So going into today’s game I was coming off the best game I have had the whole year. So I was hoping for a repeat performance, but figured that it might be a little crowded due to the fact that the Reds had a ceremony for the anniversary of the first night game. So I wanted to get down to the ballpark a little early and try to snag a few balls early before the crowd got there. I got to the Right Field gate around 5:10, a good thirty minuets before the gates opened. I was the first in line. I figured I would try something new this game. And that was act like a Pirates fan. Below is a Picture of me trying to look like a Pirates fan.
When I got into the stadium I went right to the left field stands where their was only a handful of people there. A few seconds after that I snagged my 1st ball when Andrew McCutchen hit a bullet that hit a seat a few rows in front of me, I walked down and picked it up with out any threat of another person. I then position myself in the middle of the seats about 6 rows up when McCutchen hit another ball right to me; I made the easy catch for ball #2.
After snagging that ball I moved over to Left Center by the reds bullpen, I was in that spot for maybe 30 seconds when Steve Pearce blasted one over my head a few rows back, I hopped a row of seats to grab ball # 3. So I was off to a good start so I stayed put in left field rather then try my luck in right. Balls 4 and 5 came off the bat of Lastings Milledge back to back.
Since I was decked out in my Pirates hat that I had won when I was at PNC Park, I figured I would try to get some players to toss me a few balls. After standing in the front row for about 5 min and watching the players just catch the balls and throw them back I about gave up on the whole getting a ball tossed to me. So I waited a little longer, everyone was yelling “Hey Mister Can I have a ball.” Sorry…… but that’s not going to work. So when a ball was hit deep to the wall with Javier Lopez making the catch. I said “Hey Javier what do you think about them Virginia Cavaliers.” He turned around and laughed and tossed me ball #6. Javier pitched at The University of Virginia.
I headed back about 6 rows and figured I would camp out their for the next couple of batters. Well it paid off when Delwyn Young hit one right towards me. At first I had a beat on it, but I lost it in the sun. So I ducked down and turned my back to field and covered my head with my mitt. Just as I thought, the ball hit a seat and bounced right back towards me for ball # 7. ( Below is a Picture of my Delwyn Young signed ball and Steve Pearce signed hat)
So after snagging that ball I got double digits in mind. “3 more to go.” Ball # 8 came from Ryan Doumit. Ball # 9 was another one hit by D. Young, Which I would later get him to sign. ONE MORE BALL TO GO is all I could think of. As I was putting my last ball into my bag Young hit another one towards me , but it sailed over my head and hit this guy right in the hands. I thought he had it but it hit his hands and landed right in mine for ball # 10. I caught the ball and took a quick look at it and made sure it wasn’t in Perfect Condition or had anything wrote on it. I then tossed it up to that guy that it hit his hands. I told him ” man that one was yours.”
Cincinnati 7 Final
W: Harang (3-5)
L: Burres (2-2)
My Game Stats
10 Balls (9 Caught, 1 Tossed, 0 Found)
2 Autographs (Young, Pearce,)
1 Stadium (Great American)
( Todays balls are below, 9 are pictured 1 was gave away )
3 of them had the word ” PRACTICE” stamped on it
My Season Stats
3 Stadiums (GABP, PNC Park, Progressive)
10 Autographs (Phillips x2, Dickerson, Rolen, Gomes, Bruce, Stubbs, Hanigan
( Young, Pearce )
* 10 Straight Games with at least one ball