Open thread, 8/22, Braves vs. Donald Rumsfelds

The playoffs are all but a done deal. Advancing past the first round will require: 1. JJ returning to form. 2. A clean bill of health for Tommy. I’m confident JJ finds his groove again, and it starts tonight against the Little Bears. All we can do is cross our fingers when it comes to…

So much for the warm fuzzies

Very disappointing night at the Ted. It should’ve been all about the greatest team in Atlanta sports history and the city’s most beloved announcer but tributes to both seemed little more than afterthoughts. Between innings it was the usual noise, with the overly enthusiastic Down’s Syndrome guy cheering on the saw and the other usual…

Someone tell Jim Hendry his team sucks

Bobby Valentine raised an interesting point on the telecast tonight (I hated typing that): Why aren’t the Cubs shopping Marlon Byrd? The Sprayberry High grad, adept at all three OF positions, would be a better fit for the Bravos than Ludwick or Willingham. Byrd, 33, missed some time this season after being hit in the…

Tuffy Rhodes is more deserving

In a recent interview with Chicago Magazine, Sammy Sosa commented on the fact that the Cubs have not retired his No. 21 jersey. “That number should be untouchable because of the things that I did for that organization,” Sosa said. “That right there shows me that they don’t care about me, and they don’t want to have…

What will be the next incredibly stupid move by the Lil’ Bears?

The Cubs badly need a left-handed power bat at first base, and Dunn is a fan of Wrigley Field and Cubs GM Jim Hendry, based on comments he made to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.  ESPN’s Buster Olney guesses that a four-year offer from the Cubs would seal the deal. Adam Dunn and Alfonso Soriano in the same outfield?…

Dedicated to the Cubs

Sweet Lou’s parting gift? Perhaps the two worst innings of baseball I’ve ever witnessed. I kept expecting to see Chopper Campbell or Rod Gilbreath on the field.

Enter the Pale Hose

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Sox, in spite of their owner, Jerry “94 Strike” Reinsdorf. On the plus side: A.) They’re not the Cubs; B.) Had a helluva good time watching a game at old Commiskey; C.) I enjoy Ozzie Guillen; D.) One of their players, Dick Allen, appeared on my favorite…

Movie Hell

Jim Belushi, as a Cubs fan, in an early 90s “comedy” named after a Bachman-Turner Overdrive song. I believe this was the reason Charles Grodin quit show business. So you’ll know, the Cubs-bashing is just getting started.

Mocking Cubs fans

I was obnoxious yesterday, I admit, but Cubs fans must be silenced and the wave, stopped. It’s my backyard, not theirs. Notice how Jay Hey shuts up the ass clown chanting “over-rated” (thanks again to Water S. Murphy). Anyone bearing Wrigley South signs should be kicked out on their sizable posterior.

Live from The Ted

I just got back from Turner Field, interviewing early arrivals for the local organ. One piece of advice: wear shorts. It feels like mid-June out there. And don’t worry about missing the National Anthem unless you’re a Travis Tritt fan. Finally, it’s your duty as Braves fans to drown out Cubs fans whenever they start…

The Lil’ Bears will be little threat

Good teams are strong up in the middle, deep in the ‘pen and balanced offensively. That’s three strikes against the Cubs, which have players best suited as reserves at short, second and CF. Catcher Geovanny Soto appeared to be a budding star but hit just .218 last season. Their closer averaged nearly a walk per…

What was and will be

Random observations about the year that was and thoughts on 2010: Play of the year: Former Brave DeWayne Wise preserves Mark Buehrle’s perfect game. Best experience at The Ted: The ceremony retiring Mad Dog’s No. 31 in front of a packed house (minus The Hammer, which was a disappointment). Loved it when Maddux exhorted the…

It’s Heyward’s job to lose

Bobby doesn’t usually make news in his columns for Chop Talk, but this excerpt caught my eye: Even though he was injured and was unable to play during the Arizona Fall League, Jason Heyward is the top player in our Minor League system, and he’ll be given every chance to compete for a job at…

“19-08”

A good chant to drown out those obnoxious Cubs fans. Hey Braves management, why not help us out with some music (the chop, something, anything …) next time the opposing team’s fans get too vocal. And don’t even think about playing “Sweet Caroline” this weekend, ’cause if you do, someone’s going to get hurt. Probably…

Onion du jour

American Voices Tribune Media Files For Bankruptcy “I guess their strategy of benching Ronny Cedeno so he could write all the news didn’t pan out.”