The first game I only got one baseball. A toss up from Astros Pitcher Bud Norris.
The second game I only got one baseball as well. A toss up during the 6th inning by Brewers RF Mark Kotsay.
The third game I had the big goose egg.
The last three games I’ve attended have been packed and I had crappy days. I can’t remember a 3 game span of me doing this bad. BLAH!
Season Total: a lousy 16 after 14 baseballs in my first 2 games.
Season Avg: 3.2
Career Total: 329
My buddy Tim would be attending this game with me and we went to Friday’s before the game for some Brewers batting practice. Only to find out you have to spend a minimum of $50 to sit at an outside table now. We looked at each other and decided we’d do it. We each got drinks, I had a soda and he had a beer. We got and appetizer of Motz Sticks and I ordered a Jack Daniel’s burger and he got a Bacon Cheeseburger. After that we got dessert. I got some oreo cookie ice cream thing and he got a mixed drink! Lol. We ended up spending 60$ between the two of us.
So, I got Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz to toss me a baseball right away. The first one he under threw then he got it right to me. That’s BASEBALL #1. The one baseball he under threw landed here:
It’s kind of a blury picture because I was trying to focus on BP. But later on, Zach Braddock tossed me that same baseball for BASEBALL #2.
That summed up Friday’s and we left on an extra full stomach!
We went to wait by the LF gate and chatted it up with my buddy Richard who is a Miller Park usher and he told us all about how to get women. It was a funny conversation to say the least. When the gates opened I rushed to the LF bleachers and got nothing. No Easter Eggs or anything and the first group of BP was mostly lefties so I wondered over to RF.
I got to right field and there was maybe 20 people scattered throughout the bleachers. I know people don’t look very hard for baseballs and all the baseballs tend to roll down to the front row. So I walked along the front row and picked up two easter eggs along the way. People standing within 5 feet of both of them and never noticing them. Lucky me! BASEBALL #3 & #4 the really easy way!
When I was up there I saw somebody I knew and started talking to him. As we were talking Jason Heyward hit a ball I knew was going to land 4 rows down from me. I thought my buddy saw it so I did not move. Apparently he didn’t and it bounced off the stairs right back onto the field. I would have caught it. Easily.
After that I moved down into the Tundra Territory to try for a baseball and towards the end of BP I got Braves pitcher Craig Kimbrel to toss me BASEBALL #5 on the day which ended up being my last.
As for Tim, it was his first batting practice and he ended up with two baseballs as well! While successfully ripping a hole in his pants. But he was happy to get two baseballs and I’m sure his son was excited to see when he got home!
Here’s Tim and his Balls!:
Here’s my share:
5 Baseball’s, 3 tossed up, 2 Easter Eggs
Season Total: 14
Season Avg: 7
Career Total: 327
I’ll leave off with a few photos I took. Zach Grienke was out shaggin’ baseballs during BP as well.
T’was Opening Day in Milwaukee and the air was a little cool. We left to go to Miller Park around 8:30 and it was a 1:00 game. We arrived around 9:15 and waited a good hour to park. After we parked Matt, my Dad, and I went and played some catch by the Harley Davidson Gate. The gates would open at 11:10 and I sprinted up to the LF Bleachers to hear baseballs bouncing off the bleachers. It was music to my ears.
I quickly picked up a Casey McGehee homer that was rattling in the seats and as I was picking that one up I found another baseball just chillin under a bleacher. That put me at BASEBALL #1 & BASEBALL #2 for the day. Great start not even being in the stadium for 2 minutes and locking up some baseballs on the day!
Shortly after that, Casey McGehee hit a BP homer that I ended up catching on the fly. After I caught that baseball, I looked down the row and noticed 2 Easter Eggs staring at me so I walked over and picked those up. Another 3 baseballs in the sack for BASEBALL #3,#4, and #5. I have never gotten more than 2 baseballs on Opening Day so I was jacked. Some lefties came up so I made my move to the RF Bleachers!
Once I made my way up to the bleachers. After around 5 minutes I ended up making a nice catch leaning over the railing, getting a kudos from Kameron Loe and Zach Braddock. I’m not sure who hit it. It was one of our lefties either Reed or Kotsay. So I was at BASEBALL #6 and I still wanted more.
I ended up asking newly acquired Pitcher Sergio Mitre for a baseball in Spanish and he tossed it up to me to put me at BASEBALL #7 on the day and then the Brewers ran off the field. It was the Braves turn to take some BP.
They didn’t hit much up but I got Jonny Venters and Scott Linebrink to each toss me a baseball to get me BASEBALL #8 & #9 and that was it for the day.
Some of the Packers threw out the first pitch and the Brewers lost 2-1 in the home opener. Were 0-4 but we’ll get back on track.
During the 6th and 7th inning I went with my dad to visit one of his bosses and he bought my Dad and I a beer! Good Man! He’s a Cubs fan but it’s all good. I mentioned to him I’ve never been to Wrigley and he said he’d try and get tickets! He also has a son who I think he said was 15 who I’m gonna bring along to a game one time. Try and teach him the art of catching baseballs.
9 Baseball’s, 3 Batted (2 on the fly), 3 Toss up’s, 3 Easter Eggs.
Season Total: 9
Season Avg: 9
Career Total: 322
I saw a few other people make their predictions. I decided I’d jump in on the bandwagon and throw in my predictions.
1) San Francisco Giants
2) LA Dodgers
3) Colorado Rockies
4) San Diego Padres
5) Arizona Diamondbacks
1) Philadelphia Phillies
2) Atlanta Braves
3) Florida Marlins
4) Washington Nationals
5) New York Mets
1) Milwaukee Brewers
2) Cincinnati Reds
3) St. Louis Cardinals
4) Chicago Cubs
5) Houston Astros
6) Pittsburgh Pirates
NL Wild Card:
1) Texas Rangers
2) LA Angels
3) Oakland A’s
4) Seattle Mariners
1) New York Yankees
2) Boston Red Sox
3) Tampa Bay Rays
4) Baltimore Orioles
5) Toronto Blue Jays
1) Minnesota Twins
2) Chicago White Sox
3) Detroit Tigers
4) Kansas City Royals
5) Cleveland Indians
AL Wild Card:
Boston Red Sox
My World Series Prediction is Philles V.S. Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox win in 7 games.
I recently attended Brewers On Deck last weekend and I must say it was great o get back into the baseball mood. Opening Day is only a month and a half away and I can not wait. The Brewers look promising this year and the team seems to be happy. We just need to get that Rickie Weeks deal done.
My plans this coming year consist of attending around 20 games at Miller Park and taking trips to Kansas City in April to visit Jeremy Jeffress, Lorenzo Cain, and Alcides Escobar. Then in June I’m planning on going to Miami for the Marlins series with Matt, Nick, and Kenny. Then two weeks after that if the plans come through going to historic Fenway park for a visit to see the Crew take on Red Sox Nation. Then to wrap up my road trips I’d like to hit up PNC Park in Pittsburgh with Wiley, Matt, and family.
I’m hoping to have another successful year in terms of catching baseballs and enjoying myself at the park. The Brewers keep me out of trouble in the summer. I will be attending the Arctic Tailgate sometime at the end of this month to get my Opening Day tickets and a few other games I’d really like to go to. I’ll take some pictures and have a post about the tailgate. Superbowl XLV is coming up!
GO PACK GO!
I attended 41 games in 2010. I had a good season with 3 game Home Runs,
159 baseballs on the year to Avg: 3.88/Game and reached 300+ career
baseballs. Out of the 41 games I went 20-21 for the teams I was rooting
for. Obviously the Brewers every game I saw them and a few games in
Chicago, Minnesota, Baltimore, and Cincinnati. I have now gotten a
baseball from 6 different Major League Stadiums and hopefully counting. I
had many great things happen this year as well like playing catch with
Jeremy Jeffress and getting his hat, Weeks & Hart’s batting gloves.
I had my high at the beginning of the year with my Weeks Homerun catch in the 2nd game of the season making Sportscenter and the game highlights. That was quite the experience. Here’s the catch: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7294831
year I would like to visit Pittsburgh, Florida, Kansas City and St.
Louis. Stadium’s I’ve already been to I’d like to hit up Cincinnati,
Chicago, Minnesota, Baltimore and of course Milwaukee again. Not all of
those places will happen but I will try to get at least 6 or 7 of the 10
or so listed. So, until Brewers on Deck or the Arctic Tailgate and
Opening Day 2011. I’m done blogging until next year. I’m easing up on
the ball hawking next year as well. Time to go snowboarding!
Once again today I woke up at 7 with the intentions of playing catch with Brewers Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress:
I started the day off wtih a John Axford autograph and after the team bus rolled in I was hoping that Jeffress was not on it. About 7 minutes later he pulled up in a taxi and asked me if I was going to be able to get inside with him. I said, “I’ll follow you, If anyone asks I’m with you”. So I followed him in the players entrance and we walked in and he told me he had to go change and to meet him on the field. I went up to the field and got a field pass! I could not believe it. I was on the field and playing catch with a MLB Player. We played catch for a few minutes and after I still got to stay on the field and watch BP. I talked with Carlos Gomez, Craig Counsell, and Brandon Kintzler as well. Before Jeffress went in he signed a baseball for me and gave me the two baseballs we played catch with. This was an experience of a lifetime! Than you Jeremy Jeffress. You made a fan for life! Here’s some pictures:
We would sit behind the dugout for the game and see something interesting. Braun hit a pop fly to RF during the 4th inning and he didn’t run it out or anything. Fielder came into the dugout after the inning and SCREAMED, ITS STILL A EFFING GAME! Braun was benched for the game due to his lack of hustling. I have a feeling he wants out of Milwaukee.
After the game Jeremy Jeffress tossed me his hat and I got Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks batting gloves. It was the best day of my life. I can’t thank Jeremy Jeffress enough.
2 Baseball’s, Catch with? haha
Season Total: 159
Season Avg: 3.88
Career Total: 313
Today started similar as yesterday. I would get up at 7 to go to the players entrance and try and get me some autographs. I ended up getting Prince Fielder, Carlos Gomez, Lorenzo Cain, and Rickie Weeks on my Game Homer from earlier this year.
There would be no batting practice today but I walked into the Stadium and picked up 6 baseballs laying on the ground and then got Manny Parra to toss me a baseball to put me at BASEBALL #7 on the day. It would turn out to be a cold day and would rain during the game. Our view for the game was the same as yesterday. After the game Kenny and I went to White Castle and went to Cold Stone Creamery.
I forgot to cover on this in the blog from yesterday. During yesterday’s game this is what the scoreboard looked like for 5 innings:
Can you see it? I’ll zoom in a bit:
That there reads the “Milwaukee Astros” basically. They ended up changing it midway through the game. The Astros were in town the night before.
7 Baseball’s , 6 easter eggs, 1 toss up
Season Total: 157
Season Avg: 3.93
Career Total: 311
My day started with me waking up at 5 AM to head to Miller Park to pick up my buddy Kenny. We left Miller Park around 6 and were on our way to Cincinnati for the 3 game homestand against our Milwaukee Brewers. I was very excited to go to Cincinnati and talk with some of the Brewers and get some autographs. We arrived at our hotel in Cincy around 2 PM ET time. As soon as we got checked in we went to the players entrance to try for some autographs and some pictures. I started off the day with a Casey McGehee autograph and picture as well as autographs from Craig Counsell and Trevor Hoffman and pictures with all of them and Alcides Escobar. I learned that either Ryan Braun, 1) Is not very observant at Miller Park, 2) Has a mental problem, or 3) Like to lie and is a flat out dick. I said Hi to him and asked him if he remembered Matt and I shouting during BP Ay Brauny! Every single day we are there and he said no I don’t remember that. I am starting to dislike him more and more every day. Here’s so pictures of the start of the day.
So the gates opened at 5:40 and they would not let me stand by the dugout so I went to talk to Jeremy Jeffress and asked when he wanted to play catch. He said we couldn’t do it during BP but he’d figure something out. So I went on the Prowl for my 300th Career Baseball. I placed myself in LF Center Field with Weeks up to bat. Swing, and a DEEP fly ball. It hit off the top step and into the concourse hitting a wall and bouncing back and rolled down the stairs right to be for BASEBALL #1
and career baseball #300.
I was happy. But seconds later Braun hit one and I dove over the seats to catch it on the fly for BASEBALL #2
and Trevor Hoffman was watching me catch it.
I decided to move over to Left Field to play some lefties and to see what would happen.
This would be my view and BASEBALL #3 and BASEBALL #4 would get tossed to me by Brandon Kintzler and Joe Inglett. I would proceed to catch another baseball on the fly for BASEBALL #5 off the bat of George Kottaras. Jeremy was happy when I caught the ball and I gave him a fist pump. That was my 304th career baseball and 150th of the year.
For the game this was our view:
One homer was hit in the game and it was Weeks deep to CF. We came close to 2 at the wall but that was it. Good day #1 in Cincinnati.
5 Baseball’s, 3 batted (2 on the fly), 2 toss up’s
Season Total: 150
Season Avg: 3.85
Career Total: 304
The week started with me texting my cousin Wiley asking him how many baseballs he guessed I’d get from game to game. Most of the games he was right in guessing. We had fun with that. Anyways Monday (9/20) Matt and I went to Brewers BP as usual. I got Brewers September call up Jeremy Jeffress to toss me a baseball as well as Reds Edinson Volquez when the gates opened. During Reds bp I caught one on the fly and picked one up as it was bouncing around the bleachers putting me at 4 on the day.
So now onto the Tuesday game (9/21). Today was a huge day for me. Before I went to Friday’s I picked up 6 easter eggs. That’s a great start to the day. Haha. I walked into Friday’s and told Jeremy Jeffress Happy Birthday and he shot me a baseball as well for the day. Before Reds BP I picked up another easter egg and proceeded to catch a Brandon Phillips BP HR on the fly and get 4 more off the bat. One of those four one of the Reds coaches spotted me and told me he was going to hit one to me with the fungo stick. He hit it right to my glove. It was very accurate. Also I thought it was funny when Phillips hit one out to the bleachers and it hit and stuck underneath the bleachers and everybody wondered where it went and I walked over and plucked it out from underneath the bleacher. So I ended up with a Career High 13 today!
After getting 13 the day before I had a hunch that today would be some type of hangover. Yeah, it was. I got a toss up from Alcides Escobar at Friday’s and a Reds pitcher tossed me up a baseball after I was lining up to catch a ball off the bat in the bleachers and some random guy came over and swated it before it hit my glove. Nick stuck up for me and the Reds players were a bit confused as to why he did it and tossed me a ball. So I only ended up with 2 on the day. 😦
The next day we went was Thursday and I was hoping for a better day than the 2 that I had the day before. I got Burke Badenhop to toss me up a baseball as well as old Brewer Mike Rivera, and Marlins OF Cameron Maybin and Pitcher Jose Ceda after Lorenzo Cain under threw me in the Tundra Section in the first inning. I ended at 4 on the day to end it. The Brewers Sausages decided to race on some Harley’s as well before the game. Haha!
The last day out of this home stand attending BP was the Saturday home game against the Marlins. (9/25) We got sat under the overhang in Friday’s. A ball got hit in the net and I proceeded to do all I could to try and get the baseball. After Brewers P Mark Rogers saw me struggling he tossed me a ball, but in that time I was trying to use Matt’s glove to grab the baseball out of the net because it was longer and I ended up catching Rogers toss up in Matt’s glove. I thought that was funny. I thought I was going to drop it. I then took a menu to the ball in the net and rolled the ball up as far as I could and grabbed it. During Marlins BP I ended up catching a Cameron Maybin BP HR on the fly and got Pitcher Burke Badenhop to toss me another baseball for the 2nd straight day. 4 to end the series in Milwaukee for the year.
27 baseballs in the homestand, 7 easter eggs, 11 toss up’s, 9 batted up.
Season Total: 145
Season Avg: 3.82
Career Total: 299…
Good thing I have a trip to Cincinnati to see the Brewers play the reds left being stuck at 299 career baseballs. Jeremy Jeffress told me he’d play catch with me in Cin so hopefully that racks me up Baseball 300!