20: Driven by that championship moment

 

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by ssiscribe

ATLANTA – The ball hung in the air for what seemed like forever. It stayed airborne for just a few seconds, but those ticks of the clock felt like a lifetime.

 

Inside a stadium jammed full of people on a cold October night, throughout a sprawling metropolitan city, and around countless TVs and radios scattered far and wide, a fan base held its collective breath.

 

The moment – one born on sandlots and storytime and highlights of Octobers past, one forged through two heartbreaking near misses – finally had arrived.

 

And as Marquis Grissom gloved Carlos Baerga’s fly ball at 10:27 p.m. on Oct. 28, 1995, Braves Nation erupted in a joy that washes over only those who have just witnessed their team win the World Series. It is a moment I was so very blessed to experience in person, eight rows high in the upper deck, down the right-field line at old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

 

Every year about this time, as baseball players gather their belongings, end their winter slumber and head south for spring training, I think back to that magical moment that now is 12 years old. In some respects, it seems like yesterday; in others, it feels like an eternity.

 

That’s what they play this child’s game, for a chance to win it all, to run onto the field knowing the season is over and the pursuit is finished, and you have made it to the finish line. No more late-inning tension, no more clutch hitting needed, no more pleading for that ground ball to turn two and get you out of this bases-loaded jam.

 

It’s over. You’ve won.

 

You’re the champion.

 

It’s the moment fans long for, too, because a team’s fan base is an extension of the team itself. Fans live and die with every pitch. Fans hang in the balance as games go back and forth. Fans save money to take their kids to experience the game first-hand, just as their dads and granddads did for them. Fans forego sleep and rearrange plans and get in arguments with their best friend and their better half because of a team made up of people you may never meet.

 

And that’s OK. That’s what fans do. And when that team, the one that is among the few items consisting the center of your existence from February to October, wins the World Series, the euphoric feeling is one that never, every fades away. It warms the coldest winter morning. It burns deep inside your soul, and always will.

 

It’s moments like this that remind us of why we do this in the first place, why we come together with people scattered far and wide to stand united behind a jersey, a hat, a rallying chant, a manager and a franchise. It does not matter what color we are, where we live or how much money we have in the bank. Our political and religious preferences and biases are checked at the door. The day-to-day grind takes a back seat, if only for a few hours 162 times a year. Together, we stand as fans, and as the journey begins again, we know there will be heartbreak and ecstasy. We know there will be moments where we will swear off this ragged bunch of semipros forever and ever.

 

But there will come a moment when the team rallies for a victory it has no business getting, when Smoltz or Hudson or Glavine authors a masterpiece, when Chipper or Frenchy or McCann blast one 425 feet deep into the clear Georgia night, and we’ll remember why we fell in love with this team – and this game – in the first place.

 

I don’t know if the Braves will win the World Series this year. But I know I’ll be on board for every step of the journey. It’s now, in the midst of February, when the rush begins. It will end as the leaves change and the weather turns cold again. And when it does, somebody will be running onto the field, throwing their gloves high in the air like kids and celebrating a dream come true. Its fan base will jump with glee, shed tears of joy, hug total strangers and bask in the warmth of seeing their team win the world championship.

 

Here’s hoping this year, it’s our turn. Again.

 

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501 Responses to “20: Driven by that championship moment”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Congratulations on another great one, scribe!! Poetry!

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  2. 2 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 11:15 am

    CL…. I don’t know what was said or by whom but please take heart that you have a loyal following. Unfortunately, at the point in time access to players is limited to those with bona fide credentials. That should not deter us, however, from expressing ourselves pro or con as to the moves made by the clubs or the performance of players on the field.

    There are lots of very good minds assembled on the B&S blog. As far as pure entertainment, this is the best. You folks should see some of the National’s blogs I have visited. They are lucky to have 5 post in a week. So, CL… Do not worry about what others may say or do, to thine own self be true…

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  3. 3 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 11:15 am

    I agree, CL, it is real poetry. Scribe, I am in awe of both your way with words and your loyalty to your team. I can not hope to match the former but we will be shoulder-to-shoulder in pursuing the latter. GO BRAVES!

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  4. 4 lew614 February 10, 2008 at 11:16 am

    My reason for not bloggin much the last couple of days is at the end of the last blog. Don’t have time to do it on this one too. Got artwork to do.

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  5. 5 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Very good(as usual) siscribe !!! 😛
    We are close to baseball, ain’t we???

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  6. 6 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Great lead Scribe…. Another masterpiece…

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  7. 7 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 11:25 am

    And CL, I saw your post on the other blog….I understand you have to put family first, but I know(and I know you know this better than me) that you need mental breaks from the daily grind of caring for someone ill.
    So, you are the boss, be here when you want to be, but 99 times out of 100, this is a wonderful place to hang out and you are a big part of the reason! Folks respect you like they would …well, no one else! 🙂

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  8. 8 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 11:27 am

    And I am reposting this from the end of the other blog…this is just a feel good kind of story that folks should read…

    This is a very nice story on an ESPN baseball writer Jim Caple involved in a fantasy baseball camp. Bert Blyleven, and a 60 year old catcher who had open heart surgery in Sept are some of the key players….

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=caple_jim&id=3232393

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  9. 9 chrisklob February 10, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Scribe, nicely done, as usual. The beginning of the season is such a beautiful time of year.

    Paladin, I’m just having fun with you! 🙂 Last think I need is a Marine ticked off at me.

    Berigan, glad to see you back. I was a little worried about you.

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  10. 10 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I have to admit that I “lurked” over there yesterday. I was curious who was posting there. I saw a couple of our “cross-overs” and some of the old school, but mostly folks with whom I am not familiar.

    I didn’t read much of the commentary but the line of the day belonged to NC Scoots, who I miss. He told Anders, “Congratulations Anders, get one more right and you will be even with a clock.” LMAO.

    I will have to say that ww was there in his other regalia and name. I can’t say what he was doing in fear of falling off the wagon, but I’m sure that he later required a lot of lip balm.

    Anyway, I’m quite happy here where I consider myself among friends.

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  11. 11 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Chris, no need to worry about me! But thanks anyway! As I mentioned on the other blog, I was far, far away in Duluth yesterday.

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  12. 12 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 11:54 am

    And I had slept poorly for a few nights which makes me dumber than usual….so I could only read, not right as Chop seal might say

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  13. 13 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Berigan, terrific article! Thanks for the link!

    What a great line:

    “Yell loud and clear when calling for a fly ball. Remember, just because you’re wearing your hearing aid doesn’t mean the right fielder is wearing his.” 😆

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  14. 14 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    berigan… great link. It was an amusing reminder me of my last days on a team. The “Don’t look back, you might pull something” was particularly poignant.

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  15. 15 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Okay… my brain is going into a state of suspended animation… Catch up with you folks later…

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  16. 16 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Berigan; Great sleep aide: Go back in the archives and read one of SG’s soliliquies. Instant night night. 🙂 .

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  17. 17 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    another winning lead by the scribe! jimmy smith liked it very much.

    carolina lady is tense and carolina lady is our leader and the inspiration for this blog. we must keep carolina lady happy. jimmy smith will be on jimmy smith’s best behavior . . . jimmy smith wishes lew a good time at spring training.

    now, window cleaning expert, mr clean has posted with carolina lady! mr clean will be back this afternoon so, if any blogger has a tough cleaning question that blogger can have the question answered by mr clean later today.

    jimmy smith would like to ask mr clean how to remove small seal stains from a hardwood floor? (small seal, big stains)

    and baseball is imminent. and the use of imminent is what got barry bonds in trouble. “what, what chop seal?” liniment? not imminent? please disregard.

    and flange1 and jimmy smith have had some dialogue and jimmy smith and flange1 are now buddies. flange1 knows some baseball so here’s hoping braves and stuff will see some good posts soon from flange1.

    and berigan, welcome back from duluth! cold in minnesota?

    and somebody has been googling journalist jimmy smith. not sure who but jimmy smith blogs here now. with carolina lady, polite blog host. five feet four inches tall. tall for a blog host. and carolina lady has built a colossus. even mr clean is hanging around.

    and this blog is indeed, LIKE LIGHTING IN A BOTTEL.

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  18. 18 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    An interesting question…. Do folks blog on political post where everyone agrees with their particular point of view thus reinforcing their idea of right or do they look for a fight and try to thrust their own point of view upon anyone who will take the time to read their post? I have discovered the answer is yes…. Therefore I am officially announcing myself as an undecided so all will pander to me trying to win my favor… 🙂

    This is a good plan as long as people do not have long memories and don’t have guns….

    And baseball…. Soon many more important issues to discuss than politics. 🙂

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  19. 19 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    jjs; I think berigan has the answer to your problem. Put baby seal in a state of suspended animalization and cover the floors with the AJC. It should be good for that. Shouldn’t it?

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  20. 20 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    paladin, I am sure SG will thank you kindly for saying that about his writing! 😆

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  21. 21 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    paladin, cannot talk ajc here anymore. new rules. only baseball and stuff. and window cleaning. gil, no disagreement would make the blog very boring. jimmy smith likes to disagree – but not be disagreeable. journalist is hard headed that way.

    and more googling of journalist jimmy smith. who is looking for this journalist. o’reilly? larry king?

    jimmy smith has some more photos to post but is waiting for carolina lady to cool down. still steamed.

    and jimmy smith knows mr clean is reading right now. mr clean, journalist would like to know how to remove pepper jack cheese-sauce stains from pajamas. can let jimmy smith know when mr clean comes back later today.

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  22. 22 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Gil,
    Will tip toe around the subject. I think I have mentioned that I frquent a jazz board(Never seen the honorable JJS there though!) and for some unknown reason, they HAD to create a politics section since everyone talked politics in between Louis Armstrong and Miff Mole posts. Just kidding, no one posted about the great Miff Mole.
    So, everyone there for some reason is liberal. Not John Kerry Liberal, Dennis Kucinich liberal(In fact, I don’t think he is liberal enough for them! :p )
    So, very interesting to talk about politics there, as long as I don’t mind the occational death threat(Not really, well, once, be he was stomped on for saying that) it is interesting to talk with those who do not share my views.
    As for similar views…well, you find out after awhile that even on a website like http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com there are people that don’t share your view on all subjects, if even most of your viewpoints. The hatred against McCain right now shows this.

    So anyway, if you are for real change vote for Pat Paulsen in 2008!!!! Don’t let the fact he has been dead for almost 10 years sway you! 😆

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  23. 23 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    braking news!!!(Perhaps it is now broken?)

    Padres sign Tony Clark for 1 year, 900K. What did we pay Craig Wilson last year for his 2 RBI’s??? Tony must really want to play in SD, less than a million for 17 HR’s and 51RBI’s in only 221 AB’s???? Another team that has improved itself….

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  24. 24 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Speaking of improved teams…I think someone mentioned this before, but….what team do You think is the most improved this offseason???

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  25. 25 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Hey!!!! 😡 It’s a beautiful day!!!! Why isn’t everyone inside like me??? Weirdos!!!! I may just outside myself!!! I’ll show everyone!!!

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  26. 26 TheSouthernJackAss... February 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    TheJackAss is going to be TheJackAss again for just a few minutes…let it be known in advance that my comments are just my opinion, and mine alone…

    As far as I can determine with my limited access is that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is a major newspaper, the flagship publication of Cox Enterprises…supposedly reaching a total print and online audience of more than 2.3 million people each week…3.5 million visitors each month who access it’s Web sites…evidently a very important news and entertainment outlet for many people…although readership has been in a steady decline…in 2005 the AJC reportedly had an annual revenue of $12.0 billion…with 77,000 employees…

    Taking the above into consideration…the AJC sports department should have no problem operating a successful Braves beat blog…

    Now, to the heart of the matter…Bravesandstuff was created by a sweet lady down in Carolina…on a home computer…she has no budget…no backing from some huge media conglomerate…no staff, she works alone while at the same time caring for her dear mother…no tech support…no salary…no advertising department…and sadly, she also has seemingly little appreciation for her sacrifice and efforts as of late…but in just a few short weeks her little blog has had nearly 18,000 visitors…damned impressive!…

    She created Bravesandstuff at a time when AJC’s “super blog” no longer valued, nor welcomed, some of it’s regular bloggers…good people who put that blog on the map…there was nothing staged, nor contrived, about the exit…it was out of necessity…and now Bravesandstuff has become our home…our home does not require one damned thing from AJC in order to be successful…it already is…and I hope that it will continue to be the furthest thing, as far as ideology and character are concerned, from anything AJC has contrived…

    Let me make this last point perfectly clear…there is absolutely nothing wrong with folks who enjoy visiting both blogs…nothing wrong with sharing information and stories…but when anyone attempts to carry something from one blog to the other for the purpose of disrupting or destroying either blog…then that activity becomes reprehensible and disgraceful…and will not, and should not be tolerated by the entire blog community…

    Bravesandstuff is a separate and independent entity capable of standing on it’s own…it is not an ‘alternate blog’…it is ‘the blog’…and if you don’t feel this way, then maybe you belong somewhere else where you will feel more at home…no, there are many things that Bravesandstuff does not have that AJC does…but Bravesandstuff has a person at the helm who does so from the heart, and at great personal sacrifice and effort…she has made it a personable experience here…creating photo sections…allowing the denizens to write the lead stories…on and on…but most importantly, she has personified character…class…compassion…and grace…so let’s all stand behind her with our support and participation, and stop all the damned childish bickering and self-promotion…and let AJC keep whatever it was striving for ‘over there’…I think what I have just said needed to be said…and TheJackAss is not one to mince words…any repercussions can be laid solely upon my shoulders…

    TheSouthernJackAss…

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  27. 27 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    go, you jackass! right on target. and jackass is right about this blog being “the blog” for jimmy smith and for others. jimmy smith still wants to take some shots at some folks because that’s how this journalist has always blogged. but jimmy smith can be nice if that’s what carolina lady wants. one thing, a little blogger with a hyphenated handle has caused carolina lady some distress by trying to stir things up here. that little blogger should mind that little blogger’s p’s and q’s. the way that blogger spells can probably never get the q’s and s’p strait.

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  28. 28 Mr Clean February 10, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Celebrity Blogger? Why, thanks, Jimmy Smith! Yes, it’s really me. I’ll be back later today to answer questions from the bloggers and I’ll share with you what I told Chino Cadahia about removing salsa stains from his game shirt. Back later.

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  29. 29 lew614 February 10, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Well-The Artist will say this and it may be taken however any individual wishes to take it.

    First, The Artist (since speaking in Third Person seems to be the accepted mode) wishes that the Esteemed Journalist would be at Spring Training. The Artist would be more than happy to buy him an entire pie of his choice, were he there. Might even boost my blood sugar sharing it with him.

    The reason I imported the passage from the Chipper post to Braves and Stuff was not to cause dissension and not to point out that AJC was better than, worse than or equal to Braves and Stuff. I imported it because I was quite proud that Chipper had mentioned my name twice and once in reference to the fact that my posts were insightful. I felt that since most here did not visit there any more, I would bring it to their attention, figuring that as my friends, they would be happy for me. Oh well. You may think my motives ulterior. I cease to attempt to change anyone’s opinion of me or of anything. They are what they are. Concerning myself with others’ thoughts of me proves to be less than beneficial and I have better things to do or there will be no awards anywhere flowing from my brush or pencil.

    Quite honestly, my entire motive throughout this whole damn thing has been to say Enough Already. We are mature adults (though all are more than capable of behaving otherwise) and should know when it is time to pass onward to different topics. I simply tried to point out that many did not feel similarly or, even if they did, were just not sure why it was, seemingly, such a large issue many months later, when this blog had become successful-through the efforts of EVERYONE. I felt that recognizing CL with the award was the correct thing to do, but we have all had a hand in what has happened here-In More Ways Than One!!!!.

    Peace out, children. The artist is tired, fatigued and has been painting nonstop for days. I’m cold and there are feet of snow outside my windows. I’m ready for Spring Training and tired of strife. I need to finish the deer.

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  30. 30 lew614 February 10, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Excuse me-I meant to say Peace Out MY children.

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  31. 31 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Berigan, I can’t believe it’s been 10 years … goodness! However, I’m voting for the esteemed Southern Jackass, most honorable … and for Artwork, whoever his is.

    I would vote for CL, but since she’s already the First Lady, don’t want to confuse folks by making her the First Gent, folks are confused enough as it is … or at least were until MyLady and My Candidate straightened them out.

    … till it’s over, over there.

    Well Done Scribe!

    A big howdy to Mister Clean too … back after a bit of lunch with the Boss at Macaroni’s!

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  32. 32 Mr Clean February 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Right back at you, Journalist BOb! IF you have anY cleaning probLems just Let Me Knoe.

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  33. 33 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    something fishy about that last mr. clean post. not sure what. can’t put jimmy smith’s finger on it. anyway, if mr. clean hangs around we may want to do something for mr. clean, too. maybe a red velvet cake? pretty big guy, may need a 5-layer cake.

    and it is a beautiful day and the outdoors beckon. can say beckon on here? two slabs a’ beckon and some aigs. oh, the humanity! talking like a redneck.

    and nothing from carolina lady. probably still steamed. maybe taking a nap.

    being away from here for a time may be good for carolina lady. diane lane always says absence makes the heart grow fonder.

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  34. 34 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I went to take a nap during a “lull” and came back to an episode of “All My Children” and at least one sermon from the mount. DON’T HIT ME!! I’M JUST JOKING!!
    I said earlier that I am happy here and that I consider myself to be among friends. (Berigan; That’s why I feel free to ruffle SG’s feathers, and he will in return, ruffle mine.) I didn’t say how much I appreciate the efforts of CL but let me take this opportunity to do so. And I hope I broke no blog rules by quoting NC Scoots putdown of that SA Met troll, Anders.
    Anyway, I’m not looking for any fights. Just the opportunity to talk baseball&stuff with some mature, witty adults. Let’s get it on.

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  35. 35 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    paladin is and idiot. 😆 whoa! paladin, journalist is just kidding. 😆 all this mature talk is making jimmy smith’s head swim. there’s no cryin’ on a baseball blog. and this journalist will not cry over spilt milk. now, point of order . . . is it spilt or spilled? no one to ask over hear. need some good spellers to ask. and whither the bloggers?, asks carolina lady. the bloggers are outdoors today. soon, all the bloggers will be here with reparte for mr clean. and the blog will sizzle again like sausage on a griddle. talk of cake, salsa, bacon, eggs, and sausage so far today. should attract grinch and a few more.

    yes, paladin, soon grapefruit season will begin and there will be some mature baseball talk hear. journalist can here the birds a singin’. somebody remember to count the birds.

    and soap operas . . . paladin makes a good point. and on a day we have mr clean here! can be a sponsor!!

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  36. 36 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    and where is scribe? pulling a chop chick here? scribe must return for some blog comments with paladin and jimmy smith. “what? what, chop seal?” blue worms eating a tire? jimmy smith will be right out.

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  37. 37 williamwallace February 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Scribe, as always, great post.

    Paladin, are you saying that you saw me in an ad similar to the Got Milk ads but instead you saw me in a Got (expletive)? ad sporting a crusty mustache? LOL

    Gil, I would talk politics with you but I obviously don’t behave so mature when I do.

    Savannah, obviously we got love for each other but are both so passionate about certain things we get on each other’s nerves every once in a while. When I get ticked, unfortunately, I am not as concise about what I am trying to say. I let the emotion take over what I truly think. And, trust me, I should be better than that. I have spent a lifetime hearing my father preach to me to stop letting my emotion take over my intelligence. It’s a struggle.

    CL, you have indeed built a great blog and have much admiration from me for it. I will visit often because I am quite fond of everyone here even if I don’t always agree with everyone at all times.

    As for all the drama, cut the crap everyone. You are too good, too funny, too intelligent, too creative, too beautiful and have too good of a place to sweat the small stuff. To me, it seems like alot of imaginary drama.

    ugabrave, if you read this, let them be. They are good people. It means no matter who blogs where or who says what. Blogging should always be about the sharing of ideas and life experiences and and the freedom to say whatever you want, wherever you want, with whomever you want about whomever or whatever …. there should be a shared common decency that is respected of course ….. but at the end of the day, who really cares who is who and who is where. let’s all get back to hardcore journalism and focus on the who, what, where, when, why of the Braves whereever you decide to do so and less on the who, what, where, when, why of the blogger. The blogger must never let themselves become the story or bigger than the story. Otherwise, it becomes the Today show and people for no good reason wonder where in the world is Matt Lauer as if anyone really cares about Matt Lauer when we can actually find him.

    Yes, those are indeed the talking points for the day that I have been spoonfed by MSNBC and the New York Times. 🙂

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  38. 38 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Physics problem for today: Put spilled, or spilt(your choice)milk back into a bottel that is already filled with lightning. You may refer to your notes. Begin now!

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  39. 39 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Welcome ww, my nephew and friend.

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  40. 40 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I see where the Reds invited C. Wilson to spring training. ‘Course they invited the winners of the Pass, Bunt and Hunt competition, too.

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  41. 41 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I’m hearing an echo in here. I’m going to go study but I’ll leave the light on in case y’all don’t get back ’til after dark.

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  42. 42 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Scribe, you done reel good agin’. Painted a pretty picture too. Continued good stuff on your sports blog too.

    Now, to contrast that: Paladin, don’t think you can get away with an insult like that just because you can now add a little cherry on top with a little smiley face thingy to make it all innocent and alright. No sirree. Hey, I got’cher “instant night night” right here, mister. Besides, you gotta at least appreciate that boring soliliquies are cheaper than chianti and safer than ambien.

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  43. 43 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    paladin24 Says:

    February 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm
    Physics problem for today: Put spilled, or spilt(your choice)milk back into a bottel that is already filled with lightning. You may refer to your notes. Begin now!

    paladin, jimmy smith thanks paladin for the explanation. it is all very clear now . . . like clean, clear glass. and carolina lady has not been back – still steamed. could stay steamed too long, like bob stays in the tub too long.

    well, journalist is working hard to meet others’ expectations of this journalist. soon, jimmy smith will be ready to work on conflict resolution. jimmy smith plans to visit the carter center in 2 weeks.

    and, are there no more questions for mr clean? surely bloggers have some questions for this celebrity blogger. may not return if not paid homage. grits? no, not the same thing.

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  44. 44 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I’m cold and there are feet of snow outside my windows

    Better than clay feet. Could be Sasquatch?

    Mr. Clean…welcome to the blog. We have good denizens here that are usually pretty clean so there shouldn’t be much work for you. No work, just play for you. This is a forum for adults who can and do say whatever they want. Sometimes they are subtle and sometimes candid. Hope you like it.

    You are bald. Did you lose your hair due to harsh and toxic ingredients in your cleaning products or is that just a style thing? Can arms be uncrossed?

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  45. 45 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Having spent the afternoon with family and guests, I return to find extremely kind words that are most humbling. Thank you.

    Now. Executive Decision: the subject is forever closed. I have shut and locked the door, and have buried the key. I ain’t tellin’ where.

    How ’bout them Braves!

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  46. 46 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Mr. Clean; I liked you better in “The King & I”, but I don’t blame you for not wanting to display your pantaloons. One(SG) on here is enough.

    This just in: The coroner in NY said about the death of that young actor: His system could handle the chianti and ambien but when he mixed in silliloquies, it was all over. YakYakYak 🙂 yakyakyak.

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  47. 47 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    yes, savannah, this is a sometimes subtle, sometimes brutally candid blog. wind must be blowing south about now. against the birds. still, those comments to mr clean seem unnecessarily harsh. jimmy smith thinks the arms are always crossed because of a rash. soap rash.

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  48. 48 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    mr clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute,
    mr clean will clean your whole house and everything that’s in it.
    mr clean mr clean. mr clean.

    oh, the humanity! wait until journalist bob reads this post and the mr clean jingle is embedded in journalist bob’s brain. can’t make that jingle go away . . . mr clean mr clean mr clean.

    mr clean blogs here.

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  49. 49 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Even journalist jimmy smith owes MR CLEAN the courtesy of capitalization. After all, he is our guest.

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  50. 50 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    flbravesgirl, now that bravesandstuff has a celebrity blogger can a cake be arranged for mr clean? say, a 5-layer red velvet cake served on a doilie? first use of doilie on a baseball blog. another carolina lady first!

    and what is the origin of the doilie?

    and didn’t the braves once have a doilie on the team? middle name lafayette. and what good came of that?

    and one more for mr clean. mr clean, this journalist would like to remove werm residue from the driveway. please advise this journalist the proper concentration of mr clean product.

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  51. 51 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    the return of carolina lady was liniment. journalist is glad carolina lady is back blogging on carolina lady’s blog. nothing but riff-raff here for the past few hours. riff paladin and raff smith. and a select few others that did not stay long.

    and nothing so exciting as the pro bowl. famous peyton manning on one side and famous tony romo on the other side. where are all the falcons?

    and arthur blank . . . on the sideline somewhere? are there no cameras for arthur blank? wonder what mr clean would tell arthur blank to do?

    wwmcd?

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  52. 52 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Sorry jjs; CL banished werm/lawyer references after the blog was besieged with jokes about same. But, in answer to your problem: Have an ambulance speed by with lights, siren going. That should get rid of them–at least temporarily.

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  53. 53 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    So much seriousness and angst on the blog lately. Could be winter doldrums or cabin fever (Lew is seeing snow feet while eating a deer), or election campaigns or the lack of whirled peas or Roger Clemens wife or AJC pestering or the writers strike or Santana going to Mets or the cost of tea in China or the possibility that China tea is tainted with lead or the phase of the moon or somebody steamed somebody or too much hot tub time or no pie deliveries or everybody has bright white legs from being cooped up so long or the hot stove is cooled or brownies were not distributed or something. In all seriousness, that’s understandable. Seriously. No, seriously. No, uh…

    But seriously, that’s perfectly hunky dory (first reference?). Blogging and baseball is a serious business for adults but adults can be kids and silly too. Silly Mike Myers makes a good point:

    “Silly is you in a natural state, and serious is something you have to do until you can get silly again.”

    Now we have so much to be happy about and look forward to. Spring is coming and that means baseball. We also have our own great blog thanks to Carolina Lady and now we have an official new name for award winning posts on the Braves and Stuff blog. The Kelly Award.

    Such a prestigious award must have an official and serious Kelly Award Song to commemorate and celebrate the occasion.

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  54. 54 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    and now, the newly reformed jimmy smith has a joke.

    the pastor asked if any one in the congregation would like
    to express praise for answered prayers.

    a lady stood and walked to the podium. she said, “i
    have a praise. two months ago, my husband, jim, had a
    terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely
    crushed. the pain was excruciating and the doctors
    didn’t know if they could help him.”

    there was an audible gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagined the pain that poor jim experienced. she continued, “jim was unable to hold me or the children and every move caused him terrible pain. we prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation. they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of jim’s scrotum and wrap wire around it to hold it in place.”

    again, the men in the congregation squirmed uncomfortably
    as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on jim. and the wife continued, “now, jim is out of the hospital and the doctors say, with time, his scrotum should recover completely.” all the men sighed with relief.

    thunderstruck by the wife’s account, the pastor slowly rose and hesitantly asked if any one else had anything to say.

    a man rose and timidly walked to the podium. he announced, “hi, i’m jim and i want to tell my wife, ONCE AGAIN, the word is STERNUM.”

    oh, the humanity! sure to be banned.

    pitchers and catchers report soon.

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  55. 55 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    SG, that song is currently in 10th place. Behind 9 others we’ll have when we find them. 😆

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  56. 56 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    yes, that hammer swings both ways. much like mr clean (just a rumor, probably nothing to it). imagine a song going right to number 10 on the charts!

    and chop seal is working on a song now. should be ready soon. bloggers should see chop seal playing the ukulele and trying to write the notes on paper. difficult for a seal.

    and too much blog harmony makes for a dull blog. carolina lady, can we call names if we apologize at the end of the post?

    and won’t journalist bob be surprised when journalist bob returns from macaroni’s? been there awhile, huh?

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  57. 57 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Oh, the humanity! CL has nailed SG with the hammer that SG nailed JJS with, which is the same hammer that JJS nailed SG with. When will the nailing end? I’d rather be a hammer than a nail. Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would.

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  58. 58 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Love this:

    The Greatest by Kenny Rogers (1999)

    Little Boy, in a baseball hat
    Stands in the field with his ball and bat
    Says I am the greatest player of them all
    Puts his bat on his shoulder and he tosses up his ball

    And the ball goes up and the ball comes down
    Swings his bat all the way around
    The world’s so still you can hear the sound
    The baseball falls to the ground

    Now the little boy doesn’t say a word
    Picks up his ball, he is undeterred
    Says I am the greatest there has ever been
    And he grits his teeth and he tries it again

    And the ball goes up and the ball comes down
    Swings his bat all the way around
    The world’s so still you can hear the sound
    The baseball falls to the ground

    He makes no excuses, He shows no fears
    He just closes his eyes and listens to the cheers
    Little boy, he adjusts his hat
    Picks up his ball, stares at his bat

    Says I am the greatest the game is on the line
    And he gives his all one last time
    And the ball goes up like the moon so bright
    Swings his bat with all his might

    And the world’s so still as still can be
    And the baseball falls, and that’s strike three
    Now it’s supper time and his mama calls

    Little boy starts home with his bat and ball
    Says I am the greatest that is a fact
    But even I didn’t know I could pitch like that

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  59. 59 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    can we call names if we apologize at the end of the post?

    Like this: Mr. Clean wears an earring on which ear? Lightweight loafers too?

    Sender of offending post may either apologize or use the disclaimer below:

    Legal Blog Disclaimer: the content of this post does not discriminate based on race, gender, political affiliation, religion or national origin. The author does not intend purposefully make fun of anyone in particular and posts must be considered in the context of: a) humor; b) innocent sarcasm; 3) serious point-making and/or; 4)personal attacks. If nailed by denizen, then hammer may be used to return the whack. Blogger is not responsible for mashed thumbs with boomerang repartee or hammer misses. In the event a smiley emoticon is not used to explain or illustrate an emotion, whether purposefully or not, the sender is not responsible for any misinterpretation and hurt feelings therefrom.

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  60. 60 berigan2electricboogaloo February 10, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Final story on 60 minutes tonight will be on small change. They say it costs 2 cents to make a penny, and a dime to make a nickel….gotta love government!!!

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  61. 61 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    amend disclaimer no. 4 with: non-personal attacks.

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  62. 62 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    “Legal Blog Disclaimer: the content of this post does not discriminate based on race, gender, political affiliation, religion or national origin. The author does not intend purposefully make fun of anyone in particular and posts must be considered in the context of: a) humor; b) innocent sarcasm; 3) serious point-making and/or; 4)personal attacks. If nailed by denizen, then hammer may be used to return the whack. Blogger is not responsible for mashed thumbs with boomerang repartee or hammer misses. In the event a smiley emoticon is not used to explain or illustrate an emotion, whether purposefully or not, the sender is not responsible for any misinterpretation and hurt feelings therefrom.”

    Huh? And. your point?

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  63. 63 Mr Clean February 10, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Well, I am here as PRomiSed. And it’s really me. Which of you boys and girls haVe questions? SEals are clean and do not leav e StAins. That was A TricK question, Jimmy Smiht. WErm residue cannot be goTTen ouT. That was a tRIck to. Are there any otHer questioNs beFore Mr CLean leaveS? Did you try the glass cLEaner, Carulina Lady?

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  64. 64 paladin24 February 10, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    I’m going to bed. I have done enough mischief for today and I have enjoyed every minute. But, I am prepared to have my thumbs mashed with a boomerang(Hey, that sounds less painful than some things)in absentia. Have fun and goodnight.

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  65. 65 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    busted! that’s right, busted! jimmy smith knew there was something familiar about the posts from “mr clean” but jimmy smith could not put jimmy smith’s finger on it. then, jimmy smith walked into chop seal’s room and found chop seal posting as mr clean! yes, that’s right, chop seal as mr clean. caught! just now! red flippered. this was a misguided beet writer attempt to boost ratings. and what has happened to the real mr clean that blogged here earlier today and has better spelling skills? cooped up in a bottel? like LIGHTING IN A BOTTEL? well, it doesn’t matter anymore. mr clean is celebrity enough for a fledgling blog. and mr clean will be back when the red velvet cake is awarded to mr clean. send the cake care of jimmy smith, flbravesgirl. for the good of the blog.

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  66. 66 Mr Clean February 10, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    MR. CLeAn has leFt the BUildinG. Thank you VERy mucH. Back when JImmy SmiTh goes to Bed.

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  67. 68 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Stuff … for anyone so interested … The Nashville Symphony today won Grammy Awards for its Made in America recording: Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance. The piece also won Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

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  68. 69 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    always like a symphony with a twang.

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  69. 70 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I’d check what Chopper’s been smokin’ were it me …

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  70. 71 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Congratulations to the Nashville Symphony!! Would love to hear it!

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  71. 72 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    God blessed them too Jimmy, they twang pretty good … better than most.

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  72. 73 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Paladin…it was referencing an earlier post of JJS, where you can either apologize or use the, uh…nevermind. Maybe it’ll make sense tomorrow…maybe not. Go to sleep. Read a soliloquy of your choosing. Or you could try one of your aforementioned silliloquies if that doesn’t work.

    Then, there’s always the chiefs pillow.

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  73. 74 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Symphony and bluegrass…never the twang shall meet. Maybe Hillbilly knows.

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  74. 75 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Bob, Journalist…good to see you good sir. You’ve been keeping some late hours.

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  75. 76 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    They are indeed good MyLady … haven’t been in some time but they know their stuff and were always a pleasure … lots more than classical too … their backing up of Ray Charles when he was here was wonderfully done!

    I wrote a real good piece on pronouns earlier today … real good … music to dance by … but I somehow lost it … it wasn’t as good as take me out to Wrigley as Harry used to do it … or the takeout at the Varsity … but it was good!

    So too was the food at Macaroni’s!

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  76. 77 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks Sir Guy! ditto … I have been doing just that! I find that what used to take me a minute, now takes an hour … I start writing a post at !:00 and I look up and it’s still 1:00 … thought at first that the clock was broken.

    Supper time, then a hot tub, then a quick look at the blog and then hopefully some sleep … early Chemo tommorrow.

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  77. 78 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    “a hot tub is a terrible thing to waste.” – journalist bob

    soon, the braves will be playing and carolina lady will have braves and stuff blog hooked up with direct reports from spring training. correspondent chop seal will be in orlando with the team. chop seal is a small, adolescent seal with creative writing ability. also, a beet writer. good beet, can dance to it. give it an 8.

    and the jackass is lurking. can feel the presence of the jackass. say something, sja.

    and macaroni’s is reporting a case of methinks is missing from the wine cellar.

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  78. 79 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    boogers. that’s right, boogers. bobby cox picks ’em and pulls ’em. looks at ’em on the end of a finger or thumb and then . . . well, then the camera pans away and we never see what bobby does with those boogers.

    survey of what bobby cox does with bobby cox boogers:

    a. puts ’em back
    b. sticks ’em somewhere
    c. eats ’em
    d. puts them in a pocket for later (post game snack)

    what answer do the bloggers feel is the right answer?

    see, carolina lady, the bloggers here can clean up this blog with no trouble. surveys. the wave of the blog future.

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  79. 80 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    well, jimmy smith is a blog regular here and carolina lady treats the regulars here special. today, a van arrived with brownies for jimmy smith and for chop seal (also a regular and a beet writer – a paid employee of carolina lady enterprises). chop seal also received a small baggie filled with shrimp. included in this largesse (first use on this blog) were a new cookie gun and a pie plate full of pie! journalist certainly enjoyed the treats and is certain that the other regulars enjoyed the goodies that must surely have been received by the other regulars, as well. thanks, carolina lady, your the best!

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  80. 81 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    JJS…. Yuk….

    Now, another bit of sage advice for all of you to pass along…. Never, never, never ever strike an object in anger when all you have is a rubber hammer….

    Wow, it is getting so it takes an hour to catch up on all the post once you have been gone for a while.

    Had a very good day today, capped it with a visit to a new seafood restaurant that has opened. Wow, great seafood. Best I have had in years…. Some of the best oysters I have tasted since I can remember. Whenever any of you are passing through this way, I will make a point to take you there for dinner.

    Now, if I can just find a good B-B-Q restaurant in the area, my life will be complete.

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  81. 82 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

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  82. 83 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I’ll have you know that I paid for everything I got … left a big tip too … at Newbury 3.20 post time … Roman Villa 12:1 … Carol insisted!

    Anybody know the results?

    Actually, the wine is called wethinks, or so methinks and I gave methanks to the waitress and a big tip … a “Gold” silver dollar and some stuff.

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  83. 84 mrgil February 10, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Alrighty then… Catch you folks on the flip…

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  84. 85 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Here’s a link to the Nashville Symphony site. Music samples available there. They really are good! Especially the banjos!
    http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/

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  85. 86 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    “Some of the best oysters I have tasted since I can remember.” – gil

    no wonder gil felt some sensitivity to the bobby cox booger post. 😆 😆 😆 😆

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  86. 87 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    oui? how sune is sune enuf?

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  87. 88 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    chop seal is not acting right since chop seal ate that shrimp carolina lady sent earlier. when was that shrimp mailed, carolina lady? and was it supposed to be eaten as a SHRIMP SAMMICH or just right out of the bag? oh, some things never change.

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  88. 89 Bob, journalist February 10, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you sweetheart! I should have done that! Bin preoccupied with emails stuff and such … soup’s on, methinks … that and leftovers from Macaroni’s.

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  89. 90 ssiscribe February 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Top of the evening, everybody. Esteemed Journalist, I am back here and say thanks very much for everybody’s kind words on my post. Had a lot of fun knocking that one out, as it took me down memory lane and gave me a break from the couple of hundred other things I had to do/am doing/have to do.

    Had the fantasy baseball draft today. Got a good team. Snagged Glavine and Maddux and Wainwright cheap. Also got Hudson. Need a little more offense, but think I have enough pitching to offset my lack of pop.

    Time to jump on some other stuff, including a new blog lead for bigleagueblog.net and some work items that require attention. But I’ll be back in the morning to say hi.

    Take care guys and gals, and thanks again. Much love from this former sports writing hack to all of ya!

    Later.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  90. 91 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Didn’t want to say anything, lest other regulars didn’t receive a shipment, but since the seal let the cat out of the bag I’ll go ahead. Two large semi-trucks with reefer trailers (first use?) loaded with an assortment of brownies, pies and many other baked goods arrived today in Savannah at the Guy’s residence, along with 100 live maine lobsters, a 100 pound cooler of fresh wild shrimp and a 100 pound cooler of assorted NC seafood.

    We don’t quite know what to say Carolina Lady, other than…you’re the hostess with the mostess. How did you manage to get such large shipments to all of the regulars like that?

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  91. 92 chrisklob February 10, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Um, I didn’t get any baked goods OR fresh seafood.

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  92. 93 chrisklob February 10, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I feel very left out…… 😦

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  93. 94 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Chris, neither did they! 😆

    Budget: $0.00

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  94. 95 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    As I’ve declared ten million times in the last two days, thou shalt not engage in one-upsmanship or exaggeration on Braves and Stuff blog. Oh, thanks again CL for the big huge trucks of good stuff and the new mercedes benz.

    Klobbers trucks must have gotten lost.

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  95. 96 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    SG, you were supposed to have gotten the Jaguar. Sorry, they must have mixed up the order. The Mercedes was to be a surprise for Gil!

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  96. 97 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Just wait until Berigan gets his Rolls!

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  97. 98 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    The Clydesdale team should be arriving at Klobber’s any time now.

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  98. 99 chrisklob February 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I’ll bet those truckloads full of baked goods that SG got came from fbg. That little weasel got her to sign the deal — AND HE CUT ME OUT OF IT!

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  99. 100 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    did gil seem a little queasy when gil left? couldn’t tell for sure. sometimes oysters followed by a good booger post will do that to a blogger. and chrisklob, not to worry. carolina lady only has so many trucks at one time. chrisklob’s largesse will likely arrive tomorrow. right, carolina lady?

    anybody wanting to send jimmy smith a gift or anything of value can do so at http://www.journalistjimmysmith.com

    will repeat that address in future posts. remember, http://www.journalistjimmysmith.com

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  100. 101 journalist jimmy smith February 10, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    an old nemesis of jimmy smith, al gebra, a possible terrorist, knocked at this journalist’s door tonight. not sure what al gebra had on al gebra’s mind but it was clear al gebra was upset because al gebra went off on a tangent. armed with a sharp protractor and a ruler, jimmy smith thought for a moment al gebra was planning to use weapons of math instruction. luckily, chop seal intervened and al gebra was dispatched. not since high school has jimmy smith been so fearful. and what was left over from macaroni’s that bob is having re-heated for dinner? cheese, perhaps? imported cheese? cheese from wisconsin? cheese of champions?

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  101. 102 nacly February 10, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    The Clydesdale team should be arriving at Klobber’s any time now.
    :mrgreen:
    That’s too funny…twelve horsepower (granted, big they are), but also lots of yardwork…and fertilizer!!! Klobber…be careful what you wish for!!! CL has an impish side, too…and I dare say FBG as well. Remember…they’re not W.I.T….they have experience on their sides!!

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  102. 103 chrisklob February 10, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    That’s a lot of horse, um, droppings. Could fertilize my entire lawn. Does it have the pre-emergent weed killer in it?

    nacly, how’s your dad? You still in town? Can you do lunch tomorrow?

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  103. 104 savannahguy February 10, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Klobber…no sense in resorting to name calling and such. Benefit of doubt must be given at all times. Weasel designation only belongs to those outside of blog…for people like McNamee.

    Now, CL told you about your Clydesdale team being sent. See? There were no insider shenanigans (first?) or hoodwinking (another first?) or bamboozling (yet another?) in regards to shipments. I’m sure CL didn’t intend to send all of those beautiful horses, Dalmatians and beer to Guy’s house this afternoon. I’m sure yours will be arriving soon.

    Journalist Jimmy Smith, I just logged on to your nice web site and left my credit card number in the designated area so that you could go out and buy anything you want while in Orlando after eating Lews pie. Just my way of saying thanks for not getting mad about the little zip-lock bag of shrimp and little box of brownies. Let me know if there were any problems downloading the number. Tell Chop Seal that he can also go to Sea World to see his relatives…my treat.

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  104. 105 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Chris said: “Does it have the pre-emergent weed killer in it?”

    No, Chris. It has already emerged.

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  105. 108 chrisklob February 10, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Chris said: “Does it have the pre-emergent weed killer in it?”

    No, Chris. It has already emerged.

    I religiously put fertilizer on my lawn five times per year: late winter, around May 1, around July 15, around September 15, and around December 1. The December feeding is “Scott’s Winterizer”. Well, I went walking around my yard today. Somehow, some rye seed found its way to part of my backyard. That stuff is about twelve inches tall. Another part of my yard is so completely full of weeds that you can’t see the dormant grass below. It is also about a foot tall. And the dandelions are enjoying the rest of my yard. Scott’s Winterizer. What’s in that stuff anyway? Fertilizer?

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  106. 109 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve got good ol’ centipede. Don’t have to do much at all to it. I add lime about once a year to counteract all the pine straw. It has fared remarkably well during this drought.

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  107. 110 flbravesgirl February 10, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Don’t you just love it when, at the end of a long day, you finally sit down in front of the computer… and your connection is down?! 😡 I would have been here an hour ago otherwise.

    Scribe, wonderful work as always.

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  108. 111 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Hey, FBG! Good to see you!

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  109. 112 flbravesgirl February 10, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Hi, CL! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to check in tonight, finally got it to reset itself.

    So Chop Seal is covering ST? Is he traveling around the state with Lew, too? Does this mean I need more goodies, since he seems to have a sweet tooth?

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  110. 113 Carolina Lady February 10, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Male. Sweet tooth. Yes. 😆

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  111. 114 flbravesgirl February 10, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Wonder who else will show up? I’ll need an estimate on how many I’m feeding.

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  112. 115 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

    I really don’t know. Tell ’em they’ll have to get on the list or no goodies! 🙂
    How on earth are you going to transport that stuff??

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  113. 116 flbravesgirl February 11, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I don’t know yet, CL. Still trying to figure out the logistics. The ability to travel well will be a consideration in the choices of what I make, too.

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  114. 117 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Only three more days and the political TV ads stop. I am not sure I like all this attention…. I would withhold me vote but I saw how that worked out for the Sunnis in Iraq…

    Now more baseball… mark it down folks, this will be the year of the middle reliever. Holding a team scoreless in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings is the key to winning the majority of all baseball games. Why else would a walk off win mean so much? It doesn’t happen all that often, most games are lost in the middle innings.

    Don’t believe me? Look it up….

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  115. 118 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Wish I could get to spring training this year, not going to make it I’m afraid. I hope those that do send back lots of reports… 🙂

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  116. 119 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Years back, I had bought a big wonderful watermelon at a fruit stand. Put it on the back seat. Had a couple of cantaloupes that I put on the floor.

    A guy pulled out in front of me, had to SLAM on the brakes. The watermelon flew off the seat, it and the canteloupes were smushed. Thought I would never get that out of the carpet!

    🙂

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  117. 120 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I think you may be right on the middle guys, Gil. Going to be an interesting year! If those at ST don’t report back, their expense accounts will be terminated!

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  118. 121 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Way past bedtime! See y’all tomorrow if the Good Lord is willing! 🙂

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  119. 122 flbravesgirl February 11, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Eww, what a mess that must have been. Those folding crates are very handy in the back of the car & especially in SUVs. Keeps the canned goods from migrating all over & squishing the bread.

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  120. 123 flbravesgirl February 11, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Sheesh, it is bedtime. I’ll see y’all tomorrow when I get a break. G’night.

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  121. 124 lew614 February 11, 2008 at 1:40 am

    FLBraves Girl- Don’t worry, even if the Seal shows up, I would imagine a small truck would carry enough goodies for us all. The SUV would likely be big enough.

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  122. 125 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 8:08 am

    See I’ve always told y’all that CL loves me more. She sent me a pony in a box. Unfortunately, the pony escaped during shipment but there were signs in the box that he had been there. He-rrr-re Pony!

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  123. 126 Mr Clean February 11, 2008 at 8:17 am

    CELEBRITEE BLOGGER’S POST

    Carolina Lady Says:

    February 11, 2008 at 12:13 am
    Years back, I had bought a big wonderful watermelon at a fruit stand. Put it on the back seat. Had a couple of cantaloupes that I put on the floor.

    A guy pulled out in front of me, had to SLAM on the brakes. The watermelon flew off the seat, it and the canteloupes were smushed. Thought I would never get that out of the carpet!

    WELL, CArulina LAdy, the way to get CANTulope and WatERmelon Stains out is to use Mr CLean. POur Mr CleaN in a bucket and dab it on the STains. BRush Mr Clean in and RInse Mr Clean out. HOpe this has been HEpful. OtheR BLoggers With CleaNing proBlems are inViteD to ask Mr Clean.

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  124. 127 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 8:28 am

    chop seal will be at spring training if negotiations with carolina lady go well. at this time the beet writer is asking for first class transportation to orlando, deluxe accommodations, a new laptop computer, a blackberry, a new hat, and some fish. so far carolina lady has offered a fish. so, negotiations continue. chop seal will probably take the deal as offered but don’t tell carolina lady. beet writers are like that.

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  125. 128 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 8:47 am

    jjs; Since I am a first=year law student and well-able to handle negotiations, CL has asked me to inquire if you(and cs) will be willing to share quarters with Jeff Shultze? With this sticking point out of the way, the rest should be easy.

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  126. 129 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Could the = instead of a – be freudian(first time on the blog)?

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  127. 130 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 8:56 am

    G’morning, citizens of this Brave new world…

    I’ve been trying to catch up on all I missed over the weekend… Lotsa stuff. No catching up, I’m afraid.

    Gotta say, CL, my loyalties lie here, not elsewhere. My absence over the weekend was due to activities, nothing more. Thanks, CL, for opening this venue. I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made here, and enjoy the banter immensely. ‘Nuff said about that.

    Unfortunately, I will be in and out today, probably more out than in. I spent so much time blogging here last week that my desk is piled with work that is past deadline. Not good. Clients are ticked, billing is down, gotta find a balance. Check back in later…

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  128. 131 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Following along with VOR’s reasoning: My desk is piled high; my prof is ticked; my grades will soon be down; MUST find a balance. I will also, check back in later…

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  129. 132 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 9:16 am

    paladin, at this time only chop seal will be attending spring training. jimmy smith has other commitments that must be honored. chop seal does not wish to share quarters with any other beet writers or columnists. being an open-minded seal, though, chop seal will accept a qualified room-mate. erin andrews maybe. if not possible, how about with chino cadahia? should be lots of provisions in a house with chino. mostly, chop seal will need fish and cheese. fish is a staple of the seal diet and cheese goes with beet writing.

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  130. 133 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 9:17 am

    VOR, you’ve really got to get your priorities straight!

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  131. 134 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 9:24 am

    You too Paladin!

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  132. 135 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 9:29 am

    We (CL Enterprises LC) can not take responsibility for placing a young and impressionable seal in the company of chino. He (chino) may have picked up some of BC’s bad habits–doing “bad” things with his fingers, ugh!–and erin is working on a deal with Tony Romo. We are checking Sea World for a suitable replacement. Wire Paladin, San Francisco for updates.

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  133. 136 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Can’t believe I missed hours of squirrel discussion.

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  134. 137 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 9:41 am

    SG,
    The only symphony I know is the one created by the owls, wood ducks, coyotes, turkeys, woodpeckers, and various songbirds at sunrise in the river bottoms. Heard a masterpiece Saturday morning.

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  135. 138 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Ha! I got me a lawyer!! 😆 Fits right in the budget, too!

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  136. 139 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Hey, Hillbilly! Missed you!

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  137. 140 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Hillbilly, 🙂

    Where you been?

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  138. 141 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Hillbilly, you’ve eaten squirrel, haven’t you? What’s it like? Taste like chicken?

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  139. 142 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 9:51 am

    chop seal would be very comfortable with erin andrews. paladin should see if paladin can work that out. not saying paladin can be bribed, but, could work out well for paladin, too, if paladin likes cheese.

    see, carolina lady, see the bloggers did not abandon you for uh, somebody else. the bloggers were just enjoying the out-of-doors. plus, carolina lady picked up a celebrity blogger and learned about stain removal.

    yes, hillbilly, the squirrel discussion may have been the low-point of the carolina lady blog but squirrels must be given equal time here. lots of squirrels to go around, right?

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  140. 143 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Clemens’ lobbying under scrutiny
    http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/39590

    Posted: Monday February 11, 2008 06:02AM ET

    Over two days, late last week, Roger Clemens and Rusty Hardin stopped by the offices of members of Congress. And what a coincidence, the 19 they succeeded in chatting up are all on the committee that this Wednesday is assigned to pull from Clemens his sworn testimony on drug use.

    Those who received Clemens, last week, who this Wednesday seem to “go easy” on him, will be regarded with great and deserved suspicion. And then there are those who received Clemens who may now be forced – for the sake of appearances – to cast him in a bad light.

    How many put celebrity ahead of sense? How many personal autographs and photo poses did Clemens provide to Congressional members days before he sat before them? Why didn’t they refuse to meet with him at such an hour? Have they no sense of their positions? The issue? Have they no sense of common sense?

    Though at least several of those Congressmen, including Brooklyn’s Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y), seemed swayed by their private time with Clemens – good grief, Towns’ deputy chief of staff posed for a picture with Clemens, his arm around her shoulder – all have created a public contamination of the process.

    New York Post

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  141. 144 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 9:59 am

    SG and Berigan are up next!

    Guys, y’all have 2 more days before Valentine’s Day! Don’t put it off one more minute!!

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  142. 145 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 10:03 am

    A little something to help CL reminisce about her past……….

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004174701_flightattendant10m.html

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  143. 146 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Hey! 🙂

    Bye! 🙂

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  144. 147 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 11:02 am

    JJS, yes more than you can imagine. ChrisK, I’ve eaten plenty of it, but it’s not my favorite wild game. Fox squirrels are to be avoided. Tough as a boot. Squirrel and Dumplings is pretty dang good, though, if you have the right person cooking them.

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  145. 148 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Terrific link Chris! Every word true! 😆

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  146. 149 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Just stopped by for a minute. You can only take so much “Civil Procedure” without a break.

    I see where baby seal is trying to bribe me–offering to share erin time with me. I’m afraid at Paladin’s age(see how I am drifting into the 3rd person shtick. But, if you are going to copy, who better than the esteemed lower-case journalist?)I would–re: erin–be like the dog chasing the car: wouldn’t know what to do with it, if I caught it. How about Rosanne Barr instead? I would definitely know what to do with her. Like catching a stingray. Get it off your hook anyway you can, and return it to the deep.

    ‘Nuff for now. Back to the studies.

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  147. 150 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Paladin: Studying the Barr, I see…

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  148. 151 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Oh Noes! We’ve had our first Rosanne Barr sighting on the bravesandstuff blog! Please don’t let her sing The National Anthem! That will NOT be good for business here.

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  149. 152 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 11:21 am

    VOR; Barr none.

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  150. 153 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 11:27 am

    *One Call*

    The two teenagers were arrested. The police sergeant told them they were entitled to a phone call. Some time later a man entered the station and asked for them by name.

    The sergeant said, “I suppose you’re the lawyer?”

    “Nope,” the chap replied. “I’m just here to deliver their pizza.”

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  151. 154 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Good one, CL, and it may inspire me to change “professions”. It shouldn’t take me 3 years to learn how to deliver pizza. Look how soon SG caught on. 🙂 .

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  152. 155 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Make mine Italian sausage… :mrgreen:

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  153. 156 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 11:41 am

    If you don’t want to mess up the delivery be careful how you end your order. That green thingy looks like Grinch.

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  154. 157 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 11:46 am

    REALLY!!! I’m going to go study. Bye for now.

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  155. 158 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Yes CL… Flying has become like riding the bus…..

    I can remember when I had to get dressed up because we were going to town which meant we we going to the grocery store. I hated it and thought how much I would hate to live in the city because it would mean I would always have to be “dressed up” …

    Now I have to dress down to go to the grocery.

    Question… What do you get when you cross Rosanne Barr and Rosie O’Donnell?

    I don’t know either but I would hate to meet it in broad daylight….

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  156. 159 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 11:48 am

    …Italian sausage… 😈

    Better?

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  157. 160 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 11:50 am

    gil: That broad probably wouldn’t be out in the daylight…

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  158. 161 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Strange… nobody here but me and my dog, yet I think I smell Italian sausage. 😯 SG delivering all the way to Jefferson?

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  159. 162 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Paladin, did you just call SG a pizza delivery boy?

    In SG’s defense, I’m gonna file a motion with the Court against Paladin alleging a violation of Rule 11(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for that assertion not being presented for a proper purpose with the improper purpose being to harass, cause unnecessary delay, or needlessly increase the cost of litigation.

    I will also allege under FRCP 11(b)(2), that said contentions are not warranted by existing law and are a frivolous argument for extending, modifying, or reversing existing law or for establishing new law.

    I will also allege under FRCP 11(b)(3) that said factual contentions are lacking in evidentiary support and upon being so specifically identified, they will likely not have evidentiary support after a reasonable opportunity for further investigation or discovery; and

    I will also allege against Paladin under FRCP 11(b)(4) that any subsequent denials of factual contentions by Paladin are not warranted on the evidence and upon being so specifically identified, are not reasonably based on belief or a lack of information.

    DOes that work for you Uncle Paladin? See we can even teach you Civil Procedure on Carolina Lady’s blog. Should be alot funner than reading that horribly tedious material that you will entirely forget by the time you graduate and start practicing.

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  160. 163 Mr Clean February 11, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    CELEBRITEE BLOGGER POSTING HEAR:

    PizZa SAuce STains are haRd to remove if theY set. The HarDest STains to remove ar e MustaRd sTains. ItaLian SAusage always wins The Sausage Race in MIlWaukee. For any more Stain removal Tips call on Mr Clean.

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  161. 164 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    ItaLian SAusage always wins The Sausage Race in MIlWaukee.

    You’re not profiling, now, are you baldy?

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  162. 165 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    williamwallace … All that tedious material is a reminder of why you hire two good paralegals and a sharp personal assistant.

    In my dealings with both government and business was if you want to get anything done, you better have an “in” with the clerks and the secretaries who are the people who make 90% of the decisions and actually know what is going on.

    In the military they are called noncoms and if you don’t believe me, ask Paladin how long he would have been able to fly without the benefit of a good ground crew.

    Like I always say every time someones tries to sucker me into the Amway, “Someone has to sell the soap”…

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  163. 166 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    ww; Will CL be a party since she is my respondeat superior and full well knows my propencity(first?) to frolic? Also, I’m preparing action against you for tortious, and torturous, interference.

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  164. 167 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I, too, am preparing an action. However, it has more to do with what I had for dinner last night than anything or anyone else. Excuse me… :_

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  165. 168 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I, too, am preparing an action. However, it has more to do with what I ate for dinner last night than anything or anyone else. And I pray for little or no interference, especially of the torturous nature. Excuse me… :_

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  166. 169 Mr Clean February 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    CELEBRITEE BLOGGER POSTING HEAR:

    “Like I always say every time someones tries to sucker me into the Amway, “Someone has to sell the soap”… Gil

    YEs and thAt would be Me, Mr Clean. Soap SEller… SEller of SOAp.

    mr clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute,
    mr clean will clean your whole house and everything that’s in it.
    mr clean mr clean. mr clean.

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  167. 170 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Lemme try that again… Excuse me… :l

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  168. 171 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    A party?? Great!! I’ll bring the Diet Coke! 🙂

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  169. 172 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Lemme try that yet again… Excuse me… 😐

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  170. 173 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    “propencity(first?)” – paladin

    yes, paladin, first to spell it that way.

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  171. 174 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    VOR; It wasn’t worth one time, much less three. 🙂 .

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  172. 175 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    yeah, I know…

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  173. 176 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Multi pardons!! Propensity. The other made it by the spellchecker so that damn thing can’t spell either.

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  174. 177 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    yeah, I know…

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  175. 178 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Torturous interference? I’m no waterboarder! Nor a skateboarder. Nor a surfboarder. Just a boor who bored her.

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  176. 179 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    I’m going in and eat a salami sandwich w/provolone CHEESE deli mustard on Jewish(can say?)rye. I will accompany this with dill spears and wash down with root beer. The front of my shirt will probably require treatment by Mr. Clean. The inside of me will be cleaned au natural.

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  177. 180 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Someone needs to file a class action against VOR for contaminating our water with that toxic sewage that just passed through him. I don’t think it was yesterday’s meal either. Probably that Mexican #11 you ordered the other night finally being digested.

    You see, Mexican food is like the immigration problem. It feels good when that Mexican food is going inside ya, doesn’t feel too good when inside ya, and makes you feel real bad when you are getting it out of ya. You get the Mexican food inside you real easy but once you get the Mexican food inside you, it’s hell getting them out.

    Sorry for the crude analogy. But that’s why I have an eraser for an avatar.

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  178. 181 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Well since Georgia lawmakers have solved all the state’s problems including crime, poverty, and the drought, they have reduced themselves to this:

    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/ajc/politicalinsider/index.html

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  179. 182 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    And if only that eraser could erase that last post! 🙂

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  180. 183 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Not MY last post, ww’s!

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  181. 184 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    CELEBRITEE BLOGGER POSTING HEAR:

    RooT Beer will not be the PrOblem. It will be theMustard. WhAt brand of Root BEer?

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  182. 185 flbravesgirl February 11, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    You gentlemen are being quite… um, colorful today. I was about to eat lunch.

    So Gil, what’s the latest avatar?

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  183. 186 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    yes, jimmy smith is a celebrity blogger, two. chop seal is using jimmy smith’s computer today. mr clean has left the building.

    mr clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute,
    mr clean will clean your whole house and everything that’s in it.
    mr clean mr clean. mr clean.

    soon, the entire blog will be singing the mr clean jingle.

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  184. 187 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    worse than a booger post!

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  185. 188 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Just in case anyone has forgotten the tune that goes with the Mr. Clean jingle, here ya go:

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  186. 189 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Super chicken… Looking to kick Col. Sander’s butt… 🙂

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  187. 190 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Actually the #11 was deported over the weekend. To further your analogy, the deportation process was not without resistance. I’ll spare you the details. ‘Nuff said on that subject.

    Last night’s fare: Gorton’s Fish Portions, green beans and hush-puppies. (The raisinettes had Spaghetti-O’s.) Exactly what is in that mystery batter anyway.

    See… batter… I’m trying to segue back into baseball.

    Now… baseball. 2 days, 22 hours, 33 minutes until the official reporting time for pitchers and catchers in Orlando. (Orlando clearly stated without some obscure reference.)

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  188. 191 flbravesgirl February 11, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    😀 Gil!

    I keep looking at the countdown too, VOR. From my local paper today: Yes, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, when you pull your sweetheart close & whisper the magic words… “Pitchers & catchers report”.

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  189. 192 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Gil, the real question is whether or not that bird can beat Pedro’s bird!

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  190. 193 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Quote of the day:

    “We left last year on paper thinking it was going to be a pretty good team,” Smoltz said. “The problem was, if everything went right, it was going to be a pretty good team. But everything didn’t go right. Now, if everything doesn’t go right, we’ve still got options. “I don’t study other teams. I don’t know how many other teams have this many options. It still might mean enough wins to win a World Series. But we have a better chance this year than going into last year.”

    Does this mean the Braves are installing the option into this years offense? Are they only going to run it right? Do they have enough speed and outside blocking to do that? Won’t the other teams catch onto that pretty quick? Wouldn’t a pro-style downfield passing attack work better against this division? So many questions…

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  191. 194 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Valentine’s Day, when you pull your sweetheart close & whisper the magic words… “Pitchers & catchers report”.

    FBG: I’m not familiar with that euphemism! 😆

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  192. 195 flbravesgirl February 11, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Time to re-adjust your mind to a real sport, VOR. 😉

    Did you know Disney is actually outside of Orlando? They are their own municipality, with their own police, fire dept., EMS, water system, power plants, etc.

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  193. 196 flbravesgirl February 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    OK, break’s over. Back to the kitchen.

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  194. 197 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    VOR, I was hoping for some more play action out of the offense this year – like a bunt or two followed by a fake bunt or two followed by a deep ball into the bleachers. You gotta suck the D up and in towards the line of scrimmage so you can sneak the ball past the infield.

    2007 options – Chuck James, Mike Hampton, Kyle Davies, Mark Redman, Buddy Carlyle, Lance Cormier

    2008 options – Chuck James, Mike Hampton, Jair Jurrjens, JoJo Reyes, Buddy Carlyle, Jeff Bennett

    I’m not sure the options are all that much better this year at the bottom end. Just different names mixed in with some of the old.

    But that’s just me. We’ll see.

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  195. 198 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Question on root beer: It is made by a neighbor; not worth a (word that CL does not allow) but it’s free. And you know how us law students struggle. Now, if I can just find someone who makes ramen noodles.

    Nephew; Your description of bodily functions brought on by legal immigration of Mexican culinary into our culture was abhorrent(Recent?).

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  196. 199 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    When do/does/done Pitchers, catchers and Lew report?

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  197. 200 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    They report on Valentine’s Day.

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  198. 201 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Beeter Bowman “Another familiar face returning to camp this week will be Javy Lopez, who returns to the organization with the hope of being All-Star catcher Brian McCann’s backup. Lopez spent this past offseason working on his defensive skills “.

    Does anyone know if our all star catcher did as well?

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  199. 202 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Lopez spent this past offseason working on his defensive skills.

    Mewonders (BobJ, is that a word?) why Javy waited until 2008 to do that…

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  200. 203 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Is Valentine’s Day this month? I thought it was April 15.

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  201. 204 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    journalist bob makes a good point. would it have been more useful to have chino working with mccann than with javy? wait a minute! why chino? why not johnny bench?

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  202. 205 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Mewondered too. Similar minds? Scary.

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  203. 206 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    some say chino has cat-like moves. haven’t seen them, but some say.

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  204. 207 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Yes… cat-like moves, indeed…

    http://www.all4humor.com/images/files/Fat%20Cat.jpg

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  205. 208 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I did hear that McCann has been doing yoga all winter. Don’t know if that could have any effect on his footwork, but it sounds good anyway. Just glad Chino has been helping Lopez with his defense rather than doing yoga with McCann. CRINGE!!

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  206. 209 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I had a yoga-chino once. Topped with a dab of Cool-Whip – tasty!

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  207. 210 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I was just putting new ground-cover in the birdcage and read DOB’s assessment of Charlie Morton. Interesting. BTW, dob’s rear area was sparkling clean due to ww’s efforts. 🙂 .

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  208. 211 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Also read somewhere that McCann had lasik surgery over the winter and he says he can see better than he ever has in his life. Could make a huge difference in his reaction time behind the plate. It certainly didn’t hurt Matt Diaz, did it? I just remember watching McCann squinting and blinking alot during his at-bats like my Papaw does when he’s trying to watch Andy Griffith. That’s gotta be a big disadvantage, I would think.

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  209. 212 lew614 February 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    McCann worked with a trainer all winter doing strenth and flexibility work. When they were finished with that regimen, he took yoga to aid more with increased flexibility. He is supposedly in excellent shape. Francoeur went on a weight training regimen designed for pro athletes and added upper body strenth. Javy worked on flexibility, defense and slimmed down.

    I’ve seen pictures of Frenchy and Javy and they look in real good shape. It would not surprise me if Javy won the backup job. It might give us some power when McCann gets a day a week off-which he needs. I think the Gwinnett All Stars are making a statement that they will work to get better. They both have a good work ethic.

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  210. 213 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Wait… I squint and blink alot when I’m watching Andy Griffith… 😯

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  211. 214 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    McCann working with Yogi? Sounds good to me but it makes mewonder!

    One of my favorite memories … Bench taking strike three … when he thought they Fingers was going to intentionally walking him a World Series game, long ago.

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  212. 215 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Are you my Grandpa, VOR? 😮

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  213. 216 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    when he thought they Fingers was going to intentionally walking him a World Series game, long ago.

    Chop seal there with you in the hot tub?

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  214. 217 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Speaking of aftershocks resulting from eating Mexican CUISINE(that’s the word I wanted to use earlier and couldn’t think of it. That’s me. A day late and an enchilada short.)there was a 4.9 one in Baja. Now THAT’S gas!

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  215. 218 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Goodness!

    Guess I shouldn’t try to type while Carol is reading me funny stories.

    It was supposed to read: “Bench taking strike three … when he thought Fingers was going to intentionally walk him a World Series game, long ago”.

    Late lunch … Mexican cheese soup and roast beef sandwich.

    Later …

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  216. 219 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    AHB: I don’t think so… My raisinettes are kinda young. I’ll ask my son, though, just for good measure.

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  217. 220 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Lew, If Francoeur combines that added upper body strength to last season’s plate approach, this could get real interesting. I just hope he doesn’t let that added strength get in his head and resort to his 2006 plate approach.

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  218. 221 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    4.9 in Baja, huh, Paladin? Sounds like it happened because Bob cut the Mexican cheese (soup) for lunch.

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  219. 222 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Mexican cheese soup and roast beef sammich? I know what I want for dinner now..! :mrgreen:

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  220. 223 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Don’t be unreasonable, reasonable voice … and I do know I just now left out the “…”, semicolon, or “in” … take your choice.

    bye …

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  221. 224 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    VOR; I don’t know where you got your sex education but I don’t think your son is the one to ask. 🙂 .

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  222. 225 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Back to Res ipsa loquitur. Is that on the menu at Macaroni’s?

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  223. 226 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Not trying to be unreasonable, BobJ, but the phrasing did bear a striking resemblence to one commonly known bEet riGhteR. Just checkin’…

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  224. 227 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Res ipsa loquitur – starting LF for the Marlins, I think…

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  225. 228 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Nothin’ I got talked back to me … except the waitress and she was speaking for Macaroni’s rather than herself.

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  226. 229 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Chris, love that 1:15 PM post of yours. Illegal for everyone from riff-raff like us to the Governor to lie, but not for the 236 members of the General Assembly. Is there anything better than a public servant???

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  227. 230 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Hey, want to have a really swell Valentines day?? Head to Kuwait or Saudi Arabia!!! Is there such a thing as a Valentine’s Grinch????

    KUWAIT CITY — Valentine’s Day is just three days away, but one Muslim politician is heading up a committee to make sure it goes completely ignored.

    Kuwaiti MP Waleed Al-Tabtabae, head of the National Assembly’s Committee Monitoring Negative Alien Practices, will chair his group Wednesday to discuss ways to repress all public displays recognizing the international day of love. “We want to discuss measures that should be taken by these ministries to prevent such alien events from impacting Kuwaiti society and spreading corruption among the Kuwaiti youth,” Al-Tabtabae told reporters Monday. …

    Saudi Arabia, which had strongly condemned public Valentine’s Day celebrations, has eased its ban, allowing the sale of cards and candy, but still prohibiting public exhibitions of affection.

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  228. 231 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Hate to break it to you Berigan, but they don’t celebrate Christmas, Easter or thanksgiving, either.

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  229. 232 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    What about Arbor day???

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  230. 233 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    What about Pi Day (March 14, and that’s pi, not pie jjs)

    Or my personal favorite, World Naked Gardening Day (May 3). Really… I’m not kidding… see for yourself: http://www.wngd.org/

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  231. 234 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    And Paladin, what is your Avatar??? Pi symbol??? A hanging tree??? Tigers cap??

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  232. 235 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    VOR, how weird you mention Pi just before I do!!!!! 😯 We are both hungry I guess???

    And Naked Gardening day??? Yikes! 😯 😯 That is a bad idea for so many reasons!!!!

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  233. 236 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    The Saudis celebrate Saint Paddy’s Day though, don’t they? Green turbans?

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  234. 237 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    One must be careful when pruning the hedges!

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  235. 238 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    And why is your link blue, and underlined when the mouse goes over it, yet a dead link?????

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  236. 239 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Well, if they do, they must drink a lot of O’Doul’s!

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  237. 240 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Dunno… but mentioning anything “naked” and “dead link” in the same context is bad kharma!

    However, just copy and paste… the link, that is…

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  238. 241 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Berigan; I wouldn’t talk. Your’s looks like a prosthetic knee joint.

    Got to go start din din before long. I’m having Veal cutlets and mccanni and cheese. Have to go check the Chianti supply. That is the only way I can eat my cooking.

    And where is SG? I’ll bet the bugger is cheating and working for a living. Can you imagine?

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  239. 242 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Res ipsa loquitur … They don’t celebrate Christmas, Easter or thanksgiving

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  240. 243 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    BobJ; Your 5:23 is deep, but not so deep that it didn’t still go over my head. ???

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  241. 244 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Ohhhh! Cancel my last and the charges are on me.

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  242. 245 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    CL, I’ll bet those naked gardeners are all in Berkeley!

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  243. 246 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Oh, the naked humanity!

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  244. 247 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    A “vision” of Rosanne Barr gardening naked just clouded my consciousness. I think I’ll just have Chianti for dinner.

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  245. 248 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Paladin: You just made this Jesus freak cuss…

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  246. 249 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    VOR; I’m already “Bill”. You will have to be “Joe” or “Bob” or …

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  247. 250 lew614 February 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    What? No Groundhog Day? Seems it could see it’s shadow quite well in the desert.

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  248. 251 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Strike the “Bob”. It’s already spoken for.

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  249. 252 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Groundhog must wear burka… can’t see anything…

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  250. 253 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    paladin24 Says:

    February 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm
    I was just putting new ground-cover in the birdcage and read DOB’s assessment of Charlie Morton. Interesting. BTW, dob’s rear area was sparkling clean due to ww’s efforts.

    golly? or, gee? please say it ain’t golly AND gee.

    oh, well, in the spirit of blog harmony this journalist would like to offer carolina a “golly”, a “gee”, and a “your the best, carolina lady!” please mention this journalist’s name. http://www.journalistjimmysmith.com

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  251. 254 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    burka…berkley. I’m beginning to see a connection.

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  252. 255 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    First BobJ and now jjs. You guys bring it down a level. You are talking to an old Marine airplane driver. Oh, I know what! Can I ask the Mob?

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  253. 256 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    It wasn’t meant to be esoteric, some things just speak for themselves.

    Here’s the naked truth about pi …

    pi = the number 4 times the infinite series { 1/1 – 1/3 + 1/5 – 1/7 + 1/9 – …. )

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  254. 257 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    And, appropriately, celebrated on 3-14.

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  255. 258 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    jimmy smith was just kidding. journalist is trying hard to change to a more disciplined blogger but it is hard for jimmy smith to do. jimmy smith knows carolina lady has new rules in place and journalist will try to do a better job of adhering to those rules. some say rules are made to be broken but carolina lady rules are not to be trifled with. can see some of jimmy smith’s earlier posts at http://www.journalistjimmysmith.com oh, the humanity! journalist is out of control! where is mr clean? mr clean please clean up this mess journalist is now in. mr clean mr clean mr clean http://www.journalistjimmysmith.com oh, the humanity! can’t stop journalist’s self. mr clean mr clean mr clean

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  256. 259 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Who said anything about desert … all I had was roastbeef and cheese.

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  257. 260 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    You cast a mighty shadow but no, I don’t have my 100 footer handy … though it’s a mighty tempting desert.

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  258. 261 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    and sand? sand, too?

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  259. 262 Mr Clean February 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    CELEBRITEE BLOGGER POST:

    JImmy SmiTh has gone to bEd. JErnalist was not gETting bettEr and it is For the BeSt. In the meAntIme I am hear to blog and ANswer clEaning quEstions. JournaList Bob is In the DeSert? Why? Mr CleaN teeShirts will SoOn be avaiLabLe. http://www.mrclean.com
    that’s http://www.mrclean.com

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  260. 263 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    damn, golly, gee, that’s an unfair fight. paladin takes out my knees while jimmy beheads me. alright, i’ll take that as my final hint to get lost. no hard feelings. that was actually very funny.

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  261. 264 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I’m going to get into the Chianti so I can converse “coherently” with oThErs on the blog. bAcK LateR.

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  262. 265 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    ww, jimmy smith is trying to be a better person so please stick with jimmy smith and paladin as jimmy smith and paladin work to reform. besides, golly and gee predate everybody here. and no one has had the temerity to do good golly miss molly on here yet.

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  263. 266 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    VOR, And, appropriately, the birth of Berigan ® is celebrated on 3-15.

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  264. 267 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Mister C, could we have some of your magic eraser to remove some of the unclean from the Blog? I’m kinda nervous talking directly to a big time celebrity like yourself … what I really meant to say was … remove some of the dirt … oh forget it, I’m just too excited … imagine me acting like a complete fool … what will you think? I”ll tell you what to think … I mean what I think … you don’t help much, standing there passing judgment and looking so imposing with your arms folded and all … it’s not a pretty pitcher … scares me … I’ll bet others too. Carol said I used to look and act like that. She also said you were nice and I should be too.

    Bye!

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  265. 268 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Berigan, the birth of VOR is celebrated on 3-13. I believe we have Pi surrounded.

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  266. 269 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Jimmy, neither you nor Paladin needs to reform in my book. Just be yourselves. It’s funnier and more real that way. I don’t have to like everything you say. But if you reform yourselves for anyone, you become golly gee -ers yourselves to whomever your are reforming yourselves for. We can’t have either of you becoming golly gee guys. And I actually took your jokes about me today in good humor.

    The best news today is that Bob’s wife is feeling well enough to tell Bob jokes. That is great news. Don’t give up! Don’t ever give up!

    Alright, that’s enough for me today. I’m even annoying myself at this point.

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  267. 270 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Gotta go… Mrs. Raisins has alerted me that dinner, although not Mexican Cheese Soup and Roast Beef Sammich, is awaiting.

    I’ve been diligently working (mostly) for 11 hours and have not made a dent. In fact, I think I’m further behind. 🙄 Maybe tomorrow…

    G’night all…

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  268. 271 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    well, ww, that is a mature reaction and heaven knows more maturity is needed here. 😆 in recalling experiences over there and comparing experiences over here jimmy smith still believes this to be a kinder, gentler, blog. if the bloggers here are not allowed to use such terms as golly and gee then the fabric of this blog will be torn away. and, jimmy smith recognizes jimmy smith’s stubbornness and lack of maturity and other failings that have been pointed out of late. still, journalist enjoys a good post and a good dig and a good golly miss molly. oh, the humanity! jimmy smith has done it! good golly miss molly – a blog first.

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  269. 272 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    journalist will be accepting congratulations for the first use of good golly miss molly in a posting situation. the never before attempted good golly miss molly was accomplished at 6:58 p.m. eastern. bloggers, please pour it on.

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  270. 273 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    jimmy smith has new photos posted! 😆

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  271. 274 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    VOR, 3-13???? No wonder you are a cool dude!!!!!

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  272. 275 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    I HaVe rEtUrnEd. And did y’all know that the originator of golly miss molly(I think)is Little Richard who now resides in Lynchburg, TN., near me. My 15 seconds of fame.

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  273. 276 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Where is JERSEY GIL? Flange1?

    We need a birthday calendar.

    ChrisKlob: Feb 4
    jimmy smith: Mar 1
    Raisins: Mar 13
    Berigan: Mar 15
    Paladin: Apr 28
    williamwallace: Jun 27
    Lew: Jul 14
    Carolina Lady: Oct 7

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  274. 277 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Oh, yes, Paladin, Little Richard, a man who couldn’t be happier when his sweetheart whispers pitchers and catchers report on Valentine’s Day.

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  275. 278 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Paladin: April 28 blush, blush.

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  276. 280 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    BobJ (6:24) feels there was too much “unclean” on the blog today. CL’s guidance is that all should feel comfortable. We all need to clean it up tomorrow, or tonight, for you owls.

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  277. 281 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    jimmy smith march 1. have to wait an extra day this year. will celebrate with 2 pies and a red velvet cake that should be on the way in time for march 1. also, a cheese platter and some cookies and brownies and root beer. maybe some bbq and some krispy kremes and some banana pudding. not sure, early planning stages.

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  278. 282 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    My list is much shorter than jjs’s. I want a BMW and a rolex.

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  279. 283 lew614 February 11, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    OH! The Humanity. Paladin’s birthday is the same as my son’s. My birthday is June 14. Flag Day.

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  280. 284 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    June 27.

    And yeah, no more potty jokes.

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  281. 285 williamwallace February 11, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    And yes my birthday makes me a Cancer. Not a surprise to many, I know.

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  282. 286 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Lew; Is your son also a bull in a Chinese restaurant?

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  283. 287 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    ww; You are lucky that Chemo does not work with astrological signs. Sigh.

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  284. 288 paladin24 February 11, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I had hoped to make it until SG came in and emptied out his lunch bucket and Grinch came in from biting people. But Morpheus(mine, not Grinches’) calls. Nite all.

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  285. 289 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Birthdays so far:

    ChrisKlob: Feb 4
    jimmy smith: Mar 1
    ssiscribe: Mar 11
    Raisins: Mar 13
    Berigan: Mar 15
    Paladin: Apr 28
    Lew: Jun 14
    williamwallace: Jun 27
    BobJournalist: Oct 6
    Carolina Lady: Oct 7

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  286. 291 Mr Clean February 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    CELEBRITEE BLOGGER POST:

    Mr CLean was boRn December 2. ThanKs for AsKing.

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  287. 292 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Berigan, beware of the Ides of March. Hillbilly celebrates on 3-16.

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  288. 293 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Hey Chicken Little Richard, I’m slippin and slidin all over the place … Oh Caldonia, Caldonia (can say that?) … I’m afraid of what I might say or do if I were immature and not sitting down … or if MyLady didn’t have all them pictures.

    A kinder, gentler Blog it is … no bricks here!

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  289. 294 Bob, journalist February 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Stabbed in the heart … she forgot my birthday!!

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  290. 295 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    jjs, i like your new photos particularly the one of the bare foot with all the extra toes. I tried to count them but, alas, I don’t have that many myself so I had to stop at around ten or so!

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  291. 296 berigan2electricboogaloo February 11, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    No Hillbilly, you beware of the Ides of March!!! 🙂

    Between you, me and VOR, we all have our B-Days within 4 days….

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  292. 297 lew614 February 11, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Paladin-My son is a very big ex cop with a Brown Belt in Karate.

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  293. 298 lew614 February 11, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Ma’am-JUNE 14, not July. Flag Day-not Bastille Day.

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  294. 299 journalist jimmy smith February 11, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    chrisklob, thank you for commenting on this journalist’s photo page. jimmy smith labored for many days accumulating these photos for blog consumption. journalist is not at liberty to reveal details of the many-toed foot. but active imaginations will understand what is afoot. and as to the birthday recognitions . . . someone important to this blog has been left out. and is feeling beet right about now.

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  295. 300 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    jjs, I thought that January 23, National Pie Day, was the day that you are referring to. Or is NPD one of those federal holidays that the banks get to close for?

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  296. 301 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Lew, how goes the painting? Have you developed painter’s cramp yet? Blisters? Callouses?

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  297. 302 ssiscribe February 11, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    I knew there was an underlying reason I liked you guys so much … my birthday is in March, too, the 11th, to be exact …

    Now, Javy: Talked to somebody yesterday who is pretty close to the team. I asked this person about Javy specifically. I was told Javy looks super, best he’s looked in years, and this person thinks he’s got a heckuva shot to make the team. Now, I do, too …

    Now, pitching: Talked to a buddy of mine in South Georgia today. Told him I think Jurrjens wins the fourth spot if Hampton can’t go and Jurrjens has a good spring. If Hampton’s healthy? Let’s just say Chuck darn well better have a third pitch working and his shoulder better be strong.

    Smoltz, Hudson and Glavine last year combined: 43 wins, 630.1 innings pitched, average ERA of 3.63. Now, all of you good people certainly would take that from the top three again this year, right?

    Some other numbers from my conversation with my buddy about the pitching staff:

    — Bravos’ staff ERA of 4.11 last year was third-best in the NL.

    — Bully ERA of 3.54 was second in NL.

    — Moylan’s ERA of 1.80 was best in the majors for those with 90-plus innings.

    — Jurrjens’ career numbers in the minors: 503.1 innings pitched, 121 walks, 404 strikeouts. And yes, this guy can throw three pitches for strikes, including a fastball topping out at 94. He would’ve been in the Tigers’ rotation had he not been traded, and even with their deal for Willis … guys, I think he’s going to make the team.

    — He wasn’t ready for the bigs last year and that was apparent in his first handful of starts. But starting with a strong outing in late August in St. Louis against Adam Wainwright, the pride of St. Simons Island, one young Jo-Jo Reyes went 2-1 in his final five starts and lowered his ERA in each outing, allowing just nine runs over 26.1 innings with 19 strikeouts.

    — Think Manny Acosta won’t be big this year? As a rookie, he posted a 2.28 ERA and was deadly against right-handers, who hit 4-for-43 against him. Team him with Moylan and you’ve got one great set-up duo for Soriano.

    — Will Ohman was horrible at Wrigley Field during his career with the Cubs, leading to bloated numbers. Away from the Friendly Confines? Awesome. Ohman, the veteran lefty presence the Braves needed, has a career ERA of 2.32 and opponents are hitting just .192 against him in games not played at the old ballpark on Addison.

    Now, Hillbilly: Got your note. I actually talked to your buddy once; covered a game for them about a year and a half ago on a freelance basis. From what I’ve heard, he’s done a real good job for them, and that makes me happy. I know a couple of folks there because I worked there back in the day, and poured my heart and soul into that section for several years. Loved every single second of it, too, so I think fondly of them and wish them only the absolute best.

    It’s cool you know somebody there. Small world.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  298. 303 lew614 February 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Chris-Just finished the deer painting-55 hours in four days. I tried using a blow dryer on it for a half hour to dry it-will now try in front of a fan for a couple hours. Maybe it will dry so I can overnight it tomorrow. After tomorrow, I will be missing on the blog until the beginning of March.

    Hope to see many denizens there. Hope JJS comes to chaperone the Seal and to carry his Tic Tacs (can’t handle fishy cheese breath). Is this a condition curable by Red Velvet cake? I don’t trust those Ugandan remedies-they smell worse than the fishy cheese.

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  299. 304 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Lew, I trust that you’ll take a picture or scan or something of your latest masterpiece for the rest of us to see. I’m jealous that you’re going to FLA already. Don’t think I’m gonna make it this year unfortunately. Have a great time!

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  300. 305 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    scribe, what a great report!! I hope it’s not just my Eternal Spring Training Hope, but the team this year really seems to have a different ‘feel’ to it already. Is it just me?? 😆

    Updated birthday list:

    ChrisKlob: Feb 4
    jimmy smith: Mar 1
    ssiscribe: Mar 11
    Raisins: Mar 13
    Berigan: Mar 15
    Hillbilly: Mar 16
    Paladin: Apr 28
    Lew: Jun 14 (oops, sorry!)
    williamwallace: Jun 27
    BobJournalist: Oct 6 (mea culpa!! HOW could I forget???)
    Carolina Lady: Oct 7

    NEW PHOTOS OF ANDRUW’S NEW DIGS ON THE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS PAGE!
    https://bravesandstuff.wordpress.com/baseball-videos-and-pictures/

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  301. 306 nacly February 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Chris
    Sorry for very slow reply to your question last night. Didn’t leave Charleston until this afternoon…got home about two hours ago. Was busy running errands and waiting on the doc for updates. In typical ‘Murphy’ fashion, he showed after I left. I’d told my dad that would happen…which is why I should have left at noon! He’ll remain at the Roper Hilton penthouse suite through the week…but is doing fine. Thanks! I’ll be returning soon enough…catch you then.

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  302. 307 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    nacly, no problem at all. Most importantly, your dad’s fine. Turns out my son turned up sick this morning so I couldn’t have done lunch anyway. Lemme know when you’re headed back and we’ll get together.

    Roper Hilton penthouse suite? Damn, what kind of insurance does he have? Is he downtown or West Ashley. My dad spent about ten days in the West Ashley ICU about a year and a half ago. Seemed pretty nice, for a hospital.

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  303. 308 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    CL, too bad AJ has to live in such a dump. Any idea what the commute will be to L.A.?

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  304. 309 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    CL, don’t forget me on the b-day list. Scribe, the guy knows his sports and good music. Growing up as kids, he and I talked more baseball than any other kids in town. Most of the other people in my class were fairweather fans that only joined in the conversations during playoff time. Brent and I grew up talking Braves baseball (and Cubs as our secondary team) from the get-go. In fact, if you read my Magic Moment experience on Journalist Bob’s blog, he was one of the guys that made the journey to Wrigley with me that summer. Amazing how you and I share that contact from halfway across the country.

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  305. 310 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Yeah, poor baby, I really feel sorry for him.

    Or not.

    😆

    Off for a little bit of sleep! Will probably be back up in about 3 hours with Mother, then another nap before the clock goes off. Mercy! Y’all have a great night!

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  306. 311 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Hillbilly, when is it??

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  307. 312 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    CL, 3-16. See 8:45pm post.

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  308. 313 Voice of Reason February 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Just poppin’ in or a quick howdy and a g’night to all…

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  309. 314 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Sorry, Hillbilly! I’m so tired I’m cross-eyed!

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  310. 315 Carolina Lady February 11, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Updated birthday list:

    ChrisKlob: Feb 4
    jimmy smith: Mar 1
    ssiscribe: Mar 11
    Raisins: Mar 13
    Berigan: Mar 15
    Hillbilly: Mar 16
    MrGil: Apr 15
    Paladin: Apr 28
    Lew: Jun 14
    FloridaBravesGirl: Jul 8
    williamwallace: Jun 27
    BobJournalist: Oct 6
    Carolina Lady: Oct 7

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  311. 316 Hillbilly February 11, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Go to bed, CL. We’ll make sure the lights are off and the doors are locked when we shut down.

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  312. 317 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Evening y’all… Folks should remember one very important fact when it comes to pitchers slated to make the team this year. Chuck James and Jurrjens have something that Boyer and Bennett don’t have…. Options…. Unless they are lights out head and shoulders above other pitchers trying to make it out of spring training, those two will be part of the Richmond Braves farewell tour this year.

    Atlanta is not going to let guys just get snatched up. A trade may be in the offering but the days when a guy was told he had a sore shoulder and then stashed on the DL are over.

    April 15 for me. Uncle Sam is nice enough to remind me it is more blessed to give than receive each year….

    Interesting little tell all by John Rocker being posted on MSNBC…

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  313. 319 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Gil, I think you may be right about James and Jurrjens, provided everyone else is healthy, of course.

    Thanks for the tip about the Rocker article on MSNBC.

    From the article:

    Rocker said that doctors from management and the players’ association, following a spring training talk with the Texas Rangers about steroids and other topics, pulled himself, A-Rod, Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez aside. Rocker was with the Rangers in 2002.

    “Looks guys, if you take one kind of steroid, you don’t triple stack them and take them 10 months out of the year like Lyle Alzado did,” Rocker said the doctors told them. “If you do it responsibly, it’s not going to hurt you.”

    Granted, Rocker isn’t the most reliable source, but for him to say that “doctors from management and the players association” advised them on how to use steroids properly is a pretty damning insinuation.

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  314. 320 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Rocker was accused of being a bigot and a racist, no one ever accused him of being a liar….

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  315. 321 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Gil, you are right about Rocker. But I think the court of public opinion doesn’t give Rocker a tremendous amount of credibility.

    Frankly, I always liked Rocker. I thought he got caught up in a situation that he had no business being in. SI set him up and knocked him down. He came off looking like an ignorant racist, making Southerners in general look bad. When the SI article came out, I imagined myself in his shoes. Young, ignorant to the ways of the world, on top of the world. When I was his age, I was ten feet tall and bullet proof and I always suspected he felt the same way. Didn’t know enough to keep his mouth shut in front of a reporter.

    As you said, he was never accused of being a liar, just stupid. And that is why the court of public opinion will discount whatever he says.

    By the way, between the Rocker article and the “David Wells is Fat” article, I decided to discontinue my subscription to SI. Never read another issue.

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  316. 322 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Also glad to hear good reports on Javy. He may not hit as many dingers as he once did but quite frankly, I don’t think anyone is going to hit all that many anymore.

    The glaring weakness for the Braves for several years now has been the fact that once on base, opposing players can steal literally at will against the Braves battery. I can remember watching Javy just flat miss catching balls just out of the strike zone. For McCann it will be to get away from the tendency to tray to pancake balls thrown in the dirt verses blocking them with his body. Yes, they hurt but he is a catcher…. he is suppose to catch them behind the plate, not play them off the backstop.

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  317. 323 TheSouthernJackAss... February 11, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Rocker just may have opened up a can of worms for himself…one not fit for fishin’ with…when that dumb@ss eventually leaves this world on his final ride on that big 7 train in the sky…he won’t need an undertaker…he has been consistently buryin’ himself for years now…

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  318. 324 chrisklob February 11, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    And I’ll bet those aren’t blue worms either!

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  319. 325 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Chris, Rocker was just a big dumb kid who did not realize he was being played….. He should be held up as an example for every young kid coming up through the minors on how not to interact with the media.

    Everyone of the writers are under pressure to get the “exclusive” and darn few care what damage they do to other folks reputations. The Jerry Springer in your face style of reporting has taken over the media. We could use the term yellow journalism to good effect I would think.

    To be honest, unless a guy is a child molester or some other public menace, I really don’t care. If morals were really an issue, 90% of the sports franchises who have to shut down.

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  320. 326 TheSouthernJackAss... February 11, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Rocker made those statements in his younger days…but his ignorance is shored up by the fact that he still repeats them to this day…and stands behind them…I do admire him for that later part of it though…

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  321. 327 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    There is always going to be some clown trying to get an edge. Owners look the other way because they want fannies in the seats. They want to be able to deny any knowledge so they can act shocked when an athlete is caught cheating all the while encouraging them to do whatever it takes.

    The movie “North Dallas Forty” I think hit the nail on the head when they depicted the character of pro sports. The message is “it’s okay to cheat, it’s not okay to get caught….

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  322. 328 mrgil February 11, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Okay guys, time for me to turn in, catch y’all in the morning…

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  323. 329 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Whew, loooonng day today. Looks like I already missed some of y’all for the evening.

    B-day list, huh? July 8 here.

    Lew, I hope you’ll still be able to check email? Are we still at 7 people for Clearwater?

    “Committee Monitoring Negative Alien Practices” sounds like a bunch of nerdy conspiracy theorists watching the skies to me. Too bad the reality isn’t as amusing as that image. I guess love isn’t allowed in Kuwait. The concept of romance would probably be too much like treating women like human beings instead of possessions. Don’t know why the women don’t just leave those places en masse, I guess they don’t know any better. 😦

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  324. 330 TheSouthernJackAss... February 12, 2008 at 12:19 am

    TheJackAss has left the building…

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  325. 331 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Hello? Anybody awake?

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  326. 332 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Smoltz, Hudson and Glavine last year combined: 43 wins, 630.1 innings pitched, average ERA of 3.63. Now, all of you good people certainly would take that from the top three again this year, right?

    Good question Scribe … good post too!

    Actually I think their combined ERA was more like 3.56 but methinks Glavine’s 4.45 is not what he would have liked.

    I find it hard to evaluate pitchers just in terms of ERA and wins and I would hope we get better from our top 3 than they performed last year … but I would probably say that, regardless of how they performed … I like improvement … though not always a reasonable expectation.

    Trooper and fine competitor that he was and is, John struggled much of the year with nagging ailments … still had a 3.11 ERA … but they have their cumulative affect and effect; above and below the neck … and it is, at least to some extent residual, from year to year … let’s hope for the best … maybe we can reduce the stress somewhat … be sneaky and match him up against some number 3, 4, and 5 starters when folks ain’t looking.

    Tommy started well with a 2.80 (3-1) in April, followed by 4.03, 5.83, 5.14, 3.13, and 6.10 in the subsequent months … I doubt he liked the trend any more that the 4.45, especially the 6.10 coming when it mattered most… I know I wouldn’t … he too is a year older with possible lingering above the neck problems as a result of his September fade.

    Tim also started well with a lights out 1.40 (3-0) in April, followed by 4.35, 4.15, 2.76, 4.26, and 3.38.

    We’re all Braves fans and hope like heck … or is it Sam Hill … that they have minimal problems … them and old Mike; Chipper and that new boy in Center too! If they do, we’ll be tough as nails … especially if the rest of the team performs perform close to expectations and young Mike does well when he returns. Infante should be a serious bench upgrade and Javy’s presence could prove decisive.

    Ohman will be interesting too, that’s for sure … there are all kinds of splits that give surprising results for players … methinks the best thing to do is just to watch him pitch and see for ourselves … unless of course you’re in Nashville and can only afford to listen … let Shaun Payne worry about the numbers. Of course, that split may reflect that he just plays better away from home where the self imposed pressure is less … not just at Wrigley, and that would be a bummer.

    No, I’m not Nathan … I agree with John in thinking that we have better options this year … and like our chances. I think the keys to success are in the hands of 3 people … Manager, pitching coach and hitting coach … but I’ve said that before.

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  327. 333 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:00 am

    At a dollar an hour, what with the cost of supplies and postage … goodness, I don’t know you make it Lew!

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  328. 334 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Good evening, Sir Bob. I hope at least one of the youngsters (Jurrjens, perhaps?) really shows himself ready to join the rotation. Not just be the best choice to fill a spot but truly be ready to be a major league starter, because I’m a bit concerned about the age of our staff.

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  329. 335 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:05 am

    not up for long…..been up since 5 am more or less…………………………………………

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  330. 336 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Poor Berigan, sounds like you’ve been having a rough time sleep-wise lately. I feel your pain, my friend, I’m well-acquainted with insomnia.

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  331. 337 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:11 am

    And a good evening to you too!

    I share that hope and and obviously the concern. I’m also concerned with young Chuck … not because of his needed third pitch and his “too consistent” predictable approach ’cause, he’ll most likely figure those things out … and part of it may be our catcher is too predictable … but, I’m just a little uneasy about his current state of health … at a time when he feels compelled to compete for his position.

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  332. 338 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Which one is it … more or less?

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  333. 339 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:12 am

    flb,
    I kinda hope Jurrjens makes it as well. We traded a lot for him….not the best reason to have someone in the rotation, but as good a reason as the guy makes 12 million(or whatever it is) We do need youth. He may be so youthful that we have to watch his innings…and I believe that is going to be an issue this year. Can’t have Smoltz or Glavine going too far into games, and Hampton has to be babied. So, that leaves Hudson and Jo-Jo(If he is the 5th guy) or just Hudson if it’s Jurrjens.
    I hope we do go with a 5 1/2 or 6 man rotation…but I don’t know if it really will happen. Sounds like Boston has changed their mind on a 6 man rotation…

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  334. 340 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Bob, the longer I am up, more! I guess..I don’t know…sleepish. Why did my one post get the worlds all spaced out like that??? Looks like William Shatner wrote it! 😛

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  335. 341 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:16 am

    I had maybe 4 hours sleep last night … 3 the night before that, methinks and 8.5 on Friday but I forget. God didn’t give us all that time to start with … so I don’t want to miss anything or waste it sleeping. However, in recent times, I don’t do much when I’m awake so I’m not sure it really matters.

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  336. 342 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Bob, good point about competing for a slot….He hasn’t even had to worry about that the last two years, now he won’t want to lose it….they should have him on a different schedule, even telling him he won’t be in the rotation for the first month or so no matter what, so he won’t push it….I don’t know how much of it is the camera angle, but he sure does seem to throw across his body, doesn’t he???

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  337. 343 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 1:18 am

    I’m quite nervous about Chucky’s shoulder, since we were assured it was a “slight” tear & would be healed in time for ST. As it is still causing him discomfort, I’d say that someone on the medical staff did not do their job adequately. I just keep expecting to hear that he’ll need surgery & will be out for months. Hope I’m wrong about that!

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  338. 344 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:22 am

    It happens to me too … not sure why … I figure that it only happens to very intelligent people … never saw it on the other Blog … and the same is true of those folks with computers that bold things when it’s not intended … their computers know they’re smart and wants to help them impress others.

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  339. 345 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:22 am

    flb,
    Wouldn’t it make sense to have a guy with a “slight” tear not pitch for awhile??? Wouldn’t it be better to have him rest til June, go to the minors and pitch for a few weeks or so, and be there for the second half of the season, healthy???

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  340. 346 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Miss J, I fear you and I have exactly the same thoughts and expectations.

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  341. 347 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Bob, that it only happens to very intelligent people…ahh, that makes sense! 😆

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  342. 348 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Well, I know what will happen if I keep a postin’. I will post…then wait, then post again…and wait….and in 2 or 3 short hours, I will realize I am the only awake person in BS land B & S land…so…later gators!

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  343. 349 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 1:27 am

    It makes sense to me, Berigan. I don’t know why they had him continue throwing when it doesn’t sound as if the shoulder’s healed. Maybe we’ll get more info after the boys report to the House of Mouse.

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  344. 350 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:29 am

    FLB … Berigan you’renot only a thief, you’re a brick!

    It would be better Berigan … that doesn’t change the concern … nor the fact that someone on the medical staff probably did not do their job properly … might be the same one who said Mike G was fine … though I know they blame that on the diagnostic equipment … so maybe the blame should be shifted to the one responsible for equipment evaluation.

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  345. 351 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:32 am

    See, point made … only you and I can understand that … it’s an onion thing!

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  346. 352 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Well, I am hungry so after eating a piece of bread, bed!
    and this thought which I will forget if I don’t write it for the ages now…
    You mentioned Mark Wohlers a few days ago. I remember Bobby saying that Leo had never seen anyone who could warm up as fast as him. That he would throw something like 10 pitches and be ready. And my thought when I heard that…he will have a short career. If I was a pitching coach, it would be a very slow warm up for bullpen folks. Perhaps even a heating pad on the arm to keep the muscles warm and loose. but hey, those arms are only worth 10’s of millions of dollars, and pennants hang in the balance of their health, why worry??? Might as well race the cold engine in your car as well, it will give you heat faster if you do that you know….

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  347. 353 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 1:35 am

    If I was in charge of a MLB team I would have the latest & best diagnostic equipment available to my medical staff at all times, in order to protect my “investments”.

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  348. 354 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:36 am

    I’ve got to see what Carol wants … should be back in a few. Did Flange1 Blog tonight? … said he might … methinks he’s a square shooter and will be a fine Blog addition.

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  349. 355 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:39 am

    FLB for president of the braves! Hey, stop blogging use guys, I am sleepy…this is really it…I will shut the computer off, so I am no longer tempted….well, I could do that in a half hour, just see what is….no, off with the power! 😡

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  350. 356 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 1:41 am

    You’re both right … regardless of the sport … I’d add the best shrink that money could buy as a fulltime staff executive … confidant and best friend to all the players … problem solver and advisor to all, including GM, field manager and coaches … but you knew that.

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  351. 357 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Thank you, Berigan! I wouldn’t be a good choice in reality. I get emotionally attached to the players, especially the homegrown ones & I would be trying to keep everyone.

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  352. 358 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I’m sure Smoltz would vouch for the wisdom of working with a good sports psychologist. An expert on public speaking & dealing with the press, starting in the minors, would be valuable also.

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  353. 359 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 1:53 am

    I find myself yawning so it must be time to retire for the night. Good night, Sir Bob ( & you too, Berigan, if you’re still lurking).

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  354. 360 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Berigan’s a nice fellow … truly … good insights too. I really think an “expert” in that field as a fulltime member of the organization … would give you such an advantage!

    Hey, keeping them all ain’t a bad idea … pretty much how it used to work … extended family kinda thing … it’s now politically correct to refer to it in a negative sense … political correctness I guess. Of course tickets were a dollar players got paid a reasonable wage … then we had the French Revolution and a bunch of lawyers, union bosses and agents got rich … and it not takes $120 to take your family to a game … if you eat before you go and drink tap water at the game.

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  355. 361 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 2:05 am

    Goodnight all!

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  356. 362 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 2:13 am

    I meant to say that … “the correctness of political correctness depends on one’s agenda, I guess” at least I guess that’s what I meant to say”.

    A bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck … and a hug around the neck

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  357. 363 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Oops, had two browsers open and thought this had been posted earlier …

    Gill, I agree on Rocker … I believe he believed in what he said … and a lot of folks were agreed, at least directionally … but the Jack, Most Honorable is right too … he’s proven himself not to be the brightest apple in the barrel. I was there the day Javy dropped a third strike that would have ended the game … a comeback win against Randy (Big U) … instead, Rocker imploded, we lost the game and then he exploded … that’s when my attitude began to shift about him.

    It’s a team game … you win together and lose together … but not John Rocker and he made no bones about it. Lot’s of them talk the “team” talk but I wonder how many really walk that walk … many of the veteran, before Madonna players appear not to so do … hard to tell cause’ they know which side of the bread is buttered and sprinkled with sugar too.

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  358. 364 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 8:00 am

    John Rocker’s drug test in 2000, unless it revealed some illegal drug use, isn’t of concern … but methinks the 2002 Spring Training episode indicating doctors from management and the players’ association pulled himself, A-Rod, Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez aside … and told them “Look, guys, if you take one kind of steroid, you don’t triple stack them and take them 10 months out of the year like Lyle Alzado did” is!

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  359. 365 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 8:11 am

    G’morning to all in this Brave new world!

    Still awake Bob? Or up early after little sleep?

    I agree on Rocker – a bombshell about the MLBPA and management if it bears itself out to be true. Funny thing about Rocker; when you listen to him talk, he speaks intelligently even if the content is bizarre and asinine. When you see his actions, he acts like an idiot. He’s a bit of a walking paradox, I think.

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  360. 366 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Hello!

    Is there anybody in there?

    Just nod if you can hear me.

    Is there anyone home?

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  361. 367 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Oh, oh, oh dancing with myself

    Oh, oh, oh dancing with myself

    Well there’s nothing to lose

    And there’s nothing to prove

    And I’m dancing with myself

    Oh, oh, oh, oh

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  362. 368 Hillbilly February 12, 2008 at 9:24 am

    VOR,

    You are only coming through in waves.

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  363. 369 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 9:37 am

    😆

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  364. 370 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I think I know what has happened to SG. There was a monstrous crash in the blackberry patch yesterday. I think SG is “on the road” where he would normally rely on his blackberry. Anywho, it is not normal for him to deprive us of his wit and eruditeness for long periods of time. Come back, Shane.

    As for Grinch, he is probably sharpening his teeth.

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  365. 371 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I see where a mistrial has been declared in the “micro-wave death” of an infant at the HANDS of the mother. They are probably looking for some way to exonerate her. After all, she was just warming the bathwater—with the baby in it.

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  366. 372 ssiscribe February 12, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Top of the morning, everyone. Gotta run quickly here, but in glancing over the posts last night and this morning, and after some thinking as I tried to sleep last night …

    — On Chuck: It’s hard to look at a guy who’s won 11 games in each of his first two big-league seasons and question whether or not he’ll make the team. But I’m telling you this: He better be healthy and he better have a third pitch to rely upon or else I’m not sure he’s going to be in D.C. with the big-league squad March 30. Both of those factors led to opponents lighting him up like the Fourth of July in the middle innings (third time through the order), hence why he didn’t see the seventh inning too often.

    Chuck’s game is deception. His delivery is tricky for hitters to read. A third pitch and a strong shoulder and he absolutely deserves to be in the big leagues. But if — and again, I say it’s a big if — but IF Hampton is healthy, it’s going to be quite a dogfight for the last spot. Jurrjens has tremendous upside and if he can pitch well in camp, he’s going to go north. He got his baptism by fire in the bigs last summer with Detroit. He absolutely can help this team.

    On the last two spots in the rotation: Mark Redman and Kyle Davies had no business being in the majors last April, and yet there they were, pitching in the fourth and fifth spots by default after Hampton was lost and Cormier (who had the best spring of any Braves’ pitcher) got hurt in his last spring start. Take Hampton out of the mix, and you’ve got Jurrjens, James, Bennett and Reyes for the final two spots. Much better options this time around.

    On Reyes: I still say he’s got the stuff to eventually be a No. 2 starter in the majors, and he started to find his confidence and the strike zone in his final five starts. I don’t think he’ll make the team, and that’s OK. He should go to Richmond and build on his success from the end of last year. in the long run, that’s going to make him a better pitcher, and the Braves NEED him in 2009. I’m not sure they need him in 2008.

    On Bennett: IF Hampton can’t go, I think he’s going to make the team if he can pitch consistently in camp. He pitched well in his three starts at the end of the season, and pitched well in winter ball. He can be effective either as a starter or a reliever, and I think you’ll see him in both roles this season.

    As for the mental carryover from last year for Smoltz and/or Glavine, I think both guys will be motivated. Glavine didn’t pitch well in his final three starts, but he carried the Mets in the two months before that. I think he’s going to win 10-12 games and have an ERA around 4 and pitch 200 innings. If he does that, and if Smoltz and Hudson replicate last year’s numbers (generally speaking), this team is going to be just fine, especially with a solid bullpen where roles are defined already and the aforementioned depth in the back end of the starting rotation.

    Smoltz and Hudson felt like they absolutely could not lose a game for the vast majority of the summer. That stress now is gone, with Glavine in the third spot and better choices for fourth and fifth. Certainly they still want to win every time out, but they won’t have the pressure of feeling like the two of them are carrying the entire burden this time around.

    Gotta run.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  367. 373 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Paladin, I’m familiar with that story. I think they need to put that woman in a microwave. An eye for an eye……. She can burn here on planet earth and she can burn in hell for what she did.

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  368. 374 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Whoa… I got logged out! 😯 I’ve been automatically logged in for so long, I forgot my login info; took me a while to put that combination back together. I think I’ll be writing that down somewhere…

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  369. 375 Hillbilly February 12, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Long man in the pen: everybody seems high on Bennet getting this spot, but what is the likelihood that Boyer could fill it effectively?

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  370. 376 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Boyer/Bennett will be a battle. IIRC, both are out of options, so one could be traded during spring. There are many battles this spring for rotation and pen spots. I hope Boyer is finally healthy and able to contribute. It’d be nice to see this kid that we’ve been looking at for several years to finally break out. That being said, if Bennett has the better spring… Sentiment is one thing; superior bullpen is another.

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  371. 377 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Scribe; The next time around give us your take on Charlie Morton. The beet righter “over there” is pretty high on him and sez Wren and BC are too. Thanks for the earlier. Great stuff, as usual.

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  372. 378 journalist jimmy smith February 12, 2008 at 10:22 am

    still some birthdays missing. lots of march birthdays. march winds. lots of wind here. and, with all that wind probably good to have brick walls in place. huff and puff. and here’s a shout out to lew who has completed painting the deere and will soon begin on the allis-chalmers. 55 hours! oh, the humanity! could have bought a color-the-numbers and been finished quicker. and it is sad that many blackberries were lost yesterday. blackbery pie is known to be a favorite of carolina lady. is that a wire in the cobbler?

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  373. 379 Mr Clean February 12, 2008 at 10:26 am

    CELEBRITEE BLOOGER POST:

    Well, you faNs have bEN great! I enJoYed BlogGing with YoU. Now, I aM off to ORlanDO to cLean some THings doWn therE. Go BRaveS!

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  374. 380 williamwallace February 12, 2008 at 10:27 am

    It sounds like we have alot of people on here that are the result of June honeymoons and June anniversaries. Or just drunken June summer vacations.

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  375. 381 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Interesting article about the Great Seal of the United States. Uh, not you Chop Seal, the other Great Seal.

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=29&art_id=nw20080212110944577C195746

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  376. 382 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Did y’all see where they have a device in UK called the “mosquito” that emits a high-frequency noise that is annoying to toddlers, but can’t be heard by adults? And all this time I thought mothers intentionally waited until the wee-ones were at their crabbiest before bringing them to Wal-mart and Kroger. There is a Mosquito Monster in our midst.

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  377. 383 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Toddlers emit a high frequency noise that is annoying to adults…

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  378. 384 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 10:43 am

    VOR; Read between the lines and stop preaching to the choir.

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  379. 385 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 10:46 am

    ‘scuse me… Wake up on the wrong side of the bed again? 😕

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  380. 386 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 10:54 am

    No. Just forgot to add the obligatory smiley face. 🙂 Better?

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  381. 387 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Scribe, think you are right on the money on the pitching situation…..of course, a pulled hammy, or a pitch up the middle stopping only after hitting bone(s)….and the rotation could look quite different than we envision….kinda like last spring training!

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  382. 388 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 11:02 am

    😆 VOR! What is it with people in Walmart? Here of course you have the choice of : whiny bratty children, people trying to run you down with carts, &, because this is Florida, elderly snowbirds who block the entire aisle & never move no matter how many times you say “Excuse me?”.

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  383. 389 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 11:05 am

    berigan…glass not only empty but with dregs in the bottom…has spoken.

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  384. 390 Chop Seal February 12, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Hello, EVerbudy. That was Nic e to read ChrisKlob. Not many Peeple know That the GreAt Seal has the all-sEEing eye. WEll, the Celebritee blogger is goNe now. Boosted RaTings for a Time. 387 posts hear noW.
    CarulinA Lady, do You want to Knoe my BIrthday or not? I have BeeN pacKing for My tRip to ORlandO. FBG, shoUld I brinG any SaucEs or will that be Taken care of?

    I HavE an IntERview alrEady ARRanged with BObby Cox. Can’t Wait.

    EverbuDy have a nice daY!

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  385. 391 lew614 February 12, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Esteemed Journalist-I met Tim McCarver one time, right after he left his playing days and had started broadcasting for The Phillies. I asked him how it felt to be out of baseball and doing TV work-He told me it beat working for Allis Chalmers and having to carry a lunch box. I always wondered how he knew. Summer Job?

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  386. 392 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 11:11 am

    VOR, I do believe you were right about the side of bed someone woke up on! 😆
    Even if Hudson and Smoltz were both injured in a freak water cooler accident, I wouldn’t be all that worried short term with arms like Jurriens, Reyes, and Bennett as the backups…much better the the dregs we had last year…

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  387. 393 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Wish McCarver would be out of TV work. He’s more annoying than the people in Walmart.

    Chop Seal, I’ll take care of anything needed for the desserts. Someone could get paper plates, napkins & forks though.

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  388. 394 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Lew; I thought you were already among the dearly departed–in a way of speaking. When do you leave? And will you send us a postcard?

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  389. 395 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Lew, I have never understood the absolute hatred some have for McCarver….I think people forgot that guys like him feel they have to both talk in a way folks who have just found the game can understand, while trying to mention things to keep the junkies happy. Doesn’t seem to work though. Sure, he could keep his mouth closed now and then and the world wouldn’t end, but I think Color guys fear dead air….

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  390. 396 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 11:17 am

    uh-oh….I forget how widespread McCarver derangement syndrome is….just ignore me! Stuart Scott doesn’t even bother me(Unlike a certain beet righter)
    I’m a freak…a super freak, super freak
    a super-freaky, yow

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  391. 397 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 11:18 am

    FBG: I live in a rural area. You really don’t want to know what I see at Walmart…

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  392. 398 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 11:18 am

    and since the side of my bed is of interest: I have an oval bed so that I get up peeved off every day. 👿

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  393. 399 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Whoops!

    There was a small systems error. Please try refreshing the page and if the error is still there drop us a note and let us know.

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  394. 400 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 11:23 am

    VOR, I go to the Walmart in Rabun and (while a few of the people look like it’s their once-a-month trip to civilization) it’s generally a much better experience than the one here in Bradenton. Way too many people here.

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  395. 401 savannahguy February 12, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Man, oh man…you guys have been busy. No Paladin, blackberry is not the bush I fell into. Is there a Treo pie? Three flavors maybe. Just way too much bidnez to attend to and more today. Like Salty’s cousin Morton says, when it rains it pours…

    This work stuff is seriously cutting into my play time.

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  396. 402 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 11:25 am

    “It sounds like we have alot of people on here that are the result of June honeymoons and June anniversaries. Or just drunken June summer vacations.”

    “There was a small systems error.”

    Isn’t it fun to put things together?

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  397. 403 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 11:25 am

    VOR, are there any food depots near you?? There is one, right across the street from a kroger….used to go in because they were the only store in town that had Alpo for kitties. Anyway, the folks that came in there….They proved there was more than one missing link. These folks would have been turned down for roles in Deliverance for being too weird looking! All just across the street from where the “normals” shop!

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  398. 404 Carolina Lady February 12, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Morning, everybody!

    Chop Seal, what is your birthday??

    SG better be busy writing! He has the next lead! Berigan, you’re after him.

    I GOT A VALENTINE THIS MORNING!! From a knight in shining rusty armor! 🙂

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  399. 405 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 11:28 am

    FLB, sounds like those Rabun folks are related to the folks I see in Fayetteville! I mean, besides being married to them….

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  400. 406 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Good Mornin’ Ma’am!!! 🙂
    I think Chopper said something about a Feb. 33rd birthday….
    Glad to hear I can keep wasting time, I was afraid I was next! 😆
    I have half of a very good one, but now it seems to finish it, it will go in a different direction than it started, and would make SG’s longest posts look like paragraphs!

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  401. 407 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Most of the people there do look normal. There’s actually a lot of wealthy residents there, mostly around the lakes. I’m just happy they’ve built Walmart, Ingles & now Home Depot in the past few years.

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  402. 408 lew614 February 12, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Berigan-I guess it’s because he’s been doing it for so long, some are tired of him. He HAS become somewhat Pompous.

    He was nice to me, though and was really a funny guy-but then again, I talked to Steve Carlton that evening, too-he supposedly ever talked to reporters (I had a press pass from UGA). Maybe they should have tried being nice to the guy. I complemented him on a very nice game he pitched earlier in the week. Maybe other journalists should have tried a favorable comment. Worked for me.

    I had also been told that Joe Thiesmann was a jerk-turned out to be one of the nicest guys in sports I ever dealt with. Guess you never can tell.

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  403. 409 Carolina Lady February 12, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Feb 33, huh? Ooooookay! 🙂

    Read not long ago that someone’s wife was extolling the virtues of Dollar General because “you don’t have to get all dressed up like you do to go to Wal*Mart.” 😆

    I think part of the problem is that so many people obviously don’t have mirrors. Should be a campaign to put at least one in every home! Beautify America!

    Read that the Saudis have banned anything RED being sold. Valentine’s Day celebration is a sin, say they. Celebrates love and friendship. ‘Nuf said about them. 🙂

    Speaking of which – Did y’all see Andruw’s New Digs??
    https://bravesandstuff.wordpress.com/baseball-videos-and-pictures/

    CHRIS will have some photos up shortly – probably :30 or so.

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  404. 410 savannahguy February 12, 2008 at 11:55 am

    CL -I’d better get crackin’. What’s my deadline?

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  405. 411 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    VOR, are there any food depots near you??

    There is a local grocery store that is mostly populated by mouth-breathers; I try to avoid it if I can. (They do have good meats, though; maybe fresh kill?) We do have a brand new Kroger that is sucking the life out of the other local options…

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  406. 412 Carolina Lady February 12, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    SG, when this one fills up! 🙂

    CHRIS’ photos are up!

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  407. 413 Carolina Lady February 12, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Birthday list:

    ChrisKlob: Feb 4
    Chop Seal: Feb 33
    jimmy smith: Mar 1
    ssiscribe: Mar 11
    Raisins: Mar 13
    Berigan: Mar 15
    Hillbilly: Mar 16
    MrGil: Apr 15
    Paladin: Apr 28
    Lew: Jun 14
    williamwallace: Jun 27
    FloridaBravesGirl: Jul 8
    SavannahGuy: Aug 3
    BobJournalist: Oct 6
    Carolina Lady: Oct 7

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  408. 414 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    SG, plenty o’ time there are only “412 Responses” on this here blog….

    TIC-TOC, TIC-TOC, TIC TOC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  409. 415 nacly February 12, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I think part of the problem is that so many people obviously don’t have mirrors. Should be a campaign to put at least one in every home! Beautify America!

    Uh, don’t think that will help. People see what they want to see…eye of the beholder thing! Perception…is. 😕

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  410. 416 Carolina Lady February 12, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    You’re right about that, Salty! I see some people and think “Now he/she can’t possibly think that’s attractive!” But they do. Ooooh, mercy! 😆

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  411. 417 Carolina Lady February 12, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Chris, those are some funny photos! 😆

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  412. 418 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks CL! And thanks for posting them! I like Hillbilly’s dogs the best. Can’t stop laughing every time I look at it.

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  413. 420 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I’d love to hear (here?) those dogs bark!

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  414. 421 Carolina Lady February 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    You’re right, Raisins! Just too funny!

    I’ve seen so much mis-spelling lately I now have to stop and think about some words. But not to worry – if I mis-spell, y’all will think I did it on perpose! That’ll work! 😆

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  415. 422 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Woof, woof y’all! 🙂

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  416. 423 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    😆 😆 Chris! Great stuff!

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  417. 424 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Is “woof” 1 syllable or 2?

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  418. 426 Hillbilly February 12, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Y’all don’t be making fun of Junior, LeRoy, and Snowball. They may look dumb to you, but have you ever seen a dog that can eat corn on the cob? No? Then BACK OFF!!!!! 😀

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  419. 427 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    …but have you ever seen a dog that can eat corn on the cob?

    Through a fence?

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  420. 428 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    My computer guru just left after installing 1.5 gig more in RAM and a 80 gig external drive. I’m driving a Ferrari! Zoom Zoom.

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  421. 429 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I’m going to lunch. Any of you chicks need a ride? Wait a minute while I adjust my plaid skid-lid and wrap my scarf. Burger King or Arbeys?

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  422. 430 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Paladin, you lucky dog! I have a 2002 Compaq…my 1998 IBM had a 3 gig hardrive and 32 MB’s of RAM. So, to get a 40 gig HD, and 256 MB of RAM seemed amazing! Why would I need more?? Well, I still have the same hardrive and doubled my RAM to 512 MB…which is all this sucker can use! 😦 it ain’t really enough….I’m in a suped up Yugo right now…

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  423. 431 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Livan signs with Minnie. 🙄

    Slow news day…

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  424. 432 Chop Seal February 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    CarUlina Lady, FEbRuaRy 33 sounDs about rite. All I REmember is JimmY Smith cOming out on the ICe to rescuE me. I’m Not Sure how Old I waS at the Time but I had alreaDy devEloped suFFIcient BEet writer SKills to Be a Beet WRiter. Most Any Idoit Can Do it. FBG, I can BrinG somE pickels and some CHeeze.

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  425. 433 ssiscribe February 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Lew: If you’re still here, hope you have a good trip down to spring training. Know you’re looking forward to seeing the guys work out after Mother Nature interfered last year.

    Keep ol’ Grinch in line and maybe next year, I won’t have 400 things going on at once and I can join you and the good folks down that way for a little spring training action.

    Enjoy.

    –30–

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  426. 434 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Did something just happen or is it my computer?

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  427. 435 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Hmmm… it’s back now. Freaky… 😐

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  428. 436 Chop Seal February 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    RAisIns, I am HAving comPuter prob

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  429. 437 Chop Seal February 12, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    SomeThing iS wron

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  430. 438 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    feast or famine here, ain’t it??? 😛

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  431. 439 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    So much for my “Ferrari”. I had to transfer to a muletrain to get in here. Did CL clean house while I was gone?

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  432. 440 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    as I said…feast or famine…no posts for 38 minutes, then 3 posts in 2 minutes!!!

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  433. 441 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve been wondering the same thing. Maybe it’s time to get the next lead up if it’s ready. Seems like it’s loading very slowly.

    I think SG is on deck. Haven’t seen much of him lately. I hope he’s been working on his lead! 🙂

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  434. 442 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Chop Seal, are u going to Florida??? Better put some lotion on!!! Does lotion stay on??? Will u(Say, that does save time no wonder Chipper does that!) be staying with family at Sea World???

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  435. 443 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Test 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. Test out.

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  436. 444 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Hmmmm.

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  437. 445 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    indeed!

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  438. 446 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Work’s covering me up… Clients have started inquiring… I’ll be working very late… C-ya’ll later-

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  439. 447 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Berigan, did you check out the new pics on my photo page?

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  440. 448 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Hello.
    Is there anybody in there?
    Just blog if you can hear me.
    Is there anyone home?

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  441. 449 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Workin’ hard, Chris… Just kinda watching on the sideline…

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  442. 450 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Not much to watch this afternoon! Hope you’re getting caught up with work. 🙂

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  443. 451 nacly February 12, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    H
    E
    L
    L
    O

    CHRIS!

    Nice dogs! 😆

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  444. 452 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I worked 8am-7pm Mon. and Tues.; probably go ’til 9 or 10 tonight. I am making small strides, but not quick enough. As was said earlier, it sucks when work interferes with my play time!

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  445. 453 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Make that 8am-7pm Monday… today is Tuesday… my brain hurts… 😥

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  446. 454 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Make that 8am-7pm Monday… today is Tuesday… my brain hurts… 😥

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  447. 455 Voice of Reason February 12, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    How’d that happen? ❓

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  448. 456 Chop Seal February 12, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    BERRYGAN, I wilL be staYing with a girlFriend. CaRuLina LAdy, this BlaCKberry does Not work verY well. I am giving It to a frIENd.

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  449. 457 Carolina Lady February 12, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    That’s ok, Chopper. jimmy smith will buy you something suitable! 🙂

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  450. 458 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    I had Seal Chops tonight. I didn’t tell you that my lead dog looks and eats like a polar bear. Don’t worry jjs about you and your buddy. You are ok until you cross the Red River, then I will cut your hearts out and feed ’em to my pups. (Dialoge from Lonesome Dove).

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  451. 459 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    PALADIN! Are you off your meds?

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  452. 460 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    christklob; Read something besides the labels on whiskey bottles and you might get it.

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  453. 461 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Sorry about the extra “T”. You may return it for credit.

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  454. 462 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I’m going to bed. For those of you, like chrisklob, who wonder what I am doing with my Seal Chops post: I am pulling the chain of the Ugandan journalist. Those who have done so know that is a dangerous proposition. In some parts of the world it is known as bearding the lion. So, if you wake it the AM and there is nothing but bones as my avatar, you will know I got too close.

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  455. 463 paladin24 February 12, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    “up in the”. Geez.

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  456. 464 journalist jimmy smith February 12, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    chop seal has gone into hiding. chop seal is concerned that a blogger here would engage in eating seal chops or in pulling the chain of a once-esteemed journalist. jimmy smith is not familiar with the term “bearding the lion” but perhaps that is because jimmy smith has always dated attractive women. also, journalist is not covered in back hair like paladin. paladin underestimates jimmy smith for jimmy smith would never seek retribution for the mere pulling of a chain. now, pulling a finger . . .

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  457. 465 journalist jimmy smith February 12, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    oh, the humanity! chrisklob has some good photos posted. those dogs could use a toothbrush, though. the toothbrush is an alabama invention. if invented anywhere else would be called a teethbrush. oh, the humanity! can be adapted to mississippi and south carolina. tennessee, too. and more alabama jokes are available at http://www.journalistjimmysmith.com

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  458. 466 nacly February 12, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    JIMMY! Lay off the Alabamalama jokes!!! 👿

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  459. 467 savannahguy February 12, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Just checking in to say hello and g’nite. Been a long few days of juggling chainsaws and such. I’ll catch up after my Atlanta trip.

    I’ve never seen so many one to three word posts in my life. You guys trying to set a record or just rush my blog lead or what? Well, it’s delivered CL. It may be a bit long (surprise) but you can always read it in bite sized chunks. BBQ MLB flavored.

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  460. 468 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hello.
    Is there anybody in there?
    Just blog if you can hear me.
    Is there anyone home?

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  461. 469 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Are we having technical difficulties or were there just large gaps in posting today?

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  462. 470 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    He better be healthy and he better have a third pitch to rely upon or else I’m not sure he’s going to be in D.C … Scribe on Chuck James.

    Bud, I know you were suggesting the competition was going to be stiff. I hope you’re right but regardless, you won’t get any argument from me and I don’t you’ll get much argument from anyone else on that … not unless he’s being traded to the Nats!

    From a different perspective, for anyone who wasn’t healthy to make that trip sounds ill advised, regardless of whom it might be. I think Chuck’s shoulder is of greater concern than a 3rd, 4th, or 10th pitch … but certainly something that reacts differently than his others would be very useful … I get the impression that he probably has such a pitch … if only he would allow himself to be comfortable with it.

    Much of Chuck’s success will certainly depend on deception … but I think that can be said of most starters … his .611 ain’t bad … better than Nolan Ryan’s .526 which methinks would have benefited by more deception.

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  463. 471 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Hi FBG!

    I actually did have some problems earlier … wrote the above earlier and lost my connection before I could post. Here’s what was mind triggered by the “deception” reference when I read what I had written … and just completed when I got back on line … you can read it while I have a late supper.

    I think the Braves’ success as a team depends on deception … it’s important for all of our pitchers, from John and Tim … all the way down the line … and we have seen the fourth, third and even second time “through the order” problems plague them all … in different ways and at different times, especially the talented youngsters.

    When it happens, we hear “mistake”, “lost focus”, “tired”, “injury” and “needs another pitch” … there’s always an excuse or rationalization … but some are valid reasons … like “he ain’t no good”.

    Things that our pitchers have in common are the manager, pitching coach, and catcher … methinks all have something to do with the pitcher’s success … regardless of what others might think or consider.

    Some may recall when I asked David O’Brien about the role of the catcher in calling the game, which I assumed, and continue to assume, is a function of the experience level of both pitcher and catcher … and the pitcher’s psyche.

    Make no mistake, I like Brian McCann … a lot!

    It was an honest question, but, perhaps because of my earlier posture regarding young Brian’s long term contract, David evidently assumed my inquiry was agenda motivated and intended to reflect negatively on McCann … I considered his non-responsive response to be flippant … so I still don’t have the answer.

    Thus it is from considerable ignorance that I speak but I feel that the catcher certainly influences the pitcher deception and effectiveness … both by design and unwittingly. I assume that both pitcher and catcher spend considerable time throughout the season so as to be on the same page … each knows the other’s strengths and weaknesses … and that there is significant game specific preparation.

    I have always thought that the veteran pitchers probably dominate the game calling process, with the roles reversing as the level of experience diminishes, but since it seems relatively rare that pitchers waive off signs, I suspect the game calling role of the catcher may be greater than formally imagined. I truly wish that I knew more about the process … for I think a greater level of responsibility for the success of the pitcher, especially during the second and later times through the lineup, rests with the catcher than is generally imagined.

    Certainly, regardless of the process, a pitcher’s utilization and success with certain pitches … such as the knuckleball and split finger fastball … are influenced by the catcher’s abilities in handling such pitches … if the catcher can’t handle it, it’s best you not throw it in critical situations.

    The catcher’s adroitness in positioning himself so as not to reveal the called for pitch position is also of vital importance.

    While how a batter is pitched is situation specific, there are ten games going on, the one we see and nine others between the hitters and the battery. So, how a batter is pitched also depends on how he was pitched in his previous turns, and the intended approach for future ones. Methinks how well the battery considers subsequent at bats when pitching the current one has an significant impact on the pitcher’s success during those subsequent ones … yes, methinks the one calling the game should be setting up the batter in the first for how he plans to pitch to him in the eighth or ninth … and how well that’s done helps determine the outcome of the send, third and fourth times through the order.

    How our pitchers perform as the game progresses has always been, and will always be is, important … but it gets more attention when there are problems. Certainly, the pitcher’s control and arsenal receive the most attention as they are the most visible of the components of a complex dynamic … but success demands that all of the components are working efficiently and in concert.

    When we consider the catcher’s defensive skill set, we automatically think of the ability to minimize passed balls, block the plate, frame pitches, and throw out runners … they’re highly visible and important. Perhaps not as visible but maybe even more important are how well he handles his role in the game calling process, influences the pitcher’s confidence and in-game emotions, and recognizes both the quality level of the pitches and the pitcher’s energy expenditure rate.

    I think it’s impossible to properly evaluate the performance of our pitchers in a vacuum, especially the youngsters. They’re talented or they wouldn’t be here … how they do is greatly influenced by the manager, pitching coach, and catcher … more than we think and maybe sometimes more than their talent.

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  464. 472 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Hi, Bob! While I am certainly no expert I’ve heard that the pitchers really like Mac’s game-calling. That was one of the things Smoltz praised when Brian was first called up. That said, I’m sure that experience strengthens that aspect of a catcher’s game.

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  465. 473 berigan2electricboogaloo February 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Why yes Chris, I did see your pictures. Very nice cat, looks a bit like Charlie Chan in the face! 😆

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  466. 474 chrisklob February 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    LOL Berigan! 🙂

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  467. 475 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I’m seriously confused by Lew’s early post on this Blog … “My reason for not bloggin much the last couple of days is at the end of the last blog. Don’t have time to do it on this one too. Got artwork to do “.

    I can understand deadlines and the need to prioritize and the other post was a little longer and more detailed … it’s not important, but it wouldn’t have taken much more time or effort to copy and paste … maybe 30 seconds total, assuming 20 for opening a new browser and locating the other entry … negative extra time, if you knew you were going so do while you still had it open.

    Maybe a minute or two total, to retype the original essence from memory, if you’re slow like me.

    Have a good trip, don’t drink the water, and stay safe!

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  468. 476 Bob, journalist February 12, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    From one non-expert to another, I’ve heard the same thing … and I heard John’s comments too … and my comments were not intended to otherwise suggest … and I truly do like him. He gives the best he has, methinks.

    He will, if he isn’t already, be a superior catcher … of that I’m sure for that’s his approach to whatever he chooses to do.

    I’m just saying it’s part of the mix and shouldn’t be disregarded or minimized in the evaluation process.

    That said, were I a member of the pitching staff and asked by the media what I thought of our new catcher … I think response would have been similar, regardless of what I thought … so doing serves many good purposes. But, like Brian said, when catching Smoltz … just sit back and enjoy the ride … my words, not his … but the meaning was the same.

    Braves’ management likes him too …

    To say that I truly don’t understand the process is one of the few absolute truths to flow from my brain to the Blog … another is that something’s burning on the stove.

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  469. 477 flbravesgirl February 12, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Bob! 😯 Burning your house down is not allowed!

    CL, you have a little something in your email. 🙂

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  470. 478 berigan2electricboogaloo February 13, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Burning down the house is only acceptable if you are a member of the Talking Heads…

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  471. 479 flbravesgirl February 13, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Get any rest yet, Berigan? I was getting concerned.

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  472. 480 flbravesgirl February 13, 2008 at 12:34 am

    OK, since Bob is using the fire extinguisher on his stove & Berigan has nodded off, I guess I’ll call it a night.

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  473. 481 Bob, journalist February 13, 2008 at 12:35 am

    What a mess … thankfully, it was only the sauce for the pork tenderloin …

    Ha … that was their biggest hit methinks, … burn as in Byrne … haven’t thought of them in years …

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  474. 482 Bob, journalist February 13, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Me too … is there a firefox option that will automatically refresh when someone posts?

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  475. 483 mrgil February 13, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Good morning all, many things happening all at once here so I was away yesterday. Cold rain which I am sure Lew would take over the ice headed his way.

    Bob, I would concur that it would be bad form for the ace of the staff to throw a young teammate who happened to be the catcher under the bus. Especially seeing as how they treated Estrada.

    Important lesson for all…. Do not bite the hand that feeds you or you may end up playing for the Nationals…

    Chris and jimmy, great pictures.

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  476. 484 berigan2electricboogaloo February 13, 2008 at 1:06 am

    FLB, I have been sleeping better the last few days, thanks for asking! I like going to bed when it’s dark, and waking when it’s light. Going to bed with the sun streaming in, and waking to the same is weird. So is what I was doing some in the past week, going to bed in the dark, and waking in the dark. My biological clock gets mad at me for doing such things.
    Oh boy, certain folks here will have fun with those two words, “biological clock” Have at it….I can take it….

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  477. 485 Bob, journalist February 13, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Berigan, one’s biological clock being mad as in ticked? Seems like the trend … I understand that over the last 30 years birth rates have increased about 50% for men over 30 while births involving men under 30 have declined. Sounds good on the surface until you consider that the incidence of schizophrenia and autism in babies increases sharply as the father’s age increases.

    Might explain some of the behavior among athletes … and bloggers.

    Do you think we could predict the father’s age at the blogger’s birth, based on the behavioral patterns and posted content? Maybe we could get a government grant to find out.

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  478. 486 mrgil February 13, 2008 at 6:14 am

    My goodness Berigan, I hope this no sleep thing is not contagious. However, looks like I caught it as I have only managed a couple of hours tonight. I feel like I have been beat to a pulp but every time I try to lie down, my legs hurt so badly I have to get back up again. AAAGGGHHHH!!!!!

    The traveling circus of politics has moved on to greener pastures. Now, Ringling Bros. will soon be making their way north. The Richmond Coliseum will reek for months following their stay. Always has in the past. It will be rather odorific from the animals too… 🙂

    My mother’s birthday is today, 89 and becoming ever the more demanding. CL… I can appreciate your travails, mine are not quite as bad as we have been able to hire nurses to come in and lighten the burden. I can understand her anger and depression as she is still a young woman in her own mind, trapped in an old and feeble body.

    She is still a big fan of baseball and is a keen judge of talent. Actually, she roots for Baltimore more than the Braves but still she will root for those Braves she remembers. She says Javy is going to make a big comeback this year.

    Longevity runs on both sides of my family with my dad being an exception. Testament that smoking cigarettes and exposure to industrial chemicals can be a deadly combination. Most everyone seems to make it into their 90’s with one aunt living to the ripe old age of 106. I shudder to think I will have to endure this much pain for another 50 years.

    On a much lighter note, Bob appears to be particularly spry tonight. T’is scary that I understand him more every day. My dad was 38 when I was conceived. I am not sure if his age had anything to do with my condition but looking back I can say I suffered (not sure that is the correct word) from ADD and dyslexia as a child and sometimes will slip into bad habits when I am not careful. All and all, I think I did well enough. Not the same level to which my brother ascended but I think I am a heck of a lot happier.

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  479. 487 mrgil February 13, 2008 at 6:23 am

    And Chris…. Loved the squirrel picture. One species you have in South Carolina and Georgia that we do not have in Virginia is the Black squirrel. I have some photos of several I spotted while playing golf in MB… Pretentious critters and surely no less crafty than the gray verity we have here.

    Also a beautiful photos of your family. I suppose I should post snaps of my kids but I am not sure CL has enough space on her blog. 🙂

    JJS…. Who is the fellow playing the piano you posted?

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  480. 488 paladin24 February 13, 2008 at 8:40 am

    The journalist shows his iglorance re: the consequences of the ravages of time. Yes, I was once covered in black hair–but now it is gray.

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  481. 489 paladin24 February 13, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I note with pleasure that SG found his blackberry amongst all others in the patch and has returned to the fold. He even handed in his homework; one of his infamous solliquies? CL fell asleep whilst editing it, but we should soon know. Berigan, get your jammies on.

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  482. 490 berigan2electricboogaloo February 13, 2008 at 9:19 am

    They’re on, they’re on! Well, if you consider underwear jammies! WordPress doesn’t have 2 way camera system yet, do they? 😯
    And Iglorance???? Is that the lack of knowledge about Igloos????? I am guilty of that, I’m afraid….

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  483. 491 journalist jimmy smith February 13, 2008 at 9:24 am

    gil, that is no piano . . . that is the famous hammond b-3 organ with jimmy smith at the keyboard. and this journalist also is beginning to understand journalist bob’s posts . . . remarkable. and jimmy smith is searching for an appropriate red-eared slider photo for jimmy smith’s photo page. and would that not be the perfect 3rd pitch for chuck james? a red-eared slider? mcdowell can teach such a pitch? maybe chino? or would chino ingest the red-eared slider? many questions. and someone’s birthday is missing . . .

    and will lew receive an autograph from chipper jones upon presentation of the deere painting? and will it be on lew’s hide? and will chipper make use of a sharpie? and won’t that be a throw-away sharpie from that point forward? and what if grinch gets there first and tells chipper that grinch is lew hartman? and grinch gets the autograph instead of lew. many possibilities here. many, many possibilities.

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  484. 492 berigan2electricboogaloo February 13, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Gil, sorry to hear your having sleep trouble again! 😦 Pain is a…you know what…I mention obvious things sometimes. Most of the time, people have already tried what I mention, but just in case….do you sleep on your side, or your back??? I used to be only able to sleep on my back, with nothing under my legs. Then, A pillow just under my knees. Now, the only way I can sleep, is on my left side, with a pillow under my knees, and between my ankles. A pain when getting out of bed, but I am tellin’ ya, makes a big difference for me at least, to have my whole body horizontal…..

    And I assume you know there is a Mechanicsville GA as well as VA??? I think I mentioned before I was aware you weren’t quite as close as I thought you were about some spinal place that does a lot of traction type work on backs.
    Funny, when I hurt my back for the second time in ’05 and could barely walk, all I could think was after seeing their ads on TV, I’ve had traction before, it didn’t do much if anything for me the last time. Well, it appears they do some different motions, etc these days with the machines. I think I mentioned before that while I don’t think my Dad’s back is as bad as yours, he is 76, with a bulging disc, and bad arthritis in his back. In fact, they say the arthritis is more the culprit than the disc in his pain. He was getting worse and worse, couldn’t stand for any length of time, taking pain pills to sleep…but, after going to physical therapy for about 6 weeks, it started to get better. He can sleep without pain pills, and can stand at least for short periods of time. He is still going twice a week…I think he is afraid to stop…plus, he likes chatting with the ladies there! 😉
    Anyway, don’t let one or two doctors tell you that if they can’t fix you with a knife, pain pills are the only solution! Not that I am against them, I just know that when the pain gets bad enough, they don’t really work, do they???
    The other thing I can’t recall if I mentioned before, was pain med pumps. They get the pain meds where they need to be, your back(IF it ever gets to that point, something to keep in the back of your mind!)
    I saw a discovery show, or something like them talking about people with chronic pain. This thin middle aged woman had just terrible back pain, even after back surgery. She could hardly walk, sit, or sleep. They put one on her, and she was able to lead a fairly normal life! I think she was even able to garden again, something she thought she would never do again!
    I sound like my Mom nagging, sorry! But, even stupid sounding treatments(to us) might make a difference……

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  485. 493 berigan2electricboogaloo February 13, 2008 at 9:47 am

    And Gil, you had ADD as well??? Was it diagnosed, or did you just look back and see the problem??? I was never diagnosed but, clearly I had it. I was one of those kids that had lots of potential, so said the teachers….I am not a big fan of giving every Tom, Dick, and Harry Ritalin, but I wish I could go back in time, and try it….I really liked to stare out the window and tune out teacher…maybe I just had a lot of really boring teachers though!

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  486. 494 journalist jimmy smith February 13, 2008 at 10:08 am

    read what duff wilson has to say:
    February 13, 2008
    Clemens Autograph Seekers May Have Broken Federal Law
    By DUFF WILSON
    WASHINGTON — Any members of the House oversight committee or their staff who asked Roger Clemens for an autograph during his tour of the Capitol over the past week might have violated a federal law against soliciting things of value from people with interests before the committee, several lawyers with expertise in Congressional ethics laws said.

    In addition, if a staff member or a member of the committee had Clemens autograph a baseball, that would apparently violate a House ethics ban against taking a gift valued at more than $50, the lawyers said.

    Clemens’s entourage here said he autographed scores of items Thursday and Friday while visiting 19 of the 40 members of the committee, which is set to take his testimony Wednesday. Clemens and his lawyers were back Tuesday, visiting more committee members in advance of the public hearing.

    “They shouldn’t have been asking him to autograph things because no matter what it’s worth, there’s a prohibition against soliciting gifts of any value,” said Bernadette Sargeant, a lawyer in Washington who worked as counsel for the House Ethics Committee until late 2004.

    “You’re definitely not supposed to do it if it’s linked to any action you’re taking or being asked to take,” she said in a telephone interview. “That’s a problem if he’s going around meeting with members of the House oversight committee.”

    now, did clemens sign anybody’s hide? and how will these autographs be returned? and wouldn’t just about anybody in washington know that the courtesy calls were inappropriate? clemens and clemens’ attorney included? and was this a set-up?

    investigative reporter chop seal will have more on this later. right now, chop seal is hitch-hiking to orlando (dressed as a small braves fan). braves and stuff needs to put in place a travel allowance for its beet writer.

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  487. 495 paladin24 February 13, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Berigan; Iglorance is ignorance to the L degree. Serious stuff, that iglorance.

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  488. 496 journalist jimmy smith February 13, 2008 at 10:32 am

    paladin, bad weather there?

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  489. 497 paladin24 February 13, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Mush. Mush. I should have booked myself into Orlando. Is it too late? Does Chop Seal need a grouper?

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  490. 498 chrisklob February 13, 2008 at 10:59 am

    (ssshhhhhhh…… don’t tell anyone but i think the new blog is up!)

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  491. 499 paladin24 February 13, 2008 at 11:07 am

    My kitty joke:

    A kindergarten pupil told his teacher that he had found a cat, but it was dead. “How do you know it was dead?” she asked. Because I #@*%!ed in its’ ear and it didn’t move. “You did what?!?”, the teacher exclaimed. “You know”, explained the boy, “I leaned over and went “Pssst!” and it didn’t move.

    “Bill”

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  492. 500 flbravesgirl February 13, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Hmm, CL must be busy so I’ll assist here. New blog is up! Form an orderly line, no running, pushing or shoving, stay with the group.

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