When I came to the end of the road of the 2018 season I was on the road, at my favorite road ballpark, GABP.
Lauren and I headed down there Tuesday morning, and for pretty much the entire drive it rained until about a half hour out of Cincinnati.
As has been in the case with games I have went to GABP for, it all worked out, the rain cleared and did not threaten further after it being a terrible forecast to start the day.
Upon entry to the bp tour I found two water logged baseballs, Ball #1, 2. With no Reds yet taking bp I took the time to take a picture from up high on the RF wall.
It took a little bit to get Reds call up Mason Williams to toss one up, but I did come away with a toss from him. Ball #3.
Jared Hughes reluctantly threw me a baseball for Ball #4, he acts like he doesn’t remember me from PNC Park.
My final ball during Reds bp was a scrum of a ball hit out to the CF most part of the seating, Ball #5.
Brandon Maurer was the first KC player to toss me a baseball, Ball #6.
Next came a caught homer and a scrum for Ball #7, 8.
Brad Keller threw a whole slew of baseballs, one to me for Ball #9. He is in the group in the pic above as well.
I found another water logged baseball over in foul territory for Ball #10 to end bp.
During the game.
It would not stay clear as in this picture, it became increasingly dark and rained for a good portion of the game.
Prior to the start of the game Billy Hamilton launched me his warm up ball, Ball #11.
Alex Gordon threw me his bottom of the second warm up ball, Ball #12.
Some people shouted to give the ball to one of the kids. First, no kid is getting a ball if people want to dictate what I should do. Second, all the little kids had a boatload of baseballs from all the front row toss ups during bp, and the game…
Lauren and I took a trip to an overlook at a park that had a nice view of Cincinnati prior to going to GABP.
Philip Ervin tossed Ball #1 to me out in right center field.
A Reds player I could not identify tossed Ball #2 to me.
That was all for the Reds portion of bp.
For the Royals, I was able to get a toss up from Brad Keller for Ball #3, and Alex Gordon for Ball #4.
My final ball of the year was a smashed homer that bounced in one of the tunnels in RF and bounced up onto the ceiling, I grabbed this on a soft rebound for Ball #5.
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