8-7-09 PNC Park
Today wasn’t a banner day for me. The Cardinals were in town, and they are historically a tough team for batting practice. Although they have a decent amount of right handed batters, they work exclusively on hitting the ball the other way for a majority of their cuts. This results in less home runs being hit to the left field bleachers, which is where I normally patrol.
I did manage to get on the board early, as I spotted bench coach Gary Varsho teaching Lastings Milledge how to correctly catch a fly ball.
I’m sure many parents with young children were real thrilled with FSN’s decision to show this man with blood pouring down his face.
At first I was thinking, “What a freaking idiot.” Then, my disdain for the man turned to remorse when I saw he had a disabled son who was with him.
Albert Pujols was the first one to the man, and stayed with him, holding his neck on the ground, the entire ten minutes. It tells you a lot about Albert Pujols as a person.
After ten minutes, they stabilized the man on a stretcher, and carted him off the field.
Predictably, the Pirates would go on to blow the lead and lose their sixth game in a row. The Washington Nationals are only seven games ahead of the Pirates now in the worst record in baseball category.&nb
sp; Uh oh.
Game: 2 balls (2 thrown)
Season: 255 balls (131 hit, 84 thrown, 40 device)
Games: 54 games (5 of which didn’t have BP)
Average: 4.72 balls per game
Career: 421 balls
Streak: 69 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.