Dark Star debut: Uggla starts home opener, Chipper DH

The Braves' middle-infield duo of Dan Uggla and Alex Gonzalez will debut today (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

The Braves' middle-infield duo of Dan Uggla and Alex Gonzalez will debut today (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

DARK STAR, Fla. – There will be a packed house here today for the Braves’ Grapefruit League home opener against the Metropolitan Financial Nightmares, and they’ll Dan Uggla make his highly anticipated debut for the Bravos. (Scratch the packed house part, plenty of empty seats as I update this at gametime.)

And while the prices are juuuust a bit steep here at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports,  I heard them play a Social Distortion song (“Story of My Life”) on the PA outside the ballpark the other day. I was shocked. (And as I type this, the Lemonheads’ cover of “Mrs. Robinson” is playing during batting practice. What is going on here?)

Martin Prado is in left field and leading off today in his spring debut. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Martin Prado is in left field and leading off today in his spring debut. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Anyway, Uggla’s at second base and the relocated Martin Prado is in his new position in left field and leading off, with Jordan Schafer in center batting second.  (Lineup’s at bottom of blog.)

And by the way, temperature is headed to upper-80s here today.

As much as Braves fans here want to see Uggla, I’m betting the largest applause will be for Chipper Jones, who’s in his familiar No. 3 spot in the lineup, albeit DHing. He said this morning that he could get his first start at third base within a week.

For those who don’t think he belongs in the 3-hole anymore, well, let’s just say he’s noticed those comments here and elsewhere, and seems to use it as motivation, based on the number of times he’s commented to me about how the “old man’s in the 3-hole” despite what some people on this blog think about that.

But he had a stronger message for those who suggest that he’s only playing because of the $28 million he’s owed over these next two seasons. Let’s just say he didn’t mince words with the message he had for those folks when AJC columnist Jeff Schultz asked him about it. Check Schultz’s blog here on our ajc.com website later today.

(Before I forget: Sorry folks, the game’s not on TV, but you can hear Don Sutton and Jim Powell call the 1:05 p.m. game on 680-AM or 93.7 FM in the Atlanta area, or hear that broadcast streamed online at mlb.com.

Figure on Uggla getting three at-bats. Also making their spring debuts today: shortstop Alex Gonzalez, left fielder Prado and backup catcher David Ross, who didn’t make the trip to Port St. Lousy to face the Mets on Saturday.

♣ On DHing and such: A lot of veteran players pine for a move to designated hitter when they get near the end of their careers. Chipper Jones isn’t one of those people.

“You hit and then you might have an hour in-between at-bats,” he said. “So what do you do, go upstairs [to the clubhouse]? I don’t know. If you sit there and watch the game [in the dugout], you get stiff. You’ve got to keep moving.

“And you’re getting yourself all ready to hit, then [your team] goes three up, three down, and you’re like, [bleep]. Then you’ve to go through that all gain in five minutes.”

Chipper also gets bored easily during games if he’s not forced to focus.

“That’s what I didn’t like about playing outfield,” he said, referring to the period when he played left field, in 2002-2003 and parts of the ’01 and ’04 seasons. “At third base, you’re forced to be locked in. If not, you’re going to get one in the chops.

“Left field, I never checked out so many sets of stands in my life. Nothing else to do. Just looking around.” [Yes, he said “sets of stands.” Wisdom gained over the years…]

“But at third base, you can’t do that. You’ve got somewhere to go, something to be locked in on every pitch. And I think it helps you offensively if you’re mentally into every pitch.

“Prado’s going to find out this year.”

Then he paused, thought about that statement for a moment.

“But somehow I don’t see Prado with a focus problem,” he said, smiling. Because Prado is so hyper-intense and locked in at all times, the thought of his mind wandering is almost preposterous.

Chipper was asked who Prado reminded him of, in that respect. He said intensity-wise, Ryan Klesko. But in terms of focus, he said, “Nobody. [Prado’s] locked in. Tireless worker. Tireless. You almost have to pull the reins in on him sometime.”

Freeman (left) and Schafer are in the lineup for today's home opener (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Freeman (left) and Schafer are in the lineup for today's home opener (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Speaking of left field, I asked Chipper a couple of weeks ago if the possibility of him moving back to left field had ever even been discussed after his season-ending knee injury, or when the Braves traded for Uggla and decided to move Prado to left.

I asked him only because some fans had asked me if it had been an option, their reasoning being that Chipper would have a better chance of staying healthy in left field. Frankly, I didn’t see the logic in that, how chasing balls to the gaps and making catches while sliding or running into walls, how that could be better for a soon-to-be-39-year-old with a twice-surgically-repaired left knee and various other health issues in recent years.

His answer was about what I had anticipated.

“I played out there and couldn’t keep my hamstrings in one piece,” he said. “People don’t remember the fact that I spent more time on the DL when I was splaying left field than when I’ve played third base.

“I missed six weeks with a hamstring back in ’04. I told Bobby back then, if you want to keep me in the lineup you need to put me back on the infield.”

I asked him if all the running required of an outfielder would be problematic.

“Yep, and it’s balls to the wall [running],” he said.

Shortstop Alex Gonzalez makes his spring debut today, batting sixth. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Shortstop Alex Gonzalez makes his spring debut today, batting sixth. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

♣ So far, no injuries (wood, please): The Braves finished their first two weeks of spring training without so much as a strained hamstring. Yes, Chipper’s knee has been sore a couple of days, including the day after he did his first sliding last week. But that was to be expected, and frankly the Braves are thrilled he’s not had to miss any workouts so far.

When I mentioned the lack of the usual sore shoulders and sore groins a couple of days ago to manager Fredi Gonzalez, he reached out to knock on a wood locker stall.

“A couple of coaches are in the training room getting their shoulders worked on,” he said, “but more importantly, the players are fine. Knock on wood, we’re good. I hope that trend continues.”

The team has done more pre- and post-workout running and conditioning than in the past, but Gonzalez said he didn’t think that was the reason they’ve stayed healthy.

“It’s just a matter of luck,” he said. “I think that those things will pop up sooner or later, hopefully you catch them early enough, so you don’t miss much time.”

Oh, and point of clarification: Chipper did slide on his left side, the repaired-knee side. I reported that he had slid only on the right side to protect the knee in his first sliding drills, because that’s what I sure thought he told me that day. But I asked him again today to make sure, and he said, no, he had slid on his left left, as he’s done his whole life.

“I’ve never slid on my right side – ever,” he said. “I’d probably break my neck if I tried to do that.”

Given that his knee was a bit sore after his first sliding drills, I asked if he’d try to avoid sliding in spring-training games for the time being, or maybe slide head-first instead.

“I don’t see any problem with [going head-first],” he said. “I’d much rather dive than slide, to be honest with you. But if you’ve got to break up a double play, you’ve got to break up a double play.”

He smiled and added, “If I don’t get there in time, I’ll be peeling off, though.”

Chipper said he’d take it day-by-day before deciding when to play third base. For now, he wants to get some at-bats and see how that feels in game condition.

“I’m encouraged that I’ve only had an accumulation of fluid once in my knee, and it was gone the next day,” he said. “All my bad days have been followed by good days. As long as that’s the case, and as long as right now at the beginning of spring training I only have a bad day every four or five days – hopefully that gets to one every seven or eight days, and so on.”

During the most strenuous baserunning drill so far this spring, he noticed the knee getting sore near the end.

“The more and more I ran the bases the other day, the more it hurt,” he said. “So if I go out and get three hits and I’m on base every day, am I going to be able to play tomorrow? I don’t know. If I go 0-for-3 I’ll probably be able to play.” He laughed.

So it’s a Catch-22, then? If you stink, you can bounce back quicker? He laughed.

“It’s kind of a Catch-22, yeah.”

Chipper Jones, in old-school look he's sporting in 2011, will DH today.

Chipper Jones, in old-school look he's sporting in 2011, will DH today. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

But, he added, “We ran the bases hard two days ago, and it felt fine yesterday. So maybe I’m getting over the [bad day] once every third or fourth day. [One bad day every] seven days? We can live with that.”

Regarding how many games he hopes to play this season, he said this: “I don’t want to have a DL stint. If I have to miss a day or two here and there, that’s OK. 130, 140 [games played]? Just off the cuff. I’d love to play that many. I think it’s realistic, if nothing freakish happens and I don’t have to miss weeks at a time, yeah.”

♣ The view from the inside: Former Orioles manager Dave Trembley is the Braves’ new minor league field coordinator, and he’s one of the five ex-big league skipper on the Braves’ spring training coaching staff.

Good dude, I’d heard from a lot of people including reporters who’d covered his teams in the past. And they weren’t kidding.

We talked for about 15 minutes one morning in the clubhouse, him holding a cup of coffee and talking in a quiet-but-intense tone, so close to me that I could tell it was French roast.

Here’s what he had to say when I asked his impressions of the Braves:

Jordan Schafer gets the start in center field today. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Jordan Schafer gets the start in center field today. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

“What I see pitching-wise is a lot of guys with power arms,” he said. “I see a lot of power arms, and I see a lot of young, potentially very good major league pitchers.

“Position-player wise, I see balance. I think they have balance here, from guys who can hit for power – with Uggla now, they’re balanced with a right-handed hitter.

Then he really got going.

“There’s just a feeling here of professionalism. I’m coming in from the outside, and it’s kind of like watching color TV for the first time. Things really stand out when it’s the first time you see it. What I see here is really a sense of professionalism. These guys know what it is they want. They want to win. They expect to win. They expect it.

“They expect we’re going to win and we’re going to be in the postseason. But they’re willing to prepare accordingly.”

Since he’s the minor league field coordinator, I asked him about Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado and Arodys Vizcaino (by the way Vizcaino and Delgado are on the extra-pitchers list today, so one could get in the game if the Braves don’t get full innings from the guys who are scheduled to pitch).

“That’s what we were trying to do in Baltimore — really stock it with young arms.

Trembley said. “Because you can never have enough pitching, and competition is also good. But they’ve got some young guys here … it’s going to be interesting, that fifth slot. Then there are some guys here knocking on the door.”

I commented that the Braves don’t have to rush their top young pitchers, not like the Orioles did (Trembley was fired as Orioles manager last season).

“We had to rush ‘em,” he said. “Here, you can take your time. It was neat, they had that rookie camp [at Turner Field before spring training] and had those kids exposed a little bit. Now they’re here.”

Then he went more big-picture on me, talking about the sense he’s gotten being around the Braves these past few months.

“They [Braves] have been good for a long time. It doesn’t just happen; they’ve had a plan, and they have followed it,” he said. “But they’ve got good people. From the top – Mr. Schuerholz, Frank Wren, Bobby Cox still here. They’ve had continuity. They’ve had guys who’ve worked here for 35 years or more. It’s kind of an elite group.

“Coming from the outside, you can see how they’ve been good for a long time. They do it right. The expectations are to do it right, and to do it right all the time. It’s why they win. They’ve got good players, but they’ve also got good people.”

BRAVES LINEUP

Uggla is batting cleanup in his Braves debut (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Uggla is batting cleanup in his Braves debut (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

  1. Prado LF
  2. Schafer CF
  3. Chipper DH
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Gonzalez SS
  7. Ross C
  8. Mather RF
  9. Bowman 3B

OK, let’s close with a Tom Waits classic, and hear it here.

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“INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM” by Tom Waits

The bats are in the belfry
the dew is on the moor
where are the arms that held me
and pledged her love before
and pledged her love before

It’s such a sad old feeling
the fields are soft and green
it’s memories that I’m stelaing
but you’re innocent when you dream
when you dream
you’re innocent when you dream

running through the graveyard
we laughed my friends and I
we swore we’d be together
until the day we died
until the day we died

It’s such a sad old feeling
the fields are soft and green
it’s memories that I’m stelaing
but you’re innocent when you dream
when you dream
you’re innocent when you dream

I made a golden promise
that we would never part
I gave my love a locket
and then I broke her heart
and then I broke her heart

It’s such a sad old feeling
the fields are soft and green
it’s memories that I’m stelaing
but you’re innocent when you dream
when you dream
you’re innocent when you dream

1,253 comments Add your comment

Venice Jim

February 27th, 2011
11:44 am

Another great blog, DOB!

Tomahawkin

February 27th, 2011
11:48 am

I’m Not First, but I’m “On Deck!”

Thank for the blog on a Sunday Morning when most people who work as hard as you do would be resting…And Where is C-Roge?

A.J.

February 27th, 2011
11:48 am

How long does it usually take you to write a blog like this?

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
11:49 am

I don’t even see the blog.

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
11:49 am

I clicked on more and don’t see anything.

Tommy T

February 27th, 2011
11:51 am

All I see is DOB’s face and comments, yet I’m still strangely comforted by this blog.

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
11:51 am

where is new blog?

Smitty

February 27th, 2011
11:51 am

BravesFanChris26:

I’m not seeing the blog either…

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2011
11:51 am

Me either, BFChris.

Venice Jim

February 27th, 2011
11:51 am

There’s certainly nothing here to bring out the crazies to moan and groan…

Mixxo

February 27th, 2011
11:52 am

Yeah, fine job DOB. :cool:

Lew

February 27th, 2011
11:52 am

The blog must be out partying with Tomahawkin and got lost at the Chop House.

lawdawg

February 27th, 2011
11:52 am

Best. Bloggage. Ever. I especially liked DOB’s insider info about Pujols and his willingness to take a pay cut to go to the Bravos.

DC Brave

February 27th, 2011
11:52 am

AJC does not manage their blogs to win in the Spring Training. Unfortunately, this means a sys admin guy is probably going to get cut tomorrow.

Lew

February 27th, 2011
11:52 am

VJ – Wanna bet?

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
11:52 am

DOB webmaster lost your blog.

MB

February 27th, 2011
11:53 am

The heck? Where’s the blog?

Mixxo

February 27th, 2011
11:53 am

It’s ST for everybody !!!

Venice Jim

February 27th, 2011
11:53 am

I think DOB is testing an “Emperor’s New Clothes” type of deal here…

Lew

February 27th, 2011
11:53 am

DCBrave – DFAed?

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
11:54 am

Great blog DOB, sad we can’t read it

JoshTown

February 27th, 2011
11:54 am

Lew

February 27th, 2011
11:55 am

Minimalist approach to blogging? You never can tell in the Post Modernist era.

Trojan

February 27th, 2011
11:55 am

Let’s discuss this blog…….

Billy

February 27th, 2011
11:55 am

I have got to quit drinking. It is affecting my eyes. I can’t see the blog. I can’t see the blog.

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
11:56 am

OH WELL on to my email, later folks maybe they will post blog later

The Dude Abides

February 27th, 2011
11:57 am

howd you get that smiley face icon on here Mixxo?

lawdawg

February 27th, 2011
11:57 am

It’s there. Click on “More” at the top and on the next page hold down “ctrl” “alt” “delete” at the same time.

DC Brave

February 27th, 2011
11:57 am

Yep Lew…DFA’ed. Somebody who has been here a while needs to make sure the other young web techs don’t celebrate too much in front of the guy who just died.

Mattatrab

February 27th, 2011
11:57 am

What’s today’s batting order?

AdirondackDave

February 27th, 2011
11:57 am

On the other hand, it takes no time at all to “refresh.”

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2011
11:58 am

Dark Star’s revenge.

1eyedJack

February 27th, 2011
11:58 am

DOB, it’s a good thing you’re not getting paid by the word.

DW

February 27th, 2011
11:58 am

DOB’s computer monitor must have ran out of ink.

lawdawg

February 27th, 2011
11:59 am

Or try “alt” “F4″

DC Brave

February 27th, 2011
11:59 am

Han Solo: Its not my fault…Its not my fault!!!

DC Brave

February 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

Maybe AJC shouldn’t not have hired “Norton and Company Internet Services” to run their blog tech…

DW

February 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

This blog will most likely get more comments than any blog DOB has ever done.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

February 27th, 2011
12:03 pm

i think this is the blog because DOB cant write it up. its more of a twitter post relayed to the blog than a blog

Venice Jim

February 27th, 2011
12:03 pm

Mattatrab – just look at the tweets just above where your post is, on the right side of the page…

Mixxo

February 27th, 2011
12:03 pm

jim

February 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

Good one Lew!

cabravesfan

February 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

I apologize for VJ’s comments. Clearly I shouldn’t let him near the computer unsupervised. ;)

1eyedJack

February 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

Ok, Uggla’s starting and Chipper’s going to get a couple at-bats. Is that it?

NC State Nate

February 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

Someone else should tell DOB the blog is not up. He might know then.

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
12:05 pm

lawdawg it did not work for me. still no blog, darn just as I was starting to like DOB. just looked above, thank you lawdawg will try it.

Tomahawkin

February 27th, 2011
12:05 pm

Lew

“The blog must be out partying with Tomahawkin and got lost at the Chop House.”

lol

The Dude Abides

February 27th, 2011
12:07 pm

Crooks Bonrad

February 27th, 2011
12:08 pm

This blog was brought to you by…. BROOKS CONRAD!

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

nope lawdawg still no blog, on to email later all.

RHR

February 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

Has Brooks Conrad taken over the blog wheel? :D

Tomahawkin

February 27th, 2011
12:10 pm

Isn’t Rodrigo Lopez Starting today…?

I seriously hope he doesn’t make the Team. M&M (Mike Minor) proved last year that he is our #5 starter

And Its Imperative that we give KK a lot of innings to showcase him to other teams what he can do once he arrives…because I’m banking on him being traded before May 1st…

RHR

February 27th, 2011
12:10 pm

Or was it Nate?

DC Brave

February 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

Beachy and Minor today too right? Should be interesting…

RHR

February 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

Shoot…KK is back in the US of A?

Gordo

February 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

DOB-Where’s the “meat” of this story? I need to see the meat?

Tomahawkin

February 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

S/O To RHR!

For all the New Cats up in here, Check out D.O.B’s Facebook group…We need more faces to match the blogger names…

RHR

February 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

Step aside….the professional has arrived.

RHR

February 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

It works now, dudes.

Dan Kolb

February 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

don’t worry guys…I’m working on it.

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

THE BLOG IS HERE! [/John Cena]

chris reitsma

February 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

Yeah, me and danny got this.

Tomahawkin

February 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

Lets Just hope that the ajc.com tech staff didn’t Bozo D.O.B. for posting song lyrics, Youtube has really gotten bad on that copyright garbage

The Dude Abides

February 27th, 2011
12:16 pm

Lets go Chip:!:

Tomahawkin

February 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

D.O.B.

Good Insight on the Chipper insight of playing LF again…

@BravesFanChris26…John Cena is Garbage!

DC Brave

February 27th, 2011
12:23 pm

I hope Chipper realizes that the majority of us are pulling for him big time…the haters are a small, albeit vocal, minority. I’m all for asking tough questions, but I hope he doesn’t think for a second that most of the real fans don’t have his back…cause we do. He’ll play in 138 games….this year, and he’s gonna his .318. :)

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
12:23 pm

Yup we got a blog

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
12:26 pm

Tomahawkin

To be quite fair, I’m a Cena fan/supporter, but I do agree Cena’s character is stale, but that’s due to the way they currently book him. When Cena was the Dr. Of Thuganomics, he was HUGELY over and adored. Once he became Super Cena (80s Superman booking), the fans turned on him and he became the “Mr. Poopy Joke” guy.

When he rapped on Rock last Monday, I was glad to see the Dr. Of Thuganomics, if only for one night :(

Lew

February 27th, 2011
12:27 pm

DCBrave – Works for me.

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

I will continue Marlin’s tradition of going…..

His name is ………. DAN UGGLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:mrgreen:

Lew

February 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

Will that be Ugggggggggggla before much longer since there are no eeeeee’s?

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
12:31 pm

Lew

I’d think it’d be…………

Ugglaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Some extra a’s :lol:

Lew

February 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

Chris26 – That works.

Lew

February 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

Just so it’s not Uggleeeeeeeeeeeee from his defensive detractors.

RHR

February 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

Oh yeah..GOOOOO CHIPPER!

Matt

February 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

Schafter is getting alot of playing time, i gotta feeling the braves are wanting to keep nate on the bench if they admit it in the media or not.

RHR

February 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

Or should I say Chipperrrrrrrrrrrrr! :D

Lew

February 27th, 2011
12:36 pm

Matt- You might be right. Wouldn’t bother me at all – though I’d like to see Matt Young get a shot, even as the 25th player. He’s versatile – plays infield and outfield – and can hit well and run well.

Tomahawkin

February 27th, 2011
12:37 pm

BravesFanChris26

“I will continue Marlin’s tradition of going…..

His name is ………. DAN UGGLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

I cannot wait to say that on the Phillies Forum when he homers against them…I’m gonna get a lot of F bombs directed at me from their fans

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
12:37 pm

Good Chipper stuff DOB. Chipper in left field would be a disaster.

Tomahawkin

February 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

@Matt

Nasty Nate AKA Nate-Dawg makes too much money to keep on the bench, He is our leadoff hitter by Default during the first month…I assuming we are going to decline his 10+ mill option for next year…?

Matt

February 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

The only outsider looking in that i hope dont a legit chance to play is Brandon Hicks. we have given some several shots at the major league roster and he hasnt produced at all. He needs to be extra trade bait for the trade deadline later on this summer.

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

Tomahawkin

There’s a forum I go to full of Philly fans, just me and like one other Braves fan. He’s not outspoken, I am though.

I get a lot of “Heel Heat” for rubbing it in :lol:

My nick name is Chris Heel because of it :-D

Matt

February 27th, 2011
12:40 pm

Money is a huge issue with nate but winning games matters more and between Nate and Jordan who do you think gives you a better chance to win games?

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
12:40 pm

A disaster waiting to happen. Wow I am commenting on my own post.

McFann Ô Ô

February 27th, 2011
12:42 pm

Ah, no wonder the other Blog was so dead… :lol:

jjas

February 27th, 2011
12:43 pm

it sucks that I cant watch this game (video) to see chipper, martin, and uggla. Does Disney charge extra fees, or something like that, to prevent the game from being aired?

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
12:43 pm

Matt

If Nate can perform like he did with the Pirates in 2008, then unquestionably it’s Nate. Jordan is going to be the future CF anyways, so if Nate can perform like that, it’s no question.

However, if Nate does alright, but not like him in 2008 with Pirates, then it’s up for grabs I’d suppose.

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
12:46 pm

I just hope the radio feed is in sync today with the gameday box for me.

D.J.

February 27th, 2011
12:48 pm

If any of you haven’t seen the SI article on the Braves, specifically Heyward and Freeman, here’s the link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1182305/index.htm

LTBF

February 27th, 2011
12:48 pm

I am going to try to get a radio feed online for game today. Best to go to a radio station site I guess, MLB makes you pay for thier radio feed , don’t they?

BravesFanChris26

February 27th, 2011
12:48 pm

Apparently Chase Utley has patella tendonitis in his right knee and some on the Philly’s blogs and twitter feed are freaking out.

jjas

February 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

BTW, Saw yesterday the Braves will be aired on YES network on March 8th and 11th….

David O'Brien

February 27th, 2011
12:51 pm

It was a computer glitch today, but I think tomorrow we’ll leave the blog blank a while just to see how many comments we can get with folks trying to top each other on the “How long did this take to write” sort of comments. Pull chain, then sit back and observe.

Matt

February 27th, 2011
12:52 pm

Im guessing that means braves are playing yankees the 8th and 11th?

Lew

February 27th, 2011
12:52 pm

Chris26 – And yet I have been considered a complete idiot for mentioning the fact that the Phillies are injury prone, Utley is regressing (primarily because he’s hurt a lot) and that they were and will be injured quite a bit.

Milt Famey

February 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

DOB, Thanks for great info and please keep ‘em coming. Chipper is a gamer for sure. The people who claim it’s just for the money just aren’t paying attention. He plays for the love of the game as evidenced by his play and comments for the last 18 yrs.

jjas

February 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

you guessed right

Matt

February 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

Phillies are just getting old period while braves for the most part are getting younger and better.

Bravefaninok

February 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

DC Brave

February 27th, 2011
12:23 pm

I hope Chipper realizes that the majority of us are pulling for him big time…the haters are a small, albeit vocal, minority. I’m all for asking tough questions, but I hope he doesn’t think for a second that most of the real fans don’t have his back…cause we do. He’ll play in 138 games….this year, and he’s gonna his .318. :)

Yeah I hope DOB has passed this along to HOSS! Most real fans are pulling for “the old man batting 3rd and playing 3rd”

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