7-24-11 PNC Park

Batting practice on a Sunday?  It doesn’t happen very often, but occasionally it happens.

My day began at 7:20 AM, as I woke up extra early so I could go to the gym before heading to the ballpark.  I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of time with Amy as soon as batting practice ended.

Our due date is fast approaching.   For fun, we offered our guesses on when our baby would be born.  I picked July 26.  Amy picked July 30th.  The baby is due August 9.   Neither of us think we’ll make it that far as our baby is measuring up to be a big baby.

Anyhow, I stood on the bridge where I could see home plate.  There was no cage.

I hung around for awhile longer, and at 11:05 AM, the cage was rolled out, so I immediately went into the stadium.

The Pirates came out and stretched, and at exactly 11:30, batting practice got underway.

My first ball came rather quickly – it was a clean catch of a homer caught here:

Realizing that there wouldn’t be many home runs hit, (yesterday there were 3) – I made my way over to foul territory in right field and lined myself up behind the Cardinals pitchers, who had come out to warm up.  There was virtually no one else around, as everyone stayed in left field trying to catch batted balls.

The strategy paid off as Trever Miller tossed me ball #2 on his way into the dugout,


and Raul Valdes tossed me ball #3.

Chris Resop saw me get ball #3 and glared at me in disapproval.  Oh well.

For the last group, I went back to left field where I offered to glove trick a ball for a young fan.  I had the ball in my glove when Euclides Rojas foiled the attempt by throwing his glove at mine, jarring the ball loose.

Rojas marched over and grabbed the ball, then something really weird happened.

He flipped me the ball.

It was the first time Rojas had ever acknowledged me, let alone toss me a ball.

Anyhow, true to my promise, immediately I handed the ball away to the young fan.

Batting practice had finished at noon, so I left too to be with Amy.

Statistics
Game: 4 balls (1 hit, 3 thrown)
Season:  305 balls (131 hit, 67 thrown, 70 device, 37 found)
Games: 57 games
Career:  1,427 balls
Attendance : 35,402

1 Comment

How great it must be to be able to just look into the stadium and see if the cages are up. Us New York folk have to run in and hope for the best.

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