Yet another day at Progressive Field.
When I entered the stadium I found my first ball of the day in the second row back in the second section from the visitor’s bullpen.
I had to be sneaky about it because there were several people in the front row, so I casually walked over to the ball without looking at it and picked it up. Had I jogged toward it looking at it someone may have noticed and turned around and grabbed it.
(The ball extended my snagging streak to 162 games with at least one ball snagged. 162 is an important number in baseball – its the number of games each team plays total during the season.)
My second ball of the day was a ground rule double hit by Shelley Duncan. It bounced into the trees, and was waiting in Heritage Park when I got there,
Game: 6 balls ( 4 hit, 1 device, 1 found )
Season: 431 balls (221 hit, 95 thrown, 59 device, 56 found)
Balls in the month of August: 80
Games: 66 games
Average: 6.53 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 1,009 balls
Streak: 162 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
I was back at Progressive Field today, hoping to snag my one thousandth career baseball.
I was planning on returning yesterday, but radar showed storms moving through Cleveland all afternoon, so I would wait until today for another shot at 1,000.
When I walked by a bar across the street,
pick them all up.
In left field, I would snag one more ball – thrown by Brad Bergesen:
He tossed the ball up and I had to lean out over the railing to just barely make the catch. When I caught it, I asked Brad if the ball was for me or the kid next to me, who’d also asked for one. Brad nodded toward the kid, so I turned and gave the ball away.
So, I’d ended the day with five balls snagged.
Here I am in the shadows by the bullpen with ball #1000:
Today’s baseballs: (4 pictured because one was given away)
Sweet spots: (#1,003 was given away)
Game: 5 balls (1 thrown, 4 device )
Season: 425 balls (217 hit, 95 thrown, 58 device, 55 found)
Games: 65 games
Average: 6.54 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 5
Career: 1,003 balls
Streak: 161 consecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.