Believe It or Not!
Your chances of catching a foul ball or a home run in a Major League Baseball game might be better than you think! Especially when you see how many baseballs 35 year old Zack Hample has snagged from games all over the world.
The Science of Snagging
Hample’s father would describe his son’s first foul ball catch as much like a baby shark tasting it’s first blood. Since then, Hample has perfected his obsession to a science. “Lousy weather means fewer fans. Fewer fans means less competition. Less competition means more baseballs.” Not that Hample needs them.
“The key to catching a batted ball is to have some mobility. You want to be able to jump up and run left and right,” Hample says.
He has to change strategies ever so carefully according to the ballpark where the game is being played. Fenway Park for instance is really tough because it is so cramped and crowded, making mobility more difficult says Hample.
Among Zack’s massive collection, (of which is not for sale) the following are some of his most prized possessions:
- last ten home runs ever hit at the old Yankee Stadium
- last Mets homer ever hit at Shea
- Barry Bonds’ 724th career homer in San Diego