6-12-12 (@ Kansas City)

Before I forget; I taped the re-airing of the Brewers game from Sunday, and recorded with my iPhone the point in the game that I caught the foul ball. Victoria’s hand was a little sore after that jacked-up high five I gave her. The other guy I gave a high five to was the one who had said “you just took your glove out!” after I made the catch.

I had a few appointments in Madison on Monday, and I left for Kansas City when I was done at 2 pm. I arrived at Tom at Danielle’s place at 10:20 pm, and went to bed shortly thereafter. Tom & Danielle are engaged, and they met while in the dorms freshman year at UW-Madison. They too were Gilman House residents, along with myself, Victoria, Alex, Jess, Katie, and Allison. I stayed with Alex and Jess in Chicago, saw Katie at the game on April 9th at Wrigley, and Victoria and I stayed with Allison in San Francisco in May.

Tom and Danielle live in the Market Station Apartments in downtown Kansas City, and it’s a nice complex. The four parter gives a taste of what it’s like. Going clockwise from top left:

1) One of the hallways in the complex. I was surprised to see cement floors. It probably makes it easier to clean and it’s cheaper, since you don’t have to worry about replacing the carpeting.

2) The interior of their apartment, taken from the kitchen area. It’s a two bed / two bath so I got my own side of the apartment! I’m sleeping on an air mattress (not at this exact moment) and have had no complaints. Thanks guys!!!

3) The view out of their kitchen window(s), not too shabby.

4) The view of downtown Kansas City from the attached parking garage for the Market Station Apartments.

On Tuesday I ate breakfast, watched some Sportscenter, and then laid by the pool for a bit. At 2:30 I went to get lunch at Oklahoma Joe’s. I had asked Tom and Danielle on Monday night where I should go, and they said if I only go to one place it should be Okie Joe’s. The three part picture below, again going clockwise from top left:

1) The exterior of the building that Oklahoma Joe’s is in. Is that a gas station? It sure is.

2) The interior of the restaurant, behind me and to the left was the gas station side of the store. When I was buying a bottle of the BBQ sauce the lady behind the gas station counter was taking orders for Oklahoma Joe’s, so it seems there is a good relationship between the two establishments.

3) My lunch; the Jumbo Pulled Pork sandwich and a side of Spicy Slaw. The pulled pork had just the right amount of smoke, and it was amazalicious. For $2.39 I’d have to give the slaw a solid B. For that price I was expecting to be blown away.

After lunch I went back to Tom and Danielle’s place and started getting ready for the game. Danielle got home from work around 5:15, and Tom 5:55. Two of their friends (Ben & Kristen) picked us up at 6:00, and we were parked by 6:20. Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium (where the Kansas City Chiefs play) are located right next to each other, and share parking lots. We parked in one that was right in front of Arrowhead.

Ben and Kristen had picked up some fried chicken along with some other items for the tailgate. I ate two pieces of chicken, had a beer, but then had to take off, to make sure I could get my ticket and exterior game number picture prior to the game. Before I left them I had a nearby Brewers fan take a picture of the five of us. Left to right it’s Tom, Danielle, myself, Kristin, and Ben.

I was a little disappointed to find out that the Royals don’t have exterior Kauffman Stadium signage. I think that should be a law. I explained to a stadium employee what I wanted and she told me I should go to the upper deck and get a picture with the field in the background. I explained that I was planning on doing that for one of the other games, but needed an exterior picture for the first game. I settled with the following for game photo number 61. I know it says “Royals” on the side of the stadium, but most places have the stadium name somewhere on the outside.

I got inside at 7:03 for a 7:10 start time, which is the closest call I’ve had this season. Outside and inside I took a few pics, but will do a better job of documenting the park at today’s game. Going clockwise from top left:

1) The addition to Kauffman Stadium when they did some remodeling from 2007-2009. I was here in 2006, so I hadn’t seen any of the upgrades.

2) Just after getting my ticket scanned I took a picture of the home plate entrance. I must admit that it’s not too inviting or exciting.

3) The addition on the left, with the original stadium architecture on the right. The addition holds offices, the team store, and other aspects of an MLB team.

4) A giant piggy bank that is sporting Royals colors.

The national anthem had been playing when I was getting my bags checked at the gate, and had to wait there before heading inside. I got to my seat at about 7:09, and the game started one minute later. This was the view from my seat in the last row of section 225.

The Brewers went down in order in the first, and the leadoff hitter for the Royals took Greinke deep to give them a 1-0 lead. The Royals starter (Luis Mendoza) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, before Ryan Braun singled on a ground ball to the third basemen. I have a four parter to show what happened, clockwise from top left:

1) Braun lining up Mendoza to lead off the seventh.

2) Braun sliding into second base after the third baseman’s throw got past the first basemen. This picture doesn’t show that the ball had gotten past Escobar who was covering second.

3) Braun arriving at third after the second error of the inning.

4) After an Aramis Ramirez walk Taylor Green lifted a short fly ball to left that was caught by the left fielder. Braun tried tagging up but was thrown out by quite a bit. It wasn’t even that good of a throw, but Gordon was so shallow once he caught the ball that there was a large margin for error.

After the double play the Brewers were left with the slow-footed Ramirez at second and Rickie Weeks at the plate. Rickie came through with a bloop single and Ramirez barely beat the throw home to tie the game at one. It remained tied until the bottom of the eighth, when the Royals got a leadoff double from Gordon. He was sacrificed to third by Getz and then Billy Butler drove him in with a single to center. The Brewers had runners on first and third with only one out in the top of the ninth but failed to get a run home. Kottaras struck out swinging and pinch hitter Brooks Conrad grounded into a game ending fielder’s choice. Final Score: Royals 2 – Brewers 1.

A few other things from the game. If you didn’t know, Kauffman is famous for the fountains that they have beyond the outfield walls. I took a picture of them during an inning when they’re off:

I also took a picture between innings, later in the game they turn on lights that make the fountains colorful, but I won’t include one of those pictures today. They also turn the fountains on when a Royal hits a home run. So on Tuesday it didn’t take long for that fact to be confirmed.

I’ll note that while trying to take the first picture (of the fountains while they were off) I missed the 2-1 pitch to Humberto Quintero in the bottom of the fifth inning. I was looking through my camera’s viewfinder and had it pointed at the fountains, and my internal clock wasn’t working properly. I can usually sense when to look back at the action. I failed to do so on Tuesday but luckily it didn’t end a really long streak or anything. If I showed you a picture of two beach balls almost hitting each other in the stands would you forgive me? No? Well here it is anyways. I hate beach balls at baseball games, and the distraction almost caused me to miss another pitch. Documenting such behavior might encourage more usage, so maybe I shouldn’t post it…

A friend from Fort Atkinson is joining me at today’s (Wednesday’s) game. He is currently living and working in Omaha, and is making the trip down to see the Brewers take on the Royals in game two of the series.

In other news: I will be on FS-Wisconsin’s telecast tonight during the fourth inning. Craig Coshun just contacted me and informed me of the on-air appearance. Tune in, check it out, laugh at my pathetic “beard”. If you haven’t joined the bone marrow donor registry yet (and are 18-60), you should seriously consider it. There will be a drive in Madison on Thursday, June 21st at the Central Wisconsin Center on Knutson street from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will also be a drive in Milwaukee on Wednesday, June 27th at Kaplan college on West Pleasant street from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Personal Stats:

Daily:

Time inside Kauffman Stadium: 2 hours 43 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 3 hours 54 minutes
Miles driven: 522.4 (508.9 from Monday’s drive from Madison)
Riding miles: 17
Sausages: 0
Pitches Missed: 1
Consecutive pitch streak ended at: 309
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.60% (251/252)
Current streak of pitches seen: 121

Season:

Brewers current record: 28-33 (.459 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 257 hours 11 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 301 hours 23 minutes
Miles driven: 5,848.6
Miles riding in car but not driving: 1,702.1
Public Transit miles: 262.7
Flight Miles: 11,263
Total distance traveled: 19,076.4 miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 76.61% (19,076.4/24,901)
Sausages: 49 (20 Hot Dogs, 14 Polish, 6 Bratwurst, 4 Corndogs, 2 Italian, Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Chicken Apple Sausage)
Pitches missed: 42
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,469 (5/28 – 6/1)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.77% (18,431/18,473)

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1 Comment

Hey Ben, I read about your quest in the Game Day playbill. I was sitting in section 220 and watched you make the great catch on Sunday. Well done. I’m a chicken, when the ball comes my way I duck. Good luck on the rest of the season. Hope to see you at the stadium!

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