Jeff Schultz gives Bobby well-deserved kudos on the local organ’s web site. His main point is that Bobby is managing to the strengths of his roster, which he has pretty much always done.
Schultz omits another of Bobby’s attributes that has been critical this year. How many managers would have maintained an upbeat clubhouse with this team during April? I never read, heard nor saw any public carping from a player, even during the nine-game skid. There were plenty of targets, as we know.
The skipper establishes that mindset.
Thought 2: The play Saturday night when Chipper toppled the Royals’ second baseman, allowing J-Hey to score from second on a fielder’s choice grounder, might have been my favorite of the season. For me, as Bobby would say, it epitomized this team — hustle, unglamorous fundamentals, a touch of daring. Not exactly hallmarks of recent Braves clubs.
And how about Chipper’s recent play? The old man has seven hits, six RBI, a steal of third, and the crucial takeout slide in his past three games. He has three Prados — multi-hit games — in his past five games. Nice work.