1. Finally named my boat “Jeff Francouer Sucks” i’ll post the link to the pics soon…thanks for all the input guys (and gals)

  2. I can’t wait to see that.

    I’ve never really wanted a boat, as much as I’ve wanted to name a boat.

  3. Just watched Jurrjens performance from yesterday again and what I noticed most (as I think someone mentioned in the game thread), is that I can’t think of any uniforms in any kind of sports worse than those powderpuff suits the Jays donned.

  4. Anybody else see the Braves signed former Met’s catcher Jason Phillips and sent him to Richmond?

    Just a depth move, or could the Hamster soon be replaced by a slightly more capable rodent? Perhaps a raccoon or an o’possum?

  5. billy-jay, yeah I agree the old Astros color explosion uniforms were worse. I should have qualified it as currently used uniforms.

  6. Tomas, don’t discount the possibility that the Astros will drag them out for some throwback night.

    And what happened to Sal Fasano? Did the Braves figure out he sucked, too? That seems unlikely.

  7. The astros actually wore those uni a few days ago… So awful. I’m really sad I didn’t get to watch Jair pitch, but baseball has to take a back seat when it’s a first date.

  8. Bethany, you can watch all the games on mlb.com (free) from about 15-30 minutes after they finish.

  9. but baseball has to take a back seat when it’s a first date.

    Can’t leave us hanging….so how’d it go? Who’s her favorite Brave? If she said Francouer it’s probably best just to lose her number.

  10. Ah, so the Jays wore them as part of some throwback stuff. That explains it a little, I don’t really watch that much American League ball and thought they were a regular occasion.

  11. I think it’s a he, Robert. Bethany is a she.

    If the he’s favorite player is Jeff Francoeur, though, that should absolutely be a deal-breaker.

  12. We sent him to Cleveland for a ptbnl.

    “Fasano, 36, hit .193 (16-83) with 6 runs scored, 3 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 9RBI in 26 games with the AAA Richmond Braves in 2008”

  13. Oh, they were using throwback jerseys? I thought they just allowed Kelly Gruber to take every at bat last night.

  14. So… one hour until game time? It’s about 1:10 am here. Just wondering if I should stay up to follow the game. My game is likely to be rained out tomorrow.

  15. I think it’s a he, Robert. Bethany is a she.

    Ah! And my edit countdown timer has reached zero, I’m stuck with that mistake forever!

    My apologies Bethany. I guess it could still have been a she but it’s not a high percentage assumption.

  16. It’s fine Robert ^_^

    He actually isn’t a big baseball fan, yet. I plan to bring him over to the light. The date was great, we get along very well, the movie was great, and he’s very, very attractive. It was actually my first date ever, so yeah. A good night.

    Tomas, I did not know that! Thank you for telling me.

  17. Are you saying that thing would lose to Miller or Pratt? Seems like you’re the one who should be watching his back.

  18. Braves not on Extra Innings today, I hate saturday afternoon games, always ruined by FOX

  19. Line-ups for today…

    G. Blanco cf
    R. Gotay 3b
    K. Johnson 2b
    M. Teixeira 1b
    G. Norton dh
    B. McCann c
    J. Francoeur rf
    B. Lillibridge ss
    B. Jones lf

  20. He actually isn’t a big baseball fan, yet. I plan to bring him over to the light. The date was great, we get along very well, the movie was great, and he’s very, very attractive. It was actually my first date ever, so yeah. A good night.

    Nice. If you don’t mind me asking, what was the movie? I haven’t seen anything great in a while, and since I only get to about five movies a year I need to make them count. Although I saw Get Smart and thought it was pretty good, but I’m a huge Steve Carell guy some maybe my take was off.

    Hey, have I mentioned I’m stuck at work on a Saturday and a little board? Or does that go without saying?

  21. Swapping Norton and McCann plus Lillibridge and Jones because of the lefty pitching. Bobby is hilarious. There is no way McCann and Jones could handle THE John Parrish whose last decent effort in the majors was in 2005.

  22. At least he left KJ third. I’d have given Lilli a crack at the top of the order and of course wouldn’t have my best hitter hitting 6th, but it’s alright, I guess, considering who we have to work with.

  23. Robert, it was Wall E. I love everything Pixar does, and this is easily one of their best.

    It doesn’t matter how bad they are, lefties always make me nervous.

  24. “It doesn’t matter how bad they are, lefties always make me nervous.”

    I think they make the Braves nervous too.

  25. So… are both Chipper and Escobar headed to the DL? I feel like that’s gonna happen. And if it does on days McCann sits, it’s possible the Braves will post a less impressive lineup than most AA squads. I don’t mean that to be hyperbole either.

  26. Province fausse, Mac. À Ontario, ils n’aiment pas toujours les Francophones.

    Bonne chance, Bethany.

    Les vieux uniformes de Toronto ressemblent à quelque chose “du Monde de Sid et de Marty Kroft.”

    Et allons, Braves.

  27. It’s disconcerting how easily lefties get this team out.

    I wonder if the team that ultimately signs Tex to a huge contract will notice that his OPS was 235 points higher against righties.

  28. Wait, wait: John Parrish has struck out four through three perfect innings? Man, I’m glad I’m heading to work shortly.

  29. Parrish has figured out that he doesn’t need to throw a strike to the bottom of the order.

  30. Ububba,

    Some of those old uniforms do resemble something from Sid & Marty Kroft, and not just Toronto’s either. The Brave’s old baby blue road uni’s weren’t great either.

    Er, go Braves.

  31. Watching the replay from last night earlier, when Matt Stairs was up to bat early the announcers said he was leading the club with 8 homers, and I thought no way in hell I heard that correctly, but incredibly enough…

  32. Ha, if we’re gonna suck as bad as we’ve sucked so far, I’m fine with them just spying on people in the hotel for the rest of the game.

  33. Oh man, I’m not in blackout. I assumed the Dodgers and Angels were playing but they’re not.

    Not that I missed anything.

    Blanco was out by the way.

  34. Why do you guys think this is a fox broadcast?

    Fox broadcasts always start at 3:55 eastern and this week, the games are:

    New York Yankees at New York Mets
    Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox

  35. ahhhhh…………sportssouth is another foreign channel here………they might as well be playing in canada.

  36. No blackout issues because the game started at 1 ET … games are only blacked out for FOX when they start between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET.

  37. Well, whatever I guess. That could have been a run. I’d much rather take my chances with Barajas there.

  38. BMac,

    Those Cleveland mid-’70s unis were also of that technicolor burp variety.

    I always felt bad that both Henry Aaron & Frank Robinson had their big ’70s moments wearing those clown outfits.

  39. Two of the three big league hitters in this lineup get the Braves a run. Imagine if they had eight big league hitters in their lineup? Can you imagine what that’d be like? I seem to recall a team like that…

  40. Jeff Francoeur sucks.

    Just cuz no one had posted that in this one yet. and he does.

  41. It’s after 3am. That almost makes me want to stay up for more.

    There is more beer in the fridge… but tomorrow’s game hasn’t been rained out yet.

    Oh, the dilemma.

  42. Jeebus, Tex is lumberingly slow. Maybe if he didn’t pull his knees chest high when he is “speeding”. Anyway, counts as a run.

  43. As much as I’d like to stay up and drink more beer, my instinct tells me this game is going to go 16 innings, so I think I’ll pass.

    Good night, folks.

  44. Yeah, that was a meatball.

    Francoeur’s OBP down to .296 on the year, getting painfully close to his 2006 mark of .293.

  45. Sure is nice having McCann batting right after Tex … oh, wait … way to go, Bobby.

  46. Some pretty close strike calls on Norton.

    I thought Tex should have been a little more aggressive even though Sandy Parrish was working around him.

  47. Too bad we couldn’t catch a break. I thought it was Ball 4–as did virtually everyone in the ballpark….

  48. Might as well get Hudson out of there. He hangs his slider every time he throws it.

  49. Hudson is definitely not as sharp as he was earlier; we cannot afford to get too far behind….

  50. It’s almost like a contest. Let’s see how close we can get to .500 without actually getting there

  51. This will get worse before it gets better. Another “pitching matchup we have no business losing but lose anyway” game.

  52. Frenchy isnt our biggest problem at the moment. Its having Brandon, Lilli, Gotay, and Norton all in the lineup everyday

  53. Frankly we don’t have much business winning any of these games with the lineups we are running out there.

  54. Francoeur is no better a hitter than Brandon Jones or Greg Norton. At least not this season. He is definitely one of, if not the biggest problem the Braves have–if only because he gets the highest number of plate appearances.

    Hudson didn’t look good today and Bennett couldn’t get out of it when he was poised to do so… oh well.

  55. re: 111

    Dan, those were his numbers before he went 0-3 today.

    Try .242 / .296 / .390

  56. Lillibridge was hitting .205 at Richmond so nobody should be surprised….I would not mind seeing Diory Hernandez come up instead. I doubt he would be any worse….

  57. I know, Douglass.

    When do the Braves say “enough” on this? Geez, if it was some 30+ year old one-year free agent signing they’d have already released him. Why is it so completely unthinkable to the Braves’ management to send Francoeur to the minors?

  58. Sad that we’re all so beaten down by this team and its one-run loss funk that we can’t get excited by an eighth-inning rally.

  59. Due up for the Braves in the ninth: Out, Out and Brandon Jones.

    I don’t expect much.

  60. Wait, we’ve got Frenchy, Lillibridge, and B. Jones coming up in the bottom of the 9th?


  61. Due up for the Braves in the ninth: Out, Out and Brandon Jones.

    Against B.J. Ryan that’s likely: Out, Out and Out.

  62. Seriously, Acosta is the suck. Yeah, he can sometimes have a live arm, but he gets shelled EVERY outing.

  63. “that dude can do deep in a minute”–the Jays announcers have hardly done their homework…

  64. why does bobby continually put rookie pitchers (or very young pitchers) into extremely tight situations? the payoff just isnt worth the risk of ruining confidence.

  65. really, what’s the point bringing in Acosta anymore?

    (oh sorry, should have known this observation had already been made)

  66. At what point do they realize that Acosta can’t really pitch at all? His ERA is now over 9 for the month of June.

  67. Acosta=Reitsma. He has a live arm and has had sporadic success in the bullpen, so Bobby runs him out there in every buzzkill situation available.

  68. francoeur is soooooooooo stupid. 3-1 count 0 outs 0 on down 9-5 and he swings at a borderline pitch.

  69. Two outs, one on and a four-run deficit in the ninth and we get a bunt attempt.

  70. So, instead of hitting for Gotay, Lilli, or Frenchy…Chipper is on deck to hit for KJ.

  71. lets see….we could have bases loaded with 1 out…instead we have runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. jeff francoeur kills rally. new slogan: “jeff francoeur: killing rallies since 2005”.

  72. All this from the same decision-makers who brought you Greg Norton in the 5 slot and Brian McCann batting sixth.

  73. That ninth would have been a lot more fun and interesting if not for Manny Acosta.

    I’m tired of Gotay in the lineup…and batting second.

  74. mraver–I couldn’t agree more….if Chipper gets on Kelly Johnson and then Tex are up…it does not make the slightest bit of sense…..

  75. My only real guess is that Cox didn’t actually want to use him.

    Or some BS about prefering the switch-hitter against the lefty rather than the left-handed batter.

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