6/09/09 @ Miller Park

On my walk to the stadium, I couldn’t help but notice the roof was closed.

Take a look…

 


6_09_09 @ Miller Park 002.jpg…I didn’t think there was rain in the forecast. 
Was this a feeble attempt by the Brewers to cool off the red-hot Colorado Rockies??

 

The Rockies had just swept away the Redbirds in St. Louis during their 4-game series.  No easy task.

 

I arrived at the Beer Garden entrance around 5:26 pm.  The gates were set to open in 4 minutes (there’s rarely ever a wait in this area for those who don’t like lines).

 

When the gates opened, I ran up to the left-field loge bleachers.  The last pitches of the Brewers portion of BP were being tossed.

 

Bring out the Rockies.

 

I headed down to the field level down the 3rd base side to play for a warm-up ball from one of the pitchers.

 

Veteran lefty ALAN EMBREE finished his tosses and started scanning the crowd.  He had two baseballs in his glove.  One went to a fan to my left and the 2nd one was tossed to me- BALL #1.  Which, smelled like ICY HOT.

 

I headed back up to the left field loge bleachers.

 

None too many baseballs were being hit into the stands, so, I resorted to asking for them.

 

Rockies pitcher JOEL PERALTA was shagging BP in deep left-centerfield.  I waited for the appropriate moment (when a ball was hit to the wall) and said his name, followed by the polite request.

He turned and lobbed up BALL #2.

 

I headed to right field.

 

While I was in right field, the big lefties (Helton, Hawpe, Stewart) were jacking home runs all over the place…except where I was.

 

I resorted back to asking. 

Rockies speedy youngster DEXTER FOWLER fielded one near me and tossed it up for BALL #3.

 

Soon after, Rockies Bullpen Coach JIM WRIGHT tossed me BALL #4.

 

When BP was over, I headed over to the Rockies dugout.

When I got there, Rockies stud Ubaldo Jiminez was signing autographs…

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Crappy looking autograph by a great young player.

 

I’m not complaining.

 

 

 

 

A minute later, I looked over to my right.  Rockies OF Ryan Spillborghs was signing autographs.

The signature…

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…funny story.

Here’s the exchange between Spillborghs and I…

 

ME:  “Hey Ryan, how ya doing?”

RYAN:  no response

ME:  “Thanks for the signature.”

RYAN:  no response

 

I thought nothing of it-until he looked like he wanted to say something to me.  Finally, he spit out what was on his mind.

In a smug tone, Spillborghs said, “so, how many balls you get?”

I responded, “ahh, you were paying attention.”  I told him I had snagged only 4 baseballs.
Laughing, of course.

 

I decided to hang around the Rockies dugout for awhile…
tv chick with perky boobies.jpg

…not because I was interested in the Cardinals/Marlins score nor was it because I like cowboy hats.

 

On to the game.

A special person was in attendance this evening.  In the 3rd inning, I headed for a visit…
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…with my Uncle Marvin (on left) and his friend Russ.

Uncle “Mar” is a great fan of the game.  In fact, Mar has made quite the name for himself throughout the state of Wisconsin for his contributions over the last 50+ years to Little Leagues in the Pittsville/Marshfield area.

Mar was awarded a lifetime achievement award honoring those 50 years of dedicated service.
I’m proud of you, Uncle Mar!

 

Two more special attendees are pictured with me below…
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…(from left to right) Brian, Jamie and I.

I met Brian for the 1st time.  Brian created one of the most popular Brewers fan sites around.
BREWERFAN.NET

If you’re a Brewers fan, you have to check out this site.

The man in the middle, BrewerJamie, assists with the operations of Brewerfan.net.  Jamie is a close and personal friend of mine. 

Both true diehard Brewers fans.

 

Finals…
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                                                         …4 baseballs
        (3 are shown-1 was given to BrewerJamie to give to his 5 yr. old daughter Rachel).

 

 

2009 BALLHAWKING STATS

  • total balls 6/09/09

 

4 toss-up balls


ATTENDANCE:  32,464

2009 TOTAL BASEBALLS

4/7/09   = 5   baseballs
4/8/09   = 10 baseballs
4/9/09   = 10 baseballs
4/10/09 = 3   baseballs
4/11/09 = 5   baseballs
4/12/09 = 5   baseballs
4/13/09 = 11 baseballs
4/14/09 = 6   baseballs
4/21/09 = 5   baseballs
4/27/09 = 15 baseballs
4/28/09 = 9   baseballs
4/30/09 = 4   baseballs
5/01/09 = 7   baseballs
5/02/09 = 4   baseballs
5/08/09 = 11 baseballs
5/09/09 = 1   lousy ball
5/12/09 = 14 baseballs
5/13/09 = 12 baseballs
5/19/09 = 8   baseballs
5/22/09 = 3   baseballs
5/23/09 = 2   baseballs
5/26/09 = 3   baseballs
5/29/09 = 6   baseballs
5/30/09 = 5   baseballs
6/01/09 = 1   baseball
6/02/09 = 9   baseballs
6/09/09 = 4   baseballs
___________________

178 baseballs (27 games)
6.59 average per game

 

 

 

 

8 Comments

Nice recap! Who’s the guy in the cowboy hat anyway? Too bad you couldn’t get a Helton bomb!
Brian
http://txbaseballfan.mlblogs.com

It is great that your uncle has spent so many years helping the kids in Little League! Congrats to him!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

You walk to the stadium happy?

http://wardyhawk.mlblogs.com/

BRIAN…
That’s a good question. I dunno. I was more interested in that TV Chickypoo ;)

JULIA…
I’m very proud to say he’s my Uncle.

CASEY…
HEY! You have your very own blog! Way to go dude.
I do take a 12-13 minute walk to the stadium. Saves on parking costs.

“Happy”

If your friend is such a HUGE Brewers fan than why is he wearing an Orioles jersey to Miller Park?

I don’t get that at all. That is really dopey.

RMSTANLEY4…
Tell me where it says you can’t wear another team’s colors.
I must admit, I don’t like it when Cubs fans do it, but, hey…it’s America, baby! Land of the free!

“Happy”

That is Alanna Rizzo who used to do sports for channel 3 in Madison. Having met her I can say she is as nice as she is beautiful.

JACK…
Thanks for the info. Indeed…

“Happy”

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