It was a Sunday game, which was a day game following a night game, thereby decreasing the chances of batting practice.
I got to the stadium around 11AM, and saw no trace of the batting cage or screens. So, I hung out on the bridge for twenty minutes, where I could see directly into the park. I then left, resigned to the fact that there would be no batting practice. Coupled with 35,000 people at the game, it just wasn’t worth running around all game for a ball or two.
I started walking back to the car when I got a text from my fiancee Amy, who was working the game. She told me that they were wheeling out the screens and that batting practice would be on.
I jogged back to the park and made it into the left field bleachers by 11:35, 35 minutes after the gates had opened.
Only the Phillies would be hitting today.
And, it was packed.
The move paid off, as I caught a Ben Francisco home run ball on the fly here for ball #3:
I didn’t snag anything else until the 5th inning. A large group of people left the front row in center field, so I went down for a minute to give myself a chance at an Andrew McCutchen warm up ball. He fired a perfect strike to me, while I was on the phone with Amy, who I was meeting up with for some food on her break.
That would be my fourth and final ball of the day.
Game: 4 balls (1 hit, 1 thrown, 2 device)
Season: 177 balls (67 hit, 40 thrown, 47 device, 23 found)
Games: 29 games
Average: 6.10 balls per game
Career: 1,299 balls
Another hot and sunny day at PNC Park today.
I really wasn’t looking forward to batting practice much today, after seeing yesterday’s performance by the Indians. Their right handed hitters all take a predominantly opposite field approach when they are taking their cuts, meaning most of their hits are line drives to right or right center field.
I got on the board with ball #1 of the day from Steven Pearce. He hit a home run that was landing about a row and a half in front of me. I was able to get my glove on it, but didn’t make the catch. The ball dribbled into the row directly in front of me, and I was able to quickly pick it up for my first ball of the day.
The sun was glaringly bright again today.
Game: 3 balls (2 hit, 1 thrown)
Season: 203 Balls (102 hit, 73 thrown, 28 device)
Games: 40 games (5 of which didn’t have BP)
Average: 5.08 balls per game
Career: 369 balls