Originally written on Atlanta Bullpen  |  Last updated 10/5/14
Evan Gattis has not disappointed Tuesday night Evan Gattis came through again for the Braves, driving a Glenn Perkins slider into the left field seats with two out in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, 4-4.  Gattis has hit nine home runs this season, four have been tying or go-head shots in the eighth inning or later. Whenever a player comes on the scene and has immediate success, we all want to know how and why it is happening, and everything about him.  Typically when the onions are peeled back, the players end up being very similar.  But that hasn’t been the case with Evan Gattis. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who seems to be as amazed and curious about Gattis as the rest of us, had a big smile and twinkle in his eyes as he talked about the former ski lift operator and janitor’s success after Tuesday night’s game.  First, Gonzalez broke down Gattis’ swing. “His swing is better than okay, “Gonzalez said.  ”There’s no toe tap or moving parts and it is a short swing and he’s looking to do one thing, put the ball in play.  He’s just so darn strong that even if he doesn’t hit it right, it goes out of the park.” Gattis’ unique life has been documented in many articles.  Early in the season it seemed like there was a story a day about the travels and travails of the young Evan Gattis, and his search for karma and self-awareness.  With his splendid accomplishments as an Atlanta Brave, the focus is turning more toward Gattis’ present, and less about his past. Nonetheless, it is hard to forget where Gattis has been, and his long and curious path to Atlanta still seems to be a prominent part of the Evan Gattis conversation. When asked if anything phases Gattis, Gonzalez brought down the house when he responded, “He spent three years living in a van, I don’t think a baseball game is going to phase him.  We keep forgetting that he’s 26 years old and he’s lived a lot of stuff.  He’s probably just having fun.” Gattis is not only making an impact on the field, he is doing it in the clubhouse, too.  His teammates smile and shake their heads when talking about the big Texan who is helping them win games, and doing it in style. “I think the guys love him and he’s got a lot of energy and intensity there and it is just a good story,” Gonzalez said. While Gattis has been a tremendous asset to Fredi Gonzalez so far this season, he also is putting pressure on Gonzalez to get him on the field more.  The problem is that Gattis can play catcher, first base and left field.  The same positions as Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton.  A fact not lost on Gonzalez. “We’ve got to either figure out a way to get to the American League where we can play him more or for me to figure out a way to play him someplace,” Gonzalez said. The post Braves Gattis Amazes Manager Fredi Gonzalez appeared first on Atlanta Bullpen.

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade


Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.