This was a cool end to the year, Cincinnati was in the house with KC Bobby and his daughter present. Also in from Cinicnnati was Cole Adkins. Myself, Eric A. and Brandon G. rounded out the group for this series.
KC Bobby very generously got me an extra Ken Griffey Jr bobble head, much appreciated. On top of this, a little fast forward here to the very end of the Saturday game, Kelsey gave me a Steve Blass 60th anniversary baseball.
Ken Griffey Jr bobblehead and the Steve Blass bobblehead
As was the case for the rest of September the weather was very much cooperative for baseball.
To start the series I was thirteen baseballs away from making it to 300 on the year for the first time in three years.
Friday began with a thrown baseball from Heberto Andrade, Ball #1.
The entire rest of the Pirates bp was abysmal, the next baseball that landed in my glove was during the Reds portion of bp, Philip Ervin tossed me one early on when he was fielding some fly balls, Ball #2.
The Reds hitters provided ample amounts of action, throughout their bp I came up with 5 hit baseballs, two hit by Aristides Aquino, one caught on the fly deep by Aquino. Ball #3-7.
After Friday’s 7 baseball day, I needed 6 more baseballs for 300 on the year.
A day game was not good for meeting 300, on top of this it was Steve Blass commemorative day and bobblehead day.
The Reds were out in small groups to throw before the game, one of them was Kyle Farmer, one of the Reds catchers. I was able to catch is first home run of the year back in May, to get the Reds 150th commemorative baseball.
After he finished throwing I came up with a second 150th Reds baseball that Kyle threw to me, Ball #1.
I got Kyle Farmer’s signature on the 150th commemorative.
I got a second toss up since it was a sparse crowd, Ball #2, wasn’t sure what player or coach threw it. That was all for the day, I did get a beauty of a Steve Blass commemorative baseball, but that was generously given to me by Kelsey of Cinicinnati.
Michael Lorenzen, Born to Flex, he started CF and played it well then came into pitch.
This was the scene on the field Sunday afternoon. Not good. I needed four baseballs for the day to make 300.
No Reds were present. Not all the Pirates were out to throw.
I made contact with Heberto Andrade who flipped me a final baseball for the year, and then got Euclides Rojas to throw me a baseball. Rojas is always a questionable target that I dont like to bother much, especially being that he knows Heberto throws baseballs to me like everyday and who sees me catching many baseballs. So I came out of the brief Pirates warm up avoiding a shut out and getting Ball #1, #2.
At the bullpen prior to the game I was able to get a Trevor Williams toss up, Ball #3. This involved a lot of luck as Trevor Williams doesn’t like the regulars, he goes out of his way to make sure baseballs don’t enter the bleachers. It was a good thing that it was pretty empty of people prior to the game.
So things were looking good, I needed one more baseball within the game to land at 300. It wouldn’t happen. I don’t like to go into a section I am not ticketed for in the outfield for the player toss ups, and didn’t have any other chances along the way. 299 it was.
See yinz next year, I will be working to get to that #4000th baseball as soon as possible and be looking to eclipse 300 baseballs in a year.