31: Jerra and Pepa and Lewa and Raffa

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By Rosalynn

PLAINS, GEORGIA – Jimma Smith called me this mahnin’ and asked me to write a little storah about Atlanta Braves baseball. Ah am happa to do so. Ah guess mah fuhst memorah of Atlanta Braves baseball was back when mah Jimma was Govanuh. Jimma could get real good seats and sometimes we would go from the Capitol right on ovah to the Stadium and watch a game. Those weah the dahs of Barrah Bonnell, Jeff Burroughs, Garah Matthews, Dale Murpha, Phil Niekra, Rowland Office, Biff Pocoroba, Pat Rockett, and mah favahrite, Jerra Rawster. That Jerra Rawster could flah! And steal a base! That boah could steal a base and put it in his pocket! Jerra Rawster woah the numbah 1 and Jerra Rawster was alwahs numbah 1 in mah hahrt -except for mah Jimma, of coahse.

I remembuh the dah Jerra Rawster repohted to the Braves. He was a skinna little thang and he came ovah from the hated Laws Angeleez Dodgahs. Jerra could plah all the infield positions and outfield, too! Of coahse, the boah could not hit much moah than .240 or .250 but he looked good doin’ it. And that boah stole 174 bases! Onlah a few Braves have evah done that!

Ah was sad when Jerra Rawster lost his job but that’s when Bobba Cox brought in Pepa Frias. That Pepa was a delight! And sometimes Pepa would plah peppah right theah in front of ouah seats. That Pepa could reallah plah peppah! Of coahse, Pepa could not hit eitha but he was a lotta fun and loved to eat peanuts on the field. Jimma would alwahs bring Pepa a bag of peanuts and Pepa would alwahs give Jimma a big hug and some fahitas and those fahitas would get stuck in Jimma’s big ol’ teeth and Joda Powell would have to pick ’em out with his pocket knafe befoah Jimma appeahd on teluvishon.

After Pepa Frias theah was Lewa Gomez but Lewa did not last long heah. That’s when Raffa Rameraz arrived and that boah did not leave soon enough! The Braves coulda had Barrah Bonds for Raffa but did not make the trade. Next was Andres Thomas. Then, theah was Jeff Blowsah. I realla lahked Jeff Blowsah but the boah did not have lips. Could not whistle a lick. That is a recap of some Braves shortstops Ah have known.

Well, Ah guess that is enough nostalgha for one blog. Ah am happa to be back heah bloggin’ with Carolina Ladah and all the otha bloggahs. Remembuh to vote yoah conscience in the upcomin’ election. May yoah conscience be Democratic and mah yoah state be blue.

Fondla,

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708 Responses to “31: Jerra and Pepa and Lewa and Raffa”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady March 19, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Welcome, Rosalynn! Thanks for filling in!

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  2. 2 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I loved it! Thanks for a laugh, and a memory, Rosalynn.

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  3. 3 flbravesgirl March 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you, Miss Rosalynn!

    Picking up from the last blog… jimmy, I couldn’t say for certain (having never gotten too close to a real bear) but he smelled pretty good for a Grinch.

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  4. 4 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Time for food and nap. Gosh, I hope I wake up before 3:48.

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  5. 5 flbravesgirl March 19, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Paladin, my dad has been a Braves fan since he was very young & they trained here (Milwaukee days). The Red Sox stole his heart in ’67 & he’s had divided loyalties ever since. It’s torture for him when they play each other in interleague games.

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  6. 6 Salty March 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    …but he smelled pretty good for a Grinch.

    A rare experience, indeed! 😆

    Well done, Rosalynn!

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  7. 7 Carolina Lady March 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    I was in my 20s before I knew that my aunt’s name was Jenny Lee, not Jennalee – as I had always heard it. 🙂

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  8. 8 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    What? No Darrel Chaney? No Pat Rockett? No Larvell “Sugar Bear” Blanks? Oh, the inhumanity! 😀

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  9. 9 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Rosalynn, vera nice indeed! I do declare though, if you ran your blog by spell check, spell check would blow up!
    Also, sad to say, won’t be votin’ Democratic this time. Did that once(1992) and have regretted that decision ever since! 😆

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  10. 10 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    VOR, check again….Pat Rockett was mentioned!

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  11. 11 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Uh, yeah… I was, uh, just checkin’ to see if, uh, anyone was… payin’ attention. Yeah, that’s it. I was checkin’ to see if anyone was payin’ attention! That’s the ticket! 😀

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  12. 12 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    I should pull a grinch (That can hurt if you haven’t stretched properly though) and say…..goood morning everyone!!!! Went to bed late, to finish up a blindfold music test(Jazz music, no one here would care 😕 ) and played many a track til 5 am…stupid, but then again if you read that long post of mine yesterday…I’m not yet beyond being stupid! 😆
    Slept til 1:30, still playing catch-up…..now a new blog! Too much change!!!

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  13. 13 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    1992… I was stupid enough to vote for a guy because he blew a sax. That was foreshadowing, huh?

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  14. 14 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    VOR, I read every post, and every word posted here! 😆
    I noticed a few people on the other blog say they didn’t get the 3:48 PM reference….I now know who’s been naughty, and who’s been nice!!! And I will tell Grinch…who will….well, anyway, I know!!!!

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  15. 15 Salty March 19, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    That’s ok, VOR, my wife’s cousin was the sax player’s economic advisor! Suffice to say, family dynamics were interesting in the ’90’s!

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  16. 16 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Not gonna touch that one VOR!!!! 😉
    Yeah, I voted for “change” then….my how times have changed…you’d think someone would try to run on “Change” again, wouldn’t you???

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  17. 17 journalist jimmy smith March 19, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    somebody please calll berigan at 3:47 so that others may have a chance at the 3:48 post. should be an active blog at 3:48. much like chipper saying chipper would appear at 10:00. no chipper here. mr clean sometimes. great seal of the united states. sealma hayek. no really big baseball celebrities yet. carolina lady is working on one that the bloggers will really enjoy. hope it works out. soon, the colossus will become even more colossal. soon, radio advertising and disclaimers. soon, celebrity bloggers everywhere.

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  18. 18 Salty March 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Berigan…3:48 is post-nap for some…clouds comprehension…or is that, comprension!?! 🙂

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  19. 19 journalist jimmy smith March 19, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    but for now, only jimmy smith and the other regulars and the guy that gives the link to another blog. why? no one does that. http://www.journalistjimmysmith.com

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  20. 20 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    B4: I set that up on a tee for somebody… 😀

    Back in a few… gotta brave the elements to retrieve the littlest raisin and her not so little anymore brother. Certainly, I’ll be back before 3:48.

    (Notice I got in a brave reference?)

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  21. 21 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    JJS, I’ll be sure to post at 3:48 PM, like I did yesterday. And it will again be on the lines of a baseball question….which means it will appear that no one here will see said post nor respond…. but…as you can tell….no bitterness on my part, I can let things go…yep…..

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  22. 22 williamwallace March 19, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Made the mistake once of voting for a guy I thought I could have a beer with. 6 years later, it cost $55 to fill up my gas tank when it only cost $15 when I voted for the man. Forgot to remember that I was voting for an Oil Man Prez and a Defense Contractor Veep. Never again will I vote for the richest 1% to screw the rest of us over. I’d rather drink some malt liquor with the other fella and his reverend while we cuss America. 🙂

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  23. 23 Carolina Lady March 19, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    America has gone to hell in a hand-basket anyway, so it doesn’t really matter. Vote for the one who wants to send (more) millions/billions of our tax dollars overseas sacrificing the needs of our own people, hates whites, condones his ‘preacher’s’ ‘sermons’, won’t say the pledge and is extreme left-wing………..or Hillary the lying, foul-mouthed witch who is only interested in her personal power and will continue the march to the so-called North American Union? What a choice!

    Then there’s McCain……. 😐

    I’m out! Have fun with 3:48 or whatever, jimmy.

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  24. 24 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    WW, gas is 8 dollars a gallon in Italy, who’s fault is that??? China and India use much more fuel than ever before. I think I read China has 1000 new cars on the road, every day!!!
    China is now the worlds largest polluter…demand is higher than ever all over the world. And none of the 3 candidates would dare drill in ANWR….
    I have to admit, I like the guy you’d like to have a malt liquor with….but, he also has a close spiritual advisor who likes to tell his flock that the government created HIV virus, to give to people of color…anyone that would listen to a idiot like that…worries me deeply.
    I also don’t like that richest 1% but….tax them to death…and guess what??? Less jobs in the US, new and old….lets give them even more of an excuse to send jobs and business headquarters overseas….
    Pat Paulsen in ’08!!!!

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  25. 25 morpheus45 March 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Another quick drive-by blogging: great lead, Miss Rosalynn!

    Hear hear, WillyWally; I was disappointed after ’92 to be sure, but I STILL can’t sit down after this last one. Yikes! Nothing like a $900 check to make everyone forget about 6 years of war and a bankrupt economy. And that’s nobody’s fault but our own. I don’t blame presidents for what they do; they’re all thieves these days no matter what their party allegiance and the current corruption of the entire process practically requires it. I blame the people for putting up with it, however.

    And, it’s worth noting, that this country is so much better than any other that even after all the thievery there’s STILL enough left over for us to all live like kings, relatively speaking. The people will clean it up and make it shine again someday. Alas, we need alternatives that don’t seem to be available this current election.

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  26. 26 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Mountian Home ,Arkansas had a foot of rain!!!! Anyone know where Hillbilly lives??? Hope he’s ok!!!

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  27. 27 morpheus45 March 19, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    He’s in the flatlands; don’t worry. Later, all.

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  28. 28 journalist jimmy smith March 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    journalist must go to the bank. in the rain. not sure if journalist will be back in time for a 3:48. oh, the humanity! no one reads the 3:48 anyway. 😆 and carolina lady seems somewhat opinionated on this blog today. hmmm…. know where political discourse can take one on a blog, right, carolina lady? banned from carolina lady’s own blog?

    somebody please post this for jimmy smith at 3:48: “oh, the humanity!”

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  29. 29 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Grinch, you asked an important question yesterday, that I did not answer! 😦
    We own 3 Lincolns now, after being GM folks. Just happened! We had nothing but chevys in the 80’s, buicks in the 90’s(Except for the 1966 Dodge Monaco I had for a year, til a guy without insurance crashed into me! 😡 )
    I had a 1971 Caddy from 2001 til 2007. Best car I ever had. Never once left me stranded. They still only cost less than a dollar a pound, and if you get one from a little old lady(or Man) they have been beautifully maintained and will run forever. Gas will kill ya though!
    Anyway, long boring story short. Bought a 1979 Lincoln Mark V a few years back to re-sell. Didn’t work the way I thought it would. beautiful car though. White with white leather interior. Ahh. Miles to empty gauge. Temp gauge on side mirror. Pull up on door handle at night, interior lights went on! Did I mention this was a 1979 car???? Remember how low tech that first computer you had in the 90’s was??
    So, after I bought that, Dad wanted to get one, not one with the little girly man 400 Cubic inch engine(With all the smog stuff, it was pretty slow) so he grabbed the bigger Lincoln, the Continental. A 1975 Model. The Green rust bucket I was in yesterday when crazy man wanted a ride. Beautiful Green leather seats, car cost…990 bucks on Ebay!
    I sold the white Lincoln finally to a friend, and was going to get back in the GM flock. But, while looking for tech info for my Dad’s 1975(God, will berigan ever shut up???) I saw on a Lincoln forum someone talking about this Yellow 1973 Lincoln Mark lV, same style like Frank Cannon drove! Nope, didn’t want another Lincoln, wanted a Buick Wildcat!!! But, he put up photos of the yellow one you see in my profile. He was in a tiny town in Illinois, where no one was interested in it. He had a 1970 Chevelle SS, and a 1968 Riviera he was restoring. He said if his brother found out the car was for sale, he’d buy it from him, and he’d use it to haul around motors in the trunk!!! Yikes!!! And, the real kicker??? He was only asking $2,200 for it!!! that’s 50 cents a pound for a car that had only 85,000 miles on it, and the original owner put thousands into it, even had the Cartier Clock repaired at one time!!! 😯 So….I ended up with yet another Lincoln!
    And my Dad, not to be outdone, bought a 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car, Black with red velvet interior(Dad says it looks like an 1870’s western whorehouse inside! :mrgreen: )
    When my Mom died on 2005, we had 3 cars. Within a year, we had 6 cars in the driveway!!! For 2 people! All 6 cars had cost us a combined $12,000!!! If you are going to go overboard, there are worse ways to do so. Anyway, we calmed down(and were pretty broke between buying them, and trying to fix them up.) so, down to 3, and all Lincolns…..
    Now, aren’t you sorry you asked Grinch??? 🙂

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  30. 30 Hillbilly March 19, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Mountain Home is way up near the Missouri line. I’m pert-near Lewsy-ana. Matthew (Walter’s Dad) is a Yankee (anybody North of Little Rock is a Yankee in this state-not a putdown) so he may have gotten a dose of it. Best I know, he’s in the Northeast corner, though, and Mountain Home is North-Central.

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  31. 31 williamwallace March 19, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Well, damn, God must be a Republican. I say something like that and then walk outside and end up almost drowning in a septic drain. No lie. The darn thing is flooding over. Trying to clear some of the debris out with a shovel, I miscalculated where the solid footing was and under I went, drowning in the rain water and the whole block’s excrement. I will be showering the rest of the day and night.

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  32. 32 Hillbilly March 19, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Damn Braveheart, That’s just…..I don’t know, I’m speechless.

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  33. 33 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    WW, sorry about that! No joke, get some of that Antibacterial soap from the kitchen, and use that in the shower!
    I HATE septic Tank systems!!! We had them in Jacksonville, and with all the rain we had there, nothing but problems. Add to that the previous owners having concrete poured over the top of the tank for a pool….GRRRR!
    Just bad luck, not God, IMHO…if God picked sides in elections…well, I don’t know who we’d have running, but I’d bet it would be better folks than we have now!

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  34. 34 Hillbilly March 19, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I’d buy you a beer if I lived close enough. That tops anybody’s bad day, right there.

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  35. 35 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Hillbilly, glad you are ok in your neck of the woods. We could take a foot of rain Florida, since the soil was so sandy….but usually causes trouble of some sort elsewheres…

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  36. 36 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    ww: Eeeeeewwwww!!! :Neutral:

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  37. 37 morpheus45 March 19, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Sorry, dude; that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while. Mine was worse; should I expect locusts? Actually, I’d probably prefer locusts. Might I suggest to cleanse the palate after the political discussion by watching “John Adams.”

    Berigan, there was once a time my yard was filled with land-yachts as well; story for another day.

    Why won’t all you people log off and let me get some work done? 🙂

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  38. 38 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    replay –> ww: Eeeeeewwwww!!! 😐 <– all lower case

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  39. 39 Hillbilly March 19, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    B-4, I’m sure once the rivers and lakes up north of us start dumping all that extra water, we’ll get some fairly decent flooding, but, I won’t complain. How could anybody complain after WW’s story?

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  40. 41 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Grinch, you just said your day was worst! You gotts to explain!
    Does it top my story about driving around a crazy man yesterday, and now fearing forevermore going to my Gym???

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  41. 42 williamwallace March 19, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Well, damn, now that the shock and humiliation is wearing off, I just realized I cut myself the the hell up. Will need to get to a doc now to get a shot or something just in case.

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  42. 43 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    ww: Let me get this straight… You were looking for something solid to stand on, miscalculated, and ended up digging out from other people’s $#!+. Is that right?

    Sounds like you’ve already voted! 😆

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  43. 44 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    ww; I always knew you were full of it. Now, you got it all over you. Thank you, God.

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  44. 45 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    worser??? worsest??? Worser is a word??? I guess I should have said…..your days was the worst. Still doesn’t look right. More worse than his???

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  45. 46 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    were the worst…God, forgive me, I had a government edumacation.

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  46. 47 Hillbilly March 19, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    It rained mud in Texas!

    At least it’s not raining men……hallelujah

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  47. 48 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Hmmm… alot of traffic on the colossus as 3:48 approaches.

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  48. 49 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Wait, your day was the worst…I was right the first time….just made day, days….which messed everything else up….I’ll quit while behind…. 😳

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  49. 50 Bob, journalist March 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Pat Paulsen in ‘08!!!!Berigan, are you sure you’re just 41?

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  50. 51 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Hillbilly, 😆

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  51. 52 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I was born Old Bob! 😆

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  52. 53 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Song Title? Standing on shaky ground.

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  53. 54 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Old Bob? You’re Old Bob?

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  54. 55 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I listen to music before your time Bob! I just finished up a sampling cd for jazz folks, and one track was from 1926!!! Bet you don’t have any music that old at your house! 😛 Unless it’s classical…

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  55. 56 Hillbilly March 19, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Oh,….

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  56. 57 Hillbilly March 19, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    the,….

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  57. 58 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Just don’t anybody say First!!

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  58. 59 Hillbilly March 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Humanity!

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  59. 60 Bob, journalist March 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    oh, the humanity!

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  60. 61 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Upon hearing that Jeff Francoeur got hit in the lip with a pitch during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Cardinals, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson playfully said his initial thought was, “How did it miss his nose?” 😆

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  61. 62 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Bob put a lot of effort into a post on this subject, but no one else….

    so, every day it will show up till someone else comments!!!!

    Will we have the same trouble against Lefties that we had last year?? Andruw is rightly….not that he hit much, but Kotsay is a lefty. Blanco and Anderson are lefties…Having Tex from the beginning will help. Was last year just an anomaly?
    Being reminded the Andrew Miller is with the Marlins(ESPN has a story about all their swell young talent again) reminded me how very bad we looked against him when he was with the Tigers….
    Gotta run and do some errands….expect dozens of comments on the subject when I get back! 😛

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  62. 63 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    dammit, off my one minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😡

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  63. 64 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    3:49 Berigan… it doesn’t count… 😀

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  64. 65 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    my one minute!!!!!!!!!!! 👿

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  65. 66 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    And why is it your minute, anyway?

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  66. 67 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    OH, _____ ______ _______!

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  67. 68 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    😀

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  68. 69 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I own the minutes, that’s why!

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  69. 70 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    😳 My sensitive ears are burning!

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  70. 71 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Now I know what it was like to be there for Genesis.

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  71. 72 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Oh! That’s your eye! For weeks I’ve been trying to figure that out. Your eye, right, B4?

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  72. 73 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Paladin, did you see them with or without Peter Gabriel??? 😆

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  73. 74 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    VOR, hot dog, we have a wiener!!! Yes, that’s my strangely sexy eye peering thru! 😯

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  74. 75 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Peter Gabriel? Is he the one that blows the mean horn?

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  75. 76 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Paladin, 😆

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  76. 77 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Halley’s comet. Nostradomas. Y2K. Berigan. Yes, I have lived through some big disappointments.

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  77. 78 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Berigan; All comments. 😆

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  78. 79 morpheus45 March 19, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I’m hurt I wasn’t let in on the fun… 😦

    Oh, well; after “Raining Men” and “blowing a mean horn” it’s probably a good time to go anyway. Off to school.

    Berigan, Bob was crunching numbers at Tech in 1926.

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  79. 80 flbravesgirl March 19, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    😯 WW! How awful! Hope you’re at the Dr. now.

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  80. 81 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Where’d everybody go? Y’all going to wait ’til 3:48 tomorrow?

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  81. 82 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Oh well. Good excuse to go get some work done. Thanks.

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  82. 83 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Berigan is not a motorcycle guy…Berigan loves Berigan too much!!!
    But, I can appriciate any fine machinery….are you guys familiar with the Vincent Black Shadow??? Jay Leno has a few….just amazing…about a 10 minute clip. You can waste hours checking out all of his great toys…I wish I had his kind of money!
    http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/cars/VincentMotorcycle_shell.shtml

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  83. 84 Salty March 19, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Alas, we need alternatives that don’t seem to be available this current election.

    Yup!

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  84. 85 Salty March 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Berigan, Bob was crunching numbers at Tech in 1926. 😆 With an abacus???

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  85. 86 Salty March 19, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    What say you, Bob J…you gonna let the ‘green one’ get away with that…not that I didn’t …uh, sorta go along with it!?! 😛 I know, I know…at least Tech had an abacus…at Clempsun, we count the herd…’til we ran out of toes!

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  86. 87 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I’m trying to be a bit more diligent in my work than in prevous days. Difficult task…

    NOTICE: the following may cause eyes to glaze over in boredom!

    SG: If you’re lurking about, I didn’t ignore your question about Phil Keaggy. His is a strange story. It is difficult to make an album recommendation because the styles range widely. You will find his story quite interesting.

    I was turned onto Keaggy way before I got into Christian music. (That I ended up there is either coincidence or divine guidance.) But Phil Keaggy is the finest guitarist I have ever heard. Notice, I didn’t say the best, or the fastest, or the most kick-ass or whatever… just the finest. His whole body of work, from early Glass Harp to his solo stuff to his acoustic stuff to his Celtic influenced stuff, is in a class by itself.

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  87. 88 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Baseball tonight, on NOW!!!

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  88. 89 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    ESPN 2

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  89. 90 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Lew, checking out the weather channel….you might want to buy that 4X4 today!!! If I am seeing things correctly, all this moisture that has caused (And is still causing)terrible flooding is going up to the north east, and right thru Vermont! 😯

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  90. 91 Bob, journalist March 19, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I was born Old Bob!Berigan, does that mean we’re related? I don’t know about Old Bob but I do have a bottle of Old McBrayer … our family got the last case about 35 years ago, methinks.

    I’m not sure what my oldest is, but I do have one or two 1919 Columbia Graphophone Company records and some of the same vintage from Pathe, at least one of which is Country – “bluegrass”.

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  91. 92 Hillbilly March 19, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Oh, the humanity! (3:48 Central Standard Time)

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  92. 93 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    😆

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  93. 94 Bob, journalist March 19, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Apologies Sir Guy … I missed your 10:13 on the previous Blog.

    Duty calls as there’s much to do before game time but I’m bemused, not to be confused with my musings, by the fact that your post first refers to the overnight activity and then its body seems to address my early evening post … about 8:30 my time, methinks.

    I’ll look at it more closely during the game and respond.

    Later

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  94. 95 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Great banter on the BS blog today….

    Rosalynn, did I ever tell you that it was your magnificent prose that got me hooked on the “other” blog to begin with? Great lead and as always, most amusing. 🙂

    Berigan… Funny how you can live in a parallel universe and not know it. I also owned a Dodge. A ’65 Coronet 500 that was absolutely the worse gas hog I ever owned. And that was with a 360…

    I also drove a 70 Cadillac Fleetwood. A virtual rolling motel that one was… 🙂

    Still no conclusion on the great car buy of ’08… This may take a few more days… 🙂

    CL, I once owned a ’69 Sportster XLCH… It caught fire one day while fueling at a local gas station. Best bike I ever owned was a 850cc Moto Guzzi. As smooth as a BMW but better…. The last bike was a Vulcan… Big piece of junk as far as I am concerned. terrible foot numbing vibration. It trifled with your toes big time.

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  95. 96 journalist jimmy smith March 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    journalist returns to find ww mired in trouble. carolina lady would tell ww to soak in listerine. will require a lot of listerine. can put it back in the bottle and gargle with it later. frugal.

    and jimmy smith did not return from the bank in time to post at 3:48 but jimmy smith would like to thank hillbilly and journalist bob for posting oh, the humanity for this journalist.

    and berigan . . . a post at 3:47 and another at 3:49. says it all. not berigan’s day. and certainly not ww’s day either. and how many shots would be enough to combat septic foot? and will it spread to the toes? anything under the toenail? toes are not to be trifled with and toes are not to be toileted.

    listerine soak: fill tub with listerine. soak. rinse. repeat if desired. towel dry.

    and baseball later. would not want to sit in the waiting room with ww right now. smells good for a bear. oh, the humanity! 😆

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  96. 97 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Gil, my Dodge Monaco had the 383. I got between 14-16 Miles per gallon. Not too bad. My 1971 Cadillac had the same 471 CI motor you had…with lower compression in 1971. 11 MPG….yuck.
    I had a 1969 Buick LeSabre, with the Buick 350 High Compression. I could get 19-20 MPG from a full size car almost 40 years old! No overdrive, over 100,000 miles on the motor. No roller lifters….so someone ‘splain to me why trucks with fuel injection, overdrive, high tech tramissions…and smaller motors, often can’t match that car???
    Let us know what you do pick for your daughter. Perhaps a car that thieves don’t like? 😕

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  97. 98 Salty March 19, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    jimmy! Oh, the frugality! :mrgreen:

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  98. 99 journalist jimmy smith March 19, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    gil, rosalynn will like that. 😆 husband has his own submarine.

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  99. 100 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Gil; This is so basic that it probably will insult your intelligence, but my recent car buying experience went like this. Found a car (Grand Marquis) that I liked. Took it to my mechanic who went over it with the proverbial fine tooth comb. He gave me a list of things it needed to make it A-1 and the costs. I went back to Jr. Samples and said: Here is what you are asking for the car. Here is what Edmunds et al say this car in this Zip Code is worth. Here is what it is going to cost me to “fix” this car. Here is my offer. He disappeared into the inner sanctum and came back and said we have a deal. I hope they are happy, ’cause I am. That’s what makes a good deal. Both sides are happy…afterwards.

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  100. 101 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I wonder if ww is back from getting his rabies shot, yet.

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  101. 102 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I don’t know about y’all, but I like everything on my submarines. What? Oh, THAT kind of submarine. Sorry.

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  102. 103 Savannah Guy March 19, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Just dropped in to see what condition your condition was in betwixt work and such. Spent most of that time readin’ so not much left for writin’ just now. A good day on the blog I see.

    Carolina Lady: Hear, hear! You go girl. Land of the free, home of the brave.

    WW: God is not a Republican and He’s certainly not a Democrat. Alone, He runs the Supreme Court of all Supreme Courts. However, He does work in mysterious ways and sometimes in funny ways. Like with your incident… the septic tank and all. And yes… get a tetanus shot and maybe even a round of antibiotics since you got cut. Don’t mean to laugh at your misfortune but that was funny. Sorry. You’ll be fine. Locusts or the mud rain in would have been preferable.

    Paladin: Your 3:43 cracked me up and probably made WW grin too.

    Raisins: Thanks for the info. I’m into Christian but not so much Christian music. Sounds weird maybe but God gave me the ears I got. Christian or spiritual music I like would be Bono/U2, George Harrison, Verve and others… I could go on. Oh, and Phil Keaggy, thanks to you.

    Bob: As you say, overnight is not technically at night or late at night and certainly not morning… though I suppose it should have been more accurate. It was just a manner of speaking. I’ll just say, when I refer to the “overnights”, I’m including the posts made between the time I leave the blog in the evening until I arrive the next morning. But you knew that, right? Then why am I telling you what you already know? Oh, you pointed it out so I figured I’d clear that up.

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  103. 104 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    CL; I strongly recommend that you delete Bob’s proposed “answer” to SG if it is in any way inflammatory. It can do nothing but bolster Bob’s ego and disrupt what we have achieved on the blog today. I will follow this up with an e-mail. Respectfully submitted.

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  104. 105 williamwallace March 19, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I am officially a chocolate starfish now.

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  105. 106 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Where oh where has everyone gone? Lurking in the shadows waiting for the sparks to fly? Has anyone got a light?

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  106. 107 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    ww; Would you stand back just a little? There, that will do it. Would someone open a window in here?

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  107. 108 Salty March 19, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    OK…WW backed away, letting light in the room. I’ll open the window. Now, start ‘sparkin’!

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  108. 109 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Who started for the Braves…Chino?

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  109. 110 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Salty; I am no longer a sparkler. I am an extinguisher…in training.

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  110. 111 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Besides, I didn’t want “light”. I wanted a light. For my cigar.

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  111. 112 Savannah Guy March 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Paladin… there is no problem. At least I hope not anyway. Bob, Journalist and I go way back (in blog time)… and free speech is a beautiful thing. Even if you can’t figure out what the hell it means at times. 😉 x 2.

    Now, baseball: is the game being televised anywhere? Not here.

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  112. 113 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    And ww, I don’t want you to feel self-conscious. You don’t smell that unusual. You smell just like a democrat to me. 😆 😆 😆

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  113. 114 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    SG; No TV here. No gratuitous play-by-play either. I go up occasionally and check the AJC scoreboard.

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  114. 115 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Where are all our play-by-players? Were they scared away by the crabbiness of old(and some not so old) men? As Peter, Paul and Mary(Damn pacifists!)would say: “…when will we ever know?”

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  115. 116 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Sorry…no lighter…or drop in weight, either! Extinguisher-in-training, huh? Is that a pre-emptive strike approach? 😆

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  116. 117 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Salty; It’s more of a “let me hold y’alls coat while you fight” type of thing. Out of character for me, but it has been used against me enought.

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  117. 118 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Well…since it’s just us two, what’s the next topic on the agenda?

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  118. 119 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Snadgies? 😆

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  119. 120 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I didn’t mean to scare you off. We can discuss vomeronasal organs, if you wish.

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  120. 121 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Glazed, roasted, boiled, or mashed? :mrgreen:

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  121. 122 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Or we can discuss Grinch’s love life. That shouldn’t take us long.

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  122. 123 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    No organs…musical, sapien, or otherwise!

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  123. 124 Savannah Guy March 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Iwishbaseballwasontv.com

    Get back jo jo.

    Get back to where you once belonged.

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  124. 125 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Oh, you are already on Grinch’s love life. 😀

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  125. 126 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    That’s it, call out Grinch then rush off to bed! 😆

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  126. 127 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Shut up SG! We are having an intellectual discussion here.

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  127. 128 Savannah Guy March 19, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Salty and Paladin are in a tag team blog domination. I’m going to eat.

    wherehasbayareastevebeenimisshishumorandsuch.com

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  128. 129 Savannah Guy March 19, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    see? that’s why I’m getting out while the gettin’s good. I’ll just slip out the side door here. But don’t be mean… I’ll be back.

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  129. 130 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    There’s bad breath…good breath…I like “Locomotive Breath”!

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  130. 131 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    BAS is a PST zombie. No one is up to talk to him but Berigan.

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  131. 132 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    No, no, no, SG…don’t leave! Paladin wants to discuss Genesis and Gabriel…I haven’t the heart to tell him we’re talking music! 😛

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  132. 133 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    DON’T LEAVE SG!!! The wine is running low and so am I.

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  133. 134 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    In other words, SG, Paladin wants you to ‘tag up’ and take over the ring!

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  134. 135 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    And now a word from the “dark side”…

    I don’t know how many of you are aware of the Red Soxs’ show of unity today but I thought it to be a very stand up thing for them to boycott today’s spring training game until MLB got off some cash and compensated the staff and coaches for the up coming trip to Japan. They gained a lot of respect from me today.

    The choice of cars has yet to be determined, as I said. I am just the negotiator. Thanks for the tip 008…

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  135. 136 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    A nip of KC and a slice of red velvet cake would be quite good about now…or a coke! Klobber…FBG…jimmy…roll call!

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  136. 137 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Gil…I didn’t read the story…were they supposed to travel gratis…what’s the deal there?

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  137. 138 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    My friend sent me this “music” joke today. What is the differnce between a moose and Lawrence WelK? With the moose the horns are in front and the AH is in the back. Banned?

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  138. 140 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks, Gil….that’s some serious money. Sheesh, give a multi-millionaire player $40K, but leave the $100K coach out. Orders of magnitude rather skewed…good it was resolved.

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  139. 141 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Gil; I don’t know why the players even had to get involved. I don’t know why the manager, coaches, etc., didn’t just say: Without pay, we ain’t goin’. That should have solved it.

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  140. 142 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Read the article 008…

    “The coaches never have leverage,” said Schilling. “In all the years I’ve been in baseball, they’re the guys usually taken advantage of in situations like this. In this locker room, they’re as much a part of this team as the guys on the field.”

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  141. 143 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Braves are getting hammered.

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  142. 144 Salty March 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Hammered? What are they drinking?

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  143. 145 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Sets a good example for what being a “team” is all about. I have been in those situations. It is nice to see guys standing up for the little guy for a change. So many times today I read about how Unions agree to a contract that short changes the new guy. They forget the sacrifices those before them made. Okay, enough about that or I will be standing on my soap box all night.

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  144. 146 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    My point is Gil, that if they had gone without these vital people, management would have found out that they are vital, fast.

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  145. 147 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    That is a good question. What have YOU been drinking, Salty?

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  146. 148 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged… Get back Jo Jo…

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  147. 149 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    No 008… they would have fired the whole bunch….

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  148. 150 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    There is strength in unity.

    yes… tis fugly against the Stros tonight

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  149. 151 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I just got back from checking on the Bravos. Did I miss anything? No, I didn’t think so. The Braves are not only getting hammered, they are getting sickled too.

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  150. 152 Paladin March 19, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Goodnight, sweetheart, well, it’s time to go,
    Goodnight, sweetheart, well, it’s time to go,
    I hate to leave you, but I really must say,
    Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight.

    And the same to you two hard-tails too. Bye

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  151. 153 Savannah Guy March 19, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Said I’d be back but it’ll be short-lived. Life is short. Popcorn is hot. Wife is beautiful and sweet. She made dinner tonight and put up with me so far this week. So… it’s movie time (John Adams-Part I). I think she knows what’s coming 🙂 and is getting all of her off-season TV requests fulfilled.

    Salty, forgive… I’m scattered, but I agree completely on Tull and Stipe. Now, if we’re talking bands that would not be the case. Mostly because in art and music there are so many great ones that best is not possible. Only favorites.

    I’m still looking forward to seeing/hearing other denizen favorites. Gil had a rockin’ good’un. Paladin… no Don Ho please.

    Later if can…

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  152. 154 journalist jimmy smith March 19, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    yes, pitching is much of the game.

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  153. 155 journalist jimmy smith March 19, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (WLTX) — Richland County deputies say two middle school teachers who got into a fist-fight in front of students over a personal matter were arrested Wednesday.

    Investigators say the original incident happened in the hallway of St. Andrews Middle School between two female eighth-grade teachers on Thursday, March 14.

    Sheriff Leon Lott says the school’s resource officer, who works with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, say the fight happened at 2 p.m. in between classes.

    Lott says 30-year-old Tawana Horton of Columbia and 28-year-old Cambrella Pickney of Columbia got into a physical altercation in the hallway, after the teachers “bumped into each other.”

    The resource officer says “an ongoing personal dispute” can be blamed for the reason the teachers were fighting, but he didn’t elaborate on what the dispute regarded.

    probably over somebody’s lunch. see a sandwich and want it. take it and end up in a fight.

    well, reminds this journalist of blog activity of late. and jimmy smith cannot recall two of jimmy smith’s teachers fighting in high school but the thought somehow appeals to jimmy smith. can think of two jimmy smith would like to have seen in a mud wrestling environment but, alas, never to be. yes, a good physical altercation might have been most entertaining. hair pulling, torn clothing, a light sheen of perspiration . . . an hitherto unseen tattoo revealed. oh, the humanity!

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  154. 156 morpheus45 March 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Actual quote from the Falcon’s blog about DeAngelo Hall:

    “I’m so happy he is gone he and is mouth he does not have class and education he spitted on the plate where he eated.”

    Football will always be my sport, but…(sigh).

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  155. 157 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 19, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Grinch, no wonder football is your sport, what with the rich heritage of winning pro football in the ATL, and the great team first players the said team always has…. 😛

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  156. 158 flbravesgirl March 19, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Good evening y’all! Gil, I liked seeing the Red Sox stand by their coaches & staff too.

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  157. 159 morpheus45 March 19, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Berigan, you may have noticed all those players being shipped out of late. The new falcons may be boring, but they will finally be a team.

    G’night, all.

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  158. 160 morpheus45 March 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Great timing as always, FBG. 🙂

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  159. 161 flbravesgirl March 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    WW, are you OK? Did you get a tetanus shot? Antibiotics? What do they give someone who’s been dunked in …er, that?

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  160. 162 Chop Seal March 19, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    morpheus45 Says:

    March 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm
    Actual quote from the Falcon’s blog about DeAngelo Hall:

    “I’m so happy he is gone he and is mouth he does not have class and education he spitted on the plate where he eated.”

    grincH, was this a beeT writer or a regulaR blogger?

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  161. 163 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    he spitted on the plate where he eated

    😆 😆 😆

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  162. 164 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    😎 😆 😆 😆 <– Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

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  163. 165 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I honestly don’t know why I just did that… ❓

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  164. 166 Chop Seal March 19, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    BraKing News: from charles odum (ap)

    Diaz hit .356 against left-handers and .318 against right-handers last season. He hit .358 against right-handers in 2006. His 358 at-bats last year were split almost evenly, with 170 against right-handers.

    “There’s nothing wrong with playing every day with Matt, that’s for sure,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said Wednesday. “He’s earned it. What we’re going to do, I’m not saying, but he’s earned the right to play every day.”

    Cox insists Diaz, 30, also has the defensive skills to be a full-time starter. Though overshadowed by Andruw Jones’ glove and Jeff Francoeur’s arm, Diaz was solid last season. He committed two errors in 135 games.

    “He’s playing great,” Cox said. “He’s been a good defensive player. He just never had a chance to play every day, or as much as he’s played with us.”

    and probably will never have the chance with bobby cox as manager. “not saying” what bobby cox is going to do is kinda funny. everybody knows what bobby cox is going to do.

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  165. 167 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I think I’ve been working too hard. 😯

    I’m gettin’ punchy…

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  166. 168 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Did ya punch everyone out???? Where everybody be at???

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  167. 169 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 12:07 am

    I liked the Smokey and the Miracles emoticons, by the by….

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  168. 170 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Howdy B4… Sleepin’ sitting at my desk. I have reached the point of zero productivity. Reckon I’ll pick it up in the morning.

    G’night B4 and the rest…

    Oh, you liked 😎 😆 😆 😆 ?

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  169. 171 flbravesgirl March 20, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Not much happening tonight, huh?

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  170. 172 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 12:38 am

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  171. 173 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Foldin’ up shop for tonight. C-y’all tomorrow…

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  172. 174 flbravesgirl March 20, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Guess everyone’s gone to bed. Now, tomorrow night it will be later when I check in. World Figure Skating Championships on TV starting tomorrow, WooHoo! So my attention will be divided through the weekend.

    Good night, y’all!

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  173. 175 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Nope. Watching Banacek! Very hip in 1972! Still hip, for those who are in the know! Skating….How my Mom loved watching that! 🙂

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  174. 176 Bob, journalist March 20, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Sir Guy, while My Lady, Mr. —, and/or others may well consider this inflammatory, I assure you it is not my intent, and while I do not know what was achieved on the blog today, it is also not my intent to disrupt anything.

    As an aside, while I find such rhetoric distasteful, the notion that the disposition of the post will have any impact on my ego, as suggested by Mr. —, … is humorous … if my comments are considered inappropriate then so be it … truth is truth … it will be my intent to simply respond as requested.

    Relative to your 6:38, I do appreciate the clarification as your definition is different from that to which I’m accustomed … and that which I had thought was common usage. Indeed it was at first glance confusing as is the tone of “But you knew that, right? Then why am I telling you what you already know? Oh, you pointed it out so I figured I’d clear that up” … it’s as if you doubted the sincerity of my 5:19. Had I not have been confused by what you said, I would not have so commented.

    Stripped of the syntax, all I was trying to say was that I was sorry that I had missed seeing your earlier post … would have missed it entirely had Carol not asked me about it … then identified the point of confusion … and stated that I would be busy until game time but would read it again during the game and then respond.

    Well, between chores, I caught three of the innings, including the last and as the game is now over … and I will reconsider your post as I listen to the replay … though I will defer my response until I can give it proper attention as I see the tone suggests that to be appropriate … perhaps later tonight after Carol retires for the evening … or tomorrow morning.

    While it is perhaps my singular opine, I do honestly find Mr. —‘s 7:15 remarks inappropriate, if not presumptive and/or themselves inflammatory … if for no other reason, the fact that it was you who requested a response “Bob, please share your concerns with us” … though the tone somewhat remindful of an earlier post on the Braves’ Beat Blog.

    I agree with your 8:00 in hoping there is no problem … and I’m relatively sure that most would agree that it is a mistake to reach conclusions on the basis of Blog rhetoric without clarification, especially when “you can’t figure out what the hell it means“.

    Our friendship, from my perspective, is only coincidently Blog based and indeed, as with most others, is rarely influenced by “masked” rhetoric presented for public consumption .. were there to be a problem, a public forum would not be my venue of choice. Certainly, each friendship is different but that is directionally true for all … for it is the individual and neither the mask nor the agenda in which I am interested.

    The esteemed Dean of Blog Journalism has said in effect “when Bob wants you to understand, he’ll say it where you’ll understand” … I too may be guilty of an appropriation but, it was indeed on spot and appropriate when he so said … and I do assever that it is my intent.

    That is to say that generally speaking, if you don’t understand it, it’s safe to assume that you weren’t the intended audience … and in this case, any esoteric observations were themselves intended for private consumption and consideration … in no way intended to be inflammatory and certainly not proffered for the purpose of eliciting barks from the bitten dogs … in rhetoric or in tone.

    Indeed they were but musings triggered by observations and recent events.

    Good Night and God Bless!

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  175. 177 Bob, journalist March 20, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Berigan<>, it’s hard for me to realize that Banacek was being aired 35 years ago … well done, … the Best of Class, if not Show!

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  176. 178 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Bob, it’s really hard to realize, believe you me! It’s easy when watching a Black and white movie that those folks are now old….but, to see some “hottie” color, in a bikini….then look her up on IMDB, and see that she is now a senior citizen…that’s a shocker! 😯

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  177. 179 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 2:01 am

    some hottie in color…or of color…berigan don’t mind! 😛

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  178. 180 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 2:01 am

    believe you me!!!

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  179. 181 Bob, journalist March 20, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Well done Miss Rosalynn!

    Some things change, others stay the same …

    In Today’s lineup

    .462 Escobar (39)
    .424 Diaz (33)
    .360 Blanco (25)
    .357 Jones, Chipper (28)
    .333 Prado (54)
    .316 Pena (19)
    .316 Schafer (38)
    .313 Borchard (32)
    .306 Anderson (36)
    .281 McCann (32)
    .243 Kotsay (37)
    .238 Lillibridge 42)
    .237 Johnson (38)
    .216 Teixeira (37)
    .189 Jones, Brandon (37)
    .167 Thorman (36)

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  180. 182 Bob, journalist March 20, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Goodness!

    Good night!

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  181. 183 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 8:00 am

    8 A.M. sucks.

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  182. 184 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Just thought I’d point that out.

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  183. 185 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Wattup, greenie…

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  184. 186 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 8:16 am

    content deleted at request of author

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  185. 187 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 8:21 am

    And a cheerie good morning to you, paladin… 😀

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  186. 188 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Glad you asked, VOR! 🙂

    I Googled “Elizabeth Cook” the author because I just got done reading her novel/prose poem “Achilles” which is one of the best things I’ve read in years. There’s no info on her at all, but about a million links to a vapid country singer who’s apparently stepped out of the San Fernando Valley long enough to grace Nashville with “Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman.” No, there’s no trickery involved, and despite even me being somewhat offended (that belongs in a different musical genre) the old guard of Nashville apparently loves it and compares her to Dolly. Man, times sure are a’ changin’.

    I wonder what Willie thinks, who still couldn’t get an audience with those same people because he has long hair? Or David Allen Coe, who routinely headlines Waffle Houses because of the moral hang-ups of those same people?

    Oh, the hypocricy!

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  187. 189 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 8:33 am

    I, myself, am not awake good… Stayed up til midnight:30 working, only to wake up to more work. In fact, after I finish this bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, I’m back on the road again. Into the big city, today. Blech! 😡

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  188. 190 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Blech, indeed.

    Off to the gym.

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  189. 191 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 8:42 am

    good morning, bloggers! it is spring! birds singing, septic overflow, grass is turning green (from septic overflow?) . . . and blog harmony must be restored. now, remember famous banjo player, stringbean. stringbean’s first banjo was made from a shoebox and thread. imagine! a shoe box and thread. sounds more like a harp to this journalist. depends on where stringbean put the thread. and speaking of harps . . . hello out there to all harp seals. and harpo. used to have harp schaffner and marx suit for sunday school. harpo, not jimmy smith. oh, well, blogging is as blogging does. could be on that other blog but journalist spitted on the plate where journalist eated. that really is bad grammar, huh? try again. spitted on the plate where journalist once had eated. better.

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  190. 192 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Stringbean had hip-hop fashion before hip-hop had hip-hop fashion. Check him out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUTPS-eXRsc

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  191. 193 Hillbilly March 20, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Grinch,

    David Allan Coe(The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy) thinks:

    Somebody shoot out that spotlight.
    Spotlights ain’t nothin’ but jive.
    Roll me a smoke, give me some coke,
    Treat me like I am alive.
    Tell all the ladies I’m single.
    Tell Lonestar beer that I’m dry.
    Everyone’s lying ’bout living,
    Everyone’s living a lie.

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  192. 194 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 9:00 am

    It ain’t a very cheerie morning, for me, Raisins. Sorry.

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  193. 195 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 9:16 am

    On the road again, folks. Heading into ATL, which is about as fun as a punch in the neck. 😐 Back in the PM.

    C-ya –>

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  194. 196 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Whatever. And Y’all think I’m contentious. I’m a mere babe in the woods.

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  195. 197 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Today is the birthday of Fred Rogers of Mr Roger’s Neighborhood. He would have been 80. Many grew up watching Mr. Fred, and many more should have. He was a true Christian, not just one that espouses Christian greetings and goodbyes, to make them sound like one. There is a word for them. Hypocrite.

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  196. 198 Carolina Lady March 20, 2008 at 9:47 am

    You know what? I don’t even want to come to my own blog anymore. Same stuff from ajc. Why continue to drag it over here?? I am furious. CL is OUT!

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  197. 199 Salty March 20, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Remember, friends…blogging is a ‘free-typing zone’. If you just don’t get along with someone here, use your scroll button, or metaphorically, Walk on By

    or, you can Stroll on…
    http://www.tunesafterdark.com/index_022.htm

    And, for VOR: 😎
    http://www.last.fm/music/Willie+Nelson/_/On+the+Road+Again

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  198. 200 Salty March 20, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Uh, oh! 😦

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  199. 201 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Good morning all, I have decided to skip my birthday for the next few years… I appears that getting older is somewhat detrimental to my health. I am developing “old man’s waddle” and it sucks….

    Perhaps I could be like a lot of the Latin players and have a new birth certificate drawn to subtract a few years off the calender.

    Last night’s game with the Astros was a classic example of why it is important not to get sloppy even when the other team has a big lead. You never know which run win be the winning run. I am not overly concerned about Sorianto but he really needs to stay focused. Jo Jo puts in another disappointing performance and perhaps seals his fate to Richmond.

    Interesting article in the Washington Post about their 19 year old first baseman. Usually such a player is 4 to 5 years away from the bigs but he is determined to get there in two. I still think Nick Johnson would be a good fit for the Braves next year. Now, if we can just identify the heir apparent for Chipper at third….

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  200. 202 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Just scroll past CL… Just scroll past….

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  201. 203 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Gil-I’ve taken it all a step further-I’ve gotten about 18 years younger in three years. Three years ago I was 54 going on 70. Today I’m almost 57 going on about 52. Works for me.

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  202. 205 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 10:10 am

    lew, been spending time in AOL chatrooms?.. 🙂

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  203. 206 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 10:10 am

    AOL years are much like dog years….

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  204. 207 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Gil-No chat rooms-just learned about eating veggies and walking.

    Mr. Rogers certainly was good at getting along with neighbors. Maybe we should all get sweaters.

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  205. 208 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Man, that was a big breakfast! I think it might have given me a little leadbelly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlszmjNhaVQ

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  206. 209 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Zip 37388

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  207. 210 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Care if I drop in for dinner? What we havin’? 🙂

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  208. 211 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:12 am

    008… That may well be more information than you need to put out there… However, if you would kindly add your social security number and all other pertinent account information, I shall not be troubled to phish for such information in the future… 🙂

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  209. 212 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Bring Grinch pup. I’ll throw something on. Maybe him. 😈

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  210. 213 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Hummm… someone spent a little too much time in the far east… Taste like chicken????

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  211. 214 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Gil; I’m sure someone will publish that in the near future. I just wanted to get the basic stuff out there for ’em. Arthritic fingers and geriatric braincells need all the help they can get.

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  212. 215 Salty March 20, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Gil…you’re a devil! 👿 😆 Like a cobra!

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  213. 216 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Could give new meaning to the expression, “I don’t have a dog in that fight”… 🙂

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  214. 217 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Traditional kimchee. 😀

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  215. 218 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:18 am

    “What’s for dinner??? The new white meat… 🙂

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  216. 219 Salty March 20, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Before anyone gets bright ideas: while you can find Paladin…he didn’t disclose location of the land mines and other booby traps! Might not be a pleasant experience, for the uninvited! 🙂

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  217. 220 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:20 am

    008.. The wife didn’t believe me when I tried to explain to her the ingredients to kimchee…

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  218. 221 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Man.. I’m just going to follow my nose to the bar-b-cue.. 🙂

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  219. 222 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 11:22 am

    “Righting the wrongs of the blog in one powerful post.”

    Bob, Journalist, thanks for clearing that up last night. 🙄

    Just kidding with the eye roll thingy my friend. Couldn’t resist. Bob… here’s the thing: when one self described journalist publicly accuses me of “adopting” from him and you seemingly joined in later with words like appropriations, observations, asseverations and the like, I do take offense. Knowing you, I don’t believe that was your intention, but perhaps there are others other than myself in this public forum that were confused by the meaning there. Jimmy is a fine man I’m sure, but intentional or not, he’s stepped across the line.

    Whether straightforward (much preferred) approach, or through clever and not-so-subtle innuendo, there was no useful outcome in making light of an accusation of plagiarism directed at me by Jimmy. Your post may or may not have been purposefully in cahoots with him or bobbing around the subject… actually I can’t imagine that… but it seemed that way and was not a stretch to assume that was the case.

    Here’s why I’m even bothering with this subject: An accusation of plagiarism is a damning thing. Perhaps I’m more sensitive to it than others because I’ve spent my entire career in the creative business. More importantly, I’ve spent my life trying to always do the right thing, the honorable thing in work and in life. Plagiarism is a theft and a lie. I’ve done neither of those.

    Put yourself in my shoes. You know as well as everyone how the stain of a public accusation can be impossible to remove once painted. When Jimmy accused me of “adopting” from his posts, I asked for specific examples or clarification from him, yet I haven’t received either… just more subtle or playful prodding. I still don’t have any idea of the “adopting” he’s speaking of. Instead of responding to clear the air or prove his point, he avoided my reasonable request and offered up another cute little dig about my inclination to “right the wrongs of the blog in one powerful post”. Perhaps this will be seen as another of those long “righting the wrongs” posts. So be it.

    Now, without clarification from Jimmy, I’m left to wonder if his accusation remains as part of my character in the minds of some. It’s the same as publicly asking someone the question, “do you still beat your wife”? How does one go about answering that? Where can I go to get the stain assumed theft and of blog credibility removed?

    Yes Bob, it is that serious with me. At this point I don’t expect proof, an apology or a clarification from Jimmy… perhaps I’m the intended jestee, mark or dupe dujour, but I certainly don’t expect you or others, especially those that should know my character or respect me, to playfully continue to kick that accusatory theft ball around the field either, even if it isn’t intended to be supportive of the accusation.

    We’ve all seen other blogs where certain denizens need “and idiots” to pick at and subtly ridicule or snipe from the back of the class to fulfill a comedy shtick or to satisfy their own competitive needs or fragile ego. That’s not what we choose here. I won’t accept it behavior… even if I’m not the intended target.

    We could all sit here all day every day and say hurtful things and, in a purposefully demeaning way, point out the shortcomings and annoying habits of each other. There would be plenty to go around with each of us. So, you see why I might take umbrage at something like that? Playful prods and respectful, argumentative discussions are good and thought provoking. Serious accusations or character attacks are another.

    That’s not why I blog. That’s not why any right-minded person blogs (is that an oxymoron?). Our gracious host Carolina Lady must be distressed by dissention as well. She is a gracious, kind-hearted person and her spirit is wholesome and admirable. At her own cost and time, she created a peaceable kingdom for respectable people and spends so much of her time and energy behind the scenes to provide this forum for our enjoyment and hers. I suspect her enjoyment is waning as we continue with this issue.

    To her I’ll say… forgive us our transgressions, thank you for your selfless efforts and let not your heart be troubled fair Lady. Everyone on your blog is intelligent and they are good people, yet since we are all imperfect creatures, sometimes our words and moods belie our true intentions and our character. Have patience with us as we sort out our differences and our misunderstandings, while we may become better friends because of our candor with each other.

    Other denizens must also be tiring of this kind of interaction, just as we all were on several other dubious occasions. To them I’ll just say, sometimes things must be said publicly to set records straight. Don’t fret and don’t go all Pollyanna on us here. We’re grown adults. Like America, it’s not perfect but it’s the best. Although unfortunate, these things happen, even in the best of families. The sky is not falling. It is but a small space in the overall makeup of the blog and a tiny matter in the lives of everyone. Scroll by if your skin is too thin to deal with the sometime unpleasant reality of civil and philosophical discourse and disagreement.

    If the accusation were not made on a public forum, I would not have dealt with it publicly. This blog is a multi-purpose venue. It’s a baseball blog first, but it’s also an omnibus, a surrogate main street and a gathering place for all sorts of content, conversations and stuff. It is not a typical sports blog and it’s not an Algonquin Round Table.

    Some subjects and discourse will be good and some will not. That’s life in the big city, the rural countryside and the blog. I suppose it’s inevitable, but it’s not the end of the world, nor is it the end of the best blog.

    Bob, Journalist, I do consider you a dear friend. Knowing you as a man of high morals and character, I’m certain that will not change. I care for you and yours in more ways than you might imagine. In no way do I intend any of this to make you or anyone else uncomfortable or to add stress to your life. Quite the contrary, my purpose is to illuminate this subject, set the public record straight and hopefully clear the air.

    This is so that we can all get silly again, let our guards and our hair down, talk baseball and stuff… and wander around wherever our imaginations take us.

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  220. 223 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:23 am

    All of you are invited. It’s a bring-your-own-dog and Sakai party. Kimonos and go-aheads are optional.

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  221. 224 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 11:30 am

    “…THUS ENDETH TODAY’S LESSON…” Hey, has anyone seen my wallet? 🙂 Sorry, SG; couldn’t resist.

    I looked kimchee up; what’s so weird about peppers and cabbage? Or the 171 other ways you can prepare it? Sounds like fun. Only if there’s also some meat somewhere; man cannot live on veggies alone. That’s why Koreans are short and skinny.

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  222. 225 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:33 am

    My timing, as usual, was impeccable. I feel like I just passed gas in Church. Sorry, SG. It was a literary masterpiece, as usual. I’m going to read it again to see if I ought to be offended. 😀

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  223. 226 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:34 am

    A shortage of dogs Grinch….

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  224. 227 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Oh! The Humanity-or lack thereof. Sweaters, y’all. Sweaters.

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  225. 228 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Anyone wants to try messing with my dog and y’all will find out it ain’t the dog being placed on the grill.

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  226. 229 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Morpheus; In the “old” days the main ingredient of “down home” kimchee was dog. Consequently, there were few of them running around the countryside.

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  227. 230 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Oh, dear…I’d better check on Grinch Pup. Yikes. They didn’t put that in Wikipedia for some reason.

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  228. 231 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Lew; If you start taking things on here literally you are going to raise your BP to astronomical heights, or levels.

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  229. 232 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Lew, your dog could probably feed the whole blog but it’d be tough to pluck. Would you mind shaving it before we try to steal it?

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  230. 233 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:43 am

    A little old lady went to see her physician about a what she thought to be a personal problem.

    She told the doctor that she was having a problem with gas but she was not too concerned about it as there was no smell associated with her flatulence and they were silent. The doc wrote her a prescription and told her to take it as directed and come back to see him in two weeks.

    The woman did as directed and when she returned she berated the medico. She said that while still silent, the smell was horrendous from her emissions and he needed to do something immediately.

    Her doctor looked at her and said, “well, now that we have cleared up your sense of smell, I will give you something to take care your hearing problem”….

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  231. 234 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:44 am

    We are of course talking about the “old” Korea that had been enslaved by the Japs for hundreds of years. They had to “make do”.

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  232. 235 flbravesgirl March 20, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Think I’ll pass on this cookout… gag .

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  233. 236 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Gil; There was a comedy bit back a few years(might have been Monty Python)where every time the old lady cut one, they kicked the dog.

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  234. 237 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:47 am

    “My dog’s better than your dog, my dog’s better that yours”…

    Signage on the door of the local Korean restaurant…. 🙂

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  235. 238 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 11:47 am

    No, FBG! We need dessert!

    Now, Paladin; where did you get the silly idea that the Japanese culture would ever contain thoughts of an empire? They just make Sony’s.

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  236. 239 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Yes, it’s getting to be like old times… Lots of talk of cutting the cheese and hot dogs…

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  237. 240 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Goodness… hope the grammar teachers and spellcheckers don’t see that one.

    Grinch… I don’t have your wallet. I just removed some of those pictures of dead President’s you had in there. Oh, and the Sears card. New range, refrigerator, washing machine and outdoor grill at the Guy’s place now. Thanks.

    Lew, button-up sweaters are nice. I like them and they are practical. But one day I wore one to the office and a young, stylish whippersnapper said, “if you’re gonna wear that you either have to add a pipe and slippers or say ‘it’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood’.” He was kidding. I laughed. I still wear it. Kids. Mercy…

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  238. 241 Hillbilly March 20, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I have “eated” some strange things in my life, but a dog ain’t one of them. Methinks any animal that answers to a proper name should be withheld from the menu. Bluetick Pot Pie just doesn’t sound right.

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  239. 242 flbravesgirl March 20, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Fine but I’m skipping the entree.

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  240. 243 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Now only need a visit from LaTwain to get the pies in the oven…

    And SG… Well, you know… 🙂

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  241. 244 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Hot dogs. With chili and cheese. There’s a problem?

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  242. 245 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 11:54 am

    One more thing before I turn loose. “Traditional” kimchee is prepared, put in a large urn, and buried for ???. When it comes out, the smell is gagging. And the breath and “other” emissions of those that have eaten it are equally horrible. I would eat a live snake before I would touch it!

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  243. 246 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Yes Hillbilly, more proof that our institutions of higher learning are but minor league teams for pro football players.

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  244. 247 Hillbilly March 20, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Deer, ducks, rabbits, squirrels, wood-hogs…..I’ve had many unsuccessful hunts for these animals, but I’ve never come home hungry enough to eat the one that I used to hunt them with. 😦

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  245. 248 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Perhaps young WillyWally happened upon a stash of kimchee and just thought it was the septic tank. Smells about the same…

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  246. 249 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    SG-I added the pipe. The rest of you can all go out, get a 2×4 and use it to sexually stimulate yourselves.

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  247. 250 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Ah yes, that is why God created groundhogs and Brunswick stew…

    the first settlers asked themselves, “How do we make this meaty morsel more palatable”? “Aha… let’s make a stew they cried…. We don’t have time for the kimchee”. 🙂

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  248. 251 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Ouch lew….

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  249. 252 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Uh… Lew… do you think it would work???

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  250. 253 flbravesgirl March 20, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Y’all are ruining my lunch.

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  251. 254 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    carolina lady is steamed! jimmy smith has been on good behavior since the last reprimand and intends to remain on good behavior. was it falstaff who said the better part of valor is discretion? seems jimmy smith can get into trouble without a post, though. jimmysmiththinks that salty is wise with the scroll by suggestion. in fact, jimmy smith just scrolled by a post that held no interest for this journalist.

    easter sunday approaches and that will be soon enough for a sermon. jimmy smith will be in attendance and looks forward to the easter egg hunt following the service. also to lunch. always a great lunch on easter sunday.

    and will carolina lady and flbravesgirl have new easter bonnets? both may not celebrate easter for all jimmy smith knows. still, can hide eggs.

    now, raisins, that stringbean video was most enjoyable – and the pants may indeed have been a precursor of hip-hop. leadbelly was also amusing. both seem a good tie-in with chino cadahia. pants. leadbelly. good on a banjo.

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  252. 255 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    FBG… It’s all good… well maybe not the kimchee, … or the dog…. okay, maybe not even the woodchuck… but everything else. 🙂

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  253. 256 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    FBG… It’s all good… well maybe not the kimchee, … or the dog…. okay, maybe not even the woodchuck… but everything else. 🙂

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  254. 257 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    and lew is in the house today. lew, who is going to be cut? who makes the team as a surprise? or no surprises – business as usual?

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  255. 258 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Best thing about getting old is you can hide your own Easter eggs….

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  256. 259 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Over and over and over…. Good excuse for plastic eggs…

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  257. 260 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Okay, I am going to head out to the wood shed to see if I can find a sexy 2X4… 🙂 Now, where’s my sweater?

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  258. 261 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Brunswick Stew. My Daddy had a friend who ate it cold, along with boiled peanuts, washed down with bourbon from the bottle, on the way to Dawg games. Fortunately, I sat in the back seat on the other side of the car. He was a lawyer and a legislator, btw.

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  259. 262 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Wow,008… I hope he could hear…. Okay, I’m gone.. “Woody” awaits.. 🙂

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  260. 263 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    When we got to Athens we would eat at Poss’ Barbecue where he would get hot Brunswick stew and some take-along to eat on the next trip. Go you Silver britches!!

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  261. 264 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Gil, stop with all that talk; I’m getting wood just thinking about it. 🙂

    Well, it’s off to school for me; bye Gil, Jimmy, SG, Paladin, FBG, CL, Lew, Hillbilly, Salty and anyone else I may have missed.

    Feels like the Waltons.

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  262. 265 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Maybe WW fell into a kimchee hole?

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  263. 266 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    And the Dawgs and Xavier are playing. I’m not going to watch. That would be the kiss of death.

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  264. 267 Salty March 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Paladin…you must watch. The Dawgs need all the athletic supporters they can get! 😛

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  265. 268 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Clumpson has no such need. 😀

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  266. 269 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I’m off for my noon sabatical. C yah later.

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  267. 270 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Dang! CL is steamed, and not like kimchee. Do I have to be obnoxiously pleasant again? Huh? I’ll do it…

    UGA up by 10 with 13:33 to go. Amazin’! Woof, woof, woof!

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  268. 271 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I had to open my yapper… Lead’s down to 4 at 10:10… 😦

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  269. 272 Hillbilly March 20, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I just watched a little of the game at lunch. How did Georgia go 4-12 in the SEC? They play some of the toughest hard-nosed defense I’ve seen all year. Intense and in your face all the way out past the 3 point line. If they win it will screw my bracket from the get-go.

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  270. 273 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Aaaaaeeeeiiiigggghhhh!!!!! Tied!

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  271. 274 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    😡

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  272. 275 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    3 down and a time out called too late!

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  273. 276 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    62-59 Mouseketeers with 6:59 to go… 😦

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  274. 277 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    make that 52-49… my bad…

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  275. 278 Hillbilly March 20, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Update?

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  276. 279 Salty March 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    63-57 Xavier…2:40 to go

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  277. 280 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    😥

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  278. 281 Salty March 20, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    63-61 Xavier…1:24 to go. Dawgs ain’t quittin’!

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  279. 282 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    64-61 Mouseketeers w/1:29

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  280. 284 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    w/1:29 or 1:24…

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  281. 285 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    66-61 and Woodberry’s 3 was in and out!

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  282. 286 Salty March 20, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I’ll leave the play by play down the stretch to ‘The Shriveled One’! Strum on, son!

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  283. 287 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    68-61 with 51.1

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  284. 288 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Missed 3, X rebounds, Bliss fouls out, last gasps are fading with 33.8

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  285. 289 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    69-61

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  286. 290 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Hey, FBG, you’re so sweet. I’m okay. Decided not to go to a doctor. Doctors rarely seem to know what they are doing except how to to rob you. So, I rarely go unless a limb is falling off. I gotta admit that it’s hilarious that I fell in. So embarrassing. God was trying to tell me something.

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  287. 291 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    70-61

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  288. 292 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Damn! Wanted the Dawgs to win this one

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  289. 293 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    71-61

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  290. 294 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    72-61… 14.6

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  291. 295 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    73-61

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  292. 296 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    73-61 Final. 😥

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  293. 297 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    The clock has struck 12:00 midnight and Cinderella must away. They did good.

    Maybe the slippers will fit next year. Hopefully the tornados won’t.

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  294. 298 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I’ll limp off to pick up the young’uns now… 😥

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  295. 299 Bay Area Steve March 20, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Braveheart, great stuff on the “Big Fella” this morning.

    I’ve been trying to come up with something using “Shawshank Redemption” for you, but I just don’t have the wit. Perhaps one of you more creative regulars can; I know there’s something hilarious to be said there.

    “crawled through a river of —-, and came out clean on the other side”

    Thanks for the kind words, Mr. Guy, but,

    Ifeellikeafoolfordrunkenlycallingjjsacontroversialspeller.com

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  296. 300 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Boo Hoo. But, I would be proud of the Dawgs if they had lost to Shirley Temple. As is was, they gave it their best shot; they just ran out of gas.

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  297. 301 Salty March 20, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Ran outta gas? Shoulda had the Brunswick Stew for pre-game meal, huh? 😆

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  298. 302 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Hey, if you want to relieve some tension, go torture Shaun:

    http://www.dugoutcentral.com/blog/?p=1134

    Still doesn’t believe in intangibles.

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  299. 303 Salty March 20, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    WW…go there voluntarily? No way! If sentenced in court to such, that would be capital punishment! 🙄

    Then again…torturing him…hmmm. Does Lew know about this? :mrgreen:

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  300. 304 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Hey, if you want to relieve some tension, go torture Shaun:

    http://www.dugoutcentral.com/blog/?p=1134

    Still doesn’t believe in intangibles.

    But, he DOES still believe in the tooth fairy.

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  301. 305 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Hey nephew; Cirusly, hated to hear about your fall and you really ought to at least get a tetanus shot.

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  302. 306 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Bay Area Steve, what’s up? You’re flying around the east coast earlier than usual.

    Shawshank Redemption humor? Hmmm… very good film.

    How about some Tim Robbins humor? That’s easier.

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  303. 307 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    I got to go do some work. I’ll be back when someone besides the Clumpson Cyclops and Shitlock Holmes are around. C yah.

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  304. 308 Salty March 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    WELL BE THAT WAY! (Sound of door slamming, and bag of toys being dragged away) 😡

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  305. 309 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I raise ’em on tough love. 😆 Bye for now.

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  306. 310 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    SG: Here’s today’s offering of Phil Keaggy:

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  307. 311 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    ‘Green-card Marine’ prepares for 3rd deployment
    Published: 3/20/08, 3:00 PM EDT
    By Thelma Gutierrez and Wayne Drash CNN
    TWENTY-NINE PALMS, California (CNN) – U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Mario Ramos-Villalta flashes a broad smile from beneath his camouflage cap as he talks about the country he loves and why he became a Marine.
    He’s fought twice in Iraq and survived an attack on his Humvee in October 2005. Now, he’s preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.

    Yet he’s not even an American. He’s a citizen of El Salvador serving in the U.S. military.

    Dubya should get his donkey on Air Force One and fly out there and personally hand him his citizenship papers. This is a disgrace!!! Oh BTW, he won a Purple Heart for that attack on his Hummer.

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  308. 312 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    The Great Santini. There he goes again… bouncing basketballs off foreheads.

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  309. 313 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    OK Sports fans, listen up!!

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  310. 314 Bay Area Steve March 20, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Been listening for twelve minutes.

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  311. 315 Bay Area Steve March 20, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Been listening for twelve minutes.

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  312. 316 Bay Area Steve March 20, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    With the attention span of a first grader.

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  313. 317 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    See why we need to tighten up immigration? They are even swimming the Mississippi. m:-D

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  314. 318 Bay Area Steve March 20, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Been double posting for three minutes.

    I can’t hear you 008. Perhaps you could type it out for me.

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  315. 320 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Why do I have a Wilson logo mark on my forehead?

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  316. 321 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Steve; Are you sure you are not from Arizona State? It would make a more appropriate abbreviation. 😀

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  317. 322 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Dammit Raisins… now there you go again. I’m ruined. Phil Keaggy is amazing isn’t he. The man makes an instrument come alive. One man band and such.

    What might I get you back with? hmmm…

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  318. 323 Bay Area Steve March 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Not a lot, SG.

    I’ve mostly been trying to determine if the sniping present on the colossus, since its inception, is the most educated, intellectual, cerebral, thoughtful, respectful sniping I’ve ever seen in writing.

    And while I hope it stops, per CL’s wishes, I do find it most entertaining.

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  319. 324 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    SG; If I had raised you, you would have more respect for your extreme elders. These letters and things. Tsk tsk. 😆

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  320. 325 Bay Area Steve March 20, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Well done, 008. Funny and true. Hard to beat that.

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  321. 326 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    You are a good sport, BAS. Wish you were around, during my waking hours, more ofter. Maybe if y’all went on Daylight cut-in-third time?

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  322. 327 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Another one, SG:

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  323. 328 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Between my friends on the B&S colossus and Phil Keaggy on YouTube, I can’t get any work done! 😡

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  324. 329 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    OK! If all you guys are going to talk about is music, I’m out of here. For now. Promise.

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  325. 330 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Lets see… Phil Keaggy, Jeff Beck, SRV…

    Just kidding, palomino! Just kidding. 😀

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  326. 331 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Now, baseball. 10 days, 3 hours, 47 minutes ’til this show goes on the road for real. Next round of cuts soon. Speculation?

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  327. 332 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    OK OK Paladin… cool yer jets man. Just so you won’t leave, I’ve got a linkypoo for you.

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  328. 333 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Don Ho… 😆

    (Can say “ho” on B&S colossus?)

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  329. 334 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Huurumppp… Sex with a 2×4… A most unsatisfactory experience, perhaps I need to ask lew exactly how that’s done…. Need proper medication first? 🙂

    Sorry for all you Dawg fans but my team got bounces out of the NIT in the first round… Not a bad year for VCU all in all, especially with all those freshmen starting.

    I managed to get something constructive done today. While out in the shed, I noticed a bottle of wax and decided to wax my truck. Isn’t it funny how you can get sidetracked so easily as you approach senior citizenship? Anyway, now it will rain to beat the band.

    Wait. NASCAR race in Martinsville this weekend, sure fired reason for a monsoon.

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  330. 335 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Bay Area Steve… Queensbury Rules.

    We will apply all necessary tactics and go to any measure to achieve our goal of making a point. Bamboo shoots under the fingernails, thumbscrews, 50 lashes, tar and feathers, keelhauling and such.

    If those don’t work we resort to torture.

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  331. 336 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Raisins… At least one pitcher gets traded before the deadline but not necessarily for a major league player. I cannot see Atlanta dealing with Philly or New York but DC and Florida are possibilities. More likely an American League team. I think the Braves would like to keep everyone they have but know they can’t.

    The Braves cast off are a lot better than some of the Nat’s guys in the pen and they would not mind dropping someone off their 40 roster to add depth.

    One thing for sure, you can never have too many good arms…

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  332. 337 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Evidently Paladin torture means rock music videos.

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  333. 338 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Gil, you are right about never too many arms. Speed and arms is what Wren wants.

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  334. 339 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    WW… Out of respect for you, I have deferred from making too many comments about you unfortunate turn of events yesterday but my o my how tempting a target you could have been given your background as an attorney. 🙂

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  335. 340 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Grrr 😡 It ate my post! Lemme try that again…

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  336. 341 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    SG… I still think the Braves lack depth at first base and third. There is just not anyone at the AA or AAA level that appears remotely ready to step into those positions. I sure would not mind having Brandon Inge on the Atlanta squad but I don’t think the Tigers are ready to part with him.

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  337. 342 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Verlander is a local boy (Goochland) and it is funny but the Tigers seem to have an inside track on the kids in our area who have talent. It has been that way for 40 years at least.

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  338. 343 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I think Wren would sooner trade a guy for little return to a team of his choosing rather than let him be claimed off waivers by anyone, i.e. the Nats. That being said, I read somewhere (gee, I can’t remember where) that the Tigers, whom the Braves are playing tonight, have a need for a reliever and might be interested in one of ours. They make good tradin’ buddies, wouldn’t you agree? 😀

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  339. 344 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Gil, go ahead. Fire away. That story is too funny to not allow people to kill me about it.

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  340. 345 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    SG; Thanks you the Ho(er)–can say?–link. And as they say, I got laid to his songs more than he did.

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  341. 346 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    You meant lei-ed, right? 😀

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  342. 347 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Riiiigggghhhttt!

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  343. 348 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    The Tigers have a such a good team this year, they are just shoring up the few minor cracks they have in squad. I agree that sometimes you let a guy go for less than market value to keep him out of the hands of a rival but there is little honor among thieves and baseball general managers. They will flip a player faster than a Miami Beach condo if you don’t watch them.

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  344. 349 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Pal, giving new meaning to tiny bubbles… mercy. 😉

    Gil, our guess is better than mine on 1st and 3rd backups. I’ll pay more attention when the season is a day or three away. Was paying closer attention but got burned out on the musical chair-ness of it all in ST.

    With a long absence, Yunel could play third and Lil-B could take SS. First base… I hate to think of the options at this point. It’s all a moving target. Like playing chess on a three legged table in an earthquake.

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  345. 350 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    should read… “your guess”. Why is it that typos stick out like a sore thumb as soon as you hit submit comment. No mulligans in blogsports. Just excuses.

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  346. 351 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    NOW HIRING!!! New firm that does septic tank locations. Applicants must be very motivated and dumb as a rock. Must furnish own deodorant and slicker. Call BR-549.

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  347. 352 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Like playing chess on a three legged table in an earthquake.

    Why did I picture Bob,J and jjs in that mental picture?

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  348. 353 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Better question: having never seen either of them, how did I picture them at all?

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  349. 354 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    I really should try and do some work…

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  350. 355 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    SG; lil-b is going to have a hard time filling in at short when he is in Richmond.

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  351. 356 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    re: lil-b. The only slider he has hit this spring was a bar of soap.

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  352. 357 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Personally, I feel very confident in the Braves chances this year but I am a tad bit apprehensive when it comes down to losing either Tex or Chipper for an extended period. I suppose we will just have to wait and see how it plays out. At least the pitching is pretty deep. I still would not be surprised to see someone go on the DL at the beginning of the season so they can keep some of those AAAA pitchers who are on the bubble.

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  353. 358 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Folks… Nobody hits a slider…. You have to know not to swing at one.

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  354. 359 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    OK, you don’t hit a slider, you take it. Did you get my point. Good. Where were we?

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  355. 360 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    A good slider is a pitcher’s pitch. It is the hangers and the fastballs that go a long ways… 🙂

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  356. 361 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    It will not hurt Lillibridge to spend most of the season in Richmond. Same thing for Sammons. they will be in the bigs soon enough.

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  357. 362 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Mr. Wohlers and Mr. Leyritz would beg to differ that no one hits a slider …..

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  358. 363 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    L-bridge is right around the mendoza and he will NOT go north with the team. You heard it here.

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  359. 364 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I think many fans buy into the hype put out by a teams PR department and think every prospect is the second coming of Micky Mantle or Johny Bench. It is only the desperate teams that rush youngsters to the majors only to ruin what could have been a great career.

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  360. 365 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    WW… A slider that does not break is a hanger…. A flat and fat pitch that on a good day, even I could take deep…

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  361. 366 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    What bothered me greatly about the little bridge was that his walk rates dramatically decreased last year while his K rates remained way too high for someone who is not a prolific home run hitter. I didn’t see him up and close though. I’m just looking at stats. T

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  362. 367 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Gil; Since you put that “Mechanicsville” back behind your name you have become quite the techno-crat. Sort of the blog Mr. Goodwrench. 😀

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  363. 368 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Yeah, I know Gil,

    to this day, does anyone know why a guy with a 100 mph fastball was throwing a slider?

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  364. 369 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Baseball tonight on ESPN 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, think they are on at 7 PM on ESPN 2

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  365. 370 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    A fastball that is not fast…. I still don’t have a problem with a guy giving up an occasional homerun. It is walks that I hate… because now you know the guy is going to give up the dinger with two guys on base. Happens almost every time. At least to the Braves. The Braves on the other hand seem to have a penchant for hitting into a double play when given the same opportunity. Oh well, Andruw will not be in a position to cause so much damage this year.

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  366. 371 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    And, btw, I did not invent the hanging slider or curve but I certainly perfected it during my playing days……

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  367. 372 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Like a lot of other things, nephew; it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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  368. 373 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Well, it’s supposed to be on, relay running instead….they even said they were on Thursday at 5:30 on the TIVO’ed show I watched earlier today….

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  369. 374 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    You have heard of warning track power. My pitches had batting practice speed.

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  370. 375 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Perhaps the Braves should show the replay of the Wholers fiasco to Sorento so he will stop screwing around with that hittable slider of his. Every homerun he has given up has been off his slider.

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  371. 376 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Braveheart-To keep hitters from sitting on the fastball? You know-changing speeds and location.

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  372. 377 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    My arm gave out while I was still young. Torn rotator cuff and an elbow that hurt so bad I could not even throw the ball on the fly back to the pitcher. Needless to say, there was still football…. They did not allow for a DH when I played ball. I always could hit but I was a one too player.. 🙂

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  373. 378 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    The worst part when you throw a hanging curve is that it always seems like the whole world freezes and moves in slo-mo as that thing just slowly hooks its way to the sweet part of the bat (at which time, everything moves in fast forward as the pitch leaves the park in half a second). It’s just agony watching that thing leave your hand.

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  374. 379 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Yeah, Lew, but if you are gonna lose, you lose on your best pitch, not on your second best pitch and not to a hitter who was unable to get around on your best pitch. Leyritz never would have hit a homer off a Wohlers fastball. Never. Leyritz’s only chance was for Wohlers to act like a putz and throw a slider.

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  375. 380 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    I am not worried about Lillibridge, he will hit. He got a bit behind last year when he hurt his wrist. He is never going to be a 30 homerun guy but he has some pop in his bat. Come to think of it, with the crackdown on HGH and steroids, a lot of guys are not going to hit 30 homeruns.. 🙂

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  376. 381 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Did y’all see where a woman riding in a boat at 25mph was killed when a 500# stingray jumped from the water and hit her in the face? Not exactly the Captain D’s commercial, huh?

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  377. 382 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    (tool) 🙂

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  378. 383 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

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  379. 384 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Does anyone else remember when Smoltz’s fastball would rise just before it got to the plate? Almost like a knuckleball but at 96 mph…

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  380. 385 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I was a very strange pitcher(What a surprise, right?) I threw very hard, with zero control. I am a lefty. On the other hand, I could throw a curveball at will! Picture perfect every time. Of course, living in Jacksonville, a non baseball town, was a big problem . Then I had a cyst grow under my tendons in my wrist, and that was that….I cry a little when I see some 85 MPH lefty with no control get the chance to bounce around the majors for a few years…That could have been me stinkin’ up the place! 😦

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  381. 386 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    The article went on to say that rays jump 1. To escape predators(How many predators does a 500# ray have?) 2. To shake off mites and things.(Sort of nautical ants in your pants?) 3. TO GIVE BIRTH (I won’t touch that one!)

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  382. 387 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Berigan, I think my so called fast ball topped out about 55 MPH… I had great control but little else. Of course I could dunk a clown at the fair 9 times out of ten… 🙂

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  383. 388 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Okay guys, time for me to find another 2×4… later…

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  384. 389 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Gil, Smoltz is the most amazing pitcher. We all could probably talk for days about his various transformations as a pitcher with his arm angles, his pitch locations, his pitch selections. He changes from inning to inning, batter to batter, from injury to injury. Just simply amazing. He could have been lazy and been a thrower who just relied on his stuff to get him by all of these years. But he probably wouldn’t be pitching anymore.

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  385. 390 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    500 lb. Ray? I thought Andruw was a Dodger? 😆

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  386. 391 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Gil in Mechanicsville Says:

    March 20, 2008 at 5:58 pm
    Okay guys, time for me to find another 2×4… later…

    I’m beginning to worry a bit about Gil… 😐

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  387. 392 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I’m sorry to hear all of this ifs and buts were candy and nuts stuff. I did exactly wanted I wanted to. Just not enough, or for a long enough duration. Now, off to din din. But, unfortunately for some, I’ll be back!

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  388. 393 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Gil, I was a lousy Basketball player, didn’t play football beyond flag….wasn’t fast….one thing I had going for me was a good arm. My best friend in high school was better at bowling, pool, ran faster than me. Thought he could out anything I could do…till one day we were playing catch, and we both kept backing up, and I could throw both high and for accuracy, and he had trouble getting it to me in just in a straight line….weird how some folks like a Johnny Damon, Bernie Williams, Juan Pierre, can’t throw a ball even 100 feet, yet were strong, fast, etc!!
    In an alternate universe, I’d love to have had someone, anyone coach me, figure out why my fastball was so erratic….and of course have a healthy back, and no ganglion cyst the size of a quarter in my wrist….

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  389. 394 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Perhjaps that tape of VH1 Metal Mania Hair Band Videos is not the correct Birthday present for Paladin?

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  390. 395 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Berigan, I have never been able to figure out why Bernie Williams had no arm either. How can you be that big and powerful and play baseball your entire life and have no arm? He was quite sad to watch throwing a baseball.

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  391. 396 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Metal Hair Band? No. Maybe Titanium Hip…

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  392. 397 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Hey, Shag, ever heard Bernie Williams play guitar?

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  393. 398 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    But of course, Bernie could run like the wind but did not have alot of range and could not steal a base. But no one went from first to third or from first to home faster than he did. He was a track guy in high school in Puerto Rico. Maybe he was more of a 220 or 440 guy than a 100 meter guy.

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  394. 399 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Check out Bernie Williams jammin’ with the Allman Bros.:

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  395. 400 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 20, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    And on the daily turmoil that seems to crop up more and more….
    I REALLY wish people would show more respect to Carolina Lady, and her wishes!!! She doesn’t ask much, just be respectful…and a few people seem to have a real problem with that. That, or they just like to stir stuff up, for the sake of stirring them up. Why??? Is life that damn dull??
    You all know that CL has to deal with her sick Mom(A SEVEN DAY A WEEK JOB, NO WEEKENDS OR EVENINGS OFF) on top of everything else we all have to deal with…
    Does anyone want to see her just pull the plug one day??? Would that make folks happy???
    It is easy to respectfully disagree with folks, without getting personal. It can be done.
    Yeah, it might be a bit dull, but better to have a few dull days now and then and still have a board than have a day full of sparks, and no board every day after…
    Going to dinner and perhaps the Gym if crazy man isn’t there waiting for me….
    Peace out us the youngsters say(Used to say?)

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  396. 401 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Greg Allman, on the other hand, does not have good speed first to third. In fact, he probably needs a pit stop in between…

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  397. 402 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    B4: I’m withya, dude, I’m right there.

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  398. 403 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    WW, it still hurts to think about that Wohlers pitch to Leyritz. Somehow, when that ball sailed out you could see the game and the series mojo taking a terrible turn.

    Most closers are like most rock drummers.

    Lew, I think Paladin might like Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Think?

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  399. 404 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    I think Paladin might like Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Think?

    Bennie and the Jets… 😀

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  400. 405 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Jefferson Airplane… 😀

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  401. 406 Bob, journalist March 20, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    After struggling most of the day with a corrupt keyboard and reconsidering the utility of responding to Sir Guy’s post, I have decided that so doing is in no one’s best interest.

    As I have already indicated, my earlier post contained random musings, triggered by observations and recent events … nothing more, nothing less. Certainly they were meant to hold special meaning for some but, there was nothing malicious intended and I’m sure that the intended audience for anything that might be considered esoteric needs no further explanation.

    Apologies for the use of the surname found by its owner to be objectionable … it was for the purpose of identifying the fact that I was referring to the man behind the mask, rather than one of his masks … and no other … certainly not for the purpose of revealing his identity, which I assume is common knowledge.

    Enjoy the game!

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  402. 407 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Yea, Paladin, I know I know… Lilly not ready and all. Sometimes you go with your heart over your head and not the numbers… or even the output… or even reality. I just like the kid. Biggio-like.

    Not a huge bat but could be a Chinocchio plus…

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  403. 408 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Raisins-Duane couldn’t run very well, but he sure could slide.

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  404. 409 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    lew614 Says:

    March 20, 2008 at 6:48 pm
    Raisins-Duane couldn’t run very well, but he sure could slide.

    Man, I wish I had said that! 😀

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  405. 410 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    At the moment, I’m listening to a little Albert King & SRV doin’ Stormy Monday.

    Niiiiize… 😀

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  406. 411 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Sir Bob, Journalist… I know that you don’t have a malicious bone in your body. Never thought such, just wanted to clear the record or gain insight. You are a gentleman and I consider you a dear friend.

    Even when you confound me with your erudition.

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  407. 412 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    OK, gang… Taking a break from my toil to crank up the grill. Back later…

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  408. 413 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    RTaisins, don’t you love it when we sit here throwing darts around an idea or three, getting close now and then, hitting the plaster now and again…

    then Lew walks in and slings a damn zinger into the bulls eye like that Duane slide comment. The double entendre looked too easy. OK, that calls for a song:

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  409. 414 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Back atcha:

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  410. 415 Savannah Guy March 20, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Dinner calls. More music before I go. Soft but classic good hippy stuff.

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  411. 416 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Last word? I hope. And I have a suggestion for the blog. Why does CL have to “manage” it 24/7? One possibility is to have those that do leads act as “monitors” for the duration. Very simple. Just “enforce” the rules of the blog. No “flaming” etc. And why should CL have to do this on a regular basis,i.e., emptying geriatric diapers etc? Doesn’t she have enough of that to do at home? And don’t just poo poo (no pun) on my suggestion. Offer one of your own.

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  412. 417 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Once again, when ever anything “responsible” gets mentioned here, things get quiet. In other words, “just as long as I can do MY thing”.

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  413. 418 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Paladin, they could be like me and watching the game now instead. 🙂

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  414. 419 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I stand corrected, Grinch. Enjoy!

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  415. 420 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    But still, a damn spring training game is more important than a good and generous woman being taken advantage of by “I centainly intended no harm by it”(ers)? I know it is in bad taste, but I wouldn’t pee on them(him)if he was on fire!

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  416. 421 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    They say that alcohol will not make you say anything that you wouldn’t say otherwise, it just makes you more likely to say it. Hmmmm.

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  417. 422 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    See, man; I’ll dip in every now and then to keep you from shouting into nothing. Though I doubt your 8:12 is gonna help silence your opposition. 🙂

    BTW, in case you don’t get it there, Hudson looking pretty sharp; only one unearned run in the sixth to the Tigers. Tied 1-1; chipper hit one out last inning.

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  418. 423 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Correct that, the run was in the 1st; I meant the game was in the sixth. I’ll be back shortly.

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  419. 424 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    OK Grinch, I’ll calm down. Go Huddy and Bravos. And did you see that Hall is officially gone? Oh happy day!

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  420. 425 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky

    Yeah

    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky

    I saw you walkin’ on down the line
    You know I saw you
    For the very first time
    A pretty little thing
    Standin’ all alone
    Hey, pretty baby
    Can I take you home
    I never saw ya
    Never ever saw ya

    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky

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  421. 426 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Interesting! But, topical? Only the Shadow knows.

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  422. 427 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    good to be here blogging tonight. unable to blog most of the day. have been in cahoots. no internet there. glad to be back home and watching the braves. must say that josh anderson reminds jimmy smith a bit of peterson orr. may be the high socks. and now, joe borchard at bat. remember the name. getting praise from the announcers for batting practice prowess. can bring it to the game? remember the name. and jimmy smith has purchased a new pocket knife. journalist cannot wait to cut something. no, not cheese, paladin. and carolina lady has been scarce today but did not see carolina lady in cahoots. probably at the library doing genealogical research. must inquire if carolina lady searches for ugandan ancestors. jimmy smith could use some help there. journalist has run into a brick wall. and pena seems to have won the backup catcher’s spot but maybe not with bobby cox. and saw chino on camera a little earlier. something wrong with those pants.

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  423. 428 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    pooch. that may be the problem with chino’s pants.

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  424. 429 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I’m glad I’m not in any danger, jjs. And Carolina Lady has had a full “plate” of late. Help me give her a break?

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  425. 430 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Jimmy… Did you ever find out blossom’s name? Was it Campbell Brown?

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  426. 431 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    jimmy smith has waited and waited to see blossom again and while doing so . . . jimmy smith has discovered campbell brown. lovely. but not blossom. journalist remains vigilant, however. should blossom appear, this journalist will let gil know. oh, the humanity! bobby and chino on camera again together. like dunkin’ and donuts.

    and gil, this journalist knows a car buying trick or three if gil would like to hear. how is the purchase going?

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  427. 432 lew614 March 20, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Raisins-When you got it, then what can you say? I’m a lucky guy-I saw Duane twice with the Allmans, including one of the legendary Piedmont Park concerts, right after Idlewild South came out. They played all of their first album, all of Idlewild and played for three hours. Duane never took the slide off his finger that night. Staggeringly unbelievable. He died about two months later.

    You really need to get Strong Temptation by Sean Chambers. If you can’t find a copy, I’ll burn you one. You will love the guy’s guitar work.

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  428. 433 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Speaking of dunkin’ and donuts. Well, maybe I better not.

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  429. 434 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    speaking of old underground atlanta . . .

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  430. 435 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Braves win? Braves win?

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  431. 436 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I am still waiting for my daughter to decide what she wants. It may take a while….

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  432. 437 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    It’s very simple , Gil. Your daughter wants Daddy to pay for it. Questions?

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  433. 438 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    🙂

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  434. 439 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I shalt not fall into that trap…. She is a grown woman, besides, the wife says no…. 🙂

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  435. 440 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I may be disabled but I am not stupid… well, not too stupid…

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  436. 441 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Then I withdraw my comment. Wife always knows best. Or, we better tell her so. 😀

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  437. 442 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    However… Sometimes I can be “and idiot”

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  438. 443 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Oh my… Now, where did I put that 2×4???

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  439. 444 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Only sometimes? You have a good marriage.

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  440. 445 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    After so many years of marriage, I have learned to choose my fights carefully. It is not a contest by which the winner battle really gains anything.
    I just try to make sure nothing bad befalls the family and try not to be late for supper, after that, everything kind of takes care of itself…

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  441. 446 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Okay, the Braves have won, time to catch the 10 o’clock news… Later folks..

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  442. 447 Paladin March 20, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    OK, since no one wants to discuss cirus matters, I’ll go to bed before the ear-affronting music clips begin and the vampires come out. Both, are equally offensive.

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  443. 448 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Howdy, all. I actually missed the end of the game; looks like Braves win 3-2 by the box score.

    Observations:

    I wish Tyler Yates would give up the compromising photos he has of Bobby.

    I wish the rest of the team could bunt like Anderson and Lillibridge; if neither makes the team this year that skill will be sorely missed at some key point of the season.

    Royce Ring probably won a spot in someone’s bullpen tonight.

    Who replaces “Batting practice Scott Thorman” with “Game time Scott Thorman” and why haven’t they been hanged yet?

    Has anyone else noticed that every time Boog notices that the camera’s on him he flexes and stays that way? You can definitely tell the difference when he doesn’t. It’s impressive he can pull that off without appearing to do it on purpose. 🙂

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  444. 449 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    bobby was flexing? and what was chino doing?

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  445. 450 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    blossom may be named candy. not sure yet. waiting to see candy.

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  446. 451 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    why journalism is so tough . . .

    http://boortz.com:80/more/video/bird_poops_in_mouth.html

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  447. 452 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Yeah, Grinch, Boog loves showing off the guns. It’s hilarious.

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  448. 453 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Boog, silly; not Bobby.

    That guy sure did get flustered over a little bird poo; he must not be into kimchee.

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  449. 454 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I’m just wondering how he keeps talking normally with a straight face; you know his blood pressure’s gotta be soaring with the combined effort. Especially since he ain’t exactly svelte in general.

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  450. 455 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Chino flexing? Yikes. I’d hate to see what popped out. 🙂

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  451. 456 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    What size hat do you think Boog wears? He might have an Italian last name but that dude has one big ole Irish potato head.

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  452. 457 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    This is dumb but whatever:

    http://homerderby.com/archives/1967

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  453. 458 journalist jimmy smith March 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    oh, the humanity! that is a lot of candy! not blossom at all. blossom watch continues.

    soon time for bed. journalist is glad that flexing matter has been cleared up. and downtown atlanta report. glass falling from the sky! best not to look up. look what happened to that reporter.

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  454. 459 morpheus45 March 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Man, that “crazy label” wine thing is all over the place. It’s a good idea; most people don’t know how to pick a bottle anyway. Might as well have a catchy label.

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  455. 460 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    This may be the all time bad day:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,339270,00.html

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  456. 461 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    The headline reads: Woman Goes for Leg Operation, Gets New Anus Instead

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,339270,00.html

    Dayum!

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  457. 462 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    … andon that note, G’night. 😀

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  458. 463 Voice of Raisins March 20, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    … and on that note, G’night. 😀

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  459. 464 williamwallace March 20, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    If people don’t start behaving here, the headline for the next blog lead is gonna read Blogger Goes To Post, Gets Torn A New Anus Instead By The Blog Mistress

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  460. 465 flbravesgirl March 20, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    😯 Not sure I want to read that one.

    Good evening, y’all! First night of the skating was good.

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  461. 466 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Yes, that little article give a whole new meaning of getting rip a new one… 🙂 Of course she should look at the bright side, she could claim she is a perfect ass…. Oh my… Sure to be banned…

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  462. 467 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Tyler Keep in mind that there were a few relievers who were sent down to Richmond and never saw Atlanta again.

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  463. 468 flbravesgirl March 20, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Hi, Gil! Was starting to think I was alone here.

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  464. 469 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Well, pretty much. I think everyone has retired for the evening. I just stopped by to catch any late bloggers.. 🙂

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  465. 470 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    I’m going to try and get to sleep early myself tonight, Josie and I have a breakfast date with a couple from our old neighborhood in the morning so I need to sleep normal hours for a change.

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  466. 471 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    With the full moon out tonight, it is going to be tough… 🙂 Anyway, will catch up with everyone tomorrow sometime…

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  467. 472 flbravesgirl March 20, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Now, I have something to say to those bloggers who have sniping at each other lately & I should only have to say this once: STOP . You are all integral parts of this blog. I like all of you & enjoy your posts. Please stop bickering with each other or if you can’t be civil, then ignore one another. I had to go without a Braves blog for a while ’til CL set this one up & let me tell you, it stunk not getting to talk to y’all. Don’t make her so mad she pulls the plug. C’mon, I know y’all can do a better job of getting along with each other. I have faith in this group of friends that we belong to. So play nice or no cake!

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  468. 473 flbravesgirl March 21, 2008 at 12:32 am

    …lecturing the crickets…

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  469. 474 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Berigan<—–on phone now

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  470. 475 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 8:26 am

    G’morning!

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  471. 476 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Wakey wakey wakey… Time for tea and cakey…. 🙂

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  472. 477 williamwallace March 21, 2008 at 8:27 am

    and time to shake the snakey….

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  473. 478 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Only one more week and I will be able to set my TV viewing schedule for the summer…

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  474. 479 Salty March 21, 2008 at 8:29 am

    WW…that lady’s operation in Germany; your ‘event’ the other day didn’t make for such a bad day after all! 🙂 Perspective is everything…or is that orders of magnitude…or both?

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  475. 480 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Now, baseball. The ajc.com sports page has an interactive thingie where the reader chooses the starting lineup, the rotation, the bench, the bullpen.
    My lineup:

    1) KJ 2B
    2) Yunel SS
    3) Chipper 3B
    4) Tex 1B
    5) Heap C
    6) Frenchie (ball magnet) RF
    7) Diaz LF
    8) Kotsay CF

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  476. 481 williamwallace March 21, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Oh, yeah, Salty. I’d say she had it much worse

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  477. 482 Salty March 21, 2008 at 8:32 am

    SG…just for you!

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  478. 483 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 8:33 am

    That’s funny… sould have been 8 as in the number followed by the closing parenthesis… I got the cool dude… 8)

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  479. 484 Salty March 21, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Worked on both levels…karma thingie! 😎

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  480. 485 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Raisins… I would have to agree on that starting 8 but I would bat McCann behind Francouer.

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  481. 486 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 8:36 am

    My rotation:

    1) Huddy
    2) Smoltz
    3) Glav
    4) JJ
    5) Hampton

    I go Hampton at 5 because I think JJ’s got Major League stuff now, and he’s a legitimate 4 most places. Heck, better some places. Slotting Hampton at 5 gives him a few off days early in the season, which I think is a good thing. Less pressure, too, on a guy who hasn’t pitched in 2 seasons.

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  482. 487 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 8:40 am

    I don’t disagree with your rotation or reasoning but I will bet Hampton is in the 4 slot barring an injury between now and April 3rd…

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  483. 488 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Either way… It’s a pretty impressive rotation… Especially when you have a darn good lefty in James in reserve…

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  484. 489 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 8:44 am

    OK, crappy ajc doesn’t have ‘pen or bench. Typical…

    My ‘pen:

    CL: Soriano (with much prayer)
    Primary setup: Moylan
    L: Ohman
    R: Acosta
    R: Bennett
    R: Boyer
    R: Resop

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  485. 490 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I am glad to see Blanco is getting a serious look from the Braves this year. He really is a nice kid. I have said all along he has a great arm. Line drive type hitter who will not hit many home runs but decent speed. I guess his season in winter ball helped him greatly this year.

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  486. 491 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 8:53 am

    On Tyler Yates….. It has to be his plant foot for him to be “just missing” …

    Not having the advantage to see this for myself I cannot be certain to that fact but often it is that simple mechanical flaw that affects the accuracy of a hard throwing pitcher.

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  487. 492 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Of course there is always that between the ears thing…. You start pressing and it causes you to grip the ball a little too hard so you screw up your releas point. (Mark Wholer’s syndrome? )

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  488. 493 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 9:05 am

    My bench:

    Catcher/1B: Pena (S) He’s earned it. Period.

    Utility: Prado (R) He’s earned it too. Lilly can wait at AAA.

    OF: Blanco (L) with speed to burn. Tough one. I like Anderson, but I think Blanco has won it. He convinced me last night in the ninth. Awesome speed from 1st to score.

    Now… I’m struggling here. I can’t seem to be able to get around adding Thorman.

    1B: Thorman (L) Damn.

    Last spot…

    Super utility: Lillibridge (R) OK, maybe he can’t wait. Heck, he can play anywhere.

    I know… my bench picks probably suck. But I’m not gonna let sentimentality give a job to Javy, who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. Borchard can’t play in the field, but he has a nice stroke… might be a nice bat off the bench late… not much power on the bench…

    OF: Borchard (S) I like his pop off the bench. Since Javy needs to ride into the suset, maybe Borchard is your legitimate big bat off the bench. Gotta have at least one, right?

    I’m not really happy with my own picks. Doesn’t feel right. What am I forgetting?

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  489. 494 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 9:07 am

    What the heck’s a suset? 😀

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  490. 495 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 9:10 am

    May Javy come down to Richmond for a month to regain his stroke… I read where Brett Boone accepted a minor league assignment to get back into playing shape…Or not…

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  491. 496 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 9:10 am

    french birdseed?

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  492. 497 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Javy’ll probably get the last spot and catch every 5th day. I think Pena will make it though, because he has earned it.

    The wildcard is that there is still 9 days before the opener, and this is the prime time for dealing. I’ll be surprised if Wren doesn’t deal a reliever (Ring, maybe?) before the end of camp. That, of course, makes the bench discussion very premature.

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  493. 498 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Gil: Yuo may have hit that one on the head. If I recall correctly, he has already said he would do that because he isn’t ready to retire.

    Much more to come over 9 days.

    I love this time of year!!! 😀

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  494. 499 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I still would like the Braves to trade for Brandon Inge… I know we don’t have any place for him to play but that is beside the point… I would find a place for him to play..

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  495. 500 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Come to think of it… The Dodgers really really really need a third baseman right now… I wonder if they would try to pry Inge away from the Tigers?

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  496. 501 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Now, stuff. Falcons stuff.

    MeAngelo is officially GONE! Woo-hoo!!!

    Nice job, Thomas. 4 picks in the 1st 48… not bad. Things are definitely looking up. It’ll take a little time, but the Birds are finally headed on the right path. Bravo!

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  497. 502 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Now, baseball. (How about those transitiions, huh?)

    Joey Devine optioned out of A’s camp.

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  498. 503 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Those first and second round picks are expensive and they will still be 2 years away from making an impact.

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  499. 504 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 9:21 am

    I saw Joey last year at Richmond during the playoffs, his defense really saved his bacon if you know what I mean. I am not surprised at his demotion to AAA.

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  500. 505 morpheus45 March 21, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Morning, all!

    Raisins, “what you’re forgetting” is that Thorman can’t hit major league pitching. Or won’t, anyway. No way he gets the job over Borchard in my opinion; options or no. Much as I like his hustle and the five times a year he accidentally connects, we don’t need automatic outs like last year.

    Ditto Prado; he’s had a fantastic Spring every year he’s been here. Never translates.

    Yates IMO is purely a confidence problem just like Devine. Bobby kept running him out there night after night when he was injured and ineffective and I saw the change in his eyes and face. It’s still there now; he looks ashamed of himself before every pitch.

    Gil, I’d be willing to bet we get at least two effective starters for this year out of those first 5 (remember, our 3rd rounder is high too). We’ve got Dimitroff picking now, not “1st rd WR/ 6th rd undersized lineman” McKay. I’ll bet a 12 pack of your favorite brew on it. Besides, even if they take three years it’ll be worth it; I trust them to build a good team without thugs, which isn’t easy.

    Off to the chiropractor.

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  501. 506 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Greenie: Maybe/maybe not on Prado. He’s only keeping the spot warm for Infante, anyway. As to Thorman, he’s the only real backup at 1B. I’m sure you sensed my enthusiasm. Borchard can’t catch a cold. Pena… he could, if he’s not the only backup catcher. Perhaps a deal is the answer.

    Gil: The 1st and 2nd rounders can most certainly make an early impact at certain positions such as O-line and D-line. Jake Long or Glen Dorsey (if his leg is sound) or Cedric Ellis would all be solid choices. I think ThomasD will go O-line/D-line early, and take his QB with one of his 2nd rounders (or maybe the 3rd round, depending on who slips.) Could use a middle linebacker, too.

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  502. 507 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 9:55 am

    If only Javy could play a competent 1B. And, if only Javy could hit over .200. IfIf my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle.

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  503. 508 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 9:57 am

    By the way, a very happy Good Friday to all to whom it matters. And to the rest, a very happy and good Friday. 😀

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  504. 509 Savannah Guy March 21, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Good morning fair Ladies and Gentamens. Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.

    Salty: YES!!! Right on. That’s a good old Kenny song even if it is dated (like me).

    FBG: No cake? You are a sweet and kind lady… but no cake? Have mercy!

    WW: Don’t be shakin’ til your breakin’. Anything after 30 seconds is playin’. Hey, I’m surprised you didn’t get shots and such after your incident. Good thing you didn’t go in head first… we’d have to call you MM instead of WW.

    Grinch: If Thor is on the team and it looks like he is/will be, maybe a heavy bat would help. Like Julio. Might even get into his head, which could help. No… that would be too simple a solution. Good luck with Dr. Bones the neck-cracker.

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  505. 510 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 9:58 am

    “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the ajc blogging bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation and drive them to the carolina lady blog.”

    there, let that be the end of that. flbravesgirl is right. blog harmony is important as the season approaches. jimmy smith will be an ambassador for change. that’s right, change. change is needed and jimmy smith will deliver change. all bloggers need change and should change. vote for jimmy smith and vote for change. this message endorsed by jimmy smith and paid for by carolina lady, treasurer, elect jimmy smith committee. could change, but not right away.

    and now, tyler yates . . . not happy. tense. too much pressure and not wearing it well. reminds this journalist of davies without the wet pants. wet pants coming soon, though. needs to loosen up a bit. can roger not help with this? and mechanics . . . not evident what the problem is. could be gripping the ball too tight if facial expression is any indicator. could need some relaxation therapy.

    and chino’s working out with javy did not seem to make much difference in the chino cadahia pants. still more there than viewers would like to see. may need some canvas pants instead of uniform pants. not sure.

    and the bird poop video . . . quite a reaction from the journalist who was pooped. think melted cheese.

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  506. 511 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 10:18 am

    I saw the “bird poop” video … sent to me by a friend whose daughter lost a horse in the fire last night … tragic … 14 horses died.

    Jimmy Smith continues to have my endorsement.

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  507. 512 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 10:40 am

    jimmy smith ’08

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  508. 513 Salty March 21, 2008 at 10:42 am

    We need elections? 😕

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  509. 514 Savannah Guy March 21, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Just Another Political Song Link – Post No. 1207

    Yes, change candidate Jimmy Smith’s mother is a typical white woman. Or maybe a typical Ugandan woman… don’t know. Change is called for but change is not always good. What change might a politician cause?

    On the other hand, spare change is always good but sometimes not enough. Change is not a sermon, or a political speech. Sometimes just a simple sincere reply to a charge is best.

    Notice how most candidates start with “my friend”, before they proceed to say nothing…like McCain. Comes from years of bickering and plotting and back-stabbing and pushing papers around in the Senate and House. Talk, talk, talk… do nothing.

    Serious politics is good, but too much blog seriousness is not good. Comedy is good but there are times that comedy is not, uh… funny. Al Franken is not a comedian anymore… he’s a joke. Bill Maher is not funny anymore, he’s angry. Stephen Colbert is funny at times but he wasn’t funny as a candidate. Colbert is always the clown. The mask should come off now and then. Gets unfunny after a while of the same shtick.

    I’ll vote for Dennis Miller. He is funny and he’s sincere and he’s the kind of guy you could talk to or have a beer with and not feel your leg getting pulled the whole time. Back and forth… funny, serious, real, thoughtful, funny again. Well rounded. I’ll vote for Dennis Miller for President of the US Comedians.
    It’s Miller time.

    Always being the clown is not real, not healthy, not good, not even funny after a while. By removing the mask on occasion, fresh air and sunshine will do wonders for the skin, the complexion, the mood, the eyesight, the sincere intent and maybe even the comedy. Then, all is peachy and orange blossoms bloom, cake deliveries resume and pollen fills the air. Oh, mercy. Didn’t mean to get serious so soon. Cross pollination is good though.

    Sometimes… the best political message isjust a song.

    Then again, sometimes a song works best fora soft reply. Funny how it works out this way and that way.

    Now, baseball:

    Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
    Going to the candidates debate
    Laugh about it, shout about it
    When you’ve got to choose
    Ev’ry way you look at it, you lose

    Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
    A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
    What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson
    Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

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  510. 515 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Goodness!

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  511. 516 lew614 March 21, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Raisins-Blanco is not faster than Anderson. The Braves have not seen anyone with Anderson’s speed for years. I would expect he could have taken out Furcal in a race-when Raffy first came up. Anderson has jets. He is faster than Reyes. The only player with possibly more speed on the Braves is Schafer-and I’m not positive he’s faster than Josh.

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  512. 517 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 10:59 am

    It’s hard to tell from the little I’ve seen … both Schafer and Anderson are fast … Josh seems a bit faster starting … you can’t teach speed but you can teach them what has it how to use it, methinks

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  513. 518 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Lew: It’s all very iffy right now. Schafer is the heir apparent to CF. Blanco and Anderson have similar games, but where do they go? RF is locked for a while. Schafer takes over in CF next year. Diaz has finally convinced most that he is a very good starting LF. Throw BJones into the mix, and you have trade bait. Either Blanco or Anderson could be paired with a reliever (Ring?) in a trade. The other stays and BJones goes to AAA. (And Terrence Moore throws another fit.) Might be why Blanco’s getting alot of PT. The bench needs a bopper. Thorman ain’t it.

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  514. 519 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 11:17 am

    journalist responds.

    “Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes. But I warn you, if you don’t tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist- I really believe he is Antichrist- I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my ‘faithful slave,’ as you call yourself! But how do you do? I see I have frightened you- sit down and tell me all the news.”

    It was in July, 1805, and the speaker was the well-known Anna Pavlovna Scherer, maid of honor and favorite of the Empress Marya Fedorovna. With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception. Anna Pavlovna had had a cough for some days. She was, as she said, suffering from la grippe; grippe being then a new word in St. Petersburg, used only by the elite.

    All her invitations without exception, written in French, and delivered by a scarlet-liveried footman that morning, ran as follows:

    “If you have nothing better to do, Count [or Prince], and if the prospect of spending an evening with a poor invalid is not too terrible, I shall be very charmed to see you tonight between 7 and 10- Annette Scherer.”

    “Heavens! what a virulent attack!” replied the prince, not in the least disconcerted by this reception. He had just entered, wearing an embroidered court uniform, knee breeches, and shoes, and had stars on his breast and a serene expression on his flat face. He spoke in that refined French in which our grandfathers not only spoke but thought, and with the gentle, patronizing intonation natural to a man of importance who had grown old in society and at court. He went up to Anna Pavlovna, kissed her hand, presenting to her his bald, scented, and shining head, and complacently seated himself on the sofa.

    “First of all, dear friend, tell me how you are. Set your friend’s mind at rest,” said he without altering his tone, beneath the politeness and affected sympathy of which indifference and even irony could be discerned.

    “Can one be well while suffering morally? Can one be calm in times like these if one has any feeling?” said Anna Pavlovna. “You are staying the whole evening, I hope?”

    more where this came from. cup runneth over.

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  515. 520 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Pavlovna has control issues… needs to ease up on la grippe. 😀

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  516. 521 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 11:22 am

    cup runneth over

    3 words you do NOT want to hear from your catcher…

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  517. 522 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 11:24 am

    journalist proposes a race to see who is fastest. much like the race between sid bream and damon berryhill. chino can be the starter. fastest player makes the team. next fastest is shot. should get good effort. and what happens if there is a tie? no ties in baseball. must arm wrestle. chino can referee. and speed is good only if speed is used. speed on the bench seems the pattern of the past few seasons. one player with speed – pete orr. comes in to run and then what? pete orr replaces a regular. has to field and bat. not pretty.

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  518. 523 Salty March 21, 2008 at 11:25 am

    much like the race between sid bream and damon berryhill.

    Won’t need a second hand! 😆

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  519. 524 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 11:26 am

    remember who won? prize to winner.

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  520. 525 williamwallace March 21, 2008 at 11:31 am

    No, no, FBG is no Marie Antoinette. She says be nice or no cake. FBG is not a “Let Them Eat Cake” kind of woman

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  521. 526 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 11:34 am

    remember, sid bream was still in the game as a baserunner at second base. slowest player going. if any faster runners were available (any runner) none were put in to run for bream. who was available? of course, all fans know how the story ended . . . bonds to lavalliere and sid slid in. right choice. braves win! no need for speed.

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  522. 527 lew614 March 21, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Raisins-I will bet you that Matt Diaz 1.Will end up platooning this year 2. Will not be with the Braves past this year-he’s starting to get expensive and is now arbitration eligible.

    Frank Wren has gone on the record saying that Kotsay will only play 125-135 games this year. Whoever is the fourth outfielder will get a bare minimum of 50 starts (with platoon time in left) and maybe lots more. Wait and see. I have no problem with it being Blanco, but I really liked what I saw of Anderson-his speed, and his work ethic, not to mention the amazing defense. Don’t count him out. Wish there was a way to keep both. Though I like Kotsay, I wouldn’t have minded seeing the Braves keep both Anderson and Blanco.

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  523. 528 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 11:40 am

    journalist would also agree – keep the kids. will have a hole out there next year – maybe two holes. can’t just pick qulaity players up like strawberries. look who the nationals picked up . . . willie harris, ryan langerhans, pete orr. ’nuff said.

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  524. 529 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 11:47 am

    what happens if there is a tie?

    Ties are not to be trifled with!

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  525. 530 Savannah Guy March 21, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Hmmm… that’s peculiar. Seems like an old story that’s been dusted off for a mint julep occasion. Hope the Braves players stretch that much before games. Quite an ostentatious manner in which the supposed ruling class spoke of such things, ain’t it? But then, the French… you know, friend one century, foe the next. They did help us when we were beginning. Haven’t much since but at least they’re leadership is friendly again.

    Anyone not watching the John Adams HBO special will need to see it as soon as it comes out on DVD. It’s very well done. Adams is played by Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, Lady in The Water, The Truman Show). Giamatti has become one of my favorite actors. He gives a brilliant performance. He becomes John Adams.

    The series gives a different perspective on the origins of America and the United States. Adams was a brilliant and passionate man. His wife Abigail was a great partner to him and she was also a brilliant and compassionate Lady. Behind every successful man…

    Admittedly, Adams “didn’t have the luxury of birth or the purse to spend his days fomenting dissent”. Oh, if more of our politicians were more humble and just felt that way, we would be a better America.

    The Trailer.

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  526. 531 lew614 March 21, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Have they gotten to the part where the Adams’ administration institutes the Alien and Sedition Acts?

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  527. 532 Savannah Guy March 21, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    No Lew, they haven’t even gotten to the war yet. Extreme times do call for extreme measure though. I’ll bet the Indians wished they had written an immigration policy. But then…

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  528. 533 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Breaking news! Smoltz scratched from today’s start due to shoulder stiffness…

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  529. 534 Savannah Guy March 21, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Just saw the article. Hope John was right and just doesn’t wanna pitch through it like he said. Smoltzy’s shoulder… could be just age. Hopefully…

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  530. 535 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    😯

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  531. 536 Savannah Guy March 21, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Man, I like Lilly and Anderson. Can’t help it. The kids are good.

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  532. 537 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Stupid ajc reports that today’s game will be on radio at 640AM and 94.9FM. They’ve reported that before and it was not to be. Anybody know if that is correct?

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  533. 538 Savannah Guy March 21, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Gotta scoot. Go Braves… practice and train to win without Smoltz. 6 man rotation.

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  534. 539 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Reasons why one pitches simulated games in Spring Training …
    1.

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  535. 540 Savannah Guy March 21, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Dunno Raisins… I was hoping it was on the tube but I’ll miss about half anyway. I just can’t spring for the online MLB package for ST. Mybe I’ll give in but doubt it. The real thing is soon.

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  536. 541 Savannah Guy March 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Man this blog is slow today… speed wise. Maybe it’s just me.

    I’m off.

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  537. 542 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    on radio at 640AM … must have been a replay … I think it’s at 105 PM

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  538. 543 Chop Seal March 21, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    braking newS: it is a barnacle. good reports coming in that it iS a barnacle.

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  539. 544 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Aha! MLB will not allow the teams radio network affiliates to stream the games on the internet. 😡 That ‘splains that…

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  540. 545 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Well, 4 straight walks and Roger makes a trip to the mound … 5 straight and nothing … 4 runs, 5 walks, 1 infield hit

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  541. 546 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I’m gone for the evening, folks. I agreed to sit in on bass with a buddy’s band tonight at a Relay For Life fundraiser. Got soundcheck at 5:00, on at 8:30.

    Happy rest of Good Friday to you all.

    C-y’all later –>

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  542. 547 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    remember the name joe borchard – rbi in the 9th. how many rbi’s is that for joe borchard? team leader, right? tied for the lead with 20 fewer at-bats? not batting clean-up either. thorman is now below .150, right? hmmm…..

    and raisins has gone bass fishing. good luck, raisins.

    hope smoltz is okay. sore shoulder is not good. old, sore shoulder is worse. may need some jimmy smith poultice.

    and what is the insignificant little bird called? prize to the winner.

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  543. 548 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    and how many poor fielding, good hitting first basemen have there been? and what constitutes poor fielding here? remember some of the 1st basemen that have played here? a little smoke in the stick can make a difference. thorman and andruw counted for a lot of outs last year. ended a lot of rallies. would be good to have someone coming up that might hit the ball. and whatever happened to big luke cadaver? was playing for a time in aa ball then went cold. still in baseball?

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  544. 549 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    uh, oh, nobody wants to blog with jimmy smith. journalist can take a hint. jimmy smith will end it all. heading for the bridge. wait, no bridge nearby. jimmy smith will end it all later after giving bloggers a chance to return and post a little.

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  545. 550 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Well, we out hit them … Pete said it was a coin flip whether Scott Thorman would make the team … he’s hitting .146 after 41 at bats.

    With whom is he in competition for the coin flip? We know what he can do … why so many at bats?

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  546. 551 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Bob, I can only assume with the thought Thorman will hit a couple and they can trade him for something more than a bag of balls….. .146???? He’ll be lucky to get a job on a teams AAA club at this point! He might just make it thru waivers.

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  547. 552 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Build it and they will come … Blue Birds aren’t insignificant, but why is it that if you build a “Blue Bird House”, … from among all of the many possibilities, tis indeed the little Blue Bird that usually chooses it as its home?

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  548. 553 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    JJS in ’08, and Joe Borchard for bench/1b! Thorman didn’t hit all last year, or this spring training? Come on! And this coming from one of his biggest supporters….His swing looked better a few years ago…I don’t recall every cut being a home run cut….

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  549. 554 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    And Lew,
    Didn’t know that about Kotsay, 125 to 135 games tops. Doesn’t it stand to reason then that we need 5 outfielders, especially if Diaz is still platooned?? Seems to me that you can’t have 4 outfielders if Kotsay is missing one of 4 games….bench would be hamstrung a bit…can’t have Diaz or Kotsay just pinch hit, they’d have to go into the field. A lot of teams carry 5 outfielders…
    And I really don’t see why we HAVE to carry Thorman….there are lots of average fielding, no hitting 1st baseman all around baseball if Tex were to get hurt. And if not hurt, he’ll play every single game like he had done every year til he got hurt last year in Texas….

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  550. 555 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Actually Berigan, you may be right on the money about Thorman clearing waivers. He has certainly been given every opportunity to fail and has done so with flying colors. I may get an opportunity to hear that whooshing sound alluded to by the beet writer who shall remain nameless.

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  551. 556 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Funny thing, If we folks in TV land can pick up flaws in a swing or a delivery, how come folks with eyes on the ground seem to ignore them? Can’t see the trees for the forest????

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  552. 557 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Gil, good question. I even heard Pendleton talking during a ST game(He talked for more than an inning I think) and he was talking about having to let people fail sometimes, so they can figure out what they are doing is wrong. Sounds like a BC kind of discipline. NO!!! If someone is really screwing up, take him aside(Not in front of everyone) and say look bud, you are headed to the minors if you don’t work on this NOW! It’s like the Andruw situation last year. Bobby or TP should have said come into the video room after showering. And show him time after time…see here??? 1-2 count. Slider outside. 0-2 Count. Slider outside. 2-2 Count this time. Slider outside. Let me slow the video down. See? Your bat is 5 inches too short to reach that pitch. And they know you will swing at it, so they keep throwing it, instead of those nice fat fastballs you like down the middle.
    Nah, he’ll start hitting again doing the same wrong things again and again.
    “They” wouldn’t accept a guy not busting it down the line, why do they accept a guy not putting effort in somewheres outside the batting cage???
    Tony Gwynn talked about spending hours watching film of himself. He had a great swing, why bother??? Because he was a hard worker of course, wanted to be the very best.
    Thorman should just be locked in a room with tapes of every game the Red Sox play, and slavishly copy their hitting approach.
    You just watch, he’ll get picke up by some AL team like the Red Sox, or Yankees and after a season in their minor league system, he will learn patience, finally….

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  553. 558 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Man, anytime I start talkin’ baseball…..everyone runs and hides! 😦 I am not sad, or anything….sure, use the excuse that it’s friday at 5:15….yeah, yeah, yeah….Well, I’ll show everyone and go to dinner! 😛

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  554. 559 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Sorry Berigan… I got a burst of energy so I went outside and detailed the interior of my truck. I waxed the outside yesterday.

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  555. 560 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Anyway, the old saying of practice makes perfect is only half true… Perfect practice makes perfect. While it is often true that with some, you need to allow them to fail, You cannot allow them to fail so miserable that they loose all confidence. Just like golf, if you are thinking too much before and during the swing, you are doomed….

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  556. 561 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    loose????? lose…. Okay, where is the blog police?

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  557. 562 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    If Thorman would just ditch that big looping swing of his and swing level on the ball, he could be deadly as a hitter. The balls he hit might not go as far but they sure would get out of the park in a hurry…

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  558. 563 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    I use to love to hit the big fly too but I discovered that those line drives were harder to catch and I could drive in a lot of runs with singles and doubles. It was so simple, I just stopped dropping my shoulder…. Maybe Chambliss can straighten him out in Richmond this year. I am pretty sure Thorman would clear waivers as I cannot think of a single team that would want to risk a roster spot on a .200 hitter with a huge hole in his swing.

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  559. 564 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Okay, time to go look for that 2×4 as everyone has vanished….

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  560. 565 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Berigan, as supper, Carol and Charlie call … Methinks Thorman needs to learn about levers but had the Braves so thought, they would have addressed it long before now.

    If he just wants to play, he might make it in AAA but if he has the talent I think he has, he would be better off in an instructional league, conceptually speaking … Gil’s,/b> correct but it applies to every sport in which I ever engaged or followed that involved a swing … if you are thinking too much before and during the swing, you are doomed.

    A bag of balls wouldn’t be bad … but, Pete did say it was a coin flip as to whether he makes the team … it’s scary that a supposed insider thinks he has that much of a chance.

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  561. 566 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Bob… From wher I am setting and I am 1200 miles away form Orlando, even I can see that Joe Borchard is beating out Thorman for the left handed PH/1B job. I think the announcers are just being nice…. maybe even naive about Thorman’s chances right now.

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  562. 567 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    As I expected, a pitcher is gong to be put on the DL at the beginning of the season. I did not think it would be Smoltz but he appears to be convenient. It certainly will allow the Braves a bit more time to make a deal for one of their extra relieves who are out of options.

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  563. 568 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Okay, where is my proof reader??? I keep dropping letters….

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  564. 569 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Well now, one winter it was so cold that all the geese flew backward and all the fish moved south and even the snow turned blue. Late at night, it got so frigid that all spoken words froze solid afore they could be heard. People had to wait until sunup to find out what folks were talking about the night before.

    Paul Bunyan went out walking in the woods one day during that Winter of the Blue Snow. He was knee-deep in blue snow when he heard a funny sound between a bleat and a snort. Looking down, he saw a teeny-tiny baby blue ox jest a hopping about in the snow and snorting with rage on account of he was too short to see over the drifts.

    Paul Bunyan laughed when he saw the spunky little critter and took the little blue mite home with him. He warmed the little ox up by the fire and the little fellow fluffed up and dried out, but he remained as blue as the snow that had stained him in the first place. So Paul named him Babe the Blue Ox.

    Well, any creature raised in Paul Bunyan’s camp tended to grow to massive proportions, and Babe was no exception. Folks that stared at him for five minutes could see him growing right before their eyes. He grew so big that 42 axe handles plus a plug of tobacco could fit between his eyes and it took a murder of crows a whole day to fly from one horn to the other. The laundryman used his horns to hang up all the camp laundry, which would dry lickety-split because of all the wind blowing around at that height.

    Whenever he got an itch, Babe the Blue Ox had to find a cliff to rub against, ’cause whenever he tried to rub against a tree it fell over and begged for mercy. To whet his appetite, Babe would chew up thirty bales of hay, wire and all. It took six men with picaroons to get all the wire out of Babe’s teeth after his morning snack. Right after that he’d eat a ton of grain for lunch and then come pestering around the cook – Sourdough Sam – begging for another snack.

    and this is what thorman has to look forward to if continuing to swing like paul bunyan. blue ox.

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  565. 570 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    there is a reason jimmy smith admonished bloggers here to remember the name joe borchard. test later. and geese have just flown past jimmy smith’s office. honking geese. making geese honking sounds. honk, honk. much like the horn of an f-150 only different. and bobby cox is said to be passionate about the game . . . can tell that by the flared nostrils visible at game time. and who will share a bag of peanuts with bobby cox? and where is the missing peanut? and why is this peanut slick? can’t seem to throw away this hull . . .

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  566. 571 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Do you think we could call Thorman… Babe? Old Blue? Ya Big Ox? I need to know these things so I will be prepared when Thor shows up on my door step here in Richmond…..

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  567. 572 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    babe would not be an appropriate baseball name for scott thorman. not even close. old blue? saving that for smoltz’ shoulder. ya big ox? yes, gil, try that one. gil should be prepared for an unhappy response, though. could be hurt by a thrown ball but probably could not make contact with gil with a bat. oh, the humanity! such a bad swing. and with coaches all around thorman. but, then, that was the case with andruw last year. so many coaches, so little coaching. and new skills come from players from other organizations. best bunters from other national league organizations – not from the farm.

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  568. 573 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Gil, Ol’ swing and miss?

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  569. 574 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    hard to type with cat in the lap

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  570. 575 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    worse with cat in the hat. 😆

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  571. 576 Bob, journalist March 21, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Gil, I don’t really disagree with “the announcers are just being nice…. maybe even naive about Thorman’s chances right now” but when you’re using approximation methods to resolve a problem … your approach is usually designed to converge on the answer … this one doesn’t appear to be so doing.

    Of course, you could call him Abner and folks would just smile … but that’s code for Lum which is short for Lummox which is the same as ‘lil Abner, who was a big ox, methinks.

    To me, Thorman is one of Spring Training’s greatest mysteries … for what reason would they keep him … to hit? To play first base if they’re able to trade Tex for a starter? If they don’t plan to play him, why is he getting so much exposure?

    Speaking of Tex, can you imagine a player not recognizing the condition of his equipment during Spring Training? Unrelated to Tex, I still don’t think we know enough about the team’s chemistry.

    Another mystery was John’s approach to Spring Training … according to Bobby “John will be fine, he threw so much on Wednesday that he got stiff” … goodness, how much did he throw? Who was in control of that side session?

    Chipper should have a good year if you pitching doesn’t collapse as his expectations for the team will be high … the potential for improved team performance is there … but I still believe that the three keys to realizing that potential are named Bobby, Terry and Roger … to be frank, a wren is now responsible for seeing that the job gets done and that could bring some unexpected changes at the field level.

    Egypt and Shanghai last night … haven’t looked at tonight’s schedule

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  572. 577 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Watchin’ Charlie Chan’s Secret right now, I’m ahead of you! 😉 Interesting what writers will toss in, perhaps to see if they can get away with it…black cat knocks over a vase…woman checks it out, oh, it’s just….Lucifer! 😯

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  573. 578 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    journalist remembers attending a braves game a few years back and seated close to jimmy smith was an old friend who had brought sandwiches to the game. cabbage sandwiches. this was jimmy smith’s first encounter with the cabbage sandwich. not since has jimmy smith seen the cabbage sandwich. not available at subway or blimpie. has any blogger had a cabbage sandwich before? jimmy smith would like to know. and what condiment is appropriate for a cabbage sandwich? chips? not a baseball post, really. more a stuff post.

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  574. 579 journalist jimmy smith March 21, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    cat. the other white meat. 😆

    oh, the humanity, berigan! forgive jimmy smith! 😆

    and is there no baseball to talk tonight? thorman only? borchard? pena? prado?

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  575. 580 morpheus45 March 21, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Howdy, all.

    Borchard, Yes…Thorman, No

    Pena Yes, Prado No

    Sammons Yes, Lopez No

    Anyone else Yes, Yates No

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  576. 581 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 21, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Grinch=Sgt. Friday

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  577. 582 flbravesgirl March 21, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Good evening, y’all. Finally had to borrow Mom’s laptop because my internet’s been down all day. Glad to see everyone behaved today.

    Now, any news on Smoltz? What’s this about his shoulder?

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  578. 583 williamwallace March 21, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Radio Ron does not like cabbage sandwiches. He likes Calabash sammiches.

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  579. 584 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Hi,WW! Recovered from your mishap?

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  580. 585 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Helloooo?

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  581. 586 Bob, journalist March 22, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Esteemed Christmas Stealer, the Pena, Prado situation is an interesting one.

    Perhaps unbelievably, I just now seen Sir Guy’s March 20 … 11:22 am epic post for the first time as it was posted while I was struggling with computer keyboard/security problems. I found it as a result of searching for the word “cahoots” after receiving multiple emails asking if Jimmy and I were in “cahoots” … which, while perhaps not an imagination stretch to some, was not the case.

    While the fact that i had not seen his post may change the reaction by some to my 6:41 PM post; having so read would not have materially changed my response. However, I may respond in some fashion after having a chance to digest the essence, for purposes of clarification; if not modification in posture, should I deem that appropriate.

    How dare you Berigan! Carol’s experiencing some eye discomfort and we’ve deferred “Charlie Chan’s Secret” until midnight Central time.

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  582. 587 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Easy to spot WW at the game. He’s the fellow with the air wick hanging from his pocket… 🙂

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  583. 588 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Hi, Bob. I hope Miss Carol’s eye is better soon.

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  584. 589 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Gil… 😀

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  585. 590 Bob, journalist March 22, 2008 at 12:23 am

    my internet’s been down all day” … I’m impressed young lady … first person I’ve known with their own Internet; excepting Al Gore who invented his.

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  586. 591 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 12:24 am

    um…. my connection has been down all day. 😳

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  587. 592 Bob, journalist March 22, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Thanks FBG! I do too … if only so that I can see the Chan movies before Berigan tells me who done it!

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  588. 593 Bob, journalist March 22, 2008 at 12:27 am

    It’s okay to tease a bit on Good Friday, methinks!

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  589. 594 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Since I sit behind the home team dugout when I attend the Richmond games, I will make sure I can exit quickly in case Thor takes offense to my jive. Of course, it would at least be some form of offense and he is not showing any at this point…

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  590. 595 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Okay folks, Catch ya’ll in the morning…

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  591. 596 Bob, journalist March 22, 2008 at 12:33 am

    It might do him some good … it is surprising how offensive some folks can get when they become defensive.

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  592. 597 williamwallace March 22, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Oops, sorry, FBG, got distracted with the basketball. As Gil is saying, I smell like New Jersey but I’m fine. Got some bad bruises and cuts. Looks like I slid into second with all the raspberries (more info than anyone wants). And I feel like I suffered whiplash. My neck and back are real sore. But I’ll be okay. That’s why God invented Advil.

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  593. 598 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 12:36 am

    ‘Night, Gil.

    The shame of it is that Thorman seems like such a good guy that you want to root for him but he just can’t seem to make the adjustments. I feel bad for him.

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  594. 599 Bob, journalist March 22, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Hi, Bob. I hope Miss Carol’s eye is better soon” … sweetheart, the thanks were truly sincere … the rest was just me being me!

    Good Night and God Bless!

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  595. 600 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I still think you should see a doctor, WW. If you have cuts & scrapes, that means open wounds exposed to that… yuck. Please tell me you at least gave yourself the scrubbing of a lifetime with antibacterial soap.

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  596. 601 Bob, journalist March 22, 2008 at 12:46 am

    you want to root for him but he just can’t seem to make the adjustments” … while perhaps Andruw was proof positive that I’m wrong but I think it’s always wrong to blame the player for their failures … and when they have problems, it’s smart to look at the coaches and manager.

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  597. 602 williamwallace March 22, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Oh, I’ve scrubbed down more in the last few days than I have in the last month. I will probably go to a doc tomorrow. I am supposed to hang out with an ex manana. When she finds out she will drive me nuts until I agree to go. She always does.

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  598. 603 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 12:53 am

    True, Sir Bob, but I hope someone along the way has tried to work on that lumberjack swing.

    WW, you realize that someone will ask you what an “ex manana” is, right?

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  599. 604 williamwallace March 22, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Ex manana means tomorrow was really just yesterday.

    I dunno. Just making it up.

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  600. 605 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Time to tuck the computer in. Good night, y’all!

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  601. 606 williamwallace March 22, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Alright, good night, FBG.

    G’nite Bob. G’nite to your wife as well. And try to give us a Goodnite Gracie tonite. You have not blessed us with any of that in a while. I miss it.

    G’nite Jesus. Hope you sleep well over the next two days.

    G’nite to my Uncle who lost his battle today at 51 years old, leaving behind a 47 year old widow suffering horribly from MS that has made her blind.

    Jesus, you died so you could take care of my uncle but you lived so that we could take care of my aunt.

    G’nite.

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  602. 607 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 22, 2008 at 1:53 am

    606 posts…before this one, since new blog on 19th. And that’s with no posts today by CL, Paladin, BAS, Hillbilly, and quite few from SG!
    And of course, no one to play with when I have some free time! 😦

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  603. 608 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 22, 2008 at 1:56 am

    And none from Lew since noonish….ok, got too much time on my hands as some brilliant songwriter once said…well, I don’t know about brilliant, but I remember the line….someone from Styx???

    Too bad Paladin isn’t around at this time of night, I could post some Megadeth, and Metallica youtube clips he would just adore!

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  604. 609 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Good morning everybody…. Did anything happen overnight? That is, aside from Berigan taunting the tigers again….

    WW Sorry to hear of your loss, cancer can be such a terrible scourge.

    I discovered that Directv was being offered free this weekend. Whoopee, got to see part 2 of John Adams. Really a pretty well made movie. A lot of it was shot in Williamsburg.

    Did you folks know that US route 60 is one of the few roads by which you can travel from 17th century Jamestown to 18th century Williamsburg and 19th century Richmond all in the span of a few hours. Of course Jamestown and Williamsburg have been restored…. 🙂

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  605. 610 morpheus45 March 22, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Morning, all! I’m going to be away from the blog for about 36 hours; just thought I’d give everyone advance warning so that no weekends are wrecked searching for me. No weeping or sniffling, please. Get a grip on yourselves, people!

    Now, food…

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  606. 611 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Overnight funnies:

    Berigan: Grinch=Sgt. Friday

    Gil: Easy to spot WW at the game. He’s the fellow with the air wick hanging from his pocket…

    Well done gents. Cracked me up.

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  607. 612 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 10:09 am

    36 hours? A Grinch could get in a lot of trouble in 36 hours. Or could have a lot of wholesome fun in 36 hours. Studying marathon? Heavy Metal tour? Red Velvet Cake run? Grinch pup training school? Report for incarceration? Many questions.

    Have a good’un Grinch.

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  608. 613 williamwallace March 22, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Grinch is in the CIA. He’s been sent on an Easter mission to assassinate someone.

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  609. 614 polite journalist jimmy smith March 22, 2008 at 11:46 am

    good morning to all! polite journalist jimmy smith here. striving to be polite to all bloggers. and grinch is away for 36 hours of community service. 😆 whoa! not polite. scratch that. probably going undercover again at best buy. not supposed to talk about that, keep making mistakes on here this morning. journalist would like to invite all bloggers over for an easter egg hunt tomorrow. should wear canvass gloves in case of encounter with the ugandan blue werm. will serve ham biscuits and cheese and will be served on doilies. and jimmy smith almost bought an macbook pro this morning but is still leaning toward the dell xps. struggling with the decision and this is not like usually decisive jimmy smith. may end up staying with the old laptop for awhile, no hurry. the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day. condolences to ww on ww’s loss. and a most pleasant day is wished for all bloggers from polite journalist jimmy smith.

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  610. 615 polite journalist jimmy smith March 22, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    carolina lady, please come back to the colossus which is not so colossal without carolina lady. polite journalist jimmy smith will cause no trouble. jimmy smith can cause trouble even without posting – but will cause no trouble.

    and jimmy smith actually heard this on the radio yesterday. “the event has been cancelled Easter Sunday. instead, we’ll observe Jesus’ birthday. ”

    oh, the humanity! must have been a blogger from that other blog. and two mentions of Jesus on the carolina lady braves and stuff colossus. can do that? only when an alou?

    and thorman in the same post? well, thorman has had about as good a shot as any player can ask. handed the position before camp last year. starter that started and stunk. comes to camp this year and gets lots of opportunities to show what thorman can do. doesn’t do much. much like derosa – ordained and fell short. maybe can bloom elsewhere. won’t bloom without some adjustments. swings too hard. better keep a bat that will hit.

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  611. 616 polite journalist jimmy smith March 22, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    polite journalist jimmy smith blogging with polite journalist jimmy smith. a lot like stinky. journalist must go do something else for a time. selah.

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  612. 617 williamwallace March 22, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks Jimmy and Gil.

    Does Chop Seal have a report on Bobby’s special brand of Easter Egg hunting? Bobby does like his jelly beans on Easter.

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  613. 618 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Funny thing…. I dropped by the old haunt yesterday and discovered little has changed… Certain beet writers still a butt head… Can say that? Too much exposer to heavy metal can warp one’s brain.

    Any announcements on who is getting cut yet.

    I read in the Washington post where another player thinks he can demand where he plays. These guys just don’t understand that they can be suspended without pay and will be working at a fast food joint if they don’t reel in the rhetoric.

    Anyway, the Nats gave up on John Patterson. He will sign a minor league deal with someone but I think he will need to see Dr. Andrews before he can be affective again.

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  614. 619 williamwallace March 22, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Javy has retired.

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  615. 620 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    RATS!!!!

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  616. 621 Carolina Lady March 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Line Up:
    ssiscribe
    SavannahGuy
    Berigan
    MrGil
    Raisins

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  617. 622 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Shoot, I was rooting for him!

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  618. 623 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 22, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Many female braves fans are on suicide watch! :mrgreen:
    Here is a story on him, and also on the other braves sent down(Mighty Thor is still there of course)
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080322&content_id=2450928&vkey=spt2008news&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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  619. 624 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 22, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Just read Greg Nettles has prostate Cancer. Hopefully, he will make a full recovery! I would have sworn he played more than one season here! Even as a 42 year old, he still played an excellent 3rd base…
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080322&content_id=2450954&vkey=spt2008news&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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  620. 625 polite journalist jimmy smith March 22, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    still polite. held the door for some ladies awhile ago and wished the ladies a good day. will try to bring some of that to the blog. have a pleasant afternoon.

    and bobby dews has been found!
    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19413402&BRD=2068&PAG=461&dept_id=387471&rfi=6

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  621. 626 Bob, journalist March 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Polite Jimmy Smith; Revegeful and Devious Berigan; My Lady, all …

    May the morrow bring you a basket full of whatever it is for which you wish … and a very Happy Easter!!!

    God Bless!!

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  622. 627 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Hey, everbody! Checking in after a day’s absence. Hope everyone’s OK. AJC has the story about 7 cut including Javy, but the story talks only of Javy. Stupid AJC…

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  623. 628 cantfindausername March 22, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Actually, there’s a pretty good article on AJC about the guys who were cut/sent down. Just in a separate article.

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  624. 629 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Yeah… it is there, now. Not at 5:55, though. At least the link wasn’t. 😐

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  625. 630 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Info in case you missed it:

    Jordan Schafer reassigned to Pearl. Ryan Drese, Francisely Bueno (I love that name!) and Jorge Campillo were reassigned to Richmond. Jo-Jo Reyes and Brandon Jones were optioned to Richmond. Javy’s retiring.

    And, yes, it is a pretty good article there, now that it is actually available.

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  626. 631 cantfindausername March 22, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    VOR…didn’t mean to intrude. I came here early on, and think I P’d someone off (my fault, not theirs), so haven’t been back. Just thought I’d stick a toe in the water, and see how cold it is…

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  627. 632 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    And come back, mystery contributor. All are welcome on the friendly, positive, uplifting Braves and Stuff colossus. Lotsa Braves, lotsa Stuff. All that and pie. 😀

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  628. 633 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    No intrusion, cfaun. All dialogue is welcome. We are a peaceful bunch. And remember this B&S truism: toes are not to be trifled with! 😀

    Seriously, no intrusion. Come on back…

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  629. 634 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Oh, and our gracious Dalai Mama (former Harley Mama) of the Colossus, Carolina Lady, who is conspicuously absent and missed, keeps the place nice and tidy. 🙂

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  630. 635 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 7:17 pm

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  631. 636 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Early evening domination! 😈

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  632. 637 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm

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  633. 638 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    😀

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  634. 639 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 22, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for holding up your end VOR! Been listening to a lot of old music, OLD music, not that new 70’s music you young whippersnappers listen to!
    Now, going to watch a talkie. From 1931. Words and music synchronized with the movements of the thespians! (Could have said performers, but I know this group! 😉 )

    And who….who is this mystery poster?? DOB??? :mrgreen:

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  635. 640 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 22, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Oh, and VOR, I know there was a ton of posts this afternoon, but if you had checked out my 4:13Pm post from the MLB.com site…you would have info you were looking for long ago! 😛

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  636. 641 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks, B4… I saw the post but didn’t follow the link. You know, the posts themselves are always more important than the real info. 😀

    And the mystery poster sure did sound defensive, didn’t he?

    Now, just as company shows up, I have to go. Have a great Easter tomorrow everybody!

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  637. 642 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Crickets in surround sound. Good find Raisins.

    Berigan, I’ve decided… you may be young but you are an old soul. Old hat at old music, old movies. Oldsmobile?

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  638. 643 polite journalist jimmy smith March 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    much to do in preparation for easter. jimmy smith is making biscuits and chopping cheese. cutting the doilies is tedious work. slicing the ham must wait ’til tomorrow.

    chop seal has called from camp and says the presbyterian church will not allow beet writers to participate in tomorrow’s easter egg hunt. no mention of seals, only beet writers. chop seal is becoming frantic. jimmy smith has suggested chop seal check with the methodists.

    and javy jas jit javy’s last jomer. good luck, javy. always a fan favorite.

    and polite journalist jimmy smith leaves with this polite remark: have a nice evening!

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  639. 644 polite journalist jimmy smith March 22, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    oh, the humanity! journalist bob is blogging again . . .

    how ’bout them braves?

    polite jimmy smith hopes to remain polite through the evening and all day easter.

    and jo jo has left the big top. hope jo jo will master jo jo’s craft and return soon to center ring.

    and corky remains? clint, too? pena, too? hmmm….
    now, which one can hit? hmmm….

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  640. 645 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Raisins, really big shoes can promotecricket sounds.

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  641. 646 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    This is why we hear other crickets.

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  642. 647 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    And this is why we hear other crickets.

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  643. 649 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    YES!!!!

    I entertain myself so easily. 😀

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  644. 650 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Wait… listen… that’s not the sound of a plug being pulled is it?

    No? Whew! 😯

    Perhaps email addresses could be swapped? 🙂

    Just trying to keep CL’s blood pressure in check, fellas.

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  645. 651 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    All is well in the land of friendly repartee and mud bogging. No jello wrestling.

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  646. 652 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Hmmm… from 5:55 to 7:58, I was virtually alone. I depart and the place lights up. I come back and poof the place empties. Be honest, is my deodorant failing? Is it my breath? Do I have something stuck in my teeth? Wha…?

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  647. 653 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    What…am I chopped liver? A pane of glass? Raisins… over here!

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  648. 654 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Yes… all my rowdy friends have settled down. Must be getting older.

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  649. 655 Carolina Lady March 22, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Bob, please use email, if you wish to continue; not this public forum.

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  650. 656 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter is still not an recognized as an official resident in Stuffville, but he is working on a special report. Stay tuned. He’s buzzed.

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  651. 657 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Hey, SG and CL! Happy Easter eve!

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  652. 658 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    an recognized. good.

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  653. 659 Carolina Lady March 22, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you, Raisins! And very happy Resurrection Day to you and all your house!

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  654. 660 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Yep… I’m back in the office tonight working because I can’t seem to get it done during the week. (What’s that all about, anyhow? 😀 ) I’ve gotten alot done tonight, though.

    Now, the lovely Mrs. Raisins has just brought to me in my office a plate of home-made spaghetti fresh from the pot. She is the bomb!

    Pardon me while I make a pig of myself…

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  655. 661 cantfindausername March 22, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    VOR, thanks for the welcome, and the advice on what’s what. Seems like a pretty tight-knit group here, so I’ll move on. Always looking for good baseball talk, but … well, whatever. Happy Holiday to all.

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  656. 662 Carolina Lady March 22, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Sorry, SG. Guests and visitors to this blog are looking for chatter and fun.

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  657. 663 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    We are tight knit. We even bicker like family. But, you know, if we didn’t care, we wouldn’t bother. Don’t run off, though. Stick around. You might just like it here.

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  658. 664 Carolina Lady March 22, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    can’tfindausername, you’d be welcome here. There are some really good, fun people here usually. Hope you’ll visit again; I’d love to welcome you as a regular.

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  659. 665 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 22, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    19th century baseball poetry!!!!

    Slide, Kelly, Slide!

    Your running’s a disgrace!

    Slide, Kelly, Slide!

    Stay there, hold your base!

    If some one doesn’t steal you,

    And your batting doesn’t fail you,

    They’ll take you to Australia!

    Slide, Kelly, Slide!

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  660. 666 polite journalist jimmy smith March 22, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    yes, the plug can be pulled very easily but jimmy smith will be no part of it. jimmy smith will remain polite and respectful. carolina lady is steamed and that is not a good thing. steamed carrots, maybe. steamed carolina lady, no way.

    and any blogger that might care to read jimmy smith’s post of march 17 at 5:25 pm can judge what jimmy smith has said or not said. lots of spinning goin’ on. feel like obama right now.

    and journalist bob has confused even jimmy smith but journalist bob is crafty. much like buffalo bob, journalist bob is pulling some strings right now. oh, the humanity!

    and now, baseball . . . Odalis Perez has been named the opening day starter for the Nationals on March 30 against the Atlanta Braves.

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  661. 667 Bob, journalist March 22, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    My Lady, I just now saw your post … I will certainly so do in the future … I did not consider it to be in any way confrontational, including both rhetoric and tone.

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  662. 668 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    21st century baseball blog poetry!!!!

    Blog, Kelly’s mom, blog!

    Your running a great place!

    Blog, Kelly’s mom, blog!

    Stay here, hold your space!

    If you can stay a while,

    And your bloggers show their style,

    They’ll make you crack a smile!

    Blog, Kelly’s mom, blog!

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  663. 669 polite journalist jimmy smith March 22, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    jimmy smith will go on sabbatical. not guilty of all being said. not going to end up like sja. happy easter to all. back in a few weeks, maybe.

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  664. 670 Voice of Raisins March 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    I am retiring for the evening, good people. There is a better than good chance that I will be occupied with Easter and family related activities all day tomorrow.

    That being said, I sincerely hope that all of my very good B&S friends have a great Easter.

    May God bless you all! 🙂

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  665. 671 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    JJS should be proud to end up like SJA. Confident. Stood by his words even if they were wrong at times. They were right more often than not.

    David is Wright all the time. Third baseman. Senator. Next President maybe. Can do no wrong. Could Wright all the wrongs in a single post.

    Yes, toss the firecracker under the tent and scurry. Hoppalong Cassidy.

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  666. 672 Savannah Guy March 22, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Blogging is not for wimps either.

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  667. 673 Carolina Lady March 22, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    FOR SALE – CHEAP! one blog.
    Free to whoever wants it.
    First come, first serve!

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  668. 674 flbravesgirl March 22, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    I am gonna knock y’all’s heads together if you don’t stop this nonsense. Look at that! CL doesn’t want to run the blog anymore. Who else is going to do it? Don’t ruin this for all of us.

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  669. 675 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Come on CL… You don’t mean that….

    Now folks… Don’t make me get my belt…

    Welcome back flange… Just in time to restore order in the universe.

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  670. 676 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    I would write an epic post but I just don’t feel up to it right now, maybe in the morning. Too many good old movies on the boob tube tonight.

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  671. 677 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    And just when the Nationals are coming together and becoming a team to be reckoned with… Well, maybe not…. 🙂

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  672. 678 Carolina Lady March 22, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Flange, I hope that is you. I’d really like for you to be here.

    Gil, I’m so fed up with this, I truly don’t know what to do. I’m serious when I say I’d like someone else to take it over. 3:30 this morning I woke up worrying about this mess; couldn’t get back to sleep until just before the clock went off. Little sleep, no aide for Mother today, no aide tomorrow, probably no aide Monday. I enjoy y’all so much, but lately it’s been anything but! I just don’t have the physical, mental or emotional energy to expend on that. Who wants to come to a place where it’s nothing but a mud fight? If I came once, I sure wouldn’t come again.

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  673. 679 lew614 March 22, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    The Sound Of Crickets-How Zen. Or something Julie Andrews should be singing.

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  674. 680 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 12:01 am

    CL… There is no need for you to worry about what other folks think of each other. In fact, there is nothing you can do to really control a bunch of folks who don’t want to be controlled.

    Trust me when I say I know exactly what you are going through with your mom. I cringe everytime the phone rings it seems. I keep reminding myself she cannot help the fact she is old but that does not halt the resentment I have towards my brother who has been zero help.

    I feel trapped as Josie and I are not able to enjoy life as we should and I get resentful about that too. Yes, always a new crisis and watching friends get into cat fights does not make for enjoyable moments but maybe it is the full moon. Maybe it is all those alpha males in the same space. I don’t know but the world would be a sadder place without your blog, at least for me.

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  675. 681 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Now baseball…. How about them Braves????? 🙂

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  676. 682 Carolina Lady March 23, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Kind words, Gil, and appreciated. I love the banter, wit and exchanges; that makes delightful reading and a welcome change. I hope we can get back to that and leave personal agendas or whatever elsewhere. I just won’t allow it here.

    Oh, I understand about your Mother. I look at mine sometimes and have to remind myself that she isn’t in this state because she wants or chose to be. And, I hope that if I ever got like that there would be someone to take care of me. We plant seeds in everything we do and say; I want good crops coming up – not weeds! 🙂

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  677. 683 Carolina Lady March 23, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Gonna miss Javy. Wish he could have gone out more on his terms; I think that year on steroids took a very heavy toll that he could not overcome.

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  678. 684 Carolina Lady March 23, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Going to bed. These 18-hour days are getting hard to handle. 🙂

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  679. 685 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 12:13 am

    And about the mud fight… It’s what all blog seem to digress to at some point… So many And Idiots, so little time… 🙂 At least here, the hostess isn’t and idiot. For that we can all be thankful.

    I was thinking the other day that it is a good thing we do not allow duels any longer or there would be bloodshed daily.

    So, I guess I will keep hanging around the door here until someone turns out the lights. I guess that is better than having your lights punched out…

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  680. 686 Carolina Lady March 23, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Leaving the night shift in your hands, Gil! Happy Easter.

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  681. 687 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Good night CL… thing will be better in the morning…

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  682. 688 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 12:17 am

    I think I will finish watching the 10 Commandments and turn in too….

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  683. 689 BeRiGaN 4 tHe ReVeNgE March 23, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Oh man, just getting a chance to get back on the computer…
    On a forum, this would have a “sticky” as they say, to keep it at the top…
    Gil, I’m so fed up with this, I truly don’t know what to do. I’m serious when I say I’d like someone else to take it over. 3:30 this morning I woke up worrying about this mess; couldn’t get back to sleep until just before the clock went off. Little sleep, no aide for Mother today, no aide tomorrow, probably no aide Monday. I enjoy y’all so much, but lately it’s been anything but! I just don’t have the physical, mental or emotional energy to expend on that. Who wants to come to a place where it’s nothing but a mud fight? If I came once, I sure wouldn’t come again.

    I’m going to post this EVERYTIME, ANYONE, starts petty crap here!
    What some people want to talk about,(Non baseball wise) and beat to death….resuscitate, then beat back to death….is this so very important to you that you’d like it written on your tombstone?
    There’s an old song from the 30s’ called 100 years from today. Basically, it’s a guy trying to convince a girl to make out with him, after all, if you give your kisses away, who will remember 100 years from today??
    Well, let things go already! Everyone!
    I know some like to stir ___ up, it gets them off, they have even said as much here. Well, perhaps they need to be sent packing then. CL has far more important things to worry about than a stupid baseball blog. She needs this as a break from the real world, not a reality blog….

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  684. 690 Paladin March 23, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Berigan writes at 12:43 AM

    “I know some like to stir ___ up, it gets them off, they have even said as much here. Well, perhaps they need to be sent packing ”

    I know I have said that in jest; am I the one Berigan thinks needs to pack? All I know is that I take several days off and the fighting continues. Did I stir things in absentia? And remember before I left I made a suggestion about how we might take some of the load off CL and not ONE person commented. If you want this blog to continue you better get off your collective arses and come up with some viable solution(s). If you come up with one, I’ll give you my complete support. Meanwhile, mine is on the table.

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  685. 691 lew614 March 23, 2008 at 10:24 am

    A man walked into a new town one day, and approached an old timer sitting in front of a store, whittling. As he walked up to the old timer he asked him “What kind of people live in this town? The Old Timer stops and thinks for a second and then asks the stranger, “What were the people like in the place you just left?” The stranger replies to the old man, “They were a sad lot. Always contentious and insulting.” The Old Timer looks up and says to the stranger, “Well, I’m afraid that’s the type of people you will find here as well.” The stranger turns and leaves the way he came.

    The Old Timer continues to whittle and a few hours later another stranger approaches and asks him “What kind of people live in this town. The old Timer asks the same question “What kind of people did you know in your last place of residence. The second stranger claims “Oh! They were wonderful people and I hated to leave, but circumstances beyond my control made the move necessary.” The Old Timer stands up and shakes the new stranger’s hand proclaiming “Welcome friend. You will find wonderful people here as well”

    Thus endeth the lesson my children. Peace be unto you.

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  686. 692 Paladin March 23, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Man(kind)is the only species that excretes in their home.

    Aside from the above, Happy Jesus’ triumph day to all.

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  687. 693 Salty March 23, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Lew…. 🙂

    Paladin…uh…hmmm…well, who am I to argue with that? 😆

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  688. 694 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 11:07 am

    008… I don’t think Berigan was directing his comments directly at you. I think he was commenting on the general tone. Please stop taking things so personally…

    Lew, A good lesson for all of us. Or as Brother Dave Garner use to say, “If the whole world is wrong, then right your ownself first.”

    I hope everyone has a glorious Easter.

    And on the time sharing of the blog, I would be happy to help but I am not sure I could do so well as Carolina Lady. I still have not perfected all the different emotioncons…

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  689. 695 Paladin March 23, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Salty; Except in Alabama(Clemson?)where they have to traverse the well-worn path. 😀

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  690. 696 Paladin March 23, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Gil; Brother Dave also said, “You must eat stewed oakra on lite bread sammiches fast less they slip twix your fingers.” And is this your morning for Pulpit duty? :l

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  691. 697 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Now baseball…. Just as soon as I am able to give reports on the farm, I shall do so. I just hate to rehash information received from dubious sources. It’s a little like a certain beet writer commenting about Lillibridge’s inability to hit a slider. Now that will become the clarion call to hundreds of sheep who accept his observations as gospel.

    No one can hit a good slider, bad sliders are crushed by everyone not named Andrew Jones. The key is pitch recognition and knowing when not to swing, even if the pitch is a strike. Even a good fastball cannot rely on speed alone to make it unhittable. A 90 mph fast ball with movement is much more effective than a 98 mph heater that is flat.

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  692. 698 Paladin March 23, 2008 at 11:17 am

    okra :neutral

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  693. 699 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I always heard it as stewed tomatoes on light bread. Perhaps the same…

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  694. 700 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Trust me, I can be a contentious as anyone.

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  695. 701 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2008 at 11:22 am

    or maybe even as contentious…

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  696. 702 Paladin March 23, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I am going with my original plan to take this weekend off. I will gather next week with my other rowdy friends, hopefully for some fun. Have a good ‘un.

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  697. 703 Savannah Guy March 23, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Dear friends and Braves and Stuff neighbors, please allow me to address the state of the blog of late and offer not an apology, but an explanation. Better yet, think of this post as a view of my own perspective or reality check or a paradigm shift if you will. I’m writing this in a bit of a hurry, as I’m scheduled to leave town for a few days, so forgive if you have to add a few things between the lines that escape me as I write this.

    First, I respect and love Carolina Lady as a sister… more than any of you know. She is a dear heart and a kind spirit. She is exactly what she always appears to be… a righteous human being with a beautiful spirit. What you see is what you get. I would rather leave this blog forever rather than upset her or add to her stress or her burden.

    Last night, I asked… implored CL to not delete any post. I think that the differences that have been aired publicly should have been allowed to be resolved publicly. I believe it is a mistake to sweep all traces of disagreement or contention or challenge under the rug. When that is done, things fester and mold grows. If some participants are thin skinned or squeamish about VERBAL, WRITTEN confrontations, they simply need to scroll by. Scroll buttons are useful at times.

    That said, I’ll always stand behind whatever our gracious host wishes. That does not mean we’ll always agree, but I’ll always love and respect her. She is more important than any blog. Each of you are also more important than this place we hang our hats and at times, our feelings.

    Paladin has offered good advice on shared blog management. Great idea. That is, if we want this place to grow. I do. It will become too much of a burden for one person to manage. The answer will lie in the details of how that’s done. A great idea sir.

    Lew has told a very good story this morning… a wise parable. Perspective is relative and we usually see in a community the exact thing that we bring to that community. A nice story. Truth well told sir.

    Berigan has said that this should not be a “reality” blog. I believe I understand his intent, but I’d have to ask: Compared to what? Reality TV? God, I hope not. Well then, reality outside of TV is relative isn’t it? Every reality is different and every participant brings their own reality and experience to the party. They bring a sample of whatever they are and whatever they wish to share with the forum. Over time, a pretty fair understanding of character is established of regular denizens.

    “Those who shock easily need to be shocked more often” Mae West

    That is the truth. I’ve posted that before but it fits particularly well here, today. If grown men that are gentlemen can’t occasionally disagree or even argue without causing an implosion, something is wrong. Perhaps the expectations of the blog are a bit too high. Perhaps a dialog that some of us deem to be civil discourse is considered crass or disturbing by others. It’s relative and understandable.

    Funny, but I suspect that some of those who seem to complain about friction in this neighborhood are the same ones that blog elsewhere and, at the drop of a hat, calling others idiots and morons. Then, once back in the typically friendly confines of Braves and Stuff, they carry on like they are ultra sensitive to the slightest disagreement.

    Get a grip good people! Time to get over ourselves and quit wringing hands and fretting over the rare conflicts that do occur. Try this: the next time one of you complain that you just can’t bear conflict… if the repartee is more than you can handle or your perfectly innocent world is interrupted by dissent or you are accused of something you don’t deserve or if you feel that someone has slighted you… sit back, relax and just take it. Be nice. Don’t respond. Bite your lip. It’ll be OK… you can just check your verbal weapons, your character, your pride and your principles at the blog door. That might work for some… not me. Pollyanna is not an option.

    There is a time for everything. Love, hate, planting, reaping and sowing. Despite our recent differences, this blog stands head and shoulders above all other sports blogs in terms of civility and humorous repartee. Why do you suppose that is the case?

    I’ll answer my own question: Because of the intelligence, creativity and fundamental good manners and ethical standards of the individuals that blog here, therefore the community has that character as a whole. Even the biggest philosophical, pol