I arrived at Maryvale Park to watch the morning workouts. I was forced to stand in the grandstands (staff would not allow fans to shag baseballs on the grass berm) as ball after ball fell harmlessly to the vacated left field berm area.
After workouts concluded, I was able to get a few autographs. The following Brewers signed my baseball: Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy, Casey McGehee, Bill Hall, Jason Kendall, Jeff Suppan, Mike Rivera, Corey Hart and Mike Lamb.
Off to Scottsdale Stadium for the 1:05 pm game.
I arrived at Scottsdale Stadium and headed to the left field berm for BP. There were a ton of people, kids, guys with gloves, etc.
I snagged one on the fly in BP by running up the berm about 50 feet and jumping over some blankets that were saving someone’s spot on the grass hill. The baseball was hit by #20 HOLM of the Giants.
That was about it for BP…very poor. So, I headed over to the Brewers side for a warm-up ball. I spotted Brewers minor league catcher Carlos Corporan. I yelled to him, “Senor Carlos, dame la bolla, por favor!” Carlos turned and looked right at me. Without hesitation, he fired it into my glove.
The game was a pitcher’s duel. At one point, I sat directly behind Brewers GM’s Doug Melvin and Gordon Ash in the 2nd row above the Brewers dugout.
When the game concluded, I was positioned above the Brewers dugout where the umpires were leaving the field. I spotted home plate umpire Paul Schrieber. I yelled out, “Paul, Paul Schrieber. Can I get a baseball, please?” He looked up at me with a funny look on his face and said, “you’re good” and flipped me a game ball from his pouch.
- 1 BP baseball snagged on the fly
- 1 toss-up BP baseball
- 1 ump game ball
3 baseballs total 3/29/09
9 baseballs 3/28/09
6 baseballs 3/27/09
18 baseballs (3 days)