9:20 pm January 22, 2010, by David O'Brien
January 22nd, 201011:48 pm
Maybe too many baseball hearts got broken from all the post season failures
Then how do you explain the Cubs selling out every game??
January 22nd, 201011:51 pm
DANG! to Andruws numbers…crazy good!!!
January 22nd, 201011:52 pm
other than I think it’s a smaller stadium I have no answer to that one Jeff D
January 22nd, 201011:55 pm
but you still have a solid point, smaller stadium or not they have been well over the 3 million mark for like 5 years running.
January 22nd, 201011:56 pm
So who yall have for nfc?
Saints or vikings?
January 22nd, 201011:57 pm
They’re talking about re-recording “We Are The World” to raise money for Haiti and so far Usher and Natalie Cole have been invited.
I just saw the original video for the first time, and I had 2 thoughts.
1) In a video where they’re trying to show unity for a common goal, why is Michael Jackson decked out in sequins, sunglasses, and an expensive gold suit while everyone else is wearing t-shirts? (I know I know…don’t speak ill of the dead)
and 2) Who the heck is Dwight Schrute in the back row there?? If you watch the video in the link, he comes up around the 4:10 mark. Seriously, is that Dwight?
January 22nd, 201011:58 pm
I have Gary Matthews, Jr Zack
“Then how do you explain the Cubs selling out every game??”
An entirely different beast. First, the accessibility of the stadium is a major point–right on one of the major el lines that stays open 24 hours. One does not have to commute out or in from the suburbs to go to or home from a game. Second, a much denser population base. The Chicagoland population is twice that of Atlanta in a much smaller geographical area. Third, Chicago has a far larger percent of its population that grew up here, i.e., grew up as Cubs fans, as opposed to the very many transplants in Atlanta. The centrality of Wrigley Field cannot be overemphasized. I pass it going to and from work everyday, as do many Chicagoans. Very few metro-Atlantans pass Turner Field in their daily lives (other than going to Hartsfield).
January 22nd, 201011:59 pm
From the other blog….
“All this talk of HGH got me thinking… Why did Viagra drop Rafael Palmeiro as their spokesman after he was revealed to have used steroids. They had the perfect commercial:
“Hi, I’m Rafael Palmeiro, and if there’s one thing I know, it’s performance enhancing drugs…”” KC
I always kind of thought the same thing. He’s on the roids, which shrinks the berries, and causes a wilted cactus (flower just didn’t seem right), and the uses the Viagra to solve that problem.
It’s a perfect circle.
I think the Vikings. Although the idea of Favre in the Super Bowl scares me a little. ESPN will probably do a week long special on him.
cold stove, quit being a dick..
January 23rd, 201012:02 am
Breaking news updates when he walks the dog
cmonnn! go saints! it means so much more to us saints fans.
i live in louisiana and we have like every radio station playing just saints songs. its crazy.
January 23rd, 201012:05 am
cmonn! go gary matthews! it means so muc more to us matthews fans.
Zack Jones–I don’t particularly care about football, but I’ll go for the Saints. My sister lives down in Louisiana, while I doubt she cares at all. my two-year-old nephew probably is for the Saints. So I’ll go for them.
January 23rd, 201012:06 am
Cubs play in a major city that is also a vacation destination, in a unique ballpark that “everybody” wants to see.
They still have a superstation that televises about 30-40 of their games, and they have good national tv coverage, as well.
All of this serves to aid home attendance.
Just glad to help DOB.
dude, grow up..
January 23rd, 201012:07 am
just messing with you Zach
January 23rd, 201012:08 am
jeffrey d – Dwight Schrute = Dan Ackroyd
January 23rd, 201012:10 am
January 23rd, 201012:11 am
oh my bad *zacK
January 23rd, 201012:12 am
its ok (: Go saints, plus matthews jr.
January 23rd, 201012:13 am
Get out…that is not Dan Ackroyd
January 23rd, 201012:14 am
DOB, who you got?
January 23rd, 201012:16 am
Well I’ll be…I ran an image search for “We are the world” and Dan Aykroyd, and sure enough…
I still say he looks like Dwight. Now please tell me that isn’t OJ next to him.
January 23rd, 201012:17 am
you folks seeing Neil Young tonight? Amazing. Emotional.
January 23rd, 201012:18 am
It absolutely is – they were nice enough to let a Canadian whose claim to fame was being in the Blues Brothers in there – trust me – I remember well when the video came out. When I first saw your question, I thought it might have been one of the News (as in Huey Lewis and the News), who were the least recognizable people (Huey refused to appear without the News – wonder how that made the E Street Band feel?)
January 23rd, 201012:19 am
jeffrey – are you claiming that Harry Belafonte looks like O.J.? Must be tough to be so damn young…
January 23rd, 201012:21 am
whose claim to fame was being in the Blues Brothers
Hey….and Ghostbusters. I loved that movie growing up.
January 23rd, 201012:22 am
jeffrey – I meant musically…
Braves Quote For The Day II
January 23rd, 201012:24 am
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January 23rd, 201012:26 am
What does Akroyd’s being-a-Canadian have anything to do with it? Sounds like a pretty snide comment towards someone who had donated countless hours and resources towards fighting poverty, hunger, and AIDS in Africa.
January 23rd, 201012:27 am
Hope he comes back and send McLouth packing! Would love the speed leading off. Jack
you do realize that Nate has a WAY better steal success rate than Schafer has ever come close to, right?
January 23rd, 201012:30 am
Nolie, I so appreciate that you point out what happens, when people become preoccupied with what they think happens. You are a wonderful grounding presence for the blog. I tip my hat to you.
January 23rd, 201012:32 am
Must be tough to be so damn young…
Hey now…from that video I recognize Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Wolfman from those Gallery Furniture commercials (nice of them to invite him), Tina Turner, Billy Joel (love him), MJ of course, Willie Nelson, Springstein (who looks like he needs to be on a toilet for this video), Rod Stewart (nice mullet), Bob Dylan, Ray Charles.
Not bad considering I was one when this came out But who’s that shrill girl with the yellow and orange hair and how did she get famous?
China Grove – touchy, eh? I love Ackroyd – absloutely kidding around. Lighten up… We have noted before that we do not have a sarcasm button here, and you obviously do not have a detector…
January 23rd, 201012:33 am
So glad Matthews got traded elsewhere, even at that price
January 23rd, 201012:37 am
jeffrey d – I love you man, but you have crossed a line that I can not allow – SPRINGSTEEN!!!!!
And, Cindy Lauper – she actually has talent (great duet with Billy Joel on a song on The Bridge), but, admittedly, the look does not hold up…
January 23rd, 201012:39 am
oops. I was debating between Stein and Stien and was sure I was right with the former. I’ll probably get flogged on here for not being a huge fan of his
I’ll have to check out that song
January 23rd, 201012:48 am
jeffrey – it’s called Code of Silence (I always wanted it to be Cone of Silence for Maxwell Smart)
January 23rd, 201012:50 am
jeffrey d–If you are unsure, just google it. It only takes a fraction of a second and will save you a great deal of grief on the blog.
January 23rd, 201012:55 am
Moe – don’t tell him that – it takes away the fun (I will admit – despite my usual infallibility in matters of spelling, I have done it on occasion for names)…
Couple of little typos for you that I caught:
potential trading outfield trading chip (in the para above Wagner and Saito)
And with Andruw I think you meant “202 at-bats” and not “202 innings”.
January 23rd, 201012:57 am
and, other than my lovely girlfriend, I will only correct spelling when egregiously offending the very balance of the universe…
January 23rd, 201012:58 am
what is this “Google” of which you speak? Is he/she/it related to Barney?
January 23rd, 201012:59 am
nolie – only really old people would know of what you speak (with his goo-goo-googly eyes)…
January 23rd, 20101:02 am
DOB -Thanks for the blog and the Hag
I’m liking the Vikings
As for Favre, after years of admiring his game and spirit, I grew a little disenchanted with the “daily retired, not retired” reports. However, the guy has changed his game (more high percentage passes, less reckless play) while compiling one of the two or three best seasons of his career. And I have to smile when watching him play.
In 1999, my nephew–then twelve–attended a Braves World Series game (Braves lost), then proceeded to tell me the Braves were “just losers”, seemingly not impressed by the fact he had just attended a World Series game in Atlanta.
Yes, he, too, was a bit spoiled by all of the winning and–as a rabid fan who sat through many a losing night at the old stadium during the 70’s and 80’s– I told him to enjoy it while it lasted, that it wouldn’t always be that way.
All of us enjoyed the Braves’ late season run last year, (though the last week of the season felt a little flat) and I’m hoping the momentum carries through.
There are alot of smart, insightful folks contributing to this blog and, with a very interesting season looming ahead, I’m ready!
January 23rd, 20101:03 am
If my ears were that huge I’d wear a hat to cover them too.
You’re just jealous that his hearing is far superior to yours.
Schafer needs a big AAA year, and Roman Gal is still driving the bandwagon. BAS
Meh…nothing to disagree with there.
RG – on her way to bed, cabravesfan was glad to see you pop up in defense of y’boy…
January 23rd, 20101:04 am
Roman Gal paid me to say that! nolie
You know I’m going to have to dock your pay now that you’ve told everyone…
January 23rd, 20101:05 am
[Darn], Andruw was something.
I miss good Andruw…
January 23rd, 20101:06 am
ha! Like a dog or a bat.
Hang on, let me Google that….hmm, says here that bats can hardly hear at all. So just a dog, then.
January 23rd, 20101:08 am
Venice Jim–I concede that you are right. Let the heavy handed fall on their face. I will not make such suggestions in the future.
January 23rd, 20101:09 am
for one, it’s “gay-est”, secondly, most gay would be the correct way, and thirdly, this is the 21st Century, pal. Using “gay” as a derogatory term is pretty bushleague. Unless you meant that we actually have the most gay fans, which I’m not sure of.
DOB did a pretty good job of defending Schafer’s honor. Who says chivalry is dead?
January 23rd, 20101:10 am
The Braves could be a great team this year but they’re in an awful city. Fairweather fans, crime, and poverty. hmmmm…
but we got heart
you gotta have heart
All you really need is heart
When the odds are sayin’
You’ll never win
That’s when a grin
You gotta have hope
Mustn’t sit around and mope
Nothin’s half as bad as it may appear
Wait’ll next year
When your luck is battin’ zero
Get your chin up off the floor.
Mister you can be a hero
You can open any door,
There’s nothin’ to it,
But to do it
You’ve gotta have heart
Miles ‘n’ miles ‘n’ miles of heart,
Oh, it’s fine to be a genius of course,
But keep that old horse before the cart,
First you’ve gotta have heart.
A great slugger, we haven’t got
A great pitcher, we haven’t got
A great ball club, we haven’t got
Rocky, Smokey, Sohovik:
What’ve we got?
We’ve got heart
All we really need is heart,
You gotta have heart
All you really need is heart
When the odds are sayin’
You’ll never win
That’s when the grin should start
We’ve got hope
We don’t sit around and mope.
Not a solitary sob do we heave,
Mister, cause we’ve got hope.
Maybe he meant that Atlanta was prejudiced against gays. Racists judge based on race, gayists judge based on sexual preference.
loved # 25. always did. he played shallow. went back on a ball better then any center fielder i ever saw. took away a ton of hits.
never understood the hate on him. plenty on here had it.
chipper and andruw never should draw ire. as for the other butchers that have wore the braves uniform, have at them.
those two guys are off limits.
You know I’m going to have to dock your pay now that you’ve told everyone… RG
dam, I never could learn to keep my mouth shut.
January 23rd, 20101:11 am
So Jordan’s going to be tipping in baskets with his nose now?
Oh! Or maybe flopping in 3-pointers with his ears
So just a dog, then.
Who doesn’t love dogs? Didn’t you ever see Air Bud??
January 23rd, 20101:12 am
The Braves could be a great team this year but they’re in an awful city. nolie
Now wait just a second, they might be in an awful part of the city, but Atlanta isn’t an awful city!
January 23rd, 20101:13 am
Why did my post come before yours?
Nolie – but then, I thought about the game, the game, oh yes I thought about the game…Though I got the lady high, I just left her high and dry, Cause I thought about the game!
January 23rd, 20101:14 am
Sorry to be so out of the loop, I had never heard the term “gayist”, being from Canada where we have long since gotten over our hatred for LGBT people. I guess I’ll never understand it.
January 23rd, 20101:15 am
Now wait just a second, they might be in an awful part of the city, but Atlanta isn’t an awful city! RG
that was me quoting hmmmmm…
the song lyrics from Damn Yankees was my contribution.
January 23rd, 20101:17 am
That would put butts in the seat, wouldn’t it?
January 23rd, 20101:18 am
The game, the game!
We’ve go to think about the game,
The game, the game!
Booze and braods may be great,
though they’re great they’ll have to wait,
While we think about the game!
January 23rd, 20101:19 am
takes dedication to win
January 23rd, 20101:20 am
Glad to see Schaefer doing well. I personally think he could take over a starting role for the Braves in 2011. But my question is if Schaefer were to have a strong spring do you think the Braves would consider promoting Schaefer and giving Heyward more seasoning in the minors? Maybe a Schaefer/Cabrera platoon in center.
January 23rd, 20101:21 am
Atlanta is a joke of a baseball town, but who didn’t know that already?
I just love how some of you people are such experts on what the braves will or will not do. HA…. either you all are just that pathetic to sit behind your little keyboards and be so arrogant or you all are just plain ignorant, or both. Don’t know, but it really is sad to see such pathetic crap with your own eyes.
I’ll give my OPINION on what I believe MIGHT happen…..notice I’m not being so certain here. We sign Xavier Nady while trading M.Cabrera during or right before spring training. Nady gives some pop from the right side and should come relatively cheap, or at least cheaper than Damon will.
See…. no arrogance needed here, just good old fashioned personal opinions to talk over.
schaffer reminds me of steve finley. if he has finley’s career color him lucky. hurt wrist or not he is headed for gwinett.
everyone of you discount nate. i am betting on nate big time this season. he is a player.
then again he is not the guy that plants his golf outing in scotland all over the ajc.
the braves are better from subtraction. never ever seen a player that seeks attention like francoeur.
ask anders, he is doing the same thing. walk away from the microphone.
January 23rd, 20101:24 am
nolie – i have to be up early to go tutor, so I will leave further lyrics until the future – except – I can’t resist –
I see Bonaparte
A mean one
if ever I’ve seen one
And Nero fiddlin’ thru that lovely blaze
Antionetts, dainty queen, with her quaint guillotine
Ha ha ha ha
Those were the good old days
Good night, all! and merry visions of Ray Walston…
January 23rd, 20101:26 am
My opinion on why the Angels didn’t trade for Lowe is because they wanted to trade Mathews more.
January 23rd, 20101:27 am
nice, Venice Jim.
January 23rd, 20101:28 am
Sorry for my misspelling but has China corrected me Atlanta is the most gay city in the country. Literally(look it up). If i was trying to be derogatory I would have said China Grove is a c@cksm$ker!! By the way is that one word or two? And isn’t the canadian way to say thar?
hey, I quote all the hopeful players and fans, and he quotes the Devil and he gets the props?? what are you a goth?
UGA brave– Same feelings for Andruw. But tell me: in your opinion, what happened?
January 23rd, 20101:29 am
that was me quoting hmmmmm… nolie
Had a few too many tonight, nolie? You know what they say, friends don’t let friends drink and type!
The hag took alot of pride of who he is but you folks don’t.
January 23rd, 20101:30 am
I mean, uga brave
See…. no arrogance needed here, just good old fashioned personal opinions to talk over. ATTHEDICK
yeah no arrogance there, so true
January 23rd, 20101:31 am
whoops sorry it’s ATTHEMIKE
January 23rd, 20101:36 am
gayest is a word
January 23rd, 20101:42 am
Not only is it a word, but it is the title of an article in Advocate: ‘Gayest Cities in America’. Atlanta was ranked number one of the top fifteen.
January 23rd, 20101:44 am
even higher than Key West??
san diego dawg
this kid Schafer is the real deal. If Wren decides to trade him he better get a whole lot in return. I hope he stays with the Braves. He is going to be something special for some team. The Braves really need his speed.
January 23rd, 20101:45 am
what always happens when great talent ages. andruw never had a great plate approach. when players without great fundamentals always slow down.
the fast twitch muscles discontinue, or dont twitch as fast. you gotta admitt his swing was not will clarke like.
January 23rd, 20101:46 am
you can’t steal first
January 23rd, 20101:48 am
nah he got a lot more butt into than Will did
January 23rd, 20101:51 am
cmon, compare andruw to chipper. chipper is a hitters hitter. the guy gets fooled at times but his hands always stay back.
when he hits left handed he may lurch a little forward but his hands and balance always stay back or inside. that is why he can hit the bomb to left center.
it is all about pitch reconition.
January 23rd, 20101:53 am
are you taking my comment about Druw’s butt seriously Uga?
January 23rd, 20101:57 am
nolie, you were a scout right?
correct me if i am wrong, but chipper is different. he is rarely on his front foot. great hiiters load back with their hands and balance.
great hitters might be fooled by a offspeed pitch, bit it is rare that they drop their hands.
January 23rd, 20102:00 am
s’true Uga, Chipper’s been that way since he was a kid
January 23rd, 20102:02 am
nolie, missed the comment please refresh.
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