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The Braves give Dan Uggla an interesting new number

Nov 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

Uggla 26

Ever see news reports from towns in the path of a hurricane? In the days before landfall, you always see houses with boarded up windows, and there’s always some joker who paints something like “Hey Hurricane Betsy! Blow this!” on them just as fun.  We laugh, but tempting the fates like that is rather empowering, actually. It helps one control their anxiety. Gives one humor and bravado to bolster one’s courage.

I worry that the Braves are taking this too far, however, in the number they gave Dan Uggla at today’s press conference.  As you can see, it’s number 26.  You know who else wore number 26 and played second base for the Braves?

Brooks was here.  Empowerment or not, personally, I would have suggested a different number.

(thanks to reader Jonathan Ganz, who pointed out the number’s previous owner)

  1. nps6724 - Nov 19, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Conrad signed a 1-year deal back in March so until he’s re-signed, it’s not his number.

  2. Utley's Hair - Nov 19, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Next, Conrad’s gonna being looking for his stapler in his desk next to the furnace in the basement.

  3. UM ESLS - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Let’s relax. Jason Heyward is wearing Marcus Giles’s old number 22. We’re not expecting Heyward to take PEDs and then never resemble his old self after stopping, are we?

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 19, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Maybe Uggla really wanted that number and Brooks didn’t care. This is hardly news.

  5. Old Gator - Nov 19, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I suspect that “26” has been around far longer than either of them. The question then isn’t how the guys feel about it, but how “26” views the human conceit that a person can “own” a number. That’s metaphysically absurd, man.

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