92: A Little Seasoned Wood for the Hot Stove

by Voice of  Reason Raisins

JEFFERSON, GA – Some so-called “fans” sure are funny…


They’ll call for signing Johnny Damon, yet trash the idea of trading for Luke Scott. (Their numbers are almost identical over the

L Scott

last four years.  Scott is significantly younger and cheaper.)

They’ll wail at the signing of Billy Wagner because he’s coming off surgery, and gnash their collective teeth at not retaining Gonzo and Sori, both of whom came off surgeries last season.

They’ll want to lynch Frank Wren over signing Troy Glaus because of his

T Glaus

one shoulder surgery (from which he returned at the end of last season and was activated for the playoffs), yet clamor for Frank to sign Xavier Nady, who is coming off of 2 TJ surgeries and has yet to prove he can even scratch his own back.

They’ll elevate the up and down Javy Vazquez to Cy Youngian heights for winning 15 games (against 10 forgotten losses) and putting up the best stats of his career in 2009. The same fans will crucify the steady Derek Lowe for having one down year in 2009, and winning just 15 games while losing an unacceptable 10. Horrors! 😯

Many refuse to acknowledge that there was anything other than

A Viscaino

Vazquez and Melky Cabrera involved in the trade with the bankrolled Yankees.  And if they do acknowledge that Arodys Vizcaino was there, they ignore his pedigree. At the same time, they’ll absolutely go ballistic at the notion of including either Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado in a trade. Vizcaino is now rated in front of both of those deservedly treasured prospects in some publications.  And these “fans” somehow completely ignore lefty Michael Dunn, who will most likely be an important part of this year’s bullpen.  Oh, yeah… and there is still about $7 million or so to be spent as a net result. Can’t leave that nugget out.

M Dunn

(I, for one, am envisioning a 2013 rotation that includes Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, Vizcaino, Teheran and possibly Mike Minor. That will be stout… STOUT.)

You know, we here in Stuffville are a unique bunch. We understand a few things.

First, the roster on January 5 is not the roster on April 5, when the Braves open the 2010 campaign at home against the Cubs.

Second, a GM’s job is not to shoot all of his bullets in pursuit of building for only the current year. He has to have forward vision and build for years down the road while fielding the most competitive team he can for the current season and keeping the franchise viable from a financial standpoint. It is simply the reality of operating in the current economic climate.

Third, and probably most importantly, we all have the good sense to realize that WE are the fans, and THEY are the professionals. That reality is lost on far too many laptop executives. I think fantasy baseball and the proliferation of far too many boutique statistics has warped the view of a lot of nouveau “fans”, who really have no idea how to have loyalty to a team and form a real emotional bond. We are in a “fast food” society that wants drive-thru satisfaction. In my estimation, you can’t truly enjoy the highs if you haven’t endured the lows. Plant the garden. Tend it, feed it, pull a few weeds, let it grow. Harvest the bounty.

But what do I know? I’ve only been a Braves fan since I was 5, when the Braves infield was made up of Clete Boyer, Sonny Jackson, Felix Millan and Orlando Cepeda. I had no idea who they were, but I had their cards and knew they played for my team. I do remember when Earl Williams was ROY in 1971.

And I remember 1973, when the Braves had 3 players with over 40 HR’s – Hank Aaron (40), Darrell Evans (41) and Davey Johnson (43). That same year, Ralph Garr stole 35 bases, and I had a Ralph Garr Road Runner (beep-beep) bicycle license plate proudly hanging from the back of my banana seat. I remember when Hammerin’ Hank broke “the record.” It was a day game. I was in 3rd grade. They announced it in class.

I will never forget any of those things. They are special to me.

Do you know what the common denominator is in all of those seasons from my kidhood? I could not begin to tell you the Win-Loss records of those teams. It didn’t matter; they were the Atlanta Braves. They were MY team. Period.

They still are. Period.



403 Responses to “92: A Little Seasoned Wood for the Hot Stove”

  1. 1 Carolina Lady January 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Raisins, you’ve done it again!! A million thanks!!!

    (The WP “editor” is enough to drive a person around the bend in that it refuses to maintain format – but I’ve arranged it the best I was able. The more they ‘improve’ it, the worse it gets! Sorry the presentation isn’t better.)


  2. 2 Voice of Raisins January 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks, CL.

    Presser at the Ted scheduled for 3:30pm to announce Glaus.


  3. 3 Voice of Raisins January 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Glaus: 1 year deal for around $2MM base plus incentives. I guess we’ll get the particulars at 3:30p…


  4. 4 Salty January 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Raisins, I would have to say that may be the best of the many fine leads ever written for Stuff-ville. That was simply outstanding…Pulitzer-worthy, my man…Pulitzer-worthy!!!


  5. 5 flbravesgirl January 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Great work, VOR. People do get a lot of strange preconceived notions about who’s a good player & who isn’t.

    Win or lose, Dad & I will be watching. We’ll see them March 25th here to play the Pirates & we’re checking out the schedule (Gwinnett’s too) during our spring trip to Tiger.


  6. 6 Voice of Raisins January 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Mr. O’B:

    One-year, $1.75 million contract… There are additional incentives – possibly up to $2.25 million – that can be reached if the nearly 6-foot-6, 250-pound Californian stays off the disabled list and in the lineup.

    A steal, if you ask me. Of course, nobody asked me. 😀


  7. 7 Voice of Raisins January 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Glaus on 680thefan right now.



  8. 8 Gil in Mechanicsville January 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Hi folks… Yes Raisins, outstanding work yet again. I may have to talk with CL about coming up with a suitable award to recognize such outstanding prose.

    Hmmmm. 1.75 mill for Glaus, I suspect that Wren might get some real kudos for that signing if Troy has a decent year. Funny, he does not even have to have a great year for that one to pay dividends.


  9. 9 Voice of Raisins January 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm


    The Cardinals and Matt Holliday have reached an agreement on a seven-year, $120MM deal with a full no-trade clause.

    And Albert is sitting back and licking his chops. I see 7yrs/$175MM in his future.

    Stupid Cards.


  10. 10 Gil in Mechanicsville January 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Rasins, the only down side I see with Luke Scott is he is a very streaky hitter. Of course, maybe all ML pjayers are streaky.

    I’m sure TP could cure that, he sure solved Kelly Johnson’s streakiness. Yep, once Terry finished with KJ, he couldn’t hit water while falling out of a boat…


  11. 11 Salty January 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Holy Cow! How can the Cards justify that? If Holliday’s worth $17 million/year, what’s Albert worth…he’s twice the player. Looks an AROD contract coming up. Soon to have $40 million/year for two players…and spend a ton on insuring the contracts, too. Unreal. And think what he’d have gotten if the economy was 2007 vintage! Money’s coming from somewhere.


  12. 12 Carolina Lady January 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    “maybe all ML pjayers are streaky”

    Not really, Gil. Some probably have little baseballs and bats on them. Some might have team emblems on them. I’ve even seen whole sets that include the bedspread and curtains all in matching motifs. That’s not to say that streaky looking ones don’t exist but I’d think that was most likely due to clorox getting into the whole washer load than actual design.



  13. 13 Voice of Raisins January 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Hmmm… so Rochey turned down a 2 year $17MM offer from the Giants?

    That’s pretty nice coin for a guy who has never put a full season together. I guess the 3rd year is pretty important to him after all. Gives a pretty good indication why he was never seriously considered by the Braves. (Although I think Glaus could well prove to be the cleanup guy we want him to be.)

    By the way… wander what Bobby will call him..?

    Glaus-ey? Troy-ey? 😀


  14. 14 Gil in Mechanicsville January 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Good one CL… That’s what happens when someone like me who has only marginal abilities with a keyboard to begin with uses a machine that is not enabled with spellcheck…

    Yep, I would think Albert would be salivating at the amount of money he is likely to rake in come contract time. I feel pretty sure that when the Cardinals cry poverty his agent is going to laugh in their face.

    If Troy plays up to his potential next season, we might all become a little Glaussy eyed…

    And Adam, well, only 17 million… a guy has to eat….


  15. 15 Carolina Lady January 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Gil, *grin* 😆

    Can any of us even begin to imagine turning down an offer of $17-freaking-MILLION dollars??? That would sure pay the electric bill this month! Might even have a little left over!


  16. 16 Gil in Mechanicsville January 6, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Honestly, I don’t see why these guys need all that money… Tiger won’t be using them as his personal ATM machine anytime soon… Not unless they play long over the water….


  17. 17 Voice of Raisins January 6, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Can any of us even begin to imagine turning down an offer of $17-freaking-MILLION dollars??? That would sure pay the electric bill this month! Might even have a little left over!

    Sure… for now. Just wait until “cap and trade” has its full effect. 🙄


  18. 18 Voice of Raisins January 6, 2010 at 8:36 am


    Scott Miller of CBSSports.com is reporting that Atlanta has signed veteran utilityman Eric Hinske to a one-year contract, pending a physical. The 2002 Rookie Of The Year hit .242/.348/.432 in 224 plate appearances with the Pirates and Yankees last season.

    MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweeted earlier today that the Braves were looking to add a pinch-hitter to complete their winter moves from a lineup standpoint, and Hinske’s signing would certainly seem to fit that bill. He provides decent pop from both sides of the plate (.786 career OPS vs. lefties, .778 OPS vs. righties) and can play first, third and both corner outfield positions. Also, as Miller’s story noted, Hinske is “something of a good-luck charm,” having played in the last three World Series. So, in the words of Bill Murray, he’s got that goin’ for him.


    Does that mean we are truely done? That’s it? No real LF?

    Well, I suppose a platoon of Diaz/Melky might not be too bad, just not what I had hoped. I sure hope that JHey is ready for April. I’d rather let him get goin’ in AAA for a little while, but I s’pose not.

    Maybe Jordan can pick up where he left off and let the Melky/Matty show play in RF for a while.

    Who knows…


  19. 19 Gil in Mechanicsville January 6, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Does seem a little anti-climatic doesn’t it? Still, every team needs a Micky Hatcher on it don’t they?


  20. 20 Voice of Raisins January 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Don’t get me wrong… I think Hinske is a pretty good signing – of a bench player. Heck, he can play both corner IF spots as well as both corner OF spots. He’s practically Mark DeRosa without the hype and dollars. And he’s alot better option off the bench than Greg Norton.

    I had just hoped for 1 year stop gap for LF, and for Melky to be the 4th OF.

    Oh well… he does have a WS ring, which is more than any of the other OF’s can say.

    Still, Melky/N8/MattyD doesn’t exactly rattle my bleachers.

    I’ll just imagine that N8/Schafer/JHey will be special, and pray that they’ll emerge quickly.


  21. 21 Gil in Mechanicsville January 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Uh… I think Melky has a ring too…. Still, I get your point.


  22. 22 Gil in Mechanicsville January 6, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I think most Braves fans were looking for the “BIG” bat with all the hype… You know, the sit up and take notice kind of signing like the Cardinals made so Atlanta’s name would be all over ESPN… That sort of signing…

    Of course, that kind of signing has cost, either big money or all your prospects… We saw how well it turned out with Tex didn’t we?


  23. 23 Gil in Mechanicsville January 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Schafer sure has become the forgotten man hasn’t he? After all that hype and anticipation last year. Now he is hardly an after thought. I hope he has a great spring. Time to redeem himself in the eyes of Braves fans.


  24. 24 berigan2electricboogaloo January 6, 2010 at 10:22 am

    V, very, very nice blog! 🙂
    Reminds me growing up with the Cards, and how even though I wanted them to win, they were my team first. Well, til they traded all my favorite players away! 😉


  25. 25 berigan2electricboogaloo January 6, 2010 at 10:22 am

    And CL, that was classic! :mrgreen:


  26. 26 berigan2electricboogaloo January 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

    And no, I cannot imagine turning down 17 MIl. I started to have weird tooth pains last Weds. Was getting dental floss caught between two teeth as if there was a zig zag pattern between them. Then I take a flashlight and see…the outer side of my wisdom tooth(had the lowers pulled many years ago) was…black! 😯 Uh-oh. Hadn’t gone to the dentist since 2004. My Dad’s dentist was closed already for the holiday(s) and so I tried to track down the dentist I saw back in 2004(That office was no longer in Morrow) through a friend who’s daughter is a dental hygienist found where she went. Cool! Then I go down there. Surprisingly, the black colored wisdom tooth is not where I have a problem, it’s two big cavities in teeth close to it. Over $600 for all 3 to be taken care of. After taking our poor kitty to the vet, Christmas, other bills, I simply didn’t have it. Gee, that’s too bad, they don’t even allow you to get work done unless it’s all paid up front(Try getting dental insurance that isn’t a large fortune, as a self employed smoe like me!)
    So, teeth hurting, I left. Thank God the pain got much less severe over time(stopped eating anything hard) but started to feel a weird pain on the other side of my mouth! 😯 😯 😯 . It went away a day later.
    Saw my Dad’s dentist Monday. He was able to fill the 2 cavities(Never saw or said anything about the hiding black tooth-or the other side of my mouth) and was able to pay a chunk now, then the rest over the next few months.
    So yeah, if I was a guy that had hit .246 the last 3 years before the all star break(and that 925 AB’s before, 685 after the late break)I would jump at the chance to make 8.5 Mil a year.


  27. 27 Voice of Raisins January 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I just had to post this here, since it is baseball related. Really, it is. Just wait for it.

    Q. What is an Economic Stimulus payment?

    A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

    Q. Where will the government get this money?

    A. From taxpayers.

    Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?

    A. Only a smidgen.

    Q. What is the purpose of this payment?

    A. The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

    Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of Asia?

    A. Shut up or you don’t get your check.

    Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the US economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:

    1. If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, your money will go to China.

    2. If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to Saudi Arabia.

    3. If you purchase a computer, it will go to India.

    4. If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras or Guatemala.

    5. If you buy a car, it will go to Japan or Korea.

    6. If you purchase useless plastic stuff, it will go to Taiwan.

    7. If you pay off your credit cards, or buy stock, it will go to pay management bonuses and be hidden in offshore accounts.

    Or, you can keep the money in America by:

    1. Spending it at yard sales or flea markets, or…

    2. Going to baseball or football games, or…

    3. Hiring prostitutes, or…

    4. Buying cheap beer or…

    5. Getting tattoos.

    These are the only wholly-American-owned businesses still operating in the US today.


    The absolute best way to stimulate the US economy is to:
    go to a ball game with a prostitute that you met at a yard sale
    and drink beer until you’re drunk enough to go get tattooed.


    I think I can hear the Star Spangled Banner right now…


  28. 28 Gil in Mechanicsville January 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Gives new meaning to going to a “ball game” Ber…..

    Yep, I got tired of trying to “Buy American” when I realized I would have to go naked and barefoot…. Now I just try to shop at the stores where the sales people are friendly and knowledgeable. Like choosing between Harbor Freight, Walmart and Tractor Supply. Your going to get Chinese goods no matter but the folks at Tractor Supply are so much nicer even though the prices at Harbor Freight are cheapest. Guess where that leaves Walmart…

    A little tip the next time you have tooth pain Berigan but can’t see a dentist right away, take a whole aspirin and place it on the offending tooth and bite down. The pain won’t cease completely but it will help for a while. Tequila, titrated to effect will also work but that’s another story.


  29. 29 berigan2electricboogaloo January 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the tip Gil! My Mom liked Tequila in Margaritas but I would have to drink…drink…hmmm, beer I guess. Not much of a fan of alcohol…yes, I am weird.

    I like the Hinske signing, he has been a lucky rabbit foot for teams getting to the W.S. as mentioned above. Also hit 20 HR’s in ’08. So, if Chipper or Glaus go on the DL a time or 3, we have more power in the lineup than Prado at 1st or 3rd.


  30. 30 Gil in Mechanicsville January 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I am inclined to belive the Braves have a good potential line up. We know they have a good starting rotation and a pretty stout bullpen shaping up. And still some wiggle room as far as sarary so they can add an extra piece if needed…


  31. 31 Gil in Mechanicsville January 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    sarary? dang Chinese computer……


  32. 33 Voice of Raisins January 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm




  33. 34 berigan2electricboogaloo January 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Ha! It reminded me of this scene from A Christmas Story!


  34. 35 berigan2electricboogaloo January 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Was reading a story on Mlbtradrumors.com about the poor, poor Brewers not likely to add a starter, what with an 80 mil budget. So, I went to see what their attendance was. Over 3 Million a year! Something like 800,000 more than the braves! One of many, many reasons I don’t like Bud Selig. Just check out the teams above them in attendance and how much they spend. Well, you will have to use the fuzzy gray matter for how much they spend, but those are all big spenders above them.


  35. 36 Carolina Lady January 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Funny video, Ber! 😆 😆


  36. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville January 7, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Bud Selig is Charlie Finley without the showmanship… At least Charlie was up front about it. Perhaps they should start a AAAA league with the following teams, The Nationals, Reds, Pirates, Marlins and the Brewers. Throw in the Twins, Cleveland, Oakland and Kansas City and you would have a pretty good collection of cheapskate teams. At least the fans would know what to expect… Then again, maybe they already know what to expect.

    You need the right combination of ownership, fan base and management to have a winning combination for a franchise.


  37. 38 Voice of Raisins January 7, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Ha! Ber, that is my favorite scene from one of my all time favorite movies.

    When he produces the cleaver and WHACK!, I just lose it… 😆


  38. 39 Salty January 7, 2010 at 9:18 am



    Lose it

    There is a connection there!!!


  39. 40 Voice of Raisins January 7, 2010 at 9:39 am


    Hmmm… perhaps I should have been a little more clear…


  40. 41 Voice of Raisins January 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

    By the way, I got my supply of bread and milk. Bring on the snow…


  41. 42 Salty January 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Raisins…your avatar is giving me vertigo!


  42. 43 berigan2electricboogaloo January 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    The Snowman??? Heck, I am only seeing it today…


  43. 44 Voice of Raisins January 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Weather update!

    Flakes have been spotted in Midtown. So far, though, no snow.

    (Folks around here will get that one…) 😆


  44. 45 berigan2electricboogaloo January 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆


  45. 46 Salty January 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    The flakes are in Woodstock…big ol’ fluffy ones…and the silence that goes with them. I like that!


  46. 47 Gil in Mechanicsville January 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Glad ya’ll are getting a little hard water down there, the weather man is calling for a dusting here. We don’t normally get snow unless there is moisture coming up from the south to go along with the cold snap.

    We still have some Seed snow scattered on the hills behind my house. It may stay there until spring.

    We got most (still need to get down the icicles) of the Christmas decorations down and put away. It is becoming more and more tempting every year to just hang a wreath on the door and put a candle in the window and be done with it….

    Now baseball,I got a call from the Flying Squirrels today asking me to buy season tickets…. Not yet my friend, not yet…. I will check them out though, it’s what I do… 🙂

    By the way, anyone want an indian cheap?


  47. 48 berigan2electricboogaloo January 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    No flurries on the south side…in fact, our very optimistic thermometer says it’s 54! It’s usually off by 6 degrees, but this is crazy! I would say it’s in the low 40’s…we stocked up, so no chance for measurable snow, now if we were out of bread and milk, there would be a blizzard outside! 😛


  48. 49 Voice of Raisins January 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Nothing here yet. It sure does look like snow clouds overhead, though. And being a native Georgian, I know what snow clouds look like! 😀

    I am technically in North Georgia here in Jefferson. Supposedly, we could get up to 3 inches. I’ll believe it when I see it. Probably just a nasty, wet mix that is no fun for anyone.


  49. 50 Salty January 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Well…a dusting here in ol’ Woodstock…stopped for now. Looks like another patch headed this way, but clearly, we’ll be nowhere close to even an inch. Still, a nice change of pace…


  50. 51 Voice of Raisins January 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Well, as soon as I say that, we are getting snow. A decent little amount too. Wait, it stopped. Nevermind!


  51. 52 Gil in Mechanicsville January 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Big flakes initially usually means little accumulation, it’s when it starts with that fine powder that you will get significant amounts of the white stuff.

    I worked on three bicycles today getting them in shape to give away. That will bring the total to four this week. Grand kids always seem to need bicycles. To tell the truth, I’m glad to get them out of my shed,,,

    Now, if the snow will hold off, they will be able to ride them.


  52. 53 Carolina Lady January 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    “By the way, anyone want an indian cheap?”

    uh, Gil, uh – that sure-as-shootin’ better not be Miss Josie or me you’re talkin’ about there…. 😆 Cleveland variety, maybe??


  53. 54 Gil in Mechanicsville January 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Nope, this particular native American has graced the Diamond the past 20 or so years and was the R-Braves unofficial official mascot. Here is a link… The RMA is looking for a new home for him, I’m all for packing him up and shipping him to Gwinnette.



  54. 55 berigan2electricboogaloo January 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall today. As a one time Cub’s fan, I can tell you he was deserving…here is what I wrote on that jazz forum I frequent, when a guy said he wasn’t HOF worthy.

    Undeserving in my opinion. Not HOF caliber.

    Well, his OBP. is low and that of course seems to be everything these days, but he won 8 gold Gloves…people rarely ran on his arm…and had more RBI’s than
    Rogers Hornsby, Harmon Killebrew, Al Kaline, Jake Beckley, Jim Thome(So far), Willie McCovey, Fred McGriff, Willie Stargell, Harry Heilmann, Joe DiMaggio , Jeff Bagwell , Tris Speaker, Sam Crawford, Jeff Kent, Carlos Delgado or Mickey Mantle…all people in the top 50 RBI men of all time.
    Does that make him as good, if not better than them??? No…of course Dimaggio would have driven in more if not for WW2. We all know Mantle would have driven in more if not for the bad knees…and the alcoholism.
    But, [url=”http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hof10/news/story?id=4805223″]this[/url] article points out that Dawson had 12 operations during his career. That horrible turf in Montreal really hurt his speed, (Speed was gone by 28)and had to effect his power to a point, yet as the writer from that same article said, [b]”He still stole more than 300 bases to go with his 438 home runs. Along with Willie Mays and Barry Bonds, he’s one of three major leaguers to accomplish the feat.”[/b]
    And He did it without what Bonds used to help him(Though I am sure he would have still reached those numbers anyway)
    I think what Bonds, Sosa, and McGuire did unfortunately makes numbers like Dawson and others put up, look less impressive.
    I remember what a feared hitter he was, even after the knees were all but ruined. The MVP year with the last place Cubs??? 49 HR’s 137 RBI’s Next highest totals??? Keith Moreland, 27 Hrs 88 RBis . No one else even drove in more than 63. The year after the MVP, 24 HR’s 79 RBI’s, hit .303. Looks pretty so-so. But, 2nd highest B.A., tops in Hr’s and RBI’s The year after that(1989) he only played 118 games, 2 RBI’s less than team leader than Mark Grace…
    Last year with the Expos, why he only hit 20 HR’s and drove in only 78 RBI’s. Well, still tops on that team.
    And remember what a huge stadium that joke of a park was???
    What’s my point??? Well, except for a few years in Montreal, he was surrounded by pretty motley crew of players in Montreal and Chicago. Oh sure, Ryne Sandburg and Tim Raines were teammates, but not big RBI guys, no one to really protect him.
    I think if you compare him to his contemporaries, he is a HOF’er.
    And comparing his 2774 Hits,(45th all time) 438 HR’s (36th all time) 1591 RBI’s (34th all time) are all HOF numbers, IMO.


  55. 56 Carolina Lady January 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Whew! What a relief, Gil! I thought one of us had messed up real bad!

    Better (somewhat) news from the nursing home: Mother’s mind is a little better. We actually had a real conversation yesterday! A short one, yes, but a real, honest-to-goodness conversation that made sense. To both of us. Haven’t been able to do that in a very long time!

    However, the bad cough is back and I’m afraid they stopped the antibiotics too soon and the pneumonia is bouncing back.

    (Pureed) food intake is currently up – always good news – and she’s taking in fluids again, though she can’t swallow unless thickener has been added so the consistency is “honey thick”. Hey, we’ll take what we can get!

    Predicting a few flurries here in the early morning hours. Temps actually reached the 40s this afternoon for the first time in can’t-remember-when.

    I don’t get cold, but when I do it takes 3 days of equator-type temps to get me warm again. Weird!

    Nothing on the baseball news front that I can find. (If Raisins doesn’t find it, it ain’t there!) 😆


  56. 57 flbravesgirl January 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Good news, CL (except for the cough, keep after the Dr. about that).

    Ber, I agree a HOF spot is well-deserved for The Hawk. Wish Murph would get more consideration.


  57. 58 flbravesgirl January 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Our highs actually made it into the 50s today. Heat wave! 🙄

    I’m told this is the longest stretch of continuous cold weather we’ve had here since the 1950s & it’s not over. Going into next week.


  58. 59 Voice of Raisins January 8, 2010 at 8:13 am

    While all of the school systems around us are closed today, Mrs. Raisins and both of the Raisinettes are in their respective classrooms today. Nobody wanted to roll oout of the bed and get it going this morning. They wanted the day off, and I was whipped from staying up to watch the BS, er, I mean, BCS National Championship game. Truthfully, though, I didn’t encounter very much ice on our route this morning. It’s just weird that everyone around us called it off. I look at it this way… they’ll be out on a day that the weather is warmer, while everyone else is making up for today.


  59. 60 Gil in Mechanicsville January 8, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Raisins, they still have make up days in GA? Our school systems build in about a week of snowdays, no wonder they are over budget… Looks real pretty around here today. Local kids are on a two hour delay. Well, me too…

    I’m going to be real adventurous and take the pick-up truck out later when I go up to see mom. I have the kids’ bikes packed in the back and I want to get them gone today… The bikes, not the kids… 🙂


  60. 61 Gil in Mechanicsville January 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Uh oh, looks like the new squirrels have found the bird feeders…. Squirrels don’t last long around here between the bobcat and the hawks… So it’s a new learning curve each season as they try to figure out my “squirrel proof” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH feeders…. I wonder if bird/squirrel feeders come under the truth in advertising laws?

    I must say, I’ve never seen a feeder that a hungry squirrel could not figure out.

    What’s the saw? Nothing is foolproof if you are dealing with a sufficiently talented fool…. Same goes for squirrels methinks…


  61. 62 Voice of Raisins January 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Now THIS is a talented squirrel:


  62. 63 Voice of Raisins January 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Baseball news has slowed to a creep.

    You know, the downside to Frank acting so quickly to fill out the roster is that the speculation is now over. Of course, there are some that believe that he could be tossing up a smoke screen, but I think he’s basically done until spring. There may be some tweaking once spring training is in full swing and teams get a more focused idea of needs. We do have a surplus in some areas.

    It’s gonna be a long January…


  63. 64 Gil in Mechanicsville January 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Well, there is always squirrel videos… 🙂


  64. 65 berigan2electricboogaloo January 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    CL, glad you were able to have a nice talk with your Ma!

    Well, let me tell ya, there are some patches of ice that are brutal. So very little moisture fell but what did and was in the shade has made a mess of things. Our subdivision is very hilly. At the base of our street was just a bit of snow and ice. Fun to skid thru since it was only about 10 feet. But, not at the bottom of the last street, but up a little ways, I saw a 40-50 foot patch from one side of the street to the other. A SUV was going backwards…gee, I thought couldn’t he make it up??? Hmmm, then I get on the ice…fairly steep hill…all of the sudden, I am sliding down and right towards him, Fudge! Only I didn’t say fudge! 🙂 Fortunately she keep rolling back, since I did the panic move I should know better, and braked hard…putting in Reverse seemed to do the trick. Should have been in low down the hill.

    Then, 4 hours later coming back up the hill, I got a good head of steam going, and slid across from the right to the left side of the road! Thank Goodness no one was on that side! 😯

    I have been in the snow a few times, and Ice many, many years ago in Jacksonville(snow on top of it) but this was the worst. Just glare ice this evening. Scary.

    Been watching folks slip sliding all over Atlanta on the News. A 29 car accident this A.M. Amazing what damage a lousy 1/2 of snow can do. And most roads are dry right now! Would have been much better off with 3-4 inches of snow.


  65. 66 Gil in Mechanicsville January 9, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Yes Ber, it’s that sneaky slick stuff that will waylay you every time. Glad no damage was done to your Lincoln. Best car I ever owned for driving in the snow was a ’72 VW Superbeetle that was equipped with a set of studded snow tires. That bug could climb a pine tree if need be I think.

    CL, tis small favors for which we give thanks.

    We went to see my mom yesterday, conversation was going well, in a manner of speaking and I thought she was pretty lucid until she asked how her dad was…. I just said fine… No use upsetting her and reminding her that he passed away over 30 years ago.


  66. 67 Gil in Mechanicsville January 9, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I still hate freezing rain the most. It is what usually causes the major power outages And all the folks who think they can drive on ice seem to forget they can’t stop… I 95 always looks like Talladega


  67. 68 berigan2electricboogaloo January 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Ummm, baseball news…Chris Woodward signed a minor league deal with the Mariners…yep. Should I have said take your heart meds first before reading this info???


  68. 69 Gil in Mechanicsville January 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Bowman had a pretty nice piece on Chipper on his MLB blog.


  69. 70 Gil in Mechanicsville January 9, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Some things are just wrong… but I somehow feel compelled to share them anyway… 🙂


  70. 71 Gil in Mechanicsville January 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    The fellow on the right looks striking like my late uncle Edward… Emotes like him too…


  71. 72 berigan2electricboogaloo January 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Thats pretty funny Gil! 🙂


  72. 73 eprisewildcat January 10, 2010 at 7:44 am

    How wonderful to find so many familiar names on a site that talks the Braves and the good things in life. The good things tend to focus around the friendships you develop along the way. Refreshing change from the junk on the other site. Look forward to a very interesting spring. Was MEB on that other site.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  73. 74 Gil in Mechanicsville January 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Welcome wildcat… Good folks are always welcome, lots of “stuff” talked about this time of year. Baseball is just around the corner however.

    I watched a bit of the ’86 NLCS on the MLB network last night. McDowell really had some downward movement on his pitches. Maybe it’s just me but it sure did appear that pitchers were overthrowing the ball. No wonder there were so many arm problems.


  74. 75 Gil in Mechanicsville January 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Hey Ber…. really, really great book.. Thanks again 🙂


  75. 76 Carolina Lady January 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Hey, Wildcat! WELCOME!! We’d LOVE to have you join in!

    MEB. Yep! Remember now!! One of the Good Guys! Delighted to see you again!!! Hope you’ll be here frequently – like 30 times a day – or something. 😆

    Ber, what Gil said! I haven’t finished it, but have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. Many thanks for your thoughtfulness!


  76. 77 berigan2electricboogaloo January 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Hey MEB, welcome! 🙂 It’s a little slow right now, I mean, there just isn’t much baseball talk to talk, is there? But, come spring training, it will be a lot more busy here…but not across the street busy. you can actually go to sleep, and catch up with the overnight posts here.


  77. 78 Gil in Mechanicsville January 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Wow, still freezing. Like you folks are not going thru the same thing… Not much snow the other night but we did get is not going away…


  78. 79 Carolina Lady January 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Forecast for Key Largo, FL:
    Sunday night:
    Mostly clear and quite cold. BEcoming windy. Lows 35-40. North winds 15 to 20 mph and gusty – increasing to 20-25 mph and gusty. Lowest wind chill readings 26 – 31.

    Sunny and cool. Windy in the morning, highs near 60. North winds near 20 mph early, decreasing to around 15 mph by afternoon. Lowest wind chill readings 27-32 early in the morning.”

    It doesn’t even hit “near 70” until Thursday! Now how many homes down there even have heat??

    I read a day or so ago (who can remember?!) that it was colder in Nebraska than it was at either Pole.

    Now – what was it AlGore said….?


  79. 80 Gil in Mechanicsville January 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Yep, the polar bears are endangered species… hypothermia…..


  80. 81 eprisewildcat January 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for the warm welcome! Yep… just put my dog sled team up for the night. They’re all comfy down by the edge of the ice flow. I think they’ll be alright seeing how not to many of the locals here in South Alabama know how to handle a team like this.

    Does the Journalist Jimmy Smith still communicate with you all? I figure baby seal is loving this winter deep freeze. Need to put another log in the hot stove and call it a night. Good night!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  81. 82 Gil in Mechanicsville January 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    MEB… Sadly, JJS moved on to share a spot with the Southern Jackass and Journalist Bob. Creative difference you might say. Others have come and gone but it is not like we are trying to sell ads or anything. Just the joy of flying so to speak. What the gracious Carolina Lady lacks in viewership is made up in quality.

    I suggest you go back and peruse some of the blog leads put forth by the many visiting contributors of this spot. Most informative and insightful and usually spot on with their analysis.

    You are even welcome to try your hand if so inclined. I am sure there is much baseball lore which you have stored that you would like to impart to the rest of the world.


  82. 83 Gil in Mechanicsville January 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I see where the Reds have signed Chapman, a 22 year old Cuban lefthander to a five year deal. Don’t look now but the Reds have the makings of a very very good rotation. Now, if they could just make that ballpark a little bigger…


  83. 84 flbravesgirl January 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Yep, CL & the Keys are way south of where I am. Yesterday we had rain, wind & a high of 39. A few sleet pellets showed up in the late morning. It snowed all the way down to the Hillsborough County line (Tampa) which is the county directly north of us.

    I would suspect that some houses in the Keys & South Florida don’t have heat. We have central AC/H & it’s not really doing the trick. Not like having a real furnace.

    Welcome, MEB!


  84. 85 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Howdy MEB! Welcome to our little corner of the blogosphere.

    Gil, the Reds have stockpiled a little talent up there in Cincy. They could really sneak up on some folks in the Central if they stay healthy.

    What in the world is Adam thinking? He has now limited his market to maybe a couple of teams, being the hated Mutts and the pitiful Orioles. (And I think the Mutts are gonna bring Delgado back.) Having such a limited market isn’t going to help him get the $$$ he is seeking. He shoulda taken the Giants 2 year offer. They moved on to Aubrey Huff. He isn’t going to get a 3rd year, and he won’t get the guaranteed $17MM San Fran was offering. He should fire his agent immediately. He is and idiot.


  85. 86 berigan2electricboogaloo January 11, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Wow V, it’s like Adam is playing blackjack, has 20, and wants an ace….watch, he’ll sign for 1 year, 6 mil to play somewheres. Might not even get a starting job, if they all fill up.
    Forgot about Aubrey Huff. I think I mentioned him at one time for our 1st base job.


  86. 87 berigan2electricboogaloo January 11, 2010 at 9:46 am

    eprise/wildcat/MEB (Say, what do you want to be called?) do you still have snow on the roads down there???

    Still can’t get over how that light dusting is still sticking around. 2 driveways across the street still are snow covered. Partially because the sun doesn’t shine on them, and also because no one lives in them anymore. 😦

    As steep as the one directly across from us is(that house is up on hill) if someone lived there and they didn’t clear it off before coming down, they would slide through one side of our house, and come out the other! 😯


  87. 88 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 9:58 am

    it’s like Adam is playing blackjack, has 20, and wants an ace… watch, he’ll sign for 1 year, 6 mil to play somewhere

    Yep… that sounds like a pretty good description and a pretty good prediction.


  88. 89 berigan2electricboogaloo January 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

    You know OBP has too much importance, when you read a post like this at mlbtraderumors.com

    Huff, 33, hit .241/.310/.384 in 2009. He will presumably pick up some at bats from Travis Ishikawa, who is seven years younger than Huff and plays better defense. Ishikawa hit .261/.329/.387 last year in 113 games at first base, so he was more productive than Huff at the plate, too.

    Ok, Huff drove in 85 RBI’s in an off year. He strangely tanked like Jarrod Washburn did(7.33 ERA) when traded to the Tigers. He hit only .189 the last 40 games.

    But, he has driven in 193 Runs the last 2 seasons.
    Travis Ishikawa drove in 39 last year. Now, who would you rather have on your team???


  89. 90 Gil in Mechanicsville January 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Adam will end up somewhere, just doubt he will get the coveted third year he wants. Baltimore is not such a bad place to play, or be… Better than DC for sure.


  90. 91 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 11:42 am

    If I were a betting man, which I am not, I’d bet on Adam being an O. For his sake, I hope he is. If he were to end up as a Mutt, and starts the year in typical Adam fashion, they’ll crucify the poor boy in the NY media.

    Adam, though, might just have the personality type to simply not care…


  91. 92 Carolina Lady January 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    WHEN IS IT GOING TO WARM UP????!!!! 😡 I am so tired of being cold!

    Whew! Now I feel better! Thanks! 😀

    If I was Adam, I think I’d be having a chat with my agent about now. Or somebody needs to check his meds, at least.


  92. 93 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    somebody needs to check his meds

    You may have hit on something, there…

    By the way, we’re having a heat wave today. High temp is supposed to reach 39. Whew! I’m breaking out the flip-flops. 😀


  93. 94 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Mr. O’B’s place across the street is on the verge of requiring a major change. They have an obsessive jerk over there who is wreaking absolute havoc. The sad thing is, his apparent sole mission is to be as disruptive as possible, and whether or not anyone even acknowledges his existence, he’s succeeding.

    It’s gonna cause changes. It has to. The freak has made the place impossible to even read. He is blatantly offensive and makes his attacks as personal as he can. It’s almost surreal.

    Believe it or not, I feel sorry for the regulars over there…


  94. 95 Carolina Lady January 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Sounds like somebody we might know…

    Off for my daily visit!


  95. 96 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Yes, CL… sounds like…

    DUN DUN DUN!!!!!


    Our old buddy Lew called him out today as being Stinky. Don’t know he is, but the symptoms certainly are the same.

    I hope your visit is a great one.


  96. 97 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Well, now…

    HERE’S an interesting little tidbit from SI’s Jon Heyman:

    The Braves and Giants are believed to have made offers for Damon, though he hasn’t snapped up either one immediately, leading some to wonder whether the Yankees might get involved again. The Yankees have yet to replace Melky Cabrera and would go with Granderson in left field and Brett Gardner in center if they don’t sign anyone to play left.

    That would seem to imply that an offer was made and is still on the table. Can this be believed? Or is this news hype from Heyman?


  97. 98 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Bowman posts some awesome pics of Turner Field under snow:


    Enjoy. 😀


  98. 99 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Mark McGwire finally comes clean:


    He’s still a lying bum. If he wasn’t being completely shunned by the HOF voters, he’d never admit to anything. He’s grasping at straws…


  99. 100 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm


    Press release: Greg Maddux has joined the Cubs as an assistant to GM Jim Hendry. He’ll work with the coaching staffs as well as baseball operations.

    I guess this pretty much ends any chances of him working as a special instructor in the spring, huh?


  100. 101 flbravesgirl January 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    AJC needs to find a way to block that idiot. Was just having an email discussion with Grinch, KC & others about how bad it is over there. I’m glad CL & 1st Lt. Gil have more control to mediate this place.

    Darn it. I was hoping Maddog would be around this spring.


  101. 102 flbravesgirl January 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    The McGwire thing just makes me sad.


  102. 103 Gil in Mechanicsville January 11, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Hey Jenn, tell them they are still welcome to join us again, we will even go lightly on the politics… sorta… maybe… Hey, only the truth… as we see it 🙂


  103. 104 Gil in Mechanicsville January 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    “He didn’t commit murder. He didn’t commit robbery. He said he took steroids.” Hank Arron

    Wrong Hank, he did commit robbery, he stole the legitimacy of a lot of records for a lot of players and he set a level of expectation that will not be matched by players currently playing clean….


  104. 105 Gil in Mechanicsville January 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Just because you admit to being a cheat, does not give you a free pass. The time to come clean is before the fact, not after you realize there were consequences.

    Yep, I’m sure Mad Dog was made an offer he couldn’t refuse. Another factor likely is that spring training for the Cubs is in Arizona. Much closer to home for him than Florida…


  105. 106 Gil in Mechanicsville January 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    “Keeping with the tradition of the stereotypical Atlanta pro sports fan, the snow chose not to fill the seats.” OUCH…


  106. 107 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Great line from Bowman… major props to him for that one.

    Also, amidst the muck and the mire, the fella across the way has confirmed with the Braves’ neckies that NO offer has been made to Damon.


  107. 108 Voice of Raisins January 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    HA! 😆

    That should have read Braves neckties.

    Neckies! 😆 😆 😆


  108. 109 Carolina Lady January 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    😆 Glad you clarified that, Raisins! As I scrolled downward reading, I thought, “Neckies. Hm. That has to be yet another cool term with which I’m not familiar …” 😆


  109. 110 Carolina Lady January 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    “Wrong Hank, he did commit robbery, he stole the legitimacy of a lot of records for a lot of players and he set a level of expectation that will not be matched by players currently playing clean….” Amen, Gil!!


  110. 111 Salty January 12, 2010 at 7:08 am



  111. 112 Salty January 12, 2010 at 7:48 am

    OK…any math geniuses out there? I have no clue what Neyer is saying…http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/2010/is-mcgwire-right-about-pujols


  112. 113 Voice of Raisins January 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Win Shares… WAR… whatever.

    I understand Avg./RBI/HR.

    I even get OBP/SLG and the ever popular OPS, which is nothing but a combination of OBP and SLG. (Why can’t they just stay separate?)

    With pitchers, I get ERA, W-L and avg. against. I get quality starts, wins in games started, saves and holds. I get the left/right splits.

    But WHIP and ERA+ ? Uh, not so much.

    How about “park adjusted”? How do they know?

    And fielding? It gets even goofier. UZR? What the…?

    I know errors. I know when a player makes errors. I can tell when a player can run, catch or throw. That’s really all I need to know.

    In the end, I want my team to have more wins than the others in their division. Then I want them to be the first to win 3, 4 and 4 more in the playoffs.

    To achieve that, I want pitchers who can get me alot of quality starts, relievers that can get out of a jam, and closers that can slam the door.

    I want batters that can get on, get over and get in. I want sluggers in the middle that can drive in the table setters. I want a bench that can get a hit 3 or 4 times out of 10 when needed.

    I enjoy the game on the field. I’ll leave all of the boutique stats for the fantasy guys, because that’s the world they live in anyway. Those are the goobs that have already ceded the 2010 Braves season anyway, based on UZR, WAR and all of the other paper predictions and laptop logic. Their teams don’t play between the lines, but rather in a database.

    Nope, I’ll watch games 1 thru 162 on the field and let the teams actually determine the outcome. It’s more fun that way. Especially when my team wins.

    Wait… what was your question again?


  113. 114 Gil in Mechanicsville January 12, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Salty, It’s another boutique stat… Something that geeks who sit in their mom’s basements think up to pass as conversation with the unwashed…. Now, the real questions should be a player’s WWS numbers… That’s Wins Without Steroids… Throwing Bonds’ name in the mix is like throwing a lemon in with a box of oranges…

    It’s sad really, Bonds did not need steroids to get into the Hall of Fame, he was a great player before he juiced up. Now, if he or McGuire get into the Hall of Fame, I will have lost all respect for the BBWA… and they are on pretty thin ice with me as it is…


  114. 115 Gil in Mechanicsville January 12, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I agree Raisins, it’s pretty obvious to most of us when a player is good, clutch or just plain lucky.

    Some observations from an old guy… Escobar still has a lot of growing up to do. He is a guy who could never make it as a wide receiver even with great hands because he would always be short-arming the ball over the middle, afraid to take the hit that might be coming. It’s why he can’t/won’t second base. Great hitter though, and let’s be honest, it is not a player’s defensive prowess that gets them into the Hall of Fame or even to the All Star game.


  115. 116 Gil in Mechanicsville January 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

    And I hope Glaus has pretty good range at first base because some of the throws made to the bag have been pretty errant the past few seasons for the Braves.

    Matt Diaz is not nearly the player he could be… He has a good eye and a really quick bat but his swing arc is at such an acute angle that he has such a small margin for error in making contact with the ball. Level that swing out and his average would go up 20 points….


  116. 117 Voice of Raisins January 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Gil, maybe I’m a Kool-aid drinker, but I think Glaus will be adequate of not better at 1B than most expect.

    Glaus himself said pretty much what I have always thought toward playing a new position such as 1B. He still knows how to field a ground ball. He has to learn all of the responsibilities associated with 1B.

    Now unless 1 of 3 items comes into play, 1) the player is completely unathletic and a glorified DH to begin with, (Glaus played SS in college), 2) he is a mental midget and can’t learn anything other than what comes naturally, or 3) he is an old dog that refuses to learn a new trick (ahem, Chipper), then he ought to be able to work it out. Glaus will work it out. Bank on it.

    Heck, the guy is 6’5″. He’s a nice big target for our wayward tossers. I’m not worried.


  117. 118 Carolina Lady January 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Raisins, re your 8:59 https://bravesandstuff.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/92-a-little-seasoned-wood-for-the-hot-stove/#comment-45462- there is a giant newspaper syndicate out there somewhere that is looking for you. Just excellent!!


  118. 119 Carolina Lady January 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Gil, our readership isn’t so bad. We’re coming up on 64,000 visitors now in just slightly over 2 years. I’d bet there aren’t too many small blogs like ours that can say that. ‘Sides, I think of it as “exclusive!” – we get only the smart ones! 😆


  119. 120 Gil in Mechanicsville January 12, 2010 at 11:01 am

    When you know you are getting old….. When you can’t make a full swing play golf on a Nitendo Wii….

    I really miss playing golf…. really, really miss it. I think the absence of my ability to play golf led to my decision to go on the DL…

    My oldest grandson has expressed and interest in the game so I pulled out one of my many sets of clubs and put together a package for him. If he gets serious about it, I will upgrade his clubs. Golf is a wonderful game that tells a lot about a person’s character. (I will refrain from the Tiger Woods jabs for the present) (but it’s tough)…

    A person who lies about his golf score will lie about anything and will lie to himself most of all. Play the course and strive to get better, it’s all one can ask of themselves.

    Raisins, I suspect you are right about Glaus, still one of my favorites was the “Big Cat”…

    Yes CL, not a bad attendance. It’s a tough business to break into. Even harder to sustain.


  120. 121 Gil in Mechanicsville January 12, 2010 at 11:07 am

    And you realize neither you nor I are counted in those hits…


  121. 122 Carolina Lady January 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Yeah! 😀

    Non-commercial, no ads, just – us….

    Yep, lots of folks would be happy with those numbers! I don’t often look at them ’cause I’m just happy with our little gang and our e-conversations – and apparently lots of folks enjoy reading here, as well. Hey! Y’all are welcome to join in, ya know! 😆


  122. 123 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

    V, Amen to that 8:59 post! Would make a great blog lead for sure! I particularly liked this part ” I enjoy the game on the field. I’ll leave all of the boutique stats for the fantasy guys, because that’s the world they live in anyway. ” :mrgreen:

    I mentioned a day or so ago how Aubrey Huff was somehow a worse fielder and hitter than a guy who has 58 career RBI’s, cuz he walked a few more times last year.
    I also saw another link via MLB trad rumors to some Tampa site. It had the most VORP type of stats I have ever seen.
    And the guy running the site was acting like the Rays had made a heck of a trade a year ago, trading Edwin Jackson, a hard throwing stud who is still only 26 and won 27 games the last two years while pitching 400 innings, for a now 25 year old Matt Joyce, who has only hit .246 in more than 300 career AB’s!
    See, Joyce is super swell cuz he is under team control for many years, and had nice numbers in the minors. And we all know how well those translate 100% of the time. 🙄
    I wasted more times reading the comments, and one guy had the unmitigated gall(Blog first?) to say, how can you say that was a good trade???? and Got beaten up for having the temerity (Blog 2nd?) to doubt the expert who wrote that piece. Sigh….makes me feel old…but I struggle on. Though I am sure one day I will mention someone’s Batting average, and group of youngsters will just roll their eyes at me. “Batting average? What does that matter? 😕


  123. 124 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Gil, CL, so glad you have enjoyed the book so much! You can see why after I grabbed it(And figured I wouldn’t even read it, honesty-got lots of books waiting to be cracked)
    and enjoyed it so much, I thought, man, I have to share this book!

    Hey Salty, I keep thinking in the back of my mind…what with it being the holidays an all, that perhaps you didn’t get your copy??? Or that you thought I forgot, and just didn’t want to mention it…

    Didn’t hear from SG either, but he hasn’t been around much of late…but this is the time of year for mail to get lost.


  124. 125 Gil in Mechanicsville January 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Best tip I ever picked up was from a book written by Tony LaRussa, he said he did not care what a guy’s current batting average was, he wanted to know what a player had done in his last twenty at bats….


  125. 126 Gil in Mechanicsville January 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Yeah Ber, I’m sure the guys at the post office are enjoying it too…


  126. 127 Carolina Lady January 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    THIS is just a hoot! A group of opera singers disguised as ordinary people and shopkeepers were selling produce at various stalls last month at the central market in Valencia, Spain. Suddenly Verdi’s Il Travatore started playing over the loudspeakers, and watch what happened. (And notice the signs at one shop in the background that advertises Virginia hams!)


  127. 128 Carolina Lady January 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I think you might have missed a couple of posts, Ber. Check the last lead – I seem to remember acknowledgments there… or not – I’m not sure. Who am I??


  128. 129 flbravesgirl January 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Ambush art? I love it. That’s about what we need to do in this country to get people to pay attention to the arts.


  129. 130 Carolina Lady January 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Wasn’t that terrific, FBG?! Talk about thinking ‘outside the box’! Incredibly effective.


  130. 131 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Cool vid CL!
    I could have missed a few, but I was keeping tabs just make sure everyone got it…the sloooooow mail because of the bad weather really screwed the timing up….


  131. 132 Voice of Raisins January 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    See ya Brandon…


  132. 133 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Ah, Brandon Jones you mean…had to do some digging! Hopefully, he will get a better chance to play for some other team…


  133. 134 Salty January 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Ber…I could swear I posted receiving the book; however, this ‘sometimers disease’ can be pretty debilitating. Thank you much…very thoughtful!


  134. 135 berigan2electricboogaloo January 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Salty, not a problem! I suffer from that too! One more off the list, thanks!


  135. 136 Carolina Lady January 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Ryan Church signs with Pirates, $1.5m, physical pending.

    Gossage says No PEDs should be allowed in HOF

    Marlins increasing payroll

    That’s all I got. 😦


  136. 137 Gil in Mechanicsville January 13, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Josie says the fact a player used steroids should not disqualify him from the HOF, I disagree… Ah, yet another point of contention between two otherwise harmonious individuals…. We both think Pete Rose should get in … and not after he is dead either…

    Hope Church likes Pittsburgh, I don’t think the guy ever really had a chance in Atlanta. Came in hurt and never really recovered. Bad rap, he was a good hard nose player before he got conked in the head by Escobar. Not saying it was Eskie’s fault, was a baseball thing. Reminded me a lot of the injury Estrada had. The kid was never the same after….

    Still say it was a cheap shot.


  137. 138 Voice of Raisins January 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Yep, CL… looks like the Marlins may cave to pressure from both MLB and the Players’ Association. I’m not sure how I feel about it.

    On one hand, the fans deserve better. I get that. I believe that.

    But the MLBPA could care less about the Marlins’ fans. To them its all about $$$. I do not like it that they are attmepting to bully (and apparently successfully) the Marlins. It sets a very dangerous precedent.

    I also do not like it that MLB and Bud (I used to be a tightwad in Milwaukee) Selig is also pressuring the Marlins. Fundamentally, the franchise is a privately owned business. Yes, it is subject to the rules and regulations of the umbrella organization under which it operates. But as long as they aren’t breaking any of the rules, they should be able to operate how they please. You and I may not like it or agree with it, but it’s theirs to operate as they see fit.

    Yep, believe it sets a very dangerous precedent, and probably will embolden the MLBPA to start throwing their weight around in other areas of the game…


  138. 139 Voice of Raisins January 13, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I guess I am sure how I feel about it after all. 😀


  139. 140 eprisewildcat January 13, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Conditions have returned to normal here in lower Alabama. The ice flow has withdrawn back to where it belongs. You know we never had a single snowflake but the temps were arctic like. If it’s going to get that cold I want some snow!

    So Mark Mcqwire has come out of seclusion to coach for the Cardinals. You think a condition of employment was that he come clean before spring training? I think so. Tony Larussa said he didn’t find out about Mcgwire’s confession until the day prior. Yeah right! I still find Mcgwire’s confession full of holes. What a shame that spring training will have this mess in the headlines. Liar, liar, pants of fire! Mark your pants are still smoldering.

    I kinda like the username eprisewildcat. Just a tad more distinctive than MEB.


  140. 141 Voice of Raisins January 13, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Wildcat, I think McGwire came out of retirement for the SOLE PURPOSE of trying to get into the HOF. I think it’s all a well thought out strategy of attempting to get back into the “good graces” of MLB, and garner the support of the voters. I think it is shallow, and pretty darn transparent.

    He handled it in such a ham-handed way, there is no return for him. We are a pretty forgiving society, to a point. As long as you don’t blatantly and continually lie to our faces, then run and hide, we often turn the other cheek. McGwire peed in his own corn flakes with this one.

    And what a sham of him being a “hitting coach”. The guy tried to hit every stinking pitch to Argentina every at bat. He wouldn’t know a sacrifice from a sack of rice. Did he ever shorten up and go the other way? Did he ever swing to contact to allow a runner to advance?

    The guy had a very limited role as a hitter: hit the ball a long way. Period.

    I’m sure he’ll be a fine mentor and instructor for Brendan Ryan and Skip Schumaker.


  141. 142 Voice of Raisins January 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I didn’t mean “out of retirement“, but rather “out of hiding“.

    Yep… that’s more like it. 😀


  142. 143 Gil in Mechanicsville January 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I wonder how many homers Hank or Dale would have hit if they had been cyborgs?


  143. 144 Voice of Raisins January 13, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I wonder how many homers Hank or Dale would have hit if they had been cyborgs?

    Scary to think…

    Sad that milk couldn’t help Dale. What a boon it would have been to dairy farmers.


  144. 145 Carolina Lady January 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    PED – Performance ENHANCING Drugs. Enhances performance. Enables the user to perform beyond his normal capability. Sorta maybe like via- no, CL, don’t even go there!

    Use of PEDs should be an automatic disqualification for any award of any type, as well as membership in the HOF.

    Those in the Hall who are found to have USED them at ANY point in his career, should be immediately removed without recourse.

    Cheating is cheating.

    My opinion. 🙂


  145. 146 Carolina Lady January 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Like corked bats. Automatic disqualification. Ask George Brett.


  146. 147 berigan2electricboogaloo January 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    CL, actually that was too much pine tar on the bat got his homer temporarily thrown out. Or disqualified.

    Funny, I finally watched the interview with McGuire, and I believe him…this time. I think this amazingly hard on him. Remember, he was a hero, breaking a 40+ year old record.

    IF one believes he started using because of injuries,(I never realized til a few years ago that the reason steroids work, is simply because your muscles recover from workouts much more quickly) rather than him wanting to go from 47 homers in my rookie year(before steroids) to 70 many years later, it makes it a different, case than Bonds using them simply becuase he wanted more money and fame.(IMO)

    Plus he probably saw ho much stronger that jerk Canseco got from doing them….but hey, not saying he should get in the hall, but I think he should be allowed to be a hitting coach, to be around the game. Heck, aren’t wife beaters like Julio Lugo and Brett Myers allowed to still play the game??? Dare I mention our new first baseman was a roid user????

    Speaking of PED’s, didn’t 90% of the players in the 60’s and 70’s take greenies??? didn’t that inhance their game????


  147. 149 flbravesgirl January 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I can see your point, Ber. I’m angry with him for doing it but I do feel a little pity for him.

    Do we take extra demerits from Bonds for being a cheater and a wife beater and an all-around huge jerk?


  148. 150 berigan2electricboogaloo January 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    FBG, I’m all for taking demerits from him. Never did like him. Never felt anger at Sosa, McGuire, Rafael Palermo that I did with Bonds, since it was so clear(the last couple of years he played) that he was using everything he could get his hands on…


  149. 151 Carolina Lady January 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Yeppers, you’re right, Ber! Thanks. Corked bat was Sosa and somebody else – can’t remember who…


  150. 152 Voice of Raisins January 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I feel no pity for McGwire. He cheated because it was self serving. He’s come out of hiding now only because it is self serving. His little kleenex staining “interview” with hand-puppet Bob Costas was meant to be nothing more than self serving.

    Call Canseco a jerk all you want, the guy never lied about what he did. And every thing that he has said is true eventually comes to fruition. Every name he mentions eventually crawls out from under its rock. He says McGwire is still lying. I believe him.

    I have no pity for McGwire whatsoever, other than the fact that he is in over his head as a hitting coach. What’s he going to tell hitters about situational hitting? “Me hit ball hard.” That’s about the extent of his career hitting prowess…

    Got no use for him…


  151. 153 Voice of Raisins January 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Oh yeah, by the way…

    Camp Roger starts on Feb. 1.

    That’s only 19 days away… not that I am counting. 😀


  152. 154 Gil in Mechanicsville January 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Okay, time for me to come clean… I admit it, I was taking steroids in an effort to prevent/delay/recover from surgery… Unfortunately, nobody really cared, except me… Discover some thing however, there is a steroid shot and then there is A STEROID SHOT….. won’t work unless you put it exactly in the right place and then it hurts like you know what….

    Now, that said… If a player needed something to help them recover from an injury, they should have contacted the team doctor… If you have to sneak around and get your shots in a bathroom stall, you should have figured out that it’s wrong…


  153. 155 Salty January 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Sad that milk couldn’t help Dale. What a boon it would have been to dairy farmers.

    Where did the 398 homers come from…water? OJ? Prune juice? Methinks, NOT! Cow’s rock!!! Moo’s the way to juice!!!


  154. 156 berigan2electricboogaloo January 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Salty, heh! 🙂

    Gil, if taking steroids would make my back well again, I’d take ’em in a second. Legal or not.

    MEB, er I mean, eprisewildcat…I had a 1970 Buick Wildcat…so I should be able to remember the eprise part…eventually!

    CL, you are right! Forgotten slammin’ Sammy corked his bat as well as his arms and legs.


  155. 157 Salty January 13, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Steroids were, ahem…steroids before they were PED’s. It’s a chapter and I’m willing to accept it as such. Consider this (my Rod Serling imitation), you take steroids to recover from an injury. You become aware of others around you taking them and they weren’t injured. You realize how they help, under doctor’s orders, your recovery. Still, the culture you’re in is accepting them as part of the profession now…a new vitamin, as it were. Sure, not everyone is, but those that aren’t, don’t seem to care. To each his own.

    I’ll be the lone wolf on this…I’m fine with it. This was baseball’s problem. Too much of the condemnation is occurring after the fact. Where were the true,committed ‘whistle-blowers’ throughout the ‘era’? Huh? Where were they? Who were they?

    What did we do as fans? We filled the stadiums. We were captivated by the homerun chase. We watched pitchers tell us ‘chicks dig the long ball’.

    It’s an era, it’s past. But to suggest anyone could put the bat on the ball any more effectively because they were on steroids is a fallacy, in my view. Further, throughout the era, new parks came along with shorter fences. New teams were added; pitching was diluted. Players are bigger, stronger, faster…all for a myriad of reasons. Heck, we even live longer…with or without steroids.

    Suppose Mark’s motives are pure…he took steroids to recover. Did they strip him of his humanity? Did they cobble his thinking? For every player who took steroids for the right reason, how many took them to enhance? Guess how Mark,and the true users get judged? What’s the motive to speak up? You’re just going to be called a cheat, regardless. The media doesn’t discern, nor does its’ readers. If steroid users are cheats…then cause be damned.

    Face it, too many of us harp on Barry Bonds because he’s a jerk. He’s unworthy of even our slightest sympathy. But to simply suggest using steroids is cheating, when baseball clearly benefited and didn’t care, is wrong..again, singularly my view. Baseball may have cheated us, the fans, but we were blind to it at the time and, frankly, were seduced by the ‘drugs’ effects as much as the players were ‘enhanced’. Either everyone wins…or everyone loses.

    At day’s end…use an *



  156. 158 berigan2electricboogaloo January 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Good rant though Salty!


  157. 159 Salty January 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks, Ber! I feel better…like a drug, only…legal! :mrgreen:


  158. 160 Salty January 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Uh….if I knew what taking a drug felt like. 😳


  159. 161 eprisewildcat January 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Is there a secret to posting an avatar (or gravatar) as WordPress calls it? I’ve tried the dashboard thing but it won’t let me crop the picture. I know with a cool avatar my posts will be much funnier and totally brilliant.


  160. 162 Gil in Mechanicsville January 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Trust me Salty.. It’s over rated….


  161. 163 Voice of Raisins January 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Wildcat, if brilliance is in the avatar, I’d be in and out of the nuthouse…


  162. 164 berigan2electricboogaloo January 14, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Did something change with the WordPress avatar thing??? I’ve had the same one for months, and was going to tell Wildcat what to do…when I realized I didn’t know what to do anymore! 😳 and we want to see Wildcat be as funny as possible, right? 😉


  163. 165 Gil in Mechanicsville January 14, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Gee Wildcat, I thought your avatar was a panther in a coal mine at midnight… Completely opposite of Lew’s snowman during a blizzard….


  164. 166 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Random items, courtesy of Mr. Bowman:

    John Smoltz took time about two months ago to begin mending his relationship with the organization. Everything seems to be heading in the right direction on that front.

    So while Smoltz might never again throw a pitch for the Braves, I don’t think he’ll feel the desire to stay completely away from Turner Field during his retirement years.

    Chuck James is expected to begin throwing for teams within the next week. The 28-year-old southpaw missed all of the 2009 season while recovering from shoulder surgery.

    While the Braves might have a need for somebody like James to improve their organizational depth in the starting pitching department, the southpaw may still be upset about how they handled his shoulder which bothered him for more than a year before he was completely shut down.

    Chris Resop spent the past season and a half pitching in Japan and now he’s ready to once again compete for a spot in the Braves bullpen. He has signed a Minor League contract and received an invitation to Spring Training.

    The 27-year-old right-hander, who made 16 appearances with the 2008 Braves, is excited about his arm strength and the sink that he’s recently gained with his two-seam fastball.

    Good bits of info… especially the Smoltz item…


  165. 167 eprisewildcat January 14, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Wow! ESPN actually had a pretty funny segment about Lane Kiffen’s departure for USC. They applied their BS-PN analyzer to Kiffen’s press conference remarks. Kind of a takeoff on the SNL Mr. Subliminal routine. Too funny! They hammered Kiffen pretty hard. I think he earned every whack and I believe we’ll be hearing a lot more about this sorted affair.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  166. 168 Gil in Mechanicsville January 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

    And great avatar eprise…


  167. 169 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 9:53 am

    A tweet from Mr. O’B:

    Braves are still pursuing Johnny Damon, and it could happen now that his price has presumably shrunk along with his market.


  168. 170 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that Adam has agreed to a 1 year deal with the D’Backs.


    I still say he needs to fire his agent.


  169. 171 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Back to the Damon thing.

    I believe it, and I believe it is a real possibility. I never got a sense that Frank was going to sit pat with an outfield of unknown production.

    The first question I have is this – would a signing of Damon necessitate a trade of another salary? If so, who’s the odd outfielder out? Melky? N8? Hard to determine.

    N8 would give more salary relief since he is due $4.5MM this year and $6.5MM next, plus a buyout in 2012 if his $6.5MM is not picked up for that season.

    But that leaves another question – would you rather have Melky and N8, or Melky and Damon. That’s a toughie. I’d rather have N8 and Damon.

    Now, that said… Melky and Damon were 2/3 of last year’s WS champions’ OF. So, maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all.

    At least it does give us something else to talk about in an otherwise dead January… 😀


  170. 172 Carolina Lady January 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    from mlb.com: “Johnny Damon has become arguably the biggest name remaining in the free-agent market, but it doesn’t look like he’ll sign with the biggest-spending team, The New York Post believes. The newspaper wrote Wednesday morning that the Yankees are telling agents they only have $2 million to spend on a left fielder, a figure that would be too low to nab Damon, who reportedly wanted a two-year deal worth about $20 million earlier in the offseason.”


  171. 173 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm


    The Braves avoided arbitration with outfielder Melky Cabrera by signing him to a $3.1MM deal for 2010. Cabrera earned $1.4MM in ’09, his first arbitration year. He proceeded to hit .274/.336/.416 for the Yankees and was traded to the Braves this winter in the Javier Vazquez deal. Cot’s Baseball Contracts notes that the Yankees paid $500K toward Cabrera’s 2010 salary.

    Hmmm… $2.6MM for Melky…


  172. 174 Gil in Mechanicsville January 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    While I like Damon, he is asking way too much money for his skill set. I’m thinking the Braves are stockpiling outfielders. Cabrera is still pretty young. Look at Jason Worth of the Phillies. He did not become an All-Star until he turned 27. With the crack down on PEDs, I think we are going to see players revert to form where they have their best years between the ages of 26 and 32.

    How much the Adam get for his one year???


  173. 175 Gil in Mechanicsville January 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    And on Chuck James, no body likes it when they are cast aside… Welcome to the real world Chuck… Too many other players out there trying to get your job.

    It has been my observation that shoulder surgery has been tougher to recover from than elbow surgery. Where as Tommy John surgery tends to allow for greater velocity once a player has fully recovered, shoulder surgery has the opposite effect…


  174. 176 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Yes, Gil, it appears they are stockpiling outfielders. Wonder why?

    They settled Melky’s 2010 contract on January 14. Wonder why?

    Am I reading something into this that isn’t there?


  175. 177 Salty January 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    ….cause it’s 2010 already?

    Maybe the $500K only applies to a Braves contract, not to a team the Braves trade him to. Just a guess.


  176. 178 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Mr. O’B addressed that subject by saying that the $500K the Braves got from the Bankees was unspecified, and could be used however the Braves chose to do so.

    Did you see that Adam got around $4.5MM for 1 year from ‘zona? Holy cow did he miscalculate this year’s market…


  177. 179 Salty January 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I’d say the Braves mis-calculated, too. Did they make the 2-year/$14M offer…or the 3-year/$20M? Now…the ‘Backs made a good signing…but he won’t be back if matches this past year’s output. I’m stubborn, YES, but given what the Braves have done to date, I feel it was not so smart…aka: stupid, not to try to re-sign Adam, cause the $$ is there. When Glaus, or whomever has Adam’s error total for ’09 by Memorial Day…late starting offense won’t matter so much. But again, as proven and admitted time and time and time again…I’m stubborn. I prefer, persistent! 😆


  178. 180 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Well, Salt-man,

    We know that as recently as December 13 that Adam was asking for 3 yrs./$31.5MM from Seattle. It was reported as late as December 26 that he was still seeking 3/30. Then, on January 5, just 9 days ago, he turned down 2 yrs./$17.5MM from the Giants.

    I think Frank had the market right, which was reflected in the Giants offer. Adam just bungled his way down to the $4.5MM he has agreed to with ARI.

    I would not want Adam for $8MM or $9MM… maybe not even for the $4.5MM he got. His history, which is now long enough to call it his expectation, is well documented. I don’t want just half a season out of my 1B. He would have ended up being 2010’s edition of Jeff Francoeur. (Heck, if the guy really wanted to put together a good first half, maybe he’d spend his offseason hitting balls instead of hunting bucks.)

    Now, as to Glaus, why does everyone think the guy is a butcher in the field? He was a good SS in college, and a good 3B in the majors. He knows how to field a ground ball. His shoulder has passed muster with all the docs, and he’s been working out like he did earlier in his career. Adam is not the RH cleanup hitter they wanted. Glaus is every bit a RH cleanup hitter. I think this will end up being one of the best signings of this offseason.

    I’ll make a bold prediction and say that by the ASB, Glaus will be the more valuable of the two to their respective teams.


  179. 181 Carolina Lady January 14, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    “maybe he’d spend his offseason hitting balls instead of hunting bucks.” – of either kind! How many million do these guys require, anyway?? Adam has a big-ol’ sprawling “ranch” in Alabama or wherever it is with matching “hunter’s parties” a la CJones in TX, so why scrabbling for dollars constantly? Enough is never enough for them, it seems. Disgusts me, to be honest. Millionaires trying to become billionaires? 🙄


  180. 182 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Tim Dierkes believes that Johnny Damon has only 2 possible suitors, being the Braves and Bankees. He lays odds at 65/35 toward the Braves.


  181. 183 Gil in Mechanicsville January 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Whew… Had to go across town to rescue # 3 daughter’s computer. It is the same one I had to replace the hard drive in two weeks ago. Nothing like teenage girls and facebook to really really mess up your puter…. Had to explain to them, NO DOWNLOADS…. They had imported a virus and it was the devil to get rid of. Likely the same one that crashed their hard drive two weeks ago…

    And ole’ Rochie sure did screw up didn’t he? I hope he has a good year but I am optimistic on Glaus. He was/is a good third baseman. Just hope he can make those stretches to catch those errant tosses Escobar likes to make at warp speed… Of course, if he hits 35 diners and drives in 100, we won’t give a whit about errors…


  182. 184 Gil in Mechanicsville January 14, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Well, if the Braves sign Damon, I would expect Heyward to spend a lot more time in Gwinnett.


  183. 185 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    At 6’5″, Glaus can just lean over… 😆


  184. 186 Gil in Mechanicsville January 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    35 “diners” Uh, look out for the folks in the all you can eat seats… 🙂


  185. 187 Carolina Lady January 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    We goin’ out ta eat, Gil? It’s that Chinese computer again, isn’t it? 😀


  186. 188 Voice of Raisins January 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Marlins extend Josh Johnson 4 years… good for them, bad for us. 😐


  187. 189 flbravesgirl January 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    You mean they’re actually going to keep someone, VOR?


  188. 190 eprisewildcat January 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Yep… now that I have conquered the avatar issue my thoughts can return to more pressing needs… like the Braves outfield. I certainly hope that Nate is not becoming a trade piece. Stockpiling is a definite sign. I was elated when he came to the Braves and am hopeful that he’ll become the 25+/25 guy that we all hoped he would be. Diaz, Melkey, Nate, and Heyward can form a very creditable (and young) outfield. Jordan Schafer is a wild card… does anyone think he can become a star? I know his wrist was hurt, but geeez! What kind of spring can he have? Going to be interesting.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  189. 191 flbravesgirl January 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    It finally thawed here today. I hope the temps are moderating where y’all are too. So I set to work unwrapping plants, mostly Mom’s orchids. We had brought them all onto the back patio except for the 2 huge cattleyas hanging from the tree ( these are so big that the last time we moved them was to hang them with heavier chains & it took Mom, Dad & I together to lift each one a few feet). Those 2 we wrapped with heavy movers quilts. The orchids were fine but as I was unclipping the quilts dead lizards kept falling out. Ewww!


  190. 192 flbravesgirl January 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    hmmm… I’m still seeing a black square, Wildcat.


  191. 193 Voice of Raisins January 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Wildcat, count me in as a Schafer believer. I think what we saw last spring and for the start of the season will be the norm for him.


  192. 194 Voice of Raisins January 15, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Rochey’s deal with the D’Backs has a mutual option for 2011 worth $7.5MM, according to Frankie Piliere of FanHouse.com


  193. 195 Voice of Raisins January 15, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Glavine mulling new job with Braves

    Tom Glavine is not ready to officially declare that his legendary pitching career is complete. But as he nears this likely reality, he has wondered whether it’s time to mend relationships and accept the Braves’ offer to rejoin their organization in some capacity.



  194. 196 eprisewildcat January 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    flbravesgirl… maybe it takes this WordPress thing a while to update. My chopping bovine avatar has been noticed. Don’t think its improved my wit or intellect though. Oh well!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  195. 197 berigan2electricboogaloo January 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Hey Wildcat, I can see it, cool!


  196. 198 berigan2electricboogaloo January 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Not Victoria Principal cool, but cool nonetheless! 😛


  197. 199 berigan2electricboogaloo January 16, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Hello??? is this thing on????

    Anyway…check this out???
    Amazing magic trick from 1935!


  198. 200 Gil in Mechanicsville January 16, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Could save a bundle on smokes that way….

    Yes Ber, gets kind of slow on weekends doesn’t it?

    It was beautiful outside here yesterday, Josie and I drove up to Ashland to visit with mom for awhile, then I came home and worked in the shop to do a bit of ordering and arrangement. Just straightening out the tool box can be a pain sometimes. You have to take advantage of pretty days in January though.


  199. 201 berigan2electricboogaloo January 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Yes Ber, gets kind of slow on weekends doesn’t it?

    Why no, whatever makes you say that Gil??? 😕

    Straightening out the toolbox is a pain?? Not if you are like my Dad, and just dump more and more junk in the same area. Now, getting to the tools is a pain, as everything falls down in the tool’s way. And that’s with me pitching junk when Dad’s back is turned.


  200. 202 flbravesgirl January 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Y’all will have to excuse me for being somewhat absent. Nationals started yesterday. 2 of our local pairs are in 1st & 3rd after the Short Program!


  201. 203 Savannah Guy January 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Howdy do. Just dropped in to see what condition y’all’s condition was in. Looks like it’s gonna be a rainy night here on the coast. A welcomed change from the deep-freeze we’ve been in. Hope everybody’s peeps, pets, plants and pipes faired well in that two-week blast of arctic climate change.

    Hey Bear… got the book. Just arrived last week. Thanks! Haven’t had time to read it yet but it looks like a good’un. I have no idea how it (finally)found me, because was addressed to Wilmington, Ga. I guess the post office decided to just use the zip code, which was correct. Is there a Wilmington, Georgia? Wonder if there a ‘Wilmington Guy’ that blogs around here? 😆

    Now, I’ve gotta whole lotta catchin’ up to do around Stuffville, but y’all be good and see ya agin soon.


  202. 204 Gil in Mechanicsville January 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Welcome home SG….

    Actually, my original task began with me trying to find a 4 prong 20amp twist lock plug I knew I had somewhere in the shed. Then I found a 3 prong 220vac female connector I also needed but didn’t know I had but also needed. I am making up a pigtale so I can use my 30 gal air compressor which is 220vac.

    Anyhoo… Enough was enough, time to straighten out that rat’s nest so I can actually find the things I already have instead of buying duplicates over and over…

    Now football… saints look impressive, it just might be their year.


  203. 205 flbravesgirl January 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    😀 😀 😀

    I’m so happy! Our local pairs skated brilliantly in the Long Program. Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett won & Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig were 2nd! They’re going to the Olympics!!!!


  204. 206 Gil in Mechanicsville January 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    It’s always good when you have a local connection to root for FBG… Makes it a bit more real. Good luck to them, I’m sure Josie will be watching when they get to the Olympics.

    Sigh, such a huge tragedy in Haiti, a reminder of how important it is for all of us to be prepared for the unexpected. Often the hardship is on the survivors more so than the fatalities. Haiti and Jamaica have always been on my personal “No Visit” list. No desire to visit or ever go to either of those countries.

    Heck, it’s bad enough just having to drive through West Virginia but that’s a tale for another time.

    And Virginia’s new Governor was sworn in today. I feel encouraged already. I had my official invitation to the inaugural ball but I am too much of a redneck to want to rent a tux to attend. A cheapskate too. Don’t mind a suit too much but I hate to share clothes with strangers.

    Anyway, we are awaiting the rains now. Going to be a wet and soggy Sunday. I hope you folks didn’t get too much of it as it passed through.


  205. 207 flbravesgirl January 17, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Winter Olympics are a big deal for us anyway. It’s the World Series for skating fans. But yes, this makes it more exciting ( or nervewracking).

    Been pouring here for hours but we needed the rain.


  206. 208 berigan2electricboogaloo January 17, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Congrats FBG! Every time I see or hear about skating, I think about my Mom. It was by far her favorite sport.


  207. 209 Carolina Lady January 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Super, FBG!!! Best of luck to them!

    I found this very interesting:
    “A pod of bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Florida have developed a remarkable hunting strategy in order to catch fish. Another awesome thing about this technique is that only one female in the pod can create this ring, and it’s always anti-clockwise.

    From the first episode (Challenges of Life) of the new BBC series Life.”


  208. 210 Gil in Mechanicsville January 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Reminds me of my neighbor’s dogs… He kept losing chickens but could not figure out how. Then one day he observed his two labs stalking his chickens from outside of their coop. One would sit passively by while the other one would bark and rile the chickens up and then lung at the wire. The frightened chickens would then fly up over the coop trying to escape, right into the jaws of lab number one’s partner in crime. The two would then share a chicken dinner… Who says animals aren’t smart?…


  209. 211 eprisewildcat January 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    FBG… opening ceremony on Feb 12th. Right around the corner. Congrats to both couples! USA… USA… USA!!!

    Any thoughts of making the trip to Vancouver? I’ve always wanted to visit British Columbia and having the Olympics there makes the trip even more desirable.


  210. 212 Carolina Lady January 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Huckabee interviews Sully and Jeff on the anniversary of 1549. These two people are so incredibly impressive and articulate. Hope you’ll take a few minutes for this.



  211. 213 Gil in Mechanicsville January 18, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Vancouver BC in winter, what’s not to love…. Uh, got chains???

    Yes CL, very impressive guys, unfortunately, far too many of their ilk have been forced out by the airline industry because of misguided attempts by the suits to save money.

    An inch of rain here yesterday, looks like some of you folks got hammered as well… No danger of the well running dry this year.


  212. 214 Carolina Lady January 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    from email (thanks, Gil!) that is just too funny to not share:

    The Importance of Walking

    Walking can add minutes to your life.
    This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.

    My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60.
    Now he’s 97 years old and we don’t know where the hell he is.

    I like long walks… especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

    The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

    I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing..

    I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks.
    Haven’t lost a pound.
    Apparently you have to go there.

    Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

    I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

    The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they’ll say, ‘Well, she looks good doesn’t she.’

    If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

    I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years…
    just getting over the hill.

    We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads.



  213. 215 Gil in Mechanicsville January 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Good afternoon all, everyone must be at the MLK fests today… I passed… It was too pretty a day not to do something outside. I washed two of the cars so we can get more rain… The inch and a quarter we got yesterday didn’t make things soggy enough.

    Also managed to make up the pigtale for my compressor I have been putting off for two years. See, if you are persistent enough, you will finally get around to doing whatever you think you need to get done. And if you don’t , well, it was not all that important to begin with. What’s really funny is I found another 220 connector after I finished the job… Sigh… Even the rats wouldn’t go in that shed….

    yep, I’m the original pack rat. Anyone need a used ring and pinion for a 2004 Ford Expedition? It only whines a little bit….

    And baseball…. duh…


  214. 216 flbravesgirl January 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Maybe in my wildest dreams, Wildcat. A friend from the skating blog I belong to went to Salt Lake City in ’02. She bought tickets to the Mens event & the Exhibition Gala & stayed for a couple of days. It cost her several thousand dollars & that’s for 1 person.

    I’m going to next year’s Nationals in Greensboro, NC. First time they’ve been within a reasonable traveling distance in a while.


  215. 217 Carolina Lady January 18, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Michael Yon has a really interesting article on a US artillery unit (Cobra Battery) posted from Afghanistan on 15 Jan. His photos are incredible, as always. He does such a magnificent job, pays his own way, just to bring the REAL stories out of battle zones.



  216. 218 berigan2electricboogaloo January 19, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Not sure if this will work, or not…
    My Dad found this old St. Louis newspaper Sunday Mag on the Retirement of Stan Musical. If you can’t read it, use the zoom in feature in Mozilla.
    I always liked the guy, and if you read the article, he was a really good guy on and off the field.



  217. 219 berigan2electricboogaloo January 19, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Heh…no…doesn’t work.


  218. 220 Gil in Mechanicsville January 19, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Great stuff Berigan. It’s no wonder the Cardinals have so many loyal and faithful fans. So many great players have graced their roster.


  219. 221 Voice of Raisins January 19, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Hello all. Back from my long weekend trek into the Tennessee hills with my College & Career group for a fantastic retreat. We had almost 50 people in total, including all of the leaders, etc.

    Amazing weekend… God is good, ALL the time. I won’t bore you with the details, but it is always amazing to see young lives changed.

    On a side note… FBG, I thought about you yesterday. On our way back, we stopped at “Goats on the Roof”.


    Fun stuff…


  220. 222 Voice of Raisins January 19, 2010 at 9:08 am

    By the way…

    Congratulations to the Jefferson Dragon Varsity wrestling team. They won their 9th straight Georgia State Duals Championship this past weekend. (Georgia has only held a championship in the duals, or team, format for 9 years.) They spent 7 years in single A before moving up to AA prior to the 2008/2009 season. The higher classification has had no effect on the team’s continuing dominance in this sport. They are still head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. They will go for their 11th straight Traditional State Championship in a few weeks.


  221. 223 Gil in Mechanicsville January 19, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Sounds like a real dynasty Raisins. Like UGA gymnastics, John Wooden’s UCLA basketball, The Chicago Bulls… How long before someone steals the coach?

    Yes, God is good, and wise. Life is so simple when you follow his will and not your own.


  222. 224 Voice of Raisins January 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

    The coach, 2009 Ga. HS Wrestling HOF inductee Doug Thurmond is home in Jefferson. Born here, wrestled here, coaches here. He’s here to stay, and still a young man too. He’s a humble God fearing man who genuinely cares for the kids, not just the results. It’s a winning formula. Bodes well for the future.


  223. 225 Voice of Raisins January 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Yikes! Spam filtered! Hmmm… wonder why? Anyway, I slighted Doug. He was inducted into the Georgia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

    When my post returns, there is a great article linked on the man, whom I am proud to call a friend.

    A quote: “The Hall is great and a wonderful accomplishment, but to have people come back and say “you helped me through this time” or “I feel like I wouldn’t be where I am right now without a push from you”, those are the types of things that make my job and my life worthwhile and that’s really what it’s all about.”

    He means that too…


  224. 226 Carolina Lady January 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Raisins, welcome back – and tell it, my friend!


  225. 227 Voice of Raisins January 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Braves reached agreement on a 1 year deal with Petey Moylan, their only remaining arb guy. That takes care of that…


  226. 228 Voice of Raisins January 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Petey got 1 year @ $1.15MM. As weird as it feels to type this, its a relative bargain.


  227. 229 Voice of Raisins January 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Brandon Jones was claimed off waivers by the Pirates. The Pirates. That’s all you need to say about Brandon Jones. And the Pirates.


  228. 230 Carolina Lady January 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Playing for the Pirates must be like being in the Twilight Zone…


  229. 231 flbravesgirl January 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Yay, VOR! You are literally just down the road from my house there. Hope y’all bought fudge, it’s GOOD!

    Congrats to Pete. Hope his arm stays attached.

    Y’all know the Pirates train here & it’s pitiful, the team turns over so fast you don’t get a chance to even learn names & faces. There are a lot of loyal Pirates fans here & I feel so bad for them.


  230. 232 Gil in Mechanicsville January 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    The Pirates are one of the best AAAA teams in the majors. Look at all the great players who have come through Pittsburgh. It’s not the development or the scouting that is hurting that team, it’s the “Management by Committee” that is destroying a once proud franchise.

    And politics… Scott Brown wins in Massachusetts… Obama’s people are already throwing Martha under the bus, got to be getting pretty crowded under there by now.

    Yes, I’d say 1.15 million is a real bargain. I hope Pete and hang on long enough to afford a real Rolex some day…


  231. 233 Gil in Mechanicsville January 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    And speaking of Rolexs… I had 4 fake one’s myself. Started giving them to various sons in law as gifts for assorted occasions. Actually pretty good knock offs…. There was a message in there somewhere… 🙂


  232. 234 Gil in Mechanicsville January 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    FBG… Josie and are are making preliminary plans to get down to Sarasota the first of March, I am hoping we can get together this time. Looks like I won’t have to be in such a rush to get home. My plan is to see at least two spring training games but we’ll have to see. The Orioles are training in Sarasota now so I might get to see our old friend the Cobra… 🙂


  233. 235 Voice of Raisins January 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

    This is from an article in the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on Sunday.

    The Business Section asked readers for ideas on “How Would You Fix the Economy?”

    Dear Mr. President,

    Please find below my suggestion for fixing America’s economy. Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.

    You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

    There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. – Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

    1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings – Unemployment fixed.
    2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered – Auto Industry fixed.
    3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed.

    It can’t get any easier than that!

    P.S. – If more money is needed, have all members in Congress and their constituents pay their taxes…

    … and Mr. President…while you’re at it, make Congress retire on
    Social Security and Medicare … I’ll bet both programs would be fixed – PRONTO!!


  234. 236 eprisewildcat January 20, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Gil… having served a year in Korea I learned there are many levels of fake. You also learn that everything sold in Korea is fake. They can duplicate anything. A Rolex with a real Seiko movement is indeed an excellent timepiece. However, a watch labeled “Wolex” will likely make your skin breakout and fail within a week.

    At $1.15 mil can we get two or three Moylans?


  235. 237 Carolina Lady January 20, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Something that may be worthwhile:


    1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

    2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

    3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

    4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

    5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

    6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

    7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

    8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

    9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

    10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

    11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

    12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

    13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.Com.)


    1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

    2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

    3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

    4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

    5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

    6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

    7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

    8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

    Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs crimedoctor.Com; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.


  236. 238 Voice of Raisins January 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I saw this across the way…

    It’s too funny no to share here:


  237. 239 Voice of Raisins January 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Uh, it, being the above link, is the “Mets Organizational Decision-Making Flow Chart”.


  238. 240 Carolina Lady January 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    That is just hilarious, Raisins! Wonder if any of it is actually false??


  239. 241 Voice of Raisins January 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    The election of Scott Brown in Mass. has had a larger impact on DC than last week’s earthquake had on Haiti:



  240. 242 Carolina Lady January 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Raisins, the Dems in power have repeatedly ignored the people in this country, thinking they were all-powerful and could do whatever they wanted in shoving their personal agendas down our collective throats. Pelosi, Reid, Obama et al may have woken up to their first dose of reality – no matter what mainstream media says, mainstream Americans won’t put up with it. This is STILL our country and we won’t stand idly by and let them destroy it.


  241. 243 Voice of Raisins January 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    New York Rep. Anthony Weiner (D), “The only way to go forward is to take a step back. If there isn’t any recognition that we got the message and we are trying to recalibrate and do things differently, we are not only going to risk looking ignorant but arrogant.”

    Ya think? 😯


  242. 244 Gil in Mechanicsville January 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Tea Party and 9-12ers to the Democrats…. “CAN YOU HEAR US NOW????”

    Call us name if you want to but we are not going away. Think Jim Webb (D) Va didn’t take notice? He just barely beat out George Allen 5 years ago. That’s after Allen revealed himself to be a complete idiot. I think Jim is going to discover what real term limits are all about if he continues to toe the party line on health care…

    Now baseball…. Yeehaw… Only a month til pitchers and catchers report.

    Mets decision flow chart was funny Raisins but you should see the one for the Pirates….


  243. 245 berigan2electricboogaloo January 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Wildcat, I don’t know what you are talking about! my Wolex is working fine and…and… man, it’s hard to type and scratch at the same time. Say, what does it mean when your skin turns fuchsia? 😯


  244. 246 flbravesgirl January 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I’m glad there’s a team in Sarasota again, Gil. I was afraid the ballpark would sit empty. They had a chance to get the Red Sox and shot themselves in the foot. Talk about letting a gold mine slip through your fingers.


  245. 247 flbravesgirl January 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    OK, the r key is next to the t key. CL, tell WordPress we need a self-edit option.


  246. 248 Gil in Mechanicsville January 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Ta Da….. having editing abilities is so awesome… especially when you finally learn how to use them… 🙂

    Funny fact of the day, The New York Times will begin charging for folks to read their paper on line…. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    If I want to read fiction and pay for it, I’ll read Steinbeck or Grisham.

    They must not be generating enough blog hit to support their advertisers.


  247. 249 flbravesgirl January 20, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks, Gil! Have a cookie!


  248. 250 Gil in Mechanicsville January 21, 2010 at 6:50 am

    🙂 Will work for food…. 🙂


  249. 251 Voice of Raisins January 21, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Let me get this straight…

    NBC is paying Conan and his staff $44MM NOT to work? Who runs NBC anyway… Congress?


  250. 252 eprisewildcat January 21, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Rain and thunder all night long. Almost 2 1/2 inches and it’s still raining. They delayed opening schools this morning which always turns our day inside out. Watch out CL and Gill think this one is heading your way!


  251. 253 Voice of Raisins January 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

    We’re looking at 2 or more inches of rain today in NE Ga. I’ll take it as long as we don’t have the severe weather they had yesterday in East Texas. Tornadoes, hail, etc… nope, I don’t want it…


  252. 254 Gil in Mechanicsville January 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Does this mean the drought is over???


  253. 255 Voice of Raisins January 21, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Depends on which “climatologists” you listen to. The UN funded ones will trot out non-peer-reviewed reports telling us we are in the worst drought in 4 billion years and that we are in danger of all drying out and withering away. Of course, they can’t show you data to back up those claims, but that really doesn’t matter. They have Nobel prizes and UN funding. We have to blindly believe them, right?


  254. 256 Voice of Raisins January 21, 2010 at 9:54 am

    U.N. climate chiefs apologize for glacier error
    By Matthew Knight, for CNN

    (CNN) — The U.N.’s leading panel on climate change has apologized for misleading data published in a 2007 report that warned Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035.

    In a statement released Wednesday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said estimates relating to the rate of recession of the Himalayan glaciers in its Fourth Assessment Report were “poorly substantiated” adding that “well-established standards of evidence were not applied properly.”

    The apology follows a growing storm of controversy which initially forced the IPCC to concede that data relating to the Himalayan glacier melt included in the 2007 report was not backed up by sufficient scientific data.

    Speaking at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi Wednesday, the IPCC chairman, Rajendra Pachauri admitted errors had been made but said it was not an excuse to question the legitimacy of all global warming science.

    In other words, “There’s no proof, just trust me on this one.”



  255. 257 Carolina Lady January 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Hey, Wildcat! Yep, it’s just beginning here…. Now where did I put that gopher wood….


  256. 258 Salty January 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

    …in danger of all drying out and withering away

    Perfect Raisins climate…no?


  257. 259 Voice of Raisins January 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Yes, perfect…



  258. 260 Voice of Raisins January 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Braves Top 15 prospects, according to Baseball Prospectus:

    5 Star:
    1. Jason Heyward, OF
    2. Julio Teheran, RHP
    3. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP yes, that guy…

    4 Star:
    4. Freddie Freeman, 1B

    3 Star:
    5. Randall Delgado, RHP
    6. Christian Bethancourt, C
    7. Mike Minor, LHP
    8. Craig Kimbrell, RHP
    9. Adam Milligan, OF
    10. Robinson Lopez, RHP

    2 Star:
    11. Cody Johnson, OF

    the rest:
    12. J.J. Hoover, RHP
    13. Zeke Spruill, RHP
    14. Tyler Stovall, LHP
    15. Mycal Jones, SS


  259. 261 berigan2electricboogaloo January 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Everyone’s computer break or somethin’?? 😕
    People with names like Teheran or Arodys as top prospects?? Impossible!!! One reason(and one reason only)I’d like to see Bobby hang around another year or two, would be to hear him say, attaboy Arodysy, or good eye Teherany! 🙂

    Mike Minor, 3 stars???? I done tol you guys and gals we should have picked someone else!
    Even if he wins 20 a year I’ll still say that.


  260. 262 Carolina Lady January 22, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Tiny scraps of baseball news:

    Ankiel signs for $3.25m with Royals.

    Felix Hernandez signs for $78m/5 extension with M’s.

    Ferguson Jenkins says McGwire should apologize to pitchers.

    Dotel signs with Pirates for $3.25 as closer. His only offer.

    Marlins say Uggla will not be traded.

    The excitement is too much…


  261. 263 Gil in Mechanicsville January 22, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Just the calm before the storm CL..

    Is that 20 wins in a season or 20 games total Ber? 🙂


  262. 264 Voice of Raisins January 22, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Ber, a 3 star prospect is still a guy to keep your eyes on. Only the elite are 5 star. To rate any stars means you have a bright future.

    Now, about the young southpaw…

    Mike Minor is a 6’3″ lefty with a plus changeup and cool mound presence. Remind you of anyone we know?

    He is a very cerebral pitcher who called his own games at Vandy. Minor says, “If you’re calling your own game, you’re thinking the whole time. You’re paying attention to each guy rather than just looking in to the catcher and seeing a sign, throwing it and not knowing why you’re throwing it.” I like that… alot.

    Jim Czajkowski coached him in Class A Rome and for Saguaro in the AFL. He says, “For Mike to be intelligent, to know what he feels when he throws, and what to throw in certain situations puts him ahead of the game than most college guys.”

    His changeup is his best pitch, followed by his slider, fastball and a curveball that is kind of a “showcase” pitch that will keep batters from sitting on his slider. He threw his fastball in the 91-93 range in Arizona.

    Most importantly, he throws strikes. He got into four games for Rome after being drafted, and finished with a 0.64 ERA and a 17-0 K/BB rate in 14 innings.

    He probably doesn’t project to any higher than a #3 starter, hence the 3 star rating. But with Hanson and Jurjjens already in Atlanta, and with Teheran and Vizcaino in the pipeline, he really doesn’t have to be.

    Most importantly, he’s a lefty. We are a “little thin” [dripping with sarcasm] there. If you’ll notice, he’s the only lefty in the top 10 prospects, on a team that has no lefties on it’s current rotation. I’d say he’s a pretty important guy to keep our eyes on.


  263. 265 Voice of Raisins January 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Just for kicks, here’s Baseball Prospectus’ profile of JHey:

    1. Jason Heyward, OF
    DOB: 8/9/89
    Height/Weight: 6-4/220
    Bats/Throws: L/L
    Drafted/Signed: 1st round, 2007, Henry County HS (GA)
    2009 Stats: .296/.369/.519 at High-A (49 G); .352/.446/.611 at Double-A (47 G); .364 at Triple-A (3 G)
    Last Year’s Ranking: 1

    Year in Review: Atlanta’s top prospect flirted with .400 at Double-A as a teenager while establishing himself as the top position prospect in the game.
    The Good: Heyward has the potential to be a “face of the franchise” talent. He’s arguably the best pure hitter in the minors, combined with outstanding plate discipline and pitch recognition. He has the ability to contend for batting and on-base titles, all in a massive athletic package that’s loaded with tools. His raw power is plus, his speed is average to a tick above, and he’s a very good outfielder who can even play center in a pinch. His arm is a true plus-plus weapon.
    The Bad: When asked what aspects of Heyward’s game need improvement, one scout simply replied, “Nothing.” The only real concern about Heyward is his health, as Heyward has played just 226 games over the past two years due to a variety of minor maladies.
    Ephemera: Heyward’s plate discipline may have actually dropped him in the draft, as he walked so much against lesser high school competition than many scouts complained about never getting to see him swing the bat, making him difficult to evaluate.
    Perfect World Projection: He’s a game-changing superstar.
    Path to the Big Leagues: The Braves have a slot waiting for him in their outfield.
    Timetable: Heyward spent significantly more time in big-league camp last year just because manager Bobby Cox liked watching him play so much. He’ll be gunning for a big-league job this spring, with a 50/50 chance of breaking camp with the Braves and a nearly guaranteed major-league role by the All-Star break.


  264. 266 Voice of Raisins January 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

    More Mike Monor stuff, from BravesBuzz:

    Minor’s number one advantage is his command and control. He can throw any pitch at any time with excellent location, and he has plenty to choose from with a fastball that ranges in the high-80’s and low-90’s, his best being a plus changeup, and a good slider and curve to keep hitters honest. Minor is the ideal mid-rotation left-handed starter.

    But that is also the knock on him. His ceiling isn’t that high, especially for a #7 pick, and there will always be the chance of him getting knocked around in the majors due to a lack of overpowering stuff. This will hang over his head until he proves himself in the Braves’ rotation. Turning 22 today (happy birthday, Mike), Minor will shoot up the system quickly. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him skip Myrtle Beach and try his hand at Mississippi for 2010. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him establish himself as a #3 starter in Atlanta in a couple years.

    So the debate regarding Minor comes down to whether you want the almost-sure-thing #3 starter or the high risk, potential ace type like Mike Leake at #8.

    Uh, didn’t I just say that? 😉


  265. 267 Gil in Mechanicsville January 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

    And upon further review… All that pitching and some pretty solid guys already under contract for the next 2 or 3 years, I look for the Braves to be willing to trade some of that pitching for a real game changer type youngster.

    I think the Braves may have learned their lesson with the Texeria trade. I don’t think they are going to be willing to give up that many prospects for one player again.


  266. 268 Voice of Raisins January 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    This is one fun web site.


    BEWARE! It is a total time waster, and you’ll easily burn a half hour before you know it! 😀


  267. 269 Voice of Raisins January 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

    The bottom picture (and caption) on this page owns me! 😆



  268. 270 Voice of Raisins January 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    According to Jon Heyman of SI, the Mutts are acquiring Gary Matthews, Jr. from the Angels. Omar Minaya really is stupid, isn’t he? My gosh, can you imagine an OF with both Matthews and Francoeur? Talk about frustration amplified!

    Oh, well… good luck with that!


  269. 271 eprisewildcat January 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Our local papers headline this morning. The Dothan Eagle. Dothan has a population of 65,000.

    Restaurant flooded, cow drowns Storm brings 6 inches of rain to parts of area

    Now is that Leno material or what? Begs the question… what kind of restaurant was the poor cow dining at? Eat mo’ chikn!


  270. 272 Voice of Raisins January 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    In case I don’t reappear tonight, wish the young Raisin good luck for tomorrow. He wrestles with his team in the State Middle School Duals tournament tomorrow. While it is not truly a “state tournament”, Georgia does not have a state sanctioning oversight body for Middle School athletics, it’s pretty darn close. Invitations for the tourny were sent out to the top clubs in the state. 32 teams overall will compete for the #1 spot. He’ll see the best competition of the year in his final Middle School matches. Kinda melancholy, really. He’s come a long way over the past 5 years to this point, but it really ramps up next year in high school, and I’m not sure if he’ll make that jump. Maybe, maybe not. I might be seeing his last matches tomorrow. (Maybe I need a little prayer too. 😀 ) I doubt it, though.

    Oh, well… we’ll see.


  271. 273 berigan2electricboogaloo January 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Great site V! 🙂


  272. 274 Salty January 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death
    throes? He’s now 82 years old and has a new book, ‘Where Have All The Leaders

    Lee Iacocca Says:

    ‘Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where
    the hell is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming
    bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of tax cheating clueless leftists trying to
    steer our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters
    stealing us blind, and we can’t even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers
    program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers’ money, much less build a
    hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their
    heads when the politicians say, ‘trust me the economy is getting better..’

    Better? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned,
    ‘Titanic’. I’ll give you a sound bite: ‘Throw all the Democrats out along
    with Obama!’

    You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I
    have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore..

    The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in
    handcuffs.. While we’re fiddling in Afghanistan, Iran is completing their
    nuclear bombs and missiles and nobody seems to know what to do. And the
    liberal press is waving ‘pom-poms’ instead of asking hard questions. That’s
    not the promise of the ‘America ‘ my parents and yours traveled across the
    ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?

    I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if you’re not
    outraged. This is a fight I’m ready and willing to have. The Biggest ‘C’ is
    Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C’s of leadership, with crisis being the

    Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It’s easy
    to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. Or send someone else’s
    kids off to war when you’ve never seen a battlefield yourself. It’s another
    thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

    On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in
    our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a
    mess, so here’s where we stand.

    We’re immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no plan for
    leaving. But our soldiers are dying daily.

    We’re running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it’s
    getting worse every day!

    We’ve lost the manufacturing edge to
    Asia, while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care

    Gas prices are going to skyrock again, and nobody in power has a lucid plan to
    open drilling to solve the problem. This country has the largest oil reserves
    in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been
    bought by the flea-hugging environmentalists.

    Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers union.

    Our borders are like sieves and they want to give all illegals amnesty and
    free healthcare.

    The middle class is being squeezed to death every day.

    These are times that cry out for leadership.

    But when you look around, you’ve got to ask: ‘Where have all the leaders
    gone?’ Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of
    character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a
    sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

    Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us
    take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?

    We’ve spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we
    know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

    Everyone’s hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it
    better for them. Now, that’s just crazy.. Deal with life.

    Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore
    our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there
    could ever be a time when ‘The Big Three’ referred to Japanese car companies?
    How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did about it!

    Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the
    debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The
    silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our
    country and milking the middle class dry.

    I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn’t elect you to turn
    this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is everybody so
    afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a name? Give
    me a break. Why don’t you guys show some spine for a change?

    Had Enough? Hey, I’m not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I’m
    trying to light a fire. I’m speaking out because I have hope – I believe in
    America . In my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of living through some of
    America’s greatest moments. I’ve also experienced some of our worst crises:
    The ‘Great Depression,’ ‘World War II,’ the ‘Korean War,’ the ‘Kennedy
    Assassination,’ the ‘Vietnam War,’ the 1970’s oil crisis, and the struggles of
    recent years since 9/11.

    Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care
    about. It’s our country, folks, and it’s our future. Our future is at stake!!


  273. 275 Carolina Lady January 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Good, Salty! Thanks!

    Now. How inadequate can three kids make you feel??


  274. 276 berigan2electricboogaloo January 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Ah Salty, I’m afraid the bogus email creature has bitten you. this was originally an anti Bush excerpt from his book. Way too long explanation.


  275. 277 berigan2electricboogaloo January 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    CL, in a word, very! 🙂


  276. 278 Gil in Mechanicsville January 23, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Well, if he didn’t say it, he should have…. And yes, I have been doing something about it. Working the phones, knocking on doors and simply making people aware.

    It doesn’t take a Lee Iococa to make a difference, just someone with common sense and a little backbone. And yes, I drive a truck too, abet a fancy one but still, a truck….

    Go raisinette… Congratulations V an being a good dad…. 🙂

    Wildcat, I think I have eaten there…. or a place just like it. I wonder if that cow was mad? It was at least a little upset…

    CL, you either have talent or you don’t, alas, about the only thing I can play is the radio….


  277. 279 Gil in Mechanicsville January 23, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Of course, like the VCR, the radio is becoming obsolete… Sigh…


  278. 280 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2010 at 6:18 am

    VCR??? Radio????


  279. 281 Salty January 23, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Well…the ‘source’ is usually reliable…and no one’s refuted, so….
    I’ll simply work from the perspective the words ring true and the author/speaker is irrelevant…sorta like what Gil said. If it takes an author to give words meaning and emote feelings to act…that’s idolism…no? No ‘idols’ for me.

    Raisins…you and the little (and getting bigger) Raisin…go rock the mat!!!!


  280. 282 Carolina Lady January 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Salty, I fully agree with the thoughts expressed, no matter who said it.

    Change of subject – I think we all know the stupendously magnificent job that Sully and Jeff did in landing 1549 in the river – but I don’t know if anyone knows how funny they can both be. Jeff, in particular, is known for his wit. If you haven’t seen it before, here is a quick clip from their appearance on Letterman’s show: as it says at the end “There is no ‘off’ position on the genius switch.” Enjoy –


  281. 283 berigan2electricboogaloo January 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    CL, you are right, very funny indeed! they should tour as a comedy act! 🙂


  282. 284 Voice of Raisins January 23, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Congratulations Jefferson Middle School Dragons! 2009/2010 Traditional Middle School State Champions and Overall State Champions!

    I am one worn out dried fruit!


  283. 285 Carolina Lady January 24, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Oh, WOW, Raisins!!! Congratulations to those fine young men!! What a magnificent achievement! Bravo!!!! I am so happy for them – and for you!


  284. 286 Gil in Mechanicsville January 24, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Congratulations Raisins… It’s great to be on top isn’t it?


  285. 287 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Congrats Raisins, and to all the kids as well! 😀


  286. 289 berigan2electricboogaloo January 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I bet you too have wondered what would happen if you put a baseball in a blender.
    By the by, this guy is nuts! He puts in bic lighters, cell phones, I-phones, anything in that blender!


  287. 290 Gil in Mechanicsville January 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Want the definition of trifling? Look at a picture of me… Yep, that’s me, trifling… Why you ask, well, that’s when you root against the Jets (a team I once root for) and for the Colts (a team I have rooted against ever since they sneaked out of Baltimore in the middle of the night) simply because I knew my daughter’s in laws (who are from Long Island NY) would be rooting for the Jets…. Ah, life is good…. 🙂 And always an extra incentive to root against the Mets too… 🙂


  288. 291 berigan2electricboogaloo January 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

    all I know is one shouldn’t trifle with Gil! 😛


  289. 292 berigan2electricboogaloo January 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

    HEY!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  290. 293 Voice of Raisins January 25, 2010 at 9:59 am



  291. 294 Carolina Lady January 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

    😆 y’all are funny!

    Found this – though I don’t know how many here can relate – 🙂

    My forgetter’s getting better,
    But my rememberer is broke
    To you that may seem funny
    But, to me, that is no joke

    For when I’m ‘here’ I’m wondering
    If I really should be ‘there’
    And, when I try to think it through,
    I haven’t got a prayer!

    Oft times I walk into a room,
    Say ‘what am I here for?’
    I wrack my brain, but all in vain!
    A zero, is my score.

    At times I put something away
    Where it is safe, but, Gee!
    The person it is safest from
    Is, generally, me!

    When shopping I may see someone,
    Say ‘Hi’ and have a chat,
    Then, when the person walks away
    I ask myself, ‘who the hell was that?

    Yes, my forgetter’s getting better
    While my rememberer is broke,
    And it’s driving me plumb crazy
    And that isn’t any joke.


  292. 295 Gil in Mechanicsville January 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Uh… honey, what did you say your first name was again???? 🙂


  293. 296 Gil in Mechanicsville January 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    “0-Brain” had a little update on Schafer across the street this morning…


  294. 297 Gil in Mechanicsville January 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I love sunshine…. finally have a little break through this morning, unfortunately the cooler weather is coming with it. That sounds really odd doesn’t it?


  295. 298 Carolina Lady January 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Y’all probably already know this but I just found this:

    01/23/10 10:00 PM EST (from mlb.com)

    ARLINGTON — A group headed by club president Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg has completed the initial step of purchasing controlling interest in the Rangers from owner Tom Hicks.

    An official announcement was made by Hicks Sports Group on Saturday night. There is no final sale price, but it is expected to be in excess of $500 million. The agreement is still subject to approval by Major League Baseball and the lending institutions that hold the debt on Hicks Sports Group. There is also still some financing that needs to be completed.

    “Together, we have worked exhaustively since last month to attain this agreement,” Hicks said in a statement. “It’s a complex business deal that positions the franchise positively for the future.”

    Hicks, in a separate transaction, agreed to sell or transfer 153 of the 195 acres around the Ballpark that his family owns in return for cash, notes and a minority ownership position within the Rangers.

    Greenberg will serve as managing partner and CEO of what will be known as Rangers Baseball Express. Ryan will be a limited partner and remain club president.


  296. 299 Carolina Lady January 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Another great email –

    One day the old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he’s lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.

    The old German Shepherd thinks, ‘Oh, oh! I’m in deep doo-doo now!’ Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, ‘Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder, if there are any more around here?’

    Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. ‘Whew!’ says the leopard, ‘That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!’

    Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard.. So, off he goes, but the old German Shepherd sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up.

    The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.

    The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, ‘Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!

    Now, the old German Shepherd sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, ‘What am I going to do now?’, but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says…

    ‘Where’s that damn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!

    Moral of this story….

    Don’t mess with the old dogs… age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery!

    BS and brilliance only come with age and experience.


  297. 300 berigan2electricboogaloo January 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    CL, that are a goodin’!!!! 😀


  298. 301 flbravesgirl January 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    😀 Good one, CL!


  299. 302 Gil in Mechanicsville January 26, 2010 at 8:30 am



  300. 303 berigan2electricboogaloo January 26, 2010 at 9:49 am

    3 shortest back to back posts ever???


  301. 304 berigan2electricboogaloo January 26, 2010 at 9:54 am


    Heh. Anyway, big news! Chuck James is going to sign with the Nats! Well, perhaps noth that big of news…but news nonetheless. Hope he can be healthy and productive again.


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  307. 310 Voice of Raisins January 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

    back ;D


  308. 311 Voice of Raisins January 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Weirdness!!! It posted my last 2 out of order! 😯


  309. 312 berigan2electricboogaloo January 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

    V=Too fast for WordPress! 😯


  310. 313 Voice of Raisins January 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    There is absolutely NO news on the baseball front…

    In fact, good sports news is so slow that the big news in Atlanta is that the NBA Hawks Coach Mike Woodson shaved his eyebrows. 😯

    In fact, he looks a little bit like the 😯 guy.


  311. 315 Gil in Mechanicsville January 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I recall someone writing that Mike Minor is a very cerebral pitcher, much like Greg Maddux. Chuck James is the anti-thesis of those two. He throws what is called and has no clue as to why. Now that being said, whatever works. I remember a lot of folks getting upset anytime Chuck’s name came up in possible trade rumors… Goes to show you had fleeting fame and fortune can be. From hero to zero in one pitch.

    Now stuff….. Remember how I have been saying that I have been spending time straightening out my work shed? Well, I guess I have made it a bit too hospitable. A skunk (other than me) has taken up residence somewhere in the depths of the building. Now, I don’t mind wild animals stopping by for a visit now and then but I really take offense when they leave a calling card.

    I still have memories of my grandfather shooting a skunk that had taken up residence under his front porch. A real life lesson there as I will never ever shoot one of those striped wood kitties unless there is lots of ventilation.

    That said, I have been very careful of late as to how I have moved items around in the shed, no use upsetting the denizens anymore than I have to. I would trap the little sucker but then, what do you do with him after you catch him????


  312. 316 berigan2electricboogaloo January 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    V, that’s just weird about the fake brows!
    Kinda sorta interesting news. Jon Garland signed with the Padres. Perhaps he just wants to be on the west coast, but man, he has signed with the one team without a chance to win the NL West.
    And I know this brings a tear to everyone here, but another innings eating pitcher that the Mutts missed out on!


  313. 317 Voice of Raisins January 26, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Ha! 😀


  314. 318 Gil in Mechanicsville January 27, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Well Ber… No pressure…


  315. 319 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

    7 Ga. legislators didn’t take furlough days

    All are Democrats. Process confused some [yeah… right]; 2 opposed taking days off.


    Typical, just typical. It makes my blood boil. 😡


  316. 320 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 9:33 am


    Lefty Noah Lowry is set to throw for teams Tuesday, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The 29-year-old seeks a one-year contract after battling thoracic outlet syndrome the last few years.

    Crasnick expects about 15 teams to attend the session, including the Reds, Red Sox, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Dodgers, Mariners, Cubs, Nationals and Mets.

    Thoracic outlet syndrome is a combination of pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, and a weak grip. The thoracic outlet is the area between the rib cage and collar bone. I hope Lowry has won the battle, else he is done…


  317. 321 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

    And Ben Sheets signs with the A’s. Another pitcher off the market and away from the Mets. Who’s left?

    Maybe they’ll have better luck with Noah “No-Grip” Lowry.

    Seriously, who’s left? Smoltz? 🙄


  318. 322 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Yep… looks like John Smoltz and Jarrod Washburn are about the only real starters left, if you can really count Smoltz on that list. I wouldn’t.


  319. 323 berigan2electricboogaloo January 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Theres about only one guy out there I would ever think could keep pitching at 42-43 with all those arm troubles, and that’s Smoltz. I’d MUCH rather see him have success with a team like the Cards though.


  320. 324 berigan2electricboogaloo January 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

    If anyone’s interested, the top 100 prospects in baseball….man, a deja vu moment. Didn’t V post something like this a week or so ago??? Perhaps a different list???

    Anyway… makes me want to see these kids in action!



  321. 325 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Thanks, Ber.

    Hilites from the list:

    Age: 20 | Bats: L | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 220
    2009 Stats: .323 AVG | 17 HR | 63 RBI | .408 OBP | 10 SB
    Finished ’09: Gwinnett (Triple-A International League)
    Jason HeywardThe Skinny: Right now there are several star-caliber young hitters on the verge of making their mark in the majors, and Heyward is one of the players leading the pack. The power is still developing for the 20-year-old Georgia native, but Braves fans can be confident that his short left-handed swing will be a big part of the middle of their order for many years.


  322. 326 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Age: 22 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 200
    2009 Stats: 0-1 W-L | 0.64 ERA | 14 IP | 17 SO | 0 BB
    Finished ’09: Rome (Single-A South Atlantic League)
    The Skinny: Some looked at the selection of Minor at seventh overall in the 2009 draft as odd, but I think it’s safe to say the Braves know what they are doing when it comes to scouting and player development. Minor should be a fast mover, and his stuff and feel from the left side should equal a long big-league career.


  323. 327 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Age: 20 | Bats: L | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 220
    2009 Stats: .282 AVG | 8 HR | 58 RBI | .363 OBP | 1 SB
    Finished ’09: Mississippi (Double-A Southern League)
    The Skinny: Freeman had some problems at Double-A in 2009, temporarily slowing what had been an easy rise up the ranks. The jump to Double-A is not an easy one, but Freeman should be able to adjust and thrive there in 2010.


  324. 328 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 10:31 am

    74. Julio Teheran (RHP) 18 Braves Rome (Single-A)

    81. Craig Kimbrel (RHP) 21 Braves Gwinnett (Triple-A)

    83. Zeke Spruill (RHP) 20 Braves GCL Braves (Rookie)


  325. 329 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Interesting notes from the list…

    First, it’s pretty cool that the Braves have 6 of the top 100 prospects in all of baseball, including 3 in the top 50.

    Second, somehow, Arodys Vizcaino was left off the list. Honestly, he should be there right along Teheran. That should make 7 of the top 100 for the Braves.

    And JHey at 4 is a little weak.

    Good report on Minor. I think he’ll be a good’un.


  326. 330 berigan2electricboogaloo January 27, 2010 at 10:59 am

    And JHey at 4 is a little weak.

    Yeah, I was wondering about that myself. I have heard more about him, than any other position player.
    Desmond Jennings is 23, so he may be ahead of Heyward right now, but Mike Stanton(Hey, didn’t he play for us? 😉 ) is also just 20. Perhaps this scout has seen more of him. Saying he is the “closest thing you’ll find to Dave Winfield” is high praise

    It could also be a 9.6 on a scale of 1-to 10 for Stanton, and a 9.5 for Heyward.

    Just guessing…..


  327. 331 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 11:14 am

    You’re probably right, Ber. And naturally we have heard more about JHey because he’s ATL property.

    In the end, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is what they do after they make it to the show. I am looking forward to seeing the young man in Atlanta. same for Schafer. I’d like to see him healthy for more than a week. Freak thing last year…

    I’m all off the “acquire another bat” bandwagon. I don’t think there’s anybody left who could make any real impact, especially for any $$$ they’d command. Honestly, what Melky/Diaz should produce will be equivalent if not better than Johnny Damon (who could get $6MM from Oakland any day now) is likely to give. Seriously, I think a Melky/Diaz platoon will be just fine for this year. I still look at N8/Schafer/JHey as the future, and a pretty good one. Who knows? Maybe sooner than later.


  328. 333 Carolina Lady January 27, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Good info here this morning! Thanks, guys!


  329. 334 berigan2electricboogaloo January 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    CL, I think I can speak for all of us….Can’t wait til spring, and spring training! 😀 🙂 :mrgreen:


  330. 335 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    According to Mr. O’B, Frank just said “NO” regarding Jim Edmonds.



  331. 336 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Pretty big step-out by Mark Bowman:

    Regarding a dearth of ML ready 3B replacements, But the best solution might actually prove to be Martin Prado, who has been pretty impressive when he’s been asked to man the hot corner over the past couple of years. Plus, I think you’re going to see him start to show the power you would want at this position. Based solely on the raw strength shown during batting practice, Prado has as much power as anybody on the club right now.




  332. 337 Voice of Raisins January 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Yow! Rosey gives a pretty scathing assessment of the Mets organization, from top to bottom:



    Yet, even in an offseason in which the Mets signed Bay to a four-year, $66 million contract, their front office has committed one misstep after another, from its squabble with center fielder Carlos Beltran over his knee surgery to its botched courtship of free-agent catcher Bengie Molina to its failure to address the team’s biggest area of need — starting pitching. That one stings…

    Minaya looms as the obvious fall guy, but Minaya is only part of the problem. The Mets need to start over — completely over. They need to depart their parallel universe and rejoin the rest of the baseball world. Well… the truth hurts.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not reveling in the Mets’ miseries. 😐

    OK, maybe I am…



  333. 338 Gil in Mechanicsville January 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    To me, the Mets rival the Nationals but with a bigger payroll. Josie and I were taking about it over lunch today and my assessment is the Phillies are still the team to beat in the division. Their pitching isn’t as deep as the Braves but wooboy… They can sure put some crooked numbers up on the board in a hurry. It’s not so much as to how the Braves will fare against Philadelphia head to head but how bad the Phils beat up on the rest of the national league.

    Prado is still growing into his body… It takes a bit longer now without PEDs….

    Josies’ least favorite player is Escobar… She thinks he is a wimp… Hey, her words not mine… She was pretty funny though when she went into her act of Yuni dodging base-runners and baseballs….

    Glause could be a big key for the Bravos this year. If he plays well then the team should do well. And of course the question of whether “good” Chipper or “bad” Chipper shows up this season.

    I am reminded of how much better John Riggins was after he missed a few games rather than playing every week. Chipper played a lot last year, maybe he is just not capable of playing everyday any longer. Happens… and without the magic jungle juice it happens sooner these days.

    And snow…. headed our way again… dang that global warming anyhow….


  334. 339 Gil in Mechanicsville January 28, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Ber, I think I’d just settle for spring… Arthritis and cold weather don’t mix very well…


  335. 340 berigan2electricboogaloo January 28, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Gil, I hear ya! A warm up today, then a chance for freezing rain in a couple of days! Yuck!

    To me, the Mets rival the Nationals but with a bigger payroll
    Gil, you hit the nail on the head! Sure, with some breaks, the Mets can be “ok”….with a few breaks, even compete for the wildcard. Well, a lot of breaks. But, the Nats sure can pound the ball, and if that rookie, who’s name escapes me(you all know who I mean) is the real deal, they might be a .500 + team. Good for them, bad for us.
    We may be in the AL East of the NL…if that makes sense.


  336. 341 Voice of Raisins January 28, 2010 at 10:03 am

    And the Johnny Damon debate rages on…

    Some outlets continue to link Damon to Atlanta, others continue to debunk it. NBCsports has even published a report saying that they have confirmed with team officials that there is no interest, and details why.

    I have wavered over this in recent days, but one ever-present fact now dominates my opinion on this, and that fact is that the Braves seem determined to allow JHey to win the opening day job in RF. For all of the reasons that he might ought to remain at AAA until June or so, (a separate debate altogether), I honestly believe the job is his to lose. It’s just the feeling I get from all of the material I have read – which has been wide and varied.

    Now, if JHey were to remain at Gwinnett for half a season, then yeah, Damon – or somebody – makes sense for us, allowing the Melky/Matty platoon to play half a season in RF. But with JHey in RF, I’d just as soon have the Melky/Matty platoon in LF as have Damon.

    Why? I’ve detailed it already… no need to go there again.

    Understand, though, that this stand is predicated on JHey being in RF to start the season. That’s the key. And should he not ice the job in spring, well… Frank will have a few weeks to make an adjustment.


  337. 342 Gil in Mechanicsville January 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I would not count Schafer out as a dark horse candidate to return to the line-up if he has a good spring. He has already broken his major league time barrier, so the clock has started on his arbitration eligibility. I expect he has been working out with that high dollar pitching machine of his all winter too.

    It would make sense to bring up Heyward in June, financially that is… And it would allow for him to be the designated rookie this year.


  338. 343 Gil in Mechanicsville January 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I like what Damon would bring to the team but it’s not my money and the downside is having a noodle armed outfielder in the mix. Would he grow his beard and long hair again?


  339. 344 berigan2electricboogaloo January 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I just worry if Diaz has a slow start, If Chipper and Glaus start slow…well, you know….seems like Damon would be a fit,(noodle arm and all! 😉 ) I’d love to see someone like him come in and get the others to be more patient.
    He’s just a winner, period. And whats wrong with long hair and beard Gil??? :X


  340. 345 berigan2electricboogaloo January 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

    drat, it’s lower case x then??? 😡


  341. 346 berigan2electricboogaloo January 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

    To show how much of a guess it can be for the top prospects… JHey is numero uno on this list! And Freddie isn’t on it!



  342. 347 Voice of Raisins January 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

    According to the NBCsports article, the following reasons are given for the Braves’ lack of interest in Damon:

    (1) his arm just won’t play in the Turner Field outfield

    (2) he’s just not versatile enough to move around, and the Braves want to be able to move around their outfielders this year

    (3) he’s going to want too much money

    And speaking for myself, while he did hit 24 HR’s last season, there is no way he would hit that many with The Ted as his home park as opposed to the Yankees’ quaint little rec field.


  343. 348 Voice of Raisins January 28, 2010 at 11:23 am

    By the way, 17 of his 24 HR’s last year were at Yankees Stadium. Point made…


  344. 349 Gil in Mechanicsville January 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    And the rest were in other assorted small American League parks.

    Nothing Ber, he just looked like the poster boy for the House of David sunflower seeds when he played for the BoSox is all….

    So…what position do you play???? 🙂


  345. 350 Carolina Lady January 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    OK – I need one of you smart guys to explain this to me:

    I put a cup of (cold) coffee with sweetener and powdered creamer in the microwave for 2 min. I’ve done this a thousand times. Same cup, same ingredients, same microwave, same amount of time.

    THIS time, half of the coffee was in the bottom of the microwave. NO cracks in the cup, not even the slightest hint of residue of coffee or creamer on the outside of the cup.

    How did half a cup of coffee get out of the cup without leaving ANY trace on the cup???


  346. 351 Voice of Raisins January 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Global warming?

    Change we can believe in?

    I got nuthin’…


  347. 352 Carolina Lady January 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I am totally baffled, V. Stoneware cup, not even the first spot on the top or sides of the microwave. I need TNPaul (isn’t he a physicist?) here.


  348. 353 Gil in Mechanicsville January 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    osmosis? deficit spending? I got it… MAGIC BEANS!!!!!


  349. 354 berigan2electricboogaloo January 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    CL,I’d guess the microwave has a problem….

    Gil, a hard throwin’ lefty! Well, I was….


  350. 355 Carolina Lady January 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I dunno. Wildcat, you got any ideas?


  351. 356 flbravesgirl January 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Hmm. Well, if the coffee jumped out by itself I’d say it’s time for a fresh batch.


  352. 357 Carolina Lady January 29, 2010 at 12:10 am

    😆 I’ve never seen anything like it, FBG. I can think of no explanation!


  353. 358 Voice of Raisins January 29, 2010 at 8:07 am

    From Unwise Microwave Oven Experiments:

    Some Microwave Oven Myths
    Q: Don’t you need distilled water to cause superheating and “explosions?” Impure tap water only boils, it won’t explode.

    Ummm. What?

    Of course impure water can “explode.” That’s why people get scalded; they re-heat their coffee in microwave ovens and then quickly add sugar. Coffee is extremely impure water! To cause “coffee explosions,” you don’t need special pure water. All you need is water that lacks micro-bubbles.

    It seems that some recent TV show tries to prove that only pure water can superheat and “explode.” This is wrong. Probably the creators of that show did not know an important fact: nucleation centers for boiling are actually tiny bubbles. While solid crystals will grow upon solid nucleation centers found in impure liquids, the gas bubbles in cola, and in boiling pots, grow upon microscopic seed-bubbles. You can’t grow crystals unless you have a solid microscopic seed. And you can’t boil water unless you have invisibly small seed-bubbles present. It doesn’t matter how filthy your water is, or how many crystal nucleation centers it contains… if it lacks seed-bubbles then it will not boil normally, instead it will superheat.

    Clearly this has nothing to do with distilled water. In fact it’s very easy to boil ultra-pure distilled water normally, without explosions. First chill and shake up your bottle of distilled water thoroughly. This creates lots of nucleation centers for boiling. And it’s easy to make “impure” water explode; impure water called coffee and soup. If tap water has had all the bubbles cleared out by earlier boiling or by simply sitting for days in an open container, then it will superheat, and when sugar is dumped in, it will go DOOSH and spray all over.


  354. 359 Voice of Raisins January 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Hey… I do research for a living. All I need is a little time and the proper resources and I can find almost anything… 😀


  355. 360 Voice of Raisins January 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Newsday’s Ken Davidoff:

    There has been “increased momentum” towards an agreement between the Mets and John Smoltz. It’s believed that the 42-year-old is seeking $4MM guaranteed, plus performance bonuses.

    Though the Mets have yet to make Smoltz a formal offer, they have expressed enthusiasm about bringing him aboard. Likewise, the righty is encouraged by their level of interest.

    Johnny… Johnny…

    Is it about the money? Trying to squeeze out a few more $$$ before the arm falls off? It’s obviously not about the playoffs, which was his “reason” last year for jetting to the Sawx. What other reason can there be if it isn’t the $$$ ?

    You know, I love me some Smoltz. He was always my favorite Brave as long as he was a Brave, but at some point his motivation does come into question. After a little time of separation, and a little time looking at Smoltz with a little more objectivity, I really think the guy just digs having all of the attention. It’s why he has always been so outspoken, before and after his ugly divorce with the Braves.

    I’d like to think I’ll always think of Smoltz as a Brave, pitching late in the season like a warrior, with his arm barely hanging from his shoulder, the searing pain painted clearly on his face as he rocks and fires another strike three! I hope he doesn’t ruin it for me…


  356. 361 Gil in Mechanicsville January 29, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Or it could all be part of an evil plan by the Braves to sabotage the Mets yet again with another Atlanta cast off, giving the Queens denizens false hopes of baseball playoffs only to have a former Braves pitcher tank at the last possible moment…. hee hee hee… I love it when a plan comes together…

    And that explains it for me Raisins, I have had several DOOSH moments with reheated coffee, and I always wondered why but was too lazy to seek as to the why for…

    Amazing the “stuff” you learn here.

    And now more stuff…. Yep, looks like the snow is on the way. The birds are crowding big time around the feeders today. The birds tend to foretell of winter weather much better than the TV weather folks.


  357. 362 Voice of Raisins January 29, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Yes, Gil, birds are a reliable barometer… as are my knees. Both are killing me today, along with my right elbow. Pitching is definitely out; I may need a stint on the DL.


  358. 363 Carolina Lady January 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Raisins, I knew about the ‘super heating’ thing – but! there was no unusual sound – just the normal hum of the microwave. And, there is not one drop of coffee or any type of residue on the top or either side of the interior.

    That’s what has baffled me so! There is NO TRACE of anything either on the cup or inside the microwave. NOTHING. Only the half cup of coffee that had been IN the cup that was suddenly sitting wetly in the glass turntable.

    A delicious, ice-cold Diet Coke to the one who can solve this mystery!


  359. 364 Gil in Mechanicsville January 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    aliens CL… undocumented or otherwise… 🙂

    And from the “What a revolting development this turn ed out to be” Dept….

    In preparation of the coming storm, I decided to push over a couple of dead trees with my tractor… Ended up getting stuck. Nothing says stuck like a 4-wheel drive tractor mired up to the axles… Had to use a come-a-long and 40 feet of chain to get that scoundrel out. That was the second try because the stump I used as an anchor point the first try… Well.. pulled it slam out of the ground.

    No need for a gym membership for me…. Ambulance insurance maybe but definitely no gyms… except maybe for the hot tub… or sauna… or whirlpool… or massage… hummmm….


  360. 365 Carolina Lady January 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    But now you don’t have to worry about getting that stump out! 😆


  361. 366 Voice of Raisins January 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Coupla tidbits from Jayson Stark’s latest Rumblings & Grumblings:

    ><The club that other teams think makes the most sense [for Johnny Damon] – Detroit – just doesn't seem all that interested. The Reds? They've been focused on their infield, not their outfield. The Braves? We hear they haven’t talked to Scott Boras about Damon in a month and a half.

    ><But we keep hearing that, all those Mets rumors to the contrary, John Smoltz is in no rush to sign. Clubs that have spoken with his agents, Keith Grunewald and Lonnie Cooper, report that if Smoltz doesn’t think the fit is right, he might wait until late in spring training to sign. He’s also considering waiting even longer, to position himself as somebody’s midseason cavalry force.


  362. 367 berigan2electricboogaloo January 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    V, all that water talk was very interesting…I didn’t understand a bit of it, but still…very interesting! 😀


  363. 368 berigan2electricboogaloo January 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    CL, A delicious, ice-cold Diet Coke….isn’t that an Oxymoron??? :mrgreen:

    Hey, what am I doing in the doghouse again??? 😦


  364. 369 berigan2electricboogaloo January 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Hey, my best friend, who lives near Savannah, has a good friend that just visited there a week or so ago and took these photos of Savannah. I think they are pretty darn good for a non-professional! What do you guys think???



  365. 370 Carolina Lady January 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Terrific photos, Ber! Now get back in that doghouse!!


  366. 371 Gil in Mechanicsville January 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Yes CL, true that I have one less stump but at the time all I could think about was how deep I was getting in alligators.

    And speaking of gators…Great pic Ber, one of these days I will figure out how to post mine. And wither SG???? Still AWOL?

    Raisins… just as long as he doesn’t throw against a mattress in his basement to stay in shape…..


  367. 372 eprisewildcat January 29, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Y’all have been busy posting the last couple of days. I don’t know where the water went CL but I know where my coffee went this morning. I started a pot and in my haste to let the dog out I forgot to put the pot in the maker. My Bunn dutifully made a pot all over the counter and floor.

    Smoltz to the Mets… Heaven forbid!

    From this weeks Sports Illustrated. Dwight Feeney the Colts All-Pro defensive end when asked why he wears a Yankee cap he confessed, “My loyalty lies with the Mets, but fashionwise, they have to come up with better hats. It’s hard to do the blue and orange.”



  368. 373 berigan2electricboogaloo January 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Wildcat, Heh! 🙂


  369. 374 eprisewildcat January 30, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Great pics Ber! Your friend does indeed have an eye for composition. Savannah is a very cool town. The architecture is timeless. So much better than the buildings they throw up today.

    CL… have you been able to reproduce the vanishing water trick? You might want to apply the scientific method. Develop a hypothesis, experiment, observe, etc… Pretend your Bill Nye the Science Guy.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  370. 375 Gil in Mechanicsville January 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Well, so much for the “too cold to snow” theory… About 5 inches so far and only 18 degrees out…. great day to be inside and on the old CPU….

    At least the local news stations have something to talk about… on and on and on…..


  371. 376 Gil in Mechanicsville January 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Okay… getting some serious snowfall now… currently at 11 inches and still coming down pretty heavy. Keep this up and I am moving to Vermont with Lew…. Well, maybe not….

    I think even the birds are getting a little put off by this snow now.


  372. 377 Gil in Mechanicsville January 30, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    And the dogs are looking at me like it’s my fault… Not a clear spot to do their business and I think they are a little distressed by it… Sorry guys, but that’s above my pay grade….


  373. 378 Carolina Lady January 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    😆 I’m getting the same looks from Littlejohn. He has his box, but much prefers to go outside. No snow here but the temp is at 34 with a NE wind at 13, gusting to 23 – with freezing drizzle, freezing rain with snow flurries predicted for tonight. Not concerned about the flurries but that freezing stuff – hmm. Believe I’ll be staying in the house, too!

    This ‘global warming’ is freezing us!


  374. 379 Gil in Mechanicsville January 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Well, the official report from the airport is 7 inches… HAH…

    We had 14 inches before it stopped. Josie put pictures on her Facebook page… Even with all the snow, it’s a bazillion time better than ice in any amount… I hate ice storms…

    So far no power outages to speak of, except for the nuts who insisted on driving today and managed to hit a power pole… Idiots…

    Anyway, Miss Kitty is pretty indifferent about it all as she never goes outside… Never…


  375. 380 Carolina Lady January 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Gil, Littlejohn finally decided to forego his fresh, clean box in favor of scampering outside quickly to tend to his business. As I watched from the door, he found the closest patch of pine straw, “did his thing”, gave the straw two hurried swipes with one paw and lit out for the door as fast as his four legs could carry him! Cold + wet = one unhappy cat!

    Down to 28 now, everything is turning to ice. Just hope the power lines stay up. Wind chills down to 11 by morning.

    This lady isn’t going anywhere! Check back with me in – oh, say – 3 months….


  376. 381 Gil in Mechanicsville January 31, 2010 at 4:59 am

    This is the first time in my lifetime I can remember two deep snows like this in a single season. I can count on one hand the number of really deep snows we have had period. One when I was about 6 or 7, one in ’72, one in ’81 and that’s about it. Just a really odd occurrence.

    I expect I will have to fill the feeders sometime today. The word has gotten around that there was food to be had at our place. The cardinals have tried to defend their territory as best they could but just too many other birds for them to fend off them all.

    Oddly, I have not seen the murder of crows than normally hang out nearby. We have put the dogs on the back porch and plugged in a heater for them. They seem pretty content given their circumstances. They still don’t appear all that pleased with the toilet accommodations but they will just have to cope with that one on their own.

    I guess the only really bad thing about the snow is our inability to get up to Ashland to check on mom. Likely it will be Wednesday before we venture out. Depending on how cold it is tomorrow, I may get the tractor out and clear our road some. I would have to change the blade though and I am not sure I can find it.


  377. 382 eprisewildcat January 31, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Reading how miserable the weather is there for ya CL and Gil is a reminder of why we love baseball so much, the promise of things to come. Praying for you all!


  378. 383 berigan2electricboogaloo January 31, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Wildcat, did you get any snow???


  379. 384 Gil in Mechanicsville January 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Okay, revised snow totals… 13 inches… no need to pile it on.. a little snow humor there. Anyway, now we are getting all the snow that accumulated in the trees.

    And wow, are the robins ever confused. There must be a hundred of them in the cedar tree out front. Must be thinking someone in the group got the spring thingee all wrong…


  380. 385 berigan2electricboogaloo January 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Gil, that’s amazing! More than the last snowfall????


  381. 386 Carolina Lady January 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Gil, we were spared the snow (except a few little flurries) but ice caused some problems. It’s clear as a bell outside now, but colder than blue blazes with a 30 mph north wind. Yowzers!

    Part of a clip from the local newspaper:

    Wrecks in icy conditions close Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Saturday night

    Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.
    Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:35 p.m.

    “Several bridges and overpasses in the area were completely iced over by 7 p.m. Saturday, according to dispatchers with the New Hanover County 911 Center and officials with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

    The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge closed at 6 p.m. until further notice while emergency responders and crews cleared the scene of three accidents caused by the icy conditions. The accidents involved at least eight vehicles and were on both sides of the bridge.

    Officials with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office were documenting reported accidents and hazardous road conditions on its Web site, http://www.NewHanoverSheriff.com. As of 7 p.m., there were accidents reported at the I-140 overpass on North College Road and at the I-40 overpass on Murrayville Road, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

    Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Wilmington said weather conditions, including sleet, rain and snow would cause icy roads and hazardous driving conditions until Sunday morning.”

    YET! A few minutes ago, I saw a bluebird pair checking out the accommodations in the backyard! Mrs BB was in and out of the house several times while Mr BB was checking out nearby limbs on which he could perch while on security detail.

    Spring is not far away! YIPPEEEEEEEEE!


  382. 387 Gil in Mechanicsville January 31, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Yes Ber, more than the last snowfall…

    CL… It’s all those folks from up north thinking they can drive in bad weather not realizing that in the south, they put a crown in the road to aid in drainage from the rains. DUH!!!!

    I was once working a traffic accident and the firetruck actually slide off the road into the ditch because of the slope.

    It’s so bright outside that I think I may have to put on my sunglasses just to look out the window… 8)


  383. 388 Carolina Lady January 31, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Why CL stayed home: “Calls about ice-related crashes were coming in to New Hanover County 911 so fast Saturday evening that dispatchers were sending a steady stream of e-mail messages to N.C. Highway Patrol troopers instead of calling them on the radio.”

    I did not encounter even one ice-related problem here at my computer! 😆


  384. 389 berigan2electricboogaloo January 31, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    CL, you made the right choice! 🙂

    Accidents here in and around the ATL because of black ice…including two women who were killed after they left their vehicle to see the damage to their car! 😦


  385. 390 Gil in Mechanicsville January 31, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    The only people who should be out and about in this type of weather are law enforcement and safety personnel. Highway crews and utilities folks. Everyone else should just suck it up and stay home for everyone’s sake.

    My idiot son-in-law (the Mets fan) decided he and his wife would go to Starbucks last night…. Took them two hours to get back home and guess what, Starbucks was closed…. Dumb and dumber if you ask me.

    We did have one of the younger guys in the neighborhood stop by and check on us today. We thanked him for his concerned… Still, we are not leaving the house until the secondary roads are clear. I am not worrier too much about my driving skills but too many other folks with cell phones stuck to their ears for my comfort.

    Besides, I am already unsteady enough with my gimpy knees to compensate for slippery surfaces. As long as the cats and dogs have enough food, we will survive.

    Then again, I might just get the ATV out tomorrow… Yeehaw….


  386. 391 Carolina Lady January 31, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    “Dumb and dumber if you ask me” 😆 Who has to go to Starbucks immediately after a major snowstorm?? *wow*

    Glad the guy checked up on you old folks! *ducks thrown snowball*

    “with cell phones stuck to their ears” Don’t get me started!!!! *starts to get red in the face!*


  387. 392 eprisewildcat January 31, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    No Ber we down here in the deep south have had a chilly and windy last couple of days but no snow. No measurable snow here since the winter of 91. Last year snow made it as far south as Montgomery. My daughter and grandaughter Sydney (now age 5) drove up to the Auburn Univ campus which a had couple of inches. Sydney’s first snow adventure. Hundreds of snowmen littered the campus. They had a ball. Totally unlike the mess y’all are experiencing.

    Took Sydney to her first basketball game last night. Troy beat S. Ala in OT. Very exciting game! Sat near the floor close to the pep band and cheerleaders. Great time.


  388. 393 flbravesgirl February 1, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Hey kids! Sorry the weather turned nasty again. Dad suprised us with a trip to Disney ( largely so Mom & Melissa could de-stress; lots of work issues). We had to dodge some cold rain Sat. afternoon & it was pretty chilly today but still a fun time.


  389. 394 flbravesgirl February 1, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Those are great pics, Ber. I love Savannah. We stayed in a wonderful B&B there & walked all over the historic district. It’s a perfect walking city.

    Now Smoltz. You know I used to love the guy, one of my favorite Braves ever but now he’s starting to disgust me.


  390. 395 Gil in Mechanicsville February 1, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Wildcat, I used to be a big time Virginia Commonwealth fan, all the way back to when they were RPI… Now, not so much… I am not sure exactly why or when I fell out of love with collage basketball but it happened…

    I still follow the game a little bit but I have not been to a game live in a really long time. It was fun though while it lasted… All the rowdy fans use to rock the coliseum. Had some pretty good coaches and players make their way through here. I’m glad you have introduce your granddaughter to the excitement however, gives her something to look forward to.

    Jenn, I have to agree a little bit with you on Smoltz. Hard to leave on a down note for some players. I guess we all want to go out at the top of our game but we don’t always realize when that is. I think John has a great career ahead of him as a broadcaster but he has to vanquish his demons first.


  391. 396 Voice of Raisins February 1, 2010 at 8:30 am


    Feb. 1… the first day of voluntary pitching camp at The Ted with Roger!

    That is a Braves fan’s Groundhog Day, except it always signals that Spring Training is right around the corner.

    I’m proudly donning my Braves game cap today.

    Woo-Hoo!!!!!! 😀


  392. 397 Gil in Mechanicsville February 1, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Yep, this is the day all the rookies who do not have a spot sewn up to try to impress the boss with their work ethic. So, what do they actually work on? Muscle stretching?

    I know Leo use to do long toss and football throwing to build up arm strength. Is it really more about conditioning?

    Still Ber, you are right, baseball season begins today in Atlanta… 🙂


  393. 398 Voice of Raisins February 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Gil, I don’t know what Roger does specifically, but I imagine it is an extension of what Leo did. Leo’s purpose behind “Camp Leo” was to do exactly as you said, begin to build arm strength. The point was simple. Why spend the first 2 weeks of spring training getting your arm ready to work, instead of doing the actual work? Braves pitchers were always ready to begin working on pitches, location, new stuff, etc. from day 1. No wasted time. Advantage Leo. Now, advantage Roger.


  394. 399 berigan2electricboogaloo February 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    CL, you have mail!!!


  395. 400 Voice of Raisins February 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Mr. O’B was at the pitching camp this morning. He says the following pitchers were in attendance:

    Tim Hudson, Kris Medlen, Pete Moylan, Eric O’Flaherty, Lee Hyde, Todd Redmond, Johnny Venters, Chris Resop and Ryne Reynoso.

    He reports that Tommy Hanson will be there later this week. He was back home in Cali attending the Grammies. For real.

    I wish more of the guys were there. Only one of the 5 starters? Really? KK I can understand. Sorta. Maybe JJJ. But where’s DLowe? And where are Wags and Saito? C’mon, guys… :\


  396. 401 Voice of Raisins February 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    :/ ?


  397. 402 Voice of Raisins February 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    OK… 😐


  398. 403 Carolina Lady February 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Wow. I surely DID have mail!



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