Braves Opening Day: The Fredi G. Era begins

WASHINGTON – Pete Rose once said of Opening Day, “It’s like Christmas, except it’s warmer.”

Pete Rose dove into Opening Day.

Pete Rose dove into Opening Day.

And he was right. Except it’s not warmer today here in D.C. It’s about 40 degrees with a light rain as your Bravos prepare to start a new era under manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Fans are pouring into Nationals Park and the red, white and blue bunting is affixed to the facades of each seating deck. It’s cold and miserable, but it’s Opening Day, and that’s all we care about here.

Bobby Cox passed him the baton in October. Today, Fredi Gonzlez runs with it.

Bobby Cox passed him the baton in October. Today, Fredi Gonzlez runs with it.

It’s the beginning of the long, winding road, the great, uncharitable annual journey that for most of us – you, me, the players, coaches and manager – is the season that everything else revolves around. The baseball season.

By the way, guess who’s not wearing long sleeves? No, not your Crusading Everyman. I’m rocking a sweater and waterproof boots. (Only one scribe forgot we were no longer in Florida, and Mark Bowman concedes his sockless feet are quite chilly in those loafers he’s wearing.)

(Speaking of dressed for the weather, Braves CEO Terry McGuirk, ever the preppy millionaire, is sporting the Maine duck boots, high-top version, with his blazer, overcoat and slacks.)

So did you guess on who’s got the bare arms today? Hint: They are large.

The Green Bay Packer-mentality belongs to the guy you might not suspect, the import from the Florida Marlins, the slugging fireplug second baseman: Dan Uggla. Dude walked past me in the dugout while ago wearing just his short-sleeved Braves batting-practice jersey, while the rest of the squad has got the high-tech undergarments going.

Also, Fredi’s 18-year-old son, Alex Gonzalez, the West Georgia-bound lineman, was wearing a Braves hoodie and shorts down in the dugout earlier. A Braves trainer looked at his bare legs and said, ‘We’ve got to get you some britches. It’s too cold for that.”

I can assure you, this nasty weather has done nothing to dampen – pardon the pun – the excitement of the Braves, who believe to a man that this team is good enough to unseat the Phillies and return to the perch atop the NL East that belonged to the Braves for a decade and a half of the Bobby Cox Era.

And this year, they’re not alone in that thinking. Which could be alarming, for those of you who are like I am with my Jayhawks, and hate it when your team suddenly moves from being picked to win by one writer — Bob Nightengale had them going to the World Series last year — to being the trendy pick by so many in the media to win the division.

Check out the panel of pundits at ESPN.com, and you’ll see the Braves picked by nearly half of them to win the division. And they are not alone. Across the blogosphere and Twitter nation, more and more have jumped on the bandwagon and picked the Braves to unseat the injury-plagued Phillies, who got old quickly.

Lowe will try to win his third consecutive Braves Opening Day start.

Lowe will try to win his third consecutive Braves Opening Day start.

Well, I’ll just say that as long as the Phillies keep those four guys atop their rotation healthy, injuries to Chase Utley and Brad Lidge aren’t enough to render that a .500 team. Those Phillies are still going to win 90-plus games if those four aces are healthy.

But so will the Braves, in my opinon. Yes, they led the world in dramatic wins last year, and you might say that’s bound to even out. They also replaced retired Billy Wagner, after one of his finest seasons, with a pair of kids, Jonny Venters and rookie Craig Kimbrel.

Still, you can’t underestimate what it means to add a right-handed 30-homer hitter to a lineup that didn’t have anything that resembled that a year ago. Uggla is a huge addition, and I’ll predict that his defense won’t cost the Braves one-tenth of the number of games his power will help them win.

♣ Without further ado, my picks. Fortunately I wasn’t asked to pick division winners and pennant winners before spring training this year, because there would’ve had a couple of differences in what I have now. So, here’s my bet-the-mortgage picks (seeing that so many mortgages aren’t worth much these days…)

Division winners

NL East: Braves, NL Central: Reds, NL West: Giants. Wild card: Phillies.

AL East: Red Sox, AL Central: White Sox (call me crazy), AL West: Rangers. Wild card: Yankees.

Pennant winners: Braves, Red Sox.

World Series winner: Red Sox.

Yes, BoSox and Bravos in the World Series.

♣ Call from Cox: Speaking of Bobby Cox, his called his friend Fredi G. this morning, and knew exactly when to call, too.

“He was having coffee, and called to wish us and the coaching staff good luck and to have a good season,” Gonzalez said. And he said he’d be watching the game.”

When did Cox call? Gonzalez smiled.

“He knows the schedule, so when he called he said, ‘Are you guys getting out of the cab.’ I said, we’re right around the corner from the stadium. [Fredi laughs]. So we talked for a little bit.”

♣ Congressional proposal: Gonzalez said he thinks there should be a national holiday for Opening Day, and I think he was serious about that part. No school for the day, all that.

Then he smiled and added, “I might go over there tomorrow if Congress is in session, and we’ll try to pass a bill, in the spirit of being in the nation’s capital. You think they’ll let me in, give me five minutes? I don’t even need five minutes.”

♣ Same city, different uni: Fredi’s major league debut as manager also came in D.C., in 2007 when he was with the Marlins. That game was at decrepit old RFK Stadium, where Florida faced the Nationals and manager Manny Acta, the first major league game that featured two managers of Cuban descent.

The Marlins and Dontrelle Willis won that game, 9-2.

♣ Five starters, zero winning records: Glancing at the Nationals’ starting rotation, you may have noticed it’s not very good without Stephen Strasburg, who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery. (It’s not great with him, but it’s really bad without him.)

The Nats’ starting rotation does not include any pitcher with a winning record in 2010. Not that wins and losses are the best measure of a pitcher, but four losing records and a .500 record from the five members of a starting roation? Yikes.

Lefty John Lannan was 8-8 with a 4.65 ERA in 2010, and here’s what the others did: Livan Hernandez (10-12, 3.66), Jason Marquis (2-9, 6.60), Jordan Zimmerman (1-2, 4.94) and lefty Tom Gorzelanny (7-9, 4.09).

He shall be Livan: The Braves get old friend Livan today, who’s pitched a lot better against them lately than he did for most of his career. In fact, he’s pitched against them lately like he once did only in the postseason.

When he was a Marlins, Hernandez went 3-0 in three postseason games against the Braves.

Back when he was a Marlin and then a Giant, Hernandez went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three postseason games (two starts) against the Braves.

After going 3-15 with a 5.52 ERA in his first 25 regular-season games (24 starts) against the Braves, Hernandez is 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA in eight starts against them over the past two seasons.

“You know it’s a tough at-bat, because he’s going to mix pitches, he’s not going to give in,” Gonzalez said of Hernandez, another Cuban who started out in the Marlins system. “If you score four runs early, he’s still going to stay out there seven innings and throw 130 pitches and keep his team in the game. He’s a tough cookie to try to figure out offensively. Fields his position as well as anybody, swings the bat — he does a lot of things to help himself win games.

“He’s not out blowing 98 [mph] fastballs. It’s 85 mph, but he knows how to command it, takes stuff off all his pitches. He may throw you a hard curveball, then a [big, slow] curveball. He’s just tough to figure out. And at the end of the year he’ll have 200-plus innings.

“You score four runs early and figure you’ll know him out of the game, and the next thing you know it’s the eighth inning and he’s still out there.

Braves pitchers won’t have to contend with Adam Dunn anymore in the Nationals lineup. The former Washington Monument-sized first baseman/outfielder has 21 homers and a .536 slugging percentage in 83 games against the Braves. He’s safely tucked away in the other league now, after signing with the White Sox as a free agent.

His replacement is a familiar face, Ol’ Rochy. Yes, Adam LaRoche, the amiable former Braves first baseman, is playing for his fourth or fifth (we lost count) team in three years.

LaRoche is also playing with a tear in the labrum of his left (throwing) shoulder. He had a cortisone shot a week ago and didn’t play for four days until returning to the lineup Tiuesday.

By the way, LaRoche has averaged 25 homers and 87 RBIs over the past six seasons.

Braves Opening Day lineup

  1. Prado LF
  2. McLouth CF
  3. Jones 3B
  4. McCann C
  5. Uggla 2B
  6. Heyward RF
  7. Gonzalez SS
  8. Freeman 1B
  9. Lowe  RH

Nationals Opening Day lineup

  1. Desmond SS
  2. Werth RF
  3. Zimmerman 3B

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    Former Phillies slugger Werth is batting second for Nats.

  4. LaRoche 1B
  5. Morse LF
  6. Ankiel LF
  7. Espinosa 2B
  8. Rodriguez C
  9. Hernandez  RHP

♣ Power-sapping Nationals: It hasn’t seemed to matter much lately whom the Nationals have pitched against the Braves, because even some lesser lights have tended to subdue some of the Braves’ best hitters.

Chipper Jones and Brian McCann have been notably powerless against Washington pitching for some time.

In his past 30 games against the Nationals, going back to Sept. 5, 2008, Chipper’s slugging percentage (.381) is the same as his on-base percentage. He has only one homer in 113 at-bats in those games, and the Braves have a 15-15 record in those 30 games (he’s missed nine games against the Nationals in that time, and the Braves were 4-5 in those).

Over that same period, McCann has hit .233 with one homer in 116 at-bats against the Nationals, with a higher OBP (.331) than slugging percentage (.319).

Even Braves newbie Dan Uggla has had a recent power drought against the Nationals, with one homer in 63 at-bats over his past 17 games against them. However, in his previous 64 career games against the Nationals, the ex-Marlin did plenty of damage: 13 homers, .533 slugging percentage and .918 OPS in 244 at-bats.

♣ Baseball art from rocker: Some of you like the Texas rock band Centro-Matic as much as I do. But did you realize band leader Will Johnson is a huge baseball fan? Well, he is. He’s also a painter, and combines those two loves to produce some really cool folk art that features ballplayers, mostly from the ‘70s. Check it out here: http://www.willjohnsonart.com/

Spring-training tuneage: Since we got rained out on that last day in Florida and I didn’t have time to write one last blog from Dark Star, we didn’t get the share the annual list of Best CDs of Spring Training, or “How I Kept My Sanity While Driving Untold Hours Across The Radio Wastelands of Central and South Florida.”

For anyone who cares, it was a list topped by three CDs: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit’s upcoming release Here We Rest (out April 12), Todd Snider’s live album The Storyteller, and Grinderman’s second CD, appropriately named Grinderman II.

The rest of the list, in no particular order: Bad Religion’s The Dissent of Man, Lucinda Williams’ Blessed, Social Distortion’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, Bob Dylan’s The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964, Jamey Johnson’s The Guitar Song, Joe Pug’s Nation Of Heat EP (purchased at the Joe Pug/Josh Ritter show in Athens in middle of spring training), Merle Haggard’s remastered Mama Tried/Pride In What I Am, The Coup’s Party Music (one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded), The Twilight Singers’ recent release Dynamite Steps, the Swans’ My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, The Decemberists The King Is Dead, Middle Brother’s self-titled new release, Elizabeth Cook’s Welder, Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left Foot, P.J. Harvey’s great new CD Let England Shake, Drive-By Truckers’ Go-Go Boots, Jimi Hendrix’ sensational boxed set West Coast Seattle Boy, No Age’s Everything In Between, Notorious B.I.G.’s Greatest Hits, Johnny Cash’s Bootleg Vol. II: Memphis to Hollywood, The Baseball Project’s second CD, Elvis Presley’s remastered From Elvis In Memphis, and Raekwon’s Shaolin vs. the Wu-Tang.

Whew.

I’m not actually sure if there are radio stations anymore in Central Florida. I didn’t check.

By the way, you heard it here first: My girl Elizabeth Cook will be singing the national anthem before the Braves’ home opener. Tip of the cap to the Braves for making that happen.

OK, let’s wrap this up and post it so you have time to read it prior to the first pitch.

Speaking of the Phillies and their infamous fans (we were speaking of them, right?), check out this tune about one of them many they booed, from Chuck Brodsky, who has a lot of songs about baseball among the many great ones he’s penned. Wish I could’ve seen his show at Eddie Attic in Decatur on Wednesday night. You can hear him sing it on this video.

Chuck-Brodsky

“LETTERS IN THE DIRT” by Chuck Brodsky

Me & you, we never booed Richie Allen – I never understood why people did
He hit a homer every time he stepped up to the plate – that’s what I remember as a kid
Richie in the field out there by first base – the target of some mighty foul words
With his shoes he’d scrawl between the pitched – “B-O-O” in great big letters in the dirt

Philly fans, they’ve been known to get nasty
When Joe must go, they’ll run him out of town
I saw Santa get hit by a snowball
And then get hit again when he was down

Me & you, we never booed Richie Allen – even if he did sometimes strike out
I was too young to read the papers – to know what all that booing was about
That big collapse of ‘64 was ugly – they blew a lead of 6 & 1/2 games with 12 to play
Some might say their fans were justifiably angry – World Series tickets printed up in vain

Philly fans, they’ve been known to get nasty
When Joe must go, they’ll run him out of town
I saw Santa get hit by a snowball
And then get hit again when he was down

This was before the days of the million dollar contracts – before the days of the artificial grass
He stood a bit outside the lines which made him fair game for those times – Richie Allen never kissed a white man’s a**
Me & you, we never booed Richie Allen – we’d pound our mitts & we’d yell, “We want a hit”
How could they call a guy a bum after he’d just hit a home run?  That didn’t make any sense to a kid

Now I’ve since found out all these days later – now I know alot more than I did
And if back then you knew, Daddy, why all those other people booed…
Thanks for letting me have my heroes as a kid

3,332 comments Add your comment

Hillbilly

March 31st, 2011
12:49 pm

I will bring you buckets of mercy…

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
12:51 pm

DOB-

You already pulled a Conrad buddy….you have 2 LF’s in there :lol:

Boonie27

March 31st, 2011
12:51 pm

Ahhhh finally baseball season again…..

BFChris26

March 31st, 2011
12:51 pm

YES!!!!!!

As Rock would say……

Finally………

Finally………….

Finally, The Season Has Come Back!!!!!!!!!

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
12:52 pm

Jeffrey d-

If anything, Werth has to spear somebody….

If those of you who watch wrestling know what I am talking about, he bears a resemblance to the Rated R Superstar

WV Braves Fan

March 31st, 2011
12:52 pm

Hooray for Opening Day. Play ball!

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
12:52 pm

BFC-

FINALLY

THE BRAVES HAVE COME BACK TO BASE-BALL!

Kat

March 31st, 2011
12:53 pm

I must be physic. I’m at work decided to plop over to AJC to see if David posted a new blog posted and whala. That or it’s 10mins away from the first pitch and logically one would be posted. :)

BFChris26

March 31st, 2011
12:53 pm

P-Town Brave ©

Werth to Utley is was Edge was to Matt Hardy :lol:

tristan

March 31st, 2011
12:54 pm

Did anyone remind the Nats that rain is looming? Get the show on the road

Efrim

March 31st, 2011
12:54 pm

DOB, I don’t think the White Sox pick is crazy at all. Best roster 1-25 in that division, even without Jake Peavy. Great blog and great work as always.

Arkansas Transplant

March 31st, 2011
12:54 pm

Why does the countdown clock still showing over an hour left until opening day?

tristan

March 31st, 2011
12:55 pm

Call me “out of the loop” but where is Kawakami at for opening day? Not being sarcastic, just didn’t want to google it.

Trey

March 31st, 2011
12:55 pm

Play ball!!!!

Gone Viral

March 31st, 2011
12:55 pm

Let it begin! LET IT BEGIN!!!

Tomas

March 31st, 2011
12:55 pm

5 minutes more and I may run naked on the street. OPENING DAY

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
12:56 pm

WTF…

My MLB app won’t play the Braves audio feed and it says that MLB is doing a .TV preview yet its telling me I need an account…

WTF is going on with the app?!

HornLeg HornFog

March 31st, 2011
12:56 pm

Wow, Jason Werth batting in the #2 spot of the order for the Nationals? I didnt expect to see that.

Meanwhile, Heyward is batting 6th for us, lol.

SWFL Braves Fan

March 31st, 2011
12:57 pm

Anybody know if there is anywhere we can listen to the game for free today seeing that it is opening day?

rob from sc

March 31st, 2011
12:57 pm

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
12:49 pm
Rob-

BP bought it and I am considering…

But with Tiger 12 coming out w/ The Masters this year, already getting Mortal Kombat in 3 weeks, and softball fees needing paid in a couple weeks, I may hold off a bit.

I am thinking about buying it too

McFann Ô Ô

March 31st, 2011
12:57 pm

It’s ab-b-bout to start! 8O

tristan

March 31st, 2011
12:57 pm

Directv free MLB for like ten days

jeffrey d

March 31st, 2011
12:57 pm

Thanks for the blog, DOB.

How are all you guys getting to watch the game? Are we not stuck at work?? I have to watch GameTracker

CB

March 31st, 2011
12:58 pm

Life is good. My Braves are back!

Ashlee

March 31st, 2011
12:58 pm

DOB, will you marry me?

Matt

March 31st, 2011
12:58 pm

Happy Opening Day everyone. Glad this appears to be a go as I skipped 2 classes for it!

The beautiful marathon. Grueling and tedious at times. And yet so rewarding for those who stick with it, day after day. I’m not really even talking about the players getting paid big bucks to do this for a living, either.

I mean you all. And me. All of us in the booths, the pressboxes, the box seats and nosebleeds, in front of TVs or listening to radios. This is so much of what we’re about, isn’t it? For better or worse, and I sure like to think for better.

Nothing else compares. No other sport is even remotely similar to the epic nature of baseball. The thick, complex novel that is a baseball season. Sure, it can be enjoyed in bits and pieces, with a good series here or an exciting game there. But being there for every game, turning every page at the pace it was meant to be turned, that’s where baseball gives us the most satisfaction.

And that, of couse, is also why it’s fallen out of favor with a big segment of the population over the last few decades. Because these days, some don’t think it’s worth taking the time to appreciate and enjoy any leisure activity that moves at such a relatively slow pace for nine innings, much less for 162 games of nine innings apiece.

Then again, this isn’t really a leisure activity anyway, right? This is baseball, man. This is for the serious sports fan. The thinking sports fan.

-Our one and only DOB

Thanks for everything Dave, looking forward to the season.

Kane337

March 31st, 2011
12:58 pm

What radio station will the Braves game be on? I’m at work and want to listen in.

rob from sc

March 31st, 2011
12:58 pm

MLB APP is not playing either

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
12:58 pm

Anyone else’s MLB11 App screwing up?!

DHD

March 31st, 2011
12:59 pm

Here we go Braves, here we go!!!

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

March 31st, 2011
12:59 pm

I AM PUMPED!!!!!!!!! LETS GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

Jay Dubu

March 31st, 2011
12:59 pm

Where can I listen to the game over the internet?

Arkansas Transplant

March 31st, 2011
1:00 pm

P-T, my mlb.tv is doing just fine.

jeffrey d

March 31st, 2011
1:00 pm

I wonder how many exclamation points will be on the first 2 pages

shmoe

March 31st, 2011
1:00 pm

LET’S GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

March 31st, 2011
1:00 pm

the radio MLB11 app for the iphone is working for me

jeffrey d

March 31st, 2011
1:00 pm

Ron in Vegas

March 31st, 2011
1:00 pm

Found this on-line link for all of us out of towners who would like to listen to the game http://www.ustream.tv/channel/1570-wcle-am-Cleveland,-tennessee

BFChris26

March 31st, 2011
1:01 pm

I have Nats feed, but I’m fine with it, I get to see the game 8-)

Trey

March 31st, 2011
1:01 pm

The off-season is too damn long.

Trey

March 31st, 2011
1:02 pm

“I wonder how many exclamation points will be on the first 2 pages”

You should count ‘em all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bruce

March 31st, 2011
1:02 pm

opening daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, opening blooooooooooooooooooooog
have at it.

tristan

March 31st, 2011
1:02 pm

BF, at least Dibble isn’t there!!

Kane337

March 31st, 2011
1:03 pm

Which local Atlanta radio station is the game on?

David O'Brien

March 31st, 2011
1:03 pm

If I stop typing, my fingers have frozen.

A Nationals official, in his infinite wisdom, decided to open the pressbox windows. It’s 40 degrees!

Bill

March 31st, 2011
1:03 pm

Opening Day with Fredi and The Braves with All-Star cast…Go Braves.
Great blog DOB.

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

March 31st, 2011
1:03 pm

I am so happy right now. people at work keep asking me why i’m smiling so much today

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:04 pm

How craptastic of them…

There apparently was an update that I did not know about…

It better load fast is all I can say!! And it BETTER work!

Smitty

March 31st, 2011
1:04 pm

Great blog DOB! ANYONE READY FOR SOME BASEBALL???

LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:04 pm

Kane337-

Try 680AM

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:05 pm

What better way to start off a season than with

Marteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

LEGO!

BFChris26

March 31st, 2011
1:05 pm

tristan

Touche. I can watch Nats feed in peace this season 8-)

sportsmandh

March 31st, 2011
1:06 pm

DOB,
do you like the season starting a little earlier than normal?

A Deployed Braves Fan

March 31st, 2011
1:06 pm

I would appreciate a good PBP. They are not showing the game on USS Kearsarge in the Med.

shmoe

March 31st, 2011
1:06 pm

anyone playing beat the streak? my pick is chipper today

RHR

March 31st, 2011
1:07 pm

1 – Christmas Eve

2 – Black Friday

3 – OPENING DAY!!!

Trey

March 31st, 2011
1:07 pm

Brandon

March 31st, 2011
1:07 pm

Dang Ron in Vegas i saw your link right after i paid 14.99 for the mlb app on my phone, oh well it will come in handy this season

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:07 pm

DBF-

I can get the PbP to you til 1CT and then someone else will have to take over when I go to lunch…

Thank you for your service!

RHR

March 31st, 2011
1:08 pm

I don’t like the cold weather. Our boys play better when its hot. Opening day should always be held in the warmer cities, like the super bowl. :)

Brian from SC

March 31st, 2011
1:08 pm

Hello, everyone. Long time, no comment. Go Braves in 2011.

Josh H

March 31st, 2011
1:08 pm

I was having issues connecting to the MLB.com Iphone app over AT&T 3G. Switching to Wifi got it working.

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:08 pm

Shmoe-

This Beat the Streak thing…I’ve heard of it, but can you explain a bit?

laura

March 31st, 2011
1:08 pm

YAY!! Opening Day :)

LWB

March 31st, 2011
1:09 pm

When are they going to redraw the freakin MLB coverage areas? I live in southern NC and pay for MLBtv and the games in Washington and Baltimore are always blacked out. They aren’t on local tv so…

bravos

March 31st, 2011
1:09 pm

what time is the 1st pitch scheduled?

Brava

March 31st, 2011
1:09 pm

LET’S GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:09 pm

BTW, anyone who has the MLB11 App…FREE this week is MLB.tv so you can watch….and they’re using the Braves feed today :-)

wheelz007

March 31st, 2011
1:09 pm

Who’s doing play-by-play today?

Couch Tater

March 31st, 2011
1:09 pm

Go Get’m Braves!

tristan

March 31st, 2011
1:09 pm

RHR- or in domes

Bat Masterson

March 31st, 2011
1:09 pm

DiamondbackMac

March 31st, 2011
1:10 pm

LET’S PLAY BALL!!!!!!!!

WV Braves Fan

March 31st, 2011
1:10 pm

Thanks, Ron in Vegas at 1:00. The game is available over the internet (at least here) at:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/1570-wcle-am-cleveland%2C-tennessee

Let’s swat some Nats.

Chop Chop

March 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

I’m off today and didn’t even ask for it. Amazing.

Seems like the local club is getting hyped by plenty of people, eh? Fredi’s got a lot to live up to. We’ll see if he and his club can make it happen.

Venice Jim

March 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

wheelz – I can, if needed…

BFChris26

March 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

Season has started!!!!!!!

wheelz007

March 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

LET’S GO BRAVES!!!

shmoe

March 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

ptown

on mlb.com, if you correctly choose 56 consecutive players to get a hit on 56 consecutive days, you win 5.6million

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

1st pitch 1:11 ET

And the baseball season is underway :-D

BFChris26

March 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

Lets go Braves!!!!!!!!!

Mitchie-san

March 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

Im furious. For some reason MLB.tv doesnt Work on my CPU at work anymore! Just a blank screen!!!!

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:12 pm

Prado quickly behind the count 0-2 on 2 called strikes

Jamie

March 31st, 2011
1:12 pm

shmoe

March 31st, 2011
1:12 pm

nats fans cheerin because this is the best game of their season

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:12 pm

Mitchie-

Try updating your flash player software

Venice Jim

March 31st, 2011
1:12 pm

Marteeen bounces slowly to the pitcher on an 2-2 pitch…

BFChris26

March 31st, 2011
1:12 pm

An excuse me swing by Prado.

Bat Masterson

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

Opening day blog, good work as always, thanks DOB.

Ha Ha Go!!! Braves!!!

High Hopes!!

WooHoo!

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

Prado evens the count at 2-2 and then taps an excuse me out in front and is thrown out by Livan easily at 1b

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

prado ground out 1 down

Venice Jim

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

Nate flies out to left…

Trey

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

A pop fly by McLouth.

P-Town Brave ©

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

VJ-

Do you wanna let me have this or do you wanna take over?

AZ Braves Fan

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

Aaargh! Cox Cable Phoenix BLOWS! I’ve had the Extra Innings package for 4 years now, and EVERY year on opening day there is some sort of “technical” issue. This year, the only MLB channel that isn’t working is, wait for it, the Braves game! Sure, I’ve escalated it. I’m sure they’ll get it fixed about 5pm.

Oh well, I guess there are 161 *other* Braves games to watch….

Go Braves!

abwright

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

Prado dribbles to an infielder to make the first out of the Braves 2011 baseball season.

BFChris26

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

McLouth pops out to Michael Morse.

Smitty

March 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

Nice to see MCLOUTH being aggressive, to bad it results in a fly out

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

March 31st, 2011
1:14 pm

nate flies out 2 down

abwright

March 31st, 2011
1:14 pm

McLouth flies out for the second out.

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