73: An Angel in the Outfield

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Looks like we got ourselves an Angel in the outfield!

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Garret Joseph Anderson
Born June 30, 1972, Los Angeles
Height: 6’3″ Weight: 225 lb.
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Position: Left Fielder

With Garret Anderson, I really think the Braves are in a much better position to make their presence felt during the season than they would have been with Griffey. Thank goodness, he went back to Seattle!

Garret has accumulated some good-looking numbers in his years with the Angles. According to CBSSportsWire.com:

A three-time All-Star, Anderson had spent his entire career with the Angels and holds several franchise records, including games played (2,013), runs scored (1,024), hits (2,368), doubles (489), total bases (3,743) and RBI (1,292). He ranks second in home runs (272) and career batting average (.296).

Anderson helped the Angels win the World Series in 2002, hitting .300 with two homers and 13 RBI in the postseason. Los Angeles declined to pick up his $14 million option after last season, instead paying a $3 million buyout.

I know next to nothing about Anderson, but this comment posted by someone on another blog says a lot, I think:

I can still remember seeing Garret play as a rookie for the Angels and being in amazement on how talented, humble, and professional this young man was. How was I to know that 15 years later we would be saying the same things about him. Braves fans should be ecstatic. He has so much more left in the tank then Jr and could really make a huge impact on the Braves title hopes for 2009. I have never been a Braves fan but I will be watching their box scores this season and pulling for them strictly based on their acquisition of Anderson. He plays the game the way it was meant to be played. He is one of those few players that would be successful regardless of the time period he played in.

I know the Braves are high on character and it sure sounds good to me!

I truly hope Francoeur can reverse his fortunes of last year – and I think he will. Chipper has given him pretty high marks this spring and he’s usually honest in his comments.

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Centerfield?  Hmmm.  Anderson? Blanco?  Schafer?

Don’t know about Blanco. I think Schafer will probably be given a little more time in the minors to refine his craft. So that leaves Anderson. (Josh, that is.)

Anderson-Anderson-Francoeur? Not bad. We’ll just have to see how that one comes out of the wash.

Yes? No? Indifferent?

~CL~

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435 Responses to “73: An Angel in the Outfield”


  1. 1 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Absolutely brilliant, CL, in my opinion as well! 😀

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  2. 2 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I have always respected your opinions, Raisins, and you’ve again justified my confidence in you! 😆 😆

    (I do hope everyone realizes this is extremely tongue-in-cheek!)

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  3. 3 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Now that LF has apparently been settled, (note the use of the word apparently given the off-season we have witnessed), focus immediately shifts to CF. I think it’s Anderson’s job to lose over Blanco, but Schafer will be given every opportunity to prove he belongs. And no way he stays in the bigs unless he wins the job outright as the everyday starter.

    So to me, that’s the key battle of the spring. It’s really the only battle of the spring. They can say the 5th starter spot is open for competition, but it’s Glav’s unless his arm falls off.

    So now after a winter of discontent, and a hot stove season of uncertainty, the lineup is pretty much nailed down.

    Now batting order… ❓

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  4. 4 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Batting order – let’s see….

    That would be you. Me. Gil. Ber.

    Wait – I forgot I’m on the DL….

    Uh, nevermind. 😀

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  5. 5 Salty February 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Very clever CL! Angel in the Outfield…Braves train in Orlando…all very Disney-esque! :mrgreen:

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  6. 6 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Hey, Salty! Glad your Dad is improving! Keep us posted; we’re concerned.

    lead – well, see what happens when nobody will do a lead??? 😆

    (Thanks!) 😀

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  7. 7 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    see what happens when nobody will do a lead?

    It was all a massive conspiracy by the locals here for the sole purpose of drawing out that wonderful piece you did on Garret.

    I love it when a plan comes together… 😀

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  8. 8 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Quick story I heard Leo spin this morning after being asked about pitchers’ “roles”:

    First he said every pitcher should consider that his “role” is to get outs. Period.

    He told of a guy that the Braves picked up mid-season from KC in 1990 named Rick Luecken. Leo said the team had just gotten back to the Stadium after a long road trip that concluded in SF. It was about 3:00am and everyone was dog tired from the long trip and longer flight. The team baggage had not yet arrived at the Stadium, so the irritation level was elevated. As the tired team was very impatiently waiting, Luecken approached Leo and asked him, “What is my role here?” Leo said, “What? Not tonight. I’m tired.” Luecken pressed and said, “I gotta know. What’s my role with the Braves?” Leo said, “Go around the corner and ask #6 (Bobby).” A few minutes later, Luecken walked past Leo to his locker and toward the door without his bags which had not yet arrived. Leo stopped him and said, “You talk to Bobby?” Luecken said, “Yeah.” Leo said, “So… what’d he say?”

    “He said I probably wouldn’t get any more innings and might be off the 40-man roster in September.” (pause) “Leo, what should I do?”

    “Work your butt off, make better pitches and forget about your role.”

    😆

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  9. 9 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Kissed the Blarney Stone, did you, Raisins? 😆 You’re terrific!

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  10. 11 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    According to the beat writer, Morton strained a muscle in his side today. Is day-to-day.

    He said Soriano looked great, even having severe chest congestion.

    KK mixed in all of his breaking stuff today and impressed.

    I feel weird re-reporting what the reporter is reporting. Or something like that…

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  11. 12 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    A very clear and neat synopsis. Reader’s Digest version!

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  12. 13 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Post-script to the Leo story regarding Rick Luecken:

    September 24, 1990: Selected off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Atlanta Braves.

    October 26, 1990: Released by the Toronto Blue Jays.

    I guess he figured out his role…

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  13. 14 flbravesgirl February 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Very nice, CL. I preferred GA over Jr. anyway, just because he’s a bit younger & less beat up. Sounds like he’ll be a good fit.

    VOR, at least when you re-report it we don’t get the “I’m too hip to like Disney or anything else about Florida” spiel. It gets tiresome.

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  14. 15 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I have listened to and read comments from several baseball people – former coaches, former players, former execs – on various outlets today regarding the GA acquisition. They all think the Braves made a stellar move. I guess we on the east coast don’t know enough about this low key guy, but I have heard so many accolades today that I am beginning to get a little excited about the team again.

    And those accolades aren’t confined to his baseball skills either. He is a very high character guy who will be a positive influence on the youngsters. Also, he was supposedly Kotchman’s mentor on the Angels. I forgot about that connection. Maybe improving two positions offensively with just one signing. Now that’s efficient management! 😀

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  15. 16 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    A little home Stuff:

    My hometown Jefferson Dragons one their 9th straight traditional state wrestling championship this weekend. They moved up from class A to class AA this season, but the change in classification did not result in a change in the outcome. Jefferson is widely regarded as one of the best programs in the state, regardless of classification. My own son is in the pipeline, though he still has alot of work to do.

    9 straight titles is quite an accomplishment. I am proud of all of the boys who work very hard, many year round, to be the best.

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  16. 17 flbravesgirl February 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    That’s great, Raisins. They should be proud. Must have a good coach too, for such consistently high standards.

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  17. 18 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    The head coach is a great coach and a good guy. He is also a good friend.

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  18. 19 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I am listening to 680theFan who has their talkers at Disney this week. They reported that earlier, Bobby pulled Diaz off to the side and had a 1 on 1 chat with him. They could not hear what Bobby said, but Diaz was heard to tell Bobby, “Skip, I’ll do whatever you need me to do.”

    Great attitude from Matty. Nice touch by Bobby to talk to Matt personally.

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  19. 20 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Jason Heyward – 6′ 4″
    Freddie Freeman – 6′ 4″
    Tommy Hanson – 6′ 5″

    That’s some big youngsters…

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  20. 21 Gil in Mechanicsville February 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Great lead CL… And an angel in the infield as well with Kotchman.

    Great news Raisins. Kudos to the coach.

    One reason I like Matt Diaz is he knows what his role is, (see, I read the whole blog) 🙂 .. but back to Diaz. He is just one of those players who a manager loves to have around. You never hear of him complain, never says, it’s not my job. Honestly, if Bobby ask him to wash the towels and dry the uniforms he would do so with a smile.

    He knows the score and he will wait for an opportunity to prove he is a valuable part of the team. After all, the Braves rescued him from the Royals.

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  21. 22 Voice of Raisins February 23, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Radio reports say GA is traveling today, should arrive tonight to settle the business end, get his physical (originally said “get physical” 😆 ) in the morning and be on the field for the workout.

    Very cool… 😎

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  22. 23 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    What’s my opinion on the latest blog??? Boorrrringggg….

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  23. 24 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    😆 😆 😆

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  24. 25 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Just a kiddin’ Ma’am! Great lead!!! I just like to be a little 😈 every once in a while!
    Garrett Oh, just one t at the end??? Garret is a 2nd half player, which is a bit like Tex, but all things being equal, isn’t it what you would rather have if a guy doesn’t hit the cover off the ball all year long???

    Last 3 years, .267 pre all star break, .313 after.

    I couldn’t remember if it was 2006 or 2007, that he absolutely tore the cover off the ball the 2nd half (it was 2007-I just looked) he was forever on Baseball tonight getting a big hit. In the first half, in 151 AB’s(He is going to miss games, just like Chipper) 3 Hr’s 15 RBI’s and .285 b.a. I think their were rumors that he was washed up. 2nd half??? 266 A.B.’s 13 HR’s 65 RBI’s and a .305 BA.

    He hasn’t played more than 142 games in a year since 2003, which means we are going to really need a strong 4th outfielder, aren’t we???

    It’s funny, from an on base percentage viewpoint, Blanco is our “best” outfielder. .366 OBP. Josh Anderson, .338 OBP Garret had a .329 OBP.( Blanco had 74 walks, Garret, only 29!!!) Frenchy .294 OBP, and Matt Diaz had a .264 OBP!!! See, someone is even worse than Frenchy at getting on base! 😛

    I am not saying he should be a starter, and I think OBP is overblown in this day and age… but…he can play all 3 positions in the outfield, which Diaz can’t, Garret can’t at this point…it’s just weird there is no talk of him having much of a chance in this outfield, is there??? We might want to have 5 outfielders this year. Well, Norton can always start….though I’d rather not see him left….

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  25. 26 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Beriban, consider yourself pinched. 😆

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  26. 27 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    uh – that goes for Berigan, too! 😳

    I have to say I’m pleased with GA’s addition to the team. Matty is one of my favorites! Love his attitude. And you know #6 does, too!

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  27. 28 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Congrats, Raisins!! That is really neat!! Tell Raisins jr we’re proud of his work and contributions to the program!

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  28. 31 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Who is out of options?
    J Anderson, OF – stays
    B Boyer, RH – stays
    M Gonzalez LH – stays
    D Lowe RH – stays
    A LeRew RH – hmmmm
    G Norton util – stays?
    D Ross C – who?
    R Soriano RH – stays
    P Stockman RH – stays?

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  29. 32 flbravesgirl February 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    David Ross, CL. Back-up catcher they signed early this off-season.

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  30. 34 flbravesgirl February 23, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Everything I have read about Garret just makes me happier about signing him. I’m glad Jr. ran home to mommy.

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  31. 36 Gil in Mechanicsville February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I wonder if Yunel will give up number 19 for Garret?

    Anderson is a pretty good bridge to Heyward if you ask me.

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  32. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville February 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    He really does strike me as a Terry Pendelton type presence in the line-up.

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  33. 38 chrisklob February 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    CL, how ya feeling?

    I think Norton stays. Aside from the fact that they’re giving him $1m plus this year (I think) he can play several positions and he hit very well off the bench last year. His overall numbers weren’t good but he was over used because of all the injuries this year.

    I also agree with you on G Anderson. I’ve always felt that good clubhouse chemistry and solid citizens were overlooked. Just ask the Dallas Cowboys teams of the last few years. So much talent; so many headcases.

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  34. 39 chrisklob February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Madame Blogmistress, I beg your pardon but I did forget to congratulate you on a most excellent blog lead!

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  35. 40 chrisklob February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    BTW folks. I saw a very good sign today. This morning when I woke up I looked out back towards my birdfeeders/birdbaths and saw a robin and quite a number of goldfinches. Neither species is native to this area. The only time we see them is during migration. SPRING IS ON THE WAY!!! YIPPEEEEEEE!!

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  36. 41 flbravesgirl February 23, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Only 1 robin, Chris? When they come through here it’s in flocks of what looks like hundreds of robins. They have giant pool parties in my birdbath & fountain.

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  37. 42 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Hi, Chris! Doing very well for just 20 days away from surgery. Well enough to feel impatient, but not well enough to do anything. Doing my ‘exercise’ – which consists of taking the sling off for :10 and letting my arm mostly ‘hang.’ Believe it or not, that’s tiring to those muscles! I appreciate what the pitchers go through more and more! I’m looking forward to being able to brush my hair or pick up a cup of coffee – much less throw a baseball x mph!

    The robins have been here all winter. Pigs they are, too! Lots of finches. There’s a flock of maybe 60 or so that are here every day – scarfing down that seed! 😆 Blue Jays, Northern Flickers, several kinds of woodpecker, cardinals, titmouses, chickadees; can’t remember them all. I do love to watch them!

    I think I saw a group of red-winged blackbirds recently. Didn’t get a real close look. Was trying to drive with one hand, watch traffic, etc – but I thought I saw a flash of red on one of them. They would be just passing through.

    The trees and bushes are budding out. Daffodils and hyacinths are up. Camelias are in full bloom. And it’s going down into the 20s tonight….. Yep. It’s spring!

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  38. 43 Carolina Lady February 23, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Oh – and thanks for your kudos! I must have worked hours and hours – uh, :30 on it! 😆 Not my best effort, but it gives us a clean page! 😀

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  39. 44 chrisklob February 23, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    CL, a clean page is always a good thing PLUS it was a pertinent blog. Almost like you were braking news or something!

    We have plenty of birds here year-round too. My favorites are the bluebirds and I was very encouraged that a pair was scouting a house that I built last winter but was stolen by chickadees. Don’t know why but I do love bluebirds. Always lots of cardinals, mockingbirds, bluejays, various sparrows and wrens here all year. The “junk” birds will be through soon too unfortunately. I don’t have much love for the grackles and starlings as they tend to be big hogs at the feed bowl but you’ve got to take the good with the bad. Many woodpeckers stop by including the pileated woodpecker. If you’ve never seen one, that is one big, loud bird!

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  40. 45 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Good morning all, just on my way through while I’m waiting for the Darvocet to kick in. The trees are getting ready to bud here. We are about a week behind you on spring CL. probably two weeks behind Chris.

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  41. 46 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 24, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Gee, you guys are ahead of us! Keeps getting down into the upper twenties, I think this is the 3rd straight night…

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  42. 47 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Note on Norton:

    He really won’t count as the “5th” outfielder so much as the backup 1B. It’s just that he could play LF if pressed into duty. With the addition of a regular LF, he won’t play there except through injury. His presence is more for a bat off the bench in the 8th or 9th inning.

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  43. 48 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Roster should be:

    OF: FrenchFry, JAnderson, GAnderson, Diaz
    IF: Kotch, KJ, Yunel, Chipper, Infante, Prado, Norton
    C: Mac, Ross

    12 pitchers

    Note: Infante can play CF/LF if needed. Prado could be traded in ST. Infante plays all of the same positions except 1B, where Norton backs up. Norton is relatively ham handed at times, but his bat is very valuable off the bench. I suppose it is a good problem to have.

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  44. 50 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hello… (tap, tap, tap)

    Is this thing on? 😀

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  45. 51 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Howdy!

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  46. 52 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 9:50 am

    From across the street:

    GA getting his physical right now. Press conference may be after the morning workout. The time isn’t set, but the area is set up.

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  47. 53 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 9:50 am

    VOR = Voice of Reader’s Digest

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  48. 54 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

    CL:

    I think the Indian needs to get over it. Who takes the center spot in the banner? Who is the face of the Braves?

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  49. 55 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Leo Mazzone says the Braves will lead the league in extra base hits. They are loaded with doubles hitters.

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  50. 56 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I was looking at that thing yesterday, Raisins. Thought I’d wait a few days to see if I can find photos of the new people in their Braves uniforms.

    Dunno. Who IS the face of the Braves nowadays? Chipper, Mac, one of the new guys?

    Have PT this afternoon. 😦

    Day 21 of 180 = 159 to go. Can’t believe it has been 3 weeks. In some ways it seems forever, in others just a short time. Guess being heavily drugged for most of it will have that effect! 😆

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  51. 57 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Good morning Raisins..

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  52. 58 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I hope Leo is correct! Maybe they will not be locked out in 1-run games this year!

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  53. 59 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Kelly and Prado also have played some first base

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  54. 60 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I think Leo is on to something, I was thinking the same thing. A lot of guys who hit the gappers. Not so many big boppers. Not really a bad thing.

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  55. 61 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Good morning CL…

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  56. 62 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 10:14 am

    ‘Morning, Gil! A big hug to Miss Josie!

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  57. 64 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Wow! Good for Jason Schmidt! Successfully returning from shoulder labrum surgery is rare. During some of my research prior to my thing, I read that only ONE pitcher out of many has ever been able to do it – and I’ve forgotten his name. (I didn’t recognize it when I read it, to be honest.) I wish Jason well!
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090223&content_id=3871530&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb&partnerId=rss_mlb

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  58. 65 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Howdy Gil.

    Maybe short on “boppers”, but not a dependence on “all or nothing” guys either. Consistency and clutch. These boys may surprise a bunch of folks this summer. I like it.

    OPerez is and idiot.

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  59. 66 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 11:23 am

    This team isn’t a one-trick pony. Very versatile, it seems to me. Or maybe the drugs are still working….. 😆

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  60. 67 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Some radio outlets are speculating that the Manny circus will soon be over. With NO confirmation, there is much specualtion that he is rejoining the Dodgers and that an announcement is forthcoming.

    THIS IS COMPLETELY UNCONFIRMED.

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  61. 68 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Actually, upon further review, the Manny circus will never end. His FA may soon be over though…

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  62. 69 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    😆 , Raisins!

    Off to the house of horrors……

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  63. 70 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/top-100-prospects/2009/267698.html

    See #4, 5, 42, 62 and 87.

    Prospects #4, 42 and 62 – ETA 2010 – mean uni #7 either makes huge strides in his game, or makes quick strides out of town.

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  64. 71 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Correction:

    Prospects #5, 42 and 62 – ETA 2010 – mean uni #7 either makes huge strides in his game, or makes quick strides out of town.

    😳

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  65. 72 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Great line from Chipper gleaned from across the street:

    “In the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, teams are going to flood us with lefty [relievers]. We’re going to see a lot of the [J.C.] Romeros, [Pedro] Felicianos, [Renyel] Pintos — a lot of the lefty-o’s in our division.”

    😆

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  66. 73 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Morton’s out for at least a week with the left oblique strain he incurred yesterday.

    I understand he had an outstanding ‘pen session, then felt the strain in his first couple of pitches of BP. Sucks for him. At least it’s early in camp.

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  67. 74 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 24, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Greetings and salutations, and all that jazz!
    Feel like I might be trying to come down with a cold. Wish my body would make a decent attempt to avoid a cold. 😕 Though I did make it through most of the winter illness free.

    CL, I have always like ol’ Tommy Lasorda. Always positive, and what he was able to do with the Dodgers in 1988(It was 1988, right?) against the steroid enraged A’s, amazing! I still remember Bobby Costas saying the Dodgers might have had the weakest offense of any team ever in the WS, and he was right!

    I bought a book of his, it’s called, I Live for This! Got it for a buck at Barnes and Noble. Older book I think. Someday, I shall crack it open and attempt to read it! 😛

    CL, glad to hear that about Jason Schmidt! Can’t believe he’s 36!!!

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  68. 75 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    From DOB:

    Braves just sent out the official release about Anderson. 2 p.m. press conference, he’ll wear No. 18.

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  69. 76 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Grits and salad to you, too, B.

    😀

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  70. 77 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Not a big fan of Salad, V, but thanks anyway! 😉

    Political link! Avoid like the plague if you desire.
    Latest commerce sec choice Locke has some skeletons in his closet, but I imagine being the 3rd choice, they will be overlooked.
    http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/24/the-chinagatebuddhist-temple-cash-skeletons-in-gary-lockes-closet/

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  71. 78 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Yes, I like this team too. It has all the makings of a real National League team… Good pitching and timely hitting, power ally guys who will hit the occasional homerun but don’t depend on the big fly… First to third (well, except for McCann) but everyone else… less station to station running.

    I think the Braves are going to surprise some people.

    Just as a footnote. That is exactly they type of team the Braves had in Richmond the last two years. Always guys on base, always moving them over getting them in. Everytime you looked up at the score board you would see curly numbers. Lots of at bats because they would be turning over the line-up.

    Well, until they called up most of the pitching staff and half the starters… Then became business as usual. CELLER DWELLERS…..

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  72. 79 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Now, if Bobby will just use them properly!

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  73. 80 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    CL, like I said in the other blog, if our starting pitching is healthy, he’s going to seem a bit brighter! 😉
    I worry though, I read Javy Vasquez is pitching in the WBC, and even made a few starts in winter ball to stay “sharp”
    I really wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see him have a tired arm in April or May, and we will be glad to have Morton and Jorge Campillo around.

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  74. 81 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    And Hanson….

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  75. 82 Voice of Raisins February 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Roster move to accommodate GA:

    Huddy to 60-day DL.

    Glavine technically has not been added to the roster, and won’t be until he arrives in camp in about a week. So Frank has a week to most likely work out a deal to send an outfielder (BJones?) somewhere. Don’t you all imagine GA negates BJones now? Oh well… that’s how I see it, anyway. I can see the ever popular PTBNL in our future.

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  76. 83 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    There are a lot of teams looking for the type of talent the Braves have accumulated of late. Trouble is those same teams may not have players of similar talent to trade to Atlanta. So, what do the Braves need? What’s out there right now? A lot of teams are looking to get cheaper. Except maybe the Yankees and the Red Sox.

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  77. 84 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Washington needs pitching in the worst way. Other than Zimmerman, I can’t think of anyone on their team I would like to have.

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  78. 85 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Maybe Willie Mo Pena..

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  79. 86 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    They have an up and coming 1st baseman but I still remember those two can’t miss Braves prospects, Andy Marte’ and Wilson Betamit. And we all remember Scott Thorman.

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  80. 88 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    There is not one photo of the Braves introduction of GA at the press conference. Not one photo. Of any type! What’s with that??

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  81. 89 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Stealth signing CL…. Afraid of overexposure? They say he is pretty low key, is this proof?

    Someone needs to tell Obama he has already won the election, he can stop giving campaign speeches now…

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  82. 90 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    That’s all he knows how to do, Gil….. Words are real cheap!

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  83. 91 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I think I’m going to go find my pill bottle then tuck myself in. New set of stretching exercises in PT today are singing their song.

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  84. 92 Carolina Lady February 24, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Interesting tidbit: I read that the Angels bought out GAs contract for $3 million – which is more than the $2.5 million the Braves are paying him! Odd!

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  85. 93 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    It was 3 mil to let him go or 13 mil to have him stay in LA.

    Not going to complain, 2.5 mil seems pretty reasonable to me.

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  86. 94 flbravesgirl February 24, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    CL, most people would say Chipper is the face of the Braves now. I think Mac is heading in that direction.

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  87. 95 chrisklob February 24, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    CL, I agree with FBG. Chipper is the face of the Braves. He’s the longest tenured player, home grown, and a likely HOF’er.

    I like this team too. With the way the game has been going the last few years it appears that there will be fewer homers in the future. It’s like we’re going back to 1970’s baseball. I’d rather have a lineup that can consistently get on base than hit the occaissional homer. Of course, some speed would help, especially at the top of the order. Perhaps that’s where Josh A becomes very helpful. Let’s just hope he can get his obp up.

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  88. 96 flbravesgirl February 24, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Homers are fun but I’d prefer a lineup of reliable hitters too.

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  89. 97 flbravesgirl February 24, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I hope Boyer’s OK, of course, but I had to laugh at this – he cut his index finger on an apple slicer. Apparently last spring he cut himself trying to get back into his rental house after locking himself out. That boy needs a sitter.

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  90. 98 chrisklob February 25, 2009 at 12:13 am

    FBG, some guys are just accident prone.

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  91. 99 flbravesgirl February 25, 2009 at 12:18 am

    My grandfather. If there was a way, however far-fetched, for Poppa to make himself bleed on good clothes he’d find it.

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  92. 100 flbravesgirl February 25, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Or dirt, grease, tree sap, grass stains, tea, etc. … Always 5 minutes before he & Nany were leaving for whatever. My mom inherited a bit of that trait. She tends to hurt herself & make a mess.

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  93. 101 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I don’t bleed on my good clothes very often! But, that may have something to do with not have very many good clothes! 😛

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  94. 102 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Berigan.. 🙂

    Josie is a bit like that… Every time she picks up a knife I cringe… Then I go get her a band-aid.

    Dropped in next door and they are talking about wrestling like it is an actual sport… Give me a break, that stuff is so fixed that even in New Jersey it is classified as entertainment… not as a sports venue.

    And looks like Richmond is about to lose another sports team. The Renegades (ice hockey) announced this would be their last season. I may just buy the big high def TV an never go to another live event. Hockey is the one sport you have to attend live however to enjoy. It’s just to much going on to confine it to following the puck like they do on TV…

    And baseball… Uh….

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  95. 103 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Yep, I’m sick…. 😦

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  96. 104 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Just signed in to the website v8buick.com
    Apparently, it’s been a few months, and they have had a few posts in 3 months 😕

    Welcome Back! There have been 42,729 posts and 4,629 threads since your last visit at 05:48 AM, 12-21-2008.

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  97. 105 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Want to see the worst custom car of all time??? Gil, you might want to look well after breakfast….
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Custom-Buick-Skylark-Convertable-Must-See_W0QQitemZ110355374026QQihZ001QQcategoryZ16124QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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  98. 106 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

    That is one UGLY car… 😆

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  99. 107 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Someone’s awake! Hello there! And you are right! Did you notice the TV’s in each door panel AND the dash??? Wish we had that barfing emoticon, cuz it sure fits that sucker. A lot of money down the toilet on that, that… abomination.

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  100. 108 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 9:20 am

    B? Like my avatar?

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  101. 109 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 9:20 am

    😆

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  102. 110 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Is that the G man??? I’ve never seen him without a cap or helmet on.

    No Berigan, it’s a photo of Ruban Gotay signing with the Pirates! 😕

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  103. 111 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Try emptying your cache and look again.

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  104. 112 Salty February 25, 2009 at 9:45 am

    My cache is always empty…I’m broke! 😆

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  105. 113 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Salty beat me to the punch!!! 😛

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  106. 114 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 9:52 am

    And I wanted to drink some of that! (Hopefully beating him to that line!)

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  107. 115 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Ah, there it is, thanks a ton V! 🙂

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  108. 116 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Some folks can do some awful things to an automobile.. Best thing someone could do for that Buick is leave it parked on the railroad track and have someone put it out of it’s misery…

    Of course that is what I think the Auto makers have done to a lot of cars and trucks. They have become so gawd awful ugly no one but a blind hippie would want to be seen in one. Personally, I have too much pride to be seen in an ugly automobile.

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  109. 117 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 11:00 am

    wordpress just got weird at my end! Avatars on the left. most everything on the left! 😯 Anyone else???

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  110. 118 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 11:04 am

    not yet

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  111. 119 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 11:04 am

    What the heck happened?!? 😯

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  112. 120 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Looks like a real basic wordpress, eh what?? no smilies, funny text….if it’s happening across the street, it will be a crazy goofy meltdown! 😉

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  113. 121 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Huh? What are y’all drinking?? Everything looks normal here.

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  114. 122 Hillbilly February 25, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Day 26 of 30. Can’t wait for a day off.

    My thoughts on Garret Anderson. He was a part of the 2002 World Series Champs, which I’ve always considered the most well-meshed, team-oriented club in my memory. That team was a close-knit family and it showed when they wiped out the Yanks in that ALDS. He should know a thing or two about team-concept and chemistry. Hope he brings it East with him.

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  115. 123 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Hey, Hillbilly! Glad to see you’re hanging in there! That is one tough schedule! I think you’re right about Anderson; I can hardly wait to see how/if this team comes together. Wish the “Classic” would just go away!

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  116. 124 Salty February 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I’m not experience ‘left wing’ movement on my end…all looks fine! :mrgreen:

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  117. 126 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Whew… back to normal. WordPress had a blog-fart. (First on blog?)

    Keys, ma’am?

    😐

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  118. 127 flbravesgirl February 25, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Did I miss all the excitement?

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  119. 128 flbravesgirl February 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Hi, Hillbilly! You’re almost there.

    So was it that car that made you sick, Ber? Somebody had more money than brains there. Ewww.

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  120. 129 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Fantastic interview with Franc on 680theFan right now. (I think it’s taped from yesterday, sincethey’re playing a game right now) He tore his swing down to the ground and completely rebuilt it from hands, bat position, feet, weight distribution, everything. Man… 😯

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  121. 130 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Today’s lineup, according to the mlb.com boxscore:

    Anderson, J, CF
    Escobar, SS
    McCann, C
    Kotchman, 1B
    Francoeur, DH
    Johnson, 2B
    Diaz, LF
    Prado, 3B
    Schafer, RF

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  122. 131 flbravesgirl February 25, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Hmmm. There’s a black box where the banner usually is. Under construction?

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  123. 132 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Listening to the game on MLB… Hey, just driving me crazy… baseball withdrawal is a serious ailment.

    Braves down 2-0.. Jair sounded rusty. Worked out of trouble in the first. Should not have been scored on in the second…

    JoJo is dealing however…

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  124. 133 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    E-6 on Escobar… extends the inning…

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  125. 134 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    okay, going to the top of the fourth

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  126. 135 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    A tip from the Detroit announcers on how a rookie can tell he is not going to make the team… You have a high number and your locker is on wheels….

    A better hint is your number is pined to your back.

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  127. 136 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Just a bit of minor freshening up until the roster is settled, FBG.

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  128. 137 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    JoJo is dealing however…

    That’s funny… I thought you said JoJo was dealing… 😆

    Wait! You did! 😯

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  129. 138 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    BMac just missed a grand slam… sac fly.. 3-1 Tigers

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  130. 139 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Game tied.. Freddy Freeman 2 out single to drive in two, now 3-3

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  131. 140 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Manny Acosta overcomes some sloppy infield work by Brandon Hicks and gets out of a bases loaded jam. No runs scored..

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  132. 141 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Manny-mania!!! 😮

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  133. 142 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Got called away, score now 4-4… don’t know who did what….

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  134. 143 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Well??? Don’t leave me in suspense guys, what happened next??

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  135. 144 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Oh well, Braves lost 5-4…

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  136. 145 Voice of Raisins February 25, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Andy Marte cleared waivers today… what a strange saga.

    He was ranked no worse than 14th among all prospects by Baseball America in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He, of course, was shipped to Boston for Edgar Renteria prior to the ’06 season. That turned out pretty good for the Braves in ’06 and ’07 before they parleyed Rent to the Tigers for Jurjjens. That turned out pretty good for the Braves in ’08.

    Now Marte simply slips through waivers because nobody is willing to take a big league chance on him. Add him to the long list of big time Braves prospects that were traded high, performed low. Pretty sharp talent evaluators if you ask me…

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  137. 146 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    365 by Jack Buck ©

    When someone asks you your favorite sport
    And you answer Baseball in a blink
    There are certain qualities you must possess
    And you’re more attached than you think.
    In the frozen grip of winter
    I’m sure you’ll agree with me
    Not a day goes by without someone
    Talking baseball to some degree.
    The calendar flips on New Year’s Day
    The Super Bowl comes and it goes
    Get the other sports out of the way
    The green grass and the fever grows.
    It’s time to pack a bag and take a trip
    To Arizona or the Sunshine State
    Perhaps you can’t go, but there’s the radio
    So you listen-you root-you wait.
    They start the campaign, pomp and pageantry reign
    You claim the pennant on Opening Day
    From April till fall
    You follow the bouncing white ball
    Your team is set to go all the way.
    They fall short of the series
    You have a case of the “wearies”
    And need as break from the game
    But when Christmas bells jingle
    You feel that old tingle
    And you’re ready for more of the same.
    It will be hot dogs for dinner
    Six months of heaven, a winner
    Yes, Baseball has always been it.
    You would amaze all your friends
    If they knew to what ends
    You’d go for a little old hit.
    The best times you’re had
    Have been with your Mom and your Dad
    And a bat and a ball and a glove.
    From the first time you played
    Till the last time you prayed
    It’s been a simple matter of love.

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  138. 147 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Del Ennis popped up with the bases loaded, sending manager Fred Hutchinson into a slow burn. After Ennis dropped his bat into the rack, Hutchinson fetched it.
    He angrily took a swing at the concrete dugout steps. Nothing happened. Two more swings produced nothing more than dents in the bat.
    Hutch calmly walked to where Ennis sat and dropped the bat at his feet.
    “Keep it,” he said. “It’s got good wood.”

    😆

    I love old stories!

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  139. 148 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    CL!!! Very nice!!! Sure is long though! 😉

    The Super Bowl comes and it goes
    Get the other sports out of the way

    He did Monday night football on the radio for years, but you can sure tell where his heart was from those lines…

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  140. 149 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    365 by Jack Buck
    (ADD version for Berigan)

    Guy loves baseball
    all year long

    😆

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  141. 150 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Former manager Alvin Dark was asked to compare teams he managed over the years.

    “With the A’s we depended upon pitching and speed to win.

    With the Giants we depended upon pitching and power to win.

    With the Indians we depended upon an act of God.”

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  142. 151 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Pitcher Bill Werle got Bill Nicholson to hit a high infield popup in front of the mound. As trained, he called for an infielder to make the play. “Eddie’s got it! Eddie’s got it!,” he yelled.

    Then, he watched the ball fall untouched as catcher Eddie Fitzgerald, first baseman Eddie Stevens and third baseman Eddie Bockman looked on.

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  143. 152 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    “Allllllllll Byyyyyyyy Myyyyyy Seeeeelf…….”
    sigh….

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  144. 153 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    just seems that way 😉

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  145. 155 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Interesting V, but I didn’t see him say he was in TBSOML, or whatever the abbv. is! 😛

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  146. 156 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 25, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    “Allllllllll Byyyyyyyy Myyyyyy Seeeeelf…….”
    sigh….
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    😛

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  147. 157 Salty February 25, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Is Eric Carmen the PTBNL; did I miss a trade?

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  148. 158 Carolina Lady February 25, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Never heard of him, Salty. 😕

    TBSOML What in the heck is that??

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  149. 159 chrisklob February 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    TBSOML = The Best Shape of My Life. It’s what ball players claim each year coming into the spring. Unless your name is Andruw.

    CL, how ya feeling? I enjoyed the Buck poem. Hits the nail on the head for me, for sure. Berigan, I liked your Cliff Notes version too!

    Is Eric Carmen the PTBNL; did I miss a trade? Must be American League.

    Raisins, Marte is, to me, a classic example of what made John Schuerholz a great GM. How many times did we see this happen? That cat could have fleeced more people that Madoff if there were more than 29 other teams!

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  150. 160 flbravesgirl February 25, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Good stuff, CL. Love the stories & Mr. Buck’s poem.

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  151. 161 Gil in Mechanicsville February 26, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Speaking of fleeced…. How is Saltalamacchia working out for the Ranger’s

    I remember one GM saying that whenever Schuerholz offered a player for a trade the other guys should run screaming for the hills…

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  152. 162 Salty February 26, 2009 at 6:55 am

    “All By Myself” = Eric Carmen

    He sang the song…so do CL and Berigan, who are much better known in Stuff-ville! 😆

    Eric Carmen also sang in the legendary group, The Raspberries! Now, they dealt! 🙄 Hey, don’t laugh, their biggest is hit is the Braves goal this year:

    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Raspberries/_/Go+All+the+Way

    Strawberry Alarm Clock….now that’s a band name!

    http://www.last.fm/music/Strawberry+Alarm+Clock/_/Incense+and+Peppermints

    Funny how every group/singer does a greatest hits LP, even when they only have one! Thus concludes today’s ‘obscure bands’ segment.

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  153. 163 Salty February 26, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Amazing! 😯 I don’t get filtered anymore. Hmm…maybe I need to turn up the heat a bit! 👿

    Then again, I don’t like the doghouse! 🙄

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  154. 164 Gil in Mechanicsville February 26, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Good morning Stuffville…. Well, less than 24 hours now before the misses and I shove off for Florida and other points south. I am going to take my laptop along but I don’t think I will have too much computer time available. My return plans are still in the generalized stage at this point. All will depend on how anxious Miss Josie is to return to the rat race.

    My plan is to meander my way back home… I hope to get in at least one spring training game. I did not realize that spring break would be beginning now or I would have booked my cruise a week or two earlier.

    Now baseball, I thought Schafer gave a good account of himself yesterday. Who knows, he might take Frency’s job away from him before it is all over… Listening to the radio accounts he only made one really bad decision and that was to dive for a ball that got by him and ended going for a triple for Laird..

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  155. 165 Gil in Mechanicsville February 26, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Don’t forget folks, today’s game will be televised on ESPN.. I hate their coverage of baseball games but it’s the only show in town right now so little choice..

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  156. 166 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 26, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Salty, it may have something to do with lots of space around links. I think that’s why I don’t have as much trouble as I used to…
    Of course, I keep getting an error message everytime I try to play the raspberries. Is last FM giving me the raspberry??? 😛
    And why is the P silent in raspberries???

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  157. 167 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 26, 2009 at 8:38 am

    and why must every cold I catch have to be such a big deal??? 😦
    No matter what I do to get rid of the stuff, doesn’t matter what I take, it becomes a major thing. Slept just a few hours yesterday afternoon, tried several times to sleep last night, just ain’t happenin’ Now my sinuses feel like someone took them out of my head, then put them back in, in a hurry. Motrin isn’t killing the pain yet. But not breathing well when laying down is the big deal.
    I hope and pray it won’t get into my lungs somehow, and that I won’t be sick for 6-8 weeks like last year…twice….sigh….funny how when you are sick, it’s all you can think about….not too funny.

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  158. 168 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 26, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Gil, have a great time on the trip! Cruise as well??? Cool!! Send postcards if nothing else! 😉

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  159. 169 Voice of Raisins February 26, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Dodgers make a new offer to Maniac. The offer is a two-year, $45MM contract, with salaries of $25MM the first year and $20MM the second, but the second year is a PLAYER option so Manny can walk away if he believes he can get more on the open market next winter. If he is injured during the first season, the second year becomes guaranteed.

    One Dodgers official was heard to say, “Thank you, sir. May we have another!”

    Idiots… 🙄

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  160. 170 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 26, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Never heard of an option that if you get injured, your next year is guaranteed!!!!
    V, at the very least, it isn’t a 4 year deal like Manny and Satan wanted….

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  161. 171 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Ow… I think I pulled something…

    😀

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  162. 172 Carolina Lady February 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

    ‘Morning, y’all!

    Glad y’all enjoyed the old stories. I love them!

    Oh. THAT Eric Carmen. Knew it all the time! (Right!) 😆

    Tnx for the TBSOML translation. Ber, I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well! Bummer!!

    The Dodgers are absolute FOOLS to offer a contract like that.

    Godspeed, Gil and Josie! Hope this is a terrific trip for both of you and you can touch base with the various Stuffians on your return trip. (Stay away from those railings!!!)

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  163. 173 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

    By the way, I am in the best shape of my life. Round is a shape, right? 🙂

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  164. 174 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 26, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Ow… I think I pulled something… yeah, Manny just pulled 20 mil out of your…hat. Having a bad year? Claim a bad knee!Just stick to which one is bad this time Man-Ram!!! 🙄

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  165. 175 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 26, 2009 at 9:48 am

    WSOML here! :p

    Is that A-Roid, V???

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  166. 176 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Braves coming up in 3 minutes on ESPN… don’t forget.

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  167. 177 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Yea!!! No Joe “I Blow” Morgan!!!

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  168. 178 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    DRoss!!!

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  169. 179 Salty February 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    And why is the P silent in raspberries???

    I think…cause spelling bees are only in English. The ‘p’ does hide a lot, ya know. Like in ‘pseudonym’…is that so it will be 9-letter word instead of eight? 😕

    And what’s with ‘x’ passing itself off as a ‘z’…xylophone…what’s up with that? Can’t a letter just be itself?

    OK…weird mood…better run lest I embarrass myself…further! 😳

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  170. 180 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Campillo got banged around a little… gave up 2 runs…

    Schafer leads off the bottom of the 1st

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  171. 181 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Campillo got banged around a little… gave up 3 runs…

    Schafer leads off the bottom of the 1st

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  172. 182 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    According to ESPN, bith Francoeur and BJones are playing RF… 😆

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  173. 183 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    No wonder Houston got 3 runs in the 1st… no LF’er

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  174. 184 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I think this broadcast is going to be a 3 hour commercial for the WBC… 😦

    😯 Oswalt K’s the side in the 1st

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  175. 185 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I don’t like Eric Carmen.

    Now Billy Idol, that’s different.

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  176. 186 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    DRoss with a homer!!! 😀 😀 😀

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  177. 187 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    3-2 ‘stros after 2.

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  178. 188 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    So… Yunel catches one on the elbow in the 2nd, Tejada gets drilled in the back in the 3rd.

    I like Mr. Hanson. 😀

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  179. 189 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    What a slider! 😯

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  180. 190 Salty February 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Uh..VOR…your avatar….hmm….

    How do you get the guitar strap around your neck? Must be 10 feet long! I don’t think the whole band will fit the television screen tomorrow night! 😆

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  181. 191 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Funny you say that NaCly, I watched the show Tuesday night for the first time and the band they had on did NOT all fit in the screen shot. 😆

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  182. 192 Salty February 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    So…bands are all on a BSOML kick, too! 😆

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  183. 193 Berigan ll, the worm turns February 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Never have I been happier to sleep 5 Hours!!! 🙂
    Feel almost…human!
    Sorry I missed the game…

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  184. 194 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Yeah, Salty, except we take gear-oids. Bigger speakers, you know. 😀

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  185. 195 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    V, you forgot to remind us again about the show time! 😦

    Is it going to be on again???

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  186. 196 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    This is my Facebook event posting:

    The Rock of Christ Band will be appearing on Atlanta Live on Friday night, February 27. Atlanta Live airs from 7:00p – 9:00p on WATC, Channel 57. ROC will either be on from 7-8, or 8-9. As of the time of the publishing of this event, the exact hour is not determined. Check back for updated info.

    Broadcast channel 57
    Dish Network channel 57
    DirecTV channel 57
    Comcast channel 2, 38
    Charter channel 13, 14
    Windstream channel 96, 97

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  187. 197 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    As I understand, we won’t even know until tomorrow which hour we air. It is a live broadcast, and we just have to show at 5:30 for soundcheck. I assume we’ll find out then if it’s the 7 o’clock hour, or the 8.

    Whatever… it’s TV and I’m a happy dude.

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  188. 199 Carolina Lady February 26, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Congratulations, Raisins! That is TERRIFIC!!! I’m really happy for you! 😀

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  189. 200 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 26, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    V, that’s great!! I misread this line, I watched the show Tuesday night for the first time and the band they had on did NOT all fit in the screen shot
    and read it to say your band…oh well, now I have even less of an excuse to miss it now! Spam us tomorrow if you get a chance.

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  190. 201 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 26, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Hey, how come use guys didn’t talk about Hanson’s debut???
    tried to read what they said about him on the AJC(man, so many short pages!) I see DOB said he hit 99 MPH, in his 2nd inning! YIKES!!! Save it son, but that is exciting, ain’t it???? 🙂

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  191. 202 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 26, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Ha! Just did a search on his name(Did that there as well) I see Mr. V said he likes him, and what a slider…sigh….I’m sick, did I mention that lately??? 😛

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  192. 203 Carolina Lady February 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    That new setup at ajc makes getting news there nearly impossible unless you have mucho time to go through the whole mess. No thanks.

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  193. 204 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    B, Hanson was pretty darn impressive. The kid, all 6’5″ of him, seems pretty mature for his age. He has a certain mound presence. He certainly doesn’t act like a rookie. (Just ask Tejada’s back!) 😯

    And that slider… MERCY! It was wicked… he reminds me of a certain former Bravo slinger that had an imposing fastball and mean slider… without the lip. 😀

    Of course, he’s still green. 🙄

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  194. 205 Carolina Lady February 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how this year is going to unfold for our team!

    Y’all ever watch ‘Overhaulin’? Chip Foose is an incredibly, unbelievably talented genius! Wouldn’t I love to have him do my old Mercury! (But he doesn’t do East Coast, does he? sigh…) 😀

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  195. 206 flbravesgirl February 26, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    We seem to be growing ’em big in the minors these days. Hanson, Freeman, Heyward. The first look at them looked pretty good.

    And tomorrow I see them live & in person! 😀 I’m hoping, praying, crossing my fingers that Mac will make the trip since he didn’t play today. I imagine Bobby wants him to catch KK & the other new guys as much as possible before he heads off to the WBC.

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  196. 207 flbravesgirl February 26, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Anybody heard from SG? He’s been awfully quiet lately.

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  197. 208 Carolina Lady February 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    SG is working himself silly – 14-16 hour days!

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  198. 209 flbravesgirl February 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Oooo. Poor guy.

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  199. 210 flbravesgirl February 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    So how are you feeling, CL?

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  200. 211 flbravesgirl February 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I am having a darned good day. Watched the Braves on TV, watching them in person tomorrow, seeing Stars On Ice Sun. & the announcement was made today that the 2011 Skating Natl. Championships will be in Greensboro, NC. I am so there, we hardly get any competitions in the South.

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  201. 212 Carolina Lady February 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Hey, FBG! Another day checked off the calendar! This one wasn’t bad! 🙂 PT tomorrow so the 24 – 36 hrs following won’t be so great.

    Now those are some good days for you! Enjoy the skating in GSO! I used to follow it but gradually lost interest. I watch the winter Olympic competition, but rarely have time (or access to the TV since Mother moved in) to watch much of anything.

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  202. 213 flbravesgirl February 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I’m lucky, my family all enjoy it. Even Dad is interested & actually a knowledgable skating fan.

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  203. 214 Carolina Lady February 26, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    It’s a lot more fun when you have others who share the interest! That’s super!

    Kelly and I watched an old rerun of Overhaulin’ tonight. We used to really enjoy that. It’s absolutely amazing what they can do with a vehicle!

    I’m headed for the barn, FBG, so you got it from here! 😀 Have a great evening!

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  204. 215 flbravesgirl February 26, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    ‘Night, CL!

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  205. 216 chrisklob February 27, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Manny Rodriguez has rejected the Dodgers latest offer. I’m not sure who is the bigger idiot, him or Borass! No one wants him except for the Dodgers. They offered him a better deal (and frankly, it was not a good deal for them) than what they had offered him several times before. I hope that they tell him to shove it and Manny has to sit home all year — or maybe forever. Idiot.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dodgerthoughts/2009/02/boras-rejection.html

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  206. 217 flbravesgirl February 27, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I’d say that’s crazy but that would be redundant since we are talking about Manny.

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  207. 218 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Just think, Garret Anderson will get 2.5 Mil from the braves, and Manny turned down 25 MIl!!! 37 RBI’s are the difference in their totals from last year. We all know who is the better hitter, but come on! If Anderson had played for the braves last year(especially if Chipper had been in front of him), with his BA with runners in scoring position, I am sure he would have driven in at least 110+RBI’s

    Manny and Borass = mad, crazy stupid!!! Unless there is a mystery team in Japan willing to pay him 30 Mil a year, he’s going to get nothing, and sit at home. A real strong stand, everyone can understand! 🙄

    Manny and Borass must not be watching the news, and think the economy is just fine.

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  208. 219 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Hey, for all the folks in and around the ATL, that aren’t sick(Guess that means you V! 😉 )
    there will be a an Atlanta Tea Party today in front of the Capital
    http://www.peachpundit.com/2009/02/23/atlanta-tea-party/

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  209. 220 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 7:50 am

    SG is working himself silly – 14-16 hour days!

    And that’s just on one of his posts! 😀

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  210. 221 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 7:57 am

    You know, I would imagine alot of players around MLB put up with guys like Manny because for the most part, it is just “Manny being Manny”. But in this year’s economic climate, with guys like Abreu, GAnderson, Burrell, Dunn, etc. having to take the low 1-year deals they took (…remember when everyone was aghast at the $$$ Burrell signed for? WHo was the smart one..?), and the lefty relievers who are STILL looking for deals, his cred among his MLB brethren may slip dramatically.

    I’ll tell ya… If I’m Wil Ohman, who has to sign a way-under-market deal just to pitch in ’09, and I face Manny who turned down $45MM, I’m aiming for the chin. Seriously.

    What a total jerk…

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  211. 222 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Manny has risen up the ranks of my all-time MLB jerk list. My top 10 MLB a-holes:

    1) Barry Bonds – cheat, liar, very large head
    2) Mark Mcgwire – cheat, liar, aversion to the past
    3) Roger Clemens – cheat, liar, denial
    4) A-Rod – cheat, liar, insults my intelligence with his lies
    5) Manny – quitter, egomaniac, self-absorbed
    6) Scott Boras – he’s Scott Boras
    7) Rafael Palmeiro – cheat, liar, Viagra (I assume it helped “raise” his avg.)
    8) Bud Selig – complicity, stupidity, bad dresser
    9) Wayne Huizenga (former Marlins owner) – prostituting the game… period
    10) John Rocker – cheat, dumbass, dumbass again

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  212. 223 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 8:20 am

    You’d think by now I’d remember the 8 followed immediately by the ) would give me a 8)… 🙄

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  213. 224 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 8:22 am

    … unless you don’t space between the ) and the b>…, in which case you get 8)… instead of 8) …

    😳

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  214. 225 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 8:25 am

    dang… I give up…

    Where’s my coffee?!? 😡

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  215. 226 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 8:50 am

    V, I’d put Clemens way above McGwire , a head hunter, throwing at Piazza repeatedly(Bat as well as ball) just a scummy guy.

    I still can’t figure out why/how some playoff worthy team hasn’t yet snapped him up for a 1. If he has to play for the Pirates, or shudder, the Padres this year…then there are more stupid people in baseball than I ever realized.

    Can’t believe the braves won’t offer him 1 mil. If he signs with the Mutts, I will not be a happy camper!

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  216. 227 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Warning: Political rant ahead.

    After hearing and reading many of the pork products found in the “stimulus” package, a/k/a political cramdown bill, such as $17,500,000,000 (billions, folks) for 100 acres of New Energy Efficiency Industrial Zones in Puerto Rico – friggin’ Puerto Rico, I want to throw up.

    How about this one? $99,600 for doorbells in a public housing project in Laurel, MS. Huh?

    One more good ‘un. $150,000,000 (millions, guys) to improve track and land for little league parking. Little league parking! And guess where. Friggin’ Puerto Rico! Why?

    This pork bill is so blatant that it almost flies over the radar because it is so over-the-top in terms of shear bloatedness.

    We were told that we as a public would have 72 hours inspect the bill before our lawmakers were to vote on it. Then they produced an 1100 page bill, 8 inches thick, and told us there wasn’t time for inspection. They told us it was absolutely crucial that it be passed right away. No 72 hour time period – now. Do you think your lawmakers had time to read the whole 1100 pages? (Actually, if you think your lawmakers ever read 11 pages, your naive. They have “advisors” who “read” those things and “advise” them on how to vote.) No. It was crammed down our throats as “Do now, or die!” and the public cowered, bent over, and took it in the general assembly.

    Do you think if we knew of the billions of our $$$ being poured into Puerto Rico we’d have let it happen so easily?

    It reminds me of the car salesman who is trained to keep you on the lot and close the deal. Those salesmen are trained to be closers. They are shown the statistics that show the disparity between purchases made by potential buyers who don’t leave the lot as opposed to those who do leave to “sleep on it” and give it careful consideration. They play on your emotion rather than your reason. The numbers overwhelmingly favor keeping the buyer on the lot. That’s what these “car salesmen” did to us. They would not let you off the lot. They made your lawmakers vote on a bill with no chance to know anything about it other that it is “crucial” to the recovery of America. They created a sense of panic to increase the sense of urgency. They made us accept it on faith. Ha! Faith in what? Their ability? Their integrity? Again, I want to throw up.

    These are career politicians making intricate financial decisions affecting long-range economic conditions who have absolutely zero education or training in finance or banking. These are manipulators who are borrowing more money than they can repay to “fix” a system that was broken by people who borrowed more money than they could repay. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

    So, is too early to say I want change? We need change!!! That was the mantra last November. That should be the mantra now.

    The sad fact is, that’s all many of us will be left with. A little bit of change. Pocket change.

    If we’re lucky…

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  217. 228 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

    OK… you may return to your regular programming now…

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  218. 229 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 9:17 am

    One more thing…

    A website of interest to some:

    http://www.stimuluswatch.org/

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  219. 230 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 9:33 am

    V, somewhere, SG just turned Green with envy, and he doesn’t know why! 😉

    Well said young man!!!
    I had no idea all that money was going to P.R., but really, should I be surprised??? Sounds like D.C. might just get a Senator or two and a rep. More Dems for life seats.

    And did everyone hear about the new gun restrictions being considered in a new bill??? Bet ol’ Grinch would be interested in this!

    Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009
    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/show

    And I was laughing at folks who have been buying guns and ammo like they were going to stop making it…. just because your paranoid, don’t mean they’re not after you(To quote Nirvana)

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  220. 231 Voice of Raisins (BSOML) February 27, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Here’s a bit of humor… er, maybe some might not appreciate the humor as much as others. Beware…

    ABC 6 in Byron, MN had a TV contest. This is ABC congratulating the winner:

    😆 😆 😆

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  221. 232 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 9:47 am

    V, 😯
    Shocked, shocked I am! 😉

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  222. 233 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 9:49 am

    one more political story, then off to bed…
    Jewish Leaders Blast Clinton Over Israel Criticism.
    http://wcbstv.com/national/hillary.clinton.israel.2.945238.html

    They should have known better. Guess who will get 900 Million from you and me to rebuild? 🙄
    Is that stimulus as well??? I guess for them it is…they can finally buy rockets that will reach every corner of Israel then.

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  223. 234 Carolina Lady February 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Tim Lincecum and Giants agree on new 1-year contract. $650,000.
    And this guy won the Cy Young last year! Who woulda thunk it?? 😯
    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9268612/Lincecum,-Giants-agree-to-$650K-contract?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=49

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  224. 235 Carolina Lady February 27, 2009 at 10:30 am

    “We love Manny Ramirez and we want Manny back, but we feel we are negotiating against ourselves,” Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in a statement. [Ya think??] “When his agent finds those ‘serious offers’ from other clubs, we’ll be happy to restart the negotiations.”

    Dolts.

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  225. 236 chrisklob February 27, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Here’s how ignorant, or stupid, or ignorant AND stupid A-Rod is…….

    Yesterday, after the Yankees played at Dunedin he had his cousin, THE cousin, pick him up. The cousin that he alleges was the one that provided him with and injected him with steroids. The Yanks have since met with him and told him that the cousin will not be allowed any where near the team.

    Arod is and idiot!

    Raisins, I liked your list although personally I would have put Clemens, Arod and Palmeiro above McGuire. McGuire certainly deserves to be there but Clemens has continually denied anything wrong and tried to deflect it (onto his wife, of all people) and generally been an embarrassment to baseball. Palmeiro deserves a higher slot because we know without any doubt that he lied. If he hadn’t gone all Bill Clinton on us and indignantly denied any wrongdoing I might feel different. ARod has done nothing but leave more unanswered questions and almost certainly didn’t tell the whole truth. That’s such a shame because if he had been truthful he could have salvaged his reputation.

    Mcguire never tested positive (that we know of) and the only evidence against him is circumstantial. I don’t know that he ever denied using steroids because he wouldn’t talk about it to Congress and has been very, very quiet since then.

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  226. 237 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Klobber, I found Mcgwire’s head-in-the-sand attitude to be both offensive and insulting. His response was basically, “If I can get everyone to ignore it. It’ll go away.” He actually thought we’d simply want to talk about the future and not the past? It really hacked me off. Sosa would have made the list if I had listed 11 because of his sudden inability to speak English. I hate it when people try to play me for being some inferior ignorant fool.

    That’s what ticks me off about Liberals. 😀

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  227. 238 chrisklob February 27, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Raisins, I agree with you that all these guys are idiots.

    You forgot one thing in your original list. Bud Selig should be banned from the game. The guy makes $18m/year and he can’t find a decent barber!

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  228. 239 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Amen, Klobber. That was inferred in my “bad dresser” comment, but space prohibited too much detail. It is almost as much a travesty as Trump’s hair… but not quite.

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  229. 240 chrisklob February 27, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I think it will be interesting to see how players from this era are view in the future. Much more will be known about the steroids era and the players involved as we go forward. Will those players that stayed clean be regarded in a higher light than their cheating brethren?

    Think about it. Greg Maddux won 350+ games and played exclusively during the steroid era. Is that not a significantly greater accomplishment than a pitcher with similar stats that played during the “dead ball era”?

    Fred McGriff hit 493 HR in his career. I don’t think that with the way players from his era are viewed that he would be considered HOF material. If, in say ten years, we learn that he never used, wouldn’t that elevate his status since he was competing against many pitchers that were using?

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  230. 241 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Klobber, I agree with your comparison analysis. In that same light, does that revive life in Dale Murphy’s HOF hopes?

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  231. 242 chrisklob February 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Raisins, I think there are a lot of guys like Murphy that have what used to be considered borderline HOF numbers but were overshadowed by guys that we now know were using PED’s. Let’s face it, Murphy, Dawson, and a ton of other guys’ numbers alone don’t stand up to the Palmeiro’s, Canseco’s, and Sosa’s. However, when viewed through the perspective that so many guys were using in this era, it will help make those borderliners more attractive to the BBWAA providing that they are never exposed for having cheated.

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  232. 243 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Chris, good point about the McGriffs, and Maddux’s of the world…and anyone else that stayed clean.

    Excellent chance for me to mention ol’ Ted Simmons! 😀 Of course, truth be known, he did smoke during most of his career. Though I can’t imagine that was much of an advantage. 😕

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  233. 244 Hillbilly February 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I’m a member of a hunting message board (bet you couldn’t have guessed that) based out of Arkansas, and I just figured out that one of our fellow members is Russ Springer…Yes that Russ Springer. Been posting with this dude for several months now and didn’t know who it was. I think he’s going to retire after this season. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST! Hillbilly has the scoop. Put me on MLBTradeRumors.com :

    “Thanks for the well wishes everybody. John, if this 40 yr old arm holds up for this one last season I will be available to coon hunt any time.”

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  234. 245 Carolina Lady February 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    ATL-5/PIT-1

    Atlanta ——IP—–H—–R—-ER—BB—SO—HR—-ERA
    Kawakami 2.0—–1—–0—–0—–0—–1—–0—–0.00
    Carlyle —-2.0—–1—–0—- 0—–0—–3—–0—–0.00
    Gomez, M -1.0——0—-0—–0—–0—–2—–0—–0.00
    Medlen —-1.0—–0—–0—–0—–2—–2—–0—–0.00
    Redmond –1.0—–1—–0—–0—–1—–1—–0—–0.00
    Lerew —–1.0—–2—–1—–1—–2—–1—–0—–9.00

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  235. 246 Carolina Lady February 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Now that is really neat, HB!

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  236. 248 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Off to TV land… see y’all later! (You’d never know I was excited, would ya?)

    😀

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  237. 249 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Good luck V!!!

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  238. 250 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Berigan’s kickin’ it old schoolz today, with my 25 year old Darryl Porter edition glasses(Look him up, if you don’t recall them!) My fairly modern ones lost a nose pad last night. Not very comfortable with metal digging in to your nose. These old glasses will outlast me, but the 2 pair I have had since, well, arms have broken off, the metal part of the nose pad(that’s why I had to get pair number 3)
    Sent my Pa out to get some new ones. Thought I might sleep all day. I didn’t know I’d wake up after 4 1/2 hours . 😕

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  239. 251 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    CL, I got to ask, who is that in the middle of the Banner??? McCann again??? Doesn’t quite look like Chipper to me…

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  240. 252 flbravesgirl February 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Woohoo! Oh, that was fun. Chipper’s HR was straight over the 400 mark in center & landed quite a ways past it. KK looked very good, only gave up 1 rather weak hit. Carlyle looked very sharp, good for him.

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  241. 253 flbravesgirl February 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Mac looks great, very trim. Matty Diaz is downright skinny. And Freddie Freeman is huge . I don’t know what they’re feeding those kids in A-ball.

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  242. 254 flbravesgirl February 27, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I took pictures (mostly of Mac). If any turned out OK, I’ll be send them along to CL to post.

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  243. 255 chrisklob February 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    FBG, sounds like you had fun. Can’t wait to see the pics.

    Ber, I think that’s Boyer that’s in the middle of the banner.

    Hillbilly, that’s pretty dern cool.

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  244. 256 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    American taste for soft toilet roll ‘worse than driving Hummers’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/feb/26/toilet-roll-america

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  245. 257 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time FLB!!!

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  246. 259 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Ohhh, cool!!! The future! He looks intense in that photo.

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  247. 260 Carolina Lady February 27, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I added Hanson, Kotchman, KK, and the 2 Andersons. I was beginning to wonder if anyone had looked at it yet. 😀 Anyhow, it got rid of IEC and will hold us for a little while.

    FBG, would LOVE to have the photos! Really glad you got to go!

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  248. 261 Salty February 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Raisins! Let me be the first! Caught your act…nice job by you and the band. I like that Patrick Simmons look/style you had goin’ on. 😎 Nice job…very well done! :mrgreen:

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  249. 262 flbravesgirl February 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Just forwarded the photos, CL. First one is Frenchy & Chipper, who were supposed to be running sideways & did so smacking each other like 2 little boys who had been in the car toolong. 😆

    The rest, um, 😳 are all of Mac.

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  250. 264 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks Salty. That was a ton of fun. I have been wearing that hat to gig in for over 10 years. I skipped it one time, and folks in the crowd gave me a hard time about it, so I “never leave home without it.” That was the one thing I was instructed to do by my pal Gary – “Don’t forget the hat!” 😀

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  251. 265 flbravesgirl February 27, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks, CL! I’m amazed they came out that well, Melissa is the family photographer & it was her camera. I barely know how to turn it on.

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  252. 266 flbravesgirl February 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I really lucked out. We got there early, just in time to watch them stretch. And there’s Mac right in front. Dad wanted to check out the other concession offerings so we stroll around late in the game & there’s Mac signing. Stepped up into the last section of bleachers to watch the end of the game & there’s Mac coming out in his civvies to head for the bus. He was everywhere!

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  253. 267 Voice of Raisins February 27, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Great pics FBG!

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  254. 268 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 28, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Very nice pics FLB or FBG!!!

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  255. 269 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 28, 2009 at 12:11 am

    And V, I am and idiot!!! I was really tired and went to sleep around 7….
    I see they have Atlanta Live on again Monday at 7 AM, I just set that up to record, do you think it’s the same show???

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  256. 270 flbravesgirl February 28, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Thanks, guys!

    VOR, I like your new avatar critter. Was it a “need coffee” day?

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  257. 271 chrisklob February 28, 2009 at 12:38 am

    FBG, I enjoyed your pics!

    Raisins, I’m sorry to tell you that you weren’t on tv here. Perhaps Berigan can post something to youtube later. I’d like to see y’all jam.

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  258. 272 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 28, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Chris, that’s a good idea!!!

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  259. 273 chrisklob February 28, 2009 at 12:56 am

    I hope you take me up on that Ber.

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  260. 274 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 28, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Just need to get my hand on the footage. Hopefully they rerun the show Monday morn, they don’t seem to be running it again tonight….
    I can also just make it for a group of folks(upto 25) if V or any of his band feels funny about anyone and everyone being able to see it. Folks just need to sign up for youtube and give email addresses to me.

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  261. 275 flbravesgirl February 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Morning, y’all! Lew asked me to pass along a reminder about the Aaron Wurlitzer, if any of you would like to write something. He’ll have to send it out for printing & binding soon.

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  262. 276 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    It’s in the 70’s now!!! Supposed to snow sometime tomorrow, hows’ that possible???

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  263. 277 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    This is one rockin’ place on a Saturday night, isn’t it?? 😆

    Safe travels to Gil & Josie!

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  264. 278 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 28, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Sure is CL!!!
    We are supposed to get snow tomorrow, but it seems far too warm, first to snow, secondly, to even stick to cars or lawns…
    How about you CL??? How much are you supposed to get??? Or are you too close to the water???

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  265. 279 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    The weather people say ‘snow showers’ with little or no accumulation. I like that ‘no accumulation’ part! 😀

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  266. 280 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    It may snow, B, but it won’t affect the roads. It has been too warm for too long. It might look nice for a little while, though.

    I, on the other hand, must go to the grocery store because there is nothing in this house to eat. So I’ll be there with all of the panic shoppers buying their milk and bread. Gotta have those milk sandwiches when the weather’s bad, right?

    I need coffee. Can’t run out of coffee under any conditions! 😉

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  267. 281 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    😆 , Raisins!

    Congratulations on your TV gig!! Don’t have ATL access here, but I have no doubt that it is very, very successful!!! Maybe somebody can put it on youtube?

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  268. 282 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks! If I can get my hands on a DVD copy, which I could have ordered last night had I been paying attention, I will upload the segments to youtube. We got 4 songs in, which was pretty cool. It was SOOOOO much fun.

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  269. 283 Voice of Raisins February 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Heading to the store. Two items on my list: milk and bread. 🙄

    Hey… I’m out of both. What can I say?

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  270. 284 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    V, you are probably right about the ground being too warm, though I have heard of heavy snow a day after a city was 60-70 degrees, but it would probably have to snow as hard as it rained this morning….

    Even if it doesn’t stick(and it seems awfully warm to even snow) I would still just like to see a good ol’ snow shower. Makes the trees and grass so purty….

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  271. 285 Salty February 28, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I remember late February, ’73 (sound like a grampa, huh?), Thursday afternoon it’s 70+. Friday afternoon, I leave school, my car’s covered in a shell of ice. I run an errand that evening and on my way home I apply the brakes and the car keeps going…straight, at least, until finally stopping. I open the car door and reach down to the road…ICE! It’s the last time I’m in a car for almost a week. The sleet starts in earnest that evening, continues until noon on Saturday, complete with thunder and lightning…feels like you’re being pelted with buckshot! Then the snow starts…and falls…and falls…and falls…for 12 hours. So…on top of 8 inches of pure ice/sleet, we get 8 to 10 inches of snow! Talk about insulated! No one went anywhere until the following Thursday…there were no snow plows.

    By the way…this was Charleston, SC! 😯 It does happen!

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  272. 286 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    An adventure, Salty! Weather can do the weirdest things!

    Yeah, there have been a couple of times when a little strip along the coast got pounded with ice/snow and 100 miles inland it was about clear. This area got 18″ of snow one Christmas (1976) – or the couple of days before Christmas. Snowed steadily for 3 days and nights – and though it was beautiful to see – it caused a dire situation because we had no means of handling it. Buildings burned unattended, 4-wheelers transported patients and staff to the hospital, law enforcement was limited to 4-wheel drive (the very few they had).

    After the snow stopped the temps plumeted to zero. Literally! That was the temp here Christmas morning. Lowest ever recorded. Actually it got scary because everyone was absolutely trapped in their homes or whereever they were when it got deep. (Firestation, hospital, etc.)

    No thanks! That was enough! 🙂

    And it wasn’t even forecast!

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  273. 287 Berigan ll, (WSOML) February 28, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I remember late February, nineteen hundred and 73

    Sounds more like a Grandpa now! 😉

    Hopefully snow, not ice!!! 😯

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  274. 288 Salty February 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    For those familiar with Charleston’s bridges, the enterprising folks pulled out their skis and headed for the Cooper River Bridges. They had to schlep up, but once there, they could ski the half-mile or so back down. Best slalom in the South, for a couple of days…until the police said ‘no mas!’! 😆

    Of course, since the ’70’s, it’s been all global warming, all of the time! 🙄

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  275. 289 Salty February 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    And it wasn’t even forecast!

    With very rare exception, if it’s forecast, it doesn’t happen…not with snow. So…while I’d like to see it happen, I’m very skeptical! We shall see…shan’t we?

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  276. 290 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Yeah, those are some awesome bridges! Made me feel uneasy just to drive over them! 😦

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  277. 291 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Wish Gil and Josie could give us position reports! They’re probably somewhere in FL by now.

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  278. 292 Salty February 28, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    The new one is SWEET! Very impressive…and pedestrian friendly. I really like it…but we’ll let Klobber trumpet the virtues…he lives it daily! 😆 I just pass through occasionally!

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  279. 293 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    It’s been many years since I drove through that area. Probably wouldn’t even recognize it now.

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  280. 294 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    How’s your Dad, Salty?

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  281. 295 flbravesgirl February 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    It’s supposed to cool down considerably here too. Which is OK with me because we have to bundle up to watch the skating & I’d hate to wear a sweater, jeans, boots, knee-high socks, etc. & carry my heavy coat & gloves across the Forum parking lot if it’s 80 outside.

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  282. 296 Salty February 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    He’s doing well, thanks! My wife returned there since I was in NY…he’d rather have her smiling face than mine anyways! 😆 Can’t fault him there. So…a scare…new medication/schedule and he’s back in his routine. Thanks, again, for asking…and the other fine folks of Stuffville as well, your thoughts are appreciated!

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  283. 297 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    That’s good news, Salty! Family of Stuffvillians are members of our families, too!

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  284. 298 Carolina Lady February 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Why, Why, Why?????

    Why
    do we press harder on a remote control when we
    know the batteries are almost dead?

    Why
    do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they already know there is not enough
    money?

    Why
    does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars; but have to check when you say the paint is still wet?

    Why
    doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

    Why
    does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

    Why
    do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

    Whose
    idea was it to put an ‘S’ in the word ‘lisp’?

    If
    people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

    Why
    is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

    Is there ever a day that mattresses
    are not on sale?

    Why
    do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

    Why
    do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

    Why
    is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

    How
    do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light
    fixtures?

    When
    we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, ‘It’s all right?’ Well, it isn’t all right, so why don’t we say, ‘That really hurt, why don’t you watch where you’re going?’

    Why
    is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

    In
    winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

    How
    come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

    And my FAVORITE……
    The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends
    — if they’re okay, then it’s you.

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  285. 300 flbravesgirl February 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Or we’re all crazy….

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  286. 301 chrisklob March 1, 2009 at 12:36 am

    CL, I was saddened to hear about Paul Harvey’s passing today too……

    Salty, glad to hear your Dad is doing okay. Is he still in the hospital or is he at home?

    I remember that snow storm in 73 very well. We didn’t have power for about three days. The roads were covered with snow and ice and it was very treacherous. Thankfully my father drove a jeep at the time and his office at the hospital was in a trailer down on the corner of Calhoun Street and Gadsden (where the Ronald McDonald House is now). Because it was on the same grid as the hospital they never lost power so we stayed there. Obviously there were no beds but we had heat, a kitchen, and a shower so we were fine. I remember that storm because my birthday is in early February and I remember getting a badmitton set and playing in the yard with my mother. It must have been 70 that day. Not very long afterwards we had that terrible storm.

    CL, we had a storm like the one you mentioned in 1989. It was memorable for many reasons. First, it was right after Hurricane Hugo, which was a life altering experience. I had moved near Jacksonville, FL and had planned to go home for our traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner. A day or two before, it snowed. It was odd as the snow band stretched from Myrtle Beach or so down to St. Augustine, FL and only inland for 40 or 50 miles. Charleston got eight inches (an unfathomable amount of snow). The JAX area got about two (also unfathomable). It even snowed on the beach! Most of my friends there had never seen snow falling and they were like a bunch of kids playing in it. That was the first Christmas I ever spent away from my parents.

    Snow is great for skiing and sledding. Not much else.

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  287. 302 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Has it really been since Valentines day since Savannah Guy posted??? 😯
    I kept thinking I had messed up, but using “find”, didn’t find a post after the 14th.

    Saw Chris’ long post above, thought for sure that would be him! 😉

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  288. 303 Salty March 1, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Chris…my dad’s home now…my wife returned yesterday from her role as ‘Nurse Cratchet’, cook, entertainer, and all-around swell GAL! A new normalcy has been restored, until another version takes over! 🙄

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  289. 304 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Salty, glad your Pa is doing better!!!

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  290. 305 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I first heard of Paul Harvey, not via radio, but some pocketbook editions of The Rest of the Story. Probably around 1980. Still remember a story about a hot rodding president, that was forever involved in races, and even got a speeding ticket! I kept thinging while reading it, who??? Kennedy??? Couldn’t really see Eisenhower racing….turns out it was………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
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    Ulysses S. Grant. And know you know….the rest of the story! 😀 Wasn’t til years later that I actually heard him on the radio. Those weren’t pregnant pauses, those were hours of dead air!!! Kept you in suspense though….
    90 is a good long life, and now he is with his wife again who died a year or so ago…

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  291. 306 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Raining, 40 degrees. Meanwhile, it’s been snowing for hours in Birmingham. Same Latitudinal* line as Atlanta, more or less. We get cold, dreary rain, they get beautiful, beautiful snow. but, I’m not bitter. 😕
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    * I never can remember the difference between Latitude and Longitude, have to look it up every time!!!! 😳

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  292. 307 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Anyone interested in Wollypop wipes??? 😯

    http://living.wallypop.net/wipes.html

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  293. 308 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I bet I could dominate today, with one post every 2 hours! 😛

    IF anyone checks in before 4, Baseball tonight will be on at 4 PM from Orlando.

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  294. 309 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 9:47 am

    The Female meterologist on the weater channel is wearing a surprisingly short skirt, with go-go boots! I have to say, it does make me want to keep an eye on the….weather….

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  295. 310 Salty March 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I was fortunate to meet Paul Harvey in 1983. I lived a year in Janesville, Wisconsin, and he was touring the plant where I worked. Nice guy…tall. I feel like I’ve heard his voice my whole life…very comforting in many respects. My grandfather always listened to him. Paul Harvey’s ‘The Rest of the Story’ were great history lessons…and an art in drawing the listener in…you didn’t want to miss a second of the episode. He will be missed…
    ^
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    ….Good day!

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  296. 311 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Snowing!!!! 😀 🙂 :mrgreen:

    Hard to explain, it’s a fix I need…must have something to do with my youth….
    Big flakes, mixed with rain…weird to hear the rain while seeing snow!

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  297. 312 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 11:29 am

    We are losing our Voices. Skip, Paul Harvey – just two. Who will step up to help fill the vacuum?

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  298. 313 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    CL, I don’t have a clue!!!

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  299. 314 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Going to the store, low on milk!!! 😉

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  300. 315 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    😆
    Gotta have those milk sandwiches!

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  301. 317 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I’m hammering and nailing, so bear with me while I work!
    😀

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  302. 318 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    OK – paint is about dry.

    Hmmmmm.

    I dunno.

    What do you think??

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  303. 319 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    interesting comment by DOB:
    By the way, it’s pretty obvious to anyone down here who’s watched Ross that signing him to a two-year contract this offseason was a sound move. Just watching him in drills, you can see he’s got a great arm and strong defensive skills, plus some power (he’s already hit one homer this spring).

    Glad to hear that!

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  304. 320 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Also from DOB:
    Andruw had another 0-for yesterday.

    Made him 1-for-9 with eight strikeouts, a walk and an infield hit.

    Wowzer!

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  305. 321 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Hey CL…it’s different, that’s for sure!!!

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  306. 322 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    😆 That says volumes, Ber! 😆

    OK – what don’t you like about it? 😀

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  307. 323 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    He’s been gone for more than an hour…..it must be worse than I thought….. 😯

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  308. 324 Salty March 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    CL…I like it! Nice job…very fresh…very Patriotic, too! Nice blend of faces.

    OK…what’s with the font on WordPress now? Is this for SG, akin to writing ‘War & Peace’ on a thimble? This will take some getting used to…and more powerful reading glasses, too! 😆

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  309. 325 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    CL, it’s different, give me time to adjust to it! Change is always scary! 😯

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  310. 326 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks, Salty! The print is small? On mine, it’s smaller in the ‘writing box’ but is larger when posted. Tell me what you’re seeing. I’ve tried it in IE and Firefox – both showed up pretty good.

    The banner kinda came together a little piece at a time. I like it – I think…..

    I like the larger avatars – one big reason why I settled on this particular format.

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  311. 327 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Wow! Major redecorate while I was at Stars on Ice, I see. The bigger avatars are nice, maybe we’ll be able to figure them out a little easier.

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  312. 328 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I rather liked Bobby, Hank, Pete and Skip on one side and Chipper, Mac and Francoeur on the other – sorta like earlier generations are passing on and leaving the legacy of the Braves to the younger ones now. If that makes any sense! 🙂

    I like the tabs at the top now – makes navigation much easier!

    One thing I don’t like is – the banner was sharp and clear when I uploaded it. But by the time it goes through the wordpress system, it loses that sharpness – and there’s nothing I can do about it. 😦

    Overall, I hope y’all like it. If not, we can go back to what we had – or maybe think up something different.

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  313. 329 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    How was the show, FBG??

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  314. 330 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Patriotic and Braves colors. Looks good to me.

    On my screen the print is about the same size as before in the “post” box but maybe 2x larger when posted. It’s easier to read.

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  315. 331 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Yeah, I can actually sit BACK in my chair and read the posts easily now! 😆

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  316. 332 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Very good as always, CL.

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  317. 333 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Who was there?

    One last thing on the banner – I really feel that once Chipper leaves, it will be Mac’s team. That’s why I like that look between Bobby and Mac so much.

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  318. 334 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Yeah, I like the concept : Braves history & legacy balanced with the present & future. And it’s nice & clear here.

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  319. 335 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    At SOI? Ilia Kulik, Sasha Cohen, Todd Eldredge, Xue Shen & Hongbo Zhao, Michael Weiss, Yuka Sato, Kimmie Meissner, Marie-France Dubreil & Patrice Lauzon, John Zimmerman, Jennifer Robinson.

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  320. 336 chrisklob March 1, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Oh CL, please don’t say “once Chipper leaves”. I mean, intellectually I know that he won’t play forever but I’m not prepared for that day yet. Perhaps it will become Mac’s team and I guess I’d be good with that. We know he’s a good ball player and from what I know of him, he is a good man. Still.

    I really hope they are able to extend him. How hard would it be to see him finish his career in another uniform?

    I kind of like the new look. I like the larger avatar. That way I don’t have to ask Raisins every day what that day’s avatar is! 🙂

    Let me ask you all a question: After the performance that Mr. Andruw “Waddles” Jones put in the last two and a half years, does it really surprise anyone that he’s struggling? Yes, it’s early but still. He may be the oldest 31 year old on the planet.

    Last note: I STILL hope that the Dodgers give ManRam nothing. Boras is a cancer on this game and can not reasonably expect the Dodgers to continue to bid against themselves. I hope the Dodgers walk away and let him sit his sorry “Manny being Manny” butt at home.

    I kind of liked him before. Hard not to. I’ve always been a bit jealous of free spirits but at this point it is just ridiculous.

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  321. 337 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    CL, it’s growin’ on me…like a fungus! 😉 I like the new banner(sorry it won’t sharpen for you) and really like the bigger avatars!

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  322. 338 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Wow! Quite a group! I had no idea that Todd was still skating! I always rooted for him. Ilia is getting up there a bit, too, isn’t he? Most of the others I remember from different competitions – except Robinson; don’t recall her at all.

    I’m so glad y’all had a great time!

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  323. 339 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I don’t know how anyone could be surprised at Andruw’s struggles. I am saddened by it but not surprised.

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  324. 340 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Todd’s still going strong. Still the best spinner out there. I swear Ilia has not aged one bit. That seems to be the case with a lot of skaters & coaches ( who all used to be skaters). I have a theory that the cold preserves them.

    Jenn is mostly there to round out the ladies I think. She won Canadian Natls. several times but nothing bigger.

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  325. 341 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Hey, Chris! I know; the Braves without Chipper??? And he absolutely HAS to finish his career in ATL! That is mandatory!

    And I’m with you on Manny! Enough of the spoiled brat whining! Stay home and see how he likes it!

    Glad you’re warming up to it, Ber!

    Now we all know that Raisins is going to have a blast with his avatars now! 😆

    Andruw is just a sad case. He needs to just pack it in while he has even the slightest bit of ‘face’ left.

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  326. 342 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 1, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Sasha Cohen??? She isn’t in a nursing home yet???

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  327. 343 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    I have a theory that the cold preserves them. 😆

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  328. 344 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Chris, I agree. I used to be amused by Manny but his behavior in recent seasons really turned me off. But who knows, maybe Planet Manny wants to spend a year meditating on the beach? Hard to say what’s going on under that hair.

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  329. 345 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I think we have to remember also that we see them competing we they are 15,16 years old. That makes a difference in time, too.

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  330. 346 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Seriously, CL.

    Ber, Sasha’s still in her early twenties… and still looks 14.

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  331. 347 Carolina Lady March 1, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    About my bedtime! Snow is ‘supposed’ to start around midnight – and it’s 42 degrees outside. Forecast to be colder than an a witch’s heart tomorrow, though – high in the mid-30s with a strong 25-35 mph wind. Dropping into the low 20s the next two nights – warming back up to the low 70s by Thursday. Yep. Spring.

    Y’all have a great evening!

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  332. 348 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    From shorts weather to putting the down comforter back on my bed here too.

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  333. 349 chrisklob March 1, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    The Manny saga is quite sad, IMO. He’s clearly one of the best hitters of his generation. Unfortunately, I think the term “idiot-savant” best describes him.

    In his defense, I’ll say that Scott Boras is a horrible influence on him. Manny would be in Florida at Red Sox camp right now were it not for Boras. Manny dumped his last agent during his last contract and picked up Boras. Unfortunately for Boras, he wasn’t going to get paid until he negotiated a new contract. It’s pretty easy to connect the dots to see what happened. Boras got in Manny’s ear and told him what to do. Sickening…….

    BTW, I really liked Sasha Cohen in that Borat movie. That was absolutely hilarious!

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  334. 350 flbravesgirl March 1, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Yeah, but he doesn’t have an Olympic silver medal, Chris.

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  335. 351 chrisklob March 2, 2009 at 12:05 am

    So what’s your point FBG? 🙂

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  336. 352 Voice of Raisins March 2, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Power’s back on!:D It’s been out since mid-afternoon.

    Major renovations since my forced hibernation. I like ’em. Oh, well… now that I have power restored here at the Ponderaisins, I’m heading to beddy-bye.

    G’night all…

    (By the way: Won’t Gil be surprised when he checks in?)

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  337. 353 chrisklob March 2, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Gil may be surprised at what CL’s done with the place but I’ll bet he’ll be REALLY surprised at how much snow fell in Richmond. I’ll bet he’s glad he’s not there!

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  338. 354 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 2, 2009 at 1:04 am

    V, you get much snow??? It wasn’t that windy mid afternoon here, some other reason, there???
    SG is going to be surprised as well. BAS too.

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  339. 355 Salty March 2, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Sorry, CL, I meant the font in the ‘reply’ box. Everything else looks fine.

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  340. 356 Voice of Raisins March 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    B, I can only tell what appears to have fallen on my patio which looks like about 6″ or so. No official amount of snow has been reported for the Jefferson/Jackson County yet, mainly because our local “news” outlet is a smalltown newspaper inherited by a hack who couldn’t report a real news story if his life depended on it. The communities around us, who amazingly DO have those amounts reported this morning, are showing 6.5″ and 7″. According to the ajc, the heaviest snow fell in a swath east of Gwinnett County toward Athens and northward, which we lie directly in the middle of. So… one might deduce that we got 6″ or 7″. Maybe Sherlock Holmes will actually report a number next week sometime and I can confirm it.

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  341. 357 Voice of Raisins March 2, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Oh… and good morning! 😀

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  342. 358 Carolina Lady March 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

    ‘Morning, Salty! Yeah, the reply box is smaller. Dunno why and I have no control over it. I think the overall format works for us, though. (Reply Box. Why couldn’t I have though of that when I was responding previously???) 😆

    No snow here, but it is cold! Wow! I will be staying IN today!!

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  343. 359 Carolina Lady March 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Good morning, Raisins! Bet your kids have fun in the snow! No school today, right?

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  344. 360 Voice of Raisins March 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

    G’morning, CL. You are correct, no school. The kids played yesterday when it was first coming down; I think my oldest had enough then. My little one is wanting to go back outside though. I suppose I’ll take her out, although I personally am not a fan of anything cold and wet, except maybe my dog’s nose, which I don’t want on me either. 😀

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  345. 361 Gil in Mechanicsville March 2, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Hi folks, a quick hello from the Fun Ship, Carnival Glory.. 🙂 At 50 cents per minute, there is no time to waste… Anyhoo, the new look is great CL.

    And I love it when a plan comes together, the wife is mad because she has been waiting for a significant snowfall since I retired. As for me, I am gleeful to have missed the cold wet stuff, yuk…

    Working on my tan and just otherwise wasting my retirement money… What little there is left anyway…More later, wish yo all were here… REALLY….

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  346. 362 flbravesgirl March 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Where’d you depart from, Gil? ‘Cause if it was Tampa we drove past your ship yesterday (the Forum is in the Channelside district).

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  347. 363 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I am jealous of V getting 6-7 inches of slow, and jealous of Gil!!!! 😡

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  348. 364 flbravesgirl March 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Did you not get snow, Ber? Grinch texted that he got about 5 in.

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  349. 365 Carolina Lady March 2, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Terrific to hear from you, Gil! MANY thanks for checking in!! You and Josie have the time of your lives! Just be safe.

    And thanks! Glad you like the redo!!

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  350. 366 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    FLB, we didn’t get 6-7 inches of slow(as I said above) We got about 2 inches on the grass, but it was just too warm here. Most of it has even melted off the roofs. HUGE flakes though, which were very cool.
    In fact, as I was driving to the store, uphill, with slush/snow all over the road, wipers going like crazy, ice under blades, windows steaming up… I was starting to question that decision. Trunk had so much snow on it, (kept closing on me)I had to knock the snow off so I could keep it open long enough to fill trunk. I thought for sure we would get 3-4 inches, but it didn’t happen and was even raining a bit at the end.

    We were supposed to get the most snow(south of the city) but surprise, surprise, the weather folks got it wrong. 😕

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  351. 367 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    V, I forgot to mention, I taped Atlanta Live, and your band was on the show at 7 AM! Skimmed thru it real quick, pretty good! Were you on a mandolin for the first song??
    Do you need a copy of the show, or will they send you one???

    I’m off…to sam’s club…another great adventure!

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  352. 368 flbravesgirl March 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Wonder how much snow we got in Tiger?

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  353. 369 Voice of Raisins March 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Yes, B, that was me on mandolin on the first song. I still haven’t seen it! I would love a copy of it. So, you liked it? Pretty cool. Thanks… 😳

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  354. 370 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 2, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    V, just email CL your address, and I’ll send it along!

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  355. 371 chrisklob March 2, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Ber, are you going to post that to Youtube (assuming that the artists want the free exposure)?!

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  356. 372 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 2, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Chris, I think V said he’d post it himself.

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  357. 373 Voice of Raisins March 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Hey, B, that’s great. My email is kenny@rockofchristband.com . Also, feel free to post it on youtube if you want. It would take me 2 1/2 days to figure out how to do it myself. 😀

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  358. 374 Carolina Lady March 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Now that Ken Griffey Jr.’s swollen knee has improved, he is ready to play in his first game for Seattle in a decade.

    Didn’t take long for the first ‘injury’, did it? :mrgreen:

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  359. 376 Carolina Lady March 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    from Mark Bowman:
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Braves announced Monday afternoon that they’ve reached agreements on one-year contracts with each of their previously unsigned non-arbitration-eligible players.
    The last 10 players to agree to these one-year deals were right-handed pitchers Manny Acosta, Jeff Bennett, Blaine Boyer, Buddy Carlyle, Jorge Campillo, Charlie Morton and Peter Moylan; infielders Yunel Escobar and Martin Prado; and outfielder Gregor Blanco.

    Other non-arbitration-eligible players who previously agreed to one-year deals with the Braves were outfielders Josh Anderson and Brandon Jones; infielder Diory Hernandez; right-handed pitchers James Parr, Stephen Marek, Todd Redmond, Phil Stockman, Luis Valdez, Anthony Lerew and Jair Jurrjens; left-handed pitchers Jeff Ridgway, Jo-Jo Reyes, Eric O’Flaherty and Boone Logan; and catcher Clint Sammons.

    Financial details of these agreements weren’t disclosed.

    The Braves were able to reach agreements with each of their non-arbitration-eligible players this year. The past two years, they had been forced to assign Jeff Francoeur’s salary by unilaterally renewing his contract.

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  360. 377 chrisklob March 3, 2009 at 12:55 am

    The worst (current) contracts in baseball according to Tim Dierkes of mlbtraderumors.com.

    http://www.springtraining09.com/features/the-44-worst-contracts-in-base.php#below

    I’m happy to see no deals with the Bravos in this list.

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  361. 378 Voice of Raisins March 3, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Ya know… now that the hot stove is cooled off for the spring, there is very little to report that is new and interesting.

    Braves are… 😐

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  362. 379 chrisklob March 3, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I just thought that everyone got snowed in. Or snowed out.

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  363. 380 Carolina Lady March 3, 2009 at 11:39 am

    I was thinking all of you snuck off somewhere and didn’t invite me! 😦 😆

    It’s – what? – 32 days or something ’til the first ‘real’ game? Seems like a looooong time!

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  364. 382 Carolina Lady March 3, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Couric is a real piece of work. 🙄

    NEW YORK (AP) – Before he lied to her about steroids, Alex Rodriguez turned to Katie Couric for career advice.

    On the “Late Show with David Letterman” Monday, Couric said she was speaking to Rodriguez frequently when he opted out of his contract in 2007, trying to convince him to do a “60 Minutes” interview.

    At one point, Rodriguez called to ask her, “What team do you think I should play for?”

    Letterman responded: “That should have told you he was on the juice, that he’s calling you.”

    Rodriguez told Couric in the “60 Minutes” interview that he never took steroids, and it’s since been revealed that he had. Couric said Rodriguez both called and wrote a note to her recently to apologize.

    If that above is true, he’s a worse numbskull than I ever thought!

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  365. 383 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 3, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Chris, I get more mad every time someone like Tim Deirkes (Who I like normally) act like Carlos Lee is somehow a failure! 😡

    Let’s see, 6 of the 7 years, 100 or more RBI’s(The year he missed it, drove in 99) played in all 162 games in his first year with the Astros, (32 HR’s 119 RBI’s .303 BA) last year, he was injured, only played in 115 games, still drove in 100 RBI’s and hit .314. Yeah, what a waste of money! 🙄

    I know he’s talking down the road as much as anything, but you just don’t know how some people will hold up…he’s big, but not fat. So far, he’s done everything possible to help his team win.

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  366. 384 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 3, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I was wrong, a season split between Brewers and Texas had me adding a year, 5 of the last 6 years he has driven in 100 or more RBI’s

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  367. 385 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    CL, I saw a brief clip of that show, and someone pointed out how he nods yes, while saying no, he never used steroids…something that I have seen a few times on tv(body language folks mention this happens a bit) Something to keep in mind when watching someone we are not convinced are telling us the truth….

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  368. 386 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Political stuff!!! Skip if not interested!!!!

    Another Obama pick owes back taxes, but it’s OK because, now caught, he’ll pay up

    Oh, Sergei, you mean you’ve lost another submarine?

    Word today that yet another Barack Obama appointee has a little problem with taxes — a $10,000 problem.

    Ron Kirk, the former mayor of Dallas who would be the White House chief trade representative if confirmed, didn’t pay taxes on some speaking fees he donated to his alma mater and he tried to write off the full $17,000 costs of his Dallas Mavericks season tickets.

    Not sure if we have room here to list every other would-be Obama appointee who tU.S Trade Representative nominee Ron Kirk, the ex-mayor of Dallas, turns out to be the latest Barack Obama appointee to have back tax problemsurns out to have some tax problems. There was Timothy Geithner, who’s now Treasury Secretary in charge of the IRS.

    But being as articulate as he is and so well-versed in handling other people’s money, he was deemed essential to the fight against the economic downturn and that’s worked out real well. Just look at the markets.

    There was Tom Daschle, who was deemed essential to the effort to completely reform the nation’s health care system.

    He owed something like $140G’s with interest and penalties because he got a free car and driver and some other stuff from a rich guy who paid him $1 million a year for advice (hopefully not tax advice) and Daschle forgot to mention it for a few years.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/03/obama-kirk-taxe.html

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  369. 387 Salty March 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Stand in line if you’re going to bash folks who intentionally, or unintentionally don’t pay their taxes. The system is the worse joke on America. Scrap the code, get rid of the IRS, smash the cottage industry supported by the existence of both, and put in a ‘Fair Tax’. It’s a crying shame anyone, regardless their income level or lifestyle should ever have to pay someone to calculate what they owe…absolutely ridicuous.

    Rather than worry about who short-changed the system, put the spotlight on capturing revenue from the ‘underground economy’. Instead of fretting over whether a tax cut is headed our way, recognize the many, many billions of dollars drained from the economy simply to support the presence of the ‘tax boondoggle’ present today.

    Frankly, I’ve had it. I’ll do what little or much I can to rattle the cage of any gov’t official who thinks ‘status quo’ is progress. If ‘We the People’ demand our Voice be heard, then you’ll see change in your lifetime like you never imagined. If you don’t care to get on board, then zip your lips and toss away the key. The old saying has merit…if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem…choose your side!

    How’s that for a rant! 😯 I am serious, though!

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  370. 388 Carolina Lady March 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Right on, Salty! The tax system has become an entire industry. Even the IRS itself doesn’t know the code. Not so long ago, some group called the IRS and asked the same question of a number of agents. Got mixed answers.

    I think the entire personnel of the US Gov’t needs to be scrapped – from top to bottom. Strict term limits. New pay scales, eliminate the fancy perks and special considerations in everything they get. Make them live as we have to.

    No life-time retirement and medical care. Fund your own as we do.

    The great majority of those people think they are royalty and these things are due to them.

    Oh, boy. Ya got me going again, Salty! 😆

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  371. 389 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 3, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Yeah, the “public servants” are going to kill the goose that lays beautiful golden eggs. And if you guys believe that will happen, I’ve got some swell bridges I’d like to sell you all! 😛

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  372. 390 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I heard Glenn Beck the other day talking about a letter FDR wrote to the IRS saying he couldn’t make heads or tails out of the complicated system, and how he was overpaying to be safe…

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  373. 391 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    And speaking of “public servants” remember ol’ Kwame Kilpatrick, the Detroit mayor who went to jail??? Don’t worry, he has landed on his feet…and then some. 🙄
    http://jewishworldreview.com/0209/albom021609.php3

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  374. 392 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Terrorists just love attacking people that don’t have a chance. Imagine if some group attacked Baseball or football players on a bus here????

    Pakistan Attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team: Echoes of Mumbai?

    In a commando-style operation, a dozen gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in the heart of Lahore, Pakistan’s cultural and political hub, at 8:45 Tuesday morning. The attackers fired rockets, grenades and multiple rounds of ammunition at the team’s bus and the police escorting it, killing eight people and injuring six. To some eyewitnesses, it was last November’s Mumbai attacks replayed on Pakistani soil. More if you click on the link below…

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20090303/wl_time/08599188274500;_ylt=AtAEWkOl_mQ.5Tmdfex6GCytOrgF;_ylu=X3oDMTE2amRzbjRsBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bi1yLWItbGVmdARzbGsDZXYtcGFraXN0YW5h

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  375. 393 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Gil, quick! It’s time to spend 50 cents an hour! 😉

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  376. 394 chrisklob March 3, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    This long period of anxiety and waiting for baseball fans the word over has finally come to an end. ManRam has finally signed with the Dodgers.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3949705

    What on earth will the media do now to fill time and space now that the saga is over?

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  377. 395 Carolina Lady March 3, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Well, I can finally sleep peacefully now that Manny has signed! 🙄
    😆

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  378. 396 Carolina Lady March 3, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    A really neat article! I’ve heard the name but didn’t know anything about this guy, but I’m impressed!

    Now Granderson seeking the advice of his mother and father, Curtis Sr., that’s not unusual. Normally, though, it’s seeking guidance pertaining to cars, houses, clothes or even food. At 27 and entering his fourth full season in Detroit, Granderson is one of the game’s true Renaissance men.

    He represents Nike, Louisville Slugger and Rawlings, but lieu of endorsement fees, he’s directed each company instead to donate equipment to inner city youth baseball leagues in Illinois and Michigan.

    “I don’t need the money,” said Granderson, who signed a six-year, $30.25 million contract extension last February and posted a career-high .365 on-base percentage with 22 homers and 66 RBI last summer. “And this way it will give kids in the inner city opportunities. One thing I always hear is that it’s so expensive to get the equipment.”

    He moonlights as an ambassador for Major League Baseball International in the offseason and has traveled to South Africa, China, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Switzerland. He took both his father and mother with him to China, and his father to South Africa (his mother was still working at the time).
    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/11448870/rss

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  379. 398 chrisklob March 3, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    CL, I have long been a fan of Granderson but more for what he’s done on the field and the interviews of him that I’ve seen. He’s also done some post-season work on ESPN that was quite mpressive. Very sharp young man. I didn’t realize anything about his philanthropic ways but I am not surprised. He gets it. He doesn’t “need” the money but so many children can benefit from his generosity. Even if they never play professional ball, he’s giving children an opportunity to stay off the streets and learn what it means to be part of a team. Those are valuable lessons.

    There has been so much said about the fact that the number of black major leaguers has been declining for a long time. Trust me, I am not a believer in Affirmative Action, but I am happy to see him take an interest in his race. More black athletes in baseball and less in football and basketball is a wonderful thing for the game, IMO.

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  380. 399 Carolina Lady March 3, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Hi, Chris!
    Yeah, he’s got it together – and I congratulate his parents.

    Compare Granderson to Manny…..
    and Manny can’t hold a candle to Curtis.

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  381. 400 chrisklob March 3, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Good point CL. While Manny may be a better hitter, Granderson is a much better ambassador of the game and, far more importantly, a better person.

    Yes, congratulations to his parents. They’ve obviously raised a fine young man and should be proud of their and his accomplishments.

    Now, let’s just hope that Granderson doesn’t pick Bora$$ to be his agent!

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  382. 401 flbravesgirl March 3, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    I think Curtis has good enough sense to stay away from that weasel.

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  383. 402 chrisklob March 3, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I hope so. And it sounds like he might. But money does have a funny way of changing people. Hopefully that won’t happen with him.

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  384. 403 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 4, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Very nice story on Granderson CL! And Chris, you are right, I had forgotten, he did surprisingly well on ESPN. Sort of like Vernon Wells seemed like an old pro. They will both have plenty of work when they finally retire.

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  385. 404 Voice of Raisins March 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Manny who?

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  386. 405 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Manny Who??? Is he a hot prospect from China???? 😛

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  387. 406 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

    This Cat Is Pretty Ugly… Seriously.

    http://wbztv.com/watercooler/pets/ugly.cat.scary.2.949524.html

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  388. 407 Voice of Raisins March 4, 2009 at 9:12 am

    From Whoville. It is Dr.Suess week, right?

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  389. 408 Voice of Raisins March 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

    And it’s Dr. Seuss week, too. 😳

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  390. 409 Salty March 4, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Wal-Mart announced that, on March 1, 2009, it will begin offering customers a new discount item – Wal-Mart’s own brand of wine.

    The world’s largest retail chain is teaming up with Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery of California to produce the vintages at an affordable price, in the $2- $5 range.

    Wine connoisseurs may not be inclined to throw a bottle of Wal-Mart brand Into their shopping carts, but “there is a market for inexpensive wine,” Said Kathy Micken, professor of marketing at University of Arkansas, Bentonville. She said: “But the right name
    is important.”
    Customer surveys were conducted to determine the most attractive name for The Wal-Mart wine brand. The top surveyed names in order of popularity were:
    10. Chateau Traileur Parc
    9. White Trashfindel
    8. Big Red Gulp
    7. World Championship Riesling
    6. NASCARbernet
    5. Chef Boyardeaux
    4. Peanut Noir
    3. I Can’t Believe it’s Not Vinegar
    2. Grape Expectations
    1. Nasti Spumante

    The beauty of Wal-Mart wine is that it can be served with either white meat (Possum) or red meat (Squirrel)

    P.S. Don’t bother saying this is a hoax. I know possum is not a white meat. :mrgreen:

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  391. 410 Voice of Raisins March 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

    World Championship Riesling… 😆

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  392. 411 Carolina Lady March 4, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Anybody got a few thoughts that could be put together for a new lead??

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  393. 412 chrisklob March 4, 2009 at 11:26 am

    CL, that’s my problem. I only have a few thoughts. Just ask my wife!

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  394. 413 Carolina Lady March 4, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Few they may be, but gems they are! 😀

    Off to WallyWorld. Whoopee. 😐

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  395. 414 Voice of Raisins March 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    CL, pick up some of that Peanut Noir while you’re there, OK? 😆

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  396. 415 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Salty, that’s pretty funny!

    Hey guys and non guys, good news!!!!

    From MLbtraderumors.com

    11:44am: Not sure of the timestamp on it, but Mike Hiserman of the L.A. Times says no agreement has been reached and the Dodgers and Manny were still meeting in L.A.

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  397. 416 Voice of Raisins March 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    From Carrol Rogers, a quote from Don Sutton about young Mr. Hanson:

    “When you talk to a guy like that for five minutes, you throw the birth certificate out the window,” Sutton said. “He has four pitches, he’s a quick learner, makes great adjustments. I just wish for him great health. I think he has a chance to be a superstar.”

    Sutton said he’s talked to Hanson twice now, including Tuesday when Hanson told him he wasn’t happy with his curveball but he’d get it worked out.

    “He kept it simple,” Sutton said. “He’s a quality young man. I’m impressed with the person. He’s a young man who understands him. A lot of pitchers, young and old, have a problem with their identity as a pitcher, they want to be somebody else.”

    Me likey… 😀

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  398. 417 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Sounds great V!!! Let’s save some dough,and trade Javy during the WBC, before that elbow blows out!!!(I am only going to be slightly surprised if it happens after I have said it so many times-I feel bad though, I have nothing against him!!!)

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  399. 418 Voice of Raisins March 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Glavine is in the house.

    As expected, Anthony Lerew was placed on waivers to accomodate Glav’s addition to the 40-man roster.

    Also as expected, Lerew cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to AAA Gwinnett.

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  400. 419 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    V, if someone claimed Lerew on Waivers, do they have to put him on their 40 man roster? Or could they just have him say tryout during spring training, see how he is doing?? Seems guys like him should be picked up by other teams, since so many teams claim to be short on pitching…

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  401. 420 Carolina Lady March 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Raisins, thought we’d try some of that Chef Boyardeaux. Goes well with Ravioli, I’m told……

    Manny didn’t sign???? 🙄 The Dodgers GM should be ‘retired’ instantly if he allows this charade to continue. Can he say “laughing stock”??

    I’m not surprised Lerew cleared waivers. A 13.00+ era will do that.

    Changing the subject: Now I know ONE of y’all has some thoughts that can be put together for a lead! Gil and I have been carrying the ‘lead’ load for many months; we need a little help from our friends! 😆

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  402. 421 Salty March 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Gil and I have been carrying the ‘lead’ load for many months; we need a little help from our friends!

    Oh, dear! 🙄 CL’s playing the ‘guilt card’!

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  403. 422 Carolina Lady March 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Yep! 😆 Is it working?

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  404. 423 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    CL, I should have updated, it appears Manny signed, they said so on mlb trade about an hour later….who cares, is what I say! 😛

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  405. 424 Carolina Lady March 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I agree, B. Manny is a zero IMHO.

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  406. 425 flbravesgirl March 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    😆 at Salty’s wine list.

    I think nearly everyone has ceased caring what Manny does. It’s a shame, I used to like him.

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  407. 426 chrisklob March 5, 2009 at 12:02 am

    FBG, I’m with you on Manny. I used to like him. His antics were kind of funny. Borderline disrespectful to the game, but I did find the amusement in them. However, the way he made his way out of Boston was repugnant (blog first?). Then the way that he and Boras carried themselves this off-season has been laughable. There are so many Americans that are either unemployed or under employed and he’s holding out for top dollar. It really makes me upset. I hope he tanks in LA this year (he won’t) and stinks up the joint.

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  408. 427 flbravesgirl March 5, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Yeah, he was entertaining when he was the goofy flake who just happened to be one of the best hitters in the game. Then Boras (Satan) entered the picture & everything changed. I don’t know if the weasel brings out the worst in his clients or if he plays some kind of head games to make them into his little money-grubbing puppets but they’re nearly all the same once he gets hold of them.

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  409. 428 Salty March 5, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Don’t be so quick to blame Boras. Manny being Manny transcends just baseball. Folks may not like Boras, but he’s not ‘and idiot’, either. He can’t make Manny grasp the reality of the present economics, nor make him sign a deal…and he’s not stupid enough (twice I’ve said he’s not ‘and idiot’) to simply throw up his hands an walk away. He gets paid when Manny decides to put away his toys and come out and play nice with the rest of the neighborhood…which may or may not be anytime soon. Regardless where he signs, fans should boo him lustily the whole season…he’s earned it.

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  410. 429 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 5, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Psychiatric Hotline

    If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly.

    If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2.

    If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5, and 6.

    If you are paranoid-delusional, we know who you are and what you want.
    Just stay on the line so we can trace the call.

    If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell
    you which number to press.

    If you are manic-depressive, it doesn’t matter which number you press. No
    one will answer.

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  411. 430 Voice of Raisins March 5, 2009 at 8:21 am

    V, if someone claimed Lerew on Waivers, do they have to put him on their 40 man roster? Or could they just have him say tryout during spring training, see how he is doing?? Seems guys like him should be picked up by other teams, since so many teams claim to be short on pitching…

    If someone had picked him up off waivers, yes, they would have to place him on their 40-man. That’s why it was a very good bet, as CL pointed out, with his 13.00+ ERA and health issues, that he’d easily pass through.

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  412. 431 Voice of Raisins March 5, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Warning!!! Political comment ahead!

    Here are the 10 planks in the road to Communism as written by Karl Marx.

    1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
    Kelo anyone?

    2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
    Ask Joe the Plumber after his discussion with PresBO about “spreading it around”, or ask the many small business owners being forced lay off employees or shut their doors.

    3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
    PresBO fully supports the “death tax” and has preserved it in his 2009 budget proposal.

    4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

    5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
    See the bailouts of 2008, 2009.

    6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
    TSA. Democrats’ push for the Fairness Doctrine and the current push to remove Rush Limbaugh from the air. PresBO’s new war on what he calls “cable chatter”, more specifically the Fox News Channel.

    7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
    Salary caps on corporations receiving bailout funds.

    8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
    Card-check bill. More accurately, the loss of the secret ballot. Staunch support of labor unions might be this?

    9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
    Phony global warming scheme.

    10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.
    PresBO wants to offer free college education to anyone who wants it! An extension of gov’t indoctrination into secondary education.

    It should be apparent to everyone that we are no longer on the path to socialism, we are at the doorstep…

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  413. 432 Voice of Raisins March 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    So… A-Roid has to have surgery to remove a cyst from his hip. He’ll be out 10 weeks for recovery. Now why would he have a cyst in his hip? Hmmm…

    PaybackKarma’s a bitch, ain’t it? mrgreen:

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  414. 433 chrisklob March 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Salty, I do blame Boras at least partly for this fiasco. Were it not for him, Manny would likely still be a Red Sox and they may have won the WS last year.

    The contract that Manny opted out of was negotiated by a different agent. Manny fired him and hired Boras. Boras was not going to get paid on either of the option years. I firmly believe that Boras got in his ear and told him that he could make more money by opting out and finding a new deal elsewhere. You know what? He was right. Of course, he had to sell his soul and destroy his reputation as a good teammate to do so, but that’s what happened.

    Funny how greed works, isn’t it?

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  415. 435 Gil in Mechanicsville March 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Greetings Stuffians… Ber, that 50 cents per minute… But, you folks are worth it.

    Just checking in to find out how the Bravos are doing. Sounds as their is much excitement concerning the young pitchers the organization has accumulated.

    I am blogging from the Lido deck of the ship and I can tell you, these folks are LOUD…. and French Canadian… Need I say more?

    Anyway, only one more day at sea and then on to Sarasota. For the first time I am actually up at the blackjack tables. Perhaps just enough to cover the bar tab…

    Anyway, I look forward to getting back in the groove, see you all soon…

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