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Its Sunday night and I’m preparing for my trip to Cleveland to catch Alex Rodriguez’s 600th home run. I’m pressed for time, so let’s get to it.
It was another ridiculously hot day, as the east coast sweated out another day of this heat wave.
Upon entering the stadium, I found ball #1 in the seats near the left field foul pole in foul territory.
Game: 9 balls (5 hit, 1 thrown, 2 device, 1 found)
Season: 331 balls (172 hit, 73 thrown, 33 device, 44 found)
Games: 51 games
Average: 6.49 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 909 balls
Streak: 147 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
The day began for me at 4AM. I had spent the previous week in South Carolina at Myrtle Beach.
I arrived at PNC Park at 3:45 PM and I was back in action for the first time since July 3rd, exactly two weeks off from ballhawking.
It was a much needed break. But I was ready to get back to one of my hobbies.
Upon entering the stadium at 4:30, batting practice had not yet begun.
After 5-10 minutes, it got underway and I snagged a ground rule double from Bobby Crosby, who was hitting in the first group. The ball barely cleared the wall, as it was a line drive.
I lined up with the ball and made the snag about three rows back.
Things were really slow during the first two groups, and I had the opportunity to talk to two of the Pirates relievers.
Things then slowed down to a ridiculously boring pace. The Astros weren’t hitting many home runs, as they appeared 100% dedicated to taking inside out swings to hit the ball to right field.
Luckily, near the end of batting practice, I snagged a ground rule double off the bat of an unknown Astro.
Also, at the end of batting practice, I got ball #7 thrown by Matt Lindstrom as the Astros were running off the field.
At the end of batting practice I gave one of my extra balls that I bring from home away to a young fan with a glove who had gotten shut out.
I left right after Batting Practice to go home and get caught up on some sleep.
(PS: As for Sunday, Nick and I went to the stadium, waited outside for over a half an hour and then left, as there were no signs of cages in sight. I’ll be back in action on Monday, and Milwaukee’s best ballhawk will be in attendance at the game…)
Game: 7 balls (3 hit, 1 thrown, 1 device, 2 found)
Season: 287 balls (153 hit, 67 thrown, 27 device, 41 found)
Games: 45 games
Average: 6.38 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 865 balls
Streak: 141 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Unfortunately, I would have the 4th largest crowd in PNC Park history to contend with.
The day started off pretty decent when Bobby Crosby hit a ball towards the left field seats, I hopped up on a bleacher and caught my first ball of 2009 on the fly. Last season, my first ball was a thrown ball from Ian Snell. Oddly, fellow ballhawks Nick and Bryan Pelescak also got their first ball from Snell in 2009. Even more peculiar is that all three of us would snag our first ball of 2010 off the bat of 2010.
Things were a little slow during the beginning of BP, so I walked back and forth in left field, playing the left center field gap for left handed batters. I’d then shift back toward the foul pole for the righties.
Game: 5 balls (3 hit, 2 device)
Season: 5 balls (3 hit, 0 thrown, 2 device)
Games: 1 game
Average: 5.00 balls per game
Career: 583 balls
Streak: 97 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Spent: $14 ($5 Ticket, $2 Transportation, $2 Parking Meter, $5 Food)
I decided to track exactly how much money I spend on attending baseball games in 2010. This will include tickets, gas/tolls (transportation), parking, food, souvenirs, and hotels.