9/08/09 @ Miller Park

Due to many contributing factors, I am now officially waaaaay behind on blogging.

My good friend “Dino” was attending this game with me.  You may remember “Dino” from the Chris Coghlan incident back on May 13, 2009

“Dino” picked me up in his sweet little ride…
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We beat all the other die-hards into the stadium…
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…the person with the arrow?  He’s staring down at his shoes out of pure boredom. 
C’mon Brewers fans…go to the games when they’re out of contention, too!

When we were waiting for a table out on the bullpen patio…
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…I spotted this through the windows.

A closer look…
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In action…
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It may not look like I’m very excited…
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…but, I am.  I just usually keep my emotions in check.

Soon, Casey McGehee would hit me my 2nd ball of the day that I snagged on the bounce.
Not too long after, Ryan Braun hit one that I snagged on the fly.  I reached up and caught that one between an older couple right at their dinner table.  They were not paying attention, of course (and it scared the **** out of them).

Ball #4 would end up getting caught in the little protective netting that overhangs the bullpen.  I just used a mini-version of the glove trick to snag it out of there.

I would not have the glove-trick in my backpack long during this BP.

Check it out…
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…first, there was one.

Then, there were four…

…the two wit
h red arrows were glove-tricked.

In action (clockwise)…
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And, the second one (clockwise)…
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When the St. Louis Cardinals took the field, I was amped at the opportunities that lied ahead.
Pujols, Ludwick, Ankiel, Holliday, Rasmus…

Unfortunately, the Cardinals don’t care what the fans want, they just take a situational/directional approach.  Good for them-bad for us. 

I did not have a single chance at a batted ball during BP.
Back to the glove-trick.

At the end of BP, I noticed a few baseballs lying in the bullpen.  Two to be exact.
So, I went at it.  Within a minute, both were reeled in.  That includes the time it took to knock them closer.  All of Friday’s patio and a bunch of people standing along the railing above in the left field loge gave me a warm cheer.  I was so pumped, I took the last one (#8 on the day) and heaved it up to the fan’s cheering me in the loge bleachers.  A ton of kids took off after it with a young fan eventually securing it.

As for the game, my two tickets were here…
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But, we sat here…
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…right in Ryan Braun’s power alley.

You see, “Braunie” was sitting on 99 career home runs.  You would know this already if you follow the MILESTONE TRACKER on my website.

Unfortunately, Braun didn’t hit it. 
Actually, none of the Brewers hit much-losing 4-3.

2009 BALLHAWKING STATS

  • 8 total balls 9/08/09


2 batted baseballs

6 device baseballs


ATTENDANCE:  36,172

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
7/27/09 = 8   baseballs
7/29/09 = 3   baseballs
8/04/09 = 4   baseballs
8/11/09 = 7   baseballs
8/12/09 = 6   baseballs
8/15/09 = 4   baseballs
8/16/09 = 3   baseballs
8/17/09 = 10 baseballs
8/25/09 = 10 baseballs
8/26/09 = 4   baseballs
8/28/09 = 18 baseballs (new Milwaukee record)
8/29/09 = 2   baseballs
9/04/09 = 5   baseballs
9/06/09 = 5   baseballs
9/08/09 = 8   baseballs
___________________

344 baseballs (55 games)
6.25 average per game

Only 6 away from career baseball #1000...

7 Comments

From the few entries that I have read of yours when you attended a game with the Cardinals, I’ll have to agree with your tag-“Cardinals Bp sucks”. What a waste! Nice job with the glove trick though, way to secure a nice day anyway!
BTW– Have you noticed the 2010 schedules are out? Have you noticed where the Brewers are going in July? The 29th, 30th, & Aug. 1st to be exact? HOUSTON. The Rangers are gone that weekend, but they are home against Oakland the 26-28. Whatta ya say, you up for a little Texas two-step? It’s never too early to start planning these things you know?!
Brian
http://txbaseballfan.mlblogs.com

Brian, you know I’m up for the Texas two step! Say when. I’ve even got a spare bedroom if anyone needs to crash out on the cheap.

Donny in Houston

Good scoring your next 6 balls!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Nice! Congrats on getting 8 balls. Nice pics.
http://clevelandbaseball.mlblogs.com/

Happy, I met a kid today at the game who knew you. Take a look at my blog, I had a weird day ballhawking. I see the Twins are coming back to Brew Town the same late June Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday series as this year.
http://bigglovebob.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/09/thanks-for-nothing-fatty.html

BRIAN & DONNY…
I’ll have to consider Texas in 2010. You’ll be among the 1st to know!

JULIA…
Thanks.

09INDIANS…
Ditto.

BOB…
I’m going to your blog right now.
We may have to meet up again next year.

“Happy”

Quote from Happy “It may not look like I’m very excited……but, I am. I just usually keep my emotions in check”…That’s too funny Nick..But I feel you..Sometimes that adrenaline can be hard to control. The key is staying level headed in all of the confusion…I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that..Nice entry brotha…D
http://baseballsnatcher.mlblogs.com/

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