6-11-11 PNC Park

Amy and I were up at 7AM today as we drove out to our new house with a building inspector.  The purpose of the inspection was to make sure there wasn’t anything majorly wrong with our new house that we recently purchased.  After living in dorms in college, a small townhouse, and a one bedroom apartment, it’s now time to get my dream house.  Especially since our daughter is due in just seven and a half weeks.  So, after spending just under $200k, I was hoping that there wasn’t going to be any needed fixes,  since the house is newer.
We spent time standing around in the master suite while the inspector did his thing in each room and the bathrooms.

The most alarming thing that happened, for me, was the discovery of a stink bug.  Here I am crushing it in the bedroom.

I hate those things.

After that, we moved downstairs to the family room, where the worst discovery was that the racks in the dishwasher could use replacing.

Lastly, after an inspection of the kitchen, it was down to the basement and the theater room.

Amy and I sat down there and tossed a ball back and forth.

There wasn’t really any bad news to be reported.  A little bit of normal settling was found, but it shouldn’t be a major problem.

So, overall, the house inspection was a success.  Amy and I went back to our apartment, took a 2.5 hour nap, then headed to PNC Park.

Upon entering, there were no balls, but after a few minutes of being shut out, I noticed a lefty slice a ball down the line.  It settled by the fence in foul territory.

I ran over and was able to grab it with an extreme full body stretch.

Ball #2 was a scrum ball that another fan botched (in the black).  It hit his glove, and trickled a few rows down to me.

Ball #3 was snagged via the glove trick by the foul pole in left field.

Herbie Andrade made it interesting as he fired balls at my glove as I reeled it in.  I had some trouble at first because my glove is basically falling apart, with the lacing coming undone.  Herbie hates me anyway since he saw me change into Diamondbacks gear earlier this homestand.  He refused to toss me a ball the other day because of that very reason.

Ball #4 was a clean catch of a Matt Diaz home run that I caught here,

Followed by another clean catch of a Pedro Ciriaco home run, bringing my total to five balls on the day.

I would go the entire Mets batting practice without snagging another baseball.  As they ran off the field, I glove tricked a ball near the bullpen, bringing my total on the day to six.

I stayed for the whole game, but didn’t snag anything else.  It was a standing room only sellout crowd.  Anyway, the Pirates won.  The game ended in a timely fashion too, so hopefully there will be batting practice tomorrow.

Today’s baseballs (is it me, or does the Diaz home run look lopsided?)

Sweet spots:

STATISTICS:
Game:  6 balls (4 hit, 2 device)
Season:  205 balls (80 hit, 47 thrown, 53 device, 25 found)
Games: 34 games
Average:  6.03 balls per game
Career:  1,327 balls
Attendance: 39,273

2 Comments

Just found your blog on mygameballs.com. Nice blog. Can’t wait to hopefully come up for the Pirates-Orioles series.

-Dave (FlavaDave10 on mygameballs)

My wife and I were fortunate enough to be in the picture you posted. I feel slightly famous.

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