‘Amazing’ moment for Braves rookie Swanson


Freddie Freeman is the homegrown Braves star so his two home runs on Monday were not unexpected. Dansby Swanson is billed as the next big thing but he’d been struggling to produce, so what he did was a nice, new moment for the rookie.

Swanson hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Padres 5-4 at SunTrust Park. That sent his teammates into a frenzy that culminated with them mobbing Swanson on the field and dousing him with water.

“Amazing,” Swanson said. “The hit was great, and the fact we won was great, but seeing how happy they were was almost even better. Everybody was so extremely happy. It was awesome. It makes me smile.”

Swanson, a Marietta High product, produced good numbers over 38 games in 2016 but was off to a slow start this season. He was 7-for-48 (.146) over his first 11 games with 12 strikeouts and two walks.

Swanson was 0-for-4 against the Padres on Monday before his big hit against reliever Brandon Maurer. Even that wasn’t easy: Padres left fielder Allen Cordoba nearly made a diving catch.

“Sometimes it just feels like you can’t hit it away from them,” Swanson said. “My dad, we were eating dinner last night for Easter, and he says, ‘They’ve been playing there for 100 years. Hit it somewhere else.’

“It’s just one of those things you’ve got to stay consistent with what you are doing. (Hitting coach Brian) Seitzer is really, really good in making sure I stay within myself and every day we are working to stay with that I do best and hopefully that will put me where I need me to be.”

The Braves acquired Swanson in a trade with the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Swanson, 23, is a former No. 1 overall draft pick and the top-rated Braves prospect (he maintained his rookie status after last season).

All of that creates high expectations for Swanson. He said he’s kept a positive attitude even as some well-hit balls didn’t find space but he said the walk-off is a result that should help him.

“A lot of confidence,” Swanson said. “Any time that you can get a hit at that point in the game it definitely gets the juices flowing a little bit and gets you going in the right direction. But tomorrow is a new day and you’ve got to come back and do it again.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Braves

Dayton Moore still won’t comment on Braves opening
Dayton Moore still won’t comment on Braves opening

Dayton Moore may be a preferred candidate for the Braves’ open general manager position. However, the Royals’ top baseball executive has been unwilling to talk about a possible return to the organization where he began his career. Moore again declined to address the topic during a press conference in Kansas City Wednesday. Moore, the Royals&rsquo...
How ex-Braves are faring in the postseason
How ex-Braves are faring in the postseason

There’s eight former Braves on postseason rosters but none are having much impact so far. Take a look: Alex Wood: The left-hander made his first postseason start Wednesday night and lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs and four hits. Three of the hits he allowed were home runs. Jason Heyward: The right fielder is batting .118 with...
Really, you can play golf at SunTrust Park
Really, you can play golf at SunTrust Park

The Braves are – again – turning their stadium into a golf course. For a limited time, of course. From Oct. 25-29 (next Wednesday through Sunday), SunTrust Park will be converted into a nine-hole golf course by Stadiumlinks. The event is open to the public. The Braves did the same thing with Turner Field for three days last year and the...
Atlanta Braves: Keep ’em or deal ’em?
Atlanta Braves: Keep ’em or deal ’em?

The Atlanta Braves compiled a fourth consecutive losing season for the first time since 1990. But it wasn’t all bad. The 2017 season saw a roster of fresh faces, the opening of a new ballpark, Freddie Freeman at third and Ender Inciarte registering 200 hits in a season.  Looking ahead to next season, the Braves face some uncertainties. Look...
Braves break ground on new spring-training complex today
Braves break ground on new spring-training complex today

NORTH PORT, FLA. – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Monday for the Braves’ new spring-training complex in southwest Florida, just 16 months before the team intends to hold its first workout at the $100-million facility.  The stadium and training complex will be built on former ranch land in the West Villages development in the...
More Stories