When the Atlanta Braves traded for Justin Upton in January, everyone who remotely considers themselves a Braves fan was at least excited about the potential that had just been spring loaded into the outfield. That spring uncoiled along the path of Upton’s powerful swing yesterday and resulted in one of the longest home-runs in the history of the world.
Okay, that is a little exaggeration, but everyone around the park said it was the longest they had seen hit there. Jason Heyward said it was probably around 450 to 470 feet in distance. It hit the top of a tree well behind the left field wall. So Upton’s hitless streak is over for spring training. It didn’t last long anyway.
The best part about the home-run wasn’t the fact that he hit one. We all expect him to hit many more in the Braves uniform. What was great was the way he talked about it. Everything just comes together sometimes, he said. It was a nonchalant reaction that seemed to assume that you and I could just waltz in the batter’s box and duplicate the feat.
That is something that both Upton brothers have shown thus far: humility. That quality, when coupled in a careful cocktail with confidence, can lead to legendary careers. It seems that the powerful outfield that the Braves have is not only going to be productive but also really fun to watch. I can’t wait for opening day.