His stride was short and his head stayed down as his eyes followed the pitch toward the plate.
Jason Heyward extended his long arms, starting his picturesque swing, and propelled his bat through the strike zone at precisely the right time.
The bat met the ball at the perfect place and sent it flying toward left-center field, too far for any outfielder to track down.
It bounced off the scoreboard at Champion Stadium and helped the Braves tie the New York Yankees in the ninth inning on Wednesday.
That home run did more than just even the score of an otherwise meaningless spring training game between the Braves and the Yankees: it helped declare that Heyward is nearing the Rookie of the Year form he displayed in 2010, not the injury riddled, mechanically disastrous performance he struggled with last year.
The home run wasnt monstrous by Heywards standards (Do you remember the tents that the Braves erected beyond the right-field wall to protect their execs cars?). But the locatio...