Lee will bat cleanup in Braves debut
When the Braves acquired Derrek Lee Wednesday, I thought Braves manager Bobby Cox would flip-flop Brian McCann (vs. right-handers) and Derrek Lee (vs. left-handers) in the cleanup spot.
So much for assuming.
Lee will bat cleanup this afternoon when he faces his former Cubs teammates, who will be sending right-hander Ryan Dempster to the mound to oppose Jair Jurrjens.
Obviously it wasn’t enough to simply ask Lee to make his Braves debut less the 48-hours after he was forced to say goodbye to his Cubs teammates. Facing Dempster for the first time in his career will simply stir the emotions of Atlanta’s new first baseman.
Dempster and Lee grew up together in the Marlins organization and were teammates in Florida through the early portion of the 2002 season. They were reunited when they both joined the Cubs in 2004.
There’s no doubt that Dempster shared a special bond with Lee, who has been beloved by his teammates throughout his career.
Late last night I received a text from Mark Kotsay that simply read, “You’re going to love my boy D. Lee.”
I’m heading down to the clubhouse to meet Lee. Check back in throughout the day for updates.