Today got off to a terrible start.
When I entered the park, Lastings Milledge was in the cage, taking his final cuts. Milledge is in the last group of Pirates players to bat. Minutes later, at 5:03, the field was empty, as the Pirates ran off the field, leaving the PNC Park regulars stunned.
I hadn’t snagged anything yet, and I was prepared to face the fact that I might get shut out.
Half way through the Cardinals BP, I got Trever Miller to toss me a ball in center field to put me on the board.
Luckily, I had brought my Cardinals gear, whereas yesterday I just left it at home figuring that the Cards were too stingy to toss any balls up to their own ‘fans.’ However, Miller is a veteran, and older players typically seem to be more generous in throwing balls into the stands.
Later on in batting practice, I attempted to glove trick a ball in the corner spot in center field.
Game: 3 balls ( 3 thrown )
Season: 487 balls (239 hit, 110 thrown, 72 device, 66 found)
Games: 76 games
Average: 6.41 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 1,065 balls
Streak: 172 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Balls in the month of August: 136 (3 needed to break 1 month record)
Balls needed to break single season record: 57
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.