Updated: Q and A with Michael Bourn

Vivlamore reporting from Sarasota where the Braves will take on the Orioles this afternoon. Just a quick apology for yesterday but I got hit with a 24-hour flu that knocked me hard. I made it through two batters in the game against the Tigers and had to leave. That has never happened to me in my career before. We move on.

Here is a Q&A I did with centerfielder Michael Bourn. It will become a story for the Sunday paper but here is the entire transcript.

Q. What is your mindset going into this season with a full season hitting leadoff for the Braves ahead of you?

A. I have no problem with it. That’s a good thing. I’m just trying to get prepared for the season to play. That’s about it. Other than that, there is nothing else to it, just using spring training to get ready for the season.

Q. What is your off-season program like?

A. I do take some down time to let my body relax. I let it recover for the most part and when I feel like I’m feeling OK, like it’s had enough rest, I go into getting it back into shape.

Q. What is involved in that program?

A. I don’t tell too many people all that. I work out a little bit. I take some days off when I’m working out just to make sure I get some rest.

Q. After an offseason of reflection, what was it like for you coming here midseason? Was there pressure to be the missing piece?

A. No. I just tried to do what I need to do. I don’t really take it like that, being the missing piece. It’s a team game. One person can make a difference in a game, but you are going to win and lose as a team. When I got over here, I just kept doing what I was doing in Houston. I just tried to let it carry over. That was it.

Q. The intangibles you bring, being able to manufacture a run, can lead to wins. Do you look at it that way?

A. That is fine. I’m always down for that. I’m always going to try to win the game. If I can help do that, I’m going to do it.

Q. Your approach going into this season is no different?

A. No. It’s the same old thing. It’s just a different team. I try to get prepared the same way. I’ve played enough to know how to get prepared. I might change a little here and there about learning stuff but for the most part I go about my business the same way.

Q. When you got here, did the coaches talk to you about what they expected from you as a leadoff hitter?

A. No. They just told me to go out and play. They didn’t want me thinking too much. They didn’t want me to worry about what is going on. I just do what I do. That’s it.

Q. What is your outlook for the season, especially coming off last season’s finish?

A. I think last year is over with. This is a totally different team. We got the same players, but it’s a totally different year. Last year, the Cardinals were hot at the time. They played good baseball. We went into a little rut. We can sit here and talk about it all day, but it’s over with. You’ve got to be able to move forward. If you linger on it, of course, it’s going to affect you. I don’t even think about it. After the season is over, I reflected on it for a little bit and that was it.

Q. So looking forward what is your outlook for this team?

A. I think we have a chance to be good. I think we have a chance to play for a long time. If we all take care of our business, all try to perform like we know we can, I think we will be a pretty good team. We got offense. We got pitching. We got defense. Put all three of them together and we’ll be able to give some people stuff to think about.

Q. You are in the last year of your contract. Have the Braves talked to you about re-signing?

A. No, I haven’t heard anything. I just take it one day at a time, take it in stride. When there business aspect comes up, me and the person that represents me will handle that accordingly.

Q. Would you like to start talks during the season?

A. No, I would rather not because that is discussions that you have to have on the phone every other day. I would rather just play the season with a clear mind and worry about the game, who is pitching, that kind of stuff rather than a deal. I would just rather concentrate on the game.

Q. I assume you would like to stay here?

A. It’s always a possibility. I like playing where I’m wanted. That’s one thing that I always say. That side will come. Right now, I’m going to worry about spring training, getting ready for the season and take it from there.

UPDATES:

Here are a couple quotes from GM Frank Wren on Bourn’s contract status:

“Our basic philosophy is we have expressed that we would like to retain Michael and then, from there, we go silent. When we approach him, before or after the season, those are things we prefer not to talk about.

“He is a guy that we like on our team. We think he fits really well. We like everything about him. We think his makeup is great. Good teammate. He works hard. He plays the game well. So, he is the perfect fit for us so our desire is that he stays with us beyond this year.”

Today’s lineup vs. Orioles:

1. Luis Durango, CF

2. Martin Prado, 2B

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B

4. Eric Hinske, LF

5. David Ross, C

6. Jason Heyward RF

7. Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

8. Evan Gattis, DH

9. Tyler Pastornicky, SS

876 comments Add your comment

Virginia Brave

March 8th, 2012
10:59 am

Not very illuminating.

DaStuck

March 8th, 2012
11:01 am

Gee, sounds like Bourn is really excited to be here. NOT!

Elsie Tee

March 8th, 2012
11:04 am

For Carol and any old Macon Braves fans out there no longer living in the area who may not have heard the news: They have been sprucing up the old stadium at Luther Williams Field in recent days, alas not for the return of minor league ball to Macon, or even for another of the low-budget independent league teams that comes for a few months, then folds.
No, Clint Eastwood is coming to town to film part of a movie there. He plays an aging scout who is taking one final road trip with his daughter (Amy Adams) to check out a prospect. John Goodman and Justin Timberlake are also in the cast. The film, “Trouble With The Curve,” is supposed to be out in September. They are also filming scenes at the Cheers pub on Northside Drive in Macon, and I understand they are also filming some in Athens.
They recruited a bunch of extras to be fans at the stadium and members of a Class A ball team, had them tryout at the stadium to see if they knew which end of the bat to hold. Couple former college players from the area were picked, and they’ll supposedly be wearing Rome Braves uniforms in the movie – adding insult to injury for Macon folks who saw the team bolt here some years ago. Macon’s mayor meanwhile said it was good to get the ballpark looking better – not to attract a new minor league team but maybe to get more work as a movie prop. That’s why the best Macon can ever hope for is to have another “Pinetoppers” or some such in the next About To Go Broke indy league.

Bayou Brave

March 8th, 2012
11:05 am

BravesfaninWis

March 8th, 2012
11:26 am

Read between the lines, Bourn will not be a Brave past this season. He doesn’t sound at all like a player that wants to be here. If so, he would have answered that last question differently. We all know that Braves won’t approach him on a extension between now and the start of the season, and he said himself that he doesn’t want to talk about a extension after the season starts. Don’t get used to Michael Bourn as our leadoff hitter to much, it will be for a max of 162 games.

Rufio

March 8th, 2012
11:27 am

“We have a chance to be good”??????

I have to tip my hat to him….. ;) . At least, he is honest!

JPop

March 8th, 2012
11:27 am

Hmm……sounds like Kenny Lofton.

chris

March 8th, 2012
11:28 am

Wow sounds like a great guy.

Biff Pocoroba

March 8th, 2012
11:28 am

Great interview. To summarize what we learned…
1) Our leadoff hitter has no problem batting leadoff.
2) Bourn’s off-season training program consists of working out.
3) It’s the same old thing… this is totally a different team… but with all the same players.
4) The Cardinals got a little hot at the end of last year and the Bravos went into a bit of a rut.
5) We got confirmation that last season is now over.
6) He didn’t go out on a limb and say that he definitely will NOT be back here before the start of the last season on his contract.

Did I miss anything?

CrαZy

March 8th, 2012
11:28 am

Yeah I really doubt he’ll be playing in a Braves uniform past 2012.

Random

March 8th, 2012
11:33 am

Q. The intangibles you bring, being able to manufacture a run, can lead to wins. Do you look at it that way?

A. That is fine. I’m always done for that. I’m always going to try to win the game. If I can help do that, I’m going to do it.

Is Bourne really “done for that”, or do you think he might be “dwon for that”?

Q. Your approach going into this season is no different?

A. No. It’s the same old thing. It’s just a different team. I try to get prepared the same way. I’ve played enough to know who to get prepared. I might change a little here and there about learning stuff but for the most part I go about my business the same way.

Good to know that Bourne knows WHO to get prepared.

Here’s hoping that he also knows HOW to get prepared.

:roll:

MikeY

March 8th, 2012
11:39 am

If the Braves are 12 ganes out at the trade deadline, you can just about count of Bourn being traded for prospects.

j

March 8th, 2012
11:40 am

I have never read an interview where a person has come off more unhappy. He is counting the days till he is out of here.

nyc_brave

March 8th, 2012
11:46 am

I think we’re misreading this, guys. I think he sounded standoffish because he was scared to get Vivlamore’s 24-hour flu bug, and didn’t want to get to close. Amirite?

Hope you’re feeling better, Chris.

Jack Wilson

March 8th, 2012
11:46 am

This is not Vivlamore’s fault. He asked the right questions. There are two explanations:

1. Michael Borne is incredibly boring and a terrible interivew.

2. He couldn’t be less psyched about playing for the Braves.

I’m going to go with the combo platter, 1 + 2. Got the same vibe from him every time I heard him speak or saw him quoted last year- didn’t want to get traded, wasn’t all that jazzed to be on the Braves, never expressed any desire to remain with them long term.

Just hope that attitude, or lack thereof, doesn’t affect the team or his play.

Lemke’s Knuckler

March 8th, 2012
11:48 am

What, Bourn’s supposed to play 1/2 a season here, magically fall in love with Atlanta and say he wants to retire a Brave and take a hometown discount to sign an extension with the team right now? Be realistic folks. Let’s just enjoy having a leadoff hitter for 2012. We can worry about 2013 next year.

Lemke’s Knuckler

March 8th, 2012
11:50 am

But yes, no more Bourn interviews. Go find Moylan, he’s got to be hanging around there somewhere.

Vinny

March 8th, 2012
11:51 am

I wouldn’t be upset to see him traded ASAP.

robdawg@rose.net

March 8th, 2012
11:54 am

Let’s get this straight. We have the #1 lead off hitter in baseball who is young, plays great outfield, and leads the league in stolen bases repeatedly, and we do not want him. What gives?

Typically, this is the guy that you want to either develop (if he already is on your team), or you want to go steal from some other team.

Why in th eworld would we not want to keep him locked up for the next 10 years?

This is what the Braves have been missing since Otis and Deion left/retired. This is exactly what the Braves have been missing and need.

Again, why in the world would you let the #1 lead off man in baseball, just walk away.

Everyone in the majors, (Yankees, Redsox, Cleveland, Detroit, Phillies, etc….) are going to be lined up. The braves need to reopen negotiations and lock this guy up. If not, we will hear the SOS for the next 10 years. If we only had a centerfielder, if we only had a lead off hitter, if we only had someone that could steal bases! With MB, we get all three in one.

We will regeret this forever if we do not resign MB!

Need to do it now!

Joey

March 8th, 2012
11:55 am

Well who could blame Bourn if he wanted to move on. Hell, nobody on this team could hit with a runner on, or in scoring position, except Freeman.

Lemke’s Knuckler

March 8th, 2012
11:57 am

Just be glad the Braves only gave up Schafer and a few prospects for the year+ of Bourn, and not a Wainwright, Andrus or Feliz.

tdmorgan

March 8th, 2012
11:58 am

All of those questions were mundane…what did you really expect with those questions. The guy doesn’t want to reveal too much about his workouts, who cares he’s lead the NL in stolen bases 3 straight years. He may or may not want to come back to the Bravos, but since they haven’t offered he probably doesn’t want to sound like an overexcited girl waiting for a guy to ask her out and if it doesn’t happen then look like an idiot.

Also, spell check doesn’t correct correctly spelled words that are not supposed to be there. Learn to edit, you have to learn it when you go to J-school.

Lemke’s Knuckler

March 8th, 2012
12:00 pm

robdawg@rose.net…”Again, why in the world would you let the #1 lead off man in baseball, just walk away. Everyone in the majors, (Yankees, Redsox, Cleveland, Detroit, Phillies, etc….) are going to be lined up.”

You just answered your own question dude.

Chop for Chip

March 8th, 2012
12:01 pm

I want to play where I’m wanted = I want to play for whoever will write me the biggest check. Not what I expected before i read this… at least pretend like you are excited about being here…

Joey

March 8th, 2012
12:03 pm

He is the perfect lead-off man, as well as a great base stealer, robdawg. Unfortunately, for him to help the Braves much, he would need to steal home a lot.

As pathetic as Houston was last season, he scored runs at the same pace with the Braves . . .

cricket

March 8th, 2012
12:04 pm

Sorry if this is already posted. Gives you warm and fuzzy feelings about braves’ ownership in comparison.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/marlins-president-david-samson-says-miami-residents-not-194316181.html

Largo

March 8th, 2012
12:07 pm

Joey

March 8th, 2012
12:07 pm

Maybe he had thigh-soreness during the interview?

BravePack

March 8th, 2012
12:10 pm

PP

I wasn’t going to respond to your dumbazz posts and when I see you make a statement that Lowe will win 15-20 games with the Indians it just confirms how much of a dumbazz you really are.

bravesgirlnc

March 8th, 2012
12:10 pm

Good job Chris. Sounds like he was a bear of an interview. Yikes. You could tell it was like pulling teeth in black and white.
Hope you are feeling better.

Rusty

March 8th, 2012
12:12 pm

Relax people. It was just an interview and baseball is his JOB. Of course he may not be thrilled right now, the Braves haven’t attempted to extend his deal. He wants to make good $ for what he is doing, just like anybody else. Who cares about ‘wanting to be here’? Franceour wanted to be here, that was awesome….

All you should take from that interview is that he probably wouldn’t be a very good politician

richbrave

March 8th, 2012
12:12 pm

DaStuck
March 8th, 2012
11:01 am

“…………Gee, sounds like Bourn is really excited to be here. NOT!…………..”

Well he sure plays that way……so far at least. I think the BRAVES should move him in a ST trade fpr a couple prospects, one a ML near-ready lead-off CF’er.

ASHCAN!!!

March 8th, 2012
12:15 pm

I would think reading a blog is like reading a text,it could be misleading.Bourn is only answering the question with not knowing that he would be resigned.Didn’t yall hear the man say he havn’t been approached by no one about a extention?????? geez,what was he suppose to say? sounds like to me he’s a man that knows the buisness side of this sport instead of not wanting to be here(braves).

TennesseePaul

March 8th, 2012
12:16 pm

Thanks for the work Chris V

GO BRAVES!

Jeff R

March 8th, 2012
12:16 pm

“Just be glad the Braves only gave up Schafer and a few prospects for the year+ of Bourn, and not a Wainwright, Andrus or Feliz.”

– Lemke’s Knuckler

Yes, sir. Bourn, for all practical purposes, is a one-year rental. But I think Bourn is absolutely motivated to but some stellar numbers on the board. That’s a win-win for Bourn and the Braves.

Largo

March 8th, 2012
12:18 pm

I would like, just one time, for a player who is being interviewed, to tell exactly how he feels when asked, “what is your opinion of how the team will do this year.” “Well, if we win more games than anyone else, we may have a chance but actually, I think the team sucks.”

I would be a fan of his forever.

Kwajbraves

March 8th, 2012
12:20 pm

Below an excerpt from ESPN on Brian McCann’s situation. I know there are several people in this blog that don’t like Law and ESPN but this one I think is on point. Sorry McFann but you may have to start looking for another Braves player to change your blog moniker to. What about BentFann or FreeFann? Just kidding :)

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Cardinals’ signing of Yadier Molina to a $75 million deal changes the landscape for the Atlanta Braves, as the possible free agency of Brian McCann looms at the end of 2013. The cost of high-priced catching just went up dramatically.

Atlanta holds a $12 million option on McCann for next season, and then the Braves must decide whether to invest an annual salary in the catcher that might absorb somewhere between 15 percent and 22 percent of their entire budget.

And keep in mind: The Braves’ payroll is not growing. All around baseball, new TV contracts are filling the bankrolls of the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, etc. But Atlanta’s television contract is locked into place for the next generation, and its payroll has remained stagnant.

2001: $92 million
2002: $94 million
2003: $106 million
2004: $90 million
2005: $86 million
2006: $90 million
2007: $87 million
2008: $102 million
2009: $97 million
2010: $84 million
2011: $91 million

Listen

March 8th, 2012
12:23 pm

As Lemke’s Knuckler said, Is Bourn is supposed to fall in love with Atlanta.? Let me ask a question for everyone. What if you had to relocate for your job to a city you didn’t care for. Then a year later you were able to pick a new location for the same job. Would you stay in that location or relocate? I now everyone would relocate to a location they like. Same goes for Bourn. Plus he will get more money from other teams.

Kwajbraves

March 8th, 2012
12:23 pm

BTW the above article was written by Buster Olney not by Law. My bad.

Jim

March 8th, 2012
12:28 pm

I am not totally convinced that Bourn is going to produce for us this year. His OPS dropped from .766 with Houston to .674 in the 53 games he played for the Braves. That’s a pretty significant drop. I don’t know if it was the pressure of a pennant race that caused the lower numbers. You can say the guy wasn’t exactly a difference maker since we lost the wild card anyway. Let’s hope the motivation of a long-term big contract will bring out the best in Bourn.

Zeke Bratkowski's Toupee

March 8th, 2012
12:30 pm

Q. When you got here, did the coaches talk to you about what they expected from you as a leadoff hitter?

A. No. They just told me to go out and play. They didn’t want me thinking too much. They didn’t want me to worry about what is going on. I just do what I do. That’s it.

Why should anyone on the team think? It is pretty clear Fredi isn’t thinking. Nothing cerebral about this team.

Mixxo

March 8th, 2012
12:33 pm

I like Bourn….a lot!

But, he’s too good for this team. He’ll move on. :(

After today’s game…….1-6?

Bourn Ultimatum

March 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Based on our performance since August, I predict we are going to lose to the Orioles today.

cricket

March 8th, 2012
12:36 pm

I would like, just one time, for a player who is being interviewed, to tell exactly how he feels

that would be as smart as a common grunt posting on his facebook page just how he REALLY feels about his job, employer and boss

DS1

March 8th, 2012
12:43 pm

The one thing that I came out of that interview was this: If Bourn is so lackadaisical about his training regime now when he is young, is he going to have the motivation to change that when he starts to age a bit, or lose his legs?

I say ride him hard this year, and let the chips fall where they may.

BravePack

March 8th, 2012
12:44 pm

This blog is becoming quite unbearable with each passing day. I’m not sure how much more of this
b!tching and whining I could take. Some of the Braves fans are f’n clueless and I wish DOB could put in place a test to make them all disappear. Some kind of mental apptitude test or one testing for bi-polar disease.

BravoFanSGA

March 8th, 2012
12:45 pm

quick question for the clones: am i still to thank DOB here, even though he is taking vacation days? please advise.

DS1

March 8th, 2012
12:46 pm

BravePack

This ain’t nuthin compared to the in game blogging once the season starts. You have to reduce your IQ by 25% just to be able to participate.

Danga

March 8th, 2012
12:46 pm

I am not totally convinced that Bourn is going to produce for us this year. His OPS dropped from .766 with Houston to .674 in the 53 games he played for the Braves.

He was having a career year when he was traded last year. His career OPS is .694, and I would probably peg him for somewhere north of .700 for the season. Certainly no Rickey Henderson, but the dude also supplies superb D out in CF. So even if he doesn’t do exactly what he did for Houston last year for us at the plate, he will still provide a level of production from CF that we haven’t had in quite some time.

95RelivingEveryDay

March 8th, 2012
12:49 pm

Bourn has caught Braves non-chalance and lack of urgency in just a couple of months with the team. It’s the Bobby Cox syndrome, carried through with Fredi. No fire. No urgency. Don’t think too much. It’s all about the organization. Didn’t win today. Hey, we’ll get ‘em tomorrow. Don’t get upset. There’s a lot of games left. What??? We have to win tomorrow or we’re out???? How do I turn it on today when I’ve been waiting for tomorrow? This team needs the fire of Lemke, Giles, Justice, Smoltz and Mad Dog. And a manager emphasizing the urgency of today.

Hillbilly

March 8th, 2012
12:51 pm

Does anybody else find it peculiar that Mike Stanton decided to change his identity on the same exact day it was first reported that Snooki is pregnant? #thisishowrumorsgetstarted :)

Boonie27

March 8th, 2012
12:52 pm

Have any of you actually heard Bourn talk during an interview on TV? The guy is not exactly well lets just say “well spoken”. He is what this team needs on the field. Lets just leave it at that.

DaStuck

March 8th, 2012
12:57 pm

Richbrave @12:12. Are you referencing his play last year or the .167 batting average this spring and the fact that he was almost the very last position player to report (except Pastornicky who was working out with Jack Wilson in California) as evidence of how his play indicates he is glad to be on a contending team? I hope I am wrong and you are right. He just seems to prefer to be back in his hometown.

Mixxo

March 8th, 2012
12:58 pm

I vote for…..more scintillating, compelling blogisms from The Packer and DSuno!

1eyedJack

March 8th, 2012
12:58 pm

Ok, so he’s not a good interview. Can’t Get Right wasn’t a good interview either, but he could sure hit.

DS1

March 8th, 2012
12:59 pm

Boonie

I don’t really care if our players are smart or not. Or well spoken or not. I just want them to play well and not screw up too much.

What I’d love is to get a 300/350/350 slash line out of Bourn this year with great D and a high SB percentage.

dap01

March 8th, 2012
12:59 pm

He plays cf and leadoff at a championship level. Pay the money and sign the guy. We have salary coming off the books. Wren: What is the goal? Having a $40 million payroll or wining a championship.

The Braves are getting cheaper and cheaper.

richbrave

March 8th, 2012
1:00 pm

DaStuck:

Yeah. What you said.

richbrave

March 8th, 2012
1:01 pm

richbrave
March 8th, 2012
12:57 pm

VJ:

Just hyped over the scrimmage tilt down in PETERSBURG at 4:00 p.m. My middle grandson’s first formal varsity game. Getting my game face on ya’ know? I was pretty zoned whenever I took the field for combat. Still remember some of it.

DS1

March 8th, 2012
1:01 pm

I didn’t realize we had plucked Bourn from his hometown. Ouch!

Puma

March 8th, 2012
1:02 pm

I do not really think Wren is too interested in resigning Bourn at the $12-$15 million per year he’ll get in free agency. He does bring unique attributes to a team, but they are not worth that type of money, better to sign an RBI guy for that kind of money? So like someone above said, the price we paid for him for 1.5 years is pretty good.

Tomahawkin

March 8th, 2012
1:03 pm

Over and Under for Hits by the Braves Today???

I’m Banking on 11

richbrave

March 8th, 2012
1:03 pm

Sad, but true. Hopefully he’s just homesick, and will rally to make money for his new contract because emotionally I don’t think he ever came to ATLANTA.

richbrave

March 8th, 2012
1:03 pm

11 Tomahawkin’. I roll with that.

MP

March 8th, 2012
1:04 pm

Any radio link for the game ?

LAG

March 8th, 2012
1:04 pm

This team needs the fire of Lemke, Giles, Justice, Smoltz and Mad Dog.

The same Marcus Giles who kvetched about batting leadoff and hit accordingly?

Bill

March 8th, 2012
1:05 pm

Get well Chris and thanks for info…
I like Bourn and hope he will be around for a long time. Some of you try to make it look like he wants out but thats not exactly right..he will let his agent do the talking. Just like all players Bourn going into free agent ( will try to earn as much as possible by his play) wants to know who wants him the most. Can’t blame the guy. Its $$$ time.

George

March 8th, 2012
1:05 pm

Still no CHIPPER in lineup, he must be hurt worse than BRAVES are letting on.

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:05 pm

No streaming radio other than through MLB…

richbrave

March 8th, 2012
1:06 pm

1eyedJack
March 8th, 2012
12:58 pm

“……Ok, so he’s not a good interview. Can’t Get Right wasn’t a good interview either, but he could sure hit……”

I dunno’, she seemed to think so.

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:06 pm

George – I heard one of his legs actually fell off…

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:06 pm

Jason Hammel takes the mound to face Luis Durango…ball one, ball two…

MFin04

March 8th, 2012
1:07 pm

Yeh, if there ever was an interview that says we have no chance at resigning Michael Bourn…there it was. Sad. Really hoped he would be coming back, but from the sounds of it, it isn’t going to happen.

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:07 pm

Leadoff walk for Durango…

par for the course

March 8th, 2012
1:07 pm

“Still no CHIPPER in lineup, he must be hurt worse than BRAVES are letting on.”

So what else is new!!!!

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:08 pm

Big lead for Durango – throws over…Prado batting…

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:09 pm

Durango running, excellent throw by Wieters gest him…

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:09 pm

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:09 pm

Prado – 3-1 count – fouled off…

richbrave

March 8th, 2012
1:10 pm

BILL:

Disagree, but that’s what makes the world go ’round.

Now if you are the guy or know him well, then I might buy what you’re saying.

But his level of play is off from HOUSTON, and if he wants that bank-roll, he better get his head out of his a……. and start hitting for average.

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:10 pm

Called 3rd strike, inside corner…

cabravesfan

March 8th, 2012
1:10 pm

22 year vets don’t often travel during spring training

Mixxo

March 8th, 2012
1:10 pm

Tomahawkin -

I’m doing sound for Mr. Sweat Sat. night. Lots of “candy” hanging around by the stage at his shows. Done several of them.

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:11 pm

Not the Joe West umpiring crew today…

Strike one on FF…

ColoradoBravesFan

March 8th, 2012
1:11 pm

VJ… Thanks for the PBP as it is great for those that can’t get any radio or TV…

Mark's for the Braves

March 8th, 2012
1:11 pm

Bourn will not be a Brave in 2013. We will go get a cheaper CF and use the rest of the money for 3B and LF. Wait and see.

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:11 pm

You’re welcome…

Shallow pop to left by Freeman – shortstop catches it to end the inning…

Soph

March 8th, 2012
1:11 pm

Thanks for the Bourn Q&A, Chris. Hope you feel better.

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:12 pm

Eagle-par start for Tiger Woods…

richbrave

March 8th, 2012
1:12 pm

Yeah, I used to listen through WQNT, but they’ve shut off all independent outlets now and you must PAY to hear……..Greedy basta***

1eyedJack

March 8th, 2012
1:13 pm

richbrave, not sure she was interested in whether he could talk or hit…a baseball.

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:13 pm

Nolan Reimold will lead off against Mike Minor…

anobles10

March 8th, 2012
1:13 pm

First, there is almost no way that Bourn will be here next season, because he is a Scott Boras client and Boras will find a team that will overpay for his speed and defense. He realizes the moniker of the situation and will play his butt off for the team this season because he’s a team player. Also, the fact that he’s in a contract year, he’ll play his butt off to try and have a good season in order to prove he deserves that huge contract.

Richard

March 8th, 2012
1:13 pm

Venice Jim, you are my hero.

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:14 pm

richbrave – how strange that businessmen would try to make money…

Mixxo

March 8th, 2012
1:14 pm

Ugly inning.

It continues.

DS1

March 8th, 2012
1:14 pm

Actually, having Boras as his agent tells me more about whether he will be here next year than any hints we might glean from an interview.

Thanks VJ!

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:15 pm

2-1 on Reimold…lifted to the left side – Joey T catches it in foul territory…

richbrave

March 8th, 2012
1:15 pm

Mixxo
March 8th, 2012
1:10 pm

Tomahawkin -

“………..I’m doing sound for Mr. Sweat Sat. night. Lots of “candy” hanging around by the stage at his shows. Done several of them……….”

That stuff’s ‘catching’ if you know what I mean. Better get some of those government mandated male contraceptives going………

Venice Jim

March 8th, 2012
1:16 pm

J.J. Hardy with a 1-2 count…

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