Game Day Pictures: Braves vs Padres 7-26-2014

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Everyone will tell you this about Jeff Francoeur: "He's one of the nicest Braves I've ever met." And it's true - he's one of the nicest, goofiest, kind-hearted Braves I've ever spoken with. That's just his personality. I do wish he'd had success as a Brave, but life doesn't always work out that way.

As soon as I got the DM that my name was randomly selected, I called my parents and they were excited to come. My mom loves Kimmie (more on that later) and Simba (after I sent her a YouTube mashup of his great plays from 2013), and my dad just likes going to ball games. I also invited my brother but he already had plans, so of course my cousin Catherine wanted to come along. She was super excited to sit so close to the action - there were just six rows between us and the visitor's dugout!

My dad and I went early for batting practice. The sun was super-bright and the Braves ran in early, so I didn't take as many beepee pics as usual and only a few turned out well.

Only a handful of Braves stood in left-center field...

A handful of Braves stood in left-center field...

While everyone else crowded in right field. Come over here, guys! There's no shade for my fair skin over there, haha.

While everyone else crowded in right field. Come over here, guys! There's no shade for my fair skin over there, haha.

Kimmie threw to Gattis and you have no idea how happy I was to see Gattis practicing his catching. Everyone's high on his home runs and ignores his dropped and missed balls... it's good to see that he cares about this part of his game too.

Kimmie threw to Gattis and you have no idea how happy I was to see Gattis practicing his catching. Fans and the media are high on his home runs and ignore his dropped and missed balls... it's good to see that he cares about this part of his game too.

David Hale reminds me so much of Francoeur sometimes. Have I said that yet today?

David Hale reminds me so much of Francoeur sometimes. Have I said that yet today?

I don't know what was going on here but it looked like Jonny was laughing at Kimmie spitting seeds?

I don't know what was going on here but it looked like Jonny was laughing at Kimmie spitting seeds?

The only picture I got of former Brave Blaine Boyer and his Yukon Cornelius beard

The only picture I got of former Brave Blaine Boyer and his Yukon Cornelius beard

Mom: Wait, how much zoom is on your camera? Me: Um... *click* ...this much, optical. More digital. Mom: Is that going on your blog?

Mom: Wait, how much zoom is on your camera?
Me: Um... *click* ...this much, optical. More digital.
Mom: Is that going on your blog?

stretch!

stretch!

New Homer seemed to be taunting the Padres dugout, a la the Phanatic. I think it's funny that a former Brave was the only one out there watching him.

New Homer seemed to be taunting the Padres dugout, a la the Phanatic. I think it's funny that a former Brave was the only one out there watching him.

Chris Johnson tipping his cap before the game started

Chris Johnson tipping his cap before the game started

All Star Teheran!

All Star Teheran!

I made a joke with one of my friends that if I knew photoshop I'd put her right there next to Alex Wood. :D

I made a joke with one of my friends that if I knew photoshop I'd put her right there next to Alex Wood. :D
Also: Jordan Schafer's shaved-in part.
Also #2: JV's cute face.

It's a really cute face. :)

It's a really cute face. :)

Freddie!

Freddie!

Your daily reminder that JHey is tall.

Your daily reminder that JHey is tall.

There was cool light around the plate during this half-inning

There was cool light around the plate during this half-inning

BJ is so thin.

BJ is so thin.

CJ makes the best angry faces.

CJ makes the best angry faces.

"Bat Man"

"Bat Man"!

Andrelton backing up a play in left field. You know, because that's a normal shortstop thing to do.

Andrelton backing up a play in left field. You know, because that's a normal shortstop thing to do.

All Star Teheran pitched great, as usual.

All Star Teheran pitched great, as usual.

Concussion hat.

Concussion hat.

Now this is the Jeff Francoeur we all remember

Now this is the Jeff Francoeur we all remember

And this face. :)

And this face. :)

former Braves

former Braves

Just chillin'

Just chillin'

KIMMIETIME

KIMMIETIME

My cute mom, taking iPhone pics of her fave Brave

My cute mom, taking iPhone pics of her fave Brave

And he shut it down.

And he shut it down.

Braves win!

Braves win!

Meds was in the back of the line, literally jumping around and high-fiving the air. Hilarious.

Meds was in the back of the line, literally jumping around and high-fiving the air with a huge grin. Hilarious.

Finally, I'm kicking myself for not buying this shirt in the Clubhouse Store. My luck - they won't have any next time I go.

Thanks again for the tickets, CSE! My family and I had a really fun evening. Gallery with more pictures from the game here.

Posted in 2014, Alex Wood, Andrelton Simmons, Anthony Varvaro, BJ Upton, Blaine Boyer, Craig Kimbrel, David Hale, Eddie Perez, Evan Gattis, Former Braves, Freddie Freeman, Game Day Pics, Jason Heyward, Jeff Francoeur, Jonny Venters, Jordan Schafer, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor | Leave a comment

2014 Hall of Fame Induction Day

You can follow the wall-to-wall coverage of the Braves being inducted into Cooperstown today via basically every sports media outlet out there, so I'd just like to say a few things about each inductee.

Bobby Cox: I met Bobby a few times while he was managing. He was always incredibly kind - much more than you would expect, after seeing him blow up at umpires. One of my favorite things about Bobby's managerial style was how he'd ask his players, "Was he out?" They'd say yes, and he'd run out yelling, never seeing the play. The way he trusted his players made them trust and love him more.

Greg Maddux: I can't say much about Maddux that hasn't already been said. Obviously he was a genius and a weirdo and one of the best pitchers the Braves have ever had.

Tom Glavine: Glavine made me fall in love with pitching. The way he never gave in, he was never shaken up on the mound, the way he lived on the black... there wasn't a comparable pitcher, in my mind. When I was a kid, I remember having a serious wipeout on my bike and being unable to stop crying. My dad told me if I dried up right then, he'd take me to Glavine's next start. Ask me how quickly I stopped crying!

When Glavine went to free agency and ended up signing with the Mets, it was my first and hardest lesson about the business of baseball. At the time the Mets were our biggest rival, and it felt like he was cheating on us with the enemy. But Glavine leaving the Braves helped me let go of other favorite Braves who moved on (specifically Javy Lopez and Brian McCann), and as a result, I'm less hard on players who take the bigger contracts elsewhere.

To all three: thank you for making me appreciate the game, and thanks for all your years on our team. Atlanta wouldn't have a professional sports championship without you.

 

Posted in 2014, Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine | Leave a comment

Game Day Pictures: Braves vs Phillies 7-18-2014

View from 325

View from 325. It was much better than it looks here!

Cousin Catherine and I were talking yesterday about a fan-written gameday recap she read on a website, and we started talking about why I don't do play-by-play or analysis-style recaps. Basically, there are plenty of places to read that junk and my version of game recaps is "I went to the game; look at all these boys." :D

Working hard during beepee

Working hard during beepee

Jonny was throwing! This makes me SO HAPPY.

Jonny was throwing! This makes me super happy.

Michelle: "is MIKEMINOR sticking his tongue out at you??" I was pretty far away - he was probably just wetting his lips, haha

Michelle: "is MIKEMINOR sticking his tongue out at you??" I was pretty far away - he was probably just wetting his lips, haha

I promise, I really do watch the guys hit during batting practice. It's not all pitchers in the outfield.

I promise, I really do watch the guys hit during batting practice. It's not all pitchers in the outfield.

All the girls I know who think Schafer is really really cute are much younger than I am. It's interesting to see what features are considered attractive by different generations.

All the girls I know who think Schafer is really really cute are much younger than I am. It's interesting to see what features are considered attractive by different generations.

"No, you have to pop your hip out a little bit more."

"No, you have to pop your hip out a little bit more."

Harang's getting the hang of it!

Harang's getting the hang of it!

Cute.

Cute.

Cuuuuuute. Wish this was more clear.

Cuuuuuute. Wish this was more clear.

I see you Kimmie. You're cute too.

I see you Kimmie. You're cute too.

Speaking of Kimmie, in the Braves Hall of Fame they keep a leaderboard of records held by Braves. Current Braves are in yellow. The only yellow on the board belongs to our closer.

Speaking of Kimmie, in the Braves Hall of Fame they keep a leaderboard of records held by Braves. Current Braves are in yellow. The only yellow on the board belongs to our closer.

Shae and the pink bag, which has a golden pony on it this year.

Shae and the pink bag, which has a golden pony on it this year.

Freddie hugging Lovvie.

Freddie hugging Lovvie.

Freddie hugging JUp. (Jason's smile is adorable, and what...is Chris doing?)

Freddie hugging JUp. (Jason's smile is adorable, and what...is Chris doing?)

Freddie's hug with Chris Johnson felt extremely intimate to watch. They combed each others hair with their hands as they pulled the other one in for a very snuggly hug. It was a lot to take in. (TWSS.)

Freddie's hug with Chris Johnson felt extremely intimate to watch. They combed each others hair with their hands as they pulled the other one in for a very snuggly hug. It was a lot to take in. (TWSS.)

One of Michelle's only comments upon seeing the gallery last night was, "Free gives the BEST HUGS. THE BEST." It appears so!

This is the point where I took a few pictures here and there, but mostly put down the camera and talked baseball with my friends Bryce (not Harper) and Angella. Angella is a wonderful girl who married a big Braves fan and her only requirement for seating was that she wanted to see the Tool Race clearly. Love her. :D

So basically, Bryce and I spent a lot of time talking about plays and rules and the fun parts of the game with her, like how when Jonny first got called up he wanted us to dress up like "Venters' Vikings". (Me: "No.")

Starter Santana

Starter Santana

Super love the red glove.

Super love the red glove.

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Guys, why aren't you buying cotton candy from the Cotton Candy Ginger? He's right there!

Guys, why aren't you buying cotton candy from the Cotton Candy Ginger? He's right there!

I need to know what just happened here.

I need to know what just happened here.

Big version of the picture sequence is here. Seriously. What.

Me: "This is why they say pitching isn't a natural motion." Angella: "They say that? ... Oh. No it is not."

Me: "This is why they say pitching isn't a natural motion." Angella: "They say that? ... Oh. No it is not."

Kimmie time!

Kimmie time!

BUT WAIT A STREAKER. He was seriously the fastest I've ever seen.

BUT WAIT A STREAKER. He was seriously the fastest I've ever seen.

They roughed him up a little.

They roughed him up a little.

Braves win! High fives!

Braves win! High fives!

final final

final final

 

Gallery with more pictures here. It was a really fun game!

 

Posted in 2014, Aaron Harang, Alex Wood, Anthony Varvaro, Brandon Beachy, Chris Johnson, Craig Kimbrel, David Carpenter, Ervin Santana, Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Jonny Venters, Jordan Schafer, Jordan Walden, Justin Upton, Mike Minor, Shae Simmons | 2 Comments