Milestone balls

I’m excited.

If everything goes according to plan, I should get my 2,500th ball later today at Shea Stadium. I’m four balls away, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve caught at least four at all nine of my games this season.

In preparation for the milestone ball, here’s a list of all the others leading up to it.

Ball #100 — September 1, 1992, Shea Stadium, thrown by Jeff McKnight before the game

Ball #200 — May 10, 1993, Shea Stadium, foul tip in the 6th inning hit by Walt Weiss

Ball #300 — August 27, 1993, Shea Stadium, ground ball hit by Danny Sheaffer during batting practice

Ball #400 — May 1, 1994, Shea Stadium, thrown by Eric Hillman before the game

Ball #500 — June 27, 1994, thrown by Terry McGriff before the game

Ball #600 — May 9, 1995, Shea Stadium, line drive hit by David Segui during batting practice

Ball #700 — June 10, 1995, Yankee Stadium, thrown by Darren Bragg during batting practice

Ball #800 — September 23, 1995, Yankee Stadium, rolled by C.J. Nitkowski during batting practice

Ball #900 — April 16, 1996, Shea Stadium, tossed by Robert Person before the game
Borbon
Ball #1,000 — June 11, 1996, Shea Stadium, thrown by Pedro Borbon, Jr. before the game

Ball #1,100 — May 15, 1998, Bank One Ballpark, retrieved from the LF bullpen with my glove trick

Ball #1,200 — July 11, 1998, Comiskey Park, plucked from the gap behind the LF wall with my glove trick

Ball #1,300 — May 21, 1999, Shea Stadium, snatched from the LF warning track with my glove trick

Ball #1,400 — July 5, 1999, Shea Stadium, home run by Pat Mahomes during batting practice

Ball #1,500 — September 24, 1999, Metrodome, thrown by Hector Carrasco during batting practice

Ball #1,600 — June 23, 2000, line drive hit by Luis Sojo during batting practice

Ball #1,700 — May 16, 2001, Kauffman Stadium, thrown by Brian Rose during batting practice

Ball #1,800 — August 7, 2001, Shea Stadium, thrown by Armando Benitez during batting practice

Ball #1,900 — June 18, 2002, Pacific Bell Park, thrown by Chris Gomez before the game
Roa
Ball #2,000 — May 24, 2003, Olympic Stadium, thrown by Joe Roa during batting practice

Ball #2,100 — July 25, 2003, Shea Stadium, ground ball hit by Aaron Boone during batting practice

Ball #2,200 — May 20, 2004, Citizens Bank Park, taken off the LF warning track with my glove trick

Ball #2,300 — July 21, 2004, Shea Stadium, fungo hit by Gary Pettis into the empty seats

Ball #2,400 — September 24, 2004, Shea Stadium, thrown by Mike Remlinger during batting practice

Ball #2,500 — June 7, 2005, Shea Stadium…?

5 Comments

Hi Zack,

I just wanted to say that buying your book has paid enormous dividends!

I used your tips on Yankee Stadium to help me on my quest to bring in a 3-foot sign into the stadium.

Your tips described how to be first in line at the gate (Gate 4) and that there are actually “multiple” lines to the gate. Most people looked at me like I was crazy standing with three other people at what they thought was an imaginary line.

Your tips allowed me to get through security and eventually aided in me getting my sign autographed.

How about a book about “Snagging Baseball Autographs.” :)

By the way – while in NY as I was staying at the Westin, I found out that the Bloody Redsox were camping out at my hotel.

I yanked off my Yankees hat to try and get an autograph of some Redsox’s to trade off for Yankees autographs.

Nobody would sign (I hate them anyways) but Johnny Damon (Jesus) was the niciest guy and signed my baseball as I used one of your “one-liners”.

I’ll hold unto the ball in case he becomes a Yankee.

You Da Man!

Gabriel

http://dabronxbombers.mlblogs.com/

Three cheers for Zack (and at least four balls!)

It’s great to see my two fave bloggers in the same place at the same time.

I’m glad Zack’s tip helped out Gabriel, because his outta sight imagination makes the hardest and most recent of Yankees losses a little easier to bear. You rule, G.

You too, Z. Congrats on the milestone.

Great story, Gabriel. Very glad to hear that my book helped you out. Keep doing what you’re doing.

Elias, you congratulated me before I even got #2,500…and I came very close to falling one ball short. Phew.

Anyway, thanks.

Yes, I AM aware I did that.

Even if you had failed to do it last night, eventually you would have and so it was congratulations on the milestone… and I like to feel that the sentiment got the actual 2,500th hit to your whereabouts. ;)

I’ll take ‘em any way I can get ‘em. All good vibes are appreciated.

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