I have always wanted to get a lineup card. I have seen people at Banner Island Ballpark with ones from previous games getting them autographed. I have never been lucky enough to get one from a coach or manager. Towards the end of the season I was at a Modesto Nuts game and in the team store they were selling game-used lineup cards. They were $25 and the proceeds went to the charity fund. I thought it was a decent price, but I didn’t think much about buying one until I noticed one detail: they were autographed by the Nuts players. This was a deal I couldn’t pass up.
I looked through the cards to find ones where they played Stockton. I found a couple and settled on the one from Friday, July 28th. I wasn’t at that game, but it turns out that I was at the game the next day. I went with this card for 2 reasons. The first is that Sheldon Neuse, Oakland’s No. 13 prospect, went 3 for 5 and hit his first 2 home runs in the Athletics organization. Neuse had come over from the Washington Nationals with Blake Treinen and Jesus Luzardo in the Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson trade on July 16th. The other reason is that Seattle’s No. 1 prospect, Kyle Lewis, is on the lineup card (on the bench) and he autographed it.
As you can see, I have since framed the lineup card with some autographed cards of some players on the Ports. I don’t think I am going to get the Ports players to sign the lineup card. At this point it will be too difficult. Many of them will likely not be on the team next year.
The California League won the All-Star game by the score of 3-2 over the Carolina League on Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, DE. The Annual All-Star game showcases some of the finest talent in the Class A High level.
Kyle Waldrop of the Bakersfield Blaze provided all of the runs for the California League. He singled in the 2nd inning driving in Brandon Drury. In the 4th inning Kyle hit a 2-run home run. Pitching was the order of the night as the pitchers on both sides dominated allowing only 11 hit in the contest.
Bruce Maxwell and Seth Streich represented the Stockton Ports at the game. Bruce went 0-2, but did throw out Chris Garia who was trying to steal 2nd base in the 3rd inning. Seth pitched a scoreless 3rd inning, giving up only 1 hit. He was on the mound when Bruce threw out the would-be base stealer.
The 2nd half of the season begins on Thursday, June 19th as the Stockton Ports take on the Bakersfield Blaze at Banner Island Ballpark.
The Stockton Ports out hit the High Desert Mavericks en route to a 9-7 victory at Banner Island Ballpark on Monday night. At first it seemed like it would be a night of follow the leader. Stockton scored 3 in the bottom of the 3rd, and the Mavericks came right back and scored 3 in the top of the 4th. The Ports would add 1 on a solo home run by Bobby Crocker in the bottom of the 5th. Then in the top of the 6th Travis Witherspoon would hit his first of 2 home runs.
Then in the bottom of the 6th inning Bruce Maxwell would put the Ports up for good with a 3-run blast into the visitor’s bullpen. In the 7th inning the Mavericks could only respond with 1 run. Stockton would add 2 more in the 8th on Ryon Healy’s 2 run double. High Desert would add 2 more in the 9th, but Nolan Sanburn would get D.J. Peterson looking, as he came to bat as the potential tying run.
Hunter Adkins gets the victory improving his record to 2-3 with a 5.57 ERA. He struck out 4 batters in 6 innings. The losing pitcher was Scott DeCecco. His record falls to 2-6 with a 6.90 ERA.
After a day off on Tuesday, the Ports will travel to San Jose to begin a 4 game set with the Giants that will wrap up the first half. The California/Carolina League All-Star game will take place on June 17th. The Ports will start the second half at home after the All-Star Break on June 19th against the Bakersfield Blaze.
Here is my first In-Person Autograph in the Billy McKinney Rainbow Project: 2014 Bowman Chrome Base. I got this card signed on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 before the Stockton Ports played the San Jose Giants at Banner Island Ballpark.
Billy McKinney 2014 Bowman Chrome Autographed
I did get one other card signed that day for this project, but that will be the subject of another post.
I just wanted to write a quick post and give an update on some recent autographs I have received. On Tuesday I went to the Stockton Ports and San Jose Giant game at Banner Island Ballpark. I was able to get 11 cards signed by various players and coaches. Here’s a list of the players who signed for me on Tuesday:
Billy McKinney x2
Renato Nunez x1
Daniel Robertson x3
San Jose Giants:
Brian Ragira x2
Lenn Sakata x3
On Friday I will post the first in a series that will showoff (as @cpuJesse calls it) the cards and autographs I have collected this baseball season.
Reminder as similar blog post is on Jesse’s blog Section 117 @ Banner Island Ballpark located here: Showoff Time!
I wanted to create a showcase to display my autograph collection. I will occasionally post photos of various baseballs, baseball cards and other items that I have gotten autographed.
To start this series off I decided to display the items I got autographed at the 3 Hall of Fame Celebrity appearances hosted by the Stockton Ports this season. First up is Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Rollie Fingers. After his time with the Athletics fingers went on to play with the San Diego Padre and the Milwaukee Brewers. Fingers was at Banner Island Ballpark on May 3, 2013. Here is what I was able to get autographed:
Collection from Rollie Fingers signing at Stockton Ports on May 3, 2013
Next up is Gaylord Perry who pitched for the San Francisco Giants from 1962-1971 before playing for 7 other teams. Perry was at Banner Island Ballpark on July 13, 2013.
Collection from Gaylord Perry signing at Stockton Ports on July 13, 2013
Finally is Orlando Cepeda. He is best known as a first baseman for the San Francisco Giants. Cepeda also played for 5 other team including a 3 game stint in 1972 with the Oakland Athletics. Cepeda was at Banner Island Ballpark on August 9, 2013.
Collection from Orlando Cepeda signing at Stockton Ports on August 9, 2013
On Tuesday, August 20, 2013 the Oakland Athletics announce that they will be extending the Player Development Contract (PDC) through the 2016 season with the Stockton Ports. Prior to the extension the Athletics were under contract with the Ports through the 2014 season. The Stockton Ports have been the Class A High affiliate of the Oakland Athletics since 2005. Prior to the move to Stockton that Athletics affiliate was the Modesto A’s from 1975-2004. The Athletics have been the only affiliate with the Ports since Banner Island Ballpark opened in 2005.
The Ports are 1 of 5 affiliates of the Oakland Athletics. The others include: Sacramento RiverCats (AAA), Midland RockHounds (AA), Beloit Snappers (A Low) and Vermont Lake Monsters (A Short Season).
Last week I posted a panorama of Banner Island Ballpark from a center field perspective. Here is a panorama from behind home plate that I took prior to yesterday’s game against the Modesto Nuts.
Here is a panoramic view of Banner Island Ballpark from the right-centerfield home run hill.