I ran in and found ball #1 laying against a concrete step in the bleacher area. I was shocked. Lately, there have been very few Easter Eggs, as ushers have been picking them up.
I would go on to catch ball #2 off the bat of Brian Bixler. He hit a line drive that bounced on the warning track, and right into my glove. The next batter, Jason Jaramillo, hit a home run that I caught on the fly. It was ball #3.
That was it for the Pirates portion of batting practice. I went under the bleachers, changed my clothes, and emerged in my Reds gear.
I decided to re-enter the bleacher area over by the bullpen. That way, it would be less noticeable if any Reds players had previously seen me standing in my customary spot.
Game: 6 balls (6 hit)
Season: 311 balls (161 hit, 91 thrown, 59 device)
Games: 64 games (7 of which didn’t have BP)
Average: 4.86 balls per game
Career: 477 balls
Streak: 79 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.