PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibson and Justin Upton used to run into each other before every Diamondbacks game. Literally run into each other. Bolo each other was what Gibson called it. Those who said the two did not get along did not see that.
Their meeting was less physical Monday, when Upton returned to Chase Field for the first time since the January seven-player trade that remade both the Diamondbacks and Braves.
Upton, however, still made it hurt. He basically decided the game with the kind of no-doubt home run that he was known for here, a deep drive into the center field stands in the sixth inning, just to the right field side of the batters eye measured at 440 feet. It made it 5-1.
Upton had been there before, but always with the D-backs.
The homer, his major-league-high 13th, and three other hits on a 4-for-5 night only added evidence for those who believe the D-backs should have found a way to live with Upton and the final three years of his contract.
Some liked the deal. Some ...