1:54 am February 5, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 5th, 201012:25 pm
just go get a crown burger with everything and It’ll be ok
February 5th, 201012:28 pm
thickfreakness: I’d put Evil Urges about sixth on my MMJ list of top albums. Really liked it a lot when it came out, the different directions they experimented with. And still love several songs on it a lot. But upon repeated listens it’s just a bit too disjointed for me, too many different styles for one listen. I just really prefer the rootsier, alt-country MMJ. Five MMJ albums I like better: Z, It Still Moves, At Dawn, Okonokos, The Tennessee Fire.
personally, Ive never had bbq that I DIDNT like..tomato based,vinegar,rub…whatever,,,yum!
If the meats good(not too much fat)then Im there! Geez Im hungry, and its pouring rain
Wayne in Utah
February 5th, 201012:30 pm
I do a crown burger every once in a blue moon, but for fast food today, I gotta date with “Five Guys!”
But that pastrami on the burger is enough to clog up your arteries in no time though!
Parkers is really good BBQ!!! There is better in eastern NC, but never turn down Parkers!
February 5th, 201012:31 pm
Thank you DOB and McFann. Much appreciated.
About the outfield….
If Heyward is the prospect we think he is then he’ll probably when the job out of spring training (keep Hanson in AAA till June could have been the difference last year). And if Schafer is still the prospect that we thought he was last spring and the club still says they think he is, then he’ll be ready to come back to the bigs by the Allstar game or trade deadline. So that would already imply trading melky before the deadline (we can let the more versatile defender go because we’ll have 2 centerfielders plus infante), saying all that I wouldn’t be opposed to Damon or Dye, but if our prospects are what we say they are we’ll already have one to many by the end of the year.
Rob from SC
February 5th, 201012:34 pm
How tall is Heyward really?
I have heard 6′4, 6′5, and 6′6
February 5th, 201012:35 pm
Rob, Heyward is probably between 6-4 and 6-5. I’ll try to find out exactly next time I talk to him.
February 5th, 201012:36 pm
Do you know the Caravan stops that Schafer has been reassigned too? I may go to the one in Birmingham tomorrow.
February 5th, 201012:37 pm
Saw The Hurt Locker last night. Excellent movie. For those that haven’t seen it, you should. Very well done, “character study” type movie. Gives a glimpse into a world that few of us will never know. Keeps you locked into the movie from the get-go. Does what very few war movies can do, in that it gives you a view of the violence of war, but not violence just for the sake of violence… I know, that last sentence doesn’t make sense. Just trying to say that the violence portrayed is to give you insight to the ugliness of war, not just gratuitous violence. Best movie I saw from 2009…
February 5th, 201012:39 pm
David…I’m from Mt. Olive NC. You should have gone to Wilburs too. Nothing like Eastern NC BBQ.
February 5th, 201012:41 pm
bbq good but just finished 2 steak and shrimp fajitas for breakfast that kicks azz
February 5th, 201012:42 pm
havent and probably wont see surrogates but zombieland is hilarious
February 5th, 201012:44 pm
DOB with most teams releasing the list of non roster players invited to ST, any idea when the Braves will.
I know Heyward, Freeman, Kimbrel, and Minor. Anybody else we should look for?
February 5th, 201012:48 pm
I finally got converted to MMJ and Yim Yames when I bought Okonokos about a month ago. It’s been on repeat in the car since.
And to chime in on the jazz discussion, I got to meet none other than Dave Brubeck the other night. I was covering an event about him in town and he actually lives here and showed up unexpectedly. Pretty unreal. I’ve been listening to “Take Five” since I was ten.
If you want some really mellow jazz, pick up some Stan Getz albums, too. Girl from Impanema, of course, will be on there and is fine in its own right. But some of his other work is just outstanding.
February 5th, 201012:53 pm
I am recalling that you told us your Dad’s freezer was the source of a significant portion of the Q you brought home from Carolina. Did he ever notice or did you tell him? Just curious.
In my area (west of DC) its snowing (third significant accumulation in less than a week) and now they are calling for 20-30 inches… heading out to stick some 4 ft dowels in the ground so that if a neighbor helps (writing him a check today) with his ATV with a blade, he has a chance of finding the driveway.
February 5th, 201012:54 pm
wayne “I gotta date with “Five Guys!””
not alot of your type in utah, is there?
February 5th, 201012:57 pm
How is Troy Glaus coming along with his transition to 1B? Who is he working with as an instructor?
February 5th, 201012:59 pm
Wayne,I am much nicer than DAP. I left it alone.
February 5th, 20101:00 pm
Have not found Grinderman where I was last couple weeks. Gotta get to Decatur soon, thanx for the reccomendations.
February 5th, 20101:03 pm
Wondering if anybody would catch that one!!
February 5th, 20101:09 pm
Given Schafer’s lack of ABs the past two years, he will start in the minors even if he hits over 500 in ST. If he plays well down there for 3 months, he could be a mid-season callup and allow the Braves to trade one of their other outfielders. Other than the financial reasons, I don’t see what starting Heyward in AAA for 2 months accomplishes if he shows he is ready to contribute out of ST. He is just as likely to press down in the minors trying to impress the brass that he is ready as he is up with the Braves, and another 200 ABs isn’t going to make that big a difference under those circumstances. If Heyward hit 17 HRs in the minors last year as a 19 year old kid, He is likely to hit over 20 in a full season with the Braves. He is a year older and more filled out, and most players have better power numbers after reaching the majors than they did in the minors. Even if he hits 250 with 20 HRs for the year, that would be better than any of our other OFs is likely to produce, and the learning experience would be better than additional time in AAA. Defensively, he is already our best corner OF from the reports we are given.
“It ain’t rocket surgery?” Yikes. Chuck James is solid until he speaks.
February 5th, 20101:10 pm
I feel for you man. Seems like your region is getting all the snow that we should have gotten this year. It’s been a strange winter up here in northern NY.
Stay safe and warm this weekend man.
February 5th, 20101:12 pm
Curt, I sent Braves PR person an email asking about Schafer, which stops he’ll make on Caravan. I’ll let you know if they respond.
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I wouldn’t bet against Schafer making the ML roster, especially if he hits .500 in ST.
February 5th, 20101:13 pm
thickfreakness: call Warren at Decatur CD. He’ll ship it to you if you can’t get over there.(404) 371-9090
February 5th, 20101:15 pm
Just clicked on that link at 1:12 p.m, good photos of Heyward.
February 5th, 20101:16 pm
Thanx, but you know how fun it is browsing in the store.
February 5th, 20101:17 pm
Thanks for using my photo of Jason.
Here’s a link for your readers to some of my other favorite Jason Heyward photos:
It’s a real treasure you know, an independent that I love to support.
February 5th, 20101:18 pm
Chuck James quickly went from a darling of this blog to one of its favorite whipping boys, but for the first year and 1/2 that he was with the team (before he hurt his arm), he was a pretty effective pitcher. He was 9-10 games over 500 during that stretch and had an ERA below 3.7.
NCMike, I agree: Hurt Locker was best movie I saw in 2009.
Curt, I keep meaning to get over to Mt. Olive for BBQ. But every time I go to my parents’ house, it’s for 3-4 days tops and we’re usually schlepping over to Oxford for feast at my aunt’s on one of those days. And my mom cooks a feast on another day. And dad takes us to Parker’s or Bill’s on another … and, well, you see what I’m getting at.
February 5th, 20101:19 pm
February 5th, 2010
nolie, got ‘em, thanks again. They don’t have to be jazz guitarists. It’s just that our conversations started out that way. Heck, one of my all-time favorite guitar pieces is Roy Clark’s “Malaguena”. (The guy from “Hee-Haw”, not the ex-Braves’ scout.)
His folks live just down the road a piece from me, MEHERRIN VIRGINIA. Good family.
February 5th, 20101:21 pm
thickfreakness: no doubt. Especially browsing at Decatur CD. Terrific selection, place isn’t overcrowded, there’s always easy parking (including a spot for the bike right there on the sidewalk by the front door — nice), good location and vibe in downtown Decatur, and helpful staff of music lovers. And listening stations with solid selections on the rotation.
I like browsing there and at Wuxtry on Clairmont/N. Decatur Rd, which has a really good used and vinyl selections. Those spots have helped me get over the loss of ol’ Don’s Ella Guru CD store, which was such a great place to hang out before he shut it down due to economics.
February 5th, 20101:27 pm
Dave, have you ever listened to the Buddy Rich Big Band? Rich was the drummer, and arguably one of the best drummers of all time. He was big in the ’60s and ’70s and played more modern-sounding, bluesy/rock kind of big band stuff with plenty of the traditional big band sound. “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” is a must-listen along with his 11-minute West Side Story arrangement.
DOB, any chance Heyward could outgrow one of the outfield positions? I know he’s mobile right now, but if the dude is 6′4-245 and only 20 years old, he could easily be Ryan Howard’s size by the time he puts on his “dad” weight. There aren’t too many 265 pound dudes manning the corners.
Also, Damages season three has been great, arguably the best season yet. But do the writers really expect us to believe Ellen killed Tom? Pretty poor attempt at a red herring there. No way she would do that.
February 5th, 20101:30 pm
Happy birthday, Hank Aaron. The people’s home run king is 76 today.
February 5th, 20101:33 pm
Toga — thanks… decided to spray paint the tops of the dowels orange… first time I’ve ever considered a snow blower… long driveway to shovel… ok when less than 6 inches, over that… multi-day job.
February 5th, 20101:34 pm
DAMM, thought me and nolie were the only jazz cats on here for the longest time. Even brother DAVE chimed in last night. You day-timers will have to stay up for tonight’s installments, if you’re a jazz afficionado that is………
Been going to Wuxtry since before I moved 20 years ago. Get a kick out of the vinyl selection, helps me judge the value of my collection, not that “anybody along the line knows what any of its worth”. Did find “Everlast” AMC last time there. Had loaned it out never to be returned. Picked up Candy A$$ – Eitzel and Subterranean Jungle – Ramones (used CDs).
February 5th, 20101:35 pm
Heyward makes debut in early June.
Opening day lineup:
Melky and Diaz will platoon in LF when Heyward takes over in RF in June.
A little more speed and a lot more runs this year. You wait and see.
Frank Robinson (Rockmart)
February 5th, 20101:36 pm
The link gives you about 30 seconds of each song. Usually that’s not enough to sway me, but the vocals and lyrics in those 30 seconds may have just been enough to persuade me to spend some money on an album or two.
February 5th, 20101:37 pm
David, You are so right about NC Eastern BBQ. The ONLY kind there is. Kill the Pig! Kill the Pig! Kill the Pig!
February 5th, 20101:38 pm
DOB – Fantastic reference in Friends of Dean Martin(ez). I was listening to Spain a couple of nights ago and thought about them for the first time in several years.
I used to live right around the corner from Wuxtry @ N. Decatur but I never really enjoyed the place like I did Ella Guru – although Don was a big reason for that. Decatur really is a fantastic place – I miss living there for sure.
If anyone is looking for a couple of CDs/records to pick up let me give two recommendations: The new Beach House album is fantastic. But the new album by Midlake is amazing. And by amazing I mean maybe one of the best of the last five years.
If I could sing like Paul McCartney and get funky like Etta James
Hey DOB. You should take your bike and take Hwy 64 in south west Tennessee. A hickory smoke barbeque shack is on the road about every 20 miles. All good and all with their own sauce that runs from sweet to tangy to hot.
February 5th, 20101:39 pm
I really hope the NCAA doesn’t expand the tournament. Heck I would prefer it if they went back to just 64 teams… Sure there are over 300 Division I schools, but including more of them diminishes the regualar season (already competing against football) and the conference tournaments.
February 5th, 20101:40 pm
Etta James…hearing that name makes me think of that movie Cadillac Records.
February 5th, 20101:41 pm
jim Chuck James quickly went from a darling of this blog to one of its favorite whipping boys, but for the first year and 1/2 that he was with the team (before he hurt his arm), he was a pretty effective pitcher.
he certainly was solid for a period of time. that much has certainly been established here.
February 5th, 20101:43 pm
Curt, I got a quick (as usual) response from the always-helpful Meagan in Braves PR. Schafer is now scheduled to do the Monday (Feb. caravan stop in Knoxville, and Tuesday (Feb. 9) stop in Chattanooga.
February 5th, 20101:45 pm
I’m guessing by the overwhelming response, no one has seen Surrogates.
February 5th, 20101:46 pm
You’re welcome, Magic Man! Happy to be of service!
One of many endorsements on here for Midlake. Thanx, now I have to get it.
February 5th, 20101:47 pm
Would you rather…
Have to listen to a Black-Eyed Peas cd, or root for the Mets?
February 5th, 20101:50 pm
arkansas, i havent seen surrogates, but it looks pretty good to me. i want to see it.
think about it, with all the virtual “yous” that are out there in the form of facebook and my space and blog IDs, ect…who is to say that one day there wont be a forum where you actually have a physical representation of yourself interacting within a fake environment.
it kind of takes the idea of facebook to its extreme logical conclusion. that my understanding of it anyways.
February 5th, 20101:51 pm
Thanks for the update! My wife and I actually met Meagan on the Auburn caravan stop. She was very nice and seems to do her job very well.
February 5th, 20101:54 pm
I was thinking the same thing, looks good on the previews. But I usually find out most of the time they only show the best parts of the show. I’m leaning more in renting Surrogates over Zombieland right now.
Daybed, are the Mets playing the Cowboys?
February 5th, 20101:57 pm
I think the type A free agent status really puts a damper on the Damon, Dye thought
Whoa, thought you weren’t a big fan of emoticons, DOB!
Haha…Those pictures show Heyward bunting. How often do you think we will see him do that? Save that pic for sure.
Arkansas Transplant: Judging from tepid reviews I’ve read on Surrogates, that would be a mistake. Zombieland is outstanding. Hilarious and bloody (lots of zombie-killing, exploding heads and such). You’ll love it.
February 5th, 20101:58 pm
I want all of you who think Jason Heyward should start the season in Atlanta to read this article.
It explains the difference that Tim Lincecum being a Super Two by a couple of weeks vs. Mark Reynolds, who missed by 3 days. One is asking for $13 million, the other will make $500,000 or so. One will have two years remaining before becoming a free agent, the other three years.
Read the article and then come back and tell the blog you feel it is best for the Braves long term to start Jason Heyward in Atlanta this year. How can you tell me that an April and May in Gwinett is not worth a full extra year of JH in 2016 when he is in his prime?
Black-eyed Peas, no contest.
February 5th, 20102:00 pm
Anybody read about Lane Kiffin getting a 13 yr old 7th grader to make a verbal commitment for 2015 to attend USC? I think I would be working a little harder for the 2010 and 2011 commitments, I’d think you’d know a little more about what your going to get.
February 5th, 20102:01 pm
I think the type A free agent status really puts a damper on the Damon, Dye thought – reason
They weren’t offered arbitration, so it’s a non-issue.
February 5th, 20102:03 pm
KeyLargo: I get your point about Reynolds and Lincecum, but come on. There’s a huge difference between a two-time Cy Young winner and a guy who had a breakout season.
Anyone think Kiffin will still be at USC in 2015?
February 5th, 20102:04 pm
Who else is shocked that Rob doesn’t know to the exact centimeter how tall JayHey is?
18 Wheels of Love
February 5th, 20102:05 pm
DOB throwing animated smiley faces out there!
February 5th, 20102:06 pm
I’ll have to keep that in mind. I really want to see both so I may just pick both of them up for over the weekend. I do like the zombie movies though.
I want every man on the Braves team to be able to put down a bunt when it’s needed. We had a bunch of lost chances last year because players couldn’t get one down.
This is a skill that should be taught long before the MLB level though.
February 5th, 20102:13 pm
Daybed….Mets anyday…and I despise the Mutts.
Count me among those that give Surrogates only an “average” review. It didn’t even seem like it was a new movie to me. Too much like the last robot movie or something.
thickfreakness: I like new Midlake, but be warned that it’s very mellow, more old-school Brit folk sound than rock.
I bought it and two others on my CD run last week, and prefer the two others, debut albums by The Soft Pack and Girls, a two-person band that’s actually two guys (although they have pictures of really cool-looking girls in the CD booklet). And the bands happens to be playing a show this weekend at the EARL (it’s sold out and I didn’t get tickets, but we plan to go see the free in-store performance at Criminal Records tonight).
Anyway, I already commented on The Soft Pack a couple of nights ago. Impressive young indie-rock band from San Diego, garage-rock sound with driving guitars and a great lead singer.
This album by Girls would’ve made my best-of-2009 list if I’d heard it before I did that list. It’s really originally, really strong. You can hear influences like Jesus & Mary Chain on some songs, but sort of a country-punk sound on others. In the end, it’s just a fresh, original sound. And one of the guys sings like Marshall Crenshaw crossed with Elvis Costello.
February 5th, 20102:14 pm
Anyone seen Red Cliff yet. Trying to decide between that and possibly Crazy Heart this weekend.
February 5th, 20102:15 pm
Im sold……..leave him down.
February 5th, 20102:21 pm
“Chuck also said it, “It ain’t rocket surgery”
And wasn’t trying to be funny” DOB
Me and my girlfriend laughed pretty good at that one. She said, “that’s the south for ya”. She’s from Arizona. She can’t talk too much since she’s fixing to marry a southern boy.
February 5th, 20102:23 pm
That’s some crazy weather you guys are gettin’ up there! Stay safe!
February 5th, 20102:40 pm
Anybody here old enough to remember Earl “Fatha” Hines and his jazz piano? So far as I am concerned he was the best in his day.
Earl played in the top clubs in America and in Jazz circles was recognized as a master of the keyboard. He owned his own club in San Francisco (The Black Sheep) and when he was not on the road he could be found in his club enjoying his life. He was a regular at Michael’s Pub in New York, The Roosevelt Hotel’s Blue Room in New Orleans, The Brown Palace in Denver, The Fontainbleu in San Francisco and on Rush Street in Chicago. If you want to hear some good jazz click on the link.
February 5th, 20102:41 pm
Arkansas Transplant-The jalepeno hickory sauce I make is tomato based (pretty much like all kinds, but got into the NC Vinegar based because of conversation on this blog and luckily found a guy here from S. Georgia who bottles the stuff for sale at his little hole in the wall place-called Fatty’s.
Wayne-I don’t think I ever used a recipe. Not sure it is exactly the same any two times-just hot, spicy and good on maple smoked pulled pork.
Like Bravissimo said-not much Q that I haven’t liked, though I don’t usually care for smoked meat without some kind of sauce (or dry rub) cooked into it. Too easy to have over dry meat-not good, IMO.
February 5th, 20102:45 pm
Thanx again for the recs. Saw Elvis and Dylan at the Gwinnett Center several years back took visiting brother and son. Huge fan of both. Curious if you like Nick Lowe listening to “Pure Pop For Now People”. I’ve heard of Marshall Crenshaw, hope I don’t lose to many musical chops with you for that statement, but aren’t he and Costello linked somehow? Educate me if possible.
February 5th, 20102:46 pm
Ok, so just for giggles, what does the 2011 opening day lineup look like? My guess:
1. Schafer CF
2. Prado 2B
3. Jones 3B
4. Heyward RF
6. Escobar SS
7. Freeman 1B
8. McLouth LF
And rotation …
February 5th, 20102:48 pm
Wish my parents went to Dartmouth so reporters would say it every single time they wrote an article about me…..
February 5th, 20102:49 pm
thickfreakness-Next tim you’re up in NH, head over to West Lebanon-hjust down the road from Dartmouth-and check out Newbury Comics. It’s an Indie/used record /comics store started a few years back by some MIT students in Boston. They now have several outlets. Great selection of music and some really nice people running the store-went to see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with the manager. Place is definitely worth checking out if you get this far north. If you do, get in touch and we’ll go over there together and do some musical damage to our budgets.
I was asked while ago when single-game tix go on sale.
Beth in Braves PR found out (the ladies in Braves PR = very helpful).
It’s Feb. 24. Single-game tix go on sale Feb. 24.
Javy( contract year) Lopez
February 5th, 20102:55 pm
Yes I juiced Yes I got paid me & Leo took the Orioles for a ride! Julio Franco was my supplier, Duh??? Jesus was his juice?? Please I dont think so! Go Bravos If you aint cheatin you aint tryin hard enough to win Comprende”??
February 5th, 20102:57 pm
I want every man on the Braves team [including Heyward] to be able to put down a bunt when it’s needed.
That would make the assumption that a batter following Heyward has a better chance of getting a run in than having Heyward swing away. Assuming that Heyward turns into the second coming of Pujols that many think, that assumption would likely be incorrect, no?
My personal take on that would be this: I’d be inclined to grab some ammo, load a weapon, and go looking for the dumb sumbee that had Heyward bunt. Giving away outs is bad enough, but, giving away an AB by that kind of hitter would be criminal.
February 5th, 20102:59 pm
Awesome, lived in Boston for approx 5 years, used to visit Newberry Comics at the end of Newberry Street, round the corner from the music school on Mass Ave. This was years ago, saw Ric Okasik walking down the street once. Later, when I moved to W Mass, I’d visit the Newberry Comics in Amherst. You are right Lew, tremendous selection like the place DOB refers to in Decatur.
February 5th, 20103:03 pm
I’m leaning more in renting Surrogates over Zombieland right now.
Very different movies. Very different. One is a scifi “mystery/suspense” which wasn’t as strong as it could have been, the other a “gorefest” comedy.
February 5th, 20103:07 pm
I agree with you about Heyward. However, if my understanding of the system is correct, being a “Super 2″ does not allow that player to reach free agency any quicker. Rather, it simply means that the super 2 player has four years of arbitration instead of the typical three.
If Jason Heyward is as good as he purports to be, allowing him to break camp with the team will cost the Braves a lot of money in a few years.
February 5th, 20103:08 pm
scoots,do you blog from prison?
February 5th, 20103:09 pm
My thoughts on that 2011 lineup is that we look pretty darn lefthanded!
February 5th, 20103:10 pm
That would make the assumption that a batter following Heyward has a better chance of getting a run in than having Heyward swing away.
Not necessarily Scoots. Many levels on why this is not necessarily true. Two quick ones… First, it is not bad to hope that all members of your team can execute fundamental plays of baseball. Second, Heyward is going to be pulled when tough pitchers are on the mound, never facing lefties, only washed up righties with no business being in the big leagues. Kids gloves with this kid. He has to learn to manage being the “big bat” the braves needed, mashing 30+ homers with a high average and strong OBP carrying an otherwise average to below average offensive team into the post season, while simultaneously avoiding playing against any tough competition.
February 5th, 20103:11 pm
JBoog1285, what did you do with KK in your rotation there?
giving away an AB by that kind of hitter would be criminal.
If he bunts it isn’t an at bat…
February 5th, 20103:16 pm
FJR- clutch on the Monte Mongomery. Been listening to him all afternoon.
February 5th, 20103:18 pm
Did you see “Moon”?
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