I decided to attend today’s Twins vs Indians game to try and snag a Twins Target Field commemorative ball.
Surprisingly, I wouldn’t have to wait long at all. Within 30 seconds of entering the stadium, I found my first ball of the day laying in the bleachers. Upon later inspecting it, I found out that it was indeed a 2010 Target Field ball.
Batting practice was rather slow today during the Indians portion, so I attempted to get a few toss ups. I got Chris Perez to toss me a ball, but some guy reached in front of me and robbed me.
When I saw the ball stayed in the trees and didn’t bounce out, I was off sprinting to Heritage Park.
Also running towards Heritage Park in front of me were Nick and Bryan Pelescak, as well as some other local Cleveland ballhawk.
We all got to the area at about the same time. As I was searching for the ball, I heard a fellow fan saw, “it hit farther down.” Myself and the local Cleveland ballhawk got to the spot at the same time. There it was. Justin Morneau career home run #168. The ball was impossible for anyone to get as it was lodged in the base of one of the hemlocks, between three thick branches.
It didn’t matter though, as I reached in with my stick (collibsible yard stick), poked the ball loose, and grabbed ball #10, and my third game ball of 2010.
The ball didn’t come without controversy, as the other ballhawk was real upset that he wasn’t able to get it. He wasn’t prepared. Luckily a cop was ri
ght there, and told me and the other guy that it was mine to get, as I “had something to get it with.”
Of course the other guy was a really sore loser and complained and heckled me the rest of the night. Apparently he reads this blog and takes exception to me and the fact that I catch a lot of baseballs. Whatever though. I dropped it and spent the rest of the game in left field foul territory, and came close on at least three foul balls.
I would finish the game with ten.
Nick snagged 11, and his brother Bryan 7. 28 between the three of us.
A good night at Progressive
Here are today’s baseballs: (Morneau HR #168 in foreground)
and the sweet spots:
By the way, this is the video of Justin Morneau’s home run in the first inning.
Game: 10 balls (4 hit, 3 thrown, 1 device, 2 found)
Season: 61 balls (38 hit, 10 thrown, 7 device, 6 found)
Games: 9 games
Average: 6.78 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 3
Career: 639 balls
Streak: 105 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
2009 through 8 games: 42 (Currently I am 19 balls ahead of last year’s career high season pace)