Saturday, July 13, 2013

Atlanta Vacation - Turner Field and the Braves

For several years our vacations are in cities with major league baseball teams.  In 2006, 2007, and 2010 we went on Jay Buckley Baseball Tours which we thoroughly enjoyed and have been documented in this journal.  On other occasions including this year we decided to visit just one city and see one or more games and spend some time touring the city.  This year we picked a hotel that was within walking distance of Tuner Field.  Last year our hotel was two blocks away from Orioles Park at Camden Yards.

On Thursday night we saw the Atlanta Braves play the Cincinnati Reds.  The Braves won 6-5 as we also got a Dale Murphy bobblehead doll.  Freddy Freeman celebrated has election to the All Star Game as he drove in 4 runs.

On Friday morning we took a guided tour of Turner Field which started in the Braves Hall of Fame.  It included artifacts from the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.  The team won one world series in each city in 1948, 1958, and 1995.  For so many years the Atlanta Braves dominated the National League East, but only won the series in 1995.  The tour guide showed us the broadcast booth, luxury boxes and the home team dugout.

At night we saw the second game of the series as the Reds beat the Braves 4-2 followed by a fireworks display.

The Atlanta Fulton County Stadium where the Braves played from 1966-1996 is now part of the parking lot of Turner Field.  The was a sign where Hank Aaron hit is 715th home run

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