I wasn’t even supposed to be at this game. Thanks to a tree that fell during a storm last night, my place of work didn’t have power all day, thereby freeing me up for the afternoon and relieving me of my coaching duties for a day.
I spent the about 30-40 minutes on the riverwalk before the gates would open. Unfortunately, this is the most interesting to happen down there:
Game: 10 balls (5 hit, 1 thrown, 1 device, 3 found)
Season: 87 balls (53 hit, 16 thrown, 9 device, 10 found)
Games: 12 games
Average: 7.25 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 665 balls
Streak: 108 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
After missing yesterday’s game due to coaching, I was looking forward to attending my first game of the week today, on Cinco de Mayo.
I ran in, trailing fellow ballhawk Nick Pelescak. Nick broke to the left towards the bullpen, so I was left to search near the ushers. Surprisingly, there was a ball sitting there in the third row on the ground. I was on the board.
I got my second and third balls of the day during the Pirates BP in this area: The General Admission Bleachers.
The balls bounced on the walkway behind me and hopped up into the bleachers. I don’t know who hit ball #2, but ball #3 was off the bat of Ronny Cedeno.
I caught my fourth ball of the day off the bat of Jason Jaramillo. I caught it on the fly in the second row (which is an accomplishment, as I typically stay away from the first two rows).
That was it for the Pirates BP, and the Cubs came out.
I didn’t have to wait long to get my first Cubs ball, as Derrek Lee hit a high fly ball that bounced on the warning track, and six rows back into my glove.
Soon after, I glove tricked ball #6 in this area:
Game: 8 balls (4 hit, 2 thrown, 1 device, 1 found)
Season: 77 balls (47 hit, 15 thrown, 8 device, 7 found)
Games: 11 games
Average: 7.00 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 655 balls
Streak: 107 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to go to today’s game at Progressive Field. After continuously checking the weather forecast throughout the morning, it looks like rain that had been moving through Cleveland would be gone.
I left my house a little before 1PM and was first in line at 3PM. When I peeked through the gates, I saw this:
and an even better picture, with a clear view of the Target Field Balls:
Afterwards, we would all go our separate ways. I chose to go to the Twins bullpen area. I had noticed a ball laying in the bullpen.
It was a little too far out to do the glove trick, so I elected to wait and see if I could get the ball tossed up to me.
For lefties, I sat over in right field.
And I stayed on the home run porch occasionally for righties.
I stayed until the very end of the game – the 11th inning.
And watched the Indians win in exciting walk off fashion:
Also, this was likely the last game that I’ll have the #1 game on mygameballs.com, as Zack Hample is poised to remove me from the top spot on Monday.
Here are today’s baseballs:
And the sweet spots:
Game: 8 balls (5 hit, 3 thrown)
Season: 69 balls (43 hit, 13 thrown, 7 device, 6 found)
Games: 10 games
Average: 6.90 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 647 balls
Streak: 106 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
I decided to attend today’s Twins vs Indians game to try and snag a Twins Target Field commemorative ball.
Surprisingly, I wouldn’t have to wait long at all. Within 30 seconds of entering the stadium, I found my first ball of the day laying in the bleachers. Upon later inspecting it, I found out that it was indeed a 2010 Target Field ball.
Batting practice was rather slow today during the Indians portion, so I attempted to get a few toss ups. I got Chris Perez to toss me a ball, but some guy reached in front of me and robbed me.
When I saw the ball stayed in the trees and didn’t bounce out, I was off sprinting to Heritage Park.
Also running towards Heritage Park in front of me were Nick and Bryan Pelescak, as well as some other local Cleveland ballhawk.
We all got to the area at about the same time. As I was searching for the ball, I heard a fellow fan saw, “it hit farther down.” Myself and the local Cleveland ballhawk got to the spot at the same time. There it was. Justin Morneau career home run #168. The ball was impossible for anyone to get as it was lodged in the base of one of the hemlocks, between three thick branches.
It didn’t matter though, as I reached in with my stick (collibsible yard stick), poked the ball loose, and grabbed ball #10, and my third game ball of 2010.
The ball didn’t come without controversy, as the other ballhawk was real upset that he wasn’t able to get it. He wasn’t prepared. Luckily a cop was ri
ght there, and told me and the other guy that it was mine to get, as I “had something to get it with.”
Of course the other guy was a really sore loser and complained and heckled me the rest of the night. Apparently he reads this blog and takes exception to me and the fact that I catch a lot of baseballs. Whatever though. I dropped it and spent the rest of the game in left field foul territory, and came close on at least three foul balls.
I would finish the game with ten.
Nick snagged 11, and his brother Bryan 7. 28 between the three of us.
A good night at Progressive
Here are today’s baseballs: (Morneau HR #168 in foreground)
and the sweet spots:
By the way, this is the video of Justin Morneau’s home run in the first inning.
Game: 10 balls (4 hit, 3 thrown, 1 device, 2 found)
Season: 61 balls (38 hit, 10 thrown, 7 device, 6 found)
Games: 9 games
Average: 6.78 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 639 balls
Streak: 105 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
2009 through 8 games: 42 (Currently I am 19 balls ahead of last year’s career high season pace)