After Jay Hey’s first inning homer yesterday I couldn’t help but think back to Opening Day 2010. Back then, the Braves were pennant contenders, the Cubs were not. Most of the Turner Field crowd was rooting for the home team, not the Little Bears. The only current Brave with the team then: Eric O’Flaherty, whose ERA is triple what is was in 2010.
If you’re ranking the most electric moments in Turner Field history, it would certainly make the Top 3:
Those who were at The Ted today will tell their grandchildren they saw Jay Hey’s first home run. I wasn’t at Game 6 of the ’95 World Series, but I haven’t heard a crowd this turned on since ’92. There were Cubs fans in attendance, but you wouldn’t know it. They were silenced after Jay Hey’s 442-foot dinger. Meanwhile, Braves fans never let up.
Jay Hey was electric, but don’t overlook Yesco’s five ribbies, Nate’s two (okay, 1 and 1/2) fantastic grabs and Wagner’s splendid ninth (hitting 97 MPH on the radar gun twice).
This could be the year.
That sure was fun. Today’s game probably won’t be. Mallex is on the bench, which is stupid. Perhaps John Gant will give us a lift in his debut as a starter.
Inciarte, dArnaud 4, Freeman, Frenchy, Markakis, Garcia 5, Flowers, Aybar, Gant