So many little things happened this week and our podcast this week is a recap of them all. There was one thing that I cannot believe I left out of the podcast and that is two cycles happened this week! Shohei Ohtani with the Angels and Jake Bauers with the Indians, two cycles two days in a row!
In my week, in the baseball world, I went to a minor league game on Friday night seeing the Augusta Greenjackets host the Rome Braves in the South Atlantic League. It was a standing room only game for me, does this ever happen at major league stadiums? It was alright, the weather was nice and it was an entertaining game. Also it was the first drone light show in all of baseball!
Ball hawking, a game at the game. Today, I will be sharing with you some of the baseballs that I have caught at major league and minor league games. Don’t feel bad if you have never caught a ball at a game, I attended my first big league game in 2012 and caught my first ball in 2017. Five years!
My first one was a toss up ball from Brian Anderson of the Miami Marlins, for toss ups, you always want to be on the foul line. First base side for the home team and third base side for the visiting. This is a really cool one since it has the stamp that is for the Braves inaugural season at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
Our next ball takes us to the South Atlantic League in Columbia, South Carolina. The Columbia Fireflies were hosting the Augusta Greenjackets. As you can tell from the ball it was a pretty rainy day. I was lucky enough to have this ball roll into the tunnel next to the dugout, all I did was ask one of the workers for it and he tossed it up to me.
This beauty, I got at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., thanks to the EMT in the bullpen. I didn’t even have to ask he just handed it over. It was hit in batting practice by either the Nationals or the Diamondbacks.
Let’s start this story in Cincinnati, Ohio. My main purpose of going to Ohio was to attend Game of Thrones night, the Reds would be hosting the Chicago Cubs! I think we all know how I feel about the Cubbies, but I didn’t care who they were playing. I just wanted my picture a top the Iron Throne and to get a bobblehead.
It ended up being a pretty good ball game. My favorite of the regular season. The game went into ten innings, with Yasiel Puig hitting a walk off homerun. Letting the worst time in Central Division beat the best one at 6-5.
Our next series brought in the Los Angeles Dodgers. I was pretty confident of how this game was going to go and I am glad that I was right. Home run after home run happened, it is what the Dodgers are known for. The Dodgers came out on top of this game at 6-0.
Let’s take thing up to The Land now. Cleveland was cold, but that’s how it almost always seems to be when I go to American League games. I really liked Progressive Field, I cannot wait to see how the Allstar Game turns out here in about a month. The Oakland A’s beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4.
This week we discuss my first outing to a Coastal Plain League game of the season, a league where college players play in the summer!
In terms of MLB we spoke of the draft and the top five picks.
Our main subject though was none other than the lovable losers. The Billy Goat Curse, the Steve Bartman Incident, and fans getting hit with foul balls. Should the net be extended to the foul pole? Check out the podcast to see what my thoughts are!