8-7-12 (vs. Cincinnati)
Tuesday was similar to Monday but on Tuesday I stopped at the Qdoba (right next to the Noodles) in Delafield for lunch/dinner. I got to the Brewers 1 parking lot at 4:40 PM and went back to the general lots to hand out cards and tell people my story. There was a group of people playing bags and I wasn’t going to talk to them because I would be interrupting their game and they’d have to come together (and there’s plenty of other people to talk to). One of the guys playing said Ben!? and it was a “fan”, if you will, so that was pretty cool. He said he follows me on twitter and reads the blog. I also saw this in the general lot:
I walked around for about an hour and a half and then I headed inside. I went over to section 104 where I had a kid, probably 15 years old, take game photo number 109 for me. If the season were pregnant Tuesday would have marked the first day of the third trimester. This is what the ultrasound revealed….
It’s a Boy, and he likes baseball!!!
After thanking the kid and his family for taking the picture for me I went over to the team store to pick up some merchandise that the Brewers provided. It’s always tough getting the right size for me because sometimes I’m a medium, sometimes I’m a large, and sometimes I’m even an extra large. Manufacturers need to get their shizzy together and standardize things. It doesn’t help my cause that I have goony arms; I’m six feet tall but have a 6 foot 4 wingspan. I met up with Nathan and he handed over two shirts and and a zip up track jacket. I can’t thank the Brewers enough for helping me out and providing me licensed apparel to wear to the games.
I was up in my seat about 15 minutes before first pitch. My twitter follower, Lynda, was already there with her scorecard in hand. Mike Fiers was on the hill for the Crew and he got the game started (with a ball to Cozart).
He worked an 8-pitch first inning, and he has been nothing short of dominant in his 12 starts thus far. In the bottom of the first Braun grounded into what should’ve been an inning-ending double play, but Brandon Phillips’ throw to first pulled Frazier off the bag. It gave the hot-hitting Aramis Ramirez a chance to bat in the first inning. On the second pitch…
Ram-Ram went Bam-Bam once again. I like that Braun is almost completely airborne; just the tip of his left foot is touching the ground in the picture above. The 2-run home run from Ramirez gave the Brewers an early 2-0 lead.
Fiers had only thrown 33 pitches through 3 innings and I (somewhat) jokingly told Lynda that he was on pace for a 99-pitch perfect game. Well, he got 2/3 of the way there, retiring the first 18 batters he faced. As Cozart stepped to the plate to lead off the 7th inning I honestly had a feeling he was going to end the perfect game bid. What’ya know…
Cozart doubled to left center and after the play the crowd gave Fiers a standing ovation for his efforts. I don’t think this was a tip of the cap, just an adjustment or part of his routine, but we can call it that.
Cozart wound up scoring on a sacrifice fly, erasing Fiers’ chance of a shutout in the progress. In the bottom of the seventh Jean Segura got his first major league RBI, driving in Rickie Weeks on a groundout to third. Between the 7th and the 8th inning I had Russ, a fan two rows in front of us, take a picture of me and Lynda.
Fiers pitched into the 8th inning and the second batter of the frame, Xavier Paul, lined a 1-2 pitch foul that landed two sections to our right. It became apparent pretty quickly that everything wasn’t OK. People were standing up and waving down event staff. I saw the guy tilting his head back and applying pressure to his forehead. The ball had ricocheted off of someone else’s hands/arms and caught him above the eye. I didn’t take a picture of him, because that would be in bad taste, but I did take a picture of the paramedics that were on the scene, along with two cops. I missed the pitch right after the foul ball not because I was taking a picture but because I was curious to see if the guy was alright. Earlier in the game the same thing could’ve happened to me. Nyjer Morgan lined one back that was heading towards my shins (once I stood up and stepped into the aisle). I put my glove down but the guy three rows in front of me reached into the aisle to try and catch it. He tipped it and it flew very close to my head on its way back. The fan behind me wound up with the ball but it scares me to think what could’ve been. I trust myself to not take a ball in the face but if someone else gets a piece of a foul ball just feet from me anything can happen.
Paul singled in that at bat and moved to third when Hanigan singled two batters later. After the Hanigan single there were two on with two outs and Roenicke came to the mound to talk to Fiers. Roenicke left him in there and he struck out Ryan Ludwick swinging to get out of the jam. As Fiers walked off the field he got another standing ovation. I wasn’t planning on capturing Russ’ high five in front of me, but it worked out that way.
Henderson came on in the 9th and notched his first career save, pitching a perfect 1-2-3 inning. Thank you Jim! I was really hoping that the linescore would have had a 0 in the Reds’ hit column, but I’ll take the W.
I had a great time with Lynda at the game. Lynda has a 20 game pack in 217 and is as focused on the game as I am (I don’t think she missed a pitch). It’s nice to see other fans as passionate as I am about the Crew. She didn’t leave the seats once and joked that she charges when people walk in front of her on their way to their seats or to the aisle. Lynda donated $40 to Be The Match to sit with me at the game. Thanks Lynda! We talked to the guy on Lynda’s right for most of the game, and he showed some interest in my story. His name was R.G., he’s from Montana and was in town for business. I gave him a card and hopefully he’ll tell some people back home.
It’s 1:45 AM and I’m leaving the house in about 7 hours. I’m dropping my sister off at my grandparents’ house in Delavan, visiting for a bit and then heading to Milwaukee for the finale of the series. After the game I’m driving to Madison for the night and then leaving for Houston on Thursday afternoon.
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