Baseball Tonight Tour bus - Temple Diablo Mon March 12th

Baseball Tonight Tour bus - Temple Diablo Mon March 12th

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Red Sox @ O's April 27th --- 7 autographs!

Jason Varitek-on 8x10 pic with him taken at Picnic in the Park in 2004 and Boston Globe insert from Dec 2004
Bobby Jenks- on 8x10
Dan Wheeler - on 8x10
Adrian Gonzalez - on 8x10

Terry Francona
Mike Cameron - on 2007 Allen and Ginter card
David Ortiz - on Sports Illustrated cover

Sox made a great come back in 8th after trail 4-0, tied it up on a 3 run homer by Youkilis.  But two passed balls and a single off Bard gave the O's a 5-4 victory.

More details about the game to come....

Thank you Jason, Dan, Bobby, Adrian, Tito, Mike and made my day! First time in 3 years getting Red Sox autographs! 


Monday, April 25, 2011

Last Minute Trip to see the Jays.....and my parents

I will post about my trip home (April 16th and 18th games at Fenway) soon.....but want everyone to know what a classy guy Corey Patterson is......and I got pics with Jose Bautista, Kyle Drabek and Jo Jo Reyes.....Jays faced to Sox at a bad time....they will get them next time.  I did start a 2011 team ball and was able to get 10 signatures.  My cousins Erica and Jenna came to game on the 18th and got their first autograph (thanks Cecil).  And I did get to a baseball card show in Mansfield on my trip home.

more details to come....

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rangers v O's Rain, Rain, Go Away.......alas, it was a RAINOUT!

I arrived at the Yards around 11:35am on Friday, April 8th....excited to see Josh and get him to sign a copy of his book and possibly the ESPN the Magazine cover he is on or one of the 5 cards I have of him.  Unfortunately, do to the weather (it was cold and rained most of the day, starting around 1:45pm or so....

Most of the Rangers came in SUV's and those are allowed where the Buses go, under the stadium where the O's parking lot is. However, 5 players did walk by us and I did get pics with two Rangers players (CJ Wilson--who is a very nice and funny guy, he said what kind of pose will we do and we both folded our arms and then Yorvit Torrealba also took a pic with me and then Darren Oliver (former pitcher, now coach), and i did get four autographs  (Wilson -card, Torrealba-8x10, Ron Washington-card-Coach, Mark Lowe-card and Ian Kinsler-card) from Rangers players (Beltre was the only one to blow the 15-20 of us that stood out in the cold and rain for hours, off).  Granted, about half were dealers, but there was a nice couple that drove four hours to see the Rangers and other fans or collectors.

 I also got pics with two O's players (Roberto Andino and Jeremy Guthrie). 

 Josh said he had to get ready for the game after hitting in the batting cages located through the O's dugout.  I was bummed, but he is a great guy, he has overcome so much and is such a role model for people battling with addiction.  I wish him, CJ Wilson, Torrealba and Lowe the best this year. 

 I was joined by my good friend Brandon and his son Ethan and my other friend David....we went inside to the club level, hanging out until the game was called a little before 8pm. 

 My next game is possibly next Saturday, April 16th, first at Nats stadium when they host the Brewers (and Shaun Marcum!).

- Mike (Bobblehead Guy)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Opening Day at Camden Yards (the Yards)

I arrived at Camden Yards (now to be referred to as "the Yards") later than I was planning too....after taking two buses, a train and the light rail to get to the Yards. I already missed the players arriving to the stadium (heard that Miguel Cabrera signed for everyone, as did some O's, about 30-40 people were there trying to get autographs.  

I went to get a standing room ticket and to exchange a couple tix in my 13 game plan.  I was successful with only the exchanging of tickets. There were at least 75 people in line waiting to get a ticket. I went to Potbelly's had my lunch (staff at this Potbelly's just as nice as the one in Dupont) and three of them remembered me and I chatted with each of them.  After eating, I went back trying to get a ticket for over and 1- hour and a half I walked and sat down with my index finger pointing up....i felt and probably looked dejected.  Finally, a man came and sold me a ticket at face value--in Sec 18, Row 24---i was so grateful!  He didn't want his picture taken for the blog.  I was so excited, I called my friend David (D.R.) who had been calling friends to see if they had an extra ticket for me, and told him i got a ticket and went in to the Yards!  Finally!!!

I missed the autograph opportunity inside, but saw my usher friend as well as a season ticket holder I have come to be friends with.  I then went to my seat and enjoyed the introductions of all the personnel and players....and then the jets flew over head to a thunderous applause!

The game was exciting. Jake Arrieta pitched for the O's and Rick Porcello for the Tigers....Roberts hit a 3 run home run, Markakis had two double and a single, Derrek Lee had a stolen base (this is not a misprint), Pie made a couple nice catches towards the left field line and in foul territory, Guerrero struggled, as did Reynolds, but both of these guys are veteran players and will soon get out of their funk's.

The game time temperature must have been around 80 degrees, beautiful weather, fun game....O's won 5-1. They are now 4-0 to start the season.

I stayed after the game for 2 hours and was successful in getting the following

- Rick Porcello on a 2010 Allen and Ginter Card
- Austin Jackson on an 8x10 photo
- Ramon Santiago on Detroit SI issue (and got a pic with him too)
-Jeremy Accardo on the opening day lineup scorecard given to me by Nick Leyva in 2010.
-Jake Arrieta on a rookie card (and a pic)
-Mike Gonzalez on a pirates bobblehead (he said, oh wow, this is old school)
-Brian Roberts on a allen and ginter bat card

very, very, very happy.....i got home and now I am exhausted. I will post pics another time...need to sleep now, have work and school game--Fri April 8th.

-take care,
Mike "bobblehead guy"

Friday, April 1, 2011

It is FINALLY Here!!!!!!!............

Yes, the 2011 season has FINALLY started!!!!!!!!.........I am so, so, SO excited!  You will see posts from me and pictures after each game I attend (i plan to get them up within 24 hours). 

I missed opening day here in DC so that I could study for a test for my CAC class. I know I have already received heat about that (from my dad, some co-workers and friends)....saying I am not a true baseball fan.  That is just not right, I am a baseball FANTATIC.......I owe baseball so much!  It has gotten me through some tough times in my life, especially last year, the toughest year of my life.  But, I really needed to study.  So, I watched the game on tv periodically (had volume low while I studied). 

Here is a list of games I plan on attending in April.......
April 4th Tigers at O's (Camden Yards Home Opener)

April 8th Rangers at O's (hope to get Josh Hamilton to sign a copy of his book "Beyond Belief" and ESPN Magazine cover)

April 16th Brewers at Nats (first Nats game of year for me)....hope to possibly meet Greinke...if he is back from that basketball injury

April 18th Twins at O's --see one of my favorite players (that is not a Blue Jay) Matt Capps.....still upset with Rizzo for trading him for Wilson Ramos.

April 27th Red Sox at O's --might pull out my old red sox Trot Nixon jersey for this one....also, REALLY Like Adrian Gonzalez since 2006 when I got a batting glove from him after a Nats game (he tossed both gloves over dugout and i got one and he signed it in 07)

April 29th Giants at Nats ---see the World Champs and maybe get an autograph --just get at least one, i hope!

I plan on going to Toronto with my best friend and his wonderful wife for a weekend, as well as hopefully getting down to Miami to see a game in the final year of the old Marlins stadium (opening a new one in 2012). I would like to get to the Pirates stadium as well as possibly go to Texas to see Astros and Rangers.  

But, we will see....still need to plan the annual father/son trip with my dad...but he doesn't really care where we go...he is still close minded---just a Sox fan, nothing but Fenway.  Oh, and I will of course see the Jays at Fenway with my dad--he is great, and I LOVE his seats (have to say this, just in the rare case he is reading this blog).

Well, I should sign off....I have to finish my assignment for class tonight! 

- Mike "Bobblehead Guy"