April 27, 2013

2013 Season started off on April 27, 2013 for me. I went with a friend to this game. There is nothing better than pulling up to a ball park and seeing the field. We pulled down Brookline Ave and parked in the same parking lot I always do. We started walking to the field to Yawkey Way:

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We had time to kill so we went to the different shops around Yawkey Way and headed to Gate C which is on Lansdowne Street to go into the ball park for 4:40 for Red Sox Nation. The Red Sox Nation workers come around and check for tickets and hand out Red Sox Nation paper wrist bands:

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When you wait in line you are almost into the Ball Park and can be a tease. Sometimes the line is short and other times its long. When the line is short and you get a good spot your standing in the gate looking in and can see the stairs leading up to the outfield stands where I would be going:

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There wasn’t a lot of people in line for the game. At 4:40 we were let in. I then went to my usual spot in the outfield stands. Here is my view:

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It didn’t take very long to get a ball. Ryan Lavarnway tossed up a ball:

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In five minutes I got two baseballs. Second one thrown up by Ryan Dempster:

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After trying to see if I could get any more baseballs buy players hitting them I moved over to the right field stands near the bullpen. Thats where John Lackey threw up a ball to the stands. I got that ball:

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That was all for the Red Sox batting practice. I went back over to my spot for the Astros batting practice. I took off my Red Sox hat and Red Sox jersey. I had only a Astros Hat so I had a regular T-shirt on. The first ball came off a hit. It was a home run bp baseball! Not only was it a bp homerun ball it was also an Astros 50th Baseball! for my 4th baseball of the day:

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I then went over to the right field stand to try to get a ball near the bullpen area. Coach Jeff Murphy threw me and my friend a ball. The ball was a regular MLB baseball was hoping number 5 of the night would also be a 50th:

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When the gates opened at 5:40 i headed over to left field bleachers to try to get a ball:

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We met with the Astros starting pitcher, Brad Peacock’s dad. We talked to him for a while. He talked about how his son was very nervous pitching against David Ortiz. We talked to him until he needed to go to right field to the bullpens to tell his son good luck. After waiting around for a ball to come to this side one did. One of the Astros’s players who I didn’t know their name tossed me the ball for ball #6 of the day. I quickly put the ball into my pocket and me and my friend went to get food and drinks. I got my souvenir soda and by the time we got our food and drinks the Red Sox started warming up for the game. We went down to the Red Sox dugout to see if we could get anything there:

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I knew that getting anything now would be hard to get. The National Anthem started playing. Any Autographs for this game was out of the question but a ball wasn’t. Will Middlebrooks and Mike Napoli started playing catch and I knew I had a shot at that ball. Mike Napoli was on my left so I was hoping he ended with the ball which he did. He then tossed the ball up to me for my 7th of the day tying a personal best for me. Here is the ball:

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We sat in some seats that were empty and got to see an inning there including the first inning where Felix Doubront pitched in the inning allowing 2 runs to score. Here is the first pitch of the game:

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After the inning we got kicked out of our seats and went to our seats we had tickets for. My night of ballhawking was done. We had a great view and enjoyed the nice evening of baseball. The Sox were doing by one hot dog get one for free so we participated in that. The event didn’t count with the walking vendors so I ended up buying 5 hot dogs for the price of 3. Later in the game I went up to vendors inside to get hot dogs and came back to my seat with 4:

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The Red Sox ended up winning the game 8-4. With Doubront getting the win and Peacock getting the lost.

Ballhawking Stats for the Season:

  • 7 Balls in this game
  • 7 Balls in one game = 7.00 Average
  • Baseballs #124 – #130 lifetime
  • Special Baseballs: Astros 50th Baseball

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