6-10-12 (vs. San Diego)

I slept in until 10:00 on Sunday morning and it felt good to get over nine hours of sleep. Victoria and I had been staying at her Aunt and Uncle’s in Sussex, and left the house by 11:30. We were parked in the Braves 1 Lot by 12:09, and made our way inside. If you’re new to the blog I’m getting a picture taken when I’m at each game. When at home I’m getting it taken from a different section for each game (since there are so many). I’m slowly working my way around the loge level, and on Sunday I had it taken in section 224.

After getting the game photo taken care of, Victoria and I went and said hi to the Ice Man and then went up to section 425. My Uncle Mark and Aunt Deb were at the game with their two sons; Wade and Travis. Wade had gotten four tickets to a Brewers game for Christmas, and it just so happened that I was at the same game. That’s CRAZY!!! This was Wade and Travis’ first Brewers game, and Mark and Deb’s first since Miller Park opened. Below you have Deb, myself, Mark (my mom’s younger brother), Travis, and Wade. My mom is a Sykes, and has 11 siblings. In 2010 the family made a address and birthday handbook thing, and I referenced it to see how old Travis and Wade were. I was shocked when I saw that Travis just turned 10 and Wade 14. I know I’m only 25, but now I feel old.

Victoria and I went back down to the loge level, and decided to watch the majority of the game from the concourse above section 213. For some reason they decided not to close the two panels on the first base side, and it allowed for some good photo opportunities. Gallardo was on the mound for the Brewers, and he gave up a solo home run in the first and another run in the second on a ground out. This is Gallardo pitching in the first.

Aramis Ramirez led off the bottom of the second inning with a ground out to the shortstop. I snapped a picture just after the ball bounced off the infield dirt in front of home plate. You can see the dirt flying from the impact.

In the top of the third, Chase Headley of the Padres walked, and then attempted to steal second. I’m not sure he would’ve been out, but Weeks got charged with an error on the play, and Headley wound up at third. Here’s Headley sliding as the ball heads towards the outfield grass.

In the fourth, Cameron Maybin grounded to Rickie Weeks for the second out of the inning. I snapped a picture of Rickie as he was about to release the ball, to show how much of  a sidearm delivery he has.

In the bottom of the fourth I swapped out my zoom lens for the standard 18-55 mm and zoomed out to show our view from the concourse. Anthony Bass had just let go of a pitch, with Taylor Green at the plate. The roof’s shadow is between the mound and the plate, and this is what the Brewers prevent from happening when they close the two roof panels on the first base side .

In the top of the sixth Cameron Maybin grounded out again, this time to shortstop. I got a picture shortly after Edwin Maysonet let go. The throw wound up high, but Corey Hart jumped for it and on his descent tagged Maybin on his way to first.

The score was still 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, and that’s when things got interesting. Aoki led off with a single, stole second, and then advanced to third on the throwing error by the Padres catcher. Braun singled in Aoki and the Brewers were on the board. Two outs followed Braun’s base hit, but then Rickie Weeks walked to bring up Martin Maldonado with two on and two out. On the first pitch Maldonado lifted one to deep center, and Cameron Maybin looked like he had a read on it. He leaped and it just missed his glove, clearing the fence by just a few inches. As Maldonado was rounding third I got a picture of the action. Ed Sedar is waiting with his hand out, Maldonado is preparing for the medium five, all while the crowd goes wild.

Maysonet followed Maldonado with a triple to center, but he was stranded at third. In the bottom of the seventh Aoki walked with one out and Braun followed with his 15th home run of the season. It gave the Brewers a four run cushion, and I was liking our chances.

In the bottom of the eighth Victoria and I went down to say hi to Bill (I joked that I had just gotten there, but then reassured him I had just been watching from the concourse). We stood for the bottom of the eighth but then sat down in section 221, but not in my ticketed seats. To get to my seats on the other aisle we would’ve had to either make a bunch of people stand up, or go up into the concourse and back down the staircase that our seats are on. We just sat in two aisle seats opposite mine, in the 9th row. As Axford started pitching in the top of the ninth, I realized that with a upper nineties pitcher on the mound, and with a lefty at the plate (Everth Cabrera), I should probably have my glove on. After the first 2-2 pitch I reached into my bag which was on the seat in front of my and not five seconds later Axford delivers and Cabrera fouls it back my way. I took one step into the aisle and made the catch.

I almost didn’t catch it because I was so excited that I had started to close my glove too soon, and it didn’t land in the webbing. I gave Victoria a really hard high five and was all smiles/laughs. I wonder if I would’ve caught it without my glove. It’s always more impressive when you can, but the embarrassment involved in dropping it always outweighs the potential haters who say you shouldn’t wear a glove. I actually heard a guy in my row talking to his friends saying that I should’ve been a “man” and not used a glove. I’m pretty sure the players have gloves on the field, but I’m not going to rant. The guy to my right said “and I saw you get your glove on right before that”. Someone tweeted a picture of me when FSN showed me on the broadcast. I’m recording the replay tonight to see if they actually showed the catch, or just me afterwards. I’m talking to the guy that I mentioned above.

The ninth inning almost gave me a heart attack. The Padres scored three runs, all charged to Axford, and then still had the bases loaded with two outs. Thankfully John Baker was called out on strikes on a 3-2 pitch from Jose Veras, and the Brewers narrowly escaped with the series win. Final Score: Brewers 6 – Padres 5.

When Victoria and I got back to Madison I took our Nyjer Morgan bobble heads completely out of the boxes to inspect. Apparently they didn’t put enough glue on, because his head wasn’t connected to the spring when I took it out of the plastic. It’s an easy fix though, so I’m not too upset.

I also took a close up of the foul ball that I caught. Cabrera just barely got a piece of it, and you can see the scuff mark and the smeared “lings” of the Rawlings logo. All around I would say it was a good day.

I have occupational and physical therapy appointments at 11:00 am and 1:15 pm, respectively, and then am heading for Kansas City. I’m hoping to get there by 10:00 pm. I don’t know if they’ll be a post about off day number seven, mainly because I don’t think listing things I see on my boring drive will be interesting.

Personal Stats:

Daily:

Time inside Miller Park: 3 hours 59 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 4 hours 22 minutes
Miles driven: 112.9
Sausages: 1 (Polish)
Pitches Missed: 1 (I was bending down to place my soda on the ground and missed the 1-1 pitch to Headley in the top of the fifth inning)
Consecutive pitch streak ended at: 1,135
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.69% (321/322)
Current streak of pitches seen: 179

Season:

NEW – Brewers current record: 28-32 (.467 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 254 hours 28 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 297 hours 29 minutes
Miles driven: 5,326.2
Miles riding in car but not driving: 1,685.1
Public Transit miles: 262.7
Flight Miles: 11,263
Total distance traveled: 18,537 miles
NEW – Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 74.44% (18,537/24,901)
Sausages: 49 (20 Hot Dogs, 14 Polish, 6 Bratwurst, 4 Corndogs, 2 Italian, Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Chicken Apple Sausage)
Pitches missed: 41
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,469 (5/28 – 6/1)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.77% (18,180/18,221)

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2 Comments

I read your blog every day so I know what you look like from the pictures and I saw you catch that foul ball yesterday! I was so excited for you!

Ben – congrats on what you are doing. Im going to be at the game this Monday. We should try to meet each other in batting practice. Where are you usually in bp?

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