7 Days of Spring…DAY 7 – 4/2/09

I’m skipping DAY 6 for now because I want that day to be the “grand finale.” 
You’ll know what I mean when I post that day because it was an amazing freakin’ day.

But, anyway, on ahead to DAY 7-the last day of our trip.

The Brewers were playing the White Sox @ Maryvale Park at 12:05 pm.
I arrived nice and early and made this day geared a bit more for autographs and pictures since I hadn’t really grabbed too many sigs on this trip.

Some pictures…
Brewers top prospect-SS Alcides Escobar signed the baseball above for me.  If you don’t recognize the name, you will.  He’s an absolute stud-of the Ozzie Smith defensive mold.

4_2_09 White Sox vs Brewers 004.jpgHere’s a picture of the future.  Brewers SS Alcides Escobar.  I’m telling you people; this guy is going to shine.

4_2_09 White Sox vs Brewers 027.jpg          Brewers starting pitcher Manny Parra waiting outside the cage to take his hacks.

4_2_09 White Sox vs Brewers 036.jpgAnother Brewers hot prospect-3B Mat Gamel.  When this kid figures out the defensive side of the game, he’ll be wearing the Brewers big league uniform.

4_2_09 White Sox vs Brewers 042.jpgBrewers top catching prospect-Angel Salome.  This guy is from the Ivan Rodriguez mold.  Short, stocky and powerful.  He’ll be the Brewers everyday catcher in a year or so.  The guy can flat out rake!

I watched the AAA team take some batting practice in the morning.  It was a good chance for me to take an up close and personal look at some of our future stars.  I’ve been reading all about them for awhile now, but this was fun to actually see them in action.

The aforementioned Alcides Escobar was hitting and lined one down the left field line.  It rolled far enough foul and close enough to the fence where I was standing that it trickled right out of an open gate and into my waiting mitt.  I was on the board.

The gates opened at 10:35 am but it didn’t matter because there was no BP.  Again!!  What the hell people???  BP is half the fun…throw me a bone, willya??

Anyway, the game started at 12:05 pm and I took my post in left field on the grass berm.

Nothing happened during the game that’s worth writing about.  After the game ended, I again headed down to where the umpires exit the field.

Home plate umpire Cory Blaser and his crew were walking off the field when I yelled out to him, “Cory, Cory Blaser.  Can I get a baseball, please?”  Without hesitation, he grabbed a game ball out of his pouch and tossed it to me. 

Cory Blaser then tossed one to a 12 year old kid standing next to me.  The kid muffed the catch (probably because he was too cool to bring his glove to the park) and it ricocheted right to me.  I grabbed it but handed it over to the kid because I had already gotten mine. 
I counted this baseball toward my stats because I was the first fan to obtain possession of it…a longtime ballhawk rule of mine.

Our trip was over. 
But, stay tuned for DAY 6 which I have chosen to do last.  Check it out and you’ll know why!

TOTALS 4/02/09

  • 1 BP ball (Pacific Coast League baseball)
  • 2 ump game balls


     3 baseballs total 4/02/09

+   1 baseball   3/31/09
+   10 baseballs 3/30/09
+   3  baseballs 3/29/09
+   9  baseballs 3/28/09
+   6  baseballs 3/27/09

     32 baseballs (6 days)


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