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Bats get Clipped

Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Another fun night of baseball, this time back in the ‘Ville.  This was the last game my dad would be at on this visit.  He plans on coming back next month, though, for some more minor league ball and the ACC Championships.  It was a beautiful night, as the weather just seemed to get better as the weekend went along.  Brian played on the playground most of the game, but was happy to spend some time with his papa, too.

Brian won this hat, but gave it to his Papa for his golf games

This was a good game, with the Bats down, but certainly not out.  Louisville was lead offensively by catcher Rob Brantly, who went 3-6 with four RBI’s, including a 2-run homer in the seventh and a game tying double in the eighth.  Jesse Winker helped out by going 2-4 with an RBI and run scored, and Philip Ervin went 2-5 with two runs scored.

On the mound, Jackson Stephens got the start for Louisville.  In four innings pitched, he gave up five runs while striking out four.  Luckily the offense  and bullpen bailed him out, so he didn’t get the decision.  Evan Mitchell ended up taking the loss, though, after giving up the winning run in the 10th.  He pitched two innings and gave up three hits.  Final in 10:  Bats 8, Clippers 9.

Another fun night, with it being capped off with Brian getting to meet Jake the Diamond Dog.  We saw him a couple of times last season, as he acted as bat boy and brought water to the umpires. He was hot and tired by the end of the night, though.  We look forward to our next game, which will probably be right back here at Louisville Slugger Field.

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Burning rubber into Bowling Green

Bowling Green Hot Rods vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps (Midwest League)

Bowling Green Ballpark-Bowling Green, KY:  This was our first game here in Bowling Green, and I can honestly say it was a fun experience.  Bowling Green Ballpark is nice place to watch a game, and is snuggled right into the down town area.  The only negative thing I can say about the ballpark, is that there is just so much netting, it was difficult to get good photos of the action.

We had good seats, though, although I had to move around a bit to find a place to take a pic or two without the netting in the way.  Brian was having a fun time, also, and we really liked meeting the Hot Rod mascots Axel and Roscoe.  I was impressed with the mascots, they were very active through out the game and did a great job of entertaining and interacting with the fans.

Brian with Hot Rods mascots Axel and Roscoe.

Now, as much fun as meeting a bear and monkey that are apparently auto mechanics, the highlight of this trip was that Brian was chosen to help out with the announcing.  He was randomly picked by the Hot Rods staff, and during the fourth inning was able to announce the Bowling Green batters.  He was good luck, also, as the Hot Rods plated some runs during the inning.  Brian was a little nervous at first, but the staff in the press box was very friendly and supportive, and he ended up doing a fine job!

Here’s a video of him:

And why not another video, as they’re short:

That was so much fun for him, but we almost forgot there was a pretty good ballgame going on, also.  On the bump for Bowling Green, starting pitcher Brock Burke went three innings, giving up one hit, giving up one earned run, and striking out five.  Roel Ramirez actual got the win, despite giving up four hits and two runs.  Spencer Jones earned the save, pitching two innings while giving up one hit and had three strike outs.   Bowling Green was lead offensively by Nathaniel Lowe, who went 2-4 with two RBI’s, and Jesus Sanchez, who went 2-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Final:  Hot Rods 6, TinCaps 4.

This was a fun night of baseball, and definitely makes us want to take another trip down to Bowling Green.   There is also almost a limitless amount of things to see and do between Louisville and Bowling Green, also.  So many National Parks and museums, it would take many trips to see and experience everything.  Below is a photo of Brian at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.  Just one of the fun activities we did that’s not baseball related.

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Bats vs. Reds…sort of

Louisville Bats vs. Cincinnati Reds (Exhibition)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  We’re so glad that Bats baseball is slowly creeping back into our lives!  On Friday night the Bats (sort of) hosted the Cincinnati Reds for an exhibition game. I say ‘sort of’ for the Bats because in all reality, this was a Red’s Futures team, which probably very few from this roster will be actually seeing time in Louisville this summer.  Probably more guys from the Reds roster will be here, but it’s still baseball, and it was still a fun game.  We got there as early as we could, to get our Adam Duvall bobble-head and our free Reds hats (we still cheered for our ‘Bats’, though).  As the Reds were warming up, we noticed catcher Rob Brantly, who we saw play up in Michigan for the Whitecaps.  Since they were old pals, Brian decided to go chat with him a bit.

And here were the starting line-ups for the teams:

The obvious big pop for the night was for Louisville’s own Adam Duvall.  He had a nice game, too, going 2-2 with a double.

The game was low scoring, with both runs coming in the first two innings.  Rookie Davis started on the bump for the Reds.  He pitched three innings, allowing one earned run and three hits with two walks, two strikeouts and a hit batsman.   Tyler Mahle started for the Bats/Futures team, hurling five solid innings and allowing one run and seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts over 87 pitches.  He gave up his only run in the first inning, when Billy Hamilton scored on a Joey Votto base-hit RBI.  The Bats scored their lone run on a Aristides Aquino solo home run.  Final: Bats 1, Reds 1.

The game didn’t have a lot of action, but still a fun night with Brian.  We have tickets for the Reds game on Thursday, but the weather calls for lots of rain, so I’m doubting we’ll get that game in.  The Bats also start this week (officially), so we’ll still try to get a game in somewhere, somehow.  I’ll leave off with a pic of Brian and Buddy Bat, who we were both glad to see for the first time in 2017!

 

Brian with Buddy Bat

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Stache-A-Palooza

Whitaker Bank Ballpark-Lexington, KY:  Despite having an easy winter, the weather isn’t cooperating a lot with us early this season.  It was a balmy 35 degrees on Saturday, but at least we had the sun shining to help keep us warm during the Lexington Legends Stache-A-Palooza event.  Brian was happy to meet the Legends mascots Big L and Pee Wee for the first time.  He also had a blast on the slide and bouncy castle.

Inside, we were able to sample some of the new ballpark eats the Legends will be introducing this spring.  My favorite was the bacon wrapped chicken nuggets.  We were lucky enough to win a couple of small prizes at the wheel, but Brian wasn’t too enthusiastic about a credit card holder or a towel.  They had some face painting available, but Brian declined on that.  We still had a busy day ahead and he didn’t want to deal with it all day.

Brian with Pee Wee

Brian with Big L

After our fun inside was done, we decided to check out the field.  It still looks like a great place to watch a game, and I still plan on doing just that this spring.  I just hope our spring is as warm as our winter!  We spent a little coin in the gift shop and spent some more time on the bouncy stuff before calling it a day at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.  It was a fun event, and always good to get a preview of what to expect from the Legends this summer.

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Reds Caravan

redscaravanFlorence Mall-Florence, KY:  Do to work, I wasn’t able to make to the Red Caravan down in Louisville, so we decided to make the trip to Florence to see the grand finale’ of the event.  There was a pretty good crowd already when we got there, but found a place to relax.  Brian was able to exert some energy in the kids play area, while Lily and Trevor took time to explore the mall for a bit.  The first Reds representatives on hand were the mascots.  Of course, it was imperative that Brian got to meet them all and get pictures.  He already saw Mr. Redlegs at a game, so here are some of him with Rosie Red and Gapper, and Mr. Red, himself:

32487087392_2aea29d1a7_z32556392866_d4797fcaec_bAbout 11:00 a.m.  the players arrived.  On hand included minor league players:  Blake Trahan, Sal Romano, Chris Okey, and Shed Long.  Reds alumni:  Eric Davis, Tom Browning, Chris Welsh, Jeff Brantley, Corky Miller, and Dmitri Young.  Current Reds:  Tim Adleman, Tucker Barnhart, Scott Schebler, and Drew Storen.  Reds manager Bryan Price was also there, as well as GM Dick Williams, and President & CEO Bob Castellini.  The Q&A portion was fun for the adults, but the kids didn’t show much interest.  When the players finally came down to interact with the fans, thing got a little more fun.

32517710071_76120364fe_z32599585516_978b6e2ac5_zTo be honest, we didn’t even stand in line to meet the major league players.  The line was much too long, and not worth it yet for Brian, as he doesn’t really know the players yet, anyway.  We’re more of a minor league family, anyway, so we met those guys first.  As you would expect, they were all very nice and happy to sign Brian’s Reds baseball.  They offered cool photos with them and the alumni against a green screen, and have the Great American Ballpark in the background when printed out.  I was more happy to meet the alumni, especially Eric Davis, who I watch play for both the Reds and the Tigers when I was much younger.  They wouldn’t let us get autographs from the alumni, but they did do a nice job of moving things along to keep the line moving.  This was a fun experience, and as much as I’m looking forward to this upcoming season, I look forward to this event next year.

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Sneak Peak

30912763534_393a3f77a9_zWhitaker Bank Ballpark-Lexington, KY:  While my dad was visiting from Michigan, we decided to take a little trip over to Lexington and see what it had to offer. Unfortunately, not much is going on anywhere tourist-wise, but I definitely wanted to stop by and see where the Lexington Legends played ball, as I wasn’t able to make it to a game there over the summer.

31717047216_623b5faf67_zThe Legends staff was nice enough to let us have the run of the place, and take a look around the ballpark.  I really like the layout of the seating and how close the seats are to the field.  I can only imagine sitting in the front row would be a great experience.  The capacity is about 8,000 and I was told the Legends draw well, and that really doesn’t surprise me.  It was nice to just be inside a ballpark, as this is the time of year I really start missing being at the games. Being a fan of the South Atlantic League, I’ll be able to see some familiar teams play against the Legends as well.  Trevor had some luck, and found a ball from the Ohio Valley Conference that must have been playing some college games there.  I took just a few photos, and this is just a sneak peak at the fun we plan on having in 2017.  Have a safe and happy new year, and we’ll see you all at the ballparks the spring.

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Last game on Labor Day

Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians (International League)

28865844123_b09e7e9a39_zLouisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Where did the summer go?  It’s definitely a sad sort of day, the last day of the Minor League regular season, which means the end of 2016 baseball for the Bats.  We were blessed with a beautiful day, however, so Trevor and I decided to take a walk down by the river before the game started.  To our surprise, WLKY was doing a live broadcast down that way covering some Labor Day events, and we ‘just happened’ to walk behind the reporter and got on the news!  Here’s the footage courtesy of Channel 32 WLKY’s YouTube (look for us at the 1:21 and 1:22 mark):

When Trevor and I were done being TV stars, we made our way into the ballpark for the last time in 2016.  We had great seats, as we settled in with our $1 hot dogs and drinks on another 90 degree day.

29525179765_db39d960d6_z29490608326_063f5fb01c_zOn the mound was Keury Mella who was making his Triple-A debut with the Bats.  He pitched a solid seven innings, only giving up three hits, one earned run, while giving up one walk, and striking out six to earn the win.  Relief pitcher Kevin Shackelford came in to get the save.

28865894773_5735d49bbd_z28865918013_927baaa987_zLouisville was lead offensively by Seth Mejias-Brean, who got the Bats on the board in the 4th with an RBI base hit.  He also added and RBI on the eighth inning with a triple.  The go-ahead run came in the seventh, off of a Tony Renda base hit. FINAL:  Bats 4, Indians 1.

28866114753_e167c7413c_z28899910304_09c3deec0e_zAgain, it’s sad that this was our last Bats game of the season, but we will still have some baseball in our future.  Brian is still playing Fall Ball, and the Louisville Cardinals will probably play some exhibition games in the coming month or so, also.  We might even make it back up to the Reds, but that’s still up in the air.  This was a fun day with my son, and feel blessed and lucky for it!

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Villainy in West Michigan

West Michigan Whitecaps vs. Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League)

28348988844_ee2ce811af_zFifth Third Ballpark-Comstock Park, MI:  Back in the mitt to visit friends and family before school starts, we were lucky enough to take in a Whitecaps game.  The ‘Caps were hosting another one of our Michigan teams, the Lansing Lugnuts.  It was Super Villain Night at Fifth Third Ballpark, and Brian was able to meet some of these dastardly scoundrels that give our heroes so many fits.  Above, he’s with Harley Quinn, Crossbones, the Winter Soldier (who I really don’t consider a villain, he was brain-washed after all, and Bucky is really a good guy), and Poison Ivy.  Below, he is hanging out with Batman nemesis The Penguin, and Spider-Man foil, The Lizard.

'You don't really think you'll win, do you?'

‘You don’t really think you’ll win, do you?’

Bri with Dr. Curt Connors, AKA The Lizard

Bri with Dr. Curt Connors, AKA The Lizard

We were also able to catch up with Crash the River Rascal, and it was good to see him again!  He also gave Bri a t-shirt.

It was good to see Crash again!

It was good to see Crash again!

We seemed to pick another great day to be at the ballpark, and to see some free baseball.  The Whitecaps and Lugnuts would finish a tied game suspended the night before, with the ‘Nut winning this one 5-3 in the 12th inning.  The scheduled game would go into extras, also.  West Michigan tied the game at one in the second inning, when Will Allen scored on a Jose Azocar double, after hitting one of his own.  Azocar would plate another RBI in the fifth inning, scoring Brett Pirtle on a ground out.  Both team would load the bases in the 11th, but came away with nothing.  The ‘Caps would have better luck in the 12th, however, as Arvicent Perez earned the walk-off RBI with a bases-loaded hit.

28905947762_5240e05ea7_z28393932693_852989bd61_z29011003465_85043e3968_zOn the mound, Trent Szkutnik started the game giving up just the two runs.  The bullpen came through also, with Drew Smith, Zac Houston, and Toller Boardman combining for six no-hit innings and 11 strikeouts.  FINAL in 12:  Whitecaps 3, Lugnuts 2.

28348996564_9a02112eda_z28348998354_9eff642497_z28905904792_751690cc9c_zAnother fun game, and it’s always good to be back home.  Especially seeing a game with Brian and his Papa (and even getting photo bombed by the Whitecaps staff…).  With the minor league season rapidly winding down, we will definitely try to catch at least one more game in Kentucky. Here’s a video for y’all.

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The San Diego Chicken

Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers (International League)

28745350901_2755c1ec51_zLouisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  I know nobody is reading this post  because they care about the game, or to look at my game photos, so I’ll mostly just show the greatest mascot of all time, the Famous San Diego Chicken.  That being said, it was another hot and sunny day here in the ‘Ville, so we bought seats up in the shaded portion of the stadium.  As we were in the shade, though, and it being so sunny, I didn’t even get the field to show up in our selfie below (but you can see that Brian did have his Chicken and Buddy plushies ready for action).  I did get a good shot of the field once the game started, though.

28784291546_8dee1e982d_z28198549314_a9146c4004_zOk, more of the Famous Chicken!  He puts on a fantastic show, and if you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing him perform, I highly recommend it.  He’s had many years to perfect his craft, and does some of the greatest skits I’ve seen at the ballpark.  Some of them have the umpires and players involved, also, and it’s so much fun.  I think the fact that Ted Giannoulas has played the one and only Chicken since 1979, adds to the aura of one of the first, and the greatest, mascot in history.  Every time he’s on the field, he has the fans attention at all times.  You just never know what this guy will do next.

28791798736_467ecf5256_z28538867970_7990410cb7_z28746488191_40b010c0a5_z28821990775_66ed90e6e8_zOk, there was a ballgame going on through all this, so I will give a short re-cap.  It was a pitchers duel for sure, but we did see some great defensive plays throughout the game, also.  The Bats took a 1-0 lead in the third, when Jose Peraza base hit scored Juan Perez.  Unfortunately in the eighth inning, Peraza’s throwing error allowed the Clippers to tie the game. On the hill for Louisville, right-hander Tim Adleman pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and striking out a season high eight batters.  Into the 10th inning, Kyle Waldrop made one of those amazing defensive plays when he slammed himself into the wall making an amazing catch with two-outs to save the game.  Also in the 10th, Peraza would find himself up to bat once again, and he atoned for his error with an infield base hit to score Perez for the walk-off win.  J.J. Hoover earned the victory only giving up one hit and striking out two.  FINAL in 10:  Bats 2, Clippers 1.

28718366442_7aeda3a570_z28208686973_f60abe7459_z28746746841_950261ca73_zEven with the Chicken in the house, we still have much love for Buddy Bat!

Brian and Buddy Bat

Brian and Buddy Bat

And the Chicken was awesome, he met with his fans and signed autographs for free! I got Brian a photo to have signed, and the Chicken even signed his plushie. As most mascots seem to be mute, the Chicken was more than happy to chat with his fans.  I told him that I was a big fan, as I used to watch The Baseball Bunch every Saturday morning as a kid.  He was great with Brian, and we got a couple of nice photos with him.  A great day, a great ballgame, and another reason to feel blessed and lucky.

28784300446_6fe06ef8b2_zHere are a couple of videos of the Famous San Diego Chicken and his antics.  Brian filmed the first part of this one, but he did his best:

Another short one:

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Bats & Birthdays Vol. 2

Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians (International League)

27801254214_5992093a01_zLouisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:   The second part of our birthday adventure took us to the Bats game, as they hosted the rival Indians. Hey, if it’s my birthday, then why is Brian the one who gets to meet Buddy Bat and ride the merry-go-round??!

27765287083_901f35e03e_z28098563010_2e3e82c07a_zIt was another hot one, in the mid-nineties, as we settled in under the sun.  In all honesty, we only lasted there for a couple of innings before finding some seats in the shade.

28302203421_357a0caf25_z28135372170_9d648cba54_z27801230434_89214594ca_zThe Bats have been playing good ball lately, and this was another solid game for the home team. Louisville was lead offensively by Hernan Iribarren, who went 2-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Also having a good day at the dish was Donald Lutz, who contributed and  RBI going 2-4.  Jermaine Curtis and Jesse Winkler each went 1-3 with an RBI and run scored, respectively.

28385224396_d0b986b162_z27801248374_9d6f84a23f_k28385184626_4c34c41555_zOn the bump, Robert Stephenson each the victory for the Bats.  He pitched six innings, only giving up two hits, while striking out four and walking five. J.J. Hoover ended up earning the save.  FINAL: Bats 6, Indians 4.

28380964015_0cec6400db_z28385171586_8e5fd8924b_z28385175466_3f9ff0c4d0_zA fun game, despite the heat, and an all around good birthday.  I always feel very blessed and lucky to be able to have these experiences with my kids.  It was a long day for all of us, especially in the sun, but we all had a great time.  We hope to be back at Louisville Slugger Field next month when the famous Chicken will be here entertaining the crowd! Until then, here’s a little game video:

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