Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Video)

Wow, what a weekend! To say we were blessed is a complete understatement. We were given tickets for the exclusive Sun Trust Club at Turner Field in Atlanta to watch the Braves play the Chicago Cubs and got a behind the scenes/batting practice tour! To hear about the day to day operations and to be introduced to the folks that make things run so smoothly was humbling.

We entered the stadium through the players parking, and toured underground past the locker rooms, equipment storage, club house, etc. before rolling through a massive gateway leading onto the field. The players and coaching staff were super friendly and accommodating despite their busy schedules. Jace Peterson, Chase d'Arnaud, and Jeff Francoeur took time to chat, autograph souvenirs, and take pictures between warm ups. Coaches Terry Pendleton and Jose Castro kept us company and added comic relief.

The Sun Trust Club itself is located directly behind home plate. It is beautifully decorated with Braves memorabilia and historical baseball items. It has numerous chef-manned cooking stations, a bar, and lounge. It is surprisingly very wheelchair friendly, with an elevator leading directly into the club's lobby. The wait staff is extremely knowledgeable and the chefs cook up all types of fancy dishes, but I enjoyed the fact that despite the exclusiveness of the location, all the typical "ball game foods" were still available... i.e. hotdogs, pretzels, popcorn, and so on.

Access to our seats was directly outside of the restaurant and up a wheelchair lift that follows the curves of the stairs, delivering you right behind home plate (check out the video) so be prepared to be on camera the entire game! One of the club managers stayed nearby to insure no need went unaddressed. Given the fact that it was a 4 o'clock game, with temperatures in the high 90's, and my inability to sweat, I made a hasty retreat to the comfort of the air conditioner and watched the remainder of the game indoors, trying to cool down.

To say thank you for such an amazing experience just doesn't seem sufficient, and I don't take lightly the enormity of our setting. I share this story only to say that you can never dream too big or be too grateful for the gifts that life presents to you. Always accept generosity, incredible opportunities, and experiences that far exceed your expectations. It will allow you to find yourself in awesome places, maybe even The Suntrust Club.

Mike

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