I was invited by my friend Kevin McCarthy to join him in his company’s corporate box in the first row behind the visiting dugout at Shea on Thursday, September 15, as the Mets faced off against the Washington Nationals.
With such sweet seats, the view was great, and the chance for autographs and other perks was ample.
Preston Wilson singled in the 5th inning, and the ball eventually made it back to the Nationals dugout. One of the Nationals coaches had tossed a couple of balls to some young kids earlier in the game, and this time, he tossed one in our direction. Kevin snagged it, and promptly gave it to me. My first game-used ball!
(Kevin also secured a Mike Piazza game-used ball, tossed by Nick Johnson)
So Mr. Hample, I’m only 2,600+ behind you now …. 🙂