The Atlanta Braves opened up their first home game and win of the season versus the Chicago Cubs. The Braves came into tonights game with 3 losses, all coming from their NL East foe, the Philadelphia Phillies. Tonight’s game gave Brave fan’s a breathe of fresh air, as the Atlanta Braves dominated their home opener 8-0.
The Braves began tonights game with a homer by Ender Inciarte in the bottom of the 1st inning. Followed by 3 more runs by the likes of Donaldson, Markakis, and Albies. In the Bottom 3rd, Braves outfielder Acuna Jr. homered to left, pushing the game to 5-0 before the 4th inning. The Atlanta Braves finished the game 8-0, shutting out the Chicago Cubs offense from scoring nay runs. The Atlanta Braves improve to 1-3 on the season, and will play at home Wednesday versus the Chicago Cubs.
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout has finalized a contract extension with the franchise that will pay him $430 million over 12 seasons.
Trout has spent his entire eight year career with the Angels dating back to when the club played their home games in Anaheim, CA. Trout is a seven time all-star, six time Silver Slugger Award winner and he also was awarded as the American League (AL) MVP in 2014 and 2016. He undoubtedly has been one of the best players in all of baseball since he came into the league however one of the huge knocks to his game has been his inability to carry the Angels into the postseason as he’s only been once (2014).
Nonetheless, Trout is now the owner of the richest contract is all of sports history and it was certainly well-deserved.
Baseball outfielder Hank Aaron was a transcendent athlete who endured the challenge of playing baseball in both the nationally known MLB and the lesser-known Negro League. After competing the Negro League for a few years, Aaron tried his hand at the MLB and signed with the Milwaukee Braves (Now Atlanta Braves) whom he played with for 21 seasons. Hank Aaron grew up in Mobile, Alabama with his siblings (One of whom, Tommie, also played in the MLB and shares a record with Hank for most homers by siblings) idolizing Jackie Robinson who had been a baseball star years prior to Hank.
While on the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves squad from the mid 50’s to mid 70’s, Hank Aaron was an all-star for all but one seasons including his 1957 season in which he received National League (NL) MVP honors while leading the Braves to their second ever World Series title. “Hammerin’ Hank” as many called him went on to win three Gold Glove awards in a row from 1958 to 1960