For the first time in 2016, I was at Comerica Park to see the Tigers take on the Athletics. I got to the stadium at about 5:10, which is 20 minutes before the gates open. Do you see that tent to the left of the gate? It was for 97.1 The Ticket, which is the sports station in the Detroit area. I won a water bottle with by rolling a seven with two big dice(You won a prize with a nine or seven), and then went to the right field gate. My dad and I were first in line, but the person opening our gate didn’t know how, so we went to the next gate, where our tickets wouldn’t scan. After that was resolved, I ran to the bleachers and picked up this:I probably could have found more Easter Eggs if there hadn’t been the problems at the gate, but it was out of my control. A ball rolled towards the wall, and I ran under it and noticed that it was a Blue Jays 40th anniversary ball! I asked John Axford, but instead of tossing it up, he said that I could keep the home runs. I was mad because I had been trying to get a commemorative ball since I started ballhawking. Commemorative balls were what introduced me to ballhawking, and I have been doing it since. Since the A’s weren’t hitting deep home runs, I took a good spot in the front row, right in front of the staircase. A few minutes later, an Athletic hit a home run that bounced off of my dad’s hands in the third row, and bounced into the second row, where I beat Bill, the Tigers fan that caught five foul balls during a game earlier this season. I looked at the ball and to my surprise, it was another Blue Jays ball!After more than three years of trying, I finally had a commemorative ball, and it had a very clean logo. I saw a ball roll to the wall out by the corner, and so I ran over to try to get the toss up, but the ball was tossed back towards the net in shallow center field. As I jogged back the shallower part of right, a line drive was hit right towards me, so I reached out and grabbed it for ball three. Check out this ball:Oh yeah, a 2016 Grapefruit League commemorative ball. As BP was coming to a close, I ran to the A’s dugout, but got nothing. It was dead for about an hour, and I went to our seats behind the Tigers dugout, and got Mike Aviles to throw me his warm up ball.We had seats in the third row that we got cheap off of StubHub the night before, and there was no one in the front row around us until the fourth inning. Around that time, I noticed that when Dave Clark, the Tiger’s third base coach, walked out of the dugout in between innings, he brought out a ball to toss into the crowd. In the middle of the fifth, I got his attention, and he signaled to me that the next ball that he got would go to me. After the A’s finished warming up, Clark got the ball, and tossed it to me for my fifth ball of the day. In the next two innings, the Tigers were up to three home runs in the game and Jordan Zimmerman had allowed his first earned runs in the Old English D. In the middle of the seventh, I tracked down Zack Hample and got my copy of his book, The Baseball, signed.
I moved into position for the final out ball in the ninth, but Justin Wilson didn’t throw it up. The Tigers won 7-3, and I finished with five balls.
5 balls at this game
5 balls at 1 game this season=5 balls per game
28 MLB balls
2 commemorative MLB balls
66 total balls