Because of the double header the game started at 5 (which meant the gates opened at 4). I kind of left my house in a hurry lol.
My first autograph on this day was from Jeff Hendrix. Hendrix is a guy who I've sort of overlooked. In that he's been hitting the ball really well this year (hence why the team routinely dishes him out as the leadoff hitter). I prepared a dupe of the card above to give to him but I ended up giving it to a kid next to me who wanted an autograph (I have to practice what I preach). I bought a loose Hendrix (thank the Lord the SI Yanks sell cards via singles this year) and gave it to him after the game.
My second autograph was from Josh Roeder. Roeder pitched in game one of the double header and locked down the win with a scoreless 7th inning (in the minors double headers are 7 innings long), earning his fourth save in the process.
My next autograph was from Jeff Degano, who I finally got around to making a custom for. The Yankees' second rounder this year. He may be the starter for the SI Yankees on Thursday.
Next up I finally got the Yankees' first draft pick this year James Kaprielian!
I actually asked him to sign four cards but gave the fourth one to the aforementioned kid I gave the Hendrix dupe to. Don't worry, I still had a couple of cards to give to Kaprielian himself. ;). Kaprielian here was the last of my pre-game autograph haul.
After the first game of the double header ended. There was a brief 30 minute intermission (30 minutes is brief in baseball preparation time) but I managed to get Zack Zehner here. Zack is a very capable left fielder who's been tasked with hitting second in the lineup in recent times (especially after Holder's thumb issues started getting worse).
After the second game ended I managed to get the signature on the ticket stub from the newest SI Yankee, Alex Bisacca. He was in the bullpen chilling with the other relievers and even started warming up in the bottom of the 7th inning in game two of the double-header just in case the SI Yankees managed to tie the game and the game would go to extra innings.
My second post game autograph was courtesy of Matthew Borens. Although it appeared as though Borens was moved to the bullpen when Kaprielian got called up and was slotted into the SIY rotation, Borens will be starting game 1 of the double-header the SI Yankees will play tonight (that's right, the SI Yankees are playing two doubleheaders in two consecutive days). You can never have enough starting pitching.
My third post game autograph came courtesy of Jonny Drozd. Drozd was also chilling in the bullpen but as he said himself (to paraphrase) "he didn't do much." I'm sure the SI Yanks will call upon his services today.
My last autograph on this day was from Ethan Carnes. Carnes started game two of the doubleheader, he went 4.1 innings pitched allowing just one run. Carnes is a super cool dude who promised me he'd sign my card after the game and sign it he did. Carnes' mother was also in attendance (she had a jersey that said Carnes on it). I gave Ethan an extra card of his from this year's set and he said his mother would really love it.
On a sidenote, Carnes called me a true fan. #smile.
With the Carnes autograph I finally finished the 2015 Staten Island Yankees team set (minus the five guys who weren't with the team by the time the team set came out). Whether or not I finish the complete set remains to be seen as Alex Robinett was just deployed to army boot camp (I wish him the best and hope he returns to the mound in the future at 100% health) and Ty McFarland has been missing in action since late June (I hope everything with him is okay too). Then again, crazier things have happened. And I do have those five guys' autographs on other cards ;).
So with that out of way onto the games :).
Game 1 was actually a continuation of a postponed game from 8/19. The SI Yankees were already up 2-1 and the game ended in a 4-1 victory for the SI Yankees. Kolton Mahoney (who started the original game too) threw six innings of one run ball.
Before the game Kolton Mahoney even gave me a ball that happened to be lying around on the ground. I gave the ball to a lady to give to her son (different kid from aforementioned one) and they were really appreciative about it (gotta spread the love ;)). We even started talking about basic human decency and about how she and her son actually went to Japan once.
Game 2 ended in a 1-2 loss for the SI Yankees. Ethan Carnes pitched a really great 4.1 innings but James Reeves (who wasn't too bad either) ended up giving up one run which proved to be the winning run. But it was still a well pitched game nonetheless.
In any case because the SI Yankees managed to one win of these two games (and because of Hudson Valley's loss) the SI Yanks remain in first place. Now they have to make sure to win at least one (both if possible) of today's two games.
All in all it was a pretty wonderful day, the kind of day that makes you glad to be alive (yes, they exist, I was very surprised that they exist but they do). I helped some kids get autographs and a ball, I finished my team set (sort of) and I finally got James Kaprielian's autograph. I also got to give out the last of the dupes to the players who'd already signed for me as thank you presents (except one). What a great way to end summer break :).
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).
2015 IP Auto Count: 124