Sure the title of this article may sound like an oxymoron. How can a city of a major league ball club be excited for a Thursday night’s game after losing to the team with the worst record in the American League the night before? Pull up a chair son, I will tell you a story about how a little team in Atlanta inspired a Braves organization desperate for something magical to happen.
First just like any story we have both sad and happy moments. First, the sad. The Atlanta Braves traded away their SS (short stop) Erick Aybar to the Detroit Tigers yesterday. In exchanged the Braves received Mike Aviles a RF (right fielder) and a catching prospect from the Tigers. The Braves have a lot of catchers on their soon to be updated rooster but you can never have too many players for one position.
Now it’s time for the good news, some may even argue great news but I don’t like counting my chickens before they hatch. The Braves will have a new SS tonight. If you have been a Braves fan since 2015 like I have, his name will ring a bell. He was the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, his name is Dansby Sawnson! He has been talked about, studied, and finally last eveing called up to Atlanta because the Braves has an opening at SS. I can’t think of a better piece to the puzzle to fit in the the Braves infield! Just thinking about the possibilities for our infield can make anyone lose sleep. 1st Base Freddie Freeman, 2nd Base Jace Peterson, 3B Adonis Garcia, SS Dansby Swanson, Catching will be either be AJ Perzinski or Anothony Recker. And making a special appearance in tomorrow night’s game Pitcher Julio Teheran!
So when all is said and done,the Atlanta Braves have a very good rooster to finish out their 40 something games of 2016. Will it be enough to take the NL East that the Nationals have been enjoying? Maybe, but probably not. But let’s not forget, there are 2 wildcard play off spots in the National League and honestly which team in the NL want to play a best of 5 games series with the new line up of the Atlanta Braves? Not many, but things can get interesting. Keep those arms choppin!