Ballhawk League : Week 19
Our winner this week had a monster week, snagging over 38 balls. It is Alex, who was fueled by road trips to Minnesota and Milwaukee. This is Alex’s second win of the season, having also captured the top spot in week 16. The highlight of Alex’s trip, besides hauling home 38 balls, was his first career foul ball. He snagged the ball at the Metrodome on August 13th.
hangs on to second place by a one ball margin. Erik figures to make a strong push in week 20, with the Pirates being home for 7 days during that week. However, of course, rain is in the forecast.
- Alex’s road trip is not finished. He expects to join Erik, Nick Pelescak, and Andrew McDonald at PNC Park this weekend.
- Nick Pelescak drops from 2nd place in batted balls snagged to 4th place. Nick plans on coming back with a vengence after missing 15 days with military training.
is quietly sneaking up the batted balls leader board. Hample may have altered his style of ballhawking recently, focusing more on batted balls and catching home runs. He snagged 17 batted balls in 2 games in week 19. Astounding.
- Hample has a legitimate shot at the triple crown, but is under assault on two fronts in which he once held huge leads (thrown and device balls). Alex has pulled to within 6 balls in the thrown category, and Erik is just 15 balls behind in the device category.
- Leigh Barratt joins a growing list of ballhawks who have received injuries this year, recently suffering two cracked ribs.
- There was some major competition in week 19. The Happy Youngster snagged 20 balls (a total that would win him the ballhawk crown most weeks), and finished fifth.
- Joe Faraguna jumped several spots in the season standings, snagging 31 balls this week. However, the top 10 spots remained unchanged from last week.
Here’s hjow week 19 played out:
Week 19 Photos
Ballhawks were given the option to submit a photo for this and future
ballhawk league updates. The photos could be of them making a catch,
posing with a ball, a picture of a ball snagged, or something strange
or interesting that they saw at a game.
Submitted by Andrew McDonald:
Andrew McDonald leaps at the last moment to catch a home run off the bat of an Oakland A’s player at Camden Yards on Monday. “The best catch I’ve ever made,” McDonald would later remark in a mock interview. (photo credit: Jona)
Submitted by Zack Hample:
getting robbed by Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman during batting practice at Camden Yards on August 11, 2009.
Submitted by Erik Jabs:
Erik waits for a left handed batter to come up to bat at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Erik may look a bit ******, perhaps upset at his mediocre three snags that day.
Submitted by Greg Barasch:
“I attached a pic of the third ball I snagged this week. The Mets are
known for their use of random-*** commemorative balls in batting
practice, from All-Star Game balls to last year’s Yankee Stadium balls to video game promotional balls, and now these: 2008 World Series balls! This one was a BP home run I caught in left field on Friday.”
2009 Ballhawk League Archive:
Week 1: Happy Youngster 38 (Runner Up: Zack Hample 31)
Week 2: Zack Hample 27 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 21)
Week 3: Zack Hample 30 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 21)
Week 4: Zack Hample 40 (Runner Up: Happy Youngster 39)
Week 5: Zack Hample 31 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 22)
Week 6: Erik Jabs 31 (Runner Up: The Happy Youngster 26)
Week 7: District Boy 40 (Runner Up: Greg Barasch 20)
Week 8: Erik Jabs 18 (Runner Up: Donny Haltom 17)
Week 9: Donny Haltom 16 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 13)
Week 10: Zack Hample 27 (Runner Up: Shawn 26)
Week 11: Zack Hample 59 (Runner Up: Donny Haltom 23)
Week 12: Greg Barasch 36 (Runner Up: Nick Pelescak 22)
Week 13: Chris P 24 (Runner Up: Alex 17)
Week 14: Greg Barasch 22 (Runner Up: Chris P 19)
Week 15: Nick Pelescak 17 (Runner Up: District Boy 10)
Week 16: Alex 21 (Runner Up: District Boy 19)
Week 17: Joe Faraguna 18 (Runner Up: Happy Youngster 11)
Week 18: Erik Jabs 22 (Runner Up: Zack Hample 14)
Week 19: Alex 38 (Runner Up: Joe Faraguna 31)