Monday, May 10th: Atlanta Braves

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Anyone who knows me outside
of the ballpark knows I’m a huge Arnold Palmer drinker. The mix of lemonade and
iced tea just hits the spot, I don’t know why. Also, they know I’m continuously
spitting sunflower seeds. After stopping at my local gas station, it would seem
I hit the jack pot:

 

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New brand and flavor of
seeds and a new bottle of Arnold Palmer! This literally made my day.

 

About 45 minutes later, I
found myself parked near the ballpark and wandering
Milwaukee‘s side streets:

 

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Miller Park
peeking through the brush:

 

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Isn’t that fitting? The
Brewers in the trash. Finally, the stadium comes fully into view, with an omen
lying in the grass:

 

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Time slowly passes by, and I
find myself ordering my standard meal inside the ballpark, the French dip.

 

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It’s pretty delicious and it’s served me
pretty well over the past homestands, as I’ve been ballhawking on a full
stomach. Shortly after putting the finishing touches on the French dip, Claudio
Vargas whipped me baseball number one, pictured below, and Casey McGehee hit me
number two.

 

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The only way to see Brewers
BP at
Miller Park
is to eat outside at Friday’s Front Row Sports Grille. However, there is a
massive overhang over half of the outdoor patio. It’s robbed about 50 baseballs
from me over its two year lifespan. Imagine you’re tracking a deep drive…

 

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back tracking….

 

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Back tracking some more,
looking up to catch the ball and seeing this disappointing sight;

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Yeah, that can ruin your
day. Soon enough, the rest of the park opens and I find myself en route to
right field when Troy Glaus lifts a deep fly ball in my general direction in
left field. I back up, adjust and gobble up baseball #3.

 

Upon my arrival in right field,
Brian McCann began to settle in. He hit a very, very deep fly ball about 30
feet to my left. Sprinting backwards and leftwards, I leap against a railing at
the last second and when reaching full extension, haul in baseball number 4.
Two pitches later, McCann lands another in my glove in nearly the same spot,
baseball #5.  Towards the end of the
round, McCann sends a third baseball in my direction, giving me my 6th
of the day.

 

The next round only had one
lefty, Jason Heyward. He’s injured, so he took it easy. I still managed to snag
a ball off the bat of the phenom, for my 7th of the day, and that
ended BP.

 

During
pre-game warm-ups, Roger McDowell tossed me number 8 out of the bullpen:

 

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The
game’s lineups via bullpen Coach Eddy Perez:

 

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The
game went pretty embarrassingly for the Brewers, as they lost 8-2 to the
light-hitting Braves.

 

After
the game, bullpen Catcher Alan Butts threw me my 9th of the day,
behind the dugout:

 

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And
that was all she wrote.

 

-Ballhawk
Shawn-9

-Braves-8

-Brewers-2




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