When I ran into the left field bleacher seating area, I found not one, but two easter eggs lying down in the front row!
It was nice to have BALL #1 and BALL #2 in the bag before I really even got started.
Considering the way the Mets were hitting the day before, I thought I would need all the help I could get.
I was right.
The Brewers quickly ended their BP and out came the Mets.
As I always do at this time, I scanned the home bullpen for any glove-trick opportunities. There was a ball nestled almost tight up against the bullpen wall, so, I ran down a level for a closer look.
It was still there when I got down there. Quickly, I had BALL #3 in the bag.
I then ran over to the visitor’s bullpen to scan for more glove-tricks.
There was a ball about 5 feet out from the side wall. So, I went down and stood on one of the bleacher benches. I lowered my glove and had BALL #4 after about 10 seconds. During that time, I heard various people say, “that’s not going to work” and “he needs a way to close his glove.”
I have to say, the best part about doing the glove-trick is baffling everyone around me. Most people don’t know how it’s done.
Ball #4 was given away to a young Brewers fan standing nearby with his parents.
With all the big boppers on the DL for the Mets, BP homers were scarce.
I did manage to snag BALL #5 on the bounce off the bat of DANIEL MURPHY.
Other than that, it was slim-pickings.
Wow…what a power display put on by the Mets!
In two days, I think I snagged 1/2 of the baseballs hit into the bleachers. A slight exaggeration, of course. Just a tad frustrating.
In the 7th inning, I received a phone call from my wife. She told me we had an outlet fire in our house and that I needed to come home ASAP.
I said my goodbyes to everyone and left early. Something that I NEVER do.
This was an extreme circumstance, though.
I arrived home and everything was fine…in the house.
I turned on the Brewers game and a young star by the name of Fernando Martinez was standing at the plate.
I’m not kidding-3 seconds after the TV picture came on, Martinez lifted a long flyball to right field. It kept going and going…until it finally landed…IN MY SECTION!!
The kids 1st career homer.
I now officially have a reason to hate electricity.
If I would have been there, that ball would have been mine. I know it.
Oh well, it just wasn’t meant to be (sob-sob).
2009 BALLHAWKING STATS
- 5 total balls 6/30/09
3 batted 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
6/24/09 = 9 baseballs
6/26/09 = 9 baseballs
6/27/09 = 4 baseballs
6/29/09 = 3 baseballs
6/30/09 = 5 baseballs
225 baseballs (36 games)
6.25 average per game
BASEBALLS SNAGGED BY MONTH:
APRIL: 88 baseballs in 12 games (1 game home run ball)
MAY: 76 baseballs in 12 games (2 game home run balls)
JUNE: 61 baseballs in 12 games (0 game home run balls)