Dansby Swanson is returning to Truist Park for the first time since Game 2 of the 2022 NLDS today. After spending the first seven seasons of his career in an Atlanta Braves uniform, Swanson now returns as a member of the visiting team.
Swanson's Braves tenure certainly had its ups and downs, which may have contributed to Atlanta opting not to give him the large contract he got from Chicago, but this article looks back at some of Dansby's greatest moments.
7. Dansby hits an inside-the-parker for his first career homer
Coming into his 16th game in the big leagues, Swanson was struggling. After notching two hits in his first career game, he had only collected 11 hits in his next 14 games. Even worse, he only had two extra-base hits and four walks.
Brian Snitker gave him the day off when the Braves faced the Nationals on September 5 but Dansby was back in the lineup the very next day.
In his first at-bat of the night, Swanson hit a deep drive to center that CF Trea Turner (yes, Trea Turner was in the outfield) didn't play well. The ball ricocheted and by the time Bryce Harper chased it down, it was too late to throw out Dansby at the plate.
Swanson became the first Brave to hit an inside-the-parker since Wes Helms did it in 2001. Even more special, it was his first career big league homer.
He'd hit his first out-of-the-park homer the very next day and ended up having a very productive season offensively with his first cup of coffee.