LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After welcoming Nick Markakis and Jonny Gomes to camp on Wednesday morning, the Braves completed their final workout for pitchers and catchers. The club will stage its first full-squad workout on Thursday.
The day's top stories have been published on braves.com. Below are some of the other interesting thoughts that have been expressed recently during camp.
Gomes on the significance of the Grapefruit League season
"If these Spring Training games didn't count, we wouldn't play them. It's pretty simple. I could have stayed at home with my family in Scottsdale [Ariz.] and gone down to the putt-putt and thrown some tokens in the fast pitch and said I'm ready."
Manager Fredi Gonzalez's playful response when told Gomes said he couldn't envision walking up to Bobby Cox and telling him the goal this year is to play .500 ball
"I'm thinking, 'Does he know Bobby is not managing anymore?'"
Gonzalez on Gomes' response to being told he will need to remove some of the bushiness from his beard