Uggla slips smoothly into comfort zone with Braves

DARK STAR, Fla. – From playing against them, Dan Uggla had a good feeling about the makeup of the Braves team and how he might fit in their clubhouse. And he has not been at all disappointed.

Uggla (left) played for Gonzalez in Florida, now again with the Braves. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Uggla (left) played for Gonzalez in Florida, now again with the Braves. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

One week into full-squad workouts, the dude with the Popeye arms – seriously, you gotta see the man’s arms up close – has fit into his new surroundings as if he’s been here for years. He’s cracking on teammates and being cracked upon, always a good sign.

“It’s been awesome,” Uggla said. “I expected a lot of it to be like this. There’s not any real big egos in here to try and figure out or anything like that. What you see is what you get. Nobody’s trying to treat me in any certain way; they just treat me like they treat anybody. So it’s been a good experience so far.”

When the slugging second baseman signed a five-year, $62 million contract extension before he’d ever suited up for a game with the Braves, he did so believing that the atmosphere that he’d heard about from past and present Braves — and observed from the other side of the field – would not change with the team under new manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Of course, it helped that Uggla had played 3-1/2 seasons for Gonzalez in Florida.

“I’d heard a lot of stories about how good the clubhouse is here,” Uggla said, sitting on the floor in front of his locker stall, which is next to Brian McCann’s and few feet from Chipper Jones’. “But until you experience it, you don’t understand.

“There can be a lot of different clubhouses that are good in different ways, but this one is awesome. I love cracking jokes, being part of jokes, people cracking on me. Everybody’s in a good mood, joking around, but at the same time, once the bell rings it’s business over here. I like that.”

Uggla’s transition to the Braves has been about as seamless as the one Gonzalez is pulling off in replacing an icon, Bobby Cox.

To be honest, I expected there to be more of a culture-shock, transitional stage from Cox to Gonzalez, a period where maybe some players rolled their eyes over how this or that is done now as opposed to how it was done for a couple of decades under the ultimate players’ manager, No. 6.

But there hasn’t been. I’ve seen no grumbling, no raised eyebrows, no reluctance by any players to accept and embrace the changes, most of them subtle, that Gonzalez has instituted.

The team is putting in more work on fundamentals and conditioning, more after-workout sprints and such, but no one has taken issue with it or suggested something along the lines of “it worked fine the way it was; who does this guy think he is to change it?”

None of that at all. And part of it certainly goes back to the fact that most of the veteran Braves know Fredi from when he was here as third-base coach, and ones who didn’t know him still had a level of respect for him after seeing the job he did with the Marlins and knowing the high regard that Cox and the longer-tenured Braves had for him.

Similarly, many of the Braves knew Uggla enough from chatting with him during Marlins-Braves games in the past, or from spending time with him at All-Star games or other events.

“He’s a cool dude,” five-time All-Star McCann said. “Everybody already knew him and had respect for him, the way he plays. We see him 18 times a year. He goes hard every day. That’s the message we’re sending in this clubhouse — we need everybody to show up every day and play hard.”

Before he’d ever played or even practiced with the Braves, Uggla signed the largest total-value contract on the team ($2 million more than Lowe’s four-year, $60 million deal, though Uggla’s average annual value of $12.4 mill trails Lowe’s $15 mill and Chipper’s $14 mill). But there has been anything but resentment in the clubhouse.

The transition from Bobby Cox to Fredi Gonzalez has gone smoothly so far. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

The transition from Bobby Cox to Fredi Gonzalez has gone smoothly so far. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

“We talked about it last night,” said Chipper Jones, who picked up the dinner tab Wednesday night at an Orlando steakhouse for a group of Braves including Uggla. “He was just like, ‘I really didn’t expect the transition to be this easy.’”

[If you missed it, I mentioned in comments earlier on other blog that Eric O'Flaherty had an epic night of dining on Chipper's dime.  O'Flaherty ate an entire 48-ounce steak at Shula's as teammates sat in awe. One of them had a picture of the steak on his smartphone Thursday. "Great night for him to eat 27 pounds of steak," Jones said, smirking.)

Now back to the Uggla:

“Obviously bringing his manager with him and knowing some of the guys as well as he does, from playing against us – it’s just a perfect fit," Jones said. "He and I b.s.’d many times out on second base over the years, about him looking a heckuva lot better in red, white and blue than he does in teal.”

So the eldest Braves player isn’t surprised by how easily Uggla has fit in?

“No,” Jones said. “The Braves are pretty chemistry-conscious, and I always thought he would fit in well. Not just from a baseball standpoint, but from a personal standpoint. He’s our kind of guy – good, hard-nosed player, sacrifice himself for the betterment of the team, one of those kind of guys.”

Then I asked Chipper what Uggla would mean to the lineup: “That goes without saying. This lineup needed some balance, and it needed some balance with some thump. And we got both of them in one deal – balance and thump.

Jason Heyward is set to make the trip to Port St. Lucie for Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Jason Heyward is set to make the trip to Port St. Lucie for Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

“If he comes out and hits 30 homers for us this year, it could be a good year.”

Uggla’s 154 homers in five seasons are the most ever by a middle infielder in his first five years in the majors, and the second-most by any National League right-handed hitter in that span, behind some guy named Pujols.

Uggla has hit 31 or more homers in four consecutive seasons. He had a career-high 33 in 2010, and also set new personal bests with a .287 average, .369 OBP, .877 OPS and 105 RBIs. And played in 159 games, the third time in four years he played at least 158.

However, Uggla cautioned not to expect him to wow you during spring training. He’s been known to struggle with his swing in the Grapefruit League, especially early.

“Oh, dude,” he said, shaking his head. “Yeah, especially in games – don’t be expecting any fireworks in games or anything. Y’all are going to be like, ‘Man, why did we trade for this guy.”

“But yeah, it’s all about getting your work in, seeing as many pitches as you can see, for me anyways. And once the season comes, you flip the switch.”

♣ Freddie time: When Fredi Gonzalez makes his Braves managerial debut Saturday against the Mets at Port St. Lousy … er, Lucie, the other Freddie will make his debut as the Braves’ starting first baseman.

Rookie 1B Freddie Freeman is scheduled to make the 2-hour trip south for the Braves’ Grapefruit League opener, along with his fellow Sports Illustrated cover boy Jason Heyward (they’re on the cover of this week’s issue of SI, as most of you know by now). “We’re going to take a good squad,” said Gonzalez, who also said that Brian McCann, Nate McLouth, Eric Hinske and Jordan Schafer are going on the trip. Presumably the rest of the lineup will be backups and minor leaguers.

Uggla should make his Braves debut in Sunday’s home opener at Dark Star against the same Metropolitans.

Freddie Freeman is set to make his debut as the Braves' regular first baseman. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Freddie Freeman is set to make his debut as the Braves' regular first baseman. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

No word yet on when Chipper will make his spring debut, but he and Fredi have both mentioned that the 3B might skip the first few games. He’s done everything on his surgically repaired knee so far in camp, except sliding.

With Schafer and McLouth on the trip Saturday, Gonzalez said Schafer would probably DH in this game.

It’ll be interesting to see where Fredi bats Freddie. Not so much in this game – I mean, who cares? – but later in the spring and particularly when the regular season begins.

Gonzalez has said the 6-foot-4, 242-pound rookie would probably bat seventh or, more likely, eighth. If he hits eighth, he’ll be batting behind Alex Gonzalez.

“There’s a big difference, I think,” Fredi said, when I asked him if about Freeman hitting seventh or eighth. “An eighth hitter in the National League has got to be a patient guy. And he could do it. In the minor leagues, you look at his on-base percentage, the walks – he’s got a good eye.

“And it’s a position where you’ve got to know when to be aggressive, when to expand the strike zone because they’re going to pitch around you to get to the pitcher. We’ll see.”

Gonzalez would like to alternate between right- and left-handed (or switch) hitters up and down his lineup, and has mentioned this as his ideal lineup if McLouth is hitting well and Chipper is healthy: Martin Prado (R) leading off, McLouth (L) batting second, Chipper (S) third, Uggla (R) and McCann (L) fourth and fifth in either order, and Heyward (L) hitting sixth.

It’d be rounded out by Gonzalez (R) and Freeman (L).

“In a perfect lineup, you could go right, left, switch, left, right, left, right with Gonzo hitting seventh, and Freeman hitting eight,” Fredi said. “In a perfect lineup.

“But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. You can have two lefties hitting together. If we feel that Freddie’s getting overmatched a little hitting eighth, or he’s trying to do something that he’s not ready to do, we can change it.”

Since Chipper  usually has interesting thoughts to share on such subjects, I asked him what he expected from Freeman this year.

“I expect him to come in here and do his job. I expect him to play good defense. I expect him to provide offense down in the lineup,” Jones said. “There’s not many teams that can say that their young pup coming up is very capable of coming out and helping the ballclub offensively . Freddie is certainly capable of doing that.

“I don’t know where he’s going to hit in the lineup, probably seven or eight. But this is a guy that you can’t take lightly at the bottom of the lineup, and if he’s out there and getting on base and allowing the pitcher to make productive outs, providing some instant offense every once in a while, then he’s doing his job and everybody will be happy.

“[His] defense was outstanding last year when I saw him. I always was under the impression he was an offensive guy and was a little stiff defensively. But from everything I saw from him last year, he’s really come a long way defensively and was probably our top defensive first baseman at the end of the year.”

In summary, Jones said: “Great defense. He’s hit at every level. Unbelievable character and makeup, great teammate. Power will come. He doesn’t even have a tricep yet. He’s a young kid.”

And, finally, I asked Freeman if he had a preference regarding where he’ll hit.

“No. If I’m in the lineup, that’s all that matters to me,” he said, smiling. “I don’t care. The manager will put each player in the right position where he thinks he’ll succeed. I trust him.”

♣ Schafer to move around: Fredi Gonzalez mentioned Thursday that Schafer would play some at all three outfield positions this spring, with the possibility that he could be a fourth outfielder.

The Braves will wait to decide all that after seeing how McLouth looks in center field this spring (the CF job is his to lose, and as long as he plays decently I can’t see him losing it this early). They’ll also watch Schafer, out-of-options corner infielder/outfielder Joe Mather, and others including minor league free agent Jose Constanza.

They might decide that Schafer, rather than start the season as a fourth outfielder, instead should play every day for a month or two in the minors, since he’s missed so much time in the past two years recovering from his broken hand.

He’s had no problems at all this spring, hitting every day without soreness. And he’s stung a lot of balls in batting practice.

“He really has looked great,” Gonzalez said. “This is the first time in a while he’s been healthy. He’s healthy and he looks good.

“I tell you what, him and Prado are probably the two hardest-working guys we have. They’re here at 6 o’clock in the morning, and when you leave they’re still there doing something.”

♣ OK, let’s close with one from Dwight Yoakam, and here’s the video.

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“A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE” by Dwight Yoakam

I’m a thousand miles from nowhere,
Time don’t matter to me.
‘Cause I’m a thousand miles from nowhere,
And there’s no place I wanna be.

I got heartaches in my pocket,
I got echoes in my head.
And all that I keep hearing,
Are the cruel, cruel things that you said.

I’m a thousand miles from nowhere,
Time don’t matter to me.
‘Cause I’m a thousand miles from nowhere,
And there’s no place I wanna be.

Oh, I; Oh, I; Oh, I;
Oh, I; Oh, I; Oh, I.

I’ve got bruises on my memory,
I’ve got tear stains on my hands,
And in the mirror there’s a vision,
Of what used to be a man.

I’m a thousand miles from nowhere,
Time don’t matter to me.
‘Cause I’m a thousand miles from nowhere,
And there’s no place I wanna be.

I’m a thousand miles from nowhere,
Time don’t matter to me.
‘Cause I’m a thousand miles from nowhere,
And there’s no place I wanna be.

Oh, I…

I’m a thousand miles from nowhere.
I’m a thousand miles from nowhere

1,205 comments Add your comment

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
3:20 pm

Hey mets fan dont worry about lerry’s knees how about you worry about the Feds

Venice Jim

February 24th, 2011
3:21 pm

jeffrey – I’m sure you were delighted to see that Fish Bisch joined in on your side… ;)

McFann Ô Ô

February 24th, 2011
3:24 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

McFann Ô Ô

February 24th, 2011
3:25 pm

DOB Correction on Saturday travel squad for #Braves vs. Mets: McCann WILL make trip

Oh, awesome…it’s all good, now. :P

Ward

February 24th, 2011
3:26 pm

I think Uggla will make the whole team better. He as that presence………

Metsfanforlife

February 24th, 2011
3:26 pm

Why should we be worried about the Feds? Ownership had nothing to do with the madoff scheme.
And to whoever stated their jabroni lineup- how about you worry about Wright, Beltran, Bay, and Reyes

Ghost of Gil Garrido

February 24th, 2011
3:27 pm

DOB: I’m a day late to the party, but appreciated your Nick Cave shout-out yesterday.

Don’t know if you caught the Grinderman show at Variety last year. A very cool follow-up meriting your attention was posted on the Creative Loafing website after that, on the food page of all places. Seems Nick and the band accepted a post-show invite to Holeman & Finch from the chef and afterward made clear that “It’s the best food we’ve had in America.” (I love it too.) The real treat is that the Atlanta gig (and H&F dinner) made it into a Grinderman tour diary on Spin.com. Not only a good read for how wearing a tour can be (and the emphasis on finding good food on any tour) but also for a good Graceland story.

Here’s the link to the Creative Loafing article (which contains a link to the Spin.com article):

http://clatl.com/omnivore/archives/2010/12/28/nick-cave-calls-holeman-and-finch-the-best-food-in-america-and-i-was-there

David O'Brien

February 24th, 2011
3:27 pm

Just added correction to the Saturday travel roster: McCann IS on the trip to play Mets.

Also, just added something on the O’Flaherty eat-a-thon. Check above.

Fish Bisch

February 24th, 2011
3:27 pm

Jeffy D is a witty guy; I agree with him on most issues Venice.

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
3:28 pm

And to whoever stated their jabroni lineup- how about you worry about Wright, Beltran, Bay, and Reyes

Yeah they choke worse than that INXS guy

Metsfanforlife

February 24th, 2011
3:30 pm

Hey david obrien, you go around the Braves’ spring traning facilities feeling everyone’s arms? LOL Uggla’s defense dramatically declines any offensive production he will bring to the sorry Braves.

Ward

February 24th, 2011
3:30 pm

Thanks for the article, and Jose Constanza should be interesting to watch….. It’s great too have all these players……. Well all have a good ,and talk later tonight…….peace friends……..

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
3:31 pm

over under on Met’s players concussions this year?

Murph

February 24th, 2011
3:31 pm

How did Beltran and Bay do last year? Anyone know? I forget. Metsfanforlife, do you know their stats? Were they good? I honestly can’t remember.

Ward

February 24th, 2011
3:32 pm

Reyes could be on the juice too,but Wright would be a good one. Life after Chipper….peace every one.

TennesseePaul

February 24th, 2011
3:32 pm

Thank you for the work David.

N8

February 24th, 2011
3:33 pm

“I tell you what, him and Prado are probably the two hardest-working guys we have. They’re here at 6 o’clock in the morning, and when you leave they’re still there doing something.” Fredi on Prado and Schafer

Love it. Love that Prado shows his leadership by working hard and staying late while switching positions. And really love to see Schafer using his good health wisely by putting in the extra work.

Schafer might not end up being the superstar and fan favorite like looked like he was going to become after the spring of 2009. But that’s not to say that he can’t still have 3-4 very productive years in a Braves uniform.

Marquis Grissom wasn’t what he was in Montreal once he became a Brave. But was a very important cog in a team that won the WS and had a 2-0 lead in the WS the following year before being traded away.

If Schafer can give us 2 solid years of production (whether that starts this year or next year after McLouth leaves), that’s fine by me.

Total Grace

February 24th, 2011
3:34 pm

Enter your comments here

Trey

February 24th, 2011
3:34 pm

David, thank you for the good article, as always.

N8

February 24th, 2011
3:37 pm

“Uggla’s defense dramatically declines any offensive production he will bring to the sorry Braves.”

Not as much as sh!ti-Bank park does to ALL of the Mets hitters. Good luck with that.

Metsfanforlife

February 24th, 2011
3:38 pm

haha Murph, honestly I don’t know none of your teams stats either. Why did you guys let go your best outfielder in Melky Cabrera huh?

Ducati SC1000

February 24th, 2011
3:39 pm

DOB – can you recommend any routes to ride from Atlanta to Orlando? I’d rather not grind on the highway for ever, not sure if you have any other routes, as we know you like to ride. Thinking about riding down there the second week of March for spring training, any recommendations would be GREATLY appreciated!!

Freeman Says Hey

February 24th, 2011
3:40 pm

The true Pro’s never say a bad word about a MLB clubhouse, but man I sure would like some good story’s on the bad ones. Like the year, the team a reason why it was bad. We always here the guys say the right things, but never get the good juice. Anyway glad Uggla is a Brave!

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
3:40 pm

What kinda parent’s basement living, cheeto eating, warcraft playing Cabrone do you have to be to talk crap on another teams blog when your team is a buncha cellar dwellers?

Metsfanforlife

February 24th, 2011
3:40 pm

Well got to go sissy Braves fans. 10-1 Mets over Braves, less than 2 days away.

P-Town Brave ©

February 24th, 2011
3:40 pm

Ease-

C’mon now…

You don’t have Toews or Kane…

BOOM!

P-Town Brave ©

February 24th, 2011
3:41 pm

It just sticks with you, like By Mennen…

CON-STANZA!

P-Town Brave ©

February 24th, 2011
3:42 pm

Metsfanforlife-

Its ok beating us this early because we’ll be beating you like you’re our personal b*tch come regular season…

Hey, say hi to Madoff for me will ya ;-)

McFann Ô Ô

February 24th, 2011
3:42 pm

10-1 Mets over Braves, less than 2 days away.

Even if that was the score…it’s only ST…

N8

February 24th, 2011
3:42 pm

“Why did you guys let go your best outfielder in Melky Cabrera huh?”

Two words. Oliver Perez.

McFann Ô Ô

February 24th, 2011
3:43 pm

FEAR @ 3:40—

A Mets fan.

ncscoots

February 24th, 2011
3:44 pm

After the first week of the season rotations get jumbled and matchups become essentially random

Nominal 1 or 2 pitchers on all staffs face their nominal 1 or 2 counterparts just over 62% of the time during a season. Stretch that to the top 3 starters, and a top 3 starter faces a top 3 counterpart just over 66% of the time.

Now, you may consider that random, and that’s fine. Me, I’m going with the idea that slotting matters.

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
3:47 pm

What ever happened to Melky Cabrera?

Braves95WS

February 24th, 2011
3:47 pm

DOB any update on Kawakami? Any interest from St. Louis with the loss of Wainwright?

CraZyTRaDeMaN

February 24th, 2011
3:48 pm

I thought MLB contracted the Mets?

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
3:48 pm

McFann Ô Ô

rhetorical question haha

P-Town Brave ©

February 24th, 2011
3:48 pm

“Why did you guys let go your best outfielder in Melky Cabrera huh?”

Ran out of food

McFann Ô Ô

February 24th, 2011
3:49 pm

Murph

February 24th, 2011
3:49 pm

Why did you guys let go your best outfielder in Melky Cabrera huh?

If you truly love something, you have to set it free.

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
3:49 pm

Can anyone tell me what Uggla’s fielding stats were last year at the Stadium To Be Named Later, compared to the Marlin’s away games?

McFann Ô Ô

February 24th, 2011
3:50 pm

Murph If you truly love something, you have to set it free.

:lol:

south georgia braves

February 24th, 2011
3:52 pm

That’s great news about Freeman. I hope they bat him 7th. In the 8 hole, he may press too much. With the pitcher next, he’ll probably see a steady diet of breaking balls.

Really looking forward to the season. I haven’t felt this excited in years.

bravo1020

February 24th, 2011
3:53 pm

DOB …

What exactly does it mean when a player is “out-of-options”?

ColoradoBravesFan

February 24th, 2011
3:55 pm

“Uggla’s defense dramatically declines any offensive production he will bring to the sorry Braves.”

Do the Mets even have a second baseman? Castillo and….

P-Town Brave ©

February 24th, 2011
3:55 pm

Braves95WS-

Yeah, the Cards called…

They asked if KK would mind working at the Asian Grill in the Redbird Club at Busch Stadium.

JoshTown

February 24th, 2011
4:01 pm

Loving these blogs and updates. Nice work DOB! Can’t wait for Opening Day.

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:02 pm

P-T @3:55….That would be great, if they take his contract with him.

Benjamin

February 24th, 2011
4:02 pm

blum blum blum blum… you’ll never find…. a hair line like mine…

David O'Brien

February 24th, 2011
4:03 pm

Braves95WS: Baseball has ruled that Kawakami and Wainwright can’t be mentioned in the same sentence.

P-Town Brave ©

February 24th, 2011
4:03 pm

DOB-

Well, at least I mentioned the Redbird Club and the Asian Grill :lol:

thankyouverymuch

February 24th, 2011
4:04 pm

I thought MLB contracted the Mets?-CraZyTRaDeMaN

they did but they got a shot and it cleared right up.

David O'Brien

February 24th, 2011
4:06 pm

Ghost of Gil Garrido: That’s very cool about Cave digging Atlanta and the grub at H&F.

That Grinderman show at Variety was the best concert I attended in the past year or more. Terrific night.

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:06 pm

Metropolitans, haha, that is an odd name for a MLB team.

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
4:08 pm

more like the metrosexuals

P-Town Brave ©

February 24th, 2011
4:10 pm

Fear-

Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:11 pm

I think that McLouth and Shafer will have bustout seasons this year, and each will comeback with a vengence.
I predict 20+ HRs this season, and a bunch of stolen bases.

flange1

February 24th, 2011
4:11 pm

Getting REAL tired of the AJC site shutting down Safari on my computes because of @#$%$ Adobe flash.

The folks at Apple say that it is not their problem, same with the idiots at Adobe.

I have updated my machines with every new software update.

Anybody have any suggestions?

Braves95WS

February 24th, 2011
4:11 pm

DOB, they weren’t mentioned in the same sentence.

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:12 pm

Did McCann have his eyes fine tuned this off-season?

BravesFaninChi

February 24th, 2011
4:13 pm

I agree. Beltran, Bay, Reyes, and Wright make up for one of the better lineups in the league. However, it’s unfortunate for Mets fans that it’s no longer 2008. Beltran is getting old, can’t run with a bum knee, and certainly isn’t going to be worth the 19+ mil he’s owed this year. Reyes can’t stay healthy, and Bay didn’t look too great last year even when healthy (guy turns 33 this year). But look on the bright side, at their pitching staff is loaded with solid young arms to compliment an already stellar front line (thick with sarcasm in case there is any confusion). With a mediocre AT BEST minor league system, this team may be in trouble for the near future. After their corrupt owners are forced to settle out of court for more than the team is worth, they’ll be forced to let Wright walk, and I think we could all agree seeing Mr. Wright at 3rd in sunday reds is something that would be a welcomed sight following the end of the Chipper-era.

–The Mets are the new Nationals of the NL East

ramblingman

February 24th, 2011
4:16 pm

Great story and great reporting.

Hopefully the part about nobody acting upset in the least about any changes will cause second thoughts for those who have been whining about Chipper supposedly running ST and dictating things for Fredi. Hopefully, but I somehow doubt it. Logic never stopped a goober from beating his head into a wall.

Back to the good stuff. Enjoyed reading about Schafer working hard. He needs to get that rep going. Loved the leadership being shown by Chipper, as always. I would have loved to be there for the steak eating and seen the jokes flying while Chipper’s check went up…up…up.

Good grief, I love baseball.

Bat Masterson

February 24th, 2011
4:17 pm

flange1 _

I have been using Google Chrome for the past several weeks for that very reason.

mike

February 24th, 2011
4:17 pm

@flange1: download firefox. i have a MBP and firefox never gives me any issues here or anywhere else…

on another note, i can help but anticipate what kind of damage mac will do this year surrounded by uggla and heyward who seems to be highly feared. whether or not uggla gets his 30/100, i think his presence will do wonders for others.

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:17 pm

Yeah, those Metrosexualitans are funny.

P-Town Brave ©

February 24th, 2011
4:18 pm

flange-

Sad to say, get a Microsoft PC…

At least even w/ crappy IE you never have to worry about conflict with Adobe…

Bat Masterson

February 24th, 2011
4:19 pm

Nice blog, DOB. Thanks for the insights.

Cox looks relaxed and happy in the blog pic.

Just Pat

February 24th, 2011
4:19 pm

McFann

We’ve had an orchard oriole take up “residence” somewhere nearby…..BEAUTIFUL bird and a very distinctive call.

Herschel Talker

February 24th, 2011
4:19 pm

Thank God we finally got a manager with a brain. Fredi is A+ in my book. The manager upgrade was by far the biggest move we made all offseason.

Murph

February 24th, 2011
4:20 pm

Enter your comments here

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:20 pm

I used to hate seeing Uggla come up to bat against the Braves, because he is a very smart hitter.
Now I will love to see him hit against the opposition.

choozer

February 24th, 2011
4:21 pm

I still can’t comprehend not having Heyward somewhere in spots 2-4.

flange1

February 24th, 2011
4:22 pm

P’town,

Nah, I have been done with PC’s for about 10 years. For my work, graphics is a big deal and the Mac is way better.

We use Illustrator and phototshop constantly with no problems.

Just stupid flash!

Bat Masterson

February 24th, 2011
4:22 pm

flange1_

I still use safari for somethings, too. Hell, I just open both browsers and use Chrome here.

Billy

February 24th, 2011
4:22 pm

reckingball
February 24th, 2011
4:12 pm

Did McCann have his eyes fine tuned this off-season?

Yes he went to Jason Bays optometrist

flange1

February 24th, 2011
4:22 pm

Bat,

I am going to try Chrome at home and see how that works. We can’t add new programs at work, so Safari it will be!

Murph

February 24th, 2011
4:22 pm

The Mets are the new Nationals of the NL East

Man, taking the gloves off this afternoon. You’re hitting with bad intentions…

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:23 pm

Or is that spelled Metorsexuolitans?

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
4:24 pm

like the san fransico Ferriers in BASEketball…….I love that movie

Just Pat

February 24th, 2011
4:26 pm

flange1

Is THAT what happened to my computer an hour or so ago? I thought some ALF had taken control of it or something! :-)

BigTimeTECHFan

February 24th, 2011
4:27 pm

Runway 4 flight 309, tear-drop fall as we start to climb.

P-Town Brave ©

February 24th, 2011
4:29 pm

flange-

Understandable…my gf is a Graphic Designer..

Yeah, Adobe Flash is a b*tch…to put it nicely…

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:30 pm

I guess, that Jason Bays has something wrong with his eyes after he hit the wall in turn four.
But, I really was wondering if Brian McCann had his other eye repaired?

flange1

February 24th, 2011
4:30 pm

Just Pat,

It is funny for some reason it happens more when I am on the second or higher page of the blog.

It only happens to me on the AJC and ever so often on MLB rumors, other sites are no problem!

I sure it’s just DOB trying to get me mad! :)

Just Pat

February 24th, 2011
4:30 pm

flange1 & Bat

I had Skype open at the same time so when I FINALLY got back on line (had to physically unplug my iMac), I just didn’t re-open that since I had no idea what had caused the problem.

GoBraves123

February 24th, 2011
4:30 pm

You never disappoint with the Port St. Lousy jokes DOB. As the only PSL Braves fan here on the blog I can see your point, especially when you have to travel 2 hours here and back from Dark Star. But hey at least it’s only two minutes from the I-95 exit. Anyways, if you hear anymore about who may go on the first road trip Saturday please pass it along (I know you will anyway) because I’ll be at that game. I know Jair is going to start, but I wonder if guys like Kimbrel or Venters will make the trip. As always, enjoy your daily blogs and appreciate all your hard work.

flange1

February 24th, 2011
4:30 pm

Ptown,

EXACTLY!

DAP

February 24th, 2011
4:30 pm

flange1 I have updated my machines with every new software update.

Anybody have any suggestions?

how about mozilla?

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:31 pm

Call the Geek Squad.

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
4:31 pm

boy that mets fan disappeard faster then a met’s 1st place lead

Just Pat

February 24th, 2011
4:33 pm

flange1

I was on page 13 when it suddenly started fast scrolling all by itself and I lost all control of my mouse. Never thought about blaming DOB, though. :-)

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:34 pm

FEAR@ 4:31………When was the last time that the Metropolitans were in 1st place, after their 2nd game?

bravesgrl4life( a/k/a In Love with Fredi G!)

February 24th, 2011
4:37 pm

LOL @ Fear’s 4:31 :grin:

Just Pat

February 24th, 2011
4:37 pm

Someone asked this earlier but I never saw an answer. Do we know if MLB is going to broadcast Sat.’s game, yet? AND…if not, how do we go about finding out? They sold me the package by saying I’d be able to get EVERY game, including ST.

McFann Ô Ô

February 24th, 2011
4:38 pm

reckingball

No, I don’t think BMac was planning on having anything done to his other eye. Cutting out caffeine pretty much licked the problem, I think.

Just Pat

How fun! I saw an Orchard Oriole once a few years ago, but he didn’t stay…That’s so cool that you’ve got one! :)

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
4:38 pm

ah the good old 2007 season

Lew

February 24th, 2011
4:40 pm

FEAR – Yeah, and it’s not even September – by which time they may have traded Wright and Reyes – providing they’re not on the DL.

reckingball

February 24th, 2011
4:40 pm

I never knew that cutting out caffeine could make you see better.
I need to try that.

FEAR

February 24th, 2011
4:40 pm

man that poor mets fan. That was a virtual beatdown on him. But hey he started it and we finished it.

monty

February 24th, 2011
4:43 pm

If you took away all the HR’s Uggla hit against the Braves would he still be considered a “power”hitter?

BravePack

February 24th, 2011
4:44 pm

BravesFaninChi

Very well said and all the points I was going to make. Thanks for saving me the time. I don’t think any Mets fans should be talking sh!t with the trouble that team is in on and off the field for years to come.

Another great blog DOB with great insight on how the spring is going for our Braves. So far so good and hopefully it stays that way all spring. I think we all knew with the team we had and the player we heard Uggla is that he would fit right in with the team…happy he has a tomahawk on his jersey this year and for many years to come. We’ve always heard about Prado and Schafer being two of the hardest working players on the Braves and that hard work has paid off for Prado as he became an all-star last year and will continue to shine. I feel we will see the same result for Schafer now that he is finally healthy and that is why I am so high on the kid because of his work ethic. Guys like that want to succeed so badly they will stop at nothing to achieve that success. I think the CF job finally gets a permanent fixture for years to come in Schafer and it will start this year whether it’s out of spring or a month or two in.

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