4:31 pm August 12, 2011, by David O'Brien
August 13th, 20112:16 am
August 13th, 20112:22 am
Well,all have a good one,and be silent on the Braves, you know what streak?peace……..
August 13th, 20112:25 am
I think you finally napalmed the bridge, Zambrano:
“I don’t think the Braves did anything to deserve that,” said Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez. “They didn’t hit any of our guys. They put their heads down and ran. I don’t think they did anything wrong. There was no reason for him to throw at anybody.”
Your teammates aren’t even standing up for you anymore. Turn out the lights…the party’s over.
August 13th, 20112:33 am
I think he figured that out by emptying his locker and heading out. What a freaking head case lol. Rows have a great night I’m outta here!
August 13th, 20112:41 am
Take it easy guys. See you later this evening for another thrilling episode of Braves baseball.
August 13th, 20112:56 am
brewers 42-15 at home.
August 13th, 20113:01 am
Doc Holliday: Great stats on Chipper. There is gas left in the tank. It always amazes me the number of people that think we can pluck his kind of production (even now) out of thin air.
August 13th, 20113:05 am
Rookie Freddie Freeman hasn’t homered in 19 games, but has hit .365 with six doubles, six RBIs, seven walks, 19 strikeouts and a .422 OBP and .446 slugging in that span . –DOB
Haha. The ol’ reverse blog jinx at it again.
August 13th, 20113:06 am
He straight Proctored that ball. My goodness, what a shot!
August 13th, 20113:08 am
brewers 42-15 at home.
Braves 5-2 against Brewers including 2 one run losses in Brew Town. I like our chances
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August 13th, 20113:17 am
[...] the tribute to legendary Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox as they retired his number (covered here by AJC beat reporter David O’Brien). I was holding out hope that the Braves would hit a season [...]
August 13th, 20113:19 am
grienke is the tipping point though. check out his numbers in his last five starts.
whip is under one.
August 13th, 20113:23 am
Gotta agree uga, got him on my fantasy team and Greinke is killin’ it right now, couldn’t be happier, for the past couple weeks that is.
August 13th, 20113:27 am
jarryd, would rather play the d’backs or the giants.
August 13th, 20113:28 am
gonna get our chance here at home right?
August 13th, 20113:31 am
Agreed uga, brew crew have the talent. Would love for phils to knock them out.
And the more I look at 5 seasons and the prospect of moving back to ATL area, the more I get excited.. a little too tired of Statesboro.
August 13th, 20113:33 am
Can’t wait for those series, going to show some good (or bad) signs for what’s to come.
August 13th, 20113:34 am
RG.. think I can borrow one of those tomahawk heads?
August 13th, 20113:37 am
August 13th, 20115:16 am
Haha, Jarryd. Sure, I’ve got three.
August 13th, 20116:57 am
Ernie Johnson, Sr. ….. R.I.P.
August 13th, 20117:43 am
If I were Jim Hendry, I wouldn’t give Zambrano a chance to retire. I’d put him on waivers this morning and release him the second he cleared. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything as shameful on a baseball field as that display last night.
August 13th, 20118:10 am
DOWN ON THE FARM
AAA, AA, A+ 11:32 p.m.
R-BRAVES lose 3-4 to the TOURISTS.
‘Nuke’ PEREZ was in full sway last night starting a walk-a-thon with the first two batters on his way to another loss 3-4. The BRAVES even talked ‘Crash’ GARCIA, vet catcher, into returning to baseball to no avail up till now.
‘Wild-Thang’ PEREZ [4-8, 4.88 ERA] 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 6 BB, 4 SO.
TY STOVALL [4.53 ERA] 3.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 3 BB, 3 SO. Evidently, once the walks start in a game, they become catching.
DAVID ALVAREZ [4.03 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO.
2011 7th round CODY MARTIN [1.59 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO.
BRAVES are five-hit, but two are yard-shots, and another, a double.
1B ‘Crash’ GARCIA [.317 BA] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR , 1 RBI , 1 SO. “If this guy starts me off with a breaking ball, I’m taking him down—town!” ‘Crash’ Davis.
Rookie 2B TOMMY LaSTELLA [.261 BA] 2-3, 1 R.
Soph LF ROB HEFFLINGER [.264 BA] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR , 2 RBI , 1 SO.
‘09 eighth round CF KYLE ROSE [.206 BA] 1-3, 1 2B .
August 13th, 20118:13 am
Wow the phils actually lose while we win, sweeeeeet
@DOB: Joe & Chip asked Bobby in the broadcast booth during last night’s game whether it will be a softball or a baseball game. Bobby said “they” (not him) keep going back & forth on that one, and last heard it would be a baseball game. He’s hoping that they don’t change their minds again, and prefers that it be a baseball game, not softball.
Last night was an incredible game. And, the whole drama with Zambrano. I was totally for the Braves coming out of the dugout — peacefully & quietly — in solidarity for Chipper. I mean, we just got Chipper off the DL, and he’s the captain of the team. Z, as frustrated as he was with his season, had no business throwing at Chipper, which became obvious after the second wild, inside throw (vs. pitch). And then to clean out his locker after being ejected and telling teammates that he’s retiring? Incredible. What a night! Must be attributed to the full moon or something. The game became a backdrop, though, around the 7th/8th innings when Joe & Chip announced the Professor (Ernie Sr)’s passing. Bittersweet night, to say the least.
August 13th, 20118:30 am
Just a note that my grandson has been ranked third in VIRGINIA and 149th in the country as a 2013 prospect – I guess by PERFECT GAME. I haven’t been able to find that info on line. May be a subscriber thing.
August 13th, 20118:34 am
Enjoyed Sota’s reaction when Freeman launched his bomb. Didn’t even get up from his crouch and kept his glove up as if hoping the ball would still reach his mitt. Good stuff.
August 13th, 20118:36 am
70-49. 6 game lead in the WC. 43 games left.
NJ Braves Fan
Hey Dave what is the word on John Smoltz 29 being retired?
August 13th, 20118:41 am
50,000 plus to see Bobby’s # retired, nice.
If this team if fortunate enough to make it to the NLCS playing the Phillies, there is no doubt every game is sold out. Braves make it out of the first round, this city is going to change a lot of perceptions around the country about not being a great baseball town.
August 13th, 20118:47 am
If I were Jim Hendry, I wouldn’t give Zambrano a chance to retire. I’d put him on waivers this morning and release him the second he cleared.
I certainly appreciate that sentiment, but Zambrano retiring would save the Cubbies about $20 million. If “Z” is really gonna walk away, the Cubs front office guys are probably toasting their good fortune this morning.
August 13th, 20118:49 am
RIP Ernie. Class act. Your voice is forever ingrained into my thoughts.
McFann O O It won't be long, now!!!
Doc H. it is horrible, he has been in the majors for 6 seasons and still has not learned to block a pitch in the dirt
Still sticking with the same story…That, my friend, is just not true.
August 13th, 20118:50 am
Bobby Cox. The best manager ever. Class act and I miss him being in the dugout. I was supposed to be at the dang game last night, but couldn’t get out of work. Bummer. I don’t have many regrets, but I really wish I could have been there last night.
And congrats to Uggs. From all accounts, it seems it couldn’t be happening to a better guy. Love it.
August 13th, 20118:54 am
First of all, RIP Ernie Sr. My favorite announcer by far.
What a game last night! Wow!
Also, congrats to my gritty Warner Robins LL club on their amazing comeback win vs. Fla. On to Williamsport……again!!
August 13th, 20118:55 am
Who were the players pointing to, both Uggs and Chipper, while rounding the bases after their homers…about half way down the 3rd base line?
August 13th, 20118:56 am
Trey something about Opie and being a sore winner, or something like that and something about Mayberry.
Ah! That makes sense…great episode, too…
August 13th, 20118:57 am
Maybe they were pointing at Bobby…?
August 13th, 20119:02 am
McFann…I thought so too, but when I just watched the replay; Bobby was in the booth with Joe and Skip during Uggs’ first HR.
August 13th, 20119:03 am
I know this was covered last night but I just have to say this. Zambrano is an absolute @$$ and needs to go find something else to do. He is an embarrassment to the game.
August 13th, 20119:04 am
August 13th, 20119:08 am
Uggla needs to go down to Gwinnett and find his swing! No one could ever see this happening but obviously he would pick it up. Lots of off the wall posts here the last couple of months but those bailing and calling for demotion of Uggla have to rank at the top of the list. Ridiculous, the guy has produced for 5 yrs and it never was going to happen.
August 13th, 20119:11 am
RIP Ernie Johnson, Sr.
Several years ago after TW bought AOL, they instituted the AOL Question of the game where you’d email the announcers and they’d answer your question o the air if chosen.
The weekend Joe Simpson took off for his Daughter’s graduation, Ernie filled in for Joe. Skip mentioned that maybe it would be nice for someone from Ernie’s home (Vermont) to submit a question – which I did, headed “From Randolph, VT”. Somehow I knew they’d use my question, so I set up the VCR. They did choose my question (about the difference in the uses of relief pitchers from Ernie’s playing time until then).
I just had it transferred to DVD – a nice momento – Skip introducing the question with Ernie answering it. Priceless.
August 13th, 20119:28 am
Oh, yeah…that’s a good point, uh…perhaps they both had family at the game!
August 13th, 20119:33 am
Jay Hey will be in the line up tonight.. Prado will be out because he was injured wink, wink. in last nights collision with the wall. Freddi just being cautious with him.
August 13th, 20119:35 am
Do you think Heyward could or should work with David Justice on his swing and mechanics? It couldn’t hurt to have some tips from one of our WS heroes
Well if he is in the lineup, a couple of hits would be nice.
August 13th, 20119:39 am
If it is a muscle memory thing which some have alluded to, it may take J-Hey much longer to get back to his old form. If it is a “head” thing that could take as long or longer. Lets hope it is just mechanics and someone pin points the problem and he does well. We really could use him at his best.
August 13th, 20119:40 am
LETS GO BRAVES!!! All I gotta say!!!
August 13th, 20119:48 am
21 games over 500. 25 games over is in sight
August 13th, 20119:51 am
Do you think FW is still looking for that RH power bat to compliment Hinkse?
August 13th, 20119:53 am
Awesome game last night. I keep thinking, it’s deep in the streak now, hits are going to be hard to come by. It seems Uggla doesn’t feel that way. The guy has hit 6 home runs in his last 10 games.
August 13th, 20119:54 am
I would give Prado a rest. Monday and Tuesday the Braves face Bumgarner and Sanchez. Jason won’t be in the lineup either of those nights. Hopefully Fredi plays him the next two days.
“Jay Hey will be in the line up tonight…”
August 13th, 20119:55 am
Good stuff, Lew.
August 13th, 20119:56 am
Also, Efrim, yesterday I meant to list Hampton’s contract, no Hamilton.
August 13th, 20119:58 am
Lew, hope there is no hard feelings from yesterday. You are one of my favorite regs here.
August 13th, 20119:59 am
Richie, I sure do.
August 13th, 201110:00 am
Nah, Lew doesn’t hold grudges.
August 13th, 201110:01 am
TenneseePaul, ah, yes. I was a little confused yesterday….
Okay, I’m out for the weekend. Go Braves!
August 13th, 201110:09 am
Efrim – No hard feelings at all. I actually gave a lot of thought last night to what you said. I just hope you realize that when its appropriate, I DO cite stats to make my argument, but when arguing against a philosophy – which I feel is much of what I do argue with Shaun – that stats really have no way of proving anything – much to Shaun’s chagrin. I mean, what stats do you cite to argue that WAR, VORP or BABIP are not necessary or integral to any understanding of the game?
But if I ever have a question about the minor leagues, I’ll continue to pose it to you and richbrave and if I ever have questions regarding the Draft, you da man.
August 13th, 201110:10 am
Is it possible for a guy to hit .170 in the first half and still win the MVP (tongue-in-cheek, of course)?
August 13th, 201110:15 am
TommyT- If Uggla were to continue this hot streak thee rest of the season, the Phillies collapse and the Braves win the Division, yeah, I’d say there was a chance. Might not be much of one, but he’d likely get a couple of votes.
August 13th, 201110:18 am
Thoughts on Zambrano?
August 13th, 201110:21 am
Wow, sounds like a big shakeup in the SEC. Rumored to be Texas A&M, Clemson, Fla.St., and Missouri joining. Money do talk. Why would the SEC want Missouri?
August 13th, 201110:22 am
trey I don’t think the Braves should drill someone for Carlos Zambrano. No one should be hit because Zambrano wanted to be a little pansy.
i agree. the cubs players have been punished enough for having zambrano on the team. what he did last night was almost a slap in the face to all of them as much as it was for us.
just saying So there was a 6 on every base tonight? Hmmmm… 666.
you think bobby is the antichrist?
August 13th, 201110:24 am
Uggla surpasses Rico Carty for the longest hitting streak for an Atlanta Brave. Carty was a trip, as I recall from my long lost childhood. Very talented guy who ended up on the DL for an extended stay due to contracting TB, I think.
Does Uggla catch Tommy Holmes (37 game-streak for the old Boston Braves)?
Tommy T- Zambrano is, was, and has long been a major head case and they should have dealt with his antics a long time ago. I heard several of the Braves post game analysts talking last night – they feel the Cubs should just release him and eat the last year of his contract ($18 mil) and let him ride into the sunset.
Can’t say I disagree with that assessment, but could see the Cubs at least wanting to get a win or two for all those bucks next year.
At the very least, I think maybe mandatory anger management courses and a month long suspension are in order. Maybe he’ll just forgo the money and retire as he threatened. Works for me. He just needs to go before he seriously hurts someone – maybe a teammate.
August 13th, 201110:26 am
I think it’s a regional thing, nice rival for Arkansas and Kentucky. Mizzou brings a positive to the basketball side of the conference, too.
“Just a note that my grandson has been ranked third in VIRGINIA and 149th in the country as a 2013 prospect – I guess by PERFECT GAME. I haven’t been able to find that info on line. May be a subscriber thing.” – richbrave
Impressive. Congrats to your grandson!
August 13th, 201110:28 am
Tommy T, makes sense. Almighty dollar speaks again.
richbrave – I received the “portrait” photo of your grandson. Just waiting on the rest whenever they get here.
August 13th, 201110:29 am
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a situation where an entire team was going to leave one guy out there to get his a** kicked. I didn’t see the Cubs bench clear, just the Braves. The Giants even backed Bonds and Kent and they were two of the biggest a-holes to ever play the game.
Love this picture…Chipper has such a beautiful swing from the left side…
August 13th, 201110:30 am
y’all the experience at the game last night was awesome. it was similar to opening days, and playoff games i have been to in the past. folks were really excited about uggla’s streak…it would be really great for the city if dan can keep it up throughout most of this homestand.
weird thing, when we were leaving, a golf cart drove by right in front of us (we had to didge it) with geovan soto and a woman riding in the back. they were just sitting there, looking pissed, and being driven through a crowd of thousands of people. it seemed weird. later when i heard to zambrano news, i thought maybe Z was soto’s ride for the night!
Brian from SC
August 13th, 201110:31 am
I don’t think anyone would be sad to see Zambrano retire, including the Cubs. I think they’d have a celebration if he actually followed through.
August 13th, 201110:33 am
TommyT- Not many players I’ve ever seen that think fistfights in the dugout with your teammates make for good team relations or PR like Zambrano has done. He’s been a complete douche for years. His own team likely reliazes it more than the opponents.
Brian from SC:
Zambrano seems to be such a self-absorbed jack a** that I can’t see him walking on that much cash.
August 13th, 201110:36 am
Did Chipper really think Z wasn’t throwing at him, or was he just taking the high ground? He’s usually pretty honest, but it surprises me that he didn’t think it was intentional.
The Braves are now 21 games over .500. We need to stop and appreciate what the Bravos have done despite injuries and prolonged slumps.
Yeah, the Phillies are playing stupendous ball, but the Braves are playing superior ball through a lot more adversity than the Phillies. I think the Braves are the cream of the MLB along with the Yanks, Boston, and Philly.
August 13th, 201110:39 am
I think the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies are clearly the three best teams in baseball. But the Braves are just as clearly the fourth best team. The other team I see on a similar level to Atlanta is Texas. The Tigers, Angels, Rays, Brewers, Cardinals, D-Backs, and Giants are on the third tier.
August 13th, 201110:40 am
J-Hey and Freeman were leading the charge out of the Braves’ dugout. I think J-Hey could do some damage.
August 13th, 201110:42 am
As hot as the Phillies have been, the Braves still only lost one more than they have the past ten games and have a six game Wild Card lead. It ain’t over yet, but I like the way it’s looking. Braves’ offense is looking very good and Mac will be back soon.
August 13th, 201110:43 am
If Vizcaino can continue to improve and pitch like he did last night and Moylan comes back somewhat effective, our pen will be in pretty good shape. Linebrink wasn’t pitching bad either. Man, Viz gets it up there at 97 with ease.
August 13th, 201110:44 am
It was a long journey, but Dan Uggla now officially has a season OPS above league average (102 OPS+). Incredible recovery.
August 13th, 201110:45 am
Jason – Yeah, I didn’t think Freeman came out to hug Zambrano.
August 13th, 201110:46 am
Uggla is also now 4th in the NL in homers and just 2 homers off the NL lead. Only Pujols, Berkman, and Fielder have hit more.
August 13th, 201110:47 am
Yeah, they’re gonna habe a hell of a pen for the playoffs. Kimbrel/Venters/EOF/Moylan/Linebrink/Sherrill/Vizcaino means a lead after six and it’s over.
August 13th, 201110:48 am
Also, good to see Delgado stepping up his game since being promoted to AAA. 2-0 without an earned run and 15 Ks in 13 innings. I like it.
Tom Glavine: “You never asked Bobby what your role on the team was.”
Cox told reliever Rick Luecken, when the pitcher confronted Cox on his role, “You know what that [bullpen] phone rings and I tell you to warm up? That’s your role.”
This is how it’s done. All this BS about pitchers pitching better when assigned to roles…Cox did it the right way. I hope all of you who comment about roles when I post about the refusal to use closers in the 9th or later in tied road games. Bobby Cox realized that players aren’t so mentally weak that they need to have assigned roles. I hope all of you paid attention to that.
August 13th, 201110:49 am
JasonInFL If Vizcaino can continue to improve and pitch like he did last night
vizcaino looked so much more comfortable on the mound last night. i think he will get better and better. he just needed to ease into it so he can relax and do his thing.
I think J-Hey would cuff Zambrano around…temper or no temper!
It’s easy to see why Frank Wren was so high on Vizcaino as the major piece of the Vazquez trade. The Kid looks impressive as all hell.
August 13th, 201110:50 am
DAP, completely agree!
Not sure if this was posted yet …
Video: Soldier surprises wife after she delivers first pitch at Mississippi Braves Game
Way to start the day by being a d-bag.
August 13th, 201110:51 am
Lew, for sure. As he gets more comfortable, I think he is going to be our RH 7th inning guy to be honest. Viz and O’Ventbrel is going to be sweet!!
August 13th, 201110:52 am
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