46: Daily Buzz Special: Braves Hall Of Fame Report.

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by Mr Fly

SAVANNAH, GA – In this special, two-part report, I’ll cover three surefire future Hall of Fame pitching aces, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz and also the baseball legend and future Hall of Fame manager, Bobby Cox.

Between hanging with Mad Dog, Glav and Smoltzie when Greg was in town Greg Maddu xrecently… to sitting in on an executive meeting concerning Bobby Cox, it’s been busy. That and, well, its Georgia peach blossom season. Just, uh… got over all the spring orange blossoms in Florida and now, you know… so many blossoms, such little time… but enough about me. Wait, one more thing about me: thanks to a nice gentleman from Mechanicsville, I now have a new press portrait. Thanks Mr. Gil for taking my picture while I was on assignment in Richmond. I gave copies to all my blossom buddies.

The following are two recent unpublished reports from my Braves travels:

Part One:

The Three Amigos Weigh-in On A Reunion.

Logged Tuesday, May 6 – ATLANTA – In this first report, we’re in the Braves Tom Glavine weight room with ‘the boys’. I was invited by Tommy Glavine (my new cheeseburger buddy) to listen in on a conversation with Mad Dog, Glav and Smoltzie. So hold onto your seats… what you’re about to read is a first time, first hand, unedited and uncut documentation of a conversation between three of the top pitchers in the modern era. You just never know what exciting scoops and revelations might come from these rare, multi-Cy Young winning get-togethers when no holds are barred, anything goes… and yours truly had exclusive access. Now, in the weight room, Smoltzie chimes in first:

John SmoltzJOHN: Real good to see you Doggie. So, how do you like San Diego?

GREG: The weather is real nice.

JOHN: No, I mean the Padres.

GREG: The weather is real nice.

JOHN: Right… got it. Better than LA, though, huh? Alyssa Milano

GREG: Ahh… well, miss seeing Alyssa and all. You know…

JOHN: Milano? Sure, but she digs the long ball. Not your style, Dog.

TOMMY: Hey Doggie, have you been to Vigilucci’s?

GREG: What’s that?

TOMMY: The great Steak & Chop House over on Prospect.

GREG: Uh, no.

TOMMY: How about Soleil over on K Street?

GREG: Um, nope.

TOMMY: They’re good restaurants. Me and my little buddy, Mr. Fly, hit those places together when we’re in the area. Some good enchilada-cheeseburgers at the stadium too. Hey Dog, why are you grinning like that? Why are you and Johnny snickering? Ok, what’s up? Did you hang some dirty underwear on my doorknob or something? What gives?

JOHN: Teeheehee.

GREG: Snork…snork…chortle…

TOMMY: Alright dammit… what are you two up to?

MR. FLY: So Doggie, you coming back to the Braves? It’d be cool.

GREG: I’d like to Mr. Fly. We’ll see soon. By the way Tommy, didn’t you get a new set of pearly white choppers up in New York ‘cause’a that sudden stop in that cab and all?

TOMMY: Yes… why? What, is something stuck in my front teeth or…

JOHN: No, they’re fine. Do they chew pretty well Tommy? Hee hee…

GREG: That grill make pretty good headway with the fork and spoon? Yuk yuk yuk…

TOMMY: Yes they fit well and work just fine but what does that have to do with… hey, why are you yukking it up? What’s so damn funny? And why the hell are you guys both staring at my belly with those smirks?

GREG: Lots of good food up there in the Big Apple, there, Tommy?

JOHN: OK, let’s hit the links guys… we’ve got us a tee time.

TOMMY: You guys will never grow up.

Part two:

Braves Management Takes A Chance… Again.

Filed Saturday, May 10 – PITTSBURGH – In this road report, I was invited to sit in on a behind the scenes executive meeting between John Schuerholz, Frank Wren and Bobby Cox. Before you read my report, just know that me and Bobby go way back. We’re pals and all, but I do like to give him a hard time. Wish he’d retire and enjoy the HOF life, work in the executive suite for the Braves, enjoy his wife and grandkids and such. Moving along, this special report begins as Bobby and Frank enter Mr. John’s executive suite at The Gardener Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh:

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: Good afternoon gents. Please have a seat. How’s life?

Bobby CoxMR. COX: It was a good game today but we just caught a few bad breaks. I thought Chucky pitched real good but it just didn’t go his way. Frustrating really. Left a few up is all. Pirates were tough. That wet weather made it tough too. Chucky’s coming around. One day soon he’ll be able to go 6 innings again. He’s working on his control right now and he has only two pitches and, oh, he has trouble remembering hitters he’s faced… even from inning to inning, but he’ll come around. Good kid. Hangs a hell’uva good window too. He just got through putting new windows in my day room at the farm. Kid did a nice job. Well, one was crooked and a few were hung too high, but he’s coming around. That one today just got away from Chucky but other than a few he left up, he pitched a good game. Dunno… scratchin’ my head over that game. He went 6, so that’s good. He’ll come around. Pirates played us tough and, boy…

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: You OK, Bobby? All well at home? How’s the wife, the farm, the grandkids?

MR COX: Oh, yeah, sure… fine. Jojo is coming around too. He’s got a few blisters and all, but he’s a good kid. Campillo’s looking good. He’s gonna be a solid pen guy. Good kid. Blisters, but good…

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: That’s fine, Bobby. Glad to hear everything’s OK.

MR. COX: Good kids. We’ll get’em tomorr…

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: That’s fine Bobby. How are you Frank?

MR. WREN: Doing great, John. Thanks. All is well on the home front.

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: Good, good. Well now, what do you think we should do about starting pitching, Frank?

MR. WREN: I’d like to send Chuck back to the minors. He sucks.

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: Yep. What do you think Bobby?

MR. COX: Good kid. Just a few hanging… pitched good today. He’s my boy. Hangs a good window too. Car detailing, runs the tractor…

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: Uh, Frank, you want to lose him right?

MR. WREN: Yes sir. I’d also like to start Campillo. He can pitch.

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: Your call Frank. Done and done then. Bobby?

MR. COX: I’m thinking about an extension of my contract.

MR. WREN: Bobby, since I’m new, I’ll let Mr. Schuerholz handle this.

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: Bobby, aren’t you about ready to wind it up, take a bow, maybe come upstairs with me, assist with player recruitment, take your place as an all-time Hall of Fame manager and executive with the Braves organization and let someone else take the reins in the dugout? Don’t you miss your family, your farm, your animals and such?

MR. COX: I like to manage. Maybe sign me to another ten-year deal. I like the games. I like to watch. Good kids. Those Pirates matched up pretty well. Chucky’ll come around. Left a few up…

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: Hmmm. Well, OK, Bobby, but let’s just do a one-year deal. You OK with that? Frank, are you good with that?

MR. WREN: Well, sir… it’s a bit, um, well… I was thinking that with Bobby’s historic run and everything he might want to slow down a bit. But I’d like it to be your call, Mr. Schuerholz.

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: Bobby? What say you? Ready to hang’em up?

MR. COX: Dunno what happened today. Wet mound. Good kid, Chucky. We’ve had a few bad bounces lately. Bats have been quiet, but they’ll come around… it’s only April…

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: Uh, Bobby, we’re well into May. But OK, you can have a one-year contract extension.

MR. WREN: Uh, John, in that case, could we talk about a strategic bench coach?

MR. SCHUERHOLZ: I hear you, Frank. We’ll talk later downstairs in the Gardener Lounge. I know it’s a Chance we’re taking here.

MR. COX: I like to watch umpires.

Mr Fly

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762 Responses to “46: Daily Buzz Special: Braves Hall Of Fame Report.”

  1. 1 Carolina Lady May 28, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    A real fun post, Mr Fly! Thank you!! 😆


  2. 2 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 28, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Has Mr. Fly been watching Being There of late??? 😆

    Well done! Just like those cheeseburgers you crave so!

    Alyssa Milano has a baseball blog, Maddog should check her , I mean her blog out!!!


  3. 3 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 28, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    CL, sorry about your Mom’s back! 😦 What can they do about those fractures????


  4. 4 Carolina Lady May 28, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Keyhole surgery, Berigan. Called Kyphoplasty.


  5. 5 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 28, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Keyhole surgery??? Never heard of it before….will have to look up!


  6. 7 Savannah Guy May 28, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Dear Carolina Lady, you have mail. So sorry to hear about your mom, but at least now they know just what to do. Prayers continue.


  7. 8 Savannah Guy May 28, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I’m not liking this game so far. With a key bunt execution by JoJo and a clutch 2 out hit by McCann we’d have some runs on the board. Just not getting it done.

    Brilliant and hilarious lead Mr. Fly. How DO you get into those private meetings and clubhouse situations? Uh, never mind… you don’t have to go into it. Just know that you are my favorite sleuth reporter. Well, you’re in the top 200 anyway. 😆


  8. 9 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter May 28, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    My very first solo flight… no byline, no Mr. Guy publisher, just little ol’ me. And I see kudos from good readers.

    Thankya, thankya. Thankyaveramuch.


  9. 10 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter May 28, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Here’s my favorite music video link. Maybe it’s a fly thing. By the by, in the clip there’s a few bad words flashed up, so it’s not all G-Rated graphics… but not too bad in the context of the main message there. We’re all adult humans here, or at least mostly, uh… that.

    Everything You Know About Mr. Fly Is Wrong.


  10. 11 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Jo-Jo has very good control tonight.


  11. 12 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter May 28, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Nice design layout Miss Carolina Lady. You are good.

    Braves bunting Kelly with Chipper on deck… not smart baseball. Once again, Braves aren’t doing the little things. Little things win games. Little things aren’t hard to do. I do little things all the time. No big deal. Little deal.

    Must think small.


  12. 13 Savannah Guy May 28, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Mojo JoJo. 😆

    Braves need some mojo risin’ in them bats.


  13. 15 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Leadoff is on… Let’s get Jo-Jo some runs!!!


  14. 17 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 9:58 pm



  15. 18 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Go, Bobby, go!!!

    They need a good fight… 😡


  16. 19 chrisklob May 28, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Tonight’s home plate umpire needs to be sent back to the minors. Just looked at the pitch sequences for Mac and TEx’s aB’s and some of those “strikes” weren’t even in the neighborhood of the zone.

    Nice job, Mr. Fly! Always an entertaining read.


  17. 20 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    This doesn’t look good… 😐


  18. 21 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Mr. Fly!!! Completely remiss of me to fail to acknowledge your tremendous interviews. Wonderful insight, my insect friend. 😀


  19. 22 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    !@)#$(%^&* 😡


  20. 24 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    If we lose this friggin’ thing 1-0, I’ll… AAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😡


  21. 25 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:22 pm



  22. 26 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Jo-Jo pitched great tonight. He got royally http://myword.info/images/sm_screw_1g.gif ed.


  23. 27 Gil in Mechanicsville May 28, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I was commenting to my wife that you have to be a pretty good ball club to lose 11 one run games. Unlucky but good….


  24. 28 Gil in Mechanicsville May 28, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Great lead Mr Fly… As always, in on the good uh…. well… you know:-)


  25. 29 Gil in Mechanicsville May 28, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    CL… Sorry to hear about your Mom…. A tough injury to deal with at her age… Even tougher for you. 😦


  26. 30 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Hmmm… bad luck? They were well, you know


  27. 31 chrisklob May 28, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    JoJo certainly get the wrong end of that deal tonight. Kid looked great. Suppan didn’t look bad but he missed his target A LOT tonight. Braves bats are pathetically, horribly, unmistakenly bad right now. Unfortunately for Mr. Reyes, that is baseball. Sometimes you can look like hell and get the win (see: James, Chuck) and other times it’s just like tonight.

    That being said, that punk umpire needs to get his you-know-what kicked in the alley outside the stadium. I hope Brian’s the guy that gets to do the job. There are a few of these umpires that think the game is about them and the people have come to see THEM perform. There’s another guy, McClelland perhaps, that deserves the same blanket party that Wegman should be receiving. Umpires like these have ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE IN THIS GAME!

    My new avatar says everything about how I feel right now……..


  28. 32 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Klob with no Knob!!! Oh, my! 😯


  29. 33 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    OK, that came out wrong… 😳


  30. 34 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I think I’ll just say g’night now.

    G’night now.


  31. 35 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 12:00 am

    By the way…

    I used the phrase “Toes are not to be trifled with” in a Bible study tonight.

    Just so you know… 😀


  32. 36 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 12:02 am

    And now, Goodnight.


  33. 37 flbravesgirl May 29, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Just checking in for a couple of minutes so I don’t get yelled at again. Fascinating lead there, Mr. Fly.

    Sounded like Jo-Jo pitched great tonight (I’m still not used to games on radio). He deserved a win.


  34. 38 flbravesgirl May 29, 2008 at 12:50 am

    This is completely random but can anyone explain the hairstyle that seems to be the standard for teenage boys up here? The local paper came out today (once a week) & since it is time for graduation they had a section containing the senior portraits of the entire graduating class. 155 kids, which was actually more than I expected. The girls looked like normal young ladies, fixed up for their pictures. The boys were like the gallery of bad hair. A large number of them have this short-banged style that’s like a cross between Moe the Stooge & Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber. In 5 years they’re all going to want to burn their yearbooks. My sister was laughing out loud at the pics.


  35. 39 chrisklob May 29, 2008 at 12:59 am

    FBG, you only got yelled at because I care. You can’t just leave for four days without explanation. People start to worry.

    Personally, I thought a bear might have eaten you. You are out in the boonies, after all. 🙂

    As for the hairstyles, no I can’t explain them. Then again, I can’t explain the 80’s either. Seriously, my son’s school is “celebrating” different eras of the last century. The kids were asked to dress up every day in the fashion of the era. Monday was the 20’s. Tuesday was the 40’s. Today was the 50’s. Tomorrow is the 60’s (right on, dude. flower power.) Friday is the 80’s. He asked me about what we wore then so I pulled up some pics of 80’s hair/makeup/clothes on the internet. Here’s a snippet of our conversation:

    Matt: Dad, what were y’all thinking?

    Me: I got nothin’.

    That being said, Paladin, don’t be angry. I know you still wear your Members Only Jacket when you go in to town for Chianti! 😀

    I can say that the particular hairstyle is not popular here (praise God). MOst kids look like the 70’s kids to me. Boys have bangs that go down to their knees. Girls have very long, very straight hair. Matt has a regular hairdo going (praise God). I’m sure any day now he’s going to come home and ask to shave his head or grow it down to his ankles. Not sure which one is worse.


  36. 40 flbravesgirl May 29, 2008 at 12:59 am

    OK, the blueberry muffins for breakfast seem to be cooled so I’m going to take my tired self to bed. CL, I hope your mom’s treatment is successful (& soon, since it took so long to diagnose).

    Good night y’all.


  37. 41 flbravesgirl May 29, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Hi, Chris. I didn’t intend to be away for 4 days. Just got insanely busy.

    I’m used to seeing boys with the retro 70s hair in Florida. There’s a little of that here too but that short bowl-bang is worse.


  38. 42 flbravesgirl May 29, 2008 at 1:05 am

    And it may seem that I am in the boonies but you can get out to Hwy. 441 in about 2 minutes and Home Depot & Walmart are right there.


  39. 43 flbravesgirl May 29, 2008 at 1:08 am

    OK, this time I’m really going. ‘Night!


  40. 44 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 2:21 am

    No joke, think I just saw a small mouse, very small run behind some shelves I can’t get behind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😯

    We live in the burbs man, never had to deal with them before!!! It was so tiny, you know Ma has to be around!!!!!

    And now I am hearing very strange noises from the fireplace!!! 2:19 AM is a lousy time to have this problem!!! Can’t go and buy a mousetrap!!! Crap!!!


  41. 45 Gil in Mechanicsville May 29, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Good morning folks…. Yes, this string of one run losses are getting to be a bit on the annoying side. Two straight days where the bullpen was just bad enough not to be able to hold a lead. However, the Braves hitters are making the Brewers’ staff look like a bunch of Cy Young candidates. Will the real Braves team please show up….


  42. 46 Gil in Mechanicsville May 29, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Berigan… If it’s a small mouse don’t worry, he won’t eat too much… 🙂 Standard mouse trap baited with peanut butter will do the trick. Very quick and humane… The mouse will never see it coming.


  43. 47 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Last night’s game was a pitching duel and a good one at that. JoJo pitched great… giving up only two hits he was a lot better than his counterpart. Not taking away anything from Suppan, who pitched a great game as well, but Klobber is right, he missed his target a lot. We had our chances and couldn’t execute and he got the win. Déjà vu all over again. Groundhog day. Seems like I’m repeating myself. Think I’ll just copy this paragraph and keep it handy for future reference… just change the pitchers names and fit it in. Sheesh.

    Klobber is right again (good post, that 10:24) about the umpiring. Once again we catch an umpire that should make the ESPN Lowlight Reel. Low pitches weren’t called all night and high pitches were. Fine, but then about the 7th or 8th inning, ankles were in the strike zone. Trouble is, only the Braves were getting those pitches and those calls. It was an instant lowering and moving zone for the diminutive ump.

    After McCann had his little, uh, conversation with little Wegner, I was surprised to see JoJo not putting it ankle high in that bottom half. Anyway, try as we might… we just can’t change the outcome after the game.

    I was commenting to my wife that you have to be a pretty good ball club to lose 11 one run games. Unlucky but good….

    Gil, you have an amazing ability to see the positive, glass half full there, bud. Wish I’d thought of that or come to that conclusion. But you’re really correct there. Thing is, it’s the pitching. Without stellar pitching we’d already be out of contention this year. Contrary to what so many, including Cox says, we just don’t have good hitting. Good hitting means more than gap drives and dingers… it’s clutch hits with two outs, moving runners over, bunting, etc. We don’t do that. Maybe we just can’t. Or maybe it’s the batting order.

    From Braves.com – A quote after the game from Bobby Cox:

    “We’ve got a great hitting team,” Cox said. “We shouldn’t be in any ruts.” “We had the guys on,” said Cox, who has seen the Braves lose 18 consecutive one-run road games dating back to last year. “We weren’t able to get the hits we needed with two outs.”

    Well, I declare. So THAT’S IT!!! We’ve got a “great hitting team” but we just keep going out of town and facing the ghosts of Cy Young and Christy Mathewson. That makes sense. Otherwise our great hitters would be, um… hitting great and all. And why was Kelly bunting with Chipper coming up again? Like the article said, “schizophrenic offense”. Yup… I’d agree.

    Pretty bizarre stuff when you think on it. 6-18 on the road, 10 losses in the last 12 road games, batting .307 at home and .246 on the road and now we have 0-16 consecutive innings without a run. Those numbers won’t win many two game sets. What is our record in one run games now, 0-12? It’s crazy.
    There must be a logical answer for this road enigma. Are the Braves staying in expensive hotels and getting too comfortable? If so, call Motel 6. Are they staying in cheap hotels? If so, call the Ritz. Flying Delta? Call US Air. Eating their Wheaties? Wearing navy blue unis? Go back to off white. Whatever.

    No, it’s less mysterious than that. It’s a repeatedly ill conceived batting lineup, musical chair issue and our hitters simply not executing the fundamentals. How many times and how many games will it take Cox to figure out that Yunel underperforms batting leadoff and that Kelly should be batting 6 or 7th? This many one run losses ain’t just dumb bad luck. It’s dumb, bad offensive management and trying to bang square pegs into round holes. Cox has the mallet. Splinters are everywhere and I ain’t talkin’ maple here.

    Ok, ok, sorry to vent so much. It’s just a pet peeve to see people, organizations, businesses or teams make the same mistakes over and over.

    There… I feel better now. Back to your regularly scheduled programming. It is now safe to move about the cabin.


  44. 48 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Standard mouse trap baited with peanut butter will do the trick. Very quick and humane… The mouse will never see it coming.

    Or you could just feed it peanut butter, cheese and crackers, make it a little Bear pet and give it a name. Maybe little Wegner. Weggy.


  45. 49 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 10:33 am

    SG, 8:26 post…testify brother, testify!!! I was out having a late dinner during much of the game, just saw the last few innings, but come on, Jeff Suppan???? He just happens to have his longest outing, and first without giving up a run against the big bad braves??? His high for the year in strikeouts was 5, till he got 7 Braves to swing and miss. He’s not that good…his ERA was 4.47 til the Braves rolled into town.

    Doug Davis, is an inspiring story, coming back from Cancer. But, we know the other day, he wasn’t running on adrenalin, blasting 97 MPH balls past us. He got us out with Tommy Glavine stuff, 82 MPH junk on the outside corner. Who did he have his best start of the year against??? The Braves. Last night, he gave up 6 runs in 5 innings. Who was the vicious lineup to do that to him??? The big, bad 22-31 Giants!!! 🙄 Fred Lewis, Jose Castillo, Randy Winn, Benji Molina batting cleanup, Rich Aurilia playing first….truly a fearsome lineup…..

    I’m close to sounding like some of the doom and gloomers on the other board…this team is lucky to be in this division, but they really don’t look like a championship team, at least right now….


  46. 50 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 10:34 am

    VOR, quit working, and get back to playing!!!! 😡


  47. 51 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Who, me? 😀


  48. 52 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Yeah, I am talkin’ to you!!! 😛

    Man, just wasted an hour + arguing with some particularly brain dead far left wackos on my Jazz board(Not “mine” I’m just a member) about Sharon Stone. Many there found nothing wrong with her wondering aloud if Karma was the reason for the earthquakes in China….I was told how I knew less than nothing about Karma(never said I knew much about it) then a guy bashed a pro Chinese guy(Likely from China, but it’s ok to mock the death of 10’s of thousands if you vote the correct way) so, been going on, and on, and on…..they never give up, so I will now…and take a break from the computer…which is a crying shame, what with all the activity here this am/pm!!!! 😆


  49. 53 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    So… why does anything that Sharon Stone has to say carry any weight? She’s just an “actress” whose whole life consists of playing make-believe and whose greatest claim to fame is spreading her legs on film.


  50. 54 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm


    The game’s on!!!!!!!!


  51. 55 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Completely forgot about the game. I could’ve been listing on the radio. Anyway, glad to see/report that the Braves are up 6-1, top 8th. Chipper has two hits and two walks, Tex got a 3 run homer. That’s more like it. Bases are loaded with Braves now with two outs…


  52. 56 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Shoot… Acosta is batting.


  53. 57 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Acosta hits a weak groundout… leaves’em loaded. Seems odd at first glance, with the way our road woes have been going to not pinch hit there for Acosta and try to add a little more insurance, since Brews get two more at bats. I haven’t been watching, so not sure who’s used up, rested, etc. But still… even with a 5 run lead, our mojo ain’t exactly been working.


  54. 58 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Since I’m here for a few minutes, this may be an opportune time to break Raisin’s consecutive blog post record. Right now it stands at 15. Hmmm…


  55. 59 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    This makes 5. 🙂


  56. 60 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Six. 😀


  57. 61 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Jorge today: 5 IP, 4 H’s, 1 ER (HR), 6 K’s, 0 BB’s and he got his 1st ML hit.


  58. 62 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm



  59. 63 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Arrrgggghhhhhhh!!!! Raisins has thrown me the old tournament block. Broke my record attempt. Oh well, it was a valiant try. Get’em next time.

    Campillo did good, eh?

    Just happen to have a shiny new quarter right here.


  60. 64 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Raisins, did I miss any good stuff that the box score doesn’t show?


  61. 65 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Looks like we need to trash the navy unis.


  62. 66 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I may yet have a chance at blog domination.


  63. 67 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Here we go on an end run around Raisins…


  64. 68 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    This is too easy.


  65. 69 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Take that!!! Mr. dried fruit!!! :mrgreen:


  66. 70 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I smell it.


  67. 71 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    On my way now!!!!!!


  68. 72 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Two out rally? C’mon boys, let’s get just 2 more runs.


  69. 73 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    5 more and I’m tied with Raisins…


  70. 74 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    He’s probably still watching my video clip. 😆


  71. 75 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Almost there…


  72. 76 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    The record will be mine all mine. Is there a trophy CL?


  73. 77 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Just one more measly post and we’re tied…


  74. 78 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter May 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Can I play too?


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  76. 80 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Very funny. My record attempt thwarted by a fly. Where’s my swatter? Maybe some of that sticky paper stuff.


  77. 81 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I got distracted by… the Braves game… 😐


  78. 82 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I forgot about it until the middle of the 4th. Nothing spectacular that I saw. Just a few more hits today. The Braves are in their road grays with the all blue caps. Manny looked unhittable. Soriano’s on for the 9th.


  79. 83 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Braves win 8-1.


  80. 84 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Manny Acosta bats with two out and bases loaded when Soriano is coming on to pitch the 9th. I’m beginning to see a strategic plan here. 😯

    Well, we won anyway. So…



  81. 86 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Manny batted in the bottom of the 7th, came back and dominated the 8th.


  82. 87 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Hmmm… Earlier, I called for the Braves to pick up a veteran pitcher to solidify the rotation, then Jo-Jo and Campy come out and pitch lights out.

    I think Jorge is for real. I think Jo-Jo is having a typical rookie type up-and-down year. What a boost, though, if they can capably hold down their rotation spots and allow the new homeboy upstairs to fine tune rather than do major repair.

    Now that Diaz’s knee is confirmed to have a small tear, (you knew that, right?) and he’ll be out for 4-6 weeks, I think it’s time for Anderson to get his callup. I still like Blanco to do exactly what he is doing right now, and that is to spell the rest of the guys.

    By the way, Chipper’s avg. is UP to .420. Sick!


  83. 88 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Manny batted in the bottom of the 7th, came back and dominated the 8th.

    Uh… that’s what I get for talking on the phone while watching TV and blogging at the same time.

    But still…



  84. 89 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Did I say I was also faxing a contract and drinking Diet Coke? That’s multi-tasking at its best. 😆


  85. 90 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the info Raisins. .420 is sick.

    Agreed, Campillo is doing well (remember… Mr. Fly got that scoop from Wren). JoJo was stellar last night, but sure, it’ll be up and down… but you have to like Jorge, JoJo and Jair right now. The “J-Crew”… you heard it here first! 🙂


  86. 91 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    C-y’all later. Headin’ to the Y. Still working on BSOML. 😀


  87. 92 Gil in Mechanicsville May 29, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Greetings all…. Yes, a good club wins by a bunch of runs, a bad club loses by a bunch of runs… a lot of one run games means you are “this close” to being lucky or unlucky… Of course, it could just be bad Karma… oops, sorry, I just couldn’t pass that one up. What amazes me is that respectable (is there any such things left) news outlets even report such tripe. Who really cares what actors think??? Not like they are going to be President someday…… 😉

    Anyway, I missed today’s game completely. I knew it was being played early but I took the wife out to lunch and then went to see the new Indiana Jones movie. (Very disappointed in the movie but lunch was good) It was better than your average Adam Sandler movie but not by much…

    And the R-Brave continued their tail spin… They really are lacking pitching right now, guess where the staff is at this moment… You got it… Atlanta, glad we could be of assistance….


  88. 93 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Now Raisins is gone again… he is the current blog domination record holder and a heartless competitive spoiler of my recent challenge with his well-timed monkey wrench toss. There I was… so close. To make matters worse, the little critter I raised and nurtured, protected from Kermit and defended from Paladin’s vicious attacks actually played spoiler too. It ain’t right… jes ain’t right a’tall. I’ve been robbed… robbed.

    Just my luck.

    Now, I could get all bowed up and go for another quiet time sprint and run off about twenty posts right now while Raisin’s nose is on that grindstone and Mr. Fly is back to tending his blossoms and such. Yes, I could make a run and be anointed champion of the Blog Consecutive Post Record and collect the Braves and Stuff’s million-dollar prize from Carolina Lady’s B&S treasury. I could win the solid gold Domination Champion trophy, but alas… I can’t do it now because I too have to return to the grindstone. The story of my life… and it was so, so close to mine all mine. The window of opportunity opens for only so long.

    Just my luck. Foiled by a fly and a monkey wrench.


  89. 94 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Gil, glad you had a few arms up there we could use. Good ones too. Thanks.

    I would echo Raisins and your opinion of Sharon Stone. Lights on, nobody home.

    So you didn’t care for the new Indy Jones flick? I haven’t read any reviews but I’m not surprised. Could you give a quick reason or two why you didn’t like it?


  90. 95 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Gil yeah, I’d like to hear as well….I can assume you liked all the others, even the one that has kept me single all these years, with Kate Capshaw??? :mrgreen:
    The reviews I have read have been all over the place, love or hate, no middle ground….

    The Sharon Stone thing…It shouldn’t really be news….except to point out how insanely stupid some people are who can memorize dialog…..
    What was funny, is I am sure the guy thought everyone would point out how bad she was for saying something like that, but instead a bunch of pseudo-intellectual types started to chime in how it was not really a terrible thing to say a few weeks after tens of thousands died(Sort of like when a few crazy ministers and crazy lefties said we had 9-11 coming to us, in the days that followed the attacks) and on and on it went….stupid, and I should know better… it’s just when I see one guy go after another, and I have the right argument, I still can get pulled in there….of course, I then become in their eyes, and idiot, which usually means I am making points, and they don’t like it! 🙂
    Of course, Stone is catching all sorts of flack for the comments, and will lose a Dior contract, Instant Karma baby! 😆


  91. 96 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    SG, really liked the Vertigo clip! It helped that it was really in stereo, and sounded just great overall…..


  92. 97 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    From Jayson Starks…Reaching the unreachable could be possible this season


  93. 98 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    off to dinner, don’t want P-diddyhawkpappy to get mad at me for not mentioning this!!!


  94. 99 Gil in Mechanicsville May 29, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Indiana Jones movie revue….. gee, where to start? Acting seemed forced… Unlike the other three which had great flow and the actors appear to enjoy the gig. That is not to say the current movie didn’t have its moments, just far too few of them. The story line was not any more outrageous than the previous three but the plot was very predictable. To be honest, it was more like a spoof of the originals. Harrison Ford playing Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones.

    Now, I am sure the kids would enjoy it but they likely would enjoy the Iron Man movie more…

    A friend of mind once told me you could get a pretty good gauge of how good a movie was going to be by the trailers shown during the previews prior to the feature. Well, I was left a little flat by the trailers of Batman and Hancock and Hellboy II… Needless to say, the new Indiana Jones flick fit right in with that group.


  95. 100 Gil in Mechanicsville May 29, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    MONDAY’S GAME: Richmond pitchers walked 12. The Chiefs scored two runs on passed balls. Syracuse scored two other runs on bases-loaded walks. Richmond made three errors.

    All that and more conspired for the 12-2 loss here before 1,951, even though Syracuse was outhit 10-9.

    Now that is minor league baseball at its worst. No wonder 542 showed up for last night’s game…


  96. 101 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks Gil. I think we have pretty similar tastes in movies and I kinda’ expected that. The clips and trailers I’ve seen fit your description. Ford playing Ford playing Indy… good’un. Wish I’d said that. Maybe I’ll wait for it to come out on PPV or Netflicks or something.

    Don’t know if it’s me, Hollywood or just the natural film ebb and flow, but there haven’t been many lately that we’ve had any desire to see.

    I did like John Adams on HBO… hated it to end. It had it’s less than brilliant moments, but all in all, a very good characterization of who I think he was. But then, what the hell do I know. It was entertaining. Hopefully they’ll do other Presidents with that kind of production value and script, cinematography, etc.


  97. 102 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Tacos are calling… later.


  98. 103 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    SG, I know what you mean about newer films…it makes me sad…I always wondered why so many people reach a certain age, and never, ever see a movie in the theater again….last film I saw in the theaters??? The Simpsons movie! 😳 and it wasn’t even as good as an average show, except from an Animation standpoint…


  99. 104 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Some sad news…

    ‘Carol Burnett’ star Harvey Korman dies at 81
    35 minutes ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to “The Carol Burnett Show” and on the big screen in “Blazing Saddles,” died Thursday. He was 81.

    Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said in a statement released by the hospital.

    His daughter, Kate Korman, said in the statement that it was a “miracle” that her father had survived the aneurysm at all, and that he had several major operations.

    “Tragically, after such a hard fought battle he passed away,” she said.

    A natural second banana, Korman gained attention on “The Danny Kaye Show,” appearing in skits with the star. He joined the show in its second season in 1964 and continued until it was canceled in 1967. That same year he became a cast member in the first season of “The Carol Burnett Show.”

    Burnett and Korman developed into the perfect pair with their burlesques of classic movies such as “Gone With the Wind” and soap operas like “As the World Turns” (their version was called “As the Stomach Turns”).

    Another recurring skit featured them as “Ed and Eunice,” a staid married couple who were constantly at odds with the wife’s mother (a young Vickie Lawrence in a gray wig). In “Old Folks at Home,” they were a combative married couple bedeviled by Lawrence as Burnett’s troublesome young sister.

    Burnett was devastated by the news, said her assistant, Angie Horejsi.

    “She loved Harvey very much,” Horejsi said. She said Burnett had not yet made a statement.

    Korman revealed the secret to the long-running show’s success in a 2005 interview.

    “We were an ensemble, and Carol had the most incredible attitude. I’ve never worked with a star of that magnitude who was willing to give so much away.”

    After 10 successful seasons, he left in 1977 for his own series. Dick Van Dyke took his place, but the chemistry was lacking and the Burnett show was canceled two years later. “The Harvey Korman Show” also failed, as did other series starring the actor.

    “It takes a certain type of person to be a television star,” he said in that 2005 interview. “I didn’t have whatever that is. I come across as kind of snobbish and maybe a little too bright. … Give me something bizarre to play or put me in a dress and I’m fine.”

    His most memorable film role was as the outlandish Hedley Lamarr (who was endlessly exasperated when people called him Hedy) in Mel Brooks’ 1974 Western satire, “Blazing Saddles.”

    He also appeared in the Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “The History of the World Part I” and “Dracula: Dead and Loving It,” as well as two “Pink Panther” moves, “Trail of the Pink Panther” in 1982 and “Curse of the Pink Panther” in 1983.

    Korman’s other films included “Gypsy,” “Huckleberry Finn” (as the King), “Herbie Goes Bananas” and “Bud and Lou” (as legendary straightman Bud Abbott to Buddy Hackett’s Lou Costello). He also provided the voice of Dictabird in the 1994 live-action feature “The Flintstones.”

    In television, Korman guest-starred in dozens of series including “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dr. Kildare,” “Perry Mason,” “The Wild Wild West,” “The Muppet Show,” “The Love Boat,” “The Roseanne Show” and “Burke’s Law.”

    In their ’70s, he and Tim Conway, one of his Burnett show co-stars, toured the country with their show “Tim Conway and Harvey Korman: Together Again.” They did 120 shows a year, sometimes as many as six or eight in a weekend.

    Harvey Herschel Korman was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Chicago. He left college for service in the U.S. Navy, resuming his studies afterward at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute. After four years, he decided to try New York.

    “For the next 13 years I tried to get on Broadway, on off-Broadway, under or beside Broadway,” he told a reporter in 1971.

    He had no luck and had to support himself as a restaurant cashier. Finally, in desperation, he and a friend formed a nightclub comedy act.

    “We were fired our first night in a club, between the first and second shows,” he recalled.

    After returning to Chicago, Korman decided to try Hollywood, reasoning that “at least I’d feel warm and comfortable while I failed.”

    For three years he sold cars and worked as a doorman at a movie theater. Then he landed the job with Kaye.

    In 1960 Korman married Donna Elhart and they had two children, Maria and Christopher. They divorced in 1977. Two more children, Katherine and Laura, were born of his 1982 marriage to Deborah Fritz.

    In addition to his daughter Kate, he is survived by his wife and the three other children.

    He always cracked me up, rest in Peace Harvey!


  100. 105 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Bear, that is sad. I’m so sorry to hear of Harvey Korman’s passing, but then, at 81 he had a good, long life and I’m sure it was filled to the brim. He was a great talent and a very nice guy.

    Five or six years ago I had the good fortune to meet he and Tim Conway and have drinks together. They kept me in stitches the whole time. The whole circumstance was hilarious. They would go easily into impromptu, off the cuff humor but always came back to sincere, regular guy conversation for the most part.

    Both Harvey and Tim are/were great natural comedians. RIP Mr. Korman.


  101. 106 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    That is so weird. I just posted, saw it go up… went to kitchen, refreshed the blog and poof… it was gone! Never have seen that before. It’s like wordpress came out and snatched it back.

    Bear, did you see it?

    Is Salty in the building?


  102. 107 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Now two posts in the trap. Oh, well…


  103. 108 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Three posts in the trap. Maybe back later.


  104. 109 Savannah Guy May 29, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Now they’re all back. Hmmm…

    OK, this message is for wordpress:

    Leave my posts alone. I am not Salty. :mrgreen:


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  108. 113 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    SG, that’s great you got to meet them! So often they were in projects that were beneath their talents….

    If you all wonder why I haven’t chimed in about the game…I managed to sleep thru the whole thing! A thursday afternoon game in Milwaukee???


  109. 114 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Harvey and Tim, the dentist sketch….. Bet FLB has never seen it! 🙂


  110. 115 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Hey where is everybody???? I’m here! I’m fun to talk to! 😦 Gee, I shouldn’t even be here, was just starting a movie when a friend of his called…..no game…I’m bored….perhaps….breaking the all time streak of posts would cheer me up??? Everytime someone tries it, folks show up….


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  122. 127 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    diez y seis


  123. 128 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    diez y ocho???


  124. 129 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Goin’ for Cal Ripken’s all time blog post record….


  125. 130 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Ha, ha, ha! I feel sorry for the sucker who will now need to speed up writing the next blog! 😆 Who is the loser up next??? Oh wait…crap! 😦


  126. 131 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Adjustable wrench!


  127. 132 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Crap! 😡

    I have been sabotaged!


  128. 133 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Oh, well. better to have held a record that has been broken than to have never held one at all…


  129. 134 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Oh boy! Upcoming on SportsCenter, college softball highlites and spelling bee coverage. I’d rather stick myself in the neck with a fork!


  130. 135 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Well, there was 5 wasted minutes of my life that can never be salvaged…


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  137. 142 chrisklob May 29, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    No you can’t!


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  140. 145 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    gonna make it…


  141. 146 chrisklob May 29, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Oh, sorry I’ve got to go. SPortsCenter is showing highlights of the spelling bee. That’s what I call “must see TV”!


  142. 147 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Spoiler: The kid with the glasses wins! 😆


  143. 148 chrisklob May 29, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Duh! Don’t all those little nerds wear glasses? Or do they take their winnings from the spelling bee and get lasik so they don’t get their nerdly little tails kicked on the playground?


  144. 149 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 29, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Asian kid with glasses, right???? 😆


  145. 150 chrisklob May 29, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Raisins, don’t know if you got to see the game today but it’s being rebroadcast on CSS right now.


  146. 151 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks, klobber. I saw the last 5 innings in real time. Manny was awesome. Soriano was very good. When Gonzo and Smoltz return, this bullpen will absolutely be a lockdown pen.


  147. 152 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Manny was bringing 92-93 mph heat, then dropping a 80 mph bender in with pinpoint control. The batters’ knees were buckling like a non-Asian non-corrective lens wearing kid at a spelling bee.


  148. 153 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Dang! I just dropped a contact lens in my sesame chicken!


  149. 154 chrisklob May 29, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    The batters’ knees were buckling like a non-Asian non-corrective lens wearing kid at a spelling bee.

    That made me laugh out loud! 😀

    Is it my imagination or does Prince Fielder look like he’s gained more weight? He’s gotta be almost a C cup!

    Just saw the play with Teixeira and McClung colliding. I wonder when Weeks was taught to throw a ball to his pitcher like that? He’s very, very lucky that McClung didn’t get hurt on that play.


  150. 155 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Interesting commentary by the Lip on the state of roundball…..



  151. 156 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Tis sad the passing of Harvey Korman. I for one felt he was a great comedian. His refections on the loss of chemistry was spot on. Have we not all been there ourselves at some point, thinking we are in some way improving a product only to discover that none of use are as great separately as we are collectively….

    Anyway, Korman and Conway together were nearly as funny as Red Skelton.
    Absolutely classic TV…


  152. 157 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Gil, I spent a lot of time looking at Carol Burnett clips on the same page as the link above(Or, you click on one in the window after the clip plays, and so forth) there was a classic one I had never seen before with Korman, Conway, and Lyle Waggoner….it was mainly Tim’s show for that sketch, but damn it was funny! I was laughing like a fool at some of them…someone should have had them do a variety show, something to match their talents….


  153. 158 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Saw this, and had to share in case you all missed it last night…….A white priest at Obamas church(Or is that a former church now???)what is in the water in Chicago???? 😯 A priest saying damn….and not in any religious reference, but saying what Hillary was saying??? And talking about white entitlement, while trying to speak with a “black” cadence??? Just amazing!


  154. 159 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Oh what the heck, it’s not DVD sharp, but here’s the Korman and Conway as Germans skit…when Conway reaches in is shirt for…well, I’ll let you be surprised…it made me giggle like a school girl!!! 😆


  155. 160 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 6:52 am

    This would be a dandy time to break my all time blog posts in a row record!!!

    Nah, I set it, no one will ever touch it, why rub it in by setting it all over again?????


  156. 161 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Now, all seriousness aside, some lyrics that…well, they quite franky….touch me…..

    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky


    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky
    My baby does the hanky panky


  157. 162 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 6:57 am

    I’m going to go to bed now….should have gone to bed hours ago…must be feeling better! 😕

    Anyway, let’s play a game!!!! When will Berigan post next???

    1 pm?? 3 PM? 4:32 PM????

    I don’t know, but guess and see if you are right! Win a prize! I can draw a stick figure of Chipper hitting a grounder to shortstop, or something….


  158. 163 chrisklob May 30, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Berigan, are you a vampire?


  159. 165 Voice of Raisins May 30, 2008 at 9:20 am

    G’morning, CL… everybody…


  160. 166 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Klobber, he’s Berigan Von Dracula. He will appear again at exactly 3:36 pm today, just as the sun lowers in the afternoon sky enough for him to make it back into his eastern side dayroom and get on his computer.

    CL, that’ll be great to see Smoltz suit up and take the mound again. Hope his new delivery works as well as his old one.


  161. 167 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Mornin’ Mr. GoodWrench. 😀


  162. 168 Carolina Lady May 30, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Good morning, y’all! It’ll be interesting to see how this experiment with Smoltz works out. He doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘quit.’

    Harvey Korman was an enormous talent! I enjoyed his skits greatly. That crew of Burnette, Korman, and Conway just couldn’t be beat.

    I love the old comedians too – Skelton, Ben Blue, other names my foggy brain can’t recall at the moment. (Have been up since 2 am – and won’t have even a nap until something after 8:30 tonight….)

    Anybody want a kitten?? Little stray just had 4. sigh…..


  163. 169 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Been up since 2 am? Let me buy you a cup o’ joe. You’re gonna need it.


  164. 170 Carolina Lady May 30, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Thanks, I’ll take you up on it! zzzzzzzzzzzz


  165. 171 Voice of Raisins May 30, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Did somebody just call me a tool?


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  167. 173 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Speaking of tools, these pesky bidnez meetings are driving me nuts, so I’ll need to bolt soon or be screwed. I’ll give it my awl and nail the presentation, lest we be hammered by the competition.

    Now, must shower and wrench off real good. :mrgreen:


  168. 174 Voice of Raisins May 30, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Well, you know the drill… 😀


  169. 175 Voice of Raisins May 30, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I’ll be out for a bit… 😀

    Later, taters…


  170. 176 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Raisins went to peel and wrench off the taters. KP duty? French fries? Tater salad?


  171. 177 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    only one guess??? 2:16 is the tale of the tape, or clock….SG, it used to be later, but these new sun screens are swell! 🙂


  172. 178 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Well, my clock said 2:16…. 😕


  173. 179 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    VOR=Voice of renchs???


  174. 180 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Can Raisins be added to taters? Sweet taters with Raisins and cinnamon might work? Mashed taters and gravy? Tater tots? Chips? Hash browns? Souffle? Scalloped? Baked? Stuffed? Parsley’d new taters? Tater cakes? So many possibilities, so many fancy taters… so many common taters.

    Berigan 3 in 3-D is 3 minutes off the correct time. Could ‘three’ hold some unsolved mystery? Is 3 more than a number? A condition? A state?

    Could 3 be a deep, dark mystery?


  175. 181 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    All I know is, one is the loneliest number you’ll ever do…


  176. 182 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    And why does that last youtube clip exist??? 😛


  177. 183 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    hmm, which is sad, and which is cry emoticon???? 😦 😥


  178. 184 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Oh, it moves! Did we get new emoticons, and no one told me???


  179. 185 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    And you can’t put ten in a row now??? 😥 😥 😥


  180. 186 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    crap Crud!!!

    I had a witty thing going, and closed the tab by accident!!! 😡

    Let’s see if the muse is still with me…..

    Some emoticons I never use, but should….

    VOR in emoticon form 😀
    Hey I have an 💡
    What, Bobby is having the pitcher bunt, with the bases loaded and 2 outs ❓
    Shoot that poison ➡ thru my heart! 😆


  181. 187 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I could break my record, without trying today! 😥


  182. 188 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    And FLB will henceforth be known as Cinderella, if her family doesn’t give her some time on the web! :X


  183. 189 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Greetings all…. Whew… another fun filled day here on the old homestead. My legs are killing me but I am not taking anything….. Well, maybe a shot of snake oil will do. I look forward to a good game tonight. An old fashion pitchers duel???


  184. 190 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I wonder if Bobby will know what to do with all the speed he will have available with the call up of Josh Anderson today. Josh reminds me a bit of Brett Butler… He is fast, now if he can just get on base. Bobby will probably bat him eight….. 😦


  185. 191 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Uh… could have him bat behind McCann… That would put the brakes on him too…. Okay, enough cheap shots for today…. Let’s go Bravos…..


  186. 192 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Gil, they called up Josh???? YEAH!!!! 😀
    Yeah, it’s tough when you are just coming up, to have to hit in front of a pitcher…


  187. 193 Carolina Lady May 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Gil, I think they have him batting 7th..


  188. 194 Carolina Lady May 30, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Carroll Rogers has a great article on Chipper. She really does a good job!


  189. 195 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Frenchy and McCain’s fathers are sitting next to each other at the game…perhaps planning how to get TP’s job???? 😀


  190. 196 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Joe Simpson just said….with all do respect, He doesn’t know why Norton is in the lineup tonight….and with that, he just missed a homer…a loud out….


  191. 197 morpheus45 May 30, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I just tuned in the game and saw Norton at the plate and thought…”Hmmm, Josh Anderson who I saw in ST and thought earned a starting spot over Diaz in the first place just got called up to replace Kotasy, and we’ve got a 35-year old career pinch hitter/infielder hitting .154 in there instead. WHY?” My answer came almost instantly with Joe asking the same question. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Bobby Cox.


  192. 198 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Grinch, can I give him back to you??? 😀

    But, he’s hitting a hard .154!!!


  193. 199 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz. huh? zzzzzzzzzzzz. urp. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  194. 200 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Quiet day in Stuffville. Everybody’s out at the lake?

    href=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YphEUa5LPjM rel=”nofollow”>Not much baseball talk on Braves and Stuff today.


  195. 201 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Must be dysfunctional this afternoon. Try agin’.

    Not much baseball talk on Braves and Stuff today.


  196. 202 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Ahh. Hey, now that I mentioned it…

    there’s not much stuff either.


  197. 203 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    I just tuned into the game. What’d I miss? Anything spectacular?


  198. 204 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    don’t like pitching duels SG???

    Me neither!!! 😛


  199. 205 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I agree with our host about Carroll Rogers. She’s a good gal. Does good.

    I agree with Gil and Grinch about Anderson. Play him. Norton is a good bench guy… emphasis on bench. Not Johnny Bench mind you… the wood one.

    I agree with Berigan. Not sure on which post but, well… couldn’t leave him out.

    I agree with Klobber. Berigan is a vampire.

    I agree with Raisins. He was later with his taters.

    I agree with everyone else who isn’t here now. At some point today, they probably said something I would agree with. Maybe.

    I’m just in an agreeable mood. What can I say?


  200. 206 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Yes, I love pitching duels. Does that mean that something spectacular can’t happen in the field or at the plate during a pitching duel?


    I agree that pitching duels are great and spectacular. 😆


  201. 207 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I’m not superstitious so I’ll just blurt it out:Tommy is pitching a gem.

    Damn… before it got out of my mouth, tied. %$#&*!!!!! But still… only one run.

    Our offense is offensive. They HAVE to get over this road slump. Can bats be agoraphobic?


  202. 208 chrisklob May 30, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    SG, regarding your 8.45 post……..Which political office are you running for?


  203. 209 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    That last question wasn’t a vampire question. Just seems that way.

    Now 2-1 Reds. Blah. Still… just two runs.


  204. 210 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I agree with Klobber, in that my 8:45 post looks a bit political. 😆


  205. 211 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I agree that Klobber has a mean and mad looking face for such a nice gent. Well rounded though. :mrgreen:


  206. 212 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Just had a clutch o’ bluebirds hatch out and fly th coop. Now I’ve got a year full of gray downy, blue underneath little fellers palyin’ all over the front yard. Gave’em some earth worms… took’em a while they were so big, but they got’em down.

    I think I’ve got another set moving in so we’ll probably get two hatchings this year.

    Now, baseball: Does anyone know which team holds the record in the MLB for hitting into the most double plays? Braves have to be near or at the top.


  207. 213 chrisklob May 30, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    SG, that’s just reflective of my mood lately………


  208. 214 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    I thought everyone liked pitching duels! 😛
    I like them when the guys are striking everyone out…not rolling groundballs to ss….


  209. 215 chrisklob May 30, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Vampire, I like pitching duels. Just so long as the good guys win.


  210. 216 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Well, the good guy wins more often when the other team isn’t pitching a duel against the good guys! 🙂
    What are the odds of a one run….loss???? 😦


  211. 217 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    It’s gonna be a one run win tonight. And the monkey will be off our backs.


  212. 218 chrisklob May 30, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    WHo’s got a monkey on their back?


  213. 222 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    And Karma swings the other way tonight with Chipper going 0-5 and hits into 2 double plays….

    And now we know how Bobby is going to handle the “speed” question… Not play him…


  214. 223 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    The blue caps are really a different look… I am not sure I like them…

    And this kid Jay Bruce is something..


  215. 224 chrisklob May 30, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Gil, makes perfect sense to me. Put a non-outfielder (Norton) in LF when you have Infante AND Anderson on the bench. Perfectly logical.


  216. 225 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Who would have thunk it… we run into Cy Young every inning of every game on the road. Pitchers duel. Or just our hitting sux? If it was just bad luck we’d have won a few more of these.


    I’m sick of this. Chipper is not having a good game.


  217. 226 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    The wheels are coming off folks…..


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  223. 232 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Uh… came off 😦


  224. 233 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Ring a ding a ding… one run loss. The monkey is an 800 pound gorilla.


  225. 234 chrisklob May 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    SG, your 8.32 post turned out to be prophetic.


  226. 235 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Okay… this is no longer fun nor funny… time to shake up the hitters the old fashion way… fire the pitching coach…


  227. 236 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Yes, something is amiss… the Braves have lost their mojo… Time to call in Austin Powers…


  228. 237 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    There is no one on the team to blame for these one run losses. There is everyone to blame, from the manager to the guy who cleans the cleats and all the players in between. I just happen to point to the manager when you have 19 consecutive one run losses. But then, he just got an extension… so what do I know.


  229. 238 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Catch you folks in the morning…


  230. 239 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    And speaking of catchers… Bryan Pena was claimed off waivers by the Royals today…


  231. 240 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Bear, remind me to never say that again.


  232. 241 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Your 10:22 made me laugh Gil….thanks…


  233. 242 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I’m retiring too. Nothing good can come from my keyboard after that.

    2 runs will not win many games. We aren’t winning many games. 1+1=2. Blah.

    Good frikken night. Blah.


  234. 243 Savannah Guy May 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm


    Gant is right… stupid careless play by Yunel tonight trying to steal second like that with two outs in an extra inning game, especially on the road. Stupid rookie mistake. Idiotic rookie mistake.

    Well, Gant didn’t quite say all that but he should’ve.

    I’m out. BLAH. YUK. BLAH.


  235. 244 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Notice how they keep mentioning Yunel should NOT be leading off? Joe says he has changed his approach, swings much more, doesn’t try to go to right. Gant was pleading for Yunel to bat 2nd, and Blanco 1st. Give Bobby a month of proving Yunel is not a leadoff hitter, and he’ll make the change. 🙄

    Berigan’s sure fire way to shake up the lineup.
    Anderson leading off. Blanco 2nd. Chipper 3rd. Tex 4th, McCann Fifth Yunel 6th(And give Frenchy a WHOLE day off, a WHOLE day off not concentrating on hitting, fielding, and resting the sore ankles…not half of a DH off….duh!)
    Kelly 7th, Infante 8th…..It’s ok for one day. Last year we had an 2nd string catcher who was purely incapable of hitting(unlike this year 😉 )and Woodcrap in the same game…these guys can hit, that I have playing…..

    Hold the Applause! 😉


  236. 245 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Good evening y’all. I tried to post last night, Berigan. Wrote out my comment, clicked submit… and the computer picked that precise moment to go dormant. Ate the whole post.


  237. 246 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Ok FLB, you are excused….this time! 🙂


  238. 247 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Oh and I don’t think we want Frenchy’s dad as a hitting coach.


  239. 248 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    When you finish painting up there, we could use some painting done in our kitchen! 😀


  240. 249 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    FLB, you may be right…..unless they were a yin-yang tandem, he can work on guys that need to be more aggressive in hitter’s counts, and McCann’s Father on patience, and NOT swinging at pitches a foot outside….


  241. 250 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Well, I’m only stuck with the laptop for one more day. Sunday we’ll be getting up early & driving home. The good computer awaits me.


  242. 251 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    It may just be the two of us….that game was brutal to watch…you were lucky to only be listening to it…..you know, if you guys are going to be up here for awhile yet, you might want to look into an el-cheapo TV….I think you can find a B&W one for $20 bucks still….we bought a $9.99 one, wouldn’t recommend that…..hard to stay in tune….shame when you can’t buy a good tv for 10 bucks! :o:


  243. 252 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Take that back unless you never want me to speak to you again. I have been painting in this house for a year now off & on and we’ve still got about half the house to go.


  244. 253 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Well, you answered that! Might want to buy something to watch for the next time…you can even get colored TVs for $89 at wal mart….


  245. 254 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    I take it back, I take it back! I just thought, you could do that in your sleep by now! 😆


  246. 255 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    I’ve always liked painting…at least indoors….you can really brighten up a place quickly…fairly quickly…..


  247. 256 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    We’ve got an extra TV here. It’s just not hooked up to anything. The previous owners had DirectTV so that’s probably what we’ll get too but my dad is too cheap to sign up when we’re not here most of the time.


  248. 257 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    The big thing this time was painting the walls & ceiling in the stairway. 😯 Did I mention we have high ceilings?


  249. 258 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I can understand that….and being out in the boonies, a simple pair of rabbit ears might not do the trick…..I’d have tried to make some out of foil by now though….I can go a few days without tv, but after that…. 😯


  250. 259 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    are you painting that crumbly stuff on the ceilings, or are they flat??? I hate the crumbly stuff….Our living room is very high as well. maybe 16 feet??? A royal pain to paint the walls up to the ceiling….my neck hurt for a week after that, bet yours does too!


  251. 260 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Flat ceilings, thank goodness. But it’s really high over the stairs.

    Rabbit ears don’t do diddly-squat here in the mountains. You have to have satellite or cable (if you can get it, some of our neighbors have it).


  252. 261 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Did you notice Kent Mercker pitched an inning of relief for the Reds??? Being a lefty, of course he got the win against us. He didn’t pitch at all last year…..


  253. 262 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Yup. He always seems to go back to the Reds. Isn’t he from Ohio?


  254. 263 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Yeah, they said he has a home there…somewheres…
    Always like seeing some of the old timers still around….Don’t want to see them do too well against us, but seeing The Merckers, Mike Stanton’s and the Ryan Klesko’s still around(He retired this spring, but he had a good year last year, and he would have been a perfect left handed bat off the bench this year for us) gave me the warm fuzzies…brought back good memories….


  255. 264 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    You know, Mercker’s had a pretty long career for not being a big-name guy. Of course being a lefty helps. Dad should have taught Melissa how to pitch. I could hire somebody to paint then.


  256. 265 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    I always have a soft spot for the homegrown guys too. Not Stanton, though. Never liked him. My instincts, which are generally accurate, say “jerk” about him.


  257. 266 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    She’s a lefty too eh??? She’s clearly in her right mind! 🙂 ➡ berigan-Lefty
    I know before I had surgery on my wrist, I could throw a curve as well as most lefties that bounce around….Mercker is “only” getting $600,000 this year, after making almost 2 mil in 2006….I could, you know, get by on that money!


  258. 267 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Doggone it, why’d the arrow stay on the one line, and Berigan Lefty the one below…

    Interesting your vibe about Stanton….he was a money pitcher, I always wondered why the Braves let him go so many years ago….might have been a personality issue….he was mentioned in the Mitchell report I think…


  259. 268 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Yeah, she’s the only lefty in the family. Has the …um, interesting sense of humor to go with it too.


  260. 269 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Good for her! :mrgreen:


  261. 270 flbravesgirl May 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    So do you have hysterical laughing fits over things that don’t even strike other people funny or is it just her? She could be the quirky lefty reliever, personality-wise.


  262. 271 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    So do you have hysterical laughing fits over things that don’t even strike other people funny
    Doesn’t everyone ❓
    I have certain thoughts that I think are really funny, just need to find someone with the intelligence to get them…..


  263. 272 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 30, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    What will you miss most when you move from Florida????


  264. 273 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Probably. I don’t have the standard-issue sense of humor either. I tend toward the ironic/sarcastic myself (not too mean-spirited, of course).


  265. 274 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 12:10 am

    @#%! computer kicked me off again!


  266. 275 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 12:12 am

    You will have to give it a proper burial someday!!!


  267. 276 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Don’t tempt me. I’d probably have to reimburse Mom’s employer for it.

    I’m not leaving much behind in Florida. The relatives we’re closest to are here in GA & SC and my best friend lives out of town & we can’t get together too often so I’d see her as much here.


  268. 277 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Well, that’s the best way to leave a town….that’s how I felt about Jacksonville ,not much to leave behind….


  269. 278 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Probably all the nearby shopping & restaurants. Of course that comes with a lot of people. This is a little place, so not many choices here. But we can go to Gainesville or Commerce easily for almost anything that we could find in Florida & it’s an easy day trip to Atlanta.


  270. 279 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

    It’s weird that it’s not a big deal to me. I’ve lived there my whole life. Now, when we leave the house for the last time & turn it over to someone else, that will be tough.


  271. 280 Voice of Raisins May 31, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Gainesville or Commerce? Why, that’s my neck of the woods!


  272. 281 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 12:24 am

    I need to head for bed. Getting up early (for me) to go to breakfast. This is my last hurrah before starting a big diet when I get home.

    Good night!


  273. 282 Voice of Raisins May 31, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Gainesville or Commerce? Why, that’s my neck of the woods!


  274. 283 Voice of Raisins May 31, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Gainesville or Commerce? Why, that’s my neck of the woods!


  275. 284 Voice of Raisins May 31, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Gainesville or Commerce? Why, that’s my neck of the woods!


  276. 285 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

    I can’t think where the best outlet mall is, but one of them is really nice way up north…..sounds like a good move for you all!


  277. 286 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 12:35 am

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  280. 289 morpheus45 May 31, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Y’all, Bobby deserves to go to the hall of fame as a manager. He has certain qualities that make it inevitable, and I’d be among the first to make it so. These are qualities of a certain kind, though that have nothing to do with in game strategy. In game decisions of ANY kind…he must have a stable of astute assistant coaches to make him and his team successful. Tonight was so poorly managed from so many different angles in so many different ways, I don’t even have the energy to break it down. My GOD, what a pathetic display of strategy. And the players certainly didn’t help with their excecution. Yeah, if they hadn’t been numbskulls they could have overcome Cox. But they were, at least when it counted. This team looks like a slightly lesser version of the Celtics, who are winning despite the fact that Doc Rivers couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag. He is LITERALLY the equivilent of a 90 pound anchor dragging a pretty danged talented team into 2/3 of what they should be. The big difference is the Braves aren’t as head and shoulders above the rest as the Celtics are in their conference, and thus the difference is greater.

    WITHOUT PROPER BENCH ADVICE, Robert from the old blog was as spot on as anyone has ever been. I love Bobby, but he’s gotta have help. Otherwise, he really might as well be munching a %$#$-ing bag of oats while the game’s going on. Really.


  281. 290 chrisklob May 31, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Grinch, I’ll agree that there were issues tonight. First and foremost was the lineup. Norton in LF? When you’ve just called up a very talented outfielder? That makes no sense AND it goes against his habit of getting the new kid in the lineup on his first day.

    Why isn’t Blanco leading off? That, IMO, is a huge head scratcher.

    At the same time, Volquez looked sharp. You’ve got to give that kid props, he earned them. Glavine looked good too. Better than some outings that he’s had of late. He kept them in the game.

    That hack Chipper went 0-5 tonight. Clearly he’s done. He needs to retire immediately! 🙂

    Grinch, if I ever met Robert in person I’d probably want to punch him in the mouth. However, I will give him credit for noting (repeatedly) BC’s shortcomings. He is NOT a great field manager. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Braves miss Pat Coralles and Leo Mazzonne more than any casual fan will ever realize.


  282. 291 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Some routroutine maintenance!
    Grinch, I agree…I agree….but, why doesn’t anyone in the organization see it??? I mean, you cannot tell me JS and Wren don’t have their issues with decisions made during the game…..Or how about Glavine and Smoltz??? I’d love to hear what they say after a game like today…


  283. 292 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Good morning all, just dropped in for a moment while the advil takes affect…

    Glavin and Smoltz will never say a word to the negative about Cox… And yes, we are not seeing the big picture, of course, neither is anyone else…

    What I want to know is who screwed up Lillibridge? The kid is batting around .200 after hitting over .300 last year in Richmond…. Shades of Brad Kominsk…


  284. 293 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 3:16 am

    And Robert was/is an obnoxious jerk who may have had a valid point but his message was lost in his delivery…


  285. 294 chrisklob May 31, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Gil, I didn’t disagree with his method of delivery so much as his frequency of delivery.


  286. 295 Savannah Guy May 31, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Good morning. Up on the overnights. A few observations for my own selfish amusement:

    I agree, still, with everything.

    Now, on Cox, couldn’t a’said it better than y’all did. Well, I could’a said it… just would’a taken longer and all. Mr. Fly said it. Took him a while too… but I agreed with him too (always seem to agree with that little fella). Still, I’m agreeable again today. Don’t know what’s happening. May need a spinal tap or a transfusion or an aspirin or somethin’. Maybe a cup o’ joe.

    But when you hire a manager of the Blue Jays, who were a team stacked with talent at the time, who could ‘manage’ to get them to the playoffs but not advance, that’s what you get… a mediocre strategist at best. Wait, take that back. No such thing as mediocre strategy. It works or it doesn’t. No like horseshoes and hand grenades where close is good enough.

    Great talent needs managing. Without it, Microsoft would have been bought by IBM and turned into a play station. Without Edison we’d still be reading by candle light. Without Walt Disney we’d be watching TV with a flashlight. Wait… scratch those last two things. You get the drift. Anyhoo…

    Where was I? Oh, Cox… yes, our manager that just got signed for an extension. Listen my peeps… that move is an index of what is to come. No, it’s not gloom and doom, we could wind up with good enough talent to overcome whacky managing, but it’ll be an uphill battle. With the parity in 90% of the teams in the MLB, that’s gonna be like one arm tied behind our back. The manager is the 10th player on the team and you just can’t discount the importance of that position. The fans at the game are the 11th player. God help us in Atlanta, where the fans resemble a folk concert crowd more than a baseball crowd… although we’re doing a helluva lot better there than everywhere else. Go figger.

    Maybe Wren can manage ‘around’ Cox. Maybe our pitching can keep s in games long enough to squeak out wins (remember, like the 90’s). Maybe some kid’ll come out there and seize control of the offense and do the things that, well, like Yunel tried to do last night. Yes, it was a bad move with the second baseman so close, but still… SOMEBODY has to step up and do SOMETHING!!!

    I’m rambling. One more thing: Did anybody else notice the mild earthquake in the Atlanta area last night at 12:25? Yep, aftershocks rumbled until 12:56. Even effected the blog. Even effected the blog. Even effected the blog.

    There was another one. Scary.


  287. 296 Savannah Guy May 31, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Is FBG really Buffy… the vampire slayer? :mrgreen:


  288. 297 Savannah Guy May 31, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Another slow day on Ye Olde Blogge. Got me to thinkin’…

    Have you ever regretted NOT saying something? Something that could change the course of events or comfort someone? Sometimes I think what we don’t say is potentially more harmful or helpful than what we do say.

    Over time, I’ve seen emails and posts and such on a variety of blog subjects and issues. This note to self started out to be a private email to a few of you guys, then… as I got into it, decided, what the heck, throw it out there. Why not. It’s a slow day and I don’t embarrass that easily. Maybe I should. Anyway, it’s real… to me anyway.

    As we know, Braves and Stuff is currently in a slow phase. Like the Braves team right now, the hits are few and far between. And, just like the Braves, our blog is in a slump but will we back… and forth… and back again. That is, if we want it to succeed and if our host Carolina Lady wants it to. I have no reason to believe she or anyone wants Braves and Stuff to dry up and go away.

    Note that I said “our” blog. Sure, CL started it and hosts it so well. We take hosting for granted, but with her behind the scenes work keeping it going and posting new leads, unclogging filters and such has been invisible, under-appreciated… and crucial. Unlike other ‘commercial’ blogs, CL can’t be here adding content, doing Braves updates and conversing with us 24/7 like other (paid) hosts do. Even so, it was always intended to be ‘ours’… a group effort, a community forum, a respectable place, a surrogate town hall and such.

    As far as I know, this blog was never intended to be a matriarch, a patriarch, an exclusive, elite club or a jealous, competitive venue that required its denizens to only post here lest they be called a traitor. The original intent was to start a blog for Braves fans who enjoy variety of subjects and believe anything goes as long as it is not immoral, vulgar or hurtful. Differences of opinion are not only inevitable, but in my opinion, a good thing. Personally, I’d be bored silly if everyone always agreed. This blog only asks that there be no personal attacks or vulgar language. Three easy rules: Nothing immoral, nothing vulgar and no personal attacks. That’s it.

    Thing is, that leaves lots of latitude. Yep, we can be stupid, boorish or jerky or just downright foolish… but it’s ok. If it weren’t that way, I couldn’t be here, since I regularly practice all of those, uh… things.

    We’ve had folks say things that they regret and wish they could have taken back. I know… I have said things that, in the grand scheme of things, were unnecessary. Not gonna go back and parse and dissect and not gonna apologize, ‘cause there were always reasons for stuff. That, and on this blog, there is no goose and there are no gander. Good for one is good for ‘tuther. Stuffville is an equal opportunity community. Give it or take it.

    But the real point is, to a person, this blog stands head and shoulders above any other blog I’ve seen in terms of thoughtfulness, intelligence and personal ethics. We’ve enjoyed a wide variety of subjects, humor and insight. Politics is acceptable, because 99.9% of the time folks remain civil and polite even when they completely disagree.

    Now, we’ve had our differences and we’ve had defections. We’ve had visitors that came and went for whatever reason. I’ve heard through the grapevine that some visitors showed up in the middle of an “argument”, was put off and left never to return. That’s fine, but I don’t really believe that was the case. I don’t doubt that some said that, but even during the worst squabbles or verbal ‘fencing’, there was almost always a line that was not crossed that would have violated the three simple blog rules.

    No, I suspect that if anyone came and left because of intellectual, philosophical or simple passionate disagreements (often petty), they certainly wouldn’t have left and gone to an AJC blog for refuge or to find gentlemanly behavior and repartee. I’m not criticizing any blog on the AJC. It is what it is. I visit there and occasionally post there. It has many more visitors and denizens and is far more active. With visitor and post quantity, with more latitude in content and language, any larger, constantly promoted public venue is bound to have more personal attacks and boorish behavior than a small or non-commercial blog. But that’s fine. It’s all cool.

    Here, we’ve seen ups and downs in activity. Through the ups and downs, the many ‘hits’ and slumps, the core purpose of Braves and Stuff remains intact and unspoiled. We have denizens from all walks of life with differing political views and spiritual beliefs. We have different ideas on what the Braves should do, although the denizens here are certainly more like-minded and less extreme in ideas for our team than you’ll find most other places.

    Braves and Stuff is in a slow phase for as many reasons as there are denizens. Work ebbs and flows, vacations and relocations occur. Family issues arise and battery recharging is needed from time to time. Sometimes we just need a break. It’s all good.

    The blog is not dying, it’s not suffering, it’s not abandoned and it’s not floundering… well, no more than any group of imperfect human beings anyway. The tide ebbs and flows. People come and people go. People leave and come back. People camp here and some stroll in from time to time. I wish that there were no defections or long absences because I always felt, untied we would stand, divided fall, but everyone comes and goes at will, as it should be and as it is. Stuff happens.

    Just like any ‘social circle’, there are times of many visitors, many parties and celebrations… and there are times when we just don’t have the time or are not in the mood. That’s perfectly normal. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Some folks hang here more than others because they can, they have the time and they don’t have to work. Must be nice.

    Now Grinch is on temporary hiatus. Selfishly, I wish he weren’t, because he’s always been one of the most uniquely articulate and entertaining bloggers I’ve had the pleasure to blog with, despite the big clunky yellow shoes. I consider him a friend. He’s the only denizen I’ve met him in person and we’ve broken bread together. Well, actually it was raw fish. He’s a good man. We happen to disagree on damn near everything political and spiritual, but he has my respect. That, plus he would make a powerful convert. 😉

    Paladin is on a break. I wish that were not the case. He’s my old codger jet fighter war hero guy and he constantly cracks me up with his attitude and his one-line zingers. I also consider Pappy a friend… even if he, on an occasional Chianti tear, insults me. It doesn’t get personal and I know he doesn’t mean it. He’s a good man. He’s a teddy bear at heart.

    Lew left the building some time ago. I regret that. He’s always been one of my favorite bloggers… even when he cracks me up and makes me cringe when he goes on a rampage against Mutts and Trolls. I consider Lew a friend. We’ve shared emails and photos, syrup and honey (literally, not figuratively). He’s honored me with a Wurlitzer that I value. We’ve compared notes on music and art and he’s sent me both. We’ve talked on the phone and he’s a down to earth good ‘dude’. I miss him here.

    Chris, Salty and I share emails too. I consider them trusted, good pals and great, top of the line good folks. Raisins, Scribe, FBG, Hillbilly… great guys and gal that I have the highest respect and admiration for. They’ve avoided the ‘dustups’ simply because they are nice to the core… and wise enough to resist the fray. Then there’s JB in Atlanta… seems a very nice young fellow and baseball aficionado. The kind of guy you’d like your daughter to date. Can’t forget about Bay Area Steve. Funny guy. Like him. Dunno where he’s been. Was there an earthquake?

    William Wallace is perhaps the best blogger of the lot. He’s not Scribe mind you, but he’s got more passion that anyone I’ve read on any blog. He and I have fought like idiots, especially at the other place… over yonder, across the creek. Some of the things he says goes against my grain and I’m sure vice versa. But I respect him and I admire his ability to sum up the essence of a subject in a most unique way. Mostly I enjoy his unique attention and ability to view sports from the 30,000 feet level perspective while simultaneously dance on the tarmac of pop culture, music and such.

    Bob journalist, Jimmy Smith and the Jackass are gone but not forgotten. I’ll take the credit or blame for that. Well, I’ll take half the credit… they get the other half. The fencing got too serious I suppose. Anyway, those guys were the core group of the blog. Hope they’re well and having a great time on their own venue. Certainly no ill will or umbrage held here. They all cracked me up on a regular basis, for different reasons.

    Now, I’ve talked about everyone except Carolina Lady. CL is my friend and I love her like a sister. She is one of the most generous and graceful ladies I’ve ever had the privileged to know. She has a busy and difficult life at the moment but she wears it so well and remains grateful, hopeful and gracious throughout every challenge. She has quite a bit less tolerance for philosophical conflict and no appreciation for the occasional ‘elbows’ thrown on our blog court of play… and she probably winces and tolerates some of our rock music clips, but at the beginning, the middle and end of the day, there is no individual that is more loving and forgiving than she. She’s our hostess with the mostess. Love her like a sis, I do. Mean it.

    Look, I’m not saying all this to try and endear myself to anyone here or embarrass anyone. Life is short. It’s a wonderful life. Felt like saying stuff. Just sayin’. If I’ve inadvertently forgotten someone, forgive me or thank me or whatever. I’ll write you a poem or something to make up. Or sue me.

    So, that’s it. I’ve once again gone way around the bush to say, I’d rather have a slow blog with you guys than a busy 24/7 venue elsewhere. Besides, I can swim and wade wherever my little heart desires. But I’ll call this place home, hang my hat here and be honored to be welcomed on Braves and Stuff.

    Braves and Stuff: Not unlike Lake Wobegon… where the women are strong and the men are, uh… silly. Sorta like that, only different.

    It’s like a family, but not really.


  289. 298 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter May 31, 2008 at 10:54 am

    That’s my Guy. Brevity is not ever going to be his strong suit. Maybe coulda’ just said something like, ‘the blog is slow but that’s ok’.

    Take a cue.

    Gotta fly now… blossoms callin’.


  290. 299 Savannah Guy May 31, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Shuttin’er down I realized I forgot one of our main folks. Shoulda’ known better than to be’a clippin’ and such on that novel. Berigan got inadvertently clipped. No, not the hair… just the bit about him. Can’t leave the bear out. Might be dangerous. So he won’t sue me, I’ve added his ‘clipped’ piece AND, as promised earlier, even added a poem.


    Then there’s Berigan the Gentle Bear. The man is Mr. Nice, with the exception of one little bitty outburst. He’s probably the most prolific blogger of all, yet finds such a quiet blog when he’s doing his vampire thing. Glad he’s here… keeps it uplifting and such. Just take care of the cough, cold stuff and sleep.


    The Bear with the Hair

    On the blog we have a gentle bear
    Can’t see his eyes, ‘cause of the hair
    But if you get political and touch a nerve
    Or swing too far left around the curve
    You’ll see a rare raising of his ire
    And get bit by the resident vampire



  291. 300 Savannah Guy May 31, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Now, I’m out until game time.

    It is now safe to move about the cabin.


  292. 301 Savannah Guy May 31, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Yikes… Gil got clipped. Oh my. Dunno how that happened… it was right there, smack dab in the middle. Oh well. Another poem I guess. Please remind me to never talk about or list bloggers again. His part was short and sweet: Gil is a great guy, takes the blog baton when CL can’t and we wouldn’t have as good or as peaceful a place without him. He’s pretty unflappable too, which is nice. Need a few more Gil’s.


    A Gil, a Ville and a Pill

    We have a fair denizen named Gil
    Who hails from Mechanicsville
    He kindly assists with the blog kilter
    When Salty has a post in the filter
    He’s got such a steady hand
    When tussles are getting fanned
    He just needs to remember the pills
    For the back and maybe cheap thrills


    There. Anybody else, just sue me or demand a poem.


  293. 303 chrisklob May 31, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    SG, since Paladin isn’t around, I’ll say what he might have said.

    Do you get paid by the word? 😀

    Seriously, very nice, thought provoking post. I certainly have an appreciation for all of the fine folks here. Each and every one of you bring something special to the blog and that is what makes it special. Thank you all for being you!


  294. 305 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Is that Leo Mazzone in the broadcast booth??????????????? 😯


  295. 306 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Some pitching coach, joked about Millwood learning so much from Glavine and Smoltz, and him taking credit for his success…’
    And after shaking my head that Norton was in yet again, he hits a 2 run homer!!!!! he will start for the next 2 weeks based on that! 😀


  296. 307 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I was right, Mazzone!!!! 😯


  297. 308 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Yet another lousy umpire, and Jurrjens throwing nothing but straight pitches=bad day for the braves.

    And why did Bobby just load the bases with 2 outs???? It’s the catcher up, not the pitcher!!!! Well, it worked…but it meant even more pitches by Jurrjens….

    Well, this is the very first bad start for him, and it’s practically June….no one else on the staff, and few if any anywhere in baseball can say that!!!


  298. 309 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Tex ties it up 5-5 with a 3 run homer!!!!!!


  299. 310 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    SG, very good post at 10:37 am. Berigan free, but still from the heart! 😀

    I see you corrected that horrendous omission later, good thing, I was about to call you a liberal! 😛


  300. 311 Carolina Lady May 31, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Berigan, go wash your mouth out with soap!


  301. 312 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I go away for 3 hours, and still no one has posted???? 😥

    I also felt like 😥 after the game as well….I was listening to the game and when it went into extra innings, I thought…run into Publix, this is going to go on a few innings….well, at least I didn’t hear the loss. Dusty Baker is a fool for not having Jay Bruce there from day one…Corey Patterson in CF for almost 2 months hitting .200….very Bobby Cox-ish……

    But, it also makes a point I’ve touched on a few times this year. There really are no more 100 loss teams these days…Padres may be the worst team in the NL right now….teams you used to count on sucking, don’t anymore. Pirates are a .500 team with energy this year. The Reds really run the bases well(To be fair to Dusty, that was something he said he has been emphasizing since coming over, and they were running well)


  302. 313 chrisklob May 31, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Did the crickets die?


  303. 314 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 10:43 pm



  304. 315 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    What a game… I left my Mom’s after the 9th inning as I knew what was coming and did not want to witness the end…. I saw Jay Bruce play for the Bats… He didn’t look that good… Who knew???

    Anyway, the ump was squeezing the strike zone again. Thus… a long game.. Of course the play on which Bobby was thrown out on, McCann did not block the plate completely and Freel was safe. Bobby got thrown out so McCann would not be. That’s baseball. Soriano looked rusty, I can’t blame Acosta, after all, three days in a row? You just cannot go to that well that often.

    That said, I don’t think Smoltz can get back soon enough…

    And Denny Hamlin wins today… YEAH!!!!!!! 🙂

    And SG… That was lonnnnng….


  305. 316 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    And do you guys have any idea how tough it is for a guy with bad knees to put a cover on a 20 foot boat in a wind storm?? Not pretty….. 8)


  306. 317 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Dang! Where were y’all this evening? Glad those last couple of posts from last night finally showed up, I was starting to think the laptop ate ’em again.

    B, yes, there are big outlet malls in Commerce but they can’t touch the one near me in Florida. The thing is huuugge.


  307. 318 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    But is suspect it was pretty funny to the neighbors…. I hope I don’t end up on one of those Funniest Home Video programs….


  308. 319 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    SG, that was a wonderful (& very long but I expect that from you) post. I would like to see some new friends join us sometime to kind of keep the blog fresh.


  309. 320 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Maybe you need a garage for the boat?


  310. 321 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D May 31, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    My Pa will be hoppin on this in a sec…now that everyone has shown up….Joe was saying what a swell game the young ump was calling, Pete said yeah as well….unless it was dripping with sarcasm, I have no idea how Joe could say that…that was a terrible job by the home plate ump….Any thoughts on Mazzone doing the game???? He sure laughed a lot….nerves perhaps?????


  311. 322 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    I’m surprised Leo is doing TV. He never seemed that fond of the media stuff- interviews, etc.


  312. 323 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    FLB… Would love to have one… garage that is but too many other things are ahead of it. It would be cheaper to just sell the boat…

    Even old Leo was flabbergasted by the lack of strike calls in this game… And as far as shying away from the media… well, when you are looking for work, you have to take what is available. he did not do too badly I don’t think… I have heard worse.


  313. 324 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    You’d love this place, Gil. There’s a 2-car garage at the house & 3 under the workshop. We don’t have that many vehicles!


  314. 325 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Uh… would you like a couple??? 🙂


  315. 326 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    My next place is going to be near the water… Somewhere between Maryland and Georgia…. This place is too large for me to keep up now and Josie and I want to just chill for a while…


  316. 327 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Well, a truck, SUV & car, plus a stall for garden & lawn equipment. So we’ve got 1 left. My mom will find something to put in it. Maybe one of those heavy-duty all-terrain carts?


  317. 328 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I have not yet decided if I am going to throw in my tractor with the sale of this place but for sure I am not going to take it with me…. However, in the meantime I cannot imagine being without it…


  318. 329 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Salt or fresh? We have big lakes here & the Tallulah River is incredibly beautiful.


  319. 330 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Did you move up near the Tennessee line or South Carolina???


  320. 331 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    We’re right in the corner where it wedges in between SC & NC.


  321. 332 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Okay, I have an idea where you are now. I am more of a salt water buff but fresh water is okay… I will likely end up on salt water…


  322. 334 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Okay folks… time to hit the rack for me… catch up with you all later.


  323. 335 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Hmmm. I guess it didn’t like the link.


  324. 336 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    ‘Night, Gil.

    I tried to post a Wikipedia link for Rabun County but it must be lost in the filter. 🙄


  325. 337 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    I’m trying to wind down myself. Have to get up at 5 am 😯 to go back to Florida. But I’ll be back here in 3 weeks.


  326. 338 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    This’ll probably get stuck too but here’s the official website:



  327. 339 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:48 pm



  328. 340 flbravesgirl May 31, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    OK, no one seems to be here to chat & I need to go sleep anyway.

    Good night y’all. Talk to you tomorrow night from Florida.


  329. 341 chrisklob June 1, 2008 at 12:04 am


    Shouldn’t this fall under the “Too little, too late” category?


  330. 342 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 1, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Dang Girl, you are closer to Ashville, Greenville, and Chattanooga than Atlanta! Actually, that’s pretty cool….you are going to get some cool weather up there, thin blooded Florida Girl! 🙂


  331. 343 Carolina Lady June 1, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Chris, note that he says “he was resigning “with some sadness.” That has been his church home for 20+ years and has sat under that kind of ranting with his wife and children all that time. If it is with sadness it is because he’ll miss it and what is ‘taught’ there. Yeah, a little too late there, Barack Hussein Obama.

    Did you read that his “campaign people” want the press to stop the use of his middle name because it reflects negatively on him?

    He’s all flap and no throttle. And incredibly dangerous to this nation.


  332. 344 Carolina Lady June 1, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Will Rockies shop Holliday?

    Posted: Sunday June 01, 2008 08:21AM ET

    These tough times demand difficult decisions. Matt Holliday, on the disabled list, is not the problem, but he won’t be the solution. At the end of the 2009 season, Holliday, to twist a phrase from Rockies broadcaster Jeff Kingery, will be gone, and he ain’t coming back. This year is over for the Skid Rox. They can’t wait for next season to get here. They also can’t wait for next season to get nothing in return for the great left fielder. So, Holliday must be traded by July 31 and before it’s too late, before he becomes a free agent.

    Denver Post


  333. 345 Carolina Lady June 1, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Maple bats concern commissioner

    Posted: Sunday June 01, 2008 07:37AM ET

    Representatives from the commissioner’s office, the players union and major league teams will meet June 24 in New York to discuss the future of maple bats. The bats have come under scrutiny recently because they have a tendency to shatter into large pieces when they break. Ash bats do not typically break as drastically. Commissioner Bud Selig has expressed concern about the possibility that the shattered bats could cause injuries.

    New York Times


  334. 346 Gil in Mechanicsville June 1, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Much like the DOT and their view of where they need to install a traffic light is based on the number of people killed at an intersection, Bud will only make a change following an injury to a high profile player. Kids in the minor leagues have already been hurt by shattered bats. Well, who worries about the occasional incident in the boonies…. ?


  335. 347 Gil in Mechanicsville June 1, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Trade Tex for Holliday!!!!!


  336. 348 Gil in Mechanicsville June 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

    And watching the morning news shows….. Wow, are the Democrats showing their true colors or what? Sigh…. So many shrills out there crying about what is was…..

    Now baseball…. Richmond has now won three in a row… And will Bobby play Josh Anderson or continue to use Norton out of position? If he was going to go the route he has, he would have been better off calling up Scott Thorman…


  337. 349 chrisklob June 1, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Gil, I think you are right. Someone’s going to get hurt before they do something about it. We had the same traffic light scenario here a few years ago. Very dangerous intersection. The streets didn’t meet at a 90 degree angle so the approach was unusual. People complained, nothing got done. Then we had a couple of major accidents within a short period of time. Several died. Suddenly DOT got interested.

    I like your Tex for Holliday idea. We wouldn’t keep Holliday either but I’ve no love for the Mercenary Tex. He’s gonna look good in pin stripes. He better not even think about going to the Mets. The crowd at the Ted will boo him mercilessly every time he comes back.

    Question of the day: Why can’t the Braves win on the road? I didn’t see yesterday’s game so I truly don’t have any idea what happened. Does it seem like they’re just not getting any breaks?


  338. 350 Gil in Mechanicsville June 1, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Chris…. winning on the road requires holding a lead more so than at home. A weakness in the bullpen will rear it’s ugly head faster on the road than at home. The Braves bullpen has been just good enough to lose a lot of one run games on the road. Yesterday was a good example…


  339. 351 Gil in Mechanicsville June 1, 2008 at 10:40 am

    To further clarify. a bad bullpen will give up runs by the bucket fulls… And why is Rysop still on the roster? Holding a place for John Smoltz?


  340. 352 morpheus45 June 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Do y’all really not see what happened last night, or just view it as a “bullpen breakdown?” Soriano hadn’t pitched in 45 days, despite not having anything wrong with him physically. He signed a very lucrative contract to be the closer for a big market team and then his elbow started hurting. Ok. Every single test known to man was applied, and Dr. Freakin’ House pronounced him fit to pitch after 15 days. 30 days ago Buck Belue on local radio said “hey, man, it’s a big responsibility but you’re a professional athlete who’s getting paid a lot of money. Rub some dirt on it and go play; you’re never gonna be “100%” again, just like everyone else after you play awhile. If you’re scared, just say you’re scared.” That was 30 days ago.

    He comes in last night after 45 days with a one run lead in a game we need to win on many levels, and his first pitch goes three feet over the head of the plate umpire. Is Acosta warm and ready, just in case? The camera cuts to Bobby, who barks something, presumably asking Rodger what to do. Rodger shrugs. About 15 minutes later (remember, this is a very bad team we’re playing), the tying run scores without a lightbulb going off at any time and I Texted the words “Game over” to every one I knew.

    When is this man going to be held accountable? That was WAY worse than Grady Little in Boston leaving Pedro out (he at least thought to warm someone up to have an option) and that man had to go into the witness protection program to avoid the fans and media, and HE at least could get his team past the first round. Bobby Cox has been praised for every great thing he’s done in the past (and rightly so) but now he needs to be held accountable for sinking this team’s chances of doing SQUAT besides playing .500 ball. That’s just being fair.


  341. 353 morpheus45 June 1, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    SG, you’ve got mail. Read it in order when you get time, if you would.


  342. 354 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 1, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I know everyone is waiting for me to weigh in! 😛

    If you ask me, the bullpen is burned up. Used very strangely. Because of Bobby wanting to go with hot hands, look at these numbers. Acosta pitched 1 1/3 innings on the 29th, and 30th, then comes in yesterdays game! Yes, the last two games went extra innings, but think of the balls throw before coming in each game, then when you pitch in 2 innings, you throw warm up pitches before each inning as well. Reason I mention this, is I saw Jay Bruce’s homer given up by Acosta(Bruce has another homer today by the way!) on espn, 87 MPH, and it looked to be a “fastball”

    Meanwhile, Stockman hasn’t been sent down yet, right??? Hasn’t given up a run in 3 appearances….but hasn’t pitched since the 25th.

    We got rid of the 98 MPH guy, Resop(I’m with Grinch there, you don’t usually give up a guy with his stuff, he’ll be pitching with the Yankees in the 7th if they have any brains) so Buddy Carlyle could come back…but, he hasn’t pitched yet….why?? Did I miss something???
    Bennett has pitched in 3 straight games. He and Acosta can’t pitch today(One would think)
    Royce Ring has pitched in 2 straight games, 1 2/3 innings yesterday for a guy who normally pitches to one hitter. Can he pitch today???
    Ohman has pitched in 2 straight, only one batter yesterday, but 1 2/3 innings the day before…
    So, it seems like only Boyer, Carlyle, and Soriano should be available today…..good think Hudson only gave up 3 runs so far…..


  343. 355 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 1, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    And Hudson hurts his leg, and who comes in??? Royce Ring, after pitching a season high 1 2/3rds inning yesterday! 😡 Just pitched to one batter at least.
    Then Boyer comes in, (I made a sandwich, and missed A LOT!) Yunel makes an error, then That man, Bruce Almighty(Not my line, but sure fits!!!) gets a hit….now Boyer has hurt himself, and is leaving the game!!!! 😯
    Good grief!!!


  344. 356 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 1, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    It’s fun to talk to oneself! 😕


  345. 357 morpheus45 June 1, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    The saddest thing about this is it gives the AJC columnists another excuse to print the ol’ “Gosh darn, we’d be fine if it wasn’t for injuries” deal. This team is sunk until someone’s held accountable. I’ll watch, because I’m not a fair-weather fan, but I’m not getting my hopes up until there are some significant hirings and firings.


  346. 358 Savannah Guy June 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Another loss. At least it’s not the dreaded one-run loss monkey. Was kinda’ hoping for a complete blowout, like 18 to 1 or something. Just to point to the tragic flaws in our team and make somebody on our team get mad. A three or four run loss is too easily rationalized. Bobby’ll probably say something like, “we played good, swung the bats good, a few calls this or thataway and we would’ve been right in there, Huddy got hurt, that hurt, blah blah blah BS BS”. Hope Huddy is OK. His would be a huge loss. We’ll play 500 ball with him and Cox… 400 without Huddy and with Cox.

    Thanks Klobber, Bear and FBG for your kind words earlier. The crickets were loud and instructional as well. Yes Gil, it was long (“lonnnng”). Yup, it was a rambling, personal, sincere (ill advised) observation on the reality of B&S. Over the top? Yepper… no doubt. What was I thinking? Sheesh. Just gave myself a rap on the hand that typed it.

    Even though this is a small community of folks that supposedly know each other pretty well, perhaps the venue is best left with some ‘stuff’ unsaid. Perhaps I’m just a hopeless albeit verbose, blog-promoting romantic and frankly, when I find myself writing heartfelt novels on any blog I realize it’s probably time to put my big fat pencil (with no eraser) down for a while and go fishing or weed the garden… which I will do now.

    Anyway, I evidently broke two unspoken rules of Blogville and Stuffville: Nothing too long and nothing too personal. No held-up mirrors and such. Permission is hereby granted for CL to remove the post… then it won’t take up space like an ugly elephant in the room. 😉

    Now, baseball: ‘Bobby-Ball’ (a blog first?) does not work. Never has, unless three Cy Young’s happen to be on the mound at the same time… like the three Amigos. No, those laurels Bobby’s sitting on are beginning to look like a big, flat whoopee cushion. Plus, Cox is a public sports figure and fair game for as much criticism as we feel the need to dish out. I try not to make personal, but it gets difficult, when his lack of strategy and logic has gone the way of his knees. As far as I know they just don’t replace strategic thinking with titanium.

    Grinch is right and fair about manager accountability and about the pen. It ain’t the pen and it ain’t starting pitching. It’s the in-game strategy, pre-game conditioning/practice and the failure by too many of our unprepared players to execute the fundamentals. Unfortunately those three things are inextricably linked to a BobbyBall playbook.

    See you good folks next time I have a quick (short) snippet. In the meantime, must clean out the juke box outbox playlist. Where else am I going to post’em? 😆

    Whoops, said too much again.

    An oldie but goldie…

    and an old favorite.


  347. 359 Savannah Guy June 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Outbox is empty. Last two quarters. Goin’ out with two more Leon Russell…

    Leon before…

    …Leon after.


  348. 360 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    SG, I think the biggest “issue” here is we need to get just a few more folks here. If we had Wayne in Utah(I did see one post by him on SJA’s new blog) 10 Paul, and 1 or two other sane folks, who just couldn’t stomach the gutter dwelling you have to put up with at times on the other blog….well, we’d have less dead “air” so to speak.
    I wouldn’t want it to turn into the AJC blog…I really don’t miss trying to keep up with all those posts…just tiring….
    JBinATL found us, and that’s great….. hopefully more folks will find us in the coming months and years….


  349. 361 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Well, the braves asked about Joe Blanton, but didn’t come close(according to Ken Rosenthal) to the asking price. “Hey Billy, what you say to Thorman, Pena, and Resop???” 😀


  350. 362 Gil in Mechanicsville June 1, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    SG… Since WordPress does not charge for storage, I would imagine you are welcome to post a tome whenever you wish… 🙂

    Now baseball… I looked into my crystal ball and I see Charlie Morton in Atlanta’s future. I wonder how he will be misused? Really, If you have so little faith in your relief corp as to rely on only 4 relievers, why not just pare down the pen and add bench players?

    I have been a good and faithful Braves fan (more than Atlanta has been faithful to me but that is another string) but they are really testing me this year. Too many ill timed moves to my way of thinking.

    And Berigan… Do not lament for what you do not have when you can rejoice in what you do… 🙂


  351. 363 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 1, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Gil, you are right…well, to a point at least! 😉 Here it is nearly 5 hours later and no posts…perhaps I have to adjust what I’d like to see…I am not saying folks have to drop everything…. “Hon, I’d like to watch a movie, but dammit, berigan wants to talk baseball right now, and I am NOT going to disappoint that great man!” 😀

    That’s why if we had more folks here, you don’t notice no one not being here…or something like that.
    With Paladin not posting and when folks like Scribe, Hillbilly, Salty(Hey, were are you man, I see no posts on this blog from you!)Bob or Grinch cut back, you notice.

    BAS hasn’t been here in what, 2-3 weeks at least??? Gee, the more I think about it William Wallace hasn’t posted on this blog either….I thought JBinATL had once, but I don’t see it, must have been on the other blog…

    That leaves
    SavannahGuy, Berigan, Gil, VOR, Chris , FLB, and of course CL, who has her hands quite full at this time….

    I try to post a bit, but frankly, I just ain’t that interesting to read! 😛

    Of course, a nice winning streak would help!!!!

    In the scheme of things, the problems of the world, vs light posting on this blog…it’s not a big deal….just know that some braves fans from around the nation would enjoy our group….


  352. 364 flbravesgirl June 1, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Good evening y’all. I’m back in 96 degree Florida. 😦 Berigan, I am thrilled to go to a cooler climate. I don’t do well at all with extreme heat & humidity.


  353. 365 Voice of Raisins June 1, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Uh… did I miss something?


  354. 366 Voice of Raisins June 1, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I realize its almost midnight on Sunday/Monday, and that I haven’t been around all weekend, but I just wanted to pop in and say “Hey!”


    Talk to y’all in the morning. 😀


  355. 367 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 10:50 am

    … and here I am talkin’ to y’all in the morning.

    G’morning! 😀


  356. 368 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 10:52 am

    OK… since I have the place to myself, I’m gonna rustle up a little musical breakfast interlude and let the partakers partake.

    Back in a minute… 😀


  357. 369 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Good morning, VOR! What happened to everyone else the past 12 hours?


  358. 370 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Well, you all know I am a big Bulldog at heart, but here is a bulldog of a different kind.


  359. 371 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Howdy, FBG. It’s a slow time of the year with summer and all. At least that’s how I’m looking at it. How is home?


  360. 372 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:03 am

    And, of course, alot of us are working as well…


  361. 373 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Home is hot. Yuck. And I have plenty of work too, in the form of a mountain of laundry, a piled-up kitchen & putting things away from the trip.


  362. 374 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:14 am

    And, also, the maddening stretch that our Braves are on can turn folks off; but, you know, you can’t always get what you want.


  363. 375 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Sounds like Cinderella has come home.


  364. 376 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I’ll be glad to finally see a game on TV. 3 weeks of radio made me feel like I missed so much. Now I’ll be back up there in 3 weeks but only for a week this time.


  365. 377 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:24 am

    It’s beuatiful country there for sure. A little slice of heaven.


  366. 378 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:24 am

    And it’s beautiful, to… 😳


  367. 379 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 11:25 am



  368. 380 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:25 am

    … too… 😳 😳


  369. 381 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 11:26 am



  370. 382 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Time to deal with the laundry. Back shortly.


  371. 383 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Yeah… I have to give my work some attention as well, I just wanted to jump in here for a little while, say “Hey”, and drop in a few nice June tunes.

    And maybe just to tell all of my B&S buddies, I wish you were here, but I know you will be shortly as you can.


  372. 384 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I know, I said I had to go to work, and I do. But, just so you won’t think I’m wastin’ time, I’ll drop in just a couple more tunes…


  373. 385 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:51 am

    If I don’t stop this stuff and get back to work, you’ll all think I’m lazy or something.


  374. 386 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 11:57 am

    And now, I bid you all a hearty “later, taters!” as I head out.

    Later, taters!


  375. 387 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Unbelievable! A high school baseball catcher ducks and lets a pitch clock the ump in the mask. Check out the story, and embedded video, here:


    I’m sure the mama’s already laying out the excuses for poor misunderstood little Johnny…


  376. 389 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    And the great Bo Diddley has left us today. 😥

    He was one of the great ones!


  377. 390 Gil in Mechanicsville June 2, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Good afternoon folks… taking a bit of a respite from my yard chores. Josie is having to do nursing duties for my Mom until we can find another nurse to replace the one who quit a couple of weeks ago.

    Just though I would drop in and say hey back…. Now, off to drag the road and back fill the pot holes left by the rains this past week.

    And baseball…. Anyone remember a couple of years ago when the bullpen was really bad and the Braves could not hold a 5 or 6 run lead… Well, the pen has improved, it is only a 1 run lead they cannot hold now….


  378. 391 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Hmmm… now only blowing closer games. And I thought I was positive! 😆


  379. 392 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    By my calculations, we should have a Bear sighting within the next half-hour…


  380. 393 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Berigan: You’re makin’ me look bad here… 🙄


  381. 394 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Obviously, my calculations were off. But, hey… I’m a slow starter anyway. Just wait ’til we get to July, boy, I’ll be calculatin’ at a high level then. I always calculate poorly in April. Oh, yeah.. May, too. What? It’s June? Uh… I’m still a great calculator. Look at my career. I always start out calculating slow, but it’ll pick up, you’ll see.


  382. 395 Gil in Mechanicsville June 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Ah so… VOR appears to be very calculating individual….


  383. 396 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Much wailing and gnashing of teeth across the street. Here, love is all around. That’s why I love it here and why I am here to stay… even if I’m by myself a while. 😎

    As disgusted as I have been with our team over the last 5 days, they are still only 3.5 outta 1st. To have sucked and still be within striking distance ain’t all bad. Especially when the talent level is above the recent level of play.


  384. 397 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Ah, here I am, 3 pm! Wow! Spooky VOR! 😯
    Wait, my watch stopped…..still, amazing! 😯

    Now, baseball TMI from Berigan. Seem to be doing much better, coughing much less, able to sleep…. But I started to have an allergic reaction to the antibiotic I am on(3rd one) the other day. It’s pretty strong, Clindamycin and Saturday my face started to get all red…just my face, but it looked like a weird sunburn. I stopped taking it Saturday, then last night, I started to feel discomfort under my left rib cage. I am fairly used to pain under my right ribcage….but this has gotten more painful than that…..Called the doctors office, of course out of town. Told them how I had been there 3 times in the past 6 weeks, can they call something in for me??? they call back later, I have to come in….again! 😥 Oh boy, a 4th trip! 😡 Office is only 32 miles round trip! 😡 😡 And can’t get in til tomorrow…. GRRRRR!


  385. 398 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Brogan: I have taken Clindamycin before. Nasty stuff… but it’ll knock out anything.

    TMI from VOR: I had all 4 wisdim teeth extracted at age 40. (Bad mistake waiting so long) Teeth tend to fuse to the bone by that age. Some had to be cut out using a mallet and chisel-like implement. One was particularly difficult (the doc said it was the most difficult he had ever taken out) and required more time and effort. I actually came out of the anesthesia during the hammering.

    Anyway, I got off subject… When the last tooth was cut free, it slipped up into my sinus cavity from the back side. Subsequently, the doc had to slice my gum, peel it up, bore a hole into the front of my sinus cavity, crush the tooth into small pieces, and extract them. It resulted in a very, VERY bad sinus infection that required 2 rounds of Clindamycin. I was told that Clindamycin was one of the most potent antibiotics around and that it would kill off any bacteria, even the “good” bacteria that naturally lives in the body. It finally killed off my sinus infection, after 20 days. 😯

    Well, that was pleasant, huh? 😆


  386. 399 Pappy June 2, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Removing wisdim and wisdumb tooths is even worse then removing wisdom teeth. :mrgreen:


  387. 400 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Smoltz has been activated, and Stockman has been sent down.



  388. 401 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Pappy!!! 😀

    Nice to see, uh hearuh, you know what I mean!


  389. 402 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Wisdim! 😆

    That’s what happens when they’re gone…


  390. 403 Pappy June 2, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Those powerful anti-biotics that kill the bacteria in your lower regions are bad news. But, if they are required you don’t have much choice. However, count on spending a lot of time in the throne room.


  391. 404 Pappy June 2, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Now to Smoltz. I’m sure you have been seeing(and reading)how he is unable to come over the top, so he is throwing cross-body to ease the strain on his shoulder. I hope I’m wrong but I see a lot of “flat” fast balls and hanging sliders, both of which go out faster than they come in.


  392. 405 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    VOR! You used anesthesia??? weak! 😛 Kidding, kidding! Man, that whole situation sounds worse than horrible! I have only had the bottom wisdim teeth taken out….I was about 30, and was told my teeth were basically like fenceposts…very deep. I was awake for some reason(Everyone I talk to is knocked out for it) and I looked a bit like the old WC Fields skit with him trying to take the tooth out of a lady…my head was moving up and down….but your story takes the cake!!! Thank God he knew what to do!

    I think taking this 3rd different antibiotic was a bit much for a stomach that already had issues. I’ve eaten a lot of yogurt, took something called lactinex(SP?) something you get from the pharmacist that’s kept in a refrigerator that grows good stuff in your stomach. Just not with this round of AB’s It’s about $12 and it would only last for about 5 days, and this was to be 21 days I’d be on it…I read online that Clindamycin can cause stomach issues, sometimes weeks after you get off of it, goody! All cuz my stupid body couldn’t fight off a sinus infection….

    Perhaps the blog needs to be renamed, the stuff and braves blog! 😀


  393. 406 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Yes, that was a known possibility. That’s also why they wouldn’t go past 2 rounds with me. It was actually the 4th round of antibiotics for that infection. The first 2 were of an antibiotic that was just simply ineffective. Kinda like Royce Ring after one batter…


  394. 407 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    By the way, Jayson Stark has penned a nice piece on Smoltz:



  395. 408 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Pappy! I just saw last night on Oliver North’s War Stories, a show about Pappy Boyington and the rest of the black sheep. I had no idea he was shot down, and presumed dead til the war ended! I just watched the old show, which according to some black Sheep members was right about their name, unit number, the Corsairs…and nothing else! 😛


  396. 409 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Tonight’s lineup, courtesy of someone across the street:

    Marlins: SS Hanley Ramirez, RF Jeremy Hermida, 3B Jorge Cantu, 1B Mike Jacobs, 2B Dan Uggla, LF Luis Gonzalez, CF Cody Ross, C Matt Treanor, P Scott Olsen.

    Braves: SS Yunel Escobar, 2B Omar Infante, 3B Chipper Jones, 1B Mark Teixeira, RF Jeff Francouer, C Brian McCann, LF Greg Norton, CF Gregor Blanco, P Jo-Jo Reyes.

    Norton in left again… @#$%^&*!


  397. 410 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Hey now VOR, Royce did very well the other day, 1 2/3rds…but, you don’t pitch a guy like him that hasn’t pitched that much the whole season, 3 straight days…well, you do if you are Bobby! 😡 Someone pointed out on the other blog that Royce before this year actually had righthanders hitting less than lefties against him….but good ol’ Bobby knows a LOOGY when he sees one…


  398. 411 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I read a book on The Flying Tigers (probably even by that name) when I was in the 3rd grade. I was totally fascinated! That book literally sparked an interest in history, especially in WWII and the Pacific theater that I still carry.


  399. 412 Pappy June 2, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Bear; That’s right. The show was absolute BS. But, it was good publicity, so we didn’t complain. Sort of like the Navy and McHale’s Navy and the Army and Sgt. Bilko.


  400. 413 Pappy June 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Raisins; Was that book on the Flying Tigers “God was my Co-Pilot” by R. L. Scott? He was from Macon, I think.


  401. 414 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    You know, b-dude, I have been a Bobby apologist for a long time, but this year… well, this year has truly been a bonehead year, simply put. His steadfast refusal to bat Blanco or Anderson in the leadoff spot, to keep trotting Norton out to left, to overuse guys like Boyer and Acosta when other pitchers are growing cobwebs… all that just has me scratching my head (as my current avatar would suggest). I guess he still does enough things right behind the scenes to offset the ever-so-obvious questionable things we all see…


  402. 415 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Pappy: I think the book, which was in an elementary school library, was called “The Flying Tigers”, but I can’t remember exactly… 🙄


  403. 416 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Ozzie Guillen tore his team a new one for there lack of hitting…and they are in first place! I am not crazy about ol’ Ozzie, but it’s nice to see someone not just say, oh well, we’ll get ’em next time!


  404. 417 Pappy June 2, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Bobby is staying around to set a record for getting tossed that will never be broken. I hear they are going to call it The Tin Man award. Certainly couldn’t call it The Thin Man.


  405. 418 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    OK, gotta go pickup my son from offseason weight-training. Today was his first day, and the first year he has been old enough to participate. Old Dad is kinda melancholy about it. He’s getting big! It seems like he should still be 3 years old… 🙄

    Excuse me while I gather myself… 😐


  406. 419 Pappy June 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Make up your mind Raisins. Are you going to pick up your son or gather yourself? Decisions, decisions. 😛


  407. 420 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Quickie as I run out of the house…

    From DOB across the street:

    BOYER’s MRI was fine, just a bit of fluid on a bursa sac in the knee, doc said he could pitch today long as the discomfort is tolerable. Boyer said he feels good today.

    HUDSON doesn’t think his hammy is a big deal at all and would be very surprised if he can’t make his next start. Bobby said Braves would probably have someone on standby from minors (Charlie?) just in case, but he, too, believes Hudson will be ready.

    KOTSAY isn’t doing any better, has pain running down a leg, etc.


  408. 421 Pappy June 2, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Pappy is off into the wild blue. Out.


  409. 422 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    VOR, I recall years and years ago(Way back into the mid-late 90’s) meeting a nice guy at a wal-mart. Said something about baseball, he was a big braves fan, but thought Bobby was dumb as a rock, and why we never won the WS(Shoot, maybe this was before we won it) I was, frankly dumbfounded, as I thought he was a great manager! Sure, there were little mistakes I noticed, but hitters swing at bad pitches, pitchers throw flat sliders(You make a good point Pappy, hopefully Smoltz can still toss ’em!) but by and large, he was great….I know I catch more games than ever the last few years, so perhaps that is why I see more of the mistakes…I don’t know….I think a good manager, has to be patient….that is one of Bobby’s strong suits, for sure. IF Willie had started to tear the cover off the ball come September, we’d all be hailing him as a genius for sticking with him….but, he didn’t and I think a decade before, he would have stuck Diaz out there everyday…but not now….He was very quick to go back to the platoon with Diaz this year….And I will say this for a Bobby Cox team, they may look dead in the water, but every year they have made it interesting for at least of September, even when they really had no chance of coming back…..

    I wonder if I bumped into Robert all those years ago????


  410. 423 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Stupid to run Hudson out there next time…Red Sox just DL guys cuz they have about 8 starting pitchers…plus they know it will help them down the road to have some rest during the season….Most of these guys haven’t been in the playoffs in years(Glavine most recently) but we act like no one can miss a start, got blister, pitch thru it, got a sore hammy, lets really hurt it on a bunt your next start……sigh….

    I too need to run some errands,but it was nice to talk to someone you know…besides myself!


  411. 424 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    WOOOHOOO!!!! Way to go, Yuni!!!


  412. 425 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    No one else is excited?!


  413. 426 Gil in Mechanicsville June 2, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    One thing about this team, they make it interesting to the end…


  414. 427 Gil in Mechanicsville June 2, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    FBG… I am too exhausted to be excited. 🙂


  415. 428 chrisklob June 2, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    What’s up guys? Nice to see a come from behind win tonight!


  416. 429 Gil in Mechanicsville June 2, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Yo Klobber… you are just in time to take my spot, catch ya’ll tomorrow…


  417. 430 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Well, we don’t want you to exit, Gil, but if you’re that tired maybe you should go to bed. 😉


  418. 431 chrisklob June 2, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Night Gil. Nice chatting with you! 🙂

    What say, FBG? Glad to be back home? Hot enough for you?


  419. 432 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    My dad was so disgusted he went to bed. Thank goodness for DVRs. I’ll replay the end for him tomorrow.


  420. 433 chrisklob June 2, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I was pretty disgusted too but since they are playing at home I figured they had a chance. If this were a road game they’d never have had a chance to win tonight.


  421. 434 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Mid-90s is more than hot enough for me, thank you. It’s good to get home to my bed, the TV, the good computer. But I hate to leave Rabun.


  422. 435 chrisklob June 2, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    It was pretty hot here today too. Humid too. It is June afterall, so I can’t complain too loudly.


  423. 436 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Of course you can. Humans have probably been griping about the weather since the beginning of time.


  424. 437 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I missed the game!!!! 😳
    I saw VOR talk about todays game, but….It’s Monday! Usually the off day, that was why Bobby was abusing the bullpen, he knew we were off Monday! 😛
    Glad to hear “we” won, now…to I have to stop watching til we win???


  425. 438 chrisklob June 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I can complain all I want. No one is listening. Even if they were, they wouldn’t care. Griping about the weather is a pointless exercise.


  426. 439 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Good God Berigan, read before posting! 😡 to I have to stop watching til we win….uggh…
    DO I have to stop watching til we LOSE again????


  427. 440 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    chrisklob Says:
    June 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I can complain all I want. No one is listening. Even if they were, they wouldn’t care. Griping about the weather is a pointless exercise.

    Chris, sorta like folks(me at the top of the list usually) arguing about Bobby’s managing skills? 😀

    Just saw a quick replay of Yunel’s homer, really nice to see everyone hoping around at home, wish I had seen it live!


  428. 441 chrisklob June 2, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Ber, SportSouth will probably re-broadcast the game later. Some frustrating moments, but the good guys finally prevailed.


  429. 442 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Chris, still playing ketchup, just saw on espn that smoltz blew the save…how’d he look??? Good velocity? Did he have the hanging sliders Pappy was worried about???


  430. 443 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Kind of uneven, B. The new armslot appears to be a work in progress.


  431. 444 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I wonder if he should have pitched longer in the minors??? I also wonder if he had shut it down for 6 weeks, if his shoulder would have healed enough that he could throw normally, but I heard him say something to the effect of not being a patient man… 🙄


  432. 445 chrisklob June 2, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Totally agree. I think he got the first batter out on one pitch. The rest of the way was a roller coaster ride. “Work in progress” is a good way to put it.


  433. 446 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    I see Chase Utley hit his 21st homer!!!! 😯 Wow! A lot of power from a pretty skinny guy!


  434. 447 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I don’t know if that would have been long enough for it to heal or if it will ever be right this season but Smoltzie is definitely not blessed with a lot of patience.


  435. 448 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 2, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chase Utley made two diving, backhanded catches, hit another homer, barreled into a catcher and tried to bunt for a base hit.

    Watching from the bench, Ken Griffey Jr. saw one of the top players in the majors do whatever it takes to get a win.

    They are our competition, plain and simple….MVP #3????


  436. 449 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Henry Aaron is not all that large of a man. He had plenty of power. 🙂


  437. 450 flbravesgirl June 2, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    That was not said sarcastically.


  438. 451 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Good morning B&S!!!


  439. 452 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Hey Raisins…. Another day, another blog… 🙂


  440. 453 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Ber said: A lot of power from a pretty skinny guy!

    FBG said: Henry Aaron is not all that large of a man. He had plenty of power.

    You don’t have to be big or muscular to have power. You have to generate bat speed. It’s more mechanics than anything. All the added muscle does is turn a few warning track outs into a homer here and there. The dramatic increase in power and home runs over the last decade has less to do with juicing and more to do with ridiculously small ballparks. But, hey, chicks dig the long-ball, right?


  441. 454 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Folks, It really irked me last night to listen to Joe and Boog gush about the Gwinnett Braves. A lot like the old spouse having to watch the new eye candy being shown off. I wonder how many folks will show up for the games in Gwinnett when the baby Braves go into one of their tail spins?

    Oh well, time to move on…


  442. 455 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Most important aspect of hitting a baseball is to have strong wrist and forearms. Big shoulders and pecs will cause one to become slower, not faster thru the hitting zone.


  443. 456 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Balance is the key…. Just like golf in that respect. It is not always how hard you hit a baseball, it is how you hit a baseball. Little Gregor Blanco hit one about 420 feet the other night and he chokes up on the bat about 6 inches.


  444. 457 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I think guys like Howard and Fielder hit homeruns in spite of being big, not because they are big…


  445. 458 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:35 am

    By the way… Frenchy’s additional 15 pounds of muscle has really added more pop to his swing, huh? Not!

    Remember a skinny little 19 year old kid named Andruw? He had a beautiful swing that stroked a couple of homers in Yankee Stadium. He got bigger, and his swing got messy. Now he’s fat, has a bad knee, and his hands and wrists can’t do any work because the rest of his stroke has so much movement.

    The swing is like a whip lash. The base (legs) start the motion through the hips, and the hands and wrists provide the “lash”. Everything in between should simply carry the motion. And if the head doesn’t remain still, the whole motion loses it’s plane, which creates additional motion and robs energy from the swing.

    Chase Utley has a beautiful swing…

    Eyes glazing over yet? 😀


  446. 459 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I think guys like Howard and Fielder hit homeruns in spite of being big, not because they are big…

    Agreed 100%.


  447. 460 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:45 am

    You know, Gil, I was thinking about you last night during Joe and Boog’s Gwinnett gush-fest. I’m sure that was mandated from the Braves muckity-mucks. I thought it was a little out of place, myself.


  448. 461 Hillbilly June 3, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I’m no pitching coach, but I didn’t think Smoltz had a good release point last night. The first 4 pitches all did the same thing: sailed up and in to right-handers. It looked like the ball was rolling off the end of his fingers. Plus i figure he was amped up to the max. He’ll work it out and be dominant again by this time next week. Just needs a little tuning.


  449. 462 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 10:03 am

    ‘Morning, y’all!

    Hey, Hillbilly! How’s all your beautiful family? Brady?

    Missed the game last night – have to grab a nap here and there when I can. Mother’s Kyphoplasty to repair the fractured vertebrae is scheduled for 12 June. They sure aren’t in any hurry! 😦 It’s an adventure, I tell you!


  450. 463 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Agreed on Smoltz. As FBG said, it is a work in progress. I think he gets good movement on his pitches, he just has to get used to where they’re going. He was still throwin’ at 95mph…


  451. 464 Pappy June 3, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Seems no one agrees with me that Smoltz’s new delivery is a disaster waiting for a place to happen. I know it is going back a LONG way, but Dizzy Dean was one of the dominant pitchers of his era, arguably of any era. He was hit on the toe by a line drive, changed his delivery and was never effective again. Speed is nice, but not the all. Look at Ring.


  452. 465 Hillbilly June 3, 2008 at 11:03 am


    I think if ANYBODY can make the successful adjustment, it’s Smoltz. He has the uncanny ability to adapt to the situation. If not, he would have been done 5 or 6 years ago.


  453. 466 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Smoltz’s pitches definitely had movement. It was visible from my new TV. The biggest difference is that he will no longer be able to throw the split, which is why his days as a starter are done. He’ll be able to come in for 1 inning and throw without worrying about pacing; just air it out. The issue at the moment is that his fastball moves differently than he is accustomed, as does his slider. If he can get used to the movement, and work in a changeup, he can still be very effective. Work in progress definitely describes it best. Also, I think he was a bit jacked last night; his eyes looked like it. (I could see that on my new TV, too).


  454. 467 flbravesgirl June 3, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Good morning y’all.

    I’m not crazy about pitchers making abrupt changes to their delivery for that very reason. But Smoltz has done this before & made it work for him. One of these days the arm will just fall off but ’til then he’ll find a way to pitch.


  455. 468 flbravesgirl June 3, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I think VOR is happy about his new TV.

    The Cardinals trained here in the Gashouse Gang years. Dizzy had a home on Palma Sola Bay & owned a gas station. I’m told he would come out & pump the customers’ gas himself.


  456. 469 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 11:13 am

    If his right arm falls off, he’ll just learn to pitch lefty… and extend his career another 5 years. 😀


  457. 470 flbravesgirl June 3, 2008 at 11:17 am

    That would not surprise me, VOR.


  458. 471 Pappy June 3, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Raisins; I’m not arguing BUT, movement–like speed–is nice IF you know where it is going to move. If you don’t, you can’t pitch in the bigs.

    Hillbilly; I am a HUGE Smoltz fan. He is a warrior and has come back from things that would have sat mere mortals down. But, that time comes for everyone, eventually. I hope for John and our sake that it is not now, but I am afraid it is.


  459. 472 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Pappy, of course you aren’t arguing. We are discussing. It’s the life-blood of the blog. And I agree with you that if he can’t control the movement, he isn’t effective. If anyone can do it, though, it’s John Smoltz. I can’t see a scenario where he pitches after this season; I think he just wants one more shot at October.


  460. 473 Pappy June 3, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Raisins and Hillbilly; I hope I am proven wrong, bigtime! I can handle it. And NO ONE wants to see John go out with a world series ring more than I do. Have a good ‘un.


  461. 474 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Speaking of one more shot at October, I am of the mind that we will lose several players after this season – Smoltz, Glavine, Tex, Kotsay, Hampton. It’ll free up a good bit of money, but it also makes this the last good shot at a title for a while. They really need to make a push for this year, in my opinion. One name I have read recently is Zack Greinke from KC. He’d make a nice addition to the rotation, and is relatively young. He’s making $1.4M this year in what I believe is his walk year. He’s 5-2 so far this year with a horrid KC team. KC needs middle infield help; ATL has middle infield depth. Thoughts?


  462. 475 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 11:45 am


    It could work… 😛


  463. 476 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 11:46 am




  464. 477 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Greetings all… Soooooo… Raisins, what’s this about a new TV? 🙂

    I agree on Smoltz having trouble with his release point. The wife commented that his delivery only looked smooth and easy on one pitch and that was clocked at about 84 mph. 008 is right about movement… that is unless you are tossing a knuckle ball and then it’s anybody’s guess…

    I will reserve judgment until he tosses a few more innings. He has earned that. But… didn’t Manny look sharp last night? More so than Sorianto. I am not sure about Sorianto right now… I thought JoJo pitched well on a night he did not have his fastball working. That is what a young pitcher has to go through and learn he can still be effective on an off night.

    And Escobar saved everyone’s bacon last night with that wall scraper.

    Okay, catch ya’ll later, the grocery store awaits.


  465. 478 Salty June 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Raisins…did you get a new telly?

    SG…very nice post from the other day…not ‘War and Peace’, but close, in length! 😛
    Seriously, very well done!


  466. 479 Pappy June 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Salty’s back. Let’s all hide.


  467. 480 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Bill Clinton accuses the media of biased coverage…. My, isn’t that a bit like the black calling the kettle a pot??? And other news… Scott Thorman went yard for the 7th time last night in Charlotte. Hit a home run too… 🙂


  468. 481 Pappy June 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    The brain-deads across the street are giving Yunel grief for swinging at a 3-0 pitch, even though it was a game-winning homerun. When I was playing my coach would have kicked me over the scoreboard if I swung at a 3-0 pitch. But, I was a lousy hitter. Pitchers don’t get the light to swing at 3-0 counts, either. However, Yunel is one of the team’s best hitters and a 3-0 is very likely to be grooved down the middle. He has the green light but he doesn’t swing unless it is just where he wants it. It was. He did. End of story.


  469. 482 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Pappy, if the Braves went 161-1 those idiots over there would find a reason to complain. It’s just the nature of the beast.


  470. 483 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Who put these two idiots on during the game talking about politics???? 😦


  471. 484 Pappy June 3, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Klobber; Keep ’em in line. The old man is off to bed.


  472. 485 Pappy June 3, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    , Miss. (AP) – A World War II veteran who received the nation’s highest military honor when he was only 17 is in the fight of his life, battling cancer, his biographer said.

    Eighty-year-old Jack Lucas, who lied his way into the Marines at age 14, was nearly killed when he used his body to shield his fellow Marines from grenades on Iwo Jima in February 1945. He was just a few days past his 17th birthday at the time.

    He received the Medal of Honor from President Truman later that year, becoming the youngest Marine to receive the award.

    D.K. Drum, whose book “Indestructible” tells Lucas’ story, said Monday that he is in “grave” condition at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, where family and friends are staying with him 24 hours a day.

    “He is fighting very hard, very hard,” Drum said. “It’s probably his hardest fight, but he’s not giving up.” Lucas did not have the energy for an interview Monday, Drum said.

    A native of North Carolina, Lucas was already eager to join the Marines at age 13.

    “At 14, I told ’em I was 17 and joined up,” he said in an Associated Press interview in October 1945. “The Lucases are all tough fighters.”

    In February 1945, shortly after his 17th birthday, he was with Allied forces that landed on the beach at Iwo Jima. While in a trench with three fellow squad members, he spotted two grenades on the ground, covering them with his body.

    He was severely wounded when one grenade went off and survived multiple surgeries and months in the hospital.

    Over the decades, the colorful Lucas became a symbol of patriotism and has been sought out by many to tell his story. “Indestructible” was written for a seventh-grade audience to reach as many people as possible.

    “If he has a chance to say one thing to people, it’s to never say `I can’t,'” Drum said. “You don’t know what you can do until you try.”

    Still fighting in his 80s. this is what the present generation doesn’t, and never will, understand.


  473. 486 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Anybody watching the game??


  474. 487 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Well, Campillo proves to be human… Still plenty of outs left… I had a bit of a rain delay as a T-storm blew thru…


  475. 488 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    There aren’t even any crickets in here!


  476. 489 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Hey, Gil! How’s Miss Josie?


  477. 490 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Actually, her spirits have been lifted somewhat tonight, we found another nurse to take some of the hours Jo has been working taking care of my mom…


  478. 491 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    We spent an extra $400 last month just in gas making the trip back and forth to her place.


  479. 492 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Chip Caray: “Dan Uggla is arguably the best Rule 5 draftee of all time” (paraphrased).

    Note to Chip: Hey numbskull, ever heard of a guy named Roberto Clemente?


  480. 493 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Hey hey hey!!!


  481. 494 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Don’t get me started on Chip Carey… 😐


  482. 495 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Also she has traced her grandmother’s family back to Arizona… Turns out her maternal grandmother was Najvaho… She is having a tough time tracing her father’s side of the family. She does know he was Cherokee as was her maternal grandfather…


  483. 496 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    D’y’all catch him earlier when he said Kelly “used the bag to defend himself” on a double play? Huh?


  484. 497 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    It’s really, really tough, Gil. Sometimes I wonder if I’m going to make it!

    Hey, y’all! Come on in! 🙂

    I’ve missed a lot of games lately, but will somebody tell me why NORTON is in the outfield??? We don’t have anybody else?


  485. 498 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Oops… rain delay for me again…


  486. 499 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I have no idea why Norton is starting in LF. I have no idea why Yunel is still leading off and Blanco is batting 8th. I have no idea why Corky is batting 7th. I have no idea why alot of things are happening…


  487. 500 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I did see the “catch”.. 🙂 Then the signal blinked out… Gotta love DirecTV..


  488. 501 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Early dementia? Gotta be some answers. Anybody got Wren’s cell #?


  489. 502 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Yunel is most effective in the 2 hole. KJ is most effective in the 7 hole. Norton is most effective off the bench. Connect the dots and you start Anderson in LF and lead him off. It’s not rocket surgery! 😎


  490. 503 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Watching the run-up to the ball game, I came up with an idea for my next blog lead contribution….


  491. 504 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Yes Raisins but it is brain science…. 🙂


  492. 506 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    okay… game is back on.. later


  493. 507 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Yes, I am watching the game on my new TV. 😛


  494. 508 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Any body notice that Josh Anderson is wearing #22? Remember another youngster who batted leadoff and played CF and who wore #22?


  495. 509 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Hey Raisins, did you get a new tv?


  496. 510 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    How’d ya know?!? 😀


  497. 511 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Ok, Raisins, tell me about the NEW TV!! 😆 😆 😆

    (I’m watching on the computer……but glad to have it….)


  498. 512 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Just doing my part to stimulate the economy…


  499. 513 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Raisins, it was just a wild guess……..


  500. 514 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Oh, nuthin’ much… just a new TV…

    It is only the 2nd brand new TV I’ve ever bought. 😯 The first one got KO’d by lightning last year. I bought a used TV that ended up having a big green spot on one side. It’s nice to watch the Braves in red, white and blue.


  501. 515 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I bought a new TV a while back. Truman administration, I think it was.

    Enjoy it to the max, Raisins! I’m glad for you!!

    There is absolutely nothing natural about Chip’s announcing. Sounds so forced, as if he’s really working at it. Uncomfortable to listen to.


  502. 516 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    By the way… the #22 I was thinking of was Brett Butler.


  503. 517 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Braves 2 – 20 when trailing after 7??? OUCH!


  504. 518 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    CL: They’re due. 😀


  505. 519 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Butler was always a favorite of mine.


  506. 520 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    I’ll have to give Chip credit for one thing – he does announce the score and inning, even on TV.


  507. 521 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Who’s up? Chipper, Tex, Francois?


  508. 522 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I mis-typed that: it was 0 – 20 when trailing after 7.


  509. 523 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Nice helmet, Chipper! 😆


  510. 524 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    0-20? Then they’re due-er. 😀


  511. 525 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Yeah baby!!!


  512. 527 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Congrats on the new tv. We’re planning on spending some of our economic stimulus money on a new one too. Course I’ll never get to watch it but that’s another story.

    CL, the Braves have plenty of ugly numbers this year. Thankfully, they just took the lead so hopefully that number will become 3-20.


  513. 528 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Hmmm… Chipper’s back barking?


  514. 529 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I bought this TV at Office Depot of all places. Got a great deal.


  515. 530 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Wha? Why is Infante batting for Corky?


  516. 531 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Of course, as I am posting that, Chip and Joe begin discussing it… 😐


  517. 532 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Office Depot? Really? Hmmm, I guess I’ll have to check them out. That money should be landing in the bank this week.


  518. 533 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Yeah… I went in to buy legal pads, came out with a TV. Who’da thunk?


  519. 534 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Actually, I had been shopping TV’s already. They had a couple of good deals going.


  520. 535 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Soriano looks like a closer tonight…


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  525. 540 Carolina Lady June 3, 2008 at 10:11 pm


    Agreed, Raisins! 3 up, 3 down.


  526. 541 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    And, g’night everybody!


  527. 542 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Braking News! Obama has earned enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination. Of course, Hillary is too arrogant to concede………..


  528. 543 flbravesgirl June 3, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Good evening y’all. A one-run win!! Weeee!!!!


  529. 544 flbravesgirl June 3, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    And I got stuck with the Marlins’ broadcast. Actually their guys aren’t bad. They were being very complimentary towards Chipper.


  530. 545 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Great win tonight… Soriano looked very good tonight. Yes, Anderson does remind me of Butler… Too bad he is not getting any real playing time. The kid can fly.

    My stimulus check went into my gas tank… 😦


  531. 546 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Great game! Really felt like one that we would lose, when we couldn’t get Norton in from 2nd with no one out….And taking Corky out leaving us with no one on the bench in a one run game…after several extra inning games, very risky…but, it all worked out! Soriano was finally back at 95-96, perhaps fear of airing it out before tonight??? Or a really warm night helped him feel safer in doing it….


  532. 547 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Yo Berigan… Feeling better???


  533. 548 flbravesgirl June 3, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Glad you found some nursing help, Gil. I know how tough that situation can be. It consumes your life.


  534. 549 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Yes, now I can actually take the boat out and go fishing…. I am soooo selfish. 😦


  535. 550 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Chris, it’s weird….Hillary still won one of the 2 final primaries tonight…and a majority of the last primaries….a lot of Democrats do not want Obama….one of my best friends was a Hillary supporter, and said if Obama won, she’d vote for McCain….really don’t know if race is part of it, or not, but she really feels like he has no experience…..


  536. 551 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Berigan… If Hillary was running un-opposed I would vote against her… Just something about her that grates on me. That and she reminds me of my ex-wife…

    Now baseball… YEAH BABY….


  537. 552 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Charlie Morton picked up win number 5 tonight against Durham, he hurled 8 innings, striking out 13, walking one and giving up 2 hits and no runs. The offense backed him up with 10 runs…


  538. 553 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Gil, do you have enough money left from your economic stimulus check to put gas in the boat? 😀

    I feel the same way about Shrillery. I would vote for almost anyone over her. She makes me sick.

    That and she reminds me of my ex-wife… Gil, I am soooooo sorry. Couldn’t imagine that.

    Berigan, it seems that the Demoncrats are wildly divided. They plan to vote for their candidate unless the other one gets the nomination. Then they plan to vote for McCain.


  539. 554 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Okay, time to try to sleep… see you folks in the morning…


  540. 555 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Gil, more PO’ed than anything else right now….really, really, really didn’t want to go the ol’ doctor’s office for a 4th time in 5-6 weeks, but when I called about the pain in the left side of my stomach yesterday, hoping for a prescription (Went to the pharmacy yesterday for Latinex, something they keep in the fridge, they said what VOR did, that that antibiotic causes a lot of stomach problems, and with being on 2 others in the last month, I needed to see the doctor) so…my Doctor is on vacation this week, only the PA there. A guy I have seen in the past, and like a lot. He saw my late Mother years ago, and found she had heart problems, a sharp guy…but today….he was nice, but just explained away everything. I told him how I woke up Saturday with my face looking like I was sunburned, and stopped taking the Antibiotic since, it was the only thing I was still on, then got stomach pains Sunday under my rib cage, and how it hurts with every breath laying on my back….hurts if a take anything more than a normal breathe…hurts when I press under my ribcage…he listens to my lungs, and stomach…says perhaps it’s a muscle strain…um…didn’t do anything to strain a muscle! Told him years ago I had a problem where I killed all the good bacteria and had to take another antibiotic to kill the bad stuff off…well, I have been on too many antibiotics as it is he said…
    I also noticed a rash on each side of my stomach today…point that out….says, it could be from my clothes rubbing me. Wha??? 😯 2 inches above my waistband??? what about the “sunburn” to my face??? Was I out in the sun??? No….noticed it first thing after getting up. Well, lot’s of things can cause a rash. 🙄 So, with that, he wished me a nice summer….so, I wasted LOTS of gas in my 1973 Lincoln driving 44 miles round trip(Forgot it was that far) and added to my tab at the office….GRRRRRR!!!!! 😡


  541. 556 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman were selected to represent the Rome Braves in the Sallie League All Star game which is two weeks from tonight in Greensboro, NC. Gil, that’s not too far from you, right? You outta go check them out!


  542. 557 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Klobber… let’s just say I won’t be doing a lot of joy riding…


  543. 558 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Someday, I hope you guys will never hear me talk about my health again! 😀


  544. 559 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Gil, how long will a full tank last you???


  545. 560 flbravesgirl June 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Berigan, you poor guy. At this point you’ve taken so many medications that it would probably be hard to pinpoint what was causing the reaction. And I’m sure you have wreaked havoc with your good bacteria after all the antibiotics.


  546. 561 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    FLB, I am beyond sick of being sick….I keep trying to ignore it, but I feel like my body is digging one hole, and digs another hole to put the dirt from the previous hole.

    Just before I got sick, I read something online that said, want to live a long life, stay off antibiotics as much as you can! 😕

    On to other topics….interesting topics…like baseball. Does Norton keep playing left??? He did have a big hit tonight, I just don’t know if a 35 year old who never has played much left, should be out there every night…..


  547. 562 flbravesgirl June 3, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    I don’t know why Anderson isn’t getting some starts. Norton has done some nice hitting but he looks a little iffy in left.


  548. 563 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Don’t you think it’s hard to play everyday in the minors, then just pinch hit once a game???


  549. 564 flbravesgirl June 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I think that’s very hard for the young guys (yeah, I know Anderson isn’t really a raw kid but he’s still young).


  550. 565 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    It’s got to be for the Kids. Gotay has done very well, all things considered. He had 190 ABs last year, 282 in 2006. He’s 25, and only has 38 AB’s this year. .229 BA, but a .357 OBP.


  551. 566 chrisklob June 3, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Berigan, some guys seem to have a knack for pinch hitting. Lenny Harris and the Sweeney guy who’s in L.A. now come to mind. Much better off the bench than as an everyday player.

    Other guys flourish playing daily and get rusty when they don’t. It’s up to the manager to figure that out.


  552. 567 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Chris, I just don’t know what to think of Norton playing every day. He has put up decent numbers in the past….but, he was 4 for 20 in the last 6 games, with 1 homer and 2 RBI’s(that must be before tonights 2 rbi’s) so that makes 5 hits in 23 AB’s We need some production from that position. Anderson and Blanco in the lineup would be very interesting if they both were hitting!

    Another amazing guy off the bench, Greg Dobbs for the Phillies! He might, just might be someone that would be worth trying to get (Though I think the Phillies would never give him up)
    This year, hitting .360 in 75 ab’s with 17 RBI’s!!!! How would you like him off the bench??? He hit 10 HR’s and 55 RBI’s in 324 abs last year, so he can play a fair bit….


  553. 568 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 3, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    I meant get for next year of course….if/when Tex leaves…


  554. 569 flbravesgirl June 4, 2008 at 12:12 am

    You mean when Tex leaves.

    Time to catch up on my reading. Good night y’all.


  555. 570 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 4, 2008 at 12:17 am

    I try to stay positive! 😀 You never know, if Giambi can get some really good HGH, and Delgado found a fountain of youth….there wouldn’t be a market for him….and I also expect pigs to start flying…any day now! 😛


  556. 571 chrisklob June 4, 2008 at 12:34 am

    TEx is as good as gone. Nothing and I mean NOTHING that he’s ever stated publicly indicates that he considers himself a Brave. Remember, he’s a Borass client. That, almost by definition means that he’s nothing more than a soldier of fortune, a mercenary. He’d go play for the Nippon Ham Fighters if they offered him more money than a mlb team. I say ride that horse into the ground. If he doesn’t get a single day off this year I won’t be sad.

    B, in my very uneducated opinion, Norton strikes me as a very useful bench player. He’s had some big hits for the Braves this year. He’s also been miserable at the plate on other occasions. His defense in LF is laughable. He has made a couple of very hard plays (sliding catch a night or so ago) but he’s also been very suspect out there.

    I much prefer Anderson out there. Give the guy a few starts. I don’t think the kid is going to light the world on fire offensively, but we KNOW he plays well in the field. He’s got plenty of speed, as does Blanco, and frankly that is something that this team (and most recent Braves teams) does not have.

    And don’t get me started on Corky Miller………..


  557. 572 chrisklob June 4, 2008 at 12:50 am

    I don’t know if anyone saw this story on SportsCenter over the weekend:


    It’s the story of Louis Mulkey, a captain in the Charleston Fire Department who lost his life along with eight other firefighters last June 18 in a warehouse fire. Mulkey was also a football and basketball coach for one of our area high schools.

    I highly recommend this video. It’s rather long at 14+ minutes but the story is amazing and very inspirational. Check it out. You’ll probably cry a little but it’s definitely worth watching.


  558. 573 Berigan 3, part 3, in 3-D June 4, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Chris, thanks for mentioning that story! I saw it while riding my stationary bike, music blasting, with closed captioning on…wow….I meant to see if there was a link…..I finished riding the bike, and turned the sound up…without giving too much away, I was feeling so sorry for everyone, before a key piece of the story was told to us…..and yeah, the tears were streaming, big time at the end….not something that happens too often, especially watching ESPN!


  559. 575 chrisklob June 4, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Gil, I have a sinking suspicion that Smoltz is done after this year. So will Glavine. Hampton and Tex are goners too. There’s going to be a markedly different look and feel to the Atlanta team next year. It’s good to know that there’s at least one stud in the pipeline to fill one of those roster spots.


  560. 576 Voice of Raisins June 4, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Gil: That is a great story on Morton. All indications, including a converstation someone across the street had yesterday with Frank, are that they are very aware, and excited, about Mort. (Can call him that?)

    I agree with klobber, and have said repeatedly, that we will certainly be losing both Glavine and Smoltz as well as Hampton after this season. I look forward to seeing Mort in the rotation next year. I also want Frank to spend some of the contract savings (Glav, Smoltz, Hamp, Tex – 100% certainty, Kotsay, etc. ) on a top of the rotation starter to go behind Huddy.

    I mentioned Zack Greinke yesterday. He’s 5-2 this year so far with a terrible KC team. He’s first time FA and would probably cost a mid-level contract for a pitcher. He’d also cost a few prospects this year, but I think the Braves have the depth to do it. KC needs middle IF badly, and the Braves have a surplus. I’d dangle Chuck James, Lillibridge and Prado/Gotay and see what they’d say.

    2009 rotation would look like:


    That would be a pretty good rotation, if you ask me – which nobody did. 😀


  561. 577 Voice of Raisins June 4, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Oh, and good morning!!!


  562. 578 Voice of Raisins June 4, 2008 at 9:36 am

    As for Tex, I don’t share your hope, there, B-dude. I also don’t share your desire. I don’t want him. His contract will be a burden, and he only produces for 2/3 of a season. If he gave us anything at all in April, we would have been on the winning side of a few of those 1 run losses, and would probably have been in or near 1st in the division most of April and May. It’s all speculation, of course, but I for one have been way to aggravated at many of his wasted AB’s.

    He’ll heat up at the ASB, put up monster #’s the 2nd half, and garner an obscene contract from one of the NY teams. Then he’ll be crucified in the NY papers next April and May when he “does what he’s done his whole career”. That’s a pant load. Give me a player who’ll play for all 6 months.


  563. 579 Carolina Lady June 4, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Good morning!

    I think I would be surprised if Smoltz made it through the end of this year. It will be so sad to see him finally have to give up; he’s such an incredible fighter. Wonder what he’ll pursue when he has to retire?