Wanting to do well
at pitching strikes
and striking them out
not letting them get a hit.
The life of a pitcher…
Wanting to do well
at pitching strikes
and striking them out
not letting them get a hit.
The life of a pitcher…
It’s finally here! We have waited a long time for this day! April 14, 2017!! Three years ago when we got the announcement that we were getting a new ballpark, I had no idea how much progress, vision, and creativity could be carried out so well, so beautifully and so quickly!!
What an honor to serve on the Braves Fan Advisory Board for the new SunTrust Park for 2-1/2 years, working with some of the nicest people, and it is really amazing to see Braves’ vision (and what we have been talking about for so long) finally come to LIFE!!
There was so much excitement Opening night, throughout opening weekend, and so much energy in and around SunTrust Park. There is so much to do and see at SunTrust Park and in The Battery Atlanta. We attended the games Friday and Saturday night of Opening Weekend and still didn’t get to experience everything there is to offer. I can’t wait to go back (which will be soon), and try several new food items by Delaware North in SunTrust Park, and enjoy all the cool places to eat in The Battery Atlanta. There is so much thought and creativity that has gone into this ballpark. It is amazing!! I will let the pictures tell the story.
I was so happy to be a part of this project, even if in a small way. I am proud to call this ball park, HOME! Go Braves!
An amazing feature of our new SunTrust Park is the area called, the Coors Light ‘Below the Chop’. As you can probably figure out, the new Coors Light ‘Chop House’ is above this, and this ‘Below the Chop’ area is field level, and out in right field. This is a nice sized space for fans for a premium cost, and for private parties. As you can imagine, it’s very popular already. This area has a bar, food buffet area, and 2 rows of bleachers that have drink coolers that will keep your drinks cold on a hot day. There are also restrooms so you don’t have to go far away from the action. Everything you need is close by. The Coors Light sign you see here is designed with baseballs. Of course, the tables you see here are appropriately themed as well! Take a look to see what else this area includes!
Plenty of seating with drink coolers (those holes you see in the tables!) to keep your drinks cold on a hot summer day!
I hope you get a chance to see a game from this new premium space! For more go to Braves.com/belowthechop
I wanted to pass on some important information from the Braves about how to get to and from SunTrust Park on game day!
The Atlanta Braves have put great thought and detail into how to make getting to SunTrust Park the best experience for you! The Braves have joined in partnership with Uber, Waze, and Cobb County to help get you to the ballpark easier and help manage the traffic during game days. They are excited to pilot new technology with the Uber app, and the updated MLB.com Ballpark App, to help make the entire process easier from purchasing your tickets, and planning your trip to and from the ballpark.
New Partnership with Uber:
“Uber announced the pilot of new technology that will make the pick-up experience fast and more efficient at SunTrust Park.”
“Riders leaving SunTrust park will be directed to the Uber Zone, which is located steps from the ballpark along Windy Ridge Parkway, through in-app messaging and physical signage. At the Uber Zone, fans will open their Uber app, set their destination and request a car as usual. Instead of having to navigate to find a specific car and driver, riders will see a personalized PIN cole in their app and can simply give it to the next available driver in the Uber Zone.”
For game day travel, you are encouraged to make a plan in advance of your trip to SunTrust Park. This can be done in 3 easy steps, and can be completed through the updated MLB.com Ballpark app.
What You Need to Know:
Buy your ticket in advance! The Braves have transitioned completely to PAPERLESS TICKETS. Tickets can be purchased through the MLB.com Ballpark app where you will receive a barcode that will be scanned on your phone as you enter the gates. You can also purchase tickets at Braves.com, or calling the Braves ticket office at 404-577-9100.
Buy your parking in advance! When you purchase your game tickets, please also select and purchase your parking! This will give you better choices of where to park and ultimately save you money. There are 14,000 spaces around the ballpark, but purchasing before you arrive will give you customized directions and a pre-purchase discount. Many lots will require a pre-payment, although some will accept credit cards at the site. Plus, if you have bought your parking in advance, you will have the added benefit of the Waze app to help you get there.
Use the Waze App! Because they are partnering with the Braves, Waze will be receiving real-time traffic information and updates from Cobb County to help spread out traffic in such a large area and help you maneuver around and find the best way to your parking lot (another reason to buy parking in advance). Cobb County and Waze will be able to get you around trouble spots, much more than a smartphone map app, because it is customized to help you get to a Braves event.
To also help reduce congestion, The Cobb County DOT is assisting with traffic manageability by offering The Cumberland Circulator. This transit system will have new routes to help you on game day, make daily traffic a bit more manageable, with enhanced mobility and frequency.
There are 14 access points to get in and out of the ballpark area, minimizing impact on everyday commuters. There are 14,000 parking spaces available around SunTrust Park. 5,000 more parking spaces than at Turner Field…. for a ballpark with 8,000 less seats!
I’m ready for new season in our awesome new ballpark!! Let’s Play Ball!
For more information, go to Braves.com/transportation
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….
Thanks for letting me show you around the Kids’ area! It’s going to be a really fun season!
See you there!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
My daughter and I with The Shadowboxers (Adam, Carlos, Matt, Cole, Scott)
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!
We can’t wait! Thank you again to the Braves Organization for all of your hard work!
It’s hard to imagine that our baseball coaches are simply volunteers. There is a great deal of love, passion, and time that goes into a season. My husband loves being able to coach. I love being able to help. One of my many responsibilities as a Team Mom is that I get to run drills with the boys on the field, I also do administrative stuff for my hubby/coach since he has a full time job, but I think my most important job is that I run the dugout. For every game.
A lot happens in the dugout. It is a very adventurous place. Our son is now 11 years old, but when he and his teammaues were 9/10 and younger, I found it was important to be in the dugout. I end up being the batting order coordinator, counselor, cheerleader, photographer, motivational speaker, nurse, aka boo boo fixer, monitor of boys climbing the fence, and trying to make sure none of the players swings a bat in the dugout. I also am a “bat runner” or “bat girl” if you prefer. It is fun but you have to stay on your toes. I have to be prepared.
I make sure I have these important items in my trusty Team Mom Bag:
First Aid Kit
Pens for my husband/Coach who always tends to forget his
Game Schedule/Snack Schedule
I will always have a first aid kit with me for those moments where anything can happen. Blisters, cuts, scrapes, bumps, and bruises. This is also why I will bring a few ice packs. (Summer Baseball is an entirely different situation… more on this later.)
Our park has asked our players to fill out medical forms in case of emergency. I will always have those with me in a folder or notebook.
I will always bring a few extra water bottles and snack bars in case someone is starving in the dugout, or forgot to bring their water bottle. Especially those who are running from somewhere else or forgot to eat breakfast. Keeping in mind food allergies.
I always have a copy of the game schedule either in writing or on my phone because someone will almost always ask me about an upcoming game or when they are supposed to bring snack.
But, like I said I help out in the dugout, every game. As the coach’s wife, he puts me to the task and trusts I will handle it.
The first couple of games are the funniest because the boys are still bonding as a team, and learning so much. Some are climbing on everything, and some are throwing balls and/or swinging bats. This is my job to monitor (prevent) all of this.
As the “batting order coordinator” so I have to have those boys ready to go on deck or up to bat. No matter what. It takes a game or two to get them to understand the timing of all of this. When the boys were younger, sometimes it took 2 of us in the dugout… 1 for crowd control and 1 for batting order.
The first couple of games, our players can get so nervous. I teach them to cheer each other on. Sometimes things on the field don’t always go their way and this is an important lesson to learn. If one of our players strikes out, I will teach they boys that as that player comes back to the dugout, that are met by their team with pats on the back and a “it’s ok, man!” or to give them a High Five. Lift them up when they are down. And to do that throughout the game no matter what. Sometimes just hearing a “you can do it!” from another player can mean so much.
This is so much a part of the game. Lifting each other up when GOOD things happen and lifting each other up when BAD things happen.
Things on the field will not go their way every single time.
Just like life…
When things don’t go our way, it’s always nice to have a teammate, friend, family member to pat us on the back and say, “it’s ok, man!” or give us a high five for at least trying and getting out there and giving good effort.
By the end of the season, the boys are usually connected, they are teammates and friends. They know what is expected of them in the dugout. I don’t have to watch for swinging bats as much…or balls flying through the air, but I will see them give pats on the back and hear them give words of encouragement to their teammate when things didn’t go their way on the field.
Then I have done my job.
Sometimes, baseball is more than just baseball.
Do you have an amazing coach that has given your kids a great experience at their favorite sport? As we all know, a good coach is hard to find. These guys are volunteers and choose to spend their time teaching and helping our kids. I know we all want a meaningful way to show our appreciation.
I love the idea of going in together as a Team and doing something nice for your favorite coach. There are many ideas circulating but these are my favorite.
The parents on our team usually collected money for a very nice gift card to various restaurants or sporting goods stores and present it to the Coaches at the End of the Season Party. This is such a great idea. They do this on their own. They know as a team mom, I am working on a gift from the players to the coaches, and I have something special I give to our players….See my post on Team Mom: End of Season Gifts for Coaches and Players.
A meaningful gift for a coach from their players, is a team picture, surrounded by a mat, in a nice frame that the players have signed. I’ve had several coaches tell me they really appreciated this. My husband loves seeing pictures of every team he has coached on a special wall in our home. See my post on Team Mom: End of Season Gifts for Coaches and Players.
Another great idea I heard about was from my friend, Donna. A coach she had worked with had really done an outstanding job with her kids. She also knew he was a HUGE Boston Red Sox fan. She emailed them telling them how excellent this coach was and that she wanted to do something nice for him.
They sent her a bottle of field dirt…to some, it might not mean that much, but to him, it meant the WORLD. It contained actual MLB Authenticated game-used dirt from Fenway Park. You can actually go to an authentication database and enter the hologram number which is displayed on the bottle. This validates that this is actually game-used field dirt. A very thoughtful gift, and something very meaningful to a true fan.
So, if you are looking for a meaningful gift for an important person or favorite Coach…. find out what their favorite team, or player, and try sending that email to that professional organization to see what they may send you or see what you can find online.
Everyone appreciates a good coach and we want to properly show our gratitude!