78: What do you think??

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by Voice of Reason Raisins (even tho’ he doesn’t know it! CL πŸ˜† )

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?

This is such a complex issue, though. As you all know, Casey is productive. He hits; he doesn’t strike out; he does all of the little things right; he plays a phenomenal defensive 1B; he does everything you want BUT hit for power. And he isn’t Chipper.

The flip side is… who plays 3B? Omar? He isn’t an everyday guy. Prado? Maybe, but is he Kotchman on the other side? Nice bat, good gap hitter, but not the power you want from a corner IF? There is no clear 3B anywhere in the pipeline. Van Pope? Van Nope. Eric Campbell? Not close. Brooks Conrad is interesting, but he isn’t an β€œup and comer”. The fact is, the Braves have no long term fill in for a guy who isn’t likely to play more than 130 games, and is getting a bit β€œlong in the tooth”.

I have tons of respect for Chipper Jones. I am not trying to hurry any natural or unnatural process along in any way, shape or form. But at some point reason has to rule over emotion. I think we are there. I think it has to be addressed.



306 Responses to “78: What do you think??”

  1. 1 Carolina Lady May 11, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks, Raisins!!!

    (Sorry for the surprise!)


  2. 2 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Great lead V! πŸ˜›
    Seriously, I don’t know…you may be right…the more runs Casey drives in, the better chance we have of trading him.


  3. 3 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Man… I poured blood, sweat and tears into that one! πŸ˜€


  4. 4 Carolina Lady May 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I really do feel guilty (well, a little!), Raisins, but I can spot talent when I see it!

    And, we needed a fresh page…..

    You bring up an interesting point to consider.



  5. 5 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    To bad KJ can’t make a move to 3B… Diory Hernandez is the future at 2B in Atlanta, in my humble opinion.


  6. 6 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Watching the Space Shuttle life off… Spectacular… Anyone else remember sitting around the TV in elementary school when Alan Shepard was launched into space? John Glen? Amazing…

    Now baseball… Hey, Kotchman has value… Possible third base candidate, they could at least try him, or maybe they already have… for sure there are clubs that would be happy to get him, including the Angels…

    Yes, Chipper should be seeing the hand writing on the old scoreboard. He is guaranteed a salary, not his position… Ask Soriano of the Cubs about that…

    Hey, I’m a big Chipper Jones fan but even I know at some point a player has to hang up his spikes, well, except maybe Jamie Moyer… but everyone else has to.


  7. 7 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    If anyone is interested in the Gwinnett Braves game this afternoon, the audio is here:



  8. 8 Carolina Lady May 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Done, Raisins! and thanks!


  9. 9 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Gil, took the carb to a friend, and you are right…it’s junk! He even noticed that the the secondaries don’t even close completely! Guess I have had that problem ever since I bought the car…seemingly no way to fix it, except to get parts off a junker, IF I could find one with a decent airhorn and accelerator pump clip…sigh…well, all is not lost. He’s a nice guy and had a Edelbrock 1406 just gathering dust on a shelf! Start looking at it…oh yeah, the Carter AFB, with a different name and a shiny body! πŸ˜€
    Looks like whoever he bought it from had a few backfires thru it as it is black as night inside, but it will bolt right in…just got to figure the linkage issues out. Never done that before, but there is supposed to be an adapter plate of some sort…this saves me about $300 bucks I didn’t have to spend, so if it works, I’ll be one happy camper! πŸ™‚


  10. 10 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Speaking of carburetors, I really hope the Braves throttle Johan tonight. Maybe they’ll rev his pitch count up and he’ll be be gassed early. Of course, with their ‘pen, exhausting the starters doesn’t help too much. Maybe we can get some spark early in our lineup that will inject some torque into our offense and put the brakes on the Mutts’ hot streak. Yep, nothing I’d like to see more than our boys make the Mets’ streak turn on a dime. That could be the differential in the early standings. If the Braves can find their bearings in the new park, maybe they can drive a few runs across and neutralize the home crowd. I’m geared up for this one… how about y’all?


  11. 11 Carolina Lady May 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Ready for the doughnuts, VoR! πŸ˜€

    Hey! CONGRATULATIONS of the band’s great success!!! What a thrill, huh??!


  12. 12 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Was I under a rock, or did it go completely unnoticed that the Braves signed Tony Armas to a minor league deal?



  13. 13 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Yep, let’s hope the Bravos can flood the gaps with line drives and choke off any Mets’ rallies before they ignite… Of course with Chipper missing tonight’s game, it won’t be a drive in the park for the good guys.


  14. 14 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Armas is this year’s version of Damian Moss for the Braves. They have one at AAA every year.


  15. 15 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    V, Gil, you guys are on a roll! I won’t even attempt to compete today!
    Tony Armas was really pretty darn good a few years ago, guess his arm was blown out.


  16. 16 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Good to have a veteran pitcher around the young’uns at AAA…


  17. 17 Voice of Raisins May 11, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Not good… Kotch got nailed on the fingers… he’s staying in, though…


  18. 18 flbravesgirl May 11, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    OK, got home from Gwinnett just in time to listen to the big boys beat the Mets. We’ll be going back there, the ballpark is very nice. Comfy seats, great view of the field, lots of food options, easy 1 hr. 10 min. drive.


  19. 19 flbravesgirl May 11, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    VOR, I wouldn’t count on Diory just yet. Everything that came his way today went Clank off his glove, it seemed. Kris Medlen, OTOH, was fantastic. He really looks like he knows how to pitch. Throws fairly hard for a smallish guy & appears to have good breaking stuff. Only 2 weak little hits off him today.


  20. 20 flbravesgirl May 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I reccommend a trip to Gwinnett for those of y’all within driving distance. It’s the nicest minor league/ spring training park either Dad or I have ever been too. They have the open concourse so you can see the whole field while you’re getting your hot dog. The big rodent mascot wasn’t even too annoying.


  21. 21 flbravesgirl May 11, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    And since it’s just down from the Mall of GA, I got to check out the surrounding shopping options as we drove through. Not much to choose from up here except Walmart. Lots of restaurants too. We were thrilled to spot an old favorite, Provino’s.


  22. 22 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip FBG, Minor league ball can be enjoyable. Pretty good baseball and up close and personal and it is easy on the wallet. Did Barbaro play first? He had the same type of clanky glove…

    For all the ink Tommy Hanson gets, I have a sneaky feeling that Medlen is going to be a long term solution for the Braves. He already knows how to pitch verses throwing.

    And didn’t the Braves look good last night? Woo wee.. I finally switched over from the ESPN telecast to the SNY feed. The Mets announcers were better and less biased than the ESPN guys.

    The runs off Santana may have been unearned but like Skip use to say, they still count. He reminded me a lot of JoJo in that he could not recover from a shaky defense.


  23. 23 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2009 at 8:07 am

    The big rodent mascot wasn’t even too annoying.

    That was just the mascot, right?


  24. 24 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Nice game from the boys last night. THAT was the team I envisioned coming into the season.. well with Chipper included, of course. Great starting pitching, great relief pitching, opportunistic hitting, good defense… it all came together in a big game. Let’s hope it has set the tone for the rest of the series.


  25. 25 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Yes, it’s always enjoyable to watch folks from New York squirm in their seats when teams don’t follow the script. Braves are playing solid baseball right now. It’s what it takes to win over the long season. And doing so without Chipper has to boost their confidence too.

    You have to feel pretty good about the Braves chances with Jair on the mound tonight.


  26. 26 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2009 at 9:50 am

    We got over the Johan hump. That is a HUGE mental boost. The more I think about it, last night really was a big game for the home boys…


  27. 27 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Anyone else think that moving Frency down in the order hurt his approach? Of course, somebody has to hit 7th in the line up. Just seems he is reverting to old habits.

    I’m still not sure of what to make of young Schafer,

    Lillibridge syndrome perhaps….?


  28. 28 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Gil, I believe Schafer has the tools to be a very good ML’er, he is just pressing really hard right now. Bobby’s patience paid off with KJ his rookie season; let’s hope we have a similar thing happening here.


  29. 29 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    2night’s lineup:

    1. KJ
    2. Yunel
    3. Chipper
    4. Anderson
    5. McCann
    6. Kotch
    7. Franc
    8. Schafer
    9. JJJ


  30. 30 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Well, at least he is still hitting above the Langerhans line… πŸ™‚

    The law of averages dictates that given enough swings, eventually a pitcher will hit his bat.

    He is just all over the place with his swing right now. In golf it’s called the yips… Thinking way too much and it’s hurting the club… If I were him I would be bunting a lot.


  31. 31 Salty May 12, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Anyone else remember sitting around the TV in elementary school when Alan Shepard was launched into space? John Glen? Amazing…

    Uh…I’m just not…wait…I was too young to know what was going on! πŸ˜†

    VOR…congrats on the competition…and the lead. Well done…both counts!

    FBG…sound like a native already…Gwinnett Braves…player reports…Mall of Georgia scouting…cool! Welcome home!

    CL…belated Happy Mother’s Day

    Hi, Everybody!

    Back to hanging out under my rock!


  32. 32 flbravesgirl May 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Hi, Salty!

    Gil, Timmons played 1st instead of Barbaro. (One more thing about Diory, he didn’t run out a ground ball that he might have been able to beat out. Not impressed.)


  33. 33 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 12, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Hey Salty! Don’t be such a stranger!


  34. 34 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 12:04 am

    FBG, you sure make Diory sound like a chump these days…perhaps he is suffering Yunel Escobar syndrome???


  35. 35 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Just read last night’s recap… sounds like Bennett sucked… sounds like Franc had a rough night. Glad I missed it.


  36. 36 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 10:17 am

    V, I came in, saw up go up 3 nothing, got a phone call, then watched 24, even posted last night sure in the fact we won…was a bit surprised to see we lost when I saw baseball tonight! 😯


  37. 37 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 10:23 am


    So you think we were exaggerating? Pres. Obummer will tax anything and everything to fund the overblown massive spending his administration lives to perform. Think I’m kidding? Check this one out… http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124208505896608647.html


  38. 38 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 10:23 am

    …I came in, saw us up go up 3 nothing… πŸ™„


  39. 39 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I wasn’t very clear last night, when I said Diory might be suffering Yunel Escobar syndrome, I mean in that he’s 24 and a bit tired of being in the minors…still no excuse for not running hard to first.


  40. 40 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Rosenthal on the Braves:

    If the Braves need more offense, they will have the pitching depth to get it. Right-hander Tommy Hanson (1-3, 1.99) is untouchable, but not the team’s only hot pitcher at Class AAA.
    Two other right-handers β€” Kris Medlen (5-0, 0.96) and Charlie Morton (3-2, 3.44) β€” figure to be coveted by other clubs, and the Braves have additional prospects at Class AA.

    IMO, Medlen is also untouchable. Things I have read say that he is VERY much in the future plans for the Bravos. He ain’t goin’ nowhere. Now Morton? That’s another question…


  41. 42 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Today’s lineup:

    1. Infante, 2B
    2. Yunel, SS
    3. Chipper, 3B
    4. Anderson, LF
    5. Diaz, RF
    6. Prado, 1B
    7. Ross, C
    8. Schafer, CF
    9. JoJo, soft tosser

    Jeffrey is NOT in today’s lineup… nor is KJ, Kotch, Mac…

    I guess Bobby figures JoJo is gonna suck anyway, might as well give some guys a day off.


  42. 43 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    V, got to give something to get something…
    mlbtraderumors has been talking about teams options in 2010….Also mentions Tim Hudson’s willingness to come back as a reliever late this year!

    It’s safe to assume that if the Braves exercise Hudson’s option, he won’t choose to void it in search of a bigger contract. The Braves’ 2010 rotation would be deep, with Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vazquez, Kenshin Kawakami, Hudson, and Tommy Hanson.

    Ok, Derek will be here next year, right? So will Jurrjens, Kawakami(Has to be with that contract)Vazquez(I mentioned before we might want to trade him) and Hanson should really be up now anyway, so he will be in the rotation for sure next year. So IF they picked up the Hudson option(Honestly, does it make sense at this point???)thats 6 starters. So, unless someone blows out an elbow, where would Kris Medlen fit, anyway???


  43. 44 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    And why waste time with Jo-Jo at this point??? I mean, he is do to have a good start, which just means more starts to blow up, and games for the braves to lose in the future. Why not try Morton to build up his value??? Could he be worse???

    And why is there a day game on a Weds???


  44. 45 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Medlen will be a great AAA pitcher next year, and a nice rookie in 2011. Honestly, you can not project pitcher health that far ahead. Next year’s rotation should be Huddy, Lowe, JJJ, KK, Hanson. Vazquez is a logical trade candidate. Heck, he could be traded this year at the deadline to bring home much needed offense.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Vazquez dangled along with… ready?… Jeffrey at the deadline. I bet Frank seeks a big bat for RF signed through ’10 – just long enough for JHey to arrive.


  45. 46 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Ugh… JoJo on the mound. Braves get 2 in the 1st, and JoJo gives ’em right back. I am really sick of JoJo.


  46. 47 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Hey, how about trading Vazquez to the White Sox for Dye??? πŸ˜›

    And yeah, way to hold a lead Jo-Jo πŸ™„


  47. 48 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    … and THAT is why Schafer continues to play every day…


  48. 49 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I still think Schafer needs a day off, mentally, if for no other reason. He sure isn’t hitting. Hopefully Bobby will have Infante in there during the next day game, if nothing else.


  49. 50 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Oh my… 😯


  50. 51 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    And Bobby has seen enough. So have I. I just hope he has REALLY seen enough. Don’t you know they were all hoping JoJo could at least give TommyG a chance to get a couple of rehab starts?


  51. 52 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Ladies, and gentleman, the late Jo-Jo Reyes…
    Lots of walks thank goodness, Bobby can stand anything but a leftie walking guys….


  52. 53 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    So, Moylan, who is fresh off Tommy John surgery, is pitching in his 3rd straight game??? It really doesn’t matter than he didn’t pitch to many batters in the previous games, he had to get his arm loose 3 days straight, now he is going to pitch another inning???
    And wouldn’t it have made sense to have a real hitter come up to drive in an insurance run, than have Moylan hit???
    And why was Frenchy brought in??? Did Diaz get hurt?(Was on the phone for a bit)

    Gosh but I enjoy questioning Bobby’s moves! πŸ˜€


  53. 54 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    The boys are fighters… I am proud of them.

    Gotta send JoJo down. He’s spent. Maybe Charlie can make a couple of starts before TommyG is ready.

    Bobby has made all of the right moves today. I cannot recall him doing the kind of things he’s done today in a long time.


  54. 55 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I agree completely V! :mrgreen:
    I do have to say it was smart to have KJ pinch hit for Schafer right there…


  55. 56 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Just looking at the box score, I guess everyone has been used off the bench! 😯 better not turn into an extra inning game.


  56. 57 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    everyone but McCann….


  57. 58 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Obviously, Ber, we view Bobby in a completely different light…


  58. 59 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Me and my big mouth…all tied… 😦


  59. 60 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Well, a good game, but got o run to summit racing to get a kit for a carb and an adapter that auto stores nearby don’t even know about, nor stock…
    Gil, I asked for a kit for a Carter AFB, and the dope on the phone said, is that a 2 barrel??? Sigh…


  60. 61 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Redemption…. Whew, after the loss last night, I don’t know if I could have stood another heart breaker. Still say the Braves were robbed last night but a good team overcomes such adversities. Still, going to be a much happier flight back to Atlanta after taking 2 of 3 from the Muts.

    Ber… You’re lucky he didn’t ask if it was Jimmy or Billy Carter…

    So, unless someone blows out an elbow This is baseball, it’s not a matter of if but when… I don’t think the Braves will make a move until the All-star break. Other than sending down or trading JoJo… I think there is a pitching coach somewhere who can straighten him out, just don’t know who at this point.


  61. 62 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 13, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Definitely a big win, against the team in first place. We don’t play them again, til what, July???
    I am going to sound like a heretic here, but I wish we had the DH. Chipper could split time at 3rd and DH, Prado, Infante, could get almost full time ab’s…Frenchy, Schafer, could get a day off from the field.
    Chipper will likely DH once we play the AL teams.
    Funny to read Red Sox fans bash the NL way…I do like our faster games, I don’t like watching automatic outs either…
    Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!! πŸ˜›


  62. 63 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Quote from Bobby: β€œWe played an unbelievable game, really. Carlyle threw one pitch, and it was a grand slam. I’d rather see that than walk β€˜em in.”

    Me too…


  63. 64 flbravesgirl May 13, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Maybe Jo-Jo needs the pitching equivalent of the Rangers’ Jaramillo, Gil? (Wonder how much $$$ it would take to coax him to the Braves’ coaching staff, since he apparently can work miracles with messed-up hitters.)


  64. 65 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 14, 2009 at 2:03 am

    FGB, I guess the pitching coach equivalent is Dave Duncan with the Cards. Lots of so-so pitchers are turned around by his style of coaching. I think he is big on getting pitchers to sink their balls. And throw strikes. But what pitching coach doesn’t teach that??? πŸ™„


  65. 66 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 14, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Here is a bit of Jon Heyman’s latest column about the Teixeira trade(the comments he makes about Clemens before this is also very interesting)

    Texas rebuilt, thanks to Teixeira (and Daniels)

    Two summers ago Rangers GM Jon Daniels knew he had to trade Mark Teixeira. Teixeira had rejected their $140 million, eight-year offer, and it was becoming fairly clear he didn’t want to remain with the Rangers long term. Daniels wanted to replenish their system, and this was the way to do it.

    So far, so good.

    The haul Daniels received from the Braves looked impressive then, and it looks even better today, with the Rangers the surprise American League West leaders at 18-14. The four main players Daniels received for Teixeira all look like they’ll be fit somewhere between strong contributor and star. Left-hander Matt Harrison just threw a shutout, 20-year-old Elvis Andrus has replaced longtime star Michael Young as the starting shortstop without a blip, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is no longer looking like a DH, and big-time pitching prospect Neftali Feliz is hitting 100 mph on the farm.

    “It’s really early, but we’re happy with it,” Daniels said.

    Just like he was as a free agent last winter, Teixeira was a hot commodity in the summer of 2007. (He wasn’t nearly as coveted as a trade target last summer, as he was in his walk year, and the best the Braves could do was Casey Kotchman.) But inquiring teams knew they would be getting Teixeira for only a year-and-a-half max. Daniels maximized the take. While he was focused on the Braves, he had serious talks with the Red Sox, Angels, Yankees, Dodgers and Diamondbacks, as well. The Angels didn’t want to give up Joe Saunders (smart move), the Yankees didn’t want to part with Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes (and had the cash to sign Teixeira later, anyway, for $180 million) and the Dodgers wouldn’t budge on their best prospects.

    The Red Sox and D-backs (who offered some of the same prospects that went later for Dan Haren) made the next-best bids. But in terms of quality and quantity, nobody could match the Braves’ offer. Rangers bosses didn’t press Daniels to get immediate help, so with that in mind, the Braves’ package was far and away the best one.

    Andrus is a prototypical shortstop who’s a terrific baserunner and gives the power-hitting Rangers a different look. “I couldn’t be happier with the early returns,” Daniels said about Andrus.

    The early returns on Saltalamacchia’s defense last year were not good. His blocking and legwork were amateurish, and that’s being kind. But he’s become very usable behind the plate, and is no longer just an offensive player (he’s hitting .261 with three homers and 14 RBIs). “The improvement in his defense is among the most encouraging things I’ve seen this year,” Daniels said.

    Harrison (3-2, 4.79) is the big durable left-hander they sought. He has thrown 15 scoreless innings over his last two starts, including a 6-0 shutout of the White Sox in his most recent effort. And Feliz could join left-handed phenom Derek Holland in the ‘pen within weeks. Feliz may have the biggest upside of all the players acquired in this ridiculous haul.

    Daniels has taken hits for a couple previous trades (John Danks, Chris Young), but this one alone may more than make up for those deals.



  66. 67 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2009 at 7:57 am

    One team’s trash is another team’s treasure… not to mention the $14 million dollar windfall the Rangers received when A-Rod opted out of his contract to resign for more money with the Yankees. Texas has put together a pretty nice team but they still have that gosh awful Texas heat to face this summer.

    Hey, the Braves knew what they were getting when they made that trade for Texieria. They just did not have the pitching out of the bullpen to hold a lead.

    Still, they have assembled a pretty good collection of hurlers both in the bigs and along the minor league ranks. Pitching is still the hottest commodity.


  67. 68 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Looks like Richmond is going to get a AA team beginning next year. Still have no idea of the affiliations and such but looks like I will have something to do.

    I won’t be seeing any Braves prospects as Richmond will be in the Eastern League. Still nothing definite on a new stadium but it will come to pass, I am pretty sure of it.

    Debating on whether or not to get up and do something this morning….

    Ber, get that carb mounted yet?


  68. 69 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 14, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Hey Gil, that’s great news! Any chance it will be the Nationals team, or are they not in the Eastern league???

    As for the “new” carb, I just got a kit for it, and the adapter so the Ford linkage will hopefully work fine.
    Had to go to Summit(really helps they have a store in town!) to get the stuff, but at least I don’t have to wait til next week.
    You should see how black the inside of this carb is! 😯 Must have rattled some windows when the guy backfired!
    And I bet it didn’t have any miles on it at all.


  69. 70 Voice of Raisins May 14, 2009 at 10:12 am

    G’morning everybody!!!

    I have a ton to do, and can’t concentrate on anything other than the Battle For Christ finals this Saturday. One more trip to Tennessee (Loudon) and we are done. That is, of course, unless we win the thing, in which case we get a slot in the Ichthus Festival in Wilmore, KY in June. But 3 trips to TN in 4 weeks is wearing me out. I am not complaining, though because we are so blessed to get this far.

    I know y’all came here to read about the Braves, but I’m tellin’ ya, this is all I can think about right now…

    Anybody live near Loudon, TN? πŸ˜€ What about TennPaul?


  70. 71 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Congratulations again Raisins, just one bit of advice while so distracted… Do not operate any heavy machinery or chain saws… πŸ™‚

    And remember also.. The Lord’s will be done… Regardless, you are in a great band and you all are giving great testimony..

    Now baseball… Ber, I have no idea if the Nationals are interested or even if they don’t already have an agreement somewhere else. I am not going to worry too much about it right now. The franchise they are acquiring currently has a deal with the Giants but minor league ball is always in such a flux…

    And on the carb… Well, that’s what they put flame arrests on them for. I gave my youngest son a Holly 650cfm double pumper I had removed from the rebuild job on my ’69 350 and he left it out in the rain. It’s the last thing I gave to him, he did not appreciate it enough to even keep it dry. I think it ended up in the trash…. Kids…baaahh…


  71. 72 flbravesgirl May 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    So what’s the best way to get rid of poison ivy? We have a bumper crop & I unfortunately discovered last year that I am highly allergic to it.


  72. 73 Salty May 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    FBG…Round-UP…spray the heck out of it and it will die.


  73. 74 Salty May 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    By the way, whatever you do…don’t cut the poison ivy, and definitely don’t burn it. Both ways are excellent ways to get a rootin-tootin-snortin case of the itches, the likes you’ve never seen/had/felt! 😦


  74. 75 flbravesgirl May 14, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I’m sorry to say that it’s in the garden, wrapped around azaleas, daylilies & juniper that we want to keep. We did Round-Up some where it didn’t affect other plants. I knew about not burning it.


  75. 76 flbravesgirl May 14, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    And my arm had exactly “the likes of that” last year for weeks. It looked like I had flesh-eating bacteria on my forearm or something.


  76. 77 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    FRG… The stuff will break you out even when it appears dried up in winter… Best way to treat it is ask the druggist for the pills used for that purpose. I forget the name but it is kept behind the counter. You do not need a prescription for it. Really works great. Will dry it up from the inside….

    Oh, and long sleeves are recommended when working out doors.


  77. 78 flbravesgirl May 14, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I have long “gauntlet” gloves now too. I’d never run into it before so I didn’t know how sensitive I was to it. My cousin’s husband & their oldest daughter are immune to it. Does nothing to them.


  78. 79 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Jenn, it breaks me out pretty bad but my youngest son is the most sensitive to it. It was he that I had to discovery the pills for. Otherwise it kept spreading on him.

    I have lots of it here in Mechanicsville, Sumac too. I have to be careful when burning brush too because it will get in my eyes and drive me crazy…


  79. 80 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 15, 2009 at 11:48 am

    V, don’t know if you will have a chance today to look at this(or if you are off today and there already) but good luck! πŸ˜€

    FBG, I forgot all about your cousin who fell of the horse, how is she doing???


  80. 81 Voice of Raisins May 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Still here, B. Thanks!

    I’m working today as usual… although my focus is a bit off. πŸ˜€

    We’ll leave tomorrow AM as the sun comes up and be back late, LATE tomorrow night/Sunday AM. Makes me tired, but a good tired…


  81. 82 Voice of Raisins May 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    OK… time to stir the pot. I have been doing a bit of reading on the ol’ inter-web thingie, and have already found several sites speculating on July deadline deals. The Braves are mentioned prominently throughout because of an obvious need to add a bat.

    Names, you say?

    Well, for some reason, there are several sites linking Matt Holliday to the Bravos. I personaly do not see that happening. First, he’d cost a king’s ransom in return for 1/2 season. The Braves went there with Tex, but won’t with Holliday. First, I believe they really thought they’d be able to resign Tex. Not so with Holliday. Plus, why give up all that dough for a guy when JHey is just a couple seasons, if that, away?

    Look, I believe we’ll have JHey, Schaf, and Gorkys as our outfielders in a couple of seasons. No reason to block any of them, or screw the salary structure in the process.

    Now, for the short term. Many, many sites link Soriano and the Yanks. They need him in a bad way. We also need a right fielder… YES I said a right fielder. Don’t know of a match with the Yanks.

    Now, Anaheim is different. They need pitchers, and have a glut of outfielders. But who?

    Don’t be surprised to see the Braves and Brian Giles linked again. It happens every year, and makes alot of sense this year. SD needs… everything. Mainly they need salary relief. Maybe Giles plus low-level prospect for Francoeur?

    Yep, I said Francoeur. I’ll bet he’s dealt this July for a 2 year bat in RF. Betcha money.

    The Braves have seen all they need to see of the high-school standout. He is what he is. He’s serviceable, but not the guy they need to solidify the lineup. Everything else in the lineup falls into place if you can add a real RF bat. A threat. A legitimate cleanup hitter. Franc is nothing more than Matt Diaz with better defense at the moment. Truth hurts, but truth it is.

    The fact is, he is still young, relatively cheap (big plus this year), and has some value left. There will never be a better time to get something back. Gotta do it now, though.

    OK… there it is. My prescription and early prediction.



  82. 83 Voice of Raisins May 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm



  83. 84 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I’ll get back to you on that… πŸ™‚


  84. 85 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Okay, closest thing the Braves have to a major league outfielder is Brandon Jones.


  85. 86 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I still think the Braves would like to pick up Swisher from the Yanks


  86. 87 Voice of Raisins May 15, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Nick Swisher… switch-hitter, plays RF…

    Contract details:

    5 years/$26.75M (2007-11), plus 2012 club option

    * signed extension with Oakland 5/11/07, replacing 1 year/$0.4M deal for 2007 signed 3/07

    * $0.5M signing bonus

    * 07:$0.7M, 08:$3.5M, 09:$5.3M, 10:$6.75M, 11:$9M,
    12:$10.25M club option ($1M buyout)

    * 2012 option increases to $12M with top 5 in MVP vote any year 2007-11

    * limited no-trade clause 2011-12 (may block deals to 6 clubs)

    They’ll want Soriano. You willing to give him up for Swisher? I am… I like it.


  87. 88 Voice of Raisins May 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    OK, Gil, we have solved the puzzle. No I bid you all adieu until I get home from TN.

    C ya!!!


  88. 89 Carolina Lady May 15, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Godspeed, Raisins!! Sing praises to the Lord!


  89. 90 Carolina Lady May 15, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    From the Northwest Florida Daily News –
    comes this story of a Crestview couple who drove their car to Wal-Mart, only to have their car break down in the parking lot. The man told his wife to carry on with the shopping while he fixed the car in the lot.

    The wife returned later to see a small group of people near the car. On closer inspection, she saw a pair of male legs protruding from under the chassis. Although the man was in shorts, his lack of underpants turned private parts into glaringly public ones.

    Unable to stand the embarrassment, she dutifully stepped forward, quickly put her hand UP his shorts, and tucked everything back into place.

    She took a deep breath and stood up boldly to face the crowd. She looked across the hood and found herself staring at her husband, who had been standing idly by.

    The mechanic, however, had to have three stitches in his forehead.

    πŸ˜† Good intentions! πŸ˜†


  90. 91 flbravesgirl May 15, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    πŸ˜† Oh my goodness.


  91. 92 flbravesgirl May 15, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Good luck, VOR!


  92. 93 flbravesgirl May 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Ber, Bunny is doing very well. Her doctors worked a near-miracle on her leg. You’d never know it was full of pins & plates. The cousin in Atlanta is her sister so hopefully we can get her up here one of these days when she comes to visit. Thanks for asking.


  93. 94 Carolina Lady May 15, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    This is interesting:
    Braves move struggling Reyes to bullpen, call up righty Medlen
    May 15, 2009
    CBSSports.com wire reports

    ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves are moving left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes to the bullpen and calling up right-hander Kris Medlen to take his place in the rotation.

    Manager Bobby Cox said Friday that Medlen, who is 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett, will be called up to start Tuesday against Colorado.

    Medlen is receiving the promotion instead of top prospect Tommy Hanson, who is 1-3 with a 1.99 ERA at Gwinnett.

    Medlen has allowed only 19 hits while striking out 44 batters in 37 1/3 innings.

    Reyes is 0-2 with a 6.58 ERA in five starts.

    Copyright 2009 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


  94. 95 flbravesgirl May 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    See? Bobby & Wren must read my scouting reports.


  95. 96 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2009 at 4:31 am

    FBG… πŸ™‚


  96. 97 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Okay… We know Raisins has an excused absence for the day. Where is everyone else?


  97. 98 Carolina Lady May 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    CL’s list:
    1 – pressure wash the exterior of the house (check!)
    2 – eat lunch (in progress)
    3 – assemble the valences for the family room that were sanded, primed w/2 coats, painted w/2coats this week. Figure out how to attach them to the walls!
    4 – work on the genealogy project book
    5 – cook supper, clean kitchen
    6 – shower
    7 – check blog
    8 – ?


  98. 99 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    8- Watch game of course!!!! πŸ™‚

    CL, pressure wash house??? Rotator cuff must be doing better! 😯 How is it doing, by the way??? Throwing just on flat surfaces, or off the mound yet???


  99. 100 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Funny, I seem to read blog, then not comment, the last few days…weird.
    V, now it’s my turn to sound like you did last winter. Too early to give up on him, IMHO.
    And Giles is too old,(38) and has too little power. Just looked up his average. .172!!!
    Plus, is G.A. serviceable for the whole year??? A 37 in left, a 38 year old in right, neither hitting for any power anymore??? Just doesn’t seem to make sense right now.
    Don’t know what does.


  100. 101 Carolina Lady May 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Hey, Ber! Arm is doing better all the time; little baby steps, but I’m getting there. The pressure washer is easy to use and I can mostly use my right arm for it. The washer is on loan from a friend. Throwing easy on flat surfaces right now! But I’ll be ready next year, I promise! πŸ˜†


  101. 102 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Glad to hear that CL! πŸ˜€
    I had trouble finding when/where the braves were playing today. Found out from ESPN it was at 7 pm, but still didn’t know what channel. Then I remembered the link you put up, # BRAVES RADIO & SCHEDULES, but they haven’t updated since the end of last month, weird, huh??? Wait, just double checked…had to click on next, to show may…still doesn’t mention what station has it…I thought it did…where can one find what channel has the game???


  102. 103 Carolina Lady May 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    ummmmmmm……TV Guide.com?


  103. 104 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Josie and I are going to slip down to the “Rivah” next week and I am not sure I will be able to get on line. Depends on if AOL has a local number for Matthews. I have already checked the tides and it does not look promising. The Mobjack is already pretty shallow.

    Jo and I spent yesterday afternoon getting the boat ready. I think we are set to go.

    This being retired is hard work….

    ESPN tonight? Looks like the mute button will need to be employed.

    Yeah CL, I have taken to writing everything in a spiral notebook so I can stay focused on my task. Otherwise I just do a bunch of stuff but don’t really feel like I get anything done.

    Ber, get that carb installed yet? You will find that having the parts to an old erector set can be very useful for such projects.

    Now baseball…. Why on earth would anyone want Giles now? I really liked him and Marcus but if ever there were poster boys for the before and after steroids… they are it. I am not to worried about adding someone until after the All-star break. I would love to get someone like Sizemore but that is unlikely to happen. More likely someone will be wanting to dump payroll… I don’t know how many chips Wren and Company will have to play with when the time comes to make a deal.


  104. 105 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Gil, bring some sunscreen!
    CL, I just feel there should be an easier way to find out what channel a game is on. I don’t even see peachtree tv on tvguide.com (Used to be WTBS) finally found it there…
    Games on Satellite can be on 420, 437, Peachtree, FOX(on Saturdays) or even ESPN. Causes me much confuzzlement.


  105. 106 Carolina Lady May 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    A terrific article by Carroll Rogers on Brian Barton here if you haven’t already read it!


  106. 107 flbravesgirl May 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Remarkable young man, isn’t he?

    Looks like I’m going to the Ted tomorrow, weather permitting.


  107. 108 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Woo weee, was that ever an ugly game by the Braves last night, I hope FBG can bring a bit of good luck to the Bravos today.

    Yep, Barton sounds like the type of guy who has his priorities in order. Learn five languages eh? and here I sit struggling to master just one….


  108. 109 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Hope it doesn’t rain on you there FBG! Raining in Jonesboro right now…
    Gil, a fugly game for sure! Diamondbacks were due though…Lets hope that was the only game they are due against the braves this year…

    Oh, and CL, a very nice story! Guy should be able to be a 4th or 5th outfielder somewhere…Cards have about 12 guys it seems in their outfield.


  109. 110 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Well, rain delay…
    I see KJ is back batting leadoff. πŸ™„ 90 AB’s there, .200 BA. Shoot, put Ross there, anyone should be able to hit more than .200 batting leadoff.
    Schafer is “hitting” .154 for May…but no sense putting Infante in for a day, so his mind, and wrist can heal.


  110. 111 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 17, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Some interesting 60’s and 70’s braves(And Orioles) photos

    Here is the main page, with lots of interesting photos..


  111. 112 flbravesgirl May 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    2 hour drive. Arrive 1 hour early, per Dad’s usual custom. Sit through 1 1/2 hour rain delay. 2 hour drive home. 😦


  112. 113 flbravesgirl May 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    And apparently this is a cold front… predicting low of 39 tonight & 37 with possible frost tomorrow night. 😯 It’s the middle of May, for cryin’ out loud!


  113. 114 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 17, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Funny, first time I check for comments in hours, and there’s FBG’s! Sorry about the rainout…did it rain that hard there??? It was just a really light rain/drizzle today….
    Hard to believe it’s going to be that cold here! I think it was supposed to be around 90 in NYC today…


  114. 115 flbravesgirl May 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Heavy rain & cold wind, Ber. I felt sorry for the people in shorts & T-shirts.


  115. 116 flbravesgirl May 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Cool random thing: Dad was flipping through the radio stations just now, stopped on a song that caught his ear & when it was over the DJ said ” That was Jonny Diaz”. That’s Matty’s brother.


  116. 117 Voice of Raisins May 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    And apparently this is a cold front… predicting low of 39 tonight & 37 with possible frost tomorrow night. 😯 It’s the middle of May, for cryin’ out loud!

    Darned global warming… πŸ™„


  117. 118 Voice of Raisins May 17, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Hello, everybody… man have I been worn out today.

    Thanks for all of the prayers and well wishes. I am not sure how we “finished” in the competition, only that it was somewhere other than #1. Yesterday was a very full day of driving, loading, performing, hanging out, hanging out some more, hanging out some more, enduring, waiting and finally more driving. 😐

    All in all, it was a great run and we met some amazing people along the way. And God was glorified throughout, so the order of finish was really insignificant. (Although I did want to win!) Anyway, it was fun; it was fun but exhausting.

    C-y’all tomorrow…


  118. 119 flbravesgirl May 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    You’re #1 with us, VOR. (hug)


  119. 120 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Raisins, if ya’ll did not finish number one, they guys on top must have been very, very good….

    Jenn, I was wondering if you had made the trip to Atlanta for nothing…. I hope the ride was good though… One reason Josie and I enjoy traveling is the quality time together just driving, the destination is often unimportant.

    It is suppose to be cool here tonight as well… it was very damp feeling today with light rain off and on. We had some storms pass through last night and we got about 2 inches. Sure has limited the need to water the new azaleas…


  120. 121 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2009 at 9:21 am

    The Braves are expected to select a local high-school standout pitcher in next month’s draft. The kid’s name is Zack Wheeler. He’s already 6’4″ as a HS senior, and throws consistently in the low 90’s. His assessment from mlb.com:

    Fastball: Wheeler has great arm strength and can get the fastball up to 95 mph. He sits at around 90-93 mph.

    Fastball movement: It has plenty of life, with a close to low three-quarter arm slot that creates a good angle, especially against right-handed hitters. He throws it down in the zone with sink.

    Curve: He flashes a plus curve, but it’s not consistent in the strike zone. He throws it 78-80 mph.

    Changeup: He doesn’t really throw it, but he has shown some feel for it and could develop into an average pitch.

    Control: His command is in and out. His fastball command was better than with his curve. Inconsistency with delivery causes the disruption in command.

    Poise: He threw well in a good, competitive atmosphere. When his command leaves him, he manages to collect himself and get out of trouble.

    Physical Description: Wheeler is tall with long arms and broad shoulders — the kind of body you want from a high school pitcher, with projectability and wiry strength.

    Medical Update: Healthy.

    Strengths: He has big-time arm strength and flashes a plus curve. He’s a baseball rat with excellent makeup.

    Weaknesses: His command is inconsistent, especially with the breaking ball. His delivery is inconsistent. He doesn’t really show a third pitch as of yet.

    Summary: If you like projectable high school pitchers with a lot of arm strength — and a lot of teams do — then Wheeler might be the guy for you. The Georgia prepster has plenty of fastball and does show a plus breaking ball at times. Because of some delivery issues, his command can be spotty, but he’s an excellent athlete with terrific poise and makeup. He might be a little bit of a project, but the upside is considerable.


  121. 122 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Is it just me, or is anybody else scratching their head over the callup of Kris Medlen? I know he’s throwing great in Gwinnett, but he is about the 3rd option I would have expected.

    #1 I would have expected Charlie Morton to get the call. First, he has some limited ML experience, second, he’s throwing well in AAA, and third (and most importantly) he’s already on the 40 man roster.

    #2 I would have gone ahead with the Hanson callup. Look… he’s gonna be here this year at some point anyway, so the whole “cotrolling years” contract argument is gonna be gone anyway. He is a stud ready to become a ML’er. Plus, controlling years won’t matter anyway, because he is one guy that’ll get a multi-year ML contract before his arb years are done. The only hesitance with TommyH is that once he’s up, he’s up. And if TommyG can successfully come back and take the 5th rotation spot, then TommyH would either go to the ‘pen (not happening) or have to go back to AAA. Can’t see that wither.

    So, what to make of this? You bring up a guy who is arguably at his very peak in AAA, who you must put on the 40-man, for 2 starts at most if Glav is OK?

    Showcase. Gotta be. It is the most logical reason for the callup. And especially now that the rainout forced Lowe back a day. Medlen’s start could be skipped completely because everyone else would be on regular rest, and no roster move would have to be made at all – 40-man or active. However, Medlen will still start on Wednesday. I smell a showcase.

    I’m just sayin’…


  122. 123 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “Strengths: He has big-time arm strength and flashes a plus curve. He’s a baseball rat with excellent makeup.”

    A baseball rat??? Is that akin to a gym rat??? Never heard of anyone referred to a baseball rat before…but, it must be a good thing! πŸ™‚


  123. 124 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    And V, congrats to getting as close as you did to #1! πŸ˜€
    So often when you are that close, it’s really like drawing straws as to who is really the best.


  124. 125 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    V, you bring up an interesting point…why didn’t they bring up Hanson first??? Are they thinking they can’t send him down if Glavine can still pitch??? Why not Morton then??? Why add Medlen to the 40 man??? Hadn’t thought of that before…What if he pitches really well???

    Just thought of this…how much budget room to we have???(Just haven’t been checking out DOB much the last month or so, that new multi page format makes it impossible to find his posts, besides the main lead)

    If we don’t have much if any room to take on salary, IF Medlen looks good, then trade Javy to make room for a bat???

    Shoot, that still doesn’t make sense to bring him up ahead of Hanson though, does it??? Really shouldn’t give up very young, cheap starters for a bat though…


  125. 126 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 18, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Well, this ought to be the final nail in the US auto…

    Obama to Set New Vehicle Rules, First Carbon Limit
    By Kim Chipman and John Hughes

    May 18 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama will announce tomorrow new rules for vehicle emissions and mileage, setting the first-ever nationwide standard for greenhouse-gas pollution, according to people familiar with the plan.

    The limit will be coordinated with new national fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, said the people, who asked not to be identified before the announcement.

    The action, which follows California’s push for approval of its own proposed standards, is the β€œbiggest single step to curb global warming,” Dan Becker, director of the environmental group Safe Climate Campaign, said in an interview.

    The White House’s top energy, environment and transportation officials have been meeting with automaker executives and other groups as the administration worked to craft a single national policy for vehicle emissions. It seeks to avoid the confusion of different state rules across the country.

    The Washington-based Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, whose members include General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., has called for a single standard.

    It’s β€œyet another indication of the growing consensus within the business community that Congress needs to take strong action on energy reform, and it needs to do it now,” Dan Weiss, a director of climate policy at the Washington-based Center for American Progress, a Democratic-leaning policy group, said in a statement.

    2012 Vehicles

    The proposed federal rule would start with 2012 vehicle models and by 2016 models would equate to a fuel-economy standard of slightly less than 35.5 miles per gallon, said one of the persons knowledgeable about the plan.

    The Transportation Department announced in March that cars and light trucks will be required to meet a U.S. fuel-economy average of 27.3 miles per gallon for 2011 models, a 2 mpg increase from the previous year’s level.



  126. 127 Carolina Lady May 18, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Howdy, everyone!

    FBG, I’m sure sorry you had to go through all that for nothing! Bummer!!

    Raisins, you’re always #1 with us and with the One who is most important!! I’m so proud of your accomplishments I could pop a button! πŸ˜€

    Gil, I’m with you: getting there (and back) is most of the fun.

    Before Mother had to move in with us, Kelly and I used to pack a couple of sandwiches and a few cans of Diet Coke, and just head out. Sometimes with a specific destination, sometimes not. We’d spy an old cemetery and check it out, record names and data, etc. All sorts of interesting stuff! We miss that.

    Medlin? QVC special of the week.


  127. 128 Carolina Lady May 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm


    Woe is me! When my old hard drive died, it took a lot of pre-programmed information with it that automatically alerted me to important things…..like birthdays!

    Lost the hard drive, lost the alert, and am devastated that the Littlest Hillbilly Brave from Arkansas celebrated his first year on earth on May 13 without happy wishes from any of us.

    A heartfelt HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your little guy, Hillbilly!!!

    And I’m so sorry to be late! 😦


  128. 129 flbravesgirl May 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Uh-oh. Checking the B-day list kind of fell by the wayside with my limited computer time up here.

    Happy belated Birthday to Little HB! How’d he like that first cake, HB?


  129. 130 flbravesgirl May 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Bobby was excited over Medlen even in spring training. I hope it’s not a showcase, the kid looks like a darned good pitcher.


  130. 132 flbravesgirl May 18, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    OK, after disconnecting & re-connecting a few times & logging back in… that was adorable, Ber.


  131. 133 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 18, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Ain’t it though??? πŸ˜€
    They don’t call them bird brains for nothin’!!! have a birds nest in our garage, next to our tools and the garage door, and the bird is a Momma bird! 4 hungry mouths will stare at you wondering why you don’t feed them.
    I saw two birds feeding one day, so I guess it isn’t just the case with Momma Eagles, getting the Father to help out!
    Have one picture somewhere, need to try to get a better one.


  132. 134 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 18, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Here’s one so-so photo…


  133. 135 flbravesgirl May 18, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Strange place to nest.

    We have bluebirds nesting in our box ( I can hear the babies cheeping) & a dove in a tree that Dad was going to cut down. He’s given it a reprieve ’til it’s no longer the avian maternity ward.


  134. 136 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 18, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    now baseball….yuck! 1 run in 2 games=no way to win.


  135. 138 Voice of Raisins May 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    At Pearl, Gorkys Hernandez is batting .340 with a .398 OBP. Oh, and he has 8 steals. Did you know after last season he was named “fastest baserunner” in the Braves system by Baseball America?

    Did you know Jeff Francoeur couldn’t find a hit on a Top 40 radio station?

    Just sayin’…


  136. 139 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    V, so true!(About Jeff) I’d try Prado, he always has hit…doesn’t seem to make errors, more range I’d guess…plays with energy….


  137. 140 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    KJ now batting .191 batting leadoff…and something like .600 anywhere else(Small sample, but still)
    Give up on him batting first Bobby, please!!!!!!!


  138. 141 Voice of Raisins May 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I have defended KJ and Jeff to the nth degree on this board many, many times.

    Today, May 19, 2007, I am ready to pull the plug on both. Both should be benched… and not just for a game or two. They are empty at bats right now. If nothing else, drop KJ to 8th in the order, right behind GAnderson, who shouldn’t bat any higher than 7th. Heck, I’d take Prado in RF over the other options right now. I am just tired of futility personified in the form of number 7. I’ll take the rocket scientist from AAA over Jeff right now. He just makes me tired…


  139. 142 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    V, I thought you had brought up an old post for second!!! πŸ˜›

    You have been staunch defenders of them for sure…A NL east is clearly up for grabs. Mets don’t have much starting pitching, Delgado is out til August. Phils have a tremendous offense, but not enough pitching…
    Braves, just don’t waste the next two months treading water, be proactive!!


  140. 143 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    or staunch defenders of those 2…was “You have been staunch defenders of them for sure” grammatically correct??? Looks funky.


  141. 144 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    is Gil up the creek right now???
    If you are still around, want to see all the problems I am having with making that carb work on my Lincoln??? Sure you do! πŸ˜€



  142. 145 Voice of Raisins May 19, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    2007?!?!?!? 😳


  143. 146 flbravesgirl May 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Time warp, VOR?

    I applaud Bobby for shaking up the lineup. Good results.

    Anyone want to come up & help Dad & I paint? We have tons more to do & something is going on with my elbow. 😯


  144. 147 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 19, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Had our friend with ALS come over, then went out to dinner…missed the whole game. Wow! Bobby actually put out a truly different lineup, good for him! It paid off too.


  145. 148 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 19, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    FBG, rabun county, right??? 2:33 hour drive from where I live!!!! 😯


  146. 149 flbravesgirl May 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Yep, Ber.


  147. 150 flbravesgirl May 19, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Great story on Braves MLB site about Tom & Chris Glavine and their new adopted son.


  148. 151 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 19, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Well, with me driving, perhaps just 2:20. πŸ˜‰

    Dontrelle Willis got his first win in 20 months! 6 1/3 shutout innings, good for him!


  149. 152 flbravesgirl May 19, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I hope he’s turned things around. He was always fun to watch.


  150. 153 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Well, KJ showed me he really does have game… just not at the top of the order.

    Jeff showed me he really does have… uh, issues.


  151. 154 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Seems to me that B&S has lost its coastal perspective… SG, Klobber… wherefore art thou?


  152. 155 Voice of Raisins May 20, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Former Brave Smoltz ties the knot


    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Saturday was a big day for former Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who was married to Kathryn Darden

    Smoltz has four kids by his previous marriage and she has two. The wedding was Saturday at 7 p.m. at Smoltz’s house in Alpharetta in front of about 70 friends and family.

    The couple is in Fort Myers, Fla., where Smoltz is rehabbing from shoulder surgery for the Boston Red Sox.

    Smoltz’s former teammate and good friend Jeff Francoeur said Smoltz would have another celebration after the season that players could attend.


  153. 156 Hillbilly May 20, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Hey, thanks for the birthday wishes for the little man earlier, ladies. He had a big time with the cake. Had a birthday, started walking, and got off formula and onto milk all in a week’s time.

    Add kindegarten graduation, girl’s softball, wedding anniversary, and the 3rd highest flood this town has seen since 1945, and we’ve been a busy group of folks, down here.


  154. 157 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 20, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Colorado playing Defense like they did the year they went to the W.S.!!!


  155. 158 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    10-1 Braves! Hope others are watching…I always miss these games, but caught the action early today…


  156. 159 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Well, some bad news from the game, Omar Infante was hit on the hand, and it’s broken! 😦

    Should have rested Schafer a few days ago…no one can even play center on the big club…


  157. 160 flbravesgirl May 20, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of activity, HB. Hope you get a break soon.


  158. 161 flbravesgirl May 20, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Good win, but I’m just sick about Omar’s hand. We don’t have anyone who can fill all the spots that he can.


  159. 162 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Good morning all… I have returned…. Whew, nothing like being in a place with no internet or cable TV to lose touch with the outside word. Not a ball score anywhere… really…

    Omar hurt? UhOh!!!!!

    Ber, all I could think of was the words “machine shop and tube bender” in the same sentence.

    More latter after I finish getting unpacked.


  160. 163 Carolina Lady May 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Hey, everybody!

    Welcome back, Gil! Hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation!

    Hillbilly, what do you do with all your free time??? πŸ˜€ (Got pics??)

    I received this in the mail from a dear friend out in Oregon. Since I’ve been on ‘Eagle-watch’ these last few months, I found it enormously interesting and wanted to share it with you. Knowing the writer personally, I can vouch for the veracity:

    Eagles 3, crows 0

    What a tale! And one hell of a wingman……..or β€œwing lady”. Makes you wonder if the guys {German pilots I think] who first devised fighter tactics employing lead and a wing man had observed something similar to this with birds.

    I got this from a friend who runs a 2000 acre corn farm up around Barron WI , not far from Oshkosh . He used to fly F4Es and F-16s for the Guard and participated in the first Gulf War… Submitted for your enjoyment, and as a reminder that there are other great, magnificent flyers around.

    “I went out to plant corn for a bit to finish a field before tomorrow morning and witnessed The Great Air Battle .

    A golden eagle – big, about six foot wingspan – flew right in front of the tractor. It was being chased by three crows that were continually dive bombing it and pecking at it. The crows do this because the eagles rob their nests when they find them.

    At any rate, the eagle banked hard right in one evasive maneuver, then landed in the field about 100 feet from the tractor. This eagle stood about 3 feet tall. The crows all landed too and took up positions around the eagle at 120Β° apart, but kept their distance at about 20 feet from the big bird. The eagle would take a couple steps towards one of the crows and they’d hop backwards and forward to keep their distance.

    Then the reinforcements showed up.

    I happened to spot the eagle’s mate hurtling down out of the sky at what appeared to be approximately Mach 1.5. Just before impact the eagle on the ground took flight, and the three crows which were watching the grounded eagle, also took flight thinking they were going to get in some more pecking on the big bird. The first crow being targeted by the diving eagle never stood a snowball’s chance in hell. There was a mid-air explosion of black feathers and that crow was done. The diving eagle then banked hard left in what had to be a 9G climbing turn, using the energy it had accumulated in the dive, and hit crow #2 less than two seconds later. Another crow dead.

    The grounded eagle, which was now airborne and had an altitude advantage on the remaining crow, which was streaking eastward in full burner, made a short dive then banked hard right when the escaping crow tried to evade the hit. It didn’t work – crow #3 bit the dust at about 20 feet altitude.

    This aerial battle was better than any airshow I’ve been to, including the warbirds show at Oshkosh ! The two eagles ripped the crows apart and ate them on the ground, and as I got closer and closer working my way across the field, I passed within 20 feet of one of them as it ate its catch. It stopped and looked at me as I went by and you could see in the look of that bird that it knew who’s Boss Of The Sky. What a beautiful bird!”


  161. 164 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    CL, wow…just wow! 😯

    Gil, I got the sucker running!!! Sans kickdown, but still…. Can now take it over to friend who can fix it somehow…that’s what I am going to do now…the way things were going, I was afraid the car was never going to run again.


  162. 165 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    And has everyone heard about the terror attack on Jews in NYC??? If this was on Muslims, somehow I think it would be much bigger news.


  163. 166 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Well, back again. It was a busy day… Cleaning the boat after a few days in salt water is always a pain but always necessary, that is if you don’t plan to just use it and throw it away. The fish have not really made their way into the Mobjack. I think we were about a week early. That and the weather front I think held them up.

    I was a bit apprehensive on Monday when I first put my boat in the water, the bay was a tad bit on the rough side to say the least. It has been a good boat, always dry but this week was my first experience with the spray washing over the bow. T’was windy and rough… Needless to say, I was glad to get the thing docked at the cottage pier. If it had been warmer, the place would have been perfect for swimming, very sandy bottom that extended out about 100 yards, unfortunately, when the tide was out, my boat rested on the bottom. It was that shallow. It was a nice little get-a-way but just not what we had in mind. We like to fish and being at the mercy of the tide just didn’t do it for us.

    We went to one of my old hang outs while we were in Matthews too, a place called Haven Beach, I use to go there 40 years ago with what ever girl I was seeing at the time. Was a great place to swim and have fun without any crowd at all. It had not change a bit…. well, except there is now a porta potty and trash cans…. and you cannot actually drive on the beach any longer. Back in the 50s there was a hotel located there. It was destroyed by Hurricane Hazel in ’54. No one ever rebuilt there, I guess there were too many other places closer to the beaten path from which to choose.

    Anyway, got everything put away and cleaned up the boat and the SUV then watched the shows I had recorded.

    Now baseball… Only 1.5 games out… I see a glimmer of hope for this team. Omar will not be easily replaced but Diory is getting a chance, yes Jennifer, I can see you rolling your eyes now…. Maybe Glen Hubbard can offer him some coaching, and they can keep Terry away from him… he already knows how to hit…


  164. 167 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    And CL… What did you think of the Idol results? A personal observation… Chris needed to win to have a shot at a career, all of his song sound the same, really…. Adam did not need to win to be a success, he is very unique and I predict he will be singing for the next 40 years and makes lots of money…. Just the way of the world…

    It was funny, yesterday all the talking heads were trying to make it into a political thing… liberal vs conservatives… Well today, nary a peep….

    Of course I really can’t say a whole lot because I never voted… πŸ™‚ I guess the jokes on me…


  165. 168 Carolina Lady May 21, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    My take on AI? I didn’t really care one way or the other. UNTIL the judges were fawning and slobbering over Adam so much. THEN I didn’t care WHO the final two were: I would root for the other guy.

    I didn’t like Adam’s “I’m perfect and you peons should fall at my feet merely for gracing you with my presence” attitude. And he wears HEAVY makeup. Always. A video clip from a bar in which he was singing undeniably verifies his orientation is other than heterosexual. He was born with blond hair; he dyed it and his eyebrows black for whatever reason.

    I saw his performances as too studied, too deliberate, too theatrical, nothing really genuine. Smoke and mirrors.

    I just didn’t like anything about him. In case that wasn’t clear. :mrgreen:

    Kris. He has his moments. He certainly isn’t the flashy Liberace-type that Adam is, but he can sing and plays several instruments.

    He deliberately kept his Christian faith and church activities out of sight; he wanted to sink-or-swim on his talent alone in the competition. He is a real, ordinary person trying to take a really big leap to fulfill a dream. I’m glad he has his chance.

    I think when Danny was voted off, his fan-base swung their votes to Kris.

    I just did NOT want whatziname to win.


  166. 169 Carolina Lady May 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Guess y’all saw that the wife of D’back pitcher Scott Schoenweiss was found dead in their home this morning. Man, that is tough!!!


  167. 170 Voice of Raisins May 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Tonight’s lineup:

    1. Yunel
    2. Kotch
    3. Chipper
    4. Mac
    5. GAnderson
    6. KJ
    7. Franc
    8. Schafer
    9. Medlen


  168. 171 Carolina Lady May 21, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Raisins! Love the Avatar!!!


  169. 172 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 21, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Gil, sounds like you had your hands full.
    CL, I heard about Scott Schoenweiss’s wife dying. Just terrible. Only 39, and her 14 year old daughter found her. 😦


  170. 173 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Medlin keeps throwing balls way outside here in the 4th!!!


  171. 174 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Wife says Medlen reminds her of Steve Avery.. Come to think of it, Avery bombed in his debut too. Lost his touch in the fourth, kind of like me and bowling… just lose it at some point and I don’t know why or how…

    And oh by the way, I thought Schafer should have made the play on the blooper by Helton in the first and Frenchy should have made the catch on the grand slam in the fourth… Your outfield has to make those plays to save your pitchers…


  172. 175 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    And looking at the replays on the gopher given up by Parr, Francoeur was lucky that ball didn’t hit him in the head ala Canseco….


  173. 176 flbravesgirl May 21, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Jim & Don sounded as if they thought he should have caught it.


  174. 177 flbravesgirl May 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    And yes, Gil, Hubby has his work cut out for him with Diory. I’m sure they had Lesson # 1 today.


  175. 178 flbravesgirl May 21, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Now Idol… I’ve had to listen on clips on the laptop for the past few weeks but it works. I have to agree with Gil, Kris needed the win more even though IMO Adam should have won. Never noticed an attitude from Adam, he always seemed well-mannered to me. For me it should be the best singer wins. I don’t care about looks, orientation, religion, political opinions, etc. Different strokes, I guess.


  176. 179 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 22, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Here’s a fun stat. Raul Ibanez has 15 homers. Chipper, Yunel, KJ, Frenchy and G.A. Have 14, combined. Isn’t that a fun stat??? πŸ˜•


  177. 180 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Yes Ber, you called it early on Ibanez… I did good tonight, made it all the way to… oh.. I just noticed the clock, I thought it was 5:30 instead of 4 something. Never mind 😦


  178. 181 Voice of Raisins May 22, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I’m betting that KJ is traded by the deadline. The Braves are stacked with middle infielders – Prado, Diory, Brooks Conrad, etc. – but have zero outfield depth. If KJ can just relax and do his thing lower in the lineup, he’ll bring a decent return.

    Not sure what’s available, but I am sure somebody will be looking to unload before too much longer. It just about time for teams to start talkin’…

    From the “I can admit I was wrong” department: Wouldn’t Andruw’s reawakened right handed bat and minuscule contract be welcome in this lineup?


  179. 182 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Raisins, normally I would agree it would be great to have Andruw back but he would then have Terry Pendleton as a hitting coach again….

    Reading reports on Medlen… sounds like the same thing that happened to Mark Wholers… no pain but loss of control and sudden drop in velocity…


  180. 183 Hillbilly May 22, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I am American Idol’s biggest non-fan…can’t stand the show, but Mrs. and young Miss HB are enamoured so whaddyagonnado? (Thank the lord for Extra Innings.) Then again, my musical tastes have always gone against the grain of the mainstream, so it’s no suprise that it brings me so much pain to see the children all turn to karaoke, hanging all their wishes up on disregarded stars.

    But regardless of my disdain, my geopgraphical status draws me into the discussion like the tractor beam on the Death Star draws in the Millenium Falcon. This state is in pandemonium over Kris Allen. We don’t have much to offer, here, but we have the winner of the hottest television show in the world. I haven’t seen Arkansas so electirfied since the Hogs won the NCAA Championship in ’94. Unbelievable, the power of this franchise.


  181. 184 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Gil, oh no! I sure hope not! That was really weird to watch, sad too…


  182. 185 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “We don’t have much to offer, here”… Oh I don’t know HB… Seems like Arkansas has provided plenty of politics with Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee… But I can understand the pride of a state that is not exactly New York or Texas or California… Of course we in Virginia still would like there is hope for Michael Vick but that is another story….

    Well, got two things off my list today, even did a couple of bonus chores that had not yet made it to the “to do” list… Can now put them on the “done that” list….

    While on my mini vacation, I realized I was trying to do too much at once so I have set smaller and therefore more attainable goals for each day. Much like dieting, but different…

    And Chipper out with a toe problem… Sigh….


  183. 186 Voice of Raisins May 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Toes are not to be trifled with…

    Where have I heard that before?


  184. 187 Voice of Raisins May 22, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    From Neal Boortz:

    Every year at Texas A&M they do a contest to come up with the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term. This year’s term was one of my favorites: political correctness. Here is the winning definition …

    “Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  185. 188 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 22, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    V, that’s classic! :mrgreen:


  186. 189 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Raisins, thanks for that gem, a great laugh by both Josie and yours truly…


  187. 190 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    And Kershin looks sharp tonight, still slow but sharp.


  188. 191 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    This is by far the best I have seen him pitch…is his back leg not collapsing like it was before??? I don’t know, something is different.


  189. 192 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    From MLBtraderumors

    What To Do With The Braves Outfield?
    By Steve Adams
    In his blog over at MLB.com, Mark Bowman lays out the offensive woes of the Atlanta outfield, and in the comments section, Bowman even ponders the potential release of Jeff Francoeur:
    “When I look at myself in the mirror, I’d have to say that my fault is that I’ve given Francoeur a break for far too long. There’s no doubt that the leniency stems from the fact that he’s a great guy. But at the end of the day we all have a job to do. My job is to relay information to the public and thus, I’ve written two entries this week preparing you for the possibility that Frenchy’s days in Atlanta might be numbered. It will be very difficult for the Braves to trade him. As for a return to the Minors, I don’t know if that would help anybody. Thus, you can’t ignore the possibility that if things don’t improve soon there’s a definite possibility that they could release him.”

    Here’s some of the unfortunate “highlights” of the Braves’ struggles, if you can call them that:

    * In 12 games since being activated from the DL, Garret Anderson is hitting .283/.321/.326 with just one extra base hit – a double. All this comes along with limited range in the outfield.
    * In 66 May at-bats, Francoeur is hitting .197/.214/.273.
    * For his career, Francoeur has averaged 630 ABs per season. Over his last 631 ABs, dating back to May 6, 2009, Francoeur is hitting .235/.287/.341 with 11 HR. Over that time, among players with 500 ABs, only Michael Bourn, Chone Figgins, Bobby Crosby, Willy Taveras, and Jason Kendall have lower slugging percentages, and only Chris Young of Arizona has a lower OBP. Ouch.
    * Rookie Jordan Schafer’s .660 OPS is the highest of any of the three Braves outfielders mentioned thus far.



  190. 193 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Ber, he is pitching with a faster tempo.


  191. 194 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Wow, best game of the year!!!! What a play by Prado to end the game!!!!


  192. 195 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Yep, my kind of ballgame, great pitching and defense… Keeps you in the seats until the final out. That was the epitome of a classic right there…


  193. 196 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Gil, I am normally an offensive guy(In more ways than one! πŸ˜› ) but that was really fun. Perhaps it’s because the braves don’t usually close the deal like they did tonight. Can you believe that’s the first 1-0 braves win at turner since 2004????


  194. 197 flbravesgirl May 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Awesome game. Wish I could have seen it instead of just listening.


  195. 198 flbravesgirl May 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Who the heck does Bowman think we have to take Frenchy’s place in the outfield?


  196. 199 flbravesgirl May 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    No CL today? 😦

    You need to take a break sometimes, BlogMom.


  197. 200 Voice of Raisins May 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    FBG, we could throw any number of AAA outfielders into RF and suffer little if any dropoff in offensive performance. The bottom line is, he ain’t producing. With the exception of a tremendous rookie half-season, he hasn’t produced. How foolish does he look now for turning down the same basic deal Mac signed 2 years ago? Instead of contract security, he may find himself released. Due to the ridiculous arbitration system, he’ll be due another raise in 2010 which he certainly isn’t earning. Simple economics says you have to do something.

    If you hired another pastry chef that made a really good cake 2 years ago, and today that chef couldn’t even make a “slice and bake” cookie, would you be apt to keep relying on her? Especially if the pastry chef union says you have to give her a big raise after this catering season? Probably not…


  198. 201 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    FBG, I forget. Rabbit ears don’t work up there???

    V, you get the feeling if Frenchy never comes back, it will be the fault of Wren and Bobby for not leaving him in AA for a few weeks or so???


  199. 202 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    last year I mean…..


  200. 203 flbravesgirl May 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Oh, he’s got to be kicking himself for not taking that deal, VOR.


  201. 204 flbravesgirl May 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    No TV reception in these mountains, Ber. We’ll have to get satellite but Dad’s not willing to pay for it when we’re only here occassionally.


  202. 205 Voice of Raisins May 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    you get the feeling if Frenchy never comes back, it will be the fault of Wren and Bobby for not leaving him in AA for a few weeks or so???

    It’ll be nobody’s fault, per se… just another “can’t miss” that misses. It happens. It sucks when it’s your guy, but it happens. Just ask Lastings Milledge… or Corey Patterson… or Brad Komminsk.


  203. 206 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Or… somebody picks him up, gets his mind right and he becomes a good player again. Hey, it’s happened to Andruw this year…


  204. 207 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 1:16 am

    I still say it comes down to coaching… How many times have we heard Chipper say he needed to talk with his dad to see what he was doing wrong? Ryan Langerhans, Brian McCann? The list is endless…. Hey, I liked Pendleton as a player and as a person but as a hitting coach, not so much… Guys having to get hitting instruction from other organizations… Very telling…


  205. 208 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Brad Komminsk…boy, a name from the past…I recall Hank Aaron saying glowing things about him, but just found this out!!!

    Brad Komminsk was labeled a “can’t miss major leaguer” by Hall of Famer Hank Aaron when he tore through the Atlanta Braves’ minor league system. In 1983, the Braves reportedly turned down a trade offer that would have sent Komminsk to the Boston Red Sox for Jim Rice.



  206. 209 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Ber… Brad Komminsk was the real deal when he played in Richmond before being called up. Joe Torre was what happened to Brad… he altered his swing after being called up to Atlanta and was never the same after that….


  207. 210 Voice of Raisins May 23, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Jeff’s swing is a mess. The only consistency is that he is consistently bad. I cringe every time he steps to the plate.

    The irony is, he could potentially be exactly what the Braves lack – a right handed power threat. Let’s face it, he has the ability to hit 25+ HR’s and drive in 120+ runs… we’ve seen it. But the media and blognations – us included – got into his head regarding his aggressiveness causing him to change his approach at the plate. He has never been the same. I wish it was a physical problem. That you could deal with. I fear this is entirely mental. He may never recover in Atlanta.

    It’s the tease of what was and what could be that keeps him planted in Atlanta’s right field. Unfortunately, it’s the pain of what is that keeps him securely in the cross-hairs of you and me.


  208. 211 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Hey, who’s John Johnson, and why have I never heard of him before????


  209. 212 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Whew… another productive out(ing) for me today. Mowed the front lawn. Felled three dead trees, tilled up a garden spot for Josie. Officially opened the pool… The last thing was out of necessity I think as I was pretty hot after all that work. Still a bit on the chilly side but hey, officially the opening week of summer with Sunday being Memorial Day.

    Funny, I don’t know why I bother to go on vacation when all I really need is already here at home…

    My goal when I moved into this place was to make it look like a park… Well folks, I’m getting there… The spinal stenosis and arthritis slowed my progress a bit but I’m slowly reaching my goal.

    And Bluebirds… sadly, the rat snake which is in residence made its way into their nest last night. Momma bird has been grieving all day. 😦 Tis a rather large snake but it was the smaller of the two we had around here. The other died last fall when she took on a bat and literally bite off more than she could chew. I found them locked in their death troughs and removed them from the site. I really should have taken a picture…

    Now baseball… Wow, still thinking about the great game last night. Remember when that was the norm instead of the exception? So many times lately it has been the Braves on the short end of such contest. I have not checked the weather for Atlanta but hopefully the storms will stay away so the game can be played. Lowe pitching is not a guaranteed win but the Bravos have a good chance to chalk up another W with him on the mound.


  210. 213 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I’m shocked they have been able to play this long. It was pouring in Griffin, (south of where I live even) and the whole 16 miles back to our house…


  211. 214 Savannah Guy May 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    It’s a rainy night in Georgia. Seems like it’s raining all over the world.


  212. 215 Savannah Guy May 23, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Raindrops keep falling on my head. But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red…


  213. 216 Savannah Guy May 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Rain, rain, rain… I don’t mind. But the ‘maters are hatin’ it.

    Kelly’s home run just stirred up all 300 people at the Ted. Not enough for a stomping roar, but a mini-eruption occurred in the upper seats. Maybe that was thunder. Not sure.


  214. 217 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    An SG sighting! Hello sir!


  215. 218 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Who’s doing the game with Joe Simpson tonight??? I heard him last week, perhaps on the Saturday game. Doesn’t seem so hot.
    I have to say, not to crazy about the guy who works with Don Sutton either…can’t even think of his name. Seems to have trouble filling in the lulls. And no matter what is being said, going on, every pitch WILL be called…I know it’s radio, but I am sure Skip and Pete didn’t do this unless some action happened…Pete was so good about telling us the score as well…
    As everyone else, I really miss Skip and Pete. 😦


  216. 219 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    And Frenchy just got his 3rd hit of the game! How about that(Said in my best Mel Allen voice)


  217. 220 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Marc Fien


  218. 221 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Greetings SG.. let’s see if Gonzo can bring this one home…. and as I say that, a double by Lind


  219. 222 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Ber, get that kick down connected yet?


  220. 223 Savannah Guy May 23, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Hey Bear. French is connecting much better. Must be talking to Chipper’s dad.

    Schafer will play (hit) better when he gets over that self-conscious, best in high school, AAA thing. Comes off as a little prissy and contrived cockiness.

    Gonzo just scares me. Always too exciting.


  221. 224 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Just thinking, with the price of gas, you might not ever want to use it…


  222. 225 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    And here comes the hook…


  223. 226 Savannah Guy May 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Hey Gil. Gonzo ain’t no closer. If emotions and rocking motion won games, he’s be the best. It’s execution in tight situations that count with closers. He ain’t that.

    Soriano scares me too. Lowe deserves a win.


  224. 227 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    That ump sure seems to be squeezing the strike zone, or was on Gonzo, didn’t he???


  225. 228 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    SG, don’t know if you are watching this or not(or getting the Peachtree feed) but they showed he is 12 for 12 with a 2 run or more lead, 7 for 12 with one run leads!


  226. 229 Savannah Guy May 23, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    ahh… win. whew.


  227. 230 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Braves Win, Braves Win!!! πŸ˜€ Gil, thanks…now I know who you are talking about he has done postgame stuff on the radio…hmmm…hopefully he will get better.


  228. 231 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Gil, my car is alive again! πŸ™‚
    Here is the before photo with the brass bracket I was told was what I needed for a Lincoln…Didn’t work too well, and since the holes were not big enough(Kinda of oval instead of round) had to drill them out to make the bolts fit. So, can’t return it…

    Next is the photo my friend the Delta mechanic was able to do…made a extention for the kickdown, and relocated the throttle cable on the other side of the cruise control.

    What’s funny is at first everything looked pretty good, but the secondaries weren’t opening so he had to shorten the rod, redo how he had the throttle cable set up…in short, burned up his whole afternoon. He’s going to HATE Lincolns!

    Holley is clearly the way to go on Lincolns, they are roughly the same width as the original carb, this one is just way too wide to make(easily) work.


  229. 232 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Ber, do you use any type of octane booster or lead additive in your Lincoln? I can’t imagine not needing to assist it a bit, maybe buy aviation fuel once in a while…


  230. 233 Savannah Guy May 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    yep, Bear, I was watching and I do know about Gonzo’s record. He’s not what I would call a pressure cooker closer. Give’im two or preferably three and he shows out.

    Hope Chipper gets back in with that blue-bunion thing (sounds broken), and Yunel… but it sure is fun to watch the kids play third and short.

    over’n out.


  231. 234 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Well Gil, supposedly by 1973 they had hardened valve seats, and the compression was much lower. If I was a rich man,(And had a healthy back)I would have loved to put on some D0VE heads and put a better intake, increase compression a bit…It feels a lot faster as it is…can’t wait to see if my Mileage will improve much…seems to be better right now, even with me putting the pedal to the metal several times…you know, to make sure everything is functioning properly. 😈 My friend didn’t know a 5000 lb car could move like that. :mrgreen:

    Now IF I ever can find a sucker fellow car enthusiast who would buy it from me, I would likely get another Buick from the late 60’s and I would need a lead additive or booster. Or aviation gas.


  232. 235 flbravesgirl May 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Dangit, missed SG. And still no CL? 😦


  233. 236 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Ya know, I can see why Frank Wren has such a low opinion bloggers after visiting across the street. So many “and idiots”, so few knowledgeable fans….


  234. 237 flbravesgirl May 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Good game, even though I would’ve preferred a less exciting 9th. We may make another attempt to go tomorrow.


  235. 238 flbravesgirl May 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I remember Fein as a studio guy for TBS. Always found him a bit smarmy. Jim & Don aren’t really anything to write home about on radio either.


  236. 239 flbravesgirl May 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    So how did Diory look at short? Sounded as if he did okay.


  237. 240 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Jenn, he looked pretty good, does not have Escobar’s range but made all the plays he should have made.


  238. 241 flbravesgirl May 24, 2009 at 12:19 am

    That’s a relief. Maybe I just saw him on a bad glove day.


  239. 242 Gil in Mechanicsville May 24, 2009 at 4:48 am

    No FBG… he has been known to be defensively challenged before. Of course you might have caught his act at its peak.


  240. 243 Salty May 24, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Ya know, I can see why Frank Wren has such a low opinion bloggers after visiting across the street. So many β€œand idiots”, so few knowledgeable fans….

    Gil…I ‘crossed the street’ for the first time in…oh…well before the last time I visited here! 😦 I actually read the last 3-4 pages of entries…only served to reinforce why I so seldom go there anymore. Pretty pathetic bunch…held down by a couple of the same old ‘self-professed’ experts…aka: Coach! North Dakota must be a very drab place if he’s representative!

    I do check in on Stuff-ville when I can…just don’t announce my presence. Just need that reassurance civility remains…somewhere!

    Sounds like you do have your own park…stay-cation extraordinaire! Good for you! All that effort probably makes you stronger than you’d ever know…and ward off the arthritis…at least some. Hang in there! Be well, all!


  241. 244 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Salty and SG in the same 24 hours! It’s like having an audience with the Pope! πŸ˜›


  242. 245 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Now, if only BAS and Chris would show up…


  243. 246 Gil in Mechanicsville May 24, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Woo-weee.. Two dingers in the first inning for the Braves as Kelly and Brian go yard…


  244. 247 Carolina Lady May 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Howdy, everyone!

    FBG, thanks for missing me! Every minute I can humanly find, I’ve been working on the genealogy project that was due – um, back in December. Seems like the more I work, the more I have to do! Have 300+ pages DONE – but more remain. I’ll complete it, with the quality I want, if it’s the last thing I do! πŸ˜†

    Haven’t even watched a ball game. I’m vaguely aware of what’s going on (still sorta ‘middle of the road’ performance-wise) but couldn’t tell you who is where doing what! Now that’s bad!

    And wouldn’t you know that SG and Salty stop in whilst I’m up to my eyebrows in papers??!! I’m really getting worried about Chris! Not even a response to an email. I hope that he’s just really, really, really busy!

    The eagles will fly soon. They are exercising their wings now. I tuned in for a few minutes yesterday just in time to see one of them fly from one side of the nest to the other. They are the size of fully-grown chickens now – big! One has been outfitted with a satellite transmitter so she can be tracked for (they hope) the next three years. Just fascinating! πŸ˜€

    OK – gotta start supper. Y’all have fun!


  245. 248 Savannah Guy May 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    There’s CL and Salty too! Good to see ya, fair Lady of Carolina and Tiger Paw. Didn’t realize you folks had been so elusive lately, since I’ve been on that grindstone Raisins talks about. I’ve missed a bunch of games too with travel and work and such but this series has been the best I’ve seen in quite a while. Great Braves baseball being played against arguably the best team in baseball.

    Good to see Bear, Gil and FBG holding the fort. Raisins, after catching up on the Stuffville news, let me send you a belated but hearty congrats on doing so well in the Christian band competition. Probably not much that separates the talent of your band and those others in the finals, just the way it goes on any particular day. The experience will surely a stepping stone to bigger venues and a broader mission.


  246. 249 Gil in Mechanicsville May 24, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Note to Raisins… You may now advertise your band as a finalist in the competition… Never hurts to add a little spin on things. Like a good friend and local politician once told me,

    “If you don’t blow your own horn once in a while, other folks will use it for a funnel.”

    And baseball… Wow, great game today by the Braves, not as exciting as the 1-0 game but plenty of offense for the good guys. Kelly Johnson is heating up and BMac has folks asking where they can get a pair of his “Supervision” goggles…

    CL… glad you stopped by, I was getting worried….


  247. 250 Voice of Raisins May 24, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Hey everybody! Great to see SG and Salty stopping by. CL, don’t be worried about Chris. He’s hanging out on Facebook alot these days. He seems to be doing fine.

    I missed today’s game. Sundays are very busy. I’m about to find a recap, though.

    And Gil, funny you mentioned the “finalist” thing… I tried to run the same spin, but my buddy and bandmate Gary will have no part of it. He is a very talented musician and songwriter, and the most unassuming and humble man you’ll ever meet. A winning combination if you ask me…


  248. 251 Gil in Mechanicsville May 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Facebook eh? Yeah, Josie set up a page for me but I hardly ever go there. I prefer this format I guess.

    Waiting to see if the Coca Cola 600 is going to be run tonight. Pretty wet in Charlotte.

    Ber, I don’t know why I thought your Mark was pre ’73… Yep, lower compression but regular gas was still 94 octane back then.

    Another project started at the homestead today. I am putting up a three rail fence behind the wife’s flower garden. I had about 75 feet of fencing that I salvaged and have had stored away for about a year. I figured I would work on it a little at a time. Digging post holes is tough on an old man like me. However, I can do four or five and not keel over….

    Braves play at 4 o’clock tomorrow in San Francisco. Another series win would be nice. If the pitching holds up, we have a shot…


  249. 252 Gil in Mechanicsville May 24, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Sigh.. Race postponed until Monday… Going to be a long day for Josie.. Race at noon, game at 4PM… I will have to get my chores done early. Uh Oh… just remembered the dump is closed tomorrow…

    A special day tomorrow… Remembering our brave troops who gave their all. My dad was a Sea Bee in WW II… He could build just about anything out of scrap… I can remember helping him when I was a kid, my job was to always straighten the nails.. can’t hardly ever remember him buying new ones… Oh well, a tale for another time….

    I tried to enlist 3 times for Viet Nam… Talk about the ultimate rejection… Just as well I suppose, became a paramedic instead….


  250. 253 flbravesgirl May 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    OK, Take 4 or 5. testing…


  251. 254 Carolina Lady May 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    :redface: I know practically nothing about facebook…..


    they bought me books but I just chewed the covers…..


    Sheltered? Ignorant? just plain Dumb? hmmmm.

    This is not looking good!


  252. 255 flbravesgirl May 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    It’s foreign to me too, CL. And I’ve had people asking me to join…. just too bewildered.


  253. 256 flbravesgirl May 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Arrgh! Keep trying to tell y’all about the game & this thing keeps eating my posts. Suffice to say I’m glad we chanced the weather.


  254. 257 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    No facebook, no myspace…not all atwitter about twitter. No tweeting by me.
    berigan=quite unpopular! πŸ˜›


  255. 258 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    CL, I was on the phone for hours, and didn’t sleep well, so slept much of the afternoon away…so once I got a chance again to get back online, I was going to email, since I hadn’t heard a peep from you of late! Glad it’s work, and not bad news keeping you from us!

    you could always put on the last couple of innings on the TV though! πŸ˜‰


  256. 259 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    FBG, so you went to the game eh??? Great! You know, you could start a post in email and then copy and paste…oh wait, you are a girl! πŸ˜›
    Reverse psychology works from time to time! 😈

    Seriously, glad you finally made it to one. Good thing it was a winner.


  257. 260 Gil in Mechanicsville May 24, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Wow Jenn, I bet it was fun today at Turner Field… Nothing like a 10-2 blow out with 3 homeruns being hit liven the mood….

    yeah Ber, this is about a close to a chat room as I will get… Had my “experiences” with on line chats when it was the rage back in the 90s… Wow, hard to realize how long I have been using a computer… You would think I would be more adept to it by now.

    All that other stuff is just the same old same old with a newer and more expensive twist… Still can get you into a lot of trouble if you are not careful… and sometimes even when you are….

    And speaking of expensive… I am really suppressing my desire to go out and buy a new pick up truck… Josie has said no more cars… 😦 I am still going to take a look at the new Camaro, it looks great in photographs but still I would like to view one up close and personal. I am thinking about selling the Trans Am convertible. I love the car but it has a six speed manual transmission and my knees don’t really like having to shift gears any more. Sigh… I always wanted a Corvette too but that is not going to happen…

    Anyway, I will come to my senses soon enough and just watch as inflation eats up my savings and I will be in the same predicament as last fall when my net worth took a decided turn for the poorer… That and I remember how much I hate paying personal property taxes on a new vehicle.


  258. 261 Voice of Raisins May 25, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Remembering those who fought for us, and praying for those who still are…


  259. 262 Carolina Lady May 25, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Hey, y’all!

    When I get ‘dug in’ on a project I tend to lose focus on anything else. Days fly by in a blur and I don’t realize how much time has gone by when I do come up and look around. I hate it when I give my word on something and then things happen that keep me from keeping my word.

    Jenn, write me an email about what you saw, noticed, experienced, smelled, liked, didn’t like, etc at the game! Then, voila! our next lead that everyone would thoroughly enjoy! And I won’t have to hijack one of Raisin’s comments! πŸ˜† OK????!!!!

    RE: all those other things – Facebook, etc – I’m happy with our little place. The grass is not always greener…. Besides, I just plain don’t have time for all that! I feel that I’m neglecting B&S sometimes, but it just can’t be helped.

    OK – the next chapter awaits! I have about 5 hours until I have to stop to cook. Lemme see how much I can get done. I’m on the 10th generation which are the 7th great grandparents – and there are 27 sets of grandparents with all their documentation, images, offspring, etc.

    A personal note to ALL of you who have ever served my country: THANK YOU. This lady sincerely appreciates your service and remembers it every day. God bless you.


  260. 263 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Happy Memorial day to everyone as well!
    V, amen to that!!!
    CL, fortunately my ADHD doesn’t allow me to….what was I going to say??? 😳


  261. 264 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I sure understand how managers and fans can get so frustrated with Javy…his stuff looked great today and I was thinking it might be a mistake to trade him…a boneheaded throw to 2nd and a grooved fastball made it 3-0.
    I heard Sutton say before Travis Ishikawa’s 3rd hit today(he was hitting .226 before today) that he clearly loves the off speed pitch, then gives up another hit on an off speed pitch to him! That’s why Sutton was 324 and 256 and Javy is 131 and 132 ….


  262. 265 Gil in Mechanicsville May 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    The ill thought out throw changed the entire complexion of the game today. That is the thing that led to Javy’s undoing…

    I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day…


  263. 266 flbravesgirl May 25, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Not much time online tonight due to storms. Hope y’all had a wonderful Memorial Day. I saw the first fireflies tonight in a lull between rains.


  264. 267 flbravesgirl May 25, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Uhhh… I liked Mac hitting 2 HRs, didn’t like the fact that my cranky elbow prevented me from chopping. Oh, you wanted more? 😳


  265. 268 Voice of Raisins May 26, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Cranky elbow? Too many curveballs? I recommend you refrain from throwing for at least 2 weeks, and then start back with long toss at about 60%. Stay off the mound for at least a month…


  266. 269 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 26, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Nothing, I mean nothing beats sleeping for 3 hours then waking up…am I right Gil, or am I right??? πŸ˜›


  267. 270 Voice of Raisins May 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

    … except maybe sleeping 8 hours? πŸ˜‰


  268. 272 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

    CL, sounds like something you are not all that familiar with these days???


  269. 273 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

    From Rosenthal…Frenchy would be about the 6th outfielder unless they traded Rocco to us…and he sure wouldn’t play much there….

    If the Braves explore trading right fielder Jeff Francoeur, the Royals likely would be the team with the most interest. Royals GM Dayton Moore was the Braves’ farm director when Francoeur rose through the minors. However, others in the organization are not high on Francoeur, one source said.

    More BP may help Jeff Francoeur’s trade value. (Jeff Francoeur / Getty Images)

    The Red Sox have taken two looks at Francoeur, according to another source. Francoeur’s poor plate discipline would make him a questionable fit in Boston, but perhaps the Sox see an opportunity to buy low, if they are indeed interested.

    The Braves will need to find a power hitter in left even if they keep Francoeur, so trading him would effectively create two holes. Better they give Francoeur every opportunity to straighten o



  270. 274 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 26, 2009 at 11:57 am

    what was cut out…

    straighten out. He was 8-for-17 in his last five games before going 0-for-4 Monday.


  271. 275 Carolina Lady May 26, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Nope, still having a bit of trouble with that, Ber. I think my sleep cycle got all askew after the shoulder surgery, and I’ve just not been able to get back to normal. I get cross-eyed sleepy during the early afternoon, but I refuse to take a nap ‘ cause that would just exasperate the problem. You’d think that I’d sleep well when I finally do get to bed but that’s not happening either. Sleep for a couple of hours, then watch the clock until about dawn when I get sleepy again. Sleep for a couple of hours then I make myself stay up all day.

    I don’t know what else to do but tough it out. Maybe one day! πŸ™‚

    Francoeur has to fish or cut bait. The Braves can’t afford to keep babying these players; they have to have people who will produce what they are being paid for. He, and any others like him, are costing the entire team dearly and in many ways. Just my opinion. He’s a good guy, I personally like him, but he’s just not doing his job. Too bad Jarmillo isn’t available! (I’d like to be GM for about :15 – just long enough to fire TP and re-arrange the coaching staff!) πŸ˜†


  272. 276 Carolina Lady May 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Funny political parody:


  273. 277 Gil in Mechanicsville May 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    CL…. Yo will find a one hour nap in the afternoon will recharge your batteries almost as well as 8 hour at night. Don’t take more than an hour though because it will mess up your sleep pattern.

    I suspect your lack of being able to sleep is for much the same reason as mine. I have begun taking a anti-depressant at bed time again and it is allowing me to get 8 full hours of sleep again. Helps to repress the fibromyalgia.. Of course it takes me a couple of days to get use to it as initially I have zero energy.

    It took a couple of tries to find the right one for me as some had me wired and others made me edgy and some left me with a splitting headache… Better things for better living through chemistry… πŸ™‚


  274. 278 Carolina Lady May 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    That’s a thought, Gil. I think I just need to send everyone away on a nice long vacation somewhere – and I can stay here right by myself. Haven’t had that in – oh, probably 15 years. (translation: I need a break!)


  275. 279 Gil in Mechanicsville May 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Yes, after a while one realizes what a true vacation really is… You know you are at the edge of the precipice when you get angry because the phone rings or you cringe because someone calls out your name…

    Like Jerry Clower said when he got tangle up with a lynx… Just shoot up here amonst us, one of us needs some relief


  276. 280 Carolina Lady May 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    πŸ˜† You hit the nail on the head!! πŸ˜†

    (LOVED Jerry Clower! Had the opportunity to meet him several times. A genuine down-to-earth person just as charming as you could ever imagine!)


  277. 281 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 26, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    CL, you are truly a superwoman..in more ways than one!
    You should just get up though if you aren’t going to sleep…I get depressed lying in bed if I can’t sleep after an hour…put on baseball tonight..they run it several times during the night…it puts me to sleep more often than not, even though I love the highlights!


  278. 282 Carolina Lady May 26, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    😳 Aw, shucks, Ber…. 😳

    Now my hair looks funny ’cause it doesn’t fit the big head…..


  279. 283 Voice of Raisins May 26, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Tonight’s lineup:

    1. KJ, 2B
    2. Kotch, 1B
    3. Chipper, 3B
    4. Mac, C
    5. GAnderson, LF
    6. Franc, RF
    7. Diory, SS
    8. Schafer, CF
    9. Medlen, RH


  280. 284 Gil in Mechanicsville May 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Ber, it’s a shame you don’t get the MLB network. Much better analysis and coverage of all things baseball.

    Well, Josie made the mistake of reading the AJC. Her feelings are that the problem with the Braves hitting should be laid at the feet of the hitting coach. DUH….

    Says she can’t understand how TP keeps getting a free pass…


  281. 285 Gil in Mechanicsville May 26, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    OOOOhhhh … Big hair… πŸ™‚

    Yes, I had the privileged of meeting Jerry several years ago… Come to think of it, many years ago now. Anyway… great fellow. I have about a dozen of his tapes… Still love his jokes.


  282. 287 Voice of Raisins May 26, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Says she can’t understand how TP keeps getting a free pass…

    She is very astute…


  283. 288 Gil in Mechanicsville May 26, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Glad I took a nap this afternoon. I still likely will fall asleep before the end.

    First pitch, fly out for Kelly… Sigh…


  284. 289 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 26, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Gil, still trying to figure out why KJ has to bat leadoff.
    Can it hurt to try Diory, or Schafer there???
    4-0, can’t keep a powerhouse lineup like the giants down. πŸ™„


  285. 290 flbravesgirl May 26, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I second Miss Josie. If Jaramillo isn’t available, a duo of Larry Jones Sr. & Howie McCann would work. Clearly they know how to teach hitting.


  286. 291 flbravesgirl May 26, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Dad put me on the painting DL, VOR. Not sure what’s up with this elbow but it doesn’t seem to be getting better.


  287. 292 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 26, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    FBG, can you paint with the other arm??? Sounds like tennis elbow….


  288. 293 flbravesgirl May 26, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    A little, Ber. It’s a bit awkward. I’ve been finding things to do that don’t hurt it.


  289. 294 Voice of Raisins May 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    If Jaramillo isn’t available, a duo of Larry Jones Sr. & Howie McCann would work.

    I’ll take Larry, Moe and Curly over the current hitting coach.


  290. 295 Voice of Raisins May 27, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Eyelids are conspiring to make watching the 8th and 9th inninds very difficult.

    Unfortunately, I did just see Greg Norton looking more like Greg Brady. That was one pathetic swing…

    I think it’s time to release Norton and sign Jim Edmonds. Then you could give all 3 outfield positions regular rest… or a benching as the case may be…


  291. 296 Voice of Raisins May 27, 2009 at 12:02 am

    That, of course, would be innings…


  292. 297 Voice of Raisins May 27, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Danged eyelids!!!


  293. 298 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 27, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Danged Hitting coach, lf’er rf’er, cf’er….


  294. 299 Voice of Raisins May 27, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Anything interesting happen in the bottom of the 8th? I was checking my eyelids for light leaks…


  295. 300 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 27, 2009 at 12:24 am

    this offense sucks, in case you didn’t notice it…


  296. 301 Voice of Raisins May 27, 2009 at 12:28 am

    zzzzzzzzzzzz… huh? What? Game over? Did I win?

    I think I need to head to the barn…


  297. 302 Berigan ll, (WSOML) May 27, 2009 at 12:31 am

    V, not a thing…I guess it’s good that Acosta hasn’t pitched too badly in his two appearances…perhaps trade bait???


  298. 303 Gil in Mechanicsville May 27, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Good morning Stuffville… Well, Medlen pitched pretty good after the 2nd inning. Perhaps he has turned the corner as far as pitching in the big leagues.

    An observation about this team… Just not enough offense to cover up the mistakes made by the pitching staff. For this team, it always seems to come down to one inning when the wheels fall off but the Braves often times are unable to get the big hit.

    As has been the pattern for the last four years, it has been the center fielder and the right fielder who have led the way in those failures. At least Frency is making contact with the ball but that is a small victory. It’s still pretty early to be writing this team off but the Braves do need some offensive help.

    Another thought… The Braves certainly are being more patient with Francouer than they were with Ryan Langerhans…


  299. 304 Carolina Lady May 27, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Seems as they are always a day late or a dollar short. Just can’t get it done.

    For the money these people are being paid, they’d better produce! I’m fed up with excuses.

    Oh, good morning, everyone! πŸ˜€


  300. 305 Voice of Raisins May 27, 2009 at 8:57 am

    The Braves have a singles hitter in LF, and a singles hitter in RF. At least they are getting occasional hits. They have an automatic out in CF.

    Shafer is completely overmatched right now. The question is do you do more damage to his psyche by demoting him after 45 ML games, or by continuing to send him to the lions? I think he needs to go to AAA and get his stroke back.

    It is still early in the trade market; teams at this point will get a premium return for helping a team fill a need. One exception may be St. Louis, who will have to do something when Ludwick comes off the DL. They have 4 OF starters for 3 spots. Don’t look for Ludwick to be moved, though. Ankiel is likely the odd man out there given this is his walk year. Walk year or not, 100 games of Ankiel may not be a bad thing.

    Is that the answer? No. It’ll take more than that. If the door to the GM’s office had “Raisins” written on it, I’d work to make that deal now. I think a mid-level pitching prospect and a throw in would get it done. Then I’d sign FA Jim Edmonds for the bench. I’d do that today. Next, I’d work to make another deal at the trade deadline. There will be a bat or two available then, and I fully expect the homewren upstairs to be an active participant.

    The bottom line is that one bat isn’t enough. It may be enough to earn the wild card, but not enough to really make any noise. One new bat will only propel the Braves outfield from “man, they really suck” to “they’re OK, but…”.

    As Gil said above, the offense as currently constituted simply cannot overcome a less than stellar pitching performance. True dat..

    As is, the Braves are a .500 team. One additional bat yields an 86 win season at best. Two new bats equals 92+ wins and October baseball for the first time in 4 years.


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