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5-1-10 Progressive Field

5-1-2010 (54).JPGI wasn’t sure if I was going to go to today’s game at Progressive Field.  After continuously checking the weather forecast throughout the morning, it looks like rain that had been moving through Cleveland would be gone.

I left my house a little before 1PM and was first in line at 3PM.  When I peeked through the gates, I saw this:
5-1-2010 (1).JPG5-1-2010 (51).JPGand an even better picture, with a clear view of the Target Field Balls:
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Afterwards, we would all go our separate ways.  I chose to go to the Twins bullpen area.  I had noticed a ball laying in the bullpen.
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It was a little too far out to do the glove trick, so I elected to wait and see if I could get the ball tossed up to me.

Pitching coach Rick Anderson made his way into the bullpen,
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and tossed me up ball #8 of the day.

During the game, I started in left field foul territory,
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For lefties, I sat over in right field.
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And I stayed on the home run porch occasionally for righties.
5-1-2010 (76).JPGI stayed until the very end of the game – the 11th inning.
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And watched the Indians win in exciting walk off fashion:
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Also, this was likely the last game that I’ll have the #1 game on mygameballs.com, as Zack Hample is poised to remove me from the top spot on Monday.
progressive leaders.jpgHere are today’s baseballs:
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And the sweet spots:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  8 balls (5 hit, 3 thrown)
Season:  69 balls (43 hit, 13 thrown, 7 device, 6 found)
Games: 10 games
Average:  6.90 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  647 balls
Streak:  106 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  13,832

4-30-10 Progressive Field

I decided to attend today’s Twins vs Indians game to try and snag a Twins Target Field commemorative ball.

Surprisingly, I wouldn’t have to wait long at all.  Within 30 seconds of entering the stadium, I found my first ball of the day laying in the bleachers.  Upon later inspecting it, I found out that it was indeed a 2010 Target Field ball. 

Unfortunately, the logo was badly beat up. 
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There was no other Easter Eggs to be found. 

Batting practice was rather slow today during the Indians portion, so I attempted to get a few toss ups.  I got Chris Perez to toss me a ball, but some guy reached in front of me and robbed me. 
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When I saw the ball stayed in the trees and didn’t bounce out, I was off sprinting to Heritage Park.

Also running towards Heritage Park in front of me were Nick and Bryan Pelescak, as well as some other local Cleveland ballhawk.   

We all got to the area at about the same time.  As I was searching for the ball, I heard a fellow fan saw, “it hit farther down.”  Myself and the local Cleveland ballhawk got to the spot at the same time.  There it was.  Justin Morneau career home run  #168.  The ball was impossible for anyone to get as it was lodged in the base of one of the hemlocks, between three thick branches. 

It didn’t matter though, as I reached in with my stick (collibsible yard stick), poked the ball loose, and grabbed ball #10, and my third game ball of 2010.

The ball didn’t come without controversy, as the other ballhawk was real upset that he wasn’t able to get it.  He wasn’t prepared.  Luckily a cop was ri
ght there, and told me and the other guy that it was mine to get, as I “had something to get it with.”

Of course the other guy was a really sore loser and complained and heckled me the rest of the night.  Apparently he reads this blog and takes exception to me and the fact that I catch a lot of baseballs.    Whatever though.  I dropped it and spent the rest of the game in left field foul territory, and came close on at least three foul balls.
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I would finish the game with ten. 

Nick snagged 11, and his brother Bryan 7.  28 between the three of us.
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A good night at Progressive
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Here are today’s baseballs:  (Morneau HR #168 in foreground)
100_2667.jpgand the sweet spots:
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 By the way,  this  is the video of Justin Morneau’s home run in the first inning.

STATISTICS:
Game:  10 balls (4 hit, 3 thrown, 1 device, 2 found)
Season:  61 balls (38 hit, 10 thrown, 7 device, 6 found)
Games: 9 games
Average:  6.78 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  639 balls
Streak:  105 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  14,124

2009 through 8 games: 42 (Currently I am 19 balls ahead of last year’s career high season pace)

4-24-09 Progressive Field

I kicked off this weekend with the last of my April games.  I had wanted to snag 60 balls this month, but in retrospect, that’s probably unreachable.

I went to Cleveland with one goal:  snag a Minnesota Twins’ HHH Metrodome final season ball.  It was the first time I’d been back to Cleveland since August 2008.

I got the stadium, almost an hour early, so I took some pictures.
100_0934.jpgA closer look at one of the commemoratives:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  6 Balls (2 hit, 4 thrown)
Season:  48 Balls (17 hit, 25 thrown, 6 device)
Games:  10 Games (8 with BP, 2 without)
Average:  4.80 Balls per Game
Career:  214 Balls
Attendance: 20,215

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