Wednesday, April 25, 2007

04/25 - New Streak Begins

Wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it, but the Brewers' Rickie Weeks put one out of the park and on to Waveland. Pretty remarkable, considering the 20+mph winds blowing in from the northeast. But he kept it low and ripped it down the line, just barely clearing the angled fence by the edge of the bleachers.

No idea who got the ball since I was once again watching from the comfort of my couch at home. Judging by the throw-back efforts, my guess is it was NOT one of the regular ballhawks. Whoever threw it back was slightly off with their aim as the ball landed in the seats behind the Cubs bullpen. I've seen other throws end up in the bleachers, i.e. they just didn't throw it far enough to make the field, but this was the first time I've seen it so far off line to end up in the regular seats.

Interestingly enough, this homer probably wouldn't have made it out in the old bleachers configuration. If you remember, the high fence behind the family section went all the way across. With the new configuration, the height of the railing follows the walkway, so where the steps go down, so does the railing. Scott Rolen had a similar home run last year - line drive that curled around the foul pole and barely made it over the railing. In the old configuration, that would have just slammed against the back fence.

So the street homer streak begins again, though now we take a little break as the Cubs go on the road for a week.

Out of the Ballpark Totals:
Wednesday, April 25: No BP, HR-1 [W-1,S-0], Foul-0, Roof-0
Season: BP-45 [W-32,S-13], HR-5 [W-5,S-0], Foul-1 [W-1,S-0], Roof-8 [A-3,C-5]

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