Prior to the game several Braves alumni will take the field to revel in two decades of players at Turner Field and throw out a ceremonial first pitch. After the game the Braves plan a ceremonial final pitch, the transfer of home plate to SunTrust Park and a presentation featuring Braves VIPs.
All fans through the games will receive a commemorative final game ticket with a lanyard and a Turner Field poster. During the game, the team is offering free admission to the Braves Museum and free games in Scout’s Alley.
The Braves didn’t announce which ex-players would be in attendance.
Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner with the Braves, will be part of the Fox Sports South coverage of Turner Field’s final day. Like Diaz, he said until recently he didn’t’ think much about the day.
“I’ll certainly miss it,” Glavine said. “I’m excited about the new ballpark and all, but in the new ballpark I’ll walk in not having had any history with the place. With Turner, I played there. I’ve got memories there. I see my number retired there — not that it won’t be the case at new ballpark, but it will be different walking into it with no personal history.
“Once that last game comes at Turner, that’s not where the Braves play anymore.”
Turner Field was Diaz’s first home park as an established big-league player. He had short stays with the Rays and Royals early in his career before Kansas City traded him to the Braves after the 2005 season.
Diaz said his memories include the team’s family days with his wife and three children. He said he expects to be emotional on Sunday when he covers the day as part of the Fox Sports South crew.
“I will try to hold it together on air,” Diaz said. “Hopefully I’ve shed my last tear about it. Personally, in my life, it will always hold a special, meaningful place in my heart.”