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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!!!!

Shooting For A Wade Boggs Autograph Through The Mail

Going after a Wade Boggs autograph is a natural fit for me.  Boggs was one of my favorite players growing up as a kid and is one of the best hitters for average that I have ever seen.

I remember during a family vacation to California in 1987, my dad took me to a baseball card show as a surprise.  The bigger surprise was when I saw that Wade Boggs and Rickey Henderson were going to be there signing autographs.  Unfortunately, for me, at the time I was not into collecting autographs even when 2 of my favorite players were present.  Instead I invested in a box of 1987 Fleer cards and a bunch of Bo Jackson rookie cards.  That worked out well, huh???  1 year later I started collecting autographs and always felt that I missed out on an awesome opportunity to get one from Wade Boggs and Rickey Henderson.

20+ years later and the pain is still there…  and it hurts!!!  Hopefully Wade Boggs can cheer me up now!!!

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