Braves Dan Uggla: Baseball’s Sibyl
Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla can make you shake your head and slam your fist down on the table. If it wasn’t for maturity and not wanting to injure yourself, that fist could just as easily be put through a wall, or maybe even a window.
Sometimes when you see Uggla strike out on three pitches, while looking ridiculous, it makes you wonder if he is suffering from severe cataracts and can’t even see the ball.
Just when you think he couldn’t possibly get any worse, he doesn’t. He hits three home runs against the Dodgers in two days, including two on Sunday, and makes Braves fans everywhere giddy as grandma on homemade wine.
Uggla oftentimes looks like he has no idea what a strike is, or where it is located. He currently leads the major leagues in strikeouts, yet he knows the strike zone well enough to be fourth in walks. Does that make any sense?
Uggla can look horrible, like he did in the first half of the 2011 season, and then come back in the second half of the season and be the hottest hitter in baseball. At times Uggla struggles to even hit a weak ground ball to second, then he will all of a sudden blast a Herculean shot deep into the bleachers.
Dan Uggla is truly baseball’s Sibyl. Not in a psychological sense, but in a baseball sense. Sibyl was a woman in a famous fictional book who had dissociative identity disorder, better known as having multiple personalities. The book was later made into two movies.
Uggla’s game has multiple personalities and you never know which one is going to show up or when. If he ever put together one of his signature hot streaks in the playoffs, he could literally carry the Braves to a World Series championship single-handedly.
He could also cost you the window in your TV room and a couple dozen stitches in your knuckles…