10:23 am March 23, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 24th, 20127:31 pm
Gotta vent somewhere nolee, this is not going to be a good season, just hope they can get to 84 wins that I said they would get.
March 24th, 20127:32 pm
Trey – I think she needs someone to come over and rub her feet…I’d send my oldest but he might not come home
March 24th, 20127:35 pm
Haha, why not, Samantha! I’m about three hours away from Georgia and I visit quite frequently, since I am still a resident of Norcross!
George – this is baseball man there is absolutely no way to say if this is going to be a good season or not.
Many sure things don’t make the playoffs and longshots come through often enough that we should all believe.
March 24th, 20127:36 pm
time for me to get little tiger ready for bed…
tiger, I would worry about that, too. Just get a biohazard suit and he should be fine.
March 24th, 20127:37 pm
I will hold your hand while you rub my feet. Feet about only spot that dont hurt
March 24th, 20127:39 pm
March 24th, 20127:41 pm
How ’bout dem Braves? Hopefully their season will be better than their Spring Training.
Gimpah & McError
March 24th, 20127:43 pm
G I M P E R
March 24th, 20127:44 pm
Damn at the injuries already. Hopefully they get these out of the way now.
March 24th, 20127:46 pm
Anybody else think if we have a poor season, or finish it off in bad shape again, that Fredi is on the hot seat? I do.
I’m going to be in so much trouble tomorrow…little tiger is playing with his older brothers nerf gun and when his mommy gets home tomorrow all hell is going to break loose
March 24th, 20127:47 pm
Seriously Trey this guy really worked me over
GTI in Brooklyn
I don’t see how you can leave MEDLEN out of the rotation at this point. There is a very logical argument for putting and keeping him in the bullpen, but – IMO – that argument only holds up if you have five (or even four) solid starters. I’m not sure the Braves can say that right now. Sure, it’s just ST, but the only guy throwing well is MINOR. HANSON has been decent, but with health setbacks (and the carry-over question marks), and each of the other four rotation candidates have had a rough time finding their groove. Maybe a couple of months (or weeks) from now the picture will look different, but right now, I think we need one more depend starter more than we need one more middle relief guy.
tiger, maybe you should just hop in your plane and fly across country, so she can’t get to you.
March 24th, 20127:48 pm
brian – I’m guessing that decision will depend on a number of factors not just the record
March 24th, 20127:49 pm
I think Braves should sign Mike Gonzalez. I know he isn’t the guy the Braves had a few years ago, he is older, and his injuries just keep coming, but braves need help in the bullpen, he should be cheap since he remains unsigned, and he is a lefty.
I wouldn’t give Delgado or Teheran the job because they simply don’t deserve it by the way they’ve pitched, but Medlen on the other hand does deserve it, and it’s only 2 or 3 starts. Why not take a shot, improve the bullpen, the rotation, and send both Teheran and Delgado to the minors so they can start gaining confidence once again.
Sorry for taking your man. I waited until the 13th or 14th round
No worries, Sylvester. Just giving you a hard time.
March 24th, 20127:50 pm
George, right now I’m about 60/40 on this season, 60% of me thinks it won’t be a good one. Hopefully if it is as I predict right now that they won’t tease us. Looks like they’re being more considerate this time judging by their spring so far and the injuries. Can’t help the injuries, but it will help the disappointment for later.
trey – then I’ll be in trouble for taking him flying without her in the airplane. Lose lose situation for me but I get to fly so not a bad idea. At least delay the pain
March 24th, 20127:52 pm
Now Trey is afraid of me
Samantha, I just went back a page and I read what happened. I really hope you feel better and I hope they find the person that did that to you.
March 24th, 20127:53 pm
Soph – How many catchers were taken before McCann was taken? It was several rounds and catchers taken. I’m sorry, but the managers were after production, not picking by their hearts.
No idea, Jimmy. I actually forgot about the draft so I missed a few rounds but it was my pick when I finally made it so I went for Mac. It’s not like he’s chopped liver so can’t really say I was picking with my heart. Not like I went after David Ross or something.
In fact, this is the first year I even have Braves on my team – I normally stay away.
March 24th, 20127:54 pm
tiger, but she won’t be able to get’cha! Also, leave your phone at home, so she can’t chew you out over the phone.
March 24th, 20127:57 pm
They caught him and he is being held for attempted murder. Seriously I hurt from my eyebrows to my knees. I just came on here to get rid of my problem. Maybe a few jokes makes me feel better.
March 24th, 20127:58 pm
Samantha, I am scared of my own shadow.
March 24th, 20128:04 pm
Guys, Ive got to take medication and go to sleep. Thank You very much for having some fun with me. It helped.
What has Teheran or Delgado shown this spring to show they are major league ready much less that they are ready to be a starter on a team with post-season aspirations?
If Medlen does not get consideration for that 5th starter job out of the gate, I think I will scream. The dude has earned it. There is nothing but stubborness now to say that Medlen will not be considered for the 5th starter
March 24th, 20128:16 pm
Guess shirking my PBP duties made the Braves think they didn’t have to bother getting more than 3 hits (or else it was the collective realization that the season has been doomed by this injury)…
March 24th, 20128:21 pm
I have to admit I’m starting to be intrigued by Abreu. What would it take to get him? Does he have anything left in the tank?
March 24th, 20128:31 pm
Enjoyed your Blackberry “Gobbler” post from this morning. Watchout for those pit vipers. I saw three this week on the golf course. The lazy lowlife were just laying around on weeds and looked like they had the cotton mouth.
March 24th, 20128:41 pm
Hello everyone! How’s it going? PLay Prado at 3rd,and Parraz in LF That’s my solution. Best wishes for a quick recovery for Chipper.
McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:
March 24th, 20128:43 pm
Soph you’ll be so proud of me. I grabbed your mann in our fantasy draft before any of the boys could touch him.
Good going! You won’t be sorry, I’m sure!
Utlely will have a prss conferance on his knee problem soon. Don’t know when ,but soon. Phillies have their problems to.
March 24th, 20128:44 pm
meant to say press conferance. Utelys’ knee problems continue.
March 24th, 20128:50 pm
great tater I need to go water my garden and now I’m skeered
March 24th, 20128:51 pm
mcfann – wait til she tells you where she grabbed him b4 u get too excited
March 24th, 20128:55 pm
Hey, I picked Mac over ‘teen ‘teen. Dedication.
Then again, apparently I drafted with my heart instead of my brain so what do I know?
March 24th, 20128:56 pm
With Utley out,and no one know’s how Howard will do when he comes back? The Phillies wont be as strong.
March 24th, 20128:58 pm
I need to go water my garden and now I’m skeered
I would be, too. You need indoor plumbing.
March 24th, 20128:59 pm
I would send Delgado down after the performance he had today. Medlen should start.
Wow…that IS dedication. Kudos!
For real. That BMac character really isn’t all he and his 6 All-Star selections and 5 Silver Sluggers are cracked up to be…
March 24th, 20129:09 pm
I’m not a huge Braves fan but I really appreciate Chipper’s professionalism, effort, and results over these many years.
My favorite thing about Chipper is how he answered those arrogant and classless “Laaareee” cheers from the NY fans by quietly and mercilessly crushing them at the plate game after game, series after series, year after year. That was a beautiful thing to watch.
March 24th, 20129:16 pm
Also I like the idea of looking at Johnny Damon. I mentioned him a lot during the trade deadline. He would be a good benefit to the Braves. Sign Damon,and good investment.
March 24th, 20129:21 pm
terrible investment anywhere near the price that he says he wants.
March 24th, 20129:26 pm
noleee- Damon is a good solid player,and comes out to play hard every day. He plays with energy,and finds a way to help the team win.He’s a winner when the game is on the line.Good investment….
March 24th, 20129:30 pm
Ward – how many games have you watched Damon play to come up with that perspective? I’m not saying its inaccurate but to say he comes to play hard every day you must be watching 100 games a year he plays in.
March 24th, 20129:32 pm
SS Pastornicky had 1 of only 3 Braves hits (and their only extra-base hit) on Sat., making him 7-for-13 in his past 4 games. Average still puny, but up about 100 points to .224. Has 1 walk in 55 PAs all spring.
March 24th, 20129:33 pm
DOB – How many SO’s?
March 24th, 20129:34 pm
yeah well there is a reason that nobody has offered him anywhere near what he wants ward and it ain’t cause he’s a great investment at that price
March 24th, 20129:35 pm
I’ve see,enough, and been a big fan.Know Damon to be a gamer.Might not have a strong arm,but most always makes the right plays.
March 24th, 20129:38 pm
5 SO’s so once every 10 AB’s…what was seabass last year once every 5?
March 24th, 20129:39 pm
In my view he would be a good idea. Like the way Damon plays.A team player too.
Ward, I just hope that Damon can perform for us, if we get him. He’s 38 years old and not what he used to be.
March 24th, 20129:40 pm
Tiger-Thought you were getting ready for bed.
nope putting the little one to bed…I get to stay up past 9:00 most nights
March 24th, 20129:41 pm
Trey- I think Damon would put up solid numbers. ESPN thinks he would be a good pick up for anyone.
Expectation should have been for Chipper to sit out 40 – 50 games this season. I’m sure the Braves have a contigency plan, because Chipper came into camp talking about being able to play, and retirement.
There’s a move, (minor player) in the works.
March 24th, 20129:42 pm
Tiger- Funny….Just clowning you.
March 24th, 20129:44 pm
oh I know…right now I’m trying to put off this training class I need to be taking for work…it is the biggest thing that has kept me off the blog the last week (yeah I know everybody pray for more training)
March 24th, 20129:53 pm
Ward, I’m sure he would. He could put some pop in our lineup, which we obviously need. He’s almost as old as Jones though, so I don’t know how he’d hold up.
March 24th, 20129:54 pm
All have a good one! It was a good talking,and Peace my friends…….”Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”Talk tomorrow.
March 24th, 20129:55 pm
Lots of UVA baseball with my two eldest grandsons this afternoon. CLEMSON is put away on a two hitter as the HOOS starter twirls a one-run complete game with two BB and five SO. Life is good.
March 24th, 201210:00 pm
rich – little tiger was 3 for 3 (in no out 4U pre-teeball) but had a rough day on defense as he preferred to hold the fence in right center as opposed to any real position…
March 24th, 201210:01 pm
interview went pretty good richbrave, wont know for 2 weeks though
if ya see willie wonka posting yep i got the job
TEHERAN and DELGADO not ready for prime time. Insert MEDS into HUDSON’s slot and move to the pen when he returns. Meanwhile, consign JULIO and RANDALL to the lower reaches in GWINNETT.
My oldest grandson makes a reprise to MARIETTA in early July with the VIRGINIA CARDINALS while the younger holds forth in MYRTLE BEACH in late July with the VIRGINIA PREDATORS. I’ll be coming to ATLANTA and MYRTLE to swelter once again this year folks.
March 24th, 201210:03 pm
Also think we get a player before opening day. Cheapy through trade or FA, whoever is left. On the FA list anyways.
March 24th, 2012
“………interview went pretty good richbrave, wont know for 2 weeks though
if ya see willie wonka posting yep i got the job……..”
Chocolate truffles then for me ncgary. Heh!
Seriously, best of luck. My fingers are crossed.
March 24th, 201210:07 pm
March 24th, 2012
rich – little tiger was 3 for 3 (in no out 4U pre-teeball) but had a rough day on defense as he preferred to hold the fence in right center as opposed to any real position…”
It’ll be 14U in no time tiger. Best of luck. ENJOY! Family and sharing time is all there really is in this life. The only thing you’re gonna’ have when you’re gone, is what you give to others while you’re here.
March 24th, 201210:09 pm
I’m only on for a minute, but I saw your question about where to get the jerseys. Here’s a link to the website and make sure you sign up for their mailing list so you can save an additional 15% on your order.
Ward, you always type like you’re in a rush. What’s the rush?
March 24th, 201210:11 pm
Granddaughters and cornmeal pancakes in the a.m. NYTOL.
March 24th, 201210:16 pm
Thank you, Brava.
March 24th, 201210:17 pm
You’re welcome, Trey. Gotta get in bed. Driving back to Atlanta tomorrow from ST.
March 24th, 201210:19 pm
rich – if he sticks with it…my oldest stopped at 12
March 24th, 201210:22 pm
That’ll be one fun drive, Brava. All I have is the funeral I volunteered to perform in for tomorrow.
Granddaughters and cornmeal pancakes in the a.m.
A little too Hansel and Gretel if you ask me
March 24th, 201210:24 pm
You perform in funerals? Like, magic?
March 24th, 201210:28 pm
Jeffrey, the bugle and/or furl the interment flag.
March 24th, 201210:29 pm
Sorry, but ol Chip should’ve hung em up the other day. No way Wren has the funds to get a true impact player this time of year, plus other teams would want a ton for that type of player. Chipper however is causing more pain to the team with all the “will he play, when will he come back” and on and on.
Hudson might not be back to his normal self until Jurrjens has an ERA of 8, Hanson is fighting pain in his right shoulder and the offense has once again spun that poor bullpen into the ground. Our ace is missing in action and we have two dependable arms in the rotation right now with Hanson and Beachy. Minor I don’t just yet. He isn’t proven by any means.
This could be a long year for us Braves fans, I’m afraid.
March 24th, 201210:31 pm
ah…that makes more sense
March 24th, 201210:33 pm
Sorry, but ol Chip should’ve hung em up the other day. No way Wren has the funds to get a true impact player this time of year
And he did “the other day”?
March 24th, 201210:35 pm
What are we, like 6-13 this spring? Can’t say I’m surprised at all. Coming off that September and who’s leading this team, it all makes perfect sense. Fredi has no leadership skills. All you have to think about is how he handled post game situations to the media during the September slide. Dude was a babbling, stuttering fool with no clue what to say. I’m sure his players saw this clearly and had more an empty feeling than walking off the field game after game in embarrassing defeat.
March 24th, 201210:36 pm
… terrific piece, DOB.
By the way, you should have added that when Chipper played in 140 games as a rookie in 1995, the schedule was only 144 games because the 1994 strike spilled into the start of the next season. Overall, Chipper played in 97.01% of the games (1,397 of 1,440) over his first nine full major league seasons from 1995-2003, prior to suffering a partially torn hamstring in April 2004, and he never missed a playoff game until 2010, when he was out for the season with the second ACL tear of his career. Indeed, people forget how durable he happened to be through age thirty-one, which folks used to consider around the limit of one’s athletic prime prior to the steroids era.
March 24th, 201210:40 pm
jeffrey well yeah, but he might as well have anyways I guess. Guys, I doubt Chip plays more than 40 games anymore. Physically impossible. Sad, but a guy who was on a true winner pretty much his whole career will go out on a losing team. Should’ve and could’ve been different.
March 24th, 201210:42 pm
The issue isn’t funds because most of the potential impact players who might be available carry enormous contracts that the Braves wouldn’t want to absorb in any case. Even if Chipper had already retired, Atlanta absolutely would not seek to trade for Carl Crawford or Jason Bay or Jayson Werth given the size and length of their contracts.
Besides, Chipper shouldn’t miss much more than a month, if that, and he still posted an OPS+ of 123 last season.
March 24th, 201210:43 pm
Sad, but a guy who was on a true winner pretty much his whole career will go out on a losing team
Or maybe…maybe they’ll actually play the games instead of accepting the widely obvious foregone conclusion that the Braves will win no more than 15 games.
Waffle House or Bust
Watch Francona take over this team in 2013 and it will feel like the 90’s all over again to you guys who can’t let that go.
March 24th, 201210:47 pm
You’re just a ray of golden sunshine, aren’t you?
March 24th, 201210:49 pm
that’s irrelevant anyhow. Chipper could play all 162 games and we’d still be in trouble. Good luck having an offense that has no concept of any sort of consistency, filled with key hitters (CJ, Heyward, McCann) who have all had recent histories of injury, a rotation with an ace who is shelved and you don’t know what you’re getting from him when he gets back, and two other starters who could easily go down for the count at any time. Oh and the bullpen might be super gluing their arms together mid season with the way they’ve been abused.
I think he blogs with chirping bluebirds on his shoulders
March 24th, 201210:52 pm
that’s irrelevant anyhow. Chipper could play all 162 games and we’d still be in trouble
Chipper had the 3rd highest OPS among NL thirdbasemen last season (behind Aramis Ramirez and Pablo Sandival) and 2nd highest on the team.
Did Chipper steal your girlfriend in middle school or something?
March 24th, 201210:54 pm
Yes because watching my beloved team erode away in the final month of the season and watching them suffer the same God D&% problems the following spring just gives me a WARM and FUZZY feeling all over. Do you watch and understand what’s going in Soph, or do you just get a great feeling knowing baseball is on the way? Me, I want my team to be good and show signs of improving. They are doing nothing more than repeating their terrible play from a few months ago and we keeping reading doofus Fredi’s same old “we’re getting there, we’re showing signs of life”. Sure they are.
March 24th, 201210:55 pm
That’s it – Michael convinced me – I’ll join George as a Reds’ fan…
March 24th, 201210:56 pm
Me, I want my team to be good and show signs of improving
And how is dwelling and being angry helping with that? You’re just coming off as bitter and miserable.
March 24th, 201210:57 pm
I think I’ll go Brewers
March 24th, 201210:58 pm
Yeah Jeffrey, Chip playing so much and producing sure helped avoid a gazillion extra inning games and burning out a very talented group in our pen, didn’t it? What’s your point of Chip’s production compared to other 3rd baseman anyways? You see, the same offense is in tact and showing zero improvement, aside some from JHey, this spring.
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