95: Opening Day With The Wildcat


by epriseWildcat

ENTERPRISE, AL – The wildcat is home from the most amazing baseball game I’ve ever seen. WOW!!!

The opening ceremony was fantastic. Well… except the fly-by which was mistimed and showed up half way through the national anthem. From my vantage point in section 225 we could not see the planes at all.

Heyward, Rich Addicks AP

Look who is standing respectfully, attentively and quietly. Photo by Rich Addicks, AP

Oh well… that was the about the only thing that went wrong for the Braves. Well… there was D. Lowe’s first inning. Yuk!!! From our vantage point there was no strike zone and there was no sink to his sinker. We’re lucky they only scored three!

As for our young right fielder Mr. Heyward there is no way to describe the excitement he generated with that blast deep into Braves bullpen. The Ted went absolutely crazy. The ball he hit was still rising from my vantage point deep into right field. It was a shot!!! I should also mention how smooth and graceful he is in the outfield. Amazing! This kid will be a fixture for the Braves for many years. The symbolic first pitch from Hank to Jason tells the story perfectly.

Hank & Heyward - ajc photo by Phil Skinner

Good gosh, there were Cub fans everywhere. It would be easy to over estimate their numbers but 15-20 percent wearing Cubs gear is probably pretty close. The obnoxious one in front of me left in the 7th inning. He’d seen enough. Atlanta needs to wake up and get behind this team and fill the seats.

I can remember a lot of speculation this winter about Marian Byrd and picking him up as a big bat. He may swing a pretty big stick but he can’t field a lick. Can’t imagine the Cubs will keep him in center field.

What a great day for Braves fans. For this Braves fan it was a great way to share a day with his son. What a shame they take tomorrow off. This line-up is strong with youth and veterans and the pitching is first rate.

Just a couple more observations of a great opening day for our Braves.

* The stadium staff and security could not be nicer. Very friendly and helpful.

* The stadium looks great! Upgrades to the electronic scoreboards and new graphics abound. The new Coke bottle is really cool. There have been major improvements to the sound effects played during the game. Long overdue! The Ted is a great place to watch a ballgame!!!

* The Chik-fil-A chopping cow appears to be having technical difficulties. He only managed to get into a full chop only once.

* The baritone singer in the tux that sang God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch was awesome! Should be a fixture at every home game. Sure beats Steven Tylers awful rendition during the Yanks-Red Sox game Sunday night. Yuk!

Really looking forward to going back in a couple of weeks.  Hope the weather is as great!

We'll be seeing a lot more of him! ajc photo by Phil Skinner


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683 Responses to “95: Opening Day With The Wildcat”

  1. 1 Carolina Lady April 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Great lead, Wildcat! See? That wasn’t so hard, was it?? (Ya get hijacked a lot around here!) 😀

    MANY THANKS! Good job!


  2. 2 berigan2electricboogaloo April 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    excellent job Wildcat! And CL! 😉


  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Great job WC… 🙂


  4. 4 Voice of Raisins April 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Yessir… definitely lead-worthy. (And nice job of editing and adding pics, Fearless Leader.)

    Thanks, wildkitty, for letting us be there vicariously through your account. Just awesome…


  5. 5 flbravesgirl April 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Very nice. Bet you didn’t know you were writing a lead, wildcat.


  6. 6 Carolina Lady April 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks for your kind words, friends! Wildcat hasn’t even seen it yet. Think he’ll be surprised? 😆


  7. 7 flbravesgirl April 6, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Probably. Takes some real talent to write a post good enough to be turned into a lead.


  8. 8 eprisewildcat April 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I would like to thank all the little people that made this possible. I will forever be in their debt. Sniff.. Sniff…

    Thank you so much CL! You are indeed the blog master. The pictures are wonderful! Great way to write a fascinating commentary is to include color pictures. Appeals to the caveman in just about everyone. Ha!

    Great selection of pictures CL. I especially love the picture of Jason during the national anthem. Quite often character can best be determined by simple observation. From what I’ve been able to observe Jason Heyward is the real deal. What a pleasure it is to root for individuals and teams with character.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  9. 9 Carolina Lady April 6, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    You’re so right, FBG! I think it was a great report by a real fan. I’ll never get there, so I truly appreciate ‘seeing’ it through others.

    I’d really like to get down to Myrtle Beach and maybe meet up with Chris for one of the Pelican’s games. Mother may not live here anymore but I’m still very much “on call” so I’d be extremely hesitant to leave town.

    Sure would love to, though.


  10. 10 Carolina Lady April 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    😀 You’re so welcome, Wildcat! Raisins and Ber were right that your post was certainly lead-worthy. I’m really glad you like it!

    See how painless writing a lead is?? Great job! And thank you!

    I’ve never met him, but I am so very impressed with Heyward. Everything about him is pure, unadulterated CLASS. I salute his parents! They’ve spent 20 years of 24/7 work to produce the young man we see today. His personal character is just stunning. I sincerely hope MANY youngsters will emulate him.


  11. 11 Voice of Raisins April 7, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Young Mr. Heyward has received many, many accolades this spring for sure. But he appears to be more than just a HOF in the making.

    Think about the storied history of this franchise, and 2 of the first names that come up are Hank Aaron and Dale Murphy. Those are certainly 2 of my all time favorites.

    J22 looks to be almost a perfect combination of those players. Tall and graceful, powerfully built, strong in will and stronger in character.

    It gives new life to us long time Braves fans once again. The last time I personally felt this much excitement and anticipation, we had a group of young pitchers emerging with names like Glavine, Smoltz, Avery, Smith…

    Fast forward ==>

    Heyward, Escobar, Hanson, Jurjjens, Schafer, Freeman… very young and very talented.

    It’s great to be a Braves fan!!! 😀


  12. 12 berigan2electricboogaloo April 7, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I hear ya V! I am going to want to watch JHey every time he comes up and we have a lot of young talent besides him well worth checking out as well!

    V, I would suggest just staying in the house today…in case you haven’t noticed, it’s literally “smokey” from teh pollen today! makes your eyes feel like 😥


  13. 13 Voice of Raisins April 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Yes, Ber… my car was so disgusting this morning that I had to go wash it off after taking the littlest Raisin to school. Yes, I know it’s going to rain tomorrow, but it was just GROSS!

    I routinely squeegee the windows in the morning prior to leaving for the school. This morning it was like peeling putty. Bleh! 😕


  14. 14 Voice of Raisins April 7, 2010 at 11:05 am

    … my brother calls it “tree sex”. He ain’t quite right… 😆


  15. 15 Hillbilly April 7, 2010 at 11:09 am

    VOR, I think your brother has got it pegged, actually.


  16. 16 flbravesgirl April 7, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Hillbilly! How are you?!

    VOR, that is pretty much what pollination is (which just made the pollen even nastier IMO. Eww) .


  17. 17 Carolina Lady April 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    AGGH! I forgot about the game this afternoon!!! How could I??

    Anyhow – I received this email from my cousin Sue in New Mexico and ask if you’ll add your prayers:

    “Please lift prayers for rapid healing and comfort for the daughter of one of the daycare staff at FUMC Silver City.
    Sharrina Hawk’s daughter, Kaylynn Garcia, 16 months old, fell into an ash pit last night at a barbeque. The ashes severely burnt her hands, wrists and forearms. Kaylynn was
    med-i-vaced to Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix last night and is now in their burn unit. The doctors have given her a diagnosis of an 80% chance of possibly not being able to ever use her hands again. She is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning to repair nerve damage if she starts to show signs
    of improvement, but the surgery is not set in stone.

    Sharrina is by her daughter’s side without any family or funds available to her. She will be in Phoenix with her daughter as long as she is in the hospital, and right now, we
    have no idea how long that will be. Sharrina’s only income for her family is that of her daycare position at Little Lambs of FUMC Silver City. She has had a visit from a social worker who has provided Sharri with a food voucher for one meal a day at the hospital, but obviously that is not enough. Sharri does not
    even have a change of clothes with her in Phoenix.

    Please lift this family up in prayer and if you feel it possible, help financially. This family
    needs all of the help & prayers that they can get! If you have any questions, or would like bank information for donations, please contact the church office at 575-538-2371.

    Thank you.

    May God bless you all!
    -Pastor Gregg Armstrong

    First United Methodist Church
    314 W College Ave
    Silver City, New Mexico


  18. 18 flbravesgirl April 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    That really makes you appreciate places like Ronald McDonald Houses, which we have here at All Childrens’ Hospital.


  19. 19 flbravesgirl April 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    You know, for all the whining about Wagner being old I heard in the offseason it appears to me the old boy still has some zip in the arm. I was stuck with the Cubs’ broadcast & they had him consistently hitting 98.


  20. 20 eprisewildcat April 8, 2010 at 7:53 am

    One thing I’m 100% certain of CL is the power of prayer! Kaylynn will be on our prayer list at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Praying now for healing and comfort for her and the entire family.


  21. 21 Hillbilly April 8, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Morning all. Sent some pollen relief y’alls way last night. It should be there within the next hour or two.

    True story–> My boss went to Augusta earlier this week and had a chance to speak with Tiger Woods. The conversation went something like this:

    “Good Luck, Tiger.”

    Tiger: “Thanks.”

    Folks you don’t get this kind of breaking news at just any old blog. Only at BAS. 🙂


  22. 22 Voice of Raisins April 8, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for the inside scoop, Hillbilly.

    You don’t get that kind of first hand reporting just anywhere. 😉


  23. 23 Hillbilly April 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    {Takes a bow}


  24. 24 Carolina Lady April 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Hillbilly, you just made us the envy of the entire sports reporting world! THANKS!

    And we especially appreciate the Pollen Relief delivery that’s on its way! My eyes look worse than Chipper’s.

    Well, it seems I had a real ‘blonde’ moment yesterday. And my hair is (mostly) black. I was thinking that it was an afternoon game and I had missed it. Checked here – nothing. “Where is everybody?? Must be busy.” So, I continued with my work. Cooked. Cleaned the kitchen. Visited a few game sites I like. Decided to work the current research project some more. Then checked the MLB scores – and saw the Braves game was in the 8th.
    I missed the whole thing! *slams forehead on desk*


  25. 25 Carolina Lady April 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    MANY thanks, Wildcat! I’ve received an update from Sue:

    “Kaylynn just got out of surgery a little while ago for a debridement to the right hand that had the worst burns. Then they applied a wound-vac to her palm.

    The doctor’s say that the left hand will heal quickly and the right hand will heal fine without any residual effect although it will take longer.

    Prayers are wonderful. God is good.

    The Drs. keep increasing the amount of time Kaylynn is expected to be there.

    The Shrine Hospital is online to continue treatment after Kaylynn is released from Maricopa Co. Hospital in Phoenix.

    Thank you for all the care and contact and donations to assist this family. We are hearing from UMs and churches all over the country.

    Keep praying

    More later.

    Gregg Wm. Armstrong, pastor
    First United Methodist Church
    314 W College
    Silver City, NM 88061


  26. 26 berigan2electricboogaloo April 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    CL, so glad to hear the little girl is well on the road to recovery! 🙂

    CL, I saw your comment last night, but I was a bit confuzzled myself, since had slept fitfully night before last, and took a nap at about 5:30 PM and woke up just after the game ended. Drat.
    For both of us, it’s once again a 7:10 game. PM, for those of us that are blond! 😛


  27. 27 Voice of Raisins April 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Prayers are wonderful. God is good.

    All the time!!!


  28. 28 flbravesgirl April 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Wonderful news, CL!

    Hillbilly, my dad was there Monday. Still gushing about the beauty of the course. Is the pollen relief going to reach Florida? It’s baaaad here. Mom’s black car has so much yellow streaked on it that it looks like a bumblebee.


  29. 29 Hillbilly April 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    The Arkansas Razorbacks beat the St. Louis Billikins 32-8 yesterday……yes, that’s a baseball score. And the coaches agreed to call the game in the 7th inning at that. Plus our cleanup hitter didn’t even play because of hamstring issues.


  30. 30 Carolina Lady April 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Jiminy Christmas, Hillbilly!


  31. 31 Salty April 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Taking a chance here…stick my head above ground for a sneak around Stuffville! Yep…looks like everyone’s here. Happy Spring, everyone!

    Quick observation: Chipper was the most animated I’ve seen him, ever, during his post-game interview last night!

    Coming, boss! L8r!


  32. 32 Carolina Lady April 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I agree, Salty. Even the players are excited! I sure hope that carries through the whole marathon! (Great to see you, BTW!)


  33. 33 eprisewildcat April 9, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Good morning all! Well we did get a little pollen relief yesterday but in the process we almost got another tornado. We did have some damage just north of town but only minor stuff. This town is very sensitive to those stinking things after our major tornado hit three years ago. This includes the wildcat and family. Still my eyes and head are feeling the effect of that nasty yellow-green stuff. Yuk!

    Time-Warner got Peachtree TV up for us last night. They had technical difficulties Wed night. Oh well, nothing new for TW. You gotta love overpriced cable that doesn’t deliver. Not!!! I really enjoyed Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz in the booth.

    Love the result Wed night but not so much last night. Probably no one more frustrated than Chipper. Strained oblique this early and may miss the San Fran series must really tick him off. Great that we have Omar to fill the gap.

    Happy Friday y’all! GO BRAVES!!!


  34. 34 Voice of Raisins April 9, 2010 at 9:02 am


    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha


  35. 35 Carolina Lady April 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

    It’s a shame that Chipper is injured so soon. As excited as he was, this must really have him angry.

    Wildcat, I also enjoyed listening to John and EJ last night, especially John’s stories and perspective. And it was funny how EJ and Joe ganged up on him.

    I hope the Braves don’t fall into the habit of not being able to drive in runs. But – .667 isn’t bad. Wouldn’t it be nice to see that average at the end of the year??

    Hillbilly, the delivery arrived! Not a whole lot of rain here but enough to help greatly! Now it’s chilly, dark and the wind is howling. (Actually the cool is very nice. The temps were already climbing up near 90 before this and that I didn’t like! Too hot too soon.)


  36. 36 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Very windy in the ATL too! Wildcat, glad the storm wasn’t worse than it was! I am sure people there are still on edge.
    Off to lunch with a friend, later on, later on’ers!


  37. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Afternoon all, well, while I will admit it is a little too early to jump on the “Dump Glaus” bandwagon, I kept having flashbacks to all the years Andrew Jones and Frenchy were in the same position as he in the line up and constantly came up short.

    It’s going to be tough enough playing the Giants as it is, now even harder without Chipper.

    And yes, good chemistry in the booth with Smoltzie and Ernie Jr.


  38. 38 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    WOW… Huddy looks spectacular today. What a weapon to have as a number 4 pitcher…


  39. 39 Voice of Raisins April 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I read somewhere recently a “national” baseball writer (can’t remember who…) making his pre-season predictions for finishes and post-season awards. He actually picked Huddy as a sleeper pick for the 2010 Cy Young. I thought he was out of his mind. Maybe not…


  40. 40 eprisewildcat April 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Tim Tschida has lost touch with the strike zone I do believe. However… the Giants appear to be getting the worst of it. I hate playing the Giants and with the numbers Joe just reported our record is none to good against the G-Men. 12 for 21 in their place since 2000. Yuk! Worst winning percentage of any ballpark for our Bravos.

    Huddy sure looked good today. Marteeeeen Prado has another good game going. Of course as I type that he gets picked off first. Geez! Well its Billy Wagner time!

    Raisins, I love the chopping bovine avatar!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  41. 41 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm



  42. 42 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Gil, you sound like Charlie Brown after he missed the football!
    Yeah, what you said.
    And what little I have seen on the game(didn’t think they would play a game today, a day game to boot!) the ump sucks! 2 strikes called on pitches to Heyward were balls, one looked a foot outside with the K zone thing….


  43. 43 eprisewildcat April 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    So… I have to go pick-up pizza and fortunately I’ve got XM so I get to listen to John Miller’s call of Reteria’s tying homerun.


    Well Gil it sounded something like that.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  44. 44 Voice of Raisins April 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    The only thing worse than Wags giving up a game-tying homer to Renteria in the 9th would be hearing Jon Miller make the call. Cat, you have my sympathy.


  45. 45 eprisewildcat April 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Moylan is one gutsy dude. Aye mate? He was playing with fire pitching to Reteria but he set him up perfectly.

    Closer material???


  46. 46 eprisewildcat April 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Yeah Raisins… Miller does this shtick where he speaks Spanish as he calls the homerun. Unbearable!!!

    An excuse me double by the panda. Geeeezzz!!!


  47. 47 Voice of Raisins April 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Well, the Braves certainly did leave a ton of guys on, but the umps must have been getting tired. What a couple of BS calls against the Braves at the end. The faux strike on Meds was one thing, but not getting the bat hitting Mac on the throw to 2nd? Please… Crap. Total crap. 😐


  48. 48 flbravesgirl April 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    What VOR said. Bleh. Think Mac would’ve liked to have given Tschida a kick before walking off the field?


  49. 49 eprisewildcat April 9, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Well we snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory again today. Lead the majors in that category the last couple of years in my opinion. Hoping Wagner shakes it off and blows them away next time. Closers have a tough job. Shame that he hung a breaking ball to the hottest hitter in baseball. Always liked Edgar Rentaria but not so much at the moment.

    Speaking of not liking folks so much, how about that umpiring crew. Tim Tschida and his boys (especially “Balk-a-day Bob”) need some remedial umpiring time. Wonder if its worthwhile for the Braves to formally complain about the end of that game. Probably not. Oh well… Bobby got nose to nose with Bob and exchanged pleasantries. Will probably cost him a bit of folding money. Like Joe Simpson said there is no love lost between the two. Let get’um tomorrow!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  50. 50 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I watched today’s game until the bitter end. Other than the one bad pitch made by Wags to Reteria I thought the Braves pitchers were really outstanding today.

    As far as the balls and strikes, well, it was pretty much an adventure for both sides to figure out the strike zone.

    Heyward is going to have to make some adjustments to lay off that split finger pitch. All part of growing up in the big leagues.

    As for Bob Davis, I always did think he was a putz…

    That said, the Braves had their chances. Big running error by Prado to get picked off first with none out. Also Medlen’s failure to get the bunt down cost the Braves a run later.

    Okay, not giving up on the Braves yet, What? 158 games to go? Still time…


  51. 51 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    And on the interference non-call… I guess the Braves are even for the missed call on the ball McLouth dropped against the Cubs..

    Still, I can understand Bobby’s frustration… I would have gotten thrown out too…

    I wonder if the umpires realize they can be replaced by a computer.


  52. 52 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    And oh by the way… Gateway computers are a pile of donkey poo.. The little pin that allows for the charger to work broke off from the motherboard. Gateway will not honor the warranty. Says I broke it… I say it is a design defect. Should have listened to Savannah Guy and bought a Mac…

    Second Gateway computer I have owned, should have learned my lesson from the first one.


  53. 53 Carolina Lady April 10, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Balk-A-Day Bob has always been miserable to get along with. I’d bet his own dog snaps at him!

    Gateway. Save your money. Nothing but trouble. I’ve had an old Compaq that will work to this day; a workhorse. HP – got one, love it! Acer – incredible value for the money. Kelly has one, never had one second’s problem with it.

    I missed the game today. Had many errands and spent several hours with my mother. Will not leave the house this weekend for anything less than spurting blood or visible bones. Officials are expecting – get this – an estimated 300,000 people in this tiny county for the Azalea Festival. There aren’t that many hotel/motel rooms available. Not my problem and I’m not venturing out at least until Monday.


  54. 54 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Agreed CL that Acer is a good machine. I am on a Toshiba. Pretty durable considering I pound on it all day every day. I recommended one for Mrs. Raisins who is 2 semesters away from earning her masters degree. Hers has never let her down.

    As for Mac, well… Mac’s are more hardware driven as opposed to PC’s, which are more software driven. (That’s one reason PC’s are more susceptible to viruses.) And the user interface is different from Windows. They take some getting used to, especially if you are an old dog averse to new tricks.

    And they are expensive. This old dog probably would have gone the Mac route when my last laptop went motherboard-up but just simply couldn’t afford one. (This old working dog is just a mutt, not a purebred.)

    Anyway, good morning and have a great weekend everybody!!!

    Go Bravos!!! 😀


  55. 55 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Uh guys… Acer and Gateway are the same beast with different names…


  56. 56 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Anyway, found a solution. I will buy a stand alone battery charger and just swap out batteries.

    Makes me angry though for folks not to honor their warranty. Always trying to get out of paying a claim. I won’t buy another nor will I recommend them to anyone else. That is the kind of crap that cause Circuit City to go out of business…


  57. 57 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Now baseball… Looks like the sun came up today…


  58. 58 berigan2electricboogaloo April 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Gil, I hate to Jinx myself, but we have had excellent luck with 2 Compaq computers…which are just HP’s under the skin….


  59. 59 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Yes, Gil, Gateway is a subsidiary of Acer, but the actual computers are not one and the same.

    Gateway began “outsourcing” the assembly of their computers to China a few years ago. Hence the problems you and many others now encounter. You’d think some forward thinking political leader in power might make the US more friendly to manufacturing so that companies would bring those jobs back home, but instead we get stimulus. And healthcare. Hoorah.


  60. 60 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    You know, there was a time when people could find a job and receive health insurance through their employer. Now employers can’t afford to pay for insurance because they pay so much in stinking taxes! In fact, they can’t afford to hire employees because they pay so much in stinking taxes!

    And now, thanks to healthcare “reform”, they’ll lay off the employees they still have because they can’t afford to insure those who remain, and can’t afford the VAT to pay for it.

    Or just relocate overseas… like Gateway. (See, I tied it all back together.)

    Economics 101.


  61. 61 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Yes, I sounded that alert 25 years ago when the textile mills started moving off shore. No one wanted to listen. I some how found it poetic justice when the big companies just moved out and took all the white collar jobs with them.

    Now I don’t advocate sharing the wealth but folks should understand that when you start moving all the jobs away, eventually the unemployment will trickle up.

    Now baseball…. MLB wants to have some teams do spring training in Italy. I guess there are too many Hispanics in Florida and Arizona…. Okay, a little jibe there… But really, don’t you think Bud for once would consider making the game stronger in the US before globe trotting? Or maybe he knows the US dollar is about to collapse… hummmmmm….


  62. 62 Voice of Raisins April 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Bud is and idiot.


  63. 63 berigan2electricboogaloo April 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    You know, I have been pretty good about not bashing Bobby…but dang. Heyward on 1st, 1 out. Didn’t send him. Giants made 2-3 miscues, but we still didn’t score a run in the 2nd.


  64. 64 berigan2electricboogaloo April 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    and man, what the bleep is up with the umps in San Fran??? Heyward had a strike called on him that was 4-5 inches outside, and now a giants player was called out on a pitch at least that far out. Ridiculous.


  65. 65 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2010 at 2:21 am

    I thought the T-shirts that someone had made up commemorating Bobby being thrown out of games was a gas, especially when it was noted that several Braves players had duct taped over the 3 and wrote in a 4.

    And the Braves were back in a Happy place tonight. I kept waiting for the shoe to drop with Chevez but he has pitched pretty effectively in his two appearances.

    Anyone doubt that Troy Glaus’ reflexes aren’t a tad bit slow?

    I think the Braves should give Hinske a couple of turns at firstbase.

    Still, it was a good day to be a Braves fan…


  66. 66 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2010 at 2:23 am

    And my sleep pattern is even more messed up than usual. Oh well, at least it won’t be during September this year.

    And let’s go Nats… Beat them Mutts….


  67. 67 Carolina Lady April 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    If anybody cares – this article from the European Times, tells of the French President’s assertion that Obama is “dangerously insane.” Quite interesting.



  68. 68 Carolina Lady April 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Where do we really live??? This is America?? This article is documented. Really, really scary!


  69. 69 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Whew… I thought I had timed my day perfectly to coincide with the Braves game. Not sure now if we will see it because of a conflict with ESPN. I guess I will find out when it comes on.

    I am tired though, I need to pace myself a little better. I told Josie I found a lot of small cedars that are perfect for transplanting but I am not sure where to put them. Not like I am going to be around long enough to see them mature. Cedars are trees you plant for the next generation to enjoy.

    However, I also have spied some small Dogwoods. Now, where do I start???

    Now baseball. Nats beat the Mutts again!!!! 🙂 Isn’t this a grand game?


  70. 70 flbravesgirl April 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Don’t know if any of y’all got it but it was blacked out here.

    Gil, if you have extra dogwoods I’ll take them. 🙂 We have several along the driveway & I’d love to add more. I guess a future project will be scouring our woods for baby dogwoods.


  71. 71 berigan2electricboogaloo April 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Well….been workin’ hard all day …did get to see the game though. Something just doesn’t seem right with the team. Giants have great starting pitching,(So do we, Kawakami did a great job tonight) but make a lot of errors, and swing at most anything. We shouldn’t lose two to them.
    Bobby is being way too conservative….no running, bunting guys over, giving up outs…
    Some good news though is the JHey kid, with back to back games with opposite field homers. He is exciting to watch! 😀


  72. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville April 12, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Kershin deserved a better fate.. A fluke play and it was over…


  73. 73 berigan2electricboogaloo April 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

    man, who was the drunk(drunken computer?) that came up with the Braves playing the Padres in their home opener today, then a day of Tuesday????
    6:35 PM game, like a typical east coast game, so that’s good. They will likely have a huge turnout for their first game at home….


  74. 74 Voice of Raisins April 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Weird schedule stuff this year. Weirder than usual. And that’s saying something! How goofy is it that we have made our one and only trip to San Fran in the first week of the season?

    If I had it my way, which I obviously never will, I’d get rid of inter-league play and get back to a more normal schedule.


  75. 75 Hillbilly April 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Wow what a weekend. {He says as he finishes off the last bite of left-over grilled turkey…} Jamey Johnson and Hank Jr. concert Friday night. Successful opening weekend of turkey season. Show up to work Monday to find OSHA inspectors at the gate. Oh $***!


  76. 76 Voice of Raisins April 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm


    Got any more of that turkey? 😀


  77. 77 Hillbilly April 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    VOR, Sorry dude. I didn’t kill one last year, so I was extra-hungry this go around.


  78. 78 eprisewildcat April 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Hillbilly… OSHA inspectors don’t taste good no matter how ya cook’um. Best to just throw them out right away!

    Well our Braves haven’t looked none too good the past couple of nights. Agree that KK deserved better support but our track record in that place is not too good.

    The Giants are probably still stinging from the 1993 season when the Braves won 105 game to their 104. Back in the good ol’days when the Dodgers and Giants were our rivals.

    Wonder if that team ever got beat by two touchdowns and a field goal. YIKES!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  79. 79 Gil in Mechanicsville April 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Well… That was ugly…..!!


  80. 80 berigan2electricboogaloo April 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    one might even say Fugly! 😛


  81. 81 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2010 at 7:28 am

    One might say that Ber…

    Okay, an off day today. Time to let the boo birds thrill into full chorus. I am sure there will be much teeth gnashing across the street. I would say the JoJo punched his ticket back to Gwinnett today also. He was already teetering. A shame too, the kid has all the tools, just doesn’t know which ones to pull out of the bag.

    So, I guess the Braves will be calling up Proctor when they get back to Atlanta. Pretty much the plan all along I would think. Just making sure they maintain control of his contract for an extra year.


  82. 82 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Actually, I am kind of glad for an off day, I need a break after last night.


  83. 83 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    From the amount of traffic thru Stuffville, looks like everyone else does too..


  84. 84 Hillbilly April 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I’m currently in a hot and heavy debate with a slough of Cardinal Fans (on a Razorback Message Board) about Pujols being the greatest hitter of all time. This is what I have come up with, and difference is so jaw-dropping, I thought I’d share it with y’all.

    Through their first 9 full seasons as hitters

    Batting Average
    Babe Ruth (1920-1928) .356
    Albert Pujols .334

    Home Runs
    Ruth 421
    Pujols 371

    On-Base Percentage
    Ruth .491
    Pujols .427

    RUTH .745 (seriously?)
    PUJOLS .629

    RUTH 1.236 (again, seriously?)
    PUJOLS 1.057

    Ruth’s .745 slugging percentage for his first nine full seasons with the Yankees is absurd. Keep in mind that the second highest career slugging percentage in history is Ted Williams’ .634. He beats Pujols, who is the best hitter in baseball at this time and still in the prime of his career, by an astonishing 116 points.

    And OPS? 1.236? Are you FREAKING KIDDING ME? Has there ever been a player with an OPS of 1.236 for a single season, much less an AVERAGE of 1.236 for nine years? Pujols’ highest OPS for a season is 1.115 in 2008.

    There is NO COMPARISON between the numbers Babe Ruth put up and what Albert Pujols is doing. Buy hey, that’s no insult because there is no comparison between Ruth and ANY other hitter in history.


  85. 85 berigan2electricboogaloo April 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    HB, man, this is a subject I have always found interesting!
    I too think it’s Babe Ruth, then everyone else.
    Barroid Bonds had a higher OPS for a few years, but that really doesn’t count, does it???

    Here’s some more stuff you can toss their way, since they will never agree with you! 😉

    in 9 seasons, Pujols without much protection behind him has walked 810 times.

    Ruth, in 9 seasons(and as you saw, 2 years he missed a bit of time) and with Gehrig behind him for only 2 years, 1168 walks!

    RBIs’s 1112 for Fat Albert.
    RBI’s 1177 for Ruth.
    And remember, teams played 8 fewer games a year.

    More trivia.
    He lead the league in homers in 1918, with 11. He did that in only 317 AB’s
    Babe Ruth hit 29 Homers in 1919. Next highest total on the team??? 3!!! One other guy hit 1, NO ONE ELSE hit a homer!!!

    And straight from Wikipedia
    In 1920, his first year with the Yankees, Ruth hit 54 home runs and batted .376. His .847 slugging average was a Major League record until 2001. Aside from the Yankees, only the Philadelphia Phillies managed to hit more home runs as a team than Ruth did as an individual, slugging 64 in hitter-friendly Baker Bowl.

    Fat Albert is a GREAT hitter, one of the all time best. But, like you said, there is only one best hitter, and that’s Ruth.


  86. 86 eprisewildcat April 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    In the The Big Bam by Leigh Montville he records that the Babe said he could’ve hit .600 if he hit for singles. I don’t doubt that the Babe could back up those words. He loaded up on every at bat to swing for the fences. The Babe was the man!


  87. 87 flbravesgirl April 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I understand why Cards fans are so proud of Pujols. He’s awesome & everyone would like to have him on their team. But no one even touches The Babe. I read a story once about researchers ( don’t recall the university) testing Ruth after a game & finding that his eyesight & reflexes were vastly better than average. Remember that he was also a successful pitcher early on. Baseball’s Superman.


  88. 88 berigan2electricboogaloo April 14, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Wildcat, FBG, so very true!


  89. 89 Hillbilly April 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Berigan that 1919 season was brought up by someone else in the Hogville.net discussion. Ruth broke the home run record that year while still starting (pitching) 15 games and throwing 12 complete games. Then, as you said, he went on to nearly DOUBLE his own record the next year as a full-time position player.

    And by the way, the Cards fans have folded. One’s exact words after the stat comparison-post: “Can’t argue with that.”


  90. 90 Gil in Mechanicsville April 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    However, to be in the top 2 over a hundred years of baseball can’t be a bad thing. Wish he was playing first base for the Bravos…


  91. 91 Voice of Raisins April 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I’m less concerned with 1B than I am with CF…


  92. 92 berigan2electricboogaloo April 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    HB, that’s cool that they gave up. Clearly, baseball fans are smarter than political junkies….

    V, I don’t know what’s up with Nate. Doesn’t he look…thinner??? Just doesn’t look like he did last year.
    And Glaus…well….something no one has talked about much. He was on the juice…what kind of player is he off of it, in his 30’s????


  93. 93 berigan2electricboogaloo April 14, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Man, where is everyone??? I guess a win would help!

    Ok, from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick column on teams that can’t keep a player in a position for more than a year…

    Atlanta Braves left field

    The history: Ryan Klesko was a fixture in left field for Atlanta during the mid-1990s, but continuity has been fleeting since the Braves traded him to San Diego in a six-player deal in 1999.

    Since then, Gerald Williams, Reggie Sanders, B.J. Surhoff, Chipper Jones, Charles Thomas, Kelly Johnson, Ryan Langerhans, Matt Diaz, Gregor Blanco and Garret Anderson have taken a stab at the job. Jones took a hiatus from third base from 2002 through 2004 before moving back to the infield.

    “I can’t really explain it,” said Atlanta general manager Frank Wren. “It seems like left field is the ‘leftover’ position sometimes, and you wait to fill it last because of an abundance generally of left-field options on the market.”

    The outlook: There are worse things than a Matt Diaz-Melky Cabrera platoon in left. Diaz lacks prototypical corner outfielder power, but he’s a .309 career hitter with a .917 OPS against lefties. Diaz and Cabrera are making a combined $5.65 million this year, so they’re not exactly cheap.

    One factor to consider with the Braves: Brian McCann, Jason Heyward, Jordan Schafer and Freddie Freeman — the team’s future offensive nucleus — all bat from the left side, so Atlanta would prefer to find a right-handed bopper to play left field.

    The long-term solution might come from the Braves’ international efforts. Johnny Almaraz, Atlanta’s director of international scouting, has signed several tool-laden young outfielders who are in the pipeline at the Braves’ Dominican academy. But they’re several years away from contributing at the big league level.



  94. 94 Carolina Lady April 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    The. Taxes. Are. Done.



  95. 95 Voice of Raisins April 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Yep, CL… did mine today as well. (One reason for my absence.)

    I am in mourning. However, I am sure the 48% of the population that pays NO federal taxes are rejoicing.

    I hate moochers…


  96. 96 Voice of Raisins April 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Very interesting article, Ber. The Braves may have to part ways with one of their prized young pitchers to actually solve the LF revolving door with a RH bopper. They need to solve it THIS year…


  97. 97 Gil in Mechanicsville April 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I filled mine back in late February, still trying to figure out where I went wrong, while I did get a refund, Uncle Sam still managed to get a bite out of my wallet. Of course, not nearly as much as he use to when I was financing the purchase of F-15s all by myself…


  98. 98 eprisewildcat April 15, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Been working on taxes as well. All I’ve got to do is e-file the thing tomorrow. Will there evcr be a day when we can just pay a percentage of our income without all these complicated tax laws. Yuk!

    Enjoying the game so far tonight. Good pace to the game which is helped by some good umpiring. About time! Our young stars are playing well. Don’t know about having Marteeen attempting to bunt Diaz over to second. He’s only hitting around .500 so let him swing away. Maybe even a little hit and run would be fun. Oh well… not to be. Check that out, Matt stole second. There are other tools than the bunt.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  99. 99 eprisewildcat April 15, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Wheeeeew! That was a shot!!! Troy Glaus unloaded on that one for a managers best friend the three run homer. Tape measure shot at that. The haters across the street are no doubt perplexed. Hahahaha!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  100. 100 flbravesgirl April 15, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Pretty impressive, wasn’t it?

    Happy Birthday, Gil!!!


  101. 101 Voice of Raisins April 15, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Happy Birthday, Gil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀


  102. 102 Salty April 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Happy Birthday, Gil! Keep the fire extinguisher handy! 😛


  103. 103 berigan2electricboogaloo April 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Happy Birthday Gil!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Salty, that was cruel…very funny, but cruel! 😛


  104. 104 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks folks, feeling my age this morning I’m afraid. Then again, I’m not sure what that really means any more. Do other folks who have passed the big six ooh feel any diferent? Maybe it’s God’s way of saying HEY… SLOW DOWN YOU OLD FOOL….

    Big event planned for today is to go out to dinner tonight (this afternoon actually) Look, I know which crowd of diners I belong with. Anywho… I have been requesting lobster to commerate this momenteous event.

    Good day for me, not so good for the lobster…. Hey, doing my part to saving cows….


  105. 105 Carolina Lady April 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIL!!! Enjoy that meal to the max! Heck, eat when you get hungry is my motto. If that’s 2 pm, then so be it. I figure it’s my stomach so I can pretty much do what I want with it. (At least that’s one thing Obama hasn’t taken control of.)


  106. 106 Voice of Raisins April 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    … yet…


  107. 107 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Yes, I’m pretty sure I am going to have to pay a fat tax before all is said and done.


  108. 108 berigan2electricboogaloo April 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    So funny seeing I was not the only one doing their taxes yesterday(and state today) I knew there was some reason I liked you guys and gals! 😉

    Gil, have a great meal…well, probably already have!
    Fat tax in a few days, VAT tax in a few months! 😕


  109. 109 berigan2electricboogaloo April 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Now baseball…man, I am SO glad Bruce Bochy took his starter out at 90 pitches! It looked bad for us til that happened. Glad to see Glaus pound a ball, he seemed to be swinging better yesterday….

    Hey!!! The Game is on now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    0-0 in the 5th, good, haven’t missed a thing! 😛


  110. 110 berigan2electricboogaloo April 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    D’Oh, Tommy Hanson is pitching again! He is getting overworked! Or it’s a rebroadcast….why are they running a game again at 4 PM????


  111. 111 Salty April 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    This #42 the Braves have is a bust. Every time I walk past the telly, he’s making another out! No idea how they’re ahead at this point!


  112. 112 berigan2electricboogaloo April 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Salty, 😆
    I’ll tell you guys and gals a secret. This Heyward Kid??? He just might be ok!

    And Hinske has 3 pinch hits in 6 AB’s. He may end up getting a fair bit of time at 1st in the near future.


  113. 113 eprisewildcat April 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    You sure about Heyward? Think we should have sent him to Gwinnett for a little seasoning? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    I think Gwinnett may have room on their roster for a Melk Man!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  114. 114 eprisewildcat April 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Did y’all hear J-Hey’s comment about the powder blues during post game interview? With great personality he said “look like a Smurf out there!” Funny stuff!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  115. 115 Salty April 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I commented to my wife that the Padres pitcher, Latos, looked like someone had marked his arms up with a magic marker while he was sleeping. Not 30 seconds later, Joe Simpson says, “I think Latos napped in the training room and someone got his arms with a magic marker”! Ugliest tatoos I’d ever seen…looked like graffiti! 😯 But…he’s gonna be a good pitcher…some day.


  116. 116 Voice of Raisins April 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Braves looked very good last night.. at least from the 8th inning on, which is when I turned it on. Does that count? 😀

    By the way… the Saito/Wagner tandem looked VERY strong. If that can stay consistent, we’ll be in great shape. Honestly, based on their performance thus far, Moylan/Saito/Wags is a deadly weapon for this team. It effectively shortens the game to 6 innings. Now, can we score enough runs in 6 innings?

    Prado has become an All-star caliber hitter. Mac is Mac. Glaus is showing a pulse. Yunel is as clutch a hitter as I have ever seen. JHey is just plain scary.

    Now, spots 1 and 8…

    And Chipper is gonna come around, right? Right?

    It is my opinion that Frank is going to have to address the black hole at leadoff sooner than later if they Braves want to contend. I know it’s only the 2nd week of the season, but you don’t want to battle to play catch up all summer like they did last year. It’s just not sustainable.

    And potentially more tricky, what does Bobby do if Chipper’s still not hitting on Memorial Day? Would he drop him from 3? Could he?

    I think Frank will address the leadoff spot if there is no measurable improvement over the next 4-5 weeks. He almost has to.

    Now the Chipper thing… let’s all pray that Chipper returns to being Chipper. Soon.


  117. 117 Salty April 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Lead off is in Gwinnett…isn’t he?


  118. 118 Voice of Raisins April 16, 2010 at 10:19 am

    From the AJC…

    Peter Moylan avoided a slow start for the first time in his career, and the Braves reliever said “Dave” had a lot to do with it.

    Dave is the name for Moylan’s improved change-up, a pitch he says helps him not only against left-handed hitters, but also righties.

    He would like to clear up a rumor, however. He doesn’t name his pitches.

    “You know I didn’t come up with the name?” said the affable Aussie, who said another Braves reliever was responsible. “Jesse Chavez. Everyone was talking about the change-up and I was throwing it a lot in spring and it was working.

    “During [the team] stretch one day someone said, ‘You’ve got to name it.’ I was like, I don’t want to [bleeping] name it. All of a sudden Jesse said, ‘Just call it Dave.’ So that’s where Dave came from.”


    There is just something beyond the hits and pitches about this team that I really like….


  119. 119 Voice of Raisins April 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Lead off is in Gwinnett…isn’t he?

    Is he? Where?


  120. 120 Salty April 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Uh…JS? Maybe not?


  121. 121 Voice of Raisins April 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Well, I agree that Schafer could be the “future” at leadoff, but he is currently on the DL, “building strength” in his rehabbing hand. He hasn’t even faced live pitching so far, and isn’t expected to get any game action until the end of April at best. He’s most likely gonna spend the first half of the season getting reacquainted with the game at AAA before even getting a sniff back at the show. And even if he does make it back this year, Bobby will bury him in the lineup.

    I’m afraid that if the current options don’t work out at leadoff, and the trend suggests that, Frank is going to have to go outside the organization…


  122. 122 Gil in Mechanicsville April 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I’m afraid that if the current options don’t work out at leadoff, and the trend suggests that, Frank is going to have to go outside the organization…

    So… Just who is available from the Pirates now???? 🙂


  123. 123 eprisewildcat April 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I do believe with David Ross we have the best back-up catcher in the bigs. Great all around behind the plate and gets timely hits. Yep… he’s the best in my book!

    Wow!!! The arm dispayed by Yunel on the assist by Chipper is incredible. Made that play look routine. Sure sign of great players is the ability to make the difficult look easy. Should be a top ten on ESPN tonight.

    Marteeen is EN FUEGO!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  124. 124 berigan2electricboogaloo April 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I wonder if we could trade D. Lowe to the Yankees for Javy…. 😉


  125. 125 Voice of Raisins April 16, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Trade DLowe?!? Why, the Braves score all of their runs when he pitches! If he were not in the rotation, we’d have the worst offense in the league!!! 😉

    Kidding, just kidding… 😀


  126. 126 Gil in Mechanicsville April 16, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Wheeeeeee… I do love it when a plan comes together. Look, as long as the Braves win whenever Lowe pitches, I don’t care what his ERA is. He can make you a little nervous though.

    Didn’t Chipper look hilarious on that swing prior to the homer? Maybe he was so embarrassed that he figured he better concentrate. Still funny though, and I think he is getting a tad slow with his reflexes as far as the leather goes.

    John Smoltz in the booth is a winner…. What great chemistry he and Joe Simpson have together. Just makes the game so entertaining with his stories and insights. Even his corny jokes are funny… Timing is everything.

    I am still worried about JJ and his drop in velocity. Tim Hudson anyone? I guess we will find out Sunday. Looks like Medlen might be a great candidate to fill in however. He looked really sharp again tonight.


  127. 127 Gil in Mechanicsville April 16, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Ber, I am just waiting until the Yankees give Javy his unconditional release and then the Braves can pick him up off the wire…

    Reminds me of the story my mom use to tell about the hen her mother would send to the market with her in exchange for butter and sugar. The shop keeper would have my mom put the hen in the pen out back of the store. By sundown, the hen had escaped and found her way back home and on the roost. She said she lost count of the number of times she traded that same hen. Ah well, my mom the Shylock.


  128. 128 flbravesgirl April 16, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Wish I could hear Smoltz. We don’t get any Peachtree games on ExtraInnings here.

    Well, we had to wait ’til the last minute while Mom cleared up a work emergency but we’re headed for Tiger in the morning. Possibly going to Sunday’s game. So if I’m absent for a while it means we’re busy & the laptop hasn’t been unpacked.


  129. 129 Voice of Raisins April 17, 2010 at 7:28 am

    John Smoltz in the booth is a winner…. What great chemistry he and Joe Simpson have together.

    Yep, chemistry they certainly have. I made the same comment during the game last night to the fella I was watching with. John is a natural.


  130. 130 eprisewildcat April 17, 2010 at 7:57 am

    FBG… What did the snail say riding on the back of the turtle?

    Weeeeeeeee, Giddy up, Yeah, Weeeeeee!!!

    Of course it sounded better with Smoltz telling it.

    I’ll will be at the game Sunday afternoon! Seats are in 117R, Row 18, seats 1-4. Please stop by and say hello. Can’t wait… the weather should be outstanding.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  131. 131 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Yep, looks like John has found his next career. Thing is, you know he is going to do one of his corny jokes and they are still funny…. Takes real timing for that.

    I look for him to supplant Chip sooner than later.

    Now, I’m not a Chip Carey basher, I don’t think him to be nearly as bad as some across the street believe but John has such an easy flow about him. Good voice too. I liked Jon too because he was very astute when it came to baseball knowledge but Smoltzie has such an insight to the Braves and the game in general.

    The one year he spent away from the Braves I think gave him a better perspective of the game too.

    Now the Braves… How long do the Braves go before the platoon Hinskie at first with Glaus? Now, neither are gold glove candidates at first but both have a little age on them and I think it would benefit the team and players to alternate them a bit. Doubt it will happen though.

    I thought Melky and Nate both looked more relaxed at the plate last night. I think Heyward is still “finding himself” as far as playing right field in big ballparks. Say what you want but the backdrop in major league parks is hugely different from those in AA and AAA that it makes picking up the ball off the bat a challenge.

    FBG, have a good safe trip. We’ll be looking for you in the crowd Sunday. Wear something we can pick you out by, like a Braves cap or something… 🙂


  132. 132 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Wildcat… hope you catch a souvenir. I am planning to attend at least one game when the Braves come to Washington in May. I am waiting to see the pitching match ups before committing to a date. I would like to see Hudson or Hanson pitch.


  133. 133 eprisewildcat April 17, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Gil… I wish I had the luxury of picking games based on pitching match-ups. I’ve seen all of our starters except for Hanson. Maybe a good thing since I’d like to see a higher scoring game in person. With Hanson that’s not happening.

    Interesting that yesterday ESPN on their crawler highlighted the aces that were starting. Grienke, Papelbon, CC, Halliday, but no mention of D. Lowe. I think if Hanson were starting he may get top billing with this bunch, but not D. Lowe. At least we score runs in bunches with him on the hill.

    Gotta go. GO BRAVES!!!


  134. 134 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Ow … my aching back…. the alligators have been pretty thick today. At what point do you just say the heck with it and move into a condo? One with a pharmacy nearby.. or a bar… same.. but different.. I hate having to deal with a mail order pharmacy but that is what my plan covers.. 😦 Maybe I should jump on to the Obama bandwagon. He’ll make those mean old doctors and drug pushers pharmacys do right… Wishful thinking on my part. right?

    Okay, having to dip into the secondary snake oil and partake of the Jameson… Have to find relief where you can get it. And if it were not for spell check you would know what I mean.

    Now baseball… I am not worried about tonight’s game but I think the entire Braves Nation is waiting to see if JJ’s velocity returns tomorrow. If not.. well… you know…


  135. 135 berigan2electricboogaloo April 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Gil, alligators???? Aching back??? Are you speaking in tongues??? 😛


  136. 136 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Well Ber, as the old saw goes… When your up to your ass in alligators, it’s pretty hard to remember that your original objective was to drain the swamp…

    And the back thingee… well, you know…

    Comes from thinking the 30 minutes I thought the task would take to repair the seat on my mom’s old John Deere turn into 3 hours… And a $100 dollars.

    On the bright side, the ABC store is right next door to Tractor Supply.


  137. 137 berigan2electricboogaloo April 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Gil, now things are clearer…man, if I had a nickel for every time I thought I would fix something on a car in 30-45 minutes, and I was still under the hood 3 hours later…I’d have a mess of nickels!


  138. 138 Voice of Raisins April 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    The good news: No-hitter at The Ted!

    The bad news: April 8, 1994, the date of the last no-hitter tossed by a Braves pitcher…


  139. 139 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    If there was a silver lining to tonight’s cloud it would have to be the excellent work put in by Venters and Chavez. Both looked outstanding.

    KK did not pitch all that poorly, after all, you can’t win if your team scores no runs.

    Let’s see how JJ rebounds Sunday. He should be well rested anyway.

    Just turned off the Mets/Cardinals game. Mets won in the 20th but I dare say their bullpen will be in tatters for a week.

    And how about them Gnats? Like I said, all they needed was some pitching. They can hang some crooked numbers on you PDQ…


  140. 140 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    On the Venters/Reyes thing. JoJo is lucky he is on the DL. At least he is still able to draw a major league paycheck a little while longer. I don’t see Venters going back down after tonight. Reyes best hope is another club is looking for a warm body that tosses left handed and are willing to take on a project.


  141. 141 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    V, dang, 16 years without one tossed by a braves pitcher here, amazin’!

    I don’t even know who Venters is, guy called up to replace Jo-Jo???

    I was out last night, went to a car show, dinner(heard we were no hit thru 5, then came out to here no it thru 8) listened to bottom of 9th on the radio. I figured at that point, I was rooting for the Rockies…
    Still, glad I didn’t have to watch it…


  142. 142 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Ber, it was a good game if for no other reason you have to root for a young kid…

    And WOOHOO!!!! What a great game by the Braves today. Had me worried there for a bit but Heyward came thru in the bottom of the ninth… Was like the good old days when the Braves would win a lot of games in their last at bat.

    That said, JJ looked strong today, no worries about that shoulder now….


  143. 143 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Just dropped by the blog across the street and realize what may be the number one best thing about things here in Stuffville… NO ROBERT…. I swear Bobby must have run over that guy’s cat or something…


  144. 144 Voice of Raisins April 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Tommy G made a great point during the broadcast:

    He said that pitchers often go through a short “dead arm” period late in spring training. JJ got a late start, so the time frame lines up for that last start to have been his “late spring”. Very astute, Mr. Glavine. (Both he and Smoltzie are mighty fine in the booth.)

    JJ’s arm looked plenty alive today…


  145. 145 flbravesgirl April 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Hey y’all. Did not make it to the game, everyone was too tired from the drive up here. We might try Friday & get fireworks as a bonus.

    Only 1 tulip left blooming but spring is in full swing here otherwise. Dogwoods are nearing peak, azaleas & irises are opening & lots of other stuff is about to pop open.


  146. 146 eprisewildcat April 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Just got back from sun soaked Atlanta. Very tired after a long weekend with Daughter and Grandaughter, as well as my Son. Stayed in Stone Mountain Saturday and listened to the last inning of the no hitter on the way back from the laser show. I’d love to witness one but not especially against the Braves.

    Went to the game today and WOW!!! The game was pretty much a pitchers duel until the 9th and to tell ya the truth I have no clue what the umpires were doing. They missed an obvious balk and then called a phantom balk or something… I don’t know. Then they missed the call at first that looked like Glaus had hit into a game ending double play. It was crazzzzzyyyy!!! Anyways… J-Hey is not the kid, he’s the Man!

    I recorded the game on the DVR but it cut off between the 8th and 9th inning. RATS!!! Did the folks in the booth have a clue what was called on the balks?


  147. 147 Gil in Mechanicsville April 19, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Said he wasn’t coming to a complete stop..

    Replay shows Glaus was safe but likely would have been called out in Colorado.

    The second base umpire was a temp…

    Calls can go either way. The play where Chipper was called out on a pick off at second. The replay showed him to be safe. So…. the umps giveth, the umps taketh away…


  148. 148 Gil in Mechanicsville April 19, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the moment Wildcat…

    You missed a classic FBG. Lesson to Braves fans is not to give up too early this year. They won’t win them all but they are going to win a bunch


  149. 149 eprisewildcat April 19, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Gil Thanks! ESPN showed all the plays in question and yeah it looks like Glaus was safe in a bang-bang play. You can tell Morales was affected by all the happenings with the balk calls. I tell ya he was throwing some heat. However J-Hey has got great patience at the plate. It felt good to know that we still had #22 coming to the plate with a chance to win it.

    FBG… too bad you couldn’t make it to the game. It was a terrific day and a memorable ending to the game. You are right natures colors around Atlanta are really beautiful. Stone Mountain area was fantastic!

    What are we going to do with Glaus and Melky? They are like black holes in the line-up. Questions to ponder.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  150. 150 berigan2electricboogaloo April 19, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Wildcat, good question(s)

    White Sox have two former braves centerfielders. Kotsay and Andruw.

    One is hitting .125, with no homers. The other .296 with 3 homers. Naturally, it’s Andruw that is off to a good start! 😕

    And yes, I am joshing….


  151. 151 berigan2electricboogaloo April 19, 2010 at 11:06 am

    joshing about getting one of them back….kinda forgot the punchline there….


  152. 152 Gil in Mechanicsville April 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Thing is… It’s still too early to give up on anybody. Now, if those two guys are still sucking the life out of the batting order, then a change will be in order. Have to find a dancing partner though.

    I think the league, or old age, has caught up with Ibanez… He has looked lost in the three games I’ve seen him play in this season. Let’s hope he doesn’t figure it out when the Phillies come to town Tusday.


  153. 153 berigan2electricboogaloo April 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Gil, you are right of course. Whats so funny is we don’t need a guy to hit 40 Homers and drive in 130(though it would be really nice) just someone to hit .260, 270 and drive in 90 or so. We seem to always have one guy in the lineup that always comes up with runners on, and can’t deliver. Glaus hit a 95 MPH pitch hard, during the no-no, but he seems to hit the low inside pitch fine(which it was) its those over the plate, to the outside that worries me. He’s not really old.
    Melky is probably trying too hard to impress a new team. To go from being the starting centerfielder (most of the time) a championship team, to becoming a 4th outfielder, probably doesn’t have a lot of appeal. If he hits .270, I am sure Bobby will give him a lot of playing time.


  154. 154 Voice of Raisins April 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Melky/Nate can hit .270 as long as he’s batting 8th. MattyD seems to like leading off, but let’s not forget that while he absolutely torches lefties, righties make him much more human… on of the 2 CF’s really needs to get it going. I am more than disappointed in Nate. His offensive absence really hurts the team.

    Glaus is not too much of a mystery. He missed almost all of last season. It may take a little time for his timing to get right. That said, Bobby can’t afford to allow him half the season and still keep him bating 5th. Of course, JHey might need to move up from 7th.

    If the Braves could get any semblance of consistent production from Nate at leadoff, they could move JHey up and Glaus down, keeping Melky/Matty hitting 8th, and live with Glaus’ struggles.


  155. 155 Gil in Mechanicsville April 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Yeah, the old adage about the ball finding you goes double for players struggling at the plate. Of course other teams know which guys are struggling so they are always pitching around guys to get to the sure outs. Only way to put an end to it is to get some hits in key situations.


  156. 156 Voice of Raisins April 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Is it too early to begin speculating on possible replacements? Yeah… it’s too early.

    But it’s fun! 😀

    You know, Shef played alot of 1B over the last few years…


  157. 157 Gil in Mechanicsville April 20, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Guys, I think I would rather have an up and comer at first base rather than a retread. While I value experience, I know that sometimes you have to play your with your own bag.

    That said, I still think Troy Glaus’ bat is a tad slow. Just a bit too long.

    I do like that Chipper is trying to hit with more power early in the count.

    Big opportunity for the Braves to jump on the Phillies right now when they have so many ailing arms. The Braves need to win this series…


  158. 158 Voice of Raisins April 20, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Yes, Gil.. I would prefer an up-and-comer myself, but FreFre is hitting only a Glausian .191 in AAA. Not exactly a ticket to Atlanta.

    No other real options there, other than Hinske, who I like coming off the bench.

    Of course, the Mets did just DFA Mike Jacobs… Just kidding!!!

    I wonder if Brent Clevlen (with his blistering .400 start) has ever played 1b? I bet he could handle LF… 😀


  159. 159 berigan2electricboogaloo April 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Hey! Using my late Mothers classic, vintage laptop. Circa 2000.
    IBM thinkpad. The opposite of fast. But, still faster than FBG’s laptop! 😛


  160. 160 Voice of Raisins April 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    What? No Commodore 64?


  161. 161 Gil in Mechanicsville April 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Ber, I still have two of them. They work fine for surfing the web. Not so much for games…


  162. 162 berigan2electricboogaloo April 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Gil..I’m trying to find how much RAM it has, how much I can expand…do you know where that info is hiding?? XP…


  163. 163 eprisewildcat April 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    CL has been in hiding since tax day. What’s up with that? Pray all is well!

    Shame to see all those empty seats at the Ted. If only I was a few minutes from the stadium I’d be a regular. Love to be at the games!

    The game is cooking right along tonight. Hanson has some tremendous movement on all his pitches tonight. Geeeez… another check swing double. And to top it off another umpire with no clue where the strike zone is located.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  164. 164 Gil in Mechanicsville April 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Ber.. Right click on the Start menu, then click on my computer, look in the upper left hand corner and right click on View System Information, the general information should show the data you are looking for.

    You should go to the microsoft website and download the Service Pack 3 for XP.

    You can also get microsoft defender which is a decent anti-virus program. You can also get AVG free.

    If you don’t have and office program. Sun systems offers a free office program which works every bit as good as Microsoft.


  165. 165 Gil in Mechanicsville April 20, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Oh yeah, think maybe Glaus heard the boo birds? Wish he had hit at least a fly ball earlier. Still, guess I’ll keep him.. And how about that Heyward kid?


  166. 166 eprisewildcat April 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Speechless!!! The Kid is amazing!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  167. 167 berigan2electricboogaloo April 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I only heard the comeback in the 9th and was sorry I missed that…then just walked in to see Nate get the monkey off his back! What a game…I missed! 😉


  168. 168 eprisewildcat April 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    You got that right Ber! WOW!!! That was fun, real fun! Baseball can be such an amazing sport. I love it! Wish I could have been there. You know there was probably only 15,000 at the game and half of them probably left in the 8th inning. They will probably never admit they left but they missed a game for the ages. Hope this propels us to a win tomorrow night against Halliday.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  169. 169 berigan2electricboogaloo April 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Yeah Wildcat, wouldn’t that have been a game to see live!
    Need to get more fans at the game. It rained a lot on the southside, but the Phils sell out every night, and we need to do at least half that….


  170. 170 Gil in Mechanicsville April 20, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Guys, I’m telling you, it was a really boring game until the ninth. Goes to show you, it does not pay to give up on this team until it is actually over. Reminds me of ’91


  171. 171 eprisewildcat April 20, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Gil… excellent observation. The 91 team did have this kind of magic around it. Should be fun, real fun!

    Yuk! Commentary by Ozzie Guillen on ESPN. What a foul mouth loser. Sorry… can’t believe folks actually root for a team mananged by him. IMHO

    Good night all! GO BRAVES!!!


  172. 172 Gil in Mechanicsville April 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Oh.. and Ber.. Be sure to do a disc clean up and defrag on the hard drive too. Be surprised how much it can slow down an old computer. And download Mozilla too, much faster with XP than explorer.


  173. 173 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Wow… The come from behind win by the Braves last night has left everyone speechless…


  174. 174 berigan2electricboogaloo April 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Gil, perhaps some are ashamed that they went to bed, having given up on the team! 😛

    Gil…something isn’t right with the laptop. I was going to check the web very quickly(since Pa was on the main computer) then run with your suggestions…well, some popup came up saying the Windows drive was critically low on space (37 MB) and system restore was not running.
    Would I like to create more space??? Sure! Well, it kept bringing up add or remove, and there really wasn’t anything to delete that wasn’t a program I would use/need.
    Then they said space was down to 17 MB!
    brought up task manager, 100% CPU usage. Shut down Mozilla. Still at 100%. Closed everything that was running. Still 100%!

    It didn’t do this yesterday. Sigh…


  175. 175 Voice of Raisins April 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Sorry folks… I have been very busy compacting 5 days work into 3, getting ready to travel tomorrow for Angola Prison in Louisiana. My band is playing a concert there Friday night… the first Christian rock band ever to play there. If you are of the praying sort, please pray for the event. It should be awesome.

    I’ll tell y’all all about it next week…

    Adios and intento los Bravos!!! 😀


  176. 176 berigan2electricboogaloo April 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Hey V, best of luck there! Will say a little prayer…


  177. 177 berigan2electricboogaloo April 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Gil…I am filled with such confuzzlement. I seem to have a 6 GIG harddrive, and only 242 MB’s free! Also, it is talking about the C drive as if it was still windows 98!!! We got XP a long time ago on it, and never had any problems. Everything is so slooooow. Windows wanted to do a million updates, which makes sense, but things have only gotten worse. I don’t know where to look for all these secret files clogging up the harddrive. I can do disc cleanup, but I need 15% free to do disc defrag…only have 4%.
    Keeps bringing up add and remove, but except for Adobe which I downloaded a few days ago(took forever) thats about 200 MB, nothing is a big file…sigh…


  178. 178 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Wow Raisins, talk about having a captive audience… Don’t worry dude, ya’ll are awesome… a riot even… well, maybe not a good choice of words but still, The Lord will watch over all of you as he did with Daniel in the lion’s den.

    Ber, yep so many updates all at once has confused it. Also there is evidently a lot of residual stuff on the dick. If you still have a copy of XP then it might be best if you simply reformat the drive and reload.

    It just has so much stuff on it right now. That is your virtual memory, usually when it is rewriting a program, it will put it in a catche. Heck, if you leave it on and it has AOL on it it will do it. Hit (ctrl-Alt-Delete) and see what is running and start shutting things down. Only one that will usually cause you to crash is explorer. And yeah, Adobe can be a memory hog. I know Nortons is too.


  179. 179 Voice of Raisins April 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Yo… Ber.

    The problem is that the machine does not have enough RAM to handle XP. XP needs at least 1G of RAM just to operate. Any machine with XP should have a minimum of 2G to sail efficiently.

    I know this because I have an old Compaq that has the exact same issue. It has XP and only 1G of RAM. XP hogs the whole thing, rendering it slow as pond water.


  180. 180 berigan2electricboogaloo April 21, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    V, wasn’t that Vista you needed 2 GIG’s of RAM to get to work fine????

    It worked ok in the past, but hadn’t been in use since my Mom died in 2005…probably last used in 2004 in fact.

    Just can’t figure how there is so much stuff on a computer that has no music downloads, nothin’

    I may have to wipe out the harddrive…something I have never done…better make sure I know where that XP disc is! 😉


  181. 181 berigan2electricboogaloo April 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    IS it just me, or does Hudson seem to be coming over the top more??? Looks like Javy at times, IMO…


  182. 182 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Yes, make sure you have the disc and the product code.

    I still think it is trying to download/process a slew of updates.


  183. 183 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Huddy is not getting as much sink on his two seamer for sure. Way too many fly balls… Still, it’s early in his comeback from surgery. All things being equal, he is doing a heck of a job keeping this game close.


  184. 184 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Yes, it is Vista and Windows & that require a lot of ram.

    Ber, what model ThinkPad is it?


  185. 185 eprisewildcat April 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Busy day followed by church and choir practice. Spring break for our school system so lots of folks out of town. Got home in time to see Halliday finish mopping up the last two innings. Man… the guy has awesome control of everything. Saw the highlights and the Phils played some terrific defense behind him. Well lets load up the bats tomorrow night for D. Lowe again. Winning series is what its all about… right?

    GO BRAVES!!!


  186. 186 berigan2electricboogaloo April 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Gil, I think its a thinkpad 1100/1200
    I also think you are right about all the updates. It didn’t seem to give me a choice like you get , at least at times with Vista.

    Thing is just unbearably slow right now….I found the windows folder it just loaded with stuff, but…I dare not delete, right??? Weird folder names like $uninstall$ and so forth….

    Hope I can find the disc!


  187. 187 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Tonight’s contest was not a bad one for a true baseball fan. The Braves had their chances, albeit a slim one to score on Halladay. Good defense behind him makes one realize that this Phillies team is not to be taken lightly.

    Now, let’s hope that Lowe has his two seamer working tomorrow night.

    By the way, Jonny Venters has made JoJo into a persona non grata I believe. When JoJo is ready to come off the disabled list I see a long stint for him ahead in Gwinnett. Hope the best for him but Venters looks to be the real deal. So… where do Proctor and Dunn fit into this equation? I don’t see any place for them on the current roster unless Bobby decides to carry 13 pitchers at some point. Sure is a far cry for the bullpen woes the Braves experienced when they picked up Texeria a couple of years ago.

    That said, what’s tomorrow night’s score going to be, 10-9?


  188. 188 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Ber, I think it is still trying to digest 5 years of updates. I had similar problems in the past. One of the issues is all the programs that want to load at start up.

    I can’t recall off the top of my head how to shut them down but if you take the ThinkPad and set it up next to your desktop and use the desktop as your resource, you can ask the questions on “how too” and follow the instructions. It’s what I generally do.

    I had my laptops set up so that AVG anti-virus would scan at start up and it always slowed the computer down too much for the hour it took to scan. I finally shut the automatic features down so I could control it to download and update when I was not otherwise going to use it.

    The older computers just don’t have enough oomp to run all the crazy stuff they use on web pages these days. But there are ways to get around that. They still work well enough to blog and such.


  189. 189 Carolina Lady April 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SALTY!!! Many, many happy returns, my friend!


  190. 190 berigan2electricboogaloo April 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Salty!!! 😀 😀 😀 You better show up today and say thanks! 😉


  191. 191 berigan2electricboogaloo April 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Gil, I found the disc….but I don’t have that 20-24 digit product code. am I….you know what????


  192. 192 berigan2electricboogaloo April 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Oh, I forgot… Gil, ever tried Avira???
    you get one pop up ad a day for their pay program, but it works fine, and is less of a memory hog.
    I’ve used it the last 6 months or so, no problems!


  193. 193 Gil in Mechanicsville April 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks Ber, I booked marked the website for future needs.

    Hey SALTY… Happy Salterday… May you have many returns of the day.


  194. 194 eprisewildcat April 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Salt Man!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  195. 195 berigan2electricboogaloo April 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    hmmm…being shut down by Moyer now???
    Heard moyer is 117-0 when given a 5 run lead…time to break that record


  196. 196 Salty April 22, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks, CL…Ber…Gil…Wildcat….everybuddy!!! 😆 I’m a double-nickel now!!! Didn’t take as long as I thought it would! 😯

    Will try not to be scarcer than hen’s teeth…gonna be hard, but nice to know the Stuffville Sanctuary is still around!

    Be safe…and have fun, Raisins!

    Enjoy your evening….and Go Braves…always!!


  197. 197 Salty April 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I bet I could be 117-0 with a five run lead!!!


  198. 198 Voice of Raisins April 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, NaCly!

    Chillin’ in Brandon, Mississippi. Just went one exit west from our hotel to find a restaurant, and what did I see about 300 yards away? The Pearl, MS Braves Stadium! I wish I had known, I’d have figured out a way to go to the game…

    Oh, well, maybe another time…


  199. 199 flbravesgirl April 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Happy Birthday, Salty!!!

    Cool, VOR. I’ve heard it’s a really ballpark.


  200. 200 flbravesgirl April 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    …nice ballpark.

    Yes, I’m tired.


  201. 201 Gil in Mechanicsville April 22, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Well… That was ugly…. Can’t expect to win if you are going to play sloppy baseball…


  202. 202 eprisewildcat April 22, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I predicted that D.Lowe was due for a good game. He’s still due!

    Maybe the Mets pitching staff is what the line-up needs to get out of the doldrums. Certainly hope so! I can live with losing a series to the Phillies but not the Mets. Never the Mets!!!

    Hey, I didn’t get a call in the first round of the NFL draft. Maybe tomorrow.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  203. 203 berigan2electricboogaloo April 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Salty, always drive faster than your age! That’s something I just thought up, can you tell???
    FBG, I think that is the first error you have ever made in a post!
    Wildcat, you will no doubt get a call today! 😉
    And yes, DLowe is due for a good game.


  204. 204 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2010 at 10:20 am

    DLowe is due for a good game.

    Yeah, just as soon as he can find the bite for his sinker again so it doesn’t present itself on a tee to left handed hitters…


  205. 205 berigan2electricboogaloo April 23, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    whoa, check this out!

    Braves May Join Adrian Gonzalez Sweepstakes
    By Mark Polishuk [April 23 at 6:07pm CST]

    We’ve been hearing the Adrian Gonzalez-to-Boston rumors for months now, though there have been whispers that Boston may not have the minor league package necessary to extract Gonzalez from San Diego, the Padres might just keep Gonzalez if they don’t find a deal to their liking, and that other teams will be taking just as hard a look at the slugging first baseman.

    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi suggests that Atlanta may be one of those other teams. Morosi spoke to an unnamed scout who said that the Braves “may have the greatest need” for a hitter of Gonzalez’s caliber given Atlanta’s team-wide struggles at the plate. The Braves entered Friday’s action with a .229 team batting average, tied with the Mets for sixth-lowest in baseball.

    Going into the offseason, Atlanta’s greatest need was to add a big bat to give more support to one of baseball’s strongest starting rotations. The Braves instead made several small moves to add the likes of Eric Hinske, Melky Cabrera and Troy Glaus rather than splurging on a high-priced free agent. While it’s still too early in the season to fully judge how these moves will pan out, Glaus (as Morosi points out) has particularly struggled at first base, posting a .524 OPS in 58 plate appearances. Given that Glaus is on a one-year, $1.75MM contract, the Braves would have no hesitations about benching, trading or even releasing Glaus if the right opportunity at Gonzalez came along.

    In picking up Gonzalez, Morosi notes that the Braves would be blocking the progress of slugging first base prospect Freddie Freeman. One wonders, however, if the added pressure of trying to give Bobby Cox a playoff-caliber club in the manager’s final season might influence the club’s thinking in this regard. If the Braves find themselves fighting for a playoff spot in July, Freeman’s future promise might be considered a necessary sacrifice for Cox’s last postseason push. Also, Freeman would be a logical addition to the hypothetical package to San Diego.

    Of course, adding a star first baseman is no golden ticket to the playoffs. The Braves know this all too well — they sent Neftali Feliz, Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Beau Jones to Texas at the 2007 trade deadline for Mark Teixeira. While Teixeira hit well for Atlanta, the Braves only finished third in the NL East in 2007 and wound up trading Teixeira themselves the next July. No doubt this recent deal will make the Braves think twice before offering up another big group of prospects for what might end up being a short-term rental of a player.


  206. 206 berigan2electricboogaloo April 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    There is some really nasty weather in Louisiana, and towards Mississippi so couldn’t hurt to say a prayer for V, and Wildcat!!!


  207. 207 eprisewildcat April 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Prayers glady accepted Ber. This system has the potential for some nasty stuff.

    Speaking of nasty stuff. The Mets fans yelling in unison “Heyward Sucks!” Classy! Oh, the nuts on the blog across street. Real Classy!

    Dang… Nate almost tied it up!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  208. 208 berigan2electricboogaloo April 23, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Wildcat, yep..Nate was almost a hero. At least some good swings by him of late. But, can’t be losing more games to the lame mutts starters! Santana is really the only guy that should have a better than 50-50 chance of beating us.


  209. 209 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Oh my… It just gets fuglier and fuglier…. 4 errors on the board and a couple of mental ones too… The team needs to snap out of this funk before they completely self destruct.

    Mets fans are typically New Yorkers… about as classless as they come…


  210. 210 flbravesgirl April 23, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    I will never understand the NY attitude. Why are they so unpleasant? I almost hate to admit this but my grandmother was born in NYC & lived there ’til she was 10. However, she was the sweetest, most genteel lady imaginable so it’s not a universally in-born trait.


  211. 211 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2010 at 8:43 am

    No FBG… Your grandmother is proof that there is hope when one so young is transported to and reared in a loving environment away from the den of the beast.

    To be truthful, I would be pretty mean and nasty too if I had to live among all those Yankees all my life. Yes. we are often a product of our environment.

    Now baseball…. yech… what an ugly and discombobulated bunch the Braves were last night. Let’s hope they got it all out of their system last night. Reminded me of a bunch of T-ball rejects in the field. Time for them to remember who they are and set the ship straight.

    And wither Carolina Lady? Missing in action again?


  212. 212 Carolina Lady April 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Hey, y’all. No, not missing, Gil, have had a VERY full plate lately that hasn’t left the energy to say much. Haven’t even been able to see the last couple of games – though it seems that was a blessing in disguise!

    Can’t wait to hear from Raisins for a full report on Angola! What an incredible witnessing opportunity!

    Also can’t wait for the Braves to shake themselves free of this – whatever-it-is!

    And – the infamous JDeere is in its last days. I’ve decided that I’ve suffered enough agony and anguish with that thing and I’m not going to rely on anyone else to battle with it. Now. What kind?


  213. 213 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Hey CL… My, this team seems to have lost their way. Far too many mental errors. They are about to slip into last place in the east. They remind me of the Redskins… but that is another story in itself.

    Best lawn tractor… none of them are worth the money. You almost have to weigh the difference in paying someone else verses writing the cost of the mower off as a disposable item. So, how much grass do you have to mow?


  214. 214 Salty April 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Interesting…Brian Jordan questions Chipper’s work ethic insofar as keeping fit and ‘BAM’…another injury. Hmmm…if you get paid by the hour…you work through some discomfort. You make $10 million and a hang nail puts you down. ‘Prima Donna’ is a virus…and contagious!

    I am so over Escobar and his antics. It’s one thing to have a first basemen tune out on occasion…quite another to have the shortstop do similarly. Time for a change…the smoke says there’s fire. Let him be another team’s problem child.


  215. 215 berigan2electricboogaloo April 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Good grief!!! Man I picked the right night to stay up late…had no idea they played a day game today. Seems rare on Saturdays…Manny Acosta gets the win, wonderful.
    Cannot be losing to the Mutts like this. The only slight excuse I can give the braves is somehow the Mutts had the 4th best ERA before the braves came to town. Still do.

    I didn’t see Yunel’s blunder today…but the fielding one the other day that Joe Simpson and the Baseball tonight folks felt was his fault, I thought was unfair. It was a poor throw from Prado, sailing away from Yunel as he was trying to tag the base.
    Right now Prado is the golden child who can do no wrong, and Yunel is the problem child who can do no right.
    I know Infante would do just fine at SS, but what could we even get for Yunel at this point, anyway????


  216. 216 berigan2electricboogaloo April 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    CL, a couple of links that may be of help…just ignore the long glowing reviews of the John Deeres! 😉




  217. 217 berigan2electricboogaloo April 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    CL, a couple of links that may be of help…just ignore the long glowing reviews of the John Deeres! 😉




  218. 218 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Ber, I saw the game that Prado/Escobar muffed. While it was not a perfect throw, Escobar “short armed” the ball. He was more worried about the incoming slide to second than making the putout. Much like the wide receiver who hears the safety coming and tightens up for the impending hit rather than stretching out for the ball.

    Look, I think Yunel could be a great player but Bobby is so into his head right now that he is making Kelly Johnson look like an All-Star. Of course, if Kelly keeps racking up the homeruns in Arizona, he may indeed become an All-Star.

    This team is seriously into a funk right now and someone or somebody needs to step up and take control. Not hitting is one thing, not playing good fundamental baseball is the Nationals…. Or was… I think it is fine that Bobby treats his players like men but they need to earn that respect, so far that is not happening. By the way, I’m not giving Chipper a pass either, he is suppose to be the leader of this team, he is not setting a very good example with his lackadaisical play either.

    You cannot expect the pitchers to hold the fort but so long if they feel they need to strike-out every batter faced because the defense is shaky.


  219. 219 Salty April 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Escobar’s base-running SNAFU set me on my ear…simply unacceptable. Frankly, had Chipper not already left the game hurt, guaranteed, Bobby would have pulled Yunel after that debacle.


  220. 220 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    If it were just this episode I would not quibble but this mental mistake is but another incidence of failure to play good fundamentally sound baseball. Let us not forget the two incident last week involving Prado and Chipper being picked off 2nd killing rallies both times.


  221. 221 eprisewildcat April 24, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Very frustrating where the Braves are compared to opening day. That day all was right with the world. We overcame a shaky start by D.Lowe with impressive power from vets and rookies alike. Now we are getting strong pitching performances from our starters and bullpen but everything else; average, power, fielding, base running, and baseball smarts is in the tank. How could we possibly fall so drastically? Maybe we are pressing to give B.Cox the final season he deserves? Maybe it’s just that we’re only 17 games into the season. Maybe the talent we pinned our hopes on is not what we thought. McLouth, Glaus, Diaz, Melky, and even Chipper may have had there best days. Are we expecting to much from this lineup? I hope not. I think some of all the above is hurting our Braves. The good news, just like the Colorado Rockies, our record is 8-9 and it’s to early to count anybody out.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  222. 222 berigan2electricboogaloo April 25, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Ken Rosenthal video for 3 minutes. Interesting what he says a scout said about Freddie Freeman.


  223. 223 berigan2electricboogaloo April 25, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I just don’t get this team right now. So flat. Making stoopid errors. I couldn’t believe Chipper let that ball drop in foul territory the other night, he looked like a rookie.
    The baseball tonight folks forever point out that McCann is way in front of home plate taking throws from the outfield, and isn’t blocking the plate with more than a foot. Now perhaps someone has told him don’t get run over, you are our best overall hitter. I don’t know. But after the poorly blocked plate replay, they show whomever is the Angels catcher is always in perfect position to keep a runner from touching home…Mike Scioscia was the absolute best at blocking back in his days with the Dodgers, so it makes sense, but where are the Braves coaches on this sort of thing??? I have heard McCann say how he has learned so much from David Ross, which is great, but shouldn’t he have been taught these things years ago???

    OK, part 2 of my rant in sec….


  224. 224 berigan2electricboogaloo April 25, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Bet you guys could hardly wait! 😉

    Saw on the AJC that the leadoff hitters are hitting .081 for the year! How is that possible???
    Prado is hitting .407 with 1 homer, and 4 RBI’s. We really don’t want to risk those power numbers with him batting leadoff??? I flexible manager would do that.
    Can’t blame the manager for Diaz, Melky, Glaus and Nate not hitting. Gee, who could one blame for the lack of hitting??? Golly gosh, not the future manager of the Braves who is just killing time as the hitting coach! 🙄
    I would like someone to say to Glaus, hey, try a lighter, shorter bat, and just don’t swing at pitches low and outside.
    Rant done, off to bed….been waiting on the biggest storms,but they haven’t gotten here yet. hopefully they will die out…heh! Just noticed wunderground is showing an old loop from 2 am on the regional feed, local shows most of it past or way south of Atlanta, good! Hope there won’t be too much damage in Georgia, sure was in Mississippi…at least 10 killed there as well! 😦


  225. 225 eprisewildcat April 25, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Cool stuff Ber! Tough job being a general manager. You put pieces together that make good baseball sense and they don’t gel. So, how do you show an appropriate amount of patience without allowing the hole to get so deep you can’t climb out. I don’t know and I don’t envy F.Wren’s job. Shame to think we could have had Elvis playing short right now if not for Yunel’s physical skills. Hard not to be swayed by that kind of talent and overlook his mental makeup. Will talk more later.

    Praying for those in Yazoo City. We’re taking up a special offering for First Baptist Yazoo this morning. They are in a similar situation that we were in three years ago. They weren’t physically damaged but they are in the center of coordination relief efforts.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  226. 226 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Good morning folks, Yes Ber, I made the same observation to my wife yesterday about McCann taking throws home too far in front of the plate. That is the way you have to do it in girls softball…. Anyway, she said the same about not wanting him to get hurt ala Jonny Estrada and Greg Olsen. Maybe there is something to that.

    Anyway, time for someone to take charge of this team and get them turned around. They act like they are sleep walking thru the games.


  227. 227 Salty April 25, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    ‘Silent’ leadership doesn’t always work…if in fact, it even exists. Pretty disgusted with the supposed leaders and the repeated ‘brain cramps’ of some….and the nagging injuries. Completely underwhelmed, and has nothing to do with the record…everything to do with effort and passion. At least Bobby apparently ‘went off’…about time! I am curious, though, why one of the Japanese relievers was consoling Escobar and not one of his Latino ‘mates. Is Saito a multi-linguist?


  228. 228 berigan2electricboogaloo April 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Umm, Melky instead of Prado leading off. Yunel back in the lineup, CHIPPER, is in the lineup. Just…great…


  229. 229 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Ber, I am soooo frustrated with this team. I can’t imagine how Bobby Cox must feel. A team that can’t run, can’t hit and can’t field…. AAAAAUUUUGGGGHHHHH!!!!


  230. 230 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    They have become the 1970 Braves… Quick, break out the powder blues…


  231. 231 berigan2electricboogaloo April 25, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Powder blues indeed! Hey, a rain delay, swell! Nothing like prolonging the agony! 😛

    Will this reverse psychology work on the team???


  232. 232 Gil in Mechanicsville April 26, 2010 at 2:26 am

    At this point, it is just becoming embarrassing….


  233. 233 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Hmm, it’s early, but Andruw Jones is hitting .292 with 6 homers. Kelly Johnson has a .322 BA and 7 Homers.
    Guess Kelly was quicker to unlearn everything T.P. taught him! 😛

    Swept by the lowly Mutts…good grief.


  234. 234 Gil in Mechanicsville April 26, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I was thinking the same thing Ber but didn’t want people to think I was piling on TP because it is so obvious.


  235. 235 Voice of Raisins April 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I have missed all the Braves stuff since last Wednesday. Just catching up on the goings on. That said…

    Can’t just take Prado from the 2 spot because he’s batting well. Leaves a hole at 2. Then what, move everybody up? The result is that you have all of the weak sisters bunched up at the bottom, essentially giving the opposing team 2 free innings out of 3.

    No, the solution is for the batters to start doing their jobs, or find someone else who will.

    Chipper is quickly becoming a liability. His stints on the DL may be a blessing in disguise.

    Don’t be so quick to replace Yunel with Omar at SS. Omar’s strength is as a utility guy. As a regular, he is extremely average. Too many extremely average players makes you the Royals.

    As for Glaus, he needs to be on a short leash. There is absolutely no reason to give him half the season to “come around”.

    Brent Clevlen is hitting .350 at Gwinnett with a .400 OBP. He can play all 3 OF positions, including LF and CF. Just sayin…


  236. 236 Salty April 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Don’t really want to replace Yunel, but until a brain transplant is possible, his mental lapses far outstrip his physical abilities. As for Omar, average would be a significant upgrade…at virtually any position.


  237. 239 Gil in Mechanicsville April 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Josie says Yunel’s body language speaks volumes. He so does not want to be on this team. I am wondering if he wants to return to Cuba?

    How can you give up on a season 3 weeks in? Maybe they could hire a real batting coach…

    And you are right about Glaus, nice experiment but time to cut bait.

    I was impressed with what I saw of Clevlen in spring training but then Terry worked his magic and he could not hit water falling out of a boat.


  238. 240 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    V, first off, glad you are safe and sound! I was getting a bit worried you hadn’t posted here or on facebook…those storms were brutal, run into any problems?????

    Secondly. You have to see this team, to see what’s wrong. They looked as bad as they ever have, up in New York. Hopefully, it was the bad week this team has usually in June, or August…but they look beyond flat. If Hayward doesn’t hit, we are hopeless. Pitching is fine. But the whole team (save Prado) is slumping.

    And the defense…sheesh!!!! Yunel screwed up…again. Chipper shouldn’t have been in there last night. Great that he doesn’t want out for a hangnail, but he and Bobby need to know when to hold them, know when to fold them. A rainy night, after having his hip pop in a way it never has before??? Sure, let him really hurt himself! Just don’t get it…don’t get why Yunel was back in the lineup either…he should have been out a week after that idiotic play….
    Hopefully, they will get up for playing the Cards.


  239. 241 Salty April 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Yunel’s biggest problem is he can’t get comfortable with the reality he will make mistakes. It scares him to death, in my view. Whenever there’s a foul up, he looks around for the source…stays away from the mirror, though. Seems he’s forgetting how to love the game that he risked gaining his freedom to play. Sad…


  240. 242 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Bad call by the ump, Glaus was safe since the ss was off the bag…Bobby didn’t even bother to come out for it…


  241. 243 eprisewildcat April 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Couple of breaks going our way tonight and some balls hit hard. Three runs is a major outbreak. Escobar can sure make some plays, and that arm… WOW!!!

    Throwing out Pujols (who went into his HR trot) at second by Melky, maybe that energized this team. Seeing the best player in baseball make the mental error is a nice change.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  242. 244 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Wildcat, it was nice to see the Machine screw up! 😛
    You’re right 3 runs is like 6-7 for other teams.


  243. 245 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    must find something positive to say…Melky did look like he is getting better swings….hmmm, 3-3 8th inning, Fat Albert up, why in the wide, wide world of sports should Chipper be close to the 3rd base line??? 🙄

    Man, I sound like a typical bitter guy at the AJC blog! 😛
    Make me look foolish…drat..as I say that, quick, name that Molina! Yadier, doubles in a run…at least 2 didn’t score…let’s see what happens next….


  244. 246 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Just wait til next year!!!!!


  245. 247 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm



  246. 248 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Well, now folks know what it is like to be a Washington fan….


  247. 249 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Of course, they still need pitching… but not as much as Atlanta needs hitting…


  248. 250 Carolina Lady April 27, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Braves need a hitting COACH.


  249. 251 Voice of Raisins April 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm



  250. 252 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm



  251. 253 eprisewildcat April 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I was getting ready to ask… Is this our D.Lowe pitching tonight? That sinker ball of his was really sinking. He was cruising until Ludwig hit one a country mile to left and Pujols strokes a solid single up the middle. Yep, that’s our D.Lowe!

    Pujols gets the superstar safe call at third as he advances from second on the chopper to Chipper. Man… I miss Skip!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  252. 254 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    almost by J-Hey


  253. 255 berigan2electricboogaloo April 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Wow, two runs of offense, kinda offensive, ain’t it???

    Oh well, the games not over yet….


  254. 256 eprisewildcat April 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    No Ber but it doesn’t look good now. We can’t get a break in any facet of the game. Ball off the end of the bat should have been caught by Melky but no doubt it had some wicked spin on it. I remember running in on those kind of balls. Your head and eyes bouncing all over and the ball starts to waffle. Yikes!!!

    McClouth is just about an automatic out. I don’t understand whats up with him. Really thought he would be a star for this team.

    Of course the more I complain the more the Braves score. It helps that the Cards are booting the ball around a bit.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  255. 257 eprisewildcat April 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Dennys Reyes looks like a tick that’s ready to bust. Pleasant thought, aye?

    GO BRAVES!!!


  256. 258 berigan2electricboogaloo April 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Well, nuts! Glaus does seem to look better. Joe Simpson was so excited when he hit a drive to left, I was excited as well, but it didn’t even make it to the warning track! He wasn’t overpowered by 96, 97 stuff tonight though.
    Wildcat, I wanted to see Nate hitting 2nd, 6th, anything but leadoff with his power. At this point??? I’d gladly like to see him hitting leadoff, and hitting .280+!!!


  257. 259 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Sigh… Another heart breaker for the Braves. What is this, the 4th 1 run loss? Pretty soon someone on the team is going to have to bite the head off a live chicken or something to break this spell…


  258. 260 berigan2electricboogaloo April 28, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Gil, 😆


  259. 261 eprisewildcat April 28, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Gil that reminds of this exchange in Major League.

    Pedro Cerrano: Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.

    Eddie Harris: You know you might think about taking Jesus Christ as your savior instead of fooling around with all this stuff.

    Pedro Cerrano: Jesus, I like him very much, but he no help with curveball.

    Eddie Harris: You trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?

    GO BRAVES!!!


  260. 262 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Good one Wildcat…


  261. 263 Voice of Raisins April 28, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Jesus would make a great leadoff hitter.

    Than again, He did pretty well at “cleanup”.



  262. 264 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Just think of the record number of SAVES he has….


  263. 265 eprisewildcat April 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    We have our annual church mens golf trip this Thursday thru Saturday at Bagby State Park Georgia. On the eastern shore of Lake Eufaula. Very nice state park with a great golf course. The accomadations are very nice and pretty reasonable. 36 holes on Thu and Fri, with 18 on Sat morning. Bible study each night makes for a great trip. Makes our 10th year I think.

    I tell y’all this because without me watching the Braves I’m certain we’re going on a nice little win streak. Yep, I’m calling it. Starting tonight and well into May we are going to win like 16 out of 20. Mark it down!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  264. 266 Voice of Raisins April 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Wow, cat…

    Sounds like a great trip. Hit ’em straight, and dig in hard. I’ll bet the study will be fantastic.


  265. 267 eprisewildcat April 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Raisins… I love the avatar! Summarizes the feelings of Braves fans everywhere. But the winning streak starts tonight.

    By the way thanks for the encouragement. You’re right the Bible is always a big hit!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  266. 268 Carolina Lady April 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm



  267. 269 Carolina Lady April 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Isn’t it incredibly, wonderfully refreshing to have a place where you can talk all the baseball you want and still freely talk about God and Jesus, as well? 🙂


  268. 270 berigan2electricboogaloo April 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    CL, yep!!!
    Man, I saw it was 3 nothing. Then 6-0. Joe Simpson will walk back to Atlanta if the braves come back. Go Braves!!!!


  269. 271 Gil in Mechanicsville April 29, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I watch the first 4 innings and then threw in the towel. It’s not my first train wreck…


  270. 272 Carolina Lady April 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I cannot even imagine what happened to this team. There can’t be much joy in the upper offices of Mudville.


  271. 273 Voice of Raisins April 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    It is kind of surreal. I still believe, but man… they seriously need to turn this thing around soon… 😐


  272. 274 Voice of Raisins April 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    … and the beat goes on…


  273. 275 berigan2electricboogaloo April 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    The Game has started, but you may not want to watch. David Freese just hit an opposite field homer that hit the fair/foul poll, to give the Cards a 3 run lead…in the first….with Wainwright on the hill….


  274. 276 Voice of Raisins April 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    And now Jurjjens is out with a strained left hammy… what else can possibly go wrong?!?

    Wait… I wish I had not asked that question… 😐


  275. 277 berigan2electricboogaloo April 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Yeah V, never a good idea to say (or type) that out there! 😯


  276. 278 berigan2electricboogaloo April 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    See what you caused V??? 😛

    Wow…8-1 in the…..5th…well on their way to a 9th straight loss.
    if the manager was anyone other than Bobby Cox, you know they would be fired. Along with the “hitting” coach.


  277. 279 berigan2electricboogaloo April 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    so, anyone read any good books lately??? 😕


  278. 280 Voice of Raisins April 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Me and my big mouth, er… fingers… 😡


  279. 281 Gil in Mechanicsville April 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Yes, as he types Yunel limps off the field….


  280. 282 Gil in Mechanicsville April 29, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    To be honest, I did not see this coming… really… Could have predicted a lot of odd things but a Gnatisk losing streak was not it. Of course, Bobby can now say he has come full circle in his stint as manager of the Braves, this team will more closely end up with a record like the ’90 Braves than the ’91….


  281. 283 flbravesgirl April 30, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Well, at least I got to see a Braves win today… in Gwinnett.


  282. 284 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Awesome, FBG. If they’re at home tonight, I might take my son and go over there. We have a “boys’ night” ahead of us tonight.


  283. 285 berigan2electricboogaloo April 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Gil, I hear what you are saying about this coming out of nowhere! This is NOT how I think anyone here could imagine the team going.
    If Nate was hitting .250-260, if Melky was hitting at least what he hit in the AL, IF Troy was hitting .240 with 6 HR’s…If Diaz was hitting close to his .300+ career average…If Yunel was hitting like Yunel normally does…
    Lots of If’s there. Who could predict the whole team forgetting how to hit??? How to field???


  284. 287 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    WordPress was broke… now it’s fixed.

    Can we fix Los Bravos so quickly?


  285. 288 Carolina Lady April 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    from my cousin Sue in NM:

    Subject: Update on Kaylynn Garcia (Silver City UMC daycare worker’s daughter)

    Kaylynn, about whom you have received earlier information, is 17
    months old and was badly burned after falling into a BBQ pit on
    Easter Sunday. She was burned on both arms from her fingers to just below the elbows. Early prognosis was amputation or no use of her hands.

    The updates reveal the grace of God, and she will not only have full use of her hands, but she is healing very quickly. She has had many surgeries. Her left hand looks very good. Her right hand is still immobilized with a splint and cover to protect the skin graphs.

    Kaylynn was released from the Phoenix hospital yesterday. She was here in Silver City today (I got to visit with her and her family) and she is off to Albuquerque UNMH for additional evaluation and continuing treatments.

    We are in the process of getting “Thank You letters” out to the many who have made donations for Kaylynn’s immediate assistance and future needs. The gifts are so very generous.

    The greatest joy, even beyond the gifts, is the love and prayers that have poured out from all over the US to help a little girl in the bottom left corner of New Mexico. The greatest surprise is watching the same little girl run around my office getting into things . .though it is what little ones do, it was not expected in just 4 weeks time.

    Keep the prayers flying and sing praises the Lord!


    Gregg Wm. Armstrong, pastor
    First United Methodist Church
    314 W College
    Silver City, NM 88061


  286. 289 berigan2electricboogaloo April 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Great news CL!!! 🙂


  287. 290 berigan2electricboogaloo April 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Well, sure hasn’t been a good week for us. Our cat Baby died (My Mom gave him that name), I guess since he was about 6 months old when he found us. He was forever immature as well, so it fit him to a tee! 🙂
    Baby was about 14…
    He was truly a goofy, funny, very affectionate cat, as you can see from these photos….he thought he was a dog, as he came when you called him! Last cat we had. Can’t ever remember us not having a cat in all of my 43 years.
    4 were alive when my Mom died in 2005….
    We are going to miss him terribly….



  288. 291 berigan2electricboogaloo April 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    CL, or Gil, can you put the word died, after the words, our cat Baby, in the first line??? Thanks!


  289. 292 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Braves win! Whew! 😯


  290. 293 Gil in Mechanicsville April 30, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Done Ber…

    And FINALLY!!!! Now, let’s see if the Braves can get this ship turned around.

    Hanson looked every bit the stopper tonight. Didn’t stop me from fretting about the ninth however.


  291. 294 Gil in Mechanicsville April 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    And Ber… I really am sorry for your loss. Tough thing losing a family pet. Especially one that evokes so many memories.


  292. 295 berigan2electricboogaloo April 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks Gil!
    Amazing how attached you can get to a pet…they do become family. I mean Clinton was still prez when we got him!

    Now baseball…very happy to see a win!!!
    Just missed Nate’s homer, but saw him bunt, steal a base…even though it didn’t lead to a run, it’s what the braves NEED to do! Put pressure on the other team’s defense..make the pitcher rush the ball up there.
    Melky and Nate were both later thrown out, but I didn’t care. (Was Nate out??? I was cooking, and ran in, but don’t think they showed a replay) Take some *&#@! chances already!!!

    I was really glad Wags got lucky with the DP, cuz I think Hanson had only 94 pitches, and I was going to call a certain manager a moron(or worse) if he blew it! 😈


  293. 296 flbravesgirl April 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Woohoo! Thank you, Mr. Hanson & Mr. Heyward.

    Glavine worked radio tonight, which was fun & maybe he was lucky.


  294. 297 flbravesgirl April 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Ber, I’m so sorry to hear about Baby. I know how you feel, lost my Ricci after 16 years & haven’t had the heart to allow myself to serve another cat since.


  295. 298 Voice of Raisins April 30, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Ber, Hanson made 99 pitches. Bobby was 100% correct to bring in Billy, even if Billy had blown it. Hanson did his job; the 9th inning is Billy’s job.

    The closer gets his “save”, and the starter will look as good in September as he does in April.


  296. 299 Gil in Mechanicsville May 1, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Personally, I thought both Melky and Nate were safe on their attempts to steal second but the ump was not in position to make the correct call. Part of that “Karma” thingee I believe…

    Yes, going by the book, Bobby played it right. Still made me nervous however.


  297. 300 Salty May 1, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I dislike ‘the book’. It was Hanson’s game…the reliever/closer is there when the tank gets low. Nothing in Hanson’s performance suggests he was done. There have been more games lost by ‘the book’ than won, in my opinion.


  298. 301 Carolina Lady May 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Ber, my heart goes out to you, my friend. Judging from the photos, he was a very loving little guy. I’m so sorry.


  299. 302 berigan2electricboogaloo May 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks for the kind words everyone…
    It’s tough, but at least he is no longer suffering. He went from 13 lbs, to 7 in about 4 months…


  300. 303 berigan2electricboogaloo May 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    V, I would agree most of the time with pulling Hanson, but he had set down what, 17 in a row??? Under 100 pitches???
    Perhaps images of Steve Avery dance in Bobby’s head…but it can’t hurt to have a guy complete a game once in awhile.
    You have to have faith in your closer,(a guy who was rusty with only one game in a week plus) but that wasn’t a typical game. If they had lost that one…I shudder to think what would have happened.
    Thank goodness we won! 🙂


  301. 304 berigan2electricboogaloo May 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Hey! Why didn’t someone tell me the braves were playing??? 😡
    We won! 😀
    Glaus drove in 4 runs! 🙂
    JHey hit another homer! :mrgreen:
    You don’t see this one 😮 much, do you???


  302. 305 eprisewildcat May 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Back from another fantastic Hillcrest Baptist Open. Great time was had by all. Even though the Wildcat suffered with a nasty stomach virus the entire time I managed a final round 79 to gain back some respectability. Hey… Tiger shot a 79 the other day so maybe he’ll come play with us next year. I think he could use the Bible study. By the way the Bible study and worship was awesome!

    Saw a bit of the Braves win yesterday on the TV that was on the counter in the seafood restaurant we ate in Friday night. I unfortunately could not eat anything. Older gentleman who owned the place wore a Braves cap. His wife sat behind the counter perched on a stool and ran the register. When asked about the Braves the old fellas expression told the whole story. Yuk! I wish I’d thought to get their picture.

    Hey, I know I predicted a victory the other night but must have misunderstood my vision. Winning 16 out of 20 started Friday night.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  303. 306 Gil in Mechanicsville May 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I would take a 79 any day… Now I would be lucky to score 79 on the front nine…. Sigh… You’ve got to be tough to get old.

    I was treated to the Phillies vs Mets, Will likely get the Yankees vs Red Sox next Saturday 😦

    Oh well, need a good winning streak now to help us forget April. Glaus had a heck of a day. When you are in the money spot you’ve got to deliver. Failure to do so was what got the Braves to the cellar.


  304. 307 eprisewildcat May 2, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Gil… you are so right about getting old. I played Saturday with two seniors, Joe 79, and Jimmy 81. Joe has had both knees and a hip replaced. Last year he had bypass heart surgery. He says getting old is “not for wimps!” Jimmy, who just lost him wife, stays extremely active playing golf and softball. On the course he can still score in the 70’s. I should add he is a big Braves fan. Both are great men and role models.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  305. 308 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

    The last time I went to the driving range, just to see if I could still play a little bit, I was awful. Couldn’t turn at all. I was so awful I just said it was time to hang em up. Putting is out too because the pain is too great from having to partially bend my back.

    So enjoy it while you can my friend, you just never know when it will stop.

    Now, having said that, I think I’ll go outside and enjoy the morning before it gets too warm.


  306. 309 berigan2electricboogaloo May 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Wildcat, a 79??? Now that’s something to be proud of! 🙂

    I have never actually played a round of golf. Played putt putt, not exactly the same I hear. 😕

    I did get to go to a golf course once…had a box of books I couldn’t sell to anyone(literally, I was just there to show people the variety of books we had at Borders) and it was a Hooter’s charity event…so I was somewhat less than invisible. Fun to watch others golf, and chit chat with the ladies, while I sat at the hole at a table. With a bunch of golf books. Double 😕
    At least I wasn’t at the store that day! 😀


  307. 310 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Ber, should have been selling magic beans…. Golfers will buy anything that they think will make them play better… well, almost. The thing about golf books is most golfers are too arrogant to think they can really learn from a book. They will buy magic beans however… 🙂 And expensive clubs.. and balls.. and just about anything else besides reading material.

    You can really get into a golfer’s kitchen too. Think baseball players are bad? At least they try to hit the ball with 50,000 screaming fans going off. Golfers get mad if they hear a camera click while making a shot… Seriously, you can really psyche them out just by mentioning something negative about their game. They will think about it so much they will be lucky to find their way from the tee to the green.

    As for me, well, I knew my limitations going in and still managed to fall short of them… :-)I sometimes though I could moonlight as a water witch because I could find a water hazard faster than you could say “shank”… Yep, could have just shown up on someone’s site with nothing but a driver and a TopFlite and could have shown them exactly where to drill.


  308. 311 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I was debating on driving up to DC to see the Braves play the Gnats. I must admit that the 9 game nose dive was a bit of a buzzkill for me. That said, I may decide to go after all. Won’t be Tuesday because I have seen Kershin pitch but maybe Wednesday or Thursday. Amazing what winning a few games can do for your attitude.


  309. 312 eprisewildcat May 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Golf is such a difficult sport to play well golfers are always looking for a fix. The thing that they don’t do is practice effectively. Some are able to take the really good books by Hogan and Nicklaus and apply the lessons. Some are natural athletes who are able to quickly play well. But most are like me and they play for years struggling to find something, anything, that will work for them. I did finally take some lessons that used video with computer animation to point out errors in my swing. The Ralph Mann “Swing Like a Pro” system really did help me out a lot. I have played to 4 handicap but now I play closer to an 8.

    Being able to keep the ball in play and chase par is a lot of fun. Competitive golf is a different story. Really takes someone with a very competitive nature. Love to watch a good tournament like the Masters. The golf they play is a game I’m not familiar with, to steal a line from Jack.

    The Braves appear to have found something that’s working for them. Don’t know if T.Pendelton has ordered a Ralph Mann system but I hope it keeps working!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  310. 313 eprisewildcat May 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Gil… We need you in DC for some keen eyed observations. Would also like to see some pictures of their new stadium. Have you been there already?

    Johan Santana does not look like the beast the Mets were hoping for when they gave him a gazillion dollars. Can’t believe they swept us… argggghh!!! Grand slam for Victorino… Yikes!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  311. 314 berigan2electricboogaloo May 2, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Gil, you are on a roll today young man! 😆
    Wildcat, you are an interesting read today too! Just don’t get too interesting guys, we don’t want to have to charge folks to read the ol B&S! 😉

    Now baseball…the less I see of the team, the better they do! Once again I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around the fact they were once again playing a day game on a weekend! 🙄

    I did see the last few innings, when they were up 7-1.
    A few wins and all of the sudden, you start feeling like there is still hope in mudville.

    If Melky, and Glaus just hit .250, we will do better. If Chipper ever gets on track, we will do better. We know McCann will start hitting, especially if the pressure is off…

    So, the main point I am making is…wait for it…the more the Braves hit, the better we will be! 😛


  312. 315 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Wildcat, I discovered golf at a very late age, I think I was 40 when I was seduced by the game. Had an absolute passion for it but alas, it was a very fickle mistress and now I am but a mere shadow of my former self. Still have fond memories however…

    Yes Ber, scoring more runs does have a somewhat positive effect on the outcome of most games, just ask Derek Lowe….

    Oh, and yes, I have been to Nationals Park. It has somewhat of a cookie cutter feel about it but considering that it was built in Washington DC it is a wonder they remembered to install seats. A lot of chrome and glass but the sight lines are good and the seats large and comfortable. It is more comfortable than Turner Field which I thought to be a bit cramped and stifling when the humidity is high in Atlanta. Camden Yards in Baltimore is a really nice ballpark. Too bad it is wasted upon the Orioles. Still, for a long time they managed to sell the place out a lot. Still do when the Yankees come to town.


  313. 316 eprisewildcat May 3, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Gil… if given lessons and an opportunity to play at a young age (while we are trainable) the ability to hit a ball correctly comes very easy. I started late as well, at age 29.

    I love going to ballparks as well. I really enjoyed the Texas Rangers stadium the Ballpark at Arlington. Can become an oven in the Texas heat but very, very nice..

    GO BRAVES!!!!


  314. 317 eprisewildcat May 3, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Gil… if given lessons and an opportunity to play at a young age (while we are trainable) the ability to hit a ball correctly comes very easy. I started late as well, at age 29.

    I love going to ballparks as well. I really enjoyed the Texas Rangers stadium the Ballpark at Arlington. Can become an oven in the Texas heat but very, very nice..

    GO BRAVES!!!!


  315. 318 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    MLBTR: Braves signed a fifth European player from their team academy in the Spanish Canary Islands. The latest addition is catcher Victor Velazquez, who will join outfielder Deion Galvan, catcher Roberto Machado, infielder Alejandro Sanchez Martinez, and Dutch outfielder Ruben Rijkhof in the Braves system.


  316. 319 Voice of Raisins May 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Wow… the new “system” across the street has done pretty much what I expect the “suits” wanted: it drew in alot of new bloggers.

    More and newer certainly do not equate to better. It appears that there are alot of mouth-breathers hitching their wagons over there…

    Real opinion and discussion are at a premium. Mostly, it is random attention grabbing statements and unsubstantiated childish insults tossed at current players/coaches. Too bad. It was a nice place a few years ago…


  317. 320 Gil in Mechanicsville May 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Raisins, I use the scroll wheel a lot when I stop by over there now days. Too many “and idiots” and “maroons” and it just proves that the old adage that “If you place an infinite number of monkeys in a room with an infinite number of computers, eventually you will have the DOB/MIB AJC baseball blog”….

    Same thing, only different… 🙂


  318. 321 Hillbilly May 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    So, a couple of months ago I put a deposit down on a condo in Gulf Shores, AL for a week in July. I wonder how that is going to turn out? I hate to eat that deposit, but I sure can’t justify a week in GS without any beach time.

    Funny thing is I’m taking a vacation to get AWAY from crude oil (which is my livelihood.)


  319. 322 Gil in Mechanicsville May 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Yo Hillbilly, at least you won’t mind the smell….


  320. 323 Gil in Mechanicsville May 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Personally, I’m not ruling out sabotage. Only other probability would be a natural gas leak. Still, a big mess.


  321. 324 Carolina Lady May 4, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Man, that’s tough, Hillbilly.

    Gil, that 1:20 is LOL funny! 😆

    Billy Wagner is retiring after this season. Told Bobby Friday. Well, who will be next year’s closer?


  322. 325 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Gee, why am I surprised to see this after the news media reported they were looking for a white man as their prime suspect?


    Another example of “man made violence” I suppose….


  323. 326 eprisewildcat May 4, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Gil… I’m only surprised by the fact there have not been more highly coordinated and better equipped attacks. The jihad against this country I’m afraid is only beginning. Very frightening indeed!


  324. 327 berigan2electricboogaloo May 4, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Gil, no joke, I heard Mayor Bloomberg of NYC say on CBS news last night….

    “If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something. It could be anything,” he said.

    “There is no evidence here of a conspiracy, there is no evidence that it’s tied into anything else. It looks like an amateurish job done by at least one person,” he told Couric.


    And to think, he’s a billionaire!


  325. 328 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Now this is funny, I don’t care who you are…



  326. 329 berigan2electricboogaloo May 4, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Wildcat, exactly! There have been more, poorly planned attacks of late, but they will get lucky one day. Thank God it wasn’t Saturday.
    Whats so weird is this will be mostly forgotten in a week, but what if he had used the right fertilizer, and had set the alarm clock to 7 PM, instead of AM???
    It would be a 24/7 news story for a week.


  327. 330 berigan2electricboogaloo May 4, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Now baseball.
    CL, thanks for posting the story on Wagner. I saw it, and forgot about it.
    I do wonder if the timing of it, during the terrible streak, colored his views? I mean, it’s swell to spend time with your family and all(and that he wants to) but still, if you can still throw 98, why quit???
    If I could have played professional ball, I would be like Julio Franco, or Ricky Henderson, they would have to tear the uniform off me. And I would just get another one! 😉


  328. 331 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Personally, I’m not ruling out sabotage.

    Jihad? Terrorist?

    I find it awfully coincidental that this extreme leftist, socialist President, who openly bows to the whims of the anti-capitalist environmental commie movement, would announce that he is opening up the waters for more offshore drilling, and almost immediately there is a drilling “accident”. Especially in light of all of the saftey features that somehow ALL failed at the same time. And now we have “a massive, unprecedented disaster.” Oh, and all of the drilling plans are off the table.

    Sabotage? I have few doubts… The real question is, who is the enemy?


  329. 332 Hillbilly May 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

    In light of Gil and VOR’s sabotage theory (which I like, btw) let me expound on my post that I had to cut short yesterday. Bear with me:

    So BP claims it’s not their accident but they are responsible…ok, whatever blows your skirt up. All I know is BP’s spill is threatening to ruin my vacation that I desperately need.

    Why do I need this vacation so bad? Glad you asked. Have a seat.

    OSHA showed up at our refinery in March to conduct a 5-month inspection of safety records, documentation, procedures, and what-not. Guess who’s job it is to maintain that stuff. Now having 4 federal regulators sitting in your office asking questions for 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday tends to grind on a man’s nerves. So I’ve aged about 10 years in the past 2 months and I’m not even half-way through it yet. This white-boy neeeeeeds some vacation time in a bad way.

    Now, why are they conducting this inspection? It’s part of a nation-wide program that includes all oil refineries in the US. The program was triggered by an explosion at a refinery in Texas a few years ago that killed 15 people. The explosion was a result of a poorly managed process safety program…multiple alarms and safety systems that failed causing a release that ignited and you get the picture. You want to know who’s refinery that was? Yes, we’ve come full circle.


  330. 333 Voice of Raisins May 4, 2010 at 10:21 am

    HB: I truly hope you get to take that beach vacation. It definitely sounds like you could use one…


  331. 334 eprisewildcat May 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Phillie fans! Throwing snowballs at Santa is one thing, but geeeezzz!!!


  332. 335 eprisewildcat May 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Well… I guess I don’t know how to post a picture. Tried to post a picture of taser and vomit Phillie fan. Oh well!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  333. 336 berigan2electricboogaloo May 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Wildcat, photos are needlessly difficult with wordpress, IMHO.
    Youtube on the other hand….copy link and paste!


  334. 337 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Since this is the internet and if you see it on the internet, then it must be true… Let me say that sabotage was my first reaction to the oil rig explosion. Not Muslim Extremist either. Nope, I was thinking more along the lines of eco terrorist. A lot of money is involved in the green movement. Now I am not anti environmental. I have seen first hand the garbage major corporations have dumped in our rivers. The municipalities are not without sin either nor is the Federal government. All I am saying is balance things out a bit.

    Industrial safety is important, but having worked for possibly the most anal retentive company in the world (E I DuPont) when it comes to safety, I know even then poop happens…

    I feel for you though Hillbilly, been there and done that. It would not be so bad if they would actually send someone out who had a clue as to what your job actually entails. And yes, I have been around when the witch hunts starts and they are not satisfied until someone is burned at the stake. Kind of like the police saying they don’t have a quota but come the end of the month, you see them pulling folks left and right.

    Anyway, hope you do get to spend your vacation basking in the sun on pristine white beaches but you better use STF 100 or you are going to be burned to a crisp.

    Now baseball…. meeting resistance form Josie on driving up to DC tomorrow night. She does not think it to be all that safe in Washington. 😦 Bummer…


  335. 338 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    And Ber….. DON”T TAZE ME BRO!!!! 🙂


  336. 339 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    And yet another reason you should not taunt a fat guy… They don’t fight fair…


  337. 340 berigan2electricboogaloo May 4, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Gil, 😆 to..well, everything! 🙂


  338. 341 eprisewildcat May 4, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Yeah… the morons Mike and Mike were waxing on an on about how security over reacted by tasing the delinquent Phillie fan. The fool would still be running around if they had not tased him. An appropriate use of force to me. Besides nothing better than seeing a Phillie or Met being tased.

    Ber… let me give it a try!


  339. 342 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Well, always said the Nationals could put up some crooked numbers on ya pretty quick. The Braves have had their chance but as usual guys have been left on the vine to wither and die.


  340. 343 eprisewildcat May 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Gil… this is awful, awful!!! Very hard to have confidence that this is going to get better any time soon. Time for a ninth inning rally to inspire this team.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  341. 344 berigan2electricboogaloo May 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    There ya go Wildcat!

    Well, since we go out on Tuesdays, missed most of the game. Well, missed might be the wrong word…lucked out? 😕


  342. 345 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Disturbing. 😐

    Not the tasing, nor the oil spill, but the Braves offense, which is pretty… well, offensive.

    Too many holes in important spots. First to come to mind is the #3 spot. Whathisname needs to get it going. Honestly, I don’t have a whole lot of confidence that it will happen. To drastic, and too prolonged. This isn’t something that is just 20 games old. It stretches too far back into last season.

    It’ll never happen in this lifetime, but Bobby needs to swap Chipper and JSmack in the order.

    Like Gil said, too many guys left on base. It’s been that way for all of April and now into May.

    And what of Mac? He hit like .999 in Disney, and left all of his hits there. It’s like a Fairy Tale, just different.

    And Glaus? Well, you know… It’s no mystery there…

    Yep, 3-5 is killing this team. No doubt about it.


  343. 346 Hillbilly May 5, 2010 at 11:00 am

    In all fairness to Glaus, he has been hitting the ball a lot better lately and last night’s 0-fer was just not fair. He hit the ball on the screws all night with nothing but Nats’ highlights to show for it.

    Check this out. In his last ten games:

    .333 Avg
    .462 OBP
    .400 SLG
    8 walks and only 7 strikeouts

    That’s not much in the XBH department, but compare that to his previous ten games (below) and you’ll see he’s turned it around significantly.

    .125 Avg
    .176 OBP
    .313 SLG
    2 walks and 10 strikouts


  344. 347 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Glaus and Mac aside, I am tremendously concerned about Chipper. It’s more than a slow start now. It’s a repeat of the last 4 months of 2009.

    Is it injuries? Is it age? Is it lack of PED’s? (Not accusing, just asking…) It has to be something. He has passed slump and has entered non-performance.

    If it’s injury, place his butt on the DL and get him healthy for the 2nd half.

    If it’s something else, well… then you have a whole new problem. Then we’re back to the whole “treating an icon respectably” thing. I respect the heck out of him. But he has a slash line of .222/.385/.375. He projects out to 14 HR and 43 RBI.

    Now, prior to last year, I’d be the first to say, “No way Chipper Jones hits like that all season!” Uh, he hit like that last season.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.


  345. 348 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Oh, and we need an everyday LF. With pop. But that goes without saying. Even Frank has to acknowledge that one.

    When was the last time we had a real LF in LF?

    Let’s see…

    2010: Melky/Matty? Bad/Badder.
    2009: Garrett Anderson? Over the hill.
    2008: Gregor Blanco? Under the hill
    2007: Matt Diaz? Couldn’t do it every day.
    2006: Ryan Langerhans? Do I really need to make a comment here?
    2005: Kelly Johnson? Converted IF.
    2004: Charles Thomas? Late flash in a very brief pan.
    2002-3: Chipper Jones? He doesn’t count; he isn’t really a LF anyway.
    2001: B.J. Surhoff? Maybe. He’s close. Gone after one year.
    2000: Reggie friggin’ Sanders? Please. No words can describe that horrendous season in LF. Except maybe “horrendous”.
    1999: Gerald Williams? You can’t be serious.
    1994-8: Ryan Klesko? Do y’all realize we had 5 seasons of a converted slow 1B in LF?
    1993: Ron Gant. There it is. Seriously.

    17 years.

    Since 1993, we have had an unbelievable assortment of converted infielders, castoffs and hopefuls. I might give you Surhoff, but that was for only one season.

    It’d really be nice to just once have a legitimate Major League LF that we could pencil in every day.

    Wouldn’t it?


  346. 349 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Scary isn’t it? No real pop in left field for so long?

    I agree on Chipper too. It is becoming obvious he is being out thunk by pitchers. A lot of his game came from figuring out what pitchers were going to throw him in certain counts. Well, he might be guessing right but he is not hitting mistakes.

    It’s sad really when an icon starts his downhill slide. Chipper is not the first and won’t be the last.

    The guy I am most concerned about right now is BMac. He just has not got it going at all. Swinging at some real ugly pitches and looking bad doing it.

    I guess I don’t have to tell you guys we did not make it up to DC today…. Just too beat up right now to make the trip. I don’t think there is any part of my body that does not hurt… 😦 Maybe it’s a good time for a nap… Later…


  347. 350 berigan2electricboogaloo May 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Hillbilly, you make a good point! I knew Troy was doing better of late, but hadn’t seen the numbers. I caught yesterday’s game late, but I heard he was hitting the ball well. He has been robbed a few games of late…I saw one game where everyone was making spectacular catches …
    Troy’s 14 RBI’s are 5 more than the 3rd place guys, McCann.
    Hey, did ya know Hinske has 8 rbi’s???
    Hey, here’s a crazy idea, play him in left while he’s hot…Nah, gotta respect Melky and Diaz….


  348. 351 Voice of Raisins May 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm


    JJJ on the 15 day DL… Meds gets his next start… Kimbrel called up and should join the ‘pen tonight.

    This is not exactly how this season was supposed to unfold!


  349. 352 berigan2electricboogaloo May 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Well, we have been lucky with starters since that disastrous year(was it just 2008?)
    But Jason Heyward leaving the game with a sore groin??? Sure don’t need that! 😯
    And V, you are right, McCann is really messed up right now. Terrible, terrible swings tonight. Did Frenchy give him some hitting advice???


  350. 353 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I think he is having vision problems Ber.

    And leave it to the geniuses in Washington to misspell Bobby Cox’s name on the cake while honoring him. I guess none of that stimulus money was wasted on something so mundane as making sure someone’s name is spelled correctly.

    Had it happen to me once. I made sure I misspelled those people’s names from then on. Yes, I know I am petty but it is one of my lesser faults…

    And good win by the Braves tonight. Actually, any win is good for the Bravos no matter how ugly it actually was getting there.

    And Lord how I hate having to listen to Ron Dibble’s drivel.


  351. 354 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    And a pulled groin for Heyward. You can play with one but you sure can’t make long strides nor walk down stairs easily. One night I will share a story of how I had to drive home from a game after pulling my left groin and had to drive a 3/4 ton Chevy pick-up with a straight shift…. Oh the humanity…. Pulled hamsting on the right, pulled groin on the left… Must say I walked really funny for a while….

    And all the while, had to suck it up because you were not allowed to get hurt if you worked for DuPont….


  352. 355 eprisewildcat May 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Nice win in extras! Still got some work to do for 16 out of 20 but it’s going to happen.

    Heyward doesn’t know how he pulled a groin. Obviously he’s in to good a shape. I know for sure how I pull something.

    Yeah the “Nasty Boy” Rob Drivvel is a tough listen. I’m glad XM has other choices. Of course MLB Network Radio doesn’t have a real stellar line-up. I think it was Jim Bowden and Casey Stern that had me scrambling for the dial yesterday.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  353. 356 flbravesgirl May 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I hope the vacation works out, Hillbilly, just as I’m hoping the oil doesn’t affect our local beaches. I’d be heartbroken to see them get filthed up like FL’s east coast.

    It’s been a time of interesting animal encounters here the past few days. First there was the truck-surfing dog ( on top of the cab, leaning into the curves), sprinting cows ( the farmer must’ve been putting something gooood in the trough), a chipmunk hanging out on the front porch, rescuing a hummingbird from our garage & the tiniest little bunny out back. Plus the 2 neighbor cats & black Lab visit most days.


  354. 357 flbravesgirl May 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Got a few local elections coming up here & one gentleman who is running for County Comm. has the last name of Spitsnogle. I kid you not.


  355. 358 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2010 at 4:20 am

    With a name like Spitsnogle you would have to be very motivated…

    And welcome to the country Jenn… Won’t be all that long before you will see turkeys and bears… and lots of deer.

    Sigh… had to remove a black snake from one of the bluebird boxes yesterday. My project this week is to make it “snakeproof” Not sure if it is possible but will try. Maybe I can at least make it snake resistant.

    I hate to destroy the snake because he helps reduce the rodent population around here. Besides, I have a real aversion to killing anything.

    Our humming birds have not yet made it this far north. Congratulations on your save, not sure how your neighbor’s cats feel about that though.

    Did not take long for a few folks other than the politicians to take advantage of the oil spill. Price of seafood has jumped already. I never knew that Alaskan King crabs grew in the gulf. Of course that is what some would like for you to believe.

    NBC still tries to make the spill a bigger story by describing the leak in gallons rather than barrels of oil as the normally do. I guess we should be thankful they don’t convert it to liters.

    Also turns out the dead turtle found was unrelated to the oil spill much to the disappointment of CNN….


  356. 359 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Now baseball…. This Braves team has a real Jeckyl and Hyde personality about it. Still say BMac is not seeing the ball all that well. Has anyone else noticed the number of inside pitches to left handed batters he has just totally let go through to the screen?

    Don’t get me wrong folks, I really like Brian but something sure is amiss.

    At least some of the other Braves appear to be finding their swing again.


  357. 360 Voice of Raisins May 6, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Anybody notice that we finally won a game on the road after putting on the traditional road gray uni’s? What is our record in the blues? What about that horrid red?

    Maybe they should continue in the gray for the foreseeable future…


  358. 361 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I have four uniforms that I can list on my all time can’t stand list..

    1. The White Sox’s softball wide lapel unis

    2. The Pirates’ Black and Gold French Foreign Legion hat unis

    3. The Astros’ rainbow unis

    4. Any uniform that has either New York or Yankees written across the front….


  359. 362 berigan2electricboogaloo May 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Well at least we won’t be no hit again….and Jhey just tied the game up with a single! Hopefully, he won’t strain that groin worse….


  360. 363 berigan2electricboogaloo May 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    FBG, is Spitsnogle running for State Senate??? Spitsnogle state Senator, sounds swell.


  361. 364 berigan2electricboogaloo May 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Gil, you might be on to something with Brian’s eyesite. You are right, he has really looked average or worse behind the plate, and I never really noticed that before this year….he seems to have regressed.

    Gil, about the pain issues. Do you all have a hot tub??? Man, when we had one in Jacksonville, it was heaven! 🙂

    A bit more like 👿 when it was above 90 outside though….


  362. 365 berigan2electricboogaloo May 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    No really, the braves load the bases and don’t score, the Nats have bases loaded and do??? With Willie Harris in a deep slump??? Who’d a thunk it??? 🙄
    Sigh…..are we really the worst team in the NL East??? Can that be?????


  363. 366 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Worse team in the NL East? Well, statistics don’t lie do they?

    Braves should have won the game tonight. Like Raisins said… Too many holes…

    To be fair however, Olsen has had quite a resurgence in DC. Another example of how a change in venue can sometimes do a fella a world of good.

    And hot tub… While I love them, they make my ankles swell terribly, otherwise I would have one.

    Josie is wearing me out. After much angst over getting someone to paint our living room, Josie has had it with folks who fail to show up and has taken matters into her own hands. The 14 foot vaulted ceiling should be a trip but I’m game. I do the baseboard because it allows me to utilize my low center of gravity… I’m not very fast but I can be steady.

    Besides, it gives me a good excuse to stay in while it is still hot outside. Cold front should be moving in tomorrow however. Calling for it to be in the 70s by Sunday. Delightful…


  364. 367 flbravesgirl May 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    We’ve seen turkey & deer, Gil & the neighbors saw a bear, presumably the one that left tracks in the snow on our driveway in March.

    The cats are a little chunky. No way they could catch a hummingbird. They like lizards.


  365. 368 flbravesgirl May 6, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    What uni did they wear tonight, VOR? I really dislike the blue, they look like cheap batting practice jerseys.


  366. 369 eprisewildcat May 7, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I actually like all the Braves uniforms. The home whites are the best in the bigs. The road greys are classic and look best with the blue and red cap. The new road blues are a good looking alternate and I really like the cap. The Sunday red uniform really needs to be seen on the field to be appreciatied. The Sunday cap is only OK, but I do own one.

    Now what we really need is somebody, anybody that can hit to wear the uniform. What is up with this team? I didn’t think we would be the Bronx Bombers but this team should score some runs. Didn’t get to watch the game live but I’m catching the replay right now. Too bad I know the outcome. Geeeezzzz!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  367. 370 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Wildcat, I too like the blues….speaking of the blues…what would it take to try another hitting coach??? I guess 2011, when said hitting coach becomes the manager????


  368. 371 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Bases loaded with one out in the ninth. If the Braves could have score just one run the outcome of the game would have been totally different…

    Wags would have pitched in the bottom of the ninth…

    Still early but wow, do the Braves look vulnerable?

    I will be surprised if the win one game this week end in Philly.


  369. 372 Voice of Raisins May 7, 2010 at 8:02 am

    … do the Braves look vulnerable?



  370. 373 Voice of Frustration May 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

    They did wear the grays again tonight, FBG…

    My earlier post was a bit tongue in cheek. I am anything but superstitious. No, I am a pragmatist. Want pragmatism? OK…

    Chipper has not “lost a step”. He has lost a whole stride. Joe Simpson says that his presence in the lineup is important because of his reputation – teams still realize what he is capable of doing. And, Washington did pitch around him in the 9th last night. His rep will only take him so far. I think what we see right now is what we will see all year. I hope I’m wrong.

    Glaus is certainly hitting the ball better… for singles. Not exactly the power threat we need from 1B. We don’t have enough power at other positions to gloss over Glaus’ power shortage.

    Heck, we don’t have power at ANY position other than RF. Thank God for the 20 year old rookie.

    No, I am supremely disappointed in this team. Are they constructed perfectly? Nah… but coming north from Mouse-world they did appear to have potential to score some runs. I thought they’d score enough to compliment their “superior” pitching. Speaking of the pitching, uh… not exactly dominating. Not enough to make up for their shortcomings.

    Am I giving up already? No. I am not. But they have to make some adjustments. They have to find another power bat. They have to. Frank needs to find a heavy hitting LF, and he needs to do it now. Now. There is no longer the luxury of “waiting to see how things take shape”. I see the shape. It’s ugly.

    And if Nate can’t get it going, he needs to get gone. He is hurting this team. Want my opinion? I think he’s a little lacking between the ears. It was easy to perform in Pittsburgh; there were little to no expectations. In Atlanta, the heat is turned up a bit. And he has wilted. Consistently.

    So, Frank… go find us 2/3 of an outfield. Good luck with that.


    — Voice of Frustration


  371. 374 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Yep, It’s too bad that Schafer is still a good ways away from being ready to play…

    At what point do you push the panic button? Yes, it’s early but this team does not really show any signs of snapping out of this funk.

    Too easy for opposing teams to pitch around folks in this line-up.

    I have said for a long time, the Nationals only needed pitching to go with their offense. Looks like the are getting there. talk about two organizations headed in opposite directions…

    Okay, time to head to Home Depot. Josie does not like the color white I bought yesterday for the trim work…. Yeah, I know….


  372. 375 eprisewildcat May 7, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Voice of Reason, errr Raisins, errrr FRUSTRATION!!!

    Well written my friend! The frustration felt by us the fans has to pale in comparison to the players. Can Bobby Cox motivate this team to be a contender? Like you I think F.Wren need to pull off something, anything!

    Maybe while in Philly he can borrow that taser from security and use it for motivation. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzaaaapppp!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  373. 376 Voice of Frustration May 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Rome News-Tribune, yesterday:

    Schafer, playing in the third game of a rehab assignment in Rome, went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.

    He is now batting .364 for the R-Braves, and is expected to remain with the team for several more days while recovering from a wrist injury.

    He’ll be in Atlanta before the ASB. Bank on it.

    Still, need that elusive power bat for LF.

    Here’s food for thought… Bobby has himself said that Kimbrel is probably here to stay. When JJ is ready to make his next start in a week, which pitcher goes down? Or will a pitcher go down?

    I won’t be surprised if a trade happens involving a pitcher. Maybe a pitcher who is all of a sudden being allowed to show he can be a starter. Just sayin’…


  374. 377 Voice of Frustration May 7, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Rome News-Tribune, last night:

    Jordan Schafer took a rest from his rehab Thursday.

    The outfielder — who is playing with the Rome Braves this week while recovering from surgery on his left wrist — did not play in the Braves’ 9-5 win over the Hagerstown Suns at State Mutual Stadium.

    Rome manager Randy Ingle said Schafer, who played for Rome in 2006 and 2007, is likely to return to the lineup tonight when the Braves open a four-game series against Asheville at SMS.

    Schafer has gone 4-for-11 (.364) with a double, three runs, one RBI, two walks and four strikeouts in the first three games of his rehab stint.

    He is expected to remain with the R-Braves for the remainder of this homestand, which continues through Monday.

    … at which time he will be assigned to Gwinnett to work toward his 2010 Atlanta debut, which can’t come soon enough…


  375. 378 Voice of Frustration May 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Jayson Stark:

    Attention shoppers: Not that there’s anyone of significance to trade for in the first week of May. But the Dodgers were making calls this week, trying to find starting pitching. The Royals and Phillies have let the world know they’re bullpen hunters. And the Mariners and Braves are “two teams that would love to add a bat,” one GM said.


  376. 379 Voice of Frustration May 7, 2010 at 10:37 am

    A day after Lance Berkman said that if he were the GM he’d explore trading any player on the roster, including himself, GM Ed Wade “had no issue” with the hypothetical answer, and even made light of the comment. “I appreciate Lance’s comments if he were the general manager; if I were the first baseman, I might want to be hitting .350 right now.” –Houston Chronicle

    Yowch! 😯


  377. 381 Voice of Frustration May 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    And the call was correctly made right here on the ol’ B&S. Mac is out again tonight, and will be back in the lineup tomorrow with his glasses back on. Yep, same as last season…


  378. 382 Voice of Frustration May 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I wonder if Chipper should… nah, never mind…



  379. 383 Voice of Frustration May 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    It should be noted that BMac first donned the glasses last year on May 8 in Philly.

    Weird, huh?


  380. 384 eprisewildcat May 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    We certainly have some keen eyed observers and they’re pretty observant too.

    GO BRAVES (Let’s get some runs!!!)


  381. 385 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    V, it could be time for Chipper to get some reading glasses, he is at that age! 😆

    Gil, good eye, if you will pardon the pun, about McCann!
    Man, if you play in the majors, do not get Lasik eye surgery! Scary…I sure hope it won’t be something that messes up his career! 😦

    Not sure what I think of this Cleveland guy….seems cleveland is the AL’s version of the Braves, only they didn’t have expectations. Wonder if they will let him in the clubhouse again?????


  382. 386 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Sometimes I wish I wasn’t right…..

    Anyway, watching the game and thinking how it’s tough playing the Phillies when you are fielding your “B” team…


  383. 387 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Braves making Moyer look like Cy Young tonight. Lowe is hitting the Phillies’s bats with regularity.


  384. 388 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    RATS….. 3 zip Phillies


  385. 389 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Gil, Moyer is likely to lose his spot in the rotation, with Happ coming back…nice game to go back to the bullpen on, eh what??? 🙄


  386. 390 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Wow….just wow…Moyer is going to pitch the 9th!!!
    47 and getting huge cheers from the home crowd, the sellout crowd in Philly. But, you know what??? they cheered him at the bat in a game last week when he had given up 5 runs in a game they were up 11-5…Philly fans must really love him, they booed Mike Schmitt half the time! 😉
    11 pitch ab, but Chavez was able to get out the super tough 47 year old! 😕
    You know, all I can do is laugh right now….what else can you do???


  387. 391 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Well, it was against a AA team, but hats off to Jamie Moyer, a 2 hit complete game shutout!!! At 47!!! It gives me hope that I too can someday pitch in the bigs, I am afterall, only 43! 😛


  388. 392 flbravesgirl May 7, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    So who else is ready to grab the torches & pitchforks & head out to find Mac’s quack of an eye doctor?

    I am beyond frustrated.


  389. 393 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Count me in FBG!!!!
    Isn’t this a second doctor??? The one that was supposed to fix the problems caused by the first??? Or am I mis-remembering????


  390. 394 eprisewildcat May 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere; and somewhere hearts are light; And somewhere men are laughing; and little children shout; But there is no joy in Braves Country – the Braves have been shutout.


  391. 395 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Sigh… Tis a sad state of affairs for Frank Wren and company… There is certainly no joy in Mudville.. or any other ville that roots for LosBravos..


  392. 396 Voice of Frustration May 8, 2010 at 9:00 am



  393. 397 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Well said V! 😛


  394. 398 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Ok, here is my sleep deprived bat poop crazy thinking outside the box idea to improve our offense.
    Astros may, for the first time ever, actually give up on a year, and sell off. A big if. V mentioned Lance Berkman’s name.
    Ok, I would have loved him in the past, he may still have something in the tank, but honestly, he hasn’t looked all that great the last year + only drove in 80 last year. He does walk a lot. he’s 34. Ok, if not him, than who???
    Carlos Lee! What??? Well, if either player is traded, Houston is going to have to eat at least half of said players contract. Of course, if they do that, they are going to want something in return, not the second tier prospects Buster Olney mentions….otherwise, why trade Berkman or Lee, and get slop you already have???

    Anyway, why Lee Berigan??? Glad I asked me.
    He has hit .300 or better, 5 of the last 6 years. (Berkman, 4 of the last 6 years)

    Carlos Lee has driven in 100 or more RBI’s 7 of the last 8 years. The one year he didn’t??? He drove in 99!
    Berkman has drive in 100 or more, 7 of the last 9 years.

    Berkman is a better pure hitter, but he really looked poor swinging, from the highlights I have seen on baseball tonight. Perhaps his swing is messed up…or his knee is still sore. Both he and Lee have stunk so far, but I saw Lee’s first homer, he hit it completely out of ENRON, or whatever it’s called these days. Plus, he can play left and we could leave Glaus at first.
    In 2011, the braves could move him to 1st base. Wha??? What about Freddie Freeman??? Gosh, I don’t know, he’s an athlete, isn’t he??? Have him start playing left now, and see if he can hack it….

    We have to do SOMETHING, and soon, or this year will be lost. No way can we catch the Phils, unless they lose just about all the games they play against the Braves the rest of the year. Wildcard is our one chance.

    But, I get the feeling nothing will be done…gotta wait for Melky and Matty to start tearing the cover off the ball, and Yunel to come back and start hitting…and , well, have a lot of luck/breaks that we haven’t had since opening day.

    Any better ideas???


  395. 399 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Wow, Bobby is showing just a bit of flexibility, good for him! From DOB….
    Hinske’s in LF today. Desperate times and all that (and Cabrera and Diaz are two of the NL’s worst hitters this season, along with McLouth).

    ATL lineup: 1. McLouth CF; 2. Prado 2B; 3. Chipper 3B; 4. McCann C; 5. Glaus 1B; 6. Hinske,LF; 7. Cabrera RF; 8. Infante SS; 9. Medlen RH.


  396. 400 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm
  397. 401 eprisewildcat May 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    ber… Carlos Lee would be a tremendous addition to this line-up. El Caballo may be the only legit power hitter that might be available. Will no doubt cost us some talent but if this season is to be salvaged we need a power boost.

    Sure would have been nice to get an insurance run there in the 8th. Will be interesting to see if Billy Wagner has his game on to get the save. T.Saito was nasty, real nasty!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  398. 402 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Hi folks, no TV game for me today. Treated to the Yankees vs Red Sox… So… Spent the day with NASCAR. My homeboy Genny Hamlin completed the sweep of Darlington take both the Nationwide and the Sprint races this weekend… Yeehaw….

    Now, if the Braves can just get it going.

    Yes Ber, I agree Carlos Lee would be a real boost for the Braves. I am certain that Terry Pendelton can straighten out whatever mechanical flaw Lee is experiencing right now…. Okay, stop laughing…


  399. 403 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Gil, I too missed the game, but for different reasons. Only slept 3 hours the night before, and was quite dead feeling, and went to bed when the game started. With Medlin starting against the Phils, I didn’t think there was a chance in…Pennsylvania the Bravos would win…so, Bravo Braves!
    Medlen threw 88 pitches, doubt his season high!
    Kawakami goes today. While his 5.47 ERA looks bad(I guess because it is!) he still hasn’t given up more than 4 runs in a game. I just seems that much worse since the score will be 3-0, or 4-0 in the 5th.
    The good news is Hamels is on the hill, and you know we always kill lefties! 😕
    Gil, if you had watched the Yanks-Red Sox game, you would have been treated to Tex hitting 3 homers! Isn’t it always nice to see players do so much better in new surroundings? 😛
    He has sucked as usual in April, is still only hitting .207, but has 5 HR’s 20 RBI’s
    Swisher, someone I would think we could have landed in the Javy deal(If they had kept Damon) has 6 Hr’s and 23 RBI’s.


  400. 404 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Yes Ber, Swisher is a force but he does not have Terry Pendelton as a hitting coach..

    The old adage is practice makes perfect and the Braves players have repeatedly said they have worked very hard in the cage to try and overcome their funk. Well, I digress… Practice in itself does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.



  401. 405 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day CL! 🙂


  402. 406 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    well, just like yesterday, I slept thru the game…but different results I see..drat! 😦


  403. 407 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I think that God must be a Phillie fan Ber, wind only seemed to blow in when the Braves were batting….


  404. 408 Carolina Lady May 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for the greetings, guys!

    I feel so sorry for Bobby. You know this isn’t the way he wanted his final season to be.


  405. 409 flbravesgirl May 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Happy Mothers Day, CL!

    Since I couldn’t be with my mom, Dad & I met my cousins at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens. Very nice (& free). Then to a nice lunch & my cousin’s place. I’ve got to brag on Lindsay a bit, she was just accepted to the nursing school there. One of about 50 out of over 500 applicants.


  406. 410 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Kelly Johnson – .282/.375/.636, 10 HR, 19 RBI – batting primarily leadoff.

    Adam LaRoche – .260/.362/.490, 4 HR, 20 RBI – batting primarily 5th.

    Nate McLouth – .176/.304/.294, 2 HR, 5 RBI – batting primarily leadoff.

    Troy Glaus – .252/.345/.330, 2HR, 18 RBI – batting primarily 5th.



  407. 411 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Atlanta Braves: the only Major League team without a HR from a left fielder this season…



  408. 412 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

    From DOB:

    Since June 10 [of last season, folks], Chipper has hit .228 with 20 doubles, 12 homers and 47 RBI in 120 games, with 89 walks, 73 strikeouts and an OBP (.363) almost equal to his slugging percentage (.365). That’s a .728 OPS over 120 games and 408 at-bats.



  409. 413 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 9:53 am

    More DOB, on Prado:

    Fact is, he’s hit only .214 (12-for-56) with a .254 OBP and .286 slugging percentage in his past 14 games, after hitting .417 (25-for-60) with a .478 OBP and .567 slugging in his first 15 games.

    I guess Pendleton finally got to him…



  410. 414 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I’m trying to think of something positive to say here…


  411. 415 eprisewildcat May 10, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Good morning all! Belated Mother’s Day wishes to all… epecially you CL!!!

    Had a great Sunday! What a joy to be in the choir on mornings when we sing How Great Thou Art. WOW!!! With a one hundred voice choir and orchestra God really showed up and showed out in both services.

    Went to the Olive Garden in the big city of Dothan after church. I was dreading the crowd and hastle but we were seated in less that 15 minutes. Service and food were outstanding! Listened to another Braves loss on the way home but I refused to let it destroy my day. Shame that the wind held those balls in the park in the 9th. Things have to turn around for this team, don’t they? Played golf in the afternoon which capped off a perfect day. Pray that y’all had a great day as well!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  412. 416 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Casey Kotchman has more HR’s than Troy Glaus. And he has only hit 3.



  413. 417 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

    OK… enough griping…

    What would I do? Well, the choices aren’t very good.

    It’s like trying to cook a meal with nothing in the cupboard.

    I guess my lineup would be:

    1- Prado, 2B
    2- Yunel, SS
    3- HeyHey, RF
    4- Hinske, LF
    5- Mac, C
    6- Chipper
    7- Glaus, 1B
    8- do we really have to play any of these other guys in CF?



  414. 418 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Tonight, I go with:

    1- Infante, SS
    2- Prado, 2B
    3- HeyHey, RF
    4- Hinske, LF
    5- Mac, C
    6- Glaus, 1B
    7- Chipper, 3B
    8- doesn’t matter because none of them can hit, CF?



  415. 419 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

    If Chipper still can’t play, I go with:

    1- Infante, SS
    2- Prado, 3B
    3- HeyHey, RF
    4- Hinske, LF
    5- Mac, C
    6- Glaus, 1B
    7- Conrad, 2B
    8- doesn’t matter because none of them can hit, CF?



  416. 420 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

    If HeyHey still can’t go, it doesn’t matter who I throw out there, they still won’t score any runs…



  417. 421 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Well V… Looks like you have had your “ah ha” moment with the 2010 version of the Atlanta Braves…

    So like the south, to sit back and lament about how great it use to be….

    I was thinking yesterday of how scary the Phillies line up is and how that use to be the way it was with the Braves way back when.

    Oh well, just wait until next year, or two… or three….


  418. 422 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Didn’t Prado’s current decline start right after he said he needed to fix his swing?


  419. 423 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Lately, my luck has been about as bad as the Braves luck of late. Same thing with my friends.
    I think I mentioned that on top of the teeny tiny amount of money I get from selling on amazon and ebay, I have a friend that’s been nice enough to let me piggy back (for wont of a better term) on their work.
    It’s dull work that takes way too long to complete, for way too little pay. It’s forever hanging over my head that I need to complete more and more work.
    Then you have issues like someone else has done the same work(somehow-not supposed to be possible) and now we won’t get paid for a week + of work we did, because of someone else’s screw up!
    Makes one think you should go in another direction…but can’t for the life of me figure one out. I know when God closes a door, he opens a window…but perhaps he has done that at another house, or to a window I don’t know about! 😉
    It gets disheartening after awhile when there aren’t many positives in life. If I had a solid back, instead of one made of crystal, I would have more job opportunities to consider.


  420. 424 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Now to baseball…crud…what to say????
    I set my DVR to record Baseball tonight, every night. I was copying a few things(Hey, that Mark Buehrle play opening day is the web gem of the year!) before deleting them. Heck, I still had the highlights of the Phils beating the Yankees, and wanted to record Chase’s homers…anyway, I still had the opening day highlights(Clearly, that’s where I recorded Mark Buehrle’s play from) and I rewatched Heyward’s homer, and the braves score 16 runs. I NEVER would have guessed after that game what would happen to the offense.
    How could anyone???
    I mean, I think like everyone, I thought we needed another power bat, but Melky and Matty should at least be Ok, right??? Melky hit .274 last year for the Yanks. Was that because guys were always on base in front of him???? IN over 2000 AB’s he has a .266 lifetime B.A. and that’s after hitting .192 so far this year. How can you explain that?
    As V so aptly pointed out, left field offense sucks. Diaz is a lifetime .303 hitter, so why is he hitting a little better than half that, at .167???

    Chipper. We forget I think that he is 38. Remind me again how many 38 year olds are playing regularly at any position????
    He alluded to the fact that hitting with no one on does affect a hitter. And guess what??? He’s hitting .204 with no one on. Runners on, .258. Runners in scoring position, .278! Clearly, runners are rarely in scoring position when he is up.
    I heard Tim Kurkjiantalking about him yesterday, and how Chipper told him he was old. And how every swing from the right side hurts his hip. And how frustrating it is to Chipper to not be able to do what he once was able to do.
    Chipper’s 143 games last year was the most he played since 2003.
    I think that was a mistake. Just like playing now is a mistake.
    I feel like this team is forever in the panic mode, which is really funny when you think how slow they are to make deals most years.
    Chipper HAS to play. Well, if he had been on the disabled list the last 2 weeks, would we have played any worse???
    Infante and Conrad would have played better defense, and would surely hit at least .225
    Heyward HAS to get back in the lineup. He even pinch hit the day after coming out of the lineup. I don’t know about you guys and gals, but whenever I have hurt myself doing something physical, I tend to want to rest whatever I messed up, for at least 24-48 hours.
    Did they do an MRI??? Teams like the Red Sox do them all the time, to see how back the Hamstring or groin strain is.
    What if he is back in Tuesday and hits a chopper to the SS and really strains/tears the groin??? Then the year really is toast.
    It’s great guys want to play, and play hurt for Bobby, but when the results suck, when they are hurting the team playing hurt(Hello Chipper!) what good is that???
    It’s Bobby’s last year, and everyone wants to see him go out on a high note, but the team seems flat, and to be pressing, all at once…something I didn’t think was possible.
    If McCann got hot all of the sudden, or Nate(wait, forgot to mention he is hitting .176, why is he hitting 70 points below his career average???) started to hit along with Glaus(Hey after it looked like he might get released a few weeks back, he’s on pace to hit 10 HR’s and drive in 94, that would be just fine, wouldn’t it?) and Heyward was well…well, we would at least be a .500 team, surely…surely????

    CL or Gil, if this mess of a post might have blog lead potential with some serious editing…feel free! 🙂


  421. 425 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Great minds think alike… I was thinking that post is lead worthy.


  422. 426 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    So, what is it with the groin issues, anyway? Ross in the spring, Yunel, HeyHey and then Chipper…

    Do these guys do any stretching? Other than their wallets, of course…

    Basic core training takes care of groin, abductor, abs, low back, possibly even rob cage. Seems to be a lost art these days, to train hard and play hard.

    Just sayin’…



  423. 427 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm


    Ken Griffey Jr. could be released this month, reports Larry LaRue of The Tacoma News Tribune. The Mariners would prefer retirement, but at any rate, LaRue believes “the end is near” for Junior.

    LaRue’s story details Griffey’s problems beyond his lack of offensive production. Apparently he is not proving valuable as a teammate either. For instance, LaRue says Griffey was unavailable to pinch-hit recently because he was asleep in the clubhouse during a game.

    OK… it could be worse…


  424. 428 Voice of Frustration May 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Ty Wigginton… batting .283, 10 HR, 20 RBI thus far for the O’s… plays both corner IF and OF spots.

    O’s are 9-23 and going nowhere. Betcha they could use a prospect or 2.

    Just sayin’…


  425. 429 eprisewildcat May 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Ber… hear, hear!!! I wish the subject was more upbeat for our Braves. However, to use a statement I really can’t stand, it is was it is!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  426. 430 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Basic core training takes care of groin, abductor, abs, low back, possibly even rob cage. Seems to be a lost art these days, to train hard and play hard.

    V, darned good question! I would love to know what program the Braves have verses other teams…..

    A funny thing Skip said many moons ago popped in to my mind though….T.P. kept pulling his hamstring…while stretching. Skip said, stop stretching then! Makes you wonder if some folks should get in a hot tub, then stretch…just a laymen’s thoughts…


  427. 431 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Just great….at least it sounds like he had an MRI before, but why was he running sprints???

    Jurrjens to have new MRI on hamstring

    MILWAUKEEAtlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens has had a setback with his ailing left hamstring.

    Jurrjens, who is on the 15-day disabled list, says he was trying to sprint before Atlanta’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night when he heard a pop in the hamstring. He’ll stay with the team and get an MRI when the Braves return to Atlanta.

    Jurrjens is 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in five starts. He says he’s trying to stay positive, but it’s difficult because this injury isn’t in the same place as the first one.



  428. 432 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    No hit thru 4 by Doug Davis, a guy that had a 8.11 e.r.a. at the start of the game. I was going to joke about the fact we were in trouble with a lefty that had sucked all year. Some joke, eh????


  429. 433 eprisewildcat May 10, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Does this team have an All Star? I think T.Hanson could be on the roster but this teams inability to score runs could keep him off the team. B.McCann has the ability but his vision problems may have dug him a hole he can’t escape. P.Moylan should get some consideration but probably won’t. B.Wagner doesn’t get enough save opportunities. Prado… could be if he gets hot again. J.Heyward… well I will never doubt this kid, but he’s a longshot. We could be shutout this year.

    YUK!!! Prince’s pop up drops between Infante, McClouth and Diaz. Infante already made a mental mistake not running on a two out pop-up. What’s up with this team?

    Nice play M.Diaz!

    GO BRAVES!!!


  430. 434 eprisewildcat May 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    M.Diaz has very little luck around third base. He was SAFE!!! Odd that B.Snitker didn’t go crazy on the ump. Not that it would have changed anything but you want your coaches to fight for ya when things aren’t going well.

    DANG… a grand slam for Marteeeeeen!!! What did I say about him getting hot again to get in the All Star Game.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  431. 435 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Well, Dad was watching the 7-Ups so missed Glaus’ homer…I was about to type how Snikter didn’t even argue when Diaz was called called out at 3rd, and the replays showed he was safe, and it wasn’t even close!
    Then, Marteeen hits a grand slam, and makes the score 7 to zip! I think we ran into the central’s version of the Braves. About time we caught a break.


  432. 436 berigan2electricboogaloo May 11, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Berigan, the 7 Ups??? Whatt the hey is that??? A pretty good gritty crime drama from 1974, with a car chase right up there with Bullett, and the French Connection.
    Never seen the movie til a year ago…runs a bit on the Fox movie channel….


  433. 437 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2010 at 4:31 am

    I told the wife that it was a terrible play getting BMac thrown out at home with no outs. Thankfully the Braves covered that one up. And yes, Matty was safe but when you are 5 games under .500, those plays always go against you.

    I also told Josie that Glause needed to hit one out to get the Braves’ offense going. Tada…. She thinks I’m psychic… or maybe psycho… same but different… 🙂


  434. 438 Voice of Frustration May 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I told the wife that it was a terrible play getting BMac thrown out at home with no outs.

    I went nuts when that happened. Mrs. Raisins looked at me like this –> 😯

    I said, “Why do you send your slowest player since Sid Bream with nobody out? Instead of having bases loaded with nobody out, you have 1 out and runners on 1st and 3rd. Surely they’ll hit into a double play now…”

    Well, that didn’t come to pass, but when Snitker didn’t argue the call at 3B, that tore it for me. He needs to go along with TP. Both of them. Today…


  435. 439 Voice of Frustration May 11, 2010 at 9:26 am


    Jair Jurrjens’ troublesome season took another bad turn Monday when the Braves pitcher reinjured his left hamstring during a running drill at Miller Park and fell to ground in pain.

    Instead of coming off the disabled list Saturday as planned, Jurrjens is out indefinitely and will be examined by Braves doctors later this week after the team returns to Atlanta.

    I like JJ’s response: “It sucks,” he said. 😀

    Well, I look at it this way. I am very glad we have Meds to fill the rotation spot. He’d be in most teams’ rotation, anyway. That said, I was kind of hoping that he and KK might swap duties. I guess that won’t happen right now…


  436. 440 berigan2electricboogaloo May 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Well, that didn’t come to pass, but when Snitker didn’t argue the call at 3B, that tore it for me. He needs to go along with TP. Both of them. Today…
    Amen to that! Snitker is one lucky…you know what. I’m glad I missed the play at the plate.

    I saw a play I don’t recall seeing before. Marlins were playing the Cubs and with runners on 1st and 3rd, the runner left first with a leftie on the mound, so he throws to the 1st baseman, who, instead of throwing to 2nd, has to throw home as Cody Ross made a break for it. He was safe! A planned move the Baseball tonight folks said. Fredi Gonzalez seems to be forever on the hot seat with the stoopid owner of the team expecting them to be a W.S. team with that tiny budget.
    Hopefully, if/when he gets fired, it will be late enough in the year that we can make an offer to him before anyone else does.
    Did ya’ll hear the Seattle Mariners fired their hitting coach??? It can happen! 😉


  437. 441 berigan2electricboogaloo May 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

    what’s wrong with this story? Hint, it’s in the second paragraph….


  438. 442 Voice of Frustration May 11, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Ber… I coached Little League 20 some odd years ago. That particular play was a staple of our team in the 13-14 league. We stole so many bases that season… 😀


  439. 443 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I thought the squeeze that Nate bunted foul on was pretty heady at the time. Would have worked if not bunted foul.

    Right now, the Braves have three guys that could wear the tortoise mantra. Glause, BMac and Chipper. None of those three should ever be expected to go from first to home unless they are playing in Denver or Miami but even then it would be risky.

    How about them Gnats? Make you scratch your head and wonder how they can be 8 games better than the Braves right now.



  440. 444 Voice of Frustration May 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm


    Jordan Schafer is progressing in his rehab from wrist surgery and moves from Class A Rome to Double-A Mississippi tonight for a game against Chattanooga. It took a while, but Schafer’s finally making real progress. Braves haven’t said how soon he could be ready for majors, but with their lack of outfield production, I won’t be surprised if we see him by June or July…

    Let’s see… who might have said something like that on here recently?


  441. 445 Voice of Frustration May 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm



  442. 446 Voice of Frustration May 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Wow! Check out Bobby’s lineup for tonight!

    1. Prado, 2B
    2. HeyHey, RF
    3. Chipper, 3B
    4. Mac, C
    5. Glaus, 1B
    6. Hinske, LF
    7. Infante, SS
    8. McLouth, CF


  443. 447 Voice of Frustration May 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    DOB has additional info on Schafer:

    Schafer will play at Double-A Miss’ip for four games and then on to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. He hit .273 (6-for-22) with two doubles in six games at Class-A Rome.


  444. 448 Voice of Frustration May 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Oh, and Braun is out of tonight’s Milwaukee lineup with a, er, sore left elbow.

    Oops! 😉


  445. 449 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I really don’t think Hanson’s plunking of Braun was in any way intentional, just a little too inside. Intentional ones tend to be more aimed at the ribs and hips. Oh well, I hope it’s not lingering.

    As for Schafer, may not make any difference by the time he is able to report for duty. Can he play third base?


  446. 450 berigan2electricboogaloo May 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I wonder why Bobby changed the lineup from the earlier one???
    We always eat out at a really fancy Dwarf House…so I miss some of the game each week. Missed it, but another homer by Glaus? Wow! Hinske has driven in 3??? WOW!!!
    He better be getting a lot of playing time for the foreseeable future, eh??? On a pace to hit 0 homers and 74 RBi’s. That would be interesting!
    I think we all expected Jim Edmonds, after taking a year off, would be hitting 100 points higher than our CF, right????


  447. 451 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I am ready to see Hinske in our LF more than a couple of times a week. The guy is a hitter. Period. Our lineup needs him.

    Why the lineup change? According to Bobby, he already had a lineup made without Chipper, but Chipper showed up and pronounced himself ready to go. So Bobby, who makes out multiple lineup cards to cover various scenarios, goes with the “Chipper in” lineup. Then, Chipper can’t go after all, and Bobby goes back to his “Chipper out” lineup. It’s good to be prepared.

    All that said, it’s time for HeyHey to move up permanently. I understand the whole “deferring to the HOF player” thing, so Chipper keeps his 3 spot. I get it. HeyHey runs pretty well anyway, so 2nd isn’t a bad spot right now. Prado, HeyHey, Chipper, Mac, Glaus, Hinske, Yunel, CF is a better lineup than we have been trotting out for most of the season. Whether the 8 spot goes to Nate, Melk-Dud, or prayerfully Schafer, you still have your producers in productive spots.

    I like it.


  448. 452 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Well, the team we all expected after spring training finally showed up in Milwaukee. Just not the players we expected to be in the line-up.

    Huddy looked a bit discombobulated at time last night but that seems to be the new normal. BMac really needs to get over his aversion to glasses. The home plate umpire might consider being fitted for a pair while he is at it…

    Game is at 1 PM today…. So wake up Ber…


  449. 453 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Bobby Cox post-game quote: “Jace had a good night. He was on base four times, two walks, two base hits. We’ll keep him up in the front of the order, ’cause his on-base percentage is off the charts right now.”


  450. 454 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2010 at 8:12 am

    And that Glaus fellow? Well, I think he might be able to play a little bit. He might not be a Gold Glove candidate but he really saved a couple of errant throws to first last night.

    And Brooks Conrade made a play at third last night that Chipper would not have made even when he was young.

    Let’s see if Lowe can capture some of the magic today. Brave have a shot at a winning road trip after all is said and done if they can continue their good work today.


  451. 455 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Prado really worked the count a couple of times last night. I think he finally struck out in one and popped out the other but must have seen about 20 pitches in the two at-bats. A player does not always have to get a hit to have a successful at bat.


  452. 456 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2010 at 8:19 am

    What is that strange feeling??? Oh, this is what it feels like after the Braves win 2 games in a row! 😉

    Interest talk about JHey being at the top of the lineup. I am all for shaking things up(I wonder if Bobby had a sit down meeting with his coaches and asked for some ideas?)
    I just don’t know if Heyward, the guy leading the team in RBI’s should bat 2nd. He is likely to come up with 2 outs and no one on, late in the game…BUT…if Prado is starting to hit again, and there are runners always on for Chipper, Glaus, and hopefully a catcher who sees the ball…getting runs early in a game might just change the complexion of the team, take a bit of stress off the pitchers, if they get out to 1-0, 2-0 leads…

    Brooks Conrad made a great play at 3rd last night, I sure wish Chipper would sit or go on the DL, and get well, then start hitting some again.


  453. 457 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Today’s lineup:

    Nate, CF
    Prado, 2B
    HeyHey, RF
    Mac, C
    Glaus, 1B
    Hinske, LF
    Omar, SS
    Brooks Conrad, 3B
    DLowe, P


  454. 458 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Not surprisingly, Nate K’s to start the game… 😐


  455. 459 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Derek Lowe! Perfect Game!

    … through 1.


    Hey, a guy’s gotta take the positives when he can find ’em, right?


  456. 460 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Derek Lowe perfect through 6… batters.

    OK… just 2 innings, but we’ll take it.



  457. 461 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Chip was just hawking the “Commemorative Bobby Cox Commemorative Program” on the TV broadcast…

    He would really like us to really buy one.

    I was considering thinking about buying one.

    I can’t decide if I’m undecided about it or not.

    Maybe I just might will…


  458. 462 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    The previous message was brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Dept.


  459. 463 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Perfect game derailed by errant throw by Omar… 😦


  460. 464 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Error erased by pickoff from DLowe!!!

    He obviously still wants to face the minimum…


  461. 465 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    9 up, 9 down.

    Sweet! 🙂


  462. 466 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    By the way, Gallardo has not been exactly unhittable. 3 hard hit balls snagged by good Milly defense.

    And as soon as I say that, HeyHey lines one off Gallardo’s shin hard enough that it caromed to 3B quickly enough to allow McGehee to still make the throw across the diamond to get the out.


  463. 467 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Hinske!!! YEAH!!!!

    Hinske doubles high off the center field wall to drive in Glaus for a 1-0 lead!!!

    I think I love Hinske!!!


  464. 468 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    OK… that was a little weird… 😳

    “I really love Hinske playing LF and in the lineup.”

    How’s that?


  465. 469 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Uh, oh…

    First walk allowed… right in front of Fielder.


  466. 470 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    … who flies out to CF.

    Still no hits allowed by DLowe through 4.


  467. 471 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm


    Suddenly DLowe’s pitches are up in the strike zone. Dang! 😡


  468. 472 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm


    A pitcher’s best friend…


  469. 473 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Milly threatening in the 5th. 2 on, 2 out, pitcher batting…


  470. 474 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Another nice play by Conrad to preserve the shutout…


  471. 475 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    HeyHey walks again…


  472. 476 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Hel-LOO? he said tapping on the microphone

    Is this thing on?


  473. 477 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    HeyHey stolen base!!!


  474. 478 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Base hit Glaus!

    Stolen base leads to the Braves’ 2nd run. Way to go Bobby!!!


  475. 479 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Hinske! Another hit!!!


  476. 480 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Yowch! Glaus takes a liner off his foot! That’ll leave a mark…


  477. 481 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm


    Brews score in the 6th. 2-1…

    They still have 2 on and nobody out…


  478. 482 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Stupid Milly makes out 2 trying to steal 3rd with DLowe scuffling.

    Dumb Brewers…


  479. 483 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Milly ties it…

    Dang! 😡


  480. 484 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm


    MattyD leads off the 7th with a PH double. Just missed a homer!


  481. 485 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Nice bunnt by Nate to get Matty over to 3rd…

    Marteeen up to bat.


  482. 486 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Ground out to the left side of the IF… 😡


  483. 487 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    And, of course, HeyHey doubles home the go ahead run…


  484. 488 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    And Mac knocks him in…

    4-2 good guys.


  485. 489 Voice of Frustration May 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Petey does his job in the bottom of the 7th.


  486. 490 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Brooks Conrad hits a LONG homer to RF.

    6-2 Braves…


  487. 491 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Oh look!

    McLouth struck out! Say it ain’t so!


  488. 492 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Saito does his job in the bottom of the 8th…


  489. 493 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Even Chipper drives one in in the 8th. 7-2.


  490. 494 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm


    Brooks Conrad just poked another one high off the top of the wall in RF to plate 2 more. He missed by about a foot!



  491. 495 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    … and Melk-Dud strikes out to end the top of the 9th…


  492. 496 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Someone likes day games! 😉
    I woke up just in time to see Chipper double. Very glad to see another lead!
    Then Brookie just missing another homer.
    Might of wanted to let Chipper rest that groin by having him not, you know, run…but hey, if thats my big complaint with the team today, that’s fine with me!
    As a wise man says, go Braves! 🙂


  493. 497 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Wags-y in to get some work…


  494. 498 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Hmmm… non-save situation, and Wags is not terribly sharp…


  495. 499 Voice of Raisins May 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Done. 9-2. Sweep complete. That’ll make for a nice flight home.

    Way to go Bravos!!!


  496. 500 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    All these comments and I was just busy watching the game…. Why do I still feel nervous when the Braves have a 1 run lead? So, when does the Jorden Schafer watch officially begin?

    Maybe the Braves can trade McLouth to a team that has a real hitting coach.

    Not giving TP credit for this resurgence of the Brave hitting prowess because the same guys who were not hitting before are still not hitting. The difference is the new guys in the line up who have not yet been tainted…

    And Ber, I told you it was a 1 o’clock game, you are supposed to set your alarm clock….


  497. 501 flbravesgirl May 12, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    That was more like it! (Plus VOR was having fun)

    Carpet guys showed up today so there was a lot of noise during the game but at least the upstairs will soon be done. Yay!

    Wildlife report: The pair of Canadian geese in the pond at the end of our road have 3 cute fuzzy babies now & little heads keep popping out of the bluebird box’s entry. Mom & Dad Bluebird are wearing their wings off zooming back & forth with food.


  498. 502 eprisewildcat May 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Great job guys! Way to pull us through a sweep of the beer makers. Great to beat Gallardo at any time, especially for the sweep. The guy has really nasty stuff.

    How much longer can we afford to have N.McClouth hitting at the top of this order? Very unfortunate that this trade did not work out well for us. I thought it was a brilliant trade. Maybe like Texiera he’ll start warming up with the summer months.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  499. 503 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Nate who?

    Jordan Schafer had a hit and a walk in 4 AB’s yesterday for Pearl.

    He’ll be in Gwinnett Friday. I might too.


  500. 504 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Looks like Bobby and Co. had a little fun yesterday:



  501. 505 Hillbilly May 13, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Which player belongs to these numbers?

    .260 AVG
    .360 OBP
    .604 SLG
    .965 OPS
    9 home runs (tied for 4th in AL)

    …and the one that suprised me most:

    6 for 6 in stolen bases (12th behind speedsters named Pierre, Gardner, Andrus, Podsednik, Rajai Davis, Rios, Suzuki, Crawford, Figgins, Upton, Span.


  502. 506 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Kelly Johnson?


  503. 507 Voice of Raisins May 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Please… tell me it isn’t Curacao’s favorite ChiSock…


  504. 508 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Hillbilly, I know who that is! :mrgreen:

    It just took longer for him to unlearn what T.P. “taught” him.

    Plus, he lost about 30 pounds….


  505. 509 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    V, there have to be some photos of the coaches decked out! that’s classic! And very uncharacteristic! Good for them.


  506. 510 Carolina Lady May 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    A HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the littlest Hillbilly! Give him a hug from me, HB! 🙂


  507. 511 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    ummm, err…


  508. 512 Hillbilly May 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Yes, the answer to my post above is our former, seemingly HOF-bound centerfielder, and still one of my personal favorites…Mr. Andruw Jones. I, myself, am proud to see him rise up from the depths of whatever had him down for the past 2 seasons. I never bought into the “washed-up” status that most folks placed on him. I hated to see him become such a laughing stock while folks were forgetting just how flippin’ incredible he was in centerfield for all those years. He’s only 33 and he’s creeping up on 400 homeruns to go along with those 10 gold gloves…He’s still not 2005 Andruw, but maybe he’ll sustain this upswing for a couple more seasons and make us forget about those 2 1/2 years.

    CL, my main man is already 2 years old. Wish there was a way to slow life down, so I could savor their childhoods a little more.


  509. 513 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Happy Birthday, lil’ Hillbilly! 🙂

    Hillbilly, I too would like to see him have success again. I really don’t know what happened to Andruw, and to Frenchy. Ever seen two players on the same team turn so completely awful like that??? Then, leave said team, and turn it around????

    I hate to see folks turn so completely on Chipper, at the AJC blog. If he hits .225 all year, that means all the great years don’t count???

    I really would like to see Chipper go on the DL, and let Conrad and Infante play there…


  510. 514 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Yes, Birthday wishes are always in order…. Hillbilly, if you think life is moving at a rapid pace now, just you wait…. Breakneck speed I’m telling you…

    Good for Andrew, yes, I thought he was a great centerfielder for the Braves, and yes, I thought he let himself get so out of shape that it took that 2×4 between the eyes to get his attention. Let it be a lesson to all, reputation will only carry you so far. Eventually you will be found out.

    Chipper playing hurt only hurts the team. While I applaud a guy for sucking it up, sometimes all concerned need to realize that grit and determination can only carry you so far. Better to move Prado to third than Infante’. Infante’ is a better on the right side of the infield.

    Brooksie is not an everyday player but when a guy hits a hot streak, it’s tough to set em down. A good bench lets you rest guys without diminishing the team as a whole. Still, it will be good to get Escobar back if he is the 2009 version. The 2010 version, not so much…


  511. 515 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Might be better to use Chipper in a pinch hitter role for a bit longer. Let the young fresh legs absorb some of the wear and tear for a while.


  512. 516 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Ber, one thing I have learned in life is some guys just can’t teach. It is an acquired skill which some never master.


  513. 517 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    And one last thing… Those are some pretty good numbers being thrown up by Andrew. Much like his normal numbers, except the stolen bases… Bobby is not high on base stealing…. More of a 3 run homer kind of manager… Like Earl Weaver… Come to think of it, a lot like Earl Weaver… Does Bobby smoke?


  514. 518 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    And Ber, I hope no one tells the Leningrad Cowboys that Alabama is adjacent to Georgia, they might want to invade….


  515. 519 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Gil, I tried to say LOL via the emoticon, but they said I had already said that…but it appears it never showed up…lets see if this does…


  516. 520 berigan2electricboogaloo May 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Just was reading this article on the trouble Salty has had throwing the ball back to the pitcher, and saw these comments by Frank Wren about the trade. Man, he sure can carry the water for J.S. can’t he???

    It’s not my desire to start a debate about the Braves trade for Mark Teixeira from a few years back, even if some consider it one of the greatest disasters mankind has ever witnessed while general manager Frank Wren told me, “The Teixeira trade hasn’t impacted us at all. If you look at the players we gave up, I’m not sure it’s had any effect on the major league club.”

    Really??? Hasn’t impacted us at all??? Think Yunel would still be on the team with Elvis ready to play???
    The other 21 year old, Neftali Feliz…would he be a nice choice as either the 8th inning guy, or the closer???

    Braves are paying Wags and Saito just under 10 Mil, if Feliz had proven himself as a closer last year, could have used some of that moola on an actual left fielder.

    Look, I’m not saying the trade shouldn’t have been made, the team had to do something(or we could have been patient, and waited for the talent to rise-but that wasn’t going to happen) but don’t insult us Wren, and act like it hasn’t had an effect on the team.

    Just say, we had to address our weaknesses then, and you have to trade talent, to get talent, and leave it at that…



  517. 521 Voice of Raisins May 14, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Yes, Ber.. but there are other factors as well.

    The Braves flipped Tex to LAA for Casey Kotchman and Steven Marek.

    Marek has progressed nicely through the system, and opened 2010 in AA Pearl where he allowed 0.00 ERA in 13.0 innings, all as a reliever. He was recently promoted to AAA, where he has allowed just 1 earned run in 2.1 innings. Not too shabby, and definitely in the Braves bullpen plans in the not so distant future.

    Kotchman, we know, went to Pittsburgh for Rochey, who gave us pretty darn nice half season in 2009.

    Your points on Feliz and Andrus are well made. That said, I’d take Yunel’s talent over that of Andrus. And pitching, especially in the bullpen, is not really an area of weakness for our boys.

    We could speculate that we could have used them in other trades, but that would just be speculation.

    Could they have redirected funds to a real LF? I suppose they could have, but who? Who of impact was available on a one year deal, which is what Wags and Saito both got? Marlon Byrd? Jermaine Dye? Xavier Nady? Nobody really that could lift this team on his shoulders. (And nobody could have predicted that Andruw would resurrect is career in Chi-town.)

    One more thing. The effect that Billy Wagner is having on our young pitchers is immeasurable. It was noted on a broadcast just this week how all the young pitchers gravitate to him, and he is constantly teaching. Craig Kimbrel and Johnny Venters were specifically noted as soaking up everything they can like sponges. That is priceless, and doesn’t come from every veteran pitcher.

    Ironically, when they Braves made the trade for Tex, they were 4.5 games back in the NL East. Guess where they are today? Yep… 4.5 games back in the NL East.

    So, I agree that to say that the deal had ZERO effect is just silly. But I don’t believe it has weakened the organization any. But, hey… that’s just me…


  518. 522 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Elvis is a better shortstop than Yunel. That said, JS went with what he had. needed pitching but when it was not available thought he could put together a team that would outscore the opposition.

    So, lesson learned. Pitching still rules.

    However, pitchers cannot be expected to shutout everybody. So it takes a complete team to win consistently.


  519. 523 Voice of Raisins May 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    If it’s me, my lineup tonight is:

    Prado, 2B
    Omar, SS
    HeyHey, RF
    Glaus, 1B
    Chipper, 3B
    Mac, C
    Hinske, LF
    McOut, CF

    However, Bobby will almost assuredly go with:

    Prado, 2B
    HeyHey, RF
    Chipper, 3B
    Mac, C
    Glaus, 1B
    Hinske, LF
    Omar, SS
    McOut, CF



  520. 524 Carolina Lady May 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    You have to hear this to believe it! (audio only)


  521. 525 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Yep, get the money from Obama’s stash… works for me. 🙂

    Unfortunately, that women likely has a vote… or two…

    Now baseball…. The Giants have one wicked deep farm system. Whew, they have some kids who can pitch a bit. Look out for these guys in the future.

    I’m ready for some BASEBALL…. C’mon 7 o’clock!


  522. 526 eprisewildcat May 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I should be used to poor first innings by the Braves but I HATE it! Braves start out error by Glaus, walk, and a ground rule double. Damage control by KK and we only give up a run.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  523. 527 eprisewildcat May 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Infante’s blunder on the basepath potentially costs us with J-Hey at bat. Disappointing to lose those opportunities with our anemic offense. KK is doing alright but geeeez we need to get him some runs.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  524. 528 berigan2electricboogaloo May 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Well, that’s two HORRIBLE throws by McCann…sigh….


  525. 529 berigan2electricboogaloo May 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    V, I respectfully disagree on Elvis vs. Yunel. Elvis is hitting 105 points higher than Yunel right now. Yunel has 14 career steals(caught 12 times) Elvis has 14 steals, right now. (33 last year) Elvis is 6 years younger. And doesn’t appear to be a head case.


  526. 530 berigan2electricboogaloo May 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm



  527. 531 berigan2electricboogaloo May 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Braves Win, Braves Win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  528. 532 eprisewildcat May 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Cool way to win a ball game. I’d prefer less dramatics but wins like this are fun every now and then. How about Marteeeeen Prado. All Star? Nate McClouth… it’s nice to have you show up tonight.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  529. 533 flbravesgirl May 15, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I feel like I miss so much on radio. Guess I’m a visual person.

    I like having Wags on the team too, VOR. Always kinda liked him & he seems to take a lot of enjoyment in passing along things he’s learned to the baby pitchers.

    Carpet is all in, except for the stairs which need binding. I vacuumed up enough fuzz to make 5 poodles.


  530. 534 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Pretty interesting game last night. KK never seemed to get it going. Returned to his old wind-up and I thought his breaking pitches were flatter. Fortunately for the Bravos a lot of the snakes were overly aggressive and got themselves out.

    Base running errors are the Braves forte’. I did not think the attempted steal of third was very smart on Heyward’s part either. Not with BMac at bat. Oh well, the Braves pulled it out in dramatic fashion. Nice to be on the winning side of those.


  531. 535 Carolina Lady May 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    “I vacuumed up enough fuzz to make 5 poodles.” ROFL, FBG! 😆


  532. 536 Voice of Raisins May 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Carroll Rogers, ajc:

    The Braves placed outfielder Matt Diaz on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a right thumb infection and purchased the contract of outfielder Brent Clevlen from Triple-A Gwinnett. Diaz is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday to have a foreign body removed from his thumb, possibly a splinter, which is causing the infection. Manager Bobby Cox expects him to be out a “long time,” Cox said. “It will be weeks.”

    Weird! 😯


  533. 537 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Well, without opposeable thumbs, we are just animals… Besides how would he button his shirt?

    At least it’s not a toe


  534. 538 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    And Hanson looks super tonight


  535. 539 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm



  536. 540 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Well, no shut out to fret over…


  537. 542 berigan2electricboogaloo May 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Wow…like Chip said, never seen an outfielder(Nate) misjudge a flyball by that much! Must have been 50-60 feet over his head!


  538. 543 eprisewildcat May 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Geeeeeeeezzzz!!! Not sure what caused Nate to miss picking up that fly ball. Maybe the same thing that caused him to strike out looking with the bases loaded earlier. Well a double to right helps a little. Nice bunt by T.Hanson.

    Need to cut into this deficit a bit before it gets too late.

    I thought this team had learned its lesson about not reporting injuries to the medical staff. Fear of losing his job maybe?

    GO BRAVES!!!


  539. 544 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    WELL… That was ugly….


  540. 545 Voice of Raisins May 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    … and THAT was not. 😀


  541. 546 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Jeckel and Hyde my friends, Jeckel and Hyde…

    Still, Hinski is the difference maker me thinks….

    And like I said, that young fellow Clevlen can hit a bit too…. Look out Matty….


  542. 547 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Chipper needs to boost that bat up one more ounce too. Not quite enough oomph to get it out.

    And did I tell anyone how much I hate players who fall in love with an uppercut swing? Keep that back shoulder level and swing hard… Boost your average 50 points…


  543. 548 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Okay, I had been led astray on the Chipper/bat size thingee…. seems he is back to using his old bat. Still…. not enough oomph…


  544. 549 Voice of Raisins May 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Interesting topic, there, about bat size. Here are some interesting facts about bat size:

    Babe Ruth reportedly began his career using a 54oz hickory bat, but used a 40oz bat in 1927 when he hit his 60 home runs.

    Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio both used 42oz bats.

    Rogers Hornsby used a 50oz bat. 😯

    Ted Williams, Rod Carew and Stan Musial used much lighter bats ranging from 31-33oz.

    Mark McGwire used a 35oz bat to hit his 70 home runs in 1998.

    Roger Maris used a 33oz bat to hit his 61 home runs in 1961.

    But get this:

    Maris participated in a 1962 experiment in which he batted for distance with 5 different new bats whose weights varied from 33 to 47oz. He hit 5 long fly balls with each bat and the distances were measured and correlated to bat weight. The heavier bats, on average, resulted in further distance. However, Maris’ preferred bat (which he used to break Babe Ruth’s home run record) was the lightest of the set, even though it produced the shortest distance fly balls. Go figure…

    Some interesting bat trivia:

    Ted Kluszeski hammered tenpenny nails into his bat to make it heavier.

    George Sisler, playing for the St. Louis Browns in the 1920’s, made his bat heavier by hammering Victrola needles into the barrel of his bat.

    Barry Bonds used a 32oz bat to hit his 73 home runs in 2001, and made it happen by inserting 27gauge needles into the muscle of his butt.

    But I digress…



  545. 550 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2010 at 9:44 am

    So, does corking make a bat lighter or heavier? Just asking because Sammy Sosa would not return my calls….


  546. 551 Voice of Raisins May 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Corking makes it lighter, which increases the bat speed, yet retains the mass.

    That’s why they did it. That’s why it was deemed illegal.

    It seems that hitters seek the perfect balance between mass and bat speed. Obviously, the more mass you have traveling at an opposite trajectory to the pitched ball, the greater the opposite force. But bat speed is equally important in the equation, and heavier bats often rob hitters of bat speed.

    So, batters must find the happy medium. While Maris could hit “longer” balls with the heavier bat, his bat speed was better maintained with the lighter bat. Longer doesn’t always mean more.
    And does it matter if you hit it 495 feet? Especially if you play in Philly or Cincy…


  547. 552 Voice of Raisins May 17, 2010 at 10:55 am

    There is one other factor in the equation as well. More pliable, or softer wood can have a “spring-like” effect on impact. (Corking aided in that part, too.) That is why the maple bats have become so popular. The maple is a bit more pliable, yet retains the desired mass. It’s also why they break more often.

    By the way, anybody notice that Diaz’ splinter/thumb problems began with a shattered maple bat? And we were all waiting for a pitcher to get impaled…


  548. 553 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Missed most of the game yesterday. Saw Braves were up 2-1 in 2nd, 3rd inning, went out, forgot the game was on, listened to music. After a few stops, it was 9-1, and heard the next 4 runs come across.
    Thank goodness the Diamondbacks have made no effort at all to improve their bullpen! And that Dan Haren is not the Dan Haren of last year.
    Only 3.5 games back! In the wildcard race! 😉


  549. 554 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Thats some interesting info on bats V! I knew Ruth used a really heavy bat, but not about the others.
    For years seeing Chipper “barely” hit a ball and see it go other the opposite fence, you can certainly understand why he has stuck with the heavy bat for so long….
    But it just seems you never see him put a good swing on a ball, square it up as they say…


  550. 555 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    From DOB yesterday…I didn’t know he was even starting!

    Resop. Really: OK, be honest now. How many of you openly mocked the Braves’ signing of Chris Resop this offseason, even though it was a no-risk proposition with a chance to help their depth?

    Well, don’t look now — or do look now, actually — but Resop is4-1 with a 1.90 ERA and 1.148 WHIP in eight starts at Triple-A Gwinnett, having allowed just 30 hits (two homers) and 19 walks with 50 strikeouts in 42-2/3 innings.

    He worked Seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball with eight strikeouts on Saturday.

    The Braves are sending Jo-Jo Reyes to Gwinnet to get stretched out as a starter. But to me, it looks like Resop might be closer to being the guy called upon if they need to make a change in the major league rotation.


  551. 556 Voice of Raisins May 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Bravos lineup 2night:

    Prado, 2B
    HeyHey, RF
    Chipper, 3B
    Mac, C
    Glaus, 1B
    Hinske, LF
    Yunel, SS
    Nate, CF

    Suddenly, there is consistency in the lineup, just as there is on the field. It’s kinda nice.


  552. 557 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Is Resop on the 40 man roster?

    I know I hated a heavy bat. Too many ground balls. Liked a 33 ounce bat with the thick handle. Mucho more line drives….

    Game tonight at 7P against the Metropolitans.


  553. 558 Voice of Raisins May 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I hope we pound Pelfry like a rented mule…


  554. 559 eprisewildcat May 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Raisins… good stuff! Especially the 27 gauge needle part. Hahahahahahaha!!!

    Talk softly and carry a big stick, aye? Well, I like the lumber that the Braves are swinging recently. Crooked numbers will certainly motivate our pitching staff. I like how things are shaking up for the Mets series. Of course whenever I think I’ve got the Braves figured out they do the opposite.

    GO BRAVES!!!


  555. 560 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    You know, sometimes it’s very easy to criticize Bobby Cox…so, with that said…
    Swell guy, hope he goes out a winner…and I hope when he retires, whomever replaces him will not always give up an out when a runner gets on to lead off an inning. Even with a wild pitch getting Nate to 3rd with one out, I was telling my Pa, well, it will be really frustrating to still not get him in…sure enough…off on contact. He did a great job(for anyone not seeing the game) of staying in a rundown for so long that Prado got to 2nd. Bases loaded, and Bobby leaves in McCann to face a lefty who has lefties hitting something like .160 against a guy hitting .214 against southpaws. I would like to have seen Ross or anyone else up there…but better to lose and not hurt anyone’s feelings…sigh…

    Now make me look bad and tie the game up Bravos! 😛


  556. 561 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    You know, the bunting someone over thing wouldn’t bother me so much if I hadn’t watched it NOT work, year, after year…how many times in the playoffs would we watch the braves get a runner in scoring position with 1 out or less, and not score??? I just don’t get giving up an out to get a runner up one base. Sure, it keeps you out of the double play, but I’d love to see the stats on how often the braves got a run across after bunting someone over…


  557. 562 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I hate losing the the Schmets… 😡


  558. 563 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2010 at 8:20 am

    …uh, that should read: I hate losing to the Schmets…

    I can’t type before coffee.


  559. 564 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Truth is, I can’t type even after coffee. But I can proofread a little better…


  560. 565 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2010 at 9:40 am

    This story would not really be worth posting if not for the last line…

    DeKalb power outage possibly caused by squirrel

    By Mike Morris
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    A large chunk of DeKalb County was without electricity Tuesday morning, and utility officials said a squirrel was possibly to blame.

    Georgia Power spokesman Jeff Wilson said a squirrel possibly got into the Hairston Road substation around 8 a.m., knocking out power to some 17,000 customers.

    “We’ve got crews on site now, and we’re looking for damage,” Wilson said just after 9 a.m.

    He said crews expected to begin reconnecting customers by 9:15, and hoped to have all service restored by 10.

    Wilson said the outage included parts of the Stone Mountain, Lithonia and Decatur areas.

    The squirrel’s condition was not immediately available.

    Really? Was he moving? Just lying there? Twitching? Does anybody really care? My guess is that if they have apprehended a suspect squirrel, he wasn’t really giving much in the way of a chase. And if they have him, they can probably determine his condition pretty easily.

    Or, do they have the right squirrel? Do they have witnesses? Are they having the witnesses go through a library of squirrel photos in an attempt determine the right one? Did they maybe bring in a squirrel sketch artist? Will they have a squirrel lineup?

    Better yet, how dare they pin this on a squirrel! OK, so the culprit was furry, twitchy, and had a big fluffy tail. But to just come out and call it a squirrel is nothing but profiling. Friggin’ rodentist officials!


  561. 566 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Pretty sure whatever it was, it entered illegally…

    Now baseball.. Really depends on who is at bat as to whether or not you give up an out Ber.

    What really is frustrating is the number of times they hit into a double play with guys in scoring position.

    I am wondering if Hinske is immune to Terry Pendleton? Terry’s “special” talent has not yet affected the big guy.

    Looks like BMac is losing his touch. If hitting is contagious, is missing?


  562. 567 berigan2electricboogaloo May 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    V, that’s classic about the squirrel! 😆 Someone needs to organize a search party to rescue it, or give it a proper burial! 😛

    And yeah, I hate losing to the mutts too. Especially with Frenchy hitting .214 (something like that before the game yesterday) and that is after hitting in the high .300’s the first few weeks.
    And arguably their best hitter Carlos Beltran hasn’t played a game, even in the minors.
    To lose to a team that really looks like it is the weakest in the NL east…sucks…
    Gil, the way you bash TP…you sound like me, perhaps worse than me! Do you really want that??? 😉


  563. 568 Voice of Raisins May 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Weird story about our old friend Jarrod Saltalamacchia:


    Can you imagine him catching Mark Wohlers? Wow…


  564. 569 berigan2electricboogaloo May 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    V, Salty can’t throw the ball back to the pitcher, but can gun out runners, McCann can throw back to the pitcher, but nearly every ball to 2nd goes wide right! Weird indeed.

    Now, non braves baseball news…

    Hanley Ramirez…just not a winner.
    First, the play he jogged after that allowed a least one runner to score than wouldn’t have otherwise.

    Now, check out what the idiot said about his manager, and fellow players!


  565. 570 eprisewildcat May 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Y’all are too funny! Losing to the stinking Mets is not funny at all. Well… hopefully BMac will have good night and maybe Chipper will break out of his funk. We need these two (as well as Escobar) to start mashing the ball!

    GO BRAVES!!!