I dragged myself out of bed after about five hours of sleep and went to today’s game. I was hoping there would be batting practice today. Even though it was Sunday, I thought maybe since yesterday was an afternoon game, that there would be BP. I was right.
I decided to first ask Nyjer Morgan for a ball.
He was being asked by another fan to my right who had a Boston Red Sox hat on. Nyjer came over and said, “Turn your hat around.” The kid wouldn’t. Morgan said, “Can’t do it, dawg.” He proceeded to throw the ball to another fan wearing Pirate gear. Soon after though, I got ball #1 from Nyjer Morgan. I called his name and he tossed it up to me.
That was it for the Pirates portion of BP. The Braves then came out and hit. A ball rolled to the wall in left field, right at the 325 ft. marker.
Game: 3 balls (1 hit, 1 thrown, 1 device)
Season: 29 balls (13 hit, 10 thrown, 6 device)
Games: 7 (6 with BP, 1 without)
Average: 4.14 balls per game
Career: 195 balls
Happy Easter everyone!
My friend Joe and I went to Great American Ball Park today.
It was an afternoon game, so I was worried that batting practice would be canceled. We waited in line for about 10 minutes to get in. At 11:40, when the gates opened, I rushed to left field. The Pirates were taking batting practice!
I was the first one there, but the stadium ushers must have picked up all of the Easter Eggs, because there were none to be found. Yesterday’s starter Paul Maholm was alone in left field. I shouted to him to congratulate him on his great start yesterday. I then asked for a ball. He looked up and threw me a ball. His aim was off and it was wide and to my left. It tipped off my glove and landed a row behind me. Luckily, there was still no one around, so I turned around and picked it up. It was ball #1. I asked Matt Capps, John Grabow, and Tyler Yates for balls in left center field, but was ignored. I didn’t feel like pestering them, so I found an open aisle about 6 rows back that wasn’t being blocked by those long railings I mentioned in Friday’s entry.
Freddy Sanchez soon launched a deep fly ball to left. It was right at me, in the center of the section. However, it was sailing over my head. I hate it when this happens. I don’t have latitudinal range, and get stuck. It happens often at PNC Park. The ball landed about 5 rows back, so I had to climb over the chairs to beat some Reds fan there by a split second. It was ball #2.
Adam LaRoche and Brandon Moss’ group was coming up next, so we moved over to right field.
Game: 5 balls (3 hit, 2 thrown)
Season: 8 balls (5 hit, 3 thrown)
Average: 4.0 balls/game (8 balls/2 games)
Career: 174 balls
Hit List: 174 hits ties Ozzie Virgil for #3855 all time.
12,876 (30.6% full)
My dad and I headed to our last Spring Training game on this short trip: Reds vs Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton FL.
We got to the field around 10:20 AM and the Pirates were already half way through their round of batting practice. Luckily, we were once again able to access the spot behind the left field fence. I was told by a guy on Saturday that during the week the area behind the fence was off limits. He was wrong.
FINAL SPRING TRAINING STATISTICS:
Total Balls: 9
Games Attended: 3
Total Career Spring Training Balls: 9
Note: I do not count these balls in my totals. They will be tracked in a separate category and I will not count them in my career ball totals.