Category: Josh Hamilton

Mail Time! #16

This is my first Mail entry in a little while. I decided to take a quick break from it all and do some other stuff. (AKA, I haven’t gotten much!)

On Monday, I got this envelope from the Dolphins:20130105-171251.jpg

I first pulled out this letter:20130105-171300.jpg

Then, I found this mini-pennant:20130105-171308.jpg

I got a Dolphins bumper sticker:20130105-171315.jpg

After that I pulled out a pocket schedule:20130105-171323.jpg20130105-171332.jpg

Then, I found a small logo sticker:20130105-171342.jpg

I then pulled out a large photo of Jose Philibin:20130105-171349.jpg

I finally pulled out a photo of T Jake Long:20130105-171358.jpg

On Friday the 4th, I got this envelope from the Los Angeles Lakers:20130105-171408.jpg

I found a letter:20130105-171426.jpg

There were two photos inside. The first was double-sided with a 2012-2013 schedule on one side:20130105-171434.jpg

And a photo of the starting 5 on the other:20130105-171441.jpg

The 2nd photo I pulled out was double-sided as well. This was the front side:20130105-171454.jpg

The Back side:20130105-171501.jpg

Works for me! πŸ˜‰

The next item was not a Fan Pack. In December, I ordered a Bakersfield Blaze (High-A Affiliate of the Reds- I saw them play in this game in Modesto) Stocking Stuffer. Unfortunately, these are no longer available for sale. It arrived on Saturday January 5th.

Here is the box that it arrived in:20130105-233019.jpg20130105-233026.jpg

The first think I took out was this box:20130105-233032.jpg

When I opened it up, I found a Josh Hamilton bobblehed:20130105-233037.jpg

I noticed it was broken, so I immediately emailed the Blaze. I got a quick reply that the company that makes their bobblehead giveaways just makes flimsy bobbleheads. They then volunteered to send me a new one if I wanted! Great people in the front office in Bakersfield! Go over and give them a LIKE on Facebook here.

I then found this:20130105-233048.jpg

Inside, there was this Bakersfield Logo shirt:20130105-233105.jpg

With a 12 on the back:20130105-233109.jpg

As well as this voucher for 4 General Admission tickets for a 2013 Game:20130105-233055.jpg

I finally pulled out this baseball that I will assume was game-used:20130105-233100.jpg

Cool Stuff!

REMINDER: This is no longer for purchase.

There is also another shirt that they are sending me in March! And this was all on $20!

That is it for this Mail Time! entry. I hope you all enjoyed. Thanks for reading and check back often!

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.

A’s Split Series with Rangers!

The A’s are for real.

On Monday, I was asked by many people if the A’s are for real. Now, the answer is yes!

They started the series on Tuesday, with a matchup of Bartolo Colon and Roy Oswalt. Both pitchers threw 2 scoreless innings to start the game. In the 3rd, Elvis Andrus had an RBI Single to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Adrian Beltre led off the 4th with a solo shot, followed by a 1-out RBI single from Mike Napoli. Craig Gentry followed with a run-scoring bunt, giving Texas a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 7th, Josh Reddick led off, blasting his 21st home run of the year, a solo home run to right field. That would end up being the only run the A’s scored in this game.

The Rangers scored 2 more runs, when Josh Hamilton homered in the 8th inning, and when he hit a sac fly in the 9th to make the final score 6-1.

The A’s looked for a series split in game two, with Travis Blackley on the mound, opposing former Athletic Colby Lewis.

The first four innings of the game were scoreless, but Craig Gentry doubled in Brandon Snyder ti make the score 1-0. It wouldn’t stay like that for long, as Brandon Inge led off the A’s half of the 5th with a line-drive home run to center field.

The whole game then started to fall apart for the A’s in the top of the 6th. Elvis Andrus singled to open up the 6th. He then advanced to 2nd base on a bad balk, called on Travis Blackley by the first base umpire, Paul Nauert. Blackley has used the same move all year. Sigh. Micheal Young then singled to left, making the score 2-1 A’s. Blackley was then pulled for Grant Balfour, who allowed a Nelson Cruz single to make the score 3-1.

In the bottom of the 7th, Brandon Inge doubled to lead off, followed by a Chris Carter pinch-hit walk, who was then pinch-run for with Brandon Hicks. After 2 quick outs, Josh Reddick stepped to the plate. He launched a deep, deep drive to right field, which I was positive would leave the yard. It bounced off the top of the wall, about a foot above Nelson Cruz’s glove to tie the game at 3.

In the top of the 9th, Ryan Cook came in to pitch, and got out of a jam. Brandon Hicks lead off the bottom of the 9th inning. Right when Hicks was called up in June, he almost had a walk-off grand slam against the Giants, but the ball bounced over the wall. He has had multiple hits that have almost gone out, and was still without a major league home run.

He launched a solo home run to the deep part of right-center, his first career home run to win the game for the A’s 4-3!

So, the A’s have lost 2 games in July. They are 10-2 in July, and have 4 walk-off wins in their last 7 games and 9 walk-off wins this year!

Now, the Bronx Bombers come to town, for a four-game series. I hope of be at the game on Saturday. Now, the Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6 games, but so are the A’s. The A’s have a 10-2 record in July. The Yankees are 10-4. I expect this series to be evenly matched, power for power, strikeout for strikeout, and win for win. I expect them to split the 4 game series.

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.