Braves fly in John Sullivan impostor
By Bob Elliott, QMI Agency
|Former Atlanta Braves players Sid Bream and Francisco Cabrera, along with former MLB umpire Randy Marsh leave the field following a pre-game ceremony honoring the 20th anniversary of Bream's famous slide that sent the Braves to the 1992 World Series. (Tami Chappell/REUTERS)
ATLANTA - And No. 6 is: For the alumni weekend the Braves flew in the likes of Francisco Cabrera and Sid Bream to re-create the Cabrera pinch hit and Bream with his creaky legs sliding home to put Atlanta into the 1992 World Series.
It was also to retire the John Smoltz uniform. Greg Maddux, Dale Murphy, Marquis Grissom, Otis Nixon, Ralph Garr, Curtis Pride and others.
Former Braves manager Bobby Cox was in the dugout when he asked “who’s No. 6?” And the answer was John Sullivan. Sullivan coached for Cox from 1978-81 in Atlanta before heading to Toronto with Cox and staying under managers Jimy Williams and Cito Gaston. Except this was not John Sullivan. It was an imposter.
The Braves flew him in, put him up in a hotel and it was not the real Sullivan. Worse -- he was here for Cox’s uniform retirement last year. The imposter said he played Greensboro, except the Braves affiliates were in Greenville and Greenwood.
Davis down: Outfielder Rajai Davis jammed his finger Wednesday night in Chicago and left Saturday’s game because he was in too much pain. Davis iced his finger and has a blister from too icing too long -- much like Ricky Henderson in 1993.
Ump’s version: Jays manager John Farrell echanged the lineups cards at home plate with Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca Saturday. After Tosca left, Farrell asked Dan Bellino about his balk call on Chad Beck which gave the Braves a run on Friday. “First, he said he didn’t stop, but you only have to stop when you go to the plate,” said Farrell. “Then, he said our pitcher buckled his right knee. I’m trying to get it right to tell my guy.”
Signee: Outfielder D.J. Jones of Montgomery, Ala., selected in the 20th round by the Jays was at Turner Field and given a tour of the Jays clubhouse by Jose Bautista. Jones played this spring at Hillsborough Community College and is expected to sign shortly. As a freshman he hit .205 with nine RBIs and six steals in 32 games at Hillsborough.
Playing left: Edwin Encarnacion had started 649 games in the majors before Sunday. His 650th start was his debut in left as David Cooper started at first. Encarnacion caught a routine fly ball from Matt Diaz in the fifth and two batters later made a running catch on the warning track of a fly ball off the bat of Andrelton Simmons. With the Jays up 9-4, Encarnacion returned to first and Rajai Davis took over in left as Cooper was removed from the game.