I had an awful day at Progressive Field.
It started at 3PM with early batting practice. Nick Pelescak, Happy Youngster and I took 10 minute shifts watching our bags while the other two were outside of the home run porch gate – trying to get a ball.
No balls would even make it out, despite a good 40 minute or so session.
To make matter worse, at 4:30, I went to look for balls in the trees at Heritage Park, but it was closed for some private party.
Game: 1 balls (1 device)
Season: 337 balls (173 hit, 75 thrown, 36 device, 44 found)
Games: 53 games
Average: 6.36 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 915 balls
Streak: 149 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
With the Yankees in Cleveland, and Alex Rodriguez sitting on 599 career home runs, Nick Pelescak and I made the trip to Cleveland. So did pretty much every Yankee fan from New York.
Nick and I arrived at the stadium, hoping to catch an early round of batting practice at 2PM and maybe snag a ball outside of the stadium at the Home Run Porch.
It didn’t happen as this was the scene:
There was a mini baseball field constructed across the street from the stadium, so we spent a good 45 minutes or so throwing there.
After batting practice was over, I checked Heritage Park and found one ball, hidden behind the stump of one of the trees:
I used the Cleveland Stick to snag ball #5 of the day.
Check out the job they did blocking off the trees – I assume so folks can’t run back there to grab A-rod’s 600th:
As for the game, the porch was packed.
So were the left field bleachers.
But A-Rod would not go deep.
Some pictures from the game:
A-Rod did not go deep.
And I’ll be back in Cleveland tomorrow.
Here’s today’s balls (4 show because 1 was given away)
Sweet spots (1 was given away)
Game: 5 balls (1 hit, 2 thrown, 2 device)
Season: 336 balls (173 hit, 75 thrown, 35 device, 44 found)
Games: 52 games
Average: 6.46 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 914 balls
Streak: 148 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.