4-14-12 Pawtucket Red Sox vs Buffalo Bisons @ Coca-Cola Field


I want to start off this entry with saying I’m sorry for not being able to post this sooner.  I have had a lot of stuff going on in school and as a result, I have never gotten a chance to post this.  Okay, now to the game part:

Yes!!  My first Bisons game of the 2012 year!  Today was the 1st coin giveaway in remembrance of the 25 years at Coca-Cola Field.  The gates opened at 12:00 p.m. for the 1:05 p.m. start and my mom, brother, and I arrived at the stadium at about 11:15 a.m.  I then waited in line while my brother and mom went to go get tickets.  At about 11:25 a.m., I saw Austin and his family get in line about 30 people behind me.  My brother and mom came back at about 11:35 a.m., and I asked her if I could go out into right field and try to get a baseball.  I asked Austin if he wanted to come to and he said yes and tagged along.  When we got there, the fence was open!  We could pretty much run onto the field.  Bisons pitcher Jeremy Hefner was standing right by the open fence and Austin asked him for a ball that he just got.  Jeremy Hefner replied by rolling it to Austin.  So Austin had 1 baseball on the day.  Another ball came to Jeremy Hefner and I asked for it.  Mr. Hefner then kicked the ball to me for my first Triple-A ball of the season and my 45th career baseball.  Here is the ball:

 

Here is the view from where we saw Jeremy Hefner:

 

Austin and I then went to an area where a fence was and Austin asked Bisons pitcher, Chuck James, for a baseball.  Chuck James then throw the ball about 50 feet right into Austin’s glove.  I tried to get another ball, but I couldn’t get one.  Austin and I did see 2 baseballs get hit for an HR while we were out in right field.  We decided that Austin would get in line with my mom, brother, and I, so we could get 1 of those balls for ourselves.  We got into the stadium and received the coins.  Here they are:

 

Austin and I then went out to right field and got those baseballs.  Unfortunately, I was not able to take anymore pictures because my camera stopped working.  Of course, right when I got home after the game, it worked fine.  After Austin and I got those baseballs, we saw Danny by the Bisons dugout.  We learned that he had no baseballs on the day yet, while Austin had 3 and I had 2.  All of us then went by the Bisons dugout to look into it.  Danny and Austin then went to the Red Sox side while I stayed by the Bisons dugout.  The reason I stayed was I saw a ball tucked underneath the tire of the groundscrew car.  I don’t know what to call it, so I’ll call it the groundscrew car.  Danny then came back to see what I was waiting there for.  I pointed out the ball and the all of sudden, 2 baseballs got rolled by a groundscrew member and sat in front of us.  The next groundscrew member we saw, we asked him for the baseballs.  He flipped Danny and I one baseball each.  After Austin saw this, he came over and started to try to get the ball that was underneath the tire.  That’s what I thought, but he was convincing an Bisons employee to give him a ball inside of a cup holder in the groundscrew car.  She gave him that ball and I asked her for the ball underneath the tire.  She then picked up the ball and handed it to me.  That was 4 baseballs for me on the day.  Right after I got that ball, I went over to the foul line on the 3rd base side because the Pawtucket Red Sox started to play catch.  After Will Middlebrooks of the Pawtucket Red Sox finished playing catch with Jason Repko, I called out to him for the baseball.  Will heard me call his name and he flipped me the ball.  The ball fell really short though, but I reached over and almost fell, but managed to catch the ball and not fall over.  That was it for me before the game.  5 baseballs is great.  It tied my single game record for most baseballs snagged on a day.  This is pretty much my first game ballhawking at a Bisons games.  Before I started ballhawking, I just sat by the dugout and only tried for third out balls.  Fast forward to the game:

 

The Bisons where down 9-3 and Bisons 2B, Bobby Scales, stepped up to the plate with runners on 1st and 2nd.  The wind was blowing at this game and Booby took a swing and hit a deep opposite field fly ball.  It didn’t look like it was going out, but the wind carried it over the left field fence for an HR.  I was standing in the cross aisles in hopes for foul balls and was 100 feet away from the left field fence.  The HR ball then bounced back onto the field and Red Sox OF, Lars Anderson, picked up the ball and threw in into the crowd way over the heads of the asking kids.  By that time i was running towards the ball, but thought I had no chance because I was at least a 100 feet away.  I noticed that the kids could not find the ball while I was running towards it.  When I got closer, I realized that the ball was rolling down the steps and the kids kept reaching for it instead of running down a couple of steps to pick the ball up when it reached that row.  I did that though when I got  over there.  I ran down 5 rows away for the ball and waited for the ball to come toward me.  The next thing I knew, my 50th career Triple A baseball was in my glove.  I got a couple of high-fives from some fans.  Of course, right after I marked the baseball with a 50, it came to me that it was Booby Scales first HR as a Bison.  I would have given it to him, but I already marked it , so I didn’t give it to him.  The Pawtucket Red Sox ended up winning this game 9-6.  That was it for me on the day.  6 baseballs and a game home run.  Awesome!  Here is a look at the Bobby Scales HR ball:

 

Here are my 6 baseballs on the day:

 

2012 Stats for Triple A Baseballs:

Total Baseballs at this Game: 6

Total Baseballs for 2012 Season: 6

Average Baseballs Per Game: 6

-Quinn

4 Comments

Nice game! I saw a few people in Bisons gear at the Trenton Thunder game tonight!

Great pics, guys, and glad you got some baseballs. I’ll see you on the 18th. I’ll be in sec. 215 front row!!!
–Mike

Say, does your digital camera have a close-up mode? Usually it is indicated by a flower icon. Use that for photos of baseballs and they won’t come out so blurry.
~Matt

Harrison- That’s wierd. Who was Trenton playing?
Mike- I will try to see you there!
Matt- I think Quinn is electronically challenged, but I will ask him.
-Danny

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