Rookie second baseman Jace Peterson was part of the winning group that sang “My Girl,” with outfield prospect Mallex Smith on lead vocals. There was good-natured disagreement over whether another group was more deserving, the Todd Cunningham-led group that did the dance-club anthem “What is Love,” complete with well-rehearsed dance moves.
“We had a good group,” Cunningham said. “It was me, (Brandon) Cuniff, Ian Thomas, Shae Simmons, Rio Ruiz, Tyrell Jenkins, Jason Hursh, Chris O’Dowd…. We had a good time. We had a couple of meetings, rehearsed, tried to have it organized.”
Cunningham said the event “turned out very nice. It’s kind of like, it’s a mandatory thing, so you never know. But people got into it. Colt Ford put on a good show and he loves the Braves, so he came out and talked to a bunch of the guys. It was a good deal.”
Ford performed at an Orlando-area golf benefit during the offseason, where he struck up a friendship with John Hart, Braves president of baseball operations.
“He calls him Johnny — Johnny Hart,” Cunningham said, smiling.