7/5/06 at Shea Stadium

It rained like hell this morning, and the sky stayed gray all afternoon. I wasn’t sure if there’d be batting practice, so I took a chance and headed to Shea, and when I got off the #7 train, I saw…

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…the tarp covering the infield. Crap crap crap. Games without BP are boring, so I got back on the train and went home. My 100th ball of the season will have to wait…

74 comments

  1. thechuckster8@aol.com

    I CAUGHT A GAME BALL I CAUGHT A GAME BALL I CAUGHT A GAME BALL! If you can’t tell already I’m excited, because I have now caught 86 balls, and been to 100’s of MLB games, and this is my 1st game ball. Details-My parents decided to break up my trips to educational programs with a 3 day trip to my cousins in Chicago. On Sunday, we went to the Cubs White Sox game. It was raining outside the gate and when I got in there was no Bp. I got autographs of Paul Konerko, Scott Podsednik, AJ Pierzynski, and John Garland on cards, and Alex Cintron and Matt Thorton on index cards. I was a little disappointed, but I went to my seat 3 rows from the top of the stadium. I thought it was impossible for a ball to go that high because of the roof. I was sitting on the aisle, and in the 5th inning Tad Iguchi lined a foul ball that looked like it was headed right at me. It landed under the seat across the aisle from me, and I dove after the ball. Fortunetly, I was the only one going after it. I grabbed it, and I had my first game ball.
    Monday night I went to the White Sox Orioles, but only got 1 ball, and cards signed by Correy Patterson and Ed Rogers, and a ball signed by Miguel Tejada. Good trip.

  2. andy5353@aol.com

    Chuckster-Sound like a nice day.A little excited though.
    JIMMy-GO Blue jays

    ZAck-MEts are gunna win

    Got to go watch my red sox game now

    -kaylee

  3. Zack

    CHUCKSTER-
    Big big congrats to you! You have every right to be excited. I remember my first gamer well…I also grabbed it off the ground…back in 1992 at Shea on the 3rd base side. Isn’t it SUCH a great feeling? Nice job getting all those autographs.

    KAYLEE-

    Jose Reyes just led off the game with his 12th triple. It’s 1-0 Mets, with runners on first and second, and they haven’t made an out yet.

  4. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    Well the season is almost half way over and I won’t be going to any games before the break cause the Jays are out of town so here is my list of the best ball players to toss me a ball adding to my list and hopefully having a great list by the end of the year.

    Starters: Pedro Martinez, AJ Burnett

    Spot Starter: Scott Downs

    Big Bobber: Jim Thome

    Yea dats all I can think of to fill on but I’ll post a full list of all my balls 2morrow, don’t worry its really short unlike Zacks crazys ball count this year.

    Also how many games have u been to this year Zack?

  5. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    Sadly no, but we have 4 games against the Royals next so 4 game win streak goiing into the all-star break isn’t too bad.

  6. andy5353@aol.com

    Yeah they can beat the royals.
    at least i hope they are in trouble if they cant beat the worst team in baseball.

    -kaylee

  7. Zack

    Yes, it was a nice win for the Mets, although their offense completely shut down after that big first inning. I’ve been to 12 games this season. Check it out:

    http://www.zackhample.com/snagged_balls_2006.htm

    For the record, the Royals are NOT the worst team in baseball. They’re 29-54 (.349), while the Pirates are 29-57 (.337).

  8. andy5353@aol.com

    ZAck-
    Nice website.Now I know some of the tricks for when I go to fenway.I will be sure to not miss batting Practice.I think I remember you also telling me to were a hat of the Teams(which are the Indians and of course my beloved RED SOX).I have a question I have never been to fenway I know some bllparks like the Jays home field do not let you in for BP.Does Fenway.Thanks for clarifying that the Pirates are now the worst team in baseball.The Royals have been for the last couple months.So I just assumed they still were.Should check my facts next time.

    -kaylee

  9. ramones18@cox.net

    I really think Papelbon will break the record of career saves, and i calculated that albert pujols will break the home run record if he stays at this pace, and ichiro will be the new career hits leader. ANyway just saying hi from Israel, im here until the 24th of July. Peace and go RED SOX!

  10. Zack

    KAYLEE-
    You can go almost anywhere in Fenway. It’s fantastic. Every seat is sold out for the season, so the ushers don’t even bother kicking people out. They must figure that no one would be stupid enough to sit where they don’t belong.

    RAMONES-

    Thanks for checking in from so far away. Papelbon might become a starter, so let’s wait a few years to see which path his career takes. Pujols has a good shot, but he seems like the kind of player whose body will break down. Ichiro has no chance because he made his MLB debut at age 27.

    ICHIRO-

    Don’t take it personally. Oh, and thanks for the ball last year at Yankee Stadium.

  11. drosenda@msn.com

    Z,

    Well dude, Kaufmann officially is a horrible stadium for balls and autographs. I was there July 3. Get this: they don’t allow fans to bring a full size bat into the stadium. I was SO pissed, mainly at the 10 minute walk in a heavy Twins jersey in the 95 degree 150 percent humidity, back to the Drury Inn to put the bat back into my car. Oh, they also told me about this policy 2 seconds before the gates opened. I was seething.

    I finally get back, and the stands are PACKED along the rail with kids aged 6-16. With no outfield seating, it was just a madhouse. I had no shot. Every ball into the left field corner was met with an amazing chorus of “ball, ball, ball”. I’m sure the players love that annoying sound.

    So pregame, nothing.

    Post game, I was at the dugout, and got Jerry White to toss me the 9th inning ‘fielder warmup ball’. It is quite ugly, but no shutout.

    Earlier during my annual Minnesota trek, we attended the July 1st game. I think the Metrodome ***** for baseballs, but I got 2 being very intuitive.

    Ball 1, bullpen catcher and Corey Koskie. I asked the BP catcher by name for a fresh ball out of the bin. He was like “gotta throw BP, sorry”. I said “thanks anyways!” Koskie was 2 feet away during all this, and he must have been impressed that I didn’t pout, as he went over and hooked me up with a fresh sharpie marked ball.

    Ball 2 was a strategic ball, based on an observation I will share with one and all:

    players think it’s fun to toss a ball into the higher regions of a park. I went to this little nook in the lower deck, and I was all alone to ask Dave Bush for a ball. He chucked it over my head, but I was the only one near, so I get ball 2.

    So, maybe a fresh new ‘tip’ for snaggers is to find a place in a stadium where guys have to throw a ball a long ways. They seem to find it kinda fun.

    Twins are in town this weekend at Ameriquest, I better bring my glove to the games!

  12. Chad

    Zack, Postgame concerts are the easiest to snag at… Not during the game but after the game, because you can go to anyeat in the stadium unless someone is already there (common sense) Players will stay after to watch it so it is easy to get a ball. I don’t know if concerts are at shea but it happens at chase field.

    Chad

  13. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    Drosenda is right about players wanting to throw balls in high and odd places. At one game at the Rogers Centre a player either from the White Sox or Devil Rays (can’t remember) was tossing a ball to someone in the hotels above Windows Restaurant. They also like throwing balls into the restaurant so I think your right they like tossing balls in odd places.

  14. Zack

    ROSENDA-
    I disagree about Kauffman Stadium. I mean, it’s true that there’s no outfield seating, but the whole place is so laid-back that I was able to dominate. I was there for two games in May of 2001, and I got 19 balls, including a foul during the game. That realls does [extremely mild expletive deleted] about the bat. Anyway, congrats on avoiding the shutout despite the difficult circumstances. And you’re right about players tossing balls to no man’s land. The only problem with making THAT my strategy is that in some stadiums, it could take five minutes to get to the upper deck, and in that time, I might miss three balls downstairs.

    CHAD-

    You don’t EVER want to go to a concert at Shea. The place turns into a zoo. But hey, if it works in Phoenix, then go for it.

    JIMMY-

    Cool. Now I know where to book my room next time I’m in Toronto.

  15. drosenda@msn.com

    Well, you must have hit Kauffman on a good day, because there were a zillion zealous Twins fans around there.

  16. dodgerssteven91@yahoo.com

    Except for all of the New Yorkers on this blog who like Wagner (the Mets have too many representatives…),

    VOTE FOR NOMAR GARCIAPARRA.

    He deserves to go to Pittsburgh more than any other player on the ballot and he has the highest batting average in the National League. Let’s vote for Dodgers first baseman Garciaparra.

  17. joneli24@yahoo.com

    zack- i think you’ll be dissapointed to know this but…the pirates had bp. they did an on field interview with jose lima and they were throwing while the pirates took bp. i dont know about the mets…but im poritive the pirates did take bp.

  18. Nick

    Although there may be other Twins fans out there named Nick, I want to make it clear that I was not in Kansas City, let alone many of me. It would be fun to have many of me at one game, though. Imagine if you could be in every section at once… ahhh…

  19. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    I hate all-star game voting where its all biast and the popular guys make the list. Just look at the AL side for a second A-Rod killed the 3rd baseman voting for fans but he was like 5th in player voting. Glaus was #1 so I say they have to change the system of voting.

    Normar has my vote same with Liriano for the AL.

  20. andy5353@aol.com

    Jimmy-I totally agree about the allstar game. did you leave for the night?Got to get back to my red sox.
    -kaylee

  21. Zack

    DODGERS-
    I’ve always voted for the BEST players (with the exception of Tony Womack), not the most popular guys or the ones from the Mets. I fully support Nomar this time ’round.

    KAYLEE-

    You’re welcome. (Check MLB.com to find out if the Jays are playing.)

    JONELI-

    You’re talking about yesterday?! July 5th?!

    NICK-

    I’ve often wished I could clone myself, and not just for snagging purposes.

    JIMMY-

    I think YOU are the biased one. A-Rod is a **much** better player than Glaus. A-Rod’s having a “bad” year, and he’s still on pace to hit 35 homers and knock in 120 runs. Oh, and he’s batting .290.

  22. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    Don’t get me wrong I truly support A-Rod I even picked him 1st overall in a baseball pool, its just that this year around he doesn’t deserve the starting role in the all-star game. DO you know what I mean.

    And the Jays are currently losing to the Royals 1-0.

  23. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    Zack how about posting up something soon like tomorrow like who you think awards should go to after half a season or something about crazy snags you’ve done or most memorable.

    Also I’ve heard Ichiro is impossible to get autos from and that signed balls from him go as high as $500, its one of my goals for the Seattle series gonna be a tough one.

  24. andy5353@aol.com

    ZAck-Yeah.I figured that out.
    Forgot about Mlb.com.SO,I am watching three games on the computer right now.URGH..Carl crawford(FRom TB) can hit man…and run for that mattter he just homered off my sox.BAck to my games.

  25. andy5353@aol.com

    ZAck-BTW the royals are not lokking like the second worst team in baseball against the jays!
    -kaylee

  26. Chad

    Jimmy- I live in AZ so I go to the Peoria Sports Complex where they play and it is easy to get his auto. I got a Mike Piazza there too. Ichiro is really nice down here in da desert.

  27. Zack

    JIMMY-
    No, I don’t know what you mean. Who deserves to start more than A-Rod? Mike Lowell with his 30 doubles? Melvin Mora with his quintuplets? Mark Teahen with his…uh.

    I wrote an entry last season about the weirdest way I ever got a ball. As for first-half awards, that’s a good idea, but I’m not sure I’ll get around to it.

    KAYLEE-

    Crawford’s the man. It’s a shame he’s stuck with such a dumb team.

    CHAD-

    It’s good to know that Ichiro is not impossible ALL the time.

  28. andy5353@aol.com

    Zack-I know Carl Crawford would be reconized more if he were with a bettter team.
    -kaylee

  29. Nick

    I just posted this comment on Scott Reifort’s, the White Sox vice president of communications, blog:

    While A.J. Pierzynski and the White Sox Nation bask in the glory of the Final Vote outcome, I would like to bring to attention what really happened in the past few days.

    Pierzynski stole the Final Vote. It was given to him undeserved. The deserving candidate? A young southpaw by the name of Fransisco Liriano. I need not make his case by throwing out statistics or numbers. Liriano’s case is made by his fellow teammates and by players across the Major Leagues who have faced him. The players have described his pitching as “dirty.” Does anyone describe Pierzynski’s catching as “dirty?” I think not.

    The White Sox, the team with the most players on the either All-Star roster, conveniently have the same manager who will be coaching the All-Star game. If we take a look at the NL All-Stars, we do not see the Astros sending a whole bunch of players to the Midsummer Classic; we see only one, Lance Berkman.

    So, A.J., I hope you have fun at the All-Star game sitting on the bench behind Ivan Rodriguez and Joe Mauer. Oh, wait, Ozzie is managing the team, you will probably be inserted as a last minute starter. Enjoy the experience, A.J., but just remember this: Liriano will strike you out, any day.

    His blog is found at:

    http://whitesoxpride.mlblogs.com

    Mine is found at:

    http://twinslove.mlblogs.com

  30. Nick

    It had to be said, I’m sick of A.J. Pierzynski. 28 RBI 5 HR. Yeah, those are All-Star numbers.

  31. andy5353@aol.com

    I agree.I like David Ortiz’s numbers better 82RBI 28 Hr those are all star numbers
    -kaylee

  32. andy5353@aol.com

    Sorry forgot his grand slam he just hit to win it make that 29 homers.
    -kaylee

  33. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    I definetly will help u out I hate the White Sox cause their dirty little cheaters and especially AJ cause he’s the dirtiest player, ever since the Angels and White Soxs playoff game last year when AJ ran to 1st after he struck out and later ended up winning the game started my hate for the White Sox.

  34. andy5353@aol.com

    Becareful there Jimmy this is my second battle today i had one with a yankee fan!
    -kaylee

  35. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    I like to start a lotta fights and **** ppl off, but I really think that this is something that makes sense to argue about no way does AJ deserve the nod.

  36. andy5353@aol.com

    JImmy-I have snagged 50 total and 6 this season(that is cause I have on been to 1 game this season).BUt I just started last year.
    -kaylee

  37. Zack

    NICK-
    That was quite a bold message you posted. Way to go! The only case that could be made for A.J. is that the AL only has two catchers without him. But man…that’s rough for Liriano. And for Hafner. That guy MASHES.

    JIMMY-

    I don’t know if it’s fair to call A.J. dirty for having run to first base on that supposed dropped third strike in the playoffs. To me, that just seemed like a heads-up play and a mess-up by the umps.

  38. andy5353@aol.com

    okay…….THey did not buy it but,What white sox fan would…BUt,do reas it
    -kaylee

  39. andy5353@aol.com

    Zack-I read your post on pierzynski.It made a lot of good points!The thing I am worried about is you gave them
    your link.UH OH!Although once they realize me,Nick,and Jimmy

    comment here they will probaly

    leave…We made some brutal comments there……Yours was nicer then ours.ANY WAY 2:00 am off to bed.

    -kaylee

  40. Zack

    Yeah, I thought about the link-sharing, but I’m not worried. I really didn’t bash anyone or say anything mean, so if any Sox fans pay me a visit, there shouldn’t be a problem.

  41. thegroceryman1@yahoo.com

    Who has the highest OPS in the American League? Travis Hafner.

    Who has the highest OBP in the American League? Travis Hafner.

    Who has the highest SLG in the American League? Travis Hafner.

    Who has the most BB in the American League? Travis Hafner.

    Who is not an All Star in the American League? Travis Hafner.

    ABSOLUTELY F U C K I N G DISGRACEFUL. The best hitter in the American League is not on the team. And this is the second year in a row he’s been robbed. Insane, man.

    *sigh*

  42. hockeyguy1011@aol.com

    ZAACKKK!

    i got a quick question, hopefully you or someone else on here can help me out…

    im currently at the university of florida checking out the campus, and theres a 90% shot that Ill be in tampa tomorrow night to see the devil rays play the Yanks….i already know that for friday, sat, and sun games all gates open 2 hours before game time (does this mean 5 or 5:15 for a 7:15 game??)….ive checked past attendances and seen yanks games or bosox games with between 18-21k there, kind of like an average marlins weekend game im used to….

    anyways, any extra TIPS for the TROP or anything of that sort…best places to sit for foul balls, where to go for BP, mabe something you know about NYY that can help??

    thanks!!

  43. Chad

    Zack- Do you count a foull ball hit to the third base coach, then tossed to you a game ball?

    Hockey guy- I havent been down in the east for games but from what i have read is that Jonny Gomes is a great signer Maybe a great ball tosser so try him. Tell Jorge Cantu you read his blog on MLBlogs.com and he will toss you one or sign for you. And maybe Carl Crawford or Casey Fossum. On they Yankees side try Melky Cabrera for a Ball, and Mike myers for a Ball/ Auto I am 99% sure that he will sign for you.

  44. Nick

    Thanks for the support, Zack. I just ended my argument over there with my last comment. Check it out, see what you think.

    I didn’t think the White Sox fans would be so “mindless.” Which is how one of them described my posts. Oh well, I guess we can take White Sox fans off of the “Most Intelligent Fans in Baseball” list.

  45. Zack

    GROCERY MAN-
    Sigh indeed.

    HOCKEY GUY-

    I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I really can’t tell you anything about the Trop. I’ve only been to one game there, and that was five years ago. It’s kind of a quiry ballpark, but I wasn’t there long enough to master it, or remember anything, so the only advice I’d be able to give would be generic. As for the Yankees, I hardly ever see them anymore because I refuse to go to Yankee Stadium (because it’s so unpleasant). I’d just have to agree with what Chad said. Jonny Gomes is extremely generous.

    CHAD-

    I didn’t know that about Cantu. I wonder if other MLBlogging players would toss balls like that as well.

    NICK-

    I just read all the latest comments on the White Sox blog. Clearly, you were the smartest and most thoughtful fan over there. It’s amazing how that one comment from you ignited such a firestorm.

  46. paddyglover@gmail.com

    The only time I ever got a ball at a game was a foul ball at Riverfront stadium hit by Joe Girardi when he was on the Rockies. Weird how he’s a manager now.

    Zack, I’m the one who called you Zack at the Reds game a couple of weeks ago. I’ve never commented on your blog before, but I read it. I’ve got a link to it on the sidebar of my blog, Church of Baseball. (http://www.baseballchurch.blogspot.com)

    I have a real question, hence the reason for the comment. Did you go home because you were afraid you’d break your streak without batting practice? Just curious.

    Cathie

    a.k.a. Daedalus (in the blogosphere.)

  47. Chad

    Zack- You can go t oany blogging player and tell them that you read their blog and look forward to more of their posts and after that ask if they will toss you a ball or give you an auto. I did that with Jorge Cantu and Manager Tony Larussa with his blog. Later I went to David Wright and he gave me an auto. Dan Haren gave me a ball. And Robertson gave me a ball.

    Chad

  48. ramones18@cox.net

    hi again zack, thanks for clearing that up about ichiro, i forgot he made his debeut at 27. did you know that satchel paige made a late debeut and retired when he was 52 years old? its amazing how long pitchers lasted back then.

    anyways, who noticed that my BIB PAPI is now the league RBI’s and Home Runs leader!!!! Big Papi is the man! Peace Zack, and Go RED SOX!!!!!!!

  49. hockeyguy1011@aol.com

    well, 10% happens sometimes :-(

    i didnt get to go to the game, but thanks for the advice!

  50. Zack

    CATHIE!
    It’s great to finally see you here. Girardi was on my TV about 20 seconds ago because the Mets are playing the Marlins. Cool that you got a foul ball from him back in the day. Anyway, the streak did NOT motivate my decision to go home. I can (and do) get lots balls without BP, but it’s just not nearly as fun.

    CHAD-

    Is that an MLBlogger sweep? Seems like you’ve gotten a ball from everyone.

    RAMONES-

    I believe Satchel made his final appearance when he was 59…but that was an exception, not the rule. Imagine how many ribbies Papi would end up with if HE plays ’til he’s 59.

    HOCKEY GUY-

    Bummer.

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