THE PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT BASEBALL -- AND HOW TO SNAG ONE AT A MAJOR LEAGUE GAME



Nice emails from nice people


 

July 3, 2015

$150,000 for your charity. Congratulations you glorious bastard.

-Jeff
Brooklyn, NY

 
 

July 3, 2015

Two weeks ago, i never heard of Zack Hample, today, thanks to the power of google, i feel i've gotten to know a kindred spirit. If nothing else, it's clear we share a true love, -the greatest game ever invented. From what i've read, even before the A-Rod ball, Zack's been living a life i could only be wildly envious of, from the family book store to Yankee stadium, and all parks in between, not to mention the power one must feel when a ball off the bat of a major-leager smacks the leather, spending hours shagging fly balls anywhere, let alone a major league ball park, is a blissful life i could only dream of!.. Obsession is often looked on in a negative light, but any man who understands passion, also understands some degree of obsession. A conscious man knows how to let amazing things happen through obsession, this is just one more example to add to history. Congratulations Zack!- No one deserved it more than you!..

Secondly, i want to commend you on the way you have carried yourself throughout this ride in the spot light, I've listened to a number of interviews, read much of what has been written, good and bad, as well as much of what you've written, and i'll say that your class and intelligence displayed is only second to your genuine love and enthusiasm for the game. I'm guessing the last week has been as nerve wracking as it has been incredible, and from what i've witnessed, you've handled it all with the same attention and clarity as i'm sure you do when shagging fly balls.

On a personal note, as stated, i love very little as much as i love the game, to me, baseball is life, always has been, since my first memory, my mitt goes everywhere with me, (in the truck), i can talk ball till your ear falls off, and play catch till my arm falls off,. Maybe that's why it saddens me so to see how baseball, like all pro sports, has been, IMO, degenerated. Notwithstanding the "A-Roid", fiasco, i've seen how the integrity and respect for the game has taken a back seat to the commercial side, and in all honesty, the side show, pretence and what seems to be annual controversy irk me so much, that i am only able to stomach games on the radio, in the back ground, or i spend Saturday nights on Youtube, watching clips of Bob Feller, Ted Williams, or Walter Johnson, while flipping to Baseball ref. to learn something new. I'm 10 years older than you Zack, and like you, i've never had a favourite team, preferring to follow individual players and situations, but if pressured i'd say the Reds of the 70's, the big Red Machine, and yes, Pete Rose was my hero, and that's all i'll say about that..:(

So, in conclusion, if you asked me what to do with that ball, i'd suggest this Zack: how about a campaign of donations for your charity, by anyone who wants to see that ball thrown in the hudson!- i'd start that list myself!

Here's to you Zack!- so glad you were at that game!!

much regards and much good will your way, and thank's very kindly for sharing so much with everyone, and especially for making my week!
Sincerely, your new and devoted fan,
francis..:))

 
 

July 3, 2015

I went to MCU Park last week and unfortunately batting practice was rained out but I was able to use the glove trick to get a ball from the bullpen and security didn't say anything. (I know you don't count minor league balls in your collection but I got my first three balls that night. Thanks for the tricks, Zack.)

-Aaron

 
 

July 1, 2015

I've enjoyed reading the various takes on the story. It's odd that somehow some writers make you out to be the bad guy in a story about ALEX RODRIGUEZ. But you're 100% right. Make them give a HUGE donation to charity for the ball.

And of course you caught it. I'm surprised whenever you DON'T catch a milestone.

-Will

 
 

June 27, 2015

Hey Zack how have you been, you probably don't remember me but my name is jack and I've always been a huge fan of yours and I met you 3 years ago which explains the picture of me in your blog. I just wanted to congratulate you on catching A-rod's 3,000th hit and as far as keeping the ball or selling it back, do what you want to and don't take anyone else's word. I couldn't believe the hate and harsh words people were giving you and I think it's quite heistarical. I saw you on the news which is how I found out about it and I immediately wanted to email you. I'm also finally going to games again and I'll be back at citizens bank park this Tuesday, June 30th so if you're gonna be down let me know and we'll meet up. I'm planning on snagging at least 5 balls lol!

-Jack

 
 

June 26, 2015

Hello Mr. Hample,

My name is Gavriel I am a huge sports fan. I am an aspiring journalist/sports announcer. I am a 9/10th grader at in Lawrence New York, where I write for the school newspaper. I had two of my articles written in it published in the local newspapers. The reason I am emailing you today is because I would like to interview you. You would be helping me out alot. Like I said I would like to be a journalist/sports announcer and this would help me out in the future. Plus it would be cool to meet someone who snags baseballs which is very interesting to me. (I caught one ball at batting practice at citi field last year.) As I said I'm an aspiring journalist so when I was thinking of doing an interview with someone, I thought of you. It probably won't be for a while because I do this with friends and because they go to camp. And two; I'd love to do it as a 'Watch with Zack' and their are not many days during the summer in which I can do it. I'm a huge fan of your work!

Thank you,
Gavriel

 
 

June 25, 2015

Hey Mr. Hample. I just got your book "How to Snag Major League Baseballs" and I was wondering if you have any advice on the best place to go at Camden Yard during BP to get balls. I know you are super busy and super stressed out so no worries if you can't get back to me soon. I'm going August 18th to a game with The 7 Line Army (have you heard of them?) at Camden Yard and if you could get back to me by then that would be great.

Also, keep the ball. A-Rod has done nothing to benefit you or anyone else besides himself. He doesn't deserve it. I'm only a 13 year old kid going into 9th grade, but even I know that A-Rod is a bad guy. Ignore the hate and keep doing what you do. Good luck!

Best wishes,
Sean

 
 

June 25, 2015

Best of luck with the ball. Don't let the haters and the dissers get you down. It's real easy for someone to get on TV and pontificate about what they would do with the ball when they are not the one who caught it. I am vicariously thrilled for you.

-David
New York, NY

 
 

June 25, 2015

Zack,
I have recently seen you at multiple Yankees gams this year and last. We have spoken before and I saluted you on Tuesday night while leaving in the ninth inning during the Yankees/Phillies game. It's pretty amazing what you have been able to do with your baseball collection. I have had my fair share of BP and in game baseballs, but only one home run ball. Paul Konerko in the last visiting team home run in the old Yankees stadium. Anyway, I am emailing you to tell you that I really respect and like what you have done with the A-Rod ball. Bringing charity in it has been a great idea and not rushing a decision on it was also very bright. The publicity you've gotten has been great! Anyway, I write for a website called doublegsports.com. I am really trying to break the story when you make the decision on what you're going to do with the ball to maybe get some publicity to my name as a writer. I was wondering if you could maybe shoot me a text or email me back when you make your decision so I can break the story? If not it's not a big deal I totally respect you and your collection. I have seen you give baseballs to kids and I will never show you hate like the other crazy fans.

Any way I look forward to hearing back from you and congratulations!!

-Charles

 
 

June 23, 2015

Hey Zack!

Thanks so much for getting back to me. I really appreciate your email. I'm sure it's been a crazy couple of days for you. That is awesome that you're working with the Yankees and possibility a children's baseball charity. I hope it works out. Definitely keep in touch!

On a personal note, I am so impressed with how you've handled all of the comments that have been coming your way on Twitter. You have remained strong and true to yourself throughout all of it. Definitely a class act.

All the best...

-Kevin
New York, NY

 
 

June 22, 2015

Hey Zack my name is Alex and I just wanted to say I am a big fan of yours. I am going down to Miami for a game versus my favorite team the Los Angeles Dodgers and I would love to snag a baseball from a Dodger and or Marlin. I am using your tips and I will put those into action when I go and I hope to get a few tossups from Dodger players which I hope happens if they have Batting Practice and Fielding drills that day. Wish me luck and I hope we can keep in contact during the season.

Sincerely ,
Alex

 
 
June 22, 2015

Zack, I just wanted to Email you and say congrats on catching A-Rod's 3,000th hit. I was watching the game and when I saw that you got it I could hardly believe it. Ignore all of the hate you are receiving because in all reality everybody is just jealous of you and the amazing life you live. Hopefully next time you're at Wrigley we run into eachother.

Best wishes, Matt. (Lol ps you should totally follow me on twitter @[removed for privacy])
 
 

June 22, 2015

Hi Zack,

You threw me a ball at the May 8th game at Yankee Stadium (after I called you a ringer ;). Thanks for that & for not giving *3000 to AR.

I have that ball as a special one because you threw it to me & I saw you try to catch a ball dropped from a helicopter.
I didn't know much about you then & only learned more about you because I found a camera at a game that belonged to a fellow ball hawker & friend of yours named Cristian from upstate NY. He has a blog & I was able to contact him & return the camera. On his blog he wrote about you & it got me interested in how you guys do what you do.

Now I'm the old lady trying to catch BP balls before Yankee games. I bring my mitt whenever I go & get excited whenever a ball comes my way. I have never caught one on the fly. Ichiro threw me one really hard last year on 5/1/14 & laughed like crazy that I was able to catch it (I was on field in the opening between monument park & the bullpens in a roped off area). A friend has season tickets & gets some perks like that.

In closing I just want to say try not to listen to all the negative comments people are hitting you with. I have been setting the record straight about how you give kids (& old ladies ;) balls all the time. Hold out for a big payday, get a lawyer for sure, but definitely do what feels right to you.

Keep on catching 'em,
Sharon

 
 

June 22, 2015

Hey Zack. My name is Josh and I live in CT. I was born in Bayonne NJ and I'm a die hard Mets fan. I know you say that your more a fan of baseball now but I know deep down you must still bleed orange and blue. I try to go to as many games as I can but can we please meet up at Citi Field one of these days? It'd be awesome to meet you. If you have a chance could you send me your autograph. That'd be cool too. We'll if you can my address is [removed for privacy] Waterbury, CT 06708. And could you put up some more Ball Hawking videos on YouTube. It's a good watch. Thanks man. And LGM!

-Josh

P.S.
A-Rod doesn't deserve S***! Don't give him the ball!

 
 

June 22, 2015

Zack – I’ll be brief as you're a busy man this week! Longtime follower, closer to your age, 34, 3 kids etc etc. Big Twins fan here in Minnesota, follow your blog and twitter.

Good luck with the ARod ball, remember, you can't please them all.

I finally passed your total of balls snagged at Target Field, I just started snagging a couple of years ago! My issue is I'm 3 hours one way from Target Field, so only get to 8/9 games a season.

Wanting to send the ball that passed your total to you with your auto, if you get me your address will you sign and return?!

Let me know.

Thanks

-Cam
Marshall, MN

 
 

June 22, 2015

I know your busy at the moment, but I need to tell you something. I'm a 14 year old boy from a small town in Iowa. I am a Cubs fan, and since I started watching your videos I decided that's what I want too do.(Ball Hawking) I just bought tickets to a Cubs game. I live 3 hours from Wrigley Field. I hope I can catch as many balls as you. P.S Can you give me so tips how to catch all these balls?!

Sincerely, Kane

 
 

June 22, 2015

Hello!
My name is Alex. I know you probably won't read this, because of all the other stuff going on with you right now, but I figured I'd send it anyway. First of all I want to congratulate you on catching that ball. That probably felt amazing. I realize all the hate you're getting so no worries, this is not a hateful email!! I know you're in a predicament, but I will say I think you should give it back. For work with the Yankees on getting that ball back to them, and you getting a plus from them. Season tickets, signed stuff, anything. Arod deserves that ball. I would consider selling it, but feel I would regret it. That's all I wanted to say! Good luck with your decision, and stay safe!
Thanks for your time.
Alex

 
 

June 22, 2015

Hey Zack!

Nice catch on the A-Rod ball!! Once I heard that you were the one who caught it, I was like "That guy has done it again!" Congrats!

Mike Trout, Yankee Stadium and now A-Rod. Your legend continues to grow.

My wife has suggested that you should be a scout for a MLB team. No one has the ability to predict just when and where a ball will be hit like you do.

If you decide to sell it, let me know. I will post it on my website.

Congrats again!

Thanks,

Dan

 
 

June 22, 2015

Hey man, don't try to let people talk you down. The Yankee fan base may not like you, but a majority of the other 29 do. Do what's right for you. I'd say you're a hero to me, and I know that I'm not the only one.

-Brett

 
 

June 22, 2015

Hey man, do whatever you want with YOUR ball. Don't listen to these douches telling you what to do with the ball that is rightfully yours. Last summer you helped me get a ball that I wanted. You're really a great guy and I wish you nothing but the best with whatever the outcome is. Best of luck and God Bless

-Josh

 
 

June 21, 2015

Dear Zack,

I'm 14 and a big baseball fan myself and I love sports memorabilia. I have been watching a lot of your YouTube videos of you catching several baseballs at games and I think it’s awesome. You are doing what you love, not caring what other people think. I am impressed with your love and dedication to the game of baseball. I totally respect any decision you make with Alex Rodriguez's 3000th hit ball. You can do whatever you want with it as long as you're happy with your decision. I love reading your blogs too, you seem like an excellent writer. I plan on reading your books soon and gaining some great knowledge. Just keep doing what you're doing and have fun! I would love for you to read this and respond, but I know you have hundreds of emails and texts.

Best regards,

-Brendan

 
 

June 21, 2015

I've been following you and all your blog entries for about 6 months now and I found it outright crazy that YOU... Out of what must have been 50,000 people at that stadium THAT day was the one that caught A-Rod's home run ball! It completely astounds me that people could be hating on you for catching it... I think the answer is that they're just jealous. I'm a big fan and I hope to see you at a game sometime soon.

All the best,

Justin

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hey Z,

I followed the "action" "live" that night, and knowing where your season ticket is, I was like O Em Jee that ball went right to the spot!!! However, my first thought (since I couldn't spot you on the replay the first time) was that you would have gone over to LF and that you were then pissed that it went to your seat. So I went to your twitter and Oh Em Jesus, silly me, you were where the ball went, and you had it in your hands. Bravo. And I and every other SANE person salute you on what seems like an obvious choice not to give your ball that is rightfully yours and only yours, despite what Ms. Capernicus says, back to the fraud who hit it. But of course once the media gets its collective dick hard about certain ideas, the herd mentality snowballs the fuck out of control and suddenly you, a nice friendly guy who is simply living his life while, bonus, doing a lot for kids that nobody else does, are made out to be some kind of great satan, all for not handing over his own personal possession to the actual satan. (When you're not making a big steamroller out of babies to run over other babies with, which you apparently do at a near-constant rate.) Trying to defend you online is so frustrating for me (and I'm not even you, I'm me, though some people online assume I AM you pretending to be someone else!) so I can't imagine how frustrating it is for you. But I know you know people can be stupid and the stupidest are the loudest. I hung out with some of my family today, the same ones who I'd told all about you the last time I saw them, and today we all talked about this current event which just happens to involve YOU, and just so you know, they all were pissed about all the preposterous made-up shit they've been hearing about someone who they feel is a friend, if only vicariously through me. So, congrats on doing your usual, hope you come up with something cool to do with that ball. Whatever it is, it'll be none of my or anybody else's fucking business.

-Jere, age 39
Providence, RI

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hey Zack I'm a huge Alex Rodriguez fan! I heard you caught Alex Rodriguez 3,000 hit! Congratulations man! That's huge! You caught one of the only 29 balls that are 3,000 hits! I hear you having trouble deciding what to do with it. Well man it's your choice don't let anyone influence you on what to do! I was just wondering if I could get your autograph considering you are pretty famous now! If you read this please reply so I can send you my Address! And if you're ever in LA please let me know I would love to go to a Dodger game with you! Anyways Take care man! GO DODGERS!

-Hector

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hey Zack,

Congrats on the biggest catch of your career. I respect that you are doing what YOU want, instead of caving into public pressure. I have plenty more to say, but I would rather talk on air on my radio show. I'm on air 6-7 PM five days a week on WFAS AM 1230. I would be so appreciative if we could have a conversation on air. If you're interested just let me know what day is best for you and then we can sort out details.

I met you at a Yankees game last year. We had a lenthy conversation about your awesome hobby right by the away team bullpen. I go to a lot of Yankee games like you and I don't really care where I sit. If you are going to the matinee game vs the Phillies this Wednesday let me know if you want to meet up and talk in person.

Thanks so much,
Gillon

 
 

June 21, 2015

Zack-

A quick tip of the hat; my support goes out to you! Good luck with your decision and sorry for all the people giving you shit, it's your ball.

It was nice to hear you mention your Dad today!

Peace,

Dennis in Chicago

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hey Zack, I hope all of the hate is starting to die down by now but I wanted to let you know that I support your decision on keeping the ball. Dont let all of the "haters" get to you and instead try to ignore them because at the end of the day they were never in your position and will never know the significance of your decision. I hope you take good care of that ball and treasure it for the rest of your life. Talk about a conversation starter! Anyways I think you deserve that ball for all of the hard work and dedication throughout your lifetime. It couldn't of found a better home!

Your friend and supporter,
Grant

P.S.- Go Tigers!!! :)

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hey Zack, you probably won't see this but it's Double T here, long time member of the blog. If you don't remember me, I am the one who wrote an essay about you two years ago about you being an inspiration. Anyways, huge congrats on catching A-Rod's 3,000th hit! You probably have been reading tons of these all day but it truly is awesome to see that you got something this huge, especially since I've been following you on twitter and reading the blog for years. Again, congratulations!

-Double T

 
 

June 21, 2015

I just discovered your blog from all A-Rod ball hype. I’ve spend the last 2 hours sitting here and reading your stuff and had to email you. Great stuff. You’ve made a new fan. I was wondering, aside from the new ball, what would be the greatest ball in your collection? Thanks for all the hard work on your blog and good luck with the A-Rod ball.

-Michael

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hey man you don't know me but listening and hearing all these people bash you is just sad. I'm sure you're already doing this but keep your head up. Those people that are bashing you having nothing better to do with there time than try to bring others down. Congrats on catching the ball and cause I'm from Seattle... Go Mariners!

-Ben

 
 

June 21, 2015

We live in a free society. You can do whatever you want with that Home Run ball. I've ordered your book. When I receive it and then after I read it could I contact you about sending it to you to get it autographed?

I live in Northern California and I am a avid A's fan!

Thanks,
Scott

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hi Zack I just want to congratulate you on catching the Arod 3k baseball! I being a big Yankee memorabilia collector can relate to you on your prized possession!
Don't be intimidated by the press! the media! or any other party that's out there that's trying to get that ball for there own gain!
You earned it! and I totally agree how you feel! and I am very very happy for you with your prized treasure no matter what you decide to do with it!
In closing my friend enjoy this ride!! After all you will always! especially now be apart of of Baseball History run with it my friend!
Good luck to you!
My Highest Regards
Sal

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hey Zack,

I've been hearing your name alot lately on how your being greedy with that ball. To think last year A-Rod was a disgrace to the Yankee organization (am i right?). But when spring training started everyone just stopped caring about that. Now people and the media are pretty much using you as a disgrace as they did to him. So to take from this e-mail is to "enjoy" this attention and soon it will all be over.

-Zachary

 
 

June 21, 2015

I sincerely hope you keep that ball, and send a message to everyone that Cheating should not be rewarded. It's a message that is sadly lost in our world of greed and excess. Ignore all of the morons who are breading you for standing up for yourself and keeping what is fairly and justly yours.

-Dory
Vancouver, Canada

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hi my name is Connor and my first MLB game I went to you caught me a ball and gave it to me! I was so happy! And now that you caught the 3000th hit of A-rod I'm even happier I got to meet you! I would like to go to a game with you! Only thing is I live in St. Louis so if you ever come down her make sure to tell me!!! Also I know it's kinda weird but since your like a small celeb now could you send me your autograph? lol please thanks! Here's my address...

-Connor
Festus, MO

 
 

June 21, 2015

You suck! Sorry, felt left out.

I'm very happy you got A-Rod's HR and very sorry for the accompanying bullshit. The rush to judgment when you haven't even made a decision is emblematic of this Internet tough guy/hot take generation.

For what it's worth, I think you've handled everything perfectly so far. Which further invalidates the mob mentality. It is hilarious how quickly everyone went from hating A-Rod to defending his honor.

Anyways ... Hang in there. I'll see you soon.

-Rick
Jersey City, NJ

 
 

June 21, 2015

Zack,

Congratulations on snagging the home run ball. If you need any legal advice, feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

-Brook
Grand Haven, MI

 
 

June 21, 2015

Regarding your latest, greatest acquisition, I'm sure you're stirring up diametrically opposing views. Mark me down emphatically in support. It's a lottery ticket you've got there, yes. And you're 100% right: this Mr. 3,000 does NOT deserve a favor from you!

Not as splashy, obviously, but I also had an adventure at a big-league ballpark this week: a week ago today, I took three old Mets-loving Italian widows from my Brooklyn 'hood--97, 86, and a pup of 75--to CitiField. They got to sit in the dugout pre-game, meet some players (and Wilpon), and get their mugs flashed up on the Jumbotron. A good time had by all. Plus the Mets came from five down and won. The team gave each of 'em an autographed ball, also--Strawberry, Seaver, and Orosco.

Meantime, you don't need me to tell you, but stick to your guns! As I heard you say on TV: if he wants to bid on it, he can.

-Jerry

 
 

June 21, 2015

Zack,

First off, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Sam, I'm a big fan of yours, or just became bigger. You've mastered the art of snagging baseballs, something that EVERY sports fan dreams of catching, but isn't smart enough to figure out odds or where it could be hit to, land, bounce from, hitter tendencies. In my opinion, some team should offer you a contract of being a fielding/position coach.

My first encounter with you was at Shea Stadium. 2006. I was a junior in high school. Cut class to attend opening week. Naturally, it was my first time ever at BP. I went early because the stadium security let everyone in the field level during BP, but of course anyone could stick around there for the game. I couldn't afford anything more than upper $5 seats, but needed to see the game from field.

I'm standing down the left field line next to the triangle grass patch. hoping for a player to notice me, or maybe a bouncer down the line. I saw you whip out your glove trick to retrieve one. I thought it was genius.

You had caught a few more, and actually got a players attention for me to get me a baseball. my first one ever. I thanked you, as what normal person asks for a baseball for someone else. Never. Little did I know you were a collector, yet alone ball-hawk.

I kept seeing you in action at shea, occasionally at Yankee Stadium. Then I'm watching my Yankees in 2008, and saw you back to back nights make those HR catches in the bleachers. I knew right away you had special talents, and really admired you (even thought my days of trying to get baseballs were behind me). I decided to watch some replays and interviews from those, and came across all your youtube videos, interviews on big TV shows, etc.

People hate because they're jealous. I love odds and statistics, and love how you mastered the art of figuring tendencies of hitters vs. Pitchers. MANY MLB managers can't position their players as well as you can yourself based on the matchup.

Around 2009, I lost my love for baseball when the teams opened new stadiums. It was all about money for them. It wasn't as exciting anymore, so I turned to hockey which I'm in love with, and became a ticket broker to join in capitalizing on these new stadiums.

When Jeter hit 3K, I thought that guy was real dumb to give up potentially $50K+ for a "memory to meet derek jeter". It's not like he can afford that, working at a cell phone store. At the time I wished it were you who caught it, and held it ransom. I think everyone secretly wants that, or is jealous it wasn't them.

Then Friday night, my dream came true. You got your hands on history, and my dream of seeing someone hold a ball ransom and unwilling to give it up WAS AMAZING. No one is entitled to anything. I can't wait to read your full story of this.

People say you're a pusher, or whatever in the stands. EVERYONE pushes for a baseball. There's no violence, it's fair game, and you're a pro. And I've also seen you give away more balls than anyone, including many greedy players.

Keep doing what you're doing. Enjoy it. After a few years, you'll be too old to chase these balls, so don't regret anything later. It's a hobby, passion, and bottom line amazing. AND YOUR CHARITY IS PHENOMENAL, KEEP IT UP!!

People hate because they're jealous. Simple. I'm rather amazed, and a big time supporter of you, and your videos, and preciseness to everything!!! And keep going at the haters on twitter. I love when people accuse then get shut down when someone defends themselves.

I don't go to Yankee Stadium often anymore (only Rangers at MSG) (maybe once a year these days to Yankees), but next time I come out, I'll try to find you in the outfield and say hi.

PS, with all this new fame, you've got to consider raising your price to "watch with Zack", and put more of those videos on your site so people can actually see it's very worth it.

All the best bro, keep making these awesome headlines, I'm enjoying EVERY SECOND of this. Glad it was you. Couldn't have been a better glove to catch that than yours!

-Sam

 
 

June 21, 2015

Just wanted to say Congrats.. Coming from a die hard Yankees fan and also a huge AROD fan. Not sure why any one is hating on you. Thats what comes in life. People seem to get jealous and build hatred over those they envy. Catching a ball like that is like hitting the lottery, a very rare chance. I would do the same thing you are doing. Think it over what you are going to do. You caught it, the ball is yours. Congrats

-Ryan

 
 

June 21, 2015

I don't know much about you but been reading your web site and some other articles if that ball means something to you then you should keep it. If you do give it up make sure you get what you think is fair. I know you get many emails I won't keep you I wish you the best of luck.

Bill
PS if you ever make it to Memphis email me and I'll get you a VIP tour of Graceland and some good BBQ

 
 

June 21, 2015

Zack,

Every time I hear how fans "give away" balls to this rich millionaires for a measly crumb in return, it just maddens me.

THAT BALL BELONGS TO YOU! YOU PAID FOR THE TICKET! YOU TOOK THE RISK!

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN TO CASH IN! I HOPE YOU GET EVERY PENNY YOU CAN GET!

If A-Rod wants it, he can PAY for it! Trust me, that egomaniac wants that ball badly! Hold out for 100K!

AND ENJOY IT!

George,
Fellow Normal Civilian

 
 

June 21, 2015

Hi Zack,

Joel and I just watched your interview on ESPN, and we are so proud of you. It took a lot of guts not to cave in to all of the pressure and give that ball back. You are doing the right thing. Fuck those haters!

xoxo
Donna

 
 

June 20, 2015

Zack -

Everyone who knows you and has seen you @ games knows you don't knock over kids (or women or anyone else).

You can't change the minds of those that are ignorant (Bald Vinny for example).

Stay strong and keep doing what you're doing. More people support you than don't.

-- Gary

 
 

June 20, 2015

Hey Zack,

Congrats on getting ARods 3,000th! And I commend you for doing what you think is right. Speaks a lot About your character to not give in to those idiots over the twitterverse. Anyways, I'm thinking about coming up to New York in a few weeks and I'd love to catch a game with you while I'm there! I'm 21 and always down for a good time. I'm a die hard whitesox fan and have a dream to make it to all the MLB ballparks. Similar to you, I catch baseballs often (not as many as you though, haha), and I only have gotten them at US Cellular. Any response would be awesome! Thanks Zack!

Eric

 
 

June 20, 2015

Hi Zack,

You don’t know me, I don’t know you but wanted to reach out to you. I run a baseball history company that celebrates the history of our game through social media and our website...I really just wanted to reach out to you just to say that I think you are a genuinely good guy based on interviews you have done and really love your passion for baseball which is displayed on your youtube channel. I know you are getting a lot of heat on this one and don’t really think you are leveraging the balls you have given children and your charitable efforts. For anything that this e-mail may be worth please start leveraging your charitable efforts you have done and will continue to do. I hate to see someone with this much passion be scolded by so many people. I really wish you the best but just wanted to drop a note as I think you can be doing more to let people know about the good that you do.

All the best,
Brad

 
 
June 20, 2015

CONGRATS Zack on the ARod ball, from Bill, your fellow ball hawk here at AT&T Park. I agree with you. Don't give it back! It doesn't belong to ARod. It belongs to the person who caught it and that is YOU! It's only a symbolic object to him and just because he's a celebrity doesn't make the average Joe obligated to accommodate him or any of the Yankee execs. If they want it that bad, they'd pay you for it just like anything else in life and just like they expect YOU and everyone else to pay for what they provide for your entertainment. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity so don't succumb to any guilt trips they'll lay on you.

Take care and see you sometime in SF.

-Bill (Section 138)
 
 
June 20, 2015

Are you going to go to Tropicana Field anytime soon if so it would be very cool to meet you and get you to autograph my copy of your book.

-Vinny
 
 
June 20, 2015

I've seen you on TV and I've seen you during BP at yankees stadium quite a bit. I know of all the charity work you do, and I've heard the people calling you selfish, it's clear to me you're not. You should take advantage of your new fame and make public your charity. You seem like a good guy, and congrats!

-C.J.
 
 

June 20, 2015

Dear Zack,

I happened to be watching the news this morning and was very impressed with your speaking skills. You did a superb job with the interview and I approve of you keeping the ball.

Sincerely,
Candace

 
 
June 20, 2015

Zack,
First off congratulations on snagging A-Rod's 3000th hit ! I just read article in N.Y. Daily news. A-Rod and most other spoiled baseball players could give a rat's ass about regular fans. I would start at 1 million and negotiate from there. Whatever you decide to do, I'm glad for you. Regards, Damon
 
 
June 20, 2015

Zack, I just saw your interview on ESPN very well said. I thought you spoke well & your making a decision solely on what you want to do without any influence from anybody. As a Detroit Tiger fan watching the game last night I couldnt believe you wound up with the ball as you still see people scrabbling around looking for it as your hands were up in the air. I'm also glad to see you didn't let Yankee authorities bully you around. In 2005 in Detroit at the All Star Game I caught Mark Teixeria home run ball as it was his 1st HR in a ASG as he was with the Texas Rangers. I had to listen to Texas authorities bully me into low ball offers, needless to say I still have the ball. It's not about me as today it's about you, congrats again and to your charity. Sincerely Lou.
 
 
June 20, 2015

Hey Zack what's up, this is Cory the security guard from Yankee stadium a couple years ago if you remember. If so what's going on? I wrote you on Twitter but I see you've been busy. Anyways nice job on that catch and nice to see your still out there. Make the Yankees give you seats behind the plate and some cash for that ball lol. Hope all is well with you.
 
 

June 20, 2015

Zack,
Just wanted to shout out some support to you today! You don't owe the Yankees or A-Rod anything, and I think you're doing the right thing. I hope you are getting a lot more emails like this one, because I think you deserve a ton of credit for all you have accomplished.

Congratulations, and stick to your guns -- people that are getting down on you must be jealous or naive. If Rodriguez wants that damn ball he can pay you for it... Guy makes more money than some entire nations do!

Way to go -- that ball landed in the right hands. Good for you and best wishes!!

Take care,
Robert

 
 
June 20, 2015

Dear Zack: Hope this email finds you well and happy.

I was just reading the NY Times and learned that it was you who caught the A-Rod 3,000 hit HR ball, and then refused to give it back to him !!!!

Good for you! I laughed when I read about your involvement. You truly are the King of baseball retrieval.

I despise everything about A-Rod, and was miffed that he joined Jeter and Boggs by having hit a HR for his 3,000th hit. I will not truly be a Yankees fan again until A-Rod leaves, and frankly I am counting the days. After 50+ years of rooting for the Yankees, it is intolerable to me that A-Rod wears the pinstripes.

In any event, I hope that you either donate the ball to the HOF, or simply keep it in your collection. I still have the baseball displayed that you caught & then gave me during the 2011 NLDS playoffs at Citizens Bank Park. I think of you fondly whenever I see it.

BTW, about a year ago I left Philadelphia and am now living in Portland, Oregon. If you are ever out this way, please look me up.

Be well,

-Howard
 
 
June 20, 2015

Just saw a tweet where you said people are calling you horrible. Just want to let you know your awesome.

-Joel
 
 

June 20, 2015

The first 2 minutes I read about you I thought you were an ass but after a while and getting past the judgement stage I realized this is what you like to do and who am I to judge that?

Maybe I am jealous because you are doing something you love and I am not haha. Keep being the best ball catcher out there. I am a Dodgers fan living in SD going to Petco so if you ever need a ticket to get in just give me a ball and your in. :)

-Mark

 
 
June 20, 2015

Hi Zack,I'm a New Yorker that's currently in Florida visiting Family for Father's Day weekend and I'll be back home in New York on Monday.Like many Baseball Fans,I just want to congratulate you on catching A-Rods Ball that got him his 3,000th hit.Totally up to you exactly what you do or don't do with the ball.And Like many,I'd be happy to take in a Yankee game or even Any game with you depending on your schedule,Hopefully,You will take this opportunity to use all the publicity that you're getting to promote yourself, Your books and your Charity and that you do continue to do well with it.Just take care of yourself and Hope I can go with you to a game one of these days depending on your schedule.Sincerly, Greg
 
 
June 20, 2015

Zack,

First, fantastic news on getting A-Rod's 3000th. Before I learned it was you, I had wondered if you were the one. How did you manage to snag the homer with all the people around you? Was it a nice jump at the right moment?

I have a partial season ticket plan at CBP. Two seats, first row in left center. My upcoming games are Fri July 17 vs Marlins, and Wed July 22 vs Rays. Should be two very good ball hunting nights, with these opponents and the awful state of the Phils. Would you like to meet me there for one or both games, free ticket? No strings attached, you can go off and ballhawk wherever you want. I usually stand in left center field in the aisle during BP, maybe 10 rows up. Let me know if you'd be interested.

Thanks

-Rich
 
 
June 20, 2015

Congrats on another baseball.
Is there anyway you can send me an autographed business card?
That is what I collect with my 9 year old Grandson.
I don't have 8,000 but I do have close to 500, mostly Coaches & CEO's.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could do this.
Thank you.

-John
Alabaster, AL
 
 

June 20, 2015

hey Zack - saw you caught the A-Rod ball and DECIDED TO KEEP IT!!! kudos to you for making a wise move -- whether you sell it or keep it! I listened to Michael Kay and the other shithead announcers all high & mighty - "fan says he's keeping it so A-Rod's not going to get that ball." (sob, sob, whine whine). F___ MLB - they can profit and rob the fans over and over but one fan in a billion catches a ball and can sell it for $50k (and the Yankees probably offer him a signed ball and a picture and when he says no, they act like he's the villain)? how much $$ has Zach put in A-Rod's pocket over the years??? A-lot, I would guess. I have been saying for years that these fans "giving shit back" to teams and players for essentially nothing in return are nothing but poor saps!

KUDOS the YOU!!!

-Michael
Washington, D.C.

 
 

June 20, 2015

Zack,

I am a big baseball fan and just heard your interview on ESPN 98.7 Radio here in NY. It must be a great feeling to catch/obtain a HR baseball hit by a player in general but last night getting Arods 3,000th hit a HR must be amazing. I have never been fortunate in games I have attended in my life to catch a HR ball/foul ball besides Tony Clark tossing up a ball to me near 1st base at a game once while he was on the Mets. I like the idea of possibly playing catch in Central Park with Arod for starters.

Congrats again and enjoy your moment.

Regards,
Rob

 
 

June 20, 2015

Congrats Zack!

You probably have no idea who I am, but I’m friends with Lawrence - I know he recently reached out to you r/e snagging game used logo balls. Maybe you’ve seen me with him at Yankee games.

I also randomly posted a comment on your blog commending you on calling out the people using offensive language at a game while you were shagging one day.

In any case, just wanted to drop a quick line and say congratulations! I’m definitely envious and admire your ball shagging abilities!

I noticed that you were open to suggestions on what you should do with the ball - I’m a big fan of game used baseballs and memorabilia, so one of the things I might ask for would be a single game used baseball for every home game going forward, for life!

Just thought I would offer my two cents. Admire you for having thick skin - screw everyone making judgements and calling you out, especially those who have no idea who you are as a person.

Hope to congratulate in person one day.

-Richard

 
 
June 20, 2015

I didn’t know until I got back home that it was YOU who caught A-Rods home run. Yeah, keep it. Money can’t buy success. From an old ball hawk to the new generation you have my respect. All I can say is WOW!!!!

-Bob
St. Louis, MO
 
 

June 20, 2015

Hey Zack,

I caught A'RODS 660th, and I'd love to have a conversation with you! I sure if your experience is anything like mine was your in for a crazy weekend. In any event congrats on the catch, and thank you for doing such a good job of explaining your stance of not giving the ball back. I couldn't be more in agreement it really is a one in a million type deal.
If you have some time at some point I would love to have a conversation with you about the balls, the experience, and whatnot. Shoot me an email or you can call or text me. I have done a ton or research as well so I'm more than happy to share what I've learned.

Best and congrats,

Mike Shuster
Warwick, RI

 
 

June 20, 2015

You've officially blown my fucking mind. Hats off to you, bud. Dont let the Yanks bully you....

-Darren

 
 

June 20, 2015

Hi Zack

I just arrived home from a week long vacation in Hawaii. The first thing I did was turn on MLB network and there was Zack!

Zack, you're one incredible individual and I'll tell you this, and I absolutely believe this, you catching the HR was not luck, this was pure skill. I believe that there will never be an individual who is capable of what you do ever again......

I'm glad that I know you. And to have seen you in action!!

Congratulations!!!

Regards,
Matt, age 34
Huntington Beach, CA

 
 

June 20, 2015

I'm a lifelong baseball fan (Giants), but surprisingly only just found out about you after hearing about you catching A-Rod's 3,000th hit. I admire you for wanting to hold onto the ball, and especially for your reasons why.

But the real reason for this e-mail? Well, after visiting your website, I have to say . . .

Best. Frigging. FAQs. Page. Ever!

Cheers,
Bob

 
 

June 20, 2015

Hey man. Long time. Congrats on the snag tonight. Pretty epic. Keep doing what makes you happy, and screw the naysaying jackasses.

-Adam
Seattle, WA

 
 

June 19, 2015

Dude: you now have an army of entitled, indignant pinstripe D-bags who are absolutely FURIOUS with you!
You may be the most well loathed fan since...bartman??
Their righteous over the top false (yet genuine) outrage is like pure ambrosia to me.
Well done.
SO proud ;~)

-Steve

 
 

June 19, 2015

ZACK, Congrats! CONGRATS! Just saw you on mlb tv. I am SO HAPPY you got A-ROD 3,000 hits HR ball!!!!!! MAN! WOW! Could not happen to a better guy. Again I am So Happy For You!! More power to you my friend!

-Tak

 
 

June 19, 2015

I just got home and I was checking my Facebook feed. I see an article by ESPN titled "New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez notched his 3,000th career hit on Friday night – Derek Jeter-style." I realize, "Hey, that means he hit a home run." My next thought was, "What are the odds that he hit it opposite field, and what are the odds that Zack is there tonight?" I figured it would be "low and high", respectively. I click the video and I literally gasped when the ball was hit straight towards your staircase. My next thought went something like this… "Zack, you better catch that dang ball!" Today, you can replace Lou Gehrig as the luckiest man on the face of this earth. Congratulations.

-Jason

 
 

June 19, 2015

Are you FUCKING kidding me!

That proves it, you must be a God!

UN FUCKIN BELIEVABLE!

ps. Sorry about the language! But nothing else said it.

-Stuart

 
 

June 19, 2015

If it means that much to him, let Alex Rodriguez use his rarified position in the economic stratosphere of our society to acquire it.

I can't believe the people on Twitter reacting as though you're some kind of bully for not just handing it over.

-Jake

 
 

June 19, 2015

Hey Zack,

I've emailed you before thanks to you I've gotten alot of toss ups at games. I heard about you snagging Arods 3000 hit ball and I wanted to congratulate you. Also I respect how you are keeping the ball. I would do the same thing you don't owe the Yankees anything. Alex doesn't deserve the ball I personally dislike him because hes a cheat. Congrats again.

-Nick

 
 

June 19, 2015

Hi Zack,

I couldn't help but notice that you managed to snag A-Rod's 3,000th hit! Unbelievable!! What are the chances? My goodness. Congrats on making that grab - in traffic too! Good for you.

Have a great weekend!

-Chip

 
 

June 19, 2015

Zack,
I just tweeted a photo to you.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Can't believe I watched that live on TV! Unreal. My son and I both said...'wouldn’t that be cool if Zack caught #3000?'….UNBELIEVABLE! Think I cheered almost as much as you!

Took some TV screen shots…thought you'd like them.

Again…just awesome!!! :) :) :)

-David (and Zach)

 
 

May 29, 2015

Hey Mr. Hample,

I know you probably get the generic "I'm a huge fan" thing when people recognize you, but really, I read your blog posts the night that you publish them. I live in Los Altos, CA, and I go to see about 10 Giants games a year. I love snagging balls (I go to BP whenever possible), and I got at least 1 ball at each Giants postseason game last year in 2014. I just created my profile on MyGameBalls.com, and I updated a few games there. I just wanted to let you know that I will be at the Orioles vs. Yankees on game Friday, June 12, and if there's any chance that you'll be there I would love to meet you, and maybe watch you snag.

Thanks,
Matt, age 16

 
 
May 26, 2015

Hi zack im a huge fan love the blog youtube videos and everything else it really makes my day when you post. I wanted to know if you are going to yankee stadium tommorow (may 27) because im going and it would be awesome to meet you. Also its been a dream to get a baseball at a major league game and thanks to you i think my first ball EVER will be tommorow all thanks to you. By the way i love your books i hope you are planning on a fourth because your books are some of my favorites thanks for everthing ill let you know if i get my first ball ever tommorow
Sincerly , your biggest 13 year old fan.

-Nick
 
 
May 25, 2015

Hey Zack, I am arguably a ballhawk who is only fourteen years old. I live in Dallas Texas and love going to rangers games and I've probably been to about fifty. I am going to one this weekend against the Red Sox (My favorite team) and then another one a couple days later against the White Sox. I have been non stop reading your blog and it's very interesting. I have read each blog about the rangers ballpark multiple times, and sadly I will admit that i do read your blog during class. I have been to Minute Maid park, Safeco, Wrigley, Fenway, Comerica and of course Globe Life Park. I have a total of 38 balls in my collection and i have lost over 10 at the games and given away over 15. I have my own ball snagging device which is a can but is flimsy and does't work but only half the time. I have moved on from my device and gone to your marvelous glove trick. It works like a charm (as you know) and I can't wait to put it into action this weekend in between the gap at Globe Life Park. And next time you plan on coming to Arlington, I would love to know. Thanks, Max
 
 

May 19, 2015

Dear Zack,

Hello my name is James. I am your biggest fan! I have watched most of your videos and have gone to your site many times. Your collection is cool!

I would love to meet you and see your collection some day. I'd also like my whole family and friends to go to a game with you some day - or even on a non-game day.

I am 11 and I am also a big fan of baseball. I have a big baseball card collection but not many baseballs yet. Like you, I don't have a favorite team. My favorite players are Clemente, Robinson and Babe Ruth.

How did you first get into collecting baseballs? Do you collect anything else? What is your favorite stadium?

I hope you will write back!

Your fan,
James D.

 
 
May 18, 2015

I am a HUGE fan of you and your blogs and I love ballhawking and have been to 12 stadiums and have caught roughly 100 baseballs but I was wondering if you would by any chance be in D.C. on 4th of July because I am most likely going to be there. Or Camden Yards the day before. It would be great seeing you!

-Ian, age 14
 
 
May 14, 2015

I've been going to ballgames in Milwaukee since 1974 and never got a foul ball there…until April 23rd!! I was on the 2nd deck, section 220, working that beautifully wide walkway. You know the spot. Although I've gotten 3 foul balls in the past I'd never gotten one in my adopted baseball home (I grew up in Queens, 4 miles from Shea). You get my thanks for emphasizing the 2nd deck at Miller Park, and also for other ideas over the years….Easter eggs, toss ups, the glove trick…all of it. I miss your blog entries, but I also realize it must involve lots of time and effort. Keep 'em coming as often as your spirit allows. Finally…Re: "the stadiums in NY suck so much" I can’t get there so your blogs are my conduit. I know you didn’t sign up for that, but there it is. Take it easy, and thanks again.

-David
 
 
May 14, 2015

Do you know if you’ll be making a trip out to Progressive Field in the near future? I’m a fan of the blog and I’d love to say hi.

-Rebecca
 
 

April 26, 2015

Dear Zack,
I would like to thank you for the great advice you have provided on your website. Since discovering you I have so far gotten three balls from the Orioles BP. I even replicated your glove trick, and it actually worked! Any way if it wasn't for you, I would of never seen the joy on my little brothers face after I gave the ball to him (which I later got signed by Boog Powell). So thank you Zack, for allowing me to bond with my brother through the great game of baseball!
Keep 'Hawking
Ilan Pluznik

P.S. Dave Wallace threw me two balls in a period of 2 weeks

 
 
April 24, 2015

Hey zack
Any chance you have a schedule of when you'll be visiting Rogers Centre? Will sure love to meet you in person. And dont forget to bing your girlfriend!

-Jeremy
 
 
April 17, 2015

I saw you catch that ball live in the Yankees vs Red Sox game. It was like 2 AM and my whole family was asleep but I woke my dad up because I burst out laughing when you faked the throw back. Awesome stuff man.

-Blake
 
 
April 8, 2015

Hello Zack, greetings from Guatemala !
Besides your 3 great books that I own, what will you consider or recommend as a yearly great baseball reference book (teams, players, statistics, etc) ?
Thanks.

-Juan
 
 
March 1, 2015

Hello Zack,

I am putting together a course for Rowan University and I am developing a module on perception. I would like to use your photo from Citi Field of someone standing in the left-center outfield looking at home plate (http://zackhample.mlblogs.com/2012/09/16/91212-at-citi-field/).

I will give full credit to you in the PowerPoint slides that I am developing for the class. The photo will not be used for posting on an Internet site, just for classroom material.

Thank you for your help

Regards,
Tod
 
 

February 16, 2015

Thank you for an awesome interview and eye opener about baseball.

We will stay connected about a game and I will continue to rave about you! I admire anyone who does what they love in life!

Thank you,
LA

 
 

January 13, 2015

hey Zack! big fan and love your blog! I also have a collection of baseballs and other stuff.......I would love to go to a game with you and see re ropes... I know mostly everything at citizens bank park and I hope to see you at a game there... how do you get like to have a catch and get to have there glove and bats? and how do you do the glove trick? we're at the station does it not work? ease answer back and I would love to go to a game with you! ~montanna!

PS: ease watch my YouTube video of my game used stuff!   

PPS do you have a Instagram if so ease tell me!

 
 
December 17, 2014

Hi Zack my name is Nick, i am 16 years old and i want to be a sports writer. My latest assignment for my journalism class is to write a feature article where i interview someone famous. So i know that the holidays are coming up but if you could find the time to answer a few questions for my article that would be awesome.
This link is to my profile page and articles i have posted over the past few months. The questions are in this word document. Thanks so much for considering and happy holidays!
 
 
October 25, 2014

Dear Mr. Hample,

I would just like to say what a huge fan I am of you. I have read your blog for the past 9 months, and I even implemented some of your strategies. At a Braves game on June 30th I snagged 5 balls. I was so happy! Once again thank you.

-Sanjay
 
 
October 19, 2014

Thank you Zack it is a pleasure talking to you I love your blog I'm reading it right now because of you I have 15 milb and 1 mlb balls.

-Ryan
 
 

September 28, 2014

Dear Zack:

I hope you don't mind that you give off the impression of having a rather full and happy life. Not all of us have been so lucky (I'm working on it).

Baseball has become something that helps a little bit. Your book was very helpful, and so I'm a fan. I didn't grow up watching it; I was in CO before they had a team and not many people were excited about it.

I'm becoming better off. I had a crappy childhood that morphed into some mental troubles. Finally I'm most of the way through a bachelor's degree. I actually took a class called "Baseball in American Culture". Our teacher had digested all of Ken Burns and was regurgitating some of it but that was okay. Our class could have been called, 'Baseball is special and let me tell you why.'

I think sometimes even after you're properly medicated and maybe outside of a REAL depression, I think maybe your brain can stay HABITUALLY in the wrong GROOVE. Then you have to pop out of it.

You seem like a friend sometimes. Your blogs are almost always fun (I don’t read them constantly), your books are good ones, even when they can be on strange subjects. I'm trying to be some sort of a writer too. I might go to Queens College to become a librarian but I’m not 100%.

I don’t have any interest in snagging baseballs. I might be one of those who wants attend with you for your expertise on the subject.

It's all good though. I think in the end things work out if you let them. But baseball is one of those tonics that's readily available.

I just like your work. You seem like a positive guy.

-Sophie

 
 
September 27, 2014

Hi Zack
It's Stephanie delaney's mom from the sept 10th Yankees game against the rays. I have been meaning to email you and let you know how impressed I am with your website. I hope you remember us. And I wanted to let you know we will never forget you and the impact you made on our trip to NY. You really made our trip go from great to super amazing. Your kindness and generosity is appreciated acknowledged and a wonderful example. So again we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. When we get back to New York to see another baseball game we will definitely shoot you an email. Also, we often go to Phillies games here in Philadelphia. If you are ever here at a game and you want to shoot me an email we can come meet up with you if you want.
Stephanie
And
Delaney
 
 

September 22, 2014

Hey Zack!

My name is Joe, and we got in touch in May when I asked you to sign my copy of "The Baseball." I was the guy who sent you the Gary Cohen ticket. (Hope you like it- LOL) Thank you for signing and as a payback, I would like to donate to your Pitch in for Baseball fundraiser. It would be an honor.

I will pledge:

$0.01 Per Bal
$0.05 Per Game Attended
$0.50 per Stadium Attended

I know it's different, but I would like to reward you for all the things you do for baseball.

-Joe
Blythewood, SC

 
 
August 24, 2014

Hey Zack, my name is Drew and I have been reading your blog for about a year now, which is very well written, and I am a semi-regular at Miller Park. I've heard that you're coming on out to Chicago and the drunk capital of the world Wisconsin. I would just like to say that I might possibly be attended one game at the friendly confines and will definitely be at Miller Park on that Thursday and would like to say hi and meet you. By the way you luck out on the Thursday and the Season Ticket Holders get in a half hour early and it would be my pleasure to get you in early. Best of luck snagging and see you soon.
 
 

August 15, 2014

Dear Zack,

I have read nearly all of your blog entries and watched all of your YouTube videos in preparation to try and get a ball at the Mets vs. Nationals game at Citi Field 8/13/14. I saw you at the game during bp and in the bottom of the ninth over by the third base dugout, you looked so into it I figured I wouldn't bother you.

So I took your advice and wore the Nationals t-shirt during bp even though I am a die heart Mets fan. Eventually I ended up staying towards the batters-eye in left field waiting for a toss up or home run. Eventually, in the last batter of bp I was able to get Gio Gonzalez's attention and got a ball. I would just like to give you a HUGE thank you because if it wasn't for you and your tips I wouldn't have been able to et that ball.

Now for my question, I am going to Nationals Park on Sunday 8/17/14. Do you have any tips? I have rosters printed, nationals shirt and a pirates shirt and hat. Anything else I should be ready for or expect at Nationals Park?

Thank you.

-RJ, age 14

 
 

August 14, 2014

Hey Zack I'm a huge fan of yours and wanted to know if u are planning on coming to the mets game on Saturday!

Thanks

 
 
July 31, 2014

Hello Zack,
My son has been using your technique to collect balls all season. He started collecting NCAA balls while the University of Utah baseball season was in session. He then applied his skills at our Pacific Coast League Triple-A Angels affiliate games, the Salt Lake Bees. We are going to Denver's Coors Field on August 7th. This will be his first Major League game. He is hoping that you might be there too. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay your attendance fee at this time.

Here are his current 2014 stats:
NCAA pac12 balls = 24
Pacific Coast League = 101
Major League = 3 (acquired from our Triple-A field)

Thanks for your time,
Jon (Sam's Dad)
 
 
July 24, 2014

Why don't u blog as much as u used too? I always enjoy reading new posts, except this season u haven't been posting as much as the previous years, and it's interesting to read since u give a unique perspective of games as a ballhawk. Thanks if u respond.
 
 
July 15, 2014

Hi Zack,

Just wanted to say "Thank You" for signing my 11 year old son Anthony's ball at the Met game on July 11th. You also took the time to chat with him for a few minutes. He was thrilled!!!! We just went out yesterday and bought your books, "The Baseball" and "Watching Baseball Smarter." Anthony is obsessed with baseball and we live at the Syracuse Chiefs ball park since we only live about 15 minutes from there. Usually every game he ends up bruised, cut and/or bleeding trying to get balls. He has over a 100 from there and counting.

You are one of his idols. If you are ever in the Syracuse area please let us know so he can see you.

Thank you,
Jacquie
 
 
July 7, 2014

Hello Zack I love how you get the baseballs I've followed your story for years and was wondering how can I please get a autograph from you? Thanks!

-Kevin
 
 
June 30, 2014

Zack-
I am INSANELY interested in your ballhawking hobby. I just have a few questions:
How do you know which ball is which?
How do you store non-special baseballs?
How do you keep track? With a log?
-Christian

PS- I am 12 years old and have only caught one ball. I have my second IronPigs game on my 13th birthday, and I am going with your book and tips in my mind!
 
 
June 29, 2014

Hi Zack,
 
I Googled "Mike Trout First Career Homerun" and came across your site. I’m so impressed by what you get to do for a living that I decided to write a post titled: "Zack Hample is my idol! He should be your idol too!" I hope you like it. It’s pretty cool to be able to do what you do and I hope you are able to do it for as long as you like. You comment on the Today Show about asking for baseballs in the player's native language is very thoughtful. I linked up to virtually every page you are on (website, twitter, Wikipedia) and provided an Amazon link for my readers to by your books.
 
I just followed you on Twitter and re-tweeted your message about being at tonight's Red Sox/ Yankees Game. I even commented on your blog.
 
I’m hoping you will be able to return the favor and link to me in your Links Page and possibly a re-tweet of my post about you! Feel free to follow me on Twitter as well.
 
Let me know what you think!
 
Thanks, Dan
 
 
June 27, 2014

Crap I just wrote out a long email to you and it erased so ill sum it up then continue . You are my inspiration I have collected 75 baseballs in 15 total games 69 from Bp and I worry more about autographs. I think you are sooo cool and I would like to go to a game with you but I don't know how or when this could happen . I'm 13. Love the Red Sox. I don't know if my parents would let me go to a game with you but they will think you are a total stranger which you are to me at them moment. I have a hard time going to games because money is tight we all know that but I would like to learn more about you through email and maybe we could snag a ball or two if we go to a game sincerely cole
 
 
June 23, 2014

Loved the New Yorker article about your family (and you!). I’m a native NY’er (and a lover of books), but – despite having worked down the block from the Argosy for many years – have never been in the store. Will try to remedy that soon (especially after reading the article)! Also, for what it’s worth, would love to see you blog again on a regular basis – have very much enjoyed reading about your ballhawking adventures over the years (as a matter of fact, thanks to what I learned in your blog, I was able to snag my first ball a few years back).

-Ira
 
 
June 14, 2014

Hi Zack, I am a big fan of yours and get on your website quite frequently. I also like to collect game used baseballs like you but I only have around 20. I own your book too. I am a huge fan of the pirates and even a bigger fan of former SS Jack Wilson. I saw in one of your posts that he threw you a ball. Would you be willing to give me the ball or let me buy it? I could make a check out to your charity. I don't have a ball used by wilson in my collection, and I have been searching everywhere. The ball would be the jewel of my collection. And I would cherish it forever. Thanks for your time and god bless!

-Josh
 
 

June 12, 2014

Hey Zack,
I was thinking of a book to write and I thought that I could make one about you. I am huge fan. I have read every single one of your books and I also read your blog. I was wondering if I could use some of your blog posts in my book, and if you could give me some more info about you. I was also wondering if you are working on another book. You can look at me on mygameballs.com as _____. I follow you on twitter and you can follow me @_____. Please just let me know if I can use some blog posts and some info.
Sincerely,
Gabi

P.S. I am only 9 years old and I have never published a book so I don't know if I can publish a book. But maybe if we can work together we can get it done.

 
 
June 10, 2014

Thanks for the reply. It honestly made my day. I think there needs to be more ball hawk videos on youtube. When I watch your videos I feel like im actually there with you. My only problem is being nervous or shy around the players. The only thing cool I ever got was a Diamondbacks hat autographed by 3 players and a broadcaster.

Also, I was just wondering if there is any way I could get your autograph. I look up to you. Every ball hawking trick I learned has come from you. So in a way , you're my idle.

-Arthur
 
 

May 22, 2014

Hey Zack,
How do you do it? It's crazy how you can magically catch all those baseballs! I am going to purchase your books, for some of your pro tips. Please tell me when you are going to a Blue Jays game because I would love to meet you and learn from a pro! I am also going to a Yankees game soon, and a few Rockies Games.

-Zach, age 13
Toronto, ON

 
 
May 4, 2014

Hey man. I started getting into baseball memorabilia this year, right after I met Hunter Pence in Philly. I’m a met fan, live in NY, yet have never caught a ball. I just bought your book and hope to read it ASAP so that I can snag my first career ball and start my own log. I’ve only been to two games this season, but I met granderson in both games and recker in the first. Hopefully one day I can meet you at a game. I really enjoyed reading your blog and I would like to say that you are living my dream right now. I am aspiring to be you. Hopefully I will live my dream once Im a bit older, but until then, you are my idol. Thank you so much.

-Isaac, age 14
 
 
May 2, 2014

Hey Zack, Its Grant from Michigan. First of all i just want to say that i love what you do. You are basically living my dream from what you are doing. You may as well be called the most interesting man in the world (from my perspective). Anyways, i was just wondering if and when you are going to Comerica Park this year in Detroit. I would love to meet up with you at the game and talk some baseball. I'd love to here from you soon if you could!
 
 

April 26, 2014

Hi Zack,
I'm 14 years old and found out about you after watching you ballhawk at Rogers Centre from your hotel on YouTube. I did the same thing :). I have been to 6 major league stadiums, and going to my 7th in Pittsburgh this July. I was wondering what ballpark do you have the most baseballs from? I know it's a tough question to answer so I get if you don't know. I also am wondering if you count baseballs you give away to kids on your list? Thank you for taking the time to read this email and good luck at getting to 10,000. :)

Sincerely,
Tyler

 
 
April 20, 2014

You gave me a ball at the mets braves game. I very much thank you for that you made my life.

-Tyler
 
 
April 3, 2014

I was at the game last night at CitiField with my two sons, Joseph and Isaac, ages 11 and 14. They said they enjoyed meeting and talking with you in the outfield stands. They have read all three of your books and will bring them next time to get signed.

-Herbert
 
 
March 26, 2014

Zack,
Take your time with the blog entry. We love reading them, but we know how much effort and how much time it takes you. Enjoy your trip, write when you can. We will all enjoy your stories when they do come online. Heck, I’m glad someone like you takes these baseball trips and writes about them. You do what we (regular baseball fans) would do in your shoes!

-Johnny
 
 
March 11, 2014

hi zack i have emailed you a few times before i live in chicago and im a huge white sox fan (even though they suck)and a beginer ballhawk i am also friends with Shawn from Milwaukee and i was wondering when you will be in Chicago for a game (either sox or cubs) i would like to meet you at a game.

-Yacov
 
 

February 14, 2014

Hey man! I was wondering when your trip to Pittsburgh this year will be, if you have scheduled it yet? I recently started ballhawking this past season and would enjoy seeing the best go ballhawking at PNC Park.

Go Pirates!
Andrew

 
 
January 21, 2014

Zack, I just ordered all three of your books. I'm wondering if I can get you to sign them somehow.

-Karl
Oakland, CA
 
 
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

Zack,
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

Dear Zack Hample,

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.

Sincerely,
Karl Goldthorpe

 
 

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.
                              His lucky fiancé,
                              Stephanie

In the event that you can send a Fenway ball, our address and his name is:
[address removed for privacy]
Overland, Missouri 63114
Thank you one last time for your time!

 
 

October 16, 2013

Hi Zack,

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.

Thanks,
-Pato

 

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