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Snagging Baseball for Puppies in 2013!

For two years in a row now, I’ve created, managed, and recruited people for my charity; Snagging Baseball for Puppies. It takes an insane amount of time and work to keep a legitimate charity up and running. If you’ve read my most recent blog entry here, you’ll know my 2012 baseball season was cut short due to life not really working with me but alas, working against me. I put an insane amount of time and energy into two jobs thus working 60+ hours a week. It wasn’t fun and it wasn’t worth it. If I could, I’d give every red cent back to those places of employment to get my summer back. The only thing I can do now is to look forward and make better decisions concerning my livelihood and what’s important to me.

I’ve been using Crowdrise.com as my main donation page for the past two seasons. For the 2013 season, I will be using a better format and a page directly from the Seattle Humane Society. You can take a look at it here and leave me comments on how I can make it better or if you think this will be a better choice for my charity. Here, check it out! For those of you who have pledged a monetary amount towards Snagging Baseballs for Puppies, and as I have stated in my last blog entry, hang onto your change. Unless you are seriously wanting to donate, you can at Crowdrise.com. Be mindful that the minimum donation is $10. And since I only snagged 50 baseballs in roughly 25 games, your donation will actually be under that minimum $10 amount. Your second option is to just hang onto your money and I’ll tack it onto next years snagged baseballs.

So the plan is this; attend Mariners Fanfest this season and then I’m headed to Houston for their home opener! Last year I went to the Mariners fanfest and it was literally the most exciting fun I’ve done in a long time concerning baseball. Also, I posted a blog about a Mariners ticket giveaway. (This is in no way affiliated with Mariners baseball, it’s my own contest.) Well, since I never really followed through with that, I’m going to make up for it. (Yah, I’m a great guy, right?) Every new baseball stadium I visit, I’m going to purchase two “cheap-seat” tickets for you and a friend, leave them at will-call and we can catch up inside and shake hands, BS around, or whatever you’d like. You’ll have to win the contest (which is a simple baseball trivia game on Twitter) so make sure you follow me on there! And make sure you can attend that evenings game as well.

There’s more. I still have a ton of signed baseballs I’m looking to get rid of. It’s a simple $10 dollar donation to get one and all proceeds go to my charity. I can give them away in contest form or you can just email me at WaynePeck@yahoo.com and claim one when I get things up and running again. This is important to me, so don’t ask for one if you can’t donate. Okay? Thank you.

Anyway, I have a lot of work to do for next years season. I have to get into physical shape, I have to make sure my gear is good to go for snagging baseballs and I have to make sure my links, websites and everything else is up to par. Get the word out, folks! I may be coming to a stadium near you to snag some baseballs for puppies!

2012 MLB Season, 2013 MLB Season

Hello, baseball friends! I wanted to get a blog entry out to everyone to kind of explain what has been going on concerning my absence from baseball this season. I feel I should explain some things. Basically, life got in the way of my plans and a lot of things have been suffering in conjunction of that. My last baseball game at Safeco Field was on May 25th, and I’m sorry I didn’t get to more games. I really tried but working two jobs, over 60-some hours a week, working grave yard shift at one, and limited hours at the other, really put a damper on things. My charity has suffered and I hope my friendship with people hasn’t

My plan was to hit up Safeco on October 1st and 2nd. I decided to call it the season and start fresh next year in Houston for the Astros home opener. Although, I will be trying to get to this years fanfest at Safeco, my new work schedule may not allow that. My new boss is pretty awesome and I think he will allow for schedule adjustments along the way. Now I work a steady 40 hours a week with limited over-time and things have finally been going my way. So I sincerely apologize to those that have been patiently awaiting my return to Safeco and baseball in general. If you’ve made a pledge to my charity, please hold onto your money. I only snagged 50 baseballs this year which isn’t much. But next year I plan to snag at least 100.

I love baseball and I love all of you that have supported my charity, read my blogs, and been a genuine friend. New friends and old, you have been missed and I thought about you a lot throughout the season. Speaking of blogs, I have started a new one that you may read and it may help clear up some things that I have been going through. It’s called Diary of a Vet. Mind you, it has offense language and probably some content you may or may not be comfortable with. But it helps me through my trials and tribulation through this even confusing life.

I’m back on Twitter as well. And I noticed I didn’t lose one follower while I was gone. Chuck Knoblauch still follows me, Zach Britton, the Oakland Athletics, the Seattle Mariners and all of my readers that are still there; I sincerely thank you. It’s comforting to see your loyalty. Really, it is.

Alright, now that everything is cleared up, let’s get onto some baseball stuff, shall we? Next season I plan to visit Minute Maid Park for their opening weekend with my good friend Jennifer. We met at Safeco Field and she’s been awesome. So give her a follow on Twitter when you get a chance. I’m really excited for this trip mainly because I had to bail on this seasons All-Star game which totally bummed me out. Next year I hope to make the ASG at CitiField. We shall see how that plays out, of course. I also plan to make it to Los Angeles to see the Dodgers play, I hope to make it back to Oakland and San Francisco and also San Diego. I’d like to make it to some stadiums I haven’t seen before but most of those stadiums are pretty far east. So again, we shall see.

I’m not going to get into my end of the year stats as far as baseballs snagged because like I stated before; life got in the way. But, Wayne is back and next year Snagging Baseballs for Puppies will play more of a priority in my life because it feels good to help the Seattle Humane Society! So again, hang onto your donations and I’ll see you at the ballpark next year!

 

“Ballhawks give back by collecting baseballs”

I’m sure by now-if you’ve been keeping up with me on my blogs-you’d know that I’m a professional Ballhawk. Nearly six years ago, I snagged my first baseball at Kauffman Stadium with the help of an usher during my mid-tour leave from combat in Iraq. Since then, I’ve progressively snagged more and more baseballs each year.

Last week I was contacted by Meggie Zahneis, a youth reporter for Major League Baseball, and was invited to participate in an interview about Ballhawking. It was a lot of fun to answer some of the questions and sort of explain the idea behind Ballhawking.

If you’re interested in reading the article, click this link and enjoy!

5-25-2012 Safeco Field

Despite all my problems I’ve been having with my camera during the last couple of games I’ve attended at Safeco Field, I’ve been doing pretty good at snagging baseballs and keeping my numbers up. Today, there would be a new wrench thrown into my plans. Dustin Ackley bobble head night. It’s awesome that I’m here because this is Ackley’s very first bobble head night- despite him not even being in the lineup- and because I plan to auction it off for my charity, Snagging Baseballs for Puppies. If all goes well, I should be able to raise at least $50 bucks. I plan to auction some more signed baseballs off like the ones I auctioned off two months ago to continue to raise money for my charity, and that was very successful. I think I was able to raise like, $100 bucks. Even with all that going on, I took on another charity project called The Help Holly campaign. So far I’ve raised $14 bucks for her and today’s game would be the final game (unless I get word from my Dad who is donating money per baseball that I snag that he’d like to continue donating when I visit Angels Stadium early next week) in which I’ll be snagging baseballs to help raise money for Holly. It’s been a tremendous ride so far.

These bobble head nights really only attract the bandwagon fans. The attendance nearly doubles when the teams give these things away. Most people only come out to get the bobble head and then they go home. It’s sorta weird, but hey, everyone has their thing they do at the ballpark, right?

When I got to the stadium roughly three hours early, this was the site at the ticket windows:

I found it a little bit odd that Safeco was nearly a ghost town at 1:56pm on a Ackley bobble head night. As I turned the corner and headed to the center field gates and as another hour passed:

The crowd started to thicken up a little bit. But not by much. The above photo was taken at approximiatly 2:56pm. One hour and forty-four minutes before the gates were to open.

When the gates finally did open, the crowd was much, much bigger. And like always, with large capacity games, my options to start snagging baseballs had drastically changed. Safeco security had barricaded off the ‘Pen immediately to my right so I didn’t waste any time trying to get through there after I snagged my Ackley bobble head. I simply bolted for the right field bleachers. And for the first three minutes, I had the entire place to myself. Everyone was so stuck on getting their bobble head- and me being the first one inside- gave me such a head start on snagging baseballs, it wasn’t even funny.

Ball number one:

Ball number two:

Ball number three:

After plucking that one out of the seat, I tried to hand it off to a young girl that was scampering down the stairs with her father. But she totally ignored me and continued on her way. Later, I was able to hand it to her and her Dad pleasantly thanked me.

Ball number four:

Ball number five:

 

Ball number six:

And here’s what happened to ball number six:

Ball number seven was quickly snagged out of another cupholder and immediately tossed to the nearest kid with a glove which turned out to be my 50th baseball snagged this season. How amazing is that? On 5-22-2012, I was questioning whether I’d hit that small milestone in the second month of baseball and I absolutely did! And then I ran into this guy:

That’s Andrew. What’s totally awesome about this guy is; while I was walking around aisle after aisle snagging a 2012 season high of seven baseballs, he says to me, “Hey, man. I think I read your blog.” And of course, I really didn’t put two and two together initially, so I kind of just gave a friendly hello and left it at that. Then I got to thinking. Hey, this guy is the first person to actually recognize me at the stadium and mention my blog! I stopped what I was doing, got the picture taken and then handed a baseball off to him. How sweet is that, though? It’s nice to be recognized for something I have a lot of passion for; Andrew even explained how much of an animal lover he is. So that made it equally awesome. How did he find my blog? Him and a friend are planning a summer trip to some baseball games and wanted to know the ins and outs of some of the stadiums. My blog surfaced in their quest for information and there you have it!

After finding seven baseballs and giving three away, the real fun was about to start. Have you ever heard of the Long Haul Bombers?

These guys were making an appearance at Safeco Field before the game and it seemed like nobody knew about it until the last-minute. One of my friends in the GirlsCorner asked me if I knew who the Long Haul Bombers were and of course I had no clue. She led me into the upper deck in left field and told me to stand as far back as I could. Well, I didn’t snag anything, but these guys smashed some unbelievably long home runs! It was something to see for sure!

Here’s a pictures I tried to take of one of the softballs banking off the Hit it Here Cafe…

The red circle is where the softball is. Its up near the Hit it Here Cafe. That’s how far those guys were hitting them! As far as left field was concerned, they were able to reach the upper deck, no problem! I came close to snagging a couple, but it was so crowded, the only way to get one was for it to be hit right to you.

I survived yet another large capacity crowd and another chaotic giveaway night. Although, I didn’t stay for the game, I still count this as a game attended and my streak continues to 115 games with at least one baseball. According to MyGameballs.com, I’m currently tied for fourth in longest active streaks among the Ballhawking community with snagging at least one baseball per game that I’ve attended. I’ve come close a couple of times where I didn’t think I’d catch a baseball but it always seems to work out in the end. The most memorable game I attended where I didn’t snag a baseball until like, the ninth inning, was when I visited Oakland last year. Jason Phillips actually hooked me up with my 100th baseball that game, If you’re interested, you can read all about it, here.

I’m snagging baseballs for puppies again this season for the Seattle Humane Society! If you want to check out my charity information, just click here!

Last season, with the help of all of you, we were able to raise over $250 dollars! This year I’d like to break $300!

Today’s game snagging Highlights: Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners- attendance 23,519

Baseballs snagged: seven (found all in RF bleachers)

Total baseballs snagged this season: 50

Total baseballs snagged last season: 135

Total dollars raised at this game: $14.28

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies this season: $96.70

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies last season: $257.00

Total number of donors this season: 9

Total number of donors last season: 7

If you’d like to join my official Snagging Baseballs for Puppies Facebook page, just click here! And if you want to like Collection of Baseball on Facebook, click here!

5-22-2012 Safeco Field

When I attended yesterday’s game at Safeco Field, I had left my sim card to my camera at home. Not only did that prevent me from taking quality pictures, but it prevented me from taking a lot of quality pictures. I like to document my games and tell a unique story every time I attend a Major League game and with my crappy iPhone at my side, it was nearly impossible to get some good shots to add to my blog. With that being said, more camera woes continued today. No, I didn’t forget my sim card this time- I forgot to charge my camera battery. So when I took this photo after being stranded on the downtown city bus (more on that later) the little battery icon immediately started flashing orange. Or red. Or whatever color it was that indicated that my camera was about to die…

….Safeco Field is huge and when I took this picture, I was roughly a half of a mile out. When I initially set out for Safeco, I took the city bus towards Seattle. When I got about 1.4 miles from the stadium itself, the wheelchair access door/thingy on the bus started to act up. I figured the bus driver had everything under control but after twenty minutes went by and no results and the bus wasn’t moving, I knew I had to make a decision. I hopped off the bus and boarded a second which got me within a half of a mile of the stadium (where I took the above photo) and walked the rest of the way in. I was a little shocked that the mass transit system didn’t have a better back up plan other than to just make the passengers exit and fend for themselves. Luckily for me, I served ten years in the Army. Otherwise, it’s possible you would’ve found me curled up in a little ball outside a building crying for my mother.

When I entered Safeco Field at 4:40pm, I got my first baseball from Ichiro. I had a few people jockeying for a position to catch his throw but with my height, I made the easy one-handed catch:

You can see Ichiro in the above picture way out in right-field. And yes, he threw it about that far, too.

I hung out in the ‘Pen for an addition few moments before I wandered off towards the bullpens. When I saw this…

…it was glove-trick time. And an easy snag for my second ball on the night. I would’ve gone after the second baseball in the above picture but 1) it was too far out and 2) security was right behind me. Two on the day is still pretty good considering I have a streak to uphold. This game would mark my 114th consecutive game with at least one baseball.  And according to MyGameballs.com, this was my 43rd ball snagged on the season. Could I really finish the month of May out with 50 baseballs under my belt? The chances of that happening were very high considering the Angels are coming to town for a four-game series.

When I went out into the outfield to try to snag another Josh Hamilton home run, I got Robbie Ross’s attention instead. Sort of by accident. I was the only one wearing Texas Rangers swag and when someone whistled to him for a baseball after he had fielded one, he turned to me and lobbed one my way. The only problem? He overthrew me. By a lot. I had to jump as high as I could and take a back-handed stab at the baseball only for it to bounce of the tip of my glove, roll around in the seats behind me and eventually some dude in Tampa Bay Rays gear scooped it up.

When BP was coming to a close, I wandered down to foul territory to see if I could get any autographs or maybe an extra toss-up from someone. The only problem was, Yu Darvish was signing autographs. Which gave all the other players enough time to scamper off the field while everyone was distracted with Darvish. Here’s a couple of pictures of the swarm:

It was a frenzy. People were trampling, cutting in line, getting multiple items signed by him, elbowing and pushing each other out-of-the-way. I, myself, didn’t try to really get his autograph. He came within a few feet of me and I figured I’d attempt to get a picture with him if the opportunity presented itself, but I wasn’t going to go out of my way to get it. Here’s another picture of the swarm:

It was absolutely nuts. All in good fun, though, right?

With these two baseballs that I snagged- and the five that I snagged yesterday, so far that’s helped raise $14 bucks for my friend, Holly. If you are just now reading my blogs, here’s the skinny on who Holly is and what happened to her. Click here for the Help Holly campaign.

The game started soon after all of that and I had great seats in centerfield. Clear aisles to my left and with Hamilton’s hot streak, I figured I’d have a decent shot at catching something. Unfortunately, nothing was really hit my way. But I did get to watch Hamilton make some fine catches in the outfield. I even got on tv!

Look at the top right corner. I’m in the black coat behind the girl with the glove.
The Texas Rangers took the game by a score of 3-1 with Mariners starter, Hector Noesi taking the loss. His record falls to 2-5 on the season whereas Matt Harrison’s record improves to 5-3 as he takes the win for the Rangers.

I’m snagging baseballs for puppies again this season for the Seattle Humane Society! If you want to check out my charity information, just click here!

Last season, with the help of all of you, we were able to raise over $250 dollars! This year I’d like to break $300!

Today’s game snagging Highlights: Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners- attendance 15,971

Baseballs snagged: two (Ichiro toss-up, glove-tricked one of the vistors bullpen)

Total baseballs snagged this season: 43

Total baseballs snagged last season: 135

Total dollars raised at this game: $2.08

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies this season: $82.42

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies last season: $257.00

Total number of donors this season: 9

Total number of donors last season: 7

If you’d like to join my official Snagging Baseballs for Puppies Facebook page, just click here! And if you want to like Collection of Baseball on Facebook, click here!

5-21-2012 Safeco Field

Today started out kind of bad. I left my sim card to my camera at home so I had to use my iPhone to take pictures. I’m pretty sure the pictures are going to suck in the blog entry and that’s a shame because Yu Davish and Felix Hernandez were dueling tonight at the Safe.

From the time span of 4:40pm to 5:10pm, I didn’t snag a single baseball. And that was sort of disappointing because I’m doing a lot more this week than just snagging baseballs for my current charity, Snagging Baseballs for Puppies. I’m also snagging baseballs for what I’m calling my “Help Holly Campaign.” Here’s the run down of why I’m doing this and who exactly Holly is: Holly is a dog owned by a family who recently got hit by a car. The driver of that car decided that Holly is “just a dog” and fled the scene. Well, we have laws in this country that make it illegal to just bail from a scene after running over an animal. Sooooo the driver was eventually apprehended by authorities, I’m assuming, but the driver is still refusing to pay any medical costs. The family has a lawyer from what I read but needs help with the financial aspect of everything. This week at Safeco Field, the Mariners are hosting the Rangers and the Angels. I pledged one dollar per every baseball that I snag to help Holly out. My Dad also jumped on board and matched my dollar which means every baseball I catch is worth two bucks. Today was game one of my Help Holly campaign.

Here’s how things started:

At approximately 5:12pm, that’s how many baseballs I had snagged already. It gets better. While I was standing near the left field fair pole, I caught a glimpse of another white little orb sitting against the seat back in an aisle. I would’ve taken a picture, but with all the people filing  into the lower seating bowl, I didn’t want to lose my chance on snagging it. I quickly ran over and put my foot on the ball so I could get my iPhone ready for the photo…

…I told you these photos were going to miserable. Third ball snagged and  then I dug into a nice spot near the left field fair pole. As soon as I did, Ichiro sliced one directly my way. I initially moved to my right thinking I’d have to come out of the short row to drop down one or two but then I realized the ball had no depth at all. It was just a high arching, lazy fly ball that was sinking fast. I held my ground, leaned into it and made the one-handed catch:

OHHH, WHAAAATT!! You know the funny thing about this baseball? As soon as I caught it, I turned around to the cute couple behind me and tried to hand it off. Luckily for me, the girlfriend declined and I left it at that. When I was toying with it in my glove, I noticed a large blue marking which turned out to the be the 50th Dodger anniversary stamp! Whoooaa! I nearly gave away a Dodger ball and probably wouldn’t have realized it! And yes, I’m still going to Dodger Stadium this year if time and money permits. Even though I don’t want to. I’ve heard so many crazy rules and stories about that place, I’m actually kind of nervous to visit.

After snagging my fourth baseball on the day, I figured I’d try to break my season record of five this game. I headed out to centerfield when the Rangers came out for batting practice. I had one thing on my mind and that was to catch a Josh Hamilton BP home run ball. When I got there, this was my view to my left:

I pretty much had the place to myself. Centerfield filled up pretty fast after Hamilton started crushing long balls into the seats, though. Before he left for the cage, he signed a few autographs and I just had to heckle him a little bit.

“Hey, Josh! What the heck are the feeding you in that Ranger clubhouse, man?!” I yelled after him.

He caught another fly ball off the fungo bat and then looked back at me with a smirk. If that’s the only reaction I could get out of Hamilton, I’ll take it!

 

When Hamilton got into the cage, it wasn’t long before he started dropping bombs. Two or three came my way, but it was starting to get a little crowded, I couldn’t make a decent play on any of them. Eventually, he lofted a high fly ball directly at me and my only competition was a young ten-year old to my right. The ball carried just enough where he’d probably had missed it so I ended up making the catch. When I offered the baseball to him, he shrugged at me and told me he had already snagged three others. I smiled and thanked him for his honesty and turned around to find another deserving fan. I asked the next youngster if he had any baseballs and he shook his head at me.

“There you go, kid!” I said as I flipped him the ball. Yup, I had just gave away my Josh Hamilton ball. So what? I was totally fine with it and was going to anyway.

As batting practice came to a close, I sat down in the ‘Pen area and wolfed down a slice of pizza and a Mariner dog from the burger joint and then found my seat out in left field for the game.

With Yu Darvish and Felix on the mound, I figured this would be one of those games where it’s nearly impossible to stay awake but mixed with a few dazzling plays at short stop or a diving catch from the center fielder. None of that really happened. Instead, Darvish was literally blown out by the 4th inning. He had thrown 86 pitches to Felix’s 40-some and it was 5-0 by the start of the 5th inning! Mark Lowe eventually took over for Darvish in the Mariners 5th and Seattle was able to tack on another run in the 7th and hang on for the win after Mitch Moreland smacked a bomb to right, centerfield.

6-1 was your final score! Mariners win!

I’m snagging baseballs for puppies again this season for the Seattle Humane Society! If you want to check out my charity information, just click here!

Last season, with the help of all of you, we were able to raise over $250 dollars! This year I’d like to break $300!

Today’s game snagging Highlights: Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners- attendance 18,672

Baseballs snagged: five (found three, caught one Ichiro foul-ball, caught one Hamilton BP HR)

Total baseballs snagged this season: 41

Total baseballs snagged last season: 135

Total dollars raised at this game: $10.20

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies this season: $80.34

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies last season: $257.00

Total number of donors this season: 9

Total number of donors last season: 7

If you’d like to join my official Snagging Baseballs for Puppies Facebook page, just click here! And if you want to like Collection of Baseball on Facebook, click here!

 

 

Helping Holly

A week or so ago, I was on Facebook when someone posted a story about a dog named Holly that had recently been hit by a car. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene afterwards, and fortunately was later apprehended by authorities. So far, the driver hasn’t claimed any responsibility and Holly has been making a slow recovery. The driver claimed that Holly is “just a dog” and therefore shouldn’t have to pay any of her medical bills. This makes me sad and further causes me to lose faith in humanity as a whole.

The family of Holly is asking the general public to help out with legal fees and medical costs to help Holly make a full recovery. My heart breaks when I read stories like these and it only encourages me to continue doing what I do with my charity efforts.

I’m asking you, friends and family members, to help me help Holly. Even if it’s just one dollar. Or if you have extra dog toys, blankets or food lying around that you could send to her. If you have anything to donate, you can donate it right here.

In addition to that, the Mariners kick off two series at home before they go on the road again. They play the Texas Rangers and the Anaheim Angels and I’ll be attending five games out of the total seven that they’ll be playing. For every baseball that I snag during that home stand, I’ll donate one dollar per towards helping Holly with her medical bills and legal fees. It’s the least I can do and hopefully it makes up for the irresponsibility of some people in this world.

 

 

 

 

 

Guardians of Rescue

In Honor of Jackie Robinson

I wanted to do something extra special this year for Jackie Robinson day. Not only did Jackie break the color barrier for Major League baseball, but he was such an inspiration to many. Ken Griffey Jr was the first to start wearing the number 42 on this special day and now every player wears that number on April 15th.

I came up with this idea to donate to a charity. At first, I was going to donate to one charity in the amount of $420 dollars. And then I thought about donating to five or six charities to the tune of $4.20. Then I decided to donate to a whole bunch of charities by giving .42 cents to as many honorable ones that I could find. Well, I found about 10. And since I’m not rich, I narrowed it down to about five. Here’s the list of charities I donated my .42 cents to:

Kevin Youkilis’ Hit for Kids

Bud Norris’ Candlelighters Charity

Brad Ziegler’s Pasttime for Patriots Charity

Edgar Martinez Foundation

Tony La Russa’s ARF Foundation

 

Some charities wouldn’t accept my .42 cents so I ended up donating $1.00. There were quite a few foundations/charities that I tried to donate to. For various reasons on their part, donating never happened. Here’s a list of foundations I attempted to donate to:

The Jamie Moyer Foundation

Josh Willimgham’s Foundation

Curtis Granderson’s Charity

Hopefully, these pages get fixed soon so I can finish what I set out to accomplish. I just got overly frustrated by the lack of updating on some of these pages. Some of them didn’t even work. How can a guy donate his hard-earned cash to charities when the page is not working? Anyway. Enough of that. Leave a comment if you have a charity you’d like me to donate to or hit me up on Twitter at @MLBwayneMLB. I’d be happy to send some donations your way, for sure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5-9-2012 Safeco Field

This game was the last day the Tigers were going to be in town so I had to make things count. I wanted to get a few autographs, which I thoroughly succeeded at that:

That’s an authentic Brandon League autograph that I got on my ticket stub before yesterday’s baseball game.  If you notice, Hisashi Iwakuma is signing autographs in the background. After batting practice had ended today, I was able to get his autograph on my ticket stub as well:

Rewind to where I came into the ballpark. This was what I found on initial entry:

Already in the books! Today, I was attempting to beat my official time that it took me to snag my first baseball. But I realized that there is no way to beat that anymore because last year when the Anaheim Angels came to town, I snagged a baseball three hours before the gates were even scheduled to open! I’m pretty sure Mark Trumbo hit it,too. If you want to read all about that, you can by clicking this link.

After waiting around in the ‘Pen for a few moments later, I decided to scout out the bullpens to see if I could try out my new glove-tricking rig. Yup, I fixed that puppy and got ‘her up and running again. I stood near some youngsters decked out in Tigers swag and watched patiently. Finally, Shawn Kelley turned around and started tossing baseballs towards the kids. I held back and played the bounce in case the kids missed the balls (which they did) but the ball hit off the tip of my glove and rolled to another kid standing by. I think Shawn saw that and tried to hook up another kid with a baseball but that one fell short and ended up in the bullpen out of reach of my glove trick. The cool thing about Shawn is that he didn’t give up. He actually walked into the bullpen shown here…

…and started hooking up fans with the remaining few baseballs in the bullpen. Since I was standing there I decided to accept the offer from Shawn. I mean, I really didn’t have a choice. And I try really hard not to ask players for baseballs but it felt really good to finally be able to add Shawn Kelley to the long list of baseball players that have thrown me a ball. If you’d like to take a gander at that list, click here. Yeah, that’s a lot of players, I know. And as I continue my quest to 1,000 baseballs and beyond, I can only assume the list will continue to grow.

Here’s the baseball that Kelley tossed me:

It was pretty beat up and that’s what made it unique. It had character. It had some Major League miles on it. Grass stains and plastic smudges from where i has hit off plastic seats in the bleachers…very cool.

From there, I wandered out into the centerfield stands and waited on home run balls. Barely anything made it out to me and the ones that were remotely close, Tom Wilhelmsen and Charlie Furbush were out shagging. I was hoping for a ground-rule double at some point and then a deep fly ball was lofted in my direction. I thought it had a chance to at least make it to the warning track. I lined up perfectly behind it and waited on the bounce and then out of no where Wilhelmsen came racing in to try to make the catch! The ball barely tipped off his glove but that gave it enough lift to force the ball up and over the fence and into the seats! I couldn’t believe it! The ball clanked off a few seat backs and eventually rolled to my feet!

Theres a sweet little blue smudge on this one. Not sure how it got there but it’s still pretty awesome.

After the Mariners trotted off the field, I stayed in the ‘Pen for the remainder of batting practice. Not one baseball was tossed to the fans and nothing came close enough to catch. I thought Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder would send a few to center field or even into the bullpens but I guess they were saving their energy for the game.

Remember the pictures of the signs from yesterday’s game? Well, another friend of mine, Joanna, made a sign for today’s game. Here, take a look:

In addition to the awesome signs made up for this game, I snuck over to the Tigers side of the stadium and snagged a quick picture with Phil Coke:

If it looks like I’m taller than him, I’m really not. Coke was standing on the field and I had the security guard take the picture. How awesome is that, though? Another goal I’m striving for is to get a picture with one player per every team in the Major Leagues. I think this picture puts me at 13 or 14. I still have a long ways to go because it’s not easy to get pictures with baseball players all the time. Sometimes when I’m chasing pictures with players, I have to make a decision on whether to get the picture, snag an autograph or go for a baseball. Decisions, decisions.

 

I’m snagging baseballs for puppies again this season for the Seattle Humane Society! If you want to check out my charity information, just click here!

Last season, with the help of all of you, we were able to raise over $250 dollars! This year I’d like to break $300!

Today’s game snagging Highlights: Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners- attendance 16,655

Baseballs snagged: three (found one, Shawn Kelley toss-up, BP HR)

Total baseballs snagged this season: 36

Total baseballs snagged last season: 135

Total dollars raised at this game: $6.12

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies this season: $70.14

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies last season: $257.00

Total number of donors this season: 9

Total number of donors last season: 7

If you’d like to join my official Snagging Baseballs for Puppies Facebook page, just click here! And if you want to like Collection of Baseball on Facebook, click here!

5-8-2012 Safeco Field

Yesterday’s Mariners game at Safeco Field was a lot of fun. Not only did the Mariners win in walk-off fashion, but some of my friends brought some extremely creative signs for their favorite Mariner players:

The posters were so awesome that, as you can see, the Root Sports guy had to come down and put them on tv for the opening part of the baseball game. And Kyle Seager has been an absolute beast for the Mariners thus far.

The Mariners winning last night, John Jaso and Jesus Montero coming up big for the Mariners, my evening started out like this:

Yes, that is my baseball glove in the visitors bullpen. How did it get there? Well, I’ll tell you. See the baseball laying next to it? I was attempting to glove-trick that specific baseball and impress the many onlookers that watched. Instead, as I was lowering down my glove, the material I used to tie onto my glove, broke. I felt like a total jack-ass. The good thing is, this doesn’t look like anything. And all I had to say to the bullpen cop (who I thanked sincerely) was my glove fell down into the bullpen. If anyone asked, well, I was trying to get an autograph, right? That’s what it looked like, anyway. The other good thing was, I was able to get the baseball but my glove-trick was a complete train-wreck:

I attempted a quick repair, but it was useless to repair this mess. I tossed the string and moved on.

My second and final baseball came from Doug Fister. Here’s how it happened: I was standing in the ‘Pen after my glove-trick had busted where I thought I’d rely on a few toss-ups from the Tigers pitchers. When Doug Fister came screaming in to centerfield to snag a BP line drive, everyone started calling out to him. As little as I’ve seen Doug Fister interact with the crowd, it hasn’t been much. He usually just tosses baseballs into the crowd without really looking. Knowing this, I set up in the back of the group of people who Fister was in line with and waited. As soon as I saw the baseball come flying over the fence, I waited for the initial bobble and then pounced on the baseball as it headed back my way. I reached across my body to make a back-handed snag but the ball ricocheted off the tip of my glove, bounced off the short wall near the back of the ‘Pen, caromed off the garbage can and rolled to my feet. I scooped it up and tossed it to the nearest fan that I thought had initially touched it after Fister threw it in.

Again, like last night, the Mariners were trailing going into the bottom of the ninth. Another barn burner? Yes please! This time, Jose Valverde was on the hill and I absolutely love watching this dude pitch! Things started out in the Mariners favor; Carp walked, Saunders walked and then Ackley struck out swinging. With Figgins pinch-running at second for Mike Carp, I thought for sure Seattle would tack on a run or two here. But Brendan Ryan grounded into a force play at 2nd and narrowly beat the throw to first. Still, with hope and Figgins at 3rd, I thought good things were going to happen. A gutsy call from Wedge to send Ryan down to second with a stolen base lined everything up for the Mariners. Ichiro got intentionally walked which would bring up Jesus Montero…

 

…but then this happened:

Game over.

I’m snagging baseballs for puppies again this season for the Seattle Humane Society! If you want to check out my charity information, just click here!

Last season, with the help of all of you, we were able to raise over $250 dollars! This year I’d like to break $300!

Today’s game snagging Highlights: Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners- attendance 13,455

Baseballs snagged: three (glove-tricked on, Doug Fister toss-up)

Total baseballs snagged this season: 33

Total baseballs snagged last season: 135

Total dollars raised at this game: $4.08

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies this season: $64.02

Total dollars raised for Snagging Baseballs for Puppies last season: $257.00

Total number of donors this season: 9

Total number of donors last season: 7

If you’d like to join my official Snagging Baseballs for Puppies Facebook page, just click here! And if you want to like Collection of Baseball on Facebook, click here!

 

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