Cox places Heyward and Freeman in Sunday's lineup
After Sunday afternoon games at Turner Field, the Braves allow children to run the bases. When it comes to Sunday afternoon Spring Training home games, they actually let the kids play.
With the defending world champion Phillies in town today, Braves manager Bobby Cox has constructed a lineup that includes both first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Jason Heyward. These 19-year-old phenoms were born three years after Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer made his Major League debut.
While Moyer didn’t make the trek to Disney, the Phillies did bring former Brave Marcus Giles, who seems to have an outside shot to begin the season in the Majors. I’m not sure the same can be said for Andruw Jones, who has struck out during eight of the first nine at-bats he’s had with with the Rangers this Spring.
The funniest line I’ve heard about Andruw came yesterday when a fellow scribe said, “I think he’ll stay in Rangers camp until at least March, but that’s only because this isn’t a leap year.”
March has arrived and Peter Moylan is ready to start showing why he believes he might be ready to be part of the Opening Day roster. Moylan, who is just 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to pitch an inning against the Phillies today.
They’ve removed the tarp from the field and according to the radar, it looks like we might be able to enjoy an rain-free game today. I’m sorry to hear that the weather gods aren’t being as kind to you in Atlanta today.
My girlfriend just sent me a text that read, “It’s snowing like crazy here.” I really don’t know what the big deal is. I think all of us knew there we’d probably see a March snowfall in Atlanta before Andruw actually did something more surprising like put two balls in play during the same Cactus League game.
– Mark Bowman