Trevor Hoffman was carried off the field in triumph after getting his 600th save on Tuesday night. But humility — not glory — was the order of the day in the clubhouse afterward:
Before thanking his teammates for their support and camaraderie,
Hoffman did a stunning thing, something that caught many by surprise. He
apologized to them.
Imagine that. A player reaches a pinnacle no other has accomplished and feels compelled to begin his speech with “I’m sorry.”
“He said, ‘I’m sorry I put the team in a bind at the start of the year. I take full responsibility,’ ” said Melvin.
The Brewers’ poor season had many fathers — Hoffman included — but it’s something else to see someone specifically own up to it.
Someone buy that man a Double-Double Animal Style.
The Braves have made it official, announcing that they have called up top prospect Ronald Acuña. He’ll bat sixth in tonight’s game against the Reds and will start in left field.
Acuña will be wearing number 13, no doubt to honor past Braves luminaries like Adonis Garcia, Nate McLouth, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Eichelberger and Jerry Royster, all of whom have worn the fabled 1 and 3. Feel like he stands a pretty good chance of besting their exploits.
The 20-year-old Acuña was 11-for-his-last-33 with a homer, a double, four walks, and three stolen bases at Triple-A Gwinnett following a slow start. He tore it up in spring training, however, and hit .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season across three levels of the Braves’ minor league system.
The future was delayed a bit, but it’s here now for the Atlanta Braves’ phenom.