I was expecting a low output today. I wasn’t able to get to the park until almost 5, and I also had to leave during batting practice to take care of a prior commitment.
When I arrived, my friend Jim saved me a couple minutes by allowing me to join him and Nick at the front of the line.
As I was showing my season ticket ID to get into batting practice early, I noticed a ball bounce into section 138, the section closest to the bullpen. I ran in and located it, putting me on the board quickly.
Seconds later, the Pirates ran off the field, ending batting practice. They literally ended BP as we were entering the bleachers. Unacceptable.
The Dodgers weren’t ready to start yet, so we had to wait for them to throw and stretch their arms out. After about ten minutes of wasted time, the Dodgers started to hit.
I would get my second and third balls with my glove trick. Fellow ballhawk Jim gets an assist on both balls for pointing them out to me, as they were near the bullpen entrance, and I was stationed about three sections away.
Here’s the area of detail, snapped after the snags:
I would go on to snag my fourth and final ball of the day off the bat of Russell Martin. He hit a home run off of a bleacher in section 138 that rolled down a few rows to me.
I was hoping that Manny Ramirez would put some balls into the seats, but he didn’t. He hit one home run ball, snagged by fellow Ballhawk League member Nick Pelescak.
I had set up a video camera hoping to capture a few home run catches during the Dodgers second round, which included Manny and Matt Kemp.
Game: 4 balls (2 hit, 2 device)
Season: 9 balls (5 hit, 0 thrown, 4 device)
Games: 2 game
Average: 4.50 balls per game
Career: 587 balls
Streak: 98 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Spent@Game: $7.50 ($5 Ticket, $2 Transportation, $0.50 Parking)
Spent in 2010: $21.50 ($10 Tickets, $4 Transportation, $2.50 Parking, $5 Food)