7/24/09 @ Miller Park

I had two (2) objectives:

  1. Snag as many baseballs as possible (like always)
    AND
  2. Give them all away.

I’ve always given away baseballs to deserving kids, but I’ve never given a whole day’s snagging away.  It seems I’ve always returned home with one.

I wanted to mix things up a bit.
Let the snagging tales begin…

4:30 pm – Arrived at Miller Park.

4:40 pm – Grabbed a bullpen patio table at Friday’s Front Row Bar & Grill.

5:10 pm – Spotted this…

7_24_09 Braves vs Brewers @ Miller Park.jpg

…nestled tightly against the rolled-up tarp.  Hmm.

5:10-5:22 pm – Plotted how I would snag said ball.

5:25 – Relocated to barricaded area down the left field concourse.

5:30 pm – Stadium seating bowl open.

5:30 pm – Sprinted like hell to tarp.

5:31 pm – hand-picked BALL #1 off field!  Yay!

5:47 pm – glove-tricked BALL #2 out of Brewers bullpen.

5:48 pm – glove-tricked BALL #3 out of Brewers bullpen (while I had been reeling up ball #2, ball #3 bounced into the pen in nearly the same spot).

5:55 pm – Snagged a MATT DIAZ BP homer off the railing (it ricocheted off the front railing and spun straight toward me in the 3rd row at a million miles per hour…landing safely in my glove without touching the ground).

6:05 pm – Snagged GARRETT ANDERSON BP homer on fly.

6:06-6:22 pm – twiddled my thumbs while hoping for homers as BP came to a bitter end.

6:30 pm – glove-tricked BALL #6 out of visitor’s bullpen.
Immediately handed it to a nearby youngster.

6:45-7:02 pm – gave the remaining five (5) baseballs away to deserving youngsters.

7:07 pm – 1st pitch.

8:25 pm – left the stadium (missed my wife and kids…needed some family time).

 

 

2009 BALLHAWKING STATS

  • 6 total balls 7/24/09

3 batted baseballs

3 device

ATTENDANCE:  41,941

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
6/12/09 = 9   baseballs
6/23/09 = 6   baseballs
6/24/09 = 9   baseballs
6/26/09 = 9   baseballs
6/27/09 = 4   baseballs
6/29/09 = 3   baseballs
6/30/09 = 5   baseballs
7/07/09 = 6   baseballs
7/10/09 = 3   baseballs
7/20/09 = 7   baseballs
7/24/09 = 6   baseballs
___________________

247 baseballs (40 games)
6.18 average per game

 

 


9 Comments

quick, and to the point. nice you gave all those balls away i have game away about 5-7 balls i snagged this season.
-bettencourt

Nicely done! I like how you decided to shake things up a little and give those balls away. Good work! And you capped it all off with some family time, sounds like an awesome day to me!
Brian
http://txbaseballfan.mlblogs.com

And I bet your wife and kids were glad to have you home!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Nice to give all the baseballs away. As you know I will be at Miller Park on August 14, and I have some questions. Could you get into the park by entering through Friday’s or do you have to enter through a normal gate? What spots are the best to do the glove trick in the bullpens or elsewhere? At what time do the home and visiting teams usually end BP? And where could I meet you at the game?
Alex

Chad and I were at Miller Tuesday and watched helplessly as someone walking by got Dunn’s epic home run.

hrmph…

scott

Nick – I just nocticed you had 12 games in April, 12 games in May, 12 games in June, but only 4 games in July. Here’s wishing you a more April-May-June’ish August.
-Todd
http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com

BETTENCOURT…
nothing wrong with giving a little.

BRIAN…
it was, indeed.

JULIA…
they were and I was glad to be home!!

ALEX…
you can enter early through the Friday’s entrance. You’ll see a sign called “The Hot Corner” down the left field line. That’s where you enter. Just tell the usher you’re there for Friday’s.
The glove trick is totally hit or miss. Usually, it’s pretty tough.
The home team starts BP around 4:20 pm for a 7:05 game. The visitors start BP around 5:35 pm.
I might not make this game. Attending others that week?

SCOTT…
damn-I saw it on the highlights.

TODD…
I’m a bit behind on blogging. I attended 6 in July.
Still low-darn All-Star break.

“Happy”

Nice work Happy. Cool that you got to meet David Cook, I saw him perform at the All-Star game.

Very nice move giving the majority of your balls to kids. As a kid, it is very hard to get a ball on your own anyway. I bet each one of them gets great enjoyment out of playing with those balls. Just as much you get retriving them.

Happy, you are good guy! Keep it up.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

JEREMY…
Your continued support is very much appreciated!

“Happy”

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