The Braves host the Nationals for a four-game series next week. Their advertising for it — on the web and on billboards — is rather amusing:
Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post dismisses it sarcastically as “super original.” I think her mistake is thinking that the Braves were in any way trying to be original here. Rather, they’re mocking the Nats. Which is something which seems totally fair given that the original slogan was (a) born of an inferiority complex to begin with; and (b) Nats players aren’t gonna respect the Braves, apparently, until they’ve lost a couple more series to them.
As for me: I’ll be going up to Detroit tomorrow to take in the Braves-Tigers game. I was gonna just cheer for my team, but now I’m gonna show my Gattitude, I think. It’ll likely annoy people.
Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.
Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.
Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.