74: How’s it looking?

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So. What’s going on in baseball?

Manny has his $8.5m condo in Boston up for sale. (That’ll show ’em, Manny!) 🙄

Smoltz is happy is Boston. I wish him well. (shrug)

Junior is 0-9. But, according to sports writers, the fans are ‘energized’. 🙂

The Yankees drama continues. (Their behavior and ‘drama’ remind me of a bunch of junior high school girls)

…..yawn….

What about the Braves?

I really like what I see. They are a ‘get ’em on, get ’em over, get ’em in’ type team – and I desperately hope Bobby will play them that way!

Look at yesterday’s game against the Yankees as one example:
Hitters got on base, Kotchman hits a 2-run double. Braves lead.
Later, Prado hits a double, Escobar hits a sac fly, Prado scores. Braves win.

The pitching is definitely there, IMHO. (Dear Lord, please don’t let them fall apart again this year!)

Kawakami needs a little more acclimation time, I think, but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t wind up impressing us all.

hanson1And speaking of impressing: Hanson. Oh, wow! I want to see him in the regular rotation, but I don’t want it to be too early. Is he really ready? Judging by the comments I read from players, I’d have to say ‘yes’.

Then I read this from Cox about another young pitcher, Kris Medlen:
medlenk“”Medlen is impressive,” Cox said. “Everything that you hear about that kid, you like. He doesn’t walk anybody and he’s got three plus pitches, for me. He’s got a plus fastball, plus changeup and a plus breaking ball, with control. A lot of guys have plus-this and plus-that, but they don’t have control like he’s got.”

Continuing from Mark Bowman:
“Labeled by some as a poor man’s Greg Maddux, Medlen, who might actually look younger than Brent Lillibridge, possesses a fastball that rests between 91-93 mph and a changeup that has caught the attention of the Braves and many scouts from around the league.

Medlen’s stock began to soar after he was placed in Double-A Mississippi’s starting rotation midway through the 2008 season. In the 92 1/3 innings he worked as a starter, Medlen recorded 90 strikeouts and issued 21 walks.

Given a chance to make another solid impression during the Arizona Fall League, Medlen worked 25 innings, registered 25 strikeouts, issued just one walk and held opponents to a .203 batting average.”

gonzo1Moylan & Co in the bullpen look good. Gonzo seems ready and eager to go.

I can’t help but feel good about the pitching staff and the youngsters in the pipeline.

I like the infield. Not spectacular, but more than adequate. Steady. And that can take you places instead of always having to wait for a flash in the sun. Combine steadiness with occasional flashes and we might be pleased with the result.

The outfield. Garret Anderson. BIG, BIG plus! I’m very pleased with him as a person and a player. In centerfield, I think the team has a lot of potential with either of several players. In right? Well, I’m hopeful, I’ll leave it at that. (I read that Wrenn said something to the effect that they see improvement, are pleased with his efforts and feel that JF only needs some more time to finish putting it together’.)

andersongI also think that Garret’s very presence in the outfield will have a positive effect on the other 2 outer positions. For once, ‘veteran presence’ actually means something! There are people who can inspire others to perform at a higher level and I get the impression that GA is one of them.

Mac catching, David Ross backup. We’re secure there. (And a few days ago, I didn’t even know who Ross was! 🙄 Give me time; I’ll get there! 😆 )

Niggling things I don’t like:

~Kawakami doesn’t speak English; I read that during games, his interpreter will not be allowed to accompany Bobby/whoever to the mound. Why??

~The comment was made that Mac needs to be in ST instead of at the WBC so ‘he could learn Japanese.’ Ummm, why doesn’t Kawakami bother learn English if he’s going to play here??

~Chino is still bench coach. Eddie Perez should be in that spot and Chino should be in the bullpen.

OK – what do you think?

~CL~

 

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460 Responses to “74: How’s it looking?”


  1. 1 Voice of Raisins March 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Chino is still bench coach. Eddie Perez should be in that spot and Chino should be in the bullpen.

    Tru dat!!!

    Thanks for the new lead, CL. For once, I am actually pretty busy… and thankfully so. I’ll try to help the lineup soon.

    Medlen… leftover from the Tex trade. Not bad for a toss in, huh?

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  2. 2 Carolina Lady March 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks, Raisins! I hope that I’m not just feeling ‘Spring Training Optimism’ but looking at all the pieces, I just can’t help but feel good about them. May this optimism not be misplaced! 😀

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  3. 3 Carolina Lady March 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    FROM GIL:

    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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  4. 4 Hillbilly March 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Medlen… leftover from the Tex trade. Not bad for a toss in, huh?

    VOR, Medlen was selected by the Braves in the 10th round of the 2006 draft.

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  5. 5 Carolina Lady March 5, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Hey, Hillbilly! How’s that boy?

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  6. 6 Voice of Raisins March 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    The mind isn’t what it used to be… 🙄

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  7. 7 Voice of Raisins March 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Medlen, Marek… you know…

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  8. 8 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Very nice lead CL!!! It’s still early, but what is the point of spring training if you aren’t completely convinced your team is positively terrific??? 😀
    It sure looks good on paper, that’s for sure.
    Hard to believe, but we might have an excess of pitching! Of course, it seemed that way last spring as well! Time will tell…something, I forget what, but it will tell…something.

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  9. 10 flbravesgirl March 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Good job, CL! I too am pleased with the team at this point.

    Eddie absolutely should be the bench coach. I think he’s manager material. ( I’m still not sure what Chino does.)

    I recall reading somewhere that KK understands English much better than he speaks it right now. It will come to him quickly hearing it everyday. I know from my skating board that a lot of Japanese people think their English is much worse than it actually is & they’re worried about speaking (or typing) it because they are afraid they’ll offend someone. Our Japanese members constantly apologize for their English & we’re always assuring them that we understand them just fine.

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  10. 11 Voice of Raisins March 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    So, A-Roid now has a torn labrum in his hip and may be out 4 months? Yankers will have to find a replacement, and one name bantied about is one Martin Prado. Interesting…

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  11. 12 Voice of Raisins March 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I personally do not think that the Braves would trade Prado to NYY because A) there is no longer a need (LF) to fill and B) if he can handle 3B, the Braves probably need him around. No bad karma wished on Chipper, but he does have a history, and he doesn’t have an extension. I’m just sayin’…

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  12. 13 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 5, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    V, the tender hearted part of me hopes that folks like Prado and Josh Anderson will get a chance someday soon to prove they can play full time.
    All Prado did last year was hit (.320 in 228 AB’s) and at 24 it’s like he is being told, hey kid, that’s swell, you did the best you could, played with a lot of fire! Now your reward is to be a back up 2nd baseman, and if Chipper and Infante go down, you might play 3rd.
    Not saying we should give him away either, it just would be nice to see him get some chance to prove one way or another that he can do it.
    Same with Anderson. In 203 AB’s he has a .315 BA, yet I just get that feeling the team doesn’t really have faith in him, and if Schafer has a great spring, no AAA for him, but back to AAA for Anderson. Wait, is he out of options???
    Just seems he and Schafer are too similar to both be on the team.

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  13. 14 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    ( I’m still not sure what Chino does.)
    Well, FLB, he eats, that’s for sure!
    CL, I don’t think he could go to the bullpen, If he tried to get in the catching position today, he’d need two guys to help him stand back up! 😛

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  14. 15 flbravesgirl March 5, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    OK, I’m not sure what Chino does as far as work-related activities. He never moves. When Corrales was the bench coach, he was setting the defense, consulting with Bobby, working with the players, etc. Wish he had stayed.

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  15. 16 Carolina Lady March 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Howdy, y’all! Thanks, FBG!

    Ber, I don’t think Eddie actually catches in the bullpen very often. Doesn’t Allen Butts do that? So Chino should have no problem as bullpen coach – and he has a lot of catching experience! I just really think that Eddie is being wasted there. He would be the perfect bench coach.

    I agree, FBG. I rarely see Chino do anything at all! Pat was all over the place! Sure wish the Braves had offered him a decent retirement package! (Skip told once that the lack of retirement package is why Corrales left and went where a healthy one was offered. Can’t fault him for that!)

    Kelly and I watched Overhaulin’ again, then found something on Speed channel called Bull Run about a 4,000 mile rally race. Fun to watch! Had never seen it before.

    Oh, lord. PT again tomorrow. Dread it! 😦

    See ya tomorrow! Hope Gil & Josie are having the time of their lives! 😀

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  16. 17 flbravesgirl March 5, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    I think Eddie catches on occasion during the season. You see him with the shin guards on fairly often.

    Good luck with PT!

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  17. 18 flbravesgirl March 5, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Speaking of PT, my mom was talking this evening about the trouble one of her facilities was having finding a physical therapy assistant. They finally hired a guy they’re very happy with. Now the kicker… they are paying him $42 an hour. And he’s a PTA, an assistant, not a therapist. Anybody looking for a career change? Darned good return for a 2 year degree.

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  18. 19 chrisklob March 6, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Good stuff CL, as always. I too am optimistic about this team. The NL East is a tough division with the Mutts and Philthies but anything can happen. It’s certainly time for something good to happen in the Braves favor.

    FBG, $42 an hour? Where do I sign up?

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  19. 20 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 6, 2009 at 8:11 am

    So, FLB, what do you want to be called(til you come up this way at least) FLB, or FBG??? I am seeing more FBG’s of late….

    And wow, in this economy, there is a shortage of folks who make $42 an hour??? Wish my broken down body was in better shape, I bet I would be pretty good at it….

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  20. 21 Voice of Raisins March 6, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Florida Braves Girl is FBG.

    It have to be GBG… as in Georgia Braves Girl

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  21. 22 Voice of Raisins March 6, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I knew I’d mess up the bold print… 🙄

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  22. 23 Voice of Raisins March 6, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I need my Frosted Flakes… 😐

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  23. 24 Voice of Raisins March 6, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Yikes! I went pail! 😯

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  24. 25 Voice of Raisins March 6, 2009 at 9:19 am

    No… a pail is a bucket… I went pale… 😳

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  25. 26 Voice of Raisins March 6, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I need coffee… 😥

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  26. 27 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 6, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Clearly! 😛

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  27. 28 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 6, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Cute pup V!

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  28. 29 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 6, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I went pale a bit as well.

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  29. 30 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 6, 2009 at 9:39 am

    CL, that’s pretty cool that the original photo size doesn’t matter anymore for avatars(gravatars???) Go ahead, tell me it’s been that way for months, or better yet, it’s always been that way!!!

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  30. 31 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 6, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Ok, how come Dennys Reyes got a 2 year, 3 mil contract from the Cards, after a year in which he was in 75 games, but pitched only 46 innings??? Meanwhile, Ohman will be lucky to sign for 1 mil or less for a lousy team??? Do not get that….career ERA’s are about the same. And Ohman is younger.

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  31. 32 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 6, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Did V get his Frosted Flakes??? Did he get his Coffee, or fall asleep before getting there???
    Will FLBFBG ask her Dad if she can check her emails, then sneak on B&S for a minute this morn??
    Did CL punch her therapist, then say her arm much be a lot better, she couldn’t punch like that a month ago???
    Will Gil make so much money on his cruise, as to buy the Cruise line???
    Will SG ever post here again?? 😦
    Will Salty keep saying Boras is no more evil than Manny? 😛
    Will Berigan get the 3rd Lincoln in an Avatar???
    Tune in later, to find out the answers to these and other questions on as the Braves and Stuff turns….

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  32. 33 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 6, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Will Chris have happy hours at his saloon, with unlimited refills on Diet Coke???
    Will Hillbilly accept the role of Ombudsman???
    Will BAS stop being so cheap, and reconnect to the internet soon???

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  33. 34 chrisklob March 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Berigan, EVERY hour is Happy Hour at Klobber’s Knob Creek Saloon and I always offer unlimited refills on DC to my friends!

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  34. 35 Gil in Mechanicsville March 6, 2009 at 11:02 am

    AAAAUUUUGGGGHHHHH…. I hate this slow a$$ DSL satellite connection.. It just at my post.

    Great lead as usual CL.

    I hope all of you feel a bit ahead of the curve with the post I made on some of the young arms in camp. Sounds as if the Braves are loaded.

    Yes, the Braves bargaining position has improved greatly with A-Rod going down. Too bad for the Yankees they did not make the Nady trade when they had the chance

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  35. 36 Gil in Mechanicsville March 6, 2009 at 11:04 am

    FBG, I will send you an e-mail with my phone number. Hopefully we can get together Sunday.

    Chris, I am still unsure if it will be Monday or Tuesday before we head back north. I will keep you posted.

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  36. 37 Voice of Raisins March 6, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Hey Gil!!!

    I need more coffee, and I went the Rice Chex route instead of the Frosted Flakes route. Did yo know that Rice Chex also Snap, Crackle and Pop, just without all the hype?

    Yep… where else can you find such deep and entertaining information as this, huh? 😀

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  37. 38 chrisklob March 6, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Raisins, are you sure that noise was coming from the cereal and not inside your head? 😛

    The A-Rod news is perplexing. I’ve heard varying reports about his prognosis. One report says that he’s having surgery next week and will miss four months. Another report says that he’s going to rehab it and won’t be out as long. I read this morning that the Yankees have been aware of this situation for 10 months. If that’s the case, have they been trying to rehab it already? If they have then obviously rehab isn’t working and the surgery should have taken place long ago.

    Here’s what should be making Yankee fans nervous. We all know painfully how poorly Tex starts out. What are they going to do without a #3 OR #4 hitter for the first few months of the season? Blue Jays and Orioles fans must be licking their chops!

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  38. 39 chrisklob March 6, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Gil, let me know whenever y’all figure out when you’ll be here. Matt has baseball practice on Tuesday evening.

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  39. 40 Carolina Lady March 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Hello, World!

    I kicked over the traces today and canceled PT. And I’m loving every minute of it! :mrgreen:

    Didn’t get to “sleep” until 0730 this morning, finally got up at 0930. Just sorta dozed even then. Therefore was absolutely in NO mood for PT. So there. 😆

    Not a whole lot going on in the baseball world. Chipper and Mac each hit homers for USA which won. Anderson went 0-2 but “everybody is impressed”. (Does that make sense to you??) Just sorta in a holding pattern, it feels like.

    Raisins, you are a hoot! 😆 Love the pup!

    Chris, it’s a joy to have you back, ya know that? 😀

    I’m about to put an APB out for SG! Working 16 hours a day is one thing, but neglecting his blogging duties this long is just beyond the pale. Or is it ‘pail’. Raisins, help me out here!

    Don’t know about y’all but it makes me happy to hear from Gil and Josie! Hope y’all can get together on the trip home.

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  40. 41 chrisklob March 6, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks CL! I’m glad to be back. Had to get the bar back in shape after someone we all know tried to give the house away! I’ll bet his hiatus is due to the fact that he’s on extended vacation and spending all the money he found!

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  41. 42 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Ok, CL…we’ll cut you some slack, this time. 😛
    Pretty hard to do much of anything on 2 hours sleep!

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  42. 44 Carolina Lady March 6, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Neat interview with Sid Bream:

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  43. 45 Carolina Lady March 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Tumbleweeds……………..

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  44. 47 flbravesgirl March 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Actually, Ber, Dad went to a ballgame & Mom & Melissa both got out of work early. So we shopped, both for necessary stuff & a little fun stuff too.

    Cute pup, VOR!

    CL, rest helps you heal too. Just don’t make a habit of cancelling PT.

    Gil, I’ll keep an eye out for it. I don’t seem to have your address.

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  45. 48 flbravesgirl March 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Uh-oh! Hope he heals quick.

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  46. 50 flbravesgirl March 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks for the addy, CL. I know I’ve communicated with Gil via email before; don’t know why I didn’t have his addy saved or written down.

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  47. 51 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Cheap isn’t the problem, WSOML (work pays for the ‘net). Lazy is the problem.

    CL, I really like the changes. Larger font to read, and broken up better with the bold names. Good for us lazy folk. And the banner…more simple, I think, with all the right faces, and certainly the right colors.

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  48. 52 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 7, 2009 at 9:22 am

    BAS!!! Speak of the….West coast guy.
    Sure you are not cheap??? No computer at home, or internet at home??? Oh wait, work pays for your internet at home??? Cool!!!
    So, just laziness to overcome then?? That can be overcome. So I hear….

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  49. 53 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Drop by more often, BAS. Aren’t we worth the effort? 😉

    The guys next door had a rip-roaring party last night… all night. So, very little sleep for me (whimper). Good thing they’re not on Melissa’s side of the house, she had to work today & she requires a lot of sleep.

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  50. 54 Carolina Lady March 7, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Hey, BAS! Thanks!! Glad to see you again!

    FBG, that’s when I call the cops. Enough is enough. If people are boorish, immature and selfish enough to disregard others like that, I have no qualms about calling.

    I used to live down the street from a guy like that. Had enormous speakers that he would turn up as loud as they would go. The first time, I went down there, told him the noise was too disturbing and he turned it down. For a little while. The next visit was from a county deputy. And the next and the next and the next. Then, amazingly, the noise stopped. Only took a few weeks and he finally got the point. No problem since. 🙂

    Got some birthdays coming up in a few days! 😀

    DAYLIGHT TIME BEGINS TOMORROW!!!

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  51. 55 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Well, we used to have the Neighbors From Hell on the other side. If we had ever called the cops on them, they probably would’ve shot up our house or something. So we’re a little leery of that. These guys have been fine up to this point, so hopefully that was an isolated incident.

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  52. 56 chrisklob March 7, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Wow, a cameo appearance by BAS! Don’t be such a stranger!

    When I was in college I lived in an old building downtown on King Street. Our upstairs neighbors were rude, inconsiderate pigs. On Saturday nights (really Sunday morning) they would often host “2:00 parties”. The bars closed at 2 am and so they’d have a ton of people over to party until everyone passed out or they ran out of pot and beer.

    One night, they would dancing around so much that I was woken up, not by noise, but because my bed was shaking! We’d call them to complain and invariably all noise and motion would stop and one of the two roommates would pick up the phone and pretend they were asleep. Yeah, like we were buying that! Once the phone was put down, things went back to normal.

    We got them good once though. I had to get up at 5 am to go out of town. The night before my roommate and I took the giant speakers from the stereo and placed them in the drop ceiling directly below each bedroom. I turned the bass all the way up and put in a CD that was LOUD. Put it on repeat too! I’d arranged for a friend to come over later that morning to eventually turn it off. I think they got blasted for about six hours!

    Funny, they didn’t have any parties after that.

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  53. 57 Carolina Lady March 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Good move, Chris! I found that the cops get tired of having to go to the same addresses for the same complaints – so after a time or two, they issue a written Warning. A subsequent results in Citations with hefty fines. If continued, a judge can actually put them behind bars. It usually doesn’t take too long for the point to sink in: ‘Grow up and behave responsibly, moron!’

    Would you believe it is 78 here right now?? Windows and doors open. Car is washed and shiny. Feels great!

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  54. 59 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Quiet today. I see Mac hit another HR today. Looks like he’s ready for the season.

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  55. 60 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Don’t forget to “spring forward” your clocks & watches, y’all. The time change always used to confuse our cats terribly. Spring was OK but in the fall Mom’s clock would be reading 5am while Tinker & Ricci were convinced it was 6 & wanted her to feed them RIGHT NOW.

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  56. 61 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Hello?

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  57. 62 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Good Bye?

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  58. 63 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Hi, BAS!

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  59. 64 chrisklob March 7, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Yep, BAS should be showing up any minute now!

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  60. 65 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Chris Klob, omniscient?

    Hiya, McFann…I mean, FBG.

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  61. 66 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Wrong blog, BAS. Though she’d be welcome here, she’s a nice kid.

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  62. 67 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I was joking (maybe not joking, as it wasn’t funny) about your camera’s tendency to find McCann.

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  63. 68 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Well, he is my favorite. And honestly it was mostly just luck. He was right there in front.

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  64. 69 chrisklob March 7, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    No BAS, just lucky. You know, even a stopped clock is right twice a day (unless it’s a digital clock).

    Whiskey?

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  65. 70 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    And McFann was one of the people (besides y’all) I shared the pics with.

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  66. 71 chrisklob March 7, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    McFann is a nice kid. She’d bring a little more youth to the club were she to stop in.

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  67. 72 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks, Chris, I believe I will…or have…or both.

    Yeah, my favorite too, FBG, as a former catcher, and lifelong Braves fan. Though, at some point, the homophobia kicks in.

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  68. 73 flbravesgirl March 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I don’t even wanna know.

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  69. 74 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I think I wanna hear more about those neighbors, FBG. Plaxico Burris? Any NBA player?

    And what if Grinch was across the street? Gun show? Ok Corral?

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  70. 75 chrisklob March 7, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    BAS, what do homophobia and catching have to do with one another — aside from the pitcher/catcher homosexual references? Just curious. BTW, how long did you catch?

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  71. 76 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    One homoerotic blog post, and they think you’re a fruit from California. Wait, I am from California.

    I am watching hockey. Man points?

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  72. 77 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    As an aside, how great were those Milwaukee’s Best commercials?

    Man Laws.

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  73. 78 chrisklob March 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    BAS, if you’re a “happy” dude, I’m cool with that. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Just kiddin’.

    BTW, the Man Laws commercials were not made by Milwaukee’s Beast.

    Just sayin’.

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  74. 79 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Tough question, CK, re the pitching/catching/homosexuality.

    I suppose I’m just a big baseball fan, a big Braves fan, and a big McCann fan, all the while with no desire to see him naked (thought i should make that clear).

    As far as the catching, not long enough. DII in Denver.

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  75. 80 Bay Area Steve March 7, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Really Klobber, with the big can crushing folk? I coulda swore that was Milwaukee’s. Whose was it?

    And I still watch that in syndication. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Awesome.

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  76. 81 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:01 am

    The Neighbors From Hell? 11 white trash people crammed into a 2 bedroom, 1 bath house. Wild noisy parties, doors slamming, cars revving in the middle of the night. No one worked. We’re pretty sure the guy was dealing in stolen property. They fought all the time, usually in the front yard. The wife had the foulest mouth I have ever heard on any person & that included speaking to her children. We were actually going to move because of them, when they had to skip town because the husband & a couple of their “boarders” tried to kill a guy in the middle of the street after one of their parties. We were awakened at 6am by them beating him with a baseball bat & kicking him, etc. directly in front of our house. He almost died & has brain damage. We had a 6-foot bloodstain in the road for weeks ’til our neighbor poured a ton of bleach on it.

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  77. 82 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 12:04 am

    BAS, that’s pretty good! I never got to play little league and always wished I had.

    My son is 11 and playing in a fairly highly regarded league where we live. I want him to catch, which he has the past few years. He told me today he doesn’t want to do it any more. He’d rather play 2nd. We’ve had many, many discussions about how important the position is to the team as a whole.

    He’s a very good catcher. Digs a lot of balls out of the dirt and hustles like crazy. I can’t tell you how many opposing coaches have come up to our coach and told him how impressed they were with his hustle and ability.

    His issue though is that he’s afraid of being hit by a bat or ball. Do you have any words of advice? If it’s good, I’ll pour you a double on the house!

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  78. 83 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:07 am

    They left the house (owned by her mother) totally trashed. It literally had to be rebuilt inside. The pool was dark brown & full of garbage. We had a running joke with the pool guy who was hired to clean it up that there was a body in the bottom.

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  79. 84 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 12:09 am

    OK, even my morally-subject mind feels bad about bringing that up. Sorry, Miss Velvet.

    So, how’s the skating been? I hear you have a “cold” theory.

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  80. 85 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:10 am

    See? I wasn’t joking about them. That was our reason for wanting at least a few acres in Georgia, so that no neighbor would be too close.

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  81. 86 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:15 am

    The skating has been mostly absent from my TV. Very little coverage this year. 😦

    My sister & I have noticed that a lot of older skaters & coaches don’t seem to age much. I think that spending so much time in cold rinks has a “preserving” effect on them. Plus the fact that they’re generally in good physical condition from all the years of training of course.

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  82. 87 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 12:17 am

    BAS, the Man Laws commercials were from Miller Lite.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Laws

    FBG, do you live in the ‘hood? Damn, I’m glad you’re getting out of there!

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  83. 88 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:17 am

    And I would love to have Grinch for a neighbor. He’s one of my best friends. Besides I could borrow from his massive book collection then.

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  84. 89 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 12:18 am

    FBG, cold effect? Please! How about the HGH effect? How long until the feds start investigating them?

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  85. 90 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Chris, I’ll tell you (and the rest of the interwebs) something I’ve never told anybody: I was scared of the ball in the field; I played SS through LL, and 13s, and staying in front of a ball, on bad fields, takes all the toughness of a catcher. Behind the dish, they give you stuff to stay in front of the ball. At 3B, it’s you, and a cup.

    Mostly, baseball can be boring. Standing in RF, or at 2B, is like reading an Anders post. The only guys with any control of the game are the pitcher and catcher. And pitchers are weak-minded. A strong catcher, as any succcessful one is, controls the game.

    And his teammates will respect him more than he can believe. It’s 90 degrees and 60% humidity, and he’s still hustling. That inspires. No 2B, with any sack, can whine about the conditions.

    And the best feeling in the world, is being run over, and holding on to the ball, standing over the guy.

    Can you tell I liked catching? Does it show?

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  86. 91 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 12:19 am

    You could borrow from his massive gun collection too!

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  87. 92 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Chris, it used to be a quiet family street. Now it’s going downhill a bit but nothing like what we went through with them. I’m glad we’re getting out of here too. Unfortunately we don’t know how long it’s going to take. The market here has tanked so badly that nothing’s selling & even if we could find a buyer it would be for about half of what it should sell for.

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  88. 93 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 12:22 am

    I always thought Sasha was on the juice. I’m not so sure she stopped at HGH either. I mean, she’s at least 5’4″.

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  89. 94 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 12:25 am

    BAS, here’s your double. Thank you. I’ll show this to Matt tomorrow.

    His first practice with his new team was this morning. Only lasted three hours! In retrospect, I think that something his coach said might have bothered him. Coach was talking about not crying (remember, they are 11-12 years old). But he was specifically talking about crying when they strike out or do something dumb that they know hurts the team. He specifically mentioned that crying when you’re in physical pain is acceptable.

    Several years ago I went to spring training and spent a few minutes speaking with Brandon Inge. He’s played multiple positions for the Tigers over the years. I believe he came up as a catcher but when I saw him he was just transitioning to 3b. I asked him about how much easier it must be for him and he said essentially what you just said. You and a cup.

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  90. 95 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:25 am

    😆 Chris. No guns for me.

    Skaters face Olympics-standard testing at every event. PEDs are not a problem in the sport. HGH won’t help you land the triple Axel.

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  91. 96 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 12:29 am

    FBG, glad to hear that there is at least one sport with some integrity. But, do they test for HGH? And how do you know that it won’t help with the triple axel?

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  92. 97 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 12:33 am

    FBG’s a Canseco-hugger. No doubt Boitano was on Andro. Don’t excuse that behavior. It’s bad for the children.

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  93. 98 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:34 am

    They test for everything there’s a test for. And skaters don’t want growth spurts or to bulk up, it throws off their center of balance which ruins their jumps. When the young skaters have the usual adolescent growth spurt, it usually messes them up for an entire season.

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  94. 99 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Rafael Palmeiro never bulked up…. Just sayin’.

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  95. 100 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Well, that figures. BAS gets his free whiskey and leaves!

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  96. 101 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I just realized that I don’t know if I can forgive a guy whose name starts with the letters KOLB, in any order.

    I’m going to have to think about this.

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  97. 102 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:44 am

    They test for things MLB hasn’t even heard of yet, OK?

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  98. 103 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 12:47 am

    FBG, we’re foolin’. ‘Tis what guys do. We know little Kimme isn’t on the juice. We just like tweakin’ ya on the skating.

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  99. 104 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 12:53 am

    I wanted to say, also, CK, that Inge is the perfect example, IMO, as to why any young player should remain at catcher for as long as possible.

    Those skills translate to virtually any position on the field.

    Murphy to the OF, Biggio to CF and 2B, even Berigan’s Simmons played some 3B and 1B, if I remember correctly. And there are hundreds of other examples.

    Many less of 2B moving to catcher, or anywhere else, for that matter. Once guys move to “lesser” positions, it’s difficult to get out of that typecast. Think of Prado: good bat, but can’t get on the field.

    The other blog has had some mention of late about a defensive spectrum (I believe it is Bill James’). Idea being that it’s more likely to move to an “easier” position than vice-versa.

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  100. 105 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Well, the boys next door seem quiet tonight so maybe I can snooze. Good night!

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  101. 106 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 1:00 am

    My name does NOT start with K-O-L-B! You, sir, are now cut off. Can I call you a cab?

    Okay, since I saw your last post you can stay. I have told him about how much you learn as a catcher. Not that he’ll ever play, coach, or manage in the bigs, but look at how many former catchers have become managers? I just see his God given ability and don’t want to see him turn into a 2nd baseman. By the way, that’s where he spent a good portion of practice today and did very well. Unfortunately.

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  102. 107 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Good night FBG!

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  103. 108 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 1:09 am

    I want to live vicariously through your boy, CK.

    All the baseball, none of the raisin’. (no offense, VOR)

    I suppose it’s two different things, isn’t it, CK.

    The baseball reasoning, and the raise your kid reasoning (as if you didn’t know, clearly out of my element here).

    But, I guess I’m saying, your kid should do what makes him happy, right? Unless, and until, he’s beating guys up with his bat, down the street from FBG. Then, you gotta step in. A time-out, at least.

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  104. 109 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Two different things? I’d say they are related. He’s learning to assimilate into a team. That’s a big lesson in life, so not totally unrelated.

    I want him to be happy. But, I don’t want him to walk away from something that he’s good at just because he’s hit what he thinks is a rough spot. Life is full of rough spots and what I perceive is that this is a short-term issue. Rough spots are what give us character and the strength to move forward with our lives. That which doesn’t kill us gives us character.

    BTW, he only has permission to beat up anyone that provokes him first. I told him years ago that I’d stand beside him and protect him if he were ever in a fight IF that fight was provoked by someone else, of course. A few years ago a bully was picking on him almost every day. I told him to kick that kid’s ass the next time he picked on him. Sometimes you’ve got to earn some playground respect!

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  105. 110 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Damn right, Klobawholly(iswhollyspelledright?)cowthatdudesnameislong,

    but there in lies the parenting. When is walking away, and when is following one’s dream.

    I don’t know that I’m fit to be a parent. My kid would catch.

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  106. 111 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 1:38 am

    You should see my real last name. Freaks people out.

    When is walking away, and when is following one’s dream.

    There in lies the parenting. There are many life lessons to be learned in sports. My job as a parent is to push my children to be the best they can be at whatever they are good at. Sometimes they find life hard — be it school, sports, or whatever. I have to push them to excel. But where is the line? At what point are they no longer able to max out there physical and mental abilities? It’s hard to say. When can they no longer match or exceed their peers? I don’t want either of my kids to ever look back and regret that they quit doing something because they thought they weren’t good enough at the time. I have too many regrets like that in my childhood.

    Time for the sack. BAS, stop by again soon. First one’s on me.

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  107. 112 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 1:59 am

    CK sounds like a good Dad. As*****.

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  108. 113 Bay Area Steve March 8, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Sorry, CL. (But I did censor myself; less time in the doghouse?)

    Yo, SG, post somethin’. Waaah, responsibility, sixteen hour days, waaaah. I believe I’ve mentioned before that you are here to entertain me. Gil, back hurtin’?

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  109. 115 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Chris, I got a DC from the cooler. Thanks!

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  110. 116 Salty March 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Shortest night of the year, and folks stay up really late….or arise early, as in CL’s case (apparently)! What’s up with that?

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  111. 117 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 8, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Of course, once I finally get my sleep situation solved(Til I fall off the going to bed early wagon) everyone and their brother shows up! 🙄

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  112. 118 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Hey, Salty! Couldn’t sleep. Went to bed at 9:50. Finally just got up about 3-something. Went back around 0630, got to sleep probably about 7ish, napped off and on, got upa bout an hour ago. I am so tired of hurting, I just can’t tell you! 😦

    It’s a pretty day outside today. And I feel like yesterday’s oatmeal…..

    Ber, sleep while you can! 😀

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  113. 119 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

    CL, very sorry about all the pain! Did you ever ask about hydrocodone???
    Best to not stay in bed too long if you can’t sleep. For many reasons, mental well being the top one, IMHO.

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  114. 120 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Ber, 1 hydrocodone 5/500 + 2 aspirin will usually buy me about 2 hours sleep. Not very effective. Nor is Percoset anymore. Hydrocodone is what I took before bed last night. Didn’t work.

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  115. 121 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Chris Chambliss is the hitting coach in RIC?? Did not know that!

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  116. 123 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Matt Young, an OF prospect in MS, is blogging this year at
    http://bravesprospect.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/spring_is_in_the_air.html

    It will be nice to read his perspective. Good luck, Matt!

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  117. 124 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Injuries so far:
    GAnderson: calf muscle
    JSchafer: sprained shoulder
    anybody else?

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  118. 125 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    CL, Chambliss is going to be the manager of the Charlotte Knights. He was hitting coach at Richmond last year.

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  119. 126 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Hey, Chris! I AM behind, aren’t I??

    More ignorance revealed: who are the CLT Knights?? 😆

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  120. 127 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Charlotte Knights are the AAA club for the White Sox.

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  121. 128 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    You da man, Chris! Thanks!

    Pretty day in CHS?

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  122. 129 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    It’s a beautiful day in the CHS. Can’t wait for Matt’s baseball practice.

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  123. 130 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Y’all have a great time!!

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  124. 131 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Sorry you couldn’t sleep, CL. I’ve been there (not from pain but insomnia).

    My last name freaks people out too. It’s not as bad as they always think it is.

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  125. 132 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Ber, 1 hydrocodone 5/500 + 2 aspirin will usually buy me about 2 hours sleep. Not very effective. Nor is Percoset anymore. Hydrocodone is what I took before bed last night. Didn’t work.

    CL, I don’t know if the doc recommended aspirin, or not, but the /500 part of the pill??? That’s usually a tylenol related product, believe it or not!!! Don’t know why they don’t mention that, so you can have 3 pain relievers bouncing into themselves, not good!!!
    The 5/ part??? That really ain’t much. My Mom for her back, then her Cancer took 10/500 and more than one at a time. So, if you are in so much pain you can’t sleep, my suggestion would be to call the Doc, tell them this, and ask if you can at least take 2 of the weak pills, or get a stronger prescription. But find out if you should be taking aspirin with it… My Mom didn’t know for years that they tossed in the Tylenol, and didn’t do her body any favors taking 4 motrin on top of the pain pills….

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  126. 133 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    CL, very nice story on Josh!!! I’m rooting for him.

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  127. 134 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 8, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Everyone’s waitin’ for me to go to bed, then it will be party city here, I just know it!!!
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    😥 <— in a manly way of course….

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  128. 135 Carolina Lady March 8, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    😆 Ber! You and me both! I’ve been plotting courses of action to see how I just might be able to sleep. This whole surgery-long recovery-drugs-pain thing has really thrown me off kilter! I’m determined to get off this ‘medical merry-go-round’ I seem to have gotten stuck on this last year or so! Gonna take my marbles and go home! 😀

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  129. 136 Gil in Mechanicsville March 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Greetings and salutations fellow Stuffians… Well, after a very long day of driving, I have finally arrived in Charleston. I now remember why I hate to travel I-95 on the weekend. Josie wanted to stay in Sarasota another day and I should have listened to her. However, I felt so bad when I woke up this morning, all I could think about was getting home.

    Things were really FUBAR yesterday and I was unable to connect with FBG as planned. Sorry Jennifer, but maybe when we come back in the fall we can work something out. Unless, you have moved to Tiger by then, we will come up with something….

    I never thought I would say this but what a bad cruise… Very disappointing. If it were my first, I would definitely not go back. Perhaps Carnival has reached the point where they have become too large and they are no longer to adequately staff their ships.

    Chris, give me a call in the morning. I am at the Marriott Residence Inn. The number is (843) 881-1599 RM 113. We were not able to get a room on the Isle of Palms. Forgot about spring break…. Just as well, this is a pretty nice place. I am watching the WBC game between the USA and Venezuela. Seems to be American League style game… 11-5 in the 7th.

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  130. 137 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    It’s OK, Gil, we’ll try another time. I don’t think I’ll be moved anytime soon. You’re not sick, I hope?

    I’ve heard very poor reviews of Carnival; Sorry you experienced it firsthand.

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  131. 138 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Someday we should plan a B&S get-together at the Ted.( With lots of advance notice, of course, since a number of us don’t reside in the Peach State.) Maybe set up to tailgate or picnic beforehand.

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  132. 139 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Gil, I’ll give you a call tomorrow. My cell is …… You can call me if I don’t call you first.

    Sorry you had such a rotten cruise. I’d heard that Carnival was pretty good. Guess I heard wrong.

    FBG, a get-together sounds like fun. I’ll bring the “real” Carolina BBQ! You know, the kind with the mustard sauce.

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  133. 140 flbravesgirl March 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Guess I’ll be providing the dessert buffet.

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  134. 141 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    FINALLY. Finally we may all have a chance to sample some of FBG’s goodies! Where is SG when I need him?

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  135. 142 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 8, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    you guys are making me hungry!!! And I say that while stuffing popcorn in my mouth! 🙂

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  136. 143 chrisklob March 8, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Berigan, there’s nothing better than SC BBQ and red velvet cake!

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  137. 144 flbravesgirl March 9, 2009 at 12:02 am

    … cookies, brownies, cupcakes, mini cheesecakes. Things that travel well.

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  138. 145 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 12:07 am

    SC BBQ and red velvet cake, part of a well balanced diet! 😛

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  139. 146 chrisklob March 9, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Berigan, you got that right! Throw in some greens and you’ve got all four food groups.

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  140. 147 chrisklob March 9, 2009 at 12:34 am

    BAS, thanks for the advice last night. I showed Matt what you wrote. I also told his coach about Matt’s thoughts about playing C. Pete, his coach, played ball at The Citadel and is an excellent teacher. I’m hoping that between the two of you he’ll change his mind.

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  141. 148 Gil in Mechanicsville March 9, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Good morning all, just went back to catch up on the blog. Good stuff guys and gals. Much good stuff in the post.

    FBG, I have had some great experiences with Carnival before, perhaps it was the prevailing mood on the boat, could be the tough economic times. It was just a poor combination of things. It will be a while however before we cruise again. More likely we will take driving vacations.

    It is cheaper to rent a house for a week.

    Chris, you are right in not being sure when to stop pushing. The best guide is to think back to when you wish someone would have pushed you a little harder. I doubt any of us can remember being pushed over the top…. After all is said and done, we are only proud we survived it.

    I have lots of catching stories, learned not to reach for the ball. 🙂 Learned a cup only prevents permanent injuries. Gives one a false sense of security sometimes. You also learn don’t leave home without it…. learned that the hurt from being hit by a ball does not last nearly as long as the hurt from failing to try…

    Anyway… Life is hard, best learn now that in order to be able do the things you want to do, you sometimes have to do the things you don’t want to do…

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  142. 149 chrisklob March 9, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Gil, I think there is a very fine line when it comes to pushing your children to do something they don’t think they want to do. I don’t ever want him to think that I’ve forced him to do something but, equally I don’t want him to look back when he’s older and wonder why I didn’t. It’s a tricky balance.

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  143. 151 Carolina Lady March 9, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Hey, Gil!! Welcome back!! Big bummer that the cruise didn’t go well. A big hug to Miss Josie, if you will, please!
    You write excellent ‘life philosophy’ – and I pay attention! 😀

    Lots of birthdays coming up! (I really do like the navigation tabs at the top! Nice!)
    ssiscribe: Mar 11 – Wednesday
    Raisins: Mar 13 – Friday
    Berigan: Mar 15 – Sunday
    Hillbilly: Mar 16 – Monday

    Haven’t had time to check the news yet. Anything going on?

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  144. 152 Carolina Lady March 9, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Oh, man! That’s not good news, Chris. G Anderson, Schafer and Jones now with injuries. 😦

    The veteran Braves slugger started both games for the United States, and has gone 0-for-7 with five strikeouts thus far in the tournament. Is that correct?? I thought I had read that he and McCann both had hit homers in the WBC.

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  145. 153 Carolina Lady March 9, 2009 at 10:36 am

    from SI on the Mexico-Australia game:
    Risinger, Lake Hughes and Andrew Graham each drove in three runs for Australia, which has no players in the majors…

    Really?

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  146. 155 Carolina Lady March 9, 2009 at 10:54 am

    sigh….
    Unfortunately for Moylan, his Australian buddy Phil Stockman once again finds himself dealing with an injury that could sideline him for an extended period. Whenever he extends his left leg during a delivery, the 6-foot-8 right-handed reliever feels a sensation that extends all the way down his leg.

    The oft-injured Stockman believes he might be dealing with an ailment that will require surgery. He will gain better indication after undergoing an MRI exam later this week. His long string of health problems began after tearing his left hamstring in 2006.

    “It’s frustrating for me to be hurt,” Stockman said. “But it’s the same problem. I’ve been rehabbing it for two years. I’ve tried everything and done everything the Braves have asked me to do rehab-wise, and it’s still there. So there’s nothing I can do to get the problem right. So now, I guess it’s up to them to go in there and get the problem right.” – Mark Bowman

    Injury List:
    G Anderson
    Schafer
    C Jones
    Stockman
    😦

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  147. 156 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    CL, the things you learn…SI says no Australians in the majors, eh??? 🙄

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  148. 157 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    And Gil, sorry about the cruise sucking! 😦 My 80 something year old Uncle has been involved in the travel biz in one way or another for more than 50 years. He has bad mouthed the big cruise lines for years! Said they treat customers more like cattle, than anything else. When he has gone on cruises in the last 5 years or so, he picks smaller companies that are more customer friendly, that can’t afford to have people bad mouth them to their friends…

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  149. 158 flbravesgirl March 9, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    What do they think Moylan is? 🙄

    Anyone else having trouble getting the blog to load or is it my computer?

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  150. 159 flbravesgirl March 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    GIL, if you do the vacation rental I highly recommend Anna Maria Island. I’ve seen a lot of Florida beaches but none prettier than the one right here.

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  151. 160 Carolina Lady March 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    FBG, it’s slower than Christmas here, too. It’s wp’s server again. Maybe they’re doing maintenance or something… 😦

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  152. 161 flbravesgirl March 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    That is why I’d rather not have any of our guys playing in the WBC. Now Chipper’s hurt, in a game that is totally meaningless to the Braves. 😡

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  153. 162 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Hey V, check that email of yours…Finally remembered to record the program for you!!! 😳

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  154. 163 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Check out this wide angle photo of the Inauguration!!! check out how you can zoom in on people so far away you are sure you couldn’t make out there faces, but….you can!!!

    http://gigapan.org/viewGigapanFullscreen.php?auth=033ef14483ee899496648c2b4b06233c

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  155. 164 flbravesgirl March 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    VOR hasn’t been around in a couple of days. Weekend trip?

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  156. 165 flbravesgirl March 9, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    And I’m beginning to think SG has gone into the Witness Protection program.

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  157. 166 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Well, look at it this way, Chipper has almost a month to heal up, no sense him playing now either in the WBC or spring training…
    So, it really was a blessing in disguise! Hows that for a glass half full viewpoint??? 😛

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  158. 167 Carolina Lady March 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    NEWS! Got a note from SG! Here’s part:

    I’ve gotten to the point of having to really
    manage my time much more carefully than in a quite a while due to so much going on with the business … much travel, many meetings, too many hours writing briefs, proposals, contracts, white papers, etc. By the end of the day my eyes are too tired to blog. That, and I guess because my focus needs to be entirely on being captain of my little ship I’ve taken an unplanned but necessary sabbatical from Braves and Stuff.

    It’s so crazy, I haven’t even followed the Braves reports. Hopefully soon, I’ll take a break, catch up on all the Braves and B&S news I’ve missed and rejoin. Hope everybody is doing well.

    ….and tell the B&S family “howdy, miss y’all, mean it”.

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  159. 168 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Glad to hear from SG!!! All work and no play make SG a dull boy though! 😀

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  160. 169 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Hey guys and gals, don’t throw away that VCR yet, look at all the treasures inside of one, just waiting to be freed!!!!!

    http://www.koreus.com/video/recyclage-magnetoscope.html

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  161. 170 Voice of Raisins March 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Hey, y’all… been busy myself. It’s a church thing this week coupled with business picking up slightly. It has left little free time. I’m still reading a little here and there, but can’t really focus on much outside of the other.

    Berigan, I tried to reply to your email, but it keeps kicking back to me?!? Don’t know why… (Clash of the systems?) I’ll send my address to CL and maybe the kind lady will forward it to you.

    You mentioned uploading to youtube… that’d be cool. Please with my blessing.

    Back later!

    L8r

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  162. 171 flbravesgirl March 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Good to hear from you both!!!! So the bad news is you’re busy with work & the good news is you’re busy with work.

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  163. 173 Carolina Lady March 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    FBG, I keep forgetting – 🙄
    feel free to invite McFann to stop in anytime she likes. She would be most welcome!

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  164. 174 Voice of Raisins March 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Amen!

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  165. 175 Voice of Raisins March 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    So the bad news is you’re busy with work & the good news is you’re busy with work.

    The bad part is, business has picked up to the point that it is consuming more of my time, but the billing cycle won’t reflect it for another 6 weeks or so. So… very busy yet still very broke. 😦

    But still very blessed. 😀

    Right now, my days are pretty full of my work, and my evenings are pretty full of His work.

    To that I cannot complain. I am blessed on both accounts! 😎

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  166. 176 chrisklob March 9, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Ber, I’ve got three old vcr’s in my garage. I just can’t wait to pull them apart for all those goodies inside!

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  167. 178 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    CL, that is a nice story on David Ross. I knew he had shown a lot of power in the past(21 in 2006) so I was tickled that we got him. If McCann pulls a hammy or something, we shouldn’t lose every drop of offense from that position, like we have in the past…

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  168. 179 Carolina Lady March 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    It is good news, Ber! And I like his attitude!

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  169. 180 flbravesgirl March 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Impressive. I like how he’s approaching this.

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  170. 181 flbravesgirl March 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    So I watched the premiere of Dancing with the Stars tonight & I have to say that Steve Wozniak may be the happiest person I’ve ever seen. He can’t dance but he’s this big smiley chipmunk-cheeked computer-nerd bundle of happiness. Of course, I imagine he’s a gazillionare, which would give me a pretty rosy outlook in his shoes.

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  171. 182 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 9, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    We spent most of the day visiting our friend Dale(the friend that stayed with us for about 2 months late last year) He is in a hospital right now. I don’t know if I mentioned this before but he has ALS. Anyway, if that wasn’t enough, his diabetes, perhaps in conjunction with the ALS has been causing him nothing but trouble.
    First, he had an infection in his big toe, which was removed, then a few weeks later it had spread all through his foot, (Perhaps because the first surgery did not get all the infection out of the bone) so he had to have leg amputated from the knee down.
    He wanted us to pick up some clothes at his Mothers(She’s the one that kicked him out of the house last year-not mentally all there these days) and to take his car back to our house, as he will be in Warm Springs(Where Roosevelt used to go when he was President)for at least 2 weeks.
    Dale has been quite positive dealing with a disease that he knows will likely kill him in less than 3 years. But this has gotten him down. Can you blame him??? He was still able to get around on his own, but after this….he will be trying to strengthen his limbs so he can walk with a prosthesis, but it will be a uphill battle. I fear he is going to be stuck in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
    So, I guess if folks can say a little prayer for him. I hope he can get some enjoyment in what time is left…he just NOW, as in today is finally gotten his SSI after 3 years….

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  172. 183 chrisklob March 10, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Ber, my prayers will certainly will be with him. It sure sounds like he needs every bit of help he can get. I wish him well.

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  173. 184 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 9:01 am

    G’morning!

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  174. 185 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Ah… Good morning Stuffville…. Boy, it’s great to be home. Not a sign of any snow anywhere… Perfect planning on my part. 🙂

    It was great to be able to meet Chris yesterday. Hopefully Josie and I will get to see all of you out there sometime in the future.

    I have learned that some things never change.. Example you say? Well, I-95 still has to be one of the worse travel routes ever designed. Perpetual road care is needed and getting through South Carolina and Georgia can be tough.

    Raisins, at least you can see there is light at the end of that long tunnel. Hard work is the reward for hard work… Loved that slogan, even if it was from a Pizza Hut commercial….

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  175. 186 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Yes, Gil. Things are better for the moment. Another quote that is applicable, especially to my profession:

    “The only certainty is uncertainty.”

    That much is certain.

    However, all that being said, you all know what I lean on for providence, and He’s never let me down.

    That is also certain.

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  176. 187 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 10, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Thanks Chris!

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  177. 188 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 10, 2009 at 11:12 am

    While visiting my friend, I did that thing that is so annoying, you know mentioning a medical problem to someone in the medical field. 🙄 I sheepishly asked the nurse if she thought these two “bites” on my arm were spider bites, or what, since they were now leaking fluids….she took one look and said “that looks like MRSA, you need to see your doctor tomorrow!!” Great, I avoid going to the doctor for once since my cold didn’t turn into bronchitis for once, and I got to go for a staph infection!!!
    Don’t know for sure, but think I may have gotten it at the gym I go to. I had a couple of minor cuts on my fingers, I even put liquid bandage on one…but I know they are not great about cleaning off the handles of the equipment(The other gym I belonged to had bottles of spray near the bikes and stuff)
    Shall I start walking in with my own bottle of Windex from now on??? Perhaps a face mask as well??? 😕 Sigh…

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  178. 189 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Ber… No one can diagnose MRSA from just looking at it. Lots of things can cause a weeping wound… Including a insect bite.

    Just saying….

    I feel sad for your friend, even sadder for his Mom. Not so much in this life but her next…

    Now baseball. What a difference a week can make. Jim Bowden gone from the Nationals eh? Goes to show, you have to be considered a trustworthy person in order to pull a scam. Seen it have more than once, had it happen to me. Can be very disappointing to be duped by a friend. A double loss…

    Really a lazy day for the misses and I. Two of our girls came over this morning and shared some of their snow pictures with us. I was wrong about the no evidence of snow being here in our absence, I have been pumping water off the top of the pool cover all morning.

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  179. 190 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Goes to show, you have to be considered a trustworthy person in order to pull a scam
    Gil, that is really pretty profound, when you think about it.
    And right you are about Dale’s Mom. She is quite the fraud. So concerned about him…she says. But, she kicked him out of a house that he and his brother own. While he is slowing dying. Seems like a nice lady as well…I saw religious books on her coffee table. She may read them, but doesn’t get them…
    That’s interesting about the MRSA. Guess you have seen it a few times, eh??? 😛 What was funny, when the nurse saw it, Dale said he had it a few weeks back(Hadn’t seen him in person since December) and had two bumps still on the side of his forearm, kinda like mine.
    I really hope this can be treated cheaply. I don’t want to go on some several hundred dollar antibiotic, but if I have to, I have to…

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  180. 191 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 10, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Political stuff…

    State Dept Forgets To Condemn Palestinian Terrorist Attack – Another Diplomatic Masterstroke
    http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275522.html

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  181. 192 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Ber, once you get MRSA, you pretty much are only able to control it, never really able to get rid of it. My suggestion is keep the wound clean, treat it with neosporian and cover with a sterile dressing. If it heals up in a couple of days, it’s not MRSA. If the wound gets larger, well… see the doctor..

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  182. 193 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Seems like a nice lady as well…I saw religious books on her coffee table.

    Religion is a man-made thing. There are an awful lot of religious people who know nothing about real faith.

    Just sayin’…

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  183. 194 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Carrol Rogers:

    Braves announced their first round of cuts today. Rafael Cruz, Emiliano Fruto and Juan Perez were all reassigned to minor league camp. Anthony Lerew was released. 😯

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  184. 195 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    More of Ms. Rogers:

    “Rumor is the Braves are going to wear their blue jerseys as their primary road jersey this year. Oy, their luck better change. ….and I also hear they’ll be wearing solid blue helmets, not blue with red brims.”

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  185. 196 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Lowe was perfect in his 4 innings today, with zero balls leaving the infield. This was an absolutely solid pickup for the Braves, folks. 6 K’s, 6 groundball outs, 57 pitches, 41 for strikes. We’ll take that won’t we?

    I’ll give a brief Reader’s Digest highlight reel of the offense in a minute.

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  186. 197 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    1st inning, KJ reaches on error w/ 2 outs, hustles it into a 2 base error. Kotch follows with an RBI single. FrenchPoodle walks, Infante triples, Braves lead 3-0 after 1.

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  187. 198 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    3rd inning, Diaz doubles to left-center, KJ singles him in. Braves up 4-0 after 3.

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  188. 199 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    5th inning: KJ singles, Norton walks, FrenchConnection singles, Infante pops out w/ bases loaded and leaves ’em full. Still 4-0 middle 5.

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  189. 200 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Soriano on the mound for the first time in a while. Gets 3 outs via K, ground out, fly ball… only gives up 1 single in between.

    Further p-by-p can be found here, ’cause I really gotta work now:

    http://m.mlb.com/scores/plays/2009_03_10_atlmlb_houmlb_1/6

    L8r 😀

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  190. 201 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I went ahead and forked over the money for MLB Gameday for the month. The TV package for DirecTV starts with the beginning of the season.

    Chad Paronto pitching for the Astros against Brandon Jones… Who would have thunk it?

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  191. 202 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Really tough to figure out who is doing what with the Astro’s announcers but the Braves make it 5-1 with an RBI from Norton.

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  192. 203 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    C. Rogers on Soriano:

    “He threw 11 pitches, eight of them were strikes. Real promising start I’d say. And afterward he chatted with us for quite a while. He was content with it. Elbow feels good, almost 100 percent, he said, and he was referring mainly to needing to build arm strength to get up to 100 percent.”

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  193. 204 Voice of Raisins March 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    More C. Rogers on Soriano:

    “When I asked Soriano if he was ready to get going this season and be back to the pitcher he was, he said ‘Hell yeah.’… just listened to my tape of Soriano, that quote was actually ‘oh hell yeah, i cannot wait for that.'”

    I like it!

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  194. 205 Carolina Lady March 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Welcome back, Gil! Glad you’re safely home!

    Real busy day – still catching up.

    🙂

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  195. 206 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 10, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Yep, we missed the ol’ Gilster(Blog first??? Blog last??? 😛 )
    Well, went to the doctor…well, went to the P.A. actually.
    She doesn’t think it’s MRSA, which is a good thing. First thought it was Poison Oak or somethin’ Couldn’t quite figure out how that was possible. Haven’t been going through much of anything. Nothing actually. Then she started to think it might be shingles!!!! 😯
    My Mom had a perfectly terrible case in the late 80’s .Looked like Mike Tyson had beaten her up! It also is only supposed to stay on one side of the body, she got it on both sides of her face. We really like to be different in my family. 😕
    Still just have 2 bumps, and soreness under my armpit. That was a lymph node trying to deal with my, whatever.
    So, got some steroids, and some cream to put on the sores.
    Hopefully, it will be just a small issue. I could use a small issue! 😀

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  196. 207 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Ber, you are diabetic too, right? That is one reason you are so prone to infections I would think. You just have to be really careful.

    By the way, be it ever so humble, there is no place like home. I do wish I had stayed in Sarasota for Wednesday game however. Oh well, life is full of tough choices.

    Next year I will skip the boat trip and concentrate on one place…

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  197. 208 chrisklob March 10, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Gil, it was great meeting you and your lovely bride yesterday. I certainly enjoyed our time together and hope that the next time you come through you’ll spend a little time in the Holy City checking things out. It really is a beautiful place.

    Ber,please take care of whatever issue you have. MRSA is NOTHING to sneeze at. I’m sure you know it can be fatal.

    I love the look of the blue jerseys but it seemed that whenever they wore them things were really bad. Are they still going to wear those hideous red ones for Sunday home games?

    Don’t know if I’ve said this before but I really like the team that FW has assembled this year. The biggest issue they had last year was SP, due to all the injuries. That ultimately impacted the bullie in a bad way. I think a lot hinges on French Fry. If he can bounce back to respectability this team could be a big surprise.

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  198. 210 flbravesgirl March 10, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Chris!!! I hate those blue jerseys! They are butt-ugly.

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  199. 211 flbravesgirl March 10, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Good news on Soriano.

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  200. 212 flbravesgirl March 10, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Well, I’m glad to see Andruw taking some responsibility for himself. However…. he said he was light the previous year? Excuse me???

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  201. 213 chrisklob March 11, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Light compared to what? A manatee?

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  202. 214 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 12:04 am

    😆

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  203. 215 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I actually live in Manatee County. And yes, Andruw would be light compared to our mascot Snooty.

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  204. 217 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Yes! It worked!

    OK, now you can see the world’s most famous manatee in all his somehow-cute homeliness.

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  205. 218 Voice of Raisins March 11, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Manatees are pretty cool animals. On my one and only trip to Sea World 13 or so years ago, the Manatee House was one of my favorite places there. Very cool exhibit.

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  206. 219 Voice of Raisins March 11, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Manatees can’t hit the outside pitch either, by the way.

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  207. 220 Carolina Lady March 11, 2009 at 10:07 am

    ‘Morning, y’all!

    Gotta wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our buddy scribe! Since he doesn’t get over here anymore, the link to his current post is here if you want to leave him a note:
    http://braves.today.com/2009/03/11/lowe-keeps-pitching-like-an-ace-for-braves-in-spring/#comment-4787

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  208. 221 Carolina Lady March 11, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Manatees can’t hit the outside pitch either, by the way. 😆 😆 😆

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  209. 222 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Thanks for the link Jennifer, actually, I hope Andruw returns to form. They say we learn so much more from failure than success. I guess that is what makes me so learned… 🙂

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  210. 223 Voice of Raisins March 11, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Today’s lineup courtesy of the fellow across the street:

    1. Escobar, SS
    2. Schafer, CF
    3. K. Johnson, 2B
    4. Norton, 1B
    5. Francoeur, RF
    6. Diaz, LF
    7. Diory Hernandez, 3B
    8. Sammons, C
    9. Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP

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  211. 224 Carolina Lady March 11, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    How sad this Texas girl had the encroachment on her second amendment rights so graphically illustrated. I see the honorable senator from New York was getting a little uncomfortable in his chair.

    The gun banners are absolutely speechless as this little Texas gal chews them up and spits them out. She knows what the 2nd amendment is really all about.

    Watch it. You will be glad you did.

    Here’s a video that I guarantee you won’t forget anytime soon!! She didn’t cry, although she came close to losing it, and she gave those a reality check they dearly needed………

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4069761537893819675

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  212. 225 Hillbilly March 11, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Steer clear of Anti-Virus-1. It’s a spyware thing-a-ma-bob, not a real antivirus program. I’ve been having problems with it for a week before I finally figured out what was going on. I started getting pop-ups saying I had 41 infections, and I needed to register an updated version of A-V-1 to remove the threats. I was skeptical, so I did some research and found it was bogus. Finally got it removed yesterday.

    Here is an explanation I found:

    “Anti-Virus-1 uses the common scam tactic of trying to scare or trick you into buying the full version of Anti-Virus-1. Anti-Virus-1 will falsely tell you that in order to remove the bogus threats you should buy the commercial version. Don’t be bamboozled by these con artists and do NOT buy the Anti-Virus-1 program. Remove and get rid of the Anti-Virus-1 infection right away”

    “A rogue anti-spyware program is a program that uses spyware and other deceptive tools to trick you into purchasing their fake spyware remover. A rogue anti-spyware software will install a trojan on your machine to download the software. You’ll know you’re being tricked if you go to a website and an ad pops up that looks like a Windows notification message. Once you click on the ad’s OK button, this will direct you to the software’s website. In other cases, simply by clicking the cancel or close button can start the rogue anti-spyware program’s installation. Often, a rogue anti-spware program will display false positives (nonexistent spyware) when you use their spyware scanner. Some rogue anti-spyware software, like Anti-Virus-1 will automatically download the trial version without your knowledge.”

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  213. 226 Carolina Lady March 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks, HB! That’s a bummer!

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  214. 227 chrisklob March 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Hillbilly, that virus is also known as Anti Virus 360, Anti Virus 2008 and AntiVirus 2009. My son got it on his computer a couple weeks ago. It popped up and he asked me what it was. When I tried to close out of it I couldn’t. He runs Kaspersky AV on his machine and it was able to delete it. Whatever y’all do, don’t put your CC# in it. That’s exactly what they want!

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  215. 228 Voice of Raisins March 11, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    10-2 ATL top 5

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  216. 229 Voice of Raisins March 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Sammons has 2 homers today.

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  217. 230 Voice of Raisins March 11, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Scoring recap:

    Bot 1 – Raul Ibanez singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Jason Donald scores. Raul Ibanez to 2nd on the throw.
    PHI 1, ATL 0
    Top 2 – Diory Hernandez out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Jayson Werth. Jeff Francoeur scores.
    ATL 1, PHI 1
    Top 2 – Clint Sammons homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. Matt Diaz scores.
    ATL 3, PHI 1
    Top 3 – Jeff Francoeur out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Jayson Werth. Jordan Schafer scores.
    ATL 4, PHI 1
    Top 4 – Clint Sammons homers (2) on a fly ball to left field. Diory Hernandez scores.
    ATL 6, PHI 1
    Top 4 – Kelly Johnson out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Jayson Werth. Jo-Jo Reyes scores.
    ATL 7, PHI 1
    Top 4 – Greg Norton singles on a ground ball to right fielder John Mayberry. Yunel Escobar scores. Jordan Schafer to 2nd.
    ATL 8, PHI 1
    Top 4 – Jeff Francoeur singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jayson Werth. Jordan Schafer scores. Greg Norton to 2nd.
    ATL 9, PHI 1
    Top 4 – Matt Diaz singles on a line drive to center fielder Jayson Werth. Greg Norton scores. Jeff Francoeur to 2nd.
    ATL 10, PHI 1
    Bot 4 – John Mayberry homers (1) on a fly ball to right field.
    ATL 10, PHI 2

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  218. 231 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Wow. What got into Sammons?

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  219. 232 Voice of Raisins March 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Stuffed Sammons 😆

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  220. 233 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    John Mayberry got a homer??? What about George Scott??? How’d Lee May do??? 😛 (May be a joke only Gil gets)

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  221. 234 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    CL, I feel very sorry for that women that spoke in front of congress. She will feel guilty for the rest of her life for not having her gun in her purse that day. No wonder she was so mad at the politicians.
    They naturally forgot all about what she said a week later, and stuck to their old viewpoints…

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  222. 235 Voice of Raisins March 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    12-9 good guys top of 8

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  223. 236 Voice of Raisins March 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Recap innings 5-7

    Bot 5 – Raul Ibanez singles on a line drive to center fielder Josh Anderson. Matt Stairs scores. Jason Donald to 3rd. Eric Bruntlett to 2nd.
    ATL 10, PHI 3
    Bot 5 – Ryan Howard singles on a line drive to right fielder Jason Heyward. Jason Donald scores. Eric Bruntlett scores. Raul Ibanez to 3rd.
    ATL 10, PHI 5
    Bot 5 – Jayson Werth grounds out, second baseman Brooks Conrad to first baseman Martin Prado. Raul Ibanez scores. Ryan Howard to 2nd.
    ATL 10, PHI 6
    Bot 5 – John Mayberry doubles (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Jason Heyward. Ryan Howard scores.
    ATL 10, PHI 7
    Top 6 – Diory Hernandez hits a ground-rule double (1) on a fly ball to right field. Jason Heyward scores. Brandon Jones to 3rd.
    ATL 11, PHI 7
    Top 7 – Martin Prado singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jason Ellison. Brooks Conrad scores.
    ATL 12, PHI 7
    Bot 7 – Jorge Velandia singles on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Jones. Paul Hoover scores.
    ATL 12, PHI 8
    Bot 7 – Greg Dobbs singles on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Jones. Jorge Velandia scores. Lou Marson to 3rd.
    ATL 12, PHI 9

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  224. 237 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I had some weird computer issue when I tried to get on today. Black screen, in the DOS mode. Of course, I can’t recall what it said exactly 🙄 but it was something like the computer wasn’t able to…not system restore, but something like that, and I could try again, or do a reboot. I worried it would be a complete reboot, so I kept trying to take the easy way out. Problem kept coming up, so I shut the computer off a few times. Tried all the other “f” keys that showed up. Knew I had a disc I made months ago for rebooting, but didn’t know how much I would lose. So, was ready for the worst, put in a disc with no writing(Hoping it was that disc I needed) but after choosing reboot, screen came back up as normal, and everything was….Normal!!!
    Our cat Cali has this unpleasant habit of jumping on the keyboards to get behind the now flat screen monitor, don’t know if she did this, or not….

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  225. 238 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Oh sure Ber… blame it on the cat… 🙂

    Actually, our cat does it all the time. You never know what you are going to get, for sure, I don’t let her have the credit card numbers… 🙂

    Softball game today between the Braves and the Phillies… Now top of the ninth and the Braves threatening again. Let’s go kids..

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  226. 239 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Free health advice, give me your free health advice.(Gil, you reading this? 😛 )
    Man, I wish I had seen my Doc, instead of a PA yesterday.
    I was sure it was a mole under my armpit that was the cause of pain yesterday, but she said after looking at it, and feeling my nodes, that my lymph nodes were swollen, and that was why I was feeling pain under my pit.
    After I got home, I felt this sharp pain again, like the mole was getting pinched,(It it red on the tip, almost looks like it was twisted at some point?) I pressed all around and felt NO pain anywhere else, just when touching, or stretching the mole!(It’s about a 1/4 inch long, have one a half inch under my pit as well, I might be a world record mole! 😀 )
    It would have to show up the day I go to the doc.
    Of course, you read about moles, and they talk about Cancer being a big issue. I see no long thin moles when I look around the web, just those flat to bump like ones.
    Always got to be different. But I was going to try to take the sucker off, but now I am worried that it might be some kind of Cancer. I really wish the P.A. had paid more attention to it.
    Plus, reading about and looking at those pictures of Shingles, I don’t think I have that…could be wrong, but only 2 bumps, and on my arm??? They talk about waist, torso, face, back being the places it shows up. I have 2 bumps low on my forearm.
    Get the feeling I will be spending moola I don’t have for more guesses.
    To continue the whine, a skin doctor my Dad and I have been to in the past(Not many around for some reason) Well, when I was really suffering with a scalp condition a few years back, told them how bad it was, they said I could come in….about 3 months later!!!

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  227. 240 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Good point Gil, I’ll make sure my Credit cards are kept away from her! 🙂

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  228. 241 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Whew… Braves hang on.. 12-10 good guys

    21 hits for the Bravos.. Think they are taking advantage of Chipper and BMac being gone?

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  229. 242 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Oh, I forget to mention what I said when I was told I had an appointment 3 months later. I said if I was still alive, I’d be there. 😕 Of course, 3 months later my scalp had healed up, so I didn’t go. I lied.

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  230. 243 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Sounds like a boil to me Ber…

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  231. 244 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    But not being able to see it makes the diagnosis a bit risky. You know your body best, if it doesn’t clear up with anti-biotics and cleaning then make the appointment.

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  232. 245 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Gil, here are a couple of blurry photos of my pit moles/tabs, and one of my red blotch on my wrist…please don’t look before eating! 😉

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  233. 246 Carolina Lady March 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Without doubt, a first! On any blog! 😀

    Ber, find SOMEBODY to give that some serious attention. I had to go through SEVEN ‘reputable’ dermatologists to finally find one who took it seriously and actually treated the real problem.

    Responses I got ranged through “you’re allergic to soap,” “poison ivy.” “I don’t know,” (at least he was honest!) “could be a staph infection; take this and if it clears up that’s what it is,” to the guy that said, “let’s get some lab work done; that will tell us a lot.” He ordered a huge battery of blood tests that tested for everything from A – Z. It all came back clear. Diagnosis: stress. And he was right.

    Braves: I’m just liking this team more and more! 😀

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  234. 247 chrisklob March 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    CL, that was a great video about the 2nd Ammendment. Thanks for posting it.

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  235. 248 Carolina Lady March 11, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Hi, Chris! I found it so honest; those ‘lawmakers’ certainly SHOULD squirm in the face of open, factual testimony. People, including her mother and father, would be alive IF she had had her pistol in her purse. The pistol that was removed because of new regulations prohibiting the carriage in a purse.

    With extremely few exceptions, I have now join the ranks of those who believe that ALL current ‘lawmakers’ should be ousted, and TERM LIMITS must be immediately instituted.

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  236. 249 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Ber, CL is right, I don’t think the swelling on your wrist is a big deal but I would be very cautious with the mole. It can be removed and tested in a flash. It might just be where it is located that allows it to be irritated but why take the chance?

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  237. 250 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    By the way, I equate congressional hearings with “show trials”.

    I have never once seen where it made a difference on how the testimony given, pro on con, changed the opinions held by the questioners. More proof that the term “public servant” is another example of how the minders wish to spin the perception that lawmakers are actually making some sort of sacrifice by serving in government.

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  238. 251 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Hey V, part one of your appearance on Atlanta Live!!!
    Tell me if you want any other info added.

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  239. 252 chrisklob March 11, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Ber, thank you for posting that. Put up more if you’ve got it.

    Raisins, is that you on the mandolin? (I think it’s a mandolin although the stupid camera guys never got in tight enough to see for sure — or any of the other guys in the band). Don’t they know that it’s the mandolin that carries that song, not the whizzened old harmonica/vocalist dude. No, it’s the mandolin! Was the camera operator a relative of the lead singer?

    Man, I hope that was a mandolin or I’m going to look like a bigger idiot than usual!

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  240. 253 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Chris, let me assure you, you ain’t no idiot!!!
    I asked him that as well, a few weeks ago, and said it was.
    Link to part deux in just a sec.

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  241. 254 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    pt 2 of 4(Clips can only be 10 minutes long)

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  242. 255 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    OK, that is totally not how I pictured VOR looking. I’ll have to give it a listen tomorrow when it’s safe to turn the sound on.

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  243. 256 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Braves played beer-league softball today, huh?

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  244. 257 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I know! I thought he was black! 😛

    Headphones young lady, you probably have an audio jack on the front of the computer(though now that I think about it, my 1998 computer had them, my 2002 didn’t-the 2008 model does as well)

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  245. 258 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Hey, be glad I know where to turn the speakers on.

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  246. 259 Carolina Lady March 11, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Really interesting comment by DOB today – the original question was: what is Jimy Williams’ role with the Braves:
    David O’Brien

    March 11th, 2009
    1:45 pm
    Rodney, Jimy doesn’t have a title, so you can call him a spring-training special instructor. Sort of like Phil Niekro (Knucksie’s also in camp, helping out here and there, talking to the kids, helping his nephew learn the knuckleball in minor league camp, etc.)

    As has been noted, the Braves tentatively plan to have Greg Maddux as an instructor next spring. (He’s serving in a similar role with the Padres this spring; Bobby Cox said Padres beat him to the punch.)

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  247. 260 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    WOOOOHOOOO!!!

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  248. 261 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Thank for the links Ber… Raisins… I reeeeaaallllly liked the second song….

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  249. 262 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Can you tell I’m pleased about Maddog’s possible assistance? That man knows more about baseball than about 2/3 of the other players combined. Still getting used to him being retired but if he wants to share some of his expertise with our guys I would be delighted.

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  250. 263 chrisklob March 11, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Ber, is it just me or is there no audio with clip #2?

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  251. 264 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    And I don’t see anything that looks like an audio jack, Ber. I just listen to it tomorrow. Dad’s got a ballgame so I’ll have computer access.

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  252. 265 chrisklob March 11, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    FBG, you’re right about Mad Dog. One of the smartest guys to ever play the game.

    I remember reading a story about him messing with Jeff Bagwell during a spring training game some years back. He put something on the ball, spit I think, to make it do something weird. Anyway, the ball DID do something weird and Bags didn’t know what to think of it. Apparently, all season long that was in his mind every time he faced Maddux. He’s a genius, at least in the baseball sense of the word.

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  253. 266 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    FBG.. I would make a comment about turning on the speakers but it would only get me banished to the doghouse…. 🙂

    Anyway, lots of interesting stuff on the blog today, we may have run the gambit…

    We even got a little baseball in today…

    And speaking of baseball. Campillo looks about the same as he did last season. Makes you wonder how he gets people out.. Still throwing that curveball up in the zone.

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  254. 267 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Chris, I had to increase the volume all the way to the max.. Was still pretty hard to hear.

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  255. 268 Carolina Lady March 11, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    LOVE the videos, Raisins! (THANKS, BER!) Song 2 is terrific! Can’t wait to hear the others!

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  256. 269 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I hear audio. Though it was just uploaded in the last hour or so, some glitches happen early on. Tomorrow there will likely be links to high quality video, just below the video box(though channel 57 seems to broadcast in a lower quality than other local channels)
    If you look on the front of the computer, see if you have a little round hole with a small headphone symbol above it. If you do, you can take the headphones from your walkman, MP3 player, I-Pod and plug it in there. No computer knowledge needed! 🙂

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  257. 270 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Okay, why is everyone still up? I’m retired, what’s y’all’s excuse?

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  258. 271 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Well, seems like FBG figured it out all on her lonesome. Have no idea why some computers would have it, and others don’t…
    Here’s part 3, but give it say 10 minutes. It still shows it being processed. The V man sings on this part I think!!!

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  259. 273 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    The Blanco boys put on a pretty good hitting show against the USA.

    And didn’t I tell you folks to keep an eye on Diory Hernandez? 2 for 3 today and could have been 3 for 3 but robbed of a hit in one at bat…

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  260. 274 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Gil, I fell off the go to bed early wagon last night…
    Blanco boys??? I haven’t seen any spring training games yet…baseball tonight has been all WBC all the time. Nice to see the Netherlands team upset the Dominican Republic.

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  261. 275 Carolina Lady March 11, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Calling it a day!
    ‘Night, y’all!

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  262. 276 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    All things considered, this stuff really uploaded quickly! To put up 20 minutes of content in about 3 hours is amazing! usually would take all night!
    Part 3 shows up now, and here’s the link to final part, which is only 3 Minutes, and it shows up as well.

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  263. 277 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Night CL, sleep well!!!

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  264. 278 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I’ve been a night owl since early on, Gil. My mom still tells stories about finding me awake in the wee hours of the morning reading by flashlight.

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  265. 279 flbravesgirl March 11, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    ‘Night, CL!

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  266. 280 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    RAISINS ROCKS….

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  267. 281 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Watched some of the game between Venezuela and USA… The Braves own Gregor Blanco and former Braves back-up catcher Henry Blanco had their hitting shoes on.

    Okay, I guess it’s time for me to turn in too. Thanks for putting our old friend VOR on the Tube for us Ber…

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  268. 282 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Right after I was born(and when they let Moms stay in the hospital for a week after childbirth) my Mom would get me in the middle of the day, and all I wanted to do was sleep! She asked one of the nurses if something was wrong with me, and she sheepishly said I was such a fun, giggly baby that the night nurses were playing with me, tickling me…I was Johnny Depp as a baby. It’s been all downhill with the ladies ever since! 😕

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  269. 283 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 11, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Goodnight Gil! Glad to do it! Hopefully V will remember us when he’s rich and famous! 😀

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  270. 284 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    🙂

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  271. 285 chrisklob March 12, 2009 at 12:08 am

    VOR, that’s good stuff. Ber, thanks for putting it up.

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  272. 286 Voice of Raisins March 12, 2009 at 8:56 am

    G’morning, all.

    B, thanks for putting those up. That is so cool. I’m glad y’all liked it. I also appreciate the kind words… I am humbled. 😳

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  273. 287 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 12, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Not a problem V! Now, if I can just remember to mail the disc out! 😛

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  274. 288 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 12, 2009 at 11:27 am

    A little political story. Charles Freeman, “slated to become the top U.S. intelligence analyst withdrew from consideration Tuesday, and quickly let loose with an angry statement denouncing the “Israel Lobby” for “character assassination.”

    Didn’t make much news…for some reason. More from the WSJ story, last paragraph…

    Critics on Capitol Hill welcomed Mr. Freeman’s decision. Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) said he urged the White House behind the scenes to drop Mr. Freeman because “his statements against Israel were way over the top and severely out of step with the administration.” Among the comments Mr. Freeman made on Israel in a 2007 speech was: “Israel is even more despised and isolated than we are, and together with the Israelis we are rapidly multiplying the ranks of terrorists with regional and global reach.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123671973608687743.html

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  275. 289 flbravesgirl March 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Raisins,our rock star! Great voice, buddy!

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  276. 290 Carolina Lady March 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    LOVE it, Raisins! Just terrific!!

    Got our very own resident ROC Star! 😀

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  277. 291 Voice of Raisins March 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Y’all are awesome… 😳

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  278. 292 Hillbilly March 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Damn it. I just lost a good friend. Died in his sleep. 27 years old, 2 year-old daughter and 2 older step-kids. What a s#*++% day. Gotta go.

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  279. 293 flbravesgirl March 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Hillbilly, I’m so sorry to hear that.

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  280. 294 Gil in Mechanicsville March 12, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Strange circumstance that Hillbilly… Something not normal afoot.

    Well folks, I bit the bullet today and bought a high def TV… Really thought the Chinese needed the stimulus so they would have the money to lend back to us… Hey, the government says we can get out of debt by spending… I know, doesn’t sound right to me either but who am I to argue with Uncle Sam?

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  281. 295 Carolina Lady March 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Hillbilly, I’m truly sorry for the loss of your friend. So many things happen that we just don’t understand! 😦

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  282. 296 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 12, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Very sorry to hear about that Hillbilly. Just too damn young….

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  283. 297 Carolina Lady March 12, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    OK – which one of you is taking the next lead??

    Hmmm???

    😆

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  284. 298 Carolina Lady March 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    ❓ Hmmm? ❓

    total silence…….

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  285. 299 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    They must all be busy writing! 😛

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  286. 300 chrisklob March 12, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Hillbilly, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. That just proves that we never know when God is going to call our name. I hope that his family will be okay.

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  287. 301 chrisklob March 12, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    On a much lighter note…….

    Raisins, Happy Birthday!

    Here’s a little something for you:

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  288. 302 chrisklob March 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Gil, enjoy the new tv. China has had tens of thousands of factories close since our economy went in the dumper. They need the help too, especially since they’re holding so much worthless US paper.

    Make sure you get an hdmi cable to connect your tv to your cable box or satellite box. Makes a big difference.

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  289. 303 flbravesgirl March 13, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Quite often they find a previously undetected cardiac problem in that situation. That happened to the son of some close family friends. He woke up fine one morning, his wife walked into the bathroom, and when she came out he was just gone. Young, strong man. And his poor wife left with 7 children. It’s a good thing she has such a good family rallying around her.

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  290. 304 flbravesgirl March 13, 2009 at 12:06 am

    OK, cheerier subject…

    Happy Birthday, VOR!!!!! (((hugs)))

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  291. 306 flbravesgirl March 13, 2009 at 12:19 am

    My dear big brother, don’t you know by now that 99% of politicians are crooks? The 1% that are honest & actually trying to do something productive don’t last long.

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  292. 307 chrisklob March 13, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Little sister, we ALL know politicians are crooks by definition. However, one would think that the Chosen One would have done a better job of picking candidates for positions in his government. It’s called due diligence. Someone needs to clue him in.

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  293. 308 flbravesgirl March 13, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Maybe that’s the best he can find.

    OK, change of subject… I’m gearing up for the cheesecake baking frenzy next week.

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  294. 309 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2009 at 5:11 am

    cheesecake baking frenzy… Just like government cheese… but different… 🙂

    Yes, it is sad when one so young is taken. You are right again Chris when you say we should all be ready to go Home when we are called…

    HAPPY B’DAY Raisins…

    By the way, wife thinks your band is great too. A really diverse genre’ of musical styles to display Christian music. Are you on the CDs of the ROC of Christ?

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  295. 310 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Chris, I made sure to pick up the cable before I left the store. I am going the old man with a bad back route and having it delivered and set up for me. It was part of the package…

    I went to visit my mom yesterday and for once it was a pleasant experience. Maybe she missed me but more likely she missed Josie… That’s okay, I take whatever small crumb of human kindness she will dish out. I was nice just to have her converse in a civil tone without the sarcasm and guilt trip.

    CL I will try to come up with something by the weekend. I am still trying to wrap my head around an idea of what to write about.

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  296. 311 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2009 at 5:28 am
  297. 312 Voice of Raisins March 13, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone, the spam and the squirrels are awesome. (FBG: I had great fun with the acorns!)

    Since it’s my birthday, I am wearing my birthday suit all day!! 😀

    Of course, I’ll probably wear something over it, but I’m wearing it nonetheless.

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  298. 313 Carolina Lady March 13, 2009 at 8:49 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR ROC STAR!!!

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  299. 314 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 13, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Happy Birthday V Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  300. 315 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Everybody started the weekend early I guess??? 😛
    Salty hasn’t been here since the 8th, SG since Bush was prez 🙂

    I knew there was something I was going to mention earlier. Baseball tonight is back, and last night they had the hitting coach for the Rangers on, talking a bit about hitting. Very smart guy, you can tell that in about 30 seconds of listening to him. Did you all know he worked a some with Frenchy??? Did someone here post that, and I missed it??? They had a quote from Frenchy saying for the first time in a year, he can see the sinker inside, with his new stance. Well, Eric Young was breaking down Frenchy’s swing a bit as well. Showing the before and after. Showed how his stance was open a bit, to see the ball better with both eyes, how his legs were not as far spread apart, and how he was holding the bat differently, just just resting it on his shoulders and then bringing it up.
    I noticed two things as well(From their split screen) the bat wasn’t as straight up and down, more in the typical barrel pointing to the pitcher a bit, and it looked like his elbows were closer to his chest, and it just looked more relaxed, more natural. Should be very interesting to see what he is able to do this year!!!

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  301. 316 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 13, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    …and how he was holding the bat differently, not just resting it on his shoulders and then bringing it up…

    Thats what I meant to say….

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  302. 318 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Good afternoon all, Yes, they mention the thing about Frenchy on the MLB channel the other night, some of them seemed upset that a coach for one team would hire himself out to a player on another team. Of course my take is unless you have a contract with states exclusivity then it’s okay. The more interesting thing is having to go outside the organization to begin with. Could it be what most of us dumb bloggers have already stated repeatedly that Terry P is just not the guy you need as a hitting coach. If you want to keep him on the staff, make him a bench coach or something….

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  303. 319 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    More stimulus…. Had to buy a set of tires for Josie’s SUV today… Noticed the tires were made in Mexico… Oh well, Sears is an American company… Right??

    Will get the brakes done next week. I am doing what I can to restore confidence in the economy so my stocks will turn around… hey, it’s a plan, didn’t say it was a good plan….

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  304. 320 Voice of Raisins March 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Hey everybody! What a whirlwind day… multi-tasking like a fool. Still have work to do but wanted to pop in and thank everybody for the wonderful birthday wishes today. You guys and gals are the best! 😀

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  305. 321 flbravesgirl March 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Good article, Gil.

    VOR, glad you liked the card. The sqirrel band is my all-time favorite card.

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  306. 322 flbravesgirl March 13, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    And the squirrel band is good too. 🙄

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  307. 323 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 13, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Neighbors having a nice party next door FBG??? 😕

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  308. 324 flbravesgirl March 13, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    No, Ber. VOR’s birthday card featured musical squirrels. You click on different acorns to get different genres of music.

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  309. 325 Carolina Lady March 14, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Fascinating Russian amphibian footage. Bet this caught the gov’t’s eye!

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  310. 326 Carolina Lady March 14, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Wal*Mart to build stores just for Latinos…..
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,509208,00.html

    I think I’m going to start packing. Anybody got a map?

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  311. 327 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2009 at 10:50 am

    CL… Why would Wal Mart go to all that trouble, I know two local store that Latinos are already the primary clientele…

    And good morning fellow Stuffians… still kicking around an idea for a new lead. Cannot guarantee the quality because I am not the wordsmith some of you are. Can only hunt and peck so fast…

    Good vibs coming out of spring training though, nice to have such a stellar record. 11-2 as I write but I temper my enthusiasm with the knowledge it is only early spring training and 6 or 7 of the Brave’s primary players are not even in camp. Same goes for other teams with players in the WBC.

    Still, it is good to know there is some depth in the organization
    I would not mind so much being the 70s Dodgers or the Reds of the 80s. Teams that had more players than places for them to play. It would sure beat what the Braves went thru last year.

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  312. 328 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2009 at 11:07 am

    On the Be-200… Nice aircraft, still looks like the Ruskies are stealing designs from the US… The placement of the engines remind me of the A-10… Still, if I were the manufacture I would be pushing it as a short hop passenger aircraft to connect a lot of the islands of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Still, don’t know the operating cost of such a craft. The Russians are not exactly known for producing high quality goods.

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  313. 329 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Then again, they didn’t make the Yugo, just enabled it….

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  314. 330 flbravesgirl March 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Most of the WalMarts here already seem to be for Latinos. I much prefer our local Target. Now the Walmart in Rabun is pretty nice. It’s only a few years old, very clean & not so over-crowded.

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  315. 331 flbravesgirl March 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Dad just read in the Clayton Tribune (our once-a-week paper up there; I’m amazed they have a website) that all the local Mexicans are moving out. They worked mostly in construction & there’s no work for them. As long as La Cabana stays open ( awesome restaurant) I’m OK.

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  316. 332 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Life as a baseball junkie… Listening to the Brave vs. Cards and watching the WBC game on the new TV… sigh, this could lead to baseball overload…

    Frency 2-2 with a run scored. Against Wainwright yet…

    Score 1-1 top of fourth

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  317. 333 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Hey FBG, Is La Cabana Mexican or Latino?

    My son took the wife and I to a local seafood restaurant in Sarasota, wife said it was the best she has had period… Can’t say I blame people for moving there.

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  318. 334 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Wow, talk about being conflicted, rooting for team USA with Javy Vasquez pitching for Pueato Rico.

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  319. 335 Carolina Lady March 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    from Yahoo! Sports:
    The Braves’ Jeff Francoeur was 2-for-2, his third straight two-hit game, and is batting .333 after a 3-for-20 start. He has yet to strike out in 28 at-bats after fanning 111 times during a dismal 2008 in which he batted .239 with 11 homers and 71 RBIs and spent time in the minors.

    “It’s not even so much the hits as it is just feeling comfortable,” Francoeur said. “I’m not trying to hit home runs, I’m not trying to hit balls off the wall. It makes you excited about what’s to come in the season.”

    Francoeur said Pujols complimented him at first base after one of the hits.

    “He told me, ‘You look great, you look relaxed,”’ Francoeur said. “It feels good for people to notice.”

    continuing…
    Wainwright retired the Braves’ first three hitters in order three times, requiring only eight pitches to get through the first inning. The rest of the Atlanta lineup was 6-for-12 against the right-hander, including three straight singles in fourth by Francoeur, Matt Diaz and Martin Prado to produce Atlanta’s lone run.

    Prado was 3-for-3, raising his average to .310.

    Wainwright welcomed the challenge from the Braves, who entered with a major league-best .306 batting average—eight points better than the second-place Cardinals—and an eight-game winning streak.

    “The difference between a good start or a bad start several times during the season is making one pitch when you need to, or two pitches,” Wainwright said. “I had some jams that could have gotten bad and I was able to make some pitches.”

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  320. 336 flbravesgirl March 14, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I’m really encouraged by Frenchy’s work this spring.

    Gil, La Cabana is Mexican. Great food, great service & one of the cleanest places on earth. Seriously. You should see those guys attack a booth the second that people leave; I’ve never seen any restaurant scrub between customers the way they do.

    So where’d you eat? Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar?

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  321. 337 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I thought I’d place a quote from the guy across the street here, because it sounds familiar:

    I heard someone at the batting cage today compare him to Philly’s Shane Victorino, in the way that they both fly around the bases, take the extra base, go hard after balls in the outfield, and on and on.
    I thought it was a great comparison.
    Victorino provides a spark for the Phillies, an intangible that team members will tell you was crucial to their winning the World Series. It’s infectious.

    Have I not been saying that for 2 months? If he hung out over here any at all, he’d be ahead of the curve… 😎

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  322. 338 Voice of Raisins March 14, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    … guess I should have put Jordan Schafer’s name in there somewhere… 😳

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  323. 339 flbravesgirl March 14, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Mom has to go over to the East Coast for a few days next week for some consulting work. So Dad checked out where she was going, noted it was right by Jupiter (Cards/Marlins) & Port St. Lucie (Mets) & decided he’d go along to keep her company. While she’s working, he’ll be at games. He ordered a ticket for Wed., Braves at Mets. Should be Hanson’s turn. I’m jealous.

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  324. 340 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 14, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I’m jealous too! I’d love to see Hanson! I should at least check him out on TV

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  325. 341 flbravesgirl March 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Are you getting spring games on TV, Ber? None here. The lone ESPN broadcast was the one & only.

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  326. 342 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 14, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    FGB, honestly, haven’t been checking all that much yet. Seems like ESPN is all about the WBC (Which does make sense) and spring training is not that important to them,after showing a few games early on….
    Guess it is time to start checking out sports south and…whatever the other channel. 420 and 437 I remember, the names, not so much! 😛

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  327. 343 Carolina Lady March 15, 2009 at 12:02 am

    It is now officially March 15:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERIGAN!!!

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  328. 344 flbravesgirl March 15, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Happy Birthday, Ber!!!!

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  329. 345 flbravesgirl March 15, 2009 at 12:03 am

    CL, what are you still doing up?

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  330. 346 Carolina Lady March 15, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Great minds, etc, FBG! 😆

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  331. 347 Carolina Lady March 15, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Getting ready to close up the tent now, FBG. Way after my bedtime but I was having some success with some research and hated to quit. (I can lay my left arm on the desk and actually TYPE now!)

    Good night, all!

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  332. 348 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 15, 2009 at 12:21 am

    As CL said a few days ago, DST is why she’s up! 😉

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  333. 349 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 15, 2009 at 12:22 am

    And all seriousness aside, happy Birthday Berigan. I don’t know where I’d be without you bro!!!

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  334. 350 flbravesgirl March 15, 2009 at 12:30 am

    As long as you’re not up because you’re hurting.

    Ber, you’re a silly guy sometimes.

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  335. 351 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2009 at 1:19 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Z-MAN

    Yes Raisins, many observations have been posted on the B&S blog long before they hit the mainstream. Where do you think they get their ideas?

    Yes FBG.. It was Phillippi’s … I take it you have been there…

    Well, Team USA got smoked tonight. Of course, I could not be too disappointed as Vasquez pitched well. Only RBI came from Brian McCann’s RBI double.

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  336. 352 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Hark… It’s the Ides of March… Let us all beware of Puerto Ricans armed with bats….

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  337. 353 Salty March 15, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Et ut, Javier! :mrgreen:

    Belated, and timely…even premature ‘Happy Birthday’ greetings to all you (once upon a time) March babies!

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  338. 354 Salty March 15, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Et ut? ….Et tu, Javier? 😳

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  339. 355 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Et ut…. Ebonics.. right?

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  340. 356 chrisklob March 15, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Happy Birthday Ber!

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  341. 357 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Happy Birthday, Berigan!!!!!! 😀

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  342. 358 flbravesgirl March 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Salty sighting!!

    Gil, actually I haven’t but they have a good reputation. We go to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar for seafood. World’s best fried clams. We took a trip to New England a few years back & everyone told us “Eat at the seafood places!” 🙄 No comparison. The people up there would think they’d died & gone to heaven at AMOB.

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  343. 359 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Too bad…

    Braves have released Stockman. Oy! 😯

    Nice bloke. Too bad he couldn’t ever really get it going for the Bravos.

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  344. 360 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I just read that FrenchKnot just struck out for the FIRST time this spring. Dang!8O

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  345. 361 Voice of Raisins March 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Braves won today 3-2…

    After reading Mr. O’B’s recaps, it sounds as though young Mr. Schafer is making the decision process very difficult for Wren & Co. I like those kind of problems, eh?

    Odd man out may be Josh Anderson, who is talented, but does not possess all the skills Schafer does. Maybe a late spring trade involving Anderson and a young pitcher (Morton?, Parr?, etc.) for a prospect if I had to guess. Then again, Blanco still has options, so… who knows?

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  346. 362 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks everyone for wishing me a Happy Birthday! 🙂
    Haven’t done anything too exciting…yet. Well, probably won’t later either, but you never know! 😉
    Going to eat at Outback, always a treat. Raining still in the ATL.

    Good to see site salty as well(Saying a salty siting, looks wrong, how else can you spell it???)

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  347. 363 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    sighting… just saying… 🙂

    Don’t worry Ber, it’s your birthday, it’s allowed…

    Glad you are going out on the town. I told Josie the next time we head to Florida, we were going to take 85 to Atlanta, I am going to put you at the top of my list of people to meet. We owe FBG dinner too. For sure we will not rush thru town this time.

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  348. 364 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 15, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Sighting you say??? D’Oh!!! 😳 Funny how words, the way to spell them will just up and leave your mind…or what’s left of it….At least in my case.
    Gil, would look forward to meeting you and the misses some time! Have been there where you try to do 12 things on a trip in the time where it’s only possible to do 3 or 4.
    Typical driving trip with my Dad. Mom was not a fan of it. 😕

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  349. 366 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Great find Ber, thanks for sharing CL..

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  350. 367 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    The economy is so bad that:

    Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. So, the guy
    that made $50 billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made
    $750 billion disappear

    CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.

    Even people who have nothing to do with the Obama administration aren’t
    paying their taxes.

    Hotwheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

    Obama met with small businesses to discuss the Stimulus Package: GE, Pfeizer
    and Citigroup.

    PETA serves chicken wings at their meetings

    McDonalds is selling the 1/4 ouncer

    People in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s
    names

    A truck of Americans got caught sneaking into Mexico

    The most highly-paid job is now jury duty

    Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting

    People in Africa are donating money to Americans

    Mothers in Ethiopia are telling their kids, “finish your plate, do you know
    how many kids are starving in the US?”

    Motel Six wont leave the light on

    The Mafia is laying off judges

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  351. 368 flbravesgirl March 15, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Amazing pics. I would love to see the aurora someday. There’s places in Canada where it’s fairly reliable to make an appearance. I suspect it would be easier to get there than Antarctica.

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  352. 369 flbravesgirl March 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Ber, did you get your card?

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  353. 370 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    FBG, not yet, the ziggyelman email account????

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  354. 371 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    How sad, actor Ron Silver has died!!!! Only 62….

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,509076,00.html

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  355. 372 flbravesgirl March 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Yeah. It should have been there this morning.

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  356. 373 flbravesgirl March 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    OMG! Mac pinch-hit in the 9th & they put him in to play left field!

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  357. 374 flbravesgirl March 16, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Happy Birthday, Hillbilly! I know you’ve been having a tough time lately so I hope you have a great day to give you a respite from everything else.

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  358. 375 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Tis the season of Birthdays at the old B & S blog spot.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HILLBILLY Hope you and your family are well….

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  359. 376 Voice of Raisins March 16, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Happy birthday, HB!!!

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  360. 377 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 16, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Hey Hillbilly, have a great Birthday!!!

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  361. 378 Carolina Lady March 16, 2009 at 10:06 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HILLBILLY!!!

    I really hope you’re doing better.

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  362. 379 Hillbilly March 16, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Thanks everybody. Yeah, Saturday was pretty tough, but we had a bit of a birthday gathering after the service and we all washed our sorrows away. He wouldn’t have had it any other way, and I know he would have been right there with us by that fire listening to the radio and popping tops just like we were. Thanks for leaving the door unlocked, Klobber. I cleaned up before we left. Might want to re-stock the inventory, though.

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  363. 380 chrisklob March 16, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Hillbilly, Happy Birthday to you! I’m sorry to hear about your friend.

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  364. 381 Voice of Raisins March 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    First Johan Santana, now Cole Hamels is experiencing stiffness and pain in his pitching elbow. While I do NOT wish injury issues on anyone, even a Mutt or Philthie, at least it is a Mutt and Philthie – their respective aces, nonetheless.

    Meanwhile, Chipper gets hurt in the cursed WBC. I don’t mind the WBC, but why in February and March? Makes no sense to me. The players, at least the MLB players, aren’t in shape to play it. Chipper is a prime example. He can talk the “it coulda happened at Orlando” line all he wants. Bottom line is you have professional athletes who are mentally conditioned to play at a top level NOT yet in the physical shape required to do so. Nope, I don’t like it. 😡

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  365. 382 Voice of Raisins March 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    First round of cuts have been announced:

    Pitchers Steve Marek, James Parr, Todd Redmond and Luis Valdez are assigned to Class AAA Gwinnett.

    Pitchers Francisley Bueno and Mariano Gomez and catchers Phillip Britton and Matt Kennelly were re-assigned to minor-league camp.

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  366. 383 Voice of Raisins March 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Glav pitched 2 innings in a simulated game today. He gave up 2 hits and a run, but notched 2 K’s while tossing 38 total pitches, 26 of which were strikes. Gotta like that in his first, er, appearance… sorta…

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  367. 384 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Better line than Peavy notched the other night….

    Heck of a team being lined up for Gwinnett… I am sooo jealous…

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  368. 385 Voice of Raisins March 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    😆

    Julian Tavarez… we’ll miss him here. You gotta love this quote:

    “Why did I sign with the Nationals? When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you’re just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It’s 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me.”

    Nationals… a 600-pounder… 😆

    Priceless! 😆

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  369. 386 Voice of Raisins March 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha 😆

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  370. 387 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Who knows, without Jim Bowden the Nationals might just be a nice place to play… YEAH…RIGHT….

    Richmond might just make this thing work yet, first real positive thing done in a while..

    http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/article/city_getting_independent_assessment_on_stadium_proposal/232843/

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  371. 388 Voice of Raisins March 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I missed this last Thursday, being busy and all, but it deserves a second look. This was from Bowman’s blog:

    When I entered the clubhouse this morning, I saw Boone Logan’s left hand adorned with gauze. Naturally, I responded with, “Have you been playing with Blaine Boyer’s apple slicer.”

    Logan said that he regularly places gauze on his hand in the morning. After imitating Rafael Soriano with a stone-faced reaction, I later saw the big left-handed reliever on the field without any gauze, tape or padding on his hand. With this I further concluded that southpaws are simply a different species.

    O…K… 🙄

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  372. 389 Carolina Lady March 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Or is Tavarez the 600 pounder…??? 😯
    The comment doesn’t say a whole lot about either one of them!
    Interesting….

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  373. 390 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    V, what Boone was doing makes perfect sense to me….but, then again…I am a lefty. Well, I use my left hand more than my right…

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  374. 391 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Gil, glad you are finally getting some good news up your way!!! I wonder what if any system will run those Gwinnett games????

    And I worry about our division. In that it is turning into the AL East. Not much fun to win 85-90 games and end up in 3rd place. Nationals…I don’t know about their pitching, but they have a lot of hitting potential. In fact, don’t they have about 5 starters in their outfield??? Plus ol’ Willie???

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  375. 392 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Berigan, it’s always about the pitching…. Washington will have plenty of potential offense but only average defense and pitching. Got to hope they will at least not roll over for Philly and the Mets.

    That said, Adam Dunn looks good in the WBC so far. Too bad he can’t pitch every 5th day. I watched the tail end of the Cards and the Tigers today on MLB. Kid for Detroit tossing 99 mph BBs in the ninth. Their rookies look good too.

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  376. 393 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Hey CL… did I ever tell you I was a 600 pounder??? 🙂

    Well, not quite but close..

    Or maybe that was a quarter-pounder with cheeze… I forget….

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  377. 394 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I know a couple of guys are complaining about tender elbows but I still say Zito is going to be the first pitcher to need Tommy John surgery this year…

    I think Oakland picked SFs pocket when they sent them Zito…

    From the AP
    Kansas City roughs up Zito, Giants 11-3

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mike Jacobs hit his fourth home run of the spring, Mark Teahen went deep twice and the Kansas City Royals beat Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants 11-3 on Sunday.

    Teahen went 3-for-4 and scored four times for the Royals, who finished with 17 hits. Luke Hochevar allowed one run and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.

    Zito had another rough outing, yielding six runs and 10 hits in five innings. The left-hander has given up 11 earned runs in 13 2-3 innings over four spring starts.

    ___

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  378. 395 Carolina Lady March 16, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    If you were a 600-lber, Gil, Miss Josie would say that’s just more to love! 😀

    Political content: GWB meets the US Marines and BHO meets the US Marines. Decide for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkZfizmubUE&feature=related

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  379. 396 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    That’s because I know how to ply her with cheeze burgers… 🙂

    Very telling difference between the two responses eh?
    ___

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  380. 397 Carolina Lady March 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    You betcha, Gil! 😀

    Now this is totally COOOOOOOL!!! 8)

    LIVE cam of a wild eagle’s nest in VA. Lots of links to slides, etc – but to see this bird live is something else! Will definitely be checking in during daylight hours!
    http://www.wvec.com/cams/eagle.html

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  381. 398 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Gil, the Giants made that mistake all by their lonesome. The A’s knew what they were doing when they let him go, they just should have traded him that last year in Oakland, not just get a draft pick.
    The Giants were stupid enough to believe the Borass hype, and I guess not listen to scouts that must have surely mentioned how his fastball wasn’t so fast any more….

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  382. 399 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 16, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Political stuff. Does Obama really want to P.O. the whole military??? 😯

    The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President’s Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

    WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

    “It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan,” said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. “He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it.”

    The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, “This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ‘ to care for him who shall have borne the battle’ given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm’s way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America’s veterans!”

    Commander Rehbein was among a group of senior officials from veterans service organizations joining the President, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Steven Kosiak, the overseer of defense spending at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The group’s early afternoon conversation at The White House was precipitated by a letter of protest presented to the President earlier this month. The letter, co-signed by Commander Rehbein and the heads of ten colleague organizations, read, in part, ” There is simply no logical explanation for billing a veteran’s personal insurance for care that the VA has a responsibility to provide. While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable.”

    Commander Rehbein reiterated points made last week in testimony to both House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees. It was stated then that The American Legion believes that the reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate that VA treat service-connected injuries and disabilities given that the United States government sends members of the armed forces into harm’s way, and not private insurance companies. The proposed requirement for these companies to reimburse the VA would not only be unfair, says the Legion, but would have an adverse impact on service-connected disabled veterans and their families. The Legion argues that, depending on the severity of the medical conditions involved, maximum insurance coverage limits could be reached through treatment of the veteran’s condition alone. That would leave the rest of the family without health care benefits. The Legion also points out that many health insurance companies require deductibles to be paid before any benefits are covered. Additionally, the Legion is concerned that private insurance premiums would be elevated to cover service-connected disabled veterans and their families, especially if the veterans are self-employed or employed in small businesses unable to negotiate more favorable across-the-board insurance policy pricing. The American Legion also believes that some employers, especially small businesses, would be reluctant to hire veterans with service-connected disabilities due to the negative impact their employment might have on obtaining and financing company health care benefits.

    “I got the distinct impression that the only hope of this plan not being enacted,” said Commander Rehbein, “is for an alternative plan to be developed that would generate the desired $540-million in revenue. The American Legion has long advocated for Medicare reimbursement to VA for the treatment of veterans. This, we believe, would more easily meet the President’s financial goal. We will present that idea in an anticipated conference call with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel in the near future.

    “I only hope the administration will really listen to us then. This matter has far more serious ramifications than the President is imagining,” concluded the Commander.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20090316/pl_usnw/the_american_legion_strongly_opposed_to_president_s_plan_to_charge_wounded_heroes_for_treatment

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  383. 400 chrisklob March 16, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Great story from Tavarez. Any port in a storm, right?

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  384. 401 flbravesgirl March 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    😆 at Tavarez.

    My sister is a lefty (Dad should’ve taught her how to pitch) & I can tell you it’s not just ballplayers. Her sense of humor can be a bit out there.

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  385. 402 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Do these people sit up at night to think up these schemes? How on earth do they think a private insurer is going to accept former military personnel with a know disability? Why do they think insurers have that “acts of war ” exclusions?

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  386. 403 Carolina Lady March 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Easy. He doesn’t think! In over his head and clueless. IMHO 🙂

    BTW – did you know that vets in military hospitals have to pay for their own food??? That’s wrong no matter what side of the aisle you’re on!

    ‘Night!

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  387. 404 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 16, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    We lefties are in our right mind, that’s all I know. 🙂
    It’s like my BFF says…so, Berigan* you looking for a girl that likes Baseball, B&W movies, Megadeth and Bunny Berigan, and old cars???

    To which I say nope. No such girl exists! 😉

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    * Doesn’t really call me Berigan.

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  388. 405 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    I am watching the Cuba/Mexico game… Man. I sure would like for the Braves to be able to sign a couple of these Cubian players…

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  389. 406 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Gil, the Mutts must just love K-Rod pitching 2 innings in mid March, eh??? 😛

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  390. 408 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 17, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Very nice Chris!!!

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  391. 409 Gil in Mechanicsville March 17, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Chris, the link comes up empty 😦

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  392. 410 chrisklob March 17, 2009 at 10:45 am

    That’s odd Gil. It worked for me last night and for Ber earlier today. I wonder what happened?

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  393. 411 chrisklob March 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I just googled them and every link I could find has been shut down. Too bad. It was amazing.

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  394. 412 chrisklob March 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Okay, try this one:

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  395. 413 Carolina Lady March 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Outstanding, Chris! Simon Cowell sure knew what he was doing when he put those 4 together, didn’t he?!

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  396. 414 Carolina Lady March 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    The eagle looks like it has curled up and taking a nap! Just fascinating!
    http://www.wvec.com/cams/eagle.html

    Their note says the egg should hatch any day!

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  397. 415 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    That’s cool CL! Almost looks surreal!

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  398. 416 Carolina Lady March 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I find myself checking that site throughout the day. Not something you often get to see! Can’t wait for the egg to hatch!

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  399. 417 Carolina Lady March 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I think that is one bored eagle! She rearranged some of the sticks and straw, looked around for a while, then gave a big sigh (you can actually see her breathing!), rearranged a few more sticks. You could almost see her 🙄 . 😆 Wish her mate would show up while I was there. Haven’t seen him yet.

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  400. 418 Gil in Mechanicsville March 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks Chris… I can’t believe I have never heard those guys before. It’s like getting ear candy….

    CL… Josie and I spotted a nesting pair of bald eagles on our way to the kids house Sunday. They were right off from Rt 895 near the James River. North side of the highway. Amazing recovery for the species I would say. The cam is very cool too. Thanks for the site. I may have to upgrade my avatar again….

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  401. 419 Gil in Mechanicsville March 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    And baseball… Braves win again, cheap thrills folks, cheap thrills…

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  402. 420 Carolina Lady March 17, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    That’s really neat, Gil! I am just captivated by this eagle cam! Sometimes one is sighted right along the coast (beach front) but I haven’t seen one myself. And wouldn’t I love to!

    I hope the Braves keep on keepin’ on! Just 19 more days!

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  403. 421 Carolina Lady March 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    And a Happy St Paddy’s Day to you all! 😆

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  404. 422 flbravesgirl March 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    225 cheesecakes down, 75 to go. I thought I’d only get half done today so that’s pretty good.

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  405. 423 Carolina Lady March 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Jiminy Christmas, FBG!!! 😯 😯

    That is quite an order!!

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  406. 424 flbravesgirl March 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I guess I should have mentioned that they’re little bite-size ones. I get about 3 dozen from a batch.

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  407. 425 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Hope the braves are not peaking too early! This spring training is going on forever!!! Trades done. Players pretty much ready. Get on with it already!!!
    And F Girl, that is a lot of cheesecakes no matter the size.

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  408. 426 Gil in Mechanicsville March 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    CL, we thought we saw a golden eagle last fall in the same area, it was way too large to be a red tail hawk even though I have seen some large ones here. Did not have the same markings but a friend told me it could have been a young bald eagle as they do not get the white head feathers until they are about two years old. They are so rare this far east of the mountains he may be right. We were pretty excited at the time however.

    FBG… If this keeps up, you are going to need to get a bigger truck… 🙂

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  409. 427 Carolina Lady March 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I’m so happy to see the Sugar Plum Bakery doing so well! Congratulations! 😀

    Another day checked off the calendar! ‘Night, y’all!

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  410. 428 flbravesgirl March 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Cookie order next week. I guess people still want their sweets.

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  411. 430 Gil in Mechanicsville March 18, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Well CL, I see you have joined the sleep two hours at a time bunch… Blows doesn’t it?

    Sometimes I just force myself to stay in bed as a matter of principal.

    It tis foggy here this morning. Glad I don’t have to make that long drive to work in it. Amazes me how some folks seem to think they are impervious to harm and drive without regard to conditions.

    Now baseball…. Wow, some finish to the USA vs Puerto Rico game last night. I kept thinking, the Mets are going to be tough… A lot of clutch type guys on that team with Beltron, DelGuado and Wright… Of course it still all come down to pitching.

    The talking heads on the MLB network are predicting an 85 win season for the Braves and a third place finish in the NL East. Well, good to see they are predicting a turn around of sorts for the Los Bravos but I think it is going to come down to who can stay healthy, much like last year. Last year’s team was not all that bad, just decimated by injuries. Most of the starting pitching could have fill the role as extras in a M.A.S.H. movie without having to change their bandages…

    And still more baseball, a group of Richmonders have made the move to purchase a AA franchise in the Eastern League. I confess I know next to nothing about the league and the teams in it but I guess I will learn.

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  412. 431 Carolina Lady March 18, 2009 at 8:33 am

    ‘Morning, Gil. Last time I looked at the clock it was 0735. Drifted off to sleep. Woke up at 0813. Yep. A good night’s sleep. I’m over it.

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  413. 432 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 18, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Poor CL!!! 😦

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  414. 433 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Got one on the cooker, CL.

    I’ll send it this afternoon.

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  415. 434 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    CL has mail…

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  416. 435 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    1st inning summary of today’s game:

    Inning 1
    Top Half
    B:0 S:3 O:1 – Josh Anderson called out on strikes.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Jordan Schafer grounds out, second baseman Luis Castillo to first baseman Nick Evans.
    B:0 S:3 O:3 – Kelly Johnson called out on strikes.
    Bottom Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Jose Reyes reaches on fielding error by second baseman Kelly Johnson.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Luis Castillo flies out to left fielder Brandon Jones.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Daniel Murphy flies out to left fielder Brandon Jones.
    B:1 S:0 O:2 – Fernando Tatis homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. Jose Reyes scores.
    B:4 S:0 O:2 – Ryan Church walks.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Nick Evans flies out to right fielder Jordan Schafer.

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  417. 436 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Inning 2
    Top Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Casey Kotchman singles on a line drive to right fielder Ryan Church.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Yunel Escobar pops out to second baseman Luis Castillo.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Martin Prado grounds into double play, pitcher Livan Hernandez to shortstop Jose Reyes to first baseman Nick Evans. Casey Kotchman out at 2nd.
    Bottom Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Jeremy Reed singles on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Jones.
    B:0 S:3 O:1 – Rene Rivera called out on strikes.
    B:1 S:0 O:1 – With Livan Hernandez batting, Jeremy Reed steals (1) 2nd base.
    B:1 S:0 O:2 – Livan Hernandez singles on a pop up to shortstop Yunel Escobar. Jeremy Reed out at home, shortstop Yunel Escobar to catcher J. C. Boscan. Livan Hernandez to 2nd on the throw.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Jose Reyes lines out to center fielder Josh Anderson.

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  418. 437 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Inning 3
    Top Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Brandon Jones singles on a line drive to left fielder Daniel Murphy.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – J. C. Boscan grounds into double play, second baseman Luis Castillo to shortstop Jose Reyes to first baseman Nick Evans. Brandon Jones out at 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Tommy Hanson flies out to right fielder Ryan Church.
    Bottom Half
    B:4 S:0 O:0 – Luis Castillo walks.
    B:1 S:0 O:0 – With Daniel Murphy batting, wild pitch by Tommy Hanson, Luis Castillo to 2nd.
    B:1 S:0 O:1 – Daniel Murphy flies out to left fielder Brandon Jones.
    B:0 S:3 O:2 – Fernando Tatis called out on strikes.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Ryan Church grounds out, catcher J. Boscan to first baseman Casey Kotchman.

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  419. 438 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Inning 4
    Top Half
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Josh Anderson flies out to left fielder Daniel Murphy.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Jordan Schafer flies out to center fielder Jeremy Reed.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Kelly Johnson doubles (1) on a line drive to center fielder Jeremy Reed.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Casey Kotchman grounds out, second baseman Luis Castillo to first baseman Nick Evans.
    Bottom Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Greg Norton replaces first baseman Casey Kotchman, batting 4th, playing first base.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Nick Evans grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Greg Norton.
    B:0 S:3 O:2 – Jeremy Reed strikes out swinging, catcher J. C. Boscan to first baseman Greg Norton.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Rene Rivera grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Greg Norton.

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  420. 439 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Oh man this is funny:

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  421. 440 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Inning 5
    Top Half
    B:0 S:3 O:1 – Yunel Escobar strikes out swinging.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Martin Prado doubles (1) on a line drive to center fielder Jeremy Reed.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Brandon Jones singles on a line drive to center fielder Jeremy Reed. Martin Prado scores.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – J. C. Boscan pops out to first baseman Nick Evans in foul territory.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Matt Diaz replaces Tommy Hanson.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Matt Diaz flies out to left fielder Daniel Murphy.
    Bottom Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Blaine Boyer replaces Tommy Hanson, batting 9th.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Marlon Anderson replaces Livan Hernandez.
    B:0 S:3 O:1 – Marlon Anderson strikes out swinging.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Jose Reyes singles on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Jones.
    B:0 S:1 O:1 – With Luis Castillo batting, Jose Reyes steals (1) 2nd base.
    B:0 S:3 O:2 – Luis Castillo called out on strikes.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Daniel Murphy grounds out, third baseman Martin Prado to first baseman Greg Norton.

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  422. 441 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I just know the people of the state of Florida are so proud to have such sterling representation. FBG, aren’t you just beaming in pride?

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  423. 442 chrisklob March 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Raisins, I wanna gradulate you on that incredibulicious find. The State of Florida should rename itself the “State of Panic”. I know I’d be in a panic if that woman were my elected representative.

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  424. 443 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Top 7, 0 Out
    R H E
    ATL 5 9 1
    NYM 2 4 0

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  425. 444 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Inning 6
    Top Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Freddy Garcia replaces Livan Hernandez, batting 3rd.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Marlon Anderson remains in the game as the left fielder.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Josh Anderson pops out to shortstop Jose Reyes.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Jordan Schafer singles on a ground ball to right fielder Ryan Church.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Kelly Johnson singles on a ground ball to right fielder Ryan Church. Jordan Schafer to 3rd.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Greg Norton singles on a fly ball to right fielder Ryan Church. Jordan Schafer scores. Kelly Johnson to 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Yunel Escobar lines out to shortstop Jose Reyes.
    B:1 S:1 O:2 – Martin Prado homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. Kelly Johnson scores. Greg Norton scores.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Brandon Jones lines out to right fielder Ryan Church.
    Bottom Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Omar Infante replaces second baseman Kelly Johnson, batting 3rd, playing second base.
    B:4 S:0 O:0 – Fernando Tatis walks.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Ryan Church bunt grounds out, third baseman Martin Prado to first baseman Greg Norton. Fernando Tatis to 2nd.
    B:0 S:3 O:2 – Nick Evans strikes out swinging.
    B:4 S:0 O:2 – Jeremy Reed walks.
    B:1 S:0 O:3 – With Rene Rivera batting, wild pitch by Blaine Boyer, . Fernando Tatis out at home, catcher J. C. Boscan to shortstop Yunel Escobar to catcher J.
    B:1 S:0 O:3 – With Rene Rivera batting, wild pitch by Blaine Boyer, . Fernando Tatis out at home, catcher J. C. Boscan to shortstop Yunel Escobar to catcher J.

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  426. 445 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Yeah, Klobber, that Corch Meyers sure did corch his players to whoop those Okahoma Sooners, didn’t he? Must have been the gusty plays they made… 🙄

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  427. 446 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Top 8, 0 Out
    R H E
    ATL 6 12 1
    NYM 2 4 0

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  428. 447 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Inning 7
    Top Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Omir Santos replaces catcher Rene Rivera, batting 8th, playing catcher.
    B:0 S:3 O:1 – J. C. Boscan strikes out swinging.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Jason Heyward replaces Blaine Boyer.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Jason Heyward doubles (1) on a line drive to center fielder Jeremy Reed.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Josh Anderson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Marlon Anderson. Jason Heyward to 3rd.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Jordan Schafer singles on a line drive to center fielder Jeremy Reed. Jason Heyward scores. Josh Anderson to 3rd.
    B:0 S:1 O:1 – With Omar Infante batting, Jordan Schafer steals (1) 2nd base.
    B:0 S:3 O:2 – Omar Infante strikes out swinging.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Greg Norton grounds out to first baseman Nick Evans.
    Bottom Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Eric O’Flaherty replaces Blaine Boyer, batting 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Frederick Freeman replaces first baseman Greg Norton, batting 4th, playing first base.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Alvin Colina replaces catcher J. Boscan, batting 8th, playing catcher.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Jason Heyward remains in the game as the right fielder.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Omir Santos grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Frederick Freeman.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Bobby Kielty replaces Marlon Anderson.
    B:0 S:3 O:2 – Bobby Kielty strikes out swinging.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Jose Reyes grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Frederick Freeman.

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  429. 448 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    How has this flown under the radar?

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/6318676.html

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  430. 449 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Inning 8
    Top Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Ramon Martinez replaces pitcher Freddy Garcia, batting 3rd, playing shortstop.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Ron Villone replaces Freddy Garcia, batting 1st, replacing shortstop Jose Reyes.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Bobby Kielty remains in the game as the left fielder.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Yunel Escobar flies out to left fielder Bobby Kielty.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Martin Prado lines out to second baseman Luis Castillo.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Brandon Jones singles on a ground ball to right fielder Ryan Church.
    B:4 S:0 O:2 – Alvin Colina walks. Brandon Jones to 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Jason Heyward grounds out, shortstop Ramon Martinez to first baseman Nick Evans.

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  431. 450 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Inning 8
    Bottom Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Brandon Hicks replaces shortstop Yunel Escobar, batting 5th, playing shortstop.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Reid Gorecki replaces left fielder Brandon Jones, batting 7th, playing left field.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Luis Castillo singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jordan Schafer.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Ramon Martinez singles on a line drive to left fielder Reid Gorecki. Luis Castillo to 2nd.
    B:0 S:3 O:1 – Fernando Tatis strikes out swinging.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Ryan Church grounds out, shortstop Brandon Hicks to first baseman Frederick Freeman. Luis Castillo to 3rd. Ramon Martinez to 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Pitcher Change: Rafael Cruz replaces Eric O’Flaherty, batting 4th.
    B:4 S:0 O:2 – Nick Evans walks.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Jeremy Reed flies out to left fielder Reid Gorecki.

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  432. 451 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Top 9, 0 Out
    R H E
    ATL 6 13 1
    NYM 2 6 0

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  433. 452 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Inning 9
    Top Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Kyle Snyder replaces Ron Villone, batting 1st.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Andy Green replaces second baseman Luis Castillo, batting 2nd, playing second base.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Cory Sullivan replaces right fielder Ryan Church, batting 5th, playing right field.
    B:4 S:0 O:0 – Frederick Freeman walks.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Jordan Schafer singles on a line drive to right fielder Cory Sullivan. Frederick Freeman to 3rd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Omar Infante grounds into double play, third baseman Fernando Tatis to second baseman Andy Green to first baseman Nick Evans. Frederick Freeman scores. Jordan Schafer out at 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Joe Borchard replaces Rafael Cruz.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Joe Borchard doubles (1) on a line drive to right fielder Cory Sullivan.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Brandon Hicks grounds out to first baseman Nick Evans.

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  434. 453 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Bot 9, 0 Out
    R H E
    ATL 7 15 1
    NYM 2 6 0

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  435. 454 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Inning 9
    Bottom Half
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Zach Schreiber replaces Rafael Cruz, batting 4th.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Jose Valentin replaces Omir Santos.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Jose Valentin hit by pitch.
    B:1 S:0 O:0 – With Bobby Kielty batting, passed ball by Alvin Colina, Jose Valentin to 2nd.
    B:2 S:0 O:0 – With Bobby Kielty batting, wild pitch by Zach Schreiber, Jose Valentin to 3rd.
    B:2 S:0 O:1 – Bobby Kielty pops out to second baseman Omar Infante.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Cory Sullivan lines out to second baseman Omar Infante.
    B:1 S:1 O:2 – Andy Green homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. Jose Valentin scores.
    B:4 S:0 O:2 – Ramon Martinez walks.
    B:4 S:0 O:2 – Fernando Tatis walks. Ramon Martinez to 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Ramon Castro replaces Kyle Snyder.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Ramon Castro grounds out, shortstop Brandon Hicks to first baseman Frederick Freeman.

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  436. 455 Voice of Raisins March 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    FINAL
    R H E
    ATL 7 15 1
    NYM 4 7 0

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  437. 456 flbravesgirl March 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Why do you think I’m so disdainful of politicians, guys? We’ve got some doozies down here.

    Dad was at the game. I’d guess he enjoyed that one.

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  438. 457 flbravesgirl March 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Cheesecakes are all done. Had a heck of a time fitting them all in the fridge.

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  439. 458 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 18, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for the 411, the Dope(No, not Corrine) V!!!
    Felt like I was there, well, with my eyes closed. 🙂

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  440. 459 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I read some things on the Corrine Brown clip in the comments…I remembered one thing, but wasn’t sure if it was her, or someone else…it was ol’ Corrine. From Jacksonville she is! Thank goodness I was a few miles away in Orange Park for 10 years, and not her district…

    In the 1960s, Woody Allen, working on Candid Camera, used Freedonia as a practical joke by asking passersby what they thought of the bid for independence for Freedonia. In the 1990s, the satirical magazine Spy pulled a practical joke on several members of the United States Congress. The magazine successfully convinced several Congressional members, such as Corrine Brown, to issue statements condemning the “ethnic cleansing in Freedonia,” without their realizing that Freedonia was a fictional country.

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  441. 460 Carolina Lady March 18, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    NEW BLOG IS UP!!!
    Thanks, Raisins!!

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