5/02/09 @ Miller Park

Saturday 6:05pm game = Family Day at the ballpark.

Everyone (wife and kids) was packed up and ready to go.  We left the house in plenty of time to catch all of BP.

We arrived at the park and my lovely wife informed me we had forgotten formula for our infant son.  NOOO!!!

So, I turned around and headed back home…so much for being on time. 
Not a big deal-my wife is allowed to make her own mistakes from time to time.  Although she seems near perfect to me, she’s allowed to be snafu, occasionally.

So, I arrived back at Miller Park, now running behind. 
I would end up missing a good chunk of BP before we finally got into the stadium.

When I did finally run in, I saw this…
glove trick off field during BP!.JPGI’ve mentioned before how I’m a tad gun-shy when it comes to the glove trick at home.  The ushers have gotten on my case and it causes somewhat of a scene.

I thought to myself the following:

  • I’m already late.
  • I have no baseballs, yet.
  • Boy, that looks easy.
  • Nobody’s around.
  • Who’s gonna care in 10 years?
  • Who’s gonna care in 10 minutes?
  • Why am I still thinking about this?

I surveyed the scene and noticed only 1 security guard standing nearby.  So, I took off to that section.  When I arrived, there was not one, not two, but THREE security guards standing there!!!
I thought-this isn’t going to work.  So, I waited patiently.  Two of the guards started walking off the field.  They were walking directly toward the ball.  I figured one of the guards would pick up the ball and toss it in or pocket it for himself.  Neither happened!  They left it right there!!

So, I nudged my way to the front row (a small crowd had gathered above the ball by the time I got over there) and lowered the glove trick.  The glove fell directly on top of the ball at first contact.  I raised it up in slight disbelief…it was in the glove.  Yeah, baby-ball #1.

I think the D’Backs hitters were working on their singles approach on this day.  All of the big sluggers were stroking the ball to the gaps, down the lines, etc.  Everywhere but in the stands. 

This guy ended up tossing me ball #2 out near left-center field…
jon garland.jpg

D’Backs pitcher JON GARLAND.

Before BP ended, D’Backs coach LORENZO BUNDY tossed me ball #3 out near the visitor’s bullpen in right-center field. 

That was it for BP.  I was happy to get that many, considering I was late.

I did get to watch Danny Haren warm up before the game…
5_2_09 DBacks vs Brewers @ Miller Park 003.jpg
5_2_09 DBacks vs Brewers @ Miller Park 005.jpg
Dan Haren was too much for the Brewers as they fell 4-1.

After the game, Home Plate umpire MIKE EVERITT hooked me up with a game ball for BASEBALL #4 on the day.  That made me feel a bit better. 

Final tally…
5_2_09 DBacks vs Brewers @ Miller Park 007.jpg4 baseballs (a weak showing).  I need to rebound this weekend.  Unfortunately, for me, the Cubs come to town.  Miller Park will be littered with yuppies wearing sandals and dress shirts, yelling for Dusty Baker to put Sammy Sosa in to pinch hit. 

And, oh yeah, I refuse to wear any clothing that bears the Chicago “C” on it. 
CUBS CLOTHES IS OFF LIMITS TO THIS BALLHAWK.  Anything I snag, I’ll have earned 100%.

It’s going to be tough.

2009 BALLHAWKING STATS

  • 4 total balls 5/02/09

1 device

3 toss-ups

ATTENDANCE:  42,422

2009 TOTAL BASEBALLS

4/7/09   = 5   baseballs
4/8/09   = 10 baseballs
4/9/09   = 10 baseballs
4/10/09 = 3   baseballs
4/11/09 = 5   baseballs
4/12/09 = 5   baseballs
4/13/09 = 11 baseballs
4/14/09 = 6   baseballs
4/21/09 = 5   baseballs
4/27/09 = 15 baseballs
4/28/09 = 9   baseballs
4/30/09 = 4   baseballs
5/01/09 = 7   baseballs
5/02/09 = 4   baseballs
___________________

99 baseballs (14 games)
7.07 average per game

11 Comments

Happy,
4 is a nice performance, especially considering you got short changed on BP time. I was wondering if you drew the opposing team’s clothing line at the Cubs. Don’t you ever catch flak around the park when people see you sporting another team’s gear? I am guessing that if I showed up at the Dome in anything other than Twins gear I would get razzed by the other regulars. Keep up the good work.
Bob

Happy – I’m glad it works for you, but I don’t think I could ever wear clothing for a baseball team other then the Red Sox!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Happy-
Not bad, I would be stoked to get 4. Of course, I’m nowhere near your status yet. I’m with you on the Cubs gear. One team’s clothing that will NEVER touch this body is the Yankees. I’d rather get shutout, than wear a yankee hat/shirt. BTW, I’ll look for you on TV tonight (5/8), because I get WGN & that game is televised. Are you even going to be there? Good luck, anyway.
Brian
http://txbaseballfan.mlblogs.com

BOB…
I get razzed more by some players that know me than I do from some of the fans. Although, fans say their piece.
All in the name of ballhawking!!

JULIA…
See above!

BRIAN…
I will be at the game tonight. Look for the yellow shirt!
I’ll be roaming from section to section trying my best not to let any Cubs fans get in my way.

“Happy”

Happy, this may have been answered somewhere else, but I haven’t seen it – why do the security people not like you to use the glove trick? It seems harmless enough.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Hey, four balls is a good day for me. Be “Happy” about that! Way to be cool about the formula.

Padreleigh

Happy-
I didn’t see you on TV last night (5/8), but I WAS flipping back & forth between that game & the Rangers/White Sox. So, I may have missed something, who knows. Can’t wait for the recap!
Brian
http://txbaseballfan.mlblogs.com

BTW, that was like Chicago overload last night with those 2 games! “Find a happy place….”
Brian

Happy,
I’m pretty sure that I have begun a ballhawking career of my own. Story in my latest post, but Julio Lugo threw me a ball! Behind the dugout a prime location? Or should I go to the dugout?
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

I completely agree with you on the Cubs gear. First off, I AM a Cubs fan being from Chicago; but it wouldn’t have given you an advantage because of all the Cub fans who drive up. There already would be a million people with Cubs gear on. Annoying people none the less (I am a huge Cubs fan, and I HATE Cub fans) Secondly, I don’t blame you. I will NEVER wear a White Sox shirt or a Cardinals shirt, regardless of snagging. There are principals.

Will you be at any games this week? Chad and I are coming up there tomorrow vs Marlins.

Cheers!
Scott

SUE…
my thoughts exactly. I think it just boils down to each usher/security member enforcing his/her own set of rules. Nothing consistent. Power trip, anyone??

LEIGH…
right on, bro.

BRIAN…
you could see me in my yellow shirt, running toward that Braun home run in the 8th inning. Unfortunately, I ran out of real estate.

ELIZABETH…
very nicely done. I would recommend standing above the dugout where the player/coach exit/entrance is to the clubhouse.

SCOTT…
You are obviously one of the “cool” Cubs fans. It’s the idiots that ruin it for guys like you and I.
I will be at both the Tuesday (12th) and Wednesday (13th) games this week. See you Tuesday!

“Happy”

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