Cox’s first-day speech was presumably his last (UPDATED)

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Bobby Cox stood in the middle of the clubhouse Tuesday morning and spoke to the Braves, as he’s done before the first full-squad workout every spring since the dawn of man. OK, not quite  that long.braves.0222 n

But today was a little different, because the venerable manager was doing this for what he insists will be the final time. He announced in September that he’s retiring after this season, and he hasn’t wavered. Today at the beginning of his annual speech — one of the very few speeches Cox makes to his team in the course of a season  — he told everyone it was his last, then spent a few minutes thanking all the clubhouse attendants, trainers, front-office workers and players for their help over the years.

He said he looked directly in the eyes of some of the younger players, and saw they were paying close attention. Someone who was present said he appeared to get a little nervous at the beginning, before the part where he thanked everyone.

“Yeah, he did [look nervous momentarily] — that’s not like Bobby,” third baseman Chipper Jones said at his locker after Tuesday’s workout. “But you can only have one ‘last speech.’ He said, ‘This is my last one.’

“It got a little emotional when he talked about me personally. He’s the only manager I’ve ever had, and obviously he and I’ve been through more than anyone else in here. He drafted me in ‘90, and here we are in 2010, and it’s his last go-round.”

Cox said he got a little emotional, but “not much.” Jones said the 68-year-old skipper’s voice never cracked, and Cox said there were no tears.

“I said, this is it for me,” Cox said. “But I told them I’d still be the same old guy that gets grumpy sometimes” during the upcoming season.

“I wrote some notes down this morning, then just kind of winged it, and it went OK” Cox said. “I talked about the upcoming season, how to get motivated, thanked everybody for all the help through the years.”

He isn’t big on team meetings and speeches, so when he gives one, they all sit at rapt attention, and Braves have told me in past years that he always makes it a good one. Today was no exception

“Everybody wishes they could play forever, coach forever, but it’s got to end sometime,” said veteran utility man Eric Hinske, who’s in his first year with the Braves and was impressed with his first Cox speech. “It’s an honor to be part of [Cox's final season as manager].”

There are reasons Cox, who’ll be 69 in May,  still can make young guys want to play hard for him. Things that have to do with a unique personality and gift for making people feel comfortable. Things that go far beyond the metal spikes he continues to wears in the dugout, artificial knees be damned. Speaking of which, some players have said that when he goes clanging across a concrete floor with that painful, shuffling gate of his, they figure their own nagging aches and pains are nothing and that if the old man can keep grinding away, so can they.

As an aside, Cox and Jim Leyland are the only managers I know that still wear spikes (they also smoke like chimneys, which ain’t easy for a manager in this day of bans on smoking in almost any public place, including most stadiums. But when you’re a legend, they’ll cut you a little slack).

When I covered the Marlins, I once asked then-Florida manager Leyland why he wore spikes. “Because I’m a ballplayer,” he said, and he was dead serious.

He’s not a ballplayer, of course. And when he was one, Leyland never made it out of the minors. Cox did. He as a bonafide prospect, but injuries and — as Chipper would say – whatnot kept him from developing into the player the Yankees thought he’d be when they made him their third baseman. It was a brief run as player, but it’s been a pretty terrific and quite long run as manager for Cox, who plans to retire after this, his 29th season as a major league manager and 25th with the Braves.

He’s fourth on the wins list with 2,413, and he’d need to manage four or five more seasons (or two more and have Tony LaRussa retire) to move any higher. But that isn’t why he’s hanging up the spikes, of course. He has his reasons, some we know and some we might not. But basically he says it’s time for someone younger to take over.

So here we go, folks. If this is it, it began in earnest Tuesday with the first full-squad workout. There were said to be some damp eyes this morning when players and front-office officials watched Cox speak to his charges behind those closed clubhouse doors. But ol’ No. 6’s held back any. No time for that, at least not now.

Hanson, shown at Monday's workout said he'll have Cox's final season in mind every time he makes a start. (Phil Skinner/AJC)

Hanson, here at Monday's workout, said he'll have Cox's final season in mind every time he makes a start. (Phil Skinner/AJC)

After the one-time introduction, he quickly got to usual stuff about how the Braves’ goal is the same every year, to win the division and the pennant and the World Series.

“[Bleep], I may not even say a word, let somebody else do it,” he had joked during the weekend when asked about the speech.

Then someone suggested that maybe Chipper could give the speech, seeing that he’s heard enough of them.

“Chipper knows it just about from heart,” Cox said.

Chipper agreed, “I can probably recite his opening-day [of spring training] speech by memory, verbatim. He’s got the same message every year and makes no bones about what his goals are. He says the guys in the front office give us the pieces to have  a chance to win, and it’s up to us to do it.”

When someone mentioned to Cox a couple of days ago that this annual speech of his is said by players to be a good one, Cox said, “Eh, we’ve always had a lot of good things to talk about.” Then he sounded almost wistful when he added, “The last few years, not so good. [But] not bad – the end run last year was great, we just got nipped.”

It was as if he couldn’t leave a negative thought out there, not without qualifying it. The ever-positive skipper needed to cite the Braves’ late-season surge, which brought them within two games of the wild-card lead with six left in the season, before they skidded in the last week.

This was the last time he’ll make this speech before his players, barring a change of heart by Cox and the Braves, which no one around the organization really believes is much of a possibility at all. This is it, folks. Almost surely. Some of you will like that, many will not. But this is it.

And it’s not just the older guys like Chipper that are going to miss Cox like you can’t imagine. Tommy Hanson, 23, has only spent one season with Cox. But it doesn’t feel like it.

“Knowing it’s his last year, definitely for me that’s going to be in my mind the whole season,” Hanson said. “I just want to go out and do the same stuff I’ve been doing, every time I take the mound try to win the game. But I think everybody wants to do well to send Bobby off on a good note, you know? For me, growing up watching the games and watching him, it’s definitely neat to be here at the end of his career.”

Just don’t try to tell Cox that his final season is something that might push players a little harder to succeed. He won’t have any of that.

“Matt Diaz was on the [recent Braves] Caravan,” Cox said, “and somebody asked him about that scenario – ‘Are you going to try really hard to get Bobby a winning season in the last one?’ He said, ‘No, Bobby wouldn’t want it that way, because he expects us to do that every year.’

“He’s right.”

Photos from AJC.com: Bobby Cox’s 150th ejection | Cox honored for 2000th win | Cox nears 30th season

♣ Big plans for Heyward: No one connected with the Braves is bothering to downplay expectations for Jason Heyward, particularly not the long-range kind.

Everyone seems to agree that Heyward, here at the batting cage Monday, can handle pressure of faoe-of-the-franchise label (Phil Skinner/AJC)

Everyone seems to agree that Heyward, here at the batting cage Monday, can handle pressure of faoe-of-the-franchise label (Phil Skinner/AJC)

Here’s what Braves CEO Terry McGuirk said Monday when I asked him about Heyward, 20, becoming the face of the Braves’ franchise.

“There’s a lot of responsibility on the young man, but so far he seems to be picking it up right where everybody expected him to be,” McGuirk said. “I’m going by what people who are more knowledgeable than I are saying about him, which is that he will be the face of this outfield and this team for many, many years. And that’s a pretty big responsibility.

“But everybody says that there’s enough talent to back that up.

♣ Chipper’s (new) tattoo: The big tattoo Chipper Jones got on his upper right arm this winter neatly balances the bull-skull tattoo he’s had on his upper left arm for years, his only previous ink.

But what, you might ask if you see it, is the significance of the deer head in this new tattoo? And the word Hood in bold lettering beneath it?

I asked Chipper  if he could explain. He didn’t hesitate.

The deer is the logo of the Buck Commander hunting group/company that he started along with a couple of professional hunters and a bunch of ballplayers including former Braves Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans. They all went to Las Vegas this winter for a trade show (in addition to operating hunting tours, Buck Commander makes products such as videos of hunts, which have been shown on an outdoor channel).

What happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. At least not everything. Because while of  sober mind (ahem), the boys decided to get deer-head  tattoos, in various sizes and places on their bodies. Get all logo’d up, ya know?

And the word “Hood” in Chipper’s version of the tatt? This might surprise you (like it did me).  Chipper said it’s his wife Sharon’s nickname.

Attaboy, Hoss.

Take us home, Townes.

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“FOR THE SAKE OF THE SONG” by Townes Van Zandt

Why does she sing her sad songs for me, I’m not the one

To tenderly bring her soft sympathy, I’ve just begun

To see my way clear and it’s plain if I stop I will fall

I can lay down a tear for her pain, just a tear and that’s all

What does she want me to do

She says that she knows that moments are rare

I suppose that it’s true

Then on she goes to say I don’t care and she knows that I do

Maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song

Who do I think that I am to decide that she’s wrong

She’d like to think that I’m cruel but she knows that’s a lie for I would be

No more than a tool if I allowed her to cry all over me

My sorrow is real even though I can’t change my plans

If she could see how I feel then I know that she’d understand

Does she actually think I’m to blame

Does she really believe that some word of mine

Could relieve all her pain

Can’t she see that she grieves just because she’s been blindly deceived

By her shame

Maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song

Who do I think that I am to decide that she’s wrong

Nothin’s what it seems, maybe she’ll start someday to realize

If she abandons her dreams then all the words she can say are only lies

When will she see that to gain is only to lose

All that she offers me are her chains, I got to refuse

It’s only to herself that she’s lied

She likes to pretend there’s something that she should defend with her pride

I don’t intend to stand her and be the friend from whom she must hide

Maybe she just has to sing for the sake of the song

Who do I think that I am to decide that she’s wrong

1,031 comments Add your comment

GovClintonTyree

February 22nd, 2010
9:24 pm

SoWeGa Fanatic

February 22nd, 2010
9:24 pm

I’m not going to say it, I’m not going to say it.

GovClintonTyree

February 22nd, 2010
9:24 pm

Here’s what Chipper has in mind:

McLouth .280/.370/.480 23/80/110Runs/30SB
Prado .310/.380/.480 22/90/110
CJones .310/.410/.540 25/110/110
Glaus .270/.360/.540 32/120/100
McCann .300/.380/.520 27/100/80/15 SB
Escobar .310/.380/.470 19/90/100
Heyward .290/.370/.480 23/80/80
Diaz .310/.370/.480 15/60/60
Cabrera .270/.350/.400 10/50/50

Hinske .270/.350/.450 10/50/50
Infante .300/.360/.440 8/40/40
Ross .260/.340/.500 8/40/40
MJones .260/.340/.500 10/40/40

See? They’re comin’ out smokin’. And no major injuries.

SoWeGa Fanatic

February 22nd, 2010
9:24 pm

Shouldn’t have typed that 2nd line.

GovClintonTyree

February 22nd, 2010
9:26 pm

nolie

February 22nd, 2010
9:28 pm

Aha. Lyrics. This must be it!

jeffrey d

February 22nd, 2010
9:29 pm

and I wasn’t arguing

ha….I didn’t mean you nolie.

It’s like Reps and Dems – I hate how so many are either on side or the other, and there’s no middle ground.

enough allready

February 22nd, 2010
9:33 pm

jesus, get bobby cox out the door allready, he’s another joe pa or bobby bowden. watch and see just how sucessful his replacement will be and think of “what if” he had been there in the braves “glory years” of the ’90s.

Bobby Cox

February 22nd, 2010
9:33 pm

thanks for saying I have 4,772 wins…..but the correct total of wins is 2,413

nolie

February 22nd, 2010
9:33 pm

and there’s no middle ground. jeffrey

I agree.the middle ground is usually where most of the truth lies.

nolie

February 22nd, 2010
9:35 pm

watch and see just how sucessful his replacement will be and think of “what if” he had been there in the braves “glory years” of the ’90s.

yeah, you do that dude. and hopefully learn something. course I doubt it

jeffrey d

February 22nd, 2010
9:38 pm

Good gravy, Cox doesn’t have 4,700 wins…..right??

SoWeGa Fanatic

February 22nd, 2010
9:39 pm

Well, let’s see, Bobby built the Braves in the late 70’s/early eighties and got them into the playoffs, then he went to Toronto and got them into the playoffs, they he came back to Atlanta, built the team up as GM, and managed them into the playoffs for 14 straight. Nah, I don’t think anyone could have accomplished all that.

SoWeGa Fanatic

February 22nd, 2010
9:40 pm

anyone else, I meant.

CVan

February 22nd, 2010
9:42 pm

CVan

February 22nd, 2010
9:45 pm

Why do people always say first? Do that with the ladies too?

Bobby Cox

February 22nd, 2010
9:46 pm

I’m secretly taking over for Frank Wren after the season as our next GM…….Shushhhhh…..Frankie doesn’t know it yet….don’t say anything

hehehehehehehe

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2010
9:49 pm

14-hour work day, B.C. Mistakes can happen. Was looking at games instead of wins and brain is mush now, so number didn’t even stand out. Now let me watch the Jayhawks in peace.

RHR

February 22nd, 2010
9:49 pm

tischarl

February 22nd, 2010
9:53 pm

RHR you missed by one close but no cigar

McFann

February 22nd, 2010
9:55 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! Great section on Bobby!

toga party

February 22nd, 2010
9:58 pm

Nice blog Dave. Got me feeling a little sentimental.

Pull an Erin Andrews’ stalker move tomorrow and stick a camera and a microphone in the wall of the clubhouse for that speech, would ya?

Daybed Wagmoe

February 22nd, 2010
9:59 pm

GovClintonTyree — gotta love that optimism. Braves go from having one 20+ HR hitter in their lineup to having 6, almost 7? Hey, if that’s what Chipper’s got in mind, then fit that man for a ring in early November!

Smitty

February 22nd, 2010
9:59 pm

Hey CVan I just sent you an invite itll obviously be in your email inbox so just get it on there and join

Bobby Cox

February 22nd, 2010
10:01 pm

that wasn’t a complaint DOB, just wanted to let you know

Thanks for all the blogs…..your #1 in my book

Smitty

February 22nd, 2010
10:01 pm

Ease in Woodstock: hey I sent you an email if you’ve got anyone else that would like to join let me know and give me their email address and ill send them an invite

Markus

February 22nd, 2010
10:04 pm

ACTUAL 2010 Braves stats, not homered whatsoever. Reality please:

McLouth- .255, 19 homers, 60 RBI

Prado- .278, 9 homers, 50 RBI

Jones- .279, 17 homers, 75 RBI

Glaus- .248, 16 homers, 67 RBI

McCann- .305, 23 homers, 80 RBI

Escobar- .289, 12 homers, 68 RBI

Heyward- .262, 11 homers, 56 RBI

Diaz- .290, 10 homers, 52 RBI

Cabrera- .250, 5 homers, 28 RBI

Smitty

February 22nd, 2010
10:07 pm

CVan did ya get the email yet?

nolie

February 22nd, 2010
10:10 pm

way off on Prado, esp the ba

Couch Tater

February 22nd, 2010
10:11 pm

Nice blog, DOB.

Willie Nelson – “Funny How Time Slips Away”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZaZqx9v3dU

Jimbo

February 22nd, 2010
10:13 pm

Markus….not one offensive player will have a good year? haha

RHR

February 22nd, 2010
10:13 pm

Here’s the new tat….as seen on the 31 million dollar …err I mean Roachy. :lol:

http://i45.tinypic.com/sgml9e.jpg

Got ‘em done at carey hart’s joint and was filmed for the buck commander dvd.

RHR

February 22nd, 2010
10:15 pm

Good stuff, Tater. Nobody can do a sad song quite like Willie.

Winterville

February 22nd, 2010
10:15 pm

Nolie

Don’t worry about Markus, he was on here the other day trying to rile everyone up. He’s a waste of time.

Danga

February 22nd, 2010
10:15 pm

Jeffrey D

Nolie just about summed up my perspective on the matter. Nothing else for me to add. I apologize if I diminished your faith in mankind’s ability to get along. You post much more than I do and I agree with you much more than I don’t. I’m just bored and Jeff Francoeur is kind of fun to argue about. But, if I ever run into Jeff D from the BravesBlog at the Ted I’ll be sure to buy you a beer. ;)

Eric from MO

February 22nd, 2010
10:16 pm

Markus as much as Chippers are over yours are under. I say take the average of your twos and you will probably come close to the right numbers.

Eric from MO

February 22nd, 2010
10:17 pm

Winterville I will do that. Thanks for the heads up.

Markus

February 22nd, 2010
10:18 pm

Non homered starting rotation stats for the 2010 Braves for W/L, ERA, KO’s

Hudson- 11-10, 3.34, 116

Jurrjens- 14-6, 3.06, 178 (undeniable ace of the staff-no question about it)

Hanson- 13-9, 3.58, 196

Lowe- 11-9, 4.40, 118

Kawakami- 9-12, 4.68, 94

Winterville

February 22nd, 2010
10:18 pm

Eric from MO

No prob.

Venice Jim

February 22nd, 2010
10:20 pm

Great job, Markus – clearly no reason to fool around with actually playing, thanks to your insight…

BuzzMeat

February 22nd, 2010
10:21 pm

11-10 for Huddy? I find that rather Low

Markus

February 22nd, 2010
10:22 pm

Guys you’d better stop getting your hopes sky high for this team. Remember, according to you all, that we were supposed to dethrone Philly in ‘08 then ‘09 and,well, look at how that turned out.

Jimbo

February 22nd, 2010
10:24 pm

I could see it more like this…but who knows

Hudson- 16-9 3.66
Jurrjens- 19-7 3.22
Hanson- 13-10 4.20
Lowe- 14-8 3.88
Kawakami- 12-6 3.88

RHR

February 22nd, 2010
10:24 pm

You’re right, Markus.

Season!

Winterville

February 22nd, 2010
10:26 pm

Markus

I love guys like you who make these sweeping generalizations that everyone here is ready to crown the Braves as WS champs. Show me where someone said that. You’re just a douche who isn’t even a Braves fan trying to come here and fire people up. Go somewhere else man.

keylargo

February 22nd, 2010
10:27 pm

Good gravy, Cox doesn’t have 4,700 wins…..right?? jeffrey d

Why is that so hard to believe? It’s only about 30 years of going undefeated.

N Nine (eta42)

February 22nd, 2010
10:28 pm

Heath

February 22nd, 2010
10:29 pm

Invention of Lying was not that great. As mentioned on the last blog…better in theory than in execution.

Markus

February 22nd, 2010
10:29 pm

You can bet Hanson will hit a bump this year as hitters and coaches will have adjusted to this kid. He’ll still post solid numbers, but he’ll hit a block in the road.

Jimbo, those pitchers won’t get the run support to even sniff 18/13 wins. Gimmie a freakin break!

Markus

February 22nd, 2010
10:31 pm

I meant 18/19 wins,not 13.

Yes I’m a Braves fan, just a realistic one.

Daybed Wagmoe

February 22nd, 2010
10:31 pm

Cause guessing is fun…

McClouth: 18 HR/ 49 RBI / .273
Prado: 14 HR / 60 RBI / .289
Jones: 24 HR / 88 RBI / .308
Glaus: 21 HR / 75 RBI / .265
McCann: 24 HR / 94 RBI / .310
Escobar: 18 HR / 85 RBI / .305
Heyward: 17 HR / 80 RBI / .290
Diaz: 12 HR / 56 RBI / .300
Cabrera: 10 HR / 50 RBI / .280

Hudson: 15-9, 3.45 ERA
Jurrjens: 13-8, 3.35 ERA
Hanson: 14-10, 3.55 ERA
Lowe: 16-12, 3.60 ERA
Kawakami: 10-11, 3.95 ERA

Wagner: 1.89 ERA, 32 saves

CVan

February 22nd, 2010
10:33 pm

My bad, yes, I got it and I have accepted.

Markus

February 22nd, 2010
10:35 pm

Well I got Wagner at 38 saves Daybed Wagmoe, so I guess now I’m a homer. lol

Venice Jim

February 22nd, 2010
10:35 pm

This is so much better than lineups – one small correction – Prado will hit .291 – everything else is perfect…

RHR

February 22nd, 2010
10:38 pm

Oh snap! You mean nobody on our team is going to hit as many HRs as Jeffy!? Oh woe is me.

brian

February 22nd, 2010
10:52 pm

what is the Kansas update?

Soph

February 22nd, 2010
11:01 pm

Yes I’m a Braves fan, just a realistic one.

And, a rather depressing one. Oh, and a psychic one too.

zmerk13

February 22nd, 2010
11:03 pm

DOB

I must say we usually have very different music tastes, probably because I don’t branch out as much as a should. But I youtubed this song and now I am onto more Van Zandt songs, your music recommendations are much appreciated.

brian

February 22nd, 2010
11:03 pm

any concerns with all the extra muscle affecting Heyward’s swing?

When I saw him, he had a very sweet swing with a build that reminded me of strawberry

TnBrian

February 22nd, 2010
11:04 pm

Markus, you are off on quite a few things, imo.

Avg: HR RBI

McLouth– .268 23 68

Prado– .310 16 62

Jones– .318 25 87

Glaus– .260 26 83

McCann– .316 32 123

Heyward– .296 23 78

Escobar– .314 20 76

Diaz– .298 13 60

Cabrera– .267 10 46

TnBrian

February 22nd, 2010
11:06 pm

And I ain’t even getting to your Hudson and Hanson projections Markus. Now I really know you’re trying to rile people up. Please man!

haggard

February 22nd, 2010
11:06 pm

DOB- Thanks for the good work, as usual. Just when I thought every angle concerning Bobby Cox had been covered, you come up with something fresh!

Couch Tater

Thanks for the Willie link–Good for the soul

Jake W.

February 22nd, 2010
11:07 pm

Yes I’m a Braves fan, just a realistic one. -Markus

Yeah and there is a difference in being a realist and just being a glass half empty kind of person. I see the Braves as a wildcard contender and if things break right for them they could win the division. Now of course a lot would have to go right for us and a lot not so right for the Phils but crazier things have happened like the Phils coming back to win the division in 2007 and the mets just blowing that lead they had. Nothings a given in this game.

TnBrian

February 22nd, 2010
11:08 pm

I really see Hanson winning 18 or more games. Hudson, not my favorite Braves player in the least, but he should at least come close to his ‘08 self in ‘10 which is ace tyoe stuff.

P'cola Brave

February 22nd, 2010
11:13 pm

Theres no reason to think that Hanson will stumble. I’m guessing you’ll think he’ll stumble because hes a sophomore. If this is the case remember a sophomore has won the Cy two years in a row.

P'cola Brave

February 22nd, 2010
11:21 pm

Ok I haven’t been on most of the day so this may already have been talked about but why would Heyman think that the Braves would want Garrett Anderson back?

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2010
11:33 pm

zmerk: Townes Van Zandt can be addictive if you’re never heard him before. He’s terrific. One of those artists you hear for the first time and go, how have I never heard this guy?

Steve from OH

February 22nd, 2010
11:36 pm

DOB–Townes is good, no doubt. And you say I like bad music…

Josh from Columbus

February 22nd, 2010
11:40 pm

DOB… curious to know if you’ve ever listened to Will Hoge?

Saw him at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville last year. I was there for a fantasy baseball draft (yeah, I know…) but caught him while I was there. I believe Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit played with him. At the end, both bands covered The Faces’ Ooh La La. Anyhow, just wondering if you’ve heard of Hoge…

The Bird and Indian

February 22nd, 2010
11:45 pm

Markus: If that’s our stats, it’s gonna be a longggggggg year.

I guess I’ll come in here.
Nate: 262/19/72
Prado: 304/11/64
Chipper: 294/20/94
Mac: 306/32/113
Escobar: 305/16/84
Hayward: 278/18/69
Glaus: 247/26/79
Diaz: 317/10/53
Cabrera: 265/9/51

Hudson: 16-10; 3.78
Jurrjens: 19-8; 3.21
Hanson: 16-12; 3.82
Lowe: 15-11; 4.02
Kawakami: 12-12; 4.32

Wagner: 39 Saves; 3.18

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2010
11:46 pm

Theres no reason to think that Hanson will stumble. I’m guessing you’ll think he’ll stumble because hes a sophomore. If this is the case remember a sophomore has won the Cy two years in a row. — P’Cola Brave

I hear ya, P’Cola. Last year at this time, plenty here were predicting Jurrjens would “take a step back” in his second full season in the majors, for that same reason. The so-called sophomore slump. Yeah, really seemed to affect him.

sidslidkid

February 22nd, 2010
11:47 pm

“Yes I’m a Braves fan, just a realistic one.”

Isn’t it a fans responsibility to be a little bit of a homer for their team?

And Roodge Owns

February 22nd, 2010
11:50 pm

I know it’s square to cite Pancho & Lefty when talking about Townes, but that’s one of those songs that, if you can get out of the I’ve-heard-this-so-many-times mode and listen to the lyrics as if you’ve never heard them before, can blow you away all over again.

“The dust that Pancho bit down south
ended up in Lefty’s mouth.”

P'cola Brave

February 22nd, 2010
11:52 pm

DOB

I saw on one of the SportsSouth shows last season that Moylan and Diaz seem to really pick fun at each other. Are they usually that way with one another or was it just for the show? It seems that Moylan is a funny individual.

nolie

February 22nd, 2010
11:53 pm

Roodge

absolutely. I love that song. Very partian to an old Emmylou Harris rendition especially.

nolie

February 22nd, 2010
11:54 pm

partian = partial

P'cola Brave

February 22nd, 2010
11:56 pm

The Markus guy has sincerely low expectations for this team. To me this team is improved. To me the person that he is furthest off on is Prado. I believe it was Chipper who said that Prado was the second best hitter on the team even before he got an everyday role. Prado has done nothing but back this up. I love watching him hit. Hes so smooth and direct to the ball and the ball really jumps when he hits it. And from what others have said the guy mashes during BP. I’m really looking forward to watching him everyday this year.

JOE

February 22nd, 2010
11:57 pm

TnBrian, I think your projections are all right on target with 2 exceptions. I don’t think McCann will come close to the 32 hrs and 120 rbis. But to get 25 and 100 from a catcher is dynamite production anyways. Hopefully he can keep his average up. Also, i think your projection of Heyward might be a tad high. I haven’t seen him play though, so its more of just a gut feeling, and I’d love to be wrong. Other than that, I’d say thats a good assessment of what our team could do provided they stay healthy.It may not be the Phillies lineup, but there are no weak spots imo, and with our solid rotation and stellar bullpen (hopefully), we should definitely be able to compete in the NL east.

And Roodge Owns

February 22nd, 2010
11:59 pm

Nolie, I don’t know her version. I’m listening to her do it live now, though, on youtube. 1977. It’s really nice. And I think I’m in love. Anybody got a time machine?

zmerk13

February 23rd, 2010
12:00 am

exactly DOB, can’t believe I’ve never listened to him.

The Bird and Indian

February 23rd, 2010
12:03 am

JOE: You’re probably right about Mccann not being able to produce the high stats that TnBrian and I have given. I just feel that If Brian stays healthy and doesn’t get in one of those awful slumps, that he can mash enough to put up some numbers. In 06, he could have easily done that if it wasn’t for missed games and a nasty slump midway through the season. But catchers are always going to miss their fair share of games. We’ll see.

N8

February 23rd, 2010
12:04 am

Alright, I’ve finally had my first issue with this frickin’ format. Had some stuff to do, so haven’t blogged in over 5-6 hours, and noticed that about 3 hours ago, DOB put this new blog up.

Wouldn’t mind reading what went on at the end of the other blog. Guess I’ll just have to make it up in my head and start a pretend argument over a non-issue.

The Bird and Indian

February 23rd, 2010
12:07 am

Looking down this lineup, I’m very excited for this season. We don’t have the holes in the lineup like last year and we have some depth to backup in case of injuries. Let’s hope that KK and Lowe hold up their ends and it could be a fun year. I’m really hoping my boy Jason can come through this year. I’ve sat in a basement and talked to him when he was coming out of high school. I can’t wait for March!

nolie

February 23rd, 2010
12:09 am

Roodge Emmylou has an album called Profile:Best of EH that is just awesome. Dates from about the same time as that video but is Still available. I highly recommend it.

1. One Of These Days
2. Sweet Dreams
3. To Daddy
4. (You Never Can Tell) C’est La Vie
5. Making Believe
6. Easy From Now On (LP Version)
7. Together Again
8. If I Could Only Win Your Love Emmylou Harris with Herb Pedersen
9. Too Far Gone
10. Two More Bottles Of Wine
11. Boulder To Birmingham
12. Hello Stranger

P'cola Brave

February 23rd, 2010
12:09 am

Did DOB or anyone say if Freeman showed today? Interested to see how he looks this spring.

N8

February 23rd, 2010
12:09 am

Never mind. Clicked on February 2010 under “archives” and had to scroll down a ways, but I found it. And I guess it’s only been 4 hours since I blogged. So didn’t miss much.

And Roodge Owns

February 23rd, 2010
12:12 am

‘Preciate it, Nolie. I’m overdue for a CD purchase.

MitchC

February 23rd, 2010
12:15 am

I’m the first to admit that I used to get very upset at the Braves failures in the playoffs. That having been said, it’s amazing they got there for fourteen years in a row.

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and especially, John Smoltz, departing the Braves, was very difficult for this Braves fan of now 28 years to accept. I don’t think any of those will be as bad as what I’ll feel on the day of Bobby Cox’s last game. (Hopefully sometime in the playoffs). The guy is one of a kind, and he must have done something right to have stuck around for twenty one years, and to have managed at least four likely future Hall of Famers in Maddux, Glavine, Chipper, and Smoltz, not counting what Tommy Hanson or anyone else may do, down the road.

nolie

February 23rd, 2010
12:18 am

I see Amazon has it so you could listen to some of each song to be sure you’ll like it.

Elon Brave

February 23rd, 2010
12:27 am

P’Cola… yeah, I had NO idea why the Braves would want Anderson back out there. We already have enough 4th outfielders, and he’s more of a 5th now, I think.

David O'Brien

February 23rd, 2010
12:49 am

Seriously: We’ll take your idea under consideration….

Elon Brave: As I said before, no need to worry about that Garret Anderson rumor.

Andrew in PA

February 23rd, 2010
12:53 am

braves will make a pretty big move this year with a trade,they will improve and have great chances to get into late october.

tampabrave

February 23rd, 2010
12:57 am

Markus

Usually the Sophomore Slump is reserved for hitters, not pitchers. Not too many pitchers go through sophomore slumps that aren’t injury related. Hitters on the other hand can be broken down on film for every little hitch in their swing, or if they are the type of hitter that seems to swing at everything not thrown directly into the dugout after being dubbed “The Natural.”

tampabrave

February 23rd, 2010
1:04 am

Should be a big year for music with new ones from REM, Radiohead, the Strokes, and blog fav DBT.

Elon Brave

February 23rd, 2010
1:21 am

Thanks DOB. I wasn’t so much worried as I was just really confused. Man, Loaf was such a good name for him.

Dylan Kight

February 23rd, 2010
1:25 am

DOB – I’m loving the Townes lyrics lately. My wife and I just had our first baby. We named him Miles Townes Kight. Keep the tunes comin! New DBT song might fit your mood ;) that and the new Josh Ritter are the two records I’m looking forward to most this spring. On a side note if Heyward makes the club. Any talk of where in the order he would hit?

brAves Sucios

February 23rd, 2010
1:36 am

Long time since I’ve posted, but just wanted to say thanks for the ever-more-regular updates, which are awesome, and the semi-frequent Townes Van Zandt lyrics. That dude was a gift to the rest of us. Like another championship could be this year?

Mitchie-san

February 23rd, 2010
1:37 am

DOB is a bloggin machine…..

nolie

February 23rd, 2010
1:50 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mWvv3lFHbg
John Prine-Emmylou Harris Angel From Montgomery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlcP3FOTM0U
Susan Tedeschi Angel From Montgomery

nolie

February 23rd, 2010
1:56 am

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