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Impostor crashes the Braves alumni event

Jun 12, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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John Sullivan was a Braves’ reliever in the late 70s and the Braves bullpen coach during Bobby Cox’s first stint as Braves manager. He left the team when Cox did in 1981.

John Sullivan was at the Braves alumni event/old timers softball game this past weekend. It was not, however, the correct John Sullivan. Indeed, it was an impostor. And not a very good one.

One who, when asked when he played for the Braves said, “1986 or 1987, I’m not sure.” And who was out of shape even for a guy in his 50s and couldn’t even really swing a softball bat. The guy attended John Smoltz‘s number retirement ceremony and a dinner and signed autographs for fans and everything before Bobby Cox, Andy Ashby, Jose Alvarez and others figured him out and confronted him.

“He got most of our cell phone numbers,” said Alvarez, who now resides in Greenville, S.C. “He invited me to appear in a golf tournament.”

So close. But if he thought more about his scam he could have pulled it off, actually. Indeed, all a guy with no apparent baseball ability whatsoever needs to do to make people think he played for the 1986-87 Braves would be to claim he was Andres Thomas.

(Thanks to Tim’s Neighbor for the heads up)

  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Pretty bizarre. I’ve heard of party crashers but this is nuts.
    “when seeing a rival crasher, do not interact-merely acknowledge each another with a tug on the earlobe and gracefully move on”…..

  2. ThisIsBaseball - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    I thought they said during the YES Broadcast of the NYY-ATL game that the impostor pulled it off for years, because they were too embarrassed to not recognize him that they we’rent willing to ask his name.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Makes you wonder how the real John Sullivan feels. Surely he’s heard the news by now.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      He’s quoted at the end of the article. He found it amusing.

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