I have two snag-related stories to share…
1) Last week in Oakland, a teenaged ballhawk named Warren Laufer got screwed by ESPN. Basically, what happened is that he snagged a game home run ball off the bat of Bobby Abreu, and then 10 minutes later he grabbed a foul ball hit by Kevin Kouzmanoff. Not bad, huh? Well, one of the TV cameras zoomed in on him after the foul ball. It showed him switching balls before giving a ball to a little kid — and that’s when things went downhill. The clip went viral, and ESPN made Warren look like a bad guy for giving away a phony ball. It turns out that that’s not actually what happened. Click here to read Warren’s blog entry about it. Truly fascinating stuff. Warren later demanded an apology, and it looks like he may have gotten it. (Warren, if you’re reading this, let us all know how it turned out.)
2) In other news, another fellow ballhawk named Phil Joens recently had a big article written about him in the Des Moines Register. Click here to check it out. You’ll see that he does most of his snagging at the Independent League level, but hey, pro ball is pro ball, and what else are you supposed to do when you live hundreds of miles from the nearest major league stadium? Before Phil was interviewed for this article, he contacted me to get some advice on how to deal with the media. Then, evidently, when he was being interviewed, he mentioned me to the reporter, so my name ended up appearing in the piece. If you read the article, don’t miss the two-minute video segment, and while you’re at it, check out Phil’s blog.
That’s it for now.