Dan Uggla: Do Braves Fans Dare Dream?

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Dan Uggla hit his third  spring homer Monday afternoon and followed that up with a triple to drive in three runs as he led the Braves to a 4-0 win over the Astros on Monday.  Uggla is tied with Jason Heyward for most homers and leads the Braves  in runs batted in this spring.

Could Dan Uggla bounce back and have a big season in 2014?  Do we dare dream?  Spring training performances usually don’t mean squat, but in Uggla’s case at least he is showing that he can hit the ball somewhere, somehow. There’s been many times the past few years that we have all wondered if he could get hits in a carnival batting cage.

Uggla is notoriously lousy in the spring, so could his production this spring be a sign of good things to come?

Let yourself forget about Uggla’s struggles with the Braves for just a moment.  Now close your eyes and imagine the former Marlin hitting like he did before the Braves acquired him.  Doesn’t it feel good?

I don’t buy lotto tickets very often, but when I do contribute to the Georgia education fund, I do the same thing. I close my eyes and imagine what it would be like to win that big jackpot.  That brief escape is worth the couple bucks I burned to feel good for that brief amount of time.

Right now I am believing that Uggla’s spring means he has figured things out and is going to have a big year in 2014. That he is going to hit in the middle of the Braves line-up and lead the Braves deep into the playoffs.  It may not happen…well, it probably won’t happen.  But right now it feels good to have those thoughts and to dream a little bit.

About Jim Hart

Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.

Comments

  1. NorthAlabamaGM says:

    All he has to do is have a decent season. Don’t get your hopes up, let it be a surprise:)

  2. Lol…Jim, thanks for the optimistic outlook…from your mouth to Uggla’s bat!

  3. BravesBeliever says:

    As the name implies, I’m a believer! Actually, I chuckled at the lotto analogy; for, looking back on last year it seemed like a good’un; however, unless you’re doing this as a hobby, Jim, as a rich lotto retiree, the analogy fails in one material point: Uggla has been there. I hope I’m wrong and you ARE, in fact, a lotto winner with experience but, at least until you reveal whether that’s a fact, the analogy fails in that Uggla DOES have experience as “that guy” that you dream of. He’s a 30 HR hitter with some impressive strength in his earlier years. And, I do believe. I will take it a step further: I also believe in BJ Upton. I think they will both have great years. The field is abundant with those players who are Hall of Fame material (not that these two are- but just for the sake of discussion) who have had lousy years and have come back “into their own” as proven sluggers. And, I think….and believe….that this may be the year they arise from the ashes of horrid years to come back to their former selves. Let us all believe (but a little prayer wouldn’t hurt!)

    • I won $40 in the Florida lotto one time, BB. Does that count? I’m glad to see Uggla have some success, perhaps a little confidence boost is what he needs. I think if both he and BJ. just try to hit the ball hard to center and right and forget trying to jerk everything into downtown Atlanta. they will be okay and eventually the home runs will come. Always love your positive thinking! :)

  4. I won $40 in the Florida lotto one time, BB. Does that count? I’m glad to see Uggla have some success, perhaps a little confidence boost is what he needs. I think if both he and BJ. just try to hit the ball hard to center and right and forget trying to jerk everything into downtown Atlanta. they will be okay and eventually the home runs will come. Always love your positive thinking!

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