Line drives hook.

Line drives hook. That’s all there is to it, and the A-Rod homer that I misplayed two nights ago was indeed a line drive. According to Hit Tracker, the ball left A-Rod’s bat at a speed of 113.3 miles per hour, took off toward my section at a 23.4-degree angle, traveled 396 feet, and never went higher than 59 feet. That’s not just a line drive. That’s a frozen rope, clothes line, pea, seed, missile, rocket, and aspirin tablet all rolled into one. I’m not making excuses for why I shouldn’t have caught it; I’m trying to come up with reasons why I shouldn’t feel as bad about not catching it. Another reason: it was only his 512th career homer, and really, in the grand scheme of things, who cares about anyone’s 512th career homer? It’s not like it was his 812th. THAT would’ve been something to cry about. A-Rod still has a long way to go, and if he doesn’t opt out of his contract at the end of this season, I’ll have many more chances in 2008 to chase his home runs.

Yesterday I felt like a living pile of dog poop, and I lashed out at the few people who were dumb enough to try to cheer me up. For future reference, don’t try to cheer me up. I have a right to indulge in self-pity. I’m also a perfectionist, and oh by the way, newsflash, I take my snagging kinda seriously. Get over it.

Today I’m feeling better. Time does that.

It also helps to be an optimist.

And finally, for the record, I’d like to say that aside from all this A-Rod drama, my mom and I had a great time together at the game.




    Hey Zack….

    Nice post. I have a feeling something big is going to happen for you this last month on the snagging level. Don’t know what it is, but the A Rod thing was just a taste. Three foul balls last week, a near miss on a gamer. The good things happen in threes and that’s two. Three is coming soon. Well, I’m off to the airport in 6 hours. Denver tonight and tomorrow. Hoping for a big snagging night. Wish me luck everyone.



    I saw the Bonds home run balls numbers 755 and 756 this morning. They are on display in the lobby of Sotheby’s at the corner of 72nd and York (basically impossible to get to, but closer than Cooperstown). They have a ticket from one of the games as well. It was kind of neat, but I must admit that I’d rather see the John Maine home run ball.




    It’s a good thing that you have all the bases covered when it comes to the sweet science of the Hit Tracker — I love it! Sometimes you come across a speedbump during the season and you have definitely hit one in the stands… Please take two aspirin, relax and recharge your snagging batteries as there will be more games to apply your trade. You can do it Zack!

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    Tell your mom to get new glasses what are those from the 80’s , and please dont think i ment that meanly . Just a joke cause they look very outdated


    Zack, looking at the last poster, we’re going to turn this into an Islanders blog. Only four weeks to their home opener–and there’s no conflict with the ALDS if the Yanks are a wild card!

    Where’s the A-Rod pic testing the ankle? I know you have it and I’d love to download it for my scorebook. Thanks.


    My trip to NY was fun. When we got there (grampa, me, grandmas boss), we took a tour of the stadium. We got to see the pressbox, the history place (sorry yankees fans for forgeting real name) in left center, and the away teams dugout. It was pretty cool. Then we did about a 9 block haul to the Carnegie Deli. There are the BIGGEST pastrami sandwiches i have seen in my LIFE. And if those weren’t enough, there was a huge slice of pie to compliment it. After that, we went to Brookestone and Sharper Image to check out the latest tech stuff. They we took a subway back to yanks stadium. Got in, went to our seats and found out that even binoculars didn’t help much in our left field bleacher seats… Snagging was a no go that day because everywhere along the fences were three rows of people yelling and some of them were drunk already. The whole experience of the bleachers was difference than a home game at Camden. @$$hole was yelled a few times to Red Sox fans. The family in front of me was real joyed to sit there too (sarcasm). So the yanks ended up beating the Sox on their home opener against them.


    Time for my second post on my game at RFK. There is a lesson I have learned that I will never forget, BRING GLOVE TO EVERY SINGLE GAME. I cannot believe I didn’t bring it. There were at least 3 balls I could have had during the game. The most frustrating one was at the very end of the game, 2 outs, the Chief is in (chad cordero), pop-up foul territory on the first base side, (my seats were two rows up from the field) and Ronnie Belliard (2nd base) has a play on the ball and drops it. So he jogs over to pick it up so I’m yelling at the top of my lungs RONNIE RONNIE RONNIE and he tosses the ball BEHIND his back and right over my head and 4 women sitting behind my dad and I got it. I was PISSED. If my dad would of stayed in his seat he would caught it easily. That was pretty much my day at RFK.


    oooook I have one more thing to ask before I go. My dad wants to know what you think of US Cellular Field. How you can only stay within your section before a game to snag balls.

  9. Zack

    I hope you’re right, and good luck in Denver!


    Yes, it’s true, and I’ve also got a MARRIED mother, so watch yourself. :-)


    Funny. The John Maine home run is certainly as rare, in its own way. Maybe NYC will actually get a second subway line on the East Side someday.


    As always, thanks for the words of encouragement.


    I agree the shape is a bit unusual for 2007, but I kinda like them. If you saw the glasses up close, you’d see that they have an interesting (not cheezy) color and pattern.


    Can you blame a guy for using ‘roids before those ‘roids were illegal in the sport? I don’t know. But it still stinks.


    I find nothing cool about a filtering system that bleeps out harmless words that someone else finds potentially offensive.


    Never! This is a baseball blog. B-A-S-E-B-A-L-L. Thank you. As for the A-Rod ankle pics…I deleted them all because I was pissed off and didn’t want to be reminded of the whole fiasco that played out later on. Sorry. But if it makes you feel any better, they really didn’t come out great. A few were blurry, and the rest were too dark, and you could barely see his face.


    Hey. I’m glad you had such a good time in New York, minus the vulgarity and lousy view at Yankee Stadium. But that IS the Yankee way, so in effect, you really did get your money’s worth. Sorry about the missed foul ball, but c’mon, after reading my blog for all this time, how could you NOT bring your glove? I haven’t been to US Cellular Field since 1999, and things were much different then. It used to be amazing for balls during BP, but now? No idea.


    You wrote:
    Yes, it’s true, and I’ve also got a MARRIED mother, so watch yourself. :-)

    I write:

    Stay cool. I’m also married.

    In fact, today’s the 33rd anniversary of my marriage to a fabulous woman! I hope you have similar good fortune when you marry.


    OK why I didn’t bring my glove is quite a long story. I’ll sum it up. Parents had a long discussion and we were deciding to go or not and when we left, it was about 6:15 for a 7:05 game and I was only thinking about where my iPod and book were. The glove COMPLETELY slipped my mind.


    oh and my brother (Nick) and dad said that Cellular field was TERRIBLE for snagging. You can only stay within your section before the game. So if you want to continue your snagging streak, DON’T go to chi sox stadium.

  13. Zack

    Cool. Thanks for letting me know, and congrats on your big day.


    You need to make a checklist of all the items that you could possibly need at a baseball game. Then just check the list before you head out, and you’ll never forget anything.



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