Braves Open Season Against Phillies With Local Musical Festivities, Free Tomahawks

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    The Atlanta Braves will open their 2013 baseball season today against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10 p.m. by recently retired Braves legend Chipper Jones.

    There are several events and festivities slated around Monday’s game. Making their way from Statesboro, The Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band will to perform for opening night.

    “We are very fortunate to have a Georgia Southern alumnus who works for the Atlanta Braves and suggested to someone in the ticket office that Southern Pride would be great pregame entertainment.” said Colin McKenzie, the director of the Southern Pride Band.

    At 5:20 pm, Country music star Rodney Atkins will perform at the Fan Plaza as well as be singing the national anthem. Fans will also be treated to a jet show as four T-6s perform a flyover of the stadium.

    Singing “God Bless America” in the seventh inning will be Atlanta’s own opera singer Tim Miller. Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan will lead vocals over the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at the bottom of the seventh.

    The first 45,000 fans to enter today’s game will receive a free Braves foam tomahawk.

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