June 25, 2013 Rockies Vs Red Sox @ Fenway Park

My dad and I had tickets once again with each other for the second time of the season.

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We left early again at 2. We went to Game on again and had my buffalo tenders. Inside game on there is a fish bar, pizza station, and a downstairs where on the far wall is the away teams batting cages in side Fenway. After we ate our meals we headed down to Gate C. We waited in line until 4:40 hit, Red Sox Nation entrance time, and we went to my spot in centerfield:

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Not too long after Jon Lester tossed me up a ball for my 1st of the day:

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Not to long after that, Clay Buchholz tossed me up a ball. Here is numbers 1 and 2 of the day:

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I still stayed over in dead center. I decided to start taping some of the practice to get on Instagram. All of a sudden I can heard someone say a ball was coming. I looked up and saw the ball was coming my way. I didn’t even have to move. I stuck out my glove and caught the ball. I could believe I caught the ball and video taped it on my phone. I instantly yelled “CAUGHT IT!” The video is also up on Youtube and here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykG77sKC-C8 and also here is screen shots of the baseball coming in:

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I continued staying in the outfield because the Sox were hitting a lot of baseballs in this area. I’m not sure who was hitting but they were doing a great job of giving fans souvenirs. Not to much longer after the ball I caught another one bounced off the media roof bounced off the wall and I ran to get it. I grabbed it for my 4th of the day. Here is balls 1-4:

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That was all for the Sox batting practice. I put on my Troy Tulowitzki jersey and put on my Colorado Rockies hat. The first round of hitters were hitting the ball great as well. Baseballs were flying everywhere and I ended up getting two, my 5th and 6th of the day, in the seats in the stands after a mad dash for baseballs had happened. Not much was going on so I moved to the bullpen area where Jorge De La Rosa tossed up a ball for my 7th of the night:

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The gates then opened for the rest of the ticket holders to come in. I went to the dugout where Jordan Pacheco was signing:

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So far I got 7 balls and Jordan Pacheco autograph:

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I then sat around waiting for the Rockies to start to come out and Todd Helton was the first to come out. He then signed for some people around me:

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Then the rest of the Rockies started coming out. Two players started tossing a ball around. Not much later, that ball they were throwing, Corey Dickerson threw me the ball for my 8th of the day, making a new personal record. He went into the dugout, grabbed his bat and came back out and I asked him to sign it:

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That was all for my autographs. They lined up for the National Anthem and the game was about to start. Here is the first pitch of the game:

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Dempster pitched a scoreless first inning. The Sox then score 2 in the second. Here is Ellsbury scoring on the Pedroia single:

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Pedroia later scored after a Nava single. Dempster then let up a solo shot to Wilin Rosario. A couple innings later in the bottom of the third, Mike Napoli hit a ball to Dexter Fowler in centerfield.  Fowler ran in and tossed the ball to me for my 9th of the day breaking my personal best that I made earlier in the game. After my 8th ball, I promised a dad if i got another baseball I would give it to him for his son who was at his first baseball game. Here is the dad showing his son the ball:

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I then bought some hot dogs. You cannot go to Fenway without getting a Fenway Frank: 

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Nothing is better than food and a baseball game:

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The Sox ended up winning the game, 11-4. 

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Ballhawking Stats for the Season:

  • 9 Balls in this game
  • 25 Balls in four game this season = 6.25 Average on the season
  • Baseballs #140 – #148 lifetime
  • 8 consecutive games with at least 2 baseballs
  • 5 consecutive games with at least 3 baseballs
  • 5 consecutive games with at least 4 baseballs 
  • 8 consecutive games with at least 2 baseball at Fenway
  • 5 consecutive games with at least 3 baseball at Fenway
  • 5 consecutive games with at least 4 baseball at Fenway
  • Special Baseballs: none
  • Autographs this game: Corey Dickerson (Rockies), Todd Helton (Rockies), and Jordan Pacheco (Rockies)
  • Autographs season: Mike Adams (Phillies), Bret Cecil (Blue Jays), Corey Dickerson (Rockies), Todd Helton (Rockies), Franklin Morales (Red Sox), Jordan Pacheco (Rockies) Ben Revere (Phillies), Delmon Young (Phillies)

May 28, 2013 Phillies vs Red Sox @ Fenway Park

My dad and I had tickets for the first time together this season. Every other game I went to was with friends, so we could leave earlier. We left my house at 2 to go out to eat in Boston first. We went to a restaurant called Game On which is located on the corner of Brookline Ave and Lansdowne St. Game On has the best boneless buffalo tenders:

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After we were done eating we went into the Red Sox Nation line for the Gates to open up at 4:40. When the gates opened I headed out to my spot in centerfield that I always go to:

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Not to long after I headed out into the centerfield stands. Andrew Bailey tossed up a ball. Here is the ball:

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Pedro Martinez made an appearance in the outfield. He was having a hard time fielding baseballs that were coming towards him. Everyone was joking around with him trying to hand their glove to him or trade gloves. Here is Pedro:

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Not much later a ball came my way off the bat of a Red Sox player who was having their hitting session. The ball came in and all I had to do was take a step to my left and catch the ball. Here is ball #1 and #2 of the day:

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Not long after that the Red Sox were done with their batting practice and I took off my Red Sox hat and jersey and put on my phillies hat and showed my Cliff Lee t-shirt. The Phillies pitchers started warming up in left field:

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Nothing was coming out to centerfield or to the outfield. I stayed where I was and was hoping something would come my way. Nothing came our way besides boos and cheers. Papelbon was doing running drills along the warning track:

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All of a sudden a ball rolled to the center field wall and stayed there. The ball was sitting there for a while until Phillies pitcher Jake Diekman started walking over to the ball. He then looked up at me and tossed me the ball which I got on video. Here is some of the screen shots:

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Here is the ball:

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5:40 hit and the gates opened for the general public. So I traveled to a new area. I went over to Pesky Pole and hung out there where two Phillies were tossing up balls to fans:

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Not long after I got there, I got a ball tossed by one of them:

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After the ball was tossed I headed to the dugout to try and get my spot there. I went to my normal spot right next to the visitor’s dugout. Batting Practice ended with me getting 4 baseballs. Delmon Young started signing autographs for fans:

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I moved more down the line pass where the NESN camera crew sits to see if I would have any more luck with autographs. It was a good move, as Ben Revere came over and started signing autographs:

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Not long after Mike Adams came over and started signing:

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After that, nothing much was going on. The Phillies and Red Sox stood outsides their dugouts and waited for the National Anthem. After the National Anthem the game was special for Boston. In the score board the Boston Marathon pictures started popping up on the screen:

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The man in the cowboy hat and the guy in the wheel chair was one of the images used across Boston for the marathon showing people helping others during the bombing. This game was the first time these two people could come and throw out the first pitch. Here is the two guys:

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The guy in the cowboy hat pushed the man in the wheel chair to the mound. Here is them throwing the first pitch:

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Here is the first pitch of the game:

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Dempster was pitching for the Sox and let up a home run to Michael Young in the first inning. But the Sox came back with a run of there own with Pedroia hitting Ellsbury in:

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The Sox didnt end up scoring for the rest of the game but the Phillies did in the 7th and 9th inning. Dempster ended up with the L and Cliff Lee got the W. Papelbon came in and got the save for the Phillies:

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Ballhawking Stats for the Season:

  • 4 Balls in this game
  • 16 Balls in three game this season = 5.33 Average on the season
  • Baseballs #136 – #139 lifetime
  • Special Baseballs: none
  • Autographs this game: Mike Adams (Phillies), Ben Revere (Phillies), Delmon Young (Phillies)
  • Autographs season: Mike Adams (Phillies), Bret Cecil (Blue Jays), Franklin Morales (Red Sox), Ben Revere (Phillies), Delmon Young (Phillies)

May 12, 2013 Blue Jays vs Red Sox @ Fenway Park (Mother’s Day Game)

A friend bought me tickets for me to go to a game with him. This is very common for me to get tickets because my friends want to go to a game with me and see how I get all these baseballs. Since the game was a Sunday I knew there wasn’t going to be Batting Practice but that wouldn’t stop the hawk. I wasn’t rushing  to get in line. It was also a rainy afternoon so I didn’t expect people to be in line. So we viewed the statues out on the intersection of Ipswich St. and Van Ness St at Gate B. We went and saw the two statues of Ted William and Teammates.  Here is the Teammate Statue that has Red Sox Teammates Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr:

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We then went to the gate C to get in early for Red Sox Nation:

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Gate C is located right behind the Scoreboard on Lansdowne St. When we arrived around 30 minutes to the gate being open, no one was there but the security guards. Before the gate open a couple people showed up. So we went into the ball park when they let us in. I walked right to the bullpens to see if anyone was throwing a bullpen session. Franklin Morales was doing a bullpen session, coming back from the 60 day disabled list. He was just finishing when we got there. He tossed me a ball for my first of the day and I asked him if he could sign it. He then took the ball back signed it and gave it back:

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After Morales starting walking back there was no sight of any players so we went up to the Monster to check out the view. It was a nice view but the tarp on the field was not a sight I wanted to see. Players from the Blue Jays started coming out and so we headed back down to the bullpen area to see if any players would come and throw. Brandon Morrow came over and threw a bullpen session:

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He later tossed me up this which was my second baseball of the day:

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As soon as the rest of the gates opened I went to the left field stands to where the rest of the Blue Jays were throwing. Bret Cecil was tossing with another Blue Jays player who I didn’t recognize. I watched them throw until they were done. Then I called out his name and he tossed me the ball for my third of the day. He also came over signed for fans so I also got him to sign on the ball he tossedme. I found it strange that Bret had Bryton 27 on his glove. Which I late found out was his son name. Here is Bret Cecil signing the ball:

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The Blue Jays players started going back into the dugout to get ready. So I went over to the dugout where I normally go to try to get players to sign and maybe get a ball or two. Then they started coming out to stretch. Since it was Mother’s Day the Red Sox had a special mascot for the day. Wally’s mom came to the ball park to spend the day on the job with her son:

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The Blue Jays started to stretching and then Bret Lawrie started playing 3-way catch with Munnori Kawasaki and Edwin Encarnacion:

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I watched them play catch until they were done. Lawrie then tossed the ball towards me. I caught it for my forth ball of the game. He then turned and went over to sign autographs to the far left of me past the media:

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At the time I didn’t think to move over there and I hoped he would sign where I was but I was out of luck. I was hoping he would sign the ball that he threw to me which is here:

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I ran out of luck with the autographs for the rest of the game because they started lining up for the National Anthem:

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Soon the game started. Ryan Dempster was pitching for the Sox and Chad Jenkins was pitching for the Blue Jays. Here is the first pitch from the game:

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The first inning looked like a good chance to get a ball with Napoli grounding out to end the inning. Adam Lind was playing first and I knew I had a shot to get the ball.  He tossed me the ball. I had the ball in my glove for more than a second and the guy in front on me knocked it out of my glove. I tried grabbing for it as it went down the dugout. I couldn’t reach it and someone else got the ball. I was frustrated because I noticed that the ball was pink laced as it rolled down the dugout. I was gonna do what ever I could to get this special ball but had to wait. The Red Sox didn’t score yet but they had chances. They didn’t have much going for them until Mike Napoli hit a home run in the 4th inning. Here is him rounding 3rd:

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I was still out of luck until the top of the 6th inning. Andrew Miller was pitching to Colby Rasmus. Rasmus hit a foul ball into the dugout and one of the players then tossed the ball to me. There it was the pink Mother’s Day ball for my 5th ball of the day:

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The Blue Jays then scored more runs in the inning. To lead the sox 10-1. People started leaving so more and more seats opened around us. The Sox scored later that inning to bring the game 10-2 into the 7th inning. No runs were scored until the bottom of the 8th when Pedro Ciriaco hit a home run and Salty grounded into a fielders choice that scored Nap. The Score was 10-4 now but then the Jays answered with runs of their own in the top of the 9th. The game ended up with the Blue Jays winning the game 12-4.

Ballhawking Stats for the Season:

  • 5 Balls in this game
  • 12 Balls in two game this season = 6.00 Average on the season
  • Baseballs #131 – #135 lifetime
  • Special Baseballs: Mothers Day Baseball
  • Autographs:  Bret Cecil (Blue Jays), Franklin Morales (Red Sox)

April 27, 2013 Astros vs Red Sox @ Fenway Park (First Game of the Year for me)

2013 Season started off on April 27, 2013 for me. I went with a friend to this game. There is nothing better than pulling up to a ball park and seeing the field. We pulled down Brookline Ave and parked in the same parking lot I always do. We started walking to the field to Yawkey Way:

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We had time to kill so we went to the different shops around Yawkey Way and headed to Gate C which is on Lansdowne Street to go into the ball park for 4:40 for Red Sox Nation. The Red Sox Nation workers come around and check for tickets and hand out Red Sox Nation paper wrist bands:

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When you wait in line you are almost into the Ball Park and can be a tease. Sometimes the line is short and other times its long. When the line is short and you get a good spot your standing in the gate looking in and can see the stairs leading up to the outfield stands where I would be going:

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There wasn’t a lot of people in line for the game. At 4:40 we were let in. I then went to my usual spot in the outfield stands. Here is my view:

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It didn’t take very long to get a ball. Ryan Lavarnway tossed up a ball:

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In five minutes I got two baseballs. Second one thrown up by Ryan Dempster:

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After trying to see if I could get any more baseballs buy players hitting them I moved over to the right field stands near the bullpen. Thats where John Lackey threw up a ball to the stands. I got that ball:

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That was all for the Red Sox batting practice. I went back over to my spot for the Astros batting practice. I took off my Red Sox hat and Red Sox jersey. I had only a Astros Hat so I had a regular T-shirt on. The first ball came off a hit. It was a home run bp baseball! Not only was it a bp homerun ball it was also an Astros 50th Baseball! for my 4th baseball of the day:

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I then went over to the right field stand to try to get a ball near the bullpen area. Coach Jeff Murphy threw me and my friend a ball. The ball was a regular MLB baseball was hoping number 5 of the night would also be a 50th:

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When the gates opened at 5:40 i headed over to left field bleachers to try to get a ball:

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We met with the Astros starting pitcher, Brad Peacock’s dad. We talked to him for a while. He talked about how his son was very nervous pitching against David Ortiz. We talked to him until he needed to go to right field to the bullpens to tell his son good luck. After waiting around for a ball to come to this side one did. One of the Astros’s players who I didn’t know their name tossed me the ball for ball #6 of the day. I quickly put the ball into my pocket and me and my friend went to get food and drinks. I got my souvenir soda and by the time we got our food and drinks the Red Sox started warming up for the game. We went down to the Red Sox dugout to see if we could get anything there:

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I knew that getting anything now would be hard to get. The National Anthem started playing. Any Autographs for this game was out of the question but a ball wasn’t. Will Middlebrooks and Mike Napoli started playing catch and I knew I had a shot at that ball. Mike Napoli was on my left so I was hoping he ended with the ball which he did. He then tossed the ball up to me for my 7th of the day tying a personal best for me. Here is the ball:

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We sat in some seats that were empty and got to see an inning there including the first inning where Felix Doubront pitched in the inning allowing 2 runs to score. Here is the first pitch of the game:

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After the inning we got kicked out of our seats and went to our seats we had tickets for. My night of ballhawking was done. We had a great view and enjoyed the nice evening of baseball. The Sox were doing by one hot dog get one for free so we participated in that. The event didn’t count with the walking vendors so I ended up buying 5 hot dogs for the price of 3. Later in the game I went up to vendors inside to get hot dogs and came back to my seat with 4:

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The Red Sox ended up winning the game 8-4. With Doubront getting the win and Peacock getting the lost.

Ballhawking Stats for the Season:

  • 7 Balls in this game
  • 7 Balls in one game = 7.00 Average
  • Baseballs #124 – #130 lifetime
  • Special Baseballs: Astros 50th Baseball

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#SoxGrammers

The #soxgrammers contest was a blast. I got to go on the field on the back stop in between the two dugouts. I was wicked close to all of the players. I got 7 of my photos posted on the Instagram page of the Red Sox! I was glad I got the opportunity to win the contest and get to go. During the free event, the Sox had a small scrimmage against each other. I took photos of the Sox warming up. I then headed up to the green monster where we took photos of the field and the B Strong that was out in centerfield grass. We headed over to the bullpen where Clay Buchholz was warming up with Ryan Lavarnway.  Image

Clay pitched a ball in the dirt gave the ball to his pitching coach and he threw the ball up to me catching the ball without my glove. I was very surprised that he gave me a ball. I wasn’t really looking to get any baseballs while I was there just looking to get the photos for the contest. Here is Clay giving his pitching coach the baseball:Image

The pitching coach was slightly shocked that I caught it. Didn’t have a glove on and its the first baseball I have actually gotten with out a glove on. Here is the baseball:

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I then moved over to the other bullpen where Peavy and Salty were warming up. They were just about to finish. I snagged a baseball from Salty. He tossed the ball up and I again caught the ball without a glove on . #2 of the day. I then put the ball on the bullpens roof and tried to get fancy with the photo:Image

I then went back over to Buchholz pitching. He was going to finish anytime soon. He pitched a ball in the dirt and Lavarnway made a nice stop on the ball:

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He then picked up the ball and gave the baseball to me for number 3 of the day. I got this one all on photos. Im starting to get used to catching baseballs while taking either videos or photos. Good multitasking abilities. Here is the 3 frame shot of Lavarnway:

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After Clay’s bullpen session was over. We were taken to the Budweiser seats. As we were up there the only run of the scrimmage was scored. The Sox players were very friendly with the fans giving away as many baseballs as they could mostly to all the children around. Gomes all gave away his batting gloves to two lucky fans. In all it was a good day. I got 3 baseballs that came to a surprise.

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The 3 baseballs I got while at the Free Red Sox Scrimmage. I was also taking pictures for the Red Sox Instagram Page due to a contest I won #Soxgrammers

Red Sox Vs Rays July 23

Game I went to where the Red Sox and Rays played at Fenway Park

Phillies Vs Nats Game July 11, 2013

Game I went to where the Phillies and Nationals played at Citizen Bank Park

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