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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Last week I went to the Mariners game with my good friend, Vic Ulsh. Vic woks at Bradley Scoot and lives in Bremerton. He recounted a story about a trip he and John Wallen (also a Kitsap guy) took to Spring Training a few years back. The episode was so unusual, I asked him to write it down so I could share it on my blog…

Hey Dan:
Thanks again for the great evening at Safeco last Wednesday.  I mentioned the Spring Training oddity from a few years back.  Here’s the story.  In March 2007 I joined John Wallen on his annual Spring Training trip to the Phoenix area.  John puts together a great trip which always includes visits to various ball parks.  One day we were at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa to see the Chicago Cubs host the San Francisco Giants.  That year the Giants had two guys from Kitsap area high schools.  Both Todd Linden of Central Kitsap High and Jason Ellison of South Kitsap High played outfield for the San Francisco organization.  Coincidentally, they happened to bat back-to-back in that game.  Our gang was sitting along the first base line just beyond first base.  I had walked up to watch from the concourse which wraps around the stadium in the top of the 7th inning as Jason Ellison came to bat.  Ellison fouled a ball down the first base line.  I watched as John Wallen grabbed it.  On the very next pitch Ellison fouls another pitch down the first base line.  This one gets a little deeper into the stands.  It rattled thru the overhead lattice, dropped, and rolled right to me.  What are the chances?  On consecutive pitches in an MLB spring game in Mesa, Arizona a kid from Kitsap County hits consecutive foul balls to two different long time Kitsap residents.
SIDENOTE:  John Wallen promptly gave his ball to the granddaughter of a WWII veteran who were both sitting next to him.  I still have my ball.  John has always been known for taking the high road.  I guess I’m still looking for the on-ramp.  Oh well.  One of these days I’d like to visit with Jason Ellison and have him sign the ball.

Feel free to use any of this.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

Thanks, VIC!

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