December 2013

Observing Baseball Trivia 2013-14

Updated Standings:

1. Harrison Tishler-28.5

2.Quinn Imiola- 24.5

3. Nick Badders- 10.5

4. Larry-7

T-5. Paul Kom- 4

T-5. Maddie Landis- 3

7. Robbie Sacunas- 1.5

T-8. Tony Voda- 1

T-8. Brendan Weingarten-1

T-8. Anne Badders-1

T-8. Todd Cook-1

T-8. Max- 1

T-8. Tim Anderson- 1

T-8. David Imiola- 1

T-8. Jonathan Mueller- 1

Questions Remaining:

  • Historical Baseball Stuff- 0
  • Contemporary Baseball Stuff- 5
  • Ballpark Trivia- 9
  • Ballhawk Stats- 5
  • Name That Ballpark- 3
  • Trivia about the blog itself- 7
  • Moments in Observing Baseball History- 8

Observing Baseball Trivia. You may or may not remember it from last year, but regardless, there are a couple of rule changes; so I’m going to go over the updated rules as a whole:

  • 100 Questions total
  • These questions are divided as follows:
    • Historical Baseball Stuff- 10
    • Contemporary Baseball Stuff- 10
    • Ballpark Trivia- 25
    • Ballhawk Stats- 10
    • Name That Ballpark- 15
    • Trivia about the blog itself- 15
    • Moments in Observing Baseball History- 15
  • These questions can be asked anytime between when this entry is first published and 11:59 December 28th except for the 24 hours of December 25th; there will be a maximum of one question asked during this period. However, the question will be posted ON the hour or half-hour, so you only need to check around those two times and not in between.
  • Questioned will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer. Whether a question is to be answered by  multiple choice or short answer varies completely arbitrarily from question to question.
  • With every four questions, one will be on the blog, one will be on the Twitter account, one will be on the Facebook page, and one on the Instagram profile. However, they will not necessarily be on those sites in that order.
  • The first person to answer the question correctly by *MY* time stamp gets the point for the question.
  • Each contestant only gets one guess per question. After you have answered the question once, you may not be accredited with getting the question right on any subsequent attempts.
  • However, the questions, if unanswered, remain open to be answered correctly until all 100 are answered. The contest does not officially end until all 100 questions are correctly answered, or enough are answered to conclusively call a winner.
  • Label all answers with the question number followed by the answer you are submitting. Answers without question numbers attached will not be accepted as submissions.
  • To answer the question, reply *on the medium the question was asked. So if the question is on here, Instagram, or Facebook leave a comment on the post with the question in it in order to answer the question. If the question is on Twitter, reply to my tweet that I asked the question in with the answer to said question in your tweet.
  • When replying on Twitter, try to use the hashtag #OBTrivia in the tweets regarding this contest to help me see your answers and other stuff regarding the contest.
  • After the questions on the other sites are answered, I will put them on here with the correct answer bolded.
  • Players will be competing for their spot in choosing from the following prizes. So, the winner gets first choice; second place gets second choice, etc.
  • Contestants must have five points in order to qualify for a prize.

Here are the prizes to choose from:

1. Josh Willingham Bobblehead

Prize 1

2. Ball signed by over ten Minnesota Twins players and prospects

Prize 5

3. John Franco Bobblehead

Prize 2

4. (Slightly-faded) Craig Kribrel autographed baseball

Prize 6

5. Mets and Nationals W.B. Mason Collectible Trucks

Prize 3

6. Edinson Volquez autographed ball

Prize 8

7. Two Baseball Trivia Books

Prize 4

8. Your choice of Ice Cream Helmet

Prize 7

Once questions have been answered I’ll put a leaderboard at the beginning of the entry, but with all this said, let’s get to the contest:

1. What day did I write my first ever entry on Observing Baseball? (You can format the date however you want, but I need the exact date and year in the answer.)

October, 13, 2010 (Answered by: Nick Badders)

2. (on Twitter) Before Barry Zito, who was the last A’s Cy Young winner?

A) Vida Blue

B) Dennis Eckersley (Answered by: Nick Badders)

C) Catfish Hunter

D) Bob Welch

3. Name that Ballpark!

Number 3

Target Field (Answered by: Tony Voda)

4. (on Facebook) What is the name of the hill in Minute Maid Park?
A. Greene’s Hill

B. Tal’s Hill (Answered by: Larry)

C. Pieta Hill

D. Enron Hill

5. (on Twitter)Where is the flag pole at Target Field originally from?

A. Metrodome

B. Metropolitan Stadium(Answered by: Brendan Weingarten)

C. Griffith Stadium

D. 35-W Bridge

6. (on Facebook) Which of the following ballhawks was undefeated in head-to-head, season-long match-ups in 2013?

A. Erik Jabs

B. Zack Hample

C. Greg Barasch (Answered by: Anne Badders)

D. Rocco Sinisi

7. (on Instagram)Who is the MLB’s active AVG leader?

AL All-Stars

Joe Mauer (Answered by: Larry)

8. What day did I snag my 500th career baseball?

May, 13, 2013 (Answered by: Larry)

9. (on Facebook) Which of the following stadiums does not have a standing room section in the outfield?

A. Target Field

B. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

C. Progressive Field

D. Citizens Bank Park

None of the above (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

10. (on Instagram) What series of entries was this photo used in?

Zac Pitching

Ballhawk Profiles (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

11. (on Twitter) Which future manager led the Dodgers with a .364 average in the 1916 World Series?

Casey Stengel (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

12. What game did Tommy Hunter personalize a signed baseball for me and what was the reason?

May 10, 2013, because I got hit in the knee with a line-drive. (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

13.(on Twitter) What was the last year a non-Tiger won the AL MVP?

2010 (Josh Hamilton) (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

14. Which MLB stadium had the lowest Balls Per Game average in 2013?

A. Oakland Colliseum (Answered by: Nick Badders)

B. Rogers Centre

C. Wrigley Field

D. Citi Field

15. (on Instagram)Name that ballpark!

OPACY

Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

16. (on Facebook) Who came in first place during last year’s Observing Baseball Trivia?

Nick Badders (Answered by: Harrsion Tishler, ironically.)

17. (on Facebook) Which Cinncinati Reds player won the MVP more than once?

A. Barry Larkin

B. Pete Rose

C. George Foster

D. Johnny Bench (Answered by: Larry)

18. (on Twitter) Which of the following doesn’t have a giant poster at Nationals Park?

A. Ian Desmond

B. Jayson Werth

C. Stephen Strasburg

D. Gio Gonzalez (Answered by: Nick Badders)

19. How many more games does Zack Hample have until he gets to 1,000 consecutive games with at least one ball snagged?

34 (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

20. (on Instagram) Name that ballpark!

Cell

US Cellular Field (Answered by: Larry)

21. (on Instagram) What MLB statistical category did these men lead in 2013, and what was significant about that category this year?

Hits

Hits, which was significant because no one in MLB got over 200 hits fro the first time since 1995. (Answered by: Harrison Tishler and Nick Badders.)

22. (on Twitter) Where did I snag my 100th career ball?

A. Citi Field

B. Nationals Park

C. AT&T Park

D. Tropicana Field (Answered by: Nick Badders)

23. (on Facebook) What role did I have with my high school baseball team when I began the blog?

A. Pitcher

B. Student Reporter for the high school newspaper

C. Student Manager (Answered by: Nick Badders)

D. Video Production Assistant

24. How many ballhawks snagged 100 baseballs or more in 2013?

A. 13

B. 18

C. 21 (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

D.25

25. What pitcher began his big-league career with 25 consecutive shutout innings?

A. Ed Siever

B. Babe Ruth

C. Nick Altrock

D. George McQuillan (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

26-33. (on Facebook) Name the members of the 600 HR club.

Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Willie Mays, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr. (Answered all by: Quinn Imiola)

34. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

Mapes

Citi Field  (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

35.(on Twitter) How many MVP awards did Ken Griffey Jr. win in his career?

There are two answers, technically. He won one AL MVP, but won an All-Star MVP also. (Answered by: Nick Badders, Max, and Todd Cook)

36. In what was the date of the first game of Fenway Park’s existence played, and which stadium did it share this date with?

April, 20, 1912 and Tigers Stadium (Answered by: Quinn Imiola and Harrison Tishler)

37. (on Instagram) What was the promotion on the day I attended this stadium with Avi Miller?

Prince Edward

Manny Machado Garden Gnome (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

38. Who hit my only home run snag?

A. Chris Young

B. Trevor Plouffe (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

C. Sean Burroughs

D. Jay Bruce

39. (on Twitter)Which pitcher has the most wins since the start of the 2000 season?

C.C. Sabathia (Answered by: Tim Anderson)

40. What is the area in right field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards known as by ballhawks?

A. Boog’s Palace

B. Flag Court (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

C. Warehouse District

D. Crush City

41. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

Turner

Turner Field (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

42. (on Twitter) Who hit my first ever baseball snag?

A. David Justice

B. Jason Giambi

C. Mike Piazza

D. Chuck Knoblauch (Answered by: Robbie Sacunas)

43.(on Twitter) What are the single-season records for most double-digit ball games and Balls Per Game average?

49 and 9.50 (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

44. How many different stadiums have I snagged milestone baseballs (100, 200, 300, etc) at?

A. 4

B. 3

C. 5 (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

D. 6

45.(on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

Nats Park

Nationals Park (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

46. What MLB stadium claims it is the home of “the wave”

A. Oakland Coliseum (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

B. AT&T Park

C. Yankee Stadium

D. Marlins Park

If you even thought about D, I don’t think we can be friends anymore.

47.(on Twitter) What was the first season a ballhawk surpassed 500 baseballs in a season?

2008 (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

48. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

Trop

Tropicana Field (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

49. What comes out of a hat every time the Mets hit a home run at home?

A. Baseball

B. Mr. Met (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

C. Apple

D. Bat

50.(on Instagram) How many seasons of baseball were played at the old Yankee Stadium?

YS

83 (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

51. What statistics did I write about in “Sabermetrics: The Explanation?”

On-Base Percentage
Slugging Percentage
Range Factor
Ultimate Zone Rating
Ratios per innings pitched
Defense independent or Park independent statistics
Component Statistics

(Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

52. (on Twitter)Which pitchers did I write about in “Pitching Aces in the Playoffs?”

Cliff Lee, Christopher John Wilson, CC Sabathia, Andy Pettite, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

53. (on Instagram)Where was the counter for Cal Ripken Jr. as he approached Lou Gherig’s consecutive game streak in OPaCY, and what was the number that broke the record?

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2131; on the warehouse. (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

54. (on Twitter) How many names has the stadium known once as Dolphins Stadium had?

Sun Life Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Pro Player Park, Land Shark Stadium, Joe Robbie Stadium (Answered by: Maddie Landis)

55. Where did I snag my first ever baseball? (Be specific.)

Old Yankee Stadium (Answered by: Larry)

56. What was the date of the first rainout I documented on the blog?

May, 17, 2011 (Answered by: Paul Kom)

57. (on Twitter)Which one of the following did not meet Mike Trout on 7/24/11?

A. Zack Hample

B. Garrett Meyer

C. Tim Anderson (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

D. Ben Weil

58. (on Facebook) What was the first season the Dodgers played in Los Angeles at LA Memorial Coliseum?

A. 1958 (Answered by: Nick Badders)

B. 1957

C. 1962

D. 1954

59. (on Instagram)How many baseballs did I snag with the glove trick during the game in which this picture was taken?

Miller Time

2 (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

60. What ballpark did I compare Nationals Park to the first time I blogged about it?

Citi Field (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

61. (on Twitter) Where can one find a pool?

A. Citi Field

B. AT&T Park

C. Chase Field (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

D. None of the Above

62. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

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Citi Field (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

63. (on Facebook) Where did I catch my first foul ball on the fly, and who was I with the game I did so?

Turner Field with my mom (Answered by: David Imiola)

64. Which of the following did I not think I could snag my 100th ball at?

A. Citi Field (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

B. Nationals Park

C. AT&T Park

D. Tropicana Field

65. (on Facebook)Whose home run did I feel I should have snagged in my first game at Sun Life Stadium?

Mike Stanton (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

66. (on Twitter)What game did I meet Paul Kom and Tony Voda at?

August, 28, 2012 Mariners vs. Twins (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

67. (on Instagram) What time do all of Nationals Park’s gates open?

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1.5 hours before gametime (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

68. The two “D” logos that the Tigers use were defined as what by Todd Cook? (The __ D and the ___ D)

Hat D and Jersey D (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

69. (on Instagram)What does the position of the golden glove symbolize in term of Twins history?

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The distance of Harmon Killebrew’s longest home run in franchise history. (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

70. (on Twitter) What was the date of my first game at Target Field, and what other “first” happened that day for me?

8/9/11 and I got shutout (Answered by: Paul Kom)

71. (on Facebook)What gate did I wait at in the first game I wrote about on Observing Baseball? And why did I go there? (include stadium.

New Yankee Stadium Gate 8 (centerfield gate) and because I wanted to avoid the crowd (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

72. What was the name of my friend who accompanied me for the game during which I snagged my first and only home run?

Jonathan (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

73. (on Twitter) What was a giant factor in me getting my only 11-baseball game at Target Field?

I got in early because of Tony Voda (Answered by: Paul Kom)

74. (on Facebook) What game did I get my 200th ball at Target Field at?

September, 29, 2013 Indians at Twins (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

75. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

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RFK Stadium (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

76. Who did I tie in head-to-head match-ups in 2013?

A. Greg Barasch

B. Tony Voda (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

C. Paul Kom

D. Erik Jabs

77. (on Instagram) What problem did I run into at the gate of this game?

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The Mets had changed their gate times (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

78. (on Facebook) How many people have ever had the most baseballs at a BallhawkFest?

A. 4

B. 5

C. 6

D. 7 (Answered by: Maddie Landis)

79. (on Twitter) I own memorabilia dealing with whose perfect game?

A. David Cone

B. David Wells

C. Roy Halladay

D. None of the above (Answered by: Jonathan Mueller)

80. What stadium did Don Larsen throw his perfect game at?

A. Dodgers Stadium

B. Ebbets Field

C. Yankee Stadium (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

D. Polo Grounds

81. (on Facebook) What Colombian pitcher did I purposefully try to get a ball from when his team visited Nationals Park in 2012?

Julio Teheran (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

82. (on Instagram) When he got the triple crown, Miguel Cabrera was the first to do so since who in what year?

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Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

83. (on Twitter) Who is my favorite active player in MLB?

Tim Lincecum (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

84. What was the first game I ever went to with my current roommate, Sean Bigness, and who did we learn spoke Spanish during the pre-game warm-ups?

9/12/12 and Bruce Chen (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

85. (on Instagram) What was the tempurature below when I got to the gate for opening day?

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Sub-30 (Answered by: Maddie Landis)

86. (on Twitter) What was the name of the person who took pictures for me the day I snagged my 100th baseball at Yankee Stadium?

Andy Bingham (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

87. (on Facebook)Which player’s face do I have on a stick?

Joe Mauer (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

88. What schools did I look at in my 2011 August trip? (More than one point available, but answer each school as a separate comment. You can guess as much as you like, but only the guesses before your first incorrect guess will be counted.)

University of Minnesota

89. (on Twitter) Who accompanied me in my first ever trip to Target Field?

My Uncle (Answered by: Paul Kom)

90. In what year was the first regular season game held at the Metrodome?

1982 (Answered by: Paul Kom)

Also, since it is the next most voted-for category, let me know which stadium you would like me to do a Stadium Profile entry on in this poll:

2013-14 Winter Writing Ideas

Since it’s now winter, it’s time for some ideas for what to write about in this time of lull:

So now that you’ve watched the video, here is the poll for you to vote on the ideas:

Remember that you can vote for as many of the ten as you would like. However, I would like to make one revision to the rules I put forth in the video. Instead of the poll opening anew every time I publish a new entry, I’m actually going to make it so you can vote once more every week, since that’s easier to program into the poll. I don’t know when I’ll start writing these entries since I am currently in finals week, but I’ll write an entry putting forth a schedule for writing when the time comes that I feel like I can semi-stick to a schedule.

2013 Ballhawking Season-End Review

Every year I do a statistical recap of my season from a Ballhawking perspective. Here is my version for the 2013 season. As always with these entries, feel free to leave any statistics you think I should include in the comments of the entry. But without further ado, here are the 2013 numbers:

Baseballs (B): 317 (5th on MGB(MyGameBalls.com))

Games (G): 64 (T-7th on MGB)

Balls Per Game (BPG): 4.95 (13th on MGB.)

Double-Digit Games (G10+): 6 (T-5th on MGB)

Game Balls (GB): 2 (T-28th on MGB)

Hit Balls (HB): 77

Hit Balls Per Game (HPG): 1.20

Balls Caught On The Fly (COF): 44

Balls Caught On Fly Per Game (CPG): 0.69

Thrown Balls (TB): 222

Thrown Balls Per Game (TPG): 3.47

Easter Eggs (EE): 8

Easter Eggs Per Game (EPG): 0.13

Cup Trick Balls (CT): 10

Cup Trick Balls Per Game (CtPG): 0.16

Balls During The Game: 12

Balls After The Game: 34

Average Competition Factor (ACF): 141,518 (14th on MGB)

High: 11 (T-11th on MGB)

And here are my 2012 numbers along with my 2013 number and percentage increase or decrease in that statistical category in 2013 in the parentheses:

Baseballs (B): 223 (317; +42.2%)

Games (G): 53 (64; +20.8%)

Balls Per Game (BPG): 4.21 (4.95; +17.6%)

Double-Digit Games (G10+): 1 (6; +500%)

Game Balls (GB): 3 (2; -33%)

Hit Balls (HB): 94 (77; -18.1%)

Hit Balls Per Game (HPG): 1.77 (1.20; -32.2%)

Balls Caught On The Fly (COF): 41 (44; +7.3%)

Balls Caught On Fly Per Game (CPG): 0.77 (0.69; -10.4%)

Thrown Balls (TB): 119 (222; +86.6%)

Thrown Balls Per Game (TPG): 2.25 (3.47; +54.2%)

Easter Eggs (EE): 7 (8; +14.3%)

Easter Eggs Per Game (EPG): 0.13 (0.13; 0%)

Glove Trick Balls (GT): 3 (10; +233.3%)

Glove Trick Balls Per Game (GPG): 0.06 (0.16; +166.7%)

Balls During The Game: 5 (12; +140%)

Balls After The Game: 16 (34; +112.5%)

Average Competition Factor (ACF): 143,718 (141,518; -1.5%)

High: 11 (11; 0%)

Overall Snag Tracker:

2013 Snag Tracker

Stats Broken Down By Month:

April-

B: 44

G: 9

HB: 5

COF: 1

TB: 38

EE: 1

BPG: 4.89

HPG: 0.56

CPG: 0.11

TPG: 4.22

High: 9

ACF: 126,202

May-

B: 45

G: 13

HB: 5

COF: 4

TB: 40

BPG: 3.46

HPG: 0.38

CPG: 0.31

TPG: 3.08

High: 10

ACF: 98,174

June-

B: 42

G: 10

HB: 13

COF: 4

TB: 26

EE: 3

BPG: 4.20

HPG: 1.30

CPG: 0.4

TPG: 2.60

EPG: 0.30

High: 8

ACF: 135,806

July-

B: 19

G: 6

HB: 6

TB: 10

EE: 1

CT: 2

BPG: 3.17

HPG: 1.00

TPG: 1.67

EPG: 0.17

CtPG: 0.33

High:  5

ACF: 97,482

August-

B: 83

G: 14

HB: 23

COF: 7

TB: 51

EE: 1

CT: 8

BPG: 5.93

HPG: 1.64

CPG: 0.50

TPG: 3.64

EPG: 0.07

CtPG: 0.57

High: 11

ACF: 177,782

September-

B: 84

G: 12

HB: 20

COF: 5

TB: 56

EE: 1

BPG: 7.00

HPG: 1.67

CPG: 0.42

TPG: 4.67

EPG: 0.08

High: 11

ACF: 184,181

GB: 2

Balls broken down by Stadium:

Target Field-

B: 146 (1)

G: 24 (1)

HB: 32 (1)

COF: 3 (T-1)

TB: 112 (1)

EE: 2 (T-1)

BPG: 6.08 (2)

HPG: 1.33

CPG: 0.13

TPG: 4.67

High: 11

ACF: 160,774

GB: 2

Snag Trackers:

2013 TF1 2013 TF2

Snag Trackers for just hit baseballs:

2013 TFHB1 2013 TFHB2

Snag Trackers for just thrown baseballs:

2013 TFTB1 2013TFTB2

Nationals Park-

B: 68 (2)

G: 14

HB: 19

COF: 8

TB: 43

EE: 2

CT: 4

BPG: 4.86

HPG: 1.36

CPG: 0.57

TPG: 3.07

High: 11

ACF: 161,217

Snag Trackers for Nationals Park:

2013 NP1 2013 NP2

Snag Trackers for hit baseballs:

2013 NPHB1 2013 NPHB2

Snag Trackers for thrown baseballs:

2013 NPTB1 2013 NPTB2

Oriole Park at Camden Yards-

B: 65 (5)

G: 15

HB: 15

COF: 5

TB: 42

EE: 3

CT: 5

BPG: 4.33

HPG: 1.00

CPG: 0.33

TPG: 2.80

High: 10

ACF: 115,365

Snag Trackers:

2013 OPACY1 2013 OPACY2

Snag Tracker for hit baseballs:

2013 OPACY HB1 2013 OPACY HB2

Thrown baseballs snag tracker:

2013 OPACY TB1 2013 OPACY TB2

New Yankee Stadium-

B: 15 (5)

G: 3

HB: 9

COF: 1

TB: 5

EE: 1

BPG: 5.00

HPG: 3.00

CPG: 0.33

TPG: 1.67

High: 7

ACF: 185,052

Snag Trackers:

2013 NYS1 2013 NYS2

Hit baseball snag trackers:

2013 NYS HB 1 2013 NYS HB2

Throw baseball snag trackers:

2013 NYS TB1 2013 NYS TB2

Citi Field-

B: 14 (T-11)

G: 5

HB: 2

COF: 2

TB: 12

BPG: 2.80

HPG: 0.20

CPG: 0.20

TPG: 2.40

High: 6

ACF: 71,015

Snag Trackers:

2013 CF1 2013 CF2

Hit baseball snag tracker:

2013 HB1 2013 HB2

Thrown baseball snag tracker:

2013 CF TB1 2013 CF TB2

Citizens Bank Park-

B: 5 (T-14)

G: 1

TB: 4

CT: 1

BPG: 5.00

TPG: 4.00

CtPG: 1.00

High: 5

ACF: 205,805

Snag Trackers:

2013 CBP1 2013 CBP2

U.S. Cellular Field-

B: 4 (T-13)

G: 2

TB: 4

BPG: 2.00

TPG: 2.00

High: 3

ACF: 47,519

Snag Trackers:

2013 USC1 2013 USC2

Additionally, let’s take a look at how I did with every ballhawk in 2013 that I attended three or more games with:

Versus Alex Kopp:

2013 Vs Alex Kopp

Versus Chris Hernandez:

2013 Vs Chris Hernandez

Versus Grant Edrington:

2013 Vs Grant Edrington

Versus Garrett Meyer:

2013 Vs Garrett Meyer

Versus Greg Barasch:

2013 Vs Greg Barasch

Versus Tim Anderson:

2013 Vs Tim Anderson

Versus John Lisankie:

2013 Vs John Lisankie

Versus Rick Gold:

2013 Vs Rick Gold

Versus Paul Kom:

2013 Vs Paul Kom

Versus Ben Weil:

2013 Vs Ben Weil

Versus Tony Voda:

2013 Vs Tony Voda

Versus Zack Hample:

2013 Vs Zack Hample

And now, let’s see how I stacked up in terms of my 2013 ballhawking goals:

1. Have multiple double-digit games- Yes. I had six this year.
2. Snag 4 or more game balls- Nope. I only got two, both in the last month of the year.
3. Snag multiple game home run balls- No; I don’t want to talk about it.
4. Snag 100 thrown baseballs, 100 hit balls, 50 on the fly, 10 Easter Eggs, and 5 Glove Trick balls- Nope. I didn’t do that well at all this year in the hit ball department with going to Target Field too much and snagged two too few easter eggs.
5. Give away a third of my baseballs or more- Since I tell everyone that I give away about a third of my baseballs, I figure I should make it a point to actually live up to that figure. I did last year, so I’m hoping to repeat.
6a. Average 4.5 Balls Per Game- Yes
6b. Average 5 Balls Per Game- Just barely not.
7. Go to a new stadium- Nope. Dang it.
8. Go to 50 Games again- Yep. I actually almost got to the 65-game mark.
9. Make it to 100 straight Games with at least 1 Ball- Yes; I’m actually at 126 right now.
10. Do all of this with a new glove- Kind of? I switched gloves often, but this was more out of a desire for variance rather than failure to learn how to use my new glove. I actually really liked making catches with my giant lefty glove.

Thanksgiving Thank Yous

I first got this idea when Ballhawk Shawn did this entry on the last day of the regular season. So now that it’s actually Thanksgiving (as I wrote the first part of the entry. I suck at getting things done on time. Plus I’m working on four projects at a time in addition to being a full-time college student in the midst of the end-of-semester panic.) and Tony Voda wrote a similar entry, I thought I would do the same for the people I have met this year and I owe a thank you. So thank you to all of the people that I mention in this entry and any others I don’t have time to include but I interacted with this season. You all made this the most special baseball season of my present life. In no particular order…

1. Alex Kopp and Avi Miller- Thank you so much for not only being good friends to greet and make my experience at OPaCY ten times what would have been otherwise, but it also takes great friends to allow someone to stay with them for the equivalent of weeks. Without them I definitely wouldn’t have been able to make 64 games this season since I would have been confined to just Nationals Park during the summer. Also, it was a ton of fun getting to stay and hang out with them. This applies to both of them but in different ways. Avi stayed up until the darkest hours as he, myself, and his sister watched MLB Network or whatever. I spent less time with Alex, but any time I spent between games with him was so much more appreciated since he had to wake up at 6:00 each morning to get to work in order to get off work in enough time to barely make the 5:00 OPaCY gate opening time. I’m sure you are aware of this, but you are welcome to stay with me whenever you need to do so. Thank you, Alex and Avi.

2. Chris Hernandez- It was for a night and technically his girlfriend’s house, but I am again thankful for friends who allow me to stay with them even if for one night. Those couple of days along with your trip here to Washington were a blast to spend with you. It was nice seeing you at more ballparks this season than any other person. Thank you

3. Todd, Tim, and Kellan Cook- Although we were only able to meet up fro two games this season, both were a ton of fun to attend. I would say you guys made added the most fun above replacement per game of any other family in the league. (Sorry; couldn’t resist.) But anyway, thank you

4. Greg Barasch- Although this is the first season not being next-door neighbors any more, that didn’t stop you from being nice and housing me several days and being the only person I know who enjoys playing catch and looking at ballhawk statistics as much as me. Thank you.

5. Ben Weil- Since I was now in Washington, we didn’t get to meet up as often as in past years. But in the, what, four different cities, we were able to meet, it was a blast each time. I’m glad especially thank I was kind of able to be a part of two special moments with you around. Thank you.

6. Zack Hample- Again like Ben, we were only able to meet up with you a couple of times in various different cities. And also like him, you were a part of some particularly large events of mine this summer. Unlike Ben, though, you were a couple of times the reason for the events. You were nice enough to invite me to witness your world record-breaking catch, and I can not thank you enough for being the reason I am a ballhawk, and thus the event known as BallhawkFest. Thank you.

7. Grant Edrington,  Ed Lauer, and Tim Anderson- Although you guys didn’t house me during my days going to games at OPaCY and you guys made it maybe a less special place to ballhawk at, you made that community the best one I have ever experienced on a day-in, day-out basis.

8. Paul Kom and Tony Voda- I say day-in, day-out basis, because while we are a smaller community who doesn’t show up to every game, we’ve built a nice community here in Minnesota. Hopefully we can meet up sometime during the winter when our common hobby of snagging baseballs isn’t pulling us every five minutes in different directions and we can actually stay together and talk in person. (Psst. I suggest another sporting event since Paul is doing his entry series and/or Twinsfest. I still don’t know how that’ll work with the outdoor venue this year.) Thank you.

9. Rick Gold and Dave Butler- I don’t know if we count as a “community,” but it was fun getting to hang out with you two at Nationals Park. Rick, I don’t usually go up and ask ballhawks questions directly, but I would say you are the person I have learned the most about ballhawking through observation. Due to weird schedules on both of our parts, we didn’t meet up in ridiculously long stretches like 2012, but it was still great sharing the ballparks we shared this year. Although I saw you at many games last season, it wasn’t until this year that I felt like I really got to know you, Dave. In talking to you and just sharing Nationals Park with you plenty of times this year, it was a pleasure to get to know you and have a friend that I pretty much knew was going to show up to the ballpark. Thank you.

10. Takyi Chan- It’s odd to put an after-season thank you in for a person that you didn’t see all year, but it was very nice keeping in touch with you despite not being able to meet up with you at all during the year. I am disappointed that we couldn’t, but again, I appreciate the effort to keep in touch. Also, if I had a daughter in college, I would also value that over going to baseball games. Thank you.

11. Jonathan Mueller- Even though you “only” went to six of the same games as me, you probably had the biggest impact on this blog in specifically three of those games. I’ve always wanted to be able to get action shots during batting practice, and you really don’t know how nice it was to have someone who could handle and take pictures with the camera. I truly do I appreciate what you did by taking pictures those games. Thank you.

12. Sean Bigness- At the beginning of the season you weren’t, but being my now-roommate, thank you for keeping me sane and not completely internet-entranced by providing an immediately available friend who I could talk about baseball with and not completely annoy within the first three minutes of the conversation. I think as baseball-lovers we can relate to the fact that not everyone out there loves it as much as we do. Thank you.

13. Ballhawk Shawn- It was really nice meeting you for the first time at US Cellular. Hopefully we can talk a bit more this offseason. Speaking of which: Where yo’ collab ideas at?! We’re running out of offseason to work with! But anyways, thank you.

14. Garrett Meyer- Similar to Shawn, it was really nice meeting up with you in Baltimore and getting to talk at Alex’s place after missing you in 2012. Sorry I couldn’t take you up on that offer to go to a Royals game, but logistics got in the way of being able to physically get to Kauffman when a Royals game was taking place. Regardless, thank you.

15. Rocco Sinisi- While I ultimately ended up disagreeing with you more than I agreed and felt you could have done so in a different way, you did make me question what ballhawking really is about and how we should go abotu recognizing those who partake in the hobby. Thank you.

16. The ushers at OPaCY, Nationals Park, and Target Field- While two thirds of you may have bad reputations nationally, coming from primarily New York stadiums in 2012 to having you three as my primary stadiums in 2013 was a much nicer experience since all of you ushers were very kind to me. Now I realize that I went out of my way to make ties with you ushers, but the fact that you allowed me to do so despite the fact that I was a ball snagger is still a credit to your niceness. Thank you.

17. Stubhub and OPaCY season ticket holders- I realize I mentioned all of the latter by name earlier, but this duo I’m thank you for making a hobby that everyone thinks would be extremely expensive into a hobby that is only kinda expensive. So for saving me much of the monies, thank you.

18. Every player who I saw toss a ball up in 2013- I don’t care whether it was to me or to a kid, if it was with a smile, or even if you meant to do it, tossing a baseball to a sometimes-suspecting fan is part of what makes baseball great and distances it from all other sports out there. So great, in fact, that there is a sub-culture surrounding simply the collection of these baseballs. So for being a part of this phenomenon, thank you.

19. All of the Twitter peoples- I feel like I neglect you/we don’t get to talk much sometimes, but whenever we do get engaged in conversation, it seems to mostly be for the better and go well. Including, but not limited to Andrew Miller, for being the reason this entry was published when it was. Thank you.

20. All of the commenters here- I know that I don’t get to responding to the comments as quickly as I should, but I really thing it is a great and awesome thing when you guys leave comments and we are able to have a conversation in the comments section of an entry I post. I hope we can develop the comments sections of these entries in the future. Thank you.

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