Let there be balls
National League drawer
I have five filing drawers, each with 144 balls.
Each drawer has four layers, and in this one, every ball on the bottom was game-used.
American League drawer
After snagging 720 balls, I needed a new storage system . . .
. . . and decided to go with 32-gallon barrels, which hold 400 balls apiece.
I used to keep thousands of balls in my old childhood bedroom at my mom's place (and yes, I used to collect cards).
. . . and when I broke my one-game record with 32 balls on 6/18/09 at Kauffman Stadium, I got a bit more creative. (There are only 31 balls in this photo because I'd given one to a kid. The three balls on the lower right are in Ziploc bags because I'd fished them out of the fountains and they were wet.)
The first time I broke double digits at Yankee Stadium, I had to find a new way to photograph the balls.
Then I started taking pics everywhere, like here on a railing after a game at Shea Stadium . . .
. . . and on John Rocker's favorite subway line . . .
. . . and in a hotel room in Houston.
Balls to the horizon
Sometimes I feel the need to get a little artsy-fartsy.
And sometimes I wonder what it'd look like if I took 158 balls and lined them up in a hallway. (Good thing the neighbor's dogs didn't make an appearance.)
Pyramid (1990s version)
I built this pyramid back in high school. (Wish I had a better pic.) Want to know how many balls were used? Do the math. The bottom layer is 13 x 13, the second layer is 12 x 12, etc.
Balls on the floor
This was done for a film shoot in 2014. As you can see, all sorts of random objects were used to create borders and confine the balls to one area. I was skeptical during the set up, but it ended up looking great.
Basement storage locker
Here's my extra storage space. It sucks. But that's what I get for living in New York City, where there's no space for anything.