Tagged: No Batting Practice

Red Sox vs. Twins @ Target Field (05-27-15)

Unlike the day before, I woke up to wonderful weather. However, with the 12:10 start time it was still unlikely that there would be batting practice.  When the gates opened I found that the cage was not set up for bp:

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I made my way down to where most of the Red Sox’ pitching staff was warming up. When he was finished throwing with his partner, Steven Wright hooked me up with their baseball. I was surprised to see that it was rubbed up with mud:
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Prior to the game, Torii Hunter and Joe Mauer signed autographs from the dugout:

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I was finally able to add Joe Mauer’s signature to my collection!

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Thank you, Mr. Minnesota. Since I didn’t have a ballpoint pen I could either get his auto in Sharpie or not get it at all. I think I chose the better of the two.

Boston was the first team to score a run when Dustin Pedroia blasted a two run shot in the third. Hunter and Mauer each contributed to the handful of singles that gave the Twins’ a three run third. Aaron Hicks homered in the fourth to extend the lead to 5-2. In the fifth inning Pedroia hit his second two run shot of game. Rosario joined the home run parade in the 6th inning when he launched a solo bomb to right field. The Twins won 6-4. Click here to watch the highlight video from the game.

Following the game I was able to get an Ump ball from Umpire Dale Scott:

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Here’s today’s results:

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TOTALS: 2 balls at this game. 23 balls this year.

UP NEXT: White Sox vs. Twins 06/22/15

Red Sox vs. Twins @ Target Field (05-26-15)

My day started off with every ballhawk’s worst nightmare… I forgot my glove at home! Luckily, Mateo Fischer was generous enough to lend me his for the evening. After swinging by the U of M campus to pick up Mateo’s glove, I was ready for some batting practice!

Unfortunately, the weather had other plans:
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The rain didn’t stop me from getting my first ball of the day, from Nate Dammann, just a few minutes after entering the stadium:
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Around 5:15 Kyle Gibson and Nate came back out to the bullpen for another session. Afterwards, Nate hooked me up once again:
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As soon as I photographed the ball I turned and gave it to the little boy who was nearby.

Besides a small crowd of other fans, the stadium was pretty much empty because of the rain. Seriously, Target Field looked like a ghost town:

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More rain led to the eventual delay of the game. In the meantime, I made my way around the ballpark to where the Ryder Cup was on display. I’d never seen a golf trophy until now. Her she is:

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The delay lasted for 1 hour and 21 minutes. I don’t remember what I did to pass the time, but I do know that it was BORING! As the start of the game approached I made my way to the Twins dugout.  Dom hooked me up with a sweet mud rubbed ball from the ball bag:
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Thanks Dom! Sneak Peak – this ball would get signed by Joe Mauer the next day!

The Twins scored in the first inning off of Trevor Plouffe’s double. Kurt Suzuki doubled later in the inning to make it a 2-0 ballgame. Boston scored in the second inning as Mike Napoli plated David Ortiz off a single to Aaron Hicks in center field. Little did I know, but those would be the only runs scored all night.

Mike Pelfrey pitched 7 strong innings, only allowing 1 ER off of 5 hits.

Blaine Boyer took the mound to start the 8th inning. He set the first two men of the inning down, and then he faced Dustin Pedroia. Boyer worked a 1-2 count before Pedroia fouled the next pitch, a 93 mph fastball, into the net. Dominic retrieved it and tossed it right over to me:
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Prior to this, I had never seen those kinds of marks on baseballs before.

In the bottom of the 8th Torii Hunter stepped into the box to lead things off for the Twins. Clay Buchholz worked a 2-2 count on Hunter. The next pitch, a 92 mph fastball, was also fouled back into the net. Joe Mauer, who was in the on deck circle, stepped over to pick it up. A moment later, he tossed it to me:

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I quickly, and smoothly, swapped it out for an old bp ball and then threw it over to a lady who had been asking for a ball for the last few innings. The rest of the game went by quickly and the Twins won 2-1. Click to watch the highlight video from the game. Here’s the info from the game:

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When the game ended I got my last ball of the evening from Umpire Lance Barrett.

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Here’ the final group shot from afterwards (5 balls pictured because I gave 1 away):
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TOTALS: 6 balls at this game. 21 balls this year.

UP NEXT: Red Sox vs. Twins 05/27/15

D-backs vs. Twins @ Target Field (09-24-14)

I didn’t plan to attend this game, but since I was in Minneapolis I figured I might as well go to it since it would be my last chance until next season. When Tony and I met at Gate 34 around 9:00, it finally sunk in that this was it.

We hung around gate 34 for a bit and then I spotted Didi Gregorius and Ender Inciarte as they were approaching the stadium. I already knew that Didi would turn me down again today, but I walked up to them already knowing what I was going to say. I was still mad about how cocky he acted towards the little boy the previous night. I got up to him and said, “Didi, could you please sign my ball?” Just like last night, they kept walking and acted as if I wasn’t there. I caught up to them and in a much different tone I said, “Last night you crushed a five-year old boy by telling him that you don’t sign autographs after a loss. Today is a new day, now will you sign this ball?!”. Just like that he stopped and turned towards me. I could see from the look on his face that he was furious, but he signed the ball and stormed off. HAH! It was HILARIOUS.

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This was the same ball that was signed by the Diamondback players yesterday night. This ball now had the signatures of Joe Paterson, Zeke Spruill, Didi Gregorius and Ender Inciarte.

When the gates opened at 10:30 I lined up behind Kyle Gibson and Nate Dammann as they played catch:

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When they finished, Kyle threw the ball to me:

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Moments later, Logan Darnell and Ben Richardson wandered out to play catch. Logan Darnell signed an autograph for me on the ball that Schafer and Pinto had signed last night:

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It was only a few minutes later when Lester Oliveros and Aaron Thompson finished playing catch. Aaron Thompson tossed the ball to me, then they both walked over to sign it as well:

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You can see Lester Oliveros in the background of the previous picture. After he signed the ball for me he started doing some sprints in the outfield. After taking that picture I moved a section closer to home plate because that’s where Trevor May was playing catch. He tossed the ball to someone else, but I still got his autograph when I asked if he would sign few autographs:

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Trevor also signed the ball from the previous night.

It was a bit strange how smoothly everything was going. After only being in the stadium for 10 minutes I had already gotten two baseballs and four autographs (six if you count the two outside the stadium). I expected it to stop, but it just kept on going!

I got my third ball from Brian Duensing when he and Ben Richardson finished playing catch. It sure was a beauty:

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I expected Brian to leave the field right away, but he stuck around to sign autographs for a long line of fans. He eventually made his way down to me and I was able to thank him up close for the ball he had thrown to me. Brian also signed for me, but I had him sign the ball from the other night:

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By 11:00 o’clock I was one ball shy of reaching a ballhawking milestone. Including spring training baseballs, I was sitting at 199 baseballs. At 11:06, Anthony Swarzak finished up with Nate Dammann and threw me my 200th baseball Here’s what happened next:

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Wow. Everything was going my way today. I couldn’t believe it!

As the game drew near, I met up with Tony at the Twins’ dugout. From here, things continued to go both of our ways. Tony got a few baseballs and we each got a few more autographs. The first was from Ryan Pressley:

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Pressley also signed the ball from the previous night. That ball now contained the signatures of Jordan Schafer, Josmil Pinto, Logan Darnell, Trevor May, Brian Duensing and Ryan Pressley.

Next, I was able to get Trevor Plouffe’s autograph:

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You know what’s cool about this ball? I had originally caught this ball on the fly when Trevor Plouffe hit it during batting practice at Hammond Stadium on March 6th during spring training. It took 6 months, but I finally got it signed by him!

The final autograph that I got was from my All-Time favorite baseball player, Paul Molitor:

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Molitor signed the ball I had gotten earlier from Kyle Gibson. This was the fourth time I’d been able to get The Ignitor’s autograph. This would be the last autograph of the season for me. Coincidentally, he also signed my first autograph of the year.

Dominique hooked me up with my fifth ball of the day. This one was from the ball bag:

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Thanks a lot Dom! That was it for pregame, lets go to the game!

Phil Hughes took the mound for Minnesota, as did Vidal Nuno for Arizona. The Twins got off to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Kurt Suzuki walked with the bases loaded. The Twins scored again in the second inning when Trevor Plouffe hit a sac fly to center field.

A.J. Pollock stole third base during the sixth inning and Trevor Plouffe, while tagging Pollock, broke his forearm. He was immediately taken out of the game and it was clear that he was done for the remaining four games of the season.

David Peralta then hit a sac fly and A.J. Pollock scored from third.

My next ball was also from Dominique:

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Randall Delgado was pitching to Eduardo Escobar with 1 out in bottom of the 7th inning. With an 0-2 count, Randall threw a 76 mph curveball in the dirt. Bobby Wilson tossed it to Dominique and Dominique tossed it to me.

Did you see that it was raining? This made it easier to get baseballs because more and more baseballs were getting to dirty to reuse.

My seventh ball was thrown to me by Ron Gardenhire:

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It’s not a very good picture, but that’s alright. This was the ball that the Twins used for their eighth inning infield warm ups. The ball had gotten dirty enough that when Vargas threw it to Ron Gardenhire, Gardenhire just relayed it to me.

Phil Hughes was pitching to Jake Lamb with 2 outs in top of 8th inning. Hughes worked a 1-2 count and then threw a called strike to Lamb to end the inning. Kurt Suzuki rushed to the dugout and to my surprise hooked me up with the ball! This was Phil Hughes’ 842nd career strike out, and his 186th of this season. With that strikeout Hughes set a new single season Major League record for Strike-Out to Walk Ratio (his ratio was 11.63 : 1.00) for pitchers with a qualifying amount of innings. Immediately after getting the ball from Suzuki, everyone around me began telling me, “Give it to the little girl!” Without thinking about the significance of this baseball, I gave it away before I thought about swapping it out with another ball. This was the ball that Phil Hughes used to set a Major League Record and I accidentally gave it away to someone who doesn’t have a clue of its significance!

I do not have a picture of the ball to prove that this happened, but there were plenty of witnesses. Tony Voda can vouch for me because he saw the whole thing.

The game resumed after an hour and five-minute rain delay, and the Twins ended up winning 2-1. Here’s the recap from the game:

After the game I got my ninth and final ball from Casey Fien. This was also directly from the ball bag:

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I would’ve reached double digits, but when Dominique threw me what would’ve been, someone jumped in front of me to catch the ball.  I’m not complaining, i’m just thinking about what could’ve been. Not many people reach double digits without batting practice. I was so close to doing something that so few can say they did.

Here’s the final haul:

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The first eight baseballs pictured were from today, and the other three I brought for autographs. There were eight baseballs pictured because I gave one away. This was the first time I’d been to all three games of a series. From this series I totaled 17 baseballs and 16 autographs. That was a great way to end the season!

Giants vs. Cubs @ Wrigley Field (08-21-14)

Tuesday’s game, on August 19th, had been suspended because of rain. The Cub’s grounds crew struggled with the tarp after a short rainstorm, and it resulted in a delay that lasted more than 4 1/2 hours. The umpires said the field couldn’t be played on, and the game was called at 1:16 in the morning. The Giants protested their loss, and Major League Baseball ruled that because the tarp had not been properly used the night before, the remaining 4 1/2 innings of the game would resume on Thursday afternoon (before today’s game). With admission to Thursday’s game, you could also watch the rest of Tuesday’s game.

Today’s forecast called for more rain to begin around 1:00. I was desperately hoping the rain would hold off because rain was not included in my thoughts of the ideal first trip to Wrigley. I met Shawn Bosman at Miller Park at 9:00, and then we carpooled to Chicago for the Cubs game. After a few hours of driving we arrived at Wrigley Field:

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We arrived just before noon, so we had a lot of time to kill before the gates would open at 4:00. We used a good portion of this time to play catch along the sidewalk:

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Because this was my first time at Wrigley Field we also took a few laps around the exterior of the building so that I could get some photographs of it. We started in left field and made our way to home plate:

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This was the view out in front of Wrigley:

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From there we made a pit stop at the nearby McDonalds. There Shawn recognized and pointed out that Chris Distefano was also there. Chris Distefano stars in MTV and MTV2’s TV shows Guy Code and Girl Code. Chris also co-hosts the MSG TV show The Bracket. He is most known by baseball fans for his role in MLB Fan Cave’s “Off The Bat” on MTV2. Chris was awesome and stopped to talk for a few minutes. This was also Chris’ first time at Wrigley Field. Before departing he was nice enough to take a picture:

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Shortly after this it began to rain. Shawn and I weren’t bothered by this, though, we continued to play catch on the streets outside Wrigley. After a while of catch, we took a peek inside Wrigley and confirmed that there would not be batting practice today:

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Regardless of the status of batting practice, wasn’t the stadium beautiful? When the gates opened we headed straight to center field and began taking pictures. Looking to home plate:

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The view to my left:

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The view to my right:

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After exploring the outfield seating, I made my way through the concourse:

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This was the view when I reached home plate:

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Up to this point it had been raining lightly on and off, but by the time I met up with Shawn again in the outfield bleachers it had begun to rain a lot harder. The rain triggered the grounds crew to bring out the tarp:

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The scattered showers stopped and were replaced by a storm system that would take a few hours to pass through Chicago. Shawn and I left the bleachers for a much dryer spot under the over hang in foul territory down the left field line. It was the perfect time for a photo of the newest addition to the collection:

 

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That’s right, it was a commemorative Wrigley ball! BUT instead of belonging to me, it belonged to Shawn:

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When the rain finally stopped, the grounds crew went to work preparing the field for the games to follow:

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After a 4 1/2 hour rain delay on Tuesday, and an additional delay of 1 hour and 57 minutes today, the Cubs and Giants played the final 4½ innings of Tuesday night’s game. The suspended game resumed with the cubs batting in the bottom of the 5th inning, leading 2-0. San Francisco’s Yesmeiro Petit (3-3, 3.89) and Chicago’s Jacob Turner (4-7, 5.80) took the mound for the remainder of Tuesday night’s game. This was my view when Tuesday night’s game resumed:

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As you could see from the picture above, there was almost no one there. I would’ve sat behind one of the dugouts, but for some reason the ushers were very strict and wouldn’t allow it without possession of a ticket for those sections. The Giants put up one run in the 6th inning, but the Cubs held them off for the rest of the game. The final score was 2-1, Cubs. The official game time was 2 hours, 50 minutes, but including rain delays the game lasted for 9 hours, 21 minutes.

Here’s the recap from this strange baseball game:

The Giant’s Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 3.14) and Cub’s LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86) took the mound to start Thursday’s regularly scheduled game (which ironically started an hour later than normal). I decided to watch it from the outfield bleachers:

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Cub’s RF Justin Ruggiano and Catcher Welington Castillo hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Ruggiano went deep to right field, and Castillo went deep to left field. Anybody want to guess who snagged Castillo’s long ball? Shawn did! Here he is being photographed with it by local ballhawk, Ballhawk Dave:

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This was one of the more entertaining baseball games that I have been to. The Giants scored again in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th innings. In the 7th or 8th inning I “upgraded” my seat. Here’s the view that I had for the remainder of the game.

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Here are the highlights from this offensively exciting game:

Wrigley Field is a dump, but I loved it. The one thing, in my opinion, that truly sets it apart from other stadiums today is the lack of technology. This isn’t a bad thing at all, though. I can honestly say that out of all the game I have ever been to, I paid the most attention at this one. At Wrigley you can’t look up at a giant scoreboard when you lose your spot in the game, you actually have to pay attention. The lack of technology “forces” fans to be more attentive. That, of course, will go by the wayside in 2015 with the installation of a new scoreboard in left field. Regardless, Wrigley will still be the best place to sit and watch a game of baseball.

White Sox vs. Twins @ Target Field (06-19-14)

infoThe forecast predicted rain. Normally I would’ve completely ignored this game, but I went for two reasons. (1) My friend Cody was accompanying me and this would be his first game at Target Field. (2) Tony Voda and Nate Duppler were going to be there. It had been three months since I had seen Tony, and two since I had seen Nate!

RAIN was the word of the day. No batting practice because of the RAIN:

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The game was delayed because of the RAIN:

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…And I bought a nacho helmet because of the RAIN:

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After a lengthy rain delay the grounds crew removed the tarp from the infield:

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After a 2 hour and 6 minute rain delay, the umpires approved the wet field for play:

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The highlight of the game was summed up in one picture. As Mateo Fischer once said, “friends make ballhawking more funner”:

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After meeting up with Panda, a fellow Target Field ballhawk, we made our way to the White Sox dugout. When the game ended at 12:59 A.M. CT Panda and I each got a ball from Umpire Mark Wegner, and Cody got a ball from a White Sox coach.

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The game itself was not outstanding. In fact, it was probably one of the most boring games I’ve been to. However, the Twins pitching staff put on a show! Yohan Pino went 7 strong innings allowing 2 ER on 5 base hits while striking out 7 batters. Casey Fien was awarded the ‘W’ after he pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Glen Perkins earned the Save, and the Twins were victorious.

This was actually the latest I had ever been to a baseball game. Cody and I didn’t end up getting back to my house until 3 AM. WOW, talk about a long day!

(From ESPN) Here is the box score and other info from the game:

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09-28-13 @ Target Field – Indians vs. Twins

Following the Twins game the night before, Mateo and I went to his apartment. I crashed on the couch for the night and headed out the next morning for the 12:05 Twins game. Mateo and Sean (and your roommates whose names I’m blanking on right now), I know I’ve thanked you for letting me stay the night at your apartment, but here is your WordPress thank you:

The morning was pretty relaxed. The gates were scheduled to open at 10:00 but I was in no hurry to get there right away because batting practice was cancelled due to the rain. After driving from Mateo’s place to Fort Snelling, I found myself in a familiar place for one of the last times this season:

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My view from the lightrail

Minutes later I was inside Target Field, but I was still out in the rain:

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Cole De Vries playing Catch around 10:30

You might not be able to tell from the picture, but it was raining hard enough that I got soaked from head to toe. There were even puddles of water in each row of seats. Despite the rain, a group of Indians took the field to play catch around 11 o’clock. I lined up behind Zach McAlister and his throwing partner. Zach had issues with his accuracy and overthrew his partner three times (probably because of the rain). As a result, I ended up with my first ball of the day. The ball was so dirty that they didn’t want it back. They each had a few extras anyways.

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Zach McAlister and a teammate.

I then got a ball from Vinnie Pestano when he and a teammate finish playing catch.

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Vinnie Pestano is the player in the middle of the picture.

As short as that was, that was all the excitement during the pregame. As noon approached everything got darker:

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Photo taken at 11:30. Rain coming down harder and wind speed increasing at this point.

I saw this as I was eating my nachos from center field:

Delayed Game.

Delayed Game.

The game was delayed. The 2 and 1/2 hour delay was the longest I had been to so far, but I didn’t mind waiting around. It was actually kind of fun. I made my way around the stadium to talk to all the ushers I had made friends with this year and to thank them for being so kind. Making friends with the ushers is good because then you have people in different parts of the ballpark who can help you out every once and a while. Plus, if you find the right people, they are great to talk with.

2:30 Start Time

Just a few minutes before the game started I found a spot near the bullpen and got this ball from Liam Hendricks:

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“Every fan appreciation weekend of the year, the Twins each sign one of these tee balls and toss them into a random part of the crowd.” – Mateo Fischer

Last year I got one of these from Tyler Robertson on September 28, 2012. I also got two of these at the game the night before today’s game. In case you’re wondering, I did count them in my collection. I know they’re not Major League Baseballs, but I saw the guys bouncing and throwing these around and obviously they had to sign them AND chuck them into the crowd. Since they were used and signed by Major League Players, there’s a beyond reasonable case to count them.

Eventually the game finally started at 2:30. Things got VERY interesting VERY quickly. Do you remember the Twitter contest the Twins had the night before? The Twins decided to bring it back during the rain delay and when the game started. The Twins sent out this Tweet at the beginning of the game:

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I got there within 10 seconds of when the Tweet showed up on my Twitter timeline.

It didn’t take long to get to the nacho stand because I was in the flag court when the Twins sent out the Tweet. This was the result:

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One of my favorite autographs in my collection.

The best part of the thing is that Paul Molitor is my favorite player to have played the game. It was a very cool experience. The thing that made it even better was that the ball was also authenticated (I can prove it’s a legit signature).

I also got the next signed baseball in the second inning. I figured that since the first ball was on the 100 level, the next ball would probably be on the 200 level. I didn’t know if I would be right or not but I gave it a shot because I was hoping not many other people had the same idea as I did. When the second inning came around the Twins sent out this tweet:

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This time I got there within 20 seconds of when the Tweet showed up on my Twitter timeline.

Instead of taking the usual cliché picture of the ball in my hand I decided to switch things up:

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The Twins Rep holding the Corey Koskie autographed baseball.

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The normal, cliché picture.

You know what? This  ball was authenticated too!

So, by the time the second inning started I was practically floating on cloud nine. Since the day had been so awesome so far, I was seriously considering leaving the game at the end of the inning. I really should’ve left because in the 4th inning this happened:

This was very painful. Did you see me in the video? I’m wearing a white hat and a maroon sweatshirt. If you replay the video enough you’ll see that If I wouldn’t have moved at all then the ball would’ve been RIGHT to me. It should’ve been the easiest catch of my life, but I misread the ball, underplayed it, and the ball sailed on me. It is extremely rare that a ball is hit to the exact spot you are standing at (Even less likely with a game home run). I will desperately try to redeem myself next year in the flag court. I have NEW GOALS and NEW BALLHAWKING PRIORITIES for 2014.

Do you know who caught Carlos Santana’s home run? Waldo did.

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Waldo’s highlight of the year.

Congrats to him, he made a good catch. He also avoided running over a little girl in the process. He didn’t even get close to the girl but security came over to talk to him. We all vouched for him and it was fine. The little girl was also fine.

I ended up here when the game was coming to a close:

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Pretty Decent Seats!

The Indians beat the Twins, 5-1. Here is the box score and game info:

5-1, Indians.

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Scoring Summary and Game Info.

This is a bit blurry but it will have to do.

This is a bit blurry but it will have to do.

All in a days work...

All in a days work…

A Piece of The Game MVP:

Liam Hendricks: Thanks for throwing the autographed baseball to me!

Player of the Game:

Scott Kazmir: He only pitched 6 innings, but he only allowed one run on six hits and two walks. He also racked up 11 strike outs! That’s almost two per inning!

  • 5 balls in this game
  • 73 balls in 19 games this season = Avg. 3.84 balls per game
  • 29 consecutive games with at least 1 ball
  • 6 consecutive games with at least 2 balls
  • 4 consecutive games with at least 3 balls
  • 4 consecutive games with at least 4 balls
  • 4 consecutive games with at least 5 balls
  • 25 consecutive Twins home games with at least 1 ball
  • 7 consecutive Twins home games with at least 2 balls
  • Gotten at least 1 ball from 16 different teams
  • 117 total balls

08-27-13 @ Target Field – Royals vs. Twins

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Once again, I was back at Target Field, but I probably wouldn’t have gone to this game had it not been for Shawn Bosman. A few entries ago I mentioned that he would be visiting Target Field so I did my best to be at the game for his first visit to the “new” ballpark. I’m sorry Chris, I tried to be there in May 😦 . Tony was very excited to meet Shawn and wanted to make his first visit a very memorable one. Tony used his “season ticket holder perks” to gain access for the two of them to view batting practice at 4:15. I got to hang around with them until then, but then I was left with Waldo. This wasn’t a bad thing, I just wished there was water outside the gates instead of just inside. It was hot.

Waldo got pretty upset when we found out that batting practice was cancelled because of the heat. When I got inside the stadium I met up with Shawn and Tony behind the Twins’ dugout:

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Thinking back on it now, I should’ve taken the picture with them in it. They each had a few baseballs, and even got to go on the field! Don’t take my word for it though, check out Tony’s blog entry about this game. We hung out behind the Twins dugout until we were told to leave by the lady usher who patrols those sections. She told us to leave because it was nearing 6:30, so its not like she kicked us out during the batting practice time slot. Tony & Shawn left to get food, but I wandered toward section 1. As I was walking I spotted Chris Herrmann, who was signing autographs at the end of the dugout. I worked my way down and Chris kindly signed my ticket:

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I took a video of him signing my ticket, but it wasn’t able to get the video off my phone when I got a new phone a few days later.

To avoid speaking with the usher again, I went to the concourse beneath the seats to buy a steak burger. I didn’t want to miss the pregame tossing so I decided to eat it from a spot where I could also catch a baseball. With my glove on my left hand, and steak burger in my right hand, I was ready for the Twins to finish up playing catch. Finally the moment came when Wilken Ramirez and another teammate finished playing catch. I flashed my glove as he was walking from shallow center field back towards the right field foul line. He let it fly. I was surprised that he actually put some muscle into the throw. What made it even cooler was that I caught it while taking a bite out of my burger. *Attention ALL ballhawks: Your homework is to catch a baseball while biting into your burger.*  I thought it was cool enough to take a photo with Ramirez in the background.  IMG_20130827_185247_788

I felt like I had my fair share of fun, so I left the dugout seats when the game started. I stood in the right field plaza, waiting for a home run to be hit there. Unfortunately there were none. Later in the game I met up with Tony and Shawn in the outfield. There were enough open seats that we could all grab an aisle eat next to the bullpen.

For the final two innings I was behind the Royals dugout, but I didn’t manage to snag anything. That’s alright though, because the best part about the dugout seats is the great view:

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Up until the 8th inning the game remained scoreless, but then the Royals scored 5 runs in the half of the inning. The Twins scored 1 run off a few hits in the bottom of the 8th, but they didn’t string enough together for a comeback. Billy Butler homered to right field in the 9th, but it didn’t go far enough to reach Shawn, who was still in the plaza. The Royals beat the Twins 6-1. Here is the box score and scoring plays from the game:

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The game was very long (3 hours & 10 minutes) but I stayed for all of it. After the game I got my second ball of the night from Mario, but he was pretty reluctant to throw it to me because he has seen me enough to know who I am. I don’t always ask him for a ball, but I think he thinks I do. I BARELY got a ball from Mario, but at least I got one from him.

Tony, Shawn and I were going to meet up after the game to get a picture together, but for some reason we all had terrible timing and missed each other completely. Oh well, there’s next time.

On my way out I took a nice photo of my small haul from the day:

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A Piece of The Game MVP:

Wilkin Ramirez: He presented me with the chance to catch a baseball while I was biting into my burger. Trying new things is fun.

Player of the Game:

James Shields: His game stats were pretty good:

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  • 2 balls in this game
  • 44 balls in 15 games this season = Avg. 2.93 balls per game
  • 21consecutive Twins home games with at least 1 ball
  • 25 consecutive games with at least 1 ball
  • Gotten at least 1 ball from 15 different teams
  • 88 total balls