ATLANTA Even the heartiest of career-focused 22-year-olds require a day or two to settle into a new apartment, new city, new environment before launching their tenure at a new job.
In Alex Wood's unique case, he didn't even have time to unpack a suitcase before being thrown into the so-called wolves on Thursday, adhering to the big-league obligation of speaking to the media, just hours after being promoted from Double-A Mississippi.
In other words, checking into a hotel or sorting through a hodgepodge of memories in a packed bag would have to wait.
"It's kind of indescribable, really," said the fresh-faced Wood, while recounting Wednesday's events of Mississippi manager Aaron Holbert stealthily informing the University of Georgia alum of his change in circumstances.
'By the way, Wood, you're going to Atlanta tomorrow.'
"I've never felt like that in my life, probably never will again," said Wood, the Braves' second-round pick from last year. "It's an unreal feeling. I'm usuall...