Monthly Archives: May 2008

This Win Felt Good

Great job guys.  It felt good to hit the ball and make the plays that we know how to make.  You all have done such a great job improving your game personally.  As a team we have fun.  When we get insecure we usually lose.  These characteristics are typical of losing.  Keep your good character whether you win or lose.

Nice homer Blake…you had a couple of teamates that almost joined you.  Great hitting by all of you tonight and great play in the field.  Nice win.

How did this game feel compared to the last two?  Just curious…

 

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Significant Baseball Plays

Coach Eric here,

I love the Atlanta Braves.  I have followed them since the Hank Aarron, Phil Neikro, Dale Murphy, Jerry Royster,  Bob Horner days and on to the worst to first, the 1995 World Champions and so on.  There have been a couple of plays defensively burned into my mind and here they are:

On July 25, 1992, the Braves were ahead 1-0 over the Pirates in the top of the ninth. Gary Varsho pinch-hit for Gary Redus and grounded out to Mark Lemke for the first out of the inning. Jay Bell then singled, bringing up Andy Van Slyke, who was 0-2 with a walk on the day. He clobbered one of Alejandro Pena’s offerings to deep right-center field. With the stadium in a loud murmurr, Nixon raced back to the warning track, tracking the ball. Before he got to the wall, he leapt towards it and dug his left foot into the wall, pushing himself upward. He reached just over the wall and caught the ball. The stadium erupted in cheers as Nixon landed and threw the ball back to the infield and getting congratulations from David Justice.

The Braves only run came on their only hit, a solo home run by Justice in the second inning.

So not only was Nixon’s catch one of the most exciting plays in Braves history, it also saved the game for the them.

Aug. 10, 2003: Atlanta shortstop Rafael Furcal turned his in the fifth inning against St. Louis. Furcal caught Woody Williams’ line drive, stepped on second to double Mike Matheny and tagged Orlando Palmeiro, who was running back to first.

 Unassisted triple play! Amazing!

How bout you guys?  Any plays that stand out?

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Right Off The Bat!

Peachtree Ridge    wow! – what a game… again.  This game had a lot of “drama”, but – we pulled it off.  As I’ve reflected throughout the day on this game, there are several things that come to mind.  First – great job getting off to a fast start.  We came out of the box swinging (and hitting).  It means soooo much to put up some runs right out of the gate.  I’m positive that those 4 runs in the first inning did a lot to demoralize P’tree Ridge.  And – even though we left the bases loaded, and could have scored a bunch more, they knew they were in trouble right off the bat (no pun intended).  What a shot by Blake… great 2 run homer.  I knew it was gone the second he hit it.

Second, Morgan (and Blake)… but Morgan especially – he pitched a great game.  They couldn’t sit on a pitch, because he had it all working.  Great job Morgan!!!  Third, there were some great… really great defensive plays.  By trying to list them, I’ll probably miss one – but, I’m going to mention some.  Chase made a couple incredible plays at third… one was especially “big”.  Plays like that are as good (sometimes better) than a homerun.  They take the other teams wind right out of their sails    and, it causes guys to start pressing at the plate, because they know they can’t just hit it hard    they also have to hit it in the gaps, or we’ll get it.  Travis made a couple really good catches in center.  Dallas made a great catch down the left field line.  And Michael… oh, my goodness  —–  that catch – to end the game – was definitely the most difficult catch I’ve seen made in the last several seasons.  That was a catch that a lot of “big-leaguer’s” would not have made.

Bottom-line???  You guys are a really, really good baseball TEAM… and, you are a fine group of young men.  Keep it up!  Don’t take your eye off the ball… both the literal baseball    and, the ball of life, which requires you to be men of character if you are to be true winners.  You guys are awesome!!!

 

By the way… Finish out your school year strong.  Focus    academically and behaviorally.  Take pride – the right kind of pride – in doing your best!  

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