7:03 pm January 15, 2010, by David O'Brien
Shanks a lot
January 17th, 201012:59 am
I realize there is no official “manager in waiting”, but I think the job is Terry Pendleton’s. It seems like he has had a few chances over the years to take other jobs, but seems to be waiting to take over for Bobby Cox. Thoughts?
I think Eddie Perez is a strong candidate for the next braves manager. I believe he and pendelton are the only two in house candidates. The best option to me seems to be Freddi Gonzolaez, he has done such a great job with florida and would be a popular move here in atlanta.
I volunteer anyone who says “ballgame” before the 7th inning. Sound good?
January 17th, 20101:02 am
mcfann’s spunky–like a young meredith baxter.
she might sic rally turtle on my toes
January 17th, 20101:03 am
nolie–jurrjens is 10, right?
I’ll be 16 in 3 months. So I guess you could say I’m 15 and 3/4s (That was a joke )
nah nolie, i’m pretty sure he’s 10.
Just like Heyward, I’m gonna take this as an insult. What chu you got against me, pal? I don’t ever attack anyone but PL, and even then I wasn’t as bad as most, and only did it after me called me a “MORON’S”. I keep about my business, do my thing. So what is it?
jj is quite the character on here though, regardless of age.
I hope in a good way
I’m sorry. I could watch the football game, I went out. I know, I know, shame on me for having a life.
January 17th, 20101:04 am
Heath: Maybe not the seventh inning, but how ’bout if they say it before the fifth? Maybe unless it’s a five-run or more lead. Last season we had some folks saying “ballgame” — and not with irony — in the second or third inning after the Braves would fall behind by one or two runs. It was ridiculous. And again, you could tell many of them weren’t saying it to be funny. They were dead serious.
January 17th, 20101:05 am
jj–just playing with you, buddy.
January 17th, 20101:06 am
everyone loves eddie perez? dave is that the consenus.
know a couple of guys in sugarloaf that would beg to differ.
Annoying as it was…I’ll take that over the junk we’ve recently rid ourselves of.
January 17th, 20101:07 am
I stuck up for you JJ and told him you was 15
January 17th, 20101:08 am
dont laugh, finally bought a i pod. absolutely amazing thing. nano touch.
still can figure out all the features but have downloaded some sweet music.
god bless steve jobs.
January 17th, 20101:09 am
dont believe him, jj. nolie was the one wut that started it.
January 17th, 20101:10 am
dob, got “tim” going now.
uga-brave: if you’re asking me (am I the “dave” you were referring to?) then I have no idea if he’s the consensus. I don’t think there is a consensus, to tell you the truth. Who knows who might become available, or even who Frank Wren might have in mind right now? He’s not given any indication at all.
Or did you just mean that he seems to be a consensus in terms of popularity on the blog? If so, then yes, it does seem that way.
As far as “two guys in Sugarloaf,” could you possibly be more cryptic? Geez….
January 17th, 20101:11 am
nah Paul did not bother me nearly as much as the in-game ranters. in a losing effort there might be several hundred totally negative posts about every little thing that happened. wasn’t the ballgame cries so much as the constant repetition inning after inningbah humbug
January 17th, 20101:13 am
And to all a good night….
uga-brave: You’re redeemed. Replacements. Niice.
January 17th, 20101:15 am
nolie–i sense dob would appreciate it if we ceased all references.
January 17th, 20101:18 am
How about the morons who say “Ballgame” when the score is 0 – 0.
Wait a minute… did I just say morons? Oh….my…Gawd!
I’m watching you fella! :pimp:
DOB, in all fairness, before the ever so mentioned 28th day of June flipped on the calendar, if the Braves fell behind by 1 or 2 runs early in the game, it usually was “ballgame”. LOL
Dave can take it jed, he wears a leather jacket and rides a Harley.
January 17th, 20101:20 am
jj–what does ” :pimp: ” mean? and if i were you, i’d be watching nolie. hope you have eyes in back of your head…
just like I useta,… a long long long time ago
he’s too old jed
January 17th, 20101:21 am
I thought those would work…
So you did…
dont believe him, jj. nolie was the one wut that started it.
Hmm, now I’m torn. Don’t make me go back to page 8…
January 17th, 20101:24 am
you can take my word for it JJ, would ilie to you? Your Unka nolie??
I’m reading the blog on my 32gig itouch. Ain’t technology grand?
January 17th, 20101:25 am
jj–dont go to page 8. nolie said some really awful things about you. on pages 6 & 7 as well.
January 17th, 20101:26 am
I touch? who you touching? and where? tsk tsk
January 17th, 20101:30 am
jj’s busy poring over pages 6, 7 & 8. wut a knucklehead!
January 17th, 20101:35 am
jj’s busy poring over pages 6, 7 & 8. wut a knucklehead!
Naw, I’m laughing at my stupid dogs, what’s on pages 6, 7, and 8?
January 17th, 20101:37 am
Oh, nvm jed, I got it. Imma bit slow, maybe because I’m ten.
January 17th, 20101:40 am
9 and 3/4….
January 17th, 20101:42 am
Are you ever not on the blog?
January 17th, 20101:47 am
The best 9 and 3/4 yr. old pivot man around!
Before I know it, I’ll be Rod Stewart!
January 17th, 20101:48 am
cmom, brother from 1985 plus who put out great college music?
the replacements, duh. rem, easy choice. how about the smiths, smithereens, and the church.
athens was full of great music. got to profess i am not a jam band fan.
January 17th, 20101:51 am
Shanks, nope. I’m retired and in poor health and this is the only semblance of a like that i have left. Pitifiul, I know.
January 17th, 20101:54 am
How old are you?
January 17th, 20101:55 am
please dont laugh, this i pod thing is really cool. got actung baby rocking my basement. UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD> great u2 song.
January 17th, 20102:06 am
I’m retired and in poor health and this is the only semblance of a like that i have left. Pitifiul, I know
actually that is just a cover story. In reality I am an AI entity whom my creator has wired into this board on a 24 hour a day basis in order to improve my comprehension, reasoning and communication skills under any possible combination of responses. thank you for asking I hope I have answered your inquiry to your satisfaction. have a good day
January 17th, 20102:10 am
That ain’t cool.
Who cares about the amount of his posts? At least he is intelligent, and always brings something to the table. You don’t have to read ‘em, ya know.
January 17th, 20102:33 am
As some of you might have already noticed it appears that I am not yet fully conversant with American idioms. Upon further thought I believe that phrase should have been Have a nice day…
FYi my aunt is the entity who controls the sheriff’s home in EUREKA .
When I grow up and have finished my training, I hope to be as successful as she
January 17th, 20103:12 am
nolie should be paid and be the moderator. He could take care of the next PL invasion, all the “ballgame”s, all of Robert’s donkey posts and all the Mets trolls that slither in here.
Plus, he does a good job keeping the blog alive when DOB can’t.
January 17th, 20105:55 am
nolie is usually not around all that much. seems to make his rounds every 4 or 5 hours, checks in for about a half hour, comments on this and that, before going back to doing whatever the hell else he does
January 17th, 20106:39 am
strange replay fraud:
January 17th, 20108:28 am
I’ll be 16 in 3 months Jurrjens
Whaat?? Here I was thinking you were much older, and now you tell me you can’t even drive yet?
January 17th, 20108:29 am
nolie should be paid and be the moderator
I’d chip in for that
January 17th, 20108:30 am
I looked up the history of 14th overall draft picks, which Heyward was, and the two best hitters ever taken in terms of OPS with that pick have been Derrek Lee and Cliff Floyd. If that is all Heyward ever ends up being, will we be satisfied? Or is anything short of Chipper and Hank rolled into one gonna be considered a bust?
January 17th, 20108:32 am
No wonder he thinks Pulp Fiction sucks. He’s still watching Disney movies.
January 17th, 20108:35 am
Braveheart – I remember hearing a lot of people surprised that Heyward fell all the way to 14th overall – and to the hometown Braves for crying out loud. I hate when homers put too much stock in prospects (”I think Heyward will be the first to break the 100 HR in a season barrier!!”), but I can safely say that I think he’ll be much better than Cliff Floyd and probably even Derrek Lee. And Derrek Lee is a pretty good ballplayer.
January 17th, 20108:38 am
Braveheart, a Derrek Lee type with a better career avg. would be what I’m thinking, Chipper like in that area.
January 17th, 20108:43 am
Lee has a .284 career average. That’s pretty good
January 17th, 20108:47 am
Chipper- .307 career avg.
January 17th, 20108:48 am
It was meant as a joke, but I have to share this because it’s really good. It’s Dwight and Andy from The Office playing John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Counry Roads.” The acoustic guitar along with Andy’s harmony and banjo….ahhh, so good.
I usually side with Toby on the whole pointless Michael vs. Toby feud, but this is the first time I’ve gotten mad at Toby. Let em play, man!
January 17th, 20108:50 am
Like I said, I don’t want to put too much stock into a guy who’s hardly played any AAA games, but I think Heyward can mantain a .300+ average
January 17th, 20108:58 am
Looking at Cliff Floyd – 6′4″, 230 pounds – Drafted with the 14th pick in 1991. 3 years later at the age of 20, he’s ranked the #1 prospect by Baseball America, ahead of Chipper, Manny, Arod, Jeter, and Carlos Delgado, who were all ranked in the top 16 that year. Doesn’t really do anything in the majors until he’s 25 years old. Has a strong 5 year prime, and a solid career, putting up an .840 OPS, 119 OPS+. Looks like he finally ran out of gas last season. If that’s how Heyward’s career ends up, is it good enough? Or does he have to be Chipper, Manny, Arod, Jeter, and Delgado?
18 Wheels of Love
January 17th, 20109:12 am
More reasons to respect Dale Murphy.
Was just reading the local fish wrapper and they had a one-on-one with Dale Murphy – he’s coming into town to speak in a few weeks…
Anyway, question came up about music on his iPod. Seems the guy is into The Racontuers and Wilco and even has been to see Wilco live.
Oh, and he had 8 kids. 8!
January 17th, 20109:15 am
The hardcore fans might be disappointed if Heyward had Cliff Floyd’s career. But he was an underappreciated player whose effectiveness was damaged by injuries. Had he stayed healthy, we might have viewed his career differently (though to be sure, he was never in the class of Chipper, Manny, et al.). Injuries are always the wild card.
January 17th, 20109:18 am
Braveheart – I would take JayHey as a Derek Lee equivalent NOW… book it
January 17th, 20109:28 am
If you want Jason Heyward to turn out more like Chipper Jones, it would be good to notice that CJ played 136 games in A ball, 137 games in AA and 139 in AAA before coming to MLB.
Here are Chipper’s full minor league stats:
January 17th, 20109:36 am
…& I’d take a Cliff Floyd career at the plate for Heyward right now; career numbers .278/.358/.482, 17 seasons in the bigs, pretty good numbers IMO.
Don’t know enuf about Floyd to know what kind of an OF’er he was; Heyward’s got a great arm in RF.
January 17th, 20109:42 am
I guess one question we have to ask though is not what will Heyward’s career be, but what will the first 6 or 7 years of his career be, since that is all we are entitled to.
January 17th, 20109:43 am
Allright I am going to express a lot of my ignorance with this post but If I want the information this is the best way for me to get it.
I have totally gotten out of touch with music in the last 20 years spending most of my time listening to talk radio. I have a satelite radio and would love to know which station plays the bands you guys are always chatting about.
Help cure my ignorance
January 17th, 20109:49 am
UGA-Brave, got a 4th generation nano last Christmas; prior to that I’d still been using a Sony Discman so don’t feel bad. Now I can’t live without it (the I-pod, not the Discman). Gotta disagree with you about tunes, though; IMO there’s no such thing as good college music. The music I liked in college was the same music I liked at any other time, and it sure as hell wasn’t REM.
Maddux going to the Cubs instead of here kills me; he’s the only one of the “big three” I have any respect for as a person (they were all great pitchers).
Glavine coming back doesn’t bother me; I’m not as angry at him as I used to be after Wren gave him a dose of his own medicine and took him down a peg. And ANYONE who could conceivably take ANY broadcast time away from Chip Carey would be a blessing. I swear I’d rather have Bobcat Goldthwait or Gilbert Gottfried in there.
Smoltz can wear a John Deere cap to the hall as far as I’m concerned.
Greg, why hast thou forsaken us?
January 17th, 20109:50 am
Gibby, NO station plays the bands they are talking about, which is why they talk about them. Gives them hipster/indie cred. Listen to some of it and you’ll see why it isn’t played.
January 17th, 20109:51 am
Here is the list of the 23 outfielders who have ranked in the top 5 in the 20 year history of Baseball America’s Top 100 prospect listing:
Juan Gonzalez, Cliff Floyd, Jeffrey Hammonds, Tim Salmon, Ruben Rivera, Brian Hunter, Andruw Jones, Darin Erstad, Vladimir Guerrero, Ben Grieve, J.D. Drew, Pat Burrell, Vernon Wells, Josh Hamilton, Corey Patterson, Rocco Baldelli, BJ Upton, Delmon Young, Jeremy Hermida, Justin Upton, Jay Bruce, Colby Rasmus, Jason Heyward
Ouch, Braveheart; but oh so true.
January 17th, 20109:52 am
Damn Grinch I was hopin
January 17th, 20109:54 am
Gibby-Depends on what music you mean-we talk about all kinds on here. I think most of we headbangers would agree that the best Hard Rock station is The Boneyard on XM. Someone else might better tell you where to hear Johnny Cash and The Drive By Truckers. Don’t forget XM Home Plate, either. The only music they have is at breaks, but they DO talk some baseball 24 hours a day.
Read an interview with Chipper in Chop Talk a couple months back (not sure when exactly, but after the season ended) and his thoughts on the managerial situation is that the Braves will bring someone in from outside the organization. He gave no concrete reason for this stance, but felt this would be the case. Interesting.
nolie-Never did hear back from you, but did those tips on vitamins and supplements help?
January 17th, 201010:02 am
Don’t forget liquid metal on XM; sometimes it’s a little too redundant but they do play some good heavy stuff. I usually bounce back and forth between the two, and occasionally some old school gangsta hip-hop if I’ve been burning logs.
January 17th, 201010:03 am
Hey, now; I do likes me some Johnny Cash.
January 17th, 201010:04 am
Thanks Lew I will hit the boneyard next time I am in the car. Always have listened to home plate and I like it that much better now that Kennedy and Dibble are no longer together in the afternoon slot. Still kinda painful hearing Dibble defend Canseco everyday.
Maybe that’s why I have a new found interest in music
January 17th, 201010:06 am
LOL. Still angry about the time he acted like a turd at the gas station 20 years ago? Maybe Smoltz’ll go in Michael Moore style, sporting his beloved Michigan State hat
January 17th, 201010:10 am
Gibby-Listening to Dibble is painful at any time-not just on XM. Another case of too many jobs available now that there is National Baseball broadcasting and too little available talent. You see it all the time with the Extra Innings package on cable, too. Diluted talent pool.
Now you see why I love this blog. Need help with something and you get it. I remember a year or so ago someone wanted advice on cleaning a flat screen and got it. Now as long as I don’t need to know about global warming I am fine. I say that with tongue in cheek
Gibby,check out rock@random……xm 161 if you like rock they play a nice mix.
January 17th, 201010:13 am
I live in the baltimore area so Washington games are one of my choices for baseball on TV Dibble is absolutley terriible calling games. I watch that Muted and listen through my laptop when the braves are on.
And we complain about Chip
January 17th, 201010:14 am
XM also has stations which play almost any kind of music. They have a great blues station, too. I’d like to tell the Denizens to look out for some music by an old college classmate of mine, Dave Perkins, a Blues musician out of Nashville. He just had an album nominated on the original Grammy list, but did not make the final cut (no one did but Derek Trucks, BB, etc.). His cd is called Pistol City Holiness and is damned good. Check it out.
January 17th, 201010:15 am
Thanks OK. now I have three choices to try
January 17th, 201010:17 am
can you send me the link about Eddie or the article…I’m impatient see if I can get it translated first LOL
January 17th, 201010:21 am
Outlaw Country plays a lot of the songwriter types DOB likes (McMurtry especially, plus plenty of the Man in Black).
January 17th, 201010:22 am
Lew whatis bues station you like?
January 17th, 201010:28 am
Answer to a question last night…
Kentucky just hired their “coach in waiting” in Joker Phillips. I also believe Maryland designated their offensive coordinator a coach in waiting (for some reason).
Rob Dibble has a problem with trying to prove he’s “manly” with too many of his comments. Anyone ever notice that? Everything that comes out of his mouth is an attempt to show he’s a badass. Mike Golic used to be like that but has sort of toned it down.
Guys I hate to listen to….(Dibble is close to this list)….Chris Berman. Boy, can he distract from what’s going on or what? Does ANYONE find him entertaining anymore? Don Sutton…I know a lot on here love this guy but he’s like fingernails on a chalkboard for me.
January 17th, 201010:30 am
Piedmont Thanks but that is music I already am used to. I am a married man and that one is up my wifes alley. She does control the dial in the car when she is with me. But I have managed to control the remote at home thank goodness. Now my seven year old daughter just got the Nano for Christmas and when she is with me I am listening to Taylor Swift and (with a groan) Miley
January 17th, 201010:32 am
Gibby-I’ll have to check it out. I don’t listen all that often (too many choices and a huge CD collection and when XM and Sirius merged, they changed the station numbers. They even have a station called Hair Nation if you get into the rock from the 80’s. Several metal stations, too.
It was kind of funny. My wife and I went to do errands yesterday and when we stopped to grab some fast food (rare treat these dieting days), there was a Local DJ broadcasting (Classic Rock-I could have given a history lesson on each cut they played). No one even cared. Dude was bored out of his mind and he couldn’t even give comp tickets away. Commercial radio has bitten the big one since satellite radio came along and became standard in so many vehicles.
January 17th, 201010:36 am
TommyP-I’m not a Berman fan either. Wish he’d go Back Back Back and finally disappear over the bleachers and finally clear the stadium wall.
I love his “I went all the way” commercial for Nutrisystem. I’ve lost more weight than he has and stayed on Nutrisystem for an entire week before I gave up and did it on my own. Like to see him knock off almost half of his body weight. That’s what I’m well on the way to doing.
January 17th, 201010:37 am
Did you guys see the latest in the Jose Offerman saga? First he swings a bat at a pitcher and hits the catcher, then in a playoff game as manager he “punches” an ump.
I think he missed, but what is up with this guy?
How much is it monthly for satellite radio? I’ve always found that to be a cost that is just not needed…a bit of overkill for the bills. I mainly listen to sports talk radio anyway when I’m in the car.
Tommy agree with you about Dibble and Golic, but I do like Golic now. As for Berman I loved him growing up yet now I find his act tiresome which saddens me. Hard to admit I don’t watch ESPN pegame anymore because of it. I initially stopped bacause of Irvin. When they finally cut that cord I tried to go back but Berman annoyed me too much
January 17th, 201010:41 am
Amen on the Berman comments. I know a lot on here love their music but the “lyrical lead-ins” to EVERYTHING is so ridiculous. It’s not funny. It’s not witty. It’s plain annoying. Every time I’m watching him with other football friends he’ll stutter into one of his, “As the Eagles said, I’ve got an easy peaceful feeling” and we’ll all look at each other with “WTF” looks.
Horrible. On the flip side, Jon Gruden has been incredibly refreshing on MNF.
January 17th, 201010:43 am
I don’t hold grudges THAT long, WillyWally (though it was an inauspicious beginning, to be sure). As you may have noticed, he’s been acting like a turd ever since he left as well. After 20 years and counting, one might just label him a turd in general and have done with it.
Forgot about that blues station; good stuff. Taylor and Miley? Yikes. Don’t get me wrong; I’d love to see them in a mud wrestling match and I’d treat Taylor like a rack of Fat jack’s ribs if I had the opportunity, but listening to them on purpose? No wonder I never got married.
January 17th, 201010:46 am
DOB: And by the way, the only college football teams that I can think of that had that arrangement were FSU and Texas. Now only Texas, since Bowden is done at FSU. What other teams you talking about?
Chip Kelly @ Oregon and Joker Phillips @ Kentucky off the top of my head….
I guess I shouldn’t beat around the bush…..Is TP going to be the next manager?
January 17th, 201010:47 am
Tommy I think it is like 15 a month for the package that includes XM and all sirious channels. When they merged I had XM ad could immdiatley get that package which gave me the NFL and all the Sirious extras. My brother in law had Sirious and I am not sure and when he got the package upgrade it didn’t include Baseball. That might have changed.
of course you still have to by that radio
Berman could lose half his body weight by liposuction on his head. Agreed on Gruden, though; a considerable improvement over Kornholer.
January 17th, 201010:59 am
your with me leather…what a friggin ego
Robert (Chipper Is The Best)
January 17th, 201011:01 am
Berman does what Berman does. He has a style that is very love it or hate it. I don’t watch the ESPN pregame simply because the one on the NFL Network is better and so is Fox’s. Now. ESPN’s is better than CBS’.
I’ll say this for the NFL Network’s pregame. Those guys are very honest and very laid back. It is very similar to Fox’s. Sapp and Faulk are very knowledgable. And, I have to admit I like Irvin now. I hated him when he was on ESPN. He came across as annoying and ignorant. But it seems now that he is very knowledgable about what he says but can still deliver it in an entertaining way. I think this is where Berman comes in . Berman didn’t make him better whereas Eisen and Spero and even Stacey Dales makes him better. But, then again I could be better too with Stacey Dales next to me. How do those guys concentrate?
January 17th, 201011:04 am
I got XM because I bought a Chevy five years ago that had it standard and free for a year. I now have a unit in the house and another I pay for a friend. Costs me $36.95 a month but I only get XM that I’m aware of. Never gave a damn about Howard Stern and that was about all XM didn’t have.
Their “Boom Box” unity for the house ran about $100 several years ago. Even with the expense, it beats hell out of commercial radio (I guess unless you like talk radio on the regular stations)-especially if you have long trips in your vehicle-you no longr have to sit there constantly tuning to nebulous local stations that keep going in and out. The only thing that can block the signal is mountains and even up here in the mountains, it ain’t ll that bad. You onlymlost the signal on a couple of stretches of highway for a few seconds.
January 17th, 201011:14 am
I pay 12.95 a month for XM..LOVE IT!
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