4/17/10 Wrigley Field

I wasn’t really expecting to have a big snagging day, and I just wanted to watch and have a fun time at my favorite ballpark Wrigley Field. I heard about all the new renovations and was exciting to see them.

I got to the ballpark about, 30 minutes before the gates open due to some heavy traffic. I pulled out my camera and saw that the battery had died. I charged it fully the night before so I had no idea what was going on. Because of that, I’ll use some pictures from Cubs.com.

Here’s what the entrance looks like with new pictures hung up:

cubs mar.jpgIt looks really nice actually, but I think the Cubs are taking them down after this week.
30 minutes flew by and I got in and grabbed the promotion of the day, a Cubs knit cap.

I made my way toward the Astros bullpen side of the field. A few players were throwing and warming up so I just stayed and waited there. I could have got a ball from Michael Bourn, but I didn’t want to rob these two kids. A little later, an Astro hit a line drive and it landed below the wall way out of grabbing reach. I walked over and yes it was glove trick time!

Sadly, my camera didn’t work but I still managed to get some action shots. As I was reeling up the ball, a bunch of kids and people walked over and were amazed. I have never seen anyone at Wrigley with one so it was special for them. After I met local Chicago Jazz singer/ actress Amy Banks.  She was kind enough to take a few pictures for me.

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TOTALS:
1 Ball
SEASON:
5 BALLS

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4/8/10 US Cellular Field

While driving to the stadium I was hoping it would be a better day. The rain stayed away but the thing that stayed was the cold, and I mean freezing cold. Game time temperature was around 40.

Once again I was first in line but only to see the cage for BP set up. No one was even out there to hit. It was sad.
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The good news was there were 3 balls just sitting there in the bullpen. The bad news was there were too out of reach for the glove trick. My only option was to wait and hope someone came along to toss one to me. And after waiting about 30 minutes, a groundskeeper strolled into the bullpen picked them up and walked towards me. He looked Hispanic, so I called for him in Spanish and he threw me one. First ball of the day!

DSCF4539.JPGAfter that, a long period of boring rolled along. There was pretty much no action going on the field, except people watering it. I decided to walk around and check out the dugouts. I looked in the Indians dugout and saw pitcher Jake Westbrook. I called him over and I had him sign my ticket stub. He was nice and signed for everyone as well.

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I made my way back towards the Indian bullpen since some pitchers were warming up. Some coach, saw my Indians hat and immediately flipped up a ball. There it was, Ball number 2. Then in the same spot where Mike Redmond tossed me his warm up ball the day before, I called for it and his reply was,
” I already threw you one yesterday.” This probably happens alot to people, but it made me feel kinda happy and special lol.

That was pretty much it for the pre game. Once the game started I sat a couple rows up from the dugout. Great view. After a few innings I made my way out the outfield in hopes of catching a homerun. I literally had a whole section to myself. Anything hit my way was mine, so the chances were looking good. As i was walking toward the bullpen, I called the bullpen coach’s name, and asked for a ball. He tossed me and was a little surprised someone knew his name. That was Ball Number 3. Here he is next to closer Chris Perez.

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Around the 8th, I headed over towards the dugout to catch the last few inning of a very exciting game.

DSCF4542.JPGThe game went to extras, and the dismall crowd of 18,000 shrunk even more. My brother was watching the game and he told that he was able to hear the fans screaming. The people in the FIRST row got up and left, so I quickly took their seat. I found out later, I was on tv for most of the 10th inning. The Indians ended up winning it on an Asdrubal Cabrera hit. Go Tribe!

TOTALS:
3 MLB Baseballs
1 Autograph

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4/7/10 US Cellular Field

Let’s just say this was not an ideal game to go to.
After waiting an hour and half in line, I ran through the gates and up the four ramps to see an ugly wet tarp on the field and no BP.

Then, the rain started to stop and this went on.

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Some Sox players starting throwing and one of them was Gavin Floyd. Okay now it starts to get a little weird. As I was waiting patiently for Gavin to finish warming up, I talked to this one kid. He seemed pretty cool, until he tried boxing me out and waving his gloveless hands in the air. Only to end up knocking the ball down and not even catching it. He was the biggest idiot ever.

Thankfully, I had other opportunities to snag a ball. Game time was approaching so I headed over toward the right field bullpen. Indians catcher Mike Redmond finished his warm up and kindly tossed me his Ball. And there it was. Ball number one of my career!

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As for the game itself, it was rather boring and slow. Indians ended up winning 5-3. Since I forget take more pics during warm ups, I’ll leave you with some shots I took as I walked around with my friend Kevin.

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And that’s pretty much it. Hopefullt tomorrow will be a better day and Batting Practice.

Totals: 1 MLB Ball

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Game One Tickets Arrive!

The start of the season is so close. And just to keep me in the spirit, my tickets to my first scheduled game have arrived. I will be attending the White Sox game on April 7th.
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I have April 8th planned also, since I will be on spring break. My next game after that, April 17th at a REAL ball park, Wrigley Field!  

Windy City Thunderbolts 7/9/09

Around 3:00 today I came upon the Thunderbolts website and find out that they will be playing a doubleheader. Tickets were only $8 so I called my friend Kevin and we went. My friend Jack also joined us.                     
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The first game was set to start at 6:05. We arrived at the stadium around 6:20. I really wanted to snag some baseballs and watch the game. Around the second inning catcher, Dan Jordan, tossed me my first ball of the day. He was in the bullpen, the ball rolled foul, and I stood up so he tossed it to me. The throw was a little off but I still got it.

Later in the game, we found out former wrestler Jimmy Hart was there. We walked around, found him and I got him to sign my ball. To be honest I had no idea who he was but whatever. More on this later.

After the first game, we headed over to the Kings bullpen. Pitcher Dan Baerlocher signed my ticket stub. I was off to a rather good day. Once both teams were set to take the field we took our seats and sat one row behind the dugout. At the end of the third inning, starting pitcher Tyler Kelsey threw the third out ball up and it landed in the second or third row. The man trying to catch fumble it while he tried to hold on to his beer, so I just swooped my tyler kessey.jpgglove over it and got the ball. It was totally fair because I didn’t just snatch it from him. This time the ball was a actual Frontier League game ball. I was very happy. To compensate the guy, I handed him my signed ball from earlier. I personally didn’t want the signed one anyway.

Well, overall it was a fun game. We spent the last couple innings outside the wall in the parking lot hoping to snag a homer. We didn’t catch one but all was good. I finished the day with two balls and a signed ticket stub.

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