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 first ball of the season.
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.
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. For the record, I did catch the ball without dropping it.
When the Marlins started taking BP, I relocated to RF. This was the scene:
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
7 balls caught (78 Lifetime)
1 Game attended in 2014
2014 AVG – 7.00 balls per game
Lifetime AVG – 4.11 balls per game
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.
Jacoby Ellsbury – Status: Injured.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Status: Catcher with the Miami Marlins
Stephen Drew – Status: Free Agent
Ryan Dempster – Won’t pitch in 2014
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.
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