37: The Joy of the Game

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By Voice of Reason Raisins

JEFFERSON, GA – I am a sports fan. Period. What is fan short for? Fan is short for fanatic. I am a sports fanatic. I’ll watch ’em all on TV: baseball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, tennis… You name it, I’ll watch it. (Except bowling. I can’t watch bowling on TV.) As the years have gathered behind me, and a wife and two kids have gathered around me, I have had to learn to balance what I want to watch with what the family wants to watch. What? College wrestling on ESPNU? Awesome! Oh, wait… the kids are watching Spongebob. That’s OK, though. Life is essentially about balance, and the more you invest in family, the less you invest in other things. It seems, though, that there is still one area where I manipulate the scales of balance in my favor. Your Atlanta Braves! Mrs. Raisins and the young’uns all know that at 7:10pm, I’m looking for the Braves on the dial.

When I was a mere pup, my family moved to the suburbs of the big city of Atlanta from rural south Georgia. My Dad’s friend hooked him up with a night job selling tickets at Atlanta Stadium (as it was known before 1976) during the Braves seasons. For a couple of years, every time the Braves had a promotion, I got stuff. Cool stuff. Trading cards, miniature bats, helmets, caps… I got ’em all. I can still picture Marty Perez, Sonny Jackson, Davey Johnson and others staring back at me as I marveled at the cool stuff I got. I had a Ralph Garr bike license plate that said “Beep, beep” on it with a picture of the Roadrunner wearing Garr’s baseball jersey. Totally cool. I got to go to some games, too. I loved it. I loved the Braves. That was a happy time.

Growing up, I watched alot of baseball on TV with my folks. Of course, you only had the CBS games on Saturday and Monday Night Baseball. Then came Ted Turner and his little cable station. Before long, The good Lord above had graced us with the Atlanta Braves all during the week. And you can bet that if the Braves were on the TV, my Dad had the game on. It was simply a given. We watched alot of Braves baseball on that old 21” set. Those are happy memories.

When I’d get home from school every day, I’d slide my old worn out mitt over my bike handlebar and bolt down the street to my buddy’s house. We’d go out in his back yard and toss the ball around for a while. I could imitate every pitcher’s throwing motion! I could look just like Carl Morton. I could look just like Knucksie, too. (I could even toss a knuckler; just couldn’t do it consistently.) Then I’d take my old yellowed wood bat, with the tape wrapped around the handle, and settle in to the batter’s box. I could stand and swing like every one of my beloved Braves. From the right side, I could look just like Jerry Royster. From the left side, I was Willie Montanez. That’s how I became a switch-hitter! I emulated every nuance of my favorite players that I had learned from watching them almost every night on WTBS. I can’t tell you one score from any one game, but I can still see Willie slap that mitt down when taking Jerry’s throw from third. That was so much fun!

After I left the nest, my Braves watching habits followed closely behind. Every time Joe Torre, Eddie Haas, Bobby Wine, Russ Nixon, Chuck Tanner or Bobby Cox led their charges to the field, I was watching when I could. And I still do. Every pitch that I can witness, every hit that I can see, every throw that I’m around for, every double-play that I can tune in… they all take me back to gripping that taped bat. They remind me of toeing the rubber and floating my knuckler to my pal. They remind me of slapping my mitt down at first base like Willie. They remind me of all the cool stuff my Dad would remember to bring home to me, even after a long day and a long night. They remind me of why I love the Braves. They remind me of why I love the game.

So at 7:10, make room. I still watch every time that I can. And I hurt just like everybody else when our boys stumbled to 2 straight losses to open this season. But that didn’t really change anything. You see, I still can’t tell you any of the scores from any of the games, but I can tell you that Yunel keeps that shoulder dug in low! Diaz bends his back, then really get his hands through the zone. KJ taps his toe just like Chipper. And Moylan can throw some heat from down under! I watch the games to see MY players on MY team that I love play MY game that I grew up playing. I don’t watch to revel in the wins or to fret over the losses. I watch for baseball. I watch for my Braves. I watch for the joy of the game.

~Raisins~

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701 Responses to “37: The Joy of the Game”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady April 9, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Just excellent, Raisins! Really enjoyed reading it! Thank you!! 😀

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  2. 2 flbravesgirl April 9, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Wonderful, VOR! I really enjoyed that! I did not, however, enjoy the game. Well, except for Mac hitting.

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  3. 3 flbravesgirl April 9, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Also, I’m quite embarassed that I forgot to compliment WW on his excellent Dale Murphy piece. It should be sent to every HOF voter immediately.

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  4. 4 Bob, journalist April 9, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Reasonable Voice … you’ve outdone yourself, mon ami … a fan you are and a fanatic you be … may you never lose your passion!!

    While my passion has diminished in many areas, it remains high for the Braves and for posts like the one I just read … what a wonderful memory … magical!

    I can relate to your “Except bowling. I can’t watch bowling on TV” … neither can I though I actively bowled for over 40 years … six for serious money … technology ruined the game, as it has many, methinks.

    Speaking of stuff, it looks like we may sooner than later find out, perhaps more than maybe we’d like, about that of which this edition of our Braves is made. Regardless of how things turn out, it won’t change our memories or our current fanatical passion for them … now I ask you, is that reasonable or what?

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  5. 5 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 9, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Superb VOR! And just what we need right now!

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  6. 6 chrisklob April 9, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Raisins, that was truly outstanding! Memories like those are definitely to be cherished for a lifetime. I hope that you are encouraging your children to learn about baseball. My daughter doesn’t appreciate it, but my son, who plays, certainly does. His attention span only allows him to watch a few innings at a time but I always take time to try to explain what just happened, good or bad. It’s my hope that he’ll develop as deep a love of the game as I, and obviously you have. Bravo!

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  7. 7 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Rasins…All this while I thought you were just another pretty face…. Great blog, a home run…

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  8. 8 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Anyone else think the Braves should hire Brian McCann’s dad as the hitting coach?

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  9. 9 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Chris, maybe your daughter will learn to love baseball later on. Happened that way for me.

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  10. 10 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Gil, maybe he & Larry Sr. could share the duties?

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  11. 11 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Gil and Flb, both good ideas!!!
    And why is it, whenever there is a new blog, posts go way down, just as speed goes way up???

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  12. 12 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Because it’ midnight….

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  13. 13 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Richmond won again tonight, 9-6

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  14. 14 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:12 am

    It’s the late shift, B. We need somebody to work the late late shift. BAS seems to be AWOL. Anybody know how to coax Wayne in Utah over here?

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  15. 15 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Anderson, Spazio, Canizares and Sammons continued their good work… Thorman, not so much 😦

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  16. 16 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 12:14 am

    FBG, it might come later. Right now she’s too busy being twelve going on 22!

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  17. 17 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Well yeah, there’s that! :mrgreen: But CL posted this at 11:11 and the game was still on…oh well…gonna watch a classic car auction with me Pa…..if anyone is still up in an hour….see ya then!!!!

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  18. 18 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Glad to hear it, Gil. Wish the parent club would get with the program. I just knew that stinkin’ Redman would give them trouble.

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  19. 19 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Yep… Those rejects do have a way of coming back and biting the Braves in the butt….

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  20. 20 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 12:19 am

    FBG, I’ve been thinking the same thing about Wayne. Might try to track him down. He’s a good dude.

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  21. 21 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:20 am

    No room for baseball in her brain right now, Chris. It’s boys, friends, hair/makeup/clothes, phone calls/text, giggling, hoping people think she’s older than she is, weekend plans, etc.

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  22. 22 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:22 am

    He is a good guy. I always enjoyed talking to him. One of the “good ones still over there” I mentioned.

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  23. 23 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 12:22 am

    I am pretty sure the game will be postponed tomorrow night but who knows, MLB is just as likely to start the game at 10 PM Denver time and the Braves will come dragging butt into DC.

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  24. 24 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Chris… After raising four girls, I feel for you dude. Just remember they are crafty… 🙂

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  25. 25 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Just what they need, Gil. 🙄 Yeah, I can see that happening.

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  26. 26 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:27 am

    “Crafty?” What’s that supposed to mean? My dad handled raising my sister & I just fine. And he had to feel outnumbered sometimes. Even the cats were girls.

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  27. 27 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 12:30 am

    FBG, you just described my daughter to a T! 😦

    Gil, they ARE crafty. However, for now at least, she’s still convinced that I’m smarter than she is. Operative part of that sentence is “for now at least”.

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  28. 28 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Thanks for the kudos, kiddies. I love the Braves… what can I say?

    This early season funk is perplexing, though. You gotta think the bats’ll come around. I really believe the team we all saw exiting Disney is the team we’ll have at some point. But when?

    Oh, well. Snooze time. Adieu! 😀

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  29. 29 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:34 am

    I was a 12-year old girl once too. ( It was a while ago but I still remember. Although from what I know of people’s ages I guess I’m one of the younger members here.) She’ll get out of this phase soon.

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  30. 30 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Good night, VOR!

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  31. 31 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:47 am

    That was weird. My power went out just for a second for no apparent reason. Just long enough that the computer had to restart, of course.

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  32. 32 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 12:51 am

    FBG, I think it’s safe to say that you are the “baby” of the blog. And that is not a bad thing. I can almost remember being the “baby” of the group too. Ah yes, the good ol’ days.

    As far as Allie getting through this phase soon, I doubt it. I see it getting much worse before it gets any better.

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  33. 33 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Actually I know one person is a year younger than I am.

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  34. 34 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 1:02 am

    She’ll settle down, Chris. Those tween years are the worst.

    Time for bed. Good night y’all.

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  35. 35 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 1:13 am

    10 minutes too late I see….perhaps one of the drunks will show up later! 😆

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  36. 36 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2008 at 6:43 am

    “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Ben Franklin

    “Late to bed, early to rise makes a man cranky and feelin’ like @#$%^&!” – Voice of Raisins

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  37. 37 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Raisins.. you got that right. The late to bed, early stuff. Must… have… coffee…

    Mr. Baseball Burgee, that was a heartfelt, personal and very good post . You’ve captured the essence of growing up baseball. It’s a family thing for many of us… most, if not all I would imagine. I can relate to many of your experiences (except the switch hitting… no can do). Felt lots of “closenesses” there in your story. Thanks for taking us back in your time machine. Was a fun and good trip.

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  38. 38 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 8:18 am

    My eyes… more coffee. Must wake up. That’s no burgee, that’s a Raisin flag. More coffee pleeeze.

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  39. 39 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Raisins; A belated(I was zzzzzing)atta boy on your lead. It is excellent, but I’m not surprised.

    Also, I wasn’t surprised that the messenger(me)got flayed over the article I posted. All I inferred, is that you shouldn’t be shocked that TV puts bucks ahead of competition. Are you ? If so, then you come from the tuberous root family.

    Braves, last night. No comment.

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  40. 41 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 9:30 am

    It would seem that CL and I are not in “total” agreement on the present aviation situation. I can live with that. I have the greatest respect for her opinion, as I hope she does for mine.

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  41. 42 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I take no pleasure in what is happening to Andruw in LA. I don’t blame Torre and applaud what he is trying to do. But, Andruw was one of my favorites and I will always wish him the best. Hopefully, he will finally see the light(that you can’t pull EVERYTHING)and get his mojo back. Not against the Braves, of course.

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  42. 43 Salty April 10, 2008 at 10:09 am

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3338621
    😡 😡 😡
    Alright…I am straight up pissed by this, and it has nothing to do with it being Schafer. This is baseball’s version of McCarthyism…and patently wrong.

    Yep, I’m linking this to my comments last night, because the products were bandied over the airwaves for years. But that’s only part of it!

    How the bloody heck can baseball go for years ignoring what was ‘hiding in plain sight’, yet now revert to ‘hearsay’ as all the evidence it needs? What a pile of manure. Give credit where credit is due; Shafer manned up…that’s a hell of lot more than baseball, and other professional sports leadership has done. Hell no, (pardon my French), they made $$ hand over fist, because ignoring was profitable. 😯 🙄

    Please do not infer I accept steroids, especially in the past few years and definitely going forward. However, I don’t like witch hunts, and particularly dislike seeing the young players, who followed supposed ‘models’ paths in getting to their goals. Doesn’t justify, but as Grinch correctly cited, if the higher ups don’t care, sooner or later you must level the playing field yourself.

    Sorry for the rant…back to your regular programming! 🙂

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  43. 44 Salty April 10, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Also…(as I catch my second wind)…Shafer is the only ‘hearsay’ out there? No MLB players have skeletons in the closet? 😕 I seriously doubt it…no, they’re not chasing an MLB player as no one making millions/year is going to allow ‘hearsay’ as evidence to prevent him from being paid…the lawsuit would fly in a New York minute.

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  44. 45 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Alright, who ppppped in Salty’s cornflakes? Fess up! 😛

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  45. 46 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Salty… 100% agree.

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  46. 47 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Paladin, I don’t know what you mean. It must ALWAYS be safety first. Absolutely no excuses for putting anything ahead of it. But! The airlines nowadays do.

    One of the first things they did when times got tough was to dismantle their own (superb) maintenance departments and “outsource” them to whatever backyard outfit turned in the lowest bid.

    The FAA assigns inspectors to each airline. These inspectors then become guests on every dinner party, golf outing, deep sea fishing expedition, you-name-it that the officers and BOD can devise.

    Thankfully, the FAA also has a “white glove inspection” team that shows up on the property unannounced and has authority to go anywhere, inspect anything. Sometimes someone in an office will tip off the resident inspector beforehand, but not very often. LOVED those surprise inspections!

    I was so fortunate to have worked for a company that actually DID put safety first. Customer service was an actual, real priority but nothing surpasssed safety. Then in 1987, Useless Air bought it out and determinedly set about to destroy it. And it did.

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  47. 48 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 10:18 am

    “but as Grinch correctly cited” Grinch?! When? Where? How? I missed it! Documentation please. No hearsay. 😀

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  48. 49 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Salty, you’re absolutely right. Greed and money.

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  49. 50 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Has anyone seen where Shaffer admitted using HGH?

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  50. 51 Salty April 10, 2008 at 10:26 am

    http://www.ajc.com/braves/content/sports/braves/stories/2008/04/09/schafer_0410.html

    Klobber…read this…makes things even more questionable, especially the part about minor league players not having union representation behind them…they’re easy prey! What the true story is, who knows…but a kid is being trampled upon.

    One thing’s for sure, the Braves resolutely must be behind him. On the one hand, it’s fine for them to support the suspension, for the integrity of the game (going forward!); however, they can’t justify signing a Spezio (which I have no problem with…he knows the conditions) while throwing Shafer ‘under the bus’…not that they are…but? 😕

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  51. 52 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Good morning all, Josie and I are off to see the Braves (Richmond) play today. It’s a 1 o’clock game which fits perfectly with our retirement life style. Attached is the Richmond paper’s post on last night’s game. Looks like Joe Borchard is finding his stroke…

    http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/sports/baseball.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-04-10-0208.html

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  52. 53 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 10:27 am

    CL; I totally agree with all you say. My point yesterday is that, in this case, we are not dealing with a safety of flight issue; this is, I got caught i.e., letting Southwest get by flying aircraft with skin cracks, so I am now going to ground an entire fleet because of the distance between the wire ties, to show how thorough we are. THAT doesn’t make sense to me.

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  53. 54 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Jordan Shaefer must have admitted to doing it or trying to buy it or something like that. He won’t fight it. Wouldn’t be prudent. He’d surely be blacklisted by the inept MLB powers that be.

    I’m not saying I think he’s innocent of anything… or guilty either. The whole thing just wreaks of MLB corruption, greed and stupidity.

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  54. 55 Salty April 10, 2008 at 10:29 am

    CL…I think Paladin’s point is, and certainly it’s mine, is going through the motions of safety does not safety make. This action came like a bolt from the blue…what prompted the action? Also, who else flies the MD-80?

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  55. 56 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 10:32 am

    On flight safety: It ain’t the “why” that is the problem with so many planes being grounded and passengers stranded all at once.

    It’s about “how” it was done.

    Good action… bad planning.

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  56. 57 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Salty; Thanks for the backup, but Delta does have some MD-80s though, apparently, their wire ties are spaced perfectly. Did they get a heads up? Who knows, besides the Shadow.

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  57. 58 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 10:37 am

    OK – I see – and I agree with both of you. Going through the motions is simply wasting time and effort.

    At one point, the safety group that I was on did a survey of every the flight attendant jumpseats on every type commercial aircraft flying. We found: jumpseats that had no seat belts; jumpseats that were located in closets; jumpseats that were located in the restrooms (don’t touch that one!); jumpseats attached to non-load bearing walls secured by only one bolt; frayed and unusuable seat belts – just to name a few. Photographed, documented injuries, etc. Made the entire presentation to the FAA. They were “appalled”. Asked when they were going to take corrective action: a blank look and an embarrassed “We’re not.” You would hardly believe what had to be done to actually get these basic issues corrected.

    I spent my entire professional life dealing with safety issues. Some companies only had to have it brought to their attention and it was done. Others used the ‘cat response’: cover it up and walk off.

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  58. 59 Salty April 10, 2008 at 10:40 am

    SG…agreed…the answer lies somewhere between innuendo and reality.

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  59. 60 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 10:40 am

    My question is, how long have the airlines had to make this inspections prior to the current action? I would suspect it has been a while and the airlines have just chosen to ignore the directive. I will refrain from further comment as it would just degenerate into another diatribe about corporate greed…. But, You Know!…

    And oh by the way… US Air is absolutely the worse airline I have ever flown with. I will take Grayhound rather than fly with them…. And I am no fan of taking the bus…

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  60. 61 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Maybe Al Gore wanted the planes grounded. Just an inconvenient ploof… gone. Since it’s happened, the earth has already cooled. Just look at Colorado. Amazing how quick things happen when we think carbon credits. American Airlines has just earned many carbon credits. Maybe they can cash those in to offset customer loss.

    Yup, the airline business is a complex affair.

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  61. 62 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 10:45 am

    The more I hear about this Shaffer issue, the more it stinks like last week’s fish. He can’t talk about it? I would think that the Braves would want him to make a public statement and apologize for his actions. Something tells me that there is much more to this story than we’re hearing about.

    I have to say that two days ago when I first heard this news. I was extremely disappointed in him. But the more I read, hear, etc., I find myself in his corner.

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  62. 63 Salty April 10, 2008 at 10:47 am

    SG…you don’t miss an angle, do you? 😆

    Gil…good point…maybe this is the sentencing, of sorts. Rather like an OSHA inspection…you have to show progress…talk isn’t progress; scheduling isn’t progress; accomplishing is progress. Perhaps the FAA had mandated a timeline and level of progress by such and such a date, and AMR chose to ignore it…and thus the piper collects! And…that may be why no other airlines are being heard from…yet…or never.

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  63. 64 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Buy stock in air taxi services for business commuters. The way of the future.

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  64. 65 Salty April 10, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Chris…perhaps the Braves have chosen to take the battle to MLB on his behalf (through the back-channels); thus, the less he says, the better. After all, at day’s end, it’s his reputation with them that will carry the weight, not MLB. Thoughts…as odd as the premise may be?

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  65. 66 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Having worked for a company that was a safety fanatic.. We had weekly safety audits. Most every violation was minor but the 100 years of experience predicted that every rise in the “safety index” predicted an injury.

    I am sure Carolina Lady will confirm that nearly every air crash other than those caused by sabotage has usually been as a result of catastrophic failure due to cascading events that in themselves were very minor.

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  66. 67 Salty April 10, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Gil…and your company was safety ‘results-oriented’; not lip-service oriented, like what CL and her attendant colleagues received. That action is the ultimate slap in the face.

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  67. 68 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Good mornin’ folks! Does anyone think this new investigative unit in baseball could possibly be trying entrap young guys, and doing this to scare other guys thinking about getting on HGH or steriods??? I know, pretty wild theory….

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  68. 69 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 10:59 am

    On Shaffer…. He has little choice but to keep quite. There is not a single attorney worth his salt that would advise him to stay mum on the issue. The media will try to use his silence against him as somehow indicating his guilt but the he is following the best advice.

    He has no protection from the Union as he is not on the 40 man roster. He can only rely on his own legal team.

    Are the allegations true? Possibly but the real proof will come when he returns to baseball. Are all those numbers he has put up artificial or real? Time will tell.

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  69. 70 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 10:59 am

    The airlines received the notice 3 years ago. Ignored it.

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  70. 71 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 11:00 am

    CL; I am a graduate of the Aviation Safety and Aircraft Accident Investigation course at the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Ca. I say this only to show, I hope, that I am not a “kick the tire, and light the fire” type…unless I’m flying alone. 😛 I almost took a job with the FAA after I retired from the military, but I didn’t like the way they operate. They should be totally autonomous(like the Fed. Reserve)instead of the lap dogs that they are. Our “in house” safety organization was much better as apparently yours was too.

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  71. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Should read… Not a single attorney worth his salt that would advise him NOT to stay mum on the subject… Sorry about that…

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  72. 73 Salty April 10, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Ignoring a gov’t mandate…go figure! 😆 I bet ‘ignoring’ gets removed from the playbook in future! 🙄

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  73. 74 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Gee, for only 3 years they ignored it?

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  74. 75 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Rule # 1. Never give a bureaucrat the opportunity to justify his or her existence, particularly if it involves little, or someone Else’s, work.

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  75. 76 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 11:11 am

    3 Years…. I would say they had ample time to check every plane then…

    Yes Mr. P, I would say that in order for regulatory agencies to be effective, they have to be free of political influence and be able to do their job without fear of reprisals.

    It is human nature to fall prey to the temptations of big money. All those perks are hard to pass up and even harder to give up.

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  76. 77 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Amen, Mr. Gil, amen!

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  77. 78 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 11:15 am

    I worked in Air Safety and Accident Investigation for many years, on leave from the airline, working with the FAA and NTSB. You’re absolutely right in saying it is rarely ONE thing that causes an accident, but is usually a snowball effect that results in a crash.

    Remember the L1011 that went down in the Everglades? A lightbulb giving incorrect information caused the flight crew to become focused on defining and solving that problem (is it real or not?). The flight controls were set on auto; the captain hung his mike on the yoke and turned to watch the F/O and engineer doing their investigations. Did not notice that the weight of the mike and its cord has just slightly jostled the yoke and the aircraft was making was shallow descending turns. Crashed and killed all aboard. Started with a $.25 lightbulb.

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  78. 79 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Raisins and SG made me do this. 😈

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  79. 80 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter April 10, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Flight safety? No problem. Very few rules to remember: Always eat well before taking off but don’t overeat… can cause wing stress. Cheeseburgers are a very good pre-flight food. Other than that, while flying: never get anywhere near frogs, sticky paper, traps or fans. Oh, and do not get distracted by those cute little blossoms while cruising around.

    No biggie. It’s easy. Just, uh… fly. What’s the big fuss about anyway? Humans… sheesh.

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  80. 81 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Good morning y’all! Just got Dad & Sis on their way to Rabun with a load of furniture & stuff. This isn’t a move, it’s more like a gradual migration of our belongings.

    The Shafer thing is getting stranger by the minute.

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  81. 83 morpheus45 April 10, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Paladin, I only “kick the tire and light the fire” out in the front yard when it’s cold. Those old tires are invaluable for a redneck heater. 🙂

    Off to school. Actually, I’ll take a shower first. Crazy idea, I know, but I have an appt. with a cute teacher today. She has a small office and would probably appreciate it. Perhaps it’ll motivate her to lock us in together. 😛

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  82. 84 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I hate computers!!

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  83. 85 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Paladin, it looks like you are not getting the whole link from the browser.
    You should be able to double click on the link to highlight the whole thing, then right click on said link(If you have a PC, if you have MAC, I can’t help ya!) then when next small drop down menu shows up, click on copy. Then paste here….

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  84. 86 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Trying for extra credit, Grinch? 😉

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  85. 87 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 11:42 am

    OK, Berigan, one last try.

    http://www.mixx.com/videos/45028/dutch_travel_company_makes_hilarious_plane_cra... – 20k – Cached – Similar pages

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  86. 88 morpheus45 April 10, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Morning, FBG! It’d probably lower me a grade or two actually, but at least I’D have fun. 🙂

    Now, soap…

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  87. 89 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 11:45 am

    What browser you using Paladin??? Netscape by any chance???
    it’s just cutting off the end….
    akes_hilarious_plane_cra..

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  88. 90 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 11:45 am

    It must have some kind of security block on it. I can get it to come up for me, but when I paste it, nada. You’ll have to go it the hard way. It’s worth it.

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  89. 91 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Netscape, yeah.

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  90. 93 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Show off. 😆

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  91. 94 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Yes, soap would help.

    Amusing video, P & B. Did you notice the guy’s name in the little article : Jurjens?

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  92. 95 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Thanks, palagan5, for the vid. 😀

    My DSL has been in and out all morning. It’s making trying to work a real pain in the @$$. 😯

    I’ll be back soon… maybe. Who knows? Certainly not Windstream. They haven’t a clue… 😡

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  93. 96 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 11:57 am

    VOR, you have Windstream? That’s who my sister (in-house tech support) thinks we might have to go with for internet in Rabun. Are they usually reliable? (Obviously they aren’t today.)

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  94. 97 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 11:58 am

    P-Din, Netscape is faster than Mozilla at downloading photos, but I have long had trouble with Netscape with web addresses, and the browser chopping off the left hand corner of websites….

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  95. 98 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    CL; Please remove some of my failed efforts that remove all doubt that I are and idiot. Pretty please. 😛
    [Done. Left some because it’s just plain funny! 🙂 ]

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  96. 99 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Check this story out! A Minnesota Charter school accused of teaching Islam! Of course, no flag in front of school either…. http://kstp.com/article/stories/S407036.shtml?cat=1

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  97. 100 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    FBG: Yes, I have Windstream. For the most part, it has been pretty reliable. This week, different story. I have been dealing with “Achmed”, or whomever, in customer service. They are very friendly, but a bit frustrating as communicating ideas is sometimes a challenge. I finally spoke with an American this morning, who “noticed quite a few disconnections” recently. He “made a change in your account” that should “make it more stable”. Uh, what has my account got to do with relays and switches? I didn’t quite get a straight answer on that…

    The more I read about the Schafer thing, the more… well, as klobber said, “the more it stinks like last week’s fish.” There is more in play here than currently meets the eye. I don’t like it… no sir, not at all. 👿 I trust MLB and their investigation about as far as I could throw ’em. (Without the aid of HGH, of course.)

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  98. 101 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Please remove some of my failed efforts that remove all doubt that I are and idiot.

    Paladin… uh, all of them? :mrgreen:

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  99. 102 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks, VOR. I don’t know what other options we have up there for internet (sure as heck not going back to dial-up!) so it will probably be Windstream.

    I really don’t like that this seems to be based on nothing but hearsay about Schafer. Hope he’s got a darned good lawyer.

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  100. 103 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Now, now, SG. Be nice.

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  101. 105 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    FBG, what? Who, me? My middle name is nice. SNG. That’s me.

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  102. 106 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Flb, have you seen those ads for Hughes satellite???? Not cheap, but made for rural areas…

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  103. 107 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Don’t know Hughes, Berigan. I do not live a rural area at all here so it’s going to be very different.

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  104. 108 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    FBG… Likely, your best bet would be an air card from a local cellular provider. It is about the same speed as the satellite. Unlimited airtime is about the same cost as cable and cheaper than satellite. Of course, you would have to find cell service that covered you.

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  105. 110 Salty April 10, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Please remove some of my failed efforts that remove all doubt that I are and idiot.
    Paladin… uh, all of them?

    SG…not a bad thought at all, actually….think how many posts go ‘bye-bye’…will help the page load much faster!!! 😛

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  106. 111 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Hopefully the PC police won’t come after Mr. Fly. He’s not really bad… he’s just drawn that way. A drawing is cuter, more harmless and appealing than an actual photo… or at least he’s been told. Part human. Part fly. Part of me… part of U2.

    But even with all of his genetic dads, he still likes his mom, unlike some “transformed” mutant politicians. He does not misremember who brung him.

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  107. 112 Salty April 10, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    No baseball today…at least not of the Braves’ variety.

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  108. 113 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I know they have Verizon there, Gil, & that’s what Mom has for her laptop. Our cells are on Alltel now, which they don’t seem to have in that area, but we get service at the house. Even though it feels like we’re out in the mountains, we are only a couple minutes outside of Clayton. ( I gotta get y’all a picture of the house & our view.)

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  109. 114 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Did the snow show up, Salty?

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  110. 115 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Well, needless to say, I didn’t get to go to the Richmond game today as planned. I will not go into all the details but it involves the utility crew digging in the cemetery which is located on my property and digging up at least one grave, despite my advising them not to gig here. My guess is most of the crew is half way to Mexico by now. My wife is being interviewed by the local sheriff so I guess they will have to play without our support today.

    One thing for sure, somebody is going to have a whole lot more work doing it over than if they had done it right the first time.

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  111. 116 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    😯 Wow, what a mess. Sorry you missed your game, Gil. I assume that this is an old cemetary since it’s on your property?

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  112. 117 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I’m going to send y’all some photos of the Islamic “Demonstration of Peace’ march in the streets of London. (email) Should be front and center on CNN, NBC, etc. Wonder why not?? 🙄

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  113. 118 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Good grief Gil! 😯 Just imagine all the jobs there would be for folks if companies couldn’t hire any illegals! I know, I know, no work would get done. 🙄

    Berigan can’t eat right now! 😦 Have a CT scan on my Belly at 4 pm. They have stuck cameras up and down where they can…but other than finding I have acid reflux issues, they don’t know why my stomach bothers me so much(Well, Gall bladder yanked out a few years back helped and no doubt made stomach worse)

    I ate a ton just before noon(Got to go 4 hours without eating) but nothing like knowing you CAN’T eat to make you hungry! 😉

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  114. 119 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    flbravesgirl Says:
    April 10, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    😯 Wow, what a mess. Sorry you missed your game, Gil. I assume that this is an old cemetary since it’s on your property?

    Is that your way of saying Gil’s old??? 😆

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  115. 120 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Let’s hope it’s nothing more than an ulcer….

    The cemetery dates back to the civil war. An old civil war hospital was located here on the site. When I first moved here, it was grown up and weedy but I worked like a dog to restore it and then maintain it. It is not like it is a mystery site. It is located on county maps. It is just many graves are unmarked but not all are. There are several head stones in place.

    The county has a right of way on the edge of my property but I told the project engineer several times he needed to have someone come out and identify the graves before they dug in the area. Did they listen??? NOOOOO! Now they are going to have to shift through a land fill as I found part of a skull where they had dug. It’s a smell of a hess….

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  116. 121 Salty April 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Did the snow show up, Salty?

    Yes, Ma’am…it sho’nuff did! SG…what say you about spring scheduling….escapes me at the moment? 😛

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  117. 122 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Oh, that’s terrible, Gil.

    Berigan, hope everything’s OK.

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  118. 123 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Gil, that was good of you to honor the graves of soldiers like that. Are the headstones pointed at the top? We have a confederate cemetery and most headstones were designed with a pointed top. The idea was to keep union soldiers from using them as seats.

    In design, form follows function. In this case, form followed war outcome possibilities and union troop behavior analysis.

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  119. 124 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Bear again… good luck at the docs and healing prayers for you.

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  120. 125 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Salty… the MLB schedule? Don’t get me started. Suffice to say, “common sense ain’t common”.

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  121. 126 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I’m going away now. Fish to catch (so to speak). It is now safe to move about the cabin. Unless you have an American Airline ticket.

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  122. 127 ssiscribe April 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Top of the afternoon, good people. Been crazy here this week; hopelessly behind on my reading. A few quick hits before running off to fry more fish (assuming SG will catch some):

    — The snowout today is a chance to hit the reset button for this team … again (sigh). Absolutely ugly game last night.

    — Chuck James was NOT ready to start last night, and said as much after the game. No way Bobby should have ran a fly-ball pitcher who wasn’t ready out there in that ballpark against that lineup. No way in you-know-where. Why Bennett didn’t start is beyond me (and Bennett looked a heckuva lot better than Chuckie once he got to toe the slab).

    — It’s STILL so early. I’m not worried. The line between 3-6 and 7-2 is awfully thin. I agree with Bobby; this is a good team and them being in every game is a sign of that. Just need to make plays when they count.

    — The schedule makers should be dragged out back and whipped. The one game in D.C., then back home for the home opener. Then, the longest road trip of the season in the SECOND week of the season. Good grief. Just get through the next week and go from there.

    — Look at it this way: When the trip is over, the Braves will have 76 home games and 71 road games left. Might night sound like a lot, but believe me, it is.

    — Why in the world did baseball wait until less than three hours before the first pitch to call the game, when it started snowing heavily and sticking in the middle of the night?

    Gotta jet. The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  123. 128 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the kind words everyone! 🙂 I sure hope to get to the root of my stomach problems…had to cancel scan last week because of stomach issues…

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  124. 129 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Nice to see you, Scribe!

    Berigan, I hope it’s something easily treatable. My sister had terrible stomach problems that turned out to be nothing more than excess acid. A regimen of Prilosec cured it & she’s been fine for a couple years now.

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  125. 130 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Good luck, Berigan. I have been there and done that on stomach problems. They have made many more improvements on treating other areas of the body. And it is sure not any fun, while they scratch their heads and cut on your stomach. Again, good luck, buddy.

    Gil; Sorry you missed your game and particularly for the reason involved. I echo SG in thanking you for your efforts. So few care anymore. Will they be so callous about us? Probably.

    I’m leaving to take care of some business. But, I say to Saltlick and Sorry Guy, what goes around will be back at supersonic velocity. Count on it! 😛

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  126. 131 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    So few care anymore. Will they be so callous about us? Probably.

    Paladin, times have changed and people are much more appreciative of those that fought in the civil war. Didn’t know there were any left, so you should be fine. :mrgreen:

    (never warn your target before a sortee, even at supersonic velocity):lol:

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  127. 132 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Scribe… I’m still workin’ on it, hitting all the spots, workin’ the structure, crankin’, reelin’ and keeping the bait in the strike zone, but you just never know… that’s why they call it fishin’ and not catchin’. Always a good idea to have a friendly fish market nearby just in case.

    Now, back to it.

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  128. 133 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    This is the cupcake shop I went to while in Mt. Dora a month ago. Prepare to drool on your monitors.

    http://www.mountdoracupcakes.com

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  129. 134 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    ChuckieJ goes back to Gil-town… Jorge Campillo will take a taxi to meet the big boys in D.C. tomorrow.

    I’m scratching my head over this one. I have been and still am, to a certain degree, a defender of Bobby Cox. He does some things sometimes that make me go “Hmmm”, but he’s earned a certain degree of benefit of the doubt. Chuckie never shoulda been called up to pitch last night. #1, he’s a notoriuous fly ball pitcher making his first start of the year, coming off an injury, at Coors Field. #2, Chuckie now admits he wasn’t ready. #3, they DL’d the closer to bring up a starter when they already have Bennett in the ‘pen. NOW, they call up Campillo. I truly cannot figure Bobby’s ‘pen moves thus far… 😐 Like I said, I’m a Bobby Cox guy. He’s just acting very un-Bobby like so far.

    FBG: I have Verizon wireless, and I get very good service all over North Georgia. I recommend it when you make the Rabun move.

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  130. 135 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks, VOR. There is a Verizon store in Clayton so I know we can use them. No Alltel ‘though we get good cell service there. There’s one “dead” spot on our road at the bottom of the hill but amazingly we’ve gotten service even when out in the back of beyond.

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  131. 136 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    So what do y’all know about Campillo? I’m not familiar with him.

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  132. 137 Voice of Wikipedia April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Jorge Campillo Hidalgo (born on August 10, 1978 in Tijuana, Mexico) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who pitches in the Atlanta Braves organization. Campillo was signed as an undrafed free agent by the Atlanta Braves on February 14, 1996. Campillo was released by the Braves after the 1996 season and signed with a team in the Mexican Pacific League. The Mariners acquired his rights and signed him on March 26, 2005.

    He made his Major League debut in 2005 with the Seattle Mariners, playing in two games during the season. After leaving a game in 2005 with an injury, Campillo required Tommy John surgery and subsequently missed most of the 2006 season. After rehabbing, Campillo made a rocky first post-surgery appearance with the Mariners in late 2006, after the team purchased his contract from AAA Tacoma. He became a free agent after the 2006 season, but was resigned to a minor league contract by the Mariners.

    Campillo played Winter Ball prior to the 2007 season, when he very successfully headlined the AAA Tacoma Rainiers’ starting rotation. His recovery complete, Campillo led the Pacific Coast League in ERA. After the end of the minor league season, he was recalled to Seattle, where Campillo made several successful appearances out of the Mariner bullpen.

    Campillo became a free agent after the season. On December 17, 2007, Campillo signed with the Atlanta Braves to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

    Although not a high velocity pitcher, Campillo has good location and effectively mixes his pitches. As a line drive/flyball pitcher, he is seemingly more effective in spacious parks.

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  133. 138 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I want to ask an innocent question. I know, I know, me and innocent in the same sentence?! But, if Schafer was in the Muts system, would you feel so strongly? Isn’t there some “homeboy” sentiment involved? I agree that it is being blown out of proportion, but Schafer picked the wrong time to “screw the pooch”(Gus Grissom’s favorite saying). In Physics there is a law that says for each action there is an equal and opposite reaction. However, that’s physics. With baseball and politics now melded, for each action there is going to be a multi-faceted overreaction. Schafer is going to have to live with the result, for now, and you are too.

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  134. 139 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    FBG; Please don’t ask a question about War and Peace. Raisins will print the whole damn book on here. 😛

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  135. 140 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Career stats for Campillo: (0-0), 7.13 ERA, .315 opponents avg., 17.2 innings pitched, 23 hits, 16 runs, 2 HR’s, 7 BB’s, 11 K’s, 0 saves

    Exciting, huh? 😐

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  136. 141 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Fair enough, Paladin. But there were no Braves named in the Mitchell Report & I didn’t care for the fact that some players were named in that based on nothing but hearsay or gossip.

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  137. 142 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Raisins; Isn’t Mrs Raisins calling you for dinner? 😀

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  138. 143 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    The last 2 sentences would have sufficed.

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  139. 144 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Fair enough to you too, FBG. Now where’s my muffin? 😆

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  140. 145 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Cupcake, not muffin. See above link.

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  141. 146 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    The last 2 sentences would have sufficed.

    Me or Raisins? 😛

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  142. 147 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Hmmm… War and Peace…. Tolstoy, right? Originally entitled Война и міръ or War and the Society.

    Chapter One: The novel begins in the Russian city of St Petersburg, at a soirée given in July 1805 by Anna Pavlovna Scherer, the maid-of-honor and confidante to the queen mother Maria Feodorovna. The main players and aristocratic families of the novel are made known here. Pierre Bezukhov is the illegitimate son of a wealthy count who is dying of a stroke, and…

    What? OK, I’ll stop… It sounds too much like a weekend at the Kennedy compund anyhow. 😀

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  143. 148 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Raisins’ Wikipedia post of 4:16.

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  144. 149 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    The last 2 sentences would have sufficed.

    😆

    Don’t you know me better than that by now?

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  145. 150 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Compund? What the heck’s a compund? 😯

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  146. 151 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    VOICE OF RESONANCE

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  147. 152 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    I’d much rather see the palaces of St. Petersburg than the Kennedy compound. Sis & I plan on going someday (probably when we’re old & gray).

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  148. 153 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Caompund. A pun gone terribly wrong?

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  149. 154 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Gimme that a back!!

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  150. 155 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    If you are talking about St. Petersburg Fla, old and gray is the time to go.

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  151. 156 Bob, journalist April 10, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Islamic “Demonstration of Peace’ march in the streets of London … Should be front and center on CNN, NBC, etc. Wonder why not?? … probably because it occurred in February, 2006 … based on what I read, there was no “Demonstration of Peace march” … rather a demonstration against Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.

    There’s no excuse for the radical Islamic behavior … I haven’t seen the cartoons but imagine them such that the Danes should have expected the response, so their behavior was probably inexcusable as well … methinks the problem with “absolute rights” is that the requirement of acting responsibly is missing.

    The better question may well be “why are the photos again being circulated at this time?” … there are many possibilities.

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  152. 157 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Campillo was slated to start in Richmond today…. Morton took his spot. Richmond won today by the way 2-1.

    As for the cemetery, only the family (not mine) graves were marked. The county administrator as well as the medical examiner plus the TV News folks pus….well, you get the idea… There were lots of folks apologizing… I’m thinking to myself, I am not the one you folks need to apologize to.

    My property in in the middle of the left flank for Richard Lee’s (Not Robert) troops during the seven days battle. I have cannon battlements that mark the northeast corner of my property and my wife has found several artifacts (Cartridge belt buckles and mini balls) when relic hunting around the house.

    Anyway, the neighbors have told me there were couple of dozen soldiers buried in the cemetery as well. Regardless, I had taken responsibility for the upkeep of the area and the wife had placed a stone bench on the edge of the grave sites and keeps flowers on the graves.

    It is tough trying to protect history from development but I do the best I can. If anyone is interested, look up Polegreen Church or the seven days battle for reference.

    Now, I am a southerner, born and bred but I also respect the Union. I have relatives that fought on both sides. What I do know is we all need to respect history and realize a lot of brave Americans fought and died for stupid reasons. Generally speaking, if those that fight in wars were the ones to decide if a war needed to be fought, their would be fewer wars.

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  153. 158 Voice of Superfluousness April 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Uh, what are you saying? 😉

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  154. 159 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    No, silly, Russia. St. Pete, Florida is right across the Skyway bridge from me. I could be there in half an hour.

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  155. 160 Voice of Superfluousness April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    TV News folks pus

    Ewww… is it infected? 😀

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  156. 161 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Gil, that is wonderful what you & Josie are doing there. Maybe with this attention you could get some help. Seems like there should at least be a historical marker.

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  157. 162 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Bob, 4:41: for the simple reason that too many people haven’t seen them, won’t see them unless they are circulated, and too many vocal leftists try to pass off that “peaceful” stuff when it is an absolute lie. That’s just the start. You have my email address.

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  158. 163 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Scott Thorman’s two-run single (proving that even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while) in the seventh inning propelled the Richmond Braves to a 2-1 victory over Buffalo today before 1,822 at The Diamond. Gil was not in attendance however and is distraught at missing the game…

    Starting pitcher Charlie Morton, moved up to replace Jorge Campillo (called up by Atlanta), allowed two hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings. However, Matt DeSalvo was the winner and Zach Schreiber recorded his second save.

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  159. 164 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    FBG; I once lived in Seminole. We were practically neigbors, but you were still playing with plastic tea sets. Anyway, when my significant other walked out on me I considered jumping off the Skyway. Then, I thought about throwing her off it. But then, I decided to move back to Atlanta and find another woman. I did. In retrospect, option 1 or 2 might have been better.

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  160. 165 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Jorge Campillo. The Braves bullpen is beginning to sound like the Mexican Soccer team.

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  161. 166 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    The hight of arrogance is discovering that your mistress is unfaithful and being angry…

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  162. 167 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Mistress Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, and one humongous eggplant.

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  163. 168 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    And who said anything about “mistress”? I was her boytoy.

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  164. 169 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    😆

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  165. 170 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I’m going on a chianti run. Later.

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  166. 171 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Ok, I’m getting to go out to dinner instead of cooking so I need to go primp. See y’all later this evening.

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  167. 172 Voice of Superfluousness April 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Warning: shameless plug ahead!

    OK, all you southsiders… Grinch, Berigan, SSI, and whomever else might be near Jonesboro/Fayetteville this weekend. My band is playing Saturday night outside (weather permitting, inside if necessary) at The 3J Cafe on Corinth Rd. in Jonesboro. There will be alot of good music (4 bands), good food (rumor has it that fresh BBQ is the fare, but I could be wrong) and family type activities (stuff for the kids). You can email me or go our myspace page for more info.

    Plug over… 😀

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  168. 173 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Cool, VOR. If I’m not mistaken Berigan lives in Jonesboro.

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  169. 174 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    And, yes, I’m ready. I’m not one of those girls who spends an hour on makeup.

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  170. 175 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    FBG; Makeup covers flaws; you don’t have any. Now, can I have my CUPCAKE? 😛

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  171. 176 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    No cupcake? OK, I’ll go eat my scratch-built lasagna, salad, garlic bread and something that starts with a “C”. I’ll think of it. Later.

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  172. 177 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 10, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Speaking of pasta, it’s time to get the pot boiling. Spaghetti with scratch-built sauce including home grown herbs – no, Lew and Grinch, not that kind – home grown basil and oregano. Topped with some fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano… Mmmm, Mmmm.

    Ciao! 😀

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  173. 178 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Fresh-out-of-the-water flounder and wild shrimp, plenty of hushpuppies, green beans cooked with bacon, copious amounts of sweet tea. You’re invited! 😀

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  174. 179 Bob, journalist April 10, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Pasta sounds good … and so does your music!

    Campillo made one start and pitched 17 2/3 innings, walking seven and striking out 11” … goodness, that was a long game … makes me tired just thinking about it.

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  175. 180 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Great job Raisins. We gotta alot of talent in this group.

    The most talented one of us needs to get back over here though.

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  176. 181 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Scratch lasagna and salad with chianti, spaghetti with homemade sauce and parmigiano reggiano, flounder with wild caught shrimp and hushpuppies. Mmmm… this crowd knows how to eat. It all sounds great. I’m salivating now.

    We’re having BBQ chicken smothered with local Johnny Harris sauce, home grown collard greens with a dash of pepper vinegar, cajun red rice with andouille sausage and semi-homemade cornbread. Yum yum.

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  177. 182 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    semi-homemade????

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  178. 183 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    All this talk about food is making me hungry… As long as it does not involve spinach, I’m good to go…

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  179. 184 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    CL; I threw this crap out and I’m on the way. Hold dinner.

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  180. 185 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Semi-homemade… a store-bought mix, altered with a touch more corn meal with some onion and Jalapeno pepper tossed in for good measure.

    Semi-pro. But I did grow the peppers. :mrgreen:

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  181. 186 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Got plenty of room at the table! 😆 Let’s put it all together! Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful??!!!

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  182. 187 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    It has been in the high 70s the past few days(some say it hit 80 today)and the high on Sunday will be in the high 40s. Don’t you love spring?

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  183. 188 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I think spring is like young people, they should be seen(occasionally)and not heard.

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  184. 189 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Since our animal and zoo reporter is still in exile, I’m gonna try to bait him back by doing animal and zoo journalism. From today’s AJC:

    Injured zebra discovered on I-75

    By SANDRA ECKSTEIN
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 04/10/08

    Noah’s Ark, an exotic animal rescue center in Locust Grove, is used to taking in unusual animals. But they aren’t commonly found grazing along I-75 after falling off a truck.

    A call came in Tuesday morning that a baby zebra was seen eating grass near exit 201 on the busy interstate, about 10 miles from the Henry County center, and staff members headed out to pick up the little striped guy.

    The zebra appeared fine from a distance, but when rescuers got close they found the young male was severely injured. Their vet said he probably fell from a truck or trailer and then was hit by another vehicle.

    The group, which takes in homeless animals and children and has more than 1,000 animals at its center — including lions, tigers and bison — called the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University and made arrangements to have the zebra examined.

    “The police kept referring to him as evidence, so we decided to call him Evidence,” said Diane Smith, assistant to the director at Noah’s Ark, which is about 30 miles south of Atlanta. “He’s going to have a permanent home with us.”

    Smith said the Auburn vets decided Evidence, estimated to be two to three months old, needed surgery to survive. His pelvis was crushed, and he had nerve damage and a severed urethra, which had to be rerouted.

    “The laceration on his rear was about 10 inches across,” said Dr. Huichu Lin, the school’s equine section chief.

    Lin acknowledged the Auburn vets don’t see a lot of zebras, so “we treated him like a horse.” She said in addition to the pelvic fracture, the 225-pound baby also had a number of soft tissue and muscle injuries.

    Evidence underwent surgery Wednesday morning, and by Thursday he was walking around and eating, which Lin said was a very good sign. Still, he has a long recovery ahead, she said.

    “Given the severity of his injuries, we expect to keep him for one to two weeks,” Lin said.

    Once released, the baby will return to Noah’s Ark, which not only houses more than 1,000 homeless animals, but also is a group home for up to 24 children, many of them also abused and abandoned. The center gets some grants and state money for the children, but the vast majority of its income comes from donations and fundraisers.

    Officials at the veterinary school estimated the surgery will cost at least $5,000, with additional costs for followup care. Although Noah’s Ark officials didn’t have the money, they told the vets to go operate to save Evidence. Now they hope donations will cover the cost.

    “We’re depending on the people who love animals to help us with this,” Smith said. “He just has such a tremendous will to live, we couldn’t give up on him.”

    Anyone who wants to help pay for Evidence’s surgery can donate at http://www.noahs-ark.org or call 770-957-0888.

    JIMMY, WE NEED YOU REPORTING ON THESE DEAD ANIMALS AND DEAD WRESTLERS AND BOBBY’S — PICKING TOO.

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  185. 190 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    CAN’T POST. QUE PASA?

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  186. 191 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I am just listening, and watching, the news reports of the storms in Okla and Ark. Why do TV editors search for a slobbering female to put on “live”. No one except another female can understand them. At least furnish us an “interpretor”…. a “fox”, hopefully.

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  187. 192 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I’m going to bed. I won’t miss anything, or at least nothing that I can’t catch up on in the morning. G’night.

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  188. 193 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    CL; I threw this crap out and I’m on the way. Hold dinner.

    Paladin… after thinking it through I’ve come to a conclusion… I’m with you. Not about the “crap” part, but that seafood sounded too good. Carolina Lady… got room for another seat at the shrimp, flounder, hushpuppy table?

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  189. 194 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    SG is with me?! I’ll pass. Throw him a flounder bone. 😆

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  190. 195 Paladin April 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Really! I’m going to bed.

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  191. 196 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    A Barney Rubble comb?

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  192. 197 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    WW, why don’t you just send him an email. Might get there quicker.

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  193. 198 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Sorry, ww. The filter will stop any post containing a forbidden word. (In this case, think Bobby Cox + nose.) I blanked the word which then released the post.

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  194. 199 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    okay, sorry CL

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  195. 200 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    No problem! I check the filter as frequently as I can, but on busy days, it doesn’t get done as often. Once in a while, it will trap something completely innocent – it interpreted something incorrectly those times, I guess.

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  196. 201 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Well, anyways, since our zoo, animal, and dead wrestler journalist is on vacation, here is link to a story about an injured zebra:

    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/henry/stories/2008/04/10/zebra_0411.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab

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  197. 202 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    ww, loved the story; thanks for finding it!

    I do wish y’all could have shared that meal! Wow. Now I’m too full to do anything! Like do my taxes. 😆

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  198. 203 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    ww, when the filter released it, it posted as if it had never been way-laid. It’s there! Scroll up. 🙂

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  199. 205 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    OK, y’all get out your checkbooks and send those people some money. A little from each of us adds up to a lot to them. Over a thousand animals taken in??? Big salute to them! Thanks again, ww!

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  200. 206 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Greetings everyone. 😡 No CT scan today. Something about needing to be pre…pre…pre somethin’ from the Insurance company first! 😡 😡 No one bleeping told me this! They had me talk to my Doc’s office and they said my insurance company needs 48 hours for whatever this stupid thing is called(Dad is talking loud on the phone 3 feet from me, messing with my head! 😉 ) I needed a new date before the pre-whatever can go forward. The receptionist said this wasn’t true! She then tells me to go outside their offices and use a black phone to call scheduling to make a new appointment. Long dull story short, they tell me this time I will need to be there 2 hours early to drink contrast….which means I wouldn’t have been able to have the CT scan today, after all!
    Nothing like wasting the whole afternoon to put a smile on one’s face! 😕

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  201. 207 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    SG, that’s hippy music! 😛

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  202. 209 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    How was the doc visit Bear again?

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  203. 210 Salty April 10, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Evening, All! Good to see you, WW!

    Hey, SG…looks like the fighter jockey gave us a pass on our earlier needling…no ‘after-burners’! 😆

    Paladin (for your early morning readin’ pleasure), in answer to your 4:20 re: Shafer. Since we’re Braves fans, we have the benefit of hearing the story sooner than if it had been a Met player. Nonetheless, my views are the same, and I would still feel as I do. Innuendo=guilt….I shudder at the prospect.

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  204. 211 Salty April 10, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Nice selection, SG…reminded me of another fave:

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  205. 212 Bob, journalist April 10, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    NaCly, I haven’t really had a chance to kept up with the Schafer thing other than Bowman’s initial article suggesting that he apologized … “Jordan asked to speak to his teammates to apologize for the mistakes he has made and for letting the organization and his team down” … what else has happened and to what innuendo(s) do you refer?

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  206. 213 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 10, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    BeRiGaN 6 tHe WaItInG rOoM

    😀

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  207. 214 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Salty… you old salt. Here’s another boat tune:

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  208. 215 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 10, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    ww: Try this…

    Hey, jimmy!!! B006ER!

    (Sorry, CL… 😳 Doghouse keys?)

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  209. 216 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    You know where the key is, Raisins……. sigh……

    Great video with this one:

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  210. 217 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 10, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I must be punished!

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  211. 218 Salty April 10, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Raisins! 😆 That’s outrageous! Quite campy, to say the least…but I don’t think that’s what you’ll find in the doghouse.

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  212. 219 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 10, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason, 😛

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  213. 220 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Raisins has gone Full Monty again. 😆

    Wish I could be at your gig Saturday. I’ll try and make one of those in May.

    CL, good song that. Grinch actually linked that same Gordon Lightfoot clip recently. Like minds… you aren’t turning a little greenish are you? :mrgreen:

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  214. 222 Salty April 10, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    If she wasn’t, SG, the suggestion should turn her green soon enough! 😛

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  215. 223 Carolina Lady April 10, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Um, no, that isn’t the doghouse. Is Raisins BUI??? 😯

    SG, I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t catch Grinch’s post! It’s a great video, though. Great minds, etc.! 😆

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  216. 224 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    That story adds even more questions. It’s a big, ugly, stupid MLB political show.

    I smell Rep. Henry Waxman in this.

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  217. 225 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    CL, the music links have been flying around so much it would have been very easy to miss. It is a great song and Lightfoot is a great singer/musician/storyteller.

    Now I’m still craving flounder and shrimp and hushpuppies.

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  218. 226 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    That was funny Raisins.

    I used to love when Jimmy would take a story about a dead wrestler, a dead animal at the zoo, a dead whatever at the aquarium, chipper’s toes and bobby’s you know whats and somehow combine them all into three weeks of hilarious madhouse delirium of the highest intelligence. If that man has not written a few books by now, this world is being robbed of one of this generation’s great literary and comedic minds.

    Alright, I’ll stop kissing Jimmy’s behind now……

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words on the Dale Murphy piece.

    CL, that is indeed a very good place for animals and, even more importantly, the abused and neglected kids that live there. I know two kids that were placed there after we removed them from really bad home situations and it was a wonderful program for those children. Wish there were more places like it. Unfortunately, there isn’t.

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  219. 227 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Is Raisins BUI???

    He’s blogging under the influence of Monty Python. Be very careful… it sometimes escalates into Monty marathons and such.

    Raisins also has many guitars.

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  220. 228 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    SG… Sounds like the wife’s recipe for Mexican cornbread… ole’

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  221. 229 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    WW… please, don’t stop kissing Jimmy’s behind on our account. We think he’s funny too.

    So don’t hold back. It’s, uh… fascinating.

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  222. 230 Salty April 10, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Agreed, WW and SG…we’re missing some good ones. Everyone has it in them to be a :http://www.last.fm/music/Pearl+Jam/_/Better+Man

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  223. 231 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Love Mexican. Cook it all the time.

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  224. 233 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    One thing for sure… It will keep your colon clear… Or at least you hope so… 🙂

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  225. 234 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Why doesn’t MLB just release whatever info they have on Schafer? What is the deal with the secrecy? Transparency is the key. It does not matter what the forum is, Without transparency, people are left with serious doubts as to how just or legit the accusation and the punishment is.

    Sixth Amendment:
    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and PUBLIC TRIAL, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

    I know MLB is different than the government and are not held to the same due process standards but there was a fundamental reason why the founding fathers made sure that a public trial was a guarantee. It benefits the accused and the court system if there is transparency. If it is transparent, there can be peace of mind from the public in the laws and the process and the verdict and the punishment. Without it, no one believes in it. Clandestine affairs leave more suspicion than anything.

    The JFK conspiracies would not be so numerous if they had just trusted the public to know everything the government knew from the very beginning. I don’t think this country has ever been the same since. People love to talk about the loss of innocence and all that but I think a big part of it was that the people lost faith in their government. If the government had nothing to hide and it was just stupid Oswald, then what the hell was up with all the secrecy?

    The same is applicable to MLB. They need a better system of due process and transparency in how they handle the PED allegations. Without it, too many are suspicious and don’t believe in the justice and fairness and legitimacy of the investigation, allegation, prosecution and eventual punishment.

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  226. 235 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Nothing like a combination of hemorrhoids and jalapeños to set you free… Yeow….

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  227. 236 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Mr. H and Mr. J do not go well together Gil.

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  228. 237 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Braveheart… It is not the same and you know it. This is about a violation of rules in the work place and because he has no union to protect him he has little choice but to accept the suspension or quit.

    There was another kid in the Braves organization suspended for 60 games last year because he did not report his inhaler and tested positive. I think he was at Myrtle Beach.

    Ii hope he makes good use of that pitching machine at his home in Florida. Meanwhile, a dozen other kids will be trying to pass him on the depth chart.

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  229. 238 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Salty, Better Man is my favorite song from my college years. The problem with the reference though is that Eddie is talking about how his mother had to settle for a man who really wasn’t good enough because she did hot have enough self esteem to believe she could find a better man. Hence, the “she lies and says she’s in love with him…. Can’t find a better man.” Eddie often starts the song at concerts by saying “this song is dedicated to the ba$tard that married my momma”

    Talkin to herself, theres no one else who needs to know…
    She tells herself, oh…
    Memories back when she was bold and strong
    And waiting for the world to come along…
    Swears she knew it, now she swears hes gone
    She lies and says shes in love with him, cant find a better man…

    She loved him, yeah…she dont want to leave this way
    She feeds him, yeah…thats why shell be back again
    Cant find a better man (3x)
    Cant find a better…man…
    Ohh…ohh…
    Uh huh… (5x)
    Ohh…

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  230. 239 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Yeow che wawa…. Throw in the refried beans and we have a fiesta….

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  231. 240 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Gil, I know it’s not the same. I just think it would be more fair to Jordan, MLB, and the public if everyone knew the details about the investigation, the allegation, the prosecution so that everyone could understand the whys of the punishment. Without the union protecting him, he is screwed and does not get any kind of due process to defend himself. I think everyone is for getting rid of PEDs and roids but I think people are also stepping back now and saying that we need to know it is being done the right way and not just in a Salem witch hunt, McCarthyism kind of way. Or at least I hope most people are looking at it that way. This kid now has a scarlet HGH permanently emblazoned on his chest and no one really understands why. That’s bothersome.

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  232. 241 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Salty, yes… we’re missing good denizens but, you know… we have good ones right here. Thing is, the denizens that know of Braves and Stuff remember how to return. I hope they do… each and every one. Even though we miss quite a few that have been away for one reason or another, in Savannah we don’t make a habit of going to a party night after night and repeatedly pining over who’s not there. Once or twice is fine. More often wouldn’t be polite to the party host or the guests. Maybe that’s just me.

    But, to each their own. It is a free blog for free speech and free music and free thinking and free stuff all around. We can say most anything for whatever reason we wish and do whatever floats our boats. Stay, leave, return, whatever… works for me.

    Here’s more free stuff:

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  233. 242 Savannah Guy April 10, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Gil… the peppers kill the bugs, the cornmeal clears everything else. It works.

    Ahora me retiro. Buenas noches y sueño bien.

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  234. 243 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Paladin, (I know you’re snoozing now) for your 6:02 you can have all the cupcakes you want. Thank you. I’m in development of a strawberry buttercream frosting recipe now.

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  235. 244 williamwallace April 10, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Savannah, I wouldn’t say I’m pining after the guy night after night. I do miss the guy. I like the people right here as well. I don’t think it is impolite to the people here or to the blog host to express that I wish Jimmy was still here. I know he reads it. I also know he is a very proud man and maybe too sensitive and principled because of it. I dunno. Maybe I’m missing something deeper that went on behind the scenes because from what I have seen publicly I’m just not understanding any of the acrimony either way.

    I’ll kick someone out of my house if they are ticking me off and tell them not to let the door hit ’em on the buttocks on the way out but I’m not too proud to beg someone to come back into my house if they are willing to be not too proud to come back. If someone leaves my life, I’m the type that wants to make sure I do everything I can to bring ’em back in. If it doesn’t work, then so be it but at least I know I tried and they know how I feel. That’s the last thing I’ll say about him since the mere mention of his name seems to …….. I dunno. Very strange. Didn’t realize he had become that taboo of a subject.

    Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

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  236. 245 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    WW, I miss jimmy too. Loved the zebra story. What an amazing place that must be.

    Berigan, I’m so sorry you didn’t get any answers today. 😦

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  237. 246 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 10, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Berigan’s trip to the doctor.

    Uh… just kidding, B∞. 😀

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  238. 247 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Raisins, keep the Python coming! Love that stuff and cant’ get enough!

    Hey, no practice tonight?

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  239. 248 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    You boys are seriously disturbed.

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  240. 249 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 10, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    No practice tonight… Gigged last Saturday, gigging this Saturday. Practicing tonight would lead to numerous domestic revolts. Can’t have that. 🙂

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  241. 250 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    FBG, very few females “get” Python. Not sure why that is, but it seems to be fact. I guess there’s not enough kissing and romance to keep y’all’s attention span!

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  242. 251 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 10, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    You boys are seriously disturbed.

    It’s because of our difficult upbringing.

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  243. 252 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Raisins, your last post didn’t work I think. At least it didn’t for me.

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  244. 253 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 10, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Hmmm… let me try that again.

    It’s because of our difficult upbringing.

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  245. 254 chrisklob April 10, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Raisins, that is exactly what I was looking for!

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  246. 255 flbravesgirl April 10, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I’m not much for the gooey romance movies actually.

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  247. 256 chrisklob April 11, 2008 at 12:00 am

    That’s good FBG. Those usually want to make me want to yak. Unless, of course, there is some gratuitous nudity that allows me to divert my attention!

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  248. 257 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Here’s one for you FBG complete with bride and groom:

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  249. 258 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 12:04 am

    And also, FBG, a happy family skit:

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  250. 259 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Uh, thanks, VOR but I can’t turn the sound on at this hour so it’ll have to wait.

    Chris, if someone wants me to watch one of those “romantic comedies” it had better have funny parts. I can’t take the treacly fluff. “Music & Lyrics” was one that was actually funny. It was more comedy than romance but with a sweet ending. Good date movie for you & Mrs. Klob to rent.

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  251. 261 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 12:10 am

    And if I want to see romance I just pull out my DVDs of “Pride and Prejudice”.

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  252. 262 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 12:10 am

    OK, FBG, I understand. But you didn’t think you’d get off that easy, did you? Here’s one, a very short one, that doesn’t require sound:

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  253. 263 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 12:11 am

    klobber: That is one of my very favorites. 😆

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  254. 264 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Ooookaaay. And you are amused by that?

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  255. 265 chrisklob April 11, 2008 at 12:14 am

    One of my favorites too! A friend of mine gave me a couple of books that had the words to all the skits that Python ever did. It made my Python experienc eeven better. Good, silly humor!

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  256. 266 chrisklob April 11, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Uh, YES!

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  257. 267 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 12:16 am

    People hitting each other in the face with fish. This is one of those biological differences between the male and female brain, isn’t it?

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  258. 268 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 12:16 am

    And now, since I effectively turned into a pumpkin at midnight, I bid you all adieu.

    As Chevy Chase said on SNL, good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.

    😀

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  259. 269 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 12:20 am

    It’s not the hitting, it’s the method. You see, you focused on the hitting with fish part, I thought the dance was great. Of course the real humor is in the irony of the one big blow with the really big fish.

    Now, for people who are just skimming the posts and don’t know what I am referring to, this is one WEIRD post. 😯

    G’night!

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  260. 270 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 12:20 am

    I will refrain from making any “pumpkin-brained” comments. Good night,VOR!

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  261. 271 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I will now dream of fish violence tonight…

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  262. 272 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 12:26 am

    One more thing… the real difference between Man and Woman:

    http://paddyk.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/difference_men_women.JPG?w=527&h=322

    Bye! 😀

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  263. 273 chrisklob April 11, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Raisins, that is perfect!

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  264. 274 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 12:33 am

    I’m holding in a number of acidic remarks so I think it best not to comment on that.

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  265. 275 chrisklob April 11, 2008 at 12:49 am

    FBG, obviously you’ve never met my wife! And every woman I’ve ever dated or even known!

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  266. 276 morpheus45 April 11, 2008 at 3:33 am

    WillyWally, it’s frightening to think we’re the same age…you took very different things from our time on this planet than I did. It’s all good though.

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  267. 277 williamwallace April 11, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Grinch, whatchya mean? Are you too cool for Better Man? Too cheesy for ya? I love that song because it reminds me of my freshman year in college and the girl I dated for all 4 years of college.

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  268. 278 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Off to court. That Sweet old Barrister(henceforth known by his initials)is to finally give us a ruling on our motion, this morning. I hope doing so in just 2 short weeks didn’t put him out too much. Later.

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  269. 279 williamwallace April 11, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Another one for the Grinchster:

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  270. 280 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 8:11 am
  271. 281 williamwallace April 11, 2008 at 8:14 am

    One more for the Grinch:

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  272. 282 Salty April 11, 2008 at 8:52 am

    WW…the sole intent of ‘Better Man’ was to segue into the song…I like it…I could care less the meaning behind the lyrics. I’m (very) bad about that…a song hooks me or it doesn’t…hearing/comprehending the lyrics comes later…sometimes to significant embarrassement! 😳 Oh, well, I am what I am.

    SG…we all know the blog is read by folks not posting…simply echoing WW that their return would be nice. It’s in no way to detract from the contribution of the current cast of regulars…in fact, that wouldn’t be welcome.

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  273. 283 Palaverous Voice of Rambling Reason April 11, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Gotta leave God’s country and venture toward the big city for work today. 😡

    Y’all keep the blog warm for me; I’ll be back later –>

    Later, taters!

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  274. 284 Carolina Lady April 11, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Interesting article from the local paper:
    By Chuck Carree,
    Staff Writer
    Published: Friday, April 11, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.

    James Baldwin is former major league pitcher who now serves as pitching coach for prep alma mater, Pinecrest High School.

    Former major league baseball pitcher James Baldwin stood behind the home plate screen and soaked in the action on Tuesday at Ashley High School.

    He had more than a passing interest in the Cape Fear Yacht Sales Tournament. A spectator at that moment, he was waiting for the third game of the day to end.

    Baldwin, at age 36, is in his second season as pitching coach for his alma mater, Pinecrest.

    “I wanted to come back and give the guys some of the knowledge I learned throughout my career,” Baldwin said.

    He was a fourth-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in 1990 and reached the big leagues at age 23 in 1995.

    He played 11 seasons in the majors – the last for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005.

    “It is good when you can come to the ballpark and teach the kids the game of baseball, something you love and can have fun with,” he said.

    Baldwin’s son, James Baldwin III, is a sophomore pitcher and outfielder for the team. He says his son is further along than he was at a similar age.

    As for himself, he says scouts discovered him, ironically, in a tournament similar to the one at Ashley. He says scouts came to see someone else and recommended him for the draft.

    “That’s how I got recognized,” he said. “I tell these guys you always have to go out there and play the game hard because you never know who is going to be out there watching,” he said.

    Baldwin obviously has not forgotten his roots. After compiling a 79-74 career record with a 5.01 ERA in the majors, he decided to give back to a program where he first earned fame.

    “The players here are like little kids in a candy store,” he said. “They want the knowledge. They want to know, ‘How did you do it? What was it like?’ Just the stories you tell them makes it a lot of fun for me and for the kids.”

    Baldwin’s best years were with the White Sox; between 1996-2001, he won 10 or more games each season.

    “In my first few years, I was a little nervous because I let the names mess with my mind a little bit,” he said. “You look at the players you grew up watching as a kid and then, all of a sudden, you are playing with some of them and against some of them.”

    Now he volunteers his services at the amateur level and seems content.

    “When these guys come out here and get to the ballpark all they do is sit around and talk baseball,” he said. “This is what they do all year around – play baseball. So it is good to be a part of this.”

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  275. 285 Carolina Lady April 11, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Loved this line – it says a LOT:
    “Cox took a moment to sit in the dugout, smoking a cigar and talking on the telephone to Ned Yost about the Brewers’ upcoming game with the Reds, before realizing it was a day game scheduled to start in a half-hour.”
    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080410&content_id=2511971&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl

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  276. 286 Carolina Lady April 11, 2008 at 9:24 am

    TEAM…………W…….L…….%…….GB
    Florida………..6…….3……667…… –
    New York…….4…….4……500……1.5
    Philadelphia….4…….6……400……2.5
    Atlanta………..3…….6……333……3.0
    Washington…..3…….7……300…..3.5

    Streaks: L3
    Last 10: 3-6
    Home: 3-2 Road: 0-4
    Runs Scored: 50
    Runs Against: 45

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  277. 287 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:31 am

    William, I think you missed my point, but that’s fine. No need for me to repeat it, but please don’t make more of my words than were intended. Since you left us a big pot of stew, I’ll address your concerns the best I can. It is important.

    My post was simply stating the obvious, but not intending it to be more than what it was. No offense intended in my “advice”, it’s just that we don’t need unnecessary drama. That, and because repeated invitations do seem a bit unnecessary. Perhaps that’s just my opinion. We know each other and we all know who and what has come and gone and been said here… and there.

    No person is a taboo subject here. There’s no acrimony either, at least I hope not. JJS has NOT been “kicked” out or asked to leave by anyone. Perhaps kicking a friend out of your house when you get ticked off works for you as does begging them back when you wish works for you, as your relate in your story, but that example isn’t indicative of any such behavior here. As always, your words are artfully constructed but methinks the premise was way off. Nothing like that has happened here and hopefully it won’t. Nor is it taboo to mention anyone’s name here… but you said that for effect, right?

    C’mon man… you know what’s up. We’re family here… dysfunctional at times sure, but normally we’re a very collegial and fun bunch. JJS has his own reasons for not blogging lately. Maybe he’s still ticked at me because were were jabbing each other but it was all gentlemanly on both our parts. Maybe he’s taking a breather. Perhaps he’s busy with work… it happens, you know. Maybe he’s in Uganda fighting aids or in Canada rescuing seals or off on some other noble cause… or he could be just blogging elsewhere. Whatever. That’s all. Nothing needs to be overly complicated about it.

    So trust me, I get it. You’ve said it repeatedly… you miss Jimmy. That’s great… nothing wrong with that at all. We all miss him. I’ve invited him back here myself privately through a mutual friend. My point to you earlier was very simply: I’m sure you guys can hook up by email if you are as sincere as you are endearing. But if there were another purpose for you and you’d rather make your point publicly for whatever reason, that’s fine too.

    There are others that we miss here. They are not here for their own reasons. I wish they were all back, but no amount of asking will cause a reasonable person to stop what they’re doing or change their reasons for not being here just because they receive repeated invitations and impassioned pleas. They will return or not, based on their own priorities, desires and time availability. We’re all adults and we make our own choices. The only thing we can “do” to attract folks to a blog is to create sustained, interesting content that is worth reading and foster a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and speak the truth without being brutal. Truth is interesting and good, even if at times unpleasant. Maybe I’m wrong but it guides me.

    If you believe that dropping by occasionally and repeating invitations will create a groundswell of emotion or bolster a grown man’s “pride, principles and sensitivity” as you say and inspires them to return to a place they left on their own, well, I don’t get that… but don’t let me stop you… that’s just swell by me. Perhaps your noble and endearing words and sincere gestures will persuade and you’ll achieve whatever outcome you seek. Hope so. That’s cool.

    Are you running for city council or something?

    😆

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  278. 288 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Whoops, almost forgot:

    Good Morning. Another beautiful day

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  279. 289 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:38 am

    WW, when it comes to tunes, our Grinch ain’t a rap guy. He’s heavy metal and old school hard rock dude. It ain’t Wu Tang and it ain’t metal, but Grinch should like this and may relate to it. He may not… but he should. I’ll bet he can play it good too.

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  280. 290 Carolina Lady April 11, 2008 at 9:40 am

    BRAVES:
    ………………..Per Game…..NL Rank..MLB Rank
    Runs Scored….5.5…………7th……..11th
    Runs Allowed…4.1…………7th……..12th

    …………………..Season……..NL Rank…….MLB Rank
    Batting Avg……….261…………..6th…………11th
    Home Runs………….9……………8th…………13th
    Steals…………………2……………15th………..26th
    ERA………………….3.67…………..9th………..13th
    Pitcher Ks…………..57……………8th………..13th
    Pitcher Walks………25…………..11th……….10th

    Nationals
    …………………Per Game………NL Rank…….MLB Rank
    Runs Scored………4.4……………7th………….11th
    Runs Allowed……..4.3…………..12th………….25th

    ………………….Season………..NL Rank…….MLB Rank
    Batting Avg……..241…………….12th………….22nd
    Home Runs………..8……………….9th………….15th
    Steals……………….2………………15th………….26th
    ERA………………..4.02………………7th………….17th
    Pitcher Ks…………52……………..10th…………16th
    Pitcher Walks…….33……………….3rd…………22nd

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  281. 291 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:47 am

    CL, good story there about James Baldwin. Kids really need the instruction and more importantly, they need the leadership by example that he seems to provide.

    “I tell these guys you always have to go out there and play the game hard because you never know who is going to be out there watching,” he said.

    Hopefully the baton gets handed off to the next coach as the kids graduate through each level, and more reasons are taught and discovered for performance and behavior excellence. Once they are in whatever career they pursue, they’ll benefit from the fundamentals. If they make it to the Bigs and strike it rich beyond our imaginations and there is not a higher rung on the “helpful spectator” ladder, other noble and competitive motivations will need to sustain them. Good stuff.

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  282. 292 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:53 am

    CL, I really liked this part!

    As for himself, he says scouts discovered him, ironically, in a tournament similar to the one at Ashley. He says scouts came to see someone else and recommended him for the draft.

    “That’s how I got recognized,” he said. “I tell these guys you always have to go out there and play the game hard because you never know who is going to be out there watching,” he said.

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  283. 293 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Gotta leave God’s country and venture toward the big city for work today.

    Did tater leave the tots?

    Salty… your echo sounded really good. So I’ll see that and raise you an echo. 😀

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  284. 294 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:54 am

    See SG liked the same part I did as well… 😳

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  285. 295 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Bear… good doc report?

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  286. 296 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 10:15 am

    SG, no doc report! 😦 check out my 8:27 PM post last night for the long, boring details…

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  287. 297 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Had something weird happen a few minutes ago….knock on the door…hmmm, pretty early for that. See thru the curtains it’s a UPS truck. So, figuring you’d have to be a pretty clever criminal to go to such lengths, I open the door. There she was, the most beautiful redhead I had ever seen, completely naked! Whoops! Wrong forum!
    There he was, just a guy wanting me to digitally sign for the package. So, I signed a bit blurry eyed still, and said, should I have printed?? He said, “No….I was Kirby, right??? Um….no, not Kirby…then we both see the address is 441, not 450!!!! 😯 “Oh, my bad man, sorry about that!”
    Wonder what was in the package??? If I had only said I was Kirby! 😆

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  288. 298 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Sounds good on Doug Davis’ Thyroid Cancer surgery!
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3341074

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  289. 299 williamwallace April 11, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Savannah, Notice that Grinch was the first to put up the Ice Cube classic. Someone our age who doesn’t know those songs I linked by NBN, WU, and the Geto Boys was living a very sheltered life. It didn’t matter how much you loved rock or whatever, there were just certain songs of our generation that crossed races, genres, and so on. If you weren’t so darn old, you would know that 🙂 As for that other matter, for the sake of friendship, I’ll ignore the tone and words expressed to me in your post.

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  290. 300 williamwallace April 11, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Salty, my bad. I didn’t mean to jump your ish like that. That post sounded real jerklike from me. I actually rarely hear the lyrics myself. I marvel at people who are able to catch on to lyrics. I’m much more of a beat and sound of the voice kind of guy. Someone could be rapping or singing about killing me and if the singer had a good voice to go with a good beat, 95% of the time I would have no clue that he wanted to kill me. I would be tapping my feet and bopping my head to the beat while someone is singing about murdering me in the most medieval fashion possible.

    For example, the only reason I know the Better Man lyrics is because my ex would play it all day everyday. At first I liked it because it was a cool song with a good beat and great voice. Never really listened to the lyrics too deeply. Then one day it dawned on me that my girlfriend keeps playing a song about a girl who settles for a man because she doesn’t have the self esteem to try get a better man. Kind of an unsettling song for your girlfriend to love. Makes you wonder what she thinks about you, doesn’t it? Well anyways, regardless of the history of the song, just looked it up and Better Man is the 6th most played song on my IPOD.

    Here’s the other song she loved:

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  291. 301 Salty April 11, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Hmmm…WW…unsettling, no doubt. My guess, this song hit close to home for her as well! 😆

    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Offspring/+videos/+1-PY_QY9W-oZk

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  292. 302 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Someone could be rapping or singing about killing me and if the singer had a good voice to go with a good beat, 95% of the time I would have no clue that he wanted to kill me.

    WW, that was just funny. Hey, mine may have been a deep tone but a friendly and sincere one, I assure you. But then, you are an admitted beat and voice guy so perhaps you missed that I didn’t want to kill you. 😉

    Now, as far as music goes, I do try to keep up and always have. It’s impossible to stick with one genre all the time. Rap on the other hand is foreign to me. I’ve heard some that I really like… others I hate… and others I just can’t abide the lyrics. But it’s all good. From Beethoven to Zepp and Tull to Arcade Fire and Shins to Nirvana to Pearl Jam to George Jones and… well, you get the idea.

    As far as age and music is concerned, all I can say is that I’m 39 and holding.

    This’uns for you Braveheart:

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  293. 303 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Like the old saying goes, “to make a friend we need to have both eyes open, to keep a friend we occasionally need to close one”… so it goes with music and lyrics. So many great rock songs that have a great sound but have lyrics that are either outdated, we can’t relate to (any more) or are just too “young” to enjoy. The questions and struggles and innocence and ideals and pain and uncertainty of youth that winds up in lyrics are hopefully outgrown with age and maturity.

    But… I still listen to them if the beat is right, the attitude is right and the sound is good. Otherwise, all my rowdy friends still wouldn’t have settled down.

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  294. 304 williamwallace April 11, 2008 at 11:44 am

    SG, these days, I can’t stand rap music. There are only a few acts I still like. For me, rap died when Biggie and Tupac got killed. Ever since then it has been Jay-Z, Outkast, and a bunch of lame brained scrubs I’m kinda in the transition period where I’m trying out a bunch of different stuff. I’m afraid though that like most people the best music I’ll ever hear in my life is the music of the first 25 or so years of my life. Let me go back in the day:

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  295. 305 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Braveheart, you are no different from anyone else, what else is a ridiculous as a bunch of 60 somethings rocking out to the Beach Boys or Elvis? Hey, it’s what we grew up with. I just feel sorry for the kids of today who are besieged with crap…. Of course, the same could have been said for bubble gum music….

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  296. 306 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    When I first started catching up I was going to tell SG & WW to get a boxing ring. Now, get a room. 😛

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  297. 307 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    And while we are talking about those that are not here, has anyone heard from Hillbilly? I’m worried about him, what with the weather they have had and all. If you can, fill us in.

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  298. 308 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    WW, transition is always good. When we stop, we stop living in my humble opinion. Music is no different.

    On the lighter side, here’s a guy I think is way underrated by popular standards:

    Paladin might even like it. Uh, nah… probably not.

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  299. 309 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Pal, Hillbilly should return hopefully soon. Dunno where he is. Although you will need to lighten up on the Arkansas digs or get a razorback all over you. 😆

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  300. 310 Salty April 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Someone say ‘rap’? …and vinyl, go together! 🙂

    http://www.last.fm/music/Sugarhill+Gang/+videos/+1-YK6W2j_ZsFU

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  301. 311 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I wish I knew what ran those other folks off. I’d try it on SG and Salty. 😛

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  302. 312 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    My bet is that Huddy is gonna get the Braves back on track tonight.

    Washington is gonna feel like Orlando compared to Colorado. Hopefully the bats will support him too. We need a big, decisive win to get over what ails us… them… us. 😉

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  303. 313 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Gotta fly. Another David Gray tune to leave on:

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  304. 314 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    To further your delight of Salty and SG’s music, try beating in rythm on your thumb, with a hammer.

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  305. 315 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    rhythm

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  306. 316 Hillbilly April 11, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I’m still around, you old codger. Now leave me alone while I continue searching for those broader horizons you recommended to me a couple of weeks ago.

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  307. 317 Hillbilly April 11, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    No seriously, the water’s high, but still not quite enough to bother me. Thanks for asking, though.

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  308. 318 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Hillbilly; Glad to hear you are on high ground. But, how high’s the water, Moma?

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  309. 319 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Hey Hillbilly!!!! Was wondering where you were since the season started! Glad you didn’t wash away!

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  310. 320 Hillbilly April 11, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Flood Stage at my camp is 79 feet. We’ll be looking at 88 feet when it crests Monday. Turkey season starts tomorrow so I’ll be in pursuit of that big Double-bearded stud in my avatar picture.

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  311. 321 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Paladin told you to broaden your horizons??? this from a guy who would die without baseball and Chianti? 😛

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  312. 322 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Hillbilly! We’ve missed you!

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  313. 323 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Hillbilly, hope you call up big’ol tom with a 10″ beard and a 1″ spurred wall-hanger. I’ll be fishing instead of going after the turkey this year. My calling is so rusty I’d probably run’em off anyway… or fall down laughing.

    Get us a hunting report.

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  314. 324 Carolina Lady April 11, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    HILLBILLY!!!! Boy! we were about to organize a search party to find you!! Figured we’d have to take up a collection to pay the ransom to whoever was holding you hostage!! VERY glad you’re back!! 😀

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  315. 325 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    I think I’ve got the strawberry buttercream frosting figured out. Who’s coming over to be my product tester? 🙂

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  316. 326 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I’m catching a flight FLB! 🙂

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  317. 327 Hillbilly April 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Savannah Guy,

    That big double-beard in my avatar has 3 buddies hanging with him. I’ve gotten several pictures of them on my trail cameras. It could get flat-out nasty, considering the flood water has two of their travel routes cut off.

    Berigan,

    yeah, that old geezer told me and Bay Area Steve to broaden our horizons and learn how to read something more than the directions on the microwave, or something to that effect. Cranky old cuss.

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  318. 328 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    (Going back to the beginning of this post)

    I know I’m a little later joining in. Just wanted to say how much I like the post, Raisins. I look forward to reading more from you.

    I’ve learned to love my Braves no matter what. Win or lose. Playoffs or none. My love goes back to the early 1980’s when I followed Dale Murphy like a demi god or something.

    Y’all ready to get back in gear against the slumping Nats?

    Let’s Go Braves!

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  319. 329 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Hillbilly,

    Thanks for your post at BravesBlog.net good to hear from you as well.

    We got Huddy on the mound, y’all! He’s been awesome and I think we can get on top of these slumping DC boys.

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  320. 330 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    I just came in for a minute. Berigan; Yes, my horizons are small now, but I was flying from horizon to horizon whilst you were trying to pick up those chiclets off the floor.

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  321. 331 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Hillbilly, don’t worry about what Paladin said. Everybody likes different things, if we were all exactly the same it would get really boring. And he just gets in grumpy old man mode sometimes ( I love ya, sir knight, but you know it’s the truth). Still trying to decide if he’s Statler or Waldorf.

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  322. 332 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Shutting down. Big one brewing.

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  323. 335 flbravesgirl April 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    OK, JB. We need Lew to come be Waldorf then. Sir Bob doesn’t really fit the profile & we need the other half of the sarcastic old dudes in the balcony.

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  324. 336 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Paladin grumpy? Nah… he just has to talk loud. Taking off from aircraft carriers must’ve affected his hearing. He thinks he has to type real hard to compensate.

    Plus, that’s why he doesn’t care for Salty’s or my music. It all just sounds like bzz zz bbboomm sssboom zzz zzz zzssshhh. :mrgreen:

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  325. 338 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    HUH?! YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO SPEAK UP!!

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  326. 339 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    JB, sorry man… I keep meaning to check your site and leave a post to say hey but I keep struggling with the time working, blogging here, catching up on Braves news, feeding my addictions (all of the above plus music and other legal stuff) and sleep on occasion. Plus, my memory isn’t what it used to be.

    Now, what was I talking about? Oh, uh… anyway, how is your blog going?

    Hillbilly, are you hunting bottom land, swamp or ridges? With that flood water you should have luck unless they get nocturnal. I remember some great times out there before sunrise, snuggled next to a cypress knee, hoping a copperhead or rattlesnake wasn’t resting there, getting eaten alive by mosquitos and gnats in the pouring rain, mud all over the place… ahh, those were the days. 😉

    Actually I loved every minute of that and deer hunting despite the occasional discomfort. It was not a hobby, it was an obsession. The fried wild bird and venison were fringe benefits to a good day.

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  327. 340 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Hillbilly: If all you are after is turkeys why would you have to leave here? :mrgreen:

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  328. 341 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Want to practice your call? Just go, “Here, SG!” Works everytime.

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  329. 342 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Pal, if Hillbilly lived within a few hours and called, I’d come right along. It’d be great fun. Plus, his “caller” is no doubt more in tune than mine.

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  330. 343 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Moylan is closing since Soriano is on the DL. That scares me, especially in one run games. I love the guy, he’s got a 1.93 ERA but he’s gotta get that hanging curve and changeup down and that sinker to sink. Leaving it up can mean a solo poke or a base-clearing knock.

    Manny Acosta is also considered for a closing role. I’m not familiar enough with him (too lazy) to know what he’s got other than a 9.00 ERA (yikes) but that was due to one bad outing.

    What’s the latest prognosis on Soriano? Still out until late April? Oh, mercy…

    Do we need to proactively shop for a closer?

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  331. 344 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    All I know is that some of the Braves, including Chipper?, said that at times in ST Moylan was unhittable. Maybe if he is brought in in the closers role he will bear down, and keep it down. Hope so.

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  332. 345 Hillbilly April 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Paladin,
    Not looking for no Jive Turkeys.

    SG,
    It’s hard to put it into words and make it appealing to non-participants, but you couldn’t be any more correct…..It is an obsession that can’t be matched, in my opinion.

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  333. 346 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Shop for a closer? Do you really think anyone would turn loose of a legitimate closer, now? Seems remote, to me.

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  334. 347 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    SG,
    Thanks for the thoughts. It’s been going well and this has been a fun “place” to hang out and chat baseball without all the stats flying around here.

    The site is still only a month old but we’re getting a lot of visitors. You know, it’s a labor of love much like this site.

    I have really been loving Moylan lately and he could possibly be a good closer. When Soriano comes back I just hope the BB’s are not present. He made me a little too nervous in the game I went to last Sunday against the Mets.

    I hope y’all enjoy the game tonight. Lots of love!

    JB

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  335. 348 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    “getting eaten alive by mosquitos and gnats in the pouring rain, mud all over the place… ahh, those were the days.”

    That sounds too much like what I did in my professional life. That’s why my idea of hunting is shuffling through the plastic-wrapped packages in the open-top freezer at Kroger.

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  336. 349 Hillbilly April 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Paladin,

    Mark Redman was nearly unhittable to the Braves this week.

    Not comparing him to Moylan, because they’re worlds apart….I’m just saying…..

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  337. 350 Hillbilly April 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    “getting eaten alive by mosquitos and gnats in the pouring rain, mud all over the place… ahh, those were the days.”

    That sounds too much like what I did in my professional life.

    I can see where that could be a huge turn-off. Don’t blame you a bit.

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  338. 351 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Hillbilly and SG; You got to dance wid the one who brought you or the ugly wall-flowers sitting on the folding chairs. Moylan has a nice personality and don’t sweat much for a fat girl. Care to dance, honey?

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  339. 352 Hillbilly April 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Paladin,

    I think our “Closer” will be ready by June. I’ve thought Gonzo should get the nod over Soriano from the get-go.

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  340. 353 Hillbilly April 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    And over Wickman for that matter…..

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  341. 354 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Hillbilly; My last word…on the closer, anyway. A guy coming off major surgery in JUNE; with no spring training and HE is going to take over the closer role? If the producers of “Rudy” are watching, I think I have a new film subject for you.

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  342. 355 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I was just “lurking” across the street and somebody(for a change)made a good point, IMO. He said that BC runs too loose of a ship in ST and lets the veterans set the tempo. While it MAY work for them, it is a bad example for the younger guys who are still learning the ropes and their bodies. Consequently, the Braves come in to this season, with a real tough schedule, still trying to get “game/season ready”. I tend to agree.

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  343. 356 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Good afternoon folks… Hillbilly, It is so good to hear from you. Good luck getting that Tom….

    Nats and Braves clash tonight, somebody’s losing streak is going to end….

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  344. 357 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Stuff: Prince William received his pilot wings after 4 whole months of “vigorous” training. It normally takes a UK pilot 3 to 4 years and a US pilot 2 to 3. I’m sure he is a nice bloke but I wouldn’t want him as my wingman and CERTAINLY not as my flight leader.

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  345. 359 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    my idea of hunting is shuffling through the plastic-wrapped packages in the open-top freezer at Kroger.

    Dammit, I just get back and see Pal is gone before I can rib him about that line. Actually it cracked me up. A keeper. You ain’t right mister. 😆

    Nats and Braves clash tonight, somebody’s losing streak is going to end.

    Another keeper. Funny stuff Gil and you are so correct.

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  346. 360 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Hillbilly, it is impossible to describe. Thing is, being out there with good buds and then sitting in the complete silence alone in a stand or a blind or just grounded next to a tree… in the panorama of nature is what it’s all about.

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  347. 361 Carolina Lady April 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Exciting new discovery!!

    Science Reveals Heaviest Element Ever Discovered

    Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known
    to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25
    assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy
    neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

    These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which
    are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called
    peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it
    can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it
    comes into contact. A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a
    reaction normally taking less than a second, to take from four days
    to four years to complete.

    Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2-6 years. It does not decay,
    but undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant
    neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes, not to mention multiple oxymorons.

    This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. That hypothetical quantity might normally be called ‘critical mass’ but, in this unique case it is known as ‘critical mess’.

    When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium (Am), another just-discovered element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many
    morons.

    Author unknown
    😆

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  348. 362 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    CL; 😆

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  349. 363 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I just finished a meal of pulled-pork barbecue, slaw, beans, bread and Chianti. Plebeian? Yeah. But tasty.

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  350. 364 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Stuff: They have found that Marine who killed his pregnant “girlfriend”, in Mexico. The cost of extraditing him is no death penalty. So he will do a lifetime of hard-time in the military section of Leavenworth. It is like a non-ending boot camp. He will wish he was dead.

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  351. 365 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    CL, that was hilarious. It’s now copied… an official keeper.

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  352. 366 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Is this going to be another one of those let’s be quiet as church mice until Paladin goes to bed? If so, let me know now and I’ll go to bed and save us all the trouble.

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  353. 367 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Of course I meant “night”.

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  354. 368 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Is that crotchety Paladin gone off to bed yet…uh, oh, hey Pal.

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  355. 369 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    OK, your serve, a..h…! Let’s play.

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  356. 370 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    If I write good things about Dale Murphy(actually, I love the man!)will y’all give me a free pass?

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  357. 371 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Boy am I dumb. I was just looking around to se who AH was.

    OK… I guess that was your serve. It hit the net.

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  358. 372 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    You’re calling my best serve a let?! What a wuss.

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  359. 373 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    That was very good news finding that monster in Mexico. If he were not so stupid he would have been even more dangerous.

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  360. 374 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Running around in a t-shirt with Marine tatoos on his arms. Well duh!

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  361. 375 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    CL, on your 6:05 post, so very true!

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  362. 376 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Serious question here to settle a bet:

    Is it spelled Whoopsie Daisy, Whoopsy Daisy or Oopsy Daisy?

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  363. 377 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I could have gotten away with it. I would have been the old crotchedy Gringo.

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  364. 378 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Another year without a prototypical leadoff hitter.

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  365. 379 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Whoopsie, or if you are very lenient, whoopsy.

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  366. 380 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    3 and out.

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  367. 381 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    I figgered an old crotchety Marine would know whoopsie daisy.

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  368. 382 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Just more stimulating Braves and Stuff subject matter.

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  369. 383 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I’m getting the game. Whoopsie.

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  370. 384 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    3 and out!

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  371. 385 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Where is Salty? Listening to his rap collection?

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  372. 386 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    If this was last year, I’d be all for Manny Acosta being the closer. He looks scared so far this year. Perhaps his fastball being hit like bp one game this year scared him????

    It will be interesting with Gonzo this year. Like Hillbilly, I wouldn’t mind seeing him close, or share with Soriano when he hits one of his walls….but, that surgery takes a long time to heal from…..Fransisco Liriano looked better than Santana for that one year…now they are trying to keep him from throwing so many sliders, and he didn’t pitch at all last year…

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  373. 387 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Time for a platoon.

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  374. 388 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I would just love to see us have a monster 5 run inning. Please?

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  375. 389 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I just can’t imagine Gonzo pitching, much less closing. Unless he was closing the lid on his cocaine container or closing his mouth around a big bottle of liquor or a hash pipe. But boy could he write.

    Oh… uh, you mean our Gonzo. As in Mike. The pitcher. Not Hunter S. Thompson. Nevermind.

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  376. 390 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Gonzo is listed as being on the 15 day DL. What’s up with that? Shouldn’t he be longer? Not sure how that works.

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  377. 391 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Huddy is being thrifty with his pitches tonight. Maybe he’ll go 8.

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  378. 392 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Not to rain on your parade, SG, but I think Hunter is pushing up whoopsie daisies.

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  379. 393 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    We have to throw Chico off his game, slow him down, work the count… c’mon kid.

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  380. 394 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Then Wicky can be brought back to pitch the 9th for him! 😛

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  381. 395 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Yepper… that’s why I said “could” instead of “can” write. Grass will not grow on his grave for some reason.

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  382. 396 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Bear, that was cruel and unusual to bring up Sumo. 😆

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  383. 397 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Is Jabba the Wickman warming up?

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  384. 398 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Well, cruel yes, but unusual?? I like to bring up “Sumo” for some reason! There was someone even fatter than me, playing professional baseball…it did my heart good! 😉

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  385. 399 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    I thought Wickman was in LA filming “The Biggest Retainer”.

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  386. 400 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    “Jabba the Wickman” 😆

    Seriously, if you could make the money he made, and could still be making, wouldn’t you hire a trainer, and avoid hot dogs and sundaes????

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  387. 401 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I love the Hunter S Thompson reference SG.

    Let me ask you this.

    Johnny Depp or Bill Murray?

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  388. 402 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Let’s sign “Tex” now. He should be affordable.

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  389. 403 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Frenchy almost excavated Hunter on that swing.

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  390. 404 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    no joke Pal

    Boras will find some way to make sure he’s still getting paid over $15 mill a year w/ a two contract while hitting .162 w/ 0 HR’s and 10 K’s.

    Oh wait….That’s already happened for Andruw.

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  391. 405 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    JB, they both did good… but you HAVE to go with Bill Murray. He’s a natural and damn near as crazy as HST. Love that guy.

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  392. 406 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    JB, think the Dodgers are starting to regret signing him??? They would have done better to sign Rowland, IMHO….

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  393. 407 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    I don’t like these rBrave’s uniforms. They have about as much pizazz as roadside-pickup suits.

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  394. 408 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Why do we have such troubles with Lefties, anyway???? I mean, Redman??? Come on!!!

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  395. 409 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    It is sad about Andruw Jones, or as sad as one can be for a multi-multi-millionaire that is mired in a hitting slump.

    Last year I suggested on the ajc blog that Braves send Andruw and his wife home to Curacao around all-star break time for a two-week vacation. The boy needs to get away from his life and relax, get his family back in his mind, get some home cookin’ and some home cooked advice. Just chill. Forget baseball. Break the vicious cycle and such. Back to the roots and all.

    Not sure why Cox didn’t take my advice. He must not have read the blog that day.

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  396. 410 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I’ll go with him. Curacao is a beautiful place. All the pastels mixed with the blue sky and water. Dreamy place.

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  397. 411 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    If I made $15 mill in a year I’d do that, SG

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  398. 412 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    This game is booorrring.

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  399. 413 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Braves have a monkey on their back right now after getting the wind knocked out of their sails the past week. They’re not patient, seem to be pressing. We need a good hop or two, a seeing eye single followed by a few more. Anything.

    No juice right now.

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  400. 414 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Meant to mention earlier: Blog of the free. Home of the Braves.Nice job. Catchy.

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  401. 415 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Matt Chico? I thought he was Sandy Koufax.

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  402. 416 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Tex is on pace to hit under .200 for the year and make $18 million anyway next year.

    AJ is on pace to strike out 180 times for 2008

    And this game is on pace to end before 9 pm.

    PS. Thanks, SG. It’s a little corny but yeah…catchy.

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  403. 417 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Paladin has been hittin’ the chianti pretty hard tonight. Pretty soon he’ll be hittin’ on Nursie Rached.

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  404. 418 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I think I am going to have to take one for the team and quit watching the games. When I don’t watch, they do much better.

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  405. 419 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    The ultimate “walk-year” hitter had to be Javy. That’s money ball.

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  406. 420 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Hudson=Awesome

    Braves bats= Slim Jim

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  407. 421 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Don’t say that Paladin.

    I’m not superstitious, but it’s just bad luck when you say that. Maybe I need to move my lucky Braves cap a little to the right. There. That should do it.

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  408. 422 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Nurse Rached could probably shut down the Braves.

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  409. 423 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I’m certain you have that hat on backwards. You retard!

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  410. 424 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    No worries… my lucky cap is tilted just right sitting there on the hat rack.

    Hits and runs will be forthcoming tonight. Now that’s settled, I’m taking an early 7th inning stretch and hittin’ the showers. Back in a bit.

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  411. 425 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I usually don’t put my rally cap on until the 8th.

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  412. 426 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Since he doesn’t have indoor plumbing, that shower will take a while.

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  413. 427 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    U NELL!!!!

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  414. 428 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    What did I say? Glad I stayed for that. Yunel!

    Pal, don’t get your finger caught in that bottle.

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  415. 430 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Please don’t tell me we are going to have a one run lead going into the late innings. I’ll put my fingers in my ears.

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  416. 431 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    He uses recycled water, Pal.

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  417. 432 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I thought he looked a little “green”.

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  418. 433 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Surprise GIDP three pitch inning.

    I didn’t think we’d struggle this badly with Matt Little Boy.

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  419. 434 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    3 pitch inning. Boy, is that exciting!

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  420. 435 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    This game be over just before all the old folks’ bed time

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  421. 436 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Don’t count on it.

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  422. 437 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    And that’s why Javy didn’t make the team. He couldn’t do that.

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  423. 438 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I think we got that call at second, but I’ll take it.

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  424. 439 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Think so? I thought it looked good. McCann’s getting a quicker release now.

    Are we the lone bloggers, Pal?

    I’m over at my sight posting all by myself.

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  425. 440 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Don’t get me wrong. It was a great throw, but I thought he beat it. But again, I’ll take it.

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  426. 441 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Diaz has Andrewitis.

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  427. 442 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Does that mean he’ll make $15 mill next year for striking out in dire situations?

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  428. 443 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    No, but it means he will swing at a throw over to first.

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  429. 444 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    one run ball game (clap clap clap clap clap clap)

    one run ball game (clap clap clap clap clap clap)

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  430. 445 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    They better let Hudson finish this game!

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  431. 446 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    One more inning and then (clap clap clap clap clap clap)

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  432. 447 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Can’t you guys do any better with the runs? Jeez. I shouldn’t have taken a shower.

    We keep running into Cy Young everywhere we go. Chico has between a 4.5 and 5.6 ERA in 2007-08. But he’s lights out. Go figger.

    Monkey on the back. Last chance to pad the lead.

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  433. 448 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Where have you been Berigan? Watching Bowling for Dollars?

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  434. 449 Salty April 11, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    If I don’t see Huddy take the hill in the bottom of the 9th, I will convert to the Church of Robert, forever bash Bobby Cox, and sacrifice donkeys! 😐 Now…if the Braves throw a 5-6 spot up, I’ll relent!

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  435. 450 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I would love a CG from Tim….and some more runs

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  436. 451 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Lot of lightning here south of the ATL! 😯

    Come on Tex, think of Borass!!!

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  437. 452 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Somebody turn over a rock? All kinds of critters coming out.

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  438. 453 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Testify brother Salty!

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  439. 454 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    If we don’t score now……

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  440. 455 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Yunel keeps coming through. Can’t keep Chipper down long. Tex is due… good patience… Frenchy comes to the plate. Patience, patience…

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  441. 456 Salty April 11, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Berigan…I don’t want to convert! No, no, no! Frenchy…save me!!! But take a damn pitch, FIRST!!! 😡

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  442. 457 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Frenchy and Diaz need a day off….except we just had one, didn’t we?

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  443. 458 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Great AB Frenchy! NOT!~!!!

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  444. 459 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Thinking of Boras seems to make baseball players suck.

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  445. 460 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    groan… Frenchy. Flail.

    Mac can do.

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  446. 461 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    SG; you have soap behind your ears. That IS soap, isn’t it?

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  447. 462 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    At least Mac took two pitches…

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  448. 463 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!! DIAZ!!!!!!!

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  449. 465 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Alright Matt! Sometimes first pitch swinging works!!!

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  450. 466 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    MATT!! I apologize!

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  451. 467 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Man, the way Chipper’s grimacing, he’s hurt!!!

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  452. 468 Salty April 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    To Rauch’s credit, that was a good K of Mac; Frenchy helped him out on his. Nice, Diaz…salvation may be mine!! Then again, Chipper’s grimmacing…we may all join him! 😦

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  453. 469 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Paladin…eating you words….

    You know what’s nice after a 2 run eighth inning? A nice ED commercial.

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  454. 470 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    aaarrrrggghhhhh. dammit.

    Kotsay was clutch anyway. Now, will Huddy get his CG?

    Pal, now that you mentioned soap and ears… I knew I forgot something.

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  455. 471 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Why is Chipper out there????

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  456. 472 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Don’t think that pitch was 101 MPH!!!

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  457. 473 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Here’s Moyland’s chance.

    Salty, minister of the church of Robert… what say you?

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  458. 474 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Moylan’s got two away.

    Maybe we’ll win

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  459. 475 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Moylan is the man!!!!

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  460. 476 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    G’day Gnats

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  461. 478 Salty April 11, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you, Moylan…no way did I want to convert! Don’t like Robert, don’t care for donkey’s…but Bobby’s testing me…hard! Tonight, salvation is mine! :mrgreen:

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  462. 479 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Moylan is bringin’ it good.

    He brought it!!! Braves win Braves win!

    We needed that. I needed that. Braves Nation needed that. Salty, move slowly, slowly back… away from the ledge. 😆

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  463. 480 Paladin April 11, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Bedtime for old folks. G’night.

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  464. 481 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Its dark at least P–din!!! 😆

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  465. 482 Savannah Guy April 11, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Movie time. Great win… monkey off back. Let’s leave that critter in Washington.

    G’nite all.

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  466. 483 Salty April 11, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    SG…you have no idea how SCARY it is….to walk to the edge; Stare into the abyss! 😯 Not a pretty experience…not at all!

    But, all’s well, and Paladin left me alone…it’s like I won a double-header all by myself! 😆

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  467. 484 jbinatl April 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Hudson and Moylan are my heroes

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  468. 485 Salty April 11, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    A little music to close my evening! Cheers, All! 🙂

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  469. 486 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Sorry you guys were bored… It was the perfect game for me. Pitcher’s duel, snappy game done in less than 2 `/2 hours… just enough offense.

    Yep, saw that grimace from Chipper too…. 😦

    And CL loved your post on heavy elements…. considered it stolen….

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  470. 487 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 11, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Gil, I guess I like a bit more offense in my perfect games! 😉 Not sure what the score would be in one of those

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  471. 488 Bob, journalist April 11, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Nothing’s better than than 1-0, well played game … berigan reminds me of the tired, worn old story of the young couple who got to the game late … last of the eighth … matching no hitters … the girl looked at the 0-0 scoreboard and exclaimed … no score, … good, we haven’t missed anything!

    It’s told as a joke, but it happens … to some extent and in some form … many times every year. Perhaps the most exciting game I ever saw was a 1-0 extra inning game.

    I don’t agree with our definition of a perfect game … were I a dominating pitcher and threw a no hitter … walking some as a result of pitching carefully … it would certainly be “perfect” when compared to one where nobody reached base as a result of 27 fantastic defensive plays.

    FBG, what, pray tell, is the profile to which you think I belong?

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  472. 489 flbravesgirl April 12, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Good evening y’all! I suppose you’ve all gone to bed. What a great game from Hudson. I love pitching duels.

    Sure, JB, you can be Gonzo.

    Sir Bob, you’re not grouchy enough to be half of Statler & Waldorf.

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  473. 490 flbravesgirl April 12, 2008 at 12:26 am

    JB, ever been to Muppetvision 3D at Disney Studios? Hilarious.

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  474. 491 flbravesgirl April 12, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Chipper was grimacing?! 😯 When? After he scored? I got the Nats’ feed on ExtraInnings so I didn’t see that.

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  475. 494 flbravesgirl April 12, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Weird. That took a really long time to post & then it shows up twice.

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  476. 495 Bob, journalist April 12, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Thanks FBG!!

    Perhaps I somehow misunderstood the thrust, but I caught the tail end of some program on FOX, I think, early this evening … featuring an interview with some executive from Time Warner justifying their use of “Oh My God” OMG and the F-Bomb OMFG in promoting their “Gossip Girl” program … I know nothing of the program but understand the target audience is 18-35 year old females with a substantial teenage girl audience … and is shown in prime time.

    The Time-Warner representative stood by his guns … said he, in essence … the target audience relates to such language and they wanted something provacative … he saw nothing wrong with it. However, that may just be my singular perception … and I could be confused … as I’m not thinking too clearly at the moment, having tripped and fallen earlier in the evening … harder than any fall that I can recall … possible minor concussion but no bleeding or broken bones … just a throbbing headache and sore from head to foot, … but it prevents my researching this.

    If any of you are so inclined and can find it … and find my understanding to be correct and feel it appropriate, … it might be good to put something on the blog, at least as a heads-up for the parents of youngsters … it’s truly disturbing … made Carol sick to hear it and think about it.

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  477. 496 flbravesgirl April 12, 2008 at 1:08 am

    😯 Bob! You really should get checked if you think a concussion is possible. I hope you feel better in the morning but please consider seeing a doctor.

    I’m not familiar with this show (gossip doesn’t interest me) but that language is inappropriate for any age range IMO.

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  478. 497 Bob, journalist April 12, 2008 at 1:19 am

    I’ve received treatment … I have no idea as to the program content, but based on what I saw of the interview and the posturing taken relative to its promotion, I can well imagine … agree totally with you but the youngsters are a greater concern because of their limited plane of reference, making them more impressionable … something coveted advertisers, methinks.

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  479. 498 flbravesgirl April 12, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Bedtime already? But I just got here! 😦 Too much going on today.

    Good night y’all!

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  480. 499 Bob, journalist April 12, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Well, treatment is a misnomer … evaluation and prescription.

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  481. 500 Bob, journalist April 12, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Good night and God Bless!

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  482. 501 flbravesgirl April 12, 2008 at 1:26 am

    As long as you had it checked out. I hope you got something to settle the aches & bruises so you can sleep. Good night again!

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  483. 503 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Goodmornin’. Or is it still evening? 😕

    Bob, methinks I can read between the lines, don’t just take an aspirin, see a doctor doggone it! 😡 (Hey, that was my late Mother talking, not me…I am more subtle! )

    FLB, cute clip!

    Chris, oh great….Bobby seems to think if a guy doesn’t say don’t play me, he should just hobble around…Chipper’s too important. We have not one, but two guys who can play 3rd, right???? Play one of them tomorrow!

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  484. 504 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Since there are some on this blog that regularly take things out of context or see them through a glass darkly, let me ‘splain something. I like a pitcher’s duel as much as anyone, if the pitchers are Johan Santana and John Smoltz, for instance. They are premium pitchers and are expected to perform well. I also enjoy any game that “my” pitcher does well(for instance Huddy’s masterpiece, last night)including those by Chuck James, et al. What BORES me is to see the Braves–back-to-back–make journeyman pitchers like Mark Redman and Matt Chico look like HOFers due to bad plate discipline and lack of patience. Now, if ANY 1 – 0 game is your cup of tea then sip it, slurp it or inject it; but don’t act as though that makes you more of a student of the game. ‘Nuff said, or over. Your choice.

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  485. 505 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Good morning denizens. It’s a the most beautiful morning of the year here on the coast. The breeze is my idea of what heaven would feel like… 68 degrees and just enough air movement combined with temp to feel refreshing. Like an air bath. Benjamin Franklin would surely be sitting out there au natural. John Adams would of course be embarrassed and disgusted by the sight.

    I trust everyone rested well after a nice win last night. Hope you feel better this morning Bob. Concussions are not to be trifled… you know. And I could tell you were about to get on a roll. Sorry we missed that. You had it going sir.

    Well, hope Chipper feels better too this morning. Could’a been a lot worse than a quad, so that’s a bit of a relief. My first thought was wondering what residual effect Colorado might have had on the guys, with little muscle tears in that cold, then exacerbated or flat out ripped the next time they were pushed in a game. Is there more stress on a body than going from second base to home on a single? Kotsay stretched another one out last night. That guy can track’em.

    Gil, I found that game anything but boring. I think pitchers duels are the most intense games of all. Every single pitch is magnified. Sure, frustration sets in when our guys face an @ 5 run ERA pitcher that shouldn’t be dominating like he was, but that game was great. Even better when we win.

    Now, the best 1 run game I’ve seen is hands down, without a doubt… game 6 in 1995 in Cleveland. Tommy Glavine pitched a masterpiece. It was the most critical pitchers duel of the decade. The outcome was kinda’ nice too. One David Justice pop was all he needed. Braves Nation needed more cushion though… for our nerves if nothing else. That, and Kenny Lofton seeming to come to bat every inning.

    The Morris-Smoltz duel of 91 was my second vote for intense/close playoff or WS Braves games. Can’t help but still have a thorn in my side about the Hrbek-Gant umpire goof and the Lonnie base running hesitation… oh, I’ll drop it.

    Now, on occasion, a not so tight game is preferred. When we really need to get a monkey off our backs, in a pennant race or in the playoffs. I’ll take going into the 9th with a 6 run lead anytime. It’s a different kind of enjoyment… those games. I’m much more of a ‘want to see a close, well played game’ purist when I’m watching teams other than the Braves. Guess it’s because I’m not nearly as emotionally invested.

    Hopefully I won’t be a purist come October. A five game lead with 4 games to play before post season would be my idea of good fun.

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  486. 506 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I’m “properly reminded”, but not convinced. I stand by my earlier. Good morning, SG.

    I’ll be away for a while. Must go visit a friend in the horsepistol. Later.

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  487. 507 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Another classic game and series comes to mind… the 1988 NLCS. Dodgers vs. Athletics. If you remember, the Mets were heavily favored to take the NL that year, having beat up on Dodgers all season. I was a bit foggy on the details so Wiki has helped fill in the blanks here.

    It was an intense seven games. I was glued to the set for every game that was available. Game 2 was rudely played late so we could hear Lloyd Bentsen tell Dan Quayle, “I knew Jack Kennedy, and you sir, are no Jack Kennedy”. I digress.

    So many big names in that series: Darryl Strawberry; Dwight Gooden; David Cone; Lenny Dykstra… then the all-time classic: Kirk Gibson’s 12th inning, game-winning home run in game 4 was a crushing blow to the Mets. Gibson was a monster. Wonder if our Roger McDowell remembers that one? Ouch.

    Orel Hershiser was flat-out amazing, pitching in 4 games, once in relief and then a complete game 7 vs. Ron Darling. Orel Hershiser has to be right at the top, if not the very top of all-time series pitching performances that year. Starting, relieving, dominating. His MVP was a no brainer.

    Following that, the World Series vs. Athletics was another classic. Hershiser pitched himself another MVP. The most dramatic moment I’ll never forget was Kirk Gibson’s arm pumping home run. The man was hobbled to the point of barely walking, came to the plate and hit the all-time classic, fairy tale dinger off of Dennis Eckersley. Who can’t still picture that and see him fouling off pitches until the infamous “back door slider” was crushed. Kirk limping while rounding those bases was glorious.

    Other than 1995 with our Braves, baseball does not get much better than that.

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  488. 508 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Make that… first line NLCS Dodgers vs. Mets. Yes, I know, WS was Dodgers vs. Athletics. My words were wandering even more than my mind was recalling that great NLCS and WS.

    Mulligan.

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  489. 509 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Hippy slippage as it were. 😆

    Music. Good indie rock music…

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  490. 510 Gil in Mechanicsville April 12, 2008 at 10:48 am

    SG… There are no Mulligans allow during Masters week…. 🙂

    Now pitching duels… One of my all time favorites involved Greg Maddox vs the Cardinals. It has been so long ago now, I cannot remember the opposing pitcher or the date but it was during one of those times when winning was crucial and both pitchers were absolutely at the top of their game.

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  491. 511 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Mad Dog… love the guy. A surgeon.

    Wish he was in Atlanta.

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  492. 512 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I dare you to watch this whole video. If you do you will, I think, have the same reaction that I do when I listen to some of your “music”. And that is WHAT?!!

    video.aol.com/video-detail/using-rock-band-drum-kit-in-reason-4-on-pc/30… – 80k – Cached – Similar pages

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  493. 513 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Before I babble my morning and this perfect weather away, I’ve got some gardening to do… the hard part… ground prep. Better get started. See you good folks around game time. Before I go, two favorite tunes from David Gray:

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  494. 514 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 11:05 am

    dAMN! tO HELL WITH IT!

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  495. 515 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Paladin… was that the Sound of Silence? Couldn’t hear it. 😆

    Try this:

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  496. 516 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 11:14 am

    SG; try this o!o :mrgreen:

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  497. 517 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 11:23 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTqCwlQODxo – 92k – Cached – Similar pages

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  498. 518 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 11:24 am

    SG; After you have listened to that at least 50 times, share it with Salty.

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  499. 519 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Hey all,
    It’s Saturday afternoon after a nice Braves win!

    I got a new blog lead ready for ya. Who do I email it to?

    I can find an email link on this site.

    Lots of love to all!
    JB

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  500. 520 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    PS SG, I love David Gray.

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  501. 521 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Paladin, how in the world do you know that song???? A big Whale fan are ya??? :mrgreen:

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  502. 522 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    JB, it’s on the the home plate page, under birthdays…I think CL had to put it there for me when I couldn’t find an email address! 😉

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  503. 523 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    The Braves released Scott Spiezio….Apparently, he wasn’t in condition to play last night. 😦

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  504. 524 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Rain delay. Well, good… a few more rows to go. Back later.

    Bear, that’s disappointing about Scott Spiezio. if you see a link please pop it up here. Hope he didn’t fall off the wagon or something.

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  505. 525 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Glavine on Turner now. “In my own words” interview. He looked like a baby in 91.

    Tommy’s always been as cool as a cucumber. Ice man.

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  506. 527 flbravesgirl April 12, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Rain? Well, at least I’m not missing anything. No TV for me today. 😦 Apparently 1:00 is too close to Fox’s 3:55 for ExtraInnings to show it.

    Sorry to hear that about Spiezio. The story kind of implies that he had a relapse.

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  507. 528 Carolina Lady April 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Hi, JB! Sorry, I didn’t realize I had forgotten to add the email address at the bottom of the post with the other links. Just send it to that address and I will receive it! THANKS!! 🙂

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  508. 529 williamwallace April 12, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Does anyone believe Kobe Bryant actually did this stunt?

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  509. 530 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Spiezio jumped the Whale.

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  510. 531 flbravesgirl April 12, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Any game yet?

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  511. 532 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Nope.Frenchy bio…… again

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  512. 533 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Another squanderer of God-given talent. I realize that God gives us all talents, but he gives the talent/ability to play baseball at the major league level to so few. What a waste. What an ingrate.

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  513. 534 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Ok Carolina Lady. I just emailed my post for you. Please look it over for any errors and send it back with any red ink suggestions and a grade for me.

    Thanks!

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  514. 535 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    …but He..

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  515. 536 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    JB; Before you offer to clean the blackboard and beat the erasers, that’s my job. 😆

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  516. 537 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    oh sorry, Pal. I just sent it in to have it ready for my spot. No leap frogging. sorry

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  517. 538 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    I was just inspired to write today.

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  518. 539 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I was KIDDING JB. We are happy to have your contribution. If it’s cool with the Dalai Mama, it’s cool with us.

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  519. 540 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    My muse had visited me what was i to do, Paladin?

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  520. 541 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    3 run homer by Frenchy!!!!!!!!!!

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  521. 542 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    sweet shot by Frenchy. The bats made it to DC finally

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  522. 543 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Put out, and properly bait, more muse traps.

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  523. 544 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I use coffee. They love it, Pal

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  524. 545 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I find a muse cat handy. Now, baseball!!

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  525. 547 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    What the hell is Bobby playing Chipper for?!

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  526. 548 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Paladin…

    “Imagine me and you and you and me….so happy togetheeeeeeer”

    Where is everyone?

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  527. 549 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Good damage control, Smoltzie!!

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  528. 550 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I don’t know, JB. They are a strange bunch when it comes game time.

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  529. 551 jbinatl April 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Well unfortunately I gotta split. I’ll be back later. Have a good Braves day.

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  530. 552 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks JB. Have a good ‘un.

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  531. 553 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    On phone….Nationals pitcher looks like Barry Zito…..

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  532. 554 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    If you’re ordering pizza Bearman, get me a medium deluxe with jals on the side.

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  533. 555 Bob, journalist April 12, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Bob asked that I thank all who have inquired and promises to answer each of the emails when he is better able. He’s fine but sore and lying on the heating pad.

    I read some of the morning’s posts to him and I think Berigan’s made his day!

    Please my thanks to his!

    Carol

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  534. 556 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Carol, thanks for the update, and hope Bob is well soon!

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  535. 557 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Frenchy and McCann just went back to back for those not able to watch the game! 10 to 1!!!

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  536. 558 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Salty, thanks for the Spiezio link. Sounds like he must’ve slipped on to many A’s. Hard to do AA in AAA. The Collective Soul link was good too. Good band… I have that album.

    Paladin, have a heart man. Scott’s not an ingrate, just a guy with a problem.Me, I never met a man that could hold his liquor as well as a bottle could.

    WW, Kobe’s insurance agent would have a cow if he saw that clip. So would his agent, his manager, his team, his wife. His mom wouldn’t be thrilled either.

    Carol, thanks for the report. Please give Bob our love and tell him we’re thinking about him. Hope he’s propped up a little and able to see the game… this one would cheer him up.

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  537. 559 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Paladin… I watched that clip of your 49 times already. Sounds pretty good. What was the problem again? :mrgreen:

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  538. 560 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    What a game for Frenchy. This team is starting to hit on all cylinders. Ohman looks strong. He’ll probably have to back it down a notch or two.

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  539. 561 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Maybe I can squeeze a few clips in the middle of these roaring crickets.

    Here’s a few clips for Joe Strummer fans. The first clip you might remember if you ever watched the good but ill-fated HBO series, ‘John From Cincinnati’ (I loved it and hated to see it end).

    Strummer was a musical genius with many breakthrough, HOF bands. RIP Joe.

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  540. 562 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    SG; When you finish with that one, I have several more by the same “group”. Let me know. 😛

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  541. 563 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    You “music mavens” remind me of those guys(and gals)that come to public places like the beach and park where you are trying to enjoy the natural environment and assume, I assume, because they like their music that you will love it played at pain-inducing decibels. There are several things that should be kept to yourself, music being one…unless someone asks. I know that this will solidify my hold on grouchy and crabby old codger, but…who cares. I say what I think and it ain’t hard to figure out what I’m talking about. Obscene on occasion, but obtuse—never!

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  542. 564 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Pal, did you forget your meds today you grumpy old fart?

    Oh, was that you back in the day sitting on that park bench. Was our music too loud? Sorry, but we just thought you could relate to what we were blasting. You know, rock is best loud. Yup, there you were…

    just sittin’ on the park bench

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  543. 565 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I’m Waldorf.

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  544. 566 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Thing is Pal, on the beach or in the park, you couldn’t just scroll on by like you can here, you had to expend a little juice and get up and stroll away or listen.

    Anyway, just to calm you down and put you in a better mood, I have a clip here that I guarantee you will like. In fact, I’d be willing to bet you on it. I’ll buy free drinks at Klobbers all night if you don’t like it. If you do like it, you quit griping.

    Deal? You have to agree before listening. Honor system rule.

    Paladin’s Very Own Music Clip.

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  545. 567 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    I’ll quit griping, at least for tonight. And Klobber, set ’em up on me.

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  546. 568 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    There. That’s more like it. Klobber, bring out the top shelf stuff. 😆

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  547. 569 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Yeah, give SG his usual…Ronnies Ripple.

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  548. 570 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Tell you what Pal, unless you see a “Paladin Safe” notice on a music clip… don’t go there. You probably wouldn’t like it.

    Braves did good today. Smoltzy toughed it out. Frenchy came alive, the bats woke up like a sleeping monster awakened by that pesky monkey on its back and things are starting to click. A sweep tomorrow and we’re really rolling.

    Now, I’m gonna go finish what I started before the rain comes.

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  549. 571 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Smoltzie is, was, and will be my hero. NOBODY gives you what he does time after time. And I owe an apology to Frenchy, and more to Diaz, who both are coming “around”. I agree. A sweep tomorrow and a “run” coming up.

    I’m also going and finish what I started. What was it?

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  550. 572 Gil in Mechanicsville April 12, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Yes, it was a curious game today in some respects. I too wondered why Chipper was playing past the third inning. I was glad to see the Braves’ bats come to life but some of that was due to poor play in the field by the Nationals outfield. Kearns miscue in the first being very notable. I thought Matt Diaz’s heads up play on Millage’s imitation of Lonnie Smith was a back breaker. No way he should have stretched that floater into a double.

    I thought Ohman did curry himself any favor with Cox with his poor relief performance in the seventh. When you are up 10 runs, you never should be walking people.

    When the Braves play Washington is one of the few times I actually get to see them play on Saturday.

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  551. 573 Gil in Mechanicsville April 12, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Uh.. did not… man, feel like a Mets fan….

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  552. 574 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Ohman curry? Thai dish? :mrgreen:

    Matt Diaz did look good and the swing is really coming around. Heard on the radio during the delay that he just hated the cold in Colorado, effected his whole body, chapped his hands and such. I think all of our guys and the Rockies probably felt the same way. Glad nobody was injured in that frigid football weather.

    The Nationals park is just fine so far. That’s a pretty funky outfield wall that traps balls underneath and could make for some pretty flukey freaky inside park home runs this year. Funky, freaky, flukey in the same sentence (blog first?).

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  553. 575 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Two items of stuff: An airplane crashed in Monrovia after the pilot reported a problem with the “transponder”. Hello! The transponder has nothing to do with the flyability of the aircraft. Is this another .25 light bulb crash?

    Secondly, students from Randolph(used to be Randolph Macon)in VA are visiting the Chicken Ranch in Nevada for what purpose? The women there spread their legs (for money) for male customers. I’m sorry for my tell-it-like-it-is but it is. Is this something that will contribute to the education of students at one of the nations’ top female schools? I think not.

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  554. 576 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    The NL East bottom line:

    Bad News: None.

    Good News: Mets lost, Florida lost.

    Breaking News: Phils up on Cubs, 2-0 in the 4th.

    Great News: Braves won.

    Sutton talks HOF for Huddy:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080412&content_id=2520199&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl

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  555. 577 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Gettin’ kind of quiet around here, again. Do-rey-me.

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  556. 578 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Pal, you weren’t talkin’ Kentucky fried chicken there were you?

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  557. 579 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    SG; Are you never a smart ass? :mrgreen:

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  558. 580 Savannah Guy April 12, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Maybe… mine was what I call a 40′ pole comment. That’s about as close to your earlier report as I wanted to get. Kids curriculum has sure changed hasn’t it.

    I’ve just been boppin’ around the MLB neighborhood, reading JB’s, Scribes, AJC, Braves and such. Lotta good info out there.

    Yup, it’s been a quiet day on Braves and Stuff. Momma said there’d be days like this. I’m about to call it an evenin’ myself… sumpin’ smells good in the kitchen and the pots are a’clangin’ real nice.

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  559. 581 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    I guess I meant are you always a smart ass. Chianti does that to you.

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  560. 582 Paladin April 12, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    OK, big guy. We’ll let it go at that. Have a good night and I’ll try to have one, too.

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  561. 583 Carolina Lady April 12, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    JB, lead received. Grade: A+ 😀 Very good – and thanks! Folks are going to enjoy it!

    Taxes are DONE! Whew!! 😆 😆 😆

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  562. 584 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    CL, you beat me! 😡 Actually, had a bad headache all day(as opposed to those really nice headaches) and just worked a wee bit on them earlier today….gee, this isn’t a year where the taxes aren’t due till the 17th or somethin’ is it??? 😳

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  563. 585 Bay Area Steve April 12, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Can I stop sweeping the CK saloon yet? Has it been 30 days? Good behavior?

    And, how am I going to blog if BUI is not accepted? Please tell me the limit is higher than .08.

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  564. 586 chrisklob April 12, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    BAS, wherethehellyoubeenson? You never answered my email. You okay? Been in the hospital? Jail? Doghouse?

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  565. 587 Carolina Lady April 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Steve, it’s about time you showed up!!! 😆 Glad to see you!

    Sorry about your headache, Berigan. Hate those! Hope it’s better tomorrow. I do my taxes on TurboTax (online) and it only took about 6 hours – in-between constant interruptions! 🙂 At least I don’t have to pay and will actually get a small refund.

    Now I have a headache! Probably from reading too much small print and looking at the monitor too long!

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  566. 588 chrisklob April 12, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    CL, sounds like you need a cold DC!

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  567. 589 Carolina Lady April 12, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    That is exactly what I need, Chris! Got one behind the bar somewhere? 🙂

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  568. 590 Carolina Lady April 12, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Got up this morning to find water all over the kitchen floor and soaked carpet in the hallway. Something in the Refrigerator or freezer has let loose. Been changing out wet towels all day.

    This fridge (Whirlpool) was purchased in Dec 1979, has run all those years with only 2 very minor repairs. But, the seals are shot, the body is pitting, and I think its time has come.

    Went to town and bought a new one to be delivered Wednesday. Will use a lot of towels between now and then. 😦

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  569. 591 Carolina Lady April 12, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Everybody evaporated. 😦 Going to bed. Without my Diet Coke. sigh…..

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  570. 592 chrisklob April 12, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    SOrry for the slow service CL!

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  571. 593 Bay Area Steve April 12, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    She’ll wait a week for a frig but 10 minutes is too long for a blog saloon diet coke. Tough blogmeister. And who does their taxes with days to go? Perfect thing to do while waiting for the refrigerator….and CK’s diet coke.

    Please note: this, as always, is sarcasm (and nowhere was “yerass” mentioned).

    And, Klobber, what are you talking about “didn’t answer your email”….

    I responded hours ago….well, at least one hour ago….

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  572. 594 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2008 at 12:17 am

    CL… Sounds like the supply line for the ice maker… Not tough fix but as good excuse as any if you wanted a new one… 🙂

    Good race tonight. Turned into a fuel mileage race but a win is a win…. My boy came in third but I will take it.

    Now, time to get some sleep, I was up until 5 AM last night. Not going to do that again tonight.

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  573. 595 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Steve, I sent you an email on the 10th. Just wondering where you were.

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  574. 596 flbravesgirl April 13, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Good evening y’all. Yes, I know I’m late. Sounds like a good game today… that I missed because of Fox. 😡

    Miss Carol, thank you for updating us on Bob.

    CL, sorry to hear about your fridge & your head.

    Steve, hi! We missed you. The overnights were real quiet.

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  575. 597 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Very quiet without the BAS!

    CL, I love to nag, in case you didn’t know that! 😉 Be careful with water and Fridge! My Dad had a dentist back in St. Louis(Best ever, he said) that was electrocuted by water on ground by dryer. Granted this ain’t a dryer, just be wary!

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  576. 598 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Confound it! 😡 I KNOW the bold was just before and after CL, why is everything bold????

    And what about my headache FLB????? It’s much worse than CL’s!!!!! 😛

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  577. 599 flbravesgirl April 13, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Aww, I’m sorry, Berigan. Can I get you something? Advil, a cool cloth, a cupcake?

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  578. 600 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 12:54 am

    All three please!!!! 🙂 Ran out of advil a few days back, and took 4 baby aspirin…which didn’t do the trick! Ovaltine did more for me than anything else.

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  579. 601 flbravesgirl April 13, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Poor baby. You’d better go to the drugstore or Walmart tomorrow & resupply. And I’m making a batch of cupcakes to try out the strawberry frosting on. Will that work?

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  580. 602 flbravesgirl April 13, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Unfortunately I feel my eyes getting heavy. All the assorted projects my mom has me working on this weekend aren’t leaving much time for blogging.

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  581. 603 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 1:09 am

    I’ll survive….a good night’s sleep will do wonders for me. Some cupcakes with strawberry frosting will as well!

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  582. 604 flbravesgirl April 13, 2008 at 1:15 am

    A good night’s sleep would probably do wonders for me too but I rarely get one. I’m an insomniac night owl in a family of early birds too, so that doesn’t help. If it weren’t for some family traits, I’d think the hospital gave me to the wrong parents sometimes.

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  583. 605 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 1:22 am

    FLB, we smart folks just have more trouble shutting down our massive brains! 😉

    We often do the wrong thing before bed, reading, listening to music…don’t know what else one can do before bed,(Shuddup Pallyboy!) but I know if I read about cars (Like I am tonight) I will have cars on the brain while trying to get some shut eye.

    Well, gonna shut it down for the night(Or for 5 hours, whichever comes first! )
    Goodnight FLB, Chris, and BAS if you are still out there…

    Oh, just checked on Andruw. Dodgers scored 11. Andruw drove in none. He went 0 for 3, but managed to score 3 times! B.A. is .105. He dreams of the .222 of last year….

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  584. 606 flbravesgirl April 13, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Reading & music are my ways of “settling” for the night. Speaking of which, I need to do so.

    Good night y’all!

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  585. 607 Bob, journalist April 13, 2008 at 4:35 am

    I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess … goodness!

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  586. 608 Bob, journalist April 13, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Berigan, you should know by now that you shouldn’t be bold around CL.

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  587. 609 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Bob!!! Must be feeling better then???? Good! 🙂 And sir, perhaps you should slow instead of fast, these days! :mrgreen: 🙄

    And right you are about not being bold around CL! 😉

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  588. 610 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Santana finds out what beings a Mutts player is like when you fail. Bonus: He throws a barb at the fans.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/2008/04/12/2008-04-12_goodwill_toward_johan_santana_is_history.html

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  589. 612 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 9:58 am

    What is wrong with Andruw Jones?

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  590. 613 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Klobber; Once again, the “loyal” muts fans are on their way to getting in the head of a really good player. Good for us, and a pity for them.

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  591. 614 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Why Maddux may retire as a Brave!

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  592. 615 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Paladin, you have to appreciate that kind of loyalty to your team and its players!

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  593. 616 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Andruw is on his way to being the highest priced bench player in baseball. But, there will still be teams falling all over themselves to sign him for next year.

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  594. 617 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 10:06 am

    And good morning B&S folk! (Sounds like an old railroad company!)
    Now for some non-denominational baseball.
    WW, if you are around today, I’d be curious what you think of this comparison.

    Player X had a total of 1389 RBI’s 68th all time.
    Player Y had a total of 1266 RBI’s 110th all time.

    Player X had a career batting average of .285
    Player Y had a career batting average of .265

    Player X hit .300 or better 7 times.
    Player Y hit .300 or better 2 times.

    Player X was in 2456 games.
    Player Y was in 2180 games.

    If you guys haven’t figured it out by now, player X is a former Catcher, Ted Simmons. 😉

    Player Y is Dale Murphy.

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  595. 618 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Paladin, if Andruw stinks it up this year and next I seriously doubt he’ll get a big payday in 2010. That would be three and a half years of him being bad.

    Then again, maybe the Mets will take him.

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  596. 619 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I predict that Andruw will eventually end up like Javy; a Braves minor league contract trying to play his way on to the team. And failing.

    Bearman; A word to the wise. Picking at Dale Murphy is not a way to win friends and influence people on the B & S blog.

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  597. 620 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Berigan, what is it that you see in Ted Simmons that most others don’t?

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  598. 621 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 10:12 am

    And I am not at all trying to take anything away from Murphy, one of my all time favorites. They BOTH belong in the hall, and it’s not likely either will be, anytime soon. Murphy, at his best a better hitter than Simmons, at least power wise. Of course, Murphy played at the launching pad, and Simmons in the old Busch before the fences were moved in. Only the Astrodome was worse for hitting homers.

    But, you can see why I blab on about Simmons. Like Murphy, too many games played per year took there toll. 7 straight years of 150 or more games for Simmons, and as a catcher! Like Murphy, most of his career wasted on bad to mediocre teams.

    A did you know, then I will shut up about this….for now! 😉 Did you know only one catcher drove in more RBI’s than Simmons??? Yogi Berra. That’s it.

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  599. 622 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Paladin, I hope your prediction does not come true. AJ was one of the truly great ones for this franchise. I would hate to see him have to stoop to that low level.

    I’ve always been a proponent of athletes retiring a little too soon rather than a little (or lot) too late. Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest ever but to watch him in that last comeback was pathetic. Same could be said for Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards? Really?) and many, many others. Greed is a powerful force.

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  600. 623 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Chris, see the last line in my post above! 😉
    And Peter Gammons and Keith Oberman(Hey, he knows baseball, if nothing else) both think he should be in there. I think hanging around after he wasn’t an all-star hurt him….perhaps he wasn’t too friendly with the press??? I don’t know….all I know is that I heard broadcasters say he was really the best catcher the last few years Bench played, but Bench was the guy who at one time was the best all around catcher ever, so he was forever in his shadow….
    His defense tanked, like it does for just about every catcher once they get in their early 30s'(Carter, Piazza, Javy, etc) Which makes you really respect the Bob Boone’s Fisks, and Rodriguez’s of the catching world….

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  601. 624 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Berigan, if Simmons stuck around too long I can understand more so than some of these other guys. Ball players in his era didn’t make the money that some of the guys are making now.

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  602. 625 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Forget about his “numbers”, Dale Murphy is probably the most exemplary person to ever wear the uniform. Should that count? Well, it is the LACK of those qualities that is keeping Pete Rose and all his “numbers” out of the hall. Talk about convoluted reasoning and double(divided by 3)standards!

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  603. 626 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Paladin, I totally agree with your 10.24.

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  604. 627 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Nice talking with you guys. I’ve got to go get some things done. Later, I hope.

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  605. 628 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Gotta mess around with my taxes some more, but a few quick comments….
    I don’t want to see the Mets finish higher than 4th this year….but I don’t want to see someone of Santana’s skills run out of town either….
    I don’t want to see Andruw just go downhill from here on out either….but, get the feeling, like Thorman, they just won’t surrender to a hitting coach and say, what am I doing wrong??? Perhaps they have succeeded up to this point(They think) by not listening to hitting coaches…I don’t know.
    I posted late last night that Andruw went 0-3 in a 11-1 Dodgers thrashing of the Padres. He’s now hitting .109!!!! Hell, with some practice, I’m sure bad back and all, I can hit that in the majors! Pitchers that swing like girls can do that!!!
    He should talk to Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz(When he’s hitting again) about their approach. EVERYONE who watches games with Andruw, knows that he will swing at pitches outside, way outside. EVERY pitcher knows this, and exploits this. What is so hard to figure out for him?????

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  606. 629 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Totally agreed. Y’all have a good day. I’m on the way to Myrtle Beach for a Pelicans game.

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  607. 630 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 10:40 am

    And I agree with P-dins 10:24 as well! Baseball needs goodwill ambassadors like Dale Murphy…

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  608. 631 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Klobber, that was a very informative article on Greg Maddux returning to Atlanta. Here’s another article that states that Maddux won’t be back.

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  609. 632 morpheus45 April 13, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Howdy, all; lightning took out my cable a couple of nights ago and it’s only working intermittantly now. Don’t be offended if I don’t respond occasionally. Haven’t had time to go back through past posts, but I will say the criteria for entering the Hall is supposed to be about players that dominated their era. I don’t think there’s a player or sportswriter out there who won’t admit Murph dominated the entire decade of the 1980’s. His exclusion is an absolute travesty.

    Also, ESPN’s power rankings have the Mets at no. 3!!!???!! and the Braves at no. 15. A 5-5 team with one good pitcher and half of a AAA lineup (the other half on the DL) at no. 3. Wow; what does that say about the rest of baseball, I wonder?

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  610. 633 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Grinch, ESPN glorifying NY teams is just home cookin’. Tastes bad too.

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  611. 634 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Klobber, Rickrolling payback is a, well… you know. :mrgreen:

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  612. 635 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 11:05 am

    SG 🙂

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  613. 636 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 11:29 am

    LA Times article– T.J. Simers:

    “Dodgers’ Jones isn’t feeling weight of the world.”

    “I don’t have to prove really nothing.”

    My oh, my… pride goeth before the fall?

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  614. 637 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 11:29 am

    PALADIN APPROVED. BE WARNED!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-38oelOufDc – 87k

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  615. 638 Carolina Lady April 13, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Wow. That Andruw article is eye-opening! Shows what a rotten attitude he really has. “Doesn’t matter what Torre thinks” ??? “Nothing to prove”??? Not fat??? Gathering boos. He won’t last long. Thanks for posting that, SG!

    Back later!

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  616. 639 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 11:51 am

    SG; I’ll make you the same deal that you made me, last night. If you don’t like the music(the video is horrible), I’ll buy tonight at Klobber’s.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABcKJ1LBXbY

    PALADIN APPROVED. BE WARNED!!

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  617. 640 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    CL, you know I have bashed Andruw, a lot….today even….but, there is something in the tone of that article…..and calling Andruw, the tubbo about 4 times….poor taste IMHO. I can’t imagine DOB even sinking to that level.

    On a lighter note….I am lighter than Andruw! :mrgreen:

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  618. 641 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Paladin, YIKES… it looks like you’re buying again tonight! 😆

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  619. 642 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Bear again, I had the same reaction to the unnecessary and hurtful “tubbo” remarks. The man writes more like a fan-troll than a sports writer.

    But still, AJ said what AJ said. That boy needs to look into the mirror… and I’m speaking metaphorically there. I’m not sure if he’s got the capacity for self awareness to improve much as a player. What we saw and got from Andruw as a Brave was pure, natural talent, love of the game and a playful innocence.

    Whether it was the Gold Club, the mansion, the multiple cars or whatever “false idols” he has in his life, Andruw lost himself. He still has a natural talent but all the other stuff or even losing weight and taking BP twice a day won’t overcome his stubborn, lost mindset. Sad but true.

    For a pro athlete… it’s not only sad but also fair.

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  620. 643 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    That’s alright. I, like Jimma, once had feeling of lust for Toni. I can renew them. And it reaffirms my opinion that all of your taste is in your mouth. IF there was ever a better keyboard player than the Captain, I never heard them. Also, it is fortunate for my pocketbook that you are a cheap drunk. 😛

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  621. 644 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    And SG, I should critique your preachy platitude about Andruw as you did mine on Speizio. But, I will accept that Andruw has “substance” problems, as well. But old friend, don’t think you will always get a free ride, or lunch.

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  622. 645 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Did you wake up grumpy again Pal? Jeez. Preachy platitude? Not in my not so humble opinion. Mine was not a critique of your comment on Spiezio, just a different opinion. That’s all. Chill dude.

    Paladin, Captain and Tennille? Please…say it ain’t so. Have you seen a doctor about this? There may be a cure. Not sure.

    You are buying drinks again tonight because:

    You can bake it, slice it, dice it, melt it, sauce it, eat it with apples, add spice to it, put it in grits or pies… but it’s still cheese. Speaking of cheese…

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  623. 647 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    If you don’t like this, you are a Muts fan/troll.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb9qL-GLDb8

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  624. 648 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    And speaking of cheese: PPPPPPPPPPPPttttttttttt! :mrgreen:

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  625. 649 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Now, that’s more like it. Ain’t no doubt that BB King is the man.

    Lucille really likes him too, even though he makes her cry and cry.

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  626. 650 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Did you stay with it long enough to hear my man Daryl tear up that keyboard in the final set? Oh, and btw, Daryl was the keyboardist for the Beach Boys and Dennis Wilson called him the best musician of all. THAT’S high praise. And Toni, a Mobile, Ala gal, was a trained classical pianist, and no slouch on the keyboard, herself. Cheesey(to you)maybe, but VERY talented. Plus, she was is(?) a fox!

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  627. 651 morpheus45 April 13, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    That wasn’t Daryl Dragon and BB, that was BB and Lucille. Paladin, agreed Daryl’s got a certain amount of talent, but watching him try to talk at the beginning about the nature of the blues (which he probably knows as much about as Ashley Olsen does catfish night at the Golden Corral) was the proverbial “kissing your sister moment.” 🙂

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  628. 652 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    knows as much about as Ashley Olsen does catfish night at the Golden Corral

    Classic Grinch. 🙂

    The Ice Man is on the mound. Go Braves… sweep!

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  629. 653 morpheus45 April 13, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Not that my keyboard level goes much beyond “Chopsticks,” mind you…

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  630. 654 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Dennis Wilson called him the best musician of all.

    Was that when Dennis was doing LSD or Cocaine? I think somebody once called Andruw another Babe Ruth once too. 😆

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  631. 655 morpheus45 April 13, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    SG, leave Andruw alone. You know good and well he’s closing in on the Babe’s hot dog and beer record.

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  632. 656 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    And you two know about as much about music as Andruw does about moderation. And I’ll be buying tonight, but here is what’s going to be playing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC2gZMNkyJo

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  633. 657 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    And a musician who uses hard drugs? Now there’s a scoop!

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  634. 658 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Uh oh. Toe? Calf? Back? Achilles? Dammit.

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  635. 659 morpheus45 April 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Whoever hasn’t tuned the game in yet, don’t. Glavine just left with an undisclosed injury in the bottom of the 1st with bases loaded, nobody out and one in.

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  636. 660 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Yikes!

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  637. 661 morpheus45 April 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Nice job by Bennett. 2-0, inning over.

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  638. 662 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Man, try to spend a few hours doing taxes, then I find out Glavine is hurt??? 😯
    Is it cold there????

    P-Din, I always liked the Captain and Tennille. Had kind of a Toni hair cut when I was younger…ahh the 70’s….She sings standards mainly today…Her Hubby’s father was pretty famous to…didn’t know he was involved in so many soundtracks, even shared an Oscar!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Dragon

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  639. 663 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    And before I bury myself in taxwork again….P,
    you might want to get the DVD of their TV show…it’s pretty cheap, especially from the new and used folks (right hand corner)
    http://www.amazon.com/Captain-Tennille-Ultimate-Collection-DVD/dp/B000ARLYDK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1208110418&sr=1-1

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  640. 664 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you, Bearman. I’m glad there is someone else on here that appreciates good sounds and pulchritude.

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  641. 665 Carolina Lady April 13, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    interesting! 🙂

    part 2:

    A really fast look at the Braves locker room:

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  642. 666 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I think I am about to switch over to the Masters and work on my taxes. Bye.

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  643. 667 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    This is getting ugly. Ankiel-type ugly.

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  644. 668 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    OK, OK… it wasn’t Ankiel ugly. Just ugly. There, is that better?

    CL, whoever was holding that camera in the clubhouse should not quit their day job.

    I think we just got a gift on that slide at home plate. We’ll take it.

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  645. 669 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Campillo looked great in relief. Reminded me a little of our old Alejandro Pena.

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  646. 670 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    669 posts… this makes an even 700. The blog is about as slow as I’ve seen it.

    Is it cold in here or is it just you?

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  647. 671 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Uh… 670. I misremembered.

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  648. 672 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    SG; You still here?

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  649. 673 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Where is everyone??? I’m taking my 28th break from my taxes…games gettin’ good!

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  650. 674 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    crud….shoulda stayed quiet….

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  651. 675 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I’m not anymore.

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  652. 676 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Awww that hurt. So close. Can be a game of feet. I’m gonna pout now.

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  653. 677 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    plenty of time for me to do my taxes. 😡

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  654. 678 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Paladin I haven’t been far away, stuck to the game and all but now I’m gonna have to go vent. Chop some logs or something. Hate to lose those that are one hit away.

    Diaz looked today just like he did in Colorado. Mechanics. Notice when he gets off of his timed back stretch he gets flat-footed and pulls off the ball. When he does that his strike zone gets about 2 feet wider and 2 feet wider than normal. Hope he warms up again in Florida.

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  655. 679 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Come to think of it, if I’m Terry Pendelton, I’m telling Diaz and maybe even Mac to try some Chris Sabo type goggles when it’s cold or windy. They’re both bothered by that with their contacts.

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  656. 680 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    correction: 2 feet wider and 2 feet higher than normal. I get plenty of time to reread my posts and proof for typos with this rapid fire repartee going on here on Braves and Stuff. sigh.

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  657. 681 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    SG, Matt does look funky, doesn’t he??? I don’t think he normally lets go of the bat with his right hand, but it seems like he is squeezing it tightly….or guessing offspeed and gets fastballs…something looks wrong.

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  658. 682 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Diaz swings at so many bad pitches and hits them, it is hard to tell when he is “off”.

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  659. 685 Savannah Guy April 13, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I like it. 😀

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  660. 686 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    That shows in a small clip why Willie has been so successful. He has the best lead guitarist in the business. Him.

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  661. 687 Bob, journalist April 13, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    205/511 … Crazy … how high’s the water Mama? 40% and rising … Happy Birthday WD … Tiger finished 2nd to a nice young man from the South, Africa that is … beautiful country that … where Beat The Drum was filmed.

    So did the Braves today, finish 2nd … another one one run game … “I just shouldn’t have swung at that pitch. I’ve got to hit the ball up the middle or go the other way. I tried to pull it” … well, you have to give young Brian credit … most wouldn’t admit to making a mistake, much less two on one pitch … but he got it right … besting the pitcher wins games … trying to pull when you should push, loses them … as does for consecutive two out walks.

    Disappointing but nothing really unexpected … though Jorge was a pleasant surprise.

    40% … hmmm

    Suppertime

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  662. 688 Bob, journalist April 13, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    four consecutive two out walks …

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  663. 689 Paladin April 13, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    If I can work my way through this boisterous crowd and make it to the door, I’m going home. Maybe I’ll see y’all next week.

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  664. 690 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Andruw Jones was 0-2 today, which means he is hitting exactly 1/2 Mendoza, .100 😯

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  665. 691 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Andruw’s BA is fast approaching his IQ!

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  666. 692 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Yes, lady luck is sometimes on the other side…

    A little factoid for everyone… Richmond won last year’s IL championship despite 134 roster moves during the season. That is not line up changes, that is roster moves….

    Canizaries continues to impress… was 2-4 again today.

    I think Bennett was tired. Has he not pitched just about every day? Sometimes though, a guy has to challenge hitters and not try to fool them with sliders.

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  667. 693 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    This is from Stark’s latest column……..

    Penmanship in Atlanta: One cardinal rule we’ve learned over the years is: When the Braves trade away a pitcher, never question it. But other people out there are already second-guessing their decision to deal away reliever Tyler Yates to Pittsburgh at the end of spring training.

    “I think their bullpen is going to have trouble,” said one scout. “I love [Rafael] Soriano as a set-up guy. But as a closer, I think he’s just middle-of-the-pack. … [Peter] Moylan is tough on right-handers, but I don’t think he can get left-handers out. … Guys like [Blaine] Boyer and [Chris] Resop have great arms, but they walk too many people and they’re up in the zone a lot. And [Manny] Acosta is the same way. … So for me, you take that whole set-up crew, and Tyler Yates is better than all of them.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&page=rumblings

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  668. 694 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Also from Stark….

    • Senior citizen of the week: As John Smoltz closes in on the 3,000-Strikeout Club (a club with only about half as many members as the 3,000-Hit Club, by the way), one scout who attended the Smoltz-Santana duel last Sunday had this glowing review:

    “If John Smoltz had shoulder problems, he sure didn’t pitch like it. His stuff was better, across the board, than Santana’s. He’s just got so many ways to get you out, and such great movement on all his pitches, it’s testimony to all the benefits of having a fluid delivery. If you’re a kid 11 or 12 years old and you want to learn how to pitch, look at John Smoltz. That’s why he’s still throwing 96 miles an hour and he’s 40 years old.”

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  669. 695 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    And Andruw dissing Torre? Uh oh….. Anyone else think he is listening to his agent a little too often and not the folks that sign his paycheck? Ask Spoonybarger how that worked out for him when he derided his manager in Florida.

    I don’t know the terms of Druw’s contract but he would really hate playing for a guy like Pinella… Might do him some good though…

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  670. 696 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I found that attitude to be pretty surprising too, even for AJ. I also thought that the writer was pretty disrespectful too. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dodgers yanked his press pass. That guy was a complete jerk.

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  671. 697 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Klobber, he must have attended the Sports Illustrated school of journalism.

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  672. 698 chrisklob April 13, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Good point Gil. I quit reading that rag years ago because of some of the crud they published (John Rocker and David Wells).

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  673. 699 Carolina Lady April 13, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    699 posts. Guess it’s time to run up a new flag! 😆

    JB makes his Braves&Stuff lead debut: NEW BLOG IS UP!

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  674. 700 BeRiGaN 5 tHe ReTuRn April 13, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Just finished my taxes….. 😡 Self employment taxes got me again….oh well, not much to pay for a year, just having to come up with it all at once…nuts….

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  675. 701 Bob, journalist April 13, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Senior citizen of the week: John Smoltz … I’ll buy that!

    However Chris, the ratio of the two club memberships isn’t really surprising … the offensive objective of all position players is to get hits … while the pitcher’s objective is to best the hitter … with but one of the desirable outcomes being a strikeout … plus, the composition of the teams … position/pitching … would directionally suggest such a ratio, or so me thinks.

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