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100 Baseballs

Tim and I have a blast going to MLB games (particularly, of course, Mariners games).

I am a goal-oriented guy and I’ll admit that I set all sorts of goals for things that I would like Tim to experience at games.  I’ll also admit (as I must) that I have always loved catching a baseball in the stands at a game.  However, other than some very basic things (e.g., I’d really love for us to catch a game homerun or a game foul ball), I don’t really set goals related to catching baseballs at games.

Basically, we just show up for BP and hope to find a baseball in our glove by the end of the night.  Often times, after we get a baseball during BP, we leave the field level to go explore the stadium during the rest of BP over visit the kids’ play area.

But things changed a little over the past few weeks:  I set a goal.

It all started on September 12, 2006.  Tim got his first baseball from Davis Romero…

10 - tim's first ball ever.jpg…at his first game ever.  He was about seven months old.  About 3 years and 10 months later, we had collected about 80 baseballs.

Now, Tim thinks that “100” is just about the biggest and best number ever.  When trying to describe something *HUGE*, Tim often invokes the number 100 (e.g., “It was ONE HUNDRED BIG!”) 

So, one day I noticed on the MyGameBalls.com milestone tracker that it said *we* were approaching the 100 baseball milestone.  On MyGameBalls.com, Tim and I are signed up as a two-person team.  I started thinking that it would be cool if we could get to 100 baseballs before our little 2-man team takes on a third teammate on October 1, 2010, when Tim’s little brother Kellan makes his MLB debut at Safeco Field.

Still, it was a long shot.  In fact, there is no way it would have happened if not for the fact that we lucked out in Cleveland a couple weeks ago by finding seven “Easter Eggs” (our first and only ever) before witnessing a wonderful Mariners win over the Tribe.  All of a sudden, with just about a month to go before Kellan’s first game, it became an actual possibility that Tim and I might acheive the century mark before Kellan joins our MLB exploration squad.

Well, on September 12, 2010, sitting on 98 baseballs, we headed to Washington, D.C., for Tim’s 4th Annual MLB Anniversary Game.  I thought it would be incredibly cool to reach the 100 baseball milestone on Tim’s MLB annivesary, which is always one of the highlights of the season for us.

There was no BP due to the soggy weather conditions.  Nevertheless, quite possibly the very first baseball to find its way into the stands traveled from the pitching hand of Florida Marlin Alex Sanabia…

IMG_0414.JPG…to the happy little hands of this guy:

IMG_0418.JPG…and that made 99.

About 40 minutes later, Marlins pitcher Jay Buente finished playing catch with his partner down the LF line.  He started walking back toward the bullpen baseball bag.  But then he took a hard left turn, walked our way, and deposited the big number 1-0-0 right here:

And Buente was kind enough to stick around to pose for a picture with Tim:

IMG_0426.JPGBy the way, Tim has the milestone baseball in his left hand in that picture.

After Buente went on his way, Tim held up the baseball up and proclaimed with joy “We’ve got *one hundred* baseballs!!”  [BTW, he said that if we can get six more we will have *one million* baseballs!)

I grew up in a different era and did not get my first baseball until I was around 12 years old, after attending countless games at the Kingdome.  Thus, when we went to Tim’s first game four years ago, I never imagined we would have 100 baseballs four years later.

Although “100” seems like a ton of baseballs, each one has been special to us.  We haven’t forgotten a detail about how any of these 100 baseballs came into our hands.  To every player, coach, trainer, umpire and stadium attendant who has picked Tim out as a worthy recipient of an official MLB baseball, each of you made our day and we offer a very sincere:

Thank you!!!

Let’s take a look at Tim’s collection (click to enlarge): 

100 baseballs.jpgFrom left-to-right, top-to-bottom, here is a run down of Tim’s 100 baseballs: 

  1. Davis Romero (Blue Jays) – BP toss up at Safeco Field.  (Sept. 12, 2006).
  2. Unidentified Blue Jay* – BP toss up at Safeco Field (Sept. 12, 2006).
  3. Brandon Morrow (Mariners) – Toss up during rain delay (Aug. 9, 2007).
  4. Glenallen Hill (Rockies) – In-game toss up at Citizens Bank Park (Sept. 12, 2007).
  5. Chris Perez (Cardinals) – BP toss up at Great American Ball Park (Aug. 15, 2008).
  6. Danny Bautista (Pirates) – Pre-game toss up at PNC Park (Aug. 18, 2008).
  7. Jarrod Washburn (Mariners) – In-game toss up at Safeco Field (May 1, 2009).
  8. Unidentified Mariner – BP homerun caught on fly at Safeco Field (May 4, 2009).
  9. Unidentified Ranger – BP homerun snagged on bounce at Safeco Field (May 4, 2009).
  10. Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – Pre-game toss up at Safeco Field (May 5, 2009).
  11. Jimmy Rollins (Phillies) – Pre-game toss up at Nationals Park (May 17, 2009).
  12. Baltimore Police Officer – BP toss up Camden Yards (June 10, 2009).
  13. Guillermo Quiroz (Mariners) – BP tossup at Camden Yards (June 10, 2009).
  14. Jason Phillips (Mariners) – Pre-game toss at Camden Yards (June 10, 2009).
  15. Jim Joyce (Umpire) – First umpire baseball – Camden Yards (June 28, 2009).
  16. Jason Phillips (Mariners) – In-game toss up at Yankee Stadium (July 2, 2009).
  17. Jason Phillips (Mariners) – Autographed post-game at Yankee Stadium (July 2, 2009).
  18. Jason Phillips (Mariners) – BP toss up at Fenway Park (July 3, 2009).
  19. Lee Tinsley (Mariners) – Pre-game toss up from dugout at Fenway Park (July 3, 2009).
  20. Bullpen Attendant (Red Sox) – Post-game toss up from Red Sox bullpen (July 3, 2009).
  21. Erik Bedard (Mariners) – Pre-game at Fenway Park (King Felix Auto) (July 4, 2009).
  22. Jason Phillips (Mariners) – BP Green Monster toss up at Fenway park (July 5, 2009).
  23. Erik Bedard (Mariners) – BP toss up at Fenway Park (July 5, 2009).
  24. Nelson Robledo (Nationals) – In-game toss up at Nationals Park (July 19, 2009).
  25. Ronny Cedeno (Pirates) – GFS BP toss up at Wrigley Field (Aug. 14, 2009).
  26. Unidentified Twin (Twins) – GFS BP toss up at H.H.H. Metrodome (Aug. 15, 2009).
  27. Bud Norris (Astros) – GFS BP toss up at Miller Park (Aug. 16, 2009).
  28. Willie Bloomquist (Royals) – GFS BP toss up at U.S. Cellular Field (Aug. 17, 2009).
  29. David Aardsma (Mariners) – BP toss up at Progressive Field (Aug. 22, 2009).
  30. Stadium Attendant (Indians) – BP baseball at Progressive Field (Aug. 22, 2009).
  31. Jason Phillips (Mariners) – Pre-game at Progressive Field (Aug. 22, 2009).
  32. Stadium Attendant (Yankees) – In-game BP baseball (Sept. 12, 2009).
  33. Stadium Attendant (Mariners) – In-game from Safeco Field bullpen (Sept. 17, 2009).
  34. Jason Phillips (Mariners) – In-game toss up at Safeco Field (Sept. 17, 2009).
  35. Garrett Olson (Mariners) – Pre-game toss up at Rogers Centre (Sept. 26, 2009).
  36. Brandon Morrow (Mariners) – Pre-game toss up at Rogers Centre (Sept. 26, 2009).
  37. Ryan Rowland-Smith (Mariners) – Toss up to Tim at Rogers Centre (Sept. 26, 2009).
  38. Jason Phillips (Mariners) – Post-game toss up at Rogers Centre (Sept. 26, 2009).
  39. Jose Cruz, Sr. (Astros) – BP toss up at Citi Field (Oct. 3, 2009).
  40. Strech Suba (Astros) – Pre-game toss up at Citi Field (Oct. 3, 2009).
  41. Damien Beal (Umpire) – Post-game at Citi Field (Oct. 3, 2009).
  42. Jeremy Accardo (Blue Jays) – BP toss up at Camden Yards (Oct. 4, 2009).
  43. Todd Tichenor (Umpire) – Post-game (end of season) at Camden Yards (Oct. 4, 2009).
  44. Cito Gaston (Blue Jays) – Pre-game toss up at Camden Yards (April 10, 2010).
  45. Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays) – BP toss up at Camden Yards (April 10, 2010).
  46. “Cowboy” Joe West (Umpire) – BP at Camden Yards (April 10, 2010).
  47. Julian Martinez (Nationals) – Pre-game toss up at Nationals Park (April 18, 2010).
  48. Stadium Attendant – BP toss up at Nationals Park (April 18, 2010).
  49. Stadium Attendant – BP toss up at Nationals Park (April 18, 2010).
  50. Stadium Attendant – Pre-game at Nationals Park (April 18, 2010).
  51. Jim Lett (Nationals) – In-game toss up from bullpen (April 18, 2010).
  52. Mike Everitt (Umpire) – Post-game at Nationals Park (April 18, 2010).
  53. LaTroy Hawkins (Brewers) – Post-game toss up at Nationals Park (April 18, 2010).
  54. Bruce Dreckman (Umpire) – Post-game at Citi Field (April 24, 2010).
  55. J.C. Romero (Phillies) – BP toss up at Citizens Bank Park (May 1, 2010).
  56. Dave Racaniello (Mets) – Post-game toss up at Citizens Bank Park (May 1, 2010).
  57. Unidentified Mariner – 26th-out toss up at Camden Yards (May 11, 2010).
  58. John Wetteland (Mariners) – Post-game toss up at Camden Yards (May 11, 2010).
  59. Billy Wagner (Braves) – Pre-game toss up at PNC Park (May 22, 2010).
  60. Melky Cabrera (Braves) – BP toss up at PNC Park (May 23, 2010).
  61. Brian Snitker (Braves) – BP toss up at PNC Park (May 23, 2010).
  62. Unidentified Brave – BP foul ball grounder at PNC Park (May 23, 2010).
  63. Orioles Coach/Trainer – Pre-game toss up at Camden Yards (June 5, 2010).
  64. Victor Carapazza (Umpire)* – Post-game at Camden Yards (June 5, 2010).
  65. Stadium Attendant (A’s) – Pre-game at Oakland Coliseum (June 9, 2010).
  66. Jered Weaver (Angels) – BP toss up at Oakland Coliseum (June 10, 2010).
  67. Brad Ziegler (A’s) – BP toss up at Oakland Coliseum (June 10, 2010).
  68. Michael Wuertz (A’s) – BP toss up at Oakland Coliseum (June 10, 2010).
  69. Justin Miller (Dodgers) – BP toss up at Dodger Stadium (June 11, 2010).
  70. Luke Gregerson (Padres) – BP toss up to Petco Park beach (June 12, 2010).
  71. Ian Snell (Mariners) – BP toss up at Petco Park (June 12, 2010).
  72. David Aardsma (Mariners)* – BP toss up at Petco Park (June 12, 2010 - represented by University of Hawaii baseball give to Tim by Teemo Dixon at Camden Yards).
  73. Brandon League (Mariners) – Pre-game toss up at Petco Park (June 13, 2010).
  74. Jason Phillips (Mariners) – Pre-game toss up at Petco Park (June 13, 2010).
  75. Angel Hernandez (Umpire) – Post-game at Petco Park (June 13, 2010).
  76. Unidentified Angel – BP homerun on one-bounce at Angel Stadium (June 14, 2010).
  77. Giants Batboy – Post-game toss up at AT&T Park (June 15, 2010).
  78. Joe Vavra (Twins) – Post-Game toss up Citizens Bank Park (June 20, 2010).
  79. Unidentified Batter (Phillies) – BP foul at Citizens Bank Park (June 26, 2010).
  80. Jose Mijares (Twins) – BP toss up at Camden Yards (July 22, 2010).
  81. William Hohn (Umpire) – Post-game at Camden Yards (July 22, 2010).
  82. Erick Threets (White Sox) – Pre-game toss up at Camden Yards (Aug. 8, 2010).
  83. Phil Cuzzi (Umpire) – Post-game at Camden Yards (Aug. 8, 2010)
  84. Easter Egg at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  85. Easter Egg at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  86. Easter Egg at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  87. Easter Egg at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  88. Easter Egg at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  89. Easter Egg at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  90. Easter Egg at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  91. Jamey Wright (Mariners) – Pre-game toss up at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  92. Felix Hernandez (Mariners) – Pre-game toss up at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  93. Lee Tinsely (Mariners) – Post-game toss up at Progressive Field (Aug. 14, 2010).
  94. Jason Vargas (Mariners) – BP toss up at Progressive Field (Aug. 15, 2010).
  95. Rob Nodine (Mariners Trainer) – BP toss up at Progressive Field (Aug. 15, 2010).
  96. Alonzo Powell (Mariners) – BP toss up at Progressive Field (Aug. 15, 2010).
  97. Marcus Thames (Yankees) – BP HR clean catch at Yankee Stadium (Aug. 21, 2010).
  98. Livan Hernandez (Nationals) – BP toss up at Nationals Park (Sept. 6, 2010).
  99. Alex Sanabia (Marlins) – Pre-game toss up at Nationals Park (Sept. 12, 2010).
  100. Jay Buente (Marlins) – Pre-game toss up at Nationals Park (Sept. 12, 2010).

[* - Baseball no. 2 was given to my cousin Janet's daughter, Julie, who celebrated her first Mariners game along side Tim; baseball no. 64 was given to Tim's Hawaiian buddy from MyGameBalls.com, Teemo Dixon; and baseball no. 72 was given to another fan at Petco Park.  Pictures 2 and 64 above are actual pictures of Janet/Julie and Teemo holding baseballs 2 and 64.  I didn't take a picture of baseball no. 72 before giving it away, so it is represented above by the University of Hawaii baseball that Teemo gave to Tim, which Tim keeps in a hard case along with the rest of his MLB baseballs.]

Balls and Helmets

Tim and I have had all of our baseballs from 2009 laying around unorganized and our ice cream helmets in a similarly disheveled state.  So, I decided to get organized.

The four most important baseballs of the season are in Tim’s room on his dresser with his 30-MLB team milestone trophy, his Mariners Mr. Potatohead, and his miniature Ken Griffey, Jr. glove:

top 2009 baseballs.jpg

Those baseballs include:

  1. Willie Bloomquist/Royals ball (U.S. Cellular Field) – from Tim’s 30th MLB team milestone game (8/17/09).
  2. Felix Hernandez/Erik Bedard (Fenway Park) warm up ball signed by Felix Hernandez (7/4/09).
  3. Jason Phillips autographed ball (Yankee Stadium) – trade for A-Rod photoball for M’s pink backpack (7/2/09).
  4. Ryan Rowland-Smith’s autographed warm-up ball (Rogers Centre) — Tim’s first ball he caught himself (9/26/09).

NOTE:  Honorable Mention Most Important Baseballs Awards go to the HHH Metrodome ball that we caught at the Metrodome (8/15/09) and the ball Jason Phillips threw to us on top of the Green Monster at Fenway (7/5/09).

The rest of our 2009 baseballs are now all in baseball cubes displayed on a bookshelf on which they fit perfectly:

balls and helmets displayed.jpgAs you can see, on the bottom shelf we have our ice cream helmet collection.  Most piles are all the same team (e.g., the big Mariners and Phillies piles).  But a couple teams are hidden beneath other teams (e.g., the Pirates and the other New York team).  Eventually, I’ll need to figure out a better way to display our helmets.

FYI, the balls on the helmet shelf are mostly from my youth.  I lost track of how many balls I caught growing up in the Kingdome.  Eventually, I ended up playing home run derby with most of them (something me and my friends played constantly during the summers) and lost them in the woods beyond the outfield fence at Madrona Elementary School (which is a great place to play home run derby).  Anyway, the end balls in the back row are from last season, the other nine are my only remaining Kingdome balls.  You can see on one of them I wrote “Julio Franco” in red in really poor, youthful handwriting.  It was back when he played for the Rangers, probably from 1989 or 1990.  The ball to the right of the Franco ball was from Kirby Puckett.

While I’m at it, I might as well share one more picture:

tim's shelf.jpg

These are balls from 2006-08.  On the top shelf:

1.  Tim’s first ball ever – from Davis Romero (Blue Jays) at his first game ever, and first game (obviously) at Safeco Field (9/12/06).

3.  Tim’s third ball ever – from Brandon Morrow at his third game ever, second Mariners game, and first game at Camden Yards (8/9/07)

4.  Tim’s fourth ball ever – from Glenallen Hill at Tim’s 1st MLB Anniversary, our only ball ever at Citizens Bank Park (9/12/07)

FYI, we gave Tim’s second baseball to my cousin’s daughter who shared her first game ever with Tim (as we will see in a forthcoming entry – ETA next week).

The rest of the baseballs are spring training balls from 2008.  The top left ball is autographed by Adam Moore and the top right ball is autographed by Jose Vidro – both during spring training 2008.

Interstingly, this post now shows every baseball Tim and I have ever caught together except one, which we got during our first baseball roadtrip in 2008 and got autographed by some Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers.  What the heck, lets show it too:


PNC Ball.jpg

This ball is autographed by T.J. Beam, Tyler Yates, and Sean Burnett of the 2008 Pirates.

So, there you go, our entire Major League baseball collection and Major League ice cream helmet collections in one blog entry.

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