Did you hear about the pause in play in the Braves vs Nats game yesterday?
VIERA, Fla. -- This was a different kind of B game at spring training.Oh Schafer. Don't get that pretty face blown up. ;) Seriously though... can we discuss how awful some of the team photos are this year?
Washington starter Jason Marquis took advantage of the windy conditions to throw three scoreless innings, then ran for cover when a swarm of bees delayed Atlanta's split-squad 6-4 win Friday.
Play was halted for roughly two minutes in the bottom of the third when the bees appeared in center field. They were eventually were blown over the right-field fence by the gusts.
Marquis was in the bullpen when the bees showed up. He ducked his head and took off for the cover of the clubhouse with the rest of the Nationals pitchers.
"There's no need to stay out there and get attacked by some killer bees," he said.
Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy said when home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom put his hands up to call time, he thought he was getting called for a balk.
Atlanta right fielder Jordan Schafer, however, had a closer look. With the bees being blown in his direction, he went down in the dirt along the fence.
"That happened to me when I was a kid once and they said to hit the ground," Schafer said.
"Everyone in their bullpen started running for their clubhouse, so I just hit the ground. I wasn't going to get stung. There was like 10,000 bees over there."
Link to 2011 Braves Team Photo Album
I don't know if it's the art direction, or the lighting, or what, but some of the boys... their hair and eyes don't look the right color, shadows make their features look out of proportion, they're posed oddly, or they're simply not as attractive as they are in person.
Guys with an especially good pic in the album: JHey, Prado, Rossy, Myke Jones, Arodys Vizcaino, Wilkin Ramirez, and Rodrigo Lopez.
Guys with an especially horrible pic in the album: Uggla, Kimmie, EO (seriously, I think that's a test shot - his hand is moving), Cory Gearrin (he's so much cuter than those pics), and Matt Young.
And as I tweeted, @PeterMoylan is not right. Hahahaha...
Keeping in the visual theme, I've been waiting for our annual Brian McCann Weight Loss Article in the AJC. He looked healthy and happy at the caravan stop in Peachtree City, and it was nice to read in this year's article that he's doing his best to stay well for a long career.
Leaner, fitter Brian McCann ready to reach his prime
And I'm sure you've all read the NY Times article on BMac as well, but here's a link in case you missed it...
For Braves Catcher, Quiet Excellence in the Family Business
Here's another NYT article for good measure:
Braves Look Behind the Plate and See a Leader
Hmm... "Quiet Excellence"... I'm sure you're all tired of me talking about my favorite Socks Up! reliever, but this article was just too good to not link up.
Unassuming Venters set to assume big role
Before facing Venters for the first time, Uggla watched and got the sense that he could gear up against this young left-hander who was seemingly just feeding fastballs to whoever stepped to the plate.
"I was thinking, 'Cool, all he's doing is popping heaters in there. I'm going to cheat,'" Uggla said. "I cheated and the thing went from my belt down to about my ankles and I still ended up swinging. But it was really kind of a slow swing and confused."
I miss Mike Dunn already. Did we really have to give him up?
Possessing a 95 mph fastball, Dunn promises to factor into the back end of the bullpen, regardless of the hitters.
"He's not going to be a situational guy," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "He's going to come in regardless."
Speaking of Braves we don't want to let go, this AJCBraves tweet amused me today. :) Fave Brave Ever!