June 9th, 2012

6-9-12 (vs. San Diego)

I got back to Madison at 11:59 pm on Friday night, wrote the blog post about the day, and was in bed by 2:30 am. I got up at 10:00 and Victoria and I were on the road at 11:56. We made it to the Money Lot at 1:34, and I walked around for 30 minutes informing people about my mission and Be The Match. It can be fun and frustrating at the same time. One tailgate will be excited about either the baseball or my story, and then the next will have someone almost laughing at another member in their group as I’m telling them about the donor process and how easy it is to join the registry. I have no idea how I would react if someone came up to a tailgate I was in and explain what they’re doing, but I don’t think I would be tempted to laugh.

I met Victoria inside Miller Park at 2:20, and we went to section 225 to take game photo number 59. Only 103 games left to go, and it’s going by pretty fast.

After getting the picture we decided we wanted food, and we went to the Plaza Pavilion which is the outdoor concession stand near section 110 (first base side of the field level). Victoria got the Milwaukee steak sandwich and I had the brisket smothered bacon dog. Mine consisted of a bacon wrapped hot dog covered in BBQ’d brisket, caramelized onions, diced onions, and cheddar cheese. It’s $8.25 but was worth every penny. It deserves its own category but I’ll be including it in the hot dog count of the stats at the end.

We ate in the cross aisle below the press box so we could stay out of the sun as long as possible. After finishing we went to our seats, and sat down when it was a 2-2 count on the Padres leadoff hitter in the top of the first. I didn’t miss the first four pitches, and I saw them all as we walked under the press box windows to our seats. The Brewers got off to another great start, and took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Rickie Weeks in the bottom of the first. When Weeks was on second I got a picture of the contraption that he wears on his left hand. As you can see, it resembles an oven mitt. It’s to protect his hand on head first slides, and I think his brother wears one now as well (Jemile Weeks plays for the Oakland A’s).

In the top of the third the Padres tied it on an RBI infield single. The Brewers regained the one run advantage in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Maldonado. The Padres came back and scored a run in the fifth, two in the sixth, and another in the seventh. The Brewers failed to score after fourth, and they left a total of 11 on base. Final Score: Padres 5 – Brewers 2.

Victoria and I are staying at her Aunt and Uncle’s house in Sussex again, and we were planning on going to a movie but were exhausted after the game. We stopped and got a take and bake pizza from Papa Murphy’s and a six pack of 8 ounce Miller Lite’s. Victoria had wanted a beer with our Gourmet Vegetarian pizza, but the Pick ‘N Save doesn’t sell single beers, and she thought the 8 ounce cans were cute. I will admit that I felt like a giant when I was drinking one, which is just what I needed after the tough loss.

It’s supposed to be 90 degrees tomorrow, and in the sun the weather guy said it will feel like over 100. For 1:10 start times our seats don’t get shade until 3:00 or so. Long story short; Victoria and I aren’t going to the game tomorrow. Made you think for a second, didn’t I? HA. We might just watch from the concourse for an hour and then go to our seats so we don’t fry.

Personal Stats:

Daily:

Time inside Miller Park: 4 hours 9 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 5 hours 1 minute
Miles driven: 110.8
Sausages: 1 (Bacon covered hot dog)
Pitches Missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (289/289)
Current streak of pitches seen: 993

Season:

NEW – Brewers current record: 27-32 (.458 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 250 hours 29 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 293 hours 7 minutes
Miles driven: 5,213.3
Miles riding in car but not driving: 1,685.1
Public Transit miles: 262.7
Flight Miles: 11,263
Total distance traveled: 18,424.1 miles
NEW – Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 73.99% (18,424.1/24,901)
Sausages: 48 (20 Hot Dogs, 13 Polish, 6 Bratwurst, 4 Corndogs, 2 Italian, Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Chicken Apple Sausage)
Pitches missed: 40
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,469 (5/28 – 6/1)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.78% (17,859/17,899)

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6-8-12 (vs. San Diego)

Before the game on Friday was going to be the last time I’m at my parents’ house in Fort until after the June 18th game vs. the Blue Jays. For this reason I had some packing to do. I had to make sure I had the game number signs for the three games of the Padres series, the three vs. the Royals, three vs. the Twins, and then the sign for the first game of the Blue Jays series. I didn’t *just* need the game number signs, I needed to pack all the essentials as well.

Friday actually started with a 7:00 alarm to get ready for a 8:00 am dentist appointment. We’ve reached roughly the midpoint of my age 25 year, and I have yet to get a cavity. This might not seem like a big deal, but it’s one of my proudest achievements. I was planning on replacing my spark plugs on Friday as well, but an Advance Auto Parts worker didn’t understand what I wanted and after the mistake I didn’t have enough time. I won’t get into it but he sold me the wrong stuff when I clearly told him what I needed.

This is some foreshadowing but during the day I found a couple of these cups in my parents’ cupboard. I had forgotten all about them, and must have brought them home from a game back in 2003 or 2004. I can’t remember the last time I had a souvenir soda at Miller Park, so I’m not sure what year they are from. I tweeted the picture later in the day saying “Who would’ve thought that these two would grow up to be such good friends. Pretty good, no? If you’re not aware about my sausage preference; Polish is my favorite. Also, it’s a fake cookie if you weren’t sure.

I packed for the Padres series and the road trip and was on the road to Milwaukee at 3:40. After a major backup due to the 894 interchange I got to the Brewers 1 Lot at 4:54, and made my way to the general lot again. I’m trying to get back there more to hand out cards, and a former co-worker was also having a tailgate. After spending 30 minutes or so visiting with strangers I met up with Laura. Her office is actually right next to Pam’s, who joined me for Thursday’s game. Laura asked if I wanted to stop by and tell her friend about what I was doing. When I started he chimed in and said he had heard about it, but that someone else was on the quest with me. I disagreed but he was pretty sure. Finally he admitted that maybe it was a dream or something. I had Laura’s husband take a picture of the two of us before taking off. I’ll be going to the June 20th game with another former co-worker, Steve, and it’s nice to see some familiar faces. It’s also nice that they don’t hate me for quitting on them when the office was about to get hectic with a bunch of work.

I stopped by one more tailgate before making my way in, and I’m glad I did. I think they had about 10 people in their tailgate, and they were all in their early twenties. Like I said before I’m encouraging the younger population to join the registry and the older population to donate money, because Be The Match needs both. I do emphasize that both are equally important.

When I was nearing the bridge over Miller Park Way I came across these guys. I debated asking the Italian to stay out of the picture because I dislike Italian sausages, but decided against it. I also debated doing a thumbs down with my right hand and a thumbs up with my left, to show my disdain and appreciation for the respective sausages. Instead I went with the pistol for some reason (don’t ask why, I don’t even know).

I got inside Miller Park just before 6:15, and went right to section 226 to get game photo number 58 taken. A nearby fan helped me out, and took three or four pictures, with me instructing him of what I wanted between each one. He did a great job and I thanked him for his efforts.

I had listed my ticket on Twitter again, and a friend from high school met me at the game and agreed to donate $30 to Be The Match. His name is Jason as well, so that means the last three guys that have joined me at games are all named Jason. We actually spotted each other in the concourse before either of us told the other one that we were inside. We stopped by the Ice Man for a minute and Jason bought an MGD for himself and one for me. Thanks Jason! We made it to our seats with time to spare and talked baseball and fantasy baseball (we’re in the same league). I’m the commissioner and I really haven’t had time for my team this year but somehow I still have a 4-4 record (we do head-to-head).

The game got underway and it began with some fireworks for the Crew, literally. Corey Hart went deep leading off the bottom of the first which set off the fireworks as he rounded the bases. The Padres tied it in the fourth when Carlos Gomez dove for a ball in front of him, and it rolled to the wall. Cabrera had a (gift) inside-the-park home run and didn’t even need to slide into home. I still don’t know why that can’t be considered an error. It wasn’t an error because he didn’t catch it, but the fact that he let it get all the way to the wall should make it a single and a three base error. Marcum worked out of some trouble in the 4th, despite walking in a run. The bases were loaded with only one out, but the one that he walked in was the only run to score in the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, and right before the Maldonado at bat Jason said that he was going yard. Second pitch of the at bat: It’s a Bingo! That’s an Inglourious Basterds reference. It almost looks like Maldonado hit Sedar’s hand so hard that he dislocated his shoulder.

The Brewers added two more in the fifth, the first on Chart’s second homer of the game. He’s trails Ryan Braun by one for the team lead and he’s coming on strong. A Ramirez ground out scored Aoki, and the Brewers had a 6-2 lead. The Padres got one back in the sixth but in the seventh the Brewers put it out of reach with a three spot. A sacrifice fly by Weeks accounted for the first run and then Taylor Green pinch hit for Kameron Loe with a runner aboard. The result:

I like that you can see the fireworks, and a fan clapping in the foreground. It’s either that or she’s saying how big the fish was that she caught (I’m not impressed). Green is making his way past Sedar and Ramirez is nearing home plate. Earlier in the game I had tried to get Norichika Aoki doing his at bat routine, but the catcher was returning from the mound and ruined it all. Luckily for me (and you) he came back up in the bottom of the eighth. I’ve said that he looks like he’s doing a sumo routine or something, and that has nothing to do with the fact that he’s Japanese. It just looks like it, doesn’t it? You could also argue that there’s an ant hill next to the plate, and he’s debating on if he should let them live, I guess we’ll never know.

The Padres added two meaningless runs in the ninth inning, and the Brewers won. Final Score: Brewers 9 – Padres 5. During one of the half innings I had a fan behind me take a picture of me and Jason number three. She has a twenty game pack and I cannot for the life of me think of her name. She reads the blog so now she’ll know, but I’m not 100% sure that she’s ever told me. I had a great time with Jason and it was cool catching up. Now if only all of his fantasy baseball pitchers could start getting shelled 24/7, it would be a perfect world.

It’s 2:24 am as I finish up this post, and I’ll be leaving in about eight and a half hours for game number two of the series. I don’t know why Saturday’s game is at 3:10, but that’s the way it worked out.

Personal Stats:

Daily:

Time inside Miller Park: 4 hours 15 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 5 hours 43 minutes
Miles driven: 177.7
Sausages: 1 (Bratwurst)
Pitches Missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (302/302)
Current streak of pitches seen: 704

Season:

NEW – Brewers current record: 27-31 (.466 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 246 hours 20 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 288 hours 6 minutes
Miles driven: 5,102.5
Miles riding in car but not driving: 1,685.1
Public Transit miles: 262.7
Flight Miles: 11,263
Total distance traveled: 18,313.3 miles
NEW – Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 73.54% (18,313.3/24,901)
Sausages: 47 (19 Hot Dogs, 13 Polish, 6 Bratwurst, 4 Corndogs, 2 Italian, Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Chicken Apple Sausage)
Pitches missed: 40
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,469 (5/28 – 6/1)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.77% (17,570/17,610)

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