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Gameboard and Warm-up Balls


Great day in the bleachers today with wonderful weather and the big sweep. Also, I had a chance to chat with Jessica, which was nice.

Let me start at the beginning for those who are not familiar with this.  Between innings, the outfielders warm up with right and center playing catch and the left fielder tossing with someone in the bullpen.  Before the inning starts, the fielder tosses the ball into the stands as a souvenir.  At every previous game I have attended (with an exception I will discuss below) the right and center fielders take turns throwing the ball to the fans.  Today, Fukadome tossed the ball into the stands all nine innings while Bradley never did.  Has this been going on all year?

The exception was Jacque Jones.  On top of his rocky reception by fans, a woman tossed a ball near or at him (depending on the story) during one night game in 2006.  After that he stopped tossing the ball to fans and Juan Pierre want along; they threw the ball to the bullpen after they were done warming up.

On other note: I saw Jones in spring training after that year and asked if he would be tossing balls to fans in the upcoming year.  He said; "It's a new year; let's see" and he did until he was traded later in 2007.

WhistlerWilliams

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