About David O’Brien

David O’Brien is a Greenville, N.C., native and a graduate of the University of Kansas. He’s covered major league baseball since 1995, as a Marlins beat writer for seven years at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and since 2002 as Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He’s divorced, has two motorcycles, no kids, way too many albums and CDs, and a crush on Neko Case. He’s a huge fan of the Replacements, the Clash, Muddy Waters, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash, for whom this Braves/Man In Black blog is named.

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Bobby's Cox

February 13th, 2009
5:00 pm

That’s gotta be one of the best “about me’s” I’ve ever read.

So, if it came down to Neko, or Sheryl, I’m assuming you’d take Neko?

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larry r

February 13th, 2009
6:25 pm

As a huge Braves fan I am also a huge DOB fan, I live in Florida but dave’s blog is the first thing I read every day.

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JP

February 13th, 2009
10:51 pm

DOB, you checked out Ryan Bingham yet? Dude’s right up your alley. Comin’ from a huge Waylon and Merle fan. Take care.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg428ZfOMsA

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B-ryan

February 14th, 2009
2:51 pm

Ummm Neko – with out question!

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Quint

February 14th, 2009
7:24 pm

Hey Dave, check out Shannon Whitworth. She is a great songwriter. Not a rocker, but a heck of a talent.

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rampant1307

February 17th, 2009
1:00 am

had no idea you were from Greenville, i was wondering how you know about parkers BBQ

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Random

February 17th, 2009
11:12 am

I got kin in Greenville, NC.

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Random

February 17th, 2009
11:15 am

No, that’s not a threat.

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WhiteMike

February 18th, 2009
11:42 am

My favorite Blogger. Keep it up DOB.

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AJ CHITWOOD

February 18th, 2009
6:05 pm

Just spoke with a client of mine in the Tampa area who was having dinner at Armani’s in Tampa. He recognized Ken Griffey Jr. and Joe Maddon (MGR of the Rays) having dinner…could it be Griffey looking to get the best of both worlds? He would be in driving distance of his home and he gets back to the AL. This would explain all the delays. VERY INTERESTING!

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Chuck

February 19th, 2009
4:54 am

Some people think they jive me,
But I know they must be crazy
Don’t see their misfortune,
I guess they’re just too lazy
Je suie le grand zombie
My yellow belt of choisen
Ain’t afraid of no tomcat,
Fill my brains with poison

No worries DOB…they jobbed you and everyone with the headline. Bad call by Copy desk…

To everyone else, nobody gives better day to day coverage than this fella here…and if Griffey punked out over some newspaper nonsense, I guess there IS still hope for the medium…lol

I think Griffey wants to get to 500 ABs by DHing some…

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jjschiller

February 19th, 2009
10:11 am

Hey DOB, don’t give these guys too much credit… The harsh words have nothing to do with the passion they have for the team; it has everything to do with the public nature of your job and the anonymity the internet provides to them..

If these people had to come out at their jobs, and admit they’re the ones who can’t keep the mayonnaise off my Whopper, they wouldn’t talk so loud….

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Quint

February 19th, 2009
11:55 am

DOB, you and Sekou have the best blogs on this site. Keep up the good work and don’t worry about these so-called journalists who are trying to give you a bashing.

To all of you so-called “journalists,” do us a favor and link your paper, blog, or site. Come on, I really want to know what professional journalism looks like.

And by the way, I learned more than 20 years ago that a journalist only prints the “who, what, where, when, and how.” It’s up to the editors, columnists, and in today’s age the bloggers who give us their “why” opinions. So you guys just shut up. Go look at DOB’s reporting versus his blogging. Two different things, nitwits!

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Quint

February 19th, 2009
11:57 am

“can’t keep the mayonnaise off my Whopper”

Great comment JJ!! I am stealing it, using often in conversation, and probably not going to give you credit, but man, I love it!

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Tomahawkin

February 20th, 2009
3:02 am

D.O.B. You need a Facebook page so all of the college cats can keep up with you…?

Nuff Respect My man! You should list your best places for clubbing, eating and watching a Braves game in the “A” As well as you favorite songs from every Genre…

Just messin wit Ya…You know that you have the best blog of any paper in the Nation, and dese spoiled fans must not remember the days when all the braves 411 came via ESPNY…

Nuff respect my man…

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bravesfan54

February 20th, 2009
7:11 pm

Dave, I check out “your blog” 2-3 times a day. I get pissy during the season when you go 3 days without a blog. (I do indeed enjoy Carroll’s during your absence.)

I was born in Milw raised in Columbus,Ga, and to this day can see Johnny Cash’s Sun Label spinning around (1958 to be exact) as Johnny sang “Ballad of a Teenage Queen”.

I love the Braves, REM, of course Johnny, Bruce, Floyd, DBT, Roy O, U2, Everly’s and others…

Mostly I enjoy your blog. Don’t leave us – because so many are crass, hateful, or merely ignorant. This is the gig for you, my man. (Ok, your gig is for me….”heeeey….IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!!!!)

Seriously, in the words of Maurice, Frankie Valli, and more recently – ah, who was the dude? you know…what’s his face?….”(people) stay..just a little bit longer”.

I post that song to you, Big Dave, because of your Harley, and free-spirit, (no kids help!). You speak 7 languages (unless you were kidding, and I doubt it, as I know intelligence…so, I postulate that you have a finite amount of liquid in your glass, and, can put one of your fine ladies on your Harley, and say…”–ck all, Atlanta, Phoenix here we come!”

But not now…give us bloggers three (count ‘em!) years to mature into respectful baseball fans with finely honed, reasonable expectations from you…our Blogmeister, the Man, the Man in Black.

(Johnny Cash was a saint, in this Catholic man’s mind!)

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West

February 25th, 2009
12:11 am

Never thought to look at your “about me” section until the comment about Parker’s BBQ in Greenville, NC…

I had no idea you were a native of Greenville! I live about 30 minutes away in Williamston, NC and am a huge Braves fan! I love reading the blog to catch up! And yes, gotta love Parker’s(and other eastern NC BBQ hotspots)!

Keep up the good work!

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IrishMick

February 26th, 2009
6:46 pm

DOB – been out in County Cork with no computer access. Freckin cold but great. Have ye been to the mother country? Love the blog but leave your ex-molly out of yer posts. Makes ye sound like a neddy. Besides a group of us here in ATL are friends of hers from years back and think she’s super. She’s a new ma in fact so let it go and just keep writin’ about the Braves and great music lad.

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Rick Mac

March 7th, 2009
8:56 am

Hey David, thanks for the history. I think I kind of knew everything but the part about being raised in NC. I thought maybe Kansas or something due to your references about the Jayhawks. Of course I have been reading your blog for a long time now. Got to say you do a great job, and I hope you keep it up for a long time. Ignore the Griffey pundits, some folks just can’t get over him. Just keep on keeping us informed, and your loyal readership will be happy. Hey thanks for turning me on to Neko Case. I had never heard of her, and she is really good. I guess that is why you love her. Keep the recommendations coming, it can broaden my horizon.

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Russ Jones

March 11th, 2009
5:14 pm

Dave,

Recently, I purchased two Drive by Trucker cds based on your love of the band. I bought “The Dirty South” and “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” and I really like both of them. I would love to get some more of their cds. Can you rank their top 5 for me?

Thanks! By the way, I recently found out that you and I are both KU graduates (1990 for me). I am still on cloud nine about the championship last year for the Jayhawks! Hope to see you in Orlando next week. I will be at the Friday game at Dark Star.

Thanks for the great blog! It is must reading!

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DL

March 16th, 2009
6:38 am

Hi David,

Just spent three great days in watching baseball with my dad (Kissimmee, Clearwater, and Disney). We had one open question. Why do you call the park at Disney “Dark Star?” We have our theories, but wanted to hear from the source.

Thanks… and by the way, great blog!

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Feeanch

April 2nd, 2009
8:55 am

DOB, Fellow eastern North Carolinian here (Raleigh, Wilson, Atlantic Beach). Really enjoy the blog. Big shout outs to both Parker’s, Bill’s and King’s BBQ joints. Only eastern NC cue is palatable for me. Best part of your blog though is your music selections interspersed with bball knowledge. Caught the Gomez and Josh Ritter show last week as well as Rocco Deluca @ Center Stage. Haven’t seen them on your playlists. Rocco is the second coming of Robert Plant and Robert Johnson. The DBTs tore it up in Memphis last week after my Heels stomped the Zags. Curious if you’ve ever been to Bonnaroo. We’ve been 5 of 7 years now. Amazing 4 days of music. Funny note, I opened for Neko Case in Asheville, NC about 10 years ago @ a club that’s probably dead and gone called 31 Patton. The scary thing is that she looks even better now…

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Dennis

April 29th, 2009
1:09 am

The “GONZO ROCK” !!!
Atlanta Brave fans…wow! How good to see Mike Gonzalez taking care of business as an Atlanta Brave closer. How about Atlanta fans greeting Gonzo coming out of the bullpen with the “GONZO ROCK”! With the fans on their feet rocking and swaying as Gonzalez takes to the mound. It’s his trademark delivery style. Let’s greet him likewise. GO GONZO!

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Bryan Melton

May 4th, 2009
4:55 pm

I was at the game yesterday and was attacked by the telephoto lens police. Did you know Turner Field has a new policy that bans the use of telephoto lens on your camera? I have been shooting the Braves with my 300mm lens for the past 5 years and have some great memories in the form of pictures. I have all three of my chrildren in pictures at the park at different ages and I look at these pictures all the time.The way the ecomomy is you would think the management would welcome anybody and anything into their park. IF they will let dogs in way not a lens?

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PWHjort

May 12th, 2009
9:57 am

Russ Jones,
My favorite DBT records are as follows (in order):
Southern Rock Opera, The Dirty South, Decoration Day, Pizza Deliverance, and Brighter Than Creation’s Dark.

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No More Bobby

June 9th, 2009
12:03 am

DOB – Where do we submit ideas to Braves TV? I would like to see some classic old school games during rain delays and think a lot of long time fans would also. Just curious if that makes too much sense for the execs because I cant take those played out interviews they show now or Americas Funniest Videos. Cmon!

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Bill Bemiss

June 30th, 2009
11:21 am

This is the first time I’ve read your column. Enjoyed it. I’ve been a Braves fan since ‘57. I live in Louisville and in the late fifties the Louisville Colonels were the AAA affiliate.
Did you see the Braves-Yankees on ESPN last week. Sutcliffe and O’Brien only needed skirts and pom-poms to complete their Yankee cheer-leading outfits. ESPN has turned into the Mets-Yankees-Red Sox network.

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BIG DADDY DAVE

July 10th, 2009
6:20 pm

HEY DAVID KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AS A FAN OF THE BRAVES SINCE I WAS A KID WHAT DO WE HALF TO DO TO GET MORE POWER IN THE LINE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PITCHING HAS BEEN GREAT I THINK ALL THEY LACK IS ANOTHER STICK. GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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zorba

August 14th, 2009
10:38 pm

Is there anybody who was watching the game who did not expect Howard to hit a home run off Soriano? Oh, Gonzalez, a lefty, was available. Nice move, Cox. Please retire to the farm. Your day has passed.

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CCjacket

October 1st, 2009
7:10 pm

DOB, I’m sure you’re tired of answering this, but I don’t know the answer; how does a North Carolina boy winding up going to school at Kansas? I mean, I understand Roy Williams’ journey, but…

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Robert

December 1st, 2009
5:01 am

This may be a reach for some folks but there is one elimate of the Braves lineup we are missing. A true leadoff hitter. If we look back to the trade rumors of last year, the Peavy deal that didn’t happen stands out. One of the pieces SD wanted was Escobar. SD has a good young SS, that is a leadoff hitter, we may be able to pry loose. A package of Escobar and maybe Reyes to SD for Cabrera and Bell (not sure if we would need to give up another minor league player) would fill two holes. We all know Escobar has the tools but the flare with it isn’t professional and doesn’t fit the Braves mold. Another name that could be had, Steve Swisher. 1B, OF, switch hitter. Need I say more. The Yanks will give him up, Wren just needs to make the call.

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James Pearson

February 6th, 2010
11:50 am

Dave, Getting close. Our caBLE WILL CARRY EVERY GAME AND i GET TO READ YOUR BLOG. hEAVEN. aRE YOU THE SAME dAVE WHO i FOLLOWED IN THE fT lAUDERDALE s s? yOU COVERED THE mARLINS?

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Mark Duncan

March 2nd, 2010
8:25 pm

Dave, I’m from Albany,NY and have been reading this blog for a couple of months. I really enjoy it and since I’ve been a Braves fan since I was seven,(I’m now 45) I’ve been through it all with the Braves. Being from New York I am obviously exposed to alot of Yankee fans. Lord how I hate that team! However, with spring training here it brings back a memory circa 77,78 when the notorious Mahler brothers, Mickey and Rick both beaned Reggie Jackson in the same game and nearly incited a riot and thus giving a young Braves fan something to hold onto. Did this really happen or am I just losing it. Thanks Dave and go Braves! P.S. Speaking of brothers how about some Flying Burrito Bros. or some solo Gram Parsons with Emmylou Harris?

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J-Hey Kid

March 4th, 2010
6:30 pm

Hey Dave,

Check out this sweet “The J-Hey Kid” shirt. It was inspired by your nickname for Jason Heyward. I think you should get royalty fees for it…haha.

http://sportscrack.com/tees_j-heykid.html

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Matt

March 10th, 2010
8:26 am

Hey Dave,

Could you (if you or one of the other Braves bloggers haven’t already) address the MLB blackout rules that keep anyone subscribing to the MLB.TV feed online from receiving local games? I cannot afford cable and don’t want it or one of the dish type systems and constantly long for the days of TBS when I could watch every game on my antenna, for free.

I found this interesting post on the current MLB map of blackouts and am super glad I don’t live in Iowa but as a Braves fan, maybe I should, at least I could watch the games.

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2009/2/9/753039/the-mlb-tv-blackout-genius

I don’t understand the logic of keeping fans from being able to access their home teams due to some antiquated blackout rule left over from the 70’s!

Paying $100 for a season of baseball is a great deal but if I have to watch my favorite team with the opposing broadcasters, it’s more like sadomasochism!

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Choppinmama

March 16th, 2010
10:49 pm

What the hey??? Not a word about your “Preisdency?” Aren’t your masters at the AJC proud of their Blogmeister?

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pond johns' shaggin' flies

March 17th, 2010
4:44 pm

Dave, It would be fun to meet you @Eddie’s Attic for this show. Contact me & I see about getting you on the guest list. http://www.folkmusic.com go to calender. 3/31

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AJ in Augusta

April 21st, 2010
7:25 pm

Chipper Jones up… hitting .242… strikes out swinging.

Werth, Ibanez, & Castro up for Phillies in 2nd.

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AJ in Augusta

April 21st, 2010
7:28 pm

Werth up… Hudson throws 16 pitches in 1st inning… smash to left field wall… doubles. None out, man on 2nd.

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AJ in Augusta

April 21st, 2010
7:32 pm

Replay shows Werth giving low 5 to first base coach, thought his double was out. Ibanez hits ground rule double to right center, Werth scores. 0 outs, man on 2nd.

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John A.

April 26th, 2010
7:21 pm

If I were in management I believeI would call Chipper in to find out what kind of workouts he’s involved with. It doesn’t take rocket science to know whatever he’s doing it isn’t right. Management and thefans are no getting their monies worth from him. You mean me and you could get away with this kind of physical inablity to work without being fired….and here Chipper is being paid thousands of dollars just to come to the plate without getting a hit. Has anyone ever stopped to think about how much these guys are being paid each and every at bat? They make more for batting four times than most of us make annually. Yet they think fans are being outragous complaining about the manner in which they address the game. Yes fans it’s a game….they look upon it as a business, but if we were to be hired to do work at their house they damn well would want the very best we have to offer.

I don’t want to restrict these comments to Chipper, let’s look at the rest of these non-professional (acting) players. I know Earl Weaver would not have tolerated the play these guys are producing. Earl would attach a picture of the Rochester (AAA Redwings) bus to their locker, and if they didn’t improve they would find themselves riding that bus. Jim Palmer (Hall of Famer) found himself riding the bus because he wouldn’t listen.

Bobby Cox and even Frank Wren can take only so much of the heat, but it is their responsibility to the fans (who ultimately pay the freight for all of them) to ensure the very best is on the field each and every nite. Why is Glaus playing and Hinski sitting on the bench, same can be said for Escobar why is Infente sitting on the bench. McLouth needs to ride the bus, I know there has to be a player that is hungry enough to play center at Gwinnett. Put Melkey on the bench and play Diaz…..I don’t get paid to see what some of the problems are, but I definitely know a shake-up is long overdue.

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shawn tillett

May 2nd, 2010
6:27 pm

Hey DOB, really enjoy your beat writing (great taste in music btw,) but I have seen nothing from any of the AJC sportswriters about the Braves (new I assume) outrageous practice of charging 3 dollars for buying a ticket at the stadium on the day of the game. I have long refused to get in bed with ticketmaster about anything, and now I show up at the stadium and am surcharged? This is BS, and would like to hear about it in the hometown paper! I’ve been going to games since the 70s, and agreed to suffer through the outrageous concessions. but this is simply unacceptable.

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shawn

May 5th, 2010
8:53 pm

DOB,
Always enjoyed your beat writing..honest and get straight to the point..Not on the same page on your CD collections but it is all good..

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eddie

May 13th, 2010
6:38 pm

david, like shawn, i also enjoy your writing, and i love the braves, 1st place or last, and have since they came to town when i was 13. unlike shawn, i love your record collection! eo.

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williamshakespeare

May 14th, 2010
1:34 pm

How about some inside info on Melky? You’ve never had so much as a quote from the guy. Are they thinking of moving him? Have they decided he’s not going to help them? Are they working with him? What’s Pendleton think of his hitting woes?

How about shedding some light on this for your readers? I’ve never seen even a boilerplate quote from the kid. I know he can’t speak a lick of english, but can’t you use another player who is bilingual to translate?

I want to know: has Cabrera had trouble adjusting to having been dumped by the Yankees? What does he – or Pendleton – think happened to his ability to hit line drives? If I’m not mistaken, he has no moves left, so they couldn’t demote him if they wanted to, right?

How about some insight into his struggles and whether they think they can get anything out of him?

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Jo-Bu

May 15th, 2010
1:18 am

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bucky oneil

May 15th, 2010
12:56 pm

DOB – Was that really you at Smithe’s Olde Bar Thursday night with the cowboy hat and bleached blonde?

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Lee

June 13th, 2010
1:01 am

DOB, I just have a comment about The Psychedelic Furs. Saw them almost 25 yrs. ago. What are they like now?

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Rhino

June 16th, 2010
11:17 am

Great ‘about me’. I listen to The Replacements all the time.

http://www.rhinorant.com

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Studebaker

June 23rd, 2010
10:28 am

Any definite word on which game Strasburg will fall next week against the Braves?

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tman

July 14th, 2010
12:16 am

Hey DOB….Off topic, but since I don’t know your email address, could you consider writing about or putting a bug in Brave’s management’s ear about NOT making a trade deadline deal? Sometimes less is more or in this case, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, you know. I’d rather get it done with contact hitters and our injured dudes coming back!

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Mark Weis

August 2nd, 2010
7:26 pm

SuperDave: One of your favorite JayhawkDocs checking in. Go Bravos. I’m in DC now and had dinner with Aaron and Jana the other night. All good and very interesting. Give me a shout.
- Mark

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Voice of Reason

August 6th, 2010
8:01 am

Dave, I read the article on the link provided ( http://trib.com/lifestyles/weekender/article_ef4c9110-eb63-56bd-9bd4-d8b8722cfef5.html ) and thought of you – hope you can get to it. If not, it is in the Casper Star-Tribune of August 6, 2010 in an article on Bob Dylan. The best part, and why I thought of you, is that it ended, not with a song, but a poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It is reminiscent of the out-of-season blogs you have. I have been busy and on the road a lot lately and try to log on to your site when I can and have missed the music references and such. Hope that doesn’t mean you are scaling back and it is just summer time busy-ness.

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zenman

August 21st, 2010
7:56 pm

Love your work. Braves fan since 1953. From Pa., live in Tampa now. Great radio station here, WMNF. 88.5. Labor day going for my 35th year of Bumbershoot. Seattle is great that time of year. On the main stage, one day will be, Dylan, The Replacements, and Neko Case. Plus over three days 80 more bands.

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zenman

August 29th, 2010
6:43 pm

I made an error. It is the Decemberists playing with Dylan & Case at Bumbershoot.

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Ira Dawson

September 5th, 2010
10:34 pm

I decided to email you regarding Chip Caray….I listen to the radio broadcast whenever possible, but surely he will not be back next year….? Not only mistakes but the negative agenda he brings to the viewers is more than I can stand lately. I think Joe tries to cover admirably, but as much as I would love for Chip to succeed…..no way; sorry. Pete lasted “forever” being somewhat negative, but nothing like this and with no mistakes to speak of. Joe’s comment the other night…..speaking of the new Marlin’s stadium and something “…going the way of the buffalo”. And Chip took that to be than buffalo had been in Florida…!!! Is he mentally ok?….or he seems to have a real hope the braves fail & his heart is not in this; nothing close to his father. Please….somebody either get him help, or know that TBS was the smart one.

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Joe W. 3

January 11th, 2012
2:18 am

R.E.M., KU, unbolt, DB’s front row? “your eyes to me” what band? Hint, West Coast.

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Tommy Dew

January 18th, 2012
4:12 pm

Dave – Can you please change the abbreviation of O’Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrel to something other than O’Ventbrel? It has no ring. How about Oven-K, or simply O-V-K? With the emphasis on K! Thanks for considering.

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Chris Bizzell

January 19th, 2012
1:16 pm

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Enjoy and if you do, tell your friends. If you don’t, please tell me.

Thanks again.

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Wes Jorga

February 15th, 2012
3:34 pm

Why isn’t Evan Gattis a higher prospect? He seems to have arguably the best offensive stats in the system.

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Ira Marks

March 8th, 2012
7:59 am

Am I the only ATL fan who wishes the team doesn’t sign Brian McCann? Besides single handedly killing their playoff chances last year..he is a streak hitter who is very, very slow and is a poor defensive catcher. I am disappointed that the Braves have not developed a good catching prospect in their minor leagues. They can do much better than McCann..

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Tom Othman

March 17th, 2012
1:49 pm

Actually, the 1984 Cubs had a regular season record of 96-65, not 93-69. The ‘89 Cubs finished 93-69. I also believe, the ‘84 teams spring training record was 5-24, not 7-20, but I may be wrong about that, but the regular season record was 100% 96-65. That ‘84 team was better than the ‘89 team and should have been in the World Series against Detroit, I don’t think they would have beat the Tigers that year, but they matched up with them much better than the Padres, who got handled in just 5 games. I think the Cubs would have taken them to 7, and at the very least least 6 games, and been alot more competitive than the Padres were, and may have had a serious legitimate chance at beating Detroit, especially with the NL having home field advantage that year and the Cubs having the best home record in the NL that year. The Cubs had the best offense in the NL in ‘84, they had 6 guys that had between 80-100 RBI’s, strong starting pitching staff, good deep bull-pen, and a very deep solid bench. I think the ‘08 team that finished 97-64 was very similar to the ‘84 team and also slightly better, but both those 2 teams were better than the ‘03 and ‘89 teams and were the 2 best Cub teams I personally ever saw seen I started watching Baseball as a kid in the early 70’s.

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Adam JK

April 1st, 2012
3:27 pm

Hi, DOB! I’ve been a fan of your blogs and articles for years. I write for Site Selection magazine and OnSite Travel and would love to interview you about “Dark Star” for a piece I’m writing on Spring Training. If you have time and are willing to do a brief interview, how do I get in touch?

Thanks for your time and assistance.

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reason

April 5th, 2012
5:26 pm

Is the 2011 seson over, or is it that the Braves just like losing or repeat the poor showing of last year, in 2012

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Tony Edwards

April 10th, 2012
5:58 am

David, The question has been ask is this a carryover, yes. The Problem with the offense is pretty much with the exception of a couple people, most of the Braves do not understand the strike zone and ball count situational hitting which really has been a problem for years, but now that we don’t have the home runs being hit it shows more. Now that I have brought this to your attention, watch and learn. Most are not aggressive early in the count, specifically on first pitch strikes, if they have 2 balls no strikes they usually swing thinking that the next pitch would be a good pitch to hit as oppose to working the count. I could go on, basically you need a good hitting coach, the change that was made will not make a difference.

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Robert Bull

July 17th, 2012
10:35 am

Subject: Questionable base running
For a number of years I have witnessed the failure of batters belly-flopping into first base to no avail,
and recent dives by two of our fine players have cost them hits by a split-second. When you consider the following, I wonder where their thinking/coaching is:
1) To reach first base successfully, the batter/runner uses his legs to increase and/or maintain speed. When he leaves his feet, he literally turns off his propulsion engine and slows down
2) When the runner hits the ground, actually he slams on the brakes.
On a bang-bang play, the split second lost is the difference between a better batting average and a sorry stroll to the dugout. He should be fined for blowing a hit.
To be fair, there are two exceptions to this hard line:
1) When flopping is the only means of avoiding a passing swipe tag on a high errant throw, and
2) When sliding is the only way to avoid being called out for interference with a first baseman
attempting to field the ball.
What are your thoughts and know-how on this question?
Background: I’m “Billerica Bob” who played first base for three years at Tommy G’s high school long before he was a twinkle in his Daddy’s eye. Yes, I became a Braves fan when Al Sporrer (sp ?) and “Shanty” Hogan were the catchers and “Rabbit” Maranville was snatching balls out of the air. Wally Berger was my childhood hero.
Keep up the good work, and here’s an eternal cheer for the bravos.
Best regards,
Bob Bull,
Easton, CT

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james martin

July 31st, 2012
7:19 pm

david,
perhaps you can give the pitching coach a heads-up on hanson. he pauses at the top of his take-bavk,cocks hia wrist,then proceeds with his pitch. two things happen at this point. the first is a good hitter can see the finers on the ball and assess what the pitch coukd be. the second is he loses speed with the pitch. i believe he could gain 2-3 mph on hia fast ball and relieve stress on his back and arm.

i watch the games from behind the pitchers,and see this flaw. he needs to develop
the tom seaver motion.

thanks,jim martin
jacksonville,fl
braves fan since 1966

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SteveReelgood

August 16th, 2012
5:28 pm

DOB – talking guitars here & american music – Telecaster, Gretsch or Les Paul? What’dya think?

I’m a Tele man myself (though i have a couple of each …)
thx,
srg

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Hal J

October 4th, 2012
9:06 pm

Dave, as you’re pondering your writer’s ballots for honors this year, how about considering the Braves’ B.K. Beachy-Medlen? Stats are pretty fair, maybe Cy Youngian? Without going into run support by teammates, WL is respectable: 15-6, ERA 1.73, 219 IP, 152 H, 50 R, 42 ER, 52 BB, 188 SO, and WHIP? Just O.93. In, oh yeah, did I say 219 IP? Truly Maddux-like Numbers, no?

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paul shepard

October 6th, 2012
1:07 am

dear Atlanta Braves Fans:

I THINK I KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON: BAD BASEBALL KARMA…

Let me start by saying I’m not much of a baseball fan, but have been interested to note that the Braves seem to do very well during the regular season & somehow manage to tank right about playoff season.
I think I know what’s going on– and have tried to write about it before, but what’s the best venue? I’ve sent notes to the sports editors of the AJC & whatever other possible publication, but I’ve not seen any corrective action.

Here is my observation. In about 2004 one of my elderly patients was a die-hard Braves fan (apparently, this can happen to about anyone). Any way, “Ms. Gertie” was 99 years old and all she wanted to do before she died was to attend a Braves game. Her birthday was in August & the Braves were playing at home that weekend. Did I mention that she was very cute (and quite serious) doing her “tomahawk” chop most afternoons in front of her T.V. in her assisted-living apartment. She would have been a PR bonanza for her favorite team.
Early that spring, I tried to communicate with the Braves organization via mail — requesting the receiver to pass this letter up the chain of command in the marketing section. I was requesting some special assistance & suggested that MLB & the Braves in particular could do a good deed by recognizing this dear fan on her 100th birthday in the ballpark and maybe start a tradition of honoring someone (somewhere in MLB) on their 100th birthday– I don’t think this would happen that often to cost them much money vs. the positive publicity… I digress…
Alas, all we got back in response was a Braves schedule & a bumper sticker. I was heartbroken for her & didn’t have the $$$ resources to pull this off without help from the Braves. Long story short, she clutched that Braves bumper sticker & letter like it was gold. The sticker wound up on her rolling walker. She died shortly thereafter, not reaching her 100th birthday. “Those SOB’s” I thought, “they didn’t deserve a fan like Ms. Gertie.” “I don’t care if they never win another pennant.”
So, in my view therein lies the source of this bad baseball karma that I think has to be righted before things (making it to the playoffs) change for the better. I’d humbly suggest the Braves & MLB invite & make it a special day for any centenarian wanting to spend their 100th birthday in your ballpark(s). If you, the Braves organization, figure this out & do it– do it right so that the baseball karma might change. It’s not fair to your players or fans to leave any possible stone unturned as you try to figure out where to go from here.
regards,
P. Shepard, RN, MSN, APN
(retired) Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – Hot Springs, Ark.

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paul shepard

October 6th, 2012
1:10 am

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Doug Rutherford

October 7th, 2012
3:39 pm

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It looks to me that some of the Braves do not do what the hitting coach(coach’s suggest) regardless who the hitting coach’s are.
The listen to friends and others.

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Joey

November 8th, 2012
3:45 pm

Any comment on CK not making the Cy Young Finals?

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James

November 14th, 2012
8:32 pm

So, what would the pros and cons be of going after Jason Bay as a platoon or part-time bench help like Hinske was?

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Rudolf Chabbez

December 8th, 2012
2:25 pm

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Arturo Lickert

December 9th, 2012
5:57 am

There is definately a lot to know about this topic. I really like all the points you’ve made.

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the truth...

December 17th, 2012
7:45 pm

hey DOB….many of your blog followers are having withdrawals from the lack of your blogs during this time of pointy ball….

How about throwing us a bone…we know you’re so prolific you could write something engaging and tantalizing about our Bravos!!

Merry Christmas Dude

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February 17th, 2014
12:22 pm

Rolled into mecca last night at 8:00 p.m.

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