9-23-11 PNC Park

This was the scene in PNC Park today:

It rained steadily all day, but let up around 3:30, which was good enough to wash out batting practice.

It definitely wasn’t a good day for ballhawks.  Before the rest of the stadium opened at 5:30, only one pair of pitchers threw.  That’s it.  It was Bronson Arroyo and another Reds player.  When they were done, they threw their baseballs into the stands – which were quickly retrieved and pocketed by ushers.

Luckily, an usher had found two baseballs in center field and tossed one to Ian Weir, who was closing in on his 100th lifetime baseball, and me.  The ball was soaked, but it didn’t matter – I was on the board.

There was a ball on the grass near the Reds dugout which was picked up by the head groundskeeper as the groundscrew took the tarp off the field.  It was obviously soaked.  He was pulling the tarp off of the infield with his co-workers and had the baseball in his other hand, looking at it.

Then he glanced up into the stands.

I was basically the only one around, and I was half way up in the lower seating bowl.  I held up my glove.  He threw the ball in my direction off balance, kind of like a third baseman throws a bunt that he is charging and picking up barehanded.

As a result the throw sailed over my head, but bounced right back to me and I caught it with my throwing hand.

The ball was soaked.  I didn’t care though.

I only stayed until 6PM.  I was content with two baseballs.  I only really came down to the stadium because I had 17 extra tickets and I just figured I’d get the shirts by getting the tickets scanned.  Plus, I wanted to go be with Amy and Olivia!

Here are today’s baseballs, soaked – they are staying in my garage:

Statistics:
Game: 2 balls (2 thrown)
Season: 411 balls (173 hit, 88 thrown, 87 device, 56 found)
Games: 76 games
Average: 5.41 per game
Career: 1,533 balls
Attendance: 23,642

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