5:46 pm January 25, 2011, by Carroll Rogers
February 1st, 20117:12 am
I had a dream last night. It was 2011. Chipper played 147 games, hit .294, 97 RBI, 22HR, .388 OBP.
February 1st, 20117:18 am
According to superstition, dreams are more likely to come true if you: (1) get out of bed on the opposite side, (2) don’t shower, (3) shave only one side of your face, (4) urinate with your non-dominant hand. I’ve done all of these. Any other suggestions?
February 1st, 20117:27 am
Your dream gave you exact stats?
February 1st, 20117:30 am
I dreamed that a hamburger was eating me!
February 1st, 20117:37 am
Yep, exact stats. Oh, yeah, he got tossed in the 8th inning for arguing a bad call on a guy stealing third in Pittsburgh. I forgot that one.
February 1st, 20117:48 am
SYDNEY – It was everything playoff baseball should be. Low-scoring, tightly contested, and in the end, like his team’s manager predicted earlier in the week, one swing of Matt Kennelly’s bat was all it took.
Just days after “Alcohol Think Again” Perth Heat skipper Brooke Knight declared that his club’s first round playoff series against the Sydney Blue Sox might come down to one swing, game one did just that. Perth first baseman Kennelly drove a mammoth two-run homer over the left field fence to break a 2-2 tie in the ninth and send his club to a 4-2 victory over the Sox and a 1-0 series lead in their best-of-three Delta Air Lines ABL Postseason Round One series Thursday night at Blacktown Olympic Park.
MATT KENNELLY continues to be on fire down home in PETER MOYLAN country.
PERTH eliminates SYDNEY 2-0 in the best of three playoff series. Now awaiting the beginning of the Championaship series.
February 1st, 20117:53 am
Confirmation bias. Observational heresy. Not to be trusted.
ncscoots – FYI
February 1st, 20118:28 am
Can the baseball season please start! Most of the schools are closed here in South Dakota with all the light snow we got and the 30mph winds we are supposed to get. Did I mention that the wind chills are expected to get down to -30 to -50!
"Almost There" P-Town Brave ©
February 1st, 20119:05 am
Hmmm….at some point or another, I think I have had that dream before
I read someone say that Fredi has a “no beard” rule…
And BMac looks AWFUL w/ just a goat…so, yeah…
Of course that would be my next question….
A goatee is still a version of a beard, so do we become the moustache team and look goofy like the Cards did in 09?
February 1st, 20119:26 am
When they met, Buckles was still a kid; he’d grown up on a farm in Missouri and fibbed about his age so he could enlist in the Army at 16 and head off to war.…
…WW I. Frank Buckles turns 110, today.
Happy Birthday and a Braves cap tip, Frank.
February 1st, 20119:44 am
Headed down to pitching camp. I’ll get a new blog up later today.
February 1st, 20119:51 am
I just had a horrible thought! The 2012 season could start off with the Red Sox, having signed Albert Pujols( to split 1B and DH duties with Adrian Gonzalez, which would help take wear and tear off both as they age).
Before you say no way, Boston has $45 million coming off the books after 2011 in Papelbon $12, Ortiz $11.5, Drew $14 and Cameron $7.25.
How scary would it be to have to face a lineup of Elsbury, Pedroia, Crawford, Pujols, Gonazlez, Youkilis, Dejesus(they would still have the money to sign another OFer in the modest price range) and our old buddy Saltalamachia!
You add Lester, Bucholtz, Beckett, Lackey and Matsuzaka with Josh Bard closing OUCH!
I imagine the Yankees have thought of this possibly and may try to outbid the Red Sox, but if you were Pujols, would you want to go to an aging team with a less than stellar rotation( and no impact pitchers in the free agent market or go to the the Red Sox.
As a Braves fan, I can see a big roadblock to winning the World Series for the next 5 years, if this were to happen!
February 1st, 20119:58 am
Feb 1st – Billy Wagner still on the active roster….
McFann O O
February 1st, 201110:06 am
P-Town Brave I read someone say that Fredi has a “no beard” rule…
WHAT?? Lunatic…But hey, we thought Bobby had a “no beard” rule, right? Maybe Fredi will make exceptions for 5-Time All-Star, 4-Time Silver Slugger types…
Well, I wouldn’t say AWFUL, but um…well the full beard looks better. Just let him go with this look, Fredi!
February 1st, 201110:08 am
Just as long as he doesn’t go with the old Smoltz handlebar look…
Nova Scotia Steve
February 1st, 201110:12 am
I kind of like the handle bar look on Smoltz – it made him look bad ass.
February 1st, 201110:16 am
Well, on Smoltz, it’s one thing…on BMac, it’d be quite another.
But I shouldn’t be a dictator…let him do with his facial hair what he may…I guess…
February 1st, 201110:33 am
Wow. A lot happened since I last checked in on the blog. I’d say the biggest thing to be reported since this is obviously Chipper working the Delta stand. Good to see the knee is able to hold up for that.
ArkansasTransplant: This Lopez signing fits your long standing desire of low-risk/trade bait pitching for considerably less than Penny.
February 1st, 201110:35 am
I wouldn’t exactly say that Lopez would be any kind of trade bait unless he sets the world on fire, and if he did that, would you really give him up?
February 1st, 201110:36 am
Woo Hoo, baseball is about to start! Would someone please inform the weather?
February 1st, 201110:47 am
February 1st, 201111:17 am
Just got back from the Dr. and the store. It’s a mess up here right now. They predicted 3-6 inches today and we got the three in the time it took me to go there and come back – AND 12-18 inches tomorrow. Not sure how much for the Saturday snow storm they’re predicting. Good day to be in the house.
No beer, but plenty of other (low cal) goodies (an oxymoron?), but I lost 8 pounds this month and can’t afford to lose it for the third time.
February 1st, 201111:19 am
Old Man – Suggestions? Yeah – shower, shave, mop the floor and trust in fate.
February 1st, 201111:25 am
We’re @ 6 from last night and we’re headed to freezing rain in about an hour and then after that we are scheduled to get 16-24 inches between this afternoon and tomorrow night…
They have already moved the college basketball game for tonight up to 3p this afternoon, thus screwing me as I am one of the few to have to work today…
February 1st, 201111:27 am
I would think the addition of Lopez could indicate a Kawakami trade is coming very soon…Personally I like the sign.
Whether he stays in AAA the entire season or makes a spot start or two – think it’s a good cheap move.
February 1st, 201111:30 am
PTown – Careful on your drive home.
T for Texas
February 1st, 201111:38 am
Yanks finally make anticipated big offseason pitching acquisition–sign 35 year old Freddy Garcia to 1 year deal.
PTown you are in the Chicago area too right?
February 1st, 201111:39 am
No, Central IL…
We’re getting the worst supposedly
February 1st, 201111:40 am
I actually have to take my mother home as well as she drives a nifty little sports car that well, doesn’t exactly sound appealing in feet of snow…yes, feet…
February 1st, 201111:42 am
PTown – Hot Rod Mama? Be extra careful on that drive home.
February 1st, 201111:43 am
I, Hatchet Jack, being of sound mind and broke legs, do hereby leaveth my bear rifle to whatever finds it, Lord hope it be Tommy Hanson. It is a good rifle, and kilt the bear that kilt me. Anyway, I’m dead. Yours truly, Hatchet Jack.
February 1st, 201111:45 am
It’s really coming down hard here right now – can’t even see the 30 foot tall trees that line a street less than a quarter mile from my house that I can usually see easily from my living room window.
The mountain where GLord lived on the other side of has been totally obscured for hours.
February 1st, 201111:46 am
Not quite the hot rod, its a Mitsu Eclipse…pretty nice…too nice to wreck driving through this I’ll tell ya that much…
I remember you saying you are up there…Burb I assume? Which one?
February 1st, 201111:48 am
When I left for work this morning they were saying Cook county will be getting around 21″ of snow and high winds. I think if that happens I will not be going to work tomorrow. Hopefully I get out today before it gets real bad.
February 1st, 201111:50 am
FYI for those with baseball-playing kids….Brian McCann is hosting his annual clinic at his dad’s hitting place, Windward Baseball in Alpharetta on Saturday from 1- 3:30. It’s only open to 50 players, and the registration is $200. If interested, e-mail email@example.com
Yeah, would’ve loved to try and make the basketball game and slightly pissed they moved it to 3p as the only way I get out there is if they close the office early…
But what can you do…
February 1st, 201111:59 am
So did anyone read the Yahoo Sports preview of the Braves posted yesterday? Its mostly pretty trite stuff, but they pointed out two important points. First, no matter what anyone in the front office says, payroll has been cut in recent years. And second, the Braves really lost ground to the Phillies this offseason. As a Braves fan it seems like we’ve been waiting for a few years now the Phillies window to close, and yet the difference between the two teams is greater now than it was a year ago. I felt like the Braves had a realistic shot of winning the division going into spring training last year. I don’t think that is the case this year, unless the Phillies miss a lot of time due to injuries.
To really succeed, a mid-market team with limited payroll like the Braves has to develop most of its own talent and make smart, value oriented trades and signings. The organization does a great job developing pitchers, and seems to moving in the right direction with position players. In recent years, the organization has not done a good job of giving big contracts to players in their prime.
February 1st, 201112:13 pm
Can you please compare Lopez’s quality stasrt % to KK’s?
February 1st, 201112:25 pm
PTown: If Lopez is even serviceable I could see him being trade bait. Even if he “catches fire” I could see him, or some other player being trade bait. I don’t think there are “long term plans” for Lopez being a corner stone of the organization for the remainder of his career. If he starts coming along but there is no room on the major league club, I could very easily see him traded. If he comes along and they make room on the club, it frees up another piece which could be traded. By acquiring Lopez the Braves have removed from the market one other player thus potentially opening up more trading partners for KK.
February 1st, 201112:27 pm
I don’t either, but why would you trade for a guy you could have for nothing?
I just can’t see there being a market for him…
February 1st, 201112:33 pm
Lew, sounds like you guys are getting dumped on pretty good. It’s been strange here. I’m not sure what our total for the winter so far is. But in the past few years, we’ve been warmer so when we do get dumped on it’s gone away, and then obviously it piles up again with new snow-fall.
But this year it’s been so damn cold, that it’s not going anywhere. This is our 3rd winter at this house and the snow that’s piled up in my front yard more than it has either of the previous two. And we’ve got a good month, maybe two before it’s going to be warm enough to get rid of it all. I’m pretty tired of it. My dad’s in Florida until March, so I’ve been responsible for his driveway too, my back can’t take much more of it! LOL
February 1st, 201112:50 pm
Carroll, thanks for the FYI heads up on McCann’s clinic, I registered my 14yr old and he will love it.
February 1st, 20111:21 pm
I just would like to say thanks to Carroll for the great reading material yesterday on Chipper/Lopez/Venters and Sherrill.
Enjoy the updates and new material.
February 1st, 20111:25 pm
You’re welcome Nova Scotia Steve….I probably should have paced myself and spread it out a little! oh well. bombardment on a daily basis will be coming very soon.
February 1st, 20111:27 pm
Don’t know how many of you saw it, but I posted a photo on Twitter of a ball that Chipper literally knocked the cover off of today when he was hitting in the batting cage. Granted, they use older balls for those situations, but still, not something you see every day: http://twitpic.com/3vi4z5
February 1st, 20111:34 pm
The Delta Airlines photos were absolutely awesome as well – I got a great kick out of that – made me smile seeing that smirk on C. Jones face.
And love seeing the dude back in the batting cage.
February 1st, 20111:35 pm
Chipper waiting for another round this morning:
February 1st, 20111:37 pm
There was a market of sorts for him before he signed with Atlanta. Assuming he gets back on the horse and is serviceable, there should still be a market for the guy, maybe even larger if, as assumed, he proves to be more than he was last year.
Plus, snatching up Lopez sucks a little more air out of that back end starter market, thus making KK a little more attractive. Not much more, but a little more.
February 1st, 20111:41 pm
By the way, I mentioned to Chipper today that his talking about knee tendinitis yesterday brought out another round of skepticism on the blog, Twitter, etc. He kind of smirked and said, “Tell ‘em I’m gonna be in the lineup Opening Day.”
February 1st, 20111:45 pm
By the way, I mentioned to Chipper today that his talking about knee tendinitis yesterday brought out another round of skepticism on the blog,
I was astounded by the number of “He’s toast” comments attached to the actual story. I’m guessing from folks who have never rehabbed. Or have never gotten up off the couch enough to ever be sore, maybe, LOL.
February 1st, 20111:46 pm
Funny, Lew, funny.
February 1st, 20111:48 pm
Oh, yeah…smirking is good. Worried guys don’t smirk.
February 1st, 20111:52 pm
Who have you seen taking BP? Is it just Chipper or are any other players joining him? Is Parrish there overseeing and giving input to Chipper?
February 1st, 20111:54 pm
Jeff Schultz: The Braves didn’t need new direction, just an upgrade of the old model.
SHHH, please don’t say that too loud. They are listening and we don’t need a repeat of the other days Bobby banter. SHHHH!!!!
haha, mop the floor.
February 1st, 20111:55 pm
It really must be snowing hard in Albany…why else would Thomas grace us with his presence two afternoons in a row?
While I’m on here at the same time as you, I’d like to take this time to wish your team all the best in this Sunday’s Super Bowl. I hope they kick butt.
I mean that with all my heart.
February 1st, 20111:57 pm
BravePack: Chipper’s been only one to hit in two days. This isn’t for hitters, of course. All about pitchers. But Chipper’s hit before going on Caravan, and he can see trainers and hit and lift weights all at same place.
felt like the Braves had a realistic shot of winning the division going into spring training last year. I don’t think that is the case this year
Wait. You thought the Braves with Melky, Glaus, et al, had a shot, but the Braves with Uggla, Freeman, and a second-year Heyward do not? Because of Oswalt and Lee alone? I’m going to politely disagree with you on the topic, I believe.
February 1st, 20111:59 pm
It really must be snowing hard in Albany…why else would Thomas grace us with his presence two afternoons in a row? (cabravesfan)
I have my schedule prearranged around the storms. I only have to go on the road 3 days per week, with few exceptions. You’re stuck with me until, at least, Thursday.
February 1st, 20112:00 pm
cabravesfan why else would Thomas grace us with his presence two afternoons in a row?
Yeah, gee…what’d we do to deserve this?
February 1st, 20112:04 pm
McFann, I sometimes enjoy torturing people for no apparent reason.
February 1st, 20112:05 pm
As Braves prez John Schuerholz held that cover of the Chipper-damaged baseball, Chipper smiled and said to him, “That’s what you have to look forward to this year.”
February 1st, 20112:08 pm
I like reading about a motivated Chipper Jones. You won’t see this blogger putting down a man that’s done so much for this organization.
I watched Chipper Jones from the day he put on a Braves uniform and carry nothing but the highest respect for the man.
He WILL be back.
February 1st, 20112:10 pm
I hope to see him play live in Seattle this June for the first time since the late 1990’s in Montreal at Olympic stadium.
February 1st, 20112:11 pm
One person said that Schultz’ headline that Fredi is “Cox 2.0″ said that was the worst thing he could’ve written because Bobby is an idiot. Schultz responded:
It’s only the “worst thing” I could have written to those fans who don’t think Bobby Cox was a good manager. Obviously I’m not of that opinion.
I like Chipper’s confidence. Do you think there’s any way we can get him to beat up a few of his “fans” here on the blog?
February 1st, 20112:13 pm
I echo Nova Scotia Steves point. Chipper will be back and again produce good numbers
Ease® in Woodstock
Why don’t we just send him donkey hunting instead?
February 1st, 20112:14 pm
Nova Scotia Steve – Ditto your 2:08 comment.
February 1st, 20112:15 pm
That should whittle down some of the more voracious detractors…
February 1st, 20112:18 pm
I don’t know have many of you have seen a player “knock the cover off a ball” ,but its a rare thing you will only see a few times. It’s some serious power and spin. He’s really locked in right now.
(By the way, it sure was nice of you to wish BravesPack’s team well in the Super Bowl! It must have been very painful to write those words about a team you can’t stand… )
February 1st, 20112:20 pm
I want to first say thank you for those kind words and wanted to wish you the same for this Sunday. Although we both know the Steelers are a tough and great team I truely believe and am very confident that our Packers will win. They are playing so well right now and with so much confidence that like I said from the beginning of the playoffs the Packers will be tough to beat. I am counting down the days and as each day passes the excitement builds as this will be the first Super Bowl I get to watch and hopefully celebrate a Packers victory with my 8 year old son who loves the Packers like his dad. Go Pack Go!
February 1st, 20112:21 pm
Like yelling “Go Niners” in a room packed with Steeler fans…wait never mind, who would ever yell, Go Niners?
February 1st, 20112:22 pm
Explanation: “Benny the Jet” hit the hide off a ball in the 1993 movie The Sandlot, cementing a long-time myth about backyard baseball.
But what exactly would it take to split the stitches? The MythBusters tackled this “mitt-buster” by throwing a few pressurized pitches across the plate into a standstill bat.
A professional pitcher can rocket a fastball more than 90 miles per hour, and batters have been known to crack balls into the outfield at more than 130 miles per hour. But even the official fastest pitch ever recorded — 100.9 mph — isn’t enough to send a baseball skin flying.
A ball pitched fast enough to split the laces will actually crack the bat before it can do as much damage to the ball. It wasn’t until the MythBusters cranked a full-throttle pitch from a pressurized cannon into a bat that the hide blew off, sending the guts headed for a homer.
Of course, the cannon hurtled that ball at more than 400 mph, which is just not possible with mere human force. Even at top speeds produced by professional players, baseballs don’t come unraveled — but this myth sure did. It’s a swing and a miss.
February 1st, 20112:31 pm
Tom O’Hawke I sometimes enjoy torturing people for no apparent reason.
Ah-ha! It all makes sense now!
February 1st, 20112:35 pm
The vacuum caused by some of Frenchy’s swing and misses may have sucked the cover off some baseballs
February 1st, 20112:37 pm
Hello my friends! Good to hear good news on Chipper in the batting cage again. I’m rooting for you big guy………
February 1st, 20112:40 pm
I was watching the Manny Ramirez/Johnny Damon press conference on MLB Network at lunch and someone asked a question about what kind of shape they are in. Damon responded by saying (I’m paraphrasing here):
I’m ready to go out there and compete. I feel like I can hang with the young guys. We can look in the mirror and flex…or if I can’t hang with them that way, we can go in the shower and compete there.
What the hell kind of an operation are they running down there?
February 1st, 20112:41 pm
February 1st, 20112:42 pm
See how stupid that sounded?
February 1st, 20112:43 pm
Yeah, where is Chistopher- Chance……….. Maybe Chipper can hit some line drives at him…..Ha!Ha! Ha!
Bay Area Steve
February 1st, 20112:50 pm
cabravesfan an imposter?
Any true Niner fan knows that it’s just “NINERS!” Emphasis on the ni. What is this Go stuff?
Maybe regional? Maybe like putting “the” in front of freeways (the 101)?
February 1st, 20112:53 pm
Time to put some baseball movies in tonight! 4 weeks to go to Spring Training. Talk later,and peace……..
Was that a small joke? I liked it. Is it OK if I hope it actually happens? I mean, you don’t see Chipper that late on a fastball much, but I suppose it’s possible that he could hit a screamer right at Chance sitting in his third base line seats. I wouldn’t want him to die; permanently disfigured, maybe?
February 1st, 20112:55 pm
I’ve been a NINERS fan since I knew what football was It must be a regional thing…
(by the way, you are aware it’s daylight, yes?)
Didn’t sound stupid at all! I’m nothing if not loyal to my teams
February 1st, 20112:56 pm
BAS – is that even possible? I mean we have all seen his FB photo right?
Somebody tell ‘OB to get his behind back to the original. I think he responded to every comment on his Lopez blog…
Hillbilly, that’s just Johnny bleepin’ Damon being his own self, the gods help him. All those posts here, once upon a time, clamoring for that guy in a Braves’ uni…mercy. I mean, MERCY!
February 1st, 20112:59 pm
Bay Area Steve: It’s O.K. how ever you liked the joke. Got to go to work have a good one, and peace….
February 1st, 20113:00 pm
cab – I think you’ve had too much top drink…have VJ give you a ride home…Niners fan, sheesh!
February 1st, 20113:01 pm
Why is Ward capitalized today?
February 1st, 20113:06 pm
Ease® in Woodstock -
I am home…and you will never get me to turn on my beloved Niners! NEVER
February 1st, 20113:07 pm
All those posts here, once upon a time, clamoring for that guy in a Braves’ uni…mercy. I mean, MERCY!
Mercy? The team ended up with Melky. Yeah, I’d rather have had Damon. At the least he does not eat stuff off his bat.
February 1st, 20113:10 pm
Guy’s got a point there, scoots…
How awesome was that video? Between that, and the throw from center to right field, kinda says it all about ol’ Melky. I’m so glad he and Ankiel are gone. At least when Nate sucks, I can remember RHR calling him a leprechaun and laugh.
February 1st, 20113:11 pm
Why do you assume he’s going to magically return to some pre-2010 form, but only his 2007-2009 form, not his 2005-2006 form, when last season he set a new bar for how bad a starting CF can be murph
What I have been saying is not all that hard to understand dude, I have never said that i assume he will return to that, in fact I have always said that i don’t know what will happen.
My peeve is folks like you rewriting his previous career. If you wanna take the negative track for the future thats just fine with me, but the fact that he stunk last year does not mean that he did not have three good years in a row b4 that and i get tired of reading crap that says otherwise.
you can’t legitimately say that he stunk when he was in the top third of all CFers. That is not the definition of “stunk”.
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