With the Cubs deciding to skip bp this whole home stand the Ballhawks are left to hope for game
home runs ... an event rarely seen since the second bleacher expansion. Pinch hitting for the
pitcher in the 7th Phillip ErvIn in only his 3rd mlb at bat sent a laser just clearing the left field wall
and taking one crazy hop OVER the Nuveen sign behind the bleachers onto Waveland Avenue.
Because I am 0-2 in my last attempts at throwing back opponents home run balls ( one off the
speaker and one off the foul pole ..lol ) I quickly found what I thought was a sober individual
on the street to do the honors . Before I could give him instructions on which direction to throw
and to make sure he goes over the fragile Nuveen sign he sent the fake ball at a low trajectory
in the general direction of Schwarber ... ugh oh :/ .
The ball was chased down by the left field ball boy and tossed in the direction of the Reds dugout
who were waving for the return of Erwin's first MLB hit / home run ball . Once the ball was scooped
up at the dugout some of the players took turns examining what was a old game ball until finally
figuring out it wasn't the real one. Usually we toss back a crappy or even a minor league ball but
in my haste I grabbed a somewhat decent game ball ... probably one we've played catch with at
some point , making it a little too scuffed to be confused with a active game ball.
Cubs security quickly came out and made arrangements to meet after game so I could go inside
to return the keepsake. Unfortunately the Cubs ditched me ... leaving me to wait 45 minutes
while none of the half dozen other employees I spoke to cared enough to help. Lets see what
happens the next time they want a Cubs home run back :/ Also a fail on the Reds for not
handling this themselves .
Not two minutes after tweeting out a photo of the home run I was barraged with I would consider
hate tweets ... demanding that I return the ball. Lol at twitter bullies calling me names etc ....
Such sad humans . Anyways I tweeted out at the Reds and Phillip that I would be back tomorrow
with the ball which I did .. and after being blown off by security AGAIN ... i just obtained my own
ticket and headed in .
I headed down to the dugout to find Phillip and after being yelled at and threatened by security
( they don't want anyone down near the dugouts without ticket for ANY reason apparently and
overly nasty about it ) and after a good 3 minute "discussion " with ex Cubs manager Jim
Riggleman who insisted the ball didn't leave the park ..lol.. i finally got to return the ball to Ervin.
I congratulated him , told him the quick story about the throwback, and took a photo with him .
I asked for nothing in return however he did give me an autograph ball for the effort