Some players lately have been more aggressive during batting practice. That approach may or may not be contributing to a recent homer surge. But even Freddie Freeman, who is skeptical that it does, said that letting loose in BP could allow Braves hitters to relax a bit more during live at-bats.
There also was catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s exuberant reaction when he caught a foul pop-up to end Friday’s victory over the Phillies. After making the catch, Pierzynski turned toward the Braves’ dugout and pumped his fists while jumping in the air.
That was in response to Pierzynski’s teammates “wearing me out” for his two dropped pop-ups at Boston earlier this season.
“You’ve got to try to keep this game fun,” Pierzynski said. “The game humbles you so much in your career. When you get the opportunity to have some fun, smile and make the other guys on the team happy—that’s kind of what it’s all about. The rest of it is a grind.”
The Braves improved to 3-2 since interim manager Brian Snitker replaced Fredi Gonzalez. The victory Saturday secured their first series win since they swept a three-game series at the Marlins April 15-17.
“It means a whole lot (considering) what these guys have been through,” Snitker said. “All I’ve heard is these guys never quit, they keep getting after it. Things weren’t going their way but they keep fighting every day. They’ve done nothing but that since I’ve been here and it’s good to see them get rewarded for everything that they are putting into it.”