4/22/11 at Citi Field
Not much to say about this game…
During the Mets’ portion of batting practice, the season ticket holders were back in their on-field snagging area…
…and I didn’t get a single baseball until the Diamondbacks took the field.
Deep in right-center, I spotted a father setting up the glove trick with his son:
In the photo above, the father is wearing the red Diamondbacks cap. Take a closer look and you’ll see (a) the rubber band stretched around the outside of his glove and (b) the Sharpie in his right hand. I advised them not to use the glove trick — security at Citi Field does NOT approve of retrieval devices — and they ended up getting the ball from D’backs pitching coach Charles Nagy.
Five minutes earlier, Nagy had tossed me a ball in straight-away right field. The only other ball I got during BP was a home run that I caught on the fly in left field (after climbing up on on a seat). Like the day before, it was really cold, and the balls just weren’t carrying.
Now, you know how I always wear the visiting team’s gear during BP? Well, lots of other people are now doing it too and…just look at the following photo:
The guy on the left didn’t have Diamondbacks gear, so he improvised. (Security made him put a shirt on soon after.) The guy on the right is a friend and fellow ballhawk named Ben Weil – and he owns a LOT of jerseys.
After BP, I got my 3rd ball of the day at the 3rd base dugout from a player on the D’backs. Not sure who.
Then I met up with a young fan named Aaron who’d brought his copy of my new book. Here we are with it:
Aaron had tweeted me the day before to ask if I was going to be there, and I said yes. (Isn’t technology grand?) Aaron has a profile on MyGameBalls.com and writes a blog. If you want to read his entry about this game, click here. And hey, did you notice the shirt that he’s wearing in the photo above?
The reason why I sat there is that I had some room to run on both sides…
…but that didn’t last long. By the 3rd inning, most of those seats were full, so I moved to straight-away left field. Nothing was hit anywhere near me all night.
Halfway through the game, a small-but-noisy bunch of Mets fans started chanting, “CHRIS YOUNG SUCKS!!! CHRIS YOUNG SUCKS!!!” at the Diamondbacks’ center fielder. Young turned around and smiled at them. That made everyone cheer for him, and before the chant resumed, he pointed at his teammate Gerardo Parra in left field as if to say, “Heckle him, not me.” The fans immediately started shouting, “PAR-RA SUCKS!!! PAR-RA SUCKS!!!” at which point Young turned back around with an even bigger smile and tipped his cap. Good stuff.
Final score: Mets 4, Diamondbacks 1.
• 109 balls in 16 games this season = 6.8 balls per game.
• 677 consecutive games with at least one ball
• 203 consecutive games with at least two balls
• 4,771 total balls
(I’m raising money again this season for Pitch In For Baseball, a non-profit charity that provides baseball equipment to underprivileged kids all over the world. Click here to get involved.)
• 37 donors
• $5.99 pledged per ball (if you add up all the pledges)
• $17.97 raised at this game
• $652.91 raised this season
Here’s another photo of the three balls I snagged. The image on the left shows them in regular light; the image on the right shows them in black light:
Next game for me?
Tomorrow (April 25th) in Arlington, Texas. Oh yeah.