7/3/14 Yankees vs. Twins – Target Field

I was originally planning on going to the game on Sunday, with my friend Noah, and my brother Nate. Well, Noah’s Dad ended up getting tickets, which he gave to my family, because they already had tickets for the Sunday game. So, off to the game it was, just my family. Nate wanted to stop at Target so he could get a good ball to hopefully get signed by Jeter, which took an extra 20 minutes. Great. We were late for the opening of the gates by about 10 minutes, as usual (sigh).

Well as soon as we entered through the right field gates, I was not happy with what I saw. There were so many fans all over, I was racing through my head as to where I should go to have a 50/50 shot at getting a ball. I made the foolish mistake of going to the left field bleachers, where there was practically no room to run. I knew I wasn’t going to get a homer since of all the fans, so I was mainly trying for toss- ups. No luck for awhile, so I went around the corner to the 3rd base side, where I was hoping there would be some balls hit on the ground that would trickle into the corner, where I could use the glove trick. No luck there either. Oh well. I wasn’t to worried about my streak because we had dugout box seats, where I could easily get some sort of toss up.

Once BP ended, I headed further down the 3rd base side, closer towards the dugout, where I waited for a while in hopes of getting Derek Jeter to sign. As you can imagine, everyone cheered as Jeter came out to warm up. Here are a couple pictures I took of him:

 

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Ahh. I was almost sure he was going to sign since he was this close. He even nodded when we shouted his name. There surprisingly  weren’t many people asking for his autograph, only about 8 or so kids and a few adults. Nate and I both asked politely. No luck. He didn’t sign for any of us. At this point I was pretty disappointed and shocked at the same time. How could he not sign? I really don’t like how players use the excuse “I can’t now guys, sorry”, in this case that is what Jeter said. I don’t like it because: A – They never say WHY they can’t sign, and B – You can, because lots of other players sign at the same time Jeter said that. Ugggghhhh. Getting Jeters autograph was basically the main reason I wanted to go to this game. The next best thing would be to get a Jeter Batting glove or foul ball off his bat, but unfortunately that didn’t happen either.

It was game time, so we settled into our seats. Nate got Mario, the visiting teams bat boy, to toss him a Jacoby Ellsbury foul ball in the first inning. He had snagged two in batting practice over in right – center. He would end up with 5 on the day. In the top of the second, something special happened. With two outs, Eduardo Escobar grounded out to the Yankees 2nd baseman, Brendan Ryan. Ryan threw to Mark Teixeira at first, to get the third out. Teixeira tossed the ball to Brendan Ryan as the fielders were jogging in. As Ryan approached the dugout, he looked up and tossed the ball in my direction. There were a few other kids surrounding me, but I had the height advantage on them and I felt the ball hit my glove. I brought my glove back down to make sure what I felt was a ball, and sure enough it wasn’t… Just kidding, It was. It was my first ever 3rd out ball! I was overjoyed, not only because my streak was alive, but also because it was my first 3rd out ball ever. Here is an edited picture of it below:

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Here it is on the JumboTron (the first frame):

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Cool, huh? At least for me. After I was finished eating I decided to stay in my current seat, since they were great seats. Here is the actual view from them, which features Derek Jeter batting:

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Sometime around the time I took that picture, I got the Yankees first base coach, Mick Kelleher, to toss me the infield warm-up ball. That was my second  ball of the day, which I gave to a kid sitting across the aisle from me. His father was very grateful. The game went on, and just about the whole time, the Twins were loosing. Darn. I was hoping that they could get a win against the Yankees. My third ball of the day was a Chris Parmalee foul back to the screen, which was retrieved by Mario.

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My second ever foul ball, and my fourth ever game-used ball. The Twins ended up loosing, 7-4. Masahiro Tanaka with the win, Phil Hughes with the loss.  After the game ended I attempted to get a ball from home plate umpire Alan Porter. No luck… What am I now? 0 for 3 or 0 for 4 on umpire balls? I wonder what it is, because I always say Mr.(last name), and  say please,both of which are very polite, while other kids are just screaming “Ball!, Ball!” I’m usually the first one to say something too, and I always have my glove stuck out and wide open. I really don’t understand.

Since it was the third of July, there were fireworks, and man were they cool. Maybe the coolest fireworks I’ve seen in person. I don’t know what it was, the city lights in the background, the ballpark, the music, whatever it is, like I already said twice, they were pretty cool.

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The Haul:

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I found the All-Star game mini helmet in a row of seats after the game. I don’t understand why somebody would leave that behind. I was tempted to buy one with the ice cream in it for some absurd price, so I’m glad I found one for free!

 

Stats:

3 balls at this game

Season Avg: 2.17 Balls Per Game

19 Lifetime Balls

 

 

 

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