5/23/15 at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium

I arrived about 40 minutes before first pitch. I went behind the fence in left field and found a ball. I didn’t not get any balls inside but I asked the Mud acts manager, Luis Salazar, if I could get the lineup card after the game. During the game, I found another ball outside and then a Mudcats player threw me a ball from the bullpen without me even asking. After the game, I got the lineup card and a game ball box. Interestingly, the lineup card was from the Mudcats and Potomac Nationals game a few days before.  

  

 I have never gotten a lineup card from a previous game before. I gave two of the balls away to little kids from my school (it was our school night). I will be at the Orioles and Phillies game in Baltimore on Tuesday. Expect a long post about that.

2015 Stats

5/12/15 at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium

This was my first game of the 2015 season. My dad and I headed down to Wilmington to see the Blue Rocks play the Potomac Nationals. I was particularly excited for this game because MLB Veteran Rafael Furcal was working his way up the Royals minor league system. He was recovering from a torn ACL and had just joined Wilmington after leaving extended Spring Training. He made it up to Double AA but then retired. I arrived at about 6:10 for the 6:35 start, so I missed batting practice. But Lucas Giolito was charting that night and when he walked up into the stands I got him to sign both of my 8×10 photos (he personalized both). Then I got a toss up from an unknown Potomac National and went to my seat by the Blue Rocks bullpen.  

 I then got Giolito to sign this ball after the game and got a picture with him.  

 He was a really nice guy. Also, I managed to get the lineup card from the Potomac Manager.  

   I will be going to the game tomorrow and will have a much longer post about that game. Hopefully I will be there for BP.    
2015 Stats

1 game

1 ball

1.00 balls per game

High-A Blue Rocks announce roster

Blue Rocks 2015 Roster

Drinking the Royals Blue Aid

For the first time in years, there are more than a few familiar faces on the Wilmington Blue Rocks Opening Day roster. Eleven to be exact. However, there are just three pitchers back in a Blue Rocks uniform.

Here is the complete roster:

Wilmington_Blue_Rocks_2010_2Pitchers: Matt Alvarez, Yender Caramo, Estarlin Cordero, Andrew Edwards, Luke Farrell, Nick Green, Jakob Junis, Alec Mills, Benino Pruneda, Cody Reed, Luis Rico, Eric Skoglund, and Robinson Yambati.

Catchers: Zane Evans and Cam Gallagher. Evans is a bit of a surprise, considering he started the three Double-A spring games I attended.

Infielders: Frank Schwindel, Kenny Diekroeger, Jack Lopez, Ramon Torres, Robert Pehl, and Mauricio Ramos.

Outfielders: Bubba Starling, Daniel Rockett, Dominique Taylor, and Logan Moon.

For fans, the name Benino Pruneda may sound familiar. He closed out the second of back-to-back no-hitters for Lynchburg last season against the Blue Rocks.

Two of the new Blue Rocks, Nick Green…

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8/11/14 at Cal Ripken Stadium

This was my first Ironbirds game. I had always seen the stadium from the highway, but had never been to a game.IMG_5520 We arrived at about 5:45, 15 minutes before the gates opened. It was Cal Ripken Sr. Bobblehead Night

IMG_0111 . Our seats were in section 101, just to the right of home plate. I had about an hour before first pitch so I went exploring. The bullpens are behind the outfield fence near the clubhouses.P1060848 A Jammers pitcher hooked me up with my first ball. I got some Jammers to sign my team sheet while I waited for the Jammers manager to ask for the lineup card. He said he saves them for stats to help him :(. I got another ball during warmups. The highlight of the night was getting a picture with Cal Ripken Jr. after he threw out the first pitch.IMG_5536 Overall it was a great night and I can’t wait to go back next season.

5/30/14 at Citizens Bank Park

At the last minute, my family decided to go to the Phillies game so I quickly bought some tickets in section 434. I couldn’t pack all my gear in time, but I got most of the essentials. We arrived at about 5:15 (15 minutes late). IMG_4332 We saw the last few minutes of Phillies BP and my sister got the last ball, a tossup from an unkown Phillie.IMG_4335My sisters took pictures for me so I don’t have many to share. I headed towards the foul poul and sprinted into foul territory once it opened. Henry Mejia was leaning where the ballgirl sits and he said he would “sign after BP.” Even though I was right there with my card out… During Mets BP my family mainly stayed in centerfield. IMG_4336 Mejia threw up tons of balls, but mostly to the same little kids every time, but he did throw one to my dad. I spent my time in the pizza wedge (section 101) and in foul territory near the rightfield foul pole. I tried to get a ball from the Mets bullpen catcher, but it wasn’t meant to be… I had one chance at a homer in center, but it landed a few rows above me and then bounced back down. If I’d been either a few rows higher or lower it would have been mine. Plus the Mets were barely hitting and homers, and most of them went to a very crowded right field. I went back to center and say Bartolo Colon with a ball so I yelled “Bartoloooooo.” He turned around, but I guess his hearing is bad so he threw the ball to some dude 10 feet to my left smh. BP ended and we went to get food. IMG_4338 First we had to stop at Chickie’s and Pete’s obviously.IMG_4340 I ate my cheesetseak in section 101 and watched Burnett warm up, hoping to get a ball when he was done.image-2 Sure enough, Jesus Tiamo flipped me a ball after AJ was finished. Here I am waiting.IMG_4341 We decided to sit in our actual seats: section 434 row 1.IMG_4354 Not bad.IMG_4346 Skyline. IMG_4359 My sister’s first career ball. I trained her well.Dom Bomb 3 RUN DOM BOMB!!! The game went into 14 innings and the Phillies won on a walkoff single by Reid Brignac. We moved down and sat in the outfield in the 9th. I got a postgame tossup from Jeff Manship. The game took 5 hours 23 minutes.

STATS

2 balls

1 game

2.oo BPG

5/22/14 at Frawley Stadium

This is my 2nd Blue Rocks game of the season and it was a 10:35 start. It was intended for school trips to come so as you can imagine, it was a madhouse.

20140523-091629.jpgThats just a few of the buses… We had General Admission seats and I snagged a foul ball up there (the only one hit there all day), which was my 30th career MiLB ball

20140530-130458.jpg I later went outside the stadium and got a tossup from the Mudcats bullpen.

20140530-130741.jpg It was a practice ball

20140530-130807.jpg The Blue rocks lost 3-2. After the game, the Mudcats manager Scooter Tucker gave me the lineup card.

20140530-131524.jpg In the parking lot, I gave the practice ball to a young fan in Phillies gear, who depressed that he didn’t snag a ball. Stay tuned for more posts soon, including the California/Carolina League All Star Game and Home Run Derby in mid-June.

SEASON STATS
2 Games
3 Balls
1.5 BPG
31 Career Balls

Spring Training Game 3 – 3/11/14 Champion Stadium

Hey Guys,

Here is my final Spring Training post. I couldn’t do it earlier because of school but now school is winding down so get ready for lots of ballhawking action. So for this game my dad and I left Clearwater around 8:30, stopped at Waffle House, and entered the gates around 10:45. IMG_5239 My hat is at a a funny angle lol. I headed for the left field berm, but then a bunch of Phillies players headed for the batting cages so I waited for autos.IMG_5243 This pathway to the batting cages is an autograph collectors dream!IMG_5267 IMG_5270 Here is Kevin Frandsen signing. IMG_5294 Big piece signing.IMG_5301 This is my favorite picture of the whole trip. Me and Ruf.IMG_5307 My dad and I on top of the berm. I snagged 3 balls, tossup from a Braves pitcher, long tossup from Dom Brown, and a ball I snagged on the walkway. For autos I got Ryan Howard, Darin Ruf, Maikel Franco, Kevin Frandsen, John Mayberry, and a few others on my team balls. An usher said he had never seen a visiting team sign that many autos before, but hey Phillies fans travel well! I didn’t get any game balls because I was on the Braves side. Overall it was an incredible trip. My dad and I had a great time. Stay tuned for some Blue Rocks posts soon.