7 Days of Spring series coming soon 3/27-4/2…stay tuned.

Only 10 days until I arrive in Phoenix. 
It’s getting close. 
I can feel it. 
I need to be on top of my game.  For the sake of ballhawks everywhere, I need to perform.

Old faithful (my old glove) is ready. 
My new faithful (new glove) is not quite ready.  Just doesn’t feel right…yet.  It will.
My bags are slowly getting packed.
Visualization of ballhawking is in full swing. 
I’m ready.

I will provide daily blogs.  I will provide daily photos.  I will provide daily everything. 
From where I go to eat to what I go see.  Not just baseball.
You will be right there with me-if you choose.

Beginning March 27th and going until April 2nd, you will be my blogger travel partners. 
Please visit my Spring Training blogs daily.  You won’t be disappointed.
Analysis is gonna sit this one out. 
This one’s all about ballhawking, baby.

BTW, this was all inspired by my favorite MLBlogger…The Rockpile Ranter.
Thanks, D.

I’m ready to get it on.

(gotta set your goals…) 

1.  Land safely in Phoenix.
2.  Snag 50 baseballs (I do not count them toward my season total).
3.  Get a few autographs (Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo).
4.  Get a game used bat from a Milwaukee Brewers player.
5.  Take some sweet photos.
6.  Have my wife shoot some great ballhawking video.
7.  Blog daily.
8.  Return safely to Milwaukee.

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  1. 333greystreet

    Hey man,
    I’m going to Spring Training also. I’m going to try and get behind the outfield wall at McKechnie Field (Pirates). There’s no outfield seating there. It won’t be much fun though since basically I’d be collecting balls that are hit out, if I can even get back there.

    Like you, I do not count spring training balls in my yearly totals. I commented you back by the way on my blog. Thanks for joining that ballhawk league.


  2. happyyoungster

    I don’t take anything for granted 🙂

    Good luck @ Pirates Field. I look forward to monitoring everyone’s success in the ballhawk league…great idea!!


  3. happyyoungster

    It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. Ask staff where players usually sign. Pick a spot where you are close to the field, dugout, railing, clubhouse entrance, etc. It’s very important that you are up front (wherever that may be). Spring Training is good for autographs near practice fields and walkways to the fields. I’ve never been to the Grapefruit League, but in the Cactus League, you just have to spend some time following certain players from field to field and you will get it…just ask them!
    Remember: be up front, be upfront and be persistent!


  4. jgumtow@hotmail.com

    Hey man good luck on your trip. Take good care of the family out there and I will take good care of your mail. It’s all under control. Bring me back something nice. 😉 Take care.

    Love, Juddy

  5. jgumtow@hotmail.com

    oh yeah and we will start working on the new glove again since it is finally getting nice out again.


  6. happyyoungster

    Thanks, man. I’ll bring you back one of those dancing hula girls for your dashboard…ha. When you get my mail, you can keep my April copy of “Elle” magazine…throw it next to the toilet. Look forward to breaking in the new glove, as well!


  7. thermus@gmail.com

    You are slacking, man. It’s your third day in Arizona and there hasn’t been one update. You reminded me several times to check out your blog to see how my niece and nephew are doing. Wait…why is there so much talk about baseball on here? I think I’m on the wrong page.


  8. happyyoungster

    I blame it all on the computer!! Now, go back to watching your re-runs of “Friends”.


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