4/1/14 at Arm and Hammer Park
Another year, another season. On April 1st, the Trenton Thunder hosted some sort of open practice session at their stadium, starting at 3pm. At 2:45pm, when I got to the stadium, the team was already throwing, and I went down the right field foul line.
When Jeremy Bleich and his throwing partner were finishing up throwing, I asked if he could give me a baseball, and he ignored me, however, Pat Venditte thought I was talking to him, and told me he’d help me out.
Venditte’s partner overthrew him, and Venditte asked if I could get the ball, and I walked down the river walk, without finding the ball.
When Venditte’s partner overthrew him again, he had another ball with him, so he flipped me up #326 lifetime, and the first of the season.
Here it is, with Venditte in the background.
By this point, the gates were opened for 15 minutes or so, and I started heading to the stadium, when I noticed something in the river bank. It was a baseball, which had to have been the Venditte overthrow, as BP hadn’t started and I’d been at the stadium since before the pitchers were throwing.
It looks like it hit off of some fence, maybe the bullpen’s or play zone’s or even the gate down the line. Although most balls roll down to the river, it got lodged under a stick, and a construction worker climbed over, and handed me the ball
Here’s the diagram:
And the ball itself:
Once I got in, the position players, such as Rob Segedin were getting ready to take BP.
The Thunder were debuting their new Diamond Era hats and blue sleeved batting practice jersey
And shortly after this, batting practice was under way.
Zach Wilson was up, and he was hitting a few balls into left field. Although Charlie Short didn’t toss me up one of them, Wilson hit a foul ball, which I didn’t at the time see and it hit off of the fence by the bullpen, before rolling over three sections. Since everyone in attendance was waiting for autographs on the other side of the field, I was able to snap this picture,
And pick up my first batted ball of the year.
A few minutes later, Carmen Angelini hit a homer over the fence in left. No one was outside of the stadium going for balls, so I was able to leave the park, and after a minute or so of walking on the sidewalk, I saw this by the bushes.
This was my last baseball of the day.
The team was having some sort of autograph thing and I took this panorama when they were setting up.
Normally, I couldn’t be bothered with autographs, but I figured that I’d might as well stay, and I got the whole team on a ball.
2014- Four baseballs caught (329 Lifetime)
4 Balls per game
28 Autographs (Tony Franklin, Marcus Thames, Tommy Phelps, Orlando Mercado, Manny Barreda, Jeremy Bleich, Joel De La Cruz, Aaron Dott, Jairo Heredia, Cole Kimball, Bryan Mitchell, Diego Moreno, Branden Pinder, Charley Short, Matt Tracey, Pat Venditte, Francisco Arcia, Tyson Blaser, Gary Sanchez, Carmen Angelini, Ali Castillo, Rob Refsnyder, Rob Segedin, Zach Wilson, Taylor Dugas, Ben Gamel, Yeral Sanchez and Mason Williams)