“Where do you keep all your balls?” (PART II)

In my entry from July 18th, I posted a pic of the balls I’ve collected this year. Yesterday, I went over to my parents’ place and took a pic of all the rest:

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This used to be my bedroom. Now it’s a guest room. That’s why the shelves are empty. Anyway, each drawer holds 144 balls–four layers of 36–and as you can see, I removed a couple layers from the second drawer. Each 32-gallon barrel holds 400 balls, and the bag has an additional 100 or so. There’s actually a fifth drawer on the opposite side of the room, but I was too lazy to move it, so you’re looking at about 2,285 of my 2,574 balls. (Normally, there’s not a single ball showing; I only opened the drawers and unzipped the bag and uncovered the barrels for the photograph.)

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The drawer on the left is filled with old National League balls. The drawer on the right is American League only. The middle two are mixed, with commemorative balls on top and some gamers on the bottom. I know it’s not precise, but this is what I came up with when I started doing this as a 14-year-old. Now, 13 years later, I’m running out of space and ideas. Drawers, barrels, bags…what’s next?

Cincinnati.
That’s what’s next.
Only 17 days to go.

8 Comments

That is so freaking awesome.

BTW, hi. I’m just a random lurker. I’ve been reading your blog and it’s so cool! I’m impressed with the amount of balls you’ve gotten…my whole life I’ve only ever gotten one. Maybe I should put some more effort into trying to get more….

Well hello. And thanks. No harm in random lurking.

If in fact you are a girl as the “gyrl” in your e-mail address leads me to believe, you should be able to get lots of baseballs thrown to you. I don’t mean that in a sexist/creepy way…it’s just that there usually aren’t too many ladies in the stands during batting practice, so if you ever show up early and use your voice, you’ll probably get lots of attention from the players.

I read some of your blog and I think that it is really amazing that you have caught so many of those foul/batting practice balls. I personally have only nine of them, but my best one would be when Kevin Brown tossed me a ball from the 2000 All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.

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Don’t say “only.” Your nine balls are nine more than most people have. Do you mean Turner Field? That’s where the 2000 ASG was played. Brown once tossed me a ball, too, but it was just a plain old American League ball back in 1993.

Yup, I meant Turner Field, its just that Brown gave me the ball at Dodger Stadium after a bullpen session. The next day, I asked James Baldwin to sign the ball on the sweet spot, thinking that it was going to be valuable, (he won the 2000 All-Star Game and was an up and coming star then), but now the ball isn’t worth much. But, your blog is great and I really enjoy reading it. If you come out to a Dodger game in Los Angeles, I hope to see you.

Ahh, I gotcha…but man! James Baldwin?! That’s hilarious in an “I feel you pain” kinda way.

I don’t think I’ll make it out to Dodger Stadium this season, but I might be there in another year or two because my half-brother just moved to L.A.

Dodger Stadium is tough. I can’t say I’m looking forward to going back. I don’t know how you’re able to deal with it on a regular basis.

I have to agree with you, but if you have watched Dodger games recently, Dodger Stadium’s dugout is protected with a barrier. That means that only people with the $100-200 tickets can stand behind the dugout. Catching balls is hard because players and coaches only throw to the “rich people”. But, if you sit on the first row of the $40-50 seats, you have a chance of getting foul balls by bending over the railing and scooping it. Oh, one other bad thing, Dodger Stadium’s pavillion (homerun section) is not connected with any seats. That means that you can’t go from the loge to the pavillion during batting practice because right in the middle is the bullpen. I know I’m confusing, but take a look at a recent picture of Dodger Stadium. Great blog.

Thanks.

I know what you mean about the pavillion. I do remember that. Shea and Yankee are set up the same way. No access. It’s terrible. Didn’t know that about the barrier though. I don’t remember that from when I was there. Yikes.

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