Work sucks…I know. Here’s a silver lining.

So, it’s Jackie Robinson Day (April 15th) league-wide.  All teams are showing their support by wearing #42 jerseys in honor of Jackie’s retired #42.

I go to work that day like any other day.  Three tickets to the Brewers vs. Reds game later that night are waiting for me on my kitchen table when I finish work. 

Around 11am, my employer sends me on a special assignment (due to the nature of my employment, I can’t provide details).

This assignment was to take me into the afternoon before I could go home and get ready for the game.  Fine.  I have no choice.

1pm rolls around…2pm…3pm…4pm…now I’m pissed.  I’m about to miss Batting Practice. 

To make a long story short, I didn’t get relieved from my assignment until 930 pm.  I had not only missed BP, I had missed nearly the entire game.  Work sucks.

So, I walked out to my truck and got in.  I turn the radio to the Brewers game.  I’m cussing to myself.  The first thing I here is Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks is at the plate.  Soon, Bob Uecker gets excited because Weeks just hit a home run to the opposite field and near the visitor’s bullpen (near where my seats are located).  I cuss out loud-thinking…great, not only do I miss BP, I miss the freakin’ game AND I miss a home run opportunity right to my seats.  I’m ticked.

Until I get home.

When I get home, my house is empty.  No wife, no kids.  Hmm.  I look to the table where I had laid out my Brewers tickets and they’re gone!!  Did my wife go to the game with the kids??  Did she take it upon herself to avoid letting them go to waste??

At that moment, my cell phone rings.  It’s my wife.  She sounds excited.  She tells me she took the kids to the game so the tickets wouldn’t go to waste. 
Cool woman.  I’m very impressed.

She goes on to say how Rickie Weeks hit a home run near our section and that our 3yr. old daughter got the home run ball!!  WTF!?!?!

It turns out, the ball went into the Reds bullpen.  My daughter ran over and asked for the baseball.  Reds relief pitcher Arthur Rhodes tossed it to my wife who was holding our 2 month old son with our 3yr old daughter standing nearby. 

It gets better.

It turns out that the Brewers/Rickie Weeks wanted that home run ball back.  They wouldn’t tell my wife why they wanted it back (we’re assuming because it was Jackie Robinson Day).  They offered her a signed Trevor Hoffman baseball in return for the Rickie Weeks game home run ball.

?? 

She asked herself, “what would my husband do?” 
He would say, “hell no!”

So, she kept the ball.  Sorry Rickie…the Brewers staff should have tried harder.  A signed baseball for a game home run ball?  Someone’s on drugs.

BTW, when my 3yr old found out the Brewers wanted the ball she began to cry, stating, “why do the Brewers wanna take my ball?”  As tears rolled down her face. 
Poor kid.  You keep that ball…that’s your 1st career home run ball.  Way to go kid. 
Like father, like daughter.

Kudos to my wife for everything-plain and simple.  She rules.

The future ballhawk star with her 1st career game home run ball…
4_15_09 Reds vs Brewers 018.jpg                                  Damn, she looks tired.  Well worth it kid!!

A closer look at the prize…
4_15_09 Reds vs Brewers.jpgRickie’s black bat left a nice little black paint transfer mark on the ball where he made contact.

I guess missing the game wasn’t so bad after all!

 

16 Comments

Bro, that is the best thing I think I’ve ever read on MLBlogs! Congrats to your daughter, and definitely +10 points to your wife for doing the right thing. They should start using commemorative baseballs on JRD. That would be pure sweetness to see that logo on a baseball.

– Donnie
http://donnieanks.mlblogs.com/

that’s amazing she is the ballhawk in training!!! I think everything happened for a reason

Happy….

That is FREAKING AWESOME. Your wife rules. Way to go Mrs. Happy! About your job….as you know I’ve been there before myself. That must have blown big time. I’m hoping good karma will bring a good day to you after that bad one. Rickie Weeks stayed at the hotel I work at back in 2006. He was there for Tony Gwynn Jr.’s wedding. He’s a terrible tipper. All the bartenders and servers told me so. I wonder why he wanted the ball back though? You should definitely find out about that when you’re there again and maybe make a BETTER trade. Your daughter will never know the difference if you switch out the ball. I’m thinking Prince Fielder signed bat. You have three season tickets? Talk to you later.

Leigh

By far the best ballhawking story I have heard in a long time! Possibly ever!! Is your daughter going to get into the Ballhawk League??

Congrats to her and that makes missing the game pretty good doesn’t it!

John
Major League Ballhawk
http://ballhawk.mlblogs.com
http://twitter.com/mlballhawk

Not WWJD, but WWMHD! So amazing that your daughter got the ball! I bet she truly was a “happy youngster” that night.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Happy – what a great story! Congrats to your daughter not only for catching the ball but for hanging onto it! Like father, like daughter!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Fantastic Happy! That is a great story. I am surprised that your work doesn’t keep you away from more games. I am so glad I chose the private sector after attending the police academy! My hours are much more stable. The best the Brewers could do was a signed Hoffman ball? They really need to learn to sweeten the pot. My price for a game homer would be a game worn jersey from one of the studs. Otherwise, I am keeping the ball.

Hey Happy…

I watched the replay of Weeks’ HR tonight on MLB.com. I don’t think you would have had a play on it. Maybe if you were the dude from the Fantastic Four with the stretchy arms. What I find interesting is that the 3 HR’s that have been hit close to your section have all been hit by RIGHTIES going oppo. Where are the lefties hitting the bombs?

Padreleigh

That’s a great story, man. A “Happy” ending for your whole family. Just awesome!
~Matt
http://bloggingboutbaseball.mlblogs.com/

I love this entry brotha. She totally did the right thing. Autographed baseballs are a dime a dozen. Your first home run ball is something to cheirish…Just too cool…D
http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/

Wow, that is soo cool! Too bad that you weren’t able to be there, but that’s reallly neat that your daughter got it :) wow!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

cool story…..i would love my future wife to do that.

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

DONNIE…
they did use commemorative balls it’s first year (1997). Since then, nothing.

LADOD4EVER…
if she sticks with me, she’ll be.

LEIGH…
My wife does rule. That thing about Weeks doesn’t surprise me. As far as the trade, I don’t think they care anymore.

JOHN…
things always seem to work out in the end.

SUE…
that’s funny. You wanna market the wristbands!! :)

JULIA…
she’s a good kid.

BIGGLOVEBOB…
yeah, I regret my choice of employment from time to time.

LEIGH…
there has been an uncharacteristic amount of game homers already. I’m waiting on the lefties. When they start to come, I’ll be ready.

MATT…
thanks, dude.

D…
Like always-we think alike.

KAYBEE…
proud parent moment :)

MATTPEAS…
Well, now you know what to look for in a woman!! ;)

“Happy”

Don’t piss off a 3 year old! That’s a good wife, she’s been taught well!.

http://nwest33.mlblogs.com/

Nice. That’s a great story. When are you going to see your daughter with a blog!

Greg
Red Sox Ramblings: http://thevendahhh.mlblogs.com

I knew there was a Rickie Weeks ball but I never heard the story! So cool…
Sarah :)

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