4:20 pm September 29, 2010, by David O'Brien
September 29th, 20104:21 pm
September 29th, 20104:22 pm
September 29th, 20104:24 pm
…and DOWN the stretch we come!
Nova Scotia Steve
September 29th, 20104:25 pm
Posted on last blog so sorry for the repost
The only people that care about attendance is the people that don’t go to the games. I do my part for attendance by going 20 times a year. 2.5 million and I can get a ticket easy and cheap. I can park easy and get on the road easy. I would only go to a few games a year if I had to deal with 1 hour traffic to park and $50 a seat prices. I much prefer paying $5 and sitting wherever the f*** I want. Go Braves!
Try that one FEAR
as previously said, Diaz hitting #3 is a joke for a playoff team.
That being said, I would love for Matty to show me and the Marlins up
P-Town Brave ©
Yes, but TBS made me a fan in IL and SportsSouth has kept me on MLB EI, minus Chip Caray…
Chip on the other hand would drive you straight to the park if you lived close enough.
September 29th, 20104:26 pm
thanks bat!! that works
some of my favorite Snider tunes: “Alright Guy”, “Talkin’ Seattle Blues”, “Trouble”, “Easy Money” … dude’s so underrated
please please please. can we rough up this freaking jobber Miller?! Everyone else has except us.
September 29th, 20104:27 pm
“Gillick had known Cox since the early 1970s, when Cox managed a winter league team in Venezuela”
Good grief….WHO IS OUR MANAGER??? So awesome…Sorry to the bashers, but I would love to see a movie…documentary…whatever…about Bobby Cox.
I’m gonna shoot the next person that bitches about the Braves attendance in the foot.
September 29th, 20104:28 pm
I’m ready to win this game, get September out of the way and start heating up in October to finish strong.
Brave4life- We almost had it
September 29th, 20104:29 pm
I hope we ween
McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:
Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!
T for Texas You have gotten positively snarky as of late. You are cracking me up.
Haha, thanks…I think. Always glad to be able to bring the laughter.
BTW, “Morse is a Morse of course, of course” was specifically penned for you.
Love that you used the word “jobber” to describe Miller…
I killed Oscar and I forgave me.
Does the milk dud have compromising photos of BC somewhere? How does this guy stay in the lineup?
September 29th, 20104:30 pm
I bought my World Series tix today.
Miller usually locates good against us, if you know what i mean
Why isn’t Heyward hitting third?
Third in the order is where he needs to be now and for the future.
Sure FEAR, happy to help.
September 29th, 20104:31 pm
“Nice [goatee] on your chin, Huddy,” McCann said, using another term.
OK, not sure I wanna know what that means!
“I’ve played in the past three World Series,” one unidentified player said in a deep, serious tone, as though he were Hinske. “That’s what I do,” another player chimed in. It was funny. It was all that Hinske and Hudson could do not to bust out laughing mid-interview.
September 29th, 20104:32 pm
Matty D is going to get hot,I can feel it.
September 29th, 20104:33 pm
melky goes all Haku on miller and hits a dinger!
Anyone else think Aaron Boone looks like Johnny Knoxville
September 29th, 20104:35 pm
Braves attendance is terrible..now shoot me
Wouldn’t Melky be closer to D-Lo Brown?
Drop the Lo Down on Miller
Brave4life: Now that you mention it, Boone really does look like Johnny Knoxville. Not only that, he actually sounds a bit like him.
Chop Chop – need a date? My husband doesn’t care if I go to a game with another guy, or so he says
sutton said last night that these guys (sinkerballers) like coming back on short rest because it makes them not throw as hard or over throw. So then how come everyone gets 5 days rest?
September 29th, 20104:36 pm
Thanks for the work D.O’B.
September 29th, 20104:37 pm
Gotta love it: Braves announcers say D-Lowe is great on 3-days rest. ESPN announcers say he has been terrible on 3-days rest.
P-Town Brave – nah. I think he really looks like Haku. He should just charge the mound and give miller the tongan death grip
MFin04 – of course espn is going to bad mouth any braves decision
September 29th, 20104:38 pm
Should be interesting.
September 29th, 20104:39 pm
Do you think ESPN will be upset if the Braves make the WC, or do you think they even care since the Phils won the Division?
I have a feeling a lot of people think this is a 7:00PM start
Lowe game plan
1. Keep bonafacio off the bases
2. .Keep Uggla in check
3. try to go deep, bullpen could use a couple of nights off
Corky Miller's Beer Gut
did saito show up in a kimono? thats been good luck for us
September 29th, 20104:40 pm
The Dodgers may sell a lot of tickets, but as far as “attendance” is concerned, not many people show up at games.
They get a lot of corporate sales, and a lot of people who buy packages to sell on eBay & the likes.
My dad & I always joke about the wording they post on the scoreboard here: “Attendance” or “Ticket Sales”
Braves New World, Buster Olney, ESPN Insider
Having been a rabid Dodgers fan in the first 24 years of this life, I present to you the championship lineup for Tommy Lasorda’s team in Game 5 of the 1988 World Series:
2B Steve Sax
1B Franklin Stubbs
LF Mickey Hatcher
RF Mike Marshall
CF John Shelby
DH Mike Davis
C Rick Dempsey
3B Jeff Hamilton
SS Alfredo Griffin
Lasorda’s choices had been greatly altered by injuries to Kirk Gibson, Mike Scioscia and others, but in a short window, this collection of journeymen and castoffs somehow managed to finish off the Mets in the National League Championship Series and then win four of five games from an Oakland team loaded with the likes of Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire and a bunch of other mashers. They rode the brilliance of Orel Hershiser and the Dodgers’ pitchers to a title.
If Lasorda had been forced to use that lineup the entire summer, the Dodgers wouldn’t have ever had the chance to compete in the postseason, but in a short time frame — in a small window — they made it work.
Lasorda’s lineup came to mind after word broke about Martin Prado’s injury on Tuesday night. Prado is done for the year in Atlanta, and so is Chipper Jones, leaving Bobby Cox to quilt together some young players and veterans around the steady Brian McCann. An example:
2B Omar Infante
RF Jason Heyward
C Brian McCann
1B Derrek Lee
LF Melky Cabrera
SS Alex Gonzalez
3B Brooks Conrad
CF Rick Ankiel
The 2010 Braves look like the ‘27 Yankees in comparison to the ‘88 Dodgers, and they have three good starting pitchers and a very deep bullpen. But the mystery every day will be about how the runs can be produced, and some pixie dust will be needed — the unexpected bolt, the kind that came in the seventh inning on Tuesday night.
Eric Hinske chatted earlier this year about the Braves, and near the end of the conversation he mentioned his personal postseason streak. He was with the Red Sox when they won the World Series in 2007, was part of the Rays that made it to the World Series in 2008 and then he was in the group of Yankees that sprayed champagne in 2009. He’d like to keep that streak going, he said cheerily.
When Cox sent Hinske to the plate in the seventh inning, he was 31 days removed from his last home run; he’s hitting .250 for the month of September after batting .180 in August and .212 in July. And the pitcher he was about to face, Anibal Sanchez, has been one of the best in the National League at keeping the ball in the park.
When Cox sent Hinske to the plate in the seventh inning, he was 31 days removed from his last home run; he’s hitting .250 for the month of September after batting .180 in August and .212 in July. And the pitcher he was about to face, Anibal Sanchez, has been one of the best in the National League at keeping the ball in the park: Sanchez had allowed only eight homers in his first 189 innings this season, and no homers since August 26. And Hinske was 0-for-10 in his career against Sanchez.
Sanchez threw a thigh-high two-seam fastball on the inner half of the plate, Hinske jumped it, mashing the ball so cleanly that he knew on contact that he had hit his first homer in a month. As Hinske dropped his bat and took the first step in an I-know-it’s-gone strut, Sanchez jerked his head back in anger, so violently that his hat flew off.
On Sept. 28, 2010, the pixie dust fell on the Braves: Tim Hudson was excellent on three days’ rest, the bullpen dominated for three innings, Brooks Conrad hit a pivotal RBI triple and Hinske blasted an improbable home run. The Braves are upright despite losing Prado, writes Jeff Schultz. To climb to where they want to get to, more of the same will be needed. You can’t imagine how it could happen, but it’s happened before, as the living members of the 1988 Dodgers will tell you, and it can happen again.
Buster’s New Book
Olney Buster Olney is the author of the forthcoming book “How Lucky You Can Be” about basketball coach Don Meyer. In 2009, Meyer was the honored recipient of the Jimmy V Award at the ESPYS.
“Surprising and unforgettable.” – Mike Krzyzewski
“Olney knows the beating heart of life and the pulse of humanity that makes sports matter.” – George F. Will
“A true inspiration.” – Pat Summitt
The Braves are 1½ games ahead of the Padres in the wild-card race now, one game in the loss column; Atlanta is 89-69 and San Diego 87-70. Atlanta plays Florida today and then the Braves have three games this weekend against Philadelphia, while San Diego plays the Cubs today and tomorrow before playing three games in San Francisco this weekend.
The Padres need their own dose of pixie dust, as well, in the aftermath of their latest loss: Mat Latos reverted to his early season form, writes John Maffei. Nick Hundley thought about what might have been.
The Giants lead the Padres by a couple of games after their win over Arizona, after Pablo Sandoval mashed a baseball against the bricks. Nate Schierholtz stepped up with a big hit, John Shea writes. A Giants regular will play hurt the rest of the year, writes Henry Schulman.
Brian Wilson is pitching with a weird beard.
The Giants announced that Tim Lincecum will pitch today, and that could have big implications, writes Tim Kawakami.
uh oh….cmon DP!
Can we score more than 2 or 3 runs today? And can we score some runs early? Can we hit a lefty?
September 29th, 20104:42 pm
gotta get him here Lowe
September 29th, 20104:43 pm
No walks Lowe
to say i am back on good terms would be a lie. Prado out, lost the East. this is what happens when I stop paying attention and go to football for a couple of weeks.
Wow screwed out of a strikeout there.
September 29th, 20104:44 pm
Remember FEAR, they’re in Atlanta (WCW land) so he’d have to be characterized as Meng
P-Town Brave – hahaha. aw screw vince!
D-Lowe needs to settle in a bit, I think. A hit and a walk already. Now, get Morrison to K and maybe he’ll be okay.
September 29th, 20104:45 pm
Screwed out of strikeout number 2.
Oh, God, Nick is here
Wow screwed out of strike ver 2.1
Haha!! Nice double play!
Not the way you draw it up but I’ll take it…way to keep you head in the game ALEX!!!
YES!!!!!!!! big save!
September 29th, 20104:46 pm
NICE PLAY!! Great recovery, Alex! Nice play by David, too.
The day the world ends in a falling sky????
“Brian Wilson is pitching with a weird beard”
Why does that make me think of the Just For Men commercial?
September 29th, 20104:47 pm
Way ti sucker him in, Alex!
He was safe at home. But Lowe had already struckout two guys. I guess it evened out.
what happened? gamecast is awful
Conrad is terrible. Takes too many hops. Get the ball there early and he can make the tag. Moron.
Can someone tell me whats goin on…
Can’t listen bc I am currently in a meeting, BUT can read the blog…
Updates for at least the next 15 min please guys
September 29th, 20104:48 pm
Jesus, how many games in a row has Lee been pulled off the bag by errant throws. Defense has to get better than this.
Can someone explain that double play for those of us looking at Gametracker? These next 13 minutes couldn’t go any slower…
Can’t Infante play third? Conrad just cant play it
Derek Lowe is getting ZERO strike calls!
Time for Glaus
September 29th, 20104:49 pm
umps’ strike zone is microscopic
He not getting many calls
omg, this ump can call a strike. I was worried for a second it wasn’t in his repertoire.
Just hope the ump’s strike zone is consistent for Lowe and Miller.
ok get him out LOWE!!!
Andy – comebacker to the mound, Lowe to AGon at 2nd, ball dropped on transfer, AGon picked it up and threw the runner out at home.
Out of this inning with no runs – gotta be a good sign.
atta boy Lowe
WHEW! WOW! LUCKY! Lets get some early runs for him!
DOB, what ump has the plate?
Whats happening in the game?
September 29th, 20104:50 pm
Tough inning for Lowe, but he got out of it alive.
Lot of pitches for Lowe, but he gets out of it with no runs scoring. Settle down now Derek.
good inning, lets score lots of runs so i can go back to hw.
Way to battle Lowe! But we cant go havingthese 20 pitch innings either if he needs to get out of the 5th.
Game is on ESPN
September 29th, 20104:51 pm
That was probably one of the uglier scoreless half-innings I’ve ever seen
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