Hinske made a fan out of Falcons QB Matt Ryan

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan needs to come around to Braves games more often, as far as Eric Hinske is concerned.

The Braves left fielder jacked a home run in Wednesday night’s 6-2 win over the Rays after telling Ryan that afternoon that he was going to do just that.

Ryan had met Hinske, Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward, Bobby Cox and others at batting practice before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday night.

“He was standing out in the tunnel, signing some stuff, and I said, ‘Man, nice to meet you,’” Hinske said. “‘Make sure you’re watching because I’m going deep tonight.’ He’s like ‘All right, bro.’”

As Hinske launched his fifth home run of the season on a shot to right field in the sixth inning, a fired up Ryan cheered with friends and family from the balcony of a luxury suite at Turner Field.

Ryan told a Braves’ public relations official afterward that Wednesday was one of the “coolest” experiences of his life, and the Hinske home run was a big part of it.

“That’s cool,” Hinske said Thursday.

Hinske told Ryan he’d been watching him on TV since he was playing quarterback at Boston College and Hinske was playing for the Red Sox. He also had Ryan on three of his fantasy football teams.

“I told him he was balling for me until he went down with that toe injury, and I had to start (Steelers QB) Ben Roethlisberger after that,” Hinske said. “I just told him good luck this year and to stay healthy… He seemed like a great guy. Good dude to be the face of that organization.”

Hinske, who is 6-2, 235, played running back on his high school team growing up in Menasha, WI and is a big Green Bay Packers.

“I’d rather be a football player, than a baseball player,” Hinske said. “But there’s a lot more longevity in this game here….(But) I could put 30 more pounds on tomorrow if you want me to.”

Hinske tried to give Ryan a taste of the pro baseball life on Wednesday, offering his bat to Ryan by the batting cage.

“I tried to get him to hit,” Hinske said. “But nobody would let him hit because they don’t want him to pull an oblique.”

14 comments Add your comment

Rhino

June 17th, 2010
7:16 pm

Someone introduce Matt Ryan and Nate McLouth stat!!!!!

http://www.rhinorant.com

ernisTbass

June 17th, 2010
7:35 pm

anybody know why Peachtree network is showing the Atl skyline instead of the game?

brandon

June 17th, 2010
8:46 pm

Don’t want him to pull an oblique…my laugh for the day!

Joe Cool

June 18th, 2010
11:14 am

Funny that this article would piggyback with Schultz’s Q & A with Hudson. Hinske’s competitiveness has seldom been seen with these Braves. This guy is LIVID any time someone gets him out.

Prado replacing Kelly Johnson at 2B was obviously the other huge attitude adjustment.

Jumpback

June 18th, 2010
11:41 am

I bet chipper didn’t think the oblique comment was as funny as I thought it was.

01HAWK

June 18th, 2010
1:40 pm

Was HINSKE taking a jab at Chipper Jones with the OBLIQUE comment ?

Ross

June 18th, 2010
1:44 pm

DOB just called Hinske a big packer.

That’s funny, Hinske has that primitive demeanor of Midwest hardnoses like the old GB defense. All I know is he comes to play every day and have fun.

Playground taunt

June 18th, 2010
2:03 pm

Hinske and Ryan sittin’ in a tree …

Tim Tebow's Tears

June 18th, 2010
2:05 pm

Hinske is the freakin man

Mitchell

June 18th, 2010
2:59 pm

Awwwwwwww.

They like each other.

PreyDawg

June 18th, 2010
3:15 pm

Dont be a smartass Mitch. For once our pro teams are looking pretty promising at the same time and actually developing a little chemistry which is good for the city. Having the teams pull for one another and show some home town spirit is what winning cities do. I havent seen it since Deion played for the Braves and Falcons.

Nathan

June 18th, 2010
4:37 pm

Hinske is the friking man. Hes a spark to this team and a flat out badass

bob

June 18th, 2010
6:38 pm

Ernis T that is why they call it the Peachtree TV, always showing Peachtree St.

btw: That is Barney in the wedding dress

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