THE PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT BASEBALL -- AND HOW TO SNAG ONE AT A MAJOR LEAGUE GAME
Nice emails from nice people
|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.
|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.
September 28, 2014
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.
|September 27, 2014
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.
September 22, 2014
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
I know it's different, but I would like to reward you for all the things you do for baseball.
August 24, 2014
August 15, 2014
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.
August 14, 2014
|July 31, 2014
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
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.
|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!
|June 30, 2014
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?
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
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!
|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).
|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!
June 12, 2014
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.
May 22, 2014
|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
|April 20, 2014
You gave me a ball at the mets braves game. I very much thank you for that you made my life.
|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.
|March 26, 2014
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!
|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.
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.