Issue 146 * Blog 25-2020 * Read Time: 9 Min * Section: Road Trip
Since we can’t travel this year I decided to post about a trip that was made last year.
This road trip was an item on my bucket list. Due to my health I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to scratch it from the list.
I was at Fulton County Stadium in 1982 when the braves won their 13th straight game to open the season. I was also there July 20, 1993. That was the night the stadium caught fire. That was also the first game Fred McGriff played for the Brave’s. I had been in the seats when there were only 4 to 5000 people in attendance and when there was standing room only.
After the 1996 Olympics the Braves moved to their new home, Turner Field. I saw many a game there. The most memorable one was a World Series game that Little Bro and I attended.
In 2017 the Braves moved once again to a new stadium, Sun Trust Park. This year the name changed to Truist Park. This is where the bucket list comes in, I had yet see the Braves play in the new park.
Last year, I got to remove that from my bucket list thanks to Youngest Daughter. The company she works for had season tickets. The package included 4 tickets in Section 211 seats 5, 6, 7 and 8 and a parking pass. The cost to me, $0.00 and I got to pick the game.
Naturally there is always a kink that needs to be straightened.
Before choosing a game the Queen put on her RN hat and demanded I get clearance from my heart doctor to make the trip. I already had an appointment that was less than a week away so I didn’t need to make one.
The Doc reluctantly approved the trip if I followed the following stipulations.
- Travel the day before and after the game. (Doc didn’t like the fact I would be sitting in a car for 4 hours down to Atlanta, sitting in a stadium seat for 3 hours then traveling another 4 hours back. Nearly 12 hours sitting is a no-no for a heart patient.)
- A fresh bottle of Nitro must be on my person at all times.
- Know where an AED was located in the stadium and hotel.
- Know where the closet Hospital to the stadium and hotel was.
I gave my word that I would obey his stipulations all the while thinking that this had worked out great. A road trip that can be made in a day had turned in to a three day adventure.
The Queen was excited, this would be her first major league baseball game. I was excited to see the Braves play in the new stadium and to see Youngest Daughter, who we were meeting at the park. The next question that had be answered. Who was going to use the 4th ticket?
Youngest Son had to work so he was out. I gave Little Bro a call and with no arm twisting from me he agreed to join us for the game.
We all decided that the best game for us to attend was on Alumni Weekend, August 16-18 2019. The Braves would be playing the Dodgers. We chose the Friday, August 16 game. Nothing like a Friday night baseball game with an alumni parade beforehand and fireworks afterwards.
The closet hotel to the stadium that was not booked for the three day two night trip was Embassy Suites by Hilton – Atlanta Galleria. You could still walk to the stadium from there plus they also had a shuttle that would take you to the game.
Thursday August 15, 2019
The drive was uneventful from Nashville to Atlanta. We ate breakfast and lunch on the road. Check-In at the hotel was 3pm. I pulled up to the front door at 3:05pm. As I bounced from the car the queen was looking squeamish and wanting a plastic bag. I accommodated her and then headed to the front desk to check in.
The lady at the front desk was professional and nice with a warm welcoming smile. She looked up from the computer and inquired when the other guest in my party would be joining me? Keeping a straight and serious face I informed her that my guest would be in as soon as she finished puking in a Dollar General bag. The lady giggled and wanted to know if it was my driving, or the speeds they traveled on 285 or a combination of both that got to her.
I told her that the Queen thought the Waffle House was a gourmet burger place. At lunch she had ordered a hamburger and insisted they cook it medium rare. They did and the result was in the yellow plastic bag.
Once the Queen came in and straightened her crown we headed up to the room. After texting the needed parties we headed back down to look over the hotel.
Friday August 16, 2019
Once Little Bro arrived at the hotel from his home we decided to go see what The Battery was about. Since the alumni parade started at 6:00pm on Battery Avenue and the ballgame started at 7:10 we decided to take the shuttle over eat lunch then return back to the hotel. Since we had parking passes we take a vehicle back and be at the parade at 6pm. We left the hotel around 12:30.
That plan didn’t work out. Why? The Battery is a small city well more like a village. It is filled with an assortment of shops, restaurants and street performers. After checking out some of the sites we decided we would eat lunch at Wahlburgers.
Once lunch was consumed and our energy back at its peak… it was time to shop. The Queen insisted the first stop we made was the Braves Club House Store. We left with our arms full of bags that contained hats of all kinds, towels and other braves memorabilia. We continued our exploration of The Battery.
Not only do I like baseball I’m a huge fan of a good cigar and bourbon. The Battery has a great place for people who enjoy the same.
BURN by Rocky Patel. For those of you that don’t know, Rocky Patel is a maker of fine cigars. This place was amazing. Inside there was a huge humidor filled with cigars, not only Rocky Patel’s but other name brands as well. BURN is also a restaurant with a nice atmosphere and great food along with a well stocked bar and an ash trash on every table.
Speaking of Burn. For those of you who have never been to Georgia in August, it’s hot and humid and on this day there was not a cloud in the sky. I tan in the sun, Little Bro burns. He’s always prepared for days like this with spray on sunscreen. When we would stop for a rest or to figure out where to go next the air around him would fog up as he sprayed his legs and arms down. Spending a couple of hours in BURN by Rocky Patel drinking cool beverages while enjoying the fine smokes was the best way to cool off and get out of the sun.
Before we knew it we had spent a little over 5 hours at The Battery. It was time to meet Youngest Daughter and then get to the street where the parade would be coming down.
The parade was filled with old Braves players along with the more recent retired. These players included, Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro along with John Smoltz, Chipper Jones and Tom Glavin, just to name a few.
After the parade we worked our way to our seats, but not before grabbing a couple Chick-fil-A’s a piece and drinks. The view from where were seating was spectacular. As you can see we were on the first base side. The seats were great and in a perfect spot to grab a foul ball or two.
Little Bro being mister cool make friends with the Dodgers fans setting behind us. They become so close they all started taking Selfies together. Since this was the Queens first trip to a major league baseball game he was also gracious enough to explain to the Queen how to watch the game live and how to read the score board. While he was doing this I was having quality Dad and Daughter time.
The day was long, the weather was hot and the Braves lost but we all had a blast. Didn’t get to see all of the stadium due to all of the activities we did do, but I hoping their will be a next time.
The Queen enjoy her first trip to a major league stadium. She and I both enjoyed the fellowship of the company that was with us.
To me this game was as special as the World Series game Little Bro and I attended at Turner Field. I would like to thank Youngest Daughter and the Queen for making it happen and Little Bro for joining us. I hope we all can get together and do it again in the 2021 season. I vote we have an early dinner at BURN by Rocky Patel. Then to the stadium and watch batting practice before the game. Who’s with me?
Closest to the camera to furthest.
Youngest Daughter – The Joester (This is my happy face) – The Queen – Little Bro
Slide Show Of Road Trip
Embassy Suites by Hilton – Atlanta Galleria: This is listed as a 3 star hotel. We gave it 3.5 Stars. My opinion the food is what holding them back from being rated as a 4 star hotel it is awful! The rooms are huge and the shower is built for two. The living area is separated from the sleeping area and the room will comfortably sleep four. The rooms along with hotel is clean and modern.
The Battery: The Battery as a whole is an attraction its self. It easy to navigate on foot with nice sidewalks. The streets are clean and well maintained. The shops are clean with knowledgeable staff. Even if you don’t go to a ball game you need to go visit The Battery at least once. We thank you will agree with our 5 Star rating.
Wahlburgers: This place is great and the burgers are excellent and juicy. The service is good, but during busy time can tale a while to get your order. We give this burger joint 4.5 Stars out of 5. Beware of Sticker Shock
Braves Club House Store: This is the place to purchase what ever Braves gear and memorabilia you hearts desire. The staff will climb ladders and jump through hoops to make sure you have the right size, or player name and/or color. However get ready to dive deep in to you pockets. You got to remember that this products are licensed. Even though the items are pricey, we still give this specialty shop 5 Stars out of 5.
BURN by Rocky Patel: If you enjoy fine cigars and adult beverages this is the place to be. The food is excellent also. The only bad thing we witnessed was slow service due to a short staff. The price for the cigars are responsible as compared to other high end cigar stores. Remember you are not buying a machine rolled cigar. These are hand rolled and use quality tobacco and wrappers. The drink and food prices were a bit high but not bad. We give BURN by Rocky Patel 4.5 Stars out of 5.
Truist Park (Formally Sun Trust Park): This stadiums is a major upgrade from Turner Field. Everything has been improved from the seats to the concourses and a big plus more bathroom facilities. There is more to see and a ton of activities for kids and adults with a kids heart. The stadium had a cozy feel and I don’t think there was a bad seat in the place. The 4 Star rating has to do with the prices. A simple soda and a hot dog is ridiculous and will tear a 20 up.