5:21 pm May 29, 2009, by David O'Brien
May 30th, 200912:55 am
Very nice win tonight. JJJ is definitely the “stopper” on this team. Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he seems to know how to win.
As somebody said earlier, he deserves to get a win with the offense having his back. Good for him…. and us. Even though I was praying for a loss.
apparently normal conversation = “cat fight” for some people…I wish all my fights were like our conversations
Man! Hoss Sounds Like our hitting Coach…! Anyone agree?
May 30th, 200912:56 am
Anybody see Chipper wearing McCanns glasses LMAO
Man, I didn’t think much of it at the time and all throughout spring training I thought Boone Logan would be our guy, didn’t really think O’Flaherty stood a chance of winning the job, and I didn’t really agree with the decision at the time, but Eric O’Flaherty was one heck of a waiver claim (PWH)
toldja so, many times. Ohman was not needed enough to pay his demands.
nolie, for the record, I too thought it was odd that you got lumped in with the haters.
May 30th, 200912:58 am
I think Jon Garland and the offense’s total demolition of his sorry *** were the keys tonight. Jurrjens would have had to have been all kinds of awful to blow a nine-run lead.
Dude @ 12:12 – How could you forget Coach of all people? (RHR)
you’re agreeing with him that I rip the team on a regular basis? That hurts.
caught that too, love it
May 30th, 200912:59 am
Jurr”g”ens gets his run support and needs every bit of it (not EVERY bit but winning by 4 is better than 1 … makes the 9th more comfortable). Make up for it by pitching a no hitter next time out, alright JJ?
May 30th, 20091:01 am
I’m as negative as it gets, nolie. The only reason the Braves won this game tonight is because Bobby hobbled out and stuffed cash-filled envelopes in the umps’ pockets.
May 30th, 20091:02 am
and hey maybe it wasn’t just the braves being horrid during the sweep in San Fran. Cardinals got beat by them as well. Maybe they’re just getting hot?? *watches as the giants lose the next 6 games disproving a theory*
(Not a bad strategy, by the way. I wish Bobby would do that more often.)
May 30th, 20091:07 am
No way nolie! I just quickly scanned that post, got the gist of it, and noticed coach wasnt listed. The fact that coach was omitted and yourself and chop chop were included is a good indicator that dude doesnt know his stuff. And i have nothing against n8s posts either, if im being honest i have to say i usually dont read all of them. Nothing against coach either, its just that he seems to be happiest and most vocal when the braves are losing, which is odd but hey, different strokes and all.
May 30th, 20091:08 am
May 30th, 2009
I’m as negative as it gets, nolie.
yeah, now you I understand Chop, you’re right there with MF04,Jeff321 and some others. j/k
Luke Scott Has been Clowning…!
Trade for him NOW!!! Frank Wren
May 30th, 20091:10 am
I hope the fans understand the reasoning behind the fireworks cancellation. You don’t want to read:
GOOD NEWS; The firework show went off as planned.
BAD NEWS: The State of Arizona is now deemed as “entirely a desert”.
May 30th, 20091:12 am
I agree maybe Chipper can help on that since Luke is from DeLand Florida just like Chip.
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May 30th, 20091:14 am
thats pretty funny. of all the thousands of daily posts spewing hatred at the Braves, that you would jump on my mild complaint. if you bothered to read the posts you would know that I am not a team slammer.
nolie, since when does any comment made here have to be tethered to reality? I’ve not bore witness to any such requirement whenever I check out this blog. Why must I be held to a higher standard? Is it the happy the team won thing? Is that it?
Ok realists, it’s been a real downer I know, but it’s time for sum fish tacos!
Love ya all..and keep up the whinning , you’re doing a heckuva job!
White Sox Acquire Ramon Castro
By Tim Dierkes [May 29 at 10:07pm CST]
10:06pm: Mets GM Omar Minaya just announced that the Mets shipped Castro to the Sox for pitcher Lance Broadway. Sox Machine says this makes Broadway an official first-round bust.
There was something I wanted to reply to you, but cabravesfan has me so distracted, I can’t remember what it was. So, as long as I’m here, let me say….. HI!.
May 30th, 20091:15 am
Phillies To Pursue One Impact Pitcher
By Tim Dierkes [May 29 at 9:44pm CST]
Brett Myers is out for the season with hip surgery. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports spoke to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who said the Phillies don’t have the money to add multiple starters. Instead they’ll aim high, with names like Erik Bedard and Roy Oswalt speculated by Rosenthal. So, not a Brad Penny type. SI’s Jon Heyman wrote about Bedard’s appeal earlier today.
Rosenthal also wonders if Myers’ surgery could restore some lost velocity, making him an intriguing free agent after the season.
May 30th, 20091:17 am
see what you’ve been missing in the last week while you’ve been gone??
May 30th, 20091:18 am
Yunel said he thought he was going to have to come out of the game in first couple of innings because of the pain in his hip flexor. Said it hurt moving side to side. But he said he’s gonna keep playing, that the team needs him, needs everybody if they’re going to “qualify” as he put it (through a translator; he understood most of my questions without waiting for the translator to interpret, but answered through the translator)
May 30th, 20091:24 am
TnBrian, no faster way to fall out of favor here than to mock The King. We love The King.
I have a bust of Elvis in my music/CD room at home, man. And several framed prints of E. So don’t go ridiculin’. TCB, bro. I’ll send the surviving members of the Memphis Mafia to your house if you don’t watch that stuff. And a guy from Tennessee, no less (that is the Tn in your name, right?)
May 30th, 20091:25 am
“see what you’ve been missing in the last week while you’ve been gone“–LA
Sweetheart, even though I haven’t been able to post, I’ve scanned from time to time. I’ve seen posts that almost made me think that I’d never participate again. There are still a few, however, that make me want to hang around. At least, when I can, you know?
May 30th, 20091:26 am
since when does any comment made here have to be tethered to reality? I’ve not bore witness to any such requirement whenever I check out this blog. Why must I be held to a higher standard?
Lol! nolie, s/he kind of got you on that one…lol!
May 30th, 20091:28 am
I know the feeling Spent the last week alternating between writing and deleting nasty posts and trying to keep my head from exploding But it’s nice to have you back
May 30th, 20091:31 am
Hi TOM, good to see you around more again.
May 30th, 20091:32 am
DOB: “Yunel said he thought he was going to have to come out of the game in first couple of innings because of the pain in his hip flexor. Said it hurt moving side to side. But he said he’s gonna keep playing, that the team needs him, needs everybody if they’re going to “qualify” as he put it (through a translator; he understood most of my questions without waiting for the translator to interpret, but answered through the translator)”
Clearly his way of saying if they are going to make it into what is essentially an 8-team tournament field that plays in October:) And he’s right, they do.
DOB, WOAH! No problems with The King, man! Just a little edgy towards guys with side burns…got my butt kicked by a kid in school who sported some Elvis burns. No offense to Elvis himself though. Yeah, Chatt.Tn is where this boy lives.
May 30th, 20091:37 am
“And i have nothing against n8s posts either, if im being honest i have to say i usually dont read all of them.” RHR
Thanks (I guess). I don’t expect everybody to read all of, if any of my posts. Since the new format doesn’t “discriminate” against long posts like mine, I don’t even feel guilty anymore about them bogging it down.
But most of my epic posts, are usually directed directly at another blogger. Call it conversation, I guess. But like I said earlier. I don’t even think I’m in the top 20 bloggers anymore for “most negative”. Not even close. It just so happens that my blog history, dictates that I get lumped in with the haters.
Do I want change? Sure. Have I given up on the team? Nope. This division is ripe for the pickin’. Just not sure Wren can fix the problems in time for us to grab the bull by the horns and take what is there to be had. Do I hate Bobby Cox? Nope. Do I hate TP? Nope. Do I hate Roger McDowell? ABSOLUTELY not. Been one of his biggest supporters. Always thought that Leo didn’t fix as many people as he did fix. Which is evident by his “work” in Baltimore.
Do I thnk Wren made a mistake by going all out after pitching last off-season and completely ignoring the OF? Yup. Said so then and am not backing down now. Do I think that Chipper is a great player when he plays? Yup. But he’s not getting younger, and his health will only get worse as he gets older. Do I think that Tommy Hanson should be up? I can’t think of one good reason, now that his “super 2″ status should be cleared away, that he’s not. Having said that, Glavine deserves a shot. he’s earned it.
Do I think that Schafer deserved to “win” the CF job out of ST? Yup. Still don’t think he’s the “problem”. His defense is stellar. His bat is coming around, and had Wren NOT counted on Francoeur, and/or got another bat for LF, nobody would be complaining about Jordan. Well, some would, but I wouldn’t be one of them. His results are not a direct relation to his approach. He appears to have a better “plan” at the plate. He’s just over matched. Jeff just doesn’t think. Or he thinks too much, when he’s up there.
This team STILL has the makings of a playoff caliber team. If they could find a leadoff hitter (thus being able to drop Yunel and KJ down in the order), along with Lowe, JJJ and even Vazquez starting, and the Gonzo/Soriano combo in the pen, ACTUALLY could be scary in October to many teams.
It just is yet to be seen if Wren can build the club to get there to utilize the guys that are “built” to succeed come October baseball. Which is the polar opposite of most of the teams of the 90’s for the Braves.
Those clubs were built to absolutely dominate from April 1st to September’s end. But just so happened to run into too many teams that were built to beat THEM.
It’s not a coincidence, imo, that the team that won it all in 95, had a veteran bench down the stretch (Polonia and Devereaux), and had great defense with Belliard at SS, rather than Blauser’s glove and streaky bat (who can forget Belliard PERFECT squeez bunt and his catch in foul territory in the 9th inning of the clinching game six?).
Add to the fact, all those innings that Glavine, Maddux, Smoltz and Avery put on, by basically playing EVERY October from 91-93 (only 93 for Maddux, of course), had to take there toll. I’ve never underestimated the importance of the 94 strike and the beginning of the 95 season being delayed due to the strike, in allowing those guys to be fresh come October of 95 and it showed.
I should state that I think the top 3 in the rotation (all you really need in October) is playoff caliber. The two closers are playoff caliber. Chipper if healthy is obviously playoff caliber. McCann can hit anybody anytime if healthy. Escobar is electric enough to be a star with both his glove and his bat in the playoffs. Kotchman is EXACTLY the kind of glove a playoff team needs at 1B.
But the offense needs a lot of help to not only get there, but succeed when they do get so forutunate as to get there.
If that’s not keeping it real, and NOT being negative, I don’t know what is. Just calling it like I see it. Can’t imagine that anybody could find a good argument to disagree with that.
See RHR, another long post directed at somebody. Hopefully, you read this one.
May 30th, 20091:41 am
My buddy (LA rich-guy), went from my area to Nahant, a residential island about 10 miles north of Boston. I used to love to visit him there. Had so many good times.
Anyway, he was in demand. About 5 years ago, he and his wife, went west. Anyway, I saw him at a gathering of his old friends, 2 years ago, and then again when he came into town for his father’s funeral, last year. He always bugs me to come out and spend some time with him. (again, you can’t blame him)
I have all his locational information, but I’ll have to find it, and then get back to you.
May 30th, 20091:43 am
DOB, two things.
That’s good to hear Escobar “stepping up” and playing through his pain. Sounds like the beginning of career as a clubhouse leader. Let’s hope he doesn’t make it worse, and miss too much time. But a Braves lineup with him in it, is better than one without him in it. Pretty elementary and self explanitory, imo.
Secondly, about The King. I’ll assume you enjoyed the scene in The Committments then, where Joey “The Lips” is telling his story about Elvis and the saxophone. And the scene where the they are trying out people for the band, and the two guys are singing “Elvis was a Cajun….”, and the father (Colm Meaney) replies: “That’s F’n blasphomy!!!”
The second scene mentioned is one of my favorites in the movie. In any movie, actually. Makes me laugh everytime. Along with the photo of Elvis being ABOVE the photo of the pope on their wall. Good stuff, indeed.
All this King talk got me thinking about this song…
by Warren Zevon
He was an accident waiting to happen
Most accidents happen at home
Maybe he should’ve gone out more often
Maybe he should’ve answered the phone
Hip-shakin’ shoutin’ in gold lame’
That’s how he earned his regal sobriquet
Then he threw it all away
For a porcelain monkey
He threw it away for a porcelain monkey
Gave it all up for a figurine
He traded it in for a night in Las Vegas
And his face on velveteen
From a shotgun shack singing Pentecostal hymns
Through the wrought iron gates to the TV room
He had a little world, it was smaller than your hand
It’s a rockabilly ride from the glitter to the gloom
Left behind by the latest trends
Eating fried chicken with his regicidal friends
That’s how the story ends
With a porcelain monkey
May 30th, 20091:45 am
On second thought, and a clearer “memory” of the scene. I believe it’s a trumpet, not a saxophone that Joey is talking about with the vomit.
May 30th, 20091:48 am
No worries, like I said, just curious where your buddy lives…there are several uber wealthy areas in LA, in varying degrees of “uber.” I’m about ready to go to bed anyways (Dog woke me up at 3:30 this morning and wanted to go for a walk)- just hoping DOB will drop the player quotes into his game story before I shut down for the night
May 30th, 20091:49 am
Ok…so according to all of you good folks, I need to watch the following movies so I don’t have to live a shamed life any longer:
The Godfather 1&2
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Bonnie & Clyde
Once Upon a Time in America
Thief of Baghdad
A Bronx Tale
Did I miss any? And, uh…who’s paying for all this?
May 30th, 20091:51 am
N8 under seige tonight! You sure got some folk fired up tonight. I must go back and read through the pages.
Vision Video in Athens has 5 old videos for $5…you could knock this out in a week
May 30th, 20091:56 am
You can add Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter and Serpico to that list.
Oh, and don’t forget about Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation and Blazing Saddles.
cabravesfan & nolie—
Thanks, to both of you. But keep in mind, when I can only scan, and not participate, your posts are among the ones I stop and read. So watch what you say about me, in my absence. (that last statement should keep you guys in line) (nolie, you’re cool, it’s the woman I’m really worried about)
May 30th, 20091:58 am
Hey! I would never say anything bad about you!
(although if you refer to me as “the woman” again I might have to rethink that policy… )
May 30th, 20092:01 am
kirkinga, nah. Same old, same old. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Roman Gal, don’t forget about:
This is Spinal Tap
May 30th, 20092:04 am
“It felt great,” Escobar said of his fifth home run, a towering drive to the second deck in the left-field seats. “But I didn’t feel 100 percent [with the injury]. I thought I was going to have to come out of the game in the second or third inning because of the pain. It hurt when I moved side to side.”
When asked if he might still end up going on the DL, Escobar said, “I’m going to keep playing. I don’t know how to stop. The team needs me. We need everybody in there if we’re going to qualify [for the postseason].”
May 30th, 20092:05 am
We need Morton on Sunday no matter what. I don’t care if he has two days rest he can’t be as bad as Medlen.
Bobby keeps acting like it’s all about patience and “he looked really good except for that one bad inning”… yeah, like when he walks the pitcher with the bases loaded and gives up five runs.
This isn’t like “oh, not everybody becomes a star in their first outing.” If I remember correctly from DOB after his (Medlen’s) first start, which was a loss in case you forgot, that Smotlz won his first start but then lost his next three.
Yeah, in 1988. This isn’t the NL West circa the Dale Murphy years. This is about giving the team a chance of winning the game so that we don’t fall out of this race before they get back to Atlanta.
May 30th, 20092:07 am
I have seen Blazing Saddles!
Now, I’ve heard of Fargo and Apocalypse Now, but The Deer Hunter, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation, This is Spinal Tap, Reservoir Dogs are all new to me.
The Deer Hunter? You do realize I’m not a guy, right?
Don’t you live in Fargo?
DOB, is Medlen really starting on Sunday?
That would suck if he is.
May 30th, 20092:08 am
I was actually deliberating between, woman and lady. (I really wanted to say sweetie or honey). Never knew that my choice was going to tick you off. What would have been the better choice, oh sensitive one.
May 30th, 20092:09 am
I don’t get it with Kelly Johnson. The frustration our pitching staff must have with his defense, I suspect, is the reason they didn’t throw at the guy that spiked KJ on that play at second – in fact he was the one that hit the ball Kelly booted, wasn’t he? And what’s this about him only having four errors, hell I’ve seen a dozen misplays myself and I don’t watch half the games…and don’t get me started on that guy Garret.
As for True Romance, that movie had a ton of great people in it – when you can get Brad Pitt to do nothing but smoke a bong and lay on a couch, and you’ve got talent coming out your ears. Even the housekeeper, Berta, from Two and A Half Men was in the damn movie.
Meryl Streep is in it, Roman Gal. She’s a chick.
May 30th, 20092:12 am
Reservoir Dogs sucks people. That movie is all show.
Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown are as good as it gets with Tarantino. And by “good” I mean great. But the rest of them kind of suck.
Yeah baby. That’s how I roll.
Sorry, didn’t mean it to sound so…bitter You could never “tick me off”…just one of those pet peeves of mine (I have a good (male) friend who insists on addressing me as “Woman” like it’s my name…drives me crazy!)
cabravesfan: player quotes are in game write-thru story, but I don’t know when someone will post it. we’re short-staffed at the office tonight this late.
Here, I’ll just post the whole story here, completely unedited (except the once-over by me):
By DAVID O’BRIEN
Phoenix – The Braves believed that getting Yunel Escobar back in the lineup would help awaken their moribund offense. But this exceeded their expectations.
Escobar hit a three-run homer and helped the Braves vent recent offensive frustrations during a 10-6 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
On a rare night when Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (5-2) needed ample run support for a win, the Braves supplied more than enough with nine runs in the first three innings, including Escobar’s 452-foot homer in the five-run third.
“Just another 10-run night,” cracked manager Bobby Cox, whose Braves scored more in the first three innings Friday than they had in the entire four-game losing streak that began this seven-game trip. “Escobar made a big difference.”
Escobar missed six games with a strained right hip flexor. If he hadn’t been ready to play by Friday or Saturday, Cox said the Braves probably would have needed to place the shortstop on the 15-day disabled list.
“It felt great,” Escobar said (through a translator) about his fifth home run, a towering drive to the second seating deck in left. “But I didn’t feel 100 percent. I thought I was going to have to come out of the game in the second or third inning because of the pain. It hurt when I moved side to side.”
Jurrjens gave up eight hits and a season-high five runs in five innings, the first time that he allowed more than two runs since his second game of the season, nine starts ago. His ERA jumped by a half-run, from 2.07 to 2.59.
“Baseball’s so funny,” the right-hander said. “You ask for runs, and then when they give you a lot of runs, you give back a lot.”
The Braves have scored one or no runs four times while Jurrjens was in games, including three quality starts in which he got one no-decision and two losses.
“He deserved that win tonight,” Cox said. “He’s lost so many when he gave up nothing.”
Cox penciled Escobar in the lineup after watching him put on a power-hitting display at early batting practice. (Nearly the entire team showed up for a voluntary 2 p.m. early hitting session on a 100-degree day with the roof open at Bank One Ballpark).
Escobar carried it over to the game, launching a homer off Jon Garland (4-4) that landed in the same vicinity of his tape-measure batting-practice blasts, a dining area in front of Friday’s Sports Grill in the upper deck.
The Braves roughed up Garland for nine hits and a season-high nine runs (eight earned) in 2-2/3 innings.
This after hitting .177 with seven runs in their four-game losing streak, which included a sweep at San Francisco and Thursday’s opening loss at Arizona.
“Escobar is a big part of our offense,” catcher Brian McCann said. “Getting him back today was a big spark.”
McCann was the last of the nine Braves in the opening lineup to get a hit Friday, joining the offensive parade with a fourth-inning leadoff single. Even Jurrjens had a big hit, a bases-loaded double in the second inning.
Jurrjens was credited with two RBI, and a third run scored on an error.
Garland fell to 1-3 with a 9.33 ERA in his past four starts. In two starts against the Braves, including one last season, he’s 0-2 with a 14.04 ERA, with 21 hits and 13 earned runs allowed in 8-1/3 innings.
The Braves led 10-1 before the Diamondbacks scored three runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. Jurrjens threw 88 pitches in five innings.
Casey Kotchman had two hits and scored two runs in the first three innings.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the third, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run single. Two pitches later, Escobar took Garland deep. Way deep.
It was the fifth home run for Escobar, tying Johnson and McCann for the team high. He also matched Kotchman for the team lead with 24 RBIs.
Jeff Francoeur also had two RBI on a pair of singles for the Braves, who have two games left on the seven-game trip.
They’ll send Javier Vazquez (4-4) to the mound against Arizona lefty Doug Davis on Saturday afternoon, when the Braves can assure themselves of at least a split of the four-game series.
Chop Chop, ok. You’re a pretty funny fellow here, so I’ll trust your judgement. If you say it’s good, then it must be.
May 30th, 20092:13 am
Roman Gal, no, I don’t live in Fargo. I live in Bismarck, about 2.5 hours from Fargo. Ironically most of the movie is set on the other side of the river in Minnesota, and strangely enough, there isn’t any complaining about Bobby Cox by Coach or I anywhere in the film. So it’s not a true representation of our (ahem) great state.
May 30th, 20092:14 am
Doesn’t anybody here have real taste?
Paul Thomas Anderson? Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood?
If you could only watch four movies in your whole lifetime it should be those.
Roman Gal, wow what a list! I’ve not seen some of those either. I still refuse to watch ET, though.
May 30th, 20092:16 am
Esco’s play speaks for itself in a lot of ways (defensively, batting with runners in scoring position, especially batting with 2 outs and runners in scoring position) but this was a great quote you got, DOB(thanks for all your good work!), it says a lot, too. He is really stepping up in a lot of ways for this team.
O’Hawke: So I guess I should make sure not to drop any ashes from my cigar on the drive home, too, right? Mental note to myself, done.
TCB, everybody. Got a quick turnaround tomorrow, back to the yard for 1 p.m. tilt.
May 30th, 20092:17 am
“I’m going to keep playing. I don’t know how to stop. The team needs me. We need everybody in there if we’re going to qualify [for the postseason].”
I’m really starting to love Escobar. I’ve always liked him, but this year…I don’t know. Something seems to have changed with him.
You’re awesome, thanks!! Very much appreciated
May 30th, 20092:19 am
I’ve never seen any of those movies. I’m thinking that Star Wars, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and The Godfather are at the top of the list. Why are you boycotting ET?
May 30th, 20092:21 am
Very true. But I’ll bet Coach was there talking about how he needed speed though, right?
Does the movie have a Bowl of Sad anywhere in it?
May 30th, 20092:22 am
Mitchell, any list of must-watch movies has to have the first two Godfathers, Goodfellas, and Coen Bros. representation, beginning for me with the Big Lebowski and Raising Arizona, and also Fargo and No Country for Old Men (and Miller’s Crossing, and Barton Fink … man, they make terrific movies.
I, too, loved There Will Be Blood, probably a little more than No Country for Old Men, which came out at roughly same time.
May 30th, 20092:23 am
Mitchell, the simplicity and darkness of Reservoir Dogs is what makes it great.
When watching Tarantino’s collection of movies, and then going back and watching Reservoir Dogs, you can see the darkness and twisted angle on the world in the infancy stages of his direction.
Overrated? Perhaps. Classic Tarantino movie? Without a doubt.
To grasp what Tarantino is all about, and only like the “hits” like Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction, is like saying your favorite Metallica song is “Enter Sandman”, without appreciating the growth that got them to that point.
But to each his own. Not going down that path (music and movies) on the blog anymore than I just did.
May 30th, 20092:25 am
I understand, and no, you weren’t being, and never will,l I think, were being, bitter. I’m not sure the way you prefer to being addressed. I know I have some personal favorites, that you may disagree with. However, I will try not to use “woman”. From time to time, I used to use the title, as you know, from that old Doors’ song, “LA Woman”.
In the future, I’ll stay away from that.
May 30th, 20092:27 am
“Does the movie have a Bowl of Sad anywhere in it?”
No. But there IS a wood chipper!
May 30th, 20092:29 am
“Woman” is really the only one I have an issue with…and I don’t mind LA Woman (I actually like it quite a bit )- feel free to call me whatever you want- I won’t mind
Yunel's Frosted Tips
Montón de perdedores que no pueden beneficiarse sin mí, los retoños
May 30th, 20092:30 am
I have a question about how the draft works…
If, say, Stephen Strasburg were drafted by the Natinals but didn’t sign, what happens then? He’s graduating, right? (Let’s pretend he is, even if he’s not.) Does that make him a free agent?
Do American players have to go through the draft first? Like, if he wanted to sign with another team, could he forego the draft?
May 30th, 20092:31 am
Ok…so I guess that was more than one question.
May 30th, 20092:36 am
You always manage to comback with something that stops me in my tracks. That’s one of the things that I love about you.
I’d love to come out to LA and meet you. I have a very rich friend, that is bugging the heck out of me, to come out and visit him. My problem is, if you’re anywhere near as “pretty as I am” (Muhammed Ali), I won’t want to leave. I had a 3 year relationship with a woman that lived 35 miles, west of me. It was a pain in the butt (sorry McFann, about saying “butt”. Do as I say, not as I do). 3,000 miles may be more of a hassle.
I know, you’re just looking for a fun weekend. Kind of like a 2-night stand, right?
Geez, is this appropriate? Both this comment and two people essentially hijacking a Braves blog with weird personal stuff no one here really cares about?
May 30th, 20092:37 am
I saw the list. Listen, you could watch this on your own and enjoy it. But, if you want to have a very romantic evening, invite someone you want to cuddle up with. If you can’t cook, get some good take-out from a decent restaurant. Candles never hurt, either. And for the movie, rent “Casablanca”. Yeah, it’s a major “chick flick”, but guys can also enjoy it, and should. If you want a romantic evening, it doesn’t get any better than that. (unless the guy was me)
May 30th, 20092:40 am
Not really any more “weird” or “personal” then people discussing movies or music on the blog, just having some fun…and we aren’t exactly hijacking it either…it’s 2:30 in the morning on the east coast, not many people around. If you don’t want to read it, just skip it.
May 30th, 20092:46 am
Geez, is this appropriate? Both this comment and two people essentially hijacking a Braves blog with weird personal stuff no one here really cares about?–Boo
Man, you are so right. I apologize. At 2:36 AM, I keep forgetting about how many people want to discuss the Braves. I won’t “clog the blog” any longer. The floor (blog) is all yours. Go, man, talk about the Braves. I have cleared the runway!
May 30th, 20092:47 am
Haha…you are too much. It might as well be you, though.
Roman Gal, I don’t remember how it went down. But JD Drew essentially did this to the Phillies.
They drafted him, he refused to sign, and then he played in an independent league. I think the rule states that he had to “sit out” a year (or something like that), and THEN re-enter the draft. At which point, he was then drafted by the Cardinals.
If I’m not mistaking, Travis Lee did the same thing to the Twins. The was drafted by the D-Backs.
May 30th, 20092:48 am
We are definitely not going to see eye to eye on Tarantino. I think Pulp Fiction, which is an obvious choice and everyone has seen it but… , and Jackie Brown are truly great films.
The rest are just exercises in genre. Not to say he doesn’t have style but that’s really all they are. Most of them still have that conversational dialogue but it mainly exists for its own sake. In Pulp Fiction and JB it’s used in a way to allow the characters to reveal themselves over time and to reveal their motivations. They just have more heart to me.
And I know everybody likes the Coen brothers. I happen to genuinely like several of their films but they got on my bad side when they won the Oscar for No Country for Old Men and acted like they couldn’t care less. That was a very flawed film in my opinion and generally inferior to There Will Be Blood. No, I hated it. It’s really that simple.
I’m also not really in love with the Godfather movies… I know, I even went to film school. I am obligated to say they are the best things ever put to film but I can’t do it. The Conversation and Apocalypse Now are the joint with regards to Coppola.
I do like the Deer Hunter and Goodfellas of course. It’s probably the greatest movie ever made. Not really but if I had to pick an all time great film that would be on the list.
After Hours is another great Scorcese movie and Mean Streets is the shizzle.
I don’t know, that’s all I got.
May 30th, 20092:49 am
You see? Another thing we have in common. Love you and good night.
May 30th, 20092:51 am
I think Pulp Fiction, which is an obvious choice and everyone has seen it but… Mitchell
Not everyone has seen it.
Good Night Tom!
May 30th, 20092:54 am
So what you’re saying is that if they don’t sign they can’t just sign with another club? And why is it that players like Yunel Escobar get drafted, but not like Julio Teheran (if he was old enough, I guess).
May 30th, 20092:59 am
Also, Raising Arizona. What is up with that? Why does everybody seem to think that’s such a great movie?
I can’t get on board with that. Not a good movie. Sorry, I’m the critic here what can I say.
I gotta give props to Michael Mann. I know everybody has to like Heat. It’s mandatory. Freakin’ great movie. The Insider is probably even better. Obviously somewhat different films but still better and with dialogue that actually makes sense. The Insider should have won the Oscar that year. American Beauty won it if I remember correctly and I do. That was a disgrace.
And finally, somebody out there has to agree tell me they’ve seen Magnolia by Paul Thomas Anderson. Magnolia is probably the best movie of all time. It’s incredible. Totally being subjective here. Fair and balanced like a mofo.
May 30th, 20093:02 am
“agree tell me… ”
That’s it. I’m done for the night or morning.
May 30th, 20093:03 am
“Haha…you are too much. It might as well be you, though”
Thank you, Roman Gal. Unfortunately, for the both of us, you’re a little too young. That doesn’t mean I can’t advise you though. Anything else, I’m afraid, would be inappropriate. Besides, I think cabravesfan would hurt me. She’s kind of my ” blog-babe”. However, when I’m away for a while, she seems to flirt like hell with my best buddy, Jim. I think she’s just trying to get me jealous. Did I have a point with all this?
May 30th, 20093:04 am
rent “Casablanca”. Yeah, it’s a major “chick flick”, but guys can also enjoy it, and should. If you want a romantic evening, it doesn’t get any better than that. (unless the guy was me) (TOM)
one of my top 5 movies of all time. great flick. Bogie made 4 or 5 great ones. Treasure of the Sierra Madre,Maltese Falcon,The African Queen, & Key Largo. High Sierra, To Have & Have Not, The Big Sleep, We’re No Angels, Sahara & To Beat The Devil were all above average too.
May 30th, 20093:14 am
a chick flick? no comment.
May 30th, 20093:25 am
You have to admit, if you’re planning a romantic evening, and those movies are your choices, your number one pick would be “Casablanca”. Personally, of the ones you mentioned, my 2nd choice would be ,”The African Queen”.
Let me ask you this. RHR is coming over for a dinner and a movie, at your place. What is the movie? (forget, “Gone With The Wind”)
May 30th, 20093:32 am
am i the only guy that liked DANCES WITH WOLVES?
as far as westerns. toombstone, high noon, butch cassidy and sundance, unforgiven, the wild bunch, outlaw josey wales, high plains drifter.
and of course the good, the bad, and the ugly.
May 30th, 20093:34 am
Roman Gal, I think I boycotted ET because it just seemed like soo much hype and at the time I was going through my little punk phase and was too cool to be seen watching ET..lol! I can still remember all the kids with their ET lunchboxes and replica Michael Jackson gloves.
Now, I haven’t watched it because it doesn’t look interesting.
May 30th, 20093:42 am
going to to a place called half moon palace in playa del carmen in a couple of weeks, anyone been there?
the wife set it up.
May 30th, 20094:04 am
DOB–O’Hawke: So I guess I should make sure not to drop any ashes from my cigar on the drive home, too, right? Mental note to myself, done.
Once you think you’ve cleared the flammable area, beware!. There’s a lot of cactus and sand, that is a lot more flammable than what we learned in school.
Don’t worry though. If the worse was to happen, you would be surrounded with flames, with no place to go. The heat would rise to a point that you couldn’t stand. You would finally expire.
I think you go through this on a daily basis, on your blog. The only difference is that you can’t expire. I mean, such a big percentage of the part-time bloggers, are so negative, they drive everybody nuts. The “blog elders”, as I call them, disappear when the negativity appears. I, come and go, based on the “attitude” of the blog, and who’s still on. However, you, and I don’t think too many people think about this, have to put up with most of the BS.
I don’t care what anybody else thinks, if I had to put up with this crap, 24/7, they couldn’t pay me enough.
May 30th, 20094:24 am
I would add New Jack City(best urban gangster movie), Year of the Dragon (with Mickey Rourke), The Departed, and [rec] which is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. But you have to get the original in Spanish with English subtitles, not the U.S. version called Quarantine.
May 30th, 20095:41 am
You got that all wrong. Jackie Brown sucked beyond belief. Reservoir Dogs was awesome. As N8 indicated, his work as a director in Reservoir Dogs and his script to True Romance were his calling cards that screamed gimme the budget to make Pulp Fiction. I had such high hopes for Jackie Brown, and was so bitterly disappointed while I sat in the theater watching it. That movie really sucked. Haven’t liked much of his work since Dogs, Pulp Fiction and True Romance, although I found the Kill Bill movies entertaining.
Tarantino is kinda like Frenchy. He announced his presence with authority, then became very mediocre, with occasional flashes of brilliance, and eventually just sucked and made you wonder why anyone thought he was good in the first place.
May 30th, 20095:50 am
Who knew that someday when we talked about the chances of Braves outfielders getting to 714, we’d be talking about a .714 OPS, and not 714 homers? I’m not sure if they got it in them. They might OPS .660, but they ain’t got a shot at OPS’ing .714 or .755. They might catch The Say Hey Kid, but The Babe and The Hammer look safe.
May 30th, 20095:53 am
The only thing DOB forgot to add in his 2:16 was Elvis has left the building.
May 30th, 20096:28 am
one reason I find errors and fielding % such a bad measure of one’s fielding ability were those baserunners on in front of that 3 run homer off Jair last night. Good defensive second baseman and third baseman would’ve prevented those baserunners from ever getting on in front of the homer. Not easy plays, not the kind of plays that can be called errors, but good defensive players at those positions would’ve turned those hits into outs.
May 30th, 20096:35 am
Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood
Dear Lord…that’s just… I mean… wow. Words cannot express.
Three of those four- Punch Drunk Love almost certainly won’t show up on most “best of the past couple years” lists- they’re good movies, but four movies in your whole life and you pick those?!? No. No way.
Roman Girl – another film not yet mentioned that needs to be on that list – Citizen Kane. Gotta see that one.
And Casablanca a “chic flic”?!? Blasphemy.
May 30th, 20096:46 am
Then the fifth run driven in was also done on a ball a good defensive second baseman would’ve gotten. A Little Leaguer would’ve had the ball hit to second in the ninth. Not a good night for KJ.
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