Book update No. 4 — famous fans
In case you haven’t heard, I’m working on a new book about baseballs.
It’s scheduled to be published in March 2011.
The first draft is due in March 2010.
(I still don’t know what to call it.)
It’s supposed to be about 60,000 words.
My current word count is a little over 37,000.
(That’s 132 pages double-spaced.)
I’ve made progress since my last update, but I still have a long way to go.
Right now I’m trying to come up with a list of fans who’ve been featured in the news for making one great/memorable catch, or perhaps several catches (of foul balls or homers) in one game. I’m not quite sure how this will fit into the book. It’ll all depend on how many examples I can come up with, so I’m hoping you can help me think of some. Here’s are a few examples…
1) C.J. Ramsey, the 12-year-old kid who caught two foul balls hit by Josh Hamilton during one at bat this year in Arlington.
2) Doug Rohrkaste, the Pirates fan who caught three foul balls in a 15-minute span in 2005.
3) Nick Yohanek, my friend and fellow ballhawk from Milwaukee, who made a diving catch on a home run ball during Spring Training and saved a sexy sunbather in the process.
4) Steve Monforto, the father from Philadelphia whose three-year-old daughter took his foul ball and chucked it over the railing.
5) Larry Quesenberry, the fan in Cleveland who caught two home runs in one inning.
6) Danny Vinik, the teenager at Fenway Park who became a hometown hero after robbing Angels catcher Jeff Mathis of a pop-foul during the playoffs in 2007.
Get the idea? If you can come up with more examples, please let me know. It would be a big help. (I just found this “article” about another guy who supposedly caught three foul balls in one game, although there’s hardly any info, so I’m wondering if the story is even legit.)
Yes, I’m updating my update. Thank you all for the suggestions, and please keep them coming. I’m going to include stuff in the book about milestone home run balls, but that’s not what I’m looking for here. Right now, I’m specifically looking for fans who received media attention when it wasn’t planned or expected. In other words, with Barry Bonds’ 756th home run, everyone knew beforehand that the fan who snagged it would become an instant celebrity (and potentially an instant millionaire, too). To some extent, the same was true for Bonds’ 660th and 661st home runs, but since they were retrieved by the same kayaker in McCovey Cove, it became a much bigger story, so I think that’ll qualify. See what I mean? I’m trying to come up with more examples of fans who created their own story by doing something unusual or spectacular. FYI, I didn’t include guys like Steve Bartman and Jeffrey Maier on this list because a) neither of them caught the ball and b) it was fan interference. Danny Vinik made the list because he didn’t “interfere.” Mathis had tried to reach into the stands to make the catch; Vinik simply reached above Mathis’s glove and caught the ball.