Last summer I attempted to catch a baseball that was dropped from a helicopter 1,000 feet high. The stunt took place at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts . . . remember? This was my blog entry about it, and there were several articles, including this one in the Boston Globe and this one on MiLB.com. As some of you already know, I’m going to make another attempt tomorrow — July 13, 2013.
Here’s all my equipment and safety gear:
This might sound strange, but my biggest concern is the weather. Yesterday, the forecast for July 13th called for a 50 percent chance of rain at 6am (which is when this whole thing will be taking place). Thankfully, things are now looking better:
Of course, I *am* also concerned about my safety. If things go horribly wrong, I could die or become paralyzed. If things go semi-wrong, I could break my hand or wrist or jaw. (Joe Sprinz, the last person to attempt this, broke HIS jaw at the World’s Fair in 1939.) But I feel like I can do this — otherwise I wouldn’t be attempting it.
I’m not sure how much tweeting or blogging I’ll be able to do tomorrow, so if you want to know what’s going on, here are some people to follow:
1) Andrew Gonsalves (He’s going to be recording data *in* the helicopter.)
2) Mateo Fischer (He’ll be watching/documenting from the ground.)
3) Ben Weil (He’ll also be watching, but probably not documenting.)
4) Chris Hernandez (He’ll be there too and plans to blog about it.)
5) BIGS Sunflower Seeds (They’re sponsoring this event and will provide updates.)
6) Lowell Spinners (They’re kindly allowing me to do this at their stadium.)
7) Jon Boswell (He’s the Director of Media Relations for the Spinners.)
One final/unrelated thing for now . . .
Today’s copy of the Daily News has a huge spread with my photo and ballhawking advice for the Home Run Derby. Check it out:
(NOTE: you can click the image above to get a closer look.)
Oh, and for those of you who’ve been emailing me and asking on Twitter . . . yes, I’m planning to attend the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game — that is, if I don’t get seriously injured in Lowell. Someone (who reads this blog and wishes to remain anonymous) bought me tickets in exchange for half the balls I end up snagging — a pretty good deal all around. Stay tuned. This is going to be a VERY exciting week.