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Spring Training Review – Twins VS Orioles

Man, it was hot at the game yesterday.  The sunburn on my arms is going to last for some time…

I wanted to go see the Twins for a few reasons.  I had been reading quite a bit that most of the Twins legends had been at their Spring camps, but I wasn’t sure if any of them traveled to away game with the team.  I was hoping to see Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Terry Steinbach, Dan Gladden, and hopefully a few others.  Well, the answer is no, they do not travel with the team, at least not to Ft. Lauderdale.

So as for autographs, I walked away with 0.  This was by plan though as I don’t have any cards of any of the current players or coaches for either they Twins or Orioles.  Many of them signed, and I could have walked away with at least 12-15 autographs, but many of the players that the Twins brought down that signed for the fans were non-roster guys.  With Justin Morneau playing in the WBC and Joe Mauer rehabbing an injruy, the biggest stars that Minnesota brought down were Joe Nathan, Joe Crede, and Michael Cuddyer.  Of the 3, Nathan signed a few, but I did not see Crede or ‘Cuddy’ pick up a pen all afternoon.

Here are a few of the sights from the game: 

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 The Twins players preparing to take the filed for practice.

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 Ryan Freel getting ready to sign some autographs.  The Orioles are great with their fans – most of their players signed along that line prior to the game starting.

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 Joe Crede at the plate!

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 Former Phillies All-star Juan Samuel and Twins player Joe Crede exchanging pleasantries in between innings.

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New Twins player Carlos Gomez at bat.

Spring Training – Marlins vs. Orioles – The Game

Man it was good to get to watch a ballgame again.  It’s been a while and my hunger to be at the stadium was finally quenched…
I know what Spring Training is all about – get the starters a few innings worth of work and then bring in the non-roster guys to finish the game.  Since I arrived at the stadium pretty early in the morning, my plan was to leave once the starters were pulled from the game, which ended up being in the 6th inning or so. 
My notes:
  1. This was my first chance to see Cameron Maybin play live.  During practice, whether in the field or at the plate, he seems to take the game very seriously.  It’s nice to see that in a young guy that has been tapped as a candidate for the Rookie of the Year award.  He led off the game with a strong double, and eventually scored the team’s first run courtesy of a Jeremy Hermida sacrifice fly.  For the game, Maybin went 1-2, with a double and a run scored.
  2. My new best friend, Dan Uggla, didn’t start off too well in the field as he committed 2 errors at second base early in the game.  The Marlins have made a ton of errors so far in Spring Training(3 in this game, 2 of which went to Uggla) and they need to make changes or the unearned runs will pile up quickly.  Uggla was clearly disappointed, but his offense took him out of his funk when he launched a solo homer over the left field wall during his second at-bat.  He’ll be fine once the season rolls around.  He is a hell of a player and is probably just thinking about it way too hard…
  3. Andrew Miller throws heat.  I was standing no less than 5 feet away from Miller when he was warming up prior to the game.  This guy can bring it – I was standing alongside him and I could clearly hear the ‘pop’ of his pitch hitting the catcher’s mitt 60 feet away from both of us.  Miller pitched well, but I think that the team’s early errors in the field hurt his confidence – you could see him get down a little emotionally after each error occured and subsequent run crossed the plate.  But ever the gentleman, Miller signed autographs 2-3 more times after his departure from the game.
  4. Anibal Sanchez is going to be really, really good.  I’ve always liked watching Anibal pitch.  Most of the Marlins pitchers are enormous in size(see Josh Johnson, Andrew Miller, Chris Volstad, etc.), while Anibal looks a little more normal in stature.  When he was warming up in the bullpen before becoming the 3rd Marlins pitcher for the afternoon, I was watching the movement of his pitches as they cruised towards the catcher.  He looks great, and I expect big things this year from Anibal.

The Marlins lost the game 5-2.  Spring Training win/loss records mean nothing, but the team certainly has some work cut out for themselves if they want to start strong.  Errors need to stop – period.  The pitching staff will be fine as they have young arms that look fresh and ready for a 162-game season.

I’m sure I’ll hit a few more games before Opening Day comes around.  See you at the ballpark!!!!!

Now Batting, Center Fielder, Cameron Maybin

Now Batting, Center Fielder, Cameron Maybin

The guys taking in the game from the dugout

The guys taking in the game from the dugout

Andrew Miller reaching back before firing it home

Andrew Miller reaching back before firing it home

Dan Uggla prepares to launch one over the left field wall

Dan Uggla prepares to launch one over the left field wall

Andrew Miller talks to the media after his start

Andrew Miller talks to the media after his start

Spring Training – Marlins vs. Orioles – Helmet Update

My quest continues to complete the Marlins helmet I started a few weeks ago.  Prior to the game I had 19 autographs on the helmet.  I made this project a bigger priority as I knew that the crowd was relatively small and most of the guys on the team bus were guys that I needed to add.

Now the signature count on the helmet stands at 28 players and coaches.

Here are the guys I added :  Andrew Miller, Dallas McPherson, Robert Andino, Fredi Gonzalez, Jay Gibbons, Kyle Skipworth, Mike Rabello, Matt Dominguez, and Brett Hayes.

And now, an updated look…  I don’t know how I am going to be able to add the 10-15 more that I still need!! 

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Spring Training – Marlins vs. Orioles – The Autographs

I scored quite a few autographs before and during the game yesterday.  I’m glad that I got there early as the players starting arriving around 9AM.  Only about 7-8 guys drove themselves and I scored most of my pre-game autographs from them.  The team bus came around 945, and they park in a private section near the entrance but none of those guys came back to the 10-12 of us that were waiting for them.

Before the game, in the parking lot near the visiting team’s entrance I got the following guys to sign for me:  Andrew Miller, Dan Uggla, Robert Andino, Jeff Conine, and Anibal Sanchez.  The guys that were also there but I missed were Cameron Maybin, Jeremy Hermida, and Cody Ross.

Once the gates opened up at 11AM, I found a comfortable spot along the left field fence and hung out a bit while watching the pre-game action.  The O’s were taking BP and working in the field.  A bunch of them signed, but I had nothing to get their signatures on.  I was able to snag a foul ball hit by one of the Orioles non-roster guys though.  That was pretty cool – my first ever game used ball from an actual game I attended!!

During the pre-game and even between innings I was able to grab more Marlins autographs.  Jay Gibbons, Dallas McPherson, Mike Rabello, Kyle Skipworth, Brett Hayes, Fredi Gonzalez, and Matt Doniguez all signed for me.

Here are some of the better autographs that I scored: 

All-Star Stud, Dan Uggla

All-Star Stud, Dan Uggla

Mr. Marlin - Jeff Conine

Mr. Marlin - Jeff Conine

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Spring Training Game – Marlins vs. Orioles – The Pre-Game

I made the 20 minute drive to Ft. Lauderdale Stadium yesterday to watch my favorite team in some Spring Training action.  It started out to be a pretty cool and breezy day, but with the sun out and no clouds come gametime, it was pretty damn hot by 1PM.  Now I have a pretty bad sunburn to take care of because of it…

I got to the stadium around 8:30 in the morning hoping to catch the players as they arrived for the game.  Since I had little to no interest in any of the current Orioles, I made my way to the visiting team’s entrance.  There were 4-5 other people there around that time as well and the crowd never got beyond 12 people prior to the gates opening.  I was hoping to get some autographs before the stadium opened and I thought that most of the guys would drive themselves to the ballpark versus taking the team bus since many of them probably live in the Ft. Lauderdale area.  I will post about my autograph successes shortly…

I bought a general admission ticket for $10 and basically stood along the fence that keeps the field on one side and the fans on the other.  I moved around a bit, but I wanted to be close to the action.  This spot was great for pictures, and I took advantage.  The only disappointment about my view was that the crowd around the batting cages were too large for me to get any ‘clean’ shots of the guys taking their swings.  It was cool to watch BP though and this was my first experience doing so.

Here are some of the pics: 

Synchronized Stretching???

Synchronized Stretching???

Bo Porter hitting to the outfielders

Bo Porter hitting to the outfielders

Andrew Miller warming up prior to his start

Andrew Miller warming up prior to his start

Dan Uggla, Cody Ross, and Gaby Sanchez take a break...

Dan Uggla, Cody Ross, and Gaby Sanchez take a break...

Ticket Stub #3 – Orioles vs Red Sox – 3/11/1989

 I have tried and tried to find a box score or story about this game.  I just cannot come up with anything on the web…

My memory may be a little rusty, but here is what I remember about this game:

This was the FIRST EVER baseball game held at Joe Robbie Stadium DHL Park Pro Player StadiumDolphin Stadium.  The Orioles played their spring training games in Ft. Lauderdale and for some reason they had chosen the game against the Red Sox as the one to hold at this football stadium.

I was excited because I was getting a chance to see 2 of my favorite players at the time – Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr.  It was fun watching them play, and even during exhibition play you could see that these 2 guys took each at-bat seriously.  Unfortunately I don’t remember who pitched or even who won.

What I do recall is that they held an ‘Old-Timers’ game prior to this one and I got to see Brooks Robinson hit a home run over a very short left field wall.  Remember, this stadium only hosted football at the time and was not equipped for the dimensions of a big-league ballpark.  I am going to guess that this home run was no more than 260 feet, but Brooks Robinson is a Hall of Fame player and it was cool to see him in action even if it was 22 years after he retired from the game.