105 thoughts on “Hamptonian game thread: May 1, Astros at Braves”

  1. What’s really weird is that I wrote “May Day! May Day!” before I decided to put these videos in or reviewed them. I didn’t even realize I had actually said “Mayday! Mayday!” until I rewatched them last night.

  2. He was often injured–as fragile as a china doll–but was he really a bad guy? I don’t recall his being considered a bad teammate etc., but maybe I’ve just forgotten.

  3. frank, according to Chipper they all loved the guy. I dont remember him doing anything wrong that he could control

  4. It would have been a nice gesture for him to resign with the Braves on the cheap (we possibly could’ve avoided going after Kawakami).

    But, I’m sure he’s a nice guy. More power to him. Just hate how it all turned out.

  5. For the record, I’d be a pretty nice guy if I had his cash.

    Hundred dollar bills ya’ll

  6. He’s a punk because he didn’t give up the money he was owed? BTW, insurance covered a healthy chunk of Hampton’s salary.

  7. Truly awful video Mac, but I’ll give you credit for the effort… even if I’ll never get that last 2 minutes of my life back.

    I always thought Keith Lockhart had a better range factor than that though… I guess those defensive metrics are a little off from time to time.

  8. For a bit of inappropriate humor, it’s the 1st of may. Which means it’s time for a Jonathan Coulton song.

    I’m not sure if he’ll be up anybody here’s musical alley, but I enjoy him (and he’s going to be playing Variety Playhouse the end of the month). He’s an internet “star”… did a CD for Popular Science a couple years ago, does nerdy themed songs… has a “sort of” baseball song too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgqN7qj8364

  9. Dangit, I forgot the two link rule (no idea when Mac will find that last post mixed in with the spam)… it’s the first of May… go search for Jonathan Coulton and First of May on youtube… inappropriate and amusing lyrics.

  10. Does it matter if the Braves hitters are fired up? So they can swing even harder and hit more weak ground balls?

  11. CharlesP – I’ve been a Coulton fan ever since I caught wind of that Thing a Week project he was doing a few years ago. It’s not my favorite type of music, but RE: Your Brains and Rock and Roll Boy get a lot of play on my ipod.

  12. per fox sports….
    gotta love Bobby

    Infante
    Esco
    Chipper
    Frenchy
    Kotchman
    Diaz
    Sammons
    Schafer
    Lowe

  13. I for one would love to have Hampton back for a mere 2 million. Superfly won’t admit it but deep down even he knows that we would be better off with Dunn and Hampton than KK and Ganderson. You can win with
    Hampton, I proved it last year when I rostered him all season long and still ran away with the Braves Journal yahoo league title. Speaking of which, wasn’t I supposed to get a Francouer Sucks T-shirt for that?

  14. @10

    Would you rather have Hampton’s results to this point in the year…or Kawakami’s?

    And to make it even easier…compare salaries.

    I would’ve liked to sign him at what he signed with the Stros. I think it was a reasonable chance.

  15. Mac – he did…and that is disappointing. But it ’tis, what it ’tis.

  16. Is this this longest KJ has been consecutively benched, or is this a straight platoon now?

  17. What was the quote Hampton said when someone mentioned he might pull a hammy reaching to the top of his locker? “I’ll just stand on my wallet?”

  18. I’ve given up defending KJ, or wishing to see him play everyday. He is what he is, and he’s down as much as he’s up, if not moreso.

    Also, I have a question for folks: is there any risk to Lasik surgery? Why is McCann avoiding it, trying everything possible first? Is there a possibility that it won’t help? Because the way they talk about it, it sounds like it will help, but is a last-resort option. I find the ongoing eye saga confusing.

  19. From what I understand, the eye slowly degenerates after Lasik, just like in people without Lasik, but it can be repaired again. However, because of the nature of the procedure, there are serious limits on the number of times it can be performed on a single person; they’re reshaping your eyes by cutting away with lasers, and at some point there’s not enough eye matter left for it to make sense, or such is my layman’s understanding.

  20. A few years ago I was told I wasn’t a Lasik candidate because my pupils are too big. Who would have thought.

    On the Bobby Cox show he said:

    1 – G-Anderson “means so much to the offense”

    2 – McCann is now wearing glasses

    3 – KJ in the lineup tomorrow

  21. Those aren’t cheap hits.

    Never mind, that was. Unless they score it an error.

  22. I can see why Bobby would want to throw Kelly in a platoon right now. However, he is doing it the wrong way. Kelly is MUCH better against lefties than righties. If you are going to play him to handedness, it’s gotta be the lefties.

  23. Chip and Joe are “surprised” at the reaction. How do these idiots get their jobs in the booth?

  24. 30 — I hope to see McCann in rec specs. That would be awesome. I’m sure there’s someone else, but, off the top of my head, the last person I remember in rec specs was Chris Sabo.

  25. Hampton looks very hittable. I think the Braves will explode sometime in this game.

  26. We should already be beating this guy up. Their defense has got him out of alot of trouble already.

  27. “Already a few fireworks tonight as Jeff Francoeur has hit the lone home run of the game.”

    -Chip Caray

  28. Just got home and turned on mlb.tv. WTH! Francour in the 4 hole with a homer and the rest of the team can’t get it together against Hampton!?

  29. 46 — I thought Gagne wore Oakleys. Or did he wear the old school rec specs originally?

    49 — You’re right. Moylan just wore regular glasses. I noticed he wasn’t the other game, though. Did he have surgery or move to contacts?

  30. Would you rather:

    (a) Pay $10 and have the Braves fire Chip Caray; or

    (b) Pay $5 and get to punch Chip Caray in the face.

  31. #62, not really Escobar’s job to decide whether to come home there so you’d have to assume he was waved around 3rd.

    He was about 5 yards short when the throw arrived.

  32. I remember Chip Caray’s name getting bounced around as a replacement for Larry Munson. Every Georgia fan should be thankful we didn’t go down that avenue.

  33. Anyone else get the feeling Chip Caray has had the same haircut since ’89?

  34. 31–I don’t mind Schafer hitting 8th instead of 7th–he’s getting on at a high rate and the pitcher can then bunt him over–if he weren’t still in his first month in MLB I could go with hitting him higher in the order than either 7th or 8th

  35. Stu,
    I’ve told this story before, but in college I did hit Chip Caray in the head with a thrown softball. No, I didn’t mean to…

  36. Eating lemon marinated shrimp and dry rubbed flatiron steak from the grill and watching the Braves score some runs. It doesn’t get much better than this.. what, rain delay!

  37. So I get home and turn on the Braves game and there are two rather masculine women rolling around on the floor.

    Anyway, on Berkman’s “error”, did he try to get the runner at third on the bunt instead of taking the out?

  38. @67.

    I’ll take A. It’s tough, though. It’s like, you can get paid 5$ to get to punch Chip in the face, since you’d pay the 10$ to get him fired anyway. But then, he wouldn’t get fired. So I’ll take option A.

  39. This is amazing. When I first got home to watch the game, it was, of course, Chip doing it. But then MLB.TV got screwed up, so I had to switch to the radio feed. And then there was a rain delay, so once again, Chip comes on for the rain delay show!

    A guy just can’t win!

  40. I’m guessing this one won’t get finished tonight–the same line of rain came through Rome 2 hours ago and it is still raining.

  41. Since I live in SC, we don’t get peachtree TV. So what my provider does is just “simulcast” the channel on what would ordinarily be C-span. But! The difference is that there are no commercials (or, in this case, some other show). Instead, they just have this live camera view of the entire field. So ha.

  42. Where is Joe Johnson?

    Willie is already starting to kill Putz. He has pitched in 12 of the 22 Mets game!

  43. @88 – Soriano has been in 10 and Cox was bringing him in when the rain started to come down…

  44. Yes joshua, I have been saying Bobby is probably going to kill Sori this year…knowing that he is our highest paid relief pitcher as well as a potential free agent. I actually think we will trade Sori at the coming trade deadline.

  45. so we’ve wasted at least a week with McCann and now he’s going to try wearing glasses and he’s never done that before? this doesnt sound good. Go get the lasik done and come back two weeks from now

  46. Has everyone gone to bed? The stands look like a Braves Giants game in the early 80’s at the Stick. Everybody gets sit on the rails!

  47. 92: Acosta is at Gwinnett.

    I don’t know why they didn’t call the game after 7 innings with a day game tomorrow. Hope nobody gets hurt.

  48. You’ve got to be kidding me! Why would you use Gonzalez with 2 out and a 5 run game in this situation!

  49. This situation is tailor-made for Man in Motion. Tying run is still sitting on the bench, just get one out.

  50. @102

    It’s not just three pitches. It’s warming up in the bullpen and then his warmup pitches on the mound when he comes out.

    I guess they were worried that Bennett might hurt his ERA by actually letting one of his OWN runs score. They should ahve left him in, or if they were really concerned, trotted out one of the other non-big three guys…Parr, Carlyle, O’ Flaherty…

  51. Nice win for the Braves…

    Good pitching on the farm as well. Locke and Medlen were at least as impressive as Hanson was the night before.

    Despite some wildness, Venters continues to look good at AA…

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