Ballparks are full of history. They each have thier own distinct features, The bricks and ivy in Wrigley, monument park and the mystique of Yankee stadium, the warehouse at Camden, the green monster at Fenway, and more, but when you go to a park its more than to see the game, its to take in the environment. As much as I dislike it, part of going to Turner is listening to the fans do that tommohawk chant. I also enjoy seeing the statues or plaques of players who have contributed to all that history.

Each ballpark also gives you a different perspective of the game. What might be a HR at one park is just a fly ball in another. The site lines, angles and views of a game vary from park to park, even if your sitting in the same general area. Also the in game extras , like the mascot races, or singing the stretch at Wrigley, Sweet Caroline at Fenway, or the 7th inning God Bless America at Yankee stadium.

Another great thing about parks is visiting the local bar near the stadium. Harry Carays and Murphy's in Chicago, Pickles in Baltimore, Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit, Hooters in Anaheim, Rock Bottom Brewery in Denver (and Cinci), Harpoon Brewery in Boston, and Billys sports bar in the Bronx.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Turner Field, 2011

My last regular season game of 2011. Going to try to hit a playoff game if the Braves make it in, which they should. It was "Star Wars night" at Turner tonite. This was my last game with Chris also, and it was a bit chilly, 60 by game end. The Mets won 12-2, and it could have been worse. There were 20 hits by the Mets. Below, on the scoreboard, is David Wright as Darth Vader and he was very evil tonite going 3-5 with 2 HR and 6 RBI.

We went to the Braves museum for the 1st time. It was pretty cool. Dont know why I never went in all the trips to Turner, but it was fun to do before the game. I took a few pics, and below is one of the old uniforms from when they were the Boston Braves. The Braves blew a 5-0 lead to lose 8-6 to the Dodgers.

The Bravos won this one on a 11th inning walk-off, 2-1, after winning the previous night with a 9th inning comeback. Martin Prado hit a single and pushed Brooks Conrad across for the winning run. If only the Giants could score a couple of runs.

The Cubs game was also Bobby Cox's Jersey retirement night. This was pretty cool to be at. I only wanted to see the Cubs, but this added to the experience.

This is Bobby Cox's # after the ceremony.

They had the field painted for the Ceremony and game.
The Chik-fila cow with another new saying.

Oh, thats right, the Cubs were here too. Well, at least in uniform, they got blown out 10-4, out hit the Braves and got killed. Typical Cubs.

I went to this game with my future brother in-law Justin. I won these tickets through work, and they are great seats, about 20 rows right behind the Braves dugout. This is the first MLB game I've been to in 2011. I will be going to many more this summer with the trip and the Cubs here in August. Phils beat the Braves 5-4.

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This is also the first game I have gone to with my DSLR camera. Fun stuff. Cant wait to take it on the road trip!

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The Braves statue of liberty that was from the 2008 all-star game at Yankee Stadium. Each team had one and I believe they took them back to thier own parks. I saw the one in KC last year, I will have to start looking for these. There is also a Mickey Mouse from the all-star game in 2010 in Anaheim. Kinda cool.

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The Bud pavillion. I have hung in there a couple of times, although it is tough to watch the game from in there. Below is the Chik-Fila cow and Coke bottle. They change the cow's sign alot. There are some older pics of it in my older Braves posts.

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