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7-9-11 PNC Park

The Pirates are just a game out of first place.  Thus, another sell out crowd today, aided by the fact that there was a skyblast show after the game.

There’s not much to speak of for this entry.  I only planned on staying for batting practice and then getting out of there to be with Amy.

Upon entering, a ball landed in the upper bleachers.  At this point, only Nick and Zac were in the left field bleachers, and I just happened to be the closest to the staircase when it hit, so I ran up and grabbed it for ball #1.

I made a clean catch a bit later for ball #2 – not sure exactly who hit it.  Some Cub.  Who knows?

While watching the Cubs, trapped in left field (because the rest of the stadium doesn’t open until 5:30), I watched Carlos Pena, Koyie Hill and others litter the right field wall with home runs.  I was hoping to run over and pick some up, but like clockwork, at 5:22, ushers appeared and took all the balls.

They missed one however.  Carlos Pena had hit one that hit the chain link fence at the top of the wall and disappeared.

When I ran in to look, it was still there, in the row behind the last row of seats, wedged between concrete and the seats.

That was it for batting practice.

I went for a run later on that night and ended up badly spraining my ankle afterwards.  What luck.

Statistics
Game: 3 balls (3 hit)
Season:  291 balls (128 hit, 61 thrown, 68 device, 34 found)
Games: 52 games
Average:  5.60 balls per game
Career:  1,413 balls
Attendance : 39,235

6-2-2010 PNC Park

Today’s game would get off to a bad start before the gates even opened.

At around 4:15, the skies opened up, and it started to pour.
100_3023.JPGIt washed out BP as the warning track was filled with water.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  5 balls (2 thrown, 3 found)
Season:  164 balls (90 hit, 42 thrown, 11 device, 21 found)
Games: 26 games
Average:  6.31 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  742 balls
Streak:  122 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: *1 (denotes rainout)

6-1-10 PNC Park

Today was a little more difficult than yesterday, because far fewer balls were hit into the stands.  Sometimes it just goes that way.

My first ball of the day was off the bat of Lastings Milledge.  He hit a home run that popped out of my glove and I had to scoop up.  I’ve had some bad luck the past few days with balls popping out.  It might be time to get rid of the 40 feet of string that fills up the inside of my glove.

The second ball was another Milledge hit.  This time it was a ground rule double that bounced over the fence.  I ran to my right, and caught the ball barehanded as it bounced off a bleacher.
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My third ball of the day was thrown by bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade.  Someone on the Pirates hit a deep home run that hit off of the steel support of the general admission bleachers.  Herbie looked at the ball for a minute, and then turned and fired the ball to me.

Ball #4 was glove tricked in front of the State Farm sign in left field.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  7 balls (2 hit, 4 thrown, 1 device)
Season:  159 balls (90 hit, 40 thrown, 11 device, 18 found)
Games: 25 games
Average:  6.36 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  737 balls
Streak:  121 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 11,334

5-31-10 PNC Park

Today was Memorial Day, and there was an autograph session of former Pirates that would begin at 11:30 when the gates were to open.  So, the line to get into batting practice was easily the longest I’ve seen it all season.

And I was near the end of it.
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When I finally got in, I managed to get two balls rather quickly from the lone pitcher who was in the outfield, Chris Jackubauskus.  He tossed me ball #1 from about 100 feet away or so, then began tossing balls to the other folks in the outfield.  The second ball came when he overthrew a group of people in the front row.  I was right there to pick it up.
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STATISTICS:
Game:  4 balls (1 hit, 3 thrown)
Season:  152 balls (88 hit, 36 thrown, 10 device, 18 found)
Games: 24 games
Average:  6.33 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  730 balls
Streak:  120 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance: 20,235

5-6-10 PNC Park

I wasn’t even supposed to be at this game.  Thanks to a tree that fell during a storm last night, my place of work didn’t have power all day, thereby freeing me up for the afternoon and relieving me of my coaching duties for a day.
e4543545345.jpgI spent the about 30-40 minutes on the riverwalk before the gates would open.  Unfortunately, this is the most interesting to happen down there:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  10 balls (5 hit, 1 thrown, 1 device, 3 found)
Season:  87 balls (53 hit, 16 thrown, 9 device, 10 found)
Games: 12 games
Average:  7.25 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  665 balls
Streak:  108 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  11,085

5-5-10 PNC Park

After missing yesterday’s game due to coaching, I was looking forward to attending my first game of the week today, on Cinco de Mayo.

I ran in, trailing fellow ballhawk Nick Pelescak.  Nick broke to the left towards the bullpen, so I was left to search near the ushers.  Surprisingly, there was a ball sitting there in the third row on the ground.  I was on the board.

I got my second and third balls of the day during the Pirates BP in this area:  The General Admission Bleachers.
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The balls bounced on the walkway behind me and hopped up into the bleachers.    I don’t know who hit ball #2, but ball #3 was off the bat of Ronny Cedeno.

I caught my fourth ball of the day off the bat of Jason Jaramillo.  I caught it on the fly in the second row (which is an accomplishment, as I typically stay away from the first two rows).

That was it for the Pirates BP, and the Cubs came out.

I didn’t have to wait long to get my first Cubs ball, as Derrek Lee hit a high fly ball that bounced on the warning track, and six rows back into my glove.

Soon after, I glove tricked ball #6 in this area:
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STATISTICS:
Game:  8 balls (4 hit, 2 thrown, 1 device, 1 found)
Season:  77 balls (47 hit, 15 thrown, 8 device, 7 found)
Games: 11 games
Average:  7.00 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career:  655 balls
Streak:  107 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Attendance:  11,053