Help me identify two guys…

Do you remember the fan in Arizona who caught a foul ball this past season while holding his son with his other arm? See below:


I’m in the process of writing about this for my book, and I need some help.
First of all I don’t know this fan’s last name. This article about him (which contains a video clip of the catch) only says that his first name is Shane, and that he coaches baseball at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, AZ. Has anyone heard of this guy? Is there anyone reading this who actually goes to that school? (Wouldn’t THAT be convenient.) I tried calling the school, but of course they’re closed for the holidays. I went to the school’s web site, but of course there’s no faculty directory. I even went on MySpace and did a keyword search and randomly contacted a bunch of Mesquite HS students (who are no doubt gonna think that I’m totally creepy). I’d really like to figure this out soon because I’m supposed to turn in the first two parts of my book right after the New Year, and I don’t want to have any missing pieces. My perfectionist brain just can’t allow that.
The other guy I’m trying to ID is the Phillies’ announcer in the video clip. (To watch the clip, click here and scroll down to the second image and hit play and then wait for the 30-second advertisement to run its course.) There are two announcers, actually. I know that one is Gary Matthews, but who’s the other? I *think* it’s Tom McCarthy, but I don’t know what his voice sounds like, so I can’t be sure. Here’s a list of all the Phillies’ announcers.
Anyway, yes, please help.
(And did you know that I’m now on Twitter?)


  1. redsfan101

    Tried with the coach and no luck…even did a Facebook search!

    And I think nymetsgrrl94 found your answer for the other one…

    P.S. Thanks for the signed ball as a present!!!!

  2. redsox82696


    I’m a first time commenter, but have read your blog for a long time. I have a cousin who lives in Gilbert, AZ. I can ask my mom for his phone number (as we never see him), but he may know. I’ll get back to you to see if he knows it.

  3. bigglovebob

    Zack- Here is a roster of the Mesquite High baseball teams. They list the 3 head coaches, but not anyone named Shane. With the roster of players though, you could start Facebooking/MySpacing them and you will probably get your answer.

  4. boblheader

    Congrats on Id-ing the 2 guys. Can’t wait for the book to come out. As you know I work at a newspaper here in Utah. When the book comes out I would love to do a review of it in the paper. I would just need a copy. Let me know if that’s something you would want to do.

    p.s. I love that you’re on twitter. I kept updating my wife on you’re “indoor streak”.

    Phill in Utah

  5. famousnv45

    Hey Zach,

    I did a google search and (you probably have already found this) but here
    is the baseball website for that high school. Unfortunately there isn’t a Shane listed for any of the head coaches. However there is a roster for the varsity players on that website and if you find a myspace or facebook of one of those players I don’t see why they wouldn’t tell you the name of their coach. Hope this helped. James.

  6. zackhample

    Thanks very much. A couple of my Phillie fan friends confirmed this as well, so I feel confident about it being McCarthy.

    You’re welcome. (In case anyone is wondering what the deal is with the signed ball…it was mailed to me, and I signed it and sent it back.)

    Welcome to the comments section, and thanks for offering to help. I just posted a new entry with the guy’s last name that someone was able to dig up for me, and I have since confirmed (through multiple sources) that it IS the guy. Things happen fast sometimes! But seriously, thank you anyway. If not for this one other person who helped, I might’ve ended up relying on you to save the day.

    Thanks, and yeah, I’m well aware of that story about the father/daughter. I’m going to mention that in the book, too. Thanks for all your help with that guy Shane. Very strange that there happened to be TWO guys with that name…and that you happened to come across the other Shane first. I didn’t even find the guy you were talking about, so even though your guy didn’t turn out to be THE guy, you were still out-researching me.

    Ahh, the power of Twitter. You knew I had the answers before anyone else here. I like it. :-)
    As for my new book, you know it’s not gonna be out until 2011, so if you’re still in a position to review it then, I will definitely see to it that you get a copy. Thanks so much. Can you remind me at some point? That’s so far off in the future! :-)

    Thanks. Looks like the case it now closed, but this was all very helpful.

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