A truckload of Atlanta Braves foam tomahawks spilled on to I-75 Southbound in Cobb County, Georgia late this morning, causing traffic delays.
For any person that has take the opportunity to drive through Atlanta, you have my sympathies. Having lived in the metro Atlanta area for many years, it is one of the worst cities in which I have driven. My experiences include rush hours in Chicago, Dallas and DC, plus travel to New York, St. Louis and now living in Nashville. Atlanta is not a fun drive. And now, the move of the Atlanta Braves from Turner Field in downtown to Cobb County is not helping.
The new 41,000 seat SunTrust Park sets in the corner if I-75 and I-285, one of the most congested traffic areas of the city. With the junction of these two main throughways and the added commercial areas in the vicinity, traffic is chaos. And the Braves made it worse today.
According the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s twitter, a load of foam tomahawks to be sold at games covered two lanes of I-75 South around 11 o’clock this morning. This comes a week after portions of another major interstate, I-85, collapsed after a fire.
The spilling of the iconic Braves items adds insult to injury for the team spouting the MLB’s worst record. The Braves currently sit at 1-6 on the season, with every game on the road. Friday, the team will open its new park, which is owned by the people of Cobb County. After much hype and elevated expectations with young players like Dansby Swanson on the roster, the start of the season is not going as planned.
Maybe the foam tomahawks know something we don’t? It could be a long season.