ATLANTA The proud parents sat in the crowd with their oldest son, but Frank Wren wasn't smiling any less onstage.
The Braves general manager, glowing right along with his green tie, introduced his newest cornerstone to what he and his staff strongly believe to be a World Series contender Tuesday, helping his manager, Fredi Gonzalez, hold up a No. 8 jersey in front of outfielder Justin Upton's 6-foot-2 frame. Of course, older brother B.J., who signed with the Braves in November, smiled along with the rest of his family in a crowd of cameras, iPhones and media members.
But though the day officially belonged to the Uptons, Wren's facial expressions gave off an impression of pride and satisfaction and anticipation. He knows the moves that were made and the dedication it took to pull them off. Acquiring All-Stars is not a GM's version of a walk in the park, not to mention reeling in five-tool relatives in the prime of their careers.
"We feel really good about it. It's something our ...