5/24/11 at Yankee Stadium
Not much to say about this game. I snagged three home run balls during batting practice, all in left field. The first was hit by A-Rod and landed in a tunnel. The second was hit by Jayson Nix — I caught it on the fly after drifting 20 feet to my left — and it was brand new:
The third was hit by a righty on the Blue Jays (no idea who), and I caught that one on the fly as well.
That was it.
I didn’t find any baseballs while running into the stadium. I didn’t snag any off the warning track with my glove trick. And I didn’t get a single toss-up from the players. Why? Because there were lots of kids:
See what I mean? I truly had no chance, and there were lots of grown-ups too. The seats were packed during BP:
Do you remember my friend Paul from my previous blog entry? (If you haven’t seen that entry, you seriously need to check it out. I was down in the “Legends” area and took a ton of photos. You won’t believe your eyes.) Well, Paul treated me to another ticket for this game. Initially, he bought a pair of tickets in straight-away left field, but then at the last minute, he decided he didn’t want to sit there. What did he do? He bought two more tickets behind the Blue Jays dugout — not directly behind it, but in the 16th row. The point is, there were four tickets for the two of us, and I used his dugout seats to get to this spot during pre-game throwing:
When John McDonald finished warming up, he spotted me and tossed me the ball.
This was my view during the game:
No, I wasn’t staring at that bag of peanuts throughout the night; I included it in the photo because I’d gotten it for free the night before in the Legends area. I loved the fact that I’d gotten free food one day and brought it back (when the food wasn’t free) the next day. Ha!
You can’t tell from the photo above, but the left field seats were uncharacteristically crowded during the game. And once again, I was surrounded by kids. Every inning break, this is what happened on my left:
As you can see, kids wandered over and lined up against the side fence of the Blue Jays’ bullpen. I don’t blame them. I don’t mean to sound negative. I love kids. I’m just making it clear that there wasn’t any chance for me to get a ball there all night. My only chance would’ve been a home run, but nothing came near me.
Paul, a diehard Yankee fan, was thrilled with the outcome of the game; his team came back from a 4-1 deficit by scoring two runs in the bottom of the 8th and two more in the bottom of the 9th.
Final score: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4.
Oh! And how could I forget? Paul snagged two baseballs during BP. One was tossed by Bartolo Colon in right field; the other was tossed by…someone in left field. I didn’t see it, and Paul forgot who. Here I am with him after the game:
The reason why I’m only holding two baseballs in the photo above is that I’d just given two away. There was a family of four (including two little kids with empty gloves) heading up the steps, so I hooked them up and sent them home happy.
• 310 balls in 36 games this season = 8.6 balls per game.
• 697 consecutive games with at least one ball
• 515 consecutive games in New York with at least one ball
• 146 consecutive Yankee home games with at least one ball
• 4,972 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.)
• 47 donors
• $6.84 pledged per ball (if you add up all the pledges)
• $27.36 raised at this game
• $2,120.40 raised this season
Finally, here’s another look at the two balls I kept. The image on the left shows them in regular light, and the image on the right shows them in black light:
Bye for now.