Results tagged ‘ Nate McLouth ’

9-16-08 PNC Park, Dodgers @ Pirates

0916081953.jpgI didn’t arrive at this game until 7 pm due to coaching a volleyball game.  I talked to several regulars about batting practice, and they said there weren’t many home runs that were hit.  I had about 11 tickets to this game – because it was an exchange game.  I turned in my unused season tickets for tickets to this game.  I did it just to get the Pirates t-shirts.

I sat out in Center Field and ball #1, the only one of
the day, from Nate McLouth.  He tossed it to me before the beginning of
the top of the 5th inning.  That was it for my snagging for the day.  I
snapped the above picture after Nate tossed me the ball.
0927081923.jpgklimchock.jpgStatistics:Game: 1 ball
Season: 117 balls
Career:  155 balls
Hit List: 155 balls ties me with Lou Klimchock for  #4037th all time on the career hits list.

Attendance: 12,741 (33.2% full)
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8-26-08 PNC Park, Cubs @ Pirates

The only positive from the entire night was the beautiful pink sky at dusk.
826 Pink sky from RF.jpgTonight’s game was the absolute worst game I’ve been to all season.  Although it was a nine inning game, the game lasted FOUR hours. 

During the Pirates’ portion of batting practice I got absolutely nothing.  The Cubs’ portion of batting practice was just as bad.  The Cubs’ fans outnumbered the Pirates fans at batting practice, so I didn’t even bother putting on my Cubs gear.  The Cubs players were also remarkably stingy, notable Lester Strode, who even ignored a group of young Cubs’ fans when picking up two balls near the wall.

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Luckily, around 5:40, Aramis Ramirez launched a homerun ball directly at me.  I didn’t even have to move. 

I caught the line drive on the fly, making it ball #1, and my only ball of the day. 
I caught the ball in my usual batting practice spot, in the aisle between Sec 134 and 135. 
After BP ended, I tried to get Ian Snell’s warm up ball, but bullpen catcher Herbie Andrade took it into the bullpen with him, totally snubbing me.

My seats for this game were located on the right field wall, in Sec 143 Row F.  I figured that I could improve on my paltry one ball by moving back and forth between RF and CF 826 Nate standing in CF1.jpg
throughout the game.  Nate McLouth throws a warm up ball into the stands at the top of each odd numbered inning, while the right fielder throws during even numbered innings.  I made nine attempts to get a warm up ball. 
Unfortunately, I think Nate knows who I am and refuses to throw the ball to me.  On one Sunday back in June, I caught three of his warm up balls in one game.  Two I had to jump for, and probably weren’t meant for me, possibly contributing to McLouth giving me the could shoulder ever since.

I didn’t receive a ball the entire game, so I moved down to Section 24 to attempt to get a game ball from an umpire as they left the field.  By this time, it was 11:04 PM, and the only remaining fans in the crowd were Cubs fans.  The place had a Wrigley Field feel to it, as chants of “Let’s Go Cubbies” echoed from every crevice of the stadium.  In the picture below, you can see all of the Cubs fans standing in anticipation of the final out. U826 cubs crowd end game.jpg

Unfortunately, the home plate umpire wasn’t in the mood to throw any balls to any fans.  So, I put in over 7 hours of effort and came away with only one ball. 
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Statistics:
Game:  1 Ball
Season: 104 Balls
Career: 142 Balls

Attendance: 17,929 (46.7% full)
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