Charlie Culberson plays professional baseball for the Atlanta Braves. Not only is he a Georgia native, but he is also just the nicest guy! This was even commented on yesterday after a game saving play by Charlie...that even though he is appreciated for his baseball skills but that he has been instrumental in building team spirit with his positive attitude! He is what is known as a "utility" player that is, a player who can play several different positions. Charlie has been a pinch hitter, an outfielder, and even a pitcher! And this past Sunday, in a very close game, in the 9th inning, he made a spectacular throw to home plate...afterwards, some of the announcers said it was one of the best plays they had seen all year. (If he had not gotten that man out at homeplate...well, we don't even have to think about that, he got him OUT!)
Even if you don't know one thing about baseball, you should still appreciate this...
"Coming through in a clutch", don't you love that expression? It means "to do something when things have become very difficult". In basketball, they have just shortened it to "clutch", and it means the same thing...to perform well under high pressure situations".
(If you know how to drive a manual car, you will know how to operate the clutch. If you do it the right way, you move forward...do it wrong and you stall. I have no idea if this is where the expression comes from, but this is what came to my mind.)
Tonight, the HOMERUN Derby is going on...and one of the Atlanta Braves, Ronald Acuna, Jr. is participating...and he is only 21 years old! Isn't that great?
Tomorrow is the All Star Game and we will have three Atlanta Braves on the National League team!
And you all thought I wouldn't have any more sports news for you. How wrong can you be?
And remember, keep your eye on the ball!
P.S. My son is a sportswriter. I wonder where he got that from?