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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,
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. 

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)

8-18-09 PNC Park

Today started in the same place as yesterday.  I stood about a foot from the river’s edge and waited for balls to sail onto the outer concourse of PNC Park, and bounce towards the river.  Two other ballhawks, Nick and Bryan Pelescak, joined in the opportunity.  Yesterday, one ball came out.
Today, there would also be just one ball that would exit the stadium.

I heard a crackling of branches to my left, and quickly looked to see a ball rolling towards the river.  Bryan was the closest to the spot, but wasn’t able to corral the ball before it rolled off of the walkway and into the Allegheny River.
Game:  5 balls (5 hit)
Season:  293 balls (151 hit, 89 thrown, 53 device)
Games: 61 games (6 of which didn’t have BP)
Average:  4.80 balls per game
Career:  459 balls
Streak:  76 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  12,188

8-7-09 PNC Park

Today wasn’t a banner day for me.  The Cardinals were in town, and they are historically a tough team for batting practice.  Although they have a decent amount of right handed batters, they work exclusively on hitting the ball the other way for a majority of their cuts.  This results in less home runs being hit to the left field bleachers, which is where I normally patrol.

I did manage to get on the board early, as I spotted bench coach Gary Varsho teaching Lastings Milledge how to correctly catch a fly ball.
I’m sure many parents with young children were real thrilled with FSN’s decision to show this man with blood pouring down his face.

At first I was thinking, “What a freaking idiot.”  Then, my disdain for the man turned to remorse when I saw he had a disabled son who was with him.

Albert Pujols was the first one to the man, and stayed with him, holding his neck on the ground, the entire ten minutes.  It tells you a lot about Albert Pujols as a person. 

After ten minutes, they stabilized the man on a stretcher, and carted him off the field.

Predictably, the Pirates would go on to blow the lead and lose their sixth game in a row.  The Washington Nationals are only seven games ahead of the Pirates now in the worst record in baseball category.&nb
sp; Uh oh.

Today’s baseballs:
Sweet spots:

Game:  2 balls (2 thrown)
Season:  255 balls (131 hit, 84 thrown, 40 device)
Games: 54 games (5 of which didn’t have BP)
Average:  4.72 balls per game
Career:  421 balls
Streak:  69 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  24,854

8-3-09 PNC Park

Not the smartest move due to my bad back, but I went to this game.  I had looked at the weather for this week, and not surprisingly, there were scattered thunderstorms predicted for several days.  Today turned out to be a rare beautiful day in Pittsburgh.
I parked my car on the North Side around 3:50.  Usually, it takes me about eight minutes to walk down to the stadium and get in line.  Today, it took three times as long.  I couldn’t walk normally on account of the severe back spasms I’ve been having.  I have to walk slightly bent forward, and with my knees bent slightly.  In other words, I walk like a 95 year old man.

When I got to the gate, I put on a back brace that I had purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods earlier in the day.  I also had a bag of ice that I was going to strap in place underneath the brace, to keep my back muscles numb, and hopefully reduce the pain felt.  Luckily, another ballhawk saw me struggling with the ice back and belt, and came over to help me get it on correctly.

When the gates opened, I was the first one through the turnstile.  Usually I sprint to the bullpen to be one of the first ones down into the bleacher seating area.  Not today.  I was pushing myself, but was motoring along at a speed that was half a regular walking speed.

Surprisingly today, there were three Easter Eggs in the bleachers.  Throughout the past month, it seems as the ushers have been picking them up and pocketing them all.  Not today.  Unfortunately, because of my limited abilities, I was too slow to find any of them.

I stood in the front row and hoped for toss up balls during batting practice.  Typically, I can cover at least a full section to my left or right and make a home run catch.  Home Runs usually hang in the air 3-4 seconds.  Today, I was only going to be able to cover maybe five feet in either direction, rendering it pointless to play for any batted balls.

Game:  2 balls (2 thrown)
Season:  240 balls (125 hit, 80 thrown, 40 device)
Games: 50 games (5 of which didnt have BP)
Average:  4.8 balls per game
Career:  406 balls
Streak:  65 consecutive ga
mes attended with at least 1 ball
Attendance:  11,630