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.
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.
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.
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.