WATCH: Braves reliever Luis Ayala catches Justin Upton home run in his cap

  • David Whitlock

Relief pitchers are always supposed to be paying attention to the action on the field, although that can be difficult at times when you’re 4o0 feet away from the plate and might have the worst angle in the ballpark.  Atlanta Braves RH reliever Luis Ayala had his head, and hat “in the game” on Wednesday as he snagged Justin Upton’s go-ahead home run in his cap.  Watch as he scurries to his right at the perfect angle, doesn’t bother dropping a ball in his hand, then catches the screaming line drive shot in his hat (courtesy

As they say in poker, the winners tell jokes (or goof off) and the losers say “deal.”  The Atlanta Braves clubhouse is the former right now, riding a season-high 13-game winning streak after the win on Wednesday.  This is combined with a 15.5 game lead over the second place Washington Nationals, to say they’re in the cat-bird seat would be an understatement.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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