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3-19-10 Champion Stadium

My dad and I left Osceola County Ballpark early to attend the Tigers vs Braves game at Champion Stadium at 6:05.  I figured that the gates would open at 4.  We arrived a little after 3:30.

The gates were already open.
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Meaning all of the Easter Eggs were gone.

There were already several ballhawks patrolling the outfield grass.  The gates must have opened at 3 or 3:30.
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I ended up snagging fourteen balls today, which isn’t bad.  It was one short of my career one day record of 15 set on 9-24-09 between Progressive Field and PNC Park.

Statistics:
Game: 2 Balls
Spring Training Career: 22 balls in 5 games.

4-19-09 PNC Park

I dragged myself out of bed after about five hours of sleep and went to today’s game.  I was hoping there would be batting practice today.  Even though it was Sunday, I thought maybe since yesterday was an afternoon game, that there would be BP.  I was right.

I decided to first ask Nyjer Morgan for a ball. 
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He was being asked by another fan to my right who had a Boston Red Sox hat on.  Nyjer came over and said, “Turn your hat around.”  The kid wouldn’t.  Morgan said, “Can’t do it, dawg.”  He proceeded to throw the ball to another fan wearing Pirate gear.  Soon after though, I got ball #1 from Nyjer Morgan.  I called his name and he tossed it up to me.

That was it for the Pirates portion of BP.  The Braves then came out and hit.  A ball rolled to the wall in left field, right at the 325 ft. marker.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  3 balls (1 hit, 1 thrown, 1 device)
Season:  29 balls (13 hit, 10 thrown, 6 device)
Games:  7 (6 with BP, 1 without)
Average:  4.14 balls per game
Career:  195 balls
Attendance:   14,776

4-17-09 PNC Park

I was hoping to have a huge day today since the Penguins had a playoff game.  Sure enough, batting practice was pretty empty, but I didn’t have a stand out day.

My wife and I arrive at the park at 4:05 PM and were second in line.  I went into batting practice and looked for Easter Eggs, but there were none.  There were a couple ushers standing around and they must’ve picked up anything that came out.  I settled into my spot in left field and waited. 

An unidentified Pirate hit a deep fly ball.  He hit it right into the sun, but I was able to catch it on the fly… barely.  It almost went over my head.  Nonetheless, I had ball #1 of the day. 

Nyjer Morgan was shagging balls in the outfield and I called his name, he looked at me and tossed a ball, but it was headed for some random guy with a Pantera hat on.  The guy was holding a calendar and didn’t have a glove and looked out of place at batting practice.  He reached for the ball and missed it.  I picked the ball up on the deflection.  It was ball #2.  He kind of gave me a look like he expected me to give it to him, but I didn’t.  Since I called for Nyjer to throw the ball, I felt like I earned it, plus he didn’t have a glove and wasn’t prepared.

The Pirates portion of batting practice ended and the Braves came out to hit.  They weren’t hitting anything deep.  To make matters worse, batting practice looked like this:
100_0766.jpgI had so much room to roam and chase down home runs, but none were coming.  One finally did come out, but I misjudged the ball and it was over my head.  If I had been one row deeper I would have caught the ball.  I slammed my glove in disgust and muttered to myself.

I tried to chase down some other fly balls, but everything ended up falling short of the fence.  It was one of those days.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  3 Balls
Season:  20 Balls
Games:  5 Games (4 with batting practice, 1 without)
Average:  4.00 Balls per game
Career:  186 Balls
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