Saying Goodbye To My Old Friend Ted

Later today after twenty years, the Atlanta Braves will play their final game at Turner Field.

The Braves will open the 2017 season in Sun Trust Park located in Cobb County.

Baseball is one of the passions of my life, and that passion extends to the place where my team plays.

Ballparks take on personalities.  Places like Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and ball yards all around the country have a charm – a magical, special place in the hearts of their fans.

So is the case with Turner Field, a new park by baseball standards.  However, the place is so special to the fans, that they christened it “The Ted.” In honor of Ted Turner, the formal Braves owner.

And so now, it’s time to say goodbye to my old friend, Ted.   

I say goodbye to my baseball palace where

  • 11 National League Division Series were played
  • 4 National League Championship Series were contested
  • The historic first National League Wild Card Game was played
  • The 2000 All Star Game was held and
  • The Braves played the Yankees in the 1999 World Series

I say goodbye to my baseball playground of twenty years, where:

  • I saw over 60 games
  • I shared the joy of baseball with my son, and
  • I celebrated my 50th birthday!

A month ago I attended my final game at The Ted.  I got there early – taking in the sights, sounds and smells of my baseball heaven.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

In that time of baseball reflection, my thoughts turned to the Lord and the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-9:

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Therefore, It is time to say goodbye to my old friend Ted. 

And yes, Turner Field and the property around it will be reinvented as residential housing, retail shops and a football field for Georgia State University.

However, after the final out on Sunday, the season will be over and The Ted will no longer be the home of the Braves.

So I say to Ted the same words that I hope will be said to you and me one day, “Well done my good and faithful servant… well done.”

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