6/11/09 @ Oriole Park at Camden Yards
I was ready to get on the board. I was ready to put the previous day’s “bad-luck” performance behind me. I say “bad luck” because it had little to do with performance and everything to do with weird (bad) luck.
I arrived at the park and found Zack Hample and his friend Jona (not Zack and Miri) already waiting in line.
Since only those individuals in possession of a “season-ticket” style ticket gain entrance to left field, I was planning on watching Zack effortlessly (seemed that way) run around left field once again today, scooping up every ball that comes his way
(the day before, I watched helplessly from right field as Zack did exactly that).
To my surprise, Zack and Jona agreed to give me Jona’s season ticket.
In exchange, all I had to do was purchase Jona a ticket to get into the stadium.
A kind gesture. Thank you both.
So, at 5 pm, Zack and I ran into the stadium and around to the left field bleachers.
It didn’t take me long to get BALL #1, hit into the seats by an unknown Orioles player (possibly NOLAN REIMOLD).
Unfortunately, it also didn’t take very long for the Orioles to finish up their hitting.
Eleven minutes to be nearly exact.
Yup, after 11 minutes of Orioles hitting, the team ran off the field.
No rain. No power outage. No natural disasters.
So, I twiddled my thumbs. Eventually, it started to rain and the grounds crew covered the field.
Robbed of a chance at self-redemption.
I went into autograph mode.
Mariners closer David Aardsma signed my ticket.
Later, during the rain, Mariners Bullpen Coach JOHN WETTELAND stood down the left field line. He asked two kids if they had gotten a baseball. They both answered yes. Huh?? There weren’t any to be had?!? I think they were frightened.
So, I asked Mr. Wetteland if there was an age limit on the ball he was trying to give away.
He reponded, “yeah…little kids and old ladies.” He went on to explain, “I’ll tell you why old ladies. If they’re still going to games at 90, they’re big fans of the game. And if they’re big fans, they’ve probably been outmuscled for baseballs their whole lives, too.”
I told him, “great explanation.”
He looked up at me out of the corner of his eye and smiled as he flipped me BALL #2.
One cool dude.
About 5 minutes later, John Wetteland began to sign autographs. So, I had him sign the baseball.
20 minutes later, Mariners pitcher Jarrod Washburn began to sign autographs. So, I pulled the game ball out of my backpack (I usually bring 1 to every game) and had him sign it.
The game was wet and uneventful.
Final tally…2 baseballs.
1 was given away to a young Seattle Seahawks fan in attendance. Wrong sport, but, Steve Largent was my favorite player growing up.
2009 BALLHAWKING STATS
- 2 total balls 6/11/09
1 batted baseball
1 toss-up baseball
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
5/08/09 = 11 baseballs
5/09/09 = 1 lousy ball
5/12/09 = 14 baseballs
5/13/09 = 12 baseballs
5/19/09 = 8 baseballs
5/22/09 = 3 baseballs
5/23/09 = 2 baseballs
5/26/09 = 3 baseballs
5/29/09 = 6 baseballs
5/30/09 = 5 baseballs
6/01/09 = 1 baseball
6/02/09 = 9 baseballs
6/09/09 = 4 baseballs
6/10/09 = 0 baseballs
6/11/09 = 2 baseballs
180 baseballs (29 games)
6.21 average per game
That’s not all…
If you’re ever in the Baltimore area, stop by this museum. It’s small, but, it’s only $6.00 to tour. Plus, it’s only a couple blocks from Camden Yards!