Sports I met an iconic baseball figure yesterday

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  1. Shady_Jake

    Shady_Jake Well-Known Member

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    Ok iconic may be pushing it, but still pretty cool. If you watch MLB, I'm sure you've heard of this dude.
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    Can't believe I posted a photo of myself at this hellhole, but laugh away fuckers
    If you don't recognize him, it's the "ballhawk"/author Zack Hample. You probably know him for catching A-Rod's 3,000th hit, but when I met him he was up to 8,874 balls caught.
    Also caught the last Met HR ever at Shea, Bonds' 724th, Mike Trout's first HR & countless amount of other homers.

    He's also written 3 books, I have 2 and they kick ass. He gets accused of pushing over kids & stealing balls from people which is complete bullshit. He's a good dude who does a TON for a great charity that donates baseball equipment to underpriveledged kids.

    Here's a cool Vice Sports piece about the A-Rod ball & what he ended up doing with it.
    Most people call him a loser with too much time on his hand, but I've been reading his blog for going on 10 years & he's a tremendous writer. Plus, I collect balls/autographs too, and snagging balls at games takes some fucking skill.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    That's awesome. Great pic, Jake!
     
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    vaporizer Well-Known Member

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    I love baseball but this guy is a fucking douche. An absolute fucking douche. This is his career - catching baseballs. Really? Fuck him.
     
  4. Lance Murdock

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    who is the bigger loser, this guy, or the guy that pays this guy for a ball he caught?
     
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    I'd kill to be in the position to do it basically every day like him, but I don't fault him for living his dream. I get why he's called a douche, but he was super cool to me. I found out he was at a hotel like 20 mins away so he had me ride up & hang with him for a while.
     
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    Not sure if serious, but thanks. I immediately regretted posting a photo of myself lmao.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    No, I'm totally serious. I wouldn't mess like that. I think it's really cool. More reps to prove. :)
     
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    knuckle_hedd loving life!

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    Never really heard too much about the guy but it is great to meet someone you admire...especially when they don't turn out to be a dick..
     
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    It wasn't exactly meeting a legit celebrity or something, but I have followed him for a long time & admire his work. Definitely a fun little experience.
     
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    The Mets can go suck a bag of dicks.
     
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    Bye You! The n word guy Gold

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    It's what baseball players do, no?
     
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    I think hes a fan.

    Big fan, big fan.


     
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    This. All ball hawks are complete losers.
     
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    Yeah. You missed my point. :)
     
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    I got no problem with this glorified ball catcher but calling him iconic is definitely pushing it.... big time! :no:
     
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    Is that you with the Giants ball cap?
     
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    You could say that about anyone who makes a living catching a baseball or bouncing a ball and throwing it into s net :jj:
     
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    Ferris Bueller floating around

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    One time I met the kid who wiped the sweat off the floor at Knicks games.