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29 May

An Important Message From Mike Mills Is Today’s Game Thread

I guess maybe you could argue with the lyrics, if your heart is three sizes too small. But you can’t argue with those guitars.

Hat tip: JonathanF

102 Responses to “An Important Message From Mike Mills Is Today’s Game Thread”

  1. 1
    John R. Says:

    My favorite REM-related song of the last 25 years.

  2. 2
    ububba Says:

    “Forget about the cheaters, and all the steroid eaters…”

    Top that, pop-punk kiddies.

  3. 3
    W.C.G. Says:

    I’ll voice the dissenting opinion in this thread: music about baseball is just too on the nose for me.

  4. 4
    coop Says:

    Great escape, Mikey.

  5. 5
    John R. Says:

    @3, I didn’t say it was a good song, just that it was my favorite, mainly for the sentiment. Unfortunately REM’s songwriting chops vanished at some point in the early ’90s.

  6. 6
    Edward Says:

    Don’t look now, but Judy’s got 2 homers this series.

  7. 7
    'Rissa Says:

    Is that a Braves’ run? Do my eyes deceive me?

  8. 8
    JonathanF Says:

    Ordinarily, I’d agree with you W.C.G., but desperate times…

  9. 9
    ububba Says:

    #5
    I didn’t love the post-Bill Berry records until 2008’s “Accelerate,” which was surprisingly rocking, IMO, a terrific record.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9DoM2W0YDQ

  10. 10
    John R. Says:

    A balk that moves our runner into scoring position and then we immediately cash in with a RBI single? That’s so not the 2014 Braves, but it sure is nice to see.

  11. 11
    Nick Says:

    Ha ha ha…this bullshit ballpark finally plays in our favor!

  12. 12
    'Rissa Says:

    I don’t think any team can turn a 3-6-3 double play like Freddie and Simmons can. That play is so pretty when they do it.

  13. 13
    Edward Says:

    Time to cash in, Bravos.

    Edit: Guess the chips were counterfeit. Drat.

  14. 14
    ububba Says:

    C’mon BJ, surprise me…

  15. 15
    Kyle B. Says:

    Do all Red Sox games last six hours?

  16. 16
    Nick Says:

    My hatred for this stadium cannot be expressed in words.

  17. 17
    braves14 Says:

    Chris Johnson doesn’t hit for power, doesn’t walk, is not a good defender, and his empty batting average is suffering. It’s like we have Francoeur again.

  18. 18
    JonathanF Says:

    Nonsense. Francoeur could defend.

  19. 19
    'Rissa Says:

    Is the Offense back? I hope so.

  20. 20
    John Gaines Says:

    @18

    Yeah, he was great at defending the ERAs of opposing pitchers.

  21. 21
    Kyle B. Says:

    How is Chris Johnson not batting -.5000000? At .258, he has a higher batting average than Heyward, Gattis, B.J., and Doumit.

  22. 22
    Nick Says:

    This is gonna happen to us again.

  23. 23
    Putter Says:

    I motion that we start calling him Kris with a K due to his many strikeouts

  24. 24
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    This $#!^ again?

  25. 25
    Putter Says:

    Cue the circus music. I think I might become a Red Sox fan because the Braves suck right now

    And really, Uggla is worse?

    The supposed great outfield defense doing the job yet again

  26. 26
    Nick Says:

    Shoot me in the face!

  27. 27
    John R. Says:

    That was all kinds of awkward.

  28. 28
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    I hate this team right now. Carp, this is not on you.

  29. 29
    krussell Says:

    This is not a good baseball team. Not at all.

  30. 30
    John R. Says:

    The Upton Brothers suck on defense.

    They just suck.

  31. 31
    'Rissa Says:

    The Braves will self-destruct in 3…2…1…

    We’re going to lose 4 very winnable games against the Red Sox, I can just feel it.

  32. 32
    Brian J. Says:

    In their defense, they really aren’t concentrating, so it’s hard to determine what their level of ability is.

  33. 33
    Nick Says:

    Did they really call that La Stella shit a hit? That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard!

  34. 34
    braves14 Says:

    Bad News Braves.

  35. 35
    Nick Says:

    Oh good…here come the comedy stylings of Luis Avilan.

  36. 36
    Anon21 Says:

    It’s really awesome how literally every Red Sox ball in play turns into a not-out. That’s just a totally likely thing to have happen.

  37. 37
    Kyle B. Says:

    Some poor sap is going to have to recap this nonsense.

    What? Me? Oh.

  38. 38
    braves14 Says:

    That botched play by La Stella could have been a double play leaving the bases empty and 2 outs.

  39. 39
    csg Says:

    Have to bring in Kimbrel here don’t you? 2 outs with Ortiz up

  40. 40
    krussell Says:

    Not this f’ing roided-up douche again. Please just walk him. Please.

  41. 41
    'Rissa Says:

    @37 Have fun with that.

  42. 42
    krussell Says:

    Now bring in Kimbrel.

  43. 43
    Nick Says:

    How about this? Fredi is.

  44. 44
    braves14 Says:

    Kimbrel in the 8th inning? How novel.

  45. 45
    krussell Says:

    At least for once Fredi is doing stuff I agree with. That will make the loss a bit more palatable.

  46. 46
    John Gaines Says:

    Kimbrel in the 8th… This move is coming about 7 months too late.

  47. 47
    braves14 Says:

    Why does David Ross need a scouting report? Lol he caught Kimbrel for 2 years.

  48. 48
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Well, Kimbrel needs the work, I guess. Not like there’s going to be a save situation.

  49. 49
    Putter Says:

    So is Walker’s hitting philosophy to take strikes and swing at balls?

    Heyward over matched and way behind two high fastballs yet again

  50. 50
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    So glad to see us giving away outs.

  51. 51
    krussell Says:

    For the record I didn’t agree with the bunt call. Fat chance of him doing anything differently though. You have 3 outs left. Giving up one on purpose is the dumbest thing ever.

  52. 52
    csg Says:

    Nothing but 88 mph fastballs to Heyward. Unreal

  53. 53
    csg Says:

    Kimbrels command sucks so far

  54. 54
    Smitty Says:

    Does any team in baseball have a worse hitting philosophy than the Braves?

    I really hope the front office notices this.

  55. 55
    'Rissa Says:

    @54—wait, do the Braves even have a hitting philosophy?

  56. 56
    Smitty Says:

    Maybe not. Greg Walker is the problem.

  57. 57
    krussell Says:

    Braves have always given an anti-sabremetrics-and-proud-of-it vibe. Maybe it’s different behind closed doors. Who can say for sure unless you work there.

    The bizarre thing is that they were pretty open last year about seeing more pitches and grinding out at bats early to get into the pen mid-game. This year they decided to be more aggressive. That’s working well so far.

  58. 58
    Nick Says:

    Greg Walker was quoted the other day as saying we swing at too many bad pitches. He’s not an idiot.

  59. 59
    braves14 Says:

    Kimbrel has no idea where the ball is going.

  60. 60
    Smitty Says:

    If he is not an idiot, he has a difficult time communicating a point.

  61. 61
    Nick Says:

    Chip did not seriously just say that…

  62. 62
    csg Says:

    Good grief. What a miserable way to lose this will be. Not going to end well

  63. 63
    Brian J. Says:

    Fittingly pathetic. Bad decisions, bad execution, lack of attention.

  64. 64
    braves14 Says:

    What a shit show.

  65. 65
    Nick Says:

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. 66
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Of course. What a horrible team this has become.

  67. 67
    John R. Says:

    Well ain’t that a bunch of bullshit?

  68. 68
    'Rissa Says:

    Yep, we lost all four games in a series that we could have easily swept. Very winnable games there that we handed to the Sox. Bleh. Hard to win when you can’t hit or field.

  69. 69
    Putter Says:

    Tommy La Stella sure isn’t the answer

  70. 70
    csg Says:

    Not a bad throw. Walks will beat you every time. Unfortunately, our team would rather swing at crap than take a walk.

  71. 71
    braves14 Says:

    La Stella looks like a terrible defender. He blew 2 gigantic plays out there .

  72. 72
    John R. Says:

    It’s as if we were playing the World Series against Boston with home field advantage. Swept in four, naturally.

  73. 73
    krussell Says:

    He was safe at 2nd anyways. TLS missing that one just spared us 3 more minutes of agony.

  74. 74
    coop Says:

    No hit, no field, no win: our Braves suck.

  75. 75
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    There may have been worse four-game series in the regular season, but I can’t think of any right now.

  76. 76
    csg Says:

    To be fair, blame goes to LaStella, BJ, and Justin in those last two innings. Team isn’t focused apparently.

  77. 77
    ububba Says:

    Well, let’s hope this is as bad as it gets this year. That was quite a meltdown.

  78. 78
    Smitty Says:

    DOB will write nine articles on how the fans suck and Fredi, BJ, Walker and Uggla are a four headed monster of greatness.

  79. 79
    Zac Says:

    Not sure the outfield gaffes made much of difference to anything but my mood.

    LaStella was the difference. I think he is dealing with some nerves still.

  80. 80
    Zac Says:

    Not sure the outfield gaffes made much of difference to anything but my mood.

    LaStella was the difference. I think he is dealing with some nerves still.

  81. 81
    DG Says:

    That this team is still in first (maybe 0.5 out now) is quite a storyline. However, I just see too many holes to finish above third.

  82. 82
    John R. Says:

    Justin and BJ let two totally unexceptional, garden variety base hits bound past them. I’m still shaking my head at seeing two major leaguers let that happen in such a short span of time.

  83. 83
    krussell Says:

    Think about this for a minute: BJ and Uggla are probably the two worst everyday players in the majors and have been for a year and a half…and we have literally nobody in our entire farm system that’s any better.

  84. 84
    Smitty Says:

    If the Braves were in a bigger market, the media would call out the front office and the coaching staff on this crap and this wouldn’t happen as much.

    Instead we get homer articles and tons of crap on how we should be thankful to be in first place in a weak division.

  85. 85
    'Rissa Says:

    We would literally have 4-5 more wins this season if we could simply catch the ball. I know offenses slump (of course, ours slumps for like a month at a time), but defense never should. This may be yet another hint that we just don’t have a good team this year (being tied for first place aside). World Series contenders get beat; pretenders give games like that one away.

  86. 86
    DG Says:

    krussell: That’s one heck of an observation, and a scary one. Maybe Rachel Phelps will buy the team and berate them until Fredi motivates them to win just to piss her off.

  87. 87
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Can we demote Chris Johnson? I mean, like, to the Nationals?

  88. 88
    'Rissa Says:

    @82 and @83 The top headline on our MLB.com website right now is “Braves among game’s best at finding top talent”. Ironic for both of those comments, in different ways.

  89. 89
    Smitty Says:

    DOB will have an article praising someone then in the comment section he will rip a fan who calls him on it. He is part of the problem.

  90. 90
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Check this out too:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cwXuYx-CJhhrZVTkwBSM41BtzYqzLqzYbpicDTje708/edit?usp=sharing

  91. 91
    Kyle B. Says:

    The feed from Johnson looked catchable to me. Who are we blaming? Because I’m buying a pitchfork at Home Depot right now. Who has the torches?

  92. 92
    Kyle B. Says:

    Pitchforks and torches The tools of the game. Brought to you by Home Depot.

  93. 93
    kc Says:

    @85 Our farm system has always lacked hitting talents.

  94. 94
    krussell Says:

    @90, blame the offense for not scoring. 3 runs is a loss unless you are playing the Cubs/Mets/Marlins/Phillies/etc.

  95. 95
    Smitty Says:

    @89

    “The stats showing the numbers of TJ surgeries are totally blown out of proportion. The Braves have had some bad luck. But with the leadership of Fredi Gonzalez and the proven ability of BJ Upton, the Braves keep winning. Any fan who is critical is a moron and doesn’t deserve to read anything I write. Now for some classic Greg Almond lyrics that I have copied and pasted.”

  96. 96
    krussell Says:

    I was gonna post our record with and without Uggla in the lineup, but I think it’s just too soon…

  97. 97
    ububba Says:

    #88
    Don’t like him? You don’t have to read him.

    But he has nothing to do with the Braves dropping the ball all over the field for the past 4 games.

  98. 98
    Smitty Says:

    He just gives them passes for access. That’s why I don’t read him

  99. 99
    Derek Says:

    I hate to see them play poorly, but I’ve really lost a lot of interest in the regular season over the last few years because of the new playoff format. They’re still likely to make a spot and once we’re in it’s basically a crapshoot anyway.

    Still cannot fathom extending Chris Johnson. How can an organization that does so well evaluating talent miss so badly on him?

  100. 100
    krussell Says:

    Well, we’re kind of a longshot to make the playoffs this year so the regular season should be more interesting in some respects.

  101. 101
    Remy Says:

    What I would do to have Mark Ellis in the lineup!

  102. 102
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Recapped.

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