2 Posts In 1: Seeing Jeter Play In Double-A & Sunday! (NJ) “DAYS 363 & 364” – 6/2/11, 6/3/11

July 5, 2011 - 2:18 pm - (NJ) “DAY 363” - Week 52 - State 48

If you’re one of the readers that notice the the date, time, and etc..I write on the top of each post, then you will realize that as I currently write this, my trip is officially over!  (Well, I still have the last 3 days to write and a post that sums up the year, but other than that... I’m done!)

F.Y.I. - I’ll still be writing weekly updates about “What’s happening now?” in the my life each Sunday, but as far as the daily writing goes... my trip has ended! Woo Hoo! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Saturday - “DAY 363”
When I woke today, the only thing I knew I wanted to do was go to the Trenton Thunder baseball game (7 pm) so I could see Derek Jeter play baseball. (He’s in the minors rehabbing an injury so he’s playing 2 games at the Yankee’s Double A team in Trenton.)

With only that on my plate, all I did for most of the day was do some writing while watching all kinds of sporting events on TV. (I watched the Tour De’ France, World Cup Soccer, Wimbledon, etc...)  Hey, I still have a 1-50 chance at a radio show on “The Fan”, so I have to be on the top of my sports game. 😉

F.Y.I. - In case you’re interested, here’s my audition video from when I went to the Livingston Mall to try out for a shot at my own radio show on 660 AM WFAN.  I didn’t even know what I said until I just saw it. 😉  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/06/28/fantasy-phenom-challenge-–-year-2-semi-finalists/

Driving To Trenton
The drive to Trenton from where I live is about an hour but with traffic... who knows.?   Hey, it’s 4th of July weekend so cars are all over the road and this game is sold out because the Yankee captain is in town tonight. (It should be a pain in the ass to get there.)

I must of got lucky or choose the right route (I took route 1 south the whole way) because in just an 1:15 minutes I was at the stadium.  Now, all I have to do is find some parking.  That turned out to be just as easy because it was only $3 to park and even I can afford that.  (Well... kinda, I had $16 on me.) 😉

Finding A Ticket
Now that I was at the stadium and parked, I had to compete the last phase in order to see the Thunder play baseball tonight.  I had to find a ticket.  The problem... the game is sold out and I can’t afford a scalped ticket if it’s over face value.

So, I walked around the outside of the stadium looking for anybody who looked like they had an extra but that also didn’t look like a scalper. (Scalpers are there to make money, people with extras don’t really care.) 😉

Then, after about 5 minutes of walking around I met a guy who had a single.  At first he wanted face value for it but after hearing my tale, he decided to give it to me for $5. (The ticket had an $11 face value and I had a five in my hand, so he said how about $5.)

Missing Out On Jeter Signing Autographs
Obviously, I couldn’t have known it, but before I even got into stadium I met somebody who told me (and showed me) that Derek Jeter was signing autographs after batting practice for about 20 minutes.  Ahhh!  How dumb am I!

Yes, the Yankee captain walked around the entire front row of Waterfront Park and signed as many autographs as he could right after he got done with batting practice.  Hind site is 20/20, but I should have thought about this before I left today.

Heck, I had nothing else to do today and arrived at the ballpark at 5 pm which was 2 hours early anyway.  So, needless-to-say, I definitely I would have gotten there an hour earlier in hopes of Derek Jeter signing my Jeter jersey I have been wearing all year long.  Double Ahhhhh!

Waiting For Jeter To Sign Again (Hopefully)
Once I found out that Jeter had/was signing autographs (I didn’t know if he was still signing because I was outside of the stadium), I rushed inside so I could possibly get into a spot where he might sign again.

I knew it was a long shot that he would sign again before game, but I still waited by the Thunder dugout from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm in hopes that would do it again.  Well... my instincts were correct because the next time anybody saw Jeter he was running onto the field to warm-up right before the game.  Damn!

Jeter Warms Up
I guess I can’t be to upset because the reason I came here was to watch Jeter play, not get his autograph (although that would have awesome).  And there I was just one seat from the dugout getting ready to watch him prepare to rejoin the Yankees where he will soon get his 3,000 hit. (That’s a huge Major League Baseball milestone.)

The Mascots
If you’ve followed me all year you already know that if there is a mascot... I’m gonna a get a picture with him/her.  Well... for tonight’s game... you would be right and wrong.

You’d be right because I did get a picture with Strike, but you’d also be wrong because I didn’t get one with Boomer. (Boomer was there but he didn’t venture off the field that much as most of his work was done on the diamond.) 🙂

USA Anthem
Tonight’s anthem wasn’t sung by anybody special (meaning they didn’t fly in Beyonce or anything), but they did do something cool for a bunch of kids.  I don’t know how they were selected but a handful of children were on the field as our National Anthem played.  The real lucky one got to stand with Jeter behind 2nd base. (How cool is that!) 🙂

Jeter’s 1st AB
Then, after a scoreless top of the 1st, the man of the hour Derek Jeter came to the plate to lead-off the game.  It’s a spot he’s familiar with although it’s usually in front off 40+ thousand people in the Bronx instead of 7+ thousand people in Trenton. 😉

Anyway, Jeter had a very typical Jeter-like AB as he took a bunch off pitches and then hit a seeing eye single to left field. (A seeing eye single is a ground ball that somehow found a hole in the infield.)  Still, Jeter started the game with a hit and the crowd went wild!

Jeter’s On 1st
The cool thing for me about Jeter getting a single instead of anything else (A double, triple, etc) is that I was sitting in the 3rd row right next to the Thunder dugout on the first base side.  So, what that means is that I got a ton of great pictures of Jeter while the next batter was up.  Nice!

I wish I had more to write about this because that’s how many good pics I have.  So, I’ll just tell what happened next.  The next batter hit a single and Jet’s went from 1st to 3rd. (That’s a good sign he feels better.)  Then, after a sacrifice fly (I think), Jeter cam home to score the first run of the game.  Oh yeah! 🙂

Camera Crew’s Everywhere
One of the things that was definitely different tonight as opposed to most Thunder games played is the amount media that was there.  Since my seat was right next to the dugout, I could see that the NY Post was there, MY Daily News, The Star- Ledger, and many many others.  This was the place to be in NJ tonight.

Finding Some Food
Sometime in the 2nd inning, I decided to walk around the stadium and see what/if any food I could afford to buy.  The good thing was that food prices here were cheaper than in major league stadiums but the bad news was... it was still to expensive for me.

So, as I kept walking around I found myself in an area of the stadium where the food was included with the price of admission.  Nice!  Now, I’m not sure I got into this area but I still took advantage of it and got a hot dog and bunch of chicken wings. 🙂

Jeter’s 2nd AB
By the time I got back to my seat it was Jeter’s second at bat.  Perfect!  The only thing wasn’t perfect was that this time at the plate Jeter hit a sharp line drive toward the right field line but the Altoona first baseman snatched it right out of the air.  It was a nice play.

Dog Gets Bat
Probably the coolest thing I saw all night long was that the batboy wasn’t a batboy at all, it was a batdog named Chase or “The Golden Thunder” (he is a Golden Retriever).   Anyway, after each player gets done hitting the dog runs out to home plate and brings the bat back to the dugout.  Really, it was so cool! 🙂

Jeter’s 3rd AB
When Jeter came up to the plate for his 3rd and final time of the evening, it was the 5th inning and the score was 2-0 Thunder. (He was 1-2 so far.)  Knowing that Derek wasn’t gonna play the whole game, I had a feeling this would be his AB of the night and it was.

The outcome... Jeter ended the game still 1-2 as in this last AB he worked a walk.  That’s just fine by me but the bad thing now is... seeing Jeter play was the only reason I was here.  So, I stayed for another inning or two but I left before the game ended as I wanted to beat traffic home.

Leaving The Stadium
Although I didn’t stay until the end of the game, it was still after 9 pm when I finally got in the Rooster mobile and hit the road.  I don’t know if there was traffic after the game actually ended, but I feel like I made a good decision because I got home as smooth as possible.  Nice!

Hanging With Wende & Her Friends
Once I got back to town I stopped at Blockbuster so I could return the movies I rented the other night.  And then when I left I spoke to Wende to see what she was up too.  Well, she was heading to hang out with a few of her friends so I met up with her sometime after 11 pm.

I didn’t take any pictures of this but sometime around 1-2 am I left the get-together and headed home for the night.  I was having fun but I was getting tired so I called it a night.  Man, I’m getting old! 😉

Two Days Left!
Now that today is over, I only have two days left in this year long adventure.  It’s still so unreal to me that I made it this far!  Woo Hoo!  Anyway, I have a bunch of plans for tomorrow (Sunday), but the weather might not agree as the forecast is for rain.  Let’s hope not, all my plans are outdoor parties.

Thanks for reading!

July 5, 2011 - 7:05 pm - (NJ) “DAY 364” - Week 52 - State 48

Let me start by saying that my worst fears came true for today because when I woke up... it was raining out.  Damn!  And even worse than that was that the forecast was for it to keep raining all day long.  Ahhh! 🙁

Doing Nothing Today
Rather than write a whole lot about nothing, I’ll just tell it like it is.  All I did today was name and file pictures while watching TV.  Then, in the evening, I went by Buck’s place to hang out for the night.

Again, we didn’t do much but what we did do was plan an action packed day for tomorrow which is my last day of the year! 🙂  I’m not sure if it will come to fruition, but the plan is to go to the Jersey shore all day long and then hit the NYC fireworks display at night. (It’s suppose to be the biggest fireworks display in the country.) 🙂  That’s it for today.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Dad says:

    Nice pictures. I’ve never been to the Trenton Thunder.
    Jeter did look good going from 1st to 3rd.
    Can’t wait for day 365.

  2. bennervous says:

    Great audition video. One day when I have time, I want to see how the other competitors did, but I am pretty sure that you took a unique angle/topic. You definitely have good presence.
    Congrats on the trip. Now, you gotta find a way to survive with no money and being local. Have no shame, given what yoy have accomplished. Be proud when asking “Would you like fries with that?” and know that whatever job you get will only be temporary until you get a book advance or something.
    By the way, I found out recently that Yanni (used to play at the club) is a ghostwriter. I’m not sure if you are thinking of using that approach, but he might be a good person to reach out to so you can pick his brains, if anything. Lots of the guys (including me) have run into him over the past few months, so he shouldn’t be that hard to find.
    Try to pop by on Friday. Later.

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