9-15-12 (vs. New York Mets)

On Saturday I met Victoria and 17 members of her family at the Sheraton in Brookfield. She has an aunt and uncle that live in Sussex but the rest of them came down from central Wisconsin, where Victoria is from. We checked into the hotel, consolidated  the tailgate essentials into four vehicles and then led a convoy to Miller Park. We were parked in the Braves 2 lot at 3:04 and set up shop. I threw the pigskin around and played a few games of Bags before it was time to eat. There was brats and hot dogs, potato salad, beer dip, pasta salad, and fresh fruit.

Not pictured above are the baseball cupcakes that Victoria made (she’s awesome).

Before we all headed inside I had a neighboring tailgater take a picture of our group. Five dollars goes to anyone that can name everyone pictured (offer not valid if you’re pictured or related to anyone pictured).

My friend Josh had given me his two tickets to try and sell for a donation and I was able to find someone on Twitter. I met with Emily and Evan (who happens to be my good friend Dustin’s cousin). They made a $40 donation for the two seats. Thanks guys! After entering the stadium Victoria, her mom and I went to section 125 to get game photo number 145.

The rest of the group had gone up to our seats in section 407 and I think they can actually be seen just above my head in the picture above. After getting the game number picture we went up to say hi to my parents who sat in my seats for Saturday’s game. I said hi to Bill and the Ice Man and we took the escalator up to the terrace level. When we got to our seats they were distributing the minor league player and pitcher of the year awards. Hunter Morris got the former and Hiram Burgos the latter. Nice job, fellas! Hopefully we’ll be seeing them on the field at Miller Park soon.

Shortly thereafter Marcum threw a ball to Tejada to start the game. It’s a lot different than my other first pitch pictures, no? This picture makes it seem like the action was farther away than it was due to my camera’s ability to zoom out.

The Mets took an early 1-0 lead in the 1st on a Lucas Duda RBI single. The Brewers tied it up in the bottom of the 1st when Braun doubled home Rickie Weeks.

The 4th inning was a long one and the Mets got it started by scoring three runs in their half of the frame. In the bottom half Nyjer Morgan walked and Jean Segura singled. Roenicke opted to pinch hit for Marcum despite the fact he had only pitched four innings (he had thrown 87 pitches though). It paid off big time when pinch hitter Logan Schafer tripled down the right field line, driving in both Morgan and Segura.

Aoki walked and then a wild pitch while Rickie Weeks was batting allowed Schafer to score from third. Two pitches later Rickie drove one to left field that landed in the netting above the back of the Brewers bullpen. The ball is a blur and below and to the right of the on deck circle.

The home run concluded the 4th-inning scoring which saw 8 runs cross the plate. When it was over the Brewers had a 6-4 lead.  In the bottom of the 5th the Brewers tacked on two more runs to take an 8-4 lead. Between the top and bottom of the 6th the sausages did their thing, and it was a relay race with the little guys. I picked the hot dog because that kid’s legs looked the most conducive to running with a sausage costume on. Hot dog won, obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t be boasting about my sausage race picking ability.

Braun was called out on strikes to open the bottom of the sixth. During Aramis Ramirez’s at bat we saw something fly out of one of the sections to our left. It worked its way down to the field…

After second baseman Daniel Murphy handed the poster-board airplane to the grounds crew member he clapped his hands in a show of amusement. I actually think he was impressed with the craftsmanship of the plane and the ability of the thrower to get it all the way to second base. Over the next inning or so we witnessed a witch hunt. There was also two uniformed police officers below the section. I’m not sure if they ever found the culprit but I don’t think they would’ve applauded him/her like Murphy did.

Rickie Weeks doubled in the 7th to drive in Segura and the Brewers took a 9-4 lead. After the top of the 8th I headed down to the loge level. I barely made it to above section 222 to see the first pitch in the bottom of the 8th. After the bottom of the 8th I went down to behind section 118 to (hopefully) see the last three outs of the game. Axford gave up a two-run home run but then struck out the final two batters. Here’s the final pitch of the game to Jordany Valdespin.

The rest of the group had made it’s way down separately (because they didn’t mind missing pitches) and I met them in the parking lot right after the game. It was an enjoyable day and the third longest that I’ve been on Miller Park grounds this season. I had a great time with Victoria and her family, and the win coupled with the Cardinals loss means that the Brewers are only 2.5 games back of the second wild card spot. Go Brewers!

It’s almost 11:00 AM on Sunday morning and I’ll be leaving shortly with Victoria to catch the finale of the series.

Personal Stats:

Daily Stats:

Time inside Miller Park: 4 hours 23 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 7 hours 3 minutes
Miles driven: 56.3
Miles riding in car but not driving: 15.7
Sausages: 2 (Brat and a hot dog)
Pitches missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (336/336)
Current streak of pitches seen: 949

Season Stats:

Brewers current record: 73-72 (.503 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 615 hours 33 minutes 
Time on stadium grounds: 727 hours 22 minutes
Miles driven: 17,314.7
Miles riding in car but not driving: 2,214.4
Public transit miles: 469.0
Flight miles: 19,777
Total distance traveled: 39,775.0 miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 159.73% (39,775.0/24,901)
Sausages: 94 (36 Hot Dogs, 31 Polish, 12 Bratwurst, 5 Corndogs, 2 Italian, 2 Cheddarwurst, 2 Bison Dogs, Chicken Apple Sausage, Blueberry & Merlot Venison Sausage, Sausage Race on a Stick, Elk Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage)
Pitches missed: 97
Longest streak of pitches seen: 2,192 (8/27 – 9/3)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.78% (43,401/43,498)

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1 Comment

Hey Ben! Just wanted you to know that I read (and thoroughly enjoy) your blogs for every game. As you enter the final stretch in this remarkable and impressive mission, I want you to know that you’ve done an awesome job and are completing an incredibly cool task. Good work man!

On a totally unrelated and humorous note, I want you to look at the picture of Victoria and her family. To me, it appears that the hand that is hugging her on her right side does not belong to anyone. Knowing you, you would find that interesting.

Dr. J

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