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Welcome to Atlanta

Posted By Bill Furey On Apr 6 2010 @ 12:43 pm In Atlanta Braves | 4 Comments

" Welcome to Atlanta" [1]

Heyward rounds the bases after his first major league home run

Welcome to Atlanta Jason Heyward! Just moments after catching the ceremonial first pitch from the legendary Hank Aaron, the 20 year old Jason  Heyward showed Major League Baseball that he is indeed the real deal by blasting a laser beam home run to right field. I am just going to come out and say it. I have a man crush on the Braves left-handed phenom. There hasn’t been a player this young and talented since A-Rods rookie campaign. I know it’s early, but I’m expecting this kid to break a lot of rookie records. Heyward ended his opening day going 2-5 with 4 RBI’s. With a face full of shaving cream Heyward was quoted saying “I felt my legs, but I couldn’t hear myself think, it was so loud”. Teammate and long time Braves 3rd baseman Chipper Jones also said that he had never heard the stadium that loud.

The timeless Derek Lowe (1-0) was credited with the win going 6 innings giving up 5 hits, 5 runs, walking 3, and striking out 2. The word timeless may be an understatement due to the consistency Lowe brings to the mound each and every season. Entering his 13th season in the show Lowe has not once visited the disabled list. In a day and age where pitchers have gone soft with their hangnails, blisters, and back spasms, Lowe toughs it out, and does his job. Now Lowe isn’t  Pedro in his prime, but consistent ground ball outs matched with a Ripken like toughness makes him the ultimate teammate in my book.

Yunel Escobar was over shadowed with all the Heyward hype.  The Braves shortstop went 2-5 while driving in a career high 5 runs. Also contributing to the rout over Cubs was catcher Brian McCann who homered in the 2nd inning.

The Cubs started the game on fire as Marlon Byrd banged out a 3 run home run in the first inning. After the rocky 1st inning Atlanta really made themselves at home by dropping 16 opening day runs over the next 9 innings to make the final score 16-5.  The 3 game series resumes action this Wednesday and Thursday from Turner Field.  Atlanta’s mix of veteran leadership, solid pitching, and young talent will challenge Philadelphia for the NL East crown in 2010. I am also going to go out on a limb and say that Jason Heyward will never hit in the 7 slot ever again.

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