After barley doing anything after school ended on June 25th, I was able to convince on of my moms to take me to the Jackals (Can-Am) game on July 1st. The Jackals were playing the Trois Rivieres Aigles which translates from French into Three River Eagles in English (Even their website is in French). This got me scared because the some of the players have names that sound really French (ex: Janelfry Zorrilla and Pier-Olivier Dostaler) and I was hoping that they wouldn’t only speak French (I take Spanish in school). Thankfully that wasn’t an issue.
When we were driving to the stadium, we realized that it was vvvveeeerrryyyy hot. Have a look for yourself.
It was probably the hottest day of the summer at that point.
When we arrived to the stadium, I took a picture with a statue of Yogi Berra . . .
. . . . and got my ticket
When the gates opened at 6:00, I bolted out to the berm in right field to find Easter Eggs. My result, have a look:
I found 4 baseballs sitting there in the grass in various spots in the berm! I knew it was going to be a good day!
Right as I got all of the baseballs in there, I noticed that there were 2 players throwing on the Jackals. They were both wearing white t-shirts with cutoff sleeves that had the Jackals logo on it. They were just finishing up throwing as I ran to them and I flapped my glove and the Unknown Jackals player tossed me the ball. Here is a picture of it.
After I took that picture I decided to get a little artsy by the dugout.
At that point there were no baseballs to be caught so I decided to go for autographs. Before I show you photos of the autographs here is how the players looked in the dugout.
Here are some photos of the autographs
To my knowledge, those players are . . .
Elvin Millan jr.
After I got those players autographs, I ran to where the players were throwing. There were a couple players throwing so I decided to settle behind Eric Grabe and Sasha LaGarde and hope something good would happen. Here is how it looked when they were throwing.
And when they were done I got Sasha to toss me the ball.
After I got that ball I quickly wrote the total # on the ball and turned my attention to Carlos Guzman and his partner (forgot who he was throwing with) warmup. When they were finished, Carlos started to walk towards the dugout and I yelled “Carlos” and he quickly turned around and threw a bullet right into my glove.
I already had 7 baseballs and before the game began. I couldn’t believe it! As the game got underway i settled in my usual spot in the top of the berm/concrete area in foul territory.
After barley missing out on 2 foul balls in the first inning, the top of the 2nd rolled on and Aigles batter Pier-Olivier Dostaler hit a high foul ball towards this BBQ area right above the berm. The ball bounced right near a grill area where I was directly next to and the ball took a crazy hop with a lot of back spin which went over my head but I was able to turn around and catch it off that hop. I got some cheers and a high five after I grabbed it which felt great! Here are some photos of that ball.
After I grabbed the ball, I took a closer inspection on it and saw this.
I originally thought that red mark might have come from the concrete area but after seeing him bat again i realized it was from his red bat. Pretty neat.
The next chance in getting a foul ball came in the bottom of the 4th inning. Jeremy Barnes (who is notorious to hitting foul balls to the berm) hit a ball over my head. As I turned around, the ball hit the grass and bounced up and hit a girl (around 8-10 years old) in the arm. Her reaction was “ow” with no emphasis. I quickly scooped up the ball was planing to give her one of the Easter Egg balls I found but she walked away. Very Strange. Nevertheless here is the ball.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 4th inning, Steve Nikorak hit a fly ball to center fielder Sasha LaGarde. Usually the infielders throw the 3rd out balls back into the infield but in some cases with the outfield they run back in with the ball. This was one of those cases. I got down to the bottom the seats near the dugout and yelled, “Sasha can I please have that ball?” Without hesitation Sasha flipped me the ball to make it 10 on the day to surpass my previous MiLB record! Here is a picture of that ball.
After everything cooled down I took a pretty nice panorama of my view.
From the 5th inning to the Bottom of the 8th inning everything got boring. I missed out on a foul ball because I was getting food but that was the only foul ball in that area from then on out. In the bottom of the 8th inning everything started to pick back up again. Jackals players hit 3 (I think) balls my way and I was able to snag one of them! Here is how it played out. Felix Sanchez hit a foul ball 10 feet to my right I had a bad read on it and if landed a foot in front of me and bounced over the berm into this hill/concrete area. It was a footrace between me and 5 other people. I was the first person near it and with the people coming from side to side I dove and put my glove over the ball! I felt some pain and when I got up noticed I had some burnish thing on my shin. Its fine now so whatever. Here is a photo of that ball.
In the top of the 9th inning I went to where my mom was sitting (who was on her iPad the whole game) and waited to the bottom half to attempt to get an umpire ball (the Aigles were crushing the Jackals 9-1 at that point). While Carlos Guzman on the Aigles was batting, he broke his bat. I ran down to the dugout and asked one of the coaches for it and he said to ask Carlos. Well the problem was that Carlos ended up walking so I would have until either he scored or the inning was over to ask him. After 5 lllllloooooonnnnngggggg minutes Carlos ended up scoring on a wild pitch. As he ran into the dugout I asked him if I could please have his broken bat and he told the bat boy to give it to me!!!! I took a bunch of photos of it.
In the bottom of the 9th inning with 2 outs a Jackals player struck out looking. As HP Umpire Kurt Branin walked into the Umpires tunnel, I yelled “Mr. Branin can I please have a baseball?!” He walked in and placed my 12th ball in my glove! 😀 Here is photo of it.
I was very happy. As we were leaving the stadium my mom took this photo . . .
. . . and posted it on instagram (follow me @djkufo)
That ball in my glove was the ball the Umpire Branin gave me and that is the broken bat in my other hand!
This was probably my favorite game and I couldn’t be happier!
Here are some final stats:
12 Balls at this game
22 Balls at 3 MiLB games = 7.33 Baseballs per game!
41 career MiLB baseballs
71 total baseballs
That is it and Happy Snagging 🙂