Tag:Brian McCann
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:02 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 10:11 pm

Greedy Braves want Hanson here, too

PHOENIX -- While the Braves were thrilled to have reliever Craig Kimbrel added to the NL All-Star team late Sunday, joining bullpen mate Jonny Venters and starter Jair Jurrjens, they remain a greedy little team.

See, catcher Brian McCann, the MVP of last year's All-Star game, is bummed starter Tommy Hanson wasn't named, too.

A case can be made easily, too: Hanson steps into the break ranked third in the NL in ERA (2.44), first in opponents' batting average against (.190), eighth in strikeouts (109) and tied for third in wins (10).

"We've got to find a way to get them both here," McCann said Monday, speaking of Kimbrel and Hanson. "The fact that Tommy Hanson was not put in is kind of rough. He's [toward] the top of every pitching category.

"He deserves to be out here."

Posted on: October 29, 2010 8:42 pm

Trick-or-treating with Jeff Francoeur

ARLINGTON, Tex. -- There was a time when the boys of autumn who will be playing a World Series game on Halloween night this weekend dressed up and trick-or-treated like most every other kid.

And Texas outfielder Jeff Francoeur still lights up at the thought of his old neighbors across the street supplying a cotton candy machine for kids on Halloween night.

In fact, that's such a sweet memory for Francoeur that when he was playing in Atlanta and living with Braves catcher Brian McCann, the two rented a cotton candy maching for Halloween, 2006.

"I swear we had 700 kids lined up," Francoeur says. "Their parents wanted a margarita machine."

Amiable hosts that they were, Francoeur and McCann drew the line there, and not just because they were short on salt.

"I don't really think that would be good on Halloween," Francoeur says, smiling broadly.

Likes: The Margaritaville frozen drinks machine that my buddy Dr. Dan sent to me a couple of springs ago after he picked one up for his office party one year when the Indianapolis Colts were headed to the Super Bowl. ... The House of Prime Rib in San Francisco. Had the King Henry VIII cut the other night with three different kinds of horseradish. Excellent, excellent meal. ... Snickers and M&Ms on Halloween. Hot Tamales and Milk Duds are good. No Butterfinger bars or Milky Ways, please.

Dislikes: The World Series on Halloween. Besides the fact that baseball should not be played into November for myriad reasons, it takes me away from my daughter and her friends as they trick-or-treat and from my wife on her birthday (yes, Halloween day). Time was, if you covered baseball, Halloween was extra festive because it marked the beginning of some time at home in the off-season. No more, and it stinks.

Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"The zombies were having fun
"The party had just begun
"The guests included Wolf Man
"Dracula and his son
"The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
"Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
"The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
"With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"

-- Bobby "Boris" Pickett, The Monster Mash

Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:22 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2010 2:23 pm

Braves only hope to contain Heyward (and cars)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- OK, the legend of Atlanta phenom Jason Heyward is growing to crazy -- and wildly fun -- proportions.

The latest?

"I think we're going to put up some nets over the cars in the parking lot," Braves manager Bobby Cox said following Wednesday's workout. "I'm serious. He's smashing too many.

"He's hitting them off of fenders, bumpers. He hit 'em over the cars today."

Heyward drilled a Coke truck the other day with a liner over the right-field fence. That's the area in which the Braves park their cars as well, and the Coke hit wasn't even close to the most damaging. Heyward also sent a screamer over the fence the other day that smashed the sunroof in the car of Bruce Manno, Atlanta's assistant general manager.

"Cost $3,400 to fix it," Cox said. "It also bent the sunroof frame. We thought it was going to be around $900."

The frame, though, jacked up that bill. And the deductible on the Braves' company car was $2,500.


Cox joked that the club should fine Heyward. But in truth, the Braves could not be more thrilled with what they're seeing from their top-round pick in 2007. Heyward, 20, probably is the best position-player prospect in the game and has a very good chance at cracking the Braves' opening-day lineup.

"You know when he's taking batting practice," Cox said.

You sure do. The buzz is electric.

Sunblock Day: Yes, but also a jacket day. The car temp read 42 degrees at 7:30 this morning and the wind chill was in the 30s. Cox wore a jacket during the entire workout. And it's supposed to get worse Friday.

Likes: Braves starter Tim Hudson, back from Tommy John ligament transfer surgery two Augusts ago, says this is the best his arm has felt in eight years. "I feel like I'm 24 again," Hudson says. Catcher Brian McCann says Hudson has impressive bite again on his two-seam fastball. ... Bobby Cox changing uniform pants four times before Wednesday's workout had even begun. The Braves had a lot going on -- yearbook photos, in-house television stuff -- that resulted in different uniforms. Cox ambled onto the field for the workout wearing white pants while the other 50, 60 players and coaches were wearing gray. So after starting with white, changing to gray for photos and then going back to white, he went back inside to change to gray. More costume changes than Cameron Diaz for the decorated skipper. ... Ozzie Guillen on Twitter might be the greatest thing of the spring. Tweet of the day from Ozzie (at least, in my book): "I love what I'm doing now. Followers, don't worry. I will be here for all of you."

Dislikes: Don't get me started on Avatar. Yes, the special effects were groovy. But I cannot begin to tell you how much I absolutely hated the movie. You watch the special effects for 15 minutes, then you've still got two and a half hours to go. Pedestrian plot, way more violent than I thought and the "battle" scenes were endless. Ugh.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train
"And I'm feeling nearly as faded as my jeans
"Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
"It rode us all the way to New Orleans
"I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
"I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues
"Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby's hand in mine
"We sang every song that driver knew"

-- Janis Joplin (Kris Kristofferson), Me and Bobby McGee

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