4/12/14 at Banner Island Ballpark

Here we go, guys… My first game entry at BTOF.

It felt really good to be back in the BEAUTIFUL 209!


Unfortunately, my dad and I got out of the house incredibly late. We didn’t get to Stockton until 4:50. BP started for the Ports around 4.


Meanwhile, most of the players on the Visalia Rawhide were stretching on the field.


The Ports were finishing up BP as I got there.


Even though I didn’t get a ball during the Ports portion of BP, it was fun to watch the new players hit. This year’s squad is  incredibly talented!



It was a fireworks night, so there was a group of people unloading some things out of a truck that I assume were related to fireworks.



A bit after 5, Visalia began to take BP


And it was DEAD! Only 2 balls came remotely close to leaving the stadium, and those both were insanely close.

On the bright side, the gates opened at 5:45, so I was able to catch the end of BP from inside.


Gil Heredia is the Visalia pitching coach, and he was throwing BP when I got inside.


I did get a ball during BP, though. While I was on the berm in center field, Rawhide pitcher Kieth Hessler tossed me a ball. BP was not particularly exciting for the Rawhide. A few balls cleared the fence, and I didn’t come close to either of them.


Eventually, they pulled the cages in and I was stuck at one ball.


However, the Rawhide still needed to take infield and outfield practice!



I hung out by the Visalia dugout in hopes of getting someone to toss me a ball.


And I did get one! Gil Heredia ended up tossing me a ball by the dugout.

The Ports new on-field emcee, Matt was rocking the Jackie Robinson jerseys that the Ports would be wearing.


Because this was a fairly new team, I had a hard time recognizing any of players. It didn’t help that they all had the same # on!


On the mound for the Ports was Seth Streich. Streich is pronounced “strike,” which is a great name for a pitcher!


I don’t know who on the Rawhide this in, but I thought that the picture was really cool!


Wasn’t it a great night for baseball?


On the mound for Visalia was Jesse Darrah, who has a very cool last name.



I spent most of this game in the parking lot chasing after foul balls. My first foul ball was in the second inning, hit by this man!


Dusty Robinson!


My second foul ball was hit in the 3rd inning, off the bat of Kevin Medrano, Visalia’s shortstop. After the 6th inning, I still only had two foul balls, so I came inside to watch a bit of the game. At this point, the score was 5-3 in favor of the Rawhide. The Ports had scored 2 runs in the first.


As well as one in the 6th, however they were unable to regain their lead from early in the game.


Streich did not pitch particularly well in this game, lasting only 5 innings and allowing 7 hits and three runs.


When I came inside, I headed straight for the jersey table down the left field line, by the Ports team store. Right before the final out of the 7th was recorded, I threw down a bid for Jeremy Barfield’s #42 jersey. And I won it!

After the game, I was able to get the Visalia lineup card.


Then I headed over to the other side of the field, where the Ports players were handing out their jerseys.


They were all signing them as well.


I wasn’t able to get a picture was Jeremy, but I was able to show him my 44 Pro Glove. That is the same brand of glove that he uses, which is part of the reason that I ordered it. He liked it a lot!


After he left, I tried on the jersey. When I won it, the sheet said that it was a size 46, which fits me okay, but the jersey was a size FIFTY (50)!  In the end, I was able to trade it in for a jersey that hadn’t been worn by anyone, so it wasn’t signed. That was okay by me. I still loved the jersey. I apologize for the short entry. Given that I am writing this nearly two months after the actual game, it is hard to remember some of the details that I usually include.

Thanks for reading! Remember, I’m publishing a new blog entry every day!  Check out the list to find out what my next game entry will be!

  • Sunday, June 15th: 4/22/14 and 5/5/14 at the Oakland Coliseum (7000 Coliseum Way)
  • Monday, June 16th: 4/26/14 at Banner Island Ballpark
  • Tuesday, June 17th: 5/4/14 at Banner Island Ballpark
  • Wednesday, June 18th: 5/10/14 at the Oakland Coliseum(7000 Coliseum Way)
  • Thursday, June 19th: 5/11/14 at the Oakland Coliseum (7000 Coliseum Way)
  • Friday, June 20th: 5/25/14 at John Thurman Field
  • Saturday, June 21st: 5/30/14 at the Oakland Coliseum (7000 Coliseum Way)
  • Sunday, June 22nd: 6/13/14 at the Oakland Coliseum (7000 Coliseum Way)


  • 3rd Game of the Year… 1st MiLB Game of the Year
  • 4 balls at this game
  • 4 MiLB Balls in 1 MiLB Game = 4 MiLB Balls Per Game
  • 3 Consecutive MiLB Games with at least 1 Ball
  • 5 Baseballs this Season
  • 99 Lifetime Minor League baseballs
  • 168 total balls

Nick Badders is a blogger for MLB.com. He writes the blogs Beyond the Outfield Fence and 7000 Coliseum WayYou can follow him on Twitter @RFNick149 and like him on Facebook. This blog entry was not subject to the approval of Minor League Baseball or its clubs.

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