Friday, July 6, 2012

The Dodgers beat the D-Backs 4-1 last night. So why am I so happy?

I bought tickets to the D-Backs game last night so that I could go on my birthday. The plan was for my wife and I to go, but we only had a babysitter for our two older kids, so we were going to have to take the baby with us. My wife suggested that I just take our 6 year old with me, so that's what I ended up doing. When I told my son that we were going to be sitting in the bleachers he was excited and immediately started talking about getting a ball. I explained that even though we were sitting in the first row of the bleachers, we would still probably not get a ball. Deep down though, I was really hoping he would get one.

We got to the game early and watched a little batting practice but didn't have any luck getting a ball. Then Wade Miley and Miguel Montero came out to the outfield to warm up (not with each other). When Miguel Montero finished, he looked up at us and gave us a nod and then threw the ball to me for me to give to my son. My son was ecstatic! The smile on his face was priceless! Here he is with his very first MLB ball from a game! But, it gets better!

Photo: Miguel Montero just threw a ball to Kolby

In the top of the 7th, Dodger's rookie left fielder Elian Herrera hit a home run into the left field bleachers close to where we were sitting. You can watch the HR here. I'm on the right wearing a red shirt and have my glove on. Hy son is also wearing a red shirt and has his glove on as well. The woman in the red shirt ended up with the ball and the crowd wanted her to throw it back, but she reached over and gave the ball to my son. Below is a picture of him with the home run ball. But, it gets better!

Photo: Kolby just got a home run ball! Too bad the Dodgers hit it.

A few minutes later a man from the Diamondbacks came down and said that it was Elian's first home run and that he would like the ball. He said that he was willing to trade a signed ball for it. But, it gets better! I asked if he would see if Elian would trade us an autographed bat for it. He said he wasn't sure, but that he would check. He came back a few minutes later and said that Elian had agreed to trade us an autographed bat for the baseball. He took the ball and told us to come to the Guest Relations office 15 minutes after the game to pick up the bat. So here's my son with a game-used signed bat from Dodgers rookie Elian Herrera!

Photo: Here's the bat Kolby got at last night's D-Backs game. The players name is Elian Herrera.


  1. AWEEEEEESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go litl' D!

    I'm old (45) and NEVER have gotten a ball. : (

    But I'm super happy for your boy!! Nice!

  2. Very Cool... I'm verklempt... talk 'mongst your'selves

  3. That is awesome! Congrats, oh and....happy birthday.

  4. That's great. I've had good luck at Dback vs Dodger games. Last time I got 4 balls. (well the kids did)

  5. Wow, that is just amazing ! Lifetime memories.

  6. That is great! He will carry that memory for rest of his life!

  7. hmmm....i wonder what would've happened if you'd have switched the balls around?? haha, congrats

  8. I don't think a guy can wish for much more on his birthday. Great story!