My goal this trip was 30 balls. I didn’t publish it, but that was my hope/goal. I thought I had a chance after my numbers from yesterday (11), but never did I guess that I’d do it in only two games.
This was the scene before Hurricane Tony hit; the newly renovated Hammond Stadium.
Batting cages. That’s all I can say about it. No player help, no worker, just batting cages.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one already… Batting cages.
The first ball inside the newly remodeled stadium – and the much anticipated LF grass area – was tossed to me by a Twins trainer.
Unknown Twin hit a homer. I pounced on it.
Dan Rohlfing home run. This new LF grass area is AWESOME!
Pedro Florimón was jogging around the warning track and I decided to ask.
A DEEP bomb hit into left-center meant I had to jog out of the grass and find where the ball went; Josh Willingham was the source if the powerful shot. The stadium was surprisingly bare.
This ball came from Alex Presley. It was the last one from the Twins. At this point I felt like 30 was within reach for the trip (only 10 left in 2 games).
With my new, cheap Jays shirt on, I worked on getting a toss-up from Derrick Chung. My catcher’s mitt helped.
The next Jay to toss me a ball was Sean Nolin.
A new personal best, at the hands of Rob Rassmussen.
Some nameless, numberless Jay rewarded me with this “unlucky” ball.
The focus on this picture is on Terry Steinbach (accidentally) because he was the one that tossed me the ball.
The new Twin, Kurt Suzuki, has found himself on the growing list of guys to donate a ball to me.
This square-number ball was the last of the BP/pre-game ball haul. Eduardo Escobar has been great to me for another year.
Top of the 6th ended with a double-play and on the way in Kennys Vargas tossed me this beauty.
I tried to get the bat-boy’s attention all game long; once he even have me the “I’m sorry, I can’t” mime. I tried once more in the 7th from the mote area, and at the same time he saw me and motioned for me to come down and get it. I went to the first row and got yet another gamer.
Are we there yet?! Yes, yes we are. The last ball of the game came after securing a lineup card from the Jays and a BP schedule for the Twins. This one was from a worker and was a leftover gamer from the batting helmet rack.
I also saw my first alligator today! Here it is in the swamp behind RF:
And here is the total haul from the game:
For those wondering, here’s how far away from home I am:
-Toronto Blue Jays
-and many more, but I am tired, so it’ll have to be written in the massive “road trip blog” post.