1:36 pm February 11, 2012, by David O'Brien
February 15th, 20129:21 pm
I don’t like sitting with the Little kids either in the OF seats, My Mouth is Too Foul…Thats why I’m always on the 2nd level Chophouse Patio where I don’t have to worry about that….
February 15th, 20129:22 pm
You’d have to add “horny” to people in the Chop House.
February 15th, 20129:23 pm
Upper Deck Seats don’t bother me, I like the Views…
February 15th, 20129:25 pm
The top deck at Dodger Stadium is ridiculously far away from the field.
the Tech game could be one of the ugliest games I have ever seen in ACC play and I have good memories of at least 25 years of ACC ball games. Poor rim in this game. Sorry, sorry basketball in this game
February 15th, 20129:26 pm
If there are a lot of women hanging there, Roman Gal, I can see why T-Hawkin goes there.
Heck, I may even check it out myself the next time I’m down there for a game.
The Only bad part abt the Chophouse. is that you can’t see the Titantron in Day games especially after 3pm…
Not to Mention it gets Hot as Balls out there on all that open concrete….That is what drains the hell out of me….
February 15th, 20129:29 pm
Tom O’Hawke–I actually had the same thought about Tomahawkin vis-a-vis the locations of psycho drunks.
If Mac tests the market he is likely gone so Bethancourt will be slotted in early if needed if the bat holds up.
Like all the other rooks 22 is the new 25 for the Braves in terms of call ups.
February 15th, 20129:31 pm
Go for it, Tom. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though…
February 15th, 20129:32 pm
so the Padres get a 20 year, $1 billion contract. Wonder if the Braves are jealous?
February 15th, 20129:33 pm
I think we all did, Moe.
I am just looking up tickets at Stub Hub for the opening series at Citi Field. Not many tickets left. Don’t think I’ll make it to opening day. But maybe the Saturday or Sunday game. The problem. My friends here are fans of either the Yankees or the Phillies. Doubt I’ll find anyone wanting to spend money to see the Mets.
February 15th, 20129:34 pm
Tom O’Hawke–True. Are you going down to the city for any games?
February 15th, 20129:35 pm
Surely there’s a Mets fan up there somewhere, Moe.
February 15th, 20129:37 pm
RG–There must be. I think that from Jersey, it is just so much more of a hassle to get to Flushing than to the Bronx or Philly. So logistics have shaped fandom.
February 15th, 20129:39 pm
Are you going to be up in Boston for fun? I love the city. Am probably going up there next month to see some friends. Alas, the season will not yet be underway.
I haven’t been in a few years, and I’d like to. I used to go twice a year, taking in 9 games (3 game weekend & 6 game week).
The last few years I’ve only been able to make enough time to see them against the Mets.
February 15th, 20129:42 pm
Well, let me know if you want to coordinate for either a Mets or Yankees series. I don’t know that I’ll get to too many. I have told my nephew that I’ll take him to a Phillies/Braves game. So that has to happen. But since it has been awhile since I have lived relatively near an NL East city, I do want to get to some games.
February 15th, 20129:46 pm
Can Anyone Believe That The Pirates were in 1st Place Last year at 53-47 through 100 games and Still Lost 90 games and Got owned by the Cardinals???
Well, we’re actually planning a trip to NYC. But we won’t be able to go until either that Wednesday or Thursday so I won’t be able to go the Yankees game. We’re going to drive up to Boston instead.
February 15th, 20129:47 pm
…for a game.
McFann O O o
February 15th, 20129:48 pm
cabravesfan Also, a lot of folks seem to think Mac will go to an AL team so he can DH- I don’t recall him ever expressing interest in wanting to be a DH.
True that. IIRC, he doesn’t even really care much for the DH rule…
I see…RG can plan a trip to Boston & New York, but can’t come to Southern California…ok. Fine. If that’s what you want. I understand…
Not an area where you want to be No. 1: Headline on our website now says, “Delta leads in death of pets,” referring to 19 pets that died aboard its flights in ‘11. Yikes.
February 15th, 20129:50 pm
“Delta leads in death of pets,” referring to 19 animals that died aboard flights last year.
OK…that pretty much eliminates Delta as an option to fly VJ’s pup out here…at least in the cargo bay
I’ll make it out there eventually…
February 15th, 20129:52 pm
Air travel would have to be one of the most stressful things a pet could experience.
February 15th, 20129:54 pm
You’d better! We would have all kinds of fun terrorizing San Diego. Or LA. Or both
…although, if you listen to cab, living with me takes the cake for the poor animals.
So not true.
February 15th, 20129:55 pm
I think we have a 40/60 chance at keeping Mac. His defense is likely close to peak and his value will be on an AL team where he can DH.
If the Braves continue to be owned by Liberty and the team moves sidewaysI think the chances fall pretty quickly.
He could sign a 18mm/7yr deal with an AL team if he puts up great numbers the next two years. — Disco Stew
Unlikely. Bethancourt is barely 20 and has not played above A ball. Would take a meteoric rise for him to be big league ready by 2014, let alone before that. Also, a lot of folks seem to think Mac will go to an AL team so he can DH- I don’t recall him ever expressing interest in wanting to be a DH. Sure, towards the end of his career, that would probably be an option. But I doubt he will be looking for that next year. – cabravesfan
Agreed. McCann loves the defensive aspect of catching and calling a game, so don’t look for the 27-year-old, six-time All-Star to look around for a DH job anytime soon.
By the way, I talked to him a bit last week at the ballpark, asked him if the contract extension thing is anything he’s given thought to (he’s under contract this season, making $11.5 million, and team has a $12 mill option w/ $500,000 buyout for 2013).
“I’m going to go out and play baseball and see what happens,” McCann said. “I prepare every offseason like I do. Hopefully we have a productive season and go from there.”
When I asked if he preferred not to take it to the last year, if that mattered as far as extension talks, etc., he said:
“I’m just going to play baseball. That’s all I care about. And anything else, I’m not too worried about.”
He’s represented by B.B. Abbott, who is also Chipper Jones’ agent. Abbott can take care of the contract stuff, McCann said.
The Braves haven’t initiated contract talks yet with McCann and his agent, and it’s possible they could wait until after the 2012 season to do so. But that’s just speculation, no indication yet how or when they might do it.
“Yeah, I’m not too worried about any of that.”
McCann spent the winter working out with a few other players — Venters, Freeman, Medlen were among them — under the direction of personal trainer/strength coach Ryan Goldin in Duluth, in the north Atlanta ‘burbs. McCann’s at about 230 pounds now and looks to be in great shape, though he didn’t want to talk too much about it because he knows how some people probably tire of hearing that.
Roman Gal .. another good site for tickets outside of stubhub is Fansedge.com http://www.fansedge.com/Atlanta-Braves-Tickets-_549474717_TX.html there’s another site I bought tickets on for a Boston/Braves game a few years ago but I can’t find the link. If I come up w/ it I’ll post it.
I looked at going out there for a Braves game, but they’re in April out there so that doesn’t really work out.
From a technical standpoint, this freakin’ site BLOWS!!!
See ya all later. I’ve still got some work to do on sites that actually work.
I wouldn’t worry about Nala with you. She would not tolerate what you do to your poor, sweet dog
February 15th, 20129:56 pm
Yup! Here we go: 02/05/10, Q&A with BMac…
MLB.com: What would you like to change about the game of baseball?
McCann: I’m not a fan of the DH (designated hitter). I think the American League should let the pitcher hit. It makes for a better game and a quicker game. There’s just so much more strategy involved.
So, there ya go…
February 15th, 20129:57 pm
February 15th, 20129:59 pm
“Hopefully we have a productive season and go from there.”
Heehee! He wouldn’t dare say “I”…
February 15th, 201210:00 pm
I’ve lost some loyality for Bobby-Lite (Fredi) over the offseason for that Epic Collapse…
But one thing I did like what Fredi Did was he gave a lot of impromptu off-days for B-Macc early in the season, due to the fact of the wear and tear that happens to a catcher from July-On
I hope he keeps that same Philosopy in 2012, because the Braves were 24-12 in games that Rossy started last year….
February 15th, 201210:02 pm
Take It To Vegas People….
That If our Cheap Owners Let the Contract situation crap with B-Macc Prolong where he doesn’t get resigned and ends up walking after 2013, There will be a Riot on here
February 15th, 201210:04 pm
Tomahawkin There will be a Riot on here
With me leading y’all the whole way…
February 15th, 201210:07 pm
Just Staying on the Real Tip here…Because we all know that there will be at least 10-12 Teams lined up who will Spend WAY More Money on B-Macc than Those Turds at Liberty Media will offer…
Same thing happened to Jayson Werth, so anything can happen between now and 2014…
And No One would’ve ever Thought that Phat-Albert Would Sell-out To the Halos, Phat-Albert was a Legend in The Louie, but he was a Legend in that whole area of “America’s Heartland”
February 15th, 201210:16 pm
What’s up folks?
February 15th, 201210:18 pm
Why Does Everyone And They Mama Love The Hot TV Series “Glee”
Is It The Musical Acts or What? What is The reason everyone watches that Show? I made the Mistake of watching it in July and I turned it off after 15 minutes of it…
February 15th, 201210:19 pm
McFann 9:56 – you have been waiting to use that one. Great quote. If it is at all close, McCann will choose to stay a Brave. Whether McCann stays a Brave or not largely depends on ownership and our rough salary cap they give us. I want McCann to stay a Brave but if they do not increase the payroll they will not be able to keep him
February 15th, 201210:23 pm
Oh well, Mortal Kombat is on…I haven’t seen that Movie in A Gripp!
February 15th, 201210:26 pm
You make an objective point of view in that 10:19 post about our cheap owners and the future
February 15th, 201210:28 pm
Quite excited. Just off the phone with an old friend from growing up–fellow Parkview Alum, who now lives up here. While not a huge baseball fan, he is interested in going to the Braves season opening series against the Mets. Just emailed his little brother, who is a bigger Braves fan. His brother is in Providence and hopefully will come down. So I will probably go that Saturday or Sunday to see them at Citi Field.
February 15th, 201210:30 pm
DOB though he didn’t want to talk too much about it because he knows how some people probably tire of hearing that.
Aw, poor BMac…
Obviously the folks on here don’t ever hear it even when you talk about it, though, because a lot of them act like he never does any conditioning…
Haha, yeah, I’d almost forgotten about that one, but then today, I was like, “Oh yeah!” I think he’d definitely choose to stay here over any other team, but yeah, I do wonder about our ownership sometimes…
February 15th, 201210:32 pm
Oh well…time for me to turn off and turn in—I’ll pick up where I left off tomorrow if need-be…
Night, all!! BMac a Brave forever!!…
February 15th, 201210:36 pm
Is It The Musical Acts or What? What is The reason everyone watches that Show? — Tomhawkin
What male over the age of 30 watches that show? Or over 25, for that matter?
February 15th, 201210:39 pm
the Braves ownership and leadership have some major decisions coming up in the next few years. First the ownership will need to decide whether to keep the Braves or sell. Then the Braves have to decide which of their young players to extend and keep versus trade to fill holes or restock the farm system. McCann will be the biggest decision. Hanson will be a big decision as well and he has to show the Braves that he can be effective while staying healthy to be extended. Jurrjens will be gone. Then they have to decide on Heyward and Freeman. Finally they have to sort out their starting pitching – Teheran, Vizcaino, Delgado, and Gilmartin are all coming down the pipeline with Beachy and Minor already arrived.Decisions, decisions, decisions
February 15th, 201210:40 pm
I have never seen Glee, not one minute of the show. Nor do I plan to.
February 15th, 201210:42 pm
That Glee Show Gets A Lot of Press/Hype on The Elvis Duran Show on Radio in the Mornings…
Not to Mention I think its mostly women (regardless of age) who watch show…Its Horrible
To mention how bad the Elvis Duran Show (On Radio) and Glee (On TV) are: I’d rather watch Teen Mom, Thats saying something in how bad both of those respective shows are
February 15th, 201210:43 pm
Coach (2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)
Joe Mauer has set the bar at 23 million per season through age 35. However, he’s transitioning to first base so I’m not sure if the comparison is fair to McCann. But still, anything beyond 15 million per year is arguably beyond the Braves budgetary constraints right now. Although the future is an unknown should ownership change in the near future.
February 15th, 201210:45 pm
it appears that McCann has no desire to be a future DH but he will not spend his whole career as a catcher – his bat is too valuable. I wonder if McCann has thought ahead and other possibilities – even for 5 or so years down the road. If not DH then 1B or 3B would have to be his other possibilities if he were to be moved from catching.
February 15th, 201210:54 pm
I don’t think it does any good for any athlete to look 5 years down the road, unless it involves a long term contract. Nobody knows how the body will hold up or what condition it will be in that far in the future. In terms of what position you play, I think any athlete cannot be concerned with what “could” be that far away. All you can do is keep in shape, play hard, and whatever happens, happens. The goal is to get that long term deal for security…if you are no longer as valuable or have to switch positions in the future, well, that is not a concern of the present. Injuries happen. Other issues pop up. No need to worry about them now…
February 15th, 201210:55 pm
Mac has said many times he has no interest in playing any other position. That, of course, might change as he gets older, but see my last post regarding that…
February 15th, 201211:01 pm
Seacoast tickets or ace tickets for sox tix alternatves
February 15th, 201211:02 pm
I’m glad B mac and hoss have the same agent and it aint Boras
February 15th, 201211:06 pm
February 15th, 201211:09 pm
Almost no catcher stays highly productive beyond his mid thirties. In fact, if you look at most back stops power numbers and batting average, both start to decline around age 32-33. First the knee’s go, then the power and finally the BA. Rare is the catcher who is still playing everyday beyond 35, behind the plate. Most end up splitting playing time catching, playing 1st base, 3rd base or DH’ing.
“What male over the age of 30 watches that show? Or over 25, for that matter?”
I didn’t like it the first time when it was in the 80’s. I think it was called “Fame”. I think you could leave the age restraint off of that remark. I don’t know a single male friend, acquaintance or enemy that watches that show. And some of my friends (and myself) watch some serious crap TV.
My wife watches EVERYTHING when it first comes on to see if she’ll like it or not, and she hasn’t watched one second of that show.
I’m amongst those who simply don’t get it.
February 15th, 201211:10 pm
I have watched a grand total of one episode of Glee
February 15th, 201211:13 pm
Smash is awesome and I’m a hetero metero
February 15th, 201211:14 pm
Those girls can sing and there not bad to look at either
Smash is very good. I just wish the singing was not dubbed over. Kat McPhee and Megan Hilty are way too talented to have to do that… (VJ has a bit of a crush on Kat…I will forgive him for that)
February 15th, 201211:16 pm
He is lucky to have a woman who can “overlook”
February 15th, 201211:19 pm
I’ll go rent a movie before watching anything like Glee. Although both History channels and the Discovery channel are staples of mine.
“Agreed. McCann loves the defensive aspect of catching and calling a game, so don’t look for the 27-year-old, six-time All-Star to look around for a DH job anytime soon.”
In fairness, I don’t think many guys that play in the majors “set out” to become a DH at any point. Most grew up being the star of their team, usually both offensively and defensively, (the worst defensive ML players are probably still light years ahead of guys who couldn’t hack in Jr. College ball)…
The real question to me, is whether an NL team would commit 4-6 years to Mac after the 2013 season (when he’ll be 29), when they won’t have the option of using him at DH occasionaly? Especially if he commands 16-18 million (which he will get offered by some clubs if he continues playing in All Star games).
That being said, if any NL team is going to take that chance, it’s likely the team that would like him to the next “Chipper Jones” and spend his entire career in a Braves uniform.
But I still say what Bethancourt (and Mac for that matter), does in the next year will greatly dictate which way the Braves lean.
If Bethancourt looks like he’ll be ready come opening day 2014 (when he’ll be 22 – keeping in mind that Mac was 21 in 2005 when he made his debut – and 22 for his first full season in 2006), they may just choose to let Mac play out his contract and go from there.
So hard to say at this point.
February 15th, 201211:23 pm
N8, pretty much accurate. I’m just gonna enjoy watching Mac for the moment and try to not think about the future.
February 15th, 201211:24 pm
Oh, I have my list of boys too…
February 15th, 201211:27 pm
N8… I agree too. If Bethancourt proves he can be league avg in 2014 or 15, and the Braves payroll doesn’t go up very much. McCann will be allowed to go to an AL team and the Braves will take the draft picks.
February 15th, 201211:29 pm
Why are we even talking about 2014?? That’s 2 full seasons from now…seems rather pointless to me
February 15th, 201211:31 pm
I have been thinking about Pastornicky starting a SS for the Braves. What is everyone’s prediction for how many games will he play/start at SS for the Braves in 2012?
Most folks throw out that he will hit around .250 BA and 320 OBP. But will he get 500 or 600 PAs at SS in 2012 for the Braves? If yes is that good bad or no effect….?
February 15th, 201211:34 pm
The Cats on MLB Network are comparing J-Hey to a Young Clifford Floyd…
Having known that you covered young/oft-injured Clifford Floyd for years in S. Florida, do you see any similiarities/differences in their swings/plate discipline and since they both have similiar builds in body frames?
February 15th, 201211:36 pm
I honestly couldn’t tell you. I have never seen Pastornicky play. But from what I’ve heard, his defense is what is valuable. So if he can be a steady glove at Short, I will not be too concerned about his offense (provided, of course, that others play at the level they are capable of). Barring injury, I bet he plays 140+ games, easy.
February 15th, 201211:38 pm
Barring a major injury: The Pastor will start 135 Games, Bank on it…
Jack Wilson will be used as a defensive replacement in the late innings….he has no business being in the batters box before the 8th inning
February 15th, 201211:39 pm
I have forgotten (and am too lazy to search)- which Black Keys album do you think is the best (assuming they have more than one…)?
February 15th, 201211:41 pm
No question, Jack Wilson was signed to be a defensive replacement/back up. It is why he still has value and why he is a good addition to the Braves, no matter what some think. Pastornicky will start at least 135 games if healthy…I still think it will be 140+ (not that there is that much difference between 135 and 140 )
February 15th, 201211:43 pm
What Happens If The Pastor Struggles After the 1st month for a prolonged period as a result of pitchers exploiting his weaknesses at the plate and starts out in a deep slump like Kelly Johnson did in 2005….??? Ditto for J-Hey and Fab 5 Freddie….
our streaky offense can’t afford that for the fact that we play in The Dirty East (Eastern Division)
February 15th, 201211:44 pm
Thanks Cab and T-hawkin. Guess the Braves hope that Pastornicky just “holds his own” on offense and defense. Let the veterans do the heavy lifting at the plate and hopefully he is league avg in the field.
If Pastornicky struggles badly, you can bet the Braves will make a move to get a veteran SS to handle the position.
February 15th, 201211:45 pm
Everything I have heard points to Pastornlcky being well above average with the glove…supposed to be quite good defensively.
People seem to forget that Kelly Johnson had a Nasty slump as a Rookie…but fans were easy on him, he was making Lowe’s kind of money…And this was back when Kelly Johnson started as a LF’er….
February 15th, 201211:48 pm
his defense has been questionable so far in the minors cab, he has the tools to play short but so far has not been quite as good as most would like.
don’t think he will be quite as bad as some are claiming though in the longer run. Prolly isn’t gonna make anybody forget Gonzo in the field the first year though
Chipper, Mac, Prado, Uggla, Bourn and Heyward will have to cover the offense if Pastor slumps for a period of time. If his defense can keep him on the field I think the Braves can survive a month long slump, but if it is June 1st and Pastornicky is .225/.290…. then Braves will have to do something … right?
“Everything I have heard points to Pastornlcky being well above average with the glove…supposed to be quite good defensively.”
I heard that he is only average at Defense for being young and a little inexperienced, but I have heard he has the Grit of the Late Connie
I can live with average defense as long as he doesn’t waste 9 out of 10 at bats like Gonzo did
February 15th, 201211:50 pm
I meant to say that a Rookie Kelly Johnson wasn’t making Lowe’s kind of money to suck, thats why fans were easy on him….
Like I said- never seen him play, so I am inclined to wait until I can see him with my own eyes (scouting reports and other stories be damned) before I pass a real opinion on the kid.
February 15th, 201211:51 pm
I was going to ask you what you meant- was a bit confused by that, seeing as how KJ never made that much money with the Braves
February 15th, 201211:54 pm
What about Brandon Beachy? Will he make improvements and be a solid #3/4 pitcher in the rotation… or is he going to take a step back and be fighting to keep a spot in the rotation.
Will he go deeper into games or will ML hitters figure him out?
February 15th, 201211:56 pm
Not too concerned about Beachy. He seems to have a solid head on his shoulders and good fundamentals to be a good lower rotation starter this year- which is what we need him to be.
February 15th, 201211:57 pm
In My Narrow Frame of Mind….I’m Not Worried abt The Pastor
We Need To get More Steady OBP/Working The Pitcher Production in the 2hole behind The Bourne Identity…Nuff Said…Our OBP/Working pitch counts in the 1-2 spots , and arguably the whole lineup last year was Below par compared to 2010
We Suffered on a Brutal Level of relying on the longball last year, didn’t we lead the majors in solo shots?
February 16th, 201212:00 am
Again, I find myself agreeing with Tomahawkin (should I be concerned?? )- I am not overly worried about Pastornicky. There will not be an overabundance of pressure on him- it will fall to the other 7 regulars to perform at the levels they are capable of reaching. If those guys can come close to that, the team will be fine. The starting pitchers are solid, the pen is outstanding…
BB Doesn’t worry me,
He only won 7 games in 25 starts but he Suffered from some Sh!++y Run Support!
I’m drinking the kool aid here but he will be fine His Composure reminds me of a young Kevin Millwood of 1997-2001…
BB is his own toughest critic, he always wants to get better…thats how harcore he is in his interviews on 680AMTheFan and on D.O.B.’s comments
February 16th, 201212:05 am
not making any final judgments, simply relaying what has happened so far
February 16th, 201212:07 am
I just want The Pastor to do his best and Have Productive at bats…He Could be The Next “Little Big Man Lemke” at the plate…—meaning that he doesnt hit much but comes through when it counts
With That said…On Another Level I’m Gonna Get Hardcore by June 1st if we don’t stop swinging for the fences…We need an offense that focuses on having rallies based on singles and an occasional double…Those were few and far between last year, it seem as if our rallies were based on solo homers and the team couldn’t hit for sht with 2 outs and RISP….?
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