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29 Sep

To blog or not to blog

“So Mac,” people ask me, “What do you wonder about Jeff Francoeur?” Then I say, “Well, I look upon him as a figure of tragedy. What if Jeff Francoeur were Hamlet?” And they say, “Well, it would probably be a much shorter play.” And I think, they’re probably right.

Franclet
Prince of Lilburn
A Tragedy in Three Scenes
By Wm. Shakespeare with Additional dialogue (mostly at the end) by Mc Thomason
Savagely cut by by Mc Thomason as it is a very wordy play

CHARACTERS

FRANCLET, a prince
HORACIO, a lefthanded pitcher, and friend to Franclet
MELKY, an outfielder of sorts
CLAUDELL, a king, and uncle to Franclet
ROSENCHIP, a play-by-play man, and sycophant
SIMPSONSTERN, a color commentator
A GHOST
Various UTILITY INFIELDERS, RELIEF PITCHERS, TRAINERS, HANGERS-ON, and GROUPIES

FrancletSCENE II I. A room of state in the stadium.

FRANC: O, that this too too solid flesh would melt
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O bunt! bunt!

HOR: Hail to your lordship!

FRANC: I am glad to see you well:
Horacio,–or I do forget myself.
How is thy elbow?

HOR: The same, my lord, and your poor servant ever.

FRANC: Sir, my good friend; I’ll change that name with you:
And what make you from Fresno, Horacio?

HOR: My lord, I came to see your father’s funeral.

FRANC: I pray thee, do not mock me, fellow-player;
I think it was to see my mother’s wedding.

HOR: Indeed, my lord, it follow’d hard upon.

FRANC: Thrift, thrift, Horacio! the funeral baked meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.
Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
Or ever I had seen that day, Horacio!
My father!–methinks I see my father.

HOR: Where, my lord?

FRANC: In my mind’s eye, Horacio.

HOR: I saw him once; he was a goodly king.

FRANC: He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.

HOR: My lord, I think I saw him yesternight.

FRANC: Saw? who?

HOR: My lord, the king your father.

FRANC: The king my father!

HOR: Season your admiration for awhile
With an attent ear, till I may deliver,
Upon the witness of these gentlemen,
This marvel to you.

FRANC: For God’s love, let me hear.

HOR: Two nights together had these gentlemen,
Melky and Diory, on their watch,
In the dead vast and middle of the night,
Been thus encounter’d. A figure like your father,
And I with them the third night kept the watch;
Where, as they had deliver’d, both in time,
Form of the thing, each word made true and good,
The apparition comes: I knew your father;
These hands are not more like.

FRANC: But where was this?

MELKY: My lord, in the centerfield where I watch’d.

SCENE IV II. The platform.

Enter FRANCLET, HORACIO, and MELKY

FRANC: The air bites shrewdly; it is very cold.

HOR: ‘Tis also raining, yet the umpire will not stop the game.
A flourish of trumpets, and ordnance shot off, within
What does this mean, my lord?

FRANC: The organist plays to entertain the fans.
And to taunt our opponents with their failures.

HOR: Is it a custom?

FRANC: Ay, marry, is’t:
But to my mind, though ’twas once done ev’rywhere
In these days, it is a custom
More honour’d in the breach than the observance.

HOR: Look, my lord, it comes!

Enter Ghost

FRANC: Angels and ministers of grace defend us!
Be thou a spirit of health or Marlin damn’d,
Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,
Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
Thou comest in such a questionable shape
That I will speak to thee: I’ll call thee Franclet,
King, father, royal Georgian: O, answer me!

Ghost beckons FRANCLET

HOR: It beckons you to go away with it,
As if it some impartment did desire
To you alone.

FRANC: It will not speak; then I will follow it.

HOR: Do not, my lord.

FRANC: It waves me still.
Go on; I’ll follow thee.

MELKY: You shall not go, my lord.

FRANC: Still am I call’d. Unhand me, gentlemen.
By heaven, I’ll make a ghost of him that lets me!
I say, away! Go on; I’ll follow thee.

Exeunt Ghost and FRANCLET

HO: He waxes desperate with imagination.

MELKY: Let’s follow; ’tis not fit thus to obey him.

HOR: Have after. To what issue will this come?

MELKY: Something is rotten in the state of Georgia.
Nay, I must admit, that smell ’tis I.

SCENE V III. Another Part of the platform.

GHOST: My hour is almost come,
When I to sulphurous and tormenting flames
Must render up myself.

FRANC: Alas, poor ghost!

GHOST: Nay, ’tis only July in Georgia.
Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing
To what I shall unfold.

FRANC: Speak; I am bound to hear.

GHOST: So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear.

FRANC: What?

GHOST: I am thy father’s spirit,
Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night,
And for the day confined to fast in fires,
Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
Thy knotted and combined locks to part
And each particular hair to stand on end,
Like quills upon the fretful porpentine:
But this eternal blazon must not be
To ears of flesh and blood. List, list, O, list!
If thou didst ever thy dear father love–

FRANC: O God!

GHOST: Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.

FRANC: Murder!

GHOST: I find thee apt;
And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed
That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf,
Wouldst thou not stir in this. Now, Franclet, hear:
‘Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard,
A serpent stung me; so the whole ear of Georgia
Is by a forged process of my death
Rankly abused: but know, thou noble youth,
The serpent that did sting thy father’s life
Now wears his crown.

FRANC: O my prophetic soul! My uncle!

GHOST: Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,
With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts,–
O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power
So to seduce!–won to his shameful lust
The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen:
O Franclet, what a falling-off was there!
From me, whose love was of that dignity
That it went hand in hand even with the vow
I made to her in marriage, and to decline
Upon a wretch whose natural gifts were poor
To those of mine!
But virtue, as it —

FRANCLET sees CLAUDELL walking on the battlements

FRANC [INTERRUPING]: There he is! I’ll kill him!
DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE!

FRANCLET swings his sword at CLAUDELL’S head but the latter ducks. FRANCLET misses completely and falls off the battlements to his death

ROSENCHIP: Swing and a miss!

SIMPSONSTERN: What a cut!

ROS: Well, a rough time at the BATtlements
There for Prince Franclet.

SIM: If you’re going to try to cut off someone’s head like that,
You really need to inside-out with your sword.

ROS: If you’re just joining us,
Prince Franclet has plunged from the top of the wall
After trying to avenge his father’s death
At the hands of King Claudell.
We will have a report on his condition
As soon as it comes available.

SIM: I had thought the Prince
Had maybe just nicked the King’s neck
But no, he made no contact whatsoever.
‘Tis a pity, ’twas such a talented swordsman.

ROS: We have just received a report
That Prince Franclet is dead
Of massive trauma after he plunged
From the roof of this beautiful stadium.
We now have Horacio here
And he will comment upon these events.

HOR: Now cracks a noble heart.
Good night sweet prince:
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
Why does the drum come hither?

ROS: Oh, ’tis an attempt
To get the Chop started again.
[aside] Shh, cut that out, guys!

FINIS

(But Rosenchip and Simpsonstern will be back in Rosenchip and Simpsonstern Are Dead, And Good Thing, Too.)

192 Responses to “To blog or not to blog”

  1. 1
    Randy Says:

    Alas, Poor Horatio, I knew him well.

  2. 2
    Smitty Says:

    ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  3. 3
    Nasa from france Says:

    I do not know what to say other than this: AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.

  4. 4
    Robert Says:

    4:35 local start time? I guess the playoffs really have started with the weird start times and the likely shadow issues. Have the Braves played another 4:35 game all year?

  5. 5
    Kevin Lee Says:

    I’d have cast Melky as Falstaff, but ’twill serve.
    Bravo!

    Go Braves

  6. 6
    Seat Painter Says:

    Where’s the form for Tony (Koubek) Award nominations?

  7. 7
    Rusty S. Says:

    Is this a slider which I see before me? Whatever, I’m swinging anyway…

    Very nice Mac.

  8. 8
    desert Says:

    Philosophical, therefore practically useless, questions:

    If Derek Lowe clinches game 7 of the NLCS by throwing a 2-hit shutout of the Phillies, do we never make fun of his contract again?

    If Nate McLouth somehow hits a pinch-hit HR in the 9th inning of that game to break up a Roy Halladay no-hitter, do we relegate him to kingly status?

    If Melky Cabrera robs Ryan Howard of a 2-out 2-run HR (with Victorino, of course on second) in the bottom of the ninth inning, shall we take back all negative comments about him?

    If Jeff Francoeur hits into an inning-ending Triple play in the top of the ninth in Game 6 of the W.S. to allow an Atlanta clinch, does Mac rename the site, at least for a time, “Frenchyjournal”? (also, if this is allowed to occur, is Ron Washington senile?)

    If any of these events happen, do I drop out of college and hit Vegas?

  9. 9
    csg Says:

    yes, no, no, hell no, you’re choice

  10. 10
    Seat Painter Says:

    Yeah, what csg just said.

  11. 11
    mikemc Says:

    According to this article, the Phils are planning to skip Halladay and rest many startewrs this weekend.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20100929_Signs_point_to_Halladay_as_Phils__Game_1_starter.html

  12. 12
    Smitty Says:

    @4

    Some of the Saturday games have started around 4

  13. 13
    Weldon Says:

    Hahahaha…

  14. 14
    Catz Says:

    That was beautiful. You’ve really outdone yourself, Mac. How long did that take to write? ;)

  15. 15
    hpotter Says:

    “To swing, or not to swing: that is never the question”- Franclet

  16. 16
    c. shorter Says:

    Well done, Mac!

  17. 17
    Stu Says:

    Good, Mac, but not as good as Rosenchip and Simpsonstern Are Dead promises to be.

  18. 18
    Tom Says:

    I made a Pig-Pen picture of Craig Kimbrel:

    http://www.schildheuer.de/kimbrel1.jpg

  19. 19
    Seat Painter Says:

    Any word on Cameron Maybin’s injury?

  20. 20
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    ROS: Well, a rough time at the BATtlements
    There for Prince Franclet.

    SIM: If you’re going to try to cut off someone’s head like that,
    You really need to inside-out with your sword.

    I could barely stop laughing enough to type this. well done sir.

  21. 21
    hpotter Says:

    DOB tweets: Jurrjens threw 45-pitch bullpen. Still feels pain but saw significant improvement. Will see how knee responds thurs before decision re Fri.

    Marlins lineup
    Cousins CF
    Bonifacio SS
    Morrison LF
    Uggla 2B
    Sanchez 1B
    Tracy 3B
    Stanton RF
    Davis C
    Miller P

  22. 22
    spike Says:

    There was a really, really wonderful Shakespearean baseball parody written by a DA from Birmingham called “Moose III”. I read it in the 80’s I think, or early 90’s and can’t find my copy anywhere.

  23. 23
    justhank Says:

    Bravo, Mac! Alas, poor Franclet, we knew his weaknesses well.

    (Watch – he’ll be a hero for the Rangers this offseason and snag a long-term deal.)
    ———–

    Did I see this right? Vandy is a 7 1/2 point underdog at UCONN? Talk about reputations preceeding …

    This sounds like the easiest money in history.

    Surprised that the Gaytors are 9 point dogs, as well.
    —————–

    Should we sign Uggla just so we don’t have to face him?
    ——————

    Is Kimbrel as good as he has looked recently?
    —————-

    If I’m Richt, AJ doesn’t start.

  24. 24
    Stu Says:

    The line opened at UConn -10.5.

  25. 25
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    That was beautiful, Mac. I am slow-clapping right now.

  26. 26
    justhank Says:

    Dumb question (as I only bet on horses):

    If I placed a bet on Vandy when the line was -10.5, do I get that spread or is it like horse racing where you get what the line is at the start of the race (game)?

    Thanks!

  27. 27
    csg Says:

    justhank, you’re locked in at that spread

  28. 28
    Smitty Says:

    You get the line you bet

  29. 29
    sdp Says:

    LOL! BRILLIANT!

  30. 30
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Thanks, guys. I’d been planning it for a couple of months, but actually writing it didn’t take too long — mostly cut-and-paste, as it’s largely Shakespeare’s words with a few replacements by me. The last part was easy once I realized that Chip and Joe’s blather could easily be put into something that at least looked like iambic pentameter.

  31. 31
    jdpeace Says:

    Very excellent Mac.

    @18 Well done Tom. I imagine he’d hate it if it ever caught on and yet I wish most desperately for it to be so.

  32. 32
    Nick Says:

    That was brilliant! Kudos, Mac. Kudos.

    “MELKY: Something is rotten in the state of Georgia.
    Nay, I must admit, that smell ’tis I.”

  33. 33
    Brian J. Says:

    Could be worse. Sadly, probably will be worse, as Joe Morgan will be regaling us with his tales of the teams he loves, neither of which will be the ones playing in front of him this afternoon.

  34. 34
    FlaBravesFan Says:

    Bethany, for the skate board is oemtrans@gmail.com

  35. 35
    Mike N. Says:

    I got really pumped because I thought I would be able to watch the game on ESPN3 at work. Nope, frickin blacked out today. Such crap.

  36. 36
    hpotter Says:

    Joe Morgan NOT doing the game. sweet

  37. 37
    ububba Says:

    #35
    Try the ESPN feed on http://www.channelsurfing.net. It’s there.

  38. 38
    James Says:

    Why is Melky playing after what he did last night?

  39. 39
    Mike N. Says:

    Nice, thank you ububba!

  40. 40
    csg Says:

    not a good start

  41. 41
    Brian J. Says:

    Just the way we drew it up!

  42. 42
    James Says:

    So incredibly lucky.

  43. 43
    csg Says:

    someone explain that DP please

  44. 44
    Robert Says:

    Such consistently shitty defense.

  45. 45
    Brian J. Says:

    Grounder to Lowe, who threw to AAG to retire Bonifacio. AAG dropped the ball trying to turn the double play. Cousins had advanced to 3rd and now raced for home. AAG threw Cousins out at the plate.

  46. 46
    Robert Says:

    What Brian said.

  47. 47
    TheFlyingBernard Says:

    Lowe threw to AAG for the first out, AAG dropped the ball on the transfer, then picked it up and threw out the runner at home.

  48. 48
    Stu Says:

    Glaus really can’t be any worse than Conrad at third.

  49. 49
    James Says:

    Is Infante a better option at 3B then Conrad? Because Conrad has not looked very good.

  50. 50
    ububba Says:

    Conrad’s been shaky at 3B the last 2 games. Really lucky to get out of that inning.

  51. 51
    csg Says:

    gameday shows Lowe getting squeezed

    #45-47, thanks

  52. 52
    Robert Says:

    Brooks doesn’t have the arm to play as deep as he does at third. If he would move in a little he would obviously lose some range but might actually make plays on some of the balls he can reach.

  53. 53
    Brian J. Says:

    52- That’s exactly how Conrad started the game… which is why he couldn’t reach Cousins’ hit.

  54. 54
    Robert Says:

    Wow Joe those were probably the worst ‘Keys to the Game’ ever. To be effective Miller needs to keep guys off base and develop a new pitch because the old ones aren’t working. Ford didn’t really get their money’s worth there.

  55. 55
    csg Says:

    Andrew Miller

    8.10ERA .373BAA

  56. 56
    Brian J. Says:

    Way to swing at bad pitches, AAG.

  57. 57
    Robert Says:

    Just swing a every damn thing. He’s so worthless. Bring Melky back to the five hole before that guy.

  58. 58
    James Says:

    I’m shocked that AAG struck out by swinging ineffectually at a pitch out of the strike zone.

  59. 59
    Stu Says:

    I know there’s no good reason for it, but I kinda like AGony.

    54—That was just before he started talking about the “new” statistic, WHIP.

  60. 60
    Robert Says:

    I know there’s no good reason for it, but I kinda like AGony.

    Funny how that works. I kind of like Melky. And there’s really no reason for that.

  61. 61
    csg Says:

    Stu, I didnt feel like looking up his numbers that was provided by gamecast. Feel free if you like

  62. 62
    Brian J. Says:

    Lowe striking out the side! Now, let’s score some runs for the starter for once!

  63. 63
    ryan c Says:

    lowe looking great in the 2nd inning.

  64. 64
    Stu Says:

    60—I don’t hate Melky. He’s too hilariously inept for me to really hate.

    Similarly, AGony gets so violently angry when he screws up — and, as you know, this happens with some frequency — that it cracks me up.

    61—Huh?

  65. 65
    Robert Says:

    I’ll take one of whatever was in that shot Derek got at the end of August. He’s been great since then.

  66. 66
    JJ Says:

    Can we manufacture a run for the first time all year?

  67. 67
    csg Says:

    #64 – thought you were making fun of me using the BAA stat and not whip…no biggie

  68. 68
    Stu Says:

    I was responding to Robert’s comments about Joe.

  69. 69
    csg Says:

    how come when I want a bunt it never comes and when I dont want one it always does

  70. 70
    csg Says:

    Stu, sorry got the post #’s mixed up, my fault

  71. 71
    Stu Says:

    To no one’s surprise, this home-plate umpire kind of sucks.

  72. 72
    Robert Says:

    Batting way too low.

  73. 73
    D.N. Nation Says:

    69-

    Because every once in a while we insist on playing small ball but don’t apparently know how to do it.

  74. 74
    Robert Says:

    Squeeze?

    Edit: No squeeze.

  75. 75
    ububba Says:

    When Melky was a Yankee, I liked the idea of Melky more than I actually liked him as a player.

    He wasn’t one of those players that only the Yankees could afford—Mussina, A-Rod, Giambi, the parade of $5M Setup Guys, etc.—so I kinda rooted for Melky on principle.

    When you go to the games over there & you’re not a Yankee fan, you have to create your own storylines. But it never occurred to me that I’d ever have to seriously root for him. He was always just a pinstriped cartoon character to me.

  76. 76
    csg Says:

    cmon Allstar

  77. 77
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Crap.

  78. 78
    D.N. Nation Says:

    bunts bunts bunts bunts bunts

  79. 79
    D.N. Nation Says:

    outs outs outs outs outs

    We have a limited number of those, Bobby.

  80. 80
    Tomas Says:

    Well it was probably either a bunt or double play or strikeout. I don’t really have a problem with staying out of the double play there.

  81. 81
    Stu Says:

    Lowe’s been one of our best hitters, lately.

    Man, wouldn’t it be awesome if Chip Caray just stopped talking, forever?

  82. 82
    NickH Says:

    By my math, the Braves have scored an average of 3.3 runs per game in September. That’s an excellent number if you allow that many, not so good if you score that many.

  83. 83
    James Says:

    Okay, so who kidnapped Derek Lowe and replaced with a throw pitching cyborg?

  84. 84
    Robert Says:

    “Speaking of painting…”

    Somebody just push him out of the booth.

  85. 85
    cliff Says:

    Msybe Chip could try a “Gloria Estefan” and slip.

  86. 86
    Jeremy Says:

    I’m going to seriously consider not getting Extra Innings if Chip Caray is still the team’s TV announcer next year.

  87. 87
    Adam M Says:

    I just turned the game on–and I mean 45 seconds ago–and I’m already pissed off at Chip.

  88. 88
    csg Says:

    does Lowe have more XBH than Melky this month? I bet he does

  89. 89
    Robert Says:

    Back to back walks New Guy, maybe take a few pitches…

  90. 90
    Stu Says:

    “That furthers the old argument: What’s the more important stat? Hits and runs or on-base percentage?”

    -Chip Caray, professional play-by-play man for a MLB club.

  91. 91
    ryan c Says:

    dont swing alex.

  92. 92
    Adam M Says:

    Can’t throw a strike… let’s see what AAG does.

  93. 93
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Okay, AAG, he walked the last two guys. Please don’t swing.

  94. 94
    csg Says:

    gameday shows Miller being no where close to the zone

  95. 95
    Thom Brennaman Says:

    It could be worse, Braves fans. It could be worse.

    (Also: Tebow Tebow Tebow.)

  96. 96
    ryan c Says:

    how can we repeatedly fail against andrew miller?

  97. 97
    Robert Says:

    Of course. At least he only made one out.

  98. 98
    Jeremy Says:

    Andrew Miller sucks. The Marlins got completely hosed in the Cabrera deal.

  99. 99
    Brian J. Says:

    ROSS IS BOSS!

  100. 100
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    DAVID ROSS!

  101. 101
    Adam M Says:

    “And that further the old argument: is Chip retarded? Or is he differently abled?”

    Conrad!!!

  102. 102
    Mike N. Says:

    Good thing we have the best backup catcher.

  103. 103
    Brian J. Says:

    FOLK HERO!!!!

  104. 104
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Oh my God. Brooks Conrad. You are the greatest.

  105. 105
    James Says:

    FOLK HERO!!!!

  106. 106
    jdpeace Says:

    FOLK HERO!!!!

  107. 107
    Robert Says:

    Yes!

  108. 108
    Mike N. Says:

    BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKS

    BROOKS FUCKIN CONRAD

  109. 109
    ryan c Says:

    marlins and pirates end the season together. there’s hope for the first 0 attendance game in history.

    I LOVE ME SOME BRAVES BENCH!

  110. 110
    ububba Says:

    Folk hero time!

    #86
    If you buy the MLB.com TV package (which is usually cheaper & actually has more games than Extra Innings), you have a choice as to which club’s announcers you hear. You can even listen to the radio feeds.

    BTW, nobody ever has to listen to the TV announcer.

  111. 111
    urlhix Says:

    whoo!!!!

  112. 112
    Tomas Says:

    Someone tricked Conrad and told him it was the 7th inning already.

  113. 113
    jdpeace Says:

    I’ve heard he killed him a bear when he was only three.

  114. 114
    csg Says:

    yes sir!!

  115. 115
    Smitty Says:

    Folk Hero showing up early.

  116. 116
    Adam M Says:

    It’s almost as if the Braves are spitting on Chip Carey’s Francoeur-like OBP comment.

  117. 117
    Dan Says:

    Martin who?

  118. 118
    csg Says:

    #112 – he was 2

    Bobby said dont question him over the Conrad/Glaus thing

  119. 119
    rehabreject Says:

    BROOKS @&#%!NG CONRAD

  120. 120
    JJ Says:

    I’m excited about where this is going, but it does piss me off to see what happens when we use our bench (what could have been?). Paying attention Bobby?

  121. 121
    ugalaw06 Says:

    Andrew Miller is all kinds of bad. How long can a guy stay in a major league uniform based on a reputation forged in college?

  122. 122
    Adam M Says:

    “Bobby said dont question him over the Conrad/Glaus thing”

    Fair enough. But I will continue to question Melky’s presence in the lineup until he is safely on another roster, wherever that AAA team may play.

  123. 123
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Who does Brooks think he is, Hurricane Hazle?

  124. 124
    ryan c Says:

    seriously, can we become an AL team and use mccann as our DH, or at least teach ross how to play first just in case freddie cant hit lefties?

  125. 125
    Stu Says:

    The thing about that Chip quote, apart from the fact that he doesn’t understand baseball, is that it’s not even coherent English.

    I hate him so much.

  126. 126
    James Says:

    Melky’s swing has been outlawed in 7 states for being obscene.

  127. 127
    csg Says:

    I tell you, someone must have smacked Lowe upside his head for throwing so many sinkers. He’s in top form that he’s changes speeds and locations

  128. 128
    ryan c Says:

    melky isnt even worthy of me remembering his name. from now on, he’s manuel cabrera.

  129. 129
    ryan c Says:

    @126
    from what i recall, when derrek pitches, the pitch selection comes from the dugout now.

  130. 130
    csg Says:

    Brooks is showing you exactly why Prado shouldnt have been playing hurt. Braves really made another players injuries get worse here.

  131. 131
    csg Says:

    I just remember in a game earlier this year where Lowe threw about 20 consecutive pitches between 86-89 MPH all on the outside corner. There was no game plan or anything, players just started sitting on that pitch

  132. 132
    ryan c Says:

    question from the marlins broadcast: who played the most games under bobby cox?

    the first 2 are obvious (chipper and andruw)

    name the next two…

  133. 133
    csg Says:

    ross is also showing us that its OK to sit BMAC every once in a while

  134. 134
    Stu Says:

    Javy Lopez? David Justice?

  135. 135
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Jesse Barfield? Brian McCann?

  136. 136
    jdpeace Says:

    Lopez and Lemke.

    I’m cheating by watching the Marlins broadcast though.

  137. 137
    D.N. Nation Says:

    Folk Hero is money, but I’m liking Faux Frank Wren’s contribution to the Brooks Conrad nickname fund:

    “Brooks Conrad’s new nickname should either be Late Show or Apache.”

  138. 138
    jdpeace Says:

    Stupid NOT-Mike Stanton-Mike Stanton.

  139. 139
    rehabreject Says:

    why is one of the Marlins prized rookies diving head first in a completely meaningless game to the entire state of Florida? Let that thing drop, jackass!

  140. 140
    csg Says:

    is Bmac one of them?

  141. 141
    ryan c Says:

    no, javy and the lemmer.

  142. 142
    ryan c Says:

    @138
    let me go on the record by saying that i live in florida and i know no marlins fan.

  143. 143
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    That’s a good question. Though, of course, we know there would be a very different answer if it were asking about the number of days playing for Bobby Cox.

  144. 144
    jdpeace Says:

    I was very surprised that numbers 3-10 were not a series of middle relievers.

  145. 145
    jdpeace Says:

    @141 On the Marlins broadcasts they occasional interview one in the stands and go on and on about what a fan they are. It’s like they’ve discovered a rare species of bird and can’t stop gawking at it.

  146. 146
    Alex Says:

    WHO IS THIS PITCHER AND WHAT HAS HE DONE WITH DEREK LOWE?!?!?!

    Also, I second Nasa from france re the play:
    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.

  147. 147
    Robert Says:

    I tell you, someone must have smacked Lowe upside his head for throwing so many sinkers. He’s in top form that he’s changes speeds and locations

    Yeah, he’s reinvented himself as a slider pitcher. I wonder who’s idea that was.

  148. 148
    Smitty Says:

    Move McCann to first!

  149. 149
    Brian J. Says:

    An ealk to Cabrera? Doesn’t compute, even if it brings Lowe to the plate.

  150. 150
    ryan c Says:

    manuel cabrera just got intentionally walked. that’s funny.

  151. 151
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Joe note: All the Braves’ hits have been to left field. All the Braves’ outs have been up the middle or to left-center.

  152. 152
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Anyone wanna guess whether Venters will get in this one?

  153. 153
    Stu Says:

    Bobby goes out to get Lowe, who just gave up his first run after dominating, and Chip seriously doesn’t know whether the applause is for Bobby or Lowe?

  154. 154
    Brian J. Says:

    Yes, AAR. We know he only pitches on days ending in “y.”

  155. 155
    Bethany Says:

    Nicely done, Lowe.

  156. 156
    Mike N. Says:

    Is this…is this confidence in Lowe that is building up inside of me?

  157. 157
    IthacaBraves Says:

    oh god greg norton…. I’m getting a bad feeling about this game.

  158. 158
    Robert Says:

    There is no way they are carrying three catchers Joe. They don’t even have three catchers.

  159. 159
    jdpeace Says:

    Five of the eight position players are 0 for today. #1-#5 in the order.

  160. 160
    jdpeace Says:

    Didn’t pay attention. Six walks from the top five though.

  161. 161
    ryan c Says:

    venters was up in the pen and the marlins broadcast scanned down there to catch eddie perez taking the ball away from venters, and venters walking away in disgust. wonder what that was about?

  162. 162
    spike Says:

    @158, they have done so in the past, in all fairness.

  163. 163
    ububba Says:

    #162
    Francisco Cabrera.

  164. 164
    csg Says:

    #161 – he’s probably pissed about having to throw again today

  165. 165
    csg Says:

    Im glad some like AAG, he’s not one of my fav’s

  166. 166
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Why run for Lee here? You wind up weakening your defense for a pretty small advantage.

  167. 167
    csg Says:

    esp with two grounders to 3rd. Why not ask AAG to sac bunt and then Ross wouldve had a shot to drive him in from 3rd

  168. 168
    Brian J. Says:

    Assuming it happens, bringing in Freeman to play 1B is probably a defensive upgrade over Lee. I’m fine with that.

  169. 169
    csg Says:

    Lee is pretty solid with the glove

  170. 170
    braves14 Says:

    Freeman is supposed to be excellent defensively, and has already made some nice plays.

  171. 171
    csg Says:

    oh yeah, I totally agree.

  172. 172
    Brian J. Says:

    Did my eyes deceive me, or did the Melky One make a good defensive play?

  173. 173
    csg Says:

    according to fangraphs, Kimbrel has already been worth $2.1 mil

    and thats why Stanton should never see a fastball, he cant sniff a breaking pitch

  174. 174
    Mac Thomason Says:

    More likely, he just made a routine play look difficult via his usual Melkitude.

  175. 175
    JJ Says:

    Where would we be without Kimbrel over the past month or so? Dude has been lights out when we most needed him, with Saito out and with Venters coming back to earth.

  176. 176
    Joshua Says:

    Mac – he’s probably just trying to rest some of his starters (especially the ones that have been hurt) when the defensive drop will not be that great.

  177. 177
    Joshua Says:

    @175 – I wouldn’t so much say Venters coming back to earth as I would say TIRED AS HELL.

  178. 178
    Mac Thomason Says:

    When he’s looking for a job this offseason, Melky should consider becoming a catcher. That way, his offense wouldn’t look so bad, and he could fart in umpires’ faces and get away with it.

  179. 179
    csg Says:

    Freddie likes the ball low and in, I think

  180. 180
    csg Says:

    #178 – lets just hope he is LOOKING FOR A JOB

  181. 181
    Tomas Says:

    Ankiel actually laying off two high fastballs. Crazy times.

  182. 182
    Robert Says:

    You won’t walk this guy.

  183. 183
    Robert Says:

    Swung at ball 3, swung at ball 4, K.

  184. 184
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Has AAG done jack shit since his walk off homer?

  185. 185
    ububba Says:

    Hit a 3-run HR this past weekend in Washington.

  186. 186
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @185, That’s right, I forgot about that.

  187. 187
    Robert Says:

    Three straight and four in five nights for Wagner. Still nasty.

  188. 188
    Brian J. Says:

    And there’s the sweep. Go D’Backs. Go Cubbies.

  189. 189
    Robert Says:

    Nice. Can’t believe we swept the Marlins. They are usually such a pain in the ass.

  190. 190
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Hot damn we needed a sweep! Go Bravos!

  191. 191
    John Gaines Says:

    Pure evil – Swept by the good guys.

    Your move Padres.

  192. 192
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recapped.

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