The Atlanta Braves just returned to SunTrust Park for one of their final spring training games. The 7:35 p.m. game against the New York Yankees was a warmup for Opening Day on March 29. It also marked the return of another popular Braves’ team, the Heavy Hitters.
In a city where drumming is both high art and pop culture (both “Drumline” movies were set and filmed here), the Heavy Hitters stand especially tall. They play at every home game, starting several hours before the stadium gates open on The Battery, then moving inside SunTrust to play during games (that includes pounding the giant drum beneath the scoreboard when the Braves are at bat).
In February, the AJC sat in on part of the highly competitive auditions that were held to fill nine open spots on this year’s squad. You can read and hear all about that (literally) in a myAJC story and an episode of the accessAtlanta podcast (listen below).
Here are five heavy-hitting things to know about the Braves’ signature drum line:
Last week’s podcast: Atlanta Hawks talk about major changes coming for fans
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