I’m stoked about tonight’s game, too! I’m trying to keep it in perspective but I say: Advantage Bravos with the Phillies not having seen JT first-hand. Gotta kick those Phillies while they are down a bit.
I might be in the minority here but I don’t think Jason Heyward is a very smart player with all of this head-first sliding. The guy hurt his thumb last season and hurt the team a bit and still, he’s not learned his lesson. The guy slides head first on everything — not very bright.
I just think head first slides are the more popular way to slide now. Prado slides head first and he is a very smart player. Players think it is faster than sliding feet first and that they can control their slide more. Not sure it is an indictment of heyward’s smarts.
Jo-Bu: thanks for the appraisal of the comments board. A great tone has been set from the original crew of commenters (you know who you are!) and has continued, for the most part, with all the new folks. If everyone keeps up the civility, it will be no fun for the bullies.
I think the head first slide thing are instincts and muscle memory taking over. They’ve been doing it that way, in those particular situations, since they were kids.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO effing excited about tonight’s game and the Teheran start.
I’ve not seen the Lowe trade stuff. Interesting. There’s certainly a wealth of pitching and the FO must be really pissed about the DUI if they are considering it. I’m not advocating it, but it’s interesting. We’d probably get some really great guys for him.
The part about the smarts and sliding head first is that Jason has already had an injury from it. I understand the instinct argument but you have to be “smarter” than that and realize that it’s not required in all situations just close situations — risk/reward factor is too great for such a valuable offensive player as Jason.
I would not have a problem if Jason dove for a ball. Remember, the point is, if the play requires a Pete Rose dive, then you gotta do it. Same for a play in the outfield.
There’s playing the game the right way, which Jason does, but he needs to remember that the team needs his bat in the line up. More to my point, Jason Heyward is not a model of health. I’m one who believe that his value could be cut short due to being injury prone. I sure hope I’m wrong but rumor has it that he’s been playing through occasional back pain since he was around sixteen.
A lot of people complain about the Braves lack of aggressiveness on bases. Stealing bases takes a significant toll on the body. Our more athletic players – Heyward, McLouth, Prado – have injury histories. I wonder if that makes Fredi more apprehensive to send them sometimes?
#117, Kate I agree with Steve. I don’t know if we will see a more anticipated prospect than Jason. The stories last Spring were mythical. I think Julio and Tommy are pretty even. When Tommy came up we needed him in a bad way. Teheran did arrive younger, but the need isn’t as great as it was for Tommy. That said, I was impressed with Julio last night. Yes, he looked like he could use some more seasoning, but it is the Phillies. That lineup is pretty, pretty good.
“I really think he’s going to be a better pitcher for it,” Gonzalez said. “And we better learn how to pronounce his name because we’ll see him soon. And when he does come, he’ll stay up here a long time.” (Carroll Rogers)
“If he needed to come up right now, he’d be successful,” catcher Brian McCann said.
Awesome. Big time trade coming at the deadline. Medlen/Beachy/Minor/Teheran, How do you make them all fit with Lowe/Hudson/Hanson/JJ? Plus you have Vizcaino and Delgado…