Today would be my first Saturday with batting practice at PNC Park. All of the other days featured rain that wiped out BP.
I ran in just behind Nick Pelescak only to be stopped at the bullpen entrance to the left field bleachers by a security working who refused to allow anyone into the bleachers, despite many of us holding our Season Ticket Holder cards. “We have to scan your tickets,” he said nervously as we all glared at him.
In the meantime, three balls flew into the bleachers. I had my eye on one next to the bullpen, but Nick Pelescak put a verbal claim on it, so I would instead look for another ball that hit about three rows in. It paid off.
When the man with the scanner came and finally let us all in, I ran in and found ball #1 in the front row, ball #2 in the front row another section over, and ball #3 in the left field corner.
What a great start!
Ball #4 was a home run hit by Ryan Doumit. It hit in the handicapped seats behind me and popped up in the air, right to me.
Ball #5 was thrown to me by Octavio Dotel. Here he stands and watches another ballhawk use the glove trick.
Game: 9 balls (3 hit, 1 thrown, 5 found)
Season: 243 balls (129 hit, 60 thrown, 22 device, 32 found)
Games: 37 games
Average: 6.57 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 821 balls
Streak: 133 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.