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Aaron tears away No. 44 for Turner Field countdown

June 24, 2016

ATLANTA -- For each home game this season, the Braves have welcomed a special guest to Turner Field to help count down the number of games remaining at the ballpark.So with Friday's game against the Mets representing 44 home games left before the team moves to SunTrust Park in 2017,

ATLANTA -- For each home game this season, the Braves have welcomed a special guest to Turner Field to help count down the number of games remaining at the ballpark.
So with Friday's game against the Mets representing 44 home games left before the team moves to SunTrust Park in 2017, the organization invited Hank Aaron to perform the honor.
Aaron, whose No. 44 jersey was retired by the Braves in 1977, sauntered onto the field at the end of the fifth inning and received a standing ovation from the crowd as an honorary video of him played on the scoreboard.

Then, as each guest has done this season, the former home run king helped tear away the No. 44 from the left-field wall as a part of the season-long celebration.

Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta.