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sports art David Justice large scale painting of him sliding into home plate. Painting is displayed at the Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park Stadium in the Delta Airlines area of thesatadium

Atlanta Braves Baseball Art

The painting you see is of  David Justice a former outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves (1989–1996).  The painting I created is Atlanta Braves art from their new SunTrust baseball stadium in Atlanta, Ga.  The painting of David Justice is 8 feet by 15sports art David Justice large scale painting of him sliding into home plate. Painting is displayed at the Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park Stadium in the Delta Airlines area of thesatadium

MLB baseball player  David Justice right field sliding into home plate with catcher and umpire

feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.  I created three pieces this size and will see other post of the other paintings on this blog.  Although I have created sports art for a number of other stadiums the three MLB baseball pieces I painted of Atlanta Braves players are the largest.   The other two pieces are of Chipper Jones and the other is of Dale Murphy.  All three of the pieces are on display in the Delta Sky Club area of the SunTrust Park stadium.

About David Justice

Three-time MLB All-Star who played right field and hit over 300 home runs in his 14-year career.  He was also on a winning World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 1995.  And here is a little bit of Trivia.  He was married to actress Halle Berry from 1992 to 1996.

I am always curious about some of the things athletes say.  Here is an odd one attributed to David Justice.  “I mulled over what he had told me as I savored the Scotch. Not bad, really — like a beer that’s been in a brawl.”   The real question about this quote is who was David Justice drinking Scotch with that  made that statement to him.  I have no idea.

It is always interesting to read odd things about athletes.  Here is another odd one from the movie “Moneyball”  about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s attempt to put together a baseball club cheaply using a computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

David Justice (at the time) is on the Oakland Athletics and he is talking with Scott Hatteberg who has moved from catcher to a first baseman.

David Justice:

Scotty H.

Scott Hatteberg:

Yo, what’s up, D.J.?

David Justice:

Pickin’ machine.

[Scott laughs]

David Justice:

How you likin’ first base, man?

Scott Hatteberg:

It’s, uh… it’s coming along. Picking it up. You know, tough transition, but I’m starting to feel better with it.

David Justice:

Yeah?

Scott Hatteberg:

Yeah.

David Justice:

What’s your biggest fear?

Scott Hatteberg:

A baseball being hit in my general direction

[Hatteberg and Justice share a laugh]

David Justice:

That’s funny. Seriously, what is it?

Scott Hatteberg:

No, seriously, that is.

[uncomfortable pause; Hatteberg leaves]

David Justice:

Well, hey, good luck with that.

The Atlanta Braves MLB baseball team art painting of Dale Murphy making a catch against the outfield wall was created for the SunTrust Park stadium in Cobb County, Atlanta Georga

Atlanta Braves Baseball Art

ATLANTA BRAVES BASEBALL ART DALE MURPHY SUNTRUST PARK STADIUM PAINTING

The painting you see is Atlanta Braves art from their new SunTrust baseball stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The painting of Dale Murphy is 8 feet by 15 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas. I created three pieces this size and will see other post of the other paintings on this blog. The Atlanta Braves MLB baseball team art painting of Dale Murphy making a catch against the outfield wall was created for the SunTrust Park stadium in Cobb County, Atlanta GeorgaAlthough I have created sports

Painting art of Atlanta Brave outfielder Dale Murphy making a leaping catch againg the outfield wall
art for a number of other stadiums the three MLB baseball pieces I painted of Atlanta Braves players are the largest. The other two pieces are of Chipper Jones and the other is of David Justice. All three of the pieces are on display in the Delta Sky Club area of the SunTrust Park stadium.

About Dale Murphy

For all of the Atlanta Braves fans I am sure you know a lot about Dale Murphy as he is one of their best players ever. For a complete history of him the best thing to do is to visit his own Dale Murphy web site that has more facts than you will ever want to know.

For those of you that just want a little information here is a few basics (from his website) Dale Murphy was chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1974 Major League Draft. Over the next few years, he worked his way through the Braves minor league system and made his major league debut in 1976.

Although he began his career as a catcher, he spent a short time at first base and finally ended up in the outfield where he became the youngest player in history to win back-to-back MVP awards (1982 and 1983), was named to the National League All-Star team seven times, earned four Silver Slugger awards and five Gold Gloves.

Dale Murphy Quotes

What always interests me is what either the actual player has said or what others have said about him. In the case of Dale Murphy he Sid something very basic about being an athlete and nothing particularly profound but true: “I miss baseball.” Most people can relate to that after they retire. His wife certainly has as it has been reported that after he retired he became her full-time job. Yes, she “missed” baseball too. And one of my favorite quotes is when Dale Murphy said, “Whether I am hitting .100 or .300 I am resolved to, at least, enjoy every game.” That has meaning far beyond baseball. Try to find out what you like to do, then do it even if you have no real success at it. No matter how it may be measured, we need to enjoy what we do. Continue reading