Some Players I Have Met
A day in Philly...
My family and I took a day trip up to Philly on May 15th 2016, to see the Phillies play the Cincinnati Reds. It was a Sunday game and the third game of a three game set. Dan Straily was toeing the rubber for the Reds and for the Phillies it was southpaw Adam Morgan. It wasn't that good of a day for Morgan after giving up seven runs on eight hits with three walks. On the other hand, Straily throwing five innings, gave up six hits with three walks and no runs. The Reds offense turned on early in the game with an RBI double for Adam Duvall. Eugenio Suarez later hit a three-run home run to extend their lead to 7-0. The Reds ended up winning that game at a final score of 9-4. Before the game, during the Reds batting practice, is when I had the most fun. Going off topic for a moment. If you didn't know already, my first year of batboying was in 2013 and that was the year that former New Jersey Jackal Tim Adleman played for the team. That year, Adleman had a 1.45 ERA as a relief pitcher for the club. He also pitched in 40 games and throwing 49.1 innings. Speaking of Tim, he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds from the New Jersey Jackals as a free agent. The Reds assigned him to the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. After only a couple years, Tim got the invite to Major League Spring Training with the Reds. The coaches had seen what they had to see and that year promoted him up to the Tripple- A Louisville Bats. On May 1, 2016 Reds starting pitcher Raisel Iglesias was put on the disabled list due to an impingement in his right shoulder. The Cincinnati Reds selected the contract of RHP Tim Adleman from the Louisville Bats to replace him during his injury. That brings it back to batting practice on May 15th. It was 11:35 and the gates were just about to open for a 1:35 game. As I walked through the gates of Great American Park, I couldn't help but to run down to the visiting side to try to see Tim. I got down by the 3rd base line and there were all the Reds pitchers throwing before BP. After a couple seconds I spotted Tim. He was throwing with a catcher right in front of me. Once he was done throwing, he walked over to me and gave me the ball that he was using and we started talking. I had him sign a couple things then I asked him for an interview. He did the interview with me and it's currently under the "baseball" section of my website. After he signed a few more baseballs for some fans he walked out to the outfield to shag with the team during batting practice. I then went by the dugout to try to get some autographs and Brandon Phillips starts signing for some of us. Overall, it was a great day at the ballpark and was great seeing a friend of mine who made it to the show.