I’m thinking about what it’s gonna take to reach 2,700 balls by the end of the season.
I’m at 2,653 right now, which means I need 47 more.
This year, I’ve snagged 222 balls in 32 games for an average of 6.9375 balls per game.
Ready to crunch the numbers?
47 ÷ 6.9375 = 6.7748.
This means that if I maintain my average and attend 6.7748 more games this season, I’ll get my 47 balls and reach 2,700.
6.7748 games? Let’s just round up and call it seven.
Are there seven more games that I’ll be free to attend? And actually want to attend? Remember, I don’t do day games, and I try to avoid weekends as well.
Next week, my only free days are Tuesday and Thursday.
I’m thinking of driving down to Camden Yards with a friend on Tuesday–but I just learned that there’s a promotion that night that might replace batting practice: a pregame ceremony to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record. I called the Orioles’ ticket office to find out more. They’re closed. Duh. I won’t be able to find out until tomorrow.
On Thursday, I have two choices:
1. Go to Yankee Stadium and be miserable, or
2. Sit around my apartment and pick my nose and be a bit less miserable.
If the nightly attendance dips below 50,000 on Tuesday or Wednesday, I’ll consider going. But otherwise, forget it. I’m only averaging 5.8571 balls per game there, and even that number seems flukishly high.
I don’t yet know my work schedule beyond September 11, but whatever it ends up being, I should at least be free to attend batting practice at Shea on the 13th, 14th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 29th, and 30th. And October 1st. There are also evening games in Philly on the 12th and 15th that I’m considering.
The trouble is that I won’t be free for all of these games, and when I am free, it’ll probably rain, so who knows if I’ll make it to seven more games? And if I do, I might average six balls per game. Thankfully, all the kids are heading back to school, heh heh, so the games will be a little less crowded.
It’ll be an interesting last month of the season. As usual, I’m already (somewhat reluctantly) rooting against both the Mets and Yankees. If the Yanks don’t reach the post-season, it might mean 50 extra balls for me next year. Think about all the people who WON’T renew their season tickets. Even if the average attendance falls from 49,000 to 46,000, that would make a huge difference. Meanwhile, if the Mets take the wild card, Shea will be a zoo next year, and ball #3,000 will have to wait until 2007.