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Josh Reddick and the Stockton Ports

Josh Reddick and the Stockton Ports

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?” Me: “Kinda.” 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....

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It’s a bigger issue than we may want to admit.

It’s a bigger issue than we may want to admit.

  So the month of April was a bit of a rollercoaster for me.  I started the month with a quick trip to Oakland to see part of the A’s opening series vs Seattle.  Then a few days later I was off to spend a week in Chicago.  A lot of people have that one “dream” city that they would love to visit.  For most it’s some place like New York or Paris.  For me it was Chicago.  Three years ago I got to spend about a day and a half there and go to two Cubs games.  It wasn’t enough time.  So, when my friend and I saw that the A’s were going to Chicago for a series with the Sox, we booked our flights and hotel and hit the road.   It started off a little rough.  Not so much for me, I got there on time and with little hassle.  But my friend Geoff had to take a different flight and got stuck on the tarmac for three and a half hours.  This wouldn’t have been an issue except for the fact that we had tickets to see the Improvised Shakespeare show at i/O that night and because of the delay he was going to miss the show.  When I heard this I sprung into action and managed to get a hold of a former student of mine, Daniel, that lived in the city (and who is also a fan of improvisational comedy) and was able to finally meet a student of mine face to face.  The show was great and it also gave me a chance to meet a new favorite comedian of mine, Liz Thompson of How to Liz fame.  *swoons*  Liz is as adorable in real life as she is on youtube.  And as cool as it was to get to meet her, the real highlight was getting to meet Santa (her Mom).       We bummed around the city for a couple of days, over the weekend, doing the typical touristy type stuff and some non-typical touristy type stuff before the A’s series started on Monday.  We got lucky the first night, it was half price ticket night and we managed to score some pretty good seats next to the A’s dugout.  The really cool part is that Geoff used to live in San Diego and worked at an establishment that was frequented by some of the Padres players, including Kevin Kouzmanoff, the current A’s 3rd basemen.  As the pregame stuff on the field was winding down, Geoff managed to get Kouz’ attention and went into the “you probably don’t remember me but I used to work at…”. ...

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