franco-swing.jpgTBS is reporting that the Braves inked Julio Franco to a contract for the rest of the season on Wednesday afternoon. Franco struggled with the Mets earlier this season, batting a mere .200 in 50 at-bats. Regardless, as a Braves fan, I’m ecstatic to have Julio back in Atlanta. He is a devoted athlete that brings a charismatic, positive personality to the clubhouse. He is a team-player and a professional hitter. Those are just some of the reasons that I’m happy to have Julio back. Here are a few of the more uncommon reasons:

5. It’s refreshing to have someone slower than Brian McCann back on the team.

4. It will be amusing to hear Bobby Cox yell “Come on kid!” to a 48 year-old.

juliofranco.jpg3. There’s a chance that Julio will revert back to his ’80s doo, giving Chipper some fresh ideas for his unfortunate facial hair. chipperhair.bmp

2. When the lights go out at Turner Field like they did Monday night, the Braves can simply put Franco’s birthday cake in center field and let the candles do the work.

1. Bobby will never have to use Chris Woodward as a pinch-hitter ever, ever again.

Welcome back Julio.

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