Historically, the Atlanta Braves have been a model franchise. Aside from a lack of post-season success, the Braves have been a winning ball club, a good ambassador to the South for baseball, and have generally been a pretty classy organization, at least as far as sports teams with Native American mascots can be. However, one of the things they haven’t done historically is have pyrotechnics on the scoreboard at Turner Field. For this year’s home opener against the New York Mets, the Braves decided to add a little more sparkle to their game and put fireworks on the scoreboard. Big mistake. As it turns out, fire and patriotism don’t mix. The American flag at Turner Field caught fire during the Atlanta Braves game, meaning the Braves held an impromptu flag burning as part of their festivities.
The Star Spangled Banner mentions rockets glaring red and bombs bursting in air, but apparently none of those bombs hit the American flag, or perhaps the defenders of Fort McHenry took down their flag during the worst of the British bombardment during the War of 1812. Either way, their flag was still there, and apparently this flag survived the worst of the burning due to being made from flame-resistant material. Still, the Braves learned a lesson; there will be no more fireworks on the scoreboard at Turner Field.
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