4-20-10 PNC Park

I needed to rebound after driving 4 hours to Washington and only getting three balls, despite a full BP.  My redemption would come today.

I arrived at the stadium a few minutes before the gates opened.  Although there were no easter eggs that I could find, I did end up getting on the board rather quickly.

My first and second balls that I snagged were off the bat of Jason Jaramillo.  The first hit a bleacher, and I ran over and picked up, and the second was a ground rule double that bounced to me over the fence.

For whatever reason, Andrew McCutchen and Lastings Milledge were hitting in the last group today.  Typically, the last group is reserved for light-hitting backups.  If this trend continues, it could be very good, considering there are very few folks at BP early, and both players have home run power.

Anyhow, that was it for Pirates BP.  Two balls.

The Brewers came out, and I was hoping for some action.  Unfortunately, most Brewers were wearing their warm up jerseys,
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so I couldn’t identify many batters, except for obvious ones like Prince Fielder, Craig Counsell or Corey Hart.

An unidentified Brewer hit a home run that disappeared onto the Rotunda. 
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STATISTICS:
Game:  12 balls (8 hit, 3 thrown, 1 found)
Season:  39 balls (24 hit, 6 thrown, 5 device, 4 found)
Games: 7 games
Average:  5.57 balls per game
Career:  617 balls
Streak:  103 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  9,386

2009 through 7 games: 29 (Currently I am 10 balls ahead of last year’s career high season)

2 Comments

Man, Erik–that empty stadium looks like snagging heaven. The other day, when it was rainy in Anaheim, the Angels still drew 35,000+ and had a decent pregame crowd. Plus, you’ve got so much home run territory to play in–I really need to get to a game in Pittsburgh at some point.
~Matt
http://bloggingboutbaseball.mlblogs.com/

Matt,
We are pretty lucky. That’s the one good thing about having 17 consecutive losing seasons. No one comes to the games. A generation of fans have been lost. There will be young adults who can vote turning 18 this year who have never been ALIVE while the Pirates have had a winning season.

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