“Gave proof through the night … that our flag was still … oh, man. Oh jeez.”

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From last night’s pregame festivities at Turner Field:

The Braves said today that the flag didn’t actually burn, but rather just had some holes burnt into it. And I’ll agree that this pic is a bit deceiving in that most of that flame is in the foreground. But really, not the best look or omen.

Imagine how outraged Brian McCann would be if he were still in town.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.