You hate to see it
Most baseball fans will probably recognize 43-year-old Zack Hample as the guy who wears a hat with the MLB logo as he sprints through the right-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium trying to collect as many balls as possible. of baseball. His obsession has earned him a collection of more than 11,000 baseballs, which he stores in 32-gallon trash cans, according to the 9,000 word FAQ on your website.
Sometimes he goes out of his way to add to his collection, like the time he got a member of the military to take him to the Marlins-Braves game at Fort Bragg that was only intended for service members and their families. Last year, with stadiums closed for fans, he resorted to standing outside stadiums and hoping to get lucky on a ball or two. He stood outside the gate behind the Mets bullpen at Citi Field and screamed into the stadium. until someone finally threw a ball at him. According to the incredibly comprehensive statistics on your website, Hample “attended” nine games at six stadiums in 2020 (including two NLCS games inside Globe Life Park) and came out with 42 baseballs.
However, the stadiums are open again, so Hample can go back to his usual way of chasing the ball. He’s been to five parks so far this year, including a Monday night trip to Philadelphia, where he came very close to picking up a home run off Giants first baseman Brandon Belt.
Hample came running down the aisle, into the second row, and when the ball rolled into the front row, he threw himself on the seats and fell on his ass. Another fan left with the ball.
Hample does this for a living, making money through his YouTube channel and a baseball hunting concierge service where he will escort you to the stadium and guarantee that you leave with at least one ball. He loves what he does, but many baseball fans find him distasteful. In addition to the Fort Bragg controversy, he also held the ball from Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit hostage for several weeks. Your attitude can also be unpleasant. You are too eager to interact with your detractors online.
Hample left with 12 balls Monday night, bringing his 2021 total to 104. Take that, haters.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.