The Brewers were finally back home.
I had not attended a Brewers home game since June 9th.
There was one problem from a ballhawking perspective, though…it was Little League Night at the ballpark. Great for the little leaguers, bad for the ballhawks.
I had a game plan.
I would enter through Friday’s, grab a bite to eat and hopefully snag a few baseballs in the process.
I had a good friend with me at the ball game…
…that’s “Brewer Jamie” out on the Friday’s Bullpen patio.
That’s me getting amped up for some much needed BP…
BALL #1 came off the bat of PRINCE FIELDER. It bounced around about 20 rows deep.
The effort it took to bend down and pick it up was the extent of the effort exerted claiming this one.
I noticed something funny…
…written on the sweetspot.
“NO POOPY PANTS”
At approx. 4:50 p.m., the Brewers ran off the field and the Twins came out to hit.
Usually, the Brewers hit until 5:30 p.m. for a 7:05 game.
Not this day. The thousands of Little Leaguers had to take the field at 5:45 p.m. Therefore, the field had to be cleared.
Bring out the Twinkies.
An unknown Twins pitcher (possibly Nick Blackburn) fielded a ball near the wall.
When he was below me, I said, “Can you toss one up? The dirtier the better!”
He turned and tossed it up to me for BALL #2.
Little did I know…
…the ball had on a toupee!
As an added bonus, it was a commemorative ball.
BALL #3 was caught on the fly. Thank goodness it didn’t touch the ground. Thank goodness it didn’t touch anything except the bat of MICHAEL CUDDYER.
Out of box.
Into ball bag.
Into Coach’s hand.
Into my glove.
Take a look…
Holy pearl, Batman!
Soon, a ball was hit into the Brewers bullpen.
It was near the wall where the glove-trick can be used.
Twins pitcher MATT GUERRIER.
5 baseballs by 5:30 p.m. With what should have been another hour to go.
Oh, the possibilities.
Oh well. It was Little Leaguers. They deserved the opportunity to walk on the field and get “up close.”
We caught up for a bit, shared a few stories and strategies, then parted ways.
After about an hour, the Little Leaguers cleared the field. It was game time.
In the top of the 2nd inning, with 2 outs and Joe Mauer at the plate, a fly ball was lifted to dead-center. Brewers CF MIKE CAMERON camped underneath it on the warning track and made the squeeze. I whistled for the baseball and “Cam” turned and fired a perfect strike right into my glove. BALL #6-game used.
That was it for the day. No game home run chances. No other baseballs.
2009 BALLHAWKING STATS
- 6 total balls 6/23/09
2 batted baseballs (1 caught on fly)
3 toss-up baseballs
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
6/10/09 = 0 baseballs
6/11/09 = 2 baseballs
6/12/09 = 9 baseballs
6/23/09 = 6 baseballs
195 baseballs (31 games)
6.29 average per game