"You're never going to forget that day, ever," Heyward said. "But I would say time definitely flies, especially when you are having fun."
The Braves took advantage of having four of the top 78 selections in the 2007 Draft. With the 33rd overall selection, they nabbed third baseman Jon Gilmore, who was part of the package used to acquire Javier Vazquez before the 2009 season. But the significance of this class was truly enhanced by the decision to take Freddie Freeman with the 78th overall selection.
Freeman and Heyward met each other during their high school days and have played most of the past five years together. "That doesn't happen often for everybody in this game," Heyward said. "It's a business. We'll see how long we end up playing together. But it's just been cool."