Former Braves swing away in alumni golf tournament

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville Native and Former Braves Reliever Greg McMichael, Two Sports Star Brian Jordan, Catcher Javy Lopez and Pitcher Pete Smith were all on hand out at the Avalon Golf Course for the first annual Braves Alumni Golf Tournament Proceeds from the event going to benefit Fostering Hope Tennessee.

McMichael:"..."An organization that we, we started...My father actually started it last year and what we're trying to do is, kids that are in foster care we're trying to provide them with backpacks full of supplies...for school....for overnight blanket,for some overnight supplies for them."
Lopez:"..."You know the feeling you get after you do something like that, it's just...it's like...god opened the door for you because you're helping out others."

Great charity work from a group of guys who were part of the glory years of Braves' baseball, an organization that continues to enjoy a great deal of success.

Jordan:"..."You know Uggla was a great clubhouse guy, everybody loved him, everybody liked him, but to see him...The disappointment in not being able to play, to me affected the clubhouse. So Frank Wren made a great decision, to allow him to play somewhere else and continue his career. Now I think the clubhouse, everybody's happy, everybody's smiling, I think it's all going to come together in this second half.

And the on field leader of this current Braves regime is a guy who brings a little Tennessee flavor to the team, Manager and former Vol Assistant, Freddie Gonzalez:

McMichael:"...Well Freddie's doing a great job, Freddie's actually first coaching job was here at Tennessee when I was a junior. And so Mark Conner came in, that was my junior year and so...Freddie and I were talking in the tunnel, when we were kind of celebrating Bobby's last season. And I said hey, you know, could you imagine if someone told us twenty-five years ago that we would be sitting in here, getting ready to walk out on the Braves', you know, Turner Field...And celebrating Bobby, and you we're going top be the next manager and we were just kind of shaking our head so it was a pretty neat moment."


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