Quite the downpour in ATL last night. After about two and a half hours of steady rain, they called it. Since this was Chicago’s last visit to Atlanta this season, you know they wanted to get this one in, but it was not to be. They’ve scheduled the makeup for August 30, the next off day that the teams have in common. That will give the Cubs a stretch of 23 games without a day off, and no I don’t feel sorry for them.
Things I learned during the Sports South rain delay programming:
Freddie Freeman is a serious student of hitting, and has quite the engaging personality. OK, I think I knew those things already, but the segment of Freddie in the batting cage with Paul Byrd was more entertaining and enlightening than I would have thought.
Tim Hudson and Joe Simpson are the newest inductees in the Braves Hall of Fame. OK, I had heard that before, but I had not seen their speeches at the ceremony. Joe Simpson said that productive outs are far more valuable than hits or walks. A ground ball to second base that moves a runner to third is the single most important play in all of baseball; he waxed eloquent as he insisted that it is more thrilling to see and difficult to perform than a liner to the gap.
OK, I don’t know for sure that he said that, because by that time I had switched the TV off, but Joe has said words to that effect in all the other thousand times I have heard him talk about baseball, so I could not imagine him talking for more than five minutes without saying it again.
Tim Hudson finally admitted that his devastating sinker was really a spitball. He revealed that at an early age he began to study in secret under Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. OK, I wasn’t really watching the ceremony, but he may have said that. My son always insisted that when he needed it most, in the highest leverage situations, Huddy could make that ball sink and dart in a way that defied physics. My son doesn’t remember Perry, but I do, and the similarities are striking. (Seriously, though, Huddy is one of my favorite pitchers ever, and I’m pleased for him to get this honor.)
Speaking of Braves’ pitchers and honors, I learned that Glavine and Smoltz like to play golf. OK, I knew that already. I switched the TV back on at some point to check on the status of the game, and there they were at some country club hitting golf balls and waxing nostalgic. In fact, is there anything we don’t know about those two? Still, in the brief moment I had them on, they were discussing the 1991 season. I never tire of being reminded of that magical time. So I left it on for a few more minutes, and you know what? Morris pitched a ten inning shutout in game seven. I did not really need to be reminded of that.
Three game series with the Fish starts Friday, good Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise.