ATLANTA Taking three cuts after the Braves 9-2 win over the Phillies at Turner Field on Wednesday night.
1. Welcome to the show, El Oso Blanco
The Evan Gattis story has been told time after time.
A former Texas A&M recruit who ultimately left the game for four years, Gattis worked at a ski resort, a pizza parlor and as a janitor. He finally returned to baseball and built a Paul Bunyan-esque legend among Braves fans -- which included earning the nickname El Oso Blanco (The White Bear) in the Venezuela Winter League -- en route to making the roster.
The 26-year-old rookie catcher added to his unbelievable comeback in his major-league debut, homering off Halladay in the fourth inning for his first career hit.
Did you think anything else was going to happen? manager Fredi Gonzalez said. It didnt surprise me one bit.
Facing a 1-1 count, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Gattis took an 88-mph cutter from the eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young winner, and drove it to right 380 fee...