When you go to my website – www.happyyoungster.com you will be greeted with the following image:
That’s current World Series champion and former Milwaukee Brewers slugger Geoff Jenkins holding a handmade sign up for the Fox Sports cameras from the Brewers dugout. I had made two game home run catches that day from the left field bleachers of Milwaukee County Stadium and Geoff was giving me a plug on TV.
Years later, I would catch his 200th career home run. Click here to read about it.
Anyway, please check out the site…it’s strictly a fan site…not profit oriented. Just a little something I started up to help me network with other fans around our great nation.
Thanks to the help of a good friend, I will be getting all my videos, interviews, highlights, etc. of home run catches I made throughout the years put on the site very soon. I will also put those on this blog for those that are interested. I have to thank fellow ballhawk Zack Hample for inspiring me to do this…thanks Zack!
On Sunday, May 20th, 2007, my wife and I attended the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Minnesota Twins game.
Brewers outfielder Geoff Jenkins had always been a fan-favorite in
Milwaukee. He was a fan of the “Happy Youngster”, too (you’ll have to
check out my website to see for yourselves).
I knew Geoff was sitting on 199 career home runs. I wanted #200. I
had told Geoff on a few occasions (that season and the season before)
that I would retrieve his 200th for him. We always had a laugh about
it…until this day.
I snatched it!
After a few rounds of negotiating with multiple Brewers employees, they
finally had me negotiate with Geoff, himself (after the game, of
The items pictured below all came in the trade for Geoff Jenkins’ 200th career home run baseball.
Prince Fielder used this Marucci model bat for only a short time during the ’07 season. Prince has tried almost every bat co. known to man. He seems like he just can’t settle on one type. I asked Prince during Spring Training about his choice in bats. He said to me, “I use whatever I’m comfortable with at the time.”
Four bats for the home run baseball. Am I greedy? Did I ask for too much? Did I not get enough? All in the eye of the beholder, I would imagine.
I will revisit the topic of trading game home runs back to players in the near future. Always a popular topic with many different viewpoints…all of which I respect and would like to hear.