I’ll start off with the Fox Sports Wisconsin interview that I did during their broadcast of the Brewers game on Tuesday night. Let me say that when he comes back to me right before Weeks’ home run I say: “I do have a girlfriend, I want to put that in there…” It might be hard to hear but I did say that, you’ll see why.
It was a day game after a night game on Wednesday, and I didn’t get much sleep. I was up until 1:45 AM working on the post and I didn’t fall asleep until 2:30. For some reason my internal alarm sometimes goes off when I would normally get up for my job (that I left over three months ago) at 7:45. Either that or my body only needs five hours of sleep; I’m thinking the former. I left my parents’ house at 10:20 and was parked 65 minutes later.
I walked the parking lots for about 45 minutes and handed out a bunch of business cards. I gauge the group I talk to and decide whether I should give them the short spiel or the long spiel. I could tell that this one group of guys (probably all in their early thirties) should be given the short spiel because they looked disinterested from the get-go. I quickly stated what I was doing and why (Leukemia survivor, bone marrow transplant, etc.) and that I quit my job before the season started to follow through with my mission. One guy just kept saying “bad idea, you need a job” and “you should get a job”. I tried interjecting but he wasn’t having any of it. I was finally able to get a word in and state (louder) that I had leukemia, got a bone marrow transplant, and was raising awareness for Be The Match. His friends were embarrassed for him and one of them called him a jackass, so that was pretty funny. One guy in their group asked if I took donations and gave me $20 to donate to Be The Match. Thank you!
I think my microsite has raised about $1,700, but me selling tickets and others donating money directly to me has gotten Be The Match another $770 so far. That $2,500 will pay for 25 people to join the registry for free. 25 doesn’t seem like a lot but it only takes one to save a life like Kris Miner’s, who is still looking for a match.
When I was getting ready to head inside I came across this (only in Wisconsin):
I got inside at 12:20 and went up to section 206 for game photo number 91. It required a few tries from a nearby fan, but she got the job done.
After getting the game number picture taken I went down to the team store to purchase a new hat. Most of my shirts contain the ball and glove logo. I figured I should match so I picked up the same hat that the players sport when they wear the throwbacks. I looked at the coupons that I got for being a season ticket holder, and whaddya know, July’s coupon was for 15% off any headwear. Nice! (Ok, it’s only $6 off, but still).
I went back up to the loge level and after saying Hi to the Ice Man I went to the concession stand behind section 214. I exchanged my designated driver voucher for a free soda (I got lemonade) and also got a Polish sausage with caramelized onions. I’ve had 22 Polishes since April 6th and I don’t think I’m getting sick of them.
I greeted Bill (the friendly usher behind section 216) and we exchanged our routine pleasantries. We had to go with a fist bump today instead of the traditional handshake due to my hands being full. I set up shop underneath the press box and I messaged the twitter follower who was joining me for the game. Nicole was in our seats and I asked if she’d prefer to have a seat in the sun or stand in the shade. She went for the shade and we watched almost the entire game from behind section 218 in front of the press box. She made a $30 donation to Be The Match for her ticket. Thanks Nicole! She also told me that she joined the registry in 2008; double thank you!
The Brewers got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first. Aoki led off and reached on an error by the shortstop Rafael Furcal. Nyjer Morgan then singled and Aramis Ramirez was hit by a pitch. It was an 0-2 pitch with runners on 1st and 2nd and nobody out. These facts make me 99.99% certain that it wasn’t retaliation for Randy Wolf hitting Matt Holliday the day before. The trainer came out to evaluate his arm and Roenicke joined them a few moments later. Ram-Ram stayed in the game and everything appeared to be fine (albeit painful).
The bases were loaded with nobody out, and Corey Hart cashed in. Chart singled up the middle and Aoki and Morgan scored easily. Aoki had just touched the plate in the picture below, Nyjer Morgan is on the far left, and Ramirez is between second and third (where he would slide into safely moments later).
Weeks grounded out and Maldonado lined out, which brought up Carlos Gomez. Go-Go hit one on the ground:
The ball went to Furcal at short who fielded cleanly but threw a little wide of first base. Berkman caught it and tried swipe-tagging Gomez but Go-Go snuck by him. Ramirez scored easily but Berkman’s motion sent him spinning and the ball popped out after he hit the ground. Berkman’s shenanigans allowed Chart to score and the Brewers had a 4-0 lead. Here’s Hart sliding home safely before Wainwright, the pitcher, could scoop up Berkman’s fumble and throw home.
Tyler Thornburg, making his second big league start, pitched OK, but gave up two solo home runs. This season he has allowed 7 home runs in just 12 innings of work. On Wednesday one came in the second and one in the third. There wasn’t any more scoring through the 8th inning, and K-Rod came in to try and notch another save. It turned out that he needed the two run lead because he gave up a double and three walks, meaning he walked one in and the tying run was now at third base. There were two outs but it was still nerve-racking. I heard somewhere that when he was pitching for the Mets someone in New York dubbed his outings “20 minutes of hell” because his appearances were often strenuous. K-Rod had Berkman down in the count and delivered an 0-2 changeup:
Thankfully this was the result:
It was a long fly ball, but Nyjer gloved it just as he stepped onto the warning track. Whew! K-Rod is definitely living up to that slogan so far. He’s getting the job done so I can’t be too upset, but it’s still worrisome at times. Final Score: Brewers 4 – Cardinals 3. Rodriguez gave Maldonado a pat on the back of his helmet as they prepared to give the rest of the guys high fives. That camera guy gets out there quickly!
Back-to-back series wins is nice, and I’m hoping the trend continues in Cincinnati and Philadelphia. My parents picked up chinese food on their way home and I had a fortune cookie after eating my cashew chicken. As I was opening the package I had a feeling that the fortune would somehow be relateable to my Mission.
I know they’re all really generic, so anyone can make a connection, but this fits perfectly. I just got done with the first half of the season and I’m looking forward to an even better second half. Well played fortune cookie, well played. I’m leaving for Cincy tomorrow midday and should be arriving around 7 or 8 PM. I need to get packing.
If you want to learn more about Be The Match and how you can help, CLICK HERE