LAWRENCEVILLE - The International League is more than a week removed from its All-Star break, and with the return of Triple-A baseball action, the Gwinnett Braves find themselves in the midst of playing 20 consecutive games without a day off.
The preseason magazines hit the shelves nearly two months ago. Single game tickets are about to go on sale. And at SEC media days, Nick Saban is bellowing from his Birmingham pulpit about pimps and agents and other assorted scum.
Who thought the Atlanta Braves would be leading the National League's East Division coming out of the All-Star Break? Granted, it would be more surprising if they were leading the AL East, but the fact remains it would have taken blind faith to believe this Braves team had what it takes to be where they are right now, especially after losing nine straight in April to finish the month 9-17.