10:47 am March 8, 2012, by Chris Vivlamore
March 8th, 20123:44 pm
You can still like the team, watch the team, and still be pissed at the team for putting such a poor product out on the field so far. This team can’t score runs in spring training, and the pitching has been terrible as well. It isn’t the end of the world this early, but there really haven’t been many positives so far.
I don’t think he was being negative or anything. Some people don’t do interviews well, and he maybe one of them. I, personally hope he stays for the next ten yrs. We need a Solid lead off guy who can steal bases and play good defense. I think he meets all the criteria.
March 8th, 20123:45 pm
I know, mixxo…
I enjoy the musings of their pea-sized brains.
It’s fine to think they won’t succeed – the problem is how often you’ve come to tell us as much.
March 8th, 20123:46 pm
Phil, you’re free to express whatever opinion you want. I just think it’s stupid and pointless that you spend so much effort into being negative. And your unending stream of negativity and jackass comments makes it less enjoyable for myself and other fans (you know the ones who actually support the team) to discuss and comment on this blog. It’s not about expressing extreme positivity all the time or anything, but having realistic expectations and knowing what they are capable of if they play to their ability. It’s not like I don’t have concerns about certain aspects of the team.
Look at the bright side.. at least we know this year what we’re in for… no more heartache at the end of the season.
A realist now, huh?
Do you even know what that word means?
March 8th, 20123:47 pm
Personally, anybody that puts ANY credibility into spring training games like the one today, must be a total dipstick.
I really have no desire to let you dumasses push my buttons this early in the season, so fortunately for me, I have a plane to catch.
But phil, since you think it’s OK to be an ass, I guess it’s only fair that I oblige: Your and idiot, buddy!
Now please do not go and kick your cat or do anything stupid like siphoning off some gas for your mama’s station wagon.
March 8th, 20123:48 pm
Wow. They way this is going we may have to look at the other teams spare parts to get the last bench spots because none of our players are stepping up to claim the job. I know is early but…
March 8th, 20123:50 pm
phil You guys be all happy about crap and i’ll be unhappy about it. Ownership is slowly killing us. Wake up.
you wake up. half of our lineup were minor leaguers and bench players, and our pitcher was on like a 50 pitch count. we have played 6 spring training games.
us, wake up? please.
March 8th, 20123:51 pm
I have a buddy who recently bought a Taylor. Incredible sound!! I’m thinking I shoulda got my son one of those instead of the low end Martin I ended up getting him.
March 8th, 20123:52 pm
Beachy kinda looks like Ted Mosby.
Atlanta Braves @Braves
Mets game will be @ 1:05 on 1230 AM and the Yankees game will be on MLB Network, with first pitch at 1:15.
Not really Chief. I’m sure you’re going to tell me though.
March 8th, 20123:54 pm
DS1 & Flange play Taylors huh?
Well, that explains that!
March 8th, 20123:55 pm
#Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirms Tommy Hanson will debut in split-squad game Sunday. Sean Gilmartin will start road game.
March 8th, 20123:56 pm
Even though this is ST, it’s hard to find a bright side when your pitchers take the mound knowing that they have no leeway at all and that a 2.0 ERA or better is needed for the team to be competitive. These were the Orioles gang–a twenty year study in futility. Less than four weeks to opening day the offense still looks like last September. Not good.
March 8th, 20123:57 pm
Did they announce who is going where for the split tomorrow?
March 8th, 20123:58 pm
Actually, you’re hard as heck to figure out. Sometimes you can be a reasonable person, but you seem to love being such a dick head. And you’re so good at it too!
Loosing Managar = Loosing Record
Tell us more about this flue….Was it the same 1 that got Drunky Hansen when he wreckd his car and cant paly baseball? The same one that landed him in rehab?
DS1, some people prefer Martin over Taylor (me). Although, a low end anything can be out performed by a high-end anything else.
speaking of low-end, its what i like so much about Martin guitars, vs. Taylors. Martins seem to have a much richer low end to them (talking about tone now, not quality).
March 8th, 20124:00 pm
BravePack – I don’t think so…
I really don’t think the pitchers give a darn if they win or lose a spring training game. They are just getting their work in.
Let’s wait until Tax day to determine if we truly suck or not, can we?
least of the east
March 8th, 20124:01 pm
it’s clear-he will be gone after this year. that’s why we only gave up 4 decent players.
if he won’t talk contract during the season, there doesn’t leave much time before he becomes a free agent. signing period starts later in the year
Braves have noone to replace him, but Wren doesn’t worry. he’ll still be smirking when the Braves finish 3rd or 4th.
if we’re lucky, the team will be out of the race by 7/31 and we can move hm for something.
March 8th, 20124:02 pm
I’ve got a 25 year old Yamaha and my son has his Martin. I love ‘em both. But nothing beats the old ES175D when I want to amp up!
No I am a Gibson acoustic guy myself. I have a D-45 but prefer the Gibsons.
Both the Taylors and lower end Martin’s are great guitars for the money. They have different sounds though. To me the Taylors are a bit brighter, they tend to record well and have nice electronics.
The Martins have better low end and age better. Usually just a thinline pickup, but that works pretty well.
There have been some problems with some of the newer Taylors warping (or so I see on the net and hear from my friends in the repair business)
I think you chose wisely!
March 8th, 20124:03 pm
Right. And if we DO move him at the deadline, I’ll go out on a limb and state right now that no one will be happy with what we get in return.
March 8th, 20124:05 pm
Thank you! My online persona/tact could use some work no doubt. I’ll work on that. lol
Nothing wrong with a Taylor fo real tho….if you like that sound. A bit generic and thin for me. It’s all good.
DS1 I’ve got a 25 year old Yamaha and my son has his Martin
dude, the older they get, the better they sound. i have a low-end martin myself, but its 15 years old or so, and is just sounding better and better. plays real nice.
March 8th, 20124:09 pm
I’m a Gibson acoustic guy too as far as sound goes. I play an Epi Masterbilt AJ500RE. It’s pretty close to a nice J45.
March 8th, 20124:10 pm
I agree with Wayne! Sometimes you can be hard to deal with, other times you are a great guy.
What acoustic guitar do you prefer to record? What sounds best live to you?
March 8th, 20124:12 pm
Nice to see some guitarists on here. I don’t play much acoustic though (my only one is a cheap Yamaha). Got a PRS Custom 22 though last summer and love it.
The kool-aid drinkers are more nervous than they let on. You can tell when they even more bitchy than usual about people doubting the team. They’re trying to re-assured themselves more than the pessimists.
You saw it back in September, when they swore up and down that the Braves were going to playoffs and everyone who thought otherwise were idiots. See how that worked out…
buncha bitchy lil’ girls on the blog today huh?
March 8th, 20124:14 pm
No more Kool-Aid for me. All southern here – iced tea from now on.
March 8th, 20124:15 pm
I am more of an electric guy myself. Love my teles and semi hollow Gibson’s!
March 8th, 20124:16 pm
Except that “everyone who thought otherwise” were the same folks that would call ball game after a single in the first inning and would complain about everything. And if it’s “drinking the kool-aid” (still a totally stupid phrase) means believing your team can win one game, well, fill up my glass. (except, don’t because I don’t like it)
March 8th, 20124:19 pm
I don’t record much. I do live stuff for the most part. I’ve mixed so many acoustics live….it’s hard to say what is “best.”
Oddly enough, one of the best-sounding ones was a lowly Sigma dread cutaway with a stock pickup in it. A lot had to do with the player I’m sure, but it sounded right up there with many high-dollar guitars.
Some Taylors, Taks, McPhersons, most Gibbys and many Martins have sounded really good to me. It’s a crap shoot.
Iced tea dammit!
March 8th, 20124:20 pm
I see from the box score that the bats were alive again today. Way to rock out the spring guys!
March 8th, 20124:21 pm
Cool man. Although it may be several years away, I already know my next guitar purchase will probably be a hollow or semi-hollow body.
March 8th, 20124:22 pm
Did you see the lineup? Not too many regulars (or even guys that will be on the 25 man roster) travelled today
Flange adnd DS1 – Mixxo’s a normal, decent human when you get him talking about music. With the Braves? Not so much.
March 8th, 20124:24 pm
DOB– The Braves have won only 1 game thus far this spring training season. They are are 1-5. What’s your take on this team? I think there are a LOT of question marks on pitching and still inconsistencies and lack of offense.
Funny you say that, we had an open mike thing in Columbus, GA going for a while and had guys from all over come in to play. They had all sorts of guitars from hand made Collings to Sigma and Silvertones.
You are right the player made most of the difference, but we had an inexpensive Gibson acoustic with a Gibson pickup system in it that sounded better than anything else we could hook up!
Funny, most guys (even with high end Martin’s and such) would ask to use my Gibson instead of using their guitar.
March 8th, 20124:25 pm
Have you seen some of the PRS semi and hollow bodies?
Real cool if you like the PRS neck!
March 8th, 20124:27 pm
What sort of outlook do the Guiness drinkers have?
I enjoy the musings of their pea-sized brains
Clearly he does so in awe, wondering what it must be like to attain such cognitive abilities…
March 8th, 20124:28 pm
Yeah, I know it’s “just Spring Training, the vets and pitchers are just getting their work in, and mostly it’s our subs against their subs”, yadda, yadda, yadda.
The problem I see from the results so far (taking into account it IS early into Spring Training) is that our guys can’t score any runs, can’t pitch (at least not yet it seems), and their subs are making our veterans look like AAA send-downs (not to mention the actual AAA send-downs). The end-game results, including the nonchalant demeanor expressed so far from what I’ve gathered, feel much more like a team whose mentality needs serious and immediate adjustment. Other teams are getting the job done and so far the Braves haven’t been, which is another significant part of what Spring Training is about.
Yeah, it’s Spring Training…but if you don’t come caring about WINNING THE GAME and playing your level best then you may be uncomfortably surprised by how difficult it is to”flip that switch” when the season begins. Just like last year.
March 8th, 20124:29 pm
My old band used to tease me whenever the Braves lost. They knew how passionate I was/am about them.
I think this team is ready to break camp.Opening day can’t come soon enough.@Tomahawkin 11 hits only possible if Braves play a triple header.
Yeah I’d love to get another PRS and their semi and hollow models are amazing. Only thing is I know I’m gonna have to pay for it, those models are real pricey (and I had to buy my Custom 22 used as it was). I’d probably look at some Gibsons and maybe a G&L semi ASAT. If I want to go affordable could always get an Ibanez Artcore or a Hagstrom maybe.
March 8th, 20124:31 pm
Matt Chernoff just mentioned the Glory days of Turner Field when attendance was 30-40K every night (1997-2000), even against garbage teams like the Expos,
Oh the Glory days
I just checked the stats – exactly half of the teams playing thus far have lost…reading some of the comments, I would have thought the average winning percentage around the majors thus far was closer to 90%…
March 8th, 20124:32 pm
Some of you are putting WAY too much emphasis on Spring training games…especially a week in. It’s practice. Nothing more.
March 8th, 20124:34 pm
The Astros are tied for third right now. That should tell you all you need to know about how much weight should be put into ST games.
Not surprised there. There’s something raw, earthy and organic about a good Gibson that I love. Usually, all I have to do on the channel strip is find that little spike in the lo-mids, dial it out and go with with it. Perfect!
You must have a good one.
March 8th, 20124:35 pm
*dial it back
The ASAT’s are great, but they are BRIGHT guitars.
I love Gibson’s, the neck profiles are perfect for me. PRS – not so much! Great guitars, well built, sound great, but the necks are just too big for me.
I had one of the first 50 PRS McCarty models, kept it for a few years but even though I loved the sound, I just did not like the neck, so I traded it!
No problem with getting a used guitar. I agree with DAP, older guitars (both electric and acoustic) sound better to me.
Just play a lot of guitars before you buy, you will make the right choice for you.
March 8th, 20124:37 pm
Ha and wow the Mariners are in first over in the Cactus league.
I think Bourn sounds like a business man that can’t go jumping around like a kid in front od DisneyWorld’s gates waiting for them to open so he can run in and lose his mind. If he does that The Braveauxs have an advantage. In fact, I think most everyone missed a VERY IMPORTANT statement from Bourn…”i WANT TO PLAY WHERE I’M WANTED”
We also heard thatthe Braves HAVE NOT approached him with a contract extension. Sounds like the villain is FW and their limited payroll. Bourn is as PERFECT a fit for the Braves as McCann. He fills our CF void, our leadoff void, and our ridiculous stolen base void. Andruw Jones got $10mil a yr and although Bourn is a notch below Andruw in his prime I put him in the top 5 defensive CF’s today, top 5 leadoff hitters, AND top 5 base stealers!
5yrs/$50Mil should have been offered a month after he got here. Today it’ll cost 5yrs/$55Mil at the end of the season…5yrs/$60Mil. Just get it done FW.
If ya’ll think we are slightly voided at SS until Pastornicky gets going have any of you looked at our CF prospects? WE HAVE NONE!!! Be like Nike Frank and JUST DO IT!!
March 8th, 20124:38 pm
I am blessed with more than one great guitars. I have friends that are real players (I play at playing guitar!) and I regularly lend my stuff out to be played live and in the studio.
Good guitars should be played and heard! A LOT!
March 8th, 20124:40 pm
Um, why are other teams batting averages littered with .300 and .400 numbers through today, and ours is littered with .100 and lower, other than a couple of guys that won’t even make the team?
It’s ST, I know, but it’s a little disconcerting that we are hitting exactly like last September. It just couldn’t happen that a half-dozen Braves have completely lost their confidence at the plate – all at the same time?
Couldn’t happen, Right?
Ugh . . .
Well see I also would like a Tele style guitar, and since I already have a Fender Strat would really like to get a G&L at some point.
Are you aware of the different neck profiles? It’s possible that you had a wide fat neck. The wide thin would probably be more to your liking.
I’ll definitely try a handful of models, but like I said this purchase is still probably a couple years off since I just got a new axe last summer. It wasn’t until recently I just started really jonesing for a semi or hollow body.
March 8th, 20124:43 pm
I can’t believe so many people are interested in ST games, especially this early on. All they’re doing is long warm ups. No reason to take any of this meaningless stuff seriously. I don’t even know if they’ve won a game or lost one. I honestly could give a rats ass. The last few ST games and of course the season is when I get that interest back.
March 8th, 20124:45 pm
I understand what everyone is saying about this being Spring Training, that it’s only practice, etc…
I remember going to baseball practice. We worked on stuff like hitting and fielding and what to do in certain situations.
Thing is… if we did crappy in practice, we didn’t get to play in the actual games. Well, except for the coach’s son. He got to play no matter what. The rest of us, though, we had to perform in practice or our spot in the lineup went to someone else on the team.
So, yeah, it’s practice, but sooner or later, you’re going to want your players to practice doing good things like getting hits or strikeouts, and not practicing doing bad things, like hitting into double plays and giving up homeruns.
bye bye bourne. so happy that we are looking good this spring, wait thats every team but the Liberty we are to cheap to care Braves.
March 8th, 20124:47 pm
I am a tele guy and a 335 guy.
There is a massive difference between a thinline tele (or ASAT) and a 335 even if both guitars have humbuckers. You could easily have both in your collection with very little overlap.
G&L pickups are usually a bit hotter than Fender pickups.
Yes, I have played the wide thin neck, I like it better than the wide fat, but it is more like an older SG Les Paul shape which is not my favorite. I really like the Gibson 1960 slim profile neck, although I have Gibson from the 50’s early and late 60’s too.
Now we know the offense will e up and down due to the fact we have many pull type hitters and the young kids like Heyward,FF, Pasty and etc. This isn’t a prediction, but more likely a fact. Guys don’t lose bad habits over one offseason and kids have much learning to do. So let’s not go all surprised when this happens. DUH! It’s gonna happen. Thank God we have pitching and a lot of it. Pretty good group too.
March 8th, 20124:48 pm
When I played baseball in college (small Div II school) we played a fall schedule that I compare to Spring Training. The score and wins and losses meant absolutely nothing. What did matter were fundamentals, hits with runners in scoring position, extra base hits, pitchers throwing strikes and limiting runs. All things that the Braves appear to be failing to do at the moment. If I took anything from those fall games it was that if you sucked in the fall, you sucked in the regular season too, because well……you suck. So I will write this week off as the first week of Spring Training, but if this team as a collective group continues to suck over the next 10 games or so I am going into all out panic mode.
I too, have many friends that are old pros and some young dudes that’ll scare ya. I live in a musical hotbed here in mid Ga. I think these guys were born playing.
I’m just a hobbyist really. Been playing guitar & bass most of my life, but certainly not “performer-level” yet IMO. My focus has been in the sound reinforcement dept.
March 8th, 20124:50 pm
Lay off Bourn. This guy can shape up this lineup if he even has close to the season he had for that half of one with Houston last year. I could give a frogs fat ass if he’s cocky and doesn’t want to get mushy with a Braves reporter.
It’s ST, I know, but
“but”, “but”, “but”…there’s no “but” in spring-training baseball.
You either get that the results are next to meaningless, or you don’t. For those that don’t and go all cry-baby on us in March, we thank you for letting the rest of us mark you for the regular season. I’m just guessing here, but I imagine that the weary drearies for such folk won’t end on Opening Day, thus, it’s nice to know in advance which posters can be skipped without fear.
Byt the way, a woman looking remarkably like Carroll nearly caught a lap full of player at the tourney today, LOL. Don’t know if that was actually her or not, but the woman in question sure looked familiar.
Just caught the replay on mlbtv of old Nate misplaying a Ty Wigginton flyball into a double. With his blonde locks flowing in the breeze he chased it too the wall. I noticed he was wearing the number 2, he has some sort of strange obsession with wearing old Jordan Schafer numbers. Wonder if he has a doll he sticks pins into. He just wasn’t the player we thought he was when we traded for him, now he really looks lost.
March 8th, 20124:53 pm
It is always fun to be sitting with a group of old pros and have some young naive kid come in and start playing and everyone gets quiet and watches and listens.
Always love to hear the new kids learning their chops!
March 8th, 20124:54 pm
“bye bye bourne. so happy that we are looking good this spring, wait thats every team but the Liberty we are to cheap to care Braves.”
Middle of the pack attendance = middle of the pack payroll. What do you expect?
March 8th, 20124:55 pm
ncscoots, meaning you won’t mark me off your “answer his/her question” list this season then? Damnit! I’m improving my social skills on the blog! It’s only taken over 4 years …
March 8th, 20124:56 pm
We heard from Schultz that Carol had on her Duke jersey today!
March 8th, 20124:58 pm
In that case, I don’t think it was her. I think I would have noticed a Dook jersey in the doggone press section, fercrissake.
March 8th, 20125:20 pm
ncscoots – blue sweater, not actually a Duke jersey…
March 8th, 20125:41 pm
flange1 you ever heard a dude in Columbus named “Al breeze” play he is an old friend I wish I could find him he is an awesome performer and picker
March 8th, 20125:55 pm
Josh Smith wants a trade. Ha, of course he does.
March 8th, 20126:16 pm
Self appointed baseball ’sophisticates’: Now you say “oh, it’s just spring training”, then it will be “oh it’s just April, it is still early”, then it’ll be ” oh, it isn’t even the all star break yet”. You are probably the same ones who said we were being too negative when we were freaking out in Sept. about all the losses and lack of offense. Shut up, pay attention and recognize that this team has offensive issues.
This team is bad folks, real bad. I’ve said all off-season that this team will lose 100+ games. It’s the 80’s Braves all over again. The offense remains absolutely horrible. Pitching isn’t any good anymore either. If it weren’t for the Astros, the Braves would be the worst team in baseball. 60-102.
March 8th, 20126:17 pm
March 8th, 20126:19 pm
I love that it’s apparently ok for the super negative folks to voice their opinion, but when someone thinks this team might be good, we are told to “shut up” and that we are drinking the kool-aid. If that’s the case, what are there bitter people drinking, arsenic?
March 8th, 20126:22 pm
From the previous blog which had 1,135 comments, Venice Jim led the way with 191 posts. There were 134 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:
Rank Poster Frequency
1 Venice Jim 191
2 cabravesfan 57
3 Tomahawkin 51
4 ncscoots 36
5 raleighbravefan 35
6 richbrave 35
7 VaBravesFan 34
8 Mixxo 33
9 Bat Masterson 31
10 Lew 31
11 Soph 31
12 Murph 30
13 Jimmy 25
14 DS1 23
15 Ease 22
16 Just Pat 22
17 tiger297 22
18 jeffrey d 20
19 nolie 20
20 kenhotlanta 19
21 B-F_52 18
22 Rick 18
23 Ward 18
24 brian 17
25 George 13
March 8th, 20126:32 pm
I do know AL Breeze! Heck of a musician!
He has a real cool 1959 ES-335 that I always kid him about selling me for $100!
You looking to get a hold of Al? Let me see if I can find his contact info!
March 8th, 20126:43 pm
Awwwww…..just put’em ALL in your doghouse and throw away the key.
McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:
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March 8th, 20126:44 pm
BTW, I thought VJ showed some Peyton Manning class yesterday with his post about…..Rick????….. wasn’t it?
March 8th, 20126:45 pm
Oh yeah…been a looong afternoon…
Kwajbraves Sorry McFann but you may have to start looking for another Braves player to change your blog moniker to.
No cann do. If the Braves kick BMac out, I’m still McFann. I’m still a Braves fan, too, but BMac is my favorite, and I don’t think that’s ever gonna change.
Hey, there! Sorry I had to run yesterday. Looks like the same thing MAY happen tonight….we’ll see.
March 8th, 20126:49 pm
I felt the same way about Dale Murphy and Phil Niekro. Still rooted for THEM personally, but not for the teams they played for.
Oh, that’s OK! I know how it cann be when you’re at work—sometimes you just wanna GET OUTTA THERE!!!
That’s so cool that you had a Pileated! They’re very exciting…one of my most favorites…I love Phoebes and finches, too…
March 8th, 20126:50 pm
I could never do that to nolie…well, probably not
(I am not sure which VJ post you were referring to…there were quite a few )
March 8th, 20126:51 pm
Exactly what I’ll do! Wish him nothing but the best…
Well, the Pileated didn’t actually go TO the feeder, but landed in the river birch we have next to the feeder. First one I had ever seen up close like that.
March 8th, 20126:53 pm
oh, someone was giving him grief about how much time he spent posting (and managed to pull you into it) and he made a very classy comment at the end towards that person.
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