3:57 pm October 2, 2009, by David O'Brien
October 3rd, 20097:46 pm
Of course, cab. I think I’m the only Sophia on DOB’s blog group.
October 3rd, 20097:47 pm
64 days ’til the winter meetings…
McFann, I hope your Tech wins. It’s been a miserable sports week for me.
Maybe it’s because of all the success we’ve enjoyed over the past 30 years in this little town. Just an exemplary sports program for kids here. My alma mater has been on the skids for the last few years, but the team across the tracks has been doing well.
Then of course we have our little leaguers….
I’ll pull for all of ‘em.
October 3rd, 20097:49 pm
and, of course, I will glom onto whatever my girl does…
and, jeffrey d, will be sending you some information in a bit to educate you on my alma mater…
My offseason wishlist:
Anyone of those will do….
October 3rd, 20097:50 pm
Couch Tater –
I’m counting down too. Kinda glad this year’s finally over. I’ve got high hopes for next year.
Don’t worry Mixxo. My alma mater has always been on the skids. In every sport imaginable.
October 3rd, 20097:51 pm
Would anyone care to post their offseason wishlist?
Thanks. Sorry about your teams (I have some cousins at Brookwood, so if I cared about HS football, I’d prob’ly root against them ). Yeah, has been a rotten sports week. Although Monday was pretty dang fun…had that playoff feel…wish that would lasted longer.
October 3rd, 20097:52 pm
lol VJ! Yes, please educate him on your alma mater’s fine institution of higher learning. Although, I think he’s pretty unhappy right now. He took the UGA loss pretty hard.
Steve from OH
JJ4NLCY–Prior? What, do we think Dr. Andrews needs more work or something?
October 3rd, 20097:53 pm
Soph – I had an advantage over him – after we gave up a 57 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, we were never in a good position…
October 3rd, 20097:55 pm
Steve from OH –
Lol. That guys must make some serious mula…
I think he’s a low risk, high reward, kinda guy, could be a good reliever/starter.
And hes only 28…
October 3rd, 20097:58 pm
cab – your dog is so cute!
2400 posts in 6 hours on Mark Bradley’s blog. Is that some kind of record?
Andrews? Oh yeah, he’s loaded. Lucky SOB.
Yikes, VJ. Yup, you win. Well…you know what I mean.
Thanks! She is my pride and joy
October 3rd, 20097:59 pm
Soph – and my dog?
October 3rd, 20098:00 pm
Can’t believe tomorrow’s the last game…feels like so much happened this season–and when I look back at some of the things that happened at the beginning of the season, I’m like, “That was this year?”
October 3rd, 20098:02 pm
Would love to see cab’s dog…but I can’t get on Facebook…
October 3rd, 20098:03 pm
VJ, your dog’s a cutie too! cab’s dog could take yours though.
Whats the breed??
October 3rd, 20098:04 pm
no argument there…
October 3rd, 20098:05 pm
Ah I always forget to look at the profiles of the people I add .
2400 posts in 6 hours on Mark Bradley’s blog. Is that some kind of record?
God yes…what did he write about? Blogging from the UGA game…gotta be it.
I’ll be back later, y’all.
October 3rd, 20098:06 pm
WAIT A MINUTE!!!???
How long has it been since someone posted “Bobby Sucks, No more Bobby, etc?”
I think this is a record…..
October 3rd, 20098:07 pm
Folks wanted to know why the fans don’t pack the ball park the last week of the season only 2 games back? Well, you got your answer! How many games back are we now? 6?7? Way to finish strong!! Only the diest of die hard fans thought they just might do something special. Everyone else knew it was a mirage!
October 3rd, 20098:08 pm
Did anyone read Bishers column. I wonder if he reads the replies, I hope not.
October 3rd, 20098:09 pm
She’s a Shepard- Pit Bull mix
I seem to have misplaced your e-mail, otherwise I’d send you a pic or two
October 3rd, 20098:10 pm
October 3rd, 20098:11 pm
Couch Tater, I trust you are fooling. Don’t ever fall into the trap these Clemson Phi Beta Kappas do, they start looking forward to the next year on December 31, and then their season is effectively over by October 3. I know you are kidding and that you have a full life with a wonderful family and a great career.
jeff – your dog is adorable!! and lmao at the underroos pic hahaha
October 3rd, 20098:12 pm
2400 posts in 6 hours on Mark Bradley’s blog. Is that some kind of record?
There maybe some rational discussion going on, but my god, the rancor. Makes this place seem down right polite.
She’s built like a pit bull and looks more like a sheperd…
October 3rd, 20098:13 pm
GO WHITE SOX!!!
October 3rd, 20098:14 pm
Cool. I don’t like how pitbulls eyes look, scary.
Is she a good dog or a bad dog?
October 3rd, 20098:16 pm
there are no bad dogs, just bad owners.
I think I still have yours…I cann shoot you an e-mail. Always love a good dog photo for some reason. (Well, it’s prob’ly ’cause I really like to draw dogs…)
October 3rd, 20098:17 pm
She is incredibly sweet with people- especially children, but she doesn’t really like other dogs
October 3rd, 20098:18 pm
Taylor Mays- Best Safety in college football!!
October 3rd, 20098:19 pm
So the Braves are optimistic about 2010 huh? Why?? Cant believe we are gonna possibly be swept by the Nationals tomorrow, at home. 6 game losing streak to finish out the season, yeah, should be really optimistic. But hey, at least we finished 2 games out in both the WC and the division…..whats that?……we arent???? DARN IT!!!
How long has it been since someone posted “Bobby Sucks, No more Bobby, etc?” JJ
They were on Bradley’s blog – no kidding, LOL, he was ranting that COX, RICHT and GREENE had to go – that they cost the Bulldogs the game.
Thats not what I meant.
My dog is smart, but she uses it for evil…
She’ll go into the trash and find chicken bones, then hide em in her food bowl so I never notice. And If I catch her, she’ll drop the trash, go to her bowl, eat and every 5 seconds look at me, then eat again…
Its really cute
October 3rd, 20098:21 pm
My girl is too smart for her own good too
October 3rd, 20098:22 pm
Dang, I meant finished 2nd in the WC and division, not 2 games out.
What kind of dog do you have?
October 3rd, 20098:24 pm
Thats good. Has she been around other dogs? My dog’s never around other dogs, which worries me because I want to get another one…
I’ll try to get a pic of her…
October 3rd, 20098:26 pm
Shes a soft coat wheaten terror, opps, I mean terrier
October 3rd, 20098:27 pm
please do send me an e-mail
October 3rd, 20098:28 pm
She has been around other dogs- my brother used to have 2 (one that she loved who passed away a few weeks ago and one that she likes sometimes) and she loves my neighbor’s little terrier thing but she is very territorial and picky about the company she keeps
The Abs Man
October 3rd, 20098:29 pm
Optimistic ’bout 2010? Yes and No.
The starting pitching looks solid, albeit Lowe flammed out badly end of season, and Hudson also shakey.
Adding a healthy Schafer to outfield mix along with McClouth in one corner makes strong outfield with enormous range.
But optimistism not a word any long-time Braves’ follower would use since The Terminator remains as manager.
Have you forgotten how many games he literally gave away this year? Many more than he won.
How you forgotten four years sans playoffs and four more years previously failing to win a post-season series?
How you forgotten how he insults knowleadgable fans with his asinine cliche excuses?
Has HE ONCE, JUT ONCE, showed some size and admitted HE SCREWED UP–He took out a dominant starter too soon or too late? He overlooked a pinch-hitter’s 6-for-60 ledger?
And that’s why Bobby Cox is the ultimate trump card.
Almost better than we got it over this season vs. Marlins before he went into his lame tired ol’ act in playoffs.
We all suffer though it again in 2010.
October 3rd, 20098:34 pm
pics are on the way
October 3rd, 20098:35 pm
When I mentioned to Bobby Cox afterward that the Nationals seemed to be playing like a team with nothing to lose and trying to finish strong, etc., Cox said, “We’re trying to finish second,” as if the insinuation was that the Braves were playing as if they had nothing to play for.
Anyway, the feel-good vibe of last week is finally being dented, at least post-game. The clubhouse was quiet. They all feel bad for Jurrjens, who has the third-best ERA in the NL (2.60) and only a 14-10 record to show for it.
Check out the stat I have in the game story, about how many times he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in six or more innings without getting a win. Amazing.
I didn’t get any Jurrjens quotes in game story (didn’t have much room), so here’s a couple:
“I just wanted to have a great start today,” he said. “I was trying to get for 15 [wins], but I really wanted to have a great start and finish good.”
On his season: “Everything was improved [over last season] — strikeouts, wins, innings … I’ll just try to keep working in the offseason to get better.”
Dude should have 18-20 wins, easily.
Here’s game story and a couple of notes on Diaz and Hudson:
By DAVID O’BRIEN
The Braves scored twice in the 10th to tie Saturday, only to have Maxwell drop a silver hammer on them in the 11th as they kept sputtering toward the finish.
In the season’s penultimate game, Justin Maxwell’s two-run, two-out homer off Manny Acosta lifted Washington to a 6-4, 11-inning win at Turner Field, where the Braves must win Sunday to avoid being swept by the Nationals and ending the season on a six-game losing jag.
“It [stinks],” first baseman Adam LaRoche said after they wasted another strong start by Jair Jurrjens and fell to third in the National League East. “When you’re out of it, you’re out of it. But there’s no excuse to not go out and still get the job done.”
The 15-2 resurgence that made them playoff contenders last week is fading from view for the Braves, who’ve followed it with a five-game skid that dropped them a game behind Florida.
Jurrjens had a four-start winning streak snapped, despite eight strong innings. He allowed two runs, five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts, and finishes with a modest 14-10 record despite the National League’s third-lowest ERA (2.60).
“He pitched his rear end off,” manager Bobby Cox said of Jurrjens, who went 4-0 with an 0.97 ERA in his final five starts, and a 2.28 ERA in his last 16. “Typical start for him, where we score one or two runs.”
The Braves scored two or fewer runs while Jurrjens was in 20 of 34 starts, and Saturday was the 12th time he failed to get a win while allowing two earned runs or fewer in six innings or more.
Brian McCann’s tying two-run single in the sixth gave the catcher a career-high 94 RBIs.
After Cristian Guzman’s two-run double put Washington ahead 4-2 in the 10th, the Braves answered with RBI pinch hits from Kelly Johnson and Greg Norton.
But in the 11th, Acosta (1-1) gave up his fifth homer in 36-1/3 innings pitched.
Diaz shut down
Matt Diaz didn’t want his game-ending out at third base Wednesday to be his final act of the season, but an infected right thumb assured it would have to be.
Diaz had a minor surgical procedure Friday to remove an infected cyst, and his hand was wrapped heavily Saturday.
“Since a month ago I haven’t swung a bat without feeling like I got jammed,” said Diaz, who wore a thumb guard and played through pain until he woke Friday with significant swelling.
The doctor removed a splinter, which likely came from a broken bat.
“Every time I swung, theoretically it would drive the shard further in,” Diaz said. “I probably should have said something earlier.”
The discomfort wasn’t reflected in performance: In his last 50 games, he hit .347 with nine homers, 32 RBIs and a .999 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).
Hudson hopes to return
Tim Hudson will start the Braves’ season finale Sunday, and hopes it’s not his Braves finale.
The Braves haven’t said if they intend to exercise a $12 million option on his contract for 2010. He wants to return, and has indicated he’d take a lesser salary next season as part of a contract extension.
He’s 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in six starts since returning after a 13-month recovery from elbow surgery.
“I understand the business side of it,” said Hudson, 34. “Obviously I don’t expect to go out there and it be the highest salary year I’ve ever made. I understand where I’m at in my career, and coming off of an injury I know there are some question marks. Hopefully this last month, me going out there and pitching showed they can depend on me from a health standpoint.”
The former Auburn star has a 148-78 career record and 3.49 ERA, including 56-39 with a 3.79 ERA since being traded to the Braves from Oakland after the 2004 season.
“I think I’m optimistic about [returning to the Braves], and I hope they are too,” Hudson said. “There’s some decisions that have to made on their part, and on my side. After the end of the season, we need to sit down and talk and see exactly where they are and get a good feel for each side. Obviously they know I want to come back, and I feel like they want me back….
“Whatever decisions they make are going to be what’s best for the organization, there’s no question about that. If it happens, I’m excited. Obviously I would love to end my career here. But if it doesn’t happen, my main concern is to go somewhere and win a World Series next year.
October 3rd, 20098:36 pm
Cool, Go ahead…!
October 3rd, 20098:37 pm
how do I find you?
October 3rd, 20098:40 pm
“lol T’Hawkin, I love your fb profile. It’s just like the stuff you post on here.”
Nuff respect, I’m flattered…I don’t use FB as much as I used to…It’s gotten Way Too Commercial now.
Facebook just gives me 411 on where the party is at on the weekends as well as whats going on at the Clubs in Atlanta
October 3rd, 20098:42 pm
“If You want me you can find me in the “A”!” LOL, J/K
Check D.O.B.’s group…
October 3rd, 20098:45 pm
How, exactly, is that going to help me figure out which one is you?
October 3rd, 20098:49 pm
PAAAAAAAAAUUUUUU – LEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
Someone at the beginning of the year said they wanted to have the White Sox announcers because they are energetic.
Well, clearly they only watch the highlights because when nothing is going, they are BOOOORRRRRING!
October 3rd, 20098:51 pm
I was at the game and pretty much died laughing when Norton tied the game up. And yet we still lost…
October 3rd, 20098:53 pm
Got your e-mail! Reply is on the way.
Nala is very cute!
October 3rd, 20098:55 pm
October 3rd, 20099:00 pm
Organist came through.
“Aqualung” for Ian Desmond (for Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, I figure), the theme from “Get Smart” for Justin Maxwell, “Like a Rollin Stone” for Ryan Zimmerman, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” for Pete Orr (”oar” — get it?), the theme from “M.A.S.H.” for on-field injuries, etc.
October 3rd, 20099:06 pm
I was cracking up at Row, Row, Row Your Boat for Pete Orr. I actually got that one!
October 3rd, 20099:09 pm
Thanks for the quotes, Chief. Really disappointed that those goobers couldn’t get a win for JJ…or anybody, really.
Better win tomorrow…I’ll be int’rested to see who plays…
October 3rd, 20099:11 pm
October 3rd, 20099:13 pm
Funny how Bobby got the Braves to play good baseball long enough to get his 2010 extension then went back to sucking once he signed the deal.
GTI in Chicago
October 3rd, 20099:14 pm
Geez. The air has just COMPLETLEY gone out of the tires now, hasn’t it. Whatever happened to playing for pride ’til the finish. It’s like, suddenly, as an homage, they have reverted to their April/May form. As if to puncuate their glaring need for offense.
For Bradley to get that many hits, he must have miraculously contacted the first government-confirmed space-aliens during halftime, and has them chiming in…
October 3rd, 20099:17 pm
Lets fail the rest of the way and get a higher draft pick…
October 3rd, 20099:18 pm
For Bradley to have that many hits, he must have had the first known human contact with government-confirmed space-aliens during halftime; has them chiming in…
October 3rd, 20099:19 pm
Lets start getting rid of are crap Church KJ Norton Conrad GA Buddy C Acosta KK. Dont think Moylan will make a closer.
October 3rd, 20099:20 pm
CaBravesFan look at the posts on D.O.B.’S group on FB, I have some of the most recent ones…
Or look at RHR’s and Soph’s recently added friends…
October 3rd, 20099:22 pm
Quisp – for a breakfast cereal that is almost extinct, it’s good to see you having such an incisive opinion on how Bobby totally lost the last batch of games single-handedly – most bloggers are too naive to realize that Bobby has been giving the GIDP signal since Tuesday to every batter… well done!
October 3rd, 20099:24 pm
I think I sent you a friend request…
October 3rd, 20099:25 pm
Anyone watching the tigers game on MLBNetwork…?
Tomorrow is gonna be a good day for sports. NFL and the last day of the season…
I’m gonna probably pass out here in a lilbit. I just ate 7 Flounder and Tilapia fish tacos with baja sauce and homemade Guacomole (Spelling). So I’m Full as a Rat.
Gonna get some old Shai Bumping here is a minute…
October 3rd, 20099:26 pm
cabravesfan – only up 20-0 – those of us on the blog who lost today feel badly for your struggles, darling..
October 3rd, 20099:29 pm
Game’s not even half over yet
October 3rd, 20099:32 pm
I wouldn’t watch the Tigers if I was seated behind the pitcher’s mound in a Lay-Z-Boy… I’d torch-off a doob, then lay-back and watch moths circle the lights …
Good Find, I got Cha Added, Thanks…
October 3rd, 20099:33 pm
cool- glad I got the right person
October 3rd, 20099:35 pm
JJ4NLCY Shes a soft coat wheaten terror, opps, I mean terrier
Haha! That’s cute.
October 3rd, 20099:36 pm
Tomahawkin – I am watching you and my girl – be careful of her…
October 3rd, 20099:37 pm
jurjens4nlcy, ok, heres somewhat of a wish list. its mostly free agents because working out potential trades is hard to relaistically do, but the way i see it, norton, anderson, church , and johnson should be gone from the current 25-man next year. i say bring up conrad to fill one of those spots, since hes is fairly versitile, bring up clint sammons as third catcher…make ross the main back up and #1 pinch hitter…i say this because i think that as good as ross is and as versitile as our infielders are (prado, infante) we can afford to have 3 catchers. then sign mike cameron and xavier nady. nady is a risk, but can back up 1st and play corner outfield, cameron is a great defender with some power.
as for the bullpen, ive heard that gonzalez will likely accept arbitration if he is offered it, so bring him bak on a one year contract, and one more solid reliever, like calero, who you mentioned, would be nice.
October 3rd, 20099:39 pm
Erg…I click on the W Sox-Tigers game right as Everett is hitting a double. I swear everybody in baseball except BMac has hit a double this week…
October 3rd, 20099:43 pm
Looking over the 2010 payroll obligations, its become clear the only move you can make is trading Kawakami or Vasquez, that is, if you want a big bat…
I’ll go over all of it later…
October 3rd, 20099:45 pm
TURN THE GAME OFF!!
Your bad luck!! No offense!
October 3rd, 20099:46 pm
This is the showing that we would have seen had the Braves made the playoffs…which would have blown this blog up completely!!
Be thankful that we’re seeing it in a situation when it doesn’t matter.
October 3rd, 20099:48 pm
In case anybody is interested, ZOMBIELAND is great.
October 3rd, 20099:49 pm
I saw that last night! I really enjoyed it, too…
October 3rd, 20099:53 pm
i say bring up conrad to fill one of those spots, since hes is fairly versitile, (DAP)
that’s highly unlikely. He is below average at second and worse anywhere else and except for 34 MLB PAs he isn’t much of a hitter. He has pop and some speed but has hit .240ish BA over the last 1500 minor league at bats. take a minor miracle for him to stick in the bigs. if he’s with the Braves at all next season it will likely mostly be in AAA as emergency backup. He sure hasn’t helped himself with his play after being recalled in Sept.
October 3rd, 20099:54 pm
Frank Wren is simply going to have to “take away” those options that Bobby Cox loves to use so much for the Braves to have a chance in 2010. He’s also going to have to find a RH power hitter.
I don’t wanna see Norton or Acosta on this team in 2010.
Depending on the moves Wren makes (to bring in new players), Cox should re-work his lineup, get Chipper out of the 3-hole and B-Mac out of the cleanup spot in the lineup.
Hit Chipper 2nd, and B-Mac 5th. Put Yunel in the 3-hole and our new RH power bat can hit cleanup.
Acquire a true leadoff man, move McLouth down in the order.
Also there needs to be a understanding not to try and see if Moyland, or (Gonzo if he’s brought back) can each make 90 plus appearances. No need to wear out the freaking pen (and by wearing it out I mean using 2-3 guys every night while the rest just sit there and collect their paychecks without appearing in games)
Starting Pitching should be loaded for another great season. I don’t measure great SP by the staff’s won/loss record, but innings pitched, ERA and WHIP. Braves are doing quite well in all of those stats.
Overall, depending on what moves are made for 2010, there is every reason to be optimistic.
2009 was a rebuilding year. The fact that they were “in it” the last week was an unexpected bonus.
will be sending you some information in a bit to educate you on my alma mater… (VJ)
W&M right? I almost went there.
October 3rd, 20099:56 pm
Would anyone care to post their offseason wishlist? (JJ)
I’m afraid it wouldn’t include any on your previous list. too many questions about most of them.
October 3rd, 20099:57 pm
He is below average at second and worse anywhere else and except for 34 MLB PAs he isn’t much of a hitter.
Haha yeah, I’ve never seen a group of folks fuss so much over a .216/.273/.431 hitter (yes, those are Conrad’s real numbers). Since his recall he has exactly zero hits to go along with a 0.95 OPS.
I hope Tim Hudson can go out and get the Braves a win tomorrow to finish out this 2009 season.
October 3rd, 200910:02 pm
nolie – where did you go? (I have great reasons for ending up at W&M – a guy on my high school basketball team went there to play, and my mother loved Williamsburg after having been there on my parents’ honeymoon)
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