Seeing I’m of Czech ancestry, I got to thinking.
Was this a greater power telling me it was about to be a good day??
Was it telling me to just forget ballhawking for the day and have a few cold ones??
Did it mean nothing at all??
My 1st BALL of the day came from an unsuspecting source.
Cam’s two boys can be seen shagging baseballs during BP a few times a week.
This little dude happened to be in the Brewers bullpen collecting the balls that had landed in there. I happened to be standing in the loge bleachers (2nd level) when he was below me. He tried a few times to toss it up before connecting. The 1st toss actually went way over my head and back onto the field. The 2nd toss fell short. The 3rd toss was juuuuust right.
You could tell the little fella was having a blast doing it.
I started to think how cool it would be if I could snag a ball actually hit by Mike Cameron. I wonder how many times a ballhawk has done this??
Getting a ball from both father and son the same day. I’m sure it would be easier to get toss-ups from both father and son, but a toss-up and a batted ball?
I gave it everything I had. It just wasn’t meant to be. Big “Cam” only hit 1 baseball into the bleachers and it was quite a ways from me.
I always say, a ballhawk is only as good as the players hitting or tossing them.
If they don’t hit-there’s no baseballs to snag.
If they don’t toss them up-there’s no baseballs to snag.
I moved to right field after watching Pablo Sandoval’s hitting display the night before.
In the process, I snagged BALL #2 off the bat of TRAVIS ISHIKAWA. It was retrieved on the bounce after hitting in the 5th row and bouncing up another 10 rows.
For the record, Sandoval’s bat was quiet during BP.
The Giants are a very light-hitting team. If it wasn’t for their stellar pitching, they would be the most boring team in the league (that distinction goes to the Pirates).
I was growing frustrated with the lack of long balls. By this time, I was back in left field.
A small group of Giants pitchers were horsing around in left field. Among them, was this guy————————————————>
Giants pitcher BRANDON MEDDERS.
I called down to him and he looked up and behind without turning around. He had a ball in his glove and underhanded it backwards high into the air. When it had finally reached it’s highest point and started its descent, it now became a jump ball. BALL #3-chalk it up.
Much to my dislike, BP ended without any further events.
It was time to wander.
It’s the camera platform located just to the left field side of the batter’s eye.
I know it doesn’t look like much, but something told me to take a closer look.
“X” marks the spot where BALL #4 was lying. An easter egg at its very best!
During the game, I once again played the 2nd level below the press box for foul balls.
Once again, I had no luck.
The section where I have season tickets had good luck, though.
Giants stud Pablo Sandoval hit two (2) home runs into the section on this evening.
I need a “Happy” clone so I can be in two places at once.
After the game ended, I tried to get an ump ball from Home Plate Umpire Joe West.
I think I’d have better luck getting a ball that fell from the heavens.
Joe West is a grumpy old man.
I’ll say no more.
2009 BALLHAWKING STATS
- 4 total balls 6/27/09
2 batted baseballs
2 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
6/24/09 = 9 baseballs
6/26/09 = 9 baseballs
6/27/09 = 4 baseballs
217 baseballs (34 games)
6.38 average per game
I would like my readers to meet the MOST diehard and dedicated Brewers fan on this planet.
His name is Robert-but not to you and me.
He’s known around Miller Park as “The Maniac.”
“The Maniac” has been going to games longer than I can remember. His devotion to the Brew Crew is unmatched.
If you see him, give him a shout-out for me!