Dear Ben Sheets,
I would like to apologize to you for some of the comments I made concerning your signing with the Atlanta Braves over two weeks ago. I wasn't the only one who had doubts about the Braves bringing in a thirty-three year old pitcher who had been out of baseball for over two years, and those doubts grew a bit following your first start with the AA Mississippi Braves, in which you gave up four runs in five innings of play.
Your mediocre start in the minors was soon followed by a call up to the League to face Johan Santana and the New York Mets, which appeared to me as sending a sheep to the wolves in the fact that you would merely take the loss against Santana, who had been pretty much lights out throughout the season, instead of one of the other starting pitchers in Atlanta's rotation. Given the fact that your last season in MLB wasn't too successful (posted a 4-9 record with a 4.53 ERA with the Athletics in 2010), I, along with the majority of Tomahawk Nation, wasn't about to hold my breath.
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