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 game itself was…cold. This was my annoying view:

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.

BALLHAWKING STATS:

• 3 balls at this game (pictured on the right)

• 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

CHARITY STATS:

(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.

13 Comments

Remember the statement I made in my comment for your last entry? (Never catching a GAME home run on a Saturday.) Make it happen this Saturday in Houston. I’ll be watching on T.V. for you. (No pressure.) :)
-Matt

Oh yeah, and one other thing I forgot to mention in the e-mails is that today they actually expanded the season ticket holder section on the field. So if it was covering two sections Friday it was covering 3-3 1/2 today. I hope it’s just a weekend thing.

But knowing the Mets…

Did they really make him put a shirt on?!? Are they allowed to do that?!? Fans have their shirts off ALL THE TIME!!!! But hey, I guess that’s the Mets for ya. Always depriving fans of any form of entertainment, on and off the field.

Ben

That is surprising about the guy having to put the shirt back on. Don’t know if that would fly in places like Florida and/or the west coast. Good luck in Texas. I’ll be looking for you on the center field grass.

Good luck catching a Bautista Bomb!

I have spent numerous games without a shirt. That is crazy if they make you wear a shirt!

Maybe they made him put on a shirt so they wouldn’t have to deal with him when he got hypothermia (it was, according to Zack, VERY cold). Brrrrr!

How did Aaron get the yellow “Happy” shirt? I thought yellow was reserved for the man himself…?
-Todd

TODD:

I tried to order the blue one off the website. Then for one reason or another that I was not aware of, I could not order one. So I emailed Nick and he sent me a shirt.

Aaron (Howie)

Hard to top previous blog entry. Lol.

MATT-
If there’s room in the outfield seats to run, then okay, I’ll go for a home run ball.

MATEO-
That’s awful. It makes it almost impossible to get toss-ups because the players always give the balls to the fans on the field.

BEN-
I saw him five minutes later with his hoodie on (but unzipped), and I was like, “Too cold, huh?” and he was like, “No, security told me I had to have a shirt on.” If it’s legal for WOMEN to be topless in New York City (which it actually is), then how can the Mets make a man put a shirt on at the stadium? Because it’s private property? Gimme a break.

LEIGH-
Very surprising. Meanwhile, no action yet in center field here in Texas…

BILL YATES-
Thanks. He did hit a bomb last night, but it predictably went to straight-away left field.

TIM ANDERSON-
Well, the Orioles know how to treat their fans. It’s that simple.

ANDREW MEEUSEN-
Ha, interesting theory.

WAYNE-
Yeah.

If you read this before you check your twitter or your email, then how about checking your email real quick? I sent you an email regarding an email I recieved back from the Mets over Citi Field gate opening time. (If you read your email, or check your twitter before you read this…….then never mind.)
-Matt

regarding the glove trick: i was at the mets dbacks game on the 24th and used it. (first time) and it worked. moments later a security gaured warned be that “i better put those ropes away or there will be consiquences” yeah security at citi field is just annoying and pointless

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