I do it all for a Home Run ball.

6/18/10                           My Elusive Home Run ball.

Ball Hawking is an intensely strange miss-understood hobby. The only thing stranger than the hobby itself is the folks who participate. Such a wide array of personalities, talents, ages, sizes, and motives.

Most of us are unofficially lead by baseball cult hero and “Professor of Snag” known as Zack Hample.

Zack Hample 1132.jpg                           Ok maybe not led by, but live vicariously through. 

Even long time experienced ballhawks have to respect Zack’s stats and the way he rolls. The man can squeeze baseballs out of a ballpark better than a homeless dude trying to get out the last of the mustard for his .99 cent 7-11 hot dog.

Zack I mean that with all the respect in the world brotha you know that.

There is not a day that goes by that at some point I’m not day dreaming about catching my first regular season game home run ball. It’s a fantasy that replays in my head. Believe me it’s very well rehearsed and I look like a stud catching it :)

My gut tells me that my first home run ball will be hit by Clint Barmes or Chris Iannetta.

This home run fantasy/quest is one of the driving forces that keeps me blogging and attending so many baseball games. I plan to put all of my stories into a baseball book in the future and how lame would it be if I was missing one the key elements.

                        I want to be part of baseball history in my own sort of way.

mathewson-ruth-wagner-cobb-johnson.jpg I want to have that bond with the player who hits my home run ball(whether it’s real or imagined). I want to have my own home run story to tell to my grandkids.

 I want to hold that baseball, get it autographed and keep it close so I can admire it and brag about it when appropriate. 

I will cherish that memory forever because of the time and dedication put into snagg’n it.

You don’t have to understand, most folks don’t. Just remember that everyone has something that drives them besides their jobs and families. Everyone has goals. I just choose to share my goals and adventures with people who appreciate what I do and the way I do it.

Batting practice is just that, practice. I hone my skills there for my big moment. I dedicate my shins, knees and various other body parts during batting practice so that I may stay sharp and on my game.

I’ve had several chances this season at game homers. I’ve been within inches and milliseconds of accomplishing my dream but the regular season game home run still eludes me.

denied.jpg            I cannot accept that it won’t happen. That just doesn’t register in my brain.

medium_money_baseball.jpg It’s not a money thing. Chasing game home run balls will not make you rich monetarily,  but it is rewarding.

If you’ve already snagg’d a regular season or post season game home run ball I bet there’s not a memory in your brain clearer or that brings back better memories than your first home run catch?

What’s your personal goal? Do you want to climb a 14teener? Do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to attend twenty baseball games a year?

You’ve got to start somewhere.  

My goal is difficult but obtainable and I am persistent when I want something.

             My next games are Friday June 18, Saturday the 19th and Tuesday the 22nd.

                                                  See you at the game.

     I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter..Still chasing my dream game home run ball.

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3 Comments

You’re gonna get that ball, my friend. I have absolutely no doubt. :) And as a matter of fact, one of my goals IS to get to 20 games this year! See you Tuesday!

The Holy Grail of sitting in the outfield or within the foul pole is getting that elusive Home Run ball. My “grail” moment was during a Rays road trip to “The Jake” on May 14,2004. Fortunately/unfortunately I grabbed Indian Third Baseman Casey Blakes blast in the 10th inning firmly into my glove. Still have the ball hidden in my collection, but authenicated by MLB that night.
But I do not sit in fair territory at Tropicana Field, but have garnered two HR balls off the RF foul pole. Always consider myself lucky to be a supporter of my home team, but catching a ball on the fly, even during B P still stokes my baseball love/fire.
I think you will get a Carlos Gonzalez HR ball, but I hope it is an opposite field Todd Helton shot. Will be checking the nightly game recaps looking for your very distinctive cap.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

LUVMYROX-Thanks I hope so, good luck on your 20 game goal.
RAYSRENEGADE-A Carlos Gonzalez homer would be just fine. He’s a star around here. You sir own a memory that I long for. As time passes it may fade a bit for you, but my quest for the same memory fuels my fire. As always brotha thank you for your fascinating words…D

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