It’s the End of the World as I Know it, and I Feel Fine…

Ok, it’s not the end of the world, but it is the end of the “ticketed” baseball season for me, in all likelihood.

So these are all my tickets for the games we paid for this year (minus a couple that ended up in the laundry). What I have here is SIXTY-SEVEN tickets. This does NOT include all the free/unticketed Spring Training, Extended Spring Training, or Gulf Coast League games!

2013 Tickets (well most of them)
2013 Tickets (well most of them)

I think I can honestly guesstimate that Baseball Ross and I went to over 140 games this year. Ross even more than that, as there were a couple of games I missed for either illness, another commitment or when I was away on vacation.

With Fall Instructional League coming next week, I will add a couple more games to that list….

My project for next season is to buy a journal and log every game I go to. That way I will have an accurate accounting of how many games I’ve actually attended.

It’s been a memorable year. I got some of the autographs I’ve really coveted, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz, I got to know some really great players and it’s all been one amazing year.

In the coming days I will be posting my end of the season articles….and with the year we’ve had, there’s a lot to cover….

Stay Tuned….



Tickets! Get Your Tickets!


It’s the All Star Break, official middle of the season and I looked at my stack of used tickets and was amazed. This isn’t even ALL of my tickets.

I vowed to keep them all just to see how many games I went to and while this is almost all of them, there are a few missing. A couple disintegrated in the wash and I lost 2 spring training tickets as well.

BUT this doesn’t include all the FREE games in Spring Training, Extended Spring Training or Gulf Coast league! It also doesn’t include at least 3 rain out games where we went but the games were postponed–those tickets will be given to friends so they can turn them in for another game.

I think I am going to do what a buddy of ours does, he buys a journal at the beginning of the season and he jots down every game he goes to, the date, teams and which players were there. I may stick my tickets in the journal as well.

I’ve only missed a handful of Threshers home games either due to illness or being out of town. Just think how huge the pile will be by the end of the season! The pile will also not include all the Fall Instructional games we’ll likely see.

For all those people who thought I’d be bored when I quit my job…I say “HA!”

Zambrano on the Comeback Trail?

This afternoon, Baseball Ross and braved the Florida heat and humidity to check on newly acquired pitcher Carlos Zambrano.

Today was also a first for me, I used Ross’ “Pocket Radar” device. It’s a device the size of an iPhone that acts like a radar gun. Never having used it before, I cannot say how accurate it was for sure (or if there was any “operator error” either) but I have included its readings.


My first impression upon seeing him was, “he’s HUGE”!

He pitched four innings and by the Pocket Radar’s readings his pitches ranged from 82-87 mph.

By the time he was done he pitched 4, with 4 hits, 1 walk and 4 strike outs. (Unofficially)

His temper only seemed to flare on one pitch, where he appeared to be angry with himself.

His breaking pitches were good however the velocity of his fastball on the last hit he gave up was 85.

So…it’s hard to say when/if he’ll be ready, but if he can increase his velocity he might just be ok.

Out of the wind

We left the game in Dunedin to escape the 30mph winds.

We went down to the Carpenter complex.

I got here just in time to see Ronnie Welty, whom we acquired from Baltimore for Julio Rodriguez, bat.


He struck out.

I can say it’s a lot nicer here, we’re out of the wind and that makes all the difference.

FYI the new work group list is not out, while I do notice some changes, I will not comment until I can confirm them.

Every Fifth Day is a Halladay

Today, Roy Halladay did not make the trip to Sarasota with the team, he stayed here to pitch in the AAA game against the Blue Jays.

It caused such a stir that the players from the AA game on the other field peered through the fence just to watch him warm up!


I can’t say he’s doing well so far, he’s given up 3 runs in 3 innings, 2 walks, hit a batter, we also estimate he threw about 70 pitches.


Carlos Ruiz was catching.


Delmon Young is batting every inning.


I’m enjoying myself. There’s nothing better than a day in the stands, sitting with friends and baseball. This is the life.

One of My Favorite Things

As I’ve written before, one of my favorite things is watching a player start playing and see him climb up the ranks.

I first saw Jesse Biddle pitch in his very first professional game in Williamsport. ( you can read the story HERE).

Back on that first night he played they had auctioned off the jerseys and Jesse’s had gone for over $200 so it was a little too rich for my blood so I didn’t win. I’d thought about it over the years and really wished I had been able to get it.

So one evening near the end of last season I had wandered into the Diamond Outfitters store and there it was…Jesse’s 4th of July Threshers jersey! It made a great birthday present.

As I had gotten to know Jesse a little over the summer I kept meaning to ask him to sign it, but soon the season was over and I missed my chance.

Today, I remembered to bring it with me and he was kind enough to sign it.


Close up


Next up: getting it framed!

Updated Work Group

The most recent work group list is in. This is after this weekends cuts.