The day was weird from the start. I don’t even want to talk about it, really. But, the show must go on and the stories must be told.
I was riding high off my previous day’s total of 11 baseballs on 5/08/09.
But, the Cubs were still in town…and I figured something had to give.
The minute I walked into the stadium, I could sense the day would not go according to plans.
Throughout BP, not a single baseball came anywhere in my vicinity.
No glove trick opportunities.
No toss-up possibilities.
No home runs hit.
No ground rule doubles hit.
No easter eggs.
No baseballs falling from the sky.
BP ended for me without a single baseball snagged.
I was getting really nervous that I would not snag a single baseball. Really nervous.
I made a decision. I had to go up to the 2nd deck (below the press boxes) and try for a game foul ball. The odds of snagging one of those were much greater than snagging a game home run. I had to abandon my lifelong game plan for a day. A streak was at stake.
Up to the 2nd deck I went.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, with Brewers 3B CRAIG COUNSELL at the plate and a 1-0 count, my chance presented itself.
A foul ball spun off his bat directly toward me. It hit one outstretched hand 3 rows in front of me and popped straight up in the air. In a crowd, I reached my bare hand up and snatched it right out of the air before it hit the ground.
I was on the board. There would be no shutout of the Happy Youngster on this day.
Although, it would be my only ball snagged. WTF??!!
Talk about coming through in the clutch.
Here’s home plate umpire-Jerry Crawford…
…getting briefed by the head of stadium control (big bald guy with the hand-held radio).
(Jerry Crawford dissed me hard after the game. I was in a perfect
position for an ump ball but to no avail. He would not make eye
contact with me and turned his head away as he passed right by my
elbow. Oh well, can’t win em’ all).
Is it just me or does ol’ Jerry need a bit of a trim on the sides??
The game ended up being delayed approx. 25-30 minutes until the lights came back on.
Just a weird night.
One measly ball.
Allow me to end the pain…better times are ahead.
The Florida Marlins are coming to town.
2009 BALLHAWKING STATS
- 1 total ball 5/09/09
1 batted ball (game foul ball)
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
111 baseballs (16 games)
6.94 average per game