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20 Jun

Reporting in game thread: June 20, Blue Jays at Braves

Hi, so I’m out of the hospital and in pretty good shape, all things considered. I indeed had a staph infection like Martin Prado’s, in this case MRSA, or “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus“. That is, a strain resistent to some of the most common antibiotics. I actually was prescribed the correct drug, but (tender imaginations might stop reading here) I developed a large abcess — I compared it to a potato — that served as a reservoir for the bacteria so the antibiotics didn’t reach it all. The surgeon went in and drained the abcess and now the antibotics are working.

I may recap tonight, I may recap tomorrow morning. Depends. Still using a borrowed computer.

113 Responses to “Reporting in game thread: June 20, Blue Jays at Braves”

  1. 1
    Timo Says:

    Welcome back, Mac! And Go Braves.

    @Tom from the last thread: I actually did see a far number of Braves caps in the last years thanks to Usher and some other musicians wearing them, I think. When I asked one of my friends, who wore one, what the “A” stands for…he answered “Astros”. Ouch!

  2. 2
    csg Says:

    Good deal Mac. Yeah, staph infections can be awful. Hope you continue to get better.

  3. 3
    ububba Says:

    Welcome back… and no baked potatoes for dinner tonight.

  4. 4
    Mike N. Says:

    “I compared it to a potato”

    …good God.

    Good to have you back though!

  5. 5
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    Mac–I am glad that you are back and feeling better. Your account is actually quite scary–what an ordeal….

  6. 6
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    Our first GCL game has been completed (for those who follow such things)–a loss to the Yanks:

    Felix Marte walked three times (must be wrong system)and Troy Snitker hit a HR….

  7. 7
    Jeff M. Says:

    Glad you’re back, Mac. MRSA infections are bad news and quite unpleasant.

  8. 8
    Stu Says:

    MRSA infections are bad news and quite unpleasant.

    I will henceforth exclusively be referring to Fredi Gonzalez as “MRSA Infection.”

  9. 9
    Remy Says:


    How about Mr. Potato Head?

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

    Stu, that is the best idea I have heard all week. I refuse to refer to our manager as anything other than MRSA infection.

    Also, Mac, I’m very happy that you no longer have an abscess, even though our team continues to do so.

  11. 11
    csg Says:

    So can we just use “MRSA” and make it easy?

  12. 12
    Ethan Says:

    Can unwanted Proctologists be a side effect of MRSA infections?

  13. 13
    Stu Says:

    11—Works for me. Gah, MRSA has really crippled this team.

  14. 14
    csg Says:

    See, its perfect.

  15. 15
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Fine by me. Shame his initials aren’t “SA”. Well, it could stand for “Mister Stupid Ass”.

  16. 16
    csg Says:

    MRSA rosterbating again…


  17. 17
    td Says:

    I never thought I’d say this about Brooks Conrad and anyone else in our organization, but I actually think he’s a better 3rd baseman than Diory. Also, gotta’ love Diory’s .233 avg and .233 obp.

  18. 18
    Johnny Says:

    Looks like a Dixie Youth lineup.

  19. 19
    braves14 Says:

    17 — I agree. At least Conrad can hit.

    Glad you’re feeling better Mac.

  20. 20
    csg Says:

    MRSA didnt notice that AAG is 0-15 in his past 4 games with 7k’s? Hey, lets move him into the #2 spot!

  21. 21
    Bethany Says:

    @20, hey it got Uggla on the right path, didn’t it?

  22. 22
    braves14 Says:

    The Marlins named 80 year old Jack McKeon as their interim manager (again).

    You know what would be nice? If Heyward went on a tear.

  23. 23
    Tom Says:

    Glad to have you back Mac.

    “SA” as initials don’t work so well here in Germany (these days). Let’s stick to MRSA. One more letter than AAG, three less than Frenchy. The higher the suckitude, the more letters I guess.

    As for our lineup, there is just one word: ugly. I predict three GIDP by AAG tonight.

  24. 24
    csg Says:

    @21 – nope, he’s still hitting .176

  25. 25
    spike Says:

    They put Uggla in the two hole, and he responded by hitting for two whole games there.

  26. 26
    Bethany Says:

    @24 I know, kidding.

  27. 27
    csg Says:

    I figured you were being sarcastic.

  28. 28
    ububba Says:

    Was at the Saturday game (rain delay & all) & Uggla’s double off the wall was really smacked. At the crack of the bat—and it was one loud crack—I sure thought it was going out.

    Obvious Dept.: If we’re going to do anything at all this year, we just gotta get something out of our 2B & RF.

    BTW, it was great to see you other other day, Spike. I ate at Fox’s again on Saturday & Sunday. That stuff’s the real deal.

  29. 29
    Brian J. Says:

    23- Nah. Schafer won’t get on base three times.

    Seriously, two hitters in that lineup are slugging over .400 or have OPS+ of 100 or more. One guy with an OBP over .336 (and he bats sixth). Hudson had better be at his best.

  30. 30
    braves14 Says:

    I think McLouth ought to lead off and Schafer go to 7th or 8th.

  31. 31
    spike Says:

    @28, Glad to hip you to a touchstone. Shame you aren’t here on Wednesday for my little Nat king Cole trio act.

  32. 32
    sansho1 Says:

    If you’re talking Fox Bros BBQ, it is indeed the real deal. And I’m glad someone found a workable concept for that space. It used to be a tamale joint that I liked quite a bit, but after an initial push it failed to fly. But, you know, barbecue. Duh.

  33. 33
    ububba Says:

    Yup, Fox Bros.

    And it’s nice to get real collards & okra, too.

  34. 34
    DowneasterJC Says:

    I’m predicting a 20-3 blow out with three homers from Bautista, at least one being a grand slam.

    Anything else will be a pleasant surprise.

  35. 35
    braves14 Says:

    I see Angel Hernandez, traditionally one of the worst home plate umpires in baseball, is the home plate umpire tonight.

  36. 36
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Angel Hernandez AND Joe West in the same crew? I’m going to go ahead and get preemptively upset about all the terrible calls and showboating as well.

  37. 37
    david Says:

    I think Eric Gregg and Bill Hahn are on the crew as well

  38. 38
    david Says:

    hah, would’ve been a gidp. counting it as #1

  39. 39
    Brian J. Says:

    There’s one way to avoid the DP…

  40. 40
    david Says:

    It’s “heywaRd”, brian jordan. not “heywad”

  41. 41
    Bethany Says:

    Come on Freddie….

    Bah. Oh, and Brian Jordan makes me hate baseball.

  42. 42
    david Says:

    Angel’s zone is awful, of course

  43. 43
    DowneasterJC Says:

    What happened to Chip? He was a colossal moron and terrible announcer, but I’d take that every day over the droning sycophant twins of Gant & Jordan.

    I’d trade a prospect for a REAL PBP guy. I’d trade Terehan for a lifetime Boog Sciambi contract.

  44. 44
    sansho1 Says:

    Jack McKeon’s first act as Marlins manager was to bench Hanley for not hustling yesterday and for showing up late to the ballpark today. This could get fun.

  45. 45
    JoeyT Says:

    There is a real PBP guy. Turn on the radio, and the awesome Jim Powell is on the Braves Radio Network.

  46. 46
    Smitty Says:

    Joe Simpson does every game it seems and they rotate Glavine, Jordan, Chip and Gant. I like Joe and Glavine. Wonder why they don’t let Chip do more? Seems odd (though he sucks)

  47. 47
    Jeremy Says:

    Joe identified a 91 mph pitch from Hudson a changeup. He played the game so he knows these sorts of things.

  48. 48
    braves14 Says:

    Unless we get a lucky solo homer we’re likely to get shut out.

  49. 49
    Andrew B Says:

    Chip doesn’t do the peachtree tv games (despite the production looking the same, Chip was under contact with FSN and SportSouth…not peachtree) these are the equivalent of the games last yr that joe did with john smoltz…

  50. 50
    braves14 Says:

    Of course FSN doesn’t show the OBP and slugging difference between Yunel and AAG.

  51. 51
    braves14 Says:

    Why is Frediot playing Diory over Conrad? Diory brings nothing to the table but sucking.

  52. 52
    Brian J. Says:

    Two possibilities: either Fredlot thinks Diory still might, just might, have a future, while Conrad’s confirmed to be a AAAA player; or his heart can’t take the horrors of Conrad putting on a glove.

  53. 53
    Adam M Says:

    I just want to piggyback on the Fox Bros rec. I try to hit it whenever I’m in town.

  54. 54
    Adam M Says:

    I’m ready to put McLouth back into the leadoff spot too.

  55. 55
    Stu Says:

    43—So would I. But, I gotta say, I’m enjoying the fact that he’s calling this VU-UF game.

  56. 56
    Kyle B. Says:

    Just got here. I really appreciated the Phil Collins tribute.

    Mac, when you get back in shape can we get a special tribute to the Big Man?

  57. 57
    braves14 Says:

    At this rate, we’ll be through 9 innings before 9 EST.

  58. 58
    Brian J. Says:

    Of course, we won’t actually be done by then.

  59. 59
    braves14 Says:

    Jordan just called Matt Garza “Gaza”. Can’t say the letter “r”.

  60. 60
    Scump Says:

    @ 59- That just gave me a nasty Chris Berman shudder. Matt Garza “Strip.” Ugh.

  61. 61
    jjschiller Says:

    Heyward has done nothing this year but ground out to first… and when that might help, he grounds out to 3rd…

  62. 62
    braves14 Says:


  63. 63
    Brian J. Says:

    Heyward had a 3-1 pitch and grounded out to the left side; Uggla had a 2-0 pitch and rolled into a DP. This is why our offense can’t do nice things.

  64. 64
    jjschiller Says:

    But Uggla won’t vary from the plan! True to form groundball to third! This time for gidp.


  65. 65
    Adam M Says:

    Dan Uggla, the cure for all control problems.

  66. 66
    Brian J. Says:

    Hudson can go three more innings at this rate. And we’ll need him to.

  67. 67
    braves14 Says:

    Diory sucks. Has to be my least favorite player.

  68. 68
    braves14 Says:


  69. 69
    Brian J. Says:

    TIM! Well, if you want a job done right, kill Fredlot before you start.

  70. 70
    Morrie Says:

    Oh my god

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    Smitty Says:


  72. 72
    Rusty S. Says:

    (Forget)you Jobu… I do it myself.

  73. 73
    DWonder Says:

    any chance Huddy can play 2b?!

  74. 74
    Smitty Says:

    Between innings Hudson went in the stands and sold beer and helped an old lady to her seat.

  75. 75
    braves14 Says:


    Chuck Norris wears Tim Hudson pajamas.

  76. 76
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Joe pulled a Chip Caray there and almost blew out my computer speakers. At least his reaction was justified. Have a night, Huddy.

  77. 77
    Smitty Says:

    Hudson’s mighty swing has caused a wind advisory in Omaha.

  78. 78
    braves14 Says:

    I will say this for Brian Jordan: the word “patient” is in his vocabulary when talking about hitting, which automatically would make him a better hitting coach than Larry Parrish.

  79. 79
    Smitty Says:


    You might be on to something. Of course, Tim Hudson is going to be our new hitting coach.

  80. 80
    Smitty Says:

    You know, Brian Jordan is totally terrible in the booth.

  81. 81
    drewdat Says:

    Get the lefty out before Uggla gets a chance to feast. Smart move, Cito Gaston? Carlos Tosca? John Farrell? No clue.

    Hey! John Farrell was a total lucky guess. I kind of thought he was the one with the fake war stories (Tim Johnson?).

  82. 82
    Brian J. Says:

    Heyward has twice as many SBs as anyone on this team not named Jordan.

    And yes, Tim Johnson was the guy with the fake war stories.

  83. 83
    Adam M Says:

    Is anyone else really concerned about Heyward’s batted ball tendencies? He has a 55% ground ball percentage–again–and a remarkably high 20.5% Infield Fly Percentage. He’s not driving the ball, and he’s not even hitting fly balls, both of which are pre-requisites for any power hitter.

  84. 84
    Smitty Says:


    Well, it isn’t like he is killing right handers either

  85. 85
    Smitty Says:


    He smoked a ball earlier in the game for a double.

  86. 86
    sdp Says:

    Get well soon, Mac.

    My mom had a MRSA infection last fall. Picture. (Not for the weak of heart.)

  87. 87
    Rusty S. Says:

    My fantasy team BA is .256. Subtract Uggla,and it is .264. I’ve been doing this long enough to know a hot streak is coming, but I’m pulling the Pluggla. You can thank me later.

  88. 88
    DowneasterJC Says:

    More booing of Fredi please.

  89. 89
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Is there any way we can use EOF, Venters, and Kimbrel this game?

  90. 90
    Adam M Says:

    85 – Oh, well that solves everything.

    Bautista is lurking as the go-ahead run. Oy.

  91. 91
    drewdat Says:

    Don’t like this move.

    Why would anyone pay Angel Hernandez to do anything?

  92. 92
    John Gaines Says:

    Bian Jodan sucks.

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    Bethany Says:


  94. 94
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Awful awful awful call.

  95. 95
    Smitty Says:

    How was that not a strike?

  96. 96
    braves14 Says:

    Perfect time for Angel Hernandez to shrink his zone.

  97. 97
    Krussell Says:

    @83, I was concerned about that last year. He’s got the swing plane of a slap hitter. He’ll never hit with as much power as we want him to until he drops his hands some. Nobody is going to dare to mess with him though since he’s the anointed super-prospect. Maybe one day he’ll just figure it out for himself.

  98. 98
    Smitty Says:

    Oh, not this guy

  99. 99
    Smitty Says:

    Damn, what a pitch!

  100. 100
    Bethany Says:

    YES!!!! Way to go, Kimbrel and Hudson!

  101. 101
    Smitty Says:

    Kimbrel was nasty

  102. 102
    Brian J. Says:

    Craig Kimbrel’s a stud. Tim Hudson’s a stud. No one else who took the field tonight is a stud.

  103. 103
    jjschiller Says:

    Good Kimbrel showed up!

  104. 104
    Mike N. Says:

    Craig Kimbrel is damn fun to watch when he’s got it working.

  105. 105
    Adam M Says:

    Hot damn.

  106. 106
    RobBroad4th Says:

    This guy can pitch a little bit.

  107. 107
    Smitty Says:

    Fun game

  108. 108
    drewdat Says:

    Great job by Kimbrel. I was a little apprehensive about him coming in with the tying runs already on, but that was electric.

  109. 109
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @102, I thought Ross called a good game today and he even forced an error by hustling down the line.

  110. 110
    kc Says:

    This offense is sad….SAD!!!!

    Glad to know Tim figured out that he can’t rely on the offense to score runs.

  111. 111
    Krussell Says:

    That has to be a confidence booster for Kimbrel. I don’t see how anyone ever even makes contact when he’s throwing like he did tonight. That is just not a very “comfortable” at bat for a righty.

  112. 112
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recapped on tiny keyboard, excuse any typos.

  113. 113
    Putter Says:

    The third strike on Bautista was un-hittable…96 at the knees on the outside corner…just sick

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