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Families, fans enjoy Braves game on Suwanee town green

Jared White, 18, left, and Nathan Hernandez, 17, were among the few hundred people who watched at Suwanee’s Town Center Park as the Atlanta Braves played the Miami Marlins Saturday. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)

Jared White, 18, left, and Nathan Hernandez, 17, were among the few hundred people who watched at Suwanee’s Town Center Park as the Atlanta Braves played the Miami Marlins Saturday. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)

SUWANEE — Applause, high fives and cheers spread as the Braves put an early whoopin’ on the rival Miami Marlins, scoring five runs in the first four innings.

In between frames, the Tomahawk Team danced and the Braves Girls led the crowd in trivia contests.

Homer the Brave, the team’s baseball-headed mascot, sat down next to an unsuspecting fan and had his picture taken. Water and soda and booze (for those old enough) were consumed at rates appropriate with the mid-80s temperatures.

It would’ve been a typical May afternoon at Turner Field — if it weren’t in Suwanee.

On Saturday, several hundred people gathered at the city’s Town Center Park to enjoy the weather and watch the Atlanta Braves on a big-time TV.

For free.

“It’s a Saturday, and I’m a big Braves fan,” said 18-year-old Jared White, wearing the jersey of now-defected fan favorite Martin Prado. “I like it a lot.”

Lawn chairs and blankets filled the Suwanee green well before the 4:05 p.m. first pitch, with inflatables and food trucks among the activities attracting families and diehard fans alike.

Sponsored by several local radio and TV stations, the Atlanta Braves and the Gwinnett Braves, the event has now been held in Suwanee for several years. There were some brief technical difficulties Saturday, but 17-year-old Nathan Hernandez — one of the few folks wearing a Marlins jersey — was glad he came.

“It’s pretty cool,” Hernandez said. “Just being outside and watching the game on the big TV.”