There’s no Glaus-ing over what we said in April about Troy

We believed in you all along, Troy. Except when we didn't. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

We believed all along. OK, so we didn't. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Troy Glaus is tearing up the pea patch, as they say, and maybe one or two of us saw this coming. I frankly didn’t, and from the tenor of the comments on this blog in April, not many of you did, either. So I thought it’d be fun to reprint some of those remarks.

Being a nice guy, I’m going to omit readers’ screen names. (The idea isn’t to embarrass anybody.) I will, however, own up to my own words. And be advised that all these stem from the live chat of April 20, the night Troy Glaus — of all people, as we were saying back then — ignited the epic two-out-in-the-ninth rally against the Phillies and Ryan Madson with a two-run homer. (Followed in short order by Jason Heyward’s tying blast and, in the 10th inning, Nate McLouth’s game-winner.)

The game didn’t start well for T.G. He made an error that let in Philadelphia’s first run. He grounded to short his first time up. He hit into a double play his second time. And here’s what we were saying:

M. Bradley, 8:29 p.m.: Bases loaded for Glaussy.

(Name redacted), 8:29 p.m.: I think a squeeze would be more likely to get a run in then him trying to hit and get a double play.

(Name redacted), 8:29 p.m.: please just get it out of the infield.

M. Bradley, 8:29 p.m.: As in 8 by 10 glossy.

(Name redacted), 8:30 p.m.: Is it wrong that I want Glaus to strike out?

(Name redacted), 8:31 p.m.: Way to go Glaus!

(Name redacted), 8:31 p.m.: Told u!

(Name redacted), 8:31 p.m.: man o man.

M. Bradley, 8:32 p.m.: As in he-into-a-double-play-with-a-rolled-up-8-by-10-glossy.

(Name redacted), 8:32 p.m.: so predictable. is there a word for “unclutch?” Wait…how about “Glaussian?”

(Name redacted), 8:32 p.m.: I despise Troy Glaus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Name redacted), 8:32 p.m.: Glaus has single-handedly killed about 5 rally opportunities this year.

(Name redacted), 8:32 p.m.: Wow — Glaus is quite awful.

M. Bradley, 8:33 p.m.: I just looked over. Frank Wren was on the phone. Probably calling the guy who said, “Troy Glaus would be great for the Braves!”

(Name redacted), 8:33 p.m.: either sit Glaus or admit you made a mistake and cut him. Give some kid a chance. Could not be ANY worse.

(Name redacted), 8:33 p.m.: Really Glaus? C’mon Man. Good thing he doesn’t hit in a clutch RBI spot in our lineup. Oh, wait…

(Name redacted), 8:33 p.m.: When will Cox wake up on Glaus?

(Name redacted), 8:34 p.m.: I will ask again Mark, when does this Glaus experiment end????

(Name redacted), 8:35 p.m.: I don’t think Glaus will be the everyday first baseman for much longer, folks. He’s single-handedly killed a ton of potential big innings via hitting into twin killings already this year. I hope Freeman’s progressing quickly…

(Name redacted), 8:35 p.m.: Wow, could Glaus [stink] any worse? This is what happens when your cheapie owners force you to take has-beens off the scrapheap. I realize it’s only a few weeks into the season but why is this guy even still in the lineup??

(Name redacted), 8:35 p.m.: The Greg Norton experiment lasted all year last year….I don’t expect anything different for Glaus.

(Name redacted), 8:36 p.m.: Glaus is painful to watch, I would rather have my girlfrriend tell me she is cheating on me than see him come up to bat with RISP again.

(Name redacted), 8:36 p.m.: My first braves blog of the year…glaus = garbage!

Zach (name not redacted because of restraint shown), 8:37 p.m.: Look, I know glaus isn’t hitting right now, but give it some time. This is like extended spring training for him with mlb pitching. By game 30 he’ll be fine.

(Name redacted), 8:37 p.m.: Glaus is washed up..they should have re-signed laroche and picked up Jermaine Dye…frank wren failed big time on this

(Name redacted), 8:40 p.m.: MB, do you think MLB will institute the Glauss-line after this year is over? It would replace the Mendoza line.

M. Bradley, 8:42 p.m.: Are y’all saying there’s no Santa Glaus?

(Name redacted), 8:50 p.m.: The only headline I want to see in the next week is “Braves cut ties with Troy Glaus”

(Name redacted), 8:53 p.m.: Glaus has too much pressure on him in the 5th spot. Batting 7th where JHey was would be good for him.

M. Bradley, 8:53 p.m.: Glaus might have too much pressure batting in the 11th spot.

(Name redacted), 8:54 p.m.: Having McClouth and Glaus bat is like having 3 pitchers bat. I think Glavine and Maddux were better

(Name redacted), 9:15 p.m.: Braves offense in this game: The Glaussed Boys …

(Name redacted), 9:26 p.m.: Before the season is over Troy Glaus will find a way to hit into a quadruple play. Worst baseball player ever.

(Name redacted), 9:30 p.m.: go troy, go! to the minors

(Name redacted), 9:30 p.m.: This game was over when Glaus killed that bases loaded situation…again. I really despise this guy. He needs to go, and I was one of the people patient with him. No more.

(Name redacted), 9:31 p.m.: Oh Oh, look who’s at bat (my eyes Glaussed over)

(Name redacted), 9:35 p.m.: I’m not giving up on Glaus because he’s a bad first two weeks, I’m giving up on him because I can tell by watching him play that he’s finished as a useful ballplayer. Hinske can do at serviceable job at 1B. I hope Bobby will at least start to work him in a few times a week, but making him the starter and cutting bait with Glaus ASAP would be ideal.

(Name redacted), 9:40 p.m.: Glaus will make over 2 million this year and he’s batting .180. This is what irritates me with the braves mgmt. I am not going to spend my money at TF to pay for this kind of crud. And to make matters worse, his lousy fielding led to an error this game. 2 million for this crud. What a joke. Might as well just bring in some rookie. You certainly wouldn’t do any worse.

M. Bradley, 10:07 p.m.: Guess who’s up.

(Name redacted), 10:07 p.m.: Glaus! Turn out the lights!

(Name redacted), 10:07 p.m.: Game over.

(Name redacted): 10:08 p.m.: 1 and 1. He will hit weakly to short.

M. Bradley, 10:08 p.m.: Glaus!

(Name redacted), 10:08 p.m.: It’s a miracle.

(Name redacted), 10:09 p.m.: Troy got his Glaus in gear, it would seem.

(Name redacted), 10:09 p.m.: Hell is freezing over.

M. Bradley, 10:09 p.m.: Like I said: You can’t keep a good man down.

195 comments Add your comment

Glaus

June 1st, 2010
10:10 am

Mark Bradley

June 1st, 2010
10:10 am

Fittingly, Glaus is first. Kudos, TG.

athdog

June 1st, 2010
10:15 am

Well, I am proud to say that my mantra of ‘give him time, he’s was out most of last year’ has paid off and shown me to be the baseball genius that I am….actually, it’s the first time I’ve been right about anything in almost 50 years. While I’m on a roll, let me say, ‘Chipper gets it going’ ‘UGA wins the SEC in football this year’ and ‘Falcons to the Super Bowl’.

Delbert D.

June 1st, 2010
10:15 am

Pooh! Mark, I thought I was the first to come up with the “Yes there is a Santa Glaus” line during a Braves’ comeback win online. I should have copyrighted it, grumble….gnash….

Skeezix

June 1st, 2010
10:18 am

Yesterday was a great sports day for long suffering Braves fans. It has been an amazing run–now the Bravos need to go out and win this series against the Phils. Things seem to be just getting better–now Yunel’s hitting and J.J. is starting his rehab.

JJ

June 1st, 2010
10:20 am

Thank GOD I”m one of those fair-weather fans that the sports media so despises in Atlanta. I’ve missed out on all the nasty rhetoric hurled at Mr. Glaus and have enjoyed keeping track of their winning ways of late. I’ll be ready to happily jump right off the bandwagon when/if they start losing.

That’s just the way it is!

((( that’s intended to be mostly tongue-in-cheek, but there’s some truth in there somewhere )))

It’s also been hard to keep track since I have moved from Atlanta and the Braves are no longer exclusively on TBS *sad face*

Kelly

June 1st, 2010
10:21 am

Haha that was hilarious. I think now everybody loves Troy, including me. Sorry for bashing you out Mr. Glaus in April, and congratulations to all of us, the Braves fans. We’ll be a much better team when Jair comes back from his DL and KK goes to the pen.

P-Man

June 1st, 2010
10:24 am

I guess this just shows why none of us are the General Manager! Let’s leave the baseball to the baseball people. Having said that, I have been a Braves fan for over 30 years, and I can honestly say I have liked every player (yes, even Pat Rockett and Jeff Burroughs and Darrel Chaney…) until now. Nate McLouth lost my respect last year when he failed to make a throw home while the winning run was attempting to score, and he did this at least twice in the same week. I can live with a lot of things, but not with someone giving less than maximum effort!

Clay

June 1st, 2010
10:24 am

Big of you Mark, to own up to your words. Lot of folks on here (and at the stadium in April booing) need to eat crow. Some of them just can’t figure out that the season is long, and you can’t throw away proven hitters for a bad 3 weeks. Glaus, Melky, and now Escobar are proving this. Don’t know about Nate, but the Braves are on such a roll, Cox has the luxury of giving him every chance to find his stroke. If he and Mac just get up to their career averages, and Chipper does anything, the Braves have a real chance to keep playing in fall.

Craig

June 1st, 2010
10:27 am

I was one of those calling for Glaus to go away. Once again, Bobby proves that he knows more about baseball then I do. Does anyone else want to step up and admit Bobby knows more about the game then any of us? I know not everyone of his decisions work out but, he he right more then we fans are if you look back over the years. The first step of recovery is admitting your problem. It’s a long season but, let’s enjoy Bobby’ s last one.

scottc

June 1st, 2010
10:28 am

That is a damn good way to eat crow, MB.

Not to change the topic, but another column you wrote last week regarding the football player Frenchie versus the baseball player J-Hey reminded me of Yunel “Coachable? Who knows?” Escobar. Do you think Yunel (who I love, BTW) is chaochable enough to stay a Brave?

scottc

June 1st, 2010
10:28 am

oops . . coachable, not Chaochable . . . lol.

Larry A

June 1st, 2010
10:38 am

Well, a healthy dose of humble pie never hurt anyone. I hope Glaus pins this up on his locker as motivation for when he cools off… By the way, isn’t this a direct lift of the comments about Jeff Fracoeur last year too??? At least we are consistent :)

Ted M

June 1st, 2010
10:39 am

That was really funny!

scottc

June 1st, 2010
10:40 am

. . . and I agree with Craig’s thoughts about Bobby. He is the very definition of a player’s coach, to a fault, but he sure gets the most out of his bench.

But note that even Bobby couldn’t get anything out of Greg Norton last year. But that wasn’t for Bobby’s lack of trying. Not Bobby’s fault that Wren has a budget, but it sure was maddening to witness.

Norton is now, ironically enough, the HITTING coach of the for the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Fried chicken skin is greasy and delicious

June 1st, 2010
10:47 am

Congratulations Glaus! If that bitter, misanthrope An “Adult” shows up to rain on your parade, don’t let her.

Fried chicken skin is greasy and delicious

June 1st, 2010
10:52 am

As I wrote earlier today, if he continues to hit consistently well, the Braves might want to talk to him about a two-year deal. There’s no guarantee Chipper’s coming back, or that Freeman will be ready.

Tim

June 1st, 2010
10:54 am

MB, I think you need to award Zach the opportunity to be the guest blogger for a day at the park.

And, if this worked for Glaus, it’s time to start on the next project…Nate McClouth “…may have too much pressure hitting in the 11th spot.”

The Ghost of Greg Norton

June 1st, 2010
10:55 am

I live in the Pittsburgh area and was watching their broadcast over the weekend. On Friday and Saturday, after every swing they were saying that Glaus looked like he’s in pain. By Sunday they said that look must “just be his thing.” I had never noticed it, but they’re right – there is a look of constipation upon his face.

Bo Diddley

June 1st, 2010
10:58 am

MB, great idea for a great article! Claudell Washington would be proud if he had been an editor.

Ted M

June 1st, 2010
11:00 am

Mark,

Soon you might have to write Lowe blug in this same vain.

The Ghost of Greg Norton

June 1st, 2010
11:05 am

I live in the Pittsburgh area and was watching their broadcast this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, the annoucers kept saying that they thought Glaus had a look of pain on his face after every at bat. By Sunday, they said the look must “just be his thing.” I had never really noticed it before, but his does have a look of constipation upon his face, but that’s ok – we’ll take the look. It’s much better than the pain on the faces of the fans after watching Norton come to bat all of 2009.

nola braves fan

June 1st, 2010
11:06 am

MB – thought maybe just maybe you’d dust of the ‘greatest photo of all time’ for this one :)

Good stuff though above, trying to remember if I was in that chat… i know i was in at least one where the term ‘Glausian’ came up. Will you use the one from Saturday where McOut was coined when our new punching bag Nate is on a tear in July?

todd

June 1st, 2010
11:06 am

Glaus sure turned his season around but unfortunately McLouth AKA McOut has not and does not appear to be capable of doing so. They need to bench him and play Tim Hudson in the outfield – he is a way better hitter.

(Name redacted)

June 1st, 2010
11:09 am

Unfortunately, Fried chicken skin, if Troy keeps hitting like he is now, he’ll be playing for Boston or New York next season . . .

Sonny Clusters

June 1st, 2010
11:11 am

We was of the opinion he was swinging a bat that was too heavy but it was just that he was standing wrong at the plate . . . maybe he could spend some time with McLouth and get him standing further from the ball after he’s swung at it. We was always one to make contact when we’d swing at a pitch and it must be terrible to swing at a pitch in front of a lot of people and miss all the time. We was friends with a guy like that and he would always say things like, “I am going to barrel that ball next time and not even think about where I am and what I am doing.”

Tim

June 1st, 2010
11:11 am

Good start on McCl-OUT, Todd. Keep it up. We’ll get him turned around.

Angus

June 1st, 2010
11:11 am

Tip of the cap to Glaus, but also, how about a round of applause for Frank Wren?

Our RBI leaders: Heyward, Glaus, Prado, Hinske. Over 40% of our RBI’s are from three guys that were not on the roster end of last year. I shudder to think where we’d be without those guys.

Robards

June 1st, 2010
11:13 am

Mark, I remember when you wrote that “The Braves, as currently constructed, won’t win anything.” I think I commented that perhaps you’d be singing a different tune on Memorial Day when the Braves are in second place 3 games behind the Phillies. So I was wrong too.

BravesFanLostInOhio

June 1st, 2010
11:14 am

MB, way to own it.

I have to say, though, I’m a lot less interested in who is on or off the bandwagon, and more interested in the long haul race. The NL East has a lot of dangerous teams, and it’s very early. With some of the pillar Braves heating up to support our new stars like Prado (yes, it’s time to call him a star now), Hinske, and Glaus, we could have a VERY exciting summer!

Sonny Clusters

June 1st, 2010
11:16 am

Glaus is doing so well we would like to buy him a Strawberry Golden Oreo Blizzard of the Month. We are off to the Dairy Queen now for one. It is June 1 and that’s the day Blizzard of the Month is introduced.

Scoots

June 1st, 2010
11:17 am

Never thought the outcry over Glaus was warranted. He didn’t even get a couple weeks before everyone jumped all over him, plus we’re not paying him what he would have commanded if he didn’t spend all of last year on the DL.

McLouth, on the other hand, has been on the roster for about a year now, and has yet to show me anything. I just hope Schafer can continue his comeback to the majors and be the Braves CF. I think a Hinske/Cabrera-Schafer-Heyward oufield could be a pretty good one. I’d like to see the Braves trade McLouth to a team that will let him steal bases, before he loses all value.

Ted M

June 1st, 2010
11:18 am

ha “blug”

Gary

June 1st, 2010
11:18 am

Sonny Clusters for hitting coach!
Seriously, isn’t it GREAT to be wrong sometimes?
I would LOVE to see a similar article next month about Nate McClouth.
(I’d also love to win the lottery…aren’t dreams great?)

ShortBravesFan

June 1st, 2010
11:22 am

I knew Glaus was going to come around and be a huge addition to our team. He has been doing great. Maybe we need to stop bashing our Braves when they get into slumps. All we needed was patience. Braves are in first place people! Lets keep it up! We need JJ to come back healthy, KK to get some wins, and our offense to keep it up! If we continue to play like this throughout the year, we could win another division and head to the playoffs! (and you know its been a while)

Wouldn’t it be cool if J-Hey made it to the All-Stars and/or voted Rookie of the Year? Age 20? It would be incredible! I guess we’ll see how the rest of the season goes!

Lets go Braves! Beat those Phillies!!!

Ted M

June 1st, 2010
11:26 am

Heyward could pull a Fred Lynn and win rookie of the year AND MVP.

Ichiro doesn’t count. He was a rookie in name only.

BBallBoy

June 1st, 2010
11:27 am

Wow, MB…..it’s obvious you’re not a politician.

ChillyMutt

June 1st, 2010
11:27 am

Just because he is hitting well NOW, doesn’t make those comments inaccurate or inappropriate when he was a huge liability.

Colin

June 1st, 2010
11:29 am

haha I didnt see anything I wrote, or remember I wrote :-P ..I was pretty harsh on ol’ Glaussy Glaus…buts its good he turned that peripheral corner.

Ted M

June 1st, 2010
11:30 am

Heyward is still in 6th place for all-star voting but only 40k behind Victorino for 3rd.

I’ve reached my online voting limit 25…have all of you?

Colin

June 1st, 2010
11:30 am

and as for voting, make sure you keep the votes going for Prado and Heyward at least!!..I am skipping my nephews little league game to watch the Braves :) haha.

P.J

June 1st, 2010
11:30 am

I was one of those who thought Glaus would come around in time, but believed Bobby could have helped him more by dropping him down the line to 6 or 7 until he got it going. It was a lot of pressure on him coming to a new team and secondly having lost almost all of last season due to his injury. I was more concerned about his gloves at first than his bat.
Some Fans tend to panic too early and this happens every year. Although I am not a big fan of Bobby Cox, he deserves a ton of credit when it comes to keeping his club focus and not getting in the panic mood when the chips are down. It is also good to see Escobar start coming around, and with Hinske and Cabrera hitting well things are surely looking up for the Bravos.

Georgia Sam

June 1st, 2010
11:31 am

Bradley, I am wondering what you and the rest of the idiot Wren and Glaus bashers are going to eat with your crow. Might I suggest some humble pie.

Colin

June 1st, 2010
11:32 am

40 thousand is a lot holy god!

dawgs01

June 1st, 2010
11:32 am

I know i was bashing on Troy like crazy. I was mad i did not make the list but i was not online that game. The best one was “troy will figure out how to hit into a quadruple play before the yr is over.” that was hilarious. I have found the more you make fun of them the better they end up doing. It just aint working with Nate but it will just give it time.

NC Braves Fan

June 1st, 2010
11:33 am

I think this one is me –

(Name redacted), 9:15 p.m.: Braves offense in this game: The Glaussed Boys …

One of about 536,472 cheesy, awful, ridiculous Glaus word-plays on my part this season. But the way he’s hitting now, I feel Doubled-Glaussed (in a good way).

536,473 – and officially done. Welcome to ATL Troy! :)

Ted M

June 1st, 2010
11:33 am

yup, I voted for Prado and McCann.

Ted M

June 1st, 2010
11:35 am

is 40k a lot? when does the voting stop? anyone?

dawgs01

June 1st, 2010
11:35 am

i love it whoever called McClouth “McOut” keep it up and he will get hot it is a no fail solution to bad hitting.

dawgs01

June 1st, 2010
11:36 am

Prado and Heyward better make the all star team. I am hoping Hudson can slip on there but there is some great pitchers in the NL.