7-4-11 PNC Park

Today was the fourth straight sell out game at PNC Park, the first such string of games in the ten year history of the ballpark.  Also, the Pirates decided not to take batting practice today, which left just the Astros.

My first ball of the day was a clean catch on the fly in left field.  I don’t know who hit it, but Amy got a pic of me labeling it after the fact:

There was a bunch of waiting around,

because the Astros as you may know suck.  They are the worst team in baseball.  Apart from Carlos Lee and Hunter Pence, there’s not much to look forward to in an Astros BP.

My second ball was a scrum ball that I corralled under a bleacher.  Here I am after grabbing it:

The ball had a distinctive marking.  Do you know who hit it?

Read backwards.  Jason Michaels.  There is a clear MICHAE and beneath that a PRO (from Pro Model on the bat).   This is an ultra rare marking, and I only at least one other one where the player who hit it has his name visible on the ball from the bat.

That’s pretty much it for batting practice.  Things got too crowded, and I couldn’t really move.

After a seemingly short Astros BP, Amy and I left.

We returned downtown later on in the day to watch the fireworks on the North Shore.

Good stuff.

Here are today’s baseballs:

Sweet spots:

Statistics:
Game: 2 balls (2 hit)
Season:  272 balls (115 hit, 56 thrown, 63 device, 29 found)
Games: 47 games
Average:  5.78 balls per game
Career:  1,394 balls
Attendance: 36,942

1 Comment

Pretty neat on the Michaels ball! I was at a game for b.p. during opening week and had a couple rows to myself here comes a ball right to me and some guy comes fling out of nowhere right in front of me and catches it on the fly! I find out it’s Erik Jabs,lol.
True story.

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