4-21-12 PNC Park

Rain would wash out batting practice today, making it a struggle to get baseballs.

However, sometimes in the hobby of ballhawking, you’ll have luck on your side.  I had a lot of luck today.  Upon entering, I went to the main seating bowl and found ball #1:

#2:

and #3:

They were likely overthrows from the Pirates warm up session before the gates opened.

The Cardinals came out soon after and I was able to get JC Romero to toss me ball #4 when he was done:

And Fernando Salas threw me ball #5:

I decided to get out of the way so that fellow ballhawk Zac Weiss should get a ball or two.  I went halfway up into the empty seats to sit down and number my baseballs.

Just when I sat down, about 20 some rows back, I noticed Lance Lynn had finished throwing, so I stood up and help up my glove.  He fired a perfect strike at me for ball #6.

Moments later, Mark Rczepzynski randomly fired his ball into the empty seats, so I just had to walk over and pick it up for ball #7.

When Kyle McClellan finished his warm ups, rather than give in to the polite request from the two Cardinals fans for a ball, he turned and fired his warm up ball into the right field seats, which were off limits until 5:30.  Since I couldn’t get over there, I went into the upper deck on a scouting mission so I could see down into the right field seats so that I could know exactly where the ball was in case someone else was also going for the same ball.  Can you spot it?

At 5:30, I ran up to the exact spot where the ball was waiting for me and snapped a pic.  It was ball #8:

At 5:35, I went into the upper deck and found a Mark Rzepczynski ball that he had randomly just thrown into the upper deck.

There was no BP, and yet after about an hour, I had already snagged 9 balls.  There wasn’t much action for the next 90 minutes, so I took a pic of the field:
Took a pic of this fan’s Cardinals jersey:

And watched AJ Burnett warm up before his first Pirates start:

I sat for a few innings in right field, but couldn’t snag another baseball.  After a few innings, I went home to my family and watched the rest on TV.
By the way, today was fittingly umbrella night.

Here are today’s baseballs:

2012 Stats:
Game: 9 balls
Season: 53 balls
Career: 1,597 balls

4 Comments

I like how some of the baseballs are worn out with thier logos……

In your first bunch of photos, it looks like you’re the only person in the whole stadium!
– Malcolm

http://theballparkguide.mlblogs.com/

Would you like Orange Juice with all those eggs? Seriously, though, even if you got a little lucky, it’s your skill that got you where you did that day. I, for example, can’t get that many baseballs when there is bp.
-Mateo

http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

wow 9 balls with no BP, nice.

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