Sunshine time: Dancin’ Falcon; Wren’s move; D-Wade’s exit?

happy-sun-300x296The Hawks have lost two straight. The Braves have lost seven straight. I think it’s time to lighten things up a little, don’t you?

So here’s our first “Sunshine Blog” — three things to feel happy about!

1. A Falcons’ receiver has some moves! (Kinda, sorta.)

The Falcons need a strong second receiver behind Roddy White. I’m not sure if Ryan Wolfe is the answer but at least we know he can dance a little.

Wolfe, who was signed as an undrafted free agent this week, led UNLV in receiving last year with 74 receptions for 760 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he and a UNLV teammate appeared in this ESPN/Kenny Mayne comedy short with Justin Timberlake last October.

In the bit, Timberlake is teaching potential NFL players to brush up on their entertainment skills for teams’ traditional rookie shows in training camp. Wolfe is No. 88.


2. Frank Wren made the right on Javier Vazquez!

Life as a Yankee hasn't been good for Javier Vazquez.

Life as a Yankee hasn't been good for Javy Vazquez.

As many problems as the Braves have had, Wren’s decision to re-sign Tim Hudson and deal Javier Vazquez to the New York Yankees was the right call, even if what came back for Vazquez (Melky Cabrera and prospect Arodys Vizcaino) isn’t much for a front-line starter who went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA last year.

Hudson has looked strong since coming back from surgery late last season and this year is 1-1 with a 3.28 ERA in four starts, with opponents hitting .233. Vazquez is 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA with opponents hitting .309, and he is being booed at Yankee Stadium (which, granted, doesn’t put him in exclusive company).

He also was thrown under the bus by former pitcher Curt Schilling, who referenced Vazquez’ first time as a Yankee. “It is easier to pitch and be successful in the National League than it is the American League,” Schilling said on a New York radio station. “If anyone thinks that Javier Vazquez is going to be different the second time around than he was the first time I think they are fooling themselves.”

More Schilling: “I never ever thought the move to New York the first time was a good one [for Vazquez]. And I didn’t think this [move] was good as well. I don’t think he suddenly learned how to pitch when he went back to Atlanta and dealt last year. He’s a phenomenal National League pitcher. It’s hard to say this without sounding disrespectful and I don’t mean it that way — the National League is an easier league to pitch in, period. And some guys aren’t equipped to get those same outs in the American League, and he’s one of those guys.”

3. Dwyane Wade almost officially can be yours (for a price)!

Was this Dwyane Wade's final post-game hug with Miami?

Was this Dwyane Wade's final post-game hug with Miami?

It doesn’t seem likely the Hawks, should they choose not to re-sign Joe Johnson in free agency, would have a strong shot at signing Dwyane Wade. But Wade may have played his final game with the Miami Heat Tuesday night.

Miami was eliminated by Boston and Wade is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Wade on his future: “I have no control over that. I hope it doesn’t end, but I really have no say-so.”

Wade is said to be leaning toward staying in Miami but he clearly is putting the onus on management to fix the team:  “We’ve got some work to do, the front office has to do it, and there’s no pressure on me.”

So, do you have you sunny thoughts on D-Wade?


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122 comments Add your comment

Bat Masterson

April 28th, 2010
10:36 am

Curt Schilling….. wee mee

Bat Masterson

April 28th, 2010
10:37 am

jaymin

April 28th, 2010
10:37 am

sign him up. we could really use him and he would put us over the top. Do a sign and trade with joe johnson, a pick and marvin or teague or something

yeah c'mon

April 28th, 2010
10:38 am

Bat Masterson

April 28th, 2010
10:38 am

yeah c'mon

April 28th, 2010
10:38 am

ah horse sh!t

Bat Masterson

April 28th, 2010
10:39 am

Damn…. wooly bully … Schilling is an idiot.

Bat Masterson

April 28th, 2010
10:40 am

He’s no Ali, sorry Champ.

jaymin

April 28th, 2010
10:41 am

sign him up. we could really use him and he would put us over the top. Do a sign and trade with joe johnson, a pick and marvin or teague or something

justin timberlake sounds like a pansy even when he’s trying to sound tough. What a little girl.

DP

April 28th, 2010
10:43 am

Dwayne Wade wants to win more championships. He isn’t dumb enough to sign a long term contract with a team like the Hawks that has an unstable ownership situation.

Jeff

April 28th, 2010
10:48 am

Jeff sorry but you are wrong about Wren moving Javy. Keeping Huddy was the right move but not getting rid of Vazquez. Kurt Shilling said Javy is a great National League pitcher. He performed poorly the last time he played in the American League but has always been good in the NL. He is pitching in a bang box and having to face monster lineups every night. The AL East is much different than the NL East.

Herschel Talker

April 28th, 2010
10:51 am

This is nonsense. How many more wins would we have if we had kept Vazquez? Lowe is a tomato can. Hell, we could have moved Lowe to LF. He can’t be any worse than Cabrera, both in the field and at the plate.

Jon

April 28th, 2010
10:51 am

The calls against the bulls center guarding shaq were a joke. It was obvious the nba and refs wanted cleveland to win to be rested for boston.

Tucker T

April 28th, 2010
10:53 am

Schilling crushed Javy. Yeah it’s easier to pitch in the NL. It’s because of the DH, not because the players are better. It would have been nice if he had mentioned that. I think Javy would be doing just fine here in ATL if he had stayed. Maybe he can come back next season as a free agent. He loved ATL and if he pitches poorly all season, we can sign him for a much lower price. That trade to the Yanks was the worse thing that could have happened to Javy. I feel bad for him.

Craig

April 28th, 2010
10:56 am

The Hawks should go after Wade with all the energy and $$$ they can. J.J. needs to go some where else. Shilling in 100% correct, the stats do not lie about NL pitchers going to the AL and performing. The DH makes it a hitters league.

Mel Kiper

April 28th, 2010
11:00 am

Jeff it is Curt Schilling not Kurt Schilling and it is a band box not a bang box, what a joke!

Delbert D.

April 28th, 2010
11:03 am

Trading Vasquez, the Braves’ best pitcher for an empty hole in the lineup. Dumb. The Braves should have traded Lowe to a NL East team and paid his salary, just to get him in their lineup.

anthony

April 28th, 2010
11:04 am

Completely agree with Schilling’s comments. Having to face the DH makes it much more difficult. In the National league you can pretty much say there is one sure out every nine batter. With the DH you replace the worst batter with the best batter in the AL and have no easy out.

DP

April 28th, 2010
11:04 am

The AL versus NL disparity is a lot more than the DH. Interleague games use a DH in American League parks, do not use a DH in National League parks, so it’s a 50-50 split. But the AL crushes the NL in interleague play every year. There is a big talent gap between the 2 leagues.

Just Being Real

April 28th, 2010
11:04 am

I wish we had Wade , really you could lose Johnson, Bibby, and Marvin, and just add Wade and we will be a much better team, I’m very mad at the Hawks right now, But I don’t blame Joe really, he was like the only one in double figures in the first lost, Josh and Marvin are the problems, cause every time a call doesn’t go Smith’s way he doesn’t do S#!t for the rest of the game, and Marvin just doesn’t show I mean I really just can’t find him out there, he’;s worst than that D@m# Waldo dude in the red bennie, But Smith YOUR FROM ATLANTA so YOU KNOW WHAT IT”S LIKE TO BE A FAN, thats motivation enough but you can’t take your act on the road, so if you can’t play anywhere else then you need to make sure you remain in Atlanta cause you can’t ball anywhere else, that is what YOU have shown me,

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 28th, 2010
11:04 am

The Hawks need somebody like Wade who is not afraid to take the shot, wants the ball and has some stones.

As for Schilling, he is dead on. Weaker hitters in the NL plus you face a pitcher say over 65 times in a year as a starter. That should be 65 outs or about .075 on the batting average allowed. Not to mention the difference it makes on how the #8 hitter has to approach the game. But anybody who thinks Javy all of a sudden became a #1 starter after 8-9 years of being the #4 guy is an idiot.

Halberstram

April 28th, 2010
11:05 am

Those comments are a bit harsh by Schilling. If I recall correctly, Vazquez was traded to the Yankees the first time too, if so it’s not his fault he was traded to the American League. That’s just how it all worked out.

I do believe he would be pitching much better if he was still with the Braves, how much better who knows.

Jonas Grumby

April 28th, 2010
11:06 am

Had no problem dealing Vazquez at his peak. They just didn’t fill an immediate need. But if Vizcaino is the real deal and in the rotation in 2 years, it will be a good deal.

PMC

April 28th, 2010
11:06 am

That sunshine is awesome. nicely done Jeff.

Jeff Schultz

April 28th, 2010
11:11 am

Bat Masterton — I know. I almost felt like I needed a shower after quoting Schilling. But I sold out.

uga_b

April 28th, 2010
11:11 am

I would take Joe’s max money and give it to Dwayne in a heartbeat. This team would then be a legitimate contender.

Jeff Schultz

April 28th, 2010
11:13 am

Jeff (the other one): Other option was dealing Lowe or Kawakami and he couldn’t do that because nobody would take them. Somebody had to go.

RK

April 28th, 2010
11:26 am

The Braves had to trade a starter, but adding Melky is also losing games for them. On the bright side, his contract is small enough that they can cut him with little repercussion and add someone that is more than a AAA player.

First

April 28th, 2010
11:27 am

This to all the idiots that think it is the greatest thing in the world on some cheap ass blog….I could not imagine having such a boring life that being first on a blog is some sorta honor..

ChippersLoveChild

April 28th, 2010
11:28 am

Oooh, ooooh I’ve got one!

4.) Don Waddell is no longer GM of the Thrashers.

DHD

April 28th, 2010
11:28 am

We have no shot at winning a championship without a superstar. Joe Johnson is not a superstar. Wade is. Get him in here and show the fans you are serious about a championship. Then, trade Marvin, the rights to Childress and a draft pick for a real NBA center. Horford, J Smith, a real NBA center, Wade and Crawford….let’s roll!!

harry da' hawk

April 28th, 2010
11:29 am

If you idiots think for one second that the atlanta spirit owners would cough up the money to bring DWade to Atlanta then you have lost your mind…

Stat Man

April 28th, 2010
11:32 am

If nothing else, the Hawks have (apparently) money to spend. If nothing else, the $15 mil or whatever they offered JJ should still be there.

How about this?

Let JJ go and sign Bosh.

Crawford takes over the 2 and Bosh replaces Chris Paul, I mean Marvin Williams as the 3rs starting big.

Rikki

April 28th, 2010
11:33 am

Every one of the players mentioned is obscenely overpaid, and most have skillsets not far beyond digging ditches.

Stuart

April 28th, 2010
11:33 am

I don’t fully agree with Schilling’s comments. Yes, it’s “easier” for a pitcher to pitch in the NL because there is no DH and, generally speaking, there tends to be a more favorable strike zone. But, if you’ve seen Vazquez pitch this season (which I have a couple of times, not every game though) his command seems to be off and he’s leaving pitches up in strike zone and over the plate. Now, whether you’re in the NL or the AL, these pitches will be crushed either way. However, I don’t think he has completely lost it, per se, but I think it’s a matter of comfort. He let it be well known that he was very comfortable in Atlanta. I don’t think he was comfortable in NY with the Yankees the first time around nor this time. Atlanta’s so laid back that Vazquez doesn’t have to worry about constant criticism. That’s not the case in NY. He had off and on results with the White Sox, where his “off” results seemed to come when he was being criticized by Ozzie Guillen. Sure, as an athlete he should be able to take criticism either way, but from what I’ve seen, that just doesn’t seem to be his thing. He just liked the loose, laid back approach of Atlanta and Cox’s more positive output and criticisms.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

April 28th, 2010
11:34 am

2011 SUPER BOWL ODDS:

Ravens get some offensive weapons and now are………….

9/1 Favorites to win the Super Bowl and the Falcons are 30/1.

Should have drafted Flacco………….

HA HA HA :)

Sundiata Gaines

April 28th, 2010
11:39 am

I forgot about you Matt “Choke” Ryan you clown.

Stuart

April 28th, 2010
11:43 am

BTW, why shouldn’t the Hawks make a run at Wade? If JJ and all of the players get to be courted by all the teams, the Hawks should at least make an attempt to get Wade. No, he doesn’t have the size or “mismatch” feature per se that JJ does, but he sure has an explosion, a fire, and a passion that JJ doesn’t, and I think the Hawks need it. If we spend the max on Wade that we otherwise would on JJ, they play the same position, and I think Wade would be an upgrade. Sounds like a good idea to me. Does he have something against Atlanta or something? I mean, I don’t see why he wouldn’t at least consider it if the Hawks made a run for him. As of this point, the Hawks definitely have a better overall cast/roster which could be set to compete down the line (a bunch of talented, athletic players who are all still really young). Sure, Wade’s more likely to stay in Miami or go to his hometown Bulls just because of the connection/relationships he’s established. But on the extreme off chance that he actually changes his mind and decided to come to ATL, I don’t see how that’s bad at all; I see it as more of an upgrade. So the Hawks should definitely make a run at him.

Playoffs!?!?

April 28th, 2010
11:47 am

Wren right on Vasquez ? Maybe, American Leauge pitchers are going to average at least a full run higher on their ERA than their National Leauge peers.
Wren wrong on Troy Glaus,.
Wrong on Kelly Johnson
Wrong on Jeff Francoeur, or at least his handling of the whole situation. What’s the over/under on how many times he comes back to haunt us this year since we’ll see him 18 or 19 times a year. I say the O/U is 3. He’s already done it once. Thanks for trading him in the division, Frank
Wrong on Derek Lowe (at least the $15 million per year part)

Najeh Davenpoop

April 28th, 2010
11:53 am

You are wrong on Vazquez. He wouldn’t be the first good player to underachieve in a Mets or Yankees uniform compared to what he did before and after — just based on players who went from the Braves to one of those teams, Kyle Farnsworth, Tom Glavine, and Jaret Wright among others fit that description, along with several players from other teams like Carl Pavano for example. Maybe it’s the New York media pressure cooker, maybe it’s something else, who knows… all I know is that Vazquez is not alone. That doesn’t change the fact that he was a very good pitcher last year and his trade value should have been much higher than a career fifth outfielder like Melky Cabrera. i can see how the Braves were forced into having to trade him, but I can’t see how the meager return they got for him is justified by his early season struggles.

Mark

April 28th, 2010
11:54 am

Vasquez had a career year in Atl. Hudson has been more consistent over his entire career. I don’t think people had a problem with keeping hudson but rather getting jack crap for Vasquez.

TONE

April 28th, 2010
11:57 am

34 yards and o touchdowns in a playoff win , yeah he did it all by himself the defense didn’t have to carry him
we will see what happens when the defense goes away, that defense won a superbowl with dilfer (enough said)

Najeh Davenpoop

April 28th, 2010
11:57 am

By the way, the Hawks don’t have the cap room to sign D-Wade outright even if Joe Johnson leaves, which means the only way they can get him is in a sign-and-trade involving Joe Johnson going the other way. Not only would neither team ever make such a trade within the division, but Miami would want more than just Joe in return, which would make it not worthwhile for the Hawks. In short, the chances of the Hawks getting Wade is zero.

SEC Fan

April 28th, 2010
12:06 pm

Tom Glavine will be new GM in 2011. Wren has made many shotty moves and he isn’t the most savvy fellow either. The Glaus move may go down as the dumbest move ever for a GM, Melkey is average at best. They may just blow this thing up and start fresh next year with a new GM and manager, McDowell will be only holdover.

Mash

April 28th, 2010
12:09 pm

Jeff, comparing Vazquez in the A.L. to Hudson in the N.L. is apples and oranges. Schilling’s comments and the underlying truth about about the inferior level of hitting in the national league don’t make Wren look like a genius. Just because Vazquez is 1 – 3 with 9.00 ERA in the A.L., don’t those comments mean he’d have to be better if he were pitching for the Braves? While pitching in Atlanta he was a very effective pitcher. What makes you think that would be any different if he were still in Atlanta? Some players aren’t meant to play in New York but flourish elsewhere. Wren blew it. Period.

Now you see em, now they burnt off!

April 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

Any update on when the clown(Mr Potatohead) will shave off his eyebrows again?

Atlanta sports fan

April 28th, 2010
12:21 pm

I was sick that the Braves traded Vasquez. I’d love to see him back with the Braves. I think putting Lowe in the outfield is a great idea. Joe Johnson is not the answer for the Hawks. Half the time he acts like he doesn’t care whether they win or not. Don’t shell out big bucks for him again. A person who lives to be the first person to post in a blog obviously has no job—and no life. I still can’t believe we have Arthur Blank, Thomas Dimitroff, and Mike Smith in charge of the Falcons—that’s sunshine.

D.Wade's Memory

April 28th, 2010
12:27 pm

Here is why D.Wade won’t even consider the Hawks.

1. He hates the fans from when they booed him and called him a whiner during the playoffs last year.

2. He hates the Radio voice of the Hawks who during every game they play against the Heat has whined and complained about D.Wade being a whiner and a cry baby.

3. He knows the Hawks are a loser organization that has to offer playoff tickets at half price on Halfoffdepot.com.

4. Why would he leave Miami for less money, a less than stellar nightlife, and State Income Taxes. I think not.

And if you loser Hawks fans think you’re booing and calling players names on the radio and on tv and at the arena isn’t heard and remembered by the players……think again…he even mentioned it in an interview last year about the Hawks.

LOL

don

April 28th, 2010
12:27 pm

Well, it’s good to know that Wren was right about Vazquez in light of the obvious fact that he was wrong about Glaus, Cabrera, McLouth, Lowe, Teixeira, Drew, Andrus, Feliz, Wainwright, et als.

Spin it how you please but Wren’s track record is far less than incompetent.

Realist

April 28th, 2010
12:29 pm

It’s been just a few weeks, and Vazquez will get a lot better. Even if he posts an ERA of 4.50 or worse, what the Braves got in return for a front-line starting pitcher is jack squat. And if Schilling’s comments are correct, JV would have been great for the Braves; he’s just saying JV isn’t good for the Yankees.