2:54 pm August 26, 2009, by David O'Brien
August 27th, 200912:02 pm
Dissapointed, I’m disappointed because you spelled disappointed wrong.
Wayne in Utah
I am getting tired of the Tax Masters commercials on FoxNews. He will get between me and the IRS. “The IRS said we owed $50,000. Tax Masters fought hard, and the IRS said we owe nothing!”
Maybe I should run up a 50K bill with the IRS, and then call Tax Masters!
As bad as things are economically, I think I will use the governments plan……I think I will just spend my way out of it! Do you folks think that will work for me???
I have been doing things wrong my whole life. While I have tried to work and invest to get ahead, I should have been trying to figure out how to get on the government tit instead.
(watching too much news this morning!)
August 27th, 200912:05 pm
steve from OH, that kind of thing is what i hate the most about the NFL. you always hear about guys not being happy in the lockeroom, some guys not supporting the QB, or a couple of guys not getting along…and seriously…these are pro athletes. cant you guys just do your job? learn the plays and run your routes and do what your supposed to do?
August 27th, 200912:06 pm
Been gone a while but see nothing has changed
1 Braves good enough that the one in 10 to 15 games their manager gives away really hurt
2 The nutless gossip columnist posing as sportswriter continues to make excuses and doesnt worry about little things like facts
will check back in a month as the list of excuses 4 why the Braves again just missed the playoffs should be entertaining to read
August 27th, 200912:08 pm
cabravesfan – good morning, darling. Maybe you need a good oxygen mask for the trip in. I hear it will be over 100 degrees some places in your vicinity.
robertwill check back in a month
please, dont bother.
August 27th, 200912:10 pm
Why would someone get on a journalist’s blog and call that journalist “nutless”? Robert, your glass is perpetually half empty, isn’t it?
Tell It Like It Is
August 27th, 200912:11 pm
Wayne in Utah,
Based on your comments and Liberty Mutual’s conservative cash pockets, the Braves are in deep s… Most of the good players with superstar qualities will be playing for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Cards. The rest will come to small markets like Atlanta. Maybe Atlanta should be happy just to have a team. The Fish are getting a new stadium with bad attendance. Are TV revenues that good?
So much for the future unless someone comes in to buy the Braves. I wonder if the Federal Government is interested or willing to subsidize the the costs to see a game at the Ted.
August 27th, 200912:15 pm
Tell it like it is
A lot of truth to what you say. Can we become a team that develops our players, and if they don’t sign a club friendly contract (Jones, McCann), then deal them before they become free agents.
Can we be successful in that mode? The only way to do so is to accept a rebuilding team from time to time. (The Marlins and A’s teams come to mind.)
August 27th, 200912:20 pm
Random – when you see this? Tell me how you search the blog for specific posts from people? I want to find something but I don’t want to read thru all these pages to find it.
Music is a strange thing, that can evoke a lot of different emotions. We hear a song, and remember a significant time in our lives when we were listening to that music. Or we see a music video, and afterwards, every time we hear that song, a new or different memory/emotion hits us.
Since you mentioned “When Will I See You Again” by the Three Degrees, I can’t get that song out of my head, all the while remembering all my old buds in basic training.
A blessing…..and a curse as it were!
August 27th, 200912:21 pm
Braves will never make the play-offs again with Bobby Cox as Mgr. Times change, people get old and those who don’t change with it gets left behind. Braves need new blood running the team. New manager and Coaches staff and not TP.
Season was over before it ever started.
August 27th, 200912:22 pm
Random copies and pastes ALL blog entries into another program (I assume Microsoft Word). Then he can search on keywords and bring up anything you want to know.
Anything you ever said, is recorded for all of eternity.
So, this is a good reason to not blog when drinking!
August 27th, 200912:23 pm
When push comes to shove…here’s the fact…assume the Braves are in a huge game a month from now…Bottom of the 9th inning… NOW……WHO… would you want to see at the plate in that situation a month from now?…That’s right…you guessed it….(assuming you’re bein’ serious & have a basic level of baseball knowledge)
yall are crazy
FOLKS, LISTEN UP!!!!
Heyward is gearing up for the AFL, and there’s talk now about shutting him down for the rest of the season so he won’t get hurt. HE WILL NOT BE UP THIS YEAR!!! Sorry to yell, but I’m really getting sick of the people screaming for him to be called up! Frank Wren has his eyes set of 2010. So PLEASE, for the love of God, stop crying for Heyward!!! Brooks Conrad is the one we should be calling up!
August 27th, 200912:24 pm
August 27th, 200912:25 pm
Kelly Johnson? Wait, no, Greg Norton? My answer would actually be Yunel Escobar. I have an above average level of baseball knowledge, and I still might not say Chipper if his slump carries him all the way to this hypothetical game of which you speak.
August 27th, 200912:27 pm
yeller….NO “ifs” in my question…gotta make a pick today…you stayin’ with Esco ?
Kelly’s Johnson, I say anybody but Greg Norton.
August 27th, 200912:29 pm
yall are crazy,
Calling up Conrad is really exciting. The Braves will flourish and the stadium will be full when he returns. Yall really are crazy.
dogsbrekky (now it’s a real bollocks mess)
August 27th, 2009
Where did you get the idea that free speech equates consequence free speech?
The way he is hitting right now, it would be a toss up between LaRoche and Diaz.
August 27th, 200912:30 pm
All right Kelly’s, I’m sticking with Esco. Berate at will.
Wayne, I know.
August 27th, 200912:32 pm
When I decided to quit my tobacco habit, I told Chipper me and him was going to go into coaching people to hit. When we was teaching them to hit they was hitting the balls out. We’s Clumps can work on Norton to make him hitting and get on base. We was going to reward him with a big mac but we figures that wasn’t going to work so we was just going to teach him to hit from the baby Clumps.
Anders, I think Boston gets first stab at Wagner..Plus I’m not sure if Mets want to make Phillies even a more a greater juaggernut. We have the offense to make up for that small weak spot.
August 27th, 200912:33 pm
yeller…He might be #2..(assuming ther’e NOT a runner on 1B)…but I think that probably EVERY opposing Mgr. would pick someone else….
Robert (Chipper Is The Best)
August 27th, 200912:34 pm
Thhis is all I will say about Greg Norton. Nobody could ever covince me that this guy is better to have on the bench than Brian Barton or Chris Burke or even Brandon Jones since all Norton does is pinch hit. Seriously! Is there anybody on here that would take Norton over any of those guys. Hell, at this point Norton is making me long for the days of Chris Wooodward!
August 27th, 200912:35 pm
eatphillie….why doesn’t it surprise me that your post is full of grammatical errors???
August 27th, 200912:38 pm
Anders….You warned us about having our catcher be a big part of our offense?? He hit a three run bomb in the first inning last night….he drove in 5 runs against the Marlins a few days ago. He might not be havung a monster year, but he is producing pretty well. Stop acting like your so in tune with this team….you’re not…..and you’re a fairly big loser.
August 27th, 200912:39 pm
To paraphrase Shannon Sharpe…Norton is getting his paycheck every week by coming to the back of the building with a gun and a ski mask. He sure as hell isn’t earning it!
I sincerely hope that when the Braves are sitting home watching the playoffs unfold and wondering what could have been had they not fell completely on their faces to one of the worst teams in baseball, that the front office is busy making decisions on who to bring in, who to ship out, and thinking hard who their next manager will be.
IMHO, Bobby Cox no longer deserves to ” I am a Atlanta Icon” excuse anymore. He is simply not getting it done anymore. I don’t think any team in the history of sports has fallen off like the Braves have since they last won the division. They went from dominating for 14 straight years to being nothing in the matter of one season and it hasn’t gotten any better..
I am not whining, or playing the poor me card, but if the Braves don’t make some drastic changes by next season, I am simply taking a year off from watching baseball. That means no MLB Extra Innings, no buying merchandise, and no buying my tickets that I get every year to watch them play in Milwaukee. I know that won’t matter much to the Braves, but if 10,000 fans thought the same way I do, the Braves would finally see that we fans are sick and tired of the same old stale product that they have fielded for the past several years. I won’t be done as a fan, I just won’t support them in a time that they don’t deserve to be supported that’s all.
August 27th, 200912:40 pm
Kelly’s, you’re probably right, but I’m stubborn. What might put me over the top is Esco’s speed. You never know, he might leg out that infield chopper to the gap, whereas Chipper probably wouldn’t. Chipper is great. The man won a batting title last year, his fifteenth in the league. I just wish he was looking to win that batting title THIS year. Something is wrong with him and I think it’s more than a minor mechanical thing.
August 27th, 200912:42 pm
Sonny Clumps, don’t tread on the hallowed ground that is Sonny Cluster’s style. Poor attempt, friend.
yeller, i doubt that escobar runs much better than chipper.
August 27th, 200912:45 pm
DAP, I think most would disagree. Especially considering the leg issues Chipper has battled for years. Maybe the appropriate word would be “hustles”. Chipper advances down the line very gingerly these days. In my opinion, he is constantly trying to protect himself from another groin, hamstring, ankle, fill-in-the-blank injury…
Robert (Chipper Is The Best), wow. Not sure how you deciphered those words. I can’t understand a damn thing Shannon Sharpe says. Keep in mind I’m a Chiefs fan and despite the Raiders being the biggest rival, the Broncos are the team I hate in the AFC West the most – so I couldn’t resist.
I actually usually like what Sharpe has to say (I think he used to – maybe still does – have a show on Sirius radio), but damn he’s hard to listen to.
August 27th, 200912:46 pm
When we was going to the Braves games back in the 80s after a long day with batting We was relaxing eating hamburgers and was doing our eating contests between innings.
Wayne in Utah,
Im still waiting for your response about Martins “bad august”
Nova Scotia Steve
August 27th, 200912:47 pm
So I kept my mouth shut about Bobby Cox all year…but now I’m ready to explode…and have to vent…
Why oh why in the name of God does he continue to give Greg Norton AB’s with the game on the line…He’s come through ONCE for us all year in these situations….ONCE…Its already very very old…Norton would not be an active player on ANY OTHER Major League roster…So why he remains on this roster is beyond…way beyond my reasoning.
Who in their right mind would put Manny Acosta in a ballgame that is even remotely close….the guy has proven all year he’s not reliable in big situations…it was a 6-4 ballgame when he was put in the game last night…
And then Cox expects Logan to pull of a miracle and get out of the inning with minimal damage….Give me a damn break…
Atlanta has been doing this all year…get a 3 or 4 run lead and the offense goes to sleep…and before you know it we’re hangin on or blowin leads…
Cox “The old fool” needs to wake the hell up or get the hell out of the dugout.
August 27th, 200912:49 pm
We all gots our styles, yellerjacket.
August 27th, 200912:51 pm
Props to Bat Masterson!
I knew if I read long enough I’d find a deserving props-ee, LOL. I mean, other than the usual suspects, now scattered sparsely amongst the angst, chagrin, and vexation of the current contributors.
August 27th, 200912:52 pm
yellerjacket, agree to disagree then. because even though chipper had foot injuries years ago, he is at least an average baserunner, in my opinion. i wouldnt even say he is slow. he run well. escobar is similar to me. he isnt fast, but he runs pretty well.
August 27th, 200912:55 pm
Weak sauce, Clumps. Weak sauce.
Moving a little slowly today, but there will be a new blog up in the next hour or so. I am on the case.
When we was still in school we was all in group saying that we beleve that the brave was going to be a magical team and that they would make the playoffs and win the World Series. When Braves won playoffs and World Series, people was Sonny, how did you know that the Braves would do that, and I says the Braves are magical and they was way overdue.
August 27th, 200912:57 pm
DAP..You’re right…When Chipper needs to run…he can run…much better than Esco…whether 1B to 3B….2B to Home…or just a str8 steal of 2B…
August 27th, 200912:58 pm
August 27th, 2009
I don’t think any team in the history of sports has fallen off like the Braves have since they last won the division.
You’ve got to be kidding, right?
Sonny, why do you want to be like that? Also, yellerjacket, why do you care if someone else is doing that? Since when should Clusters be the only one to talk like that?
N8, lol. Yeah, I love Shannon Sharpe but he can be hard to listen to at times.
August 27th, 200912:59 pm
Random copies and pastes ALL blog entries into another program (I assume Microsoft Word).
Wayne, see that’s what I thought at first but then I decided that even he couldn’t possibly be that douchey. LOL
Don’t worry about my spelling, worry about your team. They can’t beat the phillies. That my friend is whats real. You have no team to root for come October. Sucks to be you NJBRAVES. hahaha.
Cole is back in form too, watch out
Are you mad that someone may take Clusters’ place, yeller? Clumps that whole talking like that for anyone is old.
I thought we had concluded that Martin is definitely having an off month in August, although as you pointed out, he is still clutch when he does hit. At least moreso than most other Braves bats.
I am not willing to say it is because of this headache issue, as he really didn’t play beyond an at bat or two with the ailment. I think he is just coming down to earth a bit. I don’t think he is as good as he was for all of July, but he also might be better than some of us expected.
I am happy for him. Just pointing out yesterday that he will probably not get the grief for a bad month that KJ did for his bad two months. KJ actually had a bad April, a good May, and a REAL bad June.
Yo, NS Steve.
Amen,Amen and Amen! Don’t even send them down! They should both be released outright! Any of the kids we got in the system could do better! May not see Acosta tonite,but dollar to donut says we’ll see Norton!
August 27th, 20091:02 pm
Yeller, just get over it. You need to relax its annoying that anyone does that like Clusters or Clumps, but its not a big deal.
August 27th, 20091:03 pm
The Tigers have about the same record as the Braves. Jim Leyland and all their coaches need to be fired!
August 27th, 20091:04 pm
All year I hear, the Braves andf their pitching, yadi yadi ya, and look they can’t touch the Padres. Best comeback was our weak pitching, well guess what? Lee,Happ,Hamels, Pedro. Well I think were set for October, while you will position for best draft..hahahah sucks to be you njbrave
August 27th, 20091:05 pm
If you missed it yesterday/last night, the court ruled in favor of Players Association regarding the leaking of names from “the list” of positive-testers in 2003.
Not sure what this will mean, exactly, but I think whoever’s leaking the names will probably be at least a little more reluctant to do so in future. Maybe, maybe not. But threat of criminal prosecution for leaking names, that might have an effect.
This was the release I got from union:
MLBPA Statement Regarding Decision of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
New York, NY, Wednesday, August 26, 2009…The following statement was issued today by
Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director, Donald M. Fehr, and General
Counsel, Michael Weiner.
Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc,
ruled in favor of the Players Association in the litigation regarding the
government’s seizure of the 2003 testing records.
The Court has affirmed lower court rulings that the seizure of individual 2003
testing records violated the constitutional rights of the Players and of the Players
Association. Anyone who leaks information purporting to contain those 2003 test
results is committing a crime.
We are very gratified by this decision, and hope that this will finally bring this long
litigation to a close.
Joe, no need to referee, my friend. Just having a little fun with an imposter. I think we can all agree that one Sonny is plenty. The Clusters/Schultz banter on the other blog is always entertaining, but unoriginal is always lame.
Do you know when and where the Braves funeral will be held?
Because they are dead. And, deserve to be when you lose a series to one of the worst teams in baseball this decade in the middle of a playoff race.
I am sitting here watching the news, and WOW, I knew that Kennedy compound was large and awesome, but they are showing some real good closeups of that area.
Never been up that way, but WOW, what a beautiful place and home!
August 27th, 20091:06 pm
Wayne in Utah
August 27th, 2009
Joe, are you sarcastically challenged? This language really needs a sarcasm font for typing, no?
August 27th, 20091:07 pm
Remember the all-for-one, one-for-all, feeling, we got from the Braves in the early 90s? The sideways rally caps, the cutting up in the dugout, the rampant enthusiasm? That’s what I yearn for a return of. I know it was a rarity (maybe even an aberration) we’ll probably never see again, but it was “chemistry” at work in my book. That was a team that played collectively “as one.”
Some of you say chemistry doesn’t exist; I believe it most surely does, at certain times for certain teams, the early 90’s Braves teams being a perfect example. They played the game with the camaraderie and enthusiasm of school kids. It could be called many things. I prefer calling it chemistry…
August 27th, 20091:08 pm
Well, yeller the Sonny junk isn’t trademarked so its not illegal. So neither one of them are imposters but they are both getting rather old.
Steve from OH
August 27th, 20091:10 pm
Leyland is a terrible manager. Just look at the example he’s setting for young Rick Porcello, smoking all them cigarettes all day. But Rick, all the cook kids managers are doing it!
Mid Town Joe
DOB The ruling means that the records were supposed to be destroyed, and the leaked info is moot.
August 27th, 20091:11 pm
Would’ve worked a lot better if I’d said “cool” instead of “cook.”
That’s a good point, Joe. I’ll call off the APB and BOLO down here at the police station.
Cameron: It could be held in Philly this weekend, if the Braves don’t win tonight and then win at least — at least – one game this weekend.
I’ll go ahead and toss my tattered credibility into the hole with the team, too. As per TommyP’s proclamation.
dogsbrekky (now it's a real bollocks mess)
Bat Masterson – I agree whoelheartedly, glad you got it…
August 27th, 20091:12 pm
Shamus, come on. How much chemistry will get this club into the playoffs? How many wins would it be worth?
Me? I’ll take good ballplayers any day.
August 27th, 20091:13 pm
Wow. eatPhillie comes on here and lays down some truth. It hurts. The only thing I would disagree on is that the statement about the Braves never being a threat. They were a threat for the last 6-8 weeks, but can’t disagree about not being a threat anymore.
August 27th, 20091:15 pm
Sorry– AndyC, trying to be nice until NJbrave got me fired up
August 27th, 20091:16 pm
Does this mean that it will be more difficult for more names to come out??? In a strange sort of way, it isn’t fair to Manny, A-Rod, Barry and Sammy that the other names are NOT released.
Hank thinks they should all be outed. I agree.
August 27th, 20091:17 pm
I think Blanton has been a much better starter for the Phils than Pedro. In fact, I don’t see him getting much playing time in the playoffs. Maybe out of the bullpen but not starting.
August 27th, 20091:18 pm
Wayne – unfortunately spend til you drop is over… reality is back, savings are good (well if you actually got anything for savings, just ask the Japanese how 15 years of zero interest rates have NOT helped)… sadly unless there is demand the government is going to create it (sort of)
Bat Masterson – lesson ahead…
The proper format is:
nscoots……………………Thanks for “the” props in your 12:51 posting. I have said REPEATEDLY that free speech does NOT “equate” consequence free speech BUT these MORONS “here” just ignored ME. Blah blah blah blah blah BLAH blah blah blah insert self congratulatory comment here blah “blah” blah blah BLAH blah x 1000.
yellerjacket: your 1:06 cracked me up. (and I’m not being sarcastic.)
Steve from OH,
I think the only chemistry that will get this team in the playoffs is the chemistry that was being created by the folks at BALCO!!!
August 27th, 20091:19 pm
Tell me Random doesn’t actually cut and paste from every blog Wayne. As I sit here eating lunch and just shaking my head. People like that actually take this fine blog that serious? Hopefully he is the only one. Actually with this format I don’t go back or care to fo back more than two pages. Don’t feel I am missing a thing that I can’t find out later. Oh well to each his own.
August 27th, 20091:20 pm
What the court ruling means is, the Federal Government seized the results of the tests and created this list to aid their investigation that would eventually culminate with the Mitchell Report (why was our government, when we have so much serious stuff to do, playing around with baseball?). The court ruled, this seizure of these documents was illegal and the documents must be returned to the Players’ Association. Of course, someone probably has the list written down elsewhere, so, in practice, it probably means nothing. Except that people who want the list of 103 names to be released are wrong and off base. From a legal standpoint.
Shamus Thacker, maybe chemistry exists, maybe it doesn’t. And the question is not so much whether it exists but if it plays a roll in winning baseball games.
All I know is the Braves had perhaps the best collective group of pitcher in the history of the game and their position players weren’t too shabby. That kind of talent would seem to create good chemistry, so it’s hard to know which came first.
Andre "Pulpwood" Smith
August 27th, 20091:21 pm
As long as we’re all complaining, here’s my beef: that insipid SportsSouth commercial in which Jerome Jurenovich says his most memorable Braves moment “by far” is Willie Harris’ 6 hit game. Really, Jerome? Of all the good and bad moments of Braves baseball since 1991, the most memorable is the night a journeyman outfielder who made no impact on the Braves got 6 hits in a meaningless game? Honestly, does this guy even watch baseball? DOB, is Jerome really that easily impressed?
“Take it from Jerome Jurenovich, for a really memorable dining experience, take the family to Denny’s. Try the salisbury steak, and tell them Jerome sent you!”
Today’s best VENT says it all. The ‘Padres’ have administered Last Rites!
Your credibility is still in tact from this keyboard. The Braves playoff hopes…not so much.
What is the over/under on Ryan Howard home runs this weekend? I say 2.5, and I am taking the over.
The role players are doing their jobs, one of the so-called leaders has got to step up. Look at the stats. What more can you ask of Garret Anderson? Diaz could have a little more pop but he’s gettin on base. McClouth, Escobar, Prado, Infante, they are all pretty much doing what is expected of them. They are not here to carry this team, that’s why they are role players. Chipper Jones has got to step it up for the BRaves to be successful, period. When asked who is the most feared hitter in the BRaves lineup, the answer always HAS to be Chipper JOnes. Not Matt Diaz.
August 27th, 20091:22 pm
Wonder how the Braves feel now about giving Chipper a 3 year extension? That money could have been spent on 2 or 3 upgrades. Wren dodged the bullet on several players but looks like Chipper got him. Age waits for no one and Chipper’s body is saying I’m older than 37.
sorry, if it plays a role.
August 27th, 20091:23 pm
Okay, Wayne in Utah, I can sit here all day long and point out Conservative Movement hypocrisy. Shoot down their icons point out the mythological and conventional wisdom fallacies, its like shooting fish in a barrel, but to what avail?
Pulpwood: The second paragraph of your 1:21. Very witty. Loved it.
Yeller, you may be able to tell if something on the computer is sarcasm but some people have real lives where they don’t learn to read sarcasm. There is more to life than a computer, buddy.
August 27th, 20091:24 pm
What more can you ask of Garret Anderson?
Oh boy, do you really want an answer for this?
Is there any doubt that other names will not emerge, legal or not?
The A Bomb
August 27th, 20091:25 pm
Good players/athletes create consistent winning. . .
Consistent winning creates fan support. . .
Fan support creates identity/chemistry.
We need to further address Step 1.
VALIDATION! My mom always said I was funny.
August 27th, 20091:26 pm
Steve from OH (August 27th, 2009 1:24 pm)
What more can you ask of Garret Anderson?
It may actually make my day….go ahead Steve
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