It was the beginning of the 2nd half of the season, and I was here: I’ve realized that I’ve been to Yankee Stadium ONCE so far this season. Maybe it’s for the better. They suck, and are still expensive to see. The lines were also crazy, but I was early:
The sole purpose of this game was for All-Star Game leftovers. It was a long shot, but if there was any game the Mets would be using them, it’d be the 1st night back from All-Star break. For starters, it was a Friday. Second, Nas was performing a post game show after the game. So it was going to be crowded. I made sure to get inside early, and hopefully you can keep up, because the snagging game quick and often early.
I ran inside and decided for some reason to go to right field. Now that I think of it, Ben was there and we agreed that I’d go to right, and he’d go to left. I went to right, like I said, and checked foul territory for easter eggs. I found one quickly near the foul line: I scooped that up and headed over to straightaway right, under the Modell’s sign. A minute later, a Mets player I couldn’t identify hit a ground rule double into foul territory, but nobody was there. Usually I’m like “eh, someone’ll get it before me,” but today there was nobody there so I ran quick back to where I was and picked it up for ball No. 2 on the day. Then, I headed back to right field: A few minutes later, I got Josh Edgin to toss me my 3rd ball of the day. I decided I had just about milked all Citi Field was good for in right, so I went over to deep left, and at the end of Mets BP, I asked the ballboy to chuck one up to me just to see if he’d acknowledge me. They usually don’t, but he did and tossed me No. 4 on the night: Isn’t that a great pic? I was happy about all the snagging, but a little disappointed thet they were regular BP balls. I talked to Ben for a while, and we noticed that the Phillies weren’t coming out for BP: Not cool. I wonder what the excuse was. They just had 4 days off. It was too hot? Boo hoo. Anyway, Ben was about to head home, but I decided to stay because why the hell not. I was there. It was then that I decided to look down for some reason, and I couldn’t believe what I saw: How could nobody have seen that? Oh well. Ben couldn’t believe it either. Since the Phillies weren’t hitting, I headed over here: …and just kind of hung out. My friends were at the game, but they were drinking outside so I couldn’t really leave and join them if I wanted to get back in. Eventually, Darin Ruf came out: …and promptly signed one autograph and disappeared. Eventually, it was time for pregame warmups, where Chase Utley was riding a imaginary horse: Just kidding, he was stretching. And he also threw me my 6th ball of the game. For some reason, I wanted that ball from him. Maybe because he’s a big name player, I don’t know, but it felt good to get that one. That was about it snagging wise. As for the game:
I left before the Nas concert started. I was wiped, and personally, could’ve cared less.
- 6 balls at this game (Imagine if Philly took BP?!?!? THE POSSIBILITIES.)
- 139 career balls
- 29 straight MLB games with a ball.
So – Instead of making several posts about each time I got something in the mail, I decided to just wait until things wore off for a bit, and then I would just show everything at once. That being said, here goes –
Here are all the package envelopes:
The Red Sox and Braves sent me dirt from the infield at Fenway Park and Turner Field, respectively –
Some stress balls from the LA Clippers and Washington Wizards:
A random assortment: A Dallas Mavericks “slap band”, Atlanta Falcons & Indianapolis Colts keychains, A Chicago Cubs light switch cover, Dodgers keychain, Luggage tags, and some wristbands (Dodgers, Clippers, Thunder, Packers, Wizards), and a Buffalo Bills license plate:
Wizards and Texas Rangers lanyards:
Stickers from too many teams to name:
Some magnetic schedules:
2 team magazines (Nationals and Pistons):
The Chicago Bulls sent me a team yearbook!
A DC United string bag and Wizards T-Shirt:
A “Weather Education” book from the Indians, 2 Reds retirement ceremony packets, and a Eagles folder:
Some game programs:
A few pens:
A poster and a Reds Homer-hanky:
And some thank you cards and letters:
A DC United hat:
and a Eagles poster (I hate the Eagles, feel free to take this off my hands):
… and that’s all. H/t to Nick Badders for the idea. Pretty cool!
As for future posts, I’m working on getting a UV light to look for some stamping, and for games, these are the ones I have planned so far:
4/3 SD @ NYM
5/17 BOS @ MIN
5/19 NYM @ CHC
5/20 BOS @ CHW
5/21 LAD @ MIL
6/29 NYY @ BAL ?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Sorry – there’s been no baseball games. However, I’m waiting for my UV black light to come so I can do some stamp searching. So there will be a post for that. In the meantime, I was stumbling around the MLBlogs, and saw Nick Badders posting about “Fan Packs”:
He talked about sending emails to every MLB team requesting fan packs or leftover giveaways. This got me thinking. So that night, I went out and sent emails to every MLB, AAA, AA, and High-A team. As of right now, I’ve gotten replies from the following teams, followed by their responses.”
So, over the past week or so when I’ve had spare time, I’ve been sending all the teams messages.
So the other day, I finally got some mail:
But who could it be from?
…oh. So I opened it up, and here was what was inside:
So the Orioles sent me, if you’re keeping track: A thank you letter, a pocket schedule (not pictured), an ad for the Orioles fan club for kids, 2 stickers, and an Adam Jones card. Pretty cool. Next, I opened this up:
So, this one was from the Detroit Tigers. When I opened it up, there was a very lengthy friendly thank you letter, 2 pocket schedules, and an Alex Avila card. I plan to use these player cards for autographs if I can manage to meet these players.
I got an electronic fan pack from the Giants, and it consisted of a letter, and a printable picture of their mascot, and the 2012 schedule. Lame. They only just won the World Series, you think they could splurge a little bit. I can’t wait to color that “Lou Seal” picture……..
I then noticed that the Padres do not honor Fan Pack requests. Even more lame.
Then in the NFL department, I have received one reply from the Seattle Seahawks:
“Hello! Thanks for your email and support. Unfortunately we do not have any fan packs available at this time. We encourage you to visit our Pro Shop at Seahawks.com for the latest Nike gear and merchandise.
Seattle Seahawks/CenturyLink Field Customer Service”
…Yea, I’ll get right on that. As of right now, here is the list of teams I have sent fan pack requests to:
Baltimore, NY Yankees, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Chicago W. Sox, Kansas City, Detroit, Minnesota, Cleveland, Houston, LA Angels, Oakland, Seattle, Texas, NY Mets, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, Chi Cubs, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Milwaukee, SF Giants, San Diego, LA Dodgers, Colorado, Arizona
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
New York Jets
Saint Louis Rams
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Working on the NBA/NHL tonight and in the coming days. I’m also going to post some photos of stuff soon. Thanks for reading!