If you listen to our much “mature” callers on the Sports Kings Show the Atlanta Braves are always a great topic of discussion. From their standards, the Braves are the first franchise in the city that they loved and rooted for. They are also the most critical when it comes to analyzing the early troubles for the Braves.
I can just hear one of our older fans call and say, “We need to steal more bases. That is what they ought to do.” We always sit back and laugh on the show because that is the universal suggestion that always comes about whenever we bring up the topic of the Bravos!!
Well, well, well….I guess that they were right. Not since the Deion Sanders and Otis Nixon days have the Braves gotten what they have received from Michael Bourn. The dynamics of the offense have changed with Bourn in the lineup. There is now a legitimate table setter at the top who can get base hits along with drawing walks.
Also, once he is on base he is a threat to steal as proven by his six stolen bases since coming over from Houston. This now allows other players like Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman, and Dan Uggla RBI opportunities. The team is on a tear, winning six straight, and increasing their lead in the National League Wildcard to eight games, making the move to pick up Bourn instead of San Francisco Giant Outfielder Carlos Beltran brilliant. Hey, when the old school tells you something, I guess we better listen.
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