Why wasn’t Ted at Turner Field’s farewell? The Braves don’t know

WORLD SERIES GAME 6 10/28/95: Standing for the national anthem are (L-R), Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, actor Bill Murray ,and former president Jimmy Carter. (AJC photo/Jonathan Newton)

The night the Braves became world champs. (AJC photo/Jonathan Newton)

If I had a nickel for every time in the past 24 hours I’ve been asked, “Why wasn’t Ted Turner at Sunday’s farewell to Turner Field?” … well, I’d have a dozen nickels, which would come to 60 cents. Seeing as how the joint was named after him, it’s a legitimate question. So I asked someone in a position to answer it.

According to Beth Marshall, the Atlanta Braves’ senior director of public relations, Turner “was invited and declined.” She added: “I don’t know why he declined.”

Turner resigned as vice chairman of Time Warner in 2003. TBS merged with Time Warner in 1996, the same month the Braves would blow a 2-0 lead against the Yankees in the World Series. (Steinbrenner 1, Ted 0.) Liberty Media acquired the Braves in 2007.

We still don’t know why Ted chose not to attend the Ted’s closing, but it’s a matter of record that he has long been a supporter of downtown Atlanta. He once had a penthouse atop CNN Center. When Hawks’ executives considered vacating the Omni and building a new arena along Georgia 400, he vetoed it, saying he wanted to be able to walk to games. Sure enough, Philips Arena sits where the Omni did. (TBS sold the Hawks, the NHL Thrashers and Philips to the Atlanta Spirit in 2004.)

Wish I could shed more light on this for y’all, but at least we know Ted was invited to the Ted. I couldn’t imagine he wouldn’t have been. Heck, I fully expected him to pull the “1” off the “Home Games Remaining” sign in left field. John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox did it instead.

Just a guess: We shouldn’t expect Ted at Opening Day in SunTrust Park in Cobb County on April 14, 2017. Betting Tim Lee will be there, though. 

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FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

Ted made the Braves into a national brand and corporate ownership have turned them into a laughingstock

so-what
so-what

Seriously you don't know WHY he did not come?  The ridiculous abandonment by the Atlanta Braves is enough to not come.  The shady backroom deals by the Braves and Cobb County government is enough to make any true braves fan sick to their stomach.  The failure to consider rapid transit in 2016 to be a key component of any major stadium is enough to make people question the sanity of the current owners and developers.  Ted brought the braves back and was the most creative owner to fill the seats when they were empty!  I didn't go and will not go in the future.  Im done with the Braves after 45 years of going to games and being a huge fan (I'm older than that!)  Don't let the screen door hit you Braves on your way out!!

Susan Lamb
Susan Lamb

With all that's going on for folks in this World really? Get a big ole life! One involving more important issues than a Baseball franchise simply relocating 20 miles down the road. Not ending. Just moving into a new spot! What the hell? This has become comical. All those showing selfies of just "being there" ok! I believe we live in a World where everyone is so desperate to be a part of what they think everyone else is doing. Corny! So corny!

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

It'll be interesting to see if Tim Lee and his successor/conqueror will both be there. I think Liberty Media should have named the new stadium after their chairman, then it could be known as The John.

whatisit
whatisit

Because the people who bought the Braves did everything they could to ruin what he had built...and they did a super job of it...just for starters...taking TBS away from America's Team...remember no matter where you were in the world you could see the Braves playing on TBS...whatever...big corps screwed it all up...I would not have come back either...Love you Ted Turner for what you gave us for all those years...

Peachs
Peachs

You name a place after a person, it seems it should have more stickem to it.  I would be depress too, if in my life time I saw my work forgotten so quick.  

Michael Driscoll
Michael Driscoll

Y'all need to calm down. He's done more than enough for Atlanta. Whatever conspiracy theories you have, respect the man. If he could make it he would. Life has bends and turns and Ted is not immune. He was there in spirit. That's good enough for me.

Patty Reynolds Raffeld
Patty Reynolds Raffeld

It's the city of Atlanta that drove the braves out. Atlanta had promised to make the area around the stadium a better place for the community and did not.

so-what
so-what

the Marietta Braves!  Smyrna Braves!!  Minor league all the way.  The stadium was perfectly fine for baseball, we don't go there to have a picnic


Judith Hulse
Judith Hulse

Atlanta should be ashamed. Too many pockets were lined in this deal. I don't blame Ted Turner at all.

Adam McFadden
Adam McFadden

Phillip Hart, Cody B Mercer, we talked about this at the game. It looks like he was invited bit declined.

Michael Barnes
Michael Barnes

Probably sick of the situation. It was a very sad occasion.

Falcons2013
Falcons2013

Ted obviously doesn't like that the team is being moved from a stadium named the Ted to the suburbs. He lost his say however when he threw the teams into the Times Warner deal thereby giving us Liberty. Of course thru time warner, David Mcdavid was shafted and last minute his son in law and the crazy Atlanta Spirit was sold the Hawks and Thrashers causing years of disfunction and the loss of the hockey team. Thanks Ted for taking care of Atlanta. The city is down two of the three teams you owned.

WW5
WW5

mark - Philips arena was not sold to anyone.

Riceville1
Riceville1

The Braves should have invited him to manage the last game.

Zapp
Zapp

Why would he be there?  Time-Warner forced him out, sold the Braves, and are now leaving a perfectly good stadium for a boondoggle in Cobb County.  If I was him, I would never go near the Braves again!

Landa Walker
Landa Walker

Ted should been there it's named Turner Field after him

ClevelandDon
ClevelandDon

I'll bet that if Ted wanted to be there we would not take part in the decision. And if the Braves wanted him there they would have asked him (in the "right way) and Ted would have been there. Ted, asked me to join his 400 Club when I arrived in Atlanta in 1968.

How could I refuse....when people are asked nicely they will just as nicely respond.  What a nice thing it would have been. He saved the team when he bought it and spent the money to bring it up to major league qualifications and yes! He should have been there!

TOJacket
TOJacket

I think he hurt his back pulling Janes leotards off?

Riceville1
Riceville1

@TOJacket  Gosh that is funny or at least it would have been before 2001 when they divorced.


DawgNole
DawgNole

@Riceville1

You can't expect TOJ to keep up with "current events"; he's too busy obsessively sniping 24/7 at all things UGA.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Mostly enjoy making you look sillier than you already make yourself look.

Stuttering Erick
Stuttering Erick

I came back from vacation yesterday to read dozens of posts about how sad it is that The Ted is no longer. What the hell is wrong with you people!? Take up a hobby or something!

Bill66
Bill66

The old liberal is probably off somewhere stumping for Hillary.

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

Ted had no interest in seeing a 93 loss team!

Nicolas Gerrald
Nicolas Gerrald

It sure is good to know, a lot of you bitter losers won't be at games next year or ever. At least I won't have to sit near a bunch of losers that believe everything the AJC spews out of it's bowels. Dear God you're a bunch of cry babies. Plenty of teams are named after a city they don't play in. The Giants and Jets don't even play in the same state their named after. Idiots.

Keith Yancey
Keith Yancey

I don't agree with the move at all either, but to say that they're leaving Atlanta is a bit disingenuous. They're gonna be no more detached from Atlanta at their new location than the Mets are from New York City.

Omar K. Ali
Omar K. Ali

Queens is still New York. The Mets moved literally next door to their new stadium.

Sandra Jones
Sandra Jones

Cobb county, Smyrna to be exact is not Atlanta. We don't have boroughs here.

Clarence Garrett
Clarence Garrett

I don't watch baseball. The Braves got rid of their top black players and now is moving to Cobb County. Cobb County demographics are totally different than downtown Atlanta. It seems they are white washing the organization.

Gerardo Visoso
Gerardo Visoso

Not being white washed that part of Cobb is blacker than turner field

Cole Gillespie
Cole Gillespie

Jim Hall im talking about the article. The ARTICLE DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH RACE

Clarence Garrett
Clarence Garrett

Nicolas Gerrald the Uptown brothers, Jayson Heyward. I believe these are considered to be Afro American. White washing the team.

Craig DeGarmo
Craig DeGarmo

PROBABLY THE DUMBEST COMMENT AVAILABLE .......YOU REALLY CANT FIX STUPID

Keith Childs Elrod
Keith Childs Elrod

What does your comment have to do with Ted coming or not coming to the last home game?

Clarence Garrett
Clarence Garrett

Keith Childs Elrod FORGET THE BRAVES. Enjoy the traffic in Cobb!

Keith Childs Elrod
Keith Childs Elrod

Clarence Garrett i have no intention of driving to Cobb County to see the Marietta Braves.

Nicolas Gerrald
Nicolas Gerrald

Even if the traffic is bad, all I'll have to do when I go is park at my hotel and walk to the game. At least I'll be able to go eat and drink close by before and after the game. Couldn't do that in the ghetto before.

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith

Cobb county has a lot of racial diversity.

Cole Gillespie
Cole Gillespie

Good job making something about race that has NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

Jim Hall
Jim Hall

Cole Gilespie: If race has nothing to do with it, why do so many people comment that the area around Turner Field was a "Ghetto" and it is dangerous there? Too many people have made comments over the years that suggest that the reason that they don't like downtown is that there are too many black people around.

Nicolas Gerrald
Nicolas Gerrald

Jim Hall They do cause the majority of violent crimes. God forbid people don't want to be in areas where many violent crimes are committed. Go have a whine cooler, girlfriend.

Candy Wright
Candy Wright

The reason that people don't like downtown is because there is such crime. Unfortunately, those people can't help that most of that crime is committed by blacks, who may or may not live within walking distance of the Ted. I used to work in VA Highland and we had a very diverse clientele and demographic in the neighborhood, but yet again we had crime committed mostly by blacks, including a young man gunned down and murdered while trying to go into his own apartment in a supposedly secure gated community. Thank goodness his fiancé lived to help convict the trash. Hopefully GA State University will have better security or maybe they won't attract the same amount of attention from the local criminal elements as targeted the Braves fans.

Jim Hall
Jim Hall

It's Atlanta, Georgia, of course race is an issue in this article and it is an issue regarding the Braves move out of the city limits.

Jim Hall
Jim Hall

Nicolas Gerrald: Please provide the statistics of all the violent crimes committed by African Americans before, during, after Atlanta Braves games. You will probably find that it is much more likely that you get in a wreck on the Interstate going to the game, than be a crime victim once you are at the stadium.

Jim Hall
Jim Hall

I have done it many times. I did it when it was Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. There are a lot of black people that live and work in that area. The vast majority of them have nothing to do with crime. Sorry if people that are different than you is such a problem. Maybe you should meet people from other races. Then maybe you wouldn't believe all the stereotypes the news media has shown you.