Suddenly Brave

When Justin Upton visits Phoenix's Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, on May 13, it will mark the first time in his young career that he does so as an Arizona Diamondbacks opponent. And what an opponent he's shaping up to be. Heading into May, Upton leads the Majors in long balls and thus far has been the backbone of an Atlanta Braves club that's off to a blistering start.

Maybe the 25-year-old's MVP-caliber play is ironclad evidence that the years of trade rumors took their toll on him during his tenure here, shackling a superstar in waiting. Or maybe it's just more of the fool's gold that D-backs fans have come to expect from him. Either way, he's an Atlanta Brave now and no doubt looks to make it abundantly clear during Monday's matchup by driving home plenty of reminders along the way.

Mon., May 13, 6:40 p.m.; Tue., May 14; Wed., May 15, 2013
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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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