Nostalgia kicking in on Jones; Braves fighting for first place

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien.)

Good morning, denizens. Or so it feels after a late night at the ball yard, when I yearned for the days of Greg Maddux and Esteban Yan and the two-hour game. But I’ll stop the moaning and groaning before it starts.

Actually, after talking to Larry and Lynne Jones after the game last night, it sort of set in, what all this talk of Chipper Jones leaning toward retirement really means. I think both his parents hold out hope that Chipper will change his mind if he turns things around at the plate but they are also both accepting that 2010 could well be the end for him.

“I’m good with the fact that the end is near,” Larry Wayne Jones Sr. said. “I just hope the end comes with him playing well. I hate for him to walk away from it and feel like he was on the down slope. Too many good things have happened in his career to leave it with that kind of taste in your mouth.”

And his mom Lynne: “We’re going to shed a tear regardless.”

And dad Larry: “I hope he plays some more. I’m going to miss coming to the ballpark.”

I don’t know if it’s just me, or what, but it seems like with baseball especially, we are prone to live day-to-day, series to series, week-to-week and then all of a sudden you look up at the end of the season and it’s over.

You know what I mean? I mean, it’s get through this 11-game road trip, or OK, now the Braves are in the midst of interleague play, or hey, there’s a big series with the Phillies coming up, or yes, we made it to the All-Star break. And all of a sudden it gets to the end of the year, and the thing is over.

I think I learned that you have to break it down that way if you’re mentally going to survive a 162-game baseball season, if you’re one of us shaping our work lives around it.

I remember the first time I really looked hard at a baseball schedule. It was the first year I was on the Braves beat full-time for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1999, after covering mostly home games for the Macon Telegraph in the mid-1990s. My eyes got wide as I scanned the schedule, just trying to find a way to make sense of it, how I’d survive it, covering 135 some-odd games.

Ultimately you just had to play some tricks on your mind, bear down and just start the thing. Then you’d just take it in short bursts. That’s about what I’ve done in all the years spent around the ballpark ever since.

But now, doing that this year, if you’re like me, we’re going to wake up at the end of the year and the thing is going to be over. Bobby Cox is going to be retired, and so is Chipper Jones. I’m sure when Jones makes it official, and if he sticks to this plan, barring some change of heart with a good run late in the season, that the Braves and fans will find ways to honor him. Just like teams are doing around baseball to honor Bobby and the Braves will do as we hit the end of the year here.

But I for one, still don’t think it’s sunk in. Nor probably will it, until I wake up that day after the season is over. Or maybe next spring. The first time I walk into that spring training clubhouse and Chipper’s locker at the end of that first row as you come through the door has somebody else in it. (And that’s not even talking about how weird the manager’s office and dugout will be without Bobby.)

Chipper’s locker is a place where every reporter who comes through the door gravitates to eventually, where conversations range from daily life things about hunting, Nascar, the Florida Gators, or his sons, to hitting, pitching and some of the more intelligent baseball conversations you’ll ever hear (at least what Chipper is talking about, Ain’t saying all the smarts are coming from the writers. Smile.)

I think Mark Bradley captured a lot of this in his column yesterday when he pointed out what has been so obvious for so many years we get numb to it. That Jones anchored this lineup for years. And he anchored the clubhouse. I’m not saying Chipper should hang on if his gut, his mind and his heart are telling him to move on. I’m just saying it’ll be a big, big, big shift and in a span of a few years that has had its share of goodbyes….to Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine.

Meanwhile Chipper looked as good at the plate last night as he has in some time, with his fourth home run of the year and a double. Maybe this retirement talk just fired him up a little. Or like some of you suggested, having his parents in the stands was good luck for him. Just so you know, his lifelong batting coach Larry Wayne Jones Sr. and his lovely wife Lynne will be in the stands again tonight.

Nostalgia break

Time for the reality at hand…The Braves’ NL East lead is down to one-half game on the Mets, and the Braves have got to contend with the Rays for two more days. You like their chances with Tommy Hanson tonight and Tim Hudson tomorrow night but man, after seeing the Rays in person last night, you really have to come away impressed.

Just watching Carl Crawford fly around the base paths and then beat Brian McCann to home plate on a two-run single, even after he fell coming home from third, was impressive enough. David Price was nasty, with his pitches ranging from 98 to 77 mph, from fastball to curve. Evan Longoria’s first inning home run was mighty.

But hey, the Braves have got their interleague ringer going tonight in Hanson. He went 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA in three interleague starts last year. He beat the Orioles, Yankees and Red Sox all in a span of his first five starts when he burst onto the major league scene last June. The Braves are 10-3 in Hanson’s starts this season.

He’ll face right-hander Wade Davis, a 24-year-old out of Lake Wales Fla. Davis is 5-6 with a 4.91 ERA. He’s lost back-to-back starts, although he had a quality outing (three earned runs in seven innings) on June 10 against the Blue Jays but lost 3-2.

The Braves are trying to avoid their first back-to-back losses at home since April 21-22 to the Phillies. They had a nine-game home winning streak snapped on Tuesday night. Me? I’m hoping to avoid another rain delay. There’s about a 40 percent chance of rain at 8 to 9 p.m. but think it’ll taper after that. No mas.

Couple of thoughts re: last night’s pitching

All along, I’ve thought Cox’s inclination would be to keep Kenshin Kawakami in the rotation and move Kris Medlen back to the bullpen when Jair Jurrjens returns, but you have to wonder if that thinking is starting to change at this point.

Jurrjens is scheduled to have two more minor league rehab starts, so that leaves Kawakami at least another start maybe two, to turn things around. You hope not only for his sake, but just to let everybody on the team breathe when he pitches that he snaps his 0-9 streak. And with Medlen, it seems like you can’t lose either way. He has clearly shown great value in both a starting and a relieving role.

Chris Resop had a rough night in his first outing as a reinvented sinkerball/more complete pitcher. Maybe he was just battling some nerves in his first major league action in two years, when he allowed five runs in two innings. And that was an awfully nice lineup he was facing. You hope he can get back out there soon and pitch well before any doubts might creep in that his newly-revamped game might not translate from Triple-A.

Cunningham to Rome

By the way, Braves second round pick Todd Cunningham, the 53rd pick out of Jacksonville State, has signed and is expected to report to Class A Rome on Thursday to begin his conversion from outfield to third base.

The former Cape Cod and Texas Collegiate League batting champion will take a day or two to acclimate and take some batting practice before getting into the Rome lineup. He’ll be the only Braves draftee this year to go directly to A ball. Second round pick right-hander Andrelton Simmons is in Danville, and supplemental first round pick Matt Lipka is with the Gulf Coast Braves.

OK more from the ballpark shortly.

1,526 comments Add your comment

Brian from SC

June 16th, 2010
2:37 pm

is30303

June 16th, 2010
2:38 pm

Lets get a win tonight!!!

GTSteve

June 16th, 2010
2:38 pm

chris

June 16th, 2010
2:38 pm

GTSteve

June 16th, 2010
2:38 pm

GTSteve

June 16th, 2010
2:41 pm

If my math is correct KK will pitch Sunday afternoon, if he doesn’t get a win at home, afternoon game, and against the Royals….he may never win again

McFann Ô Ô

June 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

Wow…Great Blog, Ms. Rogers!! [tear…]

I don’t know if it’s just me, or what, but it seems like with baseball especially, we are prone to live day-to-day, series to series, week-to-week and then all of a sudden you look up at the end of the season and it’s over.…we’re going to wake up at the end of the year and the thing is going to be over.

How true. What a weird feeling that’s gonna be. And you’re right also–even with all the talk, all the ceremonies, everything…it still hasn’t quite sunk in. And I know as the end of the season draws closer and closer, each game that goes by, that last series, will be like, “No, wait…let’s just do a few more…it’s not time for it to be over!”

It’s like that every year, but this year, well…even more so. If they lose their last game, those tears are gonna last a lot longer.

Woebegone KK

June 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

Woe is KK! Woe be to KK! Woe was KK! Woe be KK! Woe will be KK! KK is like woe! Woebegone KK! Medlen makes fans exclaim Woah! KK makes fans cry woe. Be gone KK.

Jeff321

June 16th, 2010
2:43 pm

I won’t miss Chipper Jones allowing balls to go right by while simultaneously tipping his cap!

McFann Ô Ô

June 16th, 2010
2:43 pm

Brian from SC Uh…

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Seriously, that about sums it up. No sarcasm here…

Baseball 101

June 16th, 2010
2:44 pm

Nice piece Carroll!

The MLB season is truly similar to a marathon, and pacing (both physically and mentally) is crucial. Breaking the marathon down into smaller, more manageable segments is a great way to help you survive the long grind.

Snotboogieeee

June 16th, 2010
2:44 pm

IF WC viewers though the vuvzelas were loud in the earlier games, you got to give them a listen in the South Africa game right now. A deafening cacophonous wall of noise.

cbweathermaneeeee

June 16th, 2010
2:45 pm

Carroll:
Knowing your running background, and in reference to Baseball 101:
Did marathon running help you learn to break things down, or did learning to break things down prepare you to be a marathon runner?

Woebegone KK

June 16th, 2010
2:46 pm

It’s more pleasant to listen to a vuvzela than it is to watch kawakami

10-80

June 16th, 2010
2:47 pm

All this Chipper nostalgia got me thinking. Does anyone have an actual news story of some sort detailing the “hooters affair” I was about 12 when that happened so only remember that it did happen and not much else.

Arkansas Transplant

June 16th, 2010
2:47 pm

I have to post this again…

Myrtle Beach has one heck of a rotation right now.

Delgado
Teheran
Vizcaino
Hoover
Crim

Awefully impressive.

Kyle

June 16th, 2010
2:47 pm

I would like to thank MLB for giving us the rays and twins, the phils the red sox and yanks and allowing the mets to gain on us by giving them the o’s and the tribe. no wonder the players hate interleague. thankfully we get the royals and white sox

Thrillhouse44

June 16th, 2010
2:48 pm

Google knows all 10-80.

Woebegone KK

June 16th, 2010
2:48 pm

We tip caps except when Kawakami pitches. Then we point fingers, but never at Kawakami.

is30303

June 16th, 2010
2:48 pm

ncscoots

June 16th, 2010
2:49 pm

Keerist, if you guys keep yammering about Medlen and Kawakami, maybe I’ll just go kneecap ‘em both to the DL, if only to quiet the roar. I mean, just…damn, LOL.

is30303

June 16th, 2010
2:50 pm

ncscoots: LOL thanks for summing things up for us.

Lets just keep the ball rolling tonight with some wins, who cares what pitcher gets credit for it.

Supes

June 16th, 2010
2:50 pm

I long to see Kenshin Kawakami wearing the Seattle Mariners uniform…ASAP.

Tommy needs to be on his game tonight and hopefully give us some good innings…I’ll take 7 of 2 runs or less :)

Brian McCann has to pick up here in the last few weeks or he may get left off the all-star roster and he’ll break his streak. Then again, he may need the days off!

JB

June 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

Can you please write this blog permanently?
It’s great getting updates throughout gameday on the BRAVES…not the once-a-day scramble to put a few obvious lines about the Braves, followed by a few lines about where they are eating, followed by a few lines of what they’re listening to musically (as some of your colleagues do).
As someone who likes to read a news website to read about the BRAVES: THANK YOU!

Goldenglove002

June 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

All this talk about Medlen vs. Kawakami for the 5th rotation spot when JJ get’s back, I think we have ignored what happens to Kawakami if he loses the job. Obviouslt it’s the bullpen, but wasn’t he awful out of the bullpen last year? Medlen has pitched well out of the bullpen and has the experience there.

They aren’t too different in the numbers they are putting up starting, it might be more valuable to have Medlen in the bullpen where we know he can have success.

Snotboogieeee

June 16th, 2010
2:52 pm

Kyle

Look at everyone’s full schedule before spouting such homer nonsense will ya. Do you guys even care for facts. Last year everyone was whining about playing the Red Sox twice. Guess what – Philly played the Sox twice already. The Mets play the Yankees twice every year including this year and they also play Detroit and the Twins. You dont frankly think all 3 teams can play the exact same teams at the exact same time do you? Its really getting tiring to see so many come on here with the exact same inaccurate point and acting as though the Braves are being penalized by it. We get to play KC next for crying out loud.

GTSteve

June 16th, 2010
2:52 pm

I have a nostalgia story, I met Chipper in Macon one week after the 96 world series ended, we sat and talked for almost an hour, he signed every autograph I asked for and never acted like I was bothering him…..Nice Guy

ncscoots

June 16th, 2010
2:53 pm

As someone who likes to read a news website to read about the BRAVES: THANK YOU!

Ah. I think I’ve spotted the problem for you: this isn’t a “news website”, LOL. Thus, your expectation is doomed to be unsatisfied.

Who wants pie? :-)

is30303

June 16th, 2010
2:53 pm

Carroll – I agree with JB: can you start writing the blogs? The other guys on here are terrible – I don’t go to Schultz or Bradly anymore, not sure if they are even trying anymore.

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 16th, 2010
2:53 pm

I was just looking at Chipper Jones biography on Wikipedia, and i noticed he had a whopping .470 OBP in 2008. Man, Chipper Jones i thought you would never slow down.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

June 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

Have a feeling Brain has been watching tapes of Bruce Benedict on the base-paths.

Now he feels like Ricky Henderson out there.

McFann Ô Ô

June 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

Supes Brian McCann has to pick up here in the last few weeks or he may get left off the all-star roster and he’ll break his streak.

He just needs to pick it up so he cann help the team like he used to instead of K’ing and almost always being the last out of a rally.

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

Chipper Jones with a double and HR yesterday, he is on the right track

Nova Scotia Steve

June 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

From last night’s blog: i threw up when I read Campillo’s name. thanks for that . . . lost my appetite too.

I just laughed out loud at work when i read this one. So THANK YOU for that.

DAP

June 16th, 2010
2:56 pm

maybe KC will leave dejesus behind after their series here.

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 16th, 2010
2:57 pm

Our bottom half of the lineup has been doing good work, our 3-4 hitters in Chipper Jones and Brian McCann need to step up huge.

Nova Scotia Steve

June 16th, 2010
2:57 pm

What happens to Kawakami if he loses the job?

He’ll have more time to wax his maserati – i’ll tell you that much.

Wax on…Wax off 8O

Jerome Jurenovich

June 16th, 2010
2:58 pm

My favortie Chipper moment?

When he congratulated Willie Harris in the dugout after Harris’ 6 hit game. What a moment in Braves history.

monty

June 16th, 2010
2:58 pm

Boys, spin it however you want, but come end of season and we wind up just a couple of games shy of the playoffs, and KK’s record is 4-14 or whatever,your arguments for keeping him in the rotation are going to seem rather hollow.

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 16th, 2010
2:59 pm

I hate freeaking Willie Harris, such a jerk

ncscoots

June 16th, 2010
2:59 pm

Well, Hanson has pretty much been the stopper after a loss this year, so that bodes well.

Shaun

June 16th, 2010
3:00 pm

Please put some real money up for a center fielder to make this a great year from Chipper and Bobby’s exits.

Supes

June 16th, 2010
3:01 pm

maybe KC will leave dejesus behind after their series here.

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an improvement over McLouth and Mek-Dud. What are you giving up to get him?

McFann,

I think if Brian starts hitting and makes the all -star team as a backup he would have helped the Braves win some games. He’s been so up and down the whole year…just when you think he’ll get on a tear he slumps again.

Thrillhouse44

June 16th, 2010
3:02 pm

Well, Hanson has pretty much been the stopper after a loss this year, so that bodes well.

Why even bother with a relevant comment like this? We’re debating 5th starters and long relievers here.

abwright

June 16th, 2010
3:02 pm

And another thing …

If KK leaves the rotation, someone else is going to get the crappy run support, weak defense, and bullpen meltdowns that have shown up in his last several starts. Braves, as a team, are not going to magically turn into another team every five days from the one that has shown up for KK’s outings.

Right now, that someone would be Jurrjens, also winless. Oh, the humanity! if Jurrjens runs his winless streak to 0-9!

Supes

June 16th, 2010
3:03 pm

Braves are 6-1 in games started by kris medlen…

Braves are…ahhh nevermind why bother with numbers. KK just needs to be moved out of the rotation. Bad Karma, whatever it is…he may go 0-10 before he gets taken out. that’s how much Bobby’s loyalty may backfire….

CB

June 16th, 2010
3:03 pm

I got to say one thing about our bloggers, for many on here it is either black or white. Life and the game of baseball do not operate that way. Players who are in deep slumps,ie Glaus, sometimes are not the player you think they are. We have several great bloggers on here who argue as if there is no other opinion except theirs. Yeah, you know who you are. Lighten up a little bit and listen to someone else’s view – it really won’t kill you.

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

Defense killed us yesterday

McFann Ô Ô

June 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

Supes I think if Brian starts hitting and makes the all -star team as a backup he would have helped the Braves win some games.

Oh yeah, totally. I was just saying the main thing is to get him producing…but, producing does lead to another All-Star appearance, most likely. :) Guess I was just trying to be “team first”. ;)

He’s been so up and down the whole year…just when you think he’ll get on a tear he slumps again.

Yeah. :( Thought he was pulling himself back together for good when they were in LA and Arizona. But soon as they got to Minnesota…back down again. It’s hard to figure and even harder to watch. :cry:

Sopheeee

June 16th, 2010
3:06 pm

Who, CB, whoooo? I want names!

Snotboogieeee

June 16th, 2010
3:06 pm

I cant wait for tonight’s game to start so that we can stop discussing KK and his foibles. I will join Carroll in hoping we dont get a rain delay at least for this.

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

June 16th, 2010
3:07 pm

Would love to see the Braves get these next two, and you have to like their chances with Hanson and Hudson going. The Mets schedule toughens up considerably after this Indians series, and they already fired their best pitcher last night. The Phillies schedule is tough as well. Meanwhile, the Braves will get to play the Royals this weekend, who have played better under Yost, but are still the Royals.

ncscoots

June 16th, 2010
3:07 pm

Oh, the humanity! if Jurrjens runs his winless streak to 0-9!

There won’t be any toes left here TO trifle with, LOL. Bloggers will have gnawed them off in anxiety.

Thrill, I had a senior moment, there, I guess. Back to Medlen and KK! I’m sure there might be a single cogent thought on the subject that has not yet been brought up. :-)

Delbert D.

June 16th, 2010
3:09 pm

How about sending Kawakami to Gwinnett for 3 months to work the kinks out?

jerry

June 16th, 2010
3:09 pm

I predicted the bats would bust loose sunday and I’m going out on that limb tonight also. You bunch of whining bloogers

CB

June 16th, 2010
3:09 pm

Soph,just keep reading here daily. It will be obvious,lol.

Hat Land Dub Raves

June 16th, 2010
3:10 pm

Carroll,
Where will the 3rd rounder (Third baseman?) from Pitt start out. Wasn’t he a senior?

Carroll Rogers

June 16th, 2010
3:10 pm

Hat Land, last i checked Leonard hadn’t signed yet….

Sopheeee

June 16th, 2010
3:11 pm

Thanks for the new blog, Carroll!

jerry

June 16th, 2010
3:11 pm

oh and kk blah,blah,blah.blah,blah,blah

ncscoots

June 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

You bunch of whining bloogers

Get ‘em, jerry! Sic ‘em, boy, LOL. Give ‘em a “whiny-arsed maroon” for me, while you’re at it!

Hat Land Dub Raves

June 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

Thanks for the update, Carroll! Great blog!

Nova Scotia Steve

June 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

How about sending Kawakami to Gwinnett for 13 months years

Carroll Rogers

June 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

hm cbweathermaneeee. i guess marathan breaking down came last. but i like the analogy

Snotboogieeee

June 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

I think we get to see our old friend Kyle Davies on Sunday who is sporting a wonderful 6.01 ERA (with a 4-5 record).We should have a great game watching him get beat up (he says, neglecting to mention the opposing pitcher).

CB

June 16th, 2010
3:13 pm

jerry,you left out the racists remarks beside the blah,blah.

T'VILLE DAWG

June 16th, 2010
3:15 pm

No matter what else thank you Lord Cox will leave after this year, for the last 4 or 5 years he has lost the ability to make objective decisions about players and circumstances. Last night the team some how loaded the bases early and with Kawasaki coming to the plate and 4 down and Cox doesn’t use a pinch hitter, if they score something there the team may have made a charge especially with their guy Price pitching, he’s something. Kawasaki had already given up 4 runs and the feel is it would continue, then Cox replaces him anyway shortly thereafter. It’s like the last 4 years of Andruw Jones. No matter how bad he hurt his team he kept running him out there with his .136 batting average. No way Medlen goes to the pen if the Braves want to make a serious run, I know kawasaki makes about 10 mill a year but he has to go to middle relief, if you don’t win once in 10 tries it can’t always be the offense!

jerry

June 16th, 2010
3:15 pm

Lol and a “whiny-arsed maroon” also , oh by the way we are in 1st yayyyy

CB

June 16th, 2010
3:17 pm

jerry,I could learn to like you.

Scott

June 16th, 2010
3:17 pm

Thanks for the updates on the draft picks. Keep those coming. By the way, the Javier Vasquez trade is looking better and better with the way Vizcaino has been pitching in the minors.

Crime Dog

June 16th, 2010
3:19 pm

With prose like that, T’VILLE DAWG might be coming after your job Carroll.

David O'Brien

June 16th, 2010
3:19 pm

Couple of Chipper comments from Pudge and Michael Young, off a Sirius XM MLB radio network show:

Pudge Rodriguez: “Chipper, you know, he’s a great player. He’s been with the Atlanta Braves all his career and the numbers that he had and the career that he has there is pretty amazing. It’s always sad to hear news like that at the end of the year, you know, another superstar is going to leave the game. Ken Griffey, that was a surprise, that he retired. But you know, those guys, they’re amazing. What they do in their career, they’re amazing. Those guys are always fun to watch and, you know, hopefully Chipper changes his mind during the [season]. Maybe he’s saying that because right now he’s a little struggling but maybe when he comes back and starts hitting and has a good second half maybe he’ll change his mind and play for another year. You know, hopefully that happens but if it does not you know I respect those guys and I just wish them the best.”


Michael Young
: “I texted Chipper last night and told him he’s still my favorite player. But, you know, that’s just kind of the nature of the game. Chipper’s had an unbelievable career, he’s going to be a Hall of Famer. But now he’s trying to decide what the next step in his career is going to be. But knowing Chipper and knowing how much pride he takes in his game and what a great player he’s been for so long, I just don’t see him not getting hot this season. I mean, the Braves are having a great year and I think as the season progresses and we get into a pennant race, Chipper’s going to have a lot to do with them staying there.”

GoBraves45

June 16th, 2010
3:20 pm

Has anyone heard of the Marlins 1th round pick Grant Dayton before? just curious as to see if anyone has an opinion of him, he was a high school teamate of mine, sorry about this being off topic I am mainly a reader and not a poster

jerry

June 16th, 2010
3:20 pm

Thanks CB Way too many unhappy people in this world it seems

GT Fan

June 16th, 2010
3:20 pm

Carroll, nice blog, but you need to get someone to change the headline on the sports page. It says

Chipper’s family speaks out
Carroll Rogers: Jones family realizes Chipper’s days are numbered – but he’s not done yet.

Makes it sound like they issued a press release telling everyone to leave their poor son alone. I clicked this article expecting to be highly annoyed. I’ve been one of Chipper’s supporters, but I honestly don’t care if his family thinks the fans are not treating him nicely enough. I was pleasantly surprised when I read the blog.

TY44

June 16th, 2010
3:21 pm

Why didnt Bobby take KK out when the bases were loaded and ;pinch hit!???I mean wasnt it 4 or 5 to zip? Same ole Bobby, cant manage pitchers! I mean, the Mets are right on the doorstep, and he lets him bat….thats exactly why we have only won one W.S.! Dang Bobby!

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 16th, 2010
3:22 pm

Micheal Young we might have a job opening next year, you interested???

the TRUTH

June 16th, 2010
3:23 pm

SHUT UP and play baseball…what a distraction to his team mates.

Texas Bob

June 16th, 2010
3:24 pm

Heard a great band in Savanah last nite……waiting on rain delay….Stereomonster out of columbus ga. Go Braves!

jerry

June 16th, 2010
3:24 pm

DOB those are pretty interesting comments. Thanks “you know”

bravesgrl4life

June 16th, 2010
3:25 pm

Carroll, thanks for the new bloggage, Ms. Chief :)

I sincerely hope the rain stays away tonight. I actually bought this ticket and if the game doesn’t start until after 9, well, I may get to stay for 1 inning. I live an hour or so away from Turner Field and I have to get up at 5 a.m. So, I gotta be in bed no later than midnight or I am not gonna make it. Rain, rain, stay away, come again on a non-home game day :)

bravesgrl4life

June 16th, 2010
3:27 pm

And, oh, yeah, thanks DOB for the comments. Those were great.

I’ve always liked Pudge, in spite of him never being a Brave.

Rob from SC

June 16th, 2010
3:27 pm

Craig Kimbrel was awfully impressive last night. SHould be moving up the depth chart.

I know there is a lot of talk on this blog about Kimbrel’s control issues, but Venters was the same way in the minors. Given the chance, look how good Venters is, Kimbrel will be the same way.

Nova Scotia Steve

June 16th, 2010
3:27 pm

Excellent quotes Carroll.

Micheal Young on Kawakami

“You know, I love facing that guy. He’s the kind pitcher that doesn’t mind throwing you two balls to start off an at-bat then grove an 89 MPH right in my wheel house. I really respect the guy for that. I think it all comes down to how well he handles losing. The guy is a professional and handles it really well. I remember facing him last year and he threw one of those beautiful looping beach balls, i think he calls it a curve ball…but i actually had time to go back to the on deck circle, put some more pine tar on my bat and get back in the batters box. i then aproceeded to crush it 9and his soul) a good 450 feet. That was a good day.”

GTSteve

June 16th, 2010
3:28 pm

“Micheal Young we might have a job opening next year, you interested???”

Now that is the best idea I have heard all day

Nova Scotia Steve

June 16th, 2010
3:28 pm

Excellent quotes Carroll….eerrrr I mean DOB.

Good stuff

Thrillhouse44

June 16th, 2010
3:30 pm

You bunch of whining bloogers

jerry, you should close ever comment with this. It still has me chuckling.

Nova Scotia Steve

June 16th, 2010
3:31 pm

Micheal Young on Kawakami

- Corrected quote – would hate to mis-quote anyone.

“You know, I love facing that guy. He’s the kind pitcher that doesn’t mind throwing you two balls to start off an at-bat then grove an 89 MPH fastball right in my wheel house. I really respect the guy for that. I think it all comes down to how well he handles losing. The guy is a professional and handles it really well. I remember facing him last year and he threw one of those beautiful looping beach balls, i think he calls it a curve ball…but i actually had time to go back to the on deck circle, put some more pine tar on my bat and get back in the batters box. i then proceeded to crush it (and his soul) a good 450 feet. That was a good day.”

TnBrian

June 16th, 2010
3:31 pm

Those are some kind words from other players on CJ, but I’m kind of with “the TRUTH” here … shutup and play ball. It’s hard enough this game and now I hope this season doesn’t turn into a farewell tour for Bobby and Chipper. Save the warm and fuzzy moments until the last pitch of the season/postseason is pitched.

CraZyTRaDeMaN

June 16th, 2010
3:32 pm

Rob from SC, What control issues did Kimbrel have in the minors????

jerry

June 16th, 2010
3:32 pm

Glad I could help Thrill

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 16th, 2010
3:32 pm

I would love to have Michael Young on this team. Hell, i would love to have a .300 hitter which the braves don’t have other than Prado.

Chris from the Rock

June 16th, 2010
3:32 pm

Rather than ship Kawakami to Seattle, bring Ichiro here. Move him back to CF, and he’s exactly what the Bravez need, contract be damned. Of course, everyone says the M’s won’t deal the face of their franchise, especially after Jr’s retirement. But everyone has their price. And they need young talent. And money says #51 would waive his 10 & 5 rights to go to a perennial contender, especially one that already has two of his countymen on the roster. With Chipper’s contract off the books (allegedly), they can accomodate Ichiro’s hefty salary. But of course, this will never happen. But I love his game and he’s clearly not slowing down.

TnBrian

June 16th, 2010
3:33 pm

Nova Scotia, you ain’t kiddin’! KK loves throwing batting practice and it seems to be the really good hitters he throws the fattest ones.

BAMABRAVE

June 16th, 2010
3:34 pm

Will be sad if this is Chipper’s last year. He’s meant so much to the success of the Braves over the past 15+ years. I was wondering who might be available either through trade or free agency next year to come in and be the replacement at 3rd base.Any ideas?

papadawg

June 16th, 2010
3:34 pm

I remember having Chipper in the batting order and in the field was huge but now if he’s in the batting order or on the field all I can say is it’s time to hang it up Chipper

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 16th, 2010
3:34 pm

We need one more big bat and i will feel sooo much better about the braves chances of making it to the playoffs

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 16th, 2010
3:35 pm

How about Alex Gordon????

MFin04

June 16th, 2010
3:36 pm

It’s really hard to feel one way or another with Bobby and Chipper. In one respect its hard to see them go because what they have meant to this team over the years, but in another way the last few years they have been hurting the team and it would be nice for this Braves team to get younger and move on.

Props to Chipper for all the great memories. Probably the best, most recent memory was Chipper flirting with hitting .400 and winning the batting title vs Pujols with the .364 batting average. Everything he hit seemed to drop. What an amazing year that was.

jeffreeeeeeeey d

June 16th, 2010
3:37 pm

I like how the conversation on the last blog kept going after multiple “Hey guys, the new blog is up!” reminders. It was like a group of teens angry at their parents for making them keep it down

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