Hawke, rest easy. I youtubed it. And for my sins, now it’s stuck in my friggin’ head.
Kevin Freakin' McGlinchy
Your Zapruder film comment had me curious…you say no conspiracy to kill JFK?
As for trades, I’d package GA and Kotchman (definitely not Prado) for Prince -even if we have to pay some of GA’s salary. (DirtyDawg)
are you saying that you think the Brewers would trade Fielder for Kotchman and Anderson? If so,good luck on that.
April 25th, 200911:54 pm
Random, TnBrian, and others.
Kotchman is arbitration eligible for 2010 and 2011 after which he’ll be a free agent. We don’t know what he’ll make in 2010 and 2011, but it’ll be a raise from his 2.885 M in 2009.
Coach (11:23 pm): “Randy Johnson quote:
“ ‘I used to throw 135-140 [pitch counts] in the major leagues,” he says. “So when I see someone coming out after 100 pitches, I kind of laugh, you know.’
“I could not agree more.”
You agree that he laughs?
Hmmmmm — I don’t know. Can’t really picture it, myself.
April 25th, 200911:55 pm
Kotchman & Garret for Fielder? really Dirtydawg? Aside from the fact that the Brewers love Prince, they are not exactly looking for a left fielder (that Ryan Braun kid is pretty good I hear)and last I checked the NL still doesn’t have a DH (thank god for that)
Bubdylan … hahaha, Thanks man, I feel much better now. I do feel for you, though. I hate it when that happens.
April 25th, 200911:56 pm
I also have family up in New York. I have a cousin that lives in Livonia(sp).
April 25th, 200911:57 pm
cabravesfan …. When’s the last time you visited the “Empire State”?
April 25th, 200911:59 pm
Wow, it’s been a while (I have serious issues with flying)…last time I was more then just passing through was probably almost 9 years ago. Did a 2 month internship at a publishing company my aunt worked for there the summer between my sophomore and junior years in college
He’ll need a lot more than luck. How abiut luck, a full moon, sudden onset of dementia, divine intervention, and the news that the world is ending in 3 days. All at the exact same moment in time..
“I’m not quite half Swedish, but I will keep that in mind, although I hope DOB isn’t that easy”
cabravesfan … he’s a man. We’re ALL that easy.
cabravesfan: yes, probably am that easy.
richbrave: Breaking Bad is better than ever, and it was great to begin with.
April 26th, 200912:00 am
Tom O’Hawke (11:40 pm): “I live in what’s called around here”
Hey, I live in what’s called around here, too!
Specifically, right here.
April 26th, 200912:01 am
wow- Tom, apparently you were right! Good to know, DOB
April 26th, 200912:05 am
cabravesfan, he’s that easy. Ask the FedEx carrier…
April 26th, 200912:06 am
Yeah, cabravesfan, but I wish he’d stop sneaking around like that. I’m not making any points with the “man”. You think it’s safe, say what you want to, he’s not around. But he’s listening, oh yeah, he’s listening.
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