Not 99 more games. Not 99 more wins.
I am 99 hits away from hitting 1000!
Should I have some kind of contest for the 1000th visitor? Not even sure how to know who it is. Or even what to give away.
Any suggestions? What do you guys think?
We always hear about exclusive lists like perfect games, cycles, and such… what about the list of players who have hit home runs against all 30 clubs?
On May 18th, 2010, Vladimir Guerrero became the 11th active and 32nd overall player to hit a home run against all 30 major league baseball teams when he hit a home run against his former team, the Los Angeles Angels.
During a late sleepless night, I was going through Yahoo! Answers and saw someone asked about who the other 10 players are. I googled and searched, but there was no actual list of who those ten players are. So, I dug out the information the hard way. First, I found an older list back in 2007 that listed several of the players. After a process of elimination, I was able to pull off 5 of the 11 names from a list of 26. I listed the names and the current teams they are playing for.
I found a list of 26 (it’s an old list from 2007)
and narrowed down the active players to:
Alfonso Soriano (Cubs)
Mike Cameron (Red Sox)
Adrian Beltre (Red Sox)
Jose Guillen (Royals)
Russell Branyan (Indians)
And this one I know because I was at the game where he hit against his
Manny Ramirez (Dodgers)
So that means, I needed four more names. This is where I had to do a lot of work. You would think some of the active home run leaders might be one of the four, right? The top ten home run leaders right now are Ken Griffey, Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jason Giambi, Andruw Jones, Jim Edmonds, and Albert Pujols. Of those ten, only Manny, Vlad, and Jim Edmonds have hit home runs against all 30 teams.
These four names I got from baseball-reference by clicking on their home
run logs and seeing if under OPPS if it said 30.
Jim Edmonds (Brewers)
Troy Glaus (Braves)
JD Drew (Red Sox)
Raul Ibanez (Phillies)
Jim Thome is close. He needs to hit a home run against one more team. Can you guess which team? The Philadelphia Phillies. Casey Blake has hit against 28 of the 30 teams. He needs to hit against the Yankees and (haha) the Dodgers. Ronnie Belliard also needs two teams, the Red Sox and the Indians.
Who do you think will be the 12th active (and 33rd overall) player to hit a home run against all 30 teams?
“I don’t really know if I want to watch it,” Conrad said. “I’m going to
look like a dork out there, thinking he caught it, then ‘oh.’ But it was
a special feeling I’m going to remember for a long time.”
I saw the highlight at the Dodger game, but didn’t realize it was a walk-off grand slam. I thought it was funny that Conrad thought Nix caught the ball. Then when I watched the video online and saw that it was a grand slam. I thought it was also funny when Conrad reached home plate, the umpire watched to make sure he touched home plate. I was looking for that myself, after the Holliday fiasco.
Wow, I didn’t expect a lot of responses on my facebook when I updated my status to:
Dodgers win! And I got
the left over bullpen candy
Yes, I’m serious. I got the left over bag of candy from the Dodgers’ bullpen.
I was walking out of the stadium, when I saw one of the grounds crew members in the bullpen. I said hello. He asked me where I sat tonight. I told him where. He said I was moving on up. He says that whenever he sees me closer to home plate than the time before. I said I got the ticket from my friend, whatever my connections are that day (and I said it jokingly). He held up the bag of the bullpen candy and asked me if I wanted it. I thought about for a second and said, why not? So, I walked over to the railing and he tossed it up to me. It was just one of things where I thought, it would be cool just to say I got the left over candy from the bullpen. And I think this is the bag a season ticket holder gives to the bullpen guys every game.
By the time I left the stadium, I was a few candies short since I shared my fortune with a few friends. Here’s what I ended up with by the time I got home.
I gave away a bag of Skittles, a Charms lollipop, two Abba-Zabas, and a Starburst.
Yes, I left names out to protect the anonymity of those involved lol. Just wasn’t sure if I should name any names or not.
And I do wonder … what do they do with the left over candy every night?
When I got into the Stadium today, I wasn’t sure if I was going to go down to the Kiddie Korral or not. Then I figured, why not? What else was I gonna do. Well, I was hanging around and it started to get full. I went down because Matt Kemp was signing. But by the time I got there, he was done. I thought about getting out but I stayed. And it paid off!
If you saw the Castles episode called “Suicide Squeeze”, I can reiterate what Beckett said. “That was Joe Freaking Torre”
Next, I went to the Left Field area because I saw the Padres pitches running sprints. And Heath Bell signs there often. So, I got him on the Padres fan fest balls Jenny and I got. Hehe he joked about he has some Padre balls too, but he doesn’t sign those or something like that. Two balls signed (three if you include the one for Phanny) and now it was time to go wait for James Van Der Beek, who was throwing out the first pitch. Meanwhile, I got to say hi to Steve Lyons. I wanted to chat with him, but he had to get going.
Remember, Dawson’s Creek came out in 1998. I was just starting high school. I was the perfect age to fall in love with Dawson or Pacey. We were probably the target age. It was right up there with Roswell and Buffy, and N Sync and Backstreet Boys. Since I got Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) autograph and photo with him during the playoffs when the BSB were singing the National Anthem, I figured I had a good chance of getting a picture with James Van Der Beek. No autograph, since I didn’t bring anything for him to sign. I have the Season 2 of Criminal Minds somewhere. If you haven’t seen it, it’s amazing! James guest starred in two episodes (Big Game and Revelation). AMAZING performance by James.
I called out to him, asked him for a photo. He came over and I gushed on about how amazing he was in Criminal Minds and how I watched Dawson’s Creek when it first came out. He was incredibly nice, as they usually are. And patient because my camera for some reason did not want to work.
Right after Torrealba signed my ball, a security guard came and kicked out anyone who didn’t have tickets to that section. I was getting my things to go, but the National Anthem was starting. The security guard kept telling me I had to leave. I told him, “Look, I’m not stalling. But can I leave AFTER the National Anthem?” I even stepped out into the aisle so I wasn’t in Section 52 anymore. I was serious. It was not a stall tactic. It was a sign of respect for our National Anthem. Just like all the Vendors stop selling when it’s time for the National Anthem. No matter where I am in the stadium, if I’m walking somewhere or to another section, when it’s time for the National Anthem, I stop. If I can, I even walk out of the walkway area and into the seats and stand for the National Anthem. I didn’t mind that he was kicking me out of Section 52. What got me miffed was that he wanted me to get out of there during the National Anthem. Everyone is supposed to stop what they’re doing and show some respect for our Nation, right?
For a nine inning game, it was a very long game. I met a fellow Dodger fan, Kenny (seriously, why is that most of my Dodger friends have similar names?!?) and got to sit with him for the first few innings. Got to talk to Josh Suchon for a little bit as well. Then something interesting happened at the start of the ninth inning. Most fans had already cleared out by then. I noticed these two guys in the section to my right, but wasn’t really paying any attention to them. Until I heard one of them say: If you don’t delete those pictures right now, I’m going to smash your phone. They kept going back and forth, back and forth. Yet, there weren’t really any ushers or security around. I know the usher from that section was covering for another usher. And security had been busy (you know, keeping fans away from the visitor’s bullpen – and seriously, I did see security rush out of the stadium earlier).
I called out to the usher to my left and nodded towards the two guys. He noticed them and went over right away. I had a feeling if someone didn’t interfere, things were going to get ugly. The one guy who kept saying he was going to smash the other guy’s phone was wearing a throw-back Dave Winfield jersey. It was when the Padres’ colors were yellow and brown. Apparently, Photo guy was taking photos of Winfield and his friends. He was actually standing in front of the Padre fans and taking their photos. Winfield got offended and wanted Photo Guy to delete them. Naturally, the guy in front of me pulled out his phone and took a photo of Winfield. It took half an inning (which was a long half inning), but Photo Guy finally walked away after security came and diffused the situation.
Hey, Winfield. You’re in a public setting. You are going to get your photo taken.
Hey Photo Guy. Next time, don’t be so obvious about it!
And yes, I did sneak a picture without them smashing my camera.
Last night I got my 10th Dodger bobblehead. My collection now consists of Russell Martin, Takaishi Saito, Brad Penny, Takaishi Saito, Joe Torre, Casey Blake, Manny Ramirez 1, Matt Kemp, Manny Ramirez 2, and Andre Ethier. However, my favorite bobblehead is the one I got off Ebay.
Yup, sure it is. Randy Wolf.
Word must have got out fast. Because the line got LONG. I called Dodger Talk to mentioned this and the call screener asked me if I got Andre’s autograph. I said no. He asked me why not? Didn’t I want it? I said the line was too long. It was ridiculously long! Maybe if I had gotten in line at 5:45, I could have gotten it. Oh well.
Here’s the mess left behind by people who were taking their bobbleheads out of the boxes while they were in the kiddie Korral. Someone even lost the bat to the bobblehead.
Man. Every player on the DL should spend time signing autographs. Just one player per game. Come on. How awesome would that be? Yesterday Andre, tomorrow Raffy?
Here’s Blake DeWitt thinking, man that was close! James Loney has been putting the wheels in motion. He stole his 6th base of the season last night. He also tagged up and scored on a sac fly that I think most fans weren’t sure if the ball was deep enough.
Xavier Paul putting the ball in play.
Matt Kemp caught stealing second base.