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6.2.13 … WOW! Kudos …. Braves’ Alex Wood revels in rush of big league debut | braves.com: News

Atlanta Braves, Alex Wood, big league debut, braves.com: News, kudos,  Chance Veazey, inspiration:  I’m inspired.

 ATLANTA — Approximately 24 hours after receiving word that he was getting his first call-up to the Major League level, Alex Wood experienced the thrill of a lifetime with a number of his friends and family members in attendance.

As Wood completed a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday night’s 11-3 win over the Blue Jays, his mother, Carol, fought back tears and his father, Richard, forgot about the fact that as a lifelong Mets fan, he was supposed to despise anything related to the Braves.

“There’s nothing like it,” Wood said. “I wish everybody could experience the feeling I had tonight at some point in their lives.”

When the Braves made the decision late Wednesday night to promote Wood, the highly regarded pitching prospect called his parents, then informed Chance Veazey, his college roommate, with whom he had watched countless Braves games during their days at the University of Georgia.

Veazey was paralyzed when he was hit by a drunk driver during his freshman year. Although his playing days have been done for more than three years, he has continued to serve as an inspiration to Wood, Braves hitting coach Greg Walker and the countless others who have experienced his enthusiasm.

Before going to the outfield for batting practice on Thursday, Wood hugged Veazey, who was positioned directly in front of the Braves’ dugout.

“Just walking out there for BP and having the view from on the field looking into the stands instead of in the stands looking on the field was just unbelievable,” said Wood.

The Braves officially promoted Wood from Double-A Mississippi on Thursday afternoon, but Wood received word of the promotion while meeting with Mississippi manager Aaron Holbert late Wednesday. Just one year ago, the 22-year-old was completing his collegiate career and preparing for the First-Year Player Draft, during which the Braves would select him in the second round.

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