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8-23-10 PNC Park

We were lucky to get batting practice in today.  There was a steady drizzle from 4 PM until the first few minutes of batting practice, but to the Pirates’ credit, they allowed BP to continue.

My first ball was tossed to me by a worker.  I spotted the ball laying on a bleacher and ran over to claim it.  A worker from one of the concession stands was walking by and picked it up and flipped it to me.

My second ball was a home run caught on the fly in this area off the bat of Delwyn Young.
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Ball #3 was tossed up by Pirates’ closer and all around good-guy Joel Hanrahan.  Here’s Joel having some fun with a fan’s rain gear:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  7 balls ( 2 hit, 3 thrown, 2 device )
Season:
  478 balls (238 hit, 106 thrown, 68 device, 66 found)
Games: 74 games
Average:  6.46 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  1,056 balls
Streak:  170 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 12,393
Balls in the month of August:  127 (12 needed to break 1 month record)
Balls needed to break single season record: 65

8-19-10 PNC Park

Before heading to PNC Park, I stopped off at a baseball field near my house to take some swings.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  4 balls ( 3 hit, 1 thrown )
Season:  458 balls (231 hit, 99 thrown, 61 device, 61 found)
Balls in the month of August:  107
Games: 70 games
Average:  6.54 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  1,036 balls
Streak:  166 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 15,783

8-3-10 PNC Park

There was a threat of rain throughout batting practice today.

In fact, it rained lightly for at least 15 minutes, usually a death sentence for batting practice at PNC Park.  The groundscrew was certainly ready to pull the plug.
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But we made it through and got a full BP today.

Upon entering, I found ball #1 laying in the front row near the foul pole.
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Throughout the rest of the game, I split time between left and right field, but Lastings Milledge was being inconsistent with his mid inning
toss ups.  Sometimes he would throw the ball to the crowd, other times he was content to let the bullpen pitcher take it. 

I decided to try Tabata one more time in the 8th inning.  I took my hat off to alter my appearance, hoping he wouldn’t remember me from four innings early.

It worked.  Tabata fired another ball right to me for ball #10 in the 8th.  Thanks Jose.
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The Pirates would go on to win the game as Joel Hanrahan earned his first save as a Pirate.

Here are today’s baseballs:
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Sweet spots:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  10 balls (5 hit, 4 thrown, 1 found)
Season:  374 balls (192 hit, 84 thrown, 43 device, 46 found)
Games: 57 games
Average:  6.56 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  952 balls
Streak:  153 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 13,623

8-2-10 PNC Park

With chief competitor Nick Pelescak out of action for the next two weeks, and my favorite BP team, the Cincinnati Reds in town, I was hoping I would have a big day. 

I would – setting a personal 2010 high for balls snagged.

The day would get off to a great start.  When I ran in, I spotted a ball in the front row. 

Before I could grab it, Andy LaRoche hit a home run into the front row.  I tried to make the basket catch leaning forward over two rows, but just missed it.  My glove killed the balls’ momentum and I just needed to pick it up in the front row for ball #1.  Seconds later, I grabbed that easter egg for ball #2 in this area:
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Sweet spots: (1 was given away)
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STATISTICS:
Game:  13 balls (9 hit, 2 thrown, 1 device, 1 found)
Season:  364 balls (187 hit, 80 thrown, 43 device, 45 found)
Games: 56 games
Average:  6.50 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  942 balls
Streak:  152 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 15,172

7-1-10 PNC Park

The Phillies were in town today for game 1 of a four game series.  Unfortunately for me, their fans travel well, and many arrived early for batting practice.

To make matters worse, the security ticket scanner, who only permits season ticket holders into the left field bleachers wasn’t at his post.  In fact, he didn’t show up until 5:11, allowing a steady stream of Phillies fans and non season ticket holders to stroll on in and crowd up the bleachers.
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I got my first ball during the Pirates’ first group off the bat of Delwyn Young.  He hit a ball that landed in the section directly next to the foul pole.  I ran over as three other folks converged towards the back of the section where the ball had landed. 

I realized though that the ball was rolling down towards the front row, so I quickly reversed course and ran down to the front row, where I picked up ball #1.

My second ball came from the next Pirates’ group and off the bat of Lastings Milledge.

The ball bounced off the concrete and took a hop up into the rotunda.  Several folks were frantically looking around, their heads swiveling hoping to pick up the ball.  I knew exactly where it was.  It had gotten caught up on the rotunda.  I took off and ran up the lower ring of the Rotunda, and there it was:
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STATISTICS:

Game:  4 balls (3 hit, 1 found)
Season:  272 balls (146 hit, 64 thrown, 26 device, 37 found)
Games: 42 games
Average:  6.48 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  850 balls
Streak:  138 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 25,323

5-10-2010 PNC Park

It was another great day at PNC Park for me. 

There wasn’t a very big crowd, so there was plenty of room to run around during batting practice. 
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I would snag five balls during the Pirates portion of batting practice. 

Ball #1 was off the bat of Andy LaRoche.  It was a ground rule double that I snagged on the hop.

My second and third balls were off the bat of Lastings Milledge.  The second ball was a home run that I snagged after it bounced off a handicap seat, and the third was a ground rule double that bounced over the fence right next to the foul pole.

There was no pitchers in the outfield today, which was good.  They see the regulars get many home run balls and refuse to toss balls to us.  Delwyn Young was patrolling left field today, and I got him to toss me ball #4.
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That was it for me.    I should’ve stayed as Ronny Cedeno hit a home run that bounced onto the lowest rung of the Left Field Rotunda.  I would’ve defi
nitely snagged that ball, as I’m used to running up the ramp from my experience in batting practice. 

There was probably less than 5,000 people that actually attended the game as there was a Penguins playoff game.
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Here’s today’s baseballs:
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And the sweet spots:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  11 balls (8 hit, 2 thrown, 1 found)
Season:  113 balls (69 hit, 23 thrown, 10 device, 12 found)
Games: 15 games
Average:  7.53 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  691 balls
Streak:  111 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  9,045

6-23-09 PNC Park

I got to the gates about four minutes late today.  When I got inside, I was discouraged to see that the final group that was batting for the Pirates was all left handed batters (Delwyn Young is a switch hitter). 

I stood in left field and waited and waited for a ball to come out that way.  Finally, near the end of the Pirates portion of batting practice, Delwyn Young turned around and batted right handed.  He hit a home run two sections to my right that I simply had to jog over to and pick up.  It was ball #1.

The Indians came out to hit.  Their first group was also all lefties.  Very discouraging.  I could’ve had another ball, but the rubber band was missing from my glove.  It must’ve gotten lost on Sunday when I went with my dad to play baseball.  I also received a substantial injury on Sunday.  I was going after a fly ball in left field, when I stepped into a huge swamp area left over by the torrential rains from this past Wednesday.  I skidded on my right foot for about six feet, then fell backward.  I landed on my glove hand, but that gave way, causing my elbow to awkwardly bend backward.  It’s been real sore ever since.

Anyway, the sun was blazingly bright today.
photo(2).jpgI lost two balls in the sun.  Completely lost them.  When that happens, I look at other people around me, to see if they’re tracking the ball, so I can pick it back up.  The folks around me couldn’t see either. 
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STATISTICS
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Game:  2 balls (2 hit)
Season:  200 balls (100 hit, 72 thrown, 28 device)
Games:  39 games (5 of which didn’t have BP)
Average:  5.13 balls per game
Career: 366 balls
Attendance:  19,109

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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