Recap of 2011

Yo.

So the 2011 season comes to an end for ballhawking (there’s no chance for me to go to any postseason games), but 2012 looks VERY promising. And I can prove it:

Let’s start with what my goals that I set for myself in this blog in April 2011. Here’s the list:

FIRST GAME:
4/9/11: Rochester Red WIngs (HOME) vs Scranton Willkes-Barre
Goal: Get at least one ball.
MLB GAMES:
-August 27: Phillies (HOME) vs Marlins?
I’m hoping to go to Camden maybe as well.
MINOR LEAGUE:
-Red Wings as much as possible
-Buffalo
-Syracuse (Maybe)
-Other NY AA/AAA teams
OVERALL GOALS:
-1 ball every game
-2 game balls in one game (3rd outs, fouls, home runs)
-3 foul balls (in the entire season)
-4 balls in one game
-5 Autographs
-6 or more games!!
Now let’s see which goals I actually achieved:
(Achieved) 4/9/11: Rochester Red WIngs (HOME) vs Scranton Willkes-Barre
Goal: Get at least one ball.
MLB GAMES:
 (Not Achieved) August 27: Phillies (HOME) vs Marlins?
 (Not Achieved) I’m hoping to go to Camden maybe as well.
MINOR LEAGUE:
(Achieved) Red Wings as much as possible
(Achieved) Buffalo
(Not Achieved) Syracuse (Maybe)
(Not Achieved) Other NY AA/AAA teams
OVERALL GOALS:
(Achieved) 1 ball every game
(Achieved*) 2 game balls in one game (3rd outs, fouls, home runs)
(Achieved**) 3 foul balls (in the entire season)
(Achieved) 4 balls in one game
(Achieved) 5 Autographs
(Achieved) 6 or more games!!
*Thanks to the way I score a “game ball.” If I snag it during the game, it’s a game ball, if it’s used during the game, it’s a “game used” ball
**One in Toronto, Daniel Nava, and this depressing (but lucky) game in Buffalo.
So all my ball-snagging goals were reached, and only two of my game-attending goals. I think that’s pretty good. Now look at some charts (for minor leagues right now):
Games:
So from here, you can see that I only went to 2 games in 2009, 9 games in 2010, and 13 (MLB+MiLB) games in 2011. With this pattern (and trying now to schedule my summer), I’m hoping to get to at least 15-20 games. That’s easily, at the minimum, 30 balls which would make my lifetime total as of 1 year from now 84+ balls. Wowzers.
But the stats keep getting crazier.
I’ve got a 28-game streak of at least one ball per-game (which is every game I’ve gone to in which I’ve try to snag baseballs). With that in mind, 54 baseballs in 28 games (MLB+MiLB) is 1.93 BPG (balls per game). Let’s see so if I want  to raise my BPG to 2.00 next year in 15 games, that would be…15+28 games is 43… 43 times two is 86, 86-54 is 32. So I need to snag 32 games in 15 games which is just over two balls per game for an average.
Is it possible to do that? OH YEAH!
Let’s go back to this entry where I talked about my newer goals for 2011 (which included hitting 50 career baseballs-achieved). In this entry, I talked about the percentage of games in which I have snagged more than one and only one baseball(s). As of after the depressing Coca-Cola Field game, I had 62.5% of games I attended, I snagged two or more balls. That meant 37.5% of games I attended I snagged ONLY one game (8 games, three with only one). As of the end of 2011, I have gone to 13 total games, and 10 out of those 13 games were “slugging percentage-worthy” (snagging more than 1 ball) which means that 77% of total games I went to in 2011, I snagged more than one ball. Nice.
If you think about it, the games I only acquired  one ball were in weird/impossible situations that I wasn’t used to. Here’s my excuses:
4/9/11: It was Opening Day at Frontier Field. It was crazy. There was 8,600 people there (which was the first time I had experienced any attendance making Frontier Field over 6,000 people full)
And the game in Buffalo, thank you dad. Enough said. And seeing as i have had this post waiting to be published for months, I’m gonna end it hear.
But goals for 2012 are coming soon!
-Jon Madden
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