The Hample Jinx

In the summer of 1993, as I was leaning over a railing at Shea and picking up a ball, Phillies reliever Mitch Williams ran over and kicked it out of my glove.

“What the hell did you do that for?!” I yelled.

“Y’already got two,” he said and marched off.

Actually, I had three, but that’s not the point. The point is that I had every right to grab that ball, and he robbed me for no good reason.

MitchwilliamsSo I jinxed him.

JinxNothing happened at first. In fact, he went on to save a career-high 43 games that year, and his team reached the playoffs–but I knew his time would come. After all, I’d given him the official Hample Jinx.

Sure enough, with a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game Six of the World Series, Williams gave up a three-run homer to Joe Carter. Series over. Blue Jays won. Phillies lost.

Soon after, Williams started receiving death threats (not from me) and vandals egged his home…all because of one practice ball months earlier at Shea Stadium.

I hope it was worth it, Mitch.

(THE NON-BA§EBALL TRAVEL UPDAT€, DAY 3: Thè kéyböards în Frànçé ârè wéird. I’m glàd I broµght mÿ £aptôp béçaü§è thîs w°uld stàrt tô drïvé mè çrâzÿ.)



    haha great post Zack. Very funny, the Astros are on ESPN tonight, I know you are rooting against them right now. Do they have ESPN in France?

  2. Zack

    Thanks. But no. No ESPN in my hotel room. Anyway, the game starts at 2am local time, and we’re waking up early to fly to Israel. I’ll have to settle for reading the box score later this morning. (It’s 1:31am now.)


    Thats horrible, no ESPN. How do they survive? But hows that time diffence treating you? Six hours would be too much for me.


    haha great story. When are you coming back from your vacation? GO JAYS!

  5. Zack

    I don’t know, maybe there is ESPN. As we were checking out of the hotel, we saw a huge shipment of flat screen TVs coming in…one for each room. The time difference is no problem. I’m staying up late just like I do in NYC. The only problem is when my parents wake up early in the morning with their “Let’s go! Go! Go!” attitude.

    I’m coming back on the 26th.

  6. chasicle

    I figure I’d keep the comments going on this post. Hopefully I’ll get a response in a year or two.

  7. Skim

    Please jinx Ryan Howard, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, John Mayberry, Hunter Pence, Dan Uggla, Martin Prado, Jason Heyward, Omar Infante, Mike Stanton, Hanley Ramirez (DL I think), Ricky Nolasco, Greg Dobbs, Logan Morrison, Bryan Petersen, Michael Morse, Danny Espinosa, Stephen Strasburg (when he returns), and anyone else who is doing well in the NL East so that the Mets can finally win the division! It’s been 5 long years of “Wait until next year”.

  8. Zack Hample

    Whoa! That would be an awful lot of jinxing, and I really like some of these guys. I think you’re gonna have to create your own jinx for them.

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