7/10/09 @ Miller Park

I’m strapped for time so this entry will be short and sweet…my flight for St. Louis leaves in 5 hrs. and I still need to pack.

When I ran into the stadium, there were a bunch of the players’ kids shagging BP.  After about 2 minutes, a young man (maybe 13-14 yrs. old) tossed me BALL #1 as the players’ and their kids exited the field.

The Dodgers came out and BP homers were few and far between.  The stands were packed and the sun made shagging in left field nearly impossible.
So, I headed to right field. 

After little to no action over there, I asked BRENT LEACH for a baseball.  He turned and I had BALL #2.

Here’s what that ball looked like…
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The Dodgers write “LA” on the sweetspot of their BP balls.

I don’t mind…gives the ball a little character.

Can you believe that was it for BP? 
Man-Ram hit three BP homers (2 of which went into the left field bullpen).

Everyone thinks their home stadium is tough to ballhawk in…I get that.
But, believe me, Miller Park is tough. 

No place to roam.
No place to run.
Strict ushers.
Huge crowds.

After BP, I wandered.

I wanted to gain access to this elite little picnic area of the stadium that I had never been to before.  It’s all-you-can-eat until 1 hr. after the 1st pitch.
It’s called the AirTran Airways Landing Zone.
It’s located directly on the field behind the rightfielder.

Here’s a few pics taken from the field bleachers above…
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Here’s a few pics from inside…
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…yeah, baby!  Just in time for the 1st pitch.

In the top of the 1st inning, Rafael Furcal lifted a long fly ball in my direction.  I thought…was this too good to be true??  It was.  The ball was caught right in front of the fence (and directly in front of me) for the out.

After eating 1 cheeseburger, 1 hot dog, 1 bratwurst w/ kraut, 2 cookies, some baked beans and a pulled pork sandwich…I could hardly move.

After the 3rd inning was complete, I left to go find another view of the game.

Here’s where I ended up…
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…it’s called “The Point.”  Only two or three people are allowed to sit in this section per game. 

This is why…
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…the seats are called “the best seats in the house.”  Old airline seats!

In the picture above, that’s my glove lying on the seat. 

Here’s the view of the action (straight-ahead) from these seats…
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…during a pitching change.

To my left…
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…finally, to my right…
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Trevor Hoffman blew the save in the 9th and the Brewers ended up losing in ten innings.

I did get an ump ball from Mark Wegner after the game to make it 3 on the day.

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…3 baseballs.  (only 2 are shown-1 was given away to a young Brewers fan on the walk out of the stadium)


  • 3 total balls 7/10/09

3 toss-up 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
7/07/09 = 6   baseballs
7/10/09 = 3   baseballs

234 baseballs (38 games)
6.16 average per game

Now, it’s off to St. Louis.

If you’re watching the Home Run Derby on Monday night, watch for the yellow shirt in the right field bleachers at Busch Stadium.
My seat is located directly behind the right field bullpen in the 1st row on the railing.
I’ll have my trademark yellow “Happy Youngster” shirt on.

Hopefully, one of the big boys will hit me one or ten.




  1. gregb123

    Have a great time in St. Louie! That’s gonna be awesome. Are you going to the Futures Game as well?

  2. welikeroywelikeroy

    I’ll be looking for you at the All Star game. Very cool being in the Wall Street Journal. You guys have taken ballhawking to a whole new level. Miller Park looks very nice from the pics that you take, besides the ballhawking, looks like a great atomosphere in the crowd. I gotta visit there once.


  3. orangebirds

    Good luck, I wanna see you catch one, Hey everyone, I have some Cal ripken trivia if you wanna try it out?

  4. zackhample

    Saw you lots. Saw you come close a bunch of times. I didn’t see you actually get anything during the Derby, but I suppose it’s possible that you got a ball at the bottom of a scrum and simply didn’t have a chance to stand up with it before the camera moved elsewhere. Regardless, it looked like you had some amazing lateral range. What was the deal with security? They let people stand right IN the aisle?! Were you able to go to LF for righties? I need to know all the details, but I’ll wait patiently like everyone else for the entry.

  5. happyyoungster


    Last nights Home Run Derby was in one word: AMAZING.
    You all may have seen me running around like a madman on ESPN.
    I’ll be on a flight today. Entry to follow.


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