Open thread, 4/8, Braves vs. Kevin Grosses

Unfortunately, Kevin Gross won’t be on the mound tonight. The Braves will face two lefties, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, over the weekend, so the onus will be on Dan Uggla, who was acquired to make the line-up less vulnerable to tough southpaws.

The Braves have fared well against Lee in three previous starts, with 4 homers among 21 hits in 16 innings.

As for the Opening Night festivities, Talking Chop reports the Braves are planning a surprise for the first pitch honors. Among TC’s guesses: minor-league manager Luis Salazar, tossing to McCann. I’d put my money on that but, no offense to Salazar, I’d rather see members of the ’91 team, as this is the 20th anniversary of the greatest season Braves fans will ever experience.

Just make sure it’s not Montgomery. Or Gentry. (And would it be asking too much to 86 “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” from the musical rotation? Oh, and no between-innings host, unless it’s Walter Banks.)

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10 Comments on Open thread, 4/8, Braves vs. Kevin Grosses

  1. Jack Straw // April 8, 2011 at 11:30 am //

    A real test. We failed the most recent test, against a team owned by Bud Selig.

    We are experiencing a repeat of last year. No true lead-off guy to start an offense. The centerfield/leadoff problem wasn’t solved over the winter, and it isn’t going away. Prado is being wasted in the lead-off slot. The rest of the lineup gets fucked up because we are working around a problem instead of solving it. I would even be willing to part with a young pitcher (dealt to the American League) if the other team would take McLouth in the deal. For whatever reason, he has sucked since he put on a Braves uniform nearly 2 years ago. I’ve seen more than enough.

  2. Atlmalcontent // April 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm //

    Still some empty seats all grouped in rf corner. Either the first eufaula baptist church bus broke down en route to the Ted or we don’t have a sellout which would b pathetic. Bobby threw out first pitch wIth fredi catching. Very cool. Some country chick I’ve never heard of sang the anthem.

  3. Atlmalcontent // April 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm //

    They now sell yuengling at the Ted

  4. Atlmalcontent // April 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm //

    Credit Nate for getting the run home. Fought back from. 0-2 counts to have single and RBI. Mark Owens more obnoxious than ever

  5. Atlmalcontent // April 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm //

    All seats filled now thank god

  6. Atlmalcontent // April 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm //

    Walking out of the stadium behind redneck weAring a rrocker jersey. Then had to endure sorority girls yelling go dawgs. Go down some jello shooters bitch.

  7. Atlmalcontent // April 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm //

    Nate has 6 game hitting streak btw. Hopefully we’ ll all have to eat our words.

  8. Jack Straw // April 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm //

    And Chipper hasn’t struck out once.

  9. PepeFreeUs // April 9, 2011 at 2:01 am //

    I hate so many Phillies but I despise that Brynnerian jackass Victorino most of all. It was an absolute and utter pleasure to see him muff that ball. It wouldn’t have been an easy catch but I’ve seen him make them before.

    The only thing better would’ve been if he’d face planted into the wall like Dimitri Young did that time.

  10. Viva Rufino Linares! // April 9, 2011 at 8:11 am //

    That was a fantastic ass kicking of Cliff Lee. I will shut up about McClouth now. Didn’t realize he had a 6 game hit streak and he had solid AB’s last night.

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