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6-12-10 Progressive Field

The weather forecast for today kept calling for thunderstorms, but every time I checked the forecast changed, and the storms kept getting pushed back to later and later in the day.

Eventually, I decided around 1PM to go for it, and hoped the weather would cooperate. 

It would.

Despite arriving at 3:45, I was still first in line.
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The boxes you see in the above photo were Shin Soo Choo bobbleheads.  I was a little worried that today would be very crowded because it was a bobblehead night and a Saturday.  However, the attendance was below 20,000.  Kind of sad for a franchise that once sold out 455 games in a row.

When I ran in, batting practice hadn’t yet begun, and there were no Easter Eggs.

After a few minutes, BP got underway and an Indians lefty hit a few balls into the Indians bullpen.

One of the balls was in a spot at the back of the bullpen that could be retrieved with the glove trick.  However, right when I began to set up for the glove trick, Tony Sipp ran by on his way to the bathroom in the Indians bullpen.  I decided to hold off on glove tricking the ball and instead asked Sipp for one of the three balls in the bullpen after he finished in the bathroom.

He nodded and flipped me ball #1.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  7 balls (3 hit, 2 thrown, 2 device)
Season:  199 balls (104 hit, 53 thrown, 19 device, 23 found)
Games: 32 games
Average:  6.22 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  777 balls
Streak:  128 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 19,484

6-11-10 Progressive Field

I decided to attend this game after checking Saturday’s iffy weather forecast.  I left right after work, so I didn’t get to the stadium until just before 5 PM.

I had missed the first 25 minutes of batting practice, which is never a good thing, but I would get on the board soon.

I was checking for any easter eggs that some folks may have missed when Shin Soo Choo hit a home run that landed in the trees in Heritage Park.  I tried to reach in and grab it so I could count it as a hit ball, but I couldn’t reach it. 
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I pulled out my Cleveland Stick and used it to nudge the ball closer to the wall so I could get it.  It was ball #1.

The next round, Travis Hafner also hit a home run into the trees in Heritage Park, so I ran back over again. 

This ball would be a bit trickier because it was lodged in the branches of one of the trees.
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STATISTICS
:
Game:  7 balls (3 hit, 4 device)
Season:  192 balls (101 hit, 51 thrown, 17 device, 23 found)
Games: 31 games
Average:  6.19 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  770 balls
Streak:  127 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 22,041

6-9-10 Progressive Field

I decided to see the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field.  It would be the first time I’d see the Red Sox in the regular season (I had seen them several times before in Spring Training).

I got to the stadium after 4PM, but was still the first in line.  The Indians were already hitting, so I was hoping to find a few Easter Eggs.  Unfortunately, when I got into the right field stands, I didn’t find anything, although a young kid did find one.

I checked in the bullpen briefly and saw this:
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I went to work immediately, throwing my glove into the bullpen to nudge the ball closer to the wall, and then glove tricking ball #1.  With the ball in my possession, I ran over to Heritage Park to search the trees.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  10 balls (6 hit, 1 thrown, 2 device, 1 found)
Season:  185 balls (98 hit, 51 thrown, 13 device, 23 found)
Games: 30 games
Average:  6.17 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  763 balls
Streak:  126 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 14,022 (with the Red Sox in town!) Surprising.

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