8/19/12 at Waterfront Park
As I wrote in yestedays entry, my phone suddenly decided not to work. I brought it to the Apple store hoping they can fix it. Turns out the phone is dead and I had to get a new one. However, it was free with Apple Care so it is what it is. My main problem is that I lost 409 pictures. Those pictures were from the game, last Thursday in Lakewood and Saturday in Philadelphia. I do have some pictures from my mom and dad regarding Thursday and Saturday but not one picture remains as proof of the fact that I was in Trenton last Sunday. So this is just going to be a long boring pictureless entry. It is better then nothing but still, it is dissapointing.
On to the game, when we arrived, I found my regular spot outside of the stadium. In just a few minutes, I got a tossup from a pitcher.
Nothing else was going on so I ran over to right field and quickly got a tossup from Ryan Flanerry. The ball sailed over my head and I misread it. It smaked off of the cement and was likely to go over the fence and splash into the Deleware River. I gave up on the ball and was quite dissapointed. However, the ball tipped off of the top of the fence and rolled on the sidewalk. I picked it up and had two baseballs very quickly.
After that,things slowed down. For the next half hour, only one ball went out and some guy who is at every game gloved it on the fly. I saw that a baseball was coming in my direction so I got in position the catch it. I was perfectly lined up and it would have been all mine. Suddenly, I heard a smack to the second wall and went through the bushees to see if a baseball had created the sudden smack. As I scurried through, I saw that a baseball was laying in the dirt waiting to be taken. As I picked it up to label it and take a picture, I head another smack and walked five feet to my right where another baseball was laying. That put me atfour for the day.
In the same spot where I got my first baseball, a Bay Sox pitcher tossed me a ball. It clipped the chain link fence and hit my foot. Luckily, nobody was around at the time so I casually picked up number five of the day.
The gates were set to open in ten minutes. We figured that batting practice ewould still be going on then so we started walking to the gate. On the way, we heard a thumping noise. It turns out that a foul ball hit the inflatible slide. An employee walked over, picked it up and tossed it to me. I had six balls before the gates had opened!
The stadium worker scanned my ticket and handed me a drawstring bag. I think it was the back to school giveaway. Within minutes of walking (more like running) in, a got a tossup from a Bay Sox player. He was over one hundred feet away and the throw was a little off line. A normal person could have reached out and gotten it but seeing that I’m 4 feet 5 inches, it was too far. Luckily, it hit the rolled up tarp and started rolling on it. From there, it was easy to grab. That was number seven.
Somebody threw a ball used duing batting practice at the dugout railing. It was there when the players left the field and I got it tossed to me for number eight.
My next ball was somewhat of a personal milestone for me. It was my 145th lifetime baseball. At the beginning of the season, I had 45. It was my 1ooth baseball of the season. I called out to Shane Brown of the Thunder from about 50 feet away. He waved to me and gave me the one second sign. When he was done running. He walked over to me. He asked why I was wearing an Orioles hat (The Bay Sox are the AA team for Baltimore) and then showed me his glove. He let me take the baseball out of it.
When the starting pitcher, Mikey O’ Brian finished warming up, I asked him for the ball. He said he was going to give it to a little kid but I should remember to tell him that he owes me a ball next time I see him. I am excited because I will be at the Thunder game tonight and he will be pitching so hopefully he will remember me.
During the game, I got a warm up ball from the Bowie first baseman and that was pretty much it!
More entrys ater this week!