When I walked outside today I saw a blue, sunny sky (no more hurricane) and even better, the Braves are finally back on TV! Does it get much better than this? Well, actually it feels like it has been before. If I didn’t know better I would have thought the hurricane sent me through some vortex because, as I was watching last night’s Braves game, it felt eerily like I had experienced it all before…
Derek Lowe began the year pitching lights out— his slider was nasty and it looked like he was going to have a year proving to everyone why he got that $60 Million contract. Then as the thermometer went up, so did Lowe’s ERA. It got to points where you thought Jo Jo Reyes was on the mound (OK maybe not THAT bad).
There was speculation in the offseason the Braves may try to move Lowe and his $15 Million-a-year contract to free up salary and a rotation spot for one of their young starters. Then again, at the All-Star break the rumors began to pick up again. Nothing happened, again.
Now, counting down the final 6 weeks of the season I can hear the engine of the Derek Lowe bandwagon roar, as he has found his groove (again). It’s fun to watch and I feel great for him personally, but didn’t this already happen? Last year?
I looked down at my left hand and saw a wedding ring, so I’m pretty sure I wasn’t in a coma since last October, so that’s a good sign. Then what the hell is going on?
As I thought I was imagining things, I looked at the TV and saw Matt Diaz—in a Braves uniform—batting—FOR THE BRAVES!
The Braves have been looking for a right-handed compliment to Eric Hinske for the whole year and they finally got their man (back). Diaz kills left-handed pitching and this move really gives them balance from both sides of the plate. Though Diaz hasn’t hit like he has in the past (0 HR this year) I am confident that he will flourish, being back in Atlanta. He is a much better option than the guy they picked up last week, Wes Helms—wait, WES HELMS?! You have got to be kidding me. If I see #6 walk out of the dugout tomorrow I’m done.
Obscure Brave of the week: Greg Myers
Greg Myers was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1984 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was a catcher and DH in the big leagues for 18 seasons for a total of 7 teams; including the Braves (on more than one occasion).
Myers was a solid back-up catcher (or as the Braves used him a 3rd catcher for the playoff roster) and was a decent power bat coming off the bench. He was acquired by the Braves (for the first time) for the last month of the 1997 season. He only played in 9 games, but was on their playoff roster. He was acquired again in 1999 at the trade deadline and saw a lot more action this time around. He played in 34 games for the Braves and hit a couple home runs, backing up Eddie Perez (as Javy Lopez was injured).
Fun fact: Myers was Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 and last strikeout victim at the end of the 1993 season.
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