Today got off to a terrible start.
When I entered the park, Lastings Milledge was in the cage, taking his final cuts. Milledge is in the last group of Pirates players to bat. Minutes later, at 5:03, the field was empty, as the Pirates ran off the field, leaving the PNC Park regulars stunned.
I hadn’t snagged anything yet, and I was prepared to face the fact that I might get shut out.
Half way through the Cardinals BP, I got Trever Miller to toss me a ball in center field to put me on the board.
Luckily, I had brought my Cardinals gear, whereas yesterday I just left it at home figuring that the Cards were too stingy to toss any balls up to their own ‘fans.’ However, Miller is a veteran, and older players typically seem to be more generous in throwing balls into the stands.
Later on in batting practice, I attempted to glove trick a ball in the corner spot in center field.
Game: 3 balls ( 3 thrown )
Season: 487 balls (239 hit, 110 thrown, 72 device, 66 found)
Games: 76 games
Average: 6.41 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 1,065 balls
Streak: 172 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Balls in the month of August: 136 (3 needed to break 1 month record)
Balls needed to break single season record: 57