“Watch With Zack”

In case you haven’t heard, I’m starting my own business this season. It’s called Watch With Zack and I’ll be taking people to games and teaching them how to watch baseball and snag baseballs. Why am I telling you this? Because I have a friend named Brad who has three amazing tickets to this year’s All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. He just put two of the Derby tickets on eBay. I get the third ticket, and the highest bidder gets me. Here’s the full listing.

(You might remember Brad if you’ve been reading this blog since last summer. Remember when I caught the Barry Bonds homer on 8/16/06 at PETCO Park? As fate would have it, I ended up talking to Brad on the phone just a few minutes later.)

Meanwhile, the east coast is getting soaked, so I’m not going to Philly.


  1. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    Wow, that’s awesome! Those seats are gonna be amazing! I assume that during the game and Derby, nobody else is allowed down to that little section! That’s gonna be a home run magnet! You are going to clean up in those seats! And your ticket is free! You are so lucky.

    About Philly, that *****. Hopefully they’ll play a single-admission double header tommorow and I’ll get to go to two games! But probably not. Oh well. Did you try calling that BP hotline? I found out about it a while back. It’s on the A-Z guide on the Phillies website and I called it last year because I was worried that this stupid celebrity softball game would cancel BP. It told me everything I needed to know and I went to the game. I haven’t heard of any other similar hotlines for other teams, but they should all have one.

  2. psu532@yahoo.com

    Very nice Zack. Hopefully that auction goes for a lot of money. Are you planning on putting any “Watch a Mets game with Zack” auctions up?

    Just out of curiousity, since the whole ball collecting started, do you ever sit back and watch the game, or are you always on the run? You must be exhausted at the end of the day!

    Last year, I remember being at Mike Piazza’s first game back at Shea when he was with the Padres (I think it was 8/8/06), and I was sitting in sec. 6 of the loge, and I saw you in action, including when you caught a foul ball, that you later mentioned on here. That was the first I really heard about/saw you in action.

  3. jessliese@gmail.com

    That’s a brilliant idea, I must say, though I bet Deadspin has a field day with it. Pun intended.

    (You’re really going to give up one of your balls if your paying companion doesn’t catch one? I thought you gave up balls for nobody!)

    Kip is relentlessly bugging me to loan him your book. I might just buy him his own copy.

  4. Zack

    Yes, and my flight and hotel will be free as part of the deal. I feel extremely lucky to have this opportunity. Brad says the section will be closed off to everyone except those who have tickets there, haha. I didn’t call the hotline today. It was so ugly outside (and on accuweather.com) that I didn’t care what any hotline would’ve told me. But I’m saving the number for future reference. Thanks again.


    The HR Debry and All-Star Game will probably be the only auctions this season. I’ll simply take people to other games if/when they email me and say they’re iinterested. I’m pretty much always on the run at games, and yes, it’s exhausting. Check out the FAQ section on my site for the longer answer. So you saw the Piazza foul, huh? I think I got two fouls from back-to-back batters that night.


    Thanks! I’d be offended if Deadspin doesn’t make fun of it. After all, that’s THEIR business. I’m going to start giving away at least one ball at every game (even when I’m not with a client), and possibly a lot more. Quite simply, I’ve had a change of heart. In the meantime, what’re we gonna do about that Kip?


    No Coors plans yet.


    I guess we’ll soon find out…

  5. bergin42@msn.com

    wow thats crazy you have tickets to that..yesterday was a nice day the brewers won most importantly and i got two autographs..one ball by nomar garciaparra, and one by Vin Scully..that was cool to be in the likes of one of the greatest broadcasters of all time so that was a nice graph, next game is on saturday, brewers vs. cubs

  6. psu532@yahoo.com

    So Zack do you plan on lugging all 30 team’s hats to the home run derby, or are you planning on picking up an “AL” and “NL” hat? haha Also, hopefully you’ll bring the glove trick, so we’ll be able to see that on ESPN.

    The last few years the broadcasters (Chris Berman, etc) have been stationed in the outfield, so maybe you’ll get some prime tv time with them.

  7. Zack

    It’s not a done deal yet. Let’s see how the eBay auction goes. If nobody bites (which is a real possibility), Brad and I will still have a couple more months to find someone.


    Can’t believe you got Vin. That’s fantastic.


    The Rockies looked good today.


    Ha, I hadn’t thought about that. Good call. I might just go with my standard MLB cap (the one that I wore at my signings last week) and bring a Mets cap in case Beltran fields one near my section. I’ll definitely have the glove trick. I always do.

  8. mike.los@lhsc.on.ca


    I can just feel the excitement building…

    Your going to need all season to prepare for this moment in MLB history.

    Will you be able to handle the pressure — it will be enormous… Everyone will be watching and that includes Bud Selig from his luxury box, sipping root beer!

  9. kvrpmmh@aol.com

    Hey Zack.
    Wow, giving away a ball a game? Doesn’t that screw up your records and statistics? I could never be so generous lol. Weird question, where did you get your generic MLB logo shirt/hat? I’ve scoured MLB.com and EBay and other sites but have come up empty. Any Baltimore trips in the foresight?

    Happy Snagging,


  10. johnjamahoney@hotmail.com

    Zack, I got tickets for Mets vs Phillies, in the Mezzanine, is there any chance for foul balls up there?

  11. Zack

    I have to say…I am a bit nervous about the Derby. I’ve never been to one before, so I’m not sure what to expect, but based on what Brad told me, I should do fine. (Root beer?!)


    Nah, it won’t mess things up at all. My grand total will simply reflect the number of balls that I’ve snagged, not the number that I own. I got the cap on the New Era web site, I think. Which MLB shirt? The gray one? I bought it directly from a guy who was in the minors. The black one? From a friend who wasn’t in the minors. I’m always on the lookout for clothes with the MLB logo. Why is it so hard to find?


    What section/box/row? If you’re behind the main aisle in the “reserved” seats, it’s doubtful, but possible.

  12. kvrpmmh@aol.com

    Those would be the ones Zack. I have no idea why they’re hard to find, but I’ve looked EVERYWHERE for major league logo stuff. Thanks for your help, I’ll have to try out New Era.

  13. johnjamahoney@hotmail.com

    yeh my seats might be in the reserved, not sure, I’d probably be out of them anyway, are there ushers on the Loge level checking tickets?

  14. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    John: Don’t screw with the usher who patrols the Loge section right behind home plate. He seems to think that it’s his job to personally ruin the game for thousands of fans. Just don’t get caught in the wrong seat man.

  15. psu532@yahoo.com

    I can’t stand the ushers at Shea. They think they own the place. (Some of them have probably worked there since it opened).

    I had front seats to a Mets-Marlins game last year and I walked over a few sections to take a close up picture of Dontrelle Willis, and this 90 year old usher told me to go back to my seat! I was like “are you kidding me???”

    About 4-5 years ago I was at a Mets-Expos game with my aunt, and her friend’s son was the ballboy for the Expos (he was the ballboy for the Expos every time they came into town). We had loge seats, but in the 9th inning, we walked down to try to sit in the field level seats so we could say hi to him after the game, and the usher wouldn’t even let us go down there, with 2 outs left in the entire game!

    It’s sad when it’s easier to move around and sit in better seats at Yankee Stadium versus Shea Stadium.

  16. hugesportsfan2000@yahoo.com

    I remember a game I went to last year when I had an encounter with this Loge Usher. It was around 5:00/5:30 (for a 7:10 game) and it was pouring. Raining like CRAZY.

    Anyway, we decided to sit in the loge section behind home plate, (section 1), and less than 5 minutes later the usher for the section came around and told everyone to leave. 2 hours before the game in the pouring rain!

    He said that if people with tickets for that section showed up, he needed to make sure that their seats were open, and that if we want to sit, we should go to the Upper Deck where our seats were.

  17. Zack

    You’re welcome. Good luck finding it, and if you see other “MLB” apparel, let me know.


    There are ushers everywhere. Watch out.


    You talking about the guy with the gray mustache who waddles around pompously?


    Many of them HAVE worked at Shea since it opened in ’64. One time, I got busted for moving to a section that was worse than the one my ticket was for. The ushers give “Amazing” a new meaning.


    That’s disgusting.

  18. johnjamahoney@hotmail.com

    Is that restaurant still ther that you can run down the up escalator to get into field level?

  19. Zack

    The Bullpen Lounge? I think that’s the one you mean, and no, it’s long gone, and a guard now patrols that entrance.

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