Diaz trips up Red Man, but other Braves hits lacking

PHILADELPHIA — In tripping up the fan who ran on the field Monday night attired in a red Spandex bodysuit –- this stuff does not happen in Atlanta – Matt Diaz instantly elevated himself to at least marginal cult-hero status among both Braves fans and the iron-lunged denizens of Citizens Bank Park.

Matt Diaz, I won't stop until I get my revenge.

Matt Diaz, I won't stop until I get my revenge.

It should be noted, however, that the affable Diaz apparently already had a bond with some Philliestines.

“I like Philly fans, they’re fun to mess with,” said Diaz, who was surrounded by reporters after Monday night’s 3-1 Braves loss, reporters whose questions for Diaz were all related to the seventh-inning incident that has now been viewed countless times on YouTube and assorted sites across the blogosphere. Here’s a version taken by a fan (the ones off the TV feed have apparently been blocked by MLB since last night).

“I think sometimes they’re attention-starved, so if you turn around during the game they’ll treat you right,” Diaz said, talking about the fans, not Spandex-attired ballgame interlopers. “They’ve always treated me right here.”

Diaz made a great sliding catch in the first inning last night to help Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy in his major league debut. Diaz also had a second-inning single off Cole Hamels, putting runners at the corners with none out after Brian McCann’s RBI double had given the Braves a 1-0 lead.

They didn’t score again, blowing that second-inning opportunity, which Bobby Cox called (correctly) the early turning point of the game. Wasted opportunity on a night when the Braves wouldn’t get many more against the splendid Hamels.

But anyway, all anyone wanted to talk to Diaz about last night was the seventh inning, when he waited for the right moment to help end the latest fan-on-the-field incident in Philly, where they’ve had more than their share.

The fan, later identified as a Philly-area teen, Sean Hagan — those spirited Irish kids, boy I tell ya — and had a scheduled court appearance today, was eluding middle-aged security guards in the outfield for perhaps a minute before he made an ill-advised second turn into the left-field territory.

Where Diaz was standing, observing, waiting.

“I saw him come out of the bleachers out of the corner of my eye,” Diaz said of the kid’s original entry. “I thought he was coming at me at first, so I kind of bowed up.

“Then I saw their security guy go down, and I said this is dangerous, so if he comes back I’ll try to tackle him. Well, he came back, and I didn’t want to get hurt or hurt him, so I just stuck out my foot and he hit it. He got right back up and their security guy crushed him.”

(Almost forgot to mention, the red Spandex suit, including the full-face mask, is an homage to the “green man” on the great TV show It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and a fan or fans also roams Eagles games in the green Spandex.)

Anyway, Diaz remembered an incident in Atlanta where a fan came on the field and a security guard popular with players suffered a concussion in the aftermath of the takedown. He said he didn’t want to see that happen again.

He also remembered a May incident in Philly where a 17-year-old fan ran on the field and was hit with a stun gun by a police officer, a case that led the Phillies to decide that only their security guards would pursue those who ran on the field, and turn them over to police afterward.

On Monday, the security guards got some help from the Braves left fielder.

“I saw this idiot in a red suit coming right at me,” Diaz said, smiling. “I figured he’d rather get tripped than Tased.”

Family man by day, ballplayer/vigilante by night.

Family man by day, ballplayer/vigilante by night.

Bobby Cox wasn’t in a good mood, for obvious reasons, during his postgame press conference. But the Braves skipper cracked a little smile when asked, as the presser was winding down, about Diaz’s “great play.”

“Diaz made a great play, yes he did,” Cox said. “Saved the guards some broken hips.”

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, a Florida neighbor of Diaz, told reporters after the game: “He’ll be telling me about that all winter. He took him down pretty quickly. He might get a [penalty] flag in football if he did that.”

Unfortunately for Atlanta, Diaz and McCann had the only two big-impact hits for the Bravos on a night when Hamels dazzled over eight innings – the guy is 5-0 with a 0.49 ERA in his past five stats — and Beachy got little support.

Beachy was charged with three runs, two unearned after a fly ball that Jason Heyward turned into a three-base error in the fifth. The 24-year-old pitcher surrendered four hits in 4-1/3 innings, with three walks (two intentional) and one strikeout.

“Beachy did awesome tonight,” Diaz said. “He gave us a chance to win. Unfortunately, it’s been the song of our September: we didn’t score enough runs for him.”

“Cole did not allow their bullpen to get in. Once we let him off the hook in the second, he cruised, pretty much. It’s time for us to start cashing those in.”

Everyone (except Beachy himself) agreed it was an impressive performance by the rookie, who was brought to Philly on Sunday to be a standby emergency starter, and didn’t know until four hours before the game that he’d be pitching, after Jair Jurrjens‘ knee still ached during an afternoon mound test.

Beachy hadn’t pitched since Sept. 3, and had only eight games (seven starts) above the Double-A level before facing the power-laden Phillies lineup in a hitter-friendly ballpark before a raucous, sold-out crowd.

The Phillies were hitting .303 with 25 homers in September, tied with Colorado for the league leads, before getting only one earned run and a pair of extra-base hits (both second-inning doubles) against Beachy.

All things considered, it was a strong debut.

“The location of his pitches in the first couple of innings were a little erratic,”  McCann said, “but after that he started pounding the bottom of the zone, started changing up speeds a little better. I thought he did great.”

Whether Beachy gets another start this season might depend on the result of Jurrjens’ MRI today in Atlanta.

Also, though the Braves haven’t mentioned the possibility, perhaps they’d even consider resting an admittedly fatigued Mike Minor after tonight. Just thinking aloud here.

For now, for tonight, Minor faces ace Roy Halladay; no, it doesn’t get any easier for the Bravos in this series. Tomorrow it’s Tommy Hanson against Roy Oswalt, who’s 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA in his past seven starts, including 5-0 in five at home.

Braves fans looking for a positive: Oswalt is 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA in seven regular-season starts against Atlanta, and gave up 10 hits and six runs in two innings the last time he faced them, on Sept. 10, 2009.

Turns out he was hurt then, but still, it’s something. Right?

Prado’s production down: I’d say that Martin Prado’s recent fortunes were exemplified Monday when he hit a long, would-be homer that hooked foul by about 10 feet in the sixth inning, then lined into an inning-ending double play on the next pitch.

Even when he hits balls hard lately, he hasn’t had much to show for it.

Still hitting third every day, he’s 17-for-71 (.239) with four doubles, no homers and five RBIs in his past 17 games, including 1-for-16 on the current trip, with three double plays grounded into (two Monday vs. Hamels).

♣ FYI: If the Braves (86-65) go 6-5 in their remaining games, San Diego (83-66) would need to go 10-3 in its remaining games to finish ahead of the Braves in the wild-card race, or Colorado (82-67) would need to go 11-2 in its remaining 13…. In their past 10 games, the Braves are 6-4, the Padres are 4-6, and the Rockies are 7-3…. After his sluggish start with the Braves, Derrek Lee has hit .320 (24-for-75) in his past 23 games, with seven doubles, two homers, 13 RBIs and 11 walks. He’s 7-for-15 with a grand slam on the trip, and Monday was his third consecutive two-hit game…. Buster Olney, in his ESPN.com blog, reports that Cole Hamels threw 74 four-seam (non-sinker) fastballs against the Braves, his second-most of the season, and that a season-high 52 percent were in the strike zone. Hamels also tied his season-high with five strikeouts on changeups, all swinging, and all on pitches out of the strike zone.

OK, gotta shut it down and get over to DiNic’s to pick up a sandwich before cabbing to the ballpark. It’s Leonard Cohen’s birthday, so let’s close with one fro the legend. You can hear it here, with an interesting video montage someone did to go with it.

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“EVERYBODY KNOWS” by Leonard Cohen

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded

Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed

Everybody knows that the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking

Everybody knows that the captain lied

Everybody got this broken feeling

Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets

Everybody wants a box of chocolates

And a long stem rose

Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby

Everybody knows that you really do

Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful

Ah give or take a night or two

Everybody knows you’ve been discreet

But there were so many people you just had to meet

Without your clothes

And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it’s now or never

Everybody knows that it’s me or you

And everybody knows that you live forever

Ah when you’ve done a line or two

Everybody knows the deal is rotten

Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton

For your ribbons and bows

And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming

Everybody knows that it’s moving fast

Everybody knows that the naked man and woman

Are just a shining artifact of the past

Everybody knows the scene is dead

But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed

That will disclose

What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you’re in trouble

Everybody knows what you’ve been through

From the bloody cross on top of Calvary

To the beach of Malibu

Everybody knows it’s coming apart

Take one last look at this Sacred Heart

Before it blows

And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

Oh everybody knows, everybody knows

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

Everybody knows

2,642 comments Add your comment

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

September 21st, 2010
2:15 pm

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
2:15 pm

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

September 21st, 2010
2:17 pm

What do i get DOB for posting 1st

FEAR

September 21st, 2010
2:18 pm

I would have chosen Angel of Death by Slayer for the sond today. We need that kind of attitude tonight

Bat Masterson

September 21st, 2010
2:20 pm

You tell ‘em Soph.

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
2:22 pm

Always sunny in philadelphia is a really funny show. Just started watching this year and have already caught up and seen the other seasons

CraZyPhILtHyHaTeRMaN

September 21st, 2010
2:24 pm

timthebrave

Its the best thing thats come from Philly since……….Its the best thing to come from Philly!

McFann Ô Ô

September 21st, 2010
2:24 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief. MattE rules…that was something to laugh about last night, anyway!

Sic ‘em Soph!

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

September 21st, 2010
2:25 pm

timthebrave

Love that show

Charlie day is the man

chin music

September 21st, 2010
2:26 pm

“And everybody knows that the Plague is coming

Everybody knows that it’s moving fast

Everybody knows that the naked man and woman

Are just a shining artifact of the past

Everybody knows the scene is dead

But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed

That will disclose

What everybody knows”

…one of my favorite verses ever. happy birthday, lc. and thanks for bloggage, dob.

FEAR

September 21st, 2010
2:26 pm

or ghosts of war also by slayer

D.J.

September 21st, 2010
2:26 pm

From the previous blog-

He Ain’t No Willie Mays: Would you mind taking a look at Heyward’s 20-year-old rookie stats vs. Mays’ 20-year-old rookie stats? They’re eerily similar.

Willie’s stats: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mayswi01.shtml
Heyward’s: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/heywaja01.shtml

south georgia braves

September 21st, 2010
2:29 pm

We lead 1-0, first and third with no outs – couldn’t score. Mister Mo went and sat in the Phils dugout. Then the phatom double play. Then Jason’s error. Then the 2 run shot that hooked foul. Man, we couldn’t catch a break.

I feel that Beachy pitched well..considering.

Let’s see which Minor we get tonight.

Soph

September 21st, 2010
2:29 pm

Thanks for the new blog, DOB. Cute pic of MattE & his kids there.

N8

September 21st, 2010
2:30 pm

Sad thing is, other than Beachy making a nice debut and Mac’s double, Diaz’s hip check was the most entertaining part of the game.

Smack

September 21st, 2010
2:30 pm

Great sack by Diaz!

Soph

September 21st, 2010
2:30 pm

Ha, thanks Bat & McFann. That nonsense finally irked me enough to respond.

Murph

September 21st, 2010
2:32 pm

Interesting numbers at the end of the blog, but I have to admit I’m worried about the Braves chances of going 6-5. They look tired and banged up. I hope they have enough in the tank to pull it off.

I’d like to think they could sweep the Nationals, but let’s assume they go 2-3 against them. The Marlins always seem to play the Bravos tough, so let’s assume they go 1-3 against them. That would mean they’d need to go 3-5 in the remaining games against the Phillies.

Good luck with that.

Lefty

September 21st, 2010
2:34 pm

I remember the song from “Pump up the Volume” with Christian Slater.

Snotboogie

September 21st, 2010
2:34 pm

The dude with the name “He Ain’t No Willie Mays” is obviously trolling for comments. No one can be dumb enough to want Melky over Heyward, Can they? Please ignore him.

Kerfeld

September 21st, 2010
2:35 pm

Not blaming last night’s loss on Heyward’s error, but he’s not exactly a magician in right, is he? He’s misplayed several balls badly this year.

Felix Millan

September 21st, 2010
2:36 pm

you’re right south– we needed a big hit with first and third. But that’s the way the last month or so has been.

Chop Chop

September 21st, 2010
2:37 pm

Everybody knows that you love me, baby.
Everybody knows that you really do.
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful,
Ah, give or take a night or two.
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes…
And everybody knows.

One of the cleverest verses you’ll ever see in a song.

Brava

September 21st, 2010
2:37 pm

I’m not mad at Heyward for not catching the ball, just disappointed in his comments after the game. He took no responsibility for missing it, although it caught the end of his glove and ultimately started a chain of events that cost us the ballgame. His defense hasn’t been all that great lately and he’d do well to acknowledge that and commit to improving it, rather than claiming there was nothing he could do.

Chris

September 21st, 2010
2:37 pm

I hope they threw that guy in the slammer with his red spandex on.

coach joe

September 21st, 2010
2:39 pm

Got to stay positive and stay the course…wild card is still do-able.. have faith.

great song.. Go Braves..

Snotboogie

September 21st, 2010
2:39 pm

So about JJ – the fact that he has gone for an MRI and declined to talk with reporters about it, suggests that he could have something worse than a bruise or a twisted knee right. If he is out for any more starts, I’m guessing Beachy stays and starts in his place. His next turn in the rotation comes up against the Nats. Will be interesting to see how things unfold.

Chop Chop

September 21st, 2010
2:39 pm

Why should he, Brava?

Bobby completely exonerated the kid.

D.J.

September 21st, 2010
2:39 pm

Snotboogie- Yeah, he’s certainly trolling, but I looked at Mays’ stats vs. Heyward’s and they’re incredibly similar through their first season. I figured it was worth posting even if it promoted a troll party.

C's

September 21st, 2010
2:39 pm

Oh, good grief.

Should he have caught the ball? Yes.
Was I mad that he didn’t? Hell yes.
Does it make him a bad outfielder? No.

Sh!t happens, people. Even to the best of ‘em.

Spot on!

FEAR

September 21st, 2010
2:40 pm

Everyone still remembers Jason IS 21, RIGHT?

Venice Jim

September 21st, 2010
2:41 pm

Watching the video with the Leonard Cohen song – great clips from The Man from U.N.C.L.E….

south georgia braves

September 21st, 2010
2:42 pm

Felix – Yeah, but I could just feel the mo changing there. In fact, I thought of the 91 Wolrd Series for a moment.

I know it’s a tall order, but we need some runs early tonight.

Brava

September 21st, 2010
2:42 pm

Bobby exonerates almost everyone, Chop Chop. I’d like to have seen Heyward take responsibility in spite of Bobby. I lost a few respect points for him last night. As I said, just disappointed. I still think the world of him as a player.

PhilaPaul

September 21st, 2010
2:43 pm

From a Phillies Fan – ya gotta love this guy Diaz. I bet he gets a standing O at the game tonight. Anyway, this series and the next between the Braves and the Phis are what this time of year is all about. Enjoy it. Just not too much if you get my drift!

I hope you get some good crowds at Turner for the final series. Your team deserves the support.

Daybed Wagmoe

September 21st, 2010
2:43 pm

Matt Diaz — classy move. I think that some ballplayers may have tried to do some serious injury to an on-the-field disruptor, but he did enough to thwart him while not injuring him at the same time. Good job.

Felix Millan

September 21st, 2010
2:44 pm

south- you could almost see our shoulders slump

Chop Chop

September 21st, 2010
2:48 pm

Bobby’s a Hall of Fame manager.

If it’s okay for a Hall of Famer to exonerate a player, isn’t it indeed right and salutary for the player to exonerate himself?

Hillbilly

September 21st, 2010
2:50 pm

PhilaPaul (2:43),
Respectful post from the “bad guys.” We don’t get that too often around here.

I’ll be doin’ my part by making the 11 hour drive for that final Sunday game. I just hope it’s a meaningful game at that point.

haggard

September 21st, 2010
2:52 pm

Soph

Sure enough. Heyward could have “dogged it” a little bit, maybe even not gotten as good a jump on the ball, and he would have nevre been charged with the error.
Willie Mays was a wonderful outfielder–won 12 gold gloves, tyig Roberto Clemente for the most all-time. But Mays committed a few errors as well.
Jason Heyward, I’ll take him and three more like him in my outfield anyday. And twice on Sunday !

haggard

September 21st, 2010
2:53 pm

“never been”

haggard

September 21st, 2010
2:54 pm

Gary O

September 21st, 2010
2:57 pm

I like the idea from the previous blog of giving Prado 2 days off (1 day off plus the off day coming up).
Maybe a couple days off will help him feel a little better.

I dont know what it is about hitting 3rd. Chipper struggled there early in the year, and now Martin is struggling there.

Maybe Bobby will switch Prado and heyward for the playoffs. That way, Martin can do what he does best. Get on third, and not worry as much about RBIs.

It is interesting that our best leadoff hitter is batting third…given the completely different mindsets

McFann Ô Ô

September 21st, 2010
2:57 pm

Soph That nonsense finally irked me enough to respond.

Yeah, that was ridiculous (cann I type that on here? ;) ). I get so sick of people always blaming a loss on one guy’s error. Yes, errors cann play a huge roll in a loss, but come on—1 run from the offense?

usnavyvolfaninva

September 21st, 2010
2:58 pm

Great to see Matt using his powers to defeat Red Man…. NOw let’s use them to defeat the Phitins’

bigchieeeeeeeeeeeeefrg

September 21st, 2010
3:01 pm

Phillies get runners on and put pressure on the defense with hit and runs and stolen base attempts. Braves get runners on and wait for the big fly.

Point–Braves cant afford to wait for things to happen. They need to go make things happen.

haggard

September 21st, 2010
3:02 pm

I just read my previous post and it might be interpreted to read that Heywood “dogged it”. Not at all.
My point was that if he hadn’t hustled and gotten a glove on the ball, (i.e.–not gotten as good a jump), he would have never touched the ball and never been charged with the error.

haggard

September 21st, 2010
3:03 pm

“Heyward–and two more like him.”

south georgia braves

September 21st, 2010
3:04 pm

Braves top hitters against Halladay: McCann .500 (10 AB), D Lee .375 (8 AB)and Gonzo .308 (13 AB). Hinske, Cabrera and Glaus have homered against him, but none of them are hitting their weight. I know, disadvantage to Cabrera.

haggard

September 21st, 2010
3:04 pm

Obviously I can’t type at this time, so I think I’ll go run the lawnmower.

Nova Scotia Steve

September 21st, 2010
3:04 pm

I blame everyone for last night’s loss. All of you.

Including myself.

Nova Scotia Steve

September 21st, 2010
3:05 pm

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
3:05 pm

The phillies series will be sold out. The Braves always get a lot of support on the weekends. Just don’t get many out there for week days. Except me

Tonto

September 21st, 2010
3:06 pm

Brave must be more respectful to Red Man.

jay dubu

September 21st, 2010
3:06 pm

When the Phillies got a runner to 3rd with less than 2 outs, the runner scored, the Braves not so. That’s the difference between the two teams for the month of September.

raleighbravefan

September 21st, 2010
3:07 pm

haggard – I’ll take 3 more… 1 to give the other 3 a break and fill in during injuries!

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
3:07 pm

On Heyward’s play….Tough play…He made an error…Move on

Hippie

September 21st, 2010
3:09 pm

Diaz should have shown more peace, love and compassion to one of his brothers on this planet.
Also, every day is earth day.

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
3:10 pm

Murph, You just assume that we are going to win only 1 out of 3 against the Marlins so that you can make it seem like it is impossible to make the playoffs. I think the Braves can win 2 out of 3 if not sweep the Marlins. Take your pessimism and bad math elsewhere

Neon yellow shirt guy

September 21st, 2010
3:10 pm

That red ensemble is GROSS.
It also makes his butt look fat.

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
3:12 pm

I thought the red guy was entertaining. I also think it’s more entertaining when they get tackled and most entertaining when they get tasered…Bring back the taser Philly

jay dubu

September 21st, 2010
3:12 pm

Gary O,

If you’ve watched the Braves any at all under #6’s management, and I trust that you have, you already know that #6 is not going to switch Prado and Heyward in the batting order. The only way someone other than Prado bats 3rd the rest of this season, is if Prado is not in the lineup.

Mama

September 21st, 2010
3:13 pm

Mama, “Does this red spandex suit make me look fat?”

Answers: “No mama, it’s yo big ol butt!”

Bobby Cox

September 21st, 2010
3:14 pm

Change bad.
Fire good.
Prado third.

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
3:15 pm

If nobody hits in the batting order does it matter what the batting order is?……What am I doing?….What I meant to say…..”It’s that booby cox fault”….har har…get it…i said booby instead of bobby…hardy har har

Mensa President

September 21st, 2010
3:15 pm

Well, said, “Mama.”
Well said.

Mensa President's Mama

September 21st, 2010
3:18 pm

Son, sometimes you’re just too darn smart for your own britches. By the way, those britches make you look like a lard-ass.

south georgia braves

September 21st, 2010
3:18 pm

Check the score after three complete. That will be a big indication of how this game will go.

But here are some “feel better” facts. Halladays last five starts: Houston 7 In, 6 hits, 3 runs
Dodgers 7 In, 10 hits, 3 runs
Brewers 7 In, 7 hits, 4 runs
Mets 7.2 In, 8 hits, 4 runs
Marlins 6 In, 10 hits, 3 runs.

He has given up 6 homers in last three starts!

It’s not over folks.

Lew

September 21st, 2010
3:19 pm

Gary O_I’m doubting that Chipper’s early season struggles as well as Martin current cold streak had anything at all to do with them batting third. Chipper was just cold and Martin is still hurting from that broken finger. AS couple days off wouldn’t hurt, though.

Finally got the cast off today and now I have to re-learn how to walk. Weird. Thought it would be like riding a bike or something – just pick up where you left off . It’s not

"The House of Steinbrenner"

September 21st, 2010
3:19 pm

What a bunch of revisionist history propaganda.

David O'Brien

September 21st, 2010
3:21 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Infante, 2. Heyward rf, 3. Prado 3b, 4. McCann c, 5. Lee 1b, 6. McLouth lf, 7. Gonzalez ss, 8. Ankiel cf, 9. Minor p

DC Brave

September 21st, 2010
3:21 pm

Just win Braves. Just win.

Gareth Keenan Investigates

September 21st, 2010
3:22 pm

DOB – thanks for confirming the “green man” reference. I figured with the red spandex and the game being in philly that there might be a connection. McPoyles rule!

O.J.

September 21st, 2010
3:22 pm

Both Nate and Rick are playing center today I see, lol

FEAR

September 21st, 2010
3:23 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Infante, 2. Heyward rf, 3. Prado 3b, 4. McCann c, 5. Lee 1b, 6. McLouth cf, 7. Gonzalez ss, 8. Ankiel cf, 9. Minor p

…….eh….uhg

Chris

September 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

I never thought I’d be saying this back in mid-summer, but it’s good to see Nate’s name in the lineup.

Pete

September 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

Sure wish we we talking about Diaz hitting two homers instead of tripping some stupid fan. But after watching that boring game that was the only highlight we had. Sure better than the two errors. Wonder how many bases Phils steal tonight know we will not have any because dont have anyone that could.

Gareth Keenan Investigates

September 21st, 2010
3:24 pm

Why would Ankiel start over Hinske? Is he hurt?

Bobby Cox

September 21st, 2010
3:25 pm

Two center fielders are better than one.
zzzzzzzzzz……..

Lew

September 21st, 2010
3:26 pm

Because Hinske isn’t as good defensively as either McLouth or Ankiel?

AZBravoFan

September 21st, 2010
3:26 pm

Bobby will never do it, but I’d lead off Nate tonight. Dude is hot, speedy and can be disruptive on the bases. Omar and Martin have been scuffling a little. You could bat either of them 2nd, Heyward 3rd. Personally, I’d even rest Martin and let Brooks play third and bat lower in the order. I realize these are drastic changes for such a big series, but we’re kind of in dire straits at this point don’t you think?

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

The defense cost us the game last night? Why would Ankiel be in there today? Think about it…..

jt

September 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

bobby’s line-up is horrific. retire soon, you have been out of touch for a long time.

Lew

September 21st, 2010
3:28 pm

Dire Straights (aside from being a relatively decent band) is when you’re down by four games with four or five left and no chance for the Wild Card.

jay dubu

September 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

Haven’t the Braves played most of their games without a LF this season? In the batting order at least…

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

jt, what would your lineup be?

Doc Halladay

September 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

“The House of Steinbrenner”

September 21st, 2010
3:19 pm
What a bunch of revisionist history propaganda.

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I grew up in the Bronx. A Yankee fan from the time I could walk.(as I’m old as dirt – let me just say that when I was a kid you could get into bleachers at YS for $0.75) Then I moved to Philly. Dropped all my NYC teams for Philly teams except the Yankees. But my kids all grew up Phillies phans and over the years they grew on me. Last year was definitely a problem for me.

Let me just say that Steinbrenner was a world class JERK!!!. And that’s being polite. He always talked about Yankee tradition but did everything he could to undermine it. True Yankee fans – at least the older ones, HATED him.

When he paid some jerk 50 grand to dig up dirt on Dave Winfield I followed Yogi out the door and stayed away for 10 years.

He was a jerk, blowhard and mean spirited. Which he tried to cover up by making charitable contributions. Didn’t want him to die and I feel bad for his family but……….GOOD RIDDANCE.

Lew

September 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

jt-I guess when Bobby retires in another month (or so) you;’ll tell us you knew all along he’d retire, right? Who would you put in there? Keep in mind we can’t play Pujols tonight.

Martha Quinn

September 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

Dire Straits, Lew.
Also, RIP Leonard Skinner.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

September 21st, 2010
3:31 pm

I saw Ankiel get thrown out at Citi field, that slide looked sooo funny

Jim

September 21st, 2010
3:31 pm

That lineup is our best defensive team especially in the outfield. I just hope that Ankiel will provide us with a big hit or two before its all said and done. Its about time Ankiel hit a home run isn’t it? I also like the way McLouth is swinging the bat. I am worried about Prado though.

FEAR

September 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

dire straits kicks ass. money for nothing is a great tune!

Wink Martindale

September 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

Jay Dabu wins the “Melky Cabrera Joke of the Day” contest!!
Congratulations, Jay.

CraZyPhILtHyHaTeRMaN

September 21st, 2010
3:32 pm

Watch Rick hit a bomb tonight!?!?!?! Bloggers tomorrow will be calling for him to be in the line-up every day.

Lew

September 21st, 2010
3:33 pm

Martha Quinn-Getting a good quip in there and getting the spelling to work correctly is about as hard as ….. well, as hard as being a 68 year old VJ.

chris

September 21st, 2010
3:33 pm

bobby certainly loves that righty lefty mathups, no matter who’s hitting….

Matty D: Red Man Hunter

September 21st, 2010
3:33 pm

Braves (winning) lineup: 1. McLouth lf, 2. Infante 2b, 3. Heyward rf, 4. McCann c, 5. Lee 1b, 6. Gonzalez ss, 7. Conrad 3b, 8. Ankiel cf, 9. Minor p

David O'Brien

September 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

Hudson and Lowe scheduled to pitch first two games for Braves vs. Washington (vs. Zimmerman on Wednesday, Maya on Thursday), and TBA vsl Livan H. in third game (awaiting Jurrjens update, MRI today)

Nova Scotia Steve

September 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

This from Twitter

When you look at the #Braves lineup today it really is amazing this team is close to winning 90 games.

timthebrave

September 21st, 2010
3:35 pm

Bobby put ankiel and mcclouth in probably because we aren’t going to outslug anyone with Halladay on the mound so he is putting in our best defense to try and keep their score low…That’s my guess on the lineup

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