ATLANTA -- Along with damaging his former team with a home run that gave the Mets a 1-0, 11-inning win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field, Kelly Johnson might have also gained more respect from his 6-year-old son Cole, who has become a baseball junkie.
"Whoever is doing well is like the best player ever to Cole," Johnson said. "So, he loves [Yoenis] Cespedes and he loves [Curtis] Granderson. Then when he talks about me, he says, 'When you were good ...' So hopefully now that I hit a home run, maybe now I'm one of the best players alive."
Johnson was certainly in a good mood when he returned to Turner Field on Sunday morning. Along with drilling the game-winning home run Saturday night, the veteran utility man has spent these past few days back in Atlanta interacting with the guys he called teammates before the Braves traded him back to the Mets on June 8.
When Johnson's wife, Lauren, would bring her three sons to games at Turner Field earlier this year, she would dress them in Braves attire. Now, she's dressing them in the Mets gear that she compiled after the Braves traded her husband to the Mets for last season's final two months.
Given that his dad has been involved in four trades since the start of the 2014 season, it's easy to understand why Cole has come to think every transaction involves a trade.
"Like earlier in the year when Jace [Peterson] got sent down, he was like, 'Who did Jace get traded for?'" Johnson said. "Then when [Gordon] Beckham got hurt, it was, 'Who did Beckham get traded for?' I had to tell him, 'It's not always a trade, you're just so used to me getting traded.'"
Entering Sunday, Johnson was hitting .310 (9-for-29) with two doubles and two homers since joining the Mets. He served as New York's leadoff hitter in Sunday's game against the Braves.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.