Jun 20, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) prepares to pitch against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Braves won in 6-4 in thirteen innings. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Next DRIVEN To Feature Craig Kimbrel

According to a press release by Fox Sports, the next episode of the popular DRIVEN documentary series, which often features current and former Atlanta Braves players, will feature the story of Craig Kimbrel this coming Friday, June 27, 2014 on Fox Sports South, adding new meaning to the popular phrase, Release The Kimbrel.

 

Craig Kimbrel – The Closer

The title of the DRIVEN episode featuring Kimbrel will be “Craig Kimbrel – The Closer”, and will debut Friday at 9:30 PM CST, and will be televised at the close of the game that evening where the Braves will be taking on the Philadelphia Phillies.

As you may know, Craig Kimbrel is from right near where I live in Hunstville, Alabama, and according to the Fox Sports Release, the DRIVEN episode is going to take a look at his childhood in Huntsville, visit some of the ballparks he played at as a kid, and take a close look at his how Kimbrel prepares for his performances in the offseason.  The episode will also feature interviews with Kimbrel’s wife, his parents Mike and Sandy, and his brothers Matt and Alan.

The Atlanta Braves drafted Kimbrel out of Wallace State in Alabama after just one season there, taking him in the 33rd round.  Kimbrel decided to go back to college though for his sophomore year.  The Atlanta Braves drafted him again the following year, but that time in the 3rd round.  If you’d like to find out more about Craig Kiimbrel, take a moment to visit his personal website, CraigKimbrel.com.  His Biography page from his website adds the following about Kimbrel:

In Craig’s first year with the Braves organization he flew through 3 levels from rookie ball to high A. In Craig’s second year with the club he went through 4 levels all the way up to AAA. On May 5, 2010 the Atlanta Braves called up Craig. Craig made his major league debut on May 7, 2010 against the formidable line-up of the Philadelphia Phillies and recorded 2 K’s.

Craig thrives pitching in those pressure filled environments. He cites coming in and getting the team out of a no out bases loaded jam against the Royals as one of his highlights so far. He also felt a big moment came in the playoffs against the Giants when he pitched 2 scoreless innings and the Braves came back and won the game.

DRIVEN – Craig Kimbrel: The Closer Promo

Check out the video promo, courtesy of YouTube that details some of what you can expect from this wonderful, and highly anticipated episode of DRIVEN.

Fox Sports South – Broadcast Schedule

If you cannot catch the debut of the DRIVEN episode about Killa Craig! on Friday, as always there will be multiple opportunities to catch an airing of The Closer.  Check out the full schedule of airings below, and enjoy the show.

  • June 27 – 9:30 p.m.
  • June 28 — 5 p.m.
  • July 6 — 11 a.m.
  • July 12 – 7 p.m.
  • July 17 – 9 p.m.
  • July 21 – 5 p.m.
  • July 24 – 9 p.m.

 

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