8-31-08 Brewers @ Pirates

This could’ve been the greatest game I’ve ever attended.  CC Sabathia had a no-hitter until the 5th inning when Andy LaRoche hit a 40 foot roller in front of the mound.  Sabathia tried to pick the ball up, but dropped it.  LaRoche was half way down the line when CC dropped it, and ended up reaching.  The home-town official scorer immediately ruled the play a hit.  It should’ve been an error.  That ended up being the only hit the Pirates got.

“He accomplished a no-hitter and wasn’t given what he deserved. That
should have been a no-hitter,” Manager Ned Yost said. “That’s a stinking no-hitter
we all got cheated from. I feel horrible for CC.” 

I agree with Yost.  I’ve never seen a no-hitter in person, and I also felt cheated.

Anyway, I got to the stadium at 11, and had to wait around for them to open the gates to go to left field.  Usually there is an employee by the bullpen to scan tickets for early access to batting practice for season ticket holders, however, on this Sunday there wasn’t.  While waiting for the gate to open I watched Tom Gorzelanny throw his side session and watched as the batting practice screens were wheeled out.

The Pirates would take batting practice.  I got a ball #1 from Jason Michaels before the Pirates began hitting. 
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The first group in batting practice didn’t yield any home runs balls in left field.  Luckily, I was able to get a second ball.  Ball #2 was a home run hit by Jason Michaels to the aisle between Sections 134 and 135.  I had to jump to catch this ball in the air.  I misjudged it and actually caught it several feet behind my head as I jumped.  Its hard to explain, but it was a nice catch.

That was pretty much it for the day.  I wasn’t able to get anything from the home plate umpire after the game.

A look at today’s balls:
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Game: 2 balls
Season: 112 balls
Career: 150 balls

Attendance: 21,293 (55.5% full)
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