Im curious to see what Michael Bourn does this season.
The guy is a blur, as fast as one of those superheroes in my 6-year-olds favorite cartoons.
Bourn has led the NL in steals three straight years and he just turned 29 in December.
He bunts. He slashes. He runs down everything in centerfield.
He gives the Braves a Lightning McQueen for the first time since a young and reckless Rafael Furcal made his way to the bigs 12 years ago.
Furcal ignited the Braves in those days (remember his three triples in one game in 2002), but he wasnt a consistent stolen base threat. He had a couple of years with 40 steals, but he didnt break 30 in four of his six years in Atlanta.
Furcal was good.
He wasnt Bourn.
Bourn is more like Otis Nixon or Deion Sanders, pure speed guys who were always running, always creating havoc, always playing with pitchers mind and causing nervous catchers to chew off their fingernails.
It wasnt a question of if they were going to run; it was a question of when....