Let me start off by saying this: Catching baseballs at Champion Stadium is hard. The fans are physical, the berm gets packed and by the end of Batting Practice, there are 200 people going for each ball that leaves the field.
Before I got in the stadium, I went to the back fields at the Wide World of Sports and watched the Braves pitchers walk to a field to walk to a field to do some drills. Here is a picture of R.A. Dickey walking by.
Shortly after, Braves #14 prospect Joey Wentz signed a baseball for me. Here’s a picture of his signature.
I then entered the stadium to watch some bp and get autographs. I ended up getting Ian Krol and Kolten Wong’s autographs by the Batting Cages. Here’s a photo:
I was shut out in Braves bp, mostly because the Braves must have only hit two or three home runs to left field and they were all caught by the more physical fans. Things then got crowded for Cardinals bp, and 200 people crowded onto the berm.
When Tommy Pham was up, I expected him to hit something deep. He sure did. He hit a ball that bounced off the warning track and up to me.
You can get pretty close to the players and coaches at Champion Stadium as you can see in this photo:
I then watched Catcher Eric Fryer warm up:
I then watched the Cardinals warm up from the berm:
Here is a photo of Lance Lynn walking out onto the field from the dugout:
It was a fun day at Champion Stadium and while 1 baseball isn’t a lot, I was just glad to not be shut out.
1 baseball at this game
1 Spring Training baseball
1 baseball at Champion Stadium