Every once in awhile here on Chop 'n Change we do a fun, silly post just to lighten things up. Just to highlight a few, I've done To The Braves: Will You Be My Valentine?, The Ten Commandments of Attending a Baseball Game, and Alex did Atlanta Braves: The Movie. We usually resort to these types of posts in the offseason when things are slow, but since I'll be on vacation by the time you read this, I was in the mood for something fun and admittedly random.
First, I'd like to provide you with my baseball playlist. I created this before I left to drive down to Spring Training this year have listened to it before every game I've attended this year. Just really gets me in the mood for some baseball! I welcome all suggestions for additions to the playlist, as I'm sure I've missed some good ones!
1. Centerfield by John Fogerty (THE classic baseball song after Take Me Out to the Ballgame)
2. Cheap Seats by Alabama (another natural choice)
3. Taking Care of Business by B.T.A. (Does anyone else remember the Taking Care of Pittsburgh spoof that was done back in '91 by Fox 97 here in Atlanta? I have it on tape and have been trying to acquire the technology to upload the song for you all!)
4. Fortunate Son by CCR (just seems to come on a lot at games)
5. Rock'n Me by the Steve Miller Band (again, seems to come on a lot at games)
6. Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones (another classic played at games)
7. You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC (yet another classic played at games)
8. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne (I'm sure most of you know Chipper used this song for years as his at-bat song)
9. What I Like About You by The Romantics (again, played at a lot of games)
10. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond (a tribute to the Red Sox, my other love)
11. Hells Bells by AC/DC (a tribute to John Smoltz and his days as the Braves closer, although I still never understood why that was his song because it doesn't really seem to fit him)
And in other randomness, here is my guide to eating at The Ted:
Peachtree Pizza: found all over the stadium, this is the most recent version of pizza available at the stadium. I could seriously eat pizza everyday, so I've tried every version of pizza available at the stadium over the years and this ranks in the top two. They have huge slices and they're pretty good as long as you get them when they're fresh.
Chick-Fil-A: my favorite Atlanta staple finally made it to The Ted, replacing a fledging Moe's on the 100 level close to the plaza. Although a bit more pricey than the ones you find around town, the quality is the same. If you want fries, nuggets or wraps, you'll need to hit the one on the 100 level just off the plaza going towards the first base side of The Ted. If you're only looking for the classic sandwich, you can find that on the 200 level not too far from home plate in a tent, on the 400 level around first base or being sold in the stands.
The Chop House: a full-service restaurant located just off the plaza above right field, The Chop House has become a huge fan favorite at The Ted. My brother goes for the hot wings and my friends love to stand against the railing and watch the game while grabbing a beer. Some fans never make it to their seats, instead choosing to watch the game from the railing. You'll need to arrive early if you want to grab a spot with a view from The Chop House for the game. As far as the food goes, it's fairly good although pricier than your other concessions.
The 755 Club: featuring a buffet, a sports bar and a menu you can order from, the 755 Club is a members-only restaurant above left field with floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the field. If you get there early, there are also tables out on a patio overlooking the field. Don't let the members-only part scare you off - there are always plenty of passes for sale on eBay and Craigslist if you want to try it out! I'm more of a baseball traditionalist though and prefer to grab something from the concession stand to eat in my seat while I watch batting practice. I have had some delightful meals at the buffet in the past though.
Smokehouse BBQ: formerly Skip & Pete's BBQ, this is located right in the plaza and features ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket and turkey legs along with accompanying sides. It's not really my style, but my father frequents it. I hate that they renamed it after Skip passed away and Pete retired, but maybe it's what those guys wanted.
Tomahawk Tavern: last but not least, if you're looking for a frozen adult beverage, hit up Tomahawk Tavern at Sections 120, 122 or 235 for a Tomarita. They also feature a variety of beers and wines.
Other concessions around the park have the usual ballpark fare. If you're one of those who doesn't care for the footlong hotdogs you may have trouble locating the "normal" size ones at Turner Field. We canvassed the ballpark for them this week and located them just outside Section 412. As an added bonus, these shorter dogs are Hebrew National hotdogs for those looking for a kosher dog.
I hear there are some non-traditional selections in the Lexus Level if anyone wants to comment on those. Personally, I don't like to sit in the Lexus Level and haven't done so in years, so I can't provide much guidance there.
I'm interested to hear other opinions and suggestions for Braves game-related traditions, treats or other interesting facts!