5-13-09 PNC Park

I knew today would be a tough day snagging wise from the start.  If you recall reading my entry from the Pirates Caravan, I won an opportunity to change 3rd base during the game and be recognized as the fan of the game. 

When I received my letter from the Pirates with information, it stated that I needed to be in the security office by 5:30PM to check in, or I would jeopardize the opportunity to change 3rd base.  This means that I would have less than a half hour to snag.

My wife and I arrived at the stadium and were near the end of the line to get in.  When we did get into the stadium, the minutes ticked away without me snagging anything.

I got nothing from the Pirates.

It was about 5:20 and I still had no balls.  Was I going to get shut out for the first time since August of 2008?   

Luckily, no.  All of the Cardinals pitchers were still warming up in right field when the Cardinals began hitting. 
100_1337.jpgWe waited on the field for about 50 minutes before I was introduced.  Some movie “star” named  David Conrad was to throw out the first pitch.  He stood next to us on the field the entire time, but we didn’t talk.  Only one person from the crowd recognized him and asked him for a picture.  He is in the cast of the Ghost Whisperer on CBS, and also had a small roll in Wedding Crashers.

Here he is:
Do you recognize him?  I didn’t.  My wife didn’t.

We then had to LEAVE the stadium, and re-enter through the gates to go to our seats.  Why they wouldn’t let us take the elevator up to the main concourse, I don’t know.  So, I used 4 tickets for the 2 of us (I used 2 of my season tickets for the first 30 minutes so I could snag a ball).

We reported to guest services in the 6th inning and were taken back down into the tunnel, where I joined the grounds crew.  No one really said much to me.  One guy said, “Here’s the base.”  No instructions.

A few pictures:
100_1343.jpgI got to watch an inning from the top step:
100_1349.jpgThe third out came, and all of the ground crew and myself rushed onto the field.

I went to third base, as Freddy Sanchez walked right past me and changed the base.  It came right out, and was changed in a matter of seconds.
After changing the base, I was going to do a Rickey Henderson pose,
But decided I’d better just do a generic pose.
And that was it.  We went back to our seats and watched the rest of the game.  The Pirates won the game, and I was shut out at the dugout by the umpire.

Here’s the one ball I got:
Game:  1 Ball (1 device) (worst snagging day of the season for me)
Season: 108 balls (47 hit, 48 thrown, 13 device)
Games: 20 Games (17 with BP, 3 without)
Average:  5.4 balls per game
Career: 274 balls



  1. padreleigh

    Hi Erik…

    Sorry about the low count snagging day. It was kind of cool to change the base though. It makes for a cool picture. I’ve been shut out once this year and it does kind of suck to not get any balls. You get way more than me on average though. Your average will still be up there. Crazy story about Happy today huh?


  2. .

    Erik, At least you haven’t been shutout yet. For a second though, I thought that’s what was going to happen 😡 Awesome feeling changing that base? A baseball fan like yourself, I would LOVE to do that. Unfortunately, New York ballparks don’t let you do things as freely as they do in Pittsburgh :/

    – Donnie