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“It was nuts,” he said. “Our driveway is really steep. It was full of ice and snow. I’m from Florida. I don’t have a shovel or anything. I went out there with a broom. That didn’t work.”

It’s no wonder Johnson was smiling Friday as he watched workers load boxes from the Braves clubhouse on an equipment truck headed to spring training.

Braves pitchers and catchers report for spring training on Thursday. Other players report on Feb. 18.

“It just got real,” he said. “It’s exciting. Today is a big day. I’m going home right now and start packing.”