“When I’m able to, it’s awesome. Because the guys feed off of it,” he said. “It’s just kind of good to get the ball rolling. Get that immediate pressure on the (opposing team).”
Andrelton Simmons followed Heyward’s homer by hitting one himself, making it the fifth time in franchise history that the Braves started a game with consecutive homers. Simmons was asked what it mean for the team to see Heyward lead off with a long ball.
“We’re winning,” he said. “We’re winning right away. I mean, that’s what he brings to the table – he brings speed, he brings some power. He’s been doing a great job at leadoff for us. We struggled a little bit doing that, and he’s filling that spot … we need it right now.”