It's great to be back in Atlanta!
While the Braves wrapped up their opening road trip with a 2-4 record, everyone on the traveling party is happy to be home. Yes, the first road trip was only a week long but for the players, coaches, manager, clubhouse guys, PR and front office staff, this is the first meaningful time spent at home since the early days of February! It's a brief homestand with the Brewers and Mets coming to town, but a week to get settled in and set up for the 2012 season is great news for everybody.
Now, early observations from the road trip:
1. Chipper knows how to make an entrance, doesn't he? Rehab? I don't need no stinkin' rehab! My partner, Joe Simpson, noted that when Chipper comes off the DL he's usually ready to go. In 12 "first games" back from the DL in the same season, Chipper has hit a whopping .488 with 6 HRs, and 15 RBIs. Hitting 6th for just the ninth time in his career, he blasted his 455th career home run and the Braves picked up their first win....