3: journalist jimmy smith doing journalism with help


by journalist jimmy smith

jimmy smith has been invited by carolina lady to help with this blog. and journalist is happy to do so. but, because jimmy smith is a busy, busy, journalist who goes far beyond what jimmy smith must do on the blog, and as a result, jimmy smith cannot be held responsible for jimmy smith’s actions here or elsewhere, this journalist has recruited a helper: chop seal.

chop seal will take it from here.

hello, evrybudy, i am chop seal. my favorate pitcher out of the pin is peter moylan. crazy aussie with an attitoode. lots of tattoos and calls jimmy smith ‘bloke’. how should peter moylan be used next season? and how long will it be before peter moylan becomes the braves closer? i’d like to know what you think.



110 Responses to “3: journalist jimmy smith doing journalism with help”

  1. 1 thesouthernjackass December 10, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    Little birdie just visited the new Chop Chick blog and told TheJackAss that someone over there had practically preached a sermon to ssiscribe and the AJC…had posted your link too…

    Fly away now little bird…you dirty bird…


  2. 2 savannahguy December 10, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    Journalist Jimmy and Chop Seal that was a great blog you are the man…oh, and, uh, seal.

    From last blog, the denizen now MIB (man in blue) JJS asked a serious question about the difference between mosquito bites and trout bites and little lambs eat ivy…uh, and waders in deer stands. First, waders are fine. All the best restaurants have’em. Tip them well. But don’t take one to a deer stand if you want to remain quiet. But then, wildlife is relative I suppose. Anyhoo…

    Next, when skeeters bite, take flight. They just want blood. When trout bite, it’s out of revenge. Understandable revenge. Mosquitos attack without provocation. Trout are just hooked on revenge. Who could blame’em?

    Thing is, when trout bite, you must bite back. Before biting trout add a little flour, salt, pepper and a little lemon juice. Saute in a pan with garlic and capers. Serve with whipped potatoes and vegetable of choice. Asparagus. White wine or iced tea will finish.

    Caution: If you bite trout back immediately after they bite you, your slimy mouth will be full of scales. Dummy sushi.

    Catch, bite and release method: Trout bites fisherman, fisherman screams, then gently positions trout in the “training position”. Turn trout upside down, rub their belly for a minute, give trout a little nibble on the neck to let them know who’s boss, then whisper in their ear. Yes, that’s the trick.

    What to whisper? Try this: Ok trout, you are too small. Go back to school, eat lot’s of shrimp and next year when you see this boat, tell all of your schoolmates to jump into the boat. Do this and you’ll live to swim another day.

    They usually agree and trout always keep their word. Unless named Kilgore.


  3. 3 journalistjimmy December 10, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    does a trout have a snout? and fingers in the snout? and pulling something out? oh, the humanity! it is bobby cox!

    it is well past time that bobby cox stop picking bobby cox’s nose in the dugout and on television! well past time. imagine enjoying a nice piece of ice box pie and watching the game on tv when suddenly the camera is on bobby cox and bobby cox has bobby cox’s fingers well into bobby cox’s nose. the camera lingers. what will come out? and how will it be disposed of? fingers to the railing? or, worse. . . fingers to the mouth. and what if chino cadahia is close by? fingers to the back of the pants (no feeeling there journalist suspects). and then, chino sits on the bench close to say, uh, chipper (on the dl with hammocks). chipper gets up for some seeds. chino gets up and walks away. chipper returns to the bench and sits where chino was sitting (follow closely now). suddenly, chipper slides from the bench to the ground! additional injury. longer on the dl. season is lost. see, nose picking must stop.

    and now, to answer baby seal: yes. and peter moylan is a most fearsome bloke. journalist jimmy smith fears no man but fears peter moylan just a little bit. reminds this journalist of idi amin. would not wish to be around peter moylan at dinner time.

    and now, baseball . . . should we call chipper “hoss” on this blog? jimmy smith thinks not. but this topic is open for discussion.


  4. 4 CL December 10, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Just me – but I thought Chipper is Chipper’s nickname…..


  5. 5 savannahguy December 10, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Little birds flying to and fro and visiting Chop chicks. Little Chickadee comes to mind. So does WC Fields. Snake in one pocket, liquor in the other in case of, you know…trout bite. Maybe the bird was a carrier pigeon? Lead ankle bracelet.

    Birds are interesting. They all flock together it seems. They move right and left and all around at the same time. Some are independent birds. They don’t seem to like the same big blue worms as the flocks.

    Good ideas found there on Chickadee blog by reporters it seems. Funny thing about ideas. Some credit others and some just stake a claim. In my business we call that, “if it wasn’t invented by me it wasn’t invented”. Apple seeds eaten by birds travel furthest. Apples are good wherever they grow.

    There must be an apple pie recipe somewhere…


  6. 6 CL December 10, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Speaking of blue worms: jimmy smith, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!!


  7. 7 journalistjimmy December 10, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    sorta like dopey with snow white. real name larry.

    and, bloggers will want to know . . . the cupcakes carolina lady sent today were most excellent! all bloggers here should expect cupcakes. pass it on.

    and blue worms . . . jimmy smith tried to avoid this subject. yes, caught up in the moment of the hunt (and suffering from trout bites) jimmy smith autographed the worm hides and sent them to carolina lady. upon reflection, one blue worm may have been only slightly wounded – and all know of the blue worm’s hearty constitution and capacity for quick recovery (can grow a new head on either end much like, well, you know). if the worm(s) becomes troublsome, carolina lady, a hartebeest will be dispatched before Christmas.

    and will this blog have Christmas stockings? and how many per blogger? and how many per hoss? and if chop chick has gone south for the winter does that mean chop chick is an old bird? perhaps a.c.c.? fits, right? stand by your man. but don’t wear heels. oh, the humanity!


  8. 8 savannahguy December 10, 2007 at 10:56 pm


    Bobby: only the nose knows? Ring is depth gauge?

    Chipper: on the shoulder or off the old block?

    Larry: does not work at Shea. Maybe with little Shea…who’s yer daddy?

    Snow White: snow business like show business? What will Terrance say?


  9. 9 CL December 10, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Blue worm has been “dispatched”!

    You got cupcakes, I got a big, ugly blue worm. 😦


  10. 10 journalistjimmy December 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    baby seal has calculated the height of the old journalist. interpolating from there, baby seal should be able to deduce the height of a person standing close by the old journalist. say someone about 5’4″ tall is standing by the old journalist and the old journalist pats the lad on the head and says, “great blog, chop chick.” and someone says, “that’s not chop chick – she’s on the other blog”. so the old journalist (not knowing the name of the dimunitive blogger) just walks away. at that very moment, using complicated triangulation and hokus, baby seal will be able to quickly gauge exact height of the lad. this information will be posted for all to see – not in the way of embarrassment – only to confirm or deny claims of increased stature. much will be revealed. funny shoes, perhaps?

    and now, baseball . . . a big trade will be announced tomorrow. more from this journalist soon.


  11. 11 CL December 10, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    End of another day. G’night, everybody!


  12. 12 journalistjimmy December 10, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    Toe arrangements: a = anisodactyl, b = zygodactyl, c = heterodactyl, d = syndactyl, & e = pamprodactyl

    bird toes. good to know.

    won’t find on most baseball blogs.


  13. 13 flbravesgirl December 10, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Back again. jimmy, I appreciate your offer of help with the photo but I have no photo to use & no idea how to get it into that little box. By the way, SJA is leading in the Best Photo category, IMO. 🙂

    And, yes, the oven is working properly & getting heavy use. The Russian tea cakes are cooling as I type.

    I never pictured Moylan as a closer before but I think he does have that fearless mindset necessary for the role.


  14. 14 mrgil December 10, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Moylan needs one of those skull and cross bones insignia on those horn rims like Charlie Sheen AKA Wild Thing in Major Leagues…


  15. 15 mrgil December 11, 2007 at 1:07 am

    This story happened a while ago in Dublin, and even though it sounds
    like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, its true.

    John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the
    road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a storm.
    The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong
    he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car
    slowly coming towards him and stopped. John, desperate for shelter and
    without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door.. only to
    realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn’t on!!

    The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road ahead and saw a
    curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared through the
    window and turned the wheel. John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the
    hand repeatedly came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.

    Shortly thereafter John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road,
    so, gathering strength, he jumped out of the car and ran to it. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had.

    A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying
    and…. wasn’t drunk.

    Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the
    stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath.
    Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said
    to the other… ‘Look Paddy….. there’s that bloody idiot that got in
    the car while we were pushing it!!!!’


  16. 16 ssiscribe December 11, 2007 at 7:01 am

    Top of the morning, denizens. Thought I would jump in here and say hello and see how the esteemed members of the blog are doing.

    Didn’t think I’d see a reference to me in the comments, not the way it was posted.

    Whoever the little birdie is above who said somebody “practically preached a sermon to ssiscribe” is about 500 miles off base. Somebody had asked why the Chop Chick blog was shut down when all of you guys were writing on it, giving that dormant blog its first activity in months.

    I wondered the same thing. And I know a few folks here and there.

    I asked around and have been told the blogs shut down to commenting two weeks after they are created. There was a post on the new Chop Chick blog commenting that the AJC shut down the blog because they didn’t want you guys posting.

    Not true, from what I’ve been able to find out. Anyway, posted what I found as a courtesy on there, and ended up with a sarcastic response from somebody over there. Whatever.

    That blog, by the way, is going silent until spring, so I’m glad you guys created this one.

    I’ll be checking in from time to time to see how you guys are doing. My purpose in coming here this morning was to say hello and wish you well. I didn’t think I’d need to come in here and clear up any misconceptions about being preached to … sigh. Again, whatever.

    Hope all is well.

    The Scribe abides.



  17. 17 mrgil December 11, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Bob, J…. I think Kosuke Fukudome was named by his mother who is a big Mel Gibson fan. Good thing she had not seen any of the later Lethal Wepon flicks or he could have been named Kosuke Turkeysan.


  18. 18 journalistjimmy December 11, 2007 at 10:05 am

    hey, scribe, good to see the post (but sadly, no transition). scribe must not be upset with the comments from the now-defunct chop chick blog. jimmy smith thinks no ill will was intended by the poster. that blog went away at a time there were a number of people posting with good frequency. as scribe notes, a very nice new blog is now underway with chop lady and chop seal. please do frequent the neighborhood.

    now, baseball . . . this from famous mark derosa in the daily pennsylvanian:

    DP: What was your experience like in the minor leagues?

    MD: I’ve been all over this country playing baseball … I’ve been in some podunk towns, that’s for sure. I’ve eaten breakfast at bait-and-tackle shops in small towns in North Carolina.

    oh, the humanity! jimmy smith did not know the minor leagues were so difficult. journalist would draw the line at eating bait for breakfast.

    and what manner of bait? worms, perhaps? crickets? cricket on a cracker? worm croissant? please tell jimmy smith it was not the spring lizard! imagine spring lizard on toast.

    yes, mark derosa deserves whatever success mark derosa will enjoy in baseball after having had breakfast in bait shops early in mark derosa’s baseball career.

    and what manner of player would be attracted by bait? maybe kevin bass? a grouper minor leaguers? sid bream?

    where will this take us?


  19. 19 savannahguy December 11, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Minor leaguers were on an all protein diets while anxiously awaiting a call up to the bigs? Is that where the term, baited breath was derived?


  20. 20 savannahguy December 11, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Scribe > seems there are too many little birdies around these days. Gets unnecessarily cryptic and gossipy after a while. Just went over to the Chop Chickadee blog to see what the fuss and sermonizing was about that you mentioned. After reading comments from “Defector” and yourself I’m still not sure what the fuss was about.

    Perhaps a testy defector and you happened to be in the same place at the same time. Perhaps it was your view of why the Chick shut down that aggravated the masked one. Subtract a few unfortunate words that made it personally directed and you guys were probably in violent agreement on the basics. Who knows? Only you and the shadow birdie defector I suppose.

    You also posted the same multi-denizen contributor idea that I had posted on the previous Chick blog (Chop House concept) about rotating “guest” denizen columnists. Check it out. I think we’re thinking the same way about a structure for a blog. My post didn’t get much if any feedback, but it seems Chick came up with (lifted?) an “original” idea of having denizens contribute ideas and such on her new blog. How gracious of AJC.

    Had she read the previous blog? Was she (he or it) simply engaged in blatant and lazy patronization? Like, “here’s a little AJC bone, chew on that for 9 weeks, talk amongst yourselves and I’ll check back in”. They don’t have Internet where she’s going? Did AJC (after they shut down) reconsider and see a potential no-brainer, no-effort, no-investment revenue stream that was self-functioning? If so, they miscalculated, mismanaged and neglected the “customer base”. Who really cares now? The flock has flown.

    We may have varying degrees of curiosity to the reasons Chick shut down but it’s really a moot issue now. The water has since passed under the bowl of spilt milk and saturated the cat that’s now out of the bag and living under the bridge. All in all, it’s just as silly as that discombobulated metaphor.

    The sky, contrary to the opinions of a few, is not falling after all. AJC will continue. The bloggers will blog when and where they see fit. Life goes on…life is good and the sun rose again today.

    Whatever the interpretation of reasons for discourse or events, it’s good to see you on this blog. Got an article for us? Perhaps after Jimmy finishes with seals, pies, toes, worms, bait and boogers? Baseball maybe? It’s all good.

    Oh, by the way…what the heck does -30- mean anyway?


  21. 21 arkansashillbilly December 11, 2007 at 10:39 am

    I’d like to share a little story from one of my past experiences. It may or may not be true…I’ll let you decide for yourself:

    Hillbilly was walking down the road in the Ouachita River Bottoms of south Arkansas carrying a turkey under his arm and a game warden drove up on him.
    Game Warden stopped and asked Hillbilly, “Where did you get that turkey?”

    Hillbilly replied, “What turkey?”

    The game warden said, “That turkey you’re carrying under your arm.”

    Hillbilly looked down and said, “Well, lookee there, a turkey done roosted under my arm!”

    The game warden said, “Now look, you know turkey season is closed, so whatever you do to that turkey, I’m going to do to you. If you break his leg, I’m gonna break your leg. If you break his wing, I’ll break your arm. Whatever you do to him, I’ll do to you. So, what are you gonna do with him?”

    Hillbilly said, “I guess I’ll kiss his ### and let him go.”


  22. 22 journalistjimmy December 11, 2007 at 11:20 am

    oh, the humanity! hillbilly, that was a good one. reminds this journalist of how we all left the other blog. kiss and release. and whither baseball today? here comes some baseball . . . Fukudome tells Chunichi Dragons he’s heading to majors. journalist has no idea what that means but it appears to be the big story today. that, and the elusive mitchell report. and what will that report say? shame, that’s what. shame. shame, shame, shame. and last night the falcons players paid tribute to michael vick with paint-your-face numbers and tee shirts and lethargic play. shame, shame, shame. and that is one good thing about the braves – very few convicted felons still on the roster. and whatever happened to rob deer? autographed by now? double dimed?


  23. 23 ssiscribe December 11, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Hey Savannah, good to hear from ya.

    Yeah, some of this stuff is absolute nonsense. But I remember once upon a time being told by somebody in the know (not DOB, by the way) that the comments cease to accept any more after two weeks. I was very, very puzzled as to why the CC blog had shut down, but then I remembered that little factoid and circled back to see if that still was the case.

    It is, from what I’ve learned.

    Still, though, I thought it looked pretty poor for the AJC not to at least make mention of it (DOB did make a passing comment about that on his blog). It smacked of the door being slammed in the face of a group who did a heck of a lot for the Braves/MIB blog and the AJC online community in general.

    So, when I made the comment about the blog sitting there empty, and the birdie/defector (or whatever we’ll call him/her/it) challenged me on that statement, I merely posted what I did as a courtesy. Then, I got a real sarcastic response, and sometimes when I should just let it pass under the bridge, I don’t. Perhaps I should’ve.

    Whatever will be, will be, and more than a decade of writing for newspapers should’ve taught me you can’t reason with some people. I guess I have such a healthy amount of respect for all of you, your talents and your contributions to the online community of the AJC, that I just wanted to publicly post the fact that — as far as I can tell — that one blog in question wasn’t shut down to run you folks away. The result: I got “preached a sermon to.” Whatever.

    I do like the idea of rotating postings, though, come 2008. I think it’s gotta be done from the fans’ perspective, either after the game or first thing the following morning. I’m game to take part if they want me to. If not, I’ve got plenty of other places to visit, including this fine site.

    Anyway, it’s good to be here. I’ve been busy at work and been out of town, so I’m trying to catch up. It’s good to see the talk on here, definitely. It’s been a great offseason for the Braves: Wren got all his shopping done before Christmas. I think he’s finished now, but maybe there is a veteran one-season stop-gap center fielder out there. For my money, I say let the kids have at it and allow Anderson or Schafer or Blanco or Lillibridge man the position come March 31 against the Pirates at Turner Field.

    I love the makeup of the bullpen to this point. You deal Ascanio and fill two needs. The Braves have a ton of hard-throwers down there, and you needed a vet lefty and a utility guy who can play short (which Prado and Aybar cannot do, but Infante can). So, good for Wren to get Ohman and Infante. Still leaves the pen with Acosta, Boyer, Devine, Resop, Stockman and Yates behind Soriano, Moylan and the two lefties, Ohman and Ring. Also, there could be Bennett or Morton into the mix, and Gonzalez will be back sometime this summer. That’s a good, deep pen, indeed, and maybe they won’t be torched because the rotation with Glavine at No. 3 can eat up innings as they should.

    Finally, the –30– question: Old-school journalists used to type that at the end of their stories, to signal the conclusion of their stories for the folks on the copy desk. Guess I do it as a tribute to those who came before me, and maybe as a gesture so that the ones who follow don’t forget the fine folks who banged out copy on old Royal typewriters and who filed not from laptops, but from Western Union stations.

    Enjoy your day, good people.

    The Scribe abides.



  24. 24 thesouthernjackass December 11, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Wow!…Cutting-edge journalism at it’s best!…for a decade too…


  25. 25 savannahguy December 11, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Scribe > in high school I took a summer job at a local engravers/silk screen printer. They also did typesetting (typography is all but a lost art). The Hot Type crew was the busiest in the place. My career also started in the communications dark ages with typewriters, linotype, etc. We shipped marked-up hard copy via Greyhound to typographers such as Swift Tom his Electric Type Shop for typography…before even fax machines were around. Oh, the good old bad old days. Now, here we are blogging. Who’da thunkit?

    On baseball: yours was a good post as usual and I like a lot the moves the Braves have made but I’m probably more concerned with stop-gap thinking than many or most seem to be. Since I’m not nearly as savvy on all of the moves, I’ll be a good optimist fan and hope for the best.

    I’m mixed on CF vet versus some of the kids. Without another ace to go along with our good but aging/injury recovering or very young starters, we don’t seem to be looking at a dominant pitching staff, therefore I think a proven bat in CF would be a move I’d like to see.


  26. 26 ssiscribe December 11, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Savannah: Yeah, anytime you can add a veteran bat, it’s a good move (no real cutting-hitting journalism there, for sure!). However, I like the way the team is comprised at the moment. We all know there is no replacement for AJ’s defense in center, but he has slowed a step and I think he will slope off quicker than some realize. Dude plays hard and plays hurt and plays every day — well, not the last three games in Houston; guess Boras didn’t want him hurting him value more than the .222 average already did. I think all that is going to start catching up to him.

    I am among those who feel Schafer is the real deal, and the Hernandez kid behind him (part of the Renteria deal) could turn out to be even better. But Anderson intrigues me. His numbers all the way up through the minors are good, he played well in 21 games with the Astros in September, hits leadoff, has good speed, plays good defense. I think him and Blanco can man the position this year, at least, until Schafer is ready.

    If Schafer hits well at Mississippi, he’l be here by July, if not sooner. Nothing more than my feeling and opinion, but I think he’s going to be one heck of a player at the big-league level, and Hernandez, too, could be a star. An outfield of Hernandez in left, Schafer in center and Frenchy in right in 2010 would indeed be a great outfield.

    Back to 2008 (noted transition, just for you, Esteemed Ugandan Journalist Jimmy Smith): You carry 13 position players (12 pitchers; five starters and seven relievers). Of those 13, six are infielders (Tex, KJ, Yunel and Chipper are the starters; Infante and either Prado or Aybar as backups). You carry two catchers (McCann the starter, either Pena, Sammons or a free-agent signee as the backup). You carry five outfielders, and that’s where the big battle will be, position-wise, for roster spots.

    Frenchy is starting in right. I think Diaz should be the starter in left. The dude has earned it with his play the past two seasons. You have Anderson and Blanco in center, and Brandon Jones as the backup/platoon guy in left.

    Just off the top of my head, I don’t know if I’m forgetting anybody off hand. There is Thorman, who did play some in left a couple of years ago. Perhaps he makes the team and Brandon Jones goes down to play every day at Richmond, perhaps? I don’t know. One figures Harris and Orr gets invites to camp, but both need lights-out springs and injuries above them to make the team.

    Lineup wise, here’s one for the blog: My projected Braves batting lineup in 2008:

    1. Anderson (assuming he’s the starter in center)
    2. Escobar
    3. Chipper
    4. Tex
    5. McCann
    6. Frenchy
    7. Johnson
    8. Diaz
    9. Pitcher du jour

    If it’s Blanco or Schafer in center, then I put Kelly or Escobar first and second, move Diaz up to seventh and put Blanco/Schafer eighth. Just a stab at the batting order for opening day, as I sit here on Dec. 11 and enjoy another 78-degree day in the Atlanta suburbs.

    Feels like I should be going to a game at Turner Field tonight, not wrapping Christmas presents!

    The Scribe abides.



  27. 27 savannahguy December 11, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Would love to stay a bit but have to unexpectedly head right up to Atlanta. I’ll try and check back tonight or tomorrow if able…


  28. 28 journalistjimmy December 11, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    don’t forget gorkys.


  29. 29 ssiscribe December 11, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Hey Jimmy, hope you are well.

    Yes, Hernandez definitely is not worth forgetting about. I don’t think he’s tabbed to be ready until 2010 (or maybe sometime in 2009, if he burns it up in the minors this year). Dude, from everything I’ve read and seen on him, is one heck of a prospect who has the always dangerous “can’t miss” label on him.

    Hey Bob, thanks much for your note on the CC blog. Continued prayers to you and your bride and a very Merry Christmas to you!

    FanFest at the Georgia World Congress Center is one month from tomorrow … signs of spring in the midst of winter (although I’d be somewhat remiss if I didn’t mention that in the “midst of winter” we are pushing 80 degrees today in the big A).




  30. 30 arkansashillbilly December 11, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Scribe, I think the bench may end up as tangled up as the bullpen has become, as far as filling the roster goes. Options will play a significant role I’m sure.

    Don’t forget these three scenarios:

    1) Infante could be a 5th outfielder as well as utility infielder

    2) Pena could catch and play outfield, AND is it 1st or 3rd base or both? (he could, but then you get into having your both catchers on the field and no emergency catcher except Diaz and blah, blah, blah…..)

    3) Lillibridge could be a backup infielder AND outfielder (though I personally don’t think he needs to be sitting on the bench 5 days a week.)

    It could go many different way depending on whether The Braves want to choose versatility over strength or vice versa.


  31. 31 arkansashillbilly December 11, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    I don’t see a need for both Prado AND Infante on the roster. Infante is basically Prado plus two or three more positions, so what good would Prado really be? And who knows what we’ll get out of Aybar. He’s the best bat out of the three, but you’d still have to have Infante to back up Escobar. Or you could always send Thorman packing and use Diaz as your emergency back-up 1B (not going to see much time there with Tex in place anyway.) I feel like the room is spinning around me just thinking about how this might play out.


  32. 32 journalistjimmy December 11, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    gorkys has been referred to by frank as “one of the fastest players in baseball”. of course, speed on the braves will be wasted. 3-run homers. alas, gorkys is still a baby and it will take some time to get gorkys ready for centerfield (best position). outfield talent is deep. last year, infield talent was deep and look what happened . . . oh, the humanity!

    and to make everyone feel better remember that woodward. wilson, and orr are gone. and is anyone working with thorman to fix that hard, hard, cut-down-a-tree swing? still hitting with pete orr? might try hitting with uh, chipper instead.

    and will mccann’s daddy have mccann ready for the new season? all-star again? journalist thinks so.


  33. 33 journalistjimmy December 11, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    jimmy smith was going to blog with the jackass and when this journalist clicked on the site . . . the blog had been closed! that’s right, closed! 2-week time limit? off to florida? see you in the spring? sja is chop chick? chop chick is sja? oh, the humanity! the possibilities. journalist regrets not posting there earlier. seems these blogs come and go. and what will happen if no one posts here tonight? will that be the end of the bravesandstuff blog? nah, will take more than that. should have some regulars here soon posting away. and remember, serious baseball talent will soon be blogging here. can’t mention uh, names but should be pretty interesting stuff.

    and now, matters of baby seal. upset today after hearing of christmas seals. no manner of explaining has helped. perhaps carolina lady will be able to explain to baby seal.

    and baby seal now has a girlfriend – met her at the winter meetings. a runner. seems to like baby seal a lot. more later.

    and name of the day: gorkys. still like the name gorkys. and what will bobby call gorkys?


  34. 34 flbravesgirl December 11, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Hmm. Quiet here tonight. That’ll probably end as soon as Grinch finishes his exams this week.

    I am delighted to report that my new computer has been shipped. I’ll be able to stop in here regularly once it’s up & running.

    jimmy, I think Mac will be an All-Star again too but then I’m biased in his favor. Hopefully we’ll have several Braves selected this season, since that would suggest that a lot of guys were having good years.


  35. 35 mrgil December 12, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Thought I would drop by to see if anyone was home, the lights are off but I still think they are hiding in there. Oh well, guess I will call it a night, got a big day ahead tomorrow, hauling a load of trash off to the dump. I must remember not to bring back more than I leave home with.

    I sure hope Bobby is not dyslexic or he may be shouting “Come on DORK.”


  36. 36 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 1:54 am

    Greetings everyone! Glad there was a mention on the ol’ Chop Chick forum of this site! My new handle isn’t the least bit stupid, by the way…..is there Html thingys allowed here?

    I was going to go with Berigan2ElectricBoogaloo, but I was told….
    [b]Only lowercase letters and numbers allowed[/b]
    journalist jimmy smith, if anyone would know, it’s you…is there such a thing as uppercase numbers??????


  37. 37 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 2:02 am

    I guess BOLDNESS isn’t allowed here. That’s ok. I like to see my post you know…. right after I make it. I was forever wondering that at the AJC. Did my post go thru???? Or did it get lost in the Ethernet, and end up on a porn site for geriatric Iranians?

    I don’t think finals is the reason we are not seeing Grinch here. It’s the Falcon’s 3-10 record, and Petrino leaving with 3 games to go. Hopefully, Grinch will see the light, and make baseball his #1 game! 😉


  38. 38 journalistjimmy December 12, 2007 at 8:24 am

    no bold, no italics. rr can never blog here. julia, too. best can come up with is CAPS but CAPS are rude. then, not as rude as the other blog. your and idiot is bad in bold or regular. and now, stuff . . . the falcons are a sad mess.


  39. 39 arkansashillbilly December 12, 2007 at 9:19 am

    The Hillbilly is kicking the swinging doors open this morning. Wow what a night here in my home state lastnight. This place is buzzing with excitement with the arrival of our new football coach. I was fairly disapponted in the way one of the Falcons players disrespected the University of Arkansas Football program in an ESPN interview, though. DeAngelo Hall said the Razorbacks can’t compete with the LSU’s and Georgia’s of the SEC. Maybe he forgot that we went to the SEC Championship game a year ago, and then beat #1 LSU this season. Maybe he also forgot, while bashing our school, that two of his Falcons’ team mates are U of A grads, and I’m sure they won’t appreciate getting slammed by one of their own team leaders. Of course what kind of respect should we expect from a guy who is rallying the troops with a FREE MIKE VICK t-shirt on MNF to support a convicted felon that got caught offing puppies in the backyard? I’ll have a whole bottle, Klobber, wherever you are.


  40. 40 arkansashillbilly December 12, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Don’t know that last post ended up the first time I tried to post it. Feel free to delete it if you can find it, CL. I think it might be on the Home Plate page.


  41. 41 journalistjimmy December 12, 2007 at 10:10 am

    hilllbilly, this journalist is hearing all kinds of bad talk about bobby petrino today. fact is, bobby wanted away from the mess that is the atlanta falcons. not saying anything was right about what he did but it does appear consistent with an organization with no honor, no integrity. falcons of a feather flock together. qb not truthful. coach not truthful. honor the convicted felon, trash the coach. need the va tech coaches to come in and control the mayhem. experienced with that element. and tommy nobis must be truly hurt by all this – class atlanta falcon (and there are many). what a messed up organization! better call marion campbell – only one that would take the job. alive? dead? make any difference? coach is not in charge. let arthur coach – always on the sidelines. mess.

    that was stuff. now, baseball . . . picking the nose is not as bad as picking up in the night and leaving. but, cannot imagine wanting to be associated with that falcons team as now constituted. braves are fortunate to have better leaders. not going to see bobby trashed by a player and that player remain here.

    and now, chop seal . . . wants to go to florida. thinks it is okay since named chop seal.

    and when will the mitchell report be released and which atlanta braves will be revealed? any? many? only two? more than a few? any still here? oh, the humanity!


  42. 42 Bob, journalist December 12, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning All! I was wondering about doing the boldand italics stuff myself?


  43. 43 arkansashillbilly December 12, 2007 at 10:36 am

    The Mitchell report will be released tomorrow. That will surely take the spotlight off of Deangelo Hall and his mistreated brethren (sp) for a while. He’ll have to think of something a little more creative to get his much needed attention back


  44. 44 CL December 12, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Hey, y’all!

    You can make bold, italics, bold italics, even in color. You need to use some simple HTML while writing the post.

    I’ve tried several times to figure out how to post the instructions, but every time the program messes it up. I’ll keep trying. The HTML is really easy to do.

    ( I eliminated the long confusing instruction post and did it differently using a screen shot image. Link to instructions down a post or two.)

    Hillbilly, I found the missing post. Somehow it wound up on the Home Plate page. 🙂


  45. 45 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks CL!!!! When I listed items for sale on ebay, I had to use , to bold the text. Then on other forums, [b], [/b] gets the job done. Now, I have to learn strong and em. Let’s see….. with spaces [strong] Braves will kill the red sox in the W.S. in ’08 [/strong]
    and without spaces…. [strong]Braves will kill the red sox in the W.S. in ’08[/strong]


  46. 46 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Nope, that didn’t work…… ;(


  47. 47 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    I was hoping I was at least the 6 year old level of internet knowledge/skill, but I am still a 5 year old it appears.


  48. 48 flbravesgirl December 12, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    The new computer is here! Now I just have to get in-house tech support, otherwise known as my sister, to set it up tonight. Hopefully I’ll be joining y’all on a properly working computer tomorrow.


  49. 49 CL December 12, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    OK! – I went to another program, wrote the instructions, did a screen shot, edited it, uploaded it to my website, then came back to this program and wrote a separate post using the IMAGE of the instructions! Where there’s a will!! 🙂

    Anyhow! Here it is!

    I also added a link at the top of the blog right under the Home Plate link. Will add that on each subsequent blog for easy reference.


  50. 50 CL December 12, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Hey, Berrigan!! It’s so good to have you here!! 🙂

    Congratulations, FBG!! Hope you really enjoy the new ‘puter!!


  51. 51 Bob, journalist December 12, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    My machine locked up and My Lady beat me to the HTML explanation … WordPress allows a limited amount of HTML for comments … and I’ll look forward to seeing the instructions myself as my editor generates HTML that doesn’t seem to work for font size and color and things like that.

    The start of an HTML Tag is denoted by the “” … commands that require closing tags (Like bold and italics) start with “</”.

    For bold, I use the letter “b” rather than “strong” and “i” for italics … “u” for underline may work as well.

    Hillbilly, after you posted your Sid Bream comment on “Baseball Magic Moment” I added a picture of “The Slide to my Post.”

    Jimmy, I also commented about old Joe Nossek who’s younger than some of us who admit to being old.

    Publix Time!



  52. 52 arkansashillbilly December 12, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Noticed that. I like it. I tried to find that YouTube clip, but it’s no longer available.


  53. 53 mrgil December 12, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Good afternoon all, Trying to get too fancy with the fonts always confuses me. I find it difficult enough to just make sure my spelling and grammar is at least presentable for those above a 6th grade reading level.

    I am awaiting with baited breath (don’t get excited chop seal) for the Mitchell report to be released. Any bets on the number of law suites it will spawn as players claim there is liable and have been wrongly accused?

    And how much credibility do people have left these days? Always someone vowing they didn’t until they are shown the proof they did…. Is this what people mean when they say someone is in denial? And what about the Queen of the Nile? Did Bob see Pam Tillis while in Nashville? Or maybe that was really Chop Seal.

    And while no one is really watching, the Nationals are putting together a pretty nice little ball club. Stan Kastans said he was going to make sure Dukes “toed the line”, does he read this blog too?


  54. 54 mrgil December 12, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    And another fun factoid…… Did you know you can get over 600 pounds of pine needles in one of those DR County Home tow behind lawn vacuums? I didn’t either until mine got stuck and I had to use the front end loader on the tractor to move it.

    Global warmer or no, I am cutting down another twenty of those pains in the butt next week. At least the oak trees give up their leaves and let you get your work done. Pine trees on the other hand require perpetual care.


  55. 55 journalistjimmy December 12, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    not so hard. watch this. 🙂 greenMERRYgreen@@ &&redCHRISTMASred## $$greenEVERYBODYgreen@@. see, nothing to it. festive. timely. colorful? and this is why jimmy smith is a journalist instead of a computer guy.


  56. 56 mrgil December 12, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    I rest my case 🙂


  57. 57 mrgil December 12, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Old saying, There is no honor among thieves” Looks like the same may be true for football team owners….


  58. 58 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    mrgil ,

    Pine trees are so evil, I imagine they actually take oxygen out of the air!!!!
    Only thing good about them is they give us a bit of green during the bleak winter months….


  59. 59 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    And Carolina Lady, Bob Journalist….you guys don’t fool me for a second! You both know how to bold, yet none of us young whippersnappers can do it??? Nah, you are both the figments of some college kids imagination! 😉


  60. 60 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    We do have some smilies here, eh???? 🙂


  61. 61 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Only positive ones???? 😦


  62. 62 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Nope…. 🙂 😦 😉 any others??????


  63. 63 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    So, I have written about “stuff” what about braves??? Ummm, hmmm….CF was covered pretty well above…..Will we get both Dan Haren and Johan Santana then????? No??? Well, who will win the lottery on those guys??? If it wasn’t the mets, I’d love to see some team in the NL at least get Haren. With talent only flowing one way(AL) Soon the NL will lose its AAAA rating, and become the equivalent of AAA!!! Most teams in the NL can still beat Richmond, right????


  64. 64 mrgil December 12, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Well, after the Braves called up Escobar and Moylan the NL had a shot at the RBraves. Richmond has a very good coaching staff by the way.


  65. 65 journalistjimmy December 12, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    :-)REDhello, everybody!RED:-) see, journalist is a quick study. oh, the humanity! how can this be? it works for carolina lady. and the falcons are a sorry, sorry mess. pick up the pieces.

    tomorrow we will have much to discuss. what braves will be named? dead meat, right? autographed and sent away? certain shortstop, perhaps? not saying yes, not saying no. just pondering.

    and where are the big heads? tip-off. caps too tight. red farhead. okay, inside joke. and why aren’t more headbands worn on the baseball field? and journalist will try one more time: chop seal bobalou, tippecanoe, how did journalist do?


  66. 66 nolimitsfreethinker December 12, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Hello CL…jimmy smith…everybody…didn’t head south with Chop Chick…been busy repairing my blog…TheJackAss went berserk, and sorry to say, had to be ‘put down’…no more JackAss…now have peaceful blog… that other fellow will be running it now…will post new link later for those who were visiting old blog if CL will allow…not much baseball there, but plenty of stuff…john


  67. 67 arkansashillbilly December 12, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    I would love to hear Grinch’s take on this whole Falcons/Hogs thing. He’ll paint a colorful picture, I’m sure. I have never seen a sports franchise/fanbase so up-in-arms over the departure of a coach that they seem to despise so much. Can I borrow it SJA???? –> Unbelievable!!!!


  68. 68 CL December 12, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    OK – errands are done, supper is done, the cat is asleep (and don’t you dare wake him up!) – and I’ve redone the Text Effects page.

    Don’t know quite how to tell you this – but, um, I discovered that only the administrator can write in colors. No clue why. So! I’ve listed all the things that are “supposed” to work in comments. (Haven’t had time to test them all.)

    (Hey, look at it this way – it kept jimmy occupied for a while!) 🙂 🙂 🙂

    (Sorry, my good friend. Couldn’t resist!) 😉

    John, haven’t yet visited the new and improved site, but will ASAP! Link will be updated! Many thanks!

    Gil, love your avatar! Super!!

    I’m told that the Grinch will be here when he can figure out how to sign in.

    I need a cup of tea.


  69. 69 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Miguel Tejada was traded to the Astros for 5 guys….Funny, I was wondering aloud if this trade was made the day before the Mitchell report for a reason, and sure enough, they do touch on that subject.


  70. 70 CL December 12, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Our friend John, has a different site up now. Here’s the link:


  71. 71 CL December 12, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Howdy, Berigan! One for five? wow. That report will be very interesting indeed!

    (Is that a drum set in your avatar?) Wish they gave us a little larger image space.


  72. 72 nolimitsfreethinker December 12, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    TheSouthernJackAss went berserk, and had to be put down…is now nolimitsfreethinker…or preferably john…


  73. 73 CL December 12, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    Hi, John! Have the link to your new site in place on our Blogroll! Hope you really enjoy it! 🙂


  74. 74 CL December 12, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    Tidbit: Our little blog has drawn more than 1,200 hits since it’s birth a week ago.


  75. 75 CL December 12, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Am I only person in the world who didn’t know that Peter Gammons has a CD out?? (I’m not a fan of that style of music…but maybe someone is interested.)



  76. 76 journalistjimmy December 12, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    1,200 hits? does that mean there are readers that are not yet posters? hmm…. well, this blog is quickly becoming the blog for toe news and soon, our inspired baseball guest will be blogging here as well. and it is cruel to have someone try to post in green when there is no green. some might call it mean. no green, jelly bean. but carolina lady would never be mean to this journalist so it must have been an honest mistake that kept this journalist typing “green” for the past 3 1/2 hours :-). and if the sja was put down, was the sja autographed for later sale? and jimmy smith has visited the sja site and there is more to the old sja than first meets the eye.

    now, paragraph. and will bobby petrino come to bobby petrino’s senses and return to the atlanta falcons? oh, the humanity! that is not a very good job, is it? maybe can get george o’leary. old dallas cowboys coach still in town, too. could let algie crumpler coach. and that is stuff.

    now, baseball . . . if the head doth swell, and the feet doth smell, time will tell, if they’ve rubbed on gel.

    oh, the humanity! and now, who is winning the toe poem contest? not very many have entered but savannah guy is now tied for 4th place with savannah guy’s 4 toe poems. no 1-2-3 yet.

    toes are not to be trifled with.


  77. 77 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Carolina Lady, wow…what an eye!!! Yes, I was hoping it would be an animated avatar like it is on a jazz board I frequent….(lets see if this works as a link to view)


  78. 78 CL December 12, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    🙂 Love that animation! Sure wish we could use those here. But at least we do have avatars! Progress!

    Is it my machine or is this site slow loading tonight?? Had problems with one other site but not with others. (Even rebooted, but not much improvement.)

    jjs, I’m really sorry. I truly thought it worked in Comments. Didn’t discover until later that t’weren’t so.

    Was doing super-multi-tasking at the time. It’s a miracle that the site is still functional with all I was doing! 🙂


  79. 79 CL December 12, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Just had a quick note from The Grinch. Grinch the Elder is home now and doing well. Grinch the Younger has his last exam in the morning and he promises to join us sometime tomorrow. If I can coach him through the registration process. In red.

    Or green.


  80. 80 CL December 12, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    No word from Savannah Guy yet. He had to make an emergency trip to ATL with Mrs SG. Prayers would be much appreciated!


  81. 81 journalistjimmy December 12, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    green -public service announcement- green

    oh, the humanity! 🙂

    Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox will be in Rome for the sixth annual Hot Stove Gathering, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at State Mutual Stadium.

    Also at the event will be Rome field staff members Randy Ingle, Bobby Moore, trainer Chas Miller and pitching coach Jim Czajkowski.

    “Bobby Cox is a future Hall of Fame manager and we are privileged to have him participate with us at our annual Hot Stove event,” said Michael Dunn, Rome Braves general manager.

    The Hot Stove Gathering will include hors d’œuvres and drinks throughout the stadium and the Three Rivers Club. There will be autograph and question and answer sessions, and door prizes will be handed out.

    journalist reminds everyone to get there early for the hors d’oeuvres or to refrain from eating hors d’oeuvres after bobby goes through the line. and no shaking hands with bobby cox!


  82. 82 CL December 12, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    I’ve just received an email from a colleague who has been battling colon cancer. It’s a most thoughtful note and, though serious, may save someone else from this disease.

    I know most of your posts concern pilots who have made their last flight west. Captain John Wilder sent this letter to all of his PSA counterparts and I think it is appropriate to share with all of our pilots before his passing. John is going over his flight plan and preparing for the flight we all must take. When this mans takeoff clearance is received he will be missed. A great pilot, Husband, Father,Grandfather, Son and a good friend to all.
    JIm ……………….
    PSA/USAir retired

    December 2007

    Dear Family and Friends,

    I have put down my thoughts on paper and Shirley is doing the typing for me as she is better at it than I am. I don’t think I could finish this quick enough.

    First of all, I am sure you are surprised to hear from me. I’m surprised too. As most of you know, I have spent the last three years fighting colon cancer and it’s not getting any better. I can no longer take the chemo treatments as they have beaten my body to a pulp.

    I cannot stress enough to everyone when they reach that Half Century Age mark to schedule themselves for a colonoscopy. If I’d only known, I wouldn’t be sending this letter. Actually if colon cancer is in your family, don’t wait until your fiftieth birthday—do it now! My youngest son had one and they removed two polyps that might have been trouble down the road. My tumor grew for probably 10 years before it gave me grief.

    If I can save one person from this disease, then I have accomplished enough in my life.

    I don’t have an actual prognosis as my oncologist is such an “Up” kind of guy he’s pretty good at sidestepping unpleasant topics. He said I could have months still, but he couldn’t be coaxed to say how many. Frankly, no one can really say for sure. So, I’m just in a holding pattern, waiting to take off for a new destination which people say is better by far than this beat up old world.

    When I was a little boy, I looked up into the sky in the beautiful forest of Yosemite Park where my family was camping and saw an eagle fly through the air. I longed to be that eagle. But that night I woke up scared that I’d actually turned into that eagle. That experience stuck with me all my life.

    God gave me the next best thing. With wings of metal and engines that roared, just like that majestic creature, through the clouds I soared. I’ve been privileged to view this earth from high above cities and wilderness and see sunsets that were too awesome to even attempt to describe. I’ve met and worked with some of the best people in the world and been blessed with more friends than I probably deserve.

    Most of my dreams came true and I’ve had a very good life. Outside of a few episodes of turbulence here and there, my life with Shirley and the kids has been a very smooth flight. So I will sign off for now and wait until I board for my last trip. I have no fear of leaving except that I’d really planned to take a later flight. Oh well, that’s the way it is in the aviation field. Take care of yourselves and enjoy life each day to the fullest.

    Happy landings,

    John V. Wilder –Captain

    PSA/USAirway (Retired)”

    Schedule an appointment for yourself! We don’t want to lose you!


  83. 83 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    That was a beautiful email! Hopefully, this will get passed around and save a life or two!!!


  84. 84 CL December 12, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Berigan, I agree. I was most touched by it and decided to post it because of his line “If I can save one person from this disease, then I have accomplished enough in my life.” Wow.

    We all want to avoid unpleasantness, but that one simple procedure could have saved his life. Let not one of us follow his path. As they say, “Just do it!”


  85. 85 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    and in much less important news, I was checking out http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/, and saw a couple of interesting things…

    The Braves have non-tendered Willie Harris, though he had already been DFA’d.

    Man, talk about adding insult to injury!
    Some people have been Non-tendered the Braves should consider, IMHO

    Dallas McPherson. Only 27, 64, 230 3rd baseman, has a .247 Career average(.261 this year with 7 homers in only 115 AB’s) 18 HR’s and 45 RBI’s in 360 career AB’s. I think he has been hurt a lot. But man, what a guy to have fill in for Chipper, and as a power left handed bat off the bench!
    Chad Durbin His numbers don’t look all that hot, but he had a good stretch last spring/summer with Detroit as a starter,4.26 ERA pre all star break,(14 starts out of 18 games pitched) 5.71 ERA after(only 5 of 18 games where starts) then he became their long man for some reason, and he went downhill. Perhaps in Leyland’s dog house??? Just seems like too good a arm to be let go….4.26 ERA for half a season in the AL=2.26 in the NL! 😉 I know, we need another lefty starter like a hole in the head…..


  86. 86 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    Hey Looky! I bolded everything AOK! Don’t know if that is how one spells looky though. Lookie?
    JJS and CL,
    I have to say, I love being about to put the mouse cursor over a link and getting a sneak peak of the website!


  87. 87 CL December 12, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Way to go, Berigan! Lots of stuff to play with here! Yeah, I like that SnapVision feature, too. Not a bad setup here! 🙂


  88. 88 CL December 12, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    I don’t know anything about him but the McPherson guy doesn’t look bad, does he? Lew could write 29 paragraphs on why we should/shouldn’t have him, though. Maybe we could get Chipper and him to DL on alternate months.

    I haven’t had enough free time today to even check the mlb news sites. I listed a bunch of them on the Home Plate page for easy reference, but if you know of any others, I’d be tickled to add them to the list.


  89. 89 journalistjimmy December 12, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    from the associate press: Jones’ 26 home runs this year were his fewest since 1997, but the Dodgers haven’t had a player hit that many since 2005, when Kent hit 29. Jones said he spent about a week immediately after the season looking at tapes and saw what he was doing incorrectly.

    “I took my time to look at myself and see what the problem was,” Jones said, explaining it was a matter of being balanced at the plate. “After two weeks, I was hitting.

    “This game is mental, you’ve got to be mentally strong. Now I have a good idea of what I need to do.”

    mentally strong, huh? didn’t notice that “off balance” issue earlier, say when andruw was FALLING DOWN at the plate? green green green green (post should be green when journalist gets through here – much like the railing in the braves dugout after bobby cox . . . . . . . . . )


  90. 90 CL December 12, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Why couldn’t Andruw have looked at those tapes when he first started having trouble??? Before the end of the season I read his statement that “after the season” he would look at tapes and find out what was wrong. That’s just plain dumb.


  91. 91 CL December 12, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Just wondering: if someone has $60+ million, how many more millions does it take for him to be satisfied/happy?

    I can’t even comprehend that much money. $150,000 would more than fulfill every financial need I would have for the rest of my life.


  92. 92 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 10:34 pm


    Gee, just think how much more money Andruw would be earning if he had bothered to look at some video before the season had ended???
    I saw a clip on the local fox station when it was decided he wouldn’t be re-signed. They showed him hitting a homer against the Yankees at the age of 19. Hardly looked like the same guy! More upright, arms up higher, closer up on the plate…shoulda just gone back to that stroke last year, couldn’t have been any worse than the leg breaker stroke of the past two years…


  93. 93 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/ is a pretty good rumor site…someone mentioned on the paper blog a few months back, something along the lines of Elistraderumor.com or elismlbtraderumor.com …..not quite as good as the other, but I liked to check it out. Liked be the operative word, I used to always find it in the address dropdown window…one day it was gone, and googling usually finds all, but I can’t find it anymore??? Anyone know the site I am talking about????


  94. 94 CL December 12, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Think TP’s blood pressure is lower now that he won’t be contending with a player-in-need who refuses to listen? Gotta be frustrating to no end!


  95. 95 CL December 12, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    I’m not familiar with the Elis site but I do have the mlb rumors site. I think. I’ll have to go double-check! (There’s not a thing wrong with my memory…….now, where was I going??) 🙂


  96. 96 CL December 12, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks, Berigan! I did not have that one and it is now added to our Blogroll.


  97. 98 CL December 12, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    from SportCity.com:
    Mets Happy With Pitching Staff
    “The Mets have done nothing so far this off-season to bolster their starting pitching staff, which appears to need help. And that situation may not change. General Manager Omar Minaya heaped praise on his incumbent starters Tuesday at the team’s annual holiday party, a sign perhaps that he is preparing fans for a 2008 staff that does not include any major acquisitions.”
    The New York Times Dec 12


  98. 99 mrgil December 12, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    “I took my time to look at myself and see what the problem was,” Jones said, explaining it was a matter of being balanced at the plate. “After two weeks, I was hitting.

    “This game is mental, you’ve got to be mentally strong. Now I have a good idea of what I need to do.”

    Everybody on the team knew what he was doing wrong…. Standing too close to the ball after he swung….

    Maybe that’s what was wrong with Ryan Langerhans, he was just following Andruws lead.

    I think Andruw can skip the batting helmet now. He’s so hard headed nothing could touch him.


  99. 100 mrgil December 12, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Still trying to figure out why my avatar keeps flipping back and forth….


  100. 101 berigan2electricboogaloo December 12, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    CL more proof you are some computer ringer, you said what I said, only much quicker! 😉
    Going back to Andruw, it would be interesting to see if he has saved ANY money so far! All those cars, the big house….not saying 60 Mil worth of stuff, but still looks like he spends freely, to say the least…..just for the halibut, I went looking for a list of Andruw’s cars…just one of them, a Bentley Continental GT retails for $177,000…..BEFORE options! Imagine what the insurance must be for that! And now shipping them all out west..He’s gonna NEED 60 mil!!!


  101. 102 Bob, journalist December 12, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    From Down Under … 12-04-2007

    JAMES Linger, only turned 17 on September 6, but is already knocking back contracts worth more than $100,000 to play baseball in the United States.

    James, who has just gone into Year 12 at McAuley Catholic College, was about half-an-hour away from signing a $100,000 bonus and education contract with the Minnesota Twins at the weekend when his father and manager Mark Linger received a better offer from the Atlanta Braves. Mark Linger said he couldn’t disclose details of the Braves offer, but it was attractive.

    He can’t sign with them until January, so we’ve decided to wait until then to decide who to play with, he said. There is a lot of interest (in James) at the moment. Mark said James had been getting nibbles since he became eligible to sign a contract at the age of 16 years and nine months.

    They had been talking about $25,000 to $40,000, but we held off to see if something better would come along. The offer from the Braves almost came too late.

    A representative of the Minnesota Twins was flying from Melbourne to the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon with contract documents for the Lingers to sign and was only about 30 minutes away when they received the call from the Braves.

    The Minnesota guy was disappointed … it is a long way to come for nothing, Mark said. And we were sorry it turned out that way for him. But this will be a
    wonderful opportunity. It’s not bad for a kid who trains out of cricket nets in South Grafton

    It is expected James, who is being groomed for second base position, will go to the United States for a short time next year to play in the Instructional League before returning to Australia to attend the Major League Academy. Then, if he makes it, he’ll be heading to Edmonton, Canada, the birth town of his mother Madeleine to play in the World Under-19 championships.

    Despite the interest in James, there are no guarantees. If he doesn’t perform they won’t keep him, Mark said.


  102. 103 CL December 12, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Speaking of insurance – it’s so dry here that sink holes are appearing, something we’ve never experienced before.

    Yesterday a guy here drove into his driveway and the thing started caving in. He managed to get his truck out, but not without some damage.

    I got to thinking about it; it could happen anywhere – and that is not covered under homeowner’s insurance or so-called ‘earthquake’ insurance.

    Called my insurance agent. Come to find out there is a “Sink Hole Rider” that can be attached to a regular policy which covers that disaster. $58 a year.



  103. 104 CL December 12, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Hi, Bob! Hope you and Carol are feeling better!

    That kid sounds interesting; wonder if Moylan can put in a good word for the Braves!


  104. 105 CL December 12, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    Gil, your avatar is flipping?? Looks steady to me! Handsome guy in a baseball cap?


  105. 106 CL December 12, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Almost midnight – check off another one! ‘Night, y’all! 🙂


  106. 107 flbravesgirl December 13, 2007 at 12:12 am

    And of course I just miss CL. Darn it! Just got this site put on Favorites on the new computer & had to fight with my login a bit. Still finding my way around on this thing. I keep accidently hitting Caps Lock instead of Shift. But it’s fast & the monitor is huge, vast improvement over the old one.


  107. 108 journalistjimmy December 13, 2007 at 8:31 am

    chop seal is working on a new blog. should be ready before the mitchell report. chop seal thinks certain endorsements could be lost when this report is made public. not saying who, just saying can happen. like having mike vick endorse air tran then blame air tran for not getting mike vick to washington, d.c. to see the congressmen. oh, the humanity! blame it on delta, not air tran, dummy! and air tran used to be value jet. and delta used to be on time. and bragging on 2 little cookies . . . that’s right, a flight attendant took the microphone and bragged about serving 2 little cookies to each of the passengers on a 1,900 mile flight! shame. shame. shame. still, hometown airline. only hometown boys no longer running. yankees. that’s right, yankees. now, in financial trouble and 2 little cookies.

    and in baseball news . . . there is no baseball news until the mitchell report comes out. and then, oh, the humanity!


  108. 109 CL December 13, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Hey, FBG! Congrats on the new machine! Hope it serves you long and well!


  109. 110 CL December 13, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Baby Seal – uh, Chop Seal has a new blog up.


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