3:02 pm October 1, 2009, by David O'Brien
Count de Monet
October 1st, 20099:57 pm
Damn why didn’t Bobby use Norton here?
October 1st, 20099:58 pm
*sigh* Just missed. Story of our season.
Eh, what can you do? Oh well.
Most people hate Kelly. See Chris’s 9:40.
Bobby cost us the game not using Norton!
Nort would have won the game here
October 1st, 20099:59 pm
No 90 wins for us!
“does nothing in the challenges”
The first thing he did this year was lap a dude in a swimming heat. And there have only been three challenges, so it would be too soon to make that argument even if it weren’t already disproven.
Lets go get Zimmerman!
October 1st, 200910:00 pm
That was a boring game.
Nort could’ve unclinched the Rockies.
curtis jones–yeah ive been saying that for a few years now! dunn looks just like will farrell–in ricky bobby mode, of course.
I BEREAVE !!!
When we go down, we sure nose dive don’t we?
October 1st, 200910:03 pm
Does anyone think the Braves have a legit shot at a WS next year, I don’,t know, I think they could make the playoffs pretty easily, but, I guess we’ll see…
I’d just like to point out that Kelly’s hitting .333 this month.
ahhhhh….learn to talk, Brian Jordan!!
October 1st, 200910:04 pm
the Braves have lost to the Nats which means “Operation: Reverse Our Luck” is still in effect.
will there be any high notes to look back on if they get swept in this final 4 game series?
Brandon from Warner Robins
October 1st, 200910:06 pm
Man i know the Braves are always capable of tank jobs, but i woulda bet alot of money they made this a race at least til the wknd. I BELIEVE this offense is atrocious and im shocked they got back into this race w those bats.
October 1st, 200910:07 pm
silly diluted announcers (they’re all 4 homers so what do you expect …), the Braves inept offense has already cost Tommy the ROTY
lol .. MVP? they lost, nobody should get it
Lose out! It will get us a better draft pick!
October 1st, 200910:08 pm
The list of free agent outfielders looks outstanding.Has Wren commented on whether he intends to go after one or not ? I’m guessing he’ll wait till off season to comment one way or the other.
October 1st, 200910:09 pm
October 1st, 2009
Nice Fab Four play, DOB.
Man, FSN & FSS sure know how to outplay a commercial. I love Hansbrough but I think seeing him find that girl’s dog 7 times during a Braves game is a bit much.
October 1st, 200910:10 pm
I agree about costing hanson the rookie of the year and i also truly believe this offense cost vazcuez and jurrjens cy young consideration cause there was about a two month stretch those guys didnt get a lick of run support
October 1st, 200910:11 pm
That AirTran commercial made me never want to play foosball again.
Hanson pitched 3 gems that I recall Soriano getting the lost. Hope he isnt back next year. Joe keeps saying nice if Chipper hit 2 more HR I dont think he could hit a double right now.
October 1st, 200910:12 pm
Yeah, that one too. And, stupid Carrabbas.
Phils announcers just said the top candidates for OF Gold Gloves are Shane Victorino, Michael Bourne, Nate McLouth, and Jeff Francouer…
still like our chances next year
October 1st, 200910:13 pm
QUESTION WHO IS THE LVP ON THIS TEAM
October 1st, 200910:14 pm
Words just cant describe what I’m feeling right now….
I meant like biggest bust, not lvp it makes me sound like a douche
Yeah, they can really stop showing that Believe commercial now too.
October 1st, 200910:15 pm
The list of free agent outfielders looks outstanding.Has Wren commented on whether he intends to go after one or not ?
Remember when Ted T. went after Gary Matthews too soon? Better wait until they are FA’s.
You have to be one of the worst 15 teams to be guaranteed a pick, besides, they’ll get 4 first picks, I think…
What an absolute disgrace Bobby Cox’s career has become.
He should be fired tonight. Not tomorrow. Not next week. He should be fired. No one should be allowed to return as manager of any team after the performance over the last three nights by the Atlanta Braves.
I have no reason to give this team my support, my time or money as long as he is the Braves manager.
I feel cheated.
October 1st, 200910:16 pm
Thanks bobby for building us up just to let us down. Man we got alot to look forward to next year with” Miracle Bobby ” leading the cheers. Another wasted year!
retired on the Lake (formerly cityofdecatur)
exhausted , nice run to make it interesting too little too late. can’t read any more blog till maybe just before spring training . everyone have a GOOD HIBERNATION PERIOD I know I will
October 1st, 200910:17 pm
No chipper is definitely not hitting 2 more HR. He couldnt hit his way out of a wet paper bag right now.
If we go into next year with McLouth our biggest outfield threat, it’s gonna be an ugly mo-fo of a season. All the affordable FA outfielders are grandpaws.
I still couldn’t trade Vazquez; I just couldn’t…
October 1st, 200910:19 pm
Man, Bobby even went with Conrad before Diaz. Does he pick his pinch hitters with a dart board?
He picks numbers from his nose , sorry, I mean hat.
October 1st, 200910:20 pm
Seems to me sometime in the past 24, DOB said that the FA OF’ers were not particularly exciting, and the prices would be sky-high because of their dirth, or something to that effect.
October 1st, 200910:21 pm
Tomahawkin (October 1st, 2009 9:11 pm): “Carlos Lee for D-LO, I’d Do it…but it won’t happen…but I’d might consider doing KK and Freeman for Lee if they eat 3 mill of his salary…but now it’s just fantasy talk…”
You got that right, sport — and that’s how it’ll stay.
Empty talk. A fantasy.
Kawakami will not be traded.
October 1st, 200910:24 pm
See you in 2011, Mitchell…we will miss you so much!
October 1st, 200910:25 pm
Pretty obvious letdown, and who among you wouldn’t play hard, but deflated. With no probability of a post-season left, and the extended time when you played inspired ball with hope of making the play-offs. Understandable. 2010 looks a lot better than it did in late June. O.K. Mr. WREN, BC’s in the house for one more. First chore accomplished. NEXT?
Does ANYONE really give a DAMN about finishing 2nd instead of 3rd? I can guarantee if the Marlins sweep a non-motivated Philadelphia and sneaks into 2nd that the Marlins will use that to justify doing nothing this winter. They will talk about how they overcame to almost make the playoffs. I don’t want 2nd place. You take it so they can brag about the 90 wins and what a tremendous improvement it was while not mentioning they played in a division with 2 of the WORST teams in baseball who they played 36 times. Let’s Go Phillies!!
Vinnings Jim, do you mean it?
October 1st, 200910:27 pm
CHIP’s AND B-MAC’s AB’s looked uninspired I gotta’ say.
Mitchell – did you miss the sarcasm button – damn!
I don’t remember a worse overall batch of FA outfielders. Seems just one or two have an upside. The rest are ready to sign that last fat contract, then sleepwalk into retirement…
October 1st, 200910:29 pm
WaynefromUtah said he heard a rumor of KK for Ryan Freel and a PTBNL. Is there any substance to this?
Great to see KK will definitely be with us in 2010. What source provided that info?
And still ANOTHER year of BOOBY! What a bunch of Maroons!
October 1st, 200910:31 pm
Vinings Jim – do you think Booby should be canned?
Steve from OH
Ryan Braun for Javy Vazquez, no way in hell that happens, MAYBE Prince Fielder for Jair Jurrjens is more realistic, but that wont happen obviously.
So you’re proposing two very similar trades, with the one that’s better for Atlanta
being put under the “no way in hell” tab, but the one that helps Milwaukee under the “more realistic” tab. WTF? Are the Braves that dumb or are the Brewers just that brilliant? Inquiring minds want to know.
Had enough of Booby Sux Cox? You get another year of the farker.
RichBrave, I have to disagree with DOB based on the list of fa outfielders posted by a reader on this here blog.Wren wouldn’t sign a 20 million dollar superstar anyway.I believe there’s somebody in there who could improve the lineup and play good defense.
October 1st, 200910:33 pm
Booby Mothrafarking Cox would have been gone long ago. We get another year of the bastid.
Bill and hymie:
Yup, done deal. Should we now hold our breath and writh about until 2011?
October 1st, 200910:34 pm
That, my friend, is what separates you from Frank Wren, LOL!
Does anyone else get the feeling that Robert and YAACA continually post the Cox rubbage under different names 24/7? They’re obsessive enough to do it, I think.
October 1st, 200910:35 pm
He mentioned a trade possibility as a more accurate scenerio, I believe. It’s back there somewhere in this article or the one just before this.
October 1st, 200910:36 pm
Fark Vinings Jim, Obama voter and all around moron.
Steve in OH:
I roll with that Steve.
October 1st, 200910:37 pm
I’m fairly certain that Bill, hymie, and anywhere are the same person.
October 1st, 200910:38 pm
Leave VJ out of it. If you’re got more poison to spread around cast a little my way, moron.
We can pray like hell for something to happen to Booby.
October 1st, 200910:39 pm
anywhere comes out of nowhere and makes a strong bid for the a****le of the night award- I know the competition is feirce but that was a gem
I’m fairly certain that jeffrey d is a putz.
I understand sarcasm Jim but are you saying you’d be glad to see me go?
You couldn’t have meant that, could you?
October 1st, 200910:40 pm
read, then proof!! READ, THEN POST, CAB!!
NYTOL, and watch out for the rabid fool or fools posting under BILL, hymie and anywhere. Mindless drivel.
October 1st, 200910:41 pm
and naturally I didn’t read that one either. One day I will get it right…one day
I think you can add mudge to the list too.
Which one is CAACA and which one is YAACA?
cabravesfan needs to learn spelling, or quit typing.
October 1st, 200910:42 pm
It’s okay, cab. You got your point across.
Mitchell – all I am saying is, if you do not wish to support the team, I am sure you could make better use of your time in other pursuits. I hold no ill will against you – I just want you to be happy in your leisure time activities.
hate to disappoint but neither is going to happen any time soon
richbrave is a mindless fool, drinking the Obama Booby Koolaid.
October 1st, 200910:44 pm
frak – who the hell are you to comment on spelling with a name like that? Or are you a perfect typist? In which case, I can suggest a good job for you…
keylargo (October 1st, 2009 10:29 pm) –
I like you — yer funny.
October 1st, 200910:45 pm
Hay chorro de nacos kee.
I know most of you know me well enough by now to overlook my lack of spelling ability
October 1st, 200910:46 pm
Mitchell – I am sorry – you are consistent in your views, and I can live with that. I am a bit annoyed now with weirdly anonymous posters attacking regulars. Sorry, buddy!
October 1st, 200910:47 pm
spelling ability=speaking ability=intelligence.
October 1st, 200910:48 pm
richbrave (October 1st, 2009 10:29 pm): “Great to see KK will definitely be with us in 2010. What source provided that info?”
It just stands to reason.
Wren-san has some big plans up his yukata.
Or, alternatively, spelling ability=typo.
semafore = moron
October 1st, 200910:49 pm
VJ, get over it! Lots of people don’t agree with you, and don’t care if you live or die, precious snowflake.
the ability to spell has no relation with the ability to speak
(and by the way it is spelled semaPHore)
October 1st, 200910:50 pm
October 1st, 200910:51 pm
Or , the entire farking planet is stupid just like you and I hate you. Go fark yourself.
Hogan – who the heck are you? – but I like it when you call me precious snowflake…
I’d care if VJ died.
I’d care if VJ died too!
October 1st, 200910:52 pm
By DAVID O’BRIEN
Before playing Washington on Thursday night, the Braves knew Colorado had already hammered Milwaukee – the afternoon game was on most TVs in the clubhouse — to clinch the wild card and eliminate the Bravos from playoff contention.
Still, the Braves insisted there was still plenty to play for in the season-ending four-game series against the Nationals. Then they lost 2-1 in the series opener at Turner Field, with ex-Brave Pete Orr driving in the winning run in the ninth against closer Rafael Soriano.
Rookie Tommy Hanson struck out nine in seven crisp innings, but got no decision in his final start.
“Tommy pitched a real nice ballgame; one run to work with is not a lot,” said manager Bobby Cox, whose Braves totaled six hits in their third consecutive one-run loss since a 15-2 surge brought them within 2-1/2 games of Colorado. “We just couldn’t get the hitting going again.”
After they put runners on the corners in the ninth with a walk and Ryan Church’s two-out single, Omar Infante grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Nate McLouth’s third-inning homer provided a 1-0 lead, but the Braves were done scoring.
Hanson, who allowed five hits and two walk, finishes his season with an 11-4 record and 2.89 ERA that should put him in the running for National League Rookie of the Year.
“I wanted to finish off my last game on a good note, and I think I did that,” said the lanky right-hander, who recorded nine outs in the first nine batters before giving up a run in the fourth.
The Braves are an insurmountable five back of Colorado with three to play. They are one game ahead of Florida for second in the NL East.
Garret Anderson had two hits to give him 2,501, the 89th player to reach the 2,500 standard.
“You don’t ever want to give up,” reliever Peter Moylan said before the game. “You want to finish the season strong and use that as motivation for next year…. These guys in here are playing for pride, playing for next year – whatever it is that you have to draw from. I want to finish strong.”
The Braves entered Thursday with an 86-72 record, after going 72-90 in 2008.
“If you told me at the beginning of spring training that we’d win 90 games, I would have said we were a lock for the playoffs,” third baseman Chipper Jones said before the game. “To make that big a jump … gives us a lot of confidence, and should give the fans of the Braves a lot of confidence.
“I don’t think that there’s any doubt in anybody’s mind in here that we’ll be a playoff team next year.”
Diaz revisits The Play
He could have avoided seeing a replay of The Play, if he’d tried. But Matt Diaz wanted to view it, to see what it was that made him think, for a split-second Wednesday night, that he might be able to score a tying run from third on a pitch in the dirt that got away from catcher Ronny Paulino.
Diaz hesitated halfway down the line, and Paulino threw him out to end the game when Diaz tried retreating to third. Wes Helms applied the tag before Diaz touched the base with his hand.
“I read the ball in the dirt; I guess it ricocheted off his foot,” Diaz said. “I was like, ‘Oh, it stopped too close.’ So I stopped to go back [to third]. But as I’m about to go back, I see that Paulino’s nowhere near the ball. Ergo the stutter step toward home.
“Once I stuttered, it was a foregone conclusion that I was going to be out.”
He it was not third-base coach Brian Snitker’s responsibility to send him or get him back.
“It’s the baserunner’s read,” Diaz said. “The third-base coach, he’ll tell you before a play if you’re going on contact or not. But the only play he really has say over you is a ball behind you that you’re scoring on or coming to third on. If I hit a ball down the right-field line and I’m running hard, I lose that ball coming to second, so I’ve got to look to him.”
In situations like the one Wednesday, Diaz said, “He’ll say, ‘Anticipate a ball in the dirt.’ Certain times, if we’re down three or four runs, he’ll say ‘Be real careful on a ball in the dirt; make sure.’”
Ultimately, a decision to go or retreat is up to the player.
Diaz was out of the lineup Thursday for the first in 14 games, but Cox said it had nothing to do with Wednesday and he had planned to play Church.
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