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?

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