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My official reaction when the Braves trade for Justin Upton was that of reserved excitement, but in my mind I was running around jumping for joy. It's not everyday that your favorite team trades for your fantasy crush, especially if they only have to give up 60 cents on the dollar.
I tempered my expectations coming into the season, mostly because Upton was a huge disappointment in 2012. Maybe it was moving out of the desert or maybe it was joining up with his brother BJ, but something clicked for Upton as he is off to the best start to a season in his career. Braves fans love it, including the newest Braves' fan, Justin Upton's girlfriend Ashley Borror.
There really isn't a lot of information out there about Justin and Ashley's relationship, but they have been together since 2008. She was referred to by name in an article by ESPN in September 2012. We're all but certain that Ashley is still Justin Upton's girlfriend based on her Twitter account. She has recently began following Craig Kimbrel's wife, Freddie Freeman and the Braves official account. Ashley also has complained about Atlanta traffic in the past months (and having driven in it, I can't blame her. Just awful).
Following the 2012 season, the couple built a massive home in Arizona. With the somewhat surprising move to Atlanta, the couple won't be spending regular seasons in the new digs, but word if they are keeping it for the offseasons or looking to move it (because you know, it's so easy to move 12,000 square foot mansions in this housing market).
That's all we've got for now. As Upton continues his dominance, there's a good chance Ashley will receive more press so be sure to check back later.
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I'm still torn on B.J. Upton.
On one hand the kid is uber talented. He, along with his brother Justin, are the definition of 5 tool players. They are both the type of player whose talent every Major League team drools over building a team around. Yet something with B.J. doesn't pass the smell test for me [editor's note: could it be his highest batting average since 09 clocking in at .246 or an OBP hovering between .290 and .330? Or how about his WAR maxing out in the mid 2's and he just got a $75M+ contract. Those fail my smell test.] Maybe he'll change everyone's opinion now that B.J. has left the minor leagues in Tampa and moved to the Atlanta Braves (and there are very, very few teams that could call Atlanta a step up, but Tampa would definitely fit in that category).
Here is another item I'm not totally sold on yet, B.J.'s girlfriend Stefanie Bernett. To start information and more importantly pictures of Stefanie are extremely scarce. The one set of pictures we have come from the Rays fashion show and Stefanie is totally giving off that 70's vibe. If that was the intended theme of the event, that wasn't made clear in any publication I saw. I'd also like to know what the hell is she wearing on her head. I'm looking at Stefanie and saying to myself cute but I don't see this being the type of girl B.J. would go for. Granted I've never met B.J. and have no idea what his likes/dislikes in women are but something again doesn't pass the smell test on this one.
B.J. does have a child, Riley, who was born in May of 2010. We can't confirm if Stefanie is the mother of Riley, but maybe with all the fluff pieces that are about to come out in Atlanta about B.J. we will eventually get a little more info on the relationship.
@KrisMedlen54: 2nd annual Valentines Day date with the new Mrs. Medlen! Isn't she beautiful? http://pic.twitter.com/CK2KZJ5N
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So, we've seen players guard their privacy, but never quite like this.
Kris Medlen is without a doubt the winner in the "non-Mike Trout MLB Breakout Player of the Year." The Braves pitcher has gone from relative obscurity to a staff ace with a sub 2.00 ERA who also happened to have tied a major league record with the Braves winning 22 straight games Medlen started. With his newly found fame and success comes a certain level of fans wanting to know more about the guy. Inquiries will range from "Where is Kris Medlen from?" to "Who is Kris Medlen married to?"
As the leading authority on the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes, PlayerWives.com should be your source to find out more about Kris Medlen's wife. Unfortunately, in our almost four years of this site, we've never quite seen a player protect his personal information quite like this.
We do know that Kris Medlen's wife is Nicole Medlen and the couple resides in Norwalk, CA. And despite the fact that Kris maintains a regularly updated Twitter account, we know almost nothing else about the couple. In one comical hint of a Tweet, he did take a picture of his new bride,... who happened to have a menu propped in front of her face. Medlen does tweet frequently, but rarely drops anything more than updates on the team or the city he happens to be traveling to. After a pretty thorough research of his Twitter feed, we did find one interesting nugget:
"Wow what an incredible day! So honored to be the NL pitcher of the month! But finding out my unborn child has a wiener was the best part!"
So there you go! It's something at least.