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4-24-11 PNC Park

It was Easter Sunday, so a big crowd wasn’t going to be on hand, which was a bonus.  However, the previous night’s game had ended around 11PM, and since today was a day game, the chances of batting practice were slim.  Add to the fact that it had drizzled all morning, and there was virtually no chance of batting practice whatsoever.

I got to the ballpark at 11:05 AM, just in time to see three Pirates leaving the bullpen after a side session.  Two of the folks at the bullpen fence had baseballs.  I had missed an early opportunity.
424-1.JPGPNC Park makes everyone stay on the Riverwalk for the first 30 minutes on Sundays, so there wasn’t too much to do.  I noticed that someone doesn’t like Andrew McCutchen so much:

I met a couple ballhawks from Ohio.  It was a father and son duo.  They were friendly and snagged several balls of their own throughout the day.

424-2.JPGAt 11:30, I ran over to where the Nationals were playing catch.
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I got Chad Gaudin to toss me a ball near the dugout as he was walking back after completing his pre-game throwing.

I set up behind Sean Burnett throwing with Drew Storen.  I got Sean Burnett to toss me my second ball of the day after they finished up.
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I camped out near a third ball and waited patiently.  I asked a coach for it, and he asked if I’d gotten a ball yet.  Since it was Easter Sunday, I couldn’t lie.  I told him I’d already got one today, but wouldn’t mind another.  He threw the ball to another ballhawk, but I was hoping that it would give me some good karma.
4-23 and 4-24-11 (160).JPGAfter the Nationals were done, I walked around the park to take pictures and look for easter eggs.

Upper Deck:
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Right Field Upper Deck:
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Riverwalk:
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Seating Bowl:
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Looking out towards the Point:
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Abe was in the park, along with the other Nationals mascot Presidents.
4-23 and 4-24-11 (177).JPGOnce the game started, I got Andrew McCutchen’s warm up ball in the first inning,
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and Garrett Jones’ in the fourth.
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That was pretty much it.

A few more random pictures:
Presidents vs Pierogis:
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The Build a Bunny we got for our baby girl:
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The sweatshirt Amy bought me:
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4-23 and 4-24-11 (188).JPGAnd today’s four baseballs:
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Sweet spots:
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By the way, afterwards, we colored easter eggs:

STATISTICS:
Game:  4 balls (4 thrown)
Season:  65 balls (25 hit, 15 thrown, 16 device, 9 found)
Games: 10 games
Average:  6.50 balls per game
Career:  1,187 balls
Attendance: 9,520
2010 through 10 games: 69 balls (4 balls behind last year’s pace)

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