On my walk to the stadium, I couldn’t help but notice the roof was closed.
Take a look…
The Rockies had just swept away the Redbirds in St. Louis during their 4-game series. No easy task.
I arrived at the Beer Garden entrance around 5:26 pm. The gates were set to open in 4 minutes (there’s rarely ever a wait in this area for those who don’t like lines).
When the gates opened, I ran up to the left-field loge bleachers. The last pitches of the Brewers portion of BP were being tossed.
Bring out the Rockies.
I headed down to the field level down the 3rd base side to play for a warm-up ball from one of the pitchers.
Veteran lefty ALAN EMBREE finished his tosses and started scanning the crowd. He had two baseballs in his glove. One went to a fan to my left and the 2nd one was tossed to me- BALL #1. Which, smelled like ICY HOT.
I headed back up to the left field loge bleachers.
None too many baseballs were being hit into the stands, so, I resorted to asking for them.
Rockies pitcher JOEL PERALTA was shagging BP in deep left-centerfield. I waited for the appropriate moment (when a ball was hit to the wall) and said his name, followed by the polite request.
He turned and lobbed up BALL #2.
I headed to right field.
While I was in right field, the big lefties (Helton, Hawpe, Stewart) were jacking home runs all over the place…except where I was.
I resorted back to asking.
Rockies speedy youngster DEXTER FOWLER fielded one near me and tossed it up for BALL #3.
Soon after, Rockies Bullpen Coach JIM WRIGHT tossed me BALL #4.
When BP was over, I headed over to the Rockies dugout.
When I got there, Rockies stud Ubaldo Jiminez was signing autographs…
Crappy looking autograph by a great young player.
I’m not complaining.
A minute later, I looked over to my right. Rockies OF Ryan Spillborghs was signing autographs.
Here’s the exchange between Spillborghs and I…
ME: “Hey Ryan, how ya doing?”
RYAN: no response
ME: “Thanks for the signature.”
RYAN: no response
I thought nothing of it-until he looked like he wanted to say something to me. Finally, he spit out what was on his mind.
In a smug tone, Spillborghs said, “so, how many balls you get?”
I responded, “ahh, you were paying attention.” I told him I had snagged only 4 baseballs.
Laughing, of course.
…not because I was interested in the Cardinals/Marlins score nor was it because I like cowboy hats.
On to the game.
…with my Uncle Marvin (on left) and his friend Russ.
Uncle “Mar” is a great fan of the game. In fact, Mar has made quite the name for himself throughout the state of Wisconsin for his contributions over the last 50+ years to Little Leagues in the Pittsville/Marshfield area.
Mar was awarded a lifetime achievement award honoring those 50 years of dedicated service.
I’m proud of you, Uncle Mar!
…(from left to right) Brian, Jamie and I.
I met Brian for the 1st time. Brian created one of the most popular Brewers fan sites around.
If you’re a Brewers fan, you have to check out this site.
The man in the middle, BrewerJamie, assists with the operations of Brewerfan.net. Jamie is a close and personal friend of mine.
Both true diehard Brewers fans.
(3 are shown-1 was given to BrewerJamie to give to his 5 yr. old daughter Rachel).
2009 BALLHAWKING STATS
- 4 total balls 6/09/09
4 toss-up balls
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
5/26/09 = 3 baseballs
5/29/09 = 6 baseballs
5/30/09 = 5 baseballs
6/01/09 = 1 baseball
6/02/09 = 9 baseballs
6/09/09 = 4 baseballs
178 baseballs (27 games)
6.59 average per game