I snagged 311 baseballs this year, and I’ve been storing most of them in a duffel bag under my bed.
QUESTION: Where are the rest of the balls from this season?
ANSWER: Over the course of the season, I gave some away to my Watch With Zack clients. I gave others to random kids. I gave a few to friends who’d done huge baseball-related favors. And when the bag got full, I started keeping balls in my dresser…specifically the underwear drawer…because it happened to have more room than the shirt drawers…I swear.
Here’s a closer look at the bag.
Earlier this afternoon, I removed 70 balls and put them in my backpack.
Then I went to my favorite hardware store where my friends Tito and Carlos had four 32-gallon barrels waiting for me. (Big thanks to The Man, Mike Okun, for placing a special order for the barrels and giving me a good price.)
I schlepped all four barrels to my parents’ building, then took two of them up to my old room in their apartment…
…and brought the other two down to the basement storage lockers. (VERY creepy down there.)
Then I went back upstairs and dumped three different bags of balls into the first barrel:
1) The blue duffel bag that had been sitting on the counter two pics above
2) My backpack (which weighed about 25 pounds)
3) A small canvas bag that had been tucked into the corner by the mirror
The drawers (there’s a fifth drawer not pictured here) hold 144 balls each. The other five barrels hold 400 balls each, which means the sixth/newest barrel probably has about 350 balls in it. I still have more than 200 balls to bring over from my apartment. Those will fill the sixth barrel and take me nearly halfway into the seventh, which I’ll fill in 2008. With the eighth and ninth barrels in the basement, I now have room for another 1,000 balls, and if I continue my current pace, that’ll take me about four more years. Then what? Retirement? More barrels? I have no idea, but it’s nice to know that I’m all set for a while.
Before I headed back to my place, I closed all the drawers and snapped the lids back on the barrels and covered them with an old blanket.
That’s how the room normally looks. Someday, perhaps when I get a larger apartment, I’d love to make a proper display for all the balls and invite everyone who reads this blog to come over and take a look. But for now, the best I can do is share photos like these.
(Big thanks to my parents for continuing to house my collection.)