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Pastimes — d-ashes on March 30, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Though the Major League Baseball season officially started last week with two games in Japan, the season has kicked off on the home front tonight with my team, the Atlanta Braves facing off against division rivals the Washington Nationals in the nation’s capital. As always it’s fun to see the familiar faces of your team, plus get the first chance to see the new additions in action. Notable in that category is Mark Kotsay, who takes over center field from departed free agent Andruw Jones, a fan favorite and one of the best defensive players at the position in the history of the game. So far Kotsay has looked good, tracking down some deep balls in the corners, though I have to say that I will miss watching the effortless grace with which Andruw roamed the outfield. And in both the familiar and the new face category, Brave’s fans have the opportunity to welcome back pitching ace Tom Glavine, a welcome addition to a pitching rotation whose #3 slot has not been too formidable in comparison to numbers one and two, Tim Hudson and John Smoltz. At least one ESPN writer is willing to go out on a limb and call the Braves, who’ve missed the playoffs the last two seasons, a World Series contender. We’ve got one hundred and sixty-two games to see how that pans out.