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31 May

Joke of a game thread: May 31, Braves at D-Backs

Time for a contest. I’m looking for a joke. The beginning of this joke must be:

“What’s the difference between Jeff Francoeur and ________?” The blank may be filled by a person, place, thing, concept — whatever.

The winner will receive absolutely nothing of any value. Which lends itself to a Jeffy joke, doesn’t it?

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103 Responses to “Joke of a game thread: May 31, Braves at D-Backs”

  1. 1
    ryan c Says:

    what does jeff francoeur and a black hole have in common? they both suck severely.

  2. 2
    Doc Brown Says:

    What’s the difference between Jeff Francoeur and a Delorean being used as time machine?

    Nothing – they both have imaginary power numbers.

  3. 3
    NickC Says:

    Could always roll out the old “What’s the difference between Jeff Francoeur and Oscar Wilde? One was a shining wit, and the other a …”

    Or the convoluted, “What’s the difference between Jeff Francoeur and Le Chiffre (Bond villain in Casino Royale)? When Le Chiffre swings at balls, he hits.”

  4. 4
    cliff Says:

    …and an asteroid. Asteroids hit once every few million years.

  5. 5
    Rob Cope Says:

    As a James Bond fan, I thoroughly enjoyed Nick’s last one.

  6. 6
    Bert Says:

    Between Jeff and a Major League baseball player.

  7. 7
    PWHjort Says:

    Ryan Langerhans. Ryan Langerhans occasionally played at replacement level.

  8. 8
    PWHjort Says:

    Answer could also be we got rid of Langerhans when we should’ve.

  9. 9
    spike (back in the ATL) Says:

    What’s the difference between Jeff and Gadfly? At this point, even Jeff is willing to admit he sucks.

  10. 10
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Is Jeff Francoeur among the worst baseball players ever to appear on the cover of SI? What’s the list of worst SI cover boys (and girls) of all time?

  11. 11
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    What’s the difference between Jeff Francoeur and Budweiser? One is all-American, bland, ubiquitous, annoying, impossible to avoid in commercials, and soul-crushingly bad, and the other plays right field for the Braves.

  12. 12
    Dix Says:

    What’s the difference between Jeff Francoeur and Catie McCoy Francoeur?

    Nothing, they both make their living taking fastballs and sliders down the middle.

  13. 13
    Phillip Says:

    You guys think there will be any changes when they get back to Atlanta tomorrow? What if they lose today?

  14. 14
    Mike N. Says:

    Could go with the old standby-

    Whats the difference between Jeff and a bucket of crap? The bucket.

  15. 15
    Dix Says:

    What’s the difference between Jeff Francoeur and his mother?

    Jeff never compared himself to Socrates.

  16. 16
    sdp Says:

    Damn, Dix. Burn.

  17. 17
    RobBroad4th Says:

    What’s the difference between Jeff Francouer and herpes?

    Both ruin your life, but herpes take a week off here and there.

  18. 18
    cliff Says:

    and Matt Diaz?

    If you can’t answer this, you must be Bobby Cox.

  19. 19
    cliff Says:

    a bad dream?

    When you wake up, the bad dream is over.

  20. 20
    csg Says:

    Diaz is in RF today

  21. 21
    cliff Says:


    If you are making this up, that is cruel.

  22. 22
    PWHjort Says:

    Alex, Budweiser plays right field for the Braves? And cliff, according to DOB, csg is right.

  23. 23
    csg Says:

    nope fox sports has the lineup


  24. 24
    Weldon Says:

    I will boldly speculate that they don’t want him to get hurt while Wren’s putting the finishing touches on a trade. That must be what’s going on.

  25. 25
    c. shorter Says:

    we can only hope.

  26. 26
    sdp Says:

    Bobby will just call it a “scheduled off-day.”

  27. 27
    NickC Says:

    This is basically Medlen’s last start, isn’t it?

  28. 28
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Is this old news? I’ve never heard this Francoeur story (from Nick Cafardo in today’s Boston Globe): “One thing that makes sense about Boston scouting the struggling Francoeur is that he’s a big Red Sox fan (he used to carry a Red Sox Mastercard until his Braves teammates made him get rid of it).”

  29. 29
    Tom Says:

    What’s the difference between Jeff Francoeur ánd herpes?

    Nothing. Neither goes away.

  30. 30
    Tom Says:

    Sorry #17, didn’t see your post.

  31. 31
    ryan c Says:

    best lineup of the year.
    what’s the difference in a lineup with francoeur and a lineup without francoeur?
    A win.

  32. 32
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Jeez, Yunel, you’re supposed to hit to the opposite field so the runner can get to third! Bobby better tell him to bunt next time.

  33. 33
    ryan c Says:

    the team can smell a victory when flailcoeur is sitting.

  34. 34
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Way to hustle, Garret.

  35. 35
    ryan c Says:

    medlen needed that. i can foresee a good outing from medlen today. he needs to work on his “throw away” pitches. they arent even close.

    medlen is getting squeezed.

  36. 36
    ryan c Says:

    the team should take some notes from matt diaz. he hustles.

  37. 37
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Yikes. That’s just creepy.

  38. 38
    urlhix Says:

    Found an audio stream here:

  39. 39
    ryan c Says:

    i dont use it (unless there are blackout days like yesterday) because i have mlbtv, but here is a place that streams all the games. you have to download “tvants” to get it to work. i’m sure it’s highly illegal. use at your own risk.

  40. 40
    Frank Says:

    Did I just hear correctly that Young has an obp of something like .219? They makes the Braves OF look Ruthian.

  41. 41
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Young is the only sub-Francoeurian outfielder in the major leagues.

    About that 2001 D-Backs team… Their backups included Lyle Overbay, Rod Barajas, and Jack Cust, so it wasn’t like they didn’t have any good young players, it’s just that they wouldn’t use them.


  42. 42
    Adam R Says:


  43. 43
    mraver Says:

    Guess the Braves found some XBH today.

  44. 44
    Dan Says:

    Everyone is getting into the act in today’s Frenchy-less lineup.

  45. 45
    joelk Says:

    ok, how long is this interview going to go on!?

  46. 46
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Joe “loves” Schafer hitting a foul ball down the left field line. I can’t imagine what he’d do if Jordan hit one into the third base dugout.

  47. 47
    RobBroad4th Says:

    The Diamondback announcers don’t watch the game.

  48. 48
    Joshua Says:

    That last AB by Diaz produced a ball that was probably hit harder than any Frenchy has hit all year. Too bad it was an out.

  49. 49
    joelk Says:

    I liked that last inning from Medlin! Although, he looks like a 15 year old in that uni. It looks two sizes too big for him!

  50. 50
    jjschiller Says:

    Personally, I agree with Joe. I’d like to see Shafer put some of those ‘show-me’ outside pitches in play. His swing does look awfully pull happy, and they do keep jamming him inside to get him out.

  51. 51
    ryan c Says:

    i hope this is not medlen’s last outing. he is looking on track. let’s hope he doesnt have his breakdown inning like his last 2 outings.

  52. 52
    joelk Says:

    “Handling yourself and handling Scherzer are two different things”, are these guys listening to themselves!

  53. 53
    ryan c Says:

    they’re not pitching to mccann today.

  54. 54
    Mac Thomason Says:

    About time, ACHE.

  55. 55
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    GAnderson’s homer … just under the wire before June. Puts him on a torrid 3-HR pace.

  56. 56
    ryan c Says:


  57. 57
    Dan Says:

    Holy crap, Anderson…?

  58. 58
    Doc Brown Says:


  59. 59
    Frank Says:

    911–come quickly–there’s a braves fan in cardiac arrest

    cheap shit there from Scherzer

    edit–Mac, don’t expect payback.

  60. 60
    cliff Says:

    The apocalypse is upon us. Run, ACHE hit a ball out!!!

  61. 61
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I mean it — somebody better go down in the bottom of the inning.

  62. 62
    ryan c Says:

    well, maybe we get to see barbaro.

  63. 63
    jj3bagger Says:

    Would it be asking too much to just roll this lineup out for a while, and you know, see what happens ?

    I am almost more surprised that ACHE showed some emotion, than the fact he actually hit a home run.

  64. 64
    Tony Says:

    Well looks like Kotch will be out…

  65. 65
    jjschiller Says:

    If you’re going to drill someone because you’re made about a homerun, you don’t usually go with the slider…. Or to the ankle, for that matter.

  66. 66
    cliff Says:

    How did Prado not score from second on a ground ball single to right (per game day) with 2 out?

  67. 67
    ryan c Says:

    i have been a supporter for schafer since day one, but he just looks overmatched.

  68. 68
    Hanan Says:

    Last game of the year against the snakes. Somebody better have some sore ribs.

  69. 69
    cliff Says:

    I like Schafer. i still think he has potential. But he needs to go down and hit in Gwinnett.

  70. 70
    NickC Says:

    #66, it was hit pretty hard to right, and I don’t think Prado is especially quick.

  71. 71
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Actually, get Drew, then knock Byrnes down in the next inning. He always deserves it.

  72. 72
    Tony Says:

    Just curious…if Kotch is out, besides Prado, who else plays 1st?

  73. 73
    sdp Says:

    Feast or famine for these guys, I tell you.

  74. 74
    cliff Says:


    Norton. Beyond that?

  75. 75
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Norton or Diaz.

  76. 76
    braves14 Says:

    72 — Norton and Diaz can also play first.

  77. 77
    Mac Thomason Says:


  78. 78
    ryan c Says:

    well, good kelly is back.

  79. 79
    braves14 Says:

    Glad you’ve joined us, KJ.

  80. 80
    Mac Thomason Says:


  81. 81
    Tony Says:

    I don’t understand how Kelly Johnson is not a .300 hitter like Chipper and Yunel. No explanation.

  82. 82
    Dan Says:

    Because the cold streaks drag him down so much. If Johnson could just be slightly below average during them, instead of totally hopeless, he’d be a .300 hitter.

  83. 83
    Tony Says:

    Good point, Dan. His cold streaks are Andruw-like

  84. 84
    braves14 Says:

    Medlen’s control is Madduxian today.

  85. 85
    ryan c Says:

    medlen has a ton of movement on his pitches today.

  86. 86
    braves14 Says:

    Nice you of to not run to 1st, ACHE.

  87. 87
    braves14 Says:

    Medlen will probably get one more start with Glavine not on rotation to pitch until next Sunday.

    What’s it going to take for Bobby to give Norton some time in the OF corners?

  88. 88
    PWHjort Says:

    ACHE hit a home run? They had the game playing in the casino but I must have missed that. I did see him lollygag on a few plays.

  89. 89
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Nice Prado by the pitcher not hustling to first — Martin Prado got an infield single on a play where the 1B robbed him of a double but the pitcher lollygagged to first.

  90. 90
    ryan c Says:

    hanson through 5 innings: 0 runs, 2 hits, 7ks. ridiculous.

  91. 91
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I’m beginning to think he’s a pretty good pitcher.

  92. 92
    braves14 Says:

    So much for Diaz having no arm. Too bad McCann can’t hold on the ball when tagging.

    For a guy who throws so hard, Acosta sure doesn’t get any Ks.

  93. 93
    Johnny Says:

    just glanced at the game log. the internet must be broken because it said something about ACHE hitting a home run. i’ve been hacked right?

  94. 94
    Johnny Says:

    And Diaz in RF? Ok now I know something is wrong. If its true has his arm cost us the game yet?

  95. 95
    ryan c Says:

    well, so much for hanson. he lost the lead in the 6th.

  96. 96
    spike (back in the ATL) Says:

    94 – We have a pool on whether Diaz will get injured before his right arm costs us the game. So far everybody but one has taken the “under”

  97. 97
    Joshua Says:

    I want to see what Gadfly comes back with after this game. Diaz just showed that he can handle right field with no problem. But more importantly, he can hit the ball with some authority (something Frenchy couldn’t do in his dreams).

  98. 98
    Dan Says:

    The last time I remember a bench player hitting instead of an available position player on this team was back in July 2007 when Moylan hit in a blowout game with Saltalamacchia still on the bench. ‘Salty’ was traded within a day or two I recall.

    Here we got Kawakami instead of Francoeur and an off-day tomorrow….

  99. 99
    joelk Says:

    I was thinking the same thing! Maybe jeffy is gone!

  100. 100
    braves14 Says:

    Well, Moylan hit instead of McCann in a game earlier this year because Bobby moronically wanted to save him for extra innings against the Mets instead of getting insurance in regulation.

  101. 101
    braves14 Says:

    Schafer down to .204.

  102. 102
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recap is up.

  103. 103
    Tom Says:

    Well above the Mendoza line.

    His OBP is not quite as bad though.

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