Puppies… and a Baseball Game – Balls 355-359 (September 17, 2014)

Detroit Tigers 4 – Minnesota Twins 8

Target Field – Minneapolis, MN

September 17, 2014


While it is exciting to go to a baseball game, no matter the standings, score, or any other “stats”, getting confirmation that you are getting your first puppy (at least first as an adult/owner) kind of dwarfs any baseball news.

So without further adieu, here she is…


Her name is not determined yet, but once she is HOME on September 27th, she will be given a great identity and hopefully a greater home.  She’s at least three quarters lab and up to a quarter something unknwon (possibly blue heeler, according to the owner).  The mother, the purebred, got a little frisky with the neighbor’s dog – the “mutt” – and the result was a litter of NINE puppies that were sold at only $25 a piece!  After a few weeks of feeling unlucky and thinking the only dogs we could get our hands on were going to cost us an arm and a leg, we scored this lovely girl at a crazy-low price.

I guess that’s enough about her… for now.  Once the season ends and I have met her (and taken the inevitable hundreds of photos and videos) I can post a Puppy-centric post.

Awkward segue in 3, 2, 1…

So how about that baseball game?  The Twins may be out of contention, but playing spoilers to the dreams of an AL Central crown is kind of fun.  I think the majority of Minnesotans (and maybe even the rest of the country) are pulling for the Kansas City Royals.  The Twins did their part this series and especially last night against Mr. David Price.

Also, there is something new outside of the stadium.  Something in bronze that will permenantly call back to the 2014 All-Star Game…


Ball #1:


I am a firm believer that if you show up early and pay enough attention at the gates, good things will happen.  The first ball of the day was no excpetion, it only validated my belief.  Being on the board before even setting foot inside the stadium is a good feeling.

Ball #2:


After striking out during the last part of the Twins’ BP, I came through in left field during the Tigers’ portion.  This ball and the next were both snagged on the fly (with my catchers mitt, since that’s all I brought) off the bat of an unknown Tigers slugger.  one may have been from JD Martinez.

Ball #3:


Like I said above, snagged on the fly from a Tiger’s bat.

Ball #4:


I decided to go in to the home plate area after the majority of the Tigers took their hacks.  Expanded rosters mean some less powerful bats and more positional hitting.  This ball was from Oswaldo Arcia just before the game started – from the ball bag containing al lthe game-rubbed balls.

After that, I had a little bit of food, then walked around the stadium and even stopped by one of my favorite places:


That’s the view from a few feet behind the spot where I caught the Vargas HR.  What a beautiful view.

Ball #5:


After the 7th inning stretch, with Trevor Plouffe on deck, waiting to lead off the bottom of the 7th, a warm-up pitch in the dirt was tossed towards the Twins’ dugout.  Trevor picked it up and tossed it to me.  EXCELLENT!


After the game I was tossed something special, as seen in the group shot below…


Danny Santana’s batting gloves!  These were tossed by this season’s MVP (Most Valuable Plouffe’s-new-hairdo-helper).  I was unsure whose they were, but seeing a replay of Danny wearing what appeared to be Franklin gloves, led me to Google images and a definite style match…



Thank yous:

  • Target Field Gate Worker
  • Oswaldo Arcia
  • Detroit Tigers sluggers
  • Trevor Plouffe
  • Dominque
  • Danny Santana – Thanks for ripping a hole in the gloves, at least.

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