I don’t know if it’s official. I sort of doubt it, even if there are cameos from some Fox Sports South people in the video. But whatever it’s status, know that “Chop Arm Strong” is an atrocity on multiple levels. And that’s before you even get to the fact that it has a Jeff Foxworthy gangsta-walk in the middle of it for no apparent reason. And he’s wearing the ugly red alternate jersey. It’s terribad, actually. So horrifying that I can’t help but play it over and over:
Jason Isbell, the current Drive By Truckers, Ludacris and any number of artists that I don’t want to throttle are Braves fans. Why do we get someone who Fred Durst looks at and goes “man, you’re awful” to sing about the Braves?
Besides, there is already an official team video for the Braves this year and nothing on Earth can displace it:
No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.
First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.
On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.
Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.