I got to the gates about four minutes late today. When I got inside, I was discouraged to see that the final group that was batting for the Pirates was all left handed batters (Delwyn Young is a switch hitter).
I stood in left field and waited and waited for a ball to come out that way. Finally, near the end of the Pirates portion of batting practice, Delwyn Young turned around and batted right handed. He hit a home run two sections to my right that I simply had to jog over to and pick up. It was ball #1.
The Indians came out to hit. Their first group was also all lefties. Very discouraging. I could’ve had another ball, but the rubber band was missing from my glove. It must’ve gotten lost on Sunday when I went with my dad to play baseball. I also received a substantial injury on Sunday. I was going after a fly ball in left field, when I stepped into a huge swamp area left over by the torrential rains from this past Wednesday. I skidded on my right foot for about six feet, then fell backward. I landed on my glove hand, but that gave way, causing my elbow to awkwardly bend backward. It’s been real sore ever since.
Anyway, the sun was blazingly bright today.
I lost two balls in the sun. Completely lost them. When that happens, I look at other people around me, to see if they’re tracking the ball, so I can pick it back up. The folks around me couldn’t see either.
Game: 2 balls (2 hit)
Season: 200 balls (100 hit, 72 thrown, 28 device)
Games: 39 games (5 of which didn’t have BP)
Average: 5.13 balls per game
Career: 366 balls