K-Med and medicine balls: checking in on the righty’s rehab, and more

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

It’s a blustery, cold Monday in Atlanta, and do you know where your favorite jack-of-all pitching trades is, four months into his rehab from “Tommy John” surgery? In shorts and gray T-shirt, Kris Medlen was a blur of activity in the upstairs romper room of the Gwinnett Sports Rehab center. 

Just got back from visiting with the young right-hander who is less than a week away now from picking up a baseball for the first time since his Aug. 18 surgery. He was cleared to start doing some light throwing last week by Dr. James Andrews, but the renowned surgeon wanted him to take two weeks working with a medicine ball indoors first before he starts “rainbow” tossing with a baseball next week.

Medlen and trainer Lloyd Van Pamelen Monday morning

Medlen and physical therapist Lloyd Van Pamelen Monday morning

What that looks like is Medlen standing about 15-20 feet in front of a mini-trampoline, propped up at an angle. He starts by throwing a 10-12 pound medicine ball off the trampoline two-handed, like he’s making a pass over a defender in basketball. And conveniently enough, the ball comes right back to him, like a kid throwing against the side of the house, when all the neighbor kids have gone home. (But wait, do kids play outside anymore?)

I know how much the ball weighed because I picked it up, wanting to see what it felt like. It looked like a basketball, the way he was throwing it nice and easy. But let’s just say, Braves physical therapist Lloyd Van Pamelen saw me reach for it and told me to be careful. He must have had visions of me throwing out my back.

The ball was heavy. There’s a reason pro athletes are pro athletes. They can do things with grace and ease that make the rest of us huff and puff, even from 15 feet, with nobody but me watching, and a few snow flurries blowing around outside the window.

Eventually after a series of exercises at various points and positions around the room, Medlen was back to that spot, throwing against the trampoline, with a smaller medicine ball. This one was about two pounds and a little bigger than a softball. And he was throwing from more of a baseball position. The stretch.

He’s still six months from being able to pitch in a game, at best, but for the first time in four months he’s starting to look like a pitcher again. And for the squirmy, admittedly-ADD kid, it’s a good thing.

“The biggest hurdle, for me, is almost over,” Medlen said. “Not being able to do what I’ve been doing all my life, I’m almost over with that.”

Medlen will start “rainbow” tossing next week and should be throwing what they called structured bullpens by spring training. He’s on schedule to come back in 12 months, which would put him back in late August or September.

After finishing more than two hours of rehab, Medlen was getting ready to go meet his new trainer to start his normal, un-arm-related workout. It was his first normal workout, and he was excited.

I’ll leave it at that for now, and tell you to be on the lookout for a story about Medlen early next week. Tease, tease, tease.

Blasts from the past

I ran into some old familiar faces at the rehab center Monday morning. Our old friend Buddy Carlyle was there working out with Lloyd and preparing for the upcoming season. After spending last season in Japan, Carlyle signed a minor league contract with the Yankees.

If you know Buddy, you wish him well. He’s a great guy who gave us a really nice, from outta-nowhere story for a few years for the Braves. He had an uphill climb in 2009, when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He said he’s doing well now with that, he and his family still live in Peachtree City, and he’s excited about his opportunity with the Yankees in 2010.

Another old face we bumped into was Nick Green, another former Brave, and a local product of Duluth High, who gave us some great stories of his own with the Braves in 2005.

He also gave the Braves a few nightmares in 2009 with the Red Sox as you recall (walk-off home run vs. the Braves, June 21 at Fenway), but he’s been out of the picture, really, since then. After playing 103 games for the Red Sox in 2009, he played in only 14 games in the majors last year bouncing around with the Dodgers and Blue Jays Triple-A teams. He said he was playing with significant pain in both shoulders, requiring him to take anti-inflammatory medication just to get through.

Nick Green in his Braves days

Nick Green in his Braves days

Green has had arthroscopic surgery on both his shoulders, which is why he was doing rehab. He’s a free agent, feeling much better, and hoping to latch on with somebody heading into spring training.

Kawakami never had a chance

As a favor to the Braves clubhouse guys, I didn’t say anything about this for the last couple of years because they didn’t want to draw Kenshin Kawakami’s attention to it, but now that his tenure as a Brave is likely over, I feel like it’s safe to say – the guy had no chance to succeed with the Braves because he was sitting in a hexed locker!!

A few years back, I wrote about his locker, the locker, a dangerous corner spot at the edge of the “keyhole” shape in the Braves clubhouse, one locker next to where Greg Maddux used to sit. I noticed year after year, there was always somebody new in that locker, that anybody who sat in it didn’t make it back the next season, whether it was Wally Joyner, Ken Caminiti, Bret Boone. I asked the clubbies about it back in 2003, and it was something they’d taken note of for years.

Technically, Kawakami bucked the trend, in that he signed a three-year deal and was sitting in that locker for his second consecutive year last season. But the way things went for him, do we really think the hex was broken? The guy went 1-10 (with a 5.15 ERA) and wound up pitching in Triple-A Gwinnett to try to revive his career.

(The Braves outrighted Kawakami to Double-A Mississippi and are still hoping to get a taker for him on the trade market, although what were initially thought to be possibilities with the Pirates and Orioles haven’t materialized.)

So what do you do? It’s a prime spot in the clubhouse. When the rosters get full, younger guys are already sitting in the outer areas, not even in the circular part. My solution? Put a guy in that locker who has signed a one-year deal and isn’t really in position to stay past that anyway. Why tempt fate?

For those who weren’t around in 2003, or were 7 years old, here are excerpts from that story I wrote….Man, time flies.

Here sat Jeff Blauser, Braves veteran shortstop, team leader and clubhouse prankster, who had the pick of lockers when the Braves moved to Turner Field in 1997. It was a prime choice, a corner spot, spacious and roomy, next to the locker that Cy Young winner Greg Maddux would claim soon after.

But Blauser wouldn’t last a year here, and nobody has since.

Not Dennis Martinez, Bret Boone or Wally Joyner. Not Chris Seelbach, Joe Nelson, Ken Caminiti or Damian Moss. Eight ballplayers have dressed here in six years, and then they’ve packed, leaving Robert Fick to face the demons of a clubhouse closet Maddux characterizes as “a one-year rental.”

“It’s just odd because it’s a good locker, not a middle locker, ” Braves clubhouse attendant Chris Van Zant said. “Everybody wants a corner locker. There’s only one person to the side of you. You get more space, more privacy. Sheff has one, Glav had one, now Smoltz does. Javy. It’s all veterans. Veterans get first choice.”

Sports jinxes so often are so public and so obvious — magazine covers, preseason polls. But until now, this locker quandary has remained private, and powerful.

Like the line of drummers to mysteriously die off in director Rob Reiner’s comedy “Spinal Tap,” baseball players have come to this space to fade out, ship out, or spontaneously combust.

Take Moss, for instance. He moved into the locker last year, having recovered from a bizarre circulation problem. He won 12 games as a rookie.

“We were all excited he had a great year and beat the jinx, ” Van Zant said.

Locker in question is in the center of this photo, under 1996.

Locker in question is in the center of this photo, under 1996.

But after the season, on Dec. 17, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants.

Seelbach was once fortunate enough after being struck in the head by a line drive to avoid brain surgery. But he lasted only a month in the locker in 2001. He finished his career with the Nippon Ham-Fighters in Japan.

The next guy lasted only a week. Right-hander Joe Nelson spent the first week of his major league call-up on the road, and his second sitting in the locker at Turner Field with an ice pack on his shoulder. He went on the disabled list with tendinitis after two outings, two innings, and a 36.00 ERA.

Caminiti arrived in the summer of 2001 a Gold Glove third baseman. He committed six errors in a 33-game experiment at first base, hit .222 and got cut from the postseason roster after the division series. His first publicized stop after that was a Houston hotel room, where was busted for crack cocaine possession.

When the Braves broke camp in the spring, Fick was warned by both Maddux and the clubbies that the locker he’d chosen was jinxed. But he didn’t buy it.

“I’m not superstitious, ” Fick says with a shrug. “I’m here for a while. I won’t let them get rid of me.”

I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that Fick was released in November of 2003…..I’ve lost track of who all sat in the locker in the years between this story until now, but that’s probably because they weren’t there long. But seeing Kawakami there reminded me of it. Tell me I’m wrong.

This and that

Now that the winter meetings are over, and the Braves have added George Sherrill and Scott Linebrink to their bullpen, and resigned Eric Hinske for the bench, it’s not like we’re rolling in activity at the moment. There are things to key an eye on – whether the Braves can trade Kawakami, whether they’ll trade for a backup center fielder, whether they’ll reach agreement with Dan Uggla on a contract extension (talks have begun).

I did talk to Eric O’Flaherty today and he’s doing great, completely recovered from his post-mono problems. But I got going too much on other stuff, so I’m going to post that separately. Click on it.

Meantime, you’re stuck with me through the week while DOB is soaking up all the food and music he can handle in New Orleans. I’m here at home, left to hold down the fort…and clean up the mess I’ve made of my Christmas tree. Apparently it was windy last night, even inside my condo, because I woke up to the damn tree toppled over.

I hadn’t decorated it yet, though. See, sometimes it pays to procrastinate.

Keep me company. And happy holidays to you.

6,221 comments Add your comment

$richbrave

December 13th, 2010
5:10 pm

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richbrave

December 13th, 2010
5:11 pm

Thanx CARROLL.

flange1

December 13th, 2010
5:13 pm

Thanks for the new blog CR!

NoBreggie4Dogs

December 13th, 2010
5:13 pm

Never anywhere near 1st
Thanks Carroll, I like you !

Smack

December 13th, 2010
5:14 pm

Meds is the man! Can’t wait to add him back to the mix in 2012!

Snotboogie

December 13th, 2010
5:17 pm

But wait, do kids play outside anymore?

You’d be surprised at how clear video game consoles are when used outside! ;-)

BravesQueen

December 13th, 2010
5:20 pm

Sweet! Thanks for the new bloggage, Carroll.

Carroll Rogers

December 13th, 2010
5:21 pm

you’re welcome. sorry it took so long. I blame the long drive to Gwinnett….

Smack

December 13th, 2010
5:22 pm

Best of luck with that tree Carroll!

Snotboogie

December 13th, 2010
5:23 pm

Dogs

There is a spinner picked for the squad after just 5 first class appearances (Beer). I think it’s going to be tough to win from here.

DCBrave

December 13th, 2010
5:28 pm

Thanks Carroll, and happy holidays to you. Wow, that’s a lot of words on that locker. You don’t really believe in karma, do you?

VaBravesFan

December 13th, 2010
5:31 pm

I think the Braves should focus the rest of the offseason on locking Uggla up for 4 or 5 years. If we can move Kawakami and save around 1 million that would be nice to. Adding another bench player is a must we have plenty of options. Ross and Hinske being the only locks on the bench, I see Mather and Hernandez taking the other 2 spots. While Schafer and Young battle for the last spot. Conrad’s defense will hurt his chances of making the team. Hernandez doesnt have any competition being the only other capable SS we’ll have. Mather will beat out Conrad because he can play 5 positions and has some power potential.

C Ross
1B/LF Hinske
CIF/OF Mather or Conrad
SS/IF Hernandez
OF Schafer or Young

Curt

December 13th, 2010
5:32 pm

Thanks for the great blog Carroll. I always love hearing about little nuances in the game especially ones that pertain to my favorite team. I always used to say that God created luck for baseball. Looks like there is at least a bit of bad luck pinned to that one locker.

Question I have been wondering about, do you know if the Braves plan on doing another caravan this year or will they go back to doing the fan fest again?

VaBravesFan

December 13th, 2010
5:32 pm

is *not* a must

Piedmont Blues

December 13th, 2010
5:33 pm

Happy Holidays to you, too, CR. And even this lifelong Tar Heel fan has to admit, the Dookies look really good this year, Irving or not.

Joshhh...

December 13th, 2010
5:34 pm

Umm can I please write in place of Carroll?? I feel like I’m listening to a 45 year old mom TRY to talk about baseball & athletes. Dave, please come back.

Steve McP

December 13th, 2010
5:35 pm

Do you have any Australian links Carroll? The old blog has just got around to talking about cricket and suddenly a new blog appears before talk turns to the desperate situation that Australian cricket finds itself in.

DS1

December 13th, 2010
5:35 pm

RC

Hey, I really had no clue what kind of surgery Webb had endured. What I said was this: “You go after a Brandon Webb or Pavano or someone like those guys, and hope for the best….”

Meaning that if you were going to deal a Derek Lowe, then you go into the FA pool and take a dip in and see what you can find. To be honest, you might do as well, but you probably will come up a tad bit short of a Derek Lowe’s performance.

Exactly why I do not think a deal will happen.

I think those rumors are just the creation of a Yankees hysteria that thinks anybody and everybody is available at the right price.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
5:36 pm

Carroll just wondering if players talk to eachother about recovery from tommy johns. i always picture a clubhouse or txt flying back and forth from team mates who go through it and give encouraging words of advice to eachother…

would you think tim hudson may give a call to medlen to see how things are and if he can help him out in his recovery?

DS1

December 13th, 2010
5:37 pm

I hope that no matter who we end up having in our rotation over the next 5-10 years, that Medlen is a part of it. I really like the little dude!

Murph

December 13th, 2010
5:44 pm

Umm can I please write in place of Carroll?? I feel like I’m listening to a 45 year old mom TRY to talk about baseball & athletes. Dave, please come back.

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.

Thanks for the new blog CR.

Bayou Brave

December 13th, 2010
5:46 pm

Jason Heyward eats hexes and craps thunder. Give him the locker. Problem solved.

Snotboogie

December 13th, 2010
5:47 pm

The anonymity really brings out the sexist pigs doesnt it.

bruce mac

December 13th, 2010
5:51 pm

When you (JF) have been in the big leagues for over 6 years and you sign a one year contract for $2 Million with the KC Royals does it automatically mean you are done and this is your last year or do they actually keep up with your stats and stuff just in case?

MikeInFl

December 13th, 2010
5:51 pm

DS1, I like Medlen too, but I really doubt that he’ll be a fixture in our rotation. I think he’ll be moved to the ‘pen, where he can be a great setup man and/or closer.

His numbers as a starter are good, but better as a reliever. He’s not a real big guy, and coming off the surgery…

Anyway, just my opinion, and of course it depends a lot on the development of some of the other guys.

How was your trip south?

bravofan

December 13th, 2010
5:53 pm

favre wont play tonight

PhiLEE

December 13th, 2010
5:53 pm

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, and Joe Blanton.

BE AFRAID BRAVOS FANS!!!

P-Town Brave ©

December 13th, 2010
5:54 pm

Move Nate over there…

How much worse could his luck get…?

At this point, wouldn’t it reverse the curse…?

Dogs-

I live in Central IL…like I said, its about 7 inches in my area and there are areas where there is a foot and 1/2 piled when the wind isnt blowing…

Think Metrodome conditions…

Bat Masterson

December 13th, 2010
5:59 pm

Nice blog Carroll, I had forgotten about the Ken Caminiti experiment. Is that a real tree or one of those plastic abominations? Does anyone remember those shiny trees with the revolving multicolored light? Yikes

bruce mac

December 13th, 2010
6:00 pm

I beleive Cliff Lee is down to Rangers versus Yankees. If that was the Phils starting pitching you darn right we should be afraid. But is isn’t and we aren’t. Lowe, Hudson, JJ, Hanson and Minor scares the heck out of you doesn’t it PhiLEE. Glad you are back.

NoBreggie4Dogs

December 13th, 2010
6:01 pm

P town – Soybean country hey, woo hoo, just starting to snow now here

Snot – I have NOT seen cricket in 10 years but could not believe how bad my Aussies had gotten in the last year or so

Tomahawkin

December 13th, 2010
6:04 pm

Bing!

“Get Out The WAYYY!!! (Boom) Pretty Boy Coming Through! Me And My Crew! We Swaggin In The Room!”

Whats Up All?

Murph

December 13th, 2010
6:06 pm

I met Caminiti back when he was with the Astros. The guy was crazy… and not in a good way. Dunno if it was all the chemicals in his body or what but he just looked like a guy you wouldn’t want to run into when he’s not having a good day.

AdirondackDave

December 13th, 2010
6:13 pm

Thanks for the fine blog, Carroll. I’m more concerned about a back-up for short than I am about center field. Between McLouth, Schafer, and maybe that Mather guy, I think we’ll be ok in center. But at short, I’ve never been sold on Hernandez. I’d like to see us add a slick-fielding shortstop for Gonzalez’s off-days and late inning replacement. I really don’t care if he doesn’t have much of a stick as long as he gold a real good glove.

Carroll, do you think it’s a given that Lowe will be with the Braves for all of ‘11 or is there a chance FW may trade him (and his salary) now that his ERA is back to earth and he continues to be a solid winner?

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
6:15 pm

murph are you going to listen to paul tonight on 101 at 8pm?

Bat Masterson

December 13th, 2010
6:15 pm

I wonder if Caminiti smoked his crack on a beer can or in a pipe? Big time pro ballplayer, probably used pipe.

Wow..

December 13th, 2010
6:17 pm

I rather the Yankees sign Lee than the Phillies.

Halladay
Lee
Oswalt
Hamels
Blanton

Ouch….

Murph

December 13th, 2010
6:17 pm

Eric, definitely… wouldn’t miss it after all this build-up over the last couple of weeks.

Did you hear the show today? Want to take bets on how long Sal and his wife will last? My guess is another 6 months. A viewing party to watch her husband cry with her friends? Heartless woman.

AdirondackDave

December 13th, 2010
6:18 pm

PhiLEE — That Philly rotation looks a lot less scary without Lee, doesn’t it.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
6:20 pm

ill take the bet that he lasts at least 3 to 4 more years. the guys doesnt even get how bad things are and she needs his money to live her lifestyle. im thinking he would have to leave her and that aint happining for at least 3 to 4 years!

how great is KC murph? the show hasnt been the same since he left. im glad for another 5 years… they are already shaping up to be really good!

ppaddy123

December 13th, 2010
6:22 pm

a jinxed locker?! Maybe McLousy should use it. His luck couldn’t get any worse, could it?

Murph

December 13th, 2010
6:31 pm

Did KC call in today? Is he bringing in his new man/woman friend? That’ll be radio gold. I don’t think he’s telling the whole story of what happened in that hotel room…

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
6:35 pm

Did KC call in today? Is he bringing in his new man/woman friend? That’ll be radio gold. I don’t think he’s telling the whole story of what happened in that hotel room

He sure did call in!!! he got his new “friend” to agree to come to new york… they are going to get 2 more women up to the studio and guess who is KC’s friend.

i dont think anyone listining believes thats all that happened in that hotel room. i wish he was still working on the show. the guy is a mess!!! I LOVE IT!

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
6:38 pm

ive actually got the chance to meet kc here in albany at a comedy show with artie and rev bob. i met all 3 of them! kc signed my shirt…

Eric~
Nice!
KC!

Murph

December 13th, 2010
6:38 pm

Nice! It’s going to be a fun week. Isn’t Dave Lambert coming in with Little Lupe for a sybian ride, too?

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
6:40 pm

dave? lupe? i hope… this is the 3rd time they are trying to get it together im not holding my breath

nolie

December 13th, 2010
6:42 pm

so P-Town would be Peoria I guess

Murph

December 13th, 2010
6:42 pm

Have you ever googled her? Makes me wish I had a Howard TV subscription.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
6:43 pm

oh yes ive definately see her! she is awesome!!!!!!!!

nolie

December 13th, 2010
6:46 pm

I spent a week in Peoria one day, Toledo west…

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
6:50 pm

when is this cliff lee thing going to be over … GOD im sick of hearing about it

Jake W.

December 13th, 2010
6:53 pm

Lee to the phillies, and how exactly can they afford him? Phils aren’t the Yanks. I’ll believe it when I see it. Somehow, i’m doubting this report unless the phils trade one of their other big name, big money pitchers.

Jose

December 13th, 2010
6:53 pm

They talking about The Kansas City Braves in MLB Networt,,,

Carroll Rogers

December 13th, 2010
6:56 pm

Bat Masterson, I think I found the culprit, after an hour of adjusting and help of a dedicated friend. one of the the three prongs you screw into the tree didn’t have a washer/nut so i was just drilling a hole into the tree. didn’t have the right size replacement, so I screwed it up against a coin. For the moment, seems to be holding.

AdirondackDave, hadn’t really gotten that far on Lowe, but hm, maybe if everybody else is pitching well, nobody is injured and both Medlen and Julio Teheran are close to joining the rotation, then maybe.

Joshhh, I’m not 45 and I’m not a Mom, but OK.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
6:56 pm

i love hearing people saying its not about the money for cliff… that is so funny to me cus when traded around for the last 2 years every team tried to extend him and every time the guy turned the teams down one by one… the guy couldnt wait to become a free agent… and now that its almost over… he is making it last a few more hours or days just to be the homecoming queen for just that much longer!

Carroll Rogers

December 13th, 2010
6:57 pm

Eric in Albany NY, Medlen had just talked to Peter Moylan yesterday in Australia. Think they talk quite a bit about Medlen’s recovery etc.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
6:58 pm

thanks carroll!

Carroll Rogers

December 13th, 2010
6:59 pm

Curt, Braves are planning to do the caravan again.

Murph

December 13th, 2010
7:02 pm

Hey, who’s planning on heading down for ST? I am going for a full week… I think it’s the last week before the Bravos head home for the final 2 exhibition games.

If anyone is going, let me know. The first round is on me.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
7:05 pm

murph i usually go the first weekend of games… one of my friends who i meet down there is having a baby so we’re not going to get a chance to go! im jealous of u!!!

DS1

December 13th, 2010
7:12 pm

MikeinFL

Excellent meetings. (which is unusual for most sales meetings!)

Not much free time, and when I had an afternoon off, I was busy for about 3 hours catching up with phone calls and emails.

Did get a chance to eat some decent BBQ about a 1/4 mile south of the Marriott Sawgrass, I think it was named “Down South BBQ”. In a strip mall, and good collard greens and okra to go with a 1/3 rack of ribs and some brisket. Very tasty.

(beat the heck out of that fancy upscale food I have had to endure most other evenings)

Couldn’t talk anybody else into getting into a cab to go to Barbara Jeans. Too bad.

Thanks for asking………

collegeballfan

December 13th, 2010
7:14 pm

You are putting up the tree too early anyway!

AdirondackDave

December 13th, 2010
7:14 pm

Murph — Thanks for the offer. Unfortunately, we’ll be in south Florida.. Delray Beach. We catch a couple Braves games when they come down to Jupiter. The Cards and Marlins share a very nice little stadium there. Actually not so little, holds about 10,000 and they are all good seats. Two years ago we say Jordan Schafer make a great, and I mean great, catch not too far from us. The kid was sensational that spring, that’s why I am still hopeful about him. I think he can beat out McLouth with another fine spring.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
7:15 pm

It appears that Johan Santana will return around the All-Star break. The lefty underwent surgery to repear an anterior capsule tear in his left shoulder in October

the day they traded for him… i ranted and raved about how i thought he was going to throw his arm off for that team who wouldnt build a good enough staff around him… i dont love to see wasted tallent but i do love being right!!!

DS1

December 13th, 2010
7:15 pm

These guys who go through all this PT to come back from a major surgery on a knee or an elbow or shoulder sure have my respect!

About 6 years back, it took me over 2 years and 2 surgeries to get over a frozen shoulder situation. Got to be good friends with my therapist and all the pretty ladies at the PT center! But was a love/hate relationship fo sho.

shinburger

December 13th, 2010
7:15 pm

carroll dont listen to josh he is a a**! great blog its a good read!

DS1

December 13th, 2010
7:17 pm

A-Dave

Lots of us are going to be pulling for a big spring from Schafer this year! What a shot in the arm that would be if he AND Nate come back strong this spring.

nolie

December 13th, 2010
7:22 pm

What a shot in the arm that would be if he AND Nate come back strong this spring.

your glass ain’t just half full, it’s obviously overflowing ;)

jeffrey d

December 13th, 2010
7:34 pm

Thanks for the new blog, Carroll….great work as always

jeffrey d

December 13th, 2010
7:35 pm

Could there be a more effeminate picture of Nick Green?

Poorbrave

December 13th, 2010
7:37 pm

All I want for Christmas is Medlen to stop wearing that Flat bill cap…..its a curse.

Hope Lee goes to Texas..
Merrry Christams Carrol and happy New Year….
Would love to see Bill Hall are Cain a Braves for Christmas.
God bless all the Braves fans…..

DS1

December 13th, 2010
7:38 pm

nolie

I have one of those super tanker big gulp 64 ounce cups! And yes, it is overflowing four shore.

jeffrey d

December 13th, 2010
7:41 pm

I can’t tell if “four shore” is intentional or not

Carroll Rogers

December 13th, 2010
7:42 pm

no doubt collegeballfan!

KK

December 13th, 2010
7:42 pm

Huh? What? Why? When? Who? FrediSan? Where Mississipi? Why no tell KK?

Bat Masterson

December 13th, 2010
7:48 pm

Forget all of you…

I would say 90% don’t know what cold is!

When I got in my car this morning, my tires were down 6 psi and it was -4 out w/ a -22 wind chill…

Cold snob!

If you think people dress/look funny at the Florida beach resorts is the summer, you should see them when it’s below 30 degrees and the wind is blowing 20, 25 MPH. Wrapped up in everything you can find to wear that is warm, and it’s all really designed for cool weather, not bone crushing cold.

You should have seen the young woman that cleans my house this morning. I opened the door a little after nine to find her standing there shivering, dressed in sweats, a sweater and hoodie with some kind of scarf. It took her awhile to stop shaking after she came in. Then she started to tell me about having a problem with her car this morning, she has a pretty thick accent so I have some trouble understanding her in the best of times. At any rate, she had some kind of problem with pressure,” the pressure in my car was not right”, she said. So I was asking, what…. oil… temperature….. ‘no, she said the pressure is supposed to be 30 something and it was nine’. I think she was talking about her tires.

She’s from eastern Europe and even though I only understand about half of what she says we have long conversations every time she comes. When I get tired of saying, pardon me, sorry or what, I can’t hear you, I just nod gravely when she looks serious or smile when she laughs. When I first hired her she was to come every two weeks but after the first month she told me I did not need her that often. Now she is on a schedule known only to her self. Maybe she has some kind of sixth sense that tells her when I’m about to be cover in dust, or maybe she calls when she has a hole in her schedule and wants to fill it. She just calls: ‘ Bat, I clean your house Thursday. yes’ or ‘ Bat I clean Monday, okay’. My favorite, ‘ Bat, I’m going home after next week for two weeks, you want me to clean before I go’? So I think, lets see its been about a month, that’s another, yeah maybe you could pop in before you go.

Today, after she warmed up, she wanted to talk about BP and an emergency settlement she got. She thinks it should have been more so I recommended someone for her to talk to, and we talked about what to expect in a final settlement. She lost a lot of cleaning business because of the oil spill, she can prove it, so she is as deserving as anyone. She works hard, I like her.

Sarah Palin

December 13th, 2010
7:51 pm

“4 shore and seven ears ago”—–I believe Glenn Beck said that. And Carroll, why don’t you have a blog about me?

Braveheart

December 13th, 2010
7:54 pm

Twitter is worth it for the journalist feuds. Just this week, you had the following:

Bill Simmons vs. Charles Pierce

Buster Olney & Peter Gammons & Keith Law vs. Jon Heyman

Gregg Doyel vs. Thayer Evans

Joe Posnanski & Tom Verducci versus Murray Chass

It was a better fight card than what Dana White put together for UFC 124

Steve from OH

December 13th, 2010
7:54 pm

What did Law and Gammons have against Heyman? I don’t like Heyman much…

DS1

December 13th, 2010
8:01 pm

Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck! Maybe I should log off and go watch some more Fox News!!!

Got me salivating….

:lol:

Kat

December 13th, 2010
8:04 pm

Thanks for the post Carroll, nice read and update on Medlen.

Braveheart

December 13th, 2010
8:12 pm

The “mystery team” thing. Buster cracked Heyman on it. Gammons and Law jumped in.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
8:19 pm

“paul is not dead!”

Steve from OH

December 13th, 2010
8:20 pm

I’m glad someone did, BH. Heyman seems like an unwitting Boras/random agent mouthpiece to me…

Steve from OH

December 13th, 2010
8:21 pm

And I’m sick of the “mystery team” ploy as well.

DS1

December 13th, 2010
8:26 pm

Though I am now Da Sensitive One, if I weren’t, I’d probably have some smart alec things to say about Heyman and his standards of journalism.

richbrave

December 13th, 2010
8:28 pm

PhiLEE

December 13th, 2010
5:53 pm
Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, and Joe Blanton.

BE AFRAID BRAVOS FANS!!!

Ha, ha, ha, ha. See you on the field fool.

DS1

December 13th, 2010
8:29 pm

Steve

Good to see you on the blog. I have been busy as a one-armed paper hanger lately, but I know your schedule has to be brutal!

Do you think our man Wren is done? I am wondering about a minor tweak or two; especially for a backup infielder who can play SS.

richbrave

December 13th, 2010
8:34 pm

FALL BALL

The entire baseball world……yes, including AUSTRALIA, takes a day off. That was easy.

DS1

December 13th, 2010
8:37 pm

Gotta go do some other impotent stuff folks, but just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, just in case I get busy and forget to say so later!

Later on Braves fans!

Tom O'Hawke

December 13th, 2010
8:39 pm

You’re getting lazy, richbrave. I hear there’s a lot happening in the Venus Volcanic Vapor League.

Choppinmama

December 13th, 2010
8:41 pm

Murph:

I’ll let you buy me a frozen lemonade down at Dark Star. I’ll be down around the 7th, I think. .0

That’s the highlight of my Braves baseball season. Love to watch all the guys play in the Florida sun. Get to know the new hires, get to see the vets play the rust out of their game, watch the minor league guys get a couple of games with the big boys under their belts, watch some of the AL teams play that we don’t get to see in person during the regular season and do it all with Mickey watching benevolently from on high.

Oh yeah, get to see DOB on the job every day too. He’s almost as thrilled to be there as I always am. ;-)

Choppinmama

December 13th, 2010
8:44 pm

Carroll:

Good to have you aboard this week. And you do not write like a 45 yr old either!

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

December 13th, 2010
8:47 pm

Great blog as always, Carroll. Thanks.

Couch Tater

December 13th, 2010
8:50 pm

Does anyone remember those shiny trees with the revolving multicolored light? Yikes

Bat –

One of my fondest Christmas memories. My Mother put a strand of lights on our shiny new 1965 aluminum tree. My father came home from work and started raising hell, because by doing so, she was going to electrocute anyone reaching for a present. “That’s what the rotating color wheel is for!”

For our cat “Bama,” the best Christmas present ever. A 7ft. cat toy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRx0bm177_I&feature=related

turn around and its here!

December 13th, 2010
8:53 pm

Feb will be here before you know it. Wonder who’ll be in CF then? Wonder how long into April Chipper lasts? Wonder if OFlaherty and every day Johnny Venters can replicate their ‘10 seasons? If the kid whose name I can never remember is really going to be the closer? How close to Heyward numbers will Freeman get? How wierd is it going to be seeing Fredi sit where #6 sat for over two decades? And finally, Will Leo Mazzone EVER get another pitching coach job, and if not, why?

Steve from OH

December 13th, 2010
8:57 pm

Brutal would be a good word for it, DS1. Oh, and I’m liking what Wren has done, but a good utility infielder would be a nice pickup if possible…

cabravesfan

December 13th, 2010
9:00 pm

I have absolutely zero interest in Baltimore/Houston. I am currently watching The Princess Bride instead…I’m not sure how I feel about this.

GermanBravesFan

December 13th, 2010
9:02 pm

if the Phillies signed Lee, they’d have to trade all their non-pitchers since there won’t be enough money left for anybody else… lol

Eric In Albany N.Y.

December 13th, 2010
9:03 pm

I have absolutely zero interest in Baltimore/Houston. I am currently watching The Princess Bride instead…I’m not sure how I feel about this.

i got the G-Men on mute in the background and im listining to the live paul mccartney concert from the apollo on siriusXM its better thatn MNF

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