My Upcoming Week of Baseball

It’s officially that time of year again. The calendar reads April 1st which means the MLB regular season is just days away, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve got a busy week of baseball games coming up, so I thought I’d type up a brief overview of my schedule for the coming week.

Five County Stadium. Home of the Carolina Mudcats.

My first game of the year is Tuesday, April 3rd. It’s an exhibition game between the Cleveland Indians and my local minor league team, the Carolina Mudcats. Game time is set for 2 o’clock, but with gates set to open at 11:30, I’m planning on arriving at 11:15. While it might seem crazy to some of you that I’m showing up nearly 3 hours early, I feel that showing up early is half the fun. If you ask me, being one of the first through the gates is the only way to go. I’ll never understand the people that show up in the third inning and leave in the seventh. Why even come at all?!

Part of the reason I’m showing up as early as I am is to go for autographs. I’m not a big autograph collector, but I don’t plan on passing up the opportunity to get autos from some of today’s up and coming stars like Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera, etc. Living nearly 300 miles from the nearest MLB stadium, this is a MUST attend game for me. It’s not that often that a Major League team “comes to me”.

Game two of the week comes three days later, on Friday April 6th. It’s another Mudcat’s game. (Opening night to be specific.) I wouldn’t be attending this game under normal circumstances, but when I bought my ticket the the Cleveland Indians exhibition game I received a FREE ticket to Opening Night. So I mean, why not? It’s a baseball game after all! Even if it is against a team in the White Sox organization, baseball is baseball. (There is a chance of rain that day however, so hopefully they’ll be able to get it in.)

The game I’m probably looking forward to the most is game three of the week. That game sees the Durham Bulls taking on the visiting Gwinnett Braves. There are tons of future Atlanta Braves stars on the team including newly acquired Joey Terdoslavich, who made the jump from Class A advanced ball to Triple A. Terdoslavich is more than likely going to take over for Chipper Jones at third base once Jones retires, so it’s pretty neat to get to see him play.

That’s pretty much it. Three games, five teams, and two stadiums, all within a five day span. Pretty exciting stuff, in my opinion. I’m pumped!!

5 Comments

Very cool Matt. I always show up that early, b.p is half the fun ! And I’ve never left a game early in my life and I don’t get those who do either…ha ha. Have a great time, I will be watching my home team from home, as you know the Angels got Albert so opening day tix sold out in 27 minutes flat and I couldn’t get any *sad face* and if I were to go even to Stub Hub or a broker their even more…Booo! Enjoy your games and Let The Season Begin! Play Ball!

Wow, sounds like a fun week considering your self-described locational issues. How many games do you usually make in a year? Just curious.
-Mateo
http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

ROSE-
Too bad about the Opening Day tickets.
MATEO-
You talking in terms of Major League games? Or just games in general? (Minor league included.)

Umm, probably around 20 or so. It depends on who’s coming to town prospect wise, and how my schedule works out, but I try to get at least 20 in. Two of which are usually MLB games. My first MLB game of the year isn’t until June 23rd, in Cincy.

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