Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Friday, September 2nd

Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Braves quotes after Thursday win over Nationals | Atlanta Braves
Chipper Jones, best you’ve felt in a while? "Yeah, I feel good. I feel better than a 1-for-4 indicates. Obviously it’s good I hit another homer, but I gave away three at-bats. That kind of gets the best of me whenever that happens. I had a guy that suited me real well and I got pitches to hit all night. And with the exception of the first at-bat, I just flat-out missed them."

Wilson excited for playoff chance | Atlanta Braves
Red-eyed but smiling, a travel-weary Jack Wilson arrived in the Braves clubhouse about 10 minutes before 6 p.m. Thursday night, excited to join a team in a playoff hunt for the first time in his 11-year career. "Oh yeah, first time I think I’ve even smelled it," said Wilson, who spent 8 ½ losing seasons with the Pirates and the past 2 ½ with Seattle. "It’s exciting just to be in a playoff run. Obviously the team here and the organization as a whole is pretty legendary, and some of the guys in this room. Playing against them for so many years in Pittsburgh, it’s nice to be on the other side."

Veteran Wilson gives Braves infield depth | braves.com: News
"Defensively, he's really, really good," Gonzalez said. "You can do some stuff with him offensively, bunt, hit and run. "He's just one of those baseball players. He just comes out and beats you. I'm looking forward to having him on the club for the rest of the way."

Jurrjens to visit knee specialist, miss start | braves.com: News
Jair Jurrjens will visit knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman in Colorado this weekend, and he will miss Sunday's scheduled start. Jurrjens hopes he simply needs some extra rest to overcome the bothersome knee ailment that has influenced his dramatic second-half decline. After completing a bullpen session at Turner Field on Thursday afternoon, a frustrated Jurrjens said that he has not reached a point where he can confidently push off the rubber with his right leg and complete his delivery with necessary authority.

Braves' Nate McLouth ‘hablas espanol' to connect with teammates  | ajc.com
Braves center fielder Nate McLouth is bilingual, and has found that knowing Spanish builds teamwork, even during a game.

Gwinnett Braves struggle to fill Coolray Field  | ajc.com
On average, less than half of Coolray’s 10,427 seats are filled when the Gwinnett Braves play at home in Lawrenceville. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. A consultant’s study used by county officials to justify spending $64 million on the stadium said Gwinnett’s demographics and economy made it "one of the strongest markets in the country to support a minor league baseball team." Conventions, Sports & Leisure International estimated the team would average 6,000 to 6,500 fans a game after an initial "honeymoon" period in which attendance might be higher.

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