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:
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:
I then sit there for potential foul balls:
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?”
”Ok then. There you go!”
Look at that!
*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)
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!
I know, I am a lot of game late for the blog. But I wanted first to talk to you about a visit that I did last week in my own town(!). I visited the Olympic Stadium of Montreal. As you may know, Montreal hosted the Olympics game in 1976 and use this event to built a new stadium that was supposed to be revolutionary… So my day started near the Jackie Robinson statue just outside the stadium.
Robinson played for the Montreal Royals, the farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 30s and 40s.
From this side,this was a view of the stadium.
Our guide briefly talked to us about the Olympic in Montreal and the opening and closing ceremony. It was really basic stuff but,hey what are you expecting for 5 bucks!
We then entered where the seats are situated. I immediatly noticed something quite interesting; you still can see were the home plate and the bases were located in the field,even after almost 10 years since the last ball game!
These are the luxuous seats located just behind home plate,a little bit like Anaheim and Cleveland nowadays.
In the time that we were in(about 10 minutes) I took about 50 pictures. Here’s the roof that was changed since the Expos left(It’s now blue,not yellow).
A panorama of the entire stadium(and believe me it’s GIGANTIC)
Some pictures of the seats(more than 56,000 in the big O,witch is more than Dodger Stadium).
A great section just behind homeplate to catch foul balls(If ever the Blue Jays decide to play an exhibition game at Montreal…)
And finaly a picture just behind the former home plate. I was thinking about all the great players that stood there over the years(Carter,Rose,Dawson,Raines,…) and I felt great vibe in this place…
And just before exiting, i took an image of the main entrance:
I know what you think ”This place sucks big time!”. But,you know, I think it wasn’t THAT bad. I mean, maybe it’s because it was in my own town,but I really felt that a part of my city’s history was there.
After that, I headed to the Montreal’s Tower wich is the 175 meters tower tha is supporting the stadium’s roof.
It’s actually the tallest inclined tower in the world. It have a 45 degrees angle wich in enormous.You can see one of the incline in the next picture:
You can get up there for about 10 bucks. I believe it’s the only observation deck in Montreal. Downtown is about 2 miles away.
Here’s the Saputo stadium,home of the Montreal’s Impact,the soccer club actually playing in the MLS. Behind the stadium,you can see ”Les Habitations Olympiques”,the place where the athletes were staying during the 76′ games.
You also have a great view of the roof from up there!
If you ever get the chance to come to Montreal, you absolutely have to make a stop at this place. It’s a part of Montreal’s history and one of the most special bulding in the world. That’s where so many Grey Cups were held in the past years,and were great bands like Pink Floyd performed. Also if you know, even just a little bit about baseball,this place will remind you the great players that once called this place ”Home”.
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.
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:
The scoreboard from the outside:<
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.
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.
A replica of the K:
And a giant baseball that was displaying the inside and outside of it:
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:
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:
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:
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.
The thing that I love about Kauffman is that the stands looks incredible!
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!).
Also,the fountain were close to me,wich was actually very cool!
Later in the game I took these pictures:
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:
Next game in California!
*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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