Braves outfielder Michael Harris has fun collecting headbands

Braves center fielder Michael Harris is shown during their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Truist Park Friday, June 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

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Braves center fielder Michael Harris is shown during their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Truist Park Friday, June 10, 2022, in Atlanta. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

Credit: Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com

CHICAGO – As much as Michael Harris has dazzled with his athletic ability and impressed with his maturity, he has garnered attention for one of his fashion choices.

Anyone who has watched the Braves probably has noticed Harris wearing one of his many headbands. There’s a fun story here.

“I started getting them because I sweat a lot,” Harris recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “My head would be sweaty, so I wore it in my helmet. This year was the first year I started wearing it the whole game. I was like, ‘I might as well just start getting a bunch of them, different things I like, since I’ll be wearing them every day.’ I just started getting them, and now they’re becoming a thing everybody loves.”

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Harris has a fabric ring – almost like a rope – that holds all of his headbands. It sits in his locker, and he pulls one from it every day.

He gets the headbands from JUNK Brands, which sells tons of them.

One headband features a picture of The Joker, even if Harris isn’t a big fan of the character. “I mean, it looked nice and I thought it’d be cool to wear,” he said. But his collection is vast.

Harris has random Braves headbands – normal ones, one themed for St. Patrick’s Day, another with a tie-dye design. His other headbands include Looney Tunes, Space Jam, Spider-Man, The Monstars, Lilo & Stitch and the University of Georgia. He has one headband with the design of a tiger’s eyes, and another that has a gorilla’s face on it.

Recently, someone he knows attended a game at Truist Park and gave him another headband: It says “Verified,” and it has a blue checkmark, an ode to Twitter verification.

And Harris expects to come home to more headbands when the Braves’ road trip is over. He recently bought one with a money design – for “Money Mike,” his nickname – and another with donuts, then a third that features a galaxy on it.

“They have literally everything you can really think of,” Harris said.

It’s become fun for him to collect headbands, which he puts to use when he plays. And through them, fans gain a look into his fun personality.

A different demeanor

Many times this season, Braves manager Brian Snitker has mentioned noticing a different demeanor in Kyle Wright. The right-hander is one of MLB’s breakout players this season, perhaps its most improved pitcher.

When did Snitker first notice this?

“Spring training,” he said before Saturday’s game. “One of the first days I saw him in the clubhouse before we went out. Had a different look about him. It’s been real. It’s really been good to see. He’s weathered some different storms through the course of the year. It’s been fun to watch.”

Wright on Saturday allowed five runs over six innings. He gave up a career high 11 hits, but suffered some tough luck on a lot of soft contact.

Braves send Webb to Triple-A

Jacob Webb remained in the Braves organization. The club outrighted the righty to Triple-A Gwinnett.

The Braves designated Webb for assignment when they reinstated Collin McHugh from the injured list. Webb has not yet pitched in the majors this season.

The Braves designated Webb for assignment in April. He ended up with Arizona, but the Braves acquired him when McHugh was placed on the injured list.

Acuña on TBS

Those who cannot get enough Ronald Acuña content should mark their calendars for Tuesday.

For TBS, Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez has a sit-down interview with Acuña that will air during the MLB on TBS pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET before the Giants and Braves play. The interview was conducted in Spanish, but features English subtitles.

The TBS telecast will be available locally in Atlanta.