Roger Dean Stadium- 4/21/2013

After my last baseball game on 3/16, my Mom said, “Don’t ask to go for a long time”. I assumed that meant for a couple of months, but when I got a perfect report card, I knew this weekend was the perfect time to go to a game. The Charlotte Stone Crabs came to The Dean on the 20th to play the Hammerheads, while the Ft. Myers Miracle came on the 21st to play the Cardinals. It was best for me to go on the 21st, so my Mom could go to the beach.

Here is the view when I got out of the car:

View when I got out of the car

I was 1/2 and hour early, and I thought I was late when I heard the announcer talking. It turns out there were kids playing a game; the teams being “Blue Team” and “White Team”. I was relieved when I saw the scoreboard through the fence (which I failed to photograph) and saw names I didn’t recognize. I walked by the team shop, which was closed:

Team Shop

And back to the ticket booth to get my ticket:

Ticket Shot

I stole Malcolm MacMillan’s (The Ballpark Guide) idea. After walking around the stadium two or three times, I went to stand in front of Gate B, where I got this shot:

Gate B

Just before then, I got some pictures of Gate A:

Marlins Logo- Gate A

Cardinals logo- Gate A

Gate A

The gates FINALLY opened, and I rushed to the bleachers to get a spot for autographs. While I was waiting, several graphers came over, but they were primarily looking for top prospect’s autographs. We talked about Miguel Sano, who is the # 1 prospect in the Twins organization, and how he isn’t a great signer. We talked about Jose Fernandez, who was here last year as a Hammerhead, and how lucky you would be to get his autograph. Finally, the players walked out, and I was calling out their names. I was the only one to get autographs from half of the players. When Doug Mientkiewicz  came out (as well as the top prospects), everyone swarmed over for autographs. Angel Morales was confused for Eddie Rosario, who is another top prospect. Here are the signers:

Corey Williams

Corey Williams 1

Miguel Sano

Miguel Sano 1

Miguel Sano 2

Eddie Rosario

Eddie Rosario 1

A.J. Petterson came up, and I called out “Adam” because the Miracle roster said “Adam Petterson”. He said, ” Does my name say Adam on that roster? It’s A.J.- that’s wack.”

Once I got all of my autographs, I went to get a hot dog and a soda. When I sat in my seat, the field was just about ready. Then, the rain came down. I was going to get soaked, and my food would have been ruined if I didn’t run under the small roof above the press boxes (by the way, it was drizzling while I was getting autographs). The entire stadium ran for shelter, and it was pouring. Here are the managers out in the rain:

MGRs exchange line-ups

The rain started coming down:

Rain falling at the dean

Rain coming off roof

I got this shot of the seats:

wet seats

That was how far the roof went over the stands. There was water pouring out under my feet. Here is the tarp:

Tarp comes out

Tarp

Wet RDS

After about 50 minutes, I saw one of the Cardinals talking to some fans. I thought: “Should I get autographs during a rain delay?” I walked out into the rain, and it was drizzling, so I went to the team shop to purchase a Palm Beach Cardinals logo ball. When I got back out, I saw # 16 in the Cardinals dugout. Then it hit me- Stephen Piscotty! He is the best player on the Cardinals, and to my surprise, when I called out his name, he looked over. I will remember Piscotty as the 1st autograph I ever got during a rain delay. I went on to get a lot of signatures from players in the dugouts.

After the tarp came off the field, I thought I should try and get a ball. I went up to Michael Gonzaels of the Miracle and asked for a ball. He tossed me a ball that was soaking wet, but I was happy!

Ball tossed up by #32- Gonzales

A little bit later, the Cardinals and Miracle came out to play catch. I was waiting behind the Cardinals for an overthrow, and near the end, there was an overthrow. It landed in the dirt, rolled to the wall (quickly), and immediately rolled back to the players. Danny Stienstra tossed me that ball (number 2):

Ball tossed by Cardinals- # 22

I walked over to my seat to take that picture. Finally, the National Anthem was performed and the game started at 3:00. The game was a lot of fun, and I was chatting with Mark from the Tigers game for a little while. I tried for a lot of 3rd out balls, and I was pretty successful with 3 of them, all from the Miracle.

At one point during the game, I was behind home plate, and a foul ball hit the press box. I came rolling down, and I jumped out of my seat looking for it. Everyone was pointing at it, and I didn’t know where it was. Another fan got it, but she tossed it to me because I was the first one to look for it.

There were a couple of (excuse my french) douche bags behind home plate yelling at the Miracle players. They were cursing at players and yelling rude things at them, like “You f***ing SUCK” and “You’re the worst prospect in the league”. I thought that they were either drunk or they were jealous of the players success in being drafted.

The score was tied, 5-5 entering the bottom of the 9th:

Tied for Bottom 9

You can see the time was 6:09. The planned start time was 1:05.

In the bottom of the 8th, there was a 3-1 count on one of the Cardinals (I don’t remember who) and he checked his swing. The 2nd base umpire called it a strike, and it prevented the Cardinals from taking the lead. In the top of the 9th, when the Miracle put a runner in scoring position, Johnny Rodriguez, the Cardinals manager, came storming out of the dugout. He was cursing and yelling at the home plate umpire, and the whole stadium (well, the 30 of us that remained) went silent. On his way out, he yelled “You belong in high school” to the 2nd base umpire. After the game, I thought of saying I liked his argument, but decided not to.

For the rest of the game, I moved on top of the Cardinals dugout in case of a walk-off. We entered the bottom of the 10th, and Jonathan Rodriguez stepped up to the plate. He drilled a pitch, and everyone in the stadium knew it was gone. The 20 people left were so excited, including me:

Walk off Rodriguez

That shot is a little blurry, sorry.

Walk off Celebration

Walk off Celebration 3

Walk off Celebration 2

The final score:

Final Score

Here are my player photo’s- I will start with Palm Beach:

Anthony Garcia:

Anthony Garcia 1

Anthony Garcia 2

Brandon Creath:

Brandon Creath 1

Cody Stanley:

Cody Stanley 1

Heath Wyatt:

Heath Wyatt 1

Heath Wyatt 2

Johnny Rodriguez (yes, he is arguing):

Johnny Rodriguez 1

Johnny Rodriguez 1

Mr. Walk off, Jonathan Rodriguez:

Jonathan Rodriguez 1 (2)

Jonathan Rodriguez 1

Jonathan Rodriguez 2

Jonathon Rodriguez 3

Jose Almarante- I asked him for a ball, and he laughed:

Jose Almarante 1

Jose Almarante 2

Stephen Piscotty:

Stephen Piscotty 1

Stephen Piscotty 2

Tyler Rahmatulla

Tyler Rahmatulla 1

Tyler Rahmatulla 2

A.J. Petterson

A.J. Petterson 1

A.J. Petterson 2

Angel Morales

Angel Morales 1

Angel Morales 2

Corey Williams

Corey Williams 3

Corey Williams 4

Doug Mientkiewicz

Doug Mientkiewicz 1

Doug Mientkiewicz 2

Eddie Rosario

Eddie Rosario 2

Eddie Rosario 4

Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler 1

Jason Wheeler 4 (2)

Jason Wheeler 4

Jason Wheeler 6

Kennys Vargas

Kennys Vargas 1

Kennys Vargas 2

Lance Ray

Lance Ray 1 (2)

Matt Koch

Matt Koch 1

Matt Koch 4

Michael Gonzales- he smiled after I took that picture

Michael Gonzales 2

Miguel Munoz

Miguel Munoz 1

Miguel Sano

Miguel Sano 3

Miguel Sano 4

Miguel Sano 5

Right before the rain delay, I got a soda in a souvenir cup:

Cup 1

Cup 2

I also got this scorecard:

Scorecard

After the game, I found this magnet schedule:

Free magnet schedule

I also got some pocket schedules, but I forgot to photograph them. Here are the 7 baseballs that I caught:

7 balls caught

Now, for the best part- autographs:

Ball 1, 1

1) Doug Mientkiewicz

Ball 1, 2

2) Lance Ray

3) Andy Leer

4) Miguel Sano

Ball 1, 3

5) Kennys Vargas

6) Corey Williams

Ball 1, 4

7) Michael Gonzales

8) Stephen Wickens

9) Kyle Knudson

10) A.J. Petterson

Ball 1, 5

11) Angel Morales

12)Matt Koch

13) Ryan O’Rourke

14) Eddie Rosario

Ball 2, 2

15) Kennys Vargas

Ball 2, 3

16) RECORD- Single Game High 2013: Zach Jones

17) D.J. Baxendale

Ball 2, 4

18) Nelvin Fuentes

19) Eddie Rosario

Ball 3, 5

I bought this before the rain delay

Ball 3, 2

20) Stephen Piscotty

21) Tyler Melling

22) Heath Wyatt

Ball 3, 3

23) Juan Castillo

Ball 3, 4

24) Jonathan Rodriguez

25) RECORD- New All Time Single Game High- Cody Stanley

26) Jonathan C0rnelius

The previous single game high was 24, set on July 21, 2012 at Roger Dean Stadium. I wrote a poorly done post when the blog debuted. Those weren’t the order of the autographs, but I wanted to show you how many I got.

Thanks for reading, and sorry this was up so late!

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