October 2008

A memorabilia collector, too…2007!

Thanks again to the players who have contributed to our collection. 

The batting gloves shown below were given to me after the final game of the ’07 season.

hardy profile photo.jpgBrewers shortstop J.J. Hardy game used batting gloves.  J.J. has always been one cool dude.
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fielder profile photo.jpgBrewers slugger Prince Fielder gave me this single batting glove above the Brewers dugout after the last game @ Miller Park in ’07. 

The choice is…Ken Macha.

We have our new leader.  Baseball lifer Ken Macha is the new manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.  I have to admit, I thought the choice would be Bob Brenly. 

Now we can get to the heart of the matter.  Improving this lineup.  Stay tuned.

MACHA press conference photo.jpgKen Macha, newly appointed manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, explains to the Milwaukee media that the “Happy Youngster,” Nick Yohanek, is still the Milwaukee Brewers #1 Fan and Ballhawk.

A memorabilia collector, too…2007! Geoff Jenkins’ 200th Home run

On Sunday, May 20th, 2007, my wife and I attended the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Minnesota Twins game. 

Brewers outfielder Geoff Jenkins had always been a fan-favorite in
Milwaukee.  He was a fan of the “Happy Youngster”, too (you’ll have to
check out my website to see for yourselves). 

I knew Geoff was sitting on 199 career home runs.  I wanted #200.  I
had told Geoff on a few occasions (that season and the season before)
that I would retrieve his 200th for him.  We always had a laugh about
it…until this day.

I snatched it! 

After a few rounds of negotiating with multiple Brewers employees, they
finally had me negotiate with Geoff, himself (after the game, of

The items pictured below all came in the trade for Geoff Jenkins’ 200th career home run baseball. 

100_2894.JPGPrince Fielder used this Marucci model bat for only a short time during the ’07 season.  Prince has tried almost every bat co. known to man.  He seems like he just can’t settle on one type.  I asked Prince during Spring Training about his choice in bats.  He said to me, “I use whatever I’m comfortable with at the time.”

BLOG PICTURES102708 013.jpgThe Geoff Jenkins bat. 

Four bats for the home run baseball.  Am I greedy?  Did I ask for too much?  Did I not get enough?  All in the eye of the beholder, I would imagine.

I will revisit the topic of trading game home runs back to players in the near future.  Always a popular topic with many different viewpoints…all of which I respect and would like to hear.

A memorabilia collector, too…2008!

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Thought I would give props to the player(s) who contributed to our collection in 2008. These guys gave more than the customary baseball, handshake or hello. Although, those are very much appreciated, as well.

Corey Hart, rightfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, tossed these TPX batting gloves to me on Sunday, September 21st, 2008 while I was standing by the Brewers dugout at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.  The Brewers had just defeated the Redlegs 8-1.

I felt something inside the right glove. To my surprise, the blue rubber item shown in the picture was tucked inside.  It’s called a pro hitter.  It helps hitters keep the handle of the bat closer to their fingertips than their palms.  Pretty neat.  Thanks for the gloves, Corey.  Thanks for a memorable ’08 season, as well.

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I will be posting my 2007 additions soon. 

Starting with the 2009 season, I will be blogging about each game I attend (lots of games).  Included but not limited to: baseballs retrieved, fan-player interactions, pictures and anything else I feel is cool.

The Milwaukee Brewers next manager is…

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I’m pretty sure the man pictured above will be our next skipper…we’ll see.

As far as ballhawking is concerned, I’m already plotting my next moves, buying a new camera and checking out who has a milestone approaching.  Can’t wait to fetch a few more prized souvenirs. 

Working on getting my website up and running…

Still working on getting my website up and running.  http://www.happyyoungster.com

I’m starting it up so I can further network with other diehard Brewers fans, baseball fans and ballhawks alike. 

In the meantime, looking forward to seeing fellow ballhawk Zack Hample on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno October 8th. 

You deserve it!  Good Luck Zack!!

The end of the ’08 season…where do we go from here?

Now that the 2008 season is officially in the books, what’s next?  Many important decisions need to be made. 

I’ve started this blog because this is about the time depression sets in.  A long winter thinking back to the previous season and a winter made even longer shoveling snow and thinking spring.

Does Sveum return?  The players want him back.  What about the rest of the coaching staff?  Will Bill Castro remain the longest tenured coach in the league?

What player moves need to be made?  Bill Hall, Rickie Weeks, Mike Cameron…to name a few.

The starting pitching might be a mess if we can’t resign the big fella.  Lots of pressure to put on Yovanni Gallardo and Manny Parra if C.C. Sabathia doesn’t return.

Alcides Escobar has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues if you ask me.  That kid needs to play shortstop.  Does that move J.J. Hardy to third?  To the trading block?  I personally think he would be great at third.

Lots of talk of Prince Fielder being dealt.  I don’t see this happening with no viable replacement coming from within.

The bottom line is the Brewers have some work to do to keep pace with the Cubs, Cardinals, Astros and the young and improving Reds (Sorry Pittsburgh).

Let me know what you think…it’s a long offseason.