7-9-11 PNC Park

The Pirates are just a game out of first place.  Thus, another sell out crowd today, aided by the fact that there was a skyblast show after the game.

There’s not much to speak of for this entry.  I only planned on staying for batting practice and then getting out of there to be with Amy.

Upon entering, a ball landed in the upper bleachers.  At this point, only Nick and Zac were in the left field bleachers, and I just happened to be the closest to the staircase when it hit, so I ran up and grabbed it for ball #1.

I made a clean catch a bit later for ball #2 – not sure exactly who hit it.  Some Cub.  Who knows?

While watching the Cubs, trapped in left field (because the rest of the stadium doesn’t open until 5:30), I watched Carlos Pena, Koyie Hill and others litter the right field wall with home runs.  I was hoping to run over and pick some up, but like clockwork, at 5:22, ushers appeared and took all the balls.

They missed one however.  Carlos Pena had hit one that hit the chain link fence at the top of the wall and disappeared.

When I ran in to look, it was still there, in the row behind the last row of seats, wedged between concrete and the seats.

That was it for batting practice.

I went for a run later on that night and ended up badly spraining my ankle afterwards.  What luck.

Statistics
Game: 3 balls (3 hit)
Season:  291 balls (128 hit, 61 thrown, 68 device, 34 found)
Games: 52 games
Average:  5.60 balls per game
Career:  1,413 balls
Attendance : 39,235

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