9-29-10 Progressive Field
I decided to head up to Cleveland today to break the all time mygameballs record of 543 baseballs. Since it was a Wednesday, it should’ve been easy, right?
I got to the stadium at 4:35, and thought nothing of it when there was no line at the gate to get in. Then I walked into the main concourse and heard an eerie sound.
An announcer was announcing a baseball game.
What the hell?
I proceeded to see that a game was in progress.
I had checked my Indians pocket schedule before leaving. One game. 7:05 start.
What was going on?
I couldn’t turn around. I had entered the stadium. It was an official game.
I was screwed.
I figured out that last night’s game had been rained out, and the Indians and Tigers were playing a double header.
I sat down in a section behind third base.
I had room to track down a foul ball to my right:
But nothing came close, and the Indians ended up winning the game.
I left after game 1, just giving up on my consecutive game streak and forfeiting it. 182 games down the drain. I was feeling really sick and would land in the emergency room a few days later. In hindsight, I should’ve done something, anything to get one ball. I was just so pissed that I didn’t even want to ballhawk anymore. I thought I’d come to Cleveland and triumphantly break the single season record. Now, the regular season is over, and there’s no other games I can attend unless I go to a playoff game.
Game: 0 balls
Season: 538 balls (256 hit, 131 thrown, 74 device, 77 found)
Games: 87 games
Average: 6.18 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 6
Career: 1,116 balls
Streak: 0 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Balls needed to break single season record: 6