8-22-09 PNC Park
Today was going to be a large crowd due to a post game performance by KC and the Sunshine Band. I enjoy weekday games much more – its almost like having your own personal batting practice because there’s no one there.
The first 30 minutes of each game are for season ticket holders only – and I would go on to get a majority of my balls in that time frame today.
Upon entering the stadium, I ran to look for Easter Eggs in left field foul territory. That turned out to be a bad choice. Not only did I find any, I found out that there were a couple in the left field bleachers. Bummer.
I got ball #1 of the day from Denny Bautista. I asked him for a ball in Spanish. He looked at me, turned around for a minute – then turned back and threw me the ball. I then told him, “Gracias. Buena suerte hoy.” I waved his hand. I do believe that’s my first career ball from Denny.
I soon got ball #2 of the day off the bat of Andrew McCutchen. He hit a high fly ball towards the bleachers. I positioned myself in the fourth row back, and waited for the high hop off of the warning track.
Ball #3 was a home run off the bat of “Mr. Smooth” Luis Cruz. He hit a shot that I chased down to my right. My wife snapped a picture of me on the way back.
Then wanted me to pose with the ball, but I was afraid to take my eyes off of the batter’s cage.
Game: 5 balls (5 hit, 1 thrown)
Season: 316 balls (166 hit, 92 thrown, 59 device)
Games: 65 games (7 of which didn’t have BP)
Average: 4.86 balls per game
Career: 482 balls
Streak: 80 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.