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I spent four years of my life in Washington while I went to college at Washington and Jefferson. Going back there always brings back memories of the time I spent there. I’d consider moving back to Washington when I’m ready to buy my next house someday.
But anyhow, I arrived about 5:30. This was pretty early because the Pirates tour bus wasn’t even there yet. I thought about going to one of my favorite restaurants, Old Mexico, but figured it’d be stupid to go solo. So, I walked to the Target next door and browsed around until 6PM or so.
Today was the kickoff of the Pirates 2010 Winter Caravan. I made the trip to Seven Springs with a couple fellow Pirates fans and got there just as folks were being let in.
Upon entering the room I was shocked by the amount of people that had crammed into this somewhat small convention hall. The autograph line snaked around the entire room and out the door.
I decided just to walk around and check things out. There wasn’t too much more to see. On one side of the room there was a ‘Chuck-a-Luck’ wheel, a Guitar Hero station, and a raffle for various (that you had to pay $2 per entry). On the opposite side of the room there were two more video game stations featuring a baseball game for Wii, a radio booth where Rocco Demaro set up, and a face painting station. On one side of the room was a stage for Pirates Deal or No Deal, and the autograph line on the other. In the middle there was a kiosk for season ticket sales.
That was about it.
I spun the wheel, which was being manned by Garrett Jones and Kevin Hart. I came away with a Pirates Reusable Grocery Bag. Garrett Jones and I are about the same exact size.
By the way, I read on Pirates.com the following earlier today:
PITTSBURGH — The Pirates kicked off the organization’s week-long Winter
Caravan with record-setting attendance at Sunday evening’s gathering at
Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
I think most folks were after Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones’ autographs. They’re a step up from last year’s signees.
It rained for most of the morning in Pittsburgh, in fact, it was still raining when I arrived at the ballpark at 11 AM. This could mean only one thing: no batting practice. I was faced with possibly being shut out for the first time since August 2008.
When the stadium opened the gates to the seating areas at 11:30, I went over to the left field foul line. The rain had subsided. Several bullpen pitchers from the Pirates were warming up. I placed myself behind John Grabow and Ross Ohlendorf and waited for an overthrow.
Directly to me. I didn’t even have to move.
Its not like he randomly tossed the ball up and I got into a scrum and stole the ball away from ticketed patrons. He usually picks out people. I caught the ball, waved thanks, turned and left the section. I could hear some snooty lady and her rotund husband getting on the usher. “He doesn’t have a ticket. He shouldn’t be allowed to do that. Don’t let him back in here. Check his ticket.” Blah blah blah.
I went over to left field for the fourth inning to try and get a warm up ball from Nyjer. I avoided the right field seats thanks to the afore mentioned rudest-usher-in-PNC-Park.
Left Field has a lot more sections and people, so I had very little chance. The ball went to a group of people near the foul pole.
Inning 5. I went back to center field. I stood at the far edge of Section 140, away from the snotty lady. I looked over and they were both staring directly at me. I stared right back at them. I should’ve walked over and offered their spoiled kid a ball. “Excuse me, would you like a ball? ….. Then bring a glove!” and walk away. That’s what I felt like doing, I was in such a bad mood.
I didn’t get the 5th inning ball because it was tossed to the second row. Predictably, the ball fell back onto the field. The same thing happened in the seventh inning. That’s why Nate prefers to throw the ball deep.
Anyway, the miserable family got on the usher again after the fifth inning because 3 of us ballhawks entered the section. The usher came over and told me that I wasn’t allowed to try for warm up balls anymore. He said come back and try tomorrow when there’s different people around. He told Nick and Bryan the same thing. If you’re wondering, here’s what those “folks” looked like:
(To be civil, I am editing this paragraph from what I originally wrote. I’ve taken out most of the colorful adjectives I originally had written.) Its the guy eating, his son, and the lady in the orange.
I could’ve tried in the seventh and ninth, but out of respect for the ushers, I went and sat behind the Reds dugout to see if I could get some foul balls. There are nice ushers at PNC Park, the ones in center field were just doing their job because the supervisor somehow got involved.
I didn’t get any foul balls, and I got shut out at the Reds dugout, so my day ended on a sour note.
To make it worse, the Pirates looked awful again, getting shut out. They haven’t hit a home run now in a week.
Adam LaRoche’s body language tells the whole story:
A few shots from the game:
Johnny Cueto deals to Nyjer Morgan:
Evan Meek (a big Dave Matthews Band fan):
Jesse Chavez (tossed me my first ball of the day:
And the sweet spots:
Game: 3 balls (3 thrown)
Season: 67 balls (26 hit, 34 thrown, 7 device)
Games: 14 games (11 with BP, 3 without)
Average: 4.79 balls per game
Career: 233 balls