I Caught a Ball, I Caught a Ball, I Finally Caught a Freakin’ Ball

I am so excited about this.  Tonight I went to the ‘Stros game against the Mariners.  During batting practice, I caught a ball hit into the stands.  I will grant that this is not as impressive as a ball during the game.  And it was while the Mariners–not the Astros–were taking BP.  But, I have been trying since I was eight to catch a ball hit by a major leaguer.  And, I want to stress here that I caught it; it was not hit then bounced around and I got it; I caught it.  I felt like a kid again.   Unfortunately I don’t know who it was who hit it–I would like to think it was Ichiro; the hitter was a leftie–since they were all in their warm-up jerseys.

I know this may not seem significant but I have been trying since I was eight to catch a ball in a MLB ballpark.   I remember going to the Astrodome for a game when I was nine or ten.  We were getting there early to see BP and try to get a ball.  I told my dad that I was sure we would get a ball tonight.  He told me not to get my hopes up but he was sure we would get one some day.  And, I don’t mean to veer toward the schmaltzy here or give this some significance it doesn’t have…but it isn’t lost on me that I finally caught a MLB ball on Father’s Day weekend.

Oh yeah, the game was fantastic.  Biggio hit a home run for his 2889th hit (only 11 to go to the magical 3000) and they won their second game in a row against a strong Seattle team.

2 Responses to “I Caught a Ball, I Caught a Ball, I Finally Caught a Freakin’ Ball”

  1. Woo hoo!

    Happy Father’s Day, btw.

  2. It is nice to see another sport’s fan that is also a librarian. I am constantly on the lookout for people in my field that get excited about things like catching a baseball. Congrats! When I was 16, I caught a ball hit by Reggie Jackson at the old Arlington Stadium (home of the Rangers). We should start a club, “Librarians who love Sports.”

    Adam Wright
    Tall Texan 2004

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