“You’re over baseball?”

Earlier today, I received the following email from my friend Brandon:


First of all, what’s the deal with sending an email with no subject? That’s super-annoying. But okay, fine . . . you want to know what I’ve been up to lately? Last week the Mets and Yankees were both on the road, so there weren’t any games in New York City. This week they’ve been playing each other, and I want no part of it. I was planning to go to Philadelphia on Tuesday to see my new BFF Mike Trout — until I heard that 8,000 folks from his hometown in Millville, New Jersey, were also planning to make the trip. I was also been planning to go to Yankee Stadium tomorrow, but the weather’s gonna be miserable, so to hell with it.

As for the bigger picture, I’ve been to 17 games this season, which puts me on pace to attend about 70, so no, I’m not “over baseball.” That said, I’ve only blogged about five of the games I’ve been to — all my games outside of New York plus one brief entry about a cool moment with Heath Bell at Yankee Stadium.

You see, I’ve decided to stop blogging about games in New York because (a) blogging is a pain in the ass, and (b) Yankee Stadium and Citi Field are terrible for ballhawking. They’re my two least favorite venues in the major leagues. I don’t have much fun there, so when I get home from games, the last thing I want to do is relive the experience by writing about it. Kinda sad, huh?

Meanwhile, it just so happens that I haven’t been traveling much because I’ve already been to every current stadium multiple times; it’s hard to justify taking an entire day off from work to go and snag a bunch of BP balls. Camden Yards used to be a place where I’d average 10 balls per game, but now it’s crowded and competitive. Citizens Bank Park was also a venue where I routinely put up double digits, but now the gates are opening half an hour later. Nationals Park is great, but it takes four hours to drive there. Fenway Park is cramped and expensive. At this point, I’ll probably only travel to another city if there’s a damn good reason, such as (a) trying to snag a particular commemorative ball, (b) trying to catch a milestone home run, (c) catching up with a player that I know, (d) being filmed by the media, or (e) being with my girlfriend if she’s ever free and wants to join me.

So there you have it. I still love baseball as much as ever, and I actually have something big in the works to help me enjoy it even more . . .


  1. Dennis B.

    It just goes to show how much we (most of us) enjoy your writing and adventures.
    What about Wrigley Field this year? They’re still using the “100 Years” balls. I believe there are two different; one with the commemorative logo and one with, “April 23, 2014” below the logo.

  2. Larry

    Well then. It’s nice to hear from you. Keeping up with blogging is even hard for me, and I don’t go to a lot of games, so I can’t even imagine. I hope Citi isn’t that depressing for one game for me this summer.

    I hear the Cubs are bringing the Comms’ on the road. Hope you snag one!
    Also, are you going to be in town over the all star break? I’m going to be back in the city that week (My dad has a work thing in NJ he has to do every year, and it’s usually over the all star break). Maybe I won’t forget my books this time……

  3. chris

    Found this blog last year. Followed it like religion. Enjoyed like crazy. Was going to donate to the charity on a per ball basis this year but since the blogging is not happening as frequently I will donate to a local charity instead. I liked that I could be a part of it. Reading about every ball/donation. While still a great cause, I feel less connected. I will continue to check in on occasion though. Best of luck Zack.

  4. Zack Hample

    You’ll survive it it’s only one game . . . if there’s a visiting team that can actually hit. I think I’ll be in NYC during the All-Star break. There’s always a chance I might go, but Target Field is far away and annoying, so eh.

    Totally understood. Perhaps I’ll blog more next near . . . or maybe I’ll quit blogging altogether. I know there are lots of people disappointed because I’m not cranking out my entries, but I’d be more upset than everyone combined if I were still doing it. I simply need a break.

  5. Larry

    I’ll be seeing them play the Marlins on a Sunday. That might be dicey if there’s no BP, but if there is, I should be good.

  6. Larry

    I’ll let you know. If I forget you can read about it on my blog. It’s in July, so it’ll be a while

  7. smilowfamily

    Zack, just getting on a plane headed home from Petco, and let me say this my 9 year old son got 7 balls first game and 6 the next day and several autographs what an nice place to snag balls. Hanging out at the beach…. Also got a commemorative ball as well. If you have some vacation time always a fun trip.

  8. Zack Hample

    Outstanding! Congrats on all the snags. I love PETCO. I’ve averaged 11 balls per game there over the years and caught my Barry Bonds homer there, so I have nothing but happy memories of that place.

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