As Braves fans went nuts for Charlie Culberson's second walk off homer in a week, a baseball coach some 260 miles away did the same for an extra special reason.
"You look at all the great big leaguers that's played that didn't do something like that. Then Charlie Culberson does it," says Calvain Culberson. "You can't explain it. It's just the baseball gods smiling."
Calvain Culberson is the former Armstrong head baseball coach, or as the Braves' newest walk-off wonder calls him, Uncle Calvain. His nephew's success and sudden popularity has even trickled down to the former Pirate skipper. His phone has been extra busy since Charlie's heroics.
"I was getting texts and phone calls from former players, all going what's going on?" Culberson laughs. "It's been a fun ride for me."
Calvain isn't the only Culberson having a blast with all this. The former Pirate coach says his entire family is enjoying Charlie's return to play for his home state Braves, and Atlanta's newest late-inning secret weapon is having his share of fun helping the club return to the top of the National League East standings.
"He really loves the team and the chemistry, and how everybody picks everybody up and everything," Culberson says. "He's there to try and help like he did when he was in Los Angeles. Whatever he can do to help this team win games, he's prepared to do it."
Culberson and the Braves begin a West Coast swing Monday night, opening a three-game series with the San Diego Padres. First pitch is set for 10:10 p.m.