B-Mac Daddy back in Braves lineup; Chipper nears record

Let me start with big congratulations for Ashley and Brian McCann, who had their first child on Saturday, a son named Colt Michael. The boy will go by Colt, according to Mac Daddy, who said being there at Northside Hospital for the birth was “by far the coolest moment and experience of my life.”

McCann is a first-time daddy, and brings a four-game homer streak into Saturday's game.

McCann, a first-time daddy, brings four-game homer streak into Saturday.

McCann was in his wife’s room watching the Braves-Mets game last night when backup catcher David Ross hit a three-run homer in the 7-5 win. McCann said whooped it up a bit after Ross went ‘yard, and a nurse, who had no idea who he was, asked, “Why are you so invested in this game?”

“I play here,” McCann replied, adding yet memorable moment to a day he won’t ever forget.

McCann is back in the lineup today and takes a four-game home run streak into this afternoon’s tilt against the Mets and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. He’s 7-for-16 with four homers and 11 RBIs in that four-game stretch, including a homer in each game of the sweep at Philadelphia just before the All-Star break.

“It’s on,” McCann said in the dugout before batting practice today, in what was yet another sign of how confident he feels right now at the plate. Seriously, I can’t recall Mac sounding quite so good about his swing as he’s indicated he’s felt in the past couple of weeks.

This after making an adjustment to regain the extension he used to get but hadn’t had since returning too quickly from an oblique strain late last season and trying to protect that side from re-injury.

By the way, add Ross’s four-RBI game and Braves catchers have a five-game homer streak going, during which they’ve gone 8-for-18 with five jacks and 15 RBIs.

• Chipper one away: After hitting a solo homer Friday to tie Mike Schmidt for second place on the career RBI list for third basemen, Chipper Jones needs one to tie and two to move past George Brett (1,596) at the top of the list.

The 40-year-old also extended his hitting streak to 14 games, his longest since a 20-game streak during the 2006 season. (Kind of surprising that he didn’t have a streak as long as games in 2008, when he hit .364 to win the batting title.) He’s gone 22-for-51 (.431) during his streak with eight doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs, a .517 OBP and a .706 slugging percentage, and has struck out only six times.

Chipper received another standing ovation on his Farewell Tour, this one particularly special as it came during the All-Star game.

Chipper received another standing ovation on his Farewell Tour, this one particularly special as it came during the All-Star game.

Now let me ask you a question: What would you have said if someone had told you during the last week of spring training, when Chipper tore cartilage in his knee on the same day that he announced he would retire after the season, that on July 14 he would lead the Braves in batting average (.322), on-base percentage (.401) and slugging percentage (.503)?

Personally, I would have laughed. And probably called the person delusional after walking away.

But Chipper does, indeed, lead the team in all of those categories. At age 40.

He’s done a lot of his best work in front of the home fans this season. Since May 1, he’s hit .394 (28-for-71) with three homers, 12 RBIs, a .469 OBP and .606 slugging

But it’s been the road where he’s had some of his most memorable moments, because Jones has been honored and treated better than he could’ve ever imagined he would be in every opposing ballpark where he’s made his last scheduled visit. And in the case of the All-Star game at Kansas City, where he made his first and only visit to Kauffman Stadium and received a boisterous ovation as “Crazy Train” was played over the stadium P.A. system when he strode to the plate for his pinch-hit appearance in Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic (he hit an infield single).

“It’s been awfully touching,” Jones said of the treatment he’s received across the country. “I certainly didn’t expect any kind of farewell tour when I announced I was going to retire. I’ve never really seen myself as a particularly popular player, outside of the city of Atlanta. Obviously in my town I’m extremely popular, but outside it just hasn’t been that way.”

Little did he know, beneath those boos he heard for all those years in other major league cities, there was a lot of respect. And as he makes his last trip to each city, the respect comes through.

• Pitching deal near? Speaking of Chipper, I’m sure most of you saw it here Friday where he said that he’d like to see the Braves acquire another starting pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline, and that if they do they can “most definitely” become more consistent. He’s usually got his thumb on the pulse of the franchise, and to me him saying that was an indication that he’s fairly confident such a move is coming. If I had to guess, I’d say Ryan Dempster or Francisco Liriano.

• Payroll flexibility: And there was also a quote from Braves GM Frank Wren that I found telling, when asked how much payroll room the Braves have as they approach the trade deadline: “We have flexibility to make a deal. I think we have the kind of talent that other teams want in our system. We have flexibility in the payroll to add a significant piece if we think it’s justified.”

That jibes with what CEO Terry McGuirk told me a couple of weeks ago, when he said no available player was out of the Braves’ reach if they felt it was a good move.

Wren’s comment was part of a Q&A with our Chris Vivlamore, which you can read here.

• Shortstop on way? The Braves don’t think they’ll need to put Jack Wilson on the DL after he dislocated his right pinkie during Friday’s game, but his injury — in his first game filling in for injured rookie standout Andrelton Simmons — only increased the sense of urgency to trade for a shortstop and soon. Until they get one, which sounds like it could be in the next day or two, Martin Prado can fill in at shortstop (he’s in the lineup today, his second career start at short and first since May 2008).

Of all the shortstops that might be available, Arizona’s Willie Bloomquist and Colorado’s Marco Scutaro make the most sense to me, but it won’t surprise me if the Braves go for Brendan Ryan despite anemic offense (.184 average, .556 OPS). He’s strong  defensively, and that’s what they want most from a fill-in shortstop until Simmons returns in six weeks or thereabouts.

Bloomquist is signed for $1.9 million 2013 and could be a versatile backup (shortstop, third base, second base, outfield). Scutaro would also be a good pickup for this season, but he’s making $6 mill and reportedly the Rockies’ asking price is too high for a guy who’ll be a free agent after the season.

By the way, how ‘bout this quote fefore Friday’s game, when Wilson was asked about filling in for Simmons: “I really think it’s a ‘let’s see how he does’ type of deal,” Wilson said. “I didn’t get to show them much in spring training [after being injured] and then got a couple at-bats here and there. Then when [Simmons] came up, it was pretty much dry from then on. I think it’s going to be one of those things where I’m going to have to prove that I can stay on the field and help the team.”

Only hours later, Wilson left the field with a dislocated right pinkie. It was the very next game after Simmons sustained a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal, the bone in the hand that attaches to the pinkie. Yes, the right pinkie. Two shortstops, back-to-back games, injuries to the right pinkie or the bone that connects to the right pinkie.

R.A. Dickey hasn't lost a game since the Braves beat him in April at Turner Field, when he allowed a season-high eight runs and didn't make it out of the fifth inning. He'll face Tommy Hanson today. (AP Photo)

R.A. Dickey hasn't lost a game since the Braves beat him in April at Turner Field, when he allowed a season-high eight runs and didn't make it out of the fifth inning. He'll face Tommy Hanson today. (AP Photo)

• Today’s matchup: The Braves’ Tommy Hanson faces Mets All-Star knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.40 ERA), whose only loss this season came against the Braves on April 18 at Turner Field.

Dickey is 1-1 with an 8.71 ERA in two starts against the Braves this year and 2-5 with a 4.83 ERA in 12 games (nine starts), the most losses he’s had against any team. The Braves tagged him for a season-igh eight runs and eight hits including three homers in 4-1/3 innings of that April loss in Atlanta, which made him 0-2 with a 6.94 ERA in seven games (four starts) at Turner Field.

That’s his highest ERA at anyplace he’s pitched more than twice.

Since that loss to the Braves, he’s gone 10-0 with a 1.84 ERA and .180 opponents’ average in his past 14 starts, with 108 strikeouts, 19 walks and only four homers allowed in 102-2/3 innings. However, he’s twice allowed five runs in his past three starts, posting a 4.29 ERA in that stretch but getting no losses due to strong run support.

Chipper is 4-for-8 with a homer against him, Freddie Freeman is 6-for-15 with a homer against him, but Dan Uggla is 1-for-25 (with a homer).

His eye issues apparently behind him, Freeman has heated up again at the plate.

His eye issues apparently behind him, Freeman has heated up again at the plate.

Hanson will try to snap a four-start losing streak against the Mets. He’s 0-4 with a 6.64 ERA in those four games against them since the beginning of the 2011 season.

Hanson is 5-1 with a 3.55 ERA and .237 opponents’ average in his past seven starts while getting 5-1/2 support runs per nine innings in that period.

Justin Turner is 2-for-3 with two homers against him and Josh Thole is 9-for-21, while David Wright is just 4-for-22 with eight strikeouts and Ruben Tejada is 1-for-11.

Hanson’s home ERA (4.63) is more than 50 percent higher than his road ERA (3.00). He’s 3-3 with a .282 opponents’ average and .798 OPS in eight home starts, and 7-2 with a .232 OA and .700 OPS in 10 road starts

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado SS
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Chipper 3B
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. McCann C
  7. Uggla 2B
  8. Hinske LF
  9. Hanson P

• Etc.

Freddie Freeman’s past 14 games: .367 (18-for-49) with five doubles, two homers, eight RBIs, seven walks, .458 OBP, .592 slugging….

Martin Prado went 0-for-5 last night, his first 0-for-5 of the year and only his second hitless game in 15. But he made a big contribution nonetheless, moving from left field to shortstop mid-game and handling it with ease. In his past 18 games, he’s hit .348 (24-for-69) with six doubles, a homer, 11 RBIs, four steals, a .400 OBP and .478 slugging…

Jason Heyward since June 1: 33 games, .328 (41-for-125) with 18 extra-base hits (eight HRs), 19 RBIs, .370 OBP, .608 slugging (.978 OPS)…

The Braves are 5-0 with a 2.60 ERA in the past five games (before Saturday), hitting .273 with 10 homers and 29 runs in that five-game streak, including three consecutive 10-hit games. The Mets are 2-4 with a 6.28 ERA and 23 runs scored in their past six games.

•  All right, let’s close this with “Oh The Warm Feeling,” among the many powerful, emotional songs from one of Van Morrison’s masterpiece albums, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher. Sublime, timeless stuff. Listen here, bet it’ll make your day a little better.

Van-Morrison-V

“OH THE WARM FEELING” by Van Morrison

Oh the warm feeling
As we sat beside the sea
Oh the warm feeling as I sat by you

Like a child within the kingdom
As we sat beside the sea
Oh the warm feeling as I sat by you

And it filled with devotion
And it made me plainly see
And it healed all my emotions
As I sat by you

As we sat inside the sunshine
And we sat beside the sea
Oh the warm feeling, as I sat by you

And it filled me with religion
And it gave great comfort to me
Oh the warm feeling as I sat by you

Oh the warm feeling as we sat beside the sea
Oh the warm feeling as I sat by you.

– by David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,470 comments Add your comment

Pace

July 14th, 2012
3:55 pm

Great artice!

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 14th, 2012
3:56 pm

THanks for the new Blog, Chief!! Love the BMac stuff! :D

Bobby's Cox

July 14th, 2012
3:59 pm

Fitting if Chipper sets the record against the Mets of all team.s

Bobby's Cox

July 14th, 2012
4:00 pm

Would rather have the Rev as a bench player than Jack Wilson.

YoungerThan ThatNow

July 14th, 2012
4:00 pm

As always… the number one source for Braves info! Thanks DOB!! ((Have you tried ‘Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ’ yet?))

Bobby's Cox

July 14th, 2012
4:00 pm

Sweet… I got the Mets Braves game here in CA. Wanted to see Prado at SS so bad

gene garbage

July 14th, 2012
4:02 pm

my question is, who in the world thought Pastornicky was better than Simmons in the first place? bad choice by the powers that be on that one!

is it possible the Braves go after Stephen Drew?

Doofus(Goober and Gomer's Smart Brother)

July 14th, 2012
4:03 pm

I went by McDonalds today and asked for a “Lil Mac” and they said “we don’t sell those”! I said, “well, you sell “BigMacs” don’t you, then you should sell “Lil Macs” for about a dollar. I mean, after all, as I told them, Burger King sells “Whopper Jrs”. They are missing a golden opportunity, around ATL, especially!

Pace

July 14th, 2012
4:05 pm

Any shortstop the Braves pick up will only be a six week player. Simmons is THE starting SS, so…what do you do with the guy when Simmons comes back? If the Braves can pick up someone who can also play 3rd and an outfield position, and hit just a little, then go for it. Otherwise, get the SP we need and fill in from the farm for now.

Efrim

July 14th, 2012
4:05 pm

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:06 pm

Love the stuff on McCann, too, but DOB, the baby was born on Friday, not Saturday. Not bustin’ on ya, dude, but little Colt would only be 2 hours old if he had been born on Saturday ;)

BFChris27

July 14th, 2012
4:07 pm

Thanks for new blog :-)

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:07 pm

Can’t believe you didn’t catch that, McFann :grin:

Bobby's Cox

July 14th, 2012
4:08 pm

Wasn’t Prado’s other start at SS in 2008 against the Mets?

Think it was at Shea, no?

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 14th, 2012
4:08 pm

Hey! What time did this game start, anyway…?

Brava

July 14th, 2012
4:08 pm

Go Braves!!!

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 14th, 2012
4:09 pm

bravesgrl4life

I was too excited to notice, apparently… ;)

cabravesfan

July 14th, 2012
4:09 pm

McFann-

Game started at 1

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

Bummed we’re on FOX—I wanted our regular announcers today…

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 14th, 2012
4:10 pm

cabravesfan

Wow! I missed more than I thought!… ;)

I thought it started at 4:10…

gene garbage

July 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

uh, that one went about 45 ft

cabravesfan

July 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

I’m just happy I get the game today

BFChris27

July 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

Tomahawk Mafia

July 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

Nice beginning.

Pace

July 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

Hanson’s breaking ball is nasty today – hopefully he can hold the Mutts in check long enough for us to get to Dickey. Nice first inning

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

McFann, I know. I can’t stand these announcers. What’s with all the Saturday games being on big Fox now? Used to be on SportSouth on Saturday.

cabravesfan

July 14th, 2012
4:11 pm

Great start for Tommy!

Tomahawk Mafia

July 14th, 2012
4:12 pm

By the way, good move for the Braves to start Prado at shortstop instead of Pastornicky. I believe Prado is probably the better shortstop right now.

Mark

July 14th, 2012
4:12 pm

Why would Frddi think we are better with Prado at SS and Hinski in left than Pastor at SS and Prado in left??????????????

Bobby's Cox

July 14th, 2012
4:12 pm

Sunday Sept 9 should be the best Chipper farewell, @ Mets.

TNScott

July 14th, 2012
4:13 pm

Good inning for Red.

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:13 pm

I’m happy you get this game today, too, cabravesfan!

phil

July 14th, 2012
4:15 pm

Nice blog, DOB…

Judging from Mac’s picture, he’s not even an ounce too heavy….lol!!

Will Dickey own us?

Pace

July 14th, 2012
4:15 pm

Bad call – hope we don’t have to go through this again like we did last nite!

Mark

July 14th, 2012
4:15 pm

Way to close to take

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:15 pm

Strike 3 was not a strike. Already getting missed calls.

gene garbage

July 14th, 2012
4:16 pm

wow. is this the same ump from last night? MLB has got to be embarrassed by the guys in blue…

Bobby's Cox

July 14th, 2012
4:16 pm

Mark,

Couple of reasons Prado is at SS:

1. Give Hinske some AB’s to see if we can get him going
2. Further evaluate Martin there – if he can handle it then maybe we go after a LF’er
3. More leverage for Wren at the trade table

Brava

July 14th, 2012
4:16 pm

Another effed up umpire. Great. :roll:

Doofus(Goober and Gomer's Smart Brother)

July 14th, 2012
4:16 pm

“Mark” exactly my thoughts. Will take Pastornicky in the lineup any day over Hinske. Offensively it’s a huge difference. FG doesn’t have a very deep thought process. He is very shallow on such things. Too complicated for him.

phil

July 14th, 2012
4:16 pm

Tomahawk Mafia is a better SS than Rev right now….

So is my cat, my shovel, this Ipad, a rock, grass, cereal, you name it.

Doofus(Goober and Gomer's Smart Brother)

July 14th, 2012
4:18 pm

“BC” if you think any of those 3 thoughts entered FG’s mind, you’re dreaming!

gene garbage

July 14th, 2012
4:18 pm

Fox gets first pick as to which game they want to air on Saturdays…and of course when they have a chance to get a NY team that’s playing for something, they’re going to go for it.

I’ve got tix for tomorrow, about 4 rows up behind the 1st base dugout..i can’t decide if i want to go or not…too hot for me!

gene garbage

July 14th, 2012
4:19 pm

good camera-work on that one.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 14th, 2012
4:19 pm

cabravesfan

That is exciting…

bravesgrl4life

Yeah. I just wanted to hear our announcers talk about BMac and Family… :)

Pace

July 14th, 2012
4:19 pm

Love how the catcher closes his eyes tight just as he catches that knuckler. Sorta like hitters do trying to make contact I suppose :)

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:19 pm

gene – maybe our Braves can spank the Mutts on there today and make them rethink that notion.

LAG

July 14th, 2012
4:19 pm

bravesgrl – If Fox decides to carry your game on Saturday afternoon, it means you don’t suck. :mrgreen:

Or, it means you’re playing a team from Philadelphia, New York, or Boston.

Tomahawk Mafia

July 14th, 2012
4:20 pm

phil

Haha. Yep, anything or anybody is a better shortstop than Pastornicky.

war daddy lightfoot

July 14th, 2012
4:21 pm

Macier Izturis and Kendrys Morales for welcome to Atlanta!

The A Bomb

July 14th, 2012
4:22 pm

Braves on FOX in Los Angeles most significant event since the Berlin Wall was torn down. Moron management at FOX either (a) on extended vacation or (b) retiring en masse.

phil

July 14th, 2012
4:22 pm

Do you get the feeling the outcome today won’t be so good?

Ballgame!!!

Doofus(Goober and Gomer's Smart Brother)

July 14th, 2012
4:23 pm

Was thinking myself, before the 2 complaints, that today’s FOX broadcasting crew is one of their better ones. Rick Myers is good, and doesn’t get on the nerves at all. As for Alex Karros, he is just acceptable. At least he’s not a “Hershiser” or a “McCarver”!

Mark

July 14th, 2012
4:24 pm

Bobby

I see what you are saying but defensively Hinski is just terrible and especially out there.

No need to evaluate Teen there. He will make plays because he is the best pure all around ball player on the team or in the league in my opinion. But, all that said, he is not a MLB SS. Not enough range and especially not the arm. He would be our best player in several spots but that doesn’t mean he needs to be there.

Leverage as far as Prado he has because he is the real deal. Any contender that needs a 3B, OF, 2B that can hit 300 and strike out very little…He is your man. I hope we get it going and keep him.

Again, I see your thoughts though

Tomahawkin

July 14th, 2012
4:24 pm

Come On Big Red!

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:24 pm

Yeah, these guys aren’t as bad as most.

Tomahawk Mafia

July 14th, 2012
4:25 pm

Tommy Hanson’s one troublesome inning brewing?

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:25 pm

Sets up the DP. Not worried. But it only hit him after it bounced. That shouldn’t count as a HBP :roll:

The A Bomb

July 14th, 2012
4:25 pm

You mean ERIC Karros and CHRIS Myers?

Pace

July 14th, 2012
4:25 pm

Wow – that breaking ball is just really taking off on Hanson today – almost hit the batter a few pitches earlier – let’s get two!!!

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:26 pm

Okay, I was wrong. It bounced after it hit him.

gene garbage

July 14th, 2012
4:26 pm

my niece had dinner with Hinske the other night at a local Japanese Steak House. He’s now her favorite player,,,after he bought their dinner for them..

Tomahawkin

July 14th, 2012
4:27 pm

@BG4Life

Im gonna Do a Post on DOB’s Facebook group on Chippers Retirement game, I’m pretty sure The “Thanks Bobby” Group will be doing a tailgate party???

Mark

July 14th, 2012
4:27 pm

If it rolls up there and hits him its a HBP

Doofus(Goober and Gomer's Smart Brother)

July 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

“A Bomb”, hey I was lucky just to get the last names right!

cabravesfan

July 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

David O'Brien

July 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

Great throw by McCann to nail Nieuwenheis trying to steal 2B

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

OUT!!! Great throw!!

The A Bomb

July 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

A BOLT FOR COLT!

Tomahawkin

July 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

Hell yeah B-Macc!

Pace

July 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

Caught a break there – bad call by the Mutts!!

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:29 pm

Sure we

YES!

will, Tomahawkin’. I may not make it unless I can take off early from work. I am going to Bobblehead night.

Doofus(Goober and Gomer's Smart Brother)

July 14th, 2012
4:29 pm

Sorry, but once again a MLB ump misses a call at 2B. They get about 50% right there.

VaBravesFan

July 14th, 2012
4:29 pm

Weird spot to be trying to steal. Takes away the Sac Fly opportunity. Good job Mac

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:30 pm

Shoot, Tommy. You were supposed to finish him off, not give him a double.

The A Bomb

July 14th, 2012
4:30 pm

Pace

July 14th, 2012
4:30 pm

Aw man, had him, they caught a break w/the stolen base attempt and then a pitch RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE – gotta stay focused.

David O'Brien

July 14th, 2012
4:30 pm

That hard-hit double made Thole 10-for-22 off Hanson

gene garbage

July 14th, 2012
4:31 pm

grooved him..can’t be there on lefties..

VaBravesFan

July 14th, 2012
4:31 pm

Braves fall behind early

Tomahawkin

July 14th, 2012
4:31 pm

@The A-Bomb

Im Glad we dont get Blow Buck and Tim McSlobber

They made me turn the AS Game off on Tuesday nite in the 3rd inning

OTOH

Big Red

COME ON!

The A Bomb

July 14th, 2012
4:31 pm

Hanson looks like he goes into phases when EVERYONE looks like CARLOS QUENTIN.

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:31 pm

Okay, it’s only one. We can get that back. Chipper’s up first.

Tomahawk Mafia

July 14th, 2012
4:32 pm

I get sick of Josh Thole getting big hits against the Braves.

Doofus(Goober and Gomer's Smart Brother)

July 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

Hanson should have detoured over to the 2B umpire and shook his hand on the way off the field. Could have been 2-0. At least they even out though, as Bourn has had several go against him this year!

Quack Quack

July 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

Hey DOB great article. Carroll does an awesome job, but I always miss your stories, and jams.

GO BRAVES!!

JC Boscan III

July 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

What’s happened to Hinske? He had his best game of the season, going 4-6 with a homer on May 4. It raised his average to .412. Since then, he’s gone 6-66 (including one good game where he was 2-2 with a double and triple). An .091 average since May 4. Also, he has a horrible average against RA Dickey. Maybe he’ll have a good game today, but on paper, how can having him in left improve our chances of winning today?! Mentioning all of this probably means he’ll get 2 hits and a homer today — hope so. GO BRAVES!

TNScott

July 14th, 2012
4:33 pm

WHY PITCH TO HIM!!!! You had a base open. Keep letting him pitch to someone who owns him.

ChattTownBrian

July 14th, 2012
4:34 pm

Hanson never seems to have an easy time, does he?

gene garbage

July 14th, 2012
4:34 pm

The A Bomb

July 14th, 2012
4:34 pm

Tomhawkin — There are some good ones — but Buck might be the MOST OVERRATED SPORTSCASTER in America. He’s especially horrible when he starts delivering his opinions on everything. He and Thom Brennaman are the worst.

Best? Vin Scully (Dodgers)….Dick Enberg (Padres)……Love Kuiper and Krukow (Giants) — in fact those two may be the best TEAM in MLB — extremely knowledgeable, exciting and entertaining.

Braves’ guys don’t slam the team enough to be respected any longer. That’s when Skip was the best.

ppaaddy123

July 14th, 2012
4:34 pm

Why throw Thole a strike with the pitcher on deck? Especially when he wears you out……….

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:35 pm

Murphy had an easy play there and blew it :grin:

Tomahawkin

July 14th, 2012
4:35 pm

Nice Error! Charlie Murphy!

Gotta take Advantage of extra outs to play with!

Pace

July 14th, 2012
4:35 pm

There’s a break for the Braves – after having a hit taken away on a nice play. C’mon Daddy – get one for Colt right here!

Pace

July 14th, 2012
4:37 pm

Another good call by the 2nd base ump!

gene garbage

July 14th, 2012
4:37 pm

good baserunning by Freddie

TBbravesfan

July 14th, 2012
4:37 pm

out 2 maybe 3

bravesgrl4life

July 14th, 2012
4:38 pm

Uggs needs to do it here and now!

VaBravesFan

July 14th, 2012
4:38 pm

It would be nice to see Hanson come out and just dominate for 7 or 8 innings allowing no runs. He still hasn’t done that all season.

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