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!
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.
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.
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!
I woke up around 4:30 A.M. for this event. I wanted to be at the Airlines Center by 6 A.M. and wait it line. So my buddy Matt and I met Nick there. We waited 4 hours in line and made a trip to Dunkin’ Doughnuts. We planned out our day on what autographs we wanted to get. My plan was to get to Gallardo and roam around and look at a few things then get in line for Escobar and Gamel around 1:30. They were signing at 3:45. I accomplished the Gallardo task, I was 7th in line. Then for the Gamel and Escobar I was around 80th in line. While I was in line I noticed Prince was signing memorabelia when they said he was not going to. i was very dissapointed. This would have changed my whole game plan for the day. But after Escobar I went over and got a picture with my buddy Mitch Stetter. He remembered Matt and I and called us the “ball stealers”. He’s a great guy. My favorite Brewer I must say. That pretty much summed up a long day of waiting in line. But it got me in the mood for baseball season even more!
I scored two tickets behind the dugout for this game. I took my buddy Damian with me and we of course went to Friday’s. I had to show him how we do ballhawking. Kinda geeky. hah, but I love it. It’s what I do yo.
So right away I say Claudio Vargas in CF and I asked him for a baseball and he didn’t even hesitate and tossed it up to me for BASEBALL #1.
Then Brewers prospect Alcides Escobar was out there with J.J. Hardy. What a coincidence that’d he’d be gone after this year and Escobar will be out new SS. But I asked him for a baseball and he was quick to shoot one up as well for BASEBALL #2. He was throwing them to everybody. I like this guy.
Then I remembered after reading one of the Happy Youngster’s blogs there’s a spot I hadn’t check for a long time. I decided to go check this secret spot and there was 2 baseballs in the spot. One that was doodled all over by David Weathers and it said Stormy on it because he loves the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was also signed. This was a very unique baseball. That’s how I ended up with BASEBALL #3 and BASEBALL #4.
We got to see braun hit a Walk Off Homerun into the Tundra Territory which is where I’d be sitting the next day. Just my luck.
2 toss up’s and 2 found?
Season Total: 132
Season Avg: 3.38
Career Total: 152