Best local sports romance

Jason Heyward

Staff Pick

Based simply on the ubiquity of Braves T-shirts with his name on the back — spotted at the mall, the grocery store, a friend's wedding, etc. — right fielder JASON HEYWARD is Atlanta's most popular sports figure in years. Why are we so moony over the J-Hey Kid? For starters, on Opening Day back in April, the then-20-year-old crushed a 460-foot homer on the very first swing of his Major League career. Since then, he's hit 10 more homers en route to being one of the youngest players ever named to the National League All-Star Team. Also, he's a hometown boy — an All-American at Henry County High — who was named Minor League Player of the Year while wowing fans of the Gwinnett Braves. Really, what's not to love?

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