Today was the day everyone was waiting for, and the Braves delivered. The day started with their former leader/third baseman, Chipper Jones, the first year after his retirement, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in front of a capacity crowd at the Ted (Turner Field).
This game lived up to the billing as the new look Braves smashed 3 home runs and scored 7 in their win over their rival the Philadelphia Phillies, and their ace Cole Hamels. The first inning was where the fireworks began, as Jason Heyward walked and first basemen Freddie Freeman homered with two outs. The next inning reminded us that “His Name is DAN UGGLA!!!!” Uggla homered and it was a much needed for him and his confidence. The fans want him to improve this year after a career low year in average and homers. They proceeded to let the scrappy Phillies back in the game and then Hudson came out after 4 1/3 innings. The offense then answered with new acquisition LF Justin Upton took one deep over the left-center field wall. This is what he was tempting us with all spring, game-breaking power.
Both teams then swapped two runs a piece to bring the score to 7-5 Braves entering the ninth inning, and as every Braves fan in Braves Country expects, Craig Kimbrel entered the game to close it out. There had been some questions about him after his rough outings in the World Baseball Classic. Then Kimbrel does what he does best, he retired the side 1-2-3 and picked up the save. Great win to kick off the year for the Braves and what a day for baseball!
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– Daniel, hammockd29