For a doubleheader, the day was astonishingly uneventful, in part because Citi Field opened just 60 minutes early. (Boooo!!!) During the brief portion of batting practice that I was privileged to see, I got one ball, thrown by Marlins bullpen coach Reid Cornelius in right field. Here’s what it looked like out there:
I headed to the home-plate end of the Marlins’ dugout just before BP ended…
…and got another ball from 3rd base coach Joey Espada.
When Mets starter R.A. Dickey began warming up 20 minutes later, I wandered out to right-center field and got a ball from pitching coach Dan Warthen. Here he is just before throwing it to me:
This was my view during the 1st game:
My mom showed up in the 8th inning.
We went downstairs in the 9th inning.
The Mets won, 2-1.
I got my 4th ball of the day from home plate umpire Cory Blaser.
Then I got a photo with my mom:
This was our view at the end of the 2nd game:
The Mets won, 5-1.
The Marlins are really bad.
Jack McKeon looks funny when he argues with the umps.
• 850 balls in 102 games this season = 8.33333333 balls per game.
• 763 consecutive games with at least one ball
• 288 consecutive games with at least two balls
• 5,512 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 learn more.)
• 56 donors
• $7.12 pledged per ball (if you add up all the pledges)
• $28.48 raised at this game
• $6,052.00 raised this season