Dan Uggla: Do Braves Fans Dare Dream?
Dan Uggla hit his third spring homer Monday afternoon and followed that up with a triple to drive in three runs as he led the Braves to a 4-0 win over the Astros on Monday. Uggla is tied with Jason Heyward for most homers and leads the Braves in runs batted in this spring.
Could Dan Uggla bounce back and have a big season in 2014? Do we dare dream? Spring training performances usually don’t mean squat, but in Uggla’s case at least he is showing that he can hit the ball somewhere, somehow. There’s been many times the past few years that we have all wondered if he could get hits in a carnival batting cage.
Uggla is notoriously lousy in the spring, so could his production this spring be a sign of good things to come?
Let yourself forget about Uggla’s struggles with the Braves for just a moment. Now close your eyes and imagine the former Marlin hitting like he did before the Braves acquired him. Doesn’t it feel good?
I don’t buy lotto tickets very often, but when I do contribute to the Georgia education fund, I do the same thing. I close my eyes and imagine what it would be like to win that big jackpot. That brief escape is worth the couple bucks I burned to feel good for that brief amount of time.
Right now I am believing that Uggla’s spring means he has figured things out and is going to have a big year in 2014. That he is going to hit in the middle of the Braves line-up and lead the Braves deep into the playoffs. It may not happen…well, it probably won’t happen. But right now it feels good to have those thoughts and to dream a little bit.