6/30/09 @ Miller Park

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.

BP ended. 
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).

The five (5) baseballs…
6_30_09 Mets vs. Brewers @ Miller Park.jpg
…only 4 are shown.  #4 of 5 was given away to a small Brewers fan.


  • 5 total balls 6/30/09

3 batted baseballs

2 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
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


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)



  1. MLBallhawk

    Hey Happy! I made it out to a couple of games this weekend here in Anaheim and grabbed 9 balls. I hope to get a chance to get out to Chicago and Milwaukee in the next month. Hopefully we can meet up then!

    Baseballs 4 MADD – MLBallhawk

  2. Txbaseballfan

    Two easter eggs?! I’d love to just find one. Not bad considering the Mets ran out a high school baseball team during BP! Went to TX/Tampa Bay last night, and glove tricked an odd ball, you need to check out my entry. Double digits for both of us next game!

  3. happyyoungster

    Yeah, that one stung a little. Snagging two 1st career homers in one season would have been awesome.

    Nicely done. When you come out this way, we definitely have to meet.

    Yeah, one easter egg is cool. Two is better.
    I read your blog about the Little League ball. Funny yet disappointing, I would imagine.


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