“I grew up in the shadow of Mickey Mantle. He was my dad’s guy and the reason he made me a switch-hitter.” - Chipper Jones
On Friday, March 30 Liván Hernández was released from his minor league contract by the Houston Astros. So the enterprising Hernández drove 15 miles northwest and stopped at the Atlanta Braves training camp — where they signed him to a $750,000 contract stacked with performance incentives. That’s a productive couple of hours.
Note: I first heard the story while listening to the Cubs game on Saturday when their play-by-play team, Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland, brought it up and were suitably impressed. Moreland is a fantastic color guy, btw, replacing the legendary Ron Santo.
(Image is copyright Brad Barr/US-Presswire, March 8, 2012, and courtesy of tomahawktake.com)
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Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a bunch of heavily sedated prison asylum inmates decided to make a video Christmas card? It wouldn’t look much different than the Braves take on Jingle Bells. Seriously, check it out. And yes, this may be one of the few times that MLB.com has done us a service by not making the clip embeddable.
(h/t Hardball Talk)
I don’t find this funny…
I’m pretty sure Red Sox and Braves fans are feeling like crap today and I don’t think they care about being reminded about this stuff.
I can’t even watch ESPN or MLB Network without being forced to see my team get made fun of.
I know this is supposed to be a joke, but I just don’t find it funny.
As a Mets fan, I feel your pain.
Sorry guys, it hurts like hell.
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UNLEASH THE DIAZ
This is an absolutely absurd statistic. Yeah I mean the long ball was as prevalent in the 80s but still. I wonder what the record is?
Despite a sacrifice fly in the first inning, Dan Uggla could not hit a ball that found the earth safely in yesterday’s game, thanks in large part to the glovework of Darwin Barney.
In the bottom of the fifth, Dan Uggla hit a pop fly to right field that forced Barney to make a long run and snag it fully extended:
And Uggla would have extended his streak, the longest since Utley’s 35 game streak in 2006, had it not been for that no-good Barney. Check out the evidence below showing the distance that Barney ran compared to rightfielderTyler Colvin.
Red represents Barney, yellow is Colvin.
Though the video doesn’t show Colvin’s exact starting spot we can make an educated guess and it certainly appears that he went about half the distance that Barney did. But with Barney fully aware of the consequences should Uggla’s streak continue, he turned his effort knob up to 11 and made the catch.
And what is the proper response to saving the earth: