I can’t believe that I went to this game. My family and I faced a lot of problems during our visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Let me explain: We left for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at about 3:30 in the morning on 4-7-12. After a long 14 hour drive, we finally got to our destination in Myrtle Beach, SC. According to our GPS, we were at our hotel, but our hotel was no where in site. My dad then pulled into a parking lot for access to the beach. As my dad turned around to go back and find out where our hotel was, his car began to smoke. For all we could have known, our hotel could be a hour or so away from where my dad’s car broke down. My dad then went to talk to some people near by. Fortunately, people near by said that our hotel was about 15 minutes away. My family and I then called a taxi and a tow truck company. When the cab came, we had to pack all of our luggage, food, beach items, etc. into the taxi. Shortly later, the tow truck company came and told my dad that his car should be ready in a couple of days. I was okay with that considering it was Saturday and the Pelicans had games on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday passed on without any word on how my dad’s car is doing. Now I started to panick and think I might not be able to go to a Pelicans game. My parents told me that we would not be able to go to Thursdays game because we had to leave at 6 o’clock on Thursday and the game started at 7 o’clock. On Wednesday morning, my dad called the tow truck company and they said it would not be ready until Thursday morning. I started to get really worried that I would not be able to attended a Pelicans game. My parents came to the rescue though as they said we could take a taxi to a Pelicans game. Thank you mom and dad! You guys rock!
Now to the game part of this entry: We arrived at the ballpark at 6:15 p.m. The gates opened at 6:00 p.m., but the taxi we took to the game picked us up 25 minutes late and as a result, it made us late. We then got out of the taxi, paid our driver and bought our tickets. Here is what the ticket stub looked like:
I then went into the stadium and picked up this awesome program that they were giving away for free:
I saw the Pelicans mascot, Splash, so I took a picture with him:
Splash and I. Yes, I know I was wearing a Nationals shirt when I took this picture with Splash, but I had my Nationals hat on and switched it to a Rangers hat at least.
After I took a picture with Splash, I ran over to the Potomac Nationals bullpen and got my roster out. This was the scene when I got to the bullpen:
Players where playing catch, so I stood there and waited for the players to finish. I waited for a little bit and then I saw ballhawk Mateo Fischer about 10 feet away from me with his Nationals gear on. I knew that Mateo would be in Myrtle Beach, SC the same time I was, so I told him about the Pelicans and was hoping to see him at a game. Mateo then asked an unidentified Nationals player for a baseball in Spanish. The player then gave him the baseball with a very hard throw. I then went over to Mateo and said hi to him. It was awesome meeting Mateo. We spent the whole game together roaming through the cross aisles and trying to catch foul balls. You can check out Mateo’s blog at www.mateofischer.mlblogs.com. Here is a picture of us that my dad took later in the game:
After we chatted at the Potomac Nationals bullpen, Mateo went over to the Pelicans side and tried to get a baseball. Shortly after Mateo left, I got the same unidentified Nationals player to throw me a baseball. The throw fell short though and landed into the bullpen. Potomac Nationals catcher, David Freitas, picked up the baseball and threw me ball #1 on the day and my first Carolina League baseball. Here is the baseball:
Here is Potomac Nationals catcher David Freitas who threw me ball #1:
David Freitas is the catcher on the right.
Before the game started, I went back to my seats and found out that an unidentified Pelicans player tossed my sister a baseball. My sister is 3 years old and actually caught the ball on her own. I’m really proud of her. She’s turning out to be a little ballhawk herself. I asked my dad if the Pelicans threw out anymore baseballs after my sister got one and my dad said no, so I guess they did not threw out a lot of baseballs before the game as they only threw Mateo and I one baseball each when we where by the Nationals dugout. Here is the baseball that my sister caught:
So that was it for me before the game. Not bad, 1 baseball is pretty good considering they did not give out that many baseballs. The game then started and Mateo and I went to the cross aisles and tried to catch foul balls. We were shout out though, as no foul balls came close to us except one, when there was a foul ball and Mateo was running toward the ball and an old man ran in front of the baseball trying to get away from it and the ball hit a blanket that he was holding and back down into the seats. If that old man was not there, Mateo would have easily had that baseball. So, after this all happened, we continued trying to catch foul balls. In the bottom of the 5th inning though, with 2 outs, there was a line drive that was caught by Potomac Nationals SS Brent Greer. I thought that he was just going to throw it on the pitchers’ mound like they did many times in the game, but he kept the baseball with him and started running with it toward the dugout. I then ran down the stairs and asked him for the baseball. He threw it up into to the stands right where I was standing. I thought it was going to be an easy catch for me, but an older gentlemen put his hand in front of my face. I lost the ball for a couple of seconds as it traveled toward me. The older gentlemen than realized that I was standing there so he moved his glove, but it was too late for me to track the baseball as it soared towards me. Right as I tracked the ball again, it hit the tip of my glove and smacked the brim of my hat. Fortunately, the ball landed right at my feet and I bent over and picked it up, as it made it ball #2 for me on the day. Here is the baseball:
Shortly after I got this baseball, I found out that my brother got a baseball from a very nice usher. Then, in the bottom of the 8th inning, there was a foul ball that was hit into the stands. I realized that the baseball would bounce back onto the field. I then ran down the seats and positioned myself to try to get the baseball. Potomac Nationals SS, Brent Greer, got the baseball and flipped it to 3B Sean Nicol. Nicol then threw the baseball into the area in which I was in. All of sudden, these college kids surrounded me. I reached up as tall as I could to try to get the baseball. Even though I was the smallest one trying to get that baseball, I ended up getting it for ball #3 on the day. Here is the baseball:
As the game came to an end, with the Potomac Nationals edging out a hard-fought victory 6-3 over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, I went over to the Nationals bullpen to try to get a baseball. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a baseball, but my dad did catch one, which he offered me and I declined, so he gave it to my brother. After I was not able to get any baseballs at the Nationals bullpen, I saw Potomac Nationals batting coach, Marlon Anderson, walking towards the Nationals clubhouse in left field with the line-up card. I ran over and asked him for it. Unfortunately, he said that he had to give it to the Nationals manager, Brian Rupp, but if it was up to him, he said that he would have given it to me. That was it for me on the day. 3 baseballs, pretty good considering that the players barely threw out baseballs. Here our some pictures that I took throughout the game and at the end of the game:
Potomac Nationals players warming up before the game.
Potomac Nationals bullpen pitchers talking before the game.
A view of the game behind home plate.
An unidentified Nationals player up to bat, with the Pelicans dugout in the back round.
A view of the game from the 1st base side of the stands.
A view of the game from the left field bleachers.
The Pelicans scoreboard.
Me standing outside the Gate 1 entrance before I left.
A Myrtle Beach Pelicans t-shirt and hat that I bought before leaving the stadium.
Here are the 3 baseballs that I caught during this game:
Stats for Class-A Advanced baseballs:
Total baseballs at this game: 3
Total of all Class-A Advanced baseballs: 3