Digi-Blog goes to Braves’ spring training at Disney (no charge)

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Welcome to Braves’ spring training and our first Digi-Blog in a while. If you’ve missed past episodes, we’ve taken you on photo tours of every place from SEC Media Days to  Stillwater, Okla., to camp to Falcons’ training camp to the Masters (Part I: looking for Tiger Woods) and Part II (looking for squirrels).

You can find them all archived here.

Today, I’ll give you a little peak of the Braves at Camp DisneyRip. I’m just so happy that they actually let me in here for free. Most folks they actually charge for the privilege of watching David Ross stretch. OK, let’s begin our tour.

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webare

This sign is not on the Disney property. On a completely unrelated matter, I was late to practice Friday morning.

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DisneySign

OK, finally made it. Disney officials considered taking down the, “Where Dreams Come True” sign a few years ago, but fortunately Mike Hampton’s contract finally ran out.

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DisneyESPNSign

This is the entrance to the Braves’ spring training home at “ESPN’s Wide World of Sports,” which used to be just, “Disney’s Wide World of Sports,” until Chris Berman punched out Mickey.

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Charge$1450

It’s a sparse crowd for today’s workout at the ole’ ballpark, not that we should expect a sellout. There’s not even a game scheduled. But that doesn’t stop Disney/ESPN from charging an admission.

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Boxoffice

Disney charges $14.50 for adults to watch practice. Practice! Disney even charges $10 for kids ages 3 to 9. Also, pregnant women are charged an extra $3.50 if they’re in their first trimester, $7.00 if they’re in their second trimester and double admission if they’re in their third trimester. (I might’ve made that up.)

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WarrenSpahn

“But I’m a Hall of Famer!” … “Doesn’t matter sir.” …  “But I’m dead!” … “I’m sorry sir, it’s company policy. You still have to pay $14.50.”

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Nobeer

Damn it!

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FieldMtg

This is the view from the pressbox. There’s an important meeting going on.  “Does anybody have an idea how we can beat the Phillies?”

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WindowSign

This is a sign in press box, adjacent to the windows. True story: Disney officials put it up because David O’Brien kept opening the windows, which property officials have deemed too dangerous. David was given a stern lecture and promised he would never do it again.

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DOBsign

This is O’Brien, being O’Brien.

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Myleg

OK, time to venture back outdoors. I went with the shorts and of course took some abuse. Frank Wren commended me for my courage. Fredi Gonzalez just looked down at the pale legs, then quickly turned away for fear of going blind before the first spring game. I told Adrienne Midgley of the Braves PR department, “I had a decision to make. Wear long pants or try to get some color on these puppies.” She responded, “I won’t say you made the right decision. I also won’t say you made the wrong decision.” Nice and political.

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Tents

You might’ve heard of these tents. Jason Heyward crushed so many windshields and dented hoods on the cars of Braves’ executives last spring that these protective tents were put up for the VIP parking spaces behind right field. The fronts were zipped closed when batting practice started. True story: When I went to take a picture of the tents, I was stopped by a 70ish Disney security guard, who initially said I couldn’t take pictures because, “This is technically a backstage area.” He finally relented when I threatened to withhold his green jello at lunch.

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Lockers

Dan Kolb is in the locker second from the right.

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CoxCruise

Are you serious? Can’t you get away? OK, no kidding, I talked to Bobby Cox, who for some reason after 197 spring trainings is still showing up in retirement. Why is he here? “I like it,” he said. Is he going on vacation? “Sure, Pam and I already have been to Mexico. Twice, actually.” Anything else. “Yeah, we’re going on a Mediterranean cruise in April. Spain, Greece — all over.” Looking forward to it? “Yeah, sure. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to see the games when we’re on the ship. I don’t know why Pam had to go and book the trip in April.” Oy.

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Parrishand3

That’s new hitting coach Larry Parrish facing you, with three of the players that will lead to him either being either praised or vilified (because that’s the life of a hitting coach): Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann.

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chipper

Last shot: It’s Chipper Jones and he’s still standing. Maybe I should’ve gone with the high socks look, too.

By Jeff Schultz

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85 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

February 25th, 2011
3:49 pm

(((((42-34))))) hahahahaha

“First!”

Hot Phone Sex Princess

February 25th, 2011
3:50 pm

Oh mercy, that skin shot. You should take a picture every day and make a flip book at the end of your stay.

Rimfire

February 25th, 2011
3:54 pm

Thanks for the taste of spring, Jeff!

mike meltdown vick

February 25th, 2011
3:54 pm

lol that was great schultzie! good picks great comments!

Rimfire

February 25th, 2011
3:55 pm

coulda done without the pegs, though…

norman

February 25th, 2011
3:56 pm

Schultz- No sign of a work stoppage in baseball this year is it?

D A DoubleU G

February 25th, 2011
3:57 pm

I think the entire team should take the high-socks look. Make it a staple of Braves Baseball. ‘

I know Chipper is only doing it because he has to wear low-top shoes i order to deal with his injured knee, but it looks sharp.

TommyP

February 25th, 2011
4:02 pm

That was a very good digi-blog.

C'Mon Man

February 25th, 2011
4:13 pm

I think Chipper looks younger with the high socks… Let’s just hope he plays younger too…

YAD

February 25th, 2011
4:20 pm

$10.00 for children to watch practice? Disney’s a pimp.

Fish Bisch

February 25th, 2011
4:22 pm

Spring has Sprung. It’s a Brave New Blog.

Crusty

February 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

booby needs to get on with retirement.

T-Bone

February 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

The Dan Kolb comment made my afternoon!

Steve

February 25th, 2011
4:29 pm

Jeff, you are absolutely hilarious. Great comments.

Sherry Taylor

February 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

I’m blinded by the whiteness!

Tucker T

February 25th, 2011
4:38 pm

You are a brave man Jeff Shultz for showing your cadeverous legs.

Kentavo

February 25th, 2011
4:41 pm

You need an editor; it is peek, not peak.

TG

February 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

Great stuff!!! Had me truly laughing out loud. Keep up the great work!

Kentavo

February 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

Or perhaps you were there at the peak of activity?

Dave in Buford

February 25th, 2011
4:49 pm

Wait … let’s get back to that first pic again…………

Good stuff, thanks for the laughs.

KnightInATL

February 25th, 2011
4:49 pm

Great blog, Mr. S. Enjoyed it.

stevie zero

February 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

how did you drink all that coors light, man?

5150 UOAD

February 25th, 2011
4:57 pm

Damn JEFF your legs are almost as hairy as the SI swimsuit cover model’s. Nice legs but please don’t BARE ALL or all your readers may EXIT now too.
What a swing! From the UGA Gator game to the Braves spring training. MUST BE NICE.

Just saying.......

February 25th, 2011
4:57 pm

Why won’t Bobby go away ?!??? Will he just leave ?!? This is ridiculous !!

5150 UOAD

February 25th, 2011
5:02 pm

Just think you could have paid $45 to see Margret Cho at Tech or ponied up $50 to watch more local talent comedy hacks to benefit Royal Marshall. $14.50 just to get Autographs sound like a deal comparatively.

5150 UOAD

February 25th, 2011
5:06 pm

Remember Bear Bryant died shortly arter retiring. Some coaches don’t live many years arter leaving the game. Yes, they are old, but not having that THING to LIVE for killed some.

Allen Iverson

February 25th, 2011
5:15 pm

Practice? We’re talking about practice! Not a game, not a game…

puppydawg

February 25th, 2011
5:17 pm

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack. And a couple of cold ones, too. Season can’t get here soon enough!

old brave, retired

February 25th, 2011
5:18 pm

Wow, now that’s what I call reporting the news as you see it. Bet the Phillies don’t have the great reporters we have, we bare all (Miscanopy exit, if I remember correctly—–decent breakfast, eggs sunny side up)—–enough of that, let’s have some swing batter chatter.

steve

February 25th, 2011
5:24 pm

And to think I played on that field only 1 month ago with the Legends, what a dream come true for all of us .

Joshua

February 25th, 2011
5:28 pm

Jeff – you should leave the Braves blogging to DOB. Thanks.

"Chef" Tim Dix

February 25th, 2011
5:35 pm

lime green high socks and sandals, jeff.

"Chef" Tim Dix

February 25th, 2011
5:37 pm

please don’t apply for a job at the we bare all stop, jeff. they’ll hire anyone.

but you.

ATLgirl129

February 25th, 2011
5:59 pm

this is hilarious! you rock Schultz. can you do these every week??? every day?

NCBravesFan

February 25th, 2011
6:03 pm

Nice change of pace – thanks!

gumbywoody

February 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

Hilarious! I love the stab @ Disney/ESPN.

jim

February 25th, 2011
6:39 pm

$14.50 to watch practice?! To quote the illustrious Allen Iverson – “It’s practice man, just practice”!! Obviously, Disney sees it differently. Will side with Iverson on this one :)

jumbeauxtiger

February 25th, 2011
7:04 pm

Nice job Jeff.

Slick

February 25th, 2011
7:14 pm

As long as folks continue to pay to watch practice, Disney will continue to charge for it.

mike

February 25th, 2011
7:38 pm

very nice jeff..

Bozydeco

February 25th, 2011
7:46 pm

Dave O’Brien taking on “The Man” with photographic proof too. Awesome!

Bat Masterson

February 25th, 2011
7:58 pm

Good stuff, Jeff. Made me laugh a little, I always appreciate that.

Gumby

February 25th, 2011
8:08 pm

Thanks for the pics Jeff… and great captioning of them too.

Jeff Schultz

February 25th, 2011
8:43 pm

Hot Phone Sex Princess — Tomorrow, I show you my toes.

Jeff Schultz

February 25th, 2011
8:44 pm

Thanks Rimfire.

Jeff Schultz

February 25th, 2011
8:44 pm

Thanks Meltdown.

Jeff Schultz

February 25th, 2011
8:44 pm

Norman — Nope, no lockout/strike in baseball, which will put it ahead of NFL and NBA. But baseball has had its share of CBA issues, as you know.

Jeff Schultz

February 25th, 2011
8:45 pm

Thanks Tommy.

Jeff Schultz

February 25th, 2011
8:46 pm

YAD — I always suspect Captain Hook was a pimp on the side.

Jeff Schultz

February 25th, 2011
8:46 pm

Thanks Steve.