Orioles vs. Red Sox 4/27/11+4/28/11

People STILL are coming here looking for the post on the
Jose Valverde spitting incident.  Here. Here it is.


Sorry for the delay, folks. 
Finals week[s] here at school, so been bogged down with more work than
one could imagine (yes, I’m a classic procrastinator).


Last week, I was at the entire 3 game Red Sox series.  I posted then about the Tuesday game when I was
on the field for BP.  I got 0 baseballs
that day, but it was still fantastic. 
Check out more on that entry here
(some good pictures, if I may say so myself).


So without getting a baseball at the game before, I got back
at it today.  And fast.


I would add the seating chart with ball locations, but they
are all clumped together so it would be hard to direct to which is which.  But here they are by description:


Ball 1 was tossed to me by an usher named Al.  He works the sections in LF next to Miss
Kelly (who works 82-86).  He’s a cool
dude.  If you’re out in the LF lower box
area, be nice to him.  Always says hey to
me every day.


Ball 2 was a horrible call on my part, but still got
it.  Headed my way about 10 rows into
section 82 (2 over from bullpen) and I reach my glove out for it and it blows
by into the seat and I picked it up from the seat.  I remember this happening and all of us
laughing about it.  I still have no idea
what happened, but the best reason we could come up with is allergies acting up
and my eyes were all watery (according to like 3 people) but who knows.


Ball 3 started the streak of balls that bounced away from
Ben and right into my direction.  If you
don’t know who Ben is, refer back to my new glossary of people that I put up last week or so.  It was a Robert Andino pulled down the
line.  Ben was a full section closer, but
also 8 or so rows farther down.  As he
got closer to it, it took a bounce and went right towards me and I barehanded
it off some other guy’s glove.


Ball 4 was a ball that Reynolds hit to the top of section
80, and Ben ran up completely to get it, but it took a bounce off the wall of
the aisle, then hit a chair, right to me like 4 rows down a section over.  No joke. 
And Ben was pissed (no worries, folks, he still had 5 on the day).  I would have been, too, if I were him.


Ball 5 was a Jake Fox HR, his last on the day
coincidentally, that landed somewhere and I got it.  I don’t remember it, I just have that written
down on my phone that it was his last on the day and I caught it just not on
the fly.


Ball 6 a Dustin Pedroia home run hit towards the beginning
of Red Sox BP that I got somewhere around section 82 I know.  Don’t remember how, but I know it also was
not on the fly.  Just going off my basic
notes from a week ago here, people.


Okay, fine.  Here’s
the ball chart.  Though I didn’t label
each individually, but when I put them on, I did roughly estimate where each
one was to the best of my knowledge, so have fun trying to match them all up:




So there, I had 6 balls on the day, none on the fly with my
crappy vision.  My record for a single
game, by the way, was 6.  People are
always surprised by that since most ballhawks have their days of double digits
and such.


Well, I spent the rest of the day being just close to
baseballs, but never reaching number 7. 
We had some troubles getting Mark Connor to toss us one of the 5 or so
lying in the O’s bullpen, but whatever.


I ended with 6.


Baseballs glove oriole park


There are 7 pictured there. 
It includes my one spare I always have on me (in case I get none and
want to a) give one away or b) get one signed). 
I just didn’t feel like going through my notes to figure out which was
the odd ball out.


Josh Beckett was on the mound for the Red Sox, meaning it
was going to be a looonnnggg night.


Josh Beckett warmup Oriole Park 42711


Stayed in LF with people. 
Don’t remember who was there besides the usuals (Matt, Ben, Tim).


Spent the last 3 innings or so between the flag court, CF
seats, and going for foul balls.  Here
were some of my different views as I positioned myself all around based on the


Oriole Park View 1 42711

Oriole Park View 2 42711






Season stats:


Baseballs: 33 (22
hit, 7 on fly, 8 toss up, 3 found)

Autographs: 4
(Scherzer, Guerrero, Oliver, Pavano)

Orioles home games
attended: 12

Orioles total games
attended: 12

Total MLB games
attended: 12

Total baseball
games attended (MLB+MiLB): 12

Rainouts: 2




Then there was Wednesday’s (4/28) game.


I got three Orioles BP home runs,
including two from Mark Reynolds, one of which was on the fly.  I don’t remember where around, I just know I
got them.  And all of my baseballs have
gotten jumbled up lately, so I don’t know which to photograph to show you.  You’ll just have to believe me.  If you don’t, well… I don’t really care.  I know what I did.


For Red Sox BP, I went over to the flag
court when the group came up including Carl Crawford and Big Papi.  Tim and Ben were also over there, so I had
some solid competition.  Papi hit a blast
that I caught on the fly about 5 feet behind where I was standing and 10 feet
in front of Ben.  I guess he laid off, or
didn’t see it, or something.  But I
jumped a bit back and caught it uncontested.


Mission accomplished.  I had gone over to the flag court for two BP
sections now in my LIFE.  This time, and
the one time against the Twins.  Both
times, my goal was to get a ball on the fly from the ultimate mashers from
those two teams: Jim Thome and David Ortiz.




This night was interesting.  I ran back and forth between LF and the flag
court for the first 5 innings or so based on who was hitting.  It was a RHP for the O’s, so the Red Sox were
STACKED lefty.  Then from innings 6 and
on, I spent time in the flag court or CF seats for lefties and then moved down
the 1B side playing for foul balls for righties.


I got nothing.  But hey, it was fun trying it for the night,
the whole running around playing the odds for a game ball thing.


Here’s a picture I got earlier in the
game of the scene:


Oriole Park Left Field 42811


That’s Tim’s head on the bottom.


Looking at my camera, that is THE only
picture I took at the game.


So yeah. 
But I’m writing this on Saturday night, 5/7.  I have been to a game since, and will write
about that one soon, which has MANY more pictures and a bit of exciting news.  Stay tuned.

Orioles game tomorrow will be exciting for one reason: Fundraiser.  I wrote about it way back in this post, and it’s finally happening tomorrow. Zevi and I sold tickets to tomorrow’s game to support The Red Devils, and we hope it’s a big success.

Well… peace.


Season stats:


Baseballs: 37 (26
hit, 9 on fly, 8 toss up, 3 found)

Autographs: 4
(Scherzer, Guerrero, Oliver, Pavano)

Orioles home games
attended: 13

Orioles total games
attended: 13

Total MLB games
attended: 13

Total baseball
games attended (MLB+MiLB): 13

Rainouts: 2


Oh, and by the way, in case anybody hasn’t seen it yet, here’s the newly released logo for the 2011 World Series:

World Series 2011 MLB logo


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Email me at: indiansfan621 at aim dot com


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