PHOENIX - It all started on January 24, when Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers finalized a deal with Atlanta that sent All-Star outfielder Justin Upton -- along with 3rd baseman Chris Johnson -- to the Braves in exchange for infielder Martin Prado and four prospects.
In all, a seven-player trade that left a lot of D-backs fans wondering just what happened to the "face" of the franchise.
Just weeks before Spring Training, Upton was gone and the D-backs were looking for a new identity. Something the team referred to as a "gritty" approach to baseball. According to manager Kirk Gibson, guys who would grind it out night after night.
So far this season, Upton has been an All-Star for the Braves. He was named the "player of the month" for April and is leading the National League with 12 home runs.
In the last few weeks, he's been a bit more human, but at this point of the season, it's obvious to baseball fans that the Braves got the better deal in the trade.
Monday night, Justin makes his first appearance at Chase Field since becoming a member of the Braves organization. He was cheered when first introduced at Chase (although there were a few boos to be heard) and in the sixth inning, he delivered a two-run home run to center field.
On the night, Upton was 4 for 5 at the plate with two RBI, one home run, one double and two runs scored. For the record, Prado finished the night two for two at the plate with one double.
Based on game one of the three-game series, the Braves got the better end of the trade. Braves win game one, 10 to 1.