They say the secret to success in real estate is location, location, location. To a large extent, the same is true in ballhawking, as I proved in tonight's game - in an opposite kind of way. If I had been in my usual spot near the corner, I probably would have snagged Jeff Kent's homer in the third. Instead, I played the wind and set up shop in deep left-center. So I had a great view of the ball going over the fence and into Dave's glove as he ran up and snagged it.
Then as the bottom of the 4th came around with Alou leading off, I decided to go back to my usual spot. First pitch, c-r-a-c-k-!!! Alou crushes it and sure enough, it's deep left-center, right about where I would have been if I'd stayed in my new spot. So again, I had a great view of the ball going over the fence and "Dick the Bruiser" ranging far to his left to basket-catch it on the fly.
Moral of the story? Pick a spot, stay there, and if you don't catch a homer, drink heavily - dietCoke, Old Style, margaritas... whatever makes you happy. Just don't drink and drive.
Tuesday, June 1: BP-8 [W-7,S-1], Roof-0, Foul-0, HR-2 [W-2,S-0]
Season: BP-305 [W-200,S-105], Roof-12 [A-10,C-2], Foul-1 [W-0,S-1], HR-26 [W-24,S-2]