8:34 pm April 9, 2012, by David O'Brien
#10 C'mon Kid!
April 10th, 201210:16 am
Can Chipper lead us one more time?! Just the presence of him in the lineup gives us hope. You can tell when #10’s not in, the lineup seems lost, like they’re missing something! I know you’ve done it for years now, Chipper.. but please lead us and bring the Braves back one more time! C’mon Kid!
In his last year, Chipper may have more pressure on him to succeed and carry the team, than ever before!
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April 10th, 201210:42 am
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April 10th, 201210:43 am
“Swinging the bat” is not the problem. Making contact is. I know little league teams that know the strike zone better than these guys. Since management and the manager won’t go off on these guys, that leaves the fans to call them out.
April 10th, 201210:46 am
The Hernandez acquisition is one of the worst I can recall. If memory serves me correctly, the only team I ever saw him shut down on a consistent basis was the Braves. With all of this alleged great pitching, are you honestly going to tell me we don’t have a couple of guys on the farm who can be just as good as Hernandez or Durbin. I do my best to try not to sound like one of those fans who claim they know more about baseball than management does, but these moves, and the lack thereof in the offseason, have no rational explaination except to save money, both in the short and long terms. The phony speeches by Wren and Schuerholz claiming this team has what it takes to compete are no longer funny, and now seemingly pitiful, as ownership has completely locked them down. I don’t blame management, I blame ownership. Realistically, what is Wren gonna say, that he made those moves because Liberty won’t allow him to spend and improve? That would be honest, and he’d be writing his own pink slip. But, on the other hand, don’t expect real baseball fans, like myself and some of the others on this blog, to buy it and support this team. Many of you say real fans go to games no matter what. I disagree. Real fans will show ownership how disappointed they are by not going to games and hitting them directly in the wallet. Only then will they get the message, assuming the Braves aren’t some sort of tax writeoff or collectable car that will sit there, look pretty (???), but never get driven.
April 10th, 201211:08 am
Chipper’s expression in that photo seems to say “I decided to play another year for THIS!!!?”
April 10th, 201211:11 am
I think it might be difficult for the Braves to hire Francona. When he was in Boston he knew the Red Sox had the money and the GM to put a great team together. They won 2 WS while he was there. The Braves won’t commit the payroll to be able to make impact signings and will probably lose their most consistent player in Brian McCann. Francona has a good announcers job which pays him well so he can afford to wait until the right opportunity comes along. Why sign on to manage a team that won’t spend the money necessary to be competitive? He’d only be setting himself up to fail. Just my humble opinion..
April 10th, 201211:14 am
Hey all of you “Braves fans” either quit complaining about the team that you “root” for or go root for someone else. All of the real Braves fans around here are tired of reading your comments.
Tip your cap
April 10th, 201211:21 am
Everything from the Sportsouth Pregame Show, Jurenovich, the annoying “twitter chick”, the announcers, players and manager is sub par baseball.
If we refuse to watch this any longer will Liberty Media care?
April 10th, 201211:29 am
fans that say just shut up and enjoy are Idiots. If we didn’t care we wouldn’t bitch. You who are happy fans are LOSERS! like bat######.o8-29-94 his birthday.
April 10th, 201211:33 am
I love Chipper and his time with Braves but he wont make that much differnce with this team. I pray he does.
April 10th, 201211:35 am
Frank has such insight;
Hope he will leave tonight;
The Birds gave him flight;
With the Braves it is a fright;
The fans are ready to bite.
April 10th, 201211:38 am
Ozzie is a disgrace to Baseball and USA..he just stuck a knife in the back of his supporters. How many more in this country feel the way he does?
April 10th, 201211:45 am
“In his last year, Chipper may have more pressure on him to succeed and carry the team, than ever before!”
OK, but please don’t make us suffer through a Chipper interview.
April 10th, 201211:47 am
Let’s see how many they can lose in a row. Maybe they can get in the record book.
The 1988 Baltimore Orioles lost the first 21 games of the season. They finished with 54 wins and 107 losses.
This team has ALL the right ingredients for a record breaking year.
April 10th, 201211:52 am
I hope they lose enough to get Fredi canned; and then right the ship.
April 10th, 201211:56 am
Why are there so many on this blog that are calling to hire Francona? I’ve heard his name mentioned more than a few times. Does anyone remember that it was HIS Red Sox that dropped an EVEN LARGER WC lead than Fredi’s team did last season; with a team that has better resources and more talent than Fredi’s club???
I’m certainly no Fredi apologist, but why do you think hiring Francona would be so much better? If any team SHOULD NOT have collapsed last season, it was Boston–yet the thought is that Terry would somehow turn this club around? I’m missing the logic here.
Yah, larry is back, Yah….the sooner he is back on the field, the sooner he can get an ingrown toe nail and be put on the 60 day DL.
The off-season was a thrill;
Watching Frank stand still;
Our hats we must doff:
When he signs cast-offs;
Of this man we’ve had our fill.
April 10th, 201211:59 am
Bill, no offense, but I also hate the fact you remember a couple of errors rather than the hundreds of great moments Chipper has given this team. Also, won the MVP in three games? You have to be kidding. Chipper, as well as the Braves, had a great season all the way around. A couple of errors that cost the team and hundreds of homers and RBIs that led them to victory? No comparison.
April 10th, 201212:00 pm
honestly, the team is just overrated in almost every aspect. They weren’t able to hit last year, even before the collapse. The pitching is good, but not nearly what the Phillies have–hell maybe not even the Marlins. Bullpen was overused, yes, but Livan and Durbin are terrible. And until this team can score a run with a runner on 3rd <2 out it will only get worse.
Fredi has made plenty of boneheaded moves, but the team is hitting under 200. Not too many managers are going to turn .200 hitting into a bunch of wins
April 10th, 201212:15 pm
Bones Jones, your rockin chair awaits you……………..Seriously dont bring Bones back too soon. We have 158 games left. No rush
April 10th, 201212:26 pm
Frank is over his head;
Leaving the Braves dead;
Where is JS’ letter;
Promising to be better;
While we see the wood-shed.
April 10th, 201212:44 pm
“The fans like to see home runs, and we have assembled a pitching staff for their enjoyment.” – Clark Griffith
April 10th, 201212:48 pm
I share the observations and sentiments of most here about this team. Braves did it with mirrors — and an outstanding bullpen — last season. Made it all the way to September before things collapsed and just what the hell was done to address things? Hoping and wishing that underproductive players might produce more (i.e. Prado, Heyward, McCann, etc.) was a pie-in-the-sky solution by Wren. The much-heralded pitching is a collection of promise, nothing more. There is no dominant arm, no stopper. no one you can count on to go out slam the door. Sure, you’ll see those types of pitching performances occasionally, but seldom when you need it — like after you lose your first four games in a season with a q. The rotation is still developing, yes, but average. It kills me to see Wren signing stiffs like Livan Hernandez, Chad Durbin and Juan Francisco. For all of you doubters, the addition of this trio in the final week of spring training should have been an alarm to just how bad things will be this season. If these guys are an IMPROVEMENT on what was already there, then fans who think this team will be anything close to .500 are in la-la land. As much as Chipper should have retired by now, his return to the lineup MUST provide some kind of spark to a roster that shows little to no zeal. What his lacks in ability of an aging body he makes up for with a kind of professionalism that long has faded from this team. And yes, ownership can be faulted to a degree, but deep pockets aren’t the endall answer to this situation.
Eddie Matthews' Ghost
It’s simple. Till the Braves get rid of fat Freddie, stupid When, and get a new owner, I refuse to spend another dime on them. No games, no nothing of my money coming to this bunch of loosers.
April 10th, 201212:50 pm
Guess we will find out for sure on Friday (the 13th) just how many “nitwits” there are in Atlanta. If you go you deserve a team like this. Only way to make a statement is stay away. Money talks!
I share the observations and sentiments of most here about this team. Braves did it with mirrors — and an outstanding bullpen — last season. Made it all the way to September before things collapsed and just what the hell was done to address things? Hoping and wishing that underproductive players might produce more (i.e. Prado, Heyward, McCann, etc.) was a pie-in-the-sky solution by Wren. The much-heralded pitching is a collection of promise, nothing more. There is no dominant arm, no stopper. no one you can count on to go out slam the door. Sure, you’ll see those types of pitching performances occasionally, but seldom when you need it — like after you lose your first four games in a season when a quick start was essential. The rotation is still developing, yes, but average. It kills me to see Wren signing stiffs like Livan Hernandez, Chad Durbin and Juan Francisco. For all of you doubters, the addition of this trio in the final week of spring training should have been an alarm to just how bad things will be this season. If these guys are an IMPROVEMENT on what was already there, then fans who think this team will be anything close to .500 are in la-la land. As much as Chipper should have retired by now, his return to the lineup MUST provide some kind of spark to a roster that shows little to no zeal. What his lacks in ability of an aging body he makes up for with a kind of professionalism that long has faded from this team. And yes, ownership can be faulted to a degree, but deep pockets aren’t the endall answer to this situation. What we’ve seen is what we’re getting, I fear. It’s going to be a long summer.
April 10th, 201212:51 pm
Why do people still say “First” when replying to a blog. It might be the gayest practice on the internet.
April 10th, 20121:07 pm
Constanza, Francisco, Durban, Hernandez…. all bad decisions made at the end of Spring Training that are hurting the team now. Not to say the Braves would be doing much better with their anemic hitting.
April 10th, 20121:35 pm
Welcome back Chip! Give these guys a kick in the a**, will ya?
No. 1 Braves Fan
April 10th, 20121:36 pm
I know that I am in the minority with my thought about the Braves but so be it. I believe the Braves are true professional players and managers/coaches. They want to win as badly as the fans want them to win. So why not back off and give them time to turn it around. The fans are being critical to the point that they are insulting this team instead of pulling for them to win. Some of the comments are way out of line when they get personal as many are.
April 10th, 20121:58 pm
0-5? 0-6? 0-162???
OMG! The Marlins have suspended Ozzie. This is a dangerous situation. If they fire him, Frank Cox will bust his hump to hire him!
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April 10th, 20122:00 pm
Having Chipper for a week or two will help. Heyward needs to be in the minors and should be getting help from Smoltz’s shrink. Uggla is ridiculously bad, and Fredi & Bobby are just ate up with Diaz.
So Francisco can hit? He better be Bonds-esque to account for his defense. I really don’t think that Wren & Fredi will find true happiness until the Braves lineup will consist of 8 utility payers staring.
April 10th, 20122:01 pm
Watch a week of Rays games to see what a strong rotation looks like. Then look at ATL. No comparison.
Watch their offense as well. Ditto.
Better manager, better staff, similar to lessor budget.
Wren, JS, FG = all should be canned.
April 10th, 20122:03 pm
Maybe instead of Jose Constanza we can get Frank Costanza to pinch hit tonight? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfaO3A-m13Q
April 10th, 20122:20 pm
My gosh I’m sick of the pregame and postgame twitter chick. Only stupid positive twitters are reported. I feel like I’m watching some kid show like Romperroom.
i like tacos son
April 10th, 20122:24 pm
He needs to retire.. He is a waste of money!!! Prado needs to be playing 3d base. Larry Jones will blow his knee out on the first pitch he swings at!!!!!! GO BRAVES!!!
April 10th, 20122:32 pm
April 10th, 20122:35 pm
I honestly don’t believe things would get any better should FG get fired. Wren will just go out and hire another “yes man” type of guy, which is FG’s problem to begin with. He’s the Jimmy Carter of baseball managers……he tries to be everyone’s friend and doesn’t want to step on people’s toes and call them out for poor performances.
A guy like Ozzie Guillen may be controversial (especially after his recent Castro comments) but a manager like him is who the Braves need and until they get a manager like Ozzie or even Francona who will hold people accountable and give criticism where its due, the culture and philosophy in Atlanta will never change.
April 10th, 20122:45 pm
How many other teams get excited over a 40 year old coming back from the DL. Bring back Julio Franco I am sure he can still play too
April 10th, 20123:01 pm
wonder how many bunts will be laid down the third baseline to test chipper’s mobility….
April 10th, 20123:19 pm
Livan has been a starter for 15 years, he throws 82 mph, and we decide to pick him up and put him in our bullpen????????? HUH?????
Maybe Francisco is not a third baseman. Dude makes a scary amount of errors in the minors but hit’s a ton too. Try and get his bat in the lineup but geez, he can’t play Left worse than Diaz!!
THose of you asking for Bourn to be traded have lost it. That dude is exactly what we need, speed at the top of the lineup. That being said, if the hitters behind him don’t help him out then he becomes irrelevant.
Prado (playing 3b)
A legit hitting OF
No reason that lineup shouldn’t throw up runs in bunches. You could keep Chipper in the lineup, just move him to 6th.
April 10th, 20123:30 pm
Why worry about Chipper running? He’s only gotta jog halfway to first and turn right after another 4 hopper to second base.
April 10th, 20123:43 pm
Chipper will hit 3 grandslams & have 9 unassisted triple plays! Then he will stub his toe getting on the bus & be on DL for 150 games.
Hernandez & Francisco will be given his meal vouchers.
Joe Adcock will rise from the grave and become asst. mgr.
Scherholtz will have hernia surgery after he once again splits a gut on how clever he was to get Wrenn as GM.
April 10th, 20123:47 pm
Welcome back Chipper Jones………………….
April 10th, 20124:09 pm
April 10th, 20124:27 pm
What matters now is…
That I am healthy enough for some strong hunt’n this Fall.
Don’t worry y’all have that doughy Francisco character.
April 10th, 20124:37 pm
The Marlins have a good team, maybe I’ll go to a Braves game just to see them play in their ridiculous new uniforms. ‘Avid Braves Fan’ is a term that is close to being ousted from my ‘about me’ section on Facebook.
April 10th, 20124:48 pm
There is a reason why people get released from other teams. Look at the 3 we picked up.
April 10th, 20128:47 pm
Crap! 2 Slow…
Damn! 2 Delirious…
They’re too fast for us MAYN!
Crap! 2 Slow…
Damn! 2 Delirious…
OOH! They’re too fast for us MAYN!
AHH, you just came home from blowin a lead
Tell me whachu gon do? ACT A FOOL
The Mets and Stros smoked us like a stash of weed
BOY what we gon do? ACT A FOOL
Just got a man on third and then left him to hang
Tell me what’d we just do? ACT A FOOL
Got this mo**********g season started off with a bang
BOY what we gonna do? ACT A FOOL
Talkin bout Walks, Hits, Runs, singles and doubles
If we don’t get em soon we’re in some serious trouble
Evacuate the dugout and take some BP
It’s high time we fire old Frank and Freddie
See those fools slipped up and let our team go to sh**
Like September never happened, we don’t like it one bit!
It makes you wonder “Wren, what kinda stuff you on!”
U need 2 disappear like “POOF, BI*** BE GONE”
You think Francisco plays third? MAN GIMMIE A BREAK!
He’s an error causing fata** that ate too much cake
It seems they want Pastor as our shortstop this year
His err’s and lack of hitting will drive a drunk to drink beer
Our teams BA is a pi** poor one sixty five
How the hell do you expect us to just stay alive?
Only 2 HR’s and our OBP’s just two thirty six
This is something no minor move could possibly fix
Another tailor made double play and Bourn got caught stealing
This whole team needs a facelift if we’re to start healing
Chalk up another loss, wow, big a** surprise
We go from the front to the back and now we’re tossed to the side, WHAT?
Uggla just tripped up cost us 2 more damn runs
Tell me whatsee gon do? ACT A FOOL
They put up a 7 spot, there’s no end to this fun
BOY what they like to do? ACT A FOOL
Minor and Beachy got roughed up and beat yet again
Tell me whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL
Schuerholtz wrote us all a letter, wants to be our best friend
Da**it, what do we all do? ACT A FOOL
Let’s take it to the field cuz we made 3 outs fast
Got some bottom feeding team all whooping our a**
Just bought a tomahawk and now I’m choppin like mad
But no amount of choppin works, stinking losers are sad
We got 14 freakin flags hangin out Turner Field
All years of disappointment save one so big deal
Chipper just barely stepped out onto the dirt
Now he’s writhing in pain on the ground again hurt
Heyward’s a bust but that’s no big surprise
Throw inside pitches and you’ll surely darken his skies
It’s getting to the point where I just don’t even care
Our bench look like jabronis from the show Bad News Bears
It’s bobble head day and they play Country Boy on the mic
How bout Loser by Beck and have some clown on a trike
Back in the news for a loss again, read it and weep
The Brewers busted out brooms for a gargantuan sweep
You think that after last September’s epic collapse
And Freddi G’s idiotic tippin his caps
We’d wake the f*** up and start addressing our needs
But no we “stand pat” and fail to ever succeed
You just got gaffled 14 to 2
Boy whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL
Now your fans are all pi$$ed and they yell at you
Team whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL
Now them Phils laugh it up and still runnin they mouth
BOY what we sposed to do? ACT A FOOL
Everybody talkin sh** about the Dirty South
Tell me what I’M gon do? ACT A FOOL
We got our eyes closed shut and our gloves wide open
Had 4 errors yesterday and the Braves are still choking
See the bats stay ice cold and the D is ugly
At least the Braves Girls still look cute and snuggly
Still defeated on the road and headed back to the Ted
By the All Star Break there’s no doubt we’ll be dead
Our D’s in the toilet, our O has gone rotten
By mid-May this team will be damn near forgotten
Now boos just cascade and the seats are all empty
“We’re abandoning ship!” “Oh man, do not tempt me.”
Now dem punks in the dugout they just sit there and pout
Plus our new name is Fire cuz we just got stomped out
and yeah, we got flags and Ninety Five, that’s fantastic
Soon deez bums will ask: “Will that be paper or plastic?”
Fifth inning and once again we’re falling apart
Our fans are so quiet you can now hear a fart
It’s one hit, four runs on three errors this inning
I’M ABOUT TO BLOW THIS WHOLE SH** UP TO SMITHEREENS!
Just tipped his cap so hard that Freddy bent his rims
Tell me whatsee gon do? ACT A FOOL
MAN, THAT’S ANOTHER ERROR FORGET ABOUT WEB GEMS
BOY whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL
Caught another fly ball and just put us to bed
Ladies whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL
These Braves are washed up and this team is dead
BOY whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL
2 Slow 2 Delirious…
2 Slow…ACT A FOOL
2 Slow 2 Delirious…
2 Slow…ACT A FOOL
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