5:21 pm May 29, 2009, by David O'Brien
May 30th, 200912:11 am
“I’m starting to get a real clear picture, Tom“—cabravesfan
I’m not really sure you are. If you truly are:
!) You’ll never speak to me again.
2) I’m flying to LA tomorrow.
That’s why Moylan and his sinker was still in there.
TnBrian, sometimes yer fingers get ahead of yer brain, don’t they, son?
Rousch’s tat is a Laurel wreath and two intertwined rings…absolutly no idea what the hell is on Roberts’ neck
May 30th, 200912:12 am
Looks like Kelly hurt his foot or an ankle, but he’s staying in, limping it off.
Kotchman the only perfectly healthy member left standing in the infield. All others limping and/or recovering from strains and sprains.
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10-6 now! Y ou just know Chop Chop, nolie, N8, are praying for them to lose this game.
aww..a double play!
They could still lose guys. Keep the faith and..how about telling us how “realistic” you are again. I don’t think any of us believ..er..heard you the first 10,000 times you slamme..ur..cheered for..the team.
Rob (from SC)
Moylan needs a diet while he is in AAA as well. HE has to be pushing 250 +
May 30th, 200912:13 am
Eric O’Faherty’s Gameday pic looks like Nic Cage and Chris Penn had a kid together.
That was a dirty slide
Give Wren credit for signing O’Flaherty.
May 30th, 200912:14 am
1) You’ll never speak to me again.
I never said it bothered me
2) I’m flying to LA tomorrow.
You have my e-mail…let me know when you get in! (although I reccommend August- when the team is here…)
Jeff Bennett has been on fire recently. His last 5 outings. 4.66 innings 1 hit, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts. Maybe he has made an adjustments to his mechanics and this is for real.
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. I couldn’t have been more wrong about him.
May 30th, 200912:15 am
Elvis, go heal over takin a sh**…oh wait.
I think I’ll give some of my Namenda and Aricept to Cox. Seems like he needs them more than I do.
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May 30th, 200912:16 am
“Francoeur almost always swings at the first pitch because he’s a career .345 hitter on the first pitch.” chop chop
He has put the ball in play 452 times on the first pitch. In the other 1879 AB’s after taking a strike, taking a ball, or fouling off the 1st pitch, he’s a .248 career hitter.
So you’re right. The scary thought is why on earth ANYBODY would throw him a strike on the first pitch… EVER!
Considering that even after being ahead in the count 1-0, he’s only a .279 career hitter, with only 22 HR. After being ahead 2-0 his average actually goes down to 2-0.
So it baffles me why anybody would throw a strike on the first two pitches. Like most hitters, his average severely dips after being down 0-1, to .225.
If I’m an opposing pitcher. I throw him a tough breaking pitch or jam him with a fastball on the first pitch EVERY time. But to throw him a “get over” pitch for strike one is about the dumbest thing a pitcher can do, IMO.
Chipper Jones on the other hand, is a career .274 hitter after an 0-1 count. He’s a .319 hitter after having a 1-0 count.
It seems on the first pitch, or when he’s ahead in the count, Jeff STILL isn’t very selective.
May 30th, 200912:17 am
If McCann hits this inning, Rauch has owned him. Hopefully, McCann can change it.
Dude @ 12:12 – How could you forget Coach of all people?
cabravesfan, some Tom cat asked me to sing you this:
*strums guitar gently*
Wise… men… say….
only fooooools ruuuussshhh innnn….. (thankyou…)
but I… caaaan’t help…
falling in loooove…. with…. you….
Kotchman the only perfectly healthy member left standing in the infield. All others limping and/or recovering from strains and sprains. DOB
Kotchman may still be the slowest even with everyone else limping.
Maybe we don’t have the bullpen strength to win using 5 pitchers EVERY time, but when our offense puts us in the position and our starters can’t go the distance, our bullpen is good enough to secure the lead most of the time. And they’re not going to have to every game. But it’s nice knowing they can.
Gil In Mechanicsville
May 30th, 200912:18 am
this was 10-1 lead at some point, and based on the braves previous games I probably should have guessed they would need to use almost all the pitchers in the pen just to finish this one out.
little did you know, but I’m a huge fan
May 30th, 200912:19 am
Roberts’ tatoo is just some crazy sh_t like you see on MMA guys…but Rousch’s tattoo has me intrigued because he might actually be trying to say something with his tattoo.
“You just know Chop Chop, nolie, N8, are praying for them to lose this game.”
Actually, when I do pray, I rarely include the Atlanta Braves in the equation. That would be silly. As for hoping they lose this game? OK.
Besides, if it were that simple, don’t you think I would just pray for victory?
“go heal over takin a sh**…oh wait” TnBrian
It’s them little bitty word choices makes ya crazy mad, ain’t it? Thanks for wishin’ me a healin’, though.
do yall need me still?
And here’s the cue.
May 30th, 200912:21 am
And McCann changes it!
Val Kilmer did indeed play Elvis. “True Romance.” (Elvis)
love that movie. plus the profits from the sale helped Tarantino get started as a director.
No Internet Tough Guys
Tom and cabravesfan’s cat fight is sooooooo lame.
May 30th, 200912:23 am
Two on, two out, let’s see if the statue can do anything ….
Well, at least he’s only one homer shy of Big Papi’s total this year.
May 30th, 200912:24 am
Anderson = rally killer
Lakers to the finals..whew!
No Internet Tough Guys-
yet you still feel the need to comment? It’s not a fight, it’s a conversation…between me and him. Feel free to ignore it
Enter your comments here
May 30th, 200912:25 am
I’m so sleepy…I’m trusting we can hang on and win this one. And if not? Oh well….I’ll be glad I went to bed early.
May 30th, 200912:26 am
Changed over to see Jay Leno’s last show and Sweet Baby James Taylor is playing.
What a display of hitting, Loaf.
May 30th, 200912:27 am
Rob (from SC) — how could anyone on this board do that? Wren is the reason JJ gave up 5 runs tonight…
May 30th, 200912:28 am
Elvis, did the fat comment I made about Moylan rub you the wrong way, partner?
“No Internet Tough Guys-
yet you still feel the need to comment? It’s not a fight, it’s a conversation…between me and him. Feel free to ignore it”
You cant expect to post a conversation on a public blog and not have someone butt in
May 30th, 200912:29 am
Um, because you love to whine is why. Not that winning keeps you guys from whinning, but we get to enjoy less of you people if the Braves win.Anywaz, y’all carry on. Give us more of some of that “real” stuff. How about some more Francouer bashing, haven’t done that in at least 5 minutes.
If Big Popi were an outfielder, would any of you GM’s out there trade Francoeur straight up for him?
May 30th, 200912:30 am
“Feel free to ignore it</i”
Feel free to take it to a private place.
Ture, and I typically don’t mind. I just find it…funny that if he feels our conversation is stupid, why bother paying any attention to it?
TnBrian… it’s as good a time as any to lay this on ya, man. I’m not really Elvis Presley. So, uh, you know, the fat jokes and such… they don’t work as good for you as you might’a hoped.
May 30th, 200912:31 am
lmao@ the umpire punch out
May 30th, 200912:33 am
keylargo, if he was a shoe salesman, I’d do the deal.
May 30th, 200912:35 am
They’re actually playing Steve Earle’s Copperhead Road over the stadium PA before the ninth inning, while they show fans whooping it up in the crowd (they’ve stuck around for postgame fireworks).
Steve from OH
May 30th, 200912:36 am
Check out this guy’s mustache…nice.
You aren’t really Elvis? Darn, i thought that UFO had brought you back.
May 30th, 200912:38 am
Who does this pitcher think he is wearing a mustache like that? LOL!
Call to the mustache… lol
SoWeGa, oh he’s back, little buddy. I just ain’t him.
May 30th, 200912:39 am
“but we get to enjoy less of you people if the Braves win…”
OK. Got me there (eyes rolling).
What I get a kick out of, is that I’m not even CLOSE to the biggest negative nellie on the blog, yet I get lumped in with the haters.
As for the Francouer bashing? If dicussing his stats, and what he has done, and what he’s capable of doing is considered “bashing”, my friend I hate to break it to you, but you actually have a problem with Jeff…. not me.
Now if I were to say Jeff is a worthless human being and start rumors about him randomly kicking dogs as he walks by them. THEN you could rip me for ripping Francoeur.
But I’m not the one who went into this season assuming he’d turn it around, am I?
May 30th, 200912:40 am
Maybe they ought to have played “Back to the Wall” by Mr. Earle instead ….
Rafael Soriano=One. Bad. Dude.
Joe and Boog have a facebook page? Who knew?
May 30th, 200912:41 am
I’ve got this column bookmarked ever since it was first posted in here.
May 30th, 200912:42 am
“If Big Popi were an outfielder, would any of you GM’s out there trade Francoeur straight up for him?” keylargo
Sure. But if he were pitcher, would the Padres trade Jake Peavy straight up for him? Love your posts kelargo, but how over the top “hypothetical” was that question?
Hopper knew that he was going to die because he wasnt about to sell out his son. Knowing that he was going to die, Hopper figured that he would go out “swinging”. His way of going out swinging was to insult Sicilian people in a way that Walken’s character would never forget. Tell a Sicilian gangster that his “great, great, great, great, great grandmother fcuked a ni__er….that he has black blood pumping through his veins” (Hopper had earlier said that the Moors conquered Sicily centuries ago, and that they “did so much fcuking to Sicilian women, that they changed the whole bloodline forever”… (PAUL)
it wasn’t about “going out swinging” it was about insulting him & his family’s history so badly (you’re right about the racist part) that he would lose his cool and kill him quickly in a moment of passion, rather than torture him for the info which Hopper’s character knew he would not be able to withstand. Like the black-ops guys say, “everybody talks”
Clay Zavada actually has a great story
May 30th, 200912:43 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? Sorry, I’m a one woman man!
May 30th, 200912:44 am
Ha. AndyC. Of course we use Mike Gonzalez anyway because he needs regular work regardless of the situation.
May 30th, 200912:46 am
CORY GEARRIN promoted to AA? Cool:
6′3″ 200, right-hander, 23 years old April 14. Fourth round pick in 2007. Outstanding year so far. I’ve mentioned him a couple of times this season.
His body of work at MYRTLE this year. 12 appearances all in relief, 14.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 16 SO, 0.64 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, 1.89 GO/AO, 1 hold, 9 saves, 10 games finished.
Only work so far in MISSISSIPPI. 1.0 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 game finished. ERA 0.00, WHIP 2.00. Looks like opening night jitters with an effective result.
Gonzo has it!
May 30th, 200912:47 am
And Kelly doesn’t!
Kelly…… WHAT THE &^$@!?!?!?!
Make the damn play KElly!!!!!!!!!!!
May 30th, 200912:48 am
“he just inexplicably failed to catch it”
Radio guys are on it tonight.
The definition of inconsistent. KJ
May 30th, 200912:49 am
no worries We can always bond over baseball and beer, right? (Braves are here August 6-9)
Just out of curiosity, where does your rich friend live? (I’m just wondering! LA is a big place…)
Kelly Johnson is not the guy you want a ball hit to in the 9th inning or any crucial point in the game.
This has a Dan-Uggla-about-to-make-yet-another-one feel to it, doesn’t it?
If this bobble of the grounder becomes this year’s equivalent of the dropped pop up — and all that ensued from there ….
May 30th, 200912:50 am
Gonzo, COME ON!!!
Gonzo will strike out Drew.
And who knows, Tom, you might like LA and never go home You can work from home here just as easily as you can from New York after all…
Another E for Kelly, and on a routine play. At least this one isn’t gonna be costly….
By the way, I was correct in my hunch about the Braves considering starting Charlie Morton on Sunday. Just noticed that his name is actually on the lineup card here with the guys on the 25-man roster and the coaching staff. Medlen’s also on it.
Braves had submitted Morton’s name to the Diamondbacks last week before the series, just in case they decided to start him Sunday. He pitched tonight, though, as we noted earlier. Threw a shutout at Syracuse.
Medlen is starting Sunday, barring some unexpected late change in plans.
May 30th, 200912:51 am
Nice job Gonzo. Way to close the deal.
On that trade, I just thought it would be worth the gamble for two teams to trade their big disappointments, to see if a fresh start would help either. But no room for Big Popi at first base and we would be even thinner in the outfield.
Ball-Game That last Pitch was at 96MPH!
May 30th, 200912:52 am
“Tom and cabravesfan’s cat fight is sooooooo lame–No Internet Tough Guys
Wow!! You call that a fight?? If I fight with her, a few minutes longer, I’m gonna want to light up a cigarette (and I don’t smoke!).
Chop Chop, that IS a great article. Makes all the sense in the world.
I guess the bottom line is still patience, and pitch recognition, regardless of pitch count. Also shows that the “human” element of guessing and being impatient comes into play on a pitchers count, and the same for the pitcher making a “mistake” or being forced to throw a strike when the hitter has the advantage.
Earlier, when I compared Jeff to Chipper, it was a bit of a mis-match. NOBODY is going to ever confuse Jeff with Chipper at the plate. Chipper is going to the HOF, based on his ability to hit the ball and recognize when to swing, and what to look for based on scouting report and his internal “memory” of facing certain pitchers.
Jeff might be out of baseball in the next couple of years if he doesn’t figure it out. So to compare Jeff’s numbers on certain counts compared to Chipper was a bit silly.
Bottom line is that when a pitcher is naive enough to throw Jeff a first pitch strike that is hittable, he’s got enough ability to do something about it. As soon as he has to adjust, he just isn’t cut out (so far) to do much about it.
(que the “realists”)
May 30th, 200912:53 am
Apparently I was wrong about the wind. Even though the flags were barely moving earlier, they’re moving a bit now, and they just announced that they’re fireworks show’s been cancelled. Boos abound, much like when they’re cancelled on rainy Fridays at Atlanta.
I guess they probably have to be especially careful around here with everything so dry.
Alright, headed to clubhouse.
gonzo is doesn’t have great stuff
May 30th, 200912:54 am
Good Call, Now I’m bout to watch a lil Rasslin 1999 Raw with Stone Cold and The Rock, Here’s the link
10-6 now! Y ou just know Chop Chop, nolie, N8, are praying for them to lose this game (CHEAP)
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. I very seldom say anything negative about the team or it’s players and the few times that I do the comments are very mild(and always true) just like the one that you are slamming. Oh I know…most of my posts are above your ability to actually comprehend. Well, that’s ok I guess. Carry on dude. See you next month when I might again “slam” the team.
Chipper Out 2morrow, I think we will win, we did well in the Jays series despite him…!
The last pitch from Gonzo was 96 AWESOME!!!
May 30th, 200912:55 am
So if Morton’s going to be on the 25, who isn’t going to be on the 25 come Sunday?
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