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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

7-28-10 Nationals Park

I didn’t feel like going through another toilsome batting practice in Cleveland, and storms were in the forecast there, so I drove down to Washington DC.

Two other ballhawks were in attendance at this game – Ian Weir from Pittsburgh, and Alex from New York City.

When the gates opened, the Nationals were just beginning to hit, so there weren’t any easter eggs.

I caught ball #1 on the fly off the bat of Wil Nieves.  It was a home run that was caught in this area:
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During the second group, I won a scrum for a Ryan Zimmerman home run ball that landed two rows in front of me in this area:

That would be all I would get during the Nationals batting practice.  Argh.  Did I make the wrong choice by coming to DC?

The Braves first group included Jason Heyward
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You’re not allowed to go get those balls, as one kid began climbing over the rail, before a security guard angrily yelled at him.  I motioned with my glove and string as if to say, “Is it ok if I throw this out there.”  The security guard made the non-verbal signal, “Oh yeah, go ahead.”

I flipped the kid a decoy ball and then threw my glove out and nudged ball #8 close enough to the glass so that I could simply reach other and grab it.  It took one fling of the glove.

I was about ready to leave the red seats to go check the left field bullpen when yet another home run landed in the gap in front of the red seats.

I glove tricked that ball for ball #9.

Batting practice ended soon after, and I was stuck on 9 balls – just short of double digits.

I really wanted to hit the road, but there were three balls laying in
the bullpen.

After standing and talking with Alex for about 20 minutes, Eddie Perez finally came out to the bullpen.  He collected the three balls, and I asked him for a ball in Spanish.  He ignored me.  I continued in Spanish to say, “There’s also one in the flowers over there near the wall.”
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Eddie went over and got it and tossed it up to me.  Ball #10.

It still had dirt on it.  Although, for some reason my camera didn’t focus that well.
7-28-10 (20).JPGAfter yesterday’s tough day, I was pretty happy I chose to come to DC. 
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I then hit the road for home.

Here are today’s baseballs:
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Sweet spots:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  10 balls (4 hit, 1 thrown, 5 device)
Season:  347 balls (177 hit, 76 thrown, 41 device, 44 found)
Games: 54 games
Average:  6.43 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  925 balls
Streak:  150 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 24,263

5-5-09 PNC Park

100_1175.jpgHappy Cinco de Mayo!

I attended today’s game with my wife.  I had to wait for her to get home for work, so we didn’t get to the stadium until 4:55 PM, just in time before the 5 PM gate opening.

Usually I get 1 ball during the Pirates portion during the week (they only hit for about 10-15 more minutes after the gates open).  Today, though, I had 4 balls by 5:04.  I’ve never gotten off to a start like that in my life.

Ball #1 was tossed from Nyjer Morgan. 
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STATISTICS:
Game:  10 balls (4 hit, 4 thrown, 2 device)
Season:  84 balls (32 hit, 43 thrown, 9 device)
Games: 16 games (13 with BP, 3 without)
Average:  5.25 balls per game
Career: 250 balls
Attendance: 9,775

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