Mar 19, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; The mask of Miami Marlins catcher Rob Brantly is seen prior to a spring training game against against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 4/1


MLB Trade Rumors

Atlanta Braves Rumors

Outfielder Brandon Boggs has been released by the Braves, according to theInternational League transactions page. The 31-year-old has seen 382 plate appearances in parts of four big league seasons, posting a cumulative .209/.315/.380 line. Last year, at Triple-A, he slashed .236/.331/.353 in 476 trips to the dish.

 

Atlanta Eater

What To Eat At Turner Field

The end of Braves baseball at Turner Field may be drawing near, but the start of another season is here, and for now, the show goes on. Many of the more upscale dining options the Braves have sought to attract return this year, likeKevin Rathbun’s steak sandwiches, which came to the Ted two seasons ago, andHoleman & Finch‘s burgers in quantities greater than 24. Waffle House is back as well, a mid-season debut last year that just maybe had a hand in a Braves winning streak and division title. New for 2014 are several outposts of Italian ice purveyor Rita’s Water Ice; a rebranded Beer Island featuring SweetWater Brewing Company beverages; and a cart selling several flavors of Frozen Pints, the beer-based ice cream available for purchase only by those age 21 and over. In anticipation of opening day, here’s a guide to what and where to eat atTurner Field.

 

Lynchburg-Hillcats

2014 Season Opener to Kick Off Promotional Schedule

The Hillcats are kicking off the 2014 season with a four game homestand beginning on Thursday, April 3rd at 6:0pm when the Frederick Keys roll into Lynchburg. Fans can look forward to giveaways, fireworks and the first Theme Thursday of the year to bring in the new season!

Opening Day is Thursday, April 3rd at 6:05pm against the Frederick Keys. Don’t miss our Opening Night Pennant Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans through the gates, courtesy of Pepsi / WROV! Plus, the Theme Thursday schedule will begin with April Fool’s Day…Night. If you though April 1st had come and gone, you may still need to watch your back as Southpaw and the staff could be pulling some pranks this evening! It’s also a Thursday Cheers with $2 drink specials presented by Miller Lite, Yuengling & 97.9 FM The Planet.

The series continues on Friday, April 4th at 6:05pm. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Schedule Magnet presented by Nadine Blakely, Realtor / WYYD! We’ll also have $3 drink specials on 16oz drafts and 32oz souvenir cup soda presented by 93.7 & 106.9 KHF and be sure to check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LynchburgHillcats for a printable coupon good for $5 admission!

Saturday, April 5th is a 6:05pm start and is our first postgame Fireworks show of 2014 presented byLiberty University! It’s also our “Smoke Free” School Night #1 presented by TUCP & HIPE. All students K-12 will receive free admission! No smoking will be permitted inside the stadium that evening.

The first homestand will wrap up on Sunday, April 6th at 2:05pm which is a Faith Sunday offering $3 advance tickets to church groups of ten or more! Plus, we’ll have pregame autographs on the concourse and postgame Kids Run the Bases presented by Uncle Bob’s Self Storage. And kids 14 and under that are a member of Southpaw’s Kids Club presented by Fox’s Pizza Den will receive a free hot dog and drink!

USA Today Sports

Hank the Dog receives standing ovation at Brewers opening day

Hours after he got to play with stuffed animal versions of himself, Hank the Dog, the former stray who was adopted by the team at Spring Training, received a standing ovation when he was introduced at Opening Day at Miller Park.

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