Category: Mail

Mail Time! #23

Sorry for not having posted in a while! I’ve been so busy, plus I haven’t gotten too many packages these past few weeks

Today, I have 3 Fan Packs to show you.

The first of these is from the Miami Marlins20130304-235858.jpg

I first pulled out a 2013 pocket schedule20130304-235904.jpg

Followed by a letter20130304-235910.jpg

And a paper printout roster20130304-235916.jpg

I next found this logo sticker20130304-235922.jpg

And brochures as to how to get a Marlins license plate20130304-235928.jpg

And join the Marlins Fan Club (Which is actually a pretty cool deal if you ask me! I *might* get it)20130304-235937.jpg

After that, I pulled out these three player photo cards20130304-235943.jpg

Lastly, I pulled out this magnetic schedule. I love the Marlins new logo (AND HR Thingy), and I love bright colors- So I loved this magnetic schedule.20130304-235949.jpg

The next Fan Pack is from the Nebraska Corn Huskers20130304-235957.jpg

Inside, I found 2 football stickers20130305-000018.jpg

A baseball pocket schedule20130305-000023.jpg

And two LARGE posters20130305-000029.jpg20130305-000534.jpg

The final fan pack I have will BLOW YOU AWAY

I now know why the Houston Astros can’t afford any good players. They put all of their money into fan packs for their Minor-A Team. Here is the BOX that the Tri-City Valley Cats sent me20130305-000542

On the top, I found this team photo20130305-000549.jpg

A 2013 wall calendar20130305-000555.jpg

I then pulled out this card20130305-000601.jpg

And this sticker20130305-000607.jpg

The next item I pulled out was this small box (2 inches wide for reference)20130305-000612.jpg

I opened it up and BAM! I found this miniature replica NYPL Championship trophy!20130305-000618.jpg

This was the final item I pulled out of the box. A bobblehead box????20130305-000624.jpg

I opened it up to find this!20130305-000630.jpg

A Derek Jeter bobblehead?? How cool is that!?!?!

Wow… This was one of my best ever Mail Time entries, would you agree?

Thanks for reading!

300x50_mlblogs_top100 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.

Mail Time! #21

Last weekend, I got two envelope, each on Friday and Saturday!

On Friday, I came home from school to find an envelope from the PawSox. You might remember they sent me this envelope a few weeks ago20130209-144954.jpg

I found a paper schedule20130209-145001.jpg

And 2 really awesome looking pocket schedules!20130209-145007.jpg

The 2nd envelope on Friday was from the San Diego Chargers20130209-145021.jpg

I frist pulled out these two pieces of paper20130209-145028.jpg20130209-145033.jpg

Followed by this team photo20130209-145042.jpg

And this small sticker sheet20130209-145048.jpg

On Saturday, I got envelopes from the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins

Here is the envelope from the Canucks20130209-145115.jpg

I got a letter from them20130209-145121.jpg

Along with a sticker20130209-145127.jpg

And these 5 player cards!20130209-145135.jpg

This is what they all looked like on the back20130209-145143.jpg

Here is the envelope that I got from the Boston Bruins20130209-145149.jpg

I pulled out this funny bumper sticker20130209-145155.jpg

And this bottle opener20130209-145201.jpg20130209-145215.jpg

Along with these two wristbands20130209-145221.jpg

And this large magnetic schedule for the shortened season!20130209-145226.jpg

Finally, I pulled out a paper schedule as well20130209-145233.jpg

How cool is that!?

Well I know I have appreciated the amount of mail picking up, which allows for more entries for you guys!

Thanks for reading!

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.300x50_mlblogs_top100

Mail Time! #20

Wow. The mail just keeps coming in!

Last Thursday, I got 2 more Fan Packs in the mail.

The first envelope I got was from the Buffalo Sabres20130209-145827.jpg

I found a letter20130209-145835.jpg

A pocket schedule20130209-145842.jpg

A player card20130209-145857.jpg

A bookmark20130209-145904.jpg

And lastly this window decal!20130209-145911.jpg

The second Fan Pack I got on Thursday was from the Los Angeles Dodgers20130209-145918.jpg

I found this sticker decal20130209-145925.jpg

A key chain and temporary tattoo20130209-145931.jpg

Two 2013 pocket schedules20130209-145938.jpg

And this cool Clayton Kershaw oversized card20130209-145945.jpg20130209-145951.jpg

I then pulled out this Dodgers Stadium tour pamphlet20130209-145959.jpg

Lastly, I pulled out this issue of the Dodgers magazine20130209-150005.jpg

That’s all I have for now! Check back in 2 days for another Fan Pack post!

Thanks for reading!

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.300x50_mlblogs_top100

Mail Time! #19

Last Wednesday, I got 3 Fan Packs in the mail!

The first one was from the Indianapolis Indians20130206-195022.jpg

Inside, I found one pocket schedule20130206-195029.jpg

The second envelope was from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes20130206-195037.jpg

I pulled out a pocket schedule20130206-195050.jpg

And baseball cards of their two mascots20130206-195109.jpg20130206-195116.jpg20130206-195857.jpg20130206-195103.jpg

My final envelope was from the Oklahoma City Thunder20130206-195152.jpg

The first item I pulled out was this card20130206-195201.jpg

I opened it up to find there was a handwritten note inside. How cool is that?20130206-195206.jpg

I then pulled out these two patches20130206-195212.jpg

And this temporary tattoo20130206-195217.jpg

Followed by this pocket schedule20130206-195223.jpg

Then this wristband20130206-195228.jpg

Lastly, I pulled out this game program20130206-195237.jpg

Cool stuff!

Thanks for reading!

Check back in 2 days for another Fan Pack entry!

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.300x50_mlblogs_top100

Mail Time! #18

I apologize for not having many entries up lately!

I have gotten a lot of mail this past week and decided to share it all with you!

On Saturday, I got a second Fan Pack from the Reds. I didn’t even email them or amnything. I just got a second one!20130206-191837.jpg

I pulled out this letter20130206-191847.jpg

Followed by a 2013 pocket schedule20130206-191856.jpg

These Stickers20130206-191956.jpg

And these three mascot baseball cards20130206-191911.jpg20130206-191920.jpg

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I then pulled out a Reds rally towel20130206-192003.jpg

And a Barry Larkin commemorative print20130206-192010.jpg20130206-192017.jpg

Finally, I pulled out this20130206-192025.jpg

I took it out, and opened it up to find this!20130206-192031.jpg20130206-192039.jpg

How cool is that?

So far, I would say my favorite stuff has to be from the Reds!

This past monday, I got two small envelopes. One was from the Houston Astros. I specifically emailed them again, as I had heard that they updated the fan packs.20130206-192047.jpg

There were 2 pocket schedules20130206-192055.jpg

This logo card20130206-192105.jpg20130206-192113.jpg

And a sticker!20130206-192133.jpg

The 2nd envelope that I got on Monday was from the Carolina Hurricanes20130206-192142.jpg

I got this letter20130206-192155.jpg

And these two cards20130206-192200.jpg20130206-192207.jpg

Followed up by these stickers and tatoos.20130206-192214.jpg

That’s all for this entry! I’ll try and have another Mail Time entry up this weekend, followed up by FanFest and BlogFest entries within the next week!

Thanks for reading!

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.

Mail Time! #17

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I have gotten a few packages in the past week that I wanted to share with you all!

On Friday (January 11th), I got this envelope from the Washington Nationals (Which proves that teams I emailed in the middle of November are still sending things out).
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Inside, I first pulled out this Natitude sticker:
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Followed by the postseason edition of the Nationals magazine:
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The next envelope I received was on Tuesday (January 15th) from the Norfolk Tides:
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Inside, I found a few pocket schedules:
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On Tuesday, I also got this envelope from the Philadelphia Eagles:
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I first pulled out a pencil:
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Then, I found this folder:
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I then found out this poster:
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Followed by this poster:
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The last thing I pulled out was this scratcher card:
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$10 off at Sports Authority!
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Then, today (Friday, January 18th), I got an envelope from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
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I got this personalized letter from their coach:
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I first pulled out this magnetic schedule:
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Then I got this sticker sheet:
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After that, I found a bookmark:
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Followed by this pencil:
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And this pennant:
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The last thing I pulled out was this pack of cards:
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I took out each card and set them out on the ground
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On the back of each card, the player’f favorite recipe was listed. Here are the 6 that I got:
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The last thing that I want to share with you is something that I got from the A’s today! My ticket for A’s FanFest arrived, along with a coupon for a season ticket holder meet and greet session! How cool is that???
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That’s all that I have for now. Considering the fact that the rate of Mail is slowing down, I will probably only get 1 mail entry up each week, with all of the mail from the week.

Thanks for reading!

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.

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! 😉

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.

2012 in Review

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.

Click here to see the complete report.

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!

*Shawn Bosman was my first co-host on The Nick Badders Show, and I thank him for doing that with me, as well as giving me the encouragement to continue my ballhawking.

*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.sopa12_hp

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.pict2764

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.
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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.649_hdr_fanfest

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.
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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.413811_355468544497094_166699563373994_1020769_609678918_o

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.429283_349335911777024_166699563373994_1004959_1334377103_n

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.l

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.untitled-3

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.wpid-2012-03-30_11-58-45_4622

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.img_3089

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.img_1115

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.575577_155853527874454_100003494239722_198277_947k452416_n

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. img_29321

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. img_3833

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.img_41501

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.595x416_mattcain_nohitter_9apjsvx5_a07rcbnj

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.img_0049

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.img_0194

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.img_0217

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.reddick

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.img_0516

On July 16th, I posted about the A’s recent success, with their magnificent sweep of the Twins. Read it here.20120716-131355

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.563532_498776816802392_1320022965_n

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.20120721-222344

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 hereimg_6420
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.img_6690

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.img_7539

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! img_8235

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.img_0402

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.
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On October 1st, the A’s clinched a spot in the playoffs, and I wrote a quick entry about it here.246568_10151257433126873_1856080895_n

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!img_5630

On October 30th, I put together a post with all of my ballhawking stats for the 2012 season. Check all that out here.
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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.
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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.
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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 started receiving Fan Packs from teams. On November 16th and 17, I got Fan Packs from the Indians and White Sox, as well as the Diamondbacks and Rangers.
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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!img_0234

When I got back, I continued to receive mail. I got packages from the Reds, Red Sox, and Astros.
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I also received packs from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Baltimore Orioles, and Philadelphia 76ers. 20121129-191421

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.20121201-152608

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.20121204-131723

Over the next week, I got fan packs from the El Paso Diablos, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Pistons.
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On the 8th of December, I posted an entry about my bobblehead collection, which you can check out here.20121208-122000

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.blogtalkradio_02

On December 11th, I wrote about the very cool envelope that I got from the Harrisburg Senators.20121211-073719

The next day, December 12th, I talked about the packages I received from the Vermont Lake Monsters and Atlanta Falcons.20121212-150822

On December 14th, I wrote about the packages I got from the Houston Rockets, Round Rock Express, and New York Yankees.20121214-020526

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.20121217-191134

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.20121222-194004

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.
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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.

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12 Months. 8,416 Views. 72 Posts.

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.

Mail Time! #15 and BlogTalkRadio

Tonight, at 8pm PST, I’ll be hosting a brand new radio show at BlogTalkRadio.com!

Every Sunday, at 8:30 pm, PST, I will have The Nick Badders Show. Every so often, on Saturdays, at 8pm PST, I will have a show called Section 149, where I will talk solely about the A’s and ballhawking, where on The Nick Badders show, I will focus on Major League Baseball news and such things.

So, tonight, at 8pm PST, I will debut the first ever broadcast of Section 149, named after the RF bleacher section at the Oakland Coliseum. For the inaugural episode, I will have a co-host, Mateo Fischer. You can check out his blog here and follow him on Twitter here.

If you want to listen tonight, click here to listen to the live stream. If you want to call in and talk with one of us, the number to call is (347)-247-4098.

Secondly, I got a fan pack in the mail from the Twins today!
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I first pulled out these 4 news releases:
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I then pulled out this photo illustrating Target Field’s “Green” abilities:
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After that, I found a commemorative print of Target Field:
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Then, I pulled out a paper copy of their 2013 Spring Training schedule:
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Next were 2 2013 pocket schedules:
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After that was 6 logo stickers:
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Followed by this photo card of Brian Duensing:
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This short letter was on the back:
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I then pulled out 5 more photo cards with blank back sides:
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That’s it for this entry!

Remember, if you want to listen to Section 149 TONIGHT,click here to listen. If you want to listen to The Nick Badders Show TOMORROW, click here.

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.

Mail Time! #14

Monday was an epic day for mail!

The first envelope I got was from the Beloit Snappers, Class-A Affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Last year, they were in the Twins organization.
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I got a 2012 pocket schedule:
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Then, I found 3 baseball cards of their mascot:
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This is what was on the back of each card:
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Lastly, I got a pamphlet about season tickets and group tickets:
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The second envelope I got was from the Milwaukee Brewers:
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I got these 3 stickers:
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As well as theses 2 stickers:
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After that, I pulled out 3 photo cards, starting with Ed Sedar, their 3rd Base Coach:
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Next, I pulled out a Chris Narveson card:
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Finally, there was a card for Ryan Braun:
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The 3rd envelope I got was from the Kansas City Chiefs:
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They enclosed a very long letter:
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I then pulled out a window cling:
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Next was a 2012 NFL Pocket Schedule, with the entire 2012 season schedule on it for every team:
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I then got a Chiefs pocket schedule:
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After that, I got this:
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I flipped it over to see this:
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It is a gift-card sized card with their schedule on it, along with 2 key fab schedules!

I then pulled out a large picture of Brady Quinn:
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Lastly, I got this:
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I flipped it over and saw this:
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Then, I opened it up:
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Cool stuff!

The 4th envelope I got was another one of the self-adressed ones I had sent out, this one from the Indianapolis Colts:
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I first pulled out this letter:
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Next, a team photo:
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Then, this Play60 magnet:
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And a Play60 sticket sheet:
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After that, I found 2 key chains
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Finally, I pulled out a mini pennant:
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The 5th and final package I got was the largest of the 5, from the Richmond Flying Suirrles, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants:
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I opened it up and found one item inside:
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A blanket! I opened up the blanket to find this:
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How cool is that?

Wow. I got some pretty awesome stuff. It’s crazy to think that teams are willing to send me so much free stuff. Incredible!

That is all I have for this entry. As always, I will add blog entries as I get mail, so check back often!

I also will have another Baseball-Related collection entry up on Saturday morning, so keep a look out for that.

Thanks!

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.