Day 49

Dirty South

We left Columbus at noon and headed straight to Turner Field. We arrived early for the tour so we got the gloves out and played catch next to the wall from Fulton County Stadium. This wall has remained as a tribute to the Braves home of 30 years and acts as a retaining wall for the upper parking lot. A nice feature is the piece of fencing from where Hank Aaron's 715 home run was hit. We played catch next to this landmark.

The tour of Turner was pretty good, but the tour guide was terrible. She kept talking as if she was auditioning to be the PA announcer. The Braves Museum isn't as good as the one the Reds have, but if you're a Braves fan you'll love it.

As soon as the tour was over we met up with my Uncle Bill and my cousin Michael. Michael got tickets from his company and Bill made the drive down from South Carolina for the game. It had been a really long time since I had seen them and it was great to catch up before and during the game.

Marlins pitcher Anibel Sanchez tossed a dandy and held down the Braves for 7 innings. Braves hurler Chuck James also pitched well, but couldn't figure out Cody Ross. Ross supplied all the offense the fish would need with two solo home runs.

We had planned to drive two hours to Birmingham, after deciding earlier in the day to forgo Mobile and alter our trip route. As we drove through Alabama we put the windows down, cranked the music up, and just cruised. It was probably the best drive we've had the entire trip so we kept going until the gas ran out in Tuscaloosa.

Arlington for the Rangers/Yanks matchup tomorrow.


  • Date: Tuesday, 25 July 2006
  • Game: Marlins at Braves, 7:35pm
  • Ballpark: Turner Field (67)
  • Start: Columbus, GA
  • End: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Miles: 303 | Total: 12,729
  • Stayed: Best Western Tuscaloosa
  • States: Georgia, Alabama

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