Meet the New Braves Closer: Same as the Old Braves Closer

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For a team that has blown five of thirteen saves this season and lost fourteen of sixteen one-run games, you'd hope they had some young stud to bring up from the triple-A farm team. You know, some fireballer with a wicked curveball that makes hitters look foolish, or some crafty sidearmer with a submarine delivery that brings sluggers to their knees.

Or, if the team was the Atlanta Braves, they just pull some old fart off the disabled list and hope he can regain his superior closing form from 4 years ago. Yes, John Smoltz is back! In bullpen form! Manager Bobby Cox says that Smoltz will split the closer duty with Rafael Soriano and Manny Acosta, which is a pretty great idea that more managers should utilize.

But the question we're all asking is: what song will provide the entrance music when Smoltz is summoned from the pen?

"At this point it could be Barney for all I care," Smoltz said Monday after being activated from the 15-day disabled list. "As long as those [bullpen] doors open when I push on them."

That's good to hear a professional baseball player cares more about actual pitching performance than some silly song played over the stadium sound system. If only Brad Lidge could feel the same way.

Oh by the way, his first night as a closer was a miserable failure.

(via Baseball Musings)


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7 Comments

They should punk him and do what they did a few years ago and have it be "Dancing Queen" again.

HE SHUD COME OUT TO TEH SWEET CAROLINE

I would come out to Sanford & Son theme song.

Well, i wouldn't say a MISERABLE failure, seeing as the Braves came back and got him off the hook. It felt more like a disappointing failure to me.

/Owns him in fantasy
/no one cares

He should come out of the bullpen on one of those 1920's bicycles with the giant front wheel.

Jose Canseco claims that Curt Schilling's bloody sock was ketchup, and I believe him.

For a team that has blown five of thirteen saves this season and lost fourteen of sixteen one-run games, you'd hope they had some young stud to bring up from the triple-A farm team. You know, some fireballer with a wicked curveball that makes hitters look foolish, or some crafty sidearmer with a submarine delivery that brings sluggers to their knees.

They traded that guy to the A's for Mark Kotsay.

Srsly.

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