5/23/09 @ HHH Metrodome

The game was at 6:05pm.
We were still at The Mall of America at 4:00pm.
I would not be attending BP today…time was short.

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…
5_23_09 Brewers vs Twins @ HHH Metrodome 079.jpg…and…
5_23_09 Brewers vs Twins @ HHH Metrodome 080.jpg…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. 


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!

The commemorative game ball…
5_23_09 Brewers vs Twins @ HHH Metrodome 078.jpg…rubbed up and game used.  You can see why the ball made it to the ballbag.  There’s a scuff from hitting the dirt directly above and to the right of the commemorative logo.

So long Metrodome…I won’t miss you.


  • 2 total balls 5/23/09


1 toss-up ball

1 device



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


  1. Txbaseballfan

    Pretty cool when you can miss BP & still come away with 2 balls! I especially like the rubbed up one. Still patiently waiting for July, when the Twinkies make their way down here. Must….have….commemorative….! Sorry, I got carried away. Nice work as usual!
    http://txbaseballfan. mlblogs.com

  2. bigglovebob

    Anything I can do to help Happy! I am looking forward to coming to Brew Town in 3 weeks. I am also thinking about heading to Kauffman this year. See you soon!

  3. happyyoungster

    Yeah, the game rubbed balls mean so much more.
    Cheers to you getting 10 commemoratives when the Twinks come to town!

    If you haven’t been there before, you gotta go.

    I am grateful.



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