8/17/12 Mets at Nationals: Nationals Park
Coming into this game, I was excited:
We’ll get into my use of the past tense later, but the reason for my excitement was it was my first game at Nationals Park in a while. I was having my second “August” slump in as many years, and I thought Nationals Park would be the perfect cure.
When I got in, I did what I usually do and headed to the left field seats:
When you enter Nationals Park, the starting pitchers are hitting. That means you can go to either the left field seats, or the Red Seats to try to catch home runs. I choose the left field seats out of comfort, but the Red Seats are pretty good for pitcher’s batting practice since Stephen Strasburg, who’s the best hitting pitcher, hits most of his home runs to the Red Seats. A third option is going to right field and trying to get a ball from the relievers warming up. (You can’t go past the foul line, though. That opens an hour after the main gates open) I don’t use this option because I’m at Nationals Park fairly regularly and the pitchers would recognize me after a few days of doing this.
When the rest of the stadium was about to open, I headed over to the right field seats. I had seen a ball hit in the seats in foul territory, so I wanted to get it. When that part opened, I trailed a kid who was also looking for balls. The only difference was, I knew where the ball was. Unfortunately, he was taking up the whole aisle, so I couldn’t get past him. When we finally arrived at the row where the ball was, I spotted it and started moving closer to it, but the kid then picked up what I was looking at and RAN after the ball. Sadly, had I not been there with him, I probably would have gotten the ball. As I was taking my walk of shame back to the right field seats, a Nationals lefty hooked a ball right in front of me. I ran after and secured the ball quickly:
That would be my one and final ball of the day. Long story short: there were no catchable balls, all bounces went away from me, and the Mets fans invaded the front row. That said; did you notice the logo on the ball? Snagging that ball alone made my day. If you couldn’t see it, here’s a close-up:
When I snagged it, my first reaction was utter confusion:
It almost immediately jumped to excitement when I realized I had just gotten one of the commemorative balls I had missed before I started ballhawking:
I don’t think even that picture does my excitement justice.
As for the game, if you couldn’t gather it from the picture of the ball, I was sitting in the right field seats. While I was there, Johan Santana gave up two home runs that I could’ve been within ten feet of. (I determined the latter would be un catchable as soon as it got hit, so I ran to the front of the section in case I could get seen on TV.) The first was a Michael Morse opposite field grand slam that initially looked like it was headed RIGHT at me, but tailed into a crowded row at the front of the section. The second was a Bryce Harper two-run blast. Those would be all the runs the Nationals scored as they won the game 6-4.
I wish I could write more about this game, but frankly, there is no more to write about. It was a “meh” game in many respects.
• 1 Ball at this game
Baseball number 368 (logo shown because I don’t usually mark commemorative balls:
• 146 Balls in 35 Games= 4.17 Balls Per Game
• 44 straight Games with at least 1 Ball
• 106 Balls in 24 Games at Nationals Park= 4.42 Balls Per Game
• 16 straight Games at Nationals Park with at least 1 Ball
•Time Spent On Game 3:38-10:33= 6 Hours 55 Minutes
Today at Citizens Bank Park , I got a Shea Stadium and Nationals Park commerative baseball.
philadelphia45- Congratulations. I told Todd Cook about that detail, which was one of the reasons he went to that game and not the Mets game, but I didn’t know you were going too.
Todd told me that you told him about the balls. I think he got two Shea balls and 1 nats park ball.
philadelphia45- Ah. I’m pretty sure they snagged two of each, though.
philadelphia45- Well that’s what he told me anyway. I’m pretty sure it was during batting practice that he told me, so it could be actually more than that. I don’t know; he could’ve just been lying to me, but I doubt it.
Yeah I think you’re right. If I’m correct, he got a tossup from Strausburg that was commerative after he showed me everything he got.
philadelphia45- Well, that makes sense. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Strasburg toss a ball to anyone over 10.
He probably was giving it to Todd for Tim or Kellan.
philadelphia45- Yeah, that’s how most of their baseballs go.
Cool snag. Wish I coulda made it to Citi this week, I’ll have to hope they have them Saturday.
Chris (ch1088)- Eh, I doubt it, but weirder things have happened.
Was at the game on Sunday, Pitchers were using FENWAY PARK 100th anniversary baseballs to warm up. Didn’t get one though.
Jacob- The Nationals pitchers were? I must’ve missed it. I was at Sunday’s game too. You’re talking about the 19th, right? That stinks, though. I’ve already gotten A Fenway ball, but I’ll never complain about getting another.
Great entry!!!!! Haha, it’s joking around.
Quinn- Yeah, my blog has been acting…temperamental as of late. Thanks for the heads-up.