9-12-09 Progressive Field

Unfortunately, I missed the entire 3 game series at PNC Park vs the Cubs earlier this week.  Monday it rained, so I stayed home.  Tuesday, I had to coach, and wouldn’t have been able to get to the game until 7.  Wednesday’s game was an afternoon game, and I had to work.

Not wanting to get completely shut out in Week 23, I made the two hour drive to Cleveland today.

I got there early enough so that I would be first in line. 
photo(380).jpg
It would be twenty minutes before anyone else showed up.  While waiting, I ran into a ballhawk named Dennis from New York.  He was on a 10 ballpark tour, and was familiar with other ballhawks such as Zack Hample, District Boy, and Greg Barasch.  We talked up until the gates opened. 

When the gates did open, I ran in to search for Easter Eggs.  Usually there are a bunch, but the Indians didn’t hit early, so there was nothing.  After an exhaustive search, I did find ball #1 several rows back in the section closest to the Indians bullpen.

I then turned my attention the Indians batting practice.
photo(381).jpg
Eventually, the bullpen coaches and a cop got the squirrel to go into the Indians bullpen, and slammed the door shut.  What is it with Cleveland and animal problems (remember those seagulls that cost the Royals a game a couple months ago
?)

I didn’t stay for the game, and left, satisfied with my six snags on the day.

Today’s baseballs:
photo(388).jpg
Sweet spots:
photo(387).jpg

STATISTICS:
Game:  6 balls (5 hit, 1 thrown)
Season:  350 balls (187 hit, 102 thrown, 62 device)
Games: 72 games (7 of which didn’t have BP)
Average:  4.86 balls per game
Career:  516 balls
Streak:  87 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  24,842

3 comments

  1. padreleigh

    Hi Erik….

    Just curious about something. How far is it in miles and time from your place in the Pittsburgh area to Progessive Field?

    Leigh

  2. dennisrocks

    hello
    i did the trip from pitt airport to cleveland stadium on 9-12-09
    i had the cruise control at 69 the whole time
    it was about 123 miles
    2 hours travel time
    about $15.00 in tolls round trip
    and $25.00 worth of gas in a 4 cyl car

  3. dennisrocks

    hello erik
    email me
    PIEDRADENNIS@HOTMAIL
    CELL 1 646 552 5607
    ANY TIPS FOR CUBS, WHITE SOXS, MILLER PARK
    THANKS