This is my first attempt at a FanPost/Eyewitness Report. So bear with me here.
So my wife and I decided to take a little break from the every day grind and head down to Louisville to watch the Bats. It was autograph day and we lived in Louisville for years, so it was a nice chance to see some old friends as well. It was a great day that included free Hardees (thanks to finding a slug on my burger the first time around), free Parking, a ton of autographs, and of course a great Bats win!
(My now prized Louisville Bats hat. Sans autographs of Heisey, Valaika, or Frazier, they left the line as I was getting there. I did get Travis Wood, Juan Francisco, Danny Dorn, Logan Ondrusek, Sam LeCure, and Pedro Viola among others.)
Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the charger for my DSLR, so I was stuck taking pictures with my wife's junky camera. I apologize in advance for the crappiness. So, none of them are that great. It didn't help that we were sitting in the outfield of the 1st base side either. They were awesome seats, but not for picture taking. We did get to sit next to Jake the Diamond Dog's trainer though. If you get the chance to talk to guy, do it. He's a great guy and very entertaining to say the least.
(Jukich on the hill.)
It was a pretty good game. Jukich hit a rough spot in the 3rd inning, allowing 2 runs, but cruised along after that. He only had 2 Ks, but seemed to have pretty good control. I look forward to seeing what he can do up in the Bigs.
Frazier was on fire yesterday. He legged out a couple of in field hits and either him or Bankston - whom was also hitting the cover off the ball - (I don't remember which) hit a long double that nearly left the yard.
(Francisco, not actually this blurry in real life, before grounding out and bringing in a run.)
I was very excited to see Juan Francisco. He did get a couple of singles (the Bats as a team had 14 of them) and a RBI, but also grounded into a double play and struck out on 3 pitches with the bases loaded in the 8th.
(Heisey... I think... possibly.)
Heisey was 2-5 with a RBI. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to get his autograph, but it was still nice to actually see him play. He also managed to take out 2 fans with foul balls, which is an amazing feat in and of itself.
Del Rosario pitched the final 2.1 innings and he looked pretty amazing. He had great control and didn't give up a hit. Though a run did cross the plate in the 9th, due to 2 defensive miscues from the Bats.
It was definitely a lot of fun and I can't wait to go back. I have already purchased my tickets for the 3rd playoff game. I'll be sitting in section 116, right behind home plate. Hopefully, I'll have my camera ready by then so I can get some better pictures for everyone.