VIPs, video tribute and one ‘Hammer’ of a sandwich greet Braves fans for 2010 season


Sure, that crazy 16 to 5 win over the Chicago Cubs and rookie Jason Heyward‘s jaw-dropping, tie-breaking three run debut were the major headlines Monday afternoon.

But Intel Central decided to work the corners a little Monday night as the Atlanta Braves opened their 2010 season opener at Turner Field downtown.

Among the VIPs who RSVP-ed to the opening game included: Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, governor Sonny Perdue, Senator Saxby Chambliss, State House Speaker David Ralston and former Brave Javy Lopez.

Country star and Georgia resident Travis Tritt sang the National Anthem and Hammering Hank Aaron himself threw out the first pitch.

That’s not the only honor awaiting the home run king at Turner Field this season either.

The baseball legend now has his own sandwich at Turner Field.

For the record, “The Hammer” is a Southern-fried chicken breast sandwich with apple-smoked bacon, onions, pepper-jack cheese with pecan maple mayonnaise.

The delicacy’s bun?

A pair of toasted waffles.

In other words, the hefty sandwich may not exactly inspire you to dash out onto the field and hit 715 home runs.

A nap is far more likely.

Some fans, meanwhile,  had an ear cocked during the “Braves Country” celebration tribute, trying to figure out whose voice was narrating the salute.

It’s none other than legendary AJC sports columnist Furman Bisher lending his trademark tones to the project.