6-30-09 PNC Park

Today was a bounce back day for me.  After nearly being shut out yesterday, I got on the board quickly today.

Within the first 30 seconds of being in the park, I had a ball.   Upon entering the bleacher area, I checked in the general admission bleachers (upper bleachers).  Balls rarely go up there, but every now and then a power hitter will reach them, or a ball will bounce on the concrete and settle up there.

I ran up the steps and found ball #1 waiting for me in the front row.

I got ball #2 off the bat of Jason Jaramillo, who was hitting right handed.  He hit a high fly ball to my right.  I ran over a section, but lost the ball in the sun momentarily.  The ball landed on a bleacher and settled near my feet, and I was able to reach down and quickly grab it.

Ball #3 came from Brandon Moss.  He fielded a ball and looked to the bleachers.  I held my glove up, and he fired the ball at me. 

The Pirates wrapped up their portion of batting practice a bit early.  There was a ball up against the outfield wall that I was waiting to use the glove trick on.  I wasn’t going to do the trick with the Pirates in the field, because they all recognize me by now, and I don’t want to look greedy.  Luckily, the Pirates jogged off the field, leaving the ball at the wall.  I sprang into action and reeled in ball #4 with the glove trick.

The Cubs came out to hit, and Alfonso Soriano began shagging in left field. 
Luckily, he was only focused on the balls that a coach was hitting him, and didn’t bother himself with any BP balls hit his way.  A Cubs batter hit a line drive that trickled to the edge of the warning track.  It was glove trickable, but not without drawing lots of attention to myself from throwing my glove a good 15 feet or more out onto the field.  I decided to let it go. 

Then, a grounds keeper walked by and kicked the ball to the base of the wall.  “Maybe they’ll toss it up to one of yinz,” he said. 
Game:  7 balls (4 hit, 1 thrown, 2 device)
Season:  224 balls (117 hit, 75 thrown, 32 device)
Games:  45 games (5 of which didn’t have BP)
Average:  4.98 balls per game
Career:  390 balls
Attendance:  17,054


paid for your craft. how about that? did the guy say why he wanted to buy one? for his kid or something?


No ballhawk league report this week?

dang you are good. I have gotten one in my life. haha. Good luck blogging, and keep at it! Good luck with the baseballs.
==Orioles fan==
My blog is Birdland Blog


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