Ervin Santana's infectious enthusiasm

Mike Zarrilli

A different type of analysis of Santana's debut with the Braves.

Hopefully by now you've read Ben's breakdown of Ervin Santana's start from this morning (do so if you haven't), but I'm here to provide a bit of a different analysis. Santana seems to be the happiest, smiliest person on the Braves roster, and it's worth talking about. Just look at his tweet from last night:

His twitter is full of gems like this, just unbridled happiness to be playing the game he loves. The fact he pitched so well makes it even better.

The hashtags are overwhelmingly amazing. The best was #LOVEHITTING!!!!! last night. And then there's the fact he is constantly smiling. Just watch this postgame interview.

An even better video is this one following him around when he was with the Royals. It's in Spanish but has English subtitles. He's so happy being with his family and playing baseball!

The Braves roster is always known for being full of great guys who play the game "the right way," but Santana may be the best, which surely will rub off on the rest of the guys in the clubhouse. Hopefully we'll get even more dominant and happiness-filled starts from him as the season goes on.

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