I didn't know about this until I heard about it on The Regular Guys, Friday morning, but Saturday they were hosting an Open House at Turner Field.
I got the opportunity to re-enact some of my favorite Braves moments...
1. Otis Nixon
...I was also arrested for cocaine possession afterward.
2. John Rocker
...not as easy as it looks. The purple-haired f@#%^$ from the #7 train are relatively accurate with their battery throwing.
3. Jeff Blauser
Not pictured is the softball size wad of chewing tobacco.
4. Jeff Francoeur
5. Skip Carey
"It looks like a fan from Kennesaw, GA comes away with a souvenir...DON'T STEP ON DOWNED POWERLINES!"
6. Rafael Furcal
About to get WAYSTEAD and go for a drive!
7. Dan Kolb
...just kidding. Had Dan Kolb actually stayed sitting in the bullpen instead of seeing closing opportunities, 2005 might have been a better season. Still makes me angry. The Braves have a notoriously patient fanbase, and if a player brings out this sort of satire from us, then you know something ain't right.
But in all seriousness, it was a fantastic Saturday. We got to Turner Field around noon and got to run the bases, pitch in the bullpen, sit in the dugout, visit the clubhouse & locker room, and got a tour of the pressbox. All of this was free too...even parking which is a miracle in-and-of itself. I had no idea they did this every year but it sure isn't publicized too well because I've seen bigger crowds at a Marlins game. So keep your ears & eyes open next year for this event, it's an absolute blast. Also, if you get there earlier they'll let you catch flyballs in the outfield...unfortunately we were running a little late and they'd already cut the line off.