My cousins Elijah and Kyler, my Uncle Kevin and I left their house at 4:30. We arrived at Miller Park at 5:10. I was hoping to get 4 or more balls at this game. The first ball would be my 20th “lifetime” ball, and the fourth ball would be my 20th ball of this season. I was also hoping that Elijah and Kyler would each get a ball too. Things didn’t go according to the plan for the day.
When the gates opened I hurried to the Left Field Loge escalator, ran to the top, and then walked quickly to the left field bleachers. Just as I was entering the bleachers an Usher stopped me. I turned around to look at him and then he tossed me a ball. I thanked him, and then took a picture of him “reenacting” the scene. I counted this ball in my stats. I do not count balls in my stats if they are given to me by a fan (I politely decline if a fan offers me a ball).
(Picture #1) By looking at his Brewers I.D. card I found out that his name is Jim.
(Picture #2) What I saw when I turned towards the field.
This is where things turned sour. Elijah, Kyler and I walked down the aisle to the first few rows and didn’t see any players taking batting practice. In fact, there wasn’t a single player on the field. Then an usher told me that both teams had taken batting practice before the gates opened because there was going to be a little league parade on the field before the game.
I decided to take the boys to the Blue Jays bullpen in right field. I was really hoping that there were still some balls in the bullpen from batting practice.
An hour later J.P. Arencibia walked into the bullpen. He tossed the ball on the right to me, and the ball on the left to Elijah. This would be my last ball of the day. Elijah had just gotten his first ball ever; now I wanted Kyler to get a ball.
(J.P. Arencibia, Henderson Alvarez)
Alverez started throwing to Arencibia. When they were done warming up, Kyler asked for the ball. They couldn’t hear him so I yelled “Henderson!” and pointed at Kyler. Alverez had already turned his back and was walking away, but he turned around when he heard my voice. As he turned towards us he threw the ball to me, and then I gave it to Kyler. This may be cheap, but I since I caught the ball and then gave it to Kyler, it counts for me.
The game was about to start so we rode the escalator to the second level and found Uncle Kevin and our seats. This was the view from our seats:
Brett Lawrie homered to center to leadoff the game.
Rickie weeks singled to center to score Morgan and Braun.
In the bottom of the second inning Aokie reached on a bunt single, and Maysonet scored. Braun reached base after hitting into a fielder’s choice to third, and Wolf scored. Then Ramirez doubled to right center, Morgan and Braun scored.
In the top of the 3rd inning, Encarnacion grounded into a double play, and Brett Lawrie scored.
- After 3 innings the score was: Toronto 2, Milwaukee 6
In the top of the 6th Encarnacion homered to left center.
In the top of the 7th Bautista homered to left field, Lawrie and Rasmus both scored.
In the bottom of the 7th Ramirez homered to left field. It was so close to the foul pole that the umpires had to use instant replay to make the call.
- After 7 innings the score was: Toronto 6, Milwaukee 7
After the 7th inning no one else scored.
In the 6th inning Elijah, Kyler and I went to the club level because we knew someone who works at Miller Park. We found some seats to sit in behind the plate. I asked an usher to take a picture of us:
If you look at our faces you can tell that none of us were ready for the picture to be taken.
After the inning was over we walked to the right field foul territory by the foul pole to watch the game. The usher came and told us we couldn’t sit there… so we got up and walked back to our seats. We sat back down with Uncle Kevin until the end of the 8th inning. Once the 8th was done we got up and walked to the concourse. We waited at the top of the aisle by the Blue Jays dugout for the game to end. John Axford made 3 quick outs to win the game. As soon as the third out was made we ran down the aisle to the dugout to try to get baseballs/autographs/other cool stuff.
We waited for Toronto’s bullpen players and coaches to walk to the dugout:
Here’s a closer look:
Left arrow: Pete Walker
Right arrow: Jesus Figuero
When the players and coaches got to the dugout I yelled, “Coach could I get the lineup card please?” Bullpen Coach Pete Walker (left arrow) stopped at the entrance to the dugout (right across from me) and pulled out the lineup card. Then he tossed it across the dugout to me. I thanked him and then he disappeared into the dugout. At the same time as this, Jesus Figuero (right arrow) tossed a ball to Elijah, and then to Kyler.
We each ended up with 2 balls, and I also got the lineup card from the Blue Jays bullpen. We found Uncle Kevin and then got an usher to take a picture of all of us.
Ball #1, Ball #2, Blue Jays Lineup card.
Note: When we got back to the my cousins’ house I gave my cousin Caleb a baseball. The ball was my second of the day on 5-9-12. Click here to see the post.
My next game I will be attending will be on July 18 when the Orioles play in Minneapolis.
- 3 balls at this game
- 19 balls in 5 games this season = Avg. 3.8 balls per game
- 5 consecutive games with at least 1 ball
- 5 consecutive games with at least 2 balls
- 1 consecutive Brewers home game with at least 1 ball
- 1 consecutive Brewers home game with at least 2 balls
- 1 consecutive Brewers home game with at least 3 balls
- Gotten at least 1 ball from 8 different teams
- 22 total balls