Of Braves’ slumpbuster song, weekend resurgence

SAN DIEGO – Maybe it’s David Ross singing lines from Eddie Money’s “Shakin’” at random moments before and after the past few games, including while he was dressing after Saturday’s win at San Francisco, and as he walked down a hallway to the clubhouse Sunday morning before the series finale against the Giants.

Shakin' slumpbuster

Shakin' slumpbuster

More likely, though, the Braves are on a little roll now because they were due for it to happen, because no one who follows baseball closely believed the poor team hitting by the Braves in the first three weeks of the season was an accurate indicator of what was to expect over the course of the season.

Notwithstanding Ross’ crooning (and dancing; yes, you should see it), the Braves’ weekend turnaround was probably an inevitable result of a team that clicked with its various key components going at once for the first time in an entire series all season.

This Braves team is a good one, and that showed for three straight days in front of loud, sold-out crowds of 42,000-plus in San Francisco.

They still aren’t hitting on all cyclinders the way they’re capable, but the Braves started getting contributions from more than just two or three hitters at a time in San Francisco.

They demonstrated far more patience and plate discipline in that three-game sweep of the Giants than they had previously this season – the kind of patience that helped the Braves lead the NL in walks and on-base percentage in 2010.

And they got big hits, timely hits, also another key strength of the 2010 team.

Consider this stat: After hitting 27 home runs in late-and-close situations in 2010 (second in the NL to Cincinnati’s 29), the Braves lead the major leagues with seven late-and-close homers this season through 23 games, or one-fifth of the season.

Heyward's follow-through on his mammoth three-run homer Sunday.

Heyward hit a mammoth three-run homer Sunday at San Francisco, ranks among NL's best in late-and-close situations.

The seven include a team-high two apiece from Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla, who each hit one in Sunday’s stirring, 10-inning win at S.F. Heyward hit an almost Bonds-ian three-run shot in the seventh and Uggla ripped a game-tying leadoff homer in the eighth.

Brooks Conrad led the Braves with five late-and-closer homers in his pixie dust-sprinkled season, and Eric Hinske and Troy Glaus were next with three apiece. Heyward has already matched his 2010 late-and-close homer total, and is tied with Uggla for the team’s overall homer lead with five.

Combine that improved patience and key hits with three strong starts by Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson and Brandon Beachy and superb relief pitching by everyone except Jairo Asencio, and the end result was a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champs and a loss apiece for Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson, as well as a blown save for Sergio Romo.

Their first three-game sweep in San Francisco since 1998 brought a sea change in the mood within the Braves’ clubhouse, where they were so down after Thursday’s 3-2, 12-inning loss at Los Angeles that capped a 1-3 series for Atlanta.

Here’s just few comments from players after Sunday’s win, when the Braves did to the Giants pretty much what the Dodgers had done to the Braves a few days before.

Dan Uggla: “It’s a big win for us. We had the game twice, and they came back twice. And it just showed the character of this team, being able to come back and end up taking it for the sweep. So it was big.”

Brian McCann: “There were so many parts to this game today. Us coming back twice. This is a huge win for us. This is big. You come in here and face three aces and win all three games. It’s huge. Huge.”

Brandon Beachy: “We’ve been playing good baseball all year. We’ve just been on that verge of breaking through. Jason’s home run today, that big inning later on … we’re starting to put it together.”

Chipper Jones: “We got after it today. We competed the whole game, and we didn’t get down when we gave up the lead. We kept battling… This club struggled for the first three weeks of the season, and it’s starting to come. I said it the other day. We lost the last game in Los Angeles, but you kind of got a feeling that that kick-started us.

“We came up here and we won three games from the world champs. So confidence is at a different level than it was a week ago…. Anytime you go out and battle and play good baseball for three games and you’re rewarded with three wins, you’re happy.”

Nate McLouth: “To walk out of here with a sweep is really tough to do. It’s something that not a lot of teams do here, and we did it…. That last one we lost in L.A. was a heartbreaker, when we had a chance to split the series. But cominig out of here today with a sweep in an environment that is really second to none — t’s tough to come in here and win, and we came in here and got the sweep.”

♣ Quintessential lack of support: If San Diego scores a run or two tonight against Derek Lowe, it won’t be because we’re about to mention some stunning stats about the Padres’ offensive mediocrity. If it happens, it might be because no lineup can be this bad forever.

For the Padres, there have been few offensive fireworks at their beautiful but spacious stadium, Petco Park.

For the Padres, there have been few offensive fireworks at their beautiful but spacious stadium, Petco Park.

In other words, the Padres are freakin’ way overdue to score some runs, particularly with Dustin Moseley pitching. He’s starting tonight against Lowe, and the next time we mention lack of run support for a Brave pitcher, let’s consider Moseley’s plight.

The former American League right-hander has a 1.40 ERA in four starts this season, and in every start he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in six innings or more, including one or no runs in three starts.

Moseley has an 0-3 record. Yes, 0-3 with a 1.40 ERA.

The Padres have scored no runs – zero runs – while he’s been in his four games. Again, he’s pitched at least six innings every time, and they’ve scored no runs while he’s been in a game.

Padres Game 2 starter Aaron Harang has also pitched six innings in all four starts and allowed a total of six runs (five earned) in 24 innings, including only one earned run three times. But the Padres have provided him with six support runs per nine innings pitched, thus his 4-0 record to go with a 1.88 ERA.

Harang will face Jair Jurrjens, who had a career-worst game at San Diego last season on April 12, allowing eight earned runs and eight hits in 3-1/3 innings of his only start at Petco Park. Jurrjens is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in his other three starts against the Padres, including a July 20 win in which he allowed five hits and one run in seven innings.

In the series finale Wednesday, Tommy Hanson faces Mat Latos, who has struggled in the early part of the season (0-3, 5.94).

The Braves have won 17 of 25 games against the Padres over the past four seasons, including 2-1 series win in all four trips to San Diego during that period.

♣ Punchless Padres: Did we mention the Padres don’t score much? Or hit much?

Consider that the Phillies just hit .213 and totaled 12 runs in the four-game series at San Diego that ended Sunday. And the Phillies won all four games.

The Padres hit .165 and scored three runs in those four games. Three runs. Total.

San Diego has lost 10 of its past 14 games despite a 3.05 ERA in that stretch. The Padres hit .205 in that span and went homerless in 11 of 14 games, including six of the past seven.

Padres pitchers lead the NL with a 2.95 ERA, but the team is 8-14

Their .212 team batting average is 14 points worse than any other in the majors, and Padres hitters have the fewest home runs (12) and most strikeouts (186) in the National League.

They have quite a few hitters struggling immensely: Brad Hawpe is hitting .098 (5-for-51) with no homers, three walks and 22 strikeouts. Jorge Cantu is at .143 (8-for-56) with one homer and a .197 OBP. Ryan Ludwick has hit .184 (14-for-76) with two homers.

Speaking of the Phillies, they are 9-4 in past 13 games despite hitting .207 and scoring four runs or fewer in all 13 games, including three runs or fewer in nine of 13. Their pitchers allowed two runs or fewer in eight of those 13 games, including four shutouts

Heyward rising: After his big weekend in San Francisco, Heyward has a .300 average and .877 OPS in his past eight games, with two homers and five RBIs. That stretch includes four hitless games (all vs. the Dodgers) and four multi-hit games.

Heyward ranks third in the NL with a .625 average in late-and-close situations. Granted, a small sample size (5-for-8), but hey… Or, rather, J-Hey… (OK, that was weak.)

He’s fifth in overall average after the sixth inning at .409 (9-for-22).

He’s also 10th in the NL in home-run frequency with one every 15.2 at-bats.

♣ Etc.

Dan Uggla is a modest 6-for-30 (.200) in his past eight games, but with four extra-base hits (two homers) and a .500 slugging percentage… Brian McCann leads the majors in hitting with runners in scoring position at .769 (10-for-13), and Chipper Jones is tied for third in the NL in that category at .529 (9-for-17)… If you’re wondering about position-player competition for Freddie Freeman for Rookie of the Year, keep an eye on Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa. He’s hitting .281 with seven extra-base hits (2 HRs), 15 RBIs, a .364 OBP and .484 slugging percentage…. The Braves are 3-2 in their past five games while hitting .201 over that period. They have scored progressively more with each game — 1, 3, 4, 5 and 9 runs – which means double digits tonight, right?

♣ Speaking of superstitions: It’ll be interesting to see if the Braves will have someone attempt the classic paper-cup-on-head prank they pulled a couple of times in San Francisco, which got a lot of TV airplay and notoriety for unsuspecting victims Phil Falco (strength coach) and Jeff Porter (head trainer).

Those two spent multiple innings with a cup affixed to the top of his head gear, completely oblivious to the snickers and howls of laughter it was causing when TV cameras caught the scene in the dugout. There was even a dollop of shaving cream on top of the cup in Porter’s case.

Those gags were the handiwork of bullpen coach Eddie Perez, who spent the early innings in the dugout along with Braves relievers during the San Francisco series, since the bullpen there is directly on the field in foul territory near the dugout, rather than out beyond the outfield fences as it is in almost every other ballpark.

A noted prankster since his playing days, Perez used advanced techniques to keep the paper cup atop Falco’s stocking cap and Porter’s Braves cap. “I used glue instead of gum,” Perez said, smiling devilishly.

Alas, the bullpens are conventionally located beyond the outfield in San Diego. So Perez won’t be in the dugout during games.

BRAVES LINEUP

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

OK, let’s get this posted and go get some fish tacos en route to the ballpark: For those of you too young to remember the slumpbuster song that Ross has been singing, here’s the original video from Eddie Money. Tough to beat this for epic ‘80s cheese. Eddie had it goin’ on.

Let’s close this. Oh, new Steve Earle album out tomorrow, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, from the title of the last single put out by the late country icon, Hank Williams.

This blog-closing song came up on my Ipod this morning, and it continually amazes me how great Graham Parker is and has always been, and how relatively few people seem to know it. You can see and hear him do it live by clicking here.

Graham Parker

“THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RESERVOIR” by Graham Parker

What were they thinking
When they dug that hole
And bulldozed that town down
Wall by wall
Laying the asphalt and
Diverting that rolling river
So there’d be water for us all
I got some photographs
I don’t know if they’re us or not
Ah but my memories fading fast
They might as well take that too
It’s no use to me or you
I guess it was not designed to last

I heard you live there now
And that you’ve settled down
And accepted the vastness of it all
Maybe i’ll write a letter
Cos i’ve heard that life’s much better
On the other side of the reservoir

Well time has a funny way
Of doubling back on itself
And showing the things that really last
Was it just yesterday
You left for greener pastures
Or was that way back in the past
I got some photographs
Of a long lost valley
Now filled with water shore to shore
That rolls under miles of land
Right down to new york city
But at least no one’s thirsty any more

I heard you live there now
And that you’ve settled down
And accepted the vastness of it all
Maybe i’ll get in touch
I’ve heard that there’s so much
On the other side of the reservoir

So what were they thinking
When they dug that hole
And flooded the meadows green and fair
Was it so satisfying
They didn’t hear people crying
As they watched their lives
Get moved elsewhere

Well I hear the trees grow tall
By that retaining wall
And there’s always a rainbow in the sky
Maybe i’ll write a letter
Cos i’ve heard that life’s much better
On the other side of the reservoir
On the other side of the reservoir

2,287 comments Add your comment

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a Go!)

April 25th, 2011
5:52 pm

Dear Bud Selig,

Cut one week off the spring training schedule, expand the first round of the playoffs to seven games.

Done, finished. Makes sense.

Bigwheel

April 25th, 2011
5:52 pm

Hey DOB, my friend is in a bad. Theyre called under the porch. I think youll like them

Fargo

April 25th, 2011
5:53 pm

Love new bloggage!!

Vote for Prado

April 25th, 2011
5:55 pm

I would have thought Eddie money for the song to end the blog…for sure.

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a Go!)

April 25th, 2011
5:55 pm

Agreed. This team is better than they have played thus far.

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
5:55 pm

“Who’s That Peeking In My Window? POW! Nobody Now!”

Hell yeah on the Eddie Money Reference D.O.B. at the top of the page referring to Rossy!

You know thats Right up My Alley! lol, About Time you start Seeing Things My Way (Joking!) :)

BravesFan in DC

April 25th, 2011
5:56 pm

First. Great blog, DOB! Don’t you love San Diego?? (the city, not the baseball club) — Check out the rooftop-bar, “Altitude” atop the Marriott– Great views down into the stadium and of the whole city. Go Bravos!

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
5:57 pm

@Coach

agreed on all your posts so far, Lets take 2 of 3 down in Sunny Southern California

RHR

April 25th, 2011
5:57 pm

Woah. Eddie Money looks like my Aunt Linda.

nolie

April 25th, 2011
5:58 pm

I always hate going in and playing a team that has been really cold. You know at some point they are gonna break out of it. I hope it ain’t against us…

BravesFan in DC

April 25th, 2011
5:59 pm

nolie – That’s exactly what the Giants are thinking right now…

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

April 25th, 2011
6:00 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! That paper cup stuff is hilarious! :lol: I’m sorry I missed Bubber’s yesterday…

Everyone’s gonna be keeping one eye over their shoulders from here on out! :P

RHR

April 25th, 2011
6:00 pm

No surprise DOB just couldn’t bring himself to use the Money lyrics to close out the blog. But now I’ve got the song stuck in my head anyway. Cheesy, yes. But theres definitely lots worse 80’s music out there.

Go Braves!

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
6:02 pm

BB’s performance yesterday got lost in all that happened in the late innings yesterday…

The dude has really come on despite getting little run support in his limited starts (excluding yesterday)

With BB, Minor, Teheran, and Vizcaino the verge of coming up don’t be Suprised if Double J gets traded at the deadline or during the offseason since we have all 4 of them under team control for the next 5-7 years at the minimum…

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

April 25th, 2011
6:03 pm

RHR Woah. Eddie Money looks like my Aunt Linda.

:lol:

Kinda looks like he’s trying to get that Keith Partridge hair working…not quite workin’ out…

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
6:03 pm

RHR

“No surprise DOB just couldn’t bring himself to use the Money lyrics to close out the blog. But now I’ve got the song stuck in my head anyway. Cheesy, yes. But theres definitely lots worse 80’s music out there.”

WHATT!!! That old Eddie Money Goes Hard…! Long Live 80’s Classics!

chilidog75

April 25th, 2011
6:04 pm

Really interested to see how that hit affects McLouth.
I don’t know that he had a single hit like that in a Braves uniform … I can’t recall one off the top of my head (other than the walk-off against Philly last year … but Heyward had the big hit in THAT game with his home run in the 9th) … and maybe it gives him what he desperately needs — confidence.
He’s been better this year. Sure. He couldn’t be much worse than last season though unless he went up there without a bat. He’s still not even a mediocre offensive player in the major leagues. Not yet. But he has been putting together better at-bats. And maybe that hit, that one glorious, clutch, nobody-believed-it-could-happen hit, will spark something in the guy and he’ll start hitting like a real major league outfielder again.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

April 25th, 2011
6:05 pm

cabravesfan I’m pondering a root beer float

We’re making Snow Cones on Wednesday…Got root beer flavored syrup!

TS

April 25th, 2011
6:05 pm

I didn’t get to watch the game Sunday, but can’t figure out why Asencio was brought into an important situation when everyone in the bullpen sans-Kimbrel had rested the previous day. Anyone?

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
6:06 pm

@Nolie

Agreed, Just gotta take two of 3 from these jabrones!

cabravesfan

April 25th, 2011
6:06 pm

McFann-

Save some for me! :D

nolie

April 25th, 2011
6:07 pm

WOAH is a radio station in Ga

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
6:08 pm

TS

The whole Blog yesterday was calling for Easy-E to come in after Ascensio walked Tejada, we all knew he didn’t have it but Fredi stuck with him anyway for whatever reason…?

StingerSplash

April 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

Guess it beats Mark Grace’s “slumpbuster.”

DiamondbackMac

April 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

cabravesfan

I’m pondering a root beer float

Glad you mentioned it. I’m headed to the drugstore now to get one.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

April 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

cabravesfan

You got it! :P

I’ll totally think of you when I eat it. :D

cabravesfan

April 25th, 2011
6:10 pm

DiamondbackMac-

I just wish VJ was here to make it for me- I feel like a zombie today

nolie

April 25th, 2011
6:10 pm

maybe some day them dumb ol’ Braves managers will learn.
Need a tactic? Thats what wifi is for….

David O'Brien

April 25th, 2011
6:17 pm

RHR, I didn’t use the Money lyrics only because it’s a team thing right now, and I don’t want to be part of messing up a slumpbuster. Gotta know how to walk fine lines and such. It’s their thing, not mine. I’m an observer.

Bat Masterson

April 25th, 2011
6:17 pm

Good blog, interesting stats.

Gotta figure what?……….. 10 to 8 tonight.

After the 60’s and 70′ you had to think a big hangover was due, right. That would be the 80’s.

Chop Chop

April 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

You can’t count on clutch hitting and bullpens to hold up from one season to the next. What you can count on is players who perform consistently at a high level. I don’t know if the Braves have enough of those to win a World Series, but they certainly have enough of them to contend for a playoff berth for several years. That’s why I just assume that most of the people who rip the hell out of this team for playing a few bad weeks of baseball are escapees from a sanitarium. You’ve got to be nuts, or an extremely well-informed clairvoyant, to believe that this team is going to suck.

I’ll never be an optimistic fan, but the reality is that the Braves are more likely to be a postseason tease than a regular season one.

John

April 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

DOB,

You hear anything about Heyward’s hand after he slid into 3rd yesterday? Chip and Joe said it looked like he was shaking it after the head first slide. Hope he didn’t re-injure that thumb. Kid needs to start sliding feet first.

JasonInFL

April 25th, 2011
6:19 pm

Good out, DOB.

reckingball

April 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!

jeffrey d

April 25th, 2011
6:26 pm

Is that picture right? Heyward’s wearing a white home jersey

North Georgia Braves Fan

April 25th, 2011
6:26 pm

This team played bad the first three weeks of the season but now they look like they are the team that everyone thought they should be. I am sure the Phillies cringed a little when they saw what this team is capable of.

Braint

April 25th, 2011
6:27 pm

The Braves just need to keep their patience at the plate and keep drawing walks.

Being from the San Francisco area, I get so tired of seeing all of the Brian Wilson beard crap. Maybe he should spend more time locating his pitches rather than so much time in-front of a TV camera. His ERA is close to 10.00.

keylargo

April 25th, 2011
6:27 pm

But theres definitely lots worse 80’s music out there. RHR

Not to mention poofy hair and women’s shoulder pads. I can hardly keep from laughing when I first see a scene from a movie in the 80’s.

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
6:29 pm

brb, gotta thaw some fish

ncgary

April 25th, 2011
6:30 pm

san diego sure is a fun town
and ensenada is only 60 miles away
go braves

Definitely not another feeble offensive performance

April 25th, 2011
6:31 pm

I do not believe that PEDs, HGH, steroids, etc. should be illegal. If an athlete wants to take a risk with his body and use PEDs in order to better his chances on the field, then that should be HIS CHOICE, not yours, mine, the governments, Bud Selig’s, etc.

If find it amusing that those in the business world go on and on about “the free market” and “too much regulation”. Yet as fans, we want to regulate the heck out of the sports world.

If actors and actresses can get plastic surgery, botox, hair and breast implants, lipo surgery, skin creamer lightener, get fake tans in tanning salons, etc……then why cant professional athletes do what they want when it comes to their bodies?

And besides, there isnt anything conclusive that directly links PEDs like HGH and steroids to all the evils that the medical professional says will come your way if you take them.

If I had the talent and skill to get as far as the Major Leagues…and I needed an edge to help me train better, harder and faster in order to get as good as I could…I’d do it in a heartbeat….and a lot of you would too if you really could imagine yourself in a position of being faced with the temptation of either being a fringe professional athlete barely getting by OR a big time superstar getting paid TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars.

Barry Bonds is the greatest baseball player I’ve ever seen. I could care less that he was a jerk, A-HOLE, selfish, mean spirited, etc. What mattered to me most is that when he came to the plate to hit our pitchers….I was relieved when he didnit hit it out of the park.

I have always felt that if the Braves were able to sign Bonds instead of Maddux after the 1992 season…..we could have won more than 1 World Series. Sure, until the 2002 playoffs, Bonds struggled in the post season. However, as great as Maddux was..he also struggled in the post season (11-14 post season record).

Imagine a heart of the batting order line-up in 1995 of Bonds, Justice, McGriff and Chipper Jones? We would have beaten the Yankees with that lineup in 1996 and 1999.

It’s easy for most of us to sit on the moral, high horse and say that we wouldnt cheat. However, it’s much different when you’re in a position of having to turn down fame, money, lifestyle, women, camaraderie with teammates, etc. if you dont cheat.

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
6:31 pm

Word of mouf was J-Hey was having some issues with his Shoulder in S. Training? I forgot where I heard /saw that at but does anyone know the extent of it…?

Patrick

April 25th, 2011
6:31 pm

There is one reason and one reason only the Brian Wilson has an ERA over 10.00, it’s because he’s on my fantasy baseball team. If he weren’t on my team, he’d probably have 6-7 saves, a win and an ERA around 1.50

Vino Fino

April 25th, 2011
6:32 pm

Not sure if anyone else has pointed this out (didn’t catch it if so), but see the caption below the Jason Heyward picture. That’s really weird that J-Hey was wearing his home uniform yesterday in San Francisco while everyone else had their road unis on. I didn’t catch that during the game! Will he get fined for something like that!?

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
6:33 pm

Damn P–L

What got you started on that topic of the day…? :) That was random…?

Braint

April 25th, 2011
6:34 pm

I read your blog everyday DOB and since I live in CA it’s the best way to keep up with the team I’ve followed since I was 8 (thanks to WTBS). Just wanted to quickly plug my new film that was released last week, “Gas Hole,” narrated by Peter Gallagher. If you’re sick of the high gas prices — this might be an interesting flick to see. Here’s the website: http://www.gasholemovie.com

Okay, back to baseball. Thanks for all the work you do for us fans.

Snotboogie

April 25th, 2011
6:35 pm

Eddie Money looks a lot like Patricia Richardson.

Murph

April 25th, 2011
6:36 pm

When’s the lineup for tonight going to be posted? Or has it already and I just missed it?

Larry

April 25th, 2011
6:36 pm

“This Braves team is a good one.”

Actually, at 11-12, this Braves team is an average one.

If they move McLouth to lead-off, Prado at #2, Hayward to #3, Jones to #4, McCann to #5, Uggla to #6, Freeman to #7 and Gonzalez to #8 they should win 85 games…88-92 with a lot of luck and Fredi leaved his brain in the clubhouse.

If not, and Fredi brings his brain with him, this is an 80-82 win team.

Braint

April 25th, 2011
6:37 pm

Thanks Larry. I’m sure you do well in Vegas, right?

rico43

April 25th, 2011
6:38 pm

Patrick speak the truth. I have damned many all-stars to obscurity over the years merely by choosing them. Brian McCann’s greatness is that he has managed to thrive for four seasons as one of the Watched Men.

BravoMan

April 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

“The Braves just need to keep their patience at the plate and keep drawing walks.”

Spot on. Key to their recent offensive success.

Dan “Free-Swingin” Uggla I’m looking at you.

chilidog75

April 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

Sorry. Stopped reading after “if they moved to McLouth to lead off” … I assume the rest of the sentence was …. “then we’re all dooomed!”

Bat Masterson

April 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

Lose a Robert gain a Larry.

David O'Brien

April 25th, 2011
6:40 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Prado LF, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. MCCann C, 5. Uggla 2B, 6. Freeman 1B , 7. Gonzalez SS, 8. McLouth CF, 9. Lowe

Murph

April 25th, 2011
6:40 pm

If steroids should be allowed then corked bats should be too. And pitchers should be allowed to use any tool or substance that doesn’t require being plugged in to scuff/modify the baseball. And first basemen should be allowed to use a fungo to hit runners with as they round the bases. And players should be allowed to leave the game and come back in at any time. And catchers should be allowed to impede the bat of hitters in any way possible.

See what happens? Make one form of cheating legal and you might as well make ‘em all legal.

Murph

April 25th, 2011
6:41 pm

Larry

April 25th, 2011
6:42 pm

Definitely not another feeble offensive performance,

Do us all a favor and get neutered.

We do not need or want people like you or your offspring to reproduce. There is absolutely nothing about you or your deviant thinking that I would want around my work or family so just clip those boys so you cannot perpetuate your putrid degeneracy.

chilidog75

April 25th, 2011
6:43 pm

Murph. I think you should also be allowed to peg baserunners in a rundown. :)
Seriously. Don’t feed that psychotic troll. Let him copy and paste his idiotic manifestos and just ignore it.

jeffrey d

April 25th, 2011
6:44 pm

I don’t think we need to worry about DNAFOP reproducing

Murph

April 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

I don’t think we need to worry about DNAFOP reproducing

You think his mom has hit menopause already or was she one of those back-woods preteen moms I see on 60 Minutes all the time?

chc4

April 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

Gotta beat the Pads and stay close to the Phillies. This is the kind of series the Braves usually struggle with.

bigchiefrg

April 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

Great stuff DOB. Keep em rollin. Btdub, all ur suggestions for Chicago are working out swimmingly. Wishbone’s was fantastic and we’re doin Carson’s tonite followed by the national/Arcade fire show. Will butler and marika Anthony-shaw sang take me out to the ball game at the cubs game. Wish it were the braves we were watching but still really cool

Bat Masterson

April 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

Yeah, I don’t know about all that camaraderie.

I’m thinking more surly ass.

space monkey

April 25th, 2011
6:48 pm

Graham Parker. DOB: You have impeccable music tastes. “Squeezing Out Sparks” is one of the best rock albums of the New Wave era. That Parker never soared into the ranks of Costello and The Clash is a damned shame.

Moe Berg

April 25th, 2011
6:49 pm

“Gotta beat the Pads and stay close to the Phillies. This is the kind of series the Braves usually struggle with.”

So far this season, they have done okay in this sector–took series against the Mets and Washington. In recent years, they have struggled against struggling teams but not as much this season.

John

April 25th, 2011
6:49 pm

Yo DOB!!

You hear anything about Heyward’s hand after he slid into third head first yesterday??? Announcers said he was shaking his hand after the slide.

Definitely not another feeble offensive performance

April 25th, 2011
6:50 pm

Larry……deviant? For what, saying that I dont think that PEDs should be illegal?

Dude, I can name at least a hundred things that are legal that I think should be considered dangerous and deviant (#1 is the belief in something that I wont specially refer to because it is “illegal” to do so here). Perhaps I should think that those who believe in something I cant make reference to should be “neutered” as well?

We can agree to disagree.

nscoots

April 25th, 2011
6:50 pm

>i?Sorry. Stopped reading after “if they moved to McLouth to lead off”

Geebus, the guy went 8-for-28 this week, with a big handful of walks. I know that’s “mediocre” for you, LOL, but I’d take that .350 OBP at leadoff any day.

Nate is gonna have to HIT .350 to get some the folks here to come around. :-)

Murph

April 25th, 2011
6:53 pm

On this date last year Nate was hitting .181 with a .310 OBP.

I’ll take this new Nate of last year’s Nate, thank you very much.

Moe Berg

April 25th, 2011
6:55 pm

scoots–I agree. While his slugging is off some, his BA and OBP are right at his career norms. If he sustains it, I say lead him off.

Tomahawkin

April 25th, 2011
6:55 pm

Might be a crazy night on the blog…?

I’m fully rested and ready for the late games! Bring it On!

iFrech

April 25th, 2011
6:56 pm

“Barry Bonds is the greatest baseball player I’ve ever seen.”

Oh my, how old are you? If this IS true, you seriously…SERIOUSLY need to see some more baseball from time to time.

jeffrey d

April 25th, 2011
6:56 pm

For what, saying that I dont think that PEDs should be illegal?

That, or maybe for all of the mom/sex jokes, praising a couple of psychotic murderers, spewing out unnecessary hate, etc. that you do.

Snotboogie

April 25th, 2011
6:56 pm

Scoots – did you move away from NC to,say, Nevada or something?

Bat Masterson

April 25th, 2011
6:57 pm

I doubt hitting .350 will get it done, unless it comes with 25 homeruns and 40 SB’s. And then there is what I perceive to be the hair envy,………………

Legend of Len Barker

April 25th, 2011
6:58 pm

Can you prove it’s Shakin’?

I mean, I posted the lyrics to the old Braves’ promotional classic “Brand New Game” in the pregame comments a few days ago. We haven’t lost since then. I dare not post the entire lyrics again because it might reverse the effect.

Bat Masterson

April 25th, 2011
6:58 pm

That, or maybe for all of the mom/sex jokes, praising a couple of psychotic murderers, spewing out unnecessary hate, etc. that you do. _ jeffrey

Kinder, gentler PL. Agree to disagree.

Snotboogie

April 25th, 2011
6:58 pm

I doubt hitting .350 will get it done, unless it comes with 25 homeruns and 40 SB’s.

An occasional powerful and timely throw from CF wouldn’t hurt either.

jeffrey d

April 25th, 2011
6:59 pm

I like Nate’s longer hair. Going with the longer hair look myself.

jeffrey d

April 25th, 2011
6:59 pm

This so called Braves fan “will” agree to disagree.

nscoots

April 25th, 2011
6:59 pm

Thank you, Moe. You and I are so seldom on here at the same time, I never get to tell you how much I enjoy your posts, man. Good stuff.

Recently did some reading on your namesake, by the way. Fascinating stuff, props for turning me on to him.

Snotboogie

April 25th, 2011
7:00 pm

John and rob from sc – birds of a feather.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

April 25th, 2011
7:01 pm

Thanks for the lineup, Chief!

Can’t wait for the game…love Petco Park! :P

nscoots

April 25th, 2011
7:02 pm

SB, still in the same place. I’m not around the forum much on the weekends, though.

TnBrian ("Heyward with an easy grounder to 2nd")

April 25th, 2011
7:03 pm

LOL! I have that Eddie Money greatest hits CD. Just the other day I was listening to it driving. Would I bump it with the windows down at a crowded stop light? Probably not, but I’ll admit I love some of his old stuff. Tracks 4,6 and 13, I believe, are my favorites.

The Braves: now don’t some of you feel dumb damn near jumping off a cliff after that Dodgers series? Just a little? I’m not the least bit surprised they swept SF away. Won’t be if they do the same to SD.

Deedle Nick

April 25th, 2011
7:03 pm

And I gotta gota getta nutta bigga coffa cuppee.

Snotboogie

April 25th, 2011
7:03 pm

Ok I’m calling a fake here.

chilidog75

April 25th, 2011
7:04 pm

So we’re supposed to get all fired up about an 8 for 28 week?
That proves he’s a consistent offensive force again?
Like I said, i hope yesterday’s hit sparks something in the guy … it was incredibly clutch. And the guy looks different than last year. Sure. And if he can just be an average major league hitter the offense will continue to improve. But one week with eight hits … and a current .658 OPS wouldn’t have me racing to the lineup card to put him in the leadoff spot. Geez.

He’s fine at 8. That’s where he belongs.

Darryl Blackberry

April 25th, 2011
7:04 pm

The phrase “apropos of nothing” comes to mind. Why discuss Bonds? Outside of San Fran, he was ultimately bad for baseball, not to mention humanity.

Also: Maddux has a chance to be baseball’s first unanimous vote-in for the Hall of Fame. Bonds will never even get 15% of the vote. I, for one, am glad the Braves took the high road and pursued Mad Dog instead of Bighead Barry.

TnBrian

April 25th, 2011
7:05 pm

Should probably take the Heyward thing out of my name since he’s been Heyward-like lately.

T-dawg

April 25th, 2011
7:08 pm

DOB….I know you know this but it’s “Roll” not “Role” . It happens to the best of us

Bobby's Cox

April 25th, 2011
7:10 pm

New Braves Caps as a result of the tip your cap craze in Atlanta. Enjoy!

Snotboogie

April 25th, 2011
7:10 pm

Outside of San Fran, he was ultimately bad for baseball, not to mention humanity.

I’m not even sure he was bad for baseball. At one point in time he was a major draw for baseball.
Humanity? A generous dollop of hyperbole I’ll presume. There arent too many people outside of N.America and Latin america that would’ve been affected by him in the slightest.

tyler

April 25th, 2011
7:13 pm

That Heyward picture is clearly at the Ted (white home jerseys, braves fans in background) , and that isn’t Posey behind the plate.
Buster wears a hockey style mask.
That’s a classic style catchers mask like Mac wears.

jeffrey d

April 25th, 2011
7:13 pm

Is the A smoking?

nolie

April 25th, 2011
7:14 pm

Bonds will never even get 15% of the vote Darryl

wanna bet?

garynpOH

April 25th, 2011
7:18 pm

Eddie still rocks, and has a hot daughter that sings well too. They give a great show.

space monkey

April 25th, 2011
7:20 pm

Ifrech: In his early days Barry Bonds was amazing. He was swift and powerful and he had a lot of grace on the field. Off the field he was a Jackass. Horrible human being. Then his ego turned him into a jackass on the field. There was the steroids and the armor so he could literally stand on the plate (too bad modern pitchers couldn’t put one in his ear like Marichal, Drysdale, Jenkins, or Gibson) and just being one of the worst teammates in history. He was really bad for the game.

LTBF

April 25th, 2011
7:23 pm

Great blog DOB, interesting stuff with Ross.

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