Saturday we caught the train into downtown Atlanta, to go to the Braves' next to last game of the year. We got off at the station near the capital building (above) and walked about a mile over to the stadium. It was a beautiful day, not too hot, with pretty skies overhead. We were there fairly early, and there was no one else out there walking to the game so we strolled along the sidewalks taking in the sights (below).
We had a quick lunch across the street from the stadium at the Bullpen (below)- only because they have a penny machine there. Just plain ol' sports bar food, but they had a big crowd of pregame fans watching college football on very small (?) TV sets.
We got to the stadium about an hour before the game, which gave us plenty of time to walk around. There's a penny machine at the team store, so we stopped there first to add to the collection.
We had seats on the club level, which was very nice. I'm not sure why, but they had specials on the tickets, and they were only $6 each! Our friend David met us at the game and sat with us. It was a little warmer than we expected, and thankfully being on the club level I could go inside in the AC and cool off, which I had to more than once. Here's Chipper Jones (below), who didn't do much during the game as far as I was concerned.
The Braves gave it a good try, and for our $6, we got two extra innings! But, the Washington Nationals eventually triumphed with two runs in the 11th inning. Of course, earlier this week the Braves were eliminated at their shot at the wild card, and Sunday afternoon is the last game of the season. I'm not sure how "hard" everyone was playing, but it was still a good game and a lot of fun.
Finally after the game we headed over to Little Five Points, where we had a late dinner at the Vortex (below). This is the other location, a smaller place, but the food was as fantastic and the music just as loud as the Midtown location we went to earlier this summer. How can you beat a place where you can eat a juicy burger while listening to Disturbed or Metallica!! Don't let the "laughing skull" scare you off- if you want the best hamburger in the world, you've got to eat at the Vortex. They make them to order, and I always get mine rare. Yes, I know, E.coli and blah blah blah. But a rare burger is the only way to go as far as I'm concerned!
We caught the train back home at the Midtown station, and actually made it to the house before midnight for a change (11:30)!! Thanks to David, who chauffeured us around Little Five Points and then Midtown. We all had a great time with our $6 MLB tickets!