10:10 pm December 19, 2011, by David O'Brien
December 21st, 201112:09 pm
Juan – Nice pick up on the schedule. That IS an easy April – which is good cause we’ve struggled in April in recent years.
December 21st, 201112:13 pm
I was trying to remember how long I’ve known about this blog. To help me recall is my signed “Dale Murphy” from Lew that I received in the spring of ‘06. So that puts me here in early ‘06.
Wow, has it been almost 6 years!!!
Efrim, TennPaul is referring to the exodus of many blog regulars over a spat in ‘07. You were here. We lost some good ones that year.
December 21st, 201112:14 pm
Hillbilly, I read your post about the squirrel. Great post, by the way. Glad you were able to capture and release the little bugger without either of you getting hurt. Well done.
Lee in S GA
December 21st, 201112:15 pm
If memory serves me correctly more regular 2006 bloggers like Efrim…these have mostly vanished from this site.
Journalist Jimmy Smith
Bob the Journalist
Even Shaun and Braveheart are seldom here from anymore.
December 21st, 201112:16 pm
Thanks Brava. It was fun.
Thanks Mr. Lew…
December 21st, 201112:17 pm
Catch and release of a squirrel by Hillbilly? What’s this world coming to when a self professed Hillbilly doesn’t make a stew out of that bugger?
December 21st, 201112:18 pm
Voice of Reason
December 21st, 201112:20 pm
Well if we’re not in on Beltran…. I say we call it quits for the off-season and hope Pastornicky is an impact bat.
December 21st, 201112:21 pm
Hillbilly,what was the cause of the spat if I may ask?
December 21st, 201112:22 pm
Hey…don’t forgot JersyGil in that oldtimer list.
There is no way the Braves offered Jurrjens and Prado for Adam Jones. No way. They aren’t that stupid. I wouldn’t even offer one of them for him…no way both.
Hillbilly, I now remember the mass exodus. Just can’t remember what it was about – which could be a good thing.
You missed the story. It was in the house (no shotguns) and it was a flying squirrel…not a gray squirrel. I’m country, not cajun. We don’t eat gar, possums, nutria rats, and stuff like that north of I-20.
I forgot to think about Bourn being here the whole year. It makes me realize again–this whole team hasn’t played together for a year yet. It could be a really, really great year (I know, lump of coalers, I know, but I’m going think positive).
I am just fine with the outfield of Bourn, Prado and Heyward with Diaz or somebody like him to spell against lefties some and pinch hit. The one real missing piece to me is shortstop. Gonzalez took a lot of hits on here, but he won’t be as easy to replace as we think. His hitting drove me crazy sometimes, but he was always out there and his fielding was really great.
December 21st, 201112:23 pm
I got here some time in ‘06. Started posting regularly in ‘07. I rememer when it was “Lew from Vt”. Now it’s just plain ‘ol “Lew”.
Train Wreck Bystander
December 21st, 201112:25 pm
The Braves are in the news today for non-baseball reasons:
The Braves have a problem with the name of Pixar’s latest film: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/The-Atlanta-Braves-have-a-problem-with-the-name-?urn=mlb-wp28853
there seems to be a bit of a clamor about gio gonzalez. do people see him as an ace? he sure does have some control problems. his K/SO ratio isnt much better than…jurrjens. and gio is pitching in even more of a pitchers park than turner field. is he more like a #3 guy in y’alls opinion?
December 21st, 201112:27 pm
CB, I’d rather not get into it because some of them still read, and I don’t even remember the details. It involved alot of hurt feelings and pride on both sides of the disagreement.
Oh My, I better not forget to mention Gil in Mechanicsville as a missing blogger…I’m in trouble now.
December 21st, 201112:28 pm
My grandma Chasteen used to talk about her daddy shooting squirrels for a stew. She liked squirrel meat. And she was from the upstate SC. Never tried it myself.
Would a flying squirrel be kin to the sugar glider? My middle son used to want one of those for a pet.
I think Gio and JJ are both 3 starters…with Gio the edge in stuff, JJ in command. Gio with higher ceiling.
December 21st, 201112:29 pm
Hillbilly – ain’t nothing wrong with fried gar balls or BBQ possum or nutria.
Frigging high browed yankees
DAP, I think he’s being overhyped, for sure. Best of the market though, now that Latos is gone – who I didn’t even know was available.
December 21st, 201112:30 pm
but flying squirrel has very little meat for the work getting off the bone so I won’t fault you there
Hillbilly, gotcha. I understand your reasons.
Mock the Cajuns if you must, Hillbilly. But remember: Cajun cuisine is a multi-billion dollar industry, and that’s people outside of Louisiana buying it. So, who’s dumber- the people putting squirrels in stew, or the people paying to eat it?
We don’t eat gar, possums, nutria rats, and stuff like that north of I-20. _ Hillbilly
I kept coming across nutria in James Lee Burke’s novels so I had to look them up. I though it might be cajun for otter, I guess not. Nor are they indigenous to Louisiana from what I gather.
December 21st, 201112:31 pm
@GaryinHam — I agree about AGon driving everyone crazy. It’s as if he at times no concept of the strike zone. I don’t know if it was him or if he was just falling in line with all of the other hitters over-aggressive approaches. But, when balls are flying past Pastornicky (or whomever mans SS), I think people (including myself) will be wishing AGon was back.
Hillbilly, I am now starting to remember. However, were Braveheart and Shaun also apart of it? I do remember the names you mentioned. That was very early for me though.
December 21st, 201112:32 pm
DS1 – I think a sugar glider is in the possum family but I’m not positive on that.
December 21st, 201112:34 pm
I’m learning a lot more about rodents than I really wanted to………….
December 21st, 201112:35 pm
I got a package from Lew in 2008 so I think I’ve been on here since 2007…. But, I can’t remember why some of those people left?? I haven’t been posting as much this offseason because of the massive amount of complaining that goes on. It’s been like suicide central around here with the negativity!!
“I think people (including myself) will be wishing AGon was back.”
There is very little that could make anyone want him back. The guy was very good defensively last year, terrible the first year with us, and was one of the worst hitters in the NL over his stay here.
If a rookie can come in and play decent defense, and put up a .270 on base percentage, while stealing some bases, I don’t think we will even remember A-Gon.
December 21st, 201112:36 pm
I was raised in Southern Louisiana, lived there for about 25 years. When it comes to the cuisine, the best advice I can give is, “Don’t ask too many questions.”
December 21st, 201112:37 pm
I, for one, will miss AGon’s defense. And he was not terrible in 2010, but he did have a bad 3-4 day stretch not long after he arrived.
December 21st, 201112:38 pm
I’ve been on this blog since the winter of 2006.
Chris Woodward! Now, I know why you have more time to post.
December 21st, 201112:40 pm
The reason I would like JD Drew is because he best asset is OBP. The guy has great plate disipline. Been injured the past few seasons, but in a platoon/4th OF role he should stay healthy. I know he is left handed, but at this point cant really afford to let that get in the way of bringing in a solid player.
Same here. Born and raised there, lived there for 30 years before moving away. I, too, went with the motto of: If it taste good, then put another bite in your mouth and don’t think about where it might have come from! I never got too much into the gumbos though. My thing was always the jambalaya. Love that stuff. Still do.
December 21st, 201112:41 pm
DS1 – if a sugar glider is a possum then its a masupial not a rodent but lets not get too technical
December 21st, 201112:42 pm
The Brewers have signed Cesar Izturis to a minor league contract, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports
Darn, another great player Wren missed out on.
Ef, Hillbilly, That crew was on here since the beginning. Way, way back, long before the schism. I don’t recall the first year this was open to all, free of pay, I think 2004. But they were on with Lew and others when it was a pay site. I joined right when it became free as I’m a cheap sonuvabitch.
ain’t nothing wrong with fried gar balls or BBQ possum or nutria.
Frigging high browed yankees
I made that post on a purpose…to get you wound up.
Truth is I have friends in Gheens and I absolutely love when they come north or the rare opportunity that I get to go visit them. Eat like a champ and like tony austin said, don’t ask. Good times down there.
December 21st, 201112:43 pm
its funny you don’t see many native LA bloggers on here that are still living in the state.
Those of us who learned to read and use computers got the #ell out of town…
“And he was not terrible in 2010, but he did have a bad 3-4 day stretch not long after he arrived.”
Umm, his error total in 2010 was pretty ridiculous. 8 errors in 72 games, 12 in 149 games in 2011.
Yeh, he looked pretty bad in 2010.
Watching him play defense was pretty entertaining in 2011, but I don’t know that I’d say I will miss it, because with that defense came plate discipline that Matt Diaz and Jeff Francoeur would even roll their eyes at.
December 21st, 201112:44 pm
Well, for a minor league deal he could have been a decent option for our backup Shortstop considering he’s good in the field. Wren is confusing… we dont have much money but yet are letting alot of options come off the board for low salaries you think we could afford. There has to be a trade brewing that brings in a Shortstop
December 21st, 201112:46 pm
VaBravesFan – Don’t forget Ozzie Smith, Omar Vizquel, and Edgar Renteria are still on the board.
TennPaul, One thing I remember is when I first joined, you were going toe-to-toe with Payne. And to this day, that’s never changed.
Efrim, Shaun wasn’t part of that, but Braveheart might have been involved. Can’t exactly remember.
December 21st, 201112:47 pm
DS1 I, for one, will miss AGon’s defense. And he was not terrible in 2010
he wasnt? what do you call .240/.291/.386? maybe you were just talking defense…
I’m surprised more cajun’s haven’t taught more squirrels how to row a small boat to produce electricity, so they can surf the net.
I know I’ve said this prolly 30 times but Wilson Betemit makes a ton of sense. Switch Hitter, can play 1B/2B/3B/LF/RF. Good pinch hitter, gives Fredi options on how to handle things when Chipper isnt playing.
December 21st, 201112:48 pm
I learned to eat Crawfish at some restaurant in New Orleans when I use to visit my aunt and uncle in the summers. They served it in a 5 gallon bucket and it was spicy as hell… Loved IT!! Wish I could find a place like that in North GA.
One thing I remember is when I first joined, you were going toe-to-toe with Payne. And to this day, that’s never changed.
Ha! That was back when Payne was a young, hard-headed single man.
December 21st, 201112:49 pm
Hillbilly – don’t bother me atall.
Whats funny is outside the st8 I hear people use I-20 as the dividing line but when I lived there I think we used I-10. Alexandria is more like rural arkansas than south louisiana (not that there is anything wrong with either).
Hell I couldn’t even claim to be cajun b/c I was 2nd generation in Baton Rouge, but by God my cousins sure were.
VABravesFan, I agree. Seems Wren already has his targets. Too many affordable players that could fill the Braves’ needs are being signed by other teams.
December 21st, 201112:50 pm
TenneseePaul, wow, I didn’t even know it was a pay site prior to 2004. That’s way back, then. Part of me(a small part) is kinda happy I didn’t find this place for the four straight Game 5 losses. That was some rough times…..however it would of been nice to share the misery with others instead of just getting laughed at by my friends(Met, Yankee, and Red Sox fans).
December 21st, 201112:51 pm
I beg to differ. Alex made 3-4 errors over a 2-3 game period shortly after coming over. Then he played good D from that time on back in 2010. And when does errors completely define a SS’s defensive play?
December 21st, 201112:53 pm
Braves announced Lee Elia shifts to special asst. in player development, after serving last season as special asst. to GM.
Also, as I mentioned during the Winter Meetings, the Braves hired ex-Mets and ex-Marlins strength coach Rick Slate as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. They made that official today. Slate started out as a minor league strength coordinator with the Marlins was Florida’s strength coach for nine seasons, back when I was covering them and Fredi Gonzalez was a minor league manager and then third-base coach for the big-league Marlins. Slate knows his stuff, despite being dropped by the Mets after the 2010 season.
I wish Braveheart would post more. That dude has some serious knowledge. Much like TenneseePaul, actually. Shaun is good too. I enjoy him, just wish he wouldn’t be, well, Shaun Payne.
The rest of them I remember, but tough to remember their specific personas. I do remember JJS commenting and speaking in the third person….I think. Also remember “the scribe abides” sign offs. Early morning posts, I believe. Grinch I remember as well, and KC too, who wasn;t mentioned and was probably the biggest homer I had ever seen.
December 21st, 201112:54 pm
Wren has to be up to something. There is a good amount of players who fit the bill of what were looking for in the free agent pool. But there coming off the board fast. A good amount will settle for Minor League deals, which would be a no-risk move for the Braves. The others wont command multi year deals except a select few. Some will be looking at a deal with incentives. If Wren wanted one of them he would have signed them by now is the way I see it. Confusing.
So now I guess he is an old, hard-headed single man?
Yeah, it’s sad to see all the talented young people leave Louisiana. Such a great state with unmatched culture and people. That state’s economy and politics are just too crappy to make a good living, though. No other state has a more definitive line between the haves and have-nots. But Baton Rouge will always be my home- I’m just 4 1/2 hours away and I visit several times a year. Can’t take the bayou outta this Cajun boy! We just call them canals where I live now…;)
December 21st, 201112:55 pm
“And when does errors completely define a SS’s defensive play?”
Well what metric would you like to use? The guy was a much better defensive player after he had been with the Braves a longer time. I will agree with you on that. But yes, he was awful early on as a Brave and got much better defensively.
Either way, it doesn’t really matter because it’s tough to miss someone’s defense when his offense was top 5 worst hitters in the NL.
December 21st, 201112:56 pm
I was super young in 2007. Like, really young – straight outta college young. And now my friggin wedding is in May.
By the way, is it sad that I made sure I’d be back from my honeymoon in time for the Rule IV draft on Monday, June 4th?
December 21st, 201112:57 pm
TnBrian – I don’t recall ever posting under Lew from VT – always been just Lew.
This will be my eighth season in DOB Land – started about halfway into the 05 season and I think DOB’s Wuritzer (teh first one – The Johnny Cash drawing) was early in 06..
As to those mentioned – wasn’t VOR posting here the other day? I know he does occasionally.
Journalist Bob’s wife of many years passed away and don’t now what’s happened with him since then.
Jimmy Smith is still around in various incarnations – though rarelt here.
Carolina Lady is still around, I imagine, though our differing political views kind of tanked the friendship.
Still in contact with ChrisKlob, FlaBravesGirl, Jersey Gil, KC, SCribe and Grinch and I talk at least several times a week, including for a while last night – and have attended Spring Trainuing together a couple of times.
December 21st, 201112:58 pm
And the big news in today’s announcement: Ty Cobb is back as trainer of Braves high-A Lynchburg team.
No, wait. That’s Ty Cobbs. Nevermind.
(This is good for recycled jokes once a year when minor league staffs are announced.)
December 21st, 201112:59 pm
Ptretty sure that scoots and Ten Paul were here when I arrived.
December 21st, 20111:00 pm
DAP, while they aren’t the same, I was just looking up Lincecum’s past two years and he’s been walking people at kinda an alarming rate. 86 walks in 217 innings, and that’s in a big park in the National League. Gio isn’t near Lincecum, who is an ace, but I think Gio would be a top of the rotation type in the National League.
Texas and Toronto shouldn’t be interested as much as they are/were. Hitters parks(recently for Toronto) and he walks the tightrope with all of those walks.
December 21st, 20111:04 pm
I’d be after Garza if I were Anthonopolous. Boston would make some sense for Gio because of his left handedness, I guess. Detroit would be foolish to trade Jacob Turner for Gio, imo.
December 21st, 20111:07 pm
Team that makes the most sense for Jair is in our division: the Nationals. It won’t happen, but it keeps him in the NL and Washington shouldn’t be paying big in prospects (for what Beane wants) for pitching.
December 21st, 20111:09 pm
LG – very few people I went to LSU with stayed there just wasn’t any work that paid at all. I was offered an accounting job that paid 25% less than what I accepted and had less opportunity for growth.
I think last time I was there was 2002 and I took my oldest to watch LSU play North Texas I believe. I miss the culture as well but basically all of my family has moved away and my other 1/2’s family lives in Kentucky so I just don’t have the time to visit. I sometimes regret not maintaining something there so I could let my kids see the culture, just not enough to actually do something about it.
Trying to trade for Gonzalez is the Nationals’ top priority, says MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. According to Ladson, Brad Peacock and Derek Norris are two of the players the Athletics are looking at in a possible four-for-one deal. Nothing is imminent yet, as the Blue Jays and Red Sox are also “heavily in the mix.”
A.J. Cole needs to be in that deal, imo. Peacock can end up as a reliever and there are questions about Norris glove and bat wise.
It’s hard to blame FW after getting jerked around so much 3 winters ago. But the longer we go without pulling the trigger on a big deal, the better off we might end up being in the long run.
I’m thinking no trade might be the best trade of all. Short of picking up a Ross type OF’er and a utility infielder.
December 21st, 20111:10 pm
Glove and “hit” tool wise, I should say.
December 21st, 20111:14 pm
Sad? No. I told my woman that I would marry her, but only during the off-season. She said October is good, and I said there is no way I will spend the rest of my life having to choose between you and the playoffs, cause you just won’t win. We settled on an early winter date. It’s yet another reason I hate expanding play-offs. They keep creeping ever so close to my wedding anniversary.
December 21st, 20111:21 pm
TennesseePaul: And as only die hard baseball fans could attest..you are only kind of joking.
December 21st, 20111:22 pm
Lew – you have any idea if you will be able to make ST this year?
December 21st, 20111:23 pm
Baseball America Top 10 Tampa Bay Rays prospects:
1. Matt Moore, lhp
2. Hak-Ju Lee, ss
3. Chris Archer, rhp
4. Taylor Guerrieri, rhp
5. Alex Colome, rhp
6. Alex Torres, lhp
7. Tim Beckham, ss
8. Enny Romero, lhp
9. Drew Vettleson, of
10. Mikie Mahtook, of
December 21st, 20111:24 pm
They keep creeping ever so close to my wedding anniversary.
December 21st, 20111:31 pm
JonHeymanCBS Jon Heyman
#nats said to be pushing for gio. have good prospects to trade: peacock, norris, hood, perez, cole, etc.
I guess Peacock, Cole, Norris, and Hood would be a fair haul for Beane.
December 21st, 20111:32 pm
I wasn’t looking to leave LA, it’s just that I met a woman…well we all know how that goes. Almost 18 years and two kids later I can say that it turned out pretty good.
I’ve been on the blog for several years, don’t really post all that much. Plus a year or two or so ago I changed my moniker.
December 21st, 20111:34 pm
Gazuntheit to you. …
December 21st, 20111:35 pm
Changing monikers should not be allowed!!
December 21st, 20111:40 pm
10. Mikie Mahtook, of
Watched that kid play at LSU…absolutely born to be a baseball player! Probably will never hit more than 15-20 homers a year, but will get 15-20 stolen bases and could hit .275 – .300. But what makes you love him is his hustle. Dude goes all out every play – even on a ground out. Runs like something big and bad is chasin’ him on every play. Kinda like a Pete Rose-type guy. Man, I would LOVE to see him in Braves uniform. But that’s just crazy talk, I know. Bigger fish to fry right now, the Braves do have.
Bay Area Steve
“is it sad that I made sure I’d be back from my honeymoon in time for the Rule IV draft on Monday, June 4th?”
I wouldn’t tell people this. But, that’s me. Certainly you didn’t tell her, right?
Brian, you realize you post nearly as much as he does, right? And, of the two of you, who do you feel offers more original ideas, new information, respectful debate?
December 21st, 20111:42 pm
Nobody really asked me, but I’d have to say that my blogging contributions are probably among the 3-4 best of all time!
December 21st, 20111:43 pm
Tony Austin, your woman led you to LA, mine forced me to Philadelphia. Needles to say my results were different,
December 21st, 20111:44 pm
That is not pretty good
December 21st, 20111:45 pm
DS1, id say youre a Hall Of Fame blogger…there arent alot of Utah bloggers in the Hall, so thats the key for you.
Diggger, The Undertaker
“MONDAY, 7:22pm: The Nationals are pushing hard for Gio Gonzalez, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.”
And as the other teams in the division continue to make moves to improve themselves, Braves management and their fans continue to “whistle past the graveyard” and pretend they have enough to make the playoffs.
The Braves are a third or 4th place team in the NL East as they are currently constructed.
December 21st, 20111:46 pm
Well, I’ll give you a break because it was back in 2007, when technology wasn’t as advanced. Since I just got married this past year, I was able to follow the draft on my cell phone from the beach in Mexico
“I’m thinking no trade might be the best trade of all. Short of picking up a Ross type OF’er and a utility infielder.”
Agreed. At this point, there isn’t anyone worth trading for and certainly not if we have to trade Jair or Martin to get someone of much lesser value.
As for the SS and outfielder, those guys are sure to be found in free agency, like a Cody Ross.
December 21st, 20111:47 pm
Did you know that Utah has the second highest wild horse population of all the states?
And that Oregon produces the most blackberries of any other state in the union.
December 21st, 20111:48 pm
The rest of them I remember, but tough to remember their specific personas.
Southern Jackass was the most interesting to me. Actually though most would not admit it everyone seemed intimidated by this poster. He could send a tongue-lashing like none I have ever seen on here. Also suspect most did not want him here in the 1st place.
“And that Oregon produces the most blackberries of any other state in the union.”
What about in the confederacy!?
December 21st, 20111:49 pm
I am kind of surprised that the Orioles did not take Jurrjens, Prado and a prospect for Jones if that report is true. That would have been a blockbuster.
December 21st, 20111:51 pm
Frank has always seemed to pull a rabbit out of the hat in deals. Most trades that we were not expecting. He could do something similar this winter.
But the longer we go without making a deal, the more likely we won’t make a large deal. And no matter what some say or think, that might be the best deal of all.
So let’s just keep whistling past the graveyard………
Hey DOB, could a team like the Rangers make a bid, with no intention of actually signing Darvish, in order to block other teams? I mean it would’ve cost less to just keep Wilson…
Hope Nats don’t get this young lefty. Just what the Braves need with all our LHH and just our history against LHP in general.
December 21st, 20111:53 pm
I kinda liked ole Jackass. He was definitely what you might call “colorful”.
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