We ended up getting to the Dome at 5:30pm. When I ran in, the cage was being taken down and the field was empty.
went down to the only area of the Dome where the glove trick is
“do-able.” It’s a large open section closest to centerfield on the
left field side. It’s a spot where the seats start to disappear into
the hitter’s eye.
When I looked down into the big gap, there was one ball lying down there.
I glove-tricked it for BALL #1. I was relieved that I would not be shut out on the day.
Upon closer inspection of the ball…
…hmm. The Brewers were scribbling all over the Twins commemoratives, too.
(As I discovered back on 4/27/09, the Brewers write words and sayings on most of their BP balls)
The game you ask?? Nothing to write home to Mom about.
The Twins spanked the Brewers yet again.
Final score: Twinkies 6 Brewhahas 2.
After the game, I headed
down for an ump ball. No luck. Charlie Reliford had called a pretty
poor game. He put his head down and darted off the field.
was nothing happening on the Brewers side, so, I headed over to the
Twins side for a possible batboy game ball. I really wanted a rubbed
up Twins commemorative ball for the collection. The BP commemoratives
were nice, but, I wanted the real deal.
So, I waited above the ballbag as the ballboy/batboy gathered the equipment down in the bullpen area.
About 10 minutes passed. Then, I was approached by a familiar face holding a gigantic oversized glove.
It was BIGGLOVEBOB!
We made a quick acquaintance before the ballboy returned. When he was
directly below me, I politely asked for a game ball from the bag. The
ballboy blew me off.
That’s when Big Glove Bob stepped in and used his Twin Cities celebrity
pull. He said, “hey Adam, he came all the way from Milwaukee.”
Adam reached into the ballbag and grabbed out a beautifully rubbed game ball and flipped it up to me for BALL #2.
Even though I had missed batting practice, getting that game ball made it all worth while.
I couldn’t have done it without the help of Big Glove Bob. Thanks Bob!
So long Metrodome…I won’t miss you.
2009 BALLHAWKING STATS
- 2 total balls 5/23/09
1 toss-up 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
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
150 baseballs (21 games)
7.14 average per game