The scene inside the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center was priceless.
Day 3 of the Braves Country Caravan, which featured first baseman Freddie Freeman, infielder Tyler Pastornicky and prospect J.R. Graham, made a stop at the Active Duty Rehab Unit and brought smiles to the Wounded Warriors. The players spent more than an hour interacting with the soliders and veterans, signing autographs and taking pictures with anyone that stopped by.
So apparently if Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio and anyone else on the 2013 ballot want to get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year, they're going to need to buy a general admission ticket.
For the first time since 1996 and only the eighth time in its history, the Hall will not have a new class. There are so many debates as to whether this is right or not, I'm still trying to decide if I agree 100 percent.
We're just a handful of games into June and the push to fill out those All-Star Game ballots online or at the stadiums are in full swing. Kansas City is playing host to this year's festivities and the National League leads the series 42-38-1.
So in the past few weeks we've witnessed a perfect game from the unlikliest of pitchers, seen an unbelievable display of power from a Texas Ranger slugger and two examples of overpowering pitching that resulted in a no-hitter and a near no-no.
Oh and the Atlanta Braves are in first place in the NL East. What more can we ask for?
Jair Jurrjens needed to be demoted. That much was clear.
But from this day forward, if he is going to get better he needs to accept the decision. Once he does that, he might be able to follow the same path of another pitcher you might have heard from: the Phillies' Cliff Lee.
What a great first two weeks it's been.
Not only do the Dodgers have the best record entering the week, but the Nationals, Cardinals, Rangers and Tigers all lead their respective divisions. Not to mention the AL East is as wacky as ever with the Orioles, Blue Jays, Yankees, Rays and Red Sox are all within 1.5 games of each other.
The start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season officially kicks off Wednesday in Miami.
Yes, I'm aware the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics played a pair of games in Japan in the “season opener,” but let’s get real. The new year starts when the Miami Marlins (still getting used to saying that) and the defending champs, St. Louis Cardinals (never get tired of saying that) christen the new Marlins Park with a one-game series. The anticipation of a new season is building.
When people ask me what my favorite sport is, it takes no time for me to say baseball. But when I am asked how do I like the game's current state or what do I think of a certain player, memory always takes me back to the days when coaches and managers ruled the show with an iron fist.
I have grown up with the belief there are two kinds of athletes: those who try hard and those that don't.
Too many times have I seen an athlete stumble because they were given a free pass because of what they had done in the past. Yes some athletes have enough talent to masquerade as trying hard but they might not know how to overcome adversity when they're staring right at it.
Everyone and their uncle has talked about Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun winning his appeal from a 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. Some have said he was cleared and is innocent while others have said he only won on a technicality because he challenged the chain of custody.