Braves greats help celebrate opening of new SunTrust Park

18 April, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • HOME OF THE BRAVES: New park finally set for real test in home opener

After almost two decades in South Atlanta's Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves played ball in their new home, Sun Trust Park. Seven of those Braves greats were in attendance and honored before the game, with Hank Aaron throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Bobby Cox.

Wide-eyed young Braves thought it was cool. Orr, an owner at Good Guys Moving and Delivery, who lives at Marietta, watched every Braves hit on a huge wall of flat-screen televisions at the back of the restaurant and bar Friday night.

Over on the Braves' side, they'll be sending out veteran RHP Bartolo Colon for the start on Sunday. If you're going to do a book like this, it's one thing to talk about all of the good times, but you have to expose some of the warts that happened along the way as well. "It's just a few hits here and there".

The Mets got a homer from Lucas Duda, his fourth of the season.

So did management. The plan, aka The Plan, was to time quality baseball with the first season at SunTrust.

Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis (22) drives in a run with a base hit in the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Atlanta.

Atlanta doesn't have to make the playoffs this year to show significant progress.

Despite living in the Atlanta area for much of his adult life, he has ushered at Tennessee football games at Neyland Stadium for more than 40 years.

Sun Trust trust is at stake. The Braves are playing their first regular-season game in SunTrust Park, the new stadium that replaced Turner Field.

But it's early enough to remain confident.

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"I don't to get banned from coming back", he said.

BOSTON - Tampa Bay hammered Rick Porcello for a career-worst four home runs, helping Chris Archer end an 11-game losing streak against Boston.

Jackson-Hamel deflected Hernan Bernardello's shot from distance off the post and just past the outstretched Alec Kann in Atlanta's net. Just past year was one of them.

Atlanta Braves' Ender Inciarte hits the first home run for 2-RBIs in SunTrust Park for a lead over the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning in the Braves' home opener on Friday, April 14, 2017, .

Because Melissa and Caine Carpenter were the first people through the gates, they won a package for four to travel anywhere in the world that Delta Airlines flies, as well as Braves "First Fans" jerseys. And most of the rest of the Braves' top prospects are still in the minors.

"Wow, that's so cool", Swanson said. Murphy then hit an opposite-field double to left on his bobblehead day, and Harper came around to easily beat the throw.

That comes from salt-of-the-earth Brian Snitker, 61 and in his first full year as a big league manager but his 41st season in the Braves' organization.

Martinez's misadventures on the mound - he also airmailed a tapper to the backstop and threw a wild pitch - stood in sharp contrast to Sabathia (2-0), who took a shutout into the eighth.

"It'll be fun", said catcher Tyler Flowers. Toronto, off to the poorest start in franchise history, is just 2-9 this season.


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