I am really glad that I have a win to talk about. Wednesdays have been on a bad streak. But hey, the bats showed up and Wright was right and except for a little Dylan Lee crap, all is at peace and rest.

The obvious big news is VAUGHN GRISSOM. WE all knew when Arcia got hurt bad enough to go on the IL, that there was a big void. A void kind of like the one near Orlando where a timeshare resort started sinking about 10 years ago. I actually rode by that site about 5 years ago searching for a place where my crew was staying. It was eerie. A fairly nice stuccoed stacked block fence around the perimeter of the property, showing a little wear. A few pieces of concrete sticking above ground level. Otherwise, nothingness. Such was the void the Braves faced.

And, I know, it is only 1 game. But still, don’t we all feel more confident in this move than in Ehire Adrianza? And, don’t we feel glad we didn’t send Grissom out at the trade deadline? So, as the title says, “All hail.” In “For the Love of the Game” (and yes, I know it is a chick flick disguised as a baseball movie, but if you watch it you can, once again, experience Vin Scully, So if you have a problem with the reference “stifle yourself”), Billy Chapel says, “Believe it!” And, from henceforth all ye who do not believe that if Alex moves it is good, if Alex doesn’t move it is good, if Dana selects a player people are saying is a “reach,” BELIEVE.

First, Wright was right. Thank you, Kyle, for your support. A big part of pitching is throwing strikes. That is particularly relevant when you do that and they don’t clobber the ball. After those 2 things (which “modern baseball science” deem to be controlled by the pitcher and not random), usually good things happen. A little shaky in the 5th giving up 1 run and getting helped out by a double play, so maybe that is why Snit and Kranny pulled him at 77 pitches after 6. I would have tried to get another inning with the previous night’s extra innings, but what do I know. 6 IP, 5K, 6 H, 1 BB, 1R (earned). Two runs better than a “minimal quality start.” A. J. Minter was 3K’s in his inning. Raisel got 1 K in the 9th (again, BELIEVE).

The offense had lots of good stories. The headliner is Grissom. Everybody speculates on who is his Daddy. Well, he is the Red Sox Daddy, and that is what is important here. His OPS sits at 1.250. If he can maintain 80% of that, we can live with that. Marcel Ozuna proved two axioms. A blind hog can find an acorn (actually, they have better senses of smell than most animals, which is why they are used in France to find truffles), and if you swing hard enough eventually you will connect and send it a long way. Before last night, his OPS+ for the month was 1. As in, if average is 100, then where did he scale? That isn’t just the 1 percentile. No, because half are over 100 and some are 100. That is like the .4 percentile (I am sure JonathanF can tell us exactly what percentile that is). Eddie Rosario’s August improvement / surge continues. Dansby Swanson continue to seem like a “very good hitter for a shortstop.”

Off for a day off in the sun at golf courses and beaches around Miami before facing the gang which assaults with a deadly weapon. The time looked much less tired the last 2 nights. And, maybe that is just another thing for which to thank the young Mr. Grissom.