Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Atlanta Braves
Turner Field, Atlanta Georgia
My 36th MLB game of the year. 42nd including Minors.
After leaving New Orleans at about 9 A.M., We were on our way to Atlanta for a 7P.M. game it is about an 8 hour drive and we lost an hour with the time zone change. We arrived at the stadium about 5P.M. Eastern time.
Lets just start this out with Wow, really like this place from the get go the staff was really nice. The screen was in center field was huge. The stadium also showed a lot about the history of the team which is the longest continues franchise in baseball.
Here was my first look at The inside of Turner Field.
A look at the outfield.
They had these signs with the different years that they won title either Division, League and their 1995 World Series win.
I found these signs interesting I am not sure what the significance or purpose of them are but they have them all over the center field area with different distances.
So we headed to left field for BP the Diamondbacks were hitting an it was not to productive. We did not get anything.
A look from behind home plate while the grounds crew prepared the field.
Before the game they have a competition, Three people had to see who could hit a golf ball closer to the pin they set up in center.
Here is the guy running with the measuring wheel.
Craig Kimbrel hit one and was closer than the contestants.
Exchanging of the line ups and going over the ground rules with the umps.
Here is a look at Turner Field from our seats in section 207. 1st Row. These were cool seats with a great line of sight to the field.
Tim Hudson throwing the first pitch to the Diamondbacks Willie Bloomquist, who grounded out. Aaron Hill and Justin Upton both hit singles before Justin Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt struck out.
Justin Upton watching the ball as it lands for a single.
Chipper Jones at third.It was great to see him play at home in his final season. It is amazing how people are coming from all over to see him play one last time. Most with signs saying where they came from and how long they have watched him play. Teenagers that don’t know what a Braves roster looks like with out the name Chipper Jones on it.
Daniel Hudson throwing to the Braves Michael Bourn, Bourn wasted no time putting a run on the board as he hit a lead off home run. (1-0) Braves. Jason Heyward than hit a single but was left on base as the next 3 batters went down in order. Including 2 strike outs. Nelson Prado and Dan Uggla.
Bourn taking the home run swing.
Chipper Jones throws over to fist for the first out of the 2nd inning. Miguel Montaro lead off the 2nd with a single. Roberts hit to Jones for this out. The Braves would get the D’backs out of the first with no runs. Daniel Hudson get into double trouble in the third 3 consecutive Braves hit double in 2nd inning. They sent 9 to the plate and scored 4 runs(5-1) Braves.
Simmons called safe at second.
In the 5th inning it was time to take to the stadium and check out the stadium and view the game from different locations around the stadium.
Hudson pitches to Josh Collmenter who came in for Daniel Hudson.
The Diamond backs turn a double play in the 5th inning.
A look from left field.
The Braves fan doing the Tomahawk Chop. Ok so when 4 drunk idiots are doing it at Coors it is annoying but when you get a stadium of Braves fans doing it is kinda cool or at least interesting!
Here is a giant piece of art depicting the history of the Braves.
Aaron Hill dive into first for a single in the 9th inning.
Atlanta had Anthony Vavaro pitch in the 9th inning it was his 4th appearance with them.
That is it for the first one from Atlanta there is 1 more in Atlanta before I head north to North Carolina for a few minor league games.
This is a really cool stadium with a lot of history, tradition and passionate fans.
This is the last game I attended at Spring training it was at Salt River Fields. Indians Vs. Diamondbacks. This was an off day for the Rockies and I had a 7:30 Flight. Which left me time for 1 more game before i left.
Cleveland Indians Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks March 22, 2011
This day their was a Diamondbacks Batting Practice in Side the stadium. During batting practice I caught 1 Ball with the Salt River Field inaugural season logo.
Before each game the Diamondbacks have 2 players signing autographs on the concourse. This day Juan Miranda & Willie Bloomquist had signed. I had each of them sign a D’backs pocket schedule.
This is a view from behind home plate before the game. After BP I headed over to the Indians dugout , out of habit because it is the same dugout the Rockies use for their home dugout when they play their games at SRF.
Former Rockies and now former Indians player Jason Nix, who was traded to the Blue Jays yesterday. Also in photo Orlando Cabrera.
Hey look hosers!!!
And here is the BNW to show off my mad photo skillz. Ok this is a photo of Indians top prospect catcher Carlos Santana ( not to be confused with the Guitar player with the same name)
Indians outfielder , 3 time all-star, 2 time gold glove winner and way to good to sign an autograph for any body over the age of 10, Grady Sizemore. He refused to sign autographs on anything but a baseball and it had to be handed to him by a kid. One day some of these players will realize that it is the older people are the fans also and we are the ones that pay for the tickets and are not there to make money off their autograph. We are true fans and are honored to meet players. especially All Stars that we very rarely seen in our National League Stadiums.
Signing autographs for the young fans at Salt River Fields. He did sign an autograph for an adult and the autograph looked like a Pollack painting. It did not even resemble the auto he signed for the kids.
The Indians Logo on the left sleeve. on the right sleeve they had a patch in memory of Bob Feller. Who passed away at the age of 92 this last December.
The umpires for today’s game at home plate.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Aaron Heilman throwing the first pitch to Indians Grady Sizemore who flew out in this at bat and later struck out. Its called Karma!!! His replacement and invitee Travis Buck hit 2 home runs and a single in his 3 at bats.
D’backs Justin Upton fouls off a pitch in the 1st inning.
Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona. He is throwing warm up pitchers check out the Short Stop in the background he looks like a 4-year-old that needs to pee!!!!!!
Justin Upton scores 1st. run off a Russell Braynan single.
Gerardo Parra Hi fives Upton after scoring the run.
Gerado Parra rounds first as he turns for his double.
Indians Catcher Carlos Santana at bat in the 2nd inning.
Ex Rockie and Arizona’s 1st. base coach Eric Young.
Indians Carlos Santana gets a hit in the 4th inning.
Indians invitee Jack Hannahan batting in the 7th inning. He struck out this at bat and this photo has no relevance to the game but I remembered seeing him play for Tacoma against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox last year.
A view of a pitch from behind home plate late in the game.
The Cleveland Indians celebrate their 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The final scoreboard Indians 7 D’Backs 3. attendance for today’s game was 11,794. It was a good day at the ball park for my last game of spring training. Just got to see some baseball on a perfect Scottsdale day.
Fans Leaving Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick
The Final photo I took as I exited Salt River Fields. I left out of the Rockies Gate.
Overall it was a great trip I like the new complex as a stadium. I was a bit perturbed about the lack of player access on the Rockies side but gained a new respect for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Which I hope the Rockies destroy as they are playing them @ Coors Field for opening day April 1, 2011. The Diamondbacks side of the complex was awesome had great interaction with players and fans and met many of their players and coaches. Most of my time before the games at Salt River Fields was spent on their side. I met many of their coaches that played when i was younger. I got a bunch of autographs from them more on the Diamondbacks side of the complex in a future post.
Well as I get ready for the Rockies workout for charity and Opening Day @ Coors Field I am in full swing and ready to blog to you from Coors Field this season. Hope to see you there.
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