On this particular day, I got out of bed late. I had set my alarm for 6am, with the hopes of being in Oakland around 8 or 8:30, but I woke up around 8am. For me, this reminded me of this game last year.
We left at 8:25, and arrived at the Coliseum around 9am. This was going to be my first Orioles game since Last September, and I was hoping that they would still be using commemorative balls.
Like my last game, I made a video with behind-the-scenes and vlogs, so check it out!
Once we had pulled into the parking lot, I headed to get in line at Gate MM.
The line was LONG!
But, believe it or not, this was the shortest line!
I walked around the Coliseum a bit to check out the scene, but I decided to get in line at 9:15.
Around 9:30, I decided to walk around the BART Plaza area and take some pictures.
The line at Gate LL was getting pretty long!
But I was in line at MM.
The A’s have these ticket kiosks everywhere around the Coliseum.
And of course, this banner! 4x > 2x (Just saying Giants fans)
I was chatting with a bunch of the bleacher folks, like Will.
When Will runs in to the bleachers, he carries these flags and banners.
I noticed these boxes… BOBBLEHEADS!
Around 10:30, Arlene invited Pascale and I to jump in line with the bleacher folks. Thank You!
Once I joined them, I noticed Ross’s shirt, which I absolutely LOVED!
Oaklandish is an Oakland-based clothing company. You can check out their website here.
Daniel, one of the bleacher guys had this little speaker.
Great sound quality for a device that small!
At 11:07, the gates opened, and my sister and I sprinted inside, grabbing our bobbleheads along the way.
I was one of the first people in the bleachers, after of course, Will.
The run is actually somewhat tough, but it is MUCH harder for him, as he is carrying everyone’s flags and banners.
I headed over to the A’s bullpen, where the most action was taking place.
The players were all getting loose.
Stretching and such. (S/O to my sister for taking those last two pictures)
Eventually, I decided to head over to the Orioles bullpen area, since the pitchers were arriving and the nearby stands were almost empty.
They started off stretching.
As the A’s players began to throw.
Pictured below are Grant Balfour (Upper Left) and Jesse Chavez (Lower Right)
And the Orioles began to toss.
I was all ready in my Orioles gear.
A’s pitchers that were running interacted with Orioles players when they were in that area.
Soon enough, it was 11:45 and there were only two guys playing catch, so I headed over there.
My parents were soaking up the sun in the RF Bleachers.
As the last two guys finished playing catch, I called out to Darren O’Day “Hit me here Darren!”
With that, he submarined me the ball!
If you want to know why I am smirking, I have NO clue at all.
Here I am with my Reggie Jackson bobblehead.
BTW, remember when I mentioned the RF bleacher shirt in my last game entry? That’s the one I’m wearing! Do you like it?
After grabbing a quick pizza lunch, I got back to notice Rollie Fingers in the bullpen. Oh yeah!
There were lots of players from the 1973 A’s gathered around the dugout.
Each current player or coach walked out with the player or coach that held the same position in 1973. Curt Young, the A’s pitching coach walked out with the pitching coach of the 1973 A’s.
Nate Freiman,the A’s first baseman is HUGE! 6 foot 8 inches.
Brandon Moss and the 1973 first baseman.
I seriously got chills watching it all.
John Jaso was out in the bullpen, warming up with AJ Griffin.
Ray Fosse was on the field with Derek Norris.
The 1973 team started to line up.
Soon, Norris walked out with Ray Fosse and the Coliseum exploded!
I could tell all of the current and past players were enjoying it!
Eric Sogard walked out with Dick Green.
Vida Blue and Blue Moon Odom were standing out by the pitching crown.
Josh Donaldson walked out with then-3rd Baseman Sal Bando, along with manager Bob Melvin, who wears the number 6 in honor of Captain Sal.
Jed Lowrie was going to walk out with Bert “Campy” Campaneris.
Chris Young was out in LF with Joe Rudi.
Coco Crisp was out in CF with Billy North.
Do you recognize that name or face? Check out this photo. I got my picture with him, Sal Bando, and the 4 A’s World Series trophies at 2013 A’s FanFest.
As this all was taking place, AJ Griffin and his golden locks of hair were warming up in the bullpen.
Almost all of the players were on the field.
Except for 1. Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, as presented by Josh Reddick.
It gave me chills. I could yell Josh was soaking it all in.
Everyone was taking pictures.
The coaches were gathered up behind home plate.
There was a presentation of a check of some sort on the mound area.
As this was all taking place, players were warming up and mingling.
There was a group photo on the mound.
Then, the National Anthem was performed.
The people holding signs representing players that are no longer with us walked in the CF tunnel.
They gathered for one last group picture.
And then I took my focus to the players warming up.
The home plate meeting look place.
And we were ready to go!
AJ Griffin was on the hill for Oakland.
Adam Jones got to the plate in the top of the 1st.
And flied out to right field.
Coco Crisp led off for the A’s.
And popped out to the catcher…
John Jaso was due up after Coco…
And singled to right field.
Seth Smith was hitting in the 3-hole for the Green and Gold.
With a runner on first, the bleachers were getting pumped up.
I can’t tell who this hitter is, but I LOVE his face!
This person had a ticket from the 1973 WS in Oakland.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Josh Donaldson doubled in Brandon Moss, giving the A’s a 1-0 lead.
Josh Reddick walked in his at bat in the 2nd inning.
Everyone was feeling good!
Coco Crisp then grounded out to end the inning.
Griffin took the mound in the top of the 3rd and he was dealing!
The bullpen was enjoying the game.
Around the time, my dad gave me the camera, and I had some fun taking pictures.
Here is the ball smacking into Brandon Moss’s glove on a foul popup.
Donaldson had another RBI hit, bringing the score to 2-0, before Reddick popped out to end the inning.
In the 4th inning, Chris Young doubled. But, it wasn’t before the Orioles scored 4 runs in the top of the inning.
Like I mentioned earlier, I had a blast taking pictures.
Jed Lowrie flied out in the 5th inning.
Josh Donaldson singled in the 6th for his 3rd hit of the game.
Even though the A’s were down, everyone was still confident.
This row of fans did a mid-inning trivia contest, where everyone got shirts.
Ross was drumming it out.
In the 7th inning, Ryan Flaherty grounded out first baseman Brandon Moss to pitcher AJ Griffin.
Sean Doolittle started to get loose in the bullpen. Note the balls above and below the bullpen phone on the left side of the picture.
Brian Matusz came into the game for the Orioles in the bottom of the 7th.
Throughout the day, both the A’s TV and Radio booths brought in players and coaches from the 1973 A’s team to talk.
For those of you who don’t know… Josh Reddick makes a LARGE mess of seeds in RF. This photo doesn’t do it justice.
Jerry Blevins came on to pitch in the top of the 8th.
Guess what he did? He threw it back!
Believe it or not, that did not go over well with security. He got up on his seat and the ENTIRE stadium started chanting “LET HIM STAY! LET HIM STAY!”
He was getting everyone riled up, everyone was on his side.
Ross (Left) and Anson (Green Shirt) were pleading their case to security to let Jorge stay.
Then the cops showed up and more or less led him out of the bleachers.
But this guy meant business.
You could tell everyone was pretty pissed about the whole situation.
Like I said, the police officer “led” Jorge out of the bleachers.
Everyone was entranced.
I could tell the players were kind of confused.
Oh… And there was a game going on. The solo home run made the score 5-2. Then, a Chris Davis sac fly made it 6-2.
Jed Lowrie came up in the bottom of the 8th.
Then guess what happened?
Jorge was led back!
That made everyone pretty happy!
I think he was pretty happy.
Spencer got a picture with him.
You have to give the man props though.
Oh, and it was a ROCKET throw! He threw it from 3 rows back in the RF bleachers, in the middle of the row, to 2nd BASE! It was like I was watching the movie Rookie of the Year!
Everyone was cheering for him.
In the 8th, Josh Donaldson doubled for his 4th hit of the game.
Josh Reddick stepped to the plate.
Where he struck out…
Jorge was getting into it. Everyone had a good feeling about the game!
Omar Gonzalez was spending quality time with his young daughter Rhema.
Chris Resop took the mound for the A’s in the 9th.
Rodrigo was enjoying the game.
So was Anson!
The Orioles scored another run in the 9th, brining the score to 7-3.
Adam Rosales stepped into the box to lead off the 9th for Oakland.
And on the 6th pitch of the at bat, the pitch was thrown inside.
Hitting him in the head, causing him to dive to the ground.
Wow. Look at the reactions of the people sitting right behind home plate, on the right side of the picture!
The training staff and Bob Melvin came out to check on him.
But… He stayed in the game!
This brought Coco Crisp to the plate, where…
Then, Coco walked.
This put runners on first and second, with no outs, putting the tying run in the on deck circle. The stadium went nuts!
Rosales was on 3rd, Crisp on 2nd.
Seth “Agent” Smith stepped to the plate with no outs and the bases loaded.
Where he flied out to right.
He found a pitch he liked…
Made contact with it…
But he grounded into a game ending double play.
And that was the ballgame. 7-3 L to Baltimore.
I got a picture with the 1 ball and my bobblehead.
And then Spencer photobombed me!!’
We gathered everything up.
Drew, one of the right field bleacher guys has an AWESOME mustache. Appropriate facial hair and shirt for the day.
I was planning on attending the A’s game on Friday, May 17th, which is the 3rd Annual BACON FRIDAY, and I was planning on ordering a shirt, so I needed to give Omar Gonzalez, one of the RF Bleacher folks, my money for the shirt.
While I was talking with him, Rhema was being awfully cute!
And we headed back to our car.
Overall, it was a great day!
- 7th Game this Year
- 1 Ball at this Game
- 5 balls in 5 MLB games this season = 1 Ball Per Game
- 20 Balls in 7 Games this season = 2.86 Balls Per Game
- 6 Consecutive Games with at least 1 Ball
- 4 Consecutive MLB Games with at least 1 Ball
- 33 Lifetime MLB Baseballs
- 63 Total Balls
Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Wow. 2012 was an crazy year for me, with so many fun experiences!
I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read my blog, and for all of the support that everyone has given me.
I would like to start of by saying that this is my 100th post at 7000 Coliseum Way!!!! Expect many more to come in 2013!
This entry will be complied of many things. IT IS VERY LONG: 3,659 Words to be exact.
I first want to present to you the 7000 Coliseum Way 2012 Annual report, as created by WordPress.com:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 14 years to get that many views.
Thank you to my top 5 commenters in 2012!
1) Max- Max commented 64 times this year! He was very supportive with Fan Packs, giving me tips, and always was ready to comment! You can follow him on Twitter here. Thanks Max!
2) Connor- He commented 32 times! Like Max, Connor always commented on the Fan Pack entries, giving me tips, and too has been very supportive all year! Thanks Connor!
3) Quinn– Quinn was the first person to subscribe to this blog, and he always was commenting, supporting my ballhawking, as well as giving me tips for fan packs. You can follow him on Twitter here. Thanks Quinn!
4) Chris– Chris is a fellow ballhawk, living in New York. He commented 27 times in 2012, and was very supporite with my ballhawking, as well as my Mail Time! posts, giving me tips for fan packs. You can follow him on Twitter here. Thanks Chris!
5) SpencerS- Spencer is a fellow Bay Area ballhawk. He commented 7 times in 2012! I’ve gotten the chance to meet him, and he is a great guy! He, too has given me lots of support with ballhawking in 2012. You can follow him on Twitter here. Thank You Spencer!
If you read this blog, then chance are, you know who Mateo Fischer is. He writes the MLBlog called Observing Baseball, and even thought he was not one of the top commementers, he was one of my greatest supporters in 2012 with the growing popularity of this blog. He wrote a review entry as well, and you can check it out by clicking here. You can click here to follow him on Twitter or here to LIKE Observing Baseball.
I would also like to thank Zack Hample, Zachary Weiss, Wayne Peck, Todd Cook, Shawn Bosman, Rick Gold, Malcolm MacMillan, Paul K, and McCovey Cove Dave for all of their support this year. Click on any of their names above to give them a follow on Twitter.
*Zack was the one that first got me into ballhawking, which I have to thank him for.
*Zachary Weiss has also been one of the most supportive people, giving me advice and support with ballhawking as well as blogging.
*Wayne writes the MLBlogs Collection of Baseball and A View From the Bullpen, and I was fortunate enough to meet him this past October. He has encouraged me trough my ballhawking and been a great friend to me this past year.
*Todd Cook writes a fantastic blog, called Cook and Sons Baseball Adventures. He gave me constant competition with the myGameBalls.com Photo Scavenger Hunt, which I appreciate. He also wrote a book called the Baseball Log, which I own. I highly recommend that you go give it a look!
*Rick Gold is a ballhawk who is also an editor for MLB.com. I met him in May, and he too, as given me an encouragement in my ballhawking. As a teen, he ballhawked at the Coliseum, which is a great connection!
*Malcolm, too has given me great advice and encouragement with my blog, as well as ballhawking, and given me some ideas for things to do at Minor League Stadiums.
*I haven’t know Paul for very long, but in the time I have known him, he has helped me tremendously. He was the first person to ever call in to The Nick Badders Show, which gave me extreme confidence. He has been one of the main supporters with my radio gig, which I am thankful for. He listens to every broadcast, and is always ready to give me feedback. He writes the MLBLog called A Piece of The Game, and wrote an entry reviewing his 2012 season as well. Click here to check it out.
*McCovey Cove Dave has also supported me in my ballhawking and been a great friend to me on Twitter. I’ll be trying my best to spend a game out in McCovey Cove sometime in 2013.
Most imporatntly, I need to thank my Dad (Dan), my Mom (Anne), and my Sister (Pascale). Without these three people, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today. They are the ones who give me the support to continue my work at home. They are the ones that take me to the games, go to games with me, and allow me to ballhawk, even though I am not spending time with them. They are the reason that I am able to succeed, I cannot thank them enough.
From here, I will go over my entire year at 7000 Coliseum Way. I’ll share my month-by-month memories from blogging, to ballhawking, and mail!
I’ve gone back and read each post, and it amazes me how far my writing has come. In December of 2011, 1,000 words was a lot for me for one entry! Reaching July and August, some of my entries managed 3000 words!
In the month of January, I have a feeling a lot of you were not reading this blog. I had 75 views total in the month of January, that is an average of about 2 views each day.
On January 17th, I posted an entry about SOPA. I’ll be honest, I don’t know what I was thinking when I was writing that entry. If you want to check it out, you can right here.
Shortly after that, on January 19th, I posted an entry with pictures of me, one at each of the 5 stadiums I had been to in my life. If you want to take a brief glance over that entry, it is here.
About a week later, on January 25th, I published an entry with LOTS of pictures that I had found from baseball games from 2005-2010, which you can read right here.
On January 27th, I published an entry about my expectations for the games I would go to in 2012, along with some information about A’s FanFest, an entry you can read here.
The following day, On January 28th, I posted a quick poll asking what A’s gear I should wear to FanFest, an entry that can be found here.
The very next day, on January 29th, my family and I were off to FanFest! We purchased some tickets, and had a complete blast! Check out that exciting entry here.
1 Month. 75 views. 5 posts.
Moving on to February. I had 45 views, which is about 1 view a day.
I had only 1 post in February, on February 13th, I posted an entry with my projected A’s roster, which you can read here.
2 Months. 120 views. 6 Posts.
In March, I had 36 views for the month, which is barely an average of 1 view a day.
My first entry of the month was on March 25th. That is 40 days without an entry! I wrote a short bit on a few random things, an entry you can find here.
The very next day, on the 26th of the Month, I had another entry up, this one, I called “Pictures of the Day.” I simply shared a few pictures that I had found and enjoyed that were baseball-related. Check them out here.
Then for my 3rd post in a row, and of the month, I shared some baseball videos that I had found and liked, titling it “Videos of the Day.” Check them out here.
3 Months. 156 Views. 9 Posts.
Coming into April, we were already a quarter of the way through the year. In April, I had 227 views, which is about 8 views a day.
On April 5th, I attended Opening Day at PETCO Park in San Diego with my dad and unfortunately did not snag any balls. You can read all about that experience here.
On April 6th, I posted an entry about the first 3 days of my Spring break, which I spent in Southern California with my leadership class from school. I was attending a conference about leadership in Costa Mesa, and it was a LOT of fun. You can read about it all here.
Then, on April 13th, I went to Stockton to see the Ports take on the Modesto Nuts. There, I snagged my first ever MILB ball, and you can read the entry here.
On April 18th, I found a funny video that I wrote a QUICK entry about. You can see it here.
Finally, on April 22nd, I went to my first A’s game of the season, a game in which I snagged 3 balls, including my first lifetime foul ball. You can read all about that day here.
4 Months. 383 Views. 14 Posts.
In May, the views dipped a little, with 146 views, or about 5 views per day.
My first post of the month was on May 10th. I shared a quick meme that I made, then talked about my next game. You can find it here.
On May 11th, I saw the Tigers come in to Oakland, on Fleece blanket night. I snagged one ball and got the chance to meet Rick Gold. You can follow him on Twitter here and check out the entry about the game here.
Then, a week later, on May 18th, I attended my first game at John Thurman Field in Modesto. There, I got my 2nd lifetime Minor League ball. You can read about it all here.
Finally, 8 Days after that game, my family joined me for Michael Choice bobblehead night, for my second game of the year in Stockton, where I snagged my 3rd lifetime Minor League ball. You can read about it here.
5 Months. 529 Views. 18 Posts.
In June, the views picked up again with 286. That averages about 10 views a day.
My first post of the month was on June 13th, where I talked a little about Matt Cain’s perfect game. I think more of me was just writing it because the A’s had just played one of the best games of their season, plus R.A. Dickey one-hit the Rays, and MLB Network was focusing on the Giants. Don’t get me wrong, a perfect game is amazing, I just wish that other stories had been covered that night as well. Check it out here.
Then, on June 20th, I went to MUG Root Beer Float Day at the Coliseum with my mom and sister. The A’s were playing the Dodgers, who I wanted to see, as they were using commemorative balls. However, I was unable to snag a ball that night. That being said, it was still an awesome day. Read about it here.
The very next day, on June 21st, I set out with my dad and friend Ryan for another A’s and Dodgers game, with hopes of getting a commemorative ball. Derek Norris was making his MLB Debut in this game. Even though I was shut out for the second day in a row, the game ended with a bang! Check it out here.
Finally, 3 days later, on June 24th, I was back at the Coliseum again, for more interleague baseball, this time between the A’s and Giants. I got shut out for the 3rd game in a row, however I did snag something cool, and the game once again ended with a bang! Read it all again here.
6 Months. 815 Views. 22 Posts.
July was when things started to take off for me. This blog had 667 in the month, which is 22 views a day.
After a week of Boy Scout Camp to start off the month, my first post was on July 12th, titled “How was Josh Reddick not an All Star?” In it, I talked about Reddick, the 2012 All Star Game, Kurt Suzuki, as well as BallhawkFest 2012, which I didn’t end up going to. If you want to check it out, click here.
Then, on July 14th, my dad and I headed out to Municipal Stadium in San Jose to see the San Jose Giants take on the Visalia Rawhide. It was our first game in San Jose, and I snagged 6 balls at this game, which is the most I’ve ever snagged at a minor league game! Read all about that exciting day here.
On July 16th, I posted about the A’s recent success, with their magnificent sweep of the Twins. Read it here.
On July 20th, the A’s were 12-2 in July. I wrote a post about their incredible month, along with all of their Walk-Offs. Remember, there is an A in wAlk off! Check out that entry right here.
The very next day, on July 21st, my mom and I were off to Oakland again, this time to see the A’s take on the Yankees. I got two balls in this game, and it was a lot of fun to sit in Section 149 for the first time! Read about that game here.
7 Months. 1,482 Views. 28 Posts.
August was a special month. There were 868 views, which is an average of 28 per day.
In the month of August, 7000 Coliseum Way was the 42nd most viewed MLBlogs Fan Blog! I wrote an entry all about it here.
On August 1st, my mom, sister and I headed out to the Coliseum for some weekday baseball between the A’s and Rays. I had won tickets on Twitter two days prior, so we got the tickets for free! I snagged 2 balls at this game, giving away one. If you want to read about that game, click here.
Then, 4 days later, on August 5th, my whole family went to see the Blue Jays take on the A’s, with a Jemile Weeks drawstring backpack giveaway. I snagged one ball at this game, and you can click here to read about it.
About 2 weeks later, on August 18th, my family joined my friend Sal and I for Scott Hatteberg bobblehead and Moneyball Movie night. It was a whole lot of fun, and I snagged 2 balls. Click here to read about it.
2 days later, on August 20th, my mom and I got seats right behind the A’s dugout to see them take on the Twins. There were barely 10,000 people there, and I snagged 6 balls, giving away 2 of them. It was a lot of fun and I recommend that you click here to read all about it.
Then, on August 26th, my dad, sister, and I were in Modesto for some more California League action. I snagged 3 balls, including my 3rd foul ball for the year, and got to play catch with my sister on the field! Read all about it right here
8 Months. 2,350 Views. 33 Posts.
The views just kept increasing. In September, 7000 Coliseum Way was viewed 1,124 times, averaging to 37 views each day.
On September 1st, my mom and I headed out to the Coliseum to see the Red Sox in town. I snagged 2 balls, one of them being a Fenway Park 100th anniversary ball! That entry can be read here.
I was getting a little behind on entries, so I published a quick post with a list of upcoming posts. If you want to, click here to read it.
The next day, on September 2nd, my Grandma and Uncle accompanied the rest of my family to the Coliseum for Breast Cancer Awareness Day against the Red Sox. I snagged 3 balls, including a toss-up from Yoenis Cespedes! Read about that day right here.
Later that week, on September 7th, my dad and I took a final trip to Modesto to see the San Jose Giants battle it out with the Nuts to move onto the next round of the California League playoffs. I snagged 3 balls in this game, it was a lot of fun, and you can click here to read it!
Then, a week later, on September 14th, my family was out to Oakland again, this time for sold out Star Wars fireworks night against the Orioles, where I snagged one ball. Click here to read it.
9 Months. 3,474 Views. 39 Posts.
Then, come October, the views shot up once again, with a total of 1,581 for the month. That is an average of 51 per day!
In the month of September, with 1,124 views, this blog was the 31st ranked blog, on the Latest Leaders list for the second month in a row! At the beginning of October, I wrote about that and a few other things. Check out that entry here.
On October 1st, the A’s clinched a spot in the playoffs, and I wrote a quick entry about it here.
On October 10th, I was fortunate enough to attend the 3rd game of the ALDS, in Oakland, where I met Wayne Peck. You can check out his blog here and read the entry about the day here or check out his post on it here. Unfortuantely, I didn’t snag a ball, thought I had a great time!
On October 30th, I put together a post with all of my ballhawking stats for the 2012 season. Check all that out here.
Finally, on October 31st, I published a quick entry about Josh Reddick winning the AL Gold Glove for RF and the pumpkin that my mom carved with the A’s AL West Champs logo. Check out that entry here.
10 Months. 5,055 Views. 45 Posts.
November was more or less the same, with 1,528 views, I once again averaged 51 views each day, however I started to post more frequently.
My first post of the month was on November 7th. I gave my favorite pictures from FanFest as well as April and May. Check it all out here.
I then took a poll on November 14th as to what kind of entries you guys were interested in me writing. Feel free to look at it here.
I then left for a 5 day trip with my family, from November 19th-November 23rd to visit family in Omaha. You can read about days 1, 2, 3 ,4, or 5. I got the chance to catch up with family, visit Werner Park and TD Ameritrade Park, and hold my baby cousin for the first time!
When I got back, I continued to receive mail. I got packages from the Reds, Red Sox, and Astros.
11 Months. 6,583 Views. 58 Posts.
In December, this blog 1,833 views, a new record, with an average of 59 views per day!
On December 1st, I got a fan pack from the Buffalo Bills and Frederick Keys.
Then, on Decmeber 4th, the MLBLogs Latest Leaders came out for October and November, and I was still in the top 50! 4 months in a row! You can check out my entry about it all here.
Over the next week, I got fan packs from the El Paso Diablos, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Pistons.
On the 8th of December, I posted an entry about my bobblehead collection, which you can check out here.
The next day, on December 9th, I blogged about my new radio show, The Nick Badders Show, on BlogTalkRadio, an entry you can find here.
On December 11th, I wrote about the very cool envelope that I got from the Harrisburg Senators.
The next day, December 12th, I talked about the packages I received from the Vermont Lake Monsters and Atlanta Falcons.
On December 14th, I wrote about the packages I got from the Houston Rockets, Round Rock Express, and New York Yankees.
December 18th was the day I wrote about my best ever mail day! I received 5 envelopes, from the Benoit Snappers, Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, and Richmond Flying Squirrels.
December 22nd was the date of my last Mail Time! post in 2012. I got an envelope from the Minnesota Twins and talked about my BlogTalkRadio shows, an entry that you can find here.
Finally, on December 29th, I went to a Stockton Thunder ECHL hockey game with my dad and had a blast! You can read all about that fun day here.
That brings us to this entry. Entry #100 at 7000 Coliseum Way. It’s crazy to think how far I’ve come this year, with my blogging and ballhawking skills. In January, I never would have expected to be where I am today. I never would have thought I would have 27 envelopes stacked up in my bedroom from sports teams.
I NEVER in a million years would have expected to have the following that I do now. 43 Facebook Likes. 103 Twitter followers. 195 more Twitter followers. I want to again thank you all for your support with this blog, I could never do it without you.
AGAIN, Most imporatntly, I need to thank my Dad (Dan), my Mom (Anne), and my Sister (Pascale). Without these three people, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today. They are the ones who give me the support to continue my work at home. They are the ones that take me to the games, go to games with me, and allow me to ballhawk, even though I am not spending time with them. They are the reason that I am able to succeed, I cannot thank them enough.
I think I have covered everything. If you think I have left something out, let me know in the comment section down below.
Thank You for having the patience to read this LONG entry, and stay tuned for many more entries in the new year.
12 Months. 8,416 Views. 72 Posts.
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I love bobbleheads. Seriously. I don’t have a whole lot, but they are a baseball-related collection that I enjoy, so I figured I would create a blog entry about them. My goal is to try and post a Baseball collection entry every Friday for as long as I can.
First, I want to start off with the bobbleheads that I have gotten as giveaways at games that I have attended.
The first game that I ever went to and got a bobblehead at was on July 17th, 2011 in Oakland. You can read about that entry here. This game was 80’s Turn-Back-The-Clock day, and the giveaway was an MC Hammer bobblehead that had a rotating base.
This is one of the coolest bobbleheads I have ever heard of.
If you are wondering why it is of MC Hammer, he was a bat boy for the A’s as a teenager, good friends with Charlie Finley.
If you go down and read the comments, Mateo Fischer suggested that I make a GIF of the bobblehead spinning. Here it is!
Created with Gifboom
Thanks for the idea Mateo! If you have a chance, check out his newest blog entry, where he dissects a baseball!
I wonder if I should try and do this. What do you guys think? I think it would be fun to do it, so let me know in the comments!
The next game I attended and got a bobblehead giveaway was August 13th, 2011 at the Coliseum. That entry, you can find here. The player featured was former catcher, current color commentator, Ray Fosse. Here is the box it came in.
I love the touch of the microphone in his hand!
The next game that I went to and received a bobblehead giveaway was May 26th, 2012 in Stockton. THat blog entry can be found here. The featured player was Michael Choice. The boxes for Ports bobbleheads are blank, white, all the way around.
The final bobblehead that I have gotten as a giveaway, you may remember, was August 18th in Oakland. It was Moneyball movie night, and Scott Hatteberg bobblehead giveaway. You can find that blog entry here. During the A’s 20 Game win streak in 2002, to win the game for the A’s, Hatteberg hit a walk-off home run, to cap a dramatic game, in which the Royals came back from a huge deficit to tie the game. Here is the box.
Note his name under the bobblehead, with the date of the home run on the side
When that little white button is pressed, the bobblehead will play Bill King’s radio call of the dramatic home run, played from the little speaker that you see, behind the Pepsi logo. Very, very, very cool!
Also notice, that one the other side of the bottom stand, it says “20 GAME WIN STREAK”
This next bobblehead was not a giveaway, however I did purchase it at a game. On Root Beer Float day, on June 20th, (Entry here) I found a stand that had old giveaways from pervious games for sale. I found a Justin Duchscherer bobblehead for $5, which I went ahead and purchaesd. I believe it was a giveaway in 2009. Here is the box.
All of my other bobbleheads, I have purchased on eBay.
This is a very simple, classic bobble head. I like it a lot!
The next two I purchased together on eBay, from the same seller as the Ellis one.
I guess there were a limited number of these made with him wearing the alternate black jersey. I want to say 500 of them were mixed in with the others. However, as you noticed, I have the one with the green jersey. Here is the backside of the bobblehead.
I think these are all pretty cool. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite! I’ll have another Mail Time! entry up within the next few days, so check pack often for that post!
This was probably going to be one of my favorite baseball games ever.
There was a Scott Hatteberg bobblehead giveaway. And after the game, for extra $10 or something like that, we got to go on the field after the game and watch Moneyball. Awesome!
I invited my friend Sal to this game, because I knew he would want to come and I hadn’t been to a game with him in a few years. I went to 1 with him in ’09 and 2 in 2010.
I expected the lines to be very, very long.
My plan was to pick him up at 1:15 and catch the 1:40 BART train with him and my mom to the Coliseum, getting there a little after 2.
The line at Gate LL was long, so I headed to Gate C, because I assumed B would be closed. They were expected long lines, because they had caution tape set up for the line to double back 3-4 times. When we got to Gate C, there were maybe 20 people in line, so I jumped in there.
At this point, it was 2:30ish. Sal and I played Monopoly on our phones for a bit, before I decided that I wanted to get up and walk around.
Sal had talked about wanting a new A’s hat, so after seeing that the C Gate team store was closed, we kept walking. The season ticket holder line was getting long, and when we got to D Gate, the line had already doubled back once and was getting very long quickly. We headed into the team store there, which happened to be open, where Sal got a new A’s hat.
Line MM was long too, and when we got back C Gate, the line hadn’t changed much. We took some pictures and just talked and waited until about 45 minutes before the gates opened, before I declared that I wanted to walk around 1 more time. Keep in mind that there were only 50 or so people in line. We first stopped in at the C Gate Team store, where I got this picture of the boxes of bobbleheads beyond the ticket scanners.
Once we had walked to the end of the line, where it started to double back, at Gate A, which along with Gate B wasn’t being used, I notice that the stairs up to gate AA, which are usually closed were opened. Sal and I headed up to see what we could see.
By this time, after spending a few minutes here, I realized we had already been gone for 20 minutes, so after 4 failed attempts to call my mother, we headed to get back in line. Gate LL and MM had tripled as well since we had last been there, and at this point, I guessed there were at least 5,000 people already in line.
When we got to the end of the LL line, I saw the line at Gate C and it had gotten larger by at least 5x. It was crazy. And like 30 new people were in front of us. Whatever. I got this picture of a lady holding a sign to show where the end of the line was.
My sister joined us a few minutes before the Gates opened, and my dad decided it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to join us, so he got in the end of the line.
I was pumped and ready to go, so at 4:05, I ran to get in the shortest bag check line, and after getting my ticket scanned and grabbing my bobblehead, I sprinted for the bleachers. I was hoping for a particular 1st row seat, but it was occupied. I adjusted by setting my stuff down in aisle seats of rows 2 and 3 to reserve them for my group.
I saw a ball a few rows back, and picked it up for ball #1 on the day.
Some guy started heckling the Indians closer Chris Perez to the point where he got security to kick the guy out of the Coliseum. No joke. The guy was cussing Perez out and using words that I will refrain from repeating, but I think you get the point.
Chris had told the guy to meet him over by the bullpen, and that is exactly what happened, I found this video on YouTube of the confirmation. CAUTION- CONTINUAL USE OF FOUL LANGUAGE
BP was very frustrating. The Indians were not hitting the ball out and players were tossing a lot up. But they ignored me. There was an unknown player who threw a ball over everyone’s heads, so I ran after it, but someone pushed me into the side of the wall and ended up with the ball. Nice going.
That was the closest I came to a ball in the bleachers after my 1st ball.
After that, I decided that it was time to move somewhere else, as the bleachers were getting overcrowded and I was getting agitated.
My dad caught some good shots during BP like these
Sal and I headed down to the RF line, where I had been for this game in hopes of me getting a ball. A screaming line drive was hit in my direction, but 10 rows behind me, and knowing nobody would catch it, I ran to try to get the ball trickling down. I was pushed OVER A ROW OF SEATS trying to get the ball and had to do some fancy parkour to stay on my feat. I got a glove on the ball, but someone pushed it off and ended up throwing the ball onto the field and getting kicked out.
So that makes 2 people kicked out and 2 rag doll Nicks on the day.
I expected only a few more minutes of BP, and there were a several balls hit near me during that period. The first few were grounders down the line that I asked Indians players for and ended up being ignored. There were also 2 that ended up under the Indians’ bullpen bench.
The one other ball caused quite a commotion. A line drive was hit, just like the previous one, and as the ball trickled down the steps, I grabbed it with my glove, and a 300+ pound man pushed me over, rolled on TOP of me, and grabbed the ball. At this point, I was laying on the stairs on my side with a 30 year old man that weighed over 300 pounds on top of me. His knee was bleeding and my entire left hand was hurting (he had sharp elbows and knees) and people were trying to help him off.
I decided to head back, in hopes of asking Mark, the awesome security guard by the visitor bullpen for one of the balls that I hoped was under the bullpen bench still.
I was only my way over when Sal approached me and said Mark had a ball for me. I guess there had been a family that had seen the whole incident and asked him to give me a ball. I told him he didn’t need to give me a ball, but he insisted. In the hindsight, he raised my spirits and showed his awesomeness. I then chatted up the family and told them about my blog, ballhawking, and offered them the ball, which they refused.
After this, I dropped my stuff off in the bleachers with my dad and sister and headed with my mom and Sal to Deli 215, which is the Sandwich bar in the Westside Club, which I mentioned in my last entry.
When we got there, it was just after 5:00, so I was a little concerned about getting back to our seats in time for the pre-game ceremony. We purchased 4 sandwiches plus fruit cups for my sister and me. It was 5:20 when we headed back to our seats. When we got there, I snapped this picture of my sister’s bobblehead.
When the ceremony got underway, they had people walk out boards with the number of each game of the win streak, first 3 at a time, then 2 and eventually 1. After every set of boards, members of the 2002 team would be introduced by the legendary former voice of the Athletics, Roy Steele, back at the Coliseum again. It was amazing to hear his voice. It gave me goosebumps.
One thing, that I think was great on the A’s part was to get videos of a few players from the team apologizing that they couldn’t make it; guys like Eric Chavez, Barry Zito, and David Justice.
There was also a fantastic tribute to the late, great Cory Lidle, a part of the 2002 team who tragically died in a plane crash in 2006. The A’s raised $10,000 for the Cory Lidle foundation over the course of the weekend.
• 2 balls at this game
• 11 balls in 10 Major League games this season = 1.1 ball per game.
• 20 balls in 14 baseball games this season = 1.429 balls per game.
• 16 Lifetime Major League baseballs
• 25 total balls
• 4 consecutive games in Oakland with at least 1 ball
• 5 consecutive games with at least 1 ball
Then, I headed behind the stadium, where I had never been before. It turned out that the Rawhide were taking BP. I got my glove on and got ready for some action. Then, I saw some little kid walk by with AT LEAST TEN BASEBALLS IN HIS GLOVE. I guess there were a lot of balls hit out there.
Shortly before BP, a man approached me, and came up to me, asked me if I was Nick Badders, and shook my hand. He told me we had met at this game, where I met Zack Hample. I guess his daughter and I had gotten a picture with Zack. Bam! I remembered him.
Now I apologize because I never got his name, so if you are reading this, please let me know in the comments what your name is. Thanks!
At this point, I started walking towards the RF side of the stadium, where I took a picture with my phone of the Downtown Stockton Marina, where fans can dock their boats for the Ports game.
I then walked around the stadium to join my parents in line, with about 15 minutes before the gates opened at 6:05. Here, I formulated a plan with my dad to exit the stadium as soon as we got in and get back in line to get 2 more bobble heads with the two extra tickets I bought. One of those tickets was on the right side of the Ports dugout; the other was down the LF line.
Soon enough, the gates opened, at which point my dad and I gave my mom our bobble heads and programs and we looked for an exit, which we couldn’t find. After wandering around for a while, and past the cages where some Ports players were getting a little last-minute BP in, we exited out the Season Ticket Holder gate, and got back in the then very short line. We got our bobble heads, and we went to our seats, where my mom and sister were basking in the awesomeness, as they were not with us last month in Stockton.
I then headed over to where players were coming onto the field and where Ian Krol, the Ports starter was staring to warm up. I got one of my tickets autographed by some Rawhide player who I was unable to identify.
After Ian had finished warming up with Max Stassi, I called out to both of them for the ball, but I guess they had to use it in the bullpen, because that’s what Craig Lefferts, the pitching coach said.
I then tried for a ball from Nino Leyja, who was finishing up with catch, but it was a no. I went back to my seat, just in time for the line ups and first pitch. The closet I came to a foul ball was when Yordy Cabrera shot a line drive right over my head. Had I jumped straight up, I would have gotten it for sure. But considering how fast off the bat it was coming, I didn’t have enough reaction time to get it.
When there were 2 outs at the top of each inning, I would go behind the dugout in the section to my right, because that was where Ports players were entering my dugout. For the most part, I had no luck.
In the bottom of the 8th, I sprinted out of my seat and got right in the cross aisle, where I called out to Tony Thompson, the first baseman, and he tossed it just a little to my right. The guy I had been talking to before the gates opened jumped up, and it tipped off his glove, and bounced off the rail, onto the ground, where I fumbled it and picked it up. Finally!
In the top of the 9th, I stayed in my seat and when Zach Thornton got a strike out to end the inning, Max Stassi headed over to my side if the dugout. I shouted out his name, pointed to him, punched the pocket of my glove and held it up. He pointed back to me and tossed it to some guy next to the dugout. This prompted the man sitting in the section to my left to ask me if 1 wasn’t enough and how “kids these days are so selfish” and a bunch of other stuff. I could have explained my blog, but I didn’t bother.
The game went into the bottom of the 9th, tied 2-2, with Miles Head due up to lead off. Miles was the one that tossed me a ball in my game last month in Stockton. He fouled off a lot of pitches and then bombed it out to center field. Cue Celebration!
I ran over to the dugout, where there were a lot of other people, as Miles started a post-game interview with “Hot Rod”, the Ports in-game entertainer guy. I asked Webster Garrison, the Ports manager for the lineup card, he was like “yeah, sure, hold on’” and handed it to some guy closer to the front of the dugout.
I stayed around for a while, hoping to ask someone else, but I left at 10:00. It was a good game. I mean, 3 bobble heads, new hat, and a ball, it’s hard to complain! my next scheduled game is June 20th at the Coliseum, but I figure to go to another game before then.
• 1 ball at this game
• 3 balls in 3 Minor League games this season = 1 ball per game
• 7 balls in 6 baseball games this season = 1.16 balls per game
• 3 consecutive Minor League games with at least one ball
• 5 consecutive baseball games with at least one ball
• 12 total baseballs
• 3 total Minor League baseballs
Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.