On the new uni(?), attendance, and top 20 movies

Been a slow winter for Braves news, but we’ve had enough lately  to bang out another blog with something about the new Braves alternative uniform, along with a few left-over notes about a few of the recent arb-eligible signings (Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado, Michael Bourn) and a belated best-of-2011 top 20 movie list.

But first up, the food-and-drink discount and whether it might help improve attendance.

In the wake of today’s announcement that the Braves are slashing concession prices (except for booze) by one-third for all those who buy season-ticket plans of at least 20 games, I thought this would be a good time to re-run a recent mini-history that I did about Braves attendance as it related to payroll, which many of you probably missed as it ran in the form of a reply in the comments section of a recent blog.

It’s no secret that Braves attendance has declined significantly in the past decade, with total home attendance in 2009 and 2011 representing two of the three lowest figures for the Braves since 1992.

Attendance has been down in recent years at Turner Field, and one way the Braves hope to reverse the trend is by rewarding season-ticket holders with a just-announced 33-percent discount on food and drinks (other than booze).

Attendance has been down in recent years at Turner Field, and one way the Braves hope to reverse the trend is by rewarding season-ticket holders with a just-announced 33-percent discount on food and drinks (other than booze).

The Braves ranked 15th in the majors in 2011 with average home attendance of 30,037. They sold 2,372,940 tickets, their lowest total since selling about 2.32 million in 2004.

That’s off by about one-third since the first four seasons at Turner Field (1997-2000), when the Braves drew well over 3.2 million every year including 3.46 million in ’97.

Which leads us to this chicken-or-egg suggestion from one of our blog regulars.

For folks complaining about payroll, it seems that the Braves got their run going in ‘91 with a very cheap team, picked up some payroll to finally win the WS, and then declined back to mid market figures. abwright

To which I replied:

I can only assume you weren’t following the Braves in the ’90s. Beginning in ‘93 and for the next decade, the Braves consistently ranked among the top five major league payrolls and were often in the top three. In ‘94 they had the highest payroll in the majors, about $49 million (the Yankees were second at $46 mill).

Atlanta had a payroll of $84 million in 2000, only about $5 mill below last year’s (and probably this year’s) payroll. The Yankees ($93 mill) and Dodgers ($88 mill) were the only teams with higher payrolls in 2000. The Braves slipped to seventh in payroll by 2002 at approx $93 mill, still higher than their payroll would be nearly a decade later.

The Braves jumped back up to third place in payroll in 2003 at $106 million, trailing only the New York teams, the Yankees ($153 mill) and Mets ($117 mill). Atlanta’s 2.4 million home attendance that year was about 1 million below the Yankees’ attendance, even as the Braves were winning the 12th of their 14 consecutive division titles.

Those with ticket plans that cover 20 games or more can get a 33-percent discount at concessions stands beginning with the 2012 season. The Braves are trying to find new ways to boost attendance.

Those with ticket plans that cover 20 games or more can get a 33-percent discount at concessions stands beginning with the 2012 season. The Braves are trying to find new ways to boost attendance.

It was the next year, 2004, when the Braves began to slash payroll, cutting more than $15 million in one year. Ted Turner, their former sugar daddy of an owner – boy, did anyone even realize how good the Braves had it at the time? — was out of the picture and the Braves under Time Warner ownership went a different direction, looking to remain competitive but also make a profit, or certainly at least break even.

Attendance had slipped to 2.4 mill in ‘03, which ranked 12th in the majors at a time when the Braves were still winning division titles every year and playing in a nice ballpark that was only seven years old. The Braves had the third-highest payroll in baseball ($103 mill) and a perennial division-title winner, yet ranked 12th in attendance.

The payroll dropped to $90 million in ‘04 and $86 mill in ‘05, and has hovered around that area ever since — about 40 percent of what the Yankees have been spending annually for the past eight years. The Yankees have had payrolls of around $200 million going back to 2004. Liberty Media has owned the Braves since 2007, and Braves CEO Terry McGuirk says they leave it up to him to run the business and set a payroll.

The Braves choose not to disclose their payroll is and speak only in broad terms of the direction it’s headed. But since contract figures always get leaked, it’s not too difficult to for any of us to come up with fairly close estimates. But not exact (more in a moment).

Team official said they expected payroll to be the same or slightly higher in ‘12 than it was in ’11. But what exactly was it in ‘11? Depending upon accounting methods and when the figure was calculated — Opening Day? End of season? Overall expenditures? — the Braves payroll in ‘11 was anywhere from the $87 mill that Baseball-Reference.com lists to the approx $89 mill that others have calculated. Some had it at as high as $91 mill.

Baseball-Reference.com ranked the Braves 15th in payroll and 14th in home attendance at 2.37 million. Six teams had payrolls in excess of $125 million in 2011, and five of those six teams drew more than 3 million in home attendance.

In the Braves’ first four seasons at Turner Field 1997-2000, they ranked in the top 20 percent in baseball in both attendance and payroll. But that balance shifted in 2001, when attendance began to slide. It took a few more years before team officials and/or ownership clearly — at least it seems to me — made a decision to get that balance back by reducing payroll commensurate with the decline in attendance.

♣ Jurrjens, Prado, Bourn: When the team avoided arb hearings by signing these three and Eric O’Flaherty to one-year deals, they re-signed the two Braves (Jurrjens, Prado) most often mentioned in trade rumors this winter, along with the player (Bourn) who can become a free agent 10 months from now — and will, if he follows the usual path taken by clients of his agent, Scott Boras.

If the Braves and Boras are going to talk long-term extension, it almost certainly wasn’t going to happen until after Boras got the Prince Fielder contract done. Once the Fielder deal is done, maybe he and the Braves will have Bourn contract discussions. Maybe.

A few statistical notes. We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Given how little and ineffectively Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson pitched after the All-Star break last year, it really does seem almost remarkable that it took a September collapse including season-finale loss to keep the Braves from the postseason.

I mean, those were clearly the team’s best two pitchers before the break, Jurrjens mentioned along with Roy Halladay as the two clearly deserving candidates for the All-Star start (Halladay got it, to no one’s surprise) and Hanson viewed as the most glaring omission from the NL All-Star team in the eyes of most observers.

Check out this stat: Through July 9, Jurrjens and Hanson were a combined 22-7 with a 2.14 ERA in 33 starts. After July 9, they combined for a 2-6 record and 6.75 ERA in 12 starts.

Hanson's shoulder and Jurrjens' knee deprived the Braves' of two of their best three starting pitchers for most of the second half of the season.

Hanson's shoulder and Jurrjens' knee deprived the Braves of two of their best three starting pitchers for most of the second half of the season.

The two of them allowed 51 earned runs in 68 combined innings after July 9, after allowing the exact same (51) in 214 innings through July 9. Think about that. It was bad timing for a bullpen with key members already overworked from so many extra-inning and other close games in the first half (and frankly, several not-quite-so-close games early on that Fredi Gonzalez was just determined to win and used his best relievers.)

Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell decided to use the bullpen’s vaunted O’Ventbrel trio more sparingly in the second half, often giving O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters or Craig Kimbrel a night off or using them only in tied games or when the Braves had a lead.

Combine that prudent second-half bullpen strategy with the unfortunate timing of the Jurrjens and Hanson health woes, and sprinkle in a liberal amount of hitting slumps, and you have the perfect storm that had a whole lot to do with the Braves’ woeful 10-20 slide from 8-1/2-game wild card lead to no playoff berth.

The latest update on both pitchers from GM Frank Wren: Hanson’s problematic shoulder feels good and he should have no restrictions from Day 1 of spring training, and Jurrjens’s right knee is considered good to go by the Braves after have a strong outing against minor leaguers in Florida the day after the season ended, which was to have been his final test before making a start in the division series.

Jurrjens will likely start the season wearing a protective brace on his knee that he was fitted for late last season, a brace that looks like a cross between something a basketball player or lineman would wear. It’s bigger than what most hoops players wear these days, but not as bulky as what linemen wear.

As for Prado, many of you and and most of us (media) who’ve seen him for the past few years with the Braves were convinced the staph infection and subsequent surgery was a major factor in his diminished production in 2011. Even though his pre-staph performance wasn’t up to his usual standards, after more than five weeks on the DL (including 2-3 weeks of bed rest), was just a shadow of himself.

Prado hit .277 with eight homers, a .324 OBP and .438 slugging percentage (.762 OPS) and 25 extra-base hits in 61 games before going on the DL in early June, and hit .244 with a .283 OBP, .339 slugging (.622 OPS) with 16 extra-base hits in 68 games after he returned.

He homered and drove in two runs his first game back from the DL on July 15, but then hit just 2 homers with a .244 average in 238 at-bats (55 games) from July 16 to Sept. 14.

Martin Prado missed five weeks of the 2012 season because of a staph infection that required surgery.

Martin Prado missed five weeks of the 2011 season because of a staph infection that required surgery.

Compare his stats to previous years: While used mostly as a utility player from 2007 through ‘09, he hit .309 with a .363 OBP and 76 extra-base hits (59 doubles) in 737 at-bats, with only 94 strikeouts and an .804 OPS.

As an All-Star second baseman in 2010, he hit .307 with a .350 OBP and 58 extra-base hits (40 doubles) in 599 at-bats, with 86 strikeouts and an .809 OPS.

Last year was his first subpar one — he hit just .260 with a .303 OBP, 39 points below his career average, and a .687 OPS after three straight seasons of .809 or higher. While he still had only 52 strikeouts in 551 AB, Prado drew just 19 walks in 409 at-bats vs. RHPs, posting a meager .296 OBP against them ( .318 vs. lefties).

Curiously, he hit 38 points higher with a 40-point OBP increase from the leadoff spot (.283/.327) compared to the 2-hole (.241/.287), and Prado seemed out of sorts batting second behind Bourn after the July 31 trade for the speedy leadoff man and NL stolen base leader for three years running.

Speaking of Bourn, he wasn’t at all immune to the September woes that affected almost the entire lineup. Bourn hit just .254 with a .295 OBP in 30 games after Aug. 25, with no homers and seven RBIs in 130 at-bats. He did steal 14 of 16 attempts in that span, but the Braves lost 20 of 30 games.

It’ll never happen, but stats suggest it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to try Prado in the leadoff spot and Bourn in the 2-hole, particularly if Prado seems as uncomfortable hitting behind Bourn as he did late last season.

In Bourn’s career he has .303 average and .372 OBP in 218 at-bats in the 2-hole, and a .270 average and .336 OBP in 1,962 at-bats in leadoff spot. Bourn went 8-for-20 (.400) with six steals (in six attempts) and a .478 OBP in the 2-hole in 2011.

Meanwhile, Prado has a career .297 average, .339 OBP and .462 slugging percentage in 582 at-bats from the leadoff spot, compared to a .285/.331/.412 line in 845 at-bats batting second.

Like I said, it probably won’t happen, but stats say it might not be such a bad idea to try Prado in the leadoff spot and Bourn batting second.

♣ The new uniform: By now you’ve probably seen a leaked photo of what we believe to be the Braves’ new alternate home uniform by now. There’s a photo of a front view of the jersey posted here beside this blog, with the new crème-colored alternate uniform jerseybravescompare-450x306 alongside the regular home uniform to give you an idea of the differences.

You can also click this link to see the front and back views of the jersey.

The Braves have neither confirmed nor denied there will be a new uniform, but I have it on pretty good authority that it is indeed the alternate jersey, which will be worn with matching creme-colored pants and won’t replace the red home jerseys or the regular home uniform. Think of these as the home version of the blue road jerseys, only they’ll be a full uniform and not just different jersey. And I’m not sure if they’ll be worn on specific days.

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It looks like a near direct replica of the jersey that the Braves wore in their first two seasons in Atlanta (1966-67), only without the screaming chief logo on the sleeve (a bow to political correctness, I’m sure) and with player names on back. The biggest difference from the current uniform is no tomahawk on the front; the tomahawk is incorporated into the patch that you can see on the left sleeve.

Not sure when the Braves will unveil it; like I said, they haven’t even announced they will have a new uniform much less when it might be unveiled. I’d imagine it’ll be before the season begins.

So what do you think? Vote on the (possible) new uniform in the poll we’ve posted alongside this blog.

♣Top 20 movies: Yeah, I’m late with my list. But at least I’m posting it before the Oscar nominees are announced tomorrow Tuesday morning. Reason for my delay is, I wanted to see several movies released in recent weeks. Saw all the ones on my list, obviously, but didn’t see a couple of others that probably would have made it from all I’ve heard, including the documentary Senna, about legendary Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. Here’s my list, including a few films that were box-office hits and a lot that weren’t.

Nearly made the list: Our Idiot Brother, Hanna, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Among the movies I haven’t seen yet (can’t consider them if I haven’t seen them): Hugo, Margin Call, A Separation, Win Win, The Trip, A Dangerous Method, The Help, Warrior and Senna.

My Top 20 movies of 2011

  1. Take Shelter
  2. Drive
  3. Moneyball

    Ryan Gosling starred in three of my favorite movies of 2011, including Drive.

    Ryan Gosling starred in three of my favorite movies of 2011, including Drive.

  4. The Artist
  5. Shame
  6. 50/50
  7. Bridesmaids
  8. Beginners
  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  10. Ides of March
  11. The Descendants
  12. Tree of Life
  13. Midnight in Paris
  14. Crazy, Stupid, Love
  15. Martha Marcy May Marlene
  16. The Guard
  17. Lincoln Lawyer
  18. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  19. Horrible Bosses
  20. Young Adult

♣ Let’s close this blog with a brilliant track from Doves from their album The Last Broadcast. You can (and should; it’s great) hear the tune by clicking here. As as aside, how can Coldplay be so big in the U.S. and this band not be even bigger? Maybe they’re too good, or because they don’t wear cute, matching pastel-accented faux-military outfits in concert.

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“THERE GOES THE FEAR” by Doves

Out of here
We’re out of here
Out of heartache
Along with fear
There goes the fear again
There goes the fear

And cars speed fast
Out of here
And life goes past
Again so near
There goes the fear again
There goes the fear

Close your brown eyes
And lay down next to me
Close your eyes, lay down
‘Cos there goes the fear
Let it go

You turn around and life’s passed you by
You look to those you love
To ask them why ?
You look to those you love
To justify
You turned around and life’s
Passed you by
Passed you by, again

And late last night
Makes up her mind
Another fight
Left behind
There goes the fear again, let it go
There goes the fear

Close your brown eyes
And lay down next to me
Close your eyes, lay down
‘Cos there goes the fear
Let it go

You turn around and life’s passed you by
You look to ones you love
To ask them why ?
You look to those you love
To justify
You turned around and life’s
Passed you by
Passed you by, again

Think of me when you’re coming down
But don’t look back when leaving town
Think of me when he’s calling out
But don’t look back when leaving town
Think of me when you close your eyes
But don’t look back when you break all ties
Think of me when you’re coming down
But don’t look back when leaving town today

There goes the fear again, let it go
There goes the fear, let it go

Think of me when you close your eyes
But don’t look back when you break all ties
Think of me when you’re coming down
But don’t look back when leaving town today

– by David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

4,463 comments Add your comment

BFChris27

January 23rd, 2012
11:08 pm

BFChris27

January 23rd, 2012
11:08 pm

Thanks for new blog DOB!!!!

BraveDan

January 23rd, 2012
11:09 pm

Earliest ever for me on a new blog, SWEET

cousin vicker

January 23rd, 2012
11:12 pm

no true grit? or was that 2010?

Bat Masterson

January 23rd, 2012
11:14 pm

Okay I have not been paying close attention to all this, but let me see if I have the basics.

Cody Ross signed with Boston for 3 million dollars, is that right?

And you think he would have played for Atlanta for 2.5 million because he likes Fredi?

$500,000.00 less ……………. I don’t know the guy but I would bet he loves his kids a hell of a lot more than he likes Fredi.

Peter

January 23rd, 2012
11:14 pm

Love the new uni’s, only suggestion would be to take the name off the back to make it even more old school.

David O'Brien

January 23rd, 2012
11:16 pm

Cousin Vicker: True Grit came out in December 2010.

cabravesfan

January 23rd, 2012
11:16 pm

Bat-

Deal is not officially done yet, from what I can tell, but it sounds like $3 million plus incentives for games played. So it could be for significantly more than that…can’t blame the guy for taking the better offer.

Joey Paden

January 23rd, 2012
11:25 pm

I think the Braves could have signed Ross for about the same price.One year for 3 mil. They should have signed him. Wren and Liberty Cheapia are the reason why.

ColoradoBravesFan

January 23rd, 2012
11:25 pm

It’s time for baseball… Spring Traning soon and new Blog to pass the time.

Thanks DOB

cabravesfan

January 23rd, 2012
11:27 pm

Ross chose to sign elsewhere. There is nobody else that is the reason why he didn’t sign with the Braves.

Joey Paden

January 23rd, 2012
11:27 pm

Liberty Cheapia doesn’t care whether the Braves win or not!

Steve

January 23rd, 2012
11:28 pm

No new help coming for the Braves. Lol

Jeff R

January 23rd, 2012
11:28 pm

Shoulda left the tomahawk on the front of the Braves’ jersey. I like the crème color, though. The Indians have very retro-looking uniforms, which are nice.

the truth...

January 23rd, 2012
11:28 pm

The jersey is good but would be better with the tomahawk,…..

Bat Masterson

January 23rd, 2012
11:29 pm

Good read, DOB. Thanks

Joey Paden

January 23rd, 2012
11:29 pm

You never see any of Liberty Cheapia at the games!

Chop Chop

January 23rd, 2012
11:31 pm

Fredi will have his charges fired up and ready to go. Hope springs eternal. All is well.

Joey Paden

January 23rd, 2012
11:31 pm

Guess that comment I saw might come true. Braves fans will come to the games camoflauged as empty seats.

Nick Nunziata

January 23rd, 2012
11:31 pm

Good stuff, Dave. You’d fit in perfectly at CHUD.com with your taste in movies.

Trent08

January 23rd, 2012
11:33 pm

No Warrior? Excellent movie and very under rated.

waterstim

January 23rd, 2012
11:33 pm

DOB, Moneyball? Moneyball? Seriously? I thought it was terrible. Worst baseball movie ever.

The A Bomb - OUTCHOKED ® TWICE!

January 23rd, 2012
11:35 pm

Not sure why the black tomahawk (1948) isn’t being used….much nicer. Maybe these would have been good for 2016 — 50th anniversary.

Maybe if the Braves sell enough of them we can afford a power hitter.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

January 23rd, 2012
11:36 pm

Liberty Media and McGuirk can shoe it up their rich asses!

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

January 23rd, 2012
11:41 pm

I can see why uga-brave gets so revved up just thinking of LM and McGuirk.

nolie

January 23rd, 2012
11:43 pm

it’s kinda embarrassing to realize that some of these folks is fellow Braves fans……

Braves One

January 23rd, 2012
11:46 pm

Concerning payroll vs attendance…

From “Field of Dreams”..”If you build it they will come”.

From Liberty Media..”If they don’t come we’re not going to build it”.

Venice Jim

January 23rd, 2012
11:46 pm

P'cola Brave

January 23rd, 2012
11:47 pm

Juan Pierre still contributes at major league level. Would be interesting pick up.

Lee in S GA

January 23rd, 2012
11:47 pm

DOB …u need to make ur mind up or u a sports reporter, a music or movie critic…the world wants to know

cabravesfan

January 23rd, 2012
11:50 pm

Juan Pierre does hit a lot of singles…

richbrave

January 23rd, 2012
11:50 pm

WINTER BALL

AUSTRALIA

Playoffs commence 1/27 and it looks like MATT KENNELLY will be the last BRAVE standing playing in winter ball this year.

All teams in the DOMINICAN and VENEZUELAN finals do not regularly play current BRAVES.

bravesgirlnc

January 23rd, 2012
11:52 pm

Funny how that string of division winning seasons ended right as our payroll went south…

Venice Jim

January 23rd, 2012
11:52 pm

Why Wren hasn’t made some less-than-rewarding trade to satisfy the Do something or I’ll jump off the roof crowd continues to puzzle me…

Welp

January 23rd, 2012
11:54 pm

Attendance bumped up when the Heyward buzz arrived.

Conclusion: Bring in bigger names and you’ll see greater numbers.

Braves fans aren’t stupid, we’ve seen great regular seasons before. And when they flame out, we’ve seen minor changes that don’t amount to anything.

Venice Jim

January 23rd, 2012
11:56 pm

Poor Rory McIlroy…

nolie

January 24th, 2012
12:00 am

never been a Pierre fan, I’ll pass

Scottbravesfan

January 24th, 2012
12:00 am

Waterstim,
You have crap for taste. And reading these comments you start to realize just how stupid our fan base is.

Also I can’t believe the braves only drew 2.3 million in 2004 that team was good. Chipper and Sheffield in the middle of the order. Good god is Atlanta a horrible sports town.

Patio Daddio

January 24th, 2012
12:01 am

If Juan Pierre played RF some team would need to supply him with that Hot Dog Launcher so he wouldnt need 6 cut off men to help get the ball back to the infield

Scottbravesfan

January 24th, 2012
12:02 am

Welp,

The braves did spend money like bringing in Sheffield and the attendance got worse. Atlanta blows just a horrible city.

David O'Brien

January 24th, 2012
12:02 am

DOB …u need to make ur mind up or u a sports reporter, a music or movie critic…the world wants to know — Lee in S GA

No, I don’t. And no, I don’t think the world wants to know.

P'cola Brave

January 24th, 2012
12:03 am

Forgot about Ankiel. Probably best option available for us right now. Good defensive OF. Strong arm. Wouldn’t mind having him back.

Venice Jim

January 24th, 2012
12:06 am

Atlanta blows just a horrible city.

Just curious as to where you live, and what has driven you to support a team from such a den of iniquity…

ATL Fan

January 24th, 2012
12:07 am

Wow, there were 20 movies in 2011?!?

Venice Jim

January 24th, 2012
12:08 am

Or, perhaps, you’re referring to traffic…

ATL Fan

January 24th, 2012
12:12 am

Drive…Don’t know about the movie but, who’s gunna drive you home tonight…Love that song.

Venice Jim

January 24th, 2012
12:13 am

Paulina in the video – so horribly depressing…

Venice Jim

January 24th, 2012
12:19 am

Phenomenal tennis match – Clijsters over Wozniacki…

Venice Jim

January 24th, 2012
12:21 am

Looking like we’ve run through the random new blog commenters for now – more will undoubtedly surface in the morning…

Venice Jim

January 24th, 2012
12:22 am

As despicable people such as myself wait for Braveone to see how much cab beat me by on the last blog…

cabravesfan

January 24th, 2012
12:22 am

It will be a lot

Bay Area Steve

January 24th, 2012
12:38 am

“Phenomenal tennis match”

I musta been watchin’ somethin’ different. I thought my girl got handled…

DS1

January 24th, 2012
12:39 am

I just went down a list of the movies in 2011 and came up with my top 8……… er my only 8 movies. I also saw a few others from earlier years on long flights.

I only saw 1 movie on DOB’s list; Moneyball. But also liked the Harry Potter movie, Sherlock Holmes and War Horse.

Also saw The Green Hornet (was on a flight), The Adjustment Bureau, Battle:LA, and The Muppets.

Bay Area Steve

January 24th, 2012
12:40 am

You see much of Azarenka? Got to be the favorite, no?

cabravesfan

January 24th, 2012
12:41 am

DS1-

The Adjustment Bureau annoyed the crap out of me- could have been so much better…just didn’t seem to go anywhere. (The Green Hornet was terrible. Loved Harry Potter) (Only spent money on Harry. Others I watched On Demand or on movie channels)

Bay Area Steve

January 24th, 2012
12:41 am

“Also saw The Green Hornet”

Don’t admit that. Ever.

DS1

January 24th, 2012
12:41 am

If I’m Cody Ross, I’m guessing I’d get more AB’s in Boston’s outfield than in Atlanta’s.

DS1

January 24th, 2012
12:43 am

BAS

I was on a long flight from Detroit to Paris. I don’t sleep well on airplanes, so I was a captive audience.

But it was about as bad a movie as I have seen since Xanadu!

Bay Area Steve

January 24th, 2012
12:47 am

Headed to Paris, watching “Green Hornet”

There ought to be some sort of life-force that disallows such a thing. In-flight system breakdown, at minimum, is what I’m sayin’…

(I really should shut up; I’ve never seen the movie. Most of my opinion is based on Seth Rogen cast as a superhero; decided I’d abstain.)

cousin vicker

January 24th, 2012
12:50 am

ok I figured. one of the best remakes I have seen.

cabravesfan

January 24th, 2012
12:52 am

BAS-

I caught most of the Azarenka match. She’s playing very well- that semi should be a good one. Would love to see her or Kvitova win it all

JoeBrave

January 24th, 2012
12:53 am

????? HMMPH! same old drivel……

cabravesfan

January 24th, 2012
12:54 am

I’m off to bed. Good night all!

TennBravesFan

January 24th, 2012
12:55 am

I think Ankiel would be a decent choice for the fifth bench spot, but one name that nobody (but me) has mentioned for the last spot on the bench is Kosuke F. (blog filter wont let me type his last name). He plays all 3 outfield spots, hits in the .260 range against both righties and lefties, and he gets on base at a solid .350 to .360 clip. Thats solid for a back-up, no power but I want somebody who can get on the bases.

JoeBrave

January 24th, 2012
12:55 am

I’ll check back in Feb. maybe then clarity will be clearer…..lmao!

JoeBrave

January 24th, 2012
12:56 am

Seriously??? down to wanting Rick Ankew back??? hell to the NOOOO!

JoeBrave

January 24th, 2012
12:57 am

What are you guys trying to do drive Brian Jordan up the damn wall?

ATLDale

January 24th, 2012
1:01 am

Ghost Protocal was a great film as well. Kingdom of Rust by Doves is an exceptional album.

DS1

January 24th, 2012
1:01 am

Joe

Nobody is trying to do anything. We’re mainly just passing the time when things are a bit slow. No biggie.

I’m just watching Triple D and surfing the web in Portland.

When it’s sleepy time out west (northwest)…………

Bay Area Steve

January 24th, 2012
1:02 am

F’dome probably costs at least $300. Too much… TnPaul?

DS1

January 24th, 2012
1:05 am

These guys on Triple D are a hoot. Nicky and Mikey are New Yorkers that started out as stock brokers until one day Nicky says to Mikey, “Hey Mikey, you wanna open a restaurant wid me?” Mikey says, “Why not!”

You got one, two tree eggs …………

Venice Jim

January 24th, 2012
1:05 am

I have grown used to the fact that the lights of LA make it virtually impossible to see the sky – very exciting tonight to have seen Orion’s belt for the first time since I left Atlanta…

JoeBrave

January 24th, 2012
1:05 am

Classy new Alternates tho!

DS1

January 24th, 2012
1:12 am

Jim

What makes tonight different?

And F’dome gets on base at a decent clip, but not much power. And could play CF in a pinch.

JoeBrave

January 24th, 2012
1:13 am

I see the Mets are trying to shed some taint…thought Reyes was already gone?

Venice Jim

January 24th, 2012
1:15 am

Wayne – the rain seems to have really cleared things out, combined with relatively low temps for here…

DS1

January 24th, 2012
1:20 am

There are a few areas I cover that have some incredible sky views when it’s clear. Especially incredible when it’s a full moon.

The best is on Togwotee Pass on Hwy 26 just east of The Tetons in Wyoming. Was on the pass 2-3 years back on a new moon night when it was totally dark on top. Incredible!

http://www.jacksonholenet.com/webcams/togwotee_pass.php

Davis

January 24th, 2012
1:21 am

I always wondered if players use their down time on the road to hit the movies during the daytime. I know I would and sounds like you have too some DOB. Enjoyed the picks. I still don’t know how to describe Shame, but i liked it. I think the only one I would add would be Hugo to that list. Great story and a little history on cinema. Martha Marcy & Lincoln Lawyer were underrated. Excellent soundtrack too on the latter. The French actress in The Artist is worth the price of admission alone. Wow. Enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Tinker Tailor- no clue. I was lost about 15 minutes in…..I gave it a shot though.

nolie

January 24th, 2012
1:21 am

the Kosuke who made 14 mil last season?

DS1

January 24th, 2012
1:23 am

The Kosuke who will probably retire or get a minimum contract this year. (or at least it would seem) Career .775 OPS guy against righties.

How ya doing nolie?

TennBravesFan

January 24th, 2012
1:28 am

For no more than 2 million, I would sign F’dome. In 2225 career at-bats he gets on base a .361 clip. This team struggled bad getting on base last year and you cant score if you are not on base. Plus in 2009 and 2010 he got base at .375 and .371 clips. Thats very respectable.

go-BRAVOS

January 24th, 2012
1:34 am

I like the alternate jerseys. Wish they would get rid of those horrendous red jerseys, those are the worst jerseys the Braves have ever had.

David O'Brien

January 24th, 2012
1:55 am

Davis, players don’t really have time to go to movies during daytime before night games, as most get to the ballpark between 1-2 p.m., sometimes earlier. But a lot of them do go to movies on off days, especially on the road when they’re usually staying in hotels that are near theatres.

Agree with your opinions on Martha, etc., and Lincoln Lawyer being underrated, and The Artist — I felt same way you did, going in couldn’t imagine I’d be so entertained, but I was. That French actress is incredible, so charismatic and full of energy. The lead actor was also great.

ray k.

January 24th, 2012
2:01 am

The Lincoln Lawyer? No. Very disappointing movie. How many endings did it have, 4?
I agree with your other picks. I finally saw Ides of March last night and enjoyed it immensely.

ray k.

January 24th, 2012
2:09 am

I also thought Mel Gibson’s performance in The Beaver was exceptional, but, due to his numerous indiscretions, will garner nary a whisper.

Bravo Nam

January 24th, 2012
2:17 am

Great to have you back DOB. Many of those movies you’ve cited in your Top 20 haven’t made it out here yet, so have made a note to keep an eye out for them. 2011 wasn’t a particularly great year for movies.

NO MORE WREN

January 24th, 2012
2:25 am

Please tell me the new jersey replaces that horrible red Sunday jersey. Hate that thing!

NO MORE WREN

January 24th, 2012
2:29 am

Martin Prado missed five weeks of the 2012 season because of a staph infection that required surgery. – DOB (Under Prado picture)

Really? 2012? The DOB curse starts before the season even begins.

Kyle

January 24th, 2012
2:40 am

Great Blog DOB. Are these movies in order of how great u thought they were or in no particular order?

J-Man

January 24th, 2012
2:48 am

I personally think that attendance will be down. Perhaps as low as 2 million for the season or below that.
Here are my reasons for this theory
#1. Failure to make any deals to excite fans
#2. The collapse of September still resonates with fans in a negative way.
#3. The team kepping Fredi Gonzalez as manager after this collapse. (Sometimes you need a scapegoat to rally the fanbase)
#4. I personally do not think they will be competive with Philly or Miami and possibly Washington. So attendance in the later months will be lower.
#5. The Economy (People are having to stretching their wallets more and more on gas and food and people are less likely to spend on luxuries such as baseball games)

Ward

January 24th, 2012
3:13 am

Bat- Thanks for the news on Cody Ross. Maybe Wren can do better? Would’ve liked Cody to sign with Braves,but can’t always have that way.We might have to go with what the Braves have,and hope it’s enough………

Ward

January 24th, 2012
3:16 am

Braves will be just fine,and looking forward to a new season,and bright future………

Frumpy

January 24th, 2012
3:20 am

I think when you see the warrior it will be top 10 in your movies DOB. I had it as no.1 for myself, just a ripping movie, great story and well acted.

David O'Brien

January 24th, 2012
3:22 am

I personally think that attendance will be down. Perhaps as low as 2 million for the season or below that. — J-Man

I’ll bet you are off by at least a quarter-million people. In other words, I bet attendance is at least 2.25 million, while you say 2 million or fewer. Gentlemen’s wager, we’ll jot this down.

David O'Brien

January 24th, 2012
3:23 am

Great Blog DOB. Are these movies in order of how great u thought they were or in no particular order? — Kyle

Yeah, I rated them in order of preference, though admittedly that gets a bit tough after 10 or so, if not sooner. Splitting hairs, you know?

Tyler

January 24th, 2012
3:25 am

Watched Drive earlier today and loved it. Was actually goin to tweet you, DOB to see if you had seen it yet. But, I saw the new blog and figured Id check it out, and there is Drive in the two hole. If any of you guys haven’t seen it yet, you need to.

David O'Brien

January 24th, 2012
3:26 am

Please tell me the new jersey replaces that horrible red Sunday jersey. Hate that thing!
— No More wren

Guess you missed this paragraph in the blog: “The Braves have neither confirmed nor denied there will be a new uniform, but I have it on good authority that it is indeed the alternate jersey, which will be worn with matching colored pants and won’t replace the red home jerseys or the regular home uni.”

David O'Brien

January 24th, 2012
3:27 am

Martin Prado missed five weeks of the 2012 season because of a staph infection that required surgery. – DOB (Under Prado picture)

Really? 2012? The DOB curse starts before the season even begins. — No More Wren

But at least we know you look at the pictures and read the cutlines below them!

Tyler

January 24th, 2012
3:34 am

Dob, wondering if you ever watch Eastbound and Down?

Ward

January 24th, 2012
3:39 am

Tonight read something sad. My sympathy goes out to Williams for the 49ers. Death threats should stop! Football is is game for fun,and all the players played their hearts out,and it came down to two mistakes at the end.Things happen,and we should learn to be real fans,and accept what ever happens…..Death threats…..How low………………..

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