All around Major League Baseball this spring there are pitchers fighting for spots. Some are pressing to make the grade and some are stressing over each and every pitch. Even some of the veterans are so focused on the work they have to get done that they don’t really seem to be enjoying themselves out there while they are pitching. Kris Medlen, the young outstanding pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, is someone different.
In throwing sessions with the staff veteran, Medlen and Tim Hudson like to trade knuckleballs with each other just for fun competition. Medlen was so relaxed on the mound on Saturday that he worked in a few knuckleballs in the game. It’s not a serious pitch for him and he has no plans to work it in. Apparently he just shrugged and thought why not? Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Medlen plays out there like he is in the backyard.
Another great happening in Medlen’s life besides his relaxed demeanor was the recent birth of his son on February 5. This game was the first one that mom and baby had attended and they arrived after Medlen gave up a run. Was he stressed about the run or anything else about it? Not Medlen. He just said that it was good that his son didn’t have to see him give up a run. What a great attitude and outlook this guy has. He has one of those personas that you wish everyone could have. But then, it wouldn’t be one of a kind. That is exactly what Medlen is.