For those of you who don’t know, I request fan packs from nearly every team in baseball. I think it is a lot of fun to get something new in the mail from one of your favorite teams. I have received fan packs from about 50 baseball teams, which is just a fraction of all teams in MLB and MILB. Here is what I got last week:
It is a package from the Clearwater Threshers, an A+ affiliate of the Phillies. I got these items:
Ticket info, an issue of Thresher Times, and 2 2013 pocket schedules. This is identical to a fan pack I got last year from the Threshers, but unfortunately, I don’t have a post for it.
Sent: April 29, 2013
Received: May 10, 2013- 11 Days
I MIGHT be in Miami tomorrow, but my Mom said “Don’t count on it”, which means I will most likely be in Jupiter to watch the Hammerheads and the Cardinals for my 3rd Minor League game at Roger Dean Stadium and my 5th game there overall. Thanks for reading!
I will be at Roger Dean Stadium tomorrow to see the Hammerheads and the Cardinals.
This pack of baseball cards isn’t really a specific brand like Topps or Bowman, so I just called it “Walgreens” because I got it in the toys section of Walgreens:
These contain 100 cards, mostly from the late 80′s and early 90′s. I got it because I saw two cards on the front that I didn’t previously own, including a red 2011 Topps Chrome Ben Revere RC:
I guess I need to stop using the flash on my camera, don’t I?
The next thing I did was try to open the pack of cards, which is kind of difficult if you don’t want to get your fingerprints all over the card. I got some nice cards:
A few cards from the 2010 Topps set were in the pack, including these. I love that I got Austin Jackson’s Rookie Card. That card on the bottom is Mike Moustakas on a 2007 Pro Debut card, which I thought was pretty cool. Thanks for reading!
I would like to start by saying Happy Mothers Day! I don’t know where I would be without my Mom, and I know you probably think the same. I would also like to apologize for this post being up really late. I did get mail, but I don’t know why I didn’t blog about it. I also got mail last week (5/5-5/11), so expect something this week.
I was a little shocked that some players didn’t return their requests, like David Murphy, Max Scherzer, and Adam Lind, and when I got this, I was expecting a Jeremy Guthrie autograph. I made a second request to him, and I thought it was his when I confused MI with MO on the envelope. Here is what I pulled out:
It is a long letter that basically says “please donate $10 to my charity for an autograph”. I wonder how many little kids get this back saying, “Where is my autograph?” I am not spending $10 on an autograph when I could go to a Tigers game and get his for FREE. Sorry Max.
Luckily, he sent my card back:
It is a card from the 2009 Topps set, which I didn’t get a lot of in 2009 and can’t find today.
That was all I got. Last week had a better result, and hopefully this week will be the same. I am also planning on going to Marlins Park in a week to see the Dbacks, and if I can’t go, I will be in Jupiter to see the Hammerheads and the Cardinals. This June, I will make my way to Tampa/St. Pete to go to Busch Gardens with my family, and I am hoping to catch the Sox while I’m there. Thanks for reading!
A little while ago, I got a pack of 2013 Opening Day Topps. I didn’t get any last year, so I decided to get some this year. Here is the pack I bought:
I don’t remember the price, but it was around $3. I have to admit, I was moving the packaging to find a card that I wanted, and I was pretty successful for my first card of the set:
Unfortunately, that was my only Red Sox card. Here are the cards I liked:
Jay Bruce Ballpark Fun, Darwin Barney Blue, and Adeiny Hechavarria’s rookie card as a member of the Marlins. I have some mail from the week of 4/28-5/4 (although it wasn’t very good) to blog about, and I am hoping to go to the Diamondbacks/Marlins game on May 19. I might even make it to Tampa Bay to watch the Red Sox at the Trop in early June. Thanks for reading!
After my last baseball game on 3/16, my Mom said, “Don’t ask to go for a long time”. I assumed that meant for a couple of months, but when I got a perfect report card, I knew this weekend was the perfect time to go to a game. The Charlotte Stone Crabs came to The Dean on the 20th to play the Hammerheads, while the Ft. Myers Miracle came on the 21st to play the Cardinals. It was best for me to go on the 21st, so my Mom could go to the beach.
Here is the view when I got out of the car:
I was 1/2 and hour early, and I thought I was late when I heard the announcer talking. It turns out there were kids playing a game; the teams being “Blue Team” and “White Team”. I was relieved when I saw the scoreboard through the fence (which I failed to photograph) and saw names I didn’t recognize. I walked by the team shop, which was closed:
And back to the ticket booth to get my ticket:
I stole Malcolm MacMillan’s (The Ballpark Guide) idea. After walking around the stadium two or three times, I went to stand in front of Gate B, where I got this shot:
Just before then, I got some pictures of Gate A:
The gates FINALLY opened, and I rushed to the bleachers to get a spot for autographs. While I was waiting, several graphers came over, but they were primarily looking for top prospect’s autographs. We talked about Miguel Sano, who is the # 1 prospect in the Twins organization, and how he isn’t a great signer. We talked about Jose Fernandez, who was here last year as a Hammerhead, and how lucky you would be to get his autograph. Finally, the players walked out, and I was calling out their names. I was the only one to get autographs from half of the players. When Doug Mientkiewicz came out (as well as the top prospects), everyone swarmed over for autographs. Angel Morales was confused for Eddie Rosario, who is another top prospect. Here are the signers:
A.J. Petterson came up, and I called out “Adam” because the Miracle roster said “Adam Petterson”. He said, ” Does my name say Adam on that roster? It’s A.J.- that’s wack.”
Once I got all of my autographs, I went to get a hot dog and a soda. When I sat in my seat, the field was just about ready. Then, the rain came down. I was going to get soaked, and my food would have been ruined if I didn’t run under the small roof above the press boxes (by the way, it was drizzling while I was getting autographs). The entire stadium ran for shelter, and it was pouring. Here are the managers out in the rain:
The rain started coming down:
I got this shot of the seats:
That was how far the roof went over the stands. There was water pouring out under my feet. Here is the tarp:
After about 50 minutes, I saw one of the Cardinals talking to some fans. I thought: “Should I get autographs during a rain delay?” I walked out into the rain, and it was drizzling, so I went to the team shop to purchase a Palm Beach Cardinals logo ball. When I got back out, I saw # 16 in the Cardinals dugout. Then it hit me- Stephen Piscotty! He is the best player on the Cardinals, and to my surprise, when I called out his name, he looked over. I will remember Piscotty as the 1st autograph I ever got during a rain delay. I went on to get a lot of signatures from players in the dugouts.
After the tarp came off the field, I thought I should try and get a ball. I went up to Michael Gonzaels of the Miracle and asked for a ball. He tossed me a ball that was soaking wet, but I was happy!
A little bit later, the Cardinals and Miracle came out to play catch. I was waiting behind the Cardinals for an overthrow, and near the end, there was an overthrow. It landed in the dirt, rolled to the wall (quickly), and immediately rolled back to the players. Danny Stienstra tossed me that ball (number 2):
I walked over to my seat to take that picture. Finally, the National Anthem was performed and the game started at 3:00. The game was a lot of fun, and I was chatting with Mark from the Tigers game for a little while. I tried for a lot of 3rd out balls, and I was pretty successful with 3 of them, all from the Miracle.
At one point during the game, I was behind home plate, and a foul ball hit the press box. I came rolling down, and I jumped out of my seat looking for it. Everyone was pointing at it, and I didn’t know where it was. Another fan got it, but she tossed it to me because I was the first one to look for it.
There were a couple of (excuse my french) douche bags behind home plate yelling at the Miracle players. They were cursing at players and yelling rude things at them, like “You f***ing SUCK” and “You’re the worst prospect in the league”. I thought that they were either drunk or they were jealous of the players success in being drafted.
The score was tied, 5-5 entering the bottom of the 9th:
You can see the time was 6:09. The planned start time was 1:05.
In the bottom of the 8th, there was a 3-1 count on one of the Cardinals (I don’t remember who) and he checked his swing. The 2nd base umpire called it a strike, and it prevented the Cardinals from taking the lead. In the top of the 9th, when the Miracle put a runner in scoring position, Johnny Rodriguez, the Cardinals manager, came storming out of the dugout. He was cursing and yelling at the home plate umpire, and the whole stadium (well, the 30 of us that remained) went silent. On his way out, he yelled “You belong in high school” to the 2nd base umpire. After the game, I thought of saying I liked his argument, but decided not to.
For the rest of the game, I moved on top of the Cardinals dugout in case of a walk-off. We entered the bottom of the 10th, and Jonathan Rodriguez stepped up to the plate. He drilled a pitch, and everyone in the stadium knew it was gone. The 20 people left were so excited, including me:
That shot is a little blurry, sorry.
The final score:
Here are my player photo’s- I will start with Palm Beach:
Johnny Rodriguez (yes, he is arguing):
Mr. Walk off, Jonathan Rodriguez:
Jose Almarante- I asked him for a ball, and he laughed:
Michael Gonzales- he smiled after I took that picture
Right before the rain delay, I got a soda in a souvenir cup:
I also got this scorecard:
After the game, I found this magnet schedule:
I also got some pocket schedules, but I forgot to photograph them. Here are the 7 baseballs that I caught:
Now, for the best part- autographs:
1) Doug Mientkiewicz
2) Lance Ray
3) Andy Leer
4) Miguel Sano
5) Kennys Vargas
6) Corey Williams
7) Michael Gonzales
8) Stephen Wickens
9) Kyle Knudson
10) A.J. Petterson
11) Angel Morales
13) Ryan O’Rourke
14) Eddie Rosario
15) Kennys Vargas
16) RECORD- Single Game High 2013: Zach Jones
17) D.J. Baxendale
18) Nelvin Fuentes
19) Eddie Rosario
I bought this before the rain delay
20) Stephen Piscotty
21) Tyler Melling
22) Heath Wyatt
23) Juan Castillo
24) Jonathan Rodriguez
25) RECORD- New All Time Single Game High- Cody Stanley
26) Jonathan C0rnelius
The previous single game high was 24, set on July 21, 2012 at Roger Dean Stadium. I wrote a poorly done post when the blog debuted. Those weren’t the order of the autographs, but I wanted to show you how many I got.
Thanks for reading, and sorry this was up so late!
I haven’t been getting a lot of mail recently, and this week (4/20-4/27) I didn’t get anything. Here is what I got last week:
It looks like it was autographed in black, but it is really in blue ink. Jed Lowrie signed a 2011 Topps card, and he sent a card for his website:
Sent: 4/6/2013, Received: 4/17/2013, 11 Days
Thanks to Jed Lowrie!
I will have the post from Sunday’s game up shortly.
On April 16, John I. Leonard High School was scheduled to play Santaluces, and I would have been able to go if John I. didn’t have a make-up game and Santaluces wasn’t moved to Atlantic. On 4/17, Lake Worth came to Santaluces for the last home game of the regular season, and I thought I wasn’t going to go because of my Mom’s work schedule. Normally, she works night shifts, but on the 17th, it turns out she had a class during the day.
We left at the normal time- 6:00 for a 6:30 game start. I like to get to the baseball fields early to beat out the crowds, but when I got there, I heard the announcer talking, and I immediately thought I was late. When I went to get my $2 ticket, the man asked if I attended Santaluces, and I said yes. He let me in for free, and that explains why I don’t have a ticket stub.
The Chiefs were saying goodbye to the seniors before the game.
When I walked up to the field, I was a little ticked-off that someone else was operating the scoreboard. I will explain more about how I don’t like his scoreboard operating skills later.
I sat on the bleachers for the top of the 1st, but moved to the Lake Worth Trojan’s side to stand against the fence for better pictures:
I got some really good shots, which you will see later.
The Trojans jersey was pretty generic:
My friend, Ben, told me that Lake Worth had lots of jerseys last year, and that he didn’t know why they were wearing these.
To the scoreboard operators. In the middle of the game, there were 2 outs with the Trojans up to bat. I was taking pictures, and didn’t pay attention to all the details, so when I looked up at the scoreboard and saw one out, I cheered for a double play. When the Chiefs got one out and walked off the field, I felt SO STUPID. Ben told me he was laughing when he heard that. During the game, the kid was missing balls, strikes, and outs all the time. He was also the same guy at the Royal Palm game, and he missed RUNS and didn’t update the scoreboard until the end of the inning.
Here are the player photos:
That last one is Shawn. After the first game I went to, he said “I heard you cheering for me, even though you weren’t”. I made sure to cheer not only for him but the whole team. Here was the sunset:
That was behind me. Santaluces played a great game, and improved their record to 2-1 in games I attended with a 9-4 win:
Thanks for reading, and GO CHIEFS in the playoffs this year!
For those of you who are sick of these high school posts, this was the last home game of the year. I might go back, but that depends on Santaluces’ performance in the playoffs.
Sorry this post is up late!
I didn’t actually get an autograph or a fan pack, but I did get some stuff from family members! My grandmother lives in the Birmingham area, and weirdly, she found this at a local gym:
A Barons 2013 Pocket Schedule! I wanted to get a couple of these this summer when I made the trip to Regions Field, but it was good to get one early! That reminds me- she goes to Montgomery once a month, so I need to ask for some Biscuits schedules for my collection.
A few days later, I got a package from another grandmother. Inside, a pack of baseball cards was waiting for me:
It was the Topps Series 1 2013 Red Sox team set! I was only missing Will Middlebrooks, Alfredo Aceves, and Craig Breslow, and I didn’t own the white Daisuke Matsuzaka and Daniel Nava cards (Matsuzaka- Red, Nava- Blue). No, they aren’t up for trade.
- Mail- Week of 4/14-4/20
- Santaluces vs. Lake Worth- 4/17
- Ft. Myers vs. Palm Beach- Roger Dean Stadium 4/21-IF I GO
Thanks for reading!
My thoughts go out to all families effected in today’s tragedy during the Boston Marathon. Seriously, who would do something like that? 2 people died, and 22 were injured when two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, for those who haven’t heard. Again, my thoughts go out to the families and the injured at today’s event.
Yes, another high school game. Fortunately for me, Santaluces played better baseball this time around. If you don’t know, I attended a game on 4/6 vs. Royal Palm. The tickets are just $2, which is awesome, because you don’t get deals like that to watch professional games.
I got there at 6:10 for a 6:30 start. Coach Franco, who gave me the job of recording stats for next years team, spotted me on the bleachers and asked if I wanted to operate the scoreboard. I said yes, and he told me I would get community service- about 4 hours. It always feels great to get Community Service for doing something you love.
Here is what I was using to operate the scoreboard:
You would press “Strike-1″ to indicate a strike, and “Ball-1″ to indicate a ball. If there was a second strike, you would press “Strike- 1″ again, and it would add the two strikes. When next batter would step up, you would press “Strike- Reset”. For an out, you would press “Out- 1″, and you would go to 2, then 3. When you got to the 3rd, it automatically reset to zero outs. For the inning, you would press “Inning- 1″ and the numbers would add up, and for the score, you would press “Home Score- 1″ or “Guest Score- 1″, depending on who earned the run. I’ll show the final score near the end of the post.
Santaluces got off to a good start. The same pitcher who I saw in my last Santaluces game was phenomenal (I don’t know his name). He was even getting some bad calls that would benefit him- occasionally, if there was a pitch inside, the umpire would rule it a strike.
The Boynton Beach Tigers, who have LSU colors and a purple Boston “B” for their logo, had terrible pitchers. One of their pitchers could not find the strike zone and would end up walking 4-5 batters.
Here is the “Press Box”:
I was sitting in the chair on the left, and a staff member named “Chef” (I am not the most popular kid in school) was recording statistics. Because of my amazing view, I was able to stick my camera’s lens through the chain-link fence and use the flash. Here are the Boynton players:
Our catcher was hit by a foul ball that he hit:
I put the Tigers in the photo on the left. I also took pictures of the guy I know best, Ben Fagan:
After the game, I got a weird shot of the final score:
Santaluces won, 11-1, in 6 innings. We won on a bobbled fly ball by the right fielder, which gave us the 10- run lead. Here is my ticket stub:
It was bent after being shoved into my pocket. After the game, I was bored, and went to take a picture of the Santaluces Aquatic Center:
I also got a shot of the cars that filled up the parking lot:
Our game wasn’t that packed- there was another game going on at another field. I am looking forward to my next baseball game (which could be on 4/16 at my school), but I don’t have a set date. Thanks for reading!