The roar of the crowd.
The thrill of throwing a fastball inside of a bar and then eating a foot-long chili dog.
Nothing like it.
Except there is, and it’s the Atlanta Braves All Star Grill, an accurately named spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and possibly some baseball, opening Wednesday downtown. (Here’s your slideshow.)
This place is huge. Not stadium-huge, sports-bar-huge. And within its sports-bar-hugeness are brick walls laden with jerseys, trophies and many flat-screens displaying games. There may be a theme here.
It’s probably best enjoyed with a big group of friends. Either at the gigantic blue bar to your left or up front in one of the brown baseball-glove-inspired leather booths. They’re just past the lockers displaying the names Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz... whoever they are.
You’ll get some house-smoked barbecue and ahi tuna tacos for the table. You’ll go a few rounds with The South Paw, which is a cocktail with peach-infused Georgia moonshine.
And somewhere along the way, you’ll think to yourself, “I can throw that fast.” That’s when you’ll head to the back, step into the pitching cage and prove it.
Because there’s a pitching cage.