Braves glad to get going with full-squad workouts

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After going through six or seven of these, you might think a major league player wouldn’t get excited about the first full-squad workout of spring training.

Braves left fielder Martin Prado would set you straight.

“Oh, man, I feel like a kid,” he said while suiting up for Saturday’s full-squad workout, the first of spring. “And I think when I’m not feeling that anymore, it’s time to quit.

“I love it. There’s probably 100 million kids that want to be in this spot. I’m hoping that God gives me this same feeling every year, until He says, you’re done. And walk away.”

After putting the Braves through a 3-1/2-hour session that began with a team meeting in center field and ended with wind sprints in right field, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez seemed pleased and relieved.

A new baseball year was officially underway for the Braves. Another step in putting last year’s September disappointment behind them.

“I’ve sensed a good vibe since [camp opened],” said Gonzalez, who was pleased when most position players reported 4-6 days early, during pitchers-and-catchers workouts last week. “These guys are ready to get going. That was exciting to see, to see that look in their eyes. It was a good feeling.”

After just one official workout, right fielder Jason Heyward was eager to play games.

“I think everybody’s a little antsy,” he said. “We’re doing fundamentals right now, waiting on the games to roll around. But it’s necessary.”

Was he pumped over the start of full-squad workouts? Heyward smiled.

“It’s baseball, man. You’ve got to have fun,” he said. “This is something I love to do. We all showed up early, wanting to have fun together. We had a great time last year. Unfortunately it didn’t end up the way we wanted. We want to turn that around.”

34 comments Add your comment

Steven Marsh

February 25th, 2012
7:20 pm

First! What a great feeling…. 100 Million people want to be the first to comment.

David from Athens, AL

February 25th, 2012
7:21 pm

Bill

February 25th, 2012
7:58 pm

Thanks DOB..good report..I like J-heys attitude…now lets roll.

mike

February 25th, 2012
8:33 pm

Thanks Dave…………………..gotta love ballplayers! Makes me want suit up this 57 yr old body and go chase some fly balls.

bruce

February 25th, 2012
9:00 pm

ok, gonna get a marteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen t-shirt.

sfbllump

February 25th, 2012
9:01 pm

As an older senior citizen, I am anxious to get the season underway. I am not excited about Peachtree TV, getting knocked off satellite TV. What can the Braves do about those 40+ games? Could Sports South step in provide their facilities?

phil

February 25th, 2012
10:10 pm

Sorry, older senior citizen…

It’s gonna be a loooong year after all this talk ends and reality again sets in….

Fire FG!!

phil

February 25th, 2012
10:11 pm

Well…

Maybe we’ll wina few games.

Who Me?

February 25th, 2012
11:20 pm

Actin’ like a bunch of newbies down there!

OK, it’s all well and good being the first day of full squad workouts. Lets see if we can’t reel off 105 or 110 wins this year and kick some a** this fall. Anything short of 1 or 2 in the East this year will be disappointing and apparently enough to warrant another year of doing nothing.

Have I mentioned how much I love Liberty Media lately???

P-Man

February 26th, 2012
12:28 am

Come on folks. It’s Spring Training! Time to be optimistic. Everyone’s in 1st place until the season starts. Let’s play a few games before declaring anyone winners or losers. I ALWAYS believe in the Braves (yes, I was a sucker for the many lean years), and pull for them, win or lose.

And I know some on here complain about winning only one World Series, but I’ll take the 13 years on Division Championships over what we went through in the 70s and 80s (except for that glorious, magical season of 1982!).

Younger Than That Now

February 26th, 2012
1:16 am

P-man… I can relate to that and totally agree.

In my opinion, there were very few, if any, teams that would not have traded places with the Braves during those sweet years… even knowing that they would only win one WS! For those of us that were here in the 70’s and 80’s, even the past 6 or 7 years haven’t been bad… not ideal, but not bad!

TheAntiMe

February 26th, 2012
4:38 am

It looks like the party is over for the Red Sox this year with their new manager banning alcohol from the Red Sox clubhouse. That Bobby Valentine is such a buzzkill. Now what are the starting pitchers going to have to wash down their fried chicken with? :o

Stinger2

February 26th, 2012
5:08 am

Freddi and the players are saying all the right words and are ready to get on with the show. No one would expect less at this point. The challenge lies ahead and the manager, coaches and every player must focus on their individual responsibility in order to overcome what happened last year. The philophosy of forgetting about it and “moving forward” may or may not work for everyone.
Yes, do not dwell on past failures. However, do not forget the fact that it could happen again if mistakes are not corrected. True that injuries may have contributed to last years collapse, however; there will be some this year as well. The bottom line is the Braves must leave it all on the field after every game.

collegeballfan

February 26th, 2012
8:58 am

Play ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rob

February 26th, 2012
9:21 am

I love Prado’s attitude! Never take anything for granted, just humble and thankful.

ccatlanta

February 26th, 2012
10:40 am

Just read the story about the Red Sox manager banning alcohol from the clubhouse. It had never occurred to me that players were boozing it up in the clubhouse. What is the Braves policy on alcohol in the clubhouse, DOB?

reckingball

February 26th, 2012
11:17 am

I’ve heard that the only alcoholic beverage that they are allow to drink is Geritol, and that is only when Chipper passes his bottle around.
GO Braves!

reckingball

February 26th, 2012
11:20 am

When Bobby was the manager, he didn’t allow music in the clubhouse.

reckingball

February 26th, 2012
11:22 am

I believe that the Braves will win it all this season.
This is their year.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

February 26th, 2012
11:54 am

I could never play for the Bosox.

Bug On A Rug

February 26th, 2012
1:06 pm

Rest
in Peace Gary Carter. You, Bench and Fisk were three of the greatest catchers ever.

honeybee

February 26th, 2012
1:29 pm

@reckingball I respect your opinion ,but somebody needs to wake you up where you can see the same team you had before.

reckingball

February 26th, 2012
1:52 pm

“somebody needs to wake you up where you can see the same team you had before.” ???????

honeybee

February 26th, 2012
2:01 pm

Do you mean the same team that had a bunch of losers on it?

reckingball

February 26th, 2012
4:46 pm

You think that they are all a bunch of losers?

honeybee

February 26th, 2012
5:24 pm

They proved it.

Senator Blutarski

February 26th, 2012
5:30 pm

–a healthier pitching staff…plus unloading almost sure losses in the rotation by D. Lowe…plus a deeper bullpen to keep Venters and Kimbrell from wearing down in the late stretch run of the season…Heyward bouncing back and even improving…a more even, consistent year from Uggla…Prado and McCann bouncing back…Chipper staying healthy and flashing the form of the peak Chipper at times…a more experienced Freeman…Bourne in leadoff role for the whole season, playing great D, stealing bases…some timely bench work from Hinske, Ross and Diaz…steady play from the new shortstop, Pastornicky…it can happen…will it?–I don’t know, but I’m a Braves’ fan and it’ll be fun to root for them and find out!

honeybee

February 26th, 2012
5:45 pm

You are dreaming.

Fan since 1977

February 26th, 2012
6:01 pm

@Honeybee, what besides injuries do you point to for the collapse last year? Prado, Heyward and McCann never fully recovered. And Kimbrel/Venters were burned out.

honeybee

February 26th, 2012
6:15 pm

Maybe they werent fully recovered, but my point is quit using excuses for losing. IOf you dont have the players to replace them, then get them and if you cant get them the rest of the team has to suck it up and pick them up. Thats what good teamsdo.I am personally tired of hearing, we were hurt. Just admit that you blew it and move on, but their already using excuses. I have got to go to work now, talk to you tommorrow.

reckingball

February 27th, 2012
1:21 am

Do you think that the Braves should just go ahead and give it up now, and just forfeit the season?
If they did, you could root for a winner like the Yankees, Redsox, or Phillies, teams that spend the money for replacements, so that they know that they will be in the WS every year. Wait a minute…..

honeybee

February 27th, 2012
10:14 am

Good morning,everyone OK reckingball I will answer your question saying absolutely not. I have not give up on this team and never will.. I just have a few complaints o here we go. 1. Every year, same old excuse. We were hurt is why we didnt win. Other teams are hurt too,but the good teams still win. 2.Pitching,Pitching,Pitching that doesnt mean anything if you dont score. Too many times Braves relied on pitching. We dont have to score because pitcher will take care of it. 3. Quit running mouths of what you are going to do and do it. This is a good team, they just have to prove which right now their not proving it. If they jump out there and score their 4 runs or more by the 5th inning, they canbeat anybody including the Phillies. They are a good team,SHOW me.

Jhart

February 29th, 2012
3:14 am

Bobby didn’t ban music. They just had to wear headphones. That’s whats i would do if I was a manager. Different people from all different country’s are not going to like the same stuff. With headphones no one would assert dominance in the clubhouse witch reduces tension yet everyone can get ready in there own way and language.

dre beats best buy

August 2nd, 2013
2:14 am

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