Heyward’s patience rewarded in 20/20 feat

Jason Heyward was stuck on 19 steals for a month, but he wasn’t going to let a personal milestone get in the way of the flow of the game for his team. His patience was rewarded Wednesday night when he saw a good opportunity to run and took it to swipe his 20th base.

Heyward became the first Brave since Andruw Jones in 2000 to steal 20 or more bases in a season while also hitting 20 or more home runs. He’s only the ninth player in franchise history to do it.

Heyward’s 27 home runs came quicker. Heyward attempted only stolen base between his 19th steal on Aug. 26 in San Francisco and his 20th on Wednesday night.

“I feel like I’ve been on base enough it was just not the situation to run,” Heyward said. “I’ve got Chip behind me or Freddie behind me or just a tight game situation where you may not want to attempt to steal a base right there, and I’m fast enough to score from first…

“It’s on my mind. It’s evident that you’re close to an accomplishment like that but at the same time I still never put myself above the game and it’s always about let’s win first and everything else will take care of itself.”

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Gary H

September 27th, 2012
7:32 pm

1st — Go Bravos!!!

David from Athens, AL

September 27th, 2012
7:33 pm

Thanks, David! Happy for Jason!!


September 27th, 2012
7:50 pm

bome on jason get with the program

Max Sizemore

September 27th, 2012
8:09 pm

Heyward attempted only (ONE?) stolen base between his 19th steal on Aug. 26 in San Francisco and his 20th on Wednesday night.

Art Vandelay

September 27th, 2012
8:15 pm

Kudos to the kid for understanding that this isn’t a game about personal glorification. He’s got 15 years ahead of him to pad his stats.


September 27th, 2012
8:21 pm

Fredi better get somebody warmed up and get that worthless Hanson out of there!


September 27th, 2012
8:24 pm

Tommy Hanson is the biggest waste of space, useless, sorry ass excuse of a pitcher I have ever seen. The Braves can absolutely forget about winning the division when they stick this hack out on the mound. Concentrate on that Wild Card game at home and make sure the big red retard doesn’t touch the f’n ball in the playoffs. That piece of crap messes everything up the minute he touches the ball, and doesn’t deserve to be, nor has the mechanics to be in the big leagues. He has a little league type pitching method, a batting practice fastball, and a curve ball that my dead grandma could crush. How can any fan of this team like this bum? All he does is put this team behind the 8 ball every time he is on the mound. I can’t remember seeing a more predictable starting pitcher like Hanson is. Its very simple, when he pitches, you better score a big amount of runs, if you don’t, your are losing the games he pitches.


September 27th, 2012
8:36 pm

Oh yeah, and at home in the Wild Card game with Medlen on the mound, I like the Braves chances of advancing. If they get into the NLDS and elect to pitch Hanson at any point, they will lose. Keep that bum off the mound and you have a chance. Pitch him and all he will do is get hit, give up homeruns, and make throwing errors when trying to hold runners on 1st base. The dude can’t even throw the ball properly in a straight line, what on earth makes him think he can spin very quickly and throw a strike to 1st base and get a runner out? Nice comeback by the Braves, but Hanson will no question mess it up again, that I will bet money on.


September 27th, 2012
9:45 pm

Heyward and several other Braves give this team a very solid nucleus for 2014 and beyond. This kid is only getting better as he matures. Sure hope the Braves can keep him under contract.


September 27th, 2012
11:11 pm


Your Tommy Hanson analysis is extremely amusing.

Sorry about your dead grandma but that was funny.

Tommy Hanson is Nolan Ryan compared to Derek Lowe circa O’11.

Quack Quack

September 27th, 2012
11:23 pm

Thanks Carroll Rogers for the great article.

Jason has grown so much this season, and has a HOF future in baseball, hopefully as a BRAVE.

Seems that I remember last season this blog blowing-up with folks wanting to send JHey to the minors, or anywhere except ATL. Good thing we held on to him!! ;-)

I hope FW will come up with money to sign JHey, Freeman, Prado to long term deals.


M.B. Jones

September 28th, 2012
1:50 am

Congrats to Jay Hey!! Maybe he can be 30/20 by wednesday afternoon.

Joe Beach

September 28th, 2012
9:49 am

Hay Quack – there’s $14mm coming off the books next year with Chipper gone. I think the Braves were also on the hook for several million of Lowe’s salary. There’s money for those three kids. J-Hey and FF aren’t up for big contracts soon. Prado needs a raise.


September 28th, 2012
9:54 am

Got to keep this team together, JHey, Freddie, Prado…Go Bravves!

Steven Lemon

September 28th, 2012
10:09 am

Jayson Heyward would hit .350 if he took batting lessons from Freddie Freeman (Or me).
1. Fastballs on the outer half should be hit to left field
2. Knee high sliders on the outside corner or in the dirt can seldom be pulled down the line for home runs unless you are Hank Aaron or Vladimir Guererro.


September 28th, 2012
12:01 pm

Way to Braves,Jason You are the best,


September 28th, 2012
12:36 pm

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Tom Williams III

September 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

This is what makes me happy is that Heyward and Freeman are our two young guys from this crop. There are others, yes, but these for some reason are special. Others will be. But these two, in this time when Chipper won’t be back next year. These two men boys make me proud for the Braves and a long time to come.

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