75:Thoughts Out Of Left Field… Sort Of

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by Voice of Reason Raisins

JEFFERSON, GA – As each day of this seemingly never-ending extended Spring Training continues to move forward at a pace rivaled only by the traffic on the I-285 perimeter highway around Atlanta at 5:00pm on any given weekday, I have a few random thoughts I’d like to share…

Be forewarned, though… random means random. No telling what may spill forth.

Isn’t it strange how we clamored all winter for Braves news items in anticipation of the coming new season, and have nearly disappeared in mid-Spring? That one’s hard to figure, except that we know what we have now, well sort of. I mean, the team is here, but not really. You can’t even really look at it these games as a barometer of the potential of team’s fortunes for 2009. The WBC has taken players from not just all over our roster, but everyone else’s as well. These games really don’t mean squat.

Our star 3B has been away, then injured. Our star catcher, who needs to be working with an entirely new pitching staff, has not been present either. Our only offseason offensive acquisition, long anticipated I might add, has been injured and out. We don’t know who our CF will be. It’s just been weird.

Yet, the promise of a new season is still here… knocking on the door like a child wanting to come into Mom and Dad’s bedroom at 2:00 in the morning. It’s a mixed blessing. You love them, but are just a tad resistant to their being there.

duhHey… if our knees bent in the other direction, what would chairs look like?

I like Jordan Schafer. I like Josh Anderson, too. I look at both of those kids and see many common qualities. Actually, I see kind of the same player – except Schafer does it just a little better. In my opinion, Jordan Schafer is Josh Anderson, and then some. Schafer will be a star. Anderson will be a… well he’ll be on the roster. He’ll be on somebody’s roster, anyway. It may not be in Atlanta though. I think Jordan Schafer is taking the job and running with it, so to speak.

So Jeff Francoeur went 42 AB’s into spring before taking his first K. I gotta say, he really has made some wholesale changes to his approach at the plate. He better… Jason Heyward wants to play with the big boys in a bad way. Jason Heyward IS a big boy… and a superior talent. Jeff better start thinking about Delta for more than just endorsements.

When flies land on the ceiling, do they fly upside down and stick, or do they fly rightside up and flip at the last second?

The new pitching staff is really something. Derek Lowe has been all that and a bag of chips. Javy Vazquez has something to prove, and judging by his performance in the evil WBC, he means to prove it. Jair Jurjjens is poised to have a real breakout season. Kenshin Kawakami may have the best pure “stuff” on the staff. TommyH almost makes you wish TommyG was at home in his Barc-O-Lounger. Yet, TommyG is throwing better at this stage of his spring than in many before. Teams are calling and inquiring about Buddy Carlyle, for goodness sake. Good problems to have if you ask me. I want to see it against whole rosters, though, before anointing them as anything.

Yunel, KJ, Kotch… three solid performing consistent youngsters that may fly under a lot of people’s radar, but they will carry this team this year. Mark it, archive it, do whatever you want with it. VOR says that Yunel, KJ and Kotch will all have very solid, very consistent, very classic Braves type years. Bobby Cox will heap his accolades on those three all season long.

My 6-year-old daughter wrote a little storyhmmmm called, “I Ran Out Of Ink.” I started reading it but it was only 2 pages long. I don’t know why she didn’t finish it…

I bet Chipper is wishing he had gotten that contract extension before going to Canada and getting hurt again. He was what, 0 for 10 with 6 K’s, then pulled a muscle? Don’t get me wrong, I love Chipper Jones, and I hope he never puts on another uniform, but it’s gotta be tough for Frank Wren to think about 3 more years of Chipper when he can’t even swing a bat right now. I’m just sayin’…

Speaking of Frank, can we all agree that he had a plan, stuck hard to his blueprint, and by early results, did a pretty darn good job of building this year’s club? The pitching, from starting to relieving, looks rock solid. The infield is going to be outstanding both defensively and offensively. They may not lead the league in homers, but they may lead the league in extra base hits. They may also lead the league in RBI as a collective. Don’t laugh at that one. There will be a lot of RBI opportunities with this lineup. As Gil has many times said, there were a lot of RBI opportunities last season; they just didn’t drive ‘em in. That won’t happen outta this group this year. I’ll take consistent gap-to-gap hitters every day over all-or-nothing bashers.

teethWhat are you really supposed to do with your umbrella when you get to your car? If you take it down real quick and try to get in, you get water all over the place from the umbrella. If you try to get some of the water off before you get in, you get soaked doing it. And where do you put it? Seat? Floorboard? These may sound like trivial questions to some, but if you’ve got people in your passenger seats, this can be a daunting task.

I can’t wait for opening night. Plain and simple… I can’t. This spring has been too weird and too long already. I want to see MY team, all of them, and I want to see games that matter. I want to see jersey numbers under 60. Heck, I even want to hear Don Sutton, and I can’t believe I just typed that.

Thanks for paying attention. Now you know a little of what goes on in my mind. It’s kinda like a BB in a shoebox – it just kinda rattles around until it falls out.




427 Responses to “75:Thoughts Out Of Left Field… Sort Of”

  1. 1 Carolina Lady March 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Excellent, Raisins! Both informative and entertaining! 😆 THANKS!!!


  2. 2 Carolina Lady March 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    If anyone is interesting in following the eagle hatching, here’s the link:


  3. 3 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 18, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Very nice V man!!! Some of your observations make me wonder…do you throw with your left hand as well??? 😛


  4. 4 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 18, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I gotta say, he really has made some wholesale changes to his approach at the plate. He better.

    Corrine Brown on the mind??? :mrgreen:


  5. 5 flbravesgirl March 18, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Like being inside VOR’s head. Fun.

    Just talked to Dad. He was really impressed by Boyer of all people. Chatting with Mom’s counterpart for the Northern facilities, he discovered that her sister has been with Delta for 40+ plus years & works the Braves’ charter flights. I need to make friends with this lady.


  6. 6 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 18, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    And you are right, what a long strange spring training. I actually forgot about G.A. being hurt…any news on that???
    I actually wouldn’t be too sad to see him miss a few weeks and see both Schafer and Anderson in the lineup. Some teams do really well with 2 speedsters at the top.
    Oh what am I saying, Bobby will have the rookie bat 8th, cuz he’s a rookie! 😕


  7. 7 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 18, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    FBG, I think Boyer and Ohman would have had much better second halves if they hadn’t been so overused….hopefully the bullpen will get lots of rest this year.


  8. 8 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 18, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    And FBG, 40+ years with Delta??? 😯 That’s like 80 years anywhere else!!! Amazing she hasn’t retired. Everyone retires there when they got a chance.
    Must be interesting on those flights!!!


  9. 9 Gil in Mechanicsville March 18, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Great musings Raisins, so many question, so few answers. Of course if we know all the answers ahead of time, we would not need to ask the question…..

    An observation…. This afternoon I had to change out the box blade on my tractor for a scraper blade so I can repair some of the damage done to my road by the recent snowfall. Well, I’m whipped. I have come to the conclusion that one should never ever pick a fight with a farmer… They have got to be some tough cookies to be able to work that hard…

    Of course most of them also carry a firearm conceal within their bib overalls, at least around these parts but that is a story for another time.

    Forty years with Delta…. Nothing I can add to that…. WOW…


  10. 10 chrisklob March 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    On this week’s installment of “Manny Being Manny” tune in to watch Manny playing ….. wait for it……. Cricket! Yep, bad hammy and all! Can’t play baseball but cricket is so different!



  11. 11 chrisklob March 18, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Raisins, good job, btw. I’m ready for baseball too. Not this contrived WBC nonsense, which I hate by the way, but regular season baseball. I like our team and I think they might surprise some folks this year.


  12. 12 chrisklob March 18, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    The long national nightmare is over. No, not that one. The other one. The WBC. Venezuala has defeated the American team. As much as I would have liked to see the US win it all, I much prefer to have Mac back in Braves camp getting accustomed to catching Lowe, Kawakami, et al.


  13. 13 chrisklob March 18, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Rats, I think I spoke too soon. It seems that the US team is still in the WBC despite the loss. Can someone confirm?


  14. 14 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 19, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Oh, Chris, Chris, Chris!!! Silly boy! This was some bracket game…or somethin’ I don’t exactly understand, but I watched baseball tonight, and they said something about having trouble motivating themselves for a game that doesn’t really matter, and how they’d rather have been flying out to the west coast instead of playing a game. ESPN’s site provides no clarification.

    So there. More games for the US, ain’t ya glad to know that? 😛


  15. 15 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 19, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I should add, I watched the show, “baseball tonight” 😳


  16. 16 chrisklob March 19, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Baseball Tonight? What’s that Ber? Sounds very old fashioned. You must not be watching the MLB Network!


  17. 17 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 19, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Chris, don’t seem to get the MLB channel on DISH…for some reason. Oh, wait there is a reason we don’t get it, or even extra innings…

    Funny, DISH network sure made sure we all were able to get the Obama channel for several months. 😡


  18. 18 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I am ready to ditch the Dish…


  19. 19 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2009 at 7:49 am

    When I am offered something so un-American 24/7 and can’t get something so American, I can take my small amount of unstimulated dollars and go elsewhere…


  20. 20 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Yo… Raisins, I have had all three, Dish, Comcast and DirecTV… DirectV is the best as far as what they offer in their package. Just upgraded to HD on one of the TVs. Whoa… Eye popping…

    Did you know DirecTV is owned by News Corp? See Rupert Murdoch. Could explain why we get all the Fox Channels. I don’t remember the Obama Channel but it might have been on there somewhere. Mixed in with all the other shills selling their snake oils…

    Only problem I have experience with them is during weather… Of course DISH is the same.

    You are lucky Raisins as you don’t live “Out of Market” so you can get the Sport’s South feeds. Unlike myself and being forced to buy the MLB package.

    By the way, the MLB network is pretty good. Reminds me of ESPN before they went all Yankees, Red Sox, football and basketball crazy. I hardly ever watch Sports Center now. And I miss Australian rules football, even though I never understood the rules…..


  21. 21 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 8:20 am

    And Chris, the game last night was for seeding,… and the bracket championship…

    The game between the USA and Peurto Rico was pretty good no matter… Just was… I never thought I would root for David (See I can walk on water) Wright… but I did….


  22. 22 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 8:23 am

    And on the stimulus… I figure I best buy anything I think I want now while the money I have is still worth something. When inflation hits 15% next year I won’t be able to carry enough with me to buy squat…. It is inflation that hurts us on a fixed income the most….


  23. 23 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Sucks when your dime isn’t worth a… well… a dime. 😐


  24. 24 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Okay, morning chores are done… ie. Read all pertinent blogs, do crossword puzzles, scan the headlines, drink morning coffee…

    Now it’s time to go outside and work on the road before it rains this afternoon… Catch up with you folks later…. 🙂


  25. 25 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 19, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Good news everyone!(Sounding like professor Farnsworth on Futurama-it always means the opposite)

    $750 billion “green” investment could revive economy: U.N.


  26. 26 flbravesgirl March 19, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    OK, cheesecakes are safely delivered & I have room in the fridge again. It’ll be so nice to have my separate baking kitchen in Tiger.

    More baseball stuff from Dad- This morning he & Mom went down to breakfast & found that the Phillies arrived last night. Charlie Manuel sat at the next table, Victorino was behind Mom. Since the hotel is right by Jupiter, he wondered if the Braves stay there too (that’s usually their only overnight trip of the spring).


  27. 27 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Neat story FBG… I hope they said howdy to Charlie… Heck of a nice fellow if you are not a beat reporter for the Phillies… 🙂


  28. 28 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    And now from the DUH… Department…

    While scraping and repairing my road this morning, I got a little close to some sapling and managed to cause one to spring back and strike me in the face.. After the initial shock and surprise of the event.. (dang thang smarted) … I noticed the vision in my left eye was a little blurry. I checked first the left then the right and sure enough, the left was a bit blurry when I covered my right eye… Well, it didn’t hurt but it did annoy me that I had been so careless. I continued what I was doing however and finished after another hour or so.

    When I came in for lunch, I went in to wash up and removed the glasses I had been wearing. It was then I noticed I was missing the left lens from glasses… I showed them to Josie and she was immediately concerned and also asked if I knew where the lens was? I said likely buried in the road but it was no big deal as far as I was concerned… I was just happy to know I’m not going blind…. 🙂


  29. 29 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2009 at 2:18 pm



  30. 30 Voice of Raisins March 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Right shoulder fatigue will prevent Braves right-hander Kenshin Kawakami from making his scheduled start against the Tigers on Thursday night at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex. –Mark Bowman

    Huh? Already? 😕

    Waddup wit dat?


  31. 31 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Dead arm time??? Pitching for 4 months in Orlando???…man spring training is long


  32. 32 flbravesgirl March 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Not good. Didn’t we use up all the bad mojo last season?

    Gil, that sounds like something my mom would do. She’s a bit accident-prone, which leads to her occassionally being referred to as “Crash”.


  33. 33 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Of course it just opens up a spot open the roster for someone else.. But three weeks may just be enough time for KK to rest up.

    No, I am not really prone to injuries, ailments yes, injuries no..

    You just can’t work for uber safety freak company like DuPont without some of it rubbing off on you. However, the occasional branch will whack you between the eyes once in a while if you hike through the woods often enough…


  34. 34 Carolina Lady March 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    NEW YORK — Citigroup Inc. plans to spend about $10 million on new offices for senior executives, according to a Bloomberg report Thursday. The changes at the bank’s headquarters in New York City will include a new office for Chief Executive Vikram Pandit. The project is made up of 17 private offices, two conference rooms and open areas, reported Bloomberg. Citi told Bloomberg that the refurbishment, which it began planning in June, will save the bank money in the long run.
    Copyright © 2009 MarketWatch, Inc.


    This is the same Citi Group that just got X-billions to save their rear-ends???


  35. 35 Carolina Lady March 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Gil, don’t scare us like that! You are not permitted to knock yourself silly! 😆


  36. 36 chrisklob March 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Ber, I don’t trust ANYTHING the UN is involved in!


  37. 37 Salty March 19, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Hello, all! I’ve been a stranger in these parts, particularly on commentary. I do try to catch up on all of Stuff-ville’s musings! You really are an entertaining bunch!

    OK…I’ve digested comments galore on socialism, government intervention, etc., etc. Honestly, while I understand the crux of the issue, too often it comes across as hyperbole. That’s not to say the path isn’t defined…simply not clear enough for me to, personally, reach the same conclusion. Metaphorically, I need more than a whiff of smoke before yelling ‘fire!’.

    Today, however, I am deeply disturbed by government reaction…which in no way resembles governing. There are few amongst us that don’t view many of the issues surrounding some of this nation’s largest companies as irresponsible, at the very minimum.

    I’m about to digress, so I’ll press forward. Folks, the action taken today by the House is as scary a piece of legislation as I’ve ever witnessed. How can we sit back, confidently, and think for a New York minute, that taxing any individual after the fact (income earned, contractually), is legal in even the most remote sense? How can that be constitutional? If it is, how can any of us sit around our table tonight and believe our freedoms have been not only trampled on, the concrete has been poured and spread!

    Our Congress feels this is right? Does this reflect ‘We the People’ of Stuff-ville? Do you have a contract with any individual/entity? If so, do you not feel it’s binding, notwithstanding the personal views of any other person on this planet? Well, despite the financial condition of AIG, those folks working there, competency aside, entered into an agreement. If our government felt AIG was worth rescuing, it did so in the knowledge that business decision put it there…such as these contracts.

    Come on, folks! Is the money really needed to support folks who live here on the dole, illegally? Is the money to offset breaking the sacred contract with our Veterans, who are now expected to shoulder the financial burden of their sacrifice for this country…for our Freedom?

    Suffice to say…I’m a very disappointed American tonight.


  38. 38 Salty March 19, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    But…I do like you guys! :mrgreen:


  39. 39 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    A lesson I learned many years ago was never take money from the government… It just allowed them to get into your life even more deeply.

    Now a political stance… While I find the payment of bonuses to folks who lead a company into failure distasteful, I find congress rushing about willey-nilly without a clue and then imposing a tax on a special group of people to be even more frightening. Aside from the fact it is unconstitutional, it shows they think they can do whatever they want. Folks, if they tax those folks, they can tax us…

    You know, if they had let AIG fail, well, it would have hurt but it would be over with…. Now we are just going to keep on until we are really in a heap of dung…

    As for the being knocked silly… Would be tough to tell the difference… 🙂


  40. 40 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Salty, great minds think alike… just some of us type slower than others… 🙂


  41. 41 Salty March 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks, Gil…appreciate the sentiment. As I told my wife, I’ve never been as upset with our government as I am at this moment. If this action is deemed constitutional, then contract law in the US flies out the window. It is ‘null and void’. Who would do business with any company or individual in the US after this?

    Not only that, this smacks of federal ‘imminent domain’. Only the government can retroactively decide what you owe in taxes…even after April 15? I’m sorry…this, I don’t get. I do know, I’m terribly disturbed…terribly so. I guess it shows, huh? 😕 Oh well! 🙄

    What to do next?


  42. 42 Carolina Lady March 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Salty, I do believe that a suit against this special taxation would be successful, simply based on our Constitution. It is impossible to single out a tiny handful of people for something like that. Those lunatics in Congress don’t have a clue what the Constitution says – and don’t care. From Pelosi on down, they believe they are all-powerful without check or balance.

    I just read that Pelosi is on record as saying that removing illegals from the US is “un-American”. What part of “ILLEGAL” does she not understand?? What part of ‘Americans need those jobs’ does she not get?? And, Obama has promised a large group of Latinos in CA that “immigration reform is on its way quickly”. Same questions could be asked of him!


  43. 43 Carolina Lady March 19, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I forgot to include the links:
    At a San Francisco immigration rally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls immigration enforcement officials “un-American” while calling illegal aliens “very, very patriotic.”
    You’ll hardly believe the words coming out of this woman’s mouth.

    Microsoft, IBM, Cisco – Despite rising unemployment numbers and thousands of layoffs, several tech companies are preparing applications for more H-1B visas. The same companies that are laying off American Workers will now be asking the federal government permission to hire more high-skill foreign workers.


  44. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Really scary stuff CL….

    And they wonder how despots like Castro and Lenin and Hitler came to power.. Was by popular demand….


  45. 45 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Salty, all I can do is laugh right now…don’t know what else to do!


  46. 46 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 19, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Perhaps the teleprompter will lead us out of the darkness….



  47. 47 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Well folks, I am just not going to stand by and take it anymore… I just finished writing my congressman and senators. I guess I will be moved to the top of the IRS audit list shortly… Don’t care anymore.

    I am going to contact Bob McDonald’s campaign and volunteer to work for him. I just cannot sit by and watch it all go down the tubes without a fight. Won’t be the first time I have tilted windmills but it has got to start somewhere and it may as well be with me…


  48. 48 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Good for you Gil!!!


  49. 49 Carolina Lady March 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Congratulations, Gil! It will take that effort and more from EACH ONE OF US – and if we don’t, we lose the right to complain.

    OF the people, BY the people, FOR the people.

    ‘Bout time to remind a bunch of folks about that! Starting at 1600 PA Ave, Wash, DC.


  50. 50 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 20, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Good mornin’ B&S’ers!!!
    Suns out(always a good sign to see it woke up too)should be a bit cooler today in the ATL, just the mid 60’s. it 81 yesterday. Too early for it to be that warm, IMHO.


  51. 51 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 20, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Man, busy today here! 😕

    Politics! Skip if not interested….

    ‘Away From the Politics of Fear’

    Janet Napolitano, 51, is President Obama’s new Homeland Security Secretary. She spoke with SPIEGEL about immigration, the continued threat of terrorism and the changing tone in Washington.

    SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word “terrorism.” Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

    Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.


    “man-caused” disasters???? PC crap taken to the nth degree.


  52. 52 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Is there another even newer blog, and nobody has told me about it??? 😥 <—manly tears…


  53. 53 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Good afternoon all… Just not much happening Ber. It’s 4 PM and I feel in desperate need of a nap…

    Uh… Does anyone else miss the good old days when nothing got done in Congress? Now they don’t even bother to read what they are voting on… Of course they never did before either but at least they didn’t hurt anybody because they never did anything…


  54. 54 Carolina Lady March 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Hey, Ber! Dunno where everybody is!

    I LIKE the look of this:

    Team W L PCT GB
    Atlanta: 15-4……789 –
    St. Louis: 13-6….684 2.0
    Pittsburgh: 11-8…579 4.0
    Milwaukee: 10-8….556 4.5
    LA Dodgers: 10-10..500 5.5
    Washington: 9-9….500 5.5



  55. 55 Carolina Lady March 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Hey, Gil!
    That bunch is worse than the Keystone Kops!


  56. 56 Salty March 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Hello? Hello?
    I don’t know why you say goodbye…
    I say “Hello”


    First time in weeks I’ve had the chance to blog…and all I hear is the echo of my keyboard. 🙄


  57. 57 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Hey, I just hit refresh and saw a new post! What’s new???


  58. 58 Salty March 20, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Chillin’, Ber….just chillin’! Very hectic times…decided to stop and smell the roses along Stuff-ville’s lanes…don’t see any, though! Now, however, I am really quite tired…believe I will turn in early and sleep quite hard, I hope. Leave the night light on, please. FBG, Klobber, or BAS should come strolling along soon…don’t want them tripping on a sidewalk crack…or perhaps in the latter two’s case, bumping into something an sloshin’ their Knob Creek! 😛


  59. 59 Salty March 21, 2009 at 7:17 am

    OK…this is a first…I locked Stuff-ville down for the night…turned out the lights, rolled up the sidewalks…and now I and the sun are opening the gates this morning? Has the gov’t exercised imminent domain and claimed the road to Stuff-ville…has the road been re-routed, maps updated, and folks know not how to get here? Weird…very weird.


  60. 60 Voice of Raisins March 21, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I am afraid they will impose a tax on keystrokes post de facto… 😐


  61. 61 Carolina Lady March 21, 2009 at 10:53 am

    This memorial was erected 5 years after 9/11. Why didn’t the American press report it??


  62. 62 Carolina Lady March 21, 2009 at 10:56 am

    shhhhhhhhh – Lady Eagle is napping. (Still no hatchlings!)


  63. 63 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Good afternoon B&S’ers!!! Slept about 9 hours…guess I needed a good night sleep. Will make up for it tonight. 😕
    I can hear the braves game. But no tv. 😡
    College baseball on one fox sports channel. NBA game on Sports south. World series of Poker in ESPN(What would you rather watch on a Saturday afternoon?? ( 🙄 ) Billiard on espn classic, and womens’ college basketball on espn 2. Are we sure there is a baseball season coming up???


  64. 64 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Woman’s basketball… Title IX, right??? Don’t care how much money the throw at it, I am still not going to watch it… I went/go to a lot of girls softball games but not because I like the game, must show support to daughters and grand daughters…

    My oldest girl was a great skater, could not hit worth a lick.. no matter how much she was coached, just could not do it… I let her skate… literally. My number three daughter was a heck of a softball player, played until she was 25 or so, her two oldest girls play fast pitch… Funny how it takes with one and not the other…

    And Braves win again… 12-1 over the Mutts.. I know, doesn’t count but it sure feels better than being 4-15….


  65. 65 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Gil, if nothing else, the team should feel more confident, right???


  66. 66 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    They were just talking about Stephen Strasburg on baseball tonight. A scout not given to hyperbole told Buster Olney that he is the best pitching prospect….ever! And it’s not even close! Someone else told him that he could go right to the big leagues, and be a number 2, now! Better than AJ Burnett is now!!! Of course, Satan is his advisor. Still, I want to see this kid pitch in the bigs this year! Nationals have the first pick Gil!!!

    A recent story, then one from last year… I guess I heard wrong, not just the best pitching prospect, but best prospect, period!!! 92 to 94 MPH slider??? 102 MPH fastball WITH movement???? Hope he doesn’t blow his arm out!!!!!



  67. 67 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Well, Nationals have had some difficulty getting their draft picks to sign with them. Can;t say that I blame them, I hate going to DC too…. Even more so now…


  68. 68 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I also am very wary of pitchers who wear the can’t miss label… Todd Van Poppel come to mind.

    I expect the Braves (when is their first pick?) to choose a high school kid over a college player. They seem to feel they get more for less money and have greater input on their development. Still, the Braves have done pretty decent with their draft picks in the past…


  69. 69 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Stephen Strasburg and Tony Gwynn(his college coach)


  70. 70 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    So who will draft him? The Yankees because they have deep pockets? The Nats who may not go that deep? Does he say no thanks if he does not get an offer he likes and pitch another year in college? So many questions…. So easy for Boras to game the system… Does he even know we are in a down economy or is he striving for his own economic stimulus? It’s easy to bash Boras but wouldn’t we have wanted him to be representing us?

    And Chris.. How goes the little league practice? Playing games yet?


  71. 71 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Here’s a story on Glavine’s first start….he’s going to need to get it above 80, but a good first step.


  72. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    79 MPH fastball… Tom Glavine has become Charlie Liebrant…


  73. 73 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Of course old Charlie knew a thing or two about how to pitch… 🙂


  74. 74 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 21, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Gil, if he’s truly all that and a bag of chips(And yes, I remember Todd Von Poppel,and being very mad he didn’t want to sign with the Braves-who’d we get stuck with instead, just Chipper?) If every scout, smart folks like Gwynn say he’s a freak, then the Nationals should pay whatever Borass is asking. And you know I hate that guy!(He has made many rich, but I have also read about kids that didn’t that a million dollar offer because he said not to, then got hurt, or peaked too early and never saw the money Borass promised)
    If he’s the next Roger Clemens, he will be a huge draw, and will be a guy to build around. I still think they are closer to the team we saw in 2007, than the team in 2008, and they still gave us fits.


  75. 75 chrisklob March 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Gil, baseball practice is good! It wear both Matt and I both out! His coach has them practicing 4 x per week with each practice being 2hrs roughly. It looks like he’ll probably wind up playing first (which he loves) and catching mostly (which I love; him, not so much). I’m not sure how much playing time he’ll get because he’s one of the younger boys and some of the kids have played on one of the elite travel teams we have here.

    Gil, you raise an interesting question about who might draft Strasburg. If the Nats don’t draft him because of signability concerns I wouldn’t blame them. At the same time, however, that’s not really the way the system is set up to work. I know the idea of a bonus slotting system has problems but each year it seems that some of the perennial early draft picking teams pass on some young stud because they’re not sure they can afford him. That really flies in the face of what the draft is supposed to be about.


  76. 76 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I think the NBA had the right idea with a salary cap for rookies and first year players.

    Looks like the Braves have the number seven over-all pick, should be able to get a pretty good kid if you get to pick seventh.


  77. 77 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Gil, a salary cap is a good idea…Fehr wouldn’t like that I’d imagine.
    Chris, some teams are cheap at every level. They get money from the richer teams, and won’t pay for top draft picks, or free agents. Why don’t teams like the Pirates and KC have just ton of talent from having high picks year after year???


  78. 78 chrisklob March 21, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Gil, I agree with you on both accounts. Maybe they’ll draft a stud 3b to replace Chipper in a couple of years. I think it may be the only glaring hole in their depth.


  79. 79 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 21, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Braves Fielding Offers for Pitching
    By Brian Shephard [March 21, 2009 at 6:01pm CST]

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Braves GM Frank Wren may look to trade surplus pitching as the season nears. According to Bowman, “Wren has already started to receive a number of pitches from teams that need arms.”

    Bowman writes that the “most expendable pitchers” appear to be Jeff Bennett, Buddy Carlyle, Manny Acosta and Jorge Campillo.


  80. 80 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2009 at 7:16 am

    I would not cry at the departure of any of those mentioned. While all are good guys and all helped Atlanta limp through last season, all have become extra pieces in a very large puzzle.

    I think Buddy is the most underrated and Acosta is very Jeckle and Hyde like. Bennett is Bennett and Jorge is still getting folks out with smoke and mirrors. Of course Campillo is still cursed with that curve ball that stays up in the strike zone and after two years I see he still throws it far too often.

    Throwing pitches down in the zone is no guarantee they won’t be hit but boy does it reduce the likelihood of the ball going out of the park.

    I think the real key is Boyer’s return to form. He is once again showing the same pitches he possessed when he first came up. Now if the Braves can convince him to wear a football helmet and steel mesh gloves when he is not pitching then the Bravos might keep him availible for the entire season.


  81. 81 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2009 at 7:20 am

    And while I am assessing pitchers, how many think this will be Sorento’s last go round with Atlanta, no matter how well he does? He is making closer money while not being the primary closer.

    And Washington should sign Ohman … They never will have enough pitching…


  82. 82 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2009 at 7:25 am

    And while I have the floor to myself…. I really think the Braves should establish a baseball academy like the Royals did back in the early 80’s. It won’t get done while the organization is owned by faceless corporation but surely there must be some millionaire in Georgia who could see the benefit of assuring a talent pipeline for the Bravos. Lord knows money is thrown away on a lot of projects which have less merit…


  83. 83 Salty March 22, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Sorento? Is that Soriano? 😛


  84. 84 Carolina Lady March 22, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Goooood morning, Stuffville!

    Not a heck of a lot going on, is it??! Here or in baseball!
    Wish some of our AWOL citizens would get themselves back here! 😀

    Leo wants back in. I read an ajc article, and though he didn’t mention the Braves by name, it was easy to see who he was addressing. Loved this quote: “Just let it be known that salary is no issue.” Translation: I work cheap; just call me!

    Still no hatchlings, but Mama Eagle was really restless yesterday so maybe the kids are about ready to start breaking out of their shells. I didn’t know this: Daddy eagle ALSO sits on the eggs! Saw them switch off yesterday. But since no one has commented, I’m apparently the only one who cares. 😆


  85. 85 Carolina Lady March 22, 2009 at 11:40 am

    It’s a baby eagle!!! One just hatched!!!


  86. 86 chrisklob March 22, 2009 at 11:40 am

    CL, you’ve got a hatchling!


  87. 87 Carolina Lady March 22, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Hey, Chris! Isn’t that just too neat??!!!


  88. 88 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Sorento…Soriano Potatoe.. Potato… All Spanish to me.. but you knew who I was talking about.. 🙂

    The eagle has landed.. or hatched.. now the hard part starts… From this point on they will work towards making it self sufficient and getting it out of the nest… An important lesson humans should learn…

    And Josie has worn me out this AM… She insisted I remake one of the boat seats so she can recover it this morning. I bought 3 bolts of high grade Naugahyde a couple of years ago for $25 at an auction of an upholstery shop. I knew it would come in handy one day, just didn’t think it would be today… Of course I still have about 150 yds of it left…

    So I am in hiding while she does the sewing….


  89. 89 Carolina Lady March 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Mom just flew off and Dad is playing Mr Mom. This is just fascinating!


  90. 90 Carolina Lady March 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Looking good!

    Team W L PCT GB
    Atlanta 16-4………800 –
    St. Louis 14-6…….700 – 2.0
    Pittsburgh 12-8……600 – 4.0
    Milwaukee 11-8…….579 – 4.5
    San Francisco 14-12..538 – 5.0
    Chi Cubs 13-12…….520 – 5.5


  91. 94 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    It’s a baby eagle!!! One just hatched!!!
    Glad to hear it was a baby eagle, it would have been quite embarrassing if it hadn’t!!! 😛


  92. 95 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Someone needs to start the season now! Enough waiting already!!!!


  93. 96 flbravesgirl March 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Good evening, my dears! I wasn’t planning on “leaving” this weekend. We went to Wakulla Springs State Park in north Florida for the weekend. Very pretty, it’s more like Georgia than Florida up there. Dogwood, redbuds, camellias & azaleas all in full bloom. However once we got there we discovered it was so far out in the back of beyond that we didn’t get cell phone/laptop service. So I wasn’t able to check in.


  94. 97 flbravesgirl March 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Lucy would’ve had some splainin to do, eh, Ber?


  95. 98 chrisklob March 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    FBG, welcome back to civilation. I hope you had fun.

    Well the US lost tonight — at our own game. I really like the concept of the WBC but not the timing. However, I wish they could have held on for one more game. I wonder what players will have their development stunted because of the WBC this year. Remember Frenchie in 06? There will have to be a similar story this year.


  96. 99 flbravesgirl March 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I’ll be glad to get Mac back in camp.

    Chris, it was fun & I am definitely going to plant some camellias in my garden now. They were amazing.


  97. 100 chrisklob March 22, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    FBG, when you move to Tiger don’t forget to plant some azaleas too. Absolutely gorgeous.


  98. 101 flbravesgirl March 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    We have quite a few azaleas there already (including some of the orange wild ones) but we’re adding more. Eventually we’ll line the drive with them.


  99. 102 flbravesgirl March 23, 2009 at 12:02 am

    We have a few of the Encore azaleas & they live up to their advertising. Constantly in bloom.

    Our drive curves up the hill through the woods. Tons of rhododenron & mountain laurel, plus azaleas that were planted by a previous owner. We’re going to gradually add to that.


  100. 103 Bay Area Steve March 23, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Here, my biannual, unwanted, unwarranted hope, that all you good folks make the occasional visit, to where I first learned of you, without detracting from that which you’ve built here.

    You’re depriving too many of your talents.


  101. 104 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Good morning Steve…

    FBG, glad you had fun… I plan to replant a couple of cedar trees along my drive. They should be pretty nice in about fifty years… 🙂

    I watched a little of the USA/Japan game last night but just could not stand to listen to Jon Miller and Joe Morgan whine and make excuses for Team USA… They lost, get over it and move on.


  102. 105 Bay Area Steve March 23, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Good night, Mr. Nascar (I have to make up third-grade nicknames to remember people).

    Might I request, that you and Miss Josie, move to Gwinette (sp?) so that you may continue your minor-league reports, for my edification. Well, of course I can request. But, will you move, soon, so that I can learn about these players, from 2500 miles away? I suggest by March 29. Think stimulus; I’ve noticed how hard you’ve been trying.


  103. 106 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

    “We might start hearing more about potential trades later this week. Last week, I would have said Buddy Carlyle was the most likely Braves pitcher to be traded. But sinkerballer Jeff Bennett has been drawing some interest lately and I’d now say he’s the most likely trade candidate.” Mark Bowman

    Yep, I would agree on that one…. And agree with several others the Braves should rethink the Ohman option….


  104. 108 flbravesgirl March 23, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Hi, BAS. I do pop in there on occasion but it’s hard to keep up with given my current time constraints.

    VOR, that’s cool. They should invite him back sometime, he’s a very recognizable part of Braves history. The PC people need to unwad their shorts.


  105. 109 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Lucy would’ve had some splainin to do, eh, Ber?
    Yep! 😉


  106. 110 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    BAS, as a wise man once said about alcohol, (Wise man being Lenny on the Simpsons) nothing like a depressant to chase the blues away! 😛


  107. 111 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 23, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    It’s funny, but all the talk about the braves trading away pitching. What do we even need back in return??? Prospects I guess…I think someone above(No, not God… Chris, or Salty)said 3rd base prospect??? IF Frenchy has figured out his issues, and Heyward doesn’t regress, we have what we need in the outfield.
    Should be set around the infield as well. Do you trade pitching, for pitching???


  108. 112 flbravesgirl March 23, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    No such thing as too much pitching, Ber.


  109. 113 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    True that FBG…weird to not have a glaring hole right now…as long as Frenchy hits.
    Seems strange to trade pitching to get pitching. Though we do need a lefty, don’t we??? Any free agents just sitting there, waiting for a job??? :Roll:


  110. 114 Salty March 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Hollywood becomes Reality? 😯

    Just a matter of time, I suppose. Of course, China’s been on a zero growth regime for a while now…I guess 2 billion is the magic number!?! LOL!


  111. 115 Carolina Lady March 23, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Dear Sirs,

    In view of what seems to be happening internationally with banks at the moment, I was wondering if you could advise me correctly…

    If one of my checks is returned marked ‘insufficient funds’, how do I know whether that refers to me, or to you?

    yours truly,


  112. 116 Salty March 23, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    CL…that is both sad and hilarious! :mrgreen:


  113. 117 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Salty, yep….I guess there will have to be squads of hit men killing random folks to make that happen. Of course, they have tons of folks immigrating every year. Those folks can stay of course, and they can’t stop immigration. Just kill those native to England. 😕


  114. 118 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    And CL, that is pretty funny! 🙂


  115. 119 flbravesgirl March 23, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Wow, that’s alarming. How on earth do they think they’ll get population down to “late Victorian” levels? These people scare me.


  116. 120 flbravesgirl March 23, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Of course in China it’s 1 child per family & they all want boys so they kill or dump their girls for adoption. What are they going to do when those boys grow up & there’s no girls to pair them up with? Population will really drop then.


  117. 121 flbravesgirl March 23, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Memo to the obviously insane Mr. Porritt:

    If you really want to cut your country’s greenhouse gas emissions-
    1. Go after pollution-causing industries first, not individual people.
    2. Put strict conditions on immigration. Don’t let every Tom, Dick & Hassan in.
    3. Prevent unplanned pregnancies. You want fewer people? Good place to start is better education & readily available contraception. This would also ease problems in too many other levels to list here.

    End of rant…


  118. 122 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 5:38 am

    I have lots to say about:

    Zero population growth
    Greenhouse gasses and global warming
    The financial meltdown
    The President
    Fair Trade

    Problem is I can’t write that much….

    Now baseball… Braves were off yesterday… Japan and Korea in the WBC final, does this mean they play the best baseball in the world? What about it Commissioner?

    Spring is on the way, only got down to 28 last night… but the pollen is starting up and making my life miserable…


  119. 123 Carolina Lady March 24, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Schilling retires. HOF?

    WBC: So, Japan was best OF THOSE WHO PLAYED. Which team did not necessarily field their best team? Why? (Bud strikes again, IMO)

    How many years is the ’09 Spring Training going to drone on??

    I sure miss those who don’t have time for us anymore.


  120. 124 Carolina Lady March 24, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Washington Post

    The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy, according to an administration document.

    The government at present has the authority to seize only banks.

    Giving the Treasury secretary authority over a broader range of companies would mark a significant shift from the existing model of financial regulation, which relies on independent agencies that are shielded from the political process. The Treasury secretary, a member of the president’s Cabinet, would exercise the new powers in consultation with the White House, the Federal Reserve and other regulators, according to the document.

    The administration plans to send legislation to Capitol Hill this week. Sources cautioned that the details, including the Treasury’s role, are still in flux.


  121. 125 Carolina Lady March 24, 2009 at 11:29 am

    NC news:

    Published: March 21, 2009


    A state legislator from Winston-Salem wants to require companies that do business with the state to disclose their historical ties to slavery.

    Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Larry Womble, companies entering into contracts with the state would have to search their corporate records for evidence that they participated in slavery or profited from it.

    A company would have to publicly disclose any records of ties to slavery, including the names of any enslaved workers or slaveholders contained in the records.

    And this is beneficial how?


  122. 126 Salty March 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    And this is beneficial how?
    Stimulus plan, CL! Puts historians back to work! Especially those with a focus on revisionist history! 🙄

    From the ‘very poorly constructed sentence/paragraph’ file:

    Lean meat as part of a balanced diet can prevent chronic disease, along with exercise and avoiding smoking

    So, do you infer, as I do, that red meat as part of a balanced diet can:
    1. prevent chronic disease
    2. prevent exercise 😯
    3. avoid smoking. (Because your mouth is full? Don’t puff with your mouth full?)

    It is what the sentence said.

    Oh, lest I forget, the article also stresses that reducing red meat intake will reduce herd populations and, thus, (drum roll, please!) contribute to easing global warming. Yep, a day without a global warming solution is a day with continued …. gas! :mrgreen:

    FBG: Way to step up and take a stand last night. I like that…sic ’em….sic ’em good! 😆


  123. 127 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Sound more and more like the Venezuelan model of government everyday. How do you boil a frog?

    Ties to slavery? I had a great uncle who owned many slaves, from what I can tell, he did not profit from it. Lost his fortune during the War of Northern Aggression because he loaned large sums of money to the CSA…

    Seems to me we are still paying for that particular folly, now folks are taken care of from cradle to grave but do not have to labor for it…

    In the words of that great patriot and statesman from Hanover County VA, Frank Hargrove Sr. “Get over it”…


  124. 128 Carolina Lady March 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Now they’re living on the Plantation of Democrat Political Machine.

    I had a relative back in the 1860s who had the following “slaves” listed in his household:
    1 black female under age 5
    1 black female between ages 70-80, bedridden
    1 black male between ages 80-90, blind

    This same relative was owed a sizable amount of money from a loan to a neighbor. The neighbor died, and paying off the debt would have taken everything the widow had. I have a copy of the court record where he forgave the entire debt.

    Well, I’m certainly 100% against slavery – in any form – but I wasn’t there to put in my 2 cents’ worth. Neither were any of these people today. Maybe they should try what I did: work for what I got.


  125. 129 Carolina Lady March 24, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I’m thinking this place isn’t worth the effort to keep it running. :-\


  126. 130 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Don’t say that CL… Just a little spring time lull… Other things happening in folks lives…. Just hard to compete with celebrities…


  127. 131 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    El Presidenta on TV tonight…


  128. 132 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Busy day for me today, car to the shop, visit with Mom, grocery store.. Don’t sound like much but a gold star for me…


  129. 133 Carolina Lady March 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    BIG gold star, Gil! 😀


  130. 134 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Did I mention I took Josie to lunch and got her SUV washed…? Bought her roses and chocolate… Clerk asked what I did wrong, told her nothing that I was aware of but covering all my bases just in case… 🙂


  131. 135 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    (((hug))), Gil! Apparently they don’t make guys like you anymore (in my experience anyway).


  132. 136 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Good to have Mac & Chipper back in action.

    Ordered MLB ExtraInnings today. Can we start the season now?!?


  133. 137 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 24, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Sorry I haven’t been around much today. Bought a new DVD recorder (Mainly paid with Birthday moola) Well, nothing is easy anymore, and I am getting older. Hooked it up just the way my SuperBeta(that’s what it says it is!) was hooked up(basic dvd players don’t have tuners, no cable screw in connections, so it was my tuner-had a 4 way switcher to play DVD’s, vhs, beta, and yes, Laserdisc) Specifically bought a DVD recorder with a tuner to make everything easier, ha!!! No picture when I hooked it up. Well, tv plays swell, clearer than ever, but DVD’s wouldn’t show up, no menu, nada. And this was one everyone on Amazon was saying was swell for folks just upgrading from their VHS player. Horse hockey!!! 😡
    I dug up a S-Video connection and didn’t use the screw in, RF coaxial cable, cables. Nope. Nice picture though.
    Called today. After getting disconnected, I did get a guy, in the states and everything! After I told him my tale of woe, he said I needed to have the RCA video and audio cables(Yellow, red and White) from the satellite disc to the DVD players input, and another set from the DVD player’s output to the TV. In fact, that part was mandatory!!! Huh??? Why, the Philips DVD recorder I had for a whole 2-3 years before it gave up, I didn’t have to do that!!! Oh, you mean Toshiba doesn’t put in RF converters(Which the Philips had) in ANY models these days???
    So, most basic recorders don’t have tuners , and many brands don’t have RF converters…stuff that every el-cheapo VHS recorder had a few years ago…ok….Progress.
    So, I had to buy 12 foot cables(TV is about 8 feet away, but no one seems to make a size between 6 and 12 feet-always nice to be the only one in need of a particular item)
    Still no picture!!!! 😡 😡 😡
    I show the 100 page manual to Pa…he used to be mr. hook up guy, but just for stereo stuff. I was ready to return this sucker to Amazon, but he found this info.
    After you have completed the connections, Switch the imput selector on your tv to an appropriate external input channel.Press a button on the tvs original remote control that selects an external input channel until the DVD recorders opening picture appears.

    Missed that info!!! Finally, can see a menu…wish me luck that I will be able to play and record with the dvd recorder/player.


  134. 138 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Haven’t felt very well of late….
    My tapeworm must not like what I have been feeding it of late. Makes me evacuate everything, posthaste! TMI??? 😕


  135. 139 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Non sexual hugs from me as well Gil! 😛


  136. 140 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Uh, what kind of hug did you think I was sending?!? 😯


  137. 141 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Ber…. I would say something but….. either channel 3 or 4 or a video input,,,

    No FBG, it’s just us old guys have learned the hard way…. You cannot teach an old dog new tricks but a dog had to learn plenty of tricks to get old….


  138. 142 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Sorry you had such trouble with the DVD. Melissa is our electronics guru here, I don’t even attempt such things.


  139. 143 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    “Dog” is a good description of a lot of guys my age.


  140. 144 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I have a theory about the whole change in male/female relationships and how they have changed in the past 50 years and why…. Add it to my list of things I could say pleanty about… but would get into trouble…


  141. 145 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    FBG, my Dad and I eat at a Chick-fil-A every Tuesday. Breakfast buffet, Dad loves that stuff. Anyway, there is a waitress there, cute, but not not full of herself, very sweet. Lots of folks come there just because of her. 18, so way too young, sadly enough.(She was truly shocked when I said I was in my 40’s, I was her parents age! )
    But, one day these 3 guys were at a table of hers and I heard her say she couldn’t get off Friday night. I was feeling a vague feeling that she really shouldn’t go out with those swarthy looking dude… They did not look like guys she should be hanging out with. Well, later on, she introduced one of those guys to us, and other regulars there as her boyfriend! 😯 My first words were, a lot of folks were fond of her, you better treat her right! I was only slightly kidding. He’s probably fine, but damn…
    Most of the time I see girls at the gym with their beaus, I just think…can’t she do any better than that???
    Of course, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover…they say.


  142. 146 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Ber… It’s not looks.., it’s attitude…


  143. 147 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    FBG, I said…Non sexual hugs from me as well Gil! Doesn’t that imply both our hugs were of the non sexual kind? 😉

    Gil, I used to be the guy folks came to for VCR issues. Never used to bother with manuals…well, those days are clearly over.
    Never have touched the imput on the TV remote before. Sure, to switch from one device or another I have switched imputs on DVD players to go to say the VCR/Beta that was hooked up to it, but the TV?? I guess it makes sense having RCA cables to the TV but still. It was simple. 2 cables. One in from the cable. One out to the TV. Sigh…
    I just can’t imagine many people figuring this out when they upgrade from VHS or just a DVD player.
    Oh, and my 4-5 year old TV didn’t have component video cable connections, so couldn’t do that,(Satellite box doesn’t either) or HDMI . As my Great aunt used to say after her stroke…too much for me!


  144. 148 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 24, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Yeah, attitude helps for sure, but pretty boys and pretty girls don’t spend many friday nights alone, no matter how stupid they are, or what their attitude is.

    Berigan<— not the least bit bitter about the hand he has been dealt in the looks department.


  145. 149 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Ber… been there and done that with the incompatible electronics… Don’t worry though, the price of High Def TVs are coming down all the time….

    I have a pretty nice 27 inch standard TV that the remote no longer controls the on/off and the volume. However, I can hook it up to my mom’s Comcast converter and not need to worry about it. I am going to take it up to her this week so she can watch the Orioles play. She is a huge baseball fan. He current TV is only a 19 inch model and her eyesight is not what it use to be.


  146. 150 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Gil, in my age range unfortunately it does seem to be about looks and/or willingness to hop into bed.


  147. 151 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Still attitude Ber… trust me on that one. Of course if you have the looks too, the attitude is easier to come by.


  148. 152 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Now I may be absent a bit this week. Skating’s World Championships start tomorrow so I’ll be watching on TV & keeping up with reports from my skating board’s admin., who’s there in person.


  149. 153 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    FBG… Like I said, I have a theory about it all. Comes from the me generation… I want it all and I want it now….

    If you call a black cat white long enough, you will convince somebody the cat is indeed white…

    The number of truly stunningly beautiful people are very small, the rest is air brush and photo shop.


  150. 154 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    TV schedule, just in case someone needs a distraction from the fact that baseball season has still not started yet:



  151. 155 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Okay FBG, just don’t tell CL… She has been feeling a bit neglected lately.. 🙂


  152. 156 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I’d settle for nice & reasonably intelligent. I’m no beauty, so I’m not expecting it in a guy either.


  153. 157 flbravesgirl March 24, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I’ll still check in, just maybe not on my “usual” schedule.


  154. 158 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Don’t sell yourself short FBG.. Remember, you are your own best promoter… If you think the goods are suspect, it is hard to convince anyone else otherwise.


  155. 159 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    As far as the beauty part, we all get old and wrinkled at some point. If that is the bases of a relationship it is doomed to failure.


  156. 161 Voice of Raisins March 25, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Ugh… what a week. My secretary’s computer developed Alzheimer’s… not good for a computer. I have been doing my work, and my secretary’s work, all week. Did I mention that I have had the “crud” that everyone else has had. Sick as a dog, doing double duty… Did I mention that we have been busier than we have been in 3-4 months?

    Like I said, what a week… 😥


  157. 163 Voice of Raisins March 25, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Just ’cause I whined a little bit is no reason to call me a baby!



  158. 164 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Raisins, I am glad your business is on the upswing. Just so many bargains out there for people to ignore them forever. If I were a young man I would jump on a couple of them myself.


  159. 165 flbravesgirl March 25, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Poor VOR. At least business is good.

    CL, the eagle-cam doesn’t work for me. What do they look like? Probably pretty scrawny right now, huh?


  160. 166 Voice of Raisins March 25, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Short break to breathe…


    OK… back at it…


  161. 167 Carolina Lady March 25, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    VOR, 😆

    FBG, they are fluffy little balls of almost-white downy feathers. Wobbly, but both parents take superior care of them. Extremely attentive!

    Poppa brings them a steady supply of excellent looking fish. He helps feed them, too.

    I was getting concerned about the sanitary conditions in the nest because all of these partly-eaten fish were still laying about – but finally today I see that most are gone. Hopefully tossed over the side! I could only imagine the smell!! But, then, birds have a terrible sense of smell.


  162. 168 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Sorry about that V! Sometimes timing is just off. Where was the biz when you were not sick???
    Still, your whining was a bit weak, you should really leave it to professional whiners like me! 😛


  163. 169 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Ok, this is what happens when there is no baseball to talk of…Politics! Skip, Pete, swell broadcasters. Also, skip if not interested! 😉

    Geithner ‘open’ to China proposal

    Now, he kind of backtracks according to the update, but still, he was clearly kissing the butt of the Chinese banker…I guess that’s what happens when you NEED China to fund the trillions you are planning to spend.


  164. 170 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Forgot to mention, the comments below the article are very interesting as well…


  165. 171 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 25, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Who’s going to join me in California???
    Thar’s gold in them thar hills!!!


  166. 172 Voice of Raisins March 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Still, your whining was a bit weak

    Agreed… hate it that I went there. 😐

    I am happy to have the work… just would be happier if I could get it done.

    Timing is everything, huh? It’s all the fault of Microsoft. In order to NOT get the evil that is Vista, we have had to order a custom build from Dell. Will be next week before it arrives. I need anti-biotics and caffeine.


  167. 173 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    VOR… It is why I broke down and ordered a Windows XP OS.. I have several older but very high end laptops for which I only had Windows 2000. I had several operating systems but no good copies of XP. Windows 2000 is a very stable system but it is not the most user friendly when it come to adding peripherals.

    So rather than continue to be frustrated, I just went ahead and bit the bullet and ordered a copy from Tiger Direct.

    As I did not want to buy all new software again like I did with the switch from Windows 98 to XP, I have continued to use XP. Besides, Vista is such a memory hog….

    I held off buying the MAC for the wife but may go ahead and get for her birthday. Will wait for Obama to send me the money first so I can “stimulate”… 🙂


  168. 174 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Hey Ber… Get the DVR working yet?


  169. 175 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Whew… productive and tiring day for me… Moved all the furniture into the new room addition and I have officially declared it mine…

    Still had to move things out to storage plus make a run to the dump… I really need to get rid of some stuff, we are being overwhelmed.

    At least the rain held off but it has been overcast all day plus a bit on the cool side.


  170. 176 Voice of Raisins March 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Yes, Gil, we could have purchased a new machine yesterday if we wanted the evil that is Vista, but chose not to sell our souls and decided to exercise patience… and exercise my fingers. Did I mention I am not a great typist? But I know what must be done on our finished product, so I am the guy. Legal stuff, too, so it must be done right or open up for mucho liability. I’ll type, thankyaverymuch.

    Still at it, too, after starting at 7:30ish this morning. It’s been that way since Monday. I knocked off at 6:30p yesterday to drive an hour to rehearsal at 7:30p, and get home at midnight. Then back to it this morning. I’ll take a church break in 5 more minutes (I guess Ive already started) and return at 8:30. I have about an hour or 2 left worth of work that has to be completed today, or tonight as the case may be. Then it starts again at 7:30 in the a.m.

    “Guess I picked the wrong week to stop sniffin’ glue.” – Lloyd Bridges in Airplane



  171. 177 Carolina Lady March 25, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Trot Nixon released by Brewers. 35 yrs old.


  172. 178 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    V, I hope you know the comment about whining was purely tongue and cheek…I am the king of the complainers, as you might have noticed. And I know how hard it is to try to work, whilst sick. I think you know I was pulling the old leg, but if not…I was pulling your leg! 😀


  173. 179 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    CL, you made it sound like Trot died! 😉


  174. 180 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Guys, Vista is fine, honest Injun!!!! Like Gil said, a memory hog, but I have worked on Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, and XP, and it really is the best version. Never freezes, but you have to have 2-3 GB’s of RAM.
    Don’t believe the MAC badmouthin’ of Vista! 😡


  175. 181 Carolina Lady March 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    2 incredible videos – carrier operations in heavy seas….

    wow 😯


  176. 182 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Braves on MASN tonight vs Nationals. That means you should be able to view it CL… For the rest of you, it’s on the MLB network.


  177. 183 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Quick inning for the Bravos, A pop-up and two at’em balls….


  178. 184 Carolina Lady March 25, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Gil, I’m going exhibit extraordinary ignorance here…..
    What is MASN???


  179. 185 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Comcast/Nationals sports network..


  180. 186 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Same channel also shows the Orioles


  181. 187 Carolina Lady March 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Don’t have one of those. 😦

    FBG, here’s a link to photos of the first two chicks:


  182. 188 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Nice play by Kelly Johnson on a flyball tailing away from him. About a 25 mph breeze blowing in from left


  183. 190 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Quick innings for the Braves, lots of flyball outs


  184. 191 Carolina Lady March 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Nope, they’re showing hockey. 😦


  185. 192 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Prado plying first for Atlanta tonight…

    KK looks to be pretty efficient


  186. 193 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Playing at a rate of 5 minutes per half inning, that inclued commercials.


  187. 194 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    KK stroke a solid single to right for the game’s first hit but Anderson flys out to short


  188. 195 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Don’t sell yourself short FBG.. Remember, you are your own best promoter… If you think the goods are suspect, it is hard to convince anyone else otherwise.

    Some very wise words…I should remember those as well….


  189. 196 flbravesgirl March 25, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks, CL. Aww, they’re cute.

    4 hours of very good skating followed by a pretty darned good night on Idol. I’m a happy girl.


  190. 197 flbravesgirl March 25, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Gil, did you watch Idol & if so, did you 😯 when you saw Adam?


  191. 198 flbravesgirl March 26, 2009 at 12:11 am

    OMG!!! My little local pairs skaters just skated a terrific program at their first Worlds! Getting a standing O. Their coach is crying.


  192. 199 chrisklob March 26, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I’m thinking this place isn’t worth the effort to keep it running. :-\

    CL, don’t be silly. Sometimes life takes us away from those things that we like but it doesn’t mean we don’t like them any more.

    Sorry to have been so negligent in visiting the blog lately. My allergies really wore me out for about four days and then I’ve had to work quite a bit for the past few days — not a bad thing — but has distracted me from doing the things I like, which includes chatting with all you good people.

    Hope all is well with you folks.

    Now baseball… Got nothing’. Been too distracted with work to pay much attention. I did see the last few innings of the WBC final. Anyone have any thoughts about the US team?


  193. 200 flbravesgirl March 26, 2009 at 12:27 am

    I feel your pain, big brother, the oak trees really got me this year. Just now starting to clear up.


  194. 201 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 26, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Anyone remember last year??? I know, it was a long time ago.
    Anyway, I was thinking, why do folks put the Marlins above us??? What was their record last year, anyway???
    84-77. What did the braves do last year???
    72-90. Oh….
    Clearly, we are a much better team than last year. But, that is a tough record to turn around from. Braves can do it, but it shows what a tough division we are in when the 3rd place team was 7 games above .500 and are likely to improve with Cameron Maybin, and the other kids getting better.
    What’s funny, is that even if Derek Lowe went down, it Feels like with Hanson, and other options, we are not in the same pitching bind as last year. but…we lose our 3rd baseman, or our catcher for any length of time…then we’ve got problems.


  195. 202 Voice of Raisins March 26, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Anyone have any thoughts about the US team?

    Yes… they should have all been in their respective team camps getting ready for the regular season rather than trying to play a competitive made-for-TV tournament when few if any of the players were physically ready to do so. Wouldn’t you like to be Cecil Cooper watching your ace go far too long in a game that was already out of hand and of no consequence to you anyway? I’m ticked that Chipper got hurt. He can spin the “I could have done this in camp” line all he wants… The bottom line is, he was going at 100% in a meaningless game when his body was attuned to going 60% working toward 100% by April 1.

    Does this somehow make me “unpatriotic” calling these games meaningless? Not when you consider the fact that this trumped up tournament was made for TV by ESPN and MLB. Anybody remember Ted Turner’s Goodwill Games that could only be viewed on Ted Turner’s cable network? The only Goodwill generated was in Teddy’s bank account. The ESPN machine touted the WBC in every broadcast they made for 2 months leading up to it, and did nothing but spin every action in the tourney for it’s exclusively ESPN dwelling duration. The excuse making for the USA team, and the lauding of Golden Boy David Wright and an obviously declining “Captain” Derek Jeter for every single step they took was nauseating.

    Maybe someday I’ll tell you how I really feel about it…


  196. 203 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Well, WBC was pretty contrived wasn’t it?

    Much like the WNBA….

    Still would not mind a few replays of Australian Rules Football, just as soon as someone explains the rules…. And it still is all about the money…

    Story on Fox News about the bad economy forcing women to take off their clothes for money… Duh.. never knew they needed an excuse… People will do what they want to do… Not everybody has the skill set to create a PONZI scheme….


  197. 204 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2009 at 10:17 am

    TAP TAP TAP… Is the mic on?

    Okay, a quick rant….

    Why do public officials, news organizations, talking heads and other erstwhile blowflies feel the need to cause widespread panic, distrust, fear or anger over every contrived incident? I feel like I am living in the era of Joe McCarthy with all the bloviating from the left and the right…. Give it a rest….

    Folks, I did not like the fact that the CEOs of the company I worked for was making huge bonuses while cutting the pay and benefits of hourly workers but I didn’t begrudge him of that fact. Gave me motivation to work harder…. Why are people up in arms about people making money? Where else would endowments come from than folks who feel guilty about screwing over folks during their life so they try to buy their way into heaven?

    Everything in moderation is a good tenet… I should have heeded that advice many times during my life but oh well….

    Now… you ask, what is my real problem this morning?… Yellow journalism… I am just so tired of tabloid style news…. and distortion of the facts…


  198. 207 Voice of Raisins March 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Today’s lineup:

    1. KJ, 2B
    2. Escobar, SS
    3. Chipper, 3B
    4. McCann, C
    5. Francoeur, RF
    6. Norton, 1B (Kotchman scratched, still recovering from flu)
    7. B. Jones, LF
    8. Schafer, CF
    9. Lowe, RH

    I think we’ll see KJ back in the leadoff spot this season, with Schafer winning the CF job and batting 8th. GA will bat 5th, and FrenchLick and Kotch will move down a notch. Just a hunch…


  199. 208 Voice of Raisins March 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Glavine throws it back at Pedro

    BY DAVID LENNON | david.lennon@newsday.com
    March 22, 2009

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tom Glavine already is a bargain, so the Braves probably felt as if they got more than their money’s worth in yesterday’s 12-1 rout of the B-list Mets sent north to Disney. Glavine, who barely broke 80 mph, retired nine of the 11 batters he faced.

    Perhaps the hardest pitch he threw was a response to Pedro Martinez, who said recently that he would not accept a “Glavine-like” contract to return to the majors. Glavine signed a one-year deal worth $1 million that could reach $4.5 million with incentives.

    “Could I have made more money?” Glavine asked. “Yeah, maybe if I was willing to go somewhere else and do it. But at this stage of my life, I’m not willing to do that. That would not have been worth it for me …

    “On the one hand, I understand what Pedro was saying, believe me. There was a point for me that financially it wasn’t worth coming back.

    “But at the same time, you have to be mindful what the market is, what you can realistically get, and in my case, I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t like being a guy that was hurt last year and was just collecting a paycheck. I didn’t want to do that. To me, I want to go out there, and if I’m healthy and I’m pitching, then I’m going to get paid. If I’m not, then I’m not a burden to this club.

    Glavine made 13 starts last season after signing an $8-million contract. Martinez made 25 starts in the last two seasons of his last contract, a $53-million, four-year deal with the Mets.


  200. 209 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 26, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    V, I think I said something about that a few weeks ago. Schafer batting 8th. KJ isn’t a real threat to steal, and clearly is too patient batting first. So naturally, he bats leadoff…sigh….I know, there really isn’t a classic(if there is such a thing) 8th hitter, but I’d rather see Kotchman there, or a rotating 8th hitter.


  201. 210 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    And good for Glavine to say what he said!!!


  202. 211 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Glavine is a stand-up guy. He took a lot of heat from a bunch of folks who evidently think baseball players are there for their own personal amusement. Lots of things go on behind the scene we often don’t hear about until long after the fact if at all.

    I’m sure Pedro has his reasons for wanting money too.

    Come to think of it, I’m sure we could all use an extra million or two right now….


  203. 212 flbravesgirl March 26, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Applause for Glav!!!!


  204. 213 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 27, 2009 at 5:39 am

    A different story on Steven Strasburg . Well, it’s the same, story, he throws really hard! 😛

    SAN DIEGO – The radar gun blinks wildly. It’s not used to this. No one makes it strain to read out a third digit. It looks like binary code, not the speed of a pitch from a 20-year-old kid: 101.

    It keeps showing up, 101 again and again, and as scouts peek at the number, they ask aloud what everyone else in the baseball world wonders: Will Stephen Strasburg someday throw a baseball harder than anyone has before?

    Two men holding radar guns as well as his pitching coach said he has touched 103 mph this season. Only three others have done that, and all were major league relief pitchers, not juniors in college. Strasburg is a starter for San Diego State, and his velocity levels off in triple digits, something never seen, not from Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson or any of the modern fireballers since the advent of the radar gun.

    So it’s no surprise that Strasburg is dominating college like no pitcher ever has. He has 74 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings, meaning only 29 outs have come via batted ball. He fanned 23 batters in one game last year, and in seven outings with Team USA last summer, culminating with the Beijing Olympics, he struck out 62 in 41 innings.



  205. 214 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 27, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Raining a lot…gonna rain a lot more. And water was dripping into the bottom of our fireplace a little bit ago. Guess some of that monster hail damaged something a few weeks back.

    Hey, can you ever read too much about Stephen Strasburg???


  206. 215 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2009 at 8:51 am

    The real rain has not arrived this far north as yet but wow, are we ever getting some heavy fog….

    Ber, looks like Lake Lanier may recover yet… 5″ here, 5 ” there and pretty soon the drought is over 🙂

    I doubt the NASCAR races will be run this weekend in Martinsville, VA.. A very pretty place by the way. Martinsville is a very boring race to watch on TV but a great venue to watch a race in person.

    And Richmond lost another sports team last night. The local pro hockey team folded. Hey, just not the demographics here to make hockey successful. I’m not sure what would be successful here… Lots of grand ideas but little community support for anything…


  207. 216 Salty March 27, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Gil…the drought will never end! Bad news sells! The drought that ended a few years back, to the bitter end, the reports kept pronouncing that we were down 12 inches over the previous three years, despite being 20 inches ahead over the past 18 months, and floods popping up everywhere.

    It’s all orders of magnitude and/or relativity…or something like that. Regardless, it will be reported the drought continues, while your neighbor’s boat floats down the street! The omitted detail will be it’s measured over a fifty year period, and we’re still down six inches! As well know too well, the truth is comprised of the said and the un-said; who knew it would take math to interpret English! 😯


  208. 217 Salty March 27, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Gil…the drought will never end! Bad news sells! The drought that ended a few years back, to the bitter end, the reports kept pronouncing that we were down 12 inches over the previous three years, despite being 20 inches ahead over the past 18 months, and floods popping up everywhere.

    It’s all orders of magnitude and/or relativity…or something like that. Regardless, it will be reported the drought continues, while your neighbor’s boat floats down the street! The omitted detail will be it’s measured over a fifty year period, and we’re still down six inches! As we all know too well, the truth is comprised of the said and the un-said; who knew it would take math to interpret English! 😯


  209. 218 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Yes Salty…agreed… See my rant from yesterday….

    I sure wish Obama would shut the h*** up… Every time he opens his mouth my stocks drop….


  210. 219 Salty March 27, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Hmm…I sorta ‘stuttered’ on my last post. 🙄 I caught a mistake and, being the retentive sort I am, tried to correct it, which I did in the second one. Still, sucked up B&S space with the first! Sorry…my bad! 😦


  211. 220 Voice of Raisins March 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Salty, I agree with both of you. 😀


  212. 221 Voice of Raisins March 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I had to borrow these stats from our friendly neighborhood beat writer across the street:

    Derek Lowe leads the NL with 24 strikeouts entering today’s games, while Jordan Schafer was fifth with a .383 average and tied for seventh with five stolen bases…. In the Grapefruit League (Florida spring training teams), Brandon Jones (.356) and Matt Diaz (.354) also ranked among batting leaders, while Diaz (.604) was fourth in slugging percentage, and Schafer (.420) was seventh in OBP.

    Lesse… I still think Schafer has all but won the job. BJones is making a case for himself, but is likely late spring trade bait. If Schafer stays with the big club, and the only reason he won’t will be “arb clock” concerns, then either speedster JAnderson or Blanco will be OF #4. Any of those 3, JAnderson, Blanco, or BJones could be considered late spring trade bait. If Schafer could capably hold down the leadoff spot, adding a stolen base threat, many possibilities abound with the lineup. Actually, the lineup will be pretty solid anyway. I still see KJ as leadoff on Opening Night. My projection (likely against LHP Cole Hamels):

    GA (I know it’s lefty/lefty… but he won’t sit opening night)

    I like the potential of this lineup. It won’t hit a ton of dingers, but it’ll still produce plenty of runs. Gap hitters top to bottom…


  213. 222 Carolina Lady March 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    That looks good, Raisins. I sure wish opening day would get here quickly – like NOW! 😆


  214. 223 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 27, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    CL, this offseason seems like it will never end! 😯 Between the braves taking October off the last 3 years, and the trade/free agent talk starting right away, well…it just feels like a year since real baseball was played. I’m sure it feels that way to all of us!


  215. 224 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 27, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    And Salty, I forgot to mention, you are so very right about the drought! It CANNOT end.


  216. 225 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Well, the Chosen One spoke today, nearly wiped out all my gains for the week…. Sigh….

    Time to stimulate some more…. Going to order new tires for my boat trailer, not sure why however, likely I won’t be able to afford the fuel by summer… 😦

    Enjoyed the game today between Detroit and Atlanta. Nice comeback by the Braves. Glavine looked vintage.. Vintage Leibrandt that is… Still… will be a plus guy for the five hole.


  217. 226 Carolina Lady March 27, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    email from a friend:

    OK. Here’s a small quiz for you.
    How would you pronounce this child’s name: “Le-a” ???
    Leah?? NO
    Lee – A?? NOPE
    Lay- a?? No
    Lei?? Guess Again.

    This child attends a school in Livingston Parish, LA.
    Her mother is irate because everyone is getting her name wrong.

    It’s pronounced “Ledasha”.
    When the Mother was asked about the pronunciation of the name, she said, “the dash don’t be silent.”
    So, if you see something come across your desk like this please remember to pronounce the dash. If they axe you why, tell them the dash don’t be silent.


  218. 227 flbravesgirl March 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    At least the child is attending school since it appears her mother didn’t (or at the very least slept through all the spelling lessons).


  219. 228 flbravesgirl March 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    It does seem like Schafer is ready. I think I’d let him start the year in Atlanta.

    And yes, Opening Day cannot come soon enough. It seems like eons since I’ve seen my Braves.


  220. 229 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Good morning all, Things are quiet around here this morning as Josie has gone on retreat with three of her daughters this weekend. Left me here with the cat and dogs and bird and… well, you get the picture. Not a bad gig though, I have the TV to myself and was able to watch an old Clint Eastwood movie without the usual gruff… Would not like to make a habit of this though, the guinea pig is not that great of a conversationalist. Just squeaks a lot whenever I open the refrigerator door. Not sure of the message but I think she is telling me to stay out of it….


  221. 230 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Mornin’ Gil! And everyone else. If you don’t hear from us much in the next day or two, it will just be because our homes floated away! 😕
    But no end in sight to the drought….


  222. 231 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 28, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Us, meaning those in and around the ATL….geez…need to get some rest.


  223. 232 Savannah Guy March 28, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Just dropped in to see what condition your condition was in… and to say hey, hi, hello and howdy… and maybe rant a bit.

    Seems like a ‘coons age. Hope everybody is faring well in this, uh, new world order, horrendous economy and all.

    This ol’ baseball fan has been very busy of late, but then, who isn’t? Between trying to make hay during those moments when the sun peeks out and a steady course of keeping the wolves at bay, there hasn’t been much time between the capital city and the coast for some of my favorite pastimes, like Braves & Stuff.

    As a result, I haven’t even caught up on the blog. It’s gonna take me a week just to do that. A few random thoughts before I get away from this computer and get outside for a much needed diversion away from the place my derriere has been parked too long lately:

    First, the new Braves & Stuff masthead design and format look great, sister. Nice job and the Ava-Grava-Pat Bena-Whatever-tar thingies are even bigger and easier to see. Nice. CL, maybe on the next update, you could add Glav? It’d be nice to see his mug there for old times sake.

    On the WBC: This may actually take a bit longer. Bear with me here. No blogging in the midst of what’s going on in this country and, as you might imagine, have a few things on my chest.

    I cannot say one single positive thing about that ill conceived, poorly timed, conflict of MLB interest, money motivated sports farse except that at long last, it’s over. We already have two leagues; six divisions and players from all over the world represented in the MLB, played in America, the land of the free (for the time being) and brave. The MLB is (has been) a microcosm of America, which is a ‘melting pot’ where various nationalities would…


    A nice word, that. In this new world we do not assimilate, we separate. We are Jews, Catholics, and Protestants. We are Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Japanese. We are black, white, brown or yellow. We are young or old. We are rich, poor or middle class. We are not Americans playing OUR game, we are any number of minorities, special interest groups and nationalities that are being sliced, parsed, categorized and demographically scrutinized in a most politically correct, socially segregating manner.

    The circus known as World Baseball Classic should drop the ‘Classic’ from it’s dubious title, because the only thing classic about it is that it seems to fit right in with the new “One World Order”, of merging the things we shouldn’t, like global currency, and separating what should be joined, such as American citizens.

    Consider the cause and effect of dividing the people of a nation into small, self-interest groups, colors and nationalities. No need for imagination there… it’s happened. WBC plays right into all of that, but I’m sure that social engineering isn’t the motivation, but money. If there is a larger conspiracy, it is not a small group of legislators sitting behind closed doors or a group of media magnates plotting to support the divisions between us with sporting venues, sitcoms and reality shows. No, this has been developing in all sectors for decades.

    As a society, we have been educated, pressured, motivated and conditioned to either be blind to injustice or to just be weak and let all of this happen without a peep or self-serving and damn everyone else as long as I get mine. We have, as a people, not become whom we are or arrived at this place overnight… we have become what we are now as a result of many years.

    Like tainted water dripping on the stone foundation of America, one seemingly harmless, uneventful drop at a time. The WBC contributes in it’s own little insignificant way like a drop in the ocean. More devastating, less like a drop and more like a Tsunami would be the Euro, the UN, the World Bank and Socialist regimes and treacherous politicos that purposefully bore a hole into their own societies. Here at home, those same arbiters of “Change” pursue the destruction of our national unity and do what they do best… promote division, seek power and profit. Through self-interest they support the causes and create the conditions that divide the subcultures. They feed the media with differences between us and repeat the subtle mantra in a million different ways until they succeed at dividing and conquering.

    We The People, who strive for peace and happiness, not conflict…

    We The People who are busy with our work and focused on our family, not suspicion and separation…

    We The People who, because we have trusted too long, lost our focus, become lazy, fed at the trough of welfare, succumbed to greed or taken freedom for granted find ourselves just going along and getting along because it suits us or benefits us, even if it harms the country.

    We The People, over time, surrounded by a barrage of subliminal, motivating messages throughout every single day are unwittingly led like a herd to find hollow comfort among the various groups and categories we have been placed into. We grow lazy.

    Then, We The People… Obey. We do this often without realizing it. Like Pavlov’s dogs, we push the closest, easiest button for instant gratification. We go where they tell us, we pay what they ask us, we watch what they show us, we believe what they tell us, we are entertained what they feed us, we halt when they say halt, we go when they say go, we allow them to take and take and take. Over time, We The People become silent. We go quiet. We comply. We The People fall right into line.

    In the end, We The People lose our individuality and become mere pieces in a larger ‘consumer’ group. We become pawns in a large voting block. We are designated become an insignificant member of a race, creed, color or nationality. We lose ourselves and they profit from it. Trouble is, “they” is not “them”… it is us.

    God save We The People. God willing, We The People will protect our Constitution and, if necessary, fight for our freedom. On a much less significant front, We The Fans need to voice our disgust with things like the WBC. Otherwise, our love for watching baseball, any baseball, will be mistaken for support of a further watered down, nationalized, globalized destruction of an American pastime.

    The WBC didn’t bother me so much that it caused me to go off on this sermon. It’s just that, if we stay silent on all the little, seemingly innocent things, we continue down the road to a shallow, Pavlovian, subservient culture. No, this opine is not about WBC nor has the WBC gotten that far under my skin to warrant a diatribe. I’m pointing it out because I see it as one more little divisive thing that cuts into the fabric of America. And I’m guessing most folks either wouldn’t agree, wouldn’t care or wouldn’t even notice. So be it. Just seeing a trend, freedom of thought, freedom of speech and such.

    Now, I’m ready for some good ol’ Braves baseball. See you guys around with a shorter, less obtrusive howdy do soon.


  224. 233 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Good morning SG… Sooo, how about telling us how you really feel about the WBC.. :-)…

    Glad to see you again by the way…


  225. 234 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Ber, do you know why Indian Rain Dances were so effective? Because they did not stop dancing until it rained….


  226. 235 Salty March 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Uh..Master of the Savannah ( :mrgreen: ) I think you over ran your 500-word essay quota! 😛
    Nonetheless, your message resonates clearly. If I had to paraphrase…the WBC has no social, athletic, or even entertainment value, whatsoever. Would that be about right?

    Hey, thanks for dropping in!


  227. 236 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    An SG sighting!!!! I had a feeling when I scrolled up, and up, and up, and up!!! 😀
    I sure couldn’t add to what you said, except to say…well said!!!


  228. 237 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    And SG, if I may be so bold as to give you advice. Forget what we posted while you were gone. What’s in the past, is in the past.
    Well, you could just do a keyword search and read my posts, everyone knows how great they are! 😛


  229. 238 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 28, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Gil, ever read Chico Harlan of the Washington Post??? I kind of like his style of writing(Saw a link from mlb trade rumors about Dimitri Young-hey, I am bored and dying for baseball news!)
    And CL, if it makes you feel any better, this guy writes for a very famous paper,and only 14 people have bothered to comment after his blog!



  230. 239 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Misery love company, or somethin’ 😕


  231. 240 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Ber… It’s the Washington Post…. I am more of a Washington Times kind of guy. Of course their sports coverage is a little more un-biased. I do read their coverage on occasion.

    As far as comments on his blog/editorial etc… They have not yet learned the art of interaction between the bloggers. The Nationals do not have the history yet which lends itself to rabid fan support like the Redskins…


  232. 241 Savannah Guy March 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Tried to log in earlier but could not. Also, when I type in the reply box, the font is like a 6 point antique typewriter. Is WP pouting with me?


  233. 242 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Word Press moves in strange and mysterious ways SG….


  234. 243 flbravesgirl March 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    The type in the reply box is a bit small, SG. You get used to it. And….. Welcome Back!!! We missed you!


  235. 244 flbravesgirl March 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    And I agree that the WBC is pointless. Bud wants an “Olympic-type” competition? Then petition the IOC to include baseball again.


  236. 245 flbravesgirl March 29, 2009 at 12:03 am

    We had a pretty major sonic boom from the shuttle landing this afternoon. Made my house rattle.


  237. 246 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 29, 2009 at 12:13 am

    FBG, your 11:13 post is a good idea!


  238. 247 flbravesgirl March 29, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Well, I think it’s ridiculous that baseball & softball are no longer in the Olympics.

    Speaking of Olympic sports, the skating was excellent. Good showing for the US team too.


  239. 248 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 29, 2009 at 7:59 am

    FBG, it sure is! And to make matters more ridiculous, I saw some story on the weather channel about some area in the Carolina’s that has some special site that in spite of the “drought”(Who knows how long ago this segment was shot) is able to train kayakers for the Olympics with some reused but safe water. Gee, let’s see, are there more fans of Baseball or Kayaking worldwide???
    It’s one of many reasons I never get very excited about the Olympics. Sports you never hear of but once every 4 years.


  240. 249 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 29, 2009 at 8:08 am

    On baseball tonight they showed Selig talking about the next WBC, (Which thank goodness will be every 4 years now)and how there needs to be more intensity in the events from Team USA. Well, that sure didn’t seem to go over well with some players that said they were very much into the WBC, and energy/intensity was not an issue.
    Selig also wants to get the best players involved. Good luck with that Bud! Teams really want to lose their best player for nonevent!
    To play Devil’s advocate for a sec, I am sure beyond the money issue, I am sure the thought is to make US baseball bigger all over the world, to turn this into Soccer’s big event(World Cup?? Ain’t no soccer fan)
    And I know Gil and Salty liked some of the action. But, wrong time of year. the Host of Baseball tonight has the best idea, have the tournament played between the allstar break. I guess it would have to be a longer break than most fans would want, but that happening every 4 years, with nice and warm arms and legs makes more sense than what happens now. Did you know the Marlins closer has a strained rotator cuff from the WBC???


  241. 250 Salty March 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

    It’s been a while since I’ve clogged the filter, so here’s some music. The song is a personal favorite; makes me think…which many songs don’t. I hope you enjoy it, the emotion in the singer’s voice is particularly moving and, coupled with the movie clip, I think resonates. VOR, for some reason, I thought of you. 😕

    Down To My Last (Alter Bridge ) ,/b>

    And to those to which we sing,
    We are honored you let us in
    I remember the thoughts of many things,
    Of the glory that you bring

    I was never the right one to dare to dream,
    It’s funny what this life has done to me now
    You were always the only,
    To help me see there was a road I must find,
    A road that was mine

    But I’m down to my last,
    I’m standing here alone
    Looking back, on it all
    But I’m down to my last,
    I’m ready but I’m wrong,
    And I’m blind to it all

    And to the world to which we sing,
    Want to try to do us in
    I remember your name and I know your face
    Can’t forgive and can’t erase

    I was never the right one
    To bear the weight of something fueled by words
    I’d learn to hate
    You were always the only
    To help me see that to love is to shine
    In your world, blind

    But I’m down to my last
    I’m standing here alone
    Looking back on it all
    But I’m down to my last
    I’m ready but I’m wrong
    And I’m blind to it all


    But I’m down to my last
    Well I’m ready but I’m wrong,
    And I’m scared of it all

    But I’m down to my last
    I’m ready but I’m wrong
    And I’m blind to it all
    But I’m down to my last
    And I’m ready but I’m wrong
    And I’m blind to it all


  242. 251 Salty March 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    OK…the filter is fine…I clogged the B&S entrance instead! 😦 Sorry ’bout that!


  243. 252 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Tain’t you Salty…Sundays are sloooow here for some reason. People spending time with their families I guess. Silly notion.


  244. 253 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Good morning all, Tis an ill wind that does not blow someone good. Let’s hope today’s blustery forecast here does not reek havoc upon my trees. At least it is a southern wind.


  245. 254 Voice of Raisins March 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Weird things happening with the blog. It logged me out, and wouldn’t let me log in. I refreshed my browser, and I was logged in… 😐

    At least I am allowed back in!

    Salty, good song.


  246. 255 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 30, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Good mornin’ folks!! Cold this am.
    Too early for politics??? Well, I might forget later. Good news!! Well, if you are an illegal in the U.S. 😕



  247. 256 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Bad news if you still own GM or Chrysler stock… More signs of nationalization of the auto industry with the ouster of GMs CEO by the Whitehouse… Another history lesson unheeded by all but Ford…

    Very worrisome indeed and is being reflected in the stock market this morning…

    Now for the good news…. Naw, I got nothing…..


  248. 257 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 11:54 am

    It acted weird for me too, VOR. Logged me out last night & when I tried to log in, I got error messages instead of the blog.


  249. 258 Voice of Raisins March 30, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I guess we shouldn’t take it personally then, right FBG? 😀


  250. 259 Carolina Lady March 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    It wouldn’t let me in, either! 😆

    Eagles: I had wondered what Mama did with all the left-over fish remains. Today I watched her pick them up, one by one, and fly away with them for disposal rather than just drop them over the side. Smart! 😀


  251. 260 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Glad I wasn’t the only one.

    Now, CL, what mom is going to leave garbage laying around the nursery? 🙂


  252. 261 Carolina Lady March 30, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I was beginning to wonder, FBG! All those old smelly carcasses laying around and day after day passed. 😆

    Rosenthal’s prediction for ’09 season:
    National League Rookie – Tommy Hanson, Braves

    “For the sake of consistency, I should go with Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin, employing the same logic that I used to pick Andrus. But Hanson, a 22-year-old right-hander, is an ace in waiting. He will open at Class AAA, but might be on an even faster track than Maybin toward stardom.

    Ideally, the Braves will not even need Hanson; right-handed newcomers Derek Lowe and Javier Vazquez are particularly durable. But it’s highly doubtful that the Braves will use only five starters all season when their rotation includes 43-year-old lefty Tom Glavine, who is coming off shoulder and elbow surgery.

    Once Hanson gets his chance, there will be no turning back. He was terrific in the Arizona Fall League and terrific in spring training, drawing praise from one Braves’ veteran after another.”


  253. 262 Carolina Lady March 30, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    This was also the first time I’ve seen the babies left alone! Kinda scary!


  254. 263 Voice of Raisins March 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Love the remarks on Hanson. How can we not all be excited about his arrival? You hate to use the term “can’t miss”, but by all accounts, that’s what he is, right? And “ace in waiting”? That’s some strong stuff from the highly respected Ken Rosenthal.

    He’s right on another front as well. Hanson will see time this year. It is very unreasonable to expect all 5 starters to last an entire season.


  255. 264 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Hopefully I’ll get to see him at Gwinnett. Dad’s talking about heading down for a game while we’re on our epic spring trip to Tiger.


  256. 266 Voice of Raisins March 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    FBG, I drive by the new stadium site once a week on my way to rehearsal. The transformation over just the last 3 weeks from work in progress to Ball Park facility has been amazing. It is a beautiful place. I know I’ll be taking the family to a few G-Braves games.


  257. 267 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I hadn’t seen a recent pic so I wondered how it was turning out. Glad to hear it looks good.

    Mom & Melissa are just heartbroken over the shooting. How could someone be so sick as to shoot helpless old people just because his estranged wife worked there? And what if it gives some other whacko ideas? It’s not like most nursing homes can have armed guards.


  258. 268 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Braves trade Josh Anderson to Detroit.


  259. 269 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    For minor-leaguer Rudy Darrow. RHP, throws sidearm.


  260. 270 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    So obviously I won’t be seeing Schafer at Gwinnett.


  261. 271 Carolina Lady March 30, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Wow. That was unexpected (to me, at least!) Hmmm.

    That shooting at Pinelake really hit close to home, especially for Mother, since she has spent so much time rehabbing in them. She was having nightmares last night.


  262. 272 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    For us too, CL, with Mom & Melissa both working in that field. I’m sure security will be discussed but how do you prepare for such a thing?


  263. 273 Carolina Lady March 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t you can, FBG. There are so many people coming and going all the time. I don’t know if on-site security would make any difference or not. If some monster is intent on doing mayhem, he will; security or not.

    That man KNEW who and what he was targeting: totally helpless people. I hope there’s an especially HOT place in Hell reserved for him.


  264. 274 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    That’s the thing, visitors come & go all the time. They’re supposed to sign in but a lot don’t bother. How do you know if someone doesn’t belong there? One of the things they emphasize at Melissa’s facility is that it is the residents’ home. Pretty hard to have a welcoming, homey atmosphere if you have to secure the place like Ft. Knox.


  265. 275 Carolina Lady March 30, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    We’ve not been in one that requires a sign-in for all visitors. Don’t think that would really help in these type situations. After dark hours, all entrances/exits are locked except for one in most places.

    And it IS the home of the residents! They LIVE there. I don’t know what the answer is. It takes a special demon to single out these people, though.

    Also in today’s news was a man who shot and killed one sister, then decapitated another young sister was celebrating her 5th birthday. What kind of hellishness gets into these people???


  266. 276 Voice of Raisins March 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    You just said it, CL. The one who dwells in hell… Evil is incarnate in many forms.

    You can’t just focus on Care Facilities, schools, etc. If some nutcase decides to go on a rampage, no place is safe. NO place. Look at the guy who killed all of those court employees in a supposedly secure courthouse in Atlanta a couple of years ago. That place is “guarded” by an armed police-type force. Didn’t matter…


  267. 277 Voice of Raisins March 30, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    ajc on the pitcher acquired for Anderson:

    [Rudy] Darrow, 25, was 5-3 with a 2.02 ERA in 47 relief appearances last season in Class A and Class AA, and held right-handed hitters to a .168 average. The right-handed sidearmer had 57 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings, while allowing 52 hits and 23 walks.

    Darrow, who’ll be assigned to Class AA Mississippi, had a groundball-to-flyball ratio of 4.8 last season. As a point of reference, Arizona’s Brandon Webb had a 3.2 ratio to lead the majors.

    Wren has done a nice job this year, despite some of the early bad press. To get a pitcher of any quality for a guy that was for all practical purposes gonna be waived in a few days is a feat. Atta boy, Frank!


  268. 278 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Yeah, any return for Josh is good. I figured we’d just lose him & get nothing.


  269. 279 Voice of Raisins March 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    We have in essence re-acquired Joey Devine – a rightie sidearmer who gets alot of ground balls and is extremely tough on RH batters. Interesting, no?


  270. 280 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 30, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Will Ohman agreed to terms with the Dodgers…
    Hmmm….do we have an actual lefty coming out of the bullpen??? I mean besides the closer???
    It’s funny, 15-20 years ago a guy like Josh Anderson who can hit .280, .290 and potentially steal 40-50 bases would get a chance to play…somewhere. Isn’t it amazing that there isn’t some team, some last place team, in need of a guy like him. But, every team seems to have 5 outfielders.

    You know, I am sure most would disagree with me, but there is enough talent(at least from a hitting standpoint) for 2 more teams in the M.L. I think people forget how many players from south of the border now play here, more and more Japanese, Korean…even Australian players. The WBC Canadian team had a lot of ML players.


  271. 281 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Ber, there may be enough position players but hurlers with major league ability are in short supply.

    All and all, I think Anderson landed in a good situation for him. Hey, the Tigers were considering using Lillibridge as a back up centerfielder…


  272. 282 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    And I like this kid Brooks Conrad who will be playing second base for Gwinnett this spring. Good looking ballplayer if you ask me…


  273. 283 Carolina Lady March 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Gil, when you mention a kid’s name, it’s as if EF Hutton had spoken: everybody stops to listen! 😀

    from email – but well worth repeating even if you’ve already seen it:


    For those who are unaware, at a military theater, the National Anthem is played before every movie.

    From a Chaplain in Iraq :

    I recently attended a showing of “Superman 3,” here at “LSA Anaconda.”

    We have a large auditorium we use for movies, as well as memorial services and other large gatherings. As is the custom back in the States, we stood and snapped to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going as planned until about three-quarters of the way through The National Anthem the music stopped.

    Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-22 year-olds back in the States? I imagine there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments; and everyone would sit down and call for a movie. Of course, that is, if they had stood for the National Anthem in the first place. Here, the 1,000 Soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started again. The Soldiers continued to quietly stand at attention. And again, at the same point, the music stopped. What would you expect to happen?

    Even here I would imagine laughter, as everyone finally sat down and expected the movie to start. But here, you could have heard a pin drop. Every Soldier continued to stand at attention. Suddenly there was a lone voice, then a dozen, and quickly the room was filled with the voices of a thousand soldiers, finishing where the recording left off:” And the rockets red glare, ! The bomb s bursting in air, Gave proof through the night That our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”

    It was the most inspiring moment I have had here in Iraq . I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are serving you here. Remember them as they fight for you! Pass this along as a reminder to others to be ever in prayer for all our soldiers serving us here at home and abroad. For many have already paid the ultimate price.

    Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins

    [LSA Anaconda is at the Balad Airport in Iraq, north of Bagdad]

    I am so very proud of the young men and women who serve in our armed forces! Thank you to them from this one American!


  274. 284 Voice of Raisins March 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    The Braves have alot of talent in their minor league system. It all bodes well for the near future…

    JAnderson was the prototypical AAAA player. Good, but not great. No really outstanding qualities, but not a bad player either. Just kinda… there. I wish him luck. Schafer is gonna be a better than good player, he’s gonna be an exciting multi-tool guy. I look forward to seeing a future Braves outfield of Schafer, Gorkys Hernandez and Jason Heyward. Wow…

    Hmmm… where does the FrenchForeignLegion fit into this equation? One wonders, doesn’t one..?


  275. 285 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Ask again at the end of the season once we see if his new approach lasts & gets good results, VOR.


  276. 286 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Great story, CL.


  277. 287 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Braves MLB site is reporting Chipper is close to signing 3-year extension.


  278. 288 Voice of Raisins March 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Good. The final part of FW’s 2009 “plan”.


  279. 289 Carolina Lady March 30, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    That’s very good news! We can go into the season with everybody signed and in place for a change!

    I like this (Bowman):
    “Over the past three seasons, Jones led all Major Leaguers with a .342 batting average, ranked second with a .435 on-base percentage and stood fourth with a .592 slugging percentage.”


  280. 290 flbravesgirl March 30, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Which is another way of saying “Chipper’s still really good”.


  281. 292 Voice of Raisins March 31, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I like plain talk. 😀


  282. 293 Voice of Raisins March 31, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I am taking the day off from work today to spend it with my family. 😀

    They are on Spring Break this week, and it looks like we’re gonna have more rain starting tonight going on and off throughout the rest of the week. So much for the drought. 😐

    Anyway, we are going to take a short trip over to Stone Mountain to hang for most of the day.

    See you guys later…


  283. 294 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Good for you Raisins, nice to see a man who has his priorities in the right order.


  284. 295 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 31, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Gil, a wise man once said, no one goes to their grave saying they wished they had spent more time at the office!


  285. 298 Carolina Lady March 31, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    from another blog:
    “I just wandered through the stat sheet and realized Jeff Francoeur is leading the Braves in walks this Spring. I’m really not sure what to make of that. He’s also leading in RBI, second in Runs, and has gone 17 for his last 38 batting mostly against the starters, .333 overall, and has gunned down every runner who had the urge to be on his highlight reel.”

    Not too shabby!


  286. 299 Carolina Lady March 31, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Chipper’s contract – from The Baltimore Sun…

    “Due $10 million this season in the option year of a contract that began in 2006, Jones gets a $3 million signing bonus as part of the new deal, payable in $1 million installments each Jan. 15 starting next year.

    Jones receives annual salaries of $13 million from 2010-12 and can earn $1.5 million a year in performance bonuses: $750,000 each for 135 and 140 games.

    His contract contains a $9 million option for 2013 that would become guaranteed if he plays in 123 games in 2012 or averages 127 games in 2011-12. The option price could increase by up to $4 million: $1 million each for 128, 133, 138 and 140 games in 2012 (or averages of 132, 137, 138 and 140 in 2011-12). In addition, he could earn $1.5 million in performance bonuses based on the earlier criteria.

    If the vesting option fails to become guaranteed, the club would hold a $7 million option.”

    I think the boy will be OK. That should pay the electric bill and keep food on the table….


  287. 300 flbravesgirl March 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I am very hopeful of a good year from Frenchy. I was a little dubious this offseason about him turning things around but the overhaul seems to be producing excellent results.


  288. 301 flbravesgirl March 31, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    VOR, good for you! Have fun!

    I know it sounds like a lot of money for Chipper but he could have made more over the past several years elsewhere but instead took less to stay & restructured his contract to help the Braves financially. Such loyalty deserves to be reciprocated.


  289. 302 Carolina Lady March 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I agree with you, FBG. Wrenn and the Braves did the right thing this time – and I’m glad!


  290. 303 Voice of Raisins March 31, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Well said, FBG, well said.


  291. 304 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 31, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    V, were you able to miss most of the rain???


  292. 305 Berigan ll, (WSOML) March 31, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Everyone having trouble signing in but me??? 😛


  293. 306 flbravesgirl March 31, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    It seems to be OK at the moment, Ber. Was it acting up again?


  294. 307 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Good morning all… Well, I hope everyone avoided the latest computer virus. Spent the better part of yesterday evening downloading Microsoft Defender and running scans. That was in addition to AVG Free which I run everyday… So far so good.

    I see that Georgia is set to save 5.5 million by releasing some prisoners early. We could save even more if we would return to flogging or adopt caning. Would be a heck of a deterrent too. I am pretty sure there would be fewer repeat offenders. Of course I am sure there are some who feel it is our own fault for getting robbed or swindled. We should have been so successful in the first place so as to become a tempting target.

    And baseball, good for Chipper… Sounds like he will do alright as long as he doesn’t let too many other people handle his money. Of course he really maybe should get a lot of it deferred. Going to be a tough tax bracket….

    On a sad note, I learned yesterday an old friend whom I had not seen for some time passed away last week from a heart attack. Only 53…. I had dated his sisters when I was a teenager so I had known him a long time. Sad really, so young… His son and my youngest son both live within a block of each other in Florida. Small world really….

    I had lunch with “Richbrave” yesterday. Some of you will recognize the moniker from the blog across the street. We are planning to attend the Braves game in DC on the 21st. Thought it would be a nice diversion. If we can get the chance and the moon and the stars all line up properly we are going to drive down to Norfolk to see Tommy Hanson pitch against the Tides. I think that will be around the 18th or 19th of April.

    Catch up with you fine folks later….


  295. 308 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Well, so much for taking off on the only day without rain. It rained. It’s supposed to rain every day of Spring Break but one. Stinks for the kids. Stinks for Mrs. Raisins, too. 🙄

    We did get there and walk up the mountain before the rain started. Of course, it rained a little as we started back down, but not too much.

    My 6-year-old really wanted to play on the massive Stone Mountain playground, but rain did put the kabosh on that. It also forced our outdoor picnic under cover, and ultimately cut the whole outing short. The rain, of course, stopped after we got home. 😐

    Overall, though, it was great to spend at least part of the day at the Big Rock with my wife and kids. It’s funny… as a teenager, I hung out at Stone Mtn. almost every weekend, and alot during the week. I never thought then that I’d hang out there with my KIDS. Cool…


  296. 309 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Gil, sorry to hear about your friend passing. Way too young.
    And V, sorry your day wasn’t what it could have been.
    I remember going to Daytona with my Dad once(long out of school) and all it did was rain. Kinda defeats the point of the beach if you can’t get on it…


  297. 310 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Ok, Car and Driver has either just pulled the best(worst?) April fools gag since that S.I. Story on the kid throwing 110 MPH, or Obama can just about forget ever getting any votes in the south again….

    Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR – Car News


  298. 312 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Yeah, they changed that line…What’s funny, is I even saw some story while digging around that wondered what would happen to GM’s participation in NASCAR….


  299. 313 Carolina Lady April 1, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    from Bowman’s blog:
    “Unable to take batting practice because of a potential rainstorm that never arrived, the Braves spent the past couple of hours rehearsing for the inevitable long rain delays that await them this year.

    Jeff Francoeur grabbed a fishing pole and threw his line into a pond that is located just outside the visitor’s clubhouse here at Osceola County Stadium and came away with 6-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass, that was slightly bigger than Kris Medlen.” 😆

    photo at bottom:


  300. 314 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    …slightly bigger than Kris Medlen…

    That is too funny! 😆


  301. 315 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I thought the photo was going to compare the 2! 😛


  302. 316 flbravesgirl April 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    At least y’all got to hang out together, VOR. A lot of people don’t bother to do anything with their kids. That probably contributes in part to them turning into the people that Gil mentioned earlier.

    Gil, I’m in favor of the “eye for an eye” system. Make the punishment fit the crime by doing to them what they did to others. Assault? Prepare to have the snot beaten out of you then work on a labor gang ’til you pay off all your victim’s medical bills. Rapists & child molesters would be castrated (& I don’t mean chemically, I mean hire Lorena Bobbitt).


  303. 317 flbravesgirl April 1, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Good one, Bowman. 🙂 Nice fish, Frenchy. My Poppa would have been proud of that one.


  304. 318 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    FBG! 😯 You will eventually vote Republican, it’s just a matter of time! 😉


  305. 319 flbravesgirl April 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I don’t believe in belonging to a Party, Ber. I just want the person who I think will do the best job.


  306. 320 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Today’s lineup:

    1. Escobar, SS
    2. Kotchman, 1B
    3. Chipper, 3B
    4. McCann, DH (at Tigers)
    5. G. Anderson, LF
    6. Infante, 2B
    7. B. Jones, RF
    8. Blanco, CF
    9. Sammons, C


  307. 321 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Top Half Inning 1

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Yunel Escobar singles on a line drive to right fielder Josh Anderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Casey Kotchman pops out to shortstop Adam Everett.
    B:4 S:0 O:1 – Chipper Jones walks. Yunel Escobar to 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Brian McCann pops out to third baseman Brandon Inge.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Garret Anderson grounds out, shortstop Adam Everett to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


  308. 322 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Bottom Half Inning 1

    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Curtis Granderson pops out to shortstop Yunel Escobar.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Placido Polanco grounds out, second baseman Omar Infante to first baseman Casey Kotchman.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Magglio Ordonez flies out to center fielder Gregor Blanco.

    Braves 0
    Tigers 0


  309. 323 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Top Half Inning 2

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Omar Infante triples (1) on a fly ball to center fielder Curtis Granderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Brandon Jones grounds out, pitcher Justin Verlander to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Gregor Blanco singles on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Guillen. Omar Infante scores.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Clint Sammons doubles (1) on a ground ball to left fielder Carlos Guillen. Gregor Blanco to 3rd.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Yunel Escobar doubles (1) on a ground ball to left fielder Carlos Guillen. Gregor Blanco scores. Clint Sammons scores.
    B:1 S:2 O:1 – Casey Kotchman homers (1) on a line drive to right field. Yunel Escobar scores.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Chipper Jones flies out to center fielder Curtis Granderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Brian McCann flies out to center fielder Curtis Granderson.

    Braves 5
    Tigers 0


  310. 324 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Bottom Half Inning 2

    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Miguel Cabrera grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Casey Kotchman.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Carlos Guillen pops out to catcher Clint Sammons in foul territory.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Gerald Laird singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Jones.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Brandon Inge flies out to left fielder Garret Anderson.

    Braves 5
    Tigers 0


  311. 325 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Top Half Inning 3

    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Garret Anderson flies out to center fielder Curtis Granderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Omar Infante singles on a line drive to right fielder Josh Anderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Brandon Jones grounds out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Omar Infante to 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Gregor Blanco doubles (1) on a fly ball to center fielder Curtis Granderson. Omar Infante scores.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Clint Sammons pops out to second baseman Placido Polanco.

    Braves 6
    Tigers 0


  312. 326 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Bottom Half Inning 3

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Adam Everett singles on a ground ball to shortstop Yunel Escobar.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Josh Anderson grounds into a force out, first baseman Casey Kotchman to shortstop Yunel Escobar. Adam Everett out at 2nd. Josh Anderson to 1st.
    B:2 S:1 O:1 – Curtis Granderson homers (1) on a fly ball to right center field. Josh Anderson scores.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Placido Polanco grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Casey Kotchman.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Magglio Ordonez reaches on throwing error by shortstop Yunel Escobar.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Miguel Cabrera singles on a line drive to left fielder Garret Anderson. Magglio Ordonez to 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Carlos Guillen grounds into a force out, third baseman Chipper Jones to second baseman Omar Infante. Miguel Cabrera out at 2nd.

    Braves 6
    Tigers 2


  313. 327 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Top Half Inning 4

    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Yunel Escobar flies out to right fielder Josh Anderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Casey Kotchman grounds out, shortstop Adam Everett to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Chipper Jones homers (1) on a fly ball to right center field.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Brian McCann flies out to right fielder Josh Anderson.

    Braves 7
    Tigers 2


  314. 328 flbravesgirl April 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks, VOR! Glad Mac’s leg feels good enough to hit today.


  315. 329 flbravesgirl April 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Is it a rule that when I get on the blog everyone else leaves?


  316. 330 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Bottom Half Inning 4

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Martin Prado replaces shortstop Yunel Escobar, batting 1st, playing second base.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Greg Norton replaces first baseman Casey Kotchman, batting 2nd, playing first base.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Van Pope replaces third baseman Chipper Jones, batting 3rd, playing third base.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive switch from second base to shortstop for Omar Infante.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Gerald Laird grounds out, shortstop Omar Infante to first baseman Greg Norton.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Brandon Inge doubles (1) on a line drive to left fielder Garret Anderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Adam Everett grounds out, second baseman Martin Prado to first baseman Greg Norton. Brandon Inge to 3rd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Josh Anderson singles on a ground ball to shortstop Omar Infante. Brandon Inge scores.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Curtis Granderson grounds out, second baseman Martin Prado to first baseman Greg Norton.

    Braves 7
    Tigers 3


  317. 331 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Top Half Inning 5

    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Garret Anderson grounds out, second baseman Placido Polanco to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Omar Infante flies out to center fielder Curtis Granderson.
    B:0 S:3 O:3 – Brandon Jones strikes out swinging.

    Braves 7
    Tigers 3


  318. 332 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Bottom Half Inning 5

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Matt Diaz replaces left fielder Garret Anderson, batting 5th, playing left field.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Placido Polanco grounds out, third baseman Van Pope to first baseman Greg Norton.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Magglio Ordonez grounds out, third baseman Van Pope to first baseman Greg Norton.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Miguel Cabrera singles on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Jones.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Carlos Guillen flies out to center fielder Gregor Blanco.

    Braves 7
    Tigers 3


  319. 333 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    After 5 innings:

    R H E
    ATL 7 9 1
    DET 3 7 0


  320. 334 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I knew that wouldn’t line up right, yet I still sent it. Why? 🙄


  321. 335 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Top Half Inning 6

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Justin Henry replaces second baseman Placido Polanco, batting 2nd, playing second base.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Bobby Seay replaces Justin Verlander.
    B:0 S:3 O:1 – Gregor Blanco strikes out on foul tip.
    B:2 S:0 O:1 – Clint Sammons homers (1) on a fly ball to left field.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Martin Prado grounds out, third baseman Brandon Inge to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
    B:0 S:3 O:3 – Greg Norton strikes out swinging.

    Braves 8
    Tigers 3


  322. 336 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Bottom Half Inning 6

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: J. C. Boscan replaces catcher Clint Sammons, batting 9th, playing catcher.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Jeff Bennett replaces Tom Glavine.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Gerald Laird singles on a line drive to center fielder Gregor Blanco.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Jeff Larish replaces Brandon Inge.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Jeff Larish flies out to left fielder Matt Diaz.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Adam Everett flies out to center fielder Gregor Blanco.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Josh Anderson grounds into a force out, shortstop Omar Infante to second baseman Martin Prado. Gerald Laird out at 2nd.

    Braves 8
    Tigers 3


  323. 337 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Whoops, fell behind…


  324. 338 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Top Half Inning 7

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Jeff Larish remains in the game as the third baseman.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Ramon Santiago replaces shortstop Adam Everett, batting 8th, playing shortstop.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Juan Rincon replaces Bobby Seay.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Van Pope pops out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera in foul territory.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Brian McCann singles on a fly ball to left fielder Carlos Guillen.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner Matt Young replaces Brian McCann.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Matt Diaz grounds out, second baseman Justin Henry to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Matt Young to 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Omar Infante flies out to right fielder Josh Anderson.

    Braves 8
    Tigers 3


  325. 339 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Bottom Half Inning 7

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Matt Young remains in the game as the designated hitter.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Javier Guzman replaces shortstop Omar Infante, batting 6th, playing shortstop.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Boone Logan replaces Jeff Bennett.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Curtis Granderson singles on a line drive to center fielder Gregor Blanco.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner Deik Scram replaces Curtis Granderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Justin Henry grounds into double play, second baseman Martin Prado to shortstop Javier Guzman to first baseman Greg Norton. Deik Scram out at 2nd.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Magglio Ordonez grounds out, third baseman Van Pope to first baseman Greg Norton.

    Braves 8
    Tigers 3


  326. 340 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Top Half Inning 8

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Deik Scram remains in the game as the center fielder.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Ryan Roberson replaces first baseman Miguel Cabrera, batting 4th, playing first base.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Matt Treanor replaces catcher Gerald Laird, batting 6th, playing catcher.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Fernando Rodney replaces Juan Rincon.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Brandon Jones grounds out, third baseman Jeff Larish to first baseman Ryan Roberson.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Gregor Blanco flies out to right fielder Josh Anderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – J. C. Boscan singles on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Guillen.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Martin Prado flies out to center fielder Deik Scram.

    Braves 8
    Tigers 3


  327. 341 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Bottom Half Inning 8

    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Ryan Roberson grounds out, third baseman Van Pope to first baseman Greg Norton.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Carlos Guillen lines out to center fielder Gregor Blanco.
    B:4 S:0 O:2 – Matt Treanor walks.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Jeff Larish doubles (1) on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Diaz. Matt Treanor to 3rd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Pitcher Change: Rafael Cruz replaces Boone Logan.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Ramon Santiago flies out to left fielder Matt Diaz.

    Braves 8
    Tigers 3


  328. 342 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Top Half Inning 9

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Chao-Ting Tang replaces left fielder Carlos Guillen, batting 5th, playing left field.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Angel Flores replaces catcher Matt Treanor, batting 6th, playing catcher.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Casey Fien replaces Fernando Rodney.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Greg Norton doubles (1) on a fly ball to center fielder Deik Scram.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Van Pope flies out to right fielder Josh Anderson.
    B:0 S:0 O:1 – Matt Young singles on a line drive to right fielder Josh Anderson. Greg Norton to 3rd.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Matt Diaz grounds into a force out, third baseman Jeff Larish to second baseman Justin Henry. Greg Norton scores. Matt Young out at 2nd. Matt Diaz to 1st.
    B:0 S:3 O:3 – Javier Guzman strikes out swinging.

    Braves 9
    Tigers 3


  329. 343 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Bottom Half Inning 9

    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive switch from second base to first base for Martin Prado.
    B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Brooks Conrad replaces first baseman Greg Norton, batting 2nd, playing second base.
    B:0 S:3 O:1 – Josh Anderson strikes out swinging.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Deik Scram grounds out, first baseman Martin Prado to pitcher Rafael Cruz.
    B:0 S:0 O:2 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Gustavo Nunez replaces Justin Henry.
    B:0 S:0 O:3 – Gustavo Nunez grounds out to first baseman Martin Prado.

    Braves 9
    Tigers 3


  330. 344 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Final – R H E
    ATL 9 14 1
    DET 3 10 0


  331. 345 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Crap 😡

    Still didn’t line up right!


  332. 346 flbravesgirl April 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    The Tigers have guys named Scram & Ting Tang?


  333. 347 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Why, yes they do! 😆


  334. 348 Carolina Lady April 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Way to go, Raisins! Terrific!!

    FBG, I feel the same way sometimes. Chatter going on, I log in, instant crickets. Almost got a complex from it! 😀


  335. 350 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I have been trying to figure a way to fit Gary Sheffield onto the Braves roster. Would be cheap, better hitter than Garret Anderson. I suspect he will sign with the Marlins however… And Glavine should be proof positive you don’t have to throw 95 mph to get guys out.


  336. 351 Carolina Lady April 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    “….Obama ditched the high-end labels for a more budget-conscious outfit by J. Crew. The first lady was seen wearing the retailer’s champagne-colored “Crystal Constellation Cardigan Cardigan” — priced at $298 — and the “Perfect-fit tank” for $18. The first lady also sported a mint green pencil skirt, valued at $158.

    With the exception of her shoes — which were not from J. Crew — Obama’s outfit cost just under $500.

    “That’s her style — she’s practical. Michelle Obama looks chic, but very accessible, and the average woman feels like she can dress like her.”

    Uh…my entire wardrobe wouldn’t cost $500…… much less ONE outfit!


  337. 352 Carolina Lady April 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    SEATTLE — The Department of Homeland Security freed 27 illegal immigrants arrested during a workplace raid in February and offered them legal work permits, signaling a major departure from the immigration enforcement policy of the Bush administration.

    The Feb. 24 raid of an auto parts plant in Bellingham, Wash., netted 28 illegal immigrants. While one was deported, the remaining workers were released from custody and given employment authorization documents, or EADs, in exchange for cooperating with an ongoing investigation of their employer, Yamato Engine Specialists.


  338. 353 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    V, thanks for the play by play! Glad Garrett is playing finally…(Glad Garrett, his new nickname???) Does anyone have spring training stats???
    Who’s going to be our back up outfielders??? Do we go with 5 outfielders for once, at least during the early part of the season?? We don’t need 12 pitchers do we???
    Diaz can’t play center or right really. Gotta keep Blanco as well, right???


  339. 354 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Who knows Ber, I seem to remember Infante playing some outfield plus Norton and and Prado have both played in left… Still, Bobby has a thing for carrying extra pitchers.


  340. 355 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Bobby will carry 12 pitchers… count on it. That’s why the versatility of Infante and Prado is so important.


  341. 356 flbravesgirl April 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I realize it’s cheaper than haute couture but $298 for a cardigan? C’mon, my prom dress didn’t cost that much (OK, so that’s been a few years). The average American woman can not afford to dress like that.


  342. 357 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Well, it seems like you need someone who can also play center and right. Unless you are going to play Schafer and Frenchy every single game. Of course, Bobby would never do something crazy like that, right???? 😛


  343. 358 flbravesgirl April 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Hearing talk here about Sheffield & the Rays because he’s from Tampa. I don’t know that they’re interested but apparently he is.


  344. 359 flbravesgirl April 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I’d feel better with an all-around back-up outfielder but mostly we have guys you can stick in LF & that’s it.


  345. 360 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    My guess…

    Lowe, JJJ, JVaz, KK, Glav after April 19

    (Campillo until April 19), Boyer, Carlyle, O’Flaherty, Medlen, Soriano, Moylan, Gonzo

    KJ, Esco, Chipper, Mac, GA, FrenchBread, Kotch, Schafer

    Diaz, Ross, Infante, Prado, Norton


  346. 361 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Well, Blanco isn’t the best outfielder in the world, but he can play CF, he can bunt, he has a very good OBP. Still don’t know why they played Diaz about what they payed G.A. Well, I guess they signed him early on, right???


  347. 362 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Infante can play CF; Diaz can play RF.

    FrenchVanilla will play virtually every day unless he’s hurt. If he’s hurt, someone will get called up, or Diaz will take it until he’s ready.

    Schafer will play most days unless he struggles, in which case he won’t stay here on the bench, rather he’ll be sent down to play every day. My guess is that Bobby will get Infante playing time in CF once every 10 games or so. You know he loves to keep his bench guys sharp by getting them a start here and there.


  348. 363 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Still don’t know why theyPayed Diaz about what they payed G.A.


  349. 364 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Blanco is a perfect example of why I hate stats. He had decent numbers, but what exactly did he do well? When did he get he a big hit? When did he take over a game? When did he make you go, “Wow”? He didn’t even play defense that well. He gets bad jumps off the bat and he takes bad routes to the ball. He’s fast, but can’t steal bases. He does alot of things OK, but nothing outstanding. He is extremely average.


  350. 365 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    And in a spring when he was actually in real contention for a starting job, he leaves for the evil that was the WBC and lets another guy take his job. Dumb.


  351. 366 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    V, I know you know love stats, 😛 but Blanco’s 74 walks were second to only Chippers 90 walks so he can do that. Plus, he’s the best bunter on the team.

    After looking at the southpaw’s stats this spring(Hey I found some stats!) I think we might as well go with 11 pitchers…



  352. 367 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 1, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Well, seeing that Blanco is hitting .105…nevermind! 😉



  353. 368 Voice of Raisins April 1, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Beddy-bye time…



  354. 369 Bay Area Steve April 2, 2009 at 2:13 am

    I wish VOR would stop snoring.

    I wish for Francoeur to have a career year.

    I wish there was really a way to get three wishes.


  355. 370 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Well BAS… You could start by kissing toads…. 🙂

    You’ll probably start wishing you had not done so pretty quick….


  356. 371 Voice of Raisins April 2, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I wish I had gone to bed before 12:30a since I had to be up at 5:00a. And the storm that rumbled through at 2:00a didn’t help anything…


  357. 372 Voice of Raisins April 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I wish the caffeine would kick in already… 😐


  358. 373 Voice of Raisins April 2, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I wonder…

    Would you rather have Gary Sheffield on the bench, or Greg Norton? Norton did an outstanding job last year as a PH. Shef ought to scare any pitcher any time he steps up to the plate. Of course, would Shef be happy with a reserve role at this stage of his career?

    Just musing…


  359. 375 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I think Texas is taking a chance on a guy who suffered from the same thing Francouer suffered from. Looks like Rudy might become the most sought after hitting coach in the major leagues if he pulls these two out of their doldrums… Would be worth it too….

    Shef won’t sit for long, he might not be on an opening day roster but I am pretty sure that by May there will be plenty of clubs looking for a right handed power bat. Especially at bargain basement prices.


  360. 376 Voice of Raisins April 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Shef clears waivers at 1:00p, less than 1/2 hour. Betcha he signs somewhere within 24 hours. He wants playing time; I doubt a reserve role anywhere will be desirable. Betcha he gets playing time somewhere…

    Too bad he doesn’t fit our roster. His right handed power would be nice in the lineup. Not sure how durable he is anymore, though. He really needs to DH. Can’t think of who still needs one, but then I don’t give alot of thought to the AL anyway…


  361. 377 Voice of Raisins April 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I think Texas is taking a chance on a guy who suffered from the same thing Francoeur suffered from.

    I think Andruw suffers from Cranial/Anal Inversion. He can’t get his head out of his #$% to receive a coach’s instructions. He’s long been too stubborn to change his ways. When pitchers finally found the very large hole in his swing, Andruw obliged by making it larger. I think he’s done…

    By all indications, Jeffrey actually is coachable. It may save his still promising career. I’m hopeful for a strong comeback season. I think Andruw will be released before the ASB.

    (I also subscribe to the theory that he may be older than reported. All of the facts line up. He broke in early, accomplished alot early, flamed out early. No proof – just sayin’.)


  362. 378 Voice of Raisins April 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    This is definitely worth a watch. Neil Cavuto tears up this boob from Florida (What is it with the elected officials from FLA, anyway?) who is sponsoring a Bill to give Chief Tax Cheat Tim Geithner broad power to define private industry employee compensation levels. Man does he get fired up…


  363. 379 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I think the fact the Tigers want to pay Sheffield 14 mil to not play for them speaks volumes. Yeah, it’s nice to get younger, faster, more athletic(His ego is so big I read where he thought he was the most athletic player on the tigers!) but if he hit .260 hit 25 homers, drove in 90-100, why not leave him on their roster???
    Remember, he quit on a team. He was young, but still, he quit on the Brewers.


  364. 380 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Hey, see that dead horse over there??? I think I will beat it! 😛
    Did ya’ll know Josh Anderson has a lifetime .315 B.A. in 203 ab’s???
    I hope he gets a lot of playing time as a super sub in Detroit.
    From ESPN’s fantasy info…

    ESPN Fantasy Projection
    2009 Season Outlook
    Anderson has had consecutive strong seasons in Triple-A — one in the Astros chain — and it’s clear what his skill set is. The left-handed hitter hits for average and has stolen more than 40 bases in each of his past four seasons. He lost out to Jordan Schafer for the center-field job in Atlanta, but that could turn out for the best as he was acquired by the Tigers in a trade. Detroit definitely wants to capitalize on Anderson’s speed and even cut Gary Sheffield so that they could put Anderson in the outfield so they can rest Carlos Guillen a bit by inserting him as the team’s DH. He’ll play whenever possible and will get the green light, so bid accordingly.


  365. 381 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    OH, and Tim K and Buster Olney would vote for Shef in the hall, but they think the smell of steroids will keep him out…at least at first.


  366. 382 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    V, I will check out that clip in a sec, my Dad mentioned it, and said it was great!


  367. 383 Carolina Lady April 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I wish somebody would pay me $14m just to go away!

    Plan A:
    1. Find someone with $14m to spare.
    2. Find a way to be so obnoxious that he/she would be willing to actually PAY me that $14m just to shut up and go way. (For some, that would be to simply to post as many conservative, pro-American political opinions as possible!) 😆

    Plan B:
    1. Dream on!


  368. 384 Carolina Lady April 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    The D-Congressman from FL followed standard procedure: if you either can’t or don’t want to answer a question and are pressed on it, deflect by personal attack. Way to go, FL!


  369. 385 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    My question CL is why so many of these idiots give up the right to remain silent?


  370. 386 Carolina Lady April 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    They think everybody else is too stupid to catch it. ‘Cause, after all, they are SO much smarter than the rest of us peasants.


  371. 387 Carolina Lady April 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Expression of the day (courtesy Shepard Smith):
    “His Barackness…”


  372. 388 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    My question is… How long before he dons camos and acts like the banana republic dictator he adores?

    Now baseball…. I disagree about Andrew as far as being washed up. Sometimes some folks have to hit bottom before the realize what everyone has seen all along. Go to any AA meeting and you will meet any number of folks who followed the same, me first, everyone else is stupid mentality before they realized the stupid one was the person looking back at them in the mirror.

    Does not have to be drugs or alcohol that causes people to fail, sometimes it’s vanity that does the deed….


  373. 389 Voice of Raisins April 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I hope you’re right, Gil. I like Andruw. He is one of the most exciting players I’ve ever seen play the game. I just don’t share your optimism – although I hope I’m wrong and you’re right.


  374. 390 Voice of Raisins April 2, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Blanco picked off twice today. Ouch…


  375. 391 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 2, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    That sure doesn’t help his chances, does it???

    Drought officially over in metro Atlanta, according to a state climatologist.But, water restrictions will be in place for a long, long time…

    Reasons the water restrictions will never end for some(blurbs under photos on the AJC)

    According to state rules, it takes four months of improved conditions to end outdoor watering restrictions. March counts as the first month

    State Environmental Protection Division Director Carol Couch said it will take much more rain to lift watering restrictions, which she doesn’t foresee happening this year.


  376. 392 Carolina Lady April 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    State Environmental Protection Division Director Carol Couch said it will take much more rain to lift watering restrictions, which she doesn’t foresee happening this year.
    Translation: or as long as I can prevent it!
    Reason: if they can get by using less water now, they can use less water forever.


  377. 393 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Instead of fighting over water all the time, they should just go ahead and build giant desalination units and pipe it in.

    It has been a cloudy day here, sprinkled a few times bit just threaten to rain.

    I am hoping the skies will clear a bit so we can get on with our spring clean up.

    Soon I will have baseball to fill my evenings again. I read where the first game is sold out for Gwinnett. Good for them, I hope they have lots of success.


  378. 394 Salty April 2, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Some observations from the ‘Left Coast’:
    1. Average American – I intensely dislike that term, especially from another American…and doubly so from a gov’t official. They above all, should understand what it means to be an American, the sacrifices that Americans have made, not only for the USA, but for the ultimate democracy (?) of a more peaceful world. There has never been anything ordinary about America: the day we accept our country/people as ordinary…we’re back to the beginning.

    2.They think everybody else is too stupid to catch it. ‘Cause, after all, they are SO much smarter than the rest of us peasants.
    Vote them out of office. Never presume the other state/districts representative/senator is less capable than your own. Keep your eyes wide open and see, don’t imagine.

    3. How long before he dons camos and acts like the banana republic dictator he adores?
    Full disclosure, Gil: Initially, I felt your observation was harsh; however, I told a colleague today that I admire confidence…really do. That said, confidence absent humility scares me. I see nothing humble, no humility whatsoever. What I witness troubles me…not the change, but the singular transformative agenda the Man seems to have. I don’t mind change…I am troubled by change that seems to be ‘in our best interests’ absent our having a voice. Disappointed to say the least…more so, getting a bit scared.

    4. Instead of fighting over water all the time…
    If we can put a man on the moon…why should we live with floods…or drought?

    5. He (Blanco) does alot of things OK, but nothing outstanding. He is extremely average.
    Said another way: if he was on another team…would we notice? Would we even know he was on a roster? Good catch, VOR.


  379. 395 Carolina Lady April 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Good points, Salty. Most troubling to me is the incredible amount of SECRECY and trying to slip extremely important legislation through Congress. Sneakiness. (What happened to the “transparent” administration??) 9 out of 10 of them haven’t a clue what they are voting on. THAT is gross negligence, IMO. Informed voting, not just voting a party line.

    Bipartisanship from BHO: forget your own ideas, just do it my way without question. After all, I know what’s best; you don’t.

    And I’m already tired of him apologizing for America! Apologizing for what?? Paying billions to them every year for “foreign aid”? What “foreign aid” does Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc need? Whenever one of them needs something, the USA is the first one there – and they snatch it from our hands while cursing us. What’s up with that??

    Getting back to the main point – Congress: we voters HAVE to vote them OUT. Every one of them.


  380. 396 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Salty, harsh it may be but he has not exactly shown me that he admires the same folks that I do.

    CL, I survived perhaps the meanest dirtiest politics you can ever imagine by running for office in a large union. While not exactly the UAW, we still had some pretty shady characters. Tough job tilting all those windmills, especially those that fought back. Still, I had enough sense to realize the company had to make a profit to stay in business. Did not like greed however. You have no idea how many times I had to save some fool from corporate from ruining the business because they did not think things through…

    Our current POTUS is like that, still naive to the dealings of some pretty shady characters. However, it is all he has known, how evil the fat cats are and how bad the US is.

    With all the bashing of corporate CEO’s (and honestly, some of them need bashing) I see eerie parallels to Chairman Mao’s “Era of Enlightenment”… Get the mob riles up and let them do the deed.

    And baseball…. Good looking team assembled by the Braves this year if they can stay healthy. It will be exciting to watch them hit singles and doubles to score runs. Not that homeruns are not exciting, just as a fan of the National League, I love good pitching a defense and those snappy 2-1 and 3-1 games that finish in under 3 hours…


  381. 397 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2009 at 12:36 am

    I hope SG and Chris are okay, that was some pretty mean looking weather which rolled through that area of the country tonight…


  382. 398 Savannah Guy April 3, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Good morning Stuffville.

    Up before the crack ‘o dawn, getting a head start on another busy day and figgered I’d pop in and say hey. Hay! BAS time zone… he’s probably knocked the top off of an empty whisky bottle over at Jack London’s and is just headed for bed.

    One thing about being swamped with work… you catch less of the news. It’s all so parsed, recycled and analyzed so much that you can miss a few days and not miss anything of substance.

    So, speaking of newsy substance, did the Royal Highness, the Queen touch Her Royal Highness, the First Lady first or did our Chosen One, the Fashion Goddess start a new trend? Enquiring minds want to know. Maybe Larry King will straighten this out. Sheesh.

    Gil, we sure had a good soaking here the last few days, as did CL and Klobber. Not sure of the details but I heard that Georgia has caught up on water levels since the drought. Me, I’ve enjoyed every drop.

    Came at a perfect time. Just pruned, moved and transplanted about a half dozen azaleas, finally planted an orange tree I started from a seed and have been growing in a pot for about three years and also did some massive yard sprucing up, weeding, pruning, mulching, etc. This deluge we’ve had came just after all the transplanting. That’ll help a lot.

    We had so much rain you could almost watch the grass turn greener.

    Why all the yard work? Well, that’s a long story… but since I’m inclined to tell those, I’ll go ahead. It’s kind of a village story. No, not Village People and certainly not the Hillary type, although I wish somebody would steal her title, which I like, and write the book the title should belong to. Anyway, I got a call from a friend that had hired a fella who lost is job recently due to a company layoff due to the economy.

    This black gentleman is not a lawn maintenance guy by trade, but he was looking for work… any work, to support his family, pay his bills and bide him over until he could find work again in his field of air conditioning installation and service. He’s a very good worker. He does a thorough job and he does it fast. Amazing what one motivated person can do in a day. Haven’t seen that in lawn workers or in typical day labor in a long, long time.

    He could take the attitude of dragging his feet to lengthen the work hours, but he’s been zipping right through. Thanks me for the work when he arrives and thanks me when he leaves. Great attitude. As a result, all of the neighbors want him to do work for them too. He’s about to finish up here, since I’ve given him things I’d take months or even years to get around to. Hard stuff. Stuff I hate doing.

    When it started to pour down rain, another neighbor asked if he could help with some inside work. Painting I think. Rain or shine, there is always work for those that want work. It’s not always easy, but it is honest. He’ll be back today to finish my place and move next door. By the time he’s done the rounds, if he hasn’t found another job, I’ll find something else he can help with. I’m thinking of bordering my vegetable garden with railroad ties.

    As a result of his situation, his attitude and his price of ten bucks an hour and his work ethic of ten hours a day, he has the whole neighborhood lined up. Next he’ll move to another neighbors yard and then down the street a few lots over. By the time he’s found another job in his field, he’ll have a tough decision; hire someone to help with the lawn work and invest in a lawn mower and tools and make a go of it or return to installing AC’s. The way he’s going, he’ll have a choice… because he chose to work hard. No standing in line for the stimulus welfare checks for this guy.

    And before y’all even ask; no, he can’t drive to Atlanta, Charleston, Wilmington or Mechanicsville. Too far from family. It’s just some good old-fashioned free enterprise at work in this village on the coast.

    See y’all later. Keep the powder dry.


  383. 399 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Great story SG… Yes, it is true, much like the old baseball adage If a guy can hit, they will find a position for him to play. If a man is willing to work, employers will find work for him to do.


  384. 400 Voice of Raisins April 3, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Ken Rosenthal:

    The Braves talked with the Dodgers about a trade for Jason Repko, but opted against trading a pitching prospect for a spare outfielder at a time when they appear ready to commit to Jordan Schafer in center field.

    “Almost, but not quite,” one major-league source said when asked about the discussions.

    Repko, a right-handed hitter, could have platooned with Schafer or Gregor Blanco, both of whom hit from the left side.

    The teams could revisit the possibility later.

    Repko is 29 –

    2005 24 LAD NL 129 276 43 61 15 3 8 30 5 0 16 80 .221 .281 .384 74 106 2 0 1 7 7
    2006 25 LAD NL 69 130 21 33 5 1 3 16 10 4 15 24 .254 .345 .377 85 49 2 0 1 3 2
    2008 27 LAD NL 22 18 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 9 .167 .250 .222 26 4 0 0 0 0 0
    3 Seasons 220 424 64 97 21 4 11 46 16 4 33 113 .229 .300 .375 76 159 4 0 2 10 9
    162 Game Avg 312 47 71 15 3 8 34 12 3 24 83 .229 .300 .375 76 117 3 0 1 7 7
    Career High 129 276 43 61 15 3 8 30 10 4 16 80 .221 .281 .384 74 106 2 0 1 7 7


  385. 401 Voice of Raisins April 3, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Hmmm… I wonder if I could have made that more muddled if I had tried? 😀


  386. 402 Hillbilly April 3, 2009 at 11:54 am

    This made me smile with enormous pride. This guy went to high school with me (a couple of years behind me.) He went on to play basketball for the Arkansas Razorbacks, and I believe was a two-time All-SEC guard. Some of you SEC basketball fans might remember him from about 4 or 5 years ago. Most decent athletes from my hometown end up selling dope across the tracks, but this one has been an exception to the rule. Check it out.



  387. 403 Hillbilly April 3, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I’ve been filtered.


  388. 404 Hillbilly April 3, 2009 at 11:58 am


    I’ve seen previews for that movie. Nicholas Cage, right?


  389. 405 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Gotcha free Hillbilly…


  390. 406 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Another day, another nut with a gun…. Sigh, if everyone was packing, wouldn’t folks be just a bit nicer to each other? I feel bad for folks who get put into hostage situations. Likely won’t ever happen to me, like they say, Smith & Wesson… Don’t leave home without it…


  391. 407 Carolina Lady April 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Great to see you, SG – and loved the story about the man! God bless him!!

    Hillbilly – terrific story about your schoolmate! Congratulations to him!!

    You and me both, Gil! Think twice before messing with this ‘little old lady’! 😆


  392. 408 Carolina Lady April 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Rosenthal’s predictions for NL EAST:
    1. Phillies
    2. Mets (WC)
    3. Marlins
    4. Braves
    5. Nationals

    (His comments)
    Braves: Revamped pitching staff is intriguing, but season hinges upon health of Chipper Jones and production of outfielders Jeff Francoeur, Jordan Schafer and Garret Anderson.

    me: 4th?? I kinda don’t think so. Check with me later! 😀


  393. 409 Voice of Raisins April 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Nice to see SG and the Hillbilly in the ‘hood.

    I kinda like the low expectations. Let’s see how things look on Memorial Day, usually a good point of reference – enough games under the belt to assess the success (or lack thereof) of a team. I believe we’ll fare better than most predictions indicate, but I am an admitted homer, so there ya go! 😀


  394. 410 flbravesgirl April 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I’m OK with the Braves sneaking up on people too, VOR. More fun that way.

    SG, would he like to visit Tiger in 2 weeks? Ginormous amounts of work still to be done on our 3 acres.


  395. 411 flbravesgirl April 3, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Great story, Hillbilly. I get tired of hearing about college “student-athletes” majoring in PE. 🙄


  396. 412 Hillbilly April 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm


    I forgot to add the best part of that story. In high school, he struggled academically. He needed help to make the grades, and I’m not talking about the star-athlete kind of special treatment that usually takes place. I’m talking about real genuine teach-and-learn kind of help to get him going in the right direction. From there, he took off with it on his own, and now he’s only a couple of years away from a friggin’ doctorate. I was amazed when I read that this morning.


  397. 413 Voice of Raisins April 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Braves supposed to make final roster cuts after tonight’s game. Hopefully we’ll get the press release before too late.


  398. 414 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Nice to here some feel good stories for once! Well, they are out there, just don’t open newscasts, do they?


  399. 415 Carolina Lady April 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Sheffield signs with Mets.


  400. 416 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 3, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Earlier in the year, I would have taken umbrage(blog first?) at us being picked so low…but, you know what??? After watching about 2 hours of baseball tonight…last night, and seeing all the talent the Marlins have, all the power arms they have in the starting rotation….They are going to be very tough.
    Steve Philips (I know, Mr. Accuracy) said the Phils win, the Mets get the wild card, Braves 3rd, Marlins 4th, but he said all 4 teams will be in the hunt all season long.
    What I would disagree on is the wildcard team coming out of the east. IF the starting pitchers on all 4 teams stay reasonably healthy this year, you might see the teams all beat up on each other and the top team only win 86-88 games.


  401. 417 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 3, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    CL, I just read that before my post(But, I am trying to cook and write, so that was about 30 minutes ago!)
    Really don’t get it. I keep hearing how Daniel Murphy reminds scouts of Don Mattingly. I guess they will use him in left, right and pinch hitting.
    Steroid usage or no, he’s P.O’ed and he likes to play with a chip on his shoulder, and will scare some pitchers.


  402. 418 Voice of Raisins April 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm


    The Braves’ 25-man roster is:

    Pitchers: Right-handers Jeff Bennett, Blaine Boyer, Jorge Campillo, Buddy Carlyle, Jair Jurrjens, Kenshin Kawakami, Derek Lowe, Peter Moylan, Rafael Soriano and Javier Vazquez and left-handers Mike Gonzalez and Eric O’Flaherty.

    Catcher: Brian McCann and Sammons.

    Infielders: Yunel Escobar, Omar Infante, Kelly Johnson, Chipper Jones, Casey Kotchman, Greg Norton and Martin Prado.

    Outfielders: Garret Anderson, Matt Diaz, Jeff Francoeur and Schafer.

    Gregor Blanco and Brandon Jones, were optioned to Class AAA Gwinnett.

    The Braves announced the odd men out in their bullpen would be left-hander Boone Logan, who has struggled with his control, Manny Acosta, who hasn’t been the effective pitcher he was early last season, and Kris Medlen, whom the Braves want to get more seasoning. Logan and Acosta were optioned to Class AAA Gwinnett. Medlen was sent to minor-league camp.

    Backup catcher David Ross will open the season on the disabled list because of his strained right groin. Clint Sammons will begin the season as Brian McCann’s backup. Tom Glavine, Charlie Morton and Tim Hudson will also open the season on the disabled list.


  403. 419 Voice of Raisins April 3, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Good for Schafer. He worked hard and earned that job. Now, let’s hope he can do it in the regular season. I believe he will.

    The G-Braves will field quite a team this season. With Blanco, BJones and Diory Hernandez, and eventually Clint Sammons, not to mention the pitchers, they ought to have a strong roster.


  404. 420 Voice of Raisins April 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Braves win 3-1. JV was perfect in his 4 innings – 40 pitches, 30 strikes.


  405. 421 flbravesgirl April 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks, VOR!

    Hillbilly, that makes the story even better.


  406. 422 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Any reason given for Javy only pitching 40…pitches???(Something’s wrong with that line, but with as little sleep as I have had, I don’t care! 😛 )

    And V, you were right, 12 pitchers. Really don’t get it early in the season. And what would we have done if we had gotten that so-so at best outfielder from the Dodgers??? Release Norton???


  407. 423 flbravesgirl April 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Maybe “throwing” 40 pitches, Ber?

    And Bobby was probably being cautious, saving him for a meaningful game. Besides, gotta leave some work for the other 11.


  408. 424 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 3, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    But, they are called pitchers, not throwers! Little sleep…did I mention that fact???
    Well, it’s just weird. I have heard of several pitchers going 6 innings with the extended spring training, and he also pitched in the WBC.
    You know the season is just about to start when Berigan is constantly criticizing Bobby’s moves! 🙂

    Hey V, Salty…isn’t it great that the Braves are going to be on yet another FM station this year??? Let’s see, they were on 96 rock, then that country station last year, now to 96.1 the buzz, which used to be 96 rock. Did I miss a station???


  409. 425 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Welcome to the Berigan and stuff blog! 😛
    Braves game on Sports south…or the other station next to it…Kawakami having a rough start, everything is up. More wild than getting pounded…at least so far…


  410. 426 Gil in Mechanicsville April 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Slow day in the hood eh Ber??


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