Reporting in game thread: June 20, Blue Jays at Braves

Hi, so I’m out of the hospital and in pretty good shape, all things considered. I indeed had a staph infection like Martin Prado’s, in this case MRSA, or “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus“. That is, a strain resistent to some of the most common antibiotics. I actually was prescribed the correct drug, but (tender imaginations might stop reading here) I developed a large abcess — I compared it to a potato — that served as a reservoir for the bacteria so the antibiotics didn’t reach it all. The surgeon went in and drained the abcess and now the antibotics are working.

I may recap tonight, I may recap tomorrow morning. Depends. Still using a borrowed computer.

113 thoughts on “Reporting in game thread: June 20, Blue Jays at Braves”

  1. Welcome back, Mac! And Go Braves.

    @Tom from the last thread: I actually did see a far number of Braves caps in the last years thanks to Usher and some other musicians wearing them, I think. When I asked one of my friends, who wore one, what the “A” stands for…he answered “Astros”. Ouch!

  2. Mac–I am glad that you are back and feeling better. Your account is actually quite scary–what an ordeal….

  3. MRSA infections are bad news and quite unpleasant.

    I will henceforth exclusively be referring to Fredi Gonzalez as “MRSA Infection.”

  4. Stu, that is the best idea I have heard all week. I refuse to refer to our manager as anything other than MRSA infection.

    Also, Mac, I’m very happy that you no longer have an abscess, even though our team continues to do so.

  5. MRSA rosterbating again…


  6. I never thought I’d say this about Brooks Conrad and anyone else in our organization, but I actually think he’s a better 3rd baseman than Diory. Also, gotta’ love Diory’s .233 avg and .233 obp.

  7. MRSA didnt notice that AAG is 0-15 in his past 4 games with 7k’s? Hey, lets move him into the #2 spot!

  8. The Marlins named 80 year old Jack McKeon as their interim manager (again).

    You know what would be nice? If Heyward went on a tear.

  9. Glad to have you back Mac.

    “SA” as initials don’t work so well here in Germany (these days). Let’s stick to MRSA. One more letter than AAG, three less than Frenchy. The higher the suckitude, the more letters I guess.

    As for our lineup, there is just one word: ugly. I predict three GIDP by AAG tonight.

  10. They put Uggla in the two hole, and he responded by hitting for two whole games there.

  11. Was at the Saturday game (rain delay & all) & Uggla’s double off the wall was really smacked. At the crack of the bat—and it was one loud crack—I sure thought it was going out.

    Obvious Dept.: If we’re going to do anything at all this year, we just gotta get something out of our 2B & RF.

    BTW, it was great to see you other other day, Spike. I ate at Fox’s again on Saturday & Sunday. That stuff’s the real deal.

  12. 23- Nah. Schafer won’t get on base three times.

    Seriously, two hitters in that lineup are slugging over .400 or have OPS+ of 100 or more. One guy with an OBP over .336 (and he bats sixth). Hudson had better be at his best.

  13. @28, Glad to hip you to a touchstone. Shame you aren’t here on Wednesday for my little Nat king Cole trio act.

  14. If you’re talking Fox Bros BBQ, it is indeed the real deal. And I’m glad someone found a workable concept for that space. It used to be a tamale joint that I liked quite a bit, but after an initial push it failed to fly. But, you know, barbecue. Duh.

  15. I’m predicting a 20-3 blow out with three homers from Bautista, at least one being a grand slam.

    Anything else will be a pleasant surprise.

  16. I see Angel Hernandez, traditionally one of the worst home plate umpires in baseball, is the home plate umpire tonight.

  17. Angel Hernandez AND Joe West in the same crew? I’m going to go ahead and get preemptively upset about all the terrible calls and showboating as well.

  18. What happened to Chip? He was a colossal moron and terrible announcer, but I’d take that every day over the droning sycophant twins of Gant & Jordan.

    I’d trade a prospect for a REAL PBP guy. I’d trade Terehan for a lifetime Boog Sciambi contract.

  19. Jack McKeon’s first act as Marlins manager was to bench Hanley for not hustling yesterday and for showing up late to the ballpark today. This could get fun.

  20. There is a real PBP guy. Turn on the radio, and the awesome Jim Powell is on the Braves Radio Network.

  21. Joe Simpson does every game it seems and they rotate Glavine, Jordan, Chip and Gant. I like Joe and Glavine. Wonder why they don’t let Chip do more? Seems odd (though he sucks)

  22. Joe identified a 91 mph pitch from Hudson a changeup. He played the game so he knows these sorts of things.

  23. Chip doesn’t do the peachtree tv games (despite the production looking the same, Chip was under contact with FSN and SportSouth…not peachtree) these are the equivalent of the games last yr that joe did with john smoltz…

  24. Of course FSN doesn’t show the OBP and slugging difference between Yunel and AAG.

  25. Why is Frediot playing Diory over Conrad? Diory brings nothing to the table but sucking.

  26. Two possibilities: either Fredlot thinks Diory still might, just might, have a future, while Conrad’s confirmed to be a AAAA player; or his heart can’t take the horrors of Conrad putting on a glove.

  27. I just want to piggyback on the Fox Bros rec. I try to hit it whenever I’m in town.

  28. 43—So would I. But, I gotta say, I’m enjoying the fact that he’s calling this VU-UF game.

  29. Just got here. I really appreciated the Phil Collins tribute.

    Mac, when you get back in shape can we get a special tribute to the Big Man?

  30. Heyward has done nothing this year but ground out to first… and when that might help, he grounds out to 3rd…

  31. Heyward had a 3-1 pitch and grounded out to the left side; Uggla had a 2-0 pitch and rolled into a DP. This is why our offense can’t do nice things.

  32. But Uggla won’t vary from the plan! True to form groundball to third! This time for gidp.


  33. Between innings Hudson went in the stands and sold beer and helped an old lady to her seat.

  34. Joe pulled a Chip Caray there and almost blew out my computer speakers. At least his reaction was justified. Have a night, Huddy.

  35. I will say this for Brian Jordan: the word “patient” is in his vocabulary when talking about hitting, which automatically would make him a better hitting coach than Larry Parrish.

  36. @78

    You might be on to something. Of course, Tim Hudson is going to be our new hitting coach.

  37. Get the lefty out before Uggla gets a chance to feast. Smart move, Cito Gaston? Carlos Tosca? John Farrell? No clue.

    Hey! John Farrell was a total lucky guess. I kind of thought he was the one with the fake war stories (Tim Johnson?).

  38. Heyward has twice as many SBs as anyone on this team not named Jordan.

    And yes, Tim Johnson was the guy with the fake war stories.

  39. Is anyone else really concerned about Heyward’s batted ball tendencies? He has a 55% ground ball percentage–again–and a remarkably high 20.5% Infield Fly Percentage. He’s not driving the ball, and he’s not even hitting fly balls, both of which are pre-requisites for any power hitter.

  40. My fantasy team BA is .256. Subtract Uggla,and it is .264. I’ve been doing this long enough to know a hot streak is coming, but I’m pulling the Pluggla. You can thank me later.

  41. 85 – Oh, well that solves everything.

    Bautista is lurking as the go-ahead run. Oy.

  42. @83, I was concerned about that last year. He’s got the swing plane of a slap hitter. He’ll never hit with as much power as we want him to until he drops his hands some. Nobody is going to dare to mess with him though since he’s the anointed super-prospect. Maybe one day he’ll just figure it out for himself.

  43. Craig Kimbrel’s a stud. Tim Hudson’s a stud. No one else who took the field tonight is a stud.

  44. Great job by Kimbrel. I was a little apprehensive about him coming in with the tying runs already on, but that was electric.

  45. @102, I thought Ross called a good game today and he even forced an error by hustling down the line.

  46. This offense is sad….SAD!!!!

    Glad to know Tim figured out that he can’t rely on the offense to score runs.

  47. That has to be a confidence booster for Kimbrel. I don’t see how anyone ever even makes contact when he’s throwing like he did tonight. That is just not a very “comfortable” at bat for a righty.

  48. The third strike on Bautista was un-hittable…96 at the knees on the outside corner…just sick

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