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3-22-2014/3-23-2014- Sydney Cricket Grounds

Awesome couple of games at the Sydney Cricket Grounds! I had a great time walking around, seeing the sights, learning about the history there and watching some Major League Baseball!

As you could probably imagine, I didn’t sit in my assigned seating while attending the games. I met up with Zack Hample and we pretty much wandered all over the place taking pictures, eating crappy stadium food and catching baseballs. Here’s a picture of the lone baseball I caught during the weekend series:

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It was thrown to me by David Hernandez.

So let me begin from the time I got to the stadium. I managed to eat this monster burger prior to game time…

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…it was massive. And messy. And it fell apart in my hands and I basically needed a fork to eat it by the time the burger made the bun all soggy. But it was soooooo good! It had organic lettuce and beets on it and BBQ sauce and mayo… yum!

After lunch I ran into Zack outside and we had our pictures taken in front of the Sydney Cricket Grounds:

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Yeah, I was wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks hat because I needed something to cover my head. The sun has been intense the last couple of days and the top of my head was sun burnt. They didn’t have Dodgers hats in my size so I opted for a Dbacks one. After picture time, we ran inside. The stadium was beautifully put together for Major League Baseball-and when the clouds started to darken and the rain started to come in, we ran for cover and started taking more pictures. It was an absolute gorgeous stadium.

Once the game got started, I sat first row in front of the Miller Party Deck. The seats were so crappy that the first six rows were empty because you couldn’t see the field. It was a horrible set up but I took full advantage of sitting that close to the outfield.

Even though Paul Goldschmidt went 2-4 with a single and a double, Kershaw was on the mound and after the Dodgers took a quick 1-0 lead in their top half of the 2nd inning, it only took a Scott Van Slyke -run bomb down the right field line to solidify a win for the Dodgers.

The final score was 3-1 Dodgers and Kershaw earned his first win of the 2014 MLB season.

The second game was much more exciting. After meeting up with another Ballhawk from San Diego, Leigh and his wife Dolly, Zack and I headed back out to the Miller Party Deck. We pretty much talked about baseball and played catch throughout the entire game, though.

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The Dodgers struck early taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back. By the top of the eighth inning, it was 7-0 Dodgers. Until Mark Trumbo started to make things happen. Jumping on a fast ball, he buried a two-run shot into the left field bleachers. 7-5 Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth. I was hoping for a solid comeback by the Diamondbacks but with three errors throughout the game and some sloppy pitching, the damage had already been done and the ball game was nearing an end.

The Dodgers have swept the two game series in Australia and would go home the winners.

I really don’t have any plans for the rest of my stay in Australia. I’ll probably get caught up on some blogging (like right now) and manage some of my other websites. Maybe sit around and drink some coffee in the lobby or just kick around town. It’s supposed to rain for the next four days, so I will continue to check the weather and plan accordingly.

I did make a rough draft of what I’d like to do this season regarding trips to baseball stadiums, etc…

I have made a tentative plan:

April 8th-12th: I’ll be in San Francisco and on the 9th I plan to make it out to AT&T Park. I have been there before and I’m hoping to get a Hunter Pence bobblehead.

May 10th-14th: I plan to return to San Francisco for more baseballs games.

July 19th: I plan to attend the 25th anniversary of the 1989 World Series reunion in Oakland.

August 1st: Traveling to Houston to try to get a Lance Berkman bobblehead and it’ll be my first time seeing Minute Maid Park.

August 9th: Traveling to Cincinnati to see Ken Griffey Junior get inducted in the Reds HOF.

September 13th: Paul Goldschmidt bobblehead night at Chase Field- never been there before.

Everything is subject to change and probably will change. Hopefully it all goes as planned.

I also hope to make it to the All-Star game this year, too.

I have a couple new websites, so check those out!

My blog about the Seattle Mariners, and my Facebook page about the Seattle Mariners! Plus, my Twitter!

 

 

 

 

Around the MLB Horn 11 March 2011- Bobble-head Edition

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     A new season of professional baseball is here again. The 2011 baseball season will kick off for most as early as April 1st. For me, well, I will be in Oakland California enjoying Opening Day at the Oakland Coliseum.

     When I go to a baseball game to ball hawk I like to hope for the best possible odds. Fighting large crowds of people is always something a Ballhawk has to endure no matter what baseball stadium he/she goes to. We all consider the weather, and most importantly, something that doesn’t always get taken into consideration, is the give-away, and the promotional nights that most Major League teams have at the stadiums. Lets face it. Awesome give-away nights fill seats. Its just the name of the game. But what give-away fills the most seats? What give-away is most desired? What give-away is the most sought-after? When I was a kid it was photo-baseballs, and bat nights that filled the house. Now its that beloved bobble-head figurine!

     Bobble-heads are collectors items. All ages come to the stadiums on bobble-head nights to add to their ever growing collection of unique and rare bobble-heads. I for one am not a collector of those cute little bobble-heads. I have one, and I gave it to my mother. It was the Bret Saberhagen Cy Young Bobble-head that the Royals gave away last season. My mother doesn’t even know what a Cy Young award is let alone who Bret Saberhagen is. But it doesn’t take away from the cute factor of Bret’s little head bobbling around as you walk by him as he’s perched by her jewelry box.

     So in this column for MyGameBalls.com I thought Id put together some Bobble-head history facts, and then list the current bobble-heads that will be given away to fans this year. Depending on who you are knowing this information could either save you a headache of going to the game fighting large crowds to be first in line or create more excitement while shagging baseballs during BP. Either way. Knowing is half the battle.

     Some of the first bobble-heads ever created for the Major Leagues were in the 1960s. These bobble-head dolls were made out of papier-mâché. Each baseball team received these dolls, and they all looked the same minus the uniforms. It wasn’t until the 1960 World Series where player specific dolls were created, and sold during the World Series. Those players were Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Roger Maris, and Roberto Clemente. Unfortunately, since the dolls were constructed out of papier-mâché most have not survived.

     From the 60’s to the 90’s the bobble-head went through many dramatic changes. The dolls were constructed out of ceramic after the failed papier-mâché didn’t work out. Unfortunately, the ceramic nodders were expensive to produce, and fans weren’t taking much of an interest. It wasn’t until 1999 when the San Francisco Giants handed out 35,000 Bobble-heads of Willie Mays that really captivated the audience. The new bobble-heads primarily made out of plastic were cheap to construct, and the fans loved them.

     After the year 2000 bobble-heads became such a craze that you could even contact a company to have them customize a bobble-head for you. Bobble-heads became so advanced that they even had matching scars, tattoos, hair color, eye color, and lifelike facial features.

     So here is the 2011 list of bobble-heads that you can get for free during the season. With paid admission of course.

Baltimore Orioles

Buck Showalter June 25th

Brian Matusz August 6th

Arizona Diamondbacks

Racing Gracie ( Mark Grace ) April 28th

Kirk Gibson August 6th

Chris Young August 27th

Fan Voted Bobble-head September 24th

Chicago WhiteSox

Frank Thomas April 12th

Frank Thomas April 29th

Roger Bossard June 12th

Beer Vendor Bobble-head August 4th

Mark Buerhle August 20th

Chicago Cubs

Starlin Castro April 5th

Tyler Colvin April 19th

Geovany Soto July 14th

Cleveland Indians

Mike Hargrove August 13th

Cincinnati Reds

Joey Votto April 30th

Dusty Baker July 12th

Jonny Gomes July 23rd

Kansas City Royals

Willie Wilson June 4th

The Angels of Anaheim

Kendrys Morales May 24th

Dan Haren June 28th

Angels Gnome August 18th

Houston Astros

Michael Bourn April 10th

Hunter Pence April 30th

Chris Johnson May 14th

Bill Brown/Jim Deshaies broadcasters June 11th

Bret Myers July 13th

Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw May 17th

Don Mattingly June 1st

Hong Chih Kuo June 14th

Andre Ethier July 17th

FernandoMania July 26th

Milwaukee Brewers

John Axford April 24th

Casey McGehee May 22nd

Zack Grienke June 12th

Craig Counsell August 14th

Randy Wolf September 25th

Oakland Athletics

Rickey Henderson April 30th

McHammer 80’s theme July 17th

Ray Fosse August 16th

New York Mets

Mr Met April 18th

Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez April 9th

Ichiro Suzuki May 6th

Pittsburgh Pirates

Neil Walker May 21st

Texas Rangers

Nelson Cruz June 20th

San Diego Padres

Bud Black May 7th

Toronto Blue Jays

Jose Bautista April 3rd

Roberto Alomar July 31st

San Francisco Giants

Cody Ross June 4th

Aubrey Huff June 25th

Buster Posey July 10th

Tim Lincecum August 27th

Saint Louis Cardinals

Stan Musial April 24th

Matt Holliday August 28th

Washington Nationals

Jayson Werth

Ian Desmond

 

The most expensive bobble-head today is The Beatles Bobble-head, and its priced at $32,000 dollars.

    

 

 

    

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