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9-9-11 PNC Park

Today was a pretty mediocre day for me snagging wise.

First off, I forgot my sunglasses, making it almost impossible to track home run balls.

Here I am trying to use my glove to block the sun.

I managed to snag a Brandon Wood home run on the fly before the Pirates left the field.  I had to make the catch on the run and caught it backhanded and below my waist.  I lost track of it for a second, but it was more of a line drive, so it didn’t completely vanish in the glaring sun.  Here I am numbering ball #1485:

I changed into my ridiculous eye-catching teal Marlins gear once the Pirates wrapped things up.  Look how bad I stand out.

It paid off as I got Alex Sanabia to toss me ball #2.  Here I am showing it to Amy:

My third and final ball was an awkward scrum ball.  It was a home run that landed and settled on an empty bleacher.  Three people grabbed the ball at the same time.  I had the ball wedged between my glove and my bare hand, another guy let go of the ball after a second.  However, the guy in the row behind me held onto the ball for dear life with one hand.  I had a better grip, so after an awkward twenty seconds, he finally let go.

Anyhow, after batting practice, Amy, Olivia and I went up to the upper deck to pick a new season ticket seat for next year.  Since the Pirates are raising prices, the only seats available for $499 for a full season plan are in rows S-Y.  I wanted to make sure the seats I get have no obstructions.

Here’s Olivia and I in the upper deck.

Statistics:
Game: 3 balls (2 hit, 1 thrown)
Season: 365 balls (154 hit, 77 thrown, 85 device, 49 found)
Games: 69 games
Career: 1,487 balls
Attendance: 24,527
Remaining games to reach goal of 413: 7
Needed to reach goal: 48 (6.9 per game)

6-3-11 PNC Park

It’s been about 10 days since my last game.  I’ve cut down on the road trips since last year, as an average trip to Cleveland costs $75 a game, and a trip to Washington or Baltimore averages about $100 a game in gas and tolls.  It wasn’t worth it to me.

Amy and I have spent the last ten days scouring the housing market.  I’ve decided that I want to have a nice house for my baby daughter (due in August) to grow up in.  Our current one bed room apartment just isn’t cutting it.

Amy and I have been putting together lists, driving around, and scratching off 80% of the houses we drive by.  We’ve toured six solid contenders so far, and are looking at houses in the $150,000-$200,000 range.  All of the ones we like are 200k, which is a huge commitment.  So, as you can see,  at least for the time being, I would rather spend my money on a house than ballhawking trips as I have in the past.

Anyhow, my first two balls of the day came from Brandon Wood.  The first one was thrown to me from left field, but fell well short.  The ball rested on the warning track, where I glove tricked it for ball #1.

I usually do not use my glove trick during the Pirates batting practice.  I figure that if I am seen using the glove trick it will make the Pirates pitchers less likely to want to toss me a ball.  However, since many of the Pirates pitchers seem to dislike the fact that I am there every game, I just went for it.

Wood did not see me use the glove trick, and turned and threw a perfect strike to me for ball #2 at the end of the Pirates batting practice.

My third ball was glove tricked during the Phillies BP in left field, and my fourth ball was a clean catch of a home run here:

My fifth and final ball was glove tricked in right field.

It wasn’t any usual glove trick.  It was the first time I ever glove tricked a ball from a top the Clemente wall.

I spent the last twenty minutes in left field, but didn’t get anything.  It was just too crowded.

Here are today’s baseballs:

Sweet spots:

STATISTICS:
Game:  5 balls (1 hit, 1 thrown, 3 device)
Season:  167 balls (64 hit, 38 thrown, 41 device, 23 found)
Games: 27 games
Average:  6.19 balls per game
Career:  1,289 balls
Attendance: 33,861

4-25-11 PNC Park

Today was the make up game of Friday’s rained out contest between the Pirates and Nationals.

When the gates opened, I ran in and found my first ball of the day in the front row near the bullpen.
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I only got one other ball during the Pirates portion and it was a home run ball that probably was catchable by myself or Nick, but we both missed it and it bounced back onto the field.  Evan Meek picked it up and tossed it to me for ball #2.

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When the Pirates ran off the field, I got Daniel McCutchen to throw me a ball from center field, but it fell well short.  I was luckily able to glove trick it for ball #3.

I also glove tricked ball #4 in left field when the Nationals were hitting.

My fifth ball of the day was a home run hit by an unknown righty.  I made the clean catch here:
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I then struck up a conversation with ex-Pirate Tom Gorzelanny.  I asked him if he still had all the Dave Matthews Band CDs that I sent him a few years back.  He said yeah and then started talking to me about DMB for a bit.
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During the conversation, a batter hit a line drive that bounced on the warning track.  I snagged it as it skipped off the warning track just to my left without moving or breaking conversation with Gorzelanny. 
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I was planning on asking him for a ball, and that ground rule double had just ruined it.

Anyway, the Nationals weren’t taking much initiative in collecting the balls from the warning track, so I glove tricked ball #7 here in left field,
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and glove tricked #8 in section 141.
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I was then tipped off by ex-ballhawk Andrew McDonald about another ball, and glove tricked that one for #9.
DSC00344.JPGMy tenth ball of the day was thrown in right field by Doug Slaten, who seemingly hooked up every fan on the wall.
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After a few missed opportunities for home runs, I tracked down a Matt Stairs home run for Ball #11 that landed in the second to last row on the wall.
DSC00351.JPGThat was all for batting practice.

During the game, I decided to sit in the club seats because there was virtually no one there.  Many fans stayed home to watch the Penguins game.
425-1.JPGHere’s a view of the field from the club seats:
DSC00354.JPGI had a perfect chance at a foul ball.  The place was virtually empty.
DSC00364.JPGIn the second inning, new Pirate Brandon Wood made his bucco debut. 
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He took the first two pitches he saw.  On the third John Lannan offering, he took a rip.  He fouled the pitch off into the second deck.  I jumped out of my seat immediately and went running throw the row to try and make the catch.

I ran to the end of the next section and made the catch at the end of the row seen here:
DSC00357.JPGIt was ball #12 and my first game ball of the season.

Here’s the catch:
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And showing the ball off:
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Video:

The catch was featured on Sportscenter as a lead in to their top 10 plays.

Anyhow, it rained on and off throughout the rest of the night, so I spent some time between innings in the club level to stay dry.
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DSC00372.JPGHere are today’s baseballs:
100_9038.JPGAnd the sweet spots:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  12 balls (4 hit, 2 thrown, 5 device, 1 found)
Season:  77 balls (29 hit, 17 thrown, 21 device, 10 found)
Games: 11 games
Average:  7.00 balls per game
Career:  1,199 balls
Attendance: 12,457
2010 through 11 games: 77 balls (0 balls behind last year’s pace)

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