At Turner Field, Prado is very big

In the large and exuberant throng of baseball fans that surrounded the ESPN broadcast setup after last night’s game at Turner Field – yes, it was a throng, and an exuberant one — there were several handwritten signs proclaiming love for Martin Prado, one suggesting he run for president, and another that said, “The Devil Wears Prado.”

Prado's two-run homer was all the offense the Braves and Jurrjens needed in 2-1 win Sunday.

Prado's two-run homer was all the offense the Braves and Jurrjens needed in 2-1 win Sunday.

I don’t know what that meant, exactly — other than the obvious movie reference –  but it was cool. And it was fun. And just another symbol of the growing infatuation between so many Braves fans and the selfless left fielder, who has come to represent, for many, the epitome of “team player” in an age when it seems such a species has become endangered.

Throwback player. Old school. There’s no “I” in team – or in Prado. All of it applies, folks. He’s the real deal. No pretense, no hype. His quotes are not carefully worded to mold some impossibly good image of what a ballplayer should be. He is that ballplayer.

In fact, that English is his second language might actually make his quotes all the more honest and real. Because Prado is so passionate and so focused on trying to say what he really means, he doesn’t bother trying to word it in such a way that makes it politically correct or guarded or whatever else we get in sports, from players who are wary of saying what they really mean.

(Although covering a team with the likes of Chipper Jones, David Ross and Eric Hinske, we don’t have any shortage of players unafraid to pull punches and say what they mean.)

Prado, though, is different. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, and puts them in just about every sentence in interviews.

He can’t talk about the Braves without saying how much he loves his teammates and how much confidence he has in them, how much they always “battle” and how, even at times like this when the hitters have not been pulling their weight, he’s sure that they will soon and that he just wants the pitchers to keep doing their great work and it’ll all come together and … well, like I said, the guy is passionate.

“Oh my gosh,” he said of hitting a homer last night to at least give the punchless Braves enough offense to give Jurrjens a win. “Well, something is going to happen. Every single guy in our lineup can change the game. We always battle, and that’s what I love about this team. I’m glad I got a fastball and hit it out of the park, and J.J. got the win.”

And he’s driven. No, he’s beyond driven. But you know that, from all that’s been written and said about his tireless work ethic and his spring-training days that lasted a couple of hours longer than almost everyone else’s every day at Dark Star this year when he was getting acclimated to his new position, the position that he was moved to in November without being told about it beforehand.

He said not a word of complaint after being told he would be switched from second base, where he was a 2010 All-Star in his first full season as a lineup regular, to left field because the Braves had traded for Dan Uggla.

Prado’s initial reaction was, well, OK. And after talking to several teammates on the phone, who told him how glad they were to have Uggla in the lineup, his reaction was something along the lines of, that’s all I need to know, fellas. Left field it is. Let’s do this.

Anyway, flash forward to last night’s 2-1 win over Cincy, when Prado and Jair Jurrjens did about as much as two guys can do to win a game by themselves. Prado hit a two-run homer, threw a guy out at the plate to turn away the would-be tying run, and Jurrjens pitched eight innings of one-run ball to whittle his majors-leading ERA to 1.51 and improve to 7-1, tied for the league wins lead despite starting the season on the DL and having only nine starts.

Prado’s one-bounce throw to Ross in the eighth inning was nearly perfect, and ignited a big crowd just as his game-turning homer had two innings earlier. The joy on Prado’s face as he came off the field was matched by the expressions of his teammates – they freakin’ love this guy – and the smiles on thousands of fans who gave him a standing O as he came off the field to a welcome committee on the top step of the dugout.

This is a guy people can get behind, no matter where they’re from or what it is that brought them to the ballpark or put them in front of the TV. The ladies say he’s handsome, the guys say he’s no B.S. and know that he plays hurt and doesn’t show up opponents or act like a star.

He was voted the second-most-underrated player in the majors in a preseason poll conducted by Sports Illustrated, and it should be noted that players couldn’t vote for their own teammates in that poll (I know because I did the polling of Braves players for the magazine).

Chipper's right knee is a bit sore, but he's out of lineup today just for rest.

Chipper's right knee is a bit sore, but he's out of lineup today just for rest.

In other words, all the votes he got came from players other than Braves. And if they could have voted for any player including their own, you can be certain Prado would have had 24 more votes.

So anyway, here’s where we are this season with Prado: After studying the stats this morning, I’m thinking he might be having the best season by any player who ever had 75 percent as many double plays grounded into (12) as walks (16).

That’s the thing with Prado, he doesn’t walk much. So some who place walks and OBP at the top of the criteria for judging players will never put Prado at the top of their list of valued commodities. But other players don’t judge players that way. Neither do most managers, coaches or scouts. Or many of us unsophisticated schlubs of the print media.

Most of us still like to let our own observations and our conversations with players weight into how we judge the value and performance of an individual. And any Braves player will tell you, there is no one more valuable to this team over the past two seasons than Martin Prado.

This season he’s hitting .282 with seven homers, a team-high 32 RBIs, an unimpressive .325 OBP and a .432 slugging percentage. That’s a modest .757 OPS that ranks 80th among 178 major league qualifiers, one spot behind Johnny Damon (.758) and one ahead of Buster Posey (.756.)

It’s down quite a bit for Prado, who had an .809 OPS in 2010, an .822 OPS in 2009 and an .838 OPS in part-time duty in 2008.

But his value to his team isn’t down, and other Braves believe Prado is just starting to heat up at the plate.

“It’s been a weird year for me,” said Prado, who has grounded into more double plays than anyone in the NL except Albert Pujols, who is one of his heroes and is also having an atypical season by Pujolsian standards. “There’s some days that I feel good at home plate, and the next day I don’t have a clue. But I’ve got to get going, man.

“I’ve been working hard, and I’ve got great support from my teammates. I’m always positive. I knew that I hit that ground ball hard, and I’ve been hitting a lot of ground balls hard into double plays. I never give up. I always expect something positive in a game, either defensively or offensvively.”

He might need to get going overall, but at home he’s been going for quite a while now. Maybe it’s the energy, that love affair between Prado and his people here at Turner Field, Whatever the reason, the guy has been doing serious work in home games while struggling on the road.

I’m sure that none of you were aware – because I wasn’t, and haven’t seen it noted anywhere – that Prado enters this Memorial Day game riding an 18-game hitting streak at Turner Field, during which he’s batted .363 (29-for-80) with four doubles, five homers, 19 RBIs and a remarkably tidy .400 OBP and .600 slugging percentage (1.000 OPS). I’m not making that up, those even numbers.

During the same period on the road, he’s hit .216 (.8-for-37) with two doubles, no homers, three RBIs and a .268 OBP and .270 slugging percentage.

The home crowd loves him, for good reason. And maybe he’s feeling it. Or maybe it’s just a flukey thing and soon he’ll be hitting better on the road and it’ll all even out.

But I’m not so sure about that. It takes something special to get an Atlanta crowd to really embrace a player who’s not a superstar, and they’ve done it with Prado.

Workaholic, underdog, tough as hell, always talking about his team and not himself — yeah, that’ll do it.

♣ Digging into JJ’s numbers: Jurrjens leads major league starters with a 1.51 ERA and leads the NL in winning percentage (.875), yet doesn’t rank among the league’s top 10 in opponents’ average (.234) or opponents’ slugging percentage (.331).

He does rank sixth in the NL in opponents’ OBP (.271), but what really jumps off the page of Jurrjens stats is his opponents’ average with runners in scoring position. It’s a microscopic .093 (4-for-43), which would lead major league starters if he had enough opponents’ plate appearances to qualify.

(That’s right, he’s not pitched enough to qualify for some categories, yet is tied for the league wins lead. Says plenty about his performance.)

Four-for-43, folks. That .093 is 32 points better than any qualifying NL starter.

I asked him this morning if that was a reflection of him learning to pitch better  in those situations as he’s gotten more experience, or just luck and small sample size, or some combination of the above.

Jurrjens whittled his majors-leading ERA to 1.51 and improved to 7-1 with Sunday's win.

Jurrjens whittled his majors-leading ERA to 1.51 and improved to 7-1 with Sunday's win.

“You’re always going to need luck,” he said. “It’s a little bit of both. I used to be a guy who, when I got in trouble I’d try to do too much and the ball would get flat. And when I got to the big leagues with Detroit, the pitching coach just told me when you get in those big innings try to minimize [damage] and sometimes just try to pitch for outs.

“Sometimes when you pitch for outs, you’re more relaxed and your pitches move more, and sometimes you get a swing-and-miss. Then you get a big out and you can bear down a little bit more….”

Has he learned to do it better?

“Yeah, it’s also knowing who’s coming up behind [a hitter], too. If you have a Joey Votto coming behind, then the guy in front of him you prefer to [make] beat you and you try to be aggressive with that guy and hope they hit a rocket to somebody. And that’s how I go about it, when I’m in certain situations, see who’s on deck and who I want to try to pitch to.”

He’s made nine starts, and in every one of them he’s pitched at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer.

♣ Good matchup today: For this Memorial Day game, we’ve got San Diego’s Aaron Harang (5-2, 3.96 ERA) facing Tim Hudson (4-4, 3.95), who missed his last start while recovering from back stiffness.

Hudson is 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his past five starts against the Padres.

Harang is 1-3 with a 4.72 ERA in eight career starts againt the Braves.

♣ Out of time. Let’s get this posted so you can read it before the first pitch. We’ll close with James McMurtry’s great tune about this holiday, which you can hear by clicking here.

Thank you to all the men and women who’ve served or are now serving in our military. We’re forever indepted. R.I.P. to my uncle Wayne, a Vietnam vet who paid a dear price.

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“MEMORIAL DAY” by James McMurtry

Mama keeps tryin’ to get the game on the radio

Daddy’s gotta know the score
There’s a big yellow thing on a flat bed trailer
Wonder what that thing’s for

We got towels rolled up in the back seat window
Keeping us out of the sun

Just a hundred more miles and we’ll be at grandma’s
Sure is gonna be fun
Maybe she’ll take us fishin’
Maybe she’ll bake us a pie/Remember like she did that one time
Back before grandpa died

It’s Memorial Day in America
Everybody’s on the road
Let’s remember our fallen heroes
Y’all be sure and drive slow

Ninety eight degrees in the shade of the tool shed
Can’t go back in the house
They’re all in the kitchen yellin’ ‘bout something
Don’t know what it’s about
Joey ‘n Mary said not to worry
Said it’s just the same old figh
tHappens whenever they all get together
Everything’s really alright

It’s Memorial Day in America
This is how it’s supposed to be
Let’s remember our fallen heroes in the land of the free

Daddy’s in the big chair sippin’ on a cold beer
Grandma’s cuttin’ a switch
She overheard Mary cussin’ her brother
Called him a son of a bitch
She got a good green limb off a sweet gum sapling
Man that’s bound to sting

But Mary don’t cry just stands there and takes it
Doesn’t seem to feel a thing
No Mary don’t cry, you know she’s a big girl
Wonder what made her so mad
She takes those licks looking in through the den door
Staring right straight at her dad

There’s a big yellow thing on a flat bed trailer
Daddy nearly hit that bird
They’re both in the front seat
Starin’ right straight ahead
Neither one saying a word
The sun’s going down in the rear view mirror
Gonna be driving all night
Wonder if the neighbor’s fed the canary
Wonder if the cat’s alright

1,132 comments Add your comment

Fols

May 30th, 2011
1:02 pm

BFChris26

May 30th, 2011
1:02 pm

1st, Hopefully, time warp doesn’t get me :lol:

Fols

May 30th, 2011
1:03 pm

Lets start the week off right and score more than 5 runs today? Make an afternoon sitting in the office a relaxing one please!

abwright

May 30th, 2011
1:03 pm

Strike one from Huddy … BALLGAME!

BFChris26

May 30th, 2011
1:05 pm

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

jeffrey d

May 30th, 2011
1:06 pm

I think you need to step away from the radio for a few minutes Fols.

jeffrey d

May 30th, 2011
1:06 pm

Thanks for the blog, DOB!

Awesome, we’re not wearing the milkman hats today.

Trey

May 30th, 2011
1:07 pm

You know someone has mental issues when they blog as 20 different posters just to make it seem that someone agrees with them.

richbrave

May 30th, 2011
1:07 pm

DOWN ON THE FARM

ROME

21 year’s old Saturday, AARON NORTHCRAFT [2-0 1.50 ERA, 0.94 WHIP] is kickin’ it so far this season in ROME. Yesterday, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. 2009’s 10th rounder struggled a bit on his promo to ROME last season. He appears quite comfortable now however. Four long-relief stints and a cumulative 1.38 ERA in 13 IP as a reliefer, has lead to his first start and a 1.80 ERA so far. Keep your eye on this kid. He may just have something going.

22 year-old soph [7th round] MATT SUSCHAK [H 1, 7.07 ERA, 2.00 WHIP] takes over NORTHCRAFT’s role with a shut-out inning of work and a base-on-balls.

Followed by 2009’s fifth rounder, reliefer TOM BERRYHILL [H 1, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP] who puts in his first two innings of work in ROME this season. Promo’d to MYRTLE last year, he struggled and is back in A-ball to find his bearings.

2010’s 28th round pick, KYLE MERTINS [SV 4, 2.40 ERA, 1.33 WHIP] closes out a spotless ninth with a SO. The 13th appearance for the soph BRAVE this season.

Let’s run the line-up from yesterday as I don’t get to ROME as much this year.

SS MATT LIPKA [.256 BA, ,307 OBP] 1-4, 1 2B [8], 1 RBI [13]. BRAVES 2010 Sandwich pick.

3B ED SALCEDO [.267 BA, .355 OBP] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB. FA signee BRAVES 2010.

RF DAVID ‘Jim’ ROHM [.250 BA, .294 OBP] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [26]. 9th round 2010 BRAVES.

C ‘Big’ JIM GATTIS [37 AB, .432 BA, .475 OBP, .811 SLG, 1.286 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [5], 1 HR [3], 2 RBI [8], 1 SO. 23rd round 2010 BRAVES.

1B JAKE DALFONSO [.311 BA, .361 OBP] 1-3. 18th round 2009 BRAVES.

LF ROB HEFFLINGER [.250 BA, .282 OBP] 0-4, 3 SO. 7th round 2009 BRAVES.

DH CHRIS GARCIA [.329 BA, .389 OBP] 0-4, 2 SO. ANGELS 15th rounder 2007.

2B ELMER REYES [.176 BA, .227 OBP] 1-2, 1 BB. FA signee 2010 BRAVES.

CF HILTON RICHARDSON [.235 BA, .330 OBP] 1-3, 1 R. Pioneer Independent league. Originally drafted by K.C.

jeffrey q

May 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

Good point, jeffrey d. I hated those all white hats.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

LTBF & Trey

You’re welcome! I do love the Military. :)

bravesgrl4life When Mac hit that second homer, I had just said, “come on, Mac, tie it up! and he did. That one was for me

Soo-WEET!! :D

BFChris26

May 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

Fols

May 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

Here we go! Hope we can use that energy from the Sunday nighter.

Trey

May 30th, 2011
1:09 pm

McFann, that’s a good thing! :)

BFChris26

May 30th, 2011
1:10 pm

That was not good :-(

geoffrey d

May 30th, 2011
1:10 pm

Me too jeffrey d and jeffrey q.

cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:10 pm

Huddy a little rusty out there…

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 30th, 2011
1:10 pm

This is REALLY getting redonculous!!! :x I hate stolen bases even more now that BMac’s so much better at throwing!!

Oh, nice, Timmy…

Trey

May 30th, 2011
1:10 pm

Jeffrey, not exactly what I meant, but good try.

Josh.0

May 30th, 2011
1:10 pm

Is Patterson that fast? Or are we just making him look good?

jeffreys d and q

May 30th, 2011
1:11 pm

veer

May 30th, 2011
1:12 pm

Conrad can’t field can he?

Fols

May 30th, 2011
1:12 pm

Great……now we need that dreaded 2nd run to win today. This blog is going to turn ugly! haha

Tomahawk Mafia

May 30th, 2011
1:12 pm

Any other secondbaseman in the league makes that play on Patterson leading off the game. That is the lack of range that Uggla has.

veer

May 30th, 2011
1:13 pm

We are down early 1-0. Things don’t look too promising on my hope of sweeping the lowely Padres.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 30th, 2011
1:13 pm

Trey

Yes it is! :D

JerseyGil

May 30th, 2011
1:13 pm

The Game is on MLB network in this area…

abwright

May 30th, 2011
1:13 pm

Braves must be feeling enormously generous after last night’s win. Here you go Padres, it’s a nice, gift-wrapped run.

Single through Uggla, stolen base where the pitcher never looked over, error to third, and run comes home on a ground out when Conrad and Freeman take their time getting the ball around the in-field.

Trey

May 30th, 2011
1:14 pm

Jeffrey, I was actually referring to the people who get called out just to make it look like they have defenders. That Yunel guy on the previous blog, who ended up using my moniker, and is now blogging as some racist on the old blog.

T for Texas

May 30th, 2011
1:14 pm

Great blog, David, thanks. Blessings to all the vets, and active service people.

cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

abwright-

They didn’t exactly “take their time” – The runner went as soon as the throw went to 1st base. He was already several steps down the line to begin with. Not sure what else they could have done to get the runner…

veer

May 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

Dan Ugly Should have made the play on the leadoff hitter. If Prado were at 2nd he would have made that play and thus would have saved us an early 1-0 defecit.

Tadow

May 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

Great read DOB, one of the best!

VaBravesFan

May 30th, 2011
1:16 pm

Cant let that run score there, Conrad should have looked a little longer there had plenty of time to throw the runner out.

jeffrey d

May 30th, 2011
1:16 pm

Yes, I understand that, Trey. And I was making a joke about it.

RHR

May 30th, 2011
1:16 pm

Great stuff on 2 of the most underrated players in all of MLB.

cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:16 pm

Well, too bad Marteen would not have been at 2nd if Uggla had the day off. It would have been Conrad.

Fols

May 30th, 2011
1:16 pm

Uggla is still a Marlin…he’s helping them out more than he’s helping us right now!

IHEARTCARROLL

May 30th, 2011
1:16 pm

It’s good that the Braves fall behind early. Our offense needs a lot of time to catch up.

Josh.0

May 30th, 2011
1:17 pm

What’s the the time warp on the comments? Is that new or has it always done that?

Trey

May 30th, 2011
1:17 pm

Jeffrey, I knew you were making a joke, but I wasn’t sure if you knew what I was actually referring to.

cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:18 pm

abwright-

I’m going to disagree about Connie and Freddie but agree about Huddy- he doesn’t throw that into center field and this conversation doesn’t happen ;)

VaBravesFan

May 30th, 2011
1:18 pm

Schafer’s plate approach is improved somuch compared to his 1st season in the bigs.

cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:18 pm

And of course that posted above the post I was responding too… :roll:

RHR

May 30th, 2011
1:19 pm

A 6′7″ 260 lb soft San Diego pitcher on a blistering hot and humid day in atlanta? I like our chances. Make him work, boys. How’s their pen?

Omg I hate u word press. Back to twitter.

jeffrey d

May 30th, 2011
1:19 pm

BFChris26

May 30th, 2011
1:19 pm

Schafer showing some patience :-)

reckingball

May 30th, 2011
1:19 pm

Shafer is looking good.

BFChris26

May 30th, 2011
1:20 pm

McCann!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VaBravesFan

May 30th, 2011
1:20 pm

Prado was pissed, i wish they should put the hit and run on sometimes with Prado at the plate, he’s our best contact guy for crying out loud.

abwright

May 30th, 2011
1:20 pm

cabravesfan … I think Conrad bobbled the transfer and was focused on getting the runner at first. Freeman seem to be very slow to the plate after catching the ball. It didn’t look like he was prepared to throw home.

Anyway, Hudson’s throwing error was the culprit in that run.

lfo brave

May 30th, 2011
1:20 pm

Schafer doing the job. He looks so much better than spring training. he looks confident

Bravefaninok

May 30th, 2011
1:21 pm

Big Mac Attack…..

David O'Brien

May 30th, 2011
1:21 pm

Schafer’s leadoff walk in this 1st inn. made him 4-for-9 with 4 walks when leading off innings.

cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:23 pm

And that did too… GRRRRR

abwright- I’m trying to respond…it’s there somewhere

Josh.0

May 30th, 2011
1:23 pm

And Prado hits another double play ball after Schafer gets on. This looks familiar…lucky the first baseman dropped it.

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cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:24 pm

MAAAAAC!!!

MARTEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 30th, 2011
1:24 pm

YEAH!!! RBI DOUBLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!! :D

LAG

May 30th, 2011
1:24 pm

Mac’s in a real nice zone right now.

VaBravesFan

May 30th, 2011
1:25 pm

this time warp crap is aggrivating lol

abwright

May 30th, 2011
1:25 pm

cabravesfan … your prescience still amazes me. How you can respond to comments before I make them!

I was also alleging in my comments on the Padres’ run, how many things had to go just right for the Padres even to get that one run. Now that McCann has tied it, I think it’s going to be a long day for the Friars.

Fols

May 30th, 2011
1:25 pm

I like the warp, it warped me into my first…first.

Bravo_fan 52

May 30th, 2011
1:25 pm

DOB FYI old blogg has some racist clap-trap on it Great coverage of our Bravos as usuall

David O'Brien

May 30th, 2011
1:27 pm

RHR, Tadow: Thanks. He’s an easy guy to write about, I tell ya.

lfo brave

May 30th, 2011
1:27 pm

They look like they are playing with more confidance than last week. Maybe the good wins sat and sun will get them on a streak.

Josh.0

May 30th, 2011
1:27 pm

@VaBravesFan

Yes…yes it is…

abwright

May 30th, 2011
1:27 pm

I’m trying to embrace the time warp, since it doesn’t seem likely that they will fix it. It’s like doing a puzzle.

cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:28 pm

abwright-

I keep telling y’all…it’s a gift :)

One of the few things the Padres do well is steal bases. They have no power and aren’t great at hitting, but when they get on, they can run. They certainly didn’t need any extra help from Huddy. But it is a moot point now :) I hope you’re right…

Hugo Z Hackenbush

May 30th, 2011
1:28 pm

And as I said on the previous blog, every day you leave Uggla in the fifth spot, you take a chance on him being a rally killer.

CaptainMudderland

May 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

That racist stuff there earlier obviously has no place here or anywhere–yet, I am not naive as to think some individuals wouldn’t deface this blog with that rubbish…all we can do is continue to rebuke it as most sane people do and, really, what worse ‘buzz kill’ exists….go away!

Tomahawk Mafia

May 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

I am glad they scored a run in the first inning, but they have to take advantage of a man at secondbase with only one out. This offense just has to break out and start performing consistently and executing fundamentally.

bgvt

May 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

RHR: While it would be good to get to their pen … it has a really good ERA.

Josh.0

May 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

Is there a pattern to the time warp? Sometimes it does it and sometimes it doesn’t…

JC from DR! (You gotta tip your cap to ____)

May 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

When will this guy get out of this funk?! You can tell from the way he’s been pressing that he really wants to be great for this team… but jesus christ!! make an adjustment Uggla!!

corkylovesbeer

May 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

I would like to thank the men and women of the armed services!

Does anyone know the contract situations of JJ and Prado…or when do they become available for FA

cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:30 pm

I wish I could remember the entire quote, but after the game last night when they were interviewing Marteen, they asked him why he didn’t complain (seriously) when he was moved to left field. His response?

“I love this game and I love this team…” There was a lot more, but that was the first thing he said. Pretty much sums him up. How can you not love this guy?

VaBravesFan

May 30th, 2011
1:31 pm

Uggla continues to struggle.. its so fustrating to watch.

abwright

May 30th, 2011
1:31 pm

Joe just put up a quote from AJC/DOB’s blog on Prado’s throw to the plate. I wonder if DOB’s quotage is starting to get used by more than just us denizens.

David O'Brien

May 30th, 2011
1:32 pm

Bravo_fan 52: Gonna need to give me a better idea of what to look for to delete the racist crap and ban the offenders, because we’ve got a game going and I don’t have time to go back and look through every comment to find it. Thanks.

My Cap Has Been Tipped.........

May 30th, 2011
1:33 pm

Uggla needs to go up to the plate with a boat orr and a time warp. That away he can know the upcoming pitch and have a big sweet spot to hit it. This guy looks like a girl trying to hit a soft ball.

cabravesfan

May 30th, 2011
1:33 pm

corkylovesbeer-

JJ and Marteen both have 2 years of Arb left, if I recall correctly

ArkBravesFan

May 30th, 2011
1:33 pm

Is there a pattern to the time warp?

TruthSeeker

May 30th, 2011
1:33 pm

It’s early, but I’m starting to warm up to Schafer. He looks like he has a good understanding of what a leadoff hitter is supposed to do. He’s having good at-bats and not swinging for the fences like he used to. Plus, he’s an amazing center fielder.

I remain skeptical but hope he can keep it up.

Corbin Clay

May 30th, 2011
1:34 pm

It’s more fraustrating to hear and read the steady drumbeat of how he will shake this. It will be June in 2 days. First we heard a couple of weeks.Then we heard May.Now we are hearing June. Don’t you realize how silly this has become. Nobody knows if or when he comes out of this.Quit reacting to every ground single through the left side as if that is the moment. i know there are a bunch of geeks out there and I have a question.In the last 50 years has any “GOOD” Major League player ever put on a prolonged exhibion like this?Now I know there must have been some bad players who pulled something like this.Of course they all would have been sent down or benched by now. I understand we are powerless to do that with a guy guaranteed over 50 million bucks.

abwright

May 30th, 2011
1:34 pm

Now that Huddy’s got the rust off, he’s starting to carve up the Padres.

Uggla looked lost in that last AB. Give Harang some credit.

RHR

May 30th, 2011
1:34 pm

I was afraid of that, bgvt. But even still, they’re not used to pitching in this kind of heat. Our boys definitely have the advantage there.

ChrisFromSacramento,Ca

May 30th, 2011
1:35 pm

Hudieeeeeeeeeeee!

Bravefaninok

May 30th, 2011
1:35 pm

Tim says nobody can make an error if I just strike em all out.

VaBravesFan

May 30th, 2011
1:36 pm

corky

I think both are under team control until 2013.

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
1:36 pm

Morse takes Halladay deep, Ramos with a single… Wash 1 Phils 0

Fols

May 30th, 2011
1:37 pm

DOB, what’s the probably pitching match-ups for the San Fran series in mid-August? Please factor in all potential injuries, AAA call-ups and trade scenerios. I need this to be bang on for my trip to Atlanta!

Thanks!

RHR

May 30th, 2011
1:38 pm

Marteeeen gets paid next year. He deserves, but won’t get, a contract near or equal to what Danny boy got. I hope the braves do him right.

RHR

May 30th, 2011
1:39 pm

Is someone seriously asking about probable pitching match ups in August? that was a joke, had to be.

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
1:39 pm

To beat the time warp, before you hit submit, cut your comments out, refresh the page, paste your comments and hit delete. The page refresh kind of “resets” the clock.

JerseyGil

May 30th, 2011
1:40 pm

Love Dick Enbert with the padres announc

Bravo_fan 52

May 30th, 2011
1:40 pm

Krusty the Klansman maybe last post before new bloggage uncalled for comments about Fredi sorry to trouble you GO BRAVOS

ArkBravesFan

May 30th, 2011
1:41 pm

A stolen base?!? And then wasted…

My Cap Has Been Tipped.........

May 30th, 2011
1:41 pm

Really Fols…………….. take the schedule and start putting the pitchers on five days then you will get a ballpark average of the three that you would expect to see, I am willing to be 1,000,000 that of the three you come up with one will pitch.

bravesgrl4life

May 30th, 2011
1:41 pm

Good at bat for Conrad. Stinks Alex got thrown at at 2nd.

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