Since we started going and watching the Atlanta Braves play, Carter has managed to get a nice collection of autographed baseballs. It’s not too hard to get an autograph at a game if you know where to go and when to get there. We’ve managed to pick up a few at meet-and-greets and got six at the 2011 Family Field Day. He’s met all the players below – with the exception of Chipper. We got that ball in a brown paper bag in a fund raiser for the Braves Foundation. We’re hoping to go to Spring Training in 2012 a get a few of the harder players then.

Anthony Varvaro

Anthony Varvaro

Bobby Dews

Bobby Dews

Brandon Beachy

Brandon Beachy

Brooks Conrad

Brooks Conrad

Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones

Cristhian Martinez #50 and Cory Gearrin #53

Cristhian Martinez #50 and Cory Gearrin #53

Cristhian Marti­nez

Cristhian Marti­nez

Dan Uggla

Dan Uggla

David Ross

David Ross

Eric Hinske

Eric Hinske

Eric O'Flaherty

Eric O'Flaherty

Johnny Venters

Johnny Venters

Jose Constanza

Jose Constanza

Kris Medlen

Kris Medlen

Martin Prado

Martin Prado

Mike Minor

Mike Minor

Peter Moylan

Peter Moylan

Stephen Marek

Stephen Marek

Wilkin Ramirez #30

Wilkin Ramirez #30

Anthony Varvarro
Bobby Dewes
Brandon Beachy
Brian Snitker
Brooks Conrad
Chipper Jones
Cory Gearrin
Cristhian Martinez
Dan Uggla
David Ross
Eric Hinske
Eric O’flaherty
Frank Wren
Jason Heyward
Jonny Venters
Jose Constanza
Kris Medlen
Martin Prado
Mike Minor
Peter Moylan
Scott Proctor
Stephen Marek
Wilken Rameriz

Here’s a recent MLB Fancave video featuring Atlanta Braves rookies Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrel. Fan Caver Mike O’Hara tells them about the postseason and they quickly scramble to clear their calendar in case the Braves make it to the postseason (they will).

It’s a great video if you’re a Braves fan – if you can get past the fact that both Kimbrel and Freeman were with the Braves in the 2010 postseason – a fact pointed out by my wife @ATLBravesBelle.

Chatting with Sprint is fun. My phone (Palm Pre) and Jill’s (Samsung Moment) have one foot in the grave and multiple issues. We’ve got less than 2 weeks to upgrade them both, but Jill’s phone stopped dialing out today – which kind of defeats the purpose of a phone. I told her I’d check with Sprint and see if we could get her the upgrade price now.

My first mistake was using the Sprint chat.

13:56:17 : Thank you for contacting Sprint. My name is #### #.

13:56:22 : #### #: I am happy to help you. Please hold a moment while I access your account.

13:56:27 : #### #: While I access your account information, can you please provide more details about why you’re chatting with us today?

13:57:44 : Phillip Duncan: My wife’s phone (***-*I**-****) won’t dial out, experiences slowness, locks up… She’s less than 2 weeks away for replacement – can that be adjusted to get her a new phone now?

13:58:32 : #### #: Ok

13:58:42 : #### #: Please allow me a few moment to look into it.

14:00:52 : #### #: Thanks for waiting.

14:01:32 : #### #: I have checked that you will be eligible for an upgrade on September 01, 2011.

Sigh…

FSS-aad

When the Atlanta Braves sent out an email blast with $18 tickets and I found seats on the right-field warning track, it was too good to pass up. School was still out and a 7pm EST start time meant we’d probably get home about Midnight – plenty of time for me to get some shuteye and make it to work the next day. Little did we know that what we were really going to see was the LONGEST GAME in ATLANTA BRAVES Franchise history.

Yep. The game lasted 19 innings for 6 hours and 39 minutes. Yes, we made it home and yes I made it to work — only about 2 hours late. It was all worth it because the Braves won – even if it was a controversial call.

Plus, we made it on TV – twice. You can see the clips above. Carter, Riley and I are walking the plaza at about 20-seconds on the pre-game show. At about 40 seconds, look below the SportSouth logo and you can see us all for a second and Carter for a few more as he walks down to the right-field wall.