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




Watch With Zack -- frequently asked questions


How much does it cost to attend a baseball game with you?
It's $500 for the first game we go to and $300 for each game after that.

Five hundred dollars?! Are you crazy?!

Here's the way I see it. The average major league game lasts nearly three hours. From where I live in New York City, it takes an hour to get to Citi Field or Yankee Stadium and another hour to get back. That's a big chunk of time, and if we go early for batting practice, we'll be spending a minimum of seven hours together. If the game is slow or goes into extra innings, it'll be more like eight or nine hours, but it's not just about the time. I'm an expert. Remember? And I'm fun.

Is it $500 per person?
No. I charge a flat fee per game, so if you invite 20 people to join you, it'll still cost $500 total.

Can you guarantee that I'll get a ball?
As a matter of fact, yes, as long as we get there for the start of batting practice. I can't make any promises about snagging one during the game itself, but if we're there early and you (or your kid) don't catch at least one ball, I'll catch one for you, and if I somehow fail to do that and we all go home empty-handed, I'll give you a full refund.

What if batting practice gets rained out?
I can't guarantee anything without batting practice, but the players will still come out early to stretch and run and throw, so we'll still have plenty of chances to catch balls and get autographs. (Even when the weather's nice, teams sometimes skip batting practice before day games and doubleheaders, especially if they've played the night before. In addition, special events like Fan Photo Day and Old Timers Day take place in lieu of batting practice, so choose your dates accordingly.)

What if the game gets rained out?

You won't lose your money. We'll just pick another game and hope for better weather.

How do we pick a game in the first place?
Throw some dates at me, and I'll tell you if I'm free.

How do I pay for this?
You can mail me a check or use a credit card on PayPal. We'll discuss the details when you're ready to book a game.

What if something comes up at the last second and I have to cancel?
Just let me know as soon as possible, and we'll work it out. If we can schedule another game, great. If not, I'll give you your money back.

What should I bring?
That depends on what you want. Do you want to get autographs? Do you want to snag baseballs? Do you want to explore the ballpark and take photographs from the best spots? Do you want to stay in one place and focus on watching the game? Let me know, and we'll plan the whole day based on your interests.

What about tickets?
If you already have tickets, yes, bring them (including one for me, please, so we'll be guaranteed to sit together). If you don't have tickets, I suggest you include a little extra money with your payment and let me be in charge of buying them. Upper deck seats generally cost about $20. Field level seats are usually around $50 to $75. If the game isn't sold out and you want to save a few bucks, I'll get cheap seats and give you a bonus lesson called "Sneaking Past Stadium Security."

Why do I have to pay for your ticket?
If you're getting the cheapest tickets, I don't mind paying for myself, but if you plan on splurging for good seats, it's not really fair if I have to splurge too. Does that make sense?

What about food?
No need to feed me. I'll probably bring a protein bar.

What about transportation?
If you're interested in getting to the ballpark early, we can travel together on the subway. Otherwise, I'll meet you at game time.

How early?
I get there about an hour before the stadium opens. (Most stadiums open two hours early.)

Do you take people to games in other cities?
Absolutely. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Boston are the easiest, but anything's possible. Just to give you a few examples...I flew to San Francisco to snag baseballs for a woman and her 12-year-old son at the 2007 Home Run Derby. Later in the season, I drove to Baltimore to meet a family of four at Camden Yards, and in 2008 I took people to two games at Fenway Park. In 2009, I took a kid to Citizens Bank Park, and in 2011, I joined a father his two young kids for games in Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Do you blog about all your clients?
So far...yes. All my clients have looked forward to being featured on the blog. Click here and here and here and hopefully you'll see why.

How much do you charge for games in other cities?
This is negotiable. At the very least, in addition to my fee, I will need you to cover my travel expenses. Get in touch, and we'll work something out.

What made you think of starting this business?
The one piece of career advice I've heard the most is: "Do what you love." I love baseball, I love people, and I love teaching so this seemed like a great way to combine all three. Also, I'm not exactly the 9-to-5 type.

How do I know my kid won't get hit by a ball or knocked over by a crazy hot dog vendor?
Honestly, you don't, but I can tell you that the odds of your kid getting injured are VERY slim. Of course, some kids are accident-prone wherever they are, so you need to accept the fact that minor scrapes and bruises are possible. That said, I will do everything possible to ensure your child's safety, including staying by his/her side at all times. As a necessary legal measure (which will hopefully help everyone feel safer), I have liability/medical forms that you'll need to fill out and sign.

How do I know I can trust you?
Funny, I was gonna ask you the same thing. After all, you know a lot about me, and I know nothing about you. Send me an email. Tell me what you have in mind. If it sounds reasonable, I'll give you my phone number. If you think I sound reasonable, perhaps we'll book a trip to the ballpark.