Category: Stockton Thunder

3/9/13 at the Stockton Arena

More hockey!!!

I want to apologize, as this is much shorter entry than usual.

This time, the tickets were free! My old middle school science teacher is a huge hockey fan and when she found out that I loved hockey, she offered to give me her tickets to a gave she would be out of town for. Thanks Mrs. Smith!

My dad and I left town around 5:15 and got to the Stockton Arena around 6pm, half an hour before the doors opened for reusable water bottle night!

We immediately went to get in line, and the half hour flew by!

Shortly before the doors opened, this was the scene in front of us:IMG_1744

And behind us:IMG_1745

And I was just chillin’ ready to get inside!IMG_1746

When we got in to the Area and received our water bottles, I headed over to the team store to look around for a little bit.

Inside, they had $5 bobbleheads, but believe it or not, I decided against it, as I am saving money for minor league games this season.

My dad and I then took walk around the concourse where I noticed this table set up.IMG_1751

This was the view of the ice from where we were standing.IMG_1752

After walking around for 10-15 minutes, we headed down to get some food.

We took that food down to our seats, were the Thunder and Wranglers had just taken the ice to warm up. IMG_1759

My dad got some really good shots of their goalie warmin up!IMG_1763IMG_1774IMG_1775

This one is probably my favorite!IMG_1784

The warmed up for 15 minutes or so.IMG_1805IMG_1818

Before the ice was cleared and the rink was prepared for the game.

In the first 5 minutes, the Wranglers took a 1-0 lead.

My dad did get some really good pictures during the first period


In that first period, a fight broke out between two players.


VERY entertaining.

I honestly am having a hard time remembering a lot of the action from the game, but like I said, my dad got some AMAZING photos.






In the first few minutes of the second period, the Thunder countered back, tying the score at 1-1!






In the first minutes of the third period, the Thunder added on a second goal, making the score 3-2.



In the last minutes the Thunder were still down 3-2. The action was down at the Las Vegas goal for the last bit of action and the Thunder came very close several times, but unfortunately were unable to come back. Once the game ended, I looked for a way to get a puck, but had no luck whatsoever, so I walked around looking for leftover souvenirs.IMG_2188

And right away, I found two boxes with giveaway water bottles inside!IMG_2190

After 5 minutes more of looking, I decided to call it good enough and my dad got a picture of me in front of the rink before we headed home.IMG_2201

It was certainly a great game, and again, I have to thank my dad for once again taking me and Mrs. Smith for giving me such great tickets!

Again, I apologize for the short entry. Since I didn’t wander around before or have any super exciting stories, the entry was unfortunately much shorter.

However… Tonight (March 17th) I will be going to Game 1 of the Semifinals for the WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC in San Francisco between Japan and Puerto Rico! 

Expect a LONG entry, LOTS of pictures, and a vlog from the game as well!

Thanks for reading!


Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for 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.

2/16/13 at the Stockton Arena

Sorry this post is up late guys!

It’s time for more hockey!

If you remember, a couple of months ago, I went to my first ever Stockton Thunder game.

This game was between the Stockton Thunder, the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers and the San Francisco Bulls, the ECHL affilaiate of my San Jose Sharks!thunder_bulls

Last year, the Thunder were an affiliate of the Sharks, but I guess this year, it’s the Bulls!

Of course, I’m a Sharks fan, but for me, the Stockton Thunder are my favorite Minor League hockey team!

Are you ready for an exciting story about tickets?

*Due to the President’s Day Holiday, I had a 4-day-Weekend*

Do you remember my uncle? I went to this A’s game with him.

Well his birthday was this past Wednesday, and as a present, I thought it would be cool to take him to a hockey game, since I know he is a big sports guy.

Given the fact that he is in a wheelchair and visually disabled, my dad and I attempted to order a wheelchair accessible seat with 2 companion seats from the Thunder website.

Before that, however, we called the Thunder, who connected us to Ticketmaster.
We tried to go through the automated machine to get tickets and after that din’t work, we were on hold for 10 or so minutes before we actually got to talk to a real person, who was unable to help us.

At this point my dad submitted the request for for the 3 seats online. He then soon got an email back saying that they had 2 open where we requested, but they had to have a 3rd seat in the back of the section.

Yeah… Awesome…

At this point, my dad called the ticket office, where he was helped by a ticket person.

He got off the phone and told me he had gotten seats 8,9, and 10… ON THE GLASS?

How awesome is that???

Up until the game started, I made a point to often pull out my phone and make quick video updates. I put them all together to make this video…

So my *Awesome* dad and I left the house around 4:00 PM to pick up my uncle and head out to Stockton for the 7:30 game.

We quickly stopped for gas, picked up my uncle, and we were on our way to Stockton!

Right next door to the Stockton Arena is Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports!

After the 45-minute car ride, we pulled into the parking lot across the street from the arena, and after seeing only 20 or so people in line, we decided to walk around the area a little bit.

We walked past this table set up for Military Appreciation nightIMG_1403

This is where we were at this point

I got a few good pictures of the ArenaIMG_1406IMG_1415

My dad and uncle headed closer to the water, but I immediately headed over to Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports, where I was able to get this photo IMG_1421

I then took a picture at a different angle to capture the amazing sunset

I had to get a picture of myself as well!

This was the scene behind the stadiumIMG_1416

Yeah. And I wonder how whenever I go there, I don’t get 20 balls every game!

I then went over to meet them at the far side of the marina, where we started to walk back towards Banner Island Ballpark, as my uncle wanted to go check it out.IMG_1434

On our way over, we found this cool thing.

Then from the same area, I was able to get a few more pictures of the sunset over the marina

From here, we decided to head back and get in lineIMG_1436

We got in line at about 6:00, so we still had a half-hour until the doors opened

So my dad went to go pick up our tickets!

This is the ticket office areaIMG_1465

The line was quickly getting *very* longIMG_1461

Soon enough, it was 6:30, and we headed inside, where we were handed these snazzy Thunder hats

We walked into the entrance that said floor access only, where we found our seats! As soon as we walked in, I took a picture of the curtains we had walked through

The view from our seats

If you can come up with ANY view that is better than that, let me know!

I decided that I wanted to walk around and check out the full concourse, so I headed up these stairsIMG_1472IMG_1473

And I walked along the upper concourse areaIMG_1474IMG_1476IMG_1477IMG_1478

I soon found myself in what seemed to be a larger concourse area

This was how I got thereIMG_1483

You know how baseball stadiums have speed pitch? Well at the Stockton Arena, they have a similar thing, but you hit a puck into holes in a screen and it records your speed!

This was my view of the ice!

I quickly found my dad and uncleIMG_1485

They had these booths set up along the concourse areaIMG_1486IMG_1488

I decided it was time to head back down to the lower concourseIMG_1492

Here it is!IMG_1493

Their team store is called the “Fan Attic”

I kept going along the concourseIMG_1496IMG_1499

To find this guyIMG_1497

From here, I headed back to my seat, where I found the Bulls and Thunder were warming upIMG_1521IMG_1529IMG_1546

Soon enough, the players cleared the ice, with no pucks tossed into the crowd

In the first period, the Thunder scored two goals within the span of a minute, just 6 minutes into the game, ending the first period with the Thunder ahead 2-0! IMG_1628IMG_1648

Other than that, the first period was quiet.



The first intermission started off with a 10-minute tribute to the fallen soldiers from the Stockton area. Great video.

In the second period, just a minute in, the Thunder scored their 3rd goal of the night, followed by a fourth goal less than two minutes later! IMG_1620

In the second intermission, they held the Chuck a Puck, where you can buy foam pucks and throw them onto the ice. If you land it in a certain spot, you have the chance to win a prize! I bought two and both of them were really close to landing on the mat!


After that, I went up and met a reader, named Austin! I didn’t get the chance to get a picture with him (Stupid Me, Right?), but I did talk to him for a solid 10-15 minutes! He is a Giants fan that is slightly younger than me and ballhawks mostly in Stockton at Banner Island Ballpark, but he often goes to MLB stadiums as well!

The third period was VERY exciting!


This is why…




Yep. Halfway through the period, after a hard hit, both teams broke out into a huge fight, which sent 8 guys to the locker room.

As for the rest of the game…


Neither team scored, giving Thunder goalie Oliver Roy his 5th ECHL shutout, with the final score being 4-0.

After the game, due to numerous requests on Twitter, I decided to go behind the penalty box to try and score a puck!20130309-105518.jpg

I was unsuccessful, but came close several times!


From there, the three of us headed home.

I had an absolute blast!

Again, I apologize for taking so long to get this entry out but TONIGHT (3/9/13) I will be going back to the Stockton Arena for yet ANOTHER game! I seriously CANNOT wait for the baseball season to start!

300x50_mlblogs_top100 Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for 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

The 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for 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.

12/29/12 at the Stockton Arena

Baseball? No… Basketball? Nope. Football? No. It’s time for some hockey! But wait, isn’t the NHL in a lockout? Yes, the NHL is in a lockout, but I decided to see some minor league hockey, in the ECHL! ECHL is basically Double-A Hockey.

My dad and I were going to see the Stockton Thunder, affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.

My dad and I left the house around 4:45, getting to Stockton at 5:30.

I decided that I wanted to walk around the outside, before we got in line. Once we got to the front, we headed towards the ticket office, then to the parking garage.

We walked around the garage, then out towards Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports. It was dark enough that I couldn’t really see anything, but I MISS BASEBALL SO BAD!!! It was hard for me, as I am very, very anxious to get back to ballhawking.

You may remember from this entry that the Stockton Marina is located right behind Banner Island Ballpark. My dad and I then headed out there to take a few pictures.

I took out my phone and recored a quick video.

My dad got some beautiful pictures of the Marina, including this one.

We finished walking around, then headed to get back in line. I would say there were 20 or so people in front of us.

I looked inside, and on the concourse, I saw this:

The players were volleying a soccer ball back and forth to warm up for the game! How cool is that?

The doors opened at 6:30, at which point I found out it was Mini-Thor bobblehead night. BTW, Thor is the mascot for the Thunder.

I was all excited to be getting a bobblehead when I found out it was for kids 12 and under. I’m older than 12. When I got my ticket scanned, the lady asked if I was twelve, and when I said yes, she said no. This means I didn’t get a bobblehead. Sad Nick.

My dad and I decided to walk around the concourse and see some of the different food options.

I headed into their team store, the Stockton Fan Attic, to get a hat, while my dad walked around some more to get some more pictures.

50 minutes before the game was scheduled to start at 7:30, the rink was pretty empty.

After purchasing a hat, my dad and I found some food, then headed to our seats.

I think the weirdest thing for me in all of this was the fact that I wasn’t trying to get a ball. It was uncomfortable for me, but I liked it!

I had gotten many recommendations to try to snag a puck, but with the netting all the way around the rink, I had to clue as to how I would be able to get much of anything.

When my dad and I got to our seats, the players were focusing on warming up, in a very intense mood. Unlike baseball players, they were taking warm-ups seriously. WOAH!!!

There were about 30 pucks being used, and I had no clue as to how I could get one.

Once the players had cleared the ice, a few people came on to gather up all of the pucks. There was a cute little boy sitting on the glass who was really excited to be there. One of the guys tried to toss a puck to him and missed the first 5 times. On his 6th try, he got the puck right against the net, and it slipped through, hitting the little 2 year old on the head!

He started crying and the man who had tossed the puck flinched.

He was holding that puck for the entire night

A few minutes later, the pre-game introductions of the players started. It was very impressive. The lights dimmed, then the 3 referees skated onto the ice.

After that, the Las Vegas Wranglers skated on, followed by an introduction of the Thunder starters.

They took the ice and at 7:30, the game was underway!

I did a pretty good job following along with the game, however, I didn’t understand everything that was going on the entire time.

Within the first 5 minutes, the Thunder had scored a goal!IMG_0152IMG_0154

My dad got some pretty awesome pictures for this being his first hockey game!
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Since I don’t know much about hockey, I was surprised how violently players were slammed against the walls!

It was cool watching the substitutions happen so quickly.

During the final seconds of the second period, a bunch of the players began fighting, and it took a few minutes for the referees to break it all up. Everyone loved it!

During the break after the 2nd period, the Thunder held “Chuck a Puck,” where people could purchase pucks, them throw them onto the ice, trying to earn money. It was very, VERY entertaining!

As they were cleaning the pucks up, they did a T-Shirt toss. I came pretty close to a couple.

Going into the final period, the game was very close; the Thunder were winning 2-1. The entire period was very intense! My dad got some amazing shots, showing just how intense it was getting. IMG_0577IMG_0593IMG_0594IMG_0658IMG_0671IMG_0694IMG_0695

In the final minutes, the Wranglers tied it up, 2-2, sending the game into overtime. It was then that the attendance was announced at 6,431, which is about 2/3 full for the Arena.

With about 1 minute left in overtime, the Wranglers stuck in a game-winning goal, with the final score 3-2.

My dad and I immediately left our seats. I made a quick stop to the team store to buy a t-shirt, and we were on our way home.

Before we left, I thought about trying to get a puck or a stick that had broken earlier in the game, but I decided not to.

Wow! The whole experience was a lot of fun!

You can count on me going to more hockey games in the future, and ideally a few basketball games too. As of right now, A’s FanFest is only 28 days away!

I haven’t gotten anything in the mail lately, so I have a few entries for the forthcoming days, but for now, that’s it. Thanks for reading!

Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for 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.