After Pete Van Wieren's death on Saturday, it brought back a flood of memories of not just The Professor's various musings throughout his many years in the booth. It also brought back recollections of the other legend in the Braves' booth: Skip Caray. Our very own Dan Simpson wrote an excellent piece about how he connected with the legendary duo, and if you haven't read it, I can't recommend it enough. Here's a small part of it:
Skip and Pete were truly the perfect pair. They played off each other beautifully and complemented the other's strengths. Skip's nasally, jovial style, rife with his trademark dry wit was the perfect backdrop to a summer's night. His storytelling ability rivaled that of long-time Dodgers' broadcaster Vin Scully; you could be sure that whenever you were watching a Braves game, you would never be bored. The day after Skip passed away, Pete said it best: "Even if it was 9-1 visitors in the bottom of the 4th, he'd keep you glued to your set, because you never knew what was coming out of his mouth next."
As a reminder of happier times, here's their local call of the last out of the 1995 World Series.
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Crime's not cool. Please don't be a criminal, y'all. It's not the wave, it's not hot, it's not appealing, it's just not cool. Especially when you're committing the crime of burglary and doing it to one of the most famous people in the city of Atlanta: Hank Aaron. Aaron's house was robbed while he was out of town in 2013, and one of the burglars responsible was sentenced to 8 years in prison and 42 years of probation. Don't rob people, and especially don't rob Mr. 755.
Yep, it's another Venters update. It feels like there's been a bajillion updates and no progress, but I'm going to be optimistic: It seems like Jonny Venters might finally be nearing a return. He threw from a mound for the first time since getting that platelet-rich plasma injection earlier this Summer, and he had no complaints. As far as I'm concerned, that's progress! Hopefully this snowballs into an actual return soon.
Andrelton Simmons sat out the last game of that abysmal Padres series for a day of rest for his shoulder. Except it was more than a 'day of rest;' It was a benching for a pretty awful decision that Simba made on Saturday night. With Evan Gattis on 3rd base late in the game with a chance to take the lead, Simmons laid down a bunt. Simba was the only man in the ballpark who saw the bunt coming, and that basically meant that the not-so-fast El Oso Blanco was a dead duck at home plate. Simba blamed the poor decision on a lack of confidence at the plate at the moment. Fredi and Simba talked about the situation (even more so after Simmons declined interviews following the game), and hopefully this turns out to be a positive learning experience for Andrelton. With that being said, good grief was that hard to watch or what?
One of the reasons why this recent losing streak stung so much is because of the fact that the Braves schedule is going to get a lot harder from this point forward. After the Mariners series (which includes a rendezvous with Felix Hernandez. Just our luck!), the Braves will play 10 straight games against teams who are currently leading their division. Needless to say, this is not how you want to go into what could be the most important stretch of ballgames for the entire season. Meanwhile, the Braves' official website posted an article that had 5 keys for the Braves to make the postseason.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a team with postseason aspirations who have one of the game's most talented players in the form of Andrew McCutchen. The Arizona Diamondbacks are going nowhere fast who just recently lost one of their elite talents (Paul Goldschmidt) due to an accidental HBP. Despite Ernesto Frieri apologizing profusely and nearly an entire game passing by since Goldy's injury, the Diamondbacks decided to take "justice" into their own hands in the top half of the 9th inning of a game that the Bucs had well in hand. Everybody anticipated it like a bloody scene in a slasher flick: You know that the villain was going to get his prey and it was only a matter of time before Randall Delgado drilled Cutch with a 95 mph beanball. Now, McCutchen is on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury. To be fair, the injury may have come on Sunday instead of on Saturday when he got drilled, but the HBP couldn't have helped matters. In short, beanball is dumb.
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