Tagged: Matt Kemp

Los Angeles Dodgers Shirt Giveaway

I’ve been posting everyday (38 consecutive so far) leading up to opening day, and giving stuff away to thank my readers.

To date,
I’ve given away a Matt Wieters shirt to Joey Orr,
a Brandon Phillips shirt to Matt Jackson,
a Dustin Pedroia shirt to Stephen D,
and a Phillies shirt to Connor.

This week’s shirt is a Los Angeles Dodgers Majestic Classic Print shirt:

Here’s a close up view of the front:

And it still has tags.

The winner may choose a medium or large size.

I post blog entries every day.  All you have to do is leave a comment or retweet my blog link on twitter.

So, again,  to enter:
1)  Leave a comment.
You can enter up to seven times per week simply by leaving a comment.  Non-pertinent, spam, or inappropriate comments will not be accepted.  If you comment multiple times on the same blog entry, it still counts as one entry.  For example, if you commented on three different blog posts from this week, you’d have three entries.  If you’d comment three times on the same blog posting, it would could as one.

2)  Retweet (RT) my posts on Twitter
You can find me on twitter under 333greystreet.  Simply retweet my daily posts of my blog link and I’ll count that as an entry.  My blog is connected to my twitter so that I automatically tweet once I post a new entry.  Each day, I’ll search who’s retweeted me and enter those users into a hat along with the commenters.  By the way, you do not need to retweet my every tweet, only the tweets that announce a new blog post and url.  For example, if I tweeted, ‘Rerun of the Pirates Opening Day 2011 on tonight,’ if you retweeted it, it wouldn’t count as an entry.

At the end of the week on Sunday, I’ll have Olivia, Amy or myself choose a name from a hat and announce the winner.

I haven’t yet done a preview of the NL West, but I think the Dodgers will probably battle it out for third place.  They were in turmoil last year, as owner Frank McCourt’s divorce drove them to the brink of bankruptcy.  Last time I heard, the Dodgers were going to be put up for sale.  New owners could help put the franchise back on track.

The Dodgers were frustrating for me last year when they came to PNC Park.  They refused to toss a single ball into the stands, likely as a result of their financial problems.  I reckoned that players might have been prohibited by coaches.  Nonetheless, I still have one really decent game against the Dodgers, snagging 11 balls.

The Dodgers are led by Matt Kemp, who didn’t let Hollywood or his superstar girlfriend Rihanna slow him down in 2011.

He was many fans’ choice for MVP, and finished second to Ryan Braun as he hit .324 while leading the league with 39 homers and 126 RBI.  Oh yeah, he also stole 40 bases.  Had the Dodgers even been somewhat in contention, I believe he would’ve been the MVP.

It can be argued that the Dodgers have the best position player and pitcher in the National League.  Clayton Kershaw led the league in wins with a record of 21-5, in ERA with 2.28, and strikeouts with 248.  He won the Cy Young for his amazing season.

The 2011 Dodgers won 82 games.  They need some more offensive punch besides Kemp to win in 2012.  Their starting 2B, 3B, SS, and LF combined for 6 home runs last year.

How do you think the Dodgers will do in 2012?  Leave a comment and throw your hat into the ring for the shirt.

There’s only 38 days until opening day, and 5 days until the first broadcasted game on MLB TV (Yankees vs Phillies).  Also, the first listed Spring Training game on the MLB schedule is Wednesday 2/29 when the Phillies take on the Seminoles.  Baseball is here my friends.

4-7-10 PNC Park

I was expecting a low output today.  I wasn’t able to get to the park until almost 5, and I also had to leave during batting practice to take care of a prior commitment.

When I arrived, my friend Jim saved me a couple minutes by allowing me to join him and Nick at the front of the line.

As I was showing my season ticket ID to get into batting practice early, I noticed a ball bounce into section 138, the section closest to the bullpen.  I ran in and located it, putting me on the board quickly.

Seconds later, the Pirates ran off the field, ending batting practice.  They literally ended BP as we were entering the bleachers.  Unacceptable.

The Dodgers weren’t ready to start yet, so we had to wait for them to throw and stretch their arms out.  After about ten minutes of wasted time, the Dodgers started to hit.

I would get my second and third balls with my glove trick.  Fellow ballhawk Jim gets an assist on both balls for pointing them out to me, as they were near the bullpen entrance, and I was stationed about three sections away.

Here’s the area of detail, snapped after the snags:
asdsd (3).jpgI would go on to snag my fourth and final ball of the day off the bat of Russell Martin.  He hit a home run off of a bleacher in section 138 that rolled down a few rows to me.

I was hoping that Manny Ramirez would put some balls into the seats, but he didn’t.  He hit one home run ball, snagged by fellow Ballhawk League member Nick Pelescak.

I had set up a video camera hoping to capture a few home run catches during the Dodgers second round, which included Manny and Matt Kemp.

Unfortunately, all the video captured was standing around,

Game:  4 balls (2 hit, 2 device)
Season:  9 balls (5 hit, 0 thrown, 4 device)
Games: 2 game
Average:  4.50 balls per game
Career:  587 balls
Streak:  98 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  31,061

Spent@Game:  $7.50 ($5 Ticket, $2 Transportation, $0.50 Parking)
Spent in 2010: $21.50 ($10 Tickets, $4 Transportation, $2.50 Parking, $5 Food)