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.