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.
It washed out BP as the warning track was filled with water.
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)
I was debating about whether to attend this game, or head to Cleveland with fellow ballhawk Nick. I chose to go to this game because I had ten extra tickets to get Garrett Jones figurines that I could sell for some extra traveling funds.
When I arrived at the park at about 4:20, the tarp wasn’t on the field and the cages weren’t up either. However, by 4:30, the tarp was on. Light rain would arrive just after 4:30 with intense rain beginning around game time.
I was at the end of a pretty long line, so when I finally got into the stadium I made a dash for the foul territory in left field where Brian Burres and Ross Ohlendorf were playing catch.
I was the only one behind them, so it was pretty much guaranteed I would get the ball, I just had to be patient
Game: 3 balls (2 thrown, 1 found)
Season: 130 balls (79 hit, 28 thrown, 9 device, 14 found)
Games: 19 games
Average: 6.84 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 708 balls
Streak: 115 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
There isn’t much to write about.
Today was a Saturday and was Nate McLouth All Star bobblehead. The biggest crowd since opening day was expected. Here’s the view from General Robinson and Federal Street.
The Pirates made an alteration to their batting practice gate opening starting today. The gates still opened at 4:30 on Saturday, but center field and right field didn’t open until 5:30 PM, meaning all fans wanting to see batting practice would have to cram into 6 rows across 7 bleacher section in left field. Not good.
I got ball #1 from Matt Capps during the season ticket holder only portion of batting practice. That was it for the day. I got robbed twice by fans who were standing a row ahead of me. Had they not been there, I would’ve made the catches easily.
I made my first glaring error of the season. I had to jump for a home run ball, but I barely got off the ground. It hit my glove and some other fan got it. Rule of ballhawking, if a ball hits your glove, you should come away with the ball.
Left field was getting way to crowded, so I headed over to center field when it opened up. I still got shut out. None of the Rockies pitchers were showing me any love. Not surprising, since I got blacklisted yesterday by a jealous ballhawk snitch who told the Rockies I change my clothes to get more balls.
I tried for a ball at the bullpen and in the first inning from Nate McLouth. No luck.
Then, the rains came. The game was delayed for an hour and 37 minutes.
Game: 1 Ball (1 thrown)
Season: 119 Balls (51 hit, 54 thrown, 14 device)
Games: 23 games (20 with BP, 3 without)
Average: 5.17 Balls per Game
Career: 285 Balls
Today wasn’t looking good. It had rained continuously throughout the day. When my wife and I left for the ballpark at 4:25 PM, it was still pouring. We went anyway.
For the first half hour, nothing was going on in the stadium. The tarp was on the field, and there were no players to be seen. There was a random ball sitting in the middle of center field, but it would’ve been impossible to reach with the glove trick.
At 5:30, the Pirates pitchers came out to stretch and toss. The rain had relented a bit. I went down and lined up behind Jeff Karstens, hoping for an overthrown. It didn’t happen. I did manage to get Craig Hansen’s warm up ball. It was ball #1.
The Pirates left the field, and once again, nothing was happening. We went over to right field to await the Marlins to come out and catch.
The weather still wasn’t looking good. Water was starting to pond on the warning track.
Not too bad, I guess.
Game: 2 balls (2 thrown)
Season : 31 balls (13 hit, 12 thrown, 6 device)
Games: 8 games (6 with BP, 2 without)
Average: 3.88 balls per game
Career: 197 balls