Monday, April 16, 2012

Atlanta Braves Opening Night

We were lucky enough to get tickets to the Atlanta Braves' Home Opener for the 2012 season against the Milwaukee Brewers.  We were extremely excited about this for a few reasons.  First, and most important, it was the anniversary of when Stephen and I met.  It will also be a special night for us.  Secondly, who doesn't love Braves games and all the added excitement of the start of a new season?!  Third, it was Stephen's first time in a Suite at Turner Field.  It was such a great time and I love sharing new experiences with Stephen.  Lastly, Ryan Braun is on the Brewers team and we HATE him.  During the off season Braun was found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs.  He appealed it and miraculously it was overturned for pretty silly reasons.  He's the luckiest man in baseball.  I can't wait for his stats to drop off this year when he doesn't use his drugs.  The rest of Atlanta let him know how much we like him with a barrage of Boos every time he came up to bat or touched the ball.

Look how happy we are!  And look at that crowd!  Over 50k in attendance.

The National Anthem was sung buy Grammy winning duo, The Civil Wars.  I was a little hesitant at first when they walked out to the microphones.  He looks like a bizarro Johnny Depp and she was too cute to trust.  Then they started and it was beautiful.  They harmonize beautifully and there isn't a bunch of crazy notes added to their music - it's just them and a guitar.  The band is Joy Williams and John Paul White.  No backup band, just the two of them.  They opened for Adele her last tour and had a song play, in it's entirety on Grey's Anatomy.  Not too shabby.  Their second show together was at Atlanta favorite, Eddie's Attic.  They won TWO Grammy's this year - Best Folk Album  and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.  Man!  Not bad for a 2-person band.  And let me tell you, Joy lives up to her name. She never stopped smiling the entire time they sang when they came back onto the field for a short set before the Friday night Fireworks started.  Her smile is contagious.

I urge you to check out The Civil Wars.  I'll be downloading all the songs I can get my hands on.

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