I was reading Pat Neshek's legendary blog yesterday, and it got me wondering about the Braves -- I'm pretty sure none of them write their own blogs like Pat, but do they have official websites or fansites? I had never really checked before, so I Googled a few names to see what I could come up with. While none of the sites I found are as awesome as Pat's (who can beat a major league pitcher writing his own blog, in comic sans font, and admitting that he's been meaning to update but "got distracted playing computer games"?? I love this blog so much I bought the t-shirt), there are some rather amusing Braves websites out there . . . and some pretty funny websites associated with Braves' players names, as well.
Chipper's Official Website is pretty well done. He's got some great old pictures (check out the one under the "Early Days" header that features Chip wearing a midriff), and even a diary, though it hasn't been updated since the end of 2004. In fact, the whole website hasn't been updated since then -- I love the elaborate intro at the beginning that asks: "What will 2005 hold for Chipper and the Atlanta Braves?!"
Rent has the second most legitimate website -- it seems to be updated more frequently (or at least more recently -- apparently our next game is against the Yankees on March 8th), but is run by a fan, not Edgar himself. If you check out the guestbook, you'll see a post from a rare Red Sox fan who doesn't hate Rent!
There are just a few other Braves who have actual sites devoted to them: Frenchy's is just a picture of him, but what more do you need, really? For former Braves, we have Ryan Langerhans.com, which actually was an old "Langerhans is going to be great in 2004!" site even recently, but seems to have changed quite a bit since I last saw it: it now features a picture of engineering schematics and paint (maybe someone is on to him?) and offers related links, such as "Pokemon," "Road Runner" and "Batman," naturally.
I assumed someone with the talent and career longevity of Smoltz would at least have a simple website, but John Smoltz.com is actually the site for a distributor of digital recorders. They do try to cash in on their website's name by putting little baseballs in their link graphics. Sneaky!
You'll never guess which player has the most avidly updated website devoted to him. No, really, you'll never guess.
It's Pete Orr, of course.