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FOX Sports Steve Hummer; Staff, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Five things to do before the game

1. Arrive early. The parking lots don't open five hours before the game (11:30 a.m.) just because the attendants need the overtime. It's about traffic flow, people. Help yourself out. (All parking is by coupon only, available online at Braves.com/parking)

2. Do a little old fashioned tailgating. Grilling is allowed in the grassy areas of the Turner Field lots. Warning: Don't make the mistake one fan did years ago and store a still smoldering grill beneath your vehicle and walk over to the game. He returned to one well done car.

3. Or, do some high dining --- which in the Turner Field neighborhood means springing for a bucket of the extra crispy at the KFC across the street.

4. The Braves heavy hitters have gone missing, but the Braves Heavy Hitters drum line will be performing at 2 p.m. at the fan plaza. Fans may also enjoy the musical stylings of D.J. S.T.I.X.

5. Watch a little batting practice. The Braves start hitting at 1:50 p.m.; the Giants at 3:05. It is the only time home runs are guaranteed.

Trivia corner

First inning: Easy one, right down Peachtree as Skip used to say.

1. Who was the winning pitcher for the Braves in the 1995 Game 6 clinching victory for their only World Series title?

Second inning: Surely, you know this, even newcomers do.

2. What Hall of Famer hit the club's first postseason home run off the New York Mets' Tom Seaver in the 1969 NL playoff opener?

Third inning: If you're going to join the conversation at the water cooler, you have to know this.

3. Who scored the winning run in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS and who got the game-winning hit? Bonus: Who was the on-deck batter?

Fourth inning: Second time through the lineup, it gets tougher.

4. What left-hander was the winning pitcher in the Braves' first-ever postseason victory? Hint: 1991.

Fifth inning: Chop, chop. If you have a good lead, don't get picked off here.

5. What Braves outfielder hit .533 with five stolen bases in the 1992 World Series?

Sixth inning: Don't get fooled by the pitch.

6. What Braves power hitter slammed a home run in his first World Series at-bat in 1995?

Seventh inning: Everyone knows how important starting pitching is for the Braves.

7. How many times have the Atlanta Braves played a 1-0 game in the postseason?

Eighth inning: This one paints the corner. Guessers strike out quickly.

8. What's the Braves' current losing streak in World Series games?

Ninth inning: True Braves fans are all-knowing and stay till the bottom of the ninth.

9. Who hit the most Braves home runs combined in the 1991 and 1992 World Series? Hint: Right-handed batter, so, no, it's not David Justice.

Extra innings: Let's hope history doesn't repeat.

10. What pitcher gave up an 18th-inning home run in the final game of the 2005 NLDS to Chris Burke of the Houston Astros?

Answers

First inning: Tom Glavine

Second inning: Hank Aaron

Third inning: Sid Bream scored, Francisco Cabrera got the hit and Otis Nixon was on-deck.

Fourth inning: Steve Avery

Fifth inning: Deion Sanders

Sixth inning: Fred McGriff

Seventh inning: Nine

Eighth inning: Eight (the last four games in 1996 and all four in 1999)

Ninth inning: Lonnie Smith (five)

Extra innings: Joey Devine

You Know You're A Braves Fan If...

You consider 2006-09 the most fallow four years since the Rutherford B. Hayes presidency.

You believe Buster Posey is a fine example of Georgia manhood. But, still, you wonder why he looks like he should be washing Jason Heyward's car to raise money for his Biology Club senior trip.

You can --- and often will --- do a passable Skip Caray imitation from memory.

You believe the movie "Vertigo" is Alfred Hitchcock's homage to Nick Esasky.

You never forgave Jane Fonda --- at least for her politically correct version of the tomahawk chop.

You Know You're A Giants Fan If...

You hear 2003 and think "last year we were in the postseason" and not, "a great Silver Oak cabernet."

You believe Barry Bonds' expanding head was just a natural part of the aging process, like ear hair.

You miss the old park --- the Polo Grounds, not Candlestick.

You won't admit that Tim Lincecum obviously gets his hair cut at the Hogwarts Great Clips.

You remember when McCovey was a player, not a place where kayakers go to find a date.

You can lift your shirt and show an actual scar from the 1993 season --- when San Fran finished one behind the Braves despite winning 103 games that season. But please, don't.

Best moments

1. It's hard to top the Tom Glavine and David Justice Show. Glavine pitched the Braves to a 1-0 victory in Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians to claim the 1995 World Series and Justice hit a sixth-inning home run. Nothing could be finer.

2. For some people, there was never more Braves' postseason excitement than when first baseman Sid Bream slid to the plate with the winning run in Game 7 to win the NLCS against the heavily favored Pittsburgh Pirates and Barry Bonds in 1992.

3. Although technically not postseason, when the Braves clinched a playoff berth on Oct. 5, 1991 after being last the previous season, there was great joy among the multitude of fans who stayed at the old stadium to watch for the West Coast result that clinched it.

4. For old-timers, how about the first time? Phil Niekro took the mound against Tom Seaver and the New York Mets in Game 1 in the 1969 NL playoffs with Hank Aaron in right field. It confirmed for city leaders that bringing the team here was worth it.

5. Confirmation of the Braves' dominance came in the 1996 NLCS. Down 3 games to 1, the Braves booted the St. Louis Cardinals from the playoffs, winning 14-0, 3-1 and 15-0 behind John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Glavine. Ah, those were the days.

Go online and vote for your favorite postseason moment.

Five things to do after the game 1. The Braves say you will not be hustled off the property. Wait out traffic in the fan plaza. Mr. S.T.I.X. will be performing postgame as well.

2. Listen to the postgame show on the car radio idling in traffic, and join in either the community celebration or grousing.

3. Resume tailgating --- responsibly. Your beers are a lot cheaper than their beers.

4. There are no fireworks scheduled for after today's game (stupid last rays of daylight). So if it is a rout either way, you may leave early if you must. Preferably before they break into the Cotton-Eyed Joe.

5. Do your part for the economy. Go to a favorite downtown restaurant or watering hole and perform a thorough autopsy on the game you just watched.

Compiled by Steve HummerFive things to do after the game

If you go

Will call: Pick up tickets starting at 9 a.m. today.

Parking: All Turner Field parking lots will be permit only, so if you plan on driving, make sure you have pre-purchased a parking permit at braves.com/parking and plan on arriving early. Turner Field parking lots will open 5 hours before first pitch today and Monday.

Open gates: Turner Field gates will open three hours before first pitch.

Free stuff: Each fan will receive a red foam tomahawk at today's and Monday's games.

Today's schedule:

11:30 a.m. --- Parking lots open

1:30 p.m. --- Turner Field gates open

1:50 p.m. --- Braves batting practice

2 p.m. --- DJ S.T.I.X. and the Braves Heavy Hitters Drumline will perform in Fan Plaza

3:05 p.m. --- Giants batting practice

4:10 p.m. --- Full squad introductions

4:25 p.m. --- National Anthem performed by cast of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls

4:37 p.m. --- First pitch

Postgame --- DJ S.T.I.X. and the Braves Heavy Hitters will perform in Fan Plaza

Monday's schedule:

If the Phillies sweep the Reds today, the Braves home game on Monday will start at 7:30 p.m. and all events will begin an hour earlier.

3:30 p.m. --- Parking lots open

5:30 p.m. --- Turner Field Gates open

5:50 p.m. --- Braves batting practice

6 p.m. --- Yacht Rock Revue will perform in Fan Plaza

7:05 p.m. --- Giants batting practice

8:15 p.m. --- National Anthem performed by Yacht Rock Revue

8:37 p.m. --- First pitch

Postgame --- Yacht Rock Revue will perform in Fan Plaza

Tagged: Braves, Giants, Tim Lincecum

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