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Farewell #10

Just thinking about writing this post has my eyes welling up with tears! Here goes nothing…
We had known the weekend was going to give us grief for months. This is how our calendar looked:

Friday: Chipper Jones Tribute at Turner Field

Saturday: Event Class for Meagan / USF vs FSU football game at home

Sunday: Last regular game of the Braves season, AKA, Chipper’s last regular home game

Monday: Our one year wedding anniversary

We wanted to attend everything but it wasn’t physically possible. We made it all events minus Friday’s tribute game. We instead watched it stream live online. 
I ran out of my event class on Saturday and we headed to the USF football game. Immediately after the game we drove to Atlanta and arrived around 3:30am. The next morning is when Sean surprised me with a visit to our wedding venue, Victoria Belle. I could have spent all day there but my heart was begging to be taken out to the ballgame.
And so we went!

Oh I cried like a baby when Chipper game up to bat his final time. As tired as we were, it was so worth it to be there that day!

It just won’t be the same without you, Jones. Forever #10!

It was a long ride back to Tampa after that game.

She’s a Brave. He’s a Ray. HOUSE DIVIDED!

This past weekend was stressful to say the least. The Atlanta Braves were in town scheduled for inter-league play against the Tampa Bay Rays. Long story short, I am a die hard Braves fan and Sean is the same for the Rays. We knew from the very beginning of the season that this weekend would be trouble and a house divided. We have a cat named Chipper Jones, enough said! (He’s even on youtube watching a Braves game from my college years!)
We decided against going to the game on Friday because of work schedules and traffic getting to Tropicana Field. When I heard Chipper (my other man) was in the night’s lineup, I panicked! I’ve been Chipper’s biggest fan for over 10 years and I know how the man works. Let’s be real, he has a knack for getting injured. My prediction, “Chipper’s going to play tonight and will probably get hurt. So hurt he won’t play on Saturday or Sunday.”
The regret of not going to the game started with a standing ovation honoring Chipper in the beginning of the game. 
In the bottom of the third, Rays’ player, BJ Upton, brought truth to my prediction. Chipper would be out for the reminder of the series with a bruised calf. I KNEW this would happen! Here we were, tickets for Saturday’s and Sunday’s game in hand but no Chipper to see. More regret. At least the Braves won 5-3.
We had tickets with our (Rays fans) friends, Jon and Katie and headed out early to tailgate. 
I quickly learned that I didn’t like being an opposing team’s fan or the feeling of being outnumbered! Thankfully my sweet husband (who was just talking trash to me) grabbed my hand and off we were to find our seats. Ironic that we’re both wearing jerseys of our favorite third base players who are both currently on the disabled list?
 That game didn’t go so well for us Braves fans. There might have been a grand slam hit from the Rays to seal the game’s fate. Rays won 5-2.
The game started with a video tribute to Chipper that gave me chills as I held back tears. Both Rays fans and Braves fans stood up, clapped, and cheered as Chipper stepped out of the dugout to be honored. It was an amazing moment that is slowly preparing me for Chipper’s final games.
During the top of the seventh inning, Atlanta’s Michael Bourn hit a foul ball … to us! 
And, then we were on TV!
 Braves won 2-0 and took the series! Yippie!!