11:42 am February 27, 2011, by David O'Brien
February 28th, 201110:18 am
Good morning Carroll.
I don’t know if you or DOB get potential lineups (both pitching and offense) in spring training a few days ahead, but….
What are the chances to see Uggla/Linebrink/Sherrill on the field on Thursday against Tigers which is the first televised game (as far as I know) on ESPN?
Reason I asked is because I’m a stickler for seeing new Braves donning the uni during spring training the first chance I get on TV.
February 28th, 201110:21 am
Lokks like Fredi is using a line-up that might be close to opening day if it works besides Freeman at 1B. Let’s see how they do today. So did you guys read that Utley already has tendinitis in his knee? So while they are minor both Lee and Utley are already feeling the effects of their age and this is just to start the season. Imagine how their bodies will keep up playing through half a year of baseball. I wouldn’t give them the NL East crown just yet despite what crap comes out JRollins mouth and all the so called experts are predicting.
February 28th, 201110:25 am
Carlos Beltran officially moving to RF.
SWFL I’ll check on that when the post the braves travel roster in the next day or so, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up for too many regulars. the length of that trip is no foolin but I’ll keep you posted. They’ve got to bring a couple….I believe Kimbrel is supposed to pitch again that day too.
Kinda funny to see the manager hitting fungoes…..this is the new world!
February 28th, 201110:26 am
Breakfast tacos… today I will enjoying two varieties: sausage/egg/cheese and a chorizo/egg/cheese. Lesson learned last week, stay away from the orange salsa. It’s habanero salsa. Couldn’t taste anything for 24 hours after eating that crap.
P-Town Brave ©
February 28th, 201110:28 am
Mmmm…wish I could get in on some of that!
Sadly, I’m relegated to nothing more than a Powerbar at my desk
February 28th, 201110:34 am
Murph – Those hot peppers are good for you – they aid circulation. Wouldn’t start with Habaneros, though – maybe something milder, like Jalepenos.
February 28th, 201110:35 am
PTown – Hopefully your drawing should be there later today.
BFChris26: your not the only one but I agree with Carroll
February 28th, 201110:36 am
is there still a good selection available for the home opener?? I probably won’t be able to get my tix for the next couple of days, I gotta make plans.
SWFL Braves Fan
February 28th, 201110:38 am
Thanks, Carroll! I will look forward to it. I was always hoping that the Braves would switch and start having their overnight trip here to Fort Myers rather than the east coast and play the Red Sox one day and the Twins the other. But I will take this one! Hope you are making the trip too. City of Palms Park is a nice park.
February 28th, 201110:41 am
Carroll – Is Bobby Dews there this spring?
February 28th, 201110:48 am
Good to hear from you, looking forward to your thoughts on those pickups. I have heard great things!
I will try to do better!
I think the HUGE difference in the clubs is the shafts. They are way more whippy and really ask the golfer to swing differently. In my opinion, a player that shoots scratch with NEW clubs, can take clubs from the 60’s or 70’s and will probably shoot 3-4 strokes higher, with the wooden shafts and older heads probably another 4-5 strokes.
Without a TON of practice with those clubs, it would be hard for me to break 80 with them if I was playing well.
February 28th, 201110:49 am
If I remember correctly, #6 didn’t like using the DH in home spring training games. I wonder if Fredi has a different philosophy or if he’s just using the DH for the time being to get Chipper his ABs.
February 28th, 201110:50 am
I’m actually from the Southwest, so I grew up eating jalapenos and Hatch green chile. Thought I was capable of handling a habanero… thought wrong. The burn, the numbness, the sweating, all of that was bad, but, not to be too graphic (look away if gross things bother you)… the burning on the way out was almost as bad!
February 28th, 201110:54 am
Make you a deal Chipper – lead a team to a ring and then you can talk
Who was it again that hit 3rd all year on the 1995 World Series team? I could’ve sworn it was Chipper?
February 28th, 201110:55 am
back to baseball guys… even after a long winter, I still have a very hard time listening to Jim Powell.
Anyone else feel the same?
February 28th, 201110:57 am
It is the end of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Duke Snider has passed on, may he rest in peace.
February 28th, 201110:58 am
Murph – I seriously believe that there is a tolerance factor at work with hot peppers – the more you eat them, the more immune to their effects you get. I’m up to Red Fresnoes right now (Jalepenos are 5.5 on the hotness scale, Red Fresnoes 6.5, with each increase – 5-6- being ten times hotter), though I’ve lived through a Scotch Bonnett pepper (9.5) without scarring.
February 28th, 201110:59 am
Habenero is a 10.0
February 28th, 201111:00 am
Crazy Trade – Ain’t it amazing how selective memory afflicts so many?
February 28th, 201111:02 am
Dish Network has channels for just about every sport you could think of, but no MLB-TV. What’s up with that?
For those looking to listen to the games everyday: http://radiotime.com/affiliate/a_37913/station/Atlanta_Braves_Radio_Stations.aspx
Braves network stations that stream online with handy click-on buttons…quick and easy to find Jim and Don.
February 28th, 201111:05 am
Those wooden shafts are crazy to swing. They had Taylor Made out at the course I normally play last summer. They had demo clubs from different eras. Some wooden shafts some blade irons from early 1900’s all the way to current clubs. It was interesting trying to hit some of the older clubs. They weren’t as bad as I thought they’d be. They vibrated my hands pretty bad and I was only able to hit them about 70% of the distance I normally do. My clubs are blades so that may have been why I was able to hit them. I’d love to play a round with a set of wooden shafts sometime. I think I’d have to get a pair of knickers if I did though!
February 28th, 201111:06 am
even after a long winter, I still have a very hard time listening to Jim Powell. Anyone else feel the same?
Nah, I really like Jim.
February 28th, 201111:08 am
even after a long winter, I still have a very hard time listening to Jim Powell.
Anyone else feel the same?– Sonny
No, I almost had an eargasm when I heard his voice for the first time! Jim Powell is by far my favorite broadcaster with the braves.
February 28th, 201111:10 am
Lew, I’m sure ya’ll talked about Red Dog of The Allman Brothers passing recently…I went on Amazon to buy his book and they had 2 copies for $200 apiece! The new Gregg solo album is probably his best since Laid Back.
Lots of Classic Rockers putting out some quality new stuff including Doobie Brothers, Heart, and, believe it or not, Foghat…can’t imagine them without Lonesome Dave, but it sounds very good.
Take care, my friend.
February 28th, 201111:13 am
kenhotlanta – Not sure we spoke much about it here, but I was on the H&H site (ate there all the time when at Mercer and living in Macon along with all the Southern Rockers back then in the late 60’s and very early 70’s) – they had a fair amount about his death on it there.
Are we gonna get a new blog today?
Or will we use this one for the play-by-play updates?
I really like Jim too. He and Mr.Lozenge form a good duo – possibly because Jim can play the self-effacing role very well.
February 28th, 201111:14 am
Sonny Jackson: your not the only one!!!
February 28th, 201111:15 am
Lew, I think your system is ready for some real Indian curries
Love chipper’s kiss a** statement. He’s an absolute bizzaro_Jeter as far as the interviews go.
Not sure about Foghat without Lonesome Dave, either – especially if Rod Price wasn’t back with them (and he wasn’t when I met Dave in Tampa back in the late 90’s – not too long before the cancer got him).
I was just listening to their Decades Live CD the other day. Great stuff. Great slide guitar.
February 28th, 201111:16 am
“If I remember correctly, #6 didn’t like using the DH in home spring training games. I ”
#6 was dumb as rocks. Seeing him in street clothes watching the game from the stands is truly awesome
February 28th, 201111:17 am
An article on Adam LaRoche and his ADD problems:
So I’m assuming when Chipper was talking about having his knee drained of fluid in Schultz’s blog this is what he is talking about : see first video http://www.google.com/m/search?q=how+do+you+drain+a+knee%3F+&mshr=26&popt=1&pbx=1&aq=&oq=how+do+you+drain+a+knee%3F+&aqi=&fkt=1236&fsdt=19044&htf=&his=&csll=&action=<oken=9216a5d8
Am I correct??
It was interesting trying to hit some of the older clubs. They weren’t as bad as I thought they’d be.
Everything I hit at the range with those wooden shafts had a fade. I mean, everything. Even when I tried to draw a couple, I still hit a fade. And, to be honest, some of the “fades” had a good bit more fade than the word implies, LOL.
cricket – Strange you should mention that – there is a new Indian Restaurant coming close by and I’m wanting to try it. MIght need some culinary suggestions from Soph, Moe and Yourself before I go, cause I’ve never had Indian cuisine..
February 28th, 201111:19 am
“Who was it again that hit 3rd all year on the 1995 World Series team? I could’ve sworn it was Chipper?”
I never said Chipper wasnt a producer. But McGriff, Justice, and the starting trio were the veteran leaders on that team . Chipper was on that team, but it wasnt his team
Lew, have you ever heard of a Ghost Chile? Supposed to be 2x hotter than a habanero.
I don’t understand the draw for something like that. Even if you’re used to eating spicy food on a habanero’s scale, that has to hurt, and hurt baaaaad.
I like spice, but I like to taste my food, too.
Robert – You’re kind of like granite calling marble hard.
Smoltzie coming up in a few minutes with Dan Patrick…
February 28th, 201111:20 am
murph, they say life is like a box of chocolates. i say its like a jar of peppers. what you do today can burn you in the butt tomorrow.
sonny jackson, i love jim powell.
The closest Chipper ever came to leading a team somewhere was 1999. And what he did then was carry them, which is fine, but which is different from making those around him better
February 28th, 201111:21 am
Murph – My son is into hot peppers, too and just sent seeds for Ghost Peppers, Thai Dragons and Red and White Savina Habeneros (both hotter than regular Habeneros.
I don’t have the problems with them that you do – from either end. Must be all of that fiber I eat.
February 28th, 201111:23 am
And, of course, It’s up to Chipper to improve everyone else’s performance, right? Whatever Robert. Why don’t you pretend that there’s actually something you like and post it? Maybe something that didn’t reflect negatively on any Brave you seem to despise?
Been channeling Charlie Sheen lately?
February 28th, 201111:24 am
murph, they say life is like a box of chocolates. i say its like a jar of peppers. what you do today can burn you in the butt tomorrow.
That’s awesome! I’m going to put that on a tshirt
February 28th, 201111:30 am
can anyone please tell me why spring training facility is referred to as “Dark Star”
I am missing the joke?
No point arguing with him. You know what they say about idiots – they make you argue at their level and beat you by experience.
February 28th, 201111:32 am
Never read Robert likeing something about Braves
February 28th, 201111:34 am
The Yankees have told their scouts to bear down on several teams they think could have starters available before July 31. St. Louis was among that group, even before Wainwright’s injury, and so were teams such as the Braves, A’s, Angels and White Sox.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/carpenter_may_be_in_cards_for_yanks_yFyL2YwTdqqwFTycO9rVGL#ixzz1FGvRtPRH
February 28th, 201111:37 am
SB – Robert has short arms that don’t reach very high. Not many here who’s level he will ever access.
February 28th, 201111:38 am
I once ate a Scotch Bonnet Pepper thinking it was some other kind. Well, I don’t have to paint you a picture on what happened lol.
February 28th, 201111:39 am
Biff- (For the 83rd time this spring) – It’s a Star Wars reference indicating how Disney tends to eat up all light, goodness and local zoning variances to make many dollars.
Lew, if that Indian restaurant has a website with menu, I’ll be glad to make suggestions to ease you into Indian cuisine.
I’ve never had ghost chili but at home we used to have a variety of very thin and small green chili (on a scientific scale – very very hot) raw for taste or great chutney made of dried red chili and garlic. It can wake up any food (even english) way better than Texas Pete hot sauce. Frankly, it can wake up the hot sauce itself.
I remember in Hsinchu, taiwan I used to go with few of my buddies to a teppanyaki place in downtown. Communication was great adventure as we didn’t know mandarine and nobody there spoke english. That place had a squeeze container full of some hot sauce which the locals would pretty much try only on a dare and we would finish the whole container between the 3/4 of us. Still remember all locals looking at us in awe (I think).
Chris26 – Yes, it DOES help if you know what’s coming ahead of time.
February 28th, 201111:42 am
cricket – In awe or thinking your mind was no longer in residence?
I like most meat and veggies – my wife is a vegetarian. Any suggestions are appreciated.
February 28th, 201111:44 am
But as far as hotness is concerned.
I can do Habeneros in small doses. That’s about as hot as I can go. But eating that Scotch Bonnet without knowing was not fun at all.
February 28th, 201111:45 am
I’ve had little Indian food in the past, but the best I remember having was Curried Chicken over Wild Rice and some kind of veggie medley. It’s pretty good. I love a good curry.
February 28th, 201111:46 am
Adding my two cents to the hot chilli pepper discussion:
I think the body adjusts to particular types of peppers and not just the heat level. I can some really eat hot spicy food – as long as they contain only a certain types of red chilli based or thai peppers. Everyday – no problems. But a few Jalapenos can make me suffer even if they are milder on the scoville scale compared to the others.I guess I cant process that particular capsacin or something.
February 28th, 201111:47 am
Chris26 – Yet a habenero is supposedly hotter than a Jamaican or Hot Bonnett (very simialr types)
“And, of course, It’s up to Chipper to improve everyone else’s performance, right? Whatever Robert. ”
Lew, it’s not like it’s “up to him”. It’s simply a gift that some have and others dont. Michael Jordan had it. Dominique Wilkins didnt. Doesnt mean Dominique was a great player. Michael Jordan was a champion
Derek Jeter had it. Chipper Jones doesnt. Doesnt mean Chipper wasnt a great hitter. But he never was and never will be a champion like Jeter
February 28th, 201111:48 am
Of course, when you get to that level of hotness – 9 to 10 on the scale, it IS rather immaterial as they are both extremely warm.
There’s a hot sauce here at a local restaurant, they call it “You’re Brave Or Stupid” and yes that’s the real name of the sauce. I dunno what’s in it fully, but I tried a small little dab and it burnt me up.
I love spicy food, but only if it’s moderately.
February 28th, 201111:50 am
Frankly, locals don’t know or care about the hotness ranking of their chili. They don’t eat it to prove anything or for adventure. It is part of their regular (poor man’s) diet and is consumed only in a way that complements the taste.
February 28th, 201111:51 am
Yeah, I like habeneros to extenuate a dish. Like a little dash. That’s what I meant by in small doses lol. However, when I do it, it’s few and far between when I do it again.
That scotch bonnet I had, well, I ate a big chunk if its meat and a little seeds thinking it was a different kind of mild pepper lol. Much to my chagrin, it wasn’t lol.
February 28th, 201111:55 am
I’ll take a mix of Franks Red Hot/Tobasco/Louisiana Hot sauces and mix it with a little lemon compound butter and make a nice sauce for wings.
February 28th, 201111:57 am
From Dark Star Lyric Page
Dark Star, Grateful Dead, 1968
Dark star crashes
Pouring its light into ashes
The forces tear loose from the axis
For faults in the clouds of delusion
Shall we go, you and I, while we can?
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds
In formless reflections of matter
Glass hand dissolving
To ice petal flowers revolving
Lady in velvet
Recedes in the nights of goodbye
Shall we go, you and I, while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?
Spinning a set the stars through which the tattered tales of axis roll
About the waxen wind of never set to motion in the unbecoming
Round about the reason hardly matters nor the wise through which
The stars were set in spin
February 28th, 201111:58 am
Lew, A little late to the party, but I’m almost positive I saw Bobby Dews in one of the photo galleries earlier in ST.
February 28th, 201111:59 am
Don’t feel bad, I’ve been reading the blog for three years and haven’t got a straight answer about Dark Star. I think the bloggers who know get enjoyment from those who don’t.
February 28th, 201112:00 pm
Haha, nevermind. Guess it depends on who asks
Hillbilly – Amazing how that Man keeps on going – even after major heart surgery and the fact he’s in his 70’s. Told me he was running five miles a day right before he had the heart procedure and planned to do it again afterwards.
Good Man with lots of great baseball stories and lots of experience we only wish we had.
February 28th, 201112:01 pm
Hey gang, does anybody have any info on who is carrying the game on radio today? more specifically, I’m looking for a station to stream as I do not live near GA
Good writer, too. His book Legends, Demons and Dreams is excellent – unfortunately it’s really expensive on Amazon.
February 28th, 201112:02 pm
Yeah Lew, that’s a true baseball man. He’s in picture #7 of 18 in this gallery…taking a throw from Moylan. Amazing.
February 28th, 201112:03 pm
True, but the effect of a ghost chile on the body is a chemical response… if it doesn’t affect a “local” or someone else my guess is that they’ve messed up their pain receptors in their mouth permanently. Less of a conditioning than it is a damage done to the body.
The capsaicin grabs a hold of the nerves and tells the brain that the thing you put in your mouth is actually hot. The brain then tries to counter that by doing things like raising your heart beat, making you sweat, etc.
If the brain isn’t getting those signals anymore then to my uneducated mind that means you’ve done gone and burned out your mouth nervy thingamagigs.
February 28th, 201112:04 pm
“Don’t feel bad, I’ve been reading the blog for three years and haven’t got a straight answer about Dark Star”
What’s the mystery? It’s a reference to the fact that although the site is modern and gorgeous, it’s backed by corporate (evil) and just a little sterile in its overall feel
Apparently Amazon got some paperbacks at a much better price – $11.95 as opposed to $147 in hardback.
Some old baseball stories and some really good Southern Horror tales.
February 28th, 201112:10 pm
There’s a hot sauce here at a local restaurant, they call it “You’re Brave Or Stupid”
In toronto, we used to go to a chicken wings place with hotness options ranging from mild to ’suicide’. We asked them to spice up ’suicide’, the chef came out to meet us and made us a special sauce. Best wings I ever had.
Lew - You can try any of these, depends on kind of Indian restaurant but these are usually available – lots of choices for veg.
appetizers – tandoori chicken, chili chicken, chicken 65, sheesh kabab, chicken kabab, veg – samosa, pakoda, gobi manchurian
non-veg – goat curry, goat biryani (rice dish), chicken biryani, butter chicken, chicken handi / kadai chicken, chicken tikka masala, chicken vindaloo
veg – aloo gobi, mutter paneer, malai kofta, chana masala, navaratan kurma, different types of dosas (south indian), also try breads like aloo paratha, paneer kulcha
February 28th, 201112:11 pm
I see you guys talking about Habaneros and peppers…
You forgot about the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_Jolokia_pepper
February 28th, 201112:12 pm
This comment got “moderated.” I’m (hopefully) replacing the offensive remark.
So now we’re talking about intangibles that Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan “have” but Chipper “Kiss my a–, Fanboys” Jones “doesn’t.”
Chipper Jones, who, until 2007-2009, had been to the playoffs every year and at every stage in his career.
Baseball is the ultimate team sport. One player can make a huge difference. But, the difference between a playoff team and an also-ran has a lot to do with the 25 men on the team plus many folks on the 40 man. It requires excellence from manager and coaches. It requires non-stop work and improvement from the front office, to replace the injured and under-performing.
February 28th, 201112:13 pm
Yeah, it’d be nice if USPS actually updated their system…
I’ll let ya know if I get it when I get home this evening…
Would be nice to though as I am also receiving my Braves shipment and I leave in 10 days for sunny FL (thank God)
February 28th, 201112:15 pm
Josh: re your 11:11 inquiry last night about Atlanta Fish Market – we’ve eaten there 4 times and enjoyed the meals very much. Of course, the last time was the day that Andres Galarraga and family came in with his family! It may have changed some since waaaay back then.
Uh yeah…guess you could say it gave you an attitude adjustment…
February 28th, 201112:19 pm
My 2 cents on the “hottest pepper ever” …
It reminds me of getting the most pain relief in ONE tablet. Why not just take two aspirin? Why do you need one extra-strength pill?
When I cook with peppers (or anything else for that matter), I want the spices to blend into a gestalt that blends throughout the dish. That last thing I want is a “hot spot” where only the spice is tasted, and that so intensely that it detracts from the overall dish’s ambiance.
If I need ten peppers to achieve the right result rather than one pepper, so be it.
Compare it to rock music from the 70s/80s where “good” was equated with “high dBA.” All that resulted in was a lot of partial hearing loss. If you need 120 dBA to hear the tune, you might need to get your hearing checked.
February 28th, 201112:24 pm
“Nice lineup – and when Gearrin and Varvaro, two pitchers likely not to see time in the bigs this year give up runs and we lose the game, we can rip the pen again.” Lew
Oh…. I wouldn’t be so sure on Gearrin. He’s put together a pretty nice minor league career as a reliever. Is in his mid-20’s and fits the bill for a lot of guys that have been called up mid-season and STUCK in Braves bullpens in past years.
His worst stint in the minors was at A-ball Myrtle Beach in 2008, where in 17 games he posted a 5.32 ERA.
But he followed that up in 2009 by having a 1.84 ERA in 27 games at Myrtle Beach before jumping to Mississippi later that year and posting a 2.84 ERA in 20 games. Totally 19 saves between the two stops.
Last season in AAA he had a 3.36 ERA in 80+ IP. Walks a few too many guys, and had 12 wild pitches last year.
But like I said. Every year there is 1 or 2 guys that seemingly “come out of nowhere” and land in our bullpen. They usually aren’t 20 year old rookies (like Kimbrel and Venters were last year), they are usually mid to late 20’s guys that have toiled in the minors for a few years.
I’d seriously keep my eye on Gearrin around June or July. Same goes for Marek, who I think has an outside shot at making the club when they go north.
But that being said, your point was a funny one.
February 28th, 201112:26 pm
Obviously you havent heard the song “Turn Up The Radio” or “Cum On Feel The Noise”
February 28th, 201112:33 pm
Dearest Chipper Jones,
In the event that you are able to play at least 140 games, bring in 100+ RBIs and bat around .275 in these statistics hereof I would gladly kiss your behind.
February 28th, 201112:34 pm
P-Town Brave ©, February 28th, 2011, 12:26 pm
I was seriously thinking about hiding the receiver
When the switch broke ’cause it’s old
Maybe that’s why I haven’t heard these classics (at least in a very long while).
February 28th, 201112:35 pm
Fisch Bisch … bringing the RBIs and the BA. That’s like calling on the devil around here.
Frank from KS(now livin in CO)
February 28th, 201112:43 pm
Robert re: your 11:47 a.m.
you forgot two…Magic and Bird
February 28th, 201112:47 pm
Why is it so quiet in here? Isnt the game supposed to be starting soon?
February 28th, 201112:49 pm
Yes. Game starts in 15 minutes.
I want the spices to blend into a gestalt
ab packin’ a lunch on the wordsmithing today, LOL. A little gestalt for the peeps, a simple food-prep philosophy, and BAM! Playoff spot.
February 28th, 201112:50 pm
February 28th, 201112:53 pm
As much as Braves fans here want to see Uggla, I’m betting the largest applause will be for Chipper Jones
As has always been the case.
Doesn’t stop him from playing the “no love from the fans” card though does it?
No, it does not.
murph, The capsaicin grabs a hold of the nerves and tells the brain that the thing you put in your mouth is actually hot. The brain then tries to counter that by doing things like raising your heart beat, making you sweat, etc.
by the way, your body does that as a defense against what you are putting into it. AKA you arent supposed to eat that crap!
at least not by biting into one. perhaps just a touch as part of a much bigger portion of something that isnt actually an attack on your body.
one good thing about a little spice…it will satisy your hunger faster. the sensation of hunger is psychological as much as it is physiological. often, we can think we are hungeier than we are. spicyness adds so much sensation to the brain when you eat it, it satisfies the psychological part of hunger faster.
February 28th, 201112:59 pm
Chipper wasn’t ripping his fans…he was ripping his critics.” cabravesfan
Where is there a written rule that says those two things are automaically seperated and one person couldn’t be considered both?
I’m my son’s biggest critic when it comes to anything he does. Especially his sports and musical projects. But NOBODY roots harder for him to succeed than me. — N8
In that case, something tells me Chipper probably wouldn’t care if he lost the patronizing segment of his fan base, as it were.
February 28th, 20111:04 pm
Radio stream for game today:
(1230 The Fan)
February 28th, 20111:10 pm
Listening to the game right now on my iPhone via At Bat…
So far not a great start for Lowe but it sounds like both hits were seeing-eye singles.
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