Miller Park is becoming a bit stale. Then again, so are the Brewers. That’s another story, though.
Some days, I wish I lived out on the east coast. With so many ballparks in close proximity, one particular park would never grow tiresome.
Enough complaining…on with the story.
Like I so often do, I grabbed a table out on Friday’s bullpen patio. This allowed me an extra 45-50 minutes of BP I normally would not have had.
You can enter the stadium early for batting practice but you must use the “Hot Corner” entrance located down the left field line. Just tell the friendly usher (seemingly, the only one) you would like entrance to the park via Friday’s Front Row Bar & Grill.
Voila…you are in!!
It’s not all peaches and cream, though. It’s always packed and there’s no room to move. Also, there’s a 1 hr. time limit on the tables. Did I mention the food is ridiculously overpriced? Of course.
I’m lucky if I snag 1 ball before the regular gates open. It’s tough. I’ve almost entirely abandoned asking for toss-up baseballs, too. Too many Brewers players recognize me (or maybe it’s the shirt?!). Either way, asking for baseballs has always felt awkward.
I’m just sayin’…ya’ know?
One of the worst Brewers players of recent memory (but a total BP
stud), Bill Hall, stepped into the cage. Soon, Billy started cranking
those 60 mph heaters out of the ballpark. Eventually, Billy would hit one in my direction. Since I didn’t have enough room to bend down and tie my shoe without knocking into 4-5 people, I had to jump over a railing to retrieve this one on the bounce. Either way, it’s all good.
Where have you gone Billy Hall??
Well, one of my favorite (although, underachieving) Brewers, Corey Hart, hit one that landed on that metal platform. When it landed, it made a huge BANG! From my viewpoint, I didn’t see where it came to a rest. So, I walked up those metal steps and found the ball lying behind that blue barstool. Not quite an easter egg-but pretty close.
I had snagged a baseball in this fashion on 7/24/09.
Could I do it again?
Someone on the field picked it up before the stadium opened.
Brewers BP ended and I had two baseballs. If you’re paying attention, that’s one more than luck/chance/opportunity usually grants.
Bring out “The Donkey.”
They brought him out, alright. But, I think they forgot to feed him his oats.
NOT 1 BP homer hit by “the Donkey!”
What’s going on at Miller Park this season?? I don’t ever recall such a vulgar display of puniness in my life. BP homers are fewer and farther between…I guess that’s the price of cleaning up the game.
Before the game started, a very special little person threw out the 1st pitch of the game.
His name is Mack McGehee-the 2yr. old son of Brewers Rookie of the Year candidate Casey McGehee. Little Mack was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
In the photo above, you can see Prince Fielder as Mack’s pitching coach. Mack’s Dad, Casey, is the catcher. See the ball overlapping the 1st base line? Good toss kid.
Casey had asked Prince if he would walk out with his son. Mack’s a big fan of Prince (as most kids are). This made being in front of 30,000 people a bit easier, I would imagine.
Read this short article about the McGehee’s (short read).
Only two (2) are shown.
The Randy Knorr tossup (training ball) was given away to a Miller Park usher to give to a deserving kid.
2009 BALLHAWKING STATS
- 3 total balls 7/29/09
2 batted baseballs
1 tossup baseball
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
7/07/09 = 6 baseballs
7/10/09 = 3 baseballs
7/20/09 = 7 baseballs
7/24/09 = 6 baseballs
7/27/09 = 8 baseballs
7/29/09 = 3 baseballs
258 baseballs (42 games)
6.14 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)
JULY: 33 baseballs in 6 games (1 game home run ball)
One last note: Has anyone else noticed I haven’t had a double-digit game since the Coghlan HR catch??
My luck will change. I promise you that. I just need some time to regroup.
400 baseballs on the season is within reach…stay tuned.