It has been a long time since I wrote on this blog, nearly 6 months. Outside of the recent start of spring training, my mind has really been off baseball this winter. Right now, I was to talk about some of my 2010 season, and the upcoming 2010 season.
In 2010, I attented 6 games in 6 different stadiums, two in each of the states of New York, California, and Texas. I caught 23 balls at the stands in these games, averaging 3.83 per game. I know have 33 balls in my collection. The highlight of my year was catching my first career foul ball at AT&T Park off of the bat of Alex Cora. A week later, I set my record of balls snagged by snagging 8 at Dodger Stadium. I was overall a very fun year for me.
Now, it’s time to focus on the 2011 season. In all honesty, I have no idea what will happen and where I will go. What I can guarntee though is I will attend at least 2 (no more than 3) games at Citi Field and at least 1 (no more than 2) at Yankee Stadium. Outside of New York City, I have no idea what is going on. My dad has though told me and my brother that if we ddo well during our school year that he will take us some where to see some Mets games. If this is to happen, the mostly likely places to go would be Washington, Cincinatti, and Miami due to scheduling and distance. We originally had a summer road trip planned with my family that throught the trip would take us to a Nats game and possibly an Orioles game, but that trip is almost definetly off now.
Even though I don’t know how many games I will attend or what teams I will see play, I have listed some goals for this year, ranging in difficulty and whether I can control them or not.
1. See a Met win at Citi Field (Seems easy, but the Mets are 0-3 for me at Citi, 6-17 overall, 7 loses in a row and 11 of the last 12)
2. Snag at least 30 baseballs (Snagged 23 last year, and now I’m a year older and have a chance to put up bigger numbers)
3. Snag an Angels 50th Anniversery baseball (Angels come to Queens June 17-19, and I hope to attend one of those games)
4. Snag a Target Field Commerative ball (The Twins come to Yankee Stadium during the first full week of the season, and that is really my only chance to achieve this goal)
5. Catch a BP HR on the fly (Only caught one last year which was on a bounce, but being that I’m an outfielder in baseball (a real one, not one who is just put there) I think that I can pull off the task)
6. Get a ball from an ump after a game (Citi Field has a good location for this)
7. Snag at least 10 balls at one game (I snagged 8 at Dodger Stadium last year, which is a task many usually don’t achieve, so I think I can pull this off)
8. Collect at least 8 autographs (Not really a big autograph collector, but I think that their cool to get and I have some good ones)
9. Get at least two player pictures and at least one mascot picture (Normally this wouldn’t be too hard of a task, but being that most of batting practice will be devoted to me trying to snag baseballs, it will be a bit of a challenge)
10. Snag at least two third-out balls (Snagging a foul ball will be a tough task to repeat, so I will stick with an easier way to snag game used balls)
Last year, I completed only 5 of my 10 goals, but one basically impossible, and three of them I only had one chance to achieve and did not.
Let’s hope the 2011 season will be a great one!
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For the first time this year, I headed to minor league game. But this was no ordinary game. This game was apart of the Can-Am league, aka an independent league in the Northeast. The Jackals play at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, New Jersey. This was my second ever Jackals game and third ever minor league game. The game started at 7 and the gates opened at 6. BP was already over. I ran in to look for easter eggs. I had never snagged a ball at a minor league game before, but that was about to change.
It was time to take in my first game at the new place in the Bronx, the new Yankee Stadium. I had only been to one game at the old stadium and that was in 2002. The Yanks were going up against the Blue Jays tonight, and A-Rod had 599 career home runs, so olbviously, it was going to be a huge crowd tonight. We had bought LF bleacher tickets the night before, and were bringing my brothers friend and my dads friend (both Yankee fans) along with us 3. Due to some traffic on Rt. 17 and 4, my dad predicted we wouldn’t arrive until 5:30, but the traffic cleared up, and we were passing by the stadium at 4:35. By time we got parked into a garage by Gate 8 (CF), it was 4:45. We found out my dad would have to wait until 5:05 to pay, so he let me go in on my own. Since everything was so jam-packed, I couldn’t get a picture of the gate, but here was a look back at the jam crazy blob of a line.
no one on. He hit Aaron Hill, then John Buck hit a double down the LF line. The cut-off throw went to Jeter, who made one of the worst throws I have ever seen to home, so the game was tied at 2. Then on the next pitch, Travis Snider hit a 2-run homer into the Yankee bullpen, giving The Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.
It was just a week later that I was now in the southern part of the Golden Coast and at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for another game featuring my Mets as the away team, so far 1-6 since the break. I pulled up to Dodger Stadium at around 4:30. There were a long line of cars, and this entrance didn’t allow walkers, so we were stuck here. I though did get out of the car and take a picture through the gate.
- The bleachers were PACKED. Really packed. It was hard to compete.
- The Mets were stingy, as usual.
- There were people with devices everywhere, so it was hard to use the glove trick.
h when Alex Cora came up with two out in the 3rd, I knew I needed to be ready because he is a pull hitter. It was 1-2. Lincecum dealed, and he ripped one down the RF line. I jumped out of my second row seat, ran down, reached full extension, and on a hop backhanded, had just caught my fourth ball and first career foul ball!!!!!!!
I was back at Citi Field in 2010.
eds had the bases loaded and no one out in the fifth. The took the lead, and of course with controversey. Scott Rolen had two strikes on him. A pitch came near his bat, and he thought it hit him so he ran to first. But the ump said it hit his bat and tipped into Rod Barajas’s glove meaning he was out. The ball clearly didn’t hit is bat, but didn’t seem to hit him. The ump’s got together, and RIDICULOUSLY changed the call. I could see if they missed the call, but the fact that they changed it?! Of course Jerry Manuel got ejected.
Okay, this entry isn’t going to be long, but I’m just letting you know that I’m going on a trip to California! I will be going July 14-23 and seeing the following:
My second game of 2010 came two days later at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in a game between the Jays and Rangers. Here was my first view of the stadium.
e of game shots.
After exactly 250 days without going to a baseball game, I was back in action, at Minute Maid Park in Houston for a matchup between the Astros and Giants. Here was my first view of the stadium.
t pitchers duel. Zito and Wandy were tossing up 0-0 through five. Only around 24,000 had showed up for the game. Look how empty it was down the line.