Baseball fields — except for those pesky indoor ones that just don’t have that just-right vibe — have long been standard-bearers of the turf grass side of agriculture. Millions of people every year take their seats in major and minor ballparks across the nation, box of Cracker Jack in hand, and gaze longingly at the pristine cut of the gorgeous green grass of the outfield and well-manicured edges of the infield. Many of those same people then head home to stare at a yard that decidedly looks nothing like the beautiful stage that those big leaguers get to perform on.
It can be disappointing and demoralizing moment, sure. But it can also serve as a stark reminder of the importance that agriculture has in keeping America’s Pastime running throughout the season. That’s a connection the Atlanta Braves would like to help FFA members, alumni and supporters make when they host their first-ever FFA Night on Sept. 15.
That night, Turner Field will play host as the hometown 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 DePlacido, a Braves Grounds Crew member, in a pregame event. DePlacido 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. If you do go to this event, be sure to let us know how it goes (and send us some peanuts, too!).