I was really pumped up for this game, mainly because it was the third MLB game of my life. I had snagged two balls at a 2011 game at Turner Field, and then another four earlier this July also at Turner Field. They were playing the Marlins, so I also knew I might have a shot at one of the Marlins commemorative baseballs they are using this year. Anyway, I took some pictures outside the stadium when I first got there, because I knew that I might decide to start a blog. That being said, this could be a little rough. Here was my view of the stadium when I walked up to it.
Then I took a picture of my little brother Grant who came along with me.
And then I wandered around the place taking pictures of various Braves statues like these:
Hank Aaron and his biggg swing:
And several more:
Then we checked ut the wall that had the Braves history written on it:
In case you can’t tell, it says “Longest continualy operating franchise in Major League Baseball.”
Right next to the gate there is a spot telling you how far away home plate is:
I took a picture of the seats inside:
And I was ready to go!
As you can see, I have my Marlins t shirt under my Braves shirt.
Now, before I go on, I must confess that I got into “the mode” and only took two pictures during bp. I know, I am not the greatest at this. Anyway, as soon as I ran in I found a ball in the gap, and pulled it out with my cup trick. After that, I settled in left field, and cought a hr that landed in the seats. Than I caught one on the fly, and ran through a row to catch another on the fly. Wow! I just whizzed through that, please excuse me.
Right after the Marlins started bp, I ran all the way over to right center and fished a ball out of the gap. It was surprising, because it sat there for five minutes, and I assumed a security guard would pick it up. But, no one did, and I ran over and got it. My “final” ball of the day was thrown by Heath Bell. I was literally the only fan in Marlins gear, so it was an easy choice for him. Here is a picture of Heath right before he threw it to me:
Sorry it is blurry, I was very busy. Right after I got the ball, another Marlins player, Randall Delgado came and tossed a ball to a kid that dropped it, so I picked it up and gave it to him. I know some ballhawks will count that, but I decided against it. Anyway, here is a picture with Delgado on the left, and Heath on the right:
If you didn’t know what the gap was earlier that is a picture of it between the outfield wall and the stands.
As for the game, the Braves won with a walk off home run in the 9th!
Here is a picture of the six baseballs I gained:
6 balls at this game
12 lifetime balls in 3 games
3 games in a row with at least one ball
3 games in a row with at least two balls
There is my first ever blog entry!