Well I guess having Joe Maddon in town with his layed back anti practice approach, and Hurdle in complete shut down mode was fitting to end the year. Hurdle, with his analytic styles and rest, relax approach made my goal of reaching 410 to hit 3000 career baseballs unattainable.
Without traveling too much; Cincinnati, Chicago, and Cleveland only, the Cincinnati games helped a lot as I was able to clean up with a load of baseballs over 5 games there. Chicago was an awesome three game trip but again, that was with Maddon and Hurdle. Wrigley Field, with the early entrance bleacher tickets would have been awesome to see with two good hitting teams hitting, the crowd was pretty low even with the success of the Cubs, and you can go anywhere. I ended up in three games there only seeing 3 groups of Pirates hit on the final day of the trip.
I can never be upset with how things turn out though, I had an awesome year with a lot of awesome ball hawks, fans, and players. Being a part of baseball each year and being healthy and able to participate in baseball in this manner is a blessing to me every year.
Next year I will need 125 baseballs to reach the 3000 mark. I also plan on making my first West Coast trip next year, I want to go to Atlanta to see their new ball yard, and to Toronto when the Pirates visit next year.
As advertised, there was little to no action throughout the entire series.
Monday of this series was no bp for either team, so I left. Tuesday was pretty decent though as the Pirates took a batting practice for once.
Phil Coke, of whom I have connected with in the past as a Detroit Tiger, who always has seemed friendly hooked me up early for Ball #1. I then found a baseball sitting within easy reach in the CF ivy for Ball #2. Over in CF I also came through with an easy scrum on a hit ball, Ball #3.
Over in LF I scrummed three hit balls to end the day with 6 baseballs, no Cubs batting practice as advertised.
Again neither team took batting practice, I was lucky Heberto Andrade was out and about throwing baseballs around or this would have been a shut out.
This currently is my last game of the year unless I end up making it to an East Coast playoff game at some point.
It ended fairly well as the Pirates took batting practice, the Cubs again did not show.
Ball #1 was a Herbie Andrade toss up, followed by a toss up in CF by AJ Schugel, Ball #2.
I was able to come down with a scrum in CF and back over in LF to end the day and potentially end the year at 285 baseballs and 2875 career.
Happy to be here another year.
Final Baseballs of Regular Season
Jose Fernandez, RIP, we will all miss you.