By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
Braves fans in Northwest Georgia are ready for some baseball.
With a standing room only crowd packed in to the Forum downtown, The Rome Braves hosted their 11th annual “Hot Stove Gathering” Monday afternoon. The off-season primer for the coming year provided fans a chance to meet Executive Vice-President and General Manager Frank Wren as well as closer Craig Kimbrel and others from the parent organization along with Rome Braves front office staff. Fresh off the acquisition of All-Star outfielder Justin Upton last week, Wren said he believed the 2013 Atlanta Braves had enough talent to win the N.L. East for the first time since 2005;
"Every year you take a look at our division...it's a tough division top to bottom. On paper we have a good club but none of these things are ever settled on paper. I think we have all the ingredients to have a really good season, I think we have all the ingredients to win our division but we have to go do it. And we've got competition. So I think all in all it's gonna be a real tough division, I think we match up really well. But it's incumbent on us to play well."
All funds brought in from the “Hot Stove Gathering” benefit the Braves Miracle Field of Rome. The Braves organization will open spring training camp in Orlando next month.
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