Uber to give longtime Braves usher free rides to the new ballpark

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Walter Banks has been an usher for the Atlanta Braves since the team moved into Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1966. Last summer, however, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Banks would likely not be able to continue to do the job that he loves because of the Braves move to their new park in the suburbs. Banks does not drive, you see, and SunTrust Park is not accessible via public transportation.

Never fear, Uber and the Braves are here. The club and the ride share service have partnered up to give Banks free rides to SunTrust Park so he can continue his usher gig.

They’ve also partnered up, obviously, to get some good publicity and free advertising, but we’ll let that slide in exchange for helping a Braves institution continue being a Braves institution.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.