I splurged on a four game package promotion for the Atlanta Braves today, so the boys and I will be heading to Turner Field a few times in the coming months. I love baseball and can hardly wait for the regular season to begin. Dashiell and Ray aren’t as enthusiastic about the sport as I am but there is plenty to see and do to keep them entertained. Usually we just go to one Braves game here at home and a Tigers game when we visit our extended families in Michigan each summer. This year our MI trip does not coincide with a Tigers home game. That’s a bummer but going to see four games here, including some inter-league action against the Tigers, should more than make up for it. Here is what we have to look forward to:
Braves vs. New York Mets (Saturday April 7)
Aw, yeah! Second home game of the season and against the hated Mets to boot. It’s a great rivalry and although New York ran away with the National League East last year, we can hope the Braves have the right ingredients to match up against their powerful offense and bullpen this season.
Braves vs. Detroit Tigers (June 23)
My two favorite teams! Whatever the final score, as a fan of both there’s no losing. The Tigers came seemingly out of nowhere last year to make it to the World Series. They should be just as good this year too. They added Gary Sheffield, who was a fan favorite for the Braves a few seasons ago. I wonder if Sheffield’s Chefs, a bunch of goofy guys who would dance in the bleachers wearing chef costumes, will make a return appearance. They could sit next to Francoeur’s Franks, the hot dog costume wearing fans of Jeff Francoeur, and battle it out.
Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (August 18)
If it works out, it would be cool to see either Brandon Webb, last year’s NL Cy Young winner, or Randy Johnson pitch. I don’t know that I’d want to see a repeat of Johnson’s perfect game against the Braves in May ‘04 though. As a bonus it also happens to be Elvis Night. Should be fun to see people dressed up like the King. We’ve got some rubber Elvis hair around here somewhere…
Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers (September 22)
Seems like the Brewers are an up and coming team with a lot of young talent. I don’t know a whole lot about them, except that Ben Sheets is a fine pitcher and manager Ned Yost used to be the third base coach for the Braves. I’m curious to see Cecil Fielder’s son, Prince, play.