Spring Break Fan Packs

Hey guys! I haven’t had much time to blog while I was on spring break and I got a few pieces of mail to blog about. Last Friday I came home from school and didn’t see anything, but my mom told me that a Braves fan pack came. I opened it and saw a nice letter, a car decal, a pocket schedule, which had Craig Kimbrel on it(Sadly he was traded the next day), and a small bag of dirt from Turner Field. I really appreciate the Braves sending this so quickly, because it only took a week, and they sent so many goodies. Next up, on Monday or Tuesday of my spring break I got an envelope from the Mississippi Braves, which contained four pocket schedules. This again only took one week to get to me. I appreciate them sending this considering they don’t send fan packs. The next thing is technically not a fan pack, but I’m going to count it, because it came from a Braves affiliate. When I was in my dog’s grooming center, Pooch N’ Paws, which if you live in the Atlanta area is a must go, I saw a table with business cards, and on that table was a box of Gwinnett Braves Pocket Schedules. I’m collecting pocket schedules of all the Braves teams, so I picked up a few of those. My final piece of mail came from the Atlanta Falcons. Personally, I’m a huge Packers fan, but I emailed the Falcons, because I saw that they sent some nice goodies. They sent a nice tailgate towel, a small magnet as well as a keychain. I will post photos later, but for now I can’t.

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CCM Vector 282 Junior Stick Review

I know this blog is dedicated to going to baseball games, talking baseball, getting fan packs during the off season, etc. But I wanted to show you this. About five months ago, I was browsing at a local Sports Authority when I saw the rack of hockey sticks. I walked over and checked them out, and found a nice wooden one. Just out of curiosity, I checked the price and couldn’t believe what I saw. $8.00! On Clearance for $8.00. I saw that it was CCM branded, so I was shocked that it was selling for so cheap. I bought it and brought it home tried it out and it worked so well. It’s youth flex is rated at a “40” on the scale of hockey stick flexes, which would give a slight explanation for why it sold for so cheap.

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It is fully wooden, a one piece hockey stick, although the blade and the shaft look like they’ve been glued together. It is a solid stick that holds together well, but I do have a few issues with it.

Strengths vs. Weaknesses

Strengths

  • Lightweight, easy to carry around
  • The flex allows for quick wrist shots without much power
  • Passing becomes much easier using this stick

Weaknesses

  • Slap shot tends to veer off a bit on its course
  • The bottom of the blade starts shaving off after about an hour of road hockey use
  • Control isn’t very good, but compared to the Nike Bauer One30, it has good deking abilities

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The design of the stick is really cool, and on the upper shaft, “Ovechkin 08” is written. Apparently this is similar to the stick he used to use. I know now he no longer uses that stick, but if anyone can confirm whether or not this is like the stick he used to use, that would be great.

For $8.00 this was a great steal, and if they sell it at Sports Authority still, I would recommend this as a cheap option for some indoor/ice/road hockey.

6/30/14 Turner Field

In June of 2014 I went to a Braves Game at Turner Field. Sadly I didn’t have an MLBLOG back then, so I’m writing about in now.

The day started off looking quite disastrous. When I woke up this is what I saw on the Weather Channel:

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Humid and Rainy! Not exactly what I was hoping for, but I was hoping for the weather to pass. First pitch was scheduled for 7:10 PM, so my dad and I planned for him to come pick me up on the way back from his office, so that we could go to the game and pick up my older brother Harsha, from the law firm where he was interning. When he came to pick me up around 2:45 PM I was feeling a little more optimistic, because the rain had stopped and the sun was starting to come out. On our way to the law firm, I had to make one quick stop here, so that I could pick up my brand new New York Mets hat. The salesman told me that the one I was buying was the same kind of one that the players wear on the field. Can anyone confirm whether or not the hats they sell are indeed field-usable?

Anyway, after paying the $35 for the cap, my dad and I drove across the steet and picked up my brother. My brother was wearing a suit and tie, so I advised him to change. He did and an hour later we arrived at Turner Field.

TIME OUT- For the three weeks prior to this game, I scoured Stubhub for a deal on tickets and I finally found what I was looking for. Check it out.

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Section 114. Row 7. Seats 1,2,3. Do you know where section 114 is? It is literally located right behind the visitors dugout at Turner Field. The tickets were only $68 a piece, which was a real bargain considering that a week before I purchased the tickets, tickets in that same section were selling for over $150.

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One other thing. Row 7 at Turner Field is actually the second row, because Rows 1-5 are just part of the dugout.

TIME IN- So anyway, we headed into the parking lot, paid $15 for a parking spot and hurried to the gates. The line was luckily short, and on the way into the stadium, my dad took a photo of my brother and I.

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Right after we took that photo, we hurried into the stadium. I dropped my bags off with my brother and dad and headed out to the outfield. By the time I got there, the Braves had already left and the Mets were just coming on. I stayed in left-center for all of BP and watched helplessly as the Mets hitters tried, but failed, to hit a single ball into the seats. I called out to pitcher Vic Black when he fielded balls, but I didn’t get anything from him.

After the Mets sent up their last group of hitters, I headed back to my seats where my dad and brother were sitting. I watched the Mets finish up their hitting, and saw the pitchers slowly walking back in from the outfield. As there were walking in I saw someone yelling, “Hey, fat turkey, fat turkey”.

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

I looked up confused, only to realize that he was calling out to Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon. I saw him and yelled, “Bartolo, tirame la pelota por favor”. Or in English, “Bartolo, please give me the ball”. He looked up at me, but gave no indication that he was going to give me the ball in his glove. Suddenly, when he was about a hundred yards from the dugout, he tossed me the ball, which I had to stretch across the dugout roof to catch.

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CHA-CHING! That’s the way to get on the board to start the day. I felt pretty relieved. All my time spent reading Zack Hample’s Blog┬áhad finally paid off. Notice a few things in the photo of me holding the ball. If you look at the field, you’ll see that the groundskeepers are on the field. Why? I’m not sure. They weren’t doing the run of the mill field preparations, so I’m not sure what they were doing. The other thing I want you to notice is the outfield stands. They look empty in this photo, but by first pitch, they were jam-packed. A couple interesting things happened before first pitch. First of all, I was sitting in my seat, eating the Chick Fil A Chicken Sandwich my dad had bought me from a concession stand, when all of a sudden I heard someone yelling, “Hey kid. Hey kid.” I looked up to see Daniel Murphy waving at me to get my attention. He tossed me a ball, which I caught.

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Daniel Murphy

Most of the Mets went into the dugout, but a few stayed out. I called out to Kirk Nieuwenhuis and threw him my cap and a Sharpie for him to autograph. He signed it on the top of the bill. I was hoping he would sign on the underside of the bill, but that was still pretty darn cool! The game started at 7:12 PM and the first inning went by quickly. Curtis Granderson lead off the game with a home run into left-center field. That had me quite excited for the Mets, because I was hoping if they won I might have the opportunity to get some autographs, and maybe even some batting gloves or a lineup card. In the top of the second inning, a foul grounder was hit weakly to Chris Johnson. He scooped it up, and I was already in the front row. I asked him for it, and he tossed it to me. CHA-CHING! First ball, and now first game-used ball. What next? The innings ticked by without anything interesting happening until the top of the seventh inning. A foul grounder was hit to third base coach, Tim Teufel. I asked him for it and he lobbed it to me.

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Tim Teufel

I caught it and headed back to my seat. In the bottom of the eight, the Braves were down 1-3, when they routed a four run comeback with two outs in the inning. You could tell the Mets were starting to lose control. Something else interesting happened at the top of the eighth inning. Mets pitcher Jacob De Grom was sitting in the dugout during the infield warm ups and the ball was tossed to him. He headed back into the dugout despite me calling, “Jacob, could I please have the ball”! Suddenly out of nowhere, the ball came flying up. It was marked so beautifully with dirt and grass stains.

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Jacob deGrom

Before the top of the ninth inning, as Craig Kimbrel was walking in, a little girl, about seven years old, approached me and asked me if I would be willing to sell one of my balls. I politely rejected her request, but suggested that she try getting a ball after the top of the ninth inning. She walked away after that and I didn’t see her come back. In hindsight, I really should’ve given her one of the balls, but the problem was at the time, all the balls had a lot of sentimental value to me and I didn’t want to part with them. Even today I still really am sentimental towards those baseballs, but less than I was that night. The Braves managed to win 5-3 with Craig Kimbrel throwing some heaters. I didn’t go for an umpire ball, but rather tried to stay and get a lineup card, but the Mets were quick to leave. I ended up reaching back home at around 1;00 AM and went and played a tennis match the next day at 8:00 AM. What.. A.. Night

5 balls at this game

2 game-used balls

1 infield-warmup ball

A TON of fun

Hello Everyone!

Hey Everyone. My name is Sanjay Sridhar and I have decided to start writing a blog about my baseball adventures, as well as about all the cool things that I do. I am 14 years old, live in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, am a HUGE PACKERS FAN, as well as a Montreal Canadiens and Atlanta Braves Fan. I look forward to writing this blog and I hope you enjoy reading it.