January 15, 2014 |
SUPER-DUPER model Kate Upton was in Philadelphia this weekend with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Detroit Tiger Justin Verlander , who was in town for core-muscle surgery last week. I hear that on Friday the duo hit up the Melting Pot (1219 Filbert St.) and on Saturday they chose Del Frisco's (1426-28 Chestnut St.). My tipster says that Upton and Verlander and three others sat in the mezzanine and that she kept it low-key, opting for not much makeup. Many people dining near her didn't even recognize her. I hear Upton and party dined on the calamari and the cheesesteak dumplings, as well as a bottle of cab that got dropped off at the table.
March 1, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves' offseason was fascinating from a Phillies perspective in that it could have been their own. When the free-agent market opened, Braves general manager Frank Wren had his sights set on replacing Michael Bourn in center field with B.J. Upton, an eight-year veteran with power, speed, and incredible defensive ability. The older of the two Upton brothers is only 28. Wren knew the Phillies were interested, too. "He flew in from Philadelphia to meet with us, so that was my first hint," he said earlier this week.
January 31, 2013 |
Advertisers used to wait till Super Bowl Sunday to unveil their TV ads. More and more, some jump the gun to justify the king's ransom for a 30-second spot - $4 million this year - by capitalizing on every bit of media hype and advance Internet traffic they can generate, often by using some kind of contest tie-in. Some, like Anheuser-Busch, use the news and social media to build anticipation for spots you'll have to wait till Sunday to see. The beermaker even issued its first-ever tweet to ask folks to suggest names for a recently born Clydesdale , star of an ad called "Brotherhood.
January 25, 2013 |
Justin Upton is joining older brother B.J. Upton in a new-look Braves outfield he expects to be called the best in baseball. He said he's not willing to endorse that label until it is proven in 2013. Arizona traded Justin Upton to Atlanta in a seven-player deal Thursday that sent former all-star infielder Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks. The Upton brothers join rightfielder Jason Heyward, who won a Gold Glove in 2012, in an outfield packed with power and speed. "If we push ourselves to the next level, I feel with the extra push from each other there's no question we can be the best outfield in baseball," Justin Upton said.
January 25, 2013 |
THE PHILLIES were in need of a righthanded power bat for the corner outfield, and early in the offseason they made an offer to free-agent centerfielder B.J. Upton. So, it wasn't too much of a leap to think that at some point Ruben Amaro Jr. kicked around the idea of trading for Diamondbacks star rightfielder Justin Upton, B.J.'s brother and, as of Thursday, the latest plotline in what is shaping up to be an ultra-competitive National League race. Turns out, the Phillies did look into Justin Upton, talking to D-backs general manager Kevin Towers on more than one occasion about a potential trade.
January 12, 2013 |
The Mariners search for an impact bat led them to Arizona Diamondbacks rightfielder Justin Upton this week, but the two-time all-star rejected a trade proposal by Seattle on Thursday, according to a report by MLB.com. Upton, 25, has four clubs on a no-trade clause in his contract and one of those teams is the Mariners. He apparently declined to waive that clause after the two teams reached an agreement. Seattle has some top pitching prospects, led by lefthanders Danny Hultzen and James Paxton and 20-year-old righthander Taijuan Walker, and the Mariners have been looking to add offense to a team that is building around a young core of position players.
December 5, 2012
NASHVILLE - The B.J. Upton-to-the-Phillies buzz had a nice, long shelf life, especially when compared to how long the Justin Upton-to-the-Phillies speculation survived Tuesday at the winter meetings before being trampled by Shoeless Ruben Amaro Jr. "I don't comment on rumors, but that one is absolutely, unequivocally false," Amaro said from inside his sixth-floor suite at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. That winter-meetings falsehood spread rapidly through the Twittersphere just before 4 p.m. local time.
November 30, 2012 |
The Phillies' pursuit of B.J. Upton is over, and it did not end well if you believe he was the team's primary free-agent target. Upton, the youngest of the elite centerfielders on the free-agent market, will play next season with the Atlanta Braves after signing a five-year, $75.25 million deal. That was the news late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Houston reliever Wilton Lopez was in Philadelphia for a physical that likely will be a prelude to a trade that sends minor-league prospects to the Astros.
November 30, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Jason Heyward was in the audience as B.J. Upton was introduced Thursday as Atlanta's new centerfielder. That made manager Fredi Gonzalez smile as he realized he didn't have to worry so much about finding the third starter in his outfield. "Shoot, we may not even need a leftfielder," Gonzalez said. "With him playing center and Jason, who just won a Gold Glove, in right, it's going to be fun watching these guys cover some ground in the outfield. " Upton was given a No. 2 Braves jersey after finalizing a $75.25 million, five-year contract - the biggest ever given a free agent by the franchise.
November 30, 2012
YOU CAN LOOK at it as the Phillies losing out on B.J. Upton, or you can look at it as the Phillies saving $75.25 million over 5 years, which is the price the Braves ended up paying for a centerfielder whose production has seldom seemed to match his prodigious potential. Figure it out, and you will have figured out the riddle Ruben Amaro Jr. will continue to face as he attempts to deal his team back into contention for 2013. It was no secret that the Phillies had Upton near the top of their list of offseason targets.