April 2010

4/9/10 @ Miller Park

Like a total *******, I forgot my camera…
I guess you all have to take my word for it.
I’ll warn you in advance, though…there’s not much to speak of.

This game was a last minute decision.
So, I went early and grabbed a seat on the Bullpen Patio in Friday’s Restaurant.

BP was pretty slow until Rickie Weeks stepped in.  What happened next is sorta bizarre.
Weeks hits a long fly ball in my direction.  I run to my right to put a play on it.  I quickly realize that it is hit too far over my head.  It appears as if it’s going to land in the Harley Deck above the Bullpen Patio.  When I realize I don’t have a play, I cover my head in fear of the ricochet.
Wanna guess where the ball bounced?  Yup…off the metal facing of the Harley Deck way above my head.  Wanna guess where the ball bounced next?  Yup…right off my head.
Damn…it really didn’t hurt but it sure was embarrassing.  There was nothing I could do.
I was helpless on the play.

Eventually…
Ball #1 was hit into the netting above the bullpen by Brewers 3B Casey McGehee.
It rolled down to my table and stopped.  Perfect!  I quickly flung my glove trick over the railing and soon had it reeled in for my 1st ball of 2010.

The Cards soon came out to hit and it became increasingly crowded.
I played the top of the bleachers for the Holliday/Pujols/Ludwick group.
I love Tony LaRussa.  He puts the three righty sluggers all in the same group.  Almost as if to say, “here you go, fans…catch a ball or twenty.”  Unfortunately, I only had a true play on one batted ball.  Matt Holliday jacked one to the top of the left field bleachers where I ran over and made the play on the fly.  Yup, it still felt good.

That was it on the day, people.
I didn’t ask for any baseballs and left with two.

I told you it was nothing much…

2010 BALLHAWKING STATS

  • 2 total balls 4/09/10


1 batted baseball (caught on fly)

0 tossup baseballs

1 device baseball


2010
TOTAL BASEBALLS

4/5/10  = 0 baseballs
4/9/10   = 2 baseballs

4/5/10 @ Miller Park *2010 Opener*

Well, the 2010 season is finally upon us.

After grabbing some breakfast, we took the walk down into “the valley.”


My 1st official (regular-season) view of Miller Park…

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…peeking above the trees in the background.

A peaceful walk to the stadium…

april 2010 013.jpg…was about to get rowdy…

Thumbnail image for april 2010 014.jpgDo you see what the girl in the yellow is holding in her left hand?
Nothing like a little “brown-baggin” at 9 in the freakin’ morning.

Opening Day in Milwaukee is a total drunkfest.  Actually, it deters many of Milwaukee’s best fans from attending.  For fear of being puked on, annoyed or just harassed.

Not this fan…

 

april 2010 019.jpg…can you tell by the picture that I’m a tad over my playing weight?

Yeah, so I’ve gained 10 pounds over the long and cold Wisconsin winter.  So what.
It’ll be gone by May.

Moving right along.

I took the following picture…

Thumbnail image for april 2010 020.jpg…because it shows two girls toting full cases of beer (the one on the left has it in her right hand/the one on the right has it propped up on her right shoulder).

I’m certain the cases weren’t full for much longer.

Here’s a great photo capturing the true spirit of teamwork…

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…two girls sharing the load of a tightly-packed cooler.
My guess is: it wasn’t full of bottled water.

Do you see the guy (above) with the “CUBS SUCK” shirt?
Those things are everywhere.  It doesn’t matter that the Cubs weren’t even playing here today.
It’s just the way it is around here.

Personally, I’ll never root against another team.  I only root for my team.
It’s no secret I dislike the Chicago Cubs (see “CUBS SUCK” ball).  But, I’ll leave that type of display for other fans.

On a serious note…

april 2010 021.jpg…this might turn out to be my favorite picture of 2010.
That, my friends…is what the old ballgame is all about.

Alright, enough of the serious stuff…

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…more partying…

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I told you Opening Day in Milwaukee is ridiculous.

When we reached the ballpark…

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…the clock read 10:35 am.
The gates to the stadium were opening at 11:10am.

When we were making our way to the outfield side of the stadium, I ran into this guy with his homemade sign…

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…and the other side…

april 2010 029.jpg…I’ll add nothing further.

The guys from the local sports talk radio show were broadcasting their show live…

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…so, I stopped and said “hello” to my guy Sparky (seated far right with headset).


Here’s my 1st official view (looking through the glass) of the field in 2010…

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…hooray for BP!

When I finally grabbed a spot in line…

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…I ran into these three guys.
Pictured left to right:  Ballhawk Matt, “The Maniac” and Ballhawk Casey.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  “The Maniac” is by far the Milwaukee Brewers #1 Fan.
It’s not even an argument.

When the gates opened, we went straight to our seats…
Normally, I would play lefty/righty and constantly be on the move.

Not today.

Here I am with yellow shirt and arms crossed…

april 2010 034.jpg…crossed arms are not a good sign.

I did not have a play on a single ball in BP.  I didn’t ask for any baseballs, either.  Hell, I barely moved from my seat.
No big deal…it’s never been about the BP ball.
It’s all about the game home runs (to each his/her own is what I say).

Unfortunately, none of those were hit to me either.

Brewers lost 5-3.

2010 BALLHAWKING STATS

  • 0 total balls 4/05/10


batted baseballs 

0 tossup baseballs

 

 


2010
TOTAL BASEBALLS

4/5/10   = 0 baseballs

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