Kauffman Stadium,2013-07-02

I was looking forward for this game since about 3 months. I was reading all the ballhawking and technical info about this stadium(wich was looking awesome), and I was happy when i finally got there.
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As you can see,there was absolutely NOBODY around the stadium,that’s because i was early,even for the early bird. This special feature allows you to enter the stadium 2 jours and a half before the game start,which is great for ballhawking(well,at least for toss-up). As i said, i had a lot of time to kill so I decided to turn around the stadium to see everything. First of all,the Arrowhead Stadium:
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And the gate A from wich the early bird begin. A guy with a glove came to talk to me about the Royals, and the fact that he was coming to almost every game of the Royals! Cool guy. He had also the same glove as me,a Rawlings RFBDCTC.
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We were maybe 20 people waiting for the Early bird to begin. Around 4:20,an employee came and sent us to the Royals HOF. I had a quick glance at it. I also went to the Cincinnati Reds HOF,wich was great too. I think all the teams/stadiums should have something like that to show their history and everything. So this is the view when you enter the Hall of fame.
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A replica of the K:
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And a giant baseball that was displaying the inside and outside of it:
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I ave a million other pictures about it,but let’s get to the game shall we? So after about 10 minutes,everyone got together and we had the choice to go to the Royals or Indians dugout. Of course, I decided to go to the Indians dugout because there was 3 others only that went there too. This was my view of the BP:
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I had virtually NO competition(only a 7 or-so-years-old-girl,her parents and two gloveless guys,so i’ve got my first ball of the game after only about 5 minutes by this guy:
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I don’t know who he is. Actually, i have his name and number,but it’s not a coach,nor a player. So if someone have the key of the mystery,please feel free to leave a comment! I’m really not sure,but i think it may be Miguel Garcia. Here’s the ball:
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And for about 35 minutes,nothing else happened. Then I realized that when the stadium was going to open at 5:30,we would have to wait where we were until 6:00. I had already a ball,so I knew that I could wait but it was still bothering me. During the Early bird,i got another ball from a player. Actually, I was close to one of the gloveless man and the player just threw the ball between us. Easy catch. Don’t worry,the guy got a ball got a foul ball from the usher that was *watching* us(c’mon Royals). At 6:00, I was finally able to walk around the stadium and be free! What a great sensation! The last ball of the BP was snagged with the Zack Hample’s glove trick. Awesome trick,if you don’t know him,go see his blog. So,3 balls at the game was actually great! Just before the game,i wanted to get to the upper deck to have a general view of the K. Incredible stadium.
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The thing that I love about Kauffman is that the stands looks incredible!
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This was my view for the game(actually,I think these were the best bleachers seats in all the stadium that i’ve been. You feel close to the action and you have an incredible view of the stadium!).
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Later in the game I took these pictures:
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Kauffman Stadium is so gorgeous! The Royals lost the game,but still,it was an awesome thing to be there. Everey baseball fan should go to Kauffman Stadium! This is the last pics of it that i took:
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Next game in California!

Stats:
*Streak of 3 games with at least a ball
*18 balls this season.
*18 balls in 9 games this season = 2,00 average balls per game.
*21 total MLB ball.
*14 Stadiums lifetime.(Rogers Centre,Orioles Park,PNC Park,Great American Ballpark,Chase Field,O.co Coliseum,Dodger Stadium,Petco Park,Citizens Bank park,Progressive Field,Comerica Park,US Cellular Field,Miller Park and Kauffman Stadium)

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Montreal Expos Seasons Tickets

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If you live near Montreal,in the province of Quebec or in New-England,this message is for you. Exposnation,a group who’s trying to get baseball back to Montreal just launch a great website with news and activities for achieve the ultimate goal of bringing back the Expos to Montreal. The last great things that they did was to start selling season tickets(Or mini-plan like 10 games,20 games,etc). You don’t have to pay,it’s just to help them know if they would be able to sell a lot of tickets. So please, go to http://exposnation.com/en/expos-stadium-season-tickets/ to buy the numbers of tickets you would buy if the expos were coming back. Thank you!

U.S. Cellular Field,2013-06-29

Billy pierce statue day? Oh Yeah!

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It was a replica statue of the statue that is actually at U.S. Cellular Field. Cool one!

Even if it was a SGA day,there was less people than the day before. When the stadium opened,there was maybe 50 people behind me,compared to the couple of hundreds the day before.
I huried to the left field bleachers as I always do at the Cell now. Within 5 seconds, a ball landed 10 feets to my left and took it. I was wearing my Cleveland Indians Jersey,so about 30 seconds later,a coach walked to get a ball that had hit the wall and I asked him for it.
-”You just got a ball!”
-”Yeah,but I came from Cleveland to see the game!”
He smiled at me and threw me the ball.

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The BP was really great. A lot of ball were hitted in the stands. Soon enough, another ball bounced on the warning track and went just over my head in the next row. But there was so few people that I was able to get this ball! The last ball of the BP was another homerun that landed 3 rows back to me. Again,there was nobody that was running for it. Easy one. Another one landed in the gap between the fence and the stands. I guy came and see the ball as I was preparing the Zack Hample’s glove trick. He wanted to see it but just before I lowered it,we noticed that the ball had disapeared! There was nobody that had walked there and pick up the ball,or nothing else! That was just weird…

The BP ended and I decided to try to have autograph near the Indians dugout. I went there:
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And I suceed to have my ticket signed by Justin Masterson and Yan Gomes. Great guys.
I also suceed to sneak into the Dugout seat section. This was my view for the first pitch:
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During the first four inning I tried to catch Nick Swisher Warmup. I was always seeing me,but was always throwing it back to the dugout. I think he remembered throwing me a ball the day before,but maybe didn’t see that another fan push me to get the ball. So after five innings of trying to get this warmup ball he saw me (again) and threw it to me. Fifth ball of the day! Funny thing,all the kid understood that they could,too,try to get a ball. So during each warmup,they were like a dozens to go near the dugout and call ”#33”. Finnaly, a lot of them got balls. I also noticed another funny thing later in the game:

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All the white things that you see are birds. There was maybe 50 of them in the right field and center field. I never saw something like that!
The game ended,and I grab 5 ice cream helmets.They’re so cool(Sorry,didn’t took any pictures)!
Goobye Chicago, I will miss you!

Stats:
*Streak of two games with at least a ball
*15 balls this season.
*15 balls in 8 games this season = 1,87 average ball per game.
*18 total MLB ball.
*13th Stadiums in my life.(Rogers Centre,Orioles Park,PNC Park,Great American Ballpark,Chase Field,O.co Coliseum,Dodger Stadium,Petco Park,Citizens Bank park,Progressive Field,Comerica Park,US Cellular Field and Miller Park)

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U.S. Cellular Field,2013-06-28

Earlier this day, I went to another great sporting event in Chicago. Football? No. Soccer? No. Hockey? Well,almost!

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It was the Stanley cup parad and there was like a ZILLION people in the streets. I was affraid that a lot of them were going to say ”Why not go to the ballgame tonight?”,a ballhawking nightmare! Look at that! It was just crazy!

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Ok,ok. Baseball now! Before this game(well,the doubleheader), I was always wondering why the White Sox are considered as a second-class team in Chicago behing the Cubs. Well, I kinda get my answer… I arrived two hours before the first pitch. When I got in line, an employee told me ”Don’t wait in the sun like that(Because it was like 100 degrees), the gate won’t even open before another hour.” WHAT? I was really bothered about it! Why don’t they open at 5h30 as they usually do? Well, that wasn’t even the worst thing. After an jour, there was like 3-4 hundreds people in line at the only gate that was going to open for the game(Why,White Sox?!?!). Suddently the rain started,not only a little rain. It was a flood. The employee, dry inside the gates were looking at us and doing nothing at all(and all that was 45 minutes before first pitch). After 10 minutes of rain,they let us in and at least,i was the first in line.

I ran to the left field bleacher,the best spot to catch ball in all THE MLB. I found my first ball of the day in a puddle. It wasn’t an official MLB ball(damn) but at least, I wasn’t blanked. I looked at the right field bleachers,and i saw a white dot. People were already coming in close to it, but I decided to go look. And that’s what i found:

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Great success! But there was no BP (plus a lot of people in the stands)so I knew that my chances for a third ball were during the game.

During the first game of the doubleheader, i was running for the third-out ball each inning,but it just wasn’t happening. It was always thrown to my right or to my left. In the six inning, I decided to look around the stadium. I went to the upper deck and took this picture.

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And this one:
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And that one too:
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I don’t really understand why people don’t like this stadium. It’s not gorgeous as PNC Park Or Camdens Yard,but at least,it isn’t a copy of another stadium like a lot of the ballpark that have been built since 1992.

I went back down in the bottom of the 7th inning, and tried to get the warm up ball of Mark Reynolds. And he threw it to me! Third ball of the game,first warm-up ball ever! Soon,the first game of the doubleheader was over and there was a break for 20 minutes. A men from Chicago saw that I was wearing an Expos jersey and talked to me. It was already 10:30 and i had to leave at 11:00. So by the time the game started,it was 10:45 and I knew that I probably only going to see the first inning. I noticed that the first baseman was now Nick Swisher. I decided to try to have his warm up ball of the first inning. He saw me, threw directly at my glove and…another fan with a blackhawks jersey in his 30’s pushed me and took the ball. Seriously? I didn’t wanted to argue with him but i was really pissed. All the section was booing him,but he kept the ball…At least I wasn’t blanked,and i had already gotten a warm up ball. But still… Even with that sad event,it was another great day/night at Chicago!

Stats:
*Streak of one game with at least a ball
*10 balls this season.
*10 balls in 7 games this season = 1,42 average ball per game.
*13 total MLB ball.
*13th Stadiums in my life.(Rogers Centre,Orioles Park,PNC Park,Great American Ballpark,Chase Field,O.co Coliseum,Dodger Stadium,Petco Park,Citizens Bank park,Progressive Field,Comerica Park,US Cellular Field and Miller Park)

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Miller Park,2013-06-26

Because the Brewers were playing against the Cubs, I had bought my tickets a long time ago. I was really looking forward for this game. Minute after I arrived at the Miller Park’s parking,i took this photo of the fiel:
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Even if you can’t see it in the picture,there’s a bridge that is crossing a small river where people can walk or bicycle. I think it’s call the Hank Aaron trail. Great idea from the Brewers’ organisation!

After I walked (Well,Ran…) inside, I headed to the right field second deck, from where i took this picture:
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Even if I stood there more than 20 minutes,no player suceed to hit a homerun. That’s when i decided to go to the left-field second deck. A lot of players were tossing balls into the crowd. But when i got there,it was over… Before i knew it,the BP was over too and I was empty-handed. I headed to my seat and i took a lot of pictures of the Ballpark like that:

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And that too:

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Even if the roof is pretty great,the Park itself isn’t that great. I ranked it 10th in the ballpark that I did,only in front of O.co Coliseum and Chase Field.
Anyway,there’s a lot of great seats in the stadium like this one with a great view of the roof:

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This was the view from my seat:
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Even if the team isn’t that good,there’s a lot of interesting things in the stadium during the game like the Bernie’s terrace:
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…And the famous sausage race!
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I took this pic during the game…
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…And it was over!
I took another pic on the way to the car of stadium that makes it look very cool! Check it out!
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Better luck next time at Milwaukee!

Stats:
*End of the streak of 5 games with at least a ball
*7 balls this season.
*7 balls in 6 games this season = 1,16 average ball per game.
*10 total MLB ball.
*13th Stadium in my life.(Rogers Centre,Orioles Park,PNC Park,Great American Ballpark,Chase Field,O.co Coliseum,Dodger Stadium,Petco Park,Citizens Bank park,Progressive Field,Comerica Park,US Cellular Field and Miller Park)

U.S. Cellular Field,2013-06-23

I wasn’t supposed to attend to this game,but when I heard that the White Sox’s starting pitcher was Chris Sale, I immediately decided to do a detour to Chicago just before Milwaukee. Here’s a picture when I arrived close to The Cell:

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When the gates opened, I immediately went to the left field bleachers. I knew that it was was a great place to catch home run,but there’s also a great gap between the field and the stands. Look what I found:

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I retrieve this ball by using the Zack Hample’s glove trick.
Then,i caught another ball thrown by an unknown centerfield of the Mets. Some guys were begging for a ball but he saw me wearing my Montreal Expos jacket and he threw me the ball. A minute later,the Mets’ portion of the BP was over. My BP ball total was of 2.

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During the first inning I decided to stood near the Mets’ dogout and I tried to got a 3rd out ball. At the end of the inning,Jordany valdelspin,the second baseman threw me the ball! It was my first gamer. Soon after,the usher told me to go back to my place,wich I did, but it wasn’t a matter because I was SO happy!

After that I wandered into the stadium and took pics like that:
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And that:
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Great game at The Cell!

Stats:
*5th consecutive game with at least 1 ball.
*7th balls of the season.
*7 balls in 5 games this season = 1,4 average ball per game.
*10th total ball.
*11th Stadium in my life.(Rogers Centre,Orioles Park,PNC Park,Great American Ballpark,Chase Field,O.co Coliseum,Dodger Stadium,Petco Park,Citizens Bank park,Progressive Field,Comerica Park and US Cellular Field)

Tiger Stadium

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After the game to Comerica Park, I knew I couldn’t miss to see the Old Tiger Stadium. Even if the Detroit Tigers left it in 1999,you still can hit balls inside. The stands are demolished since 2006,but the some of the gates and the flag pole in center field still stand.

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It was a great moment to hit balls where great player once performed. You have also a great view from downtown Detroit from the home plate.

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That’s a shame that this legendary stadium isn’t more well preserved. Let’s hope that the city and the Detroit Tigers will do more in the future to preserve a big part of Detroit’s history.