Ronald Acuña gets shout-out from LeBron after copying famous ‘chalk toss’ ritual


Eager to make up for lost time after missing last year’s World Series run with a torn ACL, Ronald Acuña has been on an absolute tear of late, hitting an outrageous .389 for the month of June (14-for-36). The Braves slugger got the scoring started early Saturday, taking Pirates starter Zach Thompson yard for his fourth homer in six games.

Acuña’s towering, 434-foot blast to deep left gave Atlanta its first run of the afternoon. It also caught the attention of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

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A month after copying his iconic “silencer” celebration, Acuña borrowed another James signature Saturday, punctuating his leadoff homer by clapping his hands together to make a cloud of chalk, an obvious allusion to LeBron’s famous pre-game ritual. An appreciative James took to Twitter to voice his approval, expressing his admiration for one of the best young players in baseball.

Buoyed by an eight-run seventh inning, the Braves cruised to a 10-4 victory over Pittsburgh, extending their season-best winning streak to 10 games. The defending champs will go for the sweep Sunday at Truist Park before heading out on a six-game road trip beginning Monday night at Washington.

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