Busch Stadium countdown

Got my tickets in the mail today.


Only 47 days to go…


  1. jessliese@gmail.com

    That reminds me – when we were on vacation at the end of Feb., the resort where we were staying had this “barbecue with Pittsburgh Pirates alumni” event. We went for the free food and while I was there I figured it was only polite to get the autographs of the dozen ballplayers in whose honor the barbecue was held. You are the only person I know who will know who any of them are – I’ll show it to you sometime and you can educate me.

  2. thechuckster8@gmail.com

    How come you believed that weather report and didn’t go? Remember, it’s always sunny in Philadelphia. I’m disappointed your friend listed the tickets with a minimum bid. I was hoping to be “the guy” who bids $5 on something that ends for $1000.

  3. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    Wow the weather has been horrible lately, lots of games postponed and its snowing right now, whats up with that?

    But the Rogers Centre has a roof, so the weather can’t stop me.

  4. Zack

    You got autographs TO BE POLITE?! Pardon me, I think I’m going to be sick.


    Cool. Have fun.


    I knew there’d be a game, but it wasn’t worth it to make the trip if there wasn’t going to be batting practice.


    I officially have roof-envy.

  5. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    No, not that usher, but I think I know who you’re talking about. The usher I’m talking about is the one in Section 1 (and usually extends his jurisdiction to Sections 2 & 3) of the Loge level. He’s kinda medium height, maybe 65 yrs old but looks younger (in good shape), he has a tanned face, and he’s pretty fast (I know becuase he once literally chased me out of his section after demanding I show him my ticket). Do you know who I’m talking about?

    Anyway, I was in Philly today at the Braves-Phils game. I snagged seven balls:

    BALL #1 – Thrown by Tom Gordon (who is a very nice guy) in left-center during BP.

    BALL #2 – Tossed by Geoff Geary in left.

    BALL #3 – Thrown by Oscar Villarreal after his warmup throws. I put in my request early, while he was still catching. I was wearing my Braves hat and everything and he looked at me like I was crazy, eliciting a laugh from the crowd. But when he finished his catch he found me and threw me the ball.

    BALL #4 – Home run into the left field seats.

    BALL #5 – Tossed generically by Braves coach Brian Snitker (I think) at the dugout at the end of BP.

    BALL #6 – Thrown by Mick Billmeyer (who is also very nice). Adam Eaton was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to start. He bounced one of his pitches and when he got it back, he wanted a clean ball. So he tossed it to Billmeyer, who gave him a new one. I called out to Billmeyer and he threw it to me, but it was very low and barely reached me, and it hit a railing in front of me. Antonio Alfonseca (He Of Eleven Fingers) laughed at him and teased him. Billmeyer went over and happily retrieved the ball for me.

    BALL #7 – After the game, at the Braves dugout, the umpires came off the field and I asked home plate ump Bill Miller if he had any left over balls, and he did. Beautiful rubbed-down, but unused, ball. I planned that one perfectly.

    Also Zack, I remember you saying something about the perfect way to sneak into the field level at Shea, and that you didn’t want to reveal it on the blog, but you would e-mail it. Could you please send that to me? With all the discussion about ushers, I feel like I must know a new way to get around those jerks.

  6. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    Chuckster – “Remember, it’s always sunny in Philadelphia.” Are you kidding? Today it was snowing at the game there! (Actually, it was kinda cool. I have never been to a snowy baseball game.)

  7. Brady

    Zack!! Nice!! My tickets look different from that…I got all three sets of mine for the Nationals games in May already. You will love it there. It ***** that you will be there THREE DAYS before I will. We are going to go to a ballgame sometime and snag a few balls. I have a few things I could teach you about Cardinals baseball, I’m sure. I’m halfway through your book now, by the way. Also, congrats to yours Mets for pulling off a dominating sweep. They played like champions, the Cardinals played like the Cubs. ‘Nuff said. Hopefully things turn around soon. Keep up the good work. Still want you to get me a Pujols ball…

  8. Zack

    That’s it?! Only seven balls?! Just kidding. Very nice performance. You might outsnag me this season. Perhaps our friendly competition should be a year-long battle.


    I knew you’d like those tickets, but man, the timing is terrible. I can’t believe we’ll be missing each other by just a few days. You think you can school me on the Cardinals? Hmm. We’ll have to see about that.

  9. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    Actually, the phrase “That’s it?! Only seven balls?!” does apply to the game yesterday. I felt like I could/should have had like 17, but the bounces just weren’t coming my way. Plus, at the dugout in like the 5th inning, I was forced to give away a ball I caught at the dugout after an inning-ending flyout to some little girl because her father was an overportective *****. What he doesn’t know is that it would have been 100 times more fun for his daughter if she caught one herself, but whatever. I hate when this kind of thing happens.

    Anyway… A season-long competition? Interesting. How would that work though? Total balls, balls per game? But I do like this idea, even though I’m sure you would win.

  10. redsox342445@yahoo.com

    so zack, when will your next opportunity to snag be?? just curious

  11. Zack

    I had a feeling. No snagger ever goes 7-for-7 in terms of all possible opportunities. It’s always 7-for-10 or 7-for-14, or in your case…ouch. Sorry about the girl and the father. It’s a real drag to HAVE TO give away a ball. I really will be giving away a bunch this season, but not when people pressure me. For the competition, I was thinking total balls. How many games do you think you’ll be attending?


    Possibly tonight in the Bronx. I’m very close to making a decision…

  12. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    Wow, cool. Small world I guess. Maybe I saw you. This was at the Braves dugout? Which end? Do you remember what the coach looks like? Maybe I can help you identify him. I memorized all the coaches for both teams and what they look like.

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