Tagged: Laynce Nix

8/26/09 @ Miller Park

My wife was running late from work, therefore, I was now running late to the ballpark.  I did not get to the ballpark until 5:55 pm.  There was nothing I could do to avoid it, so, I had to suck it up and make the best of it.  Batting Practice usually ends around 6:20/6:25 pm.  That gave me 25-30 minutes.

I’ll describe how I snagged Ball #1 with a few pictures…
8_26_09 Reds vs Brewers @ Miller Park 008.jpg

…the black wall is approx. 5′ feet high and separates my row of seats from the Toyota Tundra Territory seats.  The yellow smiley face depicts where I was standing when DREW SUTTON was taking his cuts.  Soon, Sutton would lift one in my direction. 

Unfortunately, it would carry over my head and bounce in the front row of the Tundra Territory where it came to a rest.

In my overly zealous state, the following picture shows the route I took to obtain the ball…
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…you guessed it.  Straight over the top of that wall.  I did it from a standing position without a running start and without falling. 

I had to or one of these two would have…
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…Casey and Matt.  Two young ballhawks with similar enthusiasm.

Who says white men can’t jump??

I’ll tell you who-
the usher in my section. 

He immediately came marching over and demanded that I throw the ball back on the field.  I cocked my arm back to throw it onto the field and then I paused, wondering if he was for real??  He then snatched the ball out of my hand and threw the ball back onto the field himself!!  Wow.  Take it easy.
I understand he has a job to do, but, c’mon…don’t take it so personal.

I would go on to snag three more baseballs (all on the fly).
Ball #2 was off the bat of LAYNCE NIX (easy grab).  
Balls #3 & #4 were off the bat of JOEY VOTTO.  The cool thing?  They were on consecutive pitches.  That rarely ever happens.

BP ended I somehow managed to snag four (4) baseballs in 25 minutes without asking a single player for a ball.  Some days I just don’t feel like begging for a baseball.  I rarely ever feel comfortable doing it.  But, this season I’m doing it for the sake of the Ballhawk League.

During the game, I hung out a bit with two of my favorite Brewers fans…
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…”Big Joe” and his cute little niece Madison.

The game went into extra innings for the 2nd consecutive day. 
Brewers lost in ten…4-3. 

I did not try for any warmup balls.  I did not try for any tossups, foul balls, ump balls, etc.
As is usually the case, I only focused on game home runs.

Blahblahblah…the Brewers season has been a major disappointment.

One of the cooler things of the day…
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…analyzing the marks on this baseball.

Three staggered green marks across one of the side panels?!

How do you think that got there??

Day’s snags…
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only three (3) are shown because one crazy usher tossed one of them back onto the field.

Okay, he’s not crazy, but, he was pretty **********…


  • 4 total balls 8/26/09

4 batted 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
8/04/09 = 4   baseballs
8/11/09 = 7   baseballs
8/12/09 = 6   baseballs
8/15/09 = 4   baseballs
8/16/09 = 3   baseballs
8/17/09 = 10 baseballs
8/25/09 = 10 baseballs
8/26/09 = 4   baseballs

306 baseballs (50 games)
6.12 average per game

…400 baseballs snagged this season is within reach…



4/14/09 @ Miller Park

I’m getting a little behind on my blogging, so, this one will be short and sweet.

My wife and I went to the game together.  She’s my good luck charm.

the gates to the stadium opened at 530pm for the 705pm game, I raced in
and scoped out the Brewers bullpen.  There were about 6 baseballs lying
in the bullpen.  Three of them looked like potential glove trick
claims, so, I went to work. 

There was one problem, though. 
My string on the glove trick had balled up into a knot.  I was getting
a bit nervous trying to untangle the mess.  After about 3 minutes of
screwing around, I had it pretty much untangled. 

So, I went back to work.

were all, subsequently, snagged using the glove trick.  I was able to
reel all three up in about 5 minutes.  Would have been shorter if not
for the knot.  Not for the knot??  Whatever.  Either way, I felt like I
was cheating, but, not really.  You know what I mean? 

I ran over to my section and began waiting for the big Reds lefties to
start cranking them out like they had the night before. 

OF LAYNCE NIX was shagging BP out in right field.  A baseball rolled
out to him and I asked him for it.  He turned and lobbed BASEBALL #4 to me.

first group of Reds lefty hitters soon disappointed, though.  So, I
headed over to left for Brandon Phillips.  It took about 5 minutes
before BRANDON PHILLIPS jacked one high into the air.  I was standing
in the left field loge bleachers (one of the toughest places to catch a
baseball when you have to move to get it). 

Row after row of bleachers along with scattered railings makes this place tough. 

hurdled three rows of bleachers moving backwards, all the while, keeping my eye
on the ball.  It was coming, I just had to get underneath it.  I would
snag that BP homer on the fly for

righty group also would disappoint, so, I moved back to right field for
Laynce Nix.  Laynce has big power and usually shows it during BP. 

the end of Batting Practice, LAYNCE NIX would strike.  He hit a long,
towering fly that found a safe home right in the old mitt (on the fly)
for BASEBALL #6.

BP was over but I would soon make two new friends. 

in the day, I had run into a gentleman at a local Milwaukee restaurant
about 20 minutes from the park.  He had told me his youngest boy was
having a birthday on this day.  The man said they had driven down from
their home in Northeast Wisconsin to take the boy and his older brother
to the Brewers game.  I told the man to meet me out by the big CITGO
pump in right-center field, that I would have something for his boys.

They stopped by the seats right when BP was finishing up.

Here’s the two boys proudly displaying their prize(s)…
4_14_09 Reds vs Brewers 001.jpgThat’s JOHN on the right and the birthday boy RYAN on the left.  Two great kids!!

BP, I made my usual rounds around the stadium.  When I saw Reds pitcher
Bronson Arroyo walking out to the bullpen to warm up, I headed over to

Here’s my overhead view of Bronson Arroyo making his warmup pitches…
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4_14_09 Reds vs Brewers 003.jpgThe game contained nothing to write home to Mom about. 
the game starts, I usually stay in my spot.  If I’m out running around
for foul balls, I miss the game home runs.  Since, game home runs mean
everything to me, I stay focused on those instead of foul balls, 3rd
out balls, etc.  That doesn’t mean I don’t go for them from time to
time, it’s just that it’s pretty rare.

I had my throwback ball waiting for a game home run but the game home run never came.
Here’s a picture of my throwback ball…
4_14_09 Reds vs Brewers 006.jpgIf your stadium allows throwbacks, you have to have one.  I made the infield at Miller Park on a bounce, once, from my bleacher seats out in right center field.

Only a complete fool would throw back the actual game home run ball…only my opinion, of course.

Here’s a picture of a ballhawk’s best friend (on occasion)…
4_14_09 Reds vs Brewers 009.jpg                                     A little pick-me-up goes a long way.

At the end of the game, I was in position for an ump game ball.  Home plate umpire Chuck Meriweather walked off the field.  I was in the front row calling out his name.  He turned and looked at me and just walked off the field.  Oh well…I’ll try again.

When Francisco Cordero was walking off the field, he rolled a baseball on top of the dugout to me.  Too bad his aim and his tact was way off.  A guy about 5 feet to my right intercepted it.

I did manage to snag a bag of sunflower seeds from the Reds batboy…
Thumbnail image for 4_14_09 Reds vs Brewers 010.jpgI asked for pumpkin seeds.  Apparently, they didn’t have any, so, he tossed me the sunflower seeds instead.  Thanks dude.

Final haul for the day…
4_14_09 Reds vs Brewers 011.jpg6 Baseballs (4 are shown/2 were given away) and 1 bag of sunflower seeds.  Do the seeds count for anything…?? 

I didn’t think so.


  • 6 total balls 4/14/09

2 caught on fly (hit)

1 toss-up

3 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

55 baseballs (8 games)
6.875 average per game