After a couple of games outside of South Florida, I was excited to go to Roger Dean Stadium again. The Jupiter Hammerheads were hosting the Fort Myers Miracle:
I didn’t actually take that picture. It came off Google Images. I came to this game with my friend, Ben, who you might remember from this post. He plays baseball for my school, but we never actually got a picture for the blog.
On this date, the Hammerheads were playing continuation of a suspended game from June and playing the game scheduled for the night. Free baseball!
Back on 5/19, I won a free ticket to any Florida State League game this year, so I decided to use it on this game. Ben also got a free ticket:
More free baseball!
The night before, Roger Dean Stadium held its “Back to School” night, where kids got free backpacks and free school supplies. I heard from some fans that it was tough to ballhawk and get autographs:
We went into the stadium and found a seat on the Miracle side of the stadium. My goals were to get baseball cards signed by Doug Mientkiewicz, Jim Dwyer, and Casey Kotchman, who was on a rehab assignment with the Hammerheads:
Doug Mientkiewicz came out and signed some cards for me:
If you haven’t noticed, I used to take a ton of pictures, and now, there aren’t many. I have a camera with terrible zoom, and I plan to upgrade to the Nikon D3200 this December. Next year will be better.
Anyways, after Jim Dwyer and Doug Mientkiewicz signed, we went to the Hammerheads side to get some autographs from them and, most importantly, from Casey Kotchman. We saw Hammerheads manager Andy Haines walk out, and he posed for a quick photo:
And signed a couple autographs:
You can’t see it in this picture, but he actually had a stack of line-up cards in his hand. I asked him if he could give me one, and he said after game one. Then I asked him about Casey Kotchman, and he said Casey would be out for Game Two.
We continued getting autographs, and after a while, I decided to take some action shots of Joel Effertz, the game’s starting pitcher:
We went to get food, and the game started. After a couple of innings, I tried for 3rd out balls, but failed. There were lots of kids on the Hammerheads side, and the Miracle didn’t throw much into the crowd. As I said before, I’m not taking a lot of pictures because I’m not satisfied with the result. Here are some more photos:
This was one of the first pitches of the continuation of the game from June.
This is an edited shot of Hammerheads reliever Greg Nappo.
All of those players are actually on the Hammerheads pitching staff. They were walking to and from the bullpen when I took the pictures, and I spent most of my time on the Hammerheads side.
The first game ended not to long after its start, with a final score of 5-2 Miracle. And Haines came out with the line-up card, and he signed it. Then, I thought: “If all of the players are coming out for a second ballgame, why not get Doug Mientkiewicz to sign the line-up card?” That’s what I did, along with Casey Kotchman and several other Hammerheads.
When Casey Kotchman came up to bat, I decided to photograph the scoreboard. I took about 5 photos, and this was the best one:
During the game, I talked to some fans with bats. They were signed by all kinds of Marlins prospects like Derek Dietrich. One fan, the father, was a Yankee fan, and the other, the son, was a Sox fan. It was great to talk to them.
It was nearing 9:00, and I had been at the ballpark since 4:00. My mom was ready to pick me up, so I left in the 5th inning of Game Two. I’m never excited to leave a baseball game early, but I was satisfied with what I got:
This was the line-up card, which is actually my first ever! If you look on the top left, Andy Haines signed it, and on the top right is Doug Mientkiewicz’s autograph. That wasn’t it:
Mientkiewicz signed three other cards for me
It looks like Casey rushed to sign these cards, because “Kotchman” wasn’t completed.
Jim Dwyer probably raised the value of these cards about a cent- now worth 5 cents. That’s better than most 80’s baseball cards!
Andy Haines (who is now my favorite Hammerhead)
Josh Adams- He struck out in the bottom of the 9th in Game One and flung his bat into the dugout. I was hoping to get it from him, but decided not to, because he would probably throw it at me
I don’t know the autograph on the bottom
The next 3 autographs are from the Miracle
The first two autographs are from this game. The last one is JD Williams.
Other- 1 Line-up Card
Game One: Miracle 5, Hammerheads 2
Game Two: Miracle 3, Hammerheads 1
That is it. In case you’re wondering why this was so short, it’s because I don’t have many photos, and it’s hard to explain without showing a picture. Again, next year will be better. Thanks for reading!
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2013 Baseball Season Recap (October)
If you have been following my blog, you would have known that I wanted to see the Dbacks today. Instead, I went back to Roger Dean Stadium for a fourth time this season to watch the Hammerheads and the Cardinals.
I got to the stadium and there wasn’t a person in sight- other than a guy on a bench. Here was the scene when I got out of the car:
I went to get my ticket:
If you buy your tickets online, you have to pay $9.50. Look at how much I paid for this ticket:
$2. That was a pleasant surprise. I went to walk around the stadium, when I captured these pictures:
I decided to wait for the gait to open. I was the only person waiting to get in when, finally, they let me in. I was the only fan in the stadium until families showed up to play catch:
I went on to get autographs from the Hammerheads. They would all come up and sign, but maybe that was because I was the only fan asking for autographs. Austin Barnes and Austin Nola share birthdays, and I mentioned it to Barnes. He didn’t know it, and when Nola came out, Barnes was like “ask him his birthday”. 12/28/1989 is what MILB.com says, but I think Barnes was in 88. Pretty soon, Austin Nola came out to stretch:
And we had a little conversation. He asked me if I came out to Roger Dean Stadium often, and we were talking about baseball being far better than any other sport (sorry, it is). He said “Nothing beats baseball”.
Once all of the players came out, I went to get a hot dog and a soda. Nothing beats going out to the ballpark and enjoying a baseball game with a hot dog. I found a seat behind home plate, and the game started. It was a pitchers duel. Nobody scored until the 8th inning, when the Hammerheads started a rally. There was a play at the plate at one point in the game, and I didn’t have my camera out in time. The runner was out- I don’t remember who it was.
Here is a shot that I got from behind the plate:
I tried to take pictures and get third out balls at the same time, but I didn’t do a very good job. I didn’t right down who I took pictures of and I seemed to take pictures of the same people.
Midway through the game, I went to spin a wheel (which I failed to photograph). The winnings included FSL Ticket, Baseball Cards, and Nerf balls. I spun it once and made it to FSL Ticket:
I tried my luck three more times and all I got were Nerf balls.
Midway through the game, Heath Wyatt was on the mound for the Cardinals. He got the win in my last game. Here are some shots of him pitching:
I love his pitching rotation. I think sidearms are the funkiest deliveries, yet the most interesting. He was struggling. I believe the bases were loaded when the Cardinals came out for a mound visit:
One run came home for Jupiter as they would win, 1-0:
(Those are awesome socks)
Jake Esch- Notice that his eyes are closed
Here is his glove:
He would put his cap on the glove, but I noticed it when everyone was walking out.
With runners on 1st and 3rd, Danny Stienstra grounded into a double play, ending the inning. Here is Stephen Piscotty (PMB) and Austin Barnes (Jupiter)
I also noticed a player sitting here, although I don’t know who he is:
Here is Ryan Rieger
Matt Williams (left) and Colin Wash (right)
I wasn’t able to identify these players. I didn’t write down who I took pictures of, so it was a guessing game:
The Hammerheads Bullpen:
I also took pictures with Andy Haines, Robbie Redbird, Josh Adams, and Austin Barnes:
If you guessed correctly, I was wearing the Roger Dean Stadium t-shirt I got on 2/24 at The Dean. Here are my two baseballs:
Balls 9 and 10 of my life, 8 and 9 in MiLB this year. Here are my autographs:
Thanks for reading! I will have a baseball card pack break up on Saturday.
As you may have read before, I went to a Jupiter Hammerheads game in July of 2012. You can read about that here. Sorry, but you might have to scroll to the bottom. Anyways, I was able to get 24 autographs. I didn’t explain much about the game, but Jose Fernandez, the Marlins #2 prospect, was pitching. I called out his name, and he said he would sign later. He never did. Maybe sometime this year. Here is the sweet spot-
It is autographed by manager Andy Haines. He led Jupiter to the FSL championship, where they would lose to Lakeland. Here is another spot:
From top to bottom:
1. Michael Brady
2. Chris Squires
3. Mike Ojala
4. Tyler Higgins
The Higgins autograph is upside down. He was sitting in the bullpen when I asked him to sign, and I guess he wasn’t in a good mood.
Here is side 2:
From top to bottom:
1. Alfredo Lopez
2. Sean Donatello
3. Edgar Olmes
4. Robert Morey
5. Ryan Fisher
Nothing really special about this side. Next:
From top to bottom:
1. Jacob Realmuto
2. Mark Canha
3. Dallas Poulk
4. Danny Black
5. Aaron Dudley
6. CHRISTIAN YELICH
Take a closer look:
Another good autograph is Danny Black, who I believe won FSL player of the month in June.Mark Canha hit a home run in this game. Christian got the biggest crowd- in fact, a little girl, maybe 5 or 6 years old, walked up to him with a picture. She asked him to autograph it, and he knew her Dad might try to sell it on Ebay after the game. Christian asked for his name- even minor league players know that their autograph will go on Ebay. Here is the next side:
These 2 autographs belong to:
1. Marcell Ozuna
2. Raudel Lazo
Marcell Ozuna is the organization’s top power prospect. This is just the first ball- 18 autographs, all before the game. I filled up this ball, and I went to the team shop to get a second baseball to get autographed after the game:
Here are the 6 remaining autographs:
From top to bottom:
1. Corey Hart (not the Brewer)
2. Noah Perio
3. Edgar Olmes
4. Mark Canha
Yes, I got guys twice. Here is the last picture:
1. Grant Dayton
2. Jacob Realmuto
I saw 29 coaching in the bullpen, and I looked him up on my roster. He was Grant Dayton. I wanted his autograph, so after the game, I called out “Mr. Dayton”. Some of the other players walked by teasing him, calling him “Mr. Dayton.” It was pretty funny.
Keep checking back for more updates, and thanks for reading!
On July 21, I visited Roger Dean Stadium for the first time. I would watch the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) take on the Daytona Cubs (CHC). I got there about 5 minutes before the gates opened. Here is the outside of the ballpark:
I went inside and waited for the Hammerheads to come out of the wall in the outfield. While I was waiting, I took some pictures. Here is the press box:
The Video screen- it played instant replays and featured player statistics:
I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I wanted to get a lot of autographs- and that really payed off, because I got 24 autographs. I’ll blog about that later. I filled up one ball, so I had to get another one at the team shop. When I go to the Red Sox game on Feb. 24, 2013, at Roger Dean Stadium, I’ll have some more pictures. Thanks for reading!