8-22-12 (vs. Chicago Cubs)

I finished up Tuesday’s post before going to bed so I was able to sleep in on Wednesday morning. I got up at 10:20 and left about an hour later. I pulled into the Cooper lot at 12:20 and headed inside. A little backstory on who joined me for Wednesday’s game. Back in June I was searching for an interview that I had done for a Cincinnati news station. While searching I came across an article titled “Ben Rouse, The Apology Letter.” I found out that the guy had originally called me a dillweed because he thought I was trying to get people to donate money to ME and not Be The Match. I sent an email to the “contact us” email address and found out it was Joel who was the guilty party. He said he would like to join me at a game, make a donation, and write an article about me for the website he contributes to: losersbracket.com.

Wednesday was the day and I left my extra ticket at will call. I went inside and got the game number picture taken in section 115.

If you’re new to the blog I’m doing a slow progression around the field level seating bowl. I did the same in the terrace level and the loge level. I’m taking suggestions for where to take the final game number photo. The second to last game of the year, October 2nd, I’m throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, and will be getting game photo number 161 from the pitcher’s mound. What can top that for game photo number 162?

I went up to the loge level, said hi to the Ice Man, and learned that Bill (the friendly usher behind section 216) has a home in Maryland and left a day early. His replacement said that Bill will be back for the next home stand. I got to my seat and Joel joined me shortly thereafter. I still had my 18-55 mm lens on my camera so I couldn’t zoom in very much for the following photo. Dylan Postl (AKA Hornswoggle) is a WWE wrestler and threw out the first pitch. Hornswoggle is four feet four inches tall. Here he is walking next to Joe Crawford, who has become the designated ceremonial-first-pitch catcher.

Yovani Gallardo got Wednesday’s game started by delivering a called strike to David DeJesus.

What a perfect time to show a picture I took of Gallardo back on Memorial Day in 2009 (thus the red hat). I used GIMP, a free photo editing program for the effects. I had an 8×10 printed and I’m hoping to get it signed someday. Wait, I WILL get it signed, and it WILL be on this road trip, mark my words….

Ok, back to Wednesday. DeJesus sent the fifth pitch of that opening at bat into the right field loge bleachers and the Cubs took an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 1st Aoki led off with a double and two batters later Braun followed suit:

After a Ramirez pop-out Corey Hart hit the third double of the inning for the Brewers, driving in Braun and giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. Here’s Hart at second giving a long distance high five to Ed Sedar.

In the middle of the 4th inning I had a woman next to Joel take a picture of the two of us. Her name is Vivianna, she’s from Los Angeles, and she wants to get to the all the MLB stadiums as well (another goal of mine). She said her and her mom take a vacation every year and hit up a few parks. Thanks Vivianna! And thank you Joel, who made a $100 donation to Be The Match.

In the bottom of the 5th inning Aoki fouled a pitch back that was heading almost right towards me. I had my glove on, stepped into the aisle and reached forward a bit to make the catch. The guy across the aisle from me thought he would try and catch it as well, bumping my glove in the process. Instead of the ball smacking the webbing of my glove it hit the heel. Bouncing down the steps it went where it was picked up by another fan. If I would have been a spectator of the event I would have given me a hard time. I may have booed because if you bring a glove to a game you HAVE to make the catch, otherwise you’re subject to ridicule. I probably still should have made the catch despite the contact from the other fan, so I will take full responsibility for the error. If I hadn’t already caught two foul balls this year I would be a little upset, but I have, so I’m over Wednesday’s shortcomings.

The middle of the sixth is when the sausage race takes place, and for some reason they did a relay race on a Wednesday. I thought they only had the little weenies race on Sundays. I like that Braun is just minding his own business, getting ready for his at bat.

Braun deposited the 1-1 pitch into the Toyota Territory in right centerfield, increasing the Brewers’ lead to 3-1.

In the top of the 7th the Cubs got that run right back when Bryan LaHair took Gallardo deep on the first pitch of the inning. Henderson pitched a scoreless 8th and Axford the 9th, striking out the side to pick up his 20th save. Here’s the final pitch of the game, which resulted in a swinging strike from Brett Jackson.

SWEEEEEP! The Brewers wrapped up a 5-2 home stand after taking all three from the Cubs. Final Score: Brewers 3 – Cubs 2. I leave for Pittsburgh tomorrow morning and should be pulling into the Steel City at around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Google Maps tells me it’s going to take 10 hours and 38 minutes to traverse the 594 miles. Ha, I think not. I’m shooting for less than 9.5 hours. My mouth is already starting to water thinking about Fat Heads and their “Southside Slopes” Headwich, which has kielbasa topped with fried pierogies, American cheese, grilled onions,
and horseradish sauce. Oohhhhh baby. There will be pictures, so check back in on Saturday for Friday’s post.

Personal Stats:

Daily Stats:

Time inside Miller Park: 3 hours 21 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 3 hours 41 minutes
Miles driven: 123.3
Sausages: 0
Pitches missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (266/266)
Current streak of pitches seen: 998

Season Stats:

Brewers current record: 57-66 (.463 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 516 hours 28 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 608 hours 28 minutes
Miles driven: 14,526.3
Miles riding in car but not driving: 2,135.2
Public transit miles: 413.8
Flight miles: 17,637
Total distance traveled: 34,712.2miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 139.40% (34,712.2/24,901)
Sausages: 84 (33 Hot Dogs, 29 Polish, 8 Bratwurst, 5 Corndogs, 2 Italian, 2 Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Chicken Apple Sausage, Blueberry & Merlot Venison Sausage, Sausage Race on a Stick, Elk Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage)
Pitches missed: 87
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,965 (6/30 – 7/6)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.76% (36,633/36,720)

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  1. Marlene Buechel

    Hey Ben, Somehow your post today has a spirit which makes me think you are feeling better. Hope that’s true. Travel safely to Pittsburgh. Love that stadium setting. Maybe you could do the Game 162 photo from the top of Bernie’s slide, since you will have reached the “top” of your goal. Need to get my tickets for that game. Wouldn’t miss that pitch. The Verona Press did publish the article about you and the bone marrow donor awareness campaign in this week’s edition. The reporter obviously did her homework and they featured the Be The Match Foundation prominently. I was glad about that, even if she didn’t get a couple of minor details exactly right. Keep those wins coming!! Take care. (“Dillweed” indeed. Funny term. Never heard it before–but you definitely don’t qualify!) Marlene

  2. Gloria S

    I was also going to say Bernie’s Slide! I think that would be perfect – and then follow it up by going down the slide! Or maybe seeing if you could get the opportunity to go down the slide for the 1st HR of the game.

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