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From Zac: Jason, Just one quick questioun I would like answered if your able to. Are u and Nic Ungs Going back to the states after the season or finals?? If you guys do can you and Nic come back when it's offseason and play for the aces. If you don't good luck in the states i will miss seeing u and Nic play!!!!
Zac the short answer is YES. When the season is over Nic and I are headed back to the States in hope of earning a job with an MLB affiliated team. If that does happen for both of us we will be headed to spring training come March and play a full season after that. For me personally, if I throw enough innings during the season I probably would not come back to play in the ABL next winter. If I dont get enough innings or feel like I need to continue to prove myself then I would absolutely love to come back and play for the Aces. I think this league has a lot of potential but needs some fresh thinking to take it there. Australia could be a mecca for winter baseball if it really wanted to. Unfortunately the fan base and the support seam to be pretty slim but I think that can change. Australia has been nothing short of amazing for both of us and we both would love to see this league succeed. I know we have both made some new life long friends playing in the short 3 months we've been here and I know for sure we will both go back to the States and let everyone know what a wonderful opportunity this has been and that players need to take advantage of it while its here!
From Twitter @BillyHawkins asks: [Whats] ur fave MLB ballpark to play at? love ur behind the scenes insight! did u ever pitch to dodgers?
My favorite MLB ballpark is definitely PNC Field in Pittsburgh. I played in the 2006 Futures Game there and I was struck by the magnificent views of the city skyline in centerfield. The grass was an unordinary brilliant shade of green and felt like really plush carpet when you walked on it. It definitely had a Disney feel to it which I think added to my liking of the place.
To answer you second question: Yes. I grew up in Burbank California, about a 10 minute drive to Dodger Stadium. I use to go to tons of games as a kid. I remember several Christmas' in a row getting tickets to about 10 games through the year. Two games in particular that I remember the most are: Opening day (not sure the year) I got taken out of school early by my dad because it was a day game. I had a "doctors" note saying I had an appointment with "Dr. Lasorda" and to excuse me early. We sat in the upper deck staring straight down to the field. I ate my usual feast at Dodger Stadium which consisted of 2 Dodger Dogs (nothing better in all of MLB) a soda and later in the game a vanilla malt complete with wooden spoon.
The second game that stands out is when I won tickets from my barber to another day game. We sat in the blue reserve seats down the third baseline for a Dodgers vs Expos day game. Little did I know I was going to be watching history. On the mound that day for Montreal was Dennis Martinez and he made history by throwing a perfect game. I remember standing in the breezeway for the last out (We had to make a beeline for the car because traffic at Dodger Stadium is horrendous.), it was a deep flyball to center by Chris Gwynn (Brother of Tony) and the centerfielder almost dropped it because he lost it in the sun. The catch however was made and history along with it.
My own little bit of history came in 2007 when I pitched at Dodger Stadium in front of all my family and friends. There was nothing better than to pitch on the same field that I grew up watching all my other heroes pitch on. The other bonus was getting Vin Scully to announce the game. I grew up listening to Vinny and eventhough he called me "Josh" the whole game it didnt matter he was calling a game I was pitching in. I lost the game but completed a childhood dream. Dodger stadium definitely holds a special place in my heart.