33: Anticipation abounds as the journey to October begins

 

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by ssiscribe

 

ATLANTA – The flags high atop Turner Field fluttered in the breeze Sunday afternoon as I walked across Monument Plaza.

 

Through the gate to the left of the ticket window, I could see the sun glistening off the dark blue seats high in the upper deck, down the right-field line. A few other souls were present, putting down their cash in exchange for seats to a show we hope will play on past September.

 

And that’s where we stand as the 2008 season cranks up for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night in the nation’s capital. This franchise, once known as laughable losers, then for a decade and a half as consistent winners, finds itself at the intersection of third place and the Fall Classic.

 

It’s been nine long years since Atlanta graced the World Series stage. Since then, the Braves have won exactly one postseason series, a three-game sweep of the Astros in the 2001 NL Division Series. The Braves then lost in the NLCS to Arizona. Four heart-wrenching losses in the division series would follow, followed then by two consecutive finishes in the middle of the NL East.

 

Turner Field sat empty the past two Octobers, as it was on Easter Sunday while I bought my tickets for Monday’s home opener. The laughter of two children pierced the otherwise silent scene. But you could feel something in the air, and it wasn’t just the swirl of that northwest wind.

 

It was the feeling of anticipation.

 

Maybe it’s the fact our new house includes a sports garage where all my baseball stuff is displayed. Maybe it’s the fact I’m blessed to be in a place where I can go to 30-to-40 games this season. Maybe it’s the fact my kids now are really into baseball. In the 30 years I’ve been paying attention, I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a Braves season as much as this one.

 

Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because this team looks like those Braves teams that danced deep into October on a consistent basis in the 1990s. The Braves, as many of us have stated, needed to stock up on pitching. That, after all, is what the Braves did in the past, the very foundation for their 14 consecutive division championships, their five pennants, their one World Series championship since 1991. Pitching, pitching and more pitching, stocked like one packs their pantry in advance of an oncoming storm.

 

If the Braves falter in 2008, lack of arms won’t be a reason why. The starting rotation is solid. The bullpen is deep. There are plenty of arms waiting in the wings. The Braves have the pitching talent to win over the long haul, to sustain the ups and downs that make up the six-month grind toward October.

 

Absence makes the heart fonder; two consecutive early winters have me longing to see the Braves return to the postseason. The journey is a delight, to be sure, but at the end of the day, you play to win the World Series. Even though many of us felt last year’s Braves were good enough to succeed in the playoffs, you can’t win in October if your season ends in September. And that’s where the Braves’ campaign the past two years has concluded.

 

But when the 10th month of 2008 arrives, the feeling here is Turner Field won’t be quiet. The Braves finally look like the Braves again. It’s the look of a team with the calm, steady confidence that comes with knowing they stand a good chance to win 90 times this season, and that will be enough to shatter the silence that’s descended on the corner of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Hank Aaron Drive the past two autumns.

 

On Easter Sunday, Turner Field stood still. But I could almost hear the crowd roaring. It starts now, and it will reach its crescendo come October, when the Braves – and the good denizens of Braves Nation – storm back into the postseason.

 

–30–

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587 Responses to “33: Anticipation abounds as the journey to October begins”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady March 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Just sterling, scribe! You write it – and the rest of can see it, hear it, feel it, taste it. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us!

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  2. 2 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Very good, Scribe. You get more out of words than I could out of music and pictures. You are good!

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  3. 3 Carolina Lady March 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    3 days, 2 hours – and roughly 49 minutes….. That about right?

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. 4 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    An emoticon for each inning. I think Dalai Mama is excited. 😀

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  5. 6 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Another stellar post for the Braves and Stuff blog. I can hear the beer vendors now… 🙂

    Whew lawd… shoot up here amongst us as one of needs relief. Another tree bites the dust and I am whipped. I forget I am not as young as I once was. I cannot take a pain pill while I am operating a chainsaw and they make my legs weak. Net results is having to drag my butt in the house after felling the tree and getting up all the logs. One remains until tomorrow or Saturday as it was too heavy for my tractor.

    Now baseball… Thorman still on the team???

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  6. 7 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Scribe, don’t tell CL I said this, but you oughta charge B&S for your lead blogs! 🙂
    Start the season already! Oh wait, they did….Well, start it for the rest of the teams! 😆

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  7. 8 Carolina Lady March 27, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Berigan, go wash out your mouf! 😆

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  8. 9 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A judge known for creative sentencing has ordered three Spanish-speaking men to learn English or go to jail.

    The men, who faced prison for criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, can remain on parole if they learn to read and write English, earn their GEDs and get full-time jobs, Luzerne County Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. said

    Talk about “creative sentencing”! You go, Judge!

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  9. 10 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Question… Does Borchard bat right handed or left? I cannot see how he doesn’t make the team… I don’t know what else a guy has to do to earn a spot.

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  10. 11 Salty March 27, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    finds itself at the intersection of third place and the Fall Classic.

    Hang a right, Braves, three ‘blocks’ to the World Series Title!! Super, sscribe!!!

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  11. 12 lew614 March 27, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Paladin-I wouldn’t expect that ruling to hold up on appeal. The ACLU will be all over that one.

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  12. 13 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Happiness is a fast blog! Now, to slow it down…
    SG,
    Great story on Red Skelton on the other blog…
    there was a slight baseball connection with him(I Thought he might have been part owner of a team, but didn’t find any info on that) He was in the MGM musical, Three Little Words, a “biography” about the songwriting team of Ruby and Kalmar.(They wrote lots of music, including songs for the Marx bros in Animal Crackers, and Duck Soup) Red plays Harry Ruby, a guy that is a wannabe baseball player…Wow…even I’m kinda bored by this… 😕

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  13. 14 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Lew; They can always do the 24 months he sentenced them to. And their lawyers seem happy with the sentence. Go figure.

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  14. 15 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Now, baseball. Who do you think earned themselves a ticket to Richmond, or Walla Walla, today? SOMEBODY didn’t pitch worth a crap. (Sorry, CL and FBG)

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  15. 16 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Somehow, I get the feeling the 3 amigos are not legal citizens of the U.S…..even though not mentioned in the paragraph Paladin posted.

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  16. 17 lew614 March 27, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Paladin-We’d likely be better off if they did their time-AND learned English while in jail.

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  17. 18 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Do you think we are going to supply you with a translator all of your life?” the judge asked them.

    The four, ranging in age from 17 to 22, were in a group that police said accosted two men on a street in May. The two said they were asked if they had marijuana, told to empty their pockets, struck on the head, threatened with a gun and told to stay off the block.

    Attorneys for the men said they were studying the legality of the ruling and had not decided whether to appeal. One of the attorneys, Ferris Webby, suggested that the ruling was good for his client, Guzman-Mateo.

    “My client is happy,” Webby said. “I think it’s going to help him.”

    Here is some more of the story. And Berigan, I think you are wrong. They are apparently products of the local Spanish-Harlem.

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  18. 19 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Lew; I don’t agree. If they are put in the slammer WE are going to have to clothe, feed and house them AND pay for a tutor. My understanding is that under this deal all of it is on them. And don’t forget the “get a job” part.

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  19. 20 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I know I am abusing the “stuff” part(particularly after Scribe’s lead)but I also see where the pos that put his 2 mo. old daughter in a microwave causing severe burns, including the loss of an ear, got only 25 years. I hope the biggest, baddest dude in there makes him his beeaytch and has his “way” with him every day of the 25 years. And then he dies of AIDs.

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  20. 21 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Paladin, how’d you like to defend that guy??? Just kill him…

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  21. 22 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Berigan; the only way I would end up being “his” lawyer is if the court appointed me. And then I would go to jail for contempt and stay there as long as it took. Someone, Darrow I think, said that the most guilty deserve the best defense. Noble idea. Too noble for this knight.

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  22. 23 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Scribe, another stellar blog lead! Not that we expected anything less from our resident pro, of course, but Gil is right, I think I can hear the beer vendor too. Maybe it’s just my fridge calling. It is 6.00 after all!

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  23. 24 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Darrow was nuts…..I always respected him, but I recently read his defense of those two rich bleeps that killed that kid, just to see what it was like to kill(Just looked up, forgot their names, Leopold and Loeb) Sounded like the crap we hear today with defenses of clearly guilty people…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Darrow#Leopold_and_Loeb

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  24. 25 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Berigan; I am beating this to death and we are obviously boring others, but let me end with this. I could have defended OJ even though I believed then, and now, that he is guilty. But, his crime-while despicable-was a crime of passion carried out against two adults. Putting an infant in a microwave is beyond the pale…well beyond.

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  25. 27 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Wow! CL, I didn’t know that either. I’m writing my Senators TONIGHT. As for Elizabeth Dole: You go, girl!

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  26. 28 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Man, I have tried twice to go to mlb.com and click on the braves page…and it froze Mozilla both times! Really froze! Like had to hit cytl/alt/delete several times….I’d ask someone else to see if they are having this problem, but don’t want to be cussed out if it does it to you. Never had a problem there!

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  27. 29 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    How bad did Kyle Davies have to look to get demoted to the minors? His spring ERA was 4.00….

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  28. 30 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Berigan, no problem for me.

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  29. 31 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Chris, you using Mozilla, or IE???

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  30. 32 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    CL, thanks for the link. I just sent my senators an email. Doubt they care, but at least I did something good today.

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  31. 33 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    From Gammons blog…what scouts were saying…
    • “What disappointed me most in Texas is Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s receiving. He struggled behind the plate, and I loved him last year. Hopefully, it’s a confidence thing because he was rough back there.” For what it’s worth, Bobby Cox liked his catching more than his bat.

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  32. 34 Savannah Guy March 27, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Scribe, great lead as always. You got it man… and now we got it… bad! The hot stove is about to be retired until late next fall and you just lit the bonfire of Braves baseball. I’m stoked.

    Carolina Lady’s mouth is gonna be hurting from grinning so much. 😀

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  33. 35 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I was reading about my other team…. Yes, sorry but I still get POed every time I read about Gwinnett gloating…. I see that the Nationals decided to send down Pete Orr instead of Willie Harris. This after Pete batted .389 for the spring. I guess those folks in DC don’t really care all that much for Canadians.

    Don’t look for Nick Johnson to be available anytime soon. He has won the starting job at first base for the Nats. Demetri really has some issues with his diabetes. Too bad… I hope he gets it together.

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  34. 36 Paladin March 27, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    We go to court in the morning. I won’t be posting. If we win, we are going and get drunk. If we lose, we are going and get drunk. Picture Paul Newman in “The Verdict”. I’m not that good looking, but probably as big of a lush. C y’all tomorrow night, or Saturday morning. BTW, where has Raisins been? Knocked out by germs brought to him by his kids, who are the typhoid marys and Johns of this era. Bless their heart, I avoid them like the …plague.

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  35. 37 morpheus45 March 27, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Howdy, all!
    That surprises me about Salty too; KC and I saw his big league debut and I was as impressed with his ability to jump up and gun someone down at second as just about anyone I’ve ever seen. Must indeed be a confidence problem; he practically oozed it then. And how do the Nats send down someone hitting .389? Can they afford that? Then again, maybe that’s why they stink in the first place.
    Don’t even get me started on the illegal immigrant issue; those guys need “Thief” in Spanish branded on their foreheads and deported back to wherever they came from.

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  36. 38 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Berigan, sorry for the delay. I’ve been painting the bathroom today so I’ve been in and out. Thankfully, I’m done for today.

    Anyway, I use Mozilla.

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  37. 39 morpheus45 March 27, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Lovely. The hits just keep coming. Kelvim Escobar, who singlehandedly kept my fantasy team afloat last year by winning 18 games (and a sub-3 ERA), is out with a shoulder injury that may last all season. Now I get to drag through the “what’s left” pile to try to replace him.

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  38. 40 williamwallace March 27, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Paladin, I’ve found that the easiest people to represent in criminal trials are those who are the most guilty. It often just becomes a matter of making sure the due process is respected and a fair sentence is handed down.

    The ones whose guilt you never become sure of, well, those are the difficult as hell cases that torment you for the rest of your life. There is nothing worse than that kick to your gut feeling when you hear guilty from the jury and then 20 years with 15 to serve in prison out of the judge’s mouth and you don’t know if he is guilty or not.

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  39. 41 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Grinch, I’m sure Redman is still available.

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  40. 42 morpheus45 March 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    The best of the rest are Oliver Perez and Tim Wakefield. Oh, the humanity! Josh beckett’s on the DL to start the season too; this is what I get for crowing. At least I still have Jake Peavey.

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  41. 43 morpheus45 March 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Chris, I will let you say that once. ONCE! Say it again and you are no longer my brother. 🙂

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  42. 44 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Just busting on ya’, my man. How’s school going?

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  43. 45 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Good evening y’all!

    Scribe, wonderful work as always.

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  44. 46 morpheus45 March 27, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    It’s goin’, though I was so sick today I just had to stay home and sleep. Missed a mid-term, but like most women my teacher has a crush on me so she’s gonna let me make it up next week. Some times it’s hard being this good-looking. I suppose now I’ll have to wear a revealing outfit to reward her; I feel like a piece of meat.

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  45. 47 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Greetings fbg!

    Grinch, it’s tough being that hot, isn’t it? I’m surprised that she’s even going to make you take the test. She should just give you the A and y’all can work something out in trade.

    Where do you go to school and what are you studying?

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  46. 48 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Sick today Grinch? Too much Old Smuggler last night?

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  47. 49 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    😆 “revealing outfit”

    What would this ensemble be comprised of, oh mighty Grinch?

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  48. 50 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Here’s an idea for you Grinch. Seems to work for this guy!

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  49. 51 ssiscribe March 27, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Top of the evening, denizens. Thanks very much for the kind words on the post. Should’ve had it done earlier, but much fish to fry on this end of the capital city this week.

    As you can tell, I’m fired up and ready for this season to start. I’m tired of watching and listening to exhibition games. I’m done with talking about who’s going to make the end of the bullpen and who’s going to make up the bench, who’s going to hit leadoff. I’m ready for the show to get started.

    I’m ready to watch some ball that MEANS something. And every game means something once the regular season gets under way. It’s time, good members of Braves Nation. It’s time.

    My new jersey is hanging in the closet. My tickets for Monday night are sitting in my desk. Now, we’re watching that stupid, stupid clock tick down. It’s going so slow … oh, goodness, run clock run! Get us to Sunday night, get us to the first pitch of a journey that’s going to carry this team and its legion of supporters back to October, the month that matters most, the month where you stand 11 wins from the holy grail and a spot in the hall of champions.

    When I said I’ve never looked forward to the start of a season so much, I meant it. I just have a feeling we’re about to go on a ride that’s going to be unforgettable. It’s a ride we’ve waited for, and now, we’re up right at the front of the line, waiting for the roller-coaster to pull into the loading station.

    It’s almost go time, good people. And I, for one, cannot wait to strap myself in and see where we end up.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  50. 52 morpheus45 March 27, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Actually, Chris, it was too much shiraz and port. That dude in the picture ain’t got nothin’ on me in the way of chest hair; I can out-70’s that in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, all my dad’s old polyester leisure suits are too small for me.

    FBG, maybe I’ll do a Road Warrior/David Lee Roth thing and go with @$$-less chaps. That and the big ugly medallions should do the trick. She’s in her late 30’s, I’m sure she’ll dig it. Her husband might take it the wrong way though. Why do they always have to get in the way?

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  51. 53 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Scribe, I’m with you man. I’m ready for some meaningful games. April should be interesting. Braves play 18 games against NL East opponents by the end of April. Good opportunity to take advantage and build a nice lead.

    Oh, and be grateful that you live in ATL and actually get to go to games in person. I have to “settle” for minor league games. They’re fun (and much cheaper too) but the big league games are the best.

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  52. 54 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Now there’s a mental picture for ya!

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  53. 55 Carolina Lady March 27, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    😆 Or not! 😆

    LINEUP! Y’all start writing! 😀
    SavannahGuy
    Berigan
    MrGil
    Voice of Raisins

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  54. 56 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    That’s a mental picture I wish I could erase!!! 😯 Sounds like our beloved Grinch is a fire hazard! He’s going to be very dangerous during the hot summer months! 😆

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  55. 57 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Uh-oh! Too soon! Doesn’t FLB or Hillbilly want to jump in for me??? 😛

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  56. 58 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    😯 I am not a writer, Berigan. If you put me on the spot of having to write a lead, my brain would just lock up.

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  57. 59 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    If the timing works out, I may actually have something meaningful to write about….

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  58. 60 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Oh poo….bet ya could….got to write one…before the beginning of ’09….start now, write something great, and never get out of writing a blog lead again! 😈

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  59. 61 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    FBG, didn’t you say that Grinch gave you a “bear” hug when you saw him at ST? I guess those words were truer than we even knew!

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  60. 62 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    CL, the Rome Braves will be in Charleston in early April. I may also have something meaningful to write about.

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  61. 63 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Gil, what is your avatar??? It looks like a pacman on top of a monkey’s shoulder….I imagine I am wrong….

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  62. 64 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    I over did it today and now my body is giving me a butt whipping… Who need to go to a gym? I always said, don’t pick on a farmer, those guys have got to be tough…

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  63. 65 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    CL, I will never have anything meaningful to write, and that is a promise! 🙂

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  64. 66 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Berigan, I’m with you on fbg writing a lead.

    FBG, it’s not that hard. Write something baseball-related that is meaningful to you. It’s bound to be good. Besides, since you’re not providing all the members here with any baked goods, you got to pitch in and help! 😀

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  65. 67 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Bergain… Don’t tell me you can’t recognize “Screech” ?

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  66. 68 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Gil, ever buy a gel ice pack??? They have big suckers , about 1 square. That, with meds does a nice trick on my back….

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  67. 69 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Chris, he did appear to be a somewhat furry fellow.

    Uh, Berigan, Gil’s avatar : bald eagle.

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  68. 70 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I think it is time to toast the group with a bit o Jameson…. To your health… gulp… 🙂

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  69. 71 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Screech??? I’m 41 a bit before my time…though I guess I would recognize him….my tube must be dark….I have the contrast and brightness up pretty high.

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  70. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I discovered tonight that if I put a hot water bottle behind my neck, I can get rid of my leg pain. Good news bad news sort of thing… Not only do I have a screwed up back but my C-spine is toast too….

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  71. 73 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    No one will know why my avatar is, NO ONE!!!!! 😈

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  72. 74 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Screech is the mascot of the Nationals… Of course, this is not the real Screech… This was a visitor to my place a couple of years ago.

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  73. 75 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve really never been any good at writing stuff. Even if I could come up with an idea I’d probably get halfway through & run out of steam. And then I would endlessly edit it.

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  74. 76 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    That’s weird Gil! Whatever works, eh?

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  75. 77 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Of course we know… It’s in your photo section…

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  76. 78 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Gil, you 11.15 is somewhat disturbing. You shouldn’t work yourself so hard.

    Berigan, I see you have a new avatar. What kind of car is it?

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  77. 79 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    So FLB…it would be like every blog I have ever written…well, both of them… 😳 I am sure most here would say the same thing. Man, I can write a good have a blog…then….
    Even if you never post it, you ought to start one, and just mess with it all year long….just for ___ and grins! 🙂

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  78. 80 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    I got some great photos of a pair of pilated woodpeckers last week. They are a young pair, only about 12 inches tall. I don’t know what happened to the original pair, they were at least 18 inch high. Really a magnificent pair of birds.

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  79. 81 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Gil, it’s an old color photo from the 50’s, of my Dad’s 1948 Nash convertible! He de-chromed it 🙄 they only made 1000 of them that year, and he and his Mom each had one!

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  80. 82 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I mean Chris…D’oh!!!

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  81. 83 williamwallace March 27, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Gil, I hope you didn’t overdo it with your history of back woes. Having had back issues myself, the back pain sometimes does not show up for a few days.

    Scribe, great lead as always.

    SG, I think we should continue that debate from yesterday over email. It would be easier to converse back and forth on something that complex that way. Blogs don’t provide enough space to say all that needs to be both ways. Also, there are tough things I have to say about it that I don’t really want to say publicly. And that doesn’t mean I have anything tough to say about you or anything like that. It’s just that it is a racial issue and I’d rather have my unfiltered thoughts on issues like we were talking about yesterday talked about in private because even the people I am defending won’t like alot of what I will have to say about them either.

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  82. 84 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    And I meant to write…I can write a good half of a blog…man…fingers, eyes, brain, wok togethmor 😉

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  83. 85 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Chris, WeSaySo didn’t put me out to pasture just to get rid of me. After the bad experience had had with my knee surgeries, I will not let anyone screw around with my spine. I can be pain free, it just takes the right combination of Vicodin and alcohol…. It is a fine line we weave but a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

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  84. 86 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Gil, I also see pileated woodpeckers here. They truly are amazing to see and watch. Loud as hell too!

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  85. 87 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    FBG, you have mail.

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  86. 88 williamwallace March 27, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    JB, you can use the Injun avatar. I was just being a clown.

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  87. 89 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Yow. Easy with that combo, Gil.

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  88. 90 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Berigan, It’s all good my man… Don’t worry about it. Write what you feel and it will be great. I was always told that some of the most knowledgeable baseball fans came out of St Louis. Hey, I appreciate the gut y who gives himself up to advance the runner.

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  89. 91 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Got it, Chris. Let me mull it over.

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  90. 92 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    HEY, SOMEONE STOLE MY AVATAR! THAT’S MY KNOB CREEK AND I WANT IT BACK NOW!

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  91. 93 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Superman would be proud Berigan. I remember the Nash in all those Superman TV shows…

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  92. 94 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    ??? I see it, Chris.

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  93. 95 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Sure FBL…. I know what is stupid and what is safe. I was a paramedic for 25 years.

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  94. 96 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Gil, do you remember Karen Anne Quinlan?

    My brother-in-law was in a car accident about 12 or so years ago and broke several vertebrae in his lumbar region. They never healed and eventually degenerated so he had to have surgery to fix it. They fused the remains of four discs together. Unfortunately, the Army doctors didn’t do a good job and only one side “took”. He’s in constant pain and is on all sorts of pain pills. He also augments that regimen with alcohol. Makes me very nervous about his future as the combination can’t be good over the long haul.

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  95. 97 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Gil, I still say you ought to check out some Physical therapy places. My Dad’s back is a mess, Disc degeneration(Which of course most of us have, just some cases are worse than others) and tons of arthritis. The Doctor said when my Dad straightens up, the bones spurs, etc pinch his nerves, hence the reason my Dad walks stooped over. Well, after months of getting massages, some stretching and a type of traction….he has much less pain, and can stand for longer periods of time. Hey, what can it hurt??? Those pain meds can be rough on the liver and kidneys…and I think it’s all the stupid codene(sp?) aka Tylenol they put in there with the real pain med, that causes issues….

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  96. 98 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Okay, I’m better now. Knob Creek is back. You can’t just take a man’s whiskey from him like that!

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  97. 99 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Yes, I have tried to get around the Tylenol by cutting the 10 mg tablets in half. That way only half as much tylenol.

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  98. 100 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Gil, don’t ya just love having a bunch of “Moms” tell you what you should, and shouldn’t do? 😉 We nag, cuz we care!
    Hey! Are you saying I am the guy moving the runner over, so you can drive in the winning run??? 😡

    .

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    :mrgreen:

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  99. 101 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    I starting going to a chiropractor and he really helped until one day he got a little too aggressive. Swimming helps too but another month before I can open the pool.

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  100. 102 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    By the way, I still see Berigan peeking through his hair as his avatar.

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  101. 103 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Gil, I just don’t get it…it’s like Tylenol PM, used to live on that stuff when I worked crazy hours at the bookstore. I got up to 4 at night! 😯 And that wasn’t working…but, years later I finally figure out Benadryl was exactly the same thing, sans tylenol! Really, why would we need a pain killer, a weak pain killer in something to help us sleep???? Sure didn’t do anything for me that plain ol’ Benadryl doesn’t do…

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  102. 104 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Uh… I don’t think you have to worry too much about me hitting one deep, I just try to be a productive out until the big boppers come along…. 🙂

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  103. 105 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    flb, 😆

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  104. 106 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    OK, why is that funny? Chris said you had a new avatar, a car. I still see the same one. Confusion sets in…

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  105. 107 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    All and all, the retirement thingee is great, it is the inability to get things done that bugs me. I have to hire kids who don’t have a clue as to what they are doing and rush through a job so they can play.

    What they old saying? “There is never enough time to do a job right the first time but there always seems to be enough time to do it over.”

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  106. 108 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Okay, looks like everyone got quiet so I am going to dream about my blog lead. Don;t be surprised at the results. 🙂 Good night all…

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  107. 109 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    oh…I thought you were saying you saw my hair, like thruthe windsheild…typing one handed…eating apple slices

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  108. 110 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn <——trying to eat better…

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  109. 111 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    goodnight Gil!

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  110. 112 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 27, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Hands washed, ready to type….where’d everyone go??? Chris has been MIA for 20 whole minutes!

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  111. 113 chrisklob March 27, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Berigan, I’m still here. The cat decided he needed some attention.

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  112. 114 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Huh?

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  113. 115 flbravesgirl March 27, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    They can be that way, Chris. Like the T-shirt: “Dogs have owners, cats have staff”.

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  114. 116 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Chris, I understand, cats need lots of that!
    FLB, huh? 😉

    a nice story on the braves….gee, this guy doesn’t call Disney the Dark Star, seems to actually like it…Frenchy told him he’s been working on his baserunning, and hopes to steal 20 this year!
    http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/flb/story?page=roberts032708

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  115. 117 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Still confused by the avatar thing…

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  116. 118 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:06 am

    FLB, we have an old narrow poster on the wall in the kitchen. It’s called the Musings of Master Meow. One of them is….
    The Dog has his Master, the Horse has it’s owner. The cat, being more fully realized, has it’s waitperson.

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  117. 119 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Flb, What browser you using? This was so much faster than when I first put up the other one….the new one showed up the first time I hit refresh.

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  118. 120 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:08 am

    How about: “The ancient Egyptians worshipped cats as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”

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  119. 121 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Yep, bred into them it seems! 🙂
    My turn to not get something…down the article in the link above the guy said…
    The Braves traded Tyler Yates to the Pirates in exchange for minor leaguer Todd Redmond on Wednesday. Redmond has a 22-21 record as a starter in 69 starts over three minor league seasons, while Yates is the ideal organizational reliever.

    Ideal organizational reliever??? What does that mean??? Is that fantasyspeak?

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  120. 122 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Explorer. I’m too computer-illiterate to install one of those other ones y’all talk about. And this computer is fast. The blog usually loads & refreshes instantly. I’m just still seeing your old avatar.

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  121. 123 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:21 am

    FLB, I was curious….it may be IE holding onto cookies. You might close all your windows down and then see if it shows up…if you cared…

    Mozilla is probably the easiest if you ever feel the need. I used to hear folks years ago say how wonderful Opera was, much better that IE….well, it stunk! I don’t think I saw one atvantage to it…There was another one that was supposed to be great(can’t for the life of me remember the name) ….I kept wanting the ajc baseball blog to not freeze my computer. Finally tried Mozilla, much quicker than IE for that, and I assume this blog as well. I still use IE for most everything else, just because I can send a whole page back to my email account, verses just a link with Mozilla. But, mozilla is simple, uses the best stuff of IE. You can have both browsers on your desktop by the way. Heck, I even have Netscape on my desktop!
    Once I finish this very long, thrilling post, I will see that everyone has said goodnight, just watch! 😛

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  122. 124 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Well, a good guess on my part…she’d say goodnight in a sec….my spidey sense was tingling, but the clock is off…

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  123. 125 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:28 am

    OK, I closed everything & started up again. Now I see the car.

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  124. 126 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:30 am

    a-ha!

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  125. 127 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Sounds like Chris Resop will make the team. Sounds like a nice guy as well!
    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080327&content_id=2461467&vkey=spt2008news&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl

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  126. 128 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:37 am

    What is cheesy 80s pop trio from Norway, Alex?

    Can’t believe I remember something so useless.

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  127. 129 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 12:40 am

    FBG ????

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  128. 130 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Yes, Chris?

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  129. 131 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Ha! That’s pretty good! Took me a sec…thought she posted a comment for another blog til I thought of the answer to what she said…A-HA!

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  130. 132 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:44 am

    I thought folks were saying today was decision day??? but, I guess until the season starts, you can hold off that last cuts???

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  131. 133 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Gee….now I have a white box for an avatar! Is that what happened to you earlier Chris????

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  132. 134 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Glad you liked it, Berigan.

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  133. 135 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Mine disappeared for a bit too, Berigan.

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  134. 136 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Knowledge is never useless FLB, trivial at worst!

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  135. 137 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Well, apparently Berigan got it, but it went over my head…….

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  136. 138 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:49 am

    it’s back now….is everyone else tired??? We seem…quiet…

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  137. 140 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:50 am

    I don’t think you have to set the roster ’til the season starts.

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  138. 141 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Sorry, Chris, A-Ha was a band. Got played on MTV a lot when I was a kid.

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  139. 142 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 12:52 am

    I think rosters have to be set by Saturday at midnight.

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  140. 143 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Aha, saturday night! 🙂 I thought I read someone post either at the end of the last blog, or here that today was a big day….perhaps they were thinking that since they were leaving Florida…well guys, I think it’s about that time….
    Chris, (((Hugs))) Flb, manly handshake…

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  141. 144 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:55 am

    wait….something seems wrong about that….can’t put my finger on it….

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  142. 145 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Um, not sure how manly my handshake would be…

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  143. 146 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Heh, you shake hands like a girl!
    Goodnight everyone….see ya in 4-5 hours when I wake up, right????

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  144. 147 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Berigan, I’m man enough to hug another man but frankly, I’d rather have one from FBG. No offense, of course.

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  145. 148 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Time for me to shut down too. ‘Night y’all!

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  146. 149 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 12:59 am

    😆 (((hug))), Chris

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  147. 150 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Thanks sweetheart! Here’s one back to you. (((hug)))

    Goodnight everyone!

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  148. 151 morpheus45 March 28, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Speaking of back pain…6:30 am sucks.

    Yates the ideal organizational reliever? Maybe because he makes the manager throw the lineup card as far as he can during every four walk appearance, thereby relieving him of any organization.

    You people that think cats are cuddly and sweet trip me out. The only reason your cat doesn’t kill you in your sleep is because he knows there’d be nobody left to feed him. But he wants to.

    Now, pain pills…

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  149. 152 morpheus45 March 28, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Y’all need to read the AJC article about Mableton’s ampitheater and the new acts it’s bringing in, which include Michael Bolton (with the Cobb symphony orchestra) and Kenny Loggins. “County commissioner Helen Gorham practically jumped out of her seat upon hearing Kenny Loggins’ name.” I did too, sweetie, but for different reasons. I find it hilarious both that a guy who sold about 20 million records is having trouble selling out a venue in Mableton and also that there are still 2,000 people willing to shell out hard earned cash during a depression to see that loser belt out “Footloose” and “Highway to the Danger Zone” live. As Yakov Smirnoff would say: “What a Country.” I’d rather watch a sun dial rotate. Any of y’all gonna break out the leg warmers and Val Kilmer sunglasses for the show?

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  150. 153 morpheus45 March 28, 2008 at 7:06 am

    Fine, I can take a hint. I didn’t want to hang out with y’all anyway.

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  151. 154 ssiscribe March 28, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Ah, Sunday night is getting close …

    Grinch, dude, I get up at 6:30 a.m. every morning. ‘Course, it sucks this morning because I stayed up until nearly 1 watching UCLA nearly choke away that monster lead they had on Western Kentucky. Still in the runnin in my pool, but gotta be perfect from here on out (and hope Memphis learns how to shoot from the line) …

    Fish to fry; another busy day awaits!

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  152. 155 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 7:15 am

    good! 😡

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  153. 156 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 7:16 am

    the good was aimed at grinch of course..man, what timing scribe! 😆

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  154. 157 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Yes, yes Grinch, just keep telling yourself how infinitely superior dogs are to cats the next time your dog makes you get up at 4 am to go outside…in the rain. 😈 meanwhile, I’ll just put down a bit more litter in the litter box….Sunday…’scuse me, won’t you?

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  155. 158 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 7:54 am

    I guess I told him! 😛

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  156. 159 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 8:17 am

    From Jayson Starks blog…

    STRIKE TWO — STICK TO YOUR GUNS: Who have been the hardest throwers of spring training? Here are the highest radar-gun readings we’ve collected from scouts this spring:

    • 98 mph
    Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
    Chris Resop, Braves
    Henry Rodriguez, A’s

    • 97 mph
    Brandon League, Blue Jays
    Jake McGee, Rays
    Matt Lindstrom, Marlins
    Radhames Liz, Orioles
    Bob McCrory, Orioles
    Seth McClung, Brewers
    Stephen Kahn, Mariners
    Kerry Wood, Cubs

    Yowza, as the youngsters say! And if you check the link I posted at 12 am, He has hit 101 this spring! Man, did we luck out on him, or what???

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  157. 160 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 8:28 am

    one more White Nash…then sleep…

    ‘blog domination!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  158. 161 lew614 March 28, 2008 at 9:43 am

    SG-Frying fish again? You’re going to grow scales anytime now.

    Be4rigan-You notice ChrisKLob’s and my buddy Seth McClung are is on that list He’s been clocked as high as 102.

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  159. 162 morpheus45 March 28, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Kerry Wood’s still hitting 97, huh? I bet they’re waiting for his arm to go with the ball to the plate with every pitch. Has there ever been a bigger wasted talent without drugs involved than that guy? Anyone who complains about Hampton just needs to go check him out. He came up in what seems like the 1970’s, struck out 20 in a game when he was about 19, then pitched about 50 innings since. Him and Mark Prior were supposed to be the greatest 1-2 punch in baseball history for the Cubs, and I think they’re still working on hitting 200 innings combined for their career. Lesson: Don’t EVER play for the Cubs.

    Scribe, if you really fry as much fish as you claim to, the ol’ lady must have to hose you down and dip you in lysol before letting you in the house. 🙂

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  160. 163 morpheus45 March 28, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Lew, don’t ever butt in on my observations again.

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  161. 164 morpheus45 March 28, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Frying fish sounds like a Japanese dude trying to speak English. 🙂

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  162. 165 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Good morning y’all.

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  163. 166 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 10:10 am

    …or not. 🙄

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  164. 167 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Good morning fbg!

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  165. 168 Salty March 28, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Some times it’s hard being this good-looking. I suppose now I’ll have to wear a revealing outfit to reward her; I feel like a piece of meat.

    The curse of Grinch…oh, my! This should help! :mrgreen:

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  166. 169 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Grinch, as for your ideas about back pain, lysol, cats and Cubs; I find them absurd.

    So there, Mr. Columbus blamer, take that. :mrgreen:

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  167. 170 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 10:56 am

    2 days – 9 hours – 12 minutes

    Summer’s almost here and the time is right for…

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  168. 171 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Blast from the past for CL and FBG:

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  169. 172 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Hello. Goodbye. Just a very brief respite from stuff not nearly as fun as Braves and Stuff, stuff. That, plus I’m getting out of here before Grinch has a chance to put those shoes on and come after me for my hard-hitting attack and all. 😀

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  170. 173 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Blog domination made easy.

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  171. 174 Salty March 28, 2008 at 11:06 am

    SG…good ‘un! 😆

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  172. 175 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Oh, WW… saw your post and sure, email me any time. Would enjoy hearing from you. Most folks here have mine.

    But I warn you, if you plan on debating, well… it may take a while for me to rewind. I’m all debated out at the moment (loud applause from B&S’ers). That and am busy juggling other chain saws and such today.

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  173. 176 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Oh, WW… saw your post and sure, email me any time. Would enjoy hearing from you. Most folks here have mine.

    But I warn you, if you plan on debating, well… it may take a while for me to rewind. I’m all debated out at the moment (loud applause from B&S’ers). That and am busy juggling other chain saws and such today.

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  174. 177 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Hey Salty. For a minute there I was thinking I’d just run the table and dominate for a while.

    Wellsirree, gotta bolt before I’m screwed.

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  175. 178 lew614 March 28, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Timing Grinch, timing. If you didn’t stay up all night drinking, maybe you’d beat me to an observation next time. Your reflexes are going-at such a young age, too.

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  176. 179 Salty March 28, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Playing the ‘experience’ over youth card, huh, Lew? 😆 There is a relationship between liver absorption and brain function!

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  177. 180 morpheus45 March 28, 2008 at 11:20 am

    What’s this? What’s this, Salty? Ok, good luck getting THIS one outta yer head for the next three days… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pznjCPfPJz0

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  178. 181 morpheus45 March 28, 2008 at 11:21 am

    The music, I mean; don’t know what the heck they’re filming.

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  179. 182 Salty March 28, 2008 at 11:33 am

    You have mail, Grinch! 😆

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  180. 183 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    😆 SG, that’s still the best commercial ever made! Just plain funny! Thanks!

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  181. 184 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Sorry to post and run this morning. Unexpected interruption.

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  182. 185 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    … And I’ve always been a fan of pitcher’s duels myself.

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  183. 186 Voice of Raisins March 28, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Howdy… Spring is here, the cars are covered in green goo, and my annual 4 week headache has begun… 😦

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  184. 187 ssiscribe March 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Braves claim Ruben Gotay off waivers from the Mets. Gotay hit .295 in 98 games last season, and plays second, third and short.

    –30–

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  185. 188 Salty March 28, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Why did the Mets let him go…he did an excellent job filling in for them last year. Sheesh, they have deader 😕 wood on the pile to rid themselves of before someone who can actually contribute. I guess that’s why they’re the Mets!

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  186. 189 ssiscribe March 28, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Think Prado may be heading outta here, guys. No sense otherwise to deal for Gotay when you already have Prado and Lillibridge, and Infante coming back in a couple of weeks.

    Prado had a great spring and a great year last season at Richmond. Think he, along with Thorman, may be enough to pry a power-hitting first baseman to back up Tex? Just speculating, but the more I think about it, that makes sense.

    –30–

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  187. 190 ssiscribe March 28, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    OOPS — didn’t “deal for Gotay.” Gotay was plucked off the waiver wire.

    –30–

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  188. 191 lew614 March 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Since when have the Mets ever done much of anything that made sense? However, wasn’t Gotay hurt this spring?

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  189. 192 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    A $50,000 insurance policy….

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  190. 193 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    An important lesson for all…. Never use a 1970 orange Grimlin as your get a way car if you wish to blend into the crowd….

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  191. 194 Voice of Raisins March 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Thor passed through waivers. He’s goin’ to AAA. 🙂

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  192. 195 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    (In my best Vincent Price voice) Good Evening everone!
    Hmm, I mentioned the fact that Gotay was released a few days back, now we sign ’em!!! Clearly a braves big wig is reading our lil’ blog! :mrgreen:
    I didn’t see a need for us to pick him up, but the guy hit .295 last year, and is only 25! Was he out of options???? Gotta like the move…even if injured…and who knows if Infante can come back as soon as folks think.
    I do feel sorry for Prado though. Some teams have less confidence in the home grown talent than their own…which is strange. Just look at the Cubs. .296 average over 3 years…26 years old. And sweet Lou won’t play him, they’d rather have Reed Johnson, who was released by the Blue Jays, because he can play center, and you sure don’t want to give can’t miss prospect Felix Pie the job everyday….sigh…..the more you know , the less you understand….

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  193. 196 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    And before Grinch gets a chance to say it….Ruban’s new nickname… Gogay! 😛 Would have worked better if he was still a Met though….

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  194. 197 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Thor passed through waivers. He’s goin’ to AAA. 😦

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  195. 198 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    😆

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  196. 199 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Told you folks that Thor would clear waivers. Now, if Chambliss can fix his swing, he will be worth something in the future. I will not be disappointed in the Richmond team this year. Send Lillibridge on down too. No problem.

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  197. 200 Bay Area Steve March 28, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Well done, Mr. Wikipedia. You had the Thorman info 15 minutes before anywhere at the AJC. Great news to me; I’m not ready to give up on him yet.

    In other news: youtube has posted a note on their site that traffic is at an all-time high. Credit was given to the Braves and Stuff blog, located at wordpress.com.

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  198. 201 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    “Flaherty said Woodson is the owner of an orange 1974 AMC Gremlin that police believe may have been used in yesterday’s I-64 shootings.”

    In case this didn’t make the national news….

    http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-03-28-0203.html

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  199. 202 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Lew, ah, that’s why Seth McClung’s name sounded familiar!

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  200. 203 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Jeez Gil(Or is Jeez, Geez?) That’s like me committing a crime in my 1973 Yellow Lincoln!!! Heck, I have seen a few Mark’s on the road, but I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw a Gremlin…and I haven’t seen an orange ’74 since ’74!

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  201. 204 lew614 March 28, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    How could anyone even explain why they would own a 1970 Orange Gremlin? Is there even an explanation?

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  202. 205 lew614 March 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Berigan-I just got an email from him today. He really likes being with the Brewers. However, after spending almost your entire career with the Rays, almost any other team would be preferable.

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  203. 206 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Ok folks, check this out! Mike Stanton was let go by Cincinnati Reds…ok….guess, just try and guess who is the guy likely to replace him???? Give up???? Kent Merker!!!! 😯 😯 😯 What in the wide, wide world of sports are the odds of that happening?????

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  204. 207 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw a Gremlin…and I haven’t seen an orange ‘74 since ‘74!

    This is a GOOD thing. Those things were hideous. The oranges ones were even worse.

    Lew Glad to hear that Seth is doing well. Thanks for letting me know that you heard from him.

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  205. 208 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Man Lew, the Devil Rays are just sick with talent…why can’t they at least be a .500 team??? IF their arms stay healthy this year, they might, just might do that…funny, they either have the Yankees or Red Sox numbers each year it, seems….
    Can’t wait to see Eva Longoria in that tight uniform…surprised to find she is considered such a hot prospect…she’s married!

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  206. 209 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    The Gotay move seems odd to me. I can’t see why the Mets let him go. Both Easley and Castillo have had injury issues. Maybe the Braves got him to flip with someone else for that 1b/3b backup.

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  207. 210 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    uggh…..

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  208. 211 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    How could anyone even explain why they would own a 1970 Orange Gremlin?

    How about, because powder blue wasn’t available?

    Klobber, you beat me to it but I couldn’t resist.

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  209. 212 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Chris, you may have something there…to flip him…and you don’t get rid of 25 year old guys who can play several infield positions…and hit .295 the season before. Perhaps he mouthed off to Willie??? I mean, Lillibridge is around that age, why not give up on him????

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  210. 213 Voice of Raisins March 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    OK, I know… it’s a ’73, but it’s the best I could do. Sue me. 😀

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  211. 214 Voice of Raisins March 28, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Dang, B∞, you beat me to it! 😡

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  212. 215 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    He was out of options. Do we have to give the mets something??? I am confused…something new and different…
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb/wires/03/27/2010.ap.bbn.mets.gotay.0244/

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  213. 216 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    B∞, 😆 perhaps that explains how I beat you!

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  214. 217 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    VOR, sorry about the 4 week headache! I have one today…really hope it doesn’t last 4 weeks though!

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  215. 218 Voice of Raisins March 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    See you folks later. The kids are away for the weekend :mrgreen: and Mrs. Raisins and I have a date. See y’all… well… dunno when. 😀

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  216. 219 Voice of Raisins March 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    😀

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  217. 220 Voice of Raisins March 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Bye!

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  218. 221 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Have fun!!! Gonna have more little raisinettes in 9 months? 😛

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  219. 222 lew614 March 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Chris-Posted it here two minutes after I got it. All it was was just a quick hello and sorry for not getting back sooner. Figured you’d show up sooner or later.

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  220. 223 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Raisins, have fun with your date!

    Berigan, no, the Braves do not have to give the Mets anything (except maybe a small amount of cash). They DO have to keep him on the roster though so it means that they’re planning on sending someone else down or perhaps have a trade in mind.

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  221. 224 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Lew, I wasn’t being snarky. I am glad you heard from him and let me know about it! 🙂

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  222. 225 lew614 March 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    That’s good. I just naturally assume the world is snarky-then if they’re not I can either apologize or ignore it all. Wish he had let me know more of what’s been going on and it had been sooner, but we take what we can get. At least we know he’s not MIA. Still no word on Marcus.

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  223. 228 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    After reflection, I can understand a young man’s anger at having to drive such a machine… Perhaps it was the free credit reports ad which sent him over the top…

    And more baseball news…. uh…. sorry, I got nothing…

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  224. 230 Bob, journalist March 28, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Gotay may be a good hitter … may have a flaw … 2007 .295 but Aug:189 Sept:200 … severe sprained ankle this spring … few plate appearances.

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  225. 231 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I hope the Braves appreciate the significance of opening a new park. I really feel happy for these guys knowing what a pit RFK was.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/28/AR2008032800030.html

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  226. 232 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Anybody watching the game?

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  227. 233 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Just tuned in. Top of the 4th, 1-1, Jurjens being relieved, Boyer? coming in.

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  228. 234 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    CL, I just found the game. I didn’t tune in until about 8 so I didn’t see the first few innings. Boyer’s not doing so well so far.

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  229. 235 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    TV stream was slow to return, it’s suddenly 3-1 Cleveland, 4th straight man to reach base. Boyer pitching.

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  230. 236 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Finally got 1 out, 2 on base.

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  231. 237 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Blake hits one to the wall, Kotsay misses, 2 more score, 1 out.

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  232. 238 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Really looks odd not to see JS in the GM box!

    Boyer hits a batter.

    How to make points with Bobby Cox.

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  233. 239 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Escobar, Johnson and Tex turn a nice DP. 5 -1 Cleveland.

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  234. 240 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    CL, I think it’s just you and me at this point. I’m watching the game so don’t feel obligated to do the play by play if you don’t want. 🙂

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  235. 241 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Terrific! I was just getting ready to ask if anybody needed this! 😆

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  236. 242 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    😀

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  237. 243 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    How good is it to be watching a Braves game again??!!! 😀

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  238. 244 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Good question.. not available here 😦

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  239. 245 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Sooooo … Is Boyer pitching his way out of Atlanta?

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  240. 246 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    He sure had his problems tonight! Acosta just did a good job, though. (I’m watching on MLB.com)

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  241. 247 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Howdy to Mrs Gil from me, please, sir! 🙂

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  242. 248 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    CL, do you have Comcast? They’re showing it on CSS.

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  243. 249 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Kotsay seems to “Kot” to Bobby from what I hear from the dugout.

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  244. 250 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    No, Chris. Stuck with TimeWarner here.

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  245. 251 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    J. C. Holt?? Who is that?

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  246. 252 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Sorry about your cable issue. Holt plays 2b. I think he was at Mississippi last year.

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  247. 253 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I need to extend the range of my radar! Missed him completely!

    TW has the monopoly here. No choice.

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  248. 254 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Frank Wren is wearing the ugliest tie I think I’ve ever seen! 😯

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  249. 255 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Klobber, that link you attached at 6:16 scared me for a minute. I thought it was something that had been in the back of Grinch’s refrigerator for a few years.

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  250. 256 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    This year’s feel good story of the NCAAs… Davidson tops Wisconsin. Another bracket buster 🙂

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  251. 257 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    And I passed the message along CL… 🙂

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  252. 258 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    😀 SG

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  253. 259 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks! How’s your back?

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  254. 260 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    scribe,
    I love the post. I’m really really really looking forward to Monday night as well. I will be there and then back at the Ted to see the Mets in ATL on April 6th.

    one nitpick, Scribe, sorry….

    The Braves swept the Astros in 2001 to advance against the D-backs and then lost game 6 at home (I was at that one and the clincher the Giants had against us the following year.)

    I’ve got my pre-season predictions up too if y’all wanna check ’em out.

    Thanks! JB in ATL

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  255. 261 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Actually, my back is okay… now, if I could just walk, all would be good… 🙂

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  256. 262 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    PS
    Carolina Lady I went to your site…

    Good pics! I like it!

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  257. 263 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Oh, lordy, Gil! 😆

    Prado isn’t bad at first, is he? Hmm!

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  258. 264 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks, JB. Welcome!

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  259. 265 Salty March 28, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Klobber…your cricket video…didja have a slow day? 😕
    Should help fill the overnight void…keep Bay Area Steve company! 😆

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  260. 266 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Another day, another project… Prado playing at first. I wonder how no one saw that one coming?

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  261. 267 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Salty, actually I was busy today but I figured that instead of writing “crickets” I’d try to be a little more creative!

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  262. 268 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    So many players, so few reporters….

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  263. 269 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I guess everyone was more interested in Smoltz pitching to Tiger Woods….

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  264. 270 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    so who’s gonna be at the game on Monday?

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  265. 271 Salty March 28, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    BAS
    That’s pretty neat about the youtube traffic comment…equally that they know where traffic originates. We’re just an eclectic bunch of music afficionados (doesn’t look right, but I don’t feel like spell-checking!), with a passion for los Bravos! We can’t help ourselves

    I bet they’re wondering about the uptick interest in Right Said Fred! :mrgreen:

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  266. 272 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Physically or in spirit, JB? 😆

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  267. 273 Salty March 28, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Klobber…creativity is everything…make sure your next employer knows it…or point ’em my way for a reference! 😆 I’ll do you good…promise! 😯

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  268. 274 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    A little too far to drive for me… I will make it to DC for a few games just as soon as I can figure out how to find a parking space. A am going to the Richmond home opener next Friday to see the stars of tomorrow as well as the stars of yesterday… Well, it is the IL and we catch them coming and going.

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  269. 275 Salty March 28, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Dalai Mama spirit covers the southeast!!! 🙂

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  270. 276 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Salty, was Steve serious about that comment???

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  271. 277 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    either but I guess you’ll be in spirit. ha!

    I’m pulling for your Tarheels, by the way. I’m a Yellow Jacket so I wanna see a ACC team do it this year.

    I’ll be down at field level on opening day but I’ll be doing some live blogging from the game. I know you’ll be there in spirit, Carolina.

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  272. 279 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Hey Gil,

    do you go to a lot of games in Richmond? They’ll be down my way next year this time in Gwinnett, GA.

    I hate to see them leave the former Confederate capital. How you feel about it?

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  273. 280 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    JB, only a few of our regulars live in ATL. Most of the others live elsewhere so unfortunately, we’ll be there only in spirit.

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  274. 281 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Oh, jb, don’t Gil started on the team leaving Richmond. He is NOT a happy camper.

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  275. 282 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I may just end up taking a couple of bus trips to the games. Usually a bunch of rowdy folks having a good time and you don’t have to drive in DC… A big

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  276. 283 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    ouch! sorry, Gil. I’m still a little new here.

    I was just sending my regrets about it. We already have franchises in ATL, Rome (nice park) and soon to be Gwinnett. We’re spoiled.

    I can’t say I won’t go catch a Triple A game up I-85 when they’re here but I do think it’s crappy. They already relocated G-Ville and now Rmond.

    Gil I hope you can make it to DC for that weird one game set against the Nats.

    Everyone, I’ll be sure to take plenty of pics to share so you can be there with me.

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  277. 284 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    JB… CL is right… I am dealing with it but it is lot like being married for 40 years and suddenly your spouse comes home, tells you they are leaving for greener pastures but they are going to continue to live in the house for another year and oh by the way, you can’t look for anyone else while they are still here.. It’s a little like that….

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  278. 285 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I think we cover VT, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, AR/LA and CA. Did I miss anyone?

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  279. 286 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I won’t bother trying to make Sunday’s game. I will be content to watch it on TV with the sound turned off.

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  280. 288 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    (That’s ouch for the whole Richmond Braves thing)

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  281. 289 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Maybe the Braves will field better teams for Gwinnett. They didn’t exactly load Richmond with a lot of talent. The Braves were pretty content with giving a few prospects a place to play. The class of the league is in Durham, all those Tampa prospects waiting to bust out.

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  282. 290 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    7 – 1 Cleveland. sigh… 😦
    Only 1 bad inning – the 4th…..

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  283. 291 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    And it was a stinker too, CL.

    Well, the game is over so some roster moves should be announced here shortly. I’ll bet there are a bunch of nervous kids in the Braves clubhouse right about now.

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  284. 292 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    CL, we’ve got New Jersey also. Where is JerseyGil anyway?

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  285. 293 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    JB… The Braves have been in Richmond for 42 years… That is a long relationship. However, maybe it will be better for all concerned. The thing that gets me is the IL’s attitude that Richmond cannot pursue a replacement team until the Braves franchise has relocated in Gwinnett.

    Richmond will put up a new stadium and move on. I am not blaming the Braves completely but they were less than honest in this whole thing.

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  286. 294 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Oh well, you know what they say… Delta, we’re ready when you are….

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  287. 295 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    JB, welcome back. I’ll look forward to checking out your picks tomorrow since I’ve got a date and a movie to watch tonight. A sneak peek on the NL East?

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  288. 296 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Now 008 can worry a bit about Atlanta’s lack of offense. They are going to need more than one run a game to win the division.

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  289. 297 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Gil,

    42 years is a long time. I’m 27 and a lifelong Braves fan that grew up in ATL and I could NEVER fathom losing my team. I’m sorry you’re losing yours.

    My mind goes to Boston when I think about teams moving. They had the Braves for 80+ years before they went to Milwaukee. That’s twice as long as the Atlanta Braves.

    Not an impressive game tonight but 4 cuts to come and maybe a trade. Jair only gave up one run in 3.1 innings. not bad.

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  290. 298 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Gil, I think the reason that Richmond can’t look for a replacement team is because all the other teams are still under contract with other mlb franchises. It’d be kind of like approaching a player with another organization in his contract year to play for you next year. I think the word they use is “tampering”.

    Don’t worry. You WILL have baseball in Richmond next year. You might get lucky and get a AA franchise (as you’ve reported as a rumor). More prospects there. As you know, AAA does have some prospects, but also a bunch of guys on the way down and insurance guys that aren’t nearly as exciting (in my opinion) to watch.

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  291. 299 Carolina Lady March 28, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Oh, I did neglect NJ! JerseyGil is up to his eyebrows doing tax returns. Which I haven’t done yet….

    And where is flange1 from? He’s MIA, I think.

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  292. 300 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Chris, the reason given is just in case the Gwinnett stadium is not ready, the International League want to make sure the Braves have a place to play. I understand that but to say that representatives of Richmond cannot talk to other franchises is frustrating. The Eastern League is mentioned as a prominent candidate with Detroit’s AA team.

    I know the Nationals would love to put a team in Richmond but there are no AAA franchises available.

    My bet is there will be some independent league owner who makes a play for Richmond. The Richmond metro area is about 1.5 million of which about 5000 are baseball fans.

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  293. 301 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Gil… you must have heard this a thousand times, but I used to have 3 pinched nerves in my back. When it would “go out” it would literally floor me… or at least make me walk around like Groucho Marx for as much as a week.

    My chiro at the time taught me a valuable relief therapy: lay flat on the floor with several pillows under your legs so that your knees are bent and all pressure if off your back. Place a heating pad on the spot and rest on that for 15 minutes. Immediately switch to a bag of crushed ice 15 minutes. Immediately repeat this, finishing with the ice. Have as few layers of material between your skin and the heat/ice for full effect.

    The heat-ice-heat-ice forces the muscles to expand and contract to relieve the pressure on the nerve. The ice also reduced inflammation. This treatment did wonders. Could almost go dancing afterwards (and I don’t even dance… amazing how that works).

    I’m blessed to have no back trouble for the last ten years other than the natural aches and pains of age and occasionally too much physical stuff, especially when bending long periods of time.

    Good luck if you try it. Hope it works as well for you as it did for me.

    G’nite all.

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  294. 302 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    you know SG, I think i’ll do that too.

    i played in my first Softball game of the year last night.

    I’m sore.

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  295. 303 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Guy Hansen, the Richmond pitching coach has suggested putting the new stadium in Goochland County which is west of the city. It would be a big success and a smart move. Richmond is blessed with easy access to just about everywhere as long as you can drive.

    He is right when he says no one wants to go downtown anymore. If people don’t feel safe, they are not going to go to the games.

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  296. 304 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Gil, do you mean that after the season is over that Richmond can’t talk to other teams?

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  297. 305 jbinatl March 28, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    good night y’all!

    keep in touch and keep choppin’

    cool stuff tonight. My sympathies to you, Gil and get your back feelin’ better. I’ll let you know when I got some pics from Monday’s game up.

    PEACE!

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  298. 306 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks SG… I have a new (old) mattress that I retrieved from my Mom’s place. It has helped a lot. Not doing any yard work today also helped. I will try the alternate hot & cold treatments.

    I have a full day ahead tomorrow so I best try to get some sleep. A trip to Mom’s and then a sale. They are offering a couple of golf carts and I might get lucky.

    By the way, my oldest daughter picked up her car today. She ended up buying a 2004 Ford Explorer. Now the wife says I need to find her one just as nice. Sigh….

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  299. 307 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    That’s right Chris.. The IL still claims Richmond as their territory until the Braves play their first game in Gwinnett.

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  300. 308 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Okay, latter ya’ll…

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  301. 309 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Gil, that’s ridiculous! Sounds like whoever negotiated that contract didn’t read the fine print.

    So, are you going to take your old (old) mattress down to the basement to work on pitching (a la Redman)? 😀

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  302. 310 Savannah Guy March 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Chris, like Tom Waits said, “the large print giveth, the small print taketh away”.

    Popcorn’s done… I’m over and out.

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  303. 311 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Good evening y’all.

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  304. 312 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    …and everyone’s leaving again. 😦

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  305. 313 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Hi fbg! How was skating on ESPN?

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  306. 314 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    ? I think that was a repeat of last week’s broadcast of Worlds.

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  307. 315 chrisklob March 28, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Too bad.

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  308. 316 flbravesgirl March 28, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Exhibition programs next weekend. That’s always interesting. There’s usually one really strange one in the bunch.

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  309. 317 ssiscribe March 28, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    JB: Correct you are. Thanks much for the correction. CL, if you get time, can you change “three-game sweep of the Dodgers” to “three-game sweep of the Astros” in the fourth graph of my lead? Thanks much for the fix, and thanks JB for the catch.

    Now, the bench: AJC is speculating the bench is:

    Blanco as the fourth outfielder

    Prado as a backup infielder

    Miller as the backup catcher

    Gotay as a backup infielder

    Pena as the other bench player.

    Wren has not ruled out a deal tomorrow (rosters have to be finalized at midnight tomorrow night). We’ll see. I’m still very curious what they are going to do with Prado when Infante comes back off the DL. With both Borchard and Thorman going down to the minors, it would not surprise me at all to see a deal pulled off tomorrow, with either Prado or Pena being the one shipped out of here for a power-hitting backup first baseman.

    Final pitching spot is Bennett or Carlyle. I’d be shocked if it’s not Bennett.

    Ring, Resop and Boyer (who threw a lot of flat, fat fastballs — say that three times fast! — tonight but otherwise had a good spring) made the team.

    –30–

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  310. 318 flbravesgirl March 29, 2008 at 12:20 am

    …chirp,chirp,chirp…

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  311. 319 chrisklob March 29, 2008 at 12:30 am

    birds?

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  312. 320 flbravesgirl March 29, 2008 at 12:34 am

    crickets, silly.

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  313. 321 chrisklob March 29, 2008 at 12:42 am

    😀 😀

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  314. 322 flbravesgirl March 29, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Doesn’t seem to be much happening tonight. Guess everyone’s resting up for Opening Day (or Night or whatever ESPN calls the game). Guess I’ll shut down too.

    ‘Night y’all.

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  315. 323 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 1:29 am

    SH! The Octopus!!!! 😯

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  316. 324 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 2:43 am

    Blanco made the club!!! 🙂 Feel bad for Anderson, but didn’t realize his average had dropped to .262….Still don’t like only having 4 outfielders….perhaps Pena is good enough if we pinch hit Diaz on his day off, and a game goes into extra innings…
    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080328&content_id=2464339&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl

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  317. 325 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Still dominatin’….
    I “TIVO’ed”(Actually its the hardrive that you can get with Dish network I used) 2 baseball tonights that ran over the last several days…then, so I could watch them in the living room,(That recorder is in the bedroom) I recorded them on a rewritable DVD and just played them now…one was a 90 minute show. The last 20 minutes or so were devoted to Bobby Knight and Digger Phelps(More on Bobby) Had no idea they were both such big baseball fans.
    Knight has been going to spring training with Tony LaRussa since 1988! Supposedly, he is the guy that suggested to Tony back when McGuire was playing that they ought to have a hitter bat 9th, so McGuire would have 4 hitters in front of him….
    Knight went on a fishing trip with Ted Williams in 2000. They went to Russia. They then showed a clip of Ted Williams talking about the trip, and how he thought Bobby Knight was just about the most interesting guy he ever met! Later on Knight said Ted Williams was offered a chance to play for the Yankees in 1961, but turned it down! Anyone ever hear that before???
    Digger said he just can’t believe they will do away with the original Yankee stadium, saying something to the effect of, that’s the place where Yankee stadium used to be. Bravo for him mentioning that! It will be a sad day when they tear down the house that Ruth built….but, hey the new stadium will have many more luxury boxes, and box seats that will only set you back $2500 in ’09(Really!)
    Digger said one of his biggest thrills was playing a round of golf with Joe DiMaggio. He asked him questions like what was the worst road trip, and he said playing a day game with the Red sox, leaving right after the game to get on the train, and getting to the park one hour before a game with the St. Louis Browns….Just fun stuff…and even though I am not a fan of College basketball, I have long hated Bobby Knight….but, if he likes baseball that much, he can’t be all bad! 😉

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  318. 326 Bay Area Steve March 29, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Vampire check.

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  319. 327 Bay Area Steve March 29, 2008 at 6:20 am

    thankyoujbforcontributingandnotjustpushingyourblog.com

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  320. 328 Bay Area Steve March 29, 2008 at 6:23 am

    Salty,

    I don’t know if I can forgive you for suggesting I watch a cricket match. The play isn’t so bad, but the week long matches play havoc with my ADD.

    Ihopeyoufolksknowtheyoutubecommentwasajoke.com

    youtubeisfreakinhuge.net (net is cheaper; thanks B5)

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  321. 329 Bay Area Steve March 29, 2008 at 7:12 am

    Where’s the barkeep?

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  322. 330 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 7:12 am

    basnevershowsuponweekendnights.tv

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  323. 331 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 7:13 am

    asleep no doubt….man, talk about timing! Wish I could use this somehow to make money. Lottery numbers, slot machines…somethin’!

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  324. 332 Bay Area Steve March 29, 2008 at 7:40 am

    gamble…did somebody say gamble?

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  325. 333 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Oscar Gamble said it a fair bit…

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  326. 334 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 8:34 am

    I win again! Outlasted everyone!

    I’m the king of rock, there is none higher
    Sucker MC’s should call me sire
    To burn my kingdom, you must use fire
    I won’t stop rockin’ till I retire

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  327. 335 Savannah Guy March 29, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Scribe, thanks for the bench update on your 11:19. Richmond is going to have a good team. Better yet, the Braves are looking like a very good roster. Wren must have a short list or a few deals cooking for a big bopper backup first bagger (say 3 times)! My wife overheard me saying your, flat, fat fastballs and thought I’d once and for all lost my ever-lovin’ mind.

    Berigan, you are the Outlasting Dominator of Dominators award! Enjoyed your 4:54. I’m going to try and find that Bobby Knight, Ted Williams fishing trip and interview. Love stuff like that. Did Bobby kill a trout with a chair? Fly fishing.

    Bay Area Steve, man… you are up mighty early. How’s things on the left coast? Seems Braves and Stuff is like a sleepy little southern town where almost everyone goes to bed early. Vampires would be bored and die of thirst. What would happen if we invited them in? Don’t they have to be invited to have, uh… power and domination? Could be scary.

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  328. 336 Savannah Guy March 29, 2008 at 8:49 am

    1 day, 11 hours and 17 minutes

    You can never hold back Spring.

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  329. 337 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Ah…Tom Waits….the kind of voice I imagine one hears a lot of…in Hell! 😛
    I hear him, and think I should consider a career in music…my singing can’t be any worse than his! 😆

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  330. 338 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I like the thought behind the song title though….

    Here’s one a few months of ahead of time….by the best singer…ever!

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  331. 339 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Sorry SG, I was a bit hard on Mr. Waits…different strokes for different folks and all that! 🙂

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  332. 340 Salty March 29, 2008 at 9:38 am

    BAS
    Actually Klobber brought ‘crickets’ to the saloon for after hours viewing…or tonic for insomnia (did it work?). 😆

    Figured the youtube comment wasn’t on the up and up…didn’t really care…just wanted to dump on Grinch a tad more! I’ll pay for it soon enough, and deservedly so, but am getting all the mileage I can in the interim! When all else fails, laugh and have fun! 🙂

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  333. 341 Salty March 29, 2008 at 9:45 am

    ATL locals…what games are you going to in April…I haven’t planned any yet.

    CL…eventually (we hope), Jason in Maine should join us…thus another state. Maybe Lew has an update. We need a rep from all….countries, too? Perhaps birth states will help, rather than resident…or take your pick. That way, I can pin Alabama. Paladin…no comment, please! 😦 Merely for map coverage!

    By the way, birthday list…April 22 for me…sheesh…something more in common with Paladin! Like I mentioned before…bane of my blog-sistence! 🙄

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  334. 342 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Morning, Salty! Thanks for the birthday; Birthday page is updated!

    I do hope Jason will return. He’s terrific!

    And JerseyGil when he gets unburied from tax forms!

    And flange is missed, as well.

    And Matthew when he finishes his degree.

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  335. 343 lew614 March 29, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Salty-I haven’t heard from Jason in a while. I’ll email him and see what he’s up to-or maybe just give him a call.

    I watched the rerun one of the Red Sox/A’s games from Tokyo in HD last night (at least a couple innings). WOW. I could read the scores and all the graphics on the screen. Amazing.

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  336. 344 lew614 March 29, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Kathy and I have tickets to see the Braves play the Blue Jays in Toronto in June. That may be all the games we go to this year. Depends on what else needs replacing at the house.

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  337. 345 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I see where I have been “nudged” by Salty during my absence. Come out in the open where I can see you, ya varmit! Also, it brings to mind medieval alchemy: Bile out all the worthwhile and useful ingredients and all you have left is Salt(y). 😆

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  338. 346 Savannah Guy March 29, 2008 at 10:43 am

    This is a note for Bob, Journalist, JJS and SJA, esteemed ones all. Anyone else reading this, and I know some will, this is the last time I’ll bring up this issue on the blog. The reason I’m not emailing it and posting is because I believe it’s important to say these things in the same public square it started.

    Bear with me for a moment here. This is not a sermon or a lecture (just a tad long as is my habit… and my current mood).

    Has anyone here ever gotten perturbed and said or done or wrote something that, at the time and under the circumstances, you felt completely justified in saying or doing… but was wrong anyway? Of course you have. So have I. That’s largely what this is about.

    Right or wrong, justified or not, I’m feeling regretful of such these days. Whether recent ‘bad stuff’ on the blog was caused by fundamental differences, misunderstandings or replies to provocations, it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Life is too short for anything but joy, good will and peace. Whether anything I’ve said was justified or not does not matter any longer to me. I wish I could turn the clock back and erase things that were said by myself and by others… but of course that clock can’t be turned back.

    There is something that I can do… apologize.

    Journalist Jimmy Smith, Bob, Journalist and Southern JackAss, please accept my apologies for my part in airing our differences in a way that caused ill feelings. Fellow Braves and Stuff denizens, please accept my apologies for my part in the unpleasantness. If there is something I could say or settle or clarify through email, please do let me know. I believe each of you have mine.

    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what caused our ‘verbal jousts’ or our righteous indignation and it doesn’t matter who started any of it. All that matters is that Braves and Stuff remains an active, peaceable kingdom and that the good denizens… the good people, stay and contribute. That is what we all wanted when we, together, forged this new settlement out of the dense cyber-forest last December.

    Bob, JJS and SJA, I know that you are all fine and good people. Your individual and collective intelligence and insights are needed here. Your humor is needed here. Your unique perspective and baseball knowledge is needed here. I miss those when you are not here. Ironically, we are more alike than any of us would know. From the time I began blogging a few years ago, you guys are three of my favorite denizens… I’ve said as much on several occasions. Perhaps our pride has slipped under each of our personal radars and had its way with us.

    With all sincerity, I would rather leave the blog myself than have you gentlemen stay away because of our past differences. In all seriousness, I really mean that. This Lady’s blog needs you three more than it needs one… who happens to be an opinionated, verbose and at times overly prideful denizen. Don’t get me wrong… my self-criticism is not really intended to be lighthearted self deprecation for the purpose of being disarming or anything other than just saying that I’m aware of my own inclinations. After all these years, I’m usually able to check them at the door. Not to justify, but I seem share some of those traits with you guys and many who blog. That, and maybe an Alpha dog thing.

    That said, I won’t promise to always sit back and take what I consider to be a snipe, a personal slight or repeated little digs. WW and I have fought like banshees but we somehow we both knew when it was done. We didn’t hold a grudge and would both feel stupid afterwards. Paladin and I butted heads early on… only to discover common interests, a great repore and friendship. No doubt that we three share an Alpha thing and are at times rough around the edges and too quick on the trigger but we’re good. I respect them.

    I do promise to CL and the denizens to work out misunderstandings or contention in private emails when it becomes obvious that the matter is not easily settled with an appropriate, subtle warning or a swift (harmless) ‘elbow’. After all, it’s a peaceable kingdom but it’s not Pollyannaville. Folks get passionate and intentionally or unintentionally step on toes.

    Here’s the thing: The Braves season is about to begin. We’ve had a great fall and winter of blogging together. Spring is upon us. Let’s all just please bury the hatchets, erase the chalkboards, put band-aid’s on the wounds if there are any, forgive our silly transgressions, mend the fences, build the fallen bridges, email if we need to and join together with all of our good civilized denizens… together… to celebrate the best blog in the universe and some good ol’ Braves baseball (and lot’sa good stuff too).

    C’mon ladies and gents… it’s that time again! Let the good times roll. Let’s play ball. It’s Braves time!

    You didn’t really think I’d end a post like that without a cool video did you?

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  339. 347 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Legal update: The preening pop-in-jay of a judge had not done his homework, so the motion on which the major part of out case rests, will not be ruled on until next week. Also, “presumption of innocence” and all that stuff sounds good in legal and Political Science books, but in reality, it is a myth. The State has the upper hand and the judiciary allows them to wield it. You have to prove, conclusively, your innocence.

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  340. 348 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Case in point: SG has not proved his innocence. I thereby sentence him to brevity class run by Ollie Owl. Hopefully, we will soon see posts from him that only say “Who?” :mrgreen:

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  341. 349 Savannah Guy March 29, 2008 at 10:56 am

    And no digs for ‘repor’ rapport please. I uh, meant to misspell it. 😳

    Pal, I’m afraid I’m beyond help on the brevity. But I’ll try. My next post will prove that.

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  342. 350 Voice of Raisins March 29, 2008 at 10:56 am

    😀

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  343. 351 Savannah Guy March 29, 2008 at 10:56 am

    See?

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  344. 352 Savannah Guy March 29, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Guilty as charged. Be merciful.

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  345. 353 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 11:00 am

    SG; You are my “pal” and, like Salty, I enjoy almost as much being “dug” by y’all, as I do getting in my own little barbs. Good weekend to you both, and GO BRAVES!!!

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  346. 354 Voice of Raisins March 29, 2008 at 11:02 am

    😀

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  347. 355 Salty March 29, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Bile out all the worthwhile and useful ingredients and all you have left is Salt(y) Too funny! :mrgreen:

    Of course, putting a positive and very self-serving spin 😯 on your comment, when all is said and done, and the blog rids itself of ‘bile’…I will be what remains! 😆

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  348. 356 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Bile this, all of y’all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVpfUURpoVc – 71k 😆

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  349. 357 Savannah Guy March 29, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Raisins, you’re not talking, just singing today. Here’s back at’ya. I say it’s alright. Beatles will live forever.

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  350. 358 Savannah Guy March 29, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Paladin, Hank, Jr. is alright. That’s one of my favorites of his.

    Other favorites for baseball watchin’: biled peanuts and Diet Coke. Mmm…

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  351. 359 Savannah Guy March 29, 2008 at 11:25 am

    See you fellers later. Got rows to hoe. Literally.

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  352. 360 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 11:30 am

    And as one of our trash rappers might say, “I got hoes to row.” :mrgreen: C y’all later.

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  353. 361 lew614 March 29, 2008 at 11:41 am

    SG-It’s all part and parcel of what I’ve been trying to say since the “Great Departure” (he first one that is). It’s all nothing but Human Nature and searching for a paragon like Diogenes did, is a futile quest..

    All I have left to say is this-This is now two blogs that some here have left. Is this indicative of a trend? Of more than one trend? Or is it just an indication of a permanent case of disaffection? Y’all figure it out. I already have. I refer all to my parable of last week. Be careful of what you search for when you come into a new town (or is it the old one?).

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  354. 362 Salty March 29, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Also, it brings to mind medieval alchemy.

    Did you date Methuselah? Teach…mentor? Alchemy…teach…mentor? Ageless wonder, you are! 😯 😛

    Lookin’ ahead a bit…didn’t take some of the predictions nearly so long to come true! Gotta love that lip synchin’…Ashlee Simpson mentors! 😆

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  355. 363 jbinatl March 29, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Hey everyone.

    One more day til real baseball. Can you believe it?

    Scribe, sorry for the nitpick. Actually the Braves did sweep the Dodgers in 1996 en route to the WS against the Y*****’s

    How’s life, Braves fans?

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  356. 364 chrisklob March 29, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Life is good jb. You?

    Bennett earned the last roster spot. Carlyle is off to Richmond.

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  357. 365 jbinatl March 29, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I like Bennett he worked hard, lost weight, and pitched well.

    I didn’t expect much from Carlyle.

    Pena will probably be moved here shortly. I don’t know to whom yet. No guesses really.

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  358. 366 chrisklob March 29, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I agree that Pena and possibly someone else may be on the way out for a bigger bat at 1b. It’s all very interesting to watch unfold.

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  359. 367 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    All I can say is those decisions must have been tough. To let speed (Anderson) and a hot bat (Borchard) go south…hmmm. But, that’s what BC and the new boy upstairs get paid for. We’ll see.

    Lew; Couldn’t agree more.

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  360. 368 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Salty; I can also quote you some Biblical passages, but that doesn’t mean I was there when they were written. 😀

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  361. 369 lew614 March 29, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Paladin-The big difference between me and The Departed (great movie, that) is that I’m disaffected-always have been and always will be-like I said to Chris last night, I think the whole world is snarky-but I’ll never leave because I desire that the rest of the world suffer along with me.

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  362. 370 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Zager and Evans. Salty’s and SG’s haberdashers? :mrgreen:

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  363. 371 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Lew; to mix-master a metaphor or two: If one can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen…and the blog.

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  364. 372 morpheus45 March 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Morning, all! Just got up and checked the sports page; not sure about a couple of the moves. I like that we’re keeping Pena; he’s earned it over the last couple of seasons. Not sure why he wasn’t the backup catcher last year. I do NOT like sending down Borchard and keeping Prado. What is Cox’s obsession with Prado? The guy his .300 every spring and is about as mediocre once the season starts as you can get. We’ve already got Gotay to back up the infield (and Pena to back up 1st); when Infante comes back we’ll have three backup infielders. Borchard is the power bat we’ve needed off the bench the last couple of years. I don’t get it. I also don’t like Blanco over Anderson; Blanco hasn’t done squat until this Spring and from what I saw down there the week I was watching he couldn’t carry Anderson’s jock defensively. Factor in probably a 3-1 stolen base ratio between the two and it’s a no-brainer to me. Must just be a bone to Terrence Moore.

    I haven’t checked up on the overnights; who left the blog?

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  365. 373 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Grinch…. I cannot see how Blanco could be considered a bone for Terrence Moore. He is not even remotely black… he has the same completion as Prado.

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  366. 374 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I don’t know that anyone has left but a few are on sabbatical it appears.

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  367. 375 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    The sale I attended was a dud… Sometimes they are like that. Now baseball… Glad to get Borchard and Anderson. Also Jones in the outfield and so it looks pretty good for the R Braves. Buddy Carlyle is a good dude. I never said he would be a top of the order guy but he gives a decent effort every time out. He did not embarrass himself or the Braves when he was thrown into games last year.

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  368. 376 morpheus45 March 29, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Ooopss….you know what? I was thinking of Jones when I said Blanco. I actually haven’t watched him play. My bad. Yeah, Gil; y’all should have a good year; you’ve got a better outfield than the Major League club. 🙂

    Thunder and lightning coming quick here; gotta shut off the pooter.

    Y’all come meet KC, Scribe, Flange1 and a few others at Frankie’s at the Prado tomorrow night for the game. E-mail me at voton1066@yahoo.com

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  369. 377 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    STOWE, Vt. (AP) – Bob Shannon is an avid hunter, a fishing guide and owns a tackle shop, but he sometimes struggles to get his own son out into Vermont’s woods and fields.

    “He’ll be sitting there with the video games,” Shannon said of 9-year-old Alexander. “I finally had to lay down the law last summer: ‘If it’s a nice day, you’re outside.'”

    Shannon’s challenge reflects a larger problem plaguing many state governments: Revenue from hunting and fishing license sales is plunging because of waning interest in the outdoors.

    “We’re losing our rural culture,” said Steve Wright, a regional representative for the National Wildlife Federation. “There are so many distractions, and we’re not recruiting young people into hunting and fishing.”

    Sales of Vermont hunting and fishing licenses have dropped more than 20 percent over the last 20 years, leaving the Fish and Wildlife Department pleading with lawmakers for extra funding.

    Other states report similar drop-offs:

    _Arkansas hunting license sales dropped from about 345,000 in 1999 to about 319,000 in 2003.

    _Pennsylvania sold about 946,000 hunting licenses in 2006, down from just over a million in 1999, and a peak of 1.3 million in 1981.

    _Oregon had 100,000 fewer licensed anglers last year than in 1987, and 70,000 fewer licensed hunters.

    _West Virginia sold 154,763 resident hunting permits in 2006, a 17 percent decrease from 1997.

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  370. 378 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Yes 008… Tis a sad state of affairs. Didn’t the Romans go through a period like this when they became soft? Right before they were over run by the barbarians? A lesson in that for all but then, I don’t think kids believe history is important either.

    I truly wish I could join the party tomorrow night Grinch. At least hand out the address to the B&S blog to those in attendance. I plan to do the same when I go to the Richmond games next week.

    I think it is going to be a bit on the cool side for the Braves game in DC tomorrow night. Not freezing cold but chilly enough to worry about tight muscles. One thing DC has going for it is the cherry blossoms are at full peak. DC has some small redeeming qualities, not many mind you but a few.

    Of course, I have been to downtown Atlanta so like all big cities in the eastern US. The tend to look pretty nasty up close and personal.

    Looks like Bobby is giving all the vets the rest of the day off.

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  371. 379 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    And the statement about the presumption of innocence…. Well… That is why we need lawyers…. 🙂

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  372. 380 chrisklob March 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Grinch, have you seen Borchard’s regular season numbers? Thor has a better career BA and SLG than he does. Plus, he’s almost able to play 1b, which Borchard can’t do.

    As for Pena, he WAS the backup C before he got hurt. Salty got called up and did well enough for JS to realize that he might have an opportunity to move him for something the club needed. Once Pena was well enough to play, he was sent to Richmond to work on different defensive positions in order to become a more versatile player.

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  373. 381 chrisklob March 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Paladin, sorry to hear your case wasn’t decided. How was your drunk?

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  374. 382 morpheus45 March 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Howdy again. Chris, I tend to go with my eyes more than I do a stat sheet. I’ve watched them both play; no comparison. They look about equal in the batting cage and hustle the same way in practice, but in a real game (even a Spring one) Thor goes back to swinging out of his shoes while Borchard does exactly what he’s supposed to and Thorman won’t. Hit line drives to the gaps and knock it out only when they make a mistake. I know it’s a small sample, but my gut isn’t usually wrong. He’s ready to play, ready to take advice and ready to contribute. I’m not sure Thor will ever be. Shame, because he does look good in the cage; that’s what’s so frustrating. He’s like a white Andruw Jones with his hitting approach.

    Here’s a link to where we’ll be tomorrow night: http://www.jocksandjills.com/Index.cfm/Mode/Franchisee_Homepage/view_only/1/Locator_Franchisee_ID/325.htm

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  375. 383 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    How IS my drunk? Very nice, thank you. :mrgreen:

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  376. 384 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    No hunting and fishing but this…

    Teens Arrested in Va. Highway Gunfire
    Published: 3/29/08, 5:46 AM EDT
    By LARRY O’DELL and DENA POTTER
    CROZET, Va. (AP) – Authorities believe a pair of troublemaking teens were behind a series of random shootings in an area where memories of the Washington-area sniper shootings six years ago are still fresh.

    Investigators on Friday charged Slade Allen Woodson, 19, of Afton, after authorities stormed a farm and fired at an unidentified man carrying a gun. Authorities also charged a 16-year-old from Crozet, whose name also was not released.

    “Everyone can, I think, rest compared to the state that we were in overnight,” State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty said at a news conference Friday in Charlottesville.

    Investigators said they now believe the shootings that slightly injured two drivers were part of a long night of random gunfire in which the pair also shot at a credit union and a residence

    They were seen driving a Gremlin which is reason to convict, IMO. :mrgreen:

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  377. 385 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Grinch; I visited your site. Fortunately, it wasn’t any longer or I would have had to go out the window(I have a small office)to read the end of it. 🙂 I see that they have crab legs. Crab legs are bad but crab crotch is worse. OK, I will voluntarily go to my room and sleep off this buzz.

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  378. 386 chrisklob March 29, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Gil, shoot me an email at chrisklob@comcast.net please.

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  379. 387 Bob, journalist March 29, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Christmas Stealer, I’m sure that many share your perception … it’ll be interesting … like Yogi has on occasion been quoted “it ain’t over” … me, I’m not sold on Kotsay … rather have Blanco and Anderson and still believe the keys are Bobby, Roger, and Terry … and I’m not yet impressed … but, we’re all still on the outside looking in.

    I find the TV commentary interesting … “that pitch from Moss was not a bad pitch … it was 4-5 inches off the plate and the hitter just slapped it for a hit” … my words, but seems to me that’s called besting the pticher.

    Braves win!!! I personally thought that Mike Hampton looked good … any report on Kelly Johnson?

    Grinch, your closing comment/question prompted me to quickly scan the Blog and I believe most of the comments relative thereto are in response to Sir Guy’s 10:43 AM Note/Post/Apology to Jimmy, John and myself … which upon cursory examination, certainly appears sincere … and I it so consider. I admit to not understanding the motivation behind Lew’s comments.

    Of the three being addressed, I can speak but for one … I don’t consider an apology to me to be necessary. To my knowledge, John is the only one who has “departed” and his leaving was not a result of past differences with Sir Guy … at least I can’t so imagine and don’t so believe.

    Jimmy Smith is indeed special … a least to me … were it not for the offerings of the Ugandian Journalist, there would be no Bob, Journalist … well, at least I would have never become a regular on the AJC Beat Blog. He is a delight … always has been … I enjoy blogging with most everyone but my passion for blogging should be credited to him.

    We aren’t always in agreement and we’re different in form but I always enjoy both his occasional emails and his posts … his posts more than those of any other, methinks. We all view each other, ourselves, and blogging differently … but I personally envy and appreciate bloggers who always remain in character and would hope that Jimmy would always remain jimmy.

    While I question the marginal utility of further expositing my view, it is that our psyche and ethos are as unique as our DNA; as are perhaps our agendas, reasons for blogging … and for not. That is, we each are and have our own. The same can be said of our perceptions, methinks. I don’t know how to put it into words, and you can color me stupid, but I consider Bob McBrayer and “Bob Journalist” as two distinct albeit related entities … the same goes for John and “sja” … and each of you, … including Lew Hartman and “Lew” … that is to say I have different perceptions of the individual and that publicly presented. It’s certainly possible to me enjoy both while truly liking one and without universally liking the other … and, while not personally relevant, I suppose some could so do even without truly liking either.

    for purposes of clarification, my view is that while most folks tend to be private, both their public and personal masks are, with rare exception, rather transparent … especially when there are cross references. Like Poe observed, it takes not much to unlock the code of those who indulge in posturing. Sure it’s troubling when we encounter exceptions … even Patton was appreciative of Rommel’s having written a book.

    Hot Tub and then Chan Time Berigan!

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  380. 388 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    It has rained heavily here today. Our “educated electorate” is bitching. They can’t sunbathe. ‘course the lake from which we draw our drinking water is but a creek. Presumbably they are in “touch” with each other by cell phone and each sentence is phrased as a question. Did I say, that I have lived too long?

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  381. 389 lew614 March 29, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Bob-That’s where you’re mistaken. LEW is not an avatar. It is me-Lew and Lew Hartman are one in the same. What you see in print is what you get in person, on the phone, or any other way. I never present myself to be any more or any less than what I put out in print. Everything you have ever seen me post is absolute truth-at least as I perceive it to be. I have never misrepresented myself or tried to adopt any personna other than ME. Never will, either.

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  382. 390 Salty March 29, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Rain is good…’til the rivers, creeks, and streams overflow!

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  383. 391 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Overflow, underflow. Neither is desireable.

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  384. 392 Salty March 29, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    both their public and personal masks are, with rare exception, rather transparent

    Hmmm…thus no difference? None in my case… WYSIWYG! 😆
    I am sensitive to comments/topics that may offend, and thus will take them off-line with folks I can ‘discuss’ with. I don’t believe that makes me a ‘double persona’…simply respectful.

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  385. 393 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Lew; I always recognize you as I hope you do me, as well. As for those that don’t—that is their problem, not mine or yours.

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  386. 394 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Salty; As usual, the only transparency is in the transmission.

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  387. 395 Salty March 29, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    From the mouths of babes:

    A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. ‘Mommy can’t come to the phone to talk to you right now. She’s hitting the bottle.’
    😯

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  388. 396 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    I am going to bed, shortly. Those that want to have a shot at me face-to-face have a narrow window of opportunity. Those who like to snipe in the dark will, of course, have your usual opportunity.

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  389. 398 Salty March 29, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    In the name of blog domination…and the mouths of babes:

    While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, ‘Are you a cop?’

    ‘Yes,’ I answered and continued writing the report.

    ‘My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?’

    ‘Yes, that’s right,’ I told her.

    ‘Well, then,’ she said as she extended her foot toward me, ‘would you please tie my shoe?’ 😆

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  390. 399 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    A little girl seeing a K-9 in the back of the police cruiser said, “What’d he do?”

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  391. 400 Salty March 29, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Nothing like the Reader’s Digest version, Paladin! 😛 Pressed for time? 😕

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  392. 401 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    TORONTO (AP) – A disabled fishing trawler getting a tow from a Canadian coast guard vessel slammed into a piece of ice and capsized Saturday in the icy waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, killing three seal hunters and leaving one missing.

    The vessel was headed toward a large seal herd in the Cabot Strait between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland as part of the seal hunt season that opened Friday, the largest marine mammal hunt in the world

    I wonder if Chop Seal needs defense? If so, I’ll beat ww to the punch. 😀

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  393. 402 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    And Salty, did you get your’s from your AARP bulletin? 😆

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  394. 403 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    OK, the bewitching hour is approaching. 14 more minutes.

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  395. 404 Paladin March 29, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Then I will turn it over to the vapid, vagrant and the vampires. Nitey night.

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  396. 405 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I would take a shot but it is no fun shooting sitting ducks… 🙂 Wing shots are more my game… Rest well Sir Knight…

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  397. 406 lew614 March 29, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Bob-You fail to grasp my motivation? I’ll spell it out. I was responding to SG’s earlier post, that’s all. I’ve always been transparent over this entire situation (now situations?). I think everyone’s rationale for leaving the first blog was an overreaction- “He was mean to me. I think I’ll take my football and go home”. I’ve said it time and again. Way too much animosity was exposed for way too long (has it ever ended?) over something that was insensitive at best. I thought that was quite clear. Now, as SG points out, JJS has run off yet again-for whatever reason-still not quite sure, myself, as I gave up trying to figure out much of the dynamics here a week or two ago..

    All I’m saying is that now I’m seeing a trend developing-run and do so as vocally as possible whenever someone tells you something you don’t want to hear. Quite honestly, I think it rather juvenile,as I have also said in the past.

    As to why exactly you’re that concerned with whatever SG OR I said in this instance, is somewhat befuddling. I wasn’t referring to you, except in a most oblique and historic fashion. I just wish the whole thing would end once and for all. I’m quite tired of all these playground politics.

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  398. 407 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Lew… Did you and Grinch get an opportunity to see Chuck James while at ST or was it still too early for him? I noticed he is on the DL but I wonder if the Braves will send him to Mississippi to rehab or keep him in Florida. I can’t imagine him coming to Richmond because they play in so cold weather the early part of the season.

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  399. 408 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Aaaaaand it continues ad nauseum. The next person who mentions anything regarding the unpleasant past is going to get my size 6 shoe in the backside. And heaven help you if I’m wearing heels at the time! Not. One. More. Word.

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  400. 409 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Size 6? My goodness you have small feet…

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  401. 410 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    That’s all the big I am.

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  402. 411 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Do I still get a free shot at Paladin???? He offered…

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  403. 412 lew614 March 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Gil-No we didn’t see him at all.

    I wear size 13 so I’ll maintain my upright posture no matter who kicks me in the butt. I swear I feel like Michael Corleone in The Godfather 3. They keep pulling me back in. Maybe I’ll vocally proclaim how wronged I’ve been and threaten to leave, too.

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  404. 413 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Speaking of little feet… Did you by chance look at the cat show pictures posted on the AJC?

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  405. 414 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Now you know Paladin shoots back! 😆

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  406. 415 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    But you have to write 14 long paragraphs to say it, Lew. Big words only.

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  407. 416 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    No, I didn’t, Gil. I’ll go have a look! Thanks!

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  408. 417 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    If I tried to kick anybody’s butt, I would end up flat on my back. Bad knees do not allow for much agility… It is why I carry a big stick… I think my vertical leap measures about 1/4 inches now.

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  409. 418 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    No, I didn’t, Gil. I’ll go have a look! Thanks!

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  410. 419 lew614 March 29, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Are you trying to tell me that my next blog intro should be saying goodbye-in big words?

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  411. 420 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Yeah CL… There is always that… 🙂 With some folks, you have to make sure the warning shot is between the eyes. Don’t want to give them a chance to return fire…. 🙂

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  412. 421 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I’m not much on vertical leaps, either. Why would I want to; just going to come right back down. 😀

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  413. 422 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    No, Lew. You may not do that!
    😆

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  414. 423 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Get on the bus Gus, make a new plan Sam…. No, best to use big words to say hello… 🙂

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  415. 424 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Okay, blog order has been restored by CL… Now check out the cats…

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  416. 425 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I am going to read the Washington Post for a while. the the Washington Times… Now there is a good example of a two newspaper town… Both of them have a hard time with the truth…

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  417. 426 Carolina Lady March 29, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Truth in a newspaper???

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  418. 427 flbravesgirl March 29, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Good evening y’all. Everybody ready for the opener? 🙂

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  419. 428 Bob, journalist March 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Lew, Salty, all … I believe I said that you could color me stupid … I certainly wasn’t meaning to be in any way argumentative … nor was I meaning to suggest that any of you intend or perceive any such difference.

    If you consider that I in any way misspoke, then you have my sincere apologies for so doing … I was simply referring to my own thought processes, or at least that was my intent … for I do indeed consider “Bob Journalist” and myself to be two distinct but related entities … and certainly look at each of you in the same way … one when you are on stage before a broad audience, each with their different perceptions, and the other when you’re not.

    It appears NaCly understood … the fact that I so consider them doesn’t mean that I find any significant material difference … WYSIWYG indeed … though I’m not sure that it is truly achievable or that it should necessarily be an objective. The transparency observation may have been convoluted but I don’t believe it’s possible to hide behind a mask … I have no real problem with “WYSIWYG” … especially with folks like Reasonable Voice, NaCly, and others … but, with a broad audience, what is seen is many different things, depending on who doing the seeing … oftentimes, none of which are the same as that seen by the one who’s doing the giving.

    I would to think that of me as well as I really do try to be sincere and consistent … but since I way of knowing what each of you see, methinks it would be presumptive of me to so assert.

    Of course, to me, Berigan’s a special case … someone without agenda who likes Lincolns, Charlie Chan, and Banacek … goodness, a young man who’s sincere; who can and does laugh at himself … it don’t get much better than that! FBG is his female counterpart … as close as you can get to “WYSIWYG” without reservation or exception, methinks.

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  420. 429 ssiscribe March 29, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Top of the evening, denizens. Won’t be up for long; big storms rolling across the southern rim of the capital city …

    The new season debuts in, oh, 20 hours and 40 minutes. I’ll be at Frankie’s with Grinch, KC, Flange1 and the crew for the first pitch of a season that I really believe is going to be a special one for Braves Nation.

    It would be very refreshing, and much appreciated, if we could use the dawn of Opening Night as a chance to hit the “refresh” button and move forward with good discourse and good debate. I’ll leave it at that.

    –30–

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  421. 430 Bob, journalist March 29, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Hopefully it was obvious but “since I way of knowing” was intended to be “since I have no way of knowing” … perhaps the result a sticky backspace.

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  422. 431 chrisklob March 29, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    It would be very refreshing, and much appreciated, if we could use the dawn of Opening Night as a chance to hit the “refresh” button and move forward with good discourse and good debate.

    That’s some damn fine advice scribe. Fresh slate people. Let’s make the most of it.

    Please

    and

    thank you.

    Scribe, have fun tomorrow. I am jealous that I won’t be there with y’all.

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  423. 432 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Good morning….in 22 minutes! 🙂 Man, rain most of the day south of Atl…I am sure we will be told we got 2/10’s of an inch of rain all day 😕

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  424. 433 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    And the past often needs to be left there…can’t make it the present…it’s always the past it seems…and nothing says that like Kodos, of Kang and Kodos fame on the simpsons. One year (In the Past) they impersonated Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.
    Kodos, looking like Clinton, said these words …they have always stuck with me…

    My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but
    tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward,
    and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.
    I

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  425. 434 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 29, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    What tha ____?

    And the past often needs to be left there…can’t make it the present…it’s always the past it seems…and nothing says that like Kodos, of Kang and Kodos fame on the simpsons. One year (In the Past) they impersonated Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.
    Kodos, looking like Clinton, said these words …they have always stuck with me…

    My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but
    tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward,
    and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.

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  426. 435 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Much better italicized.

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  427. 436 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Mr. Scribe, I’ve had a lot of respect for you since I started closely reading posts of yours some 15 months ago. But, never, have I respected your accuracy, and relevancy, and subtlety more than your 11:22. Thank you, sir.

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  428. 437 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Braves in HD……very….very…soon…..I may need a kleenex.

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  429. 438 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Bay Area Steve Says:
    March 30, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Much better italicized.

    I agree! 🙂

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  430. 439 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Philosophical help needed from the denizens:

    How should I view TBS? I am grateful for the games I watched as a kid, which were oftentimes the only games available, and are wholly responsible for my Braves’ fanaticism, but resent the fact that TBS has dropped the Braves. Does one appreciate that they would never have become a Braves’ fan from 2500 miles away, or does one wish they could have rooted for the Giants and As? Does the joke that is Barry Bonds factor?

    Or is it just that I don’t want to pay $160 for Extra Innings (did I mention that I am CHEAP)?

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  431. 440 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 12:57 am

    B5…sir…how’s the back?

    We all must time our little sleep to the 5:00 start time. (5:00 to me)

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  432. 441 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 1:07 am

    I feel it necessary to thank all of the contributors here. I always assumed that much of the nonsense in the world was a product of the less evolved, or less educated, or less prosperous (I can all but guarantee that is not gramatically correct). But, thanks to you folks, and the bullshit that has permeated the blog (sorry for the language CL, but it seems appropriate), I’ve learned that all of us are capable of such nonsense.

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  433. 442 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Steve-If you sign up for Extra Innings this week, they give you $20 off and they let you break it up over four months on your cable bill. $35 a month is not nearly as bad as all at once.

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  434. 443 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 1:15 am

    CL, I’ve spent no less than 15 minutes trying to determine if a second host can have your powers here on the blog. I have not found an answer (I am quite lazy, at least in blogging), but I have to believe that you could bequeath some of your responsiblilty to another.

    If so, I think someone should step up and contribute a fraction of the time that our Dalai Mama has put forth. Pictures, posting new leads, deleting the fools who use bullshit…somebody could, and should do so.

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  435. 444 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Thanks Lew….but did I mention that I am CHEAP? Although, I’ve decided as a true fan, it is my responsibility to fork over the cash, in as many payments as they deem acceptable.

    So, I never understood why you were still working on Chipper’s deer after you returned from Florida. Did you not finish before you left (I thought you said you did), or did Larry ask for another?

    And, thank you for being yourself here on the blog; and, on any other blog, for that matter. Fot the record, this is as me as it gets, which is just-for-fun a lot of the time. I think it was Salty who just posted: if you can’t laugh….

    And, would someone please clarify WYSIWYG for me….thank you.

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  436. 445 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 1:52 am

    BA$,
    Well put at 12:56! How the Braves “braintrust” cannot realize that there could be a real falloff with folks round the nation having to pay for what was once free, is beyond me….I wouldn’t pay any attention to the braves either, if I couldn’t see them in Jacksonville….I would have likely listened to some Cardinal games on KMOX(Assuming WGN didn’t show games, just like TBS in this alternate universe) or just given up on the game….

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  437. 446 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 1:55 am

    BA$, have you by any chance been hitting the sauce, hitting the jug, getting some liquid fortification, this early Sunday?(Well, Saturday in your time zone) The more you cuss, the more I think it’s a possiblity! 🙂

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  438. 447 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:00 am

    ’tis tough B5 (I really want to call you “crack,” as i enjoyed the “search for rock,” probably too much),

    I think it’s only my pure hatred of “fair-weather” fans that has kept me from drifting to another team. I’ve always despised those who shifted to a different team, especially if the only reason for doing so was wins. It seems this is much the same. My team is my team. (But, I am CHEAP, and will complain all the while)

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  439. 448 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:02 am

    B5….it is safe for you to assume, always, that I am hitting a sauce of some type. Why else would anyone be awake at these hours, at least if their back was ok?

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  440. 449 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:05 am

    Crack,

    Are you as concerned as I with these games against “lesser” opponents? Bobby’s boys seem to rise up well against the best, but play a lot of .500 ball against the Washingtons of the league.

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  441. 450 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 2:09 am

    BA$(CHEAP, remember?) at this hour??? But this hour there, is only 11 pm! You think you are cheap, I AM CHEAP! Liquor is expensive! I just hold my breath til I nearly pass out..same effect…Add up the money
    you spend on that, and you could get MLB innings for what you spend on liquor…this weekend! 🙂

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  442. 451 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Before I forget, ever see Redeye, BAS??? It’s on FOX news, which may be illegal in San Fran…very funny, IMHO…right up your alley…..

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  443. 452 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:13 am

    …this better work…

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  444. 453 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Good morning BAS… B5…. yes, TBS wrought forth a huge fan base. Much to the chagrin of many other teams who witness more Braves fans in their stadiums than fans of the home team. They forget that a high tide raises all ship. They want to squelch the competition in their back yard. They forget that there are only about 5 truly big markets. The rest simply fill the function of the Washington Generals of the Harlem Globe Trotter fame. Until MLB adopts true revenue sharing ala the NFL, the big markets will win championships as the rule, no the exception.

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  445. 454 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:17 am

    I watch it occasionally, Crack.

    The male host is a bit too smug for my taste.

    I really avoid most opinion stuff now, as I think the whole system is corrupt, and I don’t think one can fairly blame either side.

    I am one of the apathetic, which voters love to decry. If I ever believed in someone, or something, I’d be first in line.

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  446. 455 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:21 am

    BAS… One should always remember that those with a higher intellect are able to sling a better class of mud 🙂

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  447. 456 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Great point, Gil.

    The parity of the NFL is something else. I truly believe that any team, any year, can win the trophy in that league.

    ’tis troublesome to hope for such in our league, as I think Atlanta is, at least, in the top third of possible World Series winners.

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  448. 457 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:22 am

    I on the other hand am able to wallow with the basest pigs…. 🙂

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  449. 458 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 2:24 am

    B(BAS is so many keys to strike!)
    I too worry about the teams we are supposed to beat up on. Didn’t the Nationals have something like a .500 record(At least at some point during the season last year) against the NL east teams??? They pitched well even when they lost several starters last year. They should be better this year with Lastings Milledge, Wily Mo Pena(When healthy) , and Elijah Dukes (When Healthy) Hmm, lotsa ifs….but they still gave us more than we wanted last year. Marlins will still play competitive games with us. Pirates may be getter, Reds WILL be better. Who will we beat up on??? The Giants are the only team that I can think of that will be worse than last year, in the NL….

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  450. 459 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:26 am

    You and me both, Gil.

    I tried to watch the truck race today, but there were like five wrecks in nine minutes, so I gave up.

    I was suprised to learn Kyle Busch races the truck also. So, I suppose he runs all three series. I wondered, earlier, how difficult it must be to adapt to three different set-ups.

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  451. 460 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Two very important factors always come into play when determining a team’s competitiveness. One is the amount of cash they have available to spend. The second is that the owner is smart enough to stay out of the baseball operations and let the people he hired do their job.

    Two of the dumbest owners reside in Washington and Baltimore. Snyder and Angelos think they own fantasy league teams and their teams suffer for it.

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  452. 461 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 2:27 am

    BA$, Greg Gutfeld, is a bit smug, but is forever putting himself down as well. the best bits are non political, IMHO.and the girls are hot he has on!

    Hey Gil! Back barkin’?

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  453. 462 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:28 am

    Full disclosure: as I typed that, I was picturing Gil attempting his 1/4 inch vertical jump.

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  454. 463 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Gil, don’t you think the O’s would be better if run like a fantasy league team??? 😉 Holding on to Brian Roberts when the cubs have so many young players they refuse to play…stupid!!!

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  455. 464 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:30 am

    The girls are hot, no doubt, Crack (Grinch scale?).

    Only reason I am tempted to watch.

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  456. 465 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:33 am

    I think us vampires deserve a baked dessert of some type. Miss Velvet has left us out of the distribution, and I am not happy.

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  457. 466 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:35 am

    No, the back is not too bad, legs hurt but that really is my back by extension… I’ll be okay in about 30 minutes.

    I misses the truck race today. I am not too much into the truck series though. Kyle Bush can drive anything but he is too reckless and takes too many chances. He will learn eventually if he isn’t killed first.

    If you have never been to a NASCAR race in person, it is really hard to get the true feel for the sport. The noise, the smell, the atmosphere just changes everything. TV does not do it justice. Hockey is another sport that is lost on TV. Football is the perfect TV sport. Gawd is it boring in person though.

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  458. 467 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Hey BAS… The three point shot was invented so slow white guys like me could play the game… 🙂

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  459. 468 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Not getting Brian Roberts may have been a blessing in disguise for the Braves. I really liked the kid but look for his numbers to take a dive with the increase in drug testing.

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  460. 469 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:41 am

    This may be the Cubs year…. Well, it could happen…. They have deep pockets, if they could only get back all those great young arms they keep trading away.

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  461. 470 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:42 am

    I am still wondering if Pena is gone after this week and who the Braves are trying to get for him.

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  462. 471 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:46 am

    I hope the Braves packed their longjohns for this trip. It’s going to be a miserable night for the players but electric for the fans. After RFK, the new stadium is a palace. And guess who hit the first homerun in batting practice? Ryan Langerhans… The park really favors left handed batters.

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  463. 472 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Uh… feel free to jump in anytime guys…

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  464. 473 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 2:49 am

    will do! There…happy? 😛

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  465. 474 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:50 am

    I really think Pena has value, especially if a defensive-oriented catcher is kept as well, but I know in posting this he’ll soon be gone.

    The man can hit; he’s the man I’d want up ahead of any other bench player with a man on second. Corky doesn’t pinch hit, while B.Mac can…Pena is a hit guy, not an OBP guy….these things equal value to me.

    You and me both again, Gil, this time on the three-point shot.

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  466. 475 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Gil, I saw the park I guess sometime last year on TV….didn’t seem to be as spectacular as Camden yards…do you think that’s because it wasn’t full of fans during a game???

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  467. 476 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Camden Yards is a really special place. A real retro park, all they need is a railroad track running through it.

    Nationals Park (has a nice clean sound about it does it not) Is a modern baseball only park. No brick, all glass and concrete but really nice fan venues and huge wide concourses. It has everything but parking. hey, it’s DC, do you think they could think of everything?

    I think it is good to have a bit of verity in design. At least it matched everything else in Washington. Trust me, they are very big into glass and concrete. Not so much with brick.

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  468. 477 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Feel free to jump in anytime there, Gil.

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  469. 478 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Hey… I am old and slow and typing as fast as I can… 🙂

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  470. 479 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 3:02 am

    myfrequentlysarcasticpostswouldgooverbetterwithemoticons.net

    oratleastbeforeGilposted.tv (hey B5, is .tv cheaper than .net?)

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  471. 480 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 3:03 am

    Of course, the biggest shame is the replacement of Yankee stadium. I would much rather they had just built a new stadium on the old site.

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  472. 481 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 3:03 am

    Sorry Gil….I gotta lotta huntn’peck in me, as well.

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  473. 482 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Feel free to jump in anytime there, B5.

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  474. 483 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Well, I can’t wait to see it! Perhaps 3 times is the charm for baseball in DC! If not, Las Vegas would love a team, no doubt! 😉
    Didn’t know DC was so big on Glass and concrete! But, the only time you see DC on TV, they show the usual suspects, if you know what I mean….I’ve been fairly close as an adult to DC,(Gaithersburg MD) but not in it since I was 5-6 years old.
    Hey!!! Did you know you could right click on a misspelled word (when using Mozilla) and the possible correct spellings, show up??? 😯 Don’t even know how I found that out!~

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  475. 484 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 3:05 am

    I write lots of words, unlike you guys! 😛

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  476. 485 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Okay guys,,, I think I am done, they keyboard is becoming a moving target as Dr Feelgood works his magic. Time to hit the rack while I can still walk, see you guys tomorrow.

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  477. 486 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Gil, how about they just keep it, not tear it down at all??? The new stadium is right across the street I hear….I thought the old argument was the bad neighborhood there….they make more money than any other team in baseball, why’d they have to move??? can’t tell me it is truly falling apart….they didn’t build crap back then….

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  478. 487 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 3:07 am

    I’m not sure I should be a participant in this blog, as oftentimes, my only goal is to instigate reactions in other respectful bloggers.

    I promise, nothing serious….just keepin’ myself awake. I don’t have the luxury of back-pain to keep my at the computer.

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  479. 488 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 3:08 am

    sleep well Gil!

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  480. 489 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 3:10 am

    BAS, don’t worry about it…just try to be good. Your slightly off kilter humor is much appreciated!

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  481. 490 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 3:12 am

    censored myself there…appreciated CL? baked good reward? or trying to mask an obvious typo? it is left to those few who read this middle-of-the-night garbage. lowercase plagiarism? much like jjs. but different.

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  482. 491 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 3:15 am

    only “slightly” off kilter? Thanks…..a lot. Seriously.

    So, 50-50 tonight? Nat’s scare me.

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  483. 492 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 3:19 am

    50-50 chance the braves win??? Good question! You know the Nats are going to be filled with adrenalin , and will want to impress the fans first night. I don’t understand Owhaterverhisnameis Perez being the opening day starter….though he was quite good several years back with the Dodgers…Wait, he ain’t a lefty, is he? 😯

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  484. 493 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 3:21 am

    oh crap, he is!!!

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  485. 494 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 3:29 am

    Nat’s, lefty, new park, O.Perez (good nickname you had)…I’m a bit worried. Luckily, common sense has set in and I’ve realized it’s less than one percent of the season.

    I think, for tonight, I’ll just be a fan. Braves win, no doubt.

    And, you win, tonight. I simply cannot dominate, with you present.

    Perhaps you will purchase a Gremlin, which will leave you stranded some night….and on that night I’ll be there….proclaiming blog dominance forever.

    And….yo Grinch…..still awating those Fox News Channel rankings.

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  486. 495 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 3:33 am

    Goodnight BAS! No Gremlin’s for me, thankyouverymuch! They were plagued from the factory with…what are those things called??? oh well….
    Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars! though, the tips are hot, so be careful!

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  487. 496 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 3:37 am

    I’ll check back to see if Grinch shows up…I predict….in 2 hours!

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  488. 497 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 3:52 am

    backhanded domination attempt

    Crack’s asleep….guaranteed

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  489. 498 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Hey, CL, get off yerass….

    what…you’ve got a coupla hundred hours invested in this thing, so you can sleep a solid five hours a night? Post a picture, flight information, diet coke reference, bird cage diagram…something…

    I may have to forcibly require you drink a Diet Pepsi Max, while you watch the commercial. Or you can forfeit $500 cash. I’d recommend the cash…the commercials are that bad.

    …Braveheart…how’s she flushin’?

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  490. 499 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Finally, CL….you should probably delete this:

    Bob, j, you’re artificially obtuse. SG, you’re longwinded. CL and FBG, you’re too “everybody be nice.” Grinch is too hairy, and should change his name to Grinch. Raisins always loses his coffee. Kelly is: oh, I had this award named after me. B5, you’re up too late. Lew, you’re too “artisty.” Salty and Flange and Jason and Jersey and Hillbilly go missing too often. jjs is all stuff, all the time. Chris’ and Scribe’s families are too cute. Paladin thinks it’s always about him. SJA is too 17EEE. Gil is too minor league. JD pimps his blog too much. I am too sarcastic and buttinsky and drunkard and Iusethisstupidjoketoomuch.com

    How does it matter? We each know who we are, and we’ve come to appreciate (and more, in some cases) others present here. How can WORDS, not even well thought-out words, but blog words, affect you that much?

    All of you, contribute to the blog….ignore the rest….I implore you. You all belong here. If not here, and if not there…..Lew, perhaps you have an anecdote…

    I apologize if I’ve missed somebody; please know it wasn’t intentional. But you have a fault too….did I mention that I am CHEAP?

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  491. 500 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 4:37 am

    F’n forgot Braveheart, and mentioned him in my last post.

    If that doesn’t give you folks some idea as to my insanity….

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  492. 501 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Proclaiming domination.

    All the while realizing blog domination = blog rambling

    B5….you fell for it man….backhanded rambling/domination rules

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  493. 502 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 4:49 am

    I think I have a problem. I actually find myself entertaining. Perhaps someone has an 800 number.

    Is it better that I know this rambling is ridiculous, or would it be better if I thought this was normal? Much like the TBS question….chicken or the egg….words or SG….

    ….I feel it necessary to insult WW, as I did everyone else: WW is a lawyer.

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  494. 503 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Don’t be so sure I is asleep! 😈

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  495. 504 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 5:06 am

    Proclaiming domination= proclamation of domination, when I first saw it! 😯

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  496. 505 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Damn you, Crack…..how am I supposed to win?

    you’re getting very sleepy
    listen to the sound of my voice
    you’re getting very sleepy

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  497. 506 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Emancipation Proclamation = Domination Proclamation

    Lincoln aint got nothin’ on me.

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  498. 507 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 5:16 am

    I just watched Baseball tonight, from last night….Guess what?????
    Buster Olney and EY(Eric Young) BOTH picked the Braves to win the east!!! 😯 😯 😯 😯 A plague of locusts decended on Bristol, Connecticut, as ESPN never has anyone (Except for Orel Hershiser last year) say the Braves are the team to beat! And Lew would be happy, Steve Berthiaume mentioned Seth McClung and his 98 MPH heater!

    Really funny to hear all this brave love, since the baseball tonight started late because of the Civil rights game between the Mets and Chi Sox(A true Civil rights game should have been played between the Dodgers and Indians, but what do I know?) and so I had an inning or so to skip with Joe Morgan, and someone else flapping their gums. They briefly talked about the AL east, and acted like it was between the Mets and Phillies only!!! 😡

    Buster and EY, neither picked the Phillies, even for WC!! A bit surprising.

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  499. 508 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 5:17 am

    BA$, I AM THE MAN! 3 hours ahead of you, first off, second off(Secondly off?) I AM THE MAN!

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  500. 509 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 5:21 am

    I tried to listen to the sound of your voice, but I couldn’t hear it…perhaps because of the rain…rain all day, and all night…well, may have stopped, or died way down…man, I want one of those 6 figure Meteorologist jobs…computers do all the work, and they get it wrong! 2 days ago, it was a non event basically, a little drizzle. I’d say we had 2 inches. But, we are in a drought, so you don’t say how much rain you really get….airport amount tomorrow(As George Carlin once said, who lives at the airport?) will be 3/10’s of an inch….can’t act like no rain fell….people might notice that….

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  501. 510 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 5:23 am

    You, sir, are the man.

    I accept defeat.

    I will now go to sleep.

    No need, at all, for you to check back in an hour. I’ll be snoring soundly, I promise you. blog promise…like a promise…but different.

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  502. 511 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn March 30, 2008 at 5:25 am

    only 12 minutes to see if Grinch will fulfill my prophecy!

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  503. 512 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Hit that refresh button! What a brilliant idea. I like it… a lot. Truth well told Scribe.

    Start the new season off right and the season it ours!

    IT’S OPENING DAY!!!

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  504. 513 ssiscribe March 30, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Top of the morning, denizens, and welcome to the day we’ve looked forward to for six long months.

    Opening Day!

    The new season begins in 11 hours and 12 minutes. It is one chock full of promise and expectation, a tangled web that begins its slow unravel tonight when Kelly Johnson steps into the box at the new ballpark in D.C. It’s a journey that starts now, and one we all hope ends with a ticker tape parade come the closing days of October.

    Time to get it started, Braves Nation.

    BAS: Thanks very much, dude. Hope things are well on the West Coast.

    Finally, at long and blessed last, Opening Day has arrived.

    Play ball, and amen.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  505. 514 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I see where I think “it is all about me.” I’m not sure what that means, but I do know it is coming from someone who basically talks to himself in the wee hours, and just a couple of posts after saying that about me, he admits that he finds himself “amusing”. Ha Ha.

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  506. 515 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Bay Area Steve: Long winded? Chicken or egg? Word? What? Me? You talkin’ ta me? You talkin’ ta me? Are – You – Talking – To – Me – ? Youtalkingtome? It’s your move. You make the first move. You talking to me? You talkin’ ta me?

    Listen mister, I could easily respond to that and debate you, but it would probably take a while. Yes, a long, long, long, long time. Besides, I just save up all my one-liners and string’em all together in one big pile.

    Caution: an R-Rated clip follows:

    You talkin’ to me?

    😀

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  507. 516 Salty March 30, 2008 at 9:05 am

    I just hold my breath til I nearly pass out..same effect…

    Berigan! :mrgreen:

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  508. 517 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Pal, he means well and was just pokin’ a little. Spread it around pretty good too. Pretty funny guy usually… until he hits the juice. :mrgreen:

    Next time he shows up though, I’ve got a surprise waiting for him. Noogie. Yep.

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  509. 518 Salty March 30, 2008 at 9:09 am

    I’m not sure I should be a participant in this blog, as oftentimes, my only goal is to instigate reactions in other respectful bloggers.

    BAS…Paladin should be proud…that’s his objective as well!!! You cover his sleeping hours!!! 😛

    By the way…and you must be quite young, WYSIWYG is an old, I believe, Microsoft ‘word’: What You See Is What You Get! 😆 Actually, haven’t seen it used is…oh, since the 80’s!

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  510. 519 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Good stuff on the overnights. “Hold my breath ’til”. A cheap thrill classic. Saves money on booze too. Berigan was on a good roll last night. He outlasted the Left Coast Bay Man. Maybe Berigan’ll wake up before the game starts. 😀

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  511. 520 Salty March 30, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Kudos, indeed, to Berigan, BAS, and Gil! You guys were good fun last night. Klobber, check the bar, I think you may have some bottles missing! 😯

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  512. 521 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 9:13 am

    What a match! Last night was a back and forth, left hook, right punch, ropa-dopa, dancing around the ring overnight match. Berigan got his punches in early and often, dancing like a butterfly, stinging like a, well, butterfly… left, right, left, right. It looked like The Berigan Bruiser would get an early knockout. A display of pure domination.

    Then, Bay Area Steve showed his stuff and proved he doesn’t have a glass jaw… he came back strong and began to completely dominate. It was brutal. Punch, cover, move inside, bread basket blows… it seemed that The Bay Brawler had found a new life, repeatedly throwing his patented left coast hook and was on his way to taking The Berigan Bruiser out. Punch, counter punch, spins, dips, merciless pounding… The Brawler took over the match and was dominating. What a comeback. What a turnaround in the middle rounds. The tide had turned and Bruiser was faltering.

    Just when it looked about over, Bruiser picked himself up off the mat, got his wind back, mustered all of his strength and launched a final rally to the end. It was a hard fought match. Both men dominated in different rounds, until the clock finally ran out, the bell rang, the Brawler, uh… fell asleep and The Berigan Bruiser got the TKO.

    Dual overnight domination. That, my sports fans, was violent pillow fight match to the very end. Feathers were flyin’ everywhere.

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  513. 522 Salty March 30, 2008 at 9:15 am

    SG…what’s in your coffee, man? 😕 😛

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  514. 523 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 9:15 am

    SG and Salty; I am not insulted by what he said about me; and I agree, it was joking. But, he said several things about and “to” CL that I don’t find amusing. He owes an apology for that, and quickly.

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  515. 524 Salty March 30, 2008 at 9:20 am

    BASEBALL MUSIC!!! SWEET!

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  516. 525 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Salty; You p’tute. How much do you get per play? 😀

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  517. 526 Salty March 30, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I’m just a fan….an excited one! Let’s roll, Braves!!!

    Goosebumps, anyone? 😆

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  518. 527 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Salty, just a little Splenda and half-n-half. Half coffee, half Irish Whiskey. Kidding… just sweetner and cream. I’m going for another now. I’ll buy you and Pal a cup o’ joe too. How do ya like it?

    Now, must hit the refresh button again. Too much fighting already this morning… the pillow fights, butterfly stings (can they?), noogies and all such violent behavior being displayed here this morning. My bad. Got so caught up in the non-dominational domination that I almost forgot to say…

    Good Morning! There. That’ll take the starch out’a the pillow cases.

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  519. 528 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 9:40 am

    More chillbumps and Angel goosebumps back at’cha Salty.

    A proud moment.

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  520. 529 Salty March 30, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Paladin…if the size 6 is warranted, CL shall administer! Regardless, your chivalry will be noted! 🙂

    SG…my ADD can’t handle 15 minutes! 😦

    I’ll pass on the cup o’ joe! Been up since 3:45…took son to the airport for very early flight; dropped him at the curb, pulled away and heard a thumping sound. Pulled back to the curb to investigate…metal sticking out of the tire! Yikes! Realized, I’m toast; oldest son had lent the jack to a friend…some time back, and never replaced it. Headed to a nearby McDonald’s before fully flat; called AAA. Waited from 5:15 ’til 7:15 before getting on the road again. Left a nasty text with the guilty son…he’s not invited for dinner tonight! 👿 And he knows better than ‘I’m sorry!’ There’s a time when that doesn’t cut mustard…this is one of ’em! Despite all, I’m in a good mood…and no one is gonna talk me out of it! Got it? 😈

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  521. 530 Salty March 30, 2008 at 9:50 am

    I was there for last year’s opener. Froze my a…b…uh, tush, that’s it, tush off! Redman was spectacular…for the Muts! 😆 Left after six innings!

    Love those jets!!!!

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  522. 531 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Braves and Stuff Blog Warning:

    Salty had a bad morning. Son ran over a lawn chair in someone’s front yead and punctured the tire. So Salty drove on 3 wheels to McDonalds. To get over his anger, he scarfed down 8 McMuffins, 4 McHam bicuits, 4 McEgg Scrambles and then chased it down with 12 cups of McCoffee. He’s now buzzed and bloated. And now he’s prickly too. So go gentle denizens. Maybe a midday nap would help.

    Don’t poke the badger. Add no wounds on a Salt either. :mrgreen:

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  523. 532 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Speaking of coffee: And you were. I like N’awlins style Cafe Au Lait. Coffee with chicory and half and half + sweetner. ‘Course you knowledgeable ones will realize that is the same as Latte, but harder to pronounce. Hence, Latte won out. I got plenty and country ham biscuits. Y’all come on over.

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  524. 533 Salty March 30, 2008 at 10:17 am

    SG…you exaggerate! I did not have 4 McHam bicuits 😕 ! Figured I’d drive to Paladin’s for the real thing…but of course, that flat tire ‘event’ mucked up the works! 😦 Now I sit with a never-ending coffee buzz and an attitude to boot! 😡 You’re right…no wounds on the Salt! 😯

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  525. 534 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Steve-What I took to Chipper in Orlando was a color sketch that took me four days to paint and I even shipped it while it was still wet. It was a decent painting, but it would have been the same as if Chipper batter .250 and we’re both a lot better than that. This new painting is considerably better. Maybe I’ll just email you and show you..

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  526. 535 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Paladin, if you were within an hour I’d damn sure hop in the truck and come over there for country ham biscuits. That is a breakfast of champions.

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  527. 536 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Good morning Braves fans….. It’s sleeting this morning… If this global warming keeps up, I’m going to freeze to death.

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  528. 537 Salty March 30, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Well…Lew broke up our tri-domination! 😆
    Lew, as mentioned, that new painting is stellar! Of all those on your site, it’s my favorite by far!

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  529. 538 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 10:38 am

    And now that baseball season is finally upon us…. The perfect excuse for the purchase of a new TV is presenting itself. I may finally break down and buy that flat screen HD TV. I am thinking that it might be a better long term investment than a golf cart. I need the exercise anyway…

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  530. 539 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I like Gil’s style. The debate on how to spend “disposable income” involves a flat-screen TV and a golf cart. What do you want to bet it gets spent on new drapes? 😆

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  531. 540 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Ah… but new drapes are not needed and the wife is a baseball fan…. 🙂

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  532. 541 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Salty-I’ll try to get it photoed in color tomorrow. I need to mail it on Tuesday, so it’s iffy it will happen (the photo, that is). If I can get a decent shot, I’ll post it or email it to everyone.

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  533. 542 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Anyone from the North Georgia/western SC can answer this. Does anyone remeber Katherine’s Kitchens? They were little red Restaurants along the interstate. They had the best biscuits in general and steak biscuits, in particular. Haven’t heard of them in years, but then again, I haven’t been up there, either. I just wonder if they’re still around. If not, it’s a shame. They were real good.

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  534. 543 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Gil, get the HDTV and cable box. Then when Braves games are on (in HD) it’s like you can see the blades of grass in the field. With movies, it’s like being in a theatre. With non-HD stuff, it’s improved. It’s almost like you can smell the peanuts, Cracker Jack and popcorn. Good investment for TV watchers.

    Maybe also invest in Smell-a-vison. But then Network news would stink worse.

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  535. 544 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 11:26 am

    …or maybe Smell-A-Vision. That smells better.

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  536. 545 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Ssssh! Someone may come up with the idea of a computer that offers smells. That, in at least some cases, would be…odorous.

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  537. 546 chrisklob March 30, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Whatthehellhappenedinmysaloonlastnight? This place is a mess. Canadian Club bottles everywhere, McDonald’s wrappers all over the place, coffee cups on the floor. That must have been some bunch partying in here last night.

    Better get this place cleaned up. I’m expecting a really big crowd tonight.

    IT’S OPENING DAY PEOPLE!!!!!!

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  538. 547 morpheus45 March 30, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Oh, my head…Ohhhhh….I’m cradling it like it’s fragile and valuable. Ow. Must…have…coedine…

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  539. 548 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Let’s see… Klobber discovers his saloon wrecked and booze pilfered.

    Then, coincidentally the Green one stumbles in with a bad hangover.

    1+1=Hmm…

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  540. 549 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Got to agree with SG on the HD. I just got an HD Tv before Christmas and got the HD service this week. It is amazing. It’s almost a 3D experience. Even the sound is boosted several notches in clarity with the HD service.

    I’ve got Comcast. They just offered me a deal for cable telephone (it works great-better than Verizon). When I ordered it they gave me free phone for a year (then it goes to $35-I WAS paying $85-90) AND the gave me the HD service for free AND knocked my cable bill down by another $13 a month for the entire package. So I’ve got free HD, a cheaper cable bill AND no phone bill for an entire year. Now that’s a deal. I’ll pay for the TV and still have a couple hundred bucks left over.

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  541. 550 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 11:54 am

    That is a good deal Lew. I have Comcast but ot that package. Must be a new thing. Now if we could just get HD to somehow filter the ESPN announcers so that Skip Caray would override the sound on Braves games…

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  542. 551 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Hummmmm…

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  543. 552 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Now the only problem will be which TV to choose… So many choices…..

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  544. 553 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    ot? Make that not. Got tied up in nots. This can knot continue. What the…?

    Damn, I’ve noticed a trend in dropping my letters in words lately. I think they call that misspelling in some circles. Must be a keyboard thing. Or fingers misbehaving. Or eyes. Or, uh… the cat. That’s right! That cat just walked across…

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  545. 554 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Gil, I have the Sony Wega. Got it a few years ago and love it. It was one of, if not the best one out at the time, but now there are quite a few good HD flat screens on the market and more importantly, the cost has come way down. I understand Sony has a new version that is very good. Can’t remember the name of it.

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  546. 555 jerseygil March 30, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    !!PLAY BALL!!
    Good Morning y all….I back…Lew I have the same package with Comcast last year, they give me two(2) year contract with the phone,internet, cable.
    I pay $109 a month including all the taxes.
    Gil…how is the weather out there…you live close to DC? hope doesn’t rain.
    Well guys we have a pretty good damn Team…Yesterday Hampton look good, about smotlzy i don’t think nothing to wear about…he said in interview last week with Dan Patrick that now that the Braves have a deep pitching staff he will not going to pitch with any pain or disconfort , he will skip a day in his turn if he not fill well.But like i said it before look for Jair Jurjen to have a good year.

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  547. 556 jerseygil March 30, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I Just god last month a Sony 40 in Bravia HD 1080I full, Gil when you going to buy one make sure it full 1080! not 480…must of the Hd show it on 1080.

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  548. 557 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Good afternoon Jersey… The bad weather looks to be trailing off to the south of us today. It is going to be pretty cool though. MLB is all about money… Why else would you play a night game in March?

    I have been reading about the new park in DC… Looks like a very nice place. I hope the fans in DC appreciate it.

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  549. 558 jerseygil March 30, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Hey guys with the conpetition with Verizon,Comcast & Direct TV..we the consumer have a bargain ship…last year when i call Comcast to deal with my phone service they give me a pkg with HBO,Showtime including if i sign a two year deal, that a Bargain, also they i ask for an xtra Digital box.

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  550. 559 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I have a box that displays a color picture. Since, on the average, I watch about 5 hours of TV a week, it works for me.

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  551. 560 jerseygil March 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Yes gil MLB it all about money, i hear that the cost of seat this year it up 9.6 %…also in Mike & Mike show last week they said it that in the new Yankee Stadium the first 8 or 9 road behind home plate will cost $2500.00 a seat, MLB they are killing the Game..mush of people they can afford the price of good seat are Rich people or big Corporate.
    I planing to go to DC in August 31 to see the Braves on Sunday and Monday the Phillis. i been looking for seat it about $58.00 a seat.

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  552. 561 flbravesgirl March 30, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    It took me a while to figure out WYSIWYG too. Haven’t seen that before.

    BAS, you’ve got to behave better if you want baked goods.

    Good to see Jersey Gil emerge from the pile of tax returns to join us.

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  553. 562 jerseygil March 30, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Yeah…Tax Season it almost over….
    Something i learn from a friend that work with Comcast..it that when you HD TV channel not show a complete screen that mean the transmision if not fully 1080 it just a 480…i notice that when i wash a HD Channel and when go to commercial the Screen it not full.

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  554. 563 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    WYSIWYG. Yes Pat, I would like to buy some vowels.

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  555. 564 jerseygil March 30, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Yeah…Tax Season it almost over….
    Something i learn from a friend that work with Comcast..it that when you HD TV channel not show a complete screen that mean the transmision if not fully 1080 it just a 480…i notice that when i wash a HD Channel and when go to commercial the Screen it not full.

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  556. 565 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Jersey Gil-How you doing, Dude?

    Gil-I’ve got a Toshiba Regza and it is phenomenal. Even has a DVD player in it.

    AS to the Highway robbery perpetuated by MLB-Part of the problem is that they now have legalized scalping with Stub Hub. Why in hell MLB actually sanctioned these people (you can access them directly from the ticket info on any MLB site) is totally beyond me. The prices are absurd (we paid almost $500 for four tickets to see the Braves play the Blue Jays in Toronto-granted they are dugout seats, but…..).

    The ticket sellers set their price, Stub Hub adds a commission and then you pay for Fed Express shipping (no other choice). Like I said, this is nothing but legalized scalping, sanctioned by MLB so they can sell hot dogs, beer and memorabilia at games, rather than have seats that were prepaid, empty..

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  557. 566 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Lew; You should have bought your tickets before the US $ was allowed to drop below the value of Confederate money.

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  558. 567 jerseygil March 30, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Lew..i’m good…still Busy..
    Yeah i make the mistake…for the first visit of the Braves in Phillis i want to get good seat and the only choice was to stub hub…i got two seat behind home plate for $120.00 in may. The first day for online ticket o the phillis web side i can’t pick not good seat..the only seat available was in the rigt field.

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  559. 568 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Food-fun-n-frolic. At my age that is all contained in a bowl of soup. Later.

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  560. 569 jerseygil March 30, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Lew..also i have ticket for the Sept Series..22,23,24…this are important date if the Phillis and Braves going to be close in the standing…i will seat in section 134 filed level Seat 17,18 road 22..in case you are in phillis for that series. I agree 100% with you in the ticket scalping, MLB have to do something about it. I call the ticket office of the Phillis the first day for individual ticket and must of good seat are gone, so no choice for Fan like me.

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  561. 570 jerseygil March 30, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Have to go guys…now the season start i will here coment about the games.

    GO BRAVOS……Prediction Braves and Boston in World Series.

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  562. 571 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Oh, one other thing before I go. Klobber, it wasn’t me that messed up your saloon. Like the lone-wolf I am, when I’m drinking, I “mark” my territory. :mrgreen:

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  563. 572 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Paladin-First of all, it IS in US dollars, NOT Canadian. Second, so what, the Canadian and US dollar are even in value. Third, they weren’t available for this series three years ago when there was actually a positive exchange rate. .

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  564. 573 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Lew, did you get a chance to see Jeff Bennett throw in ST? How did he look throwing?

    Gil, same question, only change the year and venue to Richmond. Any insight?

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  565. 574 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Food-fun-n-frolic. At my age that is all contained in a bowl of soup.

    Alphabet soup for Paladin?

    After reading MLB.com’s predictions for the ’08 season, I for one am relieved that the games will be played on the field this year. Otherwise, we’re done…

    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080330&content_id=2466501&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

    This is going to add all the more sweetness when we win it all. MLB dweebs.

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  566. 575 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    SG-He looked pretty good, but the first week or so of Spring Training won’t tell you that much. It was mainly pitching batting practice. The hitters took the coaches deep, but not so much with the regular starters. However, Frenchy did hit a moon shot off of Glavine-on the roof of the batting cage. I saw Andruw hit one further there, but this one was launched, nonetheless.

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  567. 576 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks Lew…I didn’t realize you were doing two paintings.

    You too, Salty…for WYSIWYG. I like that.

    Miss Velvet…so, basically, I have no chance at baked goods? I mean this is as well-behaved as I get.

    008…I have reread my jibberish from last night, and the only thing I see that should be apologized for, and where the apology would be sincere, is the language. If you believe otherwise, and feel it necessary, please email me.

    CL, I am sorry about the few vulgarities. Please be gentle with the size six.

    And, I pledge to the blog to stop my attempts at unifying those who I’ve come to enjoy reading (all of you).

    On that note, I shall do as I wise man suggested and hit the refresh button.

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  568. 577 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    BAS; I have no time for e-mail. Re-read your 4:02 and if you do not find that in bad taste then, and y’all do, you have different “taste” standards on the left coast. I have work to do.

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  569. 578 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Steve-Were you able to see a bit of difference? I had not intended to do two until I got down there. Decided the first was not worthy of my abilities. The second, I believe is. Like I said, I may not win the artistic batting championship, but I’m closer to a .320 hitter than a .250 guy. Now if I could only borrow one of SG’s photo department stalwarts, I’d be good to go.

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  570. 579 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I’d rather not email either. But, I believe CL might prefer that we did; ’tis the only reason I suggested it.

    My 4:02 was purely tongue-in-cheek. And I bet CL will know that, if she can find the time to read it.

    I have no idea, but I’d guess that CL has more than two hundred hours invested into this thing. I think, but don’t know, that she’d appreciate some help. Mainly, it was a chance to make her read Pepsi again.

    So, I’ve said all that to say this: I did reread the post, and don’t find it in bad taste. I must have different standards. But, I could be wrong; I’m wrong all the time.

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  571. 580 Bay Area Steve March 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Let me open the attachments, Lew.

    It takes a while on my dial-up.

    They both look great in the small, low-resolution, previews.

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  572. 582 Savannah Guy March 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    What photoshop stuff are you talking about Lew?

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  573. 583 Carolina Lady March 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Steve, you have been found guilty of BUI (Blogging Under the Influence) and are hereby sentenced to 30 days of cleaning Klobber’s Saloon.

    NEW BLOG IS UP!!

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  574. 584 Paladin March 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I am taking a break and just read BAS’s answer. I don’t want to beat this to death but BAS I have a proposition for you. Let’s submit it to a jury of one. If FBG, finds that something like that can be said (in good taste) to a Lady if it is “tongue in cheek” then I will make an apology on here and we will all push the refresh button. If she says that she does not find it in good taste, you will make an apology to CL. THEN, we will push the refresh button. And note that I say an apology to CL. Even though I try to make everything on here “about me”, you don’t owe ME anything.

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  575. 585 flbravesgirl March 30, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Uh-oh. What are you signing me up for, sir knight? I haven’t been online much today (trying to get stuff done & out of my way so I can park myself in front of the TV tonight).

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  576. 586 flbravesgirl March 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    OK, went back to the overnights. I’ll agree with CL’s 3:25 that BAS was clearly a bit “lubricated” while blogging last night because he’s usually better-mannered. So we’ll let it pass this once. However the first line of the post in question was inappropriate. I wouldn’t appreciate being spoken to that way & I definately think CL is deserving of more respect.

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  577. 587 lew614 March 30, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    SG-I keep thinking you have a photo department at your agency, even though you’ve told me you farm it out.

    The finished Chipper Deer painting is up at LewHartman.Com Check it out. To paraphrase Patrick Swayze from the movie Roadhouse-Not too bad for a half blind white boy- If I do say so myself.

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