1:42 pm July 26, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
July 27th, 200910:03 am
last I knew the wrist is a joint. I’m right, ….aren’t I ??
Yes nolie dear. But KJ had tendinitis, which means the inflammation was in the tendons, not the joint.
Feel sorry for Smoltz? People, really now. It was his choice to leave for more guaranteed moneyand then he goes on a few weeks bashing the Braves organization. Seriously, who among us has really missed Smoltz. My guess is very very few.
I didn’t say I felt sorry for him. I said I felt bad for him and that I hated to see him go out like that. Never said I missed him here, just wished he would have retired or taken a reliever or closer role instead of trying to come back as a starter. But feel sorry for him? No. I feel sorry for a regular joe with a family who loses his job. I feel bad for once great aging athletes who refuse to accept that it’s over and bow out gracefully, or at least accept a lesser role. See: Favre, Smoltz, Glavine,etc.
July 27th, 200910:08 am
Everyone’s so angry KJ gets activated. Then he has 8 TB in a game and everyone loves him again. We’re a whimsical group, no?
Robert (Chipper Is The Best)
Lew, I agree about Kelly Johnson. I think he is still a very good major league hitter. I think, like Francouer, a change of scenery could do him some good. But, if he can get back to hitting the ball like he has before, this team will be in very good shape. Prado’s versatility in being able to play 1B and 3B will allow the Braves to give Chipper and Kotchman some time off. And, I only hope that Infante comes back hitting the way he was before he was injured.
This Braves team could finally be living up to the promise it had in spring training and on the verge of a specail season.
July 27th, 200910:09 am
“Let’s review the free agent misses we had this offseason.
Junior – No big loss
Furcal – No big loss
Burnett – No big loss
Smoltz – No big loss”
I’m not sure I agree with Furcal. Yes, he hasn’t had a great season, but he would be at SS and Esco would of moved to 2b. Furcal is the perfect leadoff hitter that the Braves have been missing since he was let go. There is a reason why the Braves haven’t made it to the playoffs since, and he is exactly the reason. I would love to see an infield of chipper at 3b, furcal at ss, escobar at 2b, and prado at 1b.
July 27th, 200910:10 am
I agree with your 9:52. We have all watched KJ for a couple of years and when he gets hot, he gets real hot. He started getting hot at Gwinnett and it has continued on to the big club.
Remember, PL says to play the hot hand, so we need to play KJ. I say, give Kotch a game off in the FL series, give Prado a game off in the FL series. If we can get a hot KJ in the lineup he could help us win and help build his trade value at the same time.
July 27th, 200910:11 am
If Infante can come back healthy, I would like to see Johnson dealt. Prado looks like a much better short-term and long-term option for us. Infante is a perfect bench player. The braves will have to make a guess on whether Infante will be heathly, so they don’t deal Johnson and have Infante not come back.
I agree …Prado should be a our 2nd baseman. KJ is a legimate ML player though, so we should look at possibly dealing him to fill a need..preferably a late inning , close the door, power arm in the bullpen. (Don’t think there is a power bat out there that can get and if there was it would take him and a prospect or two to get them) Anything less than that…hold on to him as a utility, insurance guy and look at moving him in off season?
July 27th, 200910:14 am
KJ has been the hot topic around here for well over a year and I just don’t get it. He’s just another streaky hitter in baseball, that’s all. There are tons of them in this game but I guess that’s why they can intrigue you because you ask yourself, “what will we see today”? No way he’s any more than a role guy behind Prado/Chipper/Kotchman for the rest of ‘09 though. I could be wrong but you have to think Prado has overwhelmed the Skipper in ‘09 while KJ was out. By the way, I do like Kelly, just like Prado’s consistancy better.
July 27th, 200910:16 am
Whem Infante gets back we have absolutelt NO need for Kelly. We do have a need for another reliever especially one thet can be servicble in the 7th and 8th.
July 27th, 200910:17 am
Big demand out there for power arm, close the door late inning throwers. KJ won’t bring that type of return.
man I could slow down and spell a little better.
July 27th, 200910:18 am
I agree, I would rather have Infante as our infield util man than KJ. I hope he continues to hit well so he can be dealt.
Jerry…I agree. I hope we can at least add one more quality arm to Bullpen.
July 27th, 200910:20 am
Frankie Wren, You don’t think a team would trade a Chad Qualls quality reliever str8 up for KJ, if they had need for middle infielder?
July 27th, 200910:27 am
I understand the selling low argument about Kelly but I would make the move now while he’s showing out a little. I don’t believe him, Garrett or Diaz are on our roster next year anyway
I hate to say this because of how good the Braves are playing but I’d be careful if I were Wren on who I trade because I don’t think Philly will slow down enough for us to catch them and it looks like the Rockies have that ‘07 magic working again. I still think head to head that we’re a better team than either of those two but I’m just not sure it’ll work out in ‘09. Like I said, I hate saying that because I want them back in the postseason again but I’m just saying ole’ Wren needs to be careful who he trades right now.
Eric from MO
RHR cortisone can send you into a diabetic coma even if your not diabetic because it can mess with your sugar levels and how your pancreas produces insuline. My Dad’s friend wasnt diabetic before he got those 4 shots and he isnt diabetic now. However he did have a diabetic stroke.
I would love to see that trade but it won’t happen. Qualls isn’t up for free agency till after 2010 and Zona probably will want starting pitching and more than just KJ straight up. Remember the guy was inept the first half of the season so his trade value isn’t sky high right now. Yesterday’s game isn’t going to change that so quickly.
July 27th, 200910:30 am
Count de Monet We could win the division if we had a catcher who could hit. We should start Ross every day.
I was trying to yank McFann’s chain and she signed off.
Haha! Lucky for you I did!
Uh…but so Ross’ OBP and SLG are higher than BMac’s. Ross has 29 K’s in 92 AB, BMac has 41 in 281 AB. Ross has averaged 1 homer per 15.33 AB, and BMac 1 per 25.55 (hmm…didn’t know it was that bad), but really, who’s track record shows more consistency? Ross has shown he has some power, but look–only 5 doubles? Ew…BMac has 25. I have no doubts that he cann hit 40+ again this year.
Oh and hey, Ross has 66 career homers in 8 seasons (counting this one), and BMac has 81 in 5 seasons (counting this one). BMac also his for a slightly higher AVG. And the OBP is going up…the walks are coming back!
(PS–I realize you were just playin’ with me last night [you were, weren't you?], but I thought I’d give you a feel for “my chain”, so you’d watch yourself in the future. )
As for BMac at first…mm. Yeah, don’t think they should toy with that in the middle of a season when we’re in the thick of the hunt with a first baseman who’s made no errors…BMac’s never played first, after all. So yeah, he’d need some off-season/Spring Training…training…
I getcha…Yeah, I don’t put much stock into odds, either, I was just curious as to why they looked the way they did…
RHR you know, I’ll probably only get to go to Cooperstown once so when it comes down to it I’ll probably save that once for Chipper.
If I ever get to go to Cooperstown, I’d prob’ly only get one trip, too. But it won’t be till…how long does someone hafta wait after he retires to get voted in? 5 years? If so, then I got a really long way to go…
Doc H. Mc is having a season high total for RBI this month………with 18.
Yup! His career-high total for RBI in one month is 27, which he set in September, 2006, a month which he also set a career-high total for HR in one month, with 8.
Who is having fun watching this team play baseball now? Pitching well, hitting well, this team is finally fun to watch!
July 27th, 200910:31 am
Holy crud…uh…sorry for the longevity of that post…
PS–That homer of BMac’s yesterday was his first of the season to be hit somewhere other than Turner Field or Citizen’s Bank Park.
McFann – Brian’s defense has looked better as of late. Seems to be throwing out more runners as well.
July 27th, 200910:32 am
The Rockies have officially become the Mets of the last couple and totally unrootable(is that a word?) Cute story in 07 but baseball fans outside of Denver really don’t deserve to see this team play in October.
MFin04- I am certainly enjoying this team play right now.
I appreciate the update on Infante. When is he going to get back in the game? Is he going to get some rehab in the minors? Who gets moved when he is activated? Norton?
July 27th, 200910:33 am
TnBrian-Kelly’s a lot like that old Nursery Rhyme about when he was good, etc. Sometimes he IS very, very bad, but when the Dude is good, he’s VERY VERY GOOD and he can rival the best hitters in baseball. Since he hasn’t really had that hot streak yet this year, most of us think it’s worth the chance that the time has come.
Like I said-start him at second and let Prado play some first and third-maybe even let him play some left to give Garrett a day or two off since Diaz and Church are platooning.. It’s a win-win situation. You get Kelly’ hot bat in the lineup and you get some much needed rest for Martin, Casey and Chipper, which could benefit us in major fashion in the coming Dog Days.
July 27th, 200910:36 am
Jerry-And just who do you remove from the pen to make room for this supposed pen pickup? Cause if you let KJ ride when INfante comes back, you still have to lose someone else.
Dude, makes much more sense when Omar returns, to release Norton-NOT dump Kelly for some middle relief hack. If we need more relief, Luis Valdez is still at Gwinnett.
July 27th, 200910:37 am
MFin04 (my last post was in response to your 10:30)–
It has looked a lot better! He made a great play on a bunt yesterday and has been blocking more pitches (that WP on Friday notwithstanding ). He’s thrown out three runners since the Break, I think, and has that percentage up to 24%! Barring disaster, he won’t have 93 guys stealing off him and our pitchers again this year!
Wow, Kelly has two good games and suddenly people think he should be starting every day. When he was activated people were pissed that Conrad was sent down and that Kelly better not become the starting 2B.
July 27th, 200910:41 am
Kelly’s hot bat in the lineup??? One good game constitutes a hot bat these days? Keep Kelly’s (potentially hot bat) on the pines and Bobby will use him occasionally to spell somebody(yesterday) and as a viable left handed bat off the bench. Why would you change the makeup or chemistry of this lineup right now? I think this team still leads NL in runs scored this month. You don’t change that.
July 27th, 200910:43 am
Lew, I wouldn’t have a problem with that and whether people like Bobby or not, one thing is for sure, he will find a way to a hot bat in his lineup. I’m not going to say for sure that KJ is his boy because how would any of us know that? But say he is then you can be sure KJ will find his way in the lineup.
conrad played fine if hes a career minor leaguer lets find some more as to the norton bashing he gets maybe one ab a game dont see him being all that important but agree even kj might be a better option and dont see why booby dosent use mac or chip if they dont start to pinch hit one ab aint gonna kill them but with chipper it may not be a norton like so but it sure as hell could be a gdp he seems to have a thing about them anyways if we can win 2 from the fish i say stand pat and ride these horses tell they buck us lol
Eric from MO, .266/.347/.432 in 1825 plate appearances isn’t “two good games.”
I’m not saying Johnson should be starting (and I’m about as big a KJ fan out there). I think they have to ride Prado until he shows he’s going to stop hitting. But KJ is a fine player and could/should start for most teams.
July 27th, 200910:44 am
kelly should be traded…not put back in the lineup. with infante coming back soon there will be no need for KJ since Martin is the starting second baseman.
July 27th, 200910:46 am
Frankie Wren-Dude, you noticed I said have him fill in for players to give them rest-NOT replace Martin Prado as the full time 2B? And yes, put him in there until he fails or it’s apparent he is NOT in a hot streak..
Dudes gone 4-5 since coming back from the DL with a homer and a couple of doubles. Yeah, it’s only two games with one as a pinch hitter, but given how he hits when he gets hot, it IS worth a few games. If he goes cold you sit him. If he stays hot (and we’ve seen him do this plenty of times before) you get the benefit of a hot bat and rest for Chipper, et al. Not too sure what your problem with this approach is. Maybe it makes too much sense?
July 27th, 200910:47 am
Frankie Wren, I’ll butt in and say Lew is right about Kelly. He’s an extremely streaky hitter so it doesn’t take a lot for people to know when he’s swinging a hot bat.
Listen to me, I ask why KJ’s a hot topic here and now I can’t shutup about him.
That is very rare, Eric. But then it is also rare for someone to get that many shots within 2 weeks or whatever it was. Scary.
And Doc Holliday – it didn’t occur to me until much later that you were probably a doctor. I didn’t mean any disrespect, we all have seen different things. Just because I don’t know of anyone who had a painful experience with cortisone shots doesn’t mean it can’t happen. I just assume that the Braves medical staff is very skilled with things like that – they could probably administer cortisone shots in their sleep. Maybe DOB or Carroll will ask Kelly if the shots were painful lol.
July 27th, 200910:48 am
trade kelly for reliever/bat and call brooks conrad back up. get rid of norton and when infante is back and there is your bench. when chipper needs a day off prado plays third and infante or conrad plays. if yunel and chipper need day off. prado would play third, infante short, and conrad second. if kotchman needs day off infante or prado can fill in there. it’s a perfect deal. conrad is a good bat off the bench and is a switch hitter.
Hey Brain, at least we have moved on from the Brooks Conrad saga, right?
Uh Brian, not brain. Not too brainy this morning am i?
July 27th, 200910:49 am
Here’s a little something to stir the pot: Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA adjusted playoff odds have the Braves with a 58.4 percent shot at making the postseason. The Braves, Phillies, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs are all right there in the high 80s in wins. Should be an interesting race. The Dodgers are clearly the best team in the NL. But the Braves are right in the mix in the second tier.
July 27th, 200910:50 am
Tomahawk Talk-In case you’re not aware of it, this is two successive years that Omar has had the same hand broken, had surgery and had pins placed in the hand.
Same as with Hudson coming back from surgery, let’s maybe wait a bit and see how they perform before we go trading players or making moves that we would most definitely later regret if our walking wounded are not back to normal right off the bat (so to speak). I just love how so many here love to count unhatched barnyard birds.
July 27th, 200910:54 am
RHR, we’re getting there but I’ll admit that move of sending down Conrad and pretty much having Norton in his spot is tough. But, it does need to go.
RHR-I had a cortisone shot in my neck (C3) and it hurt like Holy Hell. MY wife had one in the plantar fascia in her foot. It hurt like Holy Hell (and hurt to watch her get it, even). Don’t know where you got the idea there was no pain involved, but I’ve never heard from anyone that they were painless or no big deal. Just the opposite, everyone I know says they are the worst shot they’ve ever had.
Initially I was pissed that Greg Norton was still on the team and Brooks Conrad sent down, but I decided to give Norton a few more at bats, be patient, and encourage him.
That being said, I don’t know how much longer this team can continue to put a guy in the game to make big out after big out while driving in absolutely no one. Putting a guy in a situation where all he has to do is hit a fly ball to score a run and he can’t even do that?
One would think his time as a Brave is wearing thin…but I’m not so sure. He’ll probably keep getting run out there in situations to produce and 9 out of 10 times he won’t produce. That’s not good, not good at all.
July 27th, 200910:56 am
With all the teams out there that needs starting pitching, how come I haven’t heard off any interest in Kawikami? Is it because of his contract? With return of Huddy and Medlin as a temporary fill in? Would it be worth the risk to the Braves to trade him if we could get a power bat??? (Although I admit….not sure who that would be.
i know there has been a lot of interest in Javy, but don’t want to see that. Even if we could get a Jermaine Dye type bat for him…don’t think we stand a chance, if we made post season. Because I like our chances to make a little noise in the post season with a staring 3 of Javy, JJ, and Lowe. They are as probably better starting 3 than any other of the NL teams we would face in a short series?
Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)
As I said yesterday, I’m down with keeping KJ in the lineup as much as possible while he’s hot and taking advantage of Prado’s flexibility. Give Chipper and Kotchman and Diaz/GA an extra day off.
I’d be even happier with this if Kelly was the guy moving from one position to another so that Prado could stay at 2B.
Yes, I will risk the wrath of the “sample size” crowd, but Prado’s OPS as a 2B is 1.020 (gulp) and a respectable .810 when he’s playing 1B. But it’s an awful .602 at 3B.
Prado is raking at 2B. Be great to leave him there and keep KJ in the lineup, but I don’t see how you do it.
July 27th, 200910:57 am
Gant I can live with. It’s that transplanted NYCer by way of South Beach,Facebook ramblin’,stick haired red-head geek on SS & FSS that iritates my bowels!
July 27th, 200910:58 am
Prado better not lose starting time to KJ
PLEASE DON’T ANYONE GET MISLEAD BY KELLY JOHNSON’S HITTING AGAINST THE BREWERS. HE ALWAYS HAS A GAME WHERE HE HITS WHEN THEN THE GAME IS OUT OF REACH OR THERE IS NO PRESSURE ON HIM TO HIT. I HOPE BOBBY DON’T GET MISLEAD AND TAKE PRADO OUT. IT WILL BE BACK TO LOSING IF THIS HAPPENS. JOHNSON IS NOT BUILT FOR A BASEBALL PLAYER.
July 27th, 200910:59 am
Day off today and I would be very surprised to see Kelly Johnson in the starting lineup against the Fish this week. If he is, they are showcasing him for a trade.
July 27th, 200911:01 am
deano54-First of all, Frank Wren has gone on the record (more than once) saying there would be no trade of pitching. The idea when you’re fighting for a playoff berth is to NOT change your basic team by losing players currently performing, but to ADD an additional player to make you better. YOu rarely (except in the case of Francoeur) improve by reduction. You never improve by losing effective pieces of your team.
Since the end of April, Kawakami has an ERA of about 3.20-Hudson has not pitched competitively for a year and had surgery in the intervening time. It’d be nice if Hudson comes back to his old form, but I’m not holding my breath and expecting it to happen. I’ll take my chances with Kawakami.
in honor of everyone offended by us calling ga loaf ive made an all nic name gteam and in honor of boobys penchant for the same here goes leading offf mCLOUT batting sacond playdough batting third larry wayne batting clean up CCANT batting fifth MRLOAF sixth caeron diaz seventh i pray will be church 8th the catch man and 9th and pitching jjj hi
July 27th, 200911:02 am
cdog-screaming won’t make you right.
July 27th, 200911:03 am
MFin04, calm down. It’ll be alright so just breath. Here’s some good news, I guess… looks like Halladay won’t be going to Philly after all because the Jays GM is smart enough to strip a team of their best for his best and won’t settle for any less. And that sh** rhymed.
July 27th, 200911:07 am
RHR But feel sorry for him? No. I feel sorry for a regular joe with a family who loses his job. I feel bad for once great aging athletes who refuse to accept that it’s over and bow out gracefully, or at least accept a lesser role.
I with you all the way…especially with the part about the regular Joe.
Count de Monet
July 27th, 200911:09 am
Boog is great. Very funny and he knows the Braves and Baseball. Great rapport with Joe.
Dip Caray Jr is the guy I can’t stand. He is awful. Even Joe hates to work with him.
TnBrian: I could be wrong but you have to think Prado has overwhelmed the Skipper in ‘09 while KJ was out.
Bobby’s mind is no doubt overwhelmed by Prado, but his heart belongs to KJ.
July 27th, 200911:13 am
KJ is like the little girl who pulls the football away from Charlie Brown every time. He knows its coming but he falls for it every time.
KJ will be hot for a week and then go in the tank for 4 weeks. We know its coming but we fall for it every time.
July 27th, 200911:15 am
Shamus Thacker, I did here about Bobby and Kelly dining together at a candle light dinner but thought maybe it was just a fling…maybe they really are a pair.
TnBrian – What’s there to calm down about?
Bottom of the 9th – 2 outs, bases loaded, and you have to pinch hit. Who do you pinch hit…
Derek Lowe (.218 1 RBI, 34ABs)
Jair Jurrjens (.163, 4 RBIs, 43ABs)
Greg Norton (.122 4 RBIs, 49ABs)
July 27th, 200911:16 am
Only way to get good value for a KJ trade is to play him while he’s hot. I would put him in one game for Prado and one game for Casey(Prado moves to first)…pinch hitting him won’t be enough. If he has two more games like the last maybe we get a decent player in return, or we keep him for the playoff run. The deadline is just about here so he needs action.
Were you making a case for Ross to start?
They warned me about your chain after you signed off. I couldn’t sleep a wink last night.
I still think you were obne of Cann’s cans and you won’t admit it publicly
July 27th, 200911:20 am
“The Bobby haters must real be hating this 0.680 stretch we are having.”
This shouldnt be just a stretch, we should be having a .680 baseball season with the players we have.
July 27th, 200911:21 am
Lew– Regarding plantar fascia and cortisone shots, over several years I had several shots with less and less result. Ultimately, orthopedist said do not get more. Now understand I have been running for 30 years averaging about 2000 miles a year. Orthopedist recommended Visco Spot which can be inserted under insole. Google it. Also I started using Yoga Toes. Google at yogapro.com. These are incredible for working muscles, tendons, ligaments, tissues in foot. I am now running 30 miles a week again at age 62. Of course, rest of body needs regular attention for alignment and especially lower leg which also impacts foot. Helpfully some of this helps your wife. With you guys living in beautiful Vermont, you should have great places to walk or run.
July 27th, 200911:23 am
Rodney-She just had the one shot some years back. In April she had a surgery to stretch the fascia (it had shrunken). They go in on both sides of the lower ankle and knick the fascia on the sides. As it heals it stretches back out. Worked great. She’s walking three miles a day now.
July 27th, 200911:25 am
Trade KJ now before he backslides again. His value may never be greater.
Rock On....the denizen formerly known as Dadgum
July 27th, 200911:27 am
Lew….exactly correct on Hudson. While not ready to pull a “Glavine” here it is very possible that Hudson simply has too much baggage coming off the injury to project him as a starter. He has some value as I mentioned but perhaps best served as a middle innings kind of guy for a couple of months. Maybe even an audition start or two if the race is over. My money is on Kawakami the rest of this year barring injury with a big red flag on Hudson until the season is over and evaluations on his option can be made.
The Braves and Cox in particular can make some real non-sense moves but can’t believe anyone in the organization is stupid enough to trade pitching or insert a “once great but coming off rehab” guy while trying to win a pennant when in fact there is no need to touch one of the very best rotations in baseball.
July 27th, 200911:28 am
Where is Jordan Shafers? In rehab or just taking the summer off?
Rofdnery-Her podiatrist made her orthotics-no need for other inserts. We also are liited to Asics (best shoes I’ve ever worn), New Balance, Keene or Merrel shoes because of the strength of their support. Nike is a NO NO.
I feel bad for once great aging athletes who refuse to accept that it’s over and bow out gracefully, or at least accept a lesser role.
Johnny Unitas was the best example ever. Went to Chargers to finish proud career with Colts. NO offensive line, jailbreak every pass play. Poor Johnny looked like a rag-doll back there; every sack like a three-car pileup. His head would snap like a crash-test dummy. Sad in retrospect, true joy at the time. I hated the guy.
1. Whats the score?
2. Are we still in the race or just playing for fun?
3. whos pitching?
Sorry Rodney-can’t type today. Must be the ten thumbs I have.
July 27th, 200911:29 am
TnBrian, you auditioning for your high school cheer squad w/ your 11:03?
Steve from OH
Did anyone see that the Royals are trying to turn TP Jr. into a pitcher? Well, he’s certainly got the bat for it…
And this is funny:
July 27th, 200911:31 am
BNravesFanInPhilly-Where in Philly do you live? I went to Girard College and still have relatives in Bucks County (between Willow Grove and Doylestown).
Reminds me of a few notable denizens…
July 27th, 200911:32 am
July 27th, 2009
Trade KJ now before he backslides again. His value may never be greater.
We have about 5 days left in his current hot streak before he goes into a 5 week funk. 5 days matches up pefectly with the trade deadline.
July 27th, 200911:33 am
How about a trade no one is talking about. The Braves are often very quite and then something happens. The Tigers and Red Soxs are looking for a catcher. Ross could be the sleeping trade. Not that I want him traded but this could happen.
McLouth of the South
July 27th, 200911:35 am
Posted thid yesterday, but what about KJ to the Twins for Span? We’d probably have to sweeten it a little (Maybe even give up Schafer for a lesser prospect back) but Span is controllable, has a .370 OBP with 16 steals, and is statistically above average in CF. Nate dawg could bat fourth…
July 27th, 200911:36 am
Count de Monet Were you making a case for Ross to start?
Ah, heck no! I was pointing out that some of his stats may look “better”, but deep down BMac is much…no offense to Ross, of course.
They warned me about your chain after you signed off. I couldn’t sleep a wink last night.
Bwahahahahaha!! For-real Mac bashers beware!
I still think you were one of Cann’s cans and you won’t admit it publicly
Haha! No, I swear I wasn’t…besides, most of them wore UGA hats! Couldn’t be me…
Braves still are still killing me with their fundamentals. This team can’t seem to get a sacrifice bunt down or hit a sac fly to save their lives. It’s not hurting them now. And pointing it out in a game that ending up 10-2 or whatever, looks silly, but with decent ABC baseball the Braves could have had 13 or 14 runs easy.
RHR and McFann,
Please don’t worry about me. A few years ago, I got hooked up with Dave Ramsey. Now I am debt free, except for a small mortgage. No credit card debt, and my two modest vehicles are fully paid for. I also have an emergency fund.
Unfortunately, I did lose my job after 10 years with the firm, but we will be OK. We have stored some emergency food supplies, that should keep our grocery bill to a minimum for a while. My wife has taken on some day care and I am doing odd jobs in the evenings. Our 13 year old daughter is babysitting and donating her proceeds to the family budget, as is our 11 year old son who does some light yard work for the neighbors, and he also is making apricot jam from our apricot tree to sell to our neighbors. I hope to have another job soon, hopefully before the unemployment runs out.
If not, then my ex-brother-in-law might be able to help out a bit. His name is John Smoltz. I hear he has done well financially this year.
July 27th, 200911:38 am
AustinBrave-It isn’t happening. Ross was signed for two seasons and ha done a damn god job backing up McCann. The Braves won’t trade him. They won’t leave themselves with only Clint Sammons as back up and I think the Corky MIller situation is still too clear in their minds-the reason they got Ross to begin with. Again-you do NOT strengthen your team by getting rid of successful players.
July 27th, 200911:39 am
I think it is pretty obvious to all Braves personnel that Vazquez has been a steal and his steady innings eating and filthy stuff is what makes a team a real contender.
Having said that it is safe to assume that Vazquez is going nowhere and I expect some contract reworking so he remains a Brave past next year. It would be in the Braves best interest to shop Kawakami after the season or very possibly allow Hudson to explore his options and not pick up the 12 mil option year ( I know it will cost 1 mil). Anyway, it could be a year before Hudson even is back to his old self after TJ surgery. There is a great unknown once he is back in action. Do the Braves let Hudson go and keep Kawakami. That is one of teh big questions.
But without a doubt you don’t trade Vazquez no way no how.
Lew, I lived for 4 years in s.philly near the italian market but recently moved across the river into Gloucester City. You ever catch a Phills game when you’re in town to see the fam?
July 27th, 200911:42 am
The family garden comes in real handy also!
July 27th, 200911:43 am
“Lew, I lived for 4 years in s.philly near the italian market but recently moved across the river into Gloucester City.”
I lived near 9th St. myself. Where abouts?
BravesFanINPhilly-No, the family and I don’t communicate very much. I do know the Amaro family (and Ruben, Jr.’s Mom’s family), though, and could get some comped tickets if I ever get down there (I’m in Vermont). Talked to Jersey Gil and his Wife about getting together for a game sometime, though. You could always join us if it happens. It just won’t entail a visit with my Sister or Brother In Law, in all likelihood.
July 27th, 200911:44 am
“”Lew, I lived for 4 years in s.philly near the italian market”"
And you lived to tell about it!
Or was it Francoeur’s Franks who wore the UGA hats? I forget, on of those…
Keep working at it…hey, that’s some deadbeat brother-in-law you had if he hasn’t helped you out by now.
Wow…someone said we should trade Ross? That’s a new one…lotta people want him to have more playing time.
Of course, that’s not half as odd as when Neight and Supes were saying that they’d trade BMac for the right package.
Lew– Glad she is bettter. The Asics and the Merrills are the best for sure. You both should try the yoga toes though. The results are amazing. For the last five years after almost losing my right leg to a venomous bite in Sri Lanka jungle and not being able to walk for six months, I had pain in my right foot walking and running. Now pain-free!
July 27th, 200911:45 am
What happened? I didn’t want that to be so bold! I closed off my bolding…I know I did! Arg…
Most important games of the night (from the Braves perspective)
Colorado at NY Mets 7:10 PM Jimenez vs Perez
LA Dodgers at St. Louis 7:10 PM Wolf vs Carpenter
Houston at Chicago Cubs 8:05 PM Rodriguez vs Zambrano
Philadelphia at Arizona 9:40 PM Moyer vs Garland
Pittsburgh at San Francisco 10:15 PM Maholm vs Lincecum
Where is Jordan Shafers? In rehab or just taking the summer off? — yogi2
Assuming you mean Jordan Schafer, he’s in a cast for two weeks after that bone-bruise diagnosis. They wanted to finally get that wrist problem taken care of, not have him continue to aggravate it.
Should be nearing the end of his two weeks now.
… OK, I’m about to board my flight home from a pretty incredible weekend. Back to work and reality, including a toilet I need to fix or replace. Any good handymen out there who do plumbing (I’d ask for any good, reasonable plumbers, but that’s an oxymoron — kidding, plumbers. Well, sort of…)
Niekro and Bruce Sutter are on the same small plane we’re gonna be on, headed back to Atlanta.
July 27th, 200911:46 am
Ross is a very good cheap bat. The Braves won’t trade that kind of player and expose a bench that frankly still thinks Norton will come around any minute. Not to mention that any drop off is minimal when Ross spells our all-star at the same position. It would shock me if Ross is dealt. NOw KJ….that is another story especially when you have three players better than him at 2nd. Seems like a no-brainer at the July deadline to me.
regular joe-While at UGA, I painted all the SEC mascots eating sandwiches and drinking beers on the side of a sandwich shop in Athens. It was during the early 80’s economic downturn and I got payed with free food for the family. You do what you have to do to feed your family.
Payed? I meant paid. Damn, the fingers refuse to type the right word today.
July 27th, 200911:47 am
You people are wondering how hot is our offense right nowe and if our offense is capable of competing with the phillies offense?
Phillies season totals:
Braves in July:
That stretch includes facing 2 of the top 4 teams pitching teams (SF and Cubs) and of course the worse (phillies) and playing at Coors field. You be the judge.
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