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Ticket Stub #18 – Florida Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 06/26/2008

Ticket Stub #18 – Florida Marlins vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 06/26/2008

Dolphin Stadium – Miami, FL

Rays 6, Marlins 1

This is the most recent game that I have been to and concludes this series of posts highlighting the baseball games that I have attended.  I have offered up 18 games, but in reality have probably been to 30 or so.  Careless moments and ticket stubs in the washing machine don’t mix when you are trying to relive past events.  I hope that you have enjoyed this series and I will certainly present to you any games I attend in the future.

On to game #18…

I scored these tickets using a 2-for-1 coupon.  I was able to get seats right alongside the Marlins bullpen so I made sure I arrived extra early to grab some up-close pictures.  When we arrived, Scott Olsen was was firing away in the pen and was quickly joined by most of the Marlin’s starters and several of the bullpen players.  It was nice to be there so early with little noise.  I clearly remember being able to hear the ‘zip’ of the ball as it raced 60 feet from Olsen to the bullpen catcher.

The game was great, if you were cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays’ bats were hot and were led by Evan Longoria’s 3 for 5 performance which was capped off by a home run.  I have to say that it is kind of cool to say that I saw the American League Champions play.  The Marlins were terrible, both on offense as well as pitching.  The bats were cold, cold, cold…

Now onto the big story of the game – Matt Garza!!!  This kid was awesome.  He was getting batters out at will and racked up hitless inning after hitless inning.  As the game went on, and the hits were not coming  and I started to get flashbacks of the Al Leiter no-hitter I witnessed several years prior.  4th inning – no hits.  5th inning – no hits.  Do I tell my buddy that I have seen a no-hitter before?  Do I mention thosewords?  How many people have been to 2 no-hitter in their lives??  WoW!!!  6th inning – no hits.  Oh my, it’s going to happen again; too bad there is noone at the park to enjoy this…  7th inning – CRACK!!!  Hanley Ramirez launches a deep home run to left field.  Gone is the no-hitter.  Gone is the shutout.  Gone is history.  This Marlins only accounted for 1 hit in this game.  1 pitch is what separated my second no-hitter in person from my 1 no-hitter and 1 1-hitter.  One hell of an effort by Matt Garza though…

 

Tampa Bay Rays AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Iwamura 5 0 2 1 0 0 0.274  
Aybar 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.250  
Crawford 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.279  
Upton 3 2 1 0 2 0 0.284  
Longoria 5 2 3 1 0 2 0.261 HR, (2)2B
Gomes 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.206  
Gross 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.232  
Riggins 3 1 1 3 1 0 0.246  
Zobrist 3 1 1 1 1 1 0.292 HR 
Garza 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.000  
  33 6 9 6 6 6    
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Ramirez 4 1 1 1 0 0 0.294 HR
Hermida 2 0 0 0 1 1 0.274  
Cantu 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.280  
Jacobs 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.236  
Uggla 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.290  
Gonzalez 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.272  
Ross 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.217  
Hoover 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.231  
Hendrickson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.276  
Waechter 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.167  
Helms 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.248  
  27 1 1 1 1 10    

Ticket Stub #17 – Marlins vs. Nationals – 4/21/2007

 Ticket Stub #17 – Marlins vs. Nationals – 4/21/2007

Miami, FL – Dolphin Stadium

Marlins 9, Nationals 3

We got another set of 4 free tickets to the Coors suite for this game.  It was an awesome night with perfect weather.  This was my first opportunity to see 2 of the Marlin’s talented young players – Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla and they did not disappoint!!

Washington Nationals AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Lopez 5 1 2 0 0 1 0.308  
Belliard 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.284  
Zimmerman 4 1 2 1 1 0 0.231  
Young 3 1 1 0 1 1 0.290  
Kearns 2 0   0 1 1 0.261  
Church 4 0 2 1 0 1 0.299  
Rivera 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Schneider 4 0 0 1 0 0 0.169  
Flores 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Snelling 3 0 0 0 1 1 0.231  
Chico 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Speigner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Jimenez 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.083  
Wagner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Restovich 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.400  
  33 3 7 3 4 6    
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Ramirez 4 2 1 2 1 1 0.364 HR
Uggla 3 3 2 0 2 0 0.235  
Boone 4 1 1 1 0 2 0.308  
Willingham 5 0 3 1 0 1 0.270  
Borchard 4 0 0 0 1 1 0.224  
Ross 5 1 2 2 0 1 0.314  
Olivo 4 0 1 0 1 1 0.224  
Wood 3 1 1 1 2 0 0.214 HR
Sanchez 1 1 0 0 2 1 0.000  
Lindstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Reed 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Messenger 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000  
  35 9 11 7 9 9    

To increase attendance, the Florida Marlins introduced ‘Super Saturdays’ during the 2007 season.  After the game, fans would be treated to fireworks and a concert.  The band that performed on our night was Cheap Trick.  Although I am not a big fan of theirs, I knew enough of the songs that they played to really enjoy the show…  and watching from the suite was an added bonus!! 

For those of you not familiar with their work, here is a video to enjoy.  For me, this band falls into the category of ‘I didn’t know it was them that sang that…’.  If you listen to their Greatest Hits CD you would probably react similarly…

Enjoy!!!

Ticket Stub #16 – Marlins vs. Pirates – 07/27/2005

 Ticket Stub #16 – Marlins vs. Pirates – 07/27/2005

Miami, FL – Dolphin Stadium

Marlins 3, Pirates 1

My buddy got 4 tickets in the ‘Coors Light Suite’ for this game.  Free ball game + free food + free drinks = ONE HELL OF A NIGHT!!!

I don’t really care for the Pirates, and truth be told I was unable to name many of their players before or during the game.  Jason Bay and Freddie Sanchez were the only 2 names that the more-than-casual baseball fan would probably recognize and I was in that boat as well.  However, I left the game with a new player to keep an eye on – Chris Duffy.  This kid hit a shot to the outfield and took off on the base paths, landing safely at 3rd base with a stand-up triple.  While at-bat I wasn’t too focused on him until I heard that lovely crack of the ball meeting the bat.  My first reaction was “WHOA” followed by a “Who hit that???”  Well, it was Chris Duffy and he was on his way to a 3-hit night.

The Marlins line-up was stocked with some nice talent.  Mike Lowell was one of my favorites, and players like Juan Pierre, Carlos Delgado, and Miguel Cabrera make for a pretty well-rounded line up.  On this night, it was Juan Encarnacion and Damian Easley that provided all of the fireworks that the Marlins would need to secure the win.

Pittsburgh Pirates AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Lawton 4 0 1 0 1 1 0.278 SB
Duffy 4 0 3 1 0 1 0.360 3B
Bay 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.293 SB
Ward 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.267  
Torres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500  
Redman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.259  
Meadows 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Mackowiak 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.269  
Sanchez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.276  
Castillo 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.278  
Cota 4 0 1 0 0 2 0.247  
Wilson 2 1 1 0 2 1 0.232  
Duke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Vogelsong 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.200  
Eldred 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.154  
  33 1 7 1 4 13    
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO AVG NOTES
Pierre 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.278  
Castillo 4 0 1 0 0 1 0.310  
Delgado 3 0 0 0 1 2 0.294  
Cabrera 3 0 1 0 1 0 0.349  
Aguila 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.273  
Lo Duca 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.302  
Encarnacion 3 1 2 2 0 1 0.294 HR
Lowell 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.236  
Easley 2 1 1 1 1 0 0.244 HR
Valdez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Vargas 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.250  
Alfonseca 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Harris 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.318  
Mota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
  29 3 6 3 3 5    

Ticket Stub #15 – World Series Game #1 – Indians vs. Marlins – 10/18/1997

Ticket Stub #15 – World Series Game #1 – Indians vs. Marlins – 10/18/1997

Miami, FL – Pro Player Stadium

Marlins 7, Indians 4

What can I say?  I have been to some spectacular sporting events in my lifetime.  Of all of the games I have attended, none had more pre-game excitement and anxiousness surrounding it than this one.  The Marlins literally came out of nowhere and were now competing for a World Series championship.  Although this was just game #1 of a possible 7-game series, the energy and enthusiasm that surrounded this game was immense!!!

This game featured some amazingly talented players.  Among them for the Indians were Orel Hershiser(a World Series hero), Manny Ramirez, Dave Justice, Matt Williams, Jim Thome, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Omar Vizquel.  Man, what an awesome line-up…  there are some major stars on that roster!!!

The Marlins featured a line-up packed with overachievers while being anchored by a few veterans.  Led by players like Devon White, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, and Darren Daulton, it was the ‘little guy’ that was becoming the star of the team.  Players like Livan Hernandez, Edgar Renteria(one of my favorites), Craig Counsell, and Charles Johnson all elevated their play and helped the Marlins make it to the fall classic.

Cleveland Indians AB R H RBI BB SO NOTES
Roberts 4 1 2 0 1 0 (2)2B
Vizquel 4 0 0 0 0 2  
Ramirez 3 1 1 1 2 0 HR
Justice 4 0 2 1 1 0  
Williams 5 0 1 0 0 1  
Thome 5 1 1 1 0 2 HR
Alomar 5 0 1 0 0 2  
Grissom 3 1 2 0 1 1  
Hershiser 2 0 0 0 0 1  
Juden 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Branson 1 0 0 0 0 1  
Plunk 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Giles 1 0 1 1 0 0 2B
Assenmacher 0 0 0 0 0 0  
               
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO NOTES
White 4 0 0 0 1 1  
Renteria 4 0 0 1 0 0  
Sheffield 2 1 0 0 2 1  
Bonilla 3 2 2 0 1 1  
Daulton 2 1 1 0 0 0  
Conine 1 0 1 1 0 0  
Alou 3 1 1 3 1 1 HR
Johnson 3 1 1 1 1 0 HR
Counsell 3 1 1 0 1 0 2B
Hernandez 2 0 0 0 0 0  
Cook 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Powell 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Cangelosi 1 0 0 0 0 1  
Nen 0 0 0 0 0 0  

 

There were some incredible home runs hit in this game.  To say that I have been to a game in which 2 members(Thome, Manny) of the 500 HR Club have hit home runs is pretty cool.  The fact that it was a World Series game is even cooler.  The fact that both of these guys(Thome and Manny) could end up in the 600 HR Club may be the coolest!!!!

Hall of Famers in this game – Jim Thome(???), Manny Ramirez(???), and Gary Sheffield(???)

 

Ticket Stub #14 – Marlins vs. Reds – 04/04/1997

Ticket Stub #14 – Marlins vs. Reds – 04/04/1997

Pro Player Stadium – Miami, FL

Reds 9 – Marlins 7

This was game 4 for the Marlins’ 1997 season, and is the closest I have ever gotten to see a game on Opening Day.  Who would have thought that just a few months later the Marlins would be celebrating a World Series championship???

What stood out most in this game was the amazingly talented offensive line-ups each of these teams had.  The Reds were stacked with players like Deion Sanders, Ruben Sierra, Reggie Sanders, Barry Larkin, and Hal Morris.  The Marlins didn’t have a soft line-up either.  The roster contained Gary Sheffield, Moises Alou, Bobby Bonilla, Devon White, and Jeff Conine.  This was also the first game I ever saw Edgar Renteria play in live and he quickly became and still is one of my favorite Florida Marlins of all-time.

The biggest impression left on me after seeing this game was the obviuos talent of Reggie Sanders.  Sanders had a hell of a night going 3-for-4 with 1 home run and 6 RBI.  This is easily one of the best offensive performances I have witnessed during a live baseball game.

Cincinnati Reds AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Sanders 4 1 2 1 1 0 0.529  
Greene 2 1 1 1 2 0 0.286  
Larkin 3 2 0 0 2 0 0.100  
Sanders 4 1 3 6 1 1 0.471 HR
Morris 4 1 0 0 1 0 0.333  
Sierra 4 1 1 0 1 0 0.313  
Shaw 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Boone 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.111  
Tabuensee 3 1 1 0 2 0 0.400  
Bones 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Branson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Jarvis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Timmons 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.500  
Mercker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Harris 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000  
Service 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Owens 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Castillo 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.421  
Renteria 5 1 2 2 0 0 0.235 SB
Sheffield 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.167  
Bonilla 5 0 2 1 0 0 0.333  
Eisenreich 3 0 0 0 1 0 0.000  
Hutton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Helling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Cangelosi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
White 5 1 2 0 0 1 0.357  
Conine 4 1 3 1 1 0 0.600  
Johnson 5 3 2 1 0 1 0.286  
Rapp 2 1 1 1 0 1 0.500  
Heredia 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000  
Alou 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.462  

 

Hall of Famers in this game – Barry Larkin(???) & Gary Sheffield(???)

Ticket Stub #13 – The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To

Ticket Stub #13 – The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To

Hopefully the headline drew you in for this one….

May 11, 1996 – Florida Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies – Joe Robbie Stadium

A little background on how I got tickets for this game:  I was working at a local sporting goods store and Nike presented our store with 15 tickets in the ‘picnic’ section of the bleachers for winning a sales contest in our district.  The 15 tickets went quickly, and we all were able to enjoy the comfortable seating in the picnic area as well as free food and drinks for the duration of the game.  So not only did we got to enjoy a night out at the ballpark, but the free food and drinks were a nice added bonus!!

Colorado Rockies AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Young 4 0 0 0 0 2 0.319  
Weiss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.308  
Bichette 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.310  
Galaraga 2   0 0 1 1 0.260  
Burks 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.308  
Castilla 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.299  
Hubbard 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.192  
Munoz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Bates 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.250  
Painter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.167  
Owens 2 0 0 0 1 1 0.222  
Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Hayban 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
McCracken 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.182  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
White 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.248  
Arias 5 1 1 0 0 2 0.333  
Colbrunn 5 3 3 0 0 1 0.289  
Sheffield 1 3 0 0 3 0 0.290  
Conine 2 1 1 3 2 0 0.273  
Pendleton 4 2 3 5 0 1 0.227 HR
Johnson 4 1 1 3 0 1 0.240 HR
Grebeck 4 0 2 0 0 0 0.143  
Leiter 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.059  

That’s right baby!!!!  I was at Al Leiter’s no-hitter and I loved every minute of it!!!!

This is the kind of game you read about.  This is the kind of game you hear stories about.  This is the kind of game you are envious about when someone tells you that they have seen a ‘no-hitter’ live in person.  The energy and sheer excitement was effecting everyone in the ballpark.  Just like players and coaches that have superstitious traditions when it comes to not effecting the pitcher’s focus during a game like this, we as fans follow suit.  We all stayed in the same seats.  None of us drank or ate anything differently.  None of us took bathroom breaks. 

Look, I have been to some pretty awesome sporting events in my life.  College football homecoming games, NBA playoffs, Tennis chamopinships, and even the World Series.  When I tell you that nothing has ever come close to the excitement and enthusiasm that I felt during this game I am not exaggerating!!! 

This game was thrilling from start to finish and is ‘The Game’ that I will remember seeing live for the rest of my life!!!!

Ticket Stub #12 – Padres vs. Marlins – 04/22/1996

Ticket Stub #12 – Padres vs. Marlins – 04/22/1996

Miami, FL – Joe Robbie Stadium

Padres 5, Marlins 3

I got the opportunity to see Rickey Henderson live and I jumped at it!!!  I had seen him play in several Spring Training games, but to watch him play in a regular season game was great.  His approach at the plate and desire to beat the competition was one of my favorite attributes of Rickey’s play.  Too bad, he went 0-for-4….

I also got to see Gary Sheffield hit a home run which was pretty impressive.  I’ve always been in awe of Sheffield at the plate, and I can honestly say that over the course of his career if I caught a game on TV in which he was at bat I stopped to watch EVERY time.  He is immensely talented, and his bat speed is out of this world.

San Diego Padres AB R H RBI BB SO BA Notes
Henderson 4 0 0 0 1 0 0.159  
Finley 4 0 0 0 0 2 0.217  
Newfield 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.395  
Caminiti 4 1 2 0 0 0 0.325  
Livingstone 4 1 2 2 0 0 0.235 HR
Reed 4 0 1 1 0 0 0.295 SB
Ausmus 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.215  
Cedeno 4 1 3 1 0 0 0.246  
Ashby 2 0 0 1 0 2 0.364  
                 
Florida Marlins AB R H RBI BB SO BA Notes
Veras 3 0 1 0 1 1 0.254 SB
Orsulak 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.111  
Sheffield 4 1 2 1 0 0 0.288 HR
Conine 4 0 2 1 0 0 0.260  
Pendleton 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.211  
Colbrunn 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.230  
Johnson 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.214  
Abbott 3 1 1 1 0 0 0.304 HR
Burkett 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.154  
White 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.205  
Weathers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  

Hall of famers in this game – Rickey Henderson(???) & Gary Sheffield(???)