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Signs of Spring: Braves Play, The Masters Opens Thursday

What's the bigger sign of spring in Georgia?

The azaleas in Augusta. The cool patterns in the mowed outfield grass. The too-blue water of Rae’s Creek. The too-white crispness of new home uniforms. And perfect green everywhere you look.

Welcome to spring. Welcome to Day 1 of The Masters and opening day for the Atlanta Braves and most of Major League Baseball.

It’s Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy at Augusta National. It’s Tommy Hanson vs. Johan Santana at Citi Field.

Because baseball season traditionally started on a Monday and The Masters always starts on a Thursday, this is an unprecedented spring sports convergence.

If you don’t drive out I-20 to Augusta or fly to New York, you can sit in your air-conditioned living room and flip between the golf on ESPN at 3 p.m. and the baseball on Sports South at 1:10.

Which is the bigger day on your sports calendar? Which screams “Spring is here” more to you? And if hope springs eternal, what are your hopes for the Braves this year? Share your thoughts with your neighbors in the comments.

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