As I was writing a post about Mike Trout's most memorable games, I Googled "Mike Trout First Career Homerun" and found a story about a guy named Zack Hample. Hample has spent almost a quarter of a century traveling the country and catching baseballs at MLB parks. He has caught over 7,400 baseballs in 50 stadiums. On July 24, 2011, Hample was in the outfield seats at Camden Yards when Trout hit his first homerun over the left-centerfield wall. After the game, Hample was able to meet up with Trout and personally hand him the ball. Now some people might say that he's crazy. I say he's a genius. In fact, I'm adopting him as my new idol. SO SHOULD YOU! Here's why.
Zack Hample is a writer who makes a living by attending MLB games and writing about how to catch baseballs. He started collecting used baseballs during a Mets game at Shea Stadium in 1990. Since that time, he has caught the last Mets homerun at Shea Stadium (Carlos Beltran), Barry Bond's 724th career homerun, Trout's first career homerun and Derek Jeter's 3,262nd career hit, just to name a few. He has also written three books about how to catch baseballs: How to Snag Baseballs, Watching Baseball Smarter and The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals and Secrets Beneath the Stitches.
In 2008, he caught two homeruns on back-to-back nights during the final week at the original Yankee Stadium. The fact that it was the same guy, in the exact same spot and on back-to-back nights made international news and videos of his catch and celebration dances were seen all around the world. This led to appearances on Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. Wow!
Zack lives the life that every baseball fan dreams about. He has a video that pretty much sums up his entire baseball-catching career.
More About Zack
His Official Website
Most Valuable Baseballs Ever Caught
The famous "Glove Trick"
Zack's Wikipedia Page
Follow Zack on Twitter
Zack Hample Books on Amazon
Labels: Game Used Baseball, How to Catch a Baseball., Zack Hample