What's up with MLB ditching the Third-then-first-faux-pickoff-move? I saw the article in the Sunday paper. Yes, it's a useless play, but it's part of tradition! What's next? Replay?
Chipper's response to Moyer accusing him of stealing signs:
"I don't know what the problem was," Jones said. "I was literally having a conversation with the shortstop when he stepped off and said that. I don't know why he's so paranoid. But to be honest with you, every pitch he throws is 78 [mph]. So it's not like we really have to relay signs."
Oh and how about the way Harper responded to getting plunked. He steals home two batters later. I like this kid. Just wish he played in a different division.
You could add old school racer and moonshine maker Junior Johnson and Sandy Alomar Jr. to the discussion, but I don't think they make the list.
Braves were pretty exciting last night, especially Chipper and OVK. Braves are beating good teams which is awesome. The negative Nancy within says the Braves have had seasons where they beat up on good teams and then lose to the Nats, Mets, Astros, Marlins and other less than worthy teams.
You could say that's what they've done this year. You got to take care of business with the bad teams. That being said, now that the Fish and Nats are good (and that John Lannan is in the minors) maybe it's easier to beat them. Lannan by the way should make your list of hittable pitchers, right after Moyer and JJ.
I will tell you that an excellent way to be sure you're up for the entire game on the West Coast is to have the pediatrician give your son his two-month vaccines the morning before a game. We would have made it through extra innings!
Cut to a shot of Mike Piazza going "Hey?!?"
Pudge was much better defensively, but Piazza was the greatest offensive catcher EVER! Before you rush over to baseball reference Mr. 10, just know that the career numbers are going to look a lot closer because Pudge played so much longer.
Any chance Magic comes to pay AT&T Field a visit?
Chipper has had his ups: World Series, Batting Title, MVP, narrowly losing the ROY to Hideo Nomo (how'd that one turn out?) — and his downs: Hootersgate, post season failures, injuries.
As a kid in Atlanta in the 1990s, I can remember Chipper writing a diary in the AJC during the 20+ game road trip during the 1996 Olympics. For the record, March 29 is the 15 year anniversary of the Chipper Candy Bar:
I see him as the National League's Derek Jeter. He's my number two favorite Brave of all time behind Maddux. How is he seen nationally?
Take a look into the 5@10 Crystal Ball and take a guess. How do you see this playing out? Does he pull a Mike Schmidt and get mad in May and just leave? Does he hang it up this spring? Does he embarrass himself like Ken Griffey Junior?
Also, what would his sudden departure do to the Braves? Do they make a knee jerk trade for an outfield bat?