This year has been a fairly new and exciting adventure with baseball. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a ton of great new people and finally got down to Banner Island Park to see the Stockton Ports play last Monday night. I’ve been to a few minor league parks and have to say that Banner Island is a great place to watch a game. Most minor league parks are dumps, but they’ve certainly built themselves a beautiful place down there in Stockton. When the news hit that Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick was going to be there for a rehab assignment, I jumped online and grabbed a couple of tickets. A lot of the Right Field crew seemed to make the trek out to Stockton after having spent the afternoon watching the A’s beat the Giants. And I’m certain that Josh felt “at home” with his banner hanging right next to the On Deck circle.
Reddick went 1 for 3 from the plate and had a fairly uneventful night in the field.
The highlight of the evening was watching Tony Thompson score on a wild pitch. I know, it doesn’t sound that exciting but when the team is down 6-1 at that point… well, you take what you can get. That and I managed to get this shot:
After the play had finished, I turned to show Will MacNeil (@RFWILL149) the above shot.
Will: “Did you get the unnecessary slide he made?”
Bobby Crocker, the batter, was positioned perfect to block the plate. Catchers could take lessons from this kid.
My second favorite moment of the game was seeing @Wiggi_Marley make a great catch on a foul ball lined right at her. I wish I could have gotten a pic of the snag, it was that good. Instead you’ll have to settle for an action shot of her shaking her hand after making the catch.