Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Braves’

Major League Baseball screws the pooch yet again

May 16, 2011

CARLOS SANTANA

For several years now, Major League Baseball has held one game each season that has beeen set aside for civil rights. The “Civil Rights Game” was started as a tribute to Jackie Robinson.

Yesterday, that annual game was held in Atlanta and honored rock guitar legend Carlos Santana. Unfortunately for MLB, Santana used the occassion to blast the host city and point out how racist a just-passed Georgia immigration bill is.

Standing on Turner Field with an inflatable baseball in the background, Santana said, “The people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.” Santana continued, “This is about fear, that people are going to steal my job. No we ain’t. You don’t clean toilets and clean sheets, stop shucking and jiving.”

FEEL GOOD STORY OF THE DAY

September 1, 2010

 

MAX ST. PIERRE: ON HIS WAY TO THE BIGS

Two catchers who have spent an eternity in the minor leagues finally got the call up to Major league Baseball today.

J.C. Boscan and Max St. Pierre had spent a combined 28 years in the minors without ever having appeared in a big league game. Wednesday Boscan was recalled by the Atlanta Braves and St. Pierre was brought up by the Detroit Tigers.

J.C. BOSCAN

YOUR TAX DOLLARS HARD AT WORK

May 6, 2010

CONGRESS MAKES CAKE “HONORING” BOBBY COX

Latest screwup by Congress-They had a ceremony to pay tribute to Atlanta Braves manger Bobby Cox who is retiring after this season. Naturally, the cake was misspelled.

JASON HEYWARD ALREADY A STAR-AT THE CASH REGISTER

April 7, 2010

As one baseball talking head has already pointed out, “Frget Rokie of the Year, how about MVP?”

Following a monster spring training, rookie outfielder Jason Heyward homered in his first atbat for the Atlanta Braves Monday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the usually stoic Braves fans went crazy, buying over 500 Heyward shirts and jerseys at Turner Field during the game.

BRAVES MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER IN CRAIGSLIST HO SCANDAL

March 27, 2010

DEUNTE HEATH

Atlanta Braves minor league pitcher Deunte Heath has been suspended indefinitely by the organization. Heath was arrested in a Kissimmee, Florida after being caught in a Craigslist prostitution sting. Heath offered $75 to a decoy prostitute for a sex act.

JASON HEYWARD: THE LEGEND BEGINS

February 27, 2010

ROOKIE JASON HEYWARD IS ALREADY BEING CALLED A BATTING PRACTICE “LEGEND”

So far, the talk of spring training has been 20-year-old Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder Jason Heyward. The biggest story to come out of Florida this week is how the Braves have actually installed netting over the team parking lot solely because of the havoc Heyward was wreaking on parked cars during batting practice. The 6-5, 245 pound Heyward has already dinged so many cars that the parking lot in Kissimmee, located some 440 feet away from home plate, has already been dubbed “Jason’s Junkyard.”

The final straw apparently came after Heyward smacked a ball through the sunroof of the assistant GM of the Braves’ car, causing $3,400 damage. The netting was installed Friday. He also hit a Coca Cola truck. Heyward’s BP stunts have been so prodigious that in one day of articles he has been referred to as “the next Ken Griffey Jr.” and “already a legend.” Friday, Braves manager Bobby Cox compared Heyward to freaking Hank Aaron.

20-YEAR-OLD JASON HEYWARD

COULD TED TURNER BUY BACK THE ATLANTA BRAVES?

November 14, 2008

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TED TURNER

Long before John McCain decided to run for president, Ted Turner was the original “maverick.” The “Mouth of the South” was the most successful cable tv mogul in history.

Among other things in a remarkable career, Turner founded CNN, donated a billion dollars to the United Nations, was once Time magazine’s “Man of the Year,” and was married to actress Jane Fonda for 10 years.

 

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HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER OF BOTH TIME AND SI?

There were also Turner’s forrays into the sports world. When he first burst onto the public scene, Turner served as captain for the United States team in the America’s Cup yacht race (where he showed up drunk to the press conference after winning the race.) He also bought the Atlanta Braves and Hawks professional sports franchises as programming for his cable tv networks. The Braves won their only World Series with Turner as an owner.

Turner has been basically quiet since being forced out as a tv executive following the CNN/Time Warner merger. Currently he’s out promoting a new book. During an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts this week, Turner let slip that he would be interested in buying back the Atlanta Braves.

Outwardly this doesn’t make much sense. Turner is approaching 70-years-old. Like everyone else, he’s also lost a ton of money in the recent stock market collapse. Still, if there’s anywhere where Ted Turner is considered part of the “old boy’s network” it’s baseball. Also, Ted Turner currently owns more real estate than any other single individual in America.

Bet you didn’t know that.

 

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TED TURNER MANAGED THE ATLANTA BRAVES FOR ONE GAME IN 1977

BRAVES ROOKIE PITCHER SHOWS OFF HIS IMPRESSIVE RACK

September 20, 2008

JAMES PARR

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