So Long, Turner Field…

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Turner Field ( John Amis/AP Photo)

I spent my Sunday going through pictures from my days covering the Braves for Fox Sports South. I was hired in 1997 to mostly cover the ACC, but my side gig was the Braves when the main reporter wasn’t available.

By 2000, my boss, Steve Craddock, hired me full time to be the Braves reporter. This meant travel with the team for every WEdnesday broadcast. We stayed at the team hotel, hit all the big ballparks, and worked very closely with America’s team.

It was a family.

I got all teary eyed clicking through the pictures . Wow, what great people. I was so lucky to be a part of that era.

I was with Chipper for his first spring training in West Palm Beach in ’96….

Denny Neagle, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux { wellll…he wasn’t the friendliest…ha } John Smoltz, Vinny Castilla, Gary Sheffield…. I could go on.

I always liked Turner Field. I never really cared that it was tough to get to , I was mostly working so I arrived early and left late.

I really liked the people working there. Like I said, it’s a ‘Braves Family ‘ thing.

Friday night, I was watching the Braves game on Tv, when Dale Murphy was tearing down the 3.

Waterworks! Started to cry.

It’s another chapter in the baseball books.

I’m very excited for Sun Trust park. Hoping to be at 680 for a few more years, if they’ll have me, which means I continue to cover this team.

Life’s about new adventures.

Bring it, SunTrust Park.

And thanks for the memories from the Ted.

How lovely it was.