Remembering when the Office ran afoul of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Hanna

It all started with a rather innocuous post introducing Preston Hanna as one of the 20 worst Atlanta Braves pitchers of all time. A no-brainer, considering Hanna’s 4.49 ERA and 1.635 WHIP in 389 IP with the Bravos.

That prompted Office loyalist Roadrunner48 to share a cherished memory of the Pensacola native:

I remember standing outside of the West Palm Beach ballpark after a game, and seeing him and (former C Bill) Nahorodny, both clearly drunk, stumble out with two very homely women (the groupies were a grim looking crew). Hanna said something unpleasant to a little kid who asked for an autograph, brushing off his request. The four laughed uproariously and lurched on.

That was too much for someone identifying as “PH.”

NOTE: Total lie and will be proven as such.

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As for his inclusion on the 20 worst pitchers list …

HANNA 3-0 for 1982 BRAVES. Take away the HANNA’s wins and BRAVES FINISH 3rd place fool. Hanna used as example for not narcing on the 1982 player that od’d in his hotel San Diego in 1981 !!!! WATCH YOUR WORDS FOOL. MRS. HANNA

And that’s what sets the Office apart from the other Braves blogs — allegedly slanderous fodder about long-retired Braves.

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One comment

  1. Good times. I’m still dying to know about that overdose in the San Diego hotel room. Please Preston. Tell us more. Was it Larry Bradford?

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