When I got out of my car around 3:45, the skies were looking rather overcast. It wasn’t raining, so I was hoping batting practice would still be on.
It wasn’t. When it became obvious that batting practice wasn’t going to happen, I was faced with a decision. Go home, or put my 109 consecutive game streak on the line. I decided to stay, because I was hoping it would rain, and people would stay home. Also, there was a Penguins playoff game, so I hoped folks would stay and watch that. However, Pittsburgh crowds love fireworks, and 25,000 people still showed up.
Upon entering the stadium, I got ball #1 rather quickly from coach Ray Searage.
I then noticed several Cardinals playing catch in right field, so I went over.
Kyle McClellan, Mitchell Boggs, and someone else were playing catch, but when they finished, they were having an intense conversation as they walked off the field about different grips, so they ignored my polite request for a baseball.
Game: 5 balls (5 thrown)
Season: 102 balls (61 hit, 21 thrown, 10 device, 11 found)
Games: 14 games
Average: 7.29 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 680 balls
Streak: 110 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Today wasn’t a banner day for me. The Cardinals were in town, and they are historically a tough team for batting practice. Although they have a decent amount of right handed batters, they work exclusively on hitting the ball the other way for a majority of their cuts. This results in less home runs being hit to the left field bleachers, which is where I normally patrol.
I did manage to get on the board early, as I spotted bench coach Gary Varsho teaching Lastings Milledge how to correctly catch a fly ball.
I’m sure many parents with young children were real thrilled with FSN’s decision to show this man with blood pouring down his face.
At first I was thinking, “What a freaking idiot.” Then, my disdain for the man turned to remorse when I saw he had a disabled son who was with him.
Albert Pujols was the first one to the man, and stayed with him, holding his neck on the ground, the entire ten minutes. It tells you a lot about Albert Pujols as a person.
After ten minutes, they stabilized the man on a stretcher, and carted him off the field.
Predictably, the Pirates would go on to blow the lead and lose their sixth game in a row. The Washington Nationals are only seven games ahead of the Pirates now in the worst record in baseball category.&nb
sp; Uh oh.
Game: 2 balls (2 thrown)
Season: 255 balls (131 hit, 84 thrown, 40 device)
Games: 54 games (5 of which didn’t have BP)
Average: 4.72 balls per game
Career: 421 balls
Streak: 69 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.