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14 Oct


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73 Responses to “Serendipity”

  1. 1
    kc Says:

    To be fair, Posey had a great season.

    To be frank, he was out.

  2. 2
    Seat Painter Says:

    Yep. Still out.

  3. 3
    justhank Says:

    The opening line for Georgia / Kentucky is 27 points.

    Twenty. Seven. Points. Four touchdowns and Blair Walsh kicking extra points.

    For those who missed it, the ended the UK / Arkansas game in the third quarter because it was raining and the score was 49-7. Our AD came on the radio and said they asked for the game to be stopped because our guys were hungry. (I’m not kidding.)

  4. 4
    justhank Says:

    All of a sudden, Lincecum is the best pitcher the Giants have.

    Jose Feliciano sounds more and more like Mr. Haney (Green Acres) every year.

    Still out but, I hear, stillnotadouche.

    So tell me why couldn’t have used Gregor Blanco this year?

    There’s a good article in SI this week about the emerging recognition that speed is regaining it’s value in baseball now that the PED’s have been scrubbed.

  5. 5
    ububba Says:

    Marshall Morgan, kicking PATs for UGA, has been worse.

    The guy has 2 50-yard FGs, but he can’t kick an extra point.

    And, this weekend only, go-o-o-o Gators.

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    Jeff K Says:

    Fun piece on about Sid’s Slide. This memory from Andy Van Slyke:

    Still, as Francisco Cabrera stepped to the plate, Van Slyke knew Pittsburgh was just one pitch away from getting out of the inning. One more out and the Pirates would go to the World Series. So Van Slyke wanted to make sure. He told Barry Bonds, the Pirates’ left fielder, to move in.

    “I got his attention,” Van Slyke said. “But he flipped me the bird. He put his hand up and said, ‘I’ll play where I want to play.'”

    Never heard that one before but, if true, can you imagine what might have happened if Bonds had been standing two strides closer to home plate?

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    Smitty Says:


    He would have thrown the ball up the line even further.

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    spike Says:

    I’ll bet he said that. Andy Van Slyke has had a lot of years to get his story straight, and a serious axe to grind against Bonds, as well as being a fist class douche.

  9. 9
    spike Says:

    supposed to be first class, but fist works with that guy too.

  10. 10
    kc Says:

    @4 Lincecum has all the makings of a great closer.

    @6. I heard that story many years ago…but it was a version without the middle finger part.

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    Adam M Says:

    @8 Agreed.

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    Remy Says:

    Who’s the douche? Van Slyke or Bonds?

  13. 13
    Smitty Says:


    Bonds is always the douche

  14. 14
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Both of them. Count it.

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    spike Says:

    Van Slyke is a Bonds level douche without Bonds level talent. The Pirates decided on Van Slyke rather than Bonds, and the results speak for themselves. The name “Lind” never seems to come up in his recollections, or his own lifetime .190/.255/.320 posteason numbers, or that the Pirates never managed a winning season after Bonds left, with Van Slyke posting an OPS+ of 97.

  16. 16
    hap Says:

    AAR – post of the day so far.

  17. 17
    Jeff K Says:

    Bonds seems to have a knack of turning his teammates into douches.

  18. 18
    Coop Says:

    Yep, ububba, this week only, go Gators.

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    c. shorter Says:

    14 – classic.

  20. 20
    spike Says:

    Pretty sure Kent and Van Slyke were quite douchey pre-Bonds, among others.

  21. 21
    Tom Says:

    If who’s the douche is so important, then why don’t they put it on the scoreboard?

  22. 22
    sansho1 Says:

    Free-floating douche atoms often need additional atoms in order to form an observable douche molecule. The B2 douche atom can form strong covalent bonds with any number of others.

  23. 23
    sansho1 Says:

    So much funnier if subscript worked….

  24. 24
    spike Says:

    This text contains subscript text. Or it should.

  25. 25
    spike Says:

    Guess not.

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    Adam M Says:

    @20 Once again, agreed.

    And screw Van Slyke. I have no doubt that he was more of a douche than Bonds.

  27. 27
    Jeff K Says:

    @22 – I think, technically, the B2 is a molecule that forms a compound when it combines with the JK molecule or the AVs molecule. Get several douche molecules together and you create the San Franciso Giants.

  28. 28
    justhank Says:

    So if yer guessin’ whoya guessin’ makes the team next year from the farm system?

  29. 29
    Bethany Says:


  30. 30
    Seat Painter Says:

    Teheran. Julio lights up everybody in Spring Training, does a creditable impression of The Second Coming of Pedro Martinez, and is visiting Dr. Andrews by mid-July for consultations.


  31. 31
    Mark Grogan Says:

    Juan Jaime.

  32. 32
    sdp Says:

    Hey y’all.

  33. 33
    Mark Grogan Says:

    .368/.688/1.056 Gattis in 4 games in Venezuela. One HR and 6 RBI. Can I change my vote?

  34. 34
    Mike N. Says:

    Googled Juan Jaime because I have never heard of him. First result is a Taco and Tequila joint called Juan Jaime’s out in Arizona.

  35. 35
    spike Says:

    Me too! It looked kinda good actually.

  36. 36
    Jeff K Says:

    Still trying to get the image of a fist class douche out of my mind.

  37. 37
    Remy Says:

    Pagan’s salute was a punk-ass move.

  38. 38
    Remy Says:

    McCarver put me in a trick bag. Wrong dugout!

  39. 39
    PaulV Says:

    Replacement ump got in 3B’s way and I thought he would call the infield fly rule as a make up call for mistake on prior play. He remembered that there was only one baserunner.

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    urlhix Says:

    Juan Jaime is definitely interesting. I’m also gonna guess Ernesto Mejia.

  41. 41
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Jaime’s a TJ survivor, naturally. He missed all of 2010 and 2011, and when I think of hard-throwers who missed multiple seasons with TJ, I think of Eric Cordier. (

    Still, Jaime could certainly turn into something. Here’s a Talking Chop piece on him:

  42. 42
    sansho1 Says:

    Lesson: if you’ve wagered against a Norv Turner team, never give up hope.

  43. 43
    John R. Says:

    Does this image have something to do with National Coming Out Day?

  44. 44
    Smitty Says:


    Gattis has a shot, but them may want him to get some more ABs becasue he missed a lot of time.

    I will go with Andrew Russell

  45. 45
    'Rissa Says:

    Chipper just retweeted that McCann is having surgery today. I’m kind of glad he opted to get it taken care of and didn’t risk just resting it and potentially having to have surgery mid-season. Hopefully this means he’ll bounce back in a big way this year once he returns!

  46. 46
    fm Says:

    This is hilarious.–mlb.html

  47. 47
    sansho1 Says:

    That’s one of those only-because-it’s-ARod stories. That stuff goes on all the time. Have you ever watched David Ross in the on-deck circle when there’s a pretty girl to talk to?

  48. 48
    spike Says:

    Fits right in – Yankee Fan Spreadsheet

  49. 49
    oldtimer? Says:

    I agree with you Rissa. I am rehabbing a slight tear in my rotator and it sucks. Rest did crap and PT is slow as hell and in the end I may still need surgery.
    Cut it, sew it, rebuild it. Dont waste time like they did with Hanson.

  50. 50
    PaulV Says:

    The other Yanks are not professional enough unless ARod is cheering for them.

  51. 51
    justhank Says:

    I seem to remember a year when Smoltz opted to rehab rather than have surgery and didn’t even make it out of Spring Training. Missed the whole year.

    Is that correct or too many Kentucky Fried Brownies?

  52. 52
    Coop Says:

    Mmm, brownies.

  53. 53
    spike Says:

    Girardi’s gone crazy. Arod, Swisher, Nix out, Chavez, Gardner Nunez in.

  54. 54
    ububba Says:

    Greetings from Amsterdam…

    Imagine my surprise. I leave JFK, SD up 24-0 (I took them in my weekly pool), only to wake up here & see how it all went tits-up.

    Wow, Nunez? What an awful shortstop–smacks of desperation, for sure.

  55. 55
    spike Says:

    You need to go to the Whiskey Bar in Leidseplein, if you haven’t been.

  56. 56
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Justhank, I think that may have been 2008.

    April 30, 2008:

    Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with an ailing right shoulder, though the Braves were told he can get over the problem without surgery.
    Smoltz was examined in Birmingham, Ala., by Dr. James Andrews, who diagnosed a severely inflamed biceps tendon and inflammation of the rotator cuff in the right shoulder. The 40-year-old pitcher went on the DL retroactive to Monday.

    Andrews injected Smoltz’s shoulder for the inflammation and prescribed rest and rehabilitation until he is pain-free, the team said. The Braves aren’t sure when Smoltz will return.

    June 5, 2008:

    Smoltz’s shoulder began hurting nearly a year ago during a start in Milwaukee. He’s been on the disabled list three times since then and tried all sorts of radical solutions to cope with the pain.

    He came up with a new routine at spring training, spending most of his time on the back fields pitching against minor leaguers. When the discomfort persisted through his first five starts, he decided to return to the closer role he held from 2001 to 2004, believing that fewer innings would help him get through the season.

    But one inning against the Marlins on Monday night convinced him that it was futile to continue.

    “I certainly was prepared for it. I never had two days in a row where I felt good,” Smoltz said. “I realized it the next day. Actually, I realized an hour afterward that the pain was just too great and I couldn’t continue.”

    Initially, the injury was diagnosed as severe inflammation; Smoltz isn’t sure what the real problem is. He’ll put his future in the hands of Dr. James Andrews, the noted sports surgeon who will perform the arthroscopic procedure in Birmingham, Ala.

  57. 57
    spike Says:

    my favorite restaurant in Amsterdam –

    Spectacular Indonesian, very local, next to a cool vintage guitar store. Amstelveenseweg 158, Tram line 2.

  58. 58
    ububba Says:

    Thanks. I’m in Rembrandtplein, about a 15-20 minute walk from Leidseplein.

  59. 59
    spike Says:

    Well in Rembrandtplein, Smokey’s is a fine place to while away an hour or two…or so I’m told. There is a super late night bar there too – just up from Die Kleine Komedie on the street facing the canal. There’s a good Irish bar on that street too. Just a block off the Rembrandtplein. And the Tsuchinsky theater is the most amazing deco movie house I’ve ever seen. Go in the lobby.

  60. 60
    Stu Says:

    47—Yeah, Ross has always been one of those guys.

  61. 61
    ububba Says:

    Just got back from Mulligan’s, the Irish pub on River Amstel.

    And Smokey’s is hilarious. You just gotta sacrifice your clothing for the rest of the week because they become, well, smokey.

  62. 62
    spike Says:

    Watching middle aged tourists excitedly buy pot and then act like they’ve just mainlined smack is endlessly amusing.

  63. 63
    ububba Says:

    I’ve seen ’em fall into the canal.

  64. 64
    spike Says:

    I guess you gotta go with Verlander for the ninth, right?

  65. 65
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Eduardo Nunez hits a solo home run to make it interesting. Except for everyone else in the Yankee lineup.

  66. 66
    spike Says:

    Oh great. Ibanez with two on.

  67. 67
    spike Says:

    Phil Cole on the mound too – shame he’s not pitching to Granderson who would hit one towards Jackson.

  68. 68
    spike Says:

    Jesus. Barely.

  69. 69
    ryan c Says:

    DOB tweeting McCanns surgery will put him out probably until May, maybe June. I’m sure signing Ross just became a much bigger priority and maybe we’ll get a taste of Gattis behind the dish after all.

  70. 70
    Dan Says:

    @56: ah, 2008, the year that should have disproved the idea of “too much pitching” in Braves fans forever.

    That was the year everyone kept talking about the Braves having too much pitching, and DOB wrote about during spring training of the Braves trading from their big position of strength…and then 2007 co-aces Smoltz and Hudson both went down, Hampton didn’t make it to first start in April, Glavine went on the DL multiple times and Chuck James collapsed.

    2008 was the year of Campillo, Carlyle and Jo-Jo. Worst season ever.

    In short, the Braves should be weary about trading MLB-ready pitching. You really can never have enough of it.

  71. 71
    Smitty Says:


    Here we go. At first it was only a few months, now it is June. By March it will be August.

    Of course, I guess he jsut got cheaper

  72. 72
    ColdKyle Says:

    Long time lurker here…

    Me and 4 of my buddies will be going to Europe sometime next year and are trying to figure out what cities/countries we should visit. We are all right around 27 years old, not married (yet). Just trying to go on a big trip like this before we are too old or unable to go.

    We plan on spending a couple nights in Amsterdam and Prague, but we’d like to go a few more places as well. Some of the more less touristy spots would be nice. We will be over there about 10 days. Main aim of the trip will not be going for the historical stops (though we will see a few). Any recommendations?

  73. 73
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    New thread.

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