44: Greetings, bloggers and blogettes!

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by The Grinch


PALMETTO, GA -Having just gone through a bunch of nonsense, I’m having a difficult time getting into the mindset of telling a story, so with your permission I’ll just rant on the state of things and what might be done about it.

Let me start off by saying that I am not a fair-weather fan. I spent the 1980’s dragging coolers full of alcohol and food down to Fulton County Stadium to watch both the Braves AND the Falcons. If y’all remember how putrid both teams were during the ’82 to ’91 period, you’ll admit that this isn’t something a non-fan would do. While I wish the Braves would go back to the old stadium rules regarding coolers so that it didn’t cost me $150 to go to a game, they’ve at least put a better product on the field to partially make up for it.

However, here’s the problem I have with both the way the organization’s being run and the people they’re marketing it to: “better than it was” seems to be all anybody’s aiming for as well as all the fans need to be pacified. What’s missing? We have a great scouting department, a great farm system (the envy of most other teams), a large payroll, a large market that provides good revenue, a shrewd GM, a Hall of Fame Manager and a solid collection of veteran superstars, up and coming superstars, and solid role players. So, what’s the problem?

The problem is that this team should be ten games ahead in the division by now, even with all the injuries. The fact that they’re just tripping and stumbling along nonchalantly in third place like a Harley with a bad spark plug should be a major cause of concern for everyone. However, it isn’t for some reason. Sure, we get frustrated. Sure, we come up with ideas about what would help. Sure we keep the fires of hope burning that things will pick up and be all right. “Smoltz’s gonna come back and close,” we say. “Gonzo and Soriano are gonna shore up the bullpen and give others a rest.” “Chuck’s gone.” “We’ll pick up Maddux at the deadline and it’ll be just like old times again.” And a partridge in a pear tree.

The fascination with old times and memories are exactly what the problem is. It wouldn’t matter WHO we had on the team right now. The Braves are coasting, and getting by with it on the reputation of past laurels. Atlanta is the only major city I can think of that is so “neuvaux riche” that both the people and the baseball team can only think back a few years to capture their “tradition.” Look at the Yankees. We were essentially tied with them as the best team of the 90’s. Since then, neither team has done squat (though we’ve done less than them). The difference is the Yankees won’t continue to put up with being mediocre or even pretty good. That’s not the way they do things there. The organization won’t allow it because the fans and the media won’t allow it. They demand better, and better they will get or at least a damn solid visible effort at it. The fans and media know what good baseball is, and won’t accept less.

Atlanta doesn’t demand anything of anybody; as long as we’re at or above .500 and Bobby says “Aw, shucks” when interviewed, the businessmen in their Izod’s and loafers with no socks and silicone enhanced wives will continue to make deals on the cellphone at the park instead of watch the game and pay attention. If everyone else thinks its ok, they will too. I GUARANTEE you if the AJC would start doing its job (and we could force that by booing them; let ‘em know we can dang sure get another paper or two started here…they don’t have a monopoly) and Schultz and Bradley started ripping the Braves like they do the Hawks things would turn around quick. Imagine if there were two or three major papers and ALL of them were doing that. Creative Loafing, too. And blogs everywhere. And the evening news. Jerome Jurenovitch (?). Y’all, I love Brian Jordan but they have him on there for a reason; he doesn’t make waves. That must stop. The people would catch on that we don’t have to put up with all this failed planning, poor managing, poor effort, poor excecution, etc. When Bobby does something stupid, write about it. Talk about it. Yell about it. Boo at the stadium like other teams do. Boo bad bunt attempts. Boo rally-killing double plays. Boo ignorant lefty-righty bullpen moves. Boo Tex for talking like Boras and playing like Andruw. Other cities would. Boo poor effort. Make the Braves from the President on down to the bat-boys understand that we know what the heck is going on and we won’t put up with it. That if players are underperforming we want them benched or traded, or we’ll make a scene. That if Terry can’t help any of the hitters with fundamentals, we want someone who can. Boo them. Talk about it. Get the media going. If Bobby can’t motivate players anymore, promote him up or talk him into retiring. If you don’t, we’ll make a scene. Booooo! That’s the way others do it, and that’s why they’re “Baseball Towns” and we’re not. That’s why their teams may not always win, but they always look like they’re giving maximum effort.

People, the people who run this team are only there because we pay for it and support it. This team with its payroll just like it is now could be up there competing with the Yankees and the Red Sox every year. WE NEED TO BE TIRED OF PAYING NEW YORK CITY PRICES AND RECEIVING LAZY REDNECK RESULTS IN RETURN.

LET’S MAKE THIS A BASEBALL TOWN. POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

~Grinch~

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737 Responses to “44: Greetings, bloggers and blogettes!”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady May 17, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Good job, Grinch! You bring up excellent points! Many, many thanks! 🙂

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  2. 2 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Feeling feisty, Grinchy? I’m not a boo-er by nature but I have to agree that there is far too much complacency in the organization & those who deal with them.

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  3. 3 morpheus45 May 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    This naturally came up right before I posted on the last one. Humph. and yes, I’m feeling feisty, among other things. I also forgot to run spell check.

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  4. 4 morpheus45 May 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you for running it, CL; you’re a fine human being.

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  5. 5 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I saw it. Sorry you had to deal with an unpleasant situation.

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  6. 6 morpheus45 May 17, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    My own fault; I know better. I should just be a monk. The Fransiscans make some mighty fine beer.

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  7. 7 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I don’t think you have the temperment to be a monk. Meek and all that, you know.

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  8. 8 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Thatta boy, Kelly!

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  9. 9 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Damn Grinch… you just reeled off a ‘Twirlizter’. I was readin’ while I was watchin’ the Braves mount a comeback. Hold on…

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  10. 10 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    arrgghh!

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  11. 11 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Awwwww dammit. Another one run loss. Arrrggghhhhhh.

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  12. 12 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Great minds think alike, SG?

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  13. 13 morpheus45 May 17, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Man, I didn’t even watch the top of the 9th. I hate it when that happens.

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  14. 14 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    How many one run losses… nevermind. I don’t even wanna know.

    Somewhere, somehow, some metric sabbermatricianistic pytha-plastic pen protector in front pocket stat nerd HAS to be able to make sense out of this underperforming year. Here’s a quick theory: With as many one run losses as we’ve had, Lady Luck is sitting back saying, “hey, don’t blame me… it’s manager issues”.

    No, that Lady Luck will make you cry sometimes but she can’t possibly be responsible for this string of debacles. Yes, players have to perform, but the players need a fire under their collective arsses. Who would be that person? Cox. We have a country club, not a never say die ball club.

    OK, I’ll quit ranting now and get back to finish reading Grinch’s rant.

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  15. 15 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    FBG, yours was a sweet little arrgghh. Mine was louder and more crude. Sorry. I’ll calm down… one day… maybe.

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  16. 16 morpheus45 May 17, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    My rant appears to be ahead of it’s time.

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  17. 17 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Oh geez. Now Grinch is psychic?!

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  18. 18 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    OK, Grinch… that was a fine lead sir. Yepper… damn fine. I whole heartedly agree on almost all of it, with the only exceptions being some minor details. No, not spelling… didn’t notice any probs there.

    Here’s one diff: I think Brian Jordan is one of the few… no, make that the only Braves affiliated announcers that gets it right. Yes, he bites his lip on occasion but on numerous reports he’s called BS just what it was, but he did it in a nice way. How can he be overly critical? He’s a player. I know, I know, where’s the truth… but he does a decent job in my opinion. I’ve seen him do it too many times when ALL other anncrs were dribbling PR nonsense.

    The other thing: One ‘problem’ the Braves franchise has that would not have been allowed under a Turner leadership model… nice is nice but winning is everything. Braves suffer from nice… which is nice, but it ain’t winning. We’ve become a ‘good ol’ boy’ country club. TP… GOB… Cox, GOB, JS…GOB, Liberty… money counters. Therein lies the problem. If you think the Yanks have the mercenary attitude it take, just check out the transition between George the winning tyrant and his son, the losing not-really-chip-off-the-old-block.

    Did I say great post? It was. Thing is, AJC could care less whether Braves had a winning team or not. Not at all. Makes no diff to them at all. They sell ads and regurgitate NY Times, LA Times and network news propaganda. They do provide enough content to wrap an entire school of fish on Sunday though, so I guess that accounts for some redeeming quality.

    So, we agree… power to the people… my rant is now complete.

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  19. 19 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Well, at least they tried to come back. Good work from the bullpen too.

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  20. 20 morpheus45 May 17, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Maybe CL ran spell check and that’s why it looked off to me. 🙂

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Jordan. And you’re right; he doesn’t lie. But I’m just saying he doesn’t exactly lend a sense of urgency to anything; his demeanor is so quiet that when it’s the only dissenting voice it tends to get drowned out.

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  21. 21 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    FBG, if Grinch was psychic, he would not be surprised at the last part of that particular word… psy’chic’. Where do you think that word originated anyway? It sure wasn’t that little square chewing gum. No, chiclettes were always at the core of his troubles. Or was that coke? Whatever. Anyhoo, it’s all about the chics.

    OK, so Freud was a bad speller… he meant chick. So who’s gonna fuss over the minor details? He was onto something there.

    Hey, here’s an idea if you truly want results with the Braves: tell players wives to start coming to the games like they used to, instead of staying at home counting the cars and giving directions to servants. Yepper, get’em right there at the games in the front rows where Paladin’s girlfriend Jane Fonda used to sit. Let them give their hubby’s the ‘eye’ if they don’t perform and throw kisses when they do.

    This could work. Women rule the world. Why not a baseball game?

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  22. 22 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    FBG, the good news tonight is Resop. He did good.

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  23. 23 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Don’t set him off again, SG. Sometimes it’s tough being female and being Grinch’s friend.

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  24. 24 chrisklob May 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Grinch, excellent blog raising some very compelling points. Here’s a question for you or anyone else. I do not live in ATL or even spend much time there. Wikipedia shows that as of 2007 there were approximately 5.34 million residents of the metro Atlanta area. That is a huge increase over the numbers from 1990 where there were 2.9m residents. Does it not make sense then that many/most of the increase in population are people from other cities that are not loyal to the Braves and really could care less if they play well or not? I’ve heard that some visiting teams often have thousands of fans at the Ted, particularly the Mets and Red Sox. These outsiders are in the Atlanta market are NOT going to make the ajc, any other news outlet or the Braves become accountable because they don’t care.

    That still does not excuse the native Atlantan, the media or the club. You certainly raise good points. Perhaps the feeling amongst these groups is that they are doing the best they can with what little they have (payroll-wise) to work with.

    I missed the game tonight. Went to the RiverDogs with my son and just got home in time to see the very last pitch. Reading through the in game blog I got a little feel for what happened. Would the “real” Tim Hudson, please stand up?

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  25. 25 chrisklob May 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Paladin’s girlfriend Jane Fonda

    That line will probably earn you a black eye in the morning SG!

    the good news tonight is Resop. He did good.

    Resop? I thought he was the designated BC whuppin’ boy this year! How did HE get in the game? Bobby have a senior moment?

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  26. 26 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Grinch, this is between me and FBG. Don’t read. Or read at your own risk.

    FBG, you met Grinch. I met Grinch. I don’t know him well, but know this: there is a great lady out there that is perfect and smart enough and non-traditional enough and perfect for him. Like with so many (most) discriminating (picky) single men and women, it may take a while and many frogs may be kissed, but he is stubborn and passionate (dyed in the wool romantic is my guess).

    He will go back and back and back… until he meets his muse. Then and only then will a 50″ TV be seen as a mere entertainment box that distracts him from his lady. 500 channels and nothing on (except Braves games and NFL)… like Bruce said. You know, Boss.

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  27. 27 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Chris, I think there are a lot of non-natives in Atlanta. (I have no room to talk since I’m moving to Georgia from “outside” myself.) But Braves fans, wherever they were from, were excited & vocal in the early ’90s. We need that back.

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  28. 28 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Klobber, your post was spot on. Atlanta does have many traitor…uh, fans of other teams. That’s to be expected I suppose with a growing metropolis. Thing is, if the Braves caught the ‘fever’, there would be many converts. Plus, there are more fans of Braves now than there were in 91. Go figger. Winning gets folks up and out to the games and makes them cheer.

    Your other post was on the money too. Pal will come after me on the Fonda comment. Little does he know, I know ju jitsu. I’ll whup him by making minimal moves and using his own power and energy against him. Oh, wait… that may not do it. :mrgreen:

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  29. 29 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Klobber… you’re moving to GA?

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  30. 30 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I hope you’re right, SG, because he deserves better than what he’s gone through so far.

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  31. 31 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    50″ TV or not…

    The Boss and the TV.

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  32. 32 Savannah Guy May 17, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Been fun… G’night. I’ve gotta hit that big white envelope now.

    Reruns can be good. Cheers.

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  33. 33 chrisklob May 17, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    SG, I’m not planning on moving anywhere. Do you know something that I don’t know?

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  34. 34 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    I think he read my post about moving & got confuzzled, Chris.

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  35. 35 chrisklob May 17, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Maybe so FBG.

    Oh, I read that you had a bird question. Sorry, haven’t been on much lately.

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  36. 36 flbravesgirl May 17, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Oh yeah, forgot about that. There was a very bright yellow bird with a black cap & black stripe on his wings at the feeder. Know what he is?

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  37. 37 chrisklob May 17, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    This is something that has bothered me for a very long time. I’ll assume that everyone here understands the laws of supply and demand. Why don’t the owners of sports teams?

    So far through 19 home games (not including Saturday’s game) the Braves have averaged 30k per game. Unfortunately, the Ted has seats for a little over 50k. That means that on average there are approximately 20k empty seats per game and over the course of the season (81 home games) there will 1.62m empty seats!

    What does this mean? It means that the market is telling the Braves that their tickets are too expensive!

    Could you imagine what might happen with Braves payroll if they could sell out the stadium regularly? Could you imagine what would happen if all those people bought beer and hotdogs? How about hats, jerseys, etc?

    I know that this is a very simplistic view, yet I wonder why it is not considered.

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  38. 38 chrisklob May 17, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    FBG, how big was it?

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  39. 40 chrisklob May 17, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    FBG, do a google image search on the american goldfinch. I tried to post a link to a picture of one but the filter ate it.

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  40. 41 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Smallish.

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  41. 42 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 12:01 am

    That’s him, Chris. Good work.

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  42. 43 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 12:03 am

    THey’re beautiful aren’t they? We only see them in the spring and fall when they are migrating unfortunately. They seem to travel in flocks so we tend to see a lot at one time.

    How are your bluebirds?

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  43. 44 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 12:05 am

    OK, I guess. Haven’t had time to watch for them the past 2 days. We attacked the giant forsythias plus tons of other yard work.

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  44. 45 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 12:08 am

    I think any tickets left unsold on the day of the game should be offered at a discount.

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  45. 46 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Completely agree. Higher concession sales and more energy in the park can only bring good things to the home team.

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  46. 47 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Exactly. Isn’t selling a ticket for half-price (or whatever discount) better than not selling it at all? Makes perfect sense to me.

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  47. 48 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Everybody snoozing?

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  48. 49 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 12:38 am

    FBG, before I turn in to a pumpkin, I’ll tell you that if you enjoy looking at birds, put some feeders out and keep them full of seed. You’ll attract many, many different birds. An interesting advantage is that the birds also love bugs. I haven’t put any chemical pesticides in my yard in years because the birds and lizards take care of them all.

    Just don’t let your cat run free. 🙂

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  49. 50 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 12:43 am

    We have several feeders (including hummingbird). Dad keeps ’em full while we’re here. Funny you should mention it, a neighbor cat was hanging out in the yard this morning & the birds totally ignored him.

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  50. 51 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Guess I’ll shut down (it takes a bit of work to turn this thing off, not like the computer at home).

    Good night y’all.

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  51. 52 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 1:01 am

    That cat must not have shown aggressive behavior towards the birds. I’ve seen situations where an aggressive cat shows up and every bird around screams at the top of its lungs.

    My grandmother adopted about a zillion cats in her lifetime. One particular cat, who had a very long Polish name (as all of her many animals had Polish names) was a big time hunter. Whenever he came out of the house every bird (especially the mockingbirds) raised holy hell. He could just go lie on the driveway in the sun and the mockingbirds would dive bomb him and try to attack him.

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  52. 53 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Good morning all…. It’s 1 AM, do you know where your cat is? Do you care???

    Great lead Grinch, I echo your sentiments on uninspired play. I have said this before that maybe the professional approach is not the best way for players too young to understand the concept.

    Occasionally ripping up the club house or throwing a few bats on the field is needed to remind folks you still care.

    Berigan… The Nash is a sedan.

    I had a good day today at an auction. It is always a good reminder that all of the possessions we hold near and dear have little value to other people and all of the things you have spent years accumulating can be gone in a few hours. It is best to know that material things have a short shelf life.

    Now baseball…. AAUUUUUGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!

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  53. 54 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Overnights, overalls, and overhauls: I awake this morning to see that even after I went to bed, SG and Grinch still didn’t have a clue about a certain thread of what was said. Now, SG and Grinch not having a clue is not a scoop, but I will still try to right this particular ship. Listen closely children and you can take notes so sharpen your crayons.

    SG, said something about where were all the denizens. I then said, “They will be back Monday, unfortunately”. That is satire or sarcasm and don’t worry about that now. We will be taking that up in about 8 years and after your successful completion of 2 levels of education.

    SG responds to that with “???”. Now, that might be an effective means of communication…among idiots, but the rest of us use words. Following that, however, everything went off the deep end. I tried my best to get something across but it was like trying to communicate with two stumps without benefit of a log-splitter.

    Then, I go to bed and they start their “cute” comparisons of me and Bob. What a low blow. Just let me tell you this, Buster Brown(Grinch), you start making comparisons of me and Bob and I will make the obvious comparison of you and Coach. I have already made the comparison of SG and Quack Quack( Duck 1 – SG 0), but it can be expanded.

    Now, both of you sleep the sleep of the righteous, then later maybe you can get a nap to which you are more entitled.

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  54. 55 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 10:12 am

    The Braves – they just aren’t as interesting. Flat, uninspired play, for the most part. Way too predictable moves by Cox. Oatmeal.

    Possessions: work to get a nice home, everything in it is paid for, then watch it turn into a pile of gray, smoking ruin. The only thing that survived was my Bible. ‘Things’ aren’t important, they can be replaced if necessary. Life is the only thing that is important: survived an airplane crash, 3 car wrecks, 1 house fire, 1 psychotic husband. Retire only to later have your retirement package suddenly shredded by some judge – retirement pay cut, no paid medical which instantly increases your monthly budget by $544.82. Life. 🙂

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  55. 56 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Blog Backtrack and Cleanup Notification:

    Well, it’s so slow around here I’ve resorted to rereading old posts. Good thing… found a few that require clarification. So, to keep myself out of the doghouse and to keep the guys in the little white suits from visiting, I’ll revisit a coupl’a posts last night. Yikes.

    Note to self: next time I’m out all day doing physical labor then come in, thirsty, adrenaline still pumping, then plop right down to watch a game, slam a few brewskies and do a little friendly bloggin’ with Stuffville buds… I will read my posts before hitting the ‘submit comment’ button. That, plus I’ll try not getting so caught up head twirlin’ back and forth between game and writing. 😳

    Grinch… as far as the Braves go, I think we were pretty much in the same mindset last night (and the last few years). Anyhoo, in my 10:40, I was referring to Freud and coke, not you. Maybe you didn’t catch that but it could have been taken either way. You don’t seem like a coke guy at all. Well, maybe Dr. Pepper or the cola kind, not the Peruvian type.

    Klobber… all I can say is, I have no idea why I asked if you were moving to Georgia. Guess I was jus busy chatting with FBG, thinking about her GA situation and, dunno… misread then misspoke. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. But if you do move to Georgia, hopefully it’ll be Savannah. Maybe setup the Klobber Saloon down this way. We need a good ‘Cheers’ type baseball saloon here.

    Paladin… ok, so I got carried away with the Jane Fonda thing and the ju jitsu stuff. Sorry. Klobber was right, you could give me a black eye… that is, if you snuck into my dayroom and rubbed charcoal on the eyepiece of my telescope. :mrgreen: Just saw the ‘splainin’ of your nonsensical posts. OK, I’ll buy that. Thought for a minute there may have been an Indian Chief and a pillow involved? Now, this morning you’re saying something about quack 1-me 0. What in Sam Hill does that mean? While you’re at it, where and what is Sam Hill anyway? If it’s a Civil War thing, you could help, since you’re the only one of us that was around then. 😉

    Gil, just read your last. You’re right about possessions. We lost almost all of ours in a flash, about 15 years ago when our last home flooded. Fortunately our family photographs were stored high and were spared. Some were submerged but we carefully washed them and dried them and they were not damaged. Almost everything else was destroyed. The only stuff we lost that I still miss is my old, very large and irreplaceable record album collection. All ruined. Had some rare ones. Then again, they’d probably just be stored somewhere out of sight along with my turntable, amp, hoola-hoops and lava lamps.

    As for the Braves… too little too late last night and their overall play lately, it’s settled then… the arrgghhhs have it.

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  56. 57 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 10:24 am

    CL, WHOA!

    I had no idea of the fire and some of your other stuff. That’s quite a bit of trials and tribulations for anyone. You are a walking testament to overcoming hardship and maintaining a beautiful spirit. May the rest of your days, starting today, be blessed with everything good. You deserve the best.

    So, we have an SG flood, a CL fire and a Gil auction. I’ll take auction. 😀

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  57. 58 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 10:49 am

    CL, exactly what SG said at 10:24!!!!!

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  58. 59 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 11:02 am

    SG; “Quack Quack” is, from what I have seen from my lurking and from reports from people like Salty, the present resident “your and idiot” on the across the street blog. Now, let’s forget the whole thing. Even I’m tired of it.

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  59. 60 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 11:13 am

    New York. These are trying times for slugger Jason Giambi. Even his lucky underwear can not help his UNDERSIZED batting average.

    The above is the lead sentence to the article(the caps are mine). It has to do with Giambi telling the New York press(of all people)that he is wearing a gold thong under his uniform in an attempt to improve his performance. Getting back to the word I captilalized: I don’t think I would want that word and my underwear et al associated.

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  60. 61 Salty May 18, 2008 at 11:19 am

    “Quack Quack” is, from what I have seen from my lurking and from reports from people like Salty, the present resident “your and idiot” on the across the street blog.

    Damn! :man:

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  61. 63 Salty May 18, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Grinch:
    Well-spoken lead. I’d like Jordan to be a bit more blunt…I think Joe tries; Gant has been particularly tough at times…which is nice to hear.

    Fact is, for all their professionalism, the Braves spend too much time thinking about what they have coming to the team ‘tomorrow’, oblivious to the fact they’re quickly becoming ‘yesterdays’.

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  62. 64 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Now Salty has started. I haven’t any idea what he is talking about. I merely quoted him as saying “Quack Quack” is a quack. Is he denying having said it? If so, I apologize for misquoting him. And, it is so seldom that he says anything worth quoting.

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  63. 65 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Mark Bradley has written two columns in a row on baseball. And in so doing, he has demonstrated why he shouldn’t bother. In the first he picked on Andruw. Does he realize that AJ is gone? Now, he writes how Devine was “rushed” and that Morton hasn’t been. Excuse me! Hasn’t Morton been in the minors for 7 years, or thereabout? I say, and have said, get him up here!

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  64. 66 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Grinch, excellent lead!!!!
    I think we all worry about being too negative with the team,(as per SG’s posts last night) and in life, it always seems easier to find the negative, than positive in most everything.

    But, facts is facts, as they say(They who didn’t get past the 6th grade!)
    You are right, this team should be doing at least as well as the Marlins, if not better. Moylan and Soriano haven’t hurt nearly as much as I thought their losses would(But, it’s still early) but, except for Chipper, Yunel, Kotsay, and McCann our offense has been very weak, or at least inconsistent.

    Frenchy does get some 2 out hits, but so often he swings at a pitch 3 inches outside on the first pitch! And has been mentioned before, he’s clearly hurting, has no power right now…and is playing every inning. he’ll just work thru it. 🙄

    It was a mistake to keep running McCann out there last year when hurt, and it’s a mistake to it with Frenchy.

    Yet, as much as Bobby seems to think you can’t possibly rest someone that is clearly hurting enough for it to affect his fielding and hitting, the whole organization seems to have the attitude of…. ” Hey, it’s a long season! We will start rolling one of these days, no sense getting excited.

    And as others before me have mentioned, there is little excitement on this team!

    CL The Braves – they just aren’t as interesting

    Yep! I still get a bit mad thinking about Yunel catching crap for daring to steal a base when the team was up-7,8-0 on the Astros(I think?) You still try to hit when you are way ahead, right??? You can still try to go from 1 to 3 on single, can’t you? Or….God forbid, hit a homer???

    The game does change, pitchers don’t knock down guys following homers anymore(Thank God, seems pretty stupid way to get back at someone for besting you)

    You are supposed to score as many runs as possible in this game, you tend to win more that way. I don’t care if Yunel does a bat flip every time he hits the ball(though I wait for the day someone on the club says to stop) He plays hard, and plays with excitement! The only other guy that plays that way, right now is Gregor Blanco! They are both hungry now, they know what it’s like to play for years in the minors, they don’t want to go back, they like it here….Tex, even Chipper and Kelly, they just don’t seem hungry. Yeah, I know Chipper is the hottest player on the planet right now, but where is the enthusiasm??? The biggest reaction I have seen in him on the field in years, was McCann’s belly flop. Get excited if/when Tex gets a big hit next time….last year, Tex would look psyched after a homer, and an emotionless Chipper would high five….

    Winning can be contagious, and so can energy. I’d gladly take a Shelley Duncan type on the team, or an Eric Burnes, than the staid pros that are on the team now…..Wow…this is way too long, it must be half the length of a typical WW or SG post! :mrgreen:

    And I had more points to make! 😦

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  65. 67 Salty May 18, 2008 at 11:44 am

    008… 😳 …misread.

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  66. 68 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Keep going, Berigan. SG and WW don’t worry when they have run out of points. They just keep writing. 😛

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  67. 69 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I thought so, Salt-man. I was just jerking on you. Have a good ‘un.

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  68. 70 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Sam Hill: The large mound made out of minuscule mole droppings by certain Ga. coastal residents.

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  69. 71 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Salty, you’re right about Gant. Meant to mention his last night in reference to ‘telling it like it is’ concerning Braves reportage. He and Brian are obviously not professional TV reporters/announcers, etc. but they… especially Gant, do a good job of calling BS in my opinion. Oh, it’s subtle, but it’s there.

    If a reporter is going to lambast the Braves or criticize anyone in the franchise, it obviously needs to be a columnist or sports reporter from an independent news source… someone not currently or previously associated/affiliated with the team. AJC and the Atlanta news media should provide that voice of unbiased reason, but they don’t. The beat writers can’t do it for obvious reasons. So who will?

    Fans can attend the games and, what… boo? That won’t help. They can voice opinions on blog forums, but their well founded criticism may be diluted or lost in a sea of immature, vile, idiocy. Fans can write letters to AJC editors or letters to the Atlanta media or letters to Braves management… and then what?

    Maybe we could write a slogan or design an audacious (collectable) tee shirt that ‘tells it like it is’, in a few short words that people could wear to games. Maybe rent a plane and fly a message banner over the Ted during games? What would a shirt or banner message be? Hmmm…

    Mr. Fly has attempted to provide inside clubhouse reporting, but in terms of readership he’s fallen short. Could be that there are still people out there that don’t believe a fly can talk or that he was in the Telepod and is part human or something. Or maybe it’s because, uh, he is short… dunno.

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  70. 72 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Salty, you are right, Gant has told it like it is a few times this year….

    Back to the other fascinating point I wanted to make….Grinch mentioned how little interest fans show these days….

    I wonder how much of it has to do with the years the organization was so very cheap??? I know my interest waned a bit when the worry over money became a big issue. 18 game winner Millwood traded for a minor league catcher??? Because we didn’t want to pay Maddux and Millwood? We were so lucky (Or rather, JS was) that Johnny Estrada had a great year that year. But still, trading an 18 game winner within your division, to save a buck…then raise ticket prices…it can kind of kill the buzz, you know???

    And winning every year, no matter what cheap moves were made, didn’t really help inspire love for the team. Truth be told, 3-4 years ago, I was really hoping for a sub .500 team, that the fans wouldn’t pay money to see, so the organization would get the fact people want to see you put the best team you can on the field(Within reason, we can’t be the Yankees or Red Sox)

    I know that sounds like a spoiled fan, but when a team acts like they can’t sign Darryl Ward for 1.5 Million or whatever it was(And man could we have used him last year, or what???) at the same time the Red Sox paid 50 Million just for the rights to Dice-K, which team would you expect to have more rabid fans???

    New ownership does have a bit looser purse strings, and that is all you can hope for, if a good starter becomes available in July, hopefully we won’t be hearing we can’t afford him, while some other team in the hunt grabs him…

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  71. 73 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Berigan; One point on Part II. The Red Sox are owned by baseball people who know that winning teams but people in the seats. The Braves are owned by bean-counters who are consumed by cutting costs.

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  72. 74 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Mole droppings on the coast? Wouldn’t that be better as fiddler crab droppings? OK then Mr. Smartazz… here’’s your Sam Hill. Since you were too lazy to look it up (right after I was too lazy to look it up), I’ve gone ahead.

    So get’cher hawk beak out of the sky and read this:

    What in the Sam Hill?!

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  73. 75 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    “put”

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  74. 76 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    We(Klobber, Raisins and me)had this Sam Hill discussion months ago when I first introduced it to the blog. Obviously at the time, you were holding up one finger to check the wind while doing something unmentionable with your thumb.

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  75. 77 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    email from a fellow blogger: 😆

    16 Things it took me over 50 years to learn:
    by Dave Barry, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

    1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

    2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”

    3. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

    4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

    5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

    6. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. (This one is very important)

    7. Never lick a steak knife.

    8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

    9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

    10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

    11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.

    12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

    13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)

    14. Your friends love you anyway.

    15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

    16. Thought for the day: Men are like fine wine. They start out as grapes; and it’s up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.

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  76. 78 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    CL; Love the Barryisms! I’ve already sent them along.

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  77. 79 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I think we all worry about being too negative with the team,(as per SG’s posts last night) and in life, it always seems easier to find the negative, than positive in most everything.

    Bear, good posts this morning… and long. Training for writing a novel? 😉

    Thing is, I really don’t worry at all about being negative. Sometimes reality or the truth is not what we’d like and if we comment on it, our sentiment is or can be interpreted as negative. On the other hand, dwelling on things that are negative or obsessing over them is a bad habit. I try to avoid that in my life… of which, baseball is included. Don’t always succeed, but I do try.

    That, plus I try to remember (unfortunately not always) that whatever we say in a public forum can be read by anyone in the world, including Braves players, managers and their families. So, yes… I’ll criticize with the best of ’em but I do make a conscious effort to not make it personal or hurtful.

    Other than that, Tex is playing like he’s on a halfhearted spring warmup, training for his postseason contract negotiations. His mind is too cluttered with expectations and next year’s signing bonanza that he’s forgotten how to hit. Kelly is playing like a guy that should be on another team at first base. Cox is managing like a guy that has Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine, in their prime… where game strategy is not all that important. Frenchy is playing like he has no self awareness. Braves coaches are enjoying watching games and getting paid well to be spectators.

    Oh, but Jair, Chipper, Yunel ad Kotsay are doing great. See, I can be positive.

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  78. 80 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    “There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

    CL… 😆

    Hobby: Watching Braves baseball.

    Mental Illness: Watching Braves baseball.

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  79. 81 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Berigan; The trouble with writing a long post is that SG will write a longer one to “answer” it. 😀

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  80. 82 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Obviously at the time, you were holding up one finger to check the wind while doing something unmentionable with your thumb.

    You’ve seen me type?

    Now Palskyhawkadin, you should know that I never forget anything. Never. If I don’t remember it, it didn’t happen. Why, just the other day a big tree fell in a neighbors yard. They were so startled and amazed… because it didn’t even make a sound. Why was that you ask? Because… I wasn’t there.

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  81. 83 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Calling all men of the blog:

    I need you guys to come in here and receive your share of Paladin insults. As it is, I’m having to take all of them myself. It ain’t right. Ain’t right a’tall.

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  82. 84 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    “I wasn’t there.”

    Or even close. 😛

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  83. 85 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I’m going for gruel and my nap. During which, I will dream up more hateful things to say about my “buddies”. 😆

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  84. 86 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    mental illness: thinking Bobby Cox will change
    😆

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  85. 87 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    mental illness: thinking Paladin will somehow learn to behave himself and stop insulting most of his fellow bloggers.

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  86. 88 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Who woke up the Klob? Certainly wasn’t the rooster. He’s gone down for a nap.

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  87. 89 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    mental illness: thinking Paladin will somehow learn to behave himself and stop insulting most of his fellow bloggers. 😆

    Mental illness: believing Nurse Rached will let certain patients go outside. That’s why he’s so cranky. Not enough sunlight in that… place.

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  88. 90 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    SG, your 12:29, 😆

    Same for CL’s 12:42 ! 😆

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  89. 91 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Gone. For now.

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  90. 92 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Time for shrimp salad sammiches. Julia would love it.

    Later…

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  91. 93 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Chris! Got a cold Diet Coke?? 😀

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  92. 94 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Always CL! You know you don’t have to ask for one!

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  93. 95 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Great! I be’s thirsty! Thank you, sir! 😆

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  94. 96 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Klobber, pass me a Diet Coke too please… with caffeine. Gotta wash down that shrimp salad and my dessert… peanut butter banana sammich.

    Teying to decide whether to go out and finish/cleanup the mess I left unfinished yesterday at the beginning of the game or wait until after. Hmm…

    I’ll watch the first inning then go, the come back for the 6th or 7th. Maybe Braves’ll put a lot of runs on the board early. Jo Jo is gonna need’em.

    Home run already. Is there an MLB trend this year about teams ‘getting healthy’ when they play the Braves? Sheesh.

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  95. 97 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    C’mon Braves… get out of the toilet. Get mean… let’s see some fight.

    Fight music.

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  96. 98 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    How many times has McCann picked up Tex this year? He’s rollin’.

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  97. 99 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Braves are on, nobody’s home, yardwork to do, therefore…

    Tumbleweeds and crickets.

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  98. 100 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Wow, Kelly and Reyes both had good bunts, in the same inning??? A key hit(Yunel) with runners on??? Clearly, our griping has worked! 😉

    Where’s P-Din??? Game’s on, still asleep??? 😡

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  99. 101 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Nice throw McCann!

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  100. 102 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Good pick off! Watching on computer, there is a delay of several minutes for some reason.

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  101. 103 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Oh, I’m here Berigan. At least, periodically. I’m just keeping quiet so I don’t offend any delicate sensibilities.

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  102. 104 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    What’s wrong Paladin? Did I strike a nerve?

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  103. 105 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Don’t flatter yourself Klob.

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  104. 106 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Quit arguing and watch the game.

    Bunting again???

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  105. 107 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Not trying to flatter myself Paladin. I just noticed that you’ve gone several hours without insulting anyone. And you haven’t insulted anyone since my 12.47 post.

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  106. 108 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    CL, I’m not arguing. Just asking a question.

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  107. 109 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Chris, idea: why not put in big ol’ bigscreen TVs in the saloon?? Huh? Huh?

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  108. 110 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Why on earth didn’t Jeff stay at 3rd!

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  109. 111 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Klob; Konsider yourself insulted.

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  110. 112 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    ‘Hawk, behave. 😀

    Nice play by Chipper!

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  111. 113 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I don’t think Frenchy has the speed to be in the NFL…..

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  112. 114 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    CL, that’s a grand idea. Do you think you could reach into the blog’s “lottery” fund to pay for them?

    I wonder if Snitker sent Frenchy or if he ran thru a stop sign.

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  113. 115 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Yes Ma’am. I’m off to do other things. Y’all pull ’em through.

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  114. 116 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Forgot it was Dog day afternoon, at the old ballpark! Man, the cleaning crew at the park must love this day! 😆

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  115. 117 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    No problem, Chris! We received notification of two more British lottery wins this morning! Million each.

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  116. 118 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    A million $US or pounds?

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  117. 119 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    pounds, I think – anyhow, enough for as many digital big-screens as you want. 😀

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  118. 120 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Here’s one of ’em:

    Attention: Winner Your e-mail address have just won you 1,000,000.00 (One Million GreatBritish Pounds). UK NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMO 2008 held on the 17th May2008.Please contact the due process Promotion Manager Mr William Desmond. contact him with your details1.Name.2.Address.4.Age.5.sex.6.Occupation.7.Phone/Fax. Contact E-mail: mrwilliamsdesmond@hotmail.co.ukMr William DesmondPromotion Manager RegardsMr.Terry Morgan

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  119. 121 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    You know, we could have some fun with this guy if we wanted. 👿

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  120. 122 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Wow. Blanco can fly!!

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  121. 123 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    First?

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  122. 124 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    … maybe not…

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  123. 125 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    🙂

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  124. 126 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Raisins, where do you find all those avatars??? 😆

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  125. 127 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Boyer!!! Great strikeout!!!!! Whew. The pen has been great. Now… insurance runs would be very nice.

    Big screen TV’s in Klobber’s Saloon? Excellent idea CL. We could put’em near the juke box and over the bar.

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  126. 128 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    How ’bout one at each table??

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  127. 129 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    first?

    Raisins, ‘fraid you missed that one by a few hours. Besides, CL is always first. Don’t know how she always manages that. Must be quick on the trigger. 😀

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  128. 131 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Raisins, where do you find all those avatars??? – CL

    There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.” – Dave Barry

    Kinda ‘splains that, doesn’t it?

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  129. 132 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Uh-huh, but I was the first at 3:48pm on May 18, 2008.

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  130. 133 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Raisins, 😆 😆 😆

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  131. 134 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Win or lose, first or last, notice that Raisins is never sour grapes? 🙂

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  132. 135 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I managed to find a 10 minute window to blog in, which is rapidly coming to a close. My littlest raisin is “Mary” in a little kids’ musical at church tonight, and has to be back up there very shortly. I just wanted to pop in and say “hey.”

    Hey! 😀

    Bye!

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  133. 136 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Frenchy is miserable. But boy can he play those consecutive games. MMM Hmmm.

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  134. 137 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Infante… GO BABY!!!!!

    Infante… baby… hmmm.

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  135. 138 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    SG, can you not see the value of quantity over quality in Frenchy’s play? Don’t you understand that the chase for the Iron Man’s record is so much more important than winning games? Baseball is all about the individual and NOT about the team!

    😀

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  136. 139 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Terrific!!!!! 2-run triple!!

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  137. 140 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Am I the only one getting very tired of the Boog-doll lookalike good luck thing?

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  138. 141 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Joe just asked him if he hires out for birthday parties and such. 😆

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  139. 142 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Infante! Clutch!

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  140. 143 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Klobber I guess you’re right. Should’a known that. So what if he can’t hit or run… he does everything else OK and it is important in this game (he says as he smacks his forehead with palm). 😀

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  141. 144 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Chris, I sure wish he’d realize the importance of being there at the END.

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  142. 145 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    everyone seeing those Am/Pm store ads??? QT Ripoff? Never seen a store, where are they??? Their ads are getting old…

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  143. 146 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    We may be looking at a series win here folks. Hang on…

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  144. 147 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Where would we be without our pen this year?

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  145. 148 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I do wish Bobby trusted a lefty to get righties out!

    Chris, your 4:09, 😆 I do wish he’d ask to sit out one day….

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  146. 149 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I guess BC realized that he was still required to bring one more pitcher into the game so he could make his daily quota…….

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  147. 150 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Never seen a store, where are they???

    Bear, surprised you haven’t seen one. They’re open even between midnight and sunrise. 😆

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  148. 151 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Never heard of them, Berigan.

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  149. 152 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    With starters that would have to go 9 innings! :mrgreen: 🙄

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  150. 153 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Cox was getting bored over there. Had to change pitchers… his left cheek was going numb.

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  151. 154 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Which means his brain was as well…

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  152. 155 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Should I have put an emoticon there??? 🙂

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  153. 156 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Where would we be without our pen this year?

    Fifth place in the East, instead of fourth. Too bad those guys can’t start too. Oh, and if they could pinch hit, that’d be good!

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  154. 157 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    That worried me for a sec! Braves win, braves win! 🙂

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  155. 158 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Braves win! Braves win!

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  156. 159 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Alright, playtime’s over. Back to the grindstone for me. 😦

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  157. 160 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    It is sure apparent that Infante and Blanco aren’t yet spoiled by the money of huge contracts. They PLAY.

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  158. 161 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Sunday is a busy day Chris???

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  159. 162 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Gotta get myself into the kitchen. Polynesian Orange chicken. Oh, yeah! 🙂

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  160. 163 Savannah Guy May 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    CL, you are right. I like those guys. Hope we see a lot more of them. One in left field for a few days.

    Now I have to get off my own bench right here and go pitch…

    lopped azalea limbs into the dump pile.

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  161. 164 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Berigan, when you have kids, every day is a busy day!

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  162. 165 chrisklob May 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Well, I have officially heard and seen everything now!

    http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-a1_1phobia.6371961may18,0,5700457.story?page=1

    Unbelievable!

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  163. 166 Salty May 18, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Calling all men of the blog:

    I need you guys to come in here and receive your share of Paladin insults. As it is, I’m having to take all of them myself. It ain’t right. Ain’t right a’tall.

    Uh…whatcha mean? If anyone is a lightnin’ rod for 008’s barbs, it’s me…even when I’m not here! Come on, man up and take it like a … like a…man! 😆

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  164. 167 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Chris, that truly is amazing!

    Salty, I told somebody earlier that y’all give as good as you get, so I know it’s all in fun between y’all! 😆

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  165. 168 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Good evening y’all. Was I hearing things or did Kelly bunt for a hit?

    It was great to finally hear Skip. He & Pete were having fun with it being dog day.

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  166. 169 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Chris, I don’t doubt that the young lady has an anxiety problem but that mother is running a scam. She doesn’t care if her daughter gets any sort of education at all.

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  167. 170 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 18, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    FLB, yep, he sure did! It seemed at first he bunted it too hard to the 3rd baseman, but he beat it out….

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  168. 171 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Wonder where that came from? Not very Braves-like.

    It’s weird for me to just listen to the games instead of watching them. Spoiled, I guess.

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  169. 172 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I think Skip said they had 600 dogs there. 😯 That could be a lot of cleanup.

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  170. 173 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I apologize to all you wusses that can’t take it. 😆

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  171. 174 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I’ll bgt that I get more “barbs” aimed at me than anyone else on here. Does anyone want to bet enough to make it worthwhile to go back through the archives?

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  172. 175 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I’ll also bet.

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  173. 176 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    You do sort of invite confrontation, uncle.

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  174. 177 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    But not from you I hope, my niece.

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  175. 178 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    I try to avoid confrontation & conflict at all costs.

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  176. 179 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Confrontation, conflict and cakes just don’t go together. 😛

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  177. 180 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    They don’t go with extreme shyness either, which is basically the ruling force in my life.

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  178. 181 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Well then, let’s concentrate on what a nice pattern your red and my blue avatars make. Nice, huh?

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  179. 182 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    OK 😆

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  180. 183 Skyhawk 008 May 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    OK, I’m going to bed. So y’all talk among yourselves and by all means be nice. Please!!

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  181. 184 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Alone again… sigh 😦

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  182. 185 williamwallace May 18, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    great blog lead grinch. in complete agreement with it. without the fans and the media putting pressure on the braves, nothing will change.

    the ajc columnists and 680 and 790 need to start doing their damn jobs.

    booing, ranting on blogs, frantic calls to the sports radio station should get it done.

    23 losses in the last 34 post season games

    8 consecutive losses in the World Series

    losing 4 of 5 world series

    losing 7 of the last 8 playoff series

    208-206 in the last 414 games

    consecutive third place finishes

    a crappy start this year

    yet nothing changes

    no one is held accountable

    how does that happen?

    what are the columnist and sports radio hosts afraid of?

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  183. 186 Salty May 18, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    …I know it’s all in fun between y’all!
    😯 It is?

    😳
    I mean, yes, it is! Yes, you’re right…all in good fun!
    (just more for some than others) 😆

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  184. 187 Carolina Lady May 18, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    It isn’t??? 😯

    OK, how many need the keys to the doghouse??? Raise your hands, please.
    😀

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  185. 188 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Back again. 😀

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  186. 189 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Why does the blog clear out when I’m here? It’s not like I show up wearing Eau de Skunk or something.

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  187. 190 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Just so there is no misunderstanding… The auction about which I referred was someone else’s estate, not mine. The point I was trying to make is folks often put too much stock in material things and forget the most important things in life like family, spirituality and making a positive impact on those around you.

    All of us have many life experiences, some good and others not so good. The important thing is to come out of those with a positive attitude and the realization that things could be worse. Feeling sorry for one’s self never really had much impact for a positive outcome.

    Now, I am just glad we all have survived some pretty devastating things in our lives but have the good fortune and blessed spirits to come together at this meeting place to discuss stuff as well as baseball.

    Okay, enough preaching to the choir for one night… Great win for the Braves today, especially following the debacle Hudson was involved with yesterday.

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  188. 191 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Very well said, Gil.

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  189. 192 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Uh… Chris.. I am developing an acute fear of blogging… Now, if everyone will just contribute some monetary amount to help me overcome that fear, it would be greatly appreciated. I think I could start by taking a therapeutic trip to Vagas… 🙂

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  190. 193 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks FBG… Now I too must leave for the night as I have an early appointment in the morning…

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  191. 194 flbravesgirl May 18, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    With your therapist? 😉

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  192. 195 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 12:00 am

    OK, I give up. Good night.

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  193. 196 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 7:03 am

    :mrgreeen: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNIN” :mrgreen:

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  194. 197 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 7:03 am

    :mrgreen: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNIN” :mrgreen:

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  195. 198 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Man VOR, how do you stay so positive??? 😕

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  196. 199 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 7:06 am

    So, this is what it feels like to sleep 7 hours in a night! 😯 I haven’t done that in about a month….wonder if that could be a reason I am still sick??? 😕
    I always hear you need to get plenty of rest when sick, but me lungs violently disagree with that opinion….I don’t think they like me! 😦

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  197. 200 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Anyone see the front page of Drudge???? There’s a photo of Obama speaking to a crowd the size of the Pope’s!!!!

    I really like this part of his speech, it reminds me of those glory days of Carter with government office buildings forced to have the “heat” set at 68 in the winter, and 78 in the summer….ah, good days!

    He also attacked McCain’s plan for a gas tax holiday to cope with rising pump prices, which Clinton supports, as well as his other environmental plans, saying the Republican had consistently opposed fuel efficiency standards.

    “For him to come to Oregon as an environmental president, but his big strategy is to do more drilling and to have a gas tax holiday for three months, that’s a phony solution,” he said.

    Pitching his message to Oregon’s environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to “lead by example” on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries.

    “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

    “That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

    Don’t get me wrong now, I thought 7-8 years ago when the SUV craze was getting hot, that we were going to pay for it down the road with how much more fuel people were using now that they had gone from Civics to Navigators….and the market is already turning against them, and smaller, more efficient models are selling much better…

    But, under Obama, will we be allowed to drive SUV’s(Or will there be a huge tax placed on owning one?) or eat as much as we want,(Sorry sir, you already had one order of fries today) or keep our thermostats at 72????(Do not laugh, they tried and failed iin California earlier this year to mandate thermostats in homes that the state could control) After all, we have to wonder what other countries think of us, above all….

    Of course missing in the speech is the fact neither Republicans or Democrats have thought about long term solutions to our energy issues. No new drilling,(ANWR, off the coast of Florida, etc) no new refineries, No nuclear plants(France has them everywhere, so does Japan) No billions into creating Hydrogen powered vehicles…nothing….

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  198. 201 Skyhawk 008 May 19, 2008 at 8:20 am

    I’ve just learned that Obama says he will do away with income tax for seniors who make under $50K(adjusted I assume) a year. In that case, GO OBAMA!

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  199. 202 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Glad your vote can be bought Skyhawk! 😉
    You know, Satan has some pretty sweet offers on the table, anytime you like! 😈

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  200. 203 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Saw an ad for smile train on a banner headline on Drudge…checked them out since I am very suspicious of charities I have never heard of….sounds like some really good folks there!!!

    http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/smile-train/

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  201. 204 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Obama SAYS he will do alllllll these things – however, HE wouldn’t have the power or authority to do them. Empty words. Like most politicians, do and say anything to grab a vote so they can hold a position of POWER and PRESTIGE. They couldn’t care less about the nation or us.

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  202. 205 Skyhawk 008 May 19, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Yes CL, I know that Congress is the instrument of change, but I said that somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

    Berigan; Yes, my vote can be bought just as my 26 years of service was bought. In that case, with promises, that in many cases have not been kept. And, it is time that the younger generation take the hits and I, for one, will take anything that puts more money in my pocket and food on my table. Finally, before you lecture me, tell us about YOUR sacrifices.

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  203. 206 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Many of us have made sacrifices in many ways, ‘Hawk. We all are doing the best we can with what we have.

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  204. 207 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Ah, there’s the cranky Paladin we know and loath love! 😛

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  205. 208 Skyhawk 008 May 19, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I stand corrected…I guess.

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  206. 209 Skyhawk 008 May 19, 2008 at 9:04 am

    By WAYNE PARRY
    WAYNE, N.J. (AP) – She wraps her arms around her son, gently raising the spindly 14-year-old boy off a couch to his feet. She hugs him and rubs his back, whispering “I love you” over and over.

    Steven Domalewski moves his head to kiss his mother, but all he can manage are slurping sounds in front of her lips. His head flops onto her shoulder, spent from the effort.

    Less than two years ago, Domalewski was a happy, healthy star pitcher on a youth baseball team coached by his father. He loved martial arts, climbed every tree on the block and zoomed down his street on inline skates. He once shot an arrow into the wall of his basement rec room.

    Now Domalewski is severely disabled, left with brain damage after being struck in the chest by a line drive that stopped his heart while he was playing in a youth baseball game.

    Now, new subject. Can anyone tell me the justification for continuing to use metal bats in youth baseball when they are not used in professional baseball because–mainly–they are DANGEROUS!

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  207. 210 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Sky man, I of course respect the sacrifices you and others have made for our country, and deserve to be taken care of….but, I also feel people can be hoodwinked into voting for folks that do not have people’s best interest at heart. And you might be paying more taxes somewhere else to make up for doing away with income taxes on senors.

    I have all sorts of health issues for a 41 year old. Several bad discs, chronic stomach problems, diabetes, high blood pressure(Wrist still bothers me that I had surgery on 15 years ago, ankle that I had surgery on a decade ago does as well…
    I know the Dems are more likely to help me out with the cost health care issues…but, at what cost to my country??? No longer able to see my doctor, just whomever “they” deem the one for me??? Have to wait like they do in Canada (Sometimes for years) for surgery???

    Now, this sounds like a lecture, the earlier post was nowhere nears one! 😉

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  208. 211 Skyhawk 008 May 19, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I cut the above too short. It goes on to say that a metal bat was being used and this is not some isolated incident. It happens too often. ‘Course if you were these parents, once would be too often.

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  209. 212 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Sky, there are all these folks that say they are no more dangerous, yet we all know that guys hit more homers in College than they will in the pros…even in low minors….but, as we all know, you can make stats say anything you want them to, right???

    I HATE aluminum bats….Hate the sound, hate the feel of hitting a ball with one…one reason college baseball holds no interest for me…

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  210. 213 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 9:15 am

    And I have made sacrifices here as well…I got between you and Lew during a silly battle, and Lew left right afterwards….now, I can’t rub it in that the Tampa Bay team is for real! 😦

    Funny, a guy says no way could he be chased off a board ever, then you ask him several times to quit fighting, and he leaves!

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  211. 214 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 9:17 am

    the you being me of course…

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  212. 215 Skyhawk 008 May 19, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I respect your problems, Mr. Berigan, just as I would hope you would respect mine. The optional part of my flight of life is over. I’m looking for a soft place to land. It is the time in life where, IMO, you can be selfish. Everyone else deal with it; I’m trying to.

    Note: I started a new thread.

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  213. 216 Berigan 7, a New Beginning May 19, 2008 at 9:22 am

    A new thread????

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  214. 217 Skyhawk 008 May 19, 2008 at 9:25 am

    You are impossible, Berigan. Hope you find someone to “talk” to. I’m going and do other things. Bye.

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  215. 218 morpheus45 May 19, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Morning, all. Paladin, I went back over what you said last night and it still looks like it’s written in some sort of code. And how would I get the “quack, quack” thing if I don’t read the other blog?

    Chris, I don’t buy the whole “Atlanta fans are passive because they’re all from New York deal.” Went to a Thrashers playoff game the year before last and the packed house practically shook the arena down. Same for the Hawks in this year’s playoffs. Yeah, there are some transplants, but not five million of them. Put some winners on the field and you’d be surprised how packed and rowdy the stadium will be.

    Resop was nasty last night; hope Bobby noticed.

    Off to bed.

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  216. 219 I'm Impossible!!!!! May 19, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I don’t know how or why I am, but if the P man says it, it must be true! 😛

    Now, off to other things….7 hours sleep, I might actually be up to doing “things” today!

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  217. 220 I'm Impossible!!!!! May 19, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Oh, I forgot this…read it, then forgot it…did I ever mention I have a whatyacallit, photographic memory? 🙄

    Smoltz will likely be out longer…I was thinking, you know…the way to heal tendinitis was to, not throw the ball, not pick on up even, for weeks or longer….not throw from flat ground 90 to 120 feet 2 weeks later

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3402740

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  218. 221 Skyhawk 008 May 19, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Grinch; Contact me by e-mail and let’s get whatever is bothering you settled the way we always do, instead of trying to do so on here with others muddying the water. Talk to you later?

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  219. 222 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I sure hope we haven’t seen Smoltzie’s last game!

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  220. 223 Salty May 19, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I don’t care for aluminum bats, but let’s be clear about what happened to this young man. The ball struck his heart at precisely the right moment to induce cardiac arrest. It can happen to any of us, at any time…merely tossing a ball. It can happen in football, basketball…martial arts…and playing catch in the yard.

    A child down in, I believe Clayton or Fayette County, south of Atlanta (for you non-ATLers) died a few years ago after being struck. One of the movements afoot, as a result, is to have defib machines at ballparks/stadia/fields. Berigan or Grinch may recall…or ssiscribe, since they’re on the ‘Southern Rim’ of the Capitol City.

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  221. 224 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Warning: I feel a sermon coming on…

    I’ve just learned that Obama says he will do away with income tax for seniors… In that case, GO OBAMA!… Yes, my vote can be bought just as my 26 years of service was bought. Finally, before you lecture me, tell us about YOUR sacrifices.

    Palskyhawkadin, go wash your mouth out with soap… or in this case, scrub those crusty old fingers that typed that. It’s like a black voting for a black just because of race, or vice versa. That’s like any minority or special interest group voting for the politician that promises them what they want, despite what is best for the entire country.

    Now, I know you’re just spoofing and don’t really believe that and would never vote for the extreme, radical Obama. But the opportunity was irresistible… just couldn’t help raggin’ on ya. :mrgreen:

    Oh… my sacrifices: Because of my beliefs, I was pitted against lions and tigers in Roman coliseums. Later, I fought as Hitler’s SS herded my brothers and sisters into the Nazi death camps. I bled on the beaches of Normandy and the islands of the Pacific. I was tortured by Stalin and sent to Siberia. I fought to stop communism from spreading throughout Korea and Vietnam. Now I’m in Afghanistan and Iraq, fighting to keep the mid east from becoming one massive global terror base to gather like a radical Islamic storm and destroy us. As an American and a Christian, I carry the crosses and flags of our fathers. I salute them for fighting and dying for me. Because they were there, I was there.

    Paladin, I salute you for your service in Korea and Vietnam… as I salute all of our brave warriors and true believers that have died for their beliefs. I salute all of those that fought in foreign wars and those that are fighting now. I salute and honor those that have fought for justice and freedom throughout history and throughout the world.

    I honor those that fought so that Americans could be free and safe from harm, thus giving all of us the opportunity to be more idealistic, be it as liberal, or conservative, whether an Obama, Clinton, McCain or Barr supporter… whether religious, sectarian, grouchy, happy, mean spirited, kind, loving, hating, thoughtful or selfish. We have the choice and we are free to be whomever we want because of those that came, fought and died before us.

    We Americans were given the freedom to be anything, to say or think anything and to vote for anyone or anything we believe in, unlike those poor souls in ancient Rome and Egypt, Germany or the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, North Korea and Tibet… to name a few.

    Americans and free citizens all over the world have been given that freedom… bought by the hard work, the monetary investment, courage, sweat and blood of our brave forefathers.

    So, thank you Pal for playing a critical and high-risk part in that. As my favorite jet fighter, you can be grouchy any time you want. If my mood is fragile at any given moment (extremely rare if ever), I’ll just close one eye, scroll by or take a deep breath and put it in perspective. Thing is, I’m proud to know you and consider you my pal. Of course, that means I can also still poke you any damn time I want as well. Why? Because I’m free my good man… FREE! 🙂

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  222. 225 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Just saw this quote:

    “We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”
    — Jimmy Carter

    Right on Jimmy. Trouble is, your ‘pot stirring’ has nothing to do with melting all those folks together. Your domestic stirring polarizes the people with self-interests and your global stirring endangers Jews and Americans and our troops in harms way.

    Jimmy, just shut the hell up, stay home painting your horrible excuse for ‘art’ and pick your peanuts… idiot. Your “different dreams” are our nightmares.

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  223. 226 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Too serious in here. Must lighten up. Another famous quote:

    “I’m taking Viagra and drinking prune juice – now I don’t know if I’m coming or going.”

    Paladin Skyhawk Dangerfield

    :mrgreen:

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  224. 227 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Now, baseball… headline quote from AJC (with interpretation):

    “Frenchy says ironman streak no big deal.”

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  225. 228 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Ever seen ALL the verses to the Star Spangled Banner? Might find them interesting.

    Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
    O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
    Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
    Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
    In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
    ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
    A home and a country should leave us no more!
    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
    Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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  226. 229 Hillbilly May 19, 2008 at 11:40 am

    It sure was nice getting to hear Skip Caray call a couple of games this weekend. I like Boog….think he and Joe work well together, but there’s nobody in the business like old Skip. It made me realize how different the “old-timers” called the games.

    Now on the topic of dangerous bats….I agree with what Skyhawk and B-7 said about aluminum bats. I also hope we make it through 2008 without someone getting run through by one of these flying javelins called Maple bats in MLB, because I believe they will be outlawed after this season. Folks are starting to take notice, now, and I hope MLB becomes proactive rather than reactive on the issue. What’s it going to take? Don’t answer that.

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  227. 230 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Good points, Hillbilly!

    How’s young master Brady??
    Got any more pics???

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  228. 231 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter, currently undercover in the Braves clubhouse, just emailed a top secret sound clip:

    Wren holds a private meeting with Cox.

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  229. 232 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:43 am

    There’s just something “comfortable” about listening to Skip. I don’t think it’s all because we’ve listened to him for so long – it’s just his style, maybe. One of the highlights of my week was listening to Red Barber on TWIB. I surely do miss him!

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  230. 233 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Playtime over for me… must away. Have a good’un.

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  231. 234 I'm Impossible!!!!! May 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Red Barber, or Mel Allen, CL??? I didn’t know Red did it as well, but he certainly could have! 🙂

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  232. 236 Voice of Raisins May 19, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Brogan asks, “Man VOR, how do you stay so positive???

    Because God is good, all the time!

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  233. 237 Voice of Raisins May 19, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Question for the day: Should the Braves try Paul Byrd version III ? When Jake Westbrook comes of the DL for Cleveland, which should be soon, their rotation suddenly becomes a little crowded. Byrd is the likely odd man out. He could probably be had for a low level prospect. He can eat innings and be an upgrade from CHuckie. I realize that Campillo is getting a start tomorrow, but he hasn’t started all year and can’t reasonably be expected to give alot of innings consistently. So, whaddaya think?

    Discuss amongst yourselves.

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  234. 238 Voice of Raisins May 19, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Back in bit ————————————>

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  235. 239 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Lunch break hello:

    Staying positive? That’s ’cause Raisin’s in the sun. 🙂

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  236. 240 Voice of Raisins May 19, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    SG: In the Son. Amen!

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  237. 241 I'm Impossible!!!!! May 19, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    VOR, he may be old, but Paul Byrd has a 3.61 ERA, in the AL…I think it will take more than a low level prospect, IMHO….

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  238. 242 Voice of Raisins May 19, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Yea!!! Discussion! You could be right, Imp, but he won’t be as costly as Joe Nathan or somone of that level. There’s just no way that the Braves are gonna keep getting by with putting a 5th starter together with spit and duct tape. I’d like to see what Campillo can do, but I don’t like the idea of conducting that experiment at the major league level. It will tax an already stratched bullpen. That bullpen, by the way, is the only reason the Braves are still in the same zip code as the Marlins. How long can they hold out with the use they have already incurred?

    Today’s three pronged recipe for Braves success the rest of the way:

    1) Tex has to live up to his lofty reputation. I’m tired of waiting for him to “heat up”. His inability to find a stinkin’ calendar that reads past April has gotten on my last nerve. And don’t even get me started on the “he always has a bad April” crap. Play for the whole season, dangit! You’re getting paid for April just like June or July.

    2) 5th starter. ‘Nuff said already.

    3) Gotta get some production out of left field. As much as we’ve all groaned about Frenchy’s shortcomings, LF has been worse. To borrow a stat from across the street, the the combined OPS of Diaz and Blanco is .620. Only the lowly Nats have less production from LF in the NL. Yuck! Heck, bring up Anderson and stick him out there. He’s not gonna do any worse, and the kid’s got wheels. For that matter, play Infante in LF.

    OK, discuss amongst yourselves.

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  239. 243 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Berigan, you’re right – it was Mel Allen – although, it seems I remember Barber on it, too. May have been a guest spot or something. Or it may be just a plain faulty memory!! 😆 Loved that show!

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  240. 244 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    “Curt Smith, author of Voices of Summer, summarized the difference between Barber and Allen in these words: “Barber was white wine, crepes suzette, and bluegrass music. Allen was hot dogs, beer, and the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Like Millay, Barber was a poet. Like Sinatra, Allen was a balladeer. Detached, Red reported. Involved, Mel roared.” “

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  241. 247 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Y’all talk too much. Can’t get a word in edgewise.

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  242. 248 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Just dropped in to catch up and say howdy do. Wasn’t much to catch up on. Must be an off day Monday kinda thing. CL, good links… enjoyed ’em. Oh, I do hate to ruin your consecutive string of posts there… you were on a roll and well on your way to setting a record of blog domination.

    Not sure who holds that title at the moment. I imagine the current record would be something like 8 or 10 consecutive. Could be me or Salty? Bear? Raisins? Bay Area Steve? Klobber? It’s not the Grinch or Gil or FBG. Not WW, unless you can count each foot of length as a post. Could be Paladin? No, wouldn’t be Paladin… he’s just get mad after about 4 and leave. 😀

    Dinner time for me.

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  243. 249 I'm Impossible!!!!! May 19, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Where is o’ where is P-Diddy??? I blame him for there not being more posts this afternoon! 😆

    Was out for much of the afternoon, and just now going to start dinner….

    VOR, Joe Nathan???? For 5th starter???? I is confuzzled, or whatever it was FLG said the other night(I liked it, whatever it was! 🙂 )

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  244. 250 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I only live to keep you people entertained and up to speed on all things Braves. Sometimes I hear things… off the record stuff you won’t get anywhere else.

    Bobby Cox got a chance to catch up with Joey Devine over the weekend. It was not pretty.

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  245. 251 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Just wrote a long (for me) post about metal & maple bats & such that WordPress apparently ate. 😡

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  246. 252 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Berigan is now Imp? That works. (Confused & puzzled= confuzzled)

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  247. 253 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    More breaking news: We know the Grinch has been playing guitar and watching football and baseball for quite a while. Now he’s taking up brand a new hobby… Tulips. Yup, you read it right, Tulips. Seems he’s been inspired to add something new to his arsenal. Mind you, this is not just paying lip service to teaching an old single dog new tricks… no sirree.

    Tulips can be fun, exciting and profitable.

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  248. 254 Voice of Raisins May 19, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Imp: Yes I said Joe Nathan. 😳

    I meant Joe Blanton… Hey, I got most of the letters right, anyway…

    Methinks (can still say that?) that I is the one that be confuzzled.

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  249. 255 Savannah Guy May 19, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Hey FBG. If I’d known you were a comin’ I’d a baked a cake. Uh, wait… that’s your territory… plus, I can’t bake. I’d a fried you a fish. No, that’s Scribes. I’d a wrote you a novel. There, how’s that? 🙂

    Hate to hit and run but gotta go now. Howzabout givin’ us some blog domination. Maybe break the current record or something. Give us sumpin’ ta read and all.

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  250. 256 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Ok, I wrote the bat post again & it ate it again.

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  251. 257 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    SG, is this what you really meant about Grinch and tulips? Why would he want to tiptoe through them?

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  252. 258 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Apparently I am only allowed to post short comments.

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  253. 259 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    He does have a ukelele, Chris.

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  254. 260 I'm Impossible!!!!! May 19, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    FLB, I had that happen the other day, 2-3 times to the same post…sometimes you can back up and still see the post…I copied the text and pasted it in an email, as I kept trying(And failing) to post it…. I did have a link in it, which seemed to be the problem….

    VOR, you and CL seem to both be gettin’ forgetful, at least today…you may have been forgetful in the past, but I don’t recall where I left my remote, and that was just 10 minutes ago I had it in my hand! 😳

    Once found, will watch a movie….been up since 6 am, so might not see anyone afterwords, still y’allselves! 😦

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  255. 261 I'm Impossible!!!!! May 19, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    FLB, women should be seen, not heard anyway…..

    😛 on that note, I’ll find the keys to the doghouse on my own, thankyouverymuch! 😆

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  256. 262 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Exhibit A of why Berigan is still single.

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  257. 263 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    He does have a ukelele, Chris.

    See? Makes sense to me! 😀

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  258. 264 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    This computer is annoying me to no end. It goes dormant constantly.

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  259. 265 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    You can change those settings if you want.

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  260. 266 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Chris, I am technology-challenged. I would have no idea how to do such a thing. Besides, this my mom’s laptop, provided by her company.

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  261. 267 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    …this is my mom’s…

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  262. 268 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Are you running Windows? If so, which version?

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  263. 269 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    XP. (I know that much. Don’t expect anything more in depth.) Their supposedly-wonderful IT guy just worked on it & declared it in great shape. Need I tell you that Mom thinks he is a useless idiot?

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  264. 270 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    All IT people, regardless of how well-meaning they are, are and idiots by definition!

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  265. 271 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I don’t think he’s well-meaning. He never fixes anything & doesn’t answer anyone’s calls or emails, except of course for the boss, who he has fooled completely.

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  266. 272 morpheus45 May 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I really hate taking an afternoon nap and waking up at 9:15 at night. Didn’t know where I was or what was going on, and won’t be able to sleep tonight. Blah!

    Not sure what that clip had to do with tulips, but I sure would’ve been happy to kiss Lauren Bacall (not right after Bogey, though; she’d taste like Camels). And yes, I do have a ukulele but I don’t sound much like Tiny Tim. Tiny Archibald, maybe. 🙂

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  267. 273 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    A lot of people set their laptops to hibernate or shut down when they haven’t been used in a fairly short period of time so the battery doesn’t run down.

    You can do one thing for sure and possibly another. First, change the setting for how quickly it shuts down.

    1. Go the start button (lower left hand corner) and click it.
    2. Click the Control Panel
    3. Click Appearances and Themes
    4. Click “Choose a Theme”
    5. At the bottom of the box that came up you should see “Monitor Power”. Click the Power button
    6. This will show you what the current settings are for your hard drive and display. Adjust them accordingly.

    The second thing you can do is set yourself up as a separate user from your mother. Then everytime you sign on, it acts as a different computer from the current configuration.

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  268. 275 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Good morning Grinch!

    CL, I saw the end of that game. It’s amazing how far that young man has come. He opened his season last year playing for the Greenville Drive in the Sallie League. I saw him pitch in his second appearance last year here in Charleston. He won the final game of the WS last year and comes right back a few months later and throws a no hitter! Great job Jon!

    FBG, you perfectly described IT people to a “tee”.

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  269. 276 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Chris, …huh?!

    Good morning/evening, Grinch.

    I saw that, CL. Wonderful thing for that young man. Think someone’s pitched a movie of his life yet?

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  270. 277 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I’m really happy for that kid!

    (Think he’s available??) 😆

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  271. 278 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    I doubt it, CL. The Red Sox seem to really have their farm system cranking out good young players now.

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  272. 279 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    FBG, I guess you didn’t like my instructions?

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  273. 280 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I don’t know that I would be “allowed” to make those changes, even if I understood them!

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  274. 281 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    There is an old saying “It is better to ask forgiveness than ask permission”. It is applicable here.

    Besides, you aren’t changing anything pertinent that is going to significantly alter the appearance or operation of the computer. But if you don’t want to make those changes, I understand.

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  275. 282 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    If I tried to do that, something vital would get erased or the whole thing would melt down or something.

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  276. 283 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Who’s pitching tomorrow?

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  277. 284 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    I’ve been voting for Chipper for the All-Star team – have y’all? I think he really deserves to go!

    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=atl

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  278. 285 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Glavine vs Maine, 1:00

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  279. 286 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Glavine & Campillo, I believe.

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  280. 287 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    I voted before we left home.

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  281. 288 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Doubleheader tomorrow, don’t forget.

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  282. 289 morpheus45 May 19, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Yeah, we coulda got Lester and a couple of others for salty but ADDED a few more of our prospects and got “My heart belongs to Boras” Tex and his no-hitting behind instead. Great move.

    I got a few things to take care of; I’ll check back with y’all later.

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  283. 290 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    This series against the Mets would be a great time to make up some ground in a hurry. We’ll see. 😐

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  284. 291 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    I’ve been voting for Chipper and McCann. The rest of the ballot is all over the place. I figure that God’s Child, I mean David Wright, will probably be voted in to start at 3B but I’ll give Chipper all the support I can. Of course, I’m sure that Wright will also be selected as SP for the NL as well. I’ve read that they’ve cancelled the HR Derby the night before. All the other players have conceded the contest to Wright. Oh, and the All-Star MVP trophy has already been engraved with his name too.

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  285. 292 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Isn’t that annoying, Chris? Yes, he’s a good young player & seems like a nice enough guy but what is the big fat hairy deal?!?

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  286. 293 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Chris, 😆

    FBG, you’re right; Campillo is starting the second game.

    “Last season, with Triple-A Tacoma, the Mariners’ Minor League affiliate, Campillo went 9-6 with a 3.07 ERA in 22 starts, becoming the first Tacoma pitcher since 2001 to lead the league in ERA.

    Campillo’s only other experience as a starter came when he played in the Mexican League. He made 85 starts from 1997-2004 with Mexico City.”

    Well, maybe we can 2 out of 3……

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  287. 294 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    FBG, he plays in NY. That’s all that counts.

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  288. 295 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I feel an attack of chocolate ice cream coming on….

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  289. 296 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Nothing against him at all. You’re right, he’s a very good young player and at least when he was in A ball he was very nice. He’s a product of ESPN bias, that’s all. They promote BOS and the two NY teams and latch on to the stars and ride them to glory. It’s sickening.

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  290. 297 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Are the people in NY even aware that an outside world exists & that it does not revolve around them?

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  291. 298 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Outside world? What outside world?

    Oh yes, that’s us. No we are insignificant because we are not in New York. We are not relevant to anything.

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  292. 299 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    If they did, they wouldn’t care.

    Well, they DO know. At least the hundreds of thousands who have invaded my homeland. ‘Course, all you hear is “Up north we….” Somebody came up with a bumper sticker that says “I don’t care how you did it up North!”

    And they STILL think the sun comes up in the morning just for them.

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  293. 300 chrisklob May 19, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    CL, I have lived in Charleston for nearly forty years. When we first moved here, it was a very small town. Most of the folks here had been here for generations. You could walk down King Street (one of the main streets in downtown) and everyone you passed would look you in the eye and say hello. It didn’t matter your race, sex, appearance, whatever.

    I moved to Florida after I lost my job and apartment in Hurricane Hugo in 1989. I was appalled the first time I went out and greeted a stranger on the street and was totally ignored. After less than two years, I moved home and realized that everything had changed here. “People from off” had moved in seemingly by the zillions. They did not know of how polite and gentile our fair city was and so they did not reciprocate the grace bestowed upon them. Nearly twenty years later, it’s gotten worse, much worse. It is very, very sad.

    By the way, I now know more people from Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Michigan than I know local folks. In fact, when I tell people how long I’ve been here they are invariably surprised.

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  294. 301 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    That’s what happened in Florida too. Bradenton was a smallish town when I was a kid & the natives were still Southern. Now it’s a million subdivisions & everyone is from somewhere else (where they are obviously not taught manners or basic friendliness).

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  295. 302 flbravesgirl May 19, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    And people are completely stunned to hear that not only was I born & raised there but both of my parents were too. They don’t think anyone is from Florida originally.

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  296. 303 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    ‘Bout all I’ve encountered in them is self-centered rudeness. They have no idea how to be gracious to others, much less regular old politeness. Glad I didn’t live my life that way. And the way their kids act and talk back to them! Wouldn’t have lasted :10 in the South I was raised in! 😆

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  297. 304 Carolina Lady May 19, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Almost midnight – gotta hurry back to the pumpkin patch! Y’all have a great evening!

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  298. 305 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Good night CL!

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  299. 306 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Good night CL!

    FBG, my pumpkin calls too!

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  300. 307 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I guess I’ll go read if everyone is going to abandon me.

    Good night y’all.

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  301. 308 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Good morning all, It’s 3 AM and my legs decided to it was time to get up. Too bad my brain is not in on the deal. Anyway, thought I would drop in to say howdy.

    Yes, Chipper and BMac are about the only two I can feel comfortable voting for also. Unfortunately, not all fans believe in rewarding talent and will vote the entire roster of their hometown 9 whether they deserve it or not. Another example of how the most popular or one receiving the most votes is not always the wisest choice. As Mark twain so sagely put it, “Sometimes the majority means all the fools are on the same side”.

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  302. 309 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2008 at 3:18 am

    And here is a link to a nice little item on Charlie Morton who is having a very good year here in Richmond.

    http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news/business.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-05-20-0025.html

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  303. 310 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 5:54 am

    Morning, all. Just read an article on the AJC about how Oakland players felt about Kotsay; some were interviewed here during this last series. The general consensus is that Kotsay’s main value above and beyond his bat was his fiery clubhouse energy and his habit of running around like a madman, blasting music and doing whatever he could to get teammates fired up before every game. They go on to say “Of course, the Braves clubhouse is more buttoned-down and Cox doesn’t allow music; Kotsay’s still trying to figure out how to get the team fired up here.”

    That’s just sad. If there’s one thing this team needs, and I mean above injured players coming back, even; it’s someone to fire them up. You all remember how annoying Robert used to be on the AJC blog because when someone would give a poor effort but it didn’t matter to Bobby because the player didn’t violate his “no sunglasses on the hat” rule? Well, as more time goes by I’m realizing that Robert had it right all along. This is bloody nonsense, and nobody cares for some reason.

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  304. 311 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 6:00 am

    BTW, the AJC also printed an article this morning about “Off-duty cop nabs bank robber.” That was my buddy, and I sat in on the preliminary trial. The testimony of the FBI agent who interviewed everyone on the scene completely refutes every aspect of that entire story; if I didn’t think making a stink about it might come back to haunt Tom I’d sue them for false and sensational journalism. This paper has no integrity of any kind.

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  305. 312 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Grinch, no one ever said Robert was wrong. His mistake was the way that he went about sending his message. Even the most patient person tired of reading the same thing from the same blogger time and time again.

    Truth is, Cox has some wonderful qualities. Unfortunately, like the rest of us mortals, he’s got some that aren’t so great too. I’ve often said that Pat Corrales and Leo Mazzonne are missed far more than anyone knows. I think they were largely responsible for helping him make in-game substitutions. Cox has not done a good job managing the bullpen or the bench since those guys have been gone.

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  306. 313 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Not sure what that clip had to do with tulips

    Grinch, just put tulips together and blow… like Lauren said. If you whistle she will come. OK, it was a corny stretch but what the hey, I was tired. Was a good clip though.

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  307. 314 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 8:32 am

    I feel an attack of chocolate ice cream coming on…. 😆

    I love it when that happens.

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  308. 316 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Good stuff about Kotsay, good clubhouse guy, etc. That’s what was being reported when we signed him. I wondered at the time what effect that might have on the less than fired up Braves clubhouse. To a guy like Kotsay it must feel like joggin’ through a park, rockin’ out with earplugs and running into the middle of a funeral procession. There needs to be a riot… a sea change… a revolt against ‘business as usual’. Wonder how many players would join in that attitude shift?

    Klobber, agree on your 8:02. Seems like as soon as anyone leaves Atlanta they are considered a bum… always was a bum and now a worse bum. Then any value they brought to the team is discounted, parsed and explained away as something other than the contribution of the coach, player, etc.

    Wish I could stay for a bit, but duty calls. The whisper is becoming a shout.

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  309. 317 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Before I go… Gil, do you think you might get us a Gonzo rehab outing report from Richmond this week?

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  310. 318 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Coming up (start writing!): 😆
    ssiscribe
    SavannahGuy
    Berigan

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  311. 319 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2008 at 9:20 am

    SG… I will do my best but things with my mom are such that we don’t have too much free time to attend games. Everything I have will have to be second hand I’m afraid.

    On Andruw, it’s a bit of good news bad news for the Dodgers. The bad news is “Andruw is hurt and cannot play” the good news is “Andruw is hurt and cannot play”…..

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  312. 320 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Okay folks.. catch up with you all tonight…

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  313. 321 ssiscribe May 20, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Top of the morning, everybody. More radio silence the past few days as I rediscover why golf makes my blood pressure rise, while fishing with my kids makes me happy, and why this baseball team drives me crazy!

    Today on http://braves.today.com I issued my quarterly report card. I absolutely agree with Grinch on the points in his post. I’m one of the yellers and clappers and standing-up-with-two-outs fans, and it annoys the heck out of me when somebody tells me to quiet down or sit down.

    What? We’re not at the Masters. Go take your quiet time to the library or a tennis match (that’s not a dis at either the library or tennis, mind you).

    I’m of the mindset there should be two or three red pennants on that overhang in left field (red for World Series championships, of which, as you know, there’s just one). There should be two or three more NL championship pennants out there (1997, 1998 and 2003 immediately jump to mind). I’ve always been taught you perform to win it all, to be the very best, whether you’re running a small newspaper’s sports department, writing business proposals or playing Major League Baseball. Your goal shouldn’t be to just perform and be happy with finishing with 84 wins. Your goal is to win the World Series, period. That’s why everybody starts the season at 0-0.

    With all that said, I think this team is close to taking off. Yes, I know the situational hitting late and close has been abysmal. Yes, I know the impact of the injuries. Yes, I know they haven’t played well on the road (the home/road split continues to mystify me; I do a Braves segment each week on a sports talk station, and every week the host asks me about it and every week I tell him — and whoever is listening to the show — that I can’t explain it, because I can’t figure out why in the world this team plays so well in one spot and so poorly everywhere else).

    Where was I? Oh yeah, this team taking off … yes, I know Bobby is still in charge. I only gave him a B- because he FINALLY shook up the order, putting Escobar leadoff (which I said since February is where he should be) and finally is making a few decent moves with the bullpen (I think somebody finally told him you can’t pitch six relievers a night, every single night, and expect to have anybody able to throw 60 feet, 6 inches come August and September). Sometimes, I wonder if those cans of Copenhagen in his office are laced with something that makes him make decisions that just don’t make sense.

    I just see the talent this team has, how many of them have not hit, how the back end of the rotation has become a revolving door yet again (although I do have hope for Jo-Jo), and I think in spite of the injuries and Bobby’s reliance on playing every single solitary situation by “the book” (and the fact O’Brien and Bowman, two guys I know and respect, won’t question his questionable moves; it’s one thing to write it on a blog or say it on sports radio, but it’s another thing altogether to ask the question after the game then put the response in your gamer, but that’s another fish to fry altogether), with all that said, it’s my belief this team can and will win this season. Too much talent not to do so.

    As I wrote this morning, the next 37 days are going to tell a whole lot: Four with the Mets, three with Philly, four with Florida, four with Zona, three with a red-hot Cincy team up there, three with the Cubs at Wrigley, three at the Angels. The Braves need to get right and start winning, right now. Winning four out of five at home is great, but this team has to get it going when they leave 755 Hank Aaron Boulevard.

    Speaking of which, that’s where my oldest and I will be in a couple of hours. Guess I need to get today’s version of the honey-do list finished … man, I’ll be happy when next Tuesday arrives and I’m working again! Off time is great, but there are a few things that haven’t gone according to play that’s caused a bit of stress at the casa … at least the contract is signed! 🙂

    CL, I’ll write your lead sometime tomorrow if that’s cool … be a good break between painting and lawn work.

    Enjoy your day.

    The Scribe abides.

    –30–

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  314. 322 I'm Impossible!!!!! May 20, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Congrats for Jon Lester!!! I used to root much more for the Sox, when they never won anything….now, with an annual budget nearly the same as the Yankees, they aren’t really the underdogs anymore, are they??? But, I can surely root for a guy coming back from Cancer!

    Will Reyes and Chucky have the careers Lester and Buchholz will??? 😕

    Teams these days PAY when they pick pitchers. Detroit does(Dumbest moves they made during the offseason was trading Jurrjens to us, and Andrew Miller to the Marlins-you tend to want to hold on to hard throwing starting pitchers in their early 20s), so do teams like the Red Sox, Tampa(They do have the “advantage” of having the 1st pick every year-till this one) and Diamondbacks….look at their rotation! They just brought up their #1 draft pick(Max Scherzer) from 2006 a little while ago, and after 4 starts, has a 2.33 ERA. On top of the home grown talent of Brandon Webb, Doug Davis, and Micah Owings(Though he’d be a starting left fielder, if I was his manager!) So…that’s 4 home grown starters…that leaves who else?? Oh yeah, they traded for Dan Haren, and have some other guy, a tall guy…just pitched 7 innings his last start…oh yeah, Randy Johnson! Not bad.

    Where would we be without other teams pitchers like Hudson and Jurrjens???

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  315. 323 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I hope Glavine doesn’t have the issues he had against us when he pitched for the Mets….I am sure he wants to show them he isn’t finished…..They know like we knew…lay off the outside pitch!

    I also hear there is likely to be rain….Scribe might have a REALLY fun day/night at the park with a few rain delays mixed in and around a Double Header! 😆

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  316. 324 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    SG, I’ve got several patches of tulips here. I put a couple of them together and blew a little while ago and the petals didn’t even come off; was at least expecting a dandelion effect. Stick to what you do best…being wrong about OTHER things, like politics. 🙂

    Scribe, you respect O’Brien and Bowman? Why?

    The impossibility of berigan, you wonder if Jo-Jo and Chuckie will have the same type of careers as Lester and Bucholtz? I thought you said you didn’t smoke the funny stuff? Lester and Bucholtz have both thrown no-hitters before the age of 23 in the bigs, mainly due to being enormous talents who have their heads together. Jo-Jo is a slightly above average talent who’s starting to get his act together finally; if we’re lucky he’ll be a #3 someday fairly soon. Chuck is a 26 year old who’s proven he belongs in the Mexican league because he only has two very hittable pitches and can’t/won’t develop a third or even pay attention to who he’s pitching to. The only thing he has a chance of having in common with Lester is if he keeps dipping Copenhagen he might get cancer.

    Off to the gym.

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  317. 325 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Not off to a good start at the moment

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  318. 326 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    At least Delgado is up and stinks most days

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  319. 327 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Morpheus,
    very good points. I really can’t wait to not ever see Chuck James come up and pitch again.

    And you’re right about Jo-Jo he’s actually been doing very well lately. But I still don’t see either one as our next great young pitchers.

    Now Jair….

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  320. 328 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Grinch man, I think you know my tongue was so firmly in cheek, it was sticking outside my body! 😉

    Jbinatl(Is that handle slightly different?) Where you bin at???

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  321. 329 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Hmmm… good situational hitting, good baserunning, Tex gets a hit, good bunt, batters taking pitches… Who are we watching?

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  322. 330 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Raisins, that can only mean that someone has kidnapped the team and have run some imposters out there! Should I get the ransom out of our petty cash fund or save it to bail Salty out of the filter? 😀

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  323. 331 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I was able to watch the final 3 inning this afternoon. Nice job by the bullpen, very nice job by BMac with that dinger to left center. Every time I see a homer hit to that area of the park I think of the Crime Dog and how he said he knew he was locked in when he hit to that part of the field.

    Now, let’s take two and really put the Mutts back on their cans…

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  324. 332 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Wouldn’t that be great, Gil??! Be interesting to see how Campillo does. Don’t recall this Vargas guy for the mets; only has a 0-1 record…..compared with Campillo’s 0-0. 😆

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  325. 333 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I laid down for a bit(Slept well for second night, but feel sick still) so missed the last 4+ innings, sounds like it was a well played game, and very glad Glavine wasn’t nervous against his old team, and even better, pitched well against a team that knows his “tricks”

    I do have to scratch my head as to why Acosta was in for the 9th in a 6 -1 game….what happens in the night game????

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  326. 334 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Severe storms north of ATL, a bit north of Alpharetta heads up FLB, etc al!!!

    Heres a link, that should work, click on animate, if isn’t already…stuff is drifting southeast….not good!

    http://www.wunderground.com/radar/mixedcomposite.asp?region=c4&size=2x&type=loop

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  327. 335 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Severe storms north of ATL, a bit north of Alpharetta heads up FLB, etc al!!!

    Heres a link, that should work, click on animate, if isn’t already…stuff is drifting southeast….not good!

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  328. 337 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    CL, why are so many links not allowed on WordPress??? 😡
    wunderground.com is the site, type in your zip code…sigh…

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  329. 338 Salty May 20, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Storms are moving fast…just passing through Woodstock. Have had the tornado sirens go off a couple of times, but mostly lots of rain, lightning, hail…and cooler temps! Hey, 2 for 4 ain’t bad. There will likely be a rain delay, but it shouldn’t last too long. I just hope it happens before the first pitch, so we don’t waste a pitcher.

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  330. 339 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Evening y’all. B, so far the storms have skirted around us. Raining a bit now.

    Great first game, plus it was a nice break from all the yardwork. I’ll be in & out while I get dinner taken care of.

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  331. 340 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I have no idea, Berigan. Akismet is the filter system – supposed to be some sort of “artificial intelligence”- like thing that “learns” and “adapts” as it is used. (Not real sure exactly what that means! 😆 ) Anyhow, everytime I check a trapped comment as “Not Spam”, it is supposed to “remember” so next time a similar comment will be cleared through. sigh….. Believe me, it does its own thing; not my doing. I can add certain words or phrases which it will block, but I have no control over it otherwise. I think Salty is the current stats leader for most time spent in the filter.

    [non-baseball] – I found this interesting:

    http://www.weaselzippers.net:80/blog/2008/05/aclu-fantasy-la.html

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  332. 342 Salty May 20, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I thought Piazza already had. Oh, well…good player…stood up to Roger; that I like!

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  333. 343 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Sorry for being a loser, CL
    I’m here.

    I miss my B&S people. It’s just been hard to make time to chill out here lately.

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  334. 344 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    The lineup and the order of posts is throwing me off a little. Where are we at exactly? Excuse my questioning of what may be a more obvious system than I’ve understood.

    Man, we have some excellent bloggers around here though!

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  335. 345 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    What is the city FLB is in?? I caint speel goud! 😳

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  336. 346 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Howdy, all. Especially, Jb; hadn’t seen you in a while. The lineup throws everyone off except CL; don’t feel bad.

    Berigan, she’s in a town that’s so small it probably won’t show up on a map. Clayton is the closest real place.

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  337. 347 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Ah…I finally found the county Rabun….I was thinking it was the city, and couldn’t come close to spelling it….spellcheck thinks it’s spelled wrong right now…more tornado warnings, Dekalb and North Fulton til 8 pm…
    I think the stuff is drifting “our” way….wonder if they will be wise and cancel the game??? can always play two tomorrow, or next time they are in town…

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  338. 348 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Is there going to be a baseball game tonight or what?

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  339. 349 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Good to see you again too, Morpheus

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  340. 350 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Hey, JB! You’re no loser! Glad to have you back.

    The LineUp Card. At the end of each blog lead is a list of all our pages, including the LineUp Card. This is the list we mostly-sorta-kinda go by. Sometimes somebody gets swamped by some paltry obligation like “work” or something and we have to wake up the next person to pinch hit in his place. It mostly goes in rotation. I usually try to post in the comments the next 3 or 4 people in the rotation as kind of a ‘heads up’ that their turns are coming up.

    Paladin is on R&R so it goes back to the top of the rotation and starts over again.

    I agree: we absolutely have the best bloggers in Blogdom! 😆 Great writers!!

    from a fellow blogger:
    “One of the local television stations in South Louisiana aired an interview
    with a woman from New Orleans .

    The interviewee was asked if the complete devastation of the churches in the area had affected their lives. Without hesitation, the woman replied, ‘I
    don’t know about all those other peoples, but we haven’t gone to Churches in years. We gets our chicken from Popeye’s.’

    The look on the interviewer’s face was priceless.”

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  341. 351 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    PS Carolina, I’m REALLY glad you’re back after your little hiatus. I didn’t get a real sense of all that kept you out but you’re the coolest and I love that you’re around here again.

    Maybe email me sometime and let me know what happened.

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  342. 352 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    I just read that last part of the post about the Church’s chicken!
    As Monk would say, “I’m going to LOL out loud”

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  343. 353 williamwallace May 20, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    JB, just do what I do sometimes: throw CL some rainy day blog leads every once in a while on some general topic that she can use in a pinch if the need arises. Otherwise, just go by the lineup.

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  344. 354 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    I think I’m going to write a lead about which chicken place is better Popeye’s or Church’s

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  345. 355 williamwallace May 20, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    frenchy is getting the night off.

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  346. 356 williamwallace May 20, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    hey, why not? Lew wrote something once about Jerry Falwell and the Klingons

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  347. 357 williamwallace May 20, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    i see twinkiedin is not around today. must have found a nurse at the nursing home to mess around with

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  348. 358 jbinatl May 20, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Fallwell vs the Klingons

    I thought that was a B-movie I saw at a drive in once.

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  349. 359 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Frenchy is getting the night off? Frenchy is getting the night offffff? Man, that deserves a bold sentence or something. Excellent!

    Hey y’all. Catching up on the overdays (word?). How about daytimes? Dayparts? Whatever… great win today, wish I could’a seen Glavine take down the Mutts.

    I can add certain words or phrases which it will block, but I have no control over it otherwise.

    CL is talking like a sailor now? WordPress will screen words like golly gee, darn and heck? Mercy! :mrgreen:

    it’s my belief this team can and will win this season. Too much talent not to do so.

    Scribe, wish I were as optimistic as you. I’ll hope you’re right and of course I’ll continue rooting for Braves as always… win or lose. You’re right, we are stacked with talent, although we’re stacked with serious injuries to many key pitchers as well. That, and our strategy and in-game moves aren’t stellar at times. So, yes… stacked with talent (relative term). But then, Detroit should run away with the AL Central too, right?

    SG, I’ve got several patches of tulips here. I put a couple of them together and blew a little while ago and the petals didn’t even come off; was at least expecting a dandelion effect. Stick to what you do best…being wrong about OTHER things, like politics.

    Now Grinch… you can’t give p that easy. Maybe you’re just blowing and no sound is coming out. Or you could just be in the wrong flower patch. You know that politically conservative girls make the best wives and lovers, right? They will make you a wiser man. Then again, maybe a dandilion effect is already taking place? 😀

    my tongue was so firmly in cheek, it was sticking outside my body!

    Bear, if it was outside your body it wasn’t “in cheek”. More like sticking your tongue out at someone. Unless you were pulling a Groucho Marx kinda’ thing there. When asked by an already tightly hugging dance partner to get closer, he said, “if I was any closer I’d be in back of you”. Maybe that was it. You a Marxist? Like Ginch? :mrgreen:

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  350. 360 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Speaking of Groucho, where is Paladin and who gave him permission to go on R&R? More like AWOL if you ask me. What’s he doing anyway… sitting on a beach sipping little umbrella drinks?

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  351. 361 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    You’re kind, JB. Very much appreciated. 😀

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  352. 362 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    OK, 2nd attempt. Nice to see WW & JB joining us. Where’s Uncle Paladin?

    JB, the Falwell vs. Klingons lead was classic. Go back & read it.

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  353. 363 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Hoo-lawdy! Lighnting just almost took my house out. Later

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  354. 364 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Berigan, Grinch is right. My mailing address is Tiger, GA. I am actually in between the city limits of Clayton (the county seat) & Tiger (whose city limits comprise a half-mile circle surrounding a “downtown” of the tiny Post Office, the old store & the Tiger Food Mart).

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  355. 365 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Duck, Grinchy!!!!

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  356. 366 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    SG, I am glad you know the Groucho line! My Dad screws it up, every time(Convoluted line….He , like me-is a Groucho Marxist only and why “me” is one of course) but, he will tell someone on the phone every few months…Ever see a Marx brother film?? In one Groucho had a woman making the moves on him, and she says hold me closer, CLOSER! And Groucho says, I’d be behind you if I held you any closer! 🙄 He screws up the punchline, every time, and in the same way, every time…very consistent the old man! 😆

    Is Frenchy really getting the night off??? Or was the game called???

    Wrong day to give him the day off…do what we used to do when McCann used to get days off(Only Frenchy has played more games than McCann, by the way) give him the day off after a day off! What is the point of day off, when you have already played that day??? Grrr! 😡

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  357. 367 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Weird lookin’ sky, bright in the distance, but very dark overheard…and calm….very calm….

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  358. 368 williamwallace May 20, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    frenchy is getting the night game off. doesn’t make much sense for two reasons: he already played today. an off day should be an day you get completely off.

    the second reason is that the weak pitcher is pitching the night cap. would have made more sense to rest frenchy against maine who has the ability to eat up frenchy much more than the scrub who is pitching the night game.

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  359. 369 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Completely agree with Bear and WW on the nonsensical game off for Frenchy after a day game. Agreed also on the matchup with certain pitchers and Frenchy. This move looks more like an ‘appearance’ of selflessness and in no way strategic.

    Maybe the upside will be that Francouer’s pressure to play iron man every game after this will be moot and Cox will begin to play the hot bat in right field or not feel so inclined (guilty?) to keep Jeff in games when pitchers that own him are in there. Nah… that would be expecting way too much from Cox to ask a ‘made man’ in Atlanta compete for the spot a little.

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  360. 370 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Hoo-lawdy! Lighnting just almost took my house out. Later

    Not gonna say anything other than it seems that the lightning in Atlanta has been quite liberal this year. During an electric storm, best be conservative with use of computers and appliances.

    Nope, not a word beyond that. Well, maybe just a hmmm…

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  361. 371 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Now, baseball… at 10 ’til 9. Better late than never but I bet Dad will never make it to the end.

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  362. 372 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I’m too lazy to go turn on the radio. Anybody know when the game is forecast to begin?

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  363. 373 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Now SG! Campillo had a 1-2-3 first.

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  364. 374 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I should point out that Tiger also has a drive-in theater & a winery which has been written about in Southern Living, etc.

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  365. 375 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Power went out….tons of lightning, sky was getting clearer…now raining hard again….just a plain goofy storm! They really trying to play the game now??? Good grief!!!

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  366. 376 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    We’ve had wild weather here today too. Two big electrical storms, the first of which brought very high winds and quarter sized hail. Not a fun evening.

    FBG, what is the name of the winery in Tiger?

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  367. 377 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Ha! I was thinking you were talking about Tiger Woods…. I know have read that he has a massive mansion…why not a drive-in and Winery???

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  368. 378 williamwallace May 20, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    FBG lives in the land of Tigger, Pooh and Christopher Robbins

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  369. 379 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    I think it’s Tiger Mountain Vineyard, Chris. ( I don’t drink so haven’t paid much attention.)

    WW, Tigger & Pooh would likely get shot here.

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  370. 380 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    WW, suffice to say that FBG is smarter than the average bear.

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  371. 381 williamwallace May 20, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Christopher Robbins might get shot down there in Tiger too. Eeyore always said Robbins could only get married in California.

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  372. 382 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    McCann & Frenchy BOTH get the night off?
    Campillo seems to be doing very well!

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  373. 383 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Yeah, that Christopher Robbins always seemed a little light in the loafers to me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

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  374. 384 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Just so y’all don’t think Rabun County is a complete podunk place, there are a lot of very fancy houses in Sky Valley & around the lakes. We’re talking huge, multi-million dollar vacation homes.

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  375. 385 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Storm more or less passed, ’twas a doozy there for a bit. Campillo looking sharp through 2.

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  376. 386 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    FBG, as soon as I posted that I changed the TV channel and there it was, so I only missed the first two batters. Campillo looks good.

    I think I’ve had Tiger Mountain Wine a few years back. It was good… like a good California burgundy, or was it a cab… can’t remember. It must’ve been very good. Now, it’s those banjo playin’ folks on the Tiger Ridge you have to watch.

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  377. 387 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    What will Cox call Campillo? Campy?

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  378. 388 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Make that 3; 9 up and 9 down with 5 strikeouts. Sweet.

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  379. 389 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Drinking a Gladiator Cab as we speak, SG. Goes well with sharp cheese.

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  380. 390 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    chrisklob Says:
    May 20, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    WW, suffice to say that FBG is smarter than the average bear.

    So, are you saying she’s smarter than a dumb animal??? 😆

    Or smarter than the average Bear, short for Berigan??? 😦

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  381. 391 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    The winery seems very popular. They have a lot of events there. Everyone I’ve met here has been very nice, SG.

    Glad things have cleared on Grinch Mountain.

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  382. 392 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Now, Berigan, there is no way both you and Grinch are going to get out of that one safely!! 😆

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  383. 393 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Good lord! The Braves are actually playing baseball!

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  384. 394 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Jorge!!! 9 up, 9 down… Oh, yeah! 😀

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  385. 395 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Wow, Tex is actually hitting.

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  386. 396 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Did someone buy Tex a calendar that goes past April?

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  387. 397 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    A good cab and a storm… my idea of good times.

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  388. 398 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Yeah, Kelly!!!

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  389. 399 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    KJ KJ KJ KJ KJ KJ KJ

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  390. 401 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Safe to say we matchup pretty well agin the Muttsters. 🙂

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  391. 402 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Every time Scribe, JB and WW post here, Braves win. Need to drop in more.

    (I just made that up but don’t say anything… it’ll work on their conscience and play havoc with their superstitions).

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  392. 403 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Bearigan, don’t read too much into my posts. They just don’t go that deep!

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  393. 404 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    I won’t tell, SG.

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  394. 405 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Chip, you jinx!

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  395. 406 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Reyes 😡

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  396. 407 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Woohoo, Corky!!!

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  397. 408 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Is it cool to say that Corky “uncorked” one there?

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  398. 409 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Anyone know what Campy’s pitch count is?

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  399. 410 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Wright 😡 😡

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  400. 411 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Doesn’t seem as if he’s had to throw a lot of pitches, Chris.

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  401. 412 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I believe the pitch count is somewhere in the neighborhood of 52.

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  402. 413 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    (I cheated and went to the ESPN Gamecast…)

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  403. 414 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks and you’re exactly right Raisins. I just checked it out on mlb.com. It would be great if Campy could pitch another inning.

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  404. 415 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I’m glad Jorge isn’t on the basepath.

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  405. 416 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Have I ever fully disclosed my dislike of Chip Carey? That “drive” to CF just now was more of a flair of the bat handle.

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  406. 417 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Same here, VOR. I absolutely love Skip, enjoyed Harry greatly even though he was past his best years & can’t stand Chip.

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  407. 418 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Perhaps Jorge is beginning to fatiga.

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  408. 419 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    … or not…

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  409. 420 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Is Chip on the radio broadcast?

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  410. 421 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Yeah, Chris. I guess it would have been too long of a day for Skip.

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  411. 422 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Chip is doing the Fox SportsSouth TV broadcast with Joe.

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  412. 423 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Alright, Campy!

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  413. 424 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    That’s not Chip on FSS? It has been a way long day… 😦

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  414. 425 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    😳

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  415. 426 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Good grief… it’s Boog. I need a drink, uh… somethin’…

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  416. 427 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Uh, Chip is on radio right now.

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  417. 428 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    5 innings, 0 walks and six strikeouts. If anyone but Bobby was managing I’d say he’s earned himself a spot no matter what happens in the 6th. Something tells me it’ll be Buddy instead, though.

    SG, spent most of the 1st and 2nd inning on the front porch soaking it up (both the rain and the wine).

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  418. 429 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Perhaps Jorge is beginning to fatiga. 😆

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  419. 430 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Raisins, that’s Boog and Joe on SPorts South. Which one of those guys are you hatin’ on?

    FBG, does Skip regularly do radio? I know he was on tv recently and it was really nice to hear his voice again. They showed him before the game and, frankly, he didn’t look good at all. His color was not good but it could have been my tv, the lighting, the cable company or any of number of things. Either way, seemed like old times.

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  420. 431 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Skip does most of the home games on radio, I think. He doesn’t travel anymore.

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  421. 432 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I will never get the hatred so many have for Chip! 😯 He has by far the best voice of the “3” He is funny(Like they were/are as well) Isn’t full of himself….knows his baseball…I hear Joe agree with him quite a bit….I hear all broadcasters say dumb things (Joe was saying something earlier today, to the effect of you can’t really expect to have more than 3 hitters hot at once, huh????)

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  422. 433 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    B, to me Chip has always seemed very “fake”. In contrast Skip is as real & tell-it-like-it-is as you could get.

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  423. 434 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I was, uh, hatin’ more on something Boog said, but when I thought it was Chip, who I really don’t like, it was convenient to just pile on Chip. Yunel ended an inning fisting one weakly to short CF to which Boog announced that he “drives one to center field that the wind knocks down.” It was anything but a “drive.” Can I still pile on Chip just because?

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  424. 435 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Skip + Joe = one terrific ‘listen’

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  425. 436 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Grinch, I’ve loved storms… particularly electric storms since childhood. My dad is to blame. He would take me and my brother out and we’d sit on lawn chairs under the carport and just watch and talk. I do that now. A good cab, cocktail or beer just seems to go well with lightning and rain.

    Looks like CL and Chris are gonna see more big weather tonight according to the Global Warming, uh, Weather Channel. In which case, it’s Caffeine Free Diet Coke and Knob Creek. Not mixed… speaking respectively.

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  426. 437 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I’m not a fan of Chip. However I do have a lot of respect for all these guys (well, almost all of them). Think about it. Every night they go out and they do a three hour talk show that is totally unscripted. They are bound to say something stupid from time to time.

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  427. 438 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I love Skip & Joe together. They play off each other so well.

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  428. 439 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    FBG, I agree about Chip; comes across as “puttin’ on,” as they’d say around here.

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  429. 440 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Oh no… not the Boog ‘syndrome’ doll good luck doll charm thing again.

    Growing old.

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  430. 441 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    ??? I don’t know about this doll, SG.

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  431. 442 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Chip often goes off on tangents having no idea what is currently happening on the field. He has a “broadcaster” voice that lacks personality. He makes way too many obscure Cubs references. He thinks he’s funnier than anyone else does. Most of his funny bits seem contrived. And I haven’t found him to be very knowledgable of baseball. Of the Cubs, yes. But not so much overall. Aside from that, he’s OK. 😀

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  432. 443 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Raisins, absolutely pile on. Fire at will, sir!

    SG, thank you for pointing out the impending weather. I’ll have to go check that out. We’ve had the weirdest weather this year. Tons of thunderstorms already which don’t usually come until later. We’ve had hail twice in the past ten days. I’ll bet I haven’t seen hail ONCE in the last ten years, much less TWICE! Even had several tornadoes.

    SG, CL, FBG and Gil (wherever you may be), please join me in praying that this is not a precursor to an eventful summer with strong tropically-induced storms (I don’t even want to say the word).

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  433. 444 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    RAISINS!!! CEASE FIRE!!!

    😉

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  434. 445 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I may have to sign out shortly. Just checked Weatherbug radar and there’s a really big ugly red blotch about ready to cross the river just to my west. But what’s headed for Charleston is even worse! Duck and cover, Chris! 😦

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  435. 446 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Funny, for years I thought Skip and Joe had terrible chemistry….one would ask a question….no response….ummm, that was your que feller! No one else in the booth!
    They seem better now, but I always thought Skip was infinitely more comfortable with Pete (And now Chip) then anyone else….
    Of course, I liked Sutton too.

    Gotta remember how very young Chip was to be doing this back in Chicago…and….he saw what happened to long time Broadcaster Steve Stone, when he talked about how bad the cubs were down the stretch….came to ATL that off season….

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  436. 447 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Don’t go there, Chris. Please! I only have to get through one more summer in Florida.

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  437. 448 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    What’s going on? Our boys wearing targets?

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  438. 449 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Chip Caray is like a CNN, UN reporter. No alliances with any home team or any country… must remain objective and unbiased… to the point of almost becoming a master of contrived enthusiasm with no discernable following or unique flair.

    In no way a ‘chip’ off the old blocks.

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  439. 450 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Boog and Joe make some puns so bad, even I think they are no good! 😕

    Guys and gals, hope and pray the storms just dump rain on you!

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  440. 451 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Now I always thought Stone was an excellent broadcaster. He should be the lead guy on Fox or ESPN.

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  441. 452 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Savannah Guy Says:
    May 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Chip Caray is like a CNN, UN reporter

    Take that back, that is just downright mean! 😡

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  442. 453 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Berigan, we hardly even got any rain here.

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  443. 454 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Brogan; Would you believe that I cared not a whit for Sutton either? That guy was (and maybe still is) a cliché machine. Every time somebody struck out, Sutton would say, “And he makes a u-turn at the plate and heads back to the dugout.” Every stinkin’ time!

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  444. 455 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I always liked Steve Stone as well, but he talks a bit too much….

    You toss someone towards me that you like or dislike, and I will find a way to disagree….

    😆

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  445. 456 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    “Damage control”, VOR.

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  446. 457 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Nice play in the hole by Esco!

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  447. 458 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    for years I thought Skip and Joe had terrible chemistry

    Bear, I think that was Skip and Don Sutton that had the chemistry problem at times. They started butting heads pretty regularly.

    WHAT A PLAY YUNEL!!!!!

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  448. 459 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    JB 1-2-3 !

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  449. 460 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    😀

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  450. 461 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    These boys are a playin’ some baseball.

    Klobber, will do on the prayer request. By the way, according to some of the weather experts, this won’t be a bad year for tropical storms and hurricanes in our corner of the world. Hope they’re right. We’ll see.

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  451. 462 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    So, F(G)BG, not much in the way of storms in Tiger? We got a little rain in Jefferson, but not a whole lot…

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  452. 463 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    SG!!! You said the unmentionable words!

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  453. 464 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    The Braves are starting to play like, well, the Braves. 😀

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  454. 465 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Lots of clouds rolled through, VOR. Radar showed the storms going north & south of us. We were in a little clear spot, just a little rain.

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  455. 466 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Good pitching, good defense, timely hitting. We should do this more often.

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  456. 467 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I hope Prado has a nice place lined up in Richmond. Maybe he can stay with Gil!

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  457. 468 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    SG, I don’t think those forecasts are any better than Thursday’s forecast is. However, I pray that they are right.

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  458. 469 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Savannah Guy Says:
    May 20, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    for years I thought Skip and Joe had terrible chemistry

    Bear, I think that was Skip and Don Sutton that had the chemistry problem at times. They started butting heads pretty regularly.

    I heard Skip and Joe butt heads….Skip and Don seemed to get along better, laugh more…but I think that changed later…I imagine Skip might be difficult at times….Skip and Pete are the best braves announcers, they should always work together….

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  459. 470 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I cared not a whit for Sutton

    Raisins, I didn’t care for ‘poodle curl ‘ Sutton either. Drove me crazy how he would always accentuate the wrong number in the count. For instance, with 1 strike and one ball going into the pitch, a strike was thrown and Don would say, “2 strikes and ONE ball”… accent on the unchanged factor.

    Does my description make sense? Anybody else notice that?

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  460. 471 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    For those of you not watching the game, they just showed an interesting stat:

    Three of the top five switch-hitters (based on SLG) in mlb history are in the game tonight! Chipper, Tex, Beltran. The Mick and Lance Berkman are the other two.

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  461. 472 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Same here, VOR & SG. Don was always my least favorite of the 4 when they would rotate between TBS & radio.

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  462. 473 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    SG!!! You said the unmentionable words!

    FBG… what? I have no clue. Did I mess up?

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  463. 474 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    SG: You just hit a nerve with me. it was with the score too. 2-1 Braves over, let’s say, the Mets. Braves score again, “and it’s 3 to 1. AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I always hated that!

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  464. 475 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Looks like the worst weather is thru Wilmington. We’ve got another strong line of showers headed our way too.

    SG, Sutton was never my favorite either. But I do like Pete too. Don’t get to listen to him much either. Is he paired with Skip on the radio for the home games? I think I’ve heard Lemke on the radio when they’re on the road. Is that correct?

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  465. 476 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Those weather-related words that Chris & I were tiptoeing around.

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  466. 477 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    The “h” word and the “t s” word.

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  467. 478 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Pete does all the radio now. Depending on if they’re at home & who’s doing TV, I’ve heard Chip, Joe & Lemmer with him when it’s not Skip.

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  468. 479 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Lemmer’s OK on radio. Gant’s not too bad either. Brian Jordan is absolutely AWFUL with Jerome Jurenovich.

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  469. 480 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Andruw’s injury timing is either a ‘graceful’ ruse to get him out for a while without embarrassment or it could be real and a result of too much body weight running around on knee cartilage.

    Either way, could be a blessing in disguise for AJ and Torre.

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  470. 481 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    chrisklob Says:
    May 20, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    For those of you not watching the game, they just showed an interesting stat:

    Three of the top five switch-hitters (based on SLG) in mlb history are in the game tonight! Chipper, Tex, Beltran. The Mick and Lance Berkman are the other two.

    That’s interesting Chris, wouldn’t have guessed that! I would have sworn Eddie Murray and Ted Simmons would have had better Slugging numbers than Beltran! They were both better hitters, IMHO than him….

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  471. 482 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 20, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    How in the wide, wide world of sports, can Todd Helton be 11th all time, and Larry Walker 16th, slugging wise???? 😯
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/SLG_career.shtml

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  472. 483 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    SG, I heard recently that every pound of weight you lose takes 4 pounds of pressure off your knees. Somebody should tell Andruw.

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  473. 484 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Alou was out recovering from hernia surgery and an ankle problem. What the heck was he doing when he got hurt? 😆

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  474. 485 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Wow. That was one fast-moving storm! 😯

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  475. 486 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Paging Mr. Boyer! You are needed somewhere else besides the mound! Paging Mr. Boyer!

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  476. 487 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    At least it got over with quickly, CL.

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  477. 488 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Grrrrrrrrrrr 😡

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  478. 489 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Come on guys. Bear down and sweep these Mutts!

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  479. 490 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Wshooo! 😯

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  480. 491 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Yeah, Kotsay!!!

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  481. 492 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Kot! Kot! Kot! Kot! Kot! Kot! Kot! Kot! Kot!

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  482. 493 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Neat story they were telling about Kotsay’s nickname.

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  483. 494 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Which is…?

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  484. 495 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    What say KOTSAY!!!!!

    Raisins, Jordan isn’t ever going to have a HOF career in broadcasting but I just like him and he calls BS when he sees it. Gant calls BS even more and is a better game caller… but not a natural broadcaster. However, Jerome Jurenovich would make any partner look bad. I’m not a big Jerome fan. He should partner with Chip. Same approach… that ‘old school’ artificial radio voice stuff.

    Klobber, dittos on Jordan and Gant with Lemmer’s game announcing. Love all those guys but none of them are very natural as broadcasters. Lemmer makes a better pre-game, talk format, Q&A guy. Haven’t listened to the radio much this year since I haven’t been traveling near as much.

    Makes you appreciate the likes of Dizzy Dean, Red Barber, Mel Allen and our own Skip Caray even more.

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  485. 496 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Skip Carey: “And a BANG-BANG play at first!”

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  486. 497 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Rafael? Pete? Mike? John? Anybody?

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  487. 498 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Hmmm… I guess Ryan Church shoulda stayed a little closer to 2B, huh?

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  488. 499 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    WOW!!! THey just showed the replay of the DP. CHurch took Esco’s knee right up side the head. Church is face down in the dirt, may be unconscious. Esco’s hurt too!

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  489. 500 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Braves WIN!!!!

    Church tried one dirty slide too many. Hope he’s not bad hurt but he deserved what he got.

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  490. 501 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Whoa, that doesn’t sound good.

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  491. 502 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    The replays look like Church was way to the OF side of 2B… couldn’t have touched the base. Consequences.

    Mets trainer: “Ryan… how many fingers am I holdin’ up?”

    Ryan Church: “Atlanta?”

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  492. 503 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    SG, you’re right about the dirty part. He should have started sliding long before he did. He’s got a nice headache and at least one strawberry on his forehead to show for his efforts. I hope he’s all right though. I don’t like to see guys get hurt, regardless of who they play for. And I especially hope that Esco is okay. His knee’s gotta hurt like hell.

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  493. 504 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I now have more respect for Yunel’s athleticism and his guts after that last play.

    Church slid dirty both times tonight and could’ve hurt Yunel both times. It may not have been Sunday School, but Church went to school tonight.

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  494. 505 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Wow. What an end. I think Church was sorta asking for that one, though.

    FBG, Boog was telling that when Kotsay first joined the team, somebody misspelled his name KOTZAY. Cox looked at it and has called him either ‘Z’ or ‘Z-man’ ever since! 🙂

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  495. 506 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Been fun in Stuffville tonight. Braves win makes it that much better. Early morning so I’ll be headed for the roost pole now. Good night all.

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  496. 507 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    G’night, SG.

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  497. 508 Savannah Guy May 20, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Raisins… “Ryan Church: “Atlanta?”… sending me to bed with a big chuckle.

    Glad CL and Klobber dodged a bullet tonight. Nite y’all.

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  498. 509 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    G’night all. My pillow beckons.

    Pleasure catching the game withya! 😀

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  499. 510 chrisklob May 20, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Good night guys!

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  500. 511 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Good night, VOR.

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  501. 512 Carolina Lady May 20, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Lot of fun tonight, folks! Enjoyed it! Time to call it a day; another awaits in just a few hours! ‘Night, y’all! 🙂

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  502. 513 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Good night, CL, good night JohnBoy, anybody else?

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  503. 514 morpheus45 May 20, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    First, let me congratulate the Braves. Now…

    Ok, Cox pitches Boyer and Acosta in a 6-1 game that is the first of a DH, with two more games in the next two days and three against the D-backs this weekend before an off day. THAT’S STUPID ENOUGH. But then he pitches Acosta AGAIN to get out of an 8th inning jam AND THEN HAS HIM PITCH THE 9th ALSO AFTER KOTSAY GETS THE 4 RUN LEAD BACK. Acosta will now be ineffective through Friday no matter what happens.

    Is there anyone here, and I mean anyone, that continues to disagree with me that Cox may be the worst bullpen manager in ML baseball? The loss of Coralles and Yost looms mighty big right about now.

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  504. 515 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    We know, Grinch. But you know Bobby’s gonna do it & nobody’s going to change him.

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  505. 516 flbravesgirl May 20, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    I never understood why Coralles left.

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  506. 517 morpheus45 May 21, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Money and recognition would be my guess; Bobby ain’t fixing to leave until his corpse is dragged out of the dugout. Not that I don’t love the man…all BS aside I really do…but he needs help in certain areas and isn’t getting it. If he had someone filling out the lineup and someone else making the bullpen calls I’d like to see him there the next 10 years.

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  507. 518 morpheus45 May 21, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Now, time to watch a horror movie; nothing like a big empty 170 year old house, thunder and rain, and a big surround sound system to make a Grinch truly enjoy his solitude.

    Peace.

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  508. 519 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Don’t know what the Braves pay their coaches; hope they’re not cheapskates. I always heard that Pat didn’t want to manage again but maybe he would have liked to have received a little more credit for the work he did. You’re right, we could use stronger coaches surrounding Bobby.

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  509. 520 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Grinch, I agree with you completely! I was beyond stunned to see Acosta(You know, the one healthy guy we have right now that we know can close) in during the 8th, after being in for no good reason in game one….

    It was great to see us sweep the Mets….they just ain’t that good a team….IF Pedro can come back, and be decent, they should be in it til the end of the season, but to me, the Phillies, then the Marlins are our competition !!!!

    FLB, remember how Baltimore was going to play Mazzone double what the Braves did???(Me neither, but I looked it up-I knew it was for more money) JS was a cheap you know what….lets just find a bullpen from other teams castaways…heck, we still do that to a point, but we do have some home grown talent in the pen….

    ON that note, gotta try to get some shut eye…..

    Later(til I am the first to blog once the sun comes up! 🙂 )

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  510. 521 morpheus45 May 21, 2008 at 3:30 am

    Wrong, Berigan.

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  511. 522 morpheus45 May 21, 2008 at 3:33 am

    Before you go saying the sun isn’t up yet at 3:30 am, know that I am in Romania. I’m feasting on the neck of a beautiful girl who doesn’t shave her pits. Beat THAT for late night blog domination.

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  512. 523 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Good morning all… Great game last night. Campillo was really sharp last night. He once again proved you don’t have to possess a 95 mph fastball to get guys out.

    I hope Escobar did not get hurt too badly last night. I wonder how the Mets would have reacted if Frenchy had made the same slide on Reyes? I don’t expect to see Yunel in the line-up for a couple of days….

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  513. 524 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2008 at 7:26 am

    The Norfolk Tides beat the Richmond Braves 11-1 Tuesday at Harbor Park. The Tides batted around twice while pounding out 21 hits to deny Richmond a third straight win.

    Now, that will affect your team ERA for quite a few months….

    Francisley Bueno did not bring his “A” game…

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  514. 525 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 7:29 am

    It sounds as if Bueno did not even bring his “C” game either!

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  515. 526 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2008 at 7:34 am
  516. 527 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Chris… It was a classic example of taking one for the team…

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  517. 528 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 7:37 am

    “The Tides batted around twice”….. sounds like beer league softball!

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  518. 529 Carolina Lady May 21, 2008 at 9:08 am

    ‘Morning, folks! I read/heard somewhere when Coralles left that it had to do with the retirement package offered to him. The Braves don’t pay coaches very much – by baseball standards – all substantially less than $1m yr. (By MY standards, I’d be happier than a pig in the sunshine if I had that annual income!)

    Through the years during brief dugout shots on TV, Pat was always up doing something – even consulting/talking with other coaches and players – and obviously giving advice to Bobby. I don’t see that anymore and I personally attribute that lack to the Braves record of the last few years.

    I know nothing about Chino, but he isn’t the right person to manage Bobby. That’s what we’re really lacking now. After the way the players attacked the games yesterday, I’d LOVE to know who brought their change in attitude. They seemed to be playing with a single purpose – a team effort. Bunting? Successfully???? Where’s the smelling salts – 😆

    If they maintain that attitude, we’ll be some very happy people in October. Maybe.

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  519. 530 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Gil, those NFL owners are dumb and greedy if they go down that path. The NFL players don’t get anywhere near the money they deserve – nowhere near what top baseball and basketball players make. They don’t get guaranteed contracts and don’t receive post retirement compensation and health benefits (something very costly to retired NFL players because the damage inflicted during their careers does not usually rear its ugly head until they are retired). Just a bunch of stupid millionaires and billionaires fighting about stupid things, The players will eventually be blamed by the public because the stupid fan always blames the millionaires and not the billionaires

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  520. 532 Salty May 21, 2008 at 9:29 am

    WW…your post to CharlieAlphaBravo across the way…yikes! 😯

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  521. 533 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 9:34 am

    A little strong, Salty?

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  522. 534 Salty May 21, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Well…not if you wanted him to know where you stand. I was pretty clear! 😆

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  523. 535 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Well, he just ticked me off. I hate people who tell others not to post here or how to post. Especially when that blogger is not all that noteworthy himself. The kid is funny but he stepped out of line this morning. That place has turned into the land of buttkissing zombies

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  524. 536 Hillbilly May 21, 2008 at 9:59 am

    After the way the players attacked the games yesterday, I’d LOVE to know who brought their change in attitude.

    CL,
    That would bet the New York Mets. We always seem to step the intensity up a notch when they’re involved. I wouldn’t be suprised to see us take 5 of 8 from the Mets/D-backs and turn around and lose 5 of 6 from the Brewers/Reds next week.

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  525. 537 Salty May 21, 2008 at 10:04 am

    WW…it seems some bloggers come to think of themselves as a bit more…like they’re being published…Pulitzer-worthy? 😆 Then, once they’re recognized by D’OB, it’s as though they have a seat at the ‘right hand of the Blog-Master’, himself. At day’s end, I’m not really sure I’d like to meet some of those bloggers in person…in fact, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t.

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  526. 538 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter May 21, 2008 at 10:13 am

    My Interview With A Vampire.

    It’s all becoming clear now. One among us lives in a 170-year-old house in the middle of a dark, foreboding forest on the outskirts of Romaniatlanta, near the quaint little innocent town of Stuffville. Fog always hangs heavy in that forest and is only broken up by frequent heavy rain and intense lightning storms.

    Word is, the mysterious inhabitant lives only to feast on the necks of beautiful women. Being a sleuth reporter, I decided to investigate. This may just be my most dangerous mission yet, but if there is a vampire or other such monster in our midst, I must have an interview with the creature.

    Approaching the property, within a few miles I could hear the faint sounds of high-pitched, pleading screams… then silence. I thought about turning back, but then I heard deep laughter that wafted through the trees and down the dirt road like spirits in the night… dark, ancient spirits that beckoned me to come closer, closer, no matter the danger. These chilling sounds were followed by the eerie beat of drums… drum sounds like no other… getting louder and more intense with a powerful, ancient, ritual bass beat of something forbidden, something dark… something blood curdling.

    Against every instinct in my being… one of which was, well, passing a chance with a cute little peach blossom I met on the way to my interview, uh… and an understandable apprehension about my investigative mission, I continued forward. Besides, good reporters have to put aside personal comfort when there is a story and such.

    Anyway, as I pulled up in front of the old house, it was pitch black dark. The power was out due to the violent electric storm but I could see clearly when a bolt of lightning etched a blaze across the sky. The house looked like something out of a horror movie when that sky lit up… like it was pulsating to the sounds and the flashing light or something. Weird… downright creepy it was. I had chill bumps all over my body. Well, that would be about three chill bumps, since, well, I’m so small and all. But still…

    About that time an even louder, more violent scream erupts and knocks me to the ground. Everything in my being screams out to put it in reverse and fly out of there and as fast as I can… escape for my very life. But for some reason I didn’t. Perhaps some invisible, dark and irresistible force drew me.

    Making my way up the creaking steps toward the front door I am physically overwhelmed by the drumbeat, now much louder and more menacing than ever… pulsating to an under worldly beatonly interrupted by the sounds of more deathlike screams and a heavy, clashing, grinding metal sound, like a buzz saw.

    Sneaking in under the front door, the sounds were so loud, pulsating and powerful I could hardly advance. Each blast of the drums and I was literally pressed against the wall. That’s OK, I thought to myself. I’m used to walls. I figured I’d just hang there until there was a break in the frightful fury. Anyway, I wondered what powerful, evil force was I coming under the spell of. What could be going on in this place?

    All the while I was hoping those horrid sounds were just a rock band, maybe practicing in this out of the way rural place… or maybe a big party or something. But the power was out. In fact, the power was out for miles around. These screams and drums and metal sounds are not music. There is something very dark and devious going on here. Someone could be in danger. This could be a murder scene or something.

    Then I thought, I should just turn and go… but I kept telling myself, “I am a sleuth reporter… it is my duty to report, but also to save damsels in distress”. Then I had another thought on top of that, “I have a job to do and I’m so, so close… oh, so close”. I was having many thoughts. Good thing I was in that Telepod, or somebody could get killed tonight. I’ll save them first and then have the interview. Yes… that’s what I determined.

    There was a pause in the music. I continued into the dark house. Traveling from wall to wall, I searched every room… but there was no sound and no one in sight. Where was everyone, I wondered? Where was the screaming woman? Was she dead already? Was the vampire silently feasting? Was that why the screams and drums ended? Was I walking into a devious trap? Was I going to be the next victim? Can little, half-human fly reporters be bitten by a vampire? Where would he bite me? Would he be able to, uh, get a tooth in? Would he extract blood? How could he do that with such a little neck?

    So many questions. Wonder what that little peach blossom is doing tomorrow night… wait, stop… mustn’t let my mind wander. Must not lose focus now. But she was a cute little… oh, STOP. Focus, MUST focus on the vampire… the danger, the damsel in distress.

    Just as I was lost in thought, a bright flash of light lit up the house like a spotlight, followed by a loud crack like an explosion right next to the house. During that long lightning display, I could clearly see there was nobody and no, um, body anywhere in the house. What was going on? Had I dreamed this? Was I hallucinating sound? Was I lost in a trance like something out of Twilight Zone or something?

    About that time, another large bolt of lightning struck. There he was on the back porch… I could see his silhouette. He was hunching over something. There was a sound… a frightful sound, like a vampire sucking the blood from his victim’s neck. Oooooh, this was the moment of truth. I crept closer, closer… sliding silently under the screen door. Now I was within feet of him.

    The licking, sucking sounds were making me ill. It was now pitch black again. I hoped for another lightning strike so I could see what was happening, but in a way I was glad I couldn’t see the gruesome scene before me.

    So many questions raced through my little head (I’m half human you know but there’s only so much room in my little head and all… but it’s growing. The transmutation will gradually make me a large as a… wait, I digress. There was the urgent life and death matter before me… the grizzly murder scene. Was it too late? Was the innocent damsel already dead? Could I still save her or should I assume she’s gone and just save myself? What should I do? Questions on top of questions. Yikes. I couldn’t fathom having an interview with this beastly vampire right over the freshly killed victim. My human instinct took over. No, I would not run. I would not hide. I would conquer my fear and fight this evil murderous blood sucking vampire.

    My next move surprised even me and came without a thought of self-preservation. I was afraid but my anger overcame any fear and I attacked, head on. Yes, I flew right at the face of this monster. Bam! Whack! Whap! Three hits, right smack in the kisser. No, that’s not kisser as in lips or anything mind you, that’s detective talk for uh, face or jaw or something. Anyway, just as I was about launch my second attack, another streak of lightning lit up the sky… and the face of my adversary… and the body of his victim he was hunched over.

    I could not believe my eyes. Right there in front of me was a scene I never, in all my years (months in human time) of investigative reporting and close calls, would have ever expected. I fell to the ground. I was numb. Plus I hurt my wing during the attack. The good people of Stuffville will not believe what happened next. It was an old pal o’ mine.

    A familiar voice rang out, “Mr. Fly! Hey little buddy. I was about to swat you… buzzing me like that. What are you doing here? Why were you pulling that kamikaze stuff on my face?”

    Embarrassed, relieved and totally confused, I said, “I uh, heard these drum and metal sounds and all. Heard there was a vampire and such living here. Came out for an interview. Didn’t know you lived here. What were those sounds? There’s no electricity in the house. What about those screams”, I asked.

    “Relax little buddy… haven’t you ever heard of boom boxes and batteries? he asked. “Just rockin’ on a little heavy metal tunage little buddy”. Then I just had to ask, but what about the victim you were hunched over? I saw you and heard those licking sounds.

    After laughing for what seemed like hours, my friend pointed to the victim and said, “See, over there… my puppy. She was afraid of the lightning so I was huddled over her, consoling her and such. She’s a good pup. She was lickin’ me as hard as she could… likes her ears scratched and such. I got slobber all over me. She’s a good little pup.”

    Now I was even more embarrassed. How could I have thought… oh well, guess it could’ve happened to any reporter.

    “Hey, you’re already here and this night is not good for traveling in, for man or beast… or uh, flies. Howzabout an ice cold brewski and some tunes while we sit here and watch this cool lightnin’ storm”, my buddy asked. Gathering myself and laughing at the whole thing, I just mumbled something like, sure… uh, thanks. Um, gott’ny cheese or anything?

    “Sure, cheese-wiz. Hey, I’ll put on some music”, he said. “What’ll strike yer fancy, Megadeath, Deep Purple? Ozzie?” After the evening I just had, something a little lighter might be good, I answered. Got’ny James Taylor or such? Seeing that I was still shaken, my pal said, “sure, for you… some mellow tunes”.

    So, there we sat, together… me and the Grinch and Grinchpup, sippin’ brews, listening to fire and rain,watching the downpour and the incredible light show overhead. It turned out to be a good evening. I was once again reminded… stuff isn’t always what it seems. Neither are people what they seem… in Stuffville anyway. They’re all different, but all are good and all is good in good ol’ Stuffville. No buttkissing zombies either.

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  527. 539 Hillbilly May 21, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Buttkissing Zombies……Punk Band, right?

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  528. 540 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter May 21, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Before you go saying the sun isn’t up yet at 3:30 am, know that I am in Romania. I’m feasting on the neck of a beautiful girl who doesn’t shave her pits. Beat THAT for late night blog domination.

    Grinch, so sorry for the mixup. Maybe I misinterpreted your, uh… meaning.

    Salty… Pulitzer-worthy? :mrgreen:

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  529. 541 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter May 21, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Have to fly now. Many blossoms to attend.

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  530. 542 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Ugh… Morning already?

    It seems like I was just sitting here working a mere few hours ago… Oh, yeah. I was. Alot of work ahead today, as well. It’s good for my business, bad for my blogging. I’ll be in and out.

    Oh, and WW, Salty drove me across the street to see this morning’s dispatch of CAB. Nicely done. It’s smart@$$es like that who have sucked the fun out of the place.

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  531. 543 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Greeting’s B and S’ers ….still sick….took the last of the Prednisolone yesterday….throat swollen, ears blocked again(But no sinus congestion to speak of!)….had real trouble falling asleep, since I kept coughing…

    I have been on two different antibiotics…still have congestion….been to doctor twice(Called one time in between to save the money of driving 50 miles round trip-got 2nd Antibiotic and worthless prescription cough syrup)

    So, folks…what should I do??? I like my Doctor a lot…hard to see though, saw him the first time, a PA the second. Between Visits, buying meds, this has been quite expensive(On top of CT Scan I had just before I got sick)

    I can’t just keep paying money and nothing getting better…I feel I should see a Ear, nose, and throat guy…of course, I don’t know a good one…I remember my Mom going to a really bad one, that prescribed a med(After looking at a list of what she was on) that our pharmacist said in conjunction with what she was already on, would kill her! 😯

    Just beyond tired having to deal with this….kept me from working out for a month, cost me money I really didn’t need to spend….and feel like I will just cough so hard one night, that will be it….

    I guess I need to see a specialist, one I know nothing about……..just hoped someone could think of something I haven’t thought of….

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  532. 544 Salty May 21, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Mr. Fly…Pulitzer, indeed! 😎
    Or…aim higher…a ‘Kelly’! :mrgreen:

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  533. 545 Salty May 21, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Hillbilly…good one…you need to copyright that!

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  534. 546 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 11:40 am

    CL, I noticed Chino walking up to someone on the bench, and just making big sweeping movements for him(Blanco?) to move away from who he was sitting next to, so he could sit down next to someone…Now, if he had some swell advice for the player he wanted to sit down next to, fine….but, it looked more like a small fish in a big pond who loves having power….and loves eating anything that isn’t moving….perhaps even slow moving animals…slower than him…old cows perhaps???

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  535. 547 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Hillbilly, clearly you are right, the team does bring it up a notch or 3 when the Mets come to town…and like you said, they may lose 5 of the 6 against teams they shouldn’t(Well, the Reds did sweep Cleveland somehow, there are now 90+ loss teams in the league this year-except perhaps the Padres! 😯 )

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  536. 548 Carolina Lady May 21, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    B3, I saw that. But he didn’t talk to anybody, just sat there. In HIS place.

    Dunno anything about the doctors in that part of the country, but it’s imperative that you get help! Are there referral services? Check the web for any clues for who is good is your area. Sure wish I could be more help! Anybody else got ideas?

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  537. 550 Carolina Lady May 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Just some tidbits on our stats as of this moment:

    Total views: 44,528
    Total comments: 22,653

    Top 5 Leads:
    1,258 views: #24 – Danger of Daydreaming (Raisins)
    1,216 views: #25 – Minor League Experience (Chris)
    1,152 views: #21 – Baseball Is Back (Savannah Guy)
    1,135 views: #42 – Confessions of a Baseball Convert (FBG)
    1,118 views: #39 – Patience, Practice and the Past (Berigan)

    Some guy calling himself ‘boogiedownenigma’ is posting our leads all over the place (with links) but when you go to his page
    http://ballhype.com/profile/boogiedownenigma/

    and click on his website
    Web Site: Boogie Down Enigma

    guess where it takes you! 😯

    I tried to contact him to ask about his nice blog, but I can’t find a way to leave a message. Can’t even post a comment. Confusing place.

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  538. 551 morpheus45 May 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Only got a sec…Mr. Fly, beware of beautiful women wandering around the woods of my property. They only assume human form; it’s a trick. Run. Grinch pup is indeed the only trustworthy one. Fantastic post.

    What’s this about people over there telling people not to post here? Someone refer me to what’s going on there and I’ll definitely nip that %$# in the bud.

    Off to Atlanta, may be late tonight before I get back. Y’all behave.

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  539. 552 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Hey, CL, boogiedownenigma is me. I don’t have a blog over there at ballhype. Ballhype is one of those placed where you can go to link and hype your blog so that your blog gets more page visits and gets linked to more often. I was just experimenting with it to see if we could get you more traffic.

    Trying to make your blog the #1 Braves blog on the ballhype.com rankings. We could probably get it done real fast. Here’s the Braves blog rankings:

    http://ballhype.com/mlb/atlanta_braves/blogs/

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  540. 553 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    CL, here’s the main page for your blog over there at ballhype:

    http://ballhype.com/blog/braves_and_stuff/

    You can go over there, set up an account and claim your blog.

    The B&S blog is ranked 1711 of all sports blogs, 490th in the majors and the 8th ranked Braves blog right now. If everyone sets up an account and pimps her blog by hyping blog leads, we could move up in the rankings.

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  541. 554 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Here is an article at Hardball Times that says Andruw had the 12th worst season for a cleanup hitter since 1957:

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/the-ten-worst-cleanup-hitters-since-1957/

    According to them, in 1988, Dale Murphy had the 13th worst season for a cleanup hitter since 1957

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  542. 555 jbinatl May 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Yo JB is in Da’ House!

    Getting ready to go the game tonight.

    Whaddup my peeps?

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  543. 556 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Yo, JB… waddup? Are you Jeff Bennett? Jeff Blauser? Johnny Bench? 😀

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  544. 557 Salty May 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    None of the above, VOR…he’s Jair’s Brutha! 😆 That’s why he’s goin’ to the park…peep!

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  545. 558 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Little activity here today. I, myself, have been completely absorbed in work. Still am, sort of. Taking a mental break, ya know?

    Assuming Esco sits tonight, who gets the start at SS? Infante? Gotay? I’d love to see him stand in like the tough guy he really is, but a night off wouldn’t hurt anything.

    Man would I love to see Francouer on 1B with a grounder hit to Easly. In my vision, I see Reyes deflating like a cheap balloon as he’s bounced into left field. Ahhhhhhhh… good times. 🙂

    Won’t happen though. We all know that. Too bad…

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  546. 559 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Jeb Bush

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  547. 560 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I got it! Joe Borchard!

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  548. 561 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Jail Bait

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  549. 562 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Jethro Bodine!!! 😆

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  550. 563 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Joe Blow

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  551. 564 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    James Brown

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  552. 565 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Jessica Biel

    yum, yum

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  553. 566 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Jung Bong

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  554. 568 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Jelly Belly

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  555. 569 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Johnny Bravo

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  556. 570 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Jim Beam

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  557. 571 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Somebody stop me!!!!!! 😯

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  558. 572 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Don’t stop VOR, it’s too funny

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  559. 573 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Jack Bauer

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  560. 574 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    James Bond

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  561. 575 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Jar-Jar Binks

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  562. 576 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    LOL

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  563. 577 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Jason Bourne

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  564. 578 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    John Burkett

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  565. 579 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Jim Bakker

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  566. 580 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Jar-Jar was just classic!!!

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  567. 581 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Jesse Barfield

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  568. 582 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Jeremiah Bullfrog 😆

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  569. 583 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Jon “Boog” Sciambi

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  570. 584 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Or, for those who aren’t familiar with the 70’s classic song Joy To The World, Jeremiah Bullfrog.

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  571. 585 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Jet Blue? I’m losing steam here…

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  572. 586 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I surrender. VOR knows his JBs

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  573. 587 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    John Bonham

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  574. 588 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I sputtered and ran out gas

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  575. 589 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Johan Bach

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  576. 590 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Jeff Beck

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  577. 591 Hillbilly May 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Jim Belushi

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  578. 592 Hillbilly May 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    John Belushi

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  579. 593 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Junk Bonds

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  580. 594 Hillbilly May 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Also known as Jake Blues

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  581. 595 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Jamie Kotsay

    OK… I know… Jamie Kotsay is JK, not JB. But, really, is there ever a bad time to link to a picture of Jamie Kotsay?

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  582. 596 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Jack Black

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  583. 597 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Oh, lawdy! 😯

    I got severely derailed from my work this afternoon. Now I am behinder.
    ( I was already behind. )

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  584. 598 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    jay bird

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  585. 600 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Gotta get back to reality.

    Just bye. 😀

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  586. 601 jbinatl May 21, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    It’s actually Jaq Baldwin in case any out there really cares.

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  587. 602 jbinatl May 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    AAAAAALLL BYYY MYYYY SEEEEEELF

    Don’t wanna be….

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  588. 603 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    John the Baptist?

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  589. 604 Salty May 21, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    jbinatl…nice Eric Carmen! 😆

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  590. 605 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Jeffrey Braden Francoeur

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  591. 607 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Good evening y’all. Salty, did you win the Home Run Inning thing? I thought they said the winner was in Woodstock & if I heard the name right, thought it might be you.

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  592. 608 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Mr. Fly, excellent work.

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  593. 609 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Salty can’t speak now, spending his ‘millions” 😆

    Man, I hope with a 6-1 lead, there’s a good chance we will see Acosta in for the 9th! 😕

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  594. 610 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Where is everyone? Come on out, we’re winning!

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  595. 611 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Well, I don’t think it was millions, Berigan. But when Chipper hit the HR & they said “** of Woodstock is our winner”, I thought “did they just say what I think they did? Is that Salty?”

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  596. 612 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Very cool if he did win!

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  597. 613 Salty May 21, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    FBG and B’nD3…twasn’t me that won. 😦
    Monopoly $$ is all I have! 😆

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  598. 614 Carolina Lady May 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Salty, we have a few million to spare in our petty cash fund if you’d like some. These lottery/sweepstakes people send it faster than we can spend it.
    😆

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  599. 615 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Hey, hey, everybody! 8-1 Bravos, Frenchy’s strokin’, JJ’s’ dealin’, somebody from Woodstock’s winnin’… Life is good. 😀

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  600. 616 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Won’t be here much tonight…saw doc, got shot in butt, and a new anti-biotic (3rd one) for 3 weeks…just much more tired the last few days than the previous month of being sick….of course, saying this will jinx me, and I will be up from 1 am on! 😛

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  601. 617 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Aww, darn it. I thought our Salty won.

    Berigan, you poor baby.

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  602. 618 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Berigan 4, A Shot in the Dark: Man, I hope this anti-biotic is the one that works. You need serious rest, my friend. Rest is the key. Rest and chicken soup. Campbell’s will do it.

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  603. 619 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Happy Birthday Bobby!!!!!

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  604. 620 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Loved the running guesses of JB’s name, VOR.

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  605. 621 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, Dontrelle Willis has come off the DL but he’s being sent to the bully!

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  606. 622 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Really? How the mighty have fallen.

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  607. 623 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    James Bond?

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  608. 624 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Before I forget, I’d like to say welcome back to Mr. Fly, Sleuth Reporter. Yours is always a fun, entertaining and interesting read. Hope to see you again soon!

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  609. 625 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Just bumbling around, FBG… 😀

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  610. 626 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Anybody heard from my wandering uncle?

    😯 Chipper hit by pitch!!

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  611. 627 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Chipper hit himself in the head with the bat!

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  612. 628 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I can actually hear the Braves fans booing over the radio. Way to stick up for Chipper, guys!

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  613. 629 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    ???VOR? Pete said Chipper was hit in the leg.

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  614. 630 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Boy… Castillo has had a heck of a series, huh?

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  615. 631 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    C’mon, Frenchy, get that double!

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  616. 632 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    THe crowd sounds displeased that Chipper got hbp. Did I hear that right? Four HBP in two games? Plus the two questionable plays from Church?

    Someone needs to get one up near the ear flap tomorrow. In fact, I think first pitch tomorrow outta be the one. Look out Jose. Here it comes.

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  617. 633 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Darn! Good inning though, other than Chipper getting hit. Skip said it looked accidental but that’s a lot of HBP.

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  618. 634 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    FBG, the pitch caught Chipper in the right shin. Raisins was referring to when Chipper was coming off the field and was kind of bringing the bat over his head. He nearly hit himself in the head.

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  619. 635 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    FBG: Chipper was hit by a pitch on the leg. After he walked off and paused to absorb the pain, he tried to flip the bat around, and conked himself on the noggin with the knob. He played it off pretty well, though, with the hurtin’ leg and all. Still, I had to laugh a little…

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  620. 636 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    OK, Pete & Skip must not have seen that. Skip would have had to comment.

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  621. 637 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Hey Raisins, maybe that was why the crowd was booing. They didn’t like Chipper’s bat handling ability! 😀

    Too bad that ‘roid head Schoenweiss doesn’t get to bat………..

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  622. 638 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Syndrome appears again. Yawn…

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  623. 639 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Raisins, I agree. Tired.

    Dang, did I hear that Webb got beat by the Fish?

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  624. 640 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Hey, I’m glad they’re into the game. Fans are supposed to get mad if our guy gets hit.

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  625. 641 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    jump ball

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  626. 642 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Jeffrey Braden has had a great night

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  627. 643 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    FBG: As you astutely observed, Palaskyhawkadin is most definitely missing and missed.

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  628. 644 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    WW, what do you know about our uncle’s absence? Vacation? Law convention? Crusty old pilots’ conference? Ran off to Vegas with the cute waitress that serves his steak & Chianti?

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  629. 645 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    ww: 😆

    Jeffrey Braden Francoeur is having an outstanding night.

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  630. 646 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Jovial Braveheart

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  631. 647 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Well, let’s go ahead & stomp Wagner a little for good measure.

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  632. 648 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    FBG: I like the way you think. 😀

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  633. 649 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    FBG, I’m sure that Uncle Paladin will be back shortly. Probably had to go to Italy to get another container of Chianti. 🙂

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  634. 650 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I dunno what’s going on with Uncle Paladin. I hope he’s okay. He might be ticked with me. Hope not. He needs to get back here raising hell again

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  635. 651 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I wouldn’t say that if he behaved like an adult instead of a little mouthy brat.

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  636. 652 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Jammed Billy

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  637. 653 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I wouldn’t say that if he behaved like an adult instead of a little mouthy brat.

    FBG, you shouldn’t say things like that about your favorite uncle!

    Just kiddin’ Paladin! 🙂

    wherethehellispaladin.com

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  638. 654 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Billy Wagner = Jerky brat?

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  639. 655 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    That was Wagner, as you very well know.

    Just had a quick power outage. Wonder what that was all about? We did fine through all the wind the past few days.

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  640. 656 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    One very nice feature that the previous owners put in here is a whole-house generator because of the frequent outages. There’s so many trees that a line is always going down somewhere.

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  641. 657 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Jubilant Braves!

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  642. 658 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Woohoo!!!

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  643. 659 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Justine Bateman??? I’ll, not at fault for not knowing rules….

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  644. 660 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    FBG, I know, I know. It was funny though because I was still thinking about Paladin when I read your “mouthy brat” post and the first thing that went through my mind was that you were talking about him!

    What do y’all think about the latest hullabaloo with Wagner? I think he raised some good points. Why should he be interviewed about a game that he didn’t play in? His mistake was airing out clubhouse business in the press. That’s a big no-no.

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  645. 661 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Jason Bateman

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  646. 662 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    I know it was mop up tonight, but that’s 8 out of 9 appearances for Resop without giving up an earned run…yet, I could see us trading him…should we trade he and Ring, or Ohman (And someone from the minors) for a starter????

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  647. 663 williamwallace May 21, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    oh, she wasn’t talking about paladin? i just caught on to that

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  648. 664 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    That’s it, Chris. One of Bobby’s best traits is keeping that kind of thing in the clubhouse.

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  649. 665 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    WW! I would never talk that way about our uncle.

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  650. 667 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I couldn’t really ever feel sorry for the Mets per se, but I do feel sorry a bit for Willie Randolph….as Joe said earlier, was it his fault Castillo booted the ball?(I came in with him saying this, but I don’t see an error for Castillo, was it a double play turned into a fielder’s choice???)

    The Mets don’t really look like much of a team, IMHO. Castillo is very good, IF his knee is sound….Delgado is not what he once was…They have a ok catcher, more defensive than offensive one…It appears Alou can still get around on a good fastball, but he’s 41, and ain’t gonna be on the field much….

    Santana, Maine, and Oliver are a very good 3, and Wagner can close ’em out…but, that’s really it…..like I said before, Phils and Marlins are the teams for us to beat…

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  651. 668 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Shows I ain’t exactly firing on all 16 cylinders(Yes, normally I am like a v-16! 🙂 ) when I forgot the seldom mentioned Reyes and Wright as their only real stars…and Reyes is having a weak year at that….

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  652. 669 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Berigan, it should have been ruled an infield hit. Castillo didn’t boot the ball. It initially appeared that he just froze for a split second. The replay indicated that he couldn’t find the handle as fast as he needed to. Whatever it was, it was enough time for the runner to get to 1b.

    Hate to disagree with you but I don’t feel sorry for Randolph at all. Don’t know if you saw where he played the race card. If there is a legitimate reason to bring race into an issue, I’m fine. But his comments were just beyond asinine.

    The Mets seem like a team on the verge of blowing up.

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  653. 670 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Jeff Bennett?

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  654. 671 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Why was Castillo playing so far back on that play anyway? He was way back on the edge of the grass. That actually is kinda Willie Randolph’s fault…

    Was it yesterday that Castillo was just standing around watching the ballup the middle when it kicked his way? If he had been moving on the hit, he coulda fielded it and made a play. Just lackadaisical play, yet he’s back in the lineup today. That’s also Willie’s fault.

    I’m just sayin’…

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  655. 672 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Ok, ok, Willie is the young Bobby Cox, you guys have shown me the light! 😛

    Thanks for the 411 Chris(And VOR) Castillo is just a year removed from that incredible errorless streak, but you know….he played all those years on turf…I bet that helped his rep….and fielding of course….

    Oh, as Jeff Blauser mentioned yet???

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  656. 673 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Good points Raisins.

    I sure hope that Chipper can go tomorrow. He’s got 398 HR’s for his career. I would love for him to get his 400th against the New York Mess!

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  657. 674 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Man, wish we had taken a flyer on Bartolo Colon!!! Just what the Red Sox need, another guy throwing 95….from a Red Sox fan on my Jazz board…

    I got no worries about a Beckett – Dice – Lester – Wake – Colon rotation, with Buchholz, Masterson and possibly Schilling in reserve. That rotation can match anyone….

    Did y’all see Masterson pitch last night??? This guy thinks his stuff is better than Lester’s or Buchholz’s!!!! 😯

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  658. 675 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Chris, the New York Mess??? 😆

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  659. 676 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Hey, Bucholz pitched a no-no last year & he’s a reserve? The Sox are just loaded now. Yeah, they’re making big bucks & paying big bucks but somebody is doing great things with their farm system too.

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  660. 677 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    klobber: That would be so sweet for Chipper to come back out tomorrow, get 2 off Johan and get his 400th off the Mutts. How awesome would that be?

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  661. 678 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Oooh, I like it! Nice scenario, VOR.

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  662. 679 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    B, I can’t take credit for it. I actually stole that from a Mets fan on a Mets blog.

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  663. 680 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    FLB, the Sox are being very careful with their young arms, they don’t want to go 30-35 innings more per year than the previous season when they are this young…..meanwhile, Bobby brings Jurrjens back on 3 nights rest and ….oh nevermind….note to self, leave Bobby alone! At least for the rest of the night 😆
    Man, I feel better than I have all day..though still pretty tired feeling….making a liar out of myself and posting a bit tonight….I am sweating for no reason though…..stay tuned for the latest TMI post from Berigan, soon to follow!

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  664. 681 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Chris, sounds like a NY Post headline…so no doubt, that met fan is ripping off them….

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  665. 682 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    So, what you’re saying Berigan is that your shot in the butt was like a “shot in the arm”?

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  666. 683 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    …except different?

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  667. 684 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Exactly VOR! Except different!

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  668. 685 chrisklob May 21, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Berigan, I share your concerns about JJ. He has been such a vital part of the rotation so far. I believe his career high for IP is around 142 or so. I sure don’t want to see BC trot him out there for 200 this year. I’d hate to see a young, cheap talent that is under Atlanta’s control for a long time have a catastrophic injury.

    He’s on a pace now to pitch about 225 innings (assuming 34 starts). YIKES!

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  669. 686 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Wow Chris, I hadn’t thought about how many innings he was on target for…I knew he would be getting up there, just not that high…its a problem when you never get blown out of games, you pitch more innings, don’t ya???

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  670. 687 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    D’y’all see the Cards/Pads hi-lites? Pujils was a one man wrecking crew. He drilled Chris Young with a wicked line drive between the eyes, then later slides safely home across Josh Bard’s contorted ankle. Ewww… 😯

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  671. 688 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Yeah… Pujils. He’s Pujols’ cousin… or somethin’…

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  672. 689 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Are you Pujilling my leg??? 😳 (Sounds as bad as Joe’s puns, well…almost! 😆 )

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  673. 690 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Really, VOR? Young got hit in the face? 😯

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  674. 691 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 21, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Time to shuffle off to Buffalo….later Gator’s!(And Dawg’s, Cleminoles, etc….)

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  675. 692 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    😆

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  676. 693 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    G’night, B-dude.

    FBG: Yeah, right between the eyes. ESPN even gave a “don’t look if you’re squeamish” warning before showing the clip. Nasty looking. Young’s a tough guy. Walked off on his own…

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  677. 694 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Yow!

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  678. 695 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Looking for a vid clip…

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  679. 696 flbravesgirl May 21, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    ‘night, Berigan. Hope you feel better in the morning!

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  680. 697 chrisklob May 22, 2008 at 12:06 am

    WOW, that sounds awful. Reminds me of one of the few local boys that made the bigs. Bryce Florie played for the Red Sox and was struck in the face by a batted ball. He nearly lost his eye and while he did pitch again, he was never the same. The pitcher sets up so close to the plate and is even closer when his delivery is completed. It’s amazing that more guys aren’t hit by batted balls (or broken maple bats).

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  681. 698 Voice of Raisins May 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I believe that it is time to say goodnight.

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  682. 699 flbravesgirl May 22, 2008 at 12:11 am

    I remember him, Chris. My parents saw a pitcher get hit at a Rays game a few years back(, can’t think of the guy’s name for the life of me). They said it was really horrifying.

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  683. 700 flbravesgirl May 22, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Good night VOR.

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  684. 701 chrisklob May 22, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Later VOR!

    I don’t remember anyone at a Rays game getting hit. It doesn’t happen as often as you might think it would happen.

    Do you remember when Tony Saunders broke his arm while pitching for the Rays?

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  685. 702 flbravesgirl May 22, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Oh, that was terrible. He’s still involved with the team, I believe.

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