Turner Field will play host as the hometown Atlanta Braves take on the Washington Nationals in a 4:10pm/ET tilt. However, the FFA crowd on hand will have already had a cool experience before the first pitch is ever thrown after meeting Joe Dilacido, a Braves Grounds Crew member, in a pregame event. Dilacido is a former FFA chapter president eager to share his FFA story, plus inside information about working at Turner Field. Plus, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing you were a part of the first ever FFA night at a Major League park.
For more information (including info on discounted tickets), check out braves.com/FFA.
I'm not a farmer, nor an FFA member, but I do hold a lot of respect and admiration for the folks who work on and run farms. Being a Southern team, albeit in a big city, I'm surprised that the Braves don't have a long history of supporting groups like the FFA. Perhaps it's the miles of endless suburbs surrounding Atlanta before one gets to a farm that makes it feel like it's far removed from the pastoral life, but the Braves should be supporting groups like this, and it's a good thing that they finally are.
In addition to supporting the ties between the farm and our food, a nice homage to all farmers would be a healthy options farm-to-table concession stand at the ballpark. Admittedly, the Braves have done much better the last couple of years diversifying the eating options at Turner Field, but there's still plenty of work to do, and they still don't realize that they could use that diversity of food to get people out to the ballpark. A concession stand that serves fresh farm-to-table meals and changes with what's in season, and perhaps hosts guest chefs, could be an attraction that draws more fans to the game. Not having that is not an excuse for people not showing up to the ballpark. Just sayin...