There was some rain in the forecast for today, so the Pirates started BP a bit earlier than usual. The gates opened at 4:30, and the first group had already finished by that time. Therefore, we missed out on Chris Synder, Andrew McCutchen and Ryan Doumit.
My first ball came off the bat of Andy LaRoche. Nick Pelescak and I converged, and in an attempt for the ball, I lost my balance and began to fall forward, but caught myself by bashing the back of my lower leg on the bleacher. It hurt, but I was able to make the catch.
Daniel McCutchen, aware of the Ballhawk League asked, ‘How many points was that one…” “Do you get extra if you draw blood?”
In the meantime, I had noticed a ball on the field, directly against the two foot high fence in foul territory in front of the handicapped seats:
On my way over, I found ball #2 laying in the aisle, and then made my way over to pick up ball #3 off of the track.
Ball #4 was also hit by Andy LaRoche. He hit a foul ball into the seats down the left field, line.
Game: 5 balls ( 2 hit, 1 device, 2 found )
Season: 469 balls (236 hit, 101 thrown, 63 device, 64 found)
Games: 72 games
Average: 6.51 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 1,048 balls
Streak: 168 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Balls in the month of August: 119 (20 needed to break 1 month record)
Balls needed to break single season record: 74
Today was Andrew McCutchen bobblehead night, so I was in for a bit more of a crowded BP than the previous few days.
After entering the bleachers first, only to find two fans already there (with special vip guest passes), I would eventually catch an Andy LaRoche home run on the fly in the second row here:
I would only get one other ball during the Pirates BP, and it was a ground rule double off the bat of Pirates future star Pedro Alvarez.
Game: 6 balls (2 hit, 3 device, 1 found)
Season: 393 balls (205 hit, 87 thrown, 50 device, 51 found) *fixed totals after checking mygameballs.com
Games: 60 games
Average: 6.55 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 971 balls
Streak: 156 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.