So I guess it’s as official as it can get right now— I will be in Atlanta for four games this summer! I’m planning on heading down to the TED for the last four games in July; the first being Chipper Jones Bobblehead Night! The Braves will be playing the Pirates for the first game on Thursday 7/28 and the Marlins for the weekend series July 29-31. Curt—I expect you will clear your calendar of Sesame Street on Ice this time…
I am excited to see this Pirates team play in-person. I have watched them quite a bit over the past few seasons, because I love their young players. Andrew McCutchen (who of course, replaced Nate McClouth) is just plain fun to watch. He runs like the wind, can hit for power and catches everything hit between Heinz Field and the Mellon Arena. Then there are guys like Jose Tabada, Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker, who came for the last half on 2010—they can really play. If the Pirates only had pitching they may finally overcome the ‘Curse of Sid Bream.’
It seems like I always see the Marlins while in Atlanta, and it doesn’t always go well. I can vividly remember the loud ‘CRACK’ of Miguel Cabrera blasting a HR off John Smoltz. I was sitting three feet behind the on-deck circle and I still wake up in a cold sweat from that sound. With my luck, Josh Johnson will flirt with another no-no—though I’d like to see him pitch, I’d rather it not be while I’m there. Of course it seems like whoever the Marlins send to the mound pitches like Johnson against the Braves, so I guess I’d better be careful what I wish for…
I was thinking of trying to squeeze in a game in Gwinnett as well, especially if Teheran is still there; I’d LOVE to see him pitch. You never know, he may be in Atlanta then too. We have done all the popular tourist things in Atlanta already (i.e. Atlanta Zoo, Georgia Aquarium, Coke Factory, etc.), so if anyone has some suggestions about something fun to do during the day; PLEASE feel free to make a suggestion.
On the way home, I may as well make a pit-stop in Washington D.C, since the Braves are heading there as well. I figure on August 1st, there won’t be more than 500 people there anyway, so I’ll get a good seat. Not that I think the Nats are that bad this year; I think the Mets are much, much worse. I bet they will actually pay me to see a game at Citi Field this year—IF I go back.
Obscure Brave of the week: Steve Sisco
Sisco was a utility player for the Braves in 2000; he mostly played 2B. He was in a total of 25 games for the Braves and did hit one home run. He played college baseball in the prestigious Cal State Fullerton program and was drafted by the KC Royals in the 16th round of the 1992 draft.
In 1993 Sisco was in a bad snowmobile accident and broke his back, neck and left arm causing him to miss much of the 1993 season (in the minors). He was born in Thousand Oak, CA but currently resides in the Cincinnati area with his wife Karena and his kids Allie and Jed. (It’s amazing what you can find on the internet)
I remember seeing Sisco at spring training. I had Bobby Cox and Reggie Sanders (mistake on the latter) sign my hat and when it was passed back to me, to my somewhat displeasure, Sisco had signed it as well. Looking back, I’m kind of glad he did sign it, because it’s kind of cool. I mean, how many people have a Steve Sisco auto?!
Follow me on Twitter @ BRAVEinNY and maybe I’ll let you see the Sisco autograph.