I mentioned a few weeks ago Braves baseball was one of my favorite things....
Growing up baseball was the sport I knew. I played softball for years...and my brother played baseball. It was our thing.
My Pappy was a big Braves fan (even during the hard, lean years!) so we grew up watching the games and taking trips to the Fulton County Stadium. It was the end of an era when the TED came in and the old Fulton County Stadium was torn down.
It's always been a family thing....rooting for the Braves.
We watch the games on television and cheer... even Toccoa gets in on the cheering. She will sit and watch with us, try to do the tomahawk chop, and even knows the name of a few players. My brother and I often debate stats, who plays the positions better... you name it we talk about it. (Almost every game my brother and I watch together we chat about how Freddie Freeman is so freakin' tall yet runs so slow!)
Going to a game is one of my favorite things but doesn't happen to often. (If I ever live in Atlanta I will be a season ticket holder.) Although I was reminded last week...y'all... baseball players are hott. ;)
Last Thursday we got to go to a game and had a blast! It was Chipper Jones bobble head night so a fun keepsake from his final season was the first order of business...followed by getting out seats....and sitting. We got there a little early but I was very okay with it. Watching batting practice and taking in the views from the TED were more than worth it. The city of Atlanta is my favorite.
It was a great night with Medlen pitching the whole game, Chipper hitting two home runs, and a BIG WIN. Out of all the games I have watched at the stadium...this is the first time I have been there for a win.
We also discovered we adore sitting in the upper level seats. The view is great and you can see everything. It was fun to actually see and cheer for our favorites.... Chipper, Freeman, JHey, BMac.... I was surprised I still had a voice at the end of the game!
We really made a point to make a game this year as our favorite is retiring. Chipper Jones started playing when I was 13 years old. He was on the team that went all the way and won the world series in 1995... as a Braves fan he has been a constant for 20 years. Its funny how you get attached to someone you don't even know.
I think my favorite part, however, was watching Nate celebrate at the end of his first major league game as our team won! We screamed and clapped...and it's a memory I now get to store in my heart.
The game and time with some of my favorite people is now one of my favorite summer memories of 2012.