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!
Mail- September 1-21 (Fri-Sat)
2013 Baseball Season Recap (October)
I am WAY behind on the blog, as I am two posts back. Let’s get started.
The Rome Braves sent a fan pack and I got it on July 22nd. However, I can’t find it the pictures, and because I am already far behind, I will list what I got.
- 3 2013 Pocket Schedules
- 2 Mascot Cards
- 1 10th anniversary patch
- 1 2013 magnetic schedule
- 1 Gameday magazine
- 2 Post cards
Two days later, on the 24th, I received a fan pack from the Miami Marlins:
- 1 2013 Magnetic Schedule
- 1 Bumper Sticker
This is a licence plate advertisement. I have some of these from several teams.
- “On Deck- July”- The Marlins game-day magazine
- Justin Ruggiano P.C.
- Marcell Ozuna P.C.- I got his autograph when he was a Hammerhead (which was last year)
- A.J. Ramos P.C.
Little League Magazine (??)- A little weird getting this in a fan pack, but keep in mind, it came from the Marlins. You don’t know what to expect from them. The next fan pack came on August 1st:
The Fort Wayne Tin Caps sent me a couple pocket schedules. The Cedar Rapids Kernels also sent a fan pack, and I got it on August 1st as well:
1 2011 Suite Ticket Stub
Ozzie Lugo Player Card
Here is the note they added:
I wanted to include the address in the picture, just in case anyone wanted it. The next fan pack was actually my first ever from the Northwest League; this one coming from the Everett Aquasox:
The Aquasox sent me these pocket schedules. I was happy to finally get something that league.
Sent: August 2, 2013
Received: August 7, 2013- 5 Days
The Tri-City Valley Cats are great senders, so I was excited to find a fan pack from them in the mail. Here is what they sent:
– Magnetic Schedule
– Gameday Magazine
– HOF card- John Joseph Evers
– 2013 Pocket Schedule
Sent: July 28, 2013
Received: August 9, 2013- 12 Days
If you’ve been reading this blog since it began back in January, you might have noticed a lot of fan packs from the Clearwater Threshers- that’s because they send me their program, “Thresher Times”. I don’t know why, but I want every issue of it. Here is one of the fan packs they sent me:
– 2013 Pocket Schedules, Ticket info
A new issue of Thresher Times!
– Sent: July 28, 2013
– Received: August 12, 2013- 15 Days
The next item wasn’t a fan pack- it was an autograph, coming from Royal Jeremy Guthrie:
I sent this out in APRIL hoping it would be a quick return, and when I found this in the mailbox, I noticed it came from Detroit. Turns out, the Royals were playing in Detroit when I got this:
Sent: April 13, 2013
Received: August 21, 2013- 130 Days (3 days short of setting the record for longest return time)
The final thing in this post came from Roger Dean Stadium- you might remember that name from other posts on this blog. I read online that they were sending mini-pennants and baseball caps, so I told them that I live 30 minutes away and that I go to a bunch of games there. Here is what they sent:
2013 Magnetic Schedule- already had it
4 baseball cards that I didn’t previously own
Gameday Magazine- you will see it in another post. I’m still happy to get this stuff for free, considering the amount of stuff I buy up there.
That is it for this post. I went to a baseball game on the 11th (over a month ago) at Roger Dean Stadium, and I have some mail (not as much as Aug.) in September to recap next week, so stay tuned! Thanks for reading, and thanks to the generous baseball teams for the fan packs!
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.
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:
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:
And back to the ticket booth to get my ticket:
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:
Just before then, I got some pictures of 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:
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:
The rain started coming down:
I got this shot of the seats:
That was how far the roof went over the stands. There was water pouring out under my feet. Here is the tarp:
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!
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):
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:
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:
That shot is a little blurry, sorry.
The final score:
Here are my player photo’s- I will start with Palm Beach:
Johnny Rodriguez (yes, he is arguing):
Mr. Walk off, Jonathan Rodriguez:
Jose Almarante- I asked him for a ball, and he laughed:
Michael Gonzales- he smiled after I took that picture
Right before the rain delay, I got a soda in a souvenir cup:
I also got this scorecard:
After the game, I found this magnet schedule:
I also got some pocket schedules, but I forgot to photograph them. Here are the 7 baseballs that I caught:
Now, for the best part- autographs:
1) Doug Mientkiewicz
2) Lance Ray
3) Andy Leer
4) Miguel Sano
5) Kennys Vargas
6) Corey Williams
7) Michael Gonzales
8) Stephen Wickens
9) Kyle Knudson
10) A.J. Petterson
11) Angel Morales
13) Ryan O’Rourke
14) Eddie Rosario
15) Kennys Vargas
16) RECORD- Single Game High 2013: Zach Jones
17) D.J. Baxendale
18) Nelvin Fuentes
19) Eddie Rosario
I bought this before the rain delay
20) Stephen Piscotty
21) Tyler Melling
22) Heath Wyatt
23) Juan Castillo
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!
The first Spring Training games of the year started on Friday, and I was so excited for this game that I woke up at 6:00 AM. Not only was this my first Spring game of the year, it was a Red Sox game. We left at 10:15 for a 1:05 start. We arrived 45 minutes before gates opened, and my family left to go here:
There is a beach and a marine center for Loggerhead turtles down the road, and I thought it was neat that they advertised it. (My Mom would pick me up).
Here is the most well known image of Roger Dean Stadium:
Here are the World Series championships and the ticket offices:
And another view of the ticket office:
I printed out a ticket, so I went here to get a ticket stub:
Roger Dean Stadium is in the Abacoa community of Jupiter, Florida. Here is one of the buildings:
And the same building from inside the stadium:
When I first got to the stadium, I decided to walk around. Here is Gate B:
I walked around to Gate A:
I kept walking and got to see inside the stadium:
Here is another view:
There were plenty of people standing around 45 minutes before the gates opened:
If you walked up a little bit further, you could see the Miami Marlins logo:
And if you turned around in looked in the gate, you could see the concourse:
I got to see John Ferrell, the Red Sox manager, talking to someone:
I decided to go into the team store. Here is the entrance inside of the stadium:
I had to enter from the outside. I was impressed when I saw this:
They had a selection of Red Sox merchandise. I’ll show you what I got at the end of the post. Here is where I stood in line about 15 minutes before the gates opened:
I walked into the stadium and watched batting practice:
I was too busy waiting for autographs to take any pictures until the game started. Here are some pictures of the concourse:
You would walk into the concourse, and to get to your seats, you would walk up a set of stairs. They had ramps (which is what I am standing on the picture above):
Here is the view from the bleachers:
This is what I was leaning on for most of the ballgame:
I know you can’t really tell, but it is right in front of the bleachers. I had an amazing view:
You can see the short wall in front of me- that is where I stood to get autographs. The bullpen is right in front of the wall, as you can see, and I got some awesome player photos. Here is Jon Lester:
Here is another picture of Lester pitching. He went 2 innings without allowing a run:
Here are some more player shots:
Here are some more pictures of Roger Dean Stadium:
(There were a lot of pictures, and they take forever to upload. I will post some more of Roger Dean Stadium in my next post about a game there). I stood in front of the bleachers with a hot dog. There is a little handicap area in front of the bleachers, and I didn’t realize it until I sat in one of the seats. I turned around, and an usher was standing there, staring at me. I got up and apologized, and he said “The next time you sit here, you will go on the other side of the fence”. That is when I realized a lot of older people or handicaped people were allowed to sit there.
Here is the final score of the ballgame:
RED SOX WIN!
Here are the things I got at the game:
I got a Red Sox logo ball, a Marlins Mini-Bat, and 3 Roger Dean Stadium pocket schedules, and 2 Marlins pocket schedules. I also got this free t-shirt:
One of the staff members was throwing them into the bleachers, and he walked by and asked if I wanted one. I got this game program:
Here are the autographs I received:
Andrew Bailey on a 2010 Topps, Ryan Sweeney on a 2012 Topps and another on a 2013 Topps.
Red Sox top prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. and their newly acquired closer, Joel Hanrahan.
Ryan Sweeney (again) and Devin Marrero (I think)
Jonathan Diaz and Mauro Gomez.
That’s all, thanks for reading! Sorry I was a little late, it took a while to upload pictures.
– Fan Packs week of 2/25- 3/2
– TTM Autographs
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!