4:58 pm October 28, 2009, by David O'Brien
November 1st, 200912:15 am
He doesn’t handle lefties well
Nick from PA
November 1st, 200912:16 am
If the braves could only just get in the playoffs, seems like JJ, Vazquez, Hanson and Hudson would be mighty mighty tough to beat in a 7 game series…..thoughts?
November 1st, 200912:18 am
Hopefully Yanks win WS, so I can go back to disliking them ~_~
November 1st, 200912:19 am
odds oregon jumps boise state in the bcs? further proving the system is a joke
I said it before, I’ll say it again: I hope the Yankees’ plane crashes on their way back to NY or on their way anywhere and I hope that Sully guy is not the pilot.
What is happening to the Phillies.
If either team had JJ, Javy, Tommy and Lowe, Hudson, or KK it would be a sweep.
November 1st, 200912:22 am
mitchell: i wish the same to happen to the phillies on their next flight, living here in pennsylvania, you have no idea how unbearable fairweather phillies mania can be
November 1st, 200912:23 am
You aren’t spared listening to the FOX guys!
I said it before, I’ll say it again: I hope the Yankees’ plane crashes on their way back to NY or on their way anywhere and I hope that Sully guy is not the pilot. Mitchell
oh yes, there’s the fk’ing azzhole 14 year old jerk off we all love so well. jackass
November 1st, 200912:26 am
Poor Tex, that’s a HR in NY.
November 1st, 200912:28 am
yeah, old Mitchell is a board bottom feeder no doubt.
Plane crashes happen at a lower rate than something like car crashes or train crashes.
Horrible, horrible idea.
November 1st, 200912:30 am
my drunk neighbors currently have a cole hamels jersey on fire…how quickly they forget
November 1st, 200912:33 am
That seems to happen a lot, and it’s both sad and frightening. Short term memory is getting shorter and shorter all the time.
November 1st, 200912:35 am
an nlcs and world series mvp earns the right to have a subpar season without being booed as he walks off the mound…just my opinion….but thats philadelphia for ya
November 1st, 200912:38 am
Going here tomorrow: http://www.statesville.org/experience.php
Supposed to be super scary
P. W. Hjort
November 1st, 200912:39 am
Agreed. Philly fans are trash.
November 1st, 200912:40 am
they sure are….try living right in the middle of the waste…half the “fans” were nowhere to be found before 2006
November 1st, 200912:45 am
I see Boog! Behind Swisher
November 1st, 200912:46 am
November 1st, 200912:47 am
I really hate the Yanks. When I was a kid they were in something like 14 out of 16 WS. I mean they even made a movie about it, and it didn’t help any that I was an Oriole fan. I wish Phillie would beat them
yankees beating phillies, the true meaning of bittersweet
November 1st, 20091:09 am
Nick from PA
Ain’t it the truth?
I feel sorta dirty for cheering for Yanks, but it’s a necessity ~_~
November 1st, 20091:24 am
Did you pick the O’s in a four game sweep in 1966? I did and placed a $20 bet with my work buddy and he went around and got up a pool of 25 others in for $5 each which I guaranteed. I didn’t even have the first $20. I made a FHA down payment on my first house with that money.
November 1st, 20091:38 am
welll that blew?
November 1st, 20091:48 am
That’s cool, let the Stanks have their money bought, BS team have their world championship. There has to be some sort of end to the certain baseball teams having over $200m to spend assembling a God D*** team. It’s rediculous & I almost can’t blame people for this sport being such a turnoff to them anymore. Me, my lifelong passion for the Braves keeps me tuned in.
Do NOT like Philly whatsoever, but at least they can be team that are mostly built from the ground up. Could easily do without the arrogance of a few Philly players & their fans are pure, 100% trash, but they aren’t bought.
November 1st, 20091:51 am
I just got my lottery ticket for survival after 2012 from The Institute for Human Continuity! Very excited, I hope I get drawn, then I’ll found the new Atlanta Braves!
November 1st, 20091:52 am
The only, and I mean only positive to take out of the Yanks winning the WS is that Philly fans can’t brag about something Atlanta failed at twice… beating that Yankee team in the WS. Other than that, I hope they all get a bad case of hemorrhoids.
Steve from OH
November 1st, 20092:33 am
Other than that, I hope they all get a bad case of hemorrhoids.
You know that you’re an overstudied insomniac when all you can think of at 2:30 is that you are hoping the Yankees don’t have a bad case of portal hypertension causing that…
Time for bed, Steveo…
November 1st, 20092:51 am
Wow, that was a damn nice return. I know another guy who did pretty well by picking the sweep.
My best bet actually came against the Braves, In the 1996 WS against the Yanks. After they had won the first two I bet several Braves fans that they would lose the series; at 10 to one I made a few thou. Kinda felt guilty about it though, but it made their loss a little less painful.
Wayne in Utah (WWDOBD)
November 1st, 20093:22 am
You truly are and idiot!
November 1st, 20093:46 am
November 1st, 2009
I said it before, I’ll say it again: I hope the Yankees’ plane crashes on their way back to NY or on their way anywhere and I hope that Sully guy is not the pilot.”
Are you trying to tell me that Yankee (and or Mets) fans didn’t shout things like that to Chipper Jones at third base or Brian Jordan in right field in the ‘99 playoffs? You think those people haven’t told opposing players what they would do to their mothers or sisters? Yankee fans are the worst of the worst.
That team and organization has no moral integrity. You can literally pick off anybody at any position on the 1999 World Series team that was using steroids. Roger Clemens, Chuck Knoblauch, Andy Petitte, Jason Grimsley, Jim Leyritz, etc. Those are only the ones that we know of who were using. You can’t argue with it. And how about light hitting Chad Curtis who hit two homeruns in Game 3 and only 5 during the regular season? Look at Tino Martinez. Darryl Strawberry anybody? Yeah, he was clean.
We sure as hell know Chipper wasn’t using and never has… see, because he’s getting worse as he gets older. Imagine that. But that’s what makes the Yankees the Yankees. The Yankees are the rich kid who cheats and steals and does drugs but always get away with it.
Andy f*ing Petitte can have his playoff wins. John Smoltz didn’t take drugs to get an advantage. Oh, and he also has a post-season era over a hundred points lower than that redneck, *o** *u***ing, jesus freak. And he also doesn’t have the three to four blow-out losses in the World Series that Mr. Petitte possesses. Not even the playoffs… the World Series. He has been lit up multiple times in World Series starts. John Smoltz, on the other hand, has not.
Somebody had a link on here once of that comedian Doug Stanhope who observed that being a Yankee fan is like going to a casino and cheering for the house. They’re supposed to win. They have the most money, they have the highest paid and most hyped players. How do you invest yourself personally in that as a fan? You’re rooting for money.
That’s not what baseball should be about. I can understand people not liking the Phillies but am I the only one hoping they win? I hope to God the Phillies win this series. They look like crap right about now. I thought they might even sweep at first. But I’m actually rooting for them, They’re representing us as I see it. They’re a real team, they play the game the way it should be played and without the hype or attitude. I have no problem coming in second to the Phillies. Oh, that’s right, we finished third behind the Marlins because we suck and have a washed up manager.
The Yankees take the joy out of baseball. I don’t appreciate that.
In conclusion, I would seriously have a hard time being sad if their plane didn’t make it back to NY. And who said it was an idea? I’ll grant you it’s a horrible thought Mr. NLCY but it’s not like I’m orchestrating a plot as we speak. Not an idea, just something I’ll be thinking about as I rest my head for the night.
November 1st, 20093:59 am
Wayne, being called and idiot by you is why I don’t come on here anymore unless it’s to unleash my rage against the Yankees and their degenerate fans.
Spending another season blogging amongst yourself and others about the Braves and actually believing that giving my time, energy and support to a team managed by Bobby Cox is going to amount to a damn thing would make me the biggest idiot of them all.
I hope to God the Phillies win this thing. They’re starting to look like the ‘96 Braves. If they lose I will have to come back and finally curse Mark Teixeira for the last time as the mother ****ing piece of ****, **** ****er that he is… and then I will that will pretty much be it.
If I don’t see you, have a good life. I quit.
November 1st, 20097:39 am
Stupid time change has me all screwed up,wake up early to catch up on the blog and what do I see? Our old friend Mitchell is back giving as only he can give. Mitchell,there is help out there for you if you would only try- look in the yellow pages under P.
November 1st, 20097:41 am
Somebody needs to tell AJC there has been a time change-Earth to AJC!
November 1st, 20098:27 am
C’mon, DOB. The real INTELLIGENT Braves fans have never suggested trading Jurrjens. The only ones that suggest crap like that simply don’t follow baseball that closely.
I think you really stretched for this blog topic.
November 1st, 20099:06 am
I know a lot of guys here want the Braves to make a deal for Swisher. I just read this article on BP about him. I am sure most of you have seen it but if not I thought I would post a link.
The one thing that concerned me about him that they mention in the article is the stat that Swisher led the AL in “just enough” HR or HR’s that clear the fence by 10 feet or less. Makes me wonder how many HR he would have hit if he didn’t play inYankee stadium
Rob from SC
November 1st, 200910:48 am
Yesterday a few people were talking about how great the Phillies were for signing Jayson Werth because they “knew” something about him. First off the Phillies signed him to be their 4/5 outfielder. They spent a good deal mmof money for Geoff Jenkins to be their everyday right fielder. It took almost a whole season of Jenkins sucking for Werth to get an everyday spot. So the Phillies didn’t see anything right away.
also Werth was thought of as a good prospect but had health issues including a badly injured wrist.
November 1st, 200911:05 am
Rob – how goes the recovery?
CB – I have totally lost track of the time – I pulled near all-nighters on Thursday and Friday, flew three time zones to the west yesterday, had the clock change last night…might take a couple of days to get my internal clock aligned with the actual time
Vinings Jim (soon to be Venice (Beach) Jim
November 1st, 200911:06 am
Sorry, that last comment was me
Vinings Jim (soon to be Venice (Beach) Jim)
November 1st, 200911:07 am
Have to remember to change names, or open a different window
November 1st, 200911:25 am
The Phillies’ Fans would have thrown snowballs at the Michael Jackson imperonator. They’re probably lucky they didn’t throw the Phanatic at him or throw the impersonator at Andy Pettite.
November 1st, 200911:28 am
What’s amazing is that the Yanks don’t win every year. With that payroll they should. No wonder George goes postal. There’s an obvious correlation between budgets and winning percentage.. It’s not absolute but the direct correlation works to the long term detriment of baseball. There was a time, many years ago, when stronger commissioners never would have let this situation develop. It’s sickening… on the other hand, when the rare Yankee team doesn’t make the playoffs, it’s that much sweeter.
November 1st, 200911:50 am
Hey, y’all, it ain’t over yet.
Or has no WS champ ever come back from a 1-2 deficit?
I’m still pulling for the Phillies — it ain’t the regular season, you know. And if Yankees lose, they may be ripe for taking Lowe off our hands — Lowe for Swisher+?
(Still rooting against Victorino, though.)
November 1st, 200911:58 am
Jim Salisbury reports the Phillies have signed Chris Coste, Ronny Paulino, and JA Happ – all non-arbitration-eligible 40-man-roster players – to contracts that move the Phillies payroll to over $132.5 million.
Coste signed for $460,000, Paulino signed for $440,000 and Happ signed for $405,000.
Carlos Ruiz remains unsigned, but should earn a salary of about $500,000, moving the Phils payroll over $133 million.
Jeeze 35million more than the braves….
November 1st, 200912:00 pm
133 was before Cliff Lee ……
November 1st, 200912:11 pm
Braves would need to be so out of their minds to trade JJ……….but, they have done worse trades before……..I wouldnt be surprised.
I was on a Halloween party last night………man, it was filled with Yankee fans……….man, they talk like if they were born in NY, so freaking arrogant, you just couldnt stand it, on the other hand there were some phillies fans, even when they were winning, they looked so cool.
I just cant stand NY fans, media, teams.
They were talking about ARod, like if it was some kind of God, maybe like if he was like Aquiles…………All that guy did last night was hit a HR that went out by about half an inch and make 3 E´s at 3B.
And since we are in Panama, you just cant imagine how they talking about Mariano Rivera, I just wanted to throw up.
To me truth is that phillies have been shut down a bit and know I know the key to all this is that phillies do a lot of their magic late in games, 8th and 9th and since NY has 3 SP that go deep into the game and have Mariano to pitch 4 -6 outs, phillies just feel the pressure.
They are also struggling because Ryan is totally cold and Utley is not so far behind.
I think as soon as we see an extrabase from Howard, the phillies will transform and roll out.
One more thing……….Watching these yankees play in october this season tells me that as soon as Rivera is done, their problems will grow a lot. He has been so freaking automatic that they dont have to worry ever about the 9th………..I just can recall like 5 bad outing from him in the playoffs all time……….pretty amazing for so many appearances that he has.
November 1st, 200912:23 pm
Well, I’ve been wondering where Chuck James disappeared to. Apparently, he’s taken over the body of Cole Hamels. Changeup, soft fastball, weak sh!t breaking pitches, home runs.
November 1st, 200912:32 pm
Going really slow and still painful. Still in that damn brace until the 13th. Thank for asking.
I think Cole HAmels is going through what Justin Verlander went through the season after the Tigrs went to the World Series. Hamels threw ower 260 innings last year. The one good thing about not making the playoffs is we kept Hanson and Jurrjens innings reasonable.
November 1st, 200912:34 pm
Felonious firemen? Does the Fox 5 I-Team think I’m so darn intrigued that I have to be bombarded with that commercial all day? Imagine that. Municipalities are having such a tough time finding folks to run into friggin’ fires, that they are sometimes resorting to hiring felons crazy enough to run into friggin’ fires to save people. Maybe I’d be more outraged if Tommy Gavin didn’t commit five felonies on every episode of Rescue Me.
November 1st, 200912:36 pm
USC got stomped. LOVE IT!!!!
November 1st, 200912:39 pm
Put a bat in Tebow’s hand, does Tebow look any less roided up in a baseball uniform than Mark McGwire did?
November 1st, 200912:41 pm
Tim Tebow’s built like Bonds, Clemens, Canseco, Sosa, McGwire, but no one seems to notice or care.
November 1st, 200912:45 pm
Hey, funky…the Blog’s not on standard time yet…
November 1st, 200912:49 pm
Doc Holiday –
November 1st, 20091:00 pm
From late last night. Yet, pretty good return. I picked up the $145, added it to my savings, and got in my first home for a total including closing costs of $723.00. Worked for an insurance company at the time who picked up all but $123.00 of the closing, and they gave me a 3 3/4% 30-year fixed rate loan. Sure wish my kids had that type of expense available to them.
Should have asked for odds on the bet as it was before the WS started. I just had a premonition. That same feeling I had at the end of 1990 when I predicted the BRAVES would win it all in 1991. Almost pulled that one off too, but I didn’t bet on it. Probably cost the BRAVOS a WS that year by not putting my money where my mouth was.
November 1st, 20091:03 pm
VJ soon to be VB:
Dude, you’re still gonna’ root for the TRIBE, no?
November 1st, 20091:06 pm
What’s the weather report in Vermont? We’re having copious amounts of rain. Any of it snow for you? These nor’easters are real blizzard makers in your neck of the woods. Stay warm and dry.
November 1st, 20091:09 pm
richbrave-Pschizoid weather up here. It was cold, we got snow and lots of frost. Now it’s in the 60’s. The rain has been terrible for over a year now. It rained all late last winter (less snow) and all spring, summer, fall and it looks about the same for the winter with lots of snow predicted. Figures I’d buy new snow tires, have them all put on and the minute I do so, it gets warm. Go figure.
Today there is this really strange bright light outside. I don’t expect it to remain for long.
November 1st, 20091:11 pm
Which is why I’ve been screaming for two years for LIBERTY to up the ante into the 115-125 range, and bring in the bat needed in the line-up to put the team over the top.
I seriously believe the sport needs a “soft” salary cap like the NBA’s, so you wouldn’t be treated to the spectacle of a player like Teixeira playing for four teams in three seasons.
November 1st, 20091:13 pm
The Phillies can NOT sustain a $133 million payrolll for long and there are severtal players about to cost a Sh!t pile more $$$$$$$.
Philadelphia is NOT New York or LA. The population of Philly has decreased both of the last two censuses and it’s a VERY blue collar place. I repeat-the current salary level is not sustainable for more than a year or so-and that is contingent on them winning in the psot season. The minute they lose and the fans get ornery.
November 1st, 20091:24 pm
Sorry the spelling………
November 1st, 20091:36 pm
Congrats to Meb Keflezighi, a naturalized American from Eritrea, for winning the New York Marathon today!
One of the greatest thrills in sport that’s open to everyone is coming off the Queensboro Bridge around mile 16 and turning onto First Avenue to cheers of the crowd. The sights and sounds are indelible.
November 1st, 20091:47 pm
Doc Holiday (November 1st, 2009 1:24 pm): “Sorry the spelling………”
(What’s next — the pillars of Heraclio?)
November 1st, 20091:55 pm
Thanagar (November 1st, 2009 1:11 pm): “I seriously believe the sport needs a “soft” salary cap like the NBA’s, so you wouldn’t be treated to the spectacle of a player like Teixeira playing for four teams in three seasons.”
God forbid that anybody should be allowed to get a better job. We should all be happy with what we’ve got.
November 1st, 20092:09 pm
Doc H. I was on a Halloween party last night………man, it was filled with Yankee fans…
Well, it’s s’posed to be scary.
November 1st, 20092:11 pm
“strange bright light outside”… good one, Lew. I can definitely relate to that.
November 1st, 20092:14 pm
VJ,is there a change in your life that we are not aware of? Enquiring minds want to know.
November 1st, 20092:17 pm
CB – I have been dropping hints for a few weeks – I did move out to the LA area yesterday. I am now only 90 minutes from my daughter in SD (who will be having a baby in May), and very close to a certain female blogger.
November 1st, 20092:22 pm
I’m happy for you,Jim. Hope everything goes well.
November 1st, 20092:24 pm
What the Braves could have had for a few million more dollars:
DENVER—From his stuff to his competitiveness to his work ethic, there’s plenty to like about lefthander Tyler Matzek, who showed all these attributes in games in the instructional league as he began pointing toward the start of his professional career in 2010.
Matzek, 19, worked out with Rookie-level Casper in the waning weeks of the minor league season after he signed minutes before the Aug. 17 deadline and received a franchise-record $3.9 million signing bonus. Matzek faced members of the Diamondbacks’ instructional league team and in the process, confirmed why the Rockies are so excited.
“Confident but not arrogant,” was how player development director Marc Gustafson described Matzek, the 11th overall pick this year out of Capistrano Valley (Calif.) High.
“Not many kids come out of the high school ranks able to do what he can,” roving pitching coordinator Bo McLaughlin said. “He’s got real good balance and a very clean delivery for such a young age.”
Matzek’s first outing in the instructional league began against outfielder Conor Jackson, who was leading off each inning as he tried to work his way back from the Valley Fever that ended his season on May 11. True, Jackson hadn’t competed regularly, but he does have 484 games and 1,624 at-bats on his major league resume.
Matzek struck him out on 94-96 mph fastballs in, and afterward said he had seen Jackson on television, noticed his swing was long and was going pound him inside.
“His baseball sense is also keen,” said Casper pitching coach Craig Bjornson, a member of the instructional league staff. “He has a way to watch the game already, which is what you’re really developing in a lot of the younger pitchers. He’s advanced for his age, definitely.”
November 1st, 20092:25 pm
Jim, it’s the left coast! Don’t check your intellect at the gate, LOL!
November 1st, 20092:27 pm
and very close to a certain female blogger.
November 1st, 20092:29 pm
jeffrey – can’t use her real name here
November 1st, 20092:43 pm
Please don’t remind me of what we could’ve had! I knew Matzek was going to be a good one the next Kershaw but nooooo the Braves had to take the signable so-called “more polished” college pitcher in Minor! Matzek is going to move fast in that system watch and see.
Also has anyone noticed that Hamels has taken a Rich Hill type turn for the worse?!?!
November 1st, 20092:52 pm
Wayne, being called and idiot by you is why I don’t come on here anymore unless it’s to unleash my rage against the Yankees and their degenerate fan (Mitchell)
will it help keep you away even more, if I call you and idiot too? I hope so idiot. That was a really stupid immature post. You are a disgusting little twerp and ‘and idiot’. Bye
November 1st, 20093:18 pm
November 1st, 20093:20 pm
Good article on the AFL prospects.
Here it is for denizens that don’t check the site.
Was it VJ that was a Giants fan? I sure hope not…otherwise this hasn’t been a very happy football weekend for him.
November 1st, 20093:24 pm
Oh no…I just looked up Knowshon on Wikipedia and his picture is from when the Broncos wore those ridiculously ugly uniforms.
November 1st, 20093:29 pm
Was it VJ that was a Giants fan?
Yes, it is. Sorry, VJ.
November 1st, 20093:31 pm
but finished by hitting .272 with six homers in 125 at-bats in August and September. re Hicks (PWH)
Thanx, I wasn’t aware of that. good for him, I hope he can continue in that vein.
Kimbrel is exciting, but he walks a ton of hitters and I don’t know if he can get away with that in the show like he has so far in the minors.
November 1st, 20093:32 pm
Wonder how William & Mary did
November 1st, 20093:34 pm
Oh, they beat Rhode Island. And SF is winning too.
So maybe they’ll end up being 2-2 this weekend.
November 1st, 20093:37 pm
.500 – not bad.
William got smacked around a bit, but Mary kicked some Rhode Island butt.
November 1st, 20093:42 pm
Except those two losses (well, one and a half so far) were pretty brutal.
Way to go, Jimmy Johnson…just called Knowshon “Keyshawn.” That grinds my gears.
November 1st, 20093:45 pm
Good thing Mary was there to pick up the slack.
November 1st, 20093:47 pm
I guess we know who wears the pants in that college.
My goodness, Giants…
Going strictly on what I’m seeing today in the Jets/Dolphins game, those saying that Mark Sanchez has no business being mentioned in the same sentence as Matt Ryan.
Another note – the Dolphins former kicker, AJ Feeley, who is now kicking for the Jets, has kicked off twice and made both tackles. Not downfield either. The one to start the second half had Feeley smacking the return man at the 20 yard line.
The Giants are a mess today. What else can go wrong for them?
November 1st, 20093:49 pm
That didn’t make sense. Mark Sanchez has no business being mentioned in the same sentence as Matt Ryan.
November 1st, 20093:50 pm
Thanks keylargo…I was waiting for the predicate
November 1st, 20093:59 pm
This World Series can’t end fast enough. I am ready for the offseason
November 1st, 20094:01 pm
I don’t like Monday night games.
November 1st, 20094:04 pm
jeffrey d (November 1st, 2009 3:50 pm): “Thanks keylargo…I was waiting for the predicate”
Sez “Woah Boy”.
November 1st, 20094:07 pm
I gave up on the Giants a while ago – far more important that William and Mary squeaked out a 39-14 win.
November 1st, 20094:13 pm
Ted Ginn for the Dolphins – back to back 100 yard returns.
November 1st, 20094:32 pm
Fly Eagles Fly
November 1st, 20094:42 pm
Good thing Mary was there to pick up the slack. (Jeffrey)
she’s always been the tougher of the two
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