The Ted

Random notes on a night at the yard

May 23, 2014 // 6 Comments

The fam had a delightful time at the yard last night. First off, the interminable 7th inning confab notwithstanding, it was a stirring and significant win for the home nine. Taking two of three from the NL Central leaders, and coming back from three runs down to do it, feels big. Splitting after [...]

Bring it, Chipper!

September 5, 2012 // 9 Comments

Sorry, Chip, had to watch replay of the Buffalo-UGA tilt on TV and then catch up on all the high school games I DVR’d. Come on Atlanta! The Ted was a morgue tonite. We need you in full force. We feed off you guys. No excuse for the loss! Just sayin… — Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) [...]

Braves attendance tough to figure

July 16, 2012 // 11 Comments

The Braves drew the smallest crowd of any home team Sunday, and that’s saying something because the Rays were playing at the Trop. Also-rans Kansas City and Seattle attracted more fans than the streaking Braves, who won their 7th in a row before just 23,382. This comes after the local nine [...]

Off the field annoyances

April 12, 2012 // 8 Comments

The list is growing, thanks to the FSN Twitter chick. Perhaps she and Chip will be involved in an embarrassing, Bobby Petrino-esque incident that will get them both fired. Chip’s singsong narrative is driving me to drink (more). I won’t even bother to wish for an end to Mark [...]

So much for the warm fuzzies

August 13, 2011 // 2 Comments

Very disappointing night at the Ted. It should’ve been all about the greatest team in Atlanta sports history and the city’s most beloved announcer but tributes to both seemed little more than afterthoughts. Between innings it was the usual noise, with the overly enthusiastic [...]

Another stupid promotion

June 24, 2011 // 22 Comments

If you’re going to the Atlanta Braves game on July 2, bring your glove and your hoop skirt. The Braves, the Atlanta History Center and the Margaret Mitchell House are teaming up for “Gone with the Wind Night” to celebrate the novel’s 75th anniversary. Fans who show their July 2 Braves [...]

There’s no politics in baseball

June 8, 2011 // 10 Comments

At least there shouldn’t be. But the geniuses within MLB’s promotions office don’t agree, setting aside June 14 to commemorate Ronald Reagan‘s 100th birthday at various ballparks around the league. The Braves will mark the occasion thusly: President Reagan’s favorite [...]

Rob Neyer’s Turner Field experience

August 6, 2010 // 10 Comments

I was surprised at the many thousands of empty seats. I was impressed by the huge video board. I was distressed by the volume of the P.A. system, which must have been set at 11, and dismayed by the between-innings “entertainment” that reminded me of a Tuesday night in the Midwest [...]

Today’s read

July 20, 2010 // 1 Comment

Nice story in the AJC about the great Walter Banks: Chatting recently with a family of five from Cincinnati, Banks suddenly noticed that the stadium clock read 7:14. He pondered this for maybe a millisecond before saying, “Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs, which you probably knew. But did you know [...]

No wave at The Ted?

June 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

It happened, or didn’t, Monday night. Baseball is so much more enjoyable when it’s not interrupted by mindless nonsense: “Look, Ma, I’m standing up, then sittin’ down, then standing up again. This is fun!” “How much longer ’til the Tool [...]

The Braves organist is taking requests

June 23, 2010 // 3 Comments

Matthew Kaminski, the best thing about Turner Field besides the Braves, is interacting with fans and even taking some requests on Twitter. Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers – Don Kelly will get the Godfather theme ;-) about 11 hours ago via web Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers – [...]

The megachurch of baseball

May 14, 2010 // 23 Comments

Could the Braves promotional crew be less inspired? As you may have heard it’s country and western night at The Ted, which is perplexing since they beat you over the head with that crap every other home game. Of course there’s few things more entertaining than seeing a photoshopped [...]

Cocktails at Azar’s revisited

April 7, 2010 // 4 Comments

Today’s AJC has an article on the lack of nightlife around Turner Field — the subject of my first Rowland’s Office post almost five years ago. We celebrated the win with a bunch of other Braves fans on the deck of Azar’s, where the spirits are as lively as the conversation. [...]

Say hey, it’s Jay Hey

April 5, 2010 // 17 Comments

Those who were at The Ted today will tell their grandchildren they saw Jay Hey‘s first home run. I wasn’t at Game 6 of the ’95 World Series, but I haven’t heard a crowd this turned on since ’92. There were Cubs fans in attendance, but you wouldn’t know it. They [...]

Keeping it real(istic)

April 4, 2010 // 11 Comments

My boss has taken to mocking my optimism about the upcoming season, but I’m not wavering. However, no one’s going to confuse me with Pollyanna — especially when it comes to the ballpark experience. I’d like to see a Braves icon throw out the first pitch tomorrow, but [...]
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