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Starting off 2016…

Hi, everybody. Yes, yes, I still check this blog every now and then… but it’s really only to tell you all to have fun this season – and to follow me on Twitter: @mattjackson999

You see – I can’t post any more photos – and I don’t really have time to blog any longer. I still love going to games and snagging baseballs… but I do it a bit less now that I’m a college professor and have an infant daughter. But, hey… I get some free time in the summers… and she’ll be old enough to tag along one day.

Until then… check in with my on MyGameBalls.com (username: SonicMAJ) or on Twitter. And go have fun out there.

Oh… and, yes, I’ve made it out to a game. No BP – but I snagged two baseballs at the Angels/Rangers game in Anaheim on April 10th. Thanks for asking!

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2015 Has Begun!

Hi, loyal readers. Are there any of you left? I’ll understand if you’ve deserted or unfollowed this ghost town of a blog.

Know that you can still keep up with my baseball activities, however, by looking for my at MyGameBalls.com (username SonicMAJ) or by following me on Twitter: @mattjackson999

We’re down to the double digits as far as “days until Opening Day” and I can’t wait!

2013 in review

Hey, guys! Apparently a few of you out there still like my blog… even though it hasn’t changed much in 2013.

I appreciate each and every visitor and each and every comment.

Best of luck in 2014!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Follow Along…

Hi, loyal readers.

I know that this blog has been comatose for some time now but I’m just dropping a quick post here to remind everyone that if you’d like to keep up with any and all baseball activity in which I’m participating you can check out my page on MyGameBalls.com (username: SonicMAJ) or – for an even more personal experience – feel free to follow me on Twitter: @MattJackson999.

I hope the 2013 season has been treating you well – I’m still snagging away – mostly in Anaheim.  But I’ll be up in Seattle for a game on July 26th!  And, who knows, maybe I’ll drop in on a Padres game, a Dodgers game, or somewhere else… anything’s possible.

Enjoy the All-Star break, everyone! Baseball’s back in just 24 hours!

End of Season Update

Well, folks. The 2012 season has come and gone and, as you may have noticed, I pretty much stopped blogging midway through the season.  As it turns out, I suddenly was way over my photo allotment on this site (Thanks, WordPress!).  Without being able to upload photos, I felt that blogging about my further adventures was pretty pointless.

While I found myself with extra time (which came in handy since my wife and I adopted a dog in August), I sure do miss being a part of the blog community… I still read two blogs with regularity.  Those would be Zack Hample’s blog and Todd Cook’s blog.  So, I still get to learn about what other folks are up to and I enjoy going through the comments to see the branches of the ballhawking community extending through the blogosphere.

And I’m still keeping up with MyGameBalls.com, too.  All of my 2012 gamesd are updated there and you’ll notice that I started adding notes to each baseball that I snagged throughout the year.  Sort of like a mini-blog for each ball.  I ended up with 105 baseballs this season to bring my lifetime total to 490.  And I currently have a streak going… 121 games with at least one baseball pocketed as a souvenir!  Not too shabby for a guy who just started doing this in August of 2008.

Along the way I went to three different stadiums (none new) and snagged three new types of commemorative baseball: Dodgers, Orioles, and Red Sox.  I’m looking forward to the Astros being around in Anaheim often next season in hopes that I can snag an older 50th ball or an inaugural season ball (for their AL switch–if thosee exist).  Also, I ended up with quite a few autographs, both from mail-in submissions and in-person stuff.

I’ll be keeping the blog active but you’re not likely to see too many new posts from me going forward.  Keep checking MyGameBalls for details on my games, snags, and other cool stuff I might be up to, loyal readers.  Enjoy the off-season!

Too Many Photos?

In an interesting development, I’m over my quota for photos!
This message popped up on my account when I logged in recently: “Tip: You have uploaded 8 GB of files, exceeding your quota by 5 GB. Consider deleting some files to free up more space, or purchasing a space upgrade so you can upload more.”
As it turns out, a 10 GB upgrade costs 20 bucks PER YEAR! Yikes!  And I’m already at about 8GB of files… and the cap is at 3GB… so I would get upgraded to 13GB.  Or I could spend more money and get more space.
So, I’m a couple of entries behind, loyal readers, while I figure out what to do about this situation. I’d love to keep entertaining you with photos from my baseball journeys but I don’t really want to add X amount of bucks a year to my bills I have to pay… so… what to do?
I came up with a couple of ideas. Feel free to tell me what you think:
1. Go back through all my photos that I can and re-size them… I might be able to get back under the cap… but for how long? And that seems like it would be pretty time consuming.
2. Get a kickstarter campaign (or something similar) going… people donate a few bucks here and there so I can purchase an upgrade for my blog. Would anyone donate? I kind of hate to ask my readers for money–it seems kind of lame.
3. Move to a new blog… maybe a different MLBlog… or a different hosting site? I’d have to redirect my traffic… and may lose a lot of readers.
4. Continue blogging… but with no pictures. Would anyone be OK with that? This is fun for me–but it’s all about what keeps my blog visitors happy and returning for more.
Let me know if you’ve got other ideas, everyone. And thanks, as always, for reading.

BallhawkFest: West Coast Edition – July 28th, 2012

Hi, everyone.

You may have heard about a little shindig.  Each year (starting last year) there’s a gathering of ballhawks at a Major League stadium known as BallhawkFest.  It’s more than just a bunch of folks who like to collect baseballs going to the same game though… it’s a whole day/night of activities!  This year, there will be two incarnations of this event.  Last year, in its inaugural form, BallhawkFest took place at Camden Yards on July 23rd.  This year, a different East Coast venue has been chosen… PNC Park (on June 9th).

But… after last year’s success and the interest of a bunch of people out here on the West Coast, Alan Schuster approached me with the following question: “Would you be interested in helping to put together a West Coast version?”  I was all over it–through a poll of some local ballhawks and discussions between Alan and I we established a date.  The first incarnation of BallhawkFest to hit California will take place at Angel Stadium on July 28th, 2012!

You can comment on here for more information or send me a direct e-mail.  Like last year’s festivities in Baltimore, there will be a baseball/softball game in the late morning, a luncheon at a local restaurant, and of course a huge afternoon/night of ballhawking.  The Angels/Rays game that night starts at 6:05pm… so the gates will open at 4:00pm and we’ll be there.

And we’re planning on T-shirts… similar to those used at last year’s festivities!  If you want to help plan, donate a raffle item, provide gear for the softball game, or help out in any way–just get in touch with me.  Last year’s event in Baltimore had about a dozen participants… I’m hoping for that many (or more) out here in California!

And if you’re planning on coming–get your tickets to the game ASAP… there’s a post-game concert that night after the game ends (Goo Goo Dolls, anyone?) so there’s going to be a sizable crowd.

Show some love in the comments section.  Are you coming?  Get ready for a day of friends from far and near and a whole lot of baseball snagging!