So, as I was saying, Elliott Kalb…
Who is he?
If you’re a sports nut, you’ve seen or heard or read his name a thousand times. Maybe more. He currently works for ESPN, TNT, and HBO. He spent 15 years with NBC. He’s worked with Bob Costas. He’s written for Vin Scully. He’s a five-time Emmy winner. He has a new book called Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Baseball. I own it. I recommend it. It’s an easy read and it’s making me think.
Elliott recently heard about my baseball collection and, after a few e-mails and a couple rounds of phone-tag, we got to talk about it on Wednesday. The end result: he wants to write about me in his column on foxsports.com…so I sent him a detailed list of the top ten ball-snagging strategies to get him started.
Here’s a non-detailed version of that list:
1. Attend batting practice.
2. Bring a glove.
3. Bring rosters of both teams.
4. Bring hats of both teams.
5. Call players by their first names and say “please.”
6. The glove trick.
7. Be aware of the competition.
8. Stay in a place where you have room to move for balls.
9. Position yourself differently for righties and lefties.
10. Look for routines and habits and tendencies.
11. Don’t be passive and lazy; keep moving to the best spots.
12. Go behind the winning team’s dugout as soon as the game ends.
Yes, he asked for ten tips, and I sent him twelve. That’s the Elliott Kalb update.
In other news, I decided to skip yesterday’s Yankee game for three reasons:
1. I was too busy with other stuff. (I got most of it done.)
2. It looked like it was gonna rain. (It did. Adam, were you there? Was there batting practice?)
3. It was $5 night, and I figured the place would be packed. (It was sold out. Attendance: 54,734.)
(Don’t you love lists?)
I can’t even begin to describe how happy I was not to be there.
More news: My friend George, the autograph expert, came over last night and inspected the Matsui home run ball. He looked at its reflection under a light–the lettering appears backward on the ball itself–and determined, with 95% certainty, that the imprinted signature belongs to Derek Jeter. (Paige, next week’s ball-visiting/worshipping hours are 1pm to 7pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.)
I think that’s about it.
It’s getting light outside.
I need to get to bed.