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Today would be my first Saturday with batting practice at PNC Park. All of the other days featured rain that wiped out BP.
I ran in just behind Nick Pelescak only to be stopped at the bullpen entrance to the left field bleachers by a security working who refused to allow anyone into the bleachers, despite many of us holding our Season Ticket Holder cards. “We have to scan your tickets,” he said nervously as we all glared at him.
In the meantime, three balls flew into the bleachers. I had my eye on one next to the bullpen, but Nick Pelescak put a verbal claim on it, so I would instead look for another ball that hit about three rows in. It paid off.
When the man with the scanner came and finally let us all in, I ran in and found ball #1 in the front row, ball #2 in the front row another section over, and ball #3 in the left field corner.
What a great start!
Ball #4 was a home run hit by Ryan Doumit. It hit in the handicapped seats behind me and popped up in the air, right to me.
Ball #5 was thrown to me by Octavio Dotel. Here he stands and watches another ballhawk use the glove trick.
Game: 9 balls (3 hit, 1 thrown, 5 found)
Season: 243 balls (129 hit, 60 thrown, 22 device, 32 found)
Games: 37 games
Average: 6.57 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 821 balls
Streak: 133 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Unfortunately, I would have the 4th largest crowd in PNC Park history to contend with.
The day started off pretty decent when Bobby Crosby hit a ball towards the left field seats, I hopped up on a bleacher and caught my first ball of 2009 on the fly. Last season, my first ball was a thrown ball from Ian Snell. Oddly, fellow ballhawks Nick and Bryan Pelescak also got their first ball from Snell in 2009. Even more peculiar is that all three of us would snag our first ball of 2010 off the bat of 2010.
Things were a little slow during the beginning of BP, so I walked back and forth in left field, playing the left center field gap for left handed batters. I’d then shift back toward the foul pole for the righties.
Game: 5 balls (3 hit, 2 device)
Season: 5 balls (3 hit, 0 thrown, 2 device)
Games: 1 game
Average: 5.00 balls per game
Career: 583 balls
Streak: 97 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Spent: $14 ($5 Ticket, $2 Transportation, $2 Parking Meter, $5 Food)
I decided to track exactly how much money I spend on attending baseball games in 2010. This will include tickets, gas/tolls (transportation), parking, food, souvenirs, and hotels.