Tagged: High Desert (California)

LoanMart Field,2013-07-11

I wanted to see a baseball game before heading to northern California,and beacause the Dodgers weren’t playing and that i had already seen the 66ers couple days before,I went to Rancho Cucamonga. I was pumped after my 9 balls game at San Manuel Stadium and I was hoping to accomplish another ballhawking feat. But when I entered in the stadium,two things immediatly stroke me:
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1)There was no BP underway,not even players playing catch for both teams
2)There was protective nets EVERYWHERE in the stadium to protect the fans from being hit(or catch) any balls

I waited maybe 30 minutes,and then some High Desert’s players came to play catch in right-field. I was watching them pitching and succeed memorizing all their names by looking at their numbers(A dozen in total). When Jamal Austin finished,I called his name and he immediatly threw the ball to me. Then,my second ball of the day came from Jabari Blash,after calling his name. Both balls came in a 20 seconds span,and these were going to be the only balls for the day.

I went to buy some food(FYI,LoanMart Field have definitly the best choice of food around the MiLB stadiums,or at least the one in the California League,give it a try next game you’ll catch there!) and the game started. This was my view for the first pitch:
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One of the great thing about LM field is that you have a great view of the beautiful mountains near by. Look at that:
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I love the California Baseball League! The weather is great,the stadiums are great and the teams too!
The sky was crazy during the game!
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I then sit there for potential foul balls:
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But none came close.
At the end of the game, I went to the HDM dugout and asked to manager to have the lineup card. He told me no,but I didn’t give up. I asked the players,the other coaches,etc. The manager finally saw what was going on and told me:
”You really want that card that bad?”
”Yes sir,absolutely!”
”Ok then. There you go!”
Look at that!
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Stats MILB:
*2 balls at this game.
*11 balls in one game this season=average of 5,5 per game.
*Streak of 2 games with at least one ball.
*Total of 11 balls.
*Total of 1 game ball.
*Total of 1 Lineup Card
*2 lifetime Stadium (San Manuel Stadium,LoanMart Field)