My Experience Watching BP From the Field
On Monday, I went to Nats Park to see the Nationals take on the Cardinals for the first time since October 2012. Before the game, I went on the field for Batting Practice. I went on the field with our Season Ticket Rep, George Stone. This is the first year my family bought season tickets, and I think we should buy tickets from George again next year because this was the best experience ever.
|Desi wearing Matt’s Bats shirt on MASN post-game show|
As soon as I walked on the field, I said hi to Ian Desmond. He was standing next to Kurt Suzuki waiting to take batting practice. He said, “Hey Matt’s Bats!” I said thanks for wearing my shirt on TV.
He said “it’s a pleasure.”
Then I saw F.P. Santangelo and he came over to talk to us. He was wearing a suit, not a sweater vest. I talked to him a little bit, but I was distracted by watching batting practice.
I met Dave Jageler, too. I told him about my blog and that I am on Twitter. He took out his iPhone and said he would follow me on Twitter. I didn’t know that he had Twitter, but I followed him back. He only had 13 followers then, but later I sent out a tweet that people should #FF him.
He tweeted back to me.
Then lots of people started following him. Now he has over 500 followers! I bet he freaked out the same way I did when Fake FP #FF’d me.
I met and got autographs from Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper, Steve Lombardozzi, and Gio Gonzalez. I told Desi that I was getting his autograph on a ball for my friend Meggie. It was so fun! Most journalists aren’t allowed to get autographs, but I am just a kid and not a professional journalist. But if anyone from the Nationals wants to give me a press pass, then I will definitely take it!!!!
I told Lombo that I am friends with his girlfriend Brooke on Twitter. He said, “Aren’t you a little young to be tweeting to Brooke?” It’s true that I am young to be on Twitter, but I only go on with my parents watching.
I got Bryce to sign my Sports Illustrated with him on the cover.
I also met Mike Rizzo, Johnny Holliday, and Dan Hellie.
|Johnny Holliday and me|
|Me and Dan Hellie from NBC4|
I waved to Davey Johnson.
I said “Good luck, Rendon” to Anthony Rendon right before his major league home debut. We started calling him”TONY RENDONY.”
It was an awesome experience, even though we lost the game 3-2. I’ll be back Sunday to watch them take on the Reds.
TODAY: NATIONALS VS. CARDINALS
JAIME GARCIA (1-1, 3.22 ERA) VS. STEPHEN STRASBURG (1-3, 2.96 ERA)
HASHTAG: #GOYARDONTHECARDS (courtesy of @NorthCaroliNats)
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