The Jones & Swanson family was thrilled last week upon the announcement
of the most recent addition to the Atlanta Braves’ lineup. Attorney
Chase Swanson’s younger brother, Dansby Swanson, received the call
on Tuesday that he would be starting in Wednesday night’s game against
Here’s a little background on Dansby’s baseball career: He
was a standout athlete at local Marietta High School, earning numerous
honors in both baseball and basketball. Dansby was a 38th round pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2012 draft, but ultimately decided
to continue his education and playing career at Vanderbilt University.
During his time at Vanderbilt he produced great statistics and was a member
of the team that won a College World Series. Dansby was voted MVP of the
College World Series tournament, won a Golden Spikes Award, and ultimately
became the No. 1 draft pick in the 2015 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamonbacks.
His trade to Atlanta caused much excitement within the community –
a hometown player putting on a Braves uniform doesn’t happen very often.
Needless to say, he can play ball. Dansby got the call on a Tuesday night
inviting him to make his MLB debut the following day against the Minnesota
Twins. So he made the six-hour drive from Mississippi to Atlanta and stayed
the night with his parents at his childhood home, which is only 25 minutes
from The Ted. While only running on about 4 hours of sleep, his lifelong
dream came to fruition. And Jones & Swanson couldn’t be more
proud and excited!
Dansby’s opening night went well – starting at shortstop and
batting eighth in the lineup. Come his first at-bat, Dansby supporters
were abundant at Turner Field – in a standing ovation that would be present
at every at-bat. Dansby would end the night going 2-4 in his MLB debut.
Marietta First Baptist Church is promoting “Dansby Swanson Night” on Wednesday, August 31, as the Braves take on the San Diego Padres
at home. Tickets are on sale for $10.00 each. Seats are located at field
level, on the 3rd base side in the left field corner (Section 124). We hope to see you there!
The Jones & Swanson family hopes the Braves’ decisions supporting
Dansby thus far means their plan is to make him a long-term Brave, maybe
even a future face of the franchise… no pressure, Dans! This is
a dream that’s been long-awaited and is well-deserved. Congratulations
Dansby, and Go Braves!