The Atlanta Braves will be playing the New York Mets tonight in the Braves season opener. There is to be a ceremony honoring the 50 years that the Braves have been in Atlanta. I have fond memories of going to my first baseball game at the old Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. I talked with my Dad tonight and he said that the outfield seats were $1.00 each! (Please note that the photo above is from a few years ago...the game tonight has been delayed due to a heavy rain shower...but the opening ceremony is happening even as I am typing this!)
This is my son at the baseball museum at Turner Field and I tried to get him between Hank Aaron and Chipper Jones...but I didn't notice he had another ballplayer balanced on his head! Sorry Christopher! I have fond memories of going to Braves games with my son. As a child in elementary school, he was awarded with a ticket to a Braves games for making straight A's! Of course, I would always take him and he would dutifully carry his baseball glove in hopes of catching a foul ball even though we had the cheapest seats and there was never a chance of that happening!
Not to worry, finally, we had some good seats at a game in September of 2001, he had his glove...and he was able to get a foul ball which was hit by a Chicago Cub, Joe Girardi, who is now the coach of the NY Yankees! Every time I see a Yankees games and see Joe Girardi, I think of Christopher catching that ball! Did he catch it? I'm not sure, I was so nervous when that ball was coming to us, I was afraid we would be trampled. "Are you okay?" That is what I remember saying, and my son's reply..."Don't worry, Mom, I've GOT it!".
Now, I love to watch the Braves on TV and I will call my Dad and we will watch the game together and talk about what we are seeing on the phone! It's fun, it really is. My Dad loves the game so much and so do I! I would like to think that I have passed that on to my son.
Take me out to the ballgame! Hey! Do you know that the song "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" is a song that is traditionally sung during the 7th inning stretch? The fans will stand up and the song is played and you can sing along if you like. You know that I always do! (The song is really a great tune and it is quite old, it was written in 1908!) I found a video of Bernie Williams playing this great song and it sounds just like my husband playing. Did you know that Richard is not only a wonderful photographer but a great guitarist as well?)
I hope the Braves win tonight, if they don't, it's a shame!