Chris Johnson turned on the waist high, hanging breaking ball from the Brewers' Alfredo Figaro and drove it the opposite way for a solo home run in the Braves' 7-4 win Sunday. It was his fifth of the season and the second in five games.
From the offset, Johnson made it clear he knew the difficulty of what was being asked of him this season at third base.
"I know the history over there," Johnson would tell the collected media when he first arrived at Turner Field this winter. "I've got some shoes to fill."
The Naples, Fla., native would detail family trips to Atlanta to see the Braves and their future Hall of Fame third baseman, Chipper Jones, and he discussed his days at Stetson, where he played for Chipper's godfather, Pete Dunn.
It was with those ties to the legend that Johnson, 28, eyed the job Jones vacated after last season. While he isn't going to make anyone forget Chipper, he, and the other players that have manned the position this season, have more than held their own in t...