Atlanta Braves Fans Honor Hank Aaron, Celebrate Milestones At Home Opener Game – CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10 a.m.) – Hours before the Atlanta Braves Home Opener, fans filled the battery at Truist Park and celebrated several milestones. It was the first home game without baseball legend Hank Aaron, the first game since SunTrust Park was renamed Truist Park, and this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Braves.

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“For me, he’s an inspiration to keep going and never give up,” said Braves fan Sean Corona, reflecting on Aaron’s legacy. Fans saw Aaron’s number 44 shirt on the field and a wreath in honor of his memory next to his statue. A family traveled from Aaron’s hometown to attend the game.

“We’re from Mobile, Alabama, and Hank Aaron recently passed away. We thought it would be a very special time to come here and remember him,” said Elaine Manas, who brought her son Alex with her. “It’s my first MLB game and it’s my first professional sports game,” he said.

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Elaine and her son Alex Manas traveled from Hank Aaron’s hometown of Mobile, AL to see the game. Alex had a home run before the game even started.

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Emmanuel Rutledge, who lives in Decatur, and his wife made playing the game part of their plans for the wedding day. He didn’t have a Braves shirt, so he paid tribute to famer Ken Griffey Jr.’s Baseball Hall by wearing a Seattle Mariner jersey while celebrating Aaron’s legacy. “I’m a Braves fan, but I wanted to represent someone of his caliber,” he said.

In addition to changing its name last year, the Braves organization also made some innovative changes, according to Truist Park. “We were able to improve some of the rooms in the stadium. We have the Infiniti Club that has been redesigned, ”said Greg Mize, senior director of marketing and innovation for the Atlanta Braves. Fans can use their cell phones to order food from the concessions and receive a text message when it’s ready. “You can do it while you’re watching the game and then come between innings and get your food,” Mize said. It’s also a cashless experience to help with the Braves’ COVID security efforts that require fans to use credit cards and apps like Apple Pay to make purchases.

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“It’s great to have fans here in the stadium,” said Mize. The fans said they are glad to be back too.

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