The Pirates #1 prospect finally arrived in the major leagues. He didn’t hit too many home runs in batting practice, but did hit one that cleared everything and sailed over section 139 in dead center on its way to the river.
As for my day, it got off to a good start.
I found ball #1 laying in the front row in left field when I ran in.
A few minutes later I got ball #2 from assistant pitching coach Ray Searage in left field.
He did a no look toss that fell about two rows short to me, but no one else was in the vicinity, so I had to to recover and get the ball.
My third ball of the day was a Lastings Milledge home run caught on the fly in this area:
This made toss ups difficult, and the closest I came was probably five feet from a McCutchen toss up in the 5th inning, but it didn’t happen.
By the way, here’s video of Pedro’s first major league at bat:
Here are today’s baseballs:
Game: 9 balls (4 hit, 3 thrown, 2 found)
Season: 215 balls (114 hit, 56 thrown, 19 device, 26 found)
Games: 34 games
Average: 6.32 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 793 balls
Streak: 130 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
I didn’t arrive at this game until almost 5PM, as I left after work. The gates had opened at 4:30, so I was operating at a disadvantage from the beginning. Couple that with that fact that only six balls reached the center field/right field seating area from the time I arrived until 6PM, and you have a recipe for a frustrating day.
I got my first ball of the day off the bat of Shin Soo Choo.
The stadium was pretty empty, so I ran over to the section the ball had landed in and waited for the ball to roll down to me as two guys searched frantically where the ball had hit.
I got my second ball of the day from Tony Sipp.
Game: 4 balls (2 hit, 2 thrown)
Season: 139 balls (85 hit, 31 thrown, 9 device, 14 found)
Games: 21 games
Average: 6.62 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 717 balls
Streak: 117 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.