9-29-12 (vs. Houston)

On Saturday I packed up all my stuff and left my parents’ place for the last time this season. It feels like yesterday that I woke up at 3:45 AM to do my interviews at Miller Park on Opening Day. Time flies when you’re having fun. I got to Miller Park at 3:35 on Saturday and after dropping my extra ticket off at will call I went back to the general lot. I handed out 75-100 business cards and it looks like I won’t have many left after all. There are a bunch of registry drives coming up in the Milwaukee area.

I met Brandon, who joined me at the June 18th game vs. the Blue Jays, outside of the home plate entrance at 5:30. We headed inside and went to section 129 for game photo number 158. Thanks to Brandon for being patient with me. As we get further down the line the angle makes it a little more challenging.

Up to the loge level we went and I got another Polish to bring my season total to 33 Polish sausages (98 sausages overall). The game got underway and Marco Estrada threw a ball to Jose Altuve. I know it’s a little blurry, he’s just so fast…

In the bottom of the 2nd inning Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart went back-to-back to give the Crew a 2-0 lead.

If you can’t tell they gave out rally towels again. I’m not complaining by any means and I actually really like the second picture with Corey framed by the towels. A two-run single by Aoki later in the inning doubled the Brewers lead to 4-0.

In the bottom of the 3rd Corey Hart got his second at bat in as many innings and he didn’t disappoint. His three-run home run in the 3rd gave him two home runs and 4 RBI in a span of 26 minutes; very impressive. Second time didn’t work out so well with the towels:

The Brewers led 7-0 after the 3rd and between innings the scoreboard displayed a Happy Birthday message to Brewers owner Mark Attanasio. His seats are right next to the Brewers dugout and he got some face time. He showed off a 2011 sport coat last year during the playoffs last year. In a word: Awesome.

The Brewers added solo runs in the 4th and the 8th. In the top of the 9th I took a picture of the scoreboard after there were two outs hoping it would represent the final linescore. Note the zero runs for the Astros:

Livan Hernandez was pitching and Martinez quickly changed that zero in the linescore.

I thought for sure that this would be the final linescore, that was until Castro singled and Bogusevic took Livan deep.

When the count went to 2-1 on the next hitter (Tyler Greene) I leaned over and told Brandon “one more homer and…..” [Livan will be gone]. Bang!!!

I was right:

Jose Veras came in and threw four pitches to finally shut the door. Final score: Brewers 9 – Astros 5. At some point I had Kathy, who sits behind me on Saturdays, take a picture of me and Brandon.

I think it was in the 8th or 9th inning when a foul ball came back into section 221 and deflected off some hands and hit a guy in the face. Police and medics came by and he was holding his nose for the rest of the game. I looked back at the 620 WTMJ booth and saw Uecker and someone else pointing out towards the injured fan. It looks like they were laughing but I’m not going to judge (they could’ve been talking about something else). It just so happens that Adam McCalvy made the picture (far left) and so did Bill Schroeder (far right). Yay!

I’m staying at Brandon’s parents’ place in Germantown and then heading to the game tomorrow before going back to Madison. Only four games left, where did the season go?

Personal Stats:

Daily Stats:

Time inside Miller Park: 3 hours 46 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 5 hours 46 minutes
Miles driven: 80.2
Sausages: 1 (Polish)
Pitches missed: 1 (missed the first pitch to Bogusevic in the 9th, looking at my phone)
Consecutive pitch streak ended at: 1,286
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.66% (296/297)
Current streak of pitches seen: 10

Season Stats:

Brewers current record: 81-77 (.513 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 670 hours 31 minutes 
Time on stadium grounds: 788 hours 2 minutes
Miles driven: 19,614.9
Miles riding in car but not driving: 2,306.2
Public transit miles: 552.2
Flight miles: 19,777
Total distance traveled: 42,250.2 miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 169.67% (42,250.2/24,901)
Sausages: 98 (38 Hot Dogs, 33 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: 104
Longest streak of pitches seen: 2,192 (8/27 – 9/3)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.78% (47,202/47,306)

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