It’s always surprising when Major League Baseball schedules an off day on a Friday night. But the Braves have been traveling, so I’m sure they could use the rest. Hopefully they’ll do well tonight, in their first game of the Padres series.
On a much sadder note, it appears that Pete van Wieren has died after a five-year battle with cancer. I grew up listening to Skip and Don, Pete and Joe: Skip was the irreverent one, Pete was the voice of reason, Joe was the voice of conventional wisdom, and Don was and is the folksy Southern one.
Mac always credited Pete as being one of his biggest savermetric influences: as a broadcaster, he had a genius for being able to explain and analyze the game. Honestly, I never paid enough attention to him when I was young; I just liked his voice. But he was one of the greats and had a tremendous influence in helping the Braves to grow their fanbase across the country back in the TBS days, and in helping new Braves fans to appreciate the unseen beauty within the game. I’m grateful I got to grow up with him.