Aug 2, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Hall of Famer Hank Aaron waves to fans during a ceremony for former Milwaukee Brewer Robin Yount (not pictured) before game against the Washington Nationals at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Braves Vs. Mets Live Thread: Honoring Hank Aaron!


Honoring Hank Aaron!

Tonight, the Atlanta Braves will honor and remember the greatest achievement for a player in Atlanta Braves’ history (and arguably in all of MLB history) – the 40th Anniversary of the 715th home run for Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, the home run that knocked the great Babe Ruth back a step in the record books, and cemented a lasting legacy for Mr. Aaron.  In my opinion, Hank Aaron is the best baseball player to EVER play the game!

A Special Braves Live! Pregame show is on as I write this, on SportSouth, and so even if you were unable to get to the Braves’ home opener tonight, you can see the organization and world, pay tribute to Hank Aaron.  At Tomahawk Take, we’ve already written a couple of pieces about Hank today.  Benjamin Chase wrote Remember Hank And His Moment, and Alan Carpenter wrote What If 715 Had Happend Today?

 

Preview and Live Thread

Tonight’s game is the first of a three game set against the visiting New York Mets, and is the home opener for our beloved Braves.  Brandon Woodworth wrote up a preview of the series, so check it out and then join us in our Live Thread tonight, as we talk about the game, and share our memories and thoughts about the absolute greatest player to ever wear not just a Braves’ jersey, but any jersey!

Don’t be shy!  Just scroll down below to our Disquis comment section, and let us know how you feel about Hank Aaron, the Braves, the season so far, or any expectations and hopes that you have for the 2014 season.  We love you Hank, and Go Braves!

 

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  • fireboss

    That’s what the Mutts have to do , force the issue

  • fireboss

    Wild Pitch

  • fireboss

    One pitch too late

  • Benjamin Chase

    Would have been better for Harang to have just intentionally walked Wright.

  • fireboss

    My son arrived I’ll be watching but not commenting a lot

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Party pooper

  • Glen Morrow

    Hanks input got BJ a hit.

  • Ghost

    Babe Ruth spent his first six years, ages 19-25, as one of the best pitchers in the game and playing in a dead ball era when home run records were paltry by modern standards because the game was played the way Ty Cobb and John McGraw wanted it played. In fact, both of those Baseball Icons detested Ruth’s hitting style.

    as a pitcher, Ruth’s 30+ consecutive scoreless innings pitched in World Series competition was the record until Whitey Ford broke it in 1961 (a bad year for the Babe)

    Henry Aaron has spent his entire life in bitter resentment, “…Drinking from the cup of bitterness” that MLK warned about in his famous speech. To this day, Aaron wallows in his own cesspool of resentment, reveling in the joy of pain that only re-reading and re-re-reading the hate letters can bring to his morose soul. Even his hometown compatriot, Willie McCovey, can’t understand why Anyone! would do that.

    Before you join in the pity party for the noble, righteous victim that Aaron perpetuates, look again at that 715th home run and notice all the WHITE folks who were enthusiastically gleeful.
    But Aaron never sees that.

    Aaron may have the most home runs but he’ll never be the Home Run King, that is and always will be Ruth.
    It’s just as Pete Rose said (to his eternal credit) when he got his famous hit, “I never said I’m a better hitter than Cobb, but I can say I got more hits than he did.”
    Here’s a question for you: when Ruth hit his 60th home run in 1927, whose record did he break? Now, keep asking that question five times over- THAT’S a Home Run King!

    Aaron is also pitied because he was overlooked in his time. NO! he was not! Aaron was Always! a Top All-Star. (a famous SPORT magazine cover in 1967 featured Aaron as the, “Neglected SuperStar”)
    Aaron took a back seat to Mantle and Mays because they were better than he was. Aaron never hit a ball more than 400 feet, never hit more than 44, 45 home runs in any one season, never came close to a Triple Crown and never intimidated the opponent with his arm, legs, bat and skills the way Mays did.

    For proof, look at the 1960s All-Star games where every year Frank Robinson and Roberto Clemente played in Right Field in deference to their superior performances in the regular season. YES! in his time, Aaron was considered a lesser light not only to Mantle and Mays but to Clemente and Frank Robinson too! Oh My!

    Aaron rises above every All-Star of his time now ONLY! because he played so long to accumulate his lifetime statistics. Consider for illustration, does any football fan diminish Gale Sayers because his lifetime statistics are so-o paltry? not if they desire any credibility. Was Emmitt Smith a better runner than Sayers? oh please

    Okay fine, call Aaron anything you want- but don’t ever put him on a pedestal above Ernie Banks- and on this final sentence I rest my case.

    • Benjamin Chase

      Good night, troll!

      • Ghost

        sink in your own cesspool, imbecile

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      As Atlanta Braves’ fans, we celebrate the achievements of Hank Aaron on this 40th anniversary of his 715th homerun. It’s not a night to argue about his legacy, or to analyze his mentality over the years. We appreciate him as fans, and thus we celebrate with him on this anniversary of his achievement. You make salient, and valid points, if arguable ones, and we appreciate your sharing even if some of us disagree with some of what you said. Thanks.

      • Ghost

        Thank You for a well thought-out comment, it is well-considered.
        Your points are valid, legitimate and I perfectly understand.

        See folks, this is how you do it. Good Call, Chris. I agree with you.

  • Benjamin Chase

    Freddie has been hitting everything square this year, even his outs. I’m loving his approach this season.

  • Glen Morrow

    Good at bad CJ , now com Jup let’s get it started

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Huntin’ peck’r?

  • Benjamin Chase

    I just don’t get why the Braves aren’t attacking this guy better. He throws 80% fastballs to a fastball-hitting lineup, and they can’t seem to attack. Frustrating.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Good movement on his FB’s mostly, but that seems to be fading. We’ll get him.

      • Benjamin Chase

        More at bats like Johnson had, and he’ll be out of the game due to pitch count…

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Yeah walk him here, make him run, and he’ll probably throw in the towel, not that I’m condoning that. Oh well, nevermind.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    For Dan, 3 game hit streak isn’t very modest.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Shutup Joe, please,just shut up.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Harang’s pitch count is jumping up there too Ben

    • Benjamin Chase

      …but getting to the Braves bullpen can be a detriment to the opposition. Getting to the Mets bullpen is often where opposing teams finish off the Mets on a nightly basis.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Indeed, so let’s hope we can get Colon out, because there appears to be just enough movement on his pitches to cause Braves’ fits. I think that movement has lessened though. Be good to get him out by 6.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Familiar story here though for recent years… Braves playing well against reportedly superior teams, and falling to reportedly inferior teams.

  • Benjamin Chase

    John, it’s not about “hot”…if only one guy was hot, that’d be fine. It’s that the rest of the team can’t do anything at all outside of that one guy so far. Granted, it’s 7 games in, but still!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Come on Ha Rang, don’t take too long, Du da, Du da

  • Glen Morrow

    Nice Pitching Aaron, Now Braves I have a Idea lets get some Hts

  • Benjamin Chase

    If I’d have told you that Harang would have 9 Ks through 6 and only given up one run, you would assume the score to be 4-1 or 7-1, not 1-0…c’mon bats!

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Yeah I hollered, “we need more O”, and my girlfriend said, “you got that right!” ;-)

      • Benjamin Chase

        Make sure she knows that’s not the TV channel you’re referring to!

      • fireboss

        are you speaking the same jargon there buddy ? hmmmm

  • Benjamin Chase

    I thought he got all of it with that swing. Dag blammit!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Depressing game.

    • Benjamin Chase

      So when do the Mets bring in Downing to face Aaron again?

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        hahaha. Aaron could probably hit better than the current lineup

  • Glen Morrow

    are we going to have enough pitchers to last the whole season?

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Perhaps FW knew something we didn’t with our pen, in terms of injury or possible injury. This could explain the insurance moves for Beato, et al.

      • fireboss

        Anybody of quality with MLB experience is on his radar that why Beato. I’m surprised we didn;t go after Mazanno (SP) pirate they just released then signed back

  • Jeff Schafer

    Geez down goes another…

  • Benjamin Chase

    Glad that Simmons guy is on our side…

  • Jeff Schafer

    I’m beginning my conditioning workouts tomorrow, Frank give me a call

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Jimmy “Jeff Schaefer” Morris :)

  • Benjamin Chase

    This would be a good way to break out of a slump.

  • Glen Morrow

    safe

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Agreed. And you and I are always right! ;)

    • Benjamin Chase

      Looks very, very close. Wonder if it will be enough to overturn.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I have a coat just like Fredi’s. “Fat guy in a little coat, Fat guy in a little cooooaat”

  • Benjamin Chase

    The guy behind the officials in the camera shot was enjoying his 5 seconds of fame.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      10 seconds shy of counting :)

  • Benjamin Chase

    We broke the 2014 cherry on Beato and Varvaro tonight.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Now glad I didn’t attend this game.

    • Glen Morrow

      me too Chis , opening was awesome , but game has not been a good one for the bravos

  • Benjamin Chase

    Infield Fly Rule

  • fireboss

    Avilan has a hamstring cramp (AJC)

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      That’s potentially good news

    • Benjamin Chase

      More bananas for Avilan

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Well crap on a cracker!

    • Glen Morrow

      hmmmm potted meat

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Meat of champions!

    • Benjamin Chase

      On a nice pitch. Should have been out the pitch before, though.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Someone wake me when this travesty is over!

  • Benjamin Chase

    The “throw my remote vs. chop” post tomorrow will be considerably one-sided

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Reminds me its my night to write a recap of this. Will be hard to be original.

      • Benjamin Chase

        They call it luck. Dave Cameron calls it being “BABIP’d to death”

      • Glen Morrow

        recap for tonights game in 2 words it’s Ugly

      • fireboss

        The Good, Hanks celebration and Harang, The Bad everything else

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I bet Bartolo is a fun guy… grabbing his gut. Done that many times myself as a nod to the truly sexy ;0

    • Benjamin Chase

      Alas my hands are not big enough to pay due homage to my extended midsection

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    It’s entirely TOO early to panic on the lack of run production. We’re fortunate to still be above .500, and the hitting will come. Patience patience patience.

    • Benjamin Chase

      The pitching is what people were worried about, but even tonight, the pitching was excellent. The Mets got some bloop stuff that you typically don’t see. This team on paper has one of the best offenses in the game, and I have to believe that’s going to come around.

    • fireboss

      Your went back to last season and copied that from another post didn’t you?

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        hehehehe. As I recall, last season early on it was home run city! haha

      • Benjamin Chase

        Last season, they blew the doors off out of the gate…

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          I think Fred was being curiously sarcastic. hehe

          • Benjamin Chase

            the Altoid of the blog?

  • Glen Morrow

    ooooooooooooooooooooooh my John cmon

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      stub your toe?

      • Glen Morrow

        rotf

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    How bout; them Fish?

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      You might be interested to note the Nats beat the 1st place Marlins by 5-0 tonight!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Would that we still had HUDDY!!

    • Glen Morrow

      I agee Chris he still a great mlb pitcher

  • Glen Morrow

    i knew we should of signed tim hudson

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      …. echo… echo .. ech.. ec.. e e .e

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Arg cannot stomach Valverde

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Marlins took the lead in the division, but the Nats beat them 5-0 tonight.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Joe Simpson, “Lead off walk would be nice”. How bout a hand for ever the optimist?

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    He’s amped up. Settle down Evan!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Bunched up under drawers! This game is FAR from over!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Do we have a go, no-go for launch?

    • Glen Morrow

      Ready for take off

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Commencing Countdown, in T-Minus 10 seconds….

        • Glen Morrow

          7,6,5,4,3

          • Glen Morrow

            it was a dude

          • Glen Morrow

            dud

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Make it your pitch Jason

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Everyone else already give up?

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Dang. Almost. Jason turns a little sooner on that, and it’s out. Many ballparks it may have been. Oh well, we come backc tomorrow and getem! Thanks everyone for coming! Have a super evening.