Hank Aaron throws out first pitch at SunTrust Park

Hank Aaron throws out first pitch at SunTrust Park

Hank Aaron throws out first pitch at SunTrust Park

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Braves are -150 money line favorites versus the Padres, who have odds of +135 to pull off the upset tonight in Atlanta. But the venue, where the city meets the suburbs in Cobb County, isn't all that's new. It's a day more than three years in the making after the Braves announced they would leave Turner Field after last season and move to SunTrust Park in Cobb County at the intersection of I-75 and I-285. There are 4-foot-tall bobbleheads scattered about, paying homage to Braves greats such as Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro, Greg Maddux, Dale Murphy and others.

Cox managed the Braves for parts of 25 seasons, going 2149-1709 with 14 (consecutive) division titles, five NL pennants and one World Series championship. Braves lead 3-2 after that score. And don't think he wasn't aware of all those firsts as they happened. "It's just a few hits here and there".

So did management. The plan, aka The Plan, was to time quality baseball with the first season at Sun Trust. "We can't wait to open the doors and welcome fans to SunTrust Park".

Twenty years earlier, Jones helped christen Turner Field, which never seemed like a place the Braves would leave until November 11, 2013, when longtime team executive John Schuerholz announced the franchise would be moving to the corner of I-75 and I-285 in Cobb County at the start of this 2017 season. "We're off to a great start".

But it's early enough to remain confident.

Ready to be home: Several Braves players talked about their eagerness to finally play in front of a home audience after a week and a half on the road, and they repaid the sold-out crowd with solid, error-free baseball.

Two trial runs offered by preseason games didn't provide enough information for them to make the call just yet.

Padres: RHP Trevor Cahill (back) is on track to return from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday. Kemp, a critical mid-season acquisition past year, should make slugger Freddie Freeman and nearly everyone else in the batting order a little better. The wall is much shorter in left, but the distance is longer, and there are corners, not curves, in center field. Inciarte caught the first out of the game (on the first pitch of the game), then got the first hit, scored the first run and, to put an exclamation point on things, hit the stadium's first home run in the sixth inning to pace the Braves to a 5-2 win over the Padres. It could have an impact on the run-scoring environment once it is completed.

A strong finish to the 2016 season could not lift the Braves out of last place, but it bolstered hopes the 2017 team would be more competitive even as most of the top pitching prospects are still in the minors. "Everybody comes to play every day".

"It'll be fun", catcher Tyler Flowers said. "We thought we could be a real asset to the park and the development and that we could be a bigger asset if we announced early". "We just have to keep grinding and figure out a way to win". They found their way into the New Urbanist neighborhood.

Related news