1:55 pm February 28, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 28th, 20109:48 pm
McFann is still the blog’s honorary lil sis.
February 28th, 20109:50 pm
Anyone have a chance to see The Ghost Writer yet? I joe r
yeah I saw it a while ago, in fact I recommended it here. I like Brosnan and McGregor both. Cattrall uses her English accent, she is from Liverpool.
The Bird and Indian
February 28th, 20109:53 pm
Heath: Does that mean we should adopt falcoholic as our little bro? Nahhhhh.
February 28th, 20109:56 pm
Has earned it…just being young doesn’t mean anything. Sorry kid.
February 28th, 20109:57 pm
Road House is a good movie with The Jeff Healy Band playing themselves as the house band at a rough dive. Jeff Healy was a blind blues/jazz bandleader from the 80’s and 90’s that was really a very talented guy. It comes on at 10:00 pm on 255 Direct TV or the MGM channel tonight.
The Bird and Indian Aren’t you glad we aren’t the youngest posting around the blogs now?
Totally…though I always knew that we were the youngest only as far as age goes, not maturity.
Makes me proud.
February 28th, 20109:58 pm
“Happy” proud…you know what I mean.
February 28th, 20109:59 pm
falcoholic is probably 40
NOW we’re talking. NEIL YOUNG on the closing ceremonies. Raise a toast to Neilsy. Legend….
Elon Brave: Glaus has looked promising. I stood at the batting cage and watched a few groups hit today, including his. He hit some towering shots onto the left-field grass berm. And while it’s just BP, and he was crushing against coaches’ pitching, fact is he’s hitting balls a long way. And unlike Heyward or other young guys, it’s not like we need to see him hit breaking balls to know he can do it. With Glaus, it’s just a matter of, is the shoulder healthy? And so far, it sure looks like it is.
Wren was sitting behind the cage today when Glaus hit. Here’s what he had to say about what he saw: “One thing you can tell about strength and bat speed, is the way the ball jumps off the bat…. Glaus looks good.”
February 28th, 201010:00 pm
so he didn’t say anything???
February 28th, 201010:06 pm
February 28th, 201010:13 pm
McFann: Very true.
Heath: You confused me there bro. I was bringing up the idea of it to make fun of him, and then I put nahhh. But you might have know that.
February 28th, 201010:15 pm
I prefer Python’s Descartes quote in the philosphers song – “I drink therefore I am”
Cogito ergo sum… falcoholic
February 28th, 201010:16 pm
Steve McP – exactly what I was thinking…
February 28th, 201010:19 pm
“I drink therefore I am” McP
what’s the Latin for that again? I forget.
Socrates himself is particularly missed, a lovely little thinker but a bugger when he’s pissed
February 28th, 201010:21 pm
“what’s the Latin for that again? I forget.”
Bibo ergo sum.
February 28th, 201010:22 pm
No Latin, but Descartes was French so “Je pense, donc je suis” is probably more accurate and no Robert that is not a 17th Century reference to Bobby Cox.
February 28th, 201010:25 pm
February 28th, 201010:28 pm
Because “we” drink? That works for me…
February 28th, 201010:31 pm
therefore let us drink , I believe. long time since those days
February 28th, 201010:35 pm
nolie – just going by being an altar boy the last year of the Latin mass…but you are correct…
February 28th, 201010:37 pm
February 28th, 201010:41 pm
well i can’t say i was ever an altar boy, so I musta lernt that somewheres else
February 28th, 201010:45 pm
let’s see Daybed, in baseball that would be the guy with the lowest earned run average???
je bois, donc je suis
February 28th, 201010:49 pm
That’s French to me, McP
February 28th, 201010:51 pm
no I get it…I think.
Chris from the Rock
February 28th, 201011:11 pm
Jo-Jo’s not getting the opening day nod? Hosed again…
Nick in PA
February 28th, 201011:47 pm
Nickelback followed by Avril Lavigne, gee thanks Canada!
February 28th, 201011:53 pm
“Nickelback followed by Avril Lavigne, gee thanks Canada!”
Who did you expect, Triumph?
February 28th, 201011:54 pm
Just stumbled across China Girl by David Bowie on my iTunes player, and forgot about Stevie Ray Vaughn playing guitar on that. Which explains why I downloaded that tune to begin with.
February 28th, 201011:55 pm
What is going to be highlight of the next winter olympics closing ceremony going to be when it is held in Russia – free bread for the attendees?
February 28th, 201011:58 pm
February 28th, 2010
Now that was funnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!! wtg N8
Free shipping on mail-order brides?
March 1st, 201012:00 am
N8,Triumph singing “magic power” would have been perfect.
March 1st, 201012:06 am
I have to admit that I was dead wrong about Derek Lowe and opening day. To those who predicted that he’d get the nod, congrats (I guess).
Actually makes a lot of sense with Hudson coming off of the surgery and JJJ going through what he’s recently gone through. I never thought for a second that Hanson or KK would get the nod.
I really think that had JJJ been healthy, Cox might have gone his way with it. But whatever. In the end, doesn’t really matter much. Can’t hide anybody. They’re all going to get about 30-34 starts if healthy. Order is a minor detail.
March 1st, 201012:08 am
bravefaninok, I honestly don’t remember much about Triumph. I was pretty young. Just remember that they were Canada’s “other” power-trio. The poorman’s Rush, if you will. I remember that Rick Emmitt (sp?) was left-handed and played a doubleneck SG in a video. That’s about it. Couldn’t actually name a tune if I had to.
But I figured the older bloggers would appreciate the name being dropped on the ole’ blog.
March 1st, 201012:09 am
I’m looking for a little help in planning a trip to Atlanta in August sometime. What hotels would you recommend staying at that are somewhat close to Turner Field. I’ve stayed at some Embassy Suites and have liked the service and free breakfast but are there any close to the Ted and if not how, how is a bus ride to the park? We would prefer a hotel with free breakfast. We don’t travel much but I want to make a trip this summer, just looking for some advice. We are going to Minneapolis when the Twins play the Braves in June and we want to take a trip to Atlanta to catch a game. Any info would be appreciated. Can’t wait for the season to get started! GO BRAVES!!!
March 1st, 201012:10 am
Actually I was wrong. Just looked up some photos. He wasn’t left-handed. Not sure who I’m thinking of? Oh well. Now it’s going to bug me. Either way, I vaguely recall Triumph videos being in regular rotation in MTV’s early years.
March 1st, 201012:14 am
I doubt it Nate. either Lowe or hudson was likely gonna get unless neither was healthy.
March 1st, 201012:17 am
DOB, I saw Erik Cordier’s name in the pitching plans next week. Is he the kid that we got for Pena Jr. from the Royals, or was he in the Tex trade from the Angels?
March 1st, 201012:21 am
North Dakota Brave, the MARTA provides good service in Atlanta, which means that you do not need to book a hotel on the Ted’s doorstep. I have stayed in what are called “perimeter” hotels and they use the train and shuttle bus to get you to the game with the minimum of fuss, there are also some reasonably priced downtown hotels (the Motel 6 has free parking and wi-fi and is 2 blocks from the MARTA).
March 1st, 201012:24 am
Erik Cordier was acquired in the Pena trade – isn’t google wonderful!
March 1st, 201012:29 am
NorthDakotaBrave, You need to look for Hotels near a MARTA (rapid transit system) line, the Lenox Square Shopping Center area, is near one, Perimeter Mall area is near one and if you want to keep the price down you could get a hotel near the airport( that either is near a Marta line or has a transport to it and ride MARTA into Atlanta and get off at the Georgia State University stop and I believe get a bus to the stadium. You need to lookup MARTA online and check how they work the shuttle buses to the stadium. Are you driving or flying?
March 1st, 201012:31 am
NorthDakotaBrave: I would suggest the Country Inn&Suites. It’s a nice place, very close to the stadium.
March 1st, 201012:42 am
man whats goin on with the playstation network tonight
Andrew in PA
March 1st, 201012:43 am
i know avon your right
March 1st, 201012:46 am
Post from someone named La Jolla Dawg FINALLY shed light on the group of people who are all of a sudden hating on Chipper,. For a lot of you it’s because he’s a Gator, should have known you UGA fans would stoop that low. Hate to break it to you but:
1.) Its the ATLANTA Braves, not the UGA Braves and just fyi ATL has the largest Gator Club and NOT the largest Bulldog Club that would be Jacksonville(we will make that swap with you any day of the week, you want Jax you can have it)
2.) UGA is a SCHOOL, just like a High School. It represents no city or region, you could live in Athens next door to Vince Dooley himself ( Who is an admitted Vol fan now) and have no reason to be a UGA fan if you have no connection to the SCHOOL. I guess we need to get right on cutting David Ross as well because he went to Auburn AND Florida *gasp*!!!
And for the record as I said there as many or more Gators in Atlanta and in the stands at Turner Field so Chipper is in NO way alienating the majority of his fan base.
March 1st, 20101:02 am
thanks for all the info everyone. We are going to fly in. Right now we are leaning towards the Dodgers series in the middle of August. Probably fly in on Friday around 2pm, check in at hotel, grab a bite to eat and head to the field. I never realized how much work it is to try and line all of this up (flight, hotel, transportation, food, etc.) since my parents used to line most of this stuff up.
March 1st, 20101:03 am
March 1st, 20101:05 am
UGA is a SCHOOL, just like a High School. It represents no city or region,
Thats just dead wrong. The school is funded with state tax dollars. Therefore that school represents the state of Georgia.
And if you think there are as many Gators as Bulldogs in ATL well youre just wrong about that 2.
March 1st, 20101:07 am
after that comment, i better buy some jean shorts and a tank top.
March 1st, 20102:15 am
i am what i am, i am the back door slam
March 1st, 20103:03 am
N8, glad your question about Cordier was answered. I just woke. Fell asleep on the couch couple hours ago. Had taken a second from transcribing a Wagner interview to lay down on couch and close my eyes, since I was falling asleep transcribing. Next thing you know I’m out cold, woke up two hours later not knowing where I was, TV blaring and that Michael Buble dude singing from atop some sinister, circus-looking set of Royal Mountie giants on ice. Thought I’d gone insane or was having some sort of bizzaro Canadian nightmare. I was waiting for Delta to hurl my luggage across the ice, when suddenly I realized it was only the closing-ceremonies replay on NBC.
March 1st, 20103:16 am
I just got home for a drive back to Birmingham, AL after an exhausting day at a regional mock trial competition. It ended at 8ET and I’m just now finally getting home. I collapsed on my couch and turned on the television just to veg from the crazy car route from a state that reminds me of the funny farm, and what do I see on television…
You’re not alone.
the fact that the comment should say back from Birmingham AL should indicate to me that it’s bedtime.
P. W. Hjort
March 1st, 20106:16 am
18 Wheels of Love
March 1st, 20106:53 am
Looking forward to tomorrow. What are the odds Jhey in starting in RF? I’d say 90%.
March 1st, 20106:54 am
People in Athens aren’t UGA fans? Damn, it’s obvious that you’ve never been anywhere near Athens – especially on a football Saturday. Lived in that town for 8 years while my wife and I went to grad school. Believe me, the life expectancy of anyone NOT a UGA fan is a couple of minutes.
March 1st, 20107:05 am
Chipper is definitely double pits to chesty!
March 1st, 20107:13 am
DerekZ (March 1st, 2010 7:05 am EST): Chipper is definitely double pits to chesty!
You wouldn’t happen to be from Marietta, would you?
March 1st, 20107:26 am
A weather-perfect day is dawning here at Dark Star. Too bad this sunny, 70-degree forecast won’t hold for tomorrow, when it’s supposed to rain on Tommy Hanson’s Grapefruit League lid-lifter…
March 1st, 20108:10 am
Damn rain. Hopefully tomorrow’s game won’t get rained out.
March 1st, 20108:13 am
If tomorrow’s game is rained out would it be made up?
Elon Brave, I wouldn’t think so. Not positive though.
March 1st, 20108:14 am
Pretty cool that tomorrow’s game is going to be on MLB network. I know we won’t get to see the starters for very long, but it’s still going to be a nice way to start the Grapefruit league.
Thanks for all the great coverage you’ve given us in the off season Dave. Some of us live for this stuff.
March 1st, 20108:29 am
DOB, seeing as Diaz, Cabrera, and Heyward are all healthy, and tomorrow is a full squad game, do you think that tomorrow’s starting line-up will give us any insight into Bobby’s thoughts on the outfield situation? Or is it far too early to start reading into things like that?
March 1st, 20108:33 am
A good article on the Phils mlb site about all the prospects they’ve traded away the past few years for Halladay, Lee and Blanton. It’s pretty staggering when you list them all…
Kyle Drabek (#25 prospect in MLB)
Michael Taylor (#29 prospect in MLB)
Travis D’Arnaud (#81 prospect in MLB)
Jason Knapp (#64 prospect in MLB)
Carlos Carrasco (#8 prospect for Indians)
Lou Marson (#66 prospect in MLB for 2009, should be starting for Indians this year)
Jason Donald (#69 prospect in MLB for 2009, crashed in AAA last year)
Josh Outman (already established in A’s bullpen)
Adrian Cardenas (#9 prospect for A’s)
Matt Spencer (marginal prospect, but had a strong year in Oakland system last year)
They did get a few decent prospects in the Halladay trade, but nothing compared to what they gave up. And if you want to make it look worse, realize that Lee is no longer there, so basically they gave up 7 of their top 10 prospects in the past year for Halladay.
I don’t see how an organization can survive something like that long term. Just a thought.
March 1st, 20108:40 am
slidskid: Im almost positive that they do not make up the games when I went and they cancelled the game they had a simulated game
And Roodge Owns
March 1st, 20108:57 am
DOB, do you get any sense at all that Cox’s plan to ease in Hudson elbow is related to any concerns besides the bare fact that he had surgery last year? I mean, he did come back and pitch enough games that I would have thought those kind of precautions were over.
March 1st, 20109:17 am
After talking with Lowe this morning, I’m convinced that Bobby Cox would have gone with Jurrjens if his shoulder was healthy. Lowe said Bobby explained to all of them as a group yesterday why they were doing it this way, because of Jurrjens’ situation and wanting to get Hudson extra rest early, etc. If it had been just a vote of confidence for Lowe, something to boost him after the offseason rumors, then Bobby would have just flat told him, “You’re my guy. I want you to start opening day, period.”
March 1st, 20109:19 am
Roodge, if they had any special reason to be concerned about Hudson, anything abnormal or whatever in his early workouts, I’m pretty certain they’d be shutting him down now, not scheduling him to get an extra day of rest for his first two starts of the season and last two in spring training.
March 1st, 20109:20 am
Toga party: far too early to read anything whatsoever into the lineups that will be used in these early games.
March 1st, 20109:21 am
So, basically bobby told lowe that he was the opening day starter by default? why say that?
….i get being brutally honest and all, but some things are better left unsaid in my opinion.
March 1st, 20109:22 am
Lowe on him getting opening day start: “It made sense to everybody, with JJ being maybe a little bit of a question mark right now, and Hudson coming off surgery.”
March 1st, 20109:29 am
Thanks for the response, DOB.
Getting pretty excited. Hanson said in yesterday’s ABT interview that he’ll be concentrating on his change up in his ST starts. If he gets that going effectively, what an arsenal.
March 1st, 20109:41 am
BraveMan, you don’t think Lowe would have sniffed that out? He had a rough year, they tried to trade him, there are two young studs and a Brave veteran favorite on the rotation with him, and you think Lowe would have taken “You’re my man, Derek!” right to the bank with no suspcion he was being patronized?
I think transparency was the way to go. Lowe can at least know that with circumstances being a little fuzzy, Cox would like to give him the honor of the opening day start, and thinks he can handle it fine.
March 1st, 20109:46 am
Another thing for those (TommyP) who think the Phillies may be invincible. Both Romero (arm surgery) and Lidge (shoulder surgery and yet another knee surgery) threw off a mound for the first time yesterday.
March 1st, 20109:49 am
“After talking with Lowe this morning, I’m convinced that Bobby Cox would have gone with Jurrjens if his shoulder was healthy.” DOB
Hey nolie, chaulk one up for the N8meister, huh? Just kidding man, you’re right more often than I am.
It’s just been Bobby’s style to “reward” the previous season’s best pitcher with an opening day nod, and with Vazquez gone, JJJ was next in line (some, like myself, would have argued that even with Vazquez still a Brave, JJJ would have been deserving).
In the 90’s, it was easy for Bobby, he just chose whoever won the Cy Young the year before. LOL! But since the Cy Young stopped going through Atlanta, he’s always chosen the best guy from the previouos year to reward them on a fine season.
Which is why I think it would have been JJJ.
March 1st, 20109:52 am
We’re spending entirely too much mental energy on this opening day starter thing.
IT DOESN’T MATTER.
March 1st, 20109:53 am
Derek Lowe on the opening-day assignment: “I don’t think they’re throwing me a bone here, like ‘Hey, we tried to trade you. We couldn’t do it, now since you’re here we’re going to … That’s not how teams function. That’s now he functions.
“Again, this is done to help our team out. To keep everyone healthy throughout the season. I know people may not understand that by setting up the rotation in early April it’s going to help us at the end of the year, but it will. Just because of off days and being able to give guys extra time.
“So that’s where we are. And I think everyone understood it, just like if he told me I’d be pitching the fifth game. You’ll still be excited to get the ball because you’re still going to get 34 starts. I think that’s the way we took it, and off we go.”
March 1st, 20109:57 am
thats not the way it works around here.
DOB, that 3:03 was funny. The closing ceremonies of the Olympics are about as obnoxious and overrated as the half-time entertainment at the SB.
The opening ceremonies have a certain excitement due to anticipation and what not. But the closing ceremonies have always felt like the bouquet toss at a wedding dance. Necessary, due to tradition, but pretty stale in general. Usually by the time the closing ceremonies are taking place, I’m pretty Olympic’d out. Save the stellar hockey game yesterday, the Olympics could have ended 3 or 4 nights ago for me. I get that there is time issues and what not. But it just drags out too damn long.
I think I liked it better when I was a kid, when only the “big” events were televised and you had to read about the others. Gave it kind of a mystique. Now it’s just oversaturation.
I mean seriously. Imagine in there was a network that covered sports 24/7 and then felt the need to branch off into many other channels, including but not limited to a 2nd main channel, one that simply gave scores and highlights, one that showed re-runs of classic evnents, on that was Spanish and one just for college sports.
THAT would be ridiculous.
March 1st, 201010:02 am
Lowe on Braves’ rotation order being relatively insignificant: “Our situation is unique because we have so many good pitchers…. You have guys in this room who are going to be pitching opening days for many, many years, in J.J. and Tommy Hanson. They’re going to get the honor probably at some point in the near future.”
March 1st, 201010:06 am
You know, I gotta say it DOB, I know you’ve stated how much you appreciate Lowe’s candor and being a straight shooter. Down year or not, rebound or not this season, he’s a good guy to have around those other pitchers.
He accepts accountability, accepts the challenge and most of all, doesn’t seem to high on himself, which keeps the other guys in check around him. IMO, exactly what Hanson and JJJ need.
Not that Hudson couldn’t have provided that as well, (or Vazquez). But the more I read on Lowe’s comments (and that goes back to last year), the more I like the guy.
Of course, I will like him a lot more if he keeps that ERA around 4.00. LOL!
That being said, all money aside, if he duplicates what he did last year, things could be a LOT worse.
March 1st, 201010:17 am
Gee Cox must be wrong. Stop the presses it’s a typo. Hudson is our 4th starter to open the ‘10 campaign? That can’t be. Hudson ain’t a 4th starter. No sense bringing him along slowly is there? I mean seriously, who on this fine blog saw that coming? Who could have possibly said that the starters would be Lowe, JJ, Hanson, Hudson, KK?(he says with tongue planted firmly in cheek).
It is quite a luxury to have Hudson as the 4th starter actually. Might even move up as ST progresses what with injuries and some unforseen things that could happen. But with what we know on paper, Hudson screams off the page as a #4 guy (mind you not #4 potential).
Not sure who but something tells me one of our starting staff is going to have some type of injury that puts him on the shelf for an extended period of time. I can see Medlen having a substantial impact during the season.
Rock on….let’s hope Lowe has it figured out, Hudson doesn’t implode, and JJ is not hurt(your #2 starter should never be playing some quasi-type baseball pick up game in some foreign country just prior to ST….just stupid…shouldn’t that have been in his contract somewhere?) Frankly this pitching staff could be just fine though—or not.
March 1st, 201010:19 am
DOB, do you get any sense at all that Cox’s plan to ease in Hudson elbow is related to any concerns besides the bare fact that he had surgery last year?
Actually, Hudson had surgery in 2008.
I Second That Emotion
Have to say I agree with N8. I’ve never heard anything come from Lowe that didn’t sound like he wasn’t a stand up guy. He’s accountable. He calls a spade a spade…. even when he’s the spade.
I would love to see him turn it around this year and quite honestly think he might just do that.
March 1st, 201010:24 am
N8…if Lowe duplicates what he did last year and doesn’t get the run support he got last year….well, let’s just say it’s gonna be nowhere near 15 wins. I hope, and think, he has it figured out. The mechanics that is—according to Lowe himself. We’ll see. I’m pulling for him. Of course I pull for anyone in a Braves uni.
I predict Lowe will have a solid year. I think he’ll go 16-10 with a 3.4 era, and 190 IP. If his numbers are the worst of all our starters, I think we’ll be playing in the post season.
March 1st, 201010:28 am
So Scout X completely over looked the Braves. Just completely over looked them. Didn’t utter their name, or any of the players names. I’m sure he really believes what he says, but, I would have expected something. Some hint… even if its “Jurrjens is nice” or “does Georgia still have a team?”
I mean, Jason Heyward. He’s supposed to win the World Series with monster home runs. He’s supposed to make Ryan Howard look like a feeble old man with minuscule home run totals. Every one knows about him…
Ignatius J. Reilly
March 1st, 201010:30 am
thanks for the updates DOB
damn im ready for some ball
March 1st, 201010:36 am
I feel certain Chipper will have a better year than last year but another hitting title year, nah. And it makes me nervous that he’s “bulked” up, sounds like Francoeur and that didnt’t work out AT ALL. I’m not sure what his previous offseason workouts entailed, maybe nothing but bulkiness doesn’t seem like the answer to me. I say he plays through next year but after that, who knows?
March 1st, 201010:39 am
Uh-there’s quite a bit of difference between gaining 20 pounds (when you lose it through attrition during a season) and gaining strength and bulking up. Besides – if you remember, Francoeur stupidly put on his weight and muscle doing a football regimen – quite different than strength training for baseball.
March 1st, 201010:41 am
You’re not alone about Seinfeld. Sad.
Newman’s revenge – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zG_PN31YJU&feature=related
March 1st, 201010:43 am
Another thing about Chipper (if you missed my post later last night) and the HR he hit at BP yesterday.
From DOB’s description, the ball traveled at least 400 feet to hit that sign (which is twenty feet up on a pole on a hill twenty feet higher than the fence it cleared). If it had not hit that sign, it would have landed in a parking lot beyond the stadium – a good 500 Ft from Home Plate. Guess that extra muscle was a waste after all.
I just read that article you linked. Guy seems to be fascinated with the Yanks and any West Coast team. Spent a lot of time talking about the NL West. I don’t think that division is that good. Its solid but so many of those teams are year-to-year teams and you never know how they will do. Colorado for instance never seems to be consistent. Their hot then their cold, you just never know. Every team in that division has question marks and theirs no clear winner. I don’t think the Wild Card will come out of that division this year.
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