The mighty 'pen
Jonny Venters doesn't yet have a song that is played when Braves manager Bobby Cox summons him into a game. "I don't know if rookies can pick their own music," Venters said the other day.
But if Venters keeps pitching the way he has at the outset of this season, fans at Turner Field will be hearing this song: "Fishin' in the Dark" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. "I like country," Venters said.
And undoubtedly, the Braves like what they've gotten out of the left-hander, who had stalled in their farm system in recent years. Venters had always been a starter, and in the midst of a season in which he was 4-7 with a 5.62 ERA, he mentioned to Derek Botelho, the pitching coach at Triple-A Gwinnett, that maybe he would be better working out of the bullpen.
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