Braves Journal, The House That Mac Built

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28 Aug

Padres 3, Braves 0

Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres – Box Score – August 27, 2012

Not a lot to say about this one. The Braves mustered three hits against a guy making his major league debut. Perhaps the only surprising thing about this is that the mystery rookie who beat the crap out of us was a right-hander, Casey Kelly. (Kelly was perhaps the top prospect who went from the Red Sox to the Padres in the Adrian Gonzalez deal. He doesn’t suck, but still.)

The Padres mustered two runs off Paul Maholm, both coming on a Yasmani Grandal no-doubt home run. They tacked on a third in the 8th inning when we had the inexplicable Miguel Batista on the mound.

Mac is being moved to hospice. As I said during the game thread, he’s still with us, but there may be no time left. Of course, there are no certainties in medicine, but he may not have much time left.

I promise that Braves Journal will continue.

199 Responses to “Padres 3, Braves 0”

  1. 1
    sansho1 Says:

    OK Alex. Thanks for all your efforts in keeping us involved. This is tremendously sad.

  2. 2
    Remy Says:

    Thanks, Alex. Of course Braves Journal will continue.

    Right now, I’m praying that Mac has an easy passage to the next life. Also keeping his family and friends like Alex R. in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. 3
    Kirk H Says:

    Don’t post much here but read regularly. This is incredibly sad news. My thoughts are with Mac and his family.

  4. 4
    oldtimer? Says:

    Mac, thank you for brining us all together by creating this wonderful place to meet and share
    Not many people on this planet can have so many friends he has never seen nor spoken to, yet, you have managed to do such a thing.

  5. 5
    Smitty Says:

    I just hope he is comfortable and the Braves can send him out on a win.

  6. 6
    ryan c Says:

    A very sad day. Long live, Braves Journal!

  7. 7
    Marc Schneider Says:

    I’m sorry to hear about this. Thanks for your work, Alex.

  8. 8
    Johnny Says:

    Alex, thank you for the update. I’ve never met the man but I am very sad.

  9. 9
    Stu Says:

    2—Alex R. got to spend some QT with him this past weekend. Something to be thankful for.

  10. 10
    Jeff M. Says:

    Prayers to Mac and his family and friends…

  11. 11
    spike Says:

    Your words have forked lightning, Mac – but do not go.


  12. 12
    JonathanF Says:

    Damn. Here’s hoping for what everybody else is hoping for… for hope.

  13. 13
    Adam M Says:

    Tragic news.

  14. 14
    Seat Painter Says:

    Dang, that’s not good news. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers Mac.

  15. 15
    Mark Graybill Says:

    I honestly can’t think of a person whom I never met who has more impact on my day-to-day life than Mac. Sounds a bit dramatic, I know, but I have visited this blog almost everyday for well over a decade. What would I have done with all those hours had Braves Journal never existed? Something less, I imagine.

    In one of life’s strange little ironies, I was teaching at the U of Alabama when I discovered this blog, but had no idea Mac was a Tuscaloosan until I moved away. Had I known, we might have met face-to-face.

    Peace, Mac.

  16. 16
    Covert Says:

    Mac and his family will again be in my prayers.

    Thanks for the updates, Alex.

  17. 17
    PeteOrr Says:

    Thanks to Mac for so much. My prayers are with him as well.

  18. 18
    c. shorter Says:

    Mac, you continue to be in my family’s thoughts and prayers.

    Thanks, Alex.

  19. 19
    Kevin Lee Says:

    I will never laugh as loud or as long or as hard as I did when I read Mac’s “Franclet.”

    “Now cracks a noble heart…”

  20. 20
    ububba Says:

    Thanks for the updates, AAR.

    Guess all I can say is: We love you, Mac. Thanks so much for all you’ve done and, yes, thanks for bringing us all together.

  21. 21
    c. shorter Says:

    And thanks, Mac and community, for teaching me more about baseball.

    I shudder to think about it… when I first started visiting this site, I thought it was a good idea to offer Frenchy the BMac-like contract.

  22. 22
    AA Says:

    I’m probably not alone in saying I just got a sinking feeling in my stomach after reading this post.

    I’ve never met Mac but I look forward to seeing his work online everyday. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this blog, Mac.

  23. 23
    justhank Says:

    What a courageous battle we’ve been privileged to observe.

    Go in peace, Mac – knowing that the community you created will live on and be guided by the civilized, educated principles you imposed.

    God Bless.

  24. 24
    Rusty S. Says:

    “Philadelphia, known as “The City of Brotherly Love” ever since Benjamin Franklin invented sarcasm in 1767, is the largest city in Pennsylvania and a suburb of New York.”

    -Mac July 5, 2010

  25. 25
    Mr.Swings@Everything Says:

    Wow, for some reason I thought he was improving. This is very tough news. I don’t have anything to say that someone else hasn’t already said better, but thank you Mac. Your blog has been an everyday part of my life since I found it.

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    HawkeyeFan Says:

    Mac, thanks for helping me get through my PhD, postdoc, and starting my job as a professor. Don’t know what else to say, but I hope the angels are with you. God bless and godspeed.

  27. 27
    MikeM Says:

    Very sad. Thanks for all you’ve done, Mac.

  28. 28
    ralphdibny Says:

    Thank you, Mac. Thank you for this space, and these people whom you have gathered together. Thank you for sharing your voice with us–your passion, your disappointments, your snark. Thank you for your visible struggle, which serves as an inspiration to us all.

  29. 29
    Ray Says:

    That’s terrible news. Thank you Mac for all you have done and may God bless you.

  30. 30
    clarke Says:

    Good luck Mac. Prayers all around. Thank you so much for making such a great site. I come here everyday, and will continue. Thanks.

  31. 31
    Tom Says:

    This sucks so bad I don’t know what to say except thank you Mac and God bless you and your family.

  32. 32
    Mark Grogan Says:

    Mac, the angels are with you.

  33. 33
    Tom Says:

    Saving the best for last
    -by Marc Cohn

    Got into a cab in New York City
    There was an Oriental man behind the wheel
    Started talking about heaven
    Like it was real, real
    Said They got mansions in heaven
    Yeah the angels are building one for me right now
    And I know…

    They’re saving the best for last
    Look around this town
    And tell me that it ain’t so
    They’re saving the best for last
    Don’t ask me how I know
    ‘Cause it must be
    Saving the best for last for me

    You can go a hundred miles a second
    Don’t have to drive no lousy cab
    Got everything you want and more man
    And the King picks up the tab
    You walk around on streets of gold all day
    And you never have to listen
    To what these customers say and I know…

    They’re saving the best for last
    Look around this town
    And tell me that it ain’t so
    They’re saving the best for last
    Don’t ask me how I know
    ‘Cause it must be
    Saving the best for last for me

    I remember when I was a child
    Lost in the streets of Chinatown
    My mother had a vision and I was found

    And when I finally take this journey
    I’m gonna wave goodbye to Earth
    Gonna throw this meter in the ocean
    And prove what I was worth
    And I don’t care who tries to flag me down
    They’re gonna have to find another ride uptown
    And I know

    They’re saving the best for last
    Look around this town
    And tell me that it ain’t so
    They’re saving the best for last
    Don’t ask me how I know
    ‘Cause it must be
    Saving the best for last for me

  34. 34
    Jonathan Says:

    @25 – I had thought much the same thing.

    Very sad to hear this news. Mac, you’re in our thoughts & prayers. I don’t know what you really need most right now, but if it is something we can help with (at all!), please let us know.

    Also want to echo the comments that many others have said – you have brought lots of enjoyment, to many of us, through all kinds of ups & downs as Braves fans.

  35. 35
    fm Says:

    If this is truly the end, then it’s fitting that his last recap was for a game that the Braves won.

  36. 36
    Johnny Says:

    ‘Minnesota, the only U.S. state which is technically part of the Scandinavian peninsula, is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, all of which are frozen. It was easy to count the lakes as there is nothing else to do in Minnesota.

    The state’s largest city is Minneapolis, literally “Minne City”, and its second-largest is the adjoining state capital of St. Paul. Most of the state’s residents live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, save for those who have fled the bitter clashes that periodically spring up between the two cities. All Minnesotans, however, are united by their hatred for Iowans. The most famous natives of Minneapolis are Bob Dylan and Prince, from which we can gather that the typical resident of Minneapolis is a musical genius who changes his name, mumbles a lot, and may actually be insane. The most famous native of St. Paul is Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, from which we can gather that the typical resident of St. Paul is a clinically depressed ten-year-old with alopecia. The state’s third-largest city is the Mall of America.’

    Thanks for everthing Mac Thomason.

  37. 37
    Smitty Says:

    Remember when Mac put the videos up making fun of Mike Hampton?


  38. 38
    se1915 Says:

    As with everyone else, this place is a daily stop for me. I know it’s not much, but if it is in any way helpful for just one more random guy to let Mac know that his writing was a part of my daily routine for years, please do it for me. God bless you Mac.

  39. 39
    Adam M Says:

    Mac, thanks for helping me get through my PhD, postdoc, and starting my job as a professor.

    Me too, actually. I started reading Braves Journal about eight years ago, when I was still taking classes. Now I’m a professor. Thanks for everything, Mac.

  40. 40
    Spiral Stairs Says:

    As a longtime reader and occasional poster, I’ve gotten much joy from this site over the years. Thanks for everything, Mac.

  41. 41
    Ted Mundale Says:

    Mac, God bless. Your contribution to the Braves has made me love the team more than ever. Thanks for the community you’ve built here.

  42. 42
    Grst Says:

    Thanks Mac for the always brilliant writing and analysis.

  43. 43
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Mark Graybill’s comment (@15) pretty much describes the way I feel. I mainly lurked for the better part of a decade, and only now realize how much Mac and this site meant to me. Spent lots of late nights unwinding after long, stressful days by reading through Mac’s recaps and the game threads.

    Mac, thanks for everything you’ve done. Some day when my little boys are ready to go online I’m going to make them read through some of the archives and hopefully they will see that you offer an ideal model for how to interact respectfully, compassionately and with good humor.

  44. 44
    DJ Says:

    This is great site and Mac has done a tremendous job leading this tribe. And I am happy to be a member of it. Thank you.

  45. 45
    Dan Says:

    Remember when Mac put the videos up making fun of Mike Hampton?

    Hampton crashes a helicopter was my favorite:

  46. 46
    John R. Says:

    My favorite: Mike Hampton checks his email:

    Here’s hoping for a rally in the ninth.

  47. 47
    DougM66 Says:

    Very, very sad. Every day, when you would come to this site, you felt as if you were visiting with Mac, not just reading stuff he wrote. His good humor, good sense, and love of the Braves were always present, even when all he posted was the game summary and left the commenting to us. He elevated us as well, overseeing and quashing out-of-line and inappropriate posts, making sure that this site didn’t degenerate into name-calling and political squawking. He will truly be missed.

  48. 48
    RobBroad4th Says:

    This is awful news. The poor guy deserves better.

  49. 49
    Dix Says:


    I wish you the best in this next phase in the cycle of your life. Your efforts here have left a mark that will continue on with all those you have reached. You have created a community, and those of us who are a part of it owe that all to you.

    Thank you for your efforts and your unique sense of humor. We will miss you but we will not forget you.



  50. 50
    Rob Cope Says:

    If I remember correctly, I’ve been reading Mac’s website since I was 13 years old. I’ve read and posted on his website all through high school, college, and now into my adult life. Because of Mac’s leadership over this, I have learned so much from so many smart and wise people. I am very thankful that Mac had the vision for what this needed to be, and he was very successful in creating a great place for great people to get together.

    I’ve met a few people in person from this website, but I have not been able to meet Mac. I am so deeply saddened by Mac’s struggles, and I just haven’t been able to keep away the tears. I feel like we are losing a friend who we have come to know in a meaningful way, while most of us have never even met him.

    Mac and his website have meant so much to me personally, and I feel like a part of my adolescent and young adult life is being lost right now. Mac, thank you so much for the work you’ve done, and I pray that I finally have an opportunity to meet you one day.

  51. 51
    Kyle B. Says:

    I don’t post much anymore, because I assume Marc, AAR, Ububba or Bethany will just say it better, but I never miss a game recap.

    Thanks for giving us refugees a place to get along. I wish you and your family the best.

  52. 52
    Smitty Says:

    LOL, I remember when Rob was 13.

  53. 53
    Brian J. Says:

    It’s a tribute to our host that he’s created this site. Far more ambitious sites have fallen apart because they failed to put in the effort or the detail work required to keep from being overcome by spammers, politics, or just petty bickering. And Lord knows the Braves haven’t always made it easy.

    This site has meant a lot to me, and even after last year’s on-field disaster, I just couldn’t stay away for too long.

    Mac, you’ve done something great and you should be very proud- you’ve provided a lot of joy to a lot of people. Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.

  54. 54
    Mike N. Says:

    I discovered this site just before the Hudson trade, which was when I was 16 years old. Been coming here just about every day since then. It’s one of the few websites I have bookmarked (most are just dumb pictures I like to pull out every once in a while).

    I don’t often post much stuff of real substance, as most opinions I have are already been posted numerous times. I usually try to lighten the mood by making dumb, yet in my mind funny, comments, although I’m afraid there’s nothing like that that I can post now. I have learned so much about the statistical background of the game of baseball just from this site alone, and my overall knowledge of the game has increased exponentially since I started coming here.

    This site has become more than just a Braves site. I can’t count how many times people have come here for personal advice or just to vent about things that have happened in their life. It’s fun to hang around here even in the offseason, as just about any sport can be discussed knowledgeably by the people. It is a great place that I hope will continue on for a long time.

    Thank you, Mac.

  55. 55
    John R. Says:

    I usually try to lighten the mood by making dumb, yet in my mind funny, comments,

    Hey, that’s what I do! It’s nice to have a place where I can match my dumb, yet in my mind funny, sense of humor with the team that I have loved since I was 12.

  56. 56
    Coop Says:

    Thank you, Mac Thomason. May God bless and comfort you, your family and your many friends and fans.

  57. 57
    Bethany Says:

    There has been no individual more influential in my recent growth as a baseball fan than Mac. I started reading Bravesjournal in 2006, when my first job at Auburn left me with a lot of spare time and my renewed interest in Braves baseball had began. A google search for Braves blogs brought me to BravesJournal, and Mac’s funny, sharp and insightful commentary and the equally enlightened group of commenters here drew me in. It’s not an overstatement to say that I would not be the same fan I am today without Mac, and my life path would likely have been quite different. Without Bravesjournal as an introduction to advanced baseball metrics, I’m sure I never would have learned about OPS, WAR and WHIP. I never would have learned that Yunel was a great shortstop for us, despite my blinding hatred of him, and I would have kept on believing that Khalil Greene was a better player.

    I never would have started the Eephus League, and I would have missed out on a once in a lifetime experience. I wouldn’t have met hundreds of amazing baseball fans and I would have missed the countless opportunities the site has provided me. It’s not inconceivable that my career path would have been completely different if not for Mac’s guiding hand. The kindness, wit and grace Mac has shown me and the rest of the bravesjournal crew opened countless doors for me personally and professionally, and I can’t thank him enough for the positive impact he’s left on me and the baseball community. I’m so terribly sorry that I didn’t tell him these things sooner.

  58. 58
    stupup74 Says:

    I used to think Jeff Franceuour was good at baseball, then I found and learned a lot.

    Thank you Mac. I will be praying for you and your family.

  59. 59
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Last Saturday, as Chad Durbin preserved his statistics while drowning Mike Minor’s in a pair of runs, I muttered, “Double Grybo.” My eight-week-old daughter immediately shot me a quizzical look. I explained the backstory of Kevin Gryboski. Her face remained unchanged. So perhaps she was merely hungry, but I prefer to think she was awestruck by her introduction into the vernacular that has seeped its way into conversation. Hopefully she will grow up not knowing what a “Braves Save” once meant, because that will mean Kimbrel became our Mariano Rivera.

    I owe Mac thanks for this site, because it showed me — first as a long-time lurker, then whenever I have time to declare that the sky is is falling — that others gave as much of a damn night after night as I did. I once suffered alone, or at most with my English expatriate mum, when the closer of the moment blew yet another sure win or Ryan Klesko tripped over a blade of grass in left field, allowing two runs to score. Mac’s work helped me learn that the suffering was shared. Fandom remains a solitary endeavor for me, in part because I work in an environment where sports impartiality is sacrosanct and fandom is looked at by many with scorn. (Or, put simply, “No cheering in the press box.”) Thus, all my pent-up negativity and panic manifests itself here. But I’ll never be able to thank Mac enough for this site and its reassurance that others unapologetically feel as I do, even if there is no logic in our loyalty to an arm of a soulless corporation.

    I often wish I believed in heaven and a resurrection. I wish I had the certainty of my high-school girlfriend, who resolutely declared that if she died the next day and was robbed of the possibilities of life before her, that she would be at complete peace because she knew she would be in heaven. Two months later, she was killed in an automobile accident, and I spent the next 15 years of my life searching for the same blind yet bedrock belief she possessed. I never found it.

    Five years on, I once again hope that she was right and I am wrong, because whenever this team becomes a giddy pile of humanity near the pitcher’s mound on a crisp October night, I want to believe that Mac, Skip and Ernie will see it. And if they do, I hope they’re watching together, because Mac, you meant as much to deepening our mad love for this team as they did — and you belong with them.

  60. 60
    Seat Painter Says:

    I was in a morbid mood and was wondering what Mac’s last post would be. I decided it would be a ‘Where do I go from here?’ post in which Mac is headed off to Cooperstown for The Murph’s Hall Induction, and he would run into Jeff Francoeur, Chief Driver for the Cooperstown, NY Bus System.

    (I hope that post is many years away, but if it isn’t, then I want to add my thanks for finding a fun and enjoyable place to hang with like minded Braves nuts.)

  61. 61
    Ben Duronio Says:

    This is some of the saddest news I’ve seen all year. I am usually pretty good with words but I have nothing good to say right now. Just awful =(

  62. 62
    Josh Lewis Says:

    As a lifelong Braves fan and a reader of this blog I can only say thank you to Mac for everything he has given all of us. Ever since I heard about Mac’s condition I made sure I read the blog everyday. Hopefully the Braves show their love with a some big wins!

  63. 63
    MLT Says:

    Another lurker for at least 8 years.

    Through my own failed sport blog (laziness) it was (and still is) awe inspiring the fortitude Mac has. To keep posting night in and night out. To fight the way he has. To never lose his spirit or his humor. I envy him for these things and so much more.

    Thanks Mac!

  64. 64
    beege Says:

    In 2005, I was a big a Braves fan as you’d care to meet. Then, I moved out of state just as the Braves Division Title streak ended with that painful Astros series. Over the next few years lack of proximity (and maybe a little bit of spoiled fairweatherism) led me to become less and less of a baseball fan, only checking the standings from time to time, not really even knowing who was playing for the team other than the stalwarts.

    That changed in 2007 when I stumbled across this site. I am now a bigger (and certainly better informed) fan than I ever was before. I have learned about advanced metrics, about how to be a fan during the lean times, about great music I never would have found otherwise, and much else.

    I hope Mac stays with us for a while yet. But if he goes soon I sure hope creating the best place on the internet and touching so many folks’ lives gives him the peace he deserves.

  65. 65
    sdp Says:

    God no. :(

    Tears in my eyes here.

  66. 66
    Rob B Says:

    Thank you, Mac. Thank you.

  67. 67
    Michael Haynes Says:


    Damn. Damn. Damn.

    I’ve been reading what Mac’s been writing for farther back than I can easily recall. I remember him posting on back when people actually used newsgroups so we’re talking back into the late-’90s at least.

    I wish the best for him, whatever that can be at this time.

  68. 68
    Smitty Says:

    Nice thread up about Mac on Capitol Avenue Club.

  69. 69
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    This is off-topic, but somehow I don’t think Mac would mind: Brandon Beachy just started a movie review blog.

  70. 70
    landogarner Says:

    …. What can you say other than thank you, Mac. May you find peace and happiness with your loved ones. God bless.

    Anyone know how we can get Mac and Bravesjournal mentioned during a game broadcast? Some kind of tribute?

  71. 71
    One Eye Says:

    Thanks Mac for the good times. You obviously have influenced tons of people with your passion and dedication to the Braves.

  72. 72
    Tim_Rankin Says:

    I’ve been a devoted reader since the Rico Brogna/Mike Hessman days, and until then had never paired my fandom with a blog. Braves Journal is great humor, insight and wit — a community and a wonderful legacy, to boot. Safe travels, Mac. I shall miss you.

  73. 73
    spike Says:

    @66, that is a great idea, and I am hitting up all my friends at TBS/PTV et al to see.

  74. 74
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    The best way to get Mac mentioned on a broadcast would be to Twitter-bomb the primary broadcasters.

  75. 75
    Marty Winn Says:

    Thanks Mac. May God bless you and be merciful towards you.

  76. 76
    ryan c Says:

    A little humor on a rough day…

  77. 77
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    numbing news. Thanks Mac, to borrow a line from Warren Zevon, we’ll keep you in our hearts for a while.

  78. 78
    Timo Says:

    Danke, Mac.
    I’ve been reading Mac’s blog since 2002. Every day of my life. Every day.
    I feel I know Mac, Alex, ububba (man, you are my favorite), Bethany, Sam, Smitty quite well even though I’ve never met any of you guys living half a world away.
    Thank you, Mac. THANK YOU!

  79. 79
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I talked with Mac. He’s feeling a bit better today.

  80. 80
    landogarner Says:

    Good to hear, thanks Alex.

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    sansho1 Says:

    Batista delenda est, Mac.

  82. 82
    Coop Says:

    Hang tough, Mac. We love you.

  83. 83
    Bethany Says:

    We do love you, Mac. Keep being strong, and thank you for everything.

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    JC Says:

    As someone who’s had too much experience with hospice, I recommend taking advantage of Ativan and oxygen. It will help deal with hibernation mode.

    In tribute to Mac, the Braves should have Keith Lockhart spend a game in an actual dog house perched on Chief Noc-a-homa’s outfield platform.

    In all seriousness, thanks for everything, Mac. I’ve enjoyed being along for the ride with you. It’s been fun. You are a talented writer, whose humor and patience have made you one of the best bloggers there is.

  85. 85
    John R. Says:

    Keep on rockin’, Mac. If you can take a lead into the 9th, you’ve got Kimbrel to bring it home for you. Them’s good odds.

  86. 86
    John R. Says:

    You are a talented writer, whose humor and patience have made you one of the best bloggers there is.

    Agreed. But allow me to put it crassly and without any writerly talent: You’re fucking funny as shit, Mac.

  87. 87
    Mark Grogan Says:

    I do want to say that Mac has attacted an unbelievable group of people to this blog. Never stale, always enlightening. Mention things other than the Braves, and the good folk here really shine with their obvious education, talent and command of the language. I’m certain Mac is proud of each of you. I just wanted to say thanks.

    I cannot count the number of times that I have been reading this journal, Dee sitting behind me with her crosswords,and I am forced to laugh out loud. Dee will look up, and ask ‘What are your friends saying now?’ Most of the time, it had nothing to do with baseball. Laughing out loud may be hackneyed, but it should not be underrated.

    Where else can you get running commentaries on how to use italics, or McCartney on bass, or follow young Rob and Bethany on the road to adulthood? Where else can you find Sam? (Please don’t answer that.)

    Again, thank you all and thank you Mac. Apologies to Sam, I was going for a laugh out loud.

  88. 88
    Miguel Says:

    I’ve been reading Mac’s work for at least the past 10 years and there’s a good chance this is the website I’ve visited the most in my life. Thank you for everything, Mac. There’s no better baseball blog community out there and you are the reason for that.

  89. 89
    Smitty Says:

    I called my barber and he hears the following deal is in the works:

    Ahmadinejad gets: Mac’s cancer

    Mac gets: A nuclear weapon and a player to be named

    Get it done Wren!

  90. 90
    Smitty Says:

    @ 69

    Chip on Twitter: @kapaya1234

    He checks it, except for when he is “hacked”

  91. 91
    Smitty Says:

    Jim Powell is @Jim_Powell

  92. 92
    desert Says:

    Thank you for everything, Mac. You’re both a wonderful person and an extremely talented writer. I’m very sorry that you had to deal with this.

  93. 93
    Smitty Says:

    Posted by Keith Law:


    Mac Thomason, founder of @BravesJournal, is nearing the end of his battle vs cancer. Let’s get the @Braves to mention him on air tonight

  94. 94
    Hiawatha Terrell Wade Says:

    Love to Mac. He is an internet pioneer and if there’s any sort of sports blog award out there, it should be renamed the Mac Thomason Award. He’s always good for a laugh and by all accounts a damn decent guy. Long live Braves Journal.

    “I guess there’s only one thing left to do…win the whole fucking thing.”

  95. 95
    JoeyT Says:

    IMO, our best offensive lineup tonight. Prado at short, Reed in left.

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    DG Says:

    You know, this is the toughest news I’ve ever taken about a person I’ve never met. However, being here since I found Braves Journal as a college senior in 1999, I really feel like I know Mac. I’m all for the previous suggestion in re: Mac Thomason Award. I think I can speak for Stephen in the UAE when I say that this site helped me through some overseas deployments, and also taught me something about the game when I thought I knew it all. Hell, I once argued that wins were a better measure of effectiveness than ERA, but was quickly and rightfully schooled. All I can say to Mac is that I’m forever indebted to you for building this community. Man, this sucks.

  97. 97
    braves14 Says:

    What horrible horrible news. My afternoon was already pretty rotten but now this.

    Thank you for providing such a great site Mac. This is one of my first visits each day and I loved reading your writing. I hope prayers and comfort come to you and your family.

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    Parish Says:

    Wow. I have not been around as much lately and had no idea how bad things were. This is dire news indeed.

    Mac, I hope that you have read all of this and know the kind of legacy you already have. I am praying for a comeback and a chance to build on that legacy.

    However, if you pass on, I am sure that in heaven you get to hear Skip broadcast the ganes as opposed to the younger Caray.

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    Alex B. Says:

    Thanks so much for everything you’ve done to make the internet a better place, Mac.

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    JC Says:

    JoeyT, see if you can get Joe Simpson to give Mac a shoutout, will ya?

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    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    it would be nice if the Braves as an organization would do something to acknowledge what Mac has done for the team. While it still matters.

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    braves14 Says:

    Keith Law and Dayn Perry among others have tweeted to the official Braves feed that Mac deserves to be mentioned on the air.

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    DowneasterJC Says:

    The sun bursts through in unlooked for directions.
    Strong thoughts fill you with confidence, you smile,
    You forget you are sick, as I forget you are sick.
    You do not see the medicines, you do not mind the weeping friends, I am with you,
    I exclude others from you, there is nothing to be commiserated.
    I do not commiserate, I congratulate you.

    I don’t know if Mac considers himself a writer, but he is up there among my favorites with Walt.

    Mac, resist much and obey little.

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    ASG Says:

    Thank you, Mac.

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    MobileRealtor Says:


    Thanks for sharing your talents with us. I have been a long time lurker and very seldom poster.

    checking in to BravesJournal has been a daily habit.

    Peace be with you, friend.

    Roll Tide!

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    Andy B Says:

    Hang on with the gusto of the marginal players with the Polaroids, Mac, the lurkers love ya.

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    Frank Says:

    Very sad to hear this.

    Thanks Mac.

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    spike Says:

    Here’s to you, bud.

    Life Is A Ballgame

  109. 109
    krussell Says:

    Marlins are taking it to Strausberg tonight.

    All the best Mac.

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    Trace Says:

    I’ve been reading this blog since I was 15. Couldn’t have gotten through the lean years without Mac’s wit and great writing. Even if I watched the whole game, I’d always have to come here ASAP to get Mac’s recap, which were, in a word, classic.

    God bless, Mac, and thank you.

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    fm Says:

    Speaking of Strasburg, keep in mind that just last month the Braves were down 9-0 against him with little time left and improbably came back and won. Keep that in mind, Mac Thomason.

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    Stewart Says:

    I have been reading this site since I was in college; I think my earliest visits were around 1999 or 2000. I have spent more than a few pleasant moments here since then, whether the Braves have been playing well or not.

    Thanks Mac. A job well done.

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    DWonder Says:

    I have never met Mac but this news is deeply saddening to me.
    Thank you for everything you’ve done for your fellow Brave fans and God bless you, sir.

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    Bethany Says:

    Jim Powell just retweeted something about Mac, so fingers crossed that he talks about him tonight.

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    braves14 Says:

    Mac just posted something on twitter. Glad he is able to read all of the support and great praise he is getting.

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    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Nolasco shuts out the Nationals! 4.5 back and Medlen is a guaranteed win tonight to make it an even 4. Let’s hope Mac feels well enough to offer a special recap when we catch the loathsome Nats.

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    Garrett Martin Says:

    Long time reader, first comment. Mac got me through the post-TBS years before our return South. Horrible news. Thanks for the years of excellent reading, and I’m praying for you and yours.

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    Ethan Says:

    This was one of the first websites I ever visited when messing around in the computer labs in middle school. That was 13 years ago, and I still check every day. Thank you and stay strong Mac. Never quit fighting.

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    Dan Says:

    Mac on Twitter:

    Macthomason? Little ole me! I was sick but glory be. Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated

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    glizzy Says:

    Hoping for all the best of everything for Mac and his loved ones.
    For someone I’ve never met, Mac, you’ve been a huge part of my life for the past 10 years plus. Thank you so much for everything.

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    mravery Says:

    I’ve been on the road these past few days, so I’ve been trying to ignore the news that AAR posted last thread. Reading through here, it hit me like a ton of bricks.

    Thanks for everything, Mac. I started reading this blog while I was in undergrad, and if it wasn’t for this, I’m not sure I’d have kept following baseball. More than any other “on line” personality/writer/blogger/whatever, you’ve had an real and lasting impact on my life. And I hope you continue to. :-)

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    JP Says:

    I rarely post, but I read this site at least 6 out of 7 days in any given week. I, like so many others who’ve posted, owe a great deal of thanks to Mac, and Braves Journal, for a much more informed fan experience. I discovered the site as I was getting back into both college and Braves baseball (around the end of the season in 2005), and the community here enriched my experience so much.

    I have resisted sharing this story, as to not dampen Mac’s (or anyone else’s) spirits, but given the current news I want it to be shared. As a child, Braves baseball was one of the strongest bonds I shared with my Dad. Upon “re-connecting” with the team, my Dad and I grew such a great camaraderie as adult baseball fans. Neither of my parents have the slightest idea of how to operate a computer, so my Dad would always come to me for the “scuttlebutt” around the team, and I would often share funny comments from this blog and others. He was particularly fond of the Francouer hate, the funny nicknames and, last season, making fun of Fredi’s penchant for bunting.

    Fast forward to last season. My Dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in August. He still called or texted me from the Hospital everyday, and naturally we would always talk Braves, even if it was just a little. I expected to go to a Braves playoff game with him in October as he was fighting his cancer, but that never happened…he died unexpectedly from complications related to his radiology on September 12th. The Braves lost to the Marlins that night. I know because it was the first time I would never have the chance to complain about a Braves loss to my Dad. We all know how the 2011 season ended…I dreamed of the Braves making it to the World Series last year and getting to watch it with my Dad. I was going to take off of work, go to my hometown hand hang out with him the whole series. Instead I was mourning something so much more bitter and painful than a late-season collapse could ever think about being. My reason for sharing this is to express my sincerest gratitude that Braves Journal is here. Reading the posts on here in the days after Dad died felt so normal, and in a time of tragedy normal is right where you want to be. My family didn’t get its fairy tale ending. But Fairy tale endings do happen, and you better believe I’m praying that you get one.

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    Bethany Says:

    Oof, the one time Heyward doesn’t hustle all the way.

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    Bethany Says:


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    oldtimer? Says:

    Just missed a 2 run lead, but we will take it.

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    Brian J. Says:

    Chipper rages against the passing of the light.

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    Coop Says:

    Let’s score lots of runs tonight, Braves. We could all use a laugher.

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    Tiger224 Says:

    Cheers and best wishes to Mac and his family.

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    Mike N. Says:

    Just tuned in. What is Joe rambling about Moneyball and the Frontier League for?

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    spike Says:

    Here we go!

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    spike Says:

    On the radio!

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    spike Says:

    Good man Powell!

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    PeteOrr Says:

    Wow, glad I tuned into the radio broadcast just in time to hear Powell talking about Mac. I agree with his sentiments completely.

  134. 134
    ryan c Says:

    Macs on twitter! He’s saying “I’m not dead!”

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    John R. Says:

    Don’t have a radio broadcast (or any broadcast, actually) so if anyone could relay what was said, it would be most appreciated.

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    Coop Says:

    Routine play by Bourn gets Meds through two.

  137. 137
    spike Says:

    Just that “fans have been filling up my twitter account all day about braves blogger Mac Thomason. … Mac Thomason, of Braves Journal fame, your work is greatly appreciated

  138. 138
    spike Says:

    that is a paraphrase, and where the ellipses are, Jim gave a general description of Mac, and what’s going on

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    urlhix Says:

    Well, who knew? Tommy Hanson and I share a birthday.

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    Bethany Says:

    Let’s do something with this, Bravos!

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    Bethany Says:

    Happy Birthday, urlhix!

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    Brian J. Says:

    Jason’s gonna be a Hall of Famer… if he can just stop swinging at those pitches down and away.

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    Coop Says:


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    Trace Says:

    Said the same thing about Andruw.

  145. 145
    Brian J. Says:

    Each team’s had a runner picked off in the first three innings. Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen that.

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    urlhix Says:

    @136, Thanks!

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    Coop Says:

    Good Medlen stories overshadowed by Medlen’s play last inning. How about some runs, Braves?

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    Mike N. Says:

    Danny boy!

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    Brian J. Says:


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    Coop Says:

    Nice, Uggla. Hope it’s the harbinger of many to come.

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    spike Says:

    Good luck, @bravesjournal . You have many fans! #Braves

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    Coop Says:

    Thanks, Spike. Think I’ll join the Jim Powell fan club.

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    csg Says:

    Medlen has a pretty good move to first, huh?

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    Brian J. Says:

    148- That’s why pencils have erasers.

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    PeteOrr Says:

    Medlen is just unbelievable. 62 pitches through 5 2/3 with 5Ks and 2 pickoffs. I will take it.

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    Coop Says:

    Medlen rules.

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    Landogarner Says:

    It’s getting to the point where not letting Medlen pitch the wildcard game would be just silly.

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    Nathan Says:

    Mac, my thoughts are with you. I’ve been a longtime reader and only sometime commentator, but all I have to type is ‘b’ and my browser jumps to BravesJournal.

    Medlen is doing crazy good work again tonight.

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    Coop Says:


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    Brian J. Says:

    Brian McCann, like some others around here, is one tough sumbitch.

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    Coop Says:

    Medlen has been Maddox-like since joining the rotation.

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    Dan Says:

    It’s getting to the point where not letting Medlen pitch the wildcard game would be just silly

    Yes, but Gonzalez will go with Hudson because “he’s a veteran”, if they’re all available to start a one-game wild card playoff game.

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    JoeyT Says:

    I’m looking forward to Medlen and Beachy in the same rotation next year.

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    ububba Says:

    Went to the Yanks/Jays game tonight. Really wish I coulda heard Powell’s shout-out instead. Thanks, Jim. It means alot.

    And… how ’bout that Medlen, huh?

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    Eric Says:

    Thank you Mac

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    Brian J. Says:

    Magnificent game by Medlen. Now let Kimbrel have at it.

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    Coop Says:

    Wow, Meds, keep doing it.

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    Dan Says:

    Gonzalez should let Medlen pitch the ninth inning, just so we can have another 100 posts arguing about it.

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    Putter Says:

    So sad to hear the news about Mac. This blog has brought so many of us together to the point that we all can share a small part of each others lives. This is a site I hit F5 on 25 times a day during the off season to see what kind of humorous quip somebody put out there about Fredi or whomever. All I can say is thank you so much Mac…you have brought so much joy and laughter to my life over the last several years and I hope you can go in peace. God Bless you

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    PaulV Says:

    Natpros on 5 game losing streak. Division is possible

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    Brian J. Says:

    162- Agreed! We must have our RDA of bickering, dammit! Especially today!

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    Coop Says:

    Go get ’em, Kimbrell.

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    Putter Says:

    Good work Kimbrell

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    Brian J. Says:

    Craig Kimbrel: Has heard of mercy. Is sure it’s only a rumor.

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    Coop Says:

    Great game.

    Have a good night, Mac. You’re the man.

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    PaulV Says:

    Dodgers have lost 3 in a row.

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    Anon21 Says:

    164: 5-game losing streak, and still up 4. This is exactly why I think the division is out of reach.

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    Hiawatha Terrell Wade Says:

    Last year the Cardinals were 4.5 out of the wild card on Sept 12 and won the world series. Nothing’s out of reach.

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    Alex R. Says:

    I know I don’t come on here very much anymore but thank you for all the kind words about Mac – he deserves them and then some.

    As was stated earlier, I went to Birmingham on Sunday and spent basically 20 hours with Mac before returning to Austin. He’s probably less than 100 LBS. and doesn’t have a lot of time. I talked to him a little today on the phone and a few minutes tonight. He’s so heavily medicated it’s hard for him to carry on a conversation too long.

    His family – his stepmom, dad and brother and sister, Clay and Becky, they are all pretty worn out, physically and emotionally. It was helpful to them for me to be there, but they all seemed very beat.

    Not sure if I am accepting reality that these are his final days, but being around him and his family was very important. I didn’t say goodbye to Mac…I spent my time talking with him about the Braves, and SEC Football, how it’s always been.

    I appreciate the effort to get him mentioned on air – I didn’t get to hear the game tonight so I am not sure if it happened. Completely independently, my brother (who Mac also knows) was contacting the Braves to shoot for a mention on Friday night, during the home game with Philly. Either way, just having everyone reach out for Mac is special.

    There’s no question Bravesjournal will continue – Mac’s left quite a legacy and guys like Alex, Stu and Smitty are the perfect people to carry the torch in the future.

    Anyway, that’s all – it’s late and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for their kind words to Mac. He is out of it quite a bit in his final days, but I know he’s happy tonight with a Braves win.

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    John Says:

    Praying for Mac. As long as Braves Journal lives, Mac will live on.

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    Timo Says:

    @173, Thank you for sharing, Alex. Good on you that you are there for him.

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    Robert Says:

    I know I don’t come on here very much anymore but thank you for all the kind words about Mac – he deserves them and then some

    Here’s something I hardly ever got to type when I was a regular poster: I completely agree with Alex R on this one. He couldn’t be more right.

    Came across this news on Primer and felt compelled to post something here out of respect. I spent a lot of years here back when I followed the team. Mac has always been a talented writer that deserved a wider audience. I always expected he would break out at some point but I guess it’s not to be. As unspeakably sad as this is, this little corner of the internet he built over the years is truly something to be proud of.

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    kc Says:

    Mac, we have never met but you have no clue how much this site and you mean to me. I love you like how much I love Kris Medlen tonight.

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    sansho1 Says:

    Alex, thanks for checking in. This can’t be easy for you, and you’re in my thoughts. It’s comforting to know Mac has family and friends who are there for him in a physical sense, as we all are in spirit.

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    blazon Says:

    ‘or like the snowflake on the river
    a moment white, then gone forever.’ Robert Burns

    God bless and thank you…

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    bamadan Says:

    I haven’t posted here in years, but wanted to let Mac’s family know that a long time reader is thinking of them in this terrible time.

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    sansho1 Says:


    That would definitely be appropriate, although last time was a “walk away from the Internet” moment for me.

    Instead, a chart. Lowest single season ERA, Atlanta Braves, min. 70 IP and 5+ games started:

    1. Maddux, 1994, 1.56
    2. Maddux, 1995, 1.64
    3. Medlen, 2012, 1.71
    4. Niekro, 1967, 1.87
    5. Beachy, 2012, 2.00

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    Dusty Says:

    Mac, thanks for everything and thanks for giving this CPA something to do when it isn’t tax season (and sometimes even when it is). Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Dusty Says:

    Doesn’t it sound like Fredi’s taking a shot at Hanson here:

    He’s terrific,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Medlen (6-1). “He does everything you want a starting pitcher to do. Hopefully there’s young players out there watching him pitch. He gets the ball back and fires. He hold runners. He fields his position. He can bunt, hit-and-run. He does a lot of stuff.”

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    Smitty Says:


    Nah. We bash Fredi a lot, but he wouldn’t call someone like Hanson out in the media. If he were a pre-madona, then maybe.

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    G. Says:

    Horrible news to hear. I wish him the best.

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    Naylor Says:

    Hey Mac,
    If you read this, you are a Blessed man. It has been a pleasure reading this site for many years. I wish I could have met you. I’m sure you are just a good person in real life as you are on this website.

    This reminds me of another person I came to “know” in Shane from Center Point on the Finebaum show.

    The passion of you two are clearly evident. God Bless you.

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    NickH Says:

    As yet another a long-time reader of Braves Journal – very, very sad news about Mac. Clearly a great guy, his wonderful wry sense of humor and love for the Braves has always shone through in his writing. He’s singlehandedly built this place in his vision – and he’s created what is without a doubt the best place on the Internet for Braves fans. Keep fighting the good fight, Mac! You’ve got many thousands of people pulling for you.

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    csg Says:

    We have 4 pitchers doing their jobs at the moment. We really need Hanson to find his old form, if possible. We also need our offense to pick it up. We wont last night because Medlen was brilliant, our offense is still asleep on the plane though. Bmac looks awful and his bat speed is nonexistent, that shoulder must be killing him.

    1 game playoff – ball go to Medlen or Hudson?

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    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    @183 – Nah, Fredi’s just doing the “kids should play the way Kris Medlen plays” cliche spitting, he’s not calling out Hanson.

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    Jeff K Says:

    I can’t help but cry at the sadness of change and feel so much joy at the possibility of something even better. Heartfelt wishes to Mac and his close family, including those of you here who know him personally and have supported him, and us.

  197. 197
    Nick Says:

    My thoughts are with Mac, his family, and everyone on here who knows him personally during this difficult time. I have gone through much the same with family members, and it’s a horrible thing to watch happen. I know that AAR and Stu will ensure that this great site will live on, and there can be no greater testament to Mac’s legacy than that.

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    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:


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    hack Says:

    I never post but have enjoyed this site and Mac’s humor and fortitude for years. Thank you sir.

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