A bromance between two Baby Braves

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When Jeff Francoeur (top) and Brian McCann (right) arrived in the Bigs in 2005, they made an impression still felt on fans of the Atlanta Braves. But now in their third full season, the two Baby Braves – the nickname given to the group of several rookies that joined the team and propelled them to the play-offs – are maturing, garnering awards and making the transition to full-time impact players.

McCann and Francoeur won’t yet, though, call themselves veterans. And they still carry some baby fat. But with their stellar performances, who really cares if McCann looks doughy and Frenchy continues to insist that the 17 pounds he put on during the off-season was muscle?

The Macon Telegraph takes a look at the pair and their blossoming bromance:

“They’re like Heckle and Jeckle, the cartoon characters,” hitting coach Terry Pendleton said. “They’re always on each other, first of all. But it’s all in love.”

Maybe that’s what has made the past two-and-a-half seasons so fun to watch for the Braves.

“We knew when they came up that they had the ability to do some real positive things in this game,” Pendleton said. “They’re really just showing what they’re capable of doing. They’re learning more every year, they’re trying to become smarter hitters every year and smarter baseball players every year, and they’re doing that.

“They’re just simply coming out, doing what they need to do to be successful, and they’re working hard to get it done.”

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Thanks to Braves Love for calling attention to the piece.

Bromance, by the way, is defined as the complicated love and affection shared by two straight males. Outsports.com delved into the topic recently, along with HamptonRoads.com and ABC News, which outlines its Top 10 Hollywood bromances. The lists includes the likes of Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey (photo).

Of course, the most sizzling bromance to date unfolded on Bravo’s “Make Me A Supermodel” between Ronnie Kroell and Ben DiChiara, though you can argue that went a little further than most.

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