Settle down, take a syllabus and pass it down the row. Welcome to Professor Seat Painters Braves Etymology 101 for the fall semester. With all the new freshmen and transfers to Braves Journal U., the department head has asked me to teach an introductory course dealing with some standard terms and phrases you will encounter here. So, let’s get started. I’ll identify a phrase, give you the origin and definition, and follow that with an example from last night’s game, which, conveniently enough, furnishes a number of examples of those phrases.
Pure Evil – coined by Braves Journal’s founder Mac Thomason. Definition – The Miami Marlins. Christened by Mac because the Marlins, during the Braves run of division championships, won two World Series titles to Atlanta’s one, despite winning 14 less division titles.
Example: Last night, Atlanta doubled up Pure Evil, winning 8 to 4.
Jome Julio – various. (Pronounced with the Spanish ‘J’ – as in Home Hulio). First spotted in either late 2013 or early 2014, when Julio Teheran looked unhittable at Turner Field, but very very hittable away from the ATL.
Example: Jome Julio was out in force last night, tossing 7 innings of five hit, one walk ball against Pure Evil, giving up only one run on a Starlin Castro solo homer in the bottom of the 6th.
Hibernation Mode – from the Glossary. When the Braves score early runs to take a lead, then completely stop hitting for several innings rather than stretch the lead, often pressuring the bullpen and/or allowing the other team to get back into it. It’s key that they score the early runs — it’s not Hibernation Mode if they’re just getting dominated.
Example: After a first inning Ozzie Albies solo shot, the Braves entered Hibernation Mode, squandering scoring chances in the second and third by hitting into double plays, and going meekly in the 4th.
Episode – from the Glossary. When Tim Hudson suddenly loses the ability to get anyone out, to the degree that it is surprising he has full control of his limbs and his bowels, he is having an Episode. Usually in the sixth or seventh inning.
Example: In the top of the 5th, the Braves woke up out of Hibernation Mode thanks to an Episode from Marlins’ pitcher Caleb Smith. After surrendering two singles to Tyler Flowers and Ender Inciarte to start the inning, a questionable balk call advanced the runners to second and third. Don Mattingly came out to argue the call, and was tossed. You could see Mattingly plotting his drive-by Yelp review of the balk call as he stormed off the field. That call seemed to get to Smith, as he then allowed Teheran to hit a sac fly to score Flowers, followed by a two run shot to Ronald Acuna Jr. Albies, Freddie Freeman, followed with singles, then Adam Duvall singled off the third base bag to score Albies, and Charlie Culberson scored Freeman with yet another hit off Smith.
1-Ronald-13 – new, proposed by yours truly. Ronald Acuna Jr. Refers to the radio call sign in the TV series Adam 12 (1-Adam-12), arrived at by combining Acuna’s first name and jersey number.
Example: 1-Ronald-13, see the fan, left field bleachers, who wants to report a souvenir ball deposited in her lap.
Grybo – from the Glossary. An inherited run. Named after former reliever Kevin Gryboski, who specialized in coming in, allowing one or two runners to score, then getting the needed outs to prevent one of his own men from scoring, thus preserving his ERA while at the same time making other pitchers look worse in comparison. See Triple Grybo
Example: Chris Martin came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth and had a Mini-Episode, with a one out walk followed by two straight singles. He was lifted for Shane Greene, who stuck the landing, allowing a Castro single to score the Grybo, but getting Lewis Brinson to strike out to end the inning.
Rietsma Room – from the Glossary. Adding runs to a lead to make it so large even Chris Reitsma can finish the game. See Atlanta Save.
Rally Killer – various. A home run.
Example: Acuna added much needed Rietsma Room in the top of the 9th, with a two run Rally Killer to expand the lead to 8-4.
Braves Save – various. Any reliever who successfully finishes a game, whatever the score, earns a Braves Save.
Example: Mark Melancon came on to pitch the bottom of the 9th, and earned a Braves Save.
I hope this gives all you new readers a handle on the various lingo us Old Timers toss about the blog. Join us next week as we explore the history and usage of ‘IWOTM’.