March 2010

3-21-10 McKechnie Field

Today was our last day in Florida.  When I looked out my hotel window, it was overcast and drizzling.  Not good.
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We still went to the field early just in case there was batting practice, and sure enough, there was.  The rain had let up.
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Spring Training Statistics:
Game: 10 balls
Trip: 32 balls
Spring Training Career: 40 balls in 6 games

3-20-10 Osceola County Stadium

Today was day 2 of the Spring Training trip and my dad and I were back at Osceola County Stadium to see the Astros and Yankees.

The day started off well when I went and watched some of the Astros minor leaguers at one of the practice fields,
photo(920).jpgand found this just beyond the center field batter’s eye.

It was the only ball I would get for about the first half hour or so.  When the Astros second string started hitting at the practice field directly adjacent to Osceola County Stadium, I was ready.
photo(921).jpgRodriguez would go on to knock in a run with a base hit here.  I captured it all on video:

Robinson Cano:
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My dad and I left the game after all the regulars came out of the game and headed for Bradenton FL.  We would see the Pirates and Rays the next day…

Today’s baseballs:
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The sweet spots:
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Spring Training Statistics:
Game: 8 balls
Trip: 22 balls
Spring Training Career: 30 balls in 5 games

3-19-10 Champion Stadium

My dad and I left Osceola County Ballpark early to attend the Tigers vs Braves game at Champion Stadium at 6:05.  I figured that the gates would open at 4.  We arrived a little after 3:30.

The gates were already open.
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Meaning all of the Easter Eggs were gone.

There were already several ballhawks patrolling the outfield grass.  The gates must have opened at 3 or 3:30.
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I ended up snagging fourteen balls today, which isn’t bad.  It was one short of my career one day record of 15 set on 9-24-09 between Progressive Field and PNC Park.

Statistics:
Game: 2 Balls
Spring Training Career: 22 balls in 5 games.

3-19-10 Osceola County Stadium

I attended my first Spring Training game of the year today with my dad.  We traveled from Orlando to nearby Kissimmee FL to see the Blue Jays take on the Houston Astros.  Of course, we arrived early.

Although Osceola County Stadium has no access points to get behind the outfield wall, it doesn’t matter because the Astros take their BP on the adjacent practice fields.  One is easily able to walk behind any of those practice field fences and await balls to sail out.

Check out the aerial view of the complex:
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When we arrived, two fields were being used by minor leaguers, and the Astros were using two fields.  They were just running and stretching, so there was some time to hunt for Easter Eggs.  After not too long, I found one.  It had sailed over the centerfield batters eye on the ‘9 oclock field’ (if you look at the 4 practice fields as 12, 3, 6, 9 oclock in the photo above).  It likely had landed on the road, bounced, and settled in the grass.  It had likely been there a day or two as it was a bit damp.

I snapped a quick shot before picking it up.
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Spring Training

I have officially arrived in Florida.  Over the next few days, I will be attending four games here.  My goal for the trip?  How about 30 balls.

Check back for pictures and updated entries.

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