Tagged: Major League Baseball

Raley Field,2013-07-14

As you may recall,my last game was in L.A. more precisly at Rancho Cucamonga. And what’s the best road to travel North-South or South-North in California? Yeah,you are right! The highway 1 is incredibly gorgeous! Look at some pictures that I took on my way to Sacramento:

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That first photo was taken at Julia Pfeiffer Sate Park. If you ever go to California,you absolutely have to stop there! What a beauty! And the second picture is the Bixby Bridge, another wonder, a Man-made one.

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Ok,ok. Time for some baseball now! I decided to once again go to Milb game this time. It was a bobblehead day and honestly,who does not love bobblehead? This was the line when I arrived to the stadium 35 minutes before the game.

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As soon as I finaly entered,I took my BB box and immediatly headed to the right-field grass. There was no BP underway,but that’s almost always the case in Minor League game. The gates usually only open an hour before game time, and this was the case this day.
When I arrived near the bullpen, I immediatly spotted a ball that was an easy target with the glove trick. There was almost nobody near me so I thought I wasn’t going to be bothered by anybody. I’ve never been so worng. I started as usual by lowering my glove and the ball immediatly went into it. When I started to get my glove higher, I heard someone saying ”Get it down,get it down immediatly!!!”. I turned around and saw a security guard that was running toward me like an FBI agent on an dangerous criminal. When he was around 1 meter from me, he told me to immediatly throw the ball back to the bullpen,and that he was going to call the security if I wasn’t doing that immediatly… As a Canadian that don’t want any troubles and arguments, I immediatly did it. He was kinda yelling at me and saying that if everybody was doing like me,there would not be any balls left in the whole stadium. Excuse me? The average AAA team of the pacific league have a value of ”Only” 30 millions dollars! I don’t really think their main issue is about finding money for the baseballs! Let the kids have fun and creativity to get great memories for later! He finally left,just after telling me that e was going to watch me for the entire game! Jeez… At least he came back later, was calmer and explained himself.

Some people came back after he left and wanted to know how this device was working. I even talked to a man and his kids for 20 minutes about the different stadiums that I have did in my life,my favorite ones,etc. Great people! And last thing, the ”Glove Trick” is not one of my invention. You can have more detail about it by looking at Zack Hample’s blog. Just google it,you’ll find it.

Want to know the funny things about this baseball? As soon as a player walked into the bullpen, I asked him for it and he threw it to me. Simple as that. And you know what? There was still balls for the game to be played!
The game itself was really great! Even if it was really hot(35C) I had a lot of fun and the stadium is beautiful! Look at this picture of it:

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See the people in the right of the picture with the weird machine? Well,it was a T-shirt thrower and I ended up with one. Great stuff!
And another photo of the game:

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And have also a look at the bobblehead that they were giving:

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I love Milb baseball because your are always close to the players and the people are SO much relaxed. Even if I follow more the MLB, I think it would be a great option for Montreal maybe for some years to prove that we can support a ball team…That’s it for now! Stay tuned,new entries are coming very soon!

Stats MILB:
*2 balls at this game.
*13 balls in 3 games this season=average of 3,6 balls per game.
*Streak of 3 games with at least one ball.
*Total of 13 balls.
*Total of 1 game ball.
*Total of 2 Lineup Cards
*2 lifetime Stadium (San Manuel Stadium,LoanMart Field and Raley Field)

Toronto Blue Jays And New York Mets At Olympic Stadium!

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It’s now official,the Toronto Blue Jays are going to play an exhibition game at Olympic Stadium on march 28&29. I already have my tickets for the first two games. On Friday,I will be in section 210 and section 406 for the Saturday game(Row AA). It is going to be my lifetime’s 16th stadium,and I am hoping to snag at least one ball during the week end. Can’t wait for this event,and hope to see at least 40,000 fans at each game. Play Ball!
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Petco Park,2013-07-10

For the second time in two years, I was going to Petco Park. The first time, I’ve got NO balls at all. I was hoping to snag at least 1 baseball,because as you may know,my pbjective is to catch at least one baseball at every stadiums in the MLB. Altough a lot of people thinks that PP is an easy place to snag balls, I got frustrated each time i go there,and this time is not an exception.
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I arrived very early(Park at the park and the beach opens 2½ hours before the first pitch). I was hoping that the Rockies’ players were going to use commemorative baseballs for their BP but,as I found out,they don’t… So for the first hour of the batting practice,there’s only the beach that’s open.
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You can’t really see,but it was really crowded,and it’s a very tiny section, so the ballhawking level was very high. Plus,during all the time that I was here,only 1 ball was hit at the beach. When the whole stadium opened at 5:30, I ran to the left field bleachers,near the Metal Supply building.

My first and only ball of the BP was a ball that went to the gap at the left field. I retrieved it with the glove trick. And that was it for the BP.
Before the game, I wandered around the stadium. Petco Park is sor gorgeous! This was my view of the game:
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And here’s a panorama from the same seats:
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If you ever go to Petco Park,you really should buy tickets behind the plate in the upper deck. These are simply the best seats in the house and you’ll have a way better experience than in you were sitting in the bleachers(WAY better!). I took a lot of ”Game Action Photography”. Here’s some:
Chris Denorfia hitting
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And Denorfia making contact
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And the Rockies’ pitcher DeLaRosa:
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I also noticed a cool ad on the right field foul pole, It’s a golf club that is in the pole! Cool stuff.
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But one of the coolest thing that I saw at the game was a poster from the Padres organisation. It shows before and after the construction of Petco Park how the city was looking like. It is INCREDIBLE. It proves that you really can change the face of a city with a building that will be prestigious for the city. Not necessarily a Ballpark,but it could be a tower(Like the CN tower in Toronto), or anything. Check out before:
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And after:
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WOW!
After the game, I succeeded retrieving another ball that the Padres’ coaches had forgot. It was stuck against the wall,and I saw an employee and I ask him for the ball.
-”I really can’t give any balls…”(And it was probably the 1000 times that a kid asked him for a ball in this game.)
-”No,I don’t want YOU to throw it to me,just put it a foot from the wall!” He saw the glove-trick and said:
-”You don’t think that it is going to work,are you?”
-”You have to give it a try!” And he did. A dozen of people were watching me and when they saw that it was working,everyone was cheering me! It was an awesome moment. Thanks to the employee and to the security to be that cool at Petco! I’ll be back one day,you can count on that!

Stats:
*Streak of 4 games with at least a ball
*20 balls this season.
*20 balls in 10 games this season = 2,00 average balls per game.
*23 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)

Check out more at: http://www.mygameballs.com/baseballdata?db=MtlExpos

New Glove,Baseball Roadtrip And Toronto Blue Jays.

First of all,I got a new glove! It’s a Rawlings RFBDCTC (First base glove). My old one(Easton Black Magic) was all torn down and before my roadtrip,i needed a new one. Take a look at it:

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And the exterior of the glove(it’s a 12.5”)

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Ok(Deep breath),let’s continue. My father and I are going to be on the road all summer long,and it’s a great chance to attend to (a lot) of MLB and MILB games. Of course,Ballhawking will be a great part of this trip,so be prepared to new blog entries about it! This is the first part of the roadtrip:

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It goes like this:
*Comerica Park,Detroit,June 23rd
*Miller Park,Milwaukee,June 26
*U.S. Cellular Field,Chicago(White Sox),June 28-29-30
*Kauffman Stadium,Kansas City,July 2nd and 3rd.
Stay tuned for ballhawking and baseball news!

Finally,I wanted to talk about the Blue Jays and Chien Ming Wang. I think the Blue Jays are a better team with this pitcher. In fact,they won their last 6 games and are only 5 games behind the Wild Card and a place into the Fall Classic.When they play like that,the Blue Jays are the best team in the AL,maybe even in the league! When you have players like Reyes,Dickey and Bautista,you can’t play under .500. Let’s hope that Wang is their new leader!
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