No one asked me but... Did George "decide "to go because he knew there was a good Shepard just ahead of him? With Yankee conections . The Yunell trade was long in coming but I don't like it. The Braves (they are my favorite team) are the blandest team in MLB. They lost a lot of flair and a great fielding shortstop with Yunell's departure. How long do you think Steinbrenner would have kept Gerardi if he had lost an important game for the Yankees and kept a healthy Alex ( R, not Gonzalez) on bench, Gerardi would of been gone last night. Listened to xm this morning and heard Joel Sherman talking . For a few moments I thought that Woody Allen was speaking, Joel wasn't as funny but he sounded like Allen. That reminds me remember Mel Allens voice," cool and refreshing"? Back to Braves, There biggest advantage going into second half is that they have eight more home games than away games and the best home record in baseball.