Not as good as yesterday , even with a stronger south wind. But with
half the amount of passerbys and Ballhawks on Waveland all the regulars
got on the board . Even the youngest of Ballhawks got in the action
Watch the video to see who comes up with this one !!!!
Again nothing left Wrigley in the game but that is ok as the Cubs start a new winning streak.
JUNE 25TH BP : WAVELAND 8 SHEFFIELD 1 -- GAME: WAVELAND 0 SHEFFIELD 0
SEASON BP WAVELAND 145 SHEFFIELD 30 SEASON GAME WAVELAND 5 SHEFFIELD 2
Well , I sure didnt see this coming. 20+ balls ? Cubs and Orioles
go nuts with a Southeast wind and almost everyone got in the action.
George , Ken , Moe , Rich , Matthew , and Eddie ....yes even Eddie
got a ball today . The only Hawks to not get a ball were the young
ones , Mikey , Matt and Israel .
I arrived about an hour late due to little league practice , so I missed
about 12 . With most of the balls headed toward the left field line
there was a group of about 20-30 in front of the yellow brick building ,
leaving left center in front of the Budweiser building all to myself to
snare a couple on the fly. Add one more while no one was looking
and I think this tied my best day of the year with 3
JUNE 24TH BP : WAVELAND 20 SHEFFIELD 3 -- GAME: WAVELAND 0 SHEFFIELD 0
SEASON BP WAVELAND 137 SHEFFIELD 29 SEASON GAME WAVELAND 5 SHEFFIELD 2
Batting practice only lasted a few minutes before the rains came down,
and one ball left the park on each avenue. Very disappointing . And
nothing came out during the game.
But for now I will try and forget the fact that balls are leaving the park at
a all time low.....maybe since the dead ball era......Ill have to check with
Moe on those numbers ....but the Cubs at Wrigley are 32-8 having won
14 in a row and have the best record in baseball . Can't help but get excited
about that !
JUNE 22ND BP : WAVELAND 1 SHEFFIELD 1 -- GAME: WAVELAND 0 SHEFFIELD 0
SEASON BP WAVELAND 117 SHEFFIELD 26 SEASON GAME WAVELAND 5 SHEFFIELD 2
Cubs skip batting practice on the field....again. The White Sox took to the
field at the normal time and surprisingly continued to take bp even though the
rain started to come down . Rich reported from inside that Thome launched
the two balls onto ( over ) Sheffield.
The Cubs 9 run fourth had them hitting a record tying 4 homeruns for
an inning . Edmonds hittting 2, the second of which was the closest of
the day to leaving the confines in left center. Jim was only the 3rd player
in Cubs history to hit two home runs in one inning. Bellhorn (02) and Sosa (96)
JUNE 21ST BP : WAVELAND 1 SHEFFIELD 2 -- GAME: WAVELAND 0 SHEFFIELD 0
SEASON BP WAVELAND 116 SHEFFIELD 25 SEASON GAME WAVELAND 5 SHEFFIELD 2
With the Cubs getting back into town well past midnight after playing a night game in Tampa
( thanks schedule makers !!!! ) there was no batting practice on Friday . And the White Sox
coming off their 37 run 3 game sweep of the Pirates decided to skip taking bp on the field as well.
The Cubs come from behind to tie the game on back to back jacks by Lee and Ramirez , both staying
in the park , and Aramis then finishes the game with a walk off homer in the 9th ( center field ).
Jermaine Dye started off the fireworks by taking a high fastball 430 ft across Waveland in the 2nd
inning. Not sure if it was because of the high sky or because of it being more of a line drive homer ,
but none of the Hawks picked up the flight of the blast until it cleared the bleachers. Ken was the
first to make a move but came up inches short of making the catch. I folllowed the bouncing ball until
it came to rest in the front yard of the second house down Kenmore. My first gamer of 2008 !!!
JUNE 20TH BP : NO BATTING PRACTICE -- GAME: WAVELAND 1 SHEFFIELD 0
SEASON BP WAVELAND 115 SHEFFIELD 23 SEASON GAME WAVELAND 5 SHEFFIELD 2
Finally reached 100 balls on Waveland this year !!!!!! Not me of course , I only
have 8 . But a grand total of 100 ???? ugh... Back in 1999 on the last day of the
season the Cubs and Pirates whacked 63 balls onto the street . This was before
expansion and when the Cubs had guys like Sammy and Glenallen . There were
over 1000 balls hit onto the street that year . This year we will be lucky to have
300 . But there are still days like today with the wind blowing out that a little
excitment returns to The Corner.
I arrived just after bp concluded to find out 8 balls left the yard , part time hawk
Sean with a few bumps and bruises on his face , Eddie "Bench" bleeding from
both his arm and fingers , and Moe bragging about what a nice catch he made
running 20 feet to his right , then 20 feet to his left .......for the same ball !!!!!??????
Turns out Sean had run face first into a tree , the very same tree he was leaning against
before he started running for the ball. ????? Then Eddie made a diving , ( falling ? ) attempt
at a ball bouncing down Kenmore. Eddie claims he ran up to catch it , missed it , then missed
the high bounce , then as the ball came back towards him on a rebound missed it again as he
dove for it. ?????
Sorry I missed it . So.......no video
JUNE 10TH BP : WAVELAND 8 SHEFFIELD 0 -- GAME: WAVELAND 0 SHEFFIELD 0
SEASON BP WAVELAND 105 SHEFFIELD 22 SEASON GAME WAVELAND 4 SHEFFIELD 2
Cubs and Rockies combine for 6 balls on Waveland , with Moe making
2 nice grabs and Ken making another. Scott and his kids were at the
park and managed to pull a fast one on me !!! Of course had I been
paying attention I should have caught the ball on the fly , but as the
ball bounced into the bushes of a house on Kenmore, Scott asked to
let the kids get it. I say , ok , and proceded to " pretend " to look for
it . Then out of nowhere Scott dives head first.....literally .....and grabs
it while the kids look on . Funny stuff . Of course he gives it to the
one of his kids but not before giving me a hard time. I dont think he
believed I wasnt really going for it .
I think Alfonso Soriano is doing it on purpose !! Three of his homers
this year have come up inches short of landing on Waveland. The one
today bounced from the last row , then onto the walkway behind the
seats , then hit the top railing staying inside the park . An almost
exact replay from a homerun last homestand . And not to foget the
one he hit one off the steps leading up to the bleachers. Not sure
how that ball didnt make it out either.
And lastly I am still waiting for a gamer to hit a speaker or speaker
pole in back of the bleachers. Seen it only twice in BP so far the last
3 years. Im sure when it does happen it will be off the bat of Soriano .
Enjoy the video
JUNE 1ST BP : WAVELAND 6 SHEFFIELD 1 -- GAME: WAVELAND 0 SHEFFIELD 0
SEASON BP WAVELAND 97 SHEFFIELD 22 SEASON GAME WAVELAND 4 SHEFFIELD 2