JP Arrives in Baseballtown

Our buddy Steve had already surrendered his Reading tickets to me for Saturday night, well before the news came down that Phillies’ top prospect JP Crawford would be making his AA debut.  But it was Nola night, and we’d planned on going anyway.  We even gave Steve a chance to take his tickets back…but he had a son playing tonight, and that always trumps the MiLB stuff–does in my house too.

Crawford Steps In For His First-Ever AA At-Bat.  Photo: Kram

Crawford Steps In For His First-Ever AA At-Bat. Photo: Kram

8,010 were on hand for a beautiful night of baseball.  Baseballtown had everything ready to go, of course, with a pre-game concert and happy hour and everything.

The Perkins HR. Photo: Kram Junior

The Perkins HR. Photo: Kram Junior

The Reading team was ahead early behind the Perkins HR to deep left field.

Really cannot get enough Nola.  Photo: Kram Junior

Really cannot get enough Nola. Photo: Kram Junior

Nola went seven strong, scattering five hits to one run with seven K’s and no walks.

JP Lines One Up.  Photo: Kram

JP Lines One Up. Photo: Kram

A 3-1 lead felt comfortable going into the top of the eighth.  However, fire-baller Nefi Ogando didn’t have the good stuff and was subject to the “Tropicana Strike Zone.”  (Fresh Squeezed)

Ogando Kicks.  Photo: Kram Junior

Ogando Kicks. Photo: Kram Junior

The tie was broken in the bottom of the frame, as catcher Gabriel Lino came through with the necessary sac fly.  Here’s some more scenes from our night in Baseballtown:

JP throws during warm ups.  Photo: Kram Jr.

JP throws during warm ups. Photo: Kram Jr.

JP Set.  Photo: Kram Jr.

JP Set. Photo: Kram Jr.

JP on base.  Photo: Kram

JP on base. Photo: Kram

I made Junior walk over to the third-base side to take this photo of the Crawford RBI-single at-bat.  Photo: Kram Jr.

I made Junior walk over to the third-base side to take this photo of the Crawford RBI-single at-bat. Photo: Kram Jr.

Crawford E6.  It was not all perfect tonight.  He will find his way, though.  Photo: Kram Junior.

Crawford E6. It was not all perfect tonight. He will find his way, though. Perhaps if those two folks in the back were paying closer attention…. Photo: Kram Junior.

 

Not a lot more to tell.  Shackleford came in and got the save in the ninth, and we left before the fireworks and the post-game concert.  Junior drove and we got home in one piece.  The IronPigs won 1-0 in Charlotte, and all is right with the world.

JP will look better once he settles in–not that it will take him long.  He didn’t look over-matched at all, of course, just not ready to show the full talents.  I’m sure that will come as the summer rolls along.  Get yourself down to Baseballtown to see seven of the top ten Phillies’ prospects in action.

Thanks again to Steve, for the tickets, and to Junior for taking over the camera so that I could watch the game without looking through a view-finder.

 

See you at the park,

@Kram209

 

 



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5 replies

  1. The kid looks like he’s real good with the camera… did he read up on it, or is it just natural?

    • Thanks, RD. He’s pretty good with technology, and I think that was his motivation to play around with the camera yesterday. He understands the game, too, so that was a help in capturing some of the images. He did have some difficulty maintaining focus-lock as you can see in several of the pictures above, the focus is more on the background than the player. However, that’s more just getting used to a rather-new camera and learning how to control it’s auto focus functions.

      I was happy to have him fooling with it, because it allowed me to follow the game NOT through a viewfinder–it’s just not my thing. Although, I do like having the photos to use in these posts. Most of the time, I think folks are more interested in Cheryl’s excellent photography than my blathering–and that’s completely understandable. Cheryl’s in Reading this afternoon in Steve’s seats, so I’m expecting some much better stuff to come through from her. Plus, because it’s a day game, the light can be better to capture some of the action shots. I was fooling around with some of the manual settings for shutter speed and focus on my (wife’s) new camera during ‘Pigs batting practice the other day. Nothing really usable or interesting came out of it, but many of the photos looked pretty good. I need more work…

      But that’s the other thing: I don’t often get as close to the field or the proximity to the action that you get from Steve’s seats at Reading. Another thanks to him for sharing his seats with us!

  2. I think the pictures look great. Kudos to Kram Jr.

    Word of the Day: Luddite–a person who is opposed to or resists new technology. (insert picture of Decal here)

    Got to see some of today’s Reading game on SECTV-2. At last check, Crawford was 0-1 with 3 walks.

    • Naw, man, so many good photos taken by you over the years. We’ve got the NosieNation Horn and Bell Photo Archive to prove it! 🙂

      • But, I’m still using Windows Vista, still no cell phone, still recording with a VHS VCR etc., and when someone mentions WiFi I think they’re talking about the former Philadelphia pop radio station at 92.5 on the FM dial. In many ways I’m still stuck in the 1980’s.

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