An­thopou­los happy per­son­ally, pro­fes­sion­ally with move to At­lanta

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - SPORTS - STEVE BUF­FERY

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Braves gen­eral man­ager Alex An­thopou­los as been in At­lanta for a year now and it’s fair to say things are go­ing swim­mingly.

The young Braves team made the post-sea­son and won a divi­sion ti­tle for the first time since 2013.

An­thopou­los is shop­ping for a cor­ner out­fielder, a closer and a catcher this off-sea­son. Of course, An­thopou­los has only been with the Braves for a year, but he couldn’t have joined the or­ga­ni­za­tion at a bet­ter time. With the win­ning, at­ten­dance is up, as are TV rat­ings in At­lanta.

On a per­sonal note, An­thopou­los said he and his fam­ily have ad­justed well to liv­ing in the U.S. south.

“I’d heard such good things, great place to raise a fam­ily, great place to be, every­body’s re­ally nice and kind,” said the Mon­treal na­tive who was the GM of the Blue Jays from late 2009 un­til 2015.

“Our kids re­ally en­joy it, my wife does as well. Ob­vi­ously my wife’s fam­ily is still all in Toronto, so hour-and-a-half flight and they get to spend the sum­mers back in Toronto. So I like the fact that (the kids) get a lit­tle bit of a blend (Canada-U.S. South).

“I think the big­gest ad­just­ment for my kids was, my eight year old, who’s at school, they said they were hav­ing bar­be­cue for lunch and you know in Canada, you don’t get bar­be­cue (for lunch). She thought it was get­ting a grill or some­thing. We had to ex­plain to her that is the type of food that you find in the south.

“But you know, I wait­ing for them to start say­ing ‘ya’ll,’ ” An­thopou­los said of his kids. “There’s even times that I find that I’m about to say it.”

I’d heard such good things, great place to raise a fam­ily, great place to be, every­body’s re­ally nice and kind.”

Alex An­thopou­los, At­lanta gen­eral man­ager

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At­lanta Braves gen­eral man­ager Alex An­thopou­los speaks at a news con­fer­ence last year in At­lanta. The for­mer Blue Jays GM and Mon­treal na­tive says he and his fam­ily are happy in Ge­or­gia.

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