Thursday, August 30, 2007

08/30 - Waveland's Revenge...

Yesterday, even though Prince Fielder was sure to put on a show over on Sheffield, I [stubbornly] stayed on Waveland during Milwaukee's BP in the hopes that Ryan Braun would be equal to the task. Well he wasn't, Prince blasted, and I learned a lesson. Or so I thought.

So today with the wind blowing in again from left, I - and just about all the other ballhawks (at one point, I think we had ten over there) - played Sheffield during BP for both teams. Our reward? A big fat zero. Don't know what Prince did last night or what he ate before coming to the ball park, but he didn't do squat during BP.

Meanwhile as we fruitlessly stood watch on Sheffield, two balls came out over on Waveland. Needless to say, none of us got them. Which begs the somewhat rhetorical question... if a ball comes out and there's no ballhawks around to catch it, did it really come out?

Out of the Ballpark Totals:
Thursday, August 30: BP-2 [W-2,S-0], HR-0, Foul-0, Roof-2 [A-2,C-0]
Season: BP-326 [W-255,S-71], HR-10 [W-8,S-2], Foul-4 [W-3,S-1], Roof-35 [A-21,C-14], Windshield-1 [W-0,S-1]

Key: W-Waveland, S-Sheffield, A-Addison, C-Clark

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

08/29 - It's about time...

Finally - Sheffield gets more action than Waveland... at least in batting practice as strong north winds put the damper on any balls hit to left field. Only one made it out to Waveland in BP, probably from Soriano as it was before the gates opened. It was hit right at me, just had to take one step in and caught it all the way across the street in front of the yellow brick building. Pretty impressive blast, considering it was into the wind. No telling where it would have landed had it been hit yesterday (strong southwest winds).

But that was it for Waveland and me as I stayed there the rest of BP. Meanwhile the other ballhawks gathered on Sheffield for the Prince Fielder show. And it was a pretty good show - six came out, compliments of Prince, Geoff Jenkins, Gabe Gross, and switch-hitting Johnny Estrada. Sounded like a good mix - some down the line, some deep to right-center and at least one bounce-out.

So for those of you scoring at home, that's the Sheffield Brewers 6, the Waveland Cubs 1.

Strangely enough, the final score of tonight's game was also Brewers 6, Cubs 1.


Out of the Ballpark Totals:
Wednesday, August 29: BP-7 [W-1,S-6], HR-0, Foul-0, Roof-0
Season: BP-324 [W-253,S-71], HR-10 [W-8,S-2], Foul-4 [W-3,S-1], Roof-33 [A-19,C-14], Windshield-1 [W-0,S-1]

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

08/14 - Move Over Barry...

...and make room for Jacque Jones!!!

No, Jacque didn't suddenly hit 596 homers to take over the career record. But he did hit the second homer to make it all the way out to Sheffield Ave this year at Wrigley. Bonds hit #752 a few weeks ago that barely cleared the back railing in straightaway right. Jones hit a majestic shot to right-center that cleared the street and bounced up against the wrought-iron fences in front of the rooftop buildings. I think the Southwest How Far Did It Fly measured it at 410 feet, but it looked like it went farther. So Jacque Jones is now King of the Sheffield homers, at least so far this year.

After a brief scramble, one of the pickle boys (aka street drummers) ended up with it and then proceeded to offer it up to me for $500. Thanks but no thanks. He spent the rest of the night entertaining offers from fans still inside the bleachers - kinda looked like he had a streetBay auction going. But after the game, he still had the ball. Said he could get $200 for it easy on eBay.

BP was pretty lame, considering the wind. Cubs hit seven out and the Reds did nothing although Dunn did blast a deep foul ball onto Sheffield during the game. And that was it.

Oh, yeah - Cubs lost 6-5, but you'd never know it from the way the fans were dancing in the streets afterwards.

Out of the Ballpark Totals:
Tuesday, August 14: BP-7 [W-3,S-4], HR-1 [W-0,S-1], Foul-1 [W-0,S-1], Roof-0
Season: BP-291 [W-235,S-56], HR-9 [W-7,S-2], Foul-4 [W-3,S-1], Roof-29 [A-18,C-11], Windshield-1 [W-0,S-1]

Friday, August 3, 2007

08/03 - New Team, Same Story

So much for the Mets shaking things up on the street... Didn't happen. But hey, at least they took BP, which is more than I can say for the Cubs. Of course, the Mets only hit four out so it almost didn't matter.

With a righty going for the Cubs, Moises didn't start for the Mets so he didn't take BP . My educated guess tells me that David Wright was the force behind the few that did come out, though someone said Lastings Milledge connected on one.

Maybe Moises will come out and play tomorrow...

Out of the Ballpark Totals:
Friday, August 3: BP-4 [W-3,S-1], HR-0, Foul-0, Roof-0
Season: BP-277 [W-225,S-52], HR-8 [W-7,S-1], Foul-3 [W-3,S-0], Roof-29 [A-18,C-11], Windshield-1 [W-0,S-1]

Thursday, August 2, 2007

08/02 - Nothing doing

Day game after a night game means...

Yep, you guessed it - no batting practice.

Wasn't much of anything else going on either. No street homers, no foul balls, and near as I could tell, no roof balls either.

Must have been something going on inside though, as 40,988 paid their way into Wrigley. I think this set another 4-game series attendance record, breaking the record set just a few weeks ago when the Barry Bonds Magical Mystery Tour was in town.

One more day until Moises and the rest of the slugging(?) Mets come to town.

Out of the Ballpark Totals:
Thursday, August 2: No BP, HR-0, Foul-0, Roof-0
Season: BP-273 [W-222,S-51], HR-8 [W-7,S-1], Foul-3 [W-3,S-0], Roof-29 [A-18,C-11], Windshield-1 [W-0,S-1]