77: What Happened???

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by Carolina Lady

โ“ What happened โ“


Garret Anderson came to Atlanta with the reputation of a solid player who produced good numbers, went about his business professionally. Fans and fellow players alike described him as humble and quiet, a person of excellent quality.

He may be, probably is, just that. But we’ve seen precious little of him from day 1.

Signed Feb 22, he didn’t play until Mar 5. The very next day he came up with an injured calf muscle and was out until the very end of March.

Now it’s a strained left quad and on the DL.

According to MLB.com stats, Anderson has produced over the last ten games:
4/05/09 vs PHI: 4 AB, 1 hit, 0 rbi, .250 avg
4/07/09 vs PHI: 4 AB, 1 hit, 0 rbi, .250 avg
4/08/09 vs PHI: 1 AB, 0 hit, 0 rbi, .222 avg
4/10/09 vs WSH: 1 AB, 0 hit, 0 rbi, .200 avg
4/14/09 vs FLA: 4 AB, 0 hit, 0 rbi,. 143 avg
4/15/09 vs FLA: 1 AB, 0 hit, 0 rbi,. 133 avg
4/16/09 vs FLA: 4 AB, 2 hit, 0 rbi, .222 avg
4/17/09 vs PIT: 1 AB, 0 hit, 0 rbi, .211 avg
4/18/09 vs PIT: 4 AB, 0 hit, 0 rbi, .174 avg
4/19/09 vs PIT: 2 AB, 1 hit, 0 rbi, .200 avg

This just has to be an aberration. Garret is the Angel’s career leader in hits, runs, doubles, RBIs and total bases. That just doesn’t evaporate overnight. Last year he hit .293, 15 homers, and .758 OPS for the Angels.

So, what is it? The switch from AL to NL? Just suddenly developed muscle problems? The Braves’ misfortunes continuing?

I would find it very hard to believe that a person of his long-standing, high-caliber character would develop “Sheffield-like” attitudes and demeanor. Doesn’t fit. I have to believe that he has been beset by some physical difficulties and will eventually live up to our expectations.

I’ll admit to being purely shocked by Bowman’s assessment of him as a left-field manikin and as blank and emotionless in person. No explanations there.

Though something is obviously going on with him, I’m nowhere near ready to disrespect him or give up on him.

What do you think?



410 Responses to “77: What Happened???”

  1. 1 Salty April 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I’m with you, CL…not (quite) ready to throw GA under the bus. I’ve always thought him to be a classy ballplayer…goes about his business…no showboating. However, I would equally hate to think he’s sulking…doesn’t fit with his career. Still….hmmm. ๐Ÿ™„

    By the way, if you can be disgruntled, can you be gruntled? Just wonderinโ€™โ€ฆ
    I’m with you and, in fact…does it also mean ‘gruntled’ means happy, or satisfied? Can’t find it in the thesaurus…perhaps mine is outdated!

    CL…again…thanks for the new bloggage!


  2. 2 Salty April 24, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    OK…I did not put in all of that bold nonsense! I’ve been wordpressed! ๐Ÿ˜ก

    That’s ok…here’s some nice, clean humor! Really, honest…trust me! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
    Oops…:oops: Trust me! ๐Ÿ˜† Never judge a story by its cover…err…words!

    The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise
    for answered prayers. A lady stood and walked to the podium.

    She said, “I have a Praise.

    Two months ago,my husband,Tom, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his
    scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the
    doctors didn’t know if they could help him.”

    You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as
    they imagined the pain that poor Tom must have experienced.

    “Tom was unable to hold me or the children or perform the husbandly
    things i had come to expect each day,” she went on, “and every
    move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed
    a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece
    together the crushed remnants of Tom’s scrotum, and wrap wire
    around it to hold it in place.”

    Again, the men in the congregation were unnerved and squirmed
    uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on
    Tom. “Now,” she announced in a quavering voice, “thank the Lord,
    Tom is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time,his
    scrotum should recover completely.”

    All the men sighed with relief. The pastor rose and tentatively
    asked if anyone else had something to say.

    A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium. He said, “I’m
    Tom.” The entire congregation held its breath.
    “I just want to tell my wife that the word is sternum.”

    No doghouse…right? ๐Ÿ˜•


  3. 4 Carolina Lady April 24, 2009 at 7:35 pm


    from a 2/24/09 article by Bowman:

    Utilizing a training program arranged by his agent, Scott Boras, Anderson spent the past three months strengthening his legs, and he feels he’s reporting to camp stronger now than at any other point of his career.

    “Strength-wise, I’d say I’m probably in better shape, because there was a more specific type of weight training that I did,” Anderson said. “Plus, I spent more time on my feet running than I usually do. So my legs are where they need to be now, as opposed to working my way through Spring Training to get ready for the season.”


  4. 5 Carolina Lady April 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    A really terrific article from the LA Times (2/07/09) on Garret:
    Very enlightening.


  5. 6 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Great observation CL, I hope he can get it turned around because the Braves really do need his bat.


  6. 7 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 24, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for the new blog CL! I would like to see G.A. get well, pound the ball, and not be talking about his fire level.
    There is a pattern though, of players, HOF’ers even, that after playing all their career with one team, fail and retire in a year or so with a new team.

    Hank Greenburg. His last year in Detroit in 1946, he hit 44 HR’s and 127 RBI’s at the age of 35.
    After being traded to the Phillies in 1947, he hit 25HR’s drove in 74, and hit only .249


    Ralph Kiner lead the league in homers for 8 straight years in Pittsburgh. Was traded mid season, and was out of baseball at the age of 32, less than 3 years later.

    Jackie Robinson was 37, but didn’t go west with the Dodgers when they moved to L.A.

    G.A. topped them all, he signed with the Angels nearly 19 years ago, in 1990.

    I don’t know, we shall see, won’t we????


  7. 8 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Gil, or CL I am in post limbo, or my post is invisible…


  8. 9 Carolina Lady April 24, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    You’ve been released from Salty’s Filter, Ber! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I think the problem lies with his ‘leg strengthening’ regimen. Stronger but less flexible = muscle injuries.
    When will they learn?????? Seems that everybody who has tried that ‘strengthening’ stuff has a terrible following year. I sure hope he realizes that before the whole year is shot. Boras strikes again! (Why would he decide that Garret needed that set of exercises?? Weird!)


  9. 10 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Totally off the subject but great info on the herculean engineering feat that is the space station:


  10. 11 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 12:26 am

    A fun airline announcement:


  11. 12 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Corporate Shake Up

    If you’ve ever worked for a boss that reacts before getting the facts and thinking things through, you will love this!

    Arcelor-Mittal Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers. On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy just standing around and leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?”

    A little surprised, the young man looked at him and replied, “I make $400 a week. Why?”

    The CEO told him, “Wait right here.” He then walked back to his office, came back in two minutes and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and screamed, “Here’s four weeks’ pay, now GET OUT and don’t come back.”

    Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goofball did here?”

    From across the room came a voice, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”


  12. 13 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 25, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Thanks CL! Wow, coughed and belched at the very same time, first time for that…


  13. 14 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 25, 2009 at 6:22 am

    CL, that’s interesting about the leg strengthening program, just might be something to that!
    The only programs any Major leaguer should follow is the one Jamie Moyer is on(I see him sprint after a bunt, and think he’s going to pull something, but he never does)
    Or the one that I think both Justin Morneau and Dustin Pedroia use. Core strength training, that Pedroia swears kept him from breaking down late in the year.
    Saw some of the stuff he did, pretty intense. Of course, he and Morneau are younger as well.


  14. 15 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 25, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Oh, and the joke (and Salty’s) are pretty funny! ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. 16 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Good morning all, yes folks, flexibility seems to be the key when it comes to baseball…

    Interesting game last night, Braves scoring two runs without the benefit of a hit. I recall the Braves being on the opposite end of one of those walk-a-thons… And the Frenchman hitting a solo homer. Good to see a little power return.

    In the sure… but what have you done for me lately department… Sorento did not look so effective last night but Gonzo looked very sharp. Opposite of what we saw in DC. Strange game eh?


  16. 17 Salty April 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

    From across the room came a voice, โ€œPizza delivery guy from Dominoโ€™s.โ€
    Nice tip! Dumb boss! ๐Ÿ™„


  17. 18 Savannah Guy April 25, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Good lead CL and dittos. And the Boras exercise regimin post tooโ€ฆ may very well be part and parcel with these lingering calf/quad problems.

    Bowman is a twirp. So typical of many sports media types, most of whom couldnโ€™t get a spot in their high school or college as a writer or a waterboy, to be dismissive and condescending if a player doesnโ€™t react to them the way they think they deserve. On sports blogs you expect that kind of slight on a playerโ€™s personality, but like the vulgar slob reporter in LA last year (ranting about โ€œfatโ€ AJ), Bowman doesnโ€™t deserve to get twenty feet from any player.

    Even though heโ€™s been a great player for many years, I wasnโ€™t one that was excited about signing Garrett, but not because of his demeanor. Was just wanting someone a bit younger. Thereโ€™s a lotta field out there in left for old legs. Wonder if he can play first base?


  18. 19 Savannah Guy April 25, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Gil, yes, it sure was a strange game last night. The strike zone was about 6 inches wide and 4 inches high. Gotta love those walks. What was it until French hit the dinger, 24 innings without a Braves run other than from walks? The kids are pretty tentative and probably too patient at the plate so far.

    Soriano is a loose cannon. Gonzo looked his best yet. French seems to have a new lease on life. Kelly still hesitates too much on good hitter counts and pitches he should crush to be high in the batting order. Yunel is lost. Kotchman looks like he just canโ€™t time pitches or something. Chipper looked hung over, or sore, or tired or something. Schafer is what, 14 years old? Diaz looked dazed and confused. Vazquez pitched his heart out and did great. He looks like Tony Almeda, Jack Bauers nemesis on โ€˜24โ€™.

    The thing about growing older and people reminding you of other peopleโ€ฆ at some point, everyone you see reminds you of someone youโ€™ve seen before. Many faces in the olโ€™ memory bank I sโ€™poze.

    Salty, pizza for breakfast?


  19. 20 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Yes, many folks remind you of someone they have met before. Isn’t that how Miss Jane Marple solved all her murder mysteries? And isn’t high definition amazing? Man, do these guys look old or what?

    I am headed over to my mom’s house today to mow the lawn and pick up around the place. I really should try to sell it but no use going down that path until it is absolutely necessary. Sometimes you have to pick your battles wisely, it is not that I could not win that one, just don’t know that it is worth the effort.

    In the meantime, I will just enjoy this beautiful day….


  20. 21 Salty April 25, 2009 at 10:50 am

    SG…CL’s Corporate Shake-Up story…no pizza for b’fast! Just a self-serving boss showing he isn’t paying attention…kind of like managing by sound-bites. Hears something and thinks he knows it all!


  21. 22 Savannah Guy April 25, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Knew that Salty… just funnin’.

    Cold pizza with anchovies. Mmmm


  22. 23 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Rats! McCann on 15-day DL for infection in left eye. Sammons called up. (To back up Ross??)


  23. 24 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    To answer my own question:
    David Ross, who is regarded as a strong defensive catcher, will handle the primary catching duties for the Braves while McCann is sidelined. Entering Saturday, Ross had four hits, including a homer and a double, in 12 at-bats this year. Thank you, Mr Bowman.


  24. 25 Savannah Guy April 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    wow. must be a really bad infection. wonder if he got that from contact lenses?


  25. 26 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Likely a lot of fingers rubbing the eye, all the various ‘treatments’ – plenty of opportunity for an infection to be introduced.

    Sometimes seems that the Braves just can’t get everyone healthy at the same time.

    Regular people don’t get all this stuff constantly.


  26. 27 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Sure they do, it’s just that we are not allowed to go on the DL…. Well, maybe some of us are…. :-}

    Anywhoo, ask Chris what Josie told him about her observation of Brian McCann prior to the start of the season…


  27. 29 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    yeah, what???


  28. 30 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    yeah, what???


  29. 31 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I really like Lowe’s response to yesterday’s game:
    “Plate umpire Mike Estabrook warned Lowe and both benches after Joey Votto was hit by a pitch in the FIRST inning…”

    Takin’ care of business….. :mrgreen:


  30. 32 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    You guys following the swine flu outbreak??? This might be the time to stock up on food, no joke!

    Mexicoโ€™s Calderon Declares Emergency
    Amid Swine Flu Outbreak

    And Obama met with archeologist who died of some flu the next day!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  31. 33 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Said Brian was having eye problems, said it was pretty obvious to her. That was before he complained of the blurred vision… Hey, I have learned to listen when she speaks…


  32. 34 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 25, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    watching Red Sox/Yankees game. 12-11 in the 8th!!!


  33. 35 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Now today’s game… Yahoo!!! That’s what I’m talking about, a good old fashion whooping…


  34. 36 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    And even money Escobar gets plunked again tomorrow… and nothing will be done about it….


  35. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Anyone else think the American League is really a softball beer league clone?


  36. 38 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Gil it might be!!!


  37. 39 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Hey, I have learned to listen when she speaksโ€ฆ
    Gil, you are an extremely wise man!


  38. 40 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Gil, the AL isn’t really baseball……


  39. 41 Savannah Guy April 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    And Obama met with archeologist who died of some flu the next day!!!!

    Bear, that is creepy, in a biblical sort of way. So, the Chosen One brings the plague along with him to Mexico. Famine and Locusts can’t be far behind. Sounds like and ‘Omen, part IV’ script.


  40. 42 Savannah Guy April 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I’m blaming that “and” on the tiny typeface (and eyes that ain’t young).


  41. 43 Carolina Lady April 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I’ve just figured out why some of y’all can’t see the type: your screen size setting is too high. I keep mine on 800×600 and I can see everything well. Ya think? Huh? Ok – so I don’t see all that well and HAVE to have things enlarged…..but it works! ๐Ÿ˜†


  42. 44 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Dear Diary,

    I woke up this morning. Therefore, it is a good day. ๐Ÿ˜€


  43. 45 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Dear Diary,

    I just watered the garden. All the ‘maters and peppers are happy. The okra sprouts are popping up everywhere, right on time. The cantaloupe is perky. The herb garden is watered and standing up all perky and fluffy.

    I just got bit by 8756 mosquitos. The gnats joined in too, where they could find room. My back hurts from picking up heavy timbers and bending over the garden all day yesterday. My shoulder hurts from hoisting railroad ties off of the truck bed. Now my arms and legs are itching. My allergies seem to be kicking in. Sneezing. Itching. Feeling faint. Must have more coffee.

    I woke up this morning, therefore…


  44. 46 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Dear Diary,

    BioFreeze creme rub, Benadryl Spray and coffee work wonders. ๐Ÿ˜€


  45. 47 Salty April 26, 2009 at 8:00 am

    SG…sore muscles are muscles that still work…just sayin’! Also, muscles are vital to lifting the coffee mug and posting to ‘Dear Diary’. You have good muscles! ๐Ÿ˜†


  46. 48 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Salty, I still have washboard abs too. They are, uh, hidden under a protective layer of, well, cushioning… but still.


  47. 49 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Six-pack turned to keg. ๐Ÿ˜†


  48. 50 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Anybody else out there noticed that they make shirts different these days? Back in the day there was plenty of room all around… almost baggy in the middle. Maybe they are doing that to save material. But the way they cut them differently and narrow them, they’re tighter around the midsection. Pants too. For some odd reason, they’ve changes all the waste sizes so that, what was once a 32 is now a 36 or 38. French influence?

    Must be the economy.


  49. 51 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Ethnic joke from an Irish friend:

    Two Irishmen were sitting in a pub having beer and watching the brothel across the street.

    They saw a Baptist minister walk into the brothel, and one of them said, “Aye, ’tis a shame to see a man of the cloth goin’ bad.”

    Then they saw a Rabbi enter the brothel, and the other Irishman said, “Aye, ’tis a shame to see that the Jews are falling’ victim to temptation.”

    Then they saw a Catholic priest enter the brothel, and one of the Irishmen said, “What a terrible pity… one of the girls must be quite ill.”


  50. 52 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Dear Diary,

    The sun is shining, feels like Spring, have found new energy, soreness is gone, skeeter and gnat bites stopped itching, can move without back or shoulder ache, all is well and good. Now, back to the garden. Must now have more coffee to outrun the skeeters and those gnasty gnawing gnibbling gnats. Maybe a smudge pot is in order.

    Domination of the Braves & Stuff blog is so easy.


  51. 53 Carolina Lady April 26, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Way to go, SG! ๐Ÿ˜†

    My yard/gardens got zero attention this spring. The grass gets cut when I can get my brother to come do it. (Which isn’t often…) Having a shoulder/arm out of commission interferes with just about everything in your life! At least I can type with both hands now! ๐Ÿ˜€


  52. 54 Carolina Lady April 26, 2009 at 11:50 am

    link to ajc’s video clips “Know Your Braves”

    Some interesting/funny stuff on a couple of the Braves.


  53. 55 Carolina Lady April 26, 2009 at 11:56 am

    from Mark Bowman:
    “CINCINNATI — Yunel Escobar has drawn the ire of opposing teams and umpires. But for the most part, the Braves appreciate the excitement their shortstop displays with on-field actions that can often be interpreted as flamboyant.

    There are a lot of people that just show up here and collect checks,” Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton said. “There are others who show up to battle every day. He loves to play the game, and he’s showing it. Sometimes people don’t agree with the way he plays. But I love to see his enthusiasm. I’d never want to take the enthusiasm out of the game of baseball.”

    What an interesting statement!! Who just shows up to collect a check in the Braves lineup, do you think??


  54. 56 Salty April 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

    For some odd reason, theyโ€™ve changed all the waist sizes so that, what was once a 32 is now a 36 or 38.

    It’s the exchange rate, SG! Improved, though! I worried when the Euro hit $1.60 to the dollar…meant my waist had gone to 42! I’m much happier now…best diet I’ve ever experienced! :mrgreen:


  55. 57 Salty April 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    What an interesting statement!! Who just shows up to collect a check in the Braves lineup, do you think??

    Might be on the DL…might be on another team. Terry may be talking in the now…or in the past. For sure, what he’s saying is Yunel plays the game the way Terry did. Don’t suppose Terry said anything to Lowe before yesterday’s game…do you? Then again, Derek Lowe probably understands his job…and what ‘team’ means. And with all due respect, so does Joey Votto…kudos to both…get it done and over with…play the game…share a beer/Diet Coke afterwards! ๐Ÿ˜†


  56. 58 Salty April 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Wow! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ This is most blogination I’ve done in…months! Nice to come up for a bit of air!


  57. 59 Carolina Lady April 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    And it’s so good to see both you and SG here again!!!
    Welcome back!!!


  58. 60 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 26, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Nice to see posts since 9:30 PM the night before, especially on a Sunday!
    Methinks FBG’s laptop must be D.O.A.


  59. 61 Salty April 26, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    And itโ€™s so good to see both you and SG here again!!! :mrgreen:
    Happy Days are Here Again!?!


  60. 62 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Dear Diary,

    Back from church. Must remember to love all creatures of God’s creation… ‘cept skeeters and gnats.


  61. 63 Carolina Lady April 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    …and roaches. And flies.


  62. 64 Mr. Fly, sleuth reporter April 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Flies??? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  63. 65 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Not to worry little sleuth buddy. Your, uh, transmutation exempts you from the pest category… although some that have read your posts may beg to differ. ๐Ÿ˜€


  64. 66 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Top of the 5th, Braves down 2-zip. Need some runs. C’mon kid…


  65. 67 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Bottom of 5th, Braves down 6-zip. Cincy still batting.


  66. 68 Carolina Lady April 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Bottom of the 5th: WSH 8 – NYM 1
    Sometimes I like the Nats!


  67. 69 Carolina Lady April 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Sometimes I really don’t like Cinncy! ๐Ÿ˜ก


  68. 70 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Dear Diary,

    Today I was finally able to relax and watch a Braves game in it’s entirety. There I was, inside with the ac cranked up, away from skeeters, comfy couch, HD TV, Diet Coke and peanuts right there. All set. The snacks disappeared by the second inning.

    After Cincy got 8 runs and remembering Skip’s advice on many occasions in situations much like today, I decided to walk the dog, so to speak. The ‘dog’ consisted of more garden and yard work. More pesky skeeters, more gnasty gnats.

    There is no rest for a Braves fan or a gardener.


  69. 71 Savannah Guy April 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Obama completes his first 100 days in office in a day or two. Never in the history of this country has so much been spent in such a short time to do so little for so few.

    Now it seems we have twisted everything inside out and turned everything upside down. Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what your country can do to you.


  70. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville April 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Does Kerswin remind anyone else of a human rain delay? I watched him him DC and again today and boy, does he ever slow a game down. Would have thought I was watching an American League game. Still too early to throw him away but I am glad he does not face the Cardinals…


  71. 73 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 26, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    We should all get a collection together, and buy Mr. SG some anti-skeeter spray. Never heard of it in south Georgia it appears! ๐Ÿ˜›


  72. 74 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Man. I hate it when I get awakened by my cranky legs in the middle of the night…. Well, let’s see, since I am now awake, I might as well blog.

    Josie and I are going to take a little road trip today. Driving down to the Chesapeake Bay to look at a cottage. Any excuse I always say. With temperatures in the 90s it seems a good idea. If I stayed home I would just be goaded into working around the house.

    Now baseball…. We all knew the Marlins would come back to the pack at some point didn’t we? And the Nationals showed what they could do if they had better pitching. That kid Zimmermann looks to be a real keeper. Not so sure the Mets think the same of Pelfrey.

    And Tampa Bay is not going to sneak up on folks again this year but I predict they will not play sub .500 baseball all year. Too many good young arms in that organization for them to fail.

    And NASCAR… The circus come to Richmond this week. It is going to be tough for them to top the finish they had in ‘Dega… Lucky Carl Edwards’ car stay on the track and did not fly into the stands. I can remember attending a local race when a car actually flipped over the flag stand. Scary stuff for the flagman. Yes, auto racing is a dangerous sport but that is part of the draw. A lot like going to watch the Monster Trucks Show… but different…


  73. 75 Savannah Guy April 27, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Dear Diary,

    Upon the advice of Mr. Bear, I will send word to south Georgia about skeeter spray. Maybe there’s a little skeeter supply story in Cairo or Thomasville that could warn people there. As for Savannah and the rest of eastern, coastal Georgia, they sell skeeter spray and ‘no seeum’ lotion all over the place. Me, I prefer the bites to the sticky smelly ‘pison’, ‘specially when I’m all sweaty and stuff.

    Maybe I’ll run down to the Google store and find a map of Georgia so I can send one to Mr. Bear. ๐Ÿ˜›


  74. 76 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Well, I’ve got this little device that I bought from a catalog that emits a sound that I can barely hear that drives biting bugs away.

    A couple of years ago I hired two men to do some outside work for me. They were getting eaten alive. I fetched the 2 “skeeter-gitters”, gave one to each man, they worked without bites the rest of the day.

    The purchase from the catalog was around $6 or so for both devices. WELL worth it. No spray, no lotion, no bites.



  75. 77 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

    What a weekend! I missed most of what happened with the Braves this weekend. I traveled with my band to Murfreesboro, TN, to compete in Legacy Productions’ “Battle for Christ” battle of the bands on Saturday. We were one of ten bands to compete in this round, and came in 3rd… moving on to the semi-finals.

    There was quite an assortment of bands there – everything from straight Praise & Worship to College Rock to Southern Rock to Hardcore (Scream-o) to Contemporary Christian to Classic Rock… all with a Christian message. There were musicians anywhere from teenage to 50something. Folks from as close by as Murfreesboro to as far away as New Jersey.

    We had a blast. Now if we can just solve our drummer’s schedule conflict for the next round… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  76. 78 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Congratulations, Raisins!!! That is terrific!!! Keep us updated!


  77. 79 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    KJ is getting killed across the street. I have to agree, though, that he simply isn’t cutting it at leadoff. It may be time to go ahead and give Schafer a shot at it. I’ll tell yo something else, too, I’d do a couple of other things to the lineup that might not be so popular… including sticking Chipper in the cleanup spot. I have advocated it since before Spring, and I still do. OK…. here is my lineup; trash away…

    1- Schafer (L) .380 OBP, 5 2B’s, 12 walks
    2- Kotchman (L) .281 AVG, .361 OBP, only 6 K’s
    3- Yunel (R) .295 AVG, .459 SLG, 2 HR’s
    4- Chipper (S) he’s Chipper, ’nuff said
    5- Franc (R) .292 AVG, .458 SLG, only 6 K’s
    6- BJones (L against RHP) 2/3, 1 walk, 1 RBI
    6- Diaz (R against LHP) .227 AVG, 2 HR’s, 8 RBI
    7- KJ (L) .212 AVG, 3 HR’s, 9 RBI – ewwwww
    8- Ross (R) .389 AVG, .542 OBP, .833 SLG – dang ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    OK, maybe we switch Ross and KJ… Maybe we bump Ross up to 6…


  78. 81 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    When Mac is back, he slides in at 5th, and everybody drops one.


  79. 82 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Garret who?


  80. 83 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Can David Ross play LF? ๐Ÿ˜€


  81. 85 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Raisins, what are you watching??


  82. 86 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Raisins, what are you watching??

    Unfortunately, nothing. The Ross crack was facetious. Am I off on the lineup, though?


  83. 87 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    You almost had me convinced there was an early game! ๐Ÿ˜†


  84. 88 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    7pm game time tonight…. Yep, good reason not to blog or otherwise read the papers if you are Kelly Johnson. They trash him even when he is batting .350… Of course I too think he performs better when hitting around the 7th spot in the order.

    It is a good team coming in to play in the Cardinals. I will be happy if the Bravos can take two of three.

    And Raisins, those must be two mighty good bands to finish ahead of your group… You guys are Da Bomb… ๐Ÿ™‚


  85. 89 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Gil… there were some very talented bands there. It’ll get much harder to advance from here on…

    We still don’t know if our regular drummer can make it to the next round, in 2 weeks. If we have to take another drummer, we are toast. But, we’ll show up and make a go of it anyway. It’d just be nice to see how far we can get with our A lineup.


  86. 90 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Tonight’s lineup, to nobody’s surprise:

    1. KJ 2B
    2. Yunel SS
    3. Chipper 3B
    4. Kotch 1B
    5. Franc RF
    6. BJones LF
    7. Ross C
    8. Schafer CF
    9. JJ P

    Yawn… ๐Ÿ˜


  87. 91 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Glav is supposed to address the media tonight. Speculation? I bet there is more waiting…


  88. 92 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Work is done… heading out to cut the lawn.



  89. 93 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Tom Glavine: ” itโ€™s worth it to give it one more shot “


  90. 94 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Ha! Moylan struck out PooooHols on 3 pitches. ๐Ÿ˜€


  91. 95 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    c’mon Ross!


  92. 96 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm



  93. 97 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Get him on…


  94. 98 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Get him over…


  95. 99 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Infante got down a successful BUNT!!! Wow! Schafer to 2nd.


  96. 100 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    c’mon Chipper!


  97. 101 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    c’mon Kotch!


  98. 102 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:28 pm



  99. 103 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, Raisins!


  100. 104 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Carlisle vs Poooohols


  101. 106 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    nice battle…


  102. 107 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    whew! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  103. 108 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Wow. Somebody buy Carlyle a cold Diet Coke! That was a battle!


  104. 109 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    last chance


  105. 110 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    What is that thing on Franklin’s face??! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  106. 111 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    last out


  107. 112 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm



  108. 114 Savannah Guy April 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm


    Braves should’a could’a. JJ can’t catch a break. We need a lineup change. KJ down to at least 6. I like Raisins’ lineup better’n Cox’s.

    Speaking of… congrats on the band battle Raisins. Vey cool. Good luck on getting your drummer up there for the next round and break a leg.


  109. 115 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Curse of the Billy Goat methinks….


  110. 116 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Billy Goat – or OLD Goat?


  111. 117 flbravesgirl April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    OK, let’s see if this hunka’ junk will work.


  112. 118 flbravesgirl April 27, 2009 at 11:04 pm


    I tried to check in before & couldn’t get this thing to connect. Salty dear, please forgive me for missing your birthday. It’s been a whirlwind of cleaning, planting, laying tile, grouting tile, sealing tile & various other things that all seem to abuse my knees. Plus we had assorted relatives here over the weekend, so there was a lot of cooking too. Mom & Melissa headed back home today so it will be quieter now.


  113. 119 flbravesgirl April 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Our yard & garden are gorgeous. We got to see the end of the tulips & redbud and now the dogwood & azaleas are spectacular. Dad & I are planting many more azaleas, plus rhododendren, hostas, roses, etc. We have a native orange azalea next to the driveway that is so old it’s become a tree.


  114. 120 flbravesgirl April 27, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Let’s see… I had 70+ emails,have barely heard an entire Braves game & haven’t talked to y’all in a week or so. When does the vacation start?


  115. 121 Carolina Lady April 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Hey, FBG!!! Great to hear from you!!! You work too hard! Time for a bit of goof-off time, don’t you think?

    The gardens sound fantastic! You’ll enjoy your labors for many years to come!

    Welcome back!!


  116. 122 flbravesgirl April 28, 2009 at 12:12 am

    It will settle down now. Dad & I know we have plenty of time here so it won’t be the frantic race to get things done that Mom had us on.


  117. 123 Voice of Raisins April 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

    President Teleprompter strikes again:




  118. 125 Voice of Raisins April 28, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Newsweek’s account:

    Thousands of workers in Lower Manhattan today went into total panic when a Boeing 747 presidential aircraft โ€” officially known by the call sign Air Force One, when President Obama is actually on board โ€” flew low over New York harbor this morning. The massive blue and white plane, escorted by a pair of fighter jets, was apparently circling Lower Manhattan so that Air Force photogs could get pictures of Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty.

    Typical of the new regime. Style over substance. No critical thinking. I laugh at this, but this is so serious. It is typical of the mindset of the new order. A bigger question could be, why wasn’t this more widely reported? If W had done it, there would be a new 24/7 network set up for the story.


  119. 126 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

    If he says “Stay classy San Diego” I’m heading for the hills…

    FBG… All work and no play makes you a serf…. Not to be confused with a surfer.. same but different… 8)

    And what of Berigan? Conflicted watching the Braves and Cardinals?


  120. 127 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Raisins, New Yorkers are a skittish bunch anyway… Was reported on NBC last night. Besides, where else would a radio program like HG Wells epic War Of The Worlds have caused a panic? Think about it, would the good folks of Georgia have fled? No, they simply would have taken the shotgun out of the closet and waited for the aliens to cross the threshold….


  121. 128 Voice of Raisins April 28, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I should have known… Barack’s teleprompter has its own blog!



  122. 129 Carolina Lady April 28, 2009 at 9:32 am

    ‘Morning, y’all!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to our friend Paladin! I think he’s 39 again.

    simply would have taken the shotgun out of the closet and waited.. Gil, that’s funny! Last night I heard the Sheriff’s Dept helicopter circling close by – which is rare; they don’t call it out unless it’s a pretty big deal. So I thought, OK! Time to dust off Granddaddy’s shotgun! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†


  123. 130 Carolina Lady April 28, 2009 at 9:53 am

    โ— This one is truly serious โ—

    I had no idea!!!
    I’m unable to get the link to work properly but go to youtube.com; search Tapping your cellphone. You won’t believe what somebody can do!! Truly scary!!!


  124. 131 Voice of Raisins April 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

    That’s pretty freaky, CL… ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  125. 132 Carolina Lady April 28, 2009 at 10:41 am

    It sure is! I had no idea that it was available to whoever had the price to pay for it. Those are the ones the law should go after; it just shouldn’t be available over the web. Imagine the damage some wacko kids, who would really go for that sort of stuff, could do – to anyone they decided they didn’t like! Much less an adult wacko! If people knew about it, I bet some of them would turn the stupid things off! (Pet peeve: people in public constantly on their cell phones, blabbing, gossiping, mindless blather…)


  126. 133 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    CL… As annoying as that can be, it is the blabbering on a cell phone while driving that disturbs me the most. However, most grocery store clerks will double price some items if someone is on the phone while checking out as a matter of principle.

    If it is electronic, it can be compromised… Lot’s of “Evil Doers” out in the world, many of them are disguised as the good guys.

    And speaking of “Evil Doers”, I went to visit mom today….


  127. 134 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    The link you wanted?


  128. 135 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Hummmm, wordpress blocking links?


  129. 136 Voice of Raisins April 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    And speaking of โ€œEvil Doersโ€, I went to visit mom todayโ€ฆ

    Ouch… ๐Ÿ˜›


  130. 137 Voice of Raisins April 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Florida prep pitcher seeks 5th straight no-hitter

    CLEARWATER, Fla. โ€” A Florida high school pitcher is trying for his fifth consecutive no-hit game.

    Mitchell High School senior Patrick Schuster will try to extend the streak Tuesday afternoon in a district tournament start in Clearwater.

    The 18-year-old left-hander โ€” who has already signed to play at the University of Florida โ€” notched his fourth straight no-hitter last week in a win at home, setting a new Florida state record. His school is in New Port Richey, northwest of Tampa.

    He last gave up a hit in a game on March 24.

    The national high school record for consecutive no-hitters is six. — AP


  131. 138 Carolina Lady April 28, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “…..speaking of โ€œEvil Doersโ€, I went to visit mom todayโ€ฆ.” ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

    Consecutive no-hitters?? Whoa!

    Link – it just seemed to be THAT link. I tried several different versions and it just wouldn’t work. THEN I later noticed that the person (TV station) who posted the video had selected the “No Embed” option.

    Today is just too pretty. 80 degrees, sunny, low humidity, terrific breeze blowing. ahhhhhhhhh……


  132. 139 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 28, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Hey all! Didn’t really mean to disappear…I was here, just not HERE! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    V, congrats on the battle of the bands contest! ๐Ÿ˜€ Surely the drummers boss understands what’s really important! ๐Ÿ˜›
    Gil, Braves vs. Cards. My Dad was asking who I was rooting for. Like a Schizo (which after looking up Schizophrenia, it isn’t a split personality disorder, more a trouble comprehending reality-you learn a lot not being able to spell worth a darn!)
    I would change my alliances inning to inning. I really wanted to get more than one run in when we had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs…luckey we got the one run.
    I don’t really like LaRussa, as I think I have mentioned before. But, you really have to tip your hat to the way his mind works. Never sits back, is always thinking. Hard to believe he’s only 3 years younger than Bobby.
    I know it’s not all his doing, he hires very smart coaches, and gets players that think more or less the way he does, and follow a certain hard nosed style of play. Everything from the way the first baseman teases a runner into taking too big a lead…to playing Chipper so well… to having everyone in the outfield on the warning track to prevent a runner having a chance from scoring on a hit…just feel like the neurons are firing in his noggin all the time.


  133. 140 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Typical of the new regime. Style over substance. No critical thinking. I laugh at this, but this is so serious. It is typical of the mindset of the new order. A bigger question could be, why wasnโ€™t this more widely reported? If W had done it, there would be a new 24/7 network set up for the story.

    You got that right V! I did see ABC mention it last night, but they did NOT have the footage FOX had of people running, seemingly for their lives out of tall buildings. ABC was very quick to mention how darned upset Obama was about this, but of course it’s just the kind of thing Obama does…


  134. 141 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Lets see if I just paste the youtube link, that works…


  135. 142 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Whoa!!! I see the whole clip!!! Is that just me????


  136. 143 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Berigan, was always an Orioles fan when it came to the American League from way back when. Tough being a Baltimore fan right now. It’s what happens when you have a megalomaniac for an owner. Like Ted Turner.. but different.


  137. 144 Savannah Guy April 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    After being on this box since 5:30 am, had to check in with my Stuffville peeps before turning into a pumpkin. Or a pickle or a squash or sumpin’.

    I always liked the Orioles too, while Cal was there. Saw them beat the tar out of us in interleague play at the Ted a few times and saw them play our team several times at Grapefruit in West Palm back in the day. Torasco gets that out he deserved that was denied by fan interference and the erroneous home run call, and they beat the Yanks and go to the big dance that year as they should’ve (too tired to remember the year). They were, by far the best team, uh, that year that I can’t remember.

    Arlen Specter proved today that he is in public office for one reason and one reason only. And that reason has nothing to do with public service.

    G’nite and g’luck.


  138. 145 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 28, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Wow, quick game! Gonzo was really dealin’ tonight! Got in the car after a late dinner, and was shocked to find the game was already in the 8th inning at 9 pm! We were down 1-0 which about made me sick, but the Diaz hit made everything good. ๐Ÿ™‚


  139. 146 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 28, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t think I have made myself clear on the you tube thingy. I see the whole youtube sized image(not embedible-b&s first?) never seen any image here without having the mouse over the link then a small pop up blurred image….


  140. 147 Carolina Lady April 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Specter made a spectacle of himself today. Wonder how much he sold out for? Or was it bribery?


  141. 148 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    True colors CL… True colors… Don’t worry though, history has a way of repeating itself. Something about Democrats and wars… Of course they are not real good at winning them but they seem to be in a lot of them.

    Funny, Obama telling everyone how much money he will save by getting out of Iraq but does not mention how much more will be spent in Afghanistan. Oh well, I am going to ride this wave as long as I can… Nothing is forever…

    And speaking of forever, didn’t the Braves make a dandy comeback tonight? Woohoo.. and Gonzo was dealing… 95 and 96mph to go with that curve…. Strikes out the side and they went the bottom of the order guys either. Going to be an interesting season…


  142. 149 flbravesgirl April 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Arrgh! Did the laptop eat my post or the blog?

    Well, y’all get the Cliff Notes: Good game. Love pitchers’ duels. Thanks, Matty!


  143. 150 flbravesgirl April 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    We are the avian all-you-can-eat buffet. Amazing birds here. We have a whole flock of goldfinches, bluebirds, cardinals, chickadees, sparrows, etc. & an Indigo Bunting has taken up residence. He’s gorgeous.


  144. 151 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    And no doubt will be hanging out a lot now that folks with bird seed have moved in to stay… My mom told me you can tame just about anything if you feed it long enough… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Okay, looks like I have a small window of opportunity here to get to sleep before the snake oil wears off… Later all.


  145. 152 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 29, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Man, after seeing the highlights of the game(highlight?) Diaz was really lucky to have that ball get through the infield! Once again trying to pull a ball way outside, but got lucky this time. Of course, he has 10 RBI’s which is 2nd best on the club!!!


  146. 153 Salty April 29, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Interesting article…even more interestinger ๐Ÿ˜ฏ author…how prudent(t)! ๐Ÿ˜†


    My mom told me you can tame just about anything if you feed it long enoughโ€ฆ

    Smart mom, Gil! Armies….countries….a chicken in every pot (no pork, which we all know is political currency!). I’m in a saucy mood this morning…aren’t I! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    FBG, thanks much for the birthday sentiments! Send the indigo buntings my way…had a dozen or so three years ago. Apparently they lost their map and haven’t found their way back. No AAA members, apparently! ๐Ÿ˜›


  147. 154 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 29, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Check this out! Kelly Johnson is batting .320 against lefties, and .136 against righties!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  148. 155 Voice of Raisins April 29, 2009 at 8:59 am

    This is one of the funniest things I have ever seen:


    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†


  149. 156 Carolina Lady April 29, 2009 at 9:40 am

    That is hysterical, Raisins!

    Salty, I fully agree with the article you linked. The media people are determined to make a mountain out of the tiniest molehill! As Rahm Emanual said, “Never let a good crisis pass you by!”


  150. 158 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    V, that’ clip is very funny! To think up the lines, and find images to fit it…very good! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Amazing ol’ Joe is still alive!


  151. 160 Carolina Lady April 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I know the scribe has to be enjoying watching Wainwright pitch. Miss reading “from the southern rim of the city…”


  152. 161 Carolina Lady April 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    The wheels are coming off…… 5th inning blues….


  153. 162 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Wow, Javy has really pitched well, but the box score won’t show it. Fat Albert hit a low outside pitch that really was a killer.
    Don’t know that Ross was right about being able to get fat Albert at home from that one replay, I thought Kotchman made a mistake, but it would have been really close. Got the runner at 3rd at least.
    Kotchman looks a lot better at the plate of late, doesn’t he?


  154. 163 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Gil, I sure hope the Nationals get him, but if they do, and if he is all that and a bag of chips, I will be sorry he’s in our league.

    Strasburg’s price tag doesn’t turn off future (?) teammates


  155. 164 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Well, they looked good in a loss. If it wasn’t for that one inning…Geez, I sound like Bobby, but I mean it tonight. Schafer actually attempted a steal and made it(now we have 4 for the month and it won’t be a record low number for April)
    Frenchy was running wild and putting pressure on the Cards defense.
    Javy went 8, and was just bloop singled to death in the 5th…


  156. 165 flbravesgirl April 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Of course I couldn’t see it but it sounded like one of those games that could go either way with a bit of luck.


  157. 166 flbravesgirl April 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Salty, if any more buntings show up I’ll get them a GPS. Send coordinates.


  158. 167 flbravesgirl April 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    So Dad was reading the local “Answer Book” & we discovered the population of Tiger is……..

    316. Seriously.


  159. 168 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2009 at 7:53 am

    So Dad was reading the local โ€œAnswer Bookโ€ & we discovered the population of Tiger isโ€ฆโ€ฆ..

    316. Seriously.

    I am jealous…


  160. 169 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!


  161. 170 Carolina Lady April 30, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Poor guy! He’ll never live that down! ๐Ÿ˜†


  162. 171 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 30, 2009 at 9:43 am

    so completely shocked he he said it, he said it 2 more times!!!


  163. 172 Gil in Mechanicsville April 30, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Good morning all, I have to agree with Berigan on his assessment of last night’s game. The Braves got beat by a bunch of bloops and dinks. The Braves did not beat themselves, it was just baseball. And the play at the plate that didn’t happen… Well, they gave up a run to get an out, Still would have been down a run if they had thrown Albert at the plate. If the Braves play like they did last night they will win a bunch of game too….


  164. 173 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    hmmm… Smoltz is “slowing down” for a week… “a little rest from throwing”. Yeah, they do that, don’t they. I said it then, I’ll say it now. He’s done. Five screws can’t hold the whole shoulder in place. Not the way Smoltz throws uh, threw.

    I have come to appreciate that he left now. At least he’s taking someone else’s money to not play.


  165. 174 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    So Chrysler announces bankruptcy, and PresBO says the gov’t (in actuality, we the taxpayers) aren’t giving any more $$$ to Chrysler. Then he announces that GMAC will provide the funding. And in a classic gov’t smoke and mirrors moment, we find out that we taxpayers are giving more $$$ to GMAC.

    And the best part? BO announces that the gov’t (again, in reality we the taxpayers) will back up the Chrysler warranties. Isn’t that special?


  166. 175 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Holy cow… You think the doping by A-Rod was bad, how about tipping pitches? Check it:



  167. 176 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Speaking of NY, David Wright has struck out 27 times in just 82 AB’s, with only 1 HR. And he is stroking a brisk .250 with RISP. I am sure, though, he is leading the early balloting for the All-Star game… and the NL MVP.


  168. 177 Gil in Mechanicsville April 30, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    One must wonder if David Wright is another WBC casualty? As for A-Rod… file under the heading of another guy who thought/thinks he is bigger than the game…

    Also happy to report, no evidence of swine flu being present in Stuffsville… Pretty high fence helps…


  169. 178 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Also happy to report, no evidence of swine flu being present in Stuffsvilleโ€ฆ

    My head hurts, my eyes are itchy, and my avatar looks like a pig. Evidence? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Of course, I feel like that most days about this time…


  170. 179 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 30, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    V, will we calling you Porky V soon??? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  171. 180 Berigan ll, (WSOML) April 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Funny thing about the A-Rod story. If we were talking about one of the best football players who had been doing steroids all along, the reaction of football fans would be….meh.


  172. 181 flbravesgirl April 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Interesting that y’all were talking about A-Rod & swine at the same time. Freudian slip?

    Sounds like a partial knee replacement is in Mom’s future. She’ll probably go on the DL after Dad & I go home. Do y’all know what terrible patients nurses are?


  173. 182 Gil in Mechanicsville May 1, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Yes FBG, almost as bad as old paramedics… but different ๐Ÿ™‚

    I wish her good luck though.


  174. 183 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 1, 2009 at 9:12 am

    FBG, it won’t be fun, but at least your Mom will be able to get back to doing most everything she wants to afterwords…


  175. 184 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 1, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Some semi-interesting baseball numbers. Andruw Jones hit his 3rd homer last night. 3X more than he hit last year. More than Chipper or McCann this year. With his 11 walks, he has a .523 OBP!!! Someone must have finally wised him up,(The Rangers genius hitting coach no doubt??) and got him to understand that it’s better to walk than strike out, if they won’t give you good pitches.

    Rockie rookie Dexter Fowler stole 5 bases in a game earlier in the week, one more than the Braves stole all April! I stole this stat from someone on baseball tonight. ๐Ÿ˜•

    Matt Holiday Just hit his first homer last night.

    Adam Dunn is hitting .310.

    The K.C. Royals are in First place!


  176. 186 Voice of Raisins May 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Adam Dunn is hitting .310

    But couldn’t catch a virus in Cancun…


  177. 187 Voice of Raisins May 1, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Rockie rookie Dexter Fowler stole 5 bases in a game earlier in the week, one more than the Braves stole all April!

    And the Rockies are 8-12…


  178. 188 Voice of Raisins May 1, 2009 at 9:45 am

    The Red Sox will try to get a better handle on what exactly is going on in John Smoltz’ recovery from shoulder surgery. Smoltz threw two bullpen sessions in Fort Myers, but he and the team agreed to take a break to let his arm recover. Francona said it would be “fair” to say that he is undergoing a dead-arm period that many pitchers go through in spring training, but with the caveat that Smoltz is also coming off surgery. Smoltz will travel here by tomorrow afternoon in order to meet with Francona, pitching coach John Farrell and possibly general manager Theo Epstein, who arrived yesterday. Mike Reinold will get a chance to personally examine Smoltz, who has been penciled in for an early June activation since the end of spring training. That date now looks less realistic, but the word “timetable” is not being used just yet. — Boston Herald

    Funny… I remember John saying he could be ready by April 1 if he wanted to.


  179. 189 Voice of Raisins May 1, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Alex Rodriguez wasn’t the only player in the Yankee clubhouse who suffered from “man boobs,” an embarrassing side effect of steroid use. According to “American Icon,” a book by the Daily News sports investigative team that will be released on May 12, Roger Clemens also sprouted breasts as a result of anabolic steroid use. The condition is called gynecomastia, and it occurs in men who use steroids because their bodies compensate for a surge of testosterone by increasing production of female hormones. “The medical term was gynecomastia, but around the clubhouse they called them “b—- t—” or “man boobs” – and heaven help the player who sprouted them in the middle of his career and then took his shirt off in the locker room,” the Daily News reporters wrote in “American Icon.” “Roger Clemens had man boobs, and he must have been embarrassed because he was often the first Yankee out of the shower and the first to get dressed after the game.” — NY Daily News



  180. 190 Salty May 1, 2009 at 9:54 am



  181. 191 Voice of Raisins May 1, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I don’t believe in evolution, but Natural Selection often makes a compelling case:



  182. 192 Voice of Raisins May 1, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Kerry Ligtenberg hopes to revive his big-league career:


    Leo Mazzonne loved Ligtenberg…


  183. 193 Voice of Raisins May 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    A congressman who wants to see college football adopt a playoff system is comparing the Bowl Championship Series to communism.

    Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas said Friday that efforts to tinker with the BCS are bound to fail. He told a House hearing that the BCS is like communism and can’t be fixed.


    Good thing they don’t have any wars, pandemics or economic meltdowns to occupy their time… ๐Ÿ™„


  184. 194 Carolina Lady May 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Raisins, they have plenty of time while waiting for BO, Pelosi, Reid, etc to tell them what to do next. Lemmings.


  185. 195 Carolina Lady May 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Don’t know about y’all, but I like D Lowe. He goes about his business the right way.


  186. 197 Carolina Lady May 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm



  187. 198 Carolina Lady May 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Round Robin!

    There once was a…..


  188. 199 flbravesgirl May 1, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I like Lowe too, CL. Always have & he’s lived up to my opinion of him.


  189. 200 flbravesgirl May 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Have to chortle a bit about A-Rod’s & Clemens’ embarassing condition. I hear steroids can shrink some other body parts. Hope that happened to them too.


  190. 201 flbravesgirl May 1, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Just saw a pic of Mac in his new glasses. sigh He looks really cute. Hope they work as good as they look.


  191. 202 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 1, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Will they ever get back to the game???
    Lowe is quite good, no doubt! Wanted to be the #1, gotta like that in a pitcher.


  192. 203 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 1, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    FBG, I was going to ask you and CL if glasses on a guy look as good to you all, as glasses often do to guys when ladies have them on. The Lisa Loeb effect, my friend Brian and I say. All I have to is say I saw a girl in Barnes and Noble with little black frames on, and he’s drooling ๐Ÿ˜‰


  193. 204 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Well, I thought Sarah Palin looked pretty hot….

    And for more politically incorrect comment… They always said a black man would become president of the United States when pigs flew… Well, 100 days into to Obama’s presidency and we have swine flu….

    And more comments, I wondered why Mac didn’t use glasses to begin with…. He needs to have a pair of sport goggles though, not the wire rims he was wearing last night…


  194. 205 Carolina Lady May 2, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Glasses are cool, IMHO.

    Gotta see this:


  195. 206 Salty May 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Funny story to tell, Stuff-villians (not to be confused with villains!)

    I was officiating a high school soccer match yesterday…couple of small private schools…girls teams. One of the teams had a rather tall young lady…nice player, nothing stellar, but also very engaging. She and several players on both sides would banter lightly throughout the game.

    Late in the match, after an injury, I had to drop the ball between ‘Miss Tall’ and a little firebrand on the other team. Well…much to my dismay, when they kicked the ball,it was directed at me…strategically below the waist! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Obviously, just as in baseball when hit by a pitch, you don’t want to let anyone know it hurt ( it did!) by rubbing, which in this instance, was not an option! ๐Ÿ˜† So, I carried on, as best I could until ‘normalcy’ returned a few minutes later.

    Just a few minutes prior to the match ending, I noticed a spectator familiar to us all…which promptly (I’m an astute one…eventually! ๐Ÿ™„ ) helped me understand why the tall young gal was wearing #29. Seems Mr. Smoltz was able to rest his shoulder in time to get to his daughter’s game! ๐Ÿ˜† Good for him!

    And now you know…the rest of the story! (RIP, Mr. Harvey!) :mrgreen:


  196. 207 Carolina Lady May 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Now that is one cool story, Salty! Uh, ‘cept for – uh, well, you know….. So sorry! Hope you’re OK now!


  197. 208 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Cool story Salty, the highs and (lows) of being a referee. And good for Smoltz to keep things in focus too. Nothing like attending your kids soccer matches.


  198. 209 Salty May 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I’m fine…thanks! Humor always tones the tenor of a match down, if ever so briefly.

    I have to tell you, Smoltz seemed quite slimmed down…I don’t know that he has the mass he once had…and that could play with his durability. Then again…they may be targeting him for a post-trade deadline run…so he has another 10 weeks of spring training to get ready.


  199. 210 Salty May 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Interesting poll:

    Now, I seriously doubt anything will come of this; however, I do feel this is very healthy for the nation. We must affirm state’s rights, in my view, as well as hold our elected officials accountable. Perhaps we’re entering a new era of an electorate that will be proactive in educating itself on the real issues, and be more amenable to siding with their fellow citizens on key issues of agreement to make tomorrow ‘better than today’.

    That said, is there anything sacred about there being 50 states? We’re much more polarized than ever…can the gaps be bridged, or, can state’s rights restore some measure of regional content? Interesting times…perhaps to become more interestinger! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ (That last word is Stuff-villian talk…only special people get it! ๐Ÿ˜† )


  200. 211 Salty May 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Now…back to your regularly scheduled programming! GO BRAVES!!!!


  201. 212 Carolina Lady May 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I have computer problems. Can’t get Windows to come up at all. (Borrowing Kelly’s computer for a moment.) Gil, you’ve got it for a while. I’ll take it to a shop Monday, don’t know how long before I get it back. Y’all play nice. You know where the doghouse keys are! ๐Ÿ˜†

    I’ll miss ya! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  202. 213 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 2, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Lucky us, getting to watch the Phils mutts game! ๐Ÿ˜•


  203. 214 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 2, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Though nice to see 46 year old Moyer flummox(Blog first?) the mutts…


  204. 215 Voice of Raisins May 2, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Well, the Bravos are down to their last out, and are about to drop this one to the ‘stros. But I like Bobby’s batting order today. I hope we see it more often.


  205. 216 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve got your back CL…


  206. 217 flbravesgirl May 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    bleepety-bleeping post-eating laptop!!!!


  207. 218 flbravesgirl May 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Gil, I believe Mac will wear Oakley-style sports glasses to play.


  208. 219 flbravesgirl May 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    CL, hope the ‘puter is better soon! I’ll keep the boys in line. ๐Ÿ˜€


  209. 220 flbravesgirl May 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Seems to work if I keep the posts short.

    They played their tribute to Skip on radio during the rain delay. Laughed at his one-liners all over again. Man, I miss him.


  210. 221 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Fox blessed me with the Phillies -Mets game today… Likely will get the Red Sox vs Tampa game next week. I may as well plan on not seeing the Braves play if they have a Saturday game.

    FBG… I think WordPress is a Twitter imitator sometimes…


  211. 222 flbravesgirl May 2, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I do fine at home, Gil. It’s this danged laptop.


  212. 223 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 3, 2009 at 7:24 am

    FBG, have your sis show you how to copy your text so you can paste later, and not lose all that you have written.

    V, I like Schafer at the top of the lineup as well! Thank goodness he got a few hits, a 0 fer, and he might have ended up batting 8th today.
    Still only scored 1 run against a team that has sucked this year.


  213. 224 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 3, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Lets see how some left fielders are doing we could have signed or traded for in the off season.
    Ryan Ludwick, 6 HR’s 21 RBI’s, .280 BA. Thank goodness we didn’t trade KJ for him, where would we be then?? Besides first place. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Pat the Bat Burrell. 1 HR, 11 RBIs .263 BA in a new league. 7 Million. don’t know, quite the streaky hitter, but might have been worth the risk.

    Ken Griffey Jr. 2 Hr’s 5 Rbi’s .190 BA. We all wanted him, but it looks like we were pretty lucky to not get him after all.

    Nick Swisher, 7 HR’s 19 RBI’s .312 BA. I seem to recall we wanted him, perhaps we just didn’t want to give up anything for him????

    Am I forgetting anyone??? Oh yeah, some guy yours truly wanted the braves to sign, but the braves weren’t interested in, cuz he’s old and bats left handed, and would cost money to sign.

    Raul Ibanez 8 HR’s 21 RBI’s .360 BA
    But he would have cost more than other options.
    Thank goodness we saved that money. ๐Ÿ™„

    Garrett Anderson. 0 HR’s 0 RBI’s .200 BA. A lot cheaper. Pat yourself on the back braves braintrust.

    Just like my old Borders bosses that wouldn’t pay extra to be an anchor store at the mall of Georgia, like Barnes and Noble did. Or build fancy stores like B&N.

    Of course rumors are Borders will be out of business in 12 months, but hey, they saved some money!


  214. 225 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 3, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Man, that sounded bitter, didn’t it??? More tongue in cheek, with just a hint of bittery goodness.


  215. 226 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 3, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Still don’t know why I am seeing the whole youtube image, when I didn’t a week ago… wonder if images will show up if just a link???


  216. 227 Gil in Mechanicsville May 3, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Berigan, sometimes folks are afraid to pull the trigger, like looking at a called third strike… Of course there have been times I have not followed through on a good idea because I just did not have the money to do it. I think a lot has to do on how deep your pockets are.

    Braves lose today and just should not have. You have got to get those guys in when they are standing on third…


  217. 228 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    It’s not my fault… the game was tied at 4 when I left it.


  218. 229 TennesseePaul May 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    CL: Love the new photo header. Very nice. It’s been a bit since I dropped by so I appologize on the lateness of the remarks.

    Great topic as well. I stared at this team all off-season with a faint depression and expectation of hopelessness that just couldn’t out way the homer in me. I still think this team could pull out a wild card birth. But Mr. Anderson is no Neo.

    I don’t know what to think of him. His decline shouldn’t be too surprising. The Braves made a franchise off of keeping guys right up until they collapsed. Lately they’ve made a habit of bring guys in for the collapse but perhaps this is just the law of averages.

    Today’s loss. I blame JoJo. The guy tossed a good game last week. But the truth is, most major league teams will get to him by the third time through the line up. Every now and then even a bad pitcher can toss a gem… again with the law of averages.

    If this team had a thrumper or some wheeles, preferably both, then there would be no stopping them.

    I still think Wild Card. I just don’t see the other teams maintaining high levels of production for considerable amount of time. Plus, not trading for guys like Swisher or the like in the off-season left the team with some capital for a mid-season trade… Just who that target will be is the question. I have a hunch that Matt Holiday will be up for grabs. Maybe even Maglio, but he is starting to show some age… who knows. Just keep within striking distance. Still plenty of time.


  219. 230 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Hey 10Paul! You are right about the team usually getting rid of guys just before the decline(Or a bit too soon with Justice ) Wish they’d have tried Heyward at this point. Though honestly, G.A. could have driven in 100 behind Chipper…and I would have thought he would have a real chip on his shoulder to show the Angels they made a mistake. He is a 2nd half hitter. But I have a feeling Bowman is right this time….hope I am wrong about that.


  220. 231 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    V, we will forgive you, this time! ๐Ÿ˜›
    Watching the braves play the White sox…I mean, the Rangers. Lets see, Elvis at SS, Andruw in Left, Matt Harrison SP, Salty has the day off.
    Elvis a very slick fielding SS. Stole 3rd as well, putting him in within a SB of the braves total! ๐Ÿ˜• Then as I was typing this they showed highlights of his excellent bunt. a 20 year old from the braves organization can bunt?? How about that!
    Andruw had a key 2 out hit, then walked his next time up. Amazing. Harrison Pitched 5 shutout innings.
    White Sox have a few ex braves as well. Betemit, Corky Miller(How can he still be in the majors-made a terrible throw to 2nd as well) They have Lil’bridge as well….Oh yeah, Dotel is pitching!!!


  221. 232 flbravesgirl May 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Hi, TennPaul!!

    Ber, I don’t even know what that means (7:24) & in any case, I won’t see lil’ sis for the next month.


  222. 233 flbravesgirl May 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Listening to today’s game was an exercise in frustration. Mac can’t get back soon enough (Please, Lord, let the glasses work for him!).


  223. 234 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    FBG, I used to be a trainer at Borders, but can’t do a a very good job online…so, try these links. The 3rd one even has a video. There is more than one way to skin a cat, though why you’d want to is beyond me.





  224. 235 flbravesgirl May 3, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks, but I’ve found that video & this thing don’t play together nicely. I’ll stick with short posts, seems to work.


  225. 236 flbravesgirl May 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Did y’all look at ajc’s pics from Bark in the Park? I love the dachsund wearing a tiny batting helmet ( one of the ice cream ones, maybe?) .


  226. 237 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2009 at 8:25 am

    There is more than one way to skin a cat, though why youโ€™d want to is beyond me.… Tastes like chicken… Moo Goo Gai Pan anyone?

    Hey TennPaul, nice for you to drop by, don’t be such a stranger. Feel free to drop in anytime.

    I can’t lay all the blame on JoJo, although he did his part. I thought Furman Bisher was spot on about the darth of talent in the minors for the Braves. Yes, they have a few bright spots but after watching Richmond for the last 42 years, I can see the decline. If they were stacked, they would have someone besides a journeyman minor leaguer like Barbaro playing first base for Gwinnett.


  227. 238 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2009 at 9:18 am

    And sadly… the looks will fade…


  228. 239 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Ber, were it not for mirrors, cameras and scales, I would have a much better self image of myself. There are precious few perfect 10s in this world, for the rest of us there is make-up, air brushes, alcohol and the internet… See, even God allows for an even playing field.

    Any relationship based on money or beauty is doomed to failure…

    And now baseball, see above statements, same but different….


  229. 240 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Ber, I ran across this little tidbit that I thought you’d enjoy:

    Adam Dunn led the NL in walks last season and he’s doing the same so far this season. It should be noted that of the 20 players who have between 800-900 walks and 200-300 homers, Dunn, by far, has the fewest RBI. Dunn has 687 RBI, while the leader, Ted Simmons had 1,389. — Billy-Ball.com


  230. 241 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Oh, and of course, Dunn plays D like Evander Holifield… with gloves ON…


  231. 242 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Garrett Anderson is refusing a rehab assignment for one game with Gwinnett before he comes off the DL… Shades of Louis Tieant, I am beginning to think Bowman is on to something in his assessment.

    Time for the Braves to cut their losses and trade him to Texas for a bag of balls…


  232. 243 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 4, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    V, thanks for the Simmons reference! ๐Ÿ˜€ Someday folks will realize what a great offensive player he was…steroid free, and smoking! Oh, I think I mentioned a few weeks back seeing a Dean Martin roast with Hank Aaron, and I saw hammering Hank was smoking!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Gee, imagine how many homers he could have hit if he didn’t smoke! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  233. 244 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 4, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Gil, that’s amazing! One game and he won’t do it??? Time to drop him and bring up Hayward or Freeman…either of them raking right now???


  234. 245 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Almost game time… Let’s hope the Braves can get well verses the Mets instead of it being the other way around….


  235. 246 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 4, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Though I did hear Mark Grace say Brandon Jones looks “hittery”


  236. 247 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Hayward is at least two years away Ber… currently he has some quad or hamstring problem.

    I was just sitting here wondering how much Barry Bonds would want. Hey, desperate times sometimes calls for desperate measures. I on’t think his attitude or fielding would be any worse…


  237. 248 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    hittery blog first ๐Ÿ™‚


  238. 249 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 4, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Brandon Jones, chuck full of hittery goodness! ๐Ÿ˜›


  239. 250 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Can I just say that I am a real Javier Vazquez fan? So many bemoaned that deal…

    Tyler Flowers who?


  240. 251 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    TommyG threw off a mound today – no pain. The rehab resumes…


  241. 252 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    And as Francoeur strokes a solid single up the middle, Joe Simpson mentions that he is the 9th toughest guy in the NL to strike out. What a difference a year makes…


  242. 253 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    According to Boog, GA did not “refuse” the rehab assignment. Bobby offered him the option, and he didn’t feel as if he would need it. He says he’ll be ready to play tomorrow when he’s eligible to come off the DL. I suppose that is a little different than a refusal…


  243. 254 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Schafer is really struggling. May need to bat him ninth…


  244. 255 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Of course, that was Chip, not Boog… Sorry Boog, no offense intended.

    Yes, Gil, Schafer is really struggling. Tough call on what to do…


  245. 256 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    So V, still crazy about Javy??? ๐Ÿ˜›
    Schafer did fine the day he batted leadoff, then back to 8th when a lefty was pitching. 8th place is a tough place for anyone when you don’t really have to be pitched to. KJ was 0-4 battling leadoff. Why was he back at the top again?? .208 is 39 points lower than Schafer’s BA. KJ hit better down low in the lineup, and Schafer hit that one game he was the leadoff hitter.
    Schafer also has a bad wrist he hurt opening day. Will Infante spell him, or will Bobby just keep running him out there every single day because like Frenchy, he’s young????


  246. 257 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    And FLB, after I went to the trouble of finding those links, you did at least look at the first two without video, right??? ๐Ÿ˜›


  247. 258 flbravesgirl May 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I did, Ber, & they may as well have been in Greek. Sorry, my brain doesn’t seem to comprehend computer stuff.

    I heard on radio that GA’s been taking BP all along & that’s why he felt he didn’t need a rehab stint.


  248. 259 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 4, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    FBG…ok…Someday I wil have to show you in person. Take the laptop to game someday! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  249. 260 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    My assessment of tonight’s game, and beyond:

    The Mets have Home Run power, the Braves have Warning Track power. Plain and simple. Gotta find an answer. If GA ain’t it, better come up with something else. Hopefully, the Bravos have stored away enough nuts to make a run at a bat at the deadline, assuming they are within striking distance. I think the pitching will keep them in the hunt, but it won’t carry them over the top. Gotta find some production somewhere. None in the system close enough to help. It may be time to start rattling the bushes to find a bat from a team in need of pitching.

    Would you sacrifice an arm (not of the rotation) to get a bat? Gotta do something…


  250. 261 flbravesgirl May 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Melissa tried to show me this once before, with no success.


  251. 262 flbravesgirl May 4, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    VOR, I think it may come to that if GA doesn’t live up to his reputation. And I hate the thought of trading pitching (no such thing as too much pitching) but if you have to, you have to.


  252. 263 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2009 at 6:16 am

    AAAUUUUGGGGHHHHH… I can’t stand it… This team is driving me crazy.


  253. 264 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2009 at 8:34 am


  254. 265 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Gil, until they get someone in that lineup to protect Chipper – who is getting nothing to hit – they’ll continue to flounder. They can’t string enough hits together to get a runner past 3rd, and they can’t get that one additional gust of wind to push the ball over past the warning track. I hope that GA comes back and makes up all take a swig of shut-up juice. I really do. I also hope the glasses make the difference for Mac, but I am not too hopeful. That’s a major adjustment, folks. We need another bat. We need it bad.


  255. 266 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Oh, and Feliz Dia de Cinco de Mayo a todos!!!! AYE,AYE,AYE,AYE,AYE,AYE!!!!


  256. 267 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2009 at 8:42 am


  257. 268 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2009 at 8:51 am

    If W had made this blunder, the news would be spewing it 24/7:



  258. 269 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 5, 2009 at 9:34 am

    V, right you are if Bush said that, It would make Qualye’s Potatoe comment seem like…well, small potatoes…Heh, never paid much attention to that, but when you turn potato into potatoes, you add the e…
    I wonder what would have had happened to Quayle if he said something like โ€œWhen the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’โ€ or if he had warned American’s against traveling because of a flu virus…somehow I get the feeling he would have had to step down.


  259. 270 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Everyone like my new gravatar??? ๐Ÿ˜€


  260. 271 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 5, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Something about this new A-Rod book has just smelled to me…and a writer at a Boston paper has some very intereting info on pages 2 and 3…let me paste it for y’all

    Green saw no red flags
    A few questions about Alex Rodriguez for Red Sox shortstop Nick Green, who was with the Yankees in 2006:

    What was your relationship with A-Rod?

    NG: “I consider him a friend. When I came up to the team, he took me under his wing. I lived with him in his apartment in Manhattan for a couple of months and in the offseason I was with him down in Miami. At the time, his wife and his baby were living there and everything seemed great. The whole Rodriguez family was so kind to me.”

    You always hear whispers about other players saying nasty things about him. Ever hear any of those things?

    NG: “People are always trying to get me to say something bad about the guy, but there’s nothing bad to say. He was a great teammate as far as I could see. I know that he really helped younger guys all the time, especially Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera. He spent a lot of time with those guys, teaching them the game and showing them the right way to do things, just as he did with me. I think we all appreciated what he did for us.Continued…


  261. 272 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 5, 2009 at 10:17 am


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    NG: “We’d work out and we’d go hitting. I’d be there in the batting cage taking my swings and I thought I was swinging the bat so well, and then he gets in there and you see him do his thing and it’s just at a level you can’t possibly imagine. Hitting a baseball sounds a lot different when he does it than when anybody else does it. It’s amazing to watch him. It’s not something you can really describe to people, but as a professional baseball player, I’m in awe of what he does.”

    What do you think about all the things that have come out about him?

    NG: “He certainly admitted to what he admitted to, and I’m sure that was hard to do. Those are things he has to deal with, given who he is, and they’re much more magnified because of who he is. He’s a strong person, a great talent, and I think he just wants to get back out on the field and play baseball.”

    Opinions don’t seem to be tipping in book’s favor
    Allegations made in the book “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” to be released tomorrow, that Rodriguez had a reciprocal pitch-tipping scheme going with other players to guard against prolonged slumps do not seem plausible to several baseball veterans we asked.

    The story goes that Rodriguez, in games that were out of hand, would relay the catcher’s signal to an opposing hitter, and A-Rod would get tipped off when he came to the plate.

    Red Sox third base coach DeMarlo Hale, who coached Rodriguez with the Rangers, was dumbfounded by the allegations.

    “I must have been looking at a different game if that was happening,” said Hale. “What I’ll say about Alex is this: He was one of the hardest-working players I ever coached or managed. Alex was a guy who really cared about winning. That’s what was in his heart.”

    Former Blue Jays manager Buck Martinez also said he had a tough time believing it. His point was that so many players would have to be involved, how could it not have gotten out by now?

    About a dozen scouts covering the Red Sox-Rays series in Tampa also were skeptical, many believing that Rodriguez has become an easy target, given the steroid admissions and some of his social habits.

    Said a coach familiar with Rodriguez, “I hope that’s not true because I don’t know how he could pull that off without other people on our team knowing about it. He definitely ran our defense and he gave signs on the field to adjust. If someone mistook those signals for tipping off batters? I don’t know. Doesn’t make much sense to me.”Continued…


  262. 273 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 5, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Crud, that looks like a mess, sorry about that! If someone wants to edit the extra junk out, I wouldn’t complain! ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I missed the last paragraph, which was on the last page.

    The Commissioner’s Office will likely look into the matter anyway.

    About a dozen baseball people asked about the allegations rolled their eyes and brought up several issues.

    “I can barely see the signals from third base,” said Mike Lowell. “I don’t know how that would work. I’ve never heard anything like this.”


  263. 274 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    So why are people celebrating a fifth of Mayonnaise?


  264. 275 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I guess as long as they aren’t celebrating WITH a fifth of Mayonnaise….


  265. 276 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Irony defined:

    The stunning comeback of outfielder Andruw Jones also could give the Rangers the option of trading a hitter for a pitcher. Lefties want no part of Jones โ€” he’s 7-for-18 against them with eight walks, two intentional. In fact, Jones leads the club with 12 walks, which actually might be a statement on the team’s other hitters as much as evidence of how well he is seeing the ball. Ken Rosenthal


  266. 278 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    So why are people celebrating a fifth of Mayonnaise?


  267. 279 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 5, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    V, I forgot to mention Ankiel crashing into the wall…Scary indeed! What’s even stranger is I saw Ankiel a few days ago go backwards into the wall and hit it as he was falling …and I thought to myself, if he fell down a foot or so short of where he did, he would have hit it neck first! He may need to play it a bit more safely in the future. Hopefully he has no long term issues. I know there was some minor leaguer that ran into a wall(Probably less padded) that still has neck issues from that 10 years later…


  268. 280 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Okay, so Andruw has lost a step and is no longer the preeminent centerfielder, but he is hitting the cover off the ball right now… hummm, which skill do you suppose will prolong his career? Which do you think the Braves signed Garrett Anderson for? Would like to think he could have helped the Braves this year but then he would have had Terry Pendleton as his hitting coach again, we all know how that is working out for the Braves right now don’t we?

    I am becoming very frustrated with the Braves right now, I know it is still early but you can dig yourself into a hole like the Nationals have done and it is really difficult to dig your way out.

    Like spending money to get out of debt… Same but different…


  269. 281 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Wow…I was about to trash the team because they never even put K-Rod on the ropes, and everyone puts him on the ropes…well, we…with the help of Delgado’s stone mitt nearly blew the game…made it interesting at least…
    But…no way should Livan Hernandez shut down the Braves. Had a 6.75 ERA before tonights game. Way too many pitchers get healthy against the braves…


  270. 282 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Yes Ber, I look for the Marlins to reverse their downward trend over the next few days… I hate to be negative but this team just has too many hole in the batting order.

    And isn’t Buddy Carlyle under appreciated by a lot of folks? How many times have we seen him come in with the bases jammed and not let any runs score?


  271. 283 flbravesgirl May 5, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Bleh, bleh, bleh. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Gil, I agree, Buddy is a very handy guy to have on the pitching staff.


  272. 284 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Buddy Carlyle impressed me with the way he went after Fat Albert. He has guts, no doubt.


  273. 285 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 7:44 am

    And a 93-95 MPH fastball. Maybe Bobby can’t spell his last name. Reason not to but him on the lineup card….


  274. 286 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Buddy reminds me a bit of Mike Remlinger….


  275. 287 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Before his last season I suppose! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  276. 288 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Ok…we need a bat, right??? Right. No way we trade Lowe, Jurrjens, or Kawakami…since he sucks right now, and has a 3 year contract. If he had some decent starts, could we trade Vazquez? What??? How can you say that berigan!!! He’s an innings eater!!! He strikes a lot of guys out, doesn’t walk many.
    All true, but I think we are all seeing why ol’ Ozzie got so frustrated with him. He pitches a great game, except for a few right down the middle pitches that get crushed.
    Not a bad 4th guy no doubt, but is he really a #3??
    2004 ERA, 4.91.
    2005 ERA 4.42
    2006 ERA 4.84
    2007 ERA 3.74
    2008 ERA 4.67
    Granted, that was in the AL, but still…He’s going to be 33 this year, not like he’s going to get much smarter is he????


  277. 289 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 8:19 am

    But berigan, you dumb idiot, who could replace him???
    Well…glad you asked!!! There’s this kid see, Tommy Hanson, ever heard of him??? I was agreeing with everyone else, leave him down for much of the year, keep Bobby’s grimy hands off him…
    Lets see what he’s doing at AAA. 1-3. Loser!!! Well, might as well look at his other numbers. in 6 starts, 32 innings, 21 hits. 12 walks, 48 strikeouts. 1.67 ERA!!! Players are hitting .179 against him.
    They keep mentioning him on baseball tonight, saying things like he’s the best pitcher in the minors right now.
    Sounds like a guy ready for the show.
    I lot would depend on how well Glavine does rehabbing. We don’t want to have 2 holes in the rotation, but IF he’s healthy , Lowe, Jurrjens, Kawakami, Hanson, and Glavine looks pretty good…or Reyes having a good start every other game.
    Or, we can just have a huge hole in the lineup…
    V and G say Hayward is too raw yet…I forgot he’s still just in A ball. Surprised he isn’t at least in AA, but have to be careful I guess. Already seems like he gets it better than Andruw did…walking a fair bit…


  278. 290 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Ber, TommyH will replace KK before the All-Star break… write it down. KK cannot make the adjustment to the ML game. Maybe I am selling him short too early, but he ain’t cuttin’ it now. JV will be OK. It is the ONE inning that gets him. When he’s on, he’s as tough as it comes. But that one inning… maddening.

    TommyH before the ASB. Remember I said it. May 6.

    Whilst I am prognosticating, Frank WILL acquire another bat. It’ll be at the July 31 deadline, though. Braves’ pitching will keep us close enough to make a run. It’ll happen. Write that one down, too.

    Voice of Nostradamus… ๐Ÿ˜€


  279. 291 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Funny, I thought I had mentioned all the potential LF’ers the other day. Silly me. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    Johnny Damon was mentioned, right???
    .281 BA 6HR’s 15 RBI’s 3 steals. Doesn’t seem like the classic protection for Chipper, but if McCann can’t see well enough to hit, or on the very slight chance GA has turned into a worthless sack of…something…Wonder if the Yanks would trade him if Nady comes back??? What could we offer??? Acosta, Buddy, and some other minor league arm??? Not enough??? Too much???

    Don’t think they would trade him, but another name I forgot, Bobby Abreu…check out his really funky stats!
    .344 BA, 0 HR’s 12 RBI’s, 11 Stolen bases!!!!

    So come on wise guys, if my ideas stink, think of something better!!!


  280. 292 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Funny thing, McCann is going to play 2 games at Gwinnett…weds and thurs….wonder why??? ๐Ÿ™„


  281. 293 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Wise guy… A sage… but different…

    Garrett Anderson…. Raul Mondosi… little difference, Sorry CL but I am just not feeling the love for this guy…

    Ber, the Braves have some very good pitching prospects right now but if you look at the number of position players who are major league ready or even have real major league potential, you will find that Furman Bisher was right in his assessment of the Braves’ minor league system.

    I have watched these guys for a long time now, there is a reason a pitcher with a stellar ERA has a losing record… NO SUPPORT…


  282. 294 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Ber, it’s close to home and he is not eligible to come off the DL until Friday. Might as well see (no pun intended) if he can hit live pitching.


  283. 295 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 8:58 am

    In fairness to KK, he did leave only 2 runs down. If the Braves could score a run here and there, this conversation might be in an entirely different light.


  284. 296 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I am not that disappointed in the Braves pitching, it’s their hitting or lack there of that is stinking up the joint… Too many guys being left on base, just like the last three years….


  285. 297 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Vid of Ankiel’s crash. Dude’s a gamer, no doubt.


  286. 298 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I have been a staunch supporter of Kotchman. Dude can hit for avg., plays a stellar 1B, and is by all accounts a good guy and a good teammate. He would be just fine on a team with power elsewhere, but on this current version of the braves, his lack of power hurts us. He is cheap though, and could be a trading chip come July. Is it just me, or does Chipper look as though he has lost a bit at 3B. 4 errors already on the young season. Maybe it is time for the long talked about move across the diamond. Can’t replace the LF, he costs too much. No power stroking 1B’s appear to be available right now. Maybe an infielder? Something to keep eyes and ears open for.


  287. 299 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I am a big fan of Bobby Cox but not so much of Terry Pendelton. At some point folks have to realize the common denominator as to the Braves’ lack of hitting prowess…


  288. 300 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Other trade possibilities? Don’t be surprised if KJ isn’t mentioned. He still has upside, but can be replaced in ATL. He is a decent fielder, and a pretty good LH 6-8 hitter. The Braves are a team full of LH 6-8 hitters.

    Ready for this? Diory Hernandez may be the Braves 2B of the near future. Good hands, steady if not powerful bat, arm not really good enough for SS or 3B. and he’s cheap. He is a projected #2 hitter with good bat control, good bunting skills, and decent speed. And guess what? He bats RH.

    Write this one down also.


  289. 301 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Gil, it is ironic you mention your support for Bobby and you disdain for TP as a hitting coach.

    I heard some discussion yesterday on that very subject, and the talker was adamant that Bobby will NEVER fire TP. It’s a loyalty thing. And as much as I continue to support Bobby, I cannot support TP. The evidence is all aver the place. So if they really are joined at the hip, then what?

    That is a conundrum…


  290. 302 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I have no problems with Kotchman, agree he needs to be down in the order.


  291. 303 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I have been watching Diory for a couple of years now. He had an awful spring as far as his glove work. I like Kelly but he needs to be on a team that can use him to better effect, ie batting 6th or 7th and not lead off. I think there are several places he could flourish.

    As far as folks being on the DL… That is part of the game, every team has issues, it is overcoming their shortcomings that makes a team great.


  292. 304 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Sure, sure, as soon as I am sure no one will post til after noon, you guys show up! ๐Ÿ˜› Speaking of the B&S DL, did FBG mention CL was having computer issues??? Well, I just did a search, found the post…And where’d Chris go all of the sudden like??? can’t leave the liquor unattended for too long, as we know!


  293. 305 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Kotchman seems just fine…but like you said V, may be on the wrong team, since this team seems so devoid of power. But, who’s going to give you anything for him??? Who is going to want a 1st baseman that doesn’t hit for power??? Might as well keep him and hope he starts driving in some runs.

    And TP is the wrong guy to have as a hitting coach. I just looked up his OBP. .316!!! What worked for him, probably not so good for most hitters.
    He still might make a fine manager, but I bet you anything Bobby has said when he retires, TP should be the next manager. Who was the hitting coach before TP?????


  294. 306 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Did you guys know the Red Sox don’t have a single sacrifice this year??? They don’t believe in giving up outs. Think it cuts down on the chance of a big inning, making an automatic out.
    I know, they don’t have pitchers hit there, but still….the numbers seem against someone getting a hit to drive in a run when you already have one or two outs.
    Of course, what do the Red Sox know about winning of late??? It’s not like they get to the playoffs and the WS that often, right??? ๐Ÿ˜•

    Since the ajc went to the word press system, and I can’t just punch in DOB’s name and find his posts…I don’t read there much at all.

    But I did read his lead from yesterday, y’all may have already seen this, but it seems to say to me someone shouldn’t ever bat leadoff again.

    Kelly Johnson has been the primary leadoff hitter, and heโ€™s 6-for-47 (.128) with one extra-base hit, two RBI and a .241 OBP in his past 14 games, with no steals and three double plays grounded into in that span.


  295. 307 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 11:09 am

    KJ isnt a leadoff hitter, period. He has NEVER flourished as a LOH, and will not. My fear is that his progress may be being damaged by his remaining there.

    Even with the K’s, I’d rather see Schafer there. It’s his at some point, anyway. Who needs the coddling more right now? Schafer or KJ? Swap ’em in the order and leave ’em there.

    I am still adamant about batting Chipper 4th.

    My order would be:

    Schafer (L)
    Yunel (R) .308 avg.
    Kotch (L) .297 avg.
    Chipper (S) he’s Chipper… ’nuff said
    Mac (L) perennial Silver Slugger, he’s the only real protection for Chipper
    GA (L) – uh, who knows? no Diaz at all
    Franc (R) .282 avg., leads team w/ 17 RBI
    KJ(L) ewwwwww ๐Ÿ˜ฆ , but could be Ooooooh :surprise:


  296. 308 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Forgot to note that Schafer’s OPB is still a very respectable .379.


  297. 309 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Let me fix it:

    Schafer (L) .379 OBP, 19 BB’s
    Yunel (R) .308 avg.
    Kotch (L) .297 avg.
    Chipper (S) heโ€™s Chipperโ€ฆ โ€™nuff said
    Mac (L) perennial Silver Slugger, heโ€™s the only real protection for Chipper
    GA (L) – uh, who knows? no Diaz at all
    Franc (R) .282 avg., leads team w/ 17 RBI
    ** Franc and GA could swap depending on tangible results from GA
    KJ(L) Ewwwwww ๐Ÿ˜ฆ , but could be Ooooooh ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


  298. 310 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 6, 2009 at 11:44 am

    V, is Chipper being really stubborn, have you read he just flat out refuses to bat cleanup??? I would think after everyone pitching around him of late, he wouldn’t care where he was batting, if there were always runners on in front of him.
    Diaz looks terrible at the plate, yet he has 10 RBI’s which is….10 more than G.A.


  299. 311 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Diaz has returned to earth and is playing like the AAAA player he is. He is nothing more, nothing less. He doesn’t start on any team with aspirations of finishing anywhere in the hunt.

    You know… I do believe that GA will hit at some point. He’s been too good over his career to just pull an Andruw and forget how.

    The power dearth at 1B and everywhere else is just killing us. I thought with the team full of gap hitters, we could score runs that way. Can’t seem to string 2-3 hits together though. No power from KJ, none from Yunel, none really from Franc (although I am not complaining with his results), none anywhere. Can Georgia Power get the power restored at Turner Field with the expediency in which they restore power after a storm?

    Hurry up Mac… we need you buddy!


  300. 312 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Diaz looks terrible at the plate… Bad shot, good results beats beats good shot bad results every time….


  301. 313 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    And now, tonight’s lineup:

    1) Infante 2B
    2) Yunel SS
    3) Chipper 3B
    4) GA LF
    5) Prado 1B
    6) Franc RF
    7) Ross C
    8) Schafer CF
    9) Lowe P



  302. 315 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Can GA get his 1st RBi with runners on 2nd and 3rd? Yes!


  303. 316 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜ก


  304. 317 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Bases loaded and 2 outs for GA…


  305. 318 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Base hit plates 2!!! Welcome to the team!!!


  306. 319 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Well, looks like both sides have their hitting shoes on… Well, except Schafer… Just saying…


  307. 320 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    GA update: 2 on 2 out


  308. 321 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    K! ๐Ÿ˜ก


  309. 322 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Braves win 8-6. A trite phrase, but this was a good win for Los Bravos.



  310. 323 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    What? That was just the 8th? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    I need new glasses… ๐Ÿ™„


  311. 324 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Well, g’night anyway. I am a tired raisin. I have been working since 8:00am. If the score hangs in as is, then ditto what I said 2 posts up. If not, nevermind…


  312. 325 flbravesgirl May 6, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Boy,did we need that. Good job from the pen on a night when Lowe didn’t have his A stuff, too.

    On radio they said Mac’s new glasses arrived… with only one lens. He has got to be so frustrated.


  313. 326 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Yep, great quality assurance on that one for BMac… Makes one wonder when someone had an opportunity for some great publicity and now will be a laughing stock. Hummm, must have been a Mets fan….

    And more baseball, why did I feel so nervous about this game after scoring 8 runs? Eight is enough.. right?

    Early game today, glad I recorded all the shows from last night so I will have something to watch later. A person could get real spoiled with DVR….

    And what of Carolina Lady? Anyone else miss her as much as I do? Hopefully her computer is on the fast track for repair, sounded like the hard drive though…

    And yet more rain…. This is starting to get really, really old. Of course I have not had to water the azaleas but still….


  314. 327 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2009 at 6:13 am

    A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in
    California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of

    The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL
    tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many
    cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?”

    Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing
    herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”

    The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to
    his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where
    he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then
    feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution

    The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to
    an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany .
    Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been
    processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an
    ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few
    minutes, receives a response.

    Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech,
    miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have
    exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

    “That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.

    He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement
    as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

    Then the Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your
    business is, will you give me back my calf?”

    The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

    “You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government”, says Bud.

    “Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

    “No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though
    nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a
    question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying
    to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about
    how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a
    herd of sheep. ….

    Now give me back my dog.


  315. 328 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2009 at 7:53 am



  316. 329 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Holy cow!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Manny suspended 50 games for testing positive for PED’s!



  317. 330 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Whoa! Braves are on already. DRoss has a 2 run dinger to put the Braves up 2-1 in the 2nd.


  318. 331 Hillbilly May 7, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    For anybody at work missing the game, like me, you can find Don Simpson and Jim Powell here:


    The 640 link is working for me despite the internet restrictions we have.


  319. 332 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks HB… and Hey!


  320. 333 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Today’s lineup, courtesy of AJC:

    3B Infante, Omar 0 8 .362
    SS Escobar, Yunel 2 14 .302
    LF Anderson, Garret 0 3 .182
    1B Kotchman, Casey 0 4 .293
    RF Francoeur, Jeff 3 17 .287
    2B Johnson, Kelly 3 9 .218
    C Ross, David 2 7 .279
    CF Schafer, Jordan 2 3 .227
    P Jurrjens, Jair (2-2, 1.89)

    Of course, the number will look all jumbled…


  321. 334 Hillbilly May 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Or Don Sutton. There may be somebody involved name Don Simpson, too. Head of the Fox-Animation Crime Family, maybe?


  322. 335 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Manny being Manny…. now we know why…. too bad, there goes his shot at the HOF…


  323. 336 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I do not even recognize this “Francoeur” guy we have in 2009…


  324. 337 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    So, another good win by the Braves… That’s what it takes, jump on the other guy while he is down and not let up. Marlins will get this thing turned around but let them do it against someone else. Now, if the Braves can string a few more wins together they just might get a little streak going.

    And a win without Chipper in the line-up… A season first.


  325. 338 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 7, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    You all can thank me for the last two wins. I slept thru most of both games! You are welcome.


  326. 339 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    And Gil, yep…I miss CL! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  327. 340 flbravesgirl May 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Very nice game. Is 2 games enough to be a winning streak?


  328. 341 flbravesgirl May 7, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Hi, Hillbilly! Wish I had seen that link earlier, had a heck of a time finding the game on radio today. For some reason the Cornelia station didn’t carry today’s game.


  329. 342 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    2 is definitely enough for a streak. Now for some momentum…


  330. 343 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 9:47 am

    And the first manager falls lees than 30 games into the season in Arizona.


    Their ace, Brandon Webb, hasn’t even thrown 1 pitch. ๐Ÿ™„

    Bob Melvin will get a shot elsewhere. He is a good manager. Here is a classic case of cutting off the head when the body is failing. And replacing him with whom? A.J. Hinch? Good luck with that…

    For those who’d like to see Bobby put out to pasture, here is a good case study. Who are you gonna replace him with? Our own “A.J. Hinch”? Their GM wanted to “shake things up”. Well, you can kill something if you shake it enough. Good luck out there.


  331. 344 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Orioles are shopping Ryan Freel… interesting…



  332. 345 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Most of the time when a manager is replaced, it has more to do with office politics than the answer given to the media (shaking things up)… How do you go from being the manager of the year to a bum so quickly? The answer usually lies with the guy supplying the talent (the GM) or the folks supplying the money (The owner) …

    Most megalomaniacs want a mouthpiece, not a strong personality who will steal their limelight.


  333. 346 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I too was surprised to see Melvin go. Remember the hot start they got off to last year??? Looked like they were going to run away with the division, then lost to the Dodgers. Are 8 1/2 games back right now(Should have been 9 1/2, but The Dodgers blew a huge lead to the Nationals)
    I think that had more to do with it, than anything else.
    Well, just checked out their “hitters” you sure can see why they fired the hitting coach, good grief!!!



  334. 347 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Still looking at stats. Our team BA is .259 and we know how bad it seems to have been. Well, the Diamondbacks team BA is .222, 16 points worse than any other team in the NL!!!

    GA is batting .167, but it sure was nice to see him drive in 3 runs the other day.


  335. 348 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Infante is producing at leadoff, KJ is producing low in the order. Kotch had a big day yesterday. How do you continue to get Omar AB’s when KJ is starting to hit in his best lineup position?

    I still believe Omar is best utilized as the “super-utility” guy; his numbers will come back to earth the more he plays. But give Bobby credit for playing the hot hand.

    Our lineup is still flawed in that we have too many 6-8 hitters in the lineup, and no 4, no 5.. No real leadoff, though Schafer did have a much better game yesterday. Yunel is OK at 2, but not enough real plate discipline. He’s a better 6 or 7. Chipper is a classic 3. Mac is really a 6, not even a 5. He requires time off, and that isn’t what you need from a consistent 5 hitter. No real 5, no real 4. That’s our hurt right now.


  336. 349 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Oh my aching back… Did a bunch of stuff around the old homestead this morning and now I am paying the price… Still a couple of items left but I think I’ll just watch TV and wait for the Braves’ game to come on at 7… Only 6 hours to go.

    I have been thinking about the fact that A-Rod is still the only name which has been leaked to the media from the infamous list of 104 to date. I don’t know about everyone else but it sure has Stinebrenner’s stamp all over it. He just has a history of such dirty tricks. I don’t know if they are trying to shed A-Rod’s contract or what but if they can prove enough stuff, they can void his contract… Just saying


  337. 350 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    And BMac needs to stop being so vain about his glasses. Anyone else remember Sal Bando of the Reds,, Hey, if it would make me hit better, I would wear some of those <i<No Sex black horn rims… Darn near indestructible too…


  338. 351 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    How about 1988 ROY, Chris Sabo?

    Those are some specs…


  339. 352 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Tonight’s lineup:

    1. Infante, 2B
    2. Esco, SS
    3. Chipper, 3B
    4. GA, LF
    5. Mac, C
    6. Franc, RF
    7. Kotch, 1B
    8. Schafer, CF
    9. JoJo, LHP

    Pretty much what I expected. Bobby’s gonna ride the hot Omar until he cools off. Can’t blame him.


  340. 353 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Chris Sabo…. Now that’s the guy…. Put a cape on him and he could be a super hero….


  341. 354 Carolina Lady May 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    OK – this is me – with my new HARDDRIVE and power source – and little else!

    The data was saved (I had put it on a 12gb flash drive!), but ALL the programs are gone – including my email and addresses, etc.

    It’ll probably take me a day or two to get everything back in ‘working order’ again – every setting, every program, everything I had fixed just the way I liked it….

    But, at least I’m online (sorta) again! Have heard no news for the last week and haven’t a clue what’s been happening with the Braves. Are they in the basement yet??

    (This is sorta like starting from zero again!)

    MISSED Y’ALL!!! Sure sorry I missed TnPaul’s visit! CHRIS, WHERE ARE YOU???

    (Even my AV and Firewall are gone. Some oddball AV program is in it right now. MEMO TO SELF: Henceforth and forever more: put receipts, proofs of online purchase, etc in a FOLDER in Documents! Which is usually recoverable. Not in your email program’s folder which is not recoverable…..)


  342. 355 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Welcome back CL… Yes, went through that a couple of time myself. Discovered the only thing I really could never get back was my photos… Lesson learned on that one.

    I have a couple of different anti virus programs. The one that I like as much as any is AVG free.. just cannot beat the cost.

    As for the Braves… They are teasing us right now…


  343. 356 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Of course with the new hard drive and and little clutter, I’ll bet the the old puter is fast… ๐Ÿ™‚


  344. 357 Carolina Lady May 8, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Hey, Gil!

    I discovered that the best investment you can make is a little flashdrive. Thankfully, I had downloaded all the genealogy research, photos, music, and some other stuff so that wasn’t lost. If I had lost all that research I think I would just shoot myself! No way to be replaced! God bless the person who came up with the flashdrive!!

    At least I can some contact with the outside world again! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks for taking care of everything! You’re a great XO!

    Anybody got a new lead – or thoughts for one? I’m gonna be real busy for a little while getting my cyberhome back in order, than I’ve got to put in some 14-hour days to try to further make up for (MORE!) lost time on the research project that was due several months ago…….


  345. 358 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    CL, glad to see you back! ๐Ÿ™‚ Missed ya! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I don’t know how exactly I have done it in the past, but if you mess around with it, you can also put emails on a cd(Or a flash drive)
    Dragged a bunch over from the old computer.


  346. 359 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Jo-Jo’s next start, Gwinnett. ๐Ÿ™„


  347. 360 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Well, after looking like we’d be more likely to see Cole Hamels pitch a no hitter than the braves make the game interesting, braves scored 2 runs, with lefties getting 2 of the 3 hits!


  348. 361 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    JoJo needs to go-go. I do not ever want to see him in an Atlanta uni ever again…


  349. 362 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Ok, Reyes batting in the 5th when the braves are down 7-2??? WTH??? Saving a pinch hitter for later??? remember that if/when Reyes gives up a run or two in the bottom of the inning. Why do we have 7 arms in the bullpen, anyway???


  350. 363 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    JoJo has become a sacrificial lamb…


  351. 364 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    but why??? We could have come back from 7-2, 8-2 is a bit harder. Are the braves really worried that the braves might have to use a lot of relievers on the road trip??? So what! Send someone down, bring someone else up…if the bullpen is taxed. To just give up in this stadium, makes no sense to me.


  352. 365 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    And that girl in the hamburger ad….yikes! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ NC-17 rating needed, and she’s fully dressed.


  353. 366 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Nothing like soft-porn to sell food, huh?


  354. 367 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Whats funny is I can’t remember if it’s Wendys or Hardees!!!


  355. 368 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Ship JoJo out, recall Jorge to the 5th starter spot. JoJo gotta go-go.


  356. 369 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I wonder if we could trade him to the St. Paul Saints for Kerry Ligtenberg?



  357. 370 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    V, sounds like a good trade for the braves! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Jorge for #5, sounds very good to me! But, will it happen???


  358. 371 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Honestly, it would not surprise me in the least if tonight isn’t the straw that breaks JoJo’s back.

    If I hear one more time that he has turned the corner, it better be the corner of Capital Ave. and I-20 heading outbound…


  359. 372 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    well, made a bit of a comeback…you’d think managers would learn not to bring in closers in games that aren’t close.


  360. 373 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    If I hear one more time that he has turned the corner, it better be the corner of Capital Ave. and I-20 heading outboundโ€ฆ
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


  361. 374 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Bob Melvin would not have done that. ๐Ÿ˜€


  362. 375 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 8, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ Speaking of him…Chip made a good point during the game. I know, you all are stunned beyond belief. Anywho, he said with the downturn in the economy, we are likely to see teams fire managers sooner, as they cannot watch attendance fall like a rock and do nothing…..


  363. 376 Voice of Raisins May 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    If they want attendance to increase, they need to field a winning team. Period. Firing Bob Melvin will not help the 12-17 D’Backs any more firing 2008 AL Manager of the Year Joe Maddon would help the 14-17 Rays. Conor Jackson is batting .191. Eric Byrnes is hitting .139. Chad Tracy, .221. Chris Young, .177. How is that Bob Melvin’s fault? His team couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. And his ace Brandon Webb is hurt.

    But they fire the manager.

    Melvin ought to thank then for his freedom. He’ll be in a dugout before season’s end.


  364. 377 flbravesgirl May 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    CL!!! Yay!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Sorry about your lost stuff. We learned about that the hard way, losing pics when the old ‘puter crashed. Now Melissa backs everything up on disc/ flash drive.


  365. 378 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Good morning Stuffville… Yes, Jo Jo I think will soon be in a Royals uniform… And he can take Jeff Bennett with him. Maybe too much is expected of a young kid like Reyes, however, Atlanta just does not seem to be the best fit for him. Like Chuck James… but different…


  366. 379 Carolina Lady May 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Thought you might enjoy this:

    Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

    Why did God make mothers?

    1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is. ( AND everything else in the world! )

    2. Mostly to clean the house.

    3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

    How did God make mothers?

    1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

    2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.

    3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

    What ingredients are mothers made of?

    1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

    2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

    Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

    1. We’re related.

    2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s mom like me.

    What kind of a little girl was your mom?

    1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.

    2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.

    3. They say she used to be nice.

    What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

    1. His last name.

    2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?

    3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

    Why did your mom marry your dad?

    1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.

    2. She got too old to do anything else with him.

    3. My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

    Who’s the boss at your house?

    1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.

    2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.

    3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

    What’s the difference between moms and dads?

    1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.

    2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.

    3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.

    4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

    What does your mom do in her spare time?

    1. Mothers don’t do spare time.

    2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

    What would it take to make your mom perfect?

    1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.

    2. Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

    If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

    1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.

    2. I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me..

    3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.


  367. 380 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    CL, that’s pretty good! ๐Ÿ˜€ Makes me sad to not have a Mom to buy flowers for, for Mothers day.


  368. 381 Carolina Lady May 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I’m sorry, Ber. Some events will just never be the same.


  369. 382 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Busy day for me today, just finished my last chore which involved Krogers…. Still, managed to pick up some flowers for my Mom and for Josie… No use spending any more time in the dog house any more than I already do.

    Mom has made a request for lemon meringue pie for tomorrow. That item is on my tomorrow to do list, perhaps I could get LaTwan to help out… Then again, I guess not.

    The weather service is calling for possible thunderstorms here this evening. Looks pretty iffy to me right now.

    I think I shall call it a day and spend the rest of the afternoon in front of the boob tube. Free (HAH!!) HBO on DirecTV this weekend. Actually, it is on the same list as NBC as far as I am concerned with Bill Mahuer sp) Don’t feel the need to look up the correct spelling. Dirt bag is a name he answers to also….

    Okay, off the soap box and to the couch as I think I hear it calling my name.


  370. 383 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Nice to see Javy get past the 6th without giving up a ton of runs! Off to a car cruise in Newnan… later on, later on’ers


  371. 384 flbravesgirl May 9, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Good game today. I’d say the glasses are working out fine.

    CL, that’s cute. Little kids come up with the darndest stuff. I’m a little bummed, this is the first time in my life I haven’t been with my mom for Mother’s Day.


  372. 385 flbravesgirl May 9, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Lemon meringue pie. Ooooh. My Nany made the best lemon meringue ever. I’ll have to attempt it one of these days but I know it won’t quite the same.


  373. 386 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Happy Mothers day CL! ๐Ÿ™‚
    FBG, be sure to tell your Mom what you said last night!


  374. 387 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Hi gang, I hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother’s Day.

    Good win by the Braves today. Not that I felt really confident the Phillies would not somehow comeback and steal a win but the pitching held and the offense was just good enough. Sounds like the recipe for success the Braves employed for many years.

    Going to be tough to beat Santana tomorrow night but that is only one game. Braves can still take two out of three.

    And Chipper day to day with a sore elbow. Get a cortisone shot and it will be good as new in a few days… uh.. players can still get cortisone shots, right?


  375. 388 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    And I take back what I said about Garrett Anderson… At least for now…


  376. 389 flbravesgirl May 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to blog-mom CL!

    Hope y’all had a good day with the moms in your life. I missed mine today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but we had some family come up from up Atlanta & picniced by Lake Rabun. Nice to take a day off.


  377. 390 flbravesgirl May 10, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Dad’s talking about going to Gwinnett tomorrow for the afternoon game. We’ll check the weather, etc. I’ll let y’all know if we go.


  378. 391 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I missed all the game! Glad we won, seems to happen a lot when I don’t watch. ๐Ÿ˜•
    Was busy taking apart my autolite 4300(Gil knows what I am talking about at least! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    had some questions about this carb, since it’s one I’ve never taken apart, but found precious little info on the web, except it’s a piece of junk and to replace it with a Holley or Edlebrock! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Gil, did you mess with one of these???


  379. 392 Voice of Raisins May 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Hey everybody! Another crazy weekend…

    The Rock Of Christ Band finished 4th in yesterday’s semi-final competition – on to the finals next week in Loudon, TN. The competition was unbelievable, and next week is going to be SO rough. We are really going to have to step up a notch. I am very excited about getting this far. But the victory is already won, so the journey is just for fun.

    Oh… and I missed the 2 wins against the Phils, but I am glad to know they have stepped up their game. GO BRAVES!


  380. 393 flbravesgirl May 10, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Congratulations, VOR!


  381. 394 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Raisins Rocks….. Way to go guy…

    Ber, they were one of those non repairable models. I tried a couple of times but they were pretty iffy coming from the factory. My experience with them came from the version attached to the 460 Ford.

    Sometimes I think it was a conspiracy by Ford engineers who were promoting fuel injection over carburetors.


  382. 395 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 11, 2009 at 8:00 am

    V, thats great!!! Going to be doing a lot of driving in your near future it looks like!


  383. 396 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 11, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Gil, don’t tell me that~ ๐Ÿ˜›
    Amazing how little info on that sucker there is on the web. Found one guy who took some so-so pictures with no description of issues he had. Every forum question was answered with, it’s junk, get a Holley or Edlebrock.
    If I was rich, that’s what I would do as well.
    Never have put a foreign carb on a car of mine before. Fear making the linkage world. Really wouldn’t want a Rube Goldberg paperclips and rubberband linkage.
    So, before I put it all together and find out it still leaks gas, can I ask a question???
    There was a check ball that was in the carb…somewhere. I must have taken it out before this picture was taken. The exploded view drawings are not helping me out, nor is the shop manual. Do you think it drops in that hole behind the brass tube between the primaries??? Theres another hole that sorta looks like it could drop in as well.

    Oh, the other question (I guess I had more than one after all ๐Ÿ˜ณ )the brass needle screw in thingy(Sorry if I am talking too technical for ya!) just seems to have a chrome “button” on the top, and no float needle!!! I have one in the kit, and I could imagine that might be a reason the gas level was too high, but I never have taken this apart before, and was at the table when I took it out.


  384. 397 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 11, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Fear making the linkage work is what I really meant.
    Gil, here’s another photo of the brass thingy still screwed in. I was taking a picture of the brass plug that was in there. Couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it was doing there, but from the web it seems it was an aux. fuel needle, for the secondaries perhaps??? apparently, it was the “fix” for cars that would flow too much gas, and leak. I have a 2nd brass screw in thingy with a needle in the kit that fits where the plug is, but since I already have a gas leak issue, I probably won’t put it in.
    Anyway, getting ahead of myself, the other brass thing with the chrome top I mentioned, is still screwed in , in this picture.

    Nothing at all inside of it! Do you think there is any way in the world it could have flowed backwards into the fuel line??? I don’t see how, but nothing is in there….The replacement float needle is brass with a rubber tip, and as long as the brass screw in thing(Man, need to look up it’s name!)


  385. 398 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 11, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Nice…whole post is in bold, instead of just the first line, and no link to the 2nd photo??? Did I forget to put it in??? I don’t think so….anyway, here is link to the other photo. Bet Gil’s sorry he even commented on the carb! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  386. 399 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 11, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Ah-ha! WordPress doesn’t like those kinds of links then, fine…lets go back to the first kind…


  387. 400 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Ber, you are word-oppressed! ๐Ÿ˜€


  388. 401 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Ber, try this link, it has a pretty good description of the rebuild. The check ball goes in the hole away from the bowl.



  389. 402 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Just click on the pages to enlarge. Use Ctrl + to enlarge the view to readable size.


  390. 403 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2009 at 11:36 am

    And you know, all of those carbs had issues… Like I said, it’s why they went to fuel injectors. Of course, that doesn’t mean they are really that much better, just that you never needed to worry about fixing it yourself as it has become impossible.


  391. 404 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2009 at 11:40 am

    It’s pretty cool outside today. The Darvocet has finally taken affect so I think I will crank up the old weed eater and trim around my fences. Important lessons learned as a paramedic, you cannot be addicted to pain medication as long as you are still in pain… The trick is to still be able to walk… or at least sit upright.


  392. 405 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Well, that didn’t take too long… The hardest part was remembering the combination to the lock on the tool shed…

    Doing stuff like using a weed eater reminds me of why I don’t play golf any more and makes me wonder why I never bought one of those long handled putters. Much less stressful on the lower back I would think. Hummmm…


  393. 406 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Okay… is blogging with one’s self tantamount (blog first) to talking with one’s self?


  394. 407 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Gil, thanks for that link! I found that info yesterday, but I didn’t know about CTRL ++ ๐Ÿ™‚ Makes it a lot easier to read. Tried to print a few pages, but it came out a bit blurred. It’s sure better than the lincoln manual, which is kinda sad.
    Going to take everything over to a friend of ours in boxes. He’s really smart just looking at things(He should be he’s a Delta mechanic!)
    Hopefully he will help me get this sucker running. Or I will be maxing out a credit card for a carb. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  395. 408 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    OK… even tough I am covered up with work (when the secretary was laid off, I absorbed ALL of her duties) I have to pose this question:

    Now that it is Chipper’s elbow, can we at least begin again the discussion about a move across the diamond? He will most likely miss tonight’s game solely because he cannot make a throw from 3B. His bat? Gone… His presence? Gone… No knock on Kotch, who has done everything he is expected to do and then some, but he ain’t Chipper. Is it at least a valid talking point?


  396. 409 Carolina Lady May 11, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for the Mother’s Day greetings, Ber and FBG!

    And, Raisins, I’ve been ‘out of the loop’ Braves-wise for so long, I don’t have enough info to write any sort of lead – and don’t have time for baseball research – so YOU have just written the next lead! Short but sweet! THANKS! ๐Ÿ˜†


  397. 410 Carolina Lady May 11, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜† NEW BLOG IS UP!! ๐Ÿ˜†


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