Somebody must think the Braves are going to be pretty good, because Sports Illustrated just slapped them on the magazine cover.
Wait, is this good news?
Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward can be seen smiling on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. The headline reads: “The Boys of Spring. Only 21, Freddie Freeman And Jason Heyward Are The Cornerstones Of Atlanta’s Brave New World.”
Let us hope this turns out better than the S.I. cover in August of 2005, when Jeff Francoeur was pictured holding a bat, with the headline reading: “The Natural. Atlanta Rookie Jeff Francoeur Is Off To An Impossibly Hot Start. Can Anyone Be This Good?”
And then we found out. Also, the Sports llustrated “cover jinx” has become rather infamous through the years.
But I’ll take the Freeman-Heyward cover as good news for the Braves.
Here’s an excerpt from Ben Reiter’s story, “Brave New World,” which focuses on their age (21) and their