Atlanta Braves memories: the last days at the Ted

It’s amazing to me. Yesterday, June 11th was the first Atlanta Braves game I have gone to this season. Looking back over the years, I would say I probably average 20 games a season at Turner Field, and the two times in my 13 years here that I missed Opening Day, I made it to Opening Weekend.

Grant it, I have been busy with more work and family life than I have ever been, but there is no denying that some of that has to do with the product on the field. Yesterday reminded me of one thing, however.

I’m going to miss Turner Field.

Walking into Turner Field, you are always reminded that this city has already seen one stadium abandoned. Think about that. The Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, two of baseball’s oldest teams, have had less stadiums than the Braves.

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Fulton County Parking Lot

The statues of Bravos past the adorn the courtyard on your approach are timeless, and likely not heading to the ‘Burbs. Hank Aaron‘s legendary swing is immortalized as he launches one over the wall that is preserved in the Fulton County Parking Lot.

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He hit a lot of home runs.

Knucksie, Phil Niekro who lead the NL in wins AND losses in the same season for the Bravos, hurls another knuckleball into the summer sky.

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The Atlanta Braves have become known for 300-game winning, Hall of Fame pitchers. The grand daddy of them all never threw a pitch in Atlanta, but Warren Spahn tossed 20 years in a Braves uniform.

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Reminders of legends of recent Braves history are hanging at every corner of the stadium. I am definitely purchasing a Fred McGriff and Sid Bream “shirsey” before The Ted shuts its doors.

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J-Hey. I’ll never forget Jason Heyward‘s moonshot in his first at bat at Turner Field. He now comes in a visitor’s uniform, and his first at bat I saw him as an opponent, he went yard.

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A view from the Bottom of the Chop of Jake Arrieta dealing yesterday in yet another dominant performance. I can’t tell you how many games I’ve watched from there, they are some of the best seats in the house.

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Plus, where else can you eat this?

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And now, it’s off to the ‘Burbs.

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51 games left in one of my favorite stadiums I’ve ever been to. I spent two summers working there, I’ve spent days with friends and family inside and outside that place having more fun than I can remember. Come September… it’s gone.

Am I a bit skeptical? Of course. As a Yankees fan, I saw one of my favorite places on earth get turned into a corporate, anti-fun center. But I’ll definitely check out SunTrust and place my judgement.

Come August, many of my authors will be sharing their memories in our “Remembering The Ted” series. Stay tuned. If you have ever been to Turner Field, it should be a good one.

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