Got invited by my friend Kevin (found here)
to his company’s field box seats at Shea again last night, for the Mets game against the Rockies.
We got there about 45 minutes early, so the Rockies were just ending BP. We were standing, just taking in the sights and sounds on a beautiful Fall night. A voice called out "hey Diane!"
It was Zack Hample, aka "The Baseball Collector"
Zack has collected over 2,700 baseballs from over 40 different stadia, and he also plays Scrabble (which is how I know him/met him).
You can read his description of his night, which was quite impressive from the "memorabilia" standpoint.
Here are the bloggers ….
I myself snagged a game-used baseball. It was a ball pitched by Tom Glavine, bunted foul by Rockies starting pitcher Sunny Kim, picked up and tossed to me by Clint Barmes.
Wright hit 2 dingers and reached 100 RBI, Piazza crushed a HR to the back of the bleachers, Glavine K’ed 11 and pitched a CG 2-hitter, and the Mets won 11-0.
Not a bad night at all.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Orioles have managed to play roughly .500 ball for the first two months of the season, only to collapse thereafter. This year’s collapse, though not as dramatic as the 2002 season’s 4-32 finish, has to be more disappointing, based on the .600 start through the latter part of June.
Explanations for this phenomenon? Ya’ got me … but most likely lack of depth, especially in their starting pitching.
Anyway, here is the breakdown of the "breakdown" in each of the last 5 years.
"The Royals can tie the franchise single-season mark with their 104th loss of the season when they meet the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Although they have won six of their last 10 games, the Royals are 20-56 on the road and can match their loss total of last year. They have already set a team record for fewest road wins in a season."
Somehow I doubt there will be any fans selling their ticket stubs from this event on e-bay.
I was invited by my friend Kevin McCarthy to join him in his company’s corporate box in the first row behind the visiting dugout at Shea on Thursday, September 15, as the Mets faced off against the Washington Nationals.
With such sweet seats, the view was great, and the chance for autographs and other perks was ample.
Preston Wilson singled in the 5th inning, and the ball eventually made it back to the Nationals dugout. One of the Nationals coaches had tossed a couple of balls to some young kids earlier in the game, and this time, he tossed one in our direction. Kevin snagged it, and promptly gave it to me. My first game-used ball!
(Kevin also secured a Mike Piazza game-used ball, tossed by Nick Johnson)
So Mr. Hample, I’m only 2,600+ behind you now ….
My friend Kevin McCarthy offered this snappy one up to me yesterday, as Braden Looper was blowing his 7th save opportunity in 35 chances …
Q. How do you say "Braden Looper" in Spanish?
A. "Armando Benitez"
"AUGUSTA, Ga. — Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp was sentenced to federal prison for roughly three years for conspiring to steal more than $2 million from a mental health agency."
But the prison’s baseball team suddenly becomes much more formidable …