Busch Stadium 6-4-2010

So Fridays game, right? It was very frusterating. But Busch stadium looked very elegant on a warm sunny day. Check out this cool picture I took.

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      Thats more or less the view you get from the freeway that runs right by Busch Stadium. Its actually kind of cool how close the stadium is to the freeway. Theyre doing a lot of work on the bridge right now because its said to be the most unsafe bridge in Saint Louis right now.

Here is a picture of the players entrance. Most of the opposing team players get carted in from the hotel, and they use this entrance. Ive never seen any player actually stop while on the cart to sign autographs. So if you are able to get one to stop email me or leave a comment on how you got the players to stop, and sign. The usually ride right on through.

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      Here is a picture of the walkway towards the third base gates from the home plate gates. The gates I usually enter are the third base gates. Its the easiest, and the fasted Ive found to the field level. Most people use the left field gates or the home plate gates.

     So once I was inside I felt like I should have played dead center field bleachers for Prince Fielder. After all that guy has been hitting home runs in major league stadiums since he was 13 years old. I decided to stay put on the third base side. I did play back a few rows to catch any direct line drives. I felt pretty confident but when those baseballs come in fast theyre already on the curve. So when they bounce they fly way right. I missed two by mis-judging them. But that was okay.

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     Trevor Hoffman was pretty friendly as he chilled in the shade in deep left field. He tossed about eight baseballs into the stands. I called to him on multiple occasions but he didnt pay me any attention. I stood my ground on the third base side, and eventually my luck struck. I wasnt sure who hit that, and by mistake I ended up asking a Cubs fan who was at bat all the while wearing a Brewers hat. I could only laugh at myself.

     The ball somehow was able to make its way passed four peoples attempts to get it, and I held my glove down, and it slapped me right in the pocket. I felt lucky. I dont have much luck at Busch Stadium. In fact I hate shagging baseballs at this stadium. The competition is high, and I never really have a breakout game. I usually come away with two if Im lucky. The players dont come out with baseballs anymore to warm up before the game anymore. I dont know why. The Reds didnt do it, and the Brewers didnt do it Fridays game either. The Cardinals did on the other side though.

     As the game progressed I played the first base side for foul balls. I should have stayed over there the entire game. I would have caught at least two. One from Holliday, and the other from Pujols. They both fouled one baseball each over to the entrance way to the first base side. But I was busy waiting on a third out toss up from Prince Fielder, and during Pujols foul ball I was setting up for the umpire ball.

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      I also learned that these white seats you see at the bottom of the picture are wheel chair seating area. Anyone is allowed to buy tickets for this area. It isnt a requirement that you have someone with you in a wheel chair, or you be in one too. Also, from where I took this picture there is a yellow outline where you can stand. They actually sell standing room only tickets. The security guard asked me if I had a standing room only ticket, and I quickly said I did to avoid any arguement. If she asked for my ticket I would have told her my wife had it. Always one step ahead of these guards. She didnt ask though.

     After the game I set up for the umpire baseball. I scooted passed some fans that were sitting in the front row. Actually the only two fans that were sitting there, and when the umpire came I asked him a ball. He overthrew me like crazy! The ball actually sailed over my right shoulder, and since Im left handed with the glove I tried to basket catch the ball but it was too late. Some lady caught it. And she said this;

     ” Wow! I caught a ball! I didnt know the umpires threw baseballs into the crowd!”

     Ugh. Yeah. They do.

     So I tried to make it to the dugout for the bullpen guys. I was blocked in by 42,000 fans. It was Fireworks Friday, and where I stood was the closest Id get to the dugout unless I pardoned myself about 50,000 times. It wasnt worth it. The front row of the dugout was blocked anyway. One ball.

 

Game: Milwaukee Brewers Vs St Louis Cardinals June 4th 2010

Game Balls: One

Autographs: Matt Holliday

Attendance: 43,261

 

 

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2 Comments

Wayne, good job on not giving in. Situations like that are why I carry a decoy baseball with me; A baseball that’s badly beaten or has no significance to me… one an usher gave me our I found. I hand those out like crazy. But for real, parents who bring children to the baseball game and bring them that close to the field without a glove are negligent. Kids can get seriously hurt or killed even by line drives or deep home runs. Bring a friggin’ glove to protect your kid (and catch baseballs thrown “to them”) or don’t bring your kid that close to the field. End of story. One more question… why don’t you hawk in the bleachers?

-Shawn
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SHAWN- excellent idea. I in fact have a ROLB baseball in my car that is so beat up it looks just like a MLB ball. I suppose I need to start carrying that with me.

Since this is my first official season of actual ballhawking Im taking the time to get a feel for each stadium I visit, and Im learning every players tendencies to maximize the amount of baseballs I get. For example; At Kauffman Stadium Alex Rios, and Andruw Jones hit very deep in left field during BP. So the next time I visit Kauffman when Chicago is in town Ill know exactly where to stand instead of guessing.

Im also a creature of habit. Lol. I tend to play where Ive had most success which at Busch Stadium is the base lines. Although, I understand that more baseballs reach the bleachers instead of the base lines, and Id probably end up with more balls during BP if I played the bleachers. But then again, Ive snagged four grounders down the line in a matter of minutes a couple times at Busch.

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