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The Victory Formation:
Evan Gattis has one of the more heart-warming stories in baseball, as he gave up on the sport in his late teens, only to find himself working various jobs and struggling with drug abuse. But Gattis found his way back to the baseball diamond and made his Major League debut on Wednesday night for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves’ broadcast team interviewed Evan’s father while the 25-year-old was at the plate for his second career at bat. It was like something out of a movie script, as his father discussed the long journey his son was on: “Did you ever imagine he’d end up in this situation?” “No, I did not,” Jo Gattis said. “He told me he was done and I. . .” Couldn’t have written it any better myself. Well, I would have made it a walkoff. H/T MLB.com
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Chipper Jones has always come across as the old school, ah shucks, country boy. On Wednesday the former third basemen of the Atlanta Braves made some tweets in regards to bullying that are sure to raise a few eye brows.
Jones is clearly making reference to the Rutgers situation and coach Mike Rice. Rice was fired on Wednesday after video tape of his practice sessions were played...
Talk about good timing.
Braves rookie catcher Evan Gattis dug in for his second-career at-bat in the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies and future Hall of Famer Roy Halladay. What happened next was miraculous.
During the at-bat, Gattis’ father was being interviewed on live TV. His old man began talking about his son’s rough past (which included drug...
ATLANTA Taking three cuts after the Braves 4-1 win over the Cubs at Turner Field on Friday night.
1. Yes, He Is A Leadoff Hitter
The knock on Andrelton Simmons entering his first season atop the order was that he wasn't a prototypical leadoff man.
Last season the shortstop drew just 12 walks in 49 games, possessing a 6.6 rate that ranked 13th on the Braves. He had one stolen...
ATLANTA -- Complete with fireworks of allvarieties,including ones provided by Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and newcomer Justin Upton, Opening Day got off to a bang in Atlanta with a 7-5 win over the Phillies. And our Chopcast team was on hand to soak in all of the "pop and circumstance."
The offseason was filled with claims of offensive prowess and newfound power, but these...
We make no secret (okay, I don't make any secret) of our extreme, long standing fan-ship of the Atlanta Braves.
That's why we (me) are happy to let you take a look at a promotional video brothers Justin and B.J Upton, along with a supporting cast of Braves including Hank Aaron, made during Spring Training.
It's funny: (thanks for allowing...
The second straight Phils’ starter is crushed by the Braves’ offense, as the Phils dropped their second straight game, losing this time, 9-2.
The Braves jumped to a quick 2-o lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Justin Upton hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had just singled...
ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 2-0 loss to the Phillies on Thursday, before 18,295 bundled-up fans at soggy Turner Field:
1. The Braves' bats were no match for Cliff Lee and the c-c-cold temperatures
To be fair, very few MLB teams would have experienced success against Lee on this night.
In a performance more reminiscent of mid-May than early...
The acquisition of Justin Upton is already paying dividends for the Atlanta Braves. On Friday night the outfielder connected on his third home run of the season providing all the offense the Braves needed in a win over the Chicago Cubs.
Upton bumped his average up to .308 after the home run. He also added a sacrifice fly and now has five RBI though the seasons first four games.
The Cubs somehow managed to scratch together enough runs to take a series from the Pirates. Now they head to relatively warm Atlanta for another three game set. Atlanta beat up on their aging divisional rivals, the Phillies in their opening series.
Here's how the teams looked in 2012. NL Ranks in parentheses.