Rome Braves keep winning and “turn back the clock.”
Don’t look now, but the Rome Braves are on a serious roll. The class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves defeated the Asheville Tourists Sunday afternoon, 3-2 at State Mutual Stadium before 1,745 fans for their 11th straight win, that ties a franchise record.
The Rome Braves are winning every way conceivable, extra innings, walk offs and even rain shortened contests.
These Braves are playing like the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s, so it was only appropriate that the Rome organization held their “Retro Night” on Friday, August 4.
Along with retro music being played as walkup music, the Rome players also wore Braves throwback uniforms and there was a special appearance from Braves legend, Ralph Garr. Garr currently works in Player Development for the Braves and serves as the SE Texas Area Supervisor.
Garr played for twelve years in the major leagues, eight of them in Atlanta and batted .300 or better five times during his career. In 1974, he was selected to the National League All-Star team and won the N.L. batting title that same season hitting .353. Known during his career as the “Road-Runner,” Garr stole 137 bases and is eighth on the all-time Atlanta stolen base list. He appeared to be having a good time interacting and meeting with fans. Garr even did second takes at some of the items fans brought for him to sign.
“This is great,” offered Garr. “It makes me feel good to see that the fans remember.”
The Rome Braves head out on a road trip this week, but will return to the friendly confines of State Mutual Stadium next week. There is not a bad seat in this intimate stadium. Tickets start at $5 for general admission. There are still games against Asheville, Lexington, Greensboro and Columbia remaining. These is a football giveaway, Bark in the Park and post game concert promotions upcoming.
As with most other minor league stadiums, food and beverages are affordable and very tasty. Come and see the Atlanta Braves of tomorrow. Less than an hour from most places in the north metro area and with parking only $5, the Rome Braves remain one of the best entertainment options just north of the metro area.