B.J. Upton Believes The Braves Are A Great Fit For Him Because Bobby Cox And Fredi Gonzalez Made Him Feel ComfortableNovember 30, 2012 – 5:45 am by Steven Cuce
B.J. Upton is heading northeast from Tampa Bay after the centerfielder inked a five-year contract for $75.25 million. His contract is the biggest one ever given to a free agent by the franchise.
But the 28-year-old is happy to sign with Atlanta beyond simply the money. He believes his new organization is committed to winning and that’s evident in the following interview.
B.J. Upton joined WCNN in Atlanta with Buck and Kincade to discuss the Atlanta Braves being the right fit for him, meeting his new teammates Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla, the Braves making him feel comfortable and the chances of winning in Atlanta.
Were the Braves a good fit for you?
“Yeah, the uniform fits great, great team — great young ball club. Good young core and I am still fairly young myself and I felt like it was a great fit. There’s not another place I would rather be right now.”
Today must be a feel-good day for you?
“Yeah definitely. I got to talk with Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla a little bit last night and these guys kind of welcomed me with open arms and I am really looking forward to it.”
What was the selling point that made you sign with the Atlanta Braves?
“Just the atmosphere, meeting with Bobby Cox and all the coaches and Fredi Gonzalez. They made me just feel at home. There’s no worries. I was comfortable when I came into the clubhouse. That pretty much did it.”
Looks like there’s a chance to do a lot of winning in Atlanta?
“Yeah, real good chance. Like I said before, a real young group. Your main goal is to always win a World Series. I know that’s what this organization and guys on this ball club wanna do.