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10 Oct

Our place

The best part of coming home — no stupid orange in the stands. I hate orange.

537 Responses to “Our place”

  1. 1
    sdp Says:

    Braves asked MLB to replace Wagner with Saito. No reason that shouldn’t go through. Wags wouldn’t be eligible until the World Series, assuming we even get that far and he’s healthy. His career is probably over.

  2. 2
    Rusty S. Says:

    Semi-random question: If we ran out of pitchers, who would be the emergency pitcher? No way it’s Ankiel, right?

  3. 3
    CourtneyC Says:

    Of course it would be Ankiel. Who else would it be?

  4. 4
    Bethany Says:

    Man, hell of a play by Bierman.

  5. 5
    Catz Says:

    I’m really hoping the Rangers win this series, it would be nice to see them actually advance for once

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    Stu Says:

    What a strange list:

    Celebs at the game today: Betty White, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dr. J, President Carter.

    5—Seriously? Even with Francoeur?

  7. 7
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Jake Delhomme, everybody.

  8. 8
    Catz Says:

    I try to ignore that they have Francoeur. They’re just going to lose to the Yankees anyway I’m sure

  9. 9
    basil Says:

    Given the dramatics in the game the other night, it’s easy to see how some plays may get overlooked. But in retrospect, how big was Conrad getting down that sacrifice bunt? Does anyone think Melky would have scored from first on Gonzo’s double?

  10. 10
    Adam M Says:

    Biermann is fantastic.

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    Dan Says:

    I’m really hoping the Rangers win this series, it would be nice to see them actually advance for once

    Any team that would give Francoeur a spot on their playoff roster deserves to lose.

  12. 12
    Tom O. Says:

    No way Melky scores from first. There was just enough doubt the LF might have caught it. I don’t think he’s running hard on contact there.

  13. 13
    Adam M Says:

    @11

    You could also say that about three or four of our guys.

  14. 14
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @Sam from the last thread,

    Thanks for The Dionaea House link. It’s a fun read and pretty spooky.

  15. 15
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Stockton says “New York Giants”. Not sure if it’s because he thinks it’s football or he thinks it’s the fifties.

  16. 16
    hg Says:

    For those of us away from a tv- How does our crowd look/sound?

  17. 17
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Pretty raucous. Full house opened with the Chop.

  18. 18
    Bethany Says:

    Die, Conrad.

  19. 19
    Stu Says:

    Brooks Conrad is so freaking terrible.

  20. 20
    Brian J. Says:

    Thanks for the brain fart, Conrad.

  21. 21
    Dan Says:

    God I am really starting to not like Conrad.

  22. 22
    Adam M Says:

    So glad that guy is still in the lineup.

  23. 23
    Catz Says:

    Way to go, Brooks…

  24. 24
    c. shorter Says:

    well, that’s the one for the game…… right?

  25. 25
    Bethany Says:

    @24 Unless Hudson can work some magic, it might not matter if there are any more.

  26. 26
    Tony Says:

    Conrad is a disgrace in the field…

  27. 27
    Bethany Says:

    Announcer calls a 76 MPH pitch a fastball.

  28. 28
    Dan Says:

    Crowd chanting: “Heyward’s better” as Posey bats.

  29. 29
    sdp Says:

    DAMMIT, CONRAD!

  30. 30
    Bethany Says:

    Nice!!!! Beautiful, BMac.

  31. 31
    Brian J. Says:

    Nice arm, McCann!

  32. 32
    Dan Says:

    That essentially erases Conrad’s error.

  33. 33
    Tony Says:

    Quit pitching scared Huddy…

  34. 34
    Stu Says:

    Hudson is hanging some pitches.

  35. 35
    Adam M Says:

    His command doesn’t look great, no.

  36. 36
    Bethany Says:

    Dammit, Hudson, throw a strike.

  37. 37
    sdp Says:

    What the hell is Hudson doing?

  38. 38
    Adam M Says:

    Throwing outside.

  39. 39
    Tony Says:

    Hudson is pitching like a punk…

  40. 40
    Bethany Says:

    GROW A PAIR, HUDSON.

  41. 41
    braves14 Says:

    Damn that was a stressful inning.

  42. 42
    Bethany Says:

    Thank god. He better cut that crap out.

  43. 43
    Stu Says:

    Whew. Now that we have that out of our collective system…

    EDIT: And can the Braves fans here please refrain from questioning Hudson’s manhood until he gives up a run or two?

  44. 44
    MikeM Says:

    Can’t blame Hudson for trying the pitch outside again. Ball four looked to me like the same location that was called strike two.

    Umpires suck.

  45. 45
    Tomas Says:

    Less errors, more strikes. And runs. Let’s go.

  46. 46
    Tony Says:

    Looks like that outside corner will be a mystery today…

  47. 47
    Stu Says:

    Omar continues to swing at everything in three-ball counts.

    The outside corner’s not much of a mystery. According to TBS, Emmel has missed one pitch — too generous with a strike call for Huddy.

  48. 48
    Tony Says:

    Omar saw a pitch he liked and he swung, nothing wrong with that.

  49. 49
    Brian J. Says:

    Man, it’d be nice if Heyward would stop sucking.

  50. 50
    Stu Says:

    Dick Stockton’s reanimated corpse is talking about a lack of animation from the Braves’ players.

    48—Other than the fact that it was well out of the strike zone, you mean?

  51. 51
    Bethany Says:

    Yay, a baserunner.

  52. 52
    Bethany Says:

    Whew, nice pitch by Sanchez.

  53. 53
    Tom O. Says:

    Not thrilled that Paul Emmel is behind the plate today. Can’t we just ban him from Georgia?

    In all seriousness, hopefully there’s no reason for the umpires to be part of the conversation after this game.

  54. 54
    Stu Says:

    Well, at least he threw some pitches.

  55. 55
    Bethany Says:

    Ok, can I question his manhood now?

  56. 56
    ryan c Says:

    is it always that dramatic heyward?

  57. 57
    Stu Says:

    Hudson is really struggling to throw strikes that aren’t dangerously up in the zone.

  58. 58
    Tony Says:

    Good grief…

  59. 59
    Adam M Says:

    What’s the matter with him? It’s unclear.

  60. 60
    Stu Says:

    I’m very confused about what happened. Porter didn’t actually examine anything.

    Based on our medical staff’s recent work, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that he fractured his spine.

  61. 61
    Brian J. Says:

    For God’s sake, Conrad!

  62. 62
    Bethany Says:

    You knew he would drop it.

  63. 63
    Adam M Says:

    Seriously. When is Glaus coming in? I give up.

  64. 64
    reaganman Says:

    TAKE HIM OUT OF THE GAME!

  65. 65
    Dan Says:

    LOLConrad.

  66. 66
    Stu Says:

    Please, please get Conrad out of there. He’s completely incompetent.

  67. 67
    Brian J. Says:

    It’s not just that he dropped it, but he had no business getting in Heyward’s way.

  68. 68
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Way to bring our A game.

  69. 69
    Bethany Says:

    Why in the world did Jason not call for that ball?

  70. 70
    Tom O. Says:

    Attaboy Huddy.

  71. 71
    Adam M Says:

    This is unreal. I cannot remember a time that a single player has done so much damage to a team in such a short period of time.

  72. 72
    reaganman Says:

    What does Conrad have to do to get benched?

  73. 73
    Seat Painter Says:

    That was Heyward’s ball. Conrad should have probably caught it anyway, but dang….

    I wonder if Conrad is starting to feel paranoid yet?

  74. 74
    ryan c Says:

    i might not be very popular after saying this but the j-hey kid might be a bit of a drama queen.

  75. 75
    Bethany Says:

    It’s not like Bobby has a whole lot of options, but at this point, I say stick Diory in there.

  76. 76
    Adam M Says:

    It is such an adventure.

  77. 77
    Seat Painter Says:

    OK, Brooks, time to atone for the errors with a 5 run homer.

  78. 78
    Brian J. Says:

    Had Conrad actually thrown to short, Bobby should have just hauled his ass back to the dugout, like Andruw back in ’98.

  79. 79
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    @67 you’re assuming that Heyward had called it which seems unlikely. heck of an effort from Brooks there.

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    Tom O. Says:

    Let’s try not to pick on Conrad too much. He’s a bench player at best. There’s a reason he’s a 30-year old rookie.

    At this point though, you really have to wonder whether we’re better off with Glaus in at third. That play on Friday was a gift. You think he pulls that off every inning?

  81. 81
    Stu Says:

    So, our starting pitcher and starting right fielder — both All-Stars this season — are not real men. That makes sense.

  82. 82
    Stu Says:

    So many extra pitches which Hudson shouldn’t have to be throwing…

  83. 83
    ryan c Says:

    @81
    i think tim hudson is a beast, but heyward has been very dramatic many a time…

  84. 84
    Adam M Says:

    I could care less that Conrad is not “at fault” for his lack of skill. I’m not really responsible for my genetics either, last I checked. But neither of us should be on the field right now.

  85. 85
    Bethany Says:

    @81 Might want to pick better criteria than whether or not they were All Stars.

  86. 86
    Dan Says:

    So much for switching Conrad and Infante.

  87. 87
    Adam M Says:

    Hudson should be done by the 4th inning.

  88. 88
    MikeM Says:

    With this announcer please learn to pronounce “error”?

  89. 89
    Bethany Says:

    Hudson is right at 40 pitches…

  90. 90
    Tony Says:

    At this rate Hudson will be out of the game by the 4th…

    Thank Goodness Lee is at 1st

  91. 91
    Tom O. Says:

    @84: agreed. But let’s not pile on the poor guy is all.

  92. 92
    Stu Says:

    85—Like what? The fact that they wear cups, presumably to protect male parts? You are, as usual, completely irrational and needlessly emotional.

  93. 93
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    I love the way lee plays defense.

  94. 94
    braves14 Says:

    Hudson is all over the place today.

  95. 95
    reaganman Says:

    I am not blaming Conrad. He is a good pinch hitter. I am blaming Bobby for not benching him. Glaus couldn’t be much worse defensively and would likely be much better with the bat.

  96. 96
    Brian J. Says:

    91- No. At this point, you perform or you get called out. Conrad’s hurting the team by pretending to play the field, and surely he knows it.

  97. 97
    Seat Painter Says:

    I’ve got it. The Lowe-Hudson Theorem: Only one of the two can pitch effectively at any one point in the season. The other MUST run his pitch count up to the low 100′s by the end of the 5th inning while having base runners all over the place, yet somehow, manage to keep his team close.

    Feels like we should be down 5-0 rightnow, so I guess 1-0 isn’t that bad.

  98. 98
    Bethany Says:

    You are far too touchy, Stu.

  99. 99
    Adam M Says:

    96–Yet why doesn’t Bobby know it? Is there any accountability on this team? Only in baseball…

  100. 100
    Stu Says:

    98—Hilarious.

    95—Amen. Also, Infante appears to be better at second than at third.

  101. 101
    Tony Says:

    I agree Bethany…

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    Adam M Says:

    The good news is that the other team has a lefty on the mound.

  103. 103
    Brian J. Says:

    Stu’s got a point, Bethany. You are being harsher than usual, and more so than Heyward or Hudson justify. (Save it for deserving targets, like Melky or (now) Conrad.)

  104. 104
    Adam M Says:

    Good thing, also, that Emmel is behind the plate. Everything will probably be fine.

  105. 105
    Bethany Says:

    I made a flippant comment and then it has to turn into a 30 comment ordeal. I’m not going to dissect my reasoning to explain how it was meant to be a half joke.

    Let’s talk about the game, please.

  106. 106
    Brian J. Says:

    AAG swings at a pitch that hits him, figuring Conrad will cover up all our other sins.

  107. 107
    John Gaines Says:

    Can someone at TBS please tell the douchebag calling these games how to pronounce Infante’s name, as well as the word ‘error’? Jesus Christ…

  108. 108
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Go Braves, you can do it!!!!

  109. 109
    Tom O. Says:

    I’m with #95. Brooks is screwing up to be sure, but it’s Bobby’s call whether he stays in.

  110. 110
    Bethany Says:

    It’s good that Sanchez has thrown a lot of pitches. I like our bullpen better than theirs.

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    Brian J. Says:

    So far, “it” has been embarrassing themselves on the national stage. Hopefully, a new definition of “it” will soon emerge.

  112. 112
    Stu Says:

    So, did anyone ever figure out what happened to Heyward? Wrist? Back? Wind knocked out? Should I expect him to look even more feeble in his second PA, or not?

  113. 113
    braves14 Says:

    Looked to me like he just got the wind knocked out.

  114. 114
    Tony Says:

    So it was just no way possible for Glaus to play today?

    Dick Stockton is almost 70 y/o, give the man a break. I still remember his calls on the Lakers/Celtics series in the 80′s as the lead play by play man for CBS.

  115. 115
    Stu Says:

    Hudson just pulled a Brooks.

  116. 116
    Brian J. Says:

    Ugh. Stone glove disease is spreading.

  117. 117
    Adam M Says:

    I like Stockton, frankly. As Braves fans we currently have bigger problems: like the defense, and the starting pitcher’s inability to locate, and the fact that the other team has a lefty on the mound, and the homeplate umpire.

  118. 118
    Tom Says:

    ANOTHER hit on 0-2. This is going to kill us.

    This and Brooks.

  119. 119
    braves14 Says:

    There are high school teams with better defense than the Braves.

  120. 120
    Bethany Says:

    Why didn’t we pick up Burrell?

  121. 121
    Tom O. Says:

    We just need to put the bat on the ball. I bet the defense settles down if we can demonstrate and ability to hit the ball.

  122. 122
    Tony Says:

    What the hell is going on? Is it he 4:37 start?? Where is the momentum from Game 2?

    Maybe that will get us going,,,

  123. 123
    Dan Says:

    Posey was struck out. Why are these umpires protecting him?

  124. 124
    sdp Says:

    Conrad ought to be glad he hit those grand slams this year.

  125. 125
    Adam M Says:

    If Glaus can’t move enough–and until I see him in a wheelchair I refuse to believe he can’t–then I’d rather, at this point, put Diory into the game. Considering the lack of offense Conrad has been producing (as he regresses), I’m willing to sacrifice that spot in the lineup for a defensive upgrade. This is the most extreme groundball pitcher in MLB.

  126. 126
    Bethany Says:

    Beautiful turn!!!

  127. 127
    Stu Says:

    Hey! Competence!

  128. 128
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Nice DP. Glaus caliber. ;)

  129. 129
    Brian J. Says:

    Why was that a hit? Anyway, nice to see Conrad finally stop humiliating himself.

  130. 130
    urlhix Says:

    YES!

  131. 131
    Tom O. Says:

    Like that GIDP.

  132. 132
    Tom Says:

    In all fairness, the runner would have scored from third anyway. No further harm was done except Huddy throwing more pitches (which might turn out to be a good thing). What I’m trying to say is that Conrad hasn’t cost us at all yet.

    YET.

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    Stu Says:

    125—I agree.

    124—Well, in fairness, I think we’re all pretty glad he hit them, too.

  134. 134
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Go Braves!!!

  135. 135
    Bethany Says:

    For as poorly as things have gone this first hour, we’re in good shape.

  136. 136
    Tom Says:

    125, 133: I agree to some extend, but that would probably burn Conrad for the rest of the playoffs. And it will never happen because it’s just not Bobby.

  137. 137
    Tony Says:

    Sanchez wants to be wild….let him.

  138. 138
    Adam M Says:

    The fact that Ankiel has forced him to throw at least five pitches… I call the at bat a success!

    5 ks and we’re only once through the order.

  139. 139
    Tom O. Says:

    Look, I’m all about Rick Ankiel right now, but this Ankiel-Babe Ruth stuff is ridiculous.

  140. 140
    Tony Says:

    Break-up the no-hitter Omar…

  141. 141
    ryan c Says:

    apparently someone hijacked chief’s name.

  142. 142
    braves14 Says:

    Hudson appears to be setting in.

  143. 143
    Bethany Says:

    The way this guy says “error” does drive me nuts.

    Alex comes up so fast after a slide.

  144. 144
    MikeM Says:

    How’d that guy with the white mustche get such good seats?

  145. 145
    Brian J. Says:

    Nice defensive play by AAG, maybe our first.

  146. 146
    Dan Says:

    Does anyone actually put avocados on hamburgers and hot dogs?

  147. 147
    Adam M Says:

    143–It’s an accent. It’s ok. The country is vast and full of lots of different sorts of people.

  148. 148
    Tom O. Says:

    Needed that quick inning. Good stuff.

  149. 149
    Bethany Says:

    @146 I like them on hamburgers.

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    braves14 Says:

    143 — It drives me nuts too.

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    Stu Says:

    An idea: Let AGony play “middle infield,” and just play Glaus wherever. Back-up third or left-center, or something.

  152. 152
    csg Says:

    i like my burgers with cheese and bacon

  153. 153
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    ryan c, what a nice boy.

  154. 154
    NickC Says:

    This isn’t like Conrad has committed a few errors. Bobby playing him the last two games has been him giving him a chance to make it right.

  155. 155
    jj3bagger Says:

    The avocado business’ ad budget must have grown quite a bit recently.

  156. 156
    Adam M Says:

    Sanchez is settling into the game as well. And his pitch count has really stabilized.

  157. 157
    Tony Says:

    Time for a hit…

  158. 158
    Bethany Says:

    So.. Is Heyward hurt or tired? He doesn’t seem to be himself.

  159. 159
    CourtneyC Says:

    I was just wondering what the bench coach of the Giants was thinking. Thanks, TBS.

  160. 160
    jjschiller Says:

    I’m loving the crowd today.

    I am with those who think Troy needs a start at 3b. I expect him to be bad, but what good is range when you kick it once you get there?

    Also, if Conrad and infante are both in there, infante needs to be at 2b. why weaken yourself at two positions?

  161. 161
    Tony Says:

    Good grief…the Braves haven’t come close to a hit.

  162. 162
    Tom O. Says:

    @159: funny.

  163. 163
    Stu Says:

    OK, I take it back: Emmel has been horrible.

  164. 164
    Brian J. Says:

    71 pitches through five innings, so Hudson should be good for at least two more. Now will someone wake up the offense?

  165. 165
    braves14 Says:

    Okay guys, getting a hit at some point would be nice.

  166. 166
    Bethany Says:

    Hudson has settled in brilliantly.

    Ok, treadmill time.

  167. 167
    ryan c Says:

    matt diaz is about to double.

  168. 168
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I hope Jonathan Sanchez doesn’t throw a no-hitter. No-hitter no-hitter no-hitter.

  169. 169
    CourtneyC Says:

    I played in a slow-pitch softball game against Tim Hudson a few years ago. He was playing shortstop and gobbleing up everything. I vote he goes to 2nd base when he is done pitching. The guy’s a hellavua athelete. True story.

  170. 170
    Stu Says:

    I hope so, ryan. I could be remembering incorrectly, but it seems like it’s been a long time since he’s done anything.

  171. 171
    Tom Says:

    167, Matt Diaz is about to produce an out on the first pitch!

  172. 172
    Adam M Says:

    He tried.

  173. 173
    Stu Says:

    Yep, I’m remembering incorrectly. He went 3-4 in the regular season finale. Heh.

  174. 174
    Tom O. Says:

    @167: almost

  175. 175
    Adam M Says:

    Diaz and Lee are our only hopes… especially with this strike zone.

  176. 176
    RobBroad4th Says:

    No hitter no hitter no hitter.

  177. 177
    CourtneyC Says:

    Gonzalez makes a face like sombody kicked his puppy after every strike.

  178. 178
    Tony Says:

    1 baserunner…

  179. 179
    Adam M Says:

    We’re reaching the point where no-hitters will elicit little reaction.

    And remind me again: what’s Conrad’s value?

  180. 180
    Brian J. Says:

    Honestly, Sanchez is trying to walk you guys! LET HIM!

  181. 181
    Tom Says:

    Nice AB by Conrad.

  182. 182
    Stu Says:

    Seems like Emmel should’ve at least checked with the first-base umpire on one or both of those.

  183. 183
    DowneasterJC Says:

    There is not a human language that has yet been spoken by man that contains a phrase or emotion to describe how much I hate Alex Gonzalez and the very fact that the atoms and molecules that compose his physical existence are allowed to play baseball for the Atlanta Braves.

  184. 184
    braves14 Says:

    And remind me again: what’s Conrad’s value?

    Pinch-hitter.

  185. 185
    MikeM Says:

    So Mike Remlinger is now a life coach and is also selling one of Sammy Sosa’s corked bats. Weird.

  186. 186
    Tony Says:

    So all the talk the Braves had about momentum going into game 3 meant what?

  187. 187
    csg Says:

    check swings are not something that a home plate umpire should ever be allowed to call.

  188. 188
    Tom Says:

    Whatever the outcome of this game and series will be, it is completely irrelevant as far as the Braves are concerned since this team will have zero chance against the Phillies anyway. So I’m completely at ease with whatever is going to happen.

  189. 189
    csg Says:

    ROY matchup

    Posey – 5 hits
    Heyward – 0

  190. 190
    Tom O. Says:

    somebody’s having fun with emmel’s wikipedia page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Emmel

    “Emmel also umpired the 2010 NLDS between the Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants. During game one, Emmel made a questionable a call at second base, directly leading to the only run in the game and the Giants won 1-0. During game two of the series, Emmel made another questionable call, which lead to the ejection of Braves’ manager Bobby Cox. He is currently under investigation by Bud Selig and the MLB for bribery.

    Emmel often makes questionable calls, causing many people to question the MLB’s ability to hire proper umpires.”

  191. 191
    DowneasterJC Says:

    It was a pretty obvious one to me, imo. The pitch was up over his bad at baseball neck anyway, so it doesn’t matter. Alex Gonzalez is just so bad that it makes me want to cry. Purple tears of bloody, smoking rage.

  192. 192
    Stu Says:

    191—What was obvious?

  193. 193
    Adam M Says:

    They’re probably going to pinch hit for Hudson next inning… regardless of the fact that he could probably keep going or that he is the best hitter after Diaz.

  194. 194
    csg Says:

    I bet Melky doesnt get to that fly ball, even though Matt camped under it

  195. 195
    Adam M Says:

    Diaz is having a pretty good defensive season, actually.

  196. 196
    csg Says:

    he’s by far our best defensive LF’r

  197. 197
    csg Says:

    1-0 on a fly ball that was in Heywards glove at one point and a dropped popup by Conrad, which Jason should have caught

    the phillies would embarass this team

  198. 198
    CourtneyC Says:

    My dog just took a huge dump in the yard. I named it Brooks Conrad.

  199. 199
    urlhix Says:

    Nice play, Lee!

  200. 200
    Brian J. Says:

    198- Sic transit gloria mundi, Brooks.

  201. 201
    Tom O. Says:

    staying alive. let’s see some bats. any bats. just one, even, would be nice.

  202. 202
    jj3bagger Says:

    No hitter. No hitter. No hitter. No Hitter. no hitter.

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    Tony Says:

    The Phillies have already embarassed this team. The only reason the Braves are in the playoffs is b/c Manual took out Hamels.

    Take one for the team Ankiel

  204. 204
    Tom O. Says:

    i hope hudson hits. bullpen’s been working hard. would like to keep our options open.

  205. 205
    Brian J. Says:

    Ankiel couldn’t quite make it work twice, and now Bobby (correctly, IMO) lets Huddy bat for himself.

  206. 206
    csg Says:

    Ankiel – only person hitting the ball hard

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    Stu Says:

    LOL.

  208. 208
    csg Says:

    a hit!

  209. 209
    Tom O. Says:

    HUDDY!

  210. 210
    Tony Says:

    How embarassing….

  211. 211
    braves14 Says:

    Hudson should bat 3rd.

  212. 212
    Adam M Says:

    Hudson: “I’ll do it myself. Douches.”

  213. 213
    csg Says:

    Hudson – only person getting a hit

  214. 214
    jj3bagger Says:

    Huddy says ‘F U Jobu, I do it myself’

  215. 215
    Stu Says:

    Nice, Adam. I laughed out loud.

    EDIT: Which is probably the reaction of opposing pitchers to our line-up.

  216. 216
    CourtneyC Says:

    our fans aren’t chopping hard enough. that’s part of the problem. those bastard, realistic, laid back atlanta fans!

  217. 217
    urlhix Says:

    Huddy’s already shown ‘em how to field, I guess he needed to show them how to hit, too.

    //////////////////////////

    Edit: That’s my online chop, fwiw

  218. 218
    braves14 Says:

    Awful.

  219. 219
    Tony Says:

    Unbelievable….

  220. 220
    Brian J. Says:

    Two HBP- strike threes. Now, Heyward, impress us!

  221. 221
    Adam M Says:

    Infante continues his slow descent back to mediocrity.

  222. 222
    ryan c Says:

    why is this continually happening? have this year’s braves ever swung at pitches this bad?

  223. 223
    csg Says:

    would be a nice time for Heyward to show up to the post season

  224. 224
    Dan Says:

    How many times this postseason have the Braves struck out swinging at balls in or near the dirt?

  225. 225
    CourtneyC Says:

    on second thought, i think they are missing our un-bridled pessimisim. you suck heyward! you’re going to strike out AGAIN!

  226. 226
    Stu Says:

    Heyward has missed more than one hittable pitch in this game.

  227. 227
    braves14 Says:

    Well, at least we won’t get no-hit.

  228. 228
    ryan c Says:

    again. man, this is horrible.

  229. 229
    csg Says:

    absolutely awful

  230. 230
    NickC Says:

    This must be a record for swings at pitches in the dirt.

  231. 231
    Brian J. Says:

    Honestly, do these guys know that they can go to first base by not swinging at four pitches out of the strike zone?

  232. 232
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I’m beginning to suspect we’re not a good-hitting ballclub.

  233. 233
    Stu Says:

    Yeah, we’re going to lose our second 1-0 game of this series, both times (for different reasons) on runs that probably shouldn’t have scored, but both times with an offense that didn’t look like it could score in 18 innings.

  234. 234
    csg Says:

    Braves never show up until the 7th, so at least Huddy has kept them close.

  235. 235
    Tony Says:

    What an awful postseason display by Heyward. Just awful.

  236. 236
    ryan c Says:

    didnt chipper come out and say that tp was working with jason on some things that he didnt agree with?

  237. 237
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Heyward looks ready for golf.

  238. 238
    Adam M Says:

    It’s also notable that Sanchez walks 4.5 guys per nine innings. He’s exactly the type of pitcher the Braves would have hit a few months ago–lefty or not–and he’s exactly the type of pitcher the Phillies (if the Giants advance) will have out of the game by the 5th.

  239. 239
    braves14 Says:

    He certainly has the golf swing down.

  240. 240
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I don’t know how you can blame a hitting coach for players swinging at balls in the dirt.

  241. 241
    CourtneyC Says:

    what 3 douches are up in the bottom of the inning?

  242. 242
    braves14 Says:

    Lee, McCann, Diaz

  243. 243
    DowneasterJC Says:

    @236

    Terry Pendleton is my favorite Brave of all time. Don’t you dare insult his ability as a hitting coach, despite the fact that, except for one or two guys, it lately seems like hitters come to Atlanta only to perform vastly worse than anywhere else.

    It’s just the water. Or the traffic. Not TP giving them bad advice. Also please ignore that Chipper has said he doesn’t agree with TP at times, that Chipper is pretty good, that both he and McCann receive outside help on their hitting, and that McLouth actually looked like a baseball player after talking with Chipper about his problems.

    It’s not TPs fault.

  244. 244
    Adam M Says:

    Even when he was going well Heyward had big platoon splits. He can’t really hit lefties–yet.

  245. 245
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Go Braves, you can do it!!!

  246. 246
    Stu Says:

    238—Makes one wonder if Braves players can read. You know they’ve been shown the scouting report — why are they swinging at so much junk?

  247. 247
    CourtneyC Says:

    you must mean groundout, flyout, and flyout.

  248. 248
    DowneasterJC Says:

    “Braves will have the heart of their order up…”

    Too bad the heart looks like it’s been eating fried chicken every meal for about 15 years.

  249. 249
    Tom O. Says:

    243. Agreed. Love TP the player. Hitting coach = maybe not the right job for him.

  250. 250
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Leave Terry Pendleton alone!!!

  251. 251
    DowneasterJC Says:

    I dunno can TP hit lefties? What about playing CF?

    Can he just stand in the box and never swing and go back to the dugout and shout “THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO BE PATIENT! JUST BECAUSE THERE’S A BASEBALL HEADING IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO SWING AT IT!”

  252. 252
    Adam M Says:

    Hudson is tiring. Watch out for the command.

  253. 253
    Tony Says:

    Now will you concentrate on the hitter Timmy?????

  254. 254
    reaganman Says:

    TP for 3rd base!

  255. 255
    Stu Says:

    I think he was out.

  256. 256
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    YES, Huddy!

  257. 257
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Closer than I thought at second. Atta boy, Huddy.

  258. 258
    Stu Says:

    Great, gutty performance by Huddy the Ball-less Wonder. He deserved far better.

  259. 259
    Adam R Says:

    Thanks for rendering that likely-missed call meaningless, Tim.

  260. 260
    CourtneyC Says:

    that guy was so buster.

  261. 261
    ryan c Says:

    not really blaming pendleton for anything. reason i was asking was the broadcasters were talking about tp working on fixing jason’s “holes” in his swing. i thought i recalled chipper and tp disagreeing about jason’s mechanics.

    chief says GO BRAVES and i agree…

    GO BRAVES! BREAK OUT THE WHOOPING STICKS!

  262. 262
    braves14 Says:

    Runs, please?

  263. 263
    Dan Says:

    Leave Hudson in. He is the only one hitting.

  264. 264
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I find the Pendleton blame really tiresome.

    We led the National League in walks this year. You can’t blame Terry for the hitters’ impatience without acknowledging that we led the league in walks during the regular season.

    You know why we suck at hitting? Because half the players in our starting lineup — Omar Infante, Brooks Conrad, Rick Ankiel, Matt Diaz — would be bench players on the other playoff teams.

  265. 265
    DowneasterJC Says:

    The Braves couldn’t hit Melky Cabrera with any kind of stick if he was tied to a wall.

  266. 266
    Stu Says:

    263—Yeah, take Conrad out and play Huddy at second.

  267. 267
    Stu Says:

    Games 1 and 3, combined (so far): 3 hits, 4 errors.

  268. 268
    CourtneyC Says:

    Ha! The anouncer just said “buster posey” for no reason.

  269. 269
    Brian J. Says:

    Guys, if you were actually angry about swinging at bad pitches, then you’d stop doing so. Stop faking it.

  270. 270
    braves14 Says:

    This is sad.

  271. 271
    sdp Says:

    What a horrid offense.

  272. 272
    Stu Says:

    Taking so many down-the-middle strikes and swinging at balls in the dirt.

  273. 273
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    omg we are totally going to win this game. I can feel it.

  274. 274
    Adam M Says:

    Sanchez is pitching well, but he’s been gaining confidence as the game has gone on. Lee’s strikeout was a killer.

  275. 275
    Catz Says:

    Guess we are back to reality today, hmm…

  276. 276
    Dan Says:

    Why does the opposing pitcher throw anything not in the dirt?

    3-2 to McCann. Dirt-swinging time.

  277. 277
    CourtneyC Says:

    i wouldn’t say we were spoiled by postseason SUCCESS, per sey… mabye appearances.

  278. 278
    Adam M Says:

    Well, that’ll do it.

  279. 279
    Stu Says:

    Just awful.

  280. 280
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Ok, maybe not…

  281. 281
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Awful. Just awful.

  282. 282
    ryan c Says:

    gotta think we’ll see troy pnch hit next inning for brooks and maybe david ross for the pitcher’s spot.

  283. 283
    Stu Says:

    Well, at least we get one inning against a non-Wilson reliever, right?

    282—Not if they bring a right-handed reliever in.

  284. 284
    NickC Says:

    Maybe we’ll get a walk and three wild pitches.

  285. 285
    Tony Says:

    At this point, just get it over with.

    Just get some real outfielders next year. The Matt Diaz show is getting tired and old.

  286. 286
    Stu Says:

    284—Need an early-in-the-count HBP. A walk would require too many not-swung-at pitches.

  287. 287
    Brian J. Says:

    Why is Conrad still on the field?

  288. 288
    reaganman Says:

    @287 – the pictures.

  289. 289
    Brian J. Says:

    288- How much impact can they have now? Cox has about 24 hours left as the Braves’ manager. Just admit what you did with those nuns and sheep, Bobby!

  290. 290
    ryan c Says:

    moylan?

  291. 291
    reaganman Says:

    @289 – It’s his legacy. Can’t ruin his legacy.

  292. 292
    CourtneyC Says:

    Don’t worry. Venters will get a ground ball.

    Oh yeah. Conrad.

    We’re screwed.

  293. 293
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @282, With two catchers on this roster, I’ll be surprised if we see Ross at all.

  294. 294
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Until the Braves spend on some offense, this is our high water mark. An early playoff round exit looking like chumps.

  295. 295
    braves14 Says:

    Stockton can’t tell the difference between a fastball and slider.

  296. 296
    braves14 Says:

    Uribe looks like one of our players.

  297. 297
    ryan c Says:

    venters is getting into a habit of making things exciting.

  298. 298
    Tony Says:

    The Phillies will have a cake walk to the World Series…these two offenses are pathetic.

  299. 299
    Stu Says:

    295—Was thinking the same thing. In fairness, there are only 8 miles per hour separating the two.

  300. 300
    CourtneyC Says:

    Fontenot won’t know what to think when Venters’ bloody stump of a left arm comes flying twards him.

  301. 301
    Stu Says:

    I always thought Fontenot was a switch-hitter. Huh.

  302. 302
    Dan Says:

    The ‘pictures’ were of Cox and Schuerholz. What will become of them soon?

  303. 303
    Adam M Says:

    Dude has a 553 OPS against lefties. Throw him a strike please.

  304. 304
    braves14 Says:

    302 — Oh, I’m sure they have something on Fredi.

  305. 305
    ryan c Says:

    the braves eat pressure for breakfast.

  306. 306
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Except Melky, who eats pretzels for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  307. 307
    jj3bagger Says:

    Make those pretzels chocolate covered.

  308. 308
    Stu Says:

    Let’s get some effing wild pitches, now, boys!!!

    Conrad is a miserable failure at everything.

  309. 309
    Brian J. Says:

    A hit! Weird.

  310. 310
    Mark Says:

    AAG…

  311. 311
    Adam M Says:

    What a disaster.

  312. 312
    DowneasterJC Says:

    “Tying run at first base!”

    Where it will stay until the next three hitters get out in stupidly stupid fashion.

    Just like that. Conrad. Never lets you down.

  313. 313
    Tony Says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????

  314. 314
    Mark Says:

    And now the crows turns on the Folk Hero

  315. 315
    Brian J. Says:

    Bobby, if Conrad can’t field and you don’t trust him to hit, why is he f***ing here?!?

  316. 316
    reaganman Says:

    Conrad…

  317. 317
    braves14 Says:

    That was inevitable.

  318. 318
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Giants MVP.

  319. 319
    Bethany Says:

    I don’t know if I can handle Brooks in a Braves uniform any more.

  320. 320
    sdp Says:

    PUT HIM ON THE BENCH

  321. 321
    Stu Says:

    Worse: The call to bunt, or the failed execution?

  322. 322
    Brian J. Says:

    Mark, that happens when you folk up.

  323. 323
    Adam M Says:

    Glaus doesn’t have a platoon split. Heh.

  324. 324
    Dan Says:

    Bochy: “thanks for the free out Cox.”

  325. 325
    Tom O. Says:

    Conrad can’t honestly be in the lineup tomorrow, right?

  326. 326
    braves14 Says:

    Folk Goat.

  327. 327
    Stu Says:

    Leave Glaus in or let Hinske hit?

    Or, travel back in time to pinch-hit Glaus for Conrad?

  328. 328
    Mark Says:

    @ 323

    Well-played.

  329. 329
    Nick Says:

    By far, the failed execution.

  330. 330
    Adam M Says:

    The damage Conrad had inflicted in such a short period of time has been almost spectacular to behold.

  331. 331
    ryan c Says:

    9 strikeouts on balls in the dirt.

  332. 332
    Dan Says:

    I still can’t believe that bunt attempt. Good grief. Even if it worked it was stupid.

  333. 333
    Adam M Says:

    Melky on deck.

    Cox is just throwing the inning to win it in the 9th. Duh.

  334. 334
    reaganman Says:

    Why does Bobby hate Glaus?

  335. 335
    Bethany Says:

    Come on Hinske…

  336. 336
    Bethany Says:

    YESONFSG;LINGQ;lan!!!!

  337. 337
    Stu Says:

    HOLY SHIT!!!

  338. 338
    Dan Says:

    HOME RUN!

  339. 339
    sdp Says:

    SON OF A BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  340. 340
    Brian J. Says:

    HINSKE!! THE NEW FOLK HERO!!

  341. 341
    Adam R Says:

    HINSKE HOLY SHIT

  342. 342
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Yeaaaahhhh!!!!

  343. 343
    Catz Says:

    YES!!! ERIC FUCKING HINSKE

  344. 344
    reaganman Says:

    I take it back! I love you Hinske!

  345. 345
    braves14 Says:

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!

  346. 346
    Tony Says:

    I can’t take no more….

  347. 347
    MikeM Says:

    SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  348. 348
    Adam R Says:

    This friggin’ team…

  349. 349
    c. shorter Says:

    Me: running up and down the apartment yelling “pinch hit home run!” Hi-fiving my 1-year-old daughter…

    my wife: What’s a pinch hitter?

  350. 350
    Tre Says:

    I heart henske!!!!!!

  351. 351
    Adam R Says:

    I think Jonathan Sanchez is crying. Bwuahaha.

  352. 352
    Brian J. Says:

    349- He’s like a Homestar Runner.

  353. 353
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Kimbrel??

  354. 354
    Stu Says:

    OK, Pigpen, own your new role.

  355. 355
    Tony Says:

    Sanchez is pissed…..

  356. 356
    sdp Says:

    Son of a bitch. Just, WOW!

  357. 357
    Tom Says:

    c.shorter,

    wasn’t it you watching porn on the net when your wife caught you and you said no, baseball, and she said “If you’re watching porn, just say so”? Might have been somebody else, but if it was you, your wife must be pretty cool IMHO.

  358. 358
    reaganman Says:

    Ok, will Bobby at least start Hinske in left against righties from now on?

  359. 359
    CourtneyC Says:

    Bobby put in Glaus to force Bochy to bring take out sanchez. He is a genius.

  360. 360
    Adam M Says:

    That was amazing.

  361. 361
    Mark Says:

    God I love Eric Hinske….and wow Turner Field looks like the old Chop Shop circa 1991-92

  362. 362
    NickC Says:

    Infante just wanted to get to the 9th.

  363. 363
    DowneasterJC Says:

    When you’re watching the Braves it’s basically the same. Lots of sucking and heavy breathing when Melky is at the plate.

  364. 364
    Joe Defeens Says:

    all curses are off!!!!

  365. 365
    CourtneyC Says:

    Please, Bobby, go with Hernanez for Conrad and McLouth (not melky) in center.

  366. 366
    c. shorter Says:

    357 — Nope, not me.

    My wife is cool anyway.

  367. 367
    CourtneyC Says:

    subbing Melky for Diaz? Me no like.

  368. 368
    Brian J. Says:

    Oh, God, KJ flashbacks.

  369. 369
    Bethany Says:

    My god my heart just jumped out of my chest.

  370. 370
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Oh my God if Conrad had ****ed that up..

  371. 371
    Tony Says:

    Move out the way CONRAD!!!!!!

  372. 372
    Stu Says:

    No way Conrad should be calling for that ball.

  373. 373
    Adam M Says:

    Conrad, Melky, McLouth…

    Kimbrel, don’t let them put it into play.

  374. 374
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Kimbrel.. Kimbrel.

  375. 375
    Adam M Says:

    That’s not what I meant.

  376. 376
    Stu Says:

    I am not not nervous.

  377. 377
    CourtneyC Says:

    Bethany, you weren’t on the treadmill?

  378. 378
    Stu Says:

    I will take that horrific strike-3 call! Paul Emmel for Commissioner!

  379. 379
    Tony Says:

    Agree Stu…..

  380. 380
    DowneasterJC Says:

    That was a HBP. Thanks for swinging.

  381. 381
    Stu Says:

    Crap. He was sitting slider, there.

  382. 382
    Adam M Says:

    Huff also has no platoon split. He kills lefties!

  383. 383
    Brian J. Says:

    Replacing the guy with control problems is the other guy with control problems.

  384. 384
    braves14 Says:

    What a tense game.

  385. 385
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Oh no. Dunn. This is not good for whatever health problems I may unknowingly have.

  386. 386
    sdp Says:

    Shit. I don’t like taking CK out.

  387. 387
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Damn…

  388. 388
    CourtneyC Says:

    i say bring in moylan. they won’t be used to his crazy ass delivery.

  389. 389
    Adam M Says:

    What’s ridiculous is that the guy to have Dunn face was Torres, who hits like Melky against them. Huff, on the other hand, hits lefties well and has great, great plate discipline.

  390. 390
    Stu Says:

    I miss Billy Wagner.

  391. 391
    CourtneyC Says:

    there’s no way dunn isn’t wild in this situation.

  392. 392
    Ethan Says:

    Odds that Bobby knows that Huff has a reverse platoon split?

    Too late…sigh

  393. 393
    Dan Says:

    Huff better against lefties.

    Cox: “Bring in the mediocre lefty!”

  394. 394
    Tre Says:

    Im scared

  395. 395
    Catz Says:

    well that was bound to happen

  396. 396
    Brian J. Says:

    Cox overmanages us to defeat one more time.

  397. 397
    Bethany Says:

    Dammit.

  398. 398
    sdp Says:

    God damn it.

  399. 399
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Fuck this.

  400. 400
    Adam M Says:

    Bobby Cox, doing what he does best.

  401. 401
    braves14 Says:

    Fuck.

  402. 402
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Typical. Deflation.

  403. 403
    Stu Says:

    Just awful, again.

  404. 404
    Dan Says:

    Screw this emotional roller coaster.

  405. 405
    Tre Says:

    Extra innings here we come

  406. 406
    Adam M Says:

    And McCann hurt himself. Good for the Braves.

  407. 407
    CourtneyC Says:

    permission to puke, sir?

  408. 408
    Brian J. Says:

    I’m not sure what rank I have, but permission granted, Courtney.

  409. 409
    CourtneyC Says:

    well, we still have bethany’s treadmill in the bench

  410. 410
    Bethany Says:

    Don’t blame Bobby too much. Kimbrel let two men on base.

  411. 411
    Tre Says:

    The giants dugout has a potty mouth

  412. 412
    Tom O. Says:

    ugh.

  413. 413
    Adam M Says:

    I am so irritated at Cox right now. I have watched this crap for so long. It’s his job to know something that BOB BRENLY knows.

  414. 414
    DowneasterJC Says:

    THAT WILL BE ALL FOR MIKE DUNN? ARE YOU KIDDING ME BOBBY?! WHAT WAS THE ****ING POINT?!?!

    LJAHNDJKHKDEHQIUDHBQUIWvhnncjka

  415. 415
    c. shorter Says:

    I can’t stand the situational matchup stuff when there’s no platoon split to take advantage of.

  416. 416
    Tony Says:

    Will Heyward show up for this series at all?

  417. 417
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Put out the fire, Peter.

  418. 418
    Adam M Says:

    And if we do get out of this–big if–we’ll have burned three pitchers this inning. Pathetic.

  419. 419
    Stu Says:

    416—Horrible throw, but I don’t think a good one gets him.

  420. 420
    Bethany Says:

    ………….

  421. 421
    Brian J. Says:

    Conrad for the kill.

  422. 422
    Stu Says:

    Perfect. Just perfect.

  423. 423
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    OMG x infinity

  424. 424
    Dan Says:

    CONRAD!

  425. 425
    braves14 Says:

    Oh. My.

  426. 426
    c. shorter Says:

    well, that was perfect. couldn’t have drawn it up any better.

  427. 427
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Conrad…

  428. 428
    Tre Says:

    Dear god……….

  429. 429
    sdp Says:

    This is just unbelievable.

  430. 430
    NickC Says:

    Yeah, let’s not hurt Brooks’ feelings and leave him in.

  431. 431
    Adam M Says:

    I’m out. I blame Cox. Conrad is effectively finished in baseball–and his “player’s manager” is to blame.

  432. 432
    DowneasterJC Says:

    The motherfucking shit have got to be fucking kidding me. Please God let a giant fucking donkey fall from the sky and kill me right now.

  433. 433
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Maybe the worst ever performance in playoff history.

  434. 434
    Dan Says:

    Easy come, easy go.

  435. 435
    CourtneyC Says:

    i just reaized or bullpen options are now down to a hurt saito, farnsworth, and the lisp.

    permission to puke again?

  436. 436
    Tony Says:

    Bobby Cox deserves to be fired…if he were not retiring after this season.

  437. 437
    ermoore Says:

    Folk hero to folk zero just like that.

  438. 438
    Tom Says:

    OMG.

  439. 439
    Catz Says:

    I move to demote Conrad from Folk Hero

  440. 440
    Tom O. Says:

    Wow.

  441. 441
    braves14 Says:

    Brooks “Bill Buckner” Conrad.

  442. 442
    Nasa from france Says:

    To whoever said we were classy for not using the F word like Giants fan @ McCovey Cove.
    Can we now?

  443. 443
    NickC Says:

    #435, Beachy can go long if needed.

  444. 444
    Bethany Says:

    I don’t even know what to say. This in 2000 Ankiel levels of mental breakdown.

  445. 445
    thefreak Says:

    How many errors bobby how many before you sit conrad !!!!!!!!!!!

  446. 446
    Tom O. Says:

    Why is Diory not at 3B and Omar at 2B?

  447. 447
    Adam M Says:

    I mean, it was one inning. Conrad has been awful at the plate. Why not have Hernandez in the game? Seriously? Can someone explain this to me?

    Does Cox have an IQ over 75?

  448. 448
    reaganman Says:

    worthless……..

  449. 449
    Tre Says:

    Hernandez!!!!! Put in Diory

  450. 450
    Brian J. Says:

    Infielder did better jobs than Conrad when it was illegal to use gloves!

  451. 451
    ryan c Says:

    holding the emotional outburst back.

  452. 452
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Just stunning.

  453. 453
    c. shorter Says:

    It has to be so much in his head that you just can’t play him anymore, right?

  454. 454
    braves14 Says:

    Well, at least there’s no way Conrad starts tomorrow, you would think.

  455. 455
    Dan Says:

    So depressing. One strike from elation.

  456. 456
    sdp Says:

    God damn it, Martin Prado. God damn it.

  457. 457
    Adam M Says:

    I feel bad for him.

  458. 458
    Tom O. Says:

    @453, we can only hope.

  459. 459
    BobinNC Says:

    Can someone “disable” Conrad before tomorrow? There has to be some 9 year old little league second baseman that we could start tomorrow. God knows he couldn’t do any worse.

  460. 460
    Bethany Says:

    He doesn’t want to show up Conrad, at expense of losing the series.

  461. 461
    c. shorter Says:

    455 — I had already typed in my “yessssssss!” into the comment box, just waiting to submit it.

  462. 462
    Stu Says:

    454—It doesn’t really matter, at this point. We are d-u-n-n.

  463. 463
    Putter Says:

    Really, Conrad at second and Infante at third is a better option than Glaus at third and Infante at 2nd? Heck, The Lisp at second would be a better option offensively and defensively

  464. 464
    CourtneyC Says:

    @447. I suggested that at comment #365, and i’m an idiot.

  465. 465
    Brian J. Says:

    Great. Farnsworth was the most competent Braves in this inning.

  466. 466
    Tre Says:

    Where was that five mins ago

  467. 467
    Adam M Says:

    460–He could have lifted him before the inning, like he did Diaz, our best LF. But Bobby Cox proves that despite umpteen years in the game, he doesn’t even know his own team.

  468. 468
    braves14 Says:

    That was the worst inning I have ever witnessed, considering the circumstances.

  469. 469
    MikeM Says:

    I mean this just isn’t fair. We should have had karma build up inour favor since the astro’s series in ’05. Yet cruel fate picks on braves fans again.

  470. 470
    Adam R Says:

    Moylan did his job, FWIW.

  471. 471
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    457 – me too. I guess I’ve already written this season off. This is just so disappointing. I feel a little crushed right now.

  472. 472
    sdp Says:

    This all comes back to Cox. Have a little faith in Kimbrel, my God.

  473. 473
    NickC Says:

    #461, why? Why would you do something like that?

  474. 474
    Tom O. Says:

    Evidently Rick Ankiel’s ascension on Friday meant someone had to take his place as playoff head case. Thanks for stepping up, Brooks.

  475. 475
    thefreak Says:

    Show Conrad up Bobby doesnt have to do that Conrad has done that himself !!!!!!!!!

  476. 476
    CourtneyC Says:

    All that screaming and cheering (and getting horse) for Hinske’s homerun… all for nothing. Thanks, Bobby.

  477. 477
    Tony Says:

    What a shame.

  478. 478
    c. shorter Says:

    473 — yep, it’s all my fault. I figured Kimbrel could get Sanchez out. silly me.

  479. 479
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    the crowd has more heart than I can muster.

  480. 480
    Stu Says:

    Conrad’s being in the game at that point really is inexplicable.

  481. 481
    Adam M Says:

    And all of this starts with lifting Kimbrel for Dunn. Because Dunn is lefthanded, and so is Huff. Even though Huff kills lefties.

    It took 3 seconds to look that up, but nobody in the Braves’ dugout believes in “statistics.”

  482. 482
    c. shorter Says:

    478 — and I don’t say that in sarcasm. It was silly of me to presume an out.

  483. 483
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I can see the headlines tomorrow: Brooks Conrad Tries To Shoot Himself In the Head, Out With Foot Injury.

  484. 484
    DowneasterJC Says:

    http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/4567/conradbrooks01.jpg

  485. 485
    Bethany Says:

    Dammit Heyward, sit down. 0-11 and you’re bitching at the umpire.

  486. 486
    braves14 Says:

    Fuck you, Emmel.

  487. 487
    Tom O. Says:

    Paul Emmel reminds us why he’s a goat.

  488. 488
    Stu Says:

    Not a strike. Screw Paul Emmel.

  489. 489
    Putter Says:

    Get the bat off your shoulder…geez

  490. 490
    ermoore Says:

    Well, as bad as our offense has been . . . our defense is what has lost this series. (Although, Heyward’s 0 for 12 with 7 K’s hasn’t helped at all).

  491. 491
    Tre Says:

    Why does this umpire hate the braves???

  492. 492
    CourtneyC Says:

    brian wilson looks like jeff daniels in a bad costume beard. has anybody seen Gettysburg or Gods and Generals? it’s uncanny.

  493. 493
    CourtneyC Says:

    bethany, for the love of God, why aren’t you on the treadmill????????????????????

  494. 494
    Bethany Says:

    Save us, Brian.

  495. 495
    Putter Says:

    Is Eric Gregg behind the plate or what?

  496. 496
    ermoore Says:

    OTOH, how can we win with those stupid hats? I hate those new tomahawk “A”‘s.

  497. 497
    Tony Says:

    Heyward and Conrad…thanks for showing up this series. Might as well include Bobby Cox for that matter.

  498. 498
    Mark Says:

    @ 492

    He kind of looks like Tom Berenger as General Longstreet…

  499. 499
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Walk-off homerun.

  500. 500
    Brian J. Says:

    And now our season is in Louth’s hands. Good planning, Bobby, you…

  501. 501
    braves14 Says:

    Diory can’t pinch-run?

  502. 502
    CourtneyC Says:

    well, last night all our sucky players did well. nate mclouth sucks…

  503. 503
    Tre Says:

    Mclousy???

  504. 504
    ryan c Says:

    magnetic necklace.

  505. 505
    Stu Says:

    501—He’s being saved for 10th-inning defense.

  506. 506
    braves14 Says:

    Paul Emmel is approaching Eric Gregg levels.

  507. 507
    Tre Says:

    Mclousy looks like woody haralsons tarded son

  508. 508
    Stu Says:

    Seriously, screw Paul Emmel. If Hudson gets that pitch earlier, he’s still going. Or we’ve already won.

  509. 509
    ermoore Says:

    Suck.

  510. 510
    CourtneyC Says:

    Dam. It.

  511. 511
    c. shorter Says:

    Awful.

  512. 512
    Dan Says:

    Guess I know what it feels like to be a Giants fan after game two.

    Euthanize this team tomorrow, Giants.

  513. 513
    Putter Says:

    Way to completely over manage the ninth Bobby….you plus Conrad equals epic fail

  514. 514
    Brian J. Says:

    I think Diory is now entitled to leave obscene messenges on Bobby’s answering machine for the rest of his life.

  515. 515
    CourtneyC Says:

    i’m sharpening my pitchfork. who knows where conrad or bobby lives?

  516. 516
    DowneasterJC Says:

    God what a damn terrible weekend. How stupid can people paid millions of dollars for not being stupid be?

    I just want to set the world on fire. And not with love, with fire.

  517. 517
    Stu Says:

    Well, that sucked. At least this wasn’t a team with a real chance of winning a WS that collapsed and got screwed.

  518. 518
    Bethany Says:

    Well, that sucked.

  519. 519
    Randy Says:

    Well that sucked. Let’s get’em tomorrow!

  520. 520
    sdp Says:

    This one is on Bobby.

  521. 521
    CourtneyC Says:

    it so hard to type with puke on the keyboard.

  522. 522
    carl Says:

    ah shut up randy, it’s that kind of complacency that got us in this mess in the first place

  523. 523
    Alex R. Says:

    Completely, completely on the head of Bobby Cox. Should have taken Conrad out before 9th and left Kimbrel in. This is 100% Bobby Cox managing.

    Please PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE retire.

  524. 524
    Tony Says:

    Giants please end this tomorrow. Please.

  525. 525
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Wren, please make it your absolute number one priority in the world to sign a right handed hitter for next year. I don’t care if you have to trade the entire starting rotation for Pujols. Get someone. This game shouldn’t have even been this close.

    11Ks from a wild Sanchez? Give me damn break.

  526. 526
    ryan c Says:

    bobby really made me look forward to a season without him next year.

  527. 527
    mr.swings@everything Says:

    Better put Conrad on suicide watch. Don’t know how he even stayed on the field after that.

  528. 528
    NickC Says:

    SBerthiaumeESPN: Watch replay from behind plate: NO WAY Brooks Conrad can see that ball. Umpire Jerry Layne appears to completely block his view of the ball.

    If that’s true…

  529. 529
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    At least Bama won, oh wait. HA HA. We can do it next time!

  530. 530
    Randy Says:

    Gee,Carl, what am I supposed to say? Let’s give up? We blow this game, we need to win tomorrow and then Weds. I didn’t say I was happy about it.

  531. 531
    ryan c Says:

    a simpsons sabrmetrics episode…i shit you not. it takes the pain away.

  532. 532
    nick manning Says:

    I fear for Brooks mental health

  533. 533
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recapped. Somebody shoot Emmel so I don’t have to.

  534. 534
    csg Says:

    there was zero reason to pull Kimbrel from this game

  535. 535
    Marc Schneider Says:

    There are no words for this horror. Conrad may have had the worst game in the history of baseball. And I want to hear again that closing is no big deal.

  536. 536
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @530, We lost because of optimistic fans. You should be ashamed.

  537. 537
    Tony Says:

    The question to Bobby:

    “Will Brooks play tomorrow?”

    Cox: “I’ll sleep on it.”

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