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Jurrjens4-2010NLCY

September 26th, 2009
4:37 pm

Have LaRoche [assuming he resigns] and McLouth lobby for BAY. He’s the only player we should go after aggressively.

nolie

September 26th, 2009
4:37 pm

Well, the Braves have officially matched my pre-season prediction of 84 wins. (STEVE)

I gave myself a little more wiggle room I think I said 81-85, but hopefully they are gonna pass that too. Good season no matter what happens the rest of the way. Most teams have a long run and then have a longish run of mostly losing years, the Braves have only had losing years twice in this regrouping streak, with lots of hope for next year.

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
4:37 pm

Not Again

We Can Bash Cox as much as we please, because, simply put you have gotten used to not making it into the postseason. Even if we did make the playoffs this year with our AWFense playing in games with a lot of pressure, we’d get Bozo’d out of the first round with Bobby’s Managing

I’d assume you enjoyed going the last 4 years of not getting into October

And I can tell you’re a rookie on this blog becuase Mitchell and Myself are Mild Bobby Bashers compared to the likes of You are all Bobby Cox Apologits, Herschell Talker, Nore More Bobby, etc…

If you do Like myself or Mitchell bashing Bobby for his Dunb ass in game decisions then you can either refuse to Read It (it’s not that hard) or I got two words for ya!

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
4:37 pm

Holliday is a much better player than Bay.

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
4:38 pm

by the way, someone said it earlier and you were right — Hanson was rushing in the fifth when he gave up the homer. he admitted it after game, that he was being too aggressive because the Braves had a weather report that said it was going to start raining hard and not stop for the next day or so.

He said he got away from what he was doing earlier in game, and that homer made him sort of snap back to attention and get back to his approach. McCann said he thought the entire team was sort of rushing after seeing that weather report. They wanted to make sure they got the game in.

RC

September 26th, 2009
4:38 pm

Does anyone else find it hilarious that in order to improve our offense for next year, many here are suggesting that 1/3 of our lineup should consist of 2007 Pittsburgh Pirates? Not saying having McLouth, LaRoche, and Bay (or Nady) would be bad, I just find it funny.

Steve from OH

September 26th, 2009
4:39 pm

I gave myself a little more wiggle room I think I said 81-85,

I had said 83-85, so they hit my median. And I’m happy with that so far. I’d be thrilled with 90. And I think they can do it (knock on wood).

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
4:39 pm

NotAgain

And Mitchell and Myself Are Not related, I’ve been on this blog since 2005

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
4:40 pm

Have LaRoche [assuming he resigns] and McLouth lobby for BAY. He’s the only player we should go after aggressively.

Thaaaaaaaats right! I forgot about LaRoche…
Wasn’t he like their captain?

If we do sign LaRoche, I hope people realize he won’t be a hot in the first half…
And I hope they don’t complain about that…

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
4:42 pm

Holliday is a much better player than Bay.

Its give and take…

jj

September 26th, 2009
4:42 pm

I was wondering if the Braves would consider keeping Anderson as main pinchhitter off bench next year and having

NotAgain

September 26th, 2009
4:43 pm

If you do Like myself or Mitchell bashing Bobby for his Dunb ass in game decisions then you can either refuse to Read It (it’s not that hard) or I got two words for ya! Tomahawkin

or I can just continue to bash you and Mitchell and others just like you do to Cox, so take your two words and stuff them whiny.The fact that you aren’t as bad as some others doesn’t make your knee-jerk negativity any less worthless than it is. And I’ve been here for years,just don’t post all that often.

Stumpknocker

September 26th, 2009
4:43 pm

Hip-hip

Hip-hip Hoooray…Cox will soon be on his way. In the meantime let’s hope someone in the front office has the good sense to keep Vazquez on this staff and think twice about the surgically repaired Hudson. Speaking of whom, has never lived up to the billing he came here with.

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
4:44 pm

McCann said he thought the entire team was sort of rushing after seeing that weather report. They wanted to make sure they got the game in.

That was definitely the strategy in the top of the 5th…

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
4:44 pm

RC

The Pirates are the Millenium version of the 1990’s Montreal Expos as far as producing talent to give to other teams

Jurrjens4-2010NLCY

September 26th, 2009
4:44 pm

“If we do sign LaRoche, I hope people realize he won’t be a hot in the first half”

Lose a Teixeira, gain a Teixeira

Ironically, He is what we got left form the Teixeira trade.

Efrim

September 26th, 2009
4:45 pm

Great win. Keep it going. I’ll be watching Rockies/Cards tonight. Go Wainwright.

And I said 80-85. Little wider gap. They’ve exceeded expectations for me, for sure.

Who knew

September 26th, 2009
4:45 pm

NotAgain, you tell em dude… works both ways..

jj

September 26th, 2009
4:47 pm

Sorry about post at 4.42 but I had one of those sr. moments.I was saying keep Anderson as pinchhitter,Matt and Church as extra of,and Conrad and Afante as extra infielders.This would mean that Heyward would be in rf.I believe this would be a good bench especially if we can sign Adam.

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
4:47 pm

2nd and 3rd with no one out!

Go Cubbies!

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
4:49 pm

Not Again…

Ok, So What, If I do have knee jerk reactions…That’s part of being a fan…I’m pretty sure that you know If you ever seen a bar full of fans, I could be on thr Falcons Blog If ya like…?

I just have a football like mentality when I watch the games…If more frontrunning fans in Atlanta took the same mentality we’d be able to sellout Playoff games at Tooner Field for once…

And Do you honestly think that if we made the playoffs that the City of Atlanta would care…? More less sell-out our home games…?

I Was Wrong-I Was Right

September 26th, 2009
4:49 pm

I was wrong about the Braves signing Vazquez. He’s been a horse and I thought he would be a flop.

I was right about one other aspect of this season though.

Half the bloggers here suck. They sucked before the season started and continued sucking as the season progressed.

They continue their sucky ways today!

dub

September 26th, 2009
4:49 pm

B.McCann is Not the Braves MVP that belong to Yunel Escobar He’s been clutch all year long.Best 2 out hitter in the lineup. Another thing i notice is when Yunel lead the team in hit ,rbi for that game why his name not headliner just like today game got Hanson the headliner when Yunel drove in three run.It seem like a MONEY thing to me. PAY THE MAN

nolie

September 26th, 2009
4:49 pm

If we do sign LaRoche, I hope people realize he won’t be a hot in the first half…
And I hope they don’t complain about that (JJ)

not thats a pipe dream JJ. You know the blog will erupt daily with Roachie hate throughout any slow period just like it did against Tex. It’s the nature of the beast. :roll:

(THawkin) , it kinda seems that way a bit about the Pirates doesn’t it? They never met a player they didn’t wanna trade away no matter how good.

FEAR

September 26th, 2009
4:50 pm

RC – makes you wonder why their GM still has a job

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
4:51 pm

Ironically, He is what we got left form the Teixeira trade.

Don’t forget about Stephan Marek… a side-armed righty who can touch 96mph…

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
4:52 pm

You know the blog will erupt daily with Roachie hate throughout any slow period just like it did against Tex. It’s the nature of the beast. :roll:

Yeah… I kinda did…
I wasn’t around for the Tex days…

I Was Wrong-I Was Right

September 26th, 2009
4:54 pm

But the question remains that if half the bloggers suck, which half is it? The gloom and doomers or the Polyannas who insist that everything is wonderful?

McFann ;Ô;

September 26th, 2009
4:55 pm

DOB McCann said he thought the entire team was sort of rushing after seeing that weather report.

Haha…Yeah, I thought so, too.

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
4:57 pm

No Offense

But some of you Bloggers take stuff way too seriously! Some of you get off on trying to start Shyt with other bloggers on the blog for stupid reasons, I just don’t get it…Or You try to start Shyt Because you don’t agree with other blogger who don’t like certain players/MGMT on the team

Life is too short to be picking fights on a blog, I mean How about getting laid once in awhile, it helps you settle down…

The only thing that gets me is people who propose Fantasy trades on here before the trade deadline knowing that it won’t happen because they don’t understand the business side of baseball…

McFann ;Ô;

September 26th, 2009
4:58 pm

I wish the Cards-Rox game was on now! I need to know how it’s gonna come out! 8O

Dies Irae

September 26th, 2009
5:01 pm

No Offense

But some of you Bloggers take stuff way too seriously! Tomahawkin

how ironic is this post, from the guy who acts like everything that happens during a game is world-shaking. That’s just plain hilarious.

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
5:02 pm

DUB

I would agree for ESCO for Team MVP but he had off and on injuries over the last month or so…

Plus he was in Bobby’s and Joe’s (Joe Simpson during the first half) Detention house…

If Esco played more over the last month then I vote for him…

I Statement for B-Macc as team MVP is because he plays the most demanding position on the field and he has been hot over the last month (when it matters most)

LVP goes to Chipper, I hope he can come back strong next year

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
5:02 pm

How about the Braves trade Javier Vasquez, KJ, Prado, for Kung Fu Panda, Freddy Sanchez, and Matt Cain???

How was that Tomahawkin? :D

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
5:04 pm

LVP goes to Chipper

I’m chalking this up to forgotten memory, but Greg Norton is without a doubt, LVP…

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
5:08 pm

Upcoming matchups:

Lowe (Yey) vs. Livan Hernandez
JJ (Yey!) vs. Anibal Sanchez
Huddy (Yey!) vs. Rick Vanderhurk
Vasquez (YEY!) vs. Ricky Nolasco

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
5:13 pm

Jurrigens4CY

“I’m chalking this up to forgotten memory, but Greg Norton is without a doubt, LVP”

I Exempted Norton because he should be in AAA

Chipper on the other hand is the Self Proclaimed “Leader of the Team”
And had his worse season…

I got My ass handed to me by D.O.B. and others on this blog when I said that Chipper would drive in 65-75 runs this year. As a matter of fact that’s when I started using my “Bank On It” Phrase out of satire

For the Amount of money and the role he is supposed to play on this team is why I nominated Chipper for LVP

I know Random is gonna get in my ass for this but it goes with the territory…

NotAgain

September 26th, 2009
5:15 pm

LVP goes to Chipper, Tomahawkin

another example of rampant stupidity hard at work. How can you read something that asinine and not want to …..

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
5:17 pm

Jurrigens4NLCY

That’s exactly what I’m talking about…! Don’t Play with my emotions!

Where is my Psychiratrist at?

Soph, where are you…?

There were cats on here yestersday saying that we should trade for Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun…

I’m OMG (Saying that as a 20 year-old blond Sorostitute would say)

pryguy

September 26th, 2009
5:18 pm

Tomahawkin just droppin his knowledge on us….like it or not.

Chipper has done more this season for this organization than you have for whatever line of work your in. I can say that for sure because you hold people to such high standards, you spend time on here criticizing and then backtracking on your words. C’mon bro, figure out where you stand and stay there. Don’t consider yourself a fan if you’re gonna consistently call out your “boys” then run away from those comments minutes later to say something else.

Roman Gal

September 26th, 2009
5:20 pm

Baseball gods peeing on rookie’s parade.

DOB, you were on a bit of a roll today.

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
5:22 pm

Tomakawkin “another example of rampant stupidity hard at work”

Good…!

Ya know, I tried to mellow things out and kill the back and forth attacks

If you call my rants stupid well get used to it for the rest of the night, because I will be here

Seriously bro, if you don’t like my posts, then don’t read them. D.O.B. and a lot of the other cats on here can skim over posts that they don’t like, why can’t you…? I mean, For Real…?

Roman Gal

September 26th, 2009
5:26 pm

Go Wainwright.

Yes, do us Braves fans proud, buddy!!

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
5:26 pm

PryGuy…

I’m Not calling Chipper out on his career, but this season he called himself the “leader of the team” and didn’t back his words up, Believe it or not I’m a big fan of Chipper 9especially the Cocky Chipper 1995-2002)

I’m not hating on Chipper but he picked the wrong season to say that he was the leader of the team. This stems from the fact that I wanted him to be vocal about being the leader after Brian Jordan left in 2001

Who knew

September 26th, 2009
5:27 pm

damn, you people who “think” you know everything, provide really good entertainment for those of us who do…

matt

September 26th, 2009
5:30 pm

tomahawkin…shutup. were in the middle of a race and ur talkin about who our least valuable player is. who cares! go cards!

FEAR

September 26th, 2009
5:31 pm

looks like SF is imploding. another one bites the dust

richbrave

September 26th, 2009
5:31 pm

This edition of the ATLANTA BRAVES makes me want to sing – retro style of course.

And I’ll be
Takin’ care of business every day
Takin’ care of business every way
I’ve been takin’ care of business, it’s all mine
Takin’ care of business and workin’ overtime.
Work out!
B-T O

Yea-s-s-h baby!!!!

Random

September 26th, 2009
5:33 pm

Tomahawkin (September 26th, 2009 4:15 pm): “Everyone was so quick to bash Mitchell because he called out Bobby”

HAH!!!

There are hundreds of reasons to “bash” Mitchell — namely, nearly every comment he has ever posted here.

Count ‘em up, and you’ll see. Hundreds of reasons.

And if you can’t see that, Y.A.I., too.

Brandon from Warner Robins

September 26th, 2009
5:33 pm

B-TO reference. Nice.

richbrave

September 26th, 2009
5:35 pm

prtguy:

It’s all them uppers and lowers, man. I can’t keep ‘um straight anymore, ya’ know? Far out.

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
5:43 pm

Is there seriously anyone who doesn’t think the Braves have a shot at the WC?

Random

September 26th, 2009
5:47 pm

Tomahawkin (September 26th, 2009 4:15 pm): “the braves are winning meaningless games because Bobby and the braves know that the pressure is off of them…”

Exactly how are these games in a play-off chase meaningless?

Tomahawkin (September 26th, 2009 4:49 pm): “Do you honestly think that if we made the playoffs that the City of Atlanta would care…?”

Oh, okay — I get it.

Because in YOUR world it would be meaningless even if the Braves did make the play-offs.

Well that figures — it actually explains a lot.

Brandon from Warner Robins

September 26th, 2009
5:51 pm

What time do the Rox and Red Birds play tonight?

sidslidkid

September 26th, 2009
5:52 pm

Get him Random!

FEAR

September 26th, 2009
5:53 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY – Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

if the rockies hit the skids and the braves keep running the table. we get in by one or two games….it’d be weird seeing ATL as the WC. I’m not a fan of WC.

abudefdef

September 26th, 2009
5:53 pm

to all the people who were saying “Braves are done” two weeks ago…14 wins out of their last 16 games…they can win all their remaining games and still not make it, but at least they didn’t pack it up and mail it in…true professionals fighting for the postseason…all you fans who bailed on the Braves a month ago should just stay home…

KEEP THE FAITH BRAVES NATION!!!
Keep the Faith!!
***WHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAA OOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAA WHOOOOOOAAAAAAA OOOOOOOOAAAA***
**TOMAHAWK-A-CHOPPIN**

FEAR

September 26th, 2009
5:54 pm

Hideki Matsui looks like Moe Howard

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
5:54 pm

What time do the Rox and Red Birds play tonight?

NOT SOON ENOUGH!!!
It starts at 8:10 If your in ATL…

brent a.

September 26th, 2009
5:54 pm

Is Eric Gregg the umpire tomorrow?

P. W. Hjort

September 26th, 2009
5:54 pm

Who knew

September 26th, 2009
5:55 pm

Random, but at least he doesn’t propose stupid “fantasy” trades, so it’s all good… he is a true fan so he can say what he wants, however imbecilic it is….

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
5:56 pm

Oh Matt

Oh, You’re on the Braves will make it into October bandwagon…?

LOL, And you have the nerve to bash me…

richbrave

September 26th, 2009
5:56 pm

Retro songs made me pull out one of my old 45 favs from 1958 by BO DIDDLEY who just passed last year. Any of you remember “THE GREAT GRANDFATHER” or could understand the lyrics?

Well here they are with an apology to sports fans.

The Great Grandpappy when the land was young
Barred his do’ wit’ a wagon tongue
refrain
When the times got tough and redskins smart
Said his prayers wit’ his shotgun cocked
refrain

The great grand-pappy was a busy man
Cooked his grub in a frying pan
Picked his teeth with a huntin’ knife
He wore the same suit all o’ his life
refrain

Twenty-one children, came to be blessed
The old man’s house in the wilderness
refrain
Doubt this story if you can
The great grand-pappy was a busy man
refrain.

brent a.

September 26th, 2009
5:58 pm

Someone questioned whether or not the “city of Atlanta” would care if the Braves made the play-offs.

Well, I can’t tell you whether or not the city will care, but rest assured, Braves fans will be extremely excited, no matter where they reside.

That in mind, if the Braves win tomorrow, it will be interesting to see the level of fan support the final 7 games, beginning Monday night.

My guess is that the place will be slampacked by Friday, provided the Braves are not yet eliminated.

Also, (and this means nothing), I commented to someone 5-6 weeks ago (Wayne, maybe) that the Braves would not be eliminated until the final week of the season. Looks like I was right on that one. Doesn’t matter. Now that we’ve arrived at the final week of the season, all I want to do is see the Braves make the play-offs.

Tomas

September 26th, 2009
5:58 pm

Hanson threw a lot of sliders today, reminded me of the Smoltz glory years. Both are very similar, only difference is Hanson throws a 12 to 6 curveball and Smoltz had a splitter.

Paul Lentz

September 26th, 2009
5:58 pm

If the Braves make the playoffs, would Bobby Cox have the courage to leave Greg Norton off the 25 man roster?

sidslidkid

September 26th, 2009
5:59 pm

I’ll admit that I thought the Braves were done. I never said it, but I sure thought it. The last 2 and 1/2 weeks have been f’ing fun!

brent a.

September 26th, 2009
6:01 pm

Learned something during the FOX telecast today that I’d never heard . . .

The team in each league with the league’s best record, gets to choose which of the two play-off series schedules it prefers.
In short, the Yankees can choose the more drawn out play-off schedule in the first round, which will allow them to skip Joba Chamberlain.

matt

September 26th, 2009
6:01 pm

ha im not bashin u, just the stuff you say is meaningless. why u hatin now of all times? and yea i am on the braves will make it into october bandwagon since right now theyre not giving me a reason to get off it. sheesshh. lol

brent a.

September 26th, 2009
6:02 pm

Paul Lentz,

Yes. I don’t think Norton will be on the play-off roster if the Braves are in the play-offs.

Tomas

September 26th, 2009
6:02 pm

What has been happening to the Cardinals. They’ve been getting pitching, it’s hard to believe that Pujols, Holliday, and Ludwick are not enough.

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
6:03 pm

Random

To me these games are Meaningless…Call me a Pessimist, but there is no way the braves will makit it into October…

Call me stupid you want to…

I don’t care

As a matter of fact If the Braves win out and make it into October, I will Kiss D.O.B.’s Ass…”Bank On It!”

Most fans won’t say that

But I am kepping my comments on Chipper

For all the Veterans and even D.O.B. will agree that I’m The new blogger “Coach”/”N8″ on the blog, as far as bloggers hate me now because I call the team out on the season

Random and Not again

You guys will love my “Head of The Class Part 2″ Post where I will evaluate the team

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
6:03 pm

it’d be weird seeing ATL as the WC. I’m not a fan of WC.

Who cares? Getting in the postseason is getting in the postseason…

Paul Lentz

September 26th, 2009
6:03 pm

Yesterday, I said that playing before the Rockies each day is to the Braves advantage. Sure, the Rockies got the W yesterday. However, if the Braves keep getting wins, it cant help but put more and more pressure on the Rockies to keep winning. Given who they have left to play, it’s got to be a little draining to know that the Braves to beat up on the Nationals and that all our remaining games after tomorrow are at home.

I expect to see St. Louis come out tonight and win. St. Louis is too good a team to be swept in a season series by anyone.

abudefdef

September 26th, 2009
6:03 pm

Tomahawkin I gotta disagree with Chipper as LVP…that HAS to be either Greg Norton or Jordan Schafer (even though he is down on the farm now)…Chipper has played in the 2nd highest number of games (behind Yunel) and has contributed, albeit not in typical Chipper fashion, so he’s having an off year, it happens. Greg Norton has hurt the Braves in too many situations where he is paid to perform…now I have no idea how hard it is to pinch hit, I’ve never played pro sports, but after what he did last year, you’d think he’d perform a LITTLE better than he has this year (two of our starting pitchers have better batting averages!)…so clearly the LVP award goes to Norton, who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a Braves game for the remainder of the season…just my two pennies :)

KEEP THE FAITH BRAVES NATION!!!
Keep the Faith!!
***WHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAA OOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAA WHOOOOOOAAAAAAA OOOOOOOOAAAA***
**TOMAHAWK-A-CHOPPIN**

sidslidkid

September 26th, 2009
6:03 pm

brent a. & Paul Lentz,
I think he’ll make it. All managers love to have a vet on the bench…. no matter what their stats look like.

Random

September 26th, 2009
6:04 pm

Tomahawkin (September 26th, 2009 4:37 pm): ”If you do [not?] Like myself or Mitchell bashing Bobby for his Dunb ass in game decisions then you can either refuse to Read It (it’s not that hard) or I got two words for ya!

I’ve got two words for YOU, junior – “rights” and “responsibility”. They go hand in hand.

If you (or anyone) can’t take the heat for the stupid stuff you (they) write, get out of DOB’s kitchen.

Tomahawkin: ”I could be on thr Falcons Blog If ya like…?”

Works for me. Or one of those “BF” bars you frequent.

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
6:04 pm

Matt

I wasn’t dissing you…I was just asking you a question..

I don’t take cheap shots at people on here. I’m too big for that…

abudefdef

September 26th, 2009
6:07 pm

Good night Braves fans, it’s 1 am here in Kuwait and I’m tired…hoping the Rockies get smoked tonight!

KEEP THE FAITH BRAVES NATION!!!
Keep the Faith!!
***WHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAA OOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAA WHOOOOOOAAAAAAA OOOOOOOOAAAA***
**TOMAHAWK-A-CHOPPIN**

matt

September 26th, 2009
6:09 pm

ok tomahawkin i gotcha and i wasnt offended. but think positive. or are u too big for that?

Tomahawkin

September 26th, 2009
6:09 pm

Random

LOL

I can take the heat…

D.O.B. Clowned me when I called out Chipper before he went in his deep slump…And I took It like a man

Random, lol….

That was cold about the gay bars…R U a Bush Supporter…?

If you know what BF means on a sports blog then you know that your comment was un-called-for…

brent a.

September 26th, 2009
6:11 pm

RE: The WC

The Braves have never won the WC
The Rockies were the first ever NL Wild Card
The Rockies have won the WC twice
The Braves beat the Rockies in 1995, the first time the Rockies won the WC, and the Braves went on to win the World Series.

Everyone already knew this, I know.

I’m out. Gonna hope and pray that Kentucky finds a way to break this nasty 22-game losing streak to Florida.

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
6:11 pm

The AP writer was building his story around Hanson being a really big part of the Braves’ turnaround in June, and McCann said yes, Hanson was one of the biggest reasons. Cox and Chipper agreed Hanson was a big part, but they, and McCann, also pointed out how much better the Braves’ lineup is because of additions they’ve made, including McLouth, LaRoche, and having Prado at second base.

Anyway, here’s game story with quotes, unedited.

By David O’Brien
dobrien@ajc.com

Washington – No one is sure whether the resurgent Braves have enough time to complete an improbable dash for a postseason berth, but there’s no question Tommy Hanson has been a big contributor to their stirring run.

“He’s one of the biggest reasons,” catcher Brian McCann said after Hanson pitched seven strong innings in an 11-5 Braves win against Washington on a soggy Saturday at Nationals Park. “What he brings to the team is a guy who’s got No. 1 stuff and gives you a chance to win every time out.”

McCann homered in a five-run ninth that erased any remaining doubt about the outcome of the Braves’ 13th win in the past 15 games. It left them three games behind National League wild-card leader Colorado before the Rockies played St. Louis on Saturday night.

“It’s getting to be a lot more fun,” said manager Bobby Cox, whose Braves are second in the wild-card race, but have only eight games left to reel in the Rockies.

Five Braves had two hits apiece including Garrett Anderson, who is five hits from 2,500, and Yunel Escobar, whose three RBIs included a two-run single in the four-run first inning.

For the first time in his major league career, Hanson (11-4) came to bat before he threw a pitch, as the Braves batted around in the first inning against Garret Mock (3-10) and a sloppy Washington defense.

“Every time you get a lot of runs early it’s easier,” said Hanson, who gave up four runs, four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings, including five innings where no one reached base.

The 6-foot-5 rookie gave up a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Mike Morse with one out in the fifth, after walking the leadoff hitter and allowing a single before the first out.

“I thought Hanson probably rushed himself a little in the fifth inning,” Cox said. “We had a bad weather report. There was supposed to come a gusher.”

Hanson, victimized by rain delays in several starts this season, said he hurried in the fifth trying to make sure the Braves had in an official game in case the forecast held true and heavier rain arrived.

“I was just rushing instead of doing what I was doing [to that point],” said Hanson, who had allowed one run on a pair of third-inning singles and held a 6-1 lead before Morse came to bat. “I was being too aggressive, letting them put the ball in play [in the fifth]. I definitely learned my lesson.”

He was ahead in the count 3-1 before throwing Morse three consecutive four-seam (straight) fastballs. Morse fouled off the second, and hit the third onto a grass berm beyond center field.

That trimmed the Braves’ lead to 6-4, but Hanson retired the last eight he faced, and Mike Gonzalez struck out two in the eighth before the Braves blew the game open in the ninth.

After sweeping the Mets last week, the Braves will try to complete a perfect six-game trip with a win Sunday against the Nationals, who’ve lost 27 of 36 to plummet to 50 games under .500 (52-102).

The Braves are 50-30 since June 28, a 100-win pace if they did it over a 162-game season. It was the second-best record in the National League in that period behind Philadelphia (51-30 before Saturday).

Someone asked Cox if his team was really that good, to play like a 100-win team that long.

“We’re pretty good right now,” he said, in a tone that said, darn right. “We had some additions [since midseason]. We added [Nate] McLouth, moved [Martin] Prado into the lineup, [Adam] LaRoche….”

The Phillies were still 5-1/2 games ahead in the NL East standings before playing Milwaukee Saturday night. The Braves might’ve waited too long to have any real chance of catching the Phillies.

But the Rockies could still be within reach, and the Braves show no signs of letting up.

Paul Lentz

September 26th, 2009
6:12 pm

Tomahawkin……….the Braves are playing winning baseball DESPITE having Bobby Cox as a manager. He keeps trotting out Greg Freaking Norton time after time for pinch hitting appearances.

Our starting pitching and offensive contributions from players that Bobby had to be forced to play are the reasons why the Braves are putting pressure on the Rockies. Bobby isnt doing anything differently that he’s always done.

Frank Wren is the one TRUE BRAVES FANS need to give thanks to. His “Midas Touch” moves have been genius. If Bobby had his way, Jeff Francoeur, Kelly Johnson, and Jeff Bennett would still be stinking up the place. Matt Diaz and Martin Prado would be “utility players.

I give most of the Braves players credit for playing much better this month. We have a lineup full of players who are not easy outs.

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
6:14 pm

the Braves are playing winning baseball DESPITE having Bobby Cox as a manager

Gimme a break Paul. What if they make the playoffs? I suppose it the players doing? BS. You cant have it both ways…

FEAR

September 26th, 2009
6:16 pm

’d be weird seeing ATL as the WC. I’m not a fan of WC.

Who cares? Getting in the postseason is getting in the postseason…

DAMN straight!

Brandon from Warner Robins

September 26th, 2009
6:17 pm

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
6:18 pm

Oh, forgot about this in the postgame interview. As we’re walking out of Cox’s office, I asked him if he was going to watch the Rockies-Cardinals game on TV somewhere.

“Nooo, we’re gonna take everyone out to dinner,” he said, referring to a steak dinner already planned for Saturday at Morton’s or Ruth’s Chris, with Cox sprining for all the training staff, coaches, and clubhouse dudes that made the trip.

Then he smiled and said, “And we’re gonna have a TV brought into the room.”

David O'Brien

September 26th, 2009
6:19 pm

Giants are losing 5-1 in the seventh….

Paul Lentz

September 26th, 2009
6:19 pm

brent a………….I hope you are right. However, I just have a hard time believing that Bobby Cox would stick all year with Norton, only to leave him off the 25 man roster. Bobby is stubbornly loyal to players. He stuck with Jeff Francoeur for 900 SUCK A$$ at-bats.

If Norton had delivered a key double or homer in just a couple of pinch hitting appearances, the Braves would be tied with the Rockies. I cringe at the thought of Greg Norton pinch hitting in the post season.

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
6:21 pm

CARDINALS AND CUBS OWE US WON!!!

In 2006, We helped the Cardinals getting in by beating the Astros…
In 2007, We helped the Cubs getting in by beating the Brewers 3 – 1 in a four game series!

Callin’ upon the Baseball GODS!! Hear our plea! All we ask is that you make things even!

Who knew

September 26th, 2009
6:23 pm

Ah, the Dense one has returned to torture us with his self declared expert musings… like he knows who Bobby would rather have in the lineup… does he think he has a telepathic link to the mind of our intrepid HOF manager?

Paul Lentz

September 26th, 2009
6:24 pm

Just imagine where the Braves would be right now if Frank Wren had caved in to public sentiment and called up Tom Glavine instead of Tommy Hanson? I’m sure that Bobby was lobbying for Glavine.

Talk about “bandwagon”? The blogs and radio waves were LIT UP with “Braves are cheap, they did Glavine wrong” chants. So much so that John Schuerholtz had to call that impromptu press conference “apologizing” for how the Glavine situation was handled.

If Braves management had appeased fickle Braves fans (you know, re-signed Smoltz…..called up Glavine……kept Francoeur…..continued to play Kelly Johnson)……..we would have been eliminated from playoff contention in early August.

Random

September 26th, 2009
6:28 pm

Tomahawkin (September 26th, 2009 6:03 pm): ”Call me stupid you want to…I don’t care”

Seems like you’ve already covered that territory. (And that would be a lesser of my complaints.)

However, you are a tiresome bore, with your pointless little euphemisms of which you seem to be inordinately proud as all get out since you unceasingly drop them into your witless comments – “Tooner field”, the Braves’ “AWFense”, “Petey Pabb”, “B-Macc”, “Big Red”, “Bank On It”, “Sorostitute” — they’re not cute, they’re not clever, they’re not funny. They are miserably unimaginative.

You are a tiresome bore with your knee-jerk negativity and your silly, ignorant and/or hateful analysis and criticism.

You are a tiresome bore with your (presumably) “hip” cant (“clowning Bozo”, doing your “BF” on the train and in public restrooms, etc) and your precarious grasp of the language (universally pervasive in most all your comments).

But “stupid”? Macht’s nichts.

Paul Lentz

September 26th, 2009
6:28 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY – Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave……………….I’m not having it “both ways”. Have you been watching the games? Our starting pitching is pitching stellar right now. We have 5 horses going out there pitching lights out baseball each time they take the mound. Bobby still bumbles the bullpen. Bobby is the one who pulled Tommy Hanson after 8 innings in the Houston game…….despite Hanson cruising. The Braves should have swept that series.

Bobby is just along for the ride. He isnt doing anything “special” or “ingenious” right now.

FEAR

September 26th, 2009
6:28 pm

man ruth’s chris steakhouse kickass….I wonder if the Hamburger Hamlet is still open in DC. That place was awesome!

Jurrjens4NLCY - Fight Like A Perpetual Moving, Counting, Believing Brave

September 26th, 2009
6:28 pm

“And we’re gonna have a TV brought into the room.”

Isn’t he the greatest…?

Who knew

September 26th, 2009
6:29 pm

Dense, why do you keep referring to the Braves in terms of “WE”, do you think you are part of the team or something? is there an official self righteous blowhard position with the team I am not aware of?

Steve from OH

September 26th, 2009
6:30 pm

is there an official self righteous blowhard position with the team I am not aware of?

There is. Coach got that position a while ago.

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