No, I haven’t yet snagged my 4,000th ball, but I’m getting really close, and I’ve finally decided when and where I’m (hopefully) going to get it:
This coming weekend, I’m going to be flying to LA for a big family event. The Mets will be at Dodger Stadium on Monday the 18th, and I’ll be there with a bunch of Hamples. Just the other day I bought *ten* tickets from StubHub in the left field pavilion, so that’s where we’ll be.
Dodger Stadium is a tough place, especially when one is trapped all day in the outfield, so I don’t expect to snag THAT many balls. Therefore, when I get on that plane to LA, I want my lifetime total to be 3,997. Maybe 3,996. But not any less than that. Right now I’m at 3,979 so that means I need to get 17 or 18 balls in the next four days.
I’ll be at Citi Field tonight, and I might go back tomorrow. I’m also considering going to Philly on Wednesday and/or Yankee Stadium on Friday.
The reason why I don’t want to show up at Dodger Stadium with 3,999 balls is that I’d like to get No. 4,000 from the Mets (ideally a David Wright BP homer on the fly) and of course the Dodgers will be out on the field for the first half-hour, during which time I expect to snag at least one or two.
My fellow ballhawks John Witt and T.C. said they’re gonna try to make it to this game. A former Watch With Zack client named Evan will also be in attendance, in addition to my friend Brandon who’s gonna make the trip from San Diego. (He’s the guy who helped me build the pyramid of balls.) Are YOU going to be there? Let me know, and if possible, please bring a camera and try to document the milestone snag. I’d love to have both a video and a photo that captures the moment that I get it.
As for why I’m picking Dodger Stadium…
I snagged my 1,000th ball at Shea Stadium, my 2,000th ball at Olympic Stadium, and my 3,000th ball at Yankee Stadium. I thought it’d be nice to reach the next milestone on the road, and since I’m going to be at this game with my whole family, it seemed like a good choice. Anyway, wish me luck this week (I just contacted the Dodgers to let them know what’s up) and give a shout if you’re gonna be there on May 18th for BALL4K.