Atlanta Braves, Tim Hudson and Waffle House: A Recipe for Winning Ways

By Rob Holden
Tim Hudson
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On July 26, as the then-MLB-best St. Louis Cardinals came into town to take on the scuffling Atlanta Braves, a watershed event was set to take place at Turner Field.

Waffle House would be opening their first non-24-hour location inside the stadium.

If you’re not from SEC country, you likely don’t understand the magnitude of this happening. Down South, there is no such thing as the food pyramid or Michelle Obama’s “healthy plate.” No, they employ a grid system, based on a simple x-axis meets y-axis design – four equal parts for the four major food groups: fried chicken, apple pie, sweet tea and Waffle House.

Go ahead, insert the obligatory joke about southern obesity. They won’t mind; they understand that you have to. And more importantly, they understand that their food is just much more delicious than yours, and that you’re probably just frustrated about it.

But I digress. The real point is this: since Waffle House opened its Turner Field location, the Braves have won seven games in a row, sweeping both the Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies in impressive fashion. Sure, the more likely explanation is that the team has rallied behind a season-ending injury to clubhouse leader Tim Hudson.

Hudson went down with a broken ankle in his last start against the New York Mets on July 24. And quite honestly, his injury may have been just the kick in the pants the Braves needed. The team had been struggling on both sides of the ball, especially offensively. But since Hudson’s injury, the team has gone 7-1. The pitching staff has gotten back on track, and the bats have heated up in blistering fashion – it finally looks as if Justin Upton and Jason Heyward are pulling out of their season-long slumps.

But in a sport where superstition is the norm, not the exception, the fact that the Braves’ winning ways coincide with the opening of an Avondale Estates, Ga., original inside the stadium cannot be overlooked. Now, you can get an All-Star Special while you watch your favorite All-Stars on the field, and what could be more American than that?

Rob Holden is an Atlanta Braves writer for Follow him on Twitter @RobMHolden, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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