1:06 pm March 16, 2011, by David O'Brien
March 16th, 20114:28 pm
Has anybody seen Prado make a throw from the outfield I’m wondering if he has streched his arm yet ? I’m curious if he has a good arm,I know he makes good throws from third but that is different than throwing from deep left field.
March 16th, 20114:29 pm
I was wondering the same thing – splitting groundball guys with a K guy. Huddy at 3 seems wrong after his 2010 season. Giving him the home opener might temper that a bit. But a good looking rotation anyway you look at it (as long as JJ gets back to a semblance of the 2009 form).
By the way – what’s happening with the league? Any chance of advancing the draft to this weekend?
March 16th, 20114:30 pm
Lew, are you out there?
I think that’s exactly what Fredi is doing. Put a power guy in between Lowe and Hudson and attempt to throw off the opposing offense. It worked when Bobby had Glavine and Avery pitch with in between two righties (Maddux and Smoltz)
March 16th, 20114:32 pm
He might have put Huddy 3 so he would start the home opener
March 16th, 20114:36 pm
Lew, what type of berserk animals do you have up in that area of the country? Hopefully it’s not in the water.
March 16th, 20114:38 pm
Should be interesting come the season. I can’t wait.
March 16th, 20114:40 pm
March 16th, 2011
Poems & Prayers & Promises
March 16th, 20114:41 pm
hey snotboogie, sent out an email about ti earlier today. let me know what you want to do about it, and we can see what everyone wants to do.
What is PDK?
March 16th, 20114:44 pm
Anyone catch exactly what Heyward said the deal was with his back in the in-game interview? As always, apologies if this has been discussed already. I caught about 10 seconds of it while I was at work and he said something about discs or vertebrae being to far apart or too close together…
Anyone know if that’s a “thing”? It didn’t normal, but no one seemed to be concerned about it.
GTI in Chicago
I know I’m late piping in with this, but, I know Martin’s shift to lead-off was important, but the Braves’ surge last May directly coincided with Medlen’s joining the starting rotation. I can’t quote all the specific dates anymore from memory, but the Braves were playing under .500 until just about the exact date that Medlen made his first start. His good work settled down the pitching staff and the team started winning.
Then again, later in the year, yes, when Martin got hurt in Cincinnati, the Braves had a drop-off, but again, the Braves were truely hurting for the lack of Medlen’s steady pressence at the back end of the rotation.
Martin was big, but i still think it was Medlen who made the real difference and had the Braves in 1st place most of last season.
March 16th, 20114:45 pm
DAP, I’d be okay with moving the draft up.
Whoops, I meant “it didn’t sound normal”
Peachtree DeKalb Airport. It’s in the Chamblee/Brookhaven part of town, not too far from Shallowford Rd. and I-85.
March 16th, 20114:50 pm
Transplant – I don’t know – that was down south in the big cities.
My squirrels know better than to attack me – I feed them too well.
March 16th, 20114:52 pm
Just replied to it now. We can probably get one more guy from the blog to join, I’m guessing. But 15 is pretty competitive too.
March 16th, 20114:54 pm
I suppose tiger is speaking of Peachtree DeKalb airport.
Prado has twice as many at-bats (48) as Heyward (24) this spring. Chipper has 40.
March 16th, 20114:55 pm
snotboogie We can probably get one more guy from the blog to join, I’m guessing. But 15 is pretty competitive too.
yeah, i set it at 16 teams so it could be just like the NL! i mean, it would be so similar to a REAL league if we had 16 teams, right? who wants to be the pirates!?!
March 16th, 20114:56 pm
That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout.
McFann Ô Ô
Oh my gosh, Mixxo…that is an adorable hummingbird!
March 16th, 20114:57 pm
I’d be fine with moving draft up.
who wants to be the pirates!?!
How on earth is anyone going to join now?!
March 16th, 20114:58 pm
Not this weekend though. Mainly Friday/Saturday, I’d be OK with Sunday.
The annual Beulahfest is this weekend. The one where I volunteer. It’s gonna be a busy weekend.
March 16th, 20115:00 pm
Any idea when Heyward might play again? Is this a day to day thing or is he pretty much shut down until further notice? I know he’s been saying he’d be playing if it was regular season but I would think if that’s the case he would need to get some swings in every few days.
John Denver didn’t even write “Country Boy”, it was written by Sommers and John Martin. So the song is more than a litte ersatz, on many levels. While all the city folks are stomping around pretending to kick up cowflop, I tend to work on my scorecard, or chat with Melvin, the usher in our section. Sorry, Denver fans, buts his is a classic case of death being a good career move.
March 16th, 20115:02 pm
Talent for this year’s festival is….
4:00pm – Gates Open
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Dewey Rose Band (local)
6:00pm – 7:30pm – Jerrod Niemann (big name country artist)
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Beulah Land South Band (local)
9:30pm – 11:00pm – Justin Moore (big name country artist)
10:00am – Gates Open
11:30am – 12:30pm – Southern Breeze (local)
1:00pm – 2:30pm – Joe Diffie (big name country artist)
3:00pm – 4:00pm – Brooke Woods-Smith (local)
4:30pm – 5:30pm -Crosstown (local)
6:00pm – 7:30pm – Sammy Kershaw (big name country artist)
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Cheyenne (local)
9:30pm – 11:00pm – John Michael Montgomery (big name country artist)
It’s only going to be 2 days this year instead of 3. It’s this Friday and Saturday.
correct hag PDK is Peachtree Dekalb – it is where I take my airplane to get it cleaned (my little airport won’t support someone to do it and I’m too lazy to do it myself)
BAS – if you make me too fat I won’t be able to have anybody ride with me. I have 4 seats but weight is a limiting factor (of course you have to be pretty big I can carry 400 lbs other than me)
March 16th, 20115:03 pm
Are you in serious need of a lift? I’ll be running around a few stops tomorrow, most north of I-285. I’m leaving now, but will be checking back in this evening.
March 16th, 20115:10 pm
hey guys, if you would prefer to move the draft time, just let me know in an email. im not keeping track of what anyone tells me on the blog. sorry about that. tell if you want to keep it where it is, move it, or dont care either way.
OK DAP. I’ll email ya.
Heard during the game today the announcers said Heyward was relieved to find out he could play without further injuring his back. Unfortunately, I DIDN’T hear what was done to relieve his mind. Sorry!
March 16th, 20115:12 pm
hag – if I do I’m a bigger a-hole than I thought…my office is 5 minutes from PDK and I have a ton of co-workers who should be able to help me out…but I will let you know
Thanks for info. Stuck at work so haven’t watched game yet.
March 16th, 20115:13 pm
tiger297, where do you fly out of?
John Sommers was a versatile musician in a strong band which included Hal Blaine on drums and James Burton, on guitar, and Glen D. Hardin. Denver’s drop in radio play coincided with his desire to change directions and the decision to disband that talented lineup. Bad move on Mr. Denvver’s part.
McFann Ô Ô -
Aren’t they though?
Glad you like ‘em!
March 16th, 20115:14 pm
March 16th, 20115:15 pm
I am stoked for this weekend @ festival. Gonna be fun.
I was pleased with the ESPN announcers today 9which is a FIRST for me!). There didn’t seem to be any of the Braves “prejudice” that I’ve heard in the past. Does anyone know if Nomar will continue to be a regular with them? I enjoyed him today.
March 16th, 20115:16 pm
March 16th, 20115:18 pm
peachtree city/falcon field (KFFC)
Thanks for the link!
Now all you gotta do is quit being so unnecessarily mean to/about BMac and wishing injury to him, and we’ll be on OK terms…What’d he ever do to you, anyway?
March 16th, 20115:19 pm
McFann Ô Ô
We’ve had two towhees show up on a regular basis the past few days……one of them with a “mohawk” (looks like something pecked feathers off the back of his head or something). They’re neat….don’t go up to the feeder at all but scratch around under it, looking like they’re doing a dance shuffle.
I wasn’t extolling the virtues of the aforementioned “Country Boy”. Just remarking about a touring band with a wonderful pedigree, many of whom went on to comprise Emmylou Harris’ ‘Hot Band’.
if they clear me through the Class B (Atlanta Hartsfield’s airspace) its nice they route me directly over the big airport…its still quite impressive to me
March 16th, 20115:22 pm
tiger297, Is Falcon field the same as the old Charlie Brown field? I thought they changed it’s name.
March 16th, 20115:23 pm
R. Lopez = Albie Lopez
March 16th, 20115:24 pm
McFann Ô Ô
Did you get to watch the game today? They spent a LOT of time focusing on BMac in the dugout, etc., while talking about how Salazar’s injury might affect him.
“I thought the Rocky Mountains would be a little rockier than this. That John Denver was full of sh*t, man”
Okay. I’ll even wash the car and don the chauffeur’s hat.
JC from DR!
March 16th, 20115:25 pm
March 16th, 20115:26 pm
Murph, I was thinking the same thing when they started talking about John Denver.
March 16th, 20115:27 pm
March 16th, 20115:31 pm
Well, it looks like my day has finally come to a close but I’ll leave you guys with this one last bit of knowledge. And this goes to those.. well you know who you are…
An expert is a man who tells you a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make you think the confusion is your own fault.
March 16th, 20115:32 pm
Just Pat & McFann
I didn’t see but a few minutes of the game today and that brief period happened to be the time frame you spoke of.
I’ve always admired the passion McCann plays with and am enjoying seeing his career blossom, along with his growing leadership role on the team. However, I do hope that same passion/feeling doesn’t cause him to dwell on his part in the accident in any way and he can do whatever he needs to do ,(or talk to whomever he needs to talk to) in order to put it behind him. IMO this is one of those cases where no one is to blame, a true accident.
March 16th, 20115:33 pm
And on that note, I’m calling it a day. Later all.
March 16th, 20115:34 pm
Soooooo…does that make YOU the expert here???
March 16th, 20115:35 pm
Just Pat, I’ll never tell.
Aw, I love Towhees! They’re so much fun to watch scratching around through the leaves. Yeah, they don’t go to feeders, but they will eat millet if you put it around on the ground.
A mohawk, eh? That’s cute! Hope the little guy’s OK, though…
I did get to watch the game today! I missed a little of what they were saying about how Salazar’s injury might effect BMac, but I did hear when they said BMac was a beautiful, caring person (or however exactly they worded it).
March 16th, 20115:37 pm
Have you given up on our game???
March 16th, 20115:39 pm
March 16th, 20115:40 pm
See ya AT… good luck with The Show.
Guess high heat, take everything else.
March 16th, 20115:41 pm
Your name was s’posed to be capitalized…sorry about that…
I agree. It’s going to be in the back of BMac’s mind for the rest of his life, I’m sure. But I also think that he is a strong person who cann continue to go about his playing—the way Coach Salazar would want it. But it will never go away completely, I don’t think.
IMO this is one of those cases where no one is to blame, a true accident.
March 16th, 20115:42 pm
No! I was drawing a little and then doing some stuff on the computer…I guess I didn’t hear it “ding” again. Sorry, sorry…
Yeah….that’s what I mean about not being so turned off by the ESPN announcers today. When Joe Morgan was there, I braced myself for negative comments about the Braves, but that didn’t happen today at all. I just MAY hafta change my mind about them.
March 16th, 20115:43 pm
@haggard — Hal Blaine and James Burton are both legends. And I have always been deeply in love with Emmylou Harris since I first saw her live at the Fox in the early 1970’s. Drop dead gorgeous, with a voice to match. And if I remember correctly, Jerry Jeff Walker opened for her. Not sure … lots of haze surrounding that era …
March 16th, 20115:45 pm
I didn’t like John Denver at all back in the day. For awhile in the 70’s, the radio was filled with the 3 “Johns”: Elton, Olivia Newton-, and Denver and it seemed very bland. However, in retrospect, I really began to appreciate his beautiful crystal-clear voice and there are a couple of old PBS specials that stand out, one, I believe, recorded at Red Rocks.
I think his nerdy good-ole country boy act put off a lot of people to his true talents as a singer and interpreter of great songs. Listen to the albums “Back Home Again” or “Greatest Hits Vol.2″, specifically the songs I’m Sorry, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Back Home Again, My Sweet Lady, and This Old Guitar, and ignore the novelty songs and you can begin to appreciate what a true talent he was.
And, of course, a lot of this didn’t come to me until he was gone and now I miss him a lot and would love to hear something new from that wonderful voice. IMHO.
March 16th, 20115:49 pm
Yeah, these guys aren’t too bad…the only real issue was when they said the Braves were 96-66 in 2010…I least, I think that’s what they said…
March 16th, 20115:50 pm
While John D. is kickin’ the flop. I remember Melvin, the elderly black usher in our section who sings in his church choir, telling me about hearing Sam Cooke sing with the Soul Stirrers when he was young. THE Sam Cooke. Sorry the rest of the stadium missed that tale.
Little. Tiny. Pieces. McFann…I banish you to the doghouse with nolie!!
March 16th, 20115:51 pm
Listening to frank Wren being interviewed at the game today and he said that the only move before the season started might be for a right handed bat off of the bench.
Could it be that the Braves are not too keen on their bench options and are looking for a trade?
March 16th, 20115:53 pm
I was at that show. Drove up from school in Macon to see it. If you want to go further back, isn’t it something that Burton and Glen D. Hardin were both members of Elvis Presley’s band. As a kid I owned a couple of Presley singles, (U.S Male was one), but I didn’t give him a serious listen as an adult until about ten years ago after finishing Peter Guralnick’s two volume set about his life; Last Train To Memphis and Careless Love.
And about Emmylou; I loved her Nash Ramblers with Sam Bush and Roy Husky, Jr. during the 90’s. And, during the late 70’s, both Ricky Skaggs and Rodney Crowell were ‘Hot Band’ members. Lady sure can pick the pickers !
March 16th, 20115:56 pm
Early Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers. Good…..ness……I would have paid to hear Melvin tell that story.
My iTouch didn’t ding!! It’s…it’s not…my…faaaaaulllllt……
March 16th, 20115:57 pm
March 16th, 20115:58 pm
For the peeps on here that live around Pensacola or within driving distance, you guys coming to the festival this weekend?
If you do, we could meet up and chat for a few. I get breaks during the concerts.
March 16th, 20116:01 pm
When cann I come out?
Oh, I know……I put all that down to just spring training baseball or something. It’s like they said BMac came to the plate after the Salazar injury and struck out looking. We were there……and he did NOT. Now…..it was a very lackadaisical swing BUT he didn’t just stand there. Then there was the day the MLBN announcers were calling Conrad “Uggla” at second base. I’d checked and KNEW Uggla wasn’t supposed to be in the lineup so I was like……Huhhhhhhhh????????
March 16th, 20116:03 pm
That’s good stuff at 5:45
You’d be surprised how many “closet” Denver fans there are out there and I believe my two favorite studio albums are “Spirit” and “Autograph”, while, IMO, ‘The Wildlife Concert’ is probably the best example of a mature Denver.
One of the best concerts I saw was Denver–by himself with his trusty Taylor–on the stage of the Fox Theater. He was one talented guitarist as well and I like the way his voice aged.
March 16th, 20116:04 pm
When I deem it sufficient.
March 16th, 20116:05 pm
That sounds great but…….if I tear hubby away from my Mustang one more time (although he didn’t fuss about spring training at all!), I’m afraid he won’t get it back on the road for me until warm weather NEXT year.
March 16th, 20116:06 pm
so tired of work today…huge meeting I’m leading tomorrow and my team is so not prepared for it
I’ll see if I can sneak you some Cherry Kool-Aid to go with your bread and water. nolie and Tom O’Hawke have appreciated my bravery and clandestine efforts.
March 16th, 20116:08 pm
@haggard, if you don’t have it, get the 2010 Crossroads festival on Blu-ray. Some wonderful acoustic stuff with folks like Bert Jansch. But it is worth is for jams like this: Vince Gill, Keb Mo’, Albert Lee, Earl Klugh — and James “the Legend” Burton!
(PS: Vince mentions Burton played with John Denver!)
March 16th, 20116:10 pm
Yeah, I saw someplace else that said he struck out looking…I knew DOB and Mark Bowmen had said he swung, so I figgered I’d do better to trust them. And now that you say it, it’s confirmed.
And I remember the Uggla thing, too…aw well—ST for announcers, too!
Oh, great…that could be forever!
OK, little bit later, folks!
March 16th, 20116:11 pm
I realize it’s only spring training and most of what happens, aside from the eager-eyed rookies, in these games is irrelevant.
But, ahem…has anyone noticed who leads the team in average AND slugging %–the latter statistic, by A LOT.
DOB, did you archive last years blog rolls? I think you should post an absurd anti-Chipper remark for every double or HR he hits this year.
March 16th, 20116:12 pm
Cool. What year is it?
March 16th, 20116:13 pm
March 16th, 20116:15 pm
Tom was released days ago, people! Try to keep up!
Hank Aaron had a cool home run trot
March 16th, 20116:16 pm
Thanks DOB for the update on Medlen. I’ve been wondering how he’s been doing. I hope he gets back in the starting rotation because he was really good. So sorry to hear about Salazar. Prayers go out to him.
March 16th, 20116:18 pm
That’s great! Thanks for the link Check out Gill’s web site and see who he’s scheduled to play with during a 120th anniversary tribute to Carnegie Hall
March 16th, 20116:19 pm
“Paisan” not “son”–sorry Braves Paisan !
March 16th, 20116:20 pm
Seeya Lady McFann
March 16th, 20116:21 pm
@haggard — do you play? My axe is a bottom-of-the-line Taylor. Love the resonance, and, given the investment, I’m not afraid to beat on it if the spirit so moves!
March 16th, 20116:24 pm
Chipper was 2-for-3 w/ an RBI today to raise his average to .375 and OBP to .432, with a team-high 9 RBI
March 16th, 20116:26 pm
“Tom was released days ago, people! Try to keep up”–cabravesfan
“The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over”–Henry Miller, author
TY. That ‘The Wildlife Concert’ was the other one I was trying to remember. Agreed he was a much better musician than given credit for and he wrote some beautiful and great songs, but it’s the novelty songs that still get the most attention.
I saw Emmylou (my second favorite singer behind Nanci Griffith) every time she came to Atlanta in the 70s – 90s, including The Fox and The Great Southeast Music Hall, so we were probably at some of the same shows. Small world, sometimes. At least Emmylou has received the credit and acclaim she has deserved for her diverse music, her ability to surround herself with the best musicians, and her sheer creativity. She is in the Country Music HOF and most certainly belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, too.
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