It’s a shame to see these two players go. Both of the players in these deals could’ve and should’ve signed with a better team. Here’s my opinion on each one.
The New York Yankees signed a 7 year 153 million deal, with Jacoby Ellsbury, a former Red Sox player. Words cannot describe how angered I am as I write this. The Red Sox fostered Ellsbury. They created his resilient personality. What does he do in return? Sign with the Red Sox’s mortal enemy in all of baseball and the world for that matter. The Yanks can’t just keep signing big contracts every year. They can’t buy their problems out. No team can do that and expect to be in the playoffs the next season. (Unless you’re the Dodgers.) In the 2013 Ellsbury had injured for at least five months of the season. Why sign a 7 year deal with $153 player if going to be injured two-thirds of the time? Don’t get me wrong, Ellsbury is a great player, when he’s not injured. I’m sorry to say this but the Yankees bench is increasingly getting old.
I’m sorry to see Salty go. He was a great help in the seasons he played with the Red Sox. Unfortunately he’s heading to the Marlins where instead of almost winning 100 games, they lost 100 games. Oh well. At least he’s getting 21 million in the deal.
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For the ballhawks reading this, I have compiled a list of items that you should bring with you to a baseball game.
Backpack – This will hold all of the following items and the baseballs you’ll be snagging.
Glove – A ballhawk without a glove is like a chef without a kitchen.
Items Needed for Ball Retrieval Device – Sharpies, String, Rubber Bands, etc.
Home Team and Visiting Team Apparel – A player is more likely to throw you a ball if you’re wearing clothing of their team.
Roster of Home and Visiting Team – A player is more likely to throw you a baseball if you know their name.
Smartphone – A smartphone has so many uses. You can download the team rosters on it, check the weather, and communicate with any other ballhawks inside the stadium. It also doubles as a camera.
Item for Players to Autograph – This can be almost anything.
Plastic Sandwich Baggies – This prevents the baseball from rubbing against each other, thus keeping them in the condition they were snagged in. (They especially help if you snag a baseball with a commemorative logo.)
THIS IS THE RESPONSE TO BRENDAN’S ENTRY ON HOW TO CREATE A CUP TRICK.
If you’re a ballhawk reading this, chances are you’ve probably heard of the glove trick. The glove trick is a ball retrieval device. However there is a lesser known ball retrieval device called the cup trick. Both the glove trick and the cup trick are great ball retrieval contraptions. In this entry I will show you how to create a cup using Brendan’s method.
I decided to use a Chase Utley Souvenir Cup that I bought at an Phillies game.
First, I attached the rubber bands onto the cup so it looked like this: (the photo is from Brendan’s entry)
Then I attached 4 strands of string on top of the cup. Originally I had three strings but I kept finding that the cup would tilt over to the side of it that had two strings.
I added weight onto the cup by using rolls of quarters held together by duct tape. Next I taped the rolls into the interior of the cup.
I practiced using the cup trick from the second story balcony of my house. Overall, it worked fine. The baseball I used fit snug inside the cup. However one of the rubber bands I used fell out of it’s place and onto the ground. I would recommend taping the rubber bands on the top of the cup, that way you can still adjust them but they won’t fall off.
NOTE: Some stadiums do not allow fans to use a ball retrieval device and others are very open about it.
With the Christmas just around the corner, gifts are on everybody’s mind. Around Black Friday, companies provide their best deals of the year so, you can buy some items for yourself and others. I’ve put together a list of items you can buy for any baseball, ballhawk, or yourself.
No baseball fan can have too much clothing of their favorite team. Whether it’s that Marlon Byrd shirt that you’re dying to have or a cap with the new Marlins logo there’s always something you can buy. I recommend checking the clearance section of Lids.com, shop.MLB.com , and Fanatics.com because there’s always a nice deal.
Gift Cards To Stubub
Stubhub is the number one place online to get tickets for any sports, concerts, or theater venue. With really low ticket prices, a $25 dollar gift card can go a long way for anyone.
Game Used Memorabilia
Check out auction.mlb.com. You can bid on some of the items on there, which are really cool. Or bid on them. If your wallet allows it, you can bid on that $800 Josh Hamilton game used bat. For the budget-minded, game used baseballs auctions start at $20.
This winter I’ll be sending requests out for fan packs. I will be be asking for them from NBA, MLB, NFL, MLS, and MiLB teams.
Parking your car at the Nationals is expensive. With prices ranging from $20-$50 dollars things can end up being very costly. I’ve made up a “little guide” to (hopefully) help lower the cost for you. Hope this helps! – Maddie
Nationals Parking Garages
The Nationals own 11 parking garages nearby the stadium. They are divided into three categories, Orange being the farthest away (7 blocks from the stadium), Green (two blocks away), and Red directly connected to or a block away from the stadium.
The Nationals sell orange parking passes for $20 – $30 dollars, green for $35 – $40 dollars, and red for $45.
Benefits of Parking in Each Zone
Orange: Though you have to walk a good seven blocks, chances are you’ll miss all of the traffic after the game.
Green: You don’t have to travel that far and you’re still not in the heart of post game traffic.
Red: The Red garages have their own gates into the park. For all you ballhawks, you go to the rooftop you can see if the teams are taking BP.
Disadvantages of Parking in Each Zone
They’re all EXPENSIVE. You could be buying tickets with the money but you’re wasting it on you’re parking.
Sellers on WWW.STUBHUB.COM often sell parking passes at reduced rates.
If you’re coming north you can take the Metro. Stop at an exit along highway that is 2 or 3 exits away from D.C. MAKE SURE THERE’S A METRO STATION AT THE EXIT. Park at the station, (it’s free) and buy you’re $3.50 roundtrip ticket to the METRO YARD ON THE GREEN LINE. Then hop on your designated train. The trip will take you at least 25 minutes. See the following maps for details.
For more info see: http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ballpark/directions/index.jsp
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How do you win? It’s pretty simple. The winner will have:
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Another crowded West Coast Stadium. More crowds? Too much sand in my shoes. Petco Park. My mom, dad, sister, and I arrived at the Petco Park 30 minutes after the gates opened because of… more California traffic!!!
I headed to “The Beach” in CF. My god. It was the people over 6 ft. tall convention. I got tackled to the ground at least 5 times. So much sand in my shoes and my eyes. *Shudders*
My first ball of the day I caught on the fly in The Beach. I saw the ball coming straight towards me. A bunch of other giants saw that too so they crowded around me. I noticed the ball slightly arching to my left. I ran and jumped, extending my arm as far as I could. I felt the ball hit my glove. Then I fell on my face. I was ecstatic. I didn’t care that I was covered in sand. I was on board for the day.
My second ball of the day was thrown to me by a Reds.
At the end of the game a ballgirl gave me a warmup ball.
After a 5 hour flight and walking around Disneyland for 3 hours I was tired. I was on my East Coast timeframe. Nevertheless I was excited for my first game at West Coast MLB Stadium.
My family arrived 30 minutes before the gates opened. There was a huge crowd because there was a #surfingrallymonkey giveaway. I do admit the monkey is pretty slick.
My first and only ball at the game was a tossup from a groundskeeper.
Dodger Stadium is supposedly one of the hardest stadiums to ballhawk in. With the L.A. traffic making it hard to get to the stadium on time, strict ushers, and boisterous fans it’s hard not to argue. However I learned that if you have a decent seat the Ushers will virtually let you go wherever you want.
My dad and I left at three for the seven o’clock night game. We hit traffic. A lot of it. We arrived at the stadium at around 5:30. There was a huge crowd at the gates because there was a Vin Scully Bobblehead giveaway. I entered the stadium through the team store where there was virtually no line.
Immediately I went down to the LF foul line where a bunch of Dodgers player where throwing. I easily got two balls.
By the time the visiting team, (The Reds) came out the stadium was full.
I stood by the Dodgers dugout for a while because Brandon Phillips was shagging balls by first base. I was the only “Reds” fan in the section so quickly snagged my third ball of the day.
My seat was right by the entrance to the Reds bullpen. My fourth ball of the day was from the Reds bullpen catcher.
I did catch a glimpse of Yasiel Puig.
My dad and I stayed for the whole game. Worst mistake of my life. Getting out was a nightmare. Parking before the game wasn’t bad at all because we had parked our car at the Police Academy a block away from Dodger Stadium. Parking was free. By the time we got back to our hotel in Anahiem it was 1:00 a.m. (The game finished at 10:00 p.m.)