Wednesday, June 28, 2006

11,998... 11,999...

Okay, so the Cubs finally won a home game in June, beating the Brewers 6-3 today at Wrigley. But there's another story at work here - a story that probably only appeals to ballhawks, Stats Inc, and MLB's historian and longtime Tribune columnist, Jerome Holtzman.

In spite of a horrific season, the Cubs are approaching a significant milestone. When Juan Pierre swung at a first pitch fastball in the 3rd inning of today's game and drove it into the seats, it wasn't just his first home run as a Cub. It was also the 11,998th home run hit all-time by the Cubs. And when Derrek Lee tied it up with a two-run blast in the 8th inning, that was the 11,999th home run in Cubs history. With one more against the Brewers and three with the White Sox, it's a pretty good bet number 12,000 will come during this homestand. I can't speak for the other ballhawks, but that's one I'd like to add to my collection. Then again, who knows - maybe the Cubs would want it back for their so-to-be-constructed museum. Hmm... I think a couple of bleacher season tickets would do the trick...

Wednesday, June 28: BP-4 [W-2,S-2], HR-0, TO-0, Foul-0, Roof-0

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Just call me Moe...

Anyone familiar with the ballhawks knows that we love it when Moe leaves during the game, because that almost guarantees a home run is coming out to the street. Well, today I got to play the role of "Moe". It pretty much rained all morning so there wasn't any BP but with winds gusting from the southeast at about 20 mph, it looked promising. Six innings later, not so promising as it started to rain again. I stuck around for another inning then headed home. Sure enough, just as I was getting comfortable in front of the TV, Bill Hall golfed one easily over the bleachers and out onto Waveland Ave. No scoreboard camera today so no footage of the catch or scrum if it bounced. But now I know how Moe feels...

Sunday, April 30 : No BP (rain), HR-1 [W-1,S-0], Foul-0, Roof-0
Season: BP-46 [W-36,S-10], HR-5 [W-5,S-0], TO-8 [W-8,S-0], Foul-0, Roof-3 [A-2,C-1]

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

And a pitcher shall lead them...

How's this for a power lineup: Adam Dunn - 6'6", 275 lbs., Ken Griffey Jr. - 537 career home runs, Austin Kearns - 6'3", 245 lbs, Edwin Encanarcion, 6'1", 200 lbs. Pretty impressive, eh? Well, they certainly did a number on Wrigley Field today, each hitting a home run (Dunn had two) in the Reds 9-2 pounding of the Cubs. Only thing is, all their home runs stayed in the park. It took a pitcher -- freshly traded from the American League, no less -- to show these so-called sluggers how to 'go yard' at Wrigley. Literally.

Reds' pitcher Bronson Arroyo, all 185 lbs of him, crushed one in the third inning, with the ball making it across Waveland Ave. on the fly, taking a huge bounce off the sidewalk, clearing the front and back fences of the Budweiser house and landing in the front yard of the second house down Kenmore.

I was back under the tree by the fire hydrant talking to George and not really paying attention – I mean, come on, it’s a pitcher for God’s sake – when I hear the crowd roar so I look up and calmly say to George “that one’s coming out.” Everyone runs up to try to get it on the fly but knowing my limitations, I play the bounce, hop the little fence and get my first homer of the year.

And that was it for the rest of the game. What a waste of good wind (gusts up to 25 mph)

Batting practice was okay – nine were hit out and two were tossed out; all on Waveland.

Tuesday, April 11 : BP-9 [W-9,S-0], HR-1 [W-1,S-0], TO-2 [W-2,S-0], Foul-0, Roof-0
Season: BP-11 [W-11,S-0], HR-3 [W-3,S-0], TO-2 [W-2,S-0], Foul-0, Roof-3 [A-2,C-1]