6/2/09 at Yankee Stadi–nevermind

I can’t win.

Last week, when the weather was looking iffy, I decided to skip a Mets-Marlins game at Citi Field, and there ended up being batting practice.

Today, with iffy weather once again in the forecast, I bought a ticket off StubHub for $17 (including the asinine fees) and headed out to Yankee Stadium. Half an hour before the gates were set to open, it started drizzling…of course. I was still on the #4 train at that point, so I rode it an extra stop (to 167th Street) and back just to get a peek inside the stadium and see if there was still batting practice. This is what I saw:




(I can’t curse any worse than that on here or it’ll get bleeped, so just imagine a different four-letter word.)

I decided to go home.

Security at Yankee Stadium is so strict (and the whole Yankee Stadium experience is so unpleasant) that if there’s no batting practice, it’s just not worth being there, even with a valid ticket already in my possession.

On the way back, I got a look inside the old stadium. Check it out:


Kinda interesting, but whatever. I’m so frustrated right now that nothing really seems interesting. You know the feeling?

I’m still planning to go to Washington, D.C. tomorrow, and of course there’s a 50 percent chance of rain.

Another thing happening tomorrow is that I’m going to be in the New York Daily News. I’ll pick up a copy on my way out of NYC, and if the piece has any substance, I’ll scan it and post it in my next entry. It’s going to be a big feature story about collectors in New York–not just baseball collectors, but all kinds. I have no idea who else the Daily News interviewed or how much they’ll actually write about me, but they DID send a photographer to take pics of me with all the balls, so that’s a good sign.

Finally (and this is totally unrelated to anything), I decided to give that “Beat The Streak” contest a shot. You know about this? Basically, all you need to do is pick one player every day who you think will get a hit, and if you compile a “hitting streak” that ends up beating the all-time MLB record of 56, you win a million bucks. Yesterday was my first attempt. I picked Freddy Sanchez as my guy to get a hit. He was playing at home, facing Livan Hernandez (whose fastball is in the low to mid-80s), and he’s been red-hot…and he rarely walks which means he’s always likely to put the ball in play. Seemed like a good choice, no? Well, he ended up going 0-for-5, so my “streak” is still at zero entering tonight’s action. I picked David Wright to get a hit tonight against the left-handed Zach Duke, and tomorrow I have Ryan Zimmerman against the Big Unit. (You can make selections up to 10 days in advance.)

That’s all I got.
Back to my book


  1. ladod4ever

    O that sucks about Yankee stadium!! What Would you do with that money if you beat the streak

  2. Txbaseballfan

    What a downer! I don’t know what it is with you & rain this year, but something is up. You don’t think Gustavo counter-jinxed you do you? It’s too weird to be a coincidence (Chicago, Texas, NY….), and those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head. I feel for you bro, sure hope it turns around for you in D.C.

  3. baseballexperiences

    I cant imagine how bad you want to go to a game right now. I was in the beat the streak and got up to like 12, but then lost and was too lazy to do it again.joe

  4. yanksfan61293@aol.com

    Zack, the Yankees changed their field level seats during BP policy. You can now go down there even without a ticket for the section, during the first 1.75 hours of BP. Except, of course, for the Legend Suites or the seats just above those. But you seem to stick to the outfield or down the lines anyway (right?).

  5. zackhample

    I’d go to a LOT more games.

    A counter-jinx?! Ha! (Interesting thought, but no.)

    Your 12-game streak sounds mighty impressive right now. David Wright went 0-for-4 tonight, so I’m 0-for-2 in terms of picking players. Yeesh.

    Oy, don’t tell me that. Now I’m sad.

    Wait, what? Are you saying that people can now stay in the seats even for the visiting team’s portion of BP?

    I love it.

    Yeah, it IS a long way. As for the weather, it looks like we might be okay during BP hours but then screwed at game time.

  6. .

    Zack, I just got to your email. Now I know what type of look you got inside the stadium, but I’m tellin’ you, you should have stuck around. They are taking their time with the original YS, eh? Or is it just the fact that they have no clue what they want to do with it yet? Who knows. PFFFFT! – Yankees. Anyway, like you said, security definitely bites the big one over at Yankee Stadium. Granted, there are a handful of nice staff members and guards there that if you become well acquainted with them, they’ll reward you with seats in their field level section, but as for the majority, weak. And to your response to YANKEES61293, that is totally false. They still kick you out at 5:20 PM or whatever that time is. Good luck in DC tonight kid.

    – Donnie

  7. nysetrader76@aol.com

    Zack you should have stayed. I had the same thoughts you had on the way when it downpoured while on the train but as I walked in at 4pm they were taking off the tarp and setting up the cage. Not much going for the Yankees portion of BP but the Rangers (well, Cruz mostly) were hitting bombs into left field. As for security, you can make friends with most of them, best bet is buy a $10 stub hub ticket and at least 2 that I know of are charging $20 to let you into the field section. Also when they start kicking people out easiest thing is instead of going out, move sideways section to section until things die down and although you might be stuck in whatever section you end up, it seems to work. Good luck in DC. Erik

  8. puckcollector@optonline.net

    Ok so my Grandpa saw you in the Daily news today and i had a snagging dream last night:

    The dream stared when i was in YS (dont ask how i got ther cuz i have no clue). They wre playing the Tigers, and i was in the RF bleachers for the Tigers portion of BP. it was empty but i didnt have my glove or a tigers hat or a roster.

    When i woke up, i had snagged 4 balls, but could’ve had more if i was prepared.

  9. yankeekid

    Good luck tonight in D.C.

    Ps. Saw you in the Daily News. Pretty Cool
    See ya around

  10. braves04

    Thank you for that great list. Did you read the first one they linked to? I swear I know someone for every criteria listed lol.
    Has anyone been to Great American Ball Park recently or have good tips? I read Zack’s entries, but could always use more info.

  11. dhbball

    Braves04- I was recently at Great American. I know Zack had a little different experience but I ended up with 11 balls in two days. AVOID the RF line during Bp it is always packed with people for autographs and what not. The RF seats are fairly easy to navigate through during BP as they are spacious but a little steep, so a good spot to snag. LF is not bad. Though if there are lots of peple stay in RF because there are guardrails between rows in LF. If you have anymore questions just ask.

  12. lilmace9@yahoo.com

    Stinks to here about the bad weather. I recently went to anats phils game and the same thing happended. But I am going to CBP next week for my birthday. Do you have any tips for me.

  13. braves04

    Thanks for the tips. I was thinking of RF first because gates open 90 minutes before game time and that’s when McCann would hit assuming he is in the first BP group as usual. It seems as if there is a good opportunity for easter eggs, as long as the staff doesn’t pick them up like they do at Turner Field.

  14. zackhample

    I’m cursed. It’s 4:27am. I’m back home in NYC. No doubleheader for me tomorrow in D.C.

    I’m cursed.



    Cool dream.


    My tip for Citizens Bank Park is to read all the blog entries I’ve written about that place. :-)

    I’m not sure. I would only consider going if it’s really sunny that day, and if I *do* make it there, I might just leave after BP.

  15. padreleigh

    Hey Zack….

    Sorry about the D.C. trip. Too many Democrats there anyway. Haha. Going to Tucson on Friday morning for a conference. I was all geared up for some AAA baseball, but I just found out there is NO AAA baseball in Tucson anymore. Bummer. Better weather luck in the future. I guessed wrong on the spot of Raoul Ibanez’s #200 HR. I’m always at the spot he hit it to……during BP. I was in Left Center during his #200 at bat. Rats. Oh well…take it easy.



    Very nice meeting you today. Hope you and your friends had a good time. My final tally was 6. Two in LF, Three in RF and one at the dugout. Hope to see you during BP in September.


  16. dhbball

    Braves04- No problem. Yeah RF is the place to be and the staff usually does not get the easter eggs. The staff is nice and will let you navigate wherever. You should be good with McCann in RF LOTS OF ROOM.

  17. zackhample

    You can never have too many Democrats.

    Wow, nice article. So true.

    Rain and Yankee Stadium security guards.

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