Take me out to the ball game…

So Sunday came around in Atlanta and it was a beautiful day once more…it meant one thing for us – a trip to this fine place…

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Yep we had a date at Turner Field!! Now you may remember I mentioned this in my last post about the Final Four but I didn’t elaborate any further. That my dear blog friends is because the date at Turner Field deserves a blog post of its own and here it blummin well is!

Now here in Atlanta a date at Turner Field can only mean one thing…BASEBALL! Yep we were going to our first ball game at the ball park (getting down with the local lingo there! It basically means baseball game at the baseball ground – I’m sure you realised this and I’m just being condescending now so I’ll shut up!) to see the Atlanta Braves and we were all excited!! Bit of history for you (as you know it always features at some point!!) the Braves have played at Turner Field since 1997. The stadium is actually the Olympic Stadium used when Atlanta hosted the Olympics back in 1996. Us Brits don’t like to talk about that one – we only brought home 1 gold medal – we’ve definitely improved since then though!

Right back to the blog – so we donned our shorts, picked up our Atlanta Braves hats and the Braves foam finger I bought the German for Christmas to prepare him for his stateside adventure, jumped in the car and headed down to Turner Field…this was the outcome…

Mingling in with the locals there...

Mingling in with the locals there…

Now this was our first ever baseball match and we didn’t really know much about it but we were braced for a lesson from my big bro who has some experience of the ball park – he also knows everything about just about every sport going – the man has a brain like a sponge!! So back in England we have a game called rounders which I used to play at school. If you ask me baseball runs kind of along the same lines – there’s four bases, you have to hit a ball and make it all the way around. If someone catches the ball you’re out and if the person on the base catches the ball before you get there, once again you’re out. Now all this is the same in baseball but there’s some more confusing things too. Brace yourself – there’s a lesson incoming…

So the game is played between two teams of 9 players with the aim of scoring runs by hitting a thrown ball and getting around all four bases arranged at the corner of a 90 foot diamond. There’s 9 innings, in each inning both teams take to the field, once 3 players are out their innings is over and they switch. The person batting gets three strikes to hit the ball, if they don’t hit it within 3 strikes they’re out. (hence the term 3 strikes and you’re out!) They can also hit a home run which means hitting the ball between two posts and a certain distance away from the pitch – if they do that they can just walk around the four bases without having to be worried about getting out by the person on the base catching the ball before they get there. Obviously the team with the most runs at the end wins. Following? Make sense? Either way I think that’s just about how it works – sorry to my American friends if there are any discrepancies and for boring you with some you more than likely already know!

Right so back to the game! The Braves were taking on the Chicago Cubs – their third game against them in 3 days…yep baseball players work hard!! So we headed into the ball park where the excitement was building – it was helped by this little band…

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Yes that is the mascot joining in there! Next up was the club shop where my brother planned to spend a fortune…and he did! Picture evidence of that will follow! Here we bought the customary Atlanta Braves Tomahawks ready for the tomahawk chop to appear in the game…however that wasn’t all they were used for as you can imagine…

Donk!

Donk!

Yes it would appear hours of fun can be had with them…even for us adults!! After that we headed to our seats to check out our view for the afternoon…

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Not bad if you ask me! And then the game began but not before the National Anthem of course! Now after visiting a fair few basketball matches I was sort of expecting more excitement but baseball is more chilled out and perfect for a Sunday afternoon! It’s more laid back and runs at a slower pace – I’m not gonna lie – my eyes weren’t on the game 100 per cent of the time but hey who’s are at a baseball game!

So the first innings got underway and the Cubs managed to get a run…sad times for us Braves fans! Then the next couple of innings were pretty boring with both teams not managing to get any runs…but then the excitement began! By the fifth inning the Braves had their first run! Yay! The Tomahawks were out and we were celebrating! But that was just the start…the next innings saw the Braves pick up 3 runs! Yep 3!! Woooo! The Tomahawks were going mad by then!! This was getting more interesting! So now the Braves were firmly in the lead going into the seventh innings but neither team was successful when it came to runs – boooo! The Cubs then went into bat for their 8th innings – no runs. The German decided to quickly nip off to the toilet as you do and missed the most exciting part of the game – something he now regrets! The Braves went into bat and it was Dan Uggla’s (I know amazing name!) turn and he only went and hit a home run!!!! Wooooooooo!! The German was gutted he missed that beast! So final score 5-1 to the Braves! Yay! I think we were once again a good luck charm although having said that the Braves are on form so far this season – I think they’ve only lost one game! GO BRAVES!!!

So that is obviously the most important part of the game but there are some added extras to tell you about that are just as good! So first of all there’s the snacks! Now you know EVERY blog from me involves food somewhere (Yep I’m a piggy!!) As usual there was a mahoosive array of food to choose from – hot dogs, chilli dogs, nachos, burgers, pizza, chips, chicken tenders the list goes on! Anyway I went for nachos (I’d spotted these beasts from afar and they looked amazing – a  mountain of chips, cheesy goo, some sort of meat I think and the usual sour cream and guacamole but sadly the German didn’t buy the ones I’d spotted and I got the simple chips with nacho cheese sauce! They were good though so we’ll let him off!) and the German went for a Philly cheese steak sandwich – now that was blummin good and of course there’s photo evidence of this…

Mmmmmmm!!

Mmmmmmm!!

Then there’s the part where you have a sing-a-long – this comes in the seventh inning! First there’s God Bless America which is sung by a special guest of the day, then there’s the song which is sung at every baseball ground in the states at the same point in every match – Take Me Out To The Ball Game. This one I LOVED! I’ve tried to find you an example of the classic but the ones I’ve found aren’t very good! Sadly I wasn’t clever enough to record it so you’ll have to make do with this instead…sorry about that but you get the idea! And finally there’s the ‘Thank God I’m a Braves Fan’ song which includes a line about the Chattahoochee – yep the river we live on! During the last 2 songs the words are up on the big screen so there’s no reason to not join in – it’s kind of like a mass karaoke session! Everyone loves it though!!

So our initiation into American life has moved along a little bit more with a baseball game! We’ll definitely be heading back to Turner Field again although I think I preferred basketball to baseball but I still enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next one! Especially the Tomahawk chop part!!

Oh and I nearly forgot – the picture evidence of my brother after he spent his dollars in the club shop – as you can see my sister-in-law is not very impressed with his idiot ways…

One word...Goofball!

One word…Goofball!

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