The Kids’ Area at SunTrust Park

The Braves have worked very hard to include a fun space for our kids!  As with the rest of the ballpark, this area has been well thought out and carefully designed.  Now when your kids come to a game, they will get to enjoy so many amenities that SunTrust Park has to offer.  The Braves, in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, have come up with a fabulous kids’ zone called ‘Hope and Will’s Sandlot’. It is located behind sections 151-155!

As always, there is a Braves Kids Club membership so your kids can be a part of the team!  A premium membership is $25 (per membership) or there is a free membership option as well.  When you buy a Premium Membership, there are several really great benefits and prizes that include a Dansby Swanson jersey and much much more.  Check out all the info at Braves.com/kids.

And be on the lookout about how you can reserve your times in advance for all the fun games and activities you will see here.

In the meantime, let me show you around….

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The ‘Hope and Will Climbing Tower’ is a fun climbing tower has a large Braves helmet at the top (seen below)!  I’m sure we’ll be spending a great deal of time here.

 

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You will see here a close up of the “loading dock” for ‘Hope and Will’s Pop Flyer Zip Line’!  It looks like loads of fun!
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This is ‘Hope and Will’s Pop Flyer Zip Line’.  This is the loading area where fans get strapped in and zip line down.  The building behind this is a hotel that will open in 2018.  What a great space!

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This is a great view of the First Base Dash, (where you can time how fast you can run), the Pop Flier Zip Line, and Climbing Tower.  The building you see to the right of this frame is a hotel that will open in 2018!

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Kids have their own Braves Clubhouse Store!
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I loved this game as a kid!  This is Hydration Station.  Players get to race by spraying water in the holes, (which raises the baseball),  to see who gets to the top first.
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Batting Cage, ‘Batter UP!’
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At ‘Strike Zone’, you get to see what it is like to hit a home run at SunTrust Park!
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‘Strike Zone’
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‘Chop A Mole’!!

 

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This is a game called, ‘Pick ‘Em Off’… Players will shoot a ball into the hole and whoever has the most balls go in, wins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kids even get their own snack and dinner spot!  I’m sure we will be spending a great deal of time here, too.

Thanks for letting me show you around the Kids’ area!  It’s going to be a really fun season!

See you there!

Go Braves!

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SunTrust Park Open House

The Atlanta Braves A-List members, a.k.a. season ticket holders, we were given a chance to explore and enjoy all that the new SunTrust Park has to offer at their ‘SunTrust Park Open House’.  The ballpark is beautifully built, thought out, and elegantly designed.  And to think this all started from a field of dirt just 3 years ago.  The Braves staff have been working around the clock to have this incredible ballpark ready for us for the Open House but more importantly, by our Home Opener…April 14th!  Let me tell you, it will not disappoint!

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During our time at SunTrust Park, we were given a chance to find our seats, test out the new concessions, and watch the first game ever to be shown on the big screen which was a Braves Spring Training game being played in Orlando.

The new kids area, Hope and Will’s Sandlot, was up and running and complimentary for the day.  It has a new Pop Flier Zip Line and Climbing Tower as well as other fun games…some I used to play as a kid.

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Pictured here is the ‘First Base Dash’;  runners are timed to see how long it takes to run to base, and up above that is the ‘Pop Flier Zip Line’.  Behind this is a hotel that will open in 2018.
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Chop A Mole!  🙂 One of many games located in Hope and Will’s Sandlot
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Field Level

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The building you see here to the top right is a hotel that will open in 2018!  Great location!
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This is in the Plaza area leading to The Battery Atlanta.  See the black on the ball?  Those are screens for live media coverage!
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Coors Light Chop House Outdoor Seating Area
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This is a view from the Coors Light Chop House!  See those little holes?  Those are drink coolers!  Yes, little drink coolers where you can place your drink and it will stay cool as you sit and watch the game.  This is 1:30 in the afternoon and this area is already in the shade. 🙂  Everything has been thought out for the best experience for you!
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This.  And so much more!  Get ready to eat, my friends!

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Delta Lot Landmark!

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Words cannot describe my level of excitement for this new ballpark and the start of a new season.  MLB owners are referring to our new ballpark as “revolutionary” and I totally agree!

Please stay tuned to more posts about our new amazing ballpark…So much more to come!

TeamMomBaseball is Expanding

I’m excited to announce that Team Mom Baseball is expanding! In addition to my blog site about baseball, the Atlanta Braves, and team mom stuff, I am now finally turning my long-time photography hobby into a business called Team Mom Baseball Photography!
Check out my website at www.teammombaseballphotography.com or my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/teammombaseballphotography/. If you live in the Atlanta area, I would love to capture some sports images of your athlete!!#makingmemories #loveofthegameLuke2

The Cubs, The World Series, and Rebuilding A Franchise

Like everyone else I’m sure, I am still “on a high” from game 7 of the World Series!!  What an incredible game that was!  That was probably the most exciting game we’ll ever see…especially a game 7 of a World Series!

I am a Loyal Atlanta Braves Fan, but knew the Cubs were having a great season.  We lived in Chicago for a short time, only 6 months.  I have been temporarily rooting for them during the NLDS and NLCS.  After all, the Cubs have Former Braves David Ross, Jason Heyward, Tommy LaStella, and assistant hitting coach, Eric Hinske.

About a month ago, my 11 year old son asked me who I thought was going to win the World Series, I confidently said, “Cubs all the Way!!”  For some reason, I knew… They had won 103 games this season and had been gaining such momentum!  I was just feeling that they could do it!

Sure enough.  They did it!  I’m so happy for them that they were able to come back and WIN…especially after trailing the series 3-1!

I mean, WOW!

And I am intrigued for many reasons:

  • The 100 year curse…the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908.
  • There are some that have never in their lifetime have ever seen their Cubs WIN a World Series.  I can’t imagine.
  • How emotional this is for many…. Fathers and Grandfathers that influenced their now grown children to love the Cubs from their childhood..and those “children” get to see the Cubs be CHAMPIONS.
  • Five years ago, the Cubs LOST 101 games!  Since then, they have built their way back winning more games each year until reaching a winning season of 103 games in 2016!
  • And why?  2 words:  Theo Epstein!  He is the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs.  He worked wonders with the Boston Red Sox, leading them to their first World Series Championship in 86 years in 2004 AND 2007. He took over the Cubs in 2011 to rebuild this franchise and told the Cubs Fans five years ago, “just be patient”.

I can’t imagine how he and the Cubs Organization must feel today.

I’m also very impressed with the Cleveland Indians who kept pushing and fighting all the way to the end.  They are a talented bunch of guys.  If you told me when they were leading the Series 3-1 that the Cubs would come back and win the entire World Series, I would be be shocked…

What a great World Series!  Congratulations to all the Fans that have waited for so long!

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History was made last night!

What a great love we have for the Game of Baseball!

Only 161 days to go until Opening Day!

 

The Shadowboxers

I love music.  Really good music.  I am a musician also but I love to be entertained by a wide variety of styles of music.  Live music is the best.  I appreciate the work that goes into it.

Through the years as my children have gotten older, they will remember music playing in the house pretty much all of the time.  Music touches the soul.

Outdoor concerts during the summer are one of my most favorite things to do.  This past summer, there was an outdoor concert series at a park in our community.  I was all in!  The Shadowboxers were scheduled to come in concert at the end of September.  My daughter looked up their music and was like, “Mom, these guys are really good!”  It doesn’t take much for me to be on board.  Did I mention, I love music?

So, we made our plans to see The Shadowboxers at this outdoor concert… Let me tell you guys…. This is what the World has been Missing!

Seriously…

These guys belted out amazing 3-part harmonies, with rich vocals, dancing around on stage, with their contagious energy.

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They have a style that is unique.  A combination of pop, rock, funk, jazz, also known as soulful pop.  One thing is for sure…. it is good stuff and I am a new fan!

This was the BEST show that I have seen in a really long time!  

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I found out that this band formed in Atlanta and moved to Nashville last year to pursue their music.  They recently did a cover of Justin Timberlake’s Pusher Love Girl that was actually noticed by Justin Timberlake, he contacted The Shadowboxers wanting to know their story.  It wasn’t long after that J.T. was hopping up on stage for a surprise performance with The Shadowboxers at their concert.  Now, as I understand it, Justin Timberlake will be helping produce in future projects.

Since moving there, there is quite the buzz in Nashville about these guys with several big name influences.

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As much as I love music, I really love these guys!  They really have something special.

So, if you are looking for an evening of fun, really great music, do yourself a favor and see The Shadowboxers in concert.

You will be glad you did.

For Tickets to Upcoming Shows:  Click the Link Below

http://www.bandsintown.com/TheShadowboxers

Upcoming Tour Dates

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 My daughter and I with The Shadowboxers (Adam, Carlos, Matt, Cole, Scott)

The Coach Makes All the Difference

Today, I ran across this open letter from someone that loved the sport of basketball to her coach that killed her passion.  I love sports and kids so much that I have to be honest, I teared up just at the title.  Our son plays baseball, my husband is a coach, and I have helped for several years.  We are big on lifting our players up to be better than they thought they could be, uncovering hidden talents they didn’t know they had.  All it takes is for one person to believe in you!  All it takes is one to tear you down also…

And because of one coach, this person’s desire, passion, love for the sport, and self esteem completely vanished.

“Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn’t make me want to play and work hard for you…”

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/to-the-coach-that-killed-my-passion

 

A Mark of True Sportsmanship Demonstrated by Anthony Rizzo

​I love this display of humility and sportsmanship demonstrated by Anthony Rizzo when he apologizes to umpire, Angel Hernandez.  

With a 3-1 count, the next pitch looked inside, so Rizzo assumed it was a ball and started to walk to first base. Angel Hernandez had called that pitch a strike!  Anthony Rizzo didn’t want to “show up the umpire” by walking to base before the call or try to show that he knew more than umpire, Angel Hernandez.

Which is why Anthony Rizzo apologized…. right then and there!  Wow…

Later in a press conference Anthony Rizzo was asked about why he apologized and he just explained that umpires work hard and try to do the best job they can too.

Way to be PROFESSIONAL !

And, he just gained my respect, too!

http://www.chicagonow.com/between-us-parents/2016/10/why-all-kids-should-see-anthony-rizzo-apologize-to-mlb-umpire/

My Tour of SunTrust Park

I had the privilege of touring our new SunTrust Park yesterday.  What an incredible sight!  What was once a field of dirt and just an idea, is now quickly becoming a reality.  Every detail, every design element, every space, seat, feature, club, food venue has been carefully thought out and constructed for us, the Fans!  The players will get a state of the art clubhouse, a separate area to hang out, eat, cook, and rest.  When it comes time for them to bat in a game, they will have a different space to take some swings before stepping onto the batters circle.  I am so proud of Derek Schiller and everyone at the Braves Organization for tirelessly examining every detail possible to make this a nice ballpark for Braves fans and the players.  I have had the pleasure of serving on the Fan Advisory Board for SunTrust Park for the past 2 years and I can tell you that this new ballpark and the adjacent development, The Battery Atlanta, is going to be amazing!  Bring on 2017!  And Let’s Go Braves!

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Our first glimpse of the field as field prep was being done.  This brings me so much excitement for the season to come.
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The field is now behind me and the press box is up at the top of this picture.  This gives an idea of the beautiful thought and architectural design that has gone into this great project.
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This is the lower level of the Coors Light Chop House called, “Below The Chop”.  There will be two rows of wooden bleacher seating here.  The opening to the field will have a vinyl coated fencing and fans will have a field level view, just a few feet from the right fielder position!  Pictured:  Braves President of Business, Derek Schiller, who also assisted in this description.  (Thank you!)
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First Base side seating.  We will be closer to the action in this wonderful, intimate ballpark.
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The Braves will have extra space outside the Braves dugout for players to take some swings before being on deck.
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The Braves Clubhouse–beautifully designed and attention to detail.

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The Braves Batting Tunnel: Pitching machines will be available to give the players the kind of pitch and the speed they choose.
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The Office for the Official Braves manager, Brian Snitker!
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This beautifully designed premiere club, will be located on the terrace level behind Home Plate.  This will showcase many Braves Memorabilia, have exclusive food and drink, as well as many places to enjoy the amazing decor and atmosphere.  This will be available to fans with terrace level seats.
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Photo taken from the Third Base side
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Photo taken from one of the Middle levels looking down.  You see the right field foul pole in front of me.
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The SunTrust Park Scoreboard and the Chick-fil-A Cow!
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Ready to Chop!
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Seeing it close to completion makes me very excited.  The construction workers are working fast and furious getting this done for Opening Day, 2017.  Last I heard, they were ahead of schedule.
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The Iconic ‘A’
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Have I mentioned that I am excited??
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This is the bridge leading to second level of The Battery Atlanta.  It will have specialty shops and restaurants that will be used not just during the Braves baseball season, but year round.
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A look down “main street” of The Battery Atlanta
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What you will see coming in one of the ballpark entrances.  What a great sight this will be, especially if this is the first thing you see!

We can’t wait!  Thank you again to the Braves Organization for all of your hard work!

Go Braves!!