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15 May

At Least We’re Not In San Francisco Open Thread/Game Thread

Well, that sucked.

All in all, though, we ended the slide and reestablished the general perception that our players are aware that hitting is broadly a good thing, even if they are unable to act on this knowledge. Onward and upward.

Punk songs got us out of that mess but they didn’t keep us out. So I tried to think of a song that isn’t punk but isn’t not punk. Good thing Redd Kross reunited!

40 Responses to “At Least We’re Not In San Francisco Open Thread/Game Thread”

  1. 1
    mavery Says:

    Apropos of nothing, I just saw Frenchy homer in El Paso. He also misplayed a foul-out earlier too.

  2. 2
    mavery Says:

    Aaaaand Folk Hero just struck out lookin with the bases loaded on a 3-2 count. Bummer.

  3. 3
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    You guys probably know this, but the Rock*A*Teens are playing the Earl in three weeks.

  4. 4
    mavery Says:

    And there’s Buddy Carlyle, striking out the only batter he faced. If they leave him in to pitch the 9th, he could end up facing Frenhy.

  5. 5
    mavery Says:

    Just to complete the night, Folk Hero booted one at third. Heh.

  6. 6
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    That sounds amazing.

  7. 7
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    I’ve had tickets to the Saturday night show since it was announced in March.

  8. 8
    cliff Says:


    That was a strange experience in deja vu. Wow.

  9. 9
    Big D Says:

    Say what you want about Carlos Gomez (and I think we’d all agree he can be a little…unstable, to put it nicely), but this is freaking awesome and hilarious:

  10. 10
    Mark Graybill Says:

    That Redd Kross song is terrific. I’m in a band whose music was compared to theirs years ago in a review, and I didn’t really ever bother to learn more about them until now. Now that I have, I know two things: 1) My band is not quite as good as Redd Kross. 2) Redd Kross are awesome.

    I hope their music gives the Braves the push they need to kick some redbird ass.

  11. 11
    braves14 Says:

    Julio Franco is joining an independent league. He says he’s 55.

  12. 12
    cliff Says:

    Julio was the last player playing within a year of my age. Even pitchers at that time weren’t as old as him.
    One of many great Jim Fregosi led “gets.” I think that the Braves have a lot of people talented in discerning talent, but we could live to miss Fregosi.

  13. 13
    DowneasterJC Says:

    The Mets, ladies and gentlemen:

  14. 14
    ububba Says:

    I managed a band that opened for Redd Kross in their “Neurotica” period, say, ’87-’88. They were a little slicker than I thought they’d be, but really good, very together.

    Finished a book about Black Flag a few months ago & some of the best stories were from the 2 McDonald brothers in Redd Kross. As teenagers, they used to get their dad to drive them up from the ‘burbs to the Hollywood punk-rock shows. Dad would wait outside for them until after the show.

    That worked fine, until the LAPD decided to stamp out punk rock. When the cops invariably showed up to the venues with overwhelming force, busting heads & creating a police riot, the teenagers would have to run the gauntlet of police sticks to find their dad’s station wagon & escape back to the ‘burbs. (Ah, the good ol’ days of punk rock…)

  15. 15
    sansho1 Says:

    Another new Cobb stadium rendering:

  16. 16
    Z in Tempe Says:

    When does Uggla get a start? I mean, he remains on the roster. Seems like something has to give.

  17. 17
    sansho1 Says:

    Free Uggla!

  18. 18
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Redd Kross basically managed to take the song structure of punk and turn it into power pop, like a Saturday morning cartoon version of Cheap Trick. They’re fantastic.

  19. 19
    Brian J. Says:

    17- Marked down from $9.95, I take it.

  20. 20
    Brian J. Says:

    Fredi, when you have as few baserunners as we do, you need to be less cavalier about running them into outs.

  21. 21
    braves14 Says:

    This game is coming up on an hour long, and we are still in the bottom of the second inning.

  22. 22
    oldtimer? Says:

    He is so bad it makes me hate Frank Wren for signing him..

  23. 23
    Brian J. Says:

    Santana did a fine job getting out of the mess he made. It’s always hard to know how much credit to give a pitcher for that.

  24. 24
    Z in Tempe Says:

    Doesn’t have good hands. Still a very good CF (defensively).

    Playing center field is 90% legs. It’s that the other 10% is the most memorable.

  25. 25
    John R. Says:

    Andrelton. Awesome.

  26. 26
    DJ Says:

    Santana is getting shelled.

  27. 27
    krussell Says:

    I’m beginning to think that we’re just not any good.

  28. 28
    Brian J. Says:

    One of these months, our offense has to start producing, right?

  29. 29
    Edward Says:

    rrrrrally Rally RALLY

  30. 30
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Way to make Martinez work.

  31. 31
    John Gaines Says:

    “I don’t even know what fangraphs is…”

    Ohhhhhh! Well good for fucking you Joe.

    It’s not like you analyze or commentate on baseball for a living or anything. But still, good for you for avoiding quality baseball analysis. It’s not like it shows in your mundane commentary as you’re dragged along in Chip Caray’s wake of shit.

  32. 32
    krussell Says:

    Lol, he was talking about Fangraphs like it was witchcraft. We suck and we have the worst announcers in baseball. Not a good combo.

  33. 33
    Rob Cope Says:

    Someone needs to get fired.

  34. 34
    sdp Says:

    The NL East…what a dumpster fire.

  35. 35
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:


    Between Joe and DOB (check out his Twitter feed from this afternoon in particular), we have a collection of media that has a circle jerk moaning about the concept of advanced stats.

  36. 36
    Mikemc Says:

    This team is hard to watch.

  37. 37
    Edward Says:

    I thought DOB’s twitter thing yesterday afternoon was fine. He said “I’m not Fangraphs,” referring to his more general audience in contrast with the somewhat specialized audiences of Fangraphs.. He didn’t say, “I don’t know what Fangraphs is” or “Fangraphs is a buncha malarkey” or anything like that.

  38. 38
    csg Says:

    Good thing for this team, we don’t need advanced stats to tell us how bad this offense is right now. Not sure what you do to fix it either.

  39. 39
    blazon Says:

    cheer up…

    go to your local Fox Station today at noon Eastern and watch something different.

  40. 40
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:


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