THE PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT BASEBALL -- AND HOW TO SNAG ONE AT A MAJOR LEAGUE GAME
Nice emails from nice people
February 14, 2014
|January 21, 2014
Zack, I just ordered all three of your books. I'm wondering if I can get you to sign them somehow.
|January 5, 2014
hi sir,i am a big fan. my name is sam and I am 12. ive been to a bunch of games but ive only caught 1 ball.i was woundering if you had any tips? i live near the texas rangers so tips for them would be great!i hope one day i can meet you
|December 30, 2013
Hey Zack. There's something I've been meaning to tell you for a while, it may seem weird but your appearance on the Tonight Show with Conan really made Conan look like a dick, and for some reason I still remember it to this day. And I'm finally trying to get closure on it by sending you a message directly :P
I'm from Europe so I don't watch baseball or know anything about it, but I watched that episode of the show and thought your story was pretty intriguing. I mean, I don't know how hard it is to catch baseballs (I imagine it isn't easy), but still, I know something about passion and could recognize it in you, even if my passion is with music and not sports. So just hearing about what you do made me really curious to hear your story, but all I saw was Conan and that fat guy from Curb being dicks.
I thought the interview went fine until Jeff Garlin started messing with you. And then Conan just seemed like he wanted to do his best Letterman impression by just being mean to his guest. I've never seen him like that. Granted I don't watch Conan religiously, but he always struck me as a nice guy.
I imagine you must have felt like shit being ganged up on by two comedians on [almost] live TV. I mean it has to be nerve wracking enough being on such a show, having the host and his guest team up against you, that's just stupid. And for no reason either.
I'm sure you have forgotten about it by now but I haven't, and just wanted to let you know that Conan looked like a right prick that night. I hope everyone else saw what I saw and didn't just side with Conan for the sake of it. And I don't believe in karma or anything but I'm sure you had a smile when you heard Conan was being fired from the Tonight Show. Jay gets a lot of shit but something tells me he wouldn't have done that to you.
Anyway, yeah, that's what I wanted to say. Your ball is also pretty amazing, that's how I found you in here. See ya.
|December 14, 2013
This is a somewhat bizarre request. I've followed your blog & have always been fascinated by what you do.
I live in Virginia and while I was growing up, my father and I would try to make the 5-6 hour drive to either Atlanta or Baltimore for at least one series a year. We were (and still are) huge fans of the game.
We always showed up early to games for B.P. and had horrendous luck snagging a ball. The moment frozen in time, though, was when I was about 7 years old (some 18 years ago), on the right field wall at Camden.
My pops caught a BP HR ball in his glove, but he let the force from the liner vault his glove back against the railing which proceeded to send the ball right back onto the field.
It was the closest we came to getting one together and the moment has been a running joke in our family for almost 2 decades.
I don't know if you could make anything happen, but I would absolutely love to get him a BP ball from Camden (and to share your story with him).
If you're ever in Richmond, VA.... My fiancee and I have 4 season tickets on the home dugout for the Flying Squirrels. We'd love to host you & hear some of your stories in person.
Thanks in advance! Bill
|December 6, 2013
How are you? I am sure that you are very busy. I emailed you a few days ago. If you could respond, it would be most appreciated. I found out about your amazing blog when the off-season started. I read 2 of your books. Are there any more books coming? I designed my own glove trick (using wire hangers) that I hope to use next season. Would I be able to ask you for a copy of your Cheat Sheet? I tried to figure out a couple languages myself through your blog, but could only find 5 or 6. Thank you again!
-Yosef, age 14
December 2, 2013
I am a huge fan of your activities and have heard about your popularity since I was in grade school. I remember the first time I heard about you was when they did an article in Sports Illustrated for Kids and reading on your ballhawking experiences. Then I remembered you again when you caught two home runs in April during a D'Backs vs. Yankees game. I was going to try and meet you when you came to Oakland this year but I was busy that day and couldn't go to that game. Now I am 17 years old and I hope to meet you this upcoming season at an A's game. I would also like to tell you that I have an Oakland A's fan page on instagram and love meeting other baseball diehards. I love all you crazy ballhawkers even though I've never done any myself. Next time you come to Oakland I hope to see you. If you can somehow notify me if you can when you'll be in Oakland, I'd very much appreciate that.
October 25, 2013
Hi Zack, my name is Stephanie Reed. My fiancé is a HUGE Red Sox fan. His 30th birthday is coming up, and I want to do something special for him. We recently moved from Indianapolis to St Louis for my work. In order to do so, he had to quit his job, which he LOVED and also managed. He is now a stay at home father to our 2 year old son, Mason. My fiancé wasn't happy about being a "stay at home father" and his pride took a hit more than anything I think. He is an absolutely amazing father, and he never once has complained about his new role, although I'm sure he would be happier working, the typical "Husbands" role. But along the way, my son and him have become best friends. It's truly special to watch, and inspires me to work harder so this ride never ends. But my question is this: is there any way you would be willing to send him a baseball FROM Fenway? I would be willing to pay for whatever charges it would take to mail the ball to my home, and even pay you for the ball if you would like. It doesn't have to be a special ball, or anything unusual. A typical, everyday batting practice ball would be just fine, as long as it's actually from Fenway. Like I said, my fiancé is a HUGE Red Sox fan (courtesy of his late Grandfather. They would watch games every day when my fiancé was a kid as a way to keep him off the streets etc. his dad worked nonstop, and his mother was never around and eventually left for good when my fiancé was 11. So baseball, Fenway, and his grandpa are literally the only positive things he recalls from his childhood). Now that he is a father himself, my husband is determined to spend every free second he has with our son, doing what else? Watching Red Sox games. I would forever be grateful if you could provide any assistance whatsoever. I just want to show him how much he means to me, and how much I appreciate all the sacrifices he has made for me, and our son. If you can't help, I understand and I'll figure out a plan B. Thank you so much for your time Mr. Hample, I had a blast reading your blog. I woulda sent this email about 45 minutes ago, but got lost in your adventures! I wish you the best of luck in the future, and hope to see your ball catching glove device on TV one day!! Thanks again for your time and consideration, I know it'll make his 30th bday one he would remember fondly, and not as the "day his youth ended" as he keeps saying lol. Have a great time, good luck, and a sincere thank you one last time.
In the event that you can send a Fenway ball, our address and his name is:
October 16, 2013
I recently read Watching Baseball Smarter and The Baseball and they're both great, well done! I liked Watching Baseball Smarter specially because there are certain things that because I never played little league or any organized baseball, I didn't understand why they were done, like the Hit and Run which I knew how it was executed, but didn't know what was the advantage or how pitching from the stretch gave pitchers advantage with runners on base. The Baseball was also great specially the part of the timeline of the ball and understanding how the liveliness of the ball affected the entire game.
The how-to guide for snagging balls was of course fantastic, I'm looking forward to next year to try and snag a couple of balls. I do have an suggestion that I would like to make. The suggestion of wearing a hat or something of the visiting team during BP or long-tossing to stand out is great. Another thing you can do, specially for people who cringe at the thought of wearing something other than their team's hats, is to research (always important, maybe add it as a column to the roster that you suggest people take to the games) some players' alma mater and wear that. Or maybe not even wear it, but just try to match the colors and say: "One ball for a fellow Longhorn here Mr. (Drew) Stubbs?" when the Indians visit the Yankees, for example. Maybe even learn learn the school's hand signal or something like that. Of course the drawback is that you can only choose one college, but that might stand out a lot more than a team cap that they see more often and because often, they spent more time with the school than with the team they currently play for. Maybe you can "choose" different colleges when trying to get balls from one team or the other; people around you might notice it, but what are they going to do, put you in baseball jail? :).
Anyway, I hope that's useful for you and maybe suggest it to clients you go to ballparks with if you think it's a good idea. I would love to be able to go to a game with you at some point but my budget doesn't allow it at the moment (on top of the issue that, you know, there's no baseball in NY right now). Maybe during the off season you can offer a different experience like just talking about baseball over coffee or beer?
Anyway, keep up the good work and congratulations on your charity work.