By Travis Duncan
Today is a call-in-sick type of day, with opening day and the National Championship tonight not that we are recommending it.
Starting off, the typical fan reaction to a trade involving an established player or anyone with production is why, without looking at the details. But one has to ask, what exactly are the Braves doing, after giving up Justin Upton to San Diego, the Bravos now surrendered what some consider the best closer in baseball to San Diego Craig Kimbrel.
Here’s how to decrease ticket sales, on the eve of opening day, the Atlanta Braves announced that their closer would be sent out to San Diego along with Melvin Upton Jr. (the outfielder formerly known as B.J.) in exchange for some youth and getting rid of Upton’s overpriced contract.
The Braves get Carlos Quentin, outfielder Cameron Maybin, pitcher Matt Wisler regarded as a top tier prospect, outfielder Jordan Paroubeck and the 41st pick in the Amateur draft.
Yes this is a rebuilding effort and the Braves get young talent and two major leagues who can hit a little bit and contribute in the mean time.
According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution the Braves will save about $46 million owed to Upton.
-Games begin at 1:05 pm ET (mlb.com schedule)
The most intriguing match-ups are out West, which include the Angels and Mariners two American League West contenders and the Dodgers and the new look Padres, two National League West contenders…
-A new Animal Planet reality TV shows will feature “ultra marathoning” with a twist. Participants will be dropped off in the middle of nowhere and have to run on average about 100 miles back to civilization. More at Runners World.com
-Running is a national obsession in Jamaica writes Michael Powell of the New York Times.
–The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 inductees. They are as follows: Referee Dick Bavetta, coach John Calipair, player Dikembe Mutmbo, player Jo Jo White and player Lisa Leslie. Five previous inductees were announced in February directly elected via committee which are Louis Dampier, John Isaacs, Lindsay Gaze, Tom Heinsohn, and George Raveling.
-Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY Sports asks the question where a fifth national title would place Coach K in history?
Wooden has more titles, but Coach has tied the Wizard of Westwood with 12 total final four appearances and Myberberg argues that Duke has faced a greater diversity of opponents than UCLA did.
–ESPN’s Keith Law requested an Insider article be taken down off Reddit after it was reposted for the masses.
-Paul George made is 2014-15 season debut for the Indiana Pacers, he scored 13 points and the Pacers moved into a tie for the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference.
–You can now spend the night at the United Center in Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s suite.