FINAL STATS — 2007

For those who care (and I realize there might not be too many of you), here are my final ball-snagging stats from the 2007 season…

2007 TOTALS:
• 41 games attended (including two without batting practice)
• 8 stadiums
• 316 balls
• 7.7 balls per game
• Most balls at one game: 21
• Fewest balls at one game: 1
• 10 games with at least 10 balls
• 13 game balls
• 3.2 games per game ball

BALLS BY MONTH:
• April — 35
• May — 56
• June — 41
• July — 25
• August — 41
• September — 113
• October — 5

BALLS BY SOURCE:
• Thrown — 198
• Hit — 66
Glove trick — 38
• Found (aka “Easter eggs”) — 14

BALLS BY PORTION OF THE DAY:
• Batting practice — 231
• Pregame (not during BP) — 46
• During games (including thrown balls) — 25
• After games — 14

BALLS BY STADIUM:
• Shea — 108
• Yankee — 49
• Chase — 47
• Citizens Bank — 46
• Camden — 38
• Busch 15
• AT&T — 8
• Fenway — 5

SHEA STADIUM:
• 14 games attended
• 108 balls
• 7.7 balls per game

YANKEE STADIUM:
• 9 games attended
• 49 balls
• 5.4 balls per game

CHASE FIELD:
• 3 games attended
• 47 balls
• 15.7 balls per game

CITIZENS BANK PARK:
• 5 games attended
• 46 balls
• 9.2 balls per game

CAMDEN YARDS:
• 4 games attended
• 38 balls
• 9.5 balls per game

BUSCH STADIUM:
• 2 games attended
• 15 balls
• 7.5 balls per game

AT&T PARK:
• 2 games attended
• 8 balls
• 4 balls per game

FENWAY PARK:
• 2 games attended
• 5 balls
• 2.5 balls per game

NYC STADIUMS:
• 23 games attended
• 157 balls
• 6.8 balls per game

STADIUMS OUTSIDE OF NYC:
• 18 games attended
• 159 balls
• 8.8 balls per game

RECORDS:
• Most balls at one game: 21
• Most balls in two consecutive games: 35
• Most balls in three consecutive games: 47
• Most balls in one week: 56
• Most balls in one month: 113
• Most balls at one World Series game: 3
• Most balls outside a stadium in one game: 3
• Most balls outside a stadium in one season: 5
• Most foul balls during one game: 3 (tie)
• Most balls at one game before the gates opened: 7
• Most Easter eggs at one game: 5
• Most balls in one season outside of New York City: 159
• Highest one-day Competition Factor: 899,955 on 9/19/07 at Chase Field

MILESTONES:
• 100th consecutive game at Yankee Stadium with at least one ball — 4/6/07
• 100th lifetime game ball — foul ball by Nick Swisher on 4/23/07 at Camden Yards
• 600th lifetime ball outside of NYC — thrown by Ray King on 4/25/07 at Citizens Bank Park
• 3,000th ball — retrieved with the glove trick on 5/7/07 at Yankee Stadium
• 100th ball of the season — thrown by Antonio Alfonseca on 6/5/07 at Shea Stadium
• 3,100th ball — hit by Justin Morneau during the Home Run Derby
• 475th consecutive game with at least one ball — the All-Star Game
• 100th consecutive game outside of NYC with at least one ball — 8/29/07 at Camden Yards
• 200th ball of the season — thrown by Edwar Ramirez on a day I’d like to forget
• 10th game ball of the season — hit by Martin Prado on 9/10/07 at Shea Stadium
• 3,200th ball — handed to me by a friendly usher on 9/17/07 at Chase Field
• 70th lifetime game with 10 or more balls — 9/17/07 at Chase Field
• 700th lifetime ball outside of NYC — thrown by Brandon Medders on 9/18/07 at Chase Field
• 110th lifetime game ball — foul ball by Mike Pelfrey on 9/24/07 at Shea Stadium
• 300th ball of the season — retrieved with the glove trick on 9/25/07 at Shea Stadium

OTHER ITEMS COLLECTED:
092407_lineup_2Mariners/Yankees lineup cards on 5/7/07 at Yankee Stadium
Nationals/Mets lineup cards on 9/24/07 at Shea Stadium
• 35 autographs (not counting the managers’ signatures on lineup cards or the two autographs I got for my Watch With Zack clients on 9/29/07 at Camden Yards) for an average of 0.85 autographs per game): Winston Abreu, Eliezer Alfonzo, Garrett Atkins, Rich Aurilia, Collin Balester, Ronnie Belliard, Eric Byrnes, Alberto Callaspo, Joba Chamberlain, Jeff Cirillo, Stephen Drew, Pedro Feliz, Kevin Frandsen, Dan Giese, Christian Guzman, Cole Hamels (twice), Raul Ibanez, Tim Lincecum (twice), Joe Maddon, Damaso Marte, Scott McClain, Patrick Misch, Matt Murton, Wily Mo Pena, Brian Schneider, Tim Redding, Jeff Salazar, Chris Snyder, Eugenio Velez, Tyler Walker, Bob Wickman, Dmitri Young, Barry Zito

ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHT:
• Catching the first home run of the Home Run Derby. CLICK HERE for the video.

2007_home_run_derby2

LIFETIME TOTALS:
• 3,277 balls
• 111 game balls
• 741 balls outside of NYC
• 21 game balls outside of NYC
• 42 major league stadiums with at least one ball
• 889 players and coaches who’ve thrown balls to me (including 90 new ones this year)
• 678 games attended (approximation)

CURRENT STREAKS:
• 496 total consecutive games with at least one ball
• 321 consecutive games at Shea Stadium with at least one ball
• 108 consecutive games at Yankee Stadium with at least one ball
• 107 consecutive games outside of NYC with at least one ball
• 41 consecutive games at Yankee Stadium with at least two balls
• 10 consecutive seasons with at least 100 balls
• 9 consecutive seasons with at least one game ball
• 9 consecutive seasons with at least one game in which I caught two game balls
• 9 consecutive post-season games with at least one ball
• 5 consecutive Watch With Zack games with at least two balls
• 4 consecutive seasons with at least 200 balls
• 3 consecutive World Series games with at least one ball

TYPES OF BALLS:
• 1,572 major league
• 1,060 National League
• 523 American League
• 40 no-logo balls
• 27 from the 2005 All-Star Game
• 16 blue training balls
• 13 from the 2000 World Series
• 8 green training balls
• 5 from the 2000 All-Star Game
• 4 from “Serie de los Expos de Montreal
• 3 from the 2001 World Series
• 3 from the 2002 All-Star Game
• 2 from the 2006 All-Star Game
• 1 Arizona Fall League ball (snagged on 5/14/07 at Shea Stadium)

NOTE: I caught the World Series and All-Star Game balls in subsequent years during BP.

BALLS BY YEAR (GAME BALLS IN PARENTHESES):
• 1990 —- 4
• 1991 —- 14
• 1992 —- 128 (9)
1993 —- 218 (14)
1994 —- 201 (6)
1995 —- 273 (8)
1996 —- 177 (5)
1997 —- 59
1998 —- 192
1999 —- 251 (7)
2000 —- 163 (6)
2001 —- 134 (5)
2002 —- 149 (5)
2003 —- 168 (4)
2004 —- 300 (10)
2005 —- 321 (10)
2006 —- 209 (9)
2007 —- 316 (13)

• Average season: 182 balls including 6.2 gamers

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE FOR GAMES I ATTENDED:
• 1990 —- n/a
• 1991 —- n/a
• 1992 —- n/a
• 1993 —- 25,061
• 1994 —- 25,044
• 1995 —- 21,111
• 1996 —- 19,675
• 1997 —- 21,409
• 1998 —- 26,949
• 1999 —- 30,116
• 2000 —- 29,524
• 2001 —- 26,678
• 2002 —- 34,421
• 2003 —- 28,407
• 2004 —- 28,094
• 2005 —- 34,075
• 2006 —- 36,885
• 2007 —- 42,117

• Average number of fans who get in my way every game: 28,637

The End.
Now it’s YOUR turn.
Leave a comment and share your final stats with everyone.

19 Comments

***Games Attended: 32 (One only outside)

MLB Ballparks

Dodgers: 1 Reg 1 Spring

Angels: 13 Reg 1 Spring

PETCO: 9

Minute Maid: 2

Rangers: 1

Other Ballparks

Epicenter (Angel 1A): 1

Dr Pepper Stadium (Ranger 2A): 1

Dedeaux Field (USC):1

***Snagged Balls: 10 plus 1 Minor League

Dodgers: 1 – First training ball

Angels: 6 (1st trip to First Aid Room for scraped left knee)

PETCO: 1 (After 9 games)

Minute Maid: 1

Rangers: 1

DrPepper: 1 – First minor league ball, pretty cool Texas League ball

***Autographs: 115 (Might be a few more that I forgot)

Notable autos listed

*Dodgers: 1

*Angels: 49 (Brian Roberts, Papelbon, Sheff, Ordonex, Polanco, Jones, Gillen, Morneau, Nathen, Jiambi, Torre, Clemens on official Yankee jersey, Mattingly, Ron G, M Rivera, Pence)

*PETCO: 53 (Wright, Maine, Howard, Hamels 2, Rollins, Winfeld, Biggio, C Lee, Gonzo on 2001 WS ball, Saito)

*Minute Maid: 6 (Corey Hart)

*Rangers: 3 (Kazimir, Crawford)

*Epicenter (Angel 1A): 2 (Garrent Anderson, rehab game)

*Dedeaux Field (USC):1 (Tony Gwynn)

***Special Notes:

-First pair of line up cards (Angels vs Tigers)

-2 HOF autos (Winfeild and Gwynn)

-First autograph from Taiwanese player and Korean player (Kuo, Baek)

-Potential Future HOF auto (Biggio, Torre, Clemens, Rivera, Scheffield)

I think I am pretty good at auto hounding now. I didn’t wait outside ballpark go to PETCO since midseason. I gained so much experienced after 2 years of auto-hounding and about everything else. My goal next season will be at least 200 autos, 25 balls, one pair of batting glove, and 6 pairs of line up cards. I am pretty confident.

Zack, nice end of the year recap. I can only imagine what your Excel spreadsheet must look like!

Check this out, I thought it was pretty funny (especially the last one on the list).

http://www.maximonline.com/DumbThingsBaseballFansGetExcitedAbout/articles/1/6756.aspx

games 181 balls302 stadiums petco81 anaheim 46 dodger18 chase3 SprTr peoria25 surprise8 Most 15 least0 game balls 7/ SpT2gamersBlum Laforest / 9total 189my career total/2007-james loneyLA-vladi& Ganderson SD-Cameron Sdrew Laforest Sledge

WOW! I need to get my balls stats, but i think it’s like 68 balls.

I have a question. Since Francisco Liriano (Twin’s starter) is most likely coming back next season, will that be his rookie season, or will his 2005-2006 season be his rookie?? Because he wasn’t eligible for the Rookie Of The Year in 2005-2006 season.

OKOK I am officially a disgrace to baseball. I have NO idea what I was thinking when I said 2005-2006 season. My mind was on other sports. So please disregard that last comment. I meant to say 2006 season. His 2005 season he pitched I think 3 games or so? Sorry for the confusion.

SAMMYWU17-
I love the stats! Thanks for taking the time. That’s an impressive bunch of autographs you got this year. I don’t know about getting SIX pairs of lineup cards next year. That’ll be pretty tough, but I wish you luck.

PSU532-

I have a Mac, so no Excel for me. I just have lots of lists, with regular text formatting. That’s pretty funny about fans who get balls from ballgirls. I’d say it also applies to little kids who get balls handed to them. Young or old, people act like they’ve actually accomplished something in those situations, and it always annoys me (because when I was little, I *NEVER* got to sit anywhere near the ballgirls…not that I had a deprived childhood, but still).

TRACYCOLLINSBECKY-

You went to 181 games?! Holy Moises. The ball totals (and HR totals) are amazing, too.

PUCK COLLECTOR-

Yeah, get on it! I’m especially interested in seeing your Yankee Stadium stats.

DB3PAR-

Heh, not a disgrace at all. You’re funny. We all get confused sometimes. It’s all good.

-Zack
I don’t think line-up cards are hard to get at all. In angel stadium, batboy will toss it up occasinally does not matter angel is winning or not(I learned it the hard way, remember the yankee lineup card). I gonna start to move in to the dugout area at 7th inning. Plus I am going to at least 2 games for marlin, and nats wearing their caps. Lastly, dusty is back. From your blog, dusty=line up cards. I am pretty excited.

well…trevor wanted his up first(he reads this blog all the time) so here it is:

games attended-5

4/25 at shea, 6/24 at shea, 7/12 at shea, 8/30 at cit. bank, 9/24 at shea

balls-7

7/12 at shea-got first ball ever, foul bp shot from carlos delgado-beat some 40 yr old under like 8 shea field level rows.

9/24 at shea-got 6…

1-luis ayala at nats dugout

2-FROM ZACK, WHO PULLED IT OUT OF THE TRIANGLE FOR HIM

3-christian guzman in left field

4-tim redding in left field

5-jonathan albaladejo in left field loge

6-carlos delgado after 6th inning, when we had sweet front row seats!

he only went for balls at 3 games, the other 8/30 at cit bank. got 3 blatantly stolen from him by a 50+ year old man who spoke no english. racaniello pointed at him twice…whatever, it happens

ill try to get mine together..

first major league baseball: august 6th 2005, kaufmann stadium. mwhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 3, 2007, Coors Field in Denver..First Major League Ball!!! Still Happy! I got a bunch of minor league balls this summer. I miss baseball terribly already. Spring Training countdown sheet up at work….Jim

SAMMYWU17-
Those are all good points. You have a much better chance than I realized.

GJK2212 & TREVOR-

Excellent work! Trevor, I’m glad I was able to help add to your total…I think you’ll snag many more balls next season. Gary, I’m looking forward to your stats.

MARKSHARK22-

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah, baby! (Wait…2005?)

JIM-

Awesome. You should try to double your major league total next season. Congrats on all the snaggin’. I miss it too, but I’m also glad to have some time to do other stuff.

The hardest thing will be to figure out which games had BP, and which game when only 1 team hit, so BP was only like Half BP. Half my balls were at Yankee.

Alright, here’s my stats for 2007 (all including Spring Training) in your format with some changes:

• 38 games

• 9 stadiums (not including Spring Training ballparks)

• 173 balls

• 4.6 balls per game

• Most balls at one game: 8 (twice)

• Fewest balls at one game: 1

• 1 game ball

BALLS BY MONTH:

• March — 16

• April — 31

• May — 27

• June — 14

• July — 29

• August — 36

• September — 20

BALLS BY STADIUM:

• Shea — 98 (19 games)

• Citizens Bank — 12 (2 games)

• Miller — 11 (2 games)

• Camden — 8 (2 games)

• Coors — 8 (2 games)

• Fenway — 6 (1 game)

• PNC — 5 (2 games)

• Yankee — 5 (3 games)

• Wrigley — 4 (2 games)

• (2 Spring Training stadiums) — 16 (3 games)

LIFETIME TOTALS:

• 279 balls

• 1 game ball

• 13 major league stadiums with at least one ball (not including Spring Training ballparks)

• 137 players/coaches/umpires who’ve thrown me balls

• 65 games attended since starting to collect baseballs (i.e., 2006-present)

CURRENT STREAK:

• 65 consecutive games with at least one ball

I think I’ll start officially count my stats once I get a license and am able to go to games when I have the money and the time. For now, I have to count on family/friends to go to the games, and that’s not too often. Zack, I think Greg is going to catch up to you with those numbers. Is it just me, or does it seem like yesterday that we read Zack’s blog entry about his book signing during Spring Training?!?! I am sad that baseball’s over and the Twins did awful.

Games: 13
Balls: 9

Sunflower seed Packs: 2

PUCK COLLECTOR-
I never said this would be easy. :-)

GREG-

I love the stats. 38 games, 9 stadiums, 173 balls…very impressive. We were pretty close in the total ball department until September. I don’t know what happened to me that month. I just went nuts. 65-game streak…nice. I think your numbers in Philly and Baltimore will improve over time. Think you can reach 500 balls next season or is that pushing it?

DB3PAR-

I remember the days when I relied on others to take me to games, and I remember how AWESOME it felt when I no longer had to. That day will soon be coming for you, my friend. Hang in there…

CHARLIE-

HA! I like the sunflower stat. Next year, see if you can average at least one ball per game. You can do it!

Zero for me, living vicariously through you. A huge congrats, and you deserve every single ball! :)

Hmm.. My lame stats.

14 games, 12 balls.

But I did get the first one hit in BP on Waveland during the Cubs only playoff game! ha

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