My name is Zack Hample, and I've snagged more than 11,000 baseballs in the stands at MLB stadiums. I don't blog (much) anymore, but there are hundreds of *amazing* entries here in the archives, so comb through those and make sure to find me on YouTube. That's where the action is now.
Figuring out my first game…
I’m probably going to attend one Mets game this week, and I’m trying to decide which one it’s gonna be. I’d prefer to go on Friday for one reason only: the Nationals will be in town, and I really want to talk to Garrett Mock and let him know that I’m going to be raising money again this season for charity. You may recall that I had a conversation with him about it on 9/29/09 at Nationals Park. He seemed really interested then, and I suspect that if I could get his attention for even 10 seconds and remind him about it, he might be able to help. I’m not sure how, but I’d like to find out. The only problem is that it might rain on Friday, and I might not even end up being free — and the rest of the weekend is out. That pretty much leaves tomorrow and Thursday against the Marlins. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be amazing, so I’m thinking I might just go to that game. I really can’t attend too many games right now because it’s crunch-time on the book, so I have to choose wisely.
Any thoughts? Anyone planning to be at Citi Field this week? I’ll make a decision by 3pm ET tomorrow and post it on my Twitter page.
In case I don’t get a chance to talk to Garrett Mock this week, do me a favor by talking to him on my behalf. You know…if you’re at a Nats game…and if he comes over to sign autographs…and if you’re standing nearby, just tell him something like, “Hey, Garrett, remember that guy you met at the end of last season who was snagging baseballs to raise money for charity? Well, he’s doing it again this year, and he wanted to let you know.” Or something like that. Let’s see if we can get him thinking about it now. Last season, when I saw Heath Bell for the first time on 4/15/09 at Citi Field, he already knew about the charity because someone who reads this blog had already told him. That made him much more receptive to the whole idea when I finally shared all the details, and he ended up pledging 50 cents per ball. So yeah, help me spread the word.
Another way to help is simply to do a Google search for the words “zack hample charity.” The more people who search for it, the higher up it’ll appear on that auto-suggest feature. Even if you can’t actually donate anything, you can still make a difference with five seconds’ worth of Google action.