5/18/09 at Dodger Stadium

A couple weeks ago, when I decided to snag my 4,000th ball at Dodger Stadium, I called the Dodgers and suggested that they do a story about it. I told them I was gonna be there on May 18th and that they needed some good press in the wake of Manny being Juiced. The Dodgers didn’t give me an answer right away, of course, but ultimately they decided to go for it.

The day got off to a shaky start when my taxi driver not only revealed he didn’t know where Dodger Stadium was (he was foreign and had only been driving for two weeks), but he unhooked his GPS device from the dashboard and handed it to me. And then there was traffic. Lots and lots of traffic. I was due at the stadium by 4:15pm for an interview before the gates were going to open, and for a while it looked like I was going to be late. Thankfully, though, the snagging gods smiled down upon me and got me there with a few minutes to spare.

I met up with a P.R. guy named Jon and a cameraman named Paul. They conducted the interview right outside the entrance to the Dodgers offices:

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This is what it looked like from my point of view:

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Why the camera? Because the Dodgers decided to do a segment about me for a kids show on their web site.

Jon asked a ton of questions–everything from “How did you get started doing this?” to “Have you ever missed an important event because of going after baseballs?” to “What advice would you give to kids who want to start a collection of balls?” He even gave me a chance to talk about how I’m snagging baseballs for charity this season. (Hopefully that part will make the cut.)

We wrapped up the interview at around 4:45pm, then headed inside for a minute…

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…and finally made our way down toward the left field pavilion:

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(Dodger Stadium sits on top of a hill and is surrounded by parking lots and ramps and roads and tollbooths and staircases. It is BY FAR the most colossal and confusing and difficult stadium in baseball. And by the way, in case you’re wondering, all these pics of me were taken by my mom. She and my dad went early with me.)

The following four photos were taken outside the pavilion. Starting on the top left and going clockwise, I’m a) hanging out with an up-and-coming L.A. ballhawk named Evan (whom you might remember from 8/25/08 at Shea Stadium and 8/26/08 at Yankee Stadium), b) posing with a Manny fan named Jose who asked if he could get a pic with me, c) reconnecting with a legendary ballhawk named John Witt who can be seen giving me a commemorative ball from the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and d) waiting to enter:

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(For the record, I will NOT count the ball that John gave me in my collection, but it’s still nice to have.)

The stadium finally opened at 5:10pm and the camera followed me inside:

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I started the day with a lifetime total of 3,998 balls, so I *had* to snag at least two more. Normally that wouldn’t have been much of a challenge–I’ve been averaging eight balls per game this season–but in this case, I felt a whole lot of pressure. Here’s why:

1) I was going to be trapped all day in the left field pavilion, so once BP ended, that was pretty much it. No pre-game warm-up balls. No foul balls. No third-out balls. No post-game balls.

2) Paul (the cameraman) was going to have to leave at 6pm to do another interview.

3) Jon (the P.R. guy) didn’t want me to be decked out in Mets gear when I snagged ball No. 4,000. This meant I needed to snag two balls during the first half-hour when the Dodgers would be on the field.

4) I was hoping that ball No. 4,000 (and even No. 3,999) would be a home run and NOT a thrown ball.

5) There was no chance to use my glove trick.

6) TWELVE additional family members were going to be showing up later, including three kids (ranging in age from 7 to 11) who had each asked me to catch a ball for them.

You know how many home runs reached the seats during the Dodgers’ portion of batting practice? ONE!!! And it wasn’t hit anywhere near me. I had no choice but to ask the players for balls–but even THAT didn’t work. The highlight of my begging occurred when I asked Hiroki Kuroda for a ball in Japanese and he responded by smiling at me.

The Mets took the field, and I had *zero* baseballs. What the hell was I supposed to do? I only had 20 minutes of camera-time remaining, so I asked Jon if I could put on my Mets gear.

“Do whatever you would normally do,” he said.

So I did:

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In the photo above, you can see a second camera (a palm-corder) pointed at me. It was being operated by a freelance videographer named Angela who was there to get footage for the FLYP segment that I was originally filmed for on 5/12/09 at Citi Field. Now I really *really* had to snag two baseballs. I couldn’t wait around for home runs. I had to use the Mets gear to my advantage, so I headed down toward the front row and camped out on a staircase in left-center field:

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The player closest to me was the ultra-quiet John Maine. I wasn’t expecting much, but I gave a shout anyway when a ball was hit near him, and to my surprise he threw it to me! Then I took a look at the ball and I was even more surprised. In fact, I was downright elated, thrilled, and ecstatic. Check it out:

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Unbelievable. I attended Game 4 of the 2008 World Series and busted my butt all night to try and get a third-out ball, and I came up empty…and I was seriously bummed…so to end up snagging this ball totally unexpectedly seven months later was more than a dream come true, if that’s even possible.

The cameras were all over it…

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…and then came the moment of truth. I was sitting on 3,999 so the next ball was going to be THE ball. David Wright stepped into the cage, and I had visions of a home run ball sailing into my glove, but it wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t want to ask for my next ball. I wanted to wait until I caught a home run. Anyone’s home run. Even Ramon Castro. But there weren’t many balls leaving the yard. Six o’clock was approaching. Jon and Paul were each on their cell phones, asking Whoever for a few more minutes. I *had* to snag another ball, and I had to snag it FAST, so I called out to Livan Hernandez, who fielded a ball in center field. Livan scooped it up, looked over at me, and let it fly from more than 100 feet away. I was halfway down the stairs. The ball was falling a bit short. I leaned way out over the side railing of the staircase and reached out and made the back-handed catch. That was it!!!

Then I thought, “That was IT?!”

It didn’t happen the way I envisioned it. Not even close. Not only had I let down the camera crew by wearing my Mets gear, but the ball hadn’t been hit, and most of my family wasn’t even there yet to witness it…BUT…at least I got it. I’d reached my milestone, and that’s what mattered most.

I showed the ball to both cameras:

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Did you notice in the photo above that the ball doesn’t have a standard MLB logo?

Oh yes, that’s right, it was a commemorative ball from the final season of Shea Stadium. Check it out:

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The next thing I did was take a photo from my spot on the staircase. I wanted to show the area between the outfield wall and the seats. There was quite a lot of space down there…

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…and I used it to catch my next ball. I’m not sure who hit it, but basically, it was a home run that barely cleared the left field wall. While the ball was in mid-air, I scurried down the steps and kept my eye on it and made a one-handed catch high over my head when I got to the bottom. Both cameras captured the whole thing, and then Paul and Jon had to take off.

The ball had a weird marking on it:

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Have you ever seen anything like this? It’s like there’d been a round sticker on the ball that had been pulled off and left a papery residue.

Toward the end of BP, I got Brian Stokes to toss up a ball, but instead of facing me and throwing it like a normal human being, he nonchalantly flung it in a sidearm/submarine motion. As a result, the ball sailed high and wide and hit a fat woman, who was eating nachos just above me in the front row. The ball wasn’t thrown that hard, and it only hit her in the arm. She was stunned more than hurt. She truly didn’t even know what had hit her, and obviously she wasn’t there to snag, so I didn’t feel guilty about reaching under her bench and grabbing the ball. Anyway, I was going to be giving that ball away to a kid in my own family, so whatever, I had to go for it. Angela was still there, and she got the whole thing on film.

After BP, I caught up with a guy named Chris (aka “cjpyankee” in the comments section on this blog). He and I had met on 4/18/09 at Yankee Stadium, but this time he was more prepared. He had me sign his copy of my first book, and he also had me sign a photo of the two of us from that game in the Bronx. I signed his book: “To Chris, the fan who was closest to me when I snagged ball No. 4,000…” or something like that. He was indeed a mere five feet away when I caught that low throw from Livan. Here I am with Chris:

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That was Chris’s idea to do the 4-0-0-0 in the photo above. Very cool.

This was my view when the game started:

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No disrespect to Juan Pierre, but I was really bummed not to be seeing Manny out there in left field all night.

Angela was still there, and she kept her camera on me, just in case…

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…but aside from a few between-inning-warm-up balls that got tossed near me, there wasn’t any action.

During one inning break, I got a photo with Evan (pictured below on the left) and John (on the right):

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The reason I was wearing this yellow Homer Simpson shirt was just so my people back home in NYC could have an easier time trying to spot me on TV.

As for my family, they’d been trickling into the bleachers at various times. By the end of the second inning, everyone was there. I really wanted to get a group photo, but it was impossible. We had five seats in the front row and ten seats in the fourth row, so we couldn’t even sit together. That said, this is the best I could do:

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I claimed the aisle seat in the front row. This was the view to my right:

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Perfect for running down the steps and catching a home run, but as I mentioned, nothing came anywhere near me.

As for the issue of there being three kids who each wanted a ball, let me just say (without going into the details) that my friend John snagged a ball during BP, and that his ball ended up in my possession, so between that one and the final two standard balls I had snagged from the Mets, I was able to take care of all the kids.

Here’s Armand and Hannah with their baseballs:

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(I taught them how to hold the balls so that the logos face the camera.)

The game itself was devastatingly entertaining, and it all came down to the 11th inning. First, in the top of the frame, Ryan Church scored the apparent go-ahead run on an apparent two-out triple by Angel Pagan…BUT…Church neglected to touch 3rd base on his way to the plate and the run was taken off the scoreboard. Then, in the bottom of the inning, after the Mets’ fourth error of the night placed runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, Brian Stokes intentionally walked Pierre to load the bases. (Half my family was gone by this point. The little ones had to get to sleep. They were worn out from a full day at the Universal Studios theme park. Even I was exhausted, and I hadn’t done anything all day except read the box scores and eat at In-and-Out burger.) Mets manager Jerry Manual waved in center fielder Carlos Beltran and brought him into the infield. Look at the following photo. I challenge you to find more than two outfielders:

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Here’s a closer look at the infield. (My camera is good, but not THAT good, so it’s a little blurry. Sorry about that.) You can see Beltran (wearing No. 15) standing near second base:

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Here are all three right-infielders in ready position:

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I *love* baseball. That’s really all I can say. I mean…seriously, what a great game. This particular game, however, wasn’t great for the Mets. After Rafael Furcal flied out weakly to Pagan, Orlando Hudson hit a one-hopper to Jeremy Reed at first base. (Reed is playing for the injured Carlos Delgado). Reed threw home for what should’ve been an easy force-out. His throw beat the runner by about 30 feet, and in fact there might’ve even been time to turn a rare 3-2-3 double play. Or maybe a 3-2-4 double play? I don’t know, Hudson has some speed, but we’ll never know what would’ve happened–if the game would’ve gone into the 12th inning–because Reed’s throw was 10 feet up the 3rd base line. (Mets error No. 5.) The catcher had no chance to knock it down, let alone catch it, and Mark Loretta scampered home with the winning run. It was an ugly and exhilarating end to a day I’ll never forget.

I wanted to linger in the pavilion and bask in my post-game euphoria and take a bunch of photos, but a swat team of security guards descended upon my family and made us get the hell out. The seven us who remained did manage to get this photo together…

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…and yes, that ball I’m holding is No. 4,000.

Six years ago, when I snagged my 2,000th ball, I decided to start marking the balls with teeny numbers so I’d always be able to remember which ball was which. At the time, some people said it was silly, even pointless, to start marking balls after I’d already snagged so many, and I remember telling them, “It might seem silly now, but some day, when I have 4,000 balls, I’ll be able to say that the first half of my collection is not marked and the second half is. It won’t sound quite so silly then.”

Well, I’ve reached the 4,000 ball plateau, and it feels great on a number of levels. I have no intention of slowing down, and I’m already pretty sure I’m going to snag No. 5,000 at Citi Field. I need to bring the next milestone back to New York City. But for now, my next goal is to pass Pete Rose on the all-time hits list.

4,257.

That’s my next goal. I might even be able to get there this year.

Thank you all for being with me on this journey…

SNAGGING STATS:

• 4 balls at this game

• 182 balls in 23 games this season = 7.9 balls per game.

• 592 consecutive games with at least one ball

• 159 consecutive games outside of New York with at least one ball

• 4,002 total balls

CHARITY STATS:

• 106 donors (click here and scroll down for the complete list)

• $23.95 pledged per ball

• $95.80 raised at this game

• $4,358.90 raised this season for Pitch In For Baseball

42 Comments

Zack,

Of course, congrats on 4,000. Boggles my mind. I have trouble getting one. I’m glad you mentioned your next milestone being 4,257. I supposed it’s quite obvious, but I’ve been waiting to mention it to you for weeks. You’d legitimately need about 35 more games this year to obtain #4,257 this season. Good luck. See you back in NY.

Ben

Hello Zack…

Congratulations on #4000! I had a feeling it would be difficult at Dodger Stadium. I’m glad you made it though. A very nice entry with the family. Take care.

Leigh

Zack!

It’s so funny to see you snagging baseballs at Dodger Stadium, in the same bleachers where I (of course inspired by your collection) have caught a couple hundred. I haven’t been able to make it out to as many games this season, but I **was** at this one, and it was AWESOME for me!

I always buy a cheap ticket and go early for batting practice and stay on the field level. Last year I flew to NY to get a Yankee stadium and a Shea stadium ball, and surprisingly I got the Yankee one only. Yesterday, Livan Hernandez tossed me the Shea Stadium ball I had been waiting for!!
AND on top of that, me and my friend managed to sneak down to the expensive seats down the right field line, where I got to thank Church personally for missing third, and where on Furcal’s at bat in the 11th, he grounded a foul ball down the line that i scooped up, for my FIRST FOUL BALL!!!! WOOOOOOOOOO!!! Even better, my friend who I went with also wanted one, and on Hudson’s at bat, He got his first one also! What a game. I could see your yellow shirt the whole night. Sorry Dodger Stadium is so crappy for snagging, but it is beautiful! Thanks for choosing LA for ball 4K.
-Ethan

Hey Zack, once again it was great to see you again in L.A. and I am more than happy to say i was closest at that awesome moment :) Well anyways I was wondering what you want me to send those pictures to you on (via email or ?), also I was wondering if you could send me them at cjpyankee@yahoo.com and also even possibly print out a glossy 8×10 for me and sign it with a cool inscription such as you did in my book and send it out to Cali. I will pay for whatever the costs are. thank you so much again it was great to see you.
thanks for being the coolest ballhawk ever-
your bi-coastal friend – chris

Zack,

4000, That is awesome. All fellow ballhawks take a moment of silence to bow down to the “Snag Master”. Cool that you were able to hook up with John Witt. (He has made some nice/memorable HR catches).
It is always nice to share a memorable event with the family. Sounds like Dodger stadium is at the complete (other) end of the snag spectrum compared to the BP at Arlington.
Keep up the great charity work,

Mike in Detroit

Many congratulations my friend! Well earned, & well deserved. Probably a little anti-climactic, but it’s still #4,000 conquered. Nice work, & hopefully you can pass “Charlie Hustle” this year and make “Pitch In..” a lot more money.
Great job!
Brian
http://txbaseballfan.mlblogs.com

BTW-
I was right (sort of)! You DID get a WBC ball! Just not the way I thought.
Brian

Congratulations on #4000! I think it is cool that you reached that milestone in my backyard. I wish I could have been there, I think if it had been any other day this week I would have been, but that day just wasn’t going to work out. I appreciate the story though. I can relate to everything you say about Dodger Stadium. Are you going to anymore games in SoCal while you are here?

Zack,

It’s unfortunate you didn’t even get a chance to get the 4,000th by a batted ball, but I’m pretty sure you are still pretty excited. Congrats, oh yeah, one side note. I was in St. Louis Saturday and Sunday to see the Brew Crew and on Sunday during Brewers BP Bill Hall launched a bomb into the left field seats that bounce off a guys arm, because he didn’t bring a glove, and I barehanded. I didn’t look at it at first but when I did, I noticed the Brewers had written on it. Drum roll please…………………..MAKE IT RAIN. haha, it was pretty sweet.
Good luck the rest of the season. ~ Ben

BALL4K baby! Congratulations brotha! 4257 is something I believe you can shatter after this season (knock on wood) with the pace your at right now. I’d say, honestly, you end up with at least 687 after your final game of the season. That wouldn’t be TOO high of a total, would it? See you in NY soon my dood! I’ll be at YS today and tomorrow and Citi Monday, Wednesday, and possibly Sunday. Let me know what’s goin’ on Zack! Peaceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

– Donnie
http://donnieanks.mlblogs.com/

Congrats on 4,000, and on that WS ball!

Way to go Zack! Always a great read!

-Dennis

zack,
congrats on ball #4000, that is a high number of balls. its very cool that the dodgers made a video of your historic number. i just recently got my 5th ball in 7 games this season at my local minor league teams stadium. go get em

congrats zack

thats huge

wish it wasnt a school night or i would have been there

Hey Zack,

Way to go on those 3999, ‘4000’, 4001 and 4002 balls, let me know where to look for that segment piece the Dodgers did on you once you get a hold of a link. And you now have your own stalker, who films your every move!!! You know you’ve made it once you get one of those!!!

Stuart Jon

Zack!!! I am a long-time baseball fan but a newbie blogger and I never knew about this ballhawk-ing phenomenon. I am completely fascinated and enthralled by this practice and was glued to every word of your narrative. In all my years of going to the Big A early with my Dad to catch batting practice, I thought everyone going after balls were just random fans, there for just that game. Utterly amazing! If you wouldn’t mind, I would love to link your blog so as to educate anyone who hasn’t yet learned about the art of ballhawking. May I? The pics of the kids in Iraq receiving baseball equipment had me in tears…tears of joy! Every day I find something in these blogs that makes me love the game of baseball even more than I already do. Congrats on #4000!! And here’s to many, many more!
Lori
http://luckylori.mlblogs.com

Congrats on 4K Zack! Let us know when your segment on the Dodgers kids website is up and running.

Going to give your thoughts on Happy Youngster’s saga, or are you going to lay low?

Zack, did you put the Hample jinx on Jeremy Guthrie? He’s been freaking TERRIBLE ever since he played that prank on you. Seriously. He just gave up back-to-back-to-back homers to the Yankees just now too!

EVERYONE-
Thanks for all the comments. Much appreciated. Anyone going to Yankee Stadium tomorrow (Thursday)? I’m leaning toward going. Anyway, here are the answers to your questions…

ETHAN-
Awesome. Congrats to you, my friend.

CJPYANKEE-
Great seeing you. I just sent you an email, so be on the lookout for that.

LASMOG-
I wish you could’ve been there too. I’m already back in NYC. This was the only game I went to on the trip.

STUART JON-
I’ll definitely share a link once the segment is ready.

LORI-
Thanks so much, and yes, feel free to link to anything on my blog.

PSU532-
I shared my thoughts with several reporters recently, and on several other blogs and message boards. I don’t really want to write a whole blog entry about it because there’s so much negativity swirling around at the moment. People have been unable to think rationally about the situation. There’s too much anger and hostility and I don’t want to get involved. But basically, my thoughts are that Happy completely got screwed. I’m probably going to write about this in my next book. No jinx on Guthrie, by the way. He’s jinxed enough as a member of the Baltimore Orioles.

Zack, Great job bro! 4,000 and counting! keep it up and you’ll have 5,000 before you know it! Catch ya lata – Tony B

p.s. i just snagged my 20th career ball so all i need is another 3,980 balls to catch up. haha i’ll see ya soon!

Hey, Zack. Congrats on No. 4,000. Pretty amazing. You mentioned getting 5,000 at Citi Field (or whatever it will be called at that point). Where will you get No. 10,000?

I’m very interested in the Happy Youngster saga. I know you caught the final Mets HR at Shea. Other than that, have you caught any milestone HRs? If so, trade them for anything? My gut feel is that you’re not a ball trader. But I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on how you’d handled a similar situation.

Finally, do you ever worry that your blog, press coverage or books will make it hardere for you to snag balls because you get more well known by players?
-Todd
http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com

Zack, what happened with Happy’s blog? Why was it deleted? And some help for you tomorrow at Yankee Stadium is wait around in right field after they check tickets to kick you out (at the end of Yankees B.P.) I saw Gary and Greg staying out there even though they weren’t supposed to be there.
http://riveravenue.mlblogs.com
Alex

Zack- Awesome! it is nice that 4G was a commemorative and that you got that World Series ball. I hope to see Happy this weekend as he has/had tickets to see his Brew Crew play my Twins at the dome this upcoming weekend. Keep on snagging brother!
Bob

Hey Zack, congratulations on number 4,000. I went down to see the Beloit Snappers (A ball) this past Sunday. There was no bp and for awhile it didn’t seem like the players were even going to warmup before the game. They did finally break out their gloves and when he was done warming up Nicholas Romero tossed me his warm up ball. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a Metrodome commemorative! Unfortunately, it was very grass stained since Romero had been using it to practice taking short hops. I was also in Chicago Tuesday night hoping to snag a clean commemorative but missed bp due to horrible traffic. I’ll be in Minnesota this weekend for the Brewers/Twins series. Hope I manage to snag that perfect ball.

hey zack,
just thought it worked out funny that your 4,000th ball you got on the other side of the country and it was commemorating the stadium you spent most of your time at. i mean i guess not to much because the mets were there but still. just looking into things, sorry. and CONGRATS!

Zack,
Congratulations on 4,000.
Here’s to 4,000 more.

Wish I could’ve made it to Miller when you were there, but maybe next time.

Happy Snagging!

I don’t wanna spoil anything, but on Tuesday Happy got more than 1 ball that I had been looking for at the cell.

I got 3 balls from the Twins portion of bp and 1 from the Sox, all regular.

Zack- Of course congrats on 4,000… Do you even have a lifetime goal anymore? 10k? 20k?

Great post Zack…

I had a lot of fun on Monday, what a good game!

People, #4001 truly was an amazing catch. How did you do it? I’ve never seen anyone catch a homer on the fly down there without being able to see the field!!

Keep up the snagging!

Evan

Sheffield hit your 4,001st snag. I got a video of it (not great footage) that I’ll probably put up later. I took a photo for you at one point during the game, forgot who you were with (first one was a little blurry, second one was better). I’m a ballhawk myself and I put up tons of videos on YouTube, like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cYj0Ry6A9M&fmt=18

Here you go, your 4,001st ball:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFe-S_l2ZOo&fmt=22

4000 + GLOVE = INCREDIBLE.
Very nicely done, sir.

“Happy”

Great job Zack!
I’ve been reading your blog for a few months and love following what you do. You must be relieved to have hit 4,000. Good luck on the quest to 5,000!
http://torontoblogjays.mlblogs.com/

Congratulations Zack. 4000 balls is such a great milestone I just know that there is a spot for you in the Baseball Hall of Fame someday. Someday if you ever find yourself in Albuquerque, I’d be glad to show you around Isotopes Park.

-Mike G.

The puck tandem will be at Yankee Stadium tonight.

Any thoughts on where you’d like to snag 4,256 and 4,257?

I would recommend snagging ball 4,257 at Great American Ball Park. It would be cool to get it at the same stadium that houses the same team Pete Rose is most known for.
http://riveravenue.mlblogs.com
Alex

Zack (and Nick)-

I was back at the cell today. Broke my single game record for the second time this year. Got 6 today, and I can think of a couple more I had a chance at. 1 was a Twins commemorative (the reason I went), and one was a Yankee Stadium inaugural season ball. Pretty cool to get my first 2 commemorative balls on the same day!

Zack, cool entry. I hope you had fun in L.A., soaked up some sun, and enjoyed hangin’ with your family. It looks like you had quite a following!
~Matt
http://bloggingboutbaseball.mlblogs.com/

If you’re hoping for more World Series balls, it sounds like you’d be well off making some trips to Philly and Boston. Guess they gave ‘em out to all the playoff teams to use in the playoffs.

TODD-
10,000 balls?! Oh my God, I can’t imagine doing what I’ve already done one-and-a-half more times. I’ve never been asked to return a ball, not even when I caught that Mets homer, so I can’t answer that one, but as for the press coverage, yes, I am a bit concerned, but so far it hasn’t seem to hampered my snagging. Plus…the more coverage I get, the more people out there will be able to snag balls for themselves, so if I have more competition as a result, it’s worth it. I want other people to be able to do this, you know?

ALEX-
He unpublished his blog entries, but it looks like it’s back up and running now.

BOB-
Good luck to you and Happy this weekend…

CUBS0110-
Twenty thousand?! Now you’ve really lost your mind. :-)
I’m not sure what my ultimate goal is. I just love doing this, so for now I plan to keep going. Congrats on your record.

EVAN-
Thanks, man. It really didn’t seem too hard at the time.

BOBBYC512-
Wow, thank you SO much. I never would’ve known this if not for you. Cool video, too. I wish I could’ve seen myself actually making the catch, but the fact that you said “Hample” in there makes it work. :-)

HAPPY-
Thanks, Sir.
See you again soon, maybe?

MIKE G-
Hall of Fame? Now THAT would be something. I’d even settle for the Guinness Book.

FATHER PUCK-
No thoughts on 4,257. I feel like it’s an invented milestone, so it’s not really THAT important. I mean…it’s totally arbitrary to compare snagged balls to hits. Why not walks or strikeouts or total bases?

CEETAR-
Playoff teams? Is that how it works?

Zack, I have a question
How come some teams use different balls. Like one time I saw that you got a ball from the mets that was a 2005 allstar game ball.

kevin white

Over 20 years ago, I acquired a 1958 Dodger?s official scorecard program, 13 autographs including Sandy Kofax , Pee Wee Reese , Cardwell , Miller etc. It is 31 pges and very intact. Is there any value to this item ? Thnk You, Kevin White 760-917-0276

LLLMACE9-
Sorry for the very slow reply. I didn’t see your comment when you first left it. To answer your question, there are various baseballs in use every season that have “commemorative” logos on them. The All-Star Game, for example, is such a big deal that Rawlings and MLB create a special ball for it every year. Same with the World Series and other events as well. The Mets just happened to acquire some leftover All-Star balls and obviously used them during batting practice.

KEVIN-
That item definitely has a lot of value. Just the Koufax signature alone is worth a couple hundred bucks. The whole thing could fetch $500 or more. Put it on eBay and see what happens…

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