Today was the final day that the Diamondbacks were in town, and I for one, am not sorry to see them leave. They just don’t hit many balls into the stands, which makes for a boring batting practice.
To make matters worse, the Pirates did not hit today. They skipped batting practice, so at 5PM, when the gates opened, the Diamondbacks were already on the field hitting.
And ball #3 was a ground rule double that I snagged in section 136. Nick Pelescak gets an assist as he slowed the ball down by deflecting it. Playing ground rule doubles can be a tricky thing.
and moments later I snagged another ground rule double for ball #4 in virtually the same spot.
Game: 6 balls (3 hit, 2 thrown, 1 device,)
Season: 192 balls (74 hit, 44 thrown, 49 device, 25 found)
Games: 32 games
Average: 6.00 balls per game
Career: 1,314 balls
It was a Sunday day game, and there was no batting practice. I still went to the game though. Surprisingly, it would be my best game of the week.
From 11-11:30 on Sundays, fans have to stay on the Riverwalk. They are not allowed to enter the main seating bowl, even if they are season ticket holders. While I was waiting near the bullpens, Chan Ho Park got my attention and threw me a ball. He threw it from center field, so I moved back 20 feet before he threw it to give myself plenty of room to make the catch.
Park then motioned for me to give it to a little kid, so I did. He hooked me up with a second ball for me to keep a minute later. However, it was a little short and bounced off the flag pole base and over my head.
Luckily, few people were in the park at the time, so I chased it down easily here:
I took 2 rounds on the field with 310-340-360-340-310 dimensions and had one home run – over the 340 sign in left center.