After finishing Easter meal (day early) at my in-laws, I raced over to Miller Park.
The Brewers were opening the gates two hours early for the 605pm game.
I entered the stadium at exactly 407 pm and proceeded to head to the lower level (100 level) right field bleachers. The Brewers were actually practicing their hitting today. Woohoo!
As soon as I grabbed my perch in the right field lower level bleachers, Brewers RF COREY HART fielded a baseball near the warning track. I yelled out, “Corey Hart, baseball please!” Without hesitation, he flipped it to my waiting glove for BASEBALL #1. That was easy…and quick, too.
The same occurred about 3 minutes later with Brewers pitcher SETH MCCLUNG. I simply asked for the baseball and whaddya know?? BASEBALL #2. There was a young man standing in the front row not far from me. He had a glove on and looked like he needed some help, so, I gave it to him (and he was a Cubs fan!). See, I can be nice to Cubs fans.
The debut of something was about to take place.
After the Brewers portion of BP was concluded, I started moseying around a bit. Upon further investigation, I noticed a single baseball lying harmlessly in the Brewers bullpen.
Although a bit nervous, I pulled out the necessary equipment and proceeded to use the glove trick to haul in BASEBALL #3!! Under the expert tutelage of one, ZACK HAMPLE, I now had another trick up my sleeve.
I did ask Zack for his permission before counting the baseballs toward the statistics in our ballhawk league. It worked so good and so fast, I still can’t believe it!
After I successfully used the glove trick, I was riding pretty high. Adding another dimension to the ballhawking arsenal is big.
Cubs outfielder REED JOHNSON was shagging BP out in left-center field. I asked him for a baseball and he turned and fired me BASEBALL #4 on the day. He was the only Cubs player who even acknowledged I was in the ballpark. Thanks Reed, you’re not so bad. As for the rest of your teammates, well…nevermind. Let’s just say I do not like the Chicago Cubs.
Batting Practice (ever notice how I always capitalize it?) was winding down so I took a stroll back over to right field. I peered in the visitor’s bullpen and saw another little prize yet to be claimed. I was feeling like a cowboy, so, I pulled the tools out a second time and successfully reeled that one in, as well for BASEBALL # 5.
After BP, I wandered around the stadium and made some new friends.
The picture below was taken from the furthest seat from home plate…
SECTION 440 ROW 16 SEAT 18
The seats are called Bernie’s Terrace. Everything in this area looked brand new because few people sit here. This ticket should come with complimentary barf bags and oxygen masks.
Here’s a picture of Bernie Brewer’s hangout…
I’ve had small children approach me and ask, “is Bernie Brewer a kitty?” Cute, indeed.
But, that just shows how lame our mascot is. Sorry, Brewers fans…it’s lame.
If you ever meet me in person, ask me the Bernie Brewer story. It’s funny.
2009 BALLHAWKING STATS
- 5 total balls 4/11/09
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
33 baseballs (5 games)
6.6 average per game