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6-17-10 PNC Park

Had a good day today at PNC Park.

Shortly after running into the bleachers and finding zero easter eggs, Garrett Jones hit a ground rule double down the line that landed in the section to my right.  I ran over and claimed ball #1 as it rolled down the stairs after bouncing off a bleacher.
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My second ball was a Ronny Cedeno home run catch.  He hit a towering fly ball that I ran a section and a half to my right and made the clean catch in the third row back.
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As for the game, the outfield was crowded so I didn’t get close on any of the between inning toss ups from the outfielders.

The Pirates would also go on to lose their eleventh game in a row.

Tomorrow should be an interesting day – I’ll be in the park
extra early – details to come.

Today’s baseballs: (10 are pictured because one was given away)
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Sweet spots: (10 are pictured because #804 was given away)
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STATISTICS:
Game:  11 balls (8 hit, 1 thrown, 2 device)
Season:  226 balls (122 hit, 57 thrown, 21 device, 26 found)
Games: 35 games
Average:  6.46 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  804 balls
Streak:  131 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 23,170

4-20-10 PNC Park

I needed to rebound after driving 4 hours to Washington and only getting three balls, despite a full BP.  My redemption would come today.

I arrived at the stadium a few minutes before the gates opened.  Although there were no easter eggs that I could find, I did end up getting on the board rather quickly.

My first and second balls that I snagged were off the bat of Jason Jaramillo.  The first hit a bleacher, and I ran over and picked up, and the second was a ground rule double that bounced to me over the fence.

For whatever reason, Andrew McCutchen and Lastings Milledge were hitting in the last group today.  Typically, the last group is reserved for light-hitting backups.  If this trend continues, it could be very good, considering there are very few folks at BP early, and both players have home run power.

Anyhow, that was it for Pirates BP.  Two balls.

The Brewers came out, and I was hoping for some action.  Unfortunately, most Brewers were wearing their warm up jerseys,
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so I couldn’t identify many batters, except for obvious ones like Prince Fielder, Craig Counsell or Corey Hart.

An unidentified Brewer hit a home run that disappeared onto the Rotunda. 
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STATISTICS:
Game:  12 balls (8 hit, 3 thrown, 1 found)
Season:  39 balls (24 hit, 6 thrown, 5 device, 4 found)
Games: 7 games
Average:  5.57 balls per game
Career:  617 balls
Streak:  103 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  9,386

2009 through 7 games: 29 (Currently I am 10 balls ahead of last year’s career high season)

3-21-10 McKechnie Field

Today was our last day in Florida.  When I looked out my hotel window, it was overcast and drizzling.  Not good.
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We still went to the field early just in case there was batting practice, and sure enough, there was.  The rain had let up.
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Spring Training Statistics:
Game: 10 balls
Trip: 32 balls
Spring Training Career: 40 balls in 6 games

10-3-09 Great American Ballpark

My first game of the 2009 season was a Pirates vs Reds game at Great American Park.  I figured the best way to close the season was by making my final game of the 2009 season a Pirates vs Reds game at Great American Park.

I left my house around 11 AM, and arrived just before 4 PM.
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Unfortunately, the gates at Great American don’t open until 90 minutes before the first pitch, so I would have to wait around until 5:40 to get in.  I was thinking, “I should’ve gone to Baltimore.”  (To see the Blue Jays vs Orioles).

I sat outside the center field gate, read the newspaper, checked scored on my phone, and waited for the gates to open.  While there, Cincinnati natives tried to engage me in conversations about the NFL and the Steelers, a subject that I didn’t really care to talk about at a baseball game.  Unlike most Pittsburghers, I’m pretty indifferent when it comes to the Steelers and Penguins. 

When the gates finally did open, I ran in and snapped a quick picture.
photo(511).jpgI had a whole TWENTY FIVE MINUTES of ballhawking.  No wonder I
didn’t do so well here earlier in the season (eight balls over two
games).

If I hadn’t had bought a ticket directly behind the Pirates dugout, I
may have left to get back to Pittsburgh at a decent hour.  Plus, 411
isn’t a great looking number to me.  I wanted to get one more ball.

I walked around the stadium and snapped a few more pictures:
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Before the game began, I got Andy LaRoche to toss me his warm up ball, except right before he was about to release it, he pump faked upon seeing a four year old girl with her glove up, two rows behind me.  He paused and pointed at the girl and underhanded the ball.  The ball floated two feet to my right.  I should’ve reached out and grabbed it, and given it to the girl, but I didnt.  I watched it float slowly by and land in the little girl’s glove.  I started kicking myself for not catching it – it would’ve been ball #7 of the day.

I would have to try and get a ball by some other means.

I had great seats to do it:
photo(521).jpgFront row behind the Pirates dugout/camera well.
photo(524).jpgI was just to the left of where the players entered/exited the Pirates dugout.
photo(522).jpgIt was a perfect spot to get a ball.

In the second inning, Pirates’ first baseman Garrett Jones tossed me ball #7 as he came off the field.  I was a bit disappointed that he had switched the warm up ball tossed by the coach with the game ball that he was bringing in towards the dugout. 

I watched in subsequent innings as he did the same thing.

With the Pirates trailing by a large margin, I left in the 6th inning to make the four and a half hour drive back to Pittsburgh.  I got home sometime after 1:30AM.

Was it worth the trip for 25 minutes of batting practice?  I’d say so.  I ended the season on a positive note, with seven balls, and 412 snagged during the 2009 season.

Coincidentally, 412 is also my telephone area code, which is somewhat cool.

Today’s baseballs:
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Sweet spots:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  7 balls (6 hit, 1 thrown)
Season:  412 balls (217 hit, 125 thrown, 70 device)
Games: 81 games (10 of which didn’t have BP)
Average:  5.09 balls per game
Career:  578 balls
Streak:  96 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  24,539

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