Aaron Judge won the world’s adoration earlier tonight for denying manchild ballhawk Zack Hample a baseball. (It also kept the game scoreless, but who cares about those details?) Here are some more wire photos of the catch for your enjoyment:
Aaron Judge snagged a Francisco Lindor fly ball just above Yankee Stadium’s short right field fence, but that feat pales in comparison to the act of humanitarianism that was denying ballhawk Zack Hample yet another baseball he doesn’t need.
Zack Hample, a grown man who has collected over 9,000 baseballs at major-league stadiums and does not react well to being denied a ball, was unable to get his hands on a ball yesterday. The person keeping him from his souvenir was Clayton Kershaw:
The Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves played a game Sunday at Fort Bragg, a military base in North Carolina. It was the first MLB game to be played at an active base, and the crowd was filled with military members. Also in that crowd was ballhawk Zack Hample.
Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about Zack Hample, who had complained about being bumped by a fan, causing him to lose a home run ball at Yankee Stadium. Hample, by his own count, got 11 other baseballs at that game, bringing his career total to 9,079—but he was unhappy about what would have been No. 9,080.
The Yankees staged a wild comeback last night, erasing a four-run ninth inning deficit and walking off on a Didi Gregorius home run to beat the Rangers 9-7. But also, who gives a shit about the Yankees? We’re here for the grown man getting snitty over a baseball.
We've met Zack Hample before, and we haven't exactly been kind to him. That's because Hample is a ballhawk—a member of that fraternity of obsessive dudes who hang around ballparks and trample babies whenever Omar Infante flips a baseball into the stands. Nevertheless, Zack reached out to us this morning after…
Ball-collector Zack Hample doesn't like paying $23 for a Mets ticket. But, he did like getting 21 Rawlings orbs on Friday. [Snagging Baseballs]
Young Zack Hample, who scrounges for major league baseballs with the determination of a bear in a restaurant dumpster, has recorded rather a noteworthy feat; having caught the final Mets home run ball at Shea Stadium. This came on Sunday (Carlos Beltran), about a week after Hample had caught home run balls on…