I mentioned in a comment late last night that I hadn’t heard from the LA Times writer for a while. Well, that just changed. He called. We talked for a bit. He said he’s working on a how-to piece about snagging baseballs, with a focus on Dodger & Angel Stadiums. He asked me a whole lot of stuff about general ball-snagging strategies and etiquette, and then, based on what I’d told him, he wanted to know a couple specific things. I wasn’t sure what to say because I haven’t been to those ballparks for a number of years, so I’m hoping YOU guys in California can help.
Basically, what I need to know is:
1) Does security let people stand on the staircases between the outfield wall and the bleachers? You know when you see home runs barely clear the wall and then people race down the steps and disappear from sight? Those are the steps I’m talking about. Can you stand there during batting practice? How about during the game itself?
2) What’s the best place(s) to go during games at Angel Stadium? Is security very strict there? Or can you get away with standing up and sneaking around?
In my last entry, I mentioned that this piece is going to run in the LA Times. Let me be more specific: it’s going to be in the LA Times Magazine. March 2nd. Look for it…
The writer got back in touch and told me that the piece is getting pushed back to April.