Conrad relishes chance to contribute

Conrad relishes chance to contribute

MIAMI -- Brooks Conrad joined an elite fraternity Saturday night when he clubbed a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning, the highlight of an eight-run rally in the Braves' 10-5 win against the Marlins.

It was the second time this season that Conrad has hit a pinch-hit grand slam -- the other one was May 20 against the Reds. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Conrad is only the fifth player in Major League history to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in the same season.

Conrad joins Davey Johnson of the Phillies, Mike Ivie of the Giants, Darryl Strawberry of the Yankees and Ben Broussard of the Indians as the only players to accomplish the feat.

"That's pretty cool. I didn't know that at all," Conrad said Sunday when informed of his entry into the record books. "You dream of it, but you never really know if it'll happen. It's pretty special."

Braves manager Bobby Cox penciled Conrad into the lineup Sunday at third base to give Chipper Jones a day off. Ironically, Conrad came to the plate for his first at-bat with the bases loaded in the top of the first inning. He looked at a called third strike to end the Braves' at-bat, but not before Atlanta put a run on the board on an RBI single by Brian McCann.

Conrad, who has three pinch-hit homers this season, and he hit a game-winning pinch-hit three-run homer in his first plate appearance in an Atlanta uniform last season. He seems to embrace his role coming off the bench and occasionally getting a start.

"Any time you have a chance to come in and help your team win a game is awesome," Conrad said. "Nothing really gets old in baseball in the big leagues. It's just a role you have. You never know when that time's going to be, so you go through every day thinking that you're going to get a chance to help the team. We've had some good success off the bench this year, and it's been a big part of the team."