Milwaukee didn’t show much between Thames, Yelich, Aguilar, etc. They were fair at best in terms of their bp.
Zack Hample was in town so there was somewhat of a buzz in the air with all the young kids and younger ball hawks. Just about all the regulars who frequent PNC were on hand also.
To get things going Thursday Heberto Andrade came out and threw a baseball right at me, Ball #1.
Ball #2 was a clean catch on the LF crosswalk, followed by a scrum also on the LF crosswalk.
For a while things died down, in RF the Brewers showed little pop, providing minimal opportunity. I decided to go over and play Keon Broxton in the last group on the LF crosswalk and this payed off as he skied a long homer to me for Ball #4.
One of my lowest evening games in a while which took me into the All Star Break at 184 balls on the season.
Ball #1-Heberto Andrade decided to throw me a baseball.
Ball #2-Scrum near the North Side Notch.
All Star Break total-184
The weather was good for the week, no threats of rain.
Washington was a pretty exciting bp team, however, Bryce Harper only took an abbreviated bp during the second game. He was not present for bp the first game.
For the first time in a long time as I went into the LF bleachers, after others had already entered I found a baseball sitting right out in the open, Ball #1.
Ball #2 was a scrum of a baseball that took a ricochet in my direction. Elias Diaz continues to make Pirates bp in LF entertaining, he launched one onto the crosswalk that I caught on the fly for Ball #3, and hit another which I was able to scrum for Ball #4.
Anthony Rendon was the hot hitter for the Nationals, Erik Jabs caught two of his homers on the fly, and I was able to come away with a catch also on the LF crosswalk for Ball #5.
Over on the Clemente Wall I was able to find another ball on the day for Ball #6, and back over in LF I finished things off with a scrum for Ball #7.
Things began on cue with a Heberto Andrade toss up for Ball #1.
Over in CF I caught a Josh Bell homer on the river walk for Ball #2.
My next baseball was a caught homer off the bat of Jordan Luplow, another nice addition to Pirates bp as he can rake them up onto the LF crosswalk. Anyway, he hit one really high and into the sun which I initially couldn’t track. I noticed others staring up at the ball as it continued to carry. I ran to my right on the LF crosswalk and up the staircase to the upper bleachers and arrived just in time for the catch up top. Ball #3.
I finished up with two scrums on the LF crosswalk hit by unidentified Nationals, Ball #4, Ball #5.
This three game set Fri-Sun came with a dreaded Saturday day game, and there was no bp on Sunday for either team.
The Phillies weren’t that impressive any way in terms of home runs, and of course the stands were jammed with plenty of Philadelphian’s.
I only came away with three baseballs.
Ball #1-Heberto Andrade
Ball #3-Home run caught on fly
Thanks to Euclides Rojas being in a real giving mood I was able to come away with one baseball on the day.
I wanted to have a good start to July, and it had been a while since I had been to GABP, where I have had alot of success at in the past. I headed out to the Queen City starting the month of July at 150 balls.
Some of the sights I enjoyed along the way..
Sing the Queen City
Walk up to GABP from the Roebling bridge
Facing the upper portion of LF at GABP
As you can see the weather for Tuesdays game was looking iffy, it poured from about 3:30 to 3:45 but luckily the grounds crew got the field ready in a hurry when the rain ceased.
I was able to take a walk around the Cincinnati Reds HOF museum which is very well put together and full of Reds history and cool baseball stuff.
The new feature at the museum was titled, “Threads.” Reds uniforms from as far back as the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings who were baseballs first all professional team who carried ten salaried players.
Most recent Cincinnati Reds Threads
Pete Rose statue, unveiled on June 17, 2017
GABP Home Plate view
Things went well during both bp’s…
Ball #2-Joey Votto home run on fly
Ball #3-Dylan Floro toss up
Ball #4-Matt Harvey toss up
Ball #5-Leury Garcia toss up
Ball #6-Chris Volstad toss up
Ball #2-Michael Lorenzen toss up
Ball #3-Foul Ball Scrum
Ball #5-Tucker Barnhardt home run on fly
Ball #6-unidentified home run on fly
Some other cool sights along the way..
Roebling Bridge view from Cincinnati side.
Boat on the Ohio at sunset
This was the last series at PNC park for the month of June for me. Saturday and Sunday were both day games without batting practice. Friday was rained out. My goal was to get to 150 baseballs by the end of the month and luckily I was able to do so during the only game of four I attended.
Ball # 1 was thrown to me from foul territory into fair territory by the LF foul pole from a PNC park staff, a young lady who is new to the job. She seemed hesitant to throw it to a fan but caved with a little persistence.
Ball #2 thrown by Heberto Andrade.
For the rest of Pirates bp I came away with three caught homers in a row, one by Josh Bell in CF and two hit by Jose Osuna in LF. Ball # 3-4-5.
I had a bad string of luck as throughout the rest of Arizona’s bp I was just out of reach from catching 3-4 other homers, but that’s baseball.
Luckily, Archie Bradley, who threw at least 30 baseballs into the stands along with his counter part TJ Mcfarland. They threw up just about every baseball that came to LF, reminding me of how generous Jose Fernandez was as a Miami Marlin.
I came away with an Archie Bradley toss up at the LF wall and at the end of batting practice got his attention on the LF cross walk for a second toss up from him. Ball #6-7.
Thank you Archie Bradley.
It was definitely a hot one Monday as the temps reached the lower 90’s, surprisingly the Pirates were on field for bp.
Things got started with a catch of a homer hit by the recently called up Jose Osuna, Ball #1.
A disappointing part of this day is there was not an appearance by Heberto Andrade, and the Pirates bp the majority of the time was poor.
When the Brewers came out and started hitting I was able to get the attention of Domingo Santana in CF for a toss up of Ball #2.
I was able to get another toss up in CF from an unidentified Brewer. Ball #3.
Back over in LF I scrummed a ball that landed nicely in the upper bleachers for Ball #4.
Ball #5 was a tough catch of a homer that I was able to reach down for from the handicap section of LF.
This is how much sweat occurred during another hot day in which there was much running and scrumming going on.
Richard Rodriguez tossed me up Ball #1, and afterwards was scorned by Chad Kuhl, who along with Trevor Williams and Jordan Comadena continue to go out of their way to ensure that not a single ball reaches the warning track or into the stands. I am waiting for the day that one of these clowns gets hurt over a bp baseball and gets their ass landed on the DL.
They didn’t hurt my game at all though, I got Ball #2 on a homer off the bat of Starling Marte, then Ball #3 from Heberto Andrade who was back in the mix.
I scrummed a ball in the upper bleachers for Ball #4 then went on a three in a row caught homer run for Ball #5-6-7. One, another by Elias Diaz and another was a laser off the bat of Christian Yelich that cleared the handicap seats on the CF riverwalk area on a line.
My final ball of the day which slowed down alot after the first Brewers group was a toss up from the grounds crew member who cleans out the batter eye ivy area of baseballs prior to the game, Ball #8.
I wasn’t very excited about seeing the lowly Reds batting practice, but turns out the Pirates would start off the series v the Reds with an excellent bp with lots of opportunity.
It was definitely a nice day for baseball.
Right out of the gates I chased down a Starling Marte hr for Ball #1, this followed up with two other early scrums, Ball #2-3, then Heberto Andrade for Ball #4.
Elias Diaz continues to reach the LF crosswalk consistently allowing me to catch two of his bp homers for Ball #5-6.
I scrummed two more baseballs hit by the Buccos for Ball #7-8.
On the Clemente Wall I was able to find a baseball at the top of the section for Ball #9. I was hoping to hit double digits before bp ended, but the Reds are just a bad, bad team for ball hawking.
Of news tonight was that Joe Vogel, also known as Baseball Joe 365 would throw out the first pitch.
During the game I was able to find some open space in CF to go for a Starling Marte in game toss up between innings and came through with double digits for the day, Ball #10.
This was another string of Saturday 4:05 starts which continue to be more and more by the year, taking away a bunch of STH time for evening game starts.
Initially I wasn’t going to play the river walk for the first two groups of the Pirates as we waited to gain entrance, but Erik seemed hopeful about some of our lefties so I gave it a go.
Erik got a bounce off the river walk, I was able to come away with a ball that went through the tree to the left in the pic below which saved it from going into the water. The ball hit the light pole in the picture below and shot out hard to the right of the pole which I was able to get to for Ball #1.
There would be no Pirates bp to see by the time of entrance, all I got out of the Reds was a Ball #2 from Rasiel Iglesias he tossed up to me on the Clemente Wall.