Hinske’s slumpbuster Mohawk; Chipper and chopper

MIAMI – Eric Hinske pulled out the stops by getting a Mohawk haircut Tuesday. The Braves veteran got a close-cropped stripe of hair down the middle, about two inches wide, with the rest of his head shaved clean.

Anything to help the Braves break their slump.

Hinske said he last had a Mohawk cut in 2008 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays — the American League champion Rays.

“I love it,” second baseman Dan Uggla said, admiring Hinske’s new ‘do in the  clubhouse Tuesday afternoon. “Best haircut on the team.”

Uggla has worn a “fauxhawk” haircut all season, with a wide, thick strip down the middle and close-cropped on the sides. He’s not ready to try a real Mohawk.

“My hair’s too thick and coarse,” Uggla said. “I can’t pull that off. He’s got the tats [tattoos] and he’s huge. He’s got that whole badass-look thing going on.”

Chipper and the chopper

It’s not often that you hear of an infielder losing a ground ball – chopped or otherwise — in the lights. It happened with two out the ninth inning Monday, when Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio hit what the late broadcaster Skip Caray would call a “chopper to Chipper” — and the veteran third baseman lost it in the lights.

Chipper Jones didn’t see the ball until it bounced next to him – and past him. Bonifacio was credited with a single off closer Craig Kimbrel, and the next batter, Omar Infante, hit a two-run walkoff homer for a 6-5 Marlins win and one of the toughest losses of the season for the Braves.

It was the second ninth-inning homer off Kimbrel in as many days, after he’d allowed only one homer previously during the entire season.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who managed the Marlins for 3-1/2 seasons, said he’s seen fielders lose flyballs and some chopped grounders in the lights at Sun Life Stadium, which is also home to the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami football teams. Gonzalez said the lights are “recalibrated” for football games, and that he didn’t know if they were switched back for baseball.

“If you play baseball in a football stadium, I guess that happens from time to time,” Jones said. “But it’s just extremely bad timing. Pretty helpless feeling when the game should be over. I had no clue where the ball was until it bounced.”

Gonzalez said Tuesday that he wasn’t sure Jones would’ve had time to throw out Bonifacio even if he’d fielded the ball cleanly.

“It’s a high chopper and he runs pretty darn good, let’s not forget that,” Gonzalez said.

32 comments Add your comment

Willy

September 20th, 2011
7:57 pm

Cecil

September 20th, 2011
8:15 pm

Chipper was thinking about hunting and fishing and that’s what he will be doing in two weeks. The voice of the Braves, give me a break.

richbrave

September 20th, 2011
8:15 pm

Yeah, far out.

Gil In Mechanicsville

September 20th, 2011
8:21 pm

far out What you would call those two monster shots by Stanton last night…

urban redneck

September 20th, 2011
8:23 pm

tonight i miss having cable. love me some ’ski, and i would like to see the new hairdo. he’s such a team player. i would really like for him to retire in a braves uniform. d ross too while i’m on the subject. go bravos.

braves fan forever

September 20th, 2011
8:49 pm

Hey Cecil maybe you can get out there and let one of those grounders lost in the football lights hit you right between your eyes.U r pathetic.

Tom

September 20th, 2011
9:26 pm

1st inning 2nd and 3rd no outs and zero runs. 7th inning bases loaded, no outs and 0 runs. This is exactly why this team can’t do squat in the post season. They can’t even hit a sac fly.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2011
9:32 pm

Bases loaded no outs = no runs. That’s why the Braves can’t win games. No timely hitting. McCann is lost at the plate.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2011
9:34 pm

Alfonseca has six fingers.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2011
9:39 pm

Randy went out to remind Alf that Buck only has 5 fingers…

robdawg08

September 20th, 2011
9:40 pm

Braves now have a “Bourn Identity”.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2011
9:43 pm

When Alf strikes out a hitter the manager says “Gimme A High Six”.

Lets think for a minute

September 20th, 2011
9:53 pm

There you go Mike Pelfrey

Dennis Reynolds

September 20th, 2011
10:00 pm

I would like to see either the reverse mohawk or the “Smoltz” rally head.

Bulldawg

September 20th, 2011
10:03 pm

The reason these guys can’t drive in runs with runners at second and third with none out is because they are too selfish to shorten up their swings and hit a grounder to the right side. Team baseball is a thing of the past because these sluggers have to pad their stats to get the big money.

Lets think for a minute

September 20th, 2011
10:04 pm

never mind what I said about Pelfrey

afan

September 20th, 2011
10:12 pm

Varvaro is on in 9th. The kid is good..Braves Win!!!!!

heyward stikes out yet agin

September 20th, 2011
10:45 pm

im thinking bourn loser is a better nic

Wilbo

September 21st, 2011
12:04 am

A third grade girl could get a kickball past Chipper if she put it a foot and a half to his left.

Chris P. Bacon

September 21st, 2011
12:18 am

I didn’t think it was possible for Hinske to look any uglier.

I was very, very wrong.

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Mitchell

September 21st, 2011
2:19 am

That ball could have made direct contact with the soft spot on the dome of an infant child’s whispy, bald head and there would have been no damage whatsoever.

Never in my life have I heard of an infielder losing a ball in the lights hit right at him… on a bounce.

That was most definitely a first.

Bruce Benedicts tight baby blue pants

September 21st, 2011
4:06 am

I used to lose bunts all the time.

man and dog

September 21st, 2011
4:32 am

Larry Parrish has to go!!!

wjones

September 21st, 2011
7:32 am

“man and dog

September 21st, 2011
4:32 am
Larry Parrish has to go!!!”

I know that the Marlins field is crappy and all, but I’m sure they have bathrooms in the clubhouse.

billy bob bobble ball

September 21st, 2011
10:17 am

“The reason these guys can’t drive in runs with runners at second and third with none out is because they are too selfish to shorten up their swings….”
Thank you Bulldawg for summarizing in 1 paragraph the entire season of Braves baseball. It is a season of occasional 3 run homers interspersed into an unending stream of sissy, weak sister ground balls hit to the infielders by Uggla, Jones, Freeman and Heyward, et al. Any high school pitcher in the state can get them out by throwing to the outside corner, knowing Braves hitters will try to pull it rather than go the other way.

Mako

September 21st, 2011
10:42 am

Great….Chumper can’t see…what’ll he use next as his latest excuse. Dump the Chump!!!!!!

b

September 21st, 2011
11:00 am

Are most mlb players just complete rednecks?
How anyone could possibly get one of those haircuts, I’ll never understand.

Hesalive

September 21st, 2011
11:21 am

I like that someone is doing something to motivate this team out of the slump! They’re in a fight now and they better come out swinging!

BravesLover

September 21st, 2011
11:40 am

Stop guessing at the plate. Look at the ball and hit it. Gotta think it makes a difference in guys moving to different positions so often. Pardo in left, third, or first. Then different folks in left when Prado goes to the infield. Right field has had different players in and out. I appreciate players willing to move around but Mr. Jones makes it dang hard for Prado et al to feel comfortable at a position. It will be the same next year when Mr. Jones only plays 85-90 games and Prado bounces from place to place. Mr. Heyward hasn’t shown me any indication that he will be consistent or improve next year. Give me Constanza out there who will bust his fanny and wreck havoc on the bases.

Inigo Montoya

September 21st, 2011
12:01 pm

Hello Alfonseca. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die

bobby

September 21st, 2011
3:35 pm

Bourne is an improvement over anything the braves have had in centerfield for a number of years but he doesn’t seem to have helped that much. Heard Joe say on TV last night that the braves record is 24-21 since he came. That’s not as good of winning % as before he came.

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