208 pounds

It’s been a while since I blogged about my rubber band ball, so here it is:

208_pounds.jpg

It currently weighs 208 pounds, and its diameter is about 22 inches. (I put my book in front of it for perspective.) Whenever people see the ball in person and guess how much it weighs, they’re always way off. No one ever thinks it weighs this much because it’s so dense and compact. At this point, when I add a pound of bands, the diameter increases by just a tiny fraction of an inch. (By comparison, if you were to add a pound of bands to a plum-sized ball, its diameter could double in size.) The reason is that my ball has a lot of surface space, so a pound of bands doesn’t come close to covering it. To prove it…the last pound of bands I added was all red, and you can still see the tan ones underneath, as well as a few blues and greens.

And that’s pretty much it.
Dorkiness + physics = fun.

21 Comments

Wow, incredible work. When did you start the ball?

Very cool Zack. You have a ways to go to catch this guy though!!! How the heck does he have a 4,600 pound rubber band ball????

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2087940.html

GO GIANTS!!!! At least they did what the Mets couldn’t do, and that was: 1) make the playoffs, and 2) do well in the playoffs.

OH MY GOD! They gave you a tiny copy of your book!! That’s so cool!!

Pretty soon you’re not going to be able to fit it out the door.

Man Zack that is sweet and have you ever been to Dodger Stadium?

Never mind about Dodger Stadium but since you have been how was it?

haha thats awesome..

got tix yesterday. my 8 games of random mets-ness.

nationals new stadium=april 23-24. so excited and theyre playing the mets.

this summer im hopin for fenway, camden, many shea and yankee, cit bank, pnc, washington…

not all 1st time visits but theyre all driving distance,maybe not pnc but ill see..maybe ill drive anyway…

i really wanna try to get to turner to see the mets play there on my birthday and that week but idk…

Zack…

Snagged two balls at PETCO the other day during a voluntary player workout. They were in the seating area where the “beach” is out in center field. Two nice, little Easter Eggs. I heard there would be a workout and I was off work so I went down there to check it out. I guess it paid off. Here’s the dilema. Do I count them? If so, do I count them for the 2007 season or 2008 season? What do you and everyone else think? TC?

Leigh

Leigh: Were you the only person there?

There were a few people in the “Park in the Park”, which is a public park attached to PETCO during non game days. I discovered the two balls as I walked down the aisle in the bleachers section down on the beach. They were doing some outfield drills with fungos from the 2nd base area. I’m guessing a couple of fungos went long and no one saw them land and they just sat there. Maybe there was a mini bp and they got hit out there. They had the cage set up at home plate. I don’t know how they got there but I’ll take em!! It was kind of a situation like Zack had at Scottsdale last year, but there were players present. What do you think? Count them or not?

Leigh

Leigh, if they were Easter eggs, and there were other people there count ‘em!

I figured out a semi retirment plan. I think I’m gonna stop asking from security, and the Islanders trainer, and just go for pucks that drop down from the netting. I’ve already benn denied 3 game in arow by security, and I feel like the trainer is a freebie cuz I know him.

DANNYZHANG312-
Thanks! I started working on it when I was four years old.

PSU532-

If I lived in the country and had a garage, I would totally have the world’s biggest rubber band ball. But because I live in an apartment with a front door that’s only about 25 inches wide, I can’t make my ball much bigger or else it’ll have to stay here forever. And I’m certainly NOT planning to live in my current place much longer.

CEETAR-

Yes exactly. I answered “psu532″ before I saw your comment. Funny about the mini book.

BASEBALL6225-

I went to Dodger Stadium in 2000…

http://www.zackhample.com/photos/2000/zack_dodger_stadium.jpg

…and it was okay. It was generic and crowded and sterile. Not an interesting place to snag AT ALL. But I was still really glad to be there.

GJK2212-

Good to see you’re making big plans for ’08. I need to get back to PNC. I was only there for one game back in 2001…

http://www.zackhample.com/photos/2001/zack_pnc_park.jpg

LEIGH-

That IS tough. What to do, what to do…I think they should definitely count toward 2008 if you are going to count them at all. I probably would not count them, but you have to keep in mind that I’m really strict about that with my own collection. But if you DO count exhibition game balls and/or Spring Training balls and/or Minor League balls, then yeah, you should definitely count these as well. For some people, a ball is a ball, and they’ll count it any way they can get it, so if that applies to you…yes, tally ‘em up.

PUCK COLLECTOR-

So that would be the equivalent of what…only going for batted balls during BP?

Tanks Zack I definitly agree it is just a pretty nice stadium and they havn’t added anything really special except now they are redoing the stadium to make it nicer and they already took away some of the foul line area to add more stuff. Angel Stadium of Anaheim isn’t too exciting either. The only thing that makes it different is the rocks in center.

Hey Zacker:

Now your talking, a 208 pound medicine ball. Hulk Hogan and Arnold would be very impressed with your weight lifting equipment. Have you thought about purchasing a mini forklift yet?

Yeah. I know the trainer, so a puck is garunteed from him, and this year, I’ve felt like it’s such a freebie that it shouldn’t count. If I do that, then I would have to cahnge the e-mail to “puckhawk.”

PNC is the nicest ballpark in the majors. You need to go back, but it’s like Camden. On weekedays, with a season ticket you can get in an extra half-hour early at the center field gate.

Ahh, that picture reminded me of when at Dodger stadium you could reach the dugout without any kind of special “Dugout Club” ticket.

Nice rubberband ball btw.

Hey Zack I havnt commented in a while but Ive still been reading.

I have a question… Im planning a trip to go to the US this eyar to see a game. The cities Im considering are philly,cleveland, pittsburgh, chicago. What one is your fave and what city is the best not including baseball. Like what is there to so outside of the ballpark.

Thanks

That little countdown box on http://www.mlb.com is getting on my nerves. It’s sitting there, torturing me. It seems to move slower and slower as we approach spring training. I CANNOT wait until baseball is back.

BASEBALL6225-
…and I agree with YOU about Angel Stadium. Luckily I visited that place before Disney took over, and there were all sorts of nooks-n-crannies.

MIKE.LOS-

No forklift, but I *am* concerned about how to move the ball. I can’t lift it. Most people can’t lift it. It’s not that 208 pounds is too heavy. It’s that the ball is an awkward size and shape…too big to wrap your arms around and nothing to grab onto.

PUCK ENTHUSIAST-

I didn’t know that about PNC. Thanks for the tip. Now, when I go back, I’ll try to get some season tickets ahead of time.

EVAN.BIZZZ-

Thanks.

TRUEPLAYA-

What’s up! Welcome back to the comment section. I was wondering where you’d been. I don’t know anything about those cities beyond their baseball stadiums, although if I had to pick one to live in for a year (weather and proximity to NYC aside), I’d go with Chicago. Not sure why. Cleveland probably has the best stadium of those you mentioned because of the standing room only section in left field. But the ballpark in Philly is pretty good too, and it opens two and a half hours early. Can’t beat that.

DB3PAR-

I hear ya.

Hey Zackman:

Welcome back! I thought you were away on a baseball sabbatical?

The photo of your pride and joy (the amazing rubber band ball), blends in quite nicely with the decor of the brick wall. Are you freelancing during the offseason as an Interior Decorator…

Also, I absolutely love the photo of you getting your “manicure” done before the snagging season begins — is this really part of your ritual?

Nah, no sabbatical. Just trying not to live in front of my computer, although that’s tough.

No freelancing for me other than writing. :-)

Wow, you already saw the manicure pic? I just put it up within the last day or two. It might not be there one year from now if/when I get more/interesting photos from ’08. But right now, the year is young, and there’s not a whole lot for me to choose from.

Zacker:

Listen up. You just might see the famous (manicure pic) on the front cover of Sports Illustrated someday — “How to deal with withdrawal when the snagging season is over?” …

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