We took Dad to one last Braves game at Turner Field, and now we took him to his first at Suntrust Park. He raised all three of us right: as Braves fans 😂 #braves #baseball #bravesbaseball #chopnation
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I was born in 1995, just a couple months late to the party; Atlanta was still celebrating their world series.
I grew up not knowing baseball adversity, in the midst of a record streak of division wins; it would've been easy, when things got tough, to jump ship for another team, if it weren't for these guys. They taught a pretty good message: fans for life, not fans for fair weather.
I remember going to bed at night, game still on, and falling asleep to the radio calls of the Braves games. Debating calls, arguing rules, celebrating wins and lamenting losses, booing infield flys, Bryce Harpers, and general umpire blindedness...a lot of memories associated with this team.
In 2006 Dad took me to my first Braves game here at Turner Field. We beat the Cubs by a run. I was hooked.
In the times since, life got busier and more complicated, less time was available for the trip to Atlanta; still, many games were watched from the comfort of home. My brother and I started attempting a game a year at least a few seasons back, and we've done pretty good about it. On a whim, I bought a miniature bat in 2006, and wrote the score on it. It's been a tradition ever since.
Now, Dad's had to deal with increasing symptoms of Parkinson's disease for a long time, and he hasn't been able to go to as many games with us, to the point of having to sit out the past few years. Back in the spring, he participated in a trial study attempting to alleviate some of those symptoms, and had some improvement. For the last season here at The Ted, my brother and I took him to one more game: a thank you for making us a part of Braves Country to begin with.
It's a melodramatic game: our last here at the only field I've known, a loss that snapped a personal 7 game win streak for me, the Final Friday Night Fireworks show...I still wouldn't trade it for the world.
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