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BRAVES HAS A NEW OUTFIELD AND THEY ARE ALL BLACK!
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The Atlanta Braves has an all black outfield this year. Do you think it will change the way some folks look at baseball?

According to Eddie Maisonet- "Seeing the new outfield trio take shape has many Braves fans excited, and for some, its a reminder of what used to be a recognizable entity for an Atlanta team a few decades ago. While Major League Baseball was introduced to their first all-black outfield back in 1951 by the San Francisco Giants (featuring Hank Thompson and Hall of Famers Monte Irvin and Willie Mays), the Braves seemed to always have an abundance of black outfielders".


So what does the new union of the Upton brothers and Heyward mean for this current 2013 Braves squad? If the man who started it all, Hank Aaron, has anything to say about it then the people will be out in full force to witness something truly outstanding at Turner Field.

“I’m pleased, and I hear people from my area talking about how pleased that they are,” Aaron, a Braves senior vice president, told the Associated Press. “So I’m hoping that they show their appreciation by coming to the ballpark.”

“I don’t know anybody that had the combination of speed and power and all of the things these three kids can do,” Aaron observed. “Here again, they’ve got to go out there and prove it.”

If these three and go out there and prove it like generation and generation before them did, then a new generation of kids will look up to them. Who knows, maybe they’ll be able to add another Divisional Pennant or World Series title to the Braves history books in the process.


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mountain commented on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 08:41 AM

I do not care as long as they win.

I refuse to comment on the title of this blog because it sounds like you are trying to start a race argument and I will not participate.

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 08:54 AM

PoliticsNation,

You have stolen my thunder. I was very pleased when I discovered that the Braves had aquired B.J. Upton from Tampa Bay back in December and then traded with Arizona earlier this year and aquired his younger brother Justin. Both of this fine young outfielders were born and raised in Norfolk Va. and I was born and raised 15 miles south in Suffolk Va. I've been a Braves fan since the early 90's during the Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz era of pitching dominance. The 2013 Atlanta Braves outfield will be within the top tier in the league and arguably the best if they can perform as expected. Justin Upton in LF, BJ Upton in CF and Jason Heyward in RF will be an exciting duo indeed. I will be watching there debut against the Phillies starting at 7:05 pm Monday night.

Tiger5 commented on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 09:05 AM

Who gives a rip what color they are???!!!

gacpl commented on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 09:29 AM

no one cares what their color is as long as they can do the job. the only time most white people care about color is when you have someone running around waving the race card.

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I would have based the blog on the enormous talent that the Upton brothers have added to the outfield of the Braves. PN copied an article that I had read earlier this month and it focused on color and talent throughout the history of baseball. PN is consistent on supporting people of color whether they are good, bad or indifferent like President Obama, Al Sharpton and now the Braves starting outfield which are all black. In general this country is comprised of at least 10% who are racist and care about color; however in America you can set your own destiny and no one can stop you but you. That opportunity is slowly fading away with the big government, anti-capitalist in the Whitehouse.

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 13:02 PM

Go Braves!

mountain commented on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 14:36 PM

That's what I was trying to say.

Who gives a rip what color they are???!!!

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 19:51 PM

JimmyMack, you have a great memory and thanks for the history lesson. The brothers never started together because Willie McCovey started in LF and Willie Mays in CF. However they did play together in several games in 1963 and its still history in the making check out the details here:

http://passion4baseball.blogspot.com/...

PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

It's about history. People are reading too much into the title. The point is another mark has been made in sports history. I'm sorry if it offended some of you but a few of my friends are excited to see an all black outfield. I'm sorry but some minorities have never seen an all black out-field.

PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 19:45 PM

I wasn't around 62 years ago to witness that event. Having a team with all black outfielders isn't common and it opens the door for discussion among minority youth. Young black males don't have many role models so it empowers them to see people that look like them in different arenas. I celebrate who and what I choose. Don't try and minimize a moment that's important to me and others. Please, celebrate with me and try to empathize and understand why this moment is important to the black community.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 21:57 PM

Here’s the first black outfield in Major League History fielded by the NY Giants in 1951:

http://punkyg.wordpress.com/2011/07/2...

And here’s the first black starting lineup in Major League History fielded by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971:

http://bruce.mlblogs.com/2006/09/01/r...

Your blog would have had credibility if you had focused on the talent of the trio, IMHO.

PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 at 22:21 PM

What's not credible about the story? I want go back and fourth over something positive. It's a good story and a special moment. Go Braves!

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 17:58 PM

PN, I meant your blog would be more credible if it were about the trio’s talent and the potential of the team instead of their color. This blog is a sterling example of what I have said about you before, that you post blogs that you don’t have a clue about the whole story. And because you weren’t around 62 years ago is not an acceptable excuse for not knowing that blacks have served prominently in the Majors for many years.

Chief, if Brian McCann and Brandon Beachy can recover from injuries and get back to their normal performance levels, a championship celebration is certainly possible

PoliticsNation commented on Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 19:35 PM

@ funk..YOU don't know me or what I know..and once again you've taken my comment out of context. I didn't say I didn't know the history of blacks and baseball..I stated I wasn't around to witness what took place 62 years ago. You post these racist post weekly and have the nerves to show dismay when someone else has something to say. The fact is there is an all Black outfield team in Atlanta and we have a black President and if you live long enough you will see a woman take office and more minorities in key positions too...So get use to it.

HuDhat1 commented on Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 21:48 PM

"try to emphathize and understand why this moment is important to the black community". If it was really important to the black community there would be more blacks playing baseball. For whatever reason the participation is not there. Even 'Historically Black Colleges' have virtually all white teams. Also, are you a racist if you have an all black outfield and one or more speak spanish. Philipe' Alou, Hank Aaron, Rico Carty, '69 Atlanta Braves

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 13:05 PM

HuDhat...I was thinking the same thing about the " Historically White Colleges" when I was watching March Madness. If Basketball or Football was important to those colleges their would be more whites in starting positions.

HuDhat1 commented on Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 08:18 AM

Take a minute and try to establish a premise on which to base a discussion.

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 18:12 PM

I rest my case :D

The Braves bats were goog last night in a 7-5 win, Go Braves!

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 23:34 PM

Who cares if Funk is black! Most of my friends are Black and they hate their own race. Most of you on this site range between the age of 50-66 and have a closed mind. You put others down when they dont think like you. Seb, your usually sleep by 9....I look forward to your harsh tone early in the morning.

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013 at 01:02 AM

@ Seb- I woke up thinking about your latest post about blacks in sports and how you dont see skin color...the only time the majority celebrates a person of color is in sports. ..

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013 at 16:30 PM

@Seb- I am sure you have heard the comment before. Im not here to stir up hate or offend anyone- we have enough of that going on. I dont judge people by their race or status. I was taught to love everyone. I believe in a higher power so at the end of the day I leave the hate small talk and malice in his hands.

HuDhat1 commented on Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013 at 17:20 PM

How could you have been a jazz musician in your teens and not still be.

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013 at 20:02 PM

Thanks for sharing Sebekm.

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013 at 20:18 PM

2. Funkentelecky: You are a black man, no? I was just wondering - with regard to all-black outfields in Atlanta, black Presidents, and more minorities in key positions - exactly WHAT are you supposed to "get use to?"

Yes I’m a black man Chief, born and raised in poverty with a strong black mother and father to kick my tail when I needed it. After being raised in a traditional church going black family and struggling to make ends meet in the early 80’s, I took a risk and joined the most diversified organization in the World, the US Army and served 21 memorable years and gained experiences that help mold me into a person of character, who takes responsibility for his actions and doesn’t blame anyone else for my failures, and will humbly take credit for success. I’m an open minded person too , if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be blessed as I’m today.

Who cares if Funk is black! Most of my friends are Black and they hate their own race. Most of you on this site range between the age of 50-66 and have a closed mind. You put others down when they don’t think like you. Seb, your usually sleep by 9....I look forward to your harsh tone early in the morning.

PN, maybe you should care, since I’m someone that you can correspond with by this blogosphere and learn from instead of the trio of black outfielders with the Braves. I’m not PC, and I call it as it is you haven’t mentioned one thing about the talent or even what the brothers bring to the table for the team statistically because you don’t know anything about them other than their color. I don’t hate other blacks; however I’m very disappointed that so many of them like you are so closed minded to obtaining individual success and freedom in America. You rather rely on Leviathan as the leaders you worship divide the country with class warfare, corruption and lies. What’s even more ridiculous is that you believe it without checking other sources. Remember the quote “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer “That’s how I’m able to make an informed decision because along with FOX, I watch some MSNBC, CNN, talk radio especially Herman Cain and then conduct my individual research to confirm what I’m presenting. Wading through the fog is definitely hard work, are you up for the challenge PN?

HuDhat1 commented on Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013 at 20:52 PM

Still got the B3?

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013 at 22:42 PM

Power and speed, Braves win again against Phillies 9-2. Justin Upton and Jason Heyward each deliver two-run homers.

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 16:57 PM

@seb and jimmy, I love when everyone is involved. Please take-over...;-))

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 17:35 PM

PN, I'm glad that the Braves outfield have you exiceted; however I have to inform everyone that Cliff Lee shut down the bats last night held the Braves to a measley 2 hits and lost 2-0 to the Philadephia Phillies last night.

I'm expecting the bats to howl tonight against Chiefs Chicago Cubs at Turner Field tonight !

SportsFan31313 commented on Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 20:45 PM

I'm late in this. But who cares whether they are black? The ONLY thing I care about is if they can produce? Can they play well.

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 21:15 PM

Braves leading 4-1 bottom of the 5th.

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 23:12 PM

We won! I may attend a game or 2 this year..

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Apr 06, 2013 at 22:52 PM

Yes, Mike Minor continued his second half dominance in pitching for a 4-1 win last night 4/5/13.

Tonight the Braves really showed what the bats can do by coming from behind 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning by scoring 3 runs closing the deficit to 5-4 with the top of the order coming up at the bottom of the 9th. BJ Upton hit his 1st home run of the year and tied the game 5-5. Jason Heyward flied out to RF and Justin Upton hit his 2nd home run to win the game 6-5. My homies were GREAT and this will be an exciting season for the Braves barring significant injuries :D, Sorry Chief MVB!

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Apr 06, 2013 at 23:06 PM

Braves are 4-1 going for a sweep of the Cubs!


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