4/12/14 @ Citizens Bank Park

For this game, I arrived at Citizens Bank Park much later than I expected, Initially, I thought that the gates would be opening at 4:35, which was 2.5 hours before the start of the game. When I got to the ballpark at 4:40, I saw that the gates to the stadium were closed. A stadium employee then told me that the gates would be opening at 5:05. Hmph.

Five minutes after entering the stadium, Mario Hollands threw me my first ball of the season.

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Immediately after, a Phillies player hit a ball into the stands, which ricocheted off a seat and rolled to feet. I picked it up for my #73rd lifetime.

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My third ball of the day was given to me by Cody Asche. Before tossing the ball to me, he asked, “If I could catch it.” Gender-based stereotypes these days.

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When the Marlins started taking BP, I relocated to RF. This was the scene:

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The Marlins were hitting bombs.  Unfortunately, I didn’t snag any. Balls 4-7 were tossups.

Ball 4: Thrown to me by Tom Koehler

Ball 5: Tossup from A.J. Ramos

Ball 6: Thrown to me by Michael Dunn

Ball 7: Tossup from the Marlins Bullpen Catcher

 

Stats

7 balls caught (78 Lifetime)

1 Game attended in 2014

2014 AVG – 7.00 balls per game

Lifetime AVG – 4.11 balls per game

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 – 2014 Red Sox Offseason Review & Summary

Unlike another team in their division, the Red Sox have had a subtle winter. They did not add any high-profile free agents to their roster but, instead signed a couple of veteran players.

Farewell to:

Jacoby Ellsbury – Status: Injured.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Status: Catcher with the Miami Marlins

Stephen Drew – Status: Free Agent

Ryan Dempster – Won’t pitch in 2014

Keep:

Mike Napoli was given a two year, $32 million contract.

David Ortiz was given a year’s contract extension that is totaled at $17 million. Club options for 2016 and 2017.

New Players:

A.J. Pierzynski – From the White Sox

Jonathan Herrera – From the Rockies

Chris Capauno – From the Dodgers

Grady Sizemore – Free Agent

 

2014 Ballhawking Goals

Attend 18 MLB Games

Have an average of 5.00 balls per game attended

Visit 5 Different MLB Stadiums

 

 

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