August 2011

VERY Quick Update

I am going to another Durham Bulls game tonight (weather permiting) and am planning on posting a recap from that game on Sunday.

I’m also still planning on posting a Q and A on Casper Wells, of the Seattle Mariners, tomorrow. However, due to hurricane Irene, I may not be able to. (My power might go out.) So please stay tuned….

Thank you.

UPDATE

Due to the threat of rain, I decided NOT to go to tonight’s game.

I’m going to go on Sunday to a double header. Two, seven inning games. Should be fun.

Q and A With Bryan Harper

Before you get too excited, check the title again. Notice that this Q and A is on BRYAN Harper, and not his brother, Bryce. (Just wanted to get that cleared up, and out of the way.)

Bryan Harper, who was part of the National College Championship baseball team last season, recently signed with the Nationals. He is now on his way to the pro’s just like his brother, Bryce.

Below’s Q and A is meant to help you learn more about Bryan Harper’s interests:

1.) Favorite type of music.

“Anything and everything.”

2.) Favorite song.

“No Sleep Till Brooklyn. (By Beastie Boys.)”

3.) Favorite food.

“Anything my mom cooks.”

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

“Suits.”

5.) Favorite movie.

“Star Wars. I’m a nerd at heart!”

6.) Favorite book.

“No books, but magazine, in Men’s Health.”

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

“Play XBOX.”

8.) Favorite time of year.

“Baseball season.”

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

“College football. GO COCKS!!”

10.) Favorite player growing up.

“C.C. Sabathia.”

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

“Nike.”

12.) Favorite car.

“Audi R8.”

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

“Anything that kept me interested.”

14.) Favorite quote.

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

15.) Favorite moment of baseball career thus far.

“Winning the College World Series.”

I hope this helped you to learn more about Bryan Harper of the National’s Organization.

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Big thanks to Bryan Harper for answering my questions.

You can follow Bryan Harper on twitter: @BHarp45

The next Q and A entry will be posted Saturday, August 27, on Casper Wells, of the Seattle Mariners.

PAST Q AND A ENTRIES: Brent Lillibridge, Daniel Hudson, Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner, and Jeremy Guthrie.

Top MLB Player Twitter Accounts

Below are the top 10 twitter accounts out of all the current MLB players on twitter. The list is based on how often the player tweets, and interacts with fans through twitter replies, RT’s, and twitter contests:

1.) Brandon Phillips– @DatDudeBP

Wether it’s a twitter contest or just plain old twitter replies, Brandon always seems to be interacting with his followers/fans.

2.) David Price– @DAVIDprice14

Does his best to reply to what seems like every tweet that someone sends him. Very active tweeter.

3.) R.A. Dickey– @RADickey43

Although he’s still getting used to twitter, R.A. does a great job of answering his fans questions that they send him.

4.) Logan Morrison– @LoMoMarlins

His timeline is full with hilarious tweets, as well as TONS of replies to fans that have tweeted him. Great tweeter. (Just don’t mention the words “preying” and “mantis” in the same tweet.)

5.) Jimmy Rollins– @JimmyRollins11

Has been doing really well lately on twitter with replying to his fans tweets. He seems to really appreciate them.

6.) Denard Span– @thisisdspan

Another great tweeter that loves to interact with his fans on twitter. Just an all around great guy.

7.) Justin Turner– @redturn2

Is really good about answering questions that fans ask him. He is also a funny guy. Always has something on his mind.

8.) Peter Moylan– @PeterMoylan

Tweets a lot about his teamates, but also makes time for responding to his fans tweets. Great tweeter.

9.) LaTroy Hawkins– @Adidas219

Great about responding to his fans. LaTroy also holds contests for prizes, from time to time.

10.) Joba Chamberlain– @Joba_62

Funny dude as well as being a good responder to tweets his fans send him.

Honorable Mentions (Not in above list since they’re retired from MLB.)

-Chuck Knoblauch– @chuckknoblauch

Chuck does a great job of responding to nearly every tweet that someone sends him. He also gives away ten autographed pictures for every 1,000 followers he gets. Awesome guy/tweeter.

-Bernie Williams– @bw51official

Bernie enjoys interacting with his fans on twitter. Is good about responding to tweets that he recieves. Tweets about his new book, his concert dates, and just baseball in general. Great tweeter.

That’s my top ten MLB tweeters list. If you have others in mind that should be on the list, leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts…..

Q and A Entries Update

As stated before, I’m doing a Q and A on a MLB player, or baseball analyst, ever Wednesday and Saturday, until the end of the baseball season. Below is an updated list of the players that have answered my questions, and the ones that haven’t answered, but said that they would:

ALREADY POSTED:

Brent Lillibridge

Daniel Hudson

Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner

Jeremy Guthrie

GUARANTEED FUTURE ENTRIES:

Brandon McCarthy

Shawn Kelley

Frank Catalanotto

Josh Lueke

David Aardsma

Bud Norris

John Baker

Bryan Harper

Chris Sampson

Casper Wells

Casey Kelly

HAVEN’T ANSWERED YET, BUT SAID THEY WOULD:

Shelley Duncan

Chris Rose

R.A. Dickey

Torii Hunter

Sam LeCure

Chuck Knoblauch

So be sure to check back every Wednesday and Saturday (at least) to read a new Q and A entry. (Order is not yet determined.)

Q and A With Jeremy Guthrie

Today’s Q and A entry is on Jeremy Guthrie. Starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.

Since recording his first complete game back in August of 2008, Jeremy Guthrie has pitched his way to success with the Orioles. Earning a name for himself as one of the O’s best pitchers.

Below’s Q and A is meant to inform you of what Jeremy Guthrie likes:

1.) Favorite type of music.

“Top 40.”

2.) Favorite song.

“Too many.”

3.) Favorite food.

“Pizza.”

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

“Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

5.) Favorite movie.

“Serendipity.”

6.) Favorite book.

“Scriptures.”

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

“Sports. Or ride bike.”

8.) Favorite time of year.

“Fall.”

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

“Football.”

10.) Favorite player growing up.

“Michael Jordan.”

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

“Nike/Jordan.”

12.) Favorite car.

“Audi R-8.”

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

“Math.”

14.) Favorite quote.

Left unanswered.

15.) Favorite moment of baseball career thus far.

“Walk off win in World Baseball Classic.”

I hope this helped you to learn more about Jeremy Guthrie of the Baltimore Orioles.

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Big thanks to Jeremy Guthrie for answering my questions.

You can follow Jeremy Guthrie on twitter: @JGuthrie46

The next Q and A entry will be posted Wednesday, August 24, on Bryan Harper, of the Nationals organization.

PAST Q AND A ENTRIES: Brent Lillibridge, Daniel Hudson and Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner.

NewBridge Bank Park–August 17, 2011

The day at the ballpark started out exactly as it had the night before. With me down by the railing in hopes of getting some more autographs:

 I had done okay with autographs the day before, but I was hoping to get tons of autographs today.

While I was standing there attempting to get some autographs, a player for the Greenjackets named Edward Concepcion, came out wearing a pink Hello Kitty backpack:

It turns out it was his punishment for giving up a home run the night before. (I bet he won’t give up a home run next time.)

As far as my wish of getting more autographs today, it would come true, as the players seemed to be in an autograph giving mood. (The eleven run win last night must of cheered them up, I guess.) Whatever the reason, my first autograph of the day came from Rett Varner. Here he is signing for a kid before he came over to sign my program:

When all was said and done I had gotten 10 autographs BEFORE the game, including another autograph from Noah Perio:

I was thrilled with the number of players that signed.

I almost forgot to mention that today was bingo day at the ballpark. Here’s my bingo card:

How it worked is that for every play that was made when a Grasshopper player was at bat, it corresponded to a space in bingo. For example, if the first baseman singled, it would be I-23. If he doubled, it would be G-57. You get the idea.

In case you didn’t notice in the photo above of my bingo card, I wasn’t sitting in the same spot as the previous night’s game. That was because it was SO hot. The seats my grandparent’s and I sat in for this game were at the top, in the shade.

Here’s the view from those seats, of the first pitch of the ballgame:

It was a great view from these seats, of the entire field.

Like all ball teams, the Grasshoppers had a set of bat boys that would retrieve the bats and balls throughout the game. But, during one inning of the game, they were allowed to take a break, as a dog brought baseballs to the umpire:

And retrieved the bats:

I have to say that the dog did almost as good a job as the bat boys. The bat boys better pick it up, or they might lose their jobs to the dog.

This game, unlike last night’s, was a close one. The seventh inning had the Grasshoppers losing 5-3. But the Grasshoppers weren’t the only ones losing, as the last bingo number was called, and I wasn’t even close:

B-I-N-G-NO.

Things got a little heated when a Greenjacket hit a called home run that appeared to be foul. Take a look:

Andy Haines, the manager, is the person wearing number 19.

To cool things off, there was a water ballon toss inbetween the eighth and ninth innings:

By the time the bottom of the ninth rolled around the Grasshoppers were down 3 runs, as the score was 8 to 5.

The hoppers began to rally back however as they got a few good hits, including a double:

The bases soon became loaded.

Later in the inning one player for the Grasshoppers became so frustrated, after flying out in foul territory, that he slammed his bat down causing it to break in half:

The Grasshoppers would score no more runs, as the final score was 8 to 5.

Upset by the loss, hardly any of the Grasshoppers signed. The ones that did, didn’t sign for me.

I did however get an autograph from Mr. Hello Kitty backpack guy, Edward Concepcion:

Before leaving the ballpark, I witnessed the player that broke his bat, give it away to a little kid. The kid was extremely thrilled.

I had a great time at the ballpark both games, and got 15 autographs total. What more could you ask for?

NewBridge Bank Park–August 16, 2011

My grandparent’s and I arrived to the ballpark at around 6:00. The gates where just being opened, and I wanted to be one of the first people inside so that I would have the best chance of getting some autographs.

So imediately after my ticket was scanned, I headed down to the railing next to the tunnel in which every player, from both teams, has to walk through, to get to the dugouts from the locker room.

There were three players that I wanted to get autographs from the most. They were: Christian Yelich (top ten prospect for the Florida Marlins), Marcell Ozuma (top ten prospect for the Florida Marlins), and Brett Bochy (son of San Fransisco Giant’s manager, Bruce Bochy).

I saw all three of them as they came through the tunnel, but was only successful in getting one of their autographs. It came from Christian Yelich:

One out of three isn’t bad. And besides, I’d have another chance after the game as the players went to the locker rooms.

Below is the first picture that I took at the game:It shows Marcell Ozuma in the on deck circle.

I took another picture of a player in the on deck circle later in that inning. It was of Christian Yelich:

Here’s the zoomed out view, I had from my seat:

Notice the railing directly next to me. I picked to sit in this spot due to the fact that it was next to the tunnel in which the players enter and exit. This way, I wouldn’t have to run down to the tunnel after the game.

Out in right field foul ground, there is a hill, in which anyone that has a ticket to the game can go and sit/stand on:Curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to leave my seat for a few minutes to go watch the game from the hill. This was my view:

Not bad.

I was a little nervous during the time I spent on the hill. It’s very easy for lefties to pull a ball and send it zipping towards the hill. I wasn’t wearing a glove, and didn’t want to end up with a sore hand, so I stood towards the back of the hill.

I took this time at the back of the hill to photograph the outfield wall. Take a look:

Pretty cool area.

It’s hard to tell, but behind the right field wall there is a gap where fans can stand. If a home run is hit to that area it is fairly easy to get the ball. Keep that in mind, as it will come into play later.

After around 10 minutes on the hill I headed back to my assigned seat. To my surprise there was a large cockroach in the tunnel next to me. No, not a real one. But a man in a cockroach outfit:

Did you notice the blue boxing gloves he had on? (They’re kind of blurred because he was moving his hands all around.) The kid in the tunnel, as you can see, also had boxing gloves. It turns out the cockroach and the kid where going to fight it out on the field inbetween innings:

The kid won.

As for the game, it wasn’t even close:Yeah, you read that right. 13 to 2.

That photo was taken in the bottom of the eigth inning, and that’s how things ended.

A complete blowout by the Grasshoppers.

Remember earlier in the entry when I told you to keep in mind that if a home run was hit over the right field wall it was fairly easy to catch? Well, a player for the Grasshoppers name Noah Perio, hit two home runs over the right field fence during the game. One of the home run balls ended up in the possesion of a guy, who after the game came over to try to get Noah to sign the ball. Here’s the conversation that went down between the guy and Noah:

Random guy: “Noah, this is one of the two home runs balls that you hit tonight. Will you sign it for me?”

Noah: “Hold on a second, and I’ll go get you another ball and sign that one.”

Random guy: “I’d rather you sign the home run ball.”

Noah: “Are you sure?”

Random guy: “Yes.”

So the guy handed the ball to Noah to sign. But there was a slight problem. The guy didn’t have anything for Noah to sign it with. So the guy glanced over at me and said, “Hey. Could I borrow your sharpie?”

I wanted to tell him that if he was stupid enough to not bring anything for a player to sign with, that he didn’t deserve the autograph at all. But being the kind, generous person I am, I smiled and said, “Sure.”

The guy was happy, and after seeing that it was MY sharpie that the man borrowed, Noah gladly signed my program. So I was happy too.

I later got the manager of the grasshoppers, Andy Haines, to sign my program. Here’s Andy’s and Noah’s augtographs on the cover:

Andy’s is the one that you can read, and Noah’s, well, I’m not really sure what his says. Looks like a bunch of random lines to me. But hey, getting an autograph from a guy on THE night he hits two home runs is pretty cool. So I can’t complain.

After getting the autographs from Noah and Andy, my grandparents and I made our way towards the exit.

We would be back at 11:30 the next morning……

Q and A With Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner

Today’s Q and A entry is on Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner of the MLB Fan Cave.

Since the start of the MLB season, Mike and Ryan have watched EVER single MLB game. Through this experience they’ve also been able to meet and talk to many current and past MLB stars.

Below’s Q and A is meant to help you to learn more about what Mike and Ryan are in to:

1.) Favorite type of music.

MIKE: “Punk.” 

RYAN: “Blues.”

2.) Favorite song.

MIKE: “Too many to name.”

RYAN: “Guilty. (Written by Randy Newman. Performed by John Belushi.)”

3.) Favorite food.

MIKE: “Seafood.”

RYAN: “My mom’s cheesecake.”

4.) Favorite T.V. show.

MIKE: “Sons of Anarchy/Rescue Me.”

RYAN: “House.”

5.) Favorite movie.

MIKE: “Animal House.”

RYAN: “Too many to pick one.”

6.) Favorite book.

MIKE: “The Westies.”

RYAN: “Right now it’s the Game of Thrones series.”

7.) Favorite thing to do in free time.

MIKE: “Listen to music and hang with friends and family.”

RYAN: “Nap. Or play golf.”

8.) Favorite time of year.

MIKE: “Autumn.”

RYAN: “Fall. I like the cold.”

9.) Favorite sport, besides baseball.

MIKE: “Football.”

RYAN: “Football. Go Ravens!”

10.) Favorite player growing up.

MIKE: “Donnie, Nettles and Reggie.”

RYAN: “Cal.”

11.) Favorite shoe brand.

MIKE: “Nike.”

RYAN: “I love Nike and Under Armour.”

12.) Favorite car.

MIKE: “Cadillac.”

RYAN: “57 Bel Air 13.”

13.) Favorite subject, when in school.

MIKE: “English literature.”

RYAN: “I liked History, and Political Science. And theatre courses.”

14.) Favorite quote.

MIKE: “There are so many great quotes. I really can’t pick one.”

RYAN: “That’s a hard one. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.-Albus Dumbledore.”

15.) Favorite moment from time spent in MLB Fan Cave thus far.

MIKE: “Talking with Goose Gossage.”

RYAN: “Probably just getting to hang out with some amazing people. Ernie Banks, Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, etc.”

I hope this helped you to learn more about Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner of the MLB Fan Cave.

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Big thanks to Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner for answering my questions.

You can follow Mike and Ryan on twitter: @mikeyoh21 , @rwags614 , @MLBFanCave

The next Q and A entry will be posted on Saturday, August 20, on Jeremy Guthrie, of the Baltimore Orioles.

PAST Q AND A ENTRIES: Brent Lillibridge and Daniel Hudson.

Blog Entry Schedule

I’m leaving today for Greensboro, NC. More specifically, Newbridge Bank Park.

Last time I was there the date was May 23rd, 2011, and Bryce Harper was in town.

No Bryce Harper this time. In fact, no really BIG superstar prospects. Just me, my grandparents, and a couple of ballgames. (7:00 game tonight. And a 12:30 game tomorrow.)

As far as the blog goes, I’m still going to post a Q and A entry tomorrow, on Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner of the MLB Fan Cave. I’ll then post a recap from tonight’s game, on Thursday. And a recap from tomorrow’s game, on Friday. Then another Q and A entry on Saturday, on Jeremy Guthrie.

Wow, that’s a busy blogging schedule. But I can handle it. (I hope.)

In other news:

CONGRATULATIONS JIM THOME!!!!!

As you more than likely already know, Jim Thome hit his 600th home run last night. Becoming the first player EVER to hit home run number 599 and 600 in back to back at bats.

Jim Thome is a great person in addition to being an amazing ballplayer. He deserves to celebrate his incredible accomplishment with pride.

Below are some tweets congratulating Jim Thome on his 600th HR. Be warned. There are a lot of them. (Even if you don’t want to read the tweets, scroll down to the bottom to see the 600th home run ball.)

 Here’s the actual 600th home run ball:

Pretty cool stuff.

Congrats again to Jim Thome.

My Official Apology To Dan Uggla

If you never read the entry that jinxed Dan Uggla, CLICK HERE, to read it. If you’ve already read it, continue reading…..

My apology to Dan Uggla for jinxing him is as follows:

Dear Dan Uggla,

As you probably haven’t heard, I posted a blog entry on you yesterday. It was about your 33 game hit streak and my prediction of how far I felt you would go before your streak was broken.

I quickly got my answer.

Mere hours after the entry was posted, the ballgame was over, and you had gone hitless.

It was my fault.

Knowing that I am the BIGGEST jinx in the world, I posted the entry anyway. The entry that ruined your chance of extending your hit streak to 34 games.

So, I apologize. For doing the stupidest thing, that a jinx can do. Jinx you, by talking/writing about your hit streak.

Please accept my apology.

Your biggest jinx,

-Matt Huddleston

And there you have it. My official apology to Dan Uggla.

I hope he accepts.

Dear reader. I know that Dan Uggla will NEVER see this. (I’m not THAT stupid.) It was just a fun little entry in which I apologized *to* Dan Uggla.

Just wanted to make that clear.

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