The DRIVEN series on Fox Sports South is always fascinating, and hopefully this episode starring Evan Gattis will fall in line. I'll be at the premiere tonight; so please say hello if you're there as well!
DRIVEN: Evan Gattis – My Story
Premieres Tuesday, April 8 on SportSouth
ATLANTA – SportSouth, a FOX Sports Regional Network, will debut DRIVEN: Evan Gattis – My Story, Tuesday, April 8 at 11 p.m. ET, following the Atlanta Braves 2014 home opener game against the New York Mets. Prior to airing on SportSouth, there will be a private screening of documentary on Thursday, April 3 as part of the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival.
Gattis, starting catcher for the Braves on Opening Day 2014, overcame numerous obstacles to earn a spot on the Braves roster and quickly became an impact player and fan favorite. As a 26-year old rookie, the catcher, left fielder and occasional first baseman slugged his way to 21 home runs and 65 RBIs. The real story, however, is the long and winding road he took to make it to the major leagues.
A high school standout, Gattis walked away from a baseball scholarship to Texas A&M University as he battled anxiety, substance abuse and depression. He soon found himself working odd jobs as a golf cart attendant, ski lift operator and janitor.
In 2010 Gattis decided to give baseball another try. Three years later he made the Braves’ big league roster during spring training and burst onto the national spotlight, winning 2013 National League Rookie of the Month awards in both April and May.
DRIVEN picks up the story as Gattis returns to his offseason home in Dallas, Texas, where he, along with family and friends, recount his journey with candor and honesty.
DRIVEN: EVAN GATTIS – MY STORY – Air Dates
Debut: Atlanta 4/3 @ 2014 Atlanta Film Festival
SPSO 4/8 @ 11:00 p.m. ET (following Braves game)
Re-air: SPSO 4/10 @ 5:30 p.m. ET
SPSO 4/12 @ 3:00 p.m. ET
SPSO 4/13 @ 11:00 a.m. ET
SPSO 4/20 @ 11:00 a.m. ET
SPSO 4/22 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
DRIVEN, a FOX Sports South EMMY Award-winning original series, provides viewers with inspiring stories of dedication, accomplishments and success in sports by taking a deeper look at those individuals and organizations with the innate drive to rise up and set unprecedented paths.