41: Seeing the future of the franchise

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by Chrisklob

CHARLESTON, SC – I’ve been a baseball fan since I was a kid and a Braves fan since the mid-80’s. I probably would have been a Braves fan sooner but my parents would never buy cable so I never got to see them play, at least with any regularity, until I was in college and bought cable on my own. Man, I miss Skip and Pete and TBS!

That being said, I did not become a fan of minor league baseball until 2000. Josh Hamilton, who was heralded as “The Next Big Thing”, was assigned to the Charleston RiverDogs and the local media was in full lather as they covered him. I decided to attend a few games and I became hooked. I don’t know exactly when I decided to collect autographs, but once I did, I couldn’t be kept away from the ballpark when the home town team is playing. I even started traveling to cities such as Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, Zebulon and Jacksonville to see certain teams and players on their stage.

Don’t be mistaken. I’m not one of those sick autograph chasers that stalk players at their hotel or, even worse, at their homes. Ball players are people too, and I am very careful to not impede upon anyone’s personal time. Also, in the nine seasons that I have been collecting, I have never bought or sold an uncertified autograph. I don’t believe in it. At the minor league level, players work hard for little pay. To sell one of their autographs might literally take money out of someone’s pocket. I take this very seriously.

What attracted me to collecting minor league autographs is the fact that it’s fairly easy (as I am inherently lazy) plus the fact that at the same time you get to see tomorrow’s superstars. I have had the opportunity to see some of today’s biggest stars play while they were still “kids”. It’s a real thrill too look at the “crawl” on the bottom of the ESPN screen and see the name of a kid you knew just a couple of years ago.

As a Braves fan, I have had the opportunity to see their minor league teams through four levels of play: Low A, High A, AA, and AAA. I’ve also gotten a lot of their autographs, many of which currently occupy prominent places in my study and in my son’s bedroom.

Last weekend was a particularly fun one for me. On Saturday I had the chance to see the Rome Braves in Charleston and then on Sunday I traveled to Myrtle Beach to see the Pelicans. Along the way I saw some of our future and got a bunch of pictures (for future autographs) and got a bunch of good stuff signed.

I won’t lie to you. I don’t consider myself to be an expert talent evaluator. At the levels that I see, the top prospects are generally so far and away superior to the others it’s kind of funny to watch the other players try to keep up. I’ll leave the real talent evaluation to Gil. He gets to see many of the Braves top prospects play amongst the crΓ¨me de la crΓ¨me and against former major leaguers. Because of that simple fact, and the fact that he’s been watching prospects longer than I have I will defer to him in this regard.

What I can offer though is a basic evaluation of a player’s personality. One benefit to seeing young players is that many of them still enjoy signing autographs and talking with the fans. Over the weekend of April 11-13 I had the opportunity to see both the Rome Braves and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Those teams are the Braves Low A and High A affiliates, respectively.

Rome’s roster has a ton of up and coming prospects. Jason Heyward is the most talked about, but Cody Johnson and Jeff Locke are both on that team and are currently listed in Baseball America’s Braves Top 10 Prospects List.

I had a chance to chat with Jason Heyward for a few minutes. He is listed at 6’4″ and 220 lbs. I don’t believe he actually weighs that much but let me tell you, while he’s not exactly skinny, this kid has a frame that was meant for hanging meat on! He’s still quite young and when he fills out, he’s going to be a monster! Kind of reminds me of a young Derrick Lee. He’s playing in the outfield now but frankly, I suspect the move to first base will come sooner, rather than later. Oh, he’s got a laser beam for an arm too! Through the first 22 games of this young season, he’s got a .310 BA, .358 OBP, .405 SLG, and .763 OPS. Only one home run so far, but the power numbers don’t generally develop until they are a little older.

I didn’t get the chance to speak with Jeff Locke, but I did chat with Cody Johnson very briefly, he was “okay” to talk with. He struck me as one of those kids that has been told how great he was ever since he started playing t-ball. I won’t hold that attitude against him until I see him a few more times though. Gotta give the kid the benefit of the doubt! He was also very impressive in the outfield. Strong armed, like Heyward, and pretty fast. So far his numbers look like this: .259 BA, .330 OBP, .506 SLG, and .836 OPS. One thing that concerns me is the fact that he has 34 K’s (against only 9BB) in 85 AB’s. However, one thing I’ve learned watching baseball at this level is that these numbers are seldom indicative of what a player will do in the higher minor leagues or the majors. There is plenty of time to make the necessary adjustments.

On Sunday, a couple of friends and I drove up to Myrtle Beach. The Pelicans were hosting the Frederick Keys, Baltimore’s High A affiliate. Now THAT team is loaded with prospects. Six of Baseball America’s Baltimore Top Prospect top 10 were there, including Matt Weiters. Weiters went to Georgia Tech, but grew up in the Charleston area. He was picked 6th overall by the Orioles last June and it is safe to say that he’s on the fast track to the bigs. Anyway, aside from Weiters, we wanted to see Gorkys Hernandez and Tyler Flowers. Those guys got so much press during the spring that we wanted to see if the were the real deal. Flowers is another monster of a man. At 6’4″ and 245 lbs., he seems awfully big to be a catcher but he did a good job behind the plate.

Gorkys Hernandez was very impressive in the field. He got very good jumps on just about every ball hit his way (and Frederick hit the Pelicans hard that day). What really impressed me is his speed and the fluid nature of his motion as it seems effortless. He is putting up some rather impressive numbers so far: .309 BA, .378 OBP, .568 SLG, and .946 OPS. Even more impressive are the FIVE triples he has in only 81 AB’s! Hey, I told you the kid has good wheels. Between Schaffer’s “issue” and Hernandez’s performance, it might create some real issues for Homeboy Upstairs. Some tough decisions will have to be made. Seems to be a good problem to have though, don’t you think?

I’ve asked our blog hostess to post a few of the photos that I took that day so you can get a look at the boys in action. Hope you enjoy the seeing the future of the franchise!


708 Responses to “41: Seeing the future of the franchise”

  1. 1 Carolina Lady May 2, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Great lead, Chris! Informative and entertaining! Terrific photos. Many thanks!!! πŸ˜€


  2. 2 Carolina Lady May 2, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Grinch and BobJ are up next!


  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Really, really good lead Chris…. We have missed you around these parts. It appears your new job is cutting into your blog time… πŸ™‚

    Now baseball…. Wow, now this is what the Braves Nation has been looking forward to since the beginning of spring training. One mistake pitch thrown all night and McCann crushes it.

    Huddy looked about as good as I have seen him in a Braves uni…

    Now if Jo Jo can continue along the lines of success he has had at Richmond this year, Atlanta has a chance to turn this thing around.

    And yes, it was good to hear Skip’s voice again. One forgets how good he really is. Great evening all around.

    And my homeboy, Denny Hamlin won tonight at his hometown track in the Nationwide race. Woo hoo… baby sitting with mom won’t be too bad tomorrow.


  4. 4 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Okay folks, I have to try and turn in early (for me) tonight. If my knee awakens me, I’ll drop by for a bit later. Night all….


  5. 5 flbravesgirl May 2, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Good evening y’all. Great work, Chris! It’s fun to “get to know” the kids when they’re still on the way up. Makes them more than another name on the minor league roster.

    Can we please have this Hudson all year? Wow. The only bad thing about that game is getting stuck with the Reds feed. 😑 I wanna hear Skip!


  6. 6 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 12:13 am

    I see that y’all’s Hawks won again. Congrats. I’m sure Scribe enjoyed the game.


  7. 7 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 12:37 am

    hello??? 😯


  8. 8 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 12:52 am

    CL, Gil, FBG, thanks for the kind words. It really is fun to meet these kids. By the time they get to the majors, you’ve “known” them for years!

    I didn’t get to see much of tonight’s game but I read where Huddy went the distance for the win. We got home after 8. Matt and I watched a couple of innings and then I fell asleep. It surely was nice to hear Skip’s voice again. I know he does radio for home games. Unfortunately, Braves radio gets pre-empted pretty regularly here by local college/pro events. Really makes me angry. Nobody, and I mean nobody, does it like Skip does. Does anyone know if he ever received his Wurlitzer?

    Gil, my job IS cutting into my daytime blogging for sure. Our evenings are so full with our kids’ schedules. By the time I get home I am worn out and I’ve run out of words.

    I wanted to respond to a post from Salty from earlier this evening on the previous blog:

    I don’t think it’s conditioning. It is alarming the rate at which pitchers are going down, all over baseball…and they’re not even racking up near the innings that were standard in our youth (or younger days!). That doesn’t make sense…contradicts all the medical/fitness advancements. The only difference I see, as has been mentioned, is the lower mound. That really changes the physics of pitching, and relocates the stress points. Also, whether it was here, or across the street, there was mention made of less emphasis on throwing with the β€˜drive of the legs’. That definitely is a contributor. Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Ron Guidry, Bob Gibson, Drysdale…on and on…they had drive. Ryan protected his legs religiously…he knew where the power came from…leg drive and a strong lower back. Even Smoltzie knows it…as it’s the only reason (in my most humble opinion) he’s been able to overcome the surgeries. Enough pontificating.

    I agree that the height of the mound changes the dynamics of the game. Here’s another aspect to consider. In my area, kids can start playing t-ball at age 4. Kid-Pitch starts at age 8. For many of the kids, they play several seasons per year. I have a friend whose son is playing/has played on three different teams THIS SPRING (high school/AAU/Little League) alone! He’ll play on two teams all summer too. Combine that with the fact that far too many amateur coaches do not have the understanding or ability to teach proper mechanics at a young age and you have a recipe for serious mechanical breakdown somewhere down the line. All those practices and games plus improper technique is wearing these kids out.

    At one of Matt’s games earlier this year, I was standing near his coach when I heard him exclaim, “Holy crap! That kid is trying to throw a curve ball”! (My son plays in a 9-10 yr. old league!) That is far, far too young for a kid to be throwing breaking balls! He’ll be a Tommy John surgery candidate by the time he’s in high school.

    Every mechanical device has a finite lifespan. With proper care, that lifespan can be extended but with poor care, it can also be shortened. If you think of the human body as a series of mechanical devices (ligaments, tendons, joints, etc.) we are prematurely aging our kids, especially the pitchers, by allowing them to play too much of the same sport and play it incorrectly. When you think about it, really it’s not surprising that so many youngsters are blowing out elbows and shoulders. They’re just worn out!

    Not that I’m bragging (but I am) but Matt turned an unassisted double play tonight and damn near had a triple play. It was great heads-up baseball on his part and it totally broke the spirit of the team they were playing! That’s my boy!


  9. 9 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Didn’t want to say nice lead, til you know…I read the sucker! πŸ˜‰ Chris, very nice lead!!! It’s great you get the chance to see so many of the up and comers. Don’t undersell your scouting abilities, either!
    Jason Heyward sounds like a good one! But, if we could get Joe Blanton for him, we ought to do it. We seem to be set in center and right for a long time, anyways….


  10. 10 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Chris, good point about what happens to the youngsters today. Heck, I even heard Smoltz on the radio last year say something about all the curves he thru as a kid, and how that may be a reason for 4 elbow operations.
    I get mad every time I see highlights of the little league world series and I see curve after curve…
    I heard kids will actually damage the big bone if young enough tossing curves…bones are softer I think….


  11. 11 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Wither FLB????


  12. 12 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Yes, and whither FBG? This is her time for blog domination!

    Thanks Berigan! It really is fun to see the kids advance. I follow it regularly. It’s not infrequent to see a kid in Low A ball and then see him on SportsCenter the next season! In fact, Pittsburgh has a kid named Matt Capps. Several years ago, he was playing for Hickory (in our league) and made it all the way to the bigs that year. I saw him in a game or on SportsCenter and had to go pull the cards that he’d signed for me just a couple of months before since I thought I was losing my mind.

    By the way, the rule of thumb for pitchers is that they shouldn’t throw any breaking balls until they need to shave. Even then, they probably shouldn’t throw too many. If you’ve got a good one, use it as your “out” pitch, but only if you’ve got a good catcher!


  13. 13 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Sounds like a good rule of thumb Chris! I had a good curve….throw it for a strike any time I wanted…it was the fastball that I had no control of…..still think I could stink it up and play somewhere with my junk! πŸ™‚
    Go to bed Chris…oh wait, it’s friday, guess you can hang with us a little while longer! πŸ˜‰


  14. 14 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Chris, I think I mentioned this before, when I moved from St. Louis to Jacksonville, I felt having only a AA team in town made me feel like I was demoted, somehow. Plus, baseball fans in Jacksonville were as rare as Hen’s teeth. Never went to a minor league game….missed a LOT of great expo players come thru town. Now that I am older, I would have much more interest in seeing some of the kids come to town. Guess I will have a chance once the AAA team comes to Gwinnett.


  15. 15 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Berigan, I actually pulled a Berigan tonight. Fell asleep in my chair. Woke up at 10.30. Got my son off the couch and we both went to bed. Wife got home at 11.15 and woke me up. Fell back asleep. My daughter, who is out of town, called at 11.45 to say goodnight and woke me up again. I’ve been up ever since. 😦

    I need my beauty sleep.

    A lot of it!


  16. 16 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 1:47 am

    and on that note….need to go to sleep, or at least try to….fairly big once a year car show (BOP and C) at the Marriott tomorrow, off Windy Hill road….now, if only the rain will stay away!!!!
    Later, tater gators! πŸ˜›


  17. 17 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Chris, sorry about that! Well, no need to stay up later if with someone of my intellect is calling it a night! πŸ˜†


  18. 18 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Berigan, Jacksonville has a new facility that is absolutely gorgeous. That old park was a dump but this new place is really cool.

    I think you said before that you were in JAX in the mid to late 90’s. If that’s the case, you could have seen ARod, Ron Villone, Derek Lowe, Phil Nevin, Brian Moehler, Juan Encarnacion, Dave Roberts, Jeff Weaver plus a ton of other guys that had big league success.


  19. 19 morpheus45 May 3, 2008 at 4:35 am

    What? WHAT?



    I can’t HEAR Y’all……


  20. 20 Gil in Mechanicsville May 3, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Good morning Green One…. The earth must be spinning backwards eh?


  21. 21 Gil in Mechanicsville May 3, 2008 at 5:39 am

    We all know it isn’t easy being green… Now we find it’s not cheap either.

    This from todays Times Dispatch….

    “The kicker: A pair of clown shoes can cost between $300 and $500.

    Shoes come in a rainbow of standard clown colors: red, blue, black, white, yellow and green. The style names are shorty, canoe, lollipop and tramp and the tips, or toe edge, can be straight, scallop, wingtip, double wingtip and reverse wingtip.

    One pair can take 20-30 hours to make, said John Spear, owner and founder of Spear’s Specialty Shoe Co., in Springfield, Mass. Spear said he started making clown shoes in 1983 after his son graduated from clown college and reminded his father that the industry needed solid, comfortable shoes that didn’t take forever to make.

    He makes between 300 and 500 pairs of shoes a year.

    Winstead made him promise never to create an identical pair.

    “My clowns keep the world happy and I keep the clowns happy,” Spears said. “


  22. 22 williamwallace May 3, 2008 at 7:37 am

    If you have to throw a curveball before the age of 18, you have no business being on the mound. Your fastball by itself should be dominant enough at a young age that there is no need for anything else. The time wasted throwing curveballs would be better spent hitting the books because that child has no future in baseball

    Only a self absorbed soul would presume people aren’t reading just because no one responds to what they say ….. or that if the reader is in fact not reading that it is a poor reflection of the reader ……. and not the writer.


  23. 23 Salty May 3, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Klobber…nice lead. How did Wieters look? I saw plenty of him versus my Tigers; went to HS with his dad, who was a good player himself…played QB and pitched at The Citadel, and later was in the White Sox organization.

    You may, or not, remember Charleston was a Pirates affiliate in the 70’s…John Candelaria, Willie Randolph, Miguel Dilone…and so forth. Pretty good club…played at the old park on Rutledge…not exactly the nicest part of town, even back then!


  24. 24 Salty May 3, 2008 at 7:41 am

    I believe in the knuckle-ball, myself. No stress on the arm whatsoever…the hitter can’t be mad if you plunk, since he knows you had no clue where it was going, and it wasn’t fast enough to hurt, regardless. I was tossing knucklers with a friend one day…a change-up knuckler, apparently. He moved the glove to see why the ball hadn’t shown up yet…it did…right on his nose! I held off laughing until I was sure he still had all his teeth and no broken bones…then rolled! πŸ˜† It’s a nasty pitch!


  25. 25 williamwallace May 3, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Great lead, Klobber.


  26. 26 Savannah Guy May 3, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Klobber, excellent lead and player report. Nice pics too. Between the minor league parks around you, your son’s games and Braves TV, you’ve got baseball covered.

    As you know, we have the Sally League Sand Gnats in Savannah. They’re part of the Mets franchise for the last few years. Before that it was a Nationals affiliate and before that a Cardinals club. It would be great to have a Braves affiliate here, being Georgia and all, but at every level below the majors it’s really jus about the kids and the game. It’s just apolitical, pure, unadulterated baseball. No Mutts, just good stuff… the basics.

    You’ve inspired me to get off my lazy buttocks and go to a game soon.


  27. 27 Savannah Guy May 3, 2008 at 8:33 am

    HAWKS WON… going to game 7!!!!

    That’s basketball, right? :mrgreen:


  28. 28 Savannah Guy May 3, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Salty, with a knuckle ball that moves like that, the Braves might want you. Plus, Bobby won’t have a hard time coming up with your nickname.


  29. 29 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Good lead, Klobber. Enjoyed it.


  30. 30 Salty May 3, 2008 at 8:52 am

    SG…that was then…not now! πŸ˜† Back in the days of Star Wars…the original trilogy! Heck, Niekro was still young then…relatively speaking!


  31. 31 Savannah Guy May 3, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Salty, just checkin’. A good knuckler is worth their weight in gold. But the hide does sometimes go with the hair. πŸ˜€

    A bit of this and that from here and there, looks like Edgar Renteria is having a very good year. He’s batting .301 (.324 in last 10 games). Detroit got crushed last night but the sleeping giant has heated up. What a team.

    β€œColorado Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki tore a tendon in his left quadriceps and could be out until the All-Star break, if not longer.” I can’t help but wonder if that cold weather in our series with the Rockies that affected Chipper and a few of our guys also started the tear in Troy’s quad. He was a one-man Braves wrecking crew in those games. Matt Holiday is having another great year. Mr. Clutch has a .292 BA, 16 RBI, 4 HR and he hasn’t even heated up. Lookout for another batting champ contender.

    Could that cold Braves-Rockies series have contributed to or begin the shoulder and elbow problems with some of our pitchers? Cold weather ain’t at all good on athletes, especially baseball players. Just wondering aloud.

    Furcal is red hot, Andruw is not. Poor Andruw. LaRoche is ice cold (.167 BA). Betemit is cold off NYY the bench, with just 2 for 13 in the hit department. Mad Dog and Millwood are cruisin’ along.


  32. 33 Savannah Guy May 3, 2008 at 11:00 am

    It’s Mrs. Guy’s birthday today. The Lady shall have a happy one. It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, the breeze is cool and she wants me to surprise her with a little outing, so, I just decided… we’re going to the beach. Sand, waves and corn dogs, in that order.

    Shine on Braves and Stuff.


  33. 34 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Hope you don’t get any waves or sand in your corndogs. πŸ˜› Happy Birthday to Mrs. Guy and y’all enjoy!


  34. 35 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 11:44 am


    Watched a wonderful and moving ceremony this morning. The US Navy has commissioned its newest Virginia-class submarine: hull #777 is now officially the USS North Carolina, the 4th of that name. The ceremony took place almost in the shadow of the mighty battleship USS North Carolina, the most decorated battleship in WW2, which belongs to the people of NC and is moored in the Cape Fear River. A small square of the battleship’s teak deck is installed in the flooring of the nation’s newest submarine.

    The ceremony was most impressive and heartfelt. Godspeed, North Carolina!


  35. 36 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 11:48 am

    You listen to what you and Lady Leslie want to. I’ll listen to what I want to.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlLUMwo_VVU – 95k


  36. 37 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Anchors away, USS North Carolina. Put your trust in God, but keep your powder dry.


  37. 38 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers can be held liable for flood damage caused by a “hurricane highway,” a navigation channel that is believed to have funneled Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge into the city, a federal judge ruled Friday.

    The Corps of Engineers had argued that it was immune from liability because the channel is part of New Orleans’ flood control system. The law says the federal government cannot be sued if something goes wrong with a flood control project such as a levee, reservoir or dam.

    Judge Stanwood Duval dismissed that argument, saying the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, or MRGO, was clearly a ship channel and not a flood control project.

    Plaintiffs’ lawyers said Duval’s decision is a victory for homeowners, who have suffered setbacks in their efforts to hold the government legally responsible for storm damage. They also said it clears the way for a Sept. 8 trial.

    This opens the floodgates, pun intended, to all sorts of suits against government agencies. It that seems just, where do you think the money to pay the judgements is coming from? And in NO, so many lived in shacks and condemned buildings and are suing for 3 bedroom bungalows. I hope for all our sakes that the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court, if necessary, will save us from financial disaster.


  38. 39 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    “If that seems just…”


  39. 40 Salty May 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    It doesn’t…it’s absolutely pure BS (not Braves Stuff!). 😑

    That was a decades old disaster waiting to happen…millions sent to Louisiana’s corrupt government never used for the intended purpose…to avoid the Katrina scenario.

    What judge would know a ship channel from a ‘cavity search’? Pathetic!


  40. 41 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    What judge would know a ship channel from a β€˜cavity search’?

    Good line. πŸ˜›


  41. 42 morpheus45 May 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Oh, my head…


  42. 43 Salty May 3, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I’ll type ‘softly’, Grinch…ok? Too much revelry last night? Did you help send the Celtics back to Beantown? You need some ‘hair o’ the dog that bit ya?’ πŸ˜†


  43. 44 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    When Grinch has a headache, it comes to a point. πŸ˜›


  44. 45 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Bookie; What’s the over-and-under on Jo Jo tonight?


  45. 46 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Drive by blog:

    My oldest little Raisin, J-man, wanted to say “hello”.

    “Hello!”, he said. πŸ˜€

    We’re about to head out, but as we go –

    Happy birthday to Mrs. SG.

    Great lead, klobber. I fully intend to go to several AAA games in Gwinnett. It’ll only be about 20 minutes from home.

    Later, taters!


  46. 48 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm


    Jo-Jo looks pretty good so far. 6 up, 6 down.

    Skip and Joe are doing the game on Peachtree TV. They have a fantastic chemistry.


  47. 49 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Jo-Jo gave up a hit in the 3rd, but it amounted to nothing. He looks pretty sharp.


  48. 50 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Raisins, I’m watching the game too. Makes me realize how much I miss hearing Skip regularly. Boog and Joe do a good job, but they aren’t SKip!


  49. 51 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Keep it up you guys. I’m not getting it.


  50. 52 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Sorry Palahawk. Not trying to rub it in your face.


  51. 53 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I’m serious! Give me some mini-play-by-play.


  52. 54 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    OK, I can take a joke.


  53. 55 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Jo-Jo works out of some mild trouble in the 5th. Still lookin’ good.

    2-0 good guys middle 5


  54. 56 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:22 pm


    1-0 Braves


  55. 57 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you, Raisins.


  56. 58 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    I just logged in, Skyhawk. 1 – 0 Braves in the 5th – hang on –


  57. 60 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    KJ double


  58. 61 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Kelly Johnson up
    off the wall
    standing double


  59. 62 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Single Chipper, KJ safe at home


  60. 63 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Escobar hits double
    Johnson scores
    2 – 0, 1 out


  61. 64 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Correction! Yunel singled in KJ. 😳

    I’m actually busy doing something else and not paying 100% attention to the game… 😦


  62. 65 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    “Massachusetts lawmaker claims colleague threatened her”

    It was Ted Kennedy. He threatened to sit on her.


  63. 66 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Chipper up (current ave .419) 😯
    2 balls, 2 strikes
    fly to rt field,
    runner still at 2nd
    2 out
    Tex up


  64. 67 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Sorry. Didn’t mean to interrupt. πŸ˜›


  65. 68 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks CL! I was trying to help out Skyladin, but I’m helping Mrs. Raisins out with some school work…

    Multi-tasking and the details are suffering!


  66. 69 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Tex hits to 2nd, thrown out at 1st


  67. 70 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Hey, Raisins! No problem!! Maybe between the 2 of us, we can get it right! πŸ˜†


  68. 71 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Reyes – 3-2 to Freel – base hit into rt field, Freel at 1st


  69. 72 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Bennett and Ohman up in the ‘pen


  70. 73 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    You missed your calling, CL. πŸ˜›


  71. 74 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Freel steals 2nd, Griffey strikes out – lost something there.


  72. 75 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Oh, Lord – Freel steals 3rd.


  73. 76 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Brandon PHillips hits to center, Freel scores, 2-1 Braves


  74. 77 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    We need to hire a lawyer. This guy Freel is a habitual thief.


  75. 78 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Votto up, Phillips steals 2nd, throw late


  76. 79 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Another stolen base… Mac must be having issues with his car. Joe’s blaming the bad throws on his mechanic!


  77. 80 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Votto walks, Cox on the way to the mound (2nd visit)


  78. 81 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Jo-Jo begins to unravel. Bobby’s waddling out. Bye-bye Jo-Jo…


  79. 82 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Raisins, you got it for a few minutes. Some Southern Milk Chocolate ice cream is calling me! πŸ˜€


  80. 83 morpheus45 May 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Another 5 inning performance for a starter. That one’s really on McCann, though; the three stolen bases on three bad throws rattled JoJo. I think he would’ve got out of it otherwise.


  81. 84 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    1st and 2nd, 1 out. Encarnacion at bat.


  82. 85 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Raisins, you got it for a few minutes. A refill of my chianti glass is calling me . πŸ˜†


  83. 86 Salty May 3, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Head feelin’ better, Grinch? πŸ˜•


  84. 87 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Tapper to Chipper. Only play’s to 1B.

    2nd and 3rd, 2 out. Pitching change in progress…


  85. 88 Salty May 3, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    It’s not your Chianti, Palahawk…it’s your pillow! πŸ˜›


  86. 89 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    2nd and 3rd, 2 out.

    Ohman on to pitch.

    Dunn batting…


  87. 90 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:51 pm



  88. 91 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I’m totally hammered and I have no defense. I poured it. I drank it. Now, how many touchdowns are we down?


  89. 92 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    2-1 Braves middle 6


  90. 93 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    middle of 6, Ohman pitching, still 2-1 Braves.


  91. 94 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Mac rips one to left, caught for out 1


  92. 95 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    The heck with Joe and Boog. I got Raisins and CL. πŸ˜€


  93. 96 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:55 pm


    McCann flies out to Griffey


  94. 97 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Frenchy – hustle double to left


  95. 98 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Francoeur hits to left, gets double


  96. 99 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Dusty Baker – the extrememly overrated manager – makes a pitching change.


  97. 100 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Don’t type so fast, Raisins. Damn!


  98. 101 morpheus45 May 3, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Head’s better, Salty…now I got the munchies though


  99. 102 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Dusty Baker wearing sweat bands……. (?)

    Love comparing our comments, Raisins! (You’re much better!) πŸ˜€


  100. 103 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    LRP Bray on to pitch


  101. 104 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Bill Bray pitching era 0.00


  102. 105 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    I ask this in all sincerity. If Dusty Baker was white, do you think he would still be managing?


  103. 106 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Kotsay apparently didn’t like the 2nd strike call…


  104. 107 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I didn’t care much for his swinging strike 3…


  105. 108 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Kotsay strikes out
    Diaz up


  106. 109 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Terrence Moore didn;t care for the last comment.


  107. 110 Salty May 3, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    CL, Raisins…you two are like an echo! πŸ˜†

    Munchies, huh…so…does that explain the headache? πŸ˜• Never mind…TMI!


  108. 111 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Baker making double switch of some sort –

    Adam Dunne leaving, Cory Patterson heading for outfield – I think….


  109. 112 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Lincoln on to pitch. That ought to bring Berigan out… πŸ˜€


  110. 113 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    It ain’t easy switching between 2 screens, making quick observations, listening to Skip and Joe, then writing it quickly – and eating ice cream…..


  111. 114 Salty May 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Personally, I think Dusty’s a pretty good manager. I guarantee he’s better than what the Mets have, thank goodness!


  112. 115 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I didn’t ask Terence Moore. I asked sincerity.


  113. 116 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Diaz WEAKLY taps to the mound… 😑


  114. 117 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Rats. Diaz hits right back to the mound. End of 6, 2-1


  115. 118 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    CL: No drips on the keyboard!


  116. 119 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    If I were GM I’d take Randolph, but that’s me.


  117. 120 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Campillo toes the rubber.


  118. 121 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    … and comes on to pitch, too. πŸ˜€


  119. 122 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    OK, that didn’t come out right… 😳


  120. 123 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Keppinger flies out to LF


  121. 124 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Campillo pitching, era 0.72

    (Sad news: Julio announced his retirement today, age 49) 😦


  122. 125 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Somebody (Red) flied out to Diaz. 1 out


  123. 126 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Campillo toes the rubber.

    I won’t touch that line, particularly with CL on the scene. πŸ‘Ώ


  124. 127 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Ross flies out to LF


  125. 128 Salty May 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Julio needs to be in the Braves system…he has a lot to offer these kids coming up. A good man!


  126. 129 Salty May 3, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Two somebodies in fact, CL! πŸ˜†


  127. 130 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Ross flies out to left, 2 down
    Cory Patterson up


  128. 131 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Patterson grounds to Tex

    2-1 Bravos middle 7


  129. 132 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Julio needs to be the Braves bench coach. No stutter. Just fact!


  130. 133 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Who ate my ice cream?????

    Campillo 3 up 3 down.

    If y’all have a Harris Teeter nearby, check out their house brand of Southern Milk Chocolate ice cream! I have never liked choc. ice cream, but I LOVE this stuff!!!!

    Game still on?


  131. 134 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Brayan Pena PHing


  132. 135 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I agree! If the Braves were smart they’d hire him in an instant!!


  133. 136 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    I’m going to bed. I just can’t believe that our “bats” continue to be so pathetic!


  134. 137 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Pena – sharp single off Keppinger’s glove


  135. 138 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Pena up – good hit to left


  136. 139 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    A non-pathetic single at that!


  137. 140 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    KJ sac’s Pena to 2B


  138. 141 Salty May 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Brayan Pena PHing

    Chinese…or Vietnamese? πŸ˜•


  139. 142 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Johnson up, bunts, moves Pena over


  140. 143 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Yunel walks… 2 on , 1 out…

    Baker strolls to the mound


  141. 144 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Escobar up
    Chipper up

    2 on, 1 out


  142. 145 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Raisins, we must be really bad if our audience walks out on us! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  143. 146 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Jeremy Affeldt on to pitch


  144. 147 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm



  145. 148 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    2 on, 1 out, Chipper up


  146. 149 Salty May 3, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Your audience is still here…PalaHawk left! πŸ˜› Think of him as ‘George Bush’ in a Doonesbury cartoon strip: you think you hear something, but…? πŸ˜•


  147. 150 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Chipper drills one to center. Bases loaded, 1 out, Tex up


  148. 151 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    ‘scuse me… gotta run for a second…


  149. 152 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    CL; We don’t slay the messenger. Just the “batters”. When?


  150. 153 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    OK, I’m back


  151. 154 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Ball 4… a run comes in

    3-1 Bravos


  152. 155 Salty May 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    PalaHawk left…or maybe not. Do I hear something? Who’s there…anyone…anyone! Probably just bats in the belfry! πŸ™„


  153. 156 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Wow. 3-2, bases loaded.


  154. 157 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Salty; You are like a little bug. I would squash you; but why?


  155. 158 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Bases still loaded, Mac up


  156. 159 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Walked Tex, run scores, 3-1 Braves.


  157. 160 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Reds’ pitching coach comes out and says, “Dude, you suck.”


  158. 161 Salty May 3, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Careful, PalaHawk…I’ll sic my gas pump on ya! πŸ˜†


  159. 162 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    2 run double to left! Freel lays out, has it in the glove, but can’t hold on!


  160. 163 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    2-run double McCann – 5 – 1 ATL


  161. 164 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Salty; β€œDude, you suck.” πŸ˜›


  162. 165 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Baker out again. Ed Mangan is worried about the turf between the Reds’ dugout and the mound…


  163. 166 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Freel misses it again on the replay!


  164. 167 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Jared Burton on for Cincy…


  165. 168 Skyhawk 008 May 3, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    OK, now I CAN go to bed. If they blow a 5 – 1 lead, I don’t want to be here to see it. G’night.


  166. 169 morpheus45 May 3, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Man, Dusty may be the only manager I’ve ever seen worse than Bobby managing a ‘pen. It’s one out in the 7th, and the only guy left after this one is the closer. Can you imagine Dusty and Bobby in the all-star game? They’d have to stop it before the 9th.


  167. 170 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Frenchy single to right, run scores.

    6-1 Bravos


  168. 171 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Kotsay rips a double to right. Another run in.

    7-1 Bravos


  169. 172 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    2nd and 3rd, 1 out, Diaz up


  170. 173 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    It is SO good to hear excitement in Skip’s voice. He sounds better than he did last night.


  171. 174 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    full count


  172. 175 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    sac fly right

    8-1 Bravos


  173. 176 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Pena up again. Pretty cool to get 2 PH appearances in the same game.


  174. 177 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Grinch, you do know you’re up next for a lead, don’t you?? πŸ˜€


  175. 178 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    BP grounds out to 2B

    8-1 Bravos end of whatever inning this was


  176. 179 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Blaine Boyer on to pitch the 8th


  177. 180 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Freel grounds out to Tex. 1 out.


  178. 181 morpheus45 May 3, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Yes, Ma’am. Finals over Tuesday; hope this one can make it ’till then. If not, I can still do it; just may be shorter.

    What’d i tell you; Cordero warming up in their pen.


  179. 182 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Griffey strikes out swinging, and strike 3 looked pathetic


  180. 183 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Phillips hits one a mile high that falls neatly into Francoeur’s glove.


  181. 184 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    And Cordero does indeed come on to pitch the Braves’ half of the 8th.


  182. 185 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    KJ doubles


  183. 186 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    to right


  184. 187 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Bobby says, “Come on, Esco!”

    “Come on, Kid!”


  185. 188 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    “Come on, Escy!”


  186. 189 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Yunel lines out to center.


  187. 190 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    KJ moves over to 3B


  188. 191 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    ball gets away from Ross… KJ comes in

    9-1 Braves


  189. 192 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Chipper got on when I wasn’t paying attention.

    Tex singles to right.

    1st and 2nd, 1 out, Mac up.


  190. 193 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Ball 4, bases loaded


  191. 194 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Skip says, “And the bases are loaded. Dusty probably wishes he were.” πŸ˜†


  192. 195 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Frenchy pops to short.

    Before I edited it, it read Frenchy poops to short. πŸ˜†


  193. 196 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    πŸ˜† Skip

    I’m watching on MLB which runs a minute or so behind the TV broadcast. Weird.


  194. 197 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Kotsay somehow made an out when I was typing…

    On to the 9th.


  195. 198 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Raisins, that sounds like a “classic” SKip Caray line.


  196. 199 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Resop on to pitch the 9th.

    Prado, who apparently came on to PR for Chipper when I wasn’t paying attention, stays in at 3B.


  197. 200 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Skip and Joe have an awesome chemistry in the booth. Almost as good as CL and myself. πŸ˜†


  198. 201 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    My heart just stopped.

    I thought I heard Skip say “Chris Reitsma on to pitch…”

    RESOP. RESOP!! whew


  199. 202 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Grounder to SS, 1 out.


  200. 203 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    They can only wish, huh, Raisins?? πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    (Love listening to Skip and Joe!)


  201. 204 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Edwin Encarnacion grounds out to Prado. 2 down.


  202. 205 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Javier Valentin grounds to Tex.

    Braves win.

    Raisins must now exit the scene.

    Later, taters!


  203. 206 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    9 – 1!!! alllll riiiiiight!!!


  204. 207 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Wait… Did I just go third person?

    That was totally an accident. 😯

    I shall now bid you all adieu!


  205. 209 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Good evening y’all. That was fun!


  206. 210 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Hey, FBG! Good game for the Braves. Hope this will recharge their batteries!
    Your cousin progressing?


  207. 211 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Just got Chris’ post out of the ding-blasted filter:

    chrisklob Says:
    May 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm edit



  208. 212 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    frenchy pooped in his shorts???? 😯


  209. 213 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    not really here….


  210. 214 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Braves need to find Julio a coaching position in the organization pronto.

    I guess about the same, CL. We haven’t heard differently lately. Communication pretty much goes through her mother, my dad’s half-sister, who I’m sorry to say is a rather difficult person to deal with.


  211. 215 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Sorry to hear that, FBG.

    And if the Braves don’t hire Julio as “whatever title” coach, they’re missing a great opportunity!!

    Good article here about Chipper by Tom Stinson:


  212. 216 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Excellent piece on Chipper. Thanks, CL!


  213. 217 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Wish I got to hear Skip. They stuck us with the Reds’ feed again.


  214. 218 Bay Area Steve May 3, 2008 at 11:12 pm


    a shame, sir.

    Don’t know that I’ve ever seen a guy dominate a race, or a weekend, more than Hamlin, and not win the Cup race.


  215. 219 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Hey, Steve!

    Only race I saw today was the Derby.


  216. 221 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    The only race I saw today was me trying to get Mother to the bathroom in time…..


  217. 222 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    CL, I would have laughed at your last post, but I know it wasn’t funny.

    Nice find on the Chipper article! At the rate he’s going he may well win the batting title. Just another feather in his cap and in his HOF resume!


  218. 223 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    FBG, this is for you:


  219. 224 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    That’s a cool article, CL. I would want her to represent me. I believe Frenchy went to that agency earlier this year too.


  220. 225 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Chris, there are times you have to laugh. We made it. That time. πŸ˜†


  221. 226 Bay Area Steve May 3, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Me too, Miss Velvet. Doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason as to when Extra Innings has the home or away feed. I’ve really been hoping to hear Skip; love the line…Dusty wishing he was loaded.

    Is that why he wears wristbands? Post drunken wipe-off? Grinch, thoughts?


  222. 227 Bay Area Steve May 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    CL, did you cut and paste the link in your 11:21?

    If so, I think that’s cheating…


  223. 228 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    CL, that’s yet another great find. Honestly, I have never heard of her but isn’t that the way it should be? Agents should be seen and not heard (but not because sometimes they are females)! There are too many and idiot agents like Scott Boras who think it’s all about them. I really like this lady’s perspective.


  224. 229 Bay Area Steve May 3, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Helluva Derby, FBG.

    Did you see the only GIRL finishing second?

    But then having to be euthanized?

    Perhaps one of you more edumacated folks would explain why a horse’s broken bones are more difficult to repair than my own.


  225. 230 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Chris, I remember that one. πŸ˜€ Really looking forward to hearing Skip & Pete on radio while I’m in Rabun.

    CL, been there, done that. My grandmother lived with us for almost a year after her stroke & I pretty much was the day-shift CNA with Mom & Dad working full-time & Sis still in school.


  226. 231 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    No, Steve; it was more of a Copy & Paste. πŸ˜€


  227. 232 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Greetings BAS. WHiskey? I hear you’re going cheap(er)!

    I suspect that the reason that horses are frequently euthanized when they break a bone is because of their weight and the fact that they don’t really lie down. When a human breaks a leg bone or ankle, they are told to lie down and keep it elevated. Can’t really do that with a horse so they put it down so they don’t suffer.


  228. 233 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Yes, Steve. She ran a great race. I think they said she had compound fractures in both front ankles. If they were shattered, it was probably not possible to repair them. A simple fracture probably could have been repaired & she could have retired to breeding. I have a hard time with that aspect of racing. If it were me, I’d take every measure, however extraordinary, to ensure my horse survived & healed. I couldn’t treat them like an investment.


  229. 234 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    By the way, BAS, I like the kaleidoscope-looking avatar.


  230. 235 Bay Area Steve May 3, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Braveheart, I think (the post was by Willy Wally), posted a great link over at the AJC site.

    It has to do with McCann’s framing ability.

    I think that this aspect of catching is not given enough value by many casual fans. And it is McCann’s greatest defensive ability (although I can’t truly judge his game-calling).

    Throwing out base-runners is a true skill. But in the game today, a skill of lesser value. Not to mention, McCann is at two seconds (MLB average) to second.

    I’ll take a catcher any day, who can provide my pitcher with a few extra strikes per game.


  231. 236 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    FBG, just wanted to give you a little taste of Skip’s commentary. It really is good to hear his voice. I just love his style! Our local Braves broadcast is frequently pre-empted for local college, hockey and other nonsense ( I think I said this earlier). Anyway, I saw him briefly at the beginning of the broadcast and I have to say that he didn’t look good. He was slumped down in his chair with his head forward looking towards the desk. He really looked old. We all read about his health issues a while back. I just hope he’s okay.


  232. 237 Carolina Lady May 3, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    FBG, Mother’s first (major) stroke was 17 Nov 1999. There have been 4 more since then, plus a fall in which she hit her head and has a blood clot on her brain. + being almost 84 years old. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. Diabetic. Arthritis. Advanced osteoporosis. Impaired hearing. Impaired comprehension, speech difficulties, beginning dementia – confusion, memory lapses, difficulty with word retrieval.

    She can sometimes give the impression of perfect rationality, then start telling you about the bugs that bit her and laid eggs in her head. Verbal comprehension is steadily deteriorating; we have to speak loudly, slowly, in as few syllables as possible. She has to be reminded to to chew her food, to drink her beverage. But she still has a sense of humor on good days.

    You learn a lot about yourself, I’ll tell you that! And you learn to be extraordinarily thankful! πŸ™‚

    Bedtime. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  233. 238 chrisklob May 3, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    BAS, I read that article too and found it interesting. Of course, if you saw tonight’s game, you would know that the Reds really challenged Mac this evening. He didn’t do a particularly good job unfortunately.


  234. 239 Bay Area Steve May 3, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I’ve heard the arguments relative to killing disabled horses.

    (To be honest, I’ve never read truly detailed information)

    I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that it’s NOT POSSIBLE.

    My mind always devolves to thinking…oh, it would be a pain in the ass, and the wallet, to rehabilitate said horse.


  235. 240 Bay Area Steve May 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I saw, Klobber, and it was bad.

    Although, I think the throw with Chipper covering was adequate.

    But, as far as the outcome of the game….

    such things are just so hard to quantify.


  236. 241 flbravesgirl May 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks, Chris! I miss him a lot. He & Joe are particularly entertaining together. We forget how old he is now (plus that there was all that hard living early on).

    BAS, the pitchers all seem to love how Mac sets up & calls the game. I defer to their judgement. If they’re comfortable with him it stands to reason that it helps them pitch better.


  237. 242 Bay Area Steve May 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Miss Velvet, I’m not terribly bright.

    Would you please clarify your 11:47?

    If it was mocking my non-avatar, I thought I made it perfectly clear that I was lazy….and cheap….don’t forget cheap.


  238. 243 chrisklob May 4, 2008 at 12:00 am

    CL, all I can say is “GOD BLESS YOU”!


  239. 244 Bay Area Steve May 4, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Good point FLB….if hall-of-fame pitchers say he’s a great catcher…maybe he’s a great catcher.


  240. 245 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Where did it go? There was a blue & white sort of pinwheel design in your little box.


  241. 246 Bay Area Steve May 4, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I feel guilty.

    The biggest responsibility in my life is feeding my fish.

    And I forget, regularly.


  242. 247 Carolina Lady May 4, 2008 at 12:04 am

    From earlier reports, Skip has severe liver problems, kidney problems, and is in congestive heart failure. He’s most fortunate to be alive. But he sounded the best tonight that I’ve heard this year. I think he’s trying to continue doing what he loves best as absolutely long as possible. Without the Braves and broadcasting, he wouldn’t last long, IMO.

    Someone asked recently if he had received his Wurlitzer from Lew. Yes, he did – with all of our notes. It wasn’t a personal presentation but was forwarded to him by someone but I can’t recall who right now.

    Midnight. Back to the pumpkin patch. Good night, y’all!


  243. 248 chrisklob May 4, 2008 at 12:04 am

    BAS, I know nothing about the economics of raising race horses and the insurance polices that cover them. However, I can only imagine that IF there was a way to rehabilitate a prize race horse rather than euthanize it, I think they would want to do it. Not necessarily to try to race it again, but a horse with a good pedigree could be sent out to stud (or whatever they call it when it’s a female). There’s got to be a lot of money in that.

    It wasn’t long ago that Barbaro captured the attention of the world. He broke something and they tried to save it. As I’m sure you recall, months later they had to euthanize the poor beast.


  244. 249 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I would never mock you. Not that kind of girl. Besides I didn’t have an avatar ’til Chris found the cake pic for me & CL walked me through installing it ( I’m technology-challenged).


  245. 250 Bay Area Steve May 4, 2008 at 12:04 am

    FBG is seeing things….somebody slipped some of Lew’s green in her pastry.

    Speaking of Lew….get the —- back here.


  246. 251 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Barbaro’s owners did go to extraordinary measures to try to save him. Unfortunately keeping the weight off of his injured foot led to other problems, which is why it’s tricky rehabbing horses. I think if they could have gotten him back to good health his owners would have retired him more or less as a “pet”. He would never have regained enough strength in his leg to stand at stud but I think they genuinely cared about him enough that it didn’t matter that they wouldn’t make the millions in stud fees.


  247. 252 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Good night, CL.


  248. 253 Bay Area Steve May 4, 2008 at 12:14 am

    FLB, your 12:04 requires me to reiterate that nearly all of my posts (and thoughts for that matter) are made in jest, or with my tongue fully in-cheek, or made to instigate some sort of reaction from the jet-flyers of this world.

    No mocking ever considered, Ma’am.


  249. 254 Carolina Lady May 4, 2008 at 12:19 am

    I found one last link I’d like to post; has nothing to do with baseball but was a tremendously moving event here today: the new fast-attack submarine USS North Carolina was formally commissioned here today. I had never seen such a ceremony until this. So here’s a local link, if anyone is interested, and it has a link to a video. Now, I’m REALLY going to bed! zzzzzzzzzzzzzz πŸ˜†


  250. 255 Bay Area Steve May 4, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I guess my limited mind just can’t follow that a horse’s broken leg rehab is unlike that of mine. I’ve read that at least a dozen times, and still don’t want to believe it.

    But, man, roll an ankle and die…..tough racket.

    Better tell LeBron to stay on his feet.

    It comes to mind that Chipper and Hampton would’ve been shot two years ago.

    G’night folks. Wish me luck on finding a wife.


  251. 256 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Huh? What, are you visiting the matchmaker tomorrow?


  252. 257 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 12:32 am

    I know this won’t get answered ’til morning but has anybody heard from Hillbilly? Were the tornadoes near his area?


  253. 258 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 12:59 am

    OK, time to tuck in the computer. Good night y’all.


  254. 259 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 2:09 am

    BAS, gonna get one of them swell Russian mail order jobs??? πŸ˜‰

    FLB, you need to stop tucking in your computer, it will never learn to do it for itself if you keep spoiling it!


  255. 260 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Well, I keep missing the games, and we keep winning! My Dad’s friend was staying in town til the big cars shows today. Well, shows were not so big cuz of the rain. And just once a year shows! 😦
    People tend to worry about having beautifully restored cars out in rain…I don’t get that exactly. They have them looking and driving as good if not better than new! Perhaps I am too harsh, and it’s more the fear of being on the highway when it’s raining, and surrounded my thousands of idiots who don’t slow down for any reason!


  256. 261 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Hey, we missed another Salty’s birthday! Saltalamacchia turned 23 on the 2nd! Is he washed up??? That’s gettin’ up there. Back with the Rangers again….

    Before I knew Skip was suffering so many health problems, I heard him one day, and though, my God, he’s drunk on the air!!!!
    Clearly not. Most likely when he sounds different, it’s just the medication he’s one…
    I sure hoped he would live as long as his Pa did. Harry sure overdid it for a long time….


  257. 262 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 2:38 am

    I should clarify my last post, I still hope he will live as long as his Father did!


  258. 263 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Good morning all…. Sorry I missed the party last night. Just so much going on at one time that I didn’t have room for one more thing to juggle last night.

    Yeah Steve, bummer for Denny but that’s racing.

    It was really sad about Eight Belles… Some injuries are no recoverable in certain species. Nature of the game for race horses. Clydesdales on the other hand seldom suffer from leg injuries but they don’t run very fast…..

    CL…. When did you kidnap my mom????

    Later folks, another busy day ahead…


  259. 264 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 9:12 am

    I want to thank CL and Raisins for providing play-by-play last night to those of us in the sticks. And it was very unselfish of CL to be Raisin’s straight “man”. But to Raisins: I knew/know Skip Carey, and you sir, are no Skip Carey. πŸ˜›


  260. 265 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Hey Gil; Clydesdales are slower but they haul the beer. If they ran fast it would be all foam. 😦


  261. 266 Carolina Lady May 4, 2008 at 9:50 am

    I sent an email to Hillbilly this morning inquiring about their well-being. Will advise when I hear.


  262. 268 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2008 at 10:32 am

    I received one of those in my mail this morning CL… I deleted it without opening it.


  263. 269 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 11:07 am

    In human surgery, the stability of the repaired fracture can be helped by keeping the patient confined to a bed and non-weight bearing during the 12-16 weeks’ healing period.

    This is vital as uncontrolled weight bearing and movement to a fracture, before it has healed, can delay recovery and prevent a bone from healing.

    This is one area where equine surgery is unique. Horses are big animals that do not tolerate long anaesthetic periods. They have an absolute requirement to be able to stand on all four legs.

    This means, in practical terms, the surgery or operating time should not exceed three to four hours and that immediately after surgery, the horse must wake up from the anaesthetic and be able to use the repaired broken leg to stand and walk.

    This requirement puts extraordinary demands on the repair and the implants and all equine surgeons have experienced the frustration and disappointment when, after hours of intricate surgery, the horse smashes its broken leg again and bends the metal implants when struggling to stand after the anaesthetic.

    To try to prevent this, strong fibreglass casts are often used to help horses waking up from an anaesthetic. Nonetheless, everyone breathes a sigh of relief when it stands, as one hurdle has been passed.

    A good blood supply to the broken bones is as important as stability and controlling infection in healing a broken leg. This blood supply comes from the actual feeder to the broken bone and is supplemented by the supply to surrounding tissues, such as skin and muscle.

    This is another area where the horse is unique. Below the knee or hock, the leg is composed of bone, ligament and skin. Thus the blood supply to this area is already marginal as there are no muscles and therefore no associated supply.

    This lack of an adequate blood supply is important as in some severe broken legs that occur during a gallop, that supply is also damaged beyond repair, which means even with metal implants and surgical repairs to the bone, it will still not heal.

    That is why some high-speed catastrophic fractures in a galloping horse still cannot be repaired.


  264. 270 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 11:14 am

    The above is, of course, a “quote”. I am a “Vet”, but not a veterinarian.


  265. 271 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I was going to say 008… That was a pretty impressive synopsis of the problem and why they put horses down. I sometimes think it might have been a good solution for me rather than screw up my knees so I have to walk like an old man…..


  266. 272 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Gil; As an old man who is still walking, it beats the alternatives. πŸ˜›


  267. 273 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Gil; As an old man who is still walking, it beats the alternatives. πŸ˜›


  268. 274 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Blame wordpress for the double-dribble. Moma taught me if they don’t answer after one ring it is because they don’t want to be bothered. On second thought, maybe it was the postman. πŸ˜›


  269. 275 morpheus45 May 4, 2008 at 12:30 pm



  270. 276 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Hard of hearing too… πŸ™‚


  271. 277 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Someone throw Ginch a bone. Second thought, disregard that.


  272. 278 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Ginch? rrrrrrrrrr take one.


  273. 279 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    The braves were winning 1-0, nature called me, (TMI??? πŸ˜› ) I then see we are up 7-0!!!!! Wow!!! 😯

    And where is Joe Simpson????


  274. 280 Salty May 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Skip gave him appendicitis last night. To paraphrase Skip, “It takes a veteran broadcaster to hospitalize your partner.” πŸ˜†


  275. 281 Salty May 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    I’m guessing Joe gets the 15 day DL.


  276. 282 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the 411 Salty! After I asked that question, I was thinking perhaps he and Chip were doing a national game on TBS, but it’s Sunday, ESPN day.


  277. 283 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm



  278. 284 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Tommy, you want a win, your first win, don’t ya????


  279. 285 Salty May 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Nope…he doesn’t. 😦


  280. 286 morpheus45 May 4, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Never say Atlanta fans aren’t polite. Tommy actually got a round of applause on the way to the dugout that I don’t think was derisive.


  281. 287 Salty May 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Does anyone think Ryan Freel is the poster child for how not to play the outfield? He’s had a disastrous weekend…and you know it hurt like heck on the ball he lost early in this game. At least he didn’t wind up with ‘ball all over his face’…coulda been ugly.


  282. 288 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    As Vince Lombardi might/did say, “What the hell is going on out there?!”


  283. 289 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    This pitching staff reminds me of the widow who used the insurance money to get a boob job and salsa lessons.


  284. 290 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    What’s her name? πŸ˜‰ (Actually not a fan of sillycones)


  285. 291 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Fortunately the Reds are in bad shape right now. There are few teams that look like last place teams that we have played. DC got healthy against us(They are 8-2 in their last 10!)
    Don’t know what’s up with Glavine. He looks great against some hitters, but it you just take against him, it’s always 2-2, 3-2 counts….


  286. 292 morpheus45 May 4, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I love days like this…sad thing for the Reds is we should be leading by at least 4 or 5 more.


  287. 293 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 4, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Too bad we can’t play them another day or 2! πŸ˜‰


  288. 294 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Charlie Leibrant incarnated πŸ™‚ At least we did not lose any ground today.
    Is Glavin really any better than Chuck James right now???

    I hope Atlanta is enjoying the off days this week. They are going to wish they had more by August…


  289. 295 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Moylan is gone for the year… Look for Hampton after the all-star break.. maybe.. I hope..

    Charlie Morton should be ready by then too… He is finally getting it.


  290. 296 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    The Richmond Braves beat the Louisville Bats 5-4 in 11 innings Sunday at The Diamond. Josh Anderson’s infield single in the 11th brought Diory Hernandez home to give the Braves their third straight win.

    The Bats snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth on an RBI single by Drew Anderson. The Braves tied the game in the fifth when a single by Wes Timmons cashed in a lead-off double by Hernandez. The Bats took a 4-1 lead in the sixth. Adam Rosales smacked a home run and Alvin Colina doubled two in. Richmond again tied the game with three runs in the home half. Brent Lillibridge doubled Anderson home and Scott Thorman followed with a home run. Anderson’s RBI single in the 11th gave the Braves their second straight walk-off win.

    Zach Schreiber picked up the win. Todd Coffey took the loss. The Braves bullpen worked 5.1 innings of scoreless relief. Hernandez had three hits for Richmond. Rosales, Drew Anderson, and Andy Phillips had two hits each for the Bats.

    Louisville is the AAA farm club for the St Louis Cardinals.


  291. 297 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    We swept the Cinn. Rididculous Reds, “managed” by Rusty Baker. So? Hasn’t everyone? If we WIN the series in San Diego, call me.


  292. 298 morpheus45 May 4, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Now, Skyladin…don’t be a fair weather fan. Here’s the REAL bad news:

    Falcon’s linebacker Michael Boley (perhaps the best defensive player we have…which is to say best player period) arrested for battery in Gwinett County today. Why, WHY do our thugs have to be our best players? We’ll never get rid of all of them, and if we do we won’t be able to field enough players for a 7 on 7 scrimmage. Dammit!

    Don’t get me wrong; I’ve got nothing against battery. Committed it several times myself. But then I’m not getting paid outrageous amounts of money by Arthur Blank to stay as a non-thug building block of a new regime. For that kind of scratch, can’t you hang out with people you can get along with? Even for just a few years? >:-0


  293. 299 morpheus45 May 4, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Oops, it’s 9:00. You probably went to bed after your last post. πŸ™‚

    I gotta go get a bunch done too…won’t be around much ’till Tuesday night. Then I’ll be a happy Grinch.


  294. 300 Carolina Lady May 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Hey, Grinch! Good luck with the finals!


  295. 301 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I’m still up, just waiting for one of you nite howls to take a shot at me. Don’t call me a fairweather fan just because I’m not excited over a sweep of the Reds. I’ll be here, regardless. As for Boley: The Falcons have dumped on me for so many years that I don’t even smell it anymore. And a battery here, a lightbulb there. Who knows?


  296. 302 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    And I’m still up because I’m working on a legal brief. Still.


  297. 303 Skyhawk 008 May 4, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    But, I’m signing off now. Nite.


  298. 304 morpheus45 May 4, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks, CL!

    P, I would hope your briefs were legal. I’m a boxer man, myself.


  299. 305 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Good evening y’all. Good job by the boys pounding the Reds into submission since Glavine couldn’t stand prosperity.

    What a weekend. Caulk, patch, paint. My shoulder sympathizes with Smoltz. And in a week I’ll be in Rabun to paint & work up there for 3 weeks. Anybody want to come help?


  300. 306 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I’ll take that as a no. Not even for cake? I don’t have a completely equipped pastry kitchen there yet but I can make simple stuff.


  301. 307 chrisklob May 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    FBG, I find it ironic that Glavine, who has gotten very little run support this season, got plenty today, yet still couldn’t last long enough to get the W!


  302. 308 chrisklob May 4, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    FBG, did I ever tell you that our wedding cake was Red Velvet? It was delicious!


  303. 309 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    What I would expect from a nice Southern boy, Chris! I would pick something chocolate myself (not that marriage is anywhere on my horizon). I am an unabashed chocoholic.


  304. 310 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I know Bobby hated to go get him but what’re you gonna do? Let him blow it?


  305. 311 chrisklob May 4, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Truth be told, my wife chose it and she is NOT a Southerner. She’s lived in the South since she was about 16 but identifies herself as a Californian. Thankfully though she is not one of those crazy Cali chicks.

    I didn’t see the game today as Matt had practice from 1 to almost 4:30! Some of the dads get involved too. I am going to be a very sore boy tomorrow!


  306. 312 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Poor baby. Break out the ibuprofen.


  307. 313 chrisklob May 4, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    You mean, break out the bourbon, right? πŸ˜€


  308. 314 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Well, if that’s what works for you… I don’t drink so I’ll stick with advil.


  309. 315 chrisklob May 4, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Sorry, forgot to say that I had to go pick up my daughter from school. THey just got back from their Orlando trip.

    I have a feeling that between Grinch and I, we’ll be able to drink “your share”!


  310. 316 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Hope she had fun.

    I think Grinch could do that on his own.


  311. 317 chrisklob May 4, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    She’s exhausted but she had a great time. They did well in their competition too. That makes it even more rewarding, for her and us.


  312. 318 flbravesgirl May 4, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Good for them. That’s great that they get travel for competition too. And everyone is exhausted after Orlando ( and that’s not even doing Disney!).


  313. 319 chrisklob May 5, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Orlando does have a way of wearing people out. Traffic is horrible and frankly, it may be the hottest/most humid place on our planet. I could never live there.


  314. 320 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 12:08 am

    It’s pretty much the same here. Smaller, of course, but the traffic still sucks & we run 1 or 2 degrees hotter. I can’t wait to leave.


  315. 321 chrisklob May 5, 2008 at 12:17 am

    I’ll bet. Don’t get me wrong. Charleston is awful from mid-June to mid-September. 90%+ humidity is not uncommon. Makes things very uncomfortable.

    Good night FBG!


  316. 322 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Good night, Chris.


  317. 323 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2008 at 4:08 am

    008… A “W” counts no matter who it is against. Let us not forget that it was the woeful Reds that swept Atlanta last year during their stay in the big “A”…

    Chris, good to hear of your daughter’s excellent adventure. I agree on your assessment of Orlando. The humidity is the reason that Arizona has become a favorite destination for the new “Snow Birds”.

    FBG…. I am reminded of my need to get to work here at home too. Unfortunately, I am still not getting it done. Maybe next week… or not… πŸ™‚

    Grinch, good luck on your short term memory retention… πŸ™‚


  318. 324 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Gil; You and Grinch insist on taking what I said about not being excited about the sweep in the way that y’all want to hear it. Try this instead. Did I say that I was not “happy” we won? No. Did I say that winning is not better than losing? No. All I am trying to say is that last weekends series does not necessarily say that the Braves have turned any corner nor have they (necessarily) become the replacement for sliced bread. To my knowledge the Mets are the only upper-echelon team that the Braves have won a series from. San Diego would be the second. Then, I’ll start to believe that they are coming around.


  319. 325 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Good day all!

    It’s a beautiful day here in the J. All is well. I am very tired from an extremely busy weekend. I got to play a concert here locally, something that I only get to do about once a year. It was alot of fun. I, however, am whipped today. I need roadies!!! Unfortunately, as the saying goes, there is no rest for the weary. Work beckons…

    Now, Braves. Skyladin: Don’t count the Pads as any measuring stick; they have lost 14 of their last 18. This would be a awful time for them to get well. I won’t really start thinking about the Braves in terms of their place in the division until Memorial Day.

    Gotta vamoose! (SP?) Back in a few!


  320. 326 Salty May 5, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Sorry, Raisins…I’m all out of vamoose. I do have a spare tire iron…good for pounding sense into ‘and idiots’! πŸ™‚


  321. 327 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I stand corrected by Raisins. Shows how much I keep up with the rest of the league. 😳 BUT, two series in a row off of ANYBODY would be an improvement. Right?


  322. 328 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Salty can spare the tire iron since his car is up on blocks. It does make a good chicken house, though.


  323. 329 Savannah Guy May 5, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Paladin… better to stand “corrected” by Raisins than sit corrected by prunes. :mrgreen:


  324. 330 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Paladin… better to stand β€œcorrected” by Raisins than sit corrected by prunes.



  325. 331 Carolina Lady May 5, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Clemens apologizes for ‘mistakes’
    Posted: Monday May 05, 2008 05:37AM ET
    On the eighth day, Roger Clemens apologized. Following a week in which the Daily News reported his affairs with several women, Clemens released a statement Sunday night apologizing for “mistakes in his personal life,” while again denying he ever used performance-enhancing drugs. “I have apologized to my family and apologize to my fans,” Clemens said. “Like everyone, I have flaws. I have sometimes made choices which have not been right.” Clemens made it clear he is not admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs.

    New York Daily News


  326. 332 morpheus45 May 5, 2008 at 9:53 am

    SG’s been saving that one up for about a month. Note Skyhawk’s been gone for the half hour since the comment was made; he’s so old the word “prunes” probably triggered an accident. πŸ™‚

    VOR, I don’t think roadie’s are the problem. Cut down on the “Groupies” and you won’t be so tired. I went to church in Jonesboro before; I know what’s up.

    Today is going to be a LOOOOOOOOONG day.


  327. 333 morpheus45 May 5, 2008 at 9:55 am

    CL, isn’t that sad? The only thing he gives a crap about is whether he gets in the Hall of Fame. I had absolutely no idea that guy was such a scumbag.


  328. 334 Hillbilly May 5, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for your concern, ladies. I’m still alive. Central Arkansas took another thrashing, though. Seems like we’ve been a Natural Disaster Haven for the past few months. Karma’s punishment for Petrino? πŸ™‚


  329. 335 Carolina Lady May 5, 2008 at 10:19 am

    GREAT to hear from you, Hillbilly!!! Was ready to round up a posse and come alookin’ fer ya! How do you spell relief?? πŸ™‚ Really glad you and your family are safe!


  330. 336 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Karma’s punishment for Petrino?

    Karma’s punishment for the Clintons… πŸ˜€


  331. 337 Carolina Lady May 5, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Hey, Grinch! Yes, it is. I think many people have had their eyes opened about that guy. I hope like everything that he’ll NOT be voted in. I sorta doubt he will be. If Dale Murphy wasn’t “good” enough to get in, this guy is certainly “bad” enough to not get in.

    Good luck today!!


  332. 338 Carolina Lady May 5, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Raisins, πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    If that’s the case, they’d better evacuate the state!


  333. 339 Carolina Lady May 5, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I was just reading about the cyclone in Myanmar with an estimated 10,000 dead. Beyond comprehension.


  334. 340 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 10:27 am

    How do you spell relief? P-r-u-n-e-s. Sorry CL, couldn’t resist it. πŸ˜›


  335. 341 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 10:27 am

    CL: We here in Georgia better duck and cover, too. We have our own state embarrasment! πŸ˜₯


  336. 342 Carolina Lady May 5, 2008 at 10:27 am

    ‘Hawk, you bad!! πŸ˜†


  337. 343 Carolina Lady May 5, 2008 at 10:28 am

    That’s a thought, too, Raisins!


  338. 344 Carolina Lady May 5, 2008 at 10:29 am

    I was just doing a quick mental rundown of possible NC sins – Sam Rayburn? Jesse Helms? Elizabeth Dole? Nah, we’re good. πŸ˜†


  339. 345 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 10:30 am

    I worked into the wee-wee hours on a legal brief for Grinch. Want to hear it? GUILTY AS CHARGED!


  340. 346 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Got to go do some work. C y’all later.


  341. 347 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I wonder if Jimmy Carter has ancestors from Myanmar (f/k/a Burma)?


  342. 348 Carolina Lady May 5, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Catch y’all at the next coffee break! πŸ™‚


  343. 349 Hillbilly May 5, 2008 at 10:45 am

    I don’t need no doctor
    to tell me what is wrong.
    I can fill my own prescriptions,
    and it lasts me all night long.
    It’s the perfect medication
    for an ailment such as mine.
    I forget about the tears I’ve cried
    When the Whiskey hits my mind.

    I get D-R-U-N-K.
    Lately since my baby left
    I do it almost every day.
    It’s the only thing that I’ve found
    That’ll take the pain away.
    How do you spell relief?
    I just get D-R-U-N-K.

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚



  344. 350 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Dang! I’m outta coffee!!! 😑

    How was that allowed to happen?


  345. 351 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Good morning fellow BSers…. Just dropped by to say good morning.

    Hillbilly, good to hear of your wellbeing.

    008… It’s all good… πŸ™‚

    Raisins… Pretty soon you will get like the rest of us and find out you have to “go to work” to rest up….

    CL… I would say something but I would get banned πŸ™‚

    Now, off to work on my to do list… The hardest part is finding the beginning of the “Yellow Brick Road”. Catch up with you folks latter…

    And where in the world is Bob???


  346. 353 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Good morning y’all. Glad to see Hillbilly is safe & sound!

    Gil, Bob is mysterious. He’s like the wise man of the mountain. One never knows when he will appear.


  347. 354 Savannah Guy May 5, 2008 at 10:56 am

    If that’s the case, they’d better evacuate the state!

    Much talk of prunes on the blog today.


  348. 355 Savannah Guy May 5, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Weird Al Zimmerman πŸ˜†


  349. 356 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 11:00 am

    And we still get a bazillion or so snowbirds here. Try getting into a restaurant in mid-February. πŸ™„

    Why the heck is Clemens’ wife sticking with him? He already threw her under the bus during the hearing, saying it was her HGH. Now all these affairs? If ever there was a situation that called for a nasty divorce I’d say this is it.


  350. 357 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Hi, SG! I always seem to miss when you’re on lately.


  351. 358 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Thought for Today: “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali, Spanish artist (1904-1989).


  352. 359 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Roger obviously knows Kobe Bryant’s jeweler. πŸ˜€


  353. 360 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 11:11 am

    That wouldn’t work on me, VOR. If it works on her then they deserve each other.

    Dali was a very weird dude. His paintings look like the product of someone who was on major psychadelic drugs to me.


  354. 361 Savannah Guy May 5, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Hi FBG… two ships in the night stuff. Like now, I have to ship out for a while. Work is definitely cutting into my play time.

    Clemens seems to be getting it from all sides. Then again, that seems to be the source of his current problems… getting it from all sides. There’s a Jerry Lee Lewis country song there somewhere: “I had a wife and a lass and a needle in my… Coke can.”

    There’s always a wrinkle in a story.


  355. 362 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 11:17 am

    FBG; Consider the thought, not the messenger.

    Relief may be in sight for your sno-bird problem. I have heard several experts say recently that Fla has become too “Oh God, not there!” for retirees and vacationers, who are going elsewhere. Good luck on your taxes when those bonds for ” improvements” come due.


  356. 363 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Debbie Clemens is ridin’ the gravy train. Most of these bimbos know that their hubby’s are working on more than their ERA on the road. They also know, however, that the mall opens at 10:00am and that as long as they play the game, and keep their yapper shut, the well never runs dry. I don’t fell sorry for any of them. Look at Kobe’s wife… She sat next to him at the infamous press conference, showing her undying “support” for her cheating selfish prima-donna husband, and showing off that huge new rock. They’re paid help just like the maid, only they do more than laundry.


  357. 364 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 11:21 am

    There’s always a wrinkle in a story.

    I’ve often wondered what SG looked like and did in his spare time. Now I know.


  358. 365 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 11:22 am

    fell sorry? 😳

    Uh, you know what I mean…


  359. 366 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Remember, great-uncle, I’m becoming a Georgia resident soon. We’re planning on moving the first of the year.


  360. 367 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Oh… and when Roger, Kobe, et al say they’re <sorry, they’re only sorry they got caught.


  361. 368 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Raisins; Are you saying that player’s wives are just another household applicance? Instalation insructions: Screw on the bed and it does cooking and laundry.


  362. 369 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Wow… the italics thingie went haywire on that last one. 😯


  363. 370 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 11:26 am



  364. 371 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I doubt they cook or do laundry. Might mess up their manicure.


  365. 372 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 11:29 am

    installation. Off to spelling class.


  366. 373 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Skyladin: Not all of them. And if I painted with too broad a brush, that was not my intent. But wives like Debbie Clemens, who was aware of the “relationship” Roger had with Mindy McCreedy, know the score. But where else are they gonna get a better paying job?


  367. 374 Hillbilly May 5, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Who’s to know whether or not some of these sports wives are sitting at home mopping and dusting during road trips, either. Women cheat, too. Just keep that direct deposit flowing Roger. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


  368. 375 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Nice point, Hillbilly. You know, Debbie was shootin’ up to maintain that bod for somebody… Roger? Maybe, maybe not…


  369. 376 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Bleh. This is a depressing subject. Anybody got anything happier to discuss?


  370. 378 Hillbilly May 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Like a setting sun….


  371. 379 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Sorry FBG…

    Hey, how ’bout… oh, I don’t know… some Braves talk?

    Prado could be out a while. Infante’s still a few weeks away. Lilly the Kid could be back soon. I’ve had personal experience with a torn thumb ligament. Left one too. Can’t catch that way. Nasty business.


  372. 380 Savannah Guy May 5, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Happy musical transition for FBG

    Caution: this clip is not intended for the Grinch, as it may cause him to experience nausea, irregular heartbeat and an overwhelming urge to break things and spend his next 24 hours listening to Megadeath or Ozzie Osborne.

    Now, Must away…I…am…really…leaving. πŸ™‚


  373. 381 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    By the way, I didn’t tear the thimb ligament sliding into 1B. THAT was stupid. Nothing good comes of sliding into 1B.


  374. 382 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Nice, SG. Hit us with that and skulk away. I feel nausea creeping in…


  375. 383 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Like that wouldn’t give me nausea? Eww.


  376. 384 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    It’s allright now. Balance has been restored.


  377. 385 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Raisins; That thimb must have really hurt you. Did you have to put a boonade on it? πŸ˜€


  378. 386 Hillbilly May 5, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    By the way, I didn’t tear the thimb ligament sliding into 1B. THAT was stupid. Nothing good comes of sliding into 1B.

    VOR, I damaged a ligament in my left thumb last November taking off a pair of socks. What’s up with that? Now I’ve been forced to bat left-handed in church-league softball, which has actually done wonders for my batting average (if there is such a thing in church league softball.)


  379. 387 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    That’s a very Hamptonesque injury, Hillbilly.


  380. 388 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Tes, Dkyladib… As tou can see, it dtill hampers my ketboarding avility… πŸ˜€


  381. 389 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    My thumb injury occured on a softball field 20+ years ago, and it still isn’t right. I, of course, did not have the resources of a professional sports team to see to my care. Mine was placed in a cast for 8 weeks, with the hope that it might – yes, might – heal. It did not. (Maybe I shouldn’t have waited 6 weeks for the season to end… ) Anyway, it doesn’t still hurt or anything, but if I attempt to lift or hold anything relatively heavy between my left thumb and fingers, like moving a large rock or holding a large jar, my thumb pops out of joint and the object succumbs to gravity. It is kinda fun to see the look on somebody’s face when I pull my thumb out of joint, though… πŸ˜€


  382. 390 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    OLPE, Germany (AP) – A 44-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of killing her own babies after her grown children found the bodies of three infants stashed in the family’s freezer while looking for a frozen pizza, police said Monday.

    I just checked my microwave. It doesn’t have a thaw schedule for infants.


  383. 391 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Raisins; You don’t do that old “Pull my thumb” thing, do you? πŸ˜›


  384. 392 morpheus45 May 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Only got a sec…

    SG, that may be the single worst song of the 1980’s, which is saying a lot. I got into an argument on the other blog with DOB about whether or not REM sucked and even though he got so mad defending them I actually thought he was gonna try and drive to my house and punch me out, and even HE admitted that song sucked. You might as well have played Was Not Was or Buster Poindexter.

    VOR, I hope you can use that thumb for balance at least, or else your guitar playing must suffer. Speaking of which, I’ve seen Slash live a bunch but that’s the first time I’ve ever seen him too messed up to play a solo. The camera kept trying to focus on him and Brian May had to keep improvising…May’s quite the professional.

    And yes, the wives of pro athletes (especially baseball) are selected because of their ability to smile and make everything look ok to the public while doing charity work, kicking out beautiful kids and staying fit. They have the same job as the First Lady (on a smaller scale), in other words, though I expect most of them do a better job than Laura (except Debbie Clemmens). And yes, I went there; I find it more than a little amazing and annoying that in light of the greatest catastrophe and embarrassment the Presidential office has ever seen is still going on and all you guys can talk about is how awful Carter and Clinton were. Yes, they were awful, but that’s like passengers in lifeboats pointing out how bad the breakfast was on the Titanic that morning.

    Skylab, e-mail me; I have a whole recipe book for infants.


  385. 393 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Grinch: The thumb injury actually forced me to use proper hand positioning on the neck. Prior to the injury, and for a little while after, I played with my thumb “riding” on the top of the neck. After the injury, my thumb would fatigue and begin to hurt when I played that way. I had to retrain myself to play with my thumb on the back of the neck, the proper way, to reduce the stress on it. The byproduct was better hand position, better reach, increased accuracy. Who woulda thunk it?


  386. 394 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I’m glad Mac & Frenchy had enough sense to stick with their high school sweeties. Much better chance of them being normal women instead of Stepford wives.

    Great-uncle & Green One, I love you two but y’all are a couple of sick puppies.


  387. 395 morpheus45 May 5, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Funny how that works; no doubt. I did the same thing when I taught myself how to play, then when I went to get some “advanced” lessons I practically got beat within an inch of my life until I went to the “proper” way (and also had to start using my pinkie). I still wouldn’t slide into first though.

    Later, all.


  388. 396 morpheus45 May 5, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Love you too, Velvet. πŸ™‚


  389. 397 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Awww. πŸ™‚


  390. 398 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I’m glad Mac & Frenchy had enough sense to stick with their high school sweeties. Much better chance of them being normal women instead of Stepford wives.

    True dat…


  391. 399 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Now, Hawks. This according to Joe Johnson, a player whom I respect immensely, about Head Coach Mike Woodson, whom I respect none:

    “He’s done a great job this season,” Johnson said. “I’d love for him and the coaching staff to come back. Hopefully we can really, really make that happen.”

    Johnson attributes the Hawks playoff season and success against the Celtics to Woodson and his staff.

    “They have done so many good things for us this season,” Johnson said. “I’ve learned so much from him and he’s the main reason that attracted me to come here. Hopefully, we’ll keep him and all of the other guys around.”

    😯 I’m speechless. I have lambasted Woodson and GM Billy Knight for years. I still think Knight is the worst GM in the NBA. I now have to rethink my opinion of Woodson, though.


  392. 400 Savannah Guy May 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Ok, got a minute. Lunch was, uh… food.

    To those unfortunate souls that got “Shiny Happied” with that last clip and especially to those that now can’t get the tune out of their heads, my sincere apologies. Hey, I like REM, but that particular song was almost as bad as the whatsizname freckle faced kid with the deep voice stealth-clip thingy. Maybe worse. Nah… close, but not rising to that level of nausea.

    Now, with so much talk of the Prado slide and resulting thumb ligament sprain, leading to guitar technique improvement talk, I’ll try to kill two birds with one stone and stay on blog topic (blopic?) while attempting to redeem my musical self.

    Shiny Happy Antidote.


  393. 401 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Yes, SG, consider yourself redeemed… and then some. I enjoyed that so much, I’ve already sent the link to some friends.

    By the way, if anyone cares, the guitar he’s playing is a National Tri-cone Resonator. I have a 1931 square neck version of that same guitar that I am restoring. It is gonna be SWEET when I’m done… πŸ˜€


  394. 402 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Time to go pick up the littlest raisin. Back in a bit…

    SG: This one’s on me…


  395. 403 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Oh, and while I’m thinking about it SG, Derek Trucks’ electric guitar of choice is the Gibson SG. Waddaya know..?


  396. 404 Salty May 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    I now have to rethink my opinion of Woodson, though.…or, of Johnson!

    whatsizname freckle faced kid with the deep voice…you mean this guy?

    http://www.last.fm/music/Rick+Astley/+videos/+1-pfRfPon9vmU πŸ˜†

    Grinch…as much as I’d like to torment you, even I can’t put ‘Was not Was’ up! πŸ˜› Oh, and you are a tad opinionated, aren’t you? πŸ˜†


  397. 405 Salty May 5, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Must be nice to post links and not have them go in the cyber-toilet! 😑


  398. 406 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    There you go Salty…. πŸ™‚

    Taking a bit of a break before going back outside. It got warm here pretty quick. The last third of my lawn still needs mowing but the oak tree pollen is so bad right now that I am having to just let the grass grow…

    I wonder if Prado will become another believer in not making head first slides?

    Thorman finally hit his first homerun of the season the other night.


  399. 407 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Don’t take it personally, Salty. After all, it was Rick Astley… πŸ˜€


  400. 408 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I’m glad at least Grinch, could see the irony(not humor)of my post. I guess if I had put “My God, what next” it might have gotten across to more of you.


  401. 409 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Wow… I went looking for just the right Was (Not Was) vid to post here, and I couldn’t bring myself to do it…

    How ’bout Art of Noise?


  402. 410 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Hey, Salty… We’re on to something here. I posted a link to Art of Noise, and it went straight to the cyber-dumper. Perhaps WordPress has a built-in critic.


  403. 411 Salty May 5, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Raisins…with some of our selections, I really can’t argue with the ‘auto-dump’ feature, but then our posts get lost in translation…as if that’s something new! πŸ˜†

    BTW…thanks, Gil!

    Oh, the Braves signed Greg Norton, recently of Seattle. He’s corner infielder/OF…pop off the bench.


  404. 412 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I love that cyber-dumper critic. Also, only Salty, Raisins and SG get their stuff dumped. Wonder why? πŸ˜›


  405. 413 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Grinch; The Boley “battery” sounds, at most, like a AAA. Instead of a beeyatch slap, it was a beeaytch push.


  406. 414 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    So, does anyone know if Greg Norton is going to be on the big club, or go to AAA??? Why’d we sign him again??? Tex doesn’t take days off, and neither does Frenchy….We really need 3 guys who can play left??? If the weak hitting Mariners didn’t want him….


  407. 415 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Well, they got Norton for the ever popular “player to be named later.” Maybe it’s the same one they received for Ryan Langerhans. You know, the Irish guy, Bag O’Balls…

    Prado’s injury is a Grade 1-2 sprain; he’ll be out 6-8 weeks. Coulda been worse…

    Footnote: Grade 1 sprain: Slight stretching and some damage to the fibers (fibrils) of the ligament. Grade 2 sprain: Partial tearing of the ligament. If the joint is examined and moved in certain ways, abnormal looseness (laxity) of the joint occurs. Grade 3 sprain: Complete tear of the ligament. If the examiner pulls or pushes on the joint in certain movements, gross instability occurs.


  408. 416 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    According to David No-taste-in-music of the A-Jay-see, Norton went 7-16 in six games for the Mariners before being designated for assignment. Those figures would have made him Braves player-of-the-month.


  409. 417 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Well, I posted before looking him up…only hit .243 last year, but was hitting .436 in 16 AB’s before being let go this year…that’s a bit weird!
    Are we going to use Gotay at 3rd or SS in a pinch now????
    What’s up with Infante, is he playing in the minors yet???


  410. 418 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Brogan: Norton has a little bit of home run power. Nobody else on the bench does. Gregor Blanco? Brayan Pena? Ruben Gotay? Bueller? Bueller? It’s that simple, really. He’s not Luis Gonzalez or anything, but he’s not Corky Miller, either.


  411. 419 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 5, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Sybil, right you are, he would have been in the running! πŸ˜‰


  412. 420 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Yeah, Gotay might actually have to play in the field. Infante hasn’t started a rehab assignment yet. Or, if Gotay’s fielding is a perceived liability, we may still see Lilly the Kid, and Ruben might be movin’. Is there an issue with Gotay’s defense?


  413. 421 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 5, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Who’s Bueller??? Ferris still around??? Is he someone we called up to replace Prado??? I am out of the loop the last few days, sorry! 😳
    Still, 4 homers in 200 + ab’s last year…I could do that! They might be the only hits I’d get in 200 AB’s but I’d get 4 big flies just like Andruw will….eventually! πŸ˜›


  414. 422 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 5, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I know you like your history…so, when you get a chance, read ALL 10 parts to find out why Carter IS the worst president in history, and how he helped Radical Islam become what it is today….

    Yeah, I went there, too! πŸ™‚


  415. 423 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Grade 1 sprain – Doctor says, “Does this hurt?” Answer: “A little”.
    Grade 2 sprain – ” ” ” ” ” ” ” Yes”
    Grade 3 sprain – ” ” ” ” ” ” “Aeeeeeyie”


  416. 424 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 4:57 pm



  417. 425 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 5, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    008, πŸ˜†
    VOR, I don’t know, I thought Gotay was at least average in the field…the one and only time he was in the field(At least up to a day or so ago) I heard Pete say he made a great play….considering he had been in no games all April, I find that amazing he could make a great play….


  418. 426 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    WordPress is worse than word perfect in rearranging your carefully laid out formatting. 😦

    Sybil, huh? I’m just glad you are getting well. I was afraid you were going to start printing out your prescriptions and telling us how many BMs you had.


  419. 427 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I dunno either. I honestly cannot recall one time I’ve seen him play defense. 😯


  420. 428 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    According to Mark Bowman: Norton, who has batted .253 over his 12-season career, will be able to play the outfield and both corner infield positions for the Braves. With his versatility and potential power off the bench, the 35-year-old switch-hitter has the ability to help the Braves in the same manner it was hoping Scott Spiezio would.

    In other words, he’s expected to bring the beer to the clubhouse! πŸ˜€


  421. 429 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Certainly he can catch fly balls better than Touchie-feelie of the Reds! Don’t you think?


  422. 430 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    I picked this up off of a Phillie site:

    And finally, the Mariners designated outfielder Brad Wilkerson for assignment on Wednesday, so he offered his Seattle rental house to teammate Greg Norton, who hadn’t secured a place to live for the season. A few hours later, Norton was designated for assignment as Mariners management tried to shake things up.

    That’s funny, I don’t care who you are…


  423. 431 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 5, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    VOR, I was wrong(It happens, last time was 1992 ) Gotay played his one and only game of the field, April 30th…that’s it. I guess he’ll get another chance when Kelly needs a day off in 2 weeks.
    Honestly, we should trade him if we aren’t going to play him. If Bobby would rather Yunel come in on a day he was too sick to start, then just call up some scrub from AAA to be the emergency 2nd/3rd baseman.
    Gotay is only 25, and deserves some chance to play somewheres.


  424. 432 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Actually, Wilkerson was the one that I thought Los Bravos might have some interest in for the same reasons that they acquired Norton, except that Norton does backup 3B as well.


  425. 433 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    With a freezer full of…nah, I won’t go there.


  426. 434 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 5, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Well fellers(Bob, et al) I need to get a goin’ Going to waste precious fossil fuel to go to Summit racing’s first car show of the year….No car shows for 6 months, then 2 in 3 days! 😯


  427. 435 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Gotay is only 25, and deserves some chance to play somewheres.

    Either that or he sucks…

    ( I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’… )


  428. 436 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Bearman; I hope you are not still contagious. At one of those car shows you could kill off half the silly old farts on the eastern seaboard.


  429. 437 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    You guys get off of Gotay’s donkey. He has been good “bench”. He fields, he gets on base, and the latinos need him for their domino game.


  430. 438 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    You know, a couple of days ago, Moylan was throwing from flat ground, first from 90′ then 125′. He said he was feeling alot better, and was scheduled to throw from a mound this week. Suddenly, he’s been moved to the 60-day DL. And, no news anywhere. Wha’ ? 😐


  431. 439 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Oh, and he runs too. Unfortunately we can’t have him pinch-run for Mac…to first base.


  432. 440 Salty May 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    VOR…Moylan’s bullpen session lasted seven pitches, and the pain returned. He’s done…stick a fork in his season.


  433. 441 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    You have been out-of-the-loop, Raisins. Moylan experienced extreme pain during his last throwing session.


  434. 442 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Oh my God, I’m in sync with Salty. Forgive me Father, for I knew not what I did!


  435. 443 chrisklob May 5, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Raisins, I read yesterday that Moylan was scheduled to throw 15 pitches off the mound but had to stop after 7 because of the pain. Cox said that he might have the surgery as soon as this week.

    It didn’t make sense to me that they should wait. Apparently a bone spur grew through the ligament, which compromised it. Bone spurs don’t go away overnight. Neither do perforated ligaments. They should have cut him as soon as the diagnosis was made so he can get back a little sooner next year.


  436. 444 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Infante starts his rehab tonight in Richmond (Gil). He should be ready in about a week. I would bet it’s Gotay’s gig until then, then adios muchacho.


  437. 445 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I know what you are saying, Klobber, but a couple of weeks is not going to make that much difference on that type of surgery. We will be waiting for him next year like we are on Gonzo this year. Hoping he’ll be right by the time the fireworks and Stars and Stripes Forever comes around.


  438. 446 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve got to run some errands. See you ‘tators and ‘mators later.


  439. 447 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I like the bench alot better with Infante and Norton. First question, who exits the 40 man roster to make room for Norton. Does placing Moylan on the 60 day DL effectively do that? Second question, who leaves the 25 man roster when Infante’s ready? Is that the end for Gotay? OK, that was kinda like question 2b. Question three: What to do about Brayan Pena? Still languishing on the bench… He’s an assett that needs to be traded to fill a need.


  440. 448 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I missed my chance. Adios mustaches. πŸ˜›


  441. 449 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Yeah… I know. Assett, asset… whatever…

    I gotta go, too. The grill is callin’.

    Later, taters I mean, y’all.


  442. 450 morpheus45 May 5, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Berigan, I’ve got two more finals in the morning so I’m not gonna get into it other than to say: WRONG AGAIN. I’m not defending Carter; his Presidency was an abomination. I’m just saying it wasn’t as bad as this one. There are stats to prove it in a dozen ways (not that mere stats should be necessary) that can be Googled now and it’s not even over yet; the 30-year verdict like you posted on Carter…I can’t even begin to imagine it. However, this should be confided to e-mail if it goes any further. This shouldn’t be a political blog, and I wouldn’t bring any of this junk up if 5 or 6 of you didn’t constantly do Sean Hannity’s job for him here. The denial just gets so thick it reminds me of my last relationship. πŸ™‚


  443. 452 Salty May 5, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Study hard, Grinch! :mrgreen:


  444. 453 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Now this is serious discourse….



  445. 454 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I am not going to get into the who is/was the best president debate other than to say our best Presidents seem to be those who were elected by a thin plurality (Lincoln) or took over by default… Ford, Truman…

    The real issue is how much latitude they give their minions. Often times the Chief of Staff thinks he is the President and makes a lot of decisions that later embarrass a President. It is still up to the President to assure himself that the people he is surrounded by are competent but there are lots of reasons people go from being a Campaign chairman to a high level White House job not the least being a power trip….

    I have no doubt that our country could get straightened out in about 6 months if we didn’t have so many megalomaniacs trying to make sure they screw the opposition rather than just working together.


  446. 455 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    BeRiGaN .. Seattle is going young… They just didn’t have room for him and they couldn’t send him to the minors again I don’t think. I think Norton is a good asset. Power off the bench and a back up for the corner positions. Plus… He is very well priced.


  447. 456 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Police say they have discovered 300 dead cats stuffed into freezers at a man’s Sacramento home.

    No comment.


  448. 457 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    2nd Thought for Today: “People love to talk but hate to listen.” – Alice Duer Miller, American author (1874-1942).


  449. 458 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 5, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I know you can’t judge some players merely by their numbers….but, last year Gotay hit .295 in 190 AB’s 4 homers, 24 RBI’s
    Infante Hit .271 in 161 AB’s 2 homers, and 17 RBI’s
    Norton Hit .243 in 202 AB’s, 4 Homers(Same as Gotay) and 23 RBI’s
    Granted, he did hit 17 homers in 2006, but I also seem to recall Craig Wilson had a good track record before he signed with the braves as well.

    Norton Played 18 games at 3rd base in 2004, and hasn’t played a game there since.(He turns 36 in July)

    Hey, it’s not the end of the world, could turn out to be a decent move….I just don’t get how the youngest guy doesn’t get a real chance to be the backup, that all….


  450. 459 Skyhawk 008 May 5, 2008 at 9:55 pm



  451. 460 flbravesgirl May 5, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Good evening y’all. What is it with Uncle Paladin & freezers? Should we be alarmed?


  452. 461 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    BeRiGaN…. At least it will not cost 2 million like it did for Wilson if it does not work out..


  453. 462 Carolina Lady May 6, 2008 at 1:21 am

    PHI 11-17-2
    ARZ 4-11-2

    NYM 1-5-1
    LAD 5-7-0


  454. 463 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 1:25 am

    CL, watcha doin’ up???


  455. 464 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 1:27 am

    CL, watcha doin’ up???


  456. 465 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 2:02 am

    The Richmond Braves beat the Indianapolis Indians 3-2 Monday at The Diamond. The Braves rallied from an early deficit for the fourth straight game to push their winning streak to four. The Indians are the AAA farm club for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when a throwing error on a double steal allowed Kevin Thompson to score. The Braves grabbed the lead in the third on an RBI double by Brandon Jones and a run producing single by Scott Thorman. The Indians tied the game in the sixth on an RBI single by Michel Hernandez. The Braves scored the winning run in the seventh. Josh Anderson’s two-out single cashed in a leadoff double by Clint Sammons.

    Chuck James allowed one earned run in seven innings to collect the win. Andrew Shibilo notched a save. Sammons and Omar Infante had two hits each for the Braves.


  457. 466 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Thats good news, Chucky going 7 innings!!!


  458. 467 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Left-hander Chuck James allowed two runs — one earned — in seven innings. He yielded six hits, walked two and struck out five.

    James had nine flyball outs.

    “Chuck was outstanding,” Brundage said. “He’s a flyball pitcher. This is a good yard for him to pitch in.”

    Omar Infante, playing his first game on a rehabilitation assignment from Atlanta, singled in his first two at-bats and finished 2 for 4.

    Infante hasn’t played since breaking his left hand in winter ball. “It’s a little tight, but it feels good,” he said. He played the middle-infield positions in extended spring training but did not play in the outfield before joining Richmond. Atlanta farm director Kurt Kemp said the Braves want Infante to get a few games at each position before joining Atlanta.


  459. 468 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 3:07 am

    According to my count, that should put Infante in Atlanta by the weekend…


  460. 469 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 8:12 am

    And still more….. A nice little opinion piece by Bob Lipper of the Times Dispatch on being forearmed….



  461. 470 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Comments of the overnights: FBG still seems to want to slay the messenger and ignore the message. I don’t make these up. I just post them. And, from here on out, without comment. You can draw your own conclusions…hopefully.


  462. 471 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Where did I put my coffee?!? 😯


  463. 472 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Gil; That Lipper piece was a good read. Thanks.


  464. 473 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Voice of Raisins Says:
    May 5, 2008 at 5:39 pm
    I gotta go, too. The grill is callin’.

    Word to the wise. Make sure you study up on your outdoor appliance signals. What I thought was my grill calling, was actually my lawn mower. 😐


  465. 474 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Hey Raisins, I’ll bet you still can’t find your keys and haven’t written the checks yet either…. πŸ™‚


  466. 475 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Okay, I am off to see the wizard… Ya’ll have a good morning…


  467. 476 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Checks? 😑

    My coffee has disappeared… I still can’t find it. Then again, I haven’t lifted my carcass from my desk to look for it outside of my current range of vision, either. Maybe I should try that…


  468. 477 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Whew… found it… πŸ˜€


  469. 478 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Good morning y’all.

    Settle down, uncle. That was intended in a joking manner.


  470. 479 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I’m settled niece. Now bring me my cake and milk. πŸ˜€


  471. 480 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 11:28 am

    What, no discussion this morning? OK, I’ll start with a few opinions.

    1) I like the Norton trade. I think he has a decent bat and the pop we’ve been lacking off the bench. No, he isn’t Sweeney, but he’s alot better than Corky Miller. You can point to his dropoff in 2007, but he basically spent the season recovering from a knee injury. His 2006 numbers probably are a better indicator. He actually was off to a decent start this year before the Seattle youth movement began.

    2) Omar will be here by the weekend, so does that spell the end for Ruben? Well, Omar is the superior utility infielder, and will no doubt strengthen the bench. Ruben has some value, so I doubt he’ll simply be cut. I don’t know about minor league options on him… I wouldn’t be surprised to see another trade in the works. See below:

    3) Follow me on this one, even if it is a bit of a stretch. Once Omar’s in the house, you have a surplus of infielders at the Major League level. You’re already well stocked with infield depth in the minors, so it is a position of strength. Also, Clint Sammons appears to be having a breakout season at Gil-town. The Bravos are holding both BPena and Corky (bleh) in Atlanta to caddy for Mac. We all know that Mac’s going nowhere, so what of Sammons? His future as a starter is obviously not in ATL. Trade him now. Catcher is a position of need for many, many teams. Remember that Sal Fasano is also on the AAA team. Take Sammons, package him with an infielder, and go get a starting pitcher. It is doable…

    OK, discuss among yourselves…


  472. 481 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I have way too much work to do to be feeling so lazy today.


  473. 482 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Makes good sense to me, VOR. Anybody have a potentially available pitcher in mind?


  474. 483 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 11:54 am

    How ’bout some nice soup for lunch, uncle? I’m in the midst of making Italian Vegetable Soup.


  475. 484 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I’m putting my bid on and waiting spoon in hand. S-L-U-R-P! πŸ˜›


  476. 485 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Some good points, Raisins. I just don’t have the time to take it on now. However, I wanted you to know that you were not being ignored…by me anyway.


  477. 486 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Bid? Bib, maybe? I hope your table manners are better than that. You can’t show up in court with lunch on your shirt.


  478. 487 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Raisins… I agree 100% but the problem I see with the scenario is finding someone who has a surplus of pitchers. Is there such a thing? Usually, the best you can hope for is a young gun still in minor league ball or a guy with a short contract and a big price tag.

    With Smoltz at the end of his career and Tom Glavin running on fumes not to mention Hampton.. I think the Braves are praying that Chuck James can get it turned around and Jo Jo is mentally ready for the bigs now. That leaves Morton as the next big thing for Bravos….

    I will bet the Braves will comb the free agent market this fall… It’s not going to be cheap.


  479. 488 Salty May 6, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Reading is just that, reading. Not commenting is just that as well, it’s not ‘ignoring’. When someone has nothing to say, so be it. 😐

    Raisins…agree with your synopsis…a trade is in the wind.

    FBG…I’ll ‘bid a bib on e-Bay’ for 008! πŸ˜†


  480. 489 Salty May 6, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Since May 18 of last year, the ??? are just three games over .500. Now…who could that be? πŸ˜•


  481. 490 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Agreed, Gil, that they’ll be hot and heavy for a FA pitcher this winter. They’ll likely have money to spend with Tex’s contract gone, Hampton’s contract gone and possibly (I don’t know if I can bring myself to say it) Smoltz’ contract gone… I couldn’t say it…

    Let’s see who should be available… Derek Lowe and Brad Penny come to mind. Who else… Ben Sheets, if he’s not re-signed before then; Did CC get his contract done in Cleveland? How about Jon Garland?

    Here’s also a few random possibilities: 1) Kevin Millwood. Yeah, I know that’s old news, but it remains a possibility. Although, they already have a catcher (obviously) but might simply be looking for prospects. Millwood can’t seem to win on the road for them. It could be the old “new environment” thing. 2) Jon Lieber. The Cubs don’t need a catcher, either, which blows major holes in my theory, but they do have a relative surplus of starters. What they need is defense since no Cubs seem to be able to catch the ball. But right now, Lieber is in their bullpen.. so… who knows. Maybe you take Marquis back, since he and Lew don’t exactly see eye to eye. Also, Scott Eyre is due to return from the DL very soon, so they need to open a spot. 3) The A’s would deal Joe Blanton, but they’d want a ton in return. And 4) Here’s my sleeper. The Red Sox’ Julio Lugo has been absolutely awful in the field. They are expected to start Bartolo Colon on a rehab assignment soon, and Schilling could be on his way back, as well. They also have no need for a catcher, but really need a SS who can catch a ball, and have a pretty decent starting 5 without Schilling or Colon. Maybe a package with Lillibridge (who’s blocked in ATL) or Diory Hernandez + prospect could land a pitcher. Again, who knows?

    All random thoughts and open to being completely blown out of the water by people with more common sense and knowledge…


  482. 491 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Like nobody else on here ever had a typo. Jeez 😳


  483. 492 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    πŸ™‚ We got what you meant, uncle.

    I’m amazed. My local paper, which usually ignores the Braves existence even though there are a lot of Braves fans here, had a nice feature article on Chipper.


  484. 493 Salty May 6, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    OK…the answer: the Mets…just three over .500.

    Typos are over-rated…as long as the message is understood, you’ve communicated. πŸ™‚


  485. 494 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Heading out for a while. Gotta busy afternoon/evening ahead. I hope to check back in later on…

    Later, taters.


  486. 495 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t think their fans know that, Salty. They’re still deluding themselves.


  487. 496 Bob, journalist May 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Neat Blog Chris, as always!

    Bowman reports “Looking to provide a veteran to his bench, Braves general manager Frank Wren acquired infielder Greg Norton from the Mariners for a player to be named later” … what happens when Omar returns? … we all know Greg can pitch but he’s not scheduled to so do in this series.

    Oops, different Greg.

    A career .253 hitter, the 35 year old switch hitting Norton plays 1st, 3rd, and the outfield positions … and is expected to improve the bench offensively … having hit .235 with 10 homers in 289 career pinch-hit at-bats.

    Interestingly, both Norton and Infante are career .253 hitters.

    This is stuff … for those who might have an interest in the tragedy that occurred during the Derby.

    “Dear Bob ,

    I thought you might want to read NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop’s initial take on the tragic accident that occurred following last Saturday’s Kentucky Derbyhttp://www.ntra.com/blog.aspx?blogid=15&year=2008&month=5&day=5


    Keith Chamblin


  488. 497 Carolina Lady May 6, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    from email – something to think about – like think it’ll ever happen?? (right!):

    “Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work, they pay me.

    I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit.

    In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine test with which I have no problem.

    What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test.

    Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their —, doing drugs, while I work. . .

    Can you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?”



  489. 498 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I’m in favor of that policy, CL. Along with birth-control implants for those on welfare.


  490. 499 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    From frozen infants to urine tests. The B & S blog covers Dixie like the Dew. πŸ˜€


  491. 500 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    FBG; I’m afraid that a lot of the people on welfare have been “implanted” too often as it is. 😦


  492. 501 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Back to my yardwork, or possibly the emergency room. Later…I hope.


  493. 502 Bob, journalist May 6, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    “My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world.

    I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.” — Barack Obama


  494. 503 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Good afternoon ladies and germs! πŸ˜›
    Catching up from overnight….lots of trade talk here, good! One thing I haven’ theard talk of anywheres, is how much moola we may or may not have to play with. Would we take on the contract of someone like Millwood??? Actually, I just read that I think he is paid 10+ million next year, and with certain inning requirements met then, he gets a 2011 contract with the team!
    Seems not too likely then.

    Don’t forget Glavine’s contract would be off the book as well, unless he turns it around….Funny thing is, he could pitch til forever like Jamie Moyer, since he doesn’t snap his arm like a buggy whip…


  495. 504 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Bob, πŸ˜†

    Also, the article you posted mentioned Norton playing 3rd as well, but he hasn’t done it since 2004. Gotay has played there more recently, and I don’t see Bobby putting him over there…..


  496. 505 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    BeRiGaN … That is the problem I see with Tom Glavin, no snap at all…. When your fast ball tops out at 80MPH you better have a whole bag of tricks to keep hitters off balance or you are going to be pitching batting practice for the other team.

    I still say Roy Oswalt would be a deal maker if the Braves could figure some way to pry him away from the Astros. The price would be high I’m sure.

    Tampa has some good young arms in AAA but I think the Braves are looking for an established top of the order pitcher with Smoltz likely done.


  497. 506 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    The amount of money available should be at least $15 million…. The size of Hampton’s paycheck. Unfortunately, I don’t know how much that buys you anymore…


  498. 507 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    The real question is how lucky can you get when signing a guy to a long term contract? Even Hudson has underperformed when you look at his first year as a Brave. He has definite flashes of brilliance but man o man can he look ordinary at times.


  499. 508 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    The braves best bets may still lie in their own farm system. I guess that is why they pay Frank Wren the big bucks… If this was easy, everybody would do it….


  500. 509 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Good point about Tampa…..man, everything I hear is they are loaded with up and comers. Edwin Jackson might be someone to consider. Better stuff than record so far, 4.98 with Tampa, but flashes of excellence. With Kazmir and Matt Garza coming back, they have 6 starters…6 healthy starters…sigh….but, what do we have that they need???? They only really need a shortstop…


  501. 510 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Gil, are you saying 15 mil for this year, since insurance has covered it, and will likely cover it til he tries again midseason???


  502. 511 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    I am just saying that there should be money available to do just about whatever they want to do short of getting into a bidding war with New York or Boston. The Braves just don’t get into that.

    One thing about selling your star players is you do get some very good prospects in return. That has been the story with Tampa. The whole tampa situation was due to a real dumb a** for an owner and the new group seems to have some baseball smarts about them.

    For sure however, the Braves need to get off the “runner up train” this year and get back to playing October baseball so as to not become an after thought behinds the Mets and the Phillies.


  503. 512 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    The Braves top priority should be to get Kotsay re-signed. And forget about Tex. Too expensive, and not worth it. That could be closer but never equal. Can/has Sammons play(ed)any first base? I agree with VOR that he is totally blocked at catcher but would hate to lose that bat. I can’t see any plug into the rotation pitcher being available during the season unless we give away the farm…again. It’s time to start riding Jo Jo and Chuckie like a couple of rented mules.


  504. 513 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Posting on this blog between 5 and 8 is like p—in’ in the wind.


  505. 514 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – There’s “protected” on paper and there’s “protected” on the river.

    Under a 1972 federal law, certain species of sea lion cannot be harmed. But the Columbia River region is big enough, and parts of it are wild and isolated enough, to hide many sins.

    That was clear over the weekend, when six protected sea lions were found shot to death with a high-powered rifle near the Bonneville Dam.

    Suspicion immediately fell on fishermen, who have long complained bitterly that sea lions gobble up salmon at the base of the dam. But so far, investigators say they have no hard evidence as to who did it and why. And while rewards have been posted for arrests, there is talk of a defense fund for the gunmen if they are ever caught.

    This is so disgusting. The sea lions are just doing what they do. People who kill an animal like this should be given the death penalty.


  506. 515 Carolina Lady May 6, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Here is another one for you:


    You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well………


    Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!

    Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.

    The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

    The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78.

    The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

    I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the Prison.

    Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote.

    Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He’s kind of a ‘Git-R Dun’ kind of Sheriff.





    Sheriff Joe Arpaio (In Arizona ) who created the ‘ Tent City Jail’:
    He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

    He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights cut off all but ‘G’ movies.

    He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.

    Then He started chain gangs for women so he wouldn’t get sued for discrimination.

    He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails so he hooked up the cable again but only shows The Disney Channel and The Weather Channel.

    When asked why the weather channel He replied, so they will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.

    He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value. When the inmates complained, he told them, ‘This isn’t The Ritz Carlton. . . . . if you don’t like it, don’t come back.’

    He bought Newt Gingrich’s lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.

    More On The Arizona Sheriff:

    With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record), the Associated Press reports:

    About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at ahe Maricopa County jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts.

    On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before.

    Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks.

    ‘It feels like we are in a furnace,’ said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the TENTS for 1 year. ‘It’s inhumane.’

    Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: ‘It’s 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle Gear,

    But they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths!’

    Way to go, Sheriff!

    Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it’s time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can’t afford to have for themselves.”

    If one can do it…… ???


  507. 516 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I know what you are saying CL, and I support you. But, sea lions need champions like this, too.


  508. 517 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    The problem is not the sea lions. The problem is all the dams on the river. When the salmon are held up by the dam, the sea lions feast. They need to create “free ways” during salmon migration season to let them bypass the dams. Then, the sea lions, bears etc. can get the numbers that they have gotten in centuries past, and the salmon population will return.


  509. 518 Skyhawk 008 May 6, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I’m going to bed. As I have said before, if we blow a 5-1 lead I don’t want to see it. And, I can’t wait long enough for you folks to come out of your holes.


  510. 519 Salty May 6, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    008 went to bed? Coast is clear…y’all come out now, ya hear! πŸ˜›

    Sweet catch by Kotsay…very Andruw Mark-ee! πŸ™‚


  511. 520 jbinatl May 6, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    What’s up y’all? Sorry it’s been a while. Busy life in JB Land. Anyone watchin the game?


  512. 521 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Was listening to it JB…just came in…Man, even Pete is on the DL with laryngitis!
    Yet another great start by Jurrjens! Amazing, no one goes this late into the season without a clunker. Edgar was batting 8th the other night. don’t quite get that. He’s too good to be batting that low.
    Wonder if the Padres continue to suck, if Maddux would consider coming back for the rest of the year????


  513. 522 jbinatl May 6, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I would love to have Maddux back for one more year. I’d rather have him start than Jo-Jo or the every other week call up of Chuck James.

    I love Jurrjens and if he keeps it up he can have a great rookie season.


  514. 523 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Just looked up Maddux, he is second on the Padres staff in Innings, with 44. They might not just give him away in other words….I got to believe his arm was bothering him a few years back when he never seemed to go more than 5-6 innings a start.

    Did Jurrjens throw a lot of pitches??? Surprised to see him out, but you know what? That’s ok. We need to not overwork our stud 22 year old….


  515. 525 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Uh-oh….5-3 now! 😯


  516. 526 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Chris, at least it wasn’t steroids…I was worried when you posted that link! πŸ˜†
    Yeah Boog, except for giving up 2 runs, Ohman did well! πŸ™„


  517. 527 Savannah Guy May 6, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    CL, I’ll vote for Sheriff Joe anytime. I’m sure the cats and dogs didn’t mind the pink coveralls either.


  518. 528 Savannah Guy May 6, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Does Tex have the pre-big money year, Borass inspired Andruw thing going?


  519. 529 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    SG, good question! They are now walking Chipper to get to Tex….perhaps that will wake him up a bit….He’s not nearly as bad as Andruw was last year, but something about his swings from both sides of the plate just don’t look so hot….


  520. 530 Savannah Guy May 6, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Klobber, maybe that article explains ARod’s less than clutch performances in big games.


  521. 531 Bay Area Steve May 6, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    low, Chris……..low


    Please let Acosta save this game.


  522. 532 Bay Area Steve May 6, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    First guessing: I like the Ring move.


  523. 533 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    BAS has an Avatar!!!! did you know that, BAS???


  524. 534 Salty May 6, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Since the Braves don’t really have a closer…Boyer should have stayed in until he ran into trouble. He was buzzing. Acosta can get there, one day, but not yet.


  525. 535 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I agree now….good move! πŸ˜‰


  526. 536 Bay Area Steve May 6, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    First guessing: I like the anybody but Resoo move.


  527. 537 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Yea!!!! Above .500! Bennett gets first save.


  528. 538 Bay Area Steve May 6, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    or Resop…especially Resop.

    good game, boys


  529. 539 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    BAS, I think Resop would be fine for one out, just throw as hard as you can kid….but it worked out fine.


  530. 540 Bay Area Steve May 6, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    I don’t know what that is, Crack. I didn’t put it there; it must be what FBG was talking about the other day.

    And could they have picked a worse avatar? It has a certain San Francisco quality doesn’t it? Fruits and nuts out here, ya know.


  531. 541 Bay Area Steve May 6, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Catching up on the colossus, thank you to 008, especially, and Bob, for their words on the horse racing issue. ‘Tis one of those things my head knows, but my heart denies. One misstep and you’re dead; I’m glad I’m not a racehorse.

    And, Berigan, no Russian-mail-order brides. I’m too cheap. Just the local watering hole. I have to say not a lot of wife material there, however. Good times, though, good times.

    Maybe I should find the local Russian watering hole.


  532. 542 Savannah Guy May 6, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    BAS, the avatar… has holes in it. So, we have green, holes, square shape with little notches in the corners…

    Holy conservative environmentalist that cuts corners with carbon credits?


  533. 543 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    BAS, I’m just glad you can find women interested in men there! πŸ˜‰
    Those kind of jokes, they never get old, do they?


  534. 544 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Good evening y’all. You know, based on the first month + I wouldn’t mind if Kotsay stuck around for next year too.

    BAS, now you have a green dotted avatar!


  535. 545 Bay Area Steve May 6, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Good stuff, SG. I don’t know what to make of it. Chinese Checkers?

    which is a fun game, by the way.

    I suppose it’s Wordpess’ way of shaming us lazy folk into producing our own avatar.


  536. 546 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    What I know about Russians is from skating. Most of the Russian skaters are sickeningly gorgeous women. Go for it, Steve.


  537. 547 Bay Area Steve May 6, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    So this one is different than the kaleidoscope version you remarked on before, Miss Velvet?


  538. 548 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    The first one was sky-blue & white with sort of a swirl/pinwheel design.


  539. 549 Bay Area Steve May 6, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Well then, Miss Velvet, I don’t what to make of that.

    Positive spin: I have serious uncontrolled random avatar skills.

    And Russian figure skaters….I’m all but certain I’m not that desirable. Not that I’ve given up, mind you.


  540. 550 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    B, Dad & I were talking about Maddux coming back during the game. He’s talked about retiring after this. Maybe he’d like to come back to finish it out with Bobby & the other 2 musketeers.


  541. 551 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Very interesting…. I used to love staring at her, in her very tight skirts 😳

    she looked a bit crazed to me, but with a co-worker like him, it makes sense now…the weather channel is all about making money first, everything else is a distant second. Taped programs run instead of live news during sever weather outbreaks, they cut off meteorologists in mid sentence, etc, etc, etc..


  542. 552 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    F(If you are going to call me B, πŸ˜‰ ) It would make some sense, wouldn’t it??? At least if you can’t get some swell 98 MPH stud for Corky and Thorman πŸ˜›
    Maddux could pitch beyond this year no doubt, but I think he wants to watch the games of his son now….


  543. 553 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Hmmm. I don’t watch TWC much anymore, check weather online now. But I never liked him. Always thought he was weird/creepy in a way-too-cheerful way.


  544. 554 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Maddux would never agonize over retiring like some guys. When he decides that’s it, that’s it. He’ll be gone with no regrets.


  545. 555 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 6, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    FLB, it’s interesting how some of us can pick up on things like that about some people, and others never notice….They have some other guy that has a good voice, but he just acts so fake, seems like the kind of guy to kill his whole family someday….

    I check out http://www.wunderground.com to see radar anytime….like them….


  546. 556 chrisklob May 6, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Berrygin, I think I know who you’re talking about. I don’t watch the WEather Channel that often (except during hurricane season) but I remember this one slimy guy that did the evening or late night broadcast. I didn’t know if I was watching the weather or trying to buy a car!


  547. 557 chrisklob May 6, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    If anyone missed the game tonight, Sports South is just starting a re-broadcast of it.


  548. 558 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I didn’t know they did that, Chris. Not that ExtraInnings carries it but for future reference…


  549. 559 Carolina Lady May 6, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Howdy, y’all!

    Weather – check out http://www.weatherbug.com. I love it.

    Some roster changes here for us:
    just received a note from Bob who asked to be removed from the LineUp; he, jjs and sja have started their own blog; some here should expect invitations to join them.

    Steve, shall I put you in the LineUp?

    Since Bob has changed teams, here are the next ones at bat:


  550. 561 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    I saw an article on the Braves MLB site re: that earlier, CL. I never knew that Don had cancer.


  551. 562 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    I’m sorry that our friends feel the need to seperate from us but I wish them great success with their blog.


  552. 563 Carolina Lady May 6, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    FBG, I was shocked at the news about Don Sutton. Hadn’t heard a word about it and am so sorry to learn that it has spread so.

    About ready to hit the hay. This treadmill has run faster than I could today. But, I DID go vote! For the first time in 66 years, Mother wasn’t able to go.


  553. 564 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Hit and run blog:

    Hello to the night shift! πŸ˜€

    Now, good night…


  554. 565 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Good night, dear! I probably don’t have to tell you to sleep well, huh?


  555. 566 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    That was for CL; don’t want VOR to get the wrong idea. Good night to you too, VOR!


  556. 567 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks, darling. πŸ˜€


  557. 568 flbravesgirl May 6, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Hey, I don’t flirt with married men. Actually I don’t flirt with anybody, too shy.


  558. 569 flbravesgirl May 7, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Quiet here tonight. I’ll shut down a bit early to work on a project.

    Good night y’all.


  559. 570 actually doing much better BeRiGaN May 7, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Yeah, too quiet!


  560. 571 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2008 at 4:02 am

    And now politics…. The way I see it, if 90% of the African community are voting for Obama because he is black and 70% of the women are voting for Clinton because she is female, I can hardly see where I have any choice but to take sides and vote for McCain because he is an old white guy with a hot looking wife….. πŸ™‚

    Great game by the Bravos… Not that I wasn’t a bit concerned about the ninth inning. At least Bobby could see this was one of Manny’s off nights and made the move to the bullpen pretty quickly.

    I was impressed by Jair again tonight. What a great pick up he was by Wren….

    Chipper is playing like a guy on a mission. Now, if Tex would only follow suite and play up to his potential there would be some very big numbers put up on the board…


  561. 572 chrisklob May 7, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Collateral damage in the Roger Clemens case……



  562. 573 bronchitis BeRiGaN again???? May 7, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Well, me lungs are aching again…. 😦 My Doc gave me 7 days worth of Antibiotics…I sure hope that was enough!

    Anyway, not sleeping sure gives you time to get things done! πŸ˜•

    After some actual work, I watched baseball tonight….Holy smokes, anyone see the 2 throws Rick Ankiel made in Colorado last night???? 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

    Only threw out 2 guys at 3rd from Deep center(Willie Tavarez taging up from 2nd, and some other guy(Just looked up story, Omar Quintanilla)
    trying to stretch a double into a triple. The last one, he was deep on the warning track….you have to see the replays to believe them!!!! And both were strikes, which if you recall the problems Ankiel had as a pitcher, make them all the more amazing….



  563. 574 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Overnights: I see where Wynken, Blynken and Nod are forming their own blog and that invitations to join are forthcoming. I’ll camp out at the mailbox waiting for mine. Actually, I have as much chance of really getting a piece of red velvet cake(which I would rather have)and would be more inclined to join OPEC. But, to each his only.


  564. 575 bronchitis BeRiGaN again???? May 7, 2008 at 9:11 am

    The Clip of Ankiel’s 2 amazing throws…..clip kept pausing for me….
    on the right side


  565. 576 Salty May 7, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Those throws were incredible…however, do the umpires get caught up in the moment? Both runners looked as safe as much as out, to me. Very close both times.


  566. 577 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Thought for Today: “Ah, les bons vieux temps ou nous etions si malheureux!”


  567. 578 chrisklob May 7, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Skyhawk, qu’est-ce que ca veaux dire “etions”?


  568. 579 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Say what?, Dude. πŸ˜›


  569. 580 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 9:33 am

    “Oh, the good old times when we were so unhappy”


  570. 581 Bob, journalist May 7, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Good morning all!

    Last evenings email to CL covered many things … how much I treasure her friendship … how much Braves and Stuff means to me … and that, for multiple reasons, I thought it best that my participation remain at its current limited level and that I be removed from the Lineup, at least temporarily.

    As I explained to her, the reasons may not be fully understood, but they relate to Carol’s situation, energy levels, passion, and the genuine desire to be a positive rather than a negative influence on the Blog.

    I also asked that she consider adding Don Sutton’s site to the “Braves’ and Stuff” Blogroll … something in which Carol and I believe is worthy of widespread support.

    Indeed, it was intended to be a private email … and a well intending one … I invited CL to visit the blog created by John (sja) … and which will be operated by sja, jimmy smith and myself. As I indicated to her, it was really a result of her inspiration that John and I have long been thinking of ways to create such a blog … hopefully, one which everyone can enjoy … and which is not in competition with this or any other Blog.

    We really don’t think of it as being our blog …it’s yours to visit and enjoy … and we hope that you will. As I also explained, neither sja, jimmy smith, nor I desire, nor do we intend that this or any Blog with which we which we might become associated should ever detract in any way from “Braves and Stuff” or any of it’s endeavors.

    In no way did I say … or mean to suggest that I was changing teams … indeed, as I told CL, I hope that I will continue to be a welcomed member of this blog. While I am excited about the new blog, I will continue to support this one; certainly in spirit. That I treasure most of you as friends is no secret, … as is my friendship and admiration of both John and Jimmy … so saying is far more than simple or idle rhetoric. Unfortunately my level of participation in both Blogs will be impacted by personal circumstances, at least temporarily.

    What I said to CL regarding the new blog, at least in essence, was … As I will be telling others … I hope you’ll visit … join in the fun … Baseball is definitely on the agenda … especially the Braves … but we ain’t in competition with “Braves and Stuff”, the AJC sponsored blogs, or any of the other sports blogs … stopping by and having fun at our place does not mean that folks can’t also have fun someplace else … that is my plan and I hope that you will join me … indeed, we’d love to have you visit and join in the fun!

    That’s what I told CL … now for those who might be wondering what has happened to SJA, Jimmy Smith, and Baby Seal … I know where they’re at … it’s a fun place, though nothin’ fancy … or I do so hope will soon be … when things get settled down and folks find out were we are.

    There’s country music, barbership quartets … baseball … contests … like the Proprietor said … “characters with character preferred, ladies too … shoot the breeze with a friend … be ready to share an interesting story, a tall tale, or whatever is on your mind … no topic off-limits … if you can’t behave, use profanity, pick fights or spit on the floor you will politely shown the door” … couldn’t have said it better myself!

    I hope that those of you who enjoy the humor, banter and creativity of Jimmy Smith and his wonderful entourage … and Most Honorable’s delightful stories and good humor … will visit and join in the fun. Like I said, stopping by and having fun doesn’t mean that folks can’t also have fun here, the Braves Beat blog, or somewhere else … goodness, it’s not a competition! I sincerely hope you will … and I know that goes double for Jimmy and John … you’ll certainly see a slightly different side of the Proprietor, aka SJA … but one with which I’m most familiar … and Bob, journalist will be understandable, at least most of the time.

    As CL indicated, it’s my plan to send a special invitation to those for whom I have addresses and think might have an interest … but it’s not my intent to exclude anyone who enjoys jjs and sja … should I overlook anyone … or not have your address … you can drop me a line and I’ll point you in the right direction … really, you don’t have to wait for an invite … just contact me at BobMcBrayer[at sign]comcast.net and I’ll open the door!!

    God Bless


  571. 582 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Why am I craving French Toast?


  572. 583 flbravesgirl May 7, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Good morning y’all. Glad to see that Sir Bob is not leaving.

    Chris, I feel sorry for Clemens’ kids. You know they’re hearing about this from every side.


  573. 584 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Shame, shame CL, you spilled the beans. Fortunately they were jumping beans and they are all back in the bowl. I don’t know if the above would have been forthcoming had you not been so “indiscrete”, but in a considerable less words: Sja, jjs and Bob have a blog, e eye e eye O. Oh, you said that? I thought so. Then ’nuff said.


  574. 585 flbravesgirl May 7, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Be nice, uncle. So how far are you from NE Georgia? Proximity will greatly increase your chances of getting cake since I haven’t yet discovered how to ship a frosted layer cake.


  575. 587 flbravesgirl May 7, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Thanks, VOR. See, be nice to the neighbors.


  576. 588 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Hawks news: Billy Knight is out as Hawks GM. Can Woodson be to far behind?


  577. 589 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 10:13 am


    For Raisins, and all: Here is a French toast recipe to die for!


  578. 590 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Hey! What happened to my Hallelujah link?


  579. 591 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 10:19 am

    OK… WordPress has it out for me today. It just dumped me completely off the site!8O


  580. 592 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Now, Braves. Chipper entered last night’s game batting an eye-popping .425 😯 See?! Unbelievably, while being walked twice, he still raised his average .001 point.

    How about Norton’s at bat, huh? A righty pitcher comes on to face him, and he starts out batting left. The pitcher injures himself after 2 pitches, and is replaced by a left hander. Norton switches to the right side to hit. Oddly, the rules allow for the batter to switch one time per at bat. Weird…


  581. 593 flbravesgirl May 7, 2008 at 10:27 am

    It has little hissy fits sometimes, VOR.

    Uncle, one word: yum! If Mom hadn’t already requested to go out for Mother’s Day breakfast I would make that.

    Just a reminder, guys- Mother’s Day is Sun.


  582. 594 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Neice, I wish I still had a Mom to make that recipe for, but as it is, I just may make it for myself. I’ll save you some.


  583. 595 flbravesgirl May 7, 2008 at 10:44 am

    You make breakfast, I make dessert? That works.


  584. 596 Savannah Guy May 7, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Raisins, here’s another link you might like. John Hammond is a white guy but plays and sings like one the old black blues greats. He used to perform at the Night Flight Cafe in Savannah every few months and was a favorite. Back in the 80’s, Night Flight Cafe, on River Street, was quite the music venue. We used to get the likes of 10,000 Maniacs, REM, Buddy Guy (no relation), Swimming Pool Q’s, Freddie King and many other great rock, folk and blues groups/solos.

    Is this guitar John’s playing a National Tri-cone Resonator? If so, how is your square-back different in appearance?

    John Hammond


  585. 597 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 11:25 am

    SG: I can’t tell if it’s a National, but it is very similar. It has a round neck. The round neck is very much like any other guitar neck and is played like any other guitar would be played. A square neck is boxed in in the back, and can only be played lap style. Check out the pictures at this link, and you’ll see what I mean.


    By the way, mine will never shine like the one in these pics. It has patches of tarnish and mild rust all over it. It will clean up pretty nicely though, if I’ll ever get off my lazy carcass and work on it. It’ll also play well enough to gig, which I fully intend to do with it before the year is out. We did a concert last fall at a venue in Jonesboro where we played the whole night, 2+ hours. I took every guitar I own (7, now 8, plus a mandolin) and played each one at least one song. We’re doing it again this year, and I’ll have the National finished before then.


  586. 598 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Dang! I just wrote a long response to SG about the John Hammod link and question, and WordPress ate it. 😑 It is really ticking me off today!!! πŸ‘Ώ


  587. 599 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 11:28 am

    SG: Look at the pics here:



  588. 600 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 11:30 am

    SG: Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of what I composed, and WordPress consumed. Round neck is played like a standard guitar. Square neck is “boxed in” and is played lap style.


  589. 601 Hillbilly May 7, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Bob, J., as I’ve done with CL, Grinch (pending) , jbinatl, SJA, Scribe (both sites), and yourself previously, I’d like to check out the new hangout. I believe you have my address. May it become a colossus.


  590. 602 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I un-spamed it up Raisins…


  591. 603 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 11:48 am

    SG; I checked out John Hammond and like Mikey, I liked it! I do like a little more trace of bass in my ideal blues voice, but he’s worth listening to. Thanks.


  592. 604 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks, Gil. It seems to be my day. First WordPress is messing with me, then my DSL was down for almost a half-hour. Now it’s up and down sporadically. Since it’s how I do my job, it’s a little nerve wracking!


  593. 605 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Florida owes more than $11.5 million to thousands of Broward County homeowners whose citrus trees were chopped down during a failed effort to control a harmful disease, a jury ruled.

    You can look up this story if you want to read the whole thing. My point is: The state cut down our pine trees because of a beetle or something and we didn’t get a penny. ‘Course state wise(financially)we don’t have a pot to wee wee in or a window to throw it out (of). But, in the times that will be acoming, Fla may run a little short of funds, also.


  594. 606 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Quit whining, Raisins. You are beginning to sound like Berigan. πŸ˜›


  595. 607 flbravesgirl May 7, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    They’re always cutting down people’s trees to try to stop citrus canker. Doesn’t seem to work. What’s really bad is the growers they’ve put out of business by destroying their entire groves.


  596. 608 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    FBG; I don’t have any problem with giving people some compensation when their livelihood is taken from them. This, however, sounded more like individual property owners who lost part of their landscaping. I’ll bet the grove owners got US gov. help and this is double-dipping, for them.


  597. 609 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Jonny Lang, anybody?


  598. 610 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Legal “brief”: We won, but the client lost. The judge ruled for us BUT he gave the other side an opportunity to “correct” their brief so they could still prevail. In other words, it is the good old boy/girl network in action. Let’s make sure we get plenty in our pockets and (naughty word)the serfs. The more I see of this side of the law, the less I like it. Meanwhile, when they submit their “corrected” brief, we will write one in response. And charge the client for it. 😦


  599. 611 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    “Jonny Land, anybody?” Not me. I’m going in for my soup. Later.


  600. 612 Skyhawk 008 May 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Land – Lang – Loud or whatever.


  601. 613 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona made it clear that a stint in the bullpen will not be considered for Bartolo Colon, who can opt out of his contract with the team on June 1. “I think we made that clear when we were talking to him,” Francona said. “I don’t think that (pitching in relief) was something that he was interested in . . . it would be a great problem to have to think you have too much pitching, but rarely does it work out that way.” — Boston Herald

    Too much pitching? Can we talk?


  602. 614 Savannah Guy May 7, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Jonny Lang Wonder don’t sound like no white boy. He’s got the chops.

    Raisins, thinkin’ on guitars and such, we’ve got a few good’uns made right here in little old Savannah. Check it out.



    Chris Isaak plays a Gretsch.