Swanson Getting Neutered By Own Catcher Sums Up Braves’ Bumbling Season

A vow to start wearing a cup may already be too late for little Dansby Jr.

Atlanta Braves top prospect Dansby Swanson has so much belief in himself he has been playing shortstop in the major leagues, where balls routinely come head your way at speeds well north of 90 mph, for a month without bothering to wear a protective athletic cup. We know this because of what happened Monday, where the Braves’ season of bumbling futility was summed up to perfection during a pitching change:

Just a little innocent rookie hazing. Nothing for anybody except his fertility doctor to get too worked up about.

Just a little innocent rookie hazing. Nothing for anybody except his future wife and fertility doctor to get too worked up about.

It’s a rookie mistake for an 8-year-old to stand behind a guy getting thrown to, but perhaps Swanson’s rookiest mistake of all was thinking Tyler Flowers is a major league catcher. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he’ll wear a cup from now on, though sadly it may already be too late for little Dansby Jr.