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4-3-11 Nationals Park

We were back at Nationals Park for another game today.
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Hopefully today would be a bit better day for me. 
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The weather was expected to be a bit warmer with no chance of rain.
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Amy was back in charge of the camera, and did a fantastic job taking lots of pictures.
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She once said that one of the jobs she’d considered was being a photographer.  She always finds good stuff to take photos of, even if its not baseball related, such as this cocoon on a cherry tree outside of Nationals Park:

1dayabutterfly.jpgWe were again first in line, so to pass the time, Nick and I played catch.
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This time, we played catch on the street, so as not to get yelled at by security. 
100_8446.JPGWhen the gates opened, we ran in to look for baseballs,
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but there were none.  I made my way over to center field and spotted a ball below, but there were security guards everywhere down there. 
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I thought about asking them to toss it up, but they were engaged in a conversation.  I went and checked the gaps behind the walls, which were empty.  When I came back that ball was gone.

Much like yesterday, my day got off to another really slow start.  There was a lot of inactivity and waiting.
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100_8478.JPGI noticed a few balls were landing in the seats in right field, so I hustled over to try and get in on some of the action.

Amy was right behind me to capture the action.

 

100_8482.JPGOnce there I set up in the third row.
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I didn’t have to wait too long as Laynce Nix launched a home run in my direction.  I could tell that the ball was going to be a bit short, so I had to scale the row of seats in front of me to catch the ball just above the man in red’s black glove. 
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Here I am with my first ball of the day.
100_8499.JPGI headed over to left field with Nick, but it was too crowded, and I got shut out there despite several home runs landing here and there.
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I headed back to right field to stay for a majority of the Braves batting practice. 
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After changing quickly on the concourse, I made my way to right field.

I began cutting through the second row when I ball appeared out of nowhere.  Mike Minor randomly flipped a ball up from the warning track.  I reacted and caught the ball for my second of the day.  There wasn’t anyone else within a few feet of me, so I figured it really wasn’t intended for anyone in particular.  Here I am with Mike Minor below:
100_8581.JPGDespite several Braves batting, I noticed a ball land in the gap in left center field.  I decided to go over and glove trick it immediately.

Here I am setting up the glove trick:
100_8600.JPGI leaned on the glass railing for a moment and pretended to watch BP so as not to bring attention to myself from the security guards.  I then lowered my glove over the ball:
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All eyes on you.jpgAnd reeled it in.
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That was my third ball of the day.

Upon returning to right field, I noticed another ball in the gap between the stands and scoreboard.

I glove tricked that ball too.
100_8612.JPGI’m was working with a new rubber band and it was working really well.  I snagged both glove trick balls in one try.
100_8618.JPGThe rest of batting practice was just a lot of standing around.  You can tell by Nick’s body language how slow things were.
100_8635.JPGNear the end of batting practice, I went over to left field above the bullpen to scope out the balls in the bullpen.

While there, an unidentified Braves player tossed my ball #5.
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Batting practice ended, and there were three balls that were gettable in the bullpen.  I knew how security was, so I spoke with the usher in the section, “There’s a ball in the bullpen that I can get with my glove,” I said.  “Is it ok if I get it?” 
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“Alright,”  She replied, “Imma let you get it.” 

I went to work and got the ball to stick in the glove on the first try.  Weirdly, the same lady that just gave me permission, came and started yelling at me.  “You can’t do that!”

“You just told me that I could get a ball from the bullpen.”

“No!  You have to stop.”

“OK, the ball’s stuck in my glove, should I throw it back onto the field or can I keep it?”
She ignored me.  So I stuck it in my pocket and let.  It was the sixth one of the day.

That would be it for batting practice.

We left the stadium after BP to head back to Pittsburgh. 
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We headed back to pictures and Amy was still snapping away.
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We left sunny 65 degree weather for dreariness.
100_8807.JPGHere are the baseballs I snagged today:
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And the sweet spots:
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STATISTICS:

Game:  6 balls (1 hit, 2 thrown, 3 device)
Season:  9 balls (4 hit, 2 thrown, 3 device, 0 found)
Games: 2 games
Average:  4.50 balls per game
Career:  1,131 balls
Attendance: 22,210

9-25-10 PNC Park

A bad day.  I’ll be brief.

Ball #1 was chased down to my right off the bat of Pedro Ciriaco:
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Ball #2 was glove tricked off the warning track in left field.
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Ball #3 was also glove tricked in basically the same area.

That was it.

STATISTICS:
Game:  3 balls ( 1 hit, 2 device )
Season:  538 balls (256 hit, 131 thrown, 74 device, 77 found)
Games: 86 games
Average:  6.26 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 6
Career:  1,116 balls
Streak:  182 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 25,350
Balls needed to break single season record: 6

8-24-10 PNC Park

Things got off to a great start before the gates even opened.  Someone on the Pirates hit a home run that hit off of the song whale tent on the riverwalk, took a bounce, and then landed in the tall grass here:
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Once the gates opened, the Pirates were already into their final round of batting practice, and they were all hitting opposite field, so I didn’t get a single ball from them.

That’s when Adam Wainwright came in and helped me out.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  6 balls ( 1 hit, 1 thrown, 4 device )
Season:  484 balls (239 hit, 107 thrown, 72 device, 66 found)
Games: 75 games
Average:  6.45 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  1,062 balls
Streak:  171 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 13,302
Balls in the month of August:  133 (6 needed to break 1 month record)
Balls needed to break single season record: 59

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

8-21-10 PNC Park

There was some rain in the forecast for today, so the Pirates started BP a bit earlier than usual.  The gates opened at 4:30, and the first group had already finished by that time.  Therefore, we missed out on Chris Synder, Andrew McCutchen and Ryan Doumit.

My first ball came off the bat of Andy LaRoche.  Nick Pelescak and I converged, and in an attempt for the ball, I lost my balance and began to fall forward, but caught myself by bashing the back of my lower leg on the bleacher.  It hurt, but I was able to make the catch.

Daniel McCutchen, aware of the Ballhawk League asked, ‘How many points was that one…”  “Do you get extra if you draw blood?”

In the meantime, I had noticed a ball on the field, directly against the two foot high fence in foul territory in front of the handicapped seats:
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On my way over, I found ball #2 laying in the aisle, and then made my way over to pick up ball #3 off of the track.

Ball #4 was also hit by Andy LaRoche.  He hit a foul ball into the seats down the left field, line.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  5 balls ( 2 hit, 1 device, 2 found )
Season:  469 balls (236 hit, 101 thrown, 63 device, 64 found)
Games: 72 games
Average:  6.51 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  1,048 balls
Streak:  168 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 28,759
Balls in the month of August:  119 (20 needed to break 1 month record)
Balls needed to break single season record: 74

8-20-10 PNC Park

Another sunny day in Pittsburgh got out to a great start thanks to Joel Hanrahan.
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He threw me ball #1 near the beginning of batting practice, and then went on a generous binge of tossing balls to virtually every fan in attendance during the Pirates STH only time.  I believe every ball he shagged was flipped into the bleachers.    As a side note, Hanrahan’s toss to me was my 100th thrown ball of 2010. 

Ball #2 was a home run from Lastings Milledge that hit a bleacher and popped up into the air about 10 feet.  I snagged it when it was on the way back down.

Ball #3 was also a home run hit by Milledge.  It was hit deep over my head, and I had to dive on the concrete underneath this stairway
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STATISTICS:
Game:  7 balls ( 3 hit, 2 thrown, 1 device, 1 found )
Season:  465 balls (234 hit, 101 thrown, 62 device, 62 found)
Balls in the month of August:  114
Games: 71 games
Average:  6.55 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  1,043 balls
Streak:  167 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 23,695
Balls in the month of August:  114 (25 needed to break 1 month record)
Balls needed to break single season record: 79

8-17-10 PNC Park

Luck wasn’t on my side today.  There were at least 8-10 balls that I came up two feet short or less of snagging.  Either balls that were just out of my reach, or snatched up at the last second by random fans.

That said, I did find ball #1 laying near the bullpen when I ran in to get on the board early.

I managed to get Sean Gallagher to toss me a ball, but the ball sailed high, and despite my best effort to catch it by hopping up on a bleacher, it tipped off of my glove and landed several rows behind me.

I tried to grab the ball, but this ballhawk raced over and grabbed it a split second before I could, despite the ball clearly being tossed to me.
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He also cut my arm with his long fingernails.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  6 balls ( 2 hit, 2 thrown, 1 device, 1 found )
Season:  447 balls (224 hit, 96 thrown, 61 device, 60 found)
Balls in the month of August:  96
Games: 68 games
Average:  6.57 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  1,025 balls
Streak:  164 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 14,156

8-16-10 PNC Park

Today kicked off a 10 game homestand at PNC Park.

When Nick Pelescak and I ran in at 5 PM, some ushers were coming out of the bleachers and said “There’s a bunch of balls in there.” 

I found balls #1 and 2 in the left field bleachers.  The first one was in the front row of Section 136 and the other one was about four rows back closer towards the foul pole.

Ball # was hit by Neil Walker.  It was a home run that landed in the crosswalk area, bounced off the white facade of the upper bleachers,
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and right into my glove in the third row in the lower bleachers.  I heard Jeff Karstens murmur, “Got the rebound.”
 
Ball #4 and 5 were caught in this area, both off the bat of Lastings Milledge.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  10 balls ( 3 hit, 1 thrown, 2 device, 4 found )
Season:  441 balls (224 hit, 96 thrown, 61 device, 60 found)
Balls in the month of August:  90
Games: 67 games
Average:  6.58 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  1,019 balls
Streak:  163 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 13,396

8-13-10 Progressive Field

Yet another day at Progressive Field.

When I entered the stadium I found my first ball of the day in the second row back in the second section from the visitor’s bullpen.
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I had to be sneaky about it because there were several people in the front row, so I casually walked over to the ball without looking at it and picked it up.  Had I jogged toward it looking at it someone may have noticed and turned around and grabbed it.

(The ball extended my snagging streak to 162 games with at least one ball snagged.  162 is an important number in baseball – its the number of games each team plays total during the season.)

My second ball of the day was a ground rule double hit by Shelley Duncan.  It bounced into the trees, and was waiting in Heritage Park when I got there,
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STATISTICS:
Game:  6 balls ( 4 hit, 1 device, 1 found )
Season:  431 balls (221 hit, 95 thrown, 59 device, 56 found)
Balls in the month of August:  80
Games: 66 games
Average:  6.53 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  1,009 balls
Streak:  162 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 26,424

8-12-10 Progressive Field

I was back at Progressive Field today, hoping to snag my one thousandth career baseball.
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I was planning on returning yesterday, but radar showed storms moving through Cleveland all afternoon, so I would wait until today for another shot at 1,000.

When I walked by a bar across the street,
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pick them all up.
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He tossed the ball up and I had to lean out over the railing to just barely make the catch.  When I caught it, I asked Brad if the ball was for me or the kid next to me, who’d also asked for one.  Brad nodded toward the kid, so I turned and gave the ball away.

So, I’d ended the day with five balls snagged.

Here I am in the shadows by the bullpen with ball #1000:
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Today’s baseballs:  (4 pictured because one was given away)
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Sweet spots: (#1,003 was given away)
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STATISTICS:
Game:  5 balls (1 thrown, 4 device )
Season:  425 balls (217 hit, 95 thrown, 58 device, 55 found)
Games: 65 games
Average:  6.54 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career:  1,003 balls
Streak:  161 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 14,533

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