Our Memories at Turner Field… Where do I start? There are too many to count. I truly can’t believe that we are about to go in to the last weekend at this ballpark. I am excited about SunTrust Park and all of the new awesomeness that we are about to experience, but, I am a little sad to say goodbye to a place where we have spent so much time.
My husband and I attended the second game ever at Turner Field in April of 1997. We were only dating at the time. Our first date had been to a Braves game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium just the summer before, now our life together was to continue at Turner Field. Since then, we have gotten engaged, married, and had 2 children, who are now 11 and 15 years old.
Over the years, we have attended MANY MANY games. When we aren’t attending, we are watching the game on TV. We started bringing our children when they were young, but only 2-3 times a year. As they got older, we started attending more and more games and ultimately found ourselves becoming A-List members and attending 20+ games a season.
Our babies attending their first ballgame when each was around 4 months old. They both sat so still and were in awe of everything going on around them. They have loved it from the beginning!
As I look back at the number of years we have attended games, I am amazed of how many friends and family members we have run into there and attended games with.
I think about how many times we have run the bases, both on the field and up in the Coca-Cola Sky Field area, or how many times we have pitched or hit a ball in Scout’s Alley, or how many times my son has played foam baseball in the Children’s Healthcare Family Zone. I wonder how many times my daughter and I have gotten our face painted, how many times we have walked around the warning track, chased foul balls, or have been on our feet cheering our guys on to win.
We have celebrated our wedding anniversaries, our children’s birthdays, graduations, Mother’s Days, Father’s Days, large groups from our youth group at church and school, etc.etc.
The list goes on and on……
I think about the number of hotdogs, pizzas, chicken fingers, bags of cotton candy, ice cream cones, and King of Pop popsicles we have eaten. The number of posters that my children have made to support their favorite players, the number of balls we have caught during batting practice, and the number of players that have thrown a baseball to my children, which is an absolutely precious gift.
I think about the time my husband caught a homerun ball, hit by Evan Gattis, in his glove in centerfield on Father’s Day! And the time a homerun ball, hit by Freddie Freeman, bounced on the seat behind me and I reached up and caught it barehanded.
I think about the number of post-game concerts we have stayed for, the number of fireworks displays, and the number of rain delays we have sat through…
But most importantly, the number of hours we have spent watching our favorite game, cheering on our favorite team… together.
My children will remember growing up at this Ballpark.
I’ve always loved it that when we were at a game, my childhood or current friends would send me a message saying, “Hey! We are at the game, are you here?” They knew we would be there, and this has prompted some very fun reunions.
At the start of this season there was so much negativity surrounding how the Braves were playing and attendance has been low, so we have been able to “stretch our legs” a little bit at games this year. But now, I am THRILLED that the team is playing FANTASTIC baseball, winning their last 10 out of 11 games, and there will be a sold out crowd at the Final game this Sunday to celebrate the final game. I’m so proud of our team and always proud to be a Braves Fan!
I feel a little nostalgic to say ‘so long’ to Turner Field, but so excited for the next chapter at SunTrust Park. This team is going to take us very far in the years to come!! Just Wait!
So, Thank you to The Atlanta Braves and Turner Field for making the last several years really fun and enjoyable for our family.
Our Memories are Priceless.
An autographed ball by Fredi Gonzalez and Andrelton Simmons! Andrelton threw a ball to my daughter during batting practice the day before and on this day he signed it! We loved him!