May 12, 2013

A friend bought me tickets for me to go to a game with him. This is very common for me to get tickets because my friends want to go to a game with me and see how I get all these baseballs. Since the game was a Sunday I knew there wasn’t going to be Batting Practice but that wouldn’t stop the hawk. I wasn’t rushing  to get in line. It was also a rainy afternoon so I didn’t expect people to be in line. So we viewed the statues out on the intersection of Ipswich St. and Van Ness St at Gate B. We went and saw the two statues of Ted William and Teammates.  Here is the Teammate Statue that has Red Sox Teammates Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr:

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We then went to the gate C to get in early for Red Sox Nation:

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Gate C is located right behind the Scoreboard on Lansdowne St. When we arrived around 30 minutes to the gate being open, no one was there but the security guards. Before the gate open a couple people showed up. So we went into the ball park when they let us in. I walked right to the bullpens to see if anyone was throwing a bullpen session. Franklin Morales was doing a bullpen session, coming back from the 60 day disabled list. He was just finishing when we got there. He tossed me a ball for my first of the day and I asked him if he could sign it. He then took the ball back signed it and gave it back:

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After Morales starting walking back there was no sight of any players so we went up to the Monster to check out the view. It was a nice view but the tarp on the field was not a sight I wanted to see. Players from the Blue Jays started coming out and so we headed back down to the bullpen area to see if any players would come and throw. Brandon Morrow came over and threw a bullpen session:

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He later tossed me up this which was my second baseball of the day:

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As soon as the rest of the gates opened I went to the left field stands to where the rest of the Blue Jays were throwing. Bret Cecil was tossing with another Blue Jays player who I didn’t recognize. I watched them throw until they were done. Then I called out his name and he tossed me the ball for my third of the day. He also came over signed for fans so I also got him to sign on the ball he tossedme. I found it strange that Bret had Bryton 27 on his glove. Which I late found out was his son name. Here is Bret Cecil signing the ball:

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The Blue Jays players started going back into the dugout to get ready. So I went over to the dugout where I normally go to try to get players to sign and maybe get a ball or two. Then they started coming out to stretch. Since it was Mother’s Day the Red Sox had a special mascot for the day. Wally’s mom came to the ball park to spend the day on the job with her son:

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The Blue Jays started to stretching and then Bret Lawrie started playing 3-way catch with Munnori Kawasaki and Edwin Encarnacion:

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I watched them play catch until they were done. Lawrie then tossed the ball towards me. I caught it for my forth ball of the game. He then turned and went over to sign autographs to the far left of me past the media:

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At the time I didn’t think to move over there and I hoped he would sign where I was but I was out of luck. I was hoping he would sign the ball that he threw to me which is here:

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I ran out of luck with the autographs for the rest of the game because they started lining up for the National Anthem:

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Soon the game started. Ryan Dempster was pitching for the Sox and Chad Jenkins was pitching for the Blue Jays. Here is the first pitch from the game:

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The first inning looked like a good chance to get a ball with Napoli grounding out to end the inning. Adam Lind was playing first and I knew I had a shot to get the ball.  He tossed me the ball. I had the ball in my glove for more than a second and the guy in front on me knocked it out of my glove. I tried grabbing for it as it went down the dugout. I couldn’t reach it and someone else got the ball. I was frustrated because I noticed that the ball was pink laced as it rolled down the dugout. I was gonna do what ever I could to get this special ball but had to wait. The Red Sox didn’t score yet but they had chances. They didn’t have much going for them until Mike Napoli hit a home run in the 4th inning. Here is him rounding 3rd:

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I was still out of luck until the top of the 6th inning. Andrew Miller was pitching to Colby Rasmus. Rasmus hit a foul ball into the dugout and one of the players then tossed the ball to me. There it was the pink Mother’s Day ball for my 5th ball of the day:

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The Blue Jays then scored more runs in the inning. To lead the sox 10-1. People started leaving so more and more seats opened around us. The Sox scored later that inning to bring the game 10-2 into the 7th inning. No runs were scored until the bottom of the 8th when Pedro Ciriaco hit a home run and Salty grounded into a fielders choice that scored Nap. The Score was 10-4 now but then the Jays answered with runs of their own in the top of the 9th. The game ended up with the Blue Jays winning the game 12-4.

Ballhawking Stats for the Season:

  • 5 Balls in this game
  • 12 Balls in two game this season = 6.00 Average on the season
  • Baseballs #131 – #135 lifetime
  • Special Baseballs: Mothers Day Baseball
  • Autographs:  Bret Cecil (Blue Jays), Franklin Morales (Red Sox)
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