Wednesday, July 01, 2009
"208!, 208!", Check that, "207!, 207!"
Usually Braves fans annoy the piss outta me, but last night I felt compelled to join in their cheering. No, not that politically incorrect tomahawk chop crap, but the heckling they were aiming at Jimmy Rollins. J-Roll, fresh off of a 4 game mind and body refresher was stupidly slotted back into the leadoff spot. Perched atop the lineup last night he set the table beautifully by going Oh-for-Five. In the 9th inning as Jimmy was at the dish, Braves fans started chanting, "208!", "208!", which was his batting average at the time. He promptly struck out lowering his batting average to .207, so hopefully they pick right back up in the top of the 1st tonight with a "207!", "207!" cheer.
*Why the hell was Chan Ho Park signed to a multimillion dollar deal? Everyone but Amaro seemed to know he'd be an epic fail in any role, as his numbers away from spacious Dodger stadium depicted.
*I understand playing J-Roll, because sadly enough he's still our best option at SS, but why bat him leadoff?
*Why pinch hit Chris Coste against Derek Lowe? Manuel was afraid he might waste Stairs in that situation, because Bobby Cox would have countered with a lefty, so he should have sent Bako up and then countered with Coste or Mayberry if Cox countered. Confused? Hope so!
*Why does Ryan Madson suck?
Phils supposed ace, Cole Hamels, attempts to even the series with the Braves sending Jair Jurrjens to the mound. Hamels has beat the Braves (7 wins) more than any other MLB team in his 4 seasons. Jurrjens has held Phillies batters to a .212 average in 5 career starts against the team.