There was a threat of rain throughout batting practice today.
In fact, it rained lightly for at least 15 minutes, usually a death sentence for batting practice at PNC Park. The groundscrew was certainly ready to pull the plug.
But we made it through and got a full BP today.
Upon entering, I found ball #1 laying in the front row near the foul pole.
Throughout the rest of the game, I split time between left and right field, but Lastings Milledge was being inconsistent with his mid inning
toss ups. Sometimes he would throw the ball to the crowd, other times he was content to let the bullpen pitcher take it.
I decided to try Tabata one more time in the 8th inning. I took my hat off to alter my appearance, hoping he wouldn’t remember me from four innings early.
Here are today’s baseballs:
Game: 10 balls (5 hit, 4 thrown, 1 found)
Season: 374 balls (192 hit, 84 thrown, 43 device, 46 found)
Games: 57 games
Average: 6.56 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 952 balls
Streak: 153 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
With chief competitor Nick Pelescak out of action for the next two weeks, and my favorite BP team, the Cincinnati Reds in town, I was hoping I would have a big day.
I would – setting a personal 2010 high for balls snagged.
The day would get off to a great start. When I ran in, I spotted a ball in the front row.
Before I could grab it, Andy LaRoche hit a home run into the front row. I tried to make the basket catch leaning forward over two rows, but just missed it. My glove killed the balls’ momentum and I just needed to pick it up in the front row for ball #1. Seconds later, I grabbed that easter egg for ball #2 in this area:
Sweet spots: (1 was given away)
Game: 13 balls (9 hit, 2 thrown, 1 device, 1 found)
Season: 364 balls (187 hit, 80 thrown, 43 device, 45 found)
Games: 56 games
Average: 6.50 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 942 balls
Streak: 152 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.