Once again today I woke up at 7 with the intentions of playing catch with Brewers Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress:
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.
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
So I had an extra ticket for this game and I would hit up my cousin Chase who is going to be a Freshman in High School and hes a bad ***. He’s a ladies man too girls. Give him a call sometime. Anyways the day would begin with the car ride of Chase, Brady ( My Brother ), and I to Miller Park. We arrived and went to Friday’s.
I had my usual seat at Friday’s and had my usual interaction with Ryan Braun when he came to the outfield. Almost right away Extreme Ballhawk Chase got a baseball courtesy of Brewers bullpen Catcher as well as Brady getting a baseball.
The gates would open 2 hours ahead of time so we finished our motz sticks and went to the LF bleachers.
I ended up chasing down in the rattling bleachers BASEBALL #1 hit my Casey McGehee and it was my 100th baseball of the year!
Shortly after that I ended up catching BASEBALL #2 on the fly off the bat of Casey McGehee.
Then after the Weeks hit a ball that rattled in the bleachers that I managed to chase down for BASEBALL #3 and then that group was done.
The next group had Braun in it. He hit one and it was going first row in the section to my left so I ran over and stood in row two and put my glove up ready to catch it and then the guy next to me stuck his glove up and it nicked off his glove and I caught it before it hit the ground for BASEBALL #4!
Batting Practice was about over and the Padres started and the stadium was packed and the Pads weren’t hitting many up to the bleachers. So I went over to RF and got an unidentified Padres player to toss me BASEBALL #5. I was done for the day and it was the first time I hit 5 baseballs in 8 games. Maybe Chase was good luck?
As for the game Sal joined us and Braun made a huge diving catch then came up the next inning to blast a Home Run! The Brewers won the game!
5 Baseballs, 4 batted, 1 toss up
Season Total: 104
Season Avg: 3.71
As usual today started off with Matt and I going to Friday’s. The doors would open at 4. Two hours early which was a bit exciting. We could acctually be in the bleachers while the Brewers were taking bp. We got up to the bleachers and Weeks bombed one over my head and I turned and waited for a huge bounce and got it in my favor for BASEBALL #1.
Brewers batting practice with no more luck in sight. Time to move on to Nats. I stood in an old spot I used to stand every game pre-ball hawking. It paid off with me snagging a ball off the bat of a Nats hitter on the fly. That puts me at BASEBALL #2.
BASEBALL #3 came via the toss up of Nationals pitcher Sean Burnett and BASEBALL #4 came via pitcher Doug Slaten. That was it for the day and the Brewers ended up taking game 2 of the series and my buddy “The Happy Youngster” caught a Braun game home run.
4 baseball’s, 2 batted up, 2 tossed up
Season Total: 87
Season Avg: 3.95
I was thinking and after this year I’m only going to go to about 10 Brewers games a year and ball hawk at the majority of them. I’m not going to try near as hard though. I’m gettin’ old. Haha. I’m planning on taking a few road trips next year to a few new stadiums and get some baseballs there. Also I plan on attending the 2011 ASG and Home Run Derby in Arizona. Time to start saving some dough. I decided I want to hit 300 career baseballs by the end of this year. which leaves me 81 away right now with roughly 18 games left this year prolly give a few. I need to average 4-5 baseballs a game. We’ll see if I can do it. Time for some updates because I’ve been way too lazy lately.
The day started with a Zach Braddock toss up in Friday’s and I gave it to my buddy Sal because it was his Birthday. Happy Birthday buddy! BASEBALL #1.
Then Casey McGehee hit a home run and it doinked behind Friday’s into the indoor concourse. I hopped the fence and grabbed the ball and got yelled at by security. He made me walk all the way back around to get back inside with BASEBALL #2.
Just as we were about to leave Corey Hart hit a home run and it bounced in the bullpen and took the perfect hop into my glove for BASEBALL #3.
So, I went up to the bleachers in LF and Tim Lincecum was standing in CF and I hollared, “Ay Tim!” and he turned and I waved my arms and he threw me BASEBALL #4. The baseball was game rubbed and everything.
Then I ended up with Pablo Sandoval cracking a shot off the bat and I moved down about 2 rows and made the catch on the fly to earn me BASEBALL#5 and my last baseball of the day. This baseball also happened to be game rubbed. Sweet deal.
My 9 year old brother Brady also happened to gather 4 baseballs together as well today. Pretty impressive!
5 total baseballs, 3 batted, 2 tossed up
Season Total: 70
Season Avg: 3.89
Career Total: 224
Once again as almost every day, we started off at Friday’s. I got a Johnathon Lucroy toss up and a John Axford toss up for BASEBALL #1 & #2. I proceeded to give the Axford baseball away to the kid next to me from San Francisco who’s empty glove needed a baseball. The kid thanked me and so did his mom and I was happy they were happy.
I then got a Giants pitcher to toss me up BASEBALL #3 and I gave that one away to a kid as well. I hate when I’m generous to give away baseballs and the kid doesn’t even say thank you. Oh well.
I then ended up getting another Giants pitcher to hook me up with BASEBALL #4 and I safely put that one in the bag to keep. That was it for the day.
4 baseballs, all 4 toss up’s
Season Total: 74
Season Avg: 3.89
Career Total: 228
We sat in the Home Run Porch at Friday’s and I quickly for the second day in a row got Zach Braddock to toss me BASEBALL #1.
While sitting at Friday’s I saw a baseball hit in the seats and memorized where it was and when the gates opened I ran over to grab it for BASEBALL#2.
Pirates BP started and I was standing near the Foul Pole and Pirates P Sean Gallagher was standing in Left Center Field. He had 3 baseballs in his glove and I yelled Sean. He turned and looked. I then waved my hands and he launched me BASEBALL #3 and I graciously thanked him.
I then grabbed a Pirates BP home run ball that doinked around in the RF bleachers for BASEBALL #4 and shortly after caught a Pedro Alvarez ball on the fly to get BASEBALL #5 and snag my final baseball on the day.
Season Total: 79
Season Avg: 3.95
Career Total: 233
Matt and I quickly ate at Friday’s and got up to the bleachers at 4:10 when the gates had opened. I ran down a Casey McGehee home run ball for BASEBALL #1.
Shortly after I nabbed Rickie Weeks on the fly to get me to BASEBALL #2 on the day.
I moved over to RF once the Pirates came onto the field and Justin Thomas shot me BASEBALL #3 for the day and I was determined to get at least one more.
I ended up catching Delwyn Young’s BP Hr Ball on the fly for BASEBALL #4 and I was content with that.
We were supposed to sit in the bleachers for the game:
But we decided we never sit up high. So we went to the highest spot in the corner and watched the game from here:
I don’t think the view was that bad. But anyways. Here’s a pic of the catch of the day:
4 baseballs, 3 batted, 1 toss up
Season Total: 83
Season Avg: 3.95
Career Total: 237
So I’m now 63 baseballs away from 300. With Approx. 14 games left. Maybe a few more. I still have to average 4 to 5 baseballs a game. I Hope I can get to 300 before the end of the season! This time last year. June 11, 2009. I was at 82 baseballs. I had attended 23 baseball games with a 3.56 avg a game. I am slightly up on that. I’m happy about that. Haha. Just a random fact of the day.
After we arrived at the Holiday Inn Metrodome we took a shuttle over to the nearest rain station at paid 50 cents for out downtown tick and go to see this happen:
Yup, we witnessed a car crash. The squeal of the tires and the BOOM! The guy across from the train station says,”That Son of a Bitch in that white van (it’s a white truck…) ran that red light!” It was quite comical after they were ok. And we also saw the Metrodome which blended into the dark blah sky.
After that when we arrived to Target Field we took a walk around the park, into the gift shop. We also then went into the skywalk and looked around for a bit. When I went to Gate 34 this was my view:
Beautiful Target Field in front of my eyes! When the gates opened 2 hours ahead of time I quickly snagged BASEBALL #1 off the bat of Twins star Joe Mauer. It was a shot hit into the second deck.
After that I went up to the Home Run Porch for BP and sucessfully snagged BASBEBALL #3 off the bat of Ryan Braun. The Brewers got smoked in a 7 run 1st inning and ended up loosing 15-3. Not a good day for the Brew Crew. I’ll say good bye with some pictures!
Season Total: 42
Season Avg: 3.8
Career Total: 196
This is the game where conflict had happened…
So I took my normal strut to Friday’s after having a brief talk with “The Happy Youngster“. My buddy Matt joined a table with him as Wiley (My Cousin) and I took another table for batting practice.
Not long into batting practice Rickie Weeks hit a bomb into the area where the “best seats in the house” used to be in center field also known as “the point”. It hit under the T.V. booth… Knowing I had other conflicts with a certain someone before him thinking any baseball hit near him is automatically his I told him he could have it. He goes, “I don’t know where it is”. I said ok hopped the fence to the point at crawled under the stairs and grabbed BASEBALL #1. From this moment on I had knew he was going to be pissed. But I really had no wrong, I gave him a fair chance at the baseball. But I got ripped for it in his blog. Whatever. Back to BP.
I then managed to snag a Casey McGehee baseball off the bat on the fly. I looked at the baseball and as I was looking at it something caught my eye. No, not a left hook from the other ballhawk, it was a “TPX” logo mark imbeded into the baseball from McGehee’s bat. I though that was rather darn skippy as I snagged it for BASEBALL #2.
Shortly after that Rickie Weeks was up and happened to hit another one into the concourse behind us at Friday’s. I did hesitate for a minute but I did jump the fence again and grab BASEBALL #3. From that time on any other baseball that was hit out there I was going to just tuck my tail inbetween my legs and not go after because I was grinding “the best in the biz’s” gears.
As we were about to head out of Friday’s, Corey Hart was hitting and the baseball bounced in the bullpen and shot up over the railing and I snatched it right out of thin air! BASEBALL #4! I was sitting pretty for the day already and we were done with one batting practice.
So we have the begining of Pirates Batting Practice… I went to the RF Loge bleachers. It paid off yesterday so I was hoping to have similar luck…I looked down into the pen and a Pirates Coach was lolligagin’ into the bullpen where there were 2 baseballs. I politely asked for a baseball and he tossed me BASEBALL #5 of the day. Sweet.
I then traveled over to Left Center Field into the Loge Bleachers and hit up Joel Hanrahan for
BASEBALL #6. Then went over a few sections and asked Brain Bass for a baseball and he fired me BASEBALL #7 of the day. I hate it when people are standing next to you and the guy is clearly throwing to you and they try to snag the baseball. Well that was my final baseball of the day. Not too shabby and my best total of the year so far.
7 Baseballs, 4 hit up, 3 tossed up
Season Total: 29
Season Avg: 4.14
Career Total: 183
And I’ll leave off with a little preview of my baseball holder that I’m assembling in woods class at school. In the middle where the diamond is there is going to be baselines and bases added into it and the brewers throwback logo in the middle. It’s going to look pretty cool I think. I’m currently 6 baseballs short of filling it. As you can see the top is not completely filled.
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Today looked like a crappy day was brewin’ in general. The weather was crappy and I had assumed bp may be packed because of the $3.17 ticket promotion they did over St. Patrick’s day. It was foggy from the parking lot, you could not see the stadium very easily. We took our normal routine into Friday’s. We sat where we normally do as well.
As I was munching on my motzerella sticks I noticed Alcides Escobar walking to CF. He then fielded a baseball and I said, “Alcides throw one over here!” He then threw me BASEBALL #1.
After that, I walked over to where my buddy Mitch Stetter was fielding in LF. I showed him my jersey and he was pretty happy that I had it on. He comes over to me and says I’ll get you a baseball! Chris Narveson fielded a ball then Mitch called for it and tossed me up BASEBALL #2.
By the time that was over we were able to be let up into the LF bleachers because it was 5:35. I wasn’t up there for 7 seconds and I saw a Gomez ball flying a section over. It hit and I hustled over and picked it up for BASEBALL #3.
It was time for some Colorado Rockie batting practice. The bleachers were so crowded. I was relying on a baseball hit right to me or an easy toss up. I saw Jorge De La Rosa fielding balls in LF and when he got one I politely asked for a baseball and he looked at me and shot up BASEBALL #4.
Then Rockies Ace Ubaldo Jimenez hooked me up with BASEBALL #5. I handed it over to the kid next to me. I was such a happy camper from getting 5 today I had to share the wealth. But apparently my day wasn’t done…
In the Bottom of the 5th inning with nobody on and two out Rickie Weeks stepped up to the plate, The first pitch was a ball and I was was just getting ready to sit down in my seat when I hear the ball hit the bat and cheering and the guy next to me go, “Here it comes!”. When I picked my glove up off the ground leaned over the railing and snagged Rickie Weeks first homer of the year! I was so happy I had just landed my second homerun of my career and I had nobody to celebrate with because Matt was getting food! haha! I’ll post the link and some photos!
My Rickie Weeks Homerun Catch!
6 Baseballs total, 4 toss up’s, 1 batted up, 1 game Hr Ball caught on fly
Season Total: 8
Season Avg: 4
Career Total: 162
So I went to Friday’s with my buddy Seger for this batting practice. It was throwback day at Miller Park. It must have been 5 minutes that I hollared at Mark DiFelice who normally is pretty courteous threw me up BASEBALL #1.
Then Chris Duffy a few minutes later threw me BASEBALL #2.
So now Weeks is up to the plate. Crack a Hr ball hit over the Friday’s so I hop the railing like usual and get BASEBALL #3.
Then A few group later Billy Hall hit one almost pin point to where Weeks did and same thing happened. BASEBALL #4.
Then Brewers BP Concluded.
So I had my hitting chart for the D-backs and their names. They weren’t very courteous to throw balls up unless you have D-Backs stuff on. I noticed that. So I texted my friend McKabe and had him let me use his hat for Sunday. But anyways, Crack! I look up and Chad Tracy’s Hr ball is coming right to Seger. He somehow manages to loose it and doinkes off his shloulder on a fly. (OUCH) The ball then proceeds to roll right down the bleachers into by hands. BASEBALL #5. I felt kinda bad but he robbed me a few days before so he deserved it.haha.
Season Total: 37
Baseballs to Date: 57
Season Avg: 4.1111111