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Open Thread and Noc-A-Homa-Win-A-Lotta: Rockies at Braves (8/4)

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 Today's Starting Pitchers

 Tim Hudson
Braves
vs.
 Ubaldo Jimenez
Rockies
11-5 W-L 1-0
3.09 ERA 3.50
91 SO 13
35 BB 8
4 HR 1
vs.
Rockies
-- vs.
Braves

Game Time: 7:05 on

Amazing how quickly I went from feeling ridiculously hopeful about the rest of the season to extremely worried. Teixeira (I still haven't come up with a nickname - the only one that comes naturally is "Sherry," but that just seems wrong, eh?) continued his homerin' streak, but we couldn't pitch or hit or field, really, and it was just an awful game. When the highlight of the evening is Skip showing The Infamous Silverware Picture and discussing his afro of yesteryear (which apparently was not appreciated by management at the time), you know it was a bad one. Though watching a boring loss was almost worth hearing him say:

"Pete did not, nor does he now, have an afro."

Almost. Somehow the most intense moment was that one Smoltz at-bat, where he fouled off like twenty pitches and sort of looked like he wanted to kill someone. Of course, there was also Dreamboat Devy's triumphant return to the scene, but I'm probably the only one who frets over Dev's emotional well-being with every walk. At least he got out of the inning! And hey, there were weird Star Trek metaphors, courtesy of the Carays! But mostly - that one hurt.

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