Last week the Comissioner Bud Selig announced that the 2015 All Star game will take place at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. I am going to start saving my money from now untill July of 2015 to go to the All Star Game and Home Run Derby. I will be 17 in 2015 so I would be able to drive down to Cincinnati by myself and go ballhawking at the All Star Game and Home Run Derby.
I am very excited about this and so is Cincinnati.
I am hoping to get seats in Left Field probably in the upper deck bleacher, because those will be way cheaper. I think those seats will be pretty good for home runs during the Home Run Derby. I’m hoping to snag some commemorative baseballs while I am there.
Also this year I am planning on going to 4-6 MLB games. Most of them will be in Cincinnati, maybe one or two will be in Chicago.
I’m back baby! Hey everybody, I am so very sorry about not blogging for a couple of months, but I am going to get started on blogging again. 2012 was an OK year for ballhawking. I only attended 3 MLB games and snagged a total of one baseball. I went to 2 minor league games and snagged a total of 3 baseballs. Yeah, a pretty brutal year if you ask me. In 2013 I am planning on going to a lot more games, and snagging a lot more baseballs.
In 2013 my goals are to go to 5 MLB games, snag 8 baseballs from MLB games, go to 10 minor league games and snag 20 baseballs. I am also going to try to blog 2 or 3 times a week now.
I never had a chance to blog about my last game in 2012. I went to the Reds vs Dodgers on September 22 and got to see my Reds clinch the NL Central. But sadly, I did not snag a baseball on that day.
If anybody has any ideas of what I should blog about soon, please comment your ideas. Once again I am sorry for not blogging in half a year.
The T-Shirt contest has started now. I am giving away a Marlins Inagural Season T-Shirt. For the rules click this link:
Today I was in Florida at my grandparents house. I had to drive two and a half hours to Miami. The car ride is so boring, the whole time you just drive through the Everglades, there is nothing to look at, at all. Anyway when we got to Miami, we went to see South Beach. But it wasn’t as cracked up as it seems to be. After we left South Beach we headed to Marlins Park.
When we (as in my brother, my dad, my grandparents, and me) first walked up to the stadium there was almost no one waiting to get in early. I thought I will snag so many baseballs, but when I first walked in I saw this:
Yes, that’s right they didn’t take BP. I asked like five ushers why there was no BP, but nobody knew why. Then finally this usher told me that when it rained the stadium’s roof didn’t start on time and the field was wet so they didn’t want to tear it up. I know that is lame right. Here is the article about it:
Since I had nothing to do I walked around and took some pics.
Here is the home run sculpture in left center, notice the layers it has:
Here is a view from straight-away left field.
Here is the view from down the first base line:
Here is another view down the first base line:
And finally here is one more view down the first base line:
I hung out there for a while waiting for the Nationals to come out and throw. But even an hour before the game starts the usher kicked me out of the section because I didn’t have a ticket for that section. This stadium is not fan-friendly at all, it is very strict.
Here is the home run sculpture in left field:
Then I moved here behind John Buck throwing with Josh Johnson:
They were using a commemorative ball but of course they didn’t toss it to me. It was that kind of night.
Before first pitch I checked this out:
That is a bobblehead museum with over 600 bobbleheads.
Of course I took a picture of my favorite player’s bobblehead:
Joey Votto! The game was pretty exciting. Giancarlo Stanton is on fire he hit another homer. Here is the home run sculpture going off after he hit his home run:
Here is Giancarlo Stanton after he hit his home run:
Here is one more picture of Giancarlo Stanton:
In the bottom of the 8th inning I snuck down behind the dugout:
The usher didn’t even say anything. So it takes 8 innings for the ushers to be relaxed.
I took some cool pictures while I was down there. Here is Heath Bell closing out the game in the ninth inning:
Here is Adam LaRoche stepping up to the plate:
Here is Adam LaRoche taking a pitch:
Adam LaRoche hit a double on this swing:
It took me 9 innings to notice how steep the seats are in right field if anyone is ballhawking up there be careful the seats are very steep:
Here is Heath Bell again with Jose Reyes behind him:
Here is Ian Desmond batting:
Here is Ian Desmond hitting a foul ball:
Here is the home run sculpture for one last time:
After the game the umpire didn’t toss any balls into the crowd and the Nationals bullpen didn’t have anything to toss into the crowd either. The finals score was 5-3, with the Marlins winning. It was a fun day but it was just disappointing that I didn’t catch a ball and I probably won’t be back to this stadium in 10 years or so. My next game should be either sometime in June or July, I don’t have anything planned though.
Here is one final picture of Marlins Park I took before I left:
Oh yeah I almost forgot here is the shirt I am giving away for the contest. Here is the front:
Here is the tag. It is an extra large but it probably fits all after being washed:
Here is the back of the shirt:
Remember the contest starts on June 3. Like I said my next game won’t be untill the middle of June or July, I don’t have any plans so I don’t know what city the game will be at when I go to my next game.
Today is my big day in Miami. The Marlins are playing the Nationals. Wish me luck at Marlins Park, I am hoping to snag a lot of baseballs!
Well I arrived at my grandparents house in Ft Myers, FL and let me say it was a long drive. It was a 17 hour drive from Indianapolis to Ft Myers. But it was worth it since I am going to the Miami Marlins game on Wednesday. We drove through some big cities too, to get there and I took some pictures.
The first big city we drove through was Louisville.
Here is the city in front of the Ohio River:
Here is the Louisville Bats minor league stadium:
Here is another picture of the stadium, notice you can see the right field foul pole:
Here is another picture of downtown:
And another picture of downtown Louisville:
Here is the University of Louisville’s football field:
The next big city was Nashville:
Here is LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans:
Here is another picture of LP Field:
Then there are a lot of big hills in Southern Tennessee:
Here is a picture of downtown Atlanta:
Here is another picture of Atlanta:
Then we drove by Turner Field:
Here is a better picture of Turner Field:
And here is one final picture:
Well now I’m in Florida. So Wednesday I will be in Miami at the Marlins game. I’m pretty excited. I will write a huge post about the game. I’m hoping to snag a lot of baseballs. Wish me luck!
That is right I am doing a contest! I am going to buy something at the Marlins game and give it away to a lucky reader. I dont know what to give away so I am going to do a vote. Just comment on this post for which item you want me to give away.
A Gaby Sanchez T-Shirt (This is the promotion they are giving out at the game)
A Marlins Hat
This contest is a thank you gift to my readers. The contest will start on June 3 and end on July 31. To enter in this contest you have to leave a comment on my blog every comment will get your name on a slip of paper that will go into a hat. When the contest is over I will draw a name from the hat and whoever wins will win the Marlins item. Good luck! Remember to vote for what you want to be given away.
Once again I want to thank all my readers I have cracked 500 views on this blog. I truly appreciate it!
Just a week from today and I will be at Marlins Park ballhawking!
Here is the seating chart:
I am sitting in Section 15, right behind home plate! I cannot wait, I make a huge post on this blog about the game and I will give a lot of ballhawking tips about the new stadium. Once again thank you for 500 views!
On Saturday I am leaving from Florida. I am going to my grandparents house in Ft. Myers for a whole week. That is isnt as boring as it sounds because their house is right next to the beach and a mini golf course. From Indianapolis to Ft Myers is about a 19 hour drive. Wish me luck I have 3 younger siblings in the car with me, they are 11, 5, and 4. So I bet they will annoy me. I will take some pictures while I am on my way there and post them on this blog. I will be driving into Louisville, Nashville, and Atlanta. ( We will drive right by Turner Field) But the most exciting thing about this road trip is what I am going to do on Wednesday. My brother, dad, grandma, grandpa, and I are taking a 3 hour drive from Ft Myers to Miami for one day and we are going to a Nationals vs. Marlins game at Marlins Park. I will take tons of pictures and write a post about the game. So I am pretty excited about this roadtrip. I will be returning home on Sunday, June 3. Wish me luck at Marlins Park! Who else is going to Marlins Park this year?
I want to apologize that I havent had a post in over a week. My baseball season just ended so i will have a lot more free time to write now. Anyway so I went to the Indianapolis Indians game last Saturday with my middle school baseball team, well a few of us. The whole team was invited, but only 4 of us went, me, my bros Bryan, Jake and Austin. I am the starting pitcher/centerfielder/shortstop. Bryan is also the starting pitcher/shortstop/centerfielder. Austin is the staring left fielder. Jake is the back up second baseman. Alright back to the game. I was about five minutes late to the game because my brother had a baseball game of his own. So I got to the stadium around 5:50 the gates opended at 5:45. Right when I ran in I went to left field to find my teamate Austin, but then I took a look at the field and they were already taking down the cages. What kind of team lets the fans see 5 minutes of BP and then take the cages down.
So since I could not get any balls during BP I started looking for balls hiding in the bushy berm in center field. I didnt see anything in my reach. But behind the bushes there are some trees so I looked through the trees and saw a ball sitting there. I would show you a picture of the ball sitting in the trees but I left my camera at home . But I will show you a picture of Victory Field:
Like I was saying I checked the bushy berm in straightaway center, but nothing. The ball I found was behind the trees in straight away center so I told an usher about the ball and he said he would get somebody to get it. After ten minutes of waiting on somebody nobody came. During that 10 minute span Austin and I found Jake. I found a Security guard and told him about the ball. He went and got it for me and tossed it to me. It was my first minor league baseball. After all this Bryan finally came. Bryan is my best friend, so I have been teaching him about ballhawking. My other best friend Quienton, who if you remember took me to the Reds game last month, could not make it to the game. I wish he could have so I could help him and Bryan ballhawk.
So after I got my ball, the whole Indians team was giving out autographs in the concourse. I didnt get there in time to get all of them, but I got Jeff Clement’s, Jeff Larish’s Rudy Owens’, Doug Slaten’s, and Kris Watts’ autographs. After that the game had already started so my teamates and I headed to our seats. We were about 10 rows behind home plate. A few times we went up to the upper deck to try to catch a foul ball. I was the closest one, I was standing in the highest row in the upper deck above me and there was a foul ball hit about 10 feet to my left. I sprinted to the spot I thought it was going to land at, but sadly I watched go over my head into the suites where an older man picked it up.
We went back to our seats and enjoyed the game. In the ninth it was tied 2-2. Jake left in the top of the ninth. The game ended up going to extras. Austin left in the bottom of the tenth, so it was just me and Bryan. In the twelveth the Tides, took a 4-2 lead. But during the 12th inning me and Bryan moved to empty seats right behind the third base dugout. While we were sitting there, there was a foul ball hit by Matt Antoneli hit to the third base coach Ron Johnson. Ron tossed the ball to a group of 10 year olds sitting to the right of me and Bryan. There was probably 5 kids and they were all wearing gloves but they all fumbled the ball and it rolled right to me and Bryan. During this 5 second span Bryan and me went from best friends to opponents. We both reached down for the ball and had a little scrum for it but I came out on top. It was my first foul ball. But since Bryan had never caught a ball and it couldve been his I offered it to him immediately.
He rejected the offer and said it is just part of ballhawking. The Indians ended up tying the game up again in the 12th, to even the score at 4. I tried to get Bryan a ball but to no avail, he got shut out. Bryan and I both left after the 13th inning because both of our families were tired and wanted to go home. The game ended up going to the 14th with the Indians winning 5-4 on a walk off hit. When we drove by I saw the score was 5-4 and I told my mom we shouldv’e stayed for one more inning and we would have seen a walk off. But oh well. I still got 2 baseballs in a long extra inning game.
Minor League Stats
Game: 2 Balls
Season: 2 Balls
Career: 2 Balls
1 Game Ball this season
3 Total balls including MLB Games this year.
Here are my two balls for the day:
The one on the left is the one I found in center and the one on the right is the foul ball.
Here are the sweet spots: