Going to this game was kind of a last minute decision, but that didn’t stop my Uncle Jason and I from going to the game. This was a Saturday night game so the gates were scheduled to open at 4:10. We had to make a few stops on the way to the ballpark, so we got slowed down a little bit. We parked for FREE, and then walked a few blocks to Miller Park. Here was the view from about the half way point:
As we got closer, Miller Park seemed to be glowing:
We didn’t get inside until 5:45, but I was just glad that the Reds were still taking batting practice:
I was only expecting to see 15 minutes of batting practice before the Reds would jog off the field, but for some reason they kept taking batting practice until almost 6:30. Jason and I went to the Left Field Loge, but didn’t come close to any homers because all the power hitters had already taken their cuts. At the end of batting practice I was one of the four or five people to get a ball from Billy Hatcher at the Reds dugout. I was thrilled to be on the board after such a brief viewing of batting practice. In the next picture Billy is walking into the dugout:
The game was quickly paced, and seemed to fly by in no time. The first exciting thing that happened in the game was when Logan Schafer doubled to right field in the fourth inning. Both Khris Davis and Scooter Gennett scored off of Logan’s double. The only really exciting play from the game was when the Reds loaded the bases in the top of the 7th inning with one out. The Brewers were able to enduce a ground ball and picked up the double play to end the inning without allowing any runs!
Jason and I weren’t the only family members at the game. Another of my uncles, Kevin, and his son Elijah were also at the game (We also went to a Brewers game together last year on 06-18-12). In the 9th inning Elijah and I waited near the Reds dugout for the game to end. After the game ended Billy Hatcher rolled two balls across the dugout. I got the first one, and a middle aged guy got the second. I immediately turned to the kid next to me and offered him the ball, but he declined since the middle aged guy was his dad. The Kid appreciated it though. Then out of nowhere, it seemed, the Reds ball boy threw a ball to Elijah too. That’s a great end to the night!
Here is the box score, scoring summary, and game information:
A Piece of The Game MVP:
Billy Hatcher: There were no other nominees. Seriously though, its not everyday you get 2 balls from the same person in one game. Thanks!
Player of the Game:
Logan Schafer: His double gave the Brewers both their runs for the game. He came through big time!
Here’s my final haul from the day:
- 2 balls in this game
- 42 balls in 14 games this season = Avg. 3.0 balls per game
- 6 consecutive games @ Miller Park with at least 1 ball
- 24 consecutive games with at least 1 ball
- Gotten at least 1 ball from 15 different teams
- 86 total balls