A powerful thunderstorm rolled through Pittsburgh around 4PM, knocking out power and backing up traffic at every intersection.
I knew there wouldn’t be batting practice, but I went anyway. Things had cleared up by 5PM and the sun was shining at least.
I thought I may get shut out, but managed to get a ball from Chris Carpenter as the Cardinals finished throwing.
He rolled three balls from right center field to the fans along the right field fence in foul territory. One ball was out of reach for everyone, so I went over and used my long arm to reach over and grab it just over the four foot fence down the right field foul line in right field.
Unfortunately, that would be the only ball that I got prior to the game. My newly minted girlfriend of one day Amy was working this game, so I decided to stick around for the game.
However, my luck changed for the better in the 2nd inning. John Bowker stepped up to the plate and hit a home run to right center field, right in the area where I was hanging out talking to fellow ballhawk Ian Weir.
I knew I had a chance to make the catch. However, at the last second, the ball started to die, and almost didn’t have enough carry to reach me. I had to reach over a handicapped railing and make a basket catch.
Once I did, I raised the ball in triumph.
Here’s the VIDEO of the catch.
Another cool fact is that the Bowker home run ball was Ball #1,111 of my career. That would be the last ball I’d get for the night, but what a snag!
Here it is:
Game: 2 balls ( 1 hit, 1 thrown )
Season: 533 balls (253 hit, 131 thrown, 72 device, 77 found)
Games: 84 games
Average: 6.35 balls per game
2010 Game Balls: 6
Career: 1,111 balls
Streak: 180 cons
ecutive games attended with at least 1 ball snagged.
Balls needed to break single season record: 11
Zack Hample has won week 24, with a monster week in which he snagged 48 baseballs.
2010 Ballhawk League Archive:
TOP BALLHAWK: (# win in parenthesis)
Week 1: Shawn B (1) 18 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 17)
Week 2: Nick Pelescak (1) 17 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 10)
Week 3: Nick Pelescak (2) 33 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 24)
Week 4: Erik Jabs (1) 18 (Runner Up: Shawn B 16)
Week 5: Zack Hample (1) 44 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 33)
Week 6: Shawn B (2) 25 (Runner Up: Zack Hample 18)
Week 7: Zack Hample (2) 50 (Runner Up: Nick Pelescak 31)
Week 8: Shawn B (3) 24 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 13)
Week 9: Erik Jabs (2) 23 (Runner Up: Nick Pelescak 19)
Week 10: Erik Jabs (3) 29 (Runner Up: Zack Hample 12)
Week 11: Erik Jabs (4) 49 (Runner Up: Nick Pelescak 30)
Week 12: Greg Barasch (1) 26 (Runner Up: Joe Faraguna 11)
Week 13: Erik Jabs (5) 31 (Runner Up: Zack Hample 14)
Week 14: Shawn B (4) 28 (Runner Up: Greg Barasch 25)
Week 15: Nick Pelescak (3) 9 (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 7)
Week 16: Erik Jabs (6) 44 (Runner Up: Nick Pelescak 27)
Week 17: Greg Barasch (2), Erik Jabs (7) TIE with 20
Week 18: Erik Jabs (8) 57 (Runner Up: Joe Faraguna 28)
Week 19: Shawn B 24 (5) (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 23)
Week 20: Erik Jabs 40 (9) (Runner Up: Nick Pelescak 34)
Week 21: Nick Pelescak 30 (4) (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 23)
Week 22: Nick Pelescak 36 (5) (Runner Up: Zac Weiss 13)
Week 23: Nick Pelescak 20 (6) (Runner Up: Erik Jabs 14)
Week 24: Zack Hample 48 (3) (Runner Up: Greg Barasch 15)