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Monday, September 4, 2017
Labor Day Weekend Graphing The Wood Ducks At Buies Creek
Kelvin Vasquez was outside and said hello to us. I asked him if he minded giving the photo to Emerson, since we were right at the door and he wouldn't have to keep up with the photo in the dugout. Kelvin doesn't speak a whole lot of English, so he went inside and got Emerson. Emerson thanked Chris and I for the photo and asked me if I had tickets for the game yet. I didn't, so he put us on "the list" and we got in to the double header for free.
Emerson started the first game, with the Wood Ducks needing to win 3 of the 4 games in the series. They lost the first game 1-0 in 7 (in the minors, all double header games are 7 innings) on a hit by pitch with the bases loaded. Brett Martin pitched the second game and the Woodies won 5-2. They won again on Sunday, 7-3, putting them a half game behind Buies Creek with one to go for the second half title for the Southern Division. We weren't even going to go to the Sunday game, but Jeremy Moore told Chris that if we came, he would take Chris on the field again. Chris was able to go on the field, and they even put the catcher's gear on him. Jeremy took him in the dugout and everyone high-fived Chris and hugged him. They were really happy to see us.
Today, they won 10-3 and clinched a playoff spot. It was a really cool feeling to see the guys I have followed all season celebrate clinching, after how poor their record was earlier this season.
One of the best parts of the series was that I got to hang out with a fellow Instagrammer, Jackson, for the duration of the series. He is a really great guy, and has been following me on there since I got started.
I did do some graphing across the series, and also picked up a Buies Creek team set.
This was such a cool series, and I was really glad that I decided to make the trip, especially for today's clincher. The players seemed legitimately happy to see Chris and I, which made us feel really good. I got a hug from Emerson Martinez after the second game on Saturday. Luis La O shook my hand and called me Papi today. I am so happy for these guys, and I hope they can keep it going. They begin their series against Myrtle Beach on Wednesday at home, and I will be there.