Saturday, February 16, 2008

Weekend clips for Feb 16, 2008

Follow the jump for video, pictures, and articles...

AJC Photo Gallery: First Day of Spring Training

AJC Photo Gallery: Players Warm Up During Spring Training

AJC Photo Gallery: Braves Spring Training Day 2

Smoltz on Glavine: "That aura, when he steps on the mound, is still there."

Article in the LA Times on Andruw Jones, and how he did some preseason '08 workouts at Turner Field...

He was called up to the majors at 19, hitting two home runs in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series. Jones stayed with the Braves from then until last September, long enough that not an eyebrow was raised when he walked into their clubhouse at Turner Field last week accompanied by his live-in personal trainer, Daniel Leoncio.

On his way to the batting cages, he bumped fists with Chipper Jones. He exchanged hugs with Brian McCann and Peter Moylan. Another former teammate asked if he still had his old locker. Jones leaned back and laughed.

"He's a special guy," Braves Manager Bobby Cox said. "Great in the clubhouse. You'll never hear him pout about anything, except losing."

For most of the off-season, Jones hit in the batting cage in the basement of his house. Throwing to him was either Braves first base coach Glenn Hubbard or strength coach Frank Fultz. When an injury put an end to Hubbard's house calls last month, Jones went back to his old home away from home.

And the Braves didn't mind that the enemy was using their facility three times a week?

"The enemy?" Moylan asked, shaking his head and smiling. "If someone's been here as long as he's been, he's not the enemy."

And from earlier in the off-season, an audio interview with Tom Glavine on 790 The Zone.

And this article: Smoltz optimistic about Braves' playoff chances in 2008

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