I haven't stopped celebrating this since the moment I read it. Before I go any further, I am going to say the following with 100% honesty:
-Before 2011 I predicted he'd have an insane, Josh Hamilton-esque breakout year. Top 5 MVP, SS award
-In November, I posted on a friend's facebook page that we would definitely trade for Justin Upton.............in exchange for Prado and Delgado
Now before I brag too much I'll admit it's not exactly a stretch to project a monster breakout season from a 23-year-old who already posted a .900 OPS at 21. Fine, I'll also point out 2011 was nearly identical to his 2009 output, minus the MVP voting and SS award, but we'll get to that part later.
I'm only bragging about the trade prediction because of the feedback I got after posting it. You may or may not remember that we tried and failed to get an impact OF bat for Prado this time last season. The Rockies offered Seth Smith for him straight-up, but negotiations fell apart because they refused to give us Fowler. The BIG laugher was Baltimore's offer. They were willing to take Prado in exchange for Adam Jones as long as we offered a decent throw-in along with Prado. That throw-in was Tommy Hanson. We countered with Jurrjens and they still insisted on Hanson. He was awful last year but don't forget that his first 3 years in the Majors his splits were 3.28/1.18 with 8.5 K/9 and he was only 23. All for Adam freaking Jones? Whoever coined the term "overrated" did so thinking that one day a player like Jones would come along.
So yeah, I got laughed at pretty hard when I suggested Prado would be the X-factor in a trade for a LEGITIMATE budding superstar. Some people skipped the laughing and went straight for the petty insults. Delgado is where I admit slight low-balling, but it's not like we were selling them BS. He has secondary pitches and would be an ace if he developed one into a plus breaking pitch. In 1½ seasons worth of MLB starts, all indicators are that the breaking stuff will stay mediocre. IMHO he's a ceiling 3rd starter, albeit with no floor. The only surprise to me was that they didn't pry away a Middle Reliever; I would've gave them Venters before missing out on Upton, lol.
Either way, WE DID IT!! Justin Upton, two seasons at .900 by age 23 to go with blazing speed. A purebread Right Fielder, just like Jason Heyward, who's also 23. The third guy in that outfield is Justin's freaking brother! People think we took a hit in CF by using him to replace such a great 2012 from Michael Bourn, but the OPS difference was only 13 points.......in UPTON'S favor! If Bourn was such a great leadoff hitter, why was his OBP identical to Dan Uggla, who had the most nightmarish offensive year in his life?
LOL as you can tell I'm thrilled. J. Upton, Heyward, Freeman and Simmons are ALL 23 years old. Uggla and McCann had nightmare seasons that were obvious flukes. Our rotation has Medlen (26, 1.57/.91), Beachy (25, 2.00/.96) and Minor (24, 4.12/1.15). Our worst returning starters are Hudson and Maholm, who combined for 3.57/1.20. The best part about all that is it's not even our strength. Our bullpen: Kimbrel, Venters, O'Flaherty, Walden, Martinez and Gearrin. That's freaking Black Swan insane!
I don't know, I may be overreacting. I warned on the Introductions page that I would me making a lot of sports-related posts, but that all depends on how many of you follow sports. The rant's over, I promise. But honestly, what do you think a Braves fan should be thinking right now?