Monday, May 8, 2017

Baseball In The Afternoon: Sun Trust Park

~Doc Lawrence~

The Judge observed that it was “a day of new experiences: Sun Trust Park, the Cardinals playing the Braves and my first bison tenderloin.” Don Harris, Tennessee native and a widely admired judge in the Volunteer state, joined his wife Gayle and their Atlanta family for a glorious Sunday game at the new major league ballpark.

Judge Don Harris and wife Gayle
A lifelong Cardinals fan, Judge Harris came out the winner as the Braves lost another one in extra innings. But, the facility got some praise and a few suggestions: “Let people inside much earlier, add more directional signs and find some good pitchers.”

Despite surrendering two homers, knuckleball-thrower R.A. Dickey, a University of Tennessee product, pitched well enough for the Braves. Freddie Freeman was every bit the accomplished All-Star slugger and flawless first baseman. But, the Braves have trouble producing runs and holding onto leads. Their annual claims of rebuilding are worn and tired.

Perfect Baseball Day
I’m a Braves fan. It’s bred in the bone, part of my DNA. A stadium does not a team make. It’s the other way around.

We finished off a near-perfect spring afternoon with dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill. Here, Judge Harris enjoyed his first Bison, the Kansas City filet. A happy man with a victory to show for the day, ready to return to his Brentwood home and enjoy good weather so close to Music City.

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