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.
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 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.
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.
4 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
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