Rebirth. Clean slate. It’s Opening Day.

NEW YORK – Reset. Start over. Clean slate.

For every team, that’s what Opening Day is about. The team that overcame the 10-1/2-game wild-card deficit in the last five weeks of the season and won the World Series is on the same footing as the team — ahem — that blew that huge lead and missed the playoffs.

The Braves were, you might have heard, the team in question that stayed home when the playoffs began. They lost 20 of their last 30 games in 2011. (They also won just one of their first 12 spring-training games this year.)

Cardinals Marlins BaseballAll of which means nothing beginning today at 1:05 p.m.

It’s over, folks. Cling to it or let it go, it won’t matter either way after 1:05 p.m.

Rebirth. Renewal.

The Braves start the season on the road again, and while none of us can figure out quite why this Southern team keeps starting seasons on the road up north in chillier climates, this time that might not be a bad deal for the Braves. For a few reasons.

First of all, consider how things ended at Turner Field last season. Better not to feel like a tough first few innings would bring out the naysayers and “here we go again” agitation from some in the home audience, no?

Secondly, it’s the Mets. Followed by the Astros. If you’re going to start on the road, you couldn’t pick two better places to play this year than Flushing, N.Y., and Houston. Let’s just say, not much is expected from either of those home teams.

Lastly, the weather. It can be cold and/or wet in New York this time of year (and usually is). But it’s beautiful here today, sunny with temps expected in the 50s at game time. Not bad at all. And then we hit Houston, which is a better place to visit now than in June, July or August when it’s 100-plus degrees and humid as a sauna.

We might even get some games with the roof open at Minute Maid Park.

So maybe the Braves get some kinks worked out in the next week and possibly have Chipper Jones back in the lineup by the time they play their first game at Turner Field a week from Friday.

Big Red from Redlands, Tommy Hanson, gets his first Opening Day start today at 1:05 p.m.

Big Red from Redlands, Tommy Hanson, gets his first Opening Day start today at 1:05 p.m.

But getting back to today, Opening Day for most of baseball (except the two teams that played in Japan last week and the Marlins and Cardinals, who played last night as part of some sort of art deco nightclub/circus complete with Brazilian dancer showgirls as escorts for Miami’s opening-lineup introduction).

Today’s the real Opening Day.

No matter how many doom-and-gloomers insist it’ll be the same or worse (those folks always say that about everything, don’t they?) their mantra-like winter judgments and forecasts are mercifully drowned out today, in Atlanta and coast-to-coast, as teams start over with 0-0 records and 162 games packed into six months in which determine their fates.

By the way token, all of those who believe their own team — whichever team that might be — has an upper hand because of its recent history, its huge payroll, its offseason acquisitions or whatever else floats the boat of optimism all during the offseason and through the spring, all that is beside the point beginning today.

Because now it’s only about performance. Not what you’ve done before, nor what you spent to put together your team.

Fresh start.

For a lot of us, Daylight Savings Time isn’t as important a time for resetting our clocks – our inner clocks — as is Opening Day. Opening Day is so big, the Empire State Building was lit red, white and blue last night in its honor (I could see it clearly from my hotel window).

This is when those of us with baseball at the middle of our lives start the big new chapter.

And even if you or I or the players have some idea where the story is about to go, or at least think we do, we can’t have anymore than a mental outline. And a month from now that outline may seem irrevelant, for better or worse.

Teams that were consensus playoff picks before the season have sometimes found themselves 10 games out after the first month. Conversely, teams that were cellar-dwellers in most people’s preseason forecasts have gotten off to terrific starts, which can be enough to re-ignite interest in a dormant baseball town and keep hope alive and a buzz in the ballpark through the hot summer months.

Even if by the end of the second or third month of the season that team is again faring as poorly as predicted.

Santana and the Mets were the toast of baseball not long ago. The left-hander has pitched well but never had any luck (or run support) against the Braves.

Santana and the Mets were the toast of baseball not long ago. The left-hander has pitched well but never had any luck (or run support) against the Braves.

The point is, Opening Day and the first weeks of the season are clean canvases. A team can and will paint its own picture.

Braves vs. Mets at 1:05 p.m. Tommy Hanson vs. Johan Santana at Citi Field on a cool, sunny day in New York City. So get aboard the 7 Train – it’s really not so bad, despite what a certain South Georgia boy once said – and rumble out to Queens. Or just turn on your TV, radio or laptop. It’s time to play some damn ball. Real ball.

Big Red’s first OD start: It’s easy to forget how good Braves starter Tommy Hanson was for a long stretch before his shoulder woes ruined the second half of his 2011 season. So let me remind you.

Hanson was 12-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 24 starts from Sept. 1, 2010 through the 2011 All-Star break. Then the shoulder went from nagging to barking, and he was 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts after break before shutting it down.

Coicidentally, Big Red from Redlands (Calif.) made his last start (Aug. 6) at the same place where he starts today, Citi Field. He got lit up that day for seven runs and a career-high four homers in 3-1/3 innings. Before then, Hanson had been 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA and .203 opponents’ average in six career starts against the Mets.

Something was clearly wrong that day, and later we learned he had a small subsurface tear in his rotator cuff.

Hanson didn’t need surgery, but he did need to do something with his pitching mechanics. He strengthened all the muscles around the injury and then altered his delivery this winter. No, it’s still not a classic, picture-perfect throwing motion, but Hanson doesn’t have nearly as pronounced a hitch or pause with his arm in mid-delivery, and he’s not throwing across his body as much.

He says his arm is no longer as sore the day after he pitches, and we’re talking just the normal soreness all pitchers have the next day after a start. He says even that is noticeably reduced since he changed his mechanics.

Hanson is also quicker to the plate out of the stretch now, which he and the Braves hope will stem the tide of base-stealers who ran at will against him in the past.

But what I’m most eager to see is how hitters respond to his new sinker. The two-seam fastball is something he broke out in his last spring start against Detroit, and David Ross believes it could be a game-changer for Hanson. And Rossy usually knows of what he speaks.

All of a sudden, whether Hanson is throwing 90-91 or 92-93 with his four-seam fastball isn’t nearly as important, if he’s throwing a lot of sinkers in the mix.

(No one will be more pleased than those of us who fell like banging our heads every time Hanson pitches and we get a dozen unanswerable questions about Hanson’s velocity and what happened to it since his rookie year and blah blah blah.)

By the way, among Mets hitters, Justin Turner is 2-for-3 with two homers off Hanson and Josh Thole is 7-for-16 with a homer. On the other hand, David Wright is 2-for-18 with eight strikeouts and no walks against him.

Oh, and meaningless trivia of the day: There are only two players with the last name Hanson in the Stats Inc. database, but there are seven Escobars.

♣ Facing the Metropolitans: They may be everyone’s last-place pick in the NL East, but the Mets have been a thorn lately for the Braves.

Consider this: The Braves have lost as many times in their past 16 games against the Mets as they did in the previous 34.

Atlanta was 25-9 with a 2.51 ERA and .290 team batting average in 34 games against the Mets from May 13, 2009 through April 16, 2011. Since then the Braves are just 7-9 against them with a 4.91 ERA and .227 batting average.

And can Johan Santana go an entire career without getting run support vs. the Braves?

Entering today’s start, the distinguished left-hander is 3-6 in 12 starts against the Braves despite a 2.28 ERA. That’s just crazy. Compare that to his results against, say, Kansas City. He’s 12-3 against the Royals despite a 3.60 ERA.

Santana’s teams (Twins and Mets) have scored two runs or fewer while he’s been in 11 of his 12 games against the Braves, and they only scored three while he was in the other.

Heyward has homered in his first plate appearance in each of his first two seasons, including this one as a rookie in 2010 at Atlanta.

Heyward has homered in his first plate appearance in each of his first two seasons, including this one as a rookie in 2010 at Atlanta.

Expect to see Matt Diaz in left field in today’s lineup – he’s a difficult-to-fathom 16-for-32 against Santana, with one homer. Diaz also has a .354 average (23-for-65) at Citi Field with three homers and 13 RBIs in 21 games. That’s the best average among Braves with more than five games played at the ballpark.

Brian McCann has also done well vs. Santana – 8-for-29 with three homers, and Michael Bourn is 5-for-11 against him.

But Dan Uggla is just 1-for-19 with one walk and 10 strikeouts against the lefty. The one hit? A homer.

Martin Prado is 3-for-20 against him. So does Prado or Juan Francisco start at third base today? We’ll know shortly.

♣Fast starters: Would you believe that Prado, with a .303 average in April, is the only active (non-DL’d) Brave with a career average above .277 for the month? Prado also has a team-high (among actives) .368 OBP in April, while Jason Heyward (.506) as the highest slugging among active Braves in April.

Heyward, of course, hit a home run in his first plate appearance on Opening Day in each of his first two seasons. Safe to say you will not want to miss his first time up today.

Heyward’s 12 homers in 172 April at-bats are more than he has in any other two months combined. His next-highest total is seven homers in 144 August at-bats. And in case you were wondering, he’s 6-for-33 (.182) with two homers in 11 games at Citi Field.

Uggla has 26 homers in 556 April at-bats, while the next-most April homers among active Braves is McCann’s 15 in 430 at-bats.

Chipper has 68 homers in 1,296 at-bats in 352 April games.

Braves Opening Day lineup

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado 3B
  3. McCann C
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Diaz LF
  7. Heyward RF
  8. Pastornicky SS
  9. Hanson RHP

Mets opening day lineup

  1. Torres CF
  2. Murphy 2B
  3. Wright 3B
  4. Davis 1B
  5. Bay LF
  6. Duda RF
  7. Thole C
  8. Tejada SS
  9. Santana LHP

♣ OK, got some more stuff but I want to get this posted before I head out to the ballpark. Since we’ll be in Queens, let’s close with a tune from the greatest rock band that ever emerged from that borough. The mighty Ramones. You can see them do “Rockaway Beach” live by clicking here.

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“ROCKAWAY BEACH” by The Ramones

Chewin’ at a rythym on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some
Its not hard, not far to reach,
we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

Up on the roof, out on the street
Down in the playground the hot concrete
Bus ride is too slow
They blast out the disco on the radio

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach
It’s not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

Chewin’ at a rythym on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some
Its not hard, not far to reach,
we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

Up on the roof, out on the street
Down in the playground the hot concrete
Bus ride is too slow
They blast out the disco on the radio

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
Rock Rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

2,519 comments Add your comment

pygmyjacket

April 5th, 2012
8:18 am

Good Morning DOB. Enjoy NYC no matter whether we win or not. Have you scouted
out any good cigar bars?

Pray for 70 wins

April 5th, 2012
8:18 am

it won’t happen.

Sly Boarders

April 5th, 2012
8:19 am

Well said, Mr. O’Brien.

It’s time for some damn ball.

Go Braves!

Ease

April 5th, 2012
8:23 am

Baseball is coming.

Thrillhouse44

April 5th, 2012
8:25 am

Well, that got me ready! Thanks, Notorious.

MikeY

April 5th, 2012
8:26 am

Or, Jack Wilson at 3B, Prado in LF, Diaz in RF. Sit Heyward.

I know, it’s not gonna happen…but the Braves were dead last in MLB last year against lefties (and Heyward hit below the Mendoza line vs. lefties).

VinnyD

April 5th, 2012
8:27 am

Time to become an Ace Tommy. We need 7+ innings, not 5.

Ralph

April 5th, 2012
8:28 am

Braves season opens same day as the masters. I read somewhere that Golf Sportscasters get a $l000.00 bonus from Nike everytime they say The word TIGER on the air, thats why when you are watching a gold tournment it sounds like this – TIGER,TIGER,TIGER,TIGER,TIGER,TIGER,TIGER,TIGER TIGER, TIGER,TIGER,TIGER,TIGER, also ESPN get a $10,000.00 bonus everytime they print the word TIGER on their golf website.
GO BRAVES, Tiger, please miss the cut so I can turn the sound on while watching the Masters.

richbrave

April 5th, 2012
8:31 am

Re-post of GWINNETT roster

GWINNETT

Pitchers

RHSP TODD REDMOND
RHSP JULIO TEHERAN
RHSP BUDDY CARLYLE
RHSP ERIC CORDIER
LHSP DUSTY HUGHES – winter pick-up last year

RHS/RP ERIC JUNGE – winter pick-up this year?

LHRP JOSE LUGO
LHRP BEN SWAGGERTY
LHRP YOHAN FLANDE
RHRP PETER MOYLAN
RHRP JAYE CHAPMAN
RHRP CORY GEARRIN
RHRP ADAM RUSSELL – winter pick-up this year.
RHRP JASON RICE – winter pick-up this year

Catcher

Ancient back-stop J.C. BOSCAN continues holding forth in the BRAVES organization with SHAWN McGILL geting the big promotion all the way to AAA fron the HILLCATS of A+. Winter pick-up JOSE YEPEZ will be the everyday catcher for the moment I assume. In JOSE’s case, I am waiting to be impressed. His winter-ball efforts were nothing to write home about.

Infield

Interestingly enough JOE TERDOSLAVICH is listed at first base with DREW SUTTON at third. ERNESTO MEJIA has been promoted from AA backing the first sack, and newbi GREG PALMI is SUTTON’s understudy at third. Winter acquisition JOSH WILSON is the starting SS with a vacancy for AL SIMMONS to advance in due course……provided his bat develops adequately of course. No one is currently listed at the second base slot.

Outfield

CORY HARRILCHAK appears to be the first 2009 outfield draftee [14th] to graduate to AAA. He will play with JORDAN PARRAZ, my personal preference for ATLANTA’s OF bench player, LUIS DURANGO, holdover hitting phenom from last ST, STEF GARTRELL, and CHRIS MARRERO.

Ralph

April 5th, 2012
8:34 am

No way they are going to sit Wayward today against lefties, that would show lack of confidence in his new swing, we will have to wait until at least the all star break for that to happen.

Efrim

April 5th, 2012
8:36 am

Awesome blog, DOB. Let’s go Braves!!!

efuzz

April 5th, 2012
8:36 am

Cheers DOB and friends! Today is my favorite day of the year and should be a national holiday. Play ball!

B-F_52

April 5th, 2012
8:39 am

Play Ball!!!!!

Start it up

April 5th, 2012
8:40 am

It’s finally here! Great read, DOB. Go Braves!

Efrim

April 5th, 2012
8:41 am

Gotta imagine lineup will be Bourn, Prado, McCann, Uggla, Freeman, Diaz, Heyward, Pastornicky and Hanson.

GFTGGFTG (Good for the goose etc)

April 5th, 2012
8:42 am

DOB article titled Rebirth. Clean Slate reminds me of another article I had just read. It was lengthy but I’ll quote a couple of paragraphs.

In 2001, an 11-year-old girl told a judge that her father raped her, sending the man to prison for nine years. Today, she admits that she lied.

Last week, authorities in Washington state finally released the father, Thomas Edward Kennedy, who was serving a 15 year prison term. All charges have been dropped thanks to the daughter’s statement, made in January.

Cowlitz County Prosecutor Sue Baur says that the county will not take legal action against Kennedy, partly because authorities do not want to discourage individuals in similar circumstances from stepping forward.

IMO since they have released the victim, I think the state should have room for the two people who him there with lies and deceit. ESPECIALLY the prosecutor who ruined a mans life and takes an attitude of “let bygones be bygones”. You can bet that the people in the county and state will end up paying the victim millions of dollars to make up for the prosecutors actions.

flange1

April 5th, 2012
8:46 am

Thanks for the new blog DOB!

Go Braves!

Go Phil!

Go Tiger!

Bat Masterson

April 5th, 2012
8:46 am

Ha, Yogi Berra and Rod Guidry on TV this morning promoting their book. Guidry sounds like he could be on “Swamp People,” love it……..

a tool

April 5th, 2012
8:49 am

Some of these female athletes, especially golf and basketball should be given gender test before being allowed to compete, if it walks like a man, talks like a man it probably is a man.

bravesgrl4life

April 5th, 2012
8:49 am

I sincerely hope the Braves shut up some of the negative nellies (you know who you are!). Right now, the boys are in a 4-way tie for first, since the Fish lost last night ( :) ). Serves them right for that stripper/dancer thingy.

Time for some damned ball – love that one DOB

Vinny

April 5th, 2012
8:52 am

Hope Springs Eternal!

Ease

April 5th, 2012
8:57 am

Its a Brave New World.

flange1

April 5th, 2012
8:59 am

While I am a major Phil fan, I would love to see Tiger win at Augusta this year.

We have ben lucky to have been able to watch one of the 4 greatest players in the history of golf play the game, I am hoping he can win another major this weekend to add to his collection.

CB

April 5th, 2012
8:59 am

keyLargo

April 5th, 2012
9:01 am

the Marlins and Cardinals, who played last night as part of some sort of art deco nightclub/circus complete with Brazilian dancer showgirls as escorts for Miami’s opening-lineup introduction). DOB

DOB, if we’re to really believe that about 10% of the players are gay, shouldn’t there have been two or three Chippendale dudes out there with the Brazillian Dancers? :mrgreen:

Just in a good mood for Opening Day! Now I gotta go get a days work done before 1 pm.

CrαZy

April 5th, 2012
9:04 am

Opening day for the Braves and the start of the Masters!!!!! Now if I could just get out of work somehow.

Me

April 5th, 2012
9:09 am

Opening day should be a national holiday!

keyLargo

April 5th, 2012
9:11 am

Flange1 and the rest of golf fans – Directv had 7 channels of coverage for the Masters. 701 – 707 will carry full coverage from different holes from Thursday thru Sunday.

TennesseePaul

April 5th, 2012
9:12 am

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!

TennesseePaul

April 5th, 2012
9:14 am

The only criticism of this park that was universal to both clubhouses had nothing to do with the volume of the music, the color of anybody’s bass lures or the absence of nostalgic homages to Wrigley Field.

No, this was an actual baseball issue. And we could describe it in five words: This park is frigging HUGE.

The fences in the alleys are almost as distant as Palm Beach. The center-field fence is 418 feet away. And despite rumors that the ball would fly with the roof open, that roof was wide open Wednesday night, and the park still managed to swallow every majestic fly ball that sailed into its midst.

Heck, it was even too humongous for The Strongest Man in Baseball, Marlins masher Giancarlo Stanton. He pounded TWO 400-foot space-shuttle launches out there into the center-field ozone — only to have both of them come down in Jon Jay’s glove.

“I thought that first one was definitely gone,” said Kyle Lohse, who was only starting this game because Chris Carpenter is out with a nerve condition. “But once I saw that, I thought, ‘OK, I think I might want to make them hit it to center.’”

“If they don’t move the fences in after this year, I’d be surprised,” Berkman said. “And I’m going two years as the over-under on that.”

Reality Check

April 5th, 2012
9:16 am

Could we, pretty please, let the Bravos play one stinkin’ game this season before we proclaim 2012 a bust? I mean, come on folks! Geesh. I swear – if they win the World Series I bet there’ll be some who’ll STILL say, “Well, it’s nice they won, but they still choked back in ‘11. Shoulda been two years in a row…”

It’s opening day, for tomahawks sake! Get over yourself and get behind your team!!! Go Braves!

Bat Masterson

April 5th, 2012
9:16 am

It’s time to play some damn ball. Real ball. _ DOB

Yes sir, damn fine work, David. Thanks

Go Braves!

Braveone

April 5th, 2012
9:17 am

From the previous blog which had 1,340 comments, noleee led the way with 87 posts. There were 145 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 noleee 87
2 cabravesfan 82
3 Efrim 57
4 phil 57
5 Soph 43
6 jeffrey d 42
7 ChattTownBrian (CTB) 41
8 ncscoots 40
9 Murph 34
10 Bat Masterson 29
11 Venice Jim 28
12 Ward 28
13 TennesseePaul 27
14 CB 25
15 Lew 25
16 DS1 24
17 abeeewright 22
18 Ease 21
19 MFin04 21
20 VaBravesFan 21
21 richbrave 21
22 Jimmy 20
23 McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô: 20
24 Owl Hunter 19
25 Snotboogie 19

Jimmy

April 5th, 2012
9:17 am

Morning Braves Fans!!!
Great Opening Day Blog DOB.
Ready for some real baseball this afternoon.
I’m real interested in the line up from FG.

Braveone

April 5th, 2012
9:19 am

From all blogs this year which totals 56,435 comments, Venice Jim led the way with 4,015 posts. There were 1,693 different poster names. Here are the Top 100:

Rank Poster Frequency Percent Cumulative_%

1 Venice Jim 4,015 7.1 7.1
2 cabravesfan 3,047 5.4 12.5
3 nolie 2,002 3.5 16.1
4 Lew 1,477 2.6 18.7
5 Efrim 1,410 2.5 21.2
6 Bat Masterson 1,206 2.1 23.3
7 David O’Brien 1,189 2.1 25.4
8 richbrave 1,115 2.0 27.4
9 Murph 1,108 2.0 29.4
10 ncscoots 1,102 2.0 31.3
11 Ward 1,074 1.9 33.2
12 Tom O’Hawke 1,062 1.9 35.1
13 noleee 1,026 1.8 36.9
14 VaBravesFan 968 1.7 38.6
15 ChattTownBrian (CTB) 956 1.7 40.3
16 DS1 888 1.6 41.9
17 jeffrey d 843 1.5 43.4
18 tiger297 812 1.4 44.8
19 Tomahawkin 772 1.4 46.2
20 raleighbravefan 771 1.4 47.6
21 Ray 691 1.2 48.8
22 Soph 681 1.2 50.0
23 Tomahawkin (The Godfather) 672 1.2 51.2
24 brian 669 1.2 52.4
25 kenhotlanta 645 1.1 53.5
26 phil 596 1.1 54.6
27 DAP 593 1.1 55.6
28 CB 591 1.0 56.7
29 George 566 1.0 57.7
30 TennesseePaul 545 1.0 58.6
31 Ease 544 1.0 59.6
32 Coach (2012 Fredi’s beisbol fandang 529 0.9 60.5
33 abeeewright 529 0.9 61.5
34 Shaun 513 0.9 62.4
35 MFin04 492 0.9 63.3
36 ncgary 450 0.8 64.1
37 McFann O O o 445 0.8 64.8
38 Jimmy 427 0.8 65.6
39 RC 371 0.7 66.3
40 Sopheee 369 0.7 66.9
41 uga-brave 365 0.6 67.6
42 jeffrey doo doo 361 0.6 68.2
43 B-F_52 345 0.6 68.8
44 Brava 345 0.6 69.4
45 McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô: 326 0.6 70.0
46 bravesgrl4life 296 0.5 70.5
47 Mixxo 294 0.5 71.0
48 BravePack 291 0.5 71.6
49 Arkansas Transplant 287 0.5 72.1
50 MIBravesFan 287 0.5 72.6
51 Bay Area Steve 270 0.5 73.1
52 Billy 269 0.5 73.5
53 Juan 257 0.5 74.0
54 flange1 254 0.5 74.4
55 Hillbilly 247 0.4 74.9
56 Moe Berg 231 0.4 75.3
57 keylargo 225 0.4 75.7
58 Jeff R 217 0.4 76.1
59 Kat 209 0.4 76.4
60 Couch Tater 205 0.4 76.8
61 N8 193 0.3 77.1
62 ZWacky 188 0.3 77.5
63 Rick 185 0.3 77.8
64 Patio Daddio 184 0.3 78.1
65 Owl Hunter 182 0.3 78.5
66 Disgusted 180 0.3 78.8
67 Samantha 179 0.3 79.1
68 Hugo Z Hackenbush 167 0.3 79.4
69 Trey 166 0.3 79.7
70 abwright 154 0.3 80.0
71 haggard 153 0.3 80.2
72 Bravefaninok 151 0.3 80.5
73 P’cola Brave 151 0.3 80.8
74 Kwajbraves 136 0.2 81.0
75 MiaBchBravesFan 133 0.2 81.2
76 JRW 129 0.2 81.5
77 Lollygagger 127 0.2 81.7
78 New Mexico Lee 119 0.2 81.9
79 Monty 108 0.2 82.1
80 Anders 104 0.2 82.3
81 Philly Fred 104 0.2 82.5
82 Random 104 0.2 82.6
83 ColoradoBravesFan 102 0.2 82.8
84 JoeBrave 101 0.2 83.0
85 Lemke’s Knuckler 100 0.2 83.2
86 beekay 100 0.2 83.4
87 Bravo_F 52 98 0.2 83.5
88 Just Pateeeee 98 0.2 83.7
89 CraZy 96 0.2 83.9
90 cricket 96 0.2 84.0
91 BravesFanSince80’s 94 0.2 84.2
92 Trader Jack 89 0.2 84.4
93 Bayou Brave 87 0.2 84.5
94 Roman Gal 87 0.2 84.7
95 Blog Monitor 85 0.2 84.8
96 Fols 82 0.1 85.0
97 Salt life 80 0.1 85.1
98 Just Pat 79 0.1 85.3
99 keyLargo 74 0.1 85.4
100 Tomahawkin AKA CouchKing! 72 0.1 85.5

Top poster by blog post date:

Date Poster Frequency Percent

02JAN2012 Efrim 429 9.1
10JAN2012 Efrim 307 7.3
17JAN2012 cabravesfan 245 6.5
23JAN2012 nolie 308 6.9
03FEB2012 cabravesfan 253 6.8
11FEB2012 nolie 223 9.5
16FEB2012 cabravesfan 159 8.7
21FEB2012 nolie 101 9.3
23FEB2012 Lew 78 5.7
25FEB2012 nolie 174 16.1
27FEB2012 cabravesfan 183 10.8
29FEB2012 cabravesfan 188 10.9
03MAR2012 Venice Jim 81 4.9
05MAR2012 Venice Jim 302 21.4
07MAR2012 Venice Jim 191 16.8
08MAR2012 Venice Jim 176 20.1
09MAR2012 Venice Jim 210 31.6
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Beck

April 5th, 2012
9:19 am

D.O.B., cranking them blogs out the in the past 18 hrs. Thanks for all the work D.O.B., looking forward to this season, and checking in with your updates.

Glass Half

April 5th, 2012
9:21 am

“I sincerely hope the Braves shut up some of the negative nellies (you know who you are!).”

It won’t happen. And if they lose, it won’t shut-up all the rose colored glasses, Pollyanna crew either!

Tennessee Braves Fan

April 5th, 2012
9:21 am

Let’s sit back and watch Tommy strke out 15 Mets on opening day… I dreamed this last night…. Thank God for baseball…. And the heck with Phil and Tiger… Go Bubba

lumiere

April 5th, 2012
9:21 am

now only if the meebo ad didn’t take us back to the dial up days

flange1

April 5th, 2012
9:22 am

Thanks Key!

I don’t get direct, but the streaming video from Masters.com is great!

I sit in front of the TV with my computer, my laptop and my iPad all streaming different video.

It is great!

:)

flange1

April 5th, 2012
9:23 am

I hope that this is the year that jason Heyward and Tommy Hanson figure it out and become stars.

bravesgrl4life

April 5th, 2012
9:24 am

Glass Half –

Well, at least the negative nellies and the rose colored glasses pollyannas are passionate and not sitting on the fence about it.

Me

April 5th, 2012
9:33 am

not a pollyanna… but i think bravos win… by default. for all our issues, others have as many or more. miami is gonna be a circus (like that stupid park) gNats aren’t there yet phillies are old and banged up

Boonie27

April 5th, 2012
9:33 am

Ahhhh…..smells like Opening Day…Go Braves!!!!

Juan

April 5th, 2012
9:34 am

Me

April 5th, 2012
9:09 am
Opening day & The Masters in the same Day should be a national holiday!

Ditto

Jimmy

April 5th, 2012
9:34 am

lumiere – Amen to that. A real pain.

raleighbravefan

April 5th, 2012
9:35 am

Marlins are currently in LAST PLACE in the entire NL.

Younger Than That Now

April 5th, 2012
9:36 am

DOB… that certain “south Georgia boy” that made more headlines with his mouth than he ever did with his arm is actually a “middle Georgia boy”! We real south Georgian’s are a little particular about who we get lumped together with!! LOL!! Other than that… GREAT BLOG!!

Tired of waiting! Couldn’t sleep at all last night waiting for opening day… LET’S GET IT ON!!

GO BRAVES!!

Fols

April 5th, 2012
9:36 am

Sweet, even in the off season I managed a top 100 spot…

Let’s start this season off right shall we?

Larry

April 5th, 2012
9:36 am

Dave,

Your 2-3 references to people like me I take with great honor. Some may like vanilla, ordinary babble; the rest of us like courage in fact finding and reporting more than music lyrics. If all you had here were snuff grinding, pork rind goobers it would become so dull and boring (like the Braves under Fruiti) your hits would fall–and you know it.

And some good writing here today…I guess my compliment on your last blog yesterday of Carroll’s work warranting her own blog stirred your competetive jusices…impressive!

Your pal,

Larry

bravesgrl4life

April 5th, 2012
9:37 am

I was getting that stupid meebo ad on my laptop last night. Not getting here at work, thankfully.

raleighbravefan

April 5th, 2012
9:39 am

Gwinnett starts a weekend series tonight at Durham Bulls. Wish I could go. (it may rain tonight, BTW)

On the other hand, tonight is the final home game for the Hurricanes…Fan appreciation night, lots of give-aways, and free stuff. NHL goes extra mile to be fan friendly (I guess they have to). Family from out of town will be here all weekend, so no Braves-Bulls games for me.

Ease

April 5th, 2012
9:39 am

#Braves OD lineup: Bourn cf, Prado 3b, McCann c, Uggla 2b, Freeman 1b, Diaz lf, Heyward rf, Pastornicky ss, Hanson rhp

Juan

April 5th, 2012
9:40 am

Someone please…why Ali open the Miami Park first Pitch?…
Ali is one of the best boxer … don’t miss understood me, but there’re another baseball luminaries in Miami to threw the first Pitch?…or other Big Miami name like Marino, Don Shula….Cookies Rojas…Miami sound Machine…Gloria Estefan

TheOnlyBravesFan

April 5th, 2012
9:41 am

I’m on vacation in Florida, will try to catch the game when I can. Let’s go Braves.

raleighbravefan

April 5th, 2012
9:42 am

What is this Meebo crap, and how do I get rid of it?

Ease

April 5th, 2012
9:45 am

raleigh, I think the best you can do is to hide the toolbar…

Fish Bisch

April 5th, 2012
9:48 am

Sandtana owns us :(

David O'Brien

April 5th, 2012
9:50 am

Braves Opening Day lineup: Bourn cf, Prado 3b, McCann c, Uggla 2b, Freeman 1b, Diaz lf, Heyward rf, Pastornicky ss, Hanson rhp

Monty

April 5th, 2012
9:51 am

DOB-”No one will be more pleased than those of us who fell like banging our heads every time Hanson pitches and we get a dozen unanswerable questions about Hanson’s velocity and what happened to it since his rookie year and blah blah blah.)”

That was the personae created for him as a rookie by media types, the 6′ 7″ “flame-thrower”. But he loses his flame throwing ability and becomes a mere mortal and no one is supposed to ask questions to you? Not that I did, but I can certainly understand those younger on the blog who are enamored with such. Maybe it is an unanswerable question if no one knows, but let’s just say a certain young RF loses his power after being billed as the next Aaron or Mays, questions will abound(Even though he could actually become a better hitter for avg). Sports writers, announcers, and redundant questions and answers, kind of goes with the territory, like computer salesmen and gigabytes. Go Braves!

raleighbravefan

April 5th, 2012
9:54 am

Ease – I’ve already done that, but thanks.

raleighbravefan

April 5th, 2012
9:55 am

There’s the Fish Bisch we all know and love. Good to know who owns us.

DAP

April 5th, 2012
9:55 am

Braves OD lineup: Bourn cf, Prado 3b, McCann c, Uggla 2b, Freeman 1b, Diaz lf, Heyward rf, Pastornicky ss, Hanson rhp

i like that.

Jimmy

April 5th, 2012
9:55 am

Yes, it is BASEBALL TIME! The Fish Bisch is here! :-)

I don’t have an option to hide the toolbar. I do at home, but not here.

Jeff R

April 5th, 2012
9:56 am

“…while none of us can figure out quite why this Southern team [the Braves] keeps starting seasons on the road up north in chillier climates…”

– DOB

New York, the mother-ship for the sports elite, always manages favorable treatment. The season should start in Atlanta because the weather is better, but…

Efrim

April 5th, 2012
9:56 am

The artist formerly known as Mike Stanton is an absolute monster. That is a true home run stroke from the right side. Be interesting to see if he an cut down on the strikeouts even a little. Some .600 SLG seasons in his future, I believe…..if they move those fences in.

Jeff R

April 5th, 2012
9:57 am

Glad Fredi is going with Prado at 3B.

Bat Masterson

April 5th, 2012
9:58 am

Thanks, Braveone

reckingball

April 5th, 2012
9:59 am

Carrol, excellent writeup, you are so much better than Dave, you should get your own blog.
Wait a minute, that is DOB’s picture up there, so I suppose that Dave wrote this, my bad.
I guess that I should pay more attention to the pictures.
HaHa, I kid, I kid, very excellent work DOB.
Go Braves! All the way!

a tool

April 5th, 2012
10:00 am

So I thought we got Fatscisco so Prado could play left field all the time, here we go again.

Efrim

April 5th, 2012
10:01 am

This site is chugging today. Worst I’ve ever seen it. I usually never have problems here. Oh well.

Jeff R

April 5th, 2012
10:03 am

I see that the clownish-looking Fish dropped their home opener to the Cards. Cards are still going to be one tough team, even with Carpenter down.

My vote for the worst-looking logo in the majors: Yes, the Fish. I swear, the Fishies’ cap looks like it’s straight out of a Florida souvenir tee-shirt shop!

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 5th, 2012
10:04 am

SOme clean slate if they let that drunk driver Hansen strat today. Not only was he drunk but he wreked his car 2.

Other problems. 69 year old Chiper Jones is injrued again….What a spuprize

Haywood will no dout strugle at the plate again. Lets see if he can hit above 200

The bigest problem. The Braves still have a loosing managar.

Lew

April 5th, 2012
10:06 am

Efrim – Same here – I never have trouble but today it’s slow and has frozen up a couple times. And that weird tool bar at the bottom needs to go away.

Jeff R

April 5th, 2012
10:07 am

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record… Where do you get your facts, brother? Man, you should apply for a reporting job. Your accuracy is, like, 100%.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 5th, 2012
10:09 am

ANd I it will be a miricle if Chiper plays more then 50 games.

Hugo Z Hackenbush

April 5th, 2012
10:09 am

Fredi clearly believes that Matt D will be getting on base a lot today so that Heyward can move him over…

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

April 5th, 2012
10:10 am

Whoo-hoo!! Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! Great read! :D Also, thanks for the lineup!

Mixxo

April 5th, 2012
10:10 am

They brought the fences in at Citi Field.

We have a chance!

Hillbilly

April 5th, 2012
10:10 am

A 35 minute dead-blog period on Opening Day. Come on, now…

braves29

April 5th, 2012
10:14 am

there is so much negativity here, today is the first day of the season it should be filled with hope and excitement. If you liked or did not like what the Braves did in the off season just deal with it, they have a ligament shot at the NL east this year. Personaly I am going to a minor league game where I live, I do this every year either know it cold out I still enjoy sitting out there and watching.

Tennessee Braves Fan

April 5th, 2012
10:14 am

A-tool…. He will play 3rd against righties.. have 2 play Diaz against lefties

raleighbravefan

April 5th, 2012
10:14 am

As I said earlier, Marlins are currently in last place. I may say it again before afternoon games.

Hillbilly

April 5th, 2012
10:15 am

And now 35 minutes worth of blog posts show up suddenly, making a fool out of me. Mid-season form.

Mister Frisky

April 5th, 2012
10:15 am

Looks like Santana got a nice soft line up for his return.6,7,8 holes plus the pitchers spot not gonna put any fear into anyone.

Jeff R

April 5th, 2012
10:16 am

ANd I it will be a miricle if Chiper plays more then 50 games.

Miracles happen, O Negative One! Think about that. It’s Easter, after all.

richbrave

April 5th, 2012
10:16 am

So where’s the big eye today, MLBN?

Murph

April 5th, 2012
10:17 am

Sooooo…..

Diaz is hitting behind Freeman but ahead of Heyward? So, basically removing all protection for Freeman while ensuring Heyward comes to the dish with one less possible baserunner?

Makes sense to me. Good job Fredi.

GO BRAVES!

Tomahawk Squawk

April 5th, 2012
10:18 am

Everytime I start to feel GOOD about the Braves for 2012 I look over in the dugout
and see Fredi Gonzalez managing, and the GOOD feeling fades away….quickly

flange1

April 5th, 2012
10:18 am

I hope the Braves have a “ligament” shot at the NL East too!

Wait, does that mean we might need Tommy John?

Now I am confused again….

Monty

April 5th, 2012
10:18 am

Braves29-”they have a ligament shot”

Ouch! that must of hurt!

Venice Jim

April 5th, 2012
10:18 am

4,015 – no wonder my hand hurts…

TennesseePaul

April 5th, 2012
10:20 am

Not a bad lineup for opening day. Would have loved Chipper to be in there, but I can wait for the home opener if I must.

Get well Chipper.

GO BRAVES!

bravesgrl4life

April 5th, 2012
10:20 am

Hey, the skies are blue, and not one pitch has been thrown by either Tommy or Santana. I’d day the Braves have a slight advantage over the Mets today, and I’m belivin’ in my boys.

For those of you that don’t, please don’t spoil this day for those of us who love and support our Braves.

Thank you.

MFin04

April 5th, 2012
10:21 am

Well, first post of the new season, better make it a good one.

Today is the day. No more “it’s only Spring Training” crap. No more “it’s just an exhibition against our future Braves”. It’s Opening Day. No excuses, no bullcrap, just baseball.

Got one of the worst teams in the majors today, in a giant ballpark. Lets start the season off 1-0, shall we?!

No excuses, just win! (Someone print up the t-shirt.)

TennesseePaul

April 5th, 2012
10:21 am

And that weird tool bar at the bottom needs to go away.

Agreed. That thing blows. Blocks the screen. Takes forever to load. Totally pointless from a users perspective.

Monty

April 5th, 2012
10:22 am

Murph-”Diaz is hitting behind Freeman but ahead of Heyward? So, basically removing all protection for Freeman while ensuring Heyward comes to the dish with one less possible baserunner?”

Don’t you know that Diaz owns Santana?

TennesseePaul

April 5th, 2012
10:22 am

Got one of the worst teams in the majors today, in a giant ballpark.

MF, the park isn’t as giant as it used to be… moved them in up to 12 feet and lowered the line to 8 feet…

Hillbilly

April 5th, 2012
10:23 am

Murph, You’re becoming a bit Robert-ish over the whole Diaz thing, my man. Have a sopapilla, exhale, and enjoy opening day. You’re not one of them.

TennesseePaul

April 5th, 2012
10:23 am

Don’t you know that Diaz owns Santana?

And Heyward can’t hit lefties…

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