Friday was one of the best days I’ve had in awhile. I know that doesn’t make much sense, but humor me for a few minutes. From a sports standpoint, my first love in life was baseball and the Atlanta Braves. When you’re a kid and a baseball fan, baseball players take on a sort of mythical status in your eyes. They aren’t people. They are baseball players. If you’re a baseball fan and a kid, there’s a difference.
Of course, the kids are wrong. They are simply people when it comes down to it, and I got a chance to meet one of my favorites on Friday. Former Braves centerfielder Andruw Jones was in town with former Tech and Braves pitcher Brad Clontz, and I got invited to go over and meet Jones, and I wasn’t about to pass that up. I figured I’d get a picture with him and a friendly hello, but instead I got a 15-20 minute conversation about baseball, which was even better.
434 career homers, 1289 RBIs, 10 Gold Gloves, five All-Star game appearances, a Silver Slugger, and a Braves Hall of Famer. For his time, he was the best defensive centerfielder in baseball. He was elite. And I got to sit around and talk baseball with him. And guess what? He’s a regular guy.
Jones now works in the front office for Atlanta, so he’s around the team a lot. We agreed that Braves manager Brian Snitker is terrific for clubhouse chemistry. I’ve been watching the Braves since the late 80s, and I think this is the best clubhouse chemistry I’ve ever seen in Atlanta. They aren’t 10 or 15 games better than...
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