And It Begins…

Overall, great first series by the Braves against the Cubbies.  Unfortunately, the Good Guys couldn’t get the brooms out of the closet for the sweep.

Overall, the pitching was great.  JJ was his usual stellar self, Tommy Hanson pitched well last night and Billy Wagner brought some serious HEAT to get the save Wednesday night. 

I think the bats will come around.  With pitching like we’ve seen thus far and we know we are capable of having, this team will have the opportunity to win a lot of ballgames.

However, don’t say I didn’t tell you so.

Chipper Jones will miss the weekend series against the San Francisco Giants due to a strained oblique .  How did he notice this nagging injury?  How does he think he hurt himself?  If you guessed running the bases, you would get an “A” for effort.  No, Chipper thinks the injury occurred during BATTING PRACTICE!  Look, I know I am no world class athlete.  But batting practice?  This is almost as bad as Sammy Sosa sneezing and throwing his back out!

Look, Chipper is a first ballot Hall of Famer player and a great All-Time Brave.  And this season, he will have several clutch hits like he did Wednesday evening.  But this is the just the beginning of Chipper’s body catching up to him.  Three games here, four games there, a week sometime in July.  He is an integral part of this ballclub, but bottom line is he is just not reliable anymore. 

I couldn’t think of a better time for the Braves’ bats to come alive again than versus the Giants and that long haired goofball Tim Lincecum.  Let’s get a few more out west!

Corbindawg

Go Dawgs!

9 Responses to “And It Begins…”


  1. 1 ucheedawg April 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Let’s keep Willie! He’s not the problem!

  2. 2 Reptillicide April 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Here we go again with the chicken little bullshit. It’s a long season. Players will miss games. They will get hurt. That’s baseball. Chipper will still play as many games as the average starter. Why take chances this early in the season when you have a great backup like Omar Infante?

    Seems like every braves post you make shows that you are one of “those guys,” Corbin.

  3. 3 Reptillicide April 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

    And by “those guys” I mean those of you who only want to bitch, despite winning.

    Chipper is so unreliable that you can’t count on him to deliver clutch hits when you need them, right?

    Bottom line is that every day he plays we are a better team for it, so little tirades like yours are pointless.

    • 4 ucheedawg April 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      Agreed Reptillicide. Corbin- You say “he’s just not reliable any more”??? Did you watch the game on Tuesday? Come on man.

      • 5 Corbindawg April 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm

        Firt off Uchee, the Braves were off on Tuesday. You must have watched the replay on FSS.

        Guys, what I am saying here isn’t Earth shattering. Any OBJECTIVE person can see that when you’re aging these types of nagging injuries are going to happen.

        Please re-read this paragraph:

        Look, Chipper is a first ballot Hall of Famer player and a great All-Time Brave. And this season, he will have several clutch hits like he did Wednesday evening. But this is the just the beginning of Chipper’s body catching up to him. Three games here, four games there, a week sometime in July. He is an integral part of this ballclub, but bottom line is he is just not reliable anymore.

        I am also not the only one in the blogosphere who thinks that Chipper is a valuable asset to the team, but he needs to stay healthy consistently. That is something he has proven he can’t do anymore, at his age.

        And Reptillicde, you are correct. Everyday he plays our team is exponentially better than without him. But we can’t count on him playing everyday. When he plays, he is great. He hasn’t got the nickname “Cripple” Jones for a reason. These type of nagging injuries will continue to mount and a) cause him to miss time througout the season at key moments (like when we are going to play a tough series out West) and/or b)cause him to fight through the injuries, hampering his production.

        I LOVE Chipper Jones, please don’t think I don’t. But let’s be realistic and acknowledge that he will not be reliable to play consistently without injuries. That is 100% legitimate.

        If it were bottom of the 9th in the game 7 of the National League Championship game, two outs and a runner on 2nd base in a tied ballgame with Chipper in the batter’s box, I would say “We’ve got this game won.” He is one of the most clutch players in all of baseball. But he will miss A LOT of time.

        Even in 2008 when he had his best season and flirted with .400, he missed 20% of the season.

        That is just how it is going to be with Chipper. Not saying he isn’t great, not saying he isn’t clutch.

  4. 6 Reptillicide April 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    He plays as much as most other players do throughout the season. You are overrating how much time he misses. Also, I fail to see a point to your rant. Chipper is going to miss a few games. So what? Trade him? Even if that was an option, there is not one 3rd baseman out there that is available who could provide the production and leadership that chipper gives you. I really do think you’re just reaching for something to complain about since you can no longer beat the “Frank Wren is a moron and this team is going to suck” drum.

    • 7 Corbindawg April 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      I’ll say Chipper never gets hurt with nagging injuries and that he hasn’t missed a ton of time over the last five seasons. Then I will have to find shelter from the lightning that will strike me down.

  5. 8 Reptillicide April 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    He played in 143 games last year.

  6. 9 Corbindawg April 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I’ll refer you to the same website I referred you to last time we had this conversation.

    http://www.kffl.com/article.php/91060/88#ixzz0hFEXMGl

    Chipper has missed 177 games since 2004, or a whole season basically.

    I won’t attempt to speak intelligently on what goes on around the Major Leagues, since I don’t follow that as closely as the Braves and obviously can’t speak intelligently on the Braves, either 🙂

    But A-Rod, who is close to the same age as Chipper, has only missed 81 games during the same stretch.

    Let’s look at a non steroid user: Derek Jeter. Two years younger than Chipper. He has missed only 36 games over the same span.

    Also, see the nut graph in a news story about Chipper’s recent injury:
    Chipper Jones and injuries are not unfamiliar with each other. The face of the Braves franchise has had a lot of cuts and bruises — along with trips to the disabled list — since he began his career in 1993, and he suffered his latest injury on Thursday night. Jones strained his right oblique muscle during an at bat in the third inning while facing the Cubs’ Randy Wells.

    The story goes on to say:
    This isn’t the first time in his career that Jones has had a problem with an oblique. The torso muscle was also the culprit behind two trips to the disabled list back in 2006…

    from: http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/04/09/chipper-jones-strains-oblique-status-for-weekend-unclear/

    Or this story:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Now-here-s-a-familiar-pose-from-Chipper-Jones?urn=mlb,83865

    Check out this quote from an ESPN story two years ago:
    If anyone is in a position to compare muscular aches, pains and strains, it’s Jones.

    http://espn.go.com/sports/fantasy/blog?name=bell_stephania&id=3986072

    And 2004 is when we can trace Chipper’s injury problems. In 2004, Chipper went on the DL for the first time since 1996.
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=20040427&id=egwoAAAAIBAJ&sjid=O9AEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3678,5206817

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    I am not reinventing the wheel here.


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