Home Run Derby!

Ten days ago, my friend Brad put two tickets for the 2007 Home Run Derby on eBay with a $2,000 reserve. (In other words, he wasn’t going to sell them for less than $2,000.) After nine and a half days, someone finally bid, and at the last minute there was a flurry of bids–six in total–which raised the final price to $2,200.


Thus, it is official: I’m going to San Francisco in July for the Home Run Derby! Brad has already booked my flights and hotel. I’m excited beyond words, and yes, this’ll be my first Derby.

It feels really weird to know that I’ll be attending this event with two people and not having any idea (at this point) who they are. All I know is that the winning bidder lives in California, and that her name is Sarah.

Within the next month or two, Brad will be selling a pair of tickets to the All-Star Game…

It’s been 10 hours since I posted this entry, and I now know who’ll be joining me at the Derby. Sarah just emailed me and said, “My almost 12 year old son and I do a mother son trip every summer to the all star game– we’ve been going since 2001, so it will be the two of us joining you. Home Run derby is our favorite event. The last few years we’ve been buying seats in the outfield and we love trying to score balls during batting practice.”



  1. jimmyjoejoejrchabadu@hotmail.com

    Sweet, are u gonna go to the All-Star game aswell? And will you count the balls u snag during the derby?

    Anway I’m off to see the Jays and Tigers hoping to catch a foul ball, with the flamethrower AJ Burnett on the mound.

  2. tswechtenberg@gmail.com

    hey speaking of the all star game; in your book i learned that you get to vote on who is on the teams . what i’m wondering is when that happens and does anyone get to vote etc…any details…
    thank, mike

  3. db3par@aol.com

    I’M SO JEALOUS. I’ve always wanted to go to a home run derby. Are you gonna be the only person with a mit sittin in the front row hoping that they tip it back to you? That would be fun. Anyway, have a great time!!!

  4. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    So I’m definitely going tommorow. I just hope I get one ball (preferably from the umpire or any other game-used ball).

  5. trueplaya_202@hotmail.com

    Hey Zack

    what happens if you dont get a ball for them? :O do they get there money back lol. Anyways thats really good and I cant wait to hear how that goes. Anyways nice game at Shea the other day 8 balls is prety **** good.

    Also an update on my season the first game was a disgrace the only thing I got was a teahan autograph which looks reeeeealy nice and got on TV a bunch of times to with the “O”s. My friend got a job as an usher so this year I can sit wherever he patrols without a seat for that section. So that game he got us RF line where foul balls often go but none that day.

    Today though was a great day… actually my best game ever :D. Started off my getting a thumbs up from Overbay and then talking to Jamie Campbell the jays tv announcer who told us about putting us on TV a bunch of time the last game we went to. Soon after as the jays BP ended Jp Riccardi tossed me a ball the jays GM and i then got it signed by Overbay :D!!! When the tigers took the field I quickly got a ball from Bobby Seay and a while after that i caught a ball hit by curtis granderson or shawn casey backhanded :D. When BP ended I got Verlander on a ball to. Unfortunately couldnt stay til the end though cause BJ blew the **** game and that inning took forever so we had to leave to catch a train.

    But 3 balls and 2 good autos= best game ever :D there was A LOT of tiger fans to

  6. kvrpmmh@aol.com

    Hey Zack,

    Sweet deal. I’ll be out to San Fran as well. Let me tell you, All-Star Games are TOUGH! I’ve gone the last two years, with only 1 ball to show for it thrown by Jason Schmidt last year (lots of autographs though). My one piece of advice for ball collectors at the all-star game/week is to make sure you go to the Futures Game (you can order tickets online easily for like $40). It is played on All-Star Sunday if you’re in town, and BP is ball heaven (and autograph heaven, they do a signing) and there is only maybe 15-20,000 people in attendance (at least at the ones I’ve been to) so game balls are easy to come by. They have commemorative futures game balls made that are pretty snazzy and fun to snag.

    Just finished your book, by the way. I really enjoyed it! Now to get it signed…

    And I also got that MLB clothing from cafepress.com. It’s quality stuff, and professionally printed. Great, great buy. Go to that site when you get some time and find an MLB logo and toy around with it. If you can’t it to work how you want it, you can just buy it through me, if you want to.

    Happy Snagging!


  7. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    ****, the Mets game got rained out today. At least this means that all those “42”-stamped balls will be put into the Mets practice balls to be used in batting practice over the next couple weeks.

  8. Zack

    I’ll be going to the All-Star Game if my friend Brad gets a good offer for his tickets, and we both expect (and hope) that he will. I plan to count the Derby balls.


    Well said.


    Anyone can vote for the starting position players. There’ll be ballots at games and online within the next month or so. Online, you can vote up to 25 times (per email address, I believe). The managers pick the pitchers and reserves.


    *I’ve* always wanted to go to a Derby…but to answer your question, my first row seat will be in right-center field, so there’s no “tipping” involved. I’m sure everyone else out there will have a glove, but that’s fine. Nothing wrong with having a li’l competition.


    Yeah, it got cancelled early today. What a mess. What a bummer. You really think the “42” balls will get mixed in with the rest? I’m surprised MLB doesn’t keep ALL the extra commemorative balls (including ones from the All-Star Game) and sell them.


    I don’t know what will happen if we get shut out, but that’s so hard to imagine that I’m not concerned. At the very least, I need to get two balls at the Derby: one for them and one for me, Hopefully, though, I’ll get way more than two, and who knows…Sarah and her son have been to these events before so they might be able to get a few balls as well. It’s not like they’re helpless. Congrats on the nice recovery after a rough first game.


    How did you get tickets for the last few All-Star Games? Did your family just buy them on eBay? I appreciate all the advice, and my plans are already set for the Futures Game. Will you be attending all three events, including the Derby? Where are your seats? So glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I’ll let you know when I make plans to head to Camden. I’ll check out cafepress.com. Thanks for letting me know.

  9. kvrpmmh@aol.com

    2 years ago, I bought them on EBay. Last year, it was close to home, and I have a connection with a Pirate’s single A team, so I was able to get them through there. This year, I’m getting them through Little League, since I am friends with the President (I live where the World Series is played). I have no idea where the seats will be. I will be attending all 3 events as well.

  10. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    Yes, I’m convinced that the balls will be put into the practice bins, because think about it: these balls were already sent to New York and set up for game use. I’m sure MLB wouldn’t ask the Mets to send them back. So the team might as well use them sometime. I have a feeling they’ll just leave the balls at Shea until the next game and use them during BP then. Or maybe they’ll bring them on the road this week (I hope not).

  11. Zack

    I’m officially jealous…perhaps a little less jealous this year since I’ll be there too.


    It a good theory, and man, I hope you’re right.

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